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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.

Upcoming Events in Prairies and Lakes

Dallas

“Lonesome Blues”

Feb. 25-April 7

Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.

The musical “Lonesome Blues” pays tribute to one of Deep Ellum’s most famous and influential songsters, Blind Lemon Jefferson. Born in rural East Texas and discovered on a street corner in Deep Ellum in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming the biggest country blues singer of his generation. Despite his tragic death at age 36, the prolific and powerful performer propelled the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop.

lonesomebluesmusical.com

The Sum of Us One-Act Festival

Feb. 29-March 17

Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St.

The third annual Banned Books Festival continues with The Sum of Us One-Act Festival, inspired by Heather McGhee’s book that outlines what racism costs everyone and how we can heal together. Six local playwrights have penned a short play that has viewers on the edges of their seats. The performance includes talkbacks each night to build community and spur meaningful conversations.

ci.ovationtix.com/36177/production/1172835

Corsicana

Zane Marsh Art Exhibit

March 1-April 1

The Warehouse Gallery, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Zane Marsh was born in Montana but grew up in Texas. Marsh has been painting since childhood, and has always had a passion for the arts. He has an extensive portfolio that includes large-scale murals, custom portraits, graphic design, videography, animation, and audio production. The exhibit features new, exciting works.

navarrocouncilofthearts.com

Temple

First Friday: St. Patrick’s Day

March 1

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Corsicana

Food Truck Friday

March 1

Downtown Corsicana

On the first Friday of the month, downtown Corsicana is full of food trucks and live music.

visitcorsicana.com

Bastrop

“Grumpy Old Men: The Musical”

March 1-17

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

“Grumpy Old Men” is the story of two aging neighbors, Max and John, who have been feuding for most of their lives. Invigorated by their shared affection for their new neighbor across the street, the beautiful, eccentric, and charming Ariel, they face off as romantic rivals until their hilarious shenanigans finally bring about a resolution to their long-standing differences.

bastropoperahouse.org

La Grange

Alejandro Escovedo in Concert

March 1

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

As comfortable performing with a string ensemble as he is with an amped-up power trio, and as likely to bare his soul in his lyrics as he is to display some serious rock ‘n’ roll swagger, Escovedo had already played an important role in punk (with the Nuns), roots rock (the True Believers), and alt-country (Rank and File) before he launched a solo career that’s seen him work with everyone from Tony Visconti and John Cale to Bruce Springsteen.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Frisco

Frisco College Baseball Classic

March 1-3

Riders Field, 7300 RoughRiders Trail

The Frisco Classic is a premier early season collegiate baseball tournament.

friscoclassic.com

Brenham

Jimmy Fortune in Concert

March 1

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

Jimmy Fortune was one of The Statler Brothers for 21 years. They were inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. They also won CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year award.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Grand Prairie

“Dancing with the Stars Live”

March 1

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

“Dancing with the Stars” is back on tour with a dazzling, sexy, high-energy, brand-new live production. This stage show features your favorite professional dancers from the hit television series performing glittering new numbers as well as some of the showstoppers featured on TV.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Mckinney

Heard Museum Scouting: Juniors

March 2

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Interested in earning a Boy Scouts badge or looking for a nature-based activity for your group? The Heard’s two-hour badge workshops are geared to meet the requirements for the listed organization’s badge, but they’re open to any interested group. Juniors topics include animal habitats.

heardmuseum.org/scouting

Heard Museum Scouting: Brownies

March 2

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Interested in earning a Girl Scouts badge or looking for a nature-based activity for your group? The Heard’s two-hour badge workshops are geared to meet the requirements for the listed organization’s badge, but they’re open to any interested group. Brownies topics include senses and water.

heardmuseum.org/scouting

Temple

Geek Out Family Day

March 2

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Want to show off your geeky side? Come out to the museum for Geek Out Family Day. Dress up as your favorite superhero, cartoon, or video game character. Enjoy the nerdier side of life and geek on at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.

templeparks.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

Bastrop

The Farm Street Opry in Concert

March 7-May 2

Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut St. B

On the first Thursday of each month, the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center presents The Farm Street Opry, a family-friendly musical performance featuring local Texas talent and special guest performers. Children ages 10 and under free.

farmstreetopry.com

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Presentations

March 7

Martin Luther King Community Center , 1114 E. Sixth Ave.

Meet the visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and world who present their work and plans for their residencies at nearby 100 West and The Writer’s House. Artists specialize in an array of art, including video, paint, oil, acrylic, poetry, and fiction.

corsicanaresidency.org/events

Irving

Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree

March 7-10

Sheraton DFW, 4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway

Hear steel guitarists from around the world play at the annual jamboree. There are also educational seminars plus vendors and manufacturers of steel guitars and musical products.

texassteelguitar.org

Arlington

American Western Weekend

March 8-9

Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Drive

American Western Weekend features action-packed entertainment, world-class talent, and Western sports that culminate with the American Rodeo, an unrivaled celebration of the pioneering spirit of the American West. The national sporting event offers fans a choice: to cheer on Western sports’ finest champion athletes, or root for the underdog “Contenders” chasing a $1 million bonus through every rodeo, roping, and riding effort. A new exhibition called “The American Performance Horseman” brings together the Western equine sports disciplines of reining, reined cow, and cutting for a $1 million prize.

americanrodeo.com

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

Mckinney

Nature Story Time

March 8-May 24

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Story times are designed primarily for young children and introduce a different nature-themed book each week. During most of the story times, a puppet, live animal, or enrichment items is included to enhance the experience. Story times are held on the second and fourth Friday of every month.

heardmuseum.org/other-programs

Corsicana

Amy Grant in Concert

March 8

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Amy Grant’s career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel to becoming a pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums, and four gold albums, Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 adult contemporary tracks, and multiple contemporary Christian chart toppers.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

La Grange

Ruthie Foster in Concert

March 8

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Often compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie Foster mixes gospel, blues, jazz, folk, and soul for a unique sound that’s garnered four Grammy nominees.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Katt Williams: The Dark Matter Tour

March 8

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

Stand-up comedian, actor, and rapper Katt Williams comes to the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Dallas

24th Annual Destiny Award Luncheon Presented By JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.

