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A note regarding COVID-19

Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some events have been postponed or canceled. Please make sure to check the event website, social media, or call ahead to confirm an event is still taking place if you are interested in attending.

Houston

“Cinderella”

Feb. 22-March 3

Wortham Theater Center , 501 Texas Ave.

Make no mistake, this is not your childhood “Cinderella.” More tomboy than a princess, Stanton Welch’s title character is a striking woman of substance, determination, and spunk. Not waiting on a prince to rescue her, Cinderella is in control, fighting the will of her evil stepmother with wit and vigor. And when she finds true love, she grabs it and holds on with both hands. Set to Prokofiev’s classic score with a spectacular set and costume design by Kristian Frederickson, Welch’s unique spin on the storied classic brings the work into modern times with a twist to suit the 21st century.

houstonballet.org/seasontickets/pdps/2023-2024/cinderella

Port Aransas

Whooping Crane Festival

Feb. 22-25

Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The event has renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, and a trade show.

portaransas.org/whooping-crane-festival/the-2024-festival

Houston

“Janet Sobel: All-Over”

Feb. 23-Aug. 11

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

This exhibition focuses on the abstract paintings made by Janet Sobel (1893-1968) during the 1940s when her short-lived but meteoric career began. Acclaimed for her skillful use of color and densely layered compositions that spilled to the edges of the support, Sobel pioneered what became known as “all-over” abstraction.

menil.org/exhibitions/370-janet-sobel-all-over

San Antonio

“Return of the Travis Letter”

Feb. 23-March 24

The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

Come see the original “Victory or Death” letter written by William B. Travis on Feb. 24, 1836, as the garrison was being surrounded and the Texan Army at the Alamo was outnumbered. Make plans to see this state treasure, back at the Alamo for the first time since 2013.

thealamo.org/visit/return-of-the-travis-letter

Austin

ATX Open

Feb. 24-March 3

Westwood Country Club, 3808 W. 35th St.

The ATX Open returns as Austin’s premier professional tour-level tennis tournament, bringing world-class women athletes and tennis action to the heart of Texas. The Women’s Tennis Association 250 tournament celebrates its second installment at Westwood Country Club, which is transformed to include a 1,700-seat center court. The tournament is one of the first US-based events on the 2024 WTA calendar and is to be broadcast to a worldwide audience. A global field of WTA stars including two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka, 2022 Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins, and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens are scheduled to compete in 32-player singles and 16-team doubles draws.

atxopen.com

Mesquite

Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival

Feb. 24-25

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

The sixth annual Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival is a family-friendly event where you can learn every aspect of the quiet sport. At the indoor/outdoor venue, attendees can meet fly-fishing manufacturers, attend lectures on techniques and topics of interest to fly anglers of every stripe, and taste some of the Lone Star State’s best microbrewed beer. Meet nationally known fly-fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rodmakers, and fly tyers from across the country.

txflyfishingfestival.org

Dallas

Dallas Blooms: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

Feb. 24-April 8

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Dallas Blooms is the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest. Filled with more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, the festival is themed “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words” and includes larger-than-life living selfie walls, 100 varieties of spring bulbs, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

dallasarboretum.org

Beaumont

Mural Festival

March 1-3

Downtown and Beaumont Event Centre, 700 Crockett St.

Muralists from across the country and the world paint murals throughout downtown Beaumont and the area to expand the public arts scene. Experience a colorful fusion of creativity and culture as Beaumont transforms into a canvas of imagination.

beaumontcvb.com

San Angelo

Brews, Ewes, and Barbecue Cookoff

March 1-2

Bart Dewitt Park, 325 S. Oakes St.

Held annually in downtown San Angelo, the Brews, Ewes, and Barbecue Cookoff revolves around barbecue competitions for beans, brisket, chicken, ribs, and a cut of lamb. Dubbed the World Championship Lamb Cookoff, the competition has cash prizes up to $1,000. The Kids Q Cooking Competition allows younger and older children to demonstrate their skills with hamburgers and pork chops. There’s also all-day entertainment, vendors, food trucks, face painting, bounce houses, and a rock climbing wall.

facebook.com/brewsewesbbq

El Paso

Marc Anthony in Concert

March 1

Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road

The Grammy Award-winning singer and actor brings his Viviendo Tour to El Paso. The singer is best known for hit salsa music and songs like “Pa’lla Voy,” “Mala,” “Ojala Te Duela,” “And There Was Someone,” and “Your Love Makes Me Good.”

utepspecialevents.com/calendar/special_events

Hebbronville

Southwest Experience

March 2

Jim Hogg County Old Jail Museum, 105 E. Santa Clara St.

In the brush country of South Texas lies the ruins of the old horse ranch called Rancho Randado, where Spanish horses were once bred. Artist Tom Lea’s visit to the 1767 site with J. Frank Dobie stirred feelings he knew could not be reached by paint, but had to be expressed in words, which he did with his 1941 poem “Randado.” The Jim Hogg County Old Jail Museum opens “Tom Lea’s Randado,” a site along the Tom Lea Trail, where guests enjoy speakers, refreshments, and a rare tour of Rancho Randado by its owner.

eventbrite.com/e/southwest-experience-tickets-693285053257

The Woodlands

Marathon

March 2

Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands Marathon is a Boston qualifier, the fastest course in Texas on average, and one of the top 25 fastest courses in the country. Runners experience a flat course that goes through Town Center and along The Woodlands Waterway. Register for a full marathon, half marathon, or 10K.

visitthewoodlands.com

Amarillo

“The Mozart-Tchaikovsky Connection”

March 2

Amtech Career Academy, 3601 Plains Blvd.

Chamber Music Amarillo presents an evening of Mozart concertos and the dazzling Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Major, featuring soloists Evgeny Zvonnikov on violin and Guglielmo Manfredi on horn and West Texas A&M University music director Mark Bartley conducting the Amarillo Virtuosi.

visitamarillo.com

Carrollton

TEXFest

March 2

Downtown

Bring your boots and your buckles for a Texas-size good time in Carrollton. Honoring Texas Independence Day, this event offers a beer garden with local craft beer vendors, live Texas music, a mouthwatering food village, and photo ops with a live Longhorn.

cityofcarrollton.com/about-us/calendar/special-events

Mcdade

Sherwood Forest Faire

March 2-April 21

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Highway 20

The largest medieval fair in Central Texas features eight weekends of festivities with 150 shows each day and 170 vendors on-site. Nestled in the Lost Pines section of Central Texas, the medieval-style village features an artisan market with handcrafted items. Indulge in medieval treats, and enjoy performances by minstrels, bards, storytellers, magicians, and jugglers. Camping is available.

sherwoodforestfaire.com

The Woodlands

Concerts in The Park

March 3-24

Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

Sit back and enjoy live music on Sundays at Northshore Park, one of The Woodlands most popular and scenic parks. Picnic baskets, coolers, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome.

visitthewoodlands.com

Bandera

Morning Ride with Cowboy Breakfast

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Major Hope Corral, 749 Old Medina Highway

Join Bandera Historical Rides for a Sunday morning cowboy breakfast and horseback ride at Major Hope Corral, a horse rescue center outside of Bandera.

banderahistoricalrides.com

Rockport

Fulton Oysterfest

March 7-10

Fulton Convention Center, Fulton Festival Grounds, 402 N. Fulton Beach

A salute to the oyster industry, this event includes live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a parade, and contests including men’s and women’s oyster eating, oyster shucking, and oyster decorating. Opening night includes a fireworks show.

fultonoysterfest.org

Shiner

Spring Into Quilting Show

March 8-9

Methodist Church Activity Center, 102 W. Church St.

