North Texas State Fair and Rodeo Starts Today
August 21, 2015
For the next nine days, Denton’s fairground off of Carroll Boulevard will host the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. Concerts, horse & livestock shows, contests and a carnival—complete with a Kid Zone—are planned for the nine day event. A $100 season pass gives you free reign at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo for the duration of the event, or you can purchase 4-day passes for $40 and single day passes for $15 online here. Scheduled performers include Green River Ordinance, Josh Abdott Band Charlie Daniels Band to name a few.
The Stars at Night are Big and Bright
July 29, 2015
The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas… and we think you should go check ‘em out! Stargazing has long been a tradition in Texas, and it’s probably because we’ve got some pretty great places to go. However, if you’ve never been, we have compiled a list of all our stargazing necessities! First off, you will want to run out and buy a light all-weather jacket. Our favorite place for this is Six:02 at NorthStar Mall in San Antonio, because even though we live in Texas, it can get brisk when the sun goes down. You’ll also want something to sit on, and we recommend going to the King Ranch Saddle Shop to pick up a nice blanket to rest on. After you’ve got your jacket and blanket, it might be helpful to snag a flashlight and compass from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitter. Now that you’ve got all your supplies, pull out your phone and download Star Walk or Star Tracker Lite for Apple or Android devices, or head to EarthSky to print off a star map!
1. Nike Dri-FIT Impossibly Light Jacket from Six:02
2. Celestron Cometron 7×50 Astronomy Binoculars
3. Suunto A-30 Woodsman Compass from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters
4. Fenix LD12 G2 LED Flashlight from Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters
5. Nike RU Windrunner AOP Jacket from Six:02
6. Red Diamond Blanket from King Ranch Saddle Shop
Know before you go: There is a class system used to rate how dark an area is, therefore letting you know how easily you will be able to see stars. If an area is ranked class 1, it’s very rare and means that it is the best and darkest area to go stargazing. If it’s a class 2, this means it is just slightly less dark, but still a good option, and if it’s a class 3, it is brighter and you will still get to see plenty of stars, but you are less likely to spot those hard-to-find constellations.
Big Bend Ranch State Park: Class 1
Balmorhea State Park: Class 2
Caprock Canyons State Park: Class 2
Davis Mountains State Park: Class 2
Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area: Class 2
Colorado Bend State Park: Class 3
South Llano River State Park: Class 3
McDonald Observatory: Class 2
Celebrate the American Cowboy, Because Texas
July 23, 2015
Started in 2004 by American Cowboy magazine, the National Day of the American Cowboy is a day of recognition for, you guessed it, cowboys. If you didn’t know, cowboys and Texas go way back, and this Saturday, cities across Texas will be celebrating the rich history of Western heritage and pioneering that made this state one of the best (okay…it’s the best) in the nation.
Fort Worth | Stockyards
Named the best event of its kind by the authority on the matter, American Cowboy, Fort Worth’s celebration from 10am – 4pm and will take place along East Exchange Avenue in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards with contests, demonstrations, performances and more.
Amarillo | American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
Learn all about American cowboys and their trusty mounts at the American Quarter Horse Museum from 9am – 2pm, and enjoy free food and drinks. Other activities are scheduled throughout the day, but arrive early to sign up to ride an American Quarter Horse!
San Angelo | Fort Concho
The celebration in San Angelo kicks off with an early breakfast at Fort Concho from 8 – 9am for only $10, followed by entertainment by Dorothy Douthit and Fiddle Fire with the Concho Cowboy Company.
Bandera | Frontier Times Museum and Mansfield Park
The “Cowboy Capital of the World” is doing it right this Saturday with a Western Arts & Crafts Festival at the Frontier Times Museum from 10am – 3pm, followed by the time-honored South Texas Ranch Rodeo at Mansfield Park starting at 6pm.
This Weekend: Laredo International Sister Cities Festival
July 22, 2015
One of Laredo’s best shopping events of the year is happening this Friday through Sunday at the Laredo Energy Pavilion: The Laredo International Sister Cities Festival! The best part? It’s free! This festival is unmatched anywhere else in Texas, and features more than 180 vendor booths offering products from all over Mexico and other countries. Shop handmade jewelry and textiles from Mexico, or nosh on the most delicious array of food from beloved snacks to the best of Tex-Mex.
