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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.

Longview

“Conquering the Skies: Evolution of Flight”

April 16-Aug. 25

Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St.

Join the Gregg County Historical Museum as they celebrate the evolution of flight with an innovative and hands-on exhibit featuring all things flight from the Wright Brothers to WWII planes to unmanned drones.

gregghistorical.org/traveling-exhibits

Austin

Texas Young Masters

April 16

Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

A joint program between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), Texas Young Masters awards scholarship grants to deserving young artists in various artistic disciplines. The 2024 Young Masters are honored at Zach Theatre with music from Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel, Trevor Scott from We Are Austin, and other special guests.

txculturaltrust.org/what-we-do/texas-young-masters

Tim Robinson in Concert

April 17

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Tim Robinson is a writer, actor, and improviser best known for his runaway hit sketch show, “I Think You Should Leave,” on Netflix, which garnered him three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Short Form Comedy Series and Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy. He started his career as a writer on “Saturday Night Live” showcasing his unique, unhinged brand of sketch comedy. He later went on to co-create the delightfully absurd Comedy Central series “Detroiters” with Sam Richardson. Never seen before sketches are shown, along with other special guest appearances.

texasperformingarts.org

Tyler

Voctave in Concert

April 18

UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3240 Old Glory Pkwy., FAC 1120

An 11-member vocal ensemble, Voctave brings incredible harmonies to favorites from the Disney screen to the Broadway stage. This a cappella sensation has had over 150 million social media views of their videos and has appeared on countless recordings. Their popular show “The Corner of Broadway and Main Street” spawned a chart-topping album and is an unforgettable evening of music for the whole family.

cowancenter.org

San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio

April 18-28

Various locations

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

fiestasanantonio.org

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

Giddings

Rodeo Giddings

April 18-20

Lee County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 West

See bareback riding, steer wrestling, team and calf roping, barrel racing, and saddle bronc riding. For the children, there is a calf scramble and mutton bustin’.

lcspgiddings.com

Galveston

FeatherFest and Nature Photo Festival

April 18-21

Various locations

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

galvestonfeatherfest.com

The Woodlands

The Chevron Championship

April 18-21

The Club at Carlton Woods, 1 Carlton Woods Creekside Drive

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

visitthewoodlands.com

Grand Prairie

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 18-July 14

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

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

lonestarpark.com

Boerne

Spring Diva Night

April 18

Hill Country Mile, Main Street

Spring Diva Night offers later shopping hours, cocktails, delicious bites, music, and fun. It’s the perfect night out with friends and is great for some mother-daughter quality time, too. Come out and support local businesses with a night of shopping and fun.

Houston

Studio Menil Presents

April 18

Richmond Hall, 1500 Richmond Ave.

Held at Richmond Hall, Studio Menil Presents is the Menil Collection’s creatively themed, annual spring party which includes colorful cocktails, amusing hors d’oeuvres, and an artfully presented seated dinner, all accompanied by live music. Proceeds from the event directly support the Menil’s operations.

menil.org

Dallas

Tina Turner Tribute Band in Concert

April 18

Dallas Arboretum , 8525 Garland Road

Simply Tina, as seen at Disney’s World Stage Theater, is a world-class band paying tribute to the queen of rock ‘n’ roll, Tina Turner. Join Simply Tina at the Dallas Arboretum for a fantastic show. Sing along with Tina’s best hits and covers including “Proud Mary,” “River Deep Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got to do With It,” and “Nutbush City.”

reservations.dallasarboretum.org/policies.aspx

San Angelo

Regional Cavalry Competition

April 18-20

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St.

Reflecting the 1800s U.S. Cavalry traditions, see three days of competitions in cavalry courses in jumping, saber, and pistol.

fortconcho.com

Carthage

Piney Woods Quilt Festival

April 19-20

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

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

Andrews

Wild, Wild West Fest

April 19-21

ACE Arena, 1441 SH 176 East

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

wildwildwestfest.com

Austin

Reggae Fest

April 19-21

Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive

A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, and more than 50 vendors selling food and arts and crafts.

austinreggaefest.com

Sweetwater

Sweetwater Jaycees Roosters Motorcycle Rally Cookoff and Swap Meet

April 19-21

Lake Sweetwater, County Road 264

The 23rd annual rally and cookoff includes a bike show, bike games, raffles, vendors, a swap meet, poker run, and a cookoff for brisket, pork ribs, beans, chicken, and chili.

rattlesnakeroundup.net/spring-rally.html

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

Llano

Crawfish Open

April 19-20

Robinson Park , 123 Robinson Park Drive

It’s crawfish season and the Llano Crawfish Open celebrates with great food, arts and crafts, the Crawfish Crawler 5K Walk and Run, a golf tournament, live music, and a motorcycle fun run. More than 22,500 pounds of crawfish are served, so come hungry.

llanocrawfishopen.com

Port Aransas

Texas SandFest

April 19-21

Port Aransas Beach, Between Mile Markers 9 and 13

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

texassandfest.org

Alpine

Gem and Mineral Show

April 19-21

Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland Ave.

Check out an array of special gems and minerals and see some demonstrations. There are door prizes, and admission is free.

facebook.com/p/chihuahuan-desert-gem-mineral-club-100064703045076

Spirits of the West Wine and Beef Fest

April 19-20

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

spiritsfestwtx.com

Austin

Laufe in Concert

April 19

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) is a 24-year-old, Los Angeles-based singer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose jazz songs are about young love and self-discovery. Raised between Reykjavík and Washington, D.C. with annual visits to Beijing, the Icelandic-Chinese artist grew up playing cello as well as piano and became hooked on the jazz standards of Ella Fitzgerald after digging through her father’s record collection.

texasperformingarts.org

San Augustine

Heritage Days Festival

April 19-20

Downtown San Augustine, 100 W. Columbia St.

San Augustine Main Street presents its annual Heritage Days Festival in downtown San Augustine. Friday includes art and craft vendors, delicious food, and shopping at local businesses. Saturday sees art and craft vendors, delicious food, live music, a media art exhibition, a wild walk/run event, an old tractor parade and exhibition, and glimpses into the history of San Augustine. Historic bus tours and a hayride to Mission Dolores are a few of the historic adventures you can expect. The kids have their own historic activities and a special barrel train. Admission is free.

facebook.com/sanaugustinemainstreet

Neches

1836 Chuckwagon Races

April 19-21

Diamond B Ranch, 11589 FM 321

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

the1836.com

Lake Jackson

“The Mountaintop”

April 19-21, 26-28

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

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

brazosportcenter.org

Amarillo

Amarillo Symphony and Harrington String Quartet in Concert

April 19-20

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

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

amarillociviccenter.com

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

Bandera

Frontier Times Texas Heroes Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony

April 19

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

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

frontiertimesmuseum.org

San Angelo

National Ceramic Competition

April 19-June 23

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

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

samfa.org

Fredericksburg

Trade Days

March 15-17, April 19-21, May 17-19

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items.

fbgtradedays.com

Orange

Scott Mulvahill Candlelight Concert

April 20

Lutcher Theater, 707 Main Ave.