The Destiny Award Luncheon is the signature fundraising event benefiting St. Philip’s School and Community Center. This year’s annual luncheon features a conversation with Grammy Award winner LL Cool J. St. Philip’s School and Community Center is a beacon of light, hope, and transformation in South Dallas. St. Philip’s provides an exceptional education to children, and 100% of St. Philips alumni graduate from high school and 95% attend college, while the graduation rate for the neighborhood high school is only 48%, with 4% going on to college. All funds raised from the luncheon directly benefit services promoting Christian education, senior services, hunger, and youth engagement.

stphilips1600.org

Round Top

Pianist James Dick in Concert

March 9

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

James Dick, founder and artistic director of the Round Top Festival Institute, performs on the Festival Concert Hall stage. He is hailed by audiences and connoisseurs as an outstanding artist able to enrapture listeners through the infinite colors he summons from the keyboard.

festivalhill.org/#/events/4197

Burton

Texas Ranger Day

March 9

Burton Railroad Depot and Museum, 507 N. Railroad St.

Celebrate Burton’s history with the Annie Maud Avis Memorial Fajita and Bean Cookoff, demonstrations by the Legends of the Texas Rangers and McNelly’s Rangers, folklife demonstrations including blacksmithing and chuckwagon cooking, kids’ activities, mule-driven buggy rides, and tours of the historic Railroad Depot as well as the Burton Farmers Cotton Gin.

burtonheritagesociety.org

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

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

March 9

Downtown Corsicana , 301 S. Beaton St.

Sip mimosas while shopping in downtown Corsicana every second Saturday. Complimentary mimosas are poured, and shoppers explore the tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and boutiques.

visitcorsicana.com

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

Grand Prairie

“Whose Live Anyway?”

March 9

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

Prepare to laugh until you cry when four of the world’s most masterful improv artists take you on the high-wire act of comedic acrobatics with rapid-fire wit and nonstop jokes. Welcome Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops, both seen on ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” as well as Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Kids Fest

March 9-10

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Bring the whole family out for a day of fun and kid-friendly activities at Traders Village. Enjoy amusement park rides, live music, and shopping.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

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

Fort Worth

“Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists Since 1940”

March 10-July 28

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

Inspired by the history of surrealism in the Caribbean with connections to Afro-surrealism in the United States, “Surrealism and Us” is the first intergenerational show dedicated to Caribbean and African diasporic art presented at the Modern. The exhibition includes over 50 works from the 1940s to the present day, in a wide range of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, and installation.

themodern.org

Granbury

Civil War Roundtable

March 11

Spring Creek Barbecue , 317 US 377 East

Authors, professors, lecturers, dramatists, and curators discuss various subjects about the Civil War to educate and inform participants.

visitgranbury.com/event/civil-war-round-table/19212

Bonham

Bunnies and Birds

March 13

Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 SH 56 West

Join the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site for a day full of spring break fun at the farm. This year’s activities focus on bunnies and birds and let you explore how these animals contribute to the farm’s ecosystem with demonstrations, crafts, and games suitable for all ages.

thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/sam-rayburn-house-state-historic-site

Grand Prairie

Prairie Playland

March 13-17

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Bring the whole family to Prairie Playland during spring break and enjoy rides, activities, live music, and family-friendly fun.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Corsicana

“Silent Sky”

March 14-17

Warehouse Living Arts Center Theatre and Gallery, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

In celebration of the total solar eclipse passing over Corsicana, “Silent Sky” shows at The Planetarium at Navarro College. In the performance, Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars as she takes measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

thewlac.com

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

March 14

Downtown , 104 Depot St.

Sip a little wine and shop as you take an evening stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

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

Frisco

Texas Pinball Festival

March 15-17

Embassy Suites and Frisco Conference Center, 7600 John Q Hammons Drive

The largest in the industry, the Texas Pinball Festival features more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines, as well as classic arcade games, to be set on free play for the weekend.

texaspinball.com/tpf

Grand Prairie

“9 to 5: The Musical”

March 15-17, 22-24

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, this lively adaptation of the 1980 film is set in the late 1970s. The plot follows three female coworkers who, fed up with their sexist and tyrannical boss, decide to take matters into their own hands. 

uptowntheatergp.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

Seguin

St. Patrick’s Day Bash

March 16

Johnny Pickles Distillery, 1711 N. Austin St.

Celebrate like the Irish with Johnny Pickles Distillery, which is hosting its first St. Patrick’s Day event with Irish music, food trucks, vendors, and, of course, whiskey.

johnnypicklesdistillery.com

Lewisville

St. Paddy’s Texas Style

March 16

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St.

