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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

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

Jan. 28-Feb. 23

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents this musical based on the book by Mo Willems. The Pigeon is having a bit of an identity crisis—he never gets to do anything, and people just want him to “fly off." Everything changes when the confident, cool Bus Driver rolls into town, and the Pigeon finds himself with a brand new goal: drive the bus. But, is it even possible? Time to find out.

dct.org

Temple

First Friday

Feb. 3

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

La Grange

Shelley King in Concert

Feb. 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past official Texas State Musician and member of the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Shelley King returns to The Bugle Boy listening room, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Plano

The Official Supernatural Convention

Feb. 3-5

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Creation Entertainment's Official Supernatural Convention is a fan convention celebrating the hit TV show "Supernatural." The event features stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins, who participate in onstage panels, photo ops, autograph signings as well as special events throughout the weekend.

visitplano.com/event/the-official-supernatural-convention-2

La Grange

Austin Lounge Lizards in Concert

Feb. 4

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

The legendary Austin Lounge Lizards bring their quirky and humorous music to The Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

First Saturday Market Day

Feb. 4

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

More than 85 vendors gather around the downtown square for a day of shopping and entertainment. Find music, family activities, food trucks, wine tastings, and baked goods. Crafts vendors sell woodwork, yard art, plants, photography, and boutique goods. Admission and parking are free.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Feb. 4-5

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 area farmers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather to bring fresh produce, various meats, honey, herbs, plants, kolaches, homemade noodles, and more to Bellville on the first Saturday of the month. Shoppers enjoy live demonstrations and artisans selling soaps, bread oils, jewelry, custom lures, and dog treats. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or cold brew coffee.

discoverbellville.com

Powderly

Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race

Feb. 4-5

Sanders Cove at Pat Mayse Lake

The Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association hosts the Texas State Championship Series and the first mountain bike racing event of the spring series. There are races for all ages and abilities, and first-time racers can take a clinic on Saturday. The Kids Cup race on Saturday is for those 12 and under.

tmbra.org/wp

Brenham

"The Mousetrap"

Feb. 9-26

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

After hearing a woman has been murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. As it becomes clear that the killer is among them, the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate culminating in a surprise finish. "The Mousetrap" had its world premiere in 1952 and continues to entertain contemporary audiences.

unitybrenham.org

Bellville

Chocolate Walk

Feb. 9

The Shops of Downtown , 1 Main St.

Plan a night out with friends to walk the downtown square exploring the shops of Bellville and other local merchants while experiencing a variety of chocolate confections at every stop. Redeem a punched card at the end of the evening for a chance to win prizes.

discoverbellville.com

Dallas

"1619 Project"

Feb. 10-26

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia with a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This one-act festival features eight commissions by local and national playwrights that weave together stories that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

"Endlings"

Feb. 10-19

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents the final production of Cry Havoc Theater Company, a teen theater company that has been celebrated for putting young artists in the lead as creators and actors of bold art that disrupts expectations and shakes up old, entrenched conversations. "Endlings" is a thought-provoking play that tackles climate change, social justice, grief, the pandemic, and art with frank, youthful honesty. Post-show conversations with subject matter resources follow every performance.

dct.org

Irving

"The Artistry of Jazz" with Violinist Scott Tixier

Feb. 11

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

In this, the first concert of the New Year for the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the enormously successful composer-in-residence program once again highlights a new orchestral piece by a young composer. Furthermore, world-renowned jazz violinist and University of North Texas faculty professor Scott Tixier offers some of his outstanding compositions for jazz violin and orchestra. The concert concludes with the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by German composer Johannes Brahms.

irvingsymphony.org

Nocona

Mardi Gras Nocona Style

Feb. 11-18

Downtown Nocona, 100 Clay St.

It's all about the beads and classic cars in this fun, family-friendly and pet-friendly event. Enjoy three days worth of parades, cajun food, live music, and beads.

nocona.org/events

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Feb. 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Fort Worth

"I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen"

Feb. 12-April 30

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the landmark "I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen," a thematic group exhibition that examines the screens vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than 60 works by 50 artists over the past five decades. The artists included examine screen culture through a broad range of media such as paintings, sculpture, video games, digital art, augmented reality, and video.

themodern.org

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Feb. 18

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchesta continues its 2022-2023 season with violinist Simone Spadino and guest conductor Maestro Juan Carlos Lomonaco. The performance includes Johann Strauss II's "Schneeglckchen," Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy," Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, and Frederick Delius' "The Walk to the Paradise Garden."

lascolinassymphony.org

Mckinney

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade

Feb. 19

Mitchell Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

At this parade held each year on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, dogs and their owners dress up in costumes based on the special theme of the event, then they parade around McKinney's downtown square. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Music, food trucks, and pet-related vendors add to the festivities.

artinstituteofmckinney.com

Washington

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Feb. 25-26

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12

Celebrate 187 years of Texas independence at the place where Texas became Texas. The 1830s Republic of Texas era comes to life with historic interpreters, craftsmen, music, and artillery firing.

wheretexasbecametexas.org

La Grange

Michael Reno Harrell in Concert

Feb. 25

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hear him play a show at the Bugle Boy, an intimate, converted WWII army barracks.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mckinney

MillHouse Winter ArtFest

Feb. 26-27

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Escape the wind and cold at this indoor, juried art festival at the Cotton Mill. Explore art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Featured artists offer acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. Food and drinks are available from local food trucks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Dallas

"In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art"

Feb. 26-June 18

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

During an era when Spanish artists found success abroad yet struggled for recognition at home, artist, critic, and collector Fernando Zbel established the Museo de Arte Abstracto Espaol in Cuenca, Spain on July 1, 1966, the first institution of its kind within Spain. Highlights from its remarkable collection, most coming to the U.S. for the first time, tell the story of this pioneering museum and explore the rich panorama of abstract Spanish art during the middle of the 20th century and under the Francoist regime.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org/exhibitions/spanish-abstract-art

Grand Prairie

John Mellencamp in Concert

March 1

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

Don't miss John Mellencamp, one of the most highly regarded mature songwriters of a generation.

texastrustcutheatre.com

"Dancing With The Stars Live"

March 2

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

TV’s biggest dance show returns on tour this winter with “Dancing with the Stars Live,” featuring fan-favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Bastrop

First Friday Artwalk

March 3

Main Street Bastrop, Main Street

Experience Bastrop's art and culture scene on the first Friday of every month with local artists featured at various downtown locations and interactive experiences along the way. How about a selfie with a famous work of art? Bring out your inner tribesman with a drum circle. Find a gift in stores that offer First Friday specials. Many stops offer light snacks and beverages. Live music spills out into the streets.

visitbastrop.com/event/main-event-first-friday-artwalk/2369

Temple

First Friday

March 3

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Hallettsville

Texas State Championship 42 Domino Tournament

March 3-4

KC Hall, 321 US 77 South

Try your luck at 42, the official state domino game of Texas. Friday night there's a warm-up game, and pre-registration for Saturday is encouraged.

hallettsville.com

La Grange

Sarah Sharp in Concert

March 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Jazz vocalist Sarah Sharp performs at the Bugle Boy, an intimate, 80-seat listening room converted from WWII Army barracks.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

Faithfully, an Eagles and Journey Tribute Experience in Concert

March 3

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Faithfully, an Eagles and Journey Tribute Experience formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011 and has quickly established themselves as one of the country's most popular tribute acts. Hear them perform Eagles and Journey hits that have wowed audiences for decades.

corsicanapalace.com/faithfully

Food Truck Friday

March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 7

Brick Streets Brewery, 224 E. 5th St.

