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
Don’t Miss: Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
May 14, 2015
Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival keeps winning awards for a reason: it’s really, really good. Happening this Friday through Sunday at Galatyn Park in Richardson, there’s truly a little bit of something for everything. Music lovers can dance their way between six different stages featuring up-and-comers and big names like Minus The Bear, Blue October and Pat Benetar. In between shows, head to the MarketPlace to shop works of art, eclectic gifts and handmade finds, or refuel at the Taste of Texas Food Garden for festival favorites and regional cuisine. Feel free to bring the kids along too—they can craft, color and climb at the Kidz Korner outfitted with a rock wall, craft centers and kid-friendly live entertainment.
Snag a weekend pass at any Metroplex Tom Thumb grocery store, or online here, for just $30 bucks. Single day passes are $20, and Sunday’s pass is half-price at $10. Browse these festival discounts for even more ways to save on passes this weekend.
Celebrate Sixth Street at the Pecan Street Festival in Austin
April 29, 2015
Those not well-versed in the history of our state’s capital may not know that Austin’s famed Sixth Street was originally named Pecan Street. Enter the Pecan Street Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday on—you guessed it—East Sixth Street where proceeds from the free two-day arts festival go towards the preservation of the historic street in downtown Austin.
The juried art show features hundreds of works from local and national artists and artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a wide variety of mediums. And because it’s Austin, there will be more than 50 of Austin’s top musical acts performing on three stages located on Trinity, Neches and Red River Streets. This is a kid-friendly event—I mean hello, there’s going to be a petting zoo!—and all of Austin’s best food vendors will be on hand to keep you fueled for the weekend’s activities. Check out the festival map to formulate your plan of attack this weekend, or visit the Pecan Street Festival website for more detailed info on participating vendors!
Cottonwood Art Festival this Weekend
April 28, 2015
This weekend Richardson will be THE best city in the state for outdoor shopping during the famed Cottonwood Art Festival, one of the top-rated art festivals in the United States. Celebrating its 45th year of juried art shows, this year’s fest is happening Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm and is FREE and open to the public. Browse—and buy—over 800 museum-quality submissions from over 240 artists, or simply stop by to enjoy top local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Bring the little ones and sit in the shade by the lake, or enjoy an adults-only day while you sip cocktails in the courtyard. Check out the festival website for detailed artist information, and to download the festival app for the latest information!
Live at Night in The Woodlands
April 22, 2015
The Woodlands’ seasonal live music concert series—and your perennial date night idea this spring—Live at Night at picturesque Waterway Square is back again for the spring season! Each Saturday now through May 9, enjoy classic rock, Texas blues, jazz and Americana tunes from 6 – 9pm from the comfort of your own lawn chair or blanket. Snacks and coolers are welcome at Live at Night, so feel free to bring wine spritzers—or juice boxes—as the evening requires!
April 25 – Michael Hardy – Texas Blues and Americana tunes
May 2 – Sawdust Road – Progressive Country sounds
May 9 – Dan Holmes Group – blues, rock and jazz tunes
Garage Sale Gold: Columbus’ Junk in the Park
April 21, 2015
Another’s man’s trash junk is another man’s treasure in Columbus this weekend. Head to picturesque Beason Park this Saturday from 9am – 4pm to shop the city’s best garage sale finds in one spot at Junk in the Park. Parking is free for the event, and food vendors will be set up in the park’s pavilion so you can shop all morning and afternoon if you’re feeling exceptionally thrifty!
Fiesta Starts Tomorrow!
April 15, 2015
The countdown is finally over! San Antonio’s most exciting time of the year, Fiesta, is finally happening tomorrow. A San Antonio tradition since 1890, today’s Fiesta events grew from the The Battle of Flowers Parade—the only one in the country to be planned and directed completely by women. This year’s Battle of Flowers Parade will be held on April 24, but Fiesta events are happening all over the city tomorrow through April 26. Check out the full schedule of events here so you can start planning which parades and concerts to attend for the next two weeks!
Food Truck Park Coming to Richardson
DFW’s food trucks are about to up their mileage in the metroplex—the Richardson Food Truck Park plans to open its “doors” in late June. Pending a likely approval by the Richardson City Council later this month, the food truck park will have space to host up to five trucks, including two yard areas—one with play equipment for the kiddos. Located at 522 Bishop Avenue, the future food truck park is only a five-minute walk from the Arapaho DART rail station—making it even easier to indulge in mobile culinary masterpieces this summer. Until then, follow the Richardson Food Truck Park on Facebook for the latest news, and an exact date for the grand opening!
This Weekend: Frisco StrEATS
April 13, 2015
It’s finally time for Frisco’s 4th annual food truck festival, Downtown Frisco StrEATS, happening this Saturday from 1 – 7pm. Featuring tasty bites from over 15 local food trucks—Nammi, Easy Slider, The Butcher’s Son, Cup Cakin and more—this year’s event is still free and open to the public, but you can bring a non-perishable food item for Frisco Family Services for a chance to win a great prize. Check here for a complete list of food vendors and sponsors for this year’s event!
Weekly Brew Ha Ha’s in Grapevine
April 9, 2015
Restaurants across Grapevine are hosting weekly Craft Brew Dinners now through May 6, so by the time American Craft Beer Week and Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience roll around mid-May, you can call yourself a bona fide beer aficionado. Snag your $40 tickets in advance for next Thursday’s craft beer dinner at Chill Sports Bar & Grill featuring brews from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, or plan to attend one of the other four remaining craft brew dinners below:
April 20 at Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse
Brewery: Real Ale Brewing Company
April 24 at Hilton DFW Lakes
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company
April 28 at Love and War in Texas
Brewery: Franconia Brewing Company
May 6 at Tolbert’s Restaurant
Brewery: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The Dallas Art Fair is this Weekend
April 8, 2015
This weekend, the Fashion Industry Gallery on Ross Avenue is all about the Dallas Art Fair. With events scheduled tomorrow through Sunday, you’ll have an opportunity to browse works from over 90 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries. Purchase day passes for just $25/person, or go all-in for the weekend at $50/person and snag your event tickets online in advance here.
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