Scott Mulvahill has left his unique mark on the intersecting worlds of Americana, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and roots music. Acclaimed for his work alongside musicians like Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, he has racked up a long list of milestones including a tour with multi-Grammy winner Lauren Daigle and a debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Candlelight concerts offer a one-of-a-kind experience, as candles illuminate the stage creating a serene atmosphere.

lutcher.org/candlelight-concerts

Burton

Texas 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

Bee Cave

Texas Whiskey Festival

April 20

Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Road

The Texas Whiskey Festival is an opportunity to meet the distillers and master blenders who make Texas whiskey. Over 35 whiskey distilleries from across Texas are on site, and entertainment, cigars, vendors, and a live concert finish the night off.

txwhiskeyfest.com

Corpus Christi

ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Concert

April 20

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Two titans of American classic rock, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, host their first co-headlining tour: The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour. The bands make a stop in Corpus Christi, where you have the chance to hear classics like “Simple Man,” “Free Bird,” “La Grange,” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

ticketmaster.com/event/3A005F5AD8C0335A

Blanco

Market Day

April 20

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from over 70 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home décor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Austin

Field Guide Festival

April 20

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Field Guide Festival is a food systems festival that brings the farmers to you. Find fresh ingredients, grown and harvested by local farmers, prepared by chefs from around the city. Communities are built around tables, and this festival is an expansion of the farm-to-table movement. Experience a weekend of innovative conversation, connection, and cookouts with those who make the Austin food economy special.

fieldguidefest.com

Lubbock

Ranch Day

April 20

National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St.

Saddle up for a day of activities centered around ranching history, ranch skills, and ranch science. Enjoy the Snake Oil Magic Show, build a log cabin, learn to churn butter, and watch as children have the opportunity to become a ranch hand for the day. Admission is free.

ranchingheritage.org/nrhc-events/ranch-day

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

Wimberley

Butterfly Festival

April 20

Emily Ann Theater , 1101 FM 2325

The annual butterfly festival celebrates spring with music, kids’ activities, and thousands of butterflies.

emilyann.org/butterfly.html

Victoria

Historic Homes Tour

April 20-21

Downtown Victoria, 205 W. Goodwin Ave.

Victoria Preservation Inc. presents its annual Historic Homes Tour. Explore some of the historic buildings and homes and celebrate Victoria’s unique cultural and architectural heritage.

victoriapreservation.com

Galveston

The Grand Kids Festival

April 20

Postoffice Street between 23rd and 20th streets

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

thegrand.com

Palestine

Wiggy Thump Festival

April 20

Anderson County Youth Livestock Pavilion, 750 US 287

Over the past five years, the Whiskey Myers band has built up the Wiggy Thump Festival as a must-see for all fans of the Southern rockers. The 2024 lineup features Whiskey Myers as the headliners once again, along with Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Brent Cobb, and Joey Greer.

visitpalestine.com

Aransas Pass

Fishing for Wishes Tournament

April 20

Aransas Pass Convention Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave.

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

friendsforwishes.org

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

April 20

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Once a month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn about the birds of the Brazosport area.

gcbo.org

Kids Reel Big Fish Event

April 20

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

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

lakejackson-tx.gov

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

Amarillo

420 Fest

April 20

Exchange Food Park, 2801 Duniven Circle

Amarillo’s annual 420 fest offers music, food trucks, vendors, and fun for the whole family. See local musicians perform and check out artist installations.

visitamarillo.com

Boerne

Texas Corvette Association Open Car Show

April 20

Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St.

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

texas-corvette-association.com

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg VFD Annual Spring Fish Fry

April 20

Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St.

At this annual fundraiser for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department features a freshly fried catfish dinner with all the trimmings, raffle, silent auction, and music.

fbgtx.org

Kerrville

Spring Native Plant Sale

April 20

Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St.

The Spring Native Plant Sale features water-wise perennials and annuals to enhance pollinator and native landscapes.

riversidenaturecenter.org

Teague

Putt Fore a Purpose

April 20

Tri-County Golf Club , 125 PR 940

Join along for the annual Teague Chamber Golf Tournament. It’s a full day of fun with door prizes, swag bags, and lunch.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Grapevine

Spring Into Nash

April 20

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Experience 19th century skills and trades at this agriculture festival held at historic Nash Farm.

grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm/events

Huntington

Homestead Festival

April 20

Centennial Park, North Third and Main Streets

The Huntington Business Owners Association presents the inaugural Homestead Festival. Join in for a day of activities devoted to showcasing traditions and practices of homesteading in East Texas.

shophuntingtontx.com

San Angelo

Frontier Day

April 20

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

The Lions Club breakfast is held in the morning, then can experience living history, displays, period baseball, and ranch and farming displays.

fortconcho.com

Junction

Outdoor Women Gone Wild

April 20

Granite Ranch, US 377

Women have the opportunity to learn, develop, and master archery, trailer backing, photography, and shooting.

junctiontexas.com

Austin

Ronny Chieng

April 20

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Ronny Chieng is a stand-up comedian, actor, and correspondent on “The Daily Show.” He starred in “Crazy Rich Asians,” Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Disney’s “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.,” NBC’s “Young Rock” and “M3GAN.” He has two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

texasperformingarts.org

Boerne

Open Car Show

April 20

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

The Texas Corvette Association is having its 31st annual Open Car Show with vendors, a silent auction, awards, a DeLorean time machine, and over 400 beautiful cars to see. Admission is free.

texas-corvette-association.com

Austin

The Glenn Miller Orchestra in Concert

April 21

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls,” and “Tuxedo Junction” back to the stage. Even 80 years after founding his famous orchestra, Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well, as Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the swing era of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

texasperformingarts.org/event/glenn-miller-orchestra-2024-bass-concert-hall-austin-texas

Dallas

Keiko Matsui and Tom Braxton in Concert

April 21

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

Join along for a night filled with jazz at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, featuring music from Keiko Matsui and Tom Braxton.

ci.ovationtix.com/35742/production/1179933

Port Aransas

Earth Day Celebration

April 22

Horace Caldwell Pier, 230 On The Beach Road

A huge crowd creates the “Port A for Peace” annual human peace sign to commemorate Earth Day. Hundreds of participants gather every year on the beach for the photo opportunity. The peace sign is marked with flags to indicate where to stand.

visitportaransas.com

San Antonio

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

April 22

San Antonio River, 909 NE Loop 410, Suite 903

The San Antonio River comes alive with music, festivities, and vibrant floats for the 79th annual Texas Cavaliers River Parade. This one-of-a-kind parade started in 1941 after a group of Texas Cavaliers witnessed boats and barges decorated with flowers in the “floating gardens” of Mexico City. Today, the parade attracts more than 250,000 spectators, and all the proceeds go to local children’s charities.

texascavaliers.org

Boerne

The Ukulele Orchestra in Concert

April 22

Boerne Champion Auditorium, 201 Charger Blvd.