Live music, games, and, of course, food trucks fill the parking lot behind Brick Streets Brewery in the evening. Come join the fun on the first Friday of every month (except April) from March through July.

visitcorsicana.com

Sherman

"Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt"

March 3-12

Finley Theatre, 500 N. Elm St.

Presented by Sherman Community Players' Theatricks group, this show asks the audience to join in on the shenanigans that never fail to follow Judy Moody and her little brother, Stink.

scptheater.com

Burleson

Wicked Wine Run DFW

March 4

Lost Oak Winery, 8010 CR 802

Part race, part wine festival, all fun. Race through the vines and trails of the beautiful Lost Oak Winery. Your wine-fueled night out features a live DJ, local food trucks, vendors, games, and a wine festival.

wickedwinerun.com/locations/texas-dallas

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

March 4

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

First Saturday Market

March 4

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Temple

Quanah Parker Family Day

March 4

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Quanah Parker played an important role in the narrative of indigenous people in Texas. Learn about Texas history, the Comanche Tribe, and have fun with crafts and activities after visiting the new exhibition, "Quanah Parker: One Man, Two Worlds."

templeparks.com

La Grange

Sam Baker in Concert

March 4

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Sam Baker is an American folk musician based in Austin, Texas. Catch him perform at the Bugle Boy's converted WWII Army barracks listening room.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

Georgette Jones and Marty Haggard in Concert

March 4

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Put two country legends' children together and you get the perfect show to celebrate their fathers. Georgette Jones, the daughter of George Jones, has released six albums and has performed all over, including The Grand Ole Opry. She recorded her first single, "Daddy Come Home," with her dad when she was just 10 years old and has continued to record and tour. Marty Haggard, the son of the great Merle Haggard, has also been singing since he was a child. Marty's songs remind you of not only his father, but also the others he considers some of the greatest of all time.

corsicanapalace.com/haggard-jones

Sherman

Sherman Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert

March 4

Kidd-Key Auditorium, 400 N. Elm St.

The late-winter concert features Beethoven’s mercurial Symphony No. 5. If you haven’t heard it in person, this is your chance to be a part of a special evening. 

shermansymphony.com

Grand Prairie

Dallas Blues Festival

March 4

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

The 18th annual Dallas Blues Festival features the following acts: Pokey Bear, King George, J'Wonn, Tucka, Calvin Richarson, Roi Anthony, and Ronnie Bell.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Irving

Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree

March 9-12

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

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Presentations

March 9

Storefront Bookstore, 203 North Commerce St.

Storefront Bookstore, the public space of the Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, introduces visiting artists and writers throughout the U.S. and world to present their work and plans while in residence at nearby 100 West and The Writer's House. Meet artists specializing in video, paint, oil, acrylic, poetry, and fiction. The ground floor book and art space in historic downtown Corsicana houses more than 30 books by writers in residences over the past 10 years, along with select works of art from residents, and a carefully curated selection of merchandise.

corsicanaresidency.org

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

March 9, April 13, May 11

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

Sip a little wine and shop as you 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

Bastrop

"Addams Family the Musical"

March 10-26

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's normal boyfriend and his parents.

visitbastrop.com/event/addams-family-the-musical/3802

La Grange

Michael Hearne in Concert

March 10

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Texas country artist Michael Hearne performs at the Bugle Boy's intimate listening room. Beer and wine is available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Aquilla

Southwestern Regional Rendezvous

March 11-12

Deadhorse Creek, 248 FM 1133

Head back in time to the early 1800s where re-enactors dress in period costumes and demonstrate activities that were common during this era. Many vendors are available.

facebook.com/southwesternrendezvous

Burton

Texas Ranger Day

March 11

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

Celebrate Texas history and honor former and current Texas Rangers. The afternoon is full of fun and includes tasty food, demonstrations by the Old West Rangers and the Legends of the Texas Rangers, kids' activities, mule-driven buggy rides, and folk demonstrations such as blacksmithing and chuckwagon cooking. All proceeds go to restoring the Mt. Zion Historical Chapel.

burtonheritagesociety.org/celebrate

Bellville

Classic Car Stampede

March 11

Historic Downtown Bellville , 1 Main St.

The annual Classic Car Stampede is held on the second Saturday of March each year with designated parking for cars made in or before 1976.

austincountycruisers.com

La Grange

Sara Hickman in Concert

March 11

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

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

March 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 Walk

March 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

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

Sherman

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 11

Downtown

Join Sherman Main Street, Texoma Society of CELTS, and the Old Iron Post for Sherman's St. Patrick's Day Parade in historic downtown Sherman. Bring your friends and family to check out all of the groups and music.

facebook.com/shermanmainstreet

Plano

Spring Into Color 5K and 10K Relay

March 11

Oak Point Recreation Center, 6000 Jupiter Road

Run into spring with a 5K through Oak Point Nature Preserve. This is the first race being held in conjunction with the community garage sale and spring festival. The 10K relay also takes off through Oak Point Nature Preserve and helps build camaraderie. Teams consist of two people: participants switch off after the first leg of the race and their partner finishes the last 3.1-mile loop.

visitplano.com/event/spring-into-color

Grand Prairie

Kids' Fest

March 11-12

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Bring the whole family out for a day of fun and kid-friendly activities, plus carnival rides and food.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Granbury

Paddy Parade

March 16

Historic Downtown Granbury, Pearl Street

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/paddy-parade/18617

Arlington

Symphony Arlington: Anthony Adario

March 16

Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

Bassoonist Anthony Adario plays a concert featuring Mozart's "Bassoon Concerto," Ravel's "Mother Goose," Mahler's "Blumine," and Butterworth's "The Banks of Green Willow."

symphonyarlington.org

Mesquite

Artists Reception

March 16

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

An artists reception for Dallas-Fort Worth artist Molly Valentine Dierks and Dallas Art Therapy takes place this evening. Within detailed installations that merge the formal languages of technology and nature, Dierks explores how we collectively mediate evolving landscapes of intimacy and connection. Dallas Art Therapy is an organization that provides art programs to underserved communities. Their exhibitions run through March 18.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Mesquite Rocks

March 16, April 15, May 13

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Join the Mesquite Arts Center for this monthly free family-friendly event with performances by tribute bands that cover the greatest hits of popular musicians and folk music.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Round Top

Spring Antiques Show

March 16-April 2

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.

exploreroundtop.com/antiques

Tolar

Ceramic Expo and Handcrafted Items

March 17-18

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

Shop for ceramic supplies from vendors and compete in judged ceramic art competitions. You can even learn a new hobby while you're here.

westceramicshow.com

La Grange

Buttercup in Concert

March 17

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

San Antonio art-rock band Buttercup returns to The Bugle Boy to perform in the listening room—a converted WWII Army barracks. To the delight of their longtime loyal fanbase and first-timers alike, just about every Buttercup performance is akin to an interactive art show, packed with many fresh, fun, and often outright joyfully absurd surprises and memorable songs and moments of impeccable musicianship. Beer and wine are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

Babbette Samuels Day

March 17

Temple Beth-El, 208 S. 15th St.

