Glisten Holiday Lighting at CITYCENTRE this Saturday
November 19, 2014
Get in the holiday spirit while you do your shopping this weekend at Houston’s CITYCENTRE during their annual snowflake lighting in the plaza on Saturday from 7 – 9pm. Arrive early to shop CITYCENTRE stores like Anthropologie, Elaine Turner, Kendra Scott, Free People and more, and stick around for a live ice carving demonstration at 7pm followed by the officially lighting ceremony at 8pm.
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival in Fredericksburg this Week
October 9, 2014
Folks have been flocking to the Texas Mesquite Art Festival since it started in 1992 for some of the most beautiful works of art and furniture crafted from Texas mesquite wood. This year’s festival is happening Friday through Sunday at Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz where you can buy small handcrafted mesquite gifts like pencil sets and ornaments, or fully commit to the mesquite way of life and purchase beds, dressers and chairs made entirely of the unique wood. The event is free and open to the public, but for more information on featured and participating festival artists, visit the event website here.
Celebrate the Art of Beer in Beaumont
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas knows how to throw a party—and raise a little funding in the process—which is why their Art of Beer event is one of the most popular each year. Each $40 ticket—21 and older, please—to Friday night’s event starting at 6pm not only benefits the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and its continued exhibitions, but gives you access to specialty and seasonal brew tastings, complimentary food dishes, cheeses, beer floats and musical entertainment from Katie Whitney and the Draw. Don’t miss out on this great Beaumont event, and purchase your tickets online in advance now!
Crossroads of Texas Film Festival this Week
October 7, 2014
Come out and celebrate four days of Texas-made films in Waxahachie this week as part of the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival. The festivities officially kick off on Thursday at noon with a luncheon at the Waxahachie Civic Center that includes a panel discussion from industry professionals on the ten best Texas-made films. We know…how can they only pick ten? We’ll leave that to the experts, and let you enjoy films like Bernie, Hope Floats, Bonnie and Clyde and more over the course of the four day festival. Purchase your tickets to the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival in person at City Hall now!
Found: Your Perfect ACL Weekend Looks from Austin Boutiques
October 2, 2014
(Pictured above: Feathers Boutique)
Yes, the Austin City Limits music festival this weekend is mainly about maximizing the amount of live shows you can see in a three-day period of time, but ending up on an “ACL Style” blog post after the fact for looking fab while doing it is a definite bonus. Make like a local, and shop these ACL looks from boutiques around Austin in time for the shows this weekend or next:
Feathers: The ladies at Feathers have a fierce fashion sense and can throw together a paparazzi-worthy outfit from the quirkiest vintage pieces.
Blue Elephant: Keep the fabric loose and flowing at the festival to beat the heat, and don’t be afraid to get in touch with your inner wild child—sort of—and throw on a few of these temporary glow tats.
Olive: Festivals are prime time to experiment with flashy eyewear, and Olive has a great selection of vintage-inspired sunnies from Le Specs.
Beehive: So ACL may not be Woodstock, but bringing back the peasant tops from the iconic music festival is a definite win.
Must-Do: Frederickburg’s Oktoberfest
September 29, 2014
Most of us don’t have the time—or the funds—to head to Germany to experience a traditional Oktoberfest, but Fredericksburg’s celebration comes with a heavy dose of authenticity if you’re looking for a true German-style Oktoberfest. It’s even held in the “Marktplatz,” which is German for “marketplace” and is actually the name of the downtown square in Fredericksburg 365 days a year. Fredericksburg’s official Oktoberfest celebration is October 3 – 5 where you can sip cold beer in the German and Oktoberfest Bier Tent, sample delicious wine at the Oktoberfest Vineyard—this is Fredericksburg, after all—and dance to continuous oompah music all weekend long at four different stages throughout the festival. Check out the complete list of things to do online here, and purchase your tickets at the gate when you arrive for $7 a person.
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!
Downtown Tyler Film Fest this Week
September 22, 2014
You’ll have a chance to preview exceptional new short films from all over the world, but the Downtown Tyler Film Festival shines with locals by focusing on local and east Texas talent in the film industry. Laid back—read: not stuffy—film viewings will be held this Wednesday through Saturday at the Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler. If you can only attend one event though, make it the Best of the Fest event at Liberty on Saturday night followed by the wrap party. The festival will replay their favorite films and award top honors in four categories for the festival. The wrap party will follow at the Gallery Main Street one block away with plenty of food and drinks to see the party through the evening. Check out the complete film schedule here, and purchase your tickets online in advance here, or in person at the Liberty box office.
