Save the Date: Grapevine’s Blessing of the Vines
March 25, 2015
Be it for tradition or superstition, Grapevine’s annual Blessing of the Vines is an event you don’t want to miss. Now in its 23rd year, head to Delaney Vineyards on April 11 from 10 – 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 10am – 5pm that same day. Visit each of Grapevine’s 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.
Tall City Blues Fest Starts Today
July 25, 2014
Award-winning Blues musicians will descend upon Midland today through Sunday for the Tall City Blues Fest at Centennial Plaza. You can catch headliners Ghost Town Blues Band and Memphis Jam on Friday, followed by Ruben V, John Carl Escue and Jeska Bailey & the Platform Souls all day Saturday, and Ana Popovic and Too Slim & the Taildraggers on Sunday. There will also be a silent art auction, educational workshops, a midnight spectator jam, a Gospel Brunch and an autographed memorabilia raffle—last year it was a guitar autographed by Buddy Guy! Check out the full musical lineup here, and order single day or weekend passes online in advance here.
Jon Hart Back to School Sale at Joe Brand
July 22, 2014
Back-to-school styles come and go, but a decent backpack will always be a must-have. There are tons of styles and brands to choose from, but it’s easy to gravitate to the classic look of a Jon Hart backpack. With more than 10 different color options—both for him and for her—different monogram styles and (for the moms) reinforced leather corners, what’s not to love? Start the back-to-school savings early, and stop by Laredo Hit List store Joe Brand now through August 17th and shop their special Jon Hart Back-to-School sale for discounts on backpacks and more!
Abi Ferrin Summer Sale
July 14, 2014
Most women have a go-to LBD in the back of their closet for style emergencies, while most Texas women have an Abi Ferrin dress for that same purpose. Abi Ferrin’s designs are made in the USA with easy-to-care-for fabrics and are built to flatter. Read: the perfect dress. Shop styles by Abi Ferrin today through Sunday at their West Village boutique on McKinney for discounts up to 60% off!
Shop the Wisteria Summer Sale Now
July 11, 2014
We love when national retailers hold summer sales. They’re always a treat for us Texans, where the warm weather days stretch into September and even October, giving our “summer steals” some serious mileage. Don’t miss out on Wisteria’s summer sale happening now, where you can shop select items like patterned pillows, wall art and Moroccan home décor at 30% off. Check out the online sale, or head to the only physical store location of Wisteria in Dallas before the sale ends on July 21.
The Best Home Décor Sales Happening Now
Looking to spice up your space with a few affordable home décor accents? You’ll want to shop the Wisteria Summer Sale event for 30% off select items.
Fans of contemporary design will swoon over BoConcept’s end of season design sale starting July 14 and running through August 28. Check out the list of markdowns here.
Fans of Red—that’s us—anxiously await the annual Red Hot Sale every year. Find out how you can save up to 70% off some of the cutest home décor items around here.
BoConcept End of Season Design Sale
July 10, 2014
Take note contemporary design fans: BoConcept’s End of Season Design sale officially begins on Monday. Texans can take advantage of great sales like 25% off extendable tables, 40% off a customized BoConcept sofa, 25% off all Arco and Carmo sofas, 15% off sofas in select fabrics, and up to 50% off on all floor models at the Dallas Design District location on Oak Lawn, or the Houston location on Westheimer. Shop the sale now through August 28 before the new—and full-priced—2015 collection makes its way to the sales floor.
(Lone) Stars & Stripes: Fourth of July Across Texas
July 2, 2014
Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | Fair Park
Home to the State Fair of Texas, Fair Park knows how to show Dallas a good time. Fair Park Fourth opens its doors at 10am on Friday, where you can enjoy Midway fun—rides, games and concessions—or stop by The Children’s Fair Aquarium or Texas Discovery Gardens before heading to the Cotton Bowl to grab a seat for the 9:30pm fireworks show.
Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | Panther Island Pavilion
For those looking for a grand celebration in Cowtown, Panther Island Pavilion is the place he be this 4th of July. Gates open at 2pm with live music scheduled throughout the evening until the largest fireworks show in North Texas kicks off at 10pm. There will also be a Free Kidzone offering pony rides, bounce houses, miniature golf and even a water slide!
Various Events | Fredericksburg
You’re guaranteed a 4th of July celebration almost anywhere in Fredericksburg this weekend, including a Main Street 4th of July parade at 10am, a Chili Cookoff at Becker Vineyards and a Fireworks display at “dark-thirty” at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park—and that’s just Friday! Check out the full list of things to do this weekend in Fredericksburg here.
