Harvest Moon Festival and More this Weekend in Granbury
October 14, 2014
Granbury has a HUGE weekend planned to celebrate the onset of fall! This Friday through Sunday, Granbury will be hosting its 39th annual Harvest Moon Festival of the Artswhere you can browse Nationally Juried Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts in the Historic Granbury Town Square.
Also happening this weekend is the first annual Balloons in Granbury event at the Granbury Regional Airport. Admission to watch balloons launch at the airport this weekend is free and open to the public, but definitely be sure to stop by on Friday and Saturday for the evening Balloon Glow from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
If you’re looking for even more to do with the kiddos, stop by Arison Farm on Saturday between noon and 7pm for a day of pumpkin picking, hay rides and even a petting zoo!
Downtown Tyler Film Fest this Week
September 22, 2014
You’ll have a chance to preview exceptional new short films from all over the world, but the Downtown Tyler Film Festival shines with locals by focusing on local and east Texas talent in the film industry. Laid back—read: not stuffy—film viewings will be held this Wednesday through Saturday at the Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler. If you can only attend one event though, make it the Best of the Fest event at Liberty on Saturday night followed by the wrap party. The festival will replay their favorite films and award top honors in four categories for the festival. The wrap party will follow at the Gallery Main Street one block away with plenty of food and drinks to see the party through the evening. Check out the complete film schedule here, and purchase your tickets online in advance here, or in person at the Liberty box office.
Cheap Tickets to the State Fair of Texas
September 19, 2014
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 26 – October 16.
Kroger Stores Advance Purchase
- Local Kroger stores are selling advance purchase tickets for $15.50 and season passes for $34.95
- The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday – Friday)
- Use the DART GoPass app to buy daily discounted tickets downloaded straight to your phone. Adult tickets are $15, and child/senior tickets are $11.
Dasani Opening Day Discount (September 26 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 in for $6 per donation per person
Dickies Day (October 2 only)
- Anyone wearing Dickies logo clothing will receive a voucher for FREE admission to the fair that day (October 2 only)
Kroger Can Food Drive Wednesdays
- Bring 3 cans of food to the gate for donation to area food banks on any Wednesday during the fair and pay just $3 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
Dr Pepper $8 after 5
- Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate any day after 5pm and get in for just $8 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 $6 child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket and $3 off admission on tray liners and bag stuffers from September 26 – October 19. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.
- General admission is only $12 on Fridays when you pay at the gate with a State Fair coupon from the KISS-FM website.
- Save up to 30% on general admission tickets when you have parties of 20 or more.
East Texas State Fair Opens in Tyler this Weekend
Don’t want to wait for Big Tex and all of the fried goodness at the State Fair of Texas at the end of this month? That’s quite alright, just swing by the East Texas State Fair in Tyler opening this weekend! Expect livestock shows, free concerts, a petting zoo, an extreme high dive show, a beer garden, festival food and even a marketplace at the Harvey Convention Center at the grounds of the East Texas State Fair opening today and running through 9/28. Check out the events calendar before you visit, and purchase your tickets online in advance here!
Plano Balloon Fest Starts Friday
September 16, 2014
There’s something magical about hot-air balloons floating though the sky, and for three glorious September days, Plano’s Oak Point Park is home to 45 of them. Returning for its 35th year, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival is an event of Lone Star proportion that never fails to amaze.
Gates to the festival open at 4pm on Friday, September 19, with the balloons launching at 6pm. Festival-goers always look forward to the new “character” balloons that get added each year, and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint. Look for Angry Birds, Pigasus the Flying Pig, Beagle Maximus, Annie the Ladybug, High Kitty, Red and Green Chile Pepper and fan favorite High Jack. The balloons re-launch twice daily on Saturday and Sunday at 7am and 6pm, but come early and stay late for the morning and evening “balloon glows,” during which the balloons remain grounded, but inflate and “glow” against the dark sky. This is when you and your family can get an up-close look at the majestic balloons.
In keeping with the festival’s “high flying” theme, daily skydiving shows will take place, along with daily live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts vendors, and even a fireworks show on Saturday night. A family-friendly Kids Fun Zone will feature a rock climbing wall, face painting, inflatables and a free Kids Korner offering make-and-take art activities.
Balloon Fest only happens once a year, so don’t miss this opportunity to see the Texas sky like you’ve never seen it before!
Balloon Fest Hours:
Friday, Sept. 19: gates open at 4pm (balloon launch at 6pm)
Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 20 – 21: 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
Carnival Americana Heads to Granbury this Weekend
September 15, 2014
Family fun in Granbury doesn’t just have to involve sunshine and lake beaches—though they’re pros when it comes to that stuff, too! Starting this Friday, Carnival Americana—the best traveling midway rides and games you see at state fairs—will open its doors gates in Granbury on Highway 377 near the hospital. The carnival is only scheduled through this weekend, but we’re told they can be easily persuaded to stay through next weekend if enough people stop by for fun and games. If you’re looking for back-to-back midway fun, be sure to come out and show your support for the Historic Granbury Merchants Association and Carnival Americana this weekend!
