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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: April 20-22

Written by , published April 15, 2018

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It's the busiest event weekend of the year—kicking off with Fiesta San Antonio, Fort Worth's Main Street Arts Festival, and the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Dale.

Main Street Arts Festival

Fort Worth: April 19-22
Spanning more than 27 city blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Sundance Square Plaza to the Fort Worth Convention Center, the 33rd annual festival will feature 223 juried artists from across the U.S., chart-topping entertainers, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts and crafts activities for the whole family.

Moontower Comedy Festival

Austin: April 18-21
The seventh annual festival will bring a diverse and hilarious mix of comedians and podcasts from around the country and beyond as well as a lineup of impressive local and regional talent, including stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy performances, to the Paramount Theatre. This year's performers include headliners "Weird Al" Yankovic, Mike Birbiglia, Tiffany Haddish, and many more.

Thin Line Fest

Denton: April 18-22
A documentary film, multi-genre music, and competitive photo festival. Each year, international documentaries of many interests are shown, and national multi-genre live music acts and regional photographers come to Denton to exhibit their talents.

Fiesta San Antonio

San Antonio: April 19-29
Every April, the city of San Antonio comes together for Fiesta San Antonio. For 11 days, the city parties with a purpose in celebration of its history and the diversity that makes the community what it is. More than 100 local nonprofit organizations orchestrate festivities and raise funds that support the community throughout the year. There's something for everyone at Fiesta: street fairs, carnivals, charity runs, music, arts, culture, and so much more.

Old Settler's Music Festival

Dale: April 19-22
Bluegrass, folk, and Americana acts perform on three stages over four days. Many music fans return annually for amazing performances by award-winning artists such as Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, the Mavericks, Jason Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bela Fleck, and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin and Bob Schneider, along with camping in beautiful Central Texas.

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San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-enactment

La Porte: April 21
The largest battle re-enactment in the southwest is the centerpiece of this admission-free festival, held on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument. The festival is a full day of entertainment with three stages, rides, vendors, food, family activities, animals, cultural exhibitors, children's games, and fun set amidst living history, paying tribute to the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, where Texas won its independence from Mexico more than 180 years ago.

Butterfly Festival

Wimberley: April 21
At the 20th annual event, more than 3,800 butterflies will be released throughout the day after a moving opening ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, which will include a butterfly release to honor those who have lost their lives in the past year. Attendees can enjoy crafts, games, bounce houses, wonderful food, an exotic butterfly flight house, and more.

East Texas Gusher Days

Gladewater: April 21
Enjoy a variety of events inspired by the nostalgia of the oil boom in Gladewater at the 33rd annual event: amusement rides, car show, arts and crafts, food concessions, live musical entertainment, a chili cook-off, and much more.

Burton Cotton Gin Festival

Burton: April 21
Celebrate the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin at the 29th annual festival, a free day of family fun. Enjoy the main street parade and stay for contests, food, crafts, folk life, tours of the historic cotton gin, tractor pull, great music, and entertainment. All proceeds help preserve this the oldest operating cotton gin in the U.S.

Texas Independence Tours

Austin: April 21
Take a walking tour of the historic Oakwood Cemetery featuring interesting stories on "residents" who helped Texas win its independence in 1836. These tours will focus on actors portraying a resident who survived the Alamo to heroes from the Battle of San Jacinto and founders of the Republic of Texas.

Denton Redbud Festival

Denton: April 21
The award-winning festival is Denton's official Arbor Day celebration, promoting community beautification and Denton pride since 1994. The festival features dozens of vendors with tree and plant sales, gardening supplies, household items, and local/handmade products, along with family-friendly activities and live, local music.

Texas Wine Revolution

Horseshoe Bay: April 22
The third annual festival brings together Texas wineries, winemakers, and consumers to showcase the beauty of Texas-grown wine—specifically rosé-style wine. Guests can expect more than 40 rosé tastings from William Chris Vineyards, Yes We Can Wine, Becker Vineyards, Lost Draw Cellars, Messina Hof, Dandy Rosé, Lewis Wines, McPherson Cellars, and more.

Thanksgiving 1598

El Paso: April 22
El Paso Mission Trail Association presents its 30th annual re-enactment of the arrival of Spanish Colonists in 1598 on the Camino Real De Tierra Adentro (Paso del Norte). Head to the Socorro Mission to enjoy educational booths, exhibits, and Spanish music and food.

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