Get Chocolate Wasted in Bryan
March 23, 2015
Go ahead and plan an extra work out this week so you can fully enjoy “All Things Chocolat’” this Tuesday at The Brazos Center in Bryan. For just $20 a person, you can taste chocolate creations from local vendors, sample wine, coffee and baked goods all while enjoying live music from the Greg Tivis Trip and the College Station High School Jazz Ensemble. The event is from 5 – 8pm tomorrow, and all hors d’oeuvres and—most importantly—access to the chocolate fountain is included in the price of a ticket, which can be purchased at the door.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Starts Today!
March 3, 2015
Last year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo drew over 2.4 million people to NRG Park, and with a concert calendar featuring Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton—among so any others—we predict another couple million attendees in 2015. Open now through March 22, the Houston Rodeo features daily performers, rodeo events, a livestock and horse show and plenty of events for the kids. Purchase your tickets online in advance here, or wait for Value Wednesdays where a $10 ticket includes NRG admission and access to both the rodeo and concert for that day.
Celebrate the Great State of Texas: Texas Independence Day
February 26, 2015
Oh, you already do this every day anyway? Us too. But make it official as the Lone Star State celebrates the day “Texas became Texas” at these awesome Texas Independence Day Celebrations happening across Texas:
Texas Independence Day Parade—Austin: Austin’s annual Texas Independence Day parade (pictured above) is back again for another great year at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Arrive at 8:30am to snag your spot in time for the start of the parade at 9:30am this Saturday.
Washington on the Brazos State Park—Washington: This Saturday and Sunday, you can experience living history, live music, traditional crafts and firing demonstrations at the state park—all with zero admission and parking fees in honor of Texas’ birthday celebration. Be sure to stick around for Sunday’s keynote address from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at 1:30pm.
Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas—Granbury: Granbury’s celebrations start this Saturday with exhibitors and a parade in its Historic Downtown Square followed by live music and events happening daily through Monday.
Go Texan at The Woodlands Children’s Museum—The Woodlands: Head to the museum at 10am on Tuesday, March 3 to get your picture taken with the “Tall Texan” and see his special rope trick show from 11am-noon. Tickets are just $5/person.
Inaugural South Asian Film Fest Hits Plano
As the only top 5 media market in the nation without a South Asian Film festival, Dallas—the 5th largest media market—is finally taking an overdue dip in the Asian film waters. This weekend, the Angelika Film Center in Plano will host what hopes to be the first of many DFW South Asian Film Festivals featuring works from India, Singapore, Nepal and more. Attendees will see so much more than Bollywood films, though, as the selection for the inaugural film fest has been curated specifically for a North Texas crowd. Tickets range from $15 (individual screenings) to $120 (“all access” festival passes) for events scheduled Friday through Sunday, and can be purchased online in advance here.
Boomtown Film & Music Festival Starts Tomorrow
February 25, 2015
One of Beaumont’s best festivals of the year is back celebrating its 8th year of independent films and talented musicians: the Boomtown Film & Music Festival. Purchase your tickets now to independent film screenings, live shows and film and music panel discussions happening tomorrow through Saturday at various venues around Beaumont. Check out the full schedule of events here, and purchase your all access passes or individual venue passes online in advance here!
Laredo Jalapeno Festival
February 19, 2015
Laredo’s annual Jalapeno Festival does so much more than pay tribute to one of Texas’ favorite vegetables. In its impressive 37-year span, the festival has hosted some historic performers like Trisha Yearwood, Grupo Fantasma and Selena. This year’s festival features two stages of music on Friday and Saturday nights with Los Herrederos & La Leyenda and Los Traileros & Intocable on the VIP Main Stage and Roger Creager & Sundance Head and The Bright Light Social Hour, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights and Girl in a Coma on the VIP Stage 2.
Don’t miss the Miss Jalapeno contest, waiter’s race or tug-of-war and definitely make sure you’re around for the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest to see who can down the most jalapenos in 15 minutes. General admission festival tickets can be purchased online here, or call the WBCA office at 956.722.0589 to purchase VIP tickets.
Mardi Gras River Parade this Weekend
February 10, 2015
While couples parade around San Antonio with their chocolates and flowers, party it up along a floating bourbon street at San Antonio’s Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival this Saturday. Don your green, gold and purple and head to the River Walk at noon for great food, drinks, crafts and activities at La Villita and enjoy live music on the Arneson Stage from noon – 7pm. Keep an eye out from 3 – 5pm for the floating Bourbon Street (decorated river barges), which will also make an appearance at the Rivercenter Mall lagoon so you can shop and party all day long!
Experience a Kinder, Gentler Time in Waxahachie
February 9, 2015
Want to experience a kinder gentler time that doesn’t include shopping mall traffic? When we need a shopping fix without the hustle and bustle of the big city, we head 30 miles south of Dallas to a charming town full of retail treasures called Waxahachie. Once you hop off of I-35 south and onto Highway 287 Business (that’s exit # 401B) head straight for the beautiful historic courthouse. This courthouse, one of the grandest in the state of Texas, serves as the centerpiece for Waxahachie’s Historic Downtown Square home to boutique shopping, antique stores, art galleries, an impressive culinary scene and picturesque city blocks restored to their original 19th century splendor.