The Shiner Heritage Quilt Guild hosts this show that spotlights the artistry of quilt makers. See displays of large and small quilts (separate divisions for hand and machine-quilted entries and a special youth division), a block challenge, and demonstrations. The event also offers a donated quilt drawing, vendors, and food and drinks.

shinerheritagequilters.org

Austin

SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Conference and Festival

March 8-16

Austin Convention Center and Downtown Austin, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Every spring, crowds descend on downtown Austin to experience the world-renowned SXSW conference and festivals. Consisting of three main components—Interactive, Music, and Film—each track brings top creatives and global professionals together to collaborate during this exciting 10-day event.

sxsw.com

Del Rio

Fiesta of Flight and Open House

March 9

Laughlin Air Force Base , 561 Liberty Drive

This event at Laughlin Air Force Base showcases Team XL’s mission and the men and women who serve in the United States Air Force. In addition to the aircraft displays and aerial crafts, the event features various activities to entertain families including a car show, food vendors, merchandise booths, and activities for kids. Fiesta of Flight also offers a STEAM Expo showcasing aspects of science, technology, art, engineering, and math in conjunction with the local Del Rio High School CTE program.

laughlin.af.mil/fiesta-of-flight-2024

Luling

Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown

March 9

Luling Mainstreet, 421 E. Davis St.

What started out as a cookoff with some music and a few vendors has grown into a full-blown Cajun street festival with live zydeco music all day, arts and crafts vendors, a great assortment of food vendors, a beverage garden, crawfish sold by the pound, activities for kids, wiggle races, bungee jumps, petting zoos, and barrel trains. The crawfish races are also a huge hit and a must-see attraction.

lulingmainstreet.com/rajuncajun.php

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walk

March 9

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Second Saturday Bird Walks in the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are offered by volunteers from the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. These bird walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities provided for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Boerne

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

March 9, 23; April 13, 27; May 11, 25

Kuhlmann-King Museum, 402 E. Blanco Road

The Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like “way back when.” Monthly events and themes vary.

facebook.com/kuhlmannkinghouse

Glen Rose

Hootenanny 2

March 9

Somervell County Expo Center, 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd.

Somervell County Expo Center hosts the second hootenanny of the year, with performances by Braxton Kieth, Blake Burrow, Gary Anderson, and a yet-to-be-announced headlining act. Enjoy a night of music and fun entertainment in Glen Rose.

glenroseexpo.org

Nederland

Heritage Festival

March 12-17

Various locations

There’s something for everyone at the annual Nederland Heritage Festival, taking place over six days in March. Festivities include a fun run, treasure hunt, crafts and collectibles market, parade, chili cookoff, crawfish races, and washer tournament.

nederlandhf.org

San Antonio

Spring Break Roundup: Building the West

March 14-16

Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum invites families to come and produce a Native American home or village found in the West. Explore the collection of Native American paintings and sculptures and become inspired to use recyclable and found materials to build a tipi, longhouse, wigwam, or other types of Native American shelters.

briscoemuseum.org/calendar

Round Top

Spring Antiques Show

March 14-31

Various locations

More than dusty relics and shabby chic signage, the antiques show has over 65 venues in about a 20-mile radius in the communities of Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, Burton, and Fayetteville. Over two weeks, people from across the United States come to shop for treasures and enjoy a festival of epic proportions, with food and fun in the Texas countryside.

roundtop.com

Llano

Llano River Chuckwagon Cookoff

March 15-16

Badu Park , 300 Legion Drive

Since 2005, a group of chuckwagon enthusiasts gather on the banks of the Llano River and go back in time to an era when the West was settled. Each wagon cooks and serves a meal of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread, and a dessert. Cooks use traditional cooking methods from that era, wear traditional dress, and experience traditional neighborly fun as they compete for prizes in a number of categories.

llanochuckwagoncookoff.com

Tolar

Ceramic Expo and Handcrafted Items

March 15-16

J.D. Neely Community Center, 120 Tolar Cemetery Road

Bring friends to this ceramic show, where visitors can find ceramic supplies for sale from vendors. The event also features door prizes, a competition with judging ahead of the weekend, and an awards ceremony taking place on Saturday. Come learn a new hobby or stock up on all your ceramic supplies.

westceramicshow.com

Round Top

Plant and Gift Sale

March 15-16

Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road

Bring your carts and wagons to Round Top for the Herb Society of America Pioneer Unit’s annual plant and gift sale. Replace those plants that didn’t make it through the winter with items from the great selection of bedding plants, herbs, shrubs, and succulents. You’ll find new varieties and old favorites in the plant sale as well as lovely garden gifts and food items in the Thyme Well Spent Gift Shop.

herbsocietypioneer.org/events

Granbury

Founder’s Day Jubilee and Cookoff

March 15-17

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

With craft food and shopping vendors, fun activities, live music, and free cake and ice cream, Founder’s Day is a great event for the entire family. Don’t miss some of the big Texas artists hitting the stage on the historic Granbury square, and of course, the hilarious outhouse race. Put your taste buds up to the challenge of choosing the best ribs, brisket, or beans.

granburysquare.com

Goliad

Goliad County Fair and PRCA Rodeo

March 15-17

Goliad County Fairgrounds, 925 US 183 South

Enjoy pro rodeo action in conjunction with the Goliad County Fair. See brave athletes compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and mutton bustin’. In previous years, the fair has included a parade, carnival, barbecue, and dancing.

facebook.com/goliadprca.rodeo

Surfside Beach

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16

Surfside Beach City Hall, 1304 Monument Drive

One of the oldest traditions held at Surfside Beach, this annual event features a parade that begins and ends at City Hall and goes down to the beach. There are plenty of free beads and candy thrown from the floats. In addition to the parade, the event includes a social, fundraisers, and a reenactment of the Battle of Fort Velasco.

beachblarney.com

Fredericksburg

Mud Dauber Festival and Chili Cookoff

March 16

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

Named in honor of the pesky insect, this open chili cookoff and live music festival shows why Luckenbach has some of the best mud in the universe.

luckenbachtexas.com

Bandera

Thunder in the Hill Country

March 21-24

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

Come celebrate the 22nd annual Thunder in the Hill Country, an event held at Bandera’s Mansfield Park that consists of tent camping, a poker run, vendors, food, field events, music Friday and Saturday at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, a bike show, tattoo contest, and other activities.

bikerralliesoftexas.com

Palestine

Dogwood Trails Celebration

March 22-April 7

Davey Dogwood Park and surrounding forest trails, 825 W. Spring St.