1st Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival
July 31, 2014
Not to perpetuate the whole hipster thing, but it is pretty cool to say you were at the very first of something. Trust us, in the case of Fredericksburg’s first annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival, you definitely want to say you were there. It’s happening this Saturday at the 412 Luckenback Town Loop off RR 1376 from noon until 9pm—with music until 11:30pm for you night owls or those with ultra-sympathetic babysitters. More than a dozen Hill Country trucks—Crazy Carl’s, KHILL BBQ, SaWeet Cupcakes to name a few—and 12 Texas Hill Country wineries will be on site with plenty of food and drinks to go around. Tickets are $15 per person, and kids 12 and under get free entrance. Check out the official event website for a full list of food trucks, and read all about Hill Country wineries in our Texas Weekend Wine Tours.
San Antonio Film Fest Starts Today
July 28, 2014
If you haven’t checked it out before, now is a great time to stop by the San Antonio Film Fest, which starts today. Celebrating its milestone 20th year of festivities, the SA Film Fest has a little something for everyone to check out before its close on August 3rd. Film lovers and die-hard fans will swoon over the packed schedule of screenings featuring independent films and filmmakers from around the world. Filmmakers and industry leaders can partake in a variety of panels and workshops covering topics like how to promote your film plus writers panels. Check out the complete schedule of events, and purchase your screening tickets and festival passes online in advance.
Tall City Blues Fest Starts Today
July 25, 2014
Award-winning Blues musicians will descend upon Midland today through Sunday for the Tall City Blues Fest at Centennial Plaza. You can catch headliners Ghost Town Blues Band and Memphis Jam on Friday, followed by Ruben V, John Carl Escue and Jeska Bailey & the Platform Souls all day Saturday, and Ana Popovic and Too Slim & the Taildraggers on Sunday. There will also be a silent art auction, educational workshops, a midnight spectator jam, a Gospel Brunch and an autographed memorabilia raffle—last year it was a guitar autographed by Buddy Guy! Check out the full musical lineup here, and order single day or weekend passes online in advance here.
Celebrate the American Cowboy!
July 24, 2014
Celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy Texas-style this Saturday! There’s a celebration to suit every sensibility—you can even take a train from Grapevine to Fort Worth on Saturday for double the American Cowboy fun. Check out the details below:
It’s true. Public transportation isn’t exactly our “thing” in Texas, but working trains actually do exist in the real world, and there’s one in Grapevine you can ride! Purchase a ticket online in advance here to ride “Puffy,” Grapevine’s 1896 steam locomotive, all the way from Grapevine to Fort Worth’s Stockyards in time for their American Cowboy events.
There is no shortage of activities to choose from during Fort Worth’s celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy in the Stockyards this Saturday. The day kicks off at 10am with a World Championship Hay Stacking Contest, followed by a Texas-sized art competition, and a watermelon and rib eating contest among many others! Be sure to stick around for Fort Worth’s famous cattle drive at 4pm to round out the day.
Historic Fort Concho’s National Day of the American Cowboy celebration is for the early birds out there. Arrive by 8am on Saturday for coffee and a hearty cowboy breakfast cooked over an open fire—you’ll know it’s ready when the dinner—erm, breakfast—bell rings. After breakfast, enjoy cowboy music on fiddle, skits from the Concho Cowboy Company and a free art exhibit until 4pm. Tickets for adults are $10, $9 for seniors and military members and $8 for Fort Concho members—purchase your tickets on site at the Fort Concho Visitor Center at 630 S. Oaks Street.
Last, but certainly not least, is the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration in the Cowboy Capital of the World—Bandera, Texas. Hosted by the famous Frontier Times Museum, spend Saturday exploring cowboy history at the museum, cheer on contestants at the Ranch Rodeo or mosey through the different food, drink and craft vendors on site for the event.
Christmas in July
July 21, 2014
The extra-savvy shoppers do their Christmas shopping all year long—end of season sales are a great place to start. Now you can cross a few things off of your holiday to-do list this week during Bishop Arts’ Christmas in July this Friday evening! Head to the Dallas shopping area around 7pm on Friday for carols by Fox and the Bird and Kirk Thurmond, photos with Santa (does Santa wear Hawaiian shirts on his summer vacay??) and special shopping and restaurant discounts. If you’re feeling extra festive, dress for the Ugly Sweater Contest happening at 8pm on the corner of 8th and Bishop where prizes from Joy Macarons, Zola Everyday Vintage, Zoomos and Emporium Pies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
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