When the sun sets, the fiddles come out, girls start twirling, kids can’t stop laughing and everyone is having a good time. It’s fall in Texas – and there is no better way to celebrate than by attending Addison After Dark’s Harvest Hootenanny from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 16 at Addison Circle Park!
“Halloween is almost over, but it’s not time to bring out the Christmas cheer just yet,” said Jasmine Lee, director of special events for the Town of Addison. “That’s why Addison is introducing the Harvest Hootenanny, an opportunity for all ages to celebrate the fall season with folk music, free activities, great food and more. We want to acknowledge and enjoy each part of the year, and who doesn’t love a good hootenanny?”
This free event, presented by Oncor, kicks off with a boot-stompin performance by the Bodarks at 7 p.m. This band was formed in 2012 from remnants of hard rock, country and blues bands. They set aside their electronic gear for traditional bluegrass instruments to create a beautiful mix of new and old. They have released three albums of original music and have side-staged for acts such as Kansas, Pat Benatar, Randy Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
Later, the Bodarks will be followed with a live show by popular party band David Whiteman and the King David Band at 9 p.m. This is one of the most versatile bands in town, which has been uplifting crowds since 2001. Led by vocalist and guitarist David Whiteman, this 13-piece band covers a wide range of genres, including top 40, pop, R&B, funk, hip hop, rock, Latin and dance variety music.
In between dancing to the folk music, take the kids to get their faces painted, get a balloon animal, play outdoor games and see the petting zoo. When you’re ready for a break, bring your own picnic lunch and lay out under the stars for dinner. Or purchase food from Jack’s Chow Hound, the Kitty Bunny Bakery or Waffle O’licious.
Jack’s Chow Hound was one of the first food trucks to cruise around Dallas when it opened in spring 2011. Since then, local foodies have fallen in love with its gourmet comfort food, like its Italian pepperoni sandwich, the best burgers in the area, and its claim to fame: the pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich.
The Kitty Bunny Bakery was started as a custom greeting card company in April 2017. However, when Kitty baked some cookies as a thank-you gift to her first customer, she decided she was in the wrong business (those were some amazing cookies!). Now, they make cute, colorful, quirky mini cupcakes, cookies and other delicious treats.
Waffle O’licious has a goal of bringing the best Belgium waffles to the metroplex. In addition to the classic waffle-with-butter-and-syrup combo, you can also get unique combinations such as the O Philly Cheese steak Waffle, the O Wa-Cho’s Chicken and Bacon Waffle Nachos, the O Burger, the O Chocolate Waffle and the O Waffle Fries.
Additionally, America’s Finest Beverage Catering will be selling beer, wine and more, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the Adaptive Training Foundation, which is a training program for people with disabilities.
Harvest Hootenanny is the last event in the new Addison After Dark series, which brings a fresh perspective on themed entertainment in Addison Circle Park. This series took place on the third Saturdays of every month (except September) from May-November, and included a Patriotic Party, a Retro Night Out, a Luau on the Lawn, a Pints and Pups, a Let’s Do the Time Warp and this month’s Harvest Hootenanny.
This free, family-friendly event is taking place at Addison Circle Park, located at 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Free public parking will also be available.
If you are looking for some good, clean, good-for-the-entire-family fall fun, then the Harvest Hootenanny is for you. Wear your most comfortable plaid shirts and cowboy boots, and get ready for a night to remember!