For over 80 years, Palestine has celebrated the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park the last two weeks in March and first week in April. Activities are scheduled each weekend to complement the celebration, including a festival the first weekend, a parade, and stained glass tours of historic churches. Stop at Palestine Visitor Center for venues and maps.

visitpalestine.com

Piney Woods Vintage Train Rides

March 22-May 31

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Enjoy a four-hour, round-trip train adventure from the seat of a vintage 1920s car. The train, pulled by a vintage diesel or steam locomotive, departs from Palestine, has an hour layover at the Rusk depot, and takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route, and narration and music add highlights to the trip.

texasstaterailroad.net

Jefferson

Miata Madness

March 22-24

Downtown , 100 E. Austin St.

This annual event is open to Mazda Miata owners and held at the 100 block of East Austin Street. On Saturday, the Show ‘n’ Shine kicks off in the morning. The car show, featuring all makes and models, is open to spectators at no charge.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Houston

“Ruth Asawa Through Line”

March 22-July 21

The Menil Drawing Institute, 1412 W. Main St.

This is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong drawing practice. Surveying Ruth Asawa’s impressive range and expansive approach, this exhibition offers an unparalleled window into the artist’s resourceful approach to drawing, with her particular attention to materials, line, surface, and space. “Ruth Asawa Through Line” is co-organized by the Menil Collection and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in close collaboration with the estate of Ruth Asawa.

menil.org

Huntsville

Herb Festival at the Wynne Home

March 22-23

Wynne Home Arts and Visitors Center, 1428 11th St.

The annual Herb Festival at the Wynne Home in Huntsville features a huge selection of locally grown herbs, perennials, native plants, vegetables, and bulbs. Speakers, herbal and garden vendors, music, and children’s activities round out the day’s events. The historic Wynne Home Arts and Visitors Center and its current art exhibition is also open to visitors.

texasthymeunit.org

Houston

Bayou City Art Festival

March 23-24

Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby

Bayou City Art Festival celebrates more than 50 years of providing unique art experiences and education for the greater Houston area. As the nation’s premier spring outdoor art festival, the festival provides attendees with the opportunity to meet artists, view original works, and purchase one-of-a-kind art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and functional art. The event features live entertainment, a food truck park, a craft beer and wine garden, and beverage stations throughout the festival.

bayoucityartfestival.com

Palestine

Boston Porter Memorial Bull Riding and Boston’s Buckaroos Kid Rodeo

March 23

Anderson County Youth Livestock Pavilion, 750 SH 287 North

The 20th annual Boston Porter Memorial Rodeo features a kids’ rodeo in the afternoon and bull riding in the evening. Tickets can be bought at Cavender’s or at the gate, with proceeds from the event supporting educational scholarships for the youth of Anderson County.

visitpalestine.com

Lake Jackson

Brew on the Bayou

March 23

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Sample and enjoy specialty brews from local breweries as well as wines. Listen to live music, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and check out some hot items in the silent auction. The beautiful wooded grounds at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory are lit by torchlight, making it a perfect spot to enjoy music, food, and nature.

gcbo.org

Mckinney

Holi Mela: Dallas Festival of Colors

March 23

Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166

Celebrate 14 years of color at the largest festival of colors, Holi Mela in North Texas. Marking the spring season, this family festival features contests, dance-offs, turban tying, sand art mandalas and henna art, a drum circle, face painting, and live music.

dallasfestivalofcolors.com

Fredericksburg

Texas Hill Country Wineries’ Wine and Wildflower Journey

March 25-April 19

Various locations

Get tickets online to receive full complimentary tastings and wine discounts at dozens of participating wineries on this self-guided tour.

texashillcountrywineries.org

Kerrville

Easter Bike Tour

March 29-31

Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd.

Experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country and three days of the best riding Texas has to offer. Quiet, well-paved roads, fully stocked rest stops, and panoramic scenery have made this tour one of the premier cycling events in Texas, with routes suitable for all categories of participants—from novices to experienced riders.

easterbiketour.com

Abilene

Outlaws and Legends Music Fest

March 29-30

Back Porch of Texas, 3350 N. Clack St.

The 13th annual Outlaws and Legends Music Fest, benefiting Ben Richey Boys Ranch, returns to the Back Porch of Texas. Artists include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kevin Fowler, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and Bri Bagwell. There are several different ways to enjoy the festival, including general admission tickets to be in the center of the action, tailgate and party packages, and RVing in the park.

outlawsandlegends.com

Kerrville

Totality Eclipse at Schreiner University

April 4-8

Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd.

Schreiner University offers an exclusive front-row seat to the breathtaking total solar eclipse. To make this unforgettable experience even more thrilling, Schreiner has prepared an exciting schedule packed with stargazing activities, esteemed guest speakers from the scientific community, live music, and wine tastings. Registration is required.

schreiner.edu/solar-eclipses

Mesquite

Exhibition and Artist Reception

April 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center presents works by two Dallas-based artists: photographer Shawn Saumell, whose work features found objects that can be natural or human-made, and Alec DeJesus, a self-taught muralist and fine-art painter.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Copperas Cove

Solar Eclipse Festival

April 5-8

Various locations, East Avenue East and South Second Street

Copperas Cove is in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse. The city celebrates with multi-day eclipse events including stages for live music and guest presentations from astronomers and eclipse chasers. RV and tent camping sites are available. Book your space now through the Copperas Cove Solar Eclipse website to secure your spot to view this spectacular event.

copperascove.com/2024-solar-eclipse

Burnet

Texas Eclipse

April 5-9

Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114

Texas Eclipse is a not-to-miss celebration under the Texas sky. This is the last chance to catch a total solar eclipse in the United States for more than 20 years. At over 4 minutes and 20 seconds, this is one of the longest totality events you can attend. Music, art, science talks, tech activations, a space travel expo, and interactive art are all part of the festivities.

seetexaseclipse.com

Kerrville

KerrClipse

April 5-8

Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway

Witness the total solar eclipse at Quiet Valley Ranch. Over four minutes of totality are accompanied by a full weekend of family-friendly music, camping, and science presentations.

kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Del Rio

TX Solar Eclipse Fest

April 5-8

Val Verde Fairgrounds , 2006 N. Main St.