In 2008, Corsicana dedicated March 17th as Babbette Samuels Day. She was very involved in the restoration of Temple Beth-El and the Jewish community in Corsicana. The Temple hosts an event honoring the late Mrs. Samuels for all her contributions to the Jewish community. It's free to the public with light bites and refreshments. A video presentation and remarks by guest speakers are part of the program.

corsicana175years.com

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

March 17-19

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Grand Prairie

"The SpongeBob Musical"

March 17-19, 24-26

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world.

uptowntheatergp.com

Brenham

The Celtic Angels in Concert

March 18

The Barnhill Center , 111 W. Main St.

Get swept away in their alluring adventure, a passionate homage to their beloved Emerald Isle. Be captivated by Ireland's great tapestry, woven together through song, dance, and storytelling. The group features award-winning singers, dancers, and musicians.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Lewisville

St. Paddy's Texas Style

March 18

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St., Old Town

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 blankets and chairs are encouraged. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

visitlewisville.com

Granbury

Founder's Day Jubilee and Cookoff

March 18-20

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Head to Granbury's square for a weekend of fun and celebrations. Put your tastebuds up to the challenge of choosing the best ribs, brisket, or beans. Think you've got what it takes to win? Share your own barbecue cookin' in the annual Bean and Barbecue Cookoff. There's free cake and ice cream, craft and shopping vendors, fun activities, live music, and the hilarious outhouse race, too.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/general-granburys-birthday

Bulls on the Beach

March 18-20

City Beach Park, 505 E. Pearl St.

Bull riding and mutton bustin' return to the Granbury City Beach. It's a unique setting, to say the least. Not only is the City Beach arena different, but it's also the most popular bull riding location for Chute 2 Productions. Bull Riding on the Beach is a World Senior Pro Bull Riding Association sanctioned event.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/general-granburys-birthday

Comanche

Food Truck Rodeo

March 18

Comanche City Park, 1200 Comanche Trail

Feast on great food from food trucks, plus enjoy live music all day and kids' activities. This is a BYOB event.

comanchechamber.org

Plano

Plano Symphony Orchestra: Young Artists and "Symphonie Fantastique"

March 18

Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road

Joined by the three grand prize winners of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s annual Collin County Young Artist Competition, Maestro Guzmán considers sharing the stage with the talented young artists to be among the most inspiring experiences of his career. This concert also features Belioz's imaginative "Symphonie Fantastique."

planosymphony.org

Whitney

Play Day at Lake Whitney State Park

March 18

Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244

Throughout the day, enjoy special programs, scavenger hunts, nature walks, and other fun activities for all ages.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-whitney

Stargazing at Lake Whitney State Park

March 18

Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244

Register for an evening in the park where guests can explore the galaxy by star maps and telescope. Celebrate parks with retired National Park Ranger Larry Smith as he guides you through the planets, moon, and stars with fascinating facts.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-whitney

Burton

La Bahia Antiques Show

March 24-April 1

La Bahia Hall, 550 SH 237

Dealers across the country provide antiques, collectibles, and re-purposed 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

Hallettsville

Polka and Sausage Fest

March 24-26

Hallettsville KC Hall, 321 US 77 South

Czech/Texas culture collides at the Polka and Sausage Fest. Friday night there are live bands and a fish fry, Saturday night there is a polka Mass, a dance, and dinner; and Sunday there are more bands, food, and a dance battle. Typical foods served at the festival include sauerkraut, sausage, German potatoes, kolaches, and fried chicken.

kchall.com

La Grange

Mike McClure in Concert

March 24

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Mike McClure performs at the Bugle Boy's listening room—a converted WWII Army barracks. McClure is a founding member of The Great Divide, and is currently the frontman for the Mike McClure Band. Beer and wine are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Garland

Mavis Staples in Concert

March 24

Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Mavis Staples brings her legendary American rhythm, blues, and gospel voice to Garland, Texas. As a singer, actress, and civil rights activist, Ms. Staples achievements encompass collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Prince, Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, and Hozier. Don't miss this Grammy Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient as she croons, scats, swoops, and testifies like no one else can.

visitgarlandtx.com

Irving

A Musical Tour of the Mayan Culture and the Texas Guitar Quartet

March 25

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

The ancient Mayans are one of the most fascinating cultures in history due to their art, architecture, science, knowledge of the cosmos, and artistic traditions. This concert honors Mayan culture with a showing of the 1939 film "Night of the Mayas," enhanced by a multimedia presentation. The evening begins with one of Gershwin's most colorful scores, and the soothing sounds of the Texas Guitar Quartet complement this wonderful night of music.

irvingsymphony.org

Southlake

Celebrate Southlake

March 25

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Connect with fellow community members or get to know Southlake if you're new to the area. Hosted by the City of Southlake, the event has cultural experiences, international cuisine, stage performances, and family activities.

cityofsouthlake.com/3909/celebrate-southlake

Salado

Wildflower Arts and Crafts Festival

March 25-26

Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.

Shop from numerous arts and crafts vendors selling handcrafted items from all over the state, including woodworks, jewelry, original paintings, photography, pottery, toymakers, soap makers, knitting/crochet, and embroidery. Admission is free.

salado.com

Temple

Pawz on the Plaza

March 25

Santa Fe Plaza, 313 W. Avenue A

For National Puppy Day, bring your four-legged friend out for vendors, demonstrations, and pet adoptions.

templeparks.com

Arlington

Texas Indie Filmmaker Awards Show

March 25

Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd.

The Texas Indie Filmmaker Awards is an awards show created with independent artists in mind. The goal is to give Texas artists a Hollywood feel by acknowledging the hard work they pour into their projects, and provide opportunities and exposure to the talent behind the industry. No special requirements are needed other than having produced quality material for Texas-based films or films in association with Texas.

ladiesinfilm.com/award-show

The Colony

Mother and Son Adventure Day

March 25

Lion's Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive

Enjoy a day exclusively designed for moms and sons. Prepare for adventure, fun, and excitement as you explore all things outdoors. Moms and sons test their skills at archery, fishing, horseshoes and many other camping/outdoor activities.

thecolonytx.gov/840/mother-son-adventure-day

Independence

Independence Historical Society Open Houses

March 25-April 8

Adjacent to Old Baylor Park, 11300 Old Baylor College Road

Over three weekends 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

Nichole Wagner in Concert

March 25

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Americana artist Nichole Wagner performs at the Bugle Boy's listening room. Beer and wine are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Frankston

Elevenses Spring Tea

March 25

Bank-quette Room, 126 W. Main St.