Freedom Fest | Frisco | Frisco Square
Frisco’s annual dance party/Taste of Frisco/game-a-palooza/local talent showcase/fireworks show is going down in Frisco Square at 4pm this Friday. Once you’ve checked out the family fun activities at the Children’s Plaza and gorged yourself on tasty delights at Taste of Frisco, grab a ticket the FC Dallas soccer match against Philadelphia Union in Toyota Stadium for just $16. The massive fireworks show will be visible from within the stadium and around Frisco Square!
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration | Granbury | Granbury Square
“Old Fashioned,” but not out-of-date, Granbury’s 4th of July weekend celebration kicks off with a Classic Car show tomorrow night, followed by a hometown parade at 10am on Friday, arts & crafts vendors at the Courthouse Square parking lot, live jazz music and a fireworks show set to music at 9:45pm over Lake Granbury. Check out the complete breakdown of the weekend’s events here.
Freedom Fest | Kerrville | Kerrville Hills Winery
Enjoy a 4th of July celebration with your family at home on Friday, and head to Kerrville Hills Winery on Saturday for an outdoor concert from Exit 505, Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q and wash pitching from 11am – 6pm.
Red, White and Boom | McKinney | Historic Downtown and McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
Kick off America’s birthday with a 10am parade through downtown McKinney, then head home for a little pool or grill time for a few hours before heading to the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch at 7pm for family activities, food, live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks show at 9:45pm.
All American Fourth Fireworks | Plano | Collin College
You’ll be able to see the All American Fireworks from multiple locations in Plano, but we suggest settling in on a comfy blanket or chair on the hill at Collin College in time for the 9:30pm fireworks show for prime viewing.
Red, Hot & Blue Festival | The Woodlands | Town Greek Park
In its 17th year, The Woodlands’ Red, Hot & Blue Festival has grown to include two stages of live music, an array of family activities like face painting, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, concessions and a fireworks show along the waterway at approximately 9pm.
Fourth on the Brazos | Waco | Along the Brazos
Food trucks full of BBQ, burgers, funnel cakes and more and a Corndog Classic Eating Competition help kick off Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos celebration this Friday, culminating in a grand fireworks show at 10pm. Suggested viewing areas along the Brazos include the river bank along MLK Drive, Franklin Avenue Bridge and Washington Avenue in front of the Waco Convention Center.
Live Summer Tunes for the Weekend
June 25, 2014
Summer concert series across Texas are in full swing! Here’s where you can catch some quality—free—live music this weekend:
Music Under the Stars | El Paso | June 29 (pictured above)
In its 31st season, El Paso’s Music Under the Stars pulls some serious musical talent for a free concert series. Enjoy the Latin sounds of Son Ardiente this Sunday from 7:30 – 9pm at Chamizal National Memorial, and be sure to stop by again on July 20 for Los Lonely Boys!
Boerne Concert Band | Boerne | June 29
Catch the local Boerne Concert Band—a FULL band. We’re talking brass, percussion…the works—this Sunday at their Free Independence Day Concert in Boerne’s Main Plaza this Sunday evening from 7 – 9pm!
Twilight Tunes | Denton | June 26
This award-winning concert series kicks off every Thursday evening at 6:30pm on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn. Bring a blanket, some chairs, or even a to-go meal from one of Denton’s local eateries and enjoy the acoustic sounds of the Bonnie & Nick Norris Band this Thursday evening.
Summer Sunday Lawn Concerts | Midland | June 29
Not only will Josh Tatum be rocking it out on the front lawn of historic Turner Mansion in Midland from 7:30 – 9pm this Sunday, but it’s Pet Night. Be sure to bring your “crowd-friendly” pets along with a comfy blanket or chair to make the free live music extra enjoyable this weekend.
Boerne Market Days this Weekend
June 10, 2014
Shop Boerne Market Days this Saturday and Sunday and pick up last-minute even more gifts for Dad in time for Father’s Day this Sunday! Vendors will line the historical district on main plaza 10am – 5pm each day selling art, crafts and handmade wares. Many of Boerne’s downtown boutiques, galleries and shops will be open concurrent with Market Days, where you can shop even more jewelry, plants, arts, handcrafts, collectibles, antiques and more!
First Friday Art Walk
June 4, 2014
Don’t miss the First Friday Art Walk of the summer this Friday in Fredericksburg. Fifteen different art galleries will be displaying and selling works by regional, national and international artists from 10am – 8pm. Even better, each gallery will be serving local wine from the area’s award-winning wineries Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre De Pietra. You can read about all of Fredericksburg’s top-notch wineries in our Texas Weekend Wine Tours here, and view this month’s First Friday Art Walk gallery events here.
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