Del Rio sees 3 minutes and 25 seconds of totality as the total solar eclipse crosses the border. Pick up your certified eclipse solar glasses from the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce plus a schedule of events. Vendors, food trucks, and live music are found all around town. The TX Solar Eclipse Fest Concert Series includes Dustin De La Garza, William Beckmann, Groupo Massore, AJ Castillo, Michael Salgado, Stoney LaRue, Eli Young Band, and John Michael Montgomery. Contact the city of Del Rio for tent and RV camping spaces.

txsolareclipsefest.com

Tyler

Totality Tyler

April 5-8

Various locations

Leading up to the total solar eclipse on April 8, the city of Tyler invites visitors to immerse themselves in the cosmic wonders of nature with a weekend of special events, including live music from the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, TJC Earth & Space Science Center planetarium shows, and a Lunar Lunch on the lawn at the Goodman Museum.

totalitytyler.com

Elgin

Music in the Park

April 5-May 31

Downtown , 109 Depot St.

Every Friday evening in April and May, the Friends of Elgin Parks hosts a different band in historic downtown Elgin’s Veterans Memorial Park. Bring your friends and family, beverages, snacks, a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy music in the park. Elgin Parks and Recreation also provides games for children to play.

elgintexas.gov

Galveston

Steampunk Festival

April 5-7

Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates retrofuturistic technology and aesthetics inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. The festival celebrates this era and brings family fun, live music, and entertainment—including fire dancing, ax throwing, teapot racing, and a costume contest—to the island.

galvestonsteampunk.com

Paris

Steak Wars

April 5-6

Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive

At this spicy event with all-you-can-eat steak, attendees enter the steak arena to try the competing dishes from every cookoff team. Enjoy live music, the on-site beer garden, food tastings, and vendors.

parissteakwars.com

Mesquite

Solar Rodeo 2024

April 5-8

Various locations

Mesquite is celebrating the solar eclipse on April 8, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with a full weekend of festivities and community events including the annual Rodeo Parade, a planetarium experience, family games, art, a farmers market, and live music.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2023/solarrodeo

Bandera

Ground Zero Music Fest

April 5-9

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

Celebrate the total solar eclipse at a five-day, four-night music festival. The family-friendly event features camping and over 20 bands, including national, regional, and local acts in a variety of music genres, from country and Southern rock to Tejano and local picking circles. 

groundzeromusicfest.com

Kerrville

Texas Lions Camp Eclipse Celebration

April 5-7

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Join the Texas Lions Camp in celebrating 75 years of their mission with a 2024 eclipse concert weekend.

lionscamp.com

Junction

Texclipse Music Festival

April 6-8

Hill Country Fair Association, FM 2169

Celebrate the total solar eclipse over Texas in Junction with three days of cultural programming, music, art installations, and camping.

texclipsemusicfestival.com

Hillsboro

Eclipseboro Wine and Art Walk

April 6

Downtown Hillsboro , 54A W. Elm St.

The Eclipseboro Wine and Art Walk includes a number of Texas wineries and local artists featured in businesses around the historic town square. Tickets are available for purchase online starting in February 2024.

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089085022912

Brackettville

Fort Clark Springs Solar Eclipse Festival

April 6-8

Fort Clark Springs, 23 McClernand Road

This gated community is one of the first places to experience the total solar eclipse in Texas. The secluded location offers plenty of unobstructed views for the 4-plus minutes of totality. Fort Clark Springs is the third largest spring-fed pool in Texas, and festivities include food vendors, a Saturday night street dance, astronomy talk, “Little Shop of Horrors” movie showing, a float party in the pool during the eclipse, and a DJ party afterwards.

fortclark.com

Buda

Buda’s Birthday Celebration

April 6

Buda Amphitheater and City Park, 204 San Antonio St.

Buda celebrates its 143rd birthday this month with live music and local food and craft vendors, plus a carnival, parade, market, and other festivities.

budaamphitheater.com

Port Arthur

Cajun Heritage Festival

April 6

Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive

Port Arthur is the official Cajun Capital of Texas. Enjoy live Cajun music, spicy food, vendors, and dancing the night away.

visitportarthurtx.com

Jefferson

Spring History, Haunts, and Legends

April 6

Jefferson Convention and Tourism Center, 305 E. Austin St.

This fun spring event is for the history buff, avid ghost hunter, and anyone with an interest in the unexplained and things that go bump in the night. There are special guest speakers, authors, vendors, book signings, night-time investigations, and an all-day conference.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Waxahachie

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

April 6-May 26

Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66

Every weekend in April and May, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival invites visitors to step back in time to the days of King Henry VIII. Enjoy live performances including the “Birds of Prey” show, medieval music, aerial acrobatics, country and court dances, and a sword swallower. Feast on giant roasted turkey legs, Scottish eggs, shepherd’s pie, and other medieval fare. Then step into the artisan marketplace where you can find everything from face painting for kids to shopping for headdresses and masks.

srfestival.com

Solar Eclipse 2024

April 6-8

Railyard Park , 455 S. College St.

This three-day weekend centering around the rare solar eclipse taking place April 8 is filled with science, live music, activities for the family, and food trucks.

waxahachieeclipse.com

Quintana

Spring Fling

April 6-May 5

Quintana Bird Sanctuary, 814 N. Lamar St.

Spring is peak migration time, so the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory hosts Spring Fling at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary. For four weeks, volunteers or staff members are there each day to help identify migrating species as well as the resident birds and keep a daily list going.

gcbo.org

Mesquite

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Concert

April 6

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents “Fantasy Unleashed,” a night of music featuring songs from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Game of Thrones,” video games like the Legend of Zelda and Fortnite, and Katahj Copley’s composition “Equinox.”

mesquiteartscenter.org

Rodeo Parade

April 6

Downtown , Beltline and Newson Steets to Galloway Avenue at New Market

The city of Mesquite is the official Rodeo Capital of Texas and hosts its 66th annual Rodeo Parade, a traditional celebration of Western heritage. As the parade winds through the streets of Mesquite, participants and spectators alike are treated to a display of community spirit. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area, the Rodeo Parade is a must-see event.

cityofmesquite.com/279/rodeo-parade

Fredericksburg

Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Spring Fling Art Show

April 6

Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St.

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (the artists of Fredericksburg), or DK for short, is an all-volunteer member artist group founded in 1993, its name honoring the city’s German heritage. More than 300 framed paintings along with many more unframed artworks are on display at this annual exhibition and sale of original fine art by member artists.

dkfredericksburg.org

Comanche

Sippin’ In the Sunshine

April 6

Historic Comanche Square, 101 W. Central Ave.

Kick off the spring season at the Sippin’ in the Sunshine Festival, taking place on Comanche Square. Expect to find a mix of different wineries and breweries paired with bites curated by Comanche and surrounding-area chefs. The event also features live music and vendors.

comanchechamber.org

Tyler

Solar Eclipse on the Square

April 8

Downtown, 110 N. College Ave.