Grab your favorite fascinator or hat and join along for a fun-filled morning. There is plenty of food, fun entertainment, and a surprise for guests. Be prepared to take something home from the auction and raffle. The money raised helps fund projects, including scholarship money.

facebook.com/frankston-garden-club-frankston-texas-2058001837755150

Cameron

Spring Festival

March 25

Downtown Square, 206 South Central Ave.

Wine wagons, 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

Sherman

Celtic Festival and Highland Games

March 25-26

Pecan Grove Park West, 3200 Canyon Creek Drive

Buckle your kilt and join the fun at the sixth annual Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games with Celtic dancing, the Viking Village, Scottish clans, cultural exhibitors, and food and beverages.

shermancelticfest.com

Plano

Texas Forever Fest

March 25

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

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

texasforeverfest.com

Mesquite

Gun Show

March 25-26

Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Mesquite Rodeo presents this gun show with over 450 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and shooting supplies. The public is invited to buy, sell, or trade.

premiergunshows.com/shows/mesquite-gun-show

Valley View

Spring Fling: 100-Year Celebration

March 25

Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Johnson Branch Unit, 100 PW 4153

Come get back outside and celebrate all things spring with ranger-led crafts, activities, and field games.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Garland

The Peking Acrobats

March 27

Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

The Peking Acrobats have astounded audiences with their daring maneuvers and high-tech special effects for the past 30 years. Featuring dazzling acrobats and daredevil stunts, The Peking Acrobats offer an evening of thrilling dexterity and mind-blowing entertainment for the entire family. The Peking Acrobats are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk arts. Don't miss this visual spectacular with accompaniment by a live Chinese orchestra.

visitgarlandtx.com

Corsicana

Ruthie Foster in Concert

March 30

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

The small town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Described by Rolling Stone as "pure magic to watch and hear," her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre.

corsicanapalace.com/ruthie-foster

Salado

Texas Packard Meet 

March 30-April 2

Holiday Inn Express Salado-Belton , 1991 N. Stagecoach Road

Held in historic Salado, the 44th annual Texas Packard Meet is the oldest and possibly the largest regional Packard meet in the country. The meet features a welcoming social, early bird tour, parade, public display on the banks of Salado Creek, a swap meet, people's choice competition, seminars, banquet, and awards.

texaspackardmeet.org

La Grange

Jackson Emmer in Concert

March 31

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Americana singer/songwriter Jackson Emmer performs at the Bugle Boy's listening room. Beer and wine are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

April 1

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

First Saturday Market

April 1

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Texas Select Custom Cutlery Event

April 1-2

Austin County Fair Convention and Expo Center, 1076 E. Hill St.

Born out of fans’ love for the History Channel's "Forged in Fire" competition, this is quickly growing to become one of the largest knife shows in Texas. With more than 200 vendors, this is a unique opportunity to meet with and examine the work of knife makers from across the nation and enjoy all the fun of forging demos and chopping competitions. A knife raffle and concessions benefit local charities.

texasselectevent.com

Brenham

Southern Raised in Concert

April 1

The Barnhill Center , 111 W. Main St.

They are kinfolk who are trained in classical music but raised in the bluegrass-covered Ozark Mountains. They created a trademark sound where classical meets bluegrass, with Celtic and Christian music mixed into their repertoire.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Temple

Family Day: Muggle Mayhem

April 1

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Calling all witches and wizards. Take the leap into a world of spells, potions, and goblins.

templeparks.com

Waco

Texas Food Truck Showdown

April 1

Heritage Square , 311 Austin Ave.

Come hungry and prepare for tasty eats and pop-up shopping. Enjoy a beer and wine garden while youngsters play in the KidsZone. On average, 40 food trucks from around the country participate, and more than 25,000 people attend.

thetexasfoodtruckshowdown.com/our-story

Mount Vernon

Main Street Beer and Wine Festival

April 1

Mount Vernon Plaza, 109 N. Kaufman St.

In downtown Mount Vernon around the historic plaza, there's not only beer and wine vendors but craft vendors, food trucks, and painting classes for a day filled with fun.

cityofmountvernontexas.com

Plano

Spring Festival and Eggstravaganza

April 1

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

The annual Eggstravaganza features egg hunts and 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. There are 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 visitors dabble in many other hands-on activities. Make sure you stop by the newly restored lambing barn to see the baby lambs.

heritagefarmstead.org

La Grange

Giulia Millanta and Gabe Rhodes in Concert

April 1

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Guilia Millanta makes her Bugle Boy debut with Gabe Rhodes in the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Millanta is an Italian-born, folk-rock, Americana singer-songwriter, and Rhodes is an American folk and country musician and producer. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Cleburne

The Mammoth Race

April 1

Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21

Choose from 5K, 10K, 15K, and 30K run options and race through beautiful Cleburne State Park. All participants receive a race shirt and a finisher's medal.

mammothrace.com

Garland

Big Art Day

April 1

Downtown Garland, 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, steamroller art, make-and-take art, and many other attractions hosted by Garland ISD and the city of Garland.

visitgarlandtx.com

Comanche

Sippin' In the Sunshine

April 1

Historic Comanche Square, 101 W. Central Ave.

Come explore the boutiques and shops on the square while you taste various local wines.

comanchechamber.org

Mesquite

Farmers Market

April 1-Nov. 25

Front Street Station, 100 W. Front St.

Come to Front Street Station in downtown Mesquite every Saturday morning from April through November for fresh produce, homemade artisan goods, food vendors, and live music.

downtownmesquitetx.com

Rodeo Parade and Food Truck Rodeo

April 1

Downtown and Front Street Station, 111 S Broad St. and 100 W. Front St.

The 65th annual Rodeo Parade is an all-day, community-wide event that features a downtown farmers market; the Food Truck Rodeo with food trucks lined up along Front Street; and a parade with horses, bands, and floats that wind through downtown Mesquite.

downtownmesquitetx.com

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Concert

April 1

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents "Mother Earth" with a program Victor Agudelo's orchestral work "Algo Va a Suceder..." ("Something is going to happen…") and Debussy's "La mer."

mesquitesymphony.org

Sulphur Springs

Festival of the Fish

April 1

Cooper Lake State Park, Doctors Creek Unit, 1690 FM 3505

Enjoy visiting the park and participating in several come-and-go programs during this celebration of fish. Try your hand at casting a line and catching a fish or two and earn your First Fish Certificate. Learn fish anatomy and other species-specific information during a hands-on painting activity. Learn to tie and attach tackle to your line, plus other angler education programs.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cooper-lake

Gonzales

100 Years, 100 Species

April 1

Palmetto State Park, 78 Park Road 11 South

This event centers around teaching visitors about the wide variety of species in the park. Staff and volunteers are stationed around the park and lead tours (including some in Spanish) helping identify species and teaching about iNaturalist and other ways to identify. The event includes 24-hour personal or group challenges to identify 100 species of flora and fauna found in the park.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palmetto