Boerne Performing Arts presents The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Ranging between sincerity and insanity, punk rock sensibilities and restrained British humor, the group’s nearly four-decade career has taken them around the globe, garnering hordes of fans and imitators along the way.

boerneperformingarts.com

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

Houston

Worldfest International Film Festival

April 23-28

Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Mall

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

worldfest.org

Hughes Springs

Plant Sale

April 24-27

Spring Park, 603 E. First St.

Hughes Springs hosts their annual Wildflower Trails event in April. The month is filled with town-wide garage sales, trail rides, art contests, carnival rides, vendors, and the Chamber of Commerce annual Plant Sale with an array of plants for your garden, porch, and window.

hschamber.org

Corpus Christi

The Birdiest Festival in America

April 24-28

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

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

birdiestfestival.org

Alvin

Rotary Club Frontier Day

April 25-27

National Oak Park, 118 S. Magnolia St.

The 50th annual Frontier Day, presented by the Alvin Rotary Club, features the popular Frontier Day Parade through the old downtown area of Alvin. There are children’s rides, food concessions, carnival activities, arts and crafts vendors, and an antique car and bike show with vintage tractors on display. Proceeds support scholarships and other charitable activities in the Alvin area.

alvinrotary.org/sitepage/frontier-day

Corpus Christi

Nate Bargatze

April 25

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Widely known for his clean and relatable comedy for all age groups and for his Netflix specials “The Tennessee Kid,” “Greatest Average American,” and “The Stand-ups,” his latest special, “Hello, World,” can be found on Amazon Prime Video. Currently touring and selling out shows all over the world with his new The Be Funny Tour, Nate is also an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.

ticketmaster.com/event/3A005F4AC49A2CC2

Lampasas

Riata Roundup Rodeo and LTX Barbecue Fest

April 25-27

580 Sports Complex, 2351 FM 580

The Diamond Cross Rodeo Company is back to produce this rodeo, and there is something for the entire family to enjoy. Thursday night kicks off with a jackpot open barrel race. Friday and Saturday, gates open with mutton bustin’ with rodeo events immediately following, plus concerts, food trucks, and vendors. On Saturday before the rodeo, the LTX Barbecue Fest kicks off.

lampasaschamber.org

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

Victoria

Victoria Symphony—Downtown Rhythms

April 25

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

The Victoria Symphony puts on an outdoor performance, interspersed with student and college musical groups. Children love the instrument petting zoo where they can play symphony instruments.

victoriasymphony.com

“Clue”

April 25-28

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

The hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery, “Clue” begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out who did it, where, and with what.

theatrevictoria.org

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills in Concert

April 25

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

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

symphonyofthehills.org

Corpus Christi

“Chicago”

April 25

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder “Chicago” has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations.

ticketmaster.com/event/3A005EFAD97F6379

Terrell

Terrell Jubilee

April 25-28

Ben Gill Park , 1314 W. Moore Ave.

The Terrell Jubilee is celebrating 43 years of bringing the community together for food, fun, and festivities. The annual celebration consists of The Denny Rohe Memorial State Championship Barbecue Cookoff, The Fountain 5K Walk/Run, kids’ fun run, For the Love of Cars Car Show, Helwig Jubilee Marketplace, a cornhole tournament, Swifty Swine Pig Races, food vendors, CareFlite Tug of War Tournament, Terrell Youth Athletes Kids’ Zone, a carnival, and live entertainment. The entertainment stage features live music from Kevin Curtis, Amy Fox and the Uptown Beggars, and Lara Latin, a 10-piece Latin band playing all of your favorite Latin styles. Lastly, the Terrell Lions Club presents the “Ain’t Got No Papers Dog Show,” where you can bring your pooch to compete in different categories.

terrelljubilee.com

Houston

Academy Spring Showcase

April 26-27

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

The students of Houston Ballet Academy represent the future of ballet, with over 60% of the company coming through the Academy. The Spring Showcase gives students the stage to shine, whether it’s performing works from the company repertoire or ballets created specifically for them. This is a can’t-miss performance to see the young dancers at their best.

houstonballet.org/seasontickets/pdps/2023-2024/academy-spring-showcase

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

Austin

Psych Fest

April 26-28

The Far Out Lounge and Stage, 8504 S. Congress Ave.

Austin Psych Fest features a lineup of psych rock, dream pop, and indie rock bands with visual artists and a Mad Alchemy Light Show.

levitation.fm/pages/austin-psych-fest

Lubbock

Kane Brown in Concert

April 26

United Supermarkets Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave.

With special guests Tyler Hubbard and Parmalee, Kane Brown takes the stage for his new, highly anticipated tour. A multi-platinum, five-time American Music Award-winning entertainer, Brown is a country music artist at the top of his game.

depts.ttu.edu/unitedsupermarketsarena/events/special/KaneBrown_2024.php

Dripping Springs

Founders Day

April 26-28

Downtown Dripping Springs, Mercer Street

Visit Dripping Springs for a festive celebration of heritage and pioneer spirit. The celebration has a parade plus free music and entertainment, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, food, beer, street dances, cookoff competitions, and over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors.

cityofdrippingsprings.com/founders-day

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

Georgetown

Red Poppy Festival

April 26-28

Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St.

The Red Poppy Capital of Texas celebrates this annual event in honor of red poppy season. The three-day celebration includes food vendors, live music, a parade and car show, an artisan market, and an area for kids. All concerts are free.

poppy.georgetown.org

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

Houston

“Abstraction After Modernism: Recent Acquisitions”

April 26-Aug. 25

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

Composed of recent acquisitions, this exhibition showcases the breadth of artists’ approaches to abstraction since the mid-20th century.

menil.org

Ingram

“The Explorers’ Club”

April 26-May 12

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Set in 19th-century London, the farce depicts the chaos that ensues when a woman tries to gain entry to the fictional titular club of explorers.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

Roundup Exhibition and Sale

April 26-May 12

Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway

The 41st annual roundup and sale is an exciting weekend full of art, food, drinks, music, and dancing. More than 150 works are for sale from local, regional, and national artists.

museumofwesternart.com

Austin

Blue Genie Art Bazaar’s May Market

April 26-May 27

Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar, known for its annual holiday local arts experience in Austin every November and December, returns with its fourth annual May Market this spring. The arts-shopping event runs every weekend, Friday through Sunday. Shoppers can find unique gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, grads, and more, browsing from a selection of more than 100 regional artists. May Market is fun for the whole family. Drinks and snacks are available at the bar and concession area.

bluegenieartbazaar.com/may-market

Irving

Lao Legends Charity Concert

April 26

Toyota Music Factory , 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Experience the beautiful culture of Laos through traditional musical performances by some of the countries best performers.

laolegends.com/tickets

Hallettsville

Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics

April 26-28

Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 US 77 South

The best fiddlers in the country compete for cash prizes and the title of the Texas State Champion Fiddler. The weekend starts on Friday with Cajun music and crawfish, gumbo, and red beans and rice. Saturday includes a barbecue cookoff and music by Diamond Rio. Sunday there’s more barbecue and the best fiddling in Texas.

