Up, Up & Away: Celina Balloon Festival
Get your fill of hot air as the sky fills daily with balloons of all shapes and sizes.
Ticket to ride: Book your own balloon ride for $200, or stay (somewhat) grounded with the tethered version for $20.
Fri-Sun. Old Celina Park, 12670 FM 428, Celina (972-382-3300). $5 here.
Nearby: Brb Sports Bar; Café Desi; Burger Fixins’
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Vanilla Ice at Grover’s Grill & Bar
The Dallas suburbanite-turned-mainstream-rapper-turned-home-remodeler proves he can still rock the mic like a vandal.
Boys club: Beastie Boys tribute band Rhymin’ and Stealin’ gets the party started before Ice takes the stage.
Tonight 8p. Grover’s Grill & Bar, 9305 Preston Rd., Frisco (214-872-3454). Call for $30 advance tix, or $40 at the door.
Nearby: Down Under Pub; Kotta Sushi Lounge; Buffalo Wild Wings
Professional Prosting: Oktoberfest Kick Off
Raise a stein to this day of drinking beer, eating brats and busting out that favorite pair of lederhosen.
Pick me ups: Don’t miss the live music, pretzel hunt, or the 2013 Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Contest.
Sat 1p. The Ginger Man, 3716 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth (817-886-2327). Free.
Nearby: Franki’s Sports Bar & Grill; Pour House; The Gold Standard
Hop To It: Dia de los Toadies
This two-day, float and fun event kicks off with an acoustic Toadies set.
Blow and go: Pack an inner tube and enjoy the music from the waterfront stage while floating on the Trinity River.
Fri 7p & Sat 2p. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth (817-698-0700). $30-120 here.
Nearby: Cowtown Winery; Houston St. Bar & Patio; Rick O’Shea’s Pub