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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Apr. 28-30

Written by , published April 26, 2017

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We’ve curated a weekend itinerary of the state’s best festivals, concerts, and cuisine—from taco showdowns at Austin Food + Wine Fest to glittering carnivals and parades during the final weekend of Fiesta San Antonio.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

Red Poppy Festival

Georgetown: Apr. 28-30
The Red Poppy Capital Of Texas celebrates its signature red poppies with its 18th annual festival, encompassing three days of concerts, parades, contests, art, food, and family fun in Georgetown's historic downtown square. Red poppies have been a part of the city's landscape for more than 70 years.


New Braunfels: Apr. 28-30
Cancel breakfast—this event is worth saving your calories for. Seriously: The festival brings in more than 10,000 pounds of crawfish for this annual feast, also featuring four stages filled with live music, a battle for gumbo championship, 5K dash, arts and crafts market, and more.

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Denton: Apr. 28-30
This annual celebration of the arts features more than 3,000 professional and amateur performers on seven stages showcasing the best in jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and full orchestra music. Also see works by a juried selection of fine artists and craftspeople from all over the region, and enjoy children's entertainment and activities.

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A Night In Old San Antonio

San Antonio: Through Apr. 28
This four-night festival kicked off Tuesday in the heart of downtown San Antonio, on the grounds of the La Villita National Historic District. The celebration showcases the city's diverse cultural legacy with a variety of the city's ethnic groups represented, all offering food, drink, and atmosphere booths. Enjoy 13 live musical acts, children's games, decorations, souvenirs, and costumed volunteers. 

Austin Food + Wine Festival

Austin: Apr. 28-30
From first bites to music-filled nights, this festival welcomes top chefs from across the nation including Graham Elliot, Hugh Acheson, and Ming Tsai to lead a weekend of hands-on cooking demonstrations, numerous tasting tents, book signings, and evening parties at Fair Market, including the fan-favorite Rock Your Taco chef showdown.

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"Artscape Reimagined"

Dallas: Apr. 29-30
The beauty of art meets the beauty of nature at the Dallas Arboretum's annual fine art show and sale, featuring more than 100 artists from around the country. With the feel of a European market, highlights include artist demonstrations, live entertainment, and children's art sessions.

Eeyore's Birthday Party

Austin: Apr. 29
The last Saturday of April marks one of the weirdest and longest running free events in Austin. This free community event at Pease Park brings together a multitude of Austin subcultures for one day of festivities, all to benefit local nonprofits. Live music, local beer, food, acrobats, and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin's most eclectic locals. 

Doc Holliday Festival

Denison: Apr. 29
Celebrate the city's boomtown in the 1870 and '80s with characters from the past, including Doc Holliday (the infamous gambler and gunfighter once held an office in downtown Denison). Events include a panel of local historians, Wild West photos, a brush arbor church, gunfights, food, music, and more.

Fortress Festival

Fort Worth: Apr. 29-30
North Texas’ newest music festival has a lineup featuring internationally acclaimed headliners alongside some of today’s hottest up-and-coming music acts, as well as a variety of local artists and boundary-testing musical pioneers. Headliners include Run The Jewels, Grammy-nominated electronic music producer Flying Lotus accompanied by Houndmouth, S U R V I V E, Purity Ring, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, a range of DFW-based acts like Sam Lao, Burning Hotels, Blue, The Misfit., Cure of Paranoia, and more. 

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Fiesta San Antonio

San Antonio: Through Apr. 30
And last but certainly not least, Fiesta wraps up this weekend with a slew of events each day (including the aforementioned NIOSA). On Saturday morning, head to Alamo Heights for the Pooch Parade or to the King William Historic District for the 50th King William Fair Parade—a family fair with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on five stages, and a small but quirky parade. The Alamodome hosts a glittering carnival—a perennial favorite with exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods. 

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