Fiesta Noche del Rio Starts this Friday
May 9, 2016
Each year visitors and residents alike find time for a Fiesta Noche del Rio show in San Antonio. The summer outdoor performances featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas kick off this Friday at the historic Arneson River Theatre in La Villita. Shows run all summer long through August 10, and you can purchase tickets online in advance 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.
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!
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