Cheap Tickets to the State Fair of Texas
September 19, 2014
As a Texan, attending the State Fair of Texas is a rite of passage where a belly full of fried food and an armload of carnival prizes are badges of honor. Don’t worry about the fried food—you can walk it off on your treks between the midway, Big Tex, the auto show and the wine garden. But you can’t get back admission dollars you could have saved by using one of these tried-and-true discount ticket options for the great State Fair of Texas. It’s “deep in the heart of Texas,” not “deep hole in your wallet,” folks. So be savvy this year, and plan your visits to the State Fair around one of these cheap ticket options—and save your dollars for Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and rides on the Ferris wheel!
Visit The State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas September 26 – October 16.
Kroger Stores Advance Purchase
- Local Kroger stores are selling advance purchase tickets for $15.50 and season passes for $34.95
- The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday – Friday)
- Use the DART GoPass app to buy daily discounted tickets downloaded straight to your phone. Adult tickets are $15, and child/senior tickets are $11.
Dasani Opening Day Discount (September 26 only)
- Bring a full bottle of Dasani water or any Coca-Cola product to the gate for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for $6 per donation per person
Dickies Day (October 2 only)
- Anyone wearing Dickies logo clothing will receive a voucher for FREE admission to the fair that day (October 2 only)
Kroger Can Food Drive Wednesdays
- Bring 3 cans of food to the gate for donation to area food banks on any Wednesday during the fair and pay just $3 admission per donation per person
Senior Day Free Thursdays
- Seniors 60 years and older receive FREE fair admission on Thursdays
Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays
- Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate on any Tuesday during the fair and get in for just $5 per donation per person
Dr Pepper $8 after 5
- Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate any day after 5pm and get in for just $8 per donation per person
Coke $6 Thursdays
- Bring an empty 20-oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product to the gate any Thursdays during the fair and get in for just $6 per donation per person
- McDonald’s will be offering discounts such as a $6 child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket and $3 off admission on tray liners and bag stuffers from September 26 – October 19. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.
- General admission is only $12 on Fridays when you pay at the gate with a State Fair coupon from the KISS-FM website.
- Save up to 30% on general admission tickets when you have parties of 20 or more.
East Texas State Fair Opens in Tyler this Weekend
Don’t want to wait for Big Tex and all of the fried goodness at the State Fair of Texas at the end of this month? That’s quite alright, just swing by the East Texas State Fair in Tyler opening this weekend! Expect livestock shows, free concerts, a petting zoo, an extreme high dive show, a beer garden, festival food and even a marketplace at the Harvey Convention Center at the grounds of the East Texas State Fair opening today and running through 9/28. Check out the events calendar before you visit, and purchase your tickets online in advance here!
Plano Balloon Fest Starts Friday
September 16, 2014
There’s something magical about hot-air balloons floating though the sky, and for three glorious September days, Plano’s Oak Point Park is home to 45 of them. Returning for its 35th year, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival is an event of Lone Star proportion that never fails to amaze.
Gates to the festival open at 4pm on Friday, September 19, with the balloons launching at 6pm. Festival-goers always look forward to the new “character” balloons that get added each year, and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint. Look for Angry Birds, Pigasus the Flying Pig, Beagle Maximus, Annie the Ladybug, High Kitty, Red and Green Chile Pepper and fan favorite High Jack. The balloons re-launch twice daily on Saturday and Sunday at 7am and 6pm, but come early and stay late for the morning and evening “balloon glows,” during which the balloons remain grounded, but inflate and “glow” against the dark sky. This is when you and your family can get an up-close look at the majestic balloons.
In keeping with the festival’s “high flying” theme, daily skydiving shows will take place, along with daily live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts vendors, and even a fireworks show on Saturday night. A family-friendly Kids Fun Zone will feature a rock climbing wall, face painting, inflatables and a free Kids Korner offering make-and-take art activities.
Balloon Fest only happens once a year, so don’t miss this opportunity to see the Texas sky like you’ve never seen it before!
Balloon Fest Hours:
Friday, Sept. 19: gates open at 4pm (balloon launch at 6pm)
Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 20 – 21: gates open at 6am, (balloon launches at 7am and 6pm)
Balloon Fest Admission:
Adults & Kids over 3 ft. tall: $5
Seniors 65 & over: $4
Kids under 3 ft. tall: FREE
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