Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest
September 23, 2014
The long German tradition of Oktoberfest actually happens each year in September, hence Panther Island Pavilion’s Munich-style celebrations scheduled to begin this Thursday through Saturday. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, dancing, live music and plenty of lederhosen for the thematically inclined at Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest celebration this week. Definitely check out the full list of events here so you can plan your beer stein refills accordingly. Tickets can also be purchased online in advance here so you won’t have to worry about missing out on any of the fun. Bonus: the first 5,000 paid admissions get a free commemorative 19oz. Fort Worth stein handed out at the gate!
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!
Laredo International Sister Cities Festival
July 17, 2014
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.
(Lone) Stars & Stripes: Fourth of July Across Texas
July 2, 2014
Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | Fair Park
Home to the State Fair of Texas, Fair Park knows how to show Dallas a good time. Fair Park Fourth opens its doors at 10am on Friday, where you can enjoy Midway fun—rides, games and concessions—or stop by The Children’s Fair Aquarium or Texas Discovery Gardens before heading to the Cotton Bowl to grab a seat for the 9:30pm fireworks show.
Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | Panther Island Pavilion
For those looking for a grand celebration in Cowtown, Panther Island Pavilion is the place he be this 4th of July. Gates open at 2pm with live music scheduled throughout the evening until the largest fireworks show in North Texas kicks off at 10pm. There will also be a Free Kidzone offering pony rides, bounce houses, miniature golf and even a water slide!
Various Events | Fredericksburg
You’re guaranteed a 4th of July celebration almost anywhere in Fredericksburg this weekend, including a Main Street 4th of July parade at 10am, a Chili Cookoff at Becker Vineyards and a Fireworks display at “dark-thirty” at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park—and that’s just Friday! Check out the full list of things to do this weekend in Fredericksburg here.
Freedom Fest | Frisco | Frisco Square
Frisco’s annual dance party/Taste of Frisco/game-a-palooza/local talent showcase/fireworks show is going down in Frisco Square at 4pm this Friday. Once you’ve checked out the family fun activities at the Children’s Plaza and gorged yourself on tasty delights at Taste of Frisco, grab a ticket the FC Dallas soccer match against Philadelphia Union in Toyota Stadium for just $16. The massive fireworks show will be visible from within the stadium and around Frisco Square!
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration | Granbury | Granbury Square
“Old Fashioned,” but not out-of-date, Granbury’s 4th of July weekend celebration kicks off with a Classic Car show tomorrow night, followed by a hometown parade at 10am on Friday, arts & crafts vendors at the Courthouse Square parking lot, live jazz music and a fireworks show set to music at 9:45pm over Lake Granbury. Check out the complete breakdown of the weekend’s events here.
Freedom Fest | Kerrville | Kerrville Hills Winery
Enjoy a 4th of July celebration with your family at home on Friday, and head to Kerrville Hills Winery on Saturday for an outdoor concert from Exit 505, Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q and wash pitching from 11am – 6pm.
Red, White and Boom | McKinney | Historic Downtown and McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
Kick off America’s birthday with a 10am parade through downtown McKinney, then head home for a little pool or grill time for a few hours before heading to the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch at 7pm for family activities, food, live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks show at 9:45pm.
All American Fourth Fireworks | Plano | Collin College
You’ll be able to see the All American Fireworks from multiple locations in Plano, but we suggest settling in on a comfy blanket or chair on the hill at Collin College in time for the 9:30pm fireworks show for prime viewing.
Red, Hot & Blue Festival | The Woodlands | Town Greek Park
In its 17th year, The Woodlands’ Red, Hot & Blue Festival has grown to include two stages of live music, an array of family activities like face painting, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, concessions and a fireworks show along the waterway at approximately 9pm.
Fourth on the Brazos | Waco | Along the Brazos
Food trucks full of BBQ, burgers, funnel cakes and more and a Corndog Classic Eating Competition help kick off Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos celebration this Friday, culminating in a grand fireworks show at 10pm. Suggested viewing areas along the Brazos include the river bank along MLK Drive, Franklin Avenue Bridge and Washington Avenue in front of the Waco Convention Center.
