Laredo Jalapeno Festival
February 9, 2016
Laredo’s annual Jalepeno Festival does so much more than pay tribute to one of Texas’ favorite vegetables. In its impressive 38-year span, the festival has hosted some historic performers like Trisha Yearwood, Grupo Fantasma and Selena.This year, Los Huracanes del Norte will turn up the heat as Friday night’s headliner, and A.B. Quintanilla and the Kumbia King All-Starz will take center stage on Saturday night.
Don’t miss the Miss Jalapeno contest, waiter’s race or tug-of-war and definitely make sure you’re around for the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest to see who can down the most jalapenos in 15 minutes, with the current record at 141 jalapenos! General admission festival tickets can be purchased online here, or call the WBCA office at 956.722.0589 to purchase VIP tickets.
Luckenbach Blues Festival
January 18, 2016
Thankfully Fredericksburg didn’t get the winter weather memo for this weekend, so you can fully enjoy the outdoor 9th Annual Luckenbach Blues Festival in 60-degree weather. This Saturday plan on parking it on the lawn from noon – 11pm at Luckenback where you’ll get to enjoy quality blues artists like MoJo Assassins, Harlis Sweetwater Band, Ben Beckendorf Band and Ray Wylie Hubbard. This is always a popular festival, so only grounds tickets are available for purchase at the gate the day of the event for $30/person.
Be a Better Texan in 2016
January 5, 2016
As members of the Lone Star state, we think all of these 2016 resolutions you’re making should go hand-in-hand with being a better Texan. Here are a few recommendations from our editors on how to be a better person and a better Texan in 2016:
Run a half marathon…
Or, start small with a 5K—either way, Frisco’s inaugural Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K is the first of its kind and starts and finishes in Toyota Stadium where MLS team FC Dallas plays—how cool is that? Use code SAT16 for 10% off registration now through January 31.
Can’t make it to Frisco? Try one of these Texas races:
Take in an art show…
Hailed as the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings every assembled, you cannot miss the Dallas Museum of Art’s Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots on display now through March 20. Plus, this is the only place you’ll be able to see the show in the US so you pretty much have to go. Buy tickets to the special exhibition online up to two weeks in advance here.
Can’t make it to Dallas? Try one of these Texas exhibitions:
Mark Rothko: A Retrospective
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
through January 24, 2016
Rodin: The Human Experience
San Antonio Museum Museum of Art
March 5 – May 29, 2016
Monet: The Early Years
Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
October 16, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Have a spa day…
Get in front of your stress for the New Year with a spa weekend at Austin’s world-renown Lake Austin Spa Resort. It wasn’t named the “#1 Hall of Fame U.S. Destination Spa” by Travel + Leisure last year for nothing!
Can’t make it to Austin? Try one of these Texas spas:
Be a savvy shopper…
Vow to never pay retail in 2016 unless absolutely necessary, and put your extra pennies towards a killer vacation this summer. Check out our exclusive discounts for savings on everything from groceries and oil changes, to boutiques and designer finds.
McKinney Tapped as Quality Beer Hub
December 16, 2015
If you’re looking for an “adults-only” activity to entertain your relatives this holiday season, spend some time scoping out McKinney’s growing microbrewery scene. Recently named to Livability.com’s list of “Best Beer Cities” in the US, McKinney was nominated not only for its craft brewers Tupps Brewery and Franconia Brewing Co., but for its strong performing arts scene and historic downtown area, which features many of McKinney’s Best Stores in Town.
721 Anderson, McKinney TX 75069
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 4 – 8pm; Friday 4 – 10pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm
Franconia Brewing Co.
495 McKinney Pkwy., McKinney TX 75071
Hours: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Holiday Happenings this Week
December 15, 2015
Kelly and Bruce’s Holiday Shindig – Austin, December 19
Country music fans should head to Austin’s Paramount Theatre for a live taping of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson’s 18th annual Holiday Shindig with special guest Rodney Crowell this Saturday, where you’ll hear George Strait’s “Wrapped” alongside classics like “Santa Baby.” Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Handel’s Messiah – Houston, December 18 – 20
You’ve heard Handel’s famous Hallelujah chorus in everything from Dumb & Dumber to Oscar Meyer commercials, but it’s actually part of Baroque masterpiece that tells the story of the first Christmas. Watch Houston Symphony perform moving works like “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” and—of course—the famous “Hallelujah chorus at twice daily performance this Friday through Sunday. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Holiday Pops Concert – San Antonio, December 18 – 20
The San Antonio Symphony and the Trinity University Handbell Ensemble join forces for a Holiday Pops Concert featuring seasonal classics, special guest performers and even a sing-along. You can catch the show this Friday and Saturday at 8pm, or on Sunday at 2pm at the H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Home for the Holidays Concert – Plano, December 20
One of Collin County’s most popular holiday traditions, the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays” performance at St. Andrew United Methodist Church features seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, plus a popular audience sing-along. Purchase tickets online in advance here for the 4pm or 7:30pm performances this Sunday.
Tuzer Ballet’s Nutcracker – Richardson, December 19 – 20
There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than at Tuzer Ballet’s production of Nutcracker at Richardson’s Eisemann Center this weekend. Choose from two showings on Saturday at 2pm or 7pm, or settle in for a matinee showing at 2pm on Sunday. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Houston Whatever Fest
November 18, 2015
A great mix of live music, comedy and art, Houston’s Whatever Fest—happening this Saturday and Sunday at Eado Party Park—is worth every penny of its $45 admission. You’ll get access to musical performances by Ghostland Observatory, Saint Motel, GWAR and more, and laughs from comedians like T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Doug Benson, Ari Shaffir and Brooks Wheelan. Fully expect fun fillers between sets, like the 65-foot ferris wheel and a 3D blacklight art tent. You can snag individual tickets for $45 each or weekend general admission passes for $65 for access to the whole kit and caboodle. Check out the full music and comedy lineup for Saturday and Sunday, and purchase your tickets online in advance here before they’re sold out!
Houston’s Heart of Fashion Starts Wednesday
November 16, 2015
Art and soul come together as one in Heart of Fashion, where fashion and humanitarianism are celebrated in a three night party and runway event this Wednesday through Friday at Million Air in Houston. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for deserving causes in an annual fashion show that hosts over 2,000 attendees. Creativity, art, and design curated by twelve designers inspire a higher purpose and allow its audience to experience fashion at its finest with immediate access to designs delivered straight from the runways of Paris and New York. Each season, Heart of Fashion commits to three charities inspiring fashion forward individuals to support their community. For the 2015 season their donations will go to; Meals on Wheels, the oldest and largest organization in the U.S representing those who provide meals to people in need, Legacy Community Health Services, who offers primary health care at low to no-cost for all Houstonians, and Butterflies and Bandages, which aims to gain awareness and funds in support of Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare, and often lethal, genetic connective tissue disease. Revel in artistic creations designed with a purpose at Heart of Fashion for an evening of unrivaled glamour and philanthropy. Buy tickets online in advance now!
Shop These Holiday Markets this Season
November 12, 2015
Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Austin, November 27 – December 24: The perfect place to shop for the art lover in your family. This unique holiday art show is held annually in Austin at Marchesa Hall & Theatre and features handmade artwork and gifts from over 200 local and regional artists.
Silent Night Village Holiday Market, Post: Post’s Silent Night Village is open every Saturday and Sunday year round, but the village’s unique vendors really ramp up the holiday cheer around Christmas. Shop local works of art, handcrafted wood home décor, on trend clothing, and seasonal gifts.
Plano Christmas Market – Plano, November 21 – 22: Stock up on handmade holiday gift items at Plano’s Christmas Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center. Choose from clothing, accessories and jewelry or stock up on savory jams, nuts and dips in time for all of those holiday parties.
Weihnachtsmarkt – New Braunfels, November 20 – 22: That’s “German Christmas Market” for those of you who don’t read German. Merchants at this year’s Weihnachstmarkt will be selling everything from holiday decorations and antiques to handmade gifts and specialty items at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Nutcracker Market – Houston, November 12 – 15: Support the immensely talented Houston Ballet at their largest fundraiser of the year, the Nutcracker Market held at the NRG Center. With over 300 merchants, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. 100% of proceeds from purchased merchandise goes to the Houston Ballet.
Chi Omega Christmas Market – Dallas, November 18 – 21: Choose from over 175 merchants at Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas during the annual Chi Omega Christmas Market where all proceeds go towards local organizations in need like Attitudes and Attire, Hope Cottage, Make a Wish North Texas and more.
Texas Christkindl Market – Arlington, November 27 – December 23: Adjacent to Globe Life Park—where the Rangers play baseball—you’ll have a hard time missing this market. Shop handmade gifts, ornaments, rare European fabrics, German food delicacies like brats and goulash and even sip on German beer!
ABWA Christmas in November – Abilene, November 13 – 15: Held by the local chapter of the American Women’s Business Association, Christmas in November is over 100 booths featuring clothing, jewelry, crafts, baked goods, ornaments and more.
Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
November 11, 2015
Come listen to some of the world’s best mariachi music during San Antonio’s seven day festival, Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, starting this Sunday. Now in it’s 21st year, the Extravaganza is easily the largest and longest running mariachi music festival and conference in Texas. This year’s event is happening November 15 – 21, and features over 1,000 mariachi musicians—including the world reknown Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán—in addition to workshops, competitions and jam sessions.
Lone Star Film Festival this Weekend
November 4, 2015
Forth Worth’s 9th annual Lone Star Film Festival, presented by the Lone Star Film Society, is a real treat for Cowtown residents. Not only are the films and panels Cannes-worthy, but the festival remains entirely accessible to us “mere mortals.” Read: you don’t have to be a movie star to get in. The first screening is tomorrow, but you’ll want to pick up your passes and badges now so you can reserve a seat at the screenings you care about. If you’re new to the film festival scene, be sure to spend some time scoping out the festival schedule so you can make the most of your All-Access Badge—available to purchase online in advance here!
Reserve Now: Texas All Star Big Band Bash
November 3, 2015
Next weekend, November 12 – 14, Hill Top Café is hosting the Texas All Star Big Band Bash. Tickets range from $80 – 100 per person, per night, with multiple performers scheduled for each evening. Music from acts like Johnny Nichols—former Asleep at the wheel lead singer and writer—Al Gomez & the Westside Horns, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues, and Gary Nicholson coupled with culinary delights from Hill Top Café is enough to get us through the door, but the Texas All Star Big Band Bash has also promised a “very special surprise headliner” each night of the bash. Call Hill Top Café at 830.997.8922 to reserve you spot today!
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