Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration
June 8, 2016
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for the 4th of July celebration at Breckinridge Park! The City of Richardson’s annual “Family 4th Celebration” is a perfect way to enjoy time with your friends and family while celebrating America’s Independence Day.
The annual event will have various activities and entertainment for kids including balloon artists, bounce houses and climbing walls. Attendees of the event may bring in their own picnic dinner and snacks, with concession food also available for purchase at the park.
Limited parking is available around the park vicinity. However, to make sure everyone has a great time and gets there on time, the City of Richardson will be providing free round-trip shuttle services starting at 6 PM!
The Richardson Community Band will perform its annual Patriotic Salute Concert at 8:45 PM! Fireworks start 9:45 PM – weather permitting. So get there early and grab a good patch of grass!
Mark your calendars and get ready to paint the sky red, white, and blue.
3555 Park Vista Road
Richardson, Texas 75082
6:00 PM – 10:15 PM
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.
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!
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