Friday 09.07 — Sunday 09.09

Dallas Chocolate Festival returns… sweet!

Look, we could say it’s full of anti-oxidants, or that the best kinds are actual cuisines that can pair with wine and liquor, but the truth is, we like chocolate because it’s yummy. How yummy? Well, you might need to come to the second annual Dallas Chocolate Festival to find out. Local chocolatiers like Yellibelly and Kate Weiser, and confectioners with cocoa treat like Bisous Bisous and La Duni will have demos, classes and of course samples over three days of dark, gooey indulgences.

F.I.G. 1804 Ross Ave. Sept. 7 VIP party, $75–$100;
Sept. 8 festival, $5–$35; Sept. 9 workshops, $60–$150.



Friday 09.07 — Saturday 09.08

Edge of Texas celebrates all things Texan… including gay culture

What are the best things about Texas? The food? The music? The personalities? The answer is, yes. And the Edge of Texas, a festival sponsored by Texas Monthly, has assembled tons of each for its two-day celebration of the Lone Star State. Among those contributing their talents are dance teacher (and Drag Racer) Alyssa Edwards, queer filmmaker Yen Tan, broadcasting legend (and vocal ally) Dale Hansen and chefs John Tesar and Bruno Davaillon.

American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave.



Friday 08.31 — Sunday 09.30

Stage West presents daring play ‘An Octoroon’

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer and received a MacArthur “genius” grant, so you know he’s a serious artist. That rep was instigated in part with the 2014 play An Octoroon. Adapted from a popular melodrama of the antebellum period, it explores race and stereotypes, and uses blackface and whiteface to convey its messages. Like I said, serious artist. Fort Worth’s Stage West produces its regional premiere.

Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd. Fort Worth.