Head to beautiful downtown Tyler for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Downtown Tyler Total Eclipse Viewing Event. Festivities include live music, tasty food, and fun eclipse-themed activities.

visittyler.com/solar-eclipse

Kerrville

Eclipse 2024 at The Ridge Marketplace

April 8

The Ridge Marketplace, 13439 RR 783 South

Guest astronomer Chap Percival is on site during the eclipse to answer all your questions and lead you through the event so you can view it safely. There is live music, food, and drinks as well.

shopsattheridge.com

Kerrville Eclipse Festival—Dark in the Park

April 8

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

This free event includes scientific speakers, live music, children’s programming, and 4 minutes and 25 seconds of totality.

kerrvilletx.gov

Grand Saline

Viewing of Solar Eclipse

April 8

Gazebo Park on Frank Street, Main Street

Grand Saline celebrates being on the total solar eclipse’s path of totality with food, fun, and speakers discussing the effects of the solar eclipse.

grandsalinemainstreet.com/events

The Colony

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

April 8

Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road

The Colony is in a prime location to catch the total solar eclipse. Stewart Creek Park hosts a free, family-friendly watch party where you can experience totality for nearly three minutes. Enjoy themed crafts and activities, giveaways, food trucks, and expert insight at multiple viewing stations.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?EID=3066&month=4&year=2024&day=12&caltype=0

Granbury

Total Eclipse of the Pub

April 8

The Pub McDonough, 529 N. Houston St.

Witness the total solar eclipse at the Pub McDonough with eclipse-themed cocktails, shots, live music, appetizers, and free solar eclipse glasses for the first 100 patrons watching at the pub.

visitgranbury.com/event/total-eclipse-of-the-pub/19184

Mesquite

Historic Eclipse Viewing Party

April 8

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

Opal Lawrence Historical Park is hosting a party to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. Activities and a variety of unique viewing areas are available across the 13-plus acre historic park’s wide open spaces.

cityofmesquite.com

Solar Eclipse in the Park

April 8

Picnic, play games, and watch the total solar eclipse at Paschall Park.

cityofmesquite.com/3807/solar-eclipse-in-the-park

Plano

Eclipse Watch Parties

April 8

Windhaven Meadows Park; Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 5400 Windhaven Parkway; 5901 Los Rios Blvd.

Plano is on the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on April 8. Make it a weekend getaway or come for the day; either way, Plano is total-ly the place to watch with two official viewing locations.

visitplano.com/plano-2024-solar-eclipse/

Total Solar Eclipse at the Library

April 8

Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road

Step in the shadow of wonder and join fellow astronomy fans to experience the awe-inspiring celestial event known as a total solar eclipse. Limited supply of viewing glasses available at all five Plano libraries.

visitplano.com/event/total-solar-eclipse-at-the-library

Bandera

Total Solar Eclipse 2024

April 8

Various locations

Bandera is the place to be during the total solar eclipse with over 4 minutes of totality.

banderacowboycapital.com

Fredericksburg

Eclipse of the Flowers

April 8

Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Drive

Wildseed Farms hosts an all-day eclipse viewing party, where admission includes entry to the farm, eclipse viewing glasses, two drink tickets, one meal ticket, and access to the famous field of poppies. Come relax and enjoy the total eclipse and a full day of bands featuring The Ray Colao Band, Dan West, and The Frumpkins. Space is limited to ensure ample space for viewing.

wildseedfarms.com

Ingram

Total Eclipse Festival

April 8

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The total solar eclipse is passing over Stonehenge II and the Hill Country Arts Foundation invites you to this festival, where attendees can expect several food truck options, a beer tent, RV and tent camping, and hygiene stations on the closed campus.

hcaf.com/eclipse-2024

Amarillo

“Sense and Sensibility”

April 11-21

Amarillo Theatre Adventure Space, 2752 Civic Circle

Amarillo Little Theatre presents this playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel that follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters, who must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money.

amarillolittletheatre.org

Houston

Art Car Parade and Festival

April 11-14

Various locations

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art hosts the annual Art Car Parade and Festival, which showcases personal artistic creativity and provides a forum for a unique type of expression. Festivities include the annual ball, a sneak peek of 100-plus art cars at Discovery Green, the 37th annual Art Car Parade, and an awards ceremony.

thehoustonartcarparade.com

Gonzales

Cattle Country Music Festival

April 12-14

The Boot Ranch, 10 CR 348

The Cattle Country Music Festival is herding all the top-notch country stars to Gonzales. Country favorites Eric Church, Whiskey Myers, Koe Wetzel, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Lawrence, and many more grace the stage. Foodies have a great time as well with an exclusive lounge offering wine tastings, craft beer, unique cocktails, and an assortment of gourmet eats from Texas chefs.

cattlecountryfesttx.com

The Woodlands

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

April 12-14

Town Green Park, The Woodlands Waterway, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

Celebrating 19 years, this jewel of the Texas Fine Arts tour has been voted as the best event in The Woodlands. The longstanding springtime tradition for families and locals is set along the scenic banks of The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park. Guests can enjoy an outdoor gallery with authors, music, food, and kids’ activities and shop for art created by fine artists from all over the world. Jury-selected artists display original artwork across various mediums at the festival.

thewoodlandsartscouncil.org/p/festival

Uvalde

Honey Festival

April 12-13

Downtown Plaza, South and North Getty streets

As the Honey Capital of the World, Uvalde promotes bee conservation and celebrates its honey history with Breakfast with the Bees, the 5K Honey Fun Run, the Bee in Your Bonnet competition, vendors, food trucks, the Uvalde Honey Queen and Princess pageants, a cornhole tournament, shopping, and live music. The Festival begins on 4-Square Friday when businesses stay open late and continues to Saturday.

facebook.com/uvaldehoneyfestival

Jefferson

Outlaw Nationals Car Show

April 12-13

Various locations, Downtown

If it runs, bring it to the Outlaw Nationals Car Show, Jefferson’s most popular and longest-running car show. The event includes an antique rod show, open car show, and a variety of entertainment (karaoke, a live auction, and live music) for all attendees.

outlawnationals.com

Fredericksburg

Texas Fandango

April 12-14

Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive

Known as the “best little vintage bike event in Texas,” the Texas Fandango is a vintage swap meet and motorcycle bike show with vintage races all rolled into one fun-packed weekend.

thetexasfandango.com

Poteet

Strawberry Festival

April 12-14

Strawberry Festival grounds, 9199 SH 16 North

Held annually in April for more than 70 years, the festival has continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Western and Tejano music stars, regional bands, gunslingers, a carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances. There is something for the whole family. Located in the heart of the Artesian Belt, Poteet is recognized as the “Strawberry Capital of Texas.”

strawberryfestival.com

Chappell Hill

Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas

April 13-14

Downtown Chappell Hill

Chappell Hill is the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, and this festival honors that bluebonnet heritage with more than 400 vendors, food, live music, and family-friendly fun.

chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com

Bandera

5K Bunny Run/Walk

April 13

Village of Hope Events Center, 1116 12th St.

