DFW Entertainment: Crawfish Festival, Smokedown, John Fogerty

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You can buy crawfish by the pound, sip Wild Acre craft beers and listen to live music at the inaugural Cowtown Crawfish Fest on Saturday, April 30.

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Sure, there are plenty of great barbecue and burger options in the city, but don’t forget to dig some mudbugs to celebrate crawfish season in North Texas.

You can join the fun at the first Cowtown Crawfish Fest, Saturday, April 30 from 1-7 p.m. at the Wild Acre Brewing Company near downtown Fort Worth.

And you can wash it down with craft beers and spirits from Wild Acre onsite at 1734 E. El Paso St., #190.

The beats will be flowing as THE DJ big daddy, three-time Grammy nominee Sean Ardoin and Unfaded Brass Band will take to the stage at Wild Acre Live.

Admission is free, but event organizers recommend pre-booking crayfish platters as they cannot be guaranteed on the day of the event.

Crawfish bracelets are available for purchase online in 3-pound and 5-pound quantities, plus a side of corn and potatoes. You can also purchase beer strips preloaded with three Wild Acre beers to avoid trades during the event.

Not a fan of mudbugs? No worries, food trucks will be on site along with other options.

The family-friendly event also includes a Wandering Roots Craft Market with dozens of local vendors to visit.

For crawfish/beer tickets and other information, go to wildacrelive.com/crawfish-festival.

Syndicate Smokedown features a barbecue contest and live music

Are you more of a BBQ person?

Then you should check out the Syndicate Smokedown, barbecue contest and live music festival on Saturday April 30 at the Panther Island Pavilion along Trinity River near North Henderson Street.

The smokedown features award-winning barbecues and live tunes, and it’s for a good cause.

The first event, presented by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, will help raise scholarship funds for young livestock exhibitors.

All proceeds from the smoke will go to the union’s Jim Bob Norman Scholarship Fund.

The smokedown offers a range of three ticket sales:

$25, Smokedown GA: Includes smokedown admission and access to live music performances

$40, barbecue time: Admission, BBQ plate, two drink tickets and access to live music

$150, VIP bones: Entrance, barbecue plate, open bar, free VIP parking and VIP viewing area for live music

Visit syndicatesmokedown.com/attend/ to purchase tickets.

The musical lineup includes Cory Morrow, Lauren Corzine, Topo Chico Cowboys and more.

In the barbecue competition, pitmasters will compete for a $12,000 prize in three categories: chicken, pork ribs and beef brisket.

Visit syndicatesmokedown.com for more information.

Music legend John Fogerty plays Billy Bob’s

For more live music and to see a legend, check out John Fogerty on Saturday, April 30 at Billy Bob’s Texas.

Fogerty, who is making his debut with Billy Bob, will take the stage at 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The singer-songwriter, now 76, founded popular rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968. Fogerty was CCR’s vocalist and lead guitarist before embarking on a hugely successful solo career in 1972 .

Some of his best-known hits include “Centerfield”, “The Old Man Down The Road” and “Rock and Roll Girls”.

Will he play any of the popular CCR tracks such as ‘Fortunate Son’, ‘Born on the Bayou’ and ‘Proud Mary’?

To purchase tickets and find out, go to billybobstexas.com/events/john-fogerty. General admission (standing) tickets are $40, with reserved table tickets $150-$200.

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