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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: May 19-21

Written by , published May 17, 2017

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Make the weekend count with our picks of the best festivals, concerts, and tournaments happening across the Lone Star State—from midnight concerts at the Nasher Sculpture Center to barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin's inaugural Hot Luck festival.

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

AT&T Byron Nelson

Irving: May 15-21  
One of North Texas' biggest sports attractions, the tournament has been a premier PGA Tour event for more than 45 years and has raised more than $150 million since its inception in 1968, making it the most financially successful charity event on the Tour. All proceeds benefit Momentous Institute. 

Hot Luck

Austin: May 18-21
We're fired up for barbecue guru Aaron Franklin's inaugural festival, a delicious combination of live music and award-winning chefs (Greg and Gabi Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Portland's Ox, Sara Kramer from Los Angeles' Kismet, San Antonio chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli). The weekend features a flavorful variety of events, from Rayland Baxter's honky-tonk paired with cold brew ice cream floats, to Shonen Knife's pop-punk paired with Japanese eats from Otoko chef Yoshi Okai. 

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Galveston Island Beach Revue

Galveston: May 19-21 
This two-day, family-friendly event culminates in the Bathing Beauties Contest, featuring vintage swimsuits and parasols in an old-fashioned competition.

Fort Lancaster Western Frontier Days

Sheffield: May 19-20
Surrounded by the wide open spaces of West Texas, the story of the Fort Lancaster State Historic Site comes alive with soldiers, settlers, wagons, and live animals in this living-history event. Visitors can also experience daily life through observing demonstrations and wandering through the ruins of this once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings. 

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Strawberry Festival

Pasadena: May 19-21 
Home of the world's largest strawberry shortcake, the 44th annual event will feature a mud volleyball tournament, a children's area, a barbecue cookoff, pig races, magic shows, jugglers, a petting zoo, a carnival, beer and wine tastings, 300 vendors and—of course—plenty of strawberries to sweeten the deal.

Taste Addison

Addison: May 19-21
A celebration of food, music and fun, Taste Addison dishes out the best food and flavor with a healthy side of jam.

Til Midnight at the Nasher

Dallas: May 19
The Nasher Sculpture Center launches its summer series, which offers complimentary admission to guests in addition to live outdoor concerts and film screenings. This weekend, Vanessa Peters opens for Medicine Man Revival, followed by summer baseball classic The Sandlot. Reserve-ahead picnics will be offered by Central Market/H-E-B, and Wolfgang Puck Catering will provide bar services, snacks, and street tacos. The following day, the museum will premiere its new summer exhibit featuring the large-scale, cast-glass works of American artist Roni Horn

Wool Workshop

Painting with Wool Workshop

Ingram: May 20
Jennifer Nimmrichter leads this class at The Visual Arts Center, where you can learn how to master this medium and create paintings using wool fiber.

KNBT Americana Music Jam

Gruene: May 21
Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, celebrates the local legends of Americana music at its 21st annual event. The evening benefits Hope Hospice and Communities in Schools of South Texas.

DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival

Irving: May 21
The 10th annual event features dragon boat racing, kite flying, a lantern festival, great food, and 300 stage performances from all cultural heritage performers.

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