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.
Fiesta Noche del Rio Starts this Friday
May 9, 2016
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.
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
April 27, 2016
Denton continues it’s great music tradition with three full days of free music during its Denton Arts and Jazz Festival this weekend. Head to Denton’s Quarkertown Park this Friday through Sunday for live music from headliners like The Flatlanders, Patrice Rushen & Friends and Brave Combo among others on seven stages of non-stop music, arts and crafts and games for the whole family.
Etsy Dallas Handmade Bash
April 25, 2016
Etsy Dallas has mastered the “art” of promoting their local artisan’s handmade goods. Twice a year Etsy Dallas throws a Handmade Bash where you can shop goods normally only sold online at Etsy.com in the flesh—the spring event is happening this Saturday at the South Side Event Center at Gilley’s Dallas from 10:30am-5pm. There will be multiple bars and a restaurant on site, music, 50 free “bash” bags to the first 50 shoppers, a photo booth and plenty of “make & take” crafts.
Keep Austin Chic
April 21, 2016
If you’re near Austin, tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday runway shows at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin. The shows will feature fall runway collections by STARS: Season winners and Project Runway All Stars, plus local up-and-comers.
Don’t Miss: Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
April 20, 2016
Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival keeps winning awards for a reason: it’s really, really good. Happening May 20 – 22 at Galatyn Park in Richardson, there’s truly a little bit of something for everyone. Music lovers can dance their way between six different stages featuring up-and-comers and big names like Peter Frampton, Toadies, Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank and disco favorite, Le Freak. In between shows, head to the MarketPlace to shop works of art, eclectic gifts and handmade finds, or refuel at the Taste of Texas Food Garden for festival favorites and regional cuisine. Feel free to bring the kids along too—they can craft, color and climb at the Kidz Korner outfitted with a rock wall, craft centers and kid-friendly live entertainment.
Snag a weekend pass at any Metroplex Tom Thumb grocery store, or online here, for just $40 bucks. Single day passes are $25. To save the most money during Wildflower! weekend, book one of the festival’s partner hotel packages for discounted hotel and ticket rates, and save up to $75!
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