Somerville

Get Hooked on the Outdoors

April 1

Lake Somerville State Park, Nails Creek Unit, 14222 Park Road 57

This new spring fishing event incorporates multiple styles of fishing. Come learn to fly fish with the park partners at Good Fly, experience creek fishing from a kayak, or take a child fishing for the first time in the stocked family fishing pond. All ages and experience levels welcome.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville

Cooper

Festival of the Fish

April 1

Cooper Lake State Park, Doctors Creek Unit, 95 Park Road 8154

Try your hand at casting a line and catching a fish or two. This event offers angler education programs, a big fish contest, arts and crafts featuring Gyotaku (a Japanese method of fish printing/painting), presentations, and other activities.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cooper-lake

The Colony

Spring Eggstravaganza

April 6

The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Bring the whole family to this classic celebration of springtime. Watch the kids have a ball as they gather eggs filled with an assortment of candy and prizes. Tickets are required for entry into the hunting area.

thecolonytx.gov/828/spring-eggstravaganza

Corsicana

Downtown Easter Hop

April 6

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Join in and hop your way through downtown. Children and children at heart are all welcome for Easter egg hunts, games, free food and drinks, and prizes.

visitcorsicana.com

Temple

First Friday: Springtime

April 7

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

Sherman

"Noises Off"

April 7-23

Honey McGee Playhouse, 313 W. Mulberry Sts

Come celebrate the 74th season of Sherman Community Players with its production of "Noises Off," a theatrical farce by English playwright Michael Frayn. First published in 1982, the play is a behind-the-scenes look at a chaotic stage production populated with frenetic and unstable actors, a volatile director, and an overworked and overly emotional stage crew.

scptheater.com

Elgin

Music in the Park

April 7-May 26

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

Every Friday in April and May, the Friends of Elgin Parks hosts this live-music series featuring a different band in historic downtown Elgin's Veterans Memorial Park. Bring friends and family, beverages, snacks, and a blanket or lawn chair. Elgin Parks and Recreation also offers games for children.

elgintexas.gov

Waxahachie

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

April 8-May 29

Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is interactive fun for everyone—16th-century style. Enjoy full combat jousting and birds of prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, more than 20 stages with nonstop Renaissance entertainment, and the 75-plus-member performing company. Discover hundreds of shops featuring exquisite crafts and artisan demonstrations. Experience knighting ceremonies, combat competitions, the Grande Parade, daily wine and beer tasting events, and themed weekends.

srfestival.com

Fairfield

Easter Eggstravaganza

April 8

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

Join along at the Freestone County Courthouse for Easter festivities. Bring your Easter baskets and participate in Easter egg hunts, art and crafts, and face painting.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Corsicana

175 Minutes of Music Celebration

April 8

Cassaro Winery and Vineyards, 211 N. Beaton St.

Cassaro Wines and Tasting Room joins Corsicana's year-long 175th birthday celebration with a special live performance in the tasting room's outdoor courtyard in historic downtown Corsicana.

cassarowines.com

Mimosas at the Market

April 8

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

April 8

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

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

Corsicana

"The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends"

April 11-16

The Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Join The Warehouse with their Youth Theatre Company production of "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends." The tale weaves in pieces of life from creator Beatrix Potter, who overcame her lonely childhood—in which her writings and drawings were discouraged in the male-oriented Victorian era—to become one of the most widely read children's authors of all time.

thewlac.com

Arlington

Symphony Arlington: Jacob Cordover

April 13

Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

Guitarist Jacob Cordover wows the audience with "A Salute to the Big Apple," Elmer Bernstein's "Guitar Concerto," and the 15th annual Great Movie Scores Quiz.

symphonyarlington.org

Grand Prairie

Styx in Concert

April 13

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

The six men comprising Styx have committed to "rocking the Paradise" together with audiences far and wide by averaging over 100 shows a year every year since 1999, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 13-July 4

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Catch the fun and excitement of world-class thoroughbred horse racing on the weekend.

lonestarpark.com

Giddings

Rodeo Giddings

April 14-15

Lee County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 West

Enjoy an old-fashioned rodeo full of fun and excitement. Events include steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, and saddle bronc riding.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Mckinney

Arts in Bloom

April 14-16

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. There’s a hands-on interactive area for children, the Kids' Creation Station, where young Picassos can learn about art processes and create their own masterpieces.

mckinneytexas.org/687/arts-in-bloom

Sherman

Jazz Classic

April 14-16

Kidd-Key Auditorium and Sherman Jazz Museum, 400 N. Elm St.

Jazz up your weekend with a lineup of top community jazz bands, guest artists, and ensembles including Brave Combo. Step into an immersive musical experience at the Sherman Jazz Museum's world-class collection of jazz memorabilia. Other special events include the Speakeasy Gala, music talks, and Sunday Jazz Brunch.

shermanarts.org

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

April 14-16

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Garland

Band Together on the Square Concert Series

April 14

506 Art Pocket Park, 506 Main St.

Band Together on the Square Concert Series is a diverse musical experience that is perfect for a carefree, spring vibe. Bring your lawn chairs and catch live music in Garland's pocket park on the square. Purchase food and beverages from local restaurants for the full downtown experience.

visitgarlandtx.com

Cleburne

Antique Alley of Texas

April 14-16

Various locations, Downtown Cleburne and South FM 4

The semi-annual event, held the third weekend in April and September, includes over 500 dealers from across the state and country, food vendors, and much more along a 25-mile stretch from Cleburne to Waxahachie.

visitcleburne.com

Bastrop

"Little Women"

April 14-16, 21-22, 28-30

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Director Gretchen Westbrook brings to life the story of the four young March sisters, who under the guidance of their beloved mother struggle to keep their family going while father is away in the Civil War. 

bastropoperahouse.org

Mesquite

"Death by Design"

April 14-30

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Arts Theatre presents its spring performance, "Death by Design," inside Mesquite Arts Center's Black Box Theatre.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Waco

Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

April 15

Base at Extraco Event Center, 4401 Bosque Blvd.

Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet honors newly elected inductees for the Class of 2022, including Robert Brazile, Jose Cruz, Scott Drew, Carlette Guidry-Falkquay, Priest Holmes, Adrian Peterson, Cynthia Potter, and Michael Strahan.

tshof.org/induction

Burton

Cotton Gin Festival

April 15

Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 N. Main St.

