If you feel like getting out of town this pre-Valentine’s weekend, take a gander at this weekend’s activities—you could be enjoying a “Sweetheart Safari” dinner in Glen Rose or a burlesque tribute to Prince at Austin’s historic Paramount theater.
Austin: Feb. 10-12
It’s a love story beloved by all—choreographer Stephen Mills, who says he drew inspiration from film noir and haute couture, brings his popular contemporary ballet back to the Long Center in time for Valentine’s Day.
El Paso: Feb. 10-12
In the extremities of Texas’s far western corner, some of the top rock climbers in the world descend each year on Hueco Tanks State Park to compete in this annual bouldering competition.
Austin: Feb. 10
Few artists mean as much to the Paramount as Joe Ely does. This historic theater kicks of their Spring season with his birthday party. Expect on-stage collaborations with some special birthday party guests.
San Antonio: Feb. 10
These Beijing acrobats push the envelope of human possibility and have mastered agility with grace. The show also features live musicians skillfully performing traditional Chinese instruments.
Austin: Feb. 10
“But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.” Party like it’s 1999 at this opulent celebration of the life and work of a true virtuoso. Burlesque dancers and aerial artists perform together for lifelong Prince fans and new fans alike.
Luckenbach: Feb. 10-11
Get back to the basics of love during this annual camping event held on the grounds of the famous Luckenbach Dance Hall. The two-day event promises plenty of boot scootin', with a Friday evening concert featuring Dale Watson and a Saturday show with Gary P. Nunn. Weekend tickets are $40 (including camping) but the hugs are free.
Dallas: Feb. 11-Sep. 4
The Perot Museum’s new exhibition opens this weekend, bringing together more than 200 authentic artifacts from one of the most powerful indigenous civilizations.
Glen Rose: Feb. 11
Calling all animal lovers: Impress your sweetie with a surf-and-turf candlelight dinner followed by an open-air vehicle evening tour of Glen Rose’s Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Arlington: Through Feb. 12
This weekend is your last chance to visit this Picasso exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art. While the Spanish artist is known for his avant-garde paintings, he spent the final 25 years of his life developing imaginative and innovative ceramic pieces.
Laredo: Through Feb. 20
Thousands enjoy this monthlong celebration, founded in 1898 and the largest celebration of President George Washington in the country. More than two-dozen events take place, but this weekend you can enjoy a winetasting gala, a comedy show, a 5K, a family-friendly festival, the Princess Pocahontas Pageant and Ball, and a spectacular air show. Come back next weekend for the Jalapeno Festival, a parade, fireworks, a carnival, and the annual bridge ceremony—a symbolic international hug celebrating the friendship between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.
Austin: Through Jul. 16
The Ransom Center just unveiled an exhibition presenting stories of all types – of inspiration, innovation, collaboration, frustration – selected from its extensive cultural collections. More than 250 items will be on display including manuscripts from David Foster Wallace, Julia Alvarez, and Gabriel García Márquez; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's spirit photographs; and the hat that accompanied the green "curtain" dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.