fiddlersfrolics.com

Austin

B Scene: Japanese Pop

April 26

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Join in and celebrate Japanese pop culture through art, music, and Austin’s very own Japanese comic punk band, Peelander-Z. Plus, there are art talks, digital projections, creative activities, and food and drinks.

blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions-calendar/b-scene

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

Austin

Eeyore’s Birthday Party

April 27

Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a fundraiser operated by the Friends of the Forest Foundation to benefit local nonprofit groups in Austin. Celebrate with live music, beer, food, acrobats, and costume contests.

eeyores.org

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

La Porte

Sylvan Beach Festival

April 27-28

Sylvan Beach Park, 636 N. Bayshore Drive

The Sylvan Beach Festival is one of the longest-running traditions along the Texas Gulf Coast, currently in its 68th year. A full day of family-friendly entertainment takes place beginning with the Sylvan Beach Day Parade. After the parade, make your way to the park for carnival rides, food vendors, live music, inflatables, and arts and crafts vendors. As the sun goes down, hear music well into the night.

facebook.com/sylvanbeachfestival

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

Victoria

Victoria Symphony Concert: An Alpine Symphony

April 27

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

The Victoria Symphony presents Cliburn International gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo performing Beethoven’s joyful Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor paired with Strauss’ epic “Alpine Symphony.”

victoriasymphony.com

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

The Woodlands

Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

April 27

Town Center, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

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

visitthewoodlands.com

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

Corpus Christi

ZaZu

April 27

Ed Rachal House, 3700 Ocean Drive

Join Camp Aranzazu’s 15th annual ZaZu, a fundraiser to support the camp’s mission to cultivate belonging for campers of all ages and abilities by creating accessible, empowering, and intentional camp experiences. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, and fun at the event’s new location in Corpus Christi.

camparanzazu.org

Brazoria

Migration Celebration

April 27-28

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, 2547 County Road 306

At this event, qualified naturalists take visitors on tours of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge by marsh buggy or wagon. Children can participate in activities ranging from archery and fishing for catfish to bug sweeping and touch tanks. Adults and children can both enjoy the “Birds of Prey” show by EarthQuest as well as butterfly encounter tents. Guided walking tours to Bobcat Woods and to the largest Texas live oak are also available.

migrationcelebration.com

Boerne

Joseph Kuipers in Concert

April 27

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Celloist Joseph Kuipers, the executive-artistic director of Texas Cello School, performs a new program.

cavewithoutaname.com/event-calendar

Kerrville

The Kings of Queen Concert

April 27

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Delivering the sound of legendary rock ‘n’ roll band Queen, frontman and lead singer Emo Alaeddin puts together a live and accurate tribute to the late Freddie Mercury.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Ingram

Stonehenge II Celtic Festival and Highland Games

April 27-28

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Learn about Celtic culture while enjoying the festivities that include vendors, clans, music, food, the annual Highland Games, and dancing. The event takes place on the grounds of the Hill Country Arts Foundation which include a replica of Stonehenge that was created by the late Al Shepperd and Doug Hill more than 20 years ago.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

Texas Gun and Knife Show

April 27-28

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

The Texas Gun and Knife Association hosts this annual show. Vendors sell new and used guns, knives, ammunition, coins, jewelry, camping gear, accessories, and other hunting and outdoors items.

texasgunandknifeshows.com

Huntsville

General Sam Houston Day

April 27

Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library, 1836 Sam Houston Ave.

Step back in time for an event honoring Sam Houston and his legacy (1793-1863). Enjoy historical demonstrations, hands-on activities, and period music. Tour the homes the Houstons lived in, and gain access into the Steamboat House and the 19th century period cabins on the property.

samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com

Avinger

Wildflowers and Wine

April 27

Downtown Avinger

Ring in springtime with an art and photography show, craft vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a community parade. There’s a wine garden and wine tasting of the best Texas wines, and your entry provides a glass and a wine bag. There’s also a Jeep show and a hot dog eating contest, and music is provided by 92.3 FM, The Depot.

avingertxchamber.org

Austin

Blues Festival

April 27-28

Waterloo Park, 500 E. 12th St.

Presented by Antone’s and Waterloo Greenway, Austin Blues Festival returns for its second year, this time with over two full days of music from greats like Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughn, Brittany Howard, Soul Man Sam, Big Freedia, Robert Glasper, and Cimafunk, along with food, drinks, and market vendors.

austinbluesfestival.com

Wimberley

Pie Social

April 27

Wimberley Valley Museum, 14068 RR 12

You can’t go wrong with pie and hot dogs (in that order), and it’s all to raise money for the Wimberley Valley Museum. The pie competition covers five different categories, and judging takes place for fruit, cream, nut, specialty, and kids’ pies. Ribbons are given for first, second, and third places in each category. A grand prize for Best Pie receives a special award, and all winning pies are auctioned. All funds raised from selling slices of pies and hot dogs go directly to the Wimberley Valley Museum. A pie-eating contest is also part of the day, along with music provided by Marvin and Laura Bottera.

wimwic.org/pie-social

Dallas

House of DIFFA: Royalty Untamed

April 27

Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 Olive St.

DIFFA is hosting it’s annual black-tie gala, the Louis L. Borick Foundation House of DIFFA: Royalty Untamed. Guests attending the gala can anticipate a mesmerizing runway show with performances by celebrity guests, showcasing stylish looks from top designers. Guests also have the chance to participate in lively auctions, both live and silent, offering a curated selection of exclusive items. Guests also have the opportunity to enter a raffle with a chance to win their choice of any vehicle from any DFW Sewell dealership, with an MSRP value of up to $55,000. Raffle tickets are available for $100 each, while supplies last.

diffadallas.org/hod

Festival of Joy

April 27

Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.

Kick off spring with a colorful celebration of spirituality and Indian culture at the fifth annual Festival of Joy. The festival kicks off with a parade and culminates with a live headline stage performance. Presented by acclaimed East Dallas restaurant Kalachandji’s, Festival of Joy brings together thousands of families, young adults, and dignitaries for a fun-filled day of bright colors, beautiful flowers, and a free vegetarian feast, along with riveting music, dance, and interactive holistic living and cultural exhibits. A variety of ethnic vegetarian foods are also available for purchase. New this year is an evening stage performance by popular Indian artist Gaura Vani.

festivalofjoydallas.com

Galveston

“Chicago”

April 28

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

The multi-award-winning “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: A universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. Look forward to a performance with one show-stopping song after another and some of the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen.

thegrand.com

New Braunfels

Cal Tri San Antonio

April 28

Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 I-35 North

Participate in 14 event options including seven Olympic distance events (triathlon, triathlon relay, run-bike-run, swim-bike, swim-run, 1640 yard swim, and 10K run) and seven sprint distance events (triathlon, triathlon relay, run-bike-run, swim-bike, swim-run, 400 yard swim, and 5K run).

sanantonio.californiatriathlon.org

Bellville

Fruehling Saengerfest

April 28

Fruehling Saengerfest, 952 S. Tesch St.

