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!
Fredericksburg’s Food and Wine Fest this Week
October 19, 2015
This year marks a quarter century spent celebrating food and wine in Fredericksburg at the ever-popular 25th annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest. For just $25 a person—aged 21 and older—you’ll receive a souvenir wine glass, six drink tickets and entry to the event held on the Marktplatz full of Texas food, wine, beer, live music and specialty vendor booths this Saturday from noon – 7pm. General admission tickets and tickets for minors can be purchased at the gate. Children 12 and under are free—though we wouldn’t fault you for getting a babysitter for this one so you can enjoy the best wine Texas has to offer.
Royalty of the Underwater Realm: 2015 Texas Rose Festival
October 6, 2015
In enduring—and endearing—tradition, Tyler has been celebrating the Texas Rose Festival in fabulous fashion since 1933. The fun starts next Thursday with the 82nd annual ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rose Garden Center, and will celebrate all things rose related through an impressive schedule of events that run through Sunday evening, October 18.
This year’s theme, “Royalty of the Underwater Realm” is sure to inspire the most unique and ornate gowns to adorn Tyler’s darlings in the highlight of the festival, the Texas Rose Festival Parade starting at 9am on Saturday, October 17. If you can only make it to one event this year, make sure this is it! But we highly suggest dressing to the nines and mingling with Tyler’s finest at ticketed events like the Ladies’ Luncheon featuring Guest Speaker The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon, or taking one of the many free guided tours of the Chamblee Rose Nursery. You can check out the full schedule of events here, and shop to your heart’s content at Tyler’s Best Stores so you can look your best during the festival!
Halloween Prep: Houston’s Scream Festival Opens Today
October 1, 2015
For those that just can’t get their fear fix from just one haunted house, check out Houston’s Scream Fest open today through November 1. There are 7 haunted houses for those that enjoy a good classic scare, but there’s also a zombie paintball course, live music every night, freak shows and even a midway and carnival games for more mild Halloween fun. Parking is free, and general admission is $35 a person, unless you attend on Ladies Night on October 1, 4, 8, 11 or 15, where you can get in free. Repeat visitors can also get free entry on these days if they bring a selfie in front of ScreamWorld.
Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival
September 25, 2015
The Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival this weekend in College Station has “Texas” written all over it. This Friday and Saturday, you’ll be able to enjoy a perfectly cooked Texas rib-eye steak—and sample contestants’ creations after the championship cook off—while sipping on vintages from over 20 different Texas wineries. For more information on some of the participating wineries, take a peek at our Texas Weekend Wine Tours brochure. There will also be a Grape Stomp, an arts & crafts show and plenty of activities for the kids. Admission to Friday’s concert is free, but you’ll need to purchase tickets for special events like the VIP Kick-Off Party on Friday night and the wine and beer tastings. Check out the complete ticket packages here to find the one that best suits you, and get ready to enjoy live music on 5 different stages all weekend long!
Granbury’s Carnival Americana is this Weekend
September 23, 2015
There’s no better way to enjoy the crisp fall air than at Carnival Americana as part of Granbury’s HGMA Carnival. Inspired by the traditional American carnival, this year’s event is happening September 24 – October 4 on the Hood County Reunion Grounds and features great Instagram backdrops like carousel horses and lighted Ferris wheels—spoiler alert: they’re actually fun to ride, too!—in addition to a kiddieland for the youngsters, carnival rides and great festival food.
Attention Film Buffs: These Fests are for You!
September 22, 2015
Fans of the silver screen have a lot to celebrate this fall, with film fests scheduled for Waxahachie, Austin, Tyler and Dallas. Channel your inner Roger & Ebert at one of these film fests happening this weekend!
Crossroads of Texas – Waxahachie: Celebrating its second year, the Crossroads of Texas film festival was made for Texas film lovers. This year’s film spotlight is on Tender Mercies, a 1983 film shot in Waxahachie, Palmer and Arlington. Catch an individual screening September 23 – 26 for just $10/person, or go all in with a VIP pass and full access for $125. Check out the complete festival schedule here.
John Wayne Film Festival – Dallas: Dallas’ ode to “The Duke” is happening this Thursday through Sunday at Highland Park Village Theatre, LOOK Cinemas and Klyde Warren Park. Pick your favorite John Wayne film from the list of screenings here, and snag your tickets directly from Highland Park Village Theatre or LOOK Cinemas.
Downtown Tyler Film Festival – Tyler: If you’re keener on supporting local talent, don’t miss Tyler’s film festival happening September 23 – 26. The event does feature works from around the world, but confesses a “special fondness for local independent works.” Purchase tickets online in advance here, or in person at the Gallery Main Street in Tyler.
Fantastic Fest – Austin: Fans of horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action should plan on attending the largest genre film festival in the U.S., Austin’s Fantastic Fest. This year’s fest is happening September 24 – October 1 at Alamo Drafthouse. Badges are going fast, so snag yours online now so you don’t miss out on any of these great screenings.
It’s Air-mazing: Plano Balloon Festival
September 17, 2015
Something air-mazing is coming to Plano: 45 stunning hot air balloons will take flight from Oak Point Park to create one awe-inducing spectacle as they float above the city during the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival September 18 – 20.
