There's wine, beer, pride, swimming dogs, a fancy new Dallas venue and more, all in this week's 12 pack o' fun.
1. GrapeFest, A Wine Experience: You won't mind if we come toga-ly dressed as Dionysus and do some ritualistic dancing in praise of the wine gods, will ya? Grapevine's 26th annual event features sipping and stomping, not to mention great food, music and carnival rides for the kiddos. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Grapevine and area wine shops and vineyards. Free Thursday and before 5 p.m. Friday. Otherwise, $5-$8; extra wine packages available. 817-410-3185; www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest.
2. City Performance Hall opening weekend: The newest arts venue in Dallas finally opens this weekend. It's on the eastern end of the Dallas Arts District, but not part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. There'll be performances by local groups Thursday-Sunday, but don't miss the headliner, Denton singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, on Friday night. 2520 Flora St., Dallas. Most events free; Jaffe concert $20-$50, Saturday-night headliner, the Dallas Jazz Collective, $15. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
3. The Birds: It's a good thing this movie didn't do for the image of feathered creatures what Jaws did for sharks. 'Cause there are a lot more birds out there. The Hitchcock classic screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday at area theaters, including AMC The Parks at Arlington, AMC Highland Village, Regal Fossil Creek, Rave North East Mall, Rave Ridgmar 13 and Cinemark theaters in Grapevine, Mansfield, Denton and Alliance. Some theaters will also show the movie at 2 p.m. that day. $12.50. For a full list of theaters, go to www.fathomevents.com.
4. Kooza: Finally, Cirque du Soleil returns to the downtown Dallas area, with the area premiere of another show with a description that, if we tried to explain it, still wouldn't make sense. You just gotta see it. Sept. 19-Oct. 7. Lot E at Reunion Tower, 500 Memorial Drive, Dallas. $33-$143.50. 800-450-1480; www.cirquedusoleil.com.
5. Brewfest: These live-music-and-alcohol events are happening more often now. Why didn't anyone think of this before? At this one, there'll be more than 150 types of international beers, plus music from Cody Canada and the Departed and Kirby Brown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Dallas Arts District at 2000 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$60; additional packages available. www.dobrewfest.com.
6. Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour: A collection of environmental and adventure films from this Canadian festival is touring, and will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $15; tickets available at Backwoods, 2727 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. www.backwoods.com.
7. The Hawkline Monster: Hip Pocket Theatre returns to an American author it loves, Richard Brautigan, adapting his 1974 Gothic Western novel. Friday through Oct. 7. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
8. Wags and Waves: The local water parks are pretty much closed for the season, but NRH2O is going to the dogs Saturday. Bring your poochies for lots of water fun. There'll be costume contests and other events; dogs must be up to date on shots. 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. $20 per person, includes up to two canines. 817-427-6500; www.nrh2o.com.
9. Trinity River Trash Bash: Who says you can't party and help the environment at the same time? This annual charity event has music, games, prizes and a lot of spirited do-gooderism as volunteers clean up the area along the Trinity River in Fort Worth. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday for the cleanup, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the after party. For info on registering, visit trwdtrashbash.com.
10. CoCo Peru and Dallas Pride: Drag queen extraordinaire CoCo Peru, who has been performing comedy and monologues for two decades, comes to Dallas this week, and the appearance is timed with gay pride events. Peru performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Rose Room at S4 Nightclub, 3911 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. $25-$45. www.cocoperutour.com. While you're at it, don't forget that Uptown Players' Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival continues through Saturday (www.uptownplayers.org), and the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade is 2 p.m. Sunday along Cedar Springs Road, followed by a picnic/party at Lee Park (www.dallasprideparade.com).
11. Denton Blues Festival: It's the 14th annual DBF, and this year's headliners include Bernard Allison, Curtis Salgado, Buddy Whittington and Sugar Blue. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. Free. www.dentonbluesfestival.org.
12. Red Bull Soapbox Race: You've seen commercials, and finally, this event comes to Texas. Humans make nonmotorized cars out of boxes and race them on a cray-cray course. Often with wacky costumes. Fun! Pits open at 11 a.m.; first race at 1 p.m.; winner crowned at 5 p.m. Austin Ranch on Windhaven Parkway, west of Dallas North Tollway in The Colony. www.redbullsoapboxusa.com.