Freakers Ball, South by So What, Dracula, Pugoween and food trucks at the Ballpark all this and more in this week's fun guide.
Philip Glass performs Dracula
1The god of minimalism comes to town with his ensemble to perform a score to the famous 1931 film version of Bram Stokers story, starring Bela Lugosi. The film will be shown on a screen above the stage. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $22-$55. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
KEGL Freakers Ball
2Cant have Halloween without an all-day concert featuring bands with scary-sounding names. Korn headlines, but theres also Five Finger Death Punch, Beware the Darkness and best-band-name winner (by us), Even the Dead Love a Parade. Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. $27.50-$57.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Boo at the Zoo
3The annual kid-friendly Halloween event at the Fort Worth Zoo, which will have activities, entertainment and more, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, at 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. Free with zoo admission ($9-$12, age 2 and younger free). 817-759-7555; www.fortworthzoo.org.
Texas Food Truckin Festival
4Food truck fans, better head to the ballpark this weekend. This two-day fest returns, with food from Nammi, Rockn Ricks, Taste of Cuba, Gandolfos, The Butchers Son, Simply Dosa and more. Too bad there wont be a nice World Series game to wash it all down. 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Friday pass, $10; Saturday pass, $12; weekend pass, $15. texasfoodtruckinfest.com.
Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party 2013
5Its the biggest Halloween party in North Texas, with several blocks of Cedar Springs blocked off so everyone can parade their costumes. And, yeah, youll probably see some of the popular costume ideas this year Sharknado, Miley Cyrus, government shutdown but you can always expect even more clever and original ideas at the event. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday on the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road, between Oak Lawn Avenue and Fitzhugh Street, Dallas. Free for the party; some clubs charge admission. www.partyattheblock.com.
6Bizets best-known opera opens the Dallas Operas getting-back-on-financial-track season, featuring the American debut of French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine in the title role. If you cant fork over the big bucks, note that on opening night, you can also see the show for free in an outdoor simulcast at nearby Klyde Warren Park, where therell be a costume contest. Friday through Nov. 10 at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$275. 214-880-0202; dallasopera.org.
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
7 Call it C&W with less C and a lot more W. This event features a weekend of music, chili cook-offing, a chuck wagon parade and more, with concerts by Red Steagall, Don Edwards, the Quebe Sisters Band and others. 10 a.m.-midnight. Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $30-$75. 888-269-8696; www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com.
8This annual benefit for DFW Pug Rescue Club is one of the most irresistible events of the year. You get to see pugs (and other dog breeds) dressed as Cleopatra, Marvin the Martian and more as they all compete in a delightful costume contest. Also on tap: parades, races, a silent auction and fun pug-inspired merchandise. 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. www.dfwpugs.com
Tony and Tinas Wedding
9This is one of the more popular dinner theater successes, so much that it tours and sells out audiences everywhere. Part of the appeal is that its the whole wedding experience ceremony and reception, with cake, and a full Italian dinner (provided by the newly opened Tonys Pizza, Pasta & Subs). Big part of the fun is that you can make fun of people without offending anyone in your (or anyone elses) family. Theyre used to it. Runs through Oct. 27 at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $60.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
10John Popper and his harmonica-loving band are back, and would probably be cool to see in the worlds largest honky-tonk. American Aquarium opens at 9 p.m.; Blues Traveler takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Bobs Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $15-$35. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.
Of Mice and Men
11John Steinbecks novella about two friends and their travels together gets a staging at Theatre Arlington, directed by Andy Baldwin. Friday through Nov. 10 at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $17.50-$22.50. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
South By So What
12 Its so anti-SXSW that theyre doing a fall version now. And its TWO days. Gwar headlines, and Finch and Sleeping With Sirens are among the supporting acts. QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. $45-$149. www.southbysowhat.com, www.ticketfly.com