Originating back to 1860, this local German singing festival has live bands and German choirs at historic Concordia Hall. There are fun activities for children and adults. This is a charitable fundraiser with barbecue chicken and sausage with sauerkraut. Admission and entertainment are free.

bellvillelions.org

Dallas

Revive the Culture HBCU Power Camp

April 28

Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, 9191 S. Polk St.

Hosted by The Texas Supremacy of Music and Arts Conservatory (TSMAC), Revive the Culture HBCU Power Camp is a dynamic two-day marching band camp specifically designed for students in grades 6-12. This unique program is led by band and dance directors from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and provides comprehensive instruction in the HBCU show-style perspective of marching, band dance, majorettes, color guard, and cheerleading. The camp is completely free for participants, who are required to have at least one year of experience in their respective performing arts disciplines. The camp aims to serve over 1,500 students from 18 Dallas schools, focusing on those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. The first day of the camp is dedicated to practice, team building, and rehearsal of musical content provided to the students prior to the event. On the second day, the showcase begins, allowing small groups of students to demonstrate their learning to a large audience, including parents, guardians, district and school board representatives, and local elected officials. This event not only highlights the importance of performing arts among urban communities, but also provides a platform for students to showcase their talents and hard work.

txsmac.org

Austin

Blanton Live: Conversations for Now

April 28

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Internationally acclaimed artist Gajin Fujita and renowned anime scholar Susan Napier discuss how traditional Japanese art influences contemporary art and pop culture in Japan and beyond.

blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions-calendar/blanton-live

The Woodlands

Insperity Invitational

April 29-May 5

The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course, 1730 S Millbend Drive

Head to The Woodlands Country Club tournament course to watch 78 of the best PGA Tour Champions players compete. Spectators are welcome May 1-5, with free admission May 3-5.

visitthewoodlands.com

Houston

Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio in Concert

April 30

Stude Concert Hall, Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center, Rice University, 6100 Main St.

A memorable evening is certain when the power couple of chamber music, Wu Han and David Finckel, team with Philip Setzer for a performance of great piano trios. This program features works by Debussy, Smetana, and Mendelssohn.

chambermusichouston.org/concerts/2024-04-30-wu-han-philip-setzer-david-finckel-trio

Grand Prairie

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

El Paso

Luis Miguel in Concert

May 1-2

Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road

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

utepspecialevents.com/calendar/special_events

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

Corpus Christi

Buc Days Festival

May 2-12

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Commencing with the mayor of Corpus Christi walking the plank, this pirate-themed festival has a variety of family-friendly activities like the Stripes Carnival, an indoor shopping event coined Treasure Island, multiple parades, Barbecue on the Bay Competition, and the Robotics Rodeo. Families can also attend the Professional Bull Riding Velocity Tour Finals and watch some of the world’s best bull riders compete for the championship title.

bucdays.com

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

The Woodlands

Hozier in Concert

May 2

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive

Enjoy the spring weather at an outdoor concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This is one of Hozier’s three Texas stops during his Unreal Unearth tour. The other stops are in Dallas (April 28) and Austin (April 30).

visitthewoodlands.com

Jefferson

Historical Pilgrimage: Home Tours of Jefferson

May 2-5

Various locations

Four of Jefferson’s finest historic homes and featured gardens open their doors for tours. Docents dressed in period attire help provide information about the homes.

jeffersoncandlelight.com

“The Diamond Bessie Murder Trial”

May 2-5

Jefferson Playhouse, Corner of Market and Henderson streets

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

visitjeffersontexas.com

Amarillo

Monty Python’s “Spamalot”

May 2-19

Amarillo Little Theatre Main Stage, 2019 Civic Circle

Lovingly ripped from the classic comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

amarillolittletheatre.org

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

Nacogdoches

Red Brick Bluegrass Festival

May 3-4

Festival Park , 507 S. Pecan St.

Formerly known as the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, the Red Brick Bluegrass Festival is a free, family-friendly concert. The lineup includes The Purple Hulls, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, and Riley Gilbreath and Lone Star Blue. The festival has food trucks and vendors with some great options for delicious food, cold lemonade, and snow cones. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pets on a leash are welcome.

redbrickbluegrass.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

Lubbock

First Friday Art Trail

May 3

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue K

First Friday Art Trail is a free, self-guided public art happening bringing the community together for an evening of art, music, food, and fun. A variety of art centers, museums, galleries, and businesses take part in the evening.

ffat.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

Jefferson

Battle for Jefferson: Civil War Reenactments

May 3-5

Various locations

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

battleforjefferson.com

Historical Pilgrimage: 19th Century Social Events

May 3-5

Various locations

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

battleforjefferson.com

Bryan

Big Barn Dance Music Festival

May 3-4

Travis Bryan Midtown Park, 206 W. Villa Maria Road

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

bigbarndance.com/home-bryan/

Boerne

Handmade Market

May 3-4

1910 Church, 130 Sisterdale Road

The Boerne Handmade Market is the largest market of its kind in South Texas. The two-day event features more than 75 vendors selling handmade-only items including jewelry, apparel, leather goods, toys, home décor, art, candles, and food.

boernehandmademarket.com

El Campo

Crawfish Cookoff and Car Show

May 3-5

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

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

eclostlagoon.com

Ingram

Texas Watercolor Society Show

May 3-June 29

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

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

hcaf.com

Corpus Christi

PBR: Velocity Tour

May 3-4

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The Professional Bull Riders organization brings its Velocity Tour to Corpus Christi during the city’s annual Buc Fest. See some of the best athletes of the sport going head-to-head with the fiercest bulls in the country.

americanbankcenter.com

Arlington

Aaron Copeland with Jade Flores in Concert

May 3

Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.

Growing up in the small town of Corsicana, Aaron Copeland quickly picked up music from his father, who played piano and rhythm guitar in local country bands. After backing and writing with Casey Donahew for 6 years, Copeland felt it was time to chase his own musical dreams. He is currently working on his first full-length album. Jade Flores was raised in Red Oak, and her powerhouse voice is taking over Texas like wildfire. As soon as she strums her first chord on the guitar or sings her first note, the atmosphere is completely transformed. With roots in Western swing, outlaw country, rockabilly, and Texas blues, Flores is the perfect hybrid of what everyone loves.

levittpavilionarlington.org/event/free-concert-aar…with-jade-flores

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

Brady

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4

Mexican Colony Park, 600 Junio St.

After the Mexican Revolution in 1910, Mexican refugees fled to Texas and many settled in Brady, where they raised their families and established the Mexican Colony neighborhood. Cinco de Mayo soon became a major celebration in Brady, and today, it’s still celebrated with a market and dancing.

facebook.com/mexicancolony

Abilene

“Total Eclipse of the Chart”

May 4

Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

From award-winning performer, producer, director, and arranger Scott Coulter, this show features a full range of chart-topping artists to help you relive your ‘80s fantasy.

abiphil.com/shows/total-eclipse-of-the-chart

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

San Antonio

“The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)“

May 4-June 2

Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.

This stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-feet-tall Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie brings some of Dahl’s most memorable characters to life. “The BFG” promises to deliver a captivating mix of thrilling adventures, playful wordplay, and even some explosive whizzpopping moments guaranteed to make you smile.

magiktheatre.org/the-bfg

Snyder

Scurry County Senior Center May Day

May 4

The Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive

Volunteers from the Scurry County Senior Center work all year sewing, quilting, crafting, and planning for the annual May Day celebration. Booths are open with baked goods and homemade crafts. There’s a silent auction, cake and pie auction, quilt auction, and entertainment from the Deep Creek Cloggers and a local band. Brisket plates are available as well. All proceeds go to the Scurry County Senior Center.

Austin

Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

May 4-5

East Sixth Street, Sixth Street from Brazos Street to I-35

A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists, and craftspeople turn Sixth Street—historically called Pecan Street—into a lively street fair.

pecanstreetfestival.org

Sweetwater

Musica Latina

May 4

Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium, 400 Locust St.

Hear live music from Los Matadores, the Texas Tech University Mariachi Band, and the St. Vincent Ballet Folklorico.

sweetwaterauditorium.org

Taylor

Taylor Fest

May 4

Heritage Square Park, 400 N. Main St.

The first weekend in May brings a lively event celebrating the heritage of Taylor and the Blackland Prairie it was founded on. Enjoy live music, food, vendors, and children’s activities in the middle of downtown Taylor.

ci.taylor.tx.us

San Marcos

Heritage Home Tour

May 4-5

Various Locations, Belvin Street

Step inside some of San Marcos’ most gorgeous homes at the Heritage Home Tour. The event features self-guided tours of some of San Marcos’ historic homes and culturally significant sites. Docents are stationed around the homes ready to let you in on the history, secrets, and architectural delights found in each home.

heritagesanmarcos.org

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

South Padre Island

5K Kemp’s Krawl

May 4

Holiday Inn Resort, 100 Padre Blvd.

Runners, walkers, and everyone in between are invited to traverse the beach to raise money, with all proceeds going directly to the conservation and care of the Texas coast’s precious sea turtles. Starting at the Holiday Inn Resort, this unique community event enables participants to experience the coastal beauty of South Padre Island up close and personal. Finishers receive a T-shirt and medal.

sopadre.com/events

Alpine

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4

Downtown Alpine, 103 E. Murphy St.

Alpine’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration is a local tradition featuring a themed downtown parade, music, dancing, a car show, and the popular “Gran Mercado” (Great Market) on historic Murphy Street.

Brenham

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

May 4

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

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

thebarnhillcenter.com

Galveston

Historic Homes Tour

May 4-5, 11-12

Various locations

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

galvestonhistory.org

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

Rockport

Nautical Flea Market

May 4-5

Rockport Yatch Club, 722 Navigation Circle

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

rockportyachtclub.org

Lake Jackson

Alden B. Dow Office Museum Tour

May 4, 11, 18, 25

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour to see the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn all about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. The museum is open every Saturday.

ljhistory.org

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

March 5, April 6, May 4

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332

Visit the historic archeological site formerly owned by Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Freeport

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

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

freeport.tx.us/page/historical_museum

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

Bandera

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters

May 4, 11, 18, 25

Rattlesnake Ridge, 126 SH 16S

On Saturdays, see the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters reenact 1800s gunfights twice a day at Rattlesnake Ridge located behind the Bandera Visitors Center.

facebook.com/banderagunfighters

Cowboys on Main

May 4, 11, 18, 25

Enjoy free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities can include chuckwagon storytelling, hopping on a saddle-broke longhorn, or taking a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera.

banderabusiness.com

Kerrville

Shatter the Stigma 5K Run/Walk

May 4

Schreiner University, Trailhead Beer Garden, 2100 Memorial Blvd., Building 11

This fun run/walk aims to raise awareness about mental health and to “shatter the stigma” associated with mental illness. Following the race, awards and prizes are handed out.

kerrvillevsc.org

San Antonio

“Soldiers at the Alamo” Living History Event

May 4

The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

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

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

Laredo

Luis Miguel in Concert

May 4

Sames Auto Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd.

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

samesautoarena.com

Stonewall

Williams Creek (Albert) School Open House

May 4

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

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

historicschools.org

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

Bandera

Morning Ride with Cowboy Breakfast

May 5, 12, 19, 26

Major Hope Corral, 749 Old Medina Highway

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

banderahistoricalrides.com

Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert

May 5

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Come see the outstanding students of the Hill Country Youth Orchestra as they share the sounds of the season along with classical masterpieces.

hcyo.org

Fort Davis

Dark Sky Week

May 7-11

McDonald Observatory, 3640 Dark Sky Drive

Join McDonald Observatory in celebrating the dark skies of West Texas with special tours, science lectures, a film screening, solar viewing, and star parties.

mcdonaldobservatory.org/dark-sky-week-2024

Clute

Planetarium Show

May 7, 14, 21, 24, 28

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this show re-creates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, giving viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.org

Kerrville

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

May 7

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters bringing their own original handcrafted items, while Hill Country Swap Meet is a community garage sale/flea market.

kerrmarketdays.org

Orange

“Chicago”

May 9

Lutcher Theater, 707 Main Ave.

After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame and fortune with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Set in Chicago during the ‘20s, “Chicago” chronicles the actual crimes reported on by journalist Maurine Dallas Watkins. This show contains mature content.

lutcher.org/chicago

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

South Padre Island

Shallow Sport Fishing Tournament

May 9-11

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Anglers compete to nab the largest red drum, trout, and flounder at one of the biggest and best boat owner’s fishing tournaments on the Gulf Coast.

sopadre.com/events

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

Amarillo

Zach Williams in Concert

May 9

Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St.

Zach Williams, with opening act Riley Clemmons, takes the stage on the Hundred Highways tour. The Christian music singer’s powerful vocals and raw talent are known from chart-topping hits like “Chain Breaker” to “Rescue Story.”

visitamarillo.com

Corpus Christi

Festival De Cine Latino Americano

May 10-12

Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive

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

filmfreeway.com/fdclacorpuschristi

Conroe

Big As Texas Festival

May 10-12

Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road

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

bigastexasfest.com

El Campo

Lost Lagoon Anniversary and Mother’s Day Celebration

May 10-12

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

Lost Lagoon RV Resort celebrates its anniversary and Mother’s Day with the lively tunes of Rewind Texas, pickleball and cornhole tournaments, and a vendor fair—creating a perfect blend of music, games, and festivities to mark this special occasion and honor moms.

eclostlagoon.com

Kerrville

Extreme Dwarfanators Wrestling

May 10

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

The world’s smallest wrestlers are competing for the title. They are the baddest little show on earth. Don’t miss this epic event.

dwarfanators.com

Austin

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships

May 11

Brush Square Park, 409 E. Fifth St.

