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!
Festival of Lights
December 26, 2013
Round out 2013 with a visit to one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region: Galveston’s Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. Open nightly from 6 – 10pm through January 4, enjoy a 1 million-plus light display, live entertainment and an outdoor skating rink for just $6.95 admission. Purchase tickets online here; ice skate rentals are $6 per person.
SnowBall Winter Bash at La Villita
December 24, 2013
Get bundled up and head to La Villita in San Antonio for the SnowBall Winter Bash this Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, to enjoy an evening of live beats from nationally-recognized DJs, a laser light show, surprise performers and—most importantly—real snow! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Area Foundation and support the SA Current’s Media Scholarship Fund, so purchase your tickets online in advance here!
Aüslander Winter Music Festival
December 23, 2013
Fredericksburg is gearing up for its annual Aüslander Music Festival (pronounced ow-slander) happening this week. Named after the German word for outsider, foreigner, or tourist (or “friend” in Texan), the festival invites German food, beer and music lovers to enjoy six nights of live music at the Aüslander Beirgarten and Restaurant from December 26 – December 31. All performances are free, except for Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, scheduled to perform Saturday at 8pm—general admission tickets are $15.
Holiday Happenings This Week
December 18, 2013
The Christkindl Market has temporarily overtaken Rangers Ballpark, where you can browse hundreds of holiday vendors to round out your shopping this season.
Enchanted Springs Ranch is all dressed up for Christmas and ready to celebrate a unique “Cowboy Christmas” complete with caroling, cowboy skits and “arrest-a-guest” fun all day long.
The Houston Symphony is performing Handel’s iconic Baroque piece, Messiah, all weekend long led by Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan and all-store vocalists.
The Texas Ballet Theater is holding performances of The Nutracker at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth through December 27.
San Antonio’s Historic Menger Hotel is celebrating Christmas and its long history of haunted hallways with a special Ghosts of Christmas Past Dinner & Ghost Tour this Friday evening.
Holiday Happenings this Week
December 11, 2013
Each year, Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is lined with luminarias and twinkle lights during the holiday season, transforming the gardens into a beautiful nighttime scene. Bring two canned food items for donation to the Capital Area Food Bank, and admission is free for the Saturday and Sunday evening activities that include hot chocolate, children’s activities and live music.
These are no ordinary portraits with Santa. We’re pretty sure NorthPark’s Santa—in his 25th very merry year at the mall—is Old Saint Nick’s twin, sitting in for holiday photo ops while his brother does the heavy lifting at the North Pole!
Stop by Saengerfest Park over the next two weekends to enjoy holiday tunes from local and area school choirs, bands and church choirs while you shop The Strand, or snap a photo with Santa between 1 and 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.
For a more rustic Christmas celebration, the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock is hosting its 35th annual Candlelight at the Ranch. Enjoy hot cider and fresh kettle corn while experiencing yuletide celebrations that took place on the open prairie more than 100 years ago.
Bergfield Park in Tyler will be the perfect family destination this Friday and Saturday during its 8th annual Holiday in the Park and Bazaar. You’ll enjoy holiday shopping from over 50 vendors, while the little ones will love the Snow Play and Kid’s Zone—complete with two lanes and a snow play area—and you can both settle in at the end of the evening with a showing of “The 12 Dogs of Christmas” at 6pm.
Late night shopping, an appearance by Santa and live entertainment from Texas Renegade are planned for Wimberley’s Winter’s Eve Christmas Festival this Saturday. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win an iPad, a Samsung TV, an HEB gift certificate and more!
Holiday Happenings this Week
December 5, 2013
The Kendall County Fair Association has partnered with entrepreneurs specializing in handcrafted, American folk art techniques to bring Boerne Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair each December. Shop everthing from home décor items and artwork to handcrafted wood items and ceramics.
Each year, Wolf Pen Creek Park is transformed into a winter wonderland for the city of College Station. This Friday and Saturday enjoy Movies in the Park, a visit from Santa Claus, a synthetic ice rink and a Lowe’s Christmas Crafts Corner, to name a few of the free activities scheduled.
Head to the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas tomorrow night for more than 250,000 LED holiday lights, a fireworks show, photos with Santa, food trucks (plus adult beverages!) and even a live concert by Jack Ingram.
Round Top has holiday events scheduled throughout the holiday season. Check out the complete list of events here that includes a Christmas Tour of Homes, Christmas on the Square and The Nutcracker Ballet.
The Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl Brewery this Saturday includes live music and entertainment, a kid’s craft area and—most importantly—over 40 different tamale vendors! The event is free and open to the public, but you will have to pay between $1 - $5 at each vendor to get a taste of their tamales.
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.
Holiday Happenings this Week
November 25, 2013
Frisco’s signature holiday event, Christmas in the square, featuring North Texas’ largest choreographed lights and music show, kicks off this Friday evening. Visitors can also “skate the square” each night, on a real outdoor ice rink with a snowfall every 15 minutes!
Gather around Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz this Friday evening at 7pm for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The city will celebrate the lighting of its community Christmas tree and its German Pyramid with a brass band, caroling and refreshments.
Since the entire family will be in town any, bring them along to historic downtown McKinney’s Home for the Holiday celebration, featuring family activities, a Friday night tree lighting ceremony and special Candlelight Shopping hours until 8pm.
Southfork Ranch in Plano is always beautifully decorated for the holidays, and this year is no different. Stop by beginning this Friday to experience a Southfork Christmas, complete with themed Christmas scenes, Santa’s Village, children’s activities, photos with Santa and even tours of the famed Ewing mansion.
Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival
November 22, 2013
Need an easy way to rack up some cool points with the hubs this weekend? Purchase tickets to the 2nd Annual Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival at the Fashion Industry Gallery this Saturday evening from 7 – 11pm. This 21+ event will feature Gatsby-esque décor, the finest whiskey and spirits, live music from The Texas Gypsies, a gaming table and a cigar lounge. You get to do your best Daisy Buchanan impression, and he gets to sip on fine spirits all night—sounds like a win-win to us. Order your tickets online in advance here for $75 per person.
Holiday Happenings this Week
November 21, 2013
The annual lighting of Fort Worth’s 55-foot-tall blue spruce is the main event this Saturday during the Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting. Events kick off at 3pm, and the actual tree lighting takes place at 6pm. Expect holiday music, street performers and your favorite holiday characters like The Grinch, The Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa Claus to make an appearance.
Grapevine is the undisputed Christmas Capital of Texas, and the city’s historic downtown makes its official transition to the holiday season this coming Monday. Mayor William D. Tate will flip the switch at 7pm, instantly illuminating Main Street with more than one million lights. Bonus: hot chocolate will be on hand throughout the evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make their grand entrance to Kerrville this Saturday at 6pm in their signature fire truck as part of the Holiday Lighted Parade featuring more than 110 participants this year. Be sure to stick around for the night’s grand finale, the official courthouse lighting ceremony.
The International Winter on the Waterway has partnered with The Woodlands to present the 31st annual Lighting of the Doves Festival, featuring live music, ice carvers, fireworks and the arrival of Santa Claus from 3 – 9pm this Saturday at The Woodlands Waterway.
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