Art Fests Across Texas this Weekend
April 10, 2014
Perhaps it’s all the wildflowers popping up around us, but we feel especially creative come springtime in Texas. There’s something particularly refreshing about strolling outdoors and gazing at beautiful works of art—especially after the tough winter we’ve had! Lucky for you, the rest of Texas feels the same way, and cities across the state are hosting a slew of art festivals this week—many with live entertainment and tasty bites—for your enjoyment. Check out the list of festivals below:
Bayou City Art Festival
March 26, 2014
Over its extensive 43-year history, the Bayou City Art Festival—brought to you by the Art Colony Association—has raised over $35 million benefitting arts education for children and adults, local arts and community service organizations and Houston parks throughout the Greater Houston area. You too can show your support for the Houston arts community by purchasing tickets the Bayou City Art Festival happening this Friday through Sunday at Memorial Park. Enjoy live music and works from artists in every medium you can think of—even leather and mixed media—and support emerging area talent as part of the High School Emerging Artist Program, where prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. Purchase tickets online in advance here; for complete details, check out the event website.
Arts in the Square
Arts in the Square this Saturday and Sunday is one of the many ways Frisco brings arts & culture to its community. With proceeds from the event going to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Family Services, you can feel good about shopping over 120 local and regional artists selling everything from fine art, graphics and pottery to glassworks, jewelry and photography. Live music, interactive art activities and art performances are also planned throughout the day, where you can treat yourself to food and spirits available at the wide variety of award-winning restaurants that surround the square.
South Texas State Fair
March 24, 2014
Texas is so big, it needs more than one state fair to keep its residents entertained. That, and we just like to have a good time. The South Texas State Fair happens each spring in Beaumont, and it packs just as much fun and entertainment into its 11-day run as the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park. Enjoy delicious fair food, carnival rides and games, a rodeo and even an exotic petting zoo March 27 – April 6 brought to you by the historic Young Men’s Business League of Texas. Avoid a wait at the gate, and purchase your tickets online in advance here.
Rose City Artisans & Flower Market
March 18, 2014
The historic Goodman-LeGrand Museum in Tyler serves as the backdrop for the open-air Rose City Artisans & Flower Market Friday and Saturday. Free and open to the public, the artisans and vendors at the market will be offering garden décor, handmade jewelry, herbs, bulbs and even home-baked goods. Come for the shopping, but stay for the wine, live entertainment and socializing in a beautiful spring setting.
Savor Dallas this Weekend
March 17, 2014
Taste the best of the metroplex this weekend during Savor Dallas’ 10th anniversary celebration this Thursday through Saturday. Events ranging from wine tastings and seminars to five-star dinners and a wine stroll will take place at different venues throughout the city, including the Dallas Arboretum, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the Dallas Arts District. Check out the complete event schedule here and purchase tickets to select events online in advance here.
1st Annual Houston Whiskey Festival
March 13, 2014
Already a mecca for some of the best restaurants in Texas, Houston is expanding its repertoire of expertise to include libations of the alcoholic variety. Earlier this year, Mayor Anise Parker announced the city would hold its first festival dedicated entirely to Craft Beer—Brew Fest—in October. Now, the city is hosting its first-ever whiskey festival this weekend, and it shows a lot of promise. Tickets to Saturday’s 1st annual Houston Whiskey Festival are only available for purchase online in advance here, and you’ll gain access to a variety of whiskey tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and entrance to all seminars. You can view the complete selection of whiskey tastings here, but highlights from the William Grant and Son Grand Tasting Room include hard-to-come-by samplings of Balvenie’s 21 year-old PortWood, Glenfiddich’s 21-year Old Gran Reserva and Pappy Van Winkle. This is a business attire event, but organizers highly encourage blazers for men and cocktail dresses for women. Lucky for you, our Houston Hit List stores have just what you need to look sharp for the inaugural event.
Artists and Artisans Festival
March 12, 2014
While the rest of Austin is experiencing the best of technology, music and film, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has its eye on the best of spring in Texas: wildflowers. This Saturday and Sunday the center kicks off its annual Wildflower Days celebration with the Artisan and Artisans Festival devoted to arts, crafts and nature. The gardens will soon be blooming with bluebonnets, winecup and other wildflowers, but you can shop more than 20 American artists selling nature-themed handmade items this weekend. Sculptor John Christensen will stop by Sunday afternoon to discuss his sculptures on the grounds, while artists George Boutwell, Jules Buck Jones, Joy Fisher Hein and Barbara Attwell also plan to attend. Click here for more information—admission is $9 for adults and only $3 for children.
DIY Imperial Beer Glass at Vetro
March 10, 2014
Grapevine Hit List spot VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery encourages DIY—sort of—among its admirers. While glassblowing without proper supervision is highly discouraged, for only $75 Vetro will guide you through the process of making your very own colored imperial beer glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The workshop will be held this Saturday from noon – 7pm, where snacks, beer and soda will be served. Kids are welcome—the color application process is safe and fun for the little ones—but children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Purchased your tickets online in advance here.
Funky Finds this Weekend
March 7, 2014
Head to the Will Rogers Memorial Center tomorrow and Sunday with your furry friend in tow to shop the pet-friendly 6th annual Funky Finds Spring Fling. Over 120 independent vendors will be selling arts & crafts, books and food—most are from the DFW metroplex, but some have traveled from as far as Louisiana and Nebraska. Most importantly, there will be a charitable raffle benefitting The Human Society of North Texas—who will also be on site facilitating pet adoptions—and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County, an organization of volunteer advocates who stand up on behalf of abused and neglected children. Raffle tickets are only $1.00 each, and the first 75 to purchase a raffle ticket will receive a free Funky Finds tote filled with giveaways, coupons and more (read: arrive early). For more information, check out the event website here.
Where to Celebrate Texas Independence Day
February 28, 2014
Just because we all can’t make it back to the place “where Texas became Texas” this weekend doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate to our heart’s content this Sunday. Check out these Texas Independence Day events happening across Texas this weekend:
Washington on the Brazos State Park—Washington: a.k.a. “where Texas became Texas.” This Saturday and Sunday you can experience living history, live music, traditional crafts and firing demonstrations at the state park—all with zero entrance and parking fees in honor of Texas’ birthday celebration.
Gruene Hall—Gruene: Celebrate Texas’ 178th birthday with free music all day Sunday from Amber & Digby, Mike & The Moonpies and Cody Jinks, 178¢ domestic longnecks, 17% off all purchases of $17.80 or more and $17.80 food specials. We’re starting to sense a pattern here…
Jack Ingram at The Rustic—Dallas: Head to The Rustic restaurant in Dallas this Sunday for a crawfish boil in the front yard and live music in the back yard from Jack Ingram & The Beat Up Ford Band with special guest Abbie Walker. Purchase your $15 concert tickets online in advance here. Doors open at 11am.
Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas—Granbury: This Saturday and Sunday Granbury’s Historic Town Square will be packed with live performers, historical re-enactors, storytellers and even a parade to celebrate Texas Independence Day. Be sure to venture a few blocks south to Lake Granbury to see the chuck wagons cooking on the beach!
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