City of Play. This nonprofit brings a playful atmosphere to events around town, like the giant ball at this year’s Pittonkatonk (pictured). The organization also hosts weekly pub games and pick-up sports. www.cityofplay.org
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Ben Fountain’s lively, bittersweet novel follows a young soldier and his squad who, on a short visit from Iraq, are given a heroes’ welcome at a Cowboys game. Read the book before the movie version this fall.
Red Star Kombucha. Stop in this Market Square hole-in-the-wall for one of the several varieties of tasty fermented tea on tap. With an ABV between 2 and 5 percent, it’s a healthy, probiotic alternative for happy hour. 433 Graeme St., Downtown