Arthur Nagel Community Clinic hosts the Bunny Run/Walk, a 5K race along Main Street. Medals are awarded in seven categories, and T-shirts and goodie bags are handed out to all participants. Kids 10 and under get to participate for free. Dogs on leashes and bunny ears and costumes are also welcome.

banderacowboycapital.com/events/2024/bandera-bunny-runwalk

Kerrville

Blooms and Barrels Plant Sale

April 13

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Hill Country Texas Master Gardeners host this annual plant sale. Shop for native and adapted ornamental plants, herbs, vegetables, 55-gallon rain barrels, and items at “The Garden Shed” resale shop.

hillcountrymastergardeners.org

Temple

Texas State Button Society Spring Button Show and Sale

April 13-14

Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd.

Buttons, buttons, buttons—who has buttons? The Texas State Button Society holds its annual spring show, themed “Springtime in Paris.” The public is invited to come and learn a new hobby. Find vendor tables full of buttons from knowledgeable button collectors. Better yet, show us your grandmother’s button tin. Big D Button Club hosts this year’s event.

texasstatebuttonsociety.com

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

April 13

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Second Saturday Bird Walks in the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are offered by volunteers from the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. These bird walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities provided for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio

April 18-28

Various locations

Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. That historic commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century the event has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. Today, Fiesta is one of this nation’s premier festivals, with more than 100 local nonprofit organizations orchestrating festivities and raising funds that support the community throughout the year. There’s something for everyone at Fiesta: street fairs, parades, carnivals, charity runs, music, arts, culture, and pageants.

fiestasanantonio.org

Port Aransas

Texas SandFest

April 18-21

Port Aransas Beach, Between Mile Markers 9 and 13

Texas SandFest is the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the country. What began as a small competition in 1997 has grown into an internationally recognized three-day event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Attendees enjoy amazing sand sculptures, food, live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, apparel, jewelry, furniture, and souvenirs.

texassandfest.org

Galveston

FeatherFest and Nature Photo Festival

April 18-21

Various locations

As one of the nation’s top locations for birding, Galveston Island hosts the 22nd annual FeatherFest birding and nature photography festival. FeatherFest is one of the largest birding festivals in Texas, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track.

galvestonfeatherfest.com

The Woodlands

The Chevron Championship

April 18-21

The Club at Carlton Woods, 1 Carlton Woods Creekside Drive

The Chevron Championship in The Woodlands welcomes the very best of the LPGA Tour as the pro golfers play the first major of the year. Held on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at The Club at Carlton Woods, the Chevron Championship promises to be an unparalleled event.

visitthewoodlands.com

Grand Prairie

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 18-July 14

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Live racing in Grand Prairie is back for another thoroughbred season. Don’t miss the excitement of horses racing past you at Lone Star Park, a facility that 700,000 horse-racing fans visit annually.

lonestarpark.com

Carthage

Piney Woods Quilt Festival

April 19-20

Carthage Civic Center, 1701 S. Adams St. and Loop 149

See over 150 quilts at this juried show that includes prizes for most categories as well as free hourly demonstrations, vendors of all kinds, door prizes, and a country store. There is also a featured-artist section. At the end of the day on Saturday, awards are presented along with the drawing for the donation quilt.

Andrews

Wild, Wild West Fest

April 19-21

ACE Arena, 1441 SH 176 East

Relive the days of the Wild West with gunslingers, a gun and knife show, garden tractor pulls, a car show, antique tractors, and a petting zoo. Live music from Texas Rain, Radio La Chusma, the Bellamy Brothers, A.J. Castillo, and Bidi, Bidi Banda fills the air, and a monster truck show provides entertainment. There’s also the Heart of America Carnival, over 100 vendors, the Texas ShootOut Cookoff, and an area for kids to learn how to become a real cowboy.

wildwildwestfest.com

Alpine

Spirits of the West Wine and Beef Fest

April 19-20

Texas winemakers, spirit distillers, and brewmasters come together with beef producers and chefs from across Texas at this open-air festival with lots of live music on the grounds of the Brewster County Courthouse.

spiritsfestwtx.com

Neches

1836 Chuckwagon Races

April 19-21

Diamond B Ranch, 11589 FM 321

The 1836 Chuckwagon Races take place during the celebration of Texas’ independence every year at the Diamond B Ranch in Neches. There are multiple divisions of wagon races as well as trail rides, Dutch oven cooking classes, herd dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics, a horse auction, barn dances, karaoke, and live music. The gates are open for camping the Monday prior to the races on a first-come, first-served basis.

the1836.com

Lake Jackson

“The Mountaintop”

April 19-21, 26-28

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

By American playwright Katori Hall, this fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth is set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968.

brazosportcenter.org

Amarillo

Amarillo Symphony and Harrington String Quartet in Concert

April 19-20

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

The 100th-anniversary season finale includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring Amarillo Master Chorale with special guest solo vocalists, plus new music written for the Harrington String Quartet by Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Theofanidis.

amarillociviccenter.com

Bandera

Frontier Times Texas Heroes Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony

April 19

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

In keeping with the pioneering spirit of the museum’s founder, J. Marvin Hunter Sr., the Frontier Times Museum established the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor to recognize the contributions of people who, through their leadership, creativity, example, and hard work, keep the pioneer spirit alive and help keep Texas Texan. Please join the museum in honoring the 2024 inductees.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

San Angelo

National Ceramic Competition

April 19-June 23

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The 25th competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible. The exhibition opening is held in conjunction with San Angelo Ceramic Week. This event includes gallery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops at the Concho Clay Studio and Chicken Farm Art Center, and a symposium at Angelo State University.

samfa.org

Galveston

The Grand Kids Festival

April 20

Postoffice Street between 23rd and 20th streets

Designed to introduce children and families to the arts, the festival offers three blocks of activities, entertainment areas, and vendor booths. Attendees are able to enjoy live performances, storytellers, arts and crafts, face painting, and other festivities themed around the arts.

thegrand.com

Lake Jackson

Kids Reel Big Fish Event

April 20

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair, and fishing gear for a couple of hours of catch-and-release fishing at the marine fish hatchery and visitor education center. This event is available to guests 16 years old and younger accompanied by an adult. Anglers must bring their own gear and bait with barbless hooks. No artificial bait or treble hooks. Volunteers and staff are on hand to assist first-time anglers.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Boerne

Texas Corvette Association Open Car Show

April 20

Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St.

Hundreds of colorful Corvettes line the historic Hill Country Mile and Main Plaza, attracting car enthusiasts and guests. Enjoy all that downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring beautiful vehicles.

texas-corvette-association.com

Houston

Worldfest International Film Festival

April 23-28

Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Mall

The Houston International Film Festival is North America’s third oldest film festival and champions independent filmmakers. Come and be a part of the 57th year celebration as the festival showcases the visionaries of tomorrow and their exclusive creations.

worldfest.org

Corpus Christi

The Birdiest Festival in America

April 24-28

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St.

Spotlighting South Texas’ peak spring migration in one of the country’s busiest flyways is the Birdiest Festival in America. The festival features birding field trips, presentations, workshops, bird walks, and educational programs by Jonathan and Susan Wood of The Raptor Project.

birdiestfestival.org

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills in Concert

April 25

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Symphony of the Hills presents “Larger Than Life,” a concert “dedicated to those who lift up others.” The list of compositions includes Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Donald Crandall.

symphonyofthehills.org

Muenster

Germanfest

April 26-28

Heritage Park, 301 N. Ash St.