Toast to St. Patrick’s Day and Texas Independence Day with Irish and Texas music, dancing, beer, and amusements for kids including life-size games. Food and drinks are sold on site, and well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

visitlewisville.com

Denison

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

March 16

Various locations, Main Street

Join Downtown Denison Inc. in their second annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. This self-guided bar crawl has live music along the way throughout Denison’s lively Main Street district.

facebook.com/downtowndenisoninc

Luling

Artisan Market

March 16-Oct. 19

On the third Saturday of the month, shop from artisans selling goods like yard art, handmade soap, jewelry, salsa, and freeze-dried candy.

lulingartisanmarket.com

La Grange

Sara Hickman in Concert

March 16

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past State of Texas official musician Sara Hickman performs at the Bugle Boy’s listening room—a converted WWII Army barracks. Beer and wine are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Granbury

St. Paddy’s Day Parade

March 16

Historic Granbury Square, 529 N. Houston St.

Wear your green and welcome St. Patrick’s Day in Granbury. The parade runs from Pearl Street to the Granbury Square to Crockett Street.

visitgranbury.com/event/2nd-annual-st-paddys-day-parade/19213

Edom

David Starr in Concert

March 16

The Old Firehouse, 8241 FM 279

Enjoy an intimate night of acoustic music with Colorado-based, Americana and blues singer/songwriter David Starr. Starr has honed his decades-long career touring internationally and sharing the stage with esteemed artists such as John Oates (Hall and Oates) and John McEuen, as well as opening for acts like America, Jim Messina, Karla Bonoff, and Survivor. Starr’s latest project “Better Me,” features acoustic-driven songs such as the title track and “Closer To You,” the feisty blues-rock “Poison The Water,” as well as “Any Chance Of Going Home,” showcasing Starr’s masterful storytelling.

davidstarrmusic.com/tour

Mesquite

Quinceañera Magazine Expo

March 17

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Planning a quinceañera? Make all your plans under one roof at this expo where you can meet with quinceañera vendors from the Mesquite/Dallas area.

facebook.com/quinceaneraexpotexas

The Colony

Luck of the Irish Triathlon

March 17

Lewisville ISD Aquatic Center, 5729 Memorial Drive

Feeling lucky? At the Luck of the Irish Triathlon, contestants swim, bike, and run through The Colony to receive a completion medal. If you’re not competing, come out and cheer on family and friends as they make their way through the course.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?eid=3511

Bryan

Cooking with the Chef: Oodles of Noodles at Messina Hof Winery

March 17

Messina Hof Estate, 4545 Old Reliance Road

Join the family at Messina Hof Bryan and celebrate National Noodle Month with a cooking party featuring dishes inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine.

destinationbryan.com

Mesquite

Mesquite Rocks Concerts

March 21, April 18, May 16

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center hosts this monthly family-friendly event featuring tribute bands covering the greatest hits of popular musicians and folk artists.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Frisco

Monsters Dance Convention

March 22-24

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, 7600 John Q Hammons Drive

Monsters tours the country with its three-day dance workshops instructed by world-renowned choreographers, plus auditions for thousands of dollars in scholarships, seminars, performance opportunities, and freestyle battles. As the original all-hip-hop dance event, Monsters offers instruction and networking with the industry’s best, and provides dancers with real opportunities you can’t get anywhere else.

monstersdance.com

Burton

La Bahia Antiques Spring Show

March 22-23

La Bahia Hall, 550 SH 237

Dealers across the country provide antiques, collectibles, and repurposed and vintage items in the historic 1902 La Bahia Hall. Outside dealers offer a variety of vintage goods. There is country cooking all day and free admission and parking. The show is part of the famous Round Top Antique Festival weekend.

labahiaantiques.com

Cameron

Spring Festival

March 22

Downtown Cameron , 206 S. Central Ave.

Wine, craft beer, a street dance, and live music are all part of the fun at the Spring Festival. There’s also arts and crafts vendors, a youth livestock exhibit, and a Kids’ Zone. The event coincides with the Milam County Junior Livestock Show, where heifers, steers, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and hogs are exhibited.

cameron-tx.com

Grand Prairie

Grupo Duelo in Concert

March 22

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

From Roma, Texas, Grupo Duelo has been entertaining audiences with its Mexican norteña sounds since the early 2000s.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Round Top

Chamber Music Trio Concert

March 23

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

Hear Chavdar Parashkevov on violin, Louis-Marie Fardet on cello, and Viktor Valkov on the piano for a chamber concert.

festivalhill.org/#/events/4200

Irving

Cliburn Passion

March 23

Carpenter Performance Hall—Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Irving Symphony Orchestra features another world-premiere composition by an Irving Symphony Orchestra/Southern Methodist University composer in residence. Then, a superb piano performance with the full orchestra includes compositions from Frédéric Chopin and Antonín Dvorák by guest artist Dmytro Choni of Ukraine, a Van Cliburn medalist.

irvingsymphony.org

Mckinney

Heard Museum Scouting: Webelos

March 23-May 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Interested in earning a badge or looking for a nature-based activity for your Boy Scouts group? The Heard’s two-hour badge workshops are geared to meet the requirements for Webelos and other Boy Scouts rankings, but they are open to any interested group. Topics cover nature and geology.

heardmuseum.org/scouting

Waco

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

March 23

Texas Ranger Research Center, 100 Texas Ranger Trail

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is the proud owner of three original Tom Lea works, including pieces inspired by Texas Rangers. Join award-wining author Bob Alexander for an illuminating talk about the inspiration for the paintings and a western-themed reception.

eventbrite.com/e/texas-ranger-hall-of-fame-tickets-693280058317

Hico

Spring Open House

March 23

Historic Downtown Hico, 129 N. Pecan St.

