Halloween Prep: Houston’s Scream Festival Opens Today
October 1, 2015
For those that just can’t get their fear fix from just one haunted house, check out Houston’s Scream Fest open today through November 1. There are 7 haunted houses for those that enjoy a good classic scare, but there’s also a zombie paintball course, live music every night, freak shows and even a midway and carnival games for more mild Halloween fun. Parking is free, and general admission is $35 a person, unless you attend on Ladies Night on October 1, 4, 8, 11 or 15, where you can get in free. Repeat visitors can also get free entry on these days if they bring a selfie in front of ScreamWorld.
Bat Fest in Austin this Weekend
August 21, 2015
It may be known for live music and a burgeoning food scene the other 364 days of the year, but this Saturday, Austin will be all about the largest urban bat colony in North America under the Congress Avenue Bridge as part of the 11th annual Bat Fest. Fest organizers recommend having your bat-watching spot picked out by 7pm, with a bat flight predicted anywhere between 7 – 8:45pm. General admission is $15—cash only—at the gate, or you can purchase online in advance here. If you want to make a day of it, show up around 4pm to enjoy more than 15 bands on three different stages through midnight—including Cypress Hill.
This Week: Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg
August 18, 2015
After over 120 years of perfecting its fair routine, it’s safe to say that the Gillespie County Fair knows how to have a good time. It is the oldest, continuous county fair in Texas after all. The fun starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday, and you can expect the same great carnival, arts and crafts, nightly dances and agricultural shows from years past. Ticket prices vary depending on which days and events you choose to attend, but the carnival gates officially open at 5pm this Thursday.
Pedal to the Metal
August 10, 2015
Whether it’s for off-road exploration, a trip to the farmers market or some good ole fashioned exercise, two-wheeled activities are en vogue in Texas right now. Check out our list of some of the best bike trails in Texas, and where to suit up with everything from custom bikes to those oh-so-necessary bike shorts!
Runway Revue at Galleria Dallas
August 6, 2015
If you are worried about keeping up with the trends this fall, then stress no more! The Runway Revue at Galleria Dallas is hosting runway shows all day on August 8th to prepare you, your kids, and your man to be looking top notch this fall. The events will kick off with a kids fashion show at noon, followed by women’s and men’s at 2pm, and Teen’s at 4pm and the finale will be a Toni and Guy Academy Student Show at 6pm. You won’t find a better way to see and shop the newest fall trends than at the Runway Revue.
Yum! Austin’s Ice Cream Festival this Weekend
August 5, 2015
Grab your sunnies, hats, and kids and head over to Fiesta Gardens for Austin’s 9th Annual Ice Cream Festival happening on Saturday August 8! Tickets are $10 (yes it includes lots of free ice cream, we checked) and can be purchased on the Ice Cream Festival Website. If you think you make the best ice cream, then enter the Homemade Ice Cream Contest, or if just eating ice cream is your thing then enter the Ice Cream Eating contest to see if you can take home the spoon for finishing your gallon first! We can’t think of a better way to beat the heat then with scoops and scoops of ice cream!
Grapevine’s Fiber to Fabric Workshop
August 4, 2015
If you are looking to learn something new this weekend then grab your girls and head over to Grapevine for the Fiber to Fabric Workshop on August 8th from 8am – noon. At this workshop, Nash Farmhands will be teaching you different ways to card, spin, weave, knit, and crochet as well as many other heritage techniques we never got a chance to learn. You are free to move around and learn about all the tasks or just pick a few that you want to perfect. Registration is required and can be done on the Grapevine website. You must be 16 or older to participate.
Plaza Classic Film Festival in El Paso
August 3, 2015
Wind down your summer by catching a movie at the Plaza Classic Film Festival from August 5 – 16, in the historic Plaza Theatre in El Paso. This film festival highlights local filmmakers in its Local Flavor Series as well as national talent. There are free movies and concerts throughout the two weeks in the Arts Festival Plaza which will be moved to Mills Street this year due to construction. This year the festival will feature 12 special guests including Yvette Yates, an El Paso native. Festival passes are $200 a piece but general admission tickets for the first night are only $6 and can be bought on the Plaza Classic Film Festival Website.
Texas Market Days this Weekend
July 30, 2015
This Saturday is a day made for antiquing in Texas, because both Wimberley and Bandera will be hosting Market Days in their respective cities. Shop Wimberley’s Market Days at Lions Pavilion, or stop by Bandera’s at Courthouse Square for an assortment of antiques, vintage finds and handmade goods.
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.
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