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

punoffatx.brushsquaremuseums.org

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

Galveston

“Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll IV”

May 11

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

With a cast of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals and amazing rock ‘n’ roll singers, composer Neil Berg tells the exciting 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever.

thegrand.com

Victoria

Guided Trolley Tour of Historic Victoria

May 11

Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Bridge St.

Part of Victoria’s 200th birthday celebration, this guided trolley tour begins with an interior look at the 1892 Victoria County Courthouse, travels the oak-lined streets of Old Victoria to view the unique architectural homes and structures, and ends with a prix fixe lunch at the historic PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.

explorevictoriatexas.com/p/victoriatx200

The Woodlands

Woodforest Bank TRI

May 11

Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

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

visitthewoodlands.com

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

Boerne

Mother’s Day Tribute: Trio Los Reyes and Nayelli Peña in Concert

May 11

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Mariachi group Trio Los Reyes performs songs to honor mothers, including “Gema,” “Canto a la Madre,” “Hermoso Cariño,” and “Las Mañanitas.” Vocalist Nayelli Peña makes a special appearance by singing hits from Linda Ronstadt’s first Spanish language album, “Canciones de Mi Padre,” and Vikki Carr recordings.

cavewithoutaname.com/event-calendar

San Antonio

“Wildlife Harmonies”

May 12

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

The YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) Philharmonic presents an exciting night of music. Experience the highly anticipated world premiere of “Beasts and Birds of Bexar,” composed by members of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA) and inspired by animals at San Antonio Zoo. This concert features Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” with the San Antonio Brass Band, plus a solo performance by the winner of the latest YOSA Concerto Competition.

yosa.org/wild

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

Kerrville

Southwest Gourd and Fiber Fine Art Show

May 16-June 29

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, this exhibit showcases gourd and fiber art by artists who come from all over the country. Meet the makers at the artists reception on May 25.

kacckerrville.com

Levelland

Clovis Horse Sales and Vendor Show

May 17-18

Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385 South

Clovis Horse Sales strives to provide quality horses for all types of riders. Each sale has different events featuring different types of horses, including team ropings, cow horse futurities, and ranch horse competitions.

clovishorsesales.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

Fulton

Babes On The Bay

May 17-18

Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road

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

babesonthebay.com

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

El Campo

Hospice Barbecue Cookoff

May 17-18

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

Savor the flavors and support a great cause at the Coleto Creek Barbecue Association Barbecue Cookoff, where the delicious competition benefits Hospice of South Texas. Enjoy the tunes of Jeremiah James as you indulge in a day of fantastic barbecue and community spirit.

eclostlagoon.com

Fredericksburg

Trade Days

March 15-17, April 19-21, May 17-19

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items.

fbgtradedays.com

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

Blanco

Market Day

May 18

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from over 70 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home décor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Corpus Christi

Beach to Bay Relay

May 18

JP Luby Beach

Runners across the nation gear up to conquer one of the largest relay marathons in the country, which boasts annual participation of more than 2,000 teams. Participants begin the six-leg race on the sands of North Padre Island, make their way through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, and end along scenic Shoreline Drive at McCaughan Park. Beach to Bay proudly honors the men and women serving in the military.

beachtobayrelay.com

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

South Padre Island

Run the Jailbreak

May 18-19

Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd.

The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition. Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5K course, covering 20 challenging obstacles on the sun-drenched beaches of South Padre before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas-sized beach party.

sopadre.com/events

Galveston

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

May 18

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

The Latin Grammy-nominated Mariachi Herencia de Mexico gives an energetic performance at The Grand.

thegrand.com

La Grange

Bluff SchuetzenFest

May 18

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

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

bluffschuetzenfest.org

Garland

Asian American Heritage Festival

May 18

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

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

visitgarlandtx.com

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

May 18

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Once a month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn about the birds of the Brazosport area.

gcbo.org

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

San Angelo

Armed Forces Day

May 18

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St.

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

fortconcho.com

Houston

“Mayerling”

May 23-June 2

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s psychologically thrilling “Mayerling” is an epic triumph in classic storytelling. The three-act ballet tells the dark tale of Crown Prince Rudolf, the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 1880s. The work weaves a story of scandal and political intrigue through an unhappy marriage, sensuous dalliances, and morbid obsessions all leading to the tragic murder-suicide of the prince and his young mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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

Austin

Hot Luck Festival

May 23-26

Downtown Austin

Honor the soul, sweat, and DIY diversity of the food and music world. Hot Luck is an eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know-how and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.

hotluckfest.com

Palestine

Gospel Bluegrass Festival

May 23-26

Salmon Lake Park Texas, 247 Salmon Lake Road

The 27th annual Memorial Day Gospel Bluegrass Festival at Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland includes performances by The Gospel Plowboys, The Cox Family, The Marksmen, High Fidelity, and several others. RVs are welcome.

salmonlakepark.com

Kerrville

Folk Festival

May 23-June 9

Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway

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

kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Boerne

Art Waddle

May 25

Hill Country Mile, Main Street

The 12th annual Boerne Art Waddle takes place along the Cibolo Creek Trail, providing a relaxed atmosphere with the attributes of a major fine art festival. A self-guided route map provides artist locations, and waddlers have the opportunity to interact with the artists through demonstrations and booth chats in their assigned areas.

eventsoffmain.com/art-waddle

Bandera

Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Rodeo and Parade

May 24-26

Mansfield Park and Main Street, 2886 SH 16 North

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

banderaprorodeo.org

El Campo

Memorial Day Weekend

May 24-26

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Lost Lagoon with a musical lineup featuring the dynamic sounds of Dameon Leve, the Bar Ditch Hippies, and the country vibes of Steel Country. Join in for a weekend of music, fun, and patriotic festivities.

eclostlagoon.com

Fredericksburg

Crawfish Festival

May 24-26

Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St.

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

fbgcrawfishfestival.com

Kerrville

Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft

May 24-26

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

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

texasmasters.com

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

Jacksboro

Main Street Classic Car Show

May 25

Jacksboro Square, 100 N. Main St.

Join the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce at the annual Main Street Classic Car Show. There’s a farmers market and craft vendors, music, and car show participants from across Texas and southern Oklahoma.

jacksborochamber.com

Rockport

Wine Festival

May 25

Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle

Enjoy a wide variety of wines, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions, plus live bands and fun entertainment.

texasmaritimemuseum.org

Boerne

Memorial Day Tribute: The Woodwind Winds in Concert

May 25

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

The woodwind quintet based in The Woodlands is comprised of five talented musicians who collaborate to create a uniquely vibrant woodwind quintet soundscape with an expanded repertoire beyond the standard quartet pieces, including popular and seasonal music.

cavewithoutaname.com/event-calendar

Hunt

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall

May 25

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 SH 39

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, an entertainment spot along the banks of the Guadalupe River, opens its season of rodeos, live music, and dancing on Saturday nights.

cridersrandd.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

South Padre Island

Memorial Day Fireworks

May 26

Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on South Padre Island with a fireworks display over the bay. For the best viewing spots, check out the restaurants and bars in the Entertainment District.

sopadre.com/events

Fulton

Fishing Expo

May 26-28

Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road

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

rockportfishingexpo.com

Bandera

Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show

May 26-27

Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

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

banderatex.com

Chuckwagon Dinner and Show

May 26

Flying L Ranch and Resort, 675 Flying L Drive

Fill up on a barbecue dinner with all the fixings. The event includes live country music and dancing, Western entertainment, and other festivities.

flyingl.com

Austin

CapTex Triathlon

May 27

Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin, 1200 W. Cesar Chavez St.

