Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
May 2, 2016
That’s May 5th for the mono-lingual, and it’s kind of a big deal around these parts. But you already knew that, which is why you’re here looking for the scoop on Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Without further ado, here’s a smattering of some great Cinco de Mayo parties around the state:
Oak Cliff | Dallas | May 7 North Texas’ largest Cinco de Mayo parade starts at 10am at 223 E. Jefferson Blvd. and travels all the way to Polk Street. Expect marching bands, folkloric dance groups, and a festival along the 400 – 700 blocks of Jefferson featuring DJs, live Tejano bands, food and more.
Fiesta Gardens | Austin | May 7 – 8 As you’d expect, the live music capital of the world has two musically jam-packed days of Cinco de Mayo celebrations planned at Fiesta Gardens. Check out the complete music schedule here.
Billy Bob’s Texas | Fort Worth | May 8 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a little Texas two-step at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth on May 8, where there will be live music on two stages starting at 1pm.
Main Street | Houston | May 5 Get tickets now for Houston’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party happening from 2pm – 2am at Capitol Bar, Leon’s Lounge, Mongoose versus Cobra, Traffic Lounge and Cle Day & Nightclub.
Get Lucky at These St. Paddy’s Day Events
March 16, 2016
Cowtown Goes Green – Fort Worth: This Saturday only, a special Western/Irish themed Cowtown Goes Green parade will follow the 4pm cattle drive down Exchange Avenue. Come early to enjoy family-friendly events, face painting and more from noon – 5pm.
Greenville Avenue – Dallas: Greenville Avenue shuts down for Dallas’ annual St. Patrick’s Day parade where over 125,000 people come out for parade floats, drinks and revelry.
Shoal Crossing Event Center – Austin: Austin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is all about Irish culture where they promise not to serve you green beer—only the finest Irish brews. You’ll also see Irish music ensembles, clogging and Irish food and drink like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and Guiness, Harp and Smithwicks.
MacKenzie’s Pub – Beaumont: Head to MacKenzie’s pub on St. Patrick’s Day for a special evening of corned beef, cabbage and Irish music.
St. Paddy’s Festival – El Paso: Freedom Crossing will host three days of live music starting at 5pm on St. Patrick’s Day, with a full day of music scheduled for Saturday. The festival is free to attend, and you can check out the full musical lineup here.
Hot Glass, Cold Brew! – Grapevine: There’s still time to reserve your spot at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery this Friday or Saturday, where you’ll get to create your own beer glass, and imbibe some fine ales. Reserve your spot online in advance here.
Downtown Laredo Celebration – Laredo: La Posada Hotel West Courtyard and Siete Banderas will be home base for two great St. Patrick’s Day celebrations without walking distance of each other!
Shop Austin’s Artists and Artisans Festival this Month
March 11, 2016
While the rest of Austin is experiencing the best of technology, music and film, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has its eye on the best of spring in Texas: wildflowers. This March 19 – 20 the center kicks off its annual Wildflower Days celebration with the Artisan and Artisans Festival devoted to arts, crafts and nature. The gardens will soon be blooming with bluebonnets, winecup and other wildflowers, but you can shop more than 30 American artists selling nature-themed handmade items this weekend. This year’s featured artist, George Boutwell, will be selling prints in the Auditorium all weekend, and featured sculptor Chris Allen will be on hand with his metal botanical sculptures. Click here for more information—admission is $10 for adults and only $4 for children.
Funky Finds Spring Fling
March 8, 2016
The whole family—fur babies included—can enjoy Fort Worth’s 8th annual Funky Finds Spring Fling this Saturday and Sunday at the Will Rogers Memorial Center small exhibits building. Open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday, the show features the best handmade goods from over 100 artists/crafters/designers/food makers. There will be 150 swag bags, a charitable raffle and on-site pet adoptions by the Humane Society of North Texas. This event is FREE so you can spend even more at these great Spring Fling vendors.
Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum Opens this Weekend
February 25, 2016
If Dallas Arboretum’s Dallas Blooms is starting this weekend, it means that spring is just around the corner. Right?! We sure hope so. Named one of America’s Best Spring Floral Festivals by Fodor’s Travel last year, this year’s festival returns with the theme “The Artistry in Nature.” The 66-acred garden will feature over 100 different kinds of spring bulbs totaling 500,000 blooms set among the backdrop of renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Status exhibit. Dallas Blooms officially opens this Saturday, where Gary Lee Price will be on hand—and sculpting. Purchase tickets online in advance here!
