Make the most of your President’s Day weekend—and Mardi Gras weekend!—with these fun activities across the state.
Galveston: Feb. 17-28
Every year, Galveston explodes with pageantry for more than 300,000 visitors, making this event by far Texas’ biggest Mardi Gras celebration. From lavish parades to costume balls, More than 50 events spread across 12 days will keep the island hopping. And here are more Mardi Gras 2017 events.
Grand Prairie: Feb. 17-19, 21-26, 28
The famous French-Canadian nouveau circus never ceases to amaze, where aerialists swing from dizzying heights and troupes of acrobats build unbelievable human towers. This particular spectacle revolves around the “Seeker,” a dreamer who scampers about the stage as characters emerge from his cabinet.
Orange: Feb. 17
This President’s Day weekend, take a journey through the history of the men who’ve worked in the Oval Office told with original rock, pop, and folk music. This high octane, multi-media-filled musical for kids is fun and balanced.
Houston: Feb. 17-18
This one-of-a-kind event might get some eyebrow raises, but it’s a Texas first featuring Houston’s hometown hero, Simone Biles, so it made our list. Celebrating Sports Illustrated’s new Swimsuit issue (which features the Olympian in its pages), this two-day music, food and culture festival will also feature live performances by Diplo and Miguel, and a food festival curated by Houston’s James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd.
Stonewall: Feb. 18
Curious to see how the sausage is made? No really—see how sausage (as well as bacon, ham and other pork products) was cured before electricity made its way to Texas. Re-enactors will dress in period costume at the LBJ State Park as they demonstrate the ways of life for a German farm family in Texas.
Lufkin: Feb. 18
Time to dust off your cowboy hat: These country music icons are back in Texas after a world tour that paraded them around Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, Ireland, and the Faroe Islands. The brothers have been a dancehall favorite since they released their hit “Let Your Love Flow” more than 40 years ago.
Brownsville: Feb. 19-26
Since 1937, the cities of Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico, have thrown this annual springtime fiesta to recognize the border’s distinct bi-cultural heritage. While preliminary events start this weekend, next weekend host’s the biggest crowd-pleasers: elaborate parades, folkloric dancers, regional food, street dances, carnivals, and mariachi and other musical performances.
Laredo: Jan. 20-Feb. 20
The monthlong celebration of President George wraps us this President’s Day weekend with a parade, pageant, fireworks, barbecue, and the International Bridge Ceremony—a symbolic event between the cities of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, representing the goodwill between Mexico and Texas.
San Antonio: Feb. 9-26
Athletes battle the bulls as the compete for a $1.6 million purse. There’ll be plenty of entertainment outside of the bullpen though: Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Cody Johnson, Rascal Flatts, and—back on the road again after some health scares—Willie Nelson.
Austin: Feb. 16-Aug. 20
Before Farrah Fawcett became an international icon as one of Charlie’s Angels, she studied art as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas with professor Charles Umlauf in the 1960s. See her private collection, which included Umlauf’s work, as well of some of Umlauf’s many sketches of his “favorite student,” at this new exhibition at Austin’s Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.