Fiesta Starts Tomorrow!
April 15, 2015
The countdown is finally over! San Antonio’s most exciting time of the year, Fiesta, is finally happening tomorrow. A San Antonio tradition since 1890, today’s Fiesta events grew from the The Battle of Flowers Parade—the only one in the country to be planned and directed completely by women. This year’s Battle of Flowers Parade will be held on April 24, but Fiesta events are happening all over the city tomorrow through April 26. Check out the full schedule of events here so you can start planning which parades and concerts to attend for the next two weeks!
Shop Austin Artisans this Week
March 16, 2015
Spring in Texas has finally arrived, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is kicking off its annual Wildflower Days celebration with the 2015 Artists and Artisans Festival. Head to the Wildflower Center this Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm and shop creations from more than 30 American artists including mesquite bowls, handwoven clothing, jewelry, paintings and so much more. Click here for a full list of this year’s vendors—tickets to the Wildflower Center are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and students with college ID and $4 for kids 5 – 17.
Get Lucky at these St. Paddy’s Day Events
March 12, 2015
River Walk – San Antonio: Just follow the (temporarily) green River Walk through San Antonio’s downtown area from 4:30 – 6pm for the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. Then make your way to Arneson Theatre for a family-friendly festival with food, games, activities and more in La Villita from noon – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Greenville Avenue – Dallas: Greenville Avenue shuts down for Dallas’ annual St. Patrick’s Day parade where over 125,000 people come out for parade floats, drinks and revelry. This year’s event will also feature a Brew Fest in the Office Depot parking lot and will be followed by a performance by the Josh Abbott Band at the corner of Greenville and University Boulevard.
Shoal Crossing Event Center – Austin: Austin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is all about Irish culture where they promise not to serve you green beer—only the finest Irish brews. You’ll also see Irish music ensembles, clogging and Irish food and drink like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and Guiness, Harp and Smithwicks.
FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Houston: This St. Paddy’s Day parade is for a good cause, often raising around $30,000 each year for the Cypress Creek EMS scholarship fund—that means it sends about 20 new paramedic recruits to school each year. The parade kicks off this Sunday at 2pm on FM 1960 between Champions Forest Drive and Kuykendahl Road in Houston.
Boerne Market Days
March 11, 2015
Shop Boerne Market Days this Saturday and Sunday to replace all that junk you just got rid of after spring cleaning! Vendors will line the historical district on main plaza from 10am – 5pm each day selling art, crafts and handmade wares. Many of Boerne’s downtown boutiques, galleries and shops will be open concurrent with Market Days, where you can shop even more jewelry, plants, arts, handcrafts, collectibles, antiques and more!
Listen Up: SXSW Music Showcase Starts Next Week
March 9, 2015
Many moons ago, the behemoth that is SXSW was created to help Austin musicians reach out to the rest of the world and bring them to Austin to do business . Now, it’s all that and a bag of potato chips with Interactive, Film and Music portions, but for the auditory-inclined, the best of the best in live music starts next Tuesday in Austin.
Scroll through the massive list of musical talent in alpha order online, or customize your SXSW schedule by venue. You can buy an official SXSW Music Badge for access to all music festival showcases, panels and a bevy of other events for a cool $895 online—wristbands are sold out—or you can RSVP for one of these free SWSW events online.
Funky Finds in Fort Worth this Weekend
March 5, 2015
The whole family—fur babies included—can enjoy Fort Worth’s 7th annual Funky Finds Spring Fling this Saturday and Sunday at the Will Rogers Memorial Center small exhibits building. Open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday, the show features the best handmade goods from over 100 artists/crafters/designers/food makers. There will be 150 swag bags, a charitable raffle and on-site pet adoptions by the Humane Society of North Texas. This event is FREE so you can spend even more at these great Spring Fling vendors.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Starts Today!
March 3, 2015
Last year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo drew over 2.4 million people to NRG Park, and with a concert calendar featuring Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton—among so any others—we predict another couple million attendees in 2015. Open now through March 22, the Houston Rodeo features daily performers, rodeo events, a livestock and horse show and plenty of events for the kids. Purchase your tickets online in advance here, or wait for Value Wednesdays where a $10 ticket includes NRG admission and access to both the rodeo and concert for that day.
Celebrate the Great State of Texas: Texas Independence Day
February 26, 2015
Oh, you already do this every day anyway? Us too. But make it official as the Lone Star State celebrates the day “Texas became Texas” at these awesome Texas Independence Day Celebrations happening across Texas:
Texas Independence Day Parade—Austin: Austin’s annual Texas Independence Day parade (pictured above) is back again for another great year at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Arrive at 8:30am to snag your spot in time for the start of the parade at 9:30am this Saturday.
Washington on the Brazos State Park—Washington: This Saturday and Sunday, you can experience living history, live music, traditional crafts and firing demonstrations at the state park—all with zero admission and parking fees in honor of Texas’ birthday celebration. Be sure to stick around for Sunday’s keynote address from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at 1:30pm.
Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas—Granbury: Granbury’s celebrations start this Saturday with exhibitors and a parade in its Historic Downtown Square followed by live music and events happening daily through Monday.
Go Texan at The Woodlands Children’s Museum—The Woodlands: Head to the museum at 10am on Tuesday, March 3 to get your picture taken with the “Tall Texan” and see his special rope trick show from 11am-noon. Tickets are just $5/person.
Inaugural South Asian Film Fest Hits Plano
As the only top 5 media market in the nation without a South Asian Film festival, Dallas—the 5th largest media market—is finally taking an overdue dip in the Asian film waters. This weekend, the Angelika Film Center in Plano will host what hopes to be the first of many DFW South Asian Film Festivals featuring works from India, Singapore, Nepal and more. Attendees will see so much more than Bollywood films, though, as the selection for the inaugural film fest has been curated specifically for a North Texas crowd. Tickets range from $15 (individual screenings) to $120 (“all access” festival passes) for events scheduled Friday through Sunday, and can be purchased online in advance here.
Boomtown Film & Music Festival Starts Tomorrow
February 25, 2015
One of Beaumont’s best festivals of the year is back celebrating its 8th year of independent films and talented musicians: the Boomtown Film & Music Festival. Purchase your tickets now to independent film screenings, live shows and film and music panel discussions happening tomorrow through Saturday at various venues around Beaumont. Check out the full schedule of events here, and purchase your all access passes or individual venue passes online in advance here!
Laredo Jalapeno Festival
February 19, 2015
Laredo’s annual Jalapeno Festival does so much more than pay tribute to one of Texas’ favorite vegetables. In its impressive 37-year span, the festival has hosted some historic performers like Trisha Yearwood, Grupo Fantasma and Selena. This year’s festival features two stages of music on Friday and Saturday nights with Los Herrederos & La Leyenda and Los Traileros & Intocable on the VIP Main Stage and Roger Creager & Sundance Head and The Bright Light Social Hour, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights and Girl in a Coma on the VIP Stage 2.
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. General admission festival tickets can be purchased online here, or call the WBCA office at 956.722.0589 to purchase VIP tickets.
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