The last weekend in April, have fun at one of the biggest German parties in Texas. Thousands come for German sausage, apple strudel, hearty cheeses and homemade bread, cakes, and pies. Events include a Germanfest Fun Run, a bicycle rally, and a sausage and rib cookoff. Puppets, balloon artists, face painting, the Karneval and Kinder Theater for children, bounce houses, carnival rides, dancing, music, arts and crafts, and a rock climbing wall round out the fun.

muensterchamber.com

Grand Prairie

Dallas Blues Festival

April 26

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don’t miss the 19th annual Dallas Blues Festival with King George, Lebrado, Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, J’Wonn, and West Love.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Main Street Fest

April 26-28

Downtown , 200 block of West Main Street

The 11th annual Main Street Fest offers carnival rides, a kids’ zone, two stages with live music, arts and crafts vendors and activity area, food and beverage vendors, and a business expo.

mainstreetfest.com

The Woodlands

Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

April 27

Town Center, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

Spend a day cheering on athletes at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, designated the North America Championship. The race starts with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run along The Woodlands Waterway.

visitthewoodlands.com

Aransas Pass

Fishing for Wishes Tournament

April 29

Aransas Pass Convention Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave.

Support Friends for Wishes, the largest contributor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, at this fishing tournament where anglers can compete in categories that include redfish, trout, most spots on a redfish, blackjack trout, and Texas Slam. There are also kids’ pier fishing and Make-A-Wish kids fishing tournaments, plus a live auction, drop ticket raffle, and giveaways.

friendsforwishes.org

Jefferson

“The Diamond Bessie Murder Trial”

May 2-5

Jefferson Playhouse, Corner of Market and Henderson streets

This unique theatrical experience recreates the last stages of a nationally famous trial that took place in Jefferson in the late 1800s. The adaptation, produced every spring for more than a half of century, has become a tradition in itself.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Paris

Slade Baker Memorial Crawfish Cookoff

May 3-4

South Main Iron, 255 First St. SW

This two-day event in downtown Paris offers live music, cold drinks, and all-you-can-eat crawfish. Teams compete in the Crawfish Courtyard, where attendees can dive in head-first to be the judge and the jury in the People’s Choice vote. Mark your calendar, rally your appetite, and join in for a day of mudbug mayhem at the cookoff.

sladebakermemorial.com

Jefferson

Battle for Jefferson: Civil War Reenactments

May 3-5

Various locations

More than 700 Civil War period reenactors descend on Jefferson to reenact the Battle of Big Cypress Bayou at Total Farm. Infantry, cavalry, and artillery all play a part in the scenario battle. Coupled with the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club’s annual Pilgrimage, the “battle” portion of the weekend has succeeded in turning Jefferson’s downtown historic district and surrounding neighborhoods into a three-day living-history encampment that includes a parade and downtown skirmish on Saturday morning.

battleforjefferson.com

Historical Pilgrimage: 19th Century Social Events

May 3-5

Various locations

The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club hosts the annual Pilgrimage, where visitors can immerse themselves in the 19th century—period attire is optional but fun. The event includes the Friday night Illumination, a ladies tea and Grand Ball on Saturday, and then the Presentation of Colors on Sunday morning.

battleforjefferson.com

Bryan

Big Barn Dance Music Festival

May 3-4

Travis Bryan Midtown Park, 206 W. Villa Maria Road

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Travis Bryan Midtown Park, this festival promises an unforgettable extension of the legendary Big Barn Dance hosted annually in Taos, New Mexico. Immerse yourself in the magic of live music, dance, and camaraderie as Bryan is transformed into a haven for music enthusiasts.

bigbarndance.com/home-bryan/

El Campo

Crawfish Cookoff and Car Show

May 3-5

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

Rev up your engine and appetite and enjoy the best of both worlds at the Crawfish Cookoff and Car Show, featuring delicious crawfish dishes, classic cars, and live music by Whiskey Bent and Trey Cruz.

eclostlagoon.com

Ingram

Texas Watercolor Society Show

May 3-June 29

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The 75th annual Texas Watercolor Society Show continues the organization’s tradition of exhibiting and promoting some of the best artists working in the unique and vibrant medium of watercolor.

hcaf.com

Brenham

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

May 4

The Barnhill Center at historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Over the course of his 50-year career in country music, Ricky Skaggs has won 15 Grammy Awards, eight CMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, 13 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards, nine ICM Awards, two Dove Awards, and three honorary doctorate degrees. He performs with his award-winning band, Kentucky Thunder.

thebarnhillcenter.com

Galveston

Historic Homes Tour

May 4-5, 11-12

Various locations

During the first two weekends of May, visitors can view numerous historical and architecturally significant homes located throughout the island’s old neighborhoods. Organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, this is the 50th anniversary of the event that gives the public a chance to tour the insides of private residences and homes that are not open to the public during the year.

galvestonhistory.org

Rockport

Nautical Flea Market

May 4-5

Rockport Yatch Club, 722 Navigation Circle

Hosted by the Rockport Yatch Club, this flea market offers various items for fishing, sailing, power boating, windsurfing, surfing, and scuba diving. Find new and used parts, tools, motors, rods, reels, sails, nautical art, new and used boats, dinghies, and kayaks to buy, sell or trade.

rockportyachtclub.org

Freeport

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in historic downtown Freeport with food trucks, live entertainment, and cultural activities.

freeport.tx.us/page/historical_museum

Plano

AsiaFest 2024

May 4

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Celebrating Asian American Heritage Foundation, a all-volunteer nonprofit organization, announces AsiaFest, the 20th annual Plano Asian American Heritage Festival. Enjoy family-friendly signature cultural performances from all parts of Asia. Learn about Asian artistic traditions like cooking, visual art, calligraphy, martial arts, origami, and fashion. The festival features a wide variety of food vendors from area restaurants and food trucks.

visitplano.com/event/asiafest-2024

San Antonio

“Soldiers at the Alamo” Living History Event

May 4

The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

From the 18th century Spanish Presidial soldiers helping to keep the missions safe from outside raids to the Texian and Mexican armies that converged at the Alamo for the 1836 siege and Battle to the U.S. Army soldiers who used this site as a supply depot before and after the Civil War until the opening of Fort Sam Houston, the Alamo has countless stories to tell. Learn about the daily activities, training, and weapons of each era, as well as their respective impacts upon the Alamo grounds.

thealamo.org/visit/soldiers-at-the-alamo

Laredo

Luis Miguel in Concert

May 4

Sames Auto Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd.