Bayou City Art Festival
October 9, 2015
Over its extensive 43-year history, the Bayou City Art Festival—brought to you by the Art Colony Association—has raised over $35 million benefitting arts education for children and adults, local arts and community service organizations and Houston parks throughout the Greater Houston area. You too can show your support for the Houston arts community by purchasing tickets the Bayou City Art Festival happening this Friday through Sunday at Memorial Park. Enjoy live music and works from artists in every medium you can think of—even leather and mixed media—and support emerging area talent as part of the High School Emerging Artist Program, where prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. Purchase tickets online in advance here; for complete details, check out the event website.
Margarita and Salsa Festival
August 26, 2015
No offense to grocery store Picante, but the best salsa in Texas usually comes homemade, straight out of your momma’s kitchen. That’s why we’re looking forward to Waco’s Margarita and Salsa Festival—two of our favorite things—at the Extraco Events Center this Saturday starting at 6pm. Live music begins at 7pm, but the main event includes tastings of competing salsa recipes from local restaurant chefs and amateur cooks. General admission tickets can be purchased online in advance here—or you can call 254-224-8282 if you’re looking for a VIP experience—so you can see William Clark Green, Ryan Bingham and the Randy Rogers Band perform this weekend!
Pedal to the Metal
August 10, 2015
Whether it’s for off-road exploration, a trip to the farmers market or some good ole fashioned exercise, two-wheeled activities are en vogue in Texas right now. Check out our list of some of the best bike trails in Texas, and where to suit up with everything from custom bikes to those oh-so-necessary bike shorts!
Texas Market Days
July 30, 2015
This Saturday is a day made for antiquing in Texas, because both Wimberley and Bandera will be hosting Market Days in their respective cities. Shop Wimberley’s Market Days at Lions Pavilion, or stop by Bandera’s at Courthouse Square for an assortment of antiques, vintage finds and handmade goods.
The Stars at Night are Big and Bright
July 29, 2015
The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas… and we think you should go check ‘em out! Stargazing has long been a tradition in Texas, and it’s probably because we’ve got some pretty great places to go. However, if you’ve never been, we have compiled a list of all our stargazing necessities! First off, you will want to run out and buy a light all-weather jacket. Our favorite place for this is Six:02 at NorthStar Mall in San Antonio, because even though we live in Texas, it can get brisk when the sun goes down. You’ll also want something to sit on, and we recommend going to the King Ranch Saddle Shop to pick up a nice blanket to rest on. After you’ve got your jacket and blanket, it might be helpful to snag a flashlight and compass from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitter. Now that you’ve got all your supplies, pull out your phone and download Star Walk or Star Tracker Lite for Apple or Android devices, or head to EarthSky to print off a star map!
1. Nike Dri-FIT Impossibly Light Jacket from Six:02
2. Celestron Cometron 7×50 Astronomy Binoculars
3. Suunto A-30 Woodsman Compass from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters
4. Fenix LD12 G2 LED Flashlight from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters
5. Nike RU Windrunner AOP Jacket from Six:02
6. Red Diamond Blanket from King Ranch Saddle Shop
Know before you go: There is a class system used to rate how dark an area is, therefore letting you know how easily you will be able to see stars. If an area is ranked class 1, it’s very rare and means that it is the best and darkest area to go stargazing. If it’s a class 2, this means it is just slightly less dark, but still a good option, and if it’s a class 3, it is brighter and you will still get to see plenty of stars, but you are less likely to spot those hard-to-find constellations.
Big Bend Ranch State Park: Class 1
Balmorhea State Park: Class 2
Caprock Canyons State Park: Class 2
Davis Mountains State Park: Class 2
Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area: Class 2
Colorado Bend State Park: Class 3
South Llano River State Park: Class 3
McDonald Observatory: Class 2
Market Street Allen USA this Saturday
June 25, 2015
This year the City of Allen is partnering with Market Street to host a Fourth of July celebration unlike any other in the area. This year’s family-friendly Market Street Allen USA kicks off Saturday, June 27, at 4pm. There will be a kid zone with wristband available from $20 if purchased before Saturday at Joe Farmer Recreation Center or at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium or $25 the day of the event. Those “too cool” for the kid zone can head to the free teen zone with a live DJ, Karaoke, and even a “selfie” station! For the sports enthusiasts in the family there will also be a sports zone with professional athletes from the Allen Americans, Griffins Rugby, Dallas Sidekicks, and Texas Revolution. Of course, since it’s the Fourth of July, there will be a spectacular 25 minute firework show kicking of around 10pm that we know you won’t want to miss! With live music and food trucks throughout the event, we know where we’ll be this Saturday!
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