All levels of athletes from top-ranked professionals to first-time triathletes compete in this triathlon, which includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship. The race begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake with beautiful views of the downtown Austin skyline. The bike course takes athletes right to the heart of downtown Austin and directly into the Texas capitol. The race concludes with a run through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center before the rousing finish and post-race party at Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores).

captextri.com

San Angelo

Memorial Day

May 27

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

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

fortconcho.com

Amarillo

Summer Concert Series

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

Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave.

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

amarilloparks.org

Alpine

Cowboys Baseball Opening Game

May 29

Kokernot Field, 400 E. Hendryx Ave.

Watch the Alpine Cowboys opening home game of the summer season. The Cowboys are a professional baseball team playing in the independent Pecos League.

alpine.pecosleague.com

Austin

ATX Television Festival

May 30-June 3

Downtown Austin

As the first festival devoted to television’s history and future, the ATX Television Festival functions like a traditional film festival with showings of new series, current hits, and cult favorites. The festival also offers access to the industry’s leading professionals with cast and creator Q&As and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.

atxfestival.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Film Festival

May 30-June 2

Hoffman Haus, 608 E. Creek St.

A celebration of independent film, the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) screens over 85 independent films (short and feature length) from Texas and around the world. In addition to screenings, HCFF also hosts revealing Q&As, captivating filmmaker panel discussions, and nightly festival parties that give attendees a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers. Screenings take place at Hoffman Haus and the National Museum of the Pacific War Ballroom with social events happening at various local bars and restaurants.

hillcountryff.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

Kerrville

Shakespeare in the Park

May 31-June 1

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Come see “A Comedy of Errors,” about the farcical misadventures of two sets of identical twins, with all the slapstick and mistaken identities you’d expect from a Shakespearean adventure. When the four twins come together, all is finally resolved, and, in one last twist, their parents reunite as well.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Yoakum

Tom Tom Festival

May 31-June 2

Yoakum City Park, 105 Kvinta Drive

Kick off your summer in Yoakum style. The 96th annual festival honors the city’s tomato growing heritage with fun activities that include a pageant; parade; carnival; rodeo; barbecue cookoff; car show; 5K run; arts and craft booths; food trucks; a biergarten; cornhole, softball, and domino tournaments; daytime music; and two live performances by headlining country artists with dances to follow at the city park pavilion.

yoakumareachamber.com

Jacksonville

Tomato Festival

May 31-June 8

Various locations

For several days, Jacksonville becomes “Tomatoville.” The festival, marking its 40th anniversary this year, features tomato-eating, salsa, and bloody mary contests; fishing and dodgeball tournaments; a street dance, and many other tomato-centric events.

jacksonvilletexas.com/ tomato-fest

Graham

Food Truck Championship of Texas

June 1

Graham Downtown Square, 608 Elm St.

Food trucks of all varieties take over “America’s Largest Downtown Square” to compete for the coveted grand champion prize and a total payout of $16,000. The day kicks off with the Possum Pedal Bike Ride early in the morning and ends with a ticketed evening concert at the Young County Arena.

foodtruckchampionshipoftexas.com

Mckinney

MillHouse MuralFest

June 1-2

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Five muralists are commissioned to paint original designs on the southeast walls of the historic Cotton Mill facility. New this year, artists also paint murals on a temporary wall as well as mobile murals, which are available for purchase via online auction. Muralists receive complimentary mentor sessions provided by MillHouse studio artist and muralist Alli Koch of Alli K Design. The outdoor, juried festival is open to the public, free of charge. Live music fills the air, and VIP tickets are available.

millhousefoundation.org/muralfest

Junction

Cowboys and Cajuns

June 1

Kimble County Courthouse , 501 Main St.

On the courthouse square, join locals for a crawfish boil and street dance with music provided by Fast Moving Train. Bring your lawn chairs to relax.

junctiontexas.com

Bastrop

“Modern Reflections of Historic Bastrop County”

June 1-29

Bastrop County History Museum, 904 Main St.

Step through time with photographs from Bob Parvin, an award-winning Texas photographer whose longtime interests in Texas history, architecture, culture, and natural heritage find means of expression through images. See striking images that juxtapose historical landmarks, architecture, and landscapes with their modern-day counterparts. Parvin’s lens skillfully captures the evolution of Bastrop, illustrating how the community has transformed while preserving the unique charm and character that define its identity.

bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Austin

Pond and Garden Tour

June 1-2

Greater Austin Area, 2220 Barton Springs Road

Take a self-guided tour of ponds and gardens in and around the Austin area. Streams, fountains, waterfalls, dragonflies, koi, amphibians, and aquatic gardening steal the show. Some of these ponds and gardens are even certified wildlife habitats. Proceeds support local ponds, aquatic gardens, parks, and educational programs. Kids 12 and under are free. Pets are not allowed on the tour.

austinpondsociety.org

The Colony

Summer Kickoff

June 1

Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive

Ring in the summer months with games, crafts, activities, treats, and summer reading sign-ups. Visit with library staff, parks and recreation staff, police, firefighters, and animal service members. The family-friendly event is free.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?EID=3636&month=6&year=2024&day=16&caltype=0

Wimberley

Market Days

June 1

Lions Feild, 601 FM 2325

The first Saturday of the month, shop art, antiques, collector items, and quirky finds. There is live entertainment, plus food and drinks available for purchase.

wimberleymarketday.com

Graham

Possum Pedal Bike Ride

June 1

Downtown Graham Square, 608 Elm St.

With routes ranging from 6 to 76 miles, this ride takes you through the exciting terrain of Young and Jack counties with rolling hills, smooth roads, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas.

possumpedal.com

Grapevine

Dairy Day

June 1

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Bring the family and enjoy learning about dairy processes including milking and butter and cheese making. Feel free to roam and explore the farm while you’re there.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/dairy-day/38709

Hearne

Crossroads Home Town Festival

June 1

Downtown Hearne

Spend some time outside at this outdoor festival with blues music, food, and craft vendors.

crossroadshometownfestivals.com

Midlothian

Mid-Way Airport Fly-In and Drive-In Pancake Breakfast

June 1

Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive

See free exhibits of classic airplanes and cars and enjoy the pancake breakfast, with proceeds benefitting Scout Troop 524. Kids’ activities include a trackless train, bounce house, face painting, and balloon twister. Also available for a fee are helicopter and commemorative airplane rides.

mid-wayregional.com

Port Arthur

Buu Mon Temple Lotