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
Market Street Allen USA this Saturday
June 25, 2015
This year the City of Allen is partnering with Market Street to host a Fourth of July celebration unlike any other in the area. This year’s family-friendly Market Street Allen USA kicks off Saturday, June 27, at 4pm. There will be a kid zone with wristband available from $20 if purchased before Saturday at Joe Farmer Recreation Center or at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium or $25 the day of the event. Those “too cool” for the kid zone can head to the free teen zone with a live DJ, Karaoke, and even a “selfie” station! For the sports enthusiasts in the family there will also be a sports zone with professional athletes from the Allen Americans, Griffins Rugby, Dallas Sidekicks, and Texas Revolution. Of course, since it’s the Fourth of July, there will be a spectacular 25 minute firework show kicking of around 10pm that we know you won’t want to miss! With live music and food trucks throughout the event, we know where we’ll be this Saturday!
Party Like a Patriot this 4th of July
Any self-respecting birthday party celebrating the birth of our nation has a fireworks show—and there are a TON happening in Texas, because we know how to party—but we’ve divvied up the best-of-the-best so you know where to go for the best live music, family-friendly events and the big finale: fireworks. Check out these 4th of July celebrations across Texas:
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic – Austin Settle in to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday, July 4 for live music, drinks and shopping starting at 10am. Purchase reserved seats online in advance here, or snag a general admission lawn pass for just $35. Eric Church, Kasey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many more will all be on hand for the celebration.
Fourth of July at Riverfront Park – Beaumont Breathtaking views of the Neches River set the background for Beaumont’s Fourth of July celebration at Riverfront Park this Saturday. Head to the park at 5pm for live music from Paul Childers and Black Tie Affair, The Flava Band and Danica and Jeb followed by a 9pm fireworks show.
Freedom Over Texas – Houston Hosted by Southwest Airlines at newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, highlights from this year’s Freedom Over Texas include performances by Clint Black and Josh Turner, an All-American Kids Zone, and a chance to check out military tanks and helicopters up close at KBR Liberty Park. Tickets are $8 when purchased online in advance, or $10 day of the event.
Red, Hot and Blue Festival – The Woodlands It’s the best place to see fireworks in The Woodlands, but you’ll be dancing to music all night long with two stages for live music from Troy Hess and the Texas Heartbreakers, Brian Loftin and the Texas Reflections, The Blues Grooves and The Joey Green Band. This event is free and open to the public.
4th of July at Uni-Trade Stadium – Laredo Doors open at 4:30pm at Uni-Trade Stadium’s 4th of July party, with live music starting at 5pm. There will be a special military appreciation video following Shelly Lares’ performance at 9pm, a fireworks show at 11pm and even more music from Guerra DJ at 11:15pm to close out the night. This event is free for the whole family.
All American Fourth – Plano After you’re done barbecuing with the fam, head to Plano’s Oak Point Park & Nature Reserve with your blankets and lawn chairs to catch a fireworks show from 9:30 – 10pm choreographed to music and simulcast on 97.5 KLAK. Admission and parking are free and open to the public, but arrive early to get a seat in time before the show starts.
Fair Park Fourth – Dallas Fair Park gates open at 6am on Saturday, with the Midway opening at noon where you can enjoy rides and games for just $5. Be sure to line up at the Cotton Bowl Stadium Gate A when the gates open at 7pm to get a spot in time for fireworks at 9:45pm. Admission to the park is free; check out admission fees for the Children’s Aquarium, Texas Discovery Gardens and Midway online here.
Fort Worth’s Fourth – Fort Worth Held at Panther Island Pavilion along Fort Worth’s Trinity River, Fort Worth’s Fourth boasts the largest fireworks show in North Texas, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s an entire KidZone featuring face painting, tubing, zip lines, bounce houses and so much more. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fourth on the Brazos – Waco H-E-B’s annual fireworks show over the Brazos is the highlight of this event, and this year it’ll be even more beautiful with brand new McClane Stadium as its backdrop. Definitely arrive early for live music and family fun, but make sure you’ve got a spot to catch the fireworks by 9:15pm.
Fireworks Extravaganza – Grapevine Snag a spot in the Grapevine Mills parking lot in time for Grapevine’s massive Fireworks Extravaganza happening July 4 at 9:30pm.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July – Granbury Head to Granbury square to celebrate all weekend long with arts, crafts and food vendors along the square, live music, a parade around the square and a top-ranked fireworks show at 9:45pm Saturday evening over Lake Granbury.
“I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration – College Station You’ll still be able to catch a fireworks show at the “I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station this Saturday, but we’re positive you and the kiddos will love free admission to the museum from 9:30am – 8:15pm, with live entertainment and children’s games starting at 6pm.
Firecracker Fandango – Odessa Bring the whole family to Odessa’s longest-running street festival in downtown Odessa starting at 10am for the Jacyees Independence Day Parade. Festival gates open at 6pm where you’ll find live entertainment, children’s activities food vendors and an evening fireworks display. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
July 4th Parade – Fredericksburg The official parade around Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz starts at 10am, but we encourage you to turn out at 8am decked out in your best red, white and blue for the Children’s Parade. Patriotic-themed bikes, wagons and even pet costumes are highly encouraged!
Red, White and BOOM – McKinney Festivities start at 10am with a Red, White and Boom parade in downtown McKinney, followed by a classic car show from 1 – 5pm and tons of family activities at McKinney’s Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch from 7 – 9:30pm culminating in a fireworks show set to the “Sounds of America” at Classical 101.1 FM at 9:45pm. All events are free and open to the public.
Freedom Fest – Frisco Freedom Fest activities are scheduled all day long in Frisco, but the real family fun is happening at the Party in the Plaza with a community stage, a children’s expo with bounce houses, face paint and games, a hometown heroes exhibit and Taste of Frisco—a true culinary delight. Fireworks start at 10pm
This Weekend: El Paso Downtown Street Festival
June 24, 2015
The El Paso Downtown Street Festival grows every year, and this year will certainly not disappoint! With headliners like Rob Zombie and Weezer performing this Friday and Saturday you better head to Ticketmaster or a local 7-Eleven Alon store to pick up your ticket before they sell out. As if the great music wasn’t enough, there will also be tons of local food vendors serving up plenty of local favorites. Gates open at 6pm on both nights, and the concerts and fireworks—yes fireworks—will end around 12:30am each night.
Treat Dad: Denton Airshow this Saturday
June 18, 2015
Bring out your dad’s inner 12-year old and treat him to the Denton Air Show this Saturday—just in time for Father’s Day. There will be classic and vintage aircrafts to ogle on the ground, while high-altitude performances include civilian aerobatics and warbirds. You can purchase your $10 tickets online in advance, or at the Denton Enterprise Airport the day of the event for $12.
The 4 Best Trips to Take Right Now
June 16, 2015
Ah, summer. You wait eagerly for it all year, and no sooner does it arrive than your kids start crying “I’m bored!” On top of that, it always seems like you’re scrambling to plan a summer vacation at the last minute before time runs out. Well, no more! Make this the summer that you’re going to have loads of fun activities at the ready (for both you and the kids), and not one, not two, but four glorious vacations already planned! How? That’s the easy part: we’ve already done it for you!
Go ahead and bookmark FunInFrisco.com, because it’s your guide to all things FUN in Frisco this summer. From shopping discounts and spa retreats for mom, to tee times and target practice for dad, to indoor skydiving and go-karting for the kids, to professional soccer and baseball for the sports fan, we’ve outlined the perfect Frisco trip for every taste and budget (yep, there are loads of hotel discounts, too!).
So just to recap, visit FunInFrisco.com for:
- Hotel Discounts
- Shopping Discounts
- The perfect Girlfriend Getaway
- The ultimate Guys’ Getaway
- The Family Fun Guide
- An action-packed Sports Getaway
- RoughRiders tickets
- FC Dallas tickets
- Spa appointments
- Dinner reservations
- Live Music
- So much more!
Pssst! We’re also giving away a $100 gift card to Stonebriar Centre every Friday! Visit FunInFrisco.com for details!
San Angelo Art Walk this Thursday
June 15, 2015
It’s time for San Angelo’s June Art Walk! Always the third Thursday of each month, this month’s events will be held throughout downtown San Angelo from 5 – 9pm. Check out the map of vendors and participating merchants here, but be sure to stop by the featured art gallery of the week, Signature Art Gallery, to register for the chance to win a special Art Walk prize! Be sure to take advantage of San Angelo’s free trolley service from 6 – 9pm—they’ll make a stop at each participating venue, and you’re free to depart and board at your leisure.
Taste of Dallas this Weekend at Fair Park
June 11, 2015
Taste of Dallas is DFW’s culinary event of the year! Featuring over 70 restaurants, cooking competitions and a Taste the Difference VIP area, if you leave hungry it will be your own fault. They’ve got everything from top Dallas restaurants and premier food trucks to the best BBQ—just the smell of it all will make you drool a little. This year, the Taste of Dallas is conveniently located indoors at Fair Park right in the heart of Dallas. Be sure to stick around until 10pm on Friday or Saturday to see the special firework show. Entry is just $12 at the door, or pick up a ticket at your local Walgreens for $9. Kids under 10 years old get in free with parent or guardian.
Llano Wine & Clay Festival this Weekend
June 8, 2015
Lubbock winery Llano Estacado is hosting the Wine & Clay Festival this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the “two great arts of the earth”—art and wine making. Sip on Llano wine while browsing the creations of local artists, including the Llano Estacado Clay Guild. Admission is free, and Kenny Maines and Jenni Dale Lord will provide live entertainment during the festival. Want even more information about Lubbock’s great wineries? Check out our downloadable Texas Weekend Wine Tours guide here.
Waxahachie Gingerbread Trails this Weekend
June 4, 2015
Contrary to what the name might imply, Waxahachie’s annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes does not actually involve gingerbread cookies. “Gingerbread” is actually an architectural term that refers to the work of American designers of the late 1860s and ‘70s—an architectural style that the city of Waxahachie has worked hard to preserve over the last 46 years. This Saturday and Sunday you can tour the historic homes and buildings in Waxahachie during the Gingerbread Trails Tour of Homes. In conjunction with the architectural tours, there will be an Antique Market in the open-air Chautauqua auditorium in Getzendaner Park. This is one of the biggest weekends of Waxahachie’s summer, and one you definitely do not want to miss!
PantherFest + Slip-n-Slide Fun this Weekend in Fort Worth
June 3, 2015
Be honest—when else will you have the opportunity to watch people fling themselves down a 2,000-foot slip-n-slide? The correct answer? Not often. Well this weekend’s PantherFest is your chance! Admission to the festival is free, but alas—if you didn’t already reserve a spot on the slide you’ll just have to cheer from the sidelines while sipping your craft brews and jamming out to live music. Check out the complete festival schedule and more info at the PantherFest site here.
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