In almost every corner of Texas, cotton has influenced our history. In Burton, halfway between Houston and Austin on State Highway 290, sits the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin, the oldest operating cotton gin in America. The surrounding fields may no longer be white with cotton bolls, but the gin still preserves that history for future generations. Step back in time at the annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival and enjoy a parade, music, contests, games, arts, crafts, food, drinks, a tractor pull, antique engines, and tractor and classic car shows.

texascottonginmuseum.org

Chappell Hill

Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas

April 15-16

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

La Grange

Jon Muq in Concert

April 15

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Ugandan-born vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Muq makes his Bugle Boy debut. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mesquite

Community Band Spring Concert

April 15

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Community Band is made up of volunteer musicians from high school through retirement age. The group performs its annual spring concert which includes favorite songs that are inspired by Texas.

mesquiteartscenter.org/p/partners/mesquite-community-band

Glen Rose

Spring Wing Ding

April 15

Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59

At this annual celebration, activities are focused around everything winged and migratory. Families have the chance to make bird houses and feeders, see monarch butterflies in various stages of development, and enjoy nature walks and hikes.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

Bonham

100 Years State Park Celebration

April 15

Bonham State Park, 1363 State Park 24

To celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks, Bonham State Park is hosting various natural and cultural table talks and activities for all to enjoy, ranging from programs about fossils to a Bois 'd Arc Trail Civilian Conservation Corps hike to fishing for backyard bass.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bonham

Pilot Point

Greenfest on the Greenbelt

April 15

Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137

Greenfest includes a 5K, a 1-mile fun run, and a family expo-style event with exhibit booths, vendors, and activities centered around health, wellness, and outdoor recreation.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Fort Worth

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

April 20-23

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

Hit Main Street in downtown for the 36th Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the highest-ranking arts festival in Texas. Spanning more than 27 city blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Sundance Square Plaza to the Fort Worth Convention Center, Main Street features more than 200 juried artists from across the U.S., chart-topping entertainers, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts and crafts activities for the whole family.

mainstreetartsfest.org

Corsicana

Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks

April 20

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Etta May has performed her brand of clean comedy on numerous TV shows. She's an American Comedy Awards' Comic Of The Year, and headlines this all-female comedy tour.

corsicanapalace.com/etta-may-and-the-southern-fried-chicks

Dale

Old Settler's Music Festival

April 20-23

At the 36th annual Old Settler's Music Festival, enjoy four days of Americana/roots music, camping, jamming, and family fun in beautiful Dale (just outside of Austin). Yolo, the Wood Brothers, Shovels and Rope, and Shinyribs are just a few of the acts scheduled to perform.

oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Grandview

Antique Alley Texas Festival

April 21-23

Antique Alley Texas, 300 E. Criner St.

Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus, Keene, and Waxahachie all participate in this festival, where local antique shops, cafés, and other small retail businesses coordinate sales and special promotions. Festivities include flea markets, food trucks, antique tractor and classic car displays, musical entertainment, and yard sales scattered across Johnson and Ellis counties.

facebook.com/antiquealleytexas

Hallettsville

Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics

April 21-23

Hallettsville KC Hall, 321 US 77 South

All things fiddle are celebrated this weekend. Activities include the fiddle championship, a barbecue cookoff, Fit as a Fiddle 5K, arts and crafts, and food.

kchall.com

Corsicana

Texas Veterans Parade

April 21-22

Downtown Historic Corsicana, 300 W. Third Ave.

A patriotic parade to honor our Texas veterans from all wars and conflicts takes place in downtown Corsicana. This year is especially awesome, as it is also the 175th anniversary of the city of Corsicana. The parade marshal this year is Chris Cassidy, a former Navy SEAL who became a NASA astronaut.

texasveteransparade.org

La Grange

The Limelighters in Concert

April 21

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Classic folk singing trio and members of the prestigious Texas Touring Roster, The Limelighters make their Bugle Boy debut in the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

The Malpass Brothers in Concert

April 21

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Count on classic, real country music with the Malpass Brothers. They might play a couple of old-time traditional gospel songs, or come down into the house at intermission and ask what you'd like to hear.

corsicanapalace.com/the-malpass-brothers

Bike Race

April 21-22

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

It's a battle on the bricks. The 1-mile, eight-corner criterium course is renowned for its historical brick streets—a victory on Beaton Street is no small achievement. The course is extremely spectator friendly with a planned vendor market and plenty of dining and shopping opportunities for all.

corsicanacrit.com

Grand Prairie

Royal Comedy 2023

April 21

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

The Royal Comedy comes to Grand Prairie with Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, JJ Williamson, Special K, Q Coleman, and D Elli$.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Main Street Fest

April 21-23

Downtown , 200 block of West Main Street

The 10th annual Main Street Fest is a three-day event featuring live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food and beer, and local vendors.

mainstreetfest.com

Irving

"Super Diamond: The Music of Neil Diamond"

April 22

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

The Irving Symphony's spectacular season comes to a close with Super Diamond, a band that pays tribute to the music of one of the most successful singer/songwriters ever, Neil Diamond. Hear some of his greatest hits including "Hello Again," "I Am ... I Said," "Coming to America," "Cherry Cherry," "September Morn," and, of course, "Sweet Caroline."

irvingsymphony.org

Brenham

"One Night in Memphis —The Music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash"

April 22

The Barnhill Center, 111 W. Main St.

Relive that magical night of December 4th, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash gathered for an impromptu jam session at the renowned Sun Studios in Memphis. It was a night in musical history that the world will never forget. This theatrical production features nationally acclaimed cast members of the Broadway smash "Million Dollar Quartet," which was about the same magical jam session.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Lewisville

ColorPalooza

April 22

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 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 an artisan market.

lewisvillecolorpalooza.com

Waco

Silo District Marathon

April 22

Magnolia Market and Downtown Waco , 601 Webster Ave.

The fourth annual Silo District Marathon weekend has a race for everyone, including the USA Track and Field-certified, Boston Marathon-qualifying marathon. Whether you are running for a cause or testing your own limits, Waco is the place to be all weekend.

goallevents.com/e/silo-district-marathon-2023-E200022938860543

The Colony

Coach Cox's Kids Chase

April 22

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, goody bag, and T-shirt.

thecolonytx.gov/836/coach-coxs-kids-chase

La Grange

Jenny Reynolds in Concert

April 22

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Austin-based singer-songwriter Jenny Reynolds returns to the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Sherman

Texoma Earth Day Festival

April 22

Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St.

