Texas Cool Downs
July 6, 2016
If you’re seeking thrills and adventure with slides and tubes, then Schlitterbahn is the place for you! Located in Galveston, New Braunfels, South Padre, and Corpus Christi, it is easily accessible for everyone! Water slides, water coasters, lazy rivers, wave pools, leisure pools, and so much more are waiting for you and your family at Schlitterbahn! For more information about tickets and locations, please visit the Schlitterbahn website!
SummerBlast – Grapevine
Looking for fun ways to beat the Texas heat? Come out to Grapevine for the SummerBlast and have fun with the whole family! There is something for everyone from catching outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, to splashing in the largest indoor water park in Texas at Great Wolf Lodge. Maybe you want to have a day at the Grapevine Museums and then check out the deep-sea creatures at the SEA LIFE Grapevine aquarium. Shop until you drop at one, or all, of the many shopping centers and malls that Grapevine has to offer. There is something for everyone at the SummerBlast in Grapevine!
BSR Cable Park – Waco
Home to the world’s tallest water slide and the world’s longest lazy river, BSR Cable Park is the water park of the summer! Pick one of three water slides to race down with your friends and get launched into the air before splashing down in the 15-foot pool. The smallest slide is more of a bunny slope and the largest slide has a 100-foot drop for the more adventurous riders. Kick back, relax, and be lazy on the ¾-of-a-mile-long lazy river. Bring your own tubes or rent one. If you feel like bringing a cooler with you while you float downstream, cooler floats are also available for rent. In addition to all of the water activities that Cable Park offers, there are seven cabins that you can rent right on site! Come make a splash this summer with your family and friends!
Texas Art Exhibits You Should See Right Now
April 15, 2016
Texas is home to some of the most impressive art museums around, so be sure to take advantage of these exhibitions happening this spring in some of Texas’ finest art museums:
Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929 – 1940
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
From the Museum of Fine Arts Houston: “Sculpted in Steel showcases 14 cars and three motorcycles, alongside historical images and videos. The classic grace and modern luxury of Art Deco design dazzles in vehicles from the United States and around the world.”
Guest of Honor: Titian’s Entombment of Christ
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
From the Kimbell: “From March 4 until June 12, the Kimbell will display one of Titian’s most compelling masterpieces, The Entombment of Christ, on loan from the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Created by the Venetian painter at the height of his illustrious career, the work displays the mastery of color and expressive brushwork that have earned Titian an unrivaled reputation even to this day.”
Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
From the DMA: “Rebecca Warren is a British artist whose restless, sometimes contradictory art reworks varying modes of sculpture in order to sustain a distinct path within the existing histories and languages of art. Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling presents over ten years of sculptural innovations through a survey of twenty works from 2003 to the present.”
Frank Stella: A Retrospective
The Modern, Fort Worth
From The Modern: “The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney Museum of American Art present FRANK STELLA: A RETROSPECTIVE, a comprehensive survey of one of the most important living American artists. This exhibition presents Frank Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 100 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings.”
Rodin: The Human Experience
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio
From the San Antonio Museum of Art: “In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), the San Antonio Museum of Art is one of several U.S. museums to host Rodin: The Human Experience, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections—on view March 5 through May 29. Included are some of the artist’s best-known works, such as Saint John the Baptist Preaching, Monumental Torso of the Walking Man, studies for his monuments to Balzac and for The Burghers of Calais, and works from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell.”
Lisa Haller Baggesen: Mothernism
The Contemporary Austin, Austin
From The Contemporary Austin: “Lise Haller Baggesen her book Mothernism—a potent, purple object edged in the crisp silver of a fresh Wrigley’s gum wrapper—with an account of a long drive on the German Autobahn, followed by an ode to Donna Summer’s sultry disco style and lyrics from David Bowie’s 1979 song “Fantastic Voyage.” 1979 was the International Year of the Child, the heyday of disco, and for Baggesen, the touchstone for her multifaceted project, situated (as she describes it) at “the intersection of feminism, science fiction, and disco.” At The Contemporary Austin, Baggesen presents Mothernism in a new, site-specific iteration, the artist’s first solo museum presentation of this project and her first exhibition in Texas.”
Can’t Miss Spring Art Festivals
April 13, 2016
Perhaps it’s all the wildflowers popping up around us, but we feel especially creative come springtime in Texas. There’s something particularly refreshing about strolling outdoors and gazing at beautiful works of art—especially after the tough winter we’ve had! Lucky for you, the rest of Texas feels the same way, and cities across the state are hosting a slew of art festivals this spring—many with live entertainment and tasty bites—for your enjoyment. Check out the list of festivals below:
April 11, 2016
If you live in San Antonio, you’re more than aware of the quickly-approaching Fiesta celebration happening April 14–24. Committees plan this ten day event all year long as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. In it’s 125th year, Fiesta has come to showcase San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures through more than 100 official events produced by local nonprofits. With so many different parades, festivals, concerts and art exhibits to choose from—not to mention the food—and over ten days to experience it, you have no excuse not to partake in this year’s Fiesta celebration. For a full breakdown of events, click here.
Save the Date: Grapevine’s Blessing of the Vines
April 4, 2016
Be it for tradition or superstition, Grapevine’s annual Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail is an event you don’t want to miss. Start the day at Delaney Vineyards on April 9 at 11am and reenact the 400-year old European custom of literally blessing the vines to ensure robust vines and savory grapes each year. Admission is free for this event, or you can purchase a ticket to the New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail happening throughout Grapevine from 11am – 5pm that same day. Visit Grapevine’s participating wineries and sample the new vintage releases, and be sure to read all about Grapevine’s wineries before you go in our Texas Weekend Wine Tours brochure here.
Head to Round Top for the Spring Antique Show
March 24, 2016
Start planning your trip to Round Top now for the famous Spring Antique Show happening March 28 – April 2. Held each fall and spring, the Round Top Antiques Fair is known worldwide for its best-of-the-best vendors who only bring in the most quality antiques. From European to Americana, if you can’t find it at Round Top, it probably doesn’t exist! Book your lodging now (rooms fill up fast!), and plan to visit our Best Stores in Round Top while you’re in town for even more great shopping.
Tyler Azalea & Spring Flower Trail
March 22, 2016
It’s a great time to visit east Texas; the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail in Tyler is blooming and it is gorgeous. With cameras ready, begin at the courthouse on North Broadway, and follow Azalea Trail signs southward through eight miles of residential gardens and historic home sites full of blooming azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers March 25 – April 10. A detailed map of the trails can be found on page 5 of this PDF, so you have plenty of time to explore before the trails close on April 10.
South Texas State Fair
March 21, 2016
Texas is so big, it needs more than one state fair to keep its residents entertained. That, and we just like to have a good time. The South Texas State Fair happens each spring in Beaumont, and it packs just as much fun and entertainment into its 11-day run as the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park. Enjoy delicious fair food, carnival rides and games, a rodeo and even an exotic petting zoo March 24 – April 3 brought to you by the historic Young Men’s Business League of Texas. Avoid a wait at the gate, and purchase your tickets online in advance here.
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.
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