While you’re on the road hunting for newly sprouted wildflowers this weekend, consider adding these weekend activities to your to-do list, including the Liberty Jubilee Festival and the International Friendship Festival in Eagle Pass—“where yee-haw meets olé.”
Houston: March 7-26
The Texas favorite wraps up this weekend—after the traditional rodeo competitions, this weekend’s evenings conclude with entertainment from Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band.
Palestine: Mar. 23-25
This laid-back festival draws musicians from across the state to jam together in one building, Palestine’s Museum of East Texas Culture. But it’s not just about the concerts; this festival provides an opportunity for performers to practice various techniques—without a schedule set in advance, on par with the weekend's laid-back theme.
Liberty: Mar. 24-25
Now in its 32nd year, Liberty’s annual family-fun fest attracts nationwide audiences for its bevy of entertainment options: country legend Tracy Byrd takes to the stage this year. In addition to carnival rides, pony rides, and a White Tiger exhibit, visitors can expect every type of carnival food imaginable—from funnel cakes to corn dogs.
Plano: Mar. 24-25
The arrival of spring signals festival season is here, and this weekend’s music offerings include a “revolutionary” one in North Texas, now in its 21st year. In addition to homegrown talent, enjoy headliners like Kacey Musgraves, John Ritter, and the Kiefer Sutherland Band (yes, that Kiefer Sutherland).
Eagle Pass: Mar. 24-Apr. 2
This 10-day fiesta kicks off with the traditional Abrazo Ceremony—where representatives from both Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, meet midway on International Bridge No. 1 to symbolize the friendship between these two border towns. Enjoy a carnival, flamenco music, and a parade with more than 100 entries.
Salado: Mar. 25-26
Like its many roadside wildflowers, Salado will come to life this weekend with a slew of events in the spirit of spring: the 17th annual Wildflower Art Fair and Festival in Pace Park, Texas Wine and Rogue Art Fest at Salado Wine Seller, the annual Salado Spring Pub Crawl, and Songsmith Texas Music Weekend—where Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix perform and lead a songwriting seminar.
Weslaco: Mar. 25
Festival organizers are estimating their biggest turnout yet—some 13,000 people—for this annual celebration of the world-famous Texas Sweet Onion. Listen to live country music from Nashville star Johnny Lee, line dancing, arts and crafts, cooking demos, and the infamous onion-eating contest.
Victoria: Mar. 25
Benefiting the Nave Museum—the oldest art museum in the Crossroads area—this event is dedicated to the sport of polo. Pack a few chairs and plant them in a good spot, or spend the day grazing at the tailgates.
Copperas Cove: Mar. 25
Small-town art festivals are some of the best places to discover unique handcrafted gifts, so consider heading to this Killeen suburb for their second annual art festival. In addition to art vendors displaying their paintings, glass work, metal art, photography, and handmade wares, visitors can enjoy food trucks, door prizes, belly dancers, and live music from Rare Dog, The Storm’s I, and Katy Starr.