Participating merchants have special discounts, door prizes, and refreshments to celebrate the arrival of spring.

hicotxchamber.org/events

Salado

Wildflower Arts and Crafts Festival

March 23-24

Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.

Over 80 vendors are present for the 24th annual Wildflower Arts and Crafts Festival. Find handmade goods including woodworks, pet items, jewelry, painting, and pottery. Various food trucks are set up with local fare, and there’s live music under the gazebo. Admission is free, and free parking is available throughout Salado Village and at the Civic Center.

salado.com

College Station

Living History Weekend

March 23-24

Museum of the American G.I. , 19124 SH 6 South

The Museum of the American G.I.’s Living History Weekend is the largest event of its kind in Texas, with visitors from across the nation coming to view living-history displays, shop in the military swap meet, witness the roar of tanks in the WWII battle reenactments, and watch a WWI trench battle. Upon entering the museum property, ride in a WWII 2.5 ton CCKW truck or modern Humvee to the reenactment fields where all of the activities take place.

americangimuseum.org/event/living-history-weekend-2024

The Colony

Mother and Son Adventure Day

March 23

Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive

Moms and their boys (ages 3-12) can take part in an outdoor expedition throughout Lions Club Park. Test your skills at archery, fishing, and geocaching.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?eid=3512

Plano

Texas Forever Fest

March 23

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Celebrate the food, music, and culture of Texas. Enjoy live music, entertainment, Texas-favorite food and drink, Texas-themed vendors, and fun for all ages.

plano.gov/2060/texas-forever-fest

Mckinney

McKinney Asian Festival

March 23

Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

This inaugural festival showcases the cultural heritage of the Asian community to educate, inspire, and entertain festivalgoers. From traditional dances and music performances to delicious food offerings and fun family activities, everyone will find something they love.

mckinneyasianfestival.org

Independence

Independence Historical Society Open Houses

March 23-30

Adjacent to Old Baylor Park, 8488 Old Baylor College Road

Over two Saturdays every spring, the Independence Historical Society opens their early Texas homes for free to the public. When the Texas bluebonnets are at their best, visit the 1820s Coles Cabin, the 1830s Dogtrot Log House, and a one-room schoolhouse. During the weekends, artisans demonstrate early Texas crafts and music. The early Texas homes are located next to Old Baylor Park in historic Independence.

ihstexas1836.com

La Grange

The Rifters in Concert

March 23

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Hailing from New Mexico, The Rifters are a three-member band playing dance-oriented Americana music with a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments combined with soaring three-part harmonies.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

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

Plano

Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival

March 24

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

Six egg hunts hold more than 7,500 eggs filled with candy and prizes for children ages 10 and under. Guests of all ages delight in the joys of spring on the Blackland Prairie with wagon rides, tours of the historic Farrell Wilson Home, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Class is in session in the one-room schoolhouse, and there are hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy.

heritagefarmstead.org

Corsicana

Easter Hop

March 28

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Hop into the Easter spirit with a festive celebration of prizes, treats, mini carnival rides, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

visitcorsicana.com

The Colony

Spring Eggstravaganza

March 28

The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

One of the most egg-citing events in The Colony is back. Let your kids gather eggs filled with candy and prizes, then stop by the entertainment zone to ride the giant slide and Big Tex Express Train, play giant lawn games, and interact with animals in the petting zoo. Don’t forget to get your photo taken with Peter Rabbit and create an Easter-themed craft. Tickets are only required for the egg hunt portion of the event. All other activities are free of charge.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?eid=3508

Bryan

Watercolor Batik and Watercolor Pastel Workshop

March 29-30

DeGallery, 930 N. Rosemary Drive

Award-winning artist Kathie George teaches a combination watercolor batik and watercolor pastel workshop at DeGallery. George teaches workshops all across the country, as well as conducts international-destination workshops in Italy, France, and Spain.

destinationbryan.com

Mckinney

Heard Museum Scouting: Bear Cubs

March 30

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Interested in earning a Boy Scouts badge or looking for a nature-based activity for your group? The Heard’s two-hour badge workshops are geared to meet the requirements for the listed organization’s badge, but they’re open to any interested group. Bear Cubs topics include science and plants.

heardmuseum.org/scouting

Mesquite

Bunny EGGstravaganza

March 30

Evans Recreation Center , 1116 Hillcrest St.

Bunny EGGstravaganza is a family-friendly celebration of the spring season for all ages to enjoy. Children 12 and under are separated into age groups and able to gather colorful, candy-filled eggs in an egg scramble. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

cityofmesquite.com/280/bunny-eggstravaganza

Corsicana

Youth Art Show

April 1-30

The Warehouse, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

The annual Youth Art Show celebrates the budding artists of the community. This year’s theme celebrates the eclipse. More than 100 works fill the gallery space.

navarrocouncilofthearts.com/events.html

“Janet’s Planet”

April 2-4

The Warehouse, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Janet Ivey, creator of “Janet’s Planet,” is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances, TV, and online programming. With over 25 years in children’s entertainment and education, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work. Janet’s show joins the weeklong eclipse celebration. Students 2nd through 6th grade participate with Janet, and the community has a chance to view.

navarrocouncilofthearts.com/events.html

Mimosas at the Market

April 3

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Sip mimosas while shopping in downtown Corsicana every second Saturday. Complimentary mimosas are poured, and shoppers explore the tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and boutiques.

visitcorsicana.com

Bryan

Impressionistic Flowers Workshop

April 3

DeGallery, 930 N. Rosemary Drive

The Impressionistic Flowers Workshop is taught by award-winning artist Natalia Andreeva, who demonstrates techniques in oil, but other mediums are welcome by participants.

destinationbryan.com

Salado

Texas Packard Meet

April 4-7

Holiday Inn Express, 1991 N. Stagecoach Road

The 45th annual Texas Packard Meet features a display of vintage Packard cars on Friday night on the banks of Salado Creek next to the Barrow Brewery, and another display on Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn Express. Packards were a luxury American automobile popular during the 1920s.

texaspackardmeet.org

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

Courtyard Concert Series

April 4, May 9

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

This spring concert series, presented by the Mesquite Arts Center, showcases local indie artists and takes place in the evening inside the center’s courtyard area.