Truck ‘N Tunes in Waxahachie this Weekend
June 27, 2014
Are you a fan of food that comes to you? Yeah, we are too. Help downtown Waxahachie become a regular stop for metroplex food trucks, and stop by the Truck ‘N Tunes event around the historic courthouse square this Saturday evening from 5 – 9pm. Pick up a quick bite from one of the 8 participating food trucks, enjoy tunes from open mic night and shop one of the many unique shops around the square!
Live Summer Tunes for the Weekend
June 25, 2014
Summer concert series across Texas are in full swing! Here’s where you can catch some quality—free—live music this weekend:
Music Under the Stars | El Paso | June 29 (pictured above)
In its 31st season, El Paso’s Music Under the Stars pulls some serious musical talent for a free concert series. Enjoy the Latin sounds of Son Ardiente this Sunday from 7:30 – 9pm at Chamizal National Memorial, and be sure to stop by again on July 20 for Los Lonely Boys!
Boerne Concert Band | Boerne | June 29
Catch the local Boerne Concert Band—a FULL band. We’re talking brass, percussion…the works—this Sunday at their Free Independence Day Concert in Boerne’s Main Plaza this Sunday evening from 7 – 9pm!
Twilight Tunes | Denton | June 26
This award-winning concert series kicks off every Thursday evening at 6:30pm on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn. Bring a blanket, some chairs, or even a to-go meal from one of Denton’s local eateries and enjoy the acoustic sounds of the Bonnie & Nick Norris Band this Thursday evening.
Summer Sunday Lawn Concerts | Midland | June 29
Not only will Josh Tatum be rocking it out on the front lawn of historic Turner Mansion in Midland from 7:30 – 9pm this Sunday, but it’s Pet Night. Be sure to bring your “crowd-friendly” pets along with a comfy blanket or chair to make the free live music extra enjoyable this weekend.
Taste of North Austin at The Domain this Saturday
June 19, 2014
If you’re doing it right, a good shopping trip requires a fashionable fuel up or two to get you through the day. This Saturday, The Domain in Austin is making it easy for you buy bringing in small bites from North Austin’s favorite restaurants from 11am – 4pm. You can pick up a tasting wristband for just $20 at Simon Guest Services at The Domain, and enjoy tastes from Blackfinn Ameripub, The League, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cru Wine Bar and more while you shop. There will also be face painting, caricature drawings, balloon twisting and live music from Skyrocket! the Band throughout the day. For a complete list of participating restaurants and more info on Taste of North Austin click here.
San Antonio says “Howdy” to H&M
June 12, 2014
Spurs, schmurs! NBA Finals fever is cooling off (just a degree or two) in San Antonio today, thanks to the opening of south Texas’ first location of H&M at The Shops at La Cantera. More than 1,000 people lined up to be among the first to shop the fast fashion outpost’s newest Texas location, and with good reason. Residents of San Antonio have lucked out, because the La Cantera H&M is one of only 17 U.S. locations that houses the coveted “Trend” department, focused on edgy, high-fashion looks. As usual, the store also has men’s and children’s departments (though we imagine the men’s department will be a bit of a ghost town until the NBA Finals conclude).
San Marcos Salsa Fest
The Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos knows that in the south, the quickest way to a person’s heart is through food! And in the case of Texans, salsa is usually a safe bet. Enter the 6th Annual Salsa Festival hosted by The Eye of the Dog Art Center happening this Saturday. Even if you opt out of entering a salsa recipe in the tasting competition for only $15—this is the art center’s annual fundraiser, so all proceeds benefit Eye of the Dog Art Center—there will also be free hot dogs, beverages, a kids’ clay play area, a silent auction and enough salsa to go around! Admission is free, and we hear interesting clay sculptures make great keepsake Father’s Day gifts…
Boerne Market Days this Weekend
June 10, 2014
Shop Boerne Market Days this Saturday and Sunday and pick up last-minute even more gifts for Dad in time for Father’s Day this Sunday! Vendors will line the historical district on main plaza 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!
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