His and Hers Weekend: Peddler Show in Beaumont
July 15, 2015
The men in your life will actually want to tag along for Beaumont’s Peddler Show at the Golden Triangle next weekend, July 24 – 26. You’ll love shopping talented designers and artisans from all over the country, and he’ll gawk at the Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo. Tickets are just $7 a person for the entire weekend, and parking is free.
Boerne Market Days this Weekend
July 9, 2015
Before you hit the pool this weekend, stop by Boerne Market Days in Boerne’s historical district this Saturday and Sunday to shop arts, crafts and handmade wares. Be sure to stop by Boerne’s unique downtown boutiques and galleries while you’re around to shop even more jewelry, plants, arts, handcrafts, collectibles, antiques and more!
Music, Massages and Merlot in Granbury
July 7, 2015
Unwind after an eventual Fourth of July weekend at Granbury’s “Music, Massages and Merlot” at D’Vine Wine on July 12. Channel your inner Adele with karaoke, or relax with a massage for only $1/minute all while enjoying a selection of over 20 different wines. You can even bottle and label your own wine while you’re there! Check out our Texas Weekend Wine Tours brochure for even more info on Granbury’s burgeoning wine scene!
Get Your Tickets Now for the Salado Swirl
July 3, 2015
Get ready to see, sniff, swirl, sniff, sip and savor —all the great “s” wine tasting verbs—at the Salado Swirl in the Village of Salado next Saturday, July 11 from 5 – 9pm. Stroll through downtown Salado sipping on some of best wines Texas has to offer while enjoying tastes of local cuisine from these participating Salado wineries and shops. There’s only a limited quantity of this year’s tickets, so hurry up and snag yours online in advance for just $29.95 a person here.
Salado Creek Winery at Salado Glassworks
Salado Wine Seller at Salado Wine Seller
Fairhaven Vineyards at 21 Main
Messina Hof at Prellop Fine Art Gallery
Vineyard at Florence at Magnolia’s
Flat Creek at Thomas Kincade Gallery
Nolan Creek Winery at The Howling Wolff
Grape Creek at Classics on Main
Texas Legato Winery at OO-La-la
Periossos Vineyard at Angelica Herbs
Winery TBD at Salado Mercantile
Free Summer Fun at the Mini Czech Fest
July 2, 2015
If you’re looking for some free summer fun, round up the fam and head to the UTSA Institute of Texan Culture’s this Sunday, July 12, for a special Czech history exhibit on the museums free second Sunday from noon – 5pm. Explore tables highlighting Czech culture in old recipes and cookbooks, a history of the Czech people and their language and even a kids table where they can color and decorate a paper doll to sport different Czech outfits. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even learn how to polka dance at the museum!
Must See this Summer: The Art of the Brick in Tyler
July 1, 2015
Artist Nathan Sawaya’s exhibition, The Art of the Brick, has been rated one of CNN’s “Must See Exhibitions” and is coming to the Tyler Museum of Art from July 10 – September 13! This is something you and your kids will enjoy and is definitely not to be missed this summer. Everything in the traveling exhibit is made entirely of LEGO bricks with some pieces created specifically for each new showing. Your jaw will drop when you see the lifelike detail and scale of these LEGO sculptures in person from dinosaur replications to people and everything in between. Cost of admission to the Tyler Museum of Art is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all kids and students.
Celebrate America on Tap in Corpus Christi
June 30, 2015
If you really really love beer, then know that the America on Tap Craft Beer Festival in Corpus Christi was invented for you! This year’s festival is happening July 11 at the American Bank Center, where over 40 breweries will be in attendance. For just $35 a person—21 and over only—you’ll get to sample beer for three hours, listen to live music and leave with a souvenir tasting glass. If you’re worried about throwing too many back, your designated driver can attend for only $10! We can’t think of a better way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon than with fine music, good friends and great brews. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
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