The Texoma Earth Day Festival offers a family-friendly event with something for everyone. Come for entertainment, education, food, and fun.

earthdaytexoma.org

Mesquite

Doggy Derby Day

April 22

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

Bring the pups out for a special day of activities for pets and their people. Enjoy dog-friendly tours of the historic park.

historicmesquite.org

Bully-Con Dog Show

April 22

Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1700 Rodeo Drive

At this fun, family-friendly BRC Global-sanctioned dog show, see a variety of bulldog breeds strut their stuff.

facebook.com/events/1086297958690085

Corsicana

Derrick Days Festival

April 27-30

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

The Derrick Days Festival is the largest annual festival in Corsicana, held the last weekend in April. Celebrate the city's oil history with a week of events leading up to the festival, such as the rodeo, Oil Town Mini-thon, wine stroll, and block party. The all-day festival features food and craft vendors from all over the state of Texas, live entertainment, a carnival, and a chili cookoff.

derrickdays.com

Temple

Bloomin' Temple Festival

April 28-29

Downtown Temple, Main Street

As one of Central Texas' most popular events, Bloomin Temple Festival attracts over 13,000 people annually and is held the last Friday and Saturday in April. For over 15 years, attendees have enjoyed this two-day festival, jam-packed with great musical performances, a thrilling carnival, delicious food, arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family in downtown Temple.

templeparks.com

La Grange

Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin in Concert

April 28

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Singer-songwriters Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin make their Bugle Boy debut, performing in the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Seskin's songs have been recorded by artists Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Colin Raye, and Mark Wills, while Allen is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Dallas

"Charlotte's Web"

April 29-May 27

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Get caught in Charlotte's web to save Wilbur, the "radiant" and "humble" pig, and make friends once again with all his lovable barnyard neighbors. One of the first books ever written for children exploring issues of mortality, "Charlotte's Web" is an emotional tribute to friendship with universal themes depicting courage, compassion, and the ever-changing cycle of life.

dct.org

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Open Studios

April 29

100 West, 100 W. Third Ave.

100 West, the residency of Corsicana Artist and Writers, presents new works from visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. View works produced by the residents who lived and worked in historic downtown Corsicana while they created their pieces.

corsicanaresidency.org

Sherman

Sherman Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

April 29

Kidd-Key Auditorium, 400 N. Elm St.

For the final concert of the 2022-23 season, Sherman Symphony Orchestra partners with regional choirs and professional vocalists to present a one-of-a-kind opera performance. 

shermansymphony.com

Richardson

Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

April 29

Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive

The final performance of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s 40th-anniversary season brings together the largest ensemble of musicians in the orchestra's history, uniting the Plano Civic Chorus and the Irving Chorale with 100 orchestra musicians for a rousing performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.”

planosymphony.org

Frisco

Uncorked

April 29

Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd.

The fourth annual Frisco Uncorked is a can't-miss food and wine experience featuring local restaurants, wine pairings, a VIP tent with lawn games and a photo booth, selections from more than 100 wineries, and a lively atmosphere.

friscouncorked.com

Plano

Family Concert: "A Night at the Ball"

April 30

Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave.

This concert features the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet and percussion, marionettes, and dancers. Come dressed in your prince and princess attire to join in the fun. Kids learn about classical music and instruments as well as hear music from "Beauty and the Beast," "Star Wars," and other popular movies.

planosymphony.org

Mesquite

Artists Reception

May 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Enjoy an artists reception for international art collective Take Me To The River and local performance artist/site-specific installation artist Erica Felicella.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Courtyard Concert Series

May 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Arts Center Courtyard Concert Series features music by local bands.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Brenham

Maifest

May 5-6

Downtown Brenham

Bring the entire family and enjoy the 133rd Maifest. Experience the authentic tastes and sounds of Texas' German heritage with a colorful parade, spectacular evening performances, live entertainment, kids' activities, a carnival, and delicious food and drink.

brenhammaifest.com

La Grange

"Drinking Habits"

May 5-7

Sanford Schmid Amphitheater, 250 W. Fair Grounds Road

Fayette County Community Theatre presents the play "Drinking Habits." Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancés, are hot on their trail. They go undercover, and combined with the addition of a new nun, spur paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

faycotheatre.com

Temple

First Friday: Cinco de Mayo

May 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

Salado

Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

May 5-6

Heritage Country Church Auditorium, 9929 Lark Trail

The goal of the Salado Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering is to bring together a group of poets and musicians who are doing their parts to preserve the culture and heritage of the American West. This gathering gives these performers an opportunity to share their talent. These men and women are now, or have been in the past, a part of the working cowboy environment.

saladocowboypoetry.org

Dallas

Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society Spring Convention

May 5-6

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

The Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society makes a start to the spring season with the Spring Convention. Approximately 300 participants vie to earn top honors in the senior and novice quartet championships, as well as the right to compete at the international competition in July. Competitors travel from a five-state area—Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana—to compete.

swd.org

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

May 6

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverebllville.com

First Saturday Market

May 6

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Temple

Family Day: Train Day

May 6

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

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

templeparks.com

The Colony

Up, Up, and Away: Festival of Flight

May 6

Prestwick STEM Academy, 3101 Stonefield

Celebrating all forms of flight, the Up, Up, and Away: Festival of Flight is presented by The Tribute Lakeside Golf and Resort community and the city of The Colony. The festival features kite flying and demonstrations, music, birding demonstrations, paper airplane making, food, and fun. Bring the entire family to this all-ages celebration.

thecolonytx.gov/837/up-up-away-festival-of-flight

Corsicana

Derby Days

May 6

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

As a fundraiser for the Palace Theatre, Derby Days features entertainment, food, drinks, dress, and of course, derby racing.

corsicanapalace.com/derby-days-fundraiser

Garland

Cinco de Mayo Garland

May 6

Winters Park Ampitheater, 1419 Spring Creek Drive

Garland's fiesta features live music from "norteo," "cumbia," country, Tejano, and rock bands, "ballet folklórico," Mexican street food, student performances, and cold beer. The event is free and a celebration for the entire family.

facebook.com/cincodemayogarlandtx

Elgin

Explore Elgin Arts and Culture

May 6

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

Come for a day full 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. An artist and makers market offers a variety of paintings, sculptures, woodworking items, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts, photography, outsider art, self-care, and food.

elgintexas.gov

Plano

AsiaFest

May 6

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

It's the 19th year of Plano's AsiaFest, a showcase of the rich cultures of the continent that includes numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors and provides a fun and engaging time for the entire family.

visitplano.com/event/plano-asiafest-2023

Salt the Rim

May 6

McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St.

Taste and dance your way through Plano’s third annual margarita-tasting celebration. Attendees must be age 21 or older.

visitplano.com/event/salt-the-rim-2023

Mesquite

Gun Show

May 6-7

Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Mesquite Rodeo presents this gun show with over 450 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and shooting supplies. The public is invited to buy, sell, or trade.

premiergunshows.com/shows/mesquite-gun-show

Troy

Farmers Market and Arts and Crafts

May 7-Aug. 6

Troy Community Center , 201 E. Main St.

An outdoor market brings local foods, handmade crafts, art, small business products, and services in a park-like setting. Off-street parking and public bathrooms are available.

cityoftroy.us

Cleburne

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 7

Cleburne Conference Center Parking Lot, 1501 W. Henderson St.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Cleburne with vendors, food trucks, and Mexican street food. There is mariachi music, "ballet folklórico," a dancing horse show, live music, a kids' area, and Mexican wrestlers. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers. The event is free to the public.

visitcleburne.com

Arlington

Symphony Arlington: Albert Cano Smit

May 11

Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

Pianist Albert Cano Smit performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Khachaturian's "Three Pieces from Gayane," Respighi's "The Pines of Rome," and Strauss' "Rosenkavalier Waltzes."

symphonyarlington.org

Frisco

Academy of Country Music Awards

May 11

Ford Center at The Star, 1 Cowboys Way

See the best of country music take the stage at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony, heading to Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

thestarinfrisco.com

La Grange

Emily Shirley in Concert

May 12

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Austin-based singer-songwriter Emily Shirley returns to the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

May 12-14

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Brenham

T. Graham Brown in Concert

May 13

The Barnhill Center, 111 W. Main St.

