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Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound. There is much to explore this summer, from hiking in the Davis Mountains to surfing (yes, surfing!) on the outskirts of Austin. Read on to get inspired.

bangers2On this day in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a law that ended prohibition and opened the doors for people to brew, sell and buy beer to their heart’s content. Today, beer drinkers have not lost their thirst  for a nice, cold one, and Texans have been crafting better and better brews ever since.

Some of the most enjoyable visits I’ve made to Texas small towns have included a little time spent in jail. Not that I’m a bad guy or anything –– I’m talking about historic hoosegows that have been repurposed as museums. It makes sense: Where better to preserve a community’s treasures than a structure built solidly enough to hold desperadoes of the old Wild West?

If you've ever seen the mesmerizing performances of Cirque du Soliel, you may enjoy a few photos from behind the scenes of its production OVO, with performances remaining in Corpus Christi and El Paso.

MorrisMalakoff 386 ArtCarParade2016Long gone are the days where art could be seen only in formal museums. Now it comes parading through downtown streets, perched on wheels, carried by its very own engines, mixing the unexpected, and bringing distinctly different groups of people together with amazing results. The Houston Art Car Parade will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, April 8th, when 250 wheeled vehicles from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, transport art to an estimated 300,000 spectators.

TLOTM official poster digitalThe 2017 SXSW Film Festival screened 258 films, including 130 features, that were selected out of 7,651 overall submissions. Even with those odds, “The Light of the Moon,” starring Texas actress Stephanie Beatriz, took its place as the audience favorite among features. SXSW Film Festival made the winning announcement on Saturday, March 18.

dragonfly1Texans can entertain like no other. They take a simple talent and turn it into something extra special. Like Houstonian Kyle Cragle, for instance. He can do one heck of a handstand.

tfa honorees2017On Thursday night, the Austin Film Society hosted the 2017 Texas Film Awards show, an event that also marks the unofficial kickoff to South by Southwest Conferences. The award ceremony spotlighted honorees who help support the legacy of Texas film.

SRV 11aA one-of-a-kind Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibit, curated by The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, opens Friday, March 10, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It’s the exhibit’s final stop and it’s the only stop in Texas.

If summer camp is in the cards for your youngsters, we think a getaway ought to be part of your plan, too. Find respite in a community near your child’s week-long (or more) adventure and create your own Camp Worryfree. As examples, here are a few summer camp/summer getaway pairing suggestions. No matter where you send your children, know there’s something nearby for you, too.

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Every year, from October through March—and sometimes into April— hundreds of endangered whooping cranes converge to winter on the Texas coast after flying more than 2,500 miles from their summer homes in Canada. Texas' Coastal Bend is the only place in the United States where you can see the whooping cranes at close range. The most fun time to see them is during Port Aransas' Whooping Crane Festival, set for February 23-26.

RedRiver122 horse 2In June Naylor’s story on roaming the Red River Valley, there’s plenty to do that works up a righteous appetite. Fortunately, there are plenty of good places to enjoy things to eat and drink in the little towns sitting alongside the roads winding through the region. Here’s a look at places worth a stop for refueling and catching local color.

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