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

Luling

Roughneck Chili and Barbecue Cookoff

April 5-6

Downtown Luling, 421 E. Davis St.

In conjunction with the Oil City Vintage Car and Tractor Show, this barbecue cookoff is International Barbecue Cookers Association sanctioned, while the chili cookoff is Tolbert sanctioned. There is live music all day, and cookoffs benefit the Central Texas Oil Patch Museum.

lulingoilmuseum.org

Temple

First Friday: Springtime

April 5

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Corsicana

Food Truck Friday

April 5

Downtown Corsicana

On the first Friday of the month, downtown Corsicana is full of food trucks and live music.

visitcorsicana.com

Bastrop

“Prelude to a Kiss”

April 5-14

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

At Peter and Rita’s wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita’s soul and the old man’s to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love’s spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it’s too late.

bastropoperahouse.org

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

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

Bellville

Texas Select Custom Cutlery Event

April 6-7

Austin County Fair Convention and Expo Center, 1076 SH 159 East

The largest all-custom knife show in Texas sees over 150 bladesmiths and knifemakers. The History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” competitors are there to meet fans and demonstrate their own forging techniques, and you can see live demonstrations, get pictures and autographs, and try your hand at forging. The Bellville Lions Club serves hot food and cold beer.

texasselectevent.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

Temple

Family Day: Forgotten Figures

April 6

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Did you know that a woman invented wireless internet, like Bluetooth and GPS? Join along to explore some of the awesome women in history who did incredible things—from inventors like Hedy Lamarr to scientists like Madam Curie.

templeparks.com

Garland

Big Art Day

April 6

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

The creative community in Garland unites with the Texas Art Education Association’s state initiative to raise awareness of art education. Garland’s free art education event in downtown Garland features visual and performing artists, the Art Market, make-and-take art, and exhibits at Granville Arts Center.

visitgarlandtx.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

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

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

Paris

903 Sun Sets: Kevin Fowler in Concert

April 7

Love Civic Center, 2025 South Collegiate Drive

Enjoy this free concert featuring Kevin Fowler the evening before the total solar eclipse on April 8. This event offers food trucks, vendors, an on-site beer garden, and a family-oriented environment.

903sunsets.com

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

Paris

Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party

April 8

Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive

Enjoy 4 minutes and 3 seconds of totality in Paris. The city’s watch party takes place right at the heart of the community and next to the world-famous replica of the Eiffel Tower.

parissolareclipse.com

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

Corsicana

“Ann: The Ann Richards Story”

April 11

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

“Ann” is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, “Ann” takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

April 11

Downtown , 104 Depot St.

Sip a little wine and shop as you take an evening stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

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

Mckinney

Arts in Bloom Art and Wine Festival

April 12-14

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

The streets of downtown McKinney come alive with the sights and sounds of fine artists, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors.

mckinneytexas.org/687/arts-in-bloom

Irving

Michael Cavanaugh in Concert

April 13

Carpenter Performance Hall—Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Actor and musician Michael Cavanaugh brings you the award-winning music from Broadway’s “Movin’ Out.” Relive Billy Joel’s greatest hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s, which are timeless reflections of the past.

irvingsymphony.org

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

Bonham

Steaks on Main

April 13

Downtown Bonham Square, 101 E. Sam Rayburn Drive

The second annual Steaks on Main celebrates the agricultural industry in Fannin County and surrounding areas through friendly competition and entertainment. A ribeye cookoff is followed by a ticketed ribeye dinner prepared by all team entrants. Live music follows.

Corsicana

Gordan Mote in Concert

April 13

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Blind from birth, with 15 solo recordings, 21 Academy of Country Music Award nominations, two Grammy nominations, a Gospel Music Association Dove Award, and 30 years of touring, Gordon Mote has far surpassed any expectations he ever imagined while growing up in rural Alabama. His progressive keyboard artistry and smooth, rich vocal ability have made him a favorite among peers and music fans worldwide.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

Hillsboro

Hill County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

April 13

Hill County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 205 Stadium Drive

Choose from a large variety of Central Texas perennial flowers.

facebook.com/hillcountymastergardeners

Paris

Wine Fest

April 13

Downtown

Grab a ticket and a glass to enjoy sipping wine from every participating shop while tasting appetizers from local vendors.

pariswinefest.com

Mesquite

Mesquite Community Band

April 13

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Community Band performs its annual spring concert.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Bryan

Street and Art Fair

April 13

Downtown , 110 S. Main St.