This rock/pop/blues/gospel icon is now in his fifth decade as a stunningly soulful entertainer. Brown has recorded 13 studio albums and has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Three of those singles became No. 1 hits: "Hell and High Water," "Don't Go to Strangers," and "Darlene."

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

La Grange

Jack Barksdale in Concert

May 13

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Current Bugle Boy Talent Trust recipient Jack Barksdale returns to the Bugle Boy stage. Barksdale is a 15-year-old folk/Americana singer-songwriter from Texas.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

May 13

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

Mesquite

Preservation Month Porch Party

May 13

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with Historic Mesquite, Inc. during a fun evening on the grounds of the historic park.

historicmesquite.org

Off the Rails Concert

May 13, 20, 27

Front Street Station, 100 W. Front St.

The Mesquite Arts Center presents this weekly family-friendly event in downtown Mesquite featuring a different musical act and a variety of genres.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Fairfield

Centennial Kid Fish Derby

May 13

Fairfield Lake State Park, 123 State Park Road 64

Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks at this fish derby for kids. The day provides an outdoor educational opportunity for youngsters at Fairfield Lake.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fairfield-lake

Frisco

Cirque Du Soleil "Corteo"

May 17-21

Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars

"Corteo," the most enchanting arena production from Cirque du Soleil, is back in North America and heading to Frisco, set to charm audiences for the very first time.

cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

Giddings

Lee County Fair

May 18-20

Firemens Park/Lee County Fairgrounds, 2495 US 290 West

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

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Charcoal Challenge Barbecue Cookoff

May 18-20

Firemen's Park/Lee County Fairgrounds, 2495 US 290 West

Teams from all over Central Texas compete with a variety of food and drinks. Find tasty treats from brisket, sausage, wings, and lots in between. At the same time, the Lee County Fair takes places with live music, shopping, and fun activities for children including the Mighty Thomas Carnival.

leecountyfairtx.com/charcoalchallenge

Corsicana

Yesterday and Today: The Beatles Experience

May 18

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

This talented tribute band, anchored by brothers Billy, Matthew, and Ryan McGuigan, perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On the cards, audience members only need to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song, and the reason why they chose that song.

corsicanapalace.com/yesterday-today-the-beatles-experience

La Grange

South Austin Moonlighters in Concert

May 19

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Members of the prestigious Texas Touring Roster, the South Austin Moonlighters return to the Bugle Boy's converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bastrop

"The Music Man"

May 19-21, 26-28, June 2-4

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. The musical is directed by Lisa Holcomb.

bastropoperahouse.org

Plano

Texas Mineral and Fossil Show

May 19-21

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Enjoy shopping from world-class mineral, gem, and fossil dealers and exhibitors, who display all varieties of rocks, minerals, fossils, polished stones, gemstone jewelry, and other natural treasures.

planoeventcenter.org/event/texas-mineral-fossil-plano-show-2023

Grand Prairie

Asian Heritage Fest

May 19-21

Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Parkway

The month of May is recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Asia Times Square is celebrating with a weekend festival.

asiatimessquare.com

Fort Worth

Tacos y Cerveza Trail Run

May 20

The Woodshed Smokehouse, 3201 Riverfront Drive

Run the beautiful and expansive Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. The flat and fast course traverses bridges overlooking the river and parks with groves of oak trees and double-track trail made of both pavement and dirt. Each registrant receives one beer and one street taco with a valid bib. Identification is required for beer.

ultraexpeditions.com/tacos-y-cerveza-trail-run

La Grange

Pat Byrne in Concert

May 20

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Ireland's Pat Byrne returns to the converted WWII Army barracks listening room. Byrne was the original winner of "The Voice Ireland" before moving to Austin, Texas. Beer and wine are available during the show.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mesquite

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Concert

May 20

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents "Space," a concert featuring Holst's "The Planets," Bates' "Mothership," and Williams' "Star Wars" suite.

mesquitesymphony.org

Denison

Lure'ing You In

May 20

Eisenhower State Park, 50 Park Road 20

At this fishing expo, learn how to become a fishing expert. All experience levels and ages are welcome. New anglers can learn all about the world of fishing, and more experienced anglers can test their skills. Programming includes topics like how to filet a fish, how to fry fish on the campfire, and how to cast a line. There's also a photo booth and weight station for fish.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/eisenhower

Frisco

Senior PGA Championship

May 24-28

Fields Ranch East at PGA Frisco, 3725 PGA Parkway

Beginning in 2023 with the 83rd KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, PGA Frisco is slated to host six major championships over the next 12 years—including two PGA championships.

srpgachampionship.com/

Brenham

Gunhild Carling: Sweden's Queen of Swing in Concert

May 27

The Barnhill Center, 111 W. Main St.

Swedish musical sensation Gunhild Carling is an internationally acclaimed superstar whose show is a can't-miss event. Carling performs great swing jazz standards from the speakeasy and big-band eras, and some of her music sounds like traditional New Orleans jazz. She masterfully takes you back to another era with vintage songs like "Minnie the Moocher," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "All of Me," "It Had to Be You," and an endless repertoire of old favorites.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Lewisville

Fiesta Charra

May 28

Bill Weaver Arena, 101 Parkway Drive

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

facebook.com/vividvitaevents

Grand Prairie

Tejano Fest

May 28

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Enjoy live music featuring Tejano artists from around the state, all-ages entertainment, food, and carnival rides.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Teague

Putt Fore a Purpose

June 3

Tri-County Gold Club , 125 Private Road 940

The second annual Putt Fore a Purpose includes lunch, swag bags, cart rental, and cash prizes.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Brenham

"Godspell"

June 8-25

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

By Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebela, the show is composed of musical parables from The Gospel according to Matthew. A cast of 10 characters tell the different parables by using a variety of games, storytelling techniques, and doses of comedy. An eclectic blend of songs is employed as the story of Jesus’s life is told and his messages of kindness, tolerance, and love brought to life.

unitybrenham.org

Bastrop

"The Trip to Bountiful"

June 30-July 1, 7-9, 14-16

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Horton Foote’s moving play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son, Ludie, and her authoritarian daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae.

bastropoperahouse.org

"Steel Magnolias"

Aug 18-20, 25-26; Sept. 1-3

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Truvy’s salon is Chinquapin, Louisiana’s go-to place for a beauty fix with a hearty side of gossip. Along with her overeager assistant Annelle, Truvy pampers her small-town clients with hairdos, manicures and all kinds of unsolicited advice.

bastropoperahouse.org

"Willy Wonka the Musical"

Sept. 22-24, 29-30; Oct 1, 6-8

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Roald Dahl’s "Willy Wonka" follows the enigmatic candy manufacture as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets wins a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

bastropoperahouse.org

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