It's almost time for this year's The Edge of Texas, a two-day festival in Downtown Dallas showcasing the very best of Texas. The festival will feature an array of speakers, performers and chefs over three events happening Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, and while there's a few changes in store, you can still expect a stellar lineup.
There's a change in venue
While last year's event took place at various Dallas locations, this year's events have been condensed to two sites. The Friday night kick-off party and Saturday's story telling sessions will all be held at Belo Mansion in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The Saturday night final celebration will be held at The Empire Room in the Design District. See the full schedule here.
Start off strong
The Friday night event has been transformed into a 90-minute film and music program, featuring never-before-seen clips from "They Called Us Outlaws," a film exploring the outlaw music movement. The night will also feature performances by Jack Ingram, Holly Williams and more.
Hear some stories
Saturday's storytelling segment features six pairs of simultaneous segments held in two ballrooms, so you'll have to make some choices. Kicking off the day is a panel exploring life after reality TV, featuring Dallasites Rachel Lindsay of The Bachelorette and Alyssa Edwards of RuPaul's Drag Race. At the same time in a separate panel, local sports anchor Dale Hansen will join to talk about why he covers more than sports.
Later in the day, true crime has a moment with Toby Shook, the original prosecutor on the mid-nineties case against Darlie Routier, now on death row. At the same time on the opposite stage, female entrepreneurs, including Dallas' own Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, Founder and CEO of Bird Bakery in Highland Park Village, take the stage to discuss their views on building a brand.
Get ready for a Saturday night party
The Empire Room will host this year's finale, and there's a few perks in store. Get treated to dinner from Callie Speer of Austin's Holy Roller, Bruno Davaillon of Dallas' Bullion, and Houston pitmaster Ronnie Killen, among others. Bodacious BBQ out of Houston takes the pitmaster role for the night, offering cuts and bites of their meats. And the music is brought to you from Dallas' own DJ Sober, along with Minor Mishap Marching Band taking the stage later in the evening.
Stay in style
Both the Mansion at Turtle Creek and The Adolphus Hotel are offering promo rates to Edge of Texas attendees. Take advantage of the Adolphus' recent renovation and close proximity and to the Edge events, or stay in world-class luxury at the Mansion near the Oaklawn neighborhood. Check out the promo codes here.