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!
Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk
May 11, 2016
Get an early start to the weekend at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk, May 12th from 5-8pm, hosted by Plano Magazine. Downtown Plano will be transformed into a sip and shop event, where visitors can sample featured wines at their favorite shops throughout the arts district while also enjoying live music and curated art exhibitions. Purchase your Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk admission online for $10 here and pick up your commemorative glass, sampling locations map, and passport at check-in. Completed passports turned in at the end of the event are eligible to win gift certificate drawings from local shops and restaurants in downtown Plano. Walk-up tickets will be sold for $15 at the entrance, while supplies last.
The Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Head to Maverick Stadium in Arlington this Friday through Sunday for the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games—the #1 rated Scottish festival in North America according to Highlander Magazine. There will be world-class Scottish performers, Scottish country dancing, a scotch whisky tasting and seminar, a scotch ale brewing competition, bagpipes and more men in one area sporting kilts than you could ever imagine. Download the full schedule of events online, and purchase your tickets in advance here.
May 10, 2016
Grab your furry friend and head out to Amarillo’s Memorial Park on May 15 for the annual SPCA Disco Dogs Muttfest, a fun day of disco themed activities for you and your pet, where all proceeds benefit local dogs and cats in need. Stop by Memorial Park and join in the fun like the Silent Auction with awesome prizes and a chance to chow down on great food and drinks. And don’t miss the main event, where you and your BFF can enter into several contests such as the Owner and Pet Look-Alike Contest, the Best Dancer Contest, The Best Costume Contest, and many more! There will also be several booths such as a pet vaccination booth to update your pal on their shots, pet accessory booths, face painting stations, and The Skyhoundz—the best canine Frisbee players in the nation! Click here to see photos and videos of the fun from last year, and make sure you don’t miss out on Muttfest for a day of tail-waggin fun!
May 9, 2016
Join The Center for Contemporary Arts in Historic Downtown Abilene this Thursday evening from 5-8pm for its monthly ArtWalk events. Enjoy street performances, live entertainment and free exhibits at venues like The Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Grace Muesum and The Cockerell Galleries Upstairs.
Fiesta Noche del Rio Starts this Friday
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.
On Sale Now: 10th Annual Toyota Texas Fest
May 6, 2016
The 10th annual Toyota Texas Fest celebrates a few of our favorite Texas things—food, music and the great outdoors! Don’t miss three days of live music from Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy, Lee Brice, Kip Moore—among so many others—this May 20 – 22 at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium. In between sets, wander the fest’s featured Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventure area where you can browse the latest and greatest equipment, gear and accessories every outdoor enthusiast needs. Check out the complete schedule of events here, and purchase all tickets online in advance here.
General Admission Tickets
Single day, $10 in advance
Single day, $20 at the gate
3-day, $20 in advance
Lone Star Food Fest w/ Dean Fearing Tickets
Single day, $25 in advance
Single day, $50 at the gate
3-day, $50 in advance
Lunker Club Tickets
Daily ticket, $250 by calling 469.365.0027
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
May 5, 2016
This Saturday is Waco’s 10th annual Sertoma Kite Festival! Bright colors and interesting designs will fill the windy sky this weekend in one of Texas’ largest kite festivals, hosted by the Sertoma Service Club and H.O.T Miniature Aircraft Club, where all net proceeds benefit the hearing impaired children of Central Texas. Admission is FREE, so grab a lawn chair and pick a spot to enjoy miniature aircraft demonstrations and live music, or grab some food and drinks from local vendors, and of course—a chance to fly your kite in the festival. Kites of all shapes and sizes are allowed, so bring your favorite and join in on the fun!
When: May 7, 10am – 3pm
Where: HOTMAC Airfield, Over Flow Road
Don’t Miss Pearland’s Summer Concerts in the Park
Nothing says summer like warm Friday nights and great tunes, so grab your blankets and some friends to sit back and relax at Pearland’s Concerts in the Park for FREE live music and summer fun, every Friday night in May and June. Bring your lawn chairs to Southdown Park from 7 – 9pm to jam out or grab a bite from local vendors on site, with a delicious variety of food and drinks. The Splash Pad and playground are also just next door, so you can enjoy the music while the kids play. Click here for more information on parking, event policies and this summer’s music lineup.
When: Fridays in May & June, 7 – 9pm
Where: Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Parkway
Alfresco Fridays Start May 6
May 4, 2016
Every Friday starting May 6 through September 19, catch established and upcoming local bands in downtown El Paso at Convention Center Plaza as part of Alfresco Fridays. Latin Reggae act Radio La Chusma kicks off the free summer music series set to feature everything from jazz, classic rock and reggae to latin, funk and salsa—concerts begin every Friday at 6pm. While you’re downtown, be sure to stop by some of our Best Stores in El Paso J. Luxe, Manner Boutique and Rocketbuster Boots for some great local shopping!
May 6 – Radio La Chusma – Latin Reggae
May 13 – Windy City – Chicago Tribute Band
May 20 – Exito – Tejano
May 27 – Fixed Idea – Latin Ska
June 3 – Route 66 – Oldies (50s-80s)
June 10 – Sangre Gitana – Latin Variety
June 24 – Sobredosis del Sabor – Salsa, Cumbia
July 1 – The Birdogs – Classic Rock
July 8 – Azucar – Latin Variety
July 15 – Ribo Flavin – Latin, Hip-Hop, Funk Fusion
July 22 – Prime 80’s Xperience – Retro
July 29 – Mariachi Fatigo – Mariachi, Salsa
August 5 – Sorry About Your Sister – Rockabilly
August 12 – Tejas Band – Spanish Variety
August 19 – Toll Booth Willie – Ska, 80s, Pop-Rock
August 26 – Billy Townes – Jazz
September 9 – Brown Betty – Classic Rock
September 16 – Rod Crosby & The Intruders – Classic Rock
September 23 – Team Havana – Salsa
September 30 – Fungi Mungle – 70s
Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
May 2, 2016
That’s May 5th for the mono-lingual, and it’s kind of a big deal around these parts. But you already knew that, which is why you’re here looking for the scoop on Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Without further ado, here’s a smattering of some great Cinco de Mayo parties around the state:
Oak Cliff | Dallas | May 7 North Texas’ largest Cinco de Mayo parade starts at 10am at 223 E. Jefferson Blvd. and travels all the way to Polk Street. Expect marching bands, folkloric dance groups, and a festival along the 400 – 700 blocks of Jefferson featuring DJs, live Tejano bands, food and more.
Fiesta Gardens | Austin | May 7 – 8 As you’d expect, the live music capital of the world has two musically jam-packed days of Cinco de Mayo celebrations planned at Fiesta Gardens. Check out the complete music schedule here.
Billy Bob’s Texas | Fort Worth | May 8 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a little Texas two-step at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth on May 8, where there will be live music on two stages starting at 1pm.
Main Street | Houston | May 5 Get tickets now for Houston’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party happening from 2pm – 2am at Capitol Bar, Leon’s Lounge, Mongoose versus Cobra, Traffic Lounge and Cle Day & Nightclub.
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