Downtown Bryan Street and Art Fair invites artists from around the globe as well as local museums and Texas A&M University groups to put their work on display for locals and visitors alike to see. The event also offers live music, family-friendly activities, hands-on art demonstrations, shopping, and educational opportunities.

destinationbryan.com/art-fair

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

Mesquite

American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Show

April 15-19

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club hosts its 30th anniversary national specialty show in Mesquite. Along with the dog show, the event provides educational seminars, health check-ups, fundraising dinners, agility and obedience competitions, and other activities for lovers of the spaniel breed.

ackcsc.org/2023national

Fort Worth

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

April 18-21

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

Ranked the No.3 fine arts event in the country, the always-free Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival caters to the whole family, showcasing 215 jury-selected visual artists, live music on two stages, local cuisine, the family-friendly TCC Makers Zone, craft beer, and wine tastings across 18 square blocks throughout downtown.

mainstreetartsfest.org

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

Grandview

Antique Alley Texas 25th Anniversary Celebration

April 19-21

Antique Alley Texas, 300 E. Criner St.

Since 1999, the Antique Alley Texas festival has occurred on the third weekends of April and September. Rain or shine, the event spans eight communities (Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus, Keene, Joshua, and Waxahachie). Vendors set up in pastures along Farm-to-Market Road 4 between Grandview and Cleburne. Expect food trucks, arts, crafts, antiques, garden items, clothing, home décor, and junker’s delights, including some musical entertainment.

facebook.com/antiquealleytexas

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

Bryan

Pink Moon Dinner At Ronin Farm

April 19-20

Ronin Farm and Restaurant, 363 Creekside Drive

Feast on a nine-course tasting menu based on seasonal ingredients from the gardens of Ronin Farm and other local farms. After the gates open, guests get a tour of the followed by dinner, with the first portion of the meal served in the forest space located next to the barn that’s been converted into a commercial kitchen.

destinationbryan.com

Burton

Cotton Gin Festival

April 20

Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 N. Main St.

In almost every corner of Texas, cotton has influenced our history. In Burton, the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin is the oldest operating cotton gin in America. Burton preserves that history with the annual Cotton Gin Festival. A parade, music, contests, games, arts and crafts, food and drink, an antique tractor pull and engine show, and a classic car display are part of the day. You can also take a tour of the cotton gin.

texascottonginmuseum.org

Corsicana

7 Bridges in Concert

April 20

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Eagles tribute band 7 Bridges performs hit Eagles tunes. Corsicana’s own Jason Manning opens the show.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

The Colony

Coach Cox Kids Race by the Lake

April 20

Stewart Creek Park , 3700 Sparks Road

Children ages 9 and under compete in a half-mile race, while kids ages 10-12 run the full 1-mile course. All participants receive a ribbon and a goody bag. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registered participants.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?eid=3509

Sherman

Texoma Earth Day Festival

April 20

Kidd-Key Park, 405 N. Rusk St.

The Texoma Earth Day Festival is a community-wide event where people learn practical ways to reduce their environmental footprint and impact on our planet. Attendance is free and open to the public.

earthdaytexoma.org

Mesquite

Doggy Derby Day

April 20

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

Bring your pups to the park for a day of fun and frolicking. The day includes vendors, dog-obedience and other training demonstrations, and the opportunity to adopt a pooch.

cityofmesquite.com

Family Fish

April 20

City Lake Park, 200 Parkview St.

Family Fish is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with the people you love. Come with family and friends and arrive early to receive a free fishing rod while supplies last. Participate in the smallest or largest fish tournament for a chance to win a prize.

cityofmesquite.com/3806/family-fish

Corsicana

“Alice In Wonderland”

April 23-28

Warehouse Living Arts Center Theatre and Gallery, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Lewis Carroll’s young heroine, Alice, takes a tumble down a rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties.

thewlac.com

Mckinney

Empty Bowls McKinney

April 25

McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St.

A showcase of one-of-a-kind bowls handcrafted by professional and student artists helps fight community hunger. Guests enjoy a sampling of gourmet soups prepared by chefs from local restaurants. Each participant takes home a handcrafted bowl.

emptybowlsmckinney.com

Dallas

Dallas International Film Festival

April 26-May 2

Violet Crown Cinema Dallas, 3699 McKinney Ave.

The Dallas International Film Festival connects filmmakers and film lovers for a week of screenings, eye-opening documentaries, short films, international experiences, nightly red carpets, filmmaker panels and Q&As, special events, and musical performances.

dallasfilm.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

Corsicana

Derrick Days

April 26-27

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Derrick Days is the largest annual festival in Corsicana, held the last weekend in April. Celebrate the city’s oil history with dozens of delicious food trucks, specially curated craft vendors, a vintage car show, and a block party with live music.

derrickdays.com

Denison

Bandits, Bluegrass, and Barbecue/Doc Holliday Saints and Sinners Festival

April 26-27

Main Street, 101 E. Main St.

Bandits, Bluegrass, and Barbecue and the Doc Holliday Saints and Sinners Festival is an annual event celebrating the history of Denison. Starting on Friday night, Bandits, Bluegrass, and Barbecue gets you into the Wild West spirit, featuring barbecue, live bluegrass music, and Old West reenactors. The Doc Holliday Festival follows on Saturday along Main Street with reenactors and gunfights, bluegrass bands, costume contests, art demonstrations, wagon rides, and a Wild West parade.

facebook.com/docindenisontx

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

Lewisville

ColorPalooza

April 27

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St.

