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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: April 13-15

Written by , published April 9, 2018

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While you’re on the road hunting for bloomin' bluebonnets this weekend, consider adding these weekend activities to your to-do list, including the wacky Houston Art Car Parade, the Poteet Strawberry Festival, and Schulenburg Sausagefest.

Houston Art Car Parade

Houston: April 12-15
This once-niche event now expects to meet with a crowd of around 250,000 attendees, with about 250 art cars driving in from across the country. The parade has become an annual party the whole city looks forward to, as it shuts down downtown Houston’s Smith Street and City Hall just for the parade route and supporting festivities throughout the weekend.

Marfa Myths

Marfa: April 12-15 
An annual music, visual art, and film festival founded in 2014 by Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer and nonprofit contemporary arts nonprofit Ballroom Marfa. During Marfa Myths, the two organizations bring together emerging and established musicians and visual artists to work creatively—and collaboratively—across disciplines. Marfa Myths presents performances and exhibitions in unusual venues across the surreal West Texas landscape, attracting guests from all over the world. This year's line-up includes Suzanne Ciani, Circuit des Yeux, Wire, Jessica Pratt, and Terry Allen. 

Bluebonnet Festival

Burnet: April 13-15
Declared "The Bluebonnet Capital of Texas" by the 67th State Legislature, the city of Burnet celebrates its declaration with a festival the second weekend of April. Come for some fun and bring your camera to take pictures of the bluebonnets. 

Chisholm Trail Heritage Festival, Cattle Drive, and Wagon Train

Bowie: April 13-15
Events include the Marlow Gunfighters Show, stick horse rodeo and games for kids, horse and wagon obstacle course races, and a cowboy ball Saturday night. 

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Poteet Strawberry Festival

Poteet: April 13-15 
Held annually in April, the festival in the Strawberry Capital of Texas has 14 areas of continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known country Western and Tejano stars, regional bands, gunslingers, a carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances.

Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival

Waco: April 14
This event celebrates the Texas wine industry with more than 18 participating wineries from across the Lone Star State. Enjoy live music and a VIP dinner on Waco's historic suspension bridge. 

Official Texas Bluebonnet Festival

Chappell Hill: April 14-15 
The festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, and more), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special children's activity corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a barrel train, and more. 

Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival

Eagle Lake: April 14-15
A two-day event with guided refuge tours and extended chances for viewing the endangered Attwater's Prairie Chicken on their booming grounds. Events include Native American dancers, guest speakers, birding, and plant tours. Birds will typically perform their unique mating dance for a couple of hours each morning. 

ColorPalooza: A Celebration of Spring

Lewisville: April 14
Designed to showcase the rich cultural, artistic, and eco-friendly spirit of Lewisville with a day of creativity, hands-on art activities, and displays. Highlights include Chalk This Way, a sidewalk chalk extravaganza that showcases amateur and professional chalk art; interactive art activities for children; a DIY tie-dye station; live art demonstrations featuring everything from painting to glass blowing and street art/graffiti; Eco-Alley, featuring local groups giving demonstrations and presentations on multiple environmental topics; and performances from cultural groups and musicians. 

James Dick in Concert

Round Top: April 14
The legendary pianist, founder, and artistic sirector of the Round Top Festival Institute will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev.

Schulenburg Sausagefest

Schulenburg: April 14
Features sausage-making contests, a race, arts and crafts vendors, and live music on Main Street.

Caddo Culture Day

Alto: April 14 
Experience Caddo history and culture through a variety of activities, including performances of Caddo Indian music and dance, at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Try your hand at making stone tools and throwing the atlatl. Enjoy Indian tacos, guided tours, Native American jewelry, beadwork, and other presentations and exhibits. Cameras are permitted and lawn chairs are encouraged. 

Open Water Festival

South Padre Island: April 14-15
Open Water Planet returns to the Sandcastle Capital of the World—challenge yourself to conquer the Laguna Madre. The festival offers a variety of distance options and a full weekend of activities allows you to enjoy everything that this amazing island has to offer, all while enjoying some of the cleanest water in the country. Compete as an individual or put together a team. 

Texas Kung Fu Festival

Sugar Land: April 14
American Shaolin Kung Fu is hosting its third annual event—an afternoon full of fun, performances, games, and exchanges of martial arts knowledge at Brazos River Park.

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