We hope you’re hungry: The weekend’s best bets to cap off March include the Texas Food Truck Showdown in Waco, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, and rosé all day at the Texas Wine Revolution in Stonewall. Don’t forget to keep your guard up on Saturday—it’s April Fools Day.
Fort Worth: Mar. 30-Apr. 2
In case you haven’t yet had your fill of food festivals, this Fort Worth iteration is back for its fourth year with a Texas-size four-day festival. While tickets are nearly sold out for some of the events—namely Burgers, Brews, and Blues (which is exactly what it sounds like), there are plenty of tickets still available for the rest of the foodie festivities, including the Grand Tasting and the BBQ Showdown.
Round Top: Mar. 27-Apr. 1
On nearly every other day of the year, Round Top is home to less than a hundred people. But during the Round Top Antiques Fair, more than 2,000 vendors roll into town and thousands of shoppers follow suit. The market is spread across 25 miles, and at the end of the week, vendors are more likely to negotiate to get rid of their inventory. The bargain comes with a price, however: crowds.
AUSTIN: Mar. 31-Apr. 2
The fine arts festival has been an annual affair for six and a half decades. This year it will return to the Palmer Events Center—the former site of City Coliseum, where the event began in 1950 under another name. Artists from across the country converge on Austin to display their works in booths inside and out.
Llano: Mar. 31-Apr. 2
This iconic festival centers around the beloved string instrument, culminating in the 40th annual Llano Open Fiddle Contest (which boasts a $700 grand prize). Among the other competitions is an “Air Fiddle” contest, where contestants show off their pretend performance skills.
Abilene: Mar. 31-Apr. 1
This high-energy country music roundup is a roll call of only the top-notch purists in country and "Texas Country" music. This year’s headliners include Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack, Cody Johnson, Cooder Graw, and Josh Ward. Event organizers are expecting more than 6,000 fans to make their way to The Back Porch of Texas for the weekend.
Galveston: Apr. 1
Taking over three blocks of the historic island’s Cultural Arts District, The Grand 1894 Opera House hosts this family-friendly event featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities like quilting, glass blowing, origami, and woodworking. Visit the petting zoo; enjoy a slew of performances by student choirs, dance groups, storytellers, and musicians; or try out the bungee trampoline.
Amarillo: Apr. 1
Don’t be fooled by the strange creatures popping up at the Amarillo Zoo this April Fools Day—it’s all part of a planned event celebrating some of nature’s fantastic monsters. Bring out the kids to meet a live mermaid, touch the horn of a unicorn, see a seven-foot-tall Sasquatch, and more.
Schulenburg: Apr. 1
See how the sausage is made—and eat it too—at the fourth annual Sausagefest. Organizers are expecting around 3,000 sausage enthusiasts to travel from across the state for a sausage cook-off, homemade wine, sauerkraut and pickle contest. The festivities include a parade, live music, arts and crafts booths, and a 5K fun run (which is not the wurst way to work up an appetite…)
Waco: Apr. 1
Head to Heritage Square in the heart of Waco as more than 30 food trucks drive in from across the state to compete for the title of "Best Food Truck in Texas." Celebrity judges at the third annual competition include Lilian Halabi, winner of Food Network’s “Cake Wars” and owner of Lily’s Cakes in Harker Heights.
Stonewall: Apr. 2
Texas—especially the High Plains and the Hill Country—offers an ideal climate for producing grapes for rosé wines. And since rosé has a certain beat-the-heat quality, it’s only appropriate that Texas winemakers celebrate the varietal with a festival at the first sign of heat. Spend the day at Featherstone Ranch learning about the beauty of Texas-grown rosés while sampling vino from nearly 40 participating wineries and local food purveyors. Ravenna Sun and Uncle Lucius will be performing throughout the afternoon to add to the ambience.