See more of the Lone Star State as April events kick into high gear.
Dallas: Feb. 25-Apr. 9
Get your groove on at the Dallas Arboretum—it’s the last weekend to enjoy the garden’s annual springtime show, “Peace, Love, and Flower Power.” The Arboretum offers more than 500,000 blooming bulbs for the season including 3,000 azaleas, florally decorated topiary VW bugs, and more in the spirit of the ’60s.
Poteet: Apr. 7-9
It’s the 70th anniversary of this event celebrating the juicy red fruit, which, each year, brings together live entertainment with plenty of delicious strawberry treats. Eat up as local growers compete for top honors in a strawberry judging/auction contest, and a strawberry food show—where competitors bring their very best recipes, such as chocolate strawberry torte, strawberry salsa, and strawberry jam.
Burnet: Apr. 7-9
As if the blooms blanketing the countryside weren’t enough reason to take a springtime drive through the Hill Country, Burnet—declared “The Bluebonnet Capital of Texas”—hosts its annual festival to celebrate the state flower.
San Marcos: Apr. 7-9
Live music and dancing takes to the streets of San Marcos for this lively festival, a celebration of the official music of Texas. The annual event showcases Western Swing acts from the likes of the Yellow Rose Band, the Mikki Daniel Band, the Texan Playboys, and Al Dressen's Super Swing Revue. This free live music is joined by farmers and art markets, a street dance competition, and the Brew Hop craft beer tour.
Port Arthur: Apr. 8
In the 1700s and 1800s, Louisiana and east-southeast Texas became home to a variety of diverse cultures, who blended their cuisine, music, traditions, and superstitions into an eclectic (and somewhat odd) amalgam, which came to be known as "Cajun." Eat endless Cajun cuisine (gumbo!) and dance to some foot-tapping music at this annual tradition—Cajun musician Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns headline the event.
Various locations: Apr. 8
We might be a bit biased, but we certainly love our Texas highways. Don’t Mess With Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and Keep Texas Beautiful have partnered up to host the largest one-day litter cleanup event in the state. Find a local event in your area and help keep our community roadways beautiful—Lady Bird would be so proud.
Austin: Apr. 8
The Waller Creek Conservancy hosts the picnic each spring to raise funds for a chain of urban parks around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin. Chefs from many of the city’s favorite restaurants, like Franklin Barbecue, Uchiko, and Lucy’s Fried Chicken, will prepare picnic basket dinners for two starting at $40.
Fredericksburg: Apr. 8-9
Dozens of wineries, craft breweries, singers, songwriters, and poets will be showing off their work in the middle of the Texas Wine Trail for this folksy event, hosted by country musician Walt Wilkins. The campground at Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park feels like it was made for a festival like this, offering plenty of cabins, RV hook-ups, and space for tent camping, wandering, and two stages of live music.