Latin superstar Luis Miguel has been exciting audiences with his Spanish pop-rock songs, romantic ballads, and dynamic stage shows since he was a teenager. This is the Mexican singer’s first tour since his 2018-19 tour broke records for highest-grossing Latin tour of all time.

samesautoarena.com

Stonewall

Williams Creek (Albert) School Open House

May 4

Williams Creek (Albert) School, 5501 S. RR 1623

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools invites visitors to attend this open house at the historic Williams Creek (Albert) School. Learn about the limestone building, constructed in 1897, and the community’s German history. Visitors can also explore the grounds that offer birdwatching and geocaching.

historicschools.org

Grand Prairie

Cinco de Mayo

May 5

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Traders Village with live music, dancing, traditional food, and fun festivities for the whole family.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Elgin

Explore Elgin Arts and Culture

May 9-11

Downtown Elgin, 109 Depot St.

Enjoy a day of activities and fun for the whole family. Local studios open their doors to the public and downtown businesses host artist demonstrations, live music, and tours in historic downtown Elgin. Stop by the artists and makers market to find food vendors and a variety of art, including paintings, sculptures, woodworking, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts, and photography.

elgintexas.gov

Corpus Christi

Festival De Cine Latino Americano

May 10-12

Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive

In cooperation with the Corpus Christi Film Commission and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Festival De Cine Latino Americano-Corpus Christi is a new event to showcase the finest international Latino and Latin American content and promote talented Latino filmmakers. It provides a platform for innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are by, about, and for the Latino community.

filmfreeway.com/fdclacorpuschristi

Conroe

Big As Texas Festival

May 10-12

Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road

With aspirations as large as the Lone Star State, this new outdoor celebration features a world-class music lineup, Texas vendors and artisans, custom exhibitions, immersive art installations, live-fire grilling, carnival games, and fun for all ages. The lineup of performers includes Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Midland, Morgan Wade, and Breland.

bigastexasfest.com

Austin

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships

May 11

Brush Square Park, 409 E. Fifth St.

The O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is an internationally renowned spoken-word competition focused on the art of the pun. There are two competitions, PunSlingers and Punniest of Show, voted upon by the public.

punoffatx.brushsquaremuseums.org

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

May 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Second Saturday Bird Walks in the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are offered by volunteers from the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. These bird walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities provided for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

The Woodlands

Woodforest Bank TRI

May 11

Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

As one of the premier multisport events in the region, the Woodforest Bank TRI offers a beginner-friendly atmosphere, first-rate race management, and scenic courses. The race features a 500-meter open swim, 12.8-mile bike race, and 5K run.

visitthewoodlands.com

Giddings

Lee County Fair and Charcoal Challenge Barbecue

May 16-18

Lee County Fairgrounds on Hwy 290, 2495 SH 290 West

On the third weekend in May, the Lee County Fair takes center state in Giddings. Activities include live music, shopping, local art and food contests, and a carnival with an antique carousel open for the kids. Friday is Senior Citizens Day and Saturday includes an Armed Forces Day ceremony and parade. At the Charcoal Challenge Barbecue Cookoff, teams from all over Central Texas compete in a variety of foods, drinks, and barbecue.

leecountyfairtx.com

Fulton

Babes On The Bay

May 17-18

Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road

This is the largest one-day female angler fishing tournament in the country. Women from all over Texas and across the country come together for a fun-filled weekend with live bands, vendor booths, and educational outreach.

babesonthebay.com

La Grange

Bluff SchuetzenFest

May 18

Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites, 414 State Loop 92

Celebrate the history of the Bluff Schuetzenverein, a German marksmanship and social organization that once made its home on the grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bluff Scheutzenverein hosted dances, concerts, picnics, and shooting competitions, welcoming people from across Texas. Commemorate these traditions with a day full of entertainment, community booths, family activities, living history demonstrations, special tours, and food and drink.

bluffschuetzenfest.org

Garland

Asian American Heritage Festival

May 18

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

A day of unity in diversity pays tribute to the diverse and talented Asian Pacific American communities. Enjoy cultural performances from countries such as Thailand, Laos, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, India, Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. Highlights include a Colorful World Parade, a captivating lion dance, craft stalls, and art performances showcasing the creativity and skillful hands of Asian Pacific Americans.

visitgarlandtx.com

Mesquite

Barn Dance

May 18

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

An 1887 livestock barn at Opal Lawrence Historical Park is the setting for this old-fashioned barn dance. All are welcome to attend.

cityofmesquite.com

San Angelo

Armed Forces Day

May 18

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St.

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark hosts this Armed Forces Day event, with artillery salutes and special displays to honor the nation’s armed forces.

fortconcho.com

Kerrville

Folk Festival

May 23-June 9

Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway

This annual festival features several days and nights of music from songwriters of national and international acclaim. Founded in 1972, the festival offers activities for all ages with a focus on nurturing and developing artistic expression, especially the art of songwriting, in a loving family-friendly environment.

kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Bandera

Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Rodeo and Parade

May 24-26

Mansfield Park and Main Street, 2886 SH 16 North

Bandera Pro Rodeo presents three nights of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeos with bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, and other competitions. The annual Memorial Day Parade down Main Street gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m.

banderaprorodeo.org

Fredericksburg

Crawfish Festival

May 24-26

Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St.

At this festival on Memorial Day Weekend, indulge on great Cajun food, live music, shopping, and a kids’ carnival. This event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees.

fbgcrawfishfestival.com

Kerrville

Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft

May 24-26

Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker St.

This exhibition offers works by some of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from Texas and has established a reputation as a prestigious sale in a beautiful venue, produced and managed by the artists themselves.

texasmasters.com

Fulton

Fishing Expo

May 26-28

Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road

At this annual expo, visitors can find some of the finest tackle used by industry pros and recreational anglers, along with guides, apparel, art, and other merchandise for all their fishing needs. The family-oriented event, which has indoor and outdoor vendor booths, includes the annual Texas Rattler Kids Fishing Tourney and goodie bags for children.

rockportfishingexpo.com

Bandera

Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show

May 26-27

Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

As part of the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede, Bandera hosts this arts and crafts show with vendors set up on the courthouse lawn.

banderatex.com

San Angelo

Memorial Day

May 27

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark invites visitors to attend this program that honors the nation’s military members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

fortconcho.com

Amarillo

Summer Concert Series

May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6

Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave.

Starlight Theater presents free music, local food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly fun on Tuesday evenings at Sam Houston Park from the end of May to the beginning of August.

amarilloparks.org

Houston

The Houston Ballet: “Four Seasons”

June 6-16

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

The Houston Ballet’s 2023-24 season, which celebrates Stanton Welch AM’s 20-year tenure as artistic director of the ballet company, comes to a close with “Four Seasons,” featuring works from four choreographers including Welch and Dwight Rhoden, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

houstonballet.org

Luling

Watermelon Thump

June 27-30

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

For 71 years, Luling has honored hard-working local watermelon farmers with a festival celebrating all things watermelon. Enjoy four days of live music, food booths, pageants, the World Championship Seed Spitting Contest, a carnival, parade, car show, and market.

newsite.watermelonthump.com

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