If you do one thing this weekend, make your way to Texas Reds on Friday or Saturday night. It’s by far one of the most unique experiences in Aggieland and you’re sure to have a good time.
On Friday night, catch music from the Rock-A-Fellas, Texas Twisters and Texas Tornados, along with an artist showcase and plenty of vendors worth checking out. There’s also plenty going on at downtown businesses, including a night full of music at the Grand Stafford.
Saturday, the real fun gets started with wine tasting, grape stomping, chef demonstrations, live music and much more. Five dollars gets you in the door all day, from the first drop of vino poured to the last note from Roger Creager. We all know you have five dollars… If nothing else, cough it up for the good of local business.
How do you make sure you get the most of your experience? Follow these simple dos and don’ts.
DO: Invest in some wine tickets. Texas Reds boasts some of the best wines from all over the Lone Star State and you’re sure to find something you’ll love. The Weekender may be a sucker for wine, but even our friends who prefer beer or liquor usually leave with something they love. You can even take home your commemorative wine glass for just three tickets.
DON’T: Forget to eat. Some of the best fair food out there is available at Texas Reds, which means it’s a perfect day to forget about your diet. There’s also some free food available if you check out the chef demonstrations and time things just right. Last year, the Hairy Bikers brought down the house. Be sure to check them out at the Palace Theater around 3:30 p.m.
DO: Take a break, even if it’s just to visit more local businesses. Many of the stores downtown stay open all day and have great sales. 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. is a deceptively long time, even in nice weather. Couple that with all the wine you’re sure to drink and it could mean a recipe for disaster. Grabbing a midafternoon nap (or just a rest) is a sure-fire way to get the most out of your day.
DON’T: Go until you can’t go anymore. Downtown Bryan and Northgate don’t have the same rules. Yes, we know someone is bound to throw up at Reds, but you don’t want that person to be you! Have a good time during the day, but save the heavy stuff for the Creager concert!
DO: Consider patronizing a local business for dinner. While the steak plate is convenient and tasty, the cost will get you a great meal at most any business in Aggieland. You can always use this as your rest time, too!
DON’T: Miss out on visiting all the vendors. Some of the coolest things you’ll find at Reds are in the vendor booths. KBTX Media will be at booth 23 on Friday and Saturday. Stop by to say hi and pick up some swag!
DO: Finally, remember to relax and enjoy yourself! Texas Reds is a great, laid-back weekend that should be fun for the whole family. Things are reasonably priced to make sure you have an excellent time all day long. Check the day’s calendar of events early in the morning (there will definitely be some things you don’t want to miss), but don’t fret over making every event on the calendar.
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