Ring in spring with ColorPalooza, designed to showcase the rich cultural, artistic, and eco-friendly spirit of Lewisville. There are sidewalk chalk art demonstrations, a tie-dye station, live music and cultural performances, and interactive art activities for kids.

lewisvillecolorpalooza.com

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Open Studios

April 27

100 West, 100 W. Third Ave.

Meet visiting artists in residence showcasing new and in-progress work in Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency’s building in downtown.

corsicanaresidency.org/events

Dallas

Artscape

April 27-28

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road

In its 17th year, Artscape is a juried fine art and fine craft show and sale with nearly 100 juried artists who display their unique and one-of-a-kind creations throughout the garden. Artscape features some new artists and a variety of mediums including metal, 2D and 3D mixed media, painting, ceramics, fiber, glass, drawing/pastel, photography, sculpture, wood, and jewelry. Entry is included with admission to the garden.

dallasarboretum.org

The Colony

Up, Up, and Away! Festival of Flight

April 27

Prestwick Elementary School, 3101 Stonefield

Birds, planes, and kites, oh my! The Up, Up, and Away! Festival of Flight lifts off for another year of entertainment in the sky. Bring the family out for interactive activities such as kite flying and demonstrations, music, birding demonstrations, and paper airplane making. There’s also giveaways, rides, and food trucks.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?eid=3510

Frisco

Frisco Uncorked

April 27

Frisco Square, 8843 Coleman Blvd.

The fifth annual Frisco Uncorked is a can’t-miss food and wine experience featuring award-winning wineries, delicious local restaurants, shopping with a large variety of fantastic boutiques and artisans, grape stomping competitions, culinary demonstrations led by local chefs, and fun activations.

friscouncorked.com

Grand Prairie

We Them One’s Comedy Tour

April 27

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

Mike Epps hosts the We Them One’s Comedy Tour with special guests Deray Davis, Lil Duval, DC Young Fly, Chico Bean, Mojo Brookzz, and Dede in the Morning.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Celtic Woman in Concert

May 11

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

The all-female ensemble from Dublin mixes traditional Irish music with contemporary songcraft.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Dallas

“Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer”

May 2-19

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company member, Liz Mikel, returns to Dallas after a year performing on Broadway to play the legendary 1960s Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in this regional premiere. The production celebrates the woman whose courage, humor, and grit reminds us that we all have a stake in our country. Fannie’s is a story of justice that will not be denied.

bishopartstheatre.org

Corsicana

Mrs. Texas Pageant

May 2-4

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

This Texas tradition continues as the Palace hosts the Mrs. Texas Pageant. Events include a fitness competition, private interview, and an evening gown contest. This pageant is the only official state final to Mrs. America and Mrs. World, and the only Texas pageant dedicated solely to married women.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

Brenham

Maifest

May 3-4

Fireman’s Park, 901 N. Park St.

Bring the entire family and enjoy the 134th Maifest. Experience the authentic tastes and sounds of Texas’ German heritage with a colorful parade, spectacular evening performances, live entertainment, and tasty food.

brenhammaifest.com

Corsicana

Food Truck Friday: Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 3

Downtown Corsicana

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early at Food Truck Friday with a fiesta of flavors, special performances, and an art display featuring the talented students of Corsicana ISD.

visitcorsicana.com

Temple

First Friday: Cinco de Mayo

May 3

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Bastrop

“The Drowsy Chaperone—The Musical”

May 3-19

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

bastropoperahouse.org

Dallas

Barbershop Quartet Convention and Competition

May 3-4

Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport, 2334 N. International Pkwy.

Choruses and quartets from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana come together for fun, fellowship, and friendly competition in the a cappella barbershop style.

swd.org

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

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/

Fayetteville

ArtWalk

May 4-5

Fayetteville Square, 109 E. Main St.

Every year on the first weekend of May, Fayetteville’s historic square explodes to life with nearly 60 artists selling their original works from paintings to sculpture, photography to ceramics, and jewelry. Live music plays all day with a free concert on Saturday evening after the juried art show. The children’s booth allows kids to create their own artwork, and the wine and beer booth has wine flights and cold beer. Shaved ice is available for kids.

artsforruraltexas.org/artwalk

Emory

Founder’s Day Concert and Festival

May 4

Sandy Creek Park, 337 E. North St.

A full day of outdoor fun for the family includes vendors and activities, followed with a concert by Neal McCoy and Josh Ward in the evening.

emorytx.com

Gatesville

Junk and Disorderly

May 4

Gatesville Civic Center, 300 Veterans Memorial Loop

Antiques, collectibles, crafts, and handmade and unique items fill a vendor market while individual garage sales are found all over town. The market is free to attend.

visitgatesvilletx.com/junk-disorderly

Hillsboro

Farmers Market

May 4-Oct. 26

Hillsboro Farmers Market, 81 N. Covington St.

Every Saturday, meet the farmers and makers who sell produce, artisan breads, goat milk soaps, jams and jellies, bath products, barbecue sauce, and specialty goods.

Temple

Family Day: Train Day

May 4

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Explore the exciting world of trains and the history of the Transcontinental Railroad.

templeparks.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

Waxahachie

Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 4

Downtown , 101 W. Main St.

Celebrate the holiday while enjoying entertainment that includes live music, mariachis, and folklórico dancers.

visitwaxahachie.com

Mesquite

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4

Front Street Station , 100 W. Front St.

The city of Mesquite and Hispanic Forum of Mesquite celebrate Cinco de Mayo with festivities that begin at noon and include authentic Mexican food, performances by folklórico dancers, live music from mariachi bands and local singers, a kids’ activity area with free arts and crafts and piñata breaks, and a jalapeño-eating contest.

cityofmesquite.com/1750/cinco-de-mayo-celebration

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

Fort Worth

Tarrant County Heart Ball

May 4

River Crest County Club , 1501 Western Ave.