Each day, the RE/MAX Parachute Team will kick things off by jumping from a plane and landing in the middle of the park before the balloons take flight. As the sun sets each night, the balloons will return to the park where they’ll remain inflated and fired up for the nightly balloon glow. This is when you can get an up-close look at the balloons under the Texas stars. Tip: Be sure to stay late on Saturday night, when a dazzling fireworks show will close out the day’s events.
This year’s crowd-pleaser character balloons include Pigasus the Flying Pig, High Kitty, Yellow Bird, Puddy Cat and High Jack. Local acts will perform live on two stages throughout the festival, and a Kids Fun Zone will keep the little ones entertained with inflatable rides and obstacle courses, face painting and craft stations.
New to the Balloon Festival this year are tethered balloon rides, in which guests are invited to experience the festival from a hot air balloon 20 – 30 feet above ground. Also new are the Advil Half-Marathon, 5K and 1K, in which soaring hot air balloons will lead the way of the race paths. All race participants receive two tickets to the festival plus complimentary parking on race day, and half-marathon and 5K runners will receive finisher medals.
Balloon Fest Hours:
Friday, Sept. 18: gates open at 4pm (balloon launch at 6pm)
Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 19 – 20: gates open at 6am, (balloon launches at 7am and 6pm)
Balloon Fest Admission:
Adults & Kids over 3 ft. tall: $5
Seniors 65 & over: $4
Kids under 3 ft. tall: FREE
Tethered Balloon Ride Tickets:
Kids ages 6 – 12: $15
All tickets are cash only
West Texas Fair & Rodeo Starts Tomorrow!
September 10, 2015
Sure the State Fair of Texas is opening at the end of this month, but that doesn’t mean you should have to wait two weeks to get your fill of carnival games and fried food. Check out the West Texas Fair & Rodeo in Abilene, open tomorrow through September 19. Admission is just $8 per adult on weekdays and $11 on weekends, and only $4 for college students on all days. If you’d rather save your cash for the carnival games, be sure to attend on September 14 when admission is just $1 per person, or on September 17 where you’ll get free admission for bringing 6 empty cans of Coca-Cola products. View the full schedule of events here, and purchase PRCA Rodeo tickets online in advance here—they include cost of admission to the West Texas Fair.
Cheap Tickets to the State Fair of Texas
September 8, 2015
As a Texan, attending the State Fair of Texas is a rite of passage where a belly full of fried food and an armload of carnival prizes are badges of honor. Don’t worry about the fried food—you can walk it off on your treks between the midway, Big Tex, the auto show and the wine garden. But you can’t get back admission dollars you could have saved by using one of these tried-and-true discount ticket options for the great State Fair of Texas. It’s “deep in the heart of Texas,” not “deep hole in your wallet,” folks. So be savvy this year, and plan your visits to the State Fair around one of these cheap ticket options—and save your dollars for Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and rides on the Ferris wheel!
Visit The State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas September 25 – October 18.
Kroger Stores Advance Purchase
- Local Kroger stores are selling advance purchase tickets for $16.50 and season passes for $34.95
- The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday – Friday)
Sonic Season Passes
- Stop by Sonic now through September 15 and get a $10 off a Season Pass sticker on your receipt. Valid online through October 11.
- Use the DART GoPass app to save $2 on every fair ticket downloaded straight to your phone.
Dasani Opening Day Discount (September 25 only)
- Bring a full bottle of Dasani water or any Coca-Cola product to the gate for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get a coupon for half price admission on opening day.
- Spend $75 or more at Dickies in Fort Worth September 13 – October 11 and receive two free general admission tickets
Kroger Can Food Drive Wednesdays
- Bring 4 cans of food to the gate for donation to the North Texas Food Bank on any Wednesday during the fair and pay just $4 admission per donation per person
Senior Day Free Thursdays
- Seniors 60 years and older receive FREE fair admission on Thursdays
Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays
- Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate on any Tuesday during the fair and get in for just $5 per donation per person. The discounts extend to the Midway, except for the Thrillway and the Texas Star.
Dr Pepper Half Price after 5
- Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate any day after 5pm and get half price admission per donation per person
Coke $6 Thursdays
- Bring an empty 20-oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product to the gate any Thursdays during the fair and get in for just $6 per donation per person
- McDonald’s will be offering discounts such as a half price children’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket and $5 off admission on tray liners and bag stuffers from September 25 – October 18. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.
- Receive $5 off general admission on Fridays when you pay at the gate with a State Fair coupon from the KISS-FM website
- Save up to 39% on general admission tickets when you have parties of 20 or more.
Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival this Weekend
September 3, 2015
Get crafty at Galveston’s Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival this Labor Day weekend. Named one of the Top Ten Best Beer Festivals in America by Thrillist, you’ll want to snag a ticket to this year’s event featuring over 400 craft brews. In addition to sipping at the largest, most comprehensive craft beer celebration in Texas, you’ll have a chance to interact with industry experts, enjoy live music and even participate in special “Brews & Food” pairings. Check out the complete list of events here, and purchase tickets online in advance.
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