Celebrate Noel at The Nat
November 27, 2013
Walk off some extra calories after Thanksgiving dinner this week, and stop by Amarillo Hit List Store The Nat on Saturday for a special holiday celebration. During The Nat’s Holiday Open House from 4 – 7pm, you’ll be able to shop storewide discounts, enjoy complimentary refreshments and even have the chance to win door prizes. Feel free to bring the little ones along; Santa will be on hand for holiday photos from 5 – 7pm.
Annual Pastel Society of the Southwest National Juried Show
November 5, 2013
The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau shares a building with Tower Gallery, where monthly exhibitions are free and open to the public. This month, Tower Gallery is displaying works from the 32nd Annual Pastel Society of the Southwest National Juried Show. Based on works from winners of years past, we’d say you’re in for a definite visual treat.
Texas All Star Big Band Bash
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Hill Top Café is hosting the Texas All Star Big Band Bash. Tickets are $85 per person, per night, with multiple performers scheduled for each evening. Music from acts like Johnny Nichols and Hell Bent, Al Gomez and Cindy Cashdollar coupled with culinary delights from Hill Top Café is enough to get us through the door, but the Texas All Star Big Band Bash has also promised a “very special surprise guest” each night of the bash. Fill out this reservation form and return to Hill Top Café via email to reserve your spot!
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
November 4, 2013
Like Fort Worth, Houston is hosting its own film festival this Wednesday through Sunday that will focus on Houston’s culture and urban vitality. The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will feature film screenings, a filmmakers brunch, workshops and panels at different venues throughout the city. Check out the complete schedule of events here, and purchase your passes online in advance here.
Diwali San Antonio: Festival of Lights
Winner of the Sister Cities International Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture, San Antonio’s Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the state’s most celebrated Indian festivals that draws over 15,000 people from all over Texas. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature Indian dances, Diya floats, fireworks, a Handicrafts Bazaar, Henna tattoo artists and Indian cuisine available for purchase at Hemisfair Park this Saturday from 5 – 10pm.
Lone Star Film Festival
Fort Worth’s Sundance Square is the place to be for film lovers this Thursday through Sunday. It’ll be home to film screenings, panels and award ceremonies as part of the 7th annual Lone Star Film Festival honoring Stephen Murrin, Jr., Louis Black and Lyle Lovett for their influential roles in cinema and the arts. Purchase your screen tickets, festival passes and tables for the four-day event online in advance here, and start practicing your “be cool, it’s just [insert name of famous Hollywood star here]” faces now.
Wurstfest Starts Tomorrow
October 31, 2013
The best “ten days in sausage history”—who are we to argue?—start in New Braunfels tomorrow with the first day of Wurstfest. The festival runs through November 10 and features the best of Bavarian-style entertainment and a mix of German, Texas and domestic beer and food. On-site carnival rides and games and free admission for children 12-and-under means you can bring the whole family to celebrate Texas’ German heritage and love of “wurst.” Purchase your tickets online in advance here, and check out the Wurst Wagen for easy transportation to and from the festival.
Halloween Round Up
October 29, 2013
From costume contests and trick-or-treating on the square, to spooky tours and shopping, we’ve rounded up some of the best Halloween events across Texas. While not required, costumes are highly encouraged. Plus, we hear you pull more candy that way. Happy Halloween!
Shopping, costumes and a chance to win $400 in prizes? Yes, Amarillo’s annual 6th Street Creepy Crawl sounds like our kind of event! Purchase your Creepy Crawl punchcards at Amarillo Hit List store The NAT for $5 on Wednesday—or $7 the day of the event—and receive punches at participating businesses along 6th Street on Halloween between 6pm – 2am. Return your punchcard to The 806 by November 5, and you’ll be entered to win up to $400 in prizes and gift cards. All proceeds from the event benefit Snack Pak 4 Kids, a program that provides a backpack filled with kid-friendly snacks each Friday of the school year to help battle weekend hunger for children living in the Texas panhandle.
McKinney’s Historic Downtown Square will be even more pedestrian-friendly this Halloween, when costumed guests can enjoy trick-or-treating on the square, hayrides and shopping as part of the annual Scare on the Square from 4 – 6pm on Thursday. Admission is free, and there will also be a Be Green on Halloween costume contest, where the Environmental Education Department will award prizes to the best costumes made using items already in your house. Plus, be sure to enter the Ghost Hunt for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree!
Take advantage of two “Halloween Night” tours of historic Fort Concho in San Angelo tonight and tomorrow night. For only $5 adult admission this evening, enjoy spooky stories, cookies and soft drinks during a self-guided tour between 8 – 10pm. Or, for only $8 adult admission tomorrow evening, take advantage of a guided tour of the former regimental headquarters for some of the most famous Buffalo Soldier frontier units.
Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio is the world’s first ultra-accessible 25-acre theme park specifically designed for families, friends, caregivers and those with special needs. For a truly “More Delightful Than Frightful” Halloween experience this Thursday, stop by Morgan’s Wonderland between 5 – 8pm to enjoy the park and trick-or-treating for only $5 a person.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum is hosting an extra-special Spooktacular Monster Bash tomorrow night from 4 – 8pm. Member tickets are $7 per person, and non-member tickets are $9 per person for the event that will include pin the nose on the pumpkin, dodging donuts, mummy wrap, a glow in the dark bat cave maze, trick-or-treating and so much more. Be sure to come dressed in costume so you can fill out an activity card for a chance to participate in a raffle and win a prize at the end of the evening!
Eat A Bug! Family Arts Day in Beaumont
October 25, 2013
Okay, so you don’t actually have to eat a bug at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas’ Family Arts Day—but it’s highly encouraged. This Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm, AMSET’s free “Eat A Bug!” event serves up arts and crafts, trick-or-treat bags and yes, even fried crickets. Not only are fried crickets high in protein, but they are actually a delicacy in Kenya and Uganda!
The Perfect Weekend Retreat to Historic Downtown Granbury
October 24, 2013
Described as a “postcard-perfect” Texas town, and named one of the “Best Small-Town Getaways” by Southern Living, Granbury, Texas is a city rich with southern charm, mid-century history and picturesque scenes. There are a multitude of things to see and do around Granbury—including splashing around in Lake Granbury, seven golf courses and fishing—but if you’re looking for the ideal weekend getaway, you can’t go wrong with Granbury’s Historic Downtown Square. As the first town square in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it has everything you need to enjoy the perfect weekend retreat from dining and wine tasting to quaint B&B’s and shopping.
Sleep on the Square
It doesn’t get any more convenient—or cozy—than staying in the heart of historic downtown for the weekend. Not only are local spots like Nutt House Hotel and Iron Horse Inn located within walking distance of everything there is to see and do around the square, Pomegranate House and Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Granbury Gardens B&B and the Inn on Lake Granbury are all in close proximity to both Lake Granbury and the Historic Downtown Square.
Dine on the Square
Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co.: A great spot to grab a quick coffee in the AM, or stop by mid-afternoon for casual lunch options like fresh salads, tasty wraps and sandwiches.
Farina’s Wine Bar and Café: Farina’s hearty Italian cuisine is the ideal pairing for late afternoon and evening wine tastings of house varietals like Farina’s Red Blend and Rado Boca. Call ahead for reservations on weekend nights.
Eighteen Ninety Grille and Lounge: Save Eighteen Ninety Grille and Lounge for a special meal to end your stay. Expect a romantic ambiance, fresh seasonal ingredients and a well-rounded wine list. Reservations are recommended, and dinner service begins at 5:30 every evening.
Shop the Square
Browse over 50 different locally-owned shops in Granbury’s Historic Downtown Square selling everything from antiques and Texas goods to clothing, accessories and gifts. We recommend a leisurely stroll through the square to check out all of the square’s different vendors, but if you’re short on time, be sure to check out these retailers:
Caylor Creek Boutique: Affordable, fashionable clothing, shoes, gifts and accessories for women. Don’t expect to leave here empty-handed!
West Side Station: A joint venture by the owners of The Texas Sampler and Positively Younique, featuring home décor, art, collectibles, specialty food items and a variety of different artisans all under one roof.
The Pan Handle: Shop gourmet everything at The Pan Handle like cookware, coffees and spices. Create a custom gift basket here to take home to friends!
Brazos Moon Antiques: Don’t miss a chance to treasure hunt at Brazos Moon. This antique spot has been known to carry everything from Chantilly crystal water stems to a vintage Colt six-shooter.
More to Do
If you’re looking for more than strolling and shopping, there are plenty of things around the square and surrounding areas to keep you entertained for the weekend. The 21-and-up crowd can enjoy wine tastings at local spots D’Vine Wine of Granbury, Barking Rocks Vineyard & Winery or Bluff Dale Vineyards. If craft beer is more your style, be sure to stop by Revolver Brewing for a tour and tasting—one of the flagship beers, Blood & Honey, is made with local Fall Creek Farms Honey.
Every Friday and Saturday night you can learn about historic Granbury’s legends and folklore on a Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, or catch one of the many live theatre and musical shows at the newly-renovated Granbury Opera House, celebrating its grand re-opening in December of this year with a performance of The Christmas Carol.
Last but not least, Granbury is home to Brazos Drive-In, or “The Brazos” as the locals call it. Open continually since 1952, The Brazos usually plays two current movies each Friday and Saturday evening. Be sure to arrive around 6pm to ensure a good spot and avoid lines—$18 per car admission is cash only, but the concession stand accepts credit cards!
Austin Film Festival
October 23, 2013
The 2013 Austin Film Festival officially kicks off its jam-packed week-long schedule this Thursday. You’ll want to spend some time mulling over the complete festival schedule here to decide which level of pass to buy. You can purchase the basic Film Pass if you’re simply looking for a top-notch viewing experience this week, or go all-out with the Producers Badge for access to star-studded panels, events and parties all week long. This handy diagram details what events are available for every pass level and how to purchase your tickets in advance!
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