The American Heart Association invites you to this evening of impact and celebration. Attendees can mingle and connect at the social hour reception, then experience a program featuring inspiring stories of resilience and hope. The event also offers a live auction, cocktails and dessert, live entertainment by Grooveline Dallas, and an opportunity to support the organization’s heart-health mission.

new.event.gives/tarrantcountyheartball

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

Corsicana

“50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

May 9

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

From the progenitors of rock ‘n’ roll in the ‘40s through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, up until MTV in the early ’80s, composer Neil Berg’s “50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll” uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music with tributes to important rock stars and groups such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Journey.

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

May 9

Downtown , 104 Depot St.

Sip a little wine and shop as you take an evening stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

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

Mesquite

Courtyard Concert Series

April 4, May 9

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

This spring concert series, presented by the Mesquite Arts Center, showcases local indie artists and takes place in the evening inside the center’s courtyard area.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

May 11

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Sip mimosas while shopping in downtown Corsicana every second Saturday. Complimentary mimosas are poured, and shoppers explore the tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and boutiques.

visitcorsicana.com

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

Mesquite

Off the Rails

May 11, 18, 25

Front Street Station, 100 W. Front St.

Join the Mesquite Arts Center as it presents these family-oriented concerts in downtown Mesquite with different musical acts performing music from a variety of genres.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Columbus

Magnolia Days Festival

May 16-18

Courthouse Square, 400 Spring St.

Held on the courthouse square under the shade of 100-year-old live oak and magnolia trees, the Magnolia Days Festival is fun for the whole family. See a presentation by the Magnolia Belles on the courthouse square, shop the vendor marketplace, and sample tasty food and beverages. Enjoy a brew in the beer garden, and dance the weekend away with a fantastic lineup of live concerts.

magnoliadays.org

Luling

Field Day

May 16

Luling Foundation Farm, 523 S. Mulberry St.

Luling Foundation Farm is an agriculture demonstration farm established in 1927 to teach diversity in agriculture and improve the lives of farm and ranch families in Caldwell, Gonzales, and Guadalupe counties. The 97th annual field day is a full day of agriculture education offered free of charge.

lulingfoundation.org/events/88th-annual-field-day

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

Grand Prairie

Silvestre Dangond in Concert

May 17

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

The Latin Grammy-winning Columbian singer Silvestre Dangond comes to Texas Trust CU Theatre with hit songs “Ya No Me Duele Más” and “Cásate Conmigo” (with Nicky Jam).

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

Texas Mineral and Fossil Show

May 17-19

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

RMGM Promotions presents this show featuring quality shopping from world-class mineral, gem, and fossil dealers. Bring your family and friends and support your favorite dealers and small businesses. Rocks, minerals, fossils, polished stones, gemstone jewelry, and other offerings are available.

planoeventcenter.org

Hico

Texas Steak Cookoff

May 18

Historic Downtown Hico, 129 N. Pecan St.

Cooks work to see who can make the best 12-ounce ribeye steak. Attendees get to enjoy a steak dinner, of course, plus there’s shopping, live entertainment, and a separate wine-tasting event.

texassteakcookoff.com

Gravel Locos

May 18

Mustang Hill RV Park and Wild Horse Arena Venue, 7686 CR 199

Gravel Locos is a gravel bike race starting in historic Hico. There are four race routes to choose from (34 miles, 62 miles, 112 miles, and 150 miles), and racers go through town and the countryside. Registration and entry fees are required for each route. The event raises money for the Hico Volunteer Fire Department.

gravellocos.bike

Corsicana

Texas Clearwater Revival in Concert

May 18

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Texas Clearwater Revival brings you the unique Creedence Clearwater Revival bayou sound popularized in songs such as “Proud Mary,” “Born On The Bayou,” “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” “Looking Out My Back Door,” and “Midnight Special.”

corsicanapalace.com/live-performances

Dallas

Black Heritage Celebration

May 18-19

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road

The fourth annual Black Heritage Celebration places the spotlight on the unique talents, art, and businesses of the local Black community. These include designers, entertainers, artists, and chefs. There is a vendor exhibit with Black-owned businesses selling their items, plus entertainment. This event is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

dallasarboretum.org

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

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Concert

May 18

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents “Into the Fire,” a show featuring Víctor Agudelo’s “Algo va a suceder...,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Daria Kiseleva, and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite.”

mesquiteartscenter.org

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

Chappell Hill

Art Walk

May 25

Downtown Chappell Hill

Spend the day in Chappell Hill and meet artists as they create their artwork throughout town.

chappellhilltx.com

Lewisville

Fiesta Charra

May 26

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St.

See activities that take place at a traditional “charreada,” which is like a rodeo and practiced in Mexico. Admission is free.

visitlewisville.com

Gainesville

Summer Sounds

May 31-July 26

Farmers Market, 201 N. Chestnut St.

Free concerts are back at the Gainesville Farmers Market with the return of Summer Sounds. Bring your friends and your lawn chairs for live musical performances from multiple bands, local bites from food trucks, and ice-cold beverages.

gainesvillecofc.com

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

Midlothian

Autumn Beats Concert Series

Sept. 7, Oct.5, Nov. 2

Midlothian Community Park, Art Pierard Memorial Amphitheater, 3601 S. 14th St.

These family-friendly outdoor concerts are held in the evenings. Food for purchase is available, and outside food, drinks, and coolers are allowed. Bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. There is ample free parking.

midlothian.tx.us/autumnbeats

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