August 31, 2016
Perfectly situated with easy access to some of North Texas’ hottest shopping spots, we love to stay in Richardson, where we can find a beautifully appointed hotel at a reasonable price. The big bonus is the city’s equidistance from North Park, Galleria and Allen Premium Outlets, so you don’t have to be in the car all day driving!
Where to Shop
Dallas is the unofficial “fashion capital of Texas,” where you can find everything from luxury items to deals and steals you couldn’t find elsewhere. Only ten minutes from Richardson, NorthPark Center is a perfect mix of high-end, department stores and boutique-style retail. Neighboring on the opposite side of the highway are The Shops at Park Lane, where you can find incredible brands at affordable prices at stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet. Galleria Dallas is home to over 200 stores… Better block off an entire day! Less than 15 minutes north of Richardson you will find Allen Premium Outlets, home to standout outlet shopping such as Neiman’s Last Call, Kate Spade, J. Crew Outlet and Michael Kors just to name a few!
Where to Dine
One of Richardson’s newest developments, CityLine is a stunning mixed-use development with amazing restaurants and easily accessible the DART public transportation system. Looking for a casual dining experience? Then check out CityLine Kitchen—one location, eight fast and yummy restaurants to choose from. Or if sit-down, fine-dining is more your style, be sure to check out Coal Vines or Jasper’s (click here for a full directory of good eats!).
Where to Stay
Richardson has a great line up of nice hotels and even better room rates. The Hyatt Regency North Dallas is modern, yet sophisticated, and conveniently located near Main Street, tons of restaurants and golf courses. Located only two miles from CityLine, The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel is another great option for a stay in Richardson. The hotel’s stylish décor and premier amenities make it an exceptional guest experience. Looking for that warm chocolate chip cookie when you arrive? Then book your stay at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Dallas. At this elegant hotel, guests are valued from the time you arrive to the very lasts moments before you depart.
There is always something to do in Richardson, such as attending the Cottonwood Art Festival! This semi-annual prestigious art event takes place every May and October, located in the scenic Cottonwood Park. Every May Richardson also hosts the annual Wildflower Arts and Music Festival at Galatyn Park. The three-day music fest is set with 6 stages and features local and national artists in a variety of music genres! Plan a night out at the Eisemann Center and enjoy music and shows from the Richardson Symphony and more. Be sure to check out all the events in Richardson and plan your trip today!
Main Street Fest + Craft Brews in Grapevine this Weekend
May 17, 2016
Plan for an all-out party this weekend in Grapevine, where Main Street Fest will feature a special Craft Brew Tasting Experience to celebrate American Craft Beer Week this week.
The whole family will enjoy Grapevine’s Main Street Fest happening this Friday through Sunday, featuring a Carnival & Midway plus a KidCave with children’s shows and special family-friendly museum exhibits. Adults will appreciate one of the many premium wine areas around the festival featuring Texas Wine—including the Texas Wine Pavilion—plus the separate ticketed Craft Brew Experience on the festival grounds with more than 50 craft beers to taste.
You’ll also be able to shop a lineup of marketplace and artisan vendors within the festival, or stroll through Grapevine’s Historic Main Street before or after the fest for an amazing selection of locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and more.
Buy your Main Street Fest tickets online in advance here, and be sure to pick up your ticket to the special Graft Brew Tasting Experience online here if you’re looking for some extra fun this weekend!
Crossroads of Texas Film Festival this Week
May 16, 2016
Come out and celebrate four days of Texas-made films in Waxahachie this week as part of the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival. The festivities officially kick off on Wednesday at 11:30am with a luncheon at Chautauqua Auditorium that includes a panel discussion from industry professionals on music in film. There will also be plenty of showings of films like Selena, Two Step and Secondhand Lions with special guest appearances throughout the week, culminating in closing night activities on Saturday May 21 that include food trucks, street dance and an 8pm showing of Grand Champion. Purchase your tickets to the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival online in advance here.
Paddle the Preserve in Beaumont
May 13, 2016
Looking for a fun weekend adventure? This Sunday, experience the natural beauty of Beaumont by joining park rangers on a FREE canoeing excursion down the waters of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Canoes and paddles will be provide, so all you need to bring are some friends and an adventurous spirit! Because trip space is limited, call 409-951-6700 to register for the weekend’s excursion or click here for more information.
Carnival Houston Show and Parade
Carnival Houston celebrates life and diversity in a 4-day parade and festival extravaganza as part of Houston’s annual summer kick-off June 9-12. This year’s Carnival Houston features a Masquerade Bash, Paint Party, Street Parade, Festival, and After Party, where Latin America, the Caribbean, and New Orleans cultures are blended together in a colorful weekend of fun. The event highlights the diverse cultures in Houston and is an exciting explosion of music, cuisine, revelry, costume parade and performances. Houston will welcome over 5, 000 enthusiastic carnival goers and over 900 participants to its parade. During the parade you can watch or participate while dancing to Calypso, Soca, Samba, and Steel Pan music, as well as sample food and drinks from the Caribbean, Central and South America. Purchase your tickets today for an exciting weekend of cultural celebration here, for the Costume Ball, Paint Fest, and the grand Parade and Festival.
Fredericksburg Founder’s Day Celebration
Make your way to Fredericksburg tomorrow, Saturday May14th, for the annual Founder’s Day Celebration! Held every 2nd weekend in May, Fredericksburg honors the month of its founding and the birth month of their founder, John O. Meusebach. Experience the German heritage and culture found in the city’s rich history at the Pioneer Museum noon-3pm, for stories told by descendants of the original 120 German immigrants that helped build Fredericksburg followed by games and activities, a petting zoo, live music, food and drinks, and community fellowship. Admission is FREE, as all are invited to celebrate what makes Fredericksburg so unique!
Tyler Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival
May 12, 2016
Head out to Tyler for this year’s Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival happening May 14, where (yup you guessed it!) you’ll find some the best barbecue and live music in the Lone Star State! With 5 bands and 22 barbecue vendors, Red Dirt Fest will be one for the books. If you’re looking for a weekend of good food, Texas brews, and great live music be sure to purchase tickets online in advance to this year’s festival for $25, and catch The Moonshine Band, William Clark Green, and several other artists at this year’s show.
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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.
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