Where to Shop
On weekends, the square is bustling with antique lovers and visitors making the most of a beautiful day in a small town. Waxahachie’s antique stores are clustered together on South Rogers Street where you’ll find our favorites like My Father’s House, Gran’s Antiques, GG’s Vintage Home and Old Town Village. Be sure to round the corner to East Jefferson Street for a stop at Best Store and local hotspot The Dove’s Nest. Shop The Dove’s Nest for home décor with a reclaimed-vintage flair and stay for the cookin’ at the attached home-style restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.
Once you’ve had your fill of antiques—although we wouldn’t fault you for a few repeat visits—you can’t miss the Webb Gallery, a true one-of-a-kind gallery brimming with an eclectic, sometimes whimsical, array of art and folk art. The store is only open on Saturdays and Sunday from 1 – 5pm. Plan ahead. This place is not to be missed.
Just a 10 minute drive south on I-35 you’ll find Forreston and Best Store Bon Ton Vintage. Housed in a former roadside Masonic Lodge and full of clothing, jewelry, accessories and even vinyl records, you’ll quickly discover why it’s made about a gazillion “best shopping” lists. Know before you go: Bon Ton Vintage is open for business Thursday – Saturday only, from noon – 4:30pm.
Where to Dine
The locals always rave about the French burger from College Street Pub on North College Street, though everything on the menu is a treat. For more finger food, Straight From Philly on East Main specializes in cheesesteaks and specialty sandwiches. If you’re looking for more familiar fare, you’ll find the best Mexican food downtown at El Mexicano Grill Cantina at the corner of Jackson and Franklin.
After lunch, head a few blocks north along College Street until you run into the historic Rogers Hotel. Recently renovated by developed Jim Lake—of Dallas’ Bishop Arts and Design Districts projects—The Rogers Hotel is no longer a commercial hotel, but is a new home to restaurant, office and retail space, including women’s fast-fashion boutique, Multitudes.
Where to Stay
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, hole up at The Chaska House on Main Street for the night, a luxurious bed and breakfast in turn-of-the-century Victorian splendor. Relax in one of the guest rooms—named and styled after famous authors—before heading back to the city with your car piled high with antique treasures from Waxahachie.
Wine and Chocolate Fantasia Tomorrow in Lubbock
February 6, 2015
One of Lubbock’s most expansive wineries, Llano Estacado, is hosting its 18th annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasia tomorrow from 6:30 – 8:30pm. That gives you two full hours to enjoy unlimited chocolate samples and a few complimentary glasses of wine. Tickets are $50 per person, and proceeds go to the Parkinson’s Society of West Texas as well as a scholarship fund for local chefs. Call the Llano Estacado Winery tasting room at 806.745.2258 to order your tickets now!
Mardi Gras Winery Road Trip
February 5, 2015
The official Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans isn’t for another 10 days, but oenophiles in the Granbury area can be some of the first to celebrate this weekend as part of Way Out Wineries’ Mardi Gras Road Trip happening this Friday through Sunday! In the spirit of New Orleans, each of the 12 participating area wineries will look like French Quarter bistros and will have a New Orleans or Cajun style dish to enjoy with your complimentary wine tasting. Register online here for $25 and pick the wineries you’d like to visit—Barking Rocks Vineyard, Pemberton Cellars and Bluff Dale Vineyards in Granbury are all participating—and you’ll receive a special tasting glass at your first stop. You’ll have to provide your own transportation, but check out our Texas Weekend Wine Tours Guide for the best info on where to stay in Granbury, and know that costumes ARE definitely encouraged!
Creative Date Ideas for the “Anti-Reservation” Couple
February 4, 2015
Not everyone is floored by the idea of a romantic, candlelit dinner on Valentine’s Day—though let’s be honest…it’s not too shabby as far as dates go. But for the “anti-reservation” couple—or those who just plain ole’ forgot to plan ahead for the romantic holiday—we’ve compiled a list of creative date ideas across Texas that will be just as great as a seven course meal on a white tablecloth.
Picnic and (Outdoor) Art Gazing: Grab a blanket, pick up your favorite food to go, and head to one of the Best Outdoor Art spots in Texas. Bonus points if you snag a selfie with the Sam Houston statue.
Clark’s Outpost Bar-B-Q in Tioga: Where’s Tioga you ask? It’s about an hour north of Dallas, but the BBQ is so good that executives from Bell Helicopter actually fly their helicopters to the open field next to the restaurant so they can chow down on Clark’s during their lunch breaks. Be sure to reserve your coconut cream pie for dessert when you order dinner—it always sells out and is absolutely divine.
Take a Beer Flight: The beauty of brewpubs is that they don’t require prior reservations, and are perfect for the laid back couple. Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year, so you can enjoy a beer flight at a restaurant or a special brewery tour.
Make Out at a Drive-In: Go ahead, make out like a couple of teenagers and share a kiss or two while enjoying a Blockbuster on the big screen.
Explore Something Totally Wacky: From sweet treats at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco to an impressive toilet seat art collection in San Antonio, there’s a “wacky” museum in Texas to suit any taste. Here’s our list of the Best Wacky Museums in Texas to keep you and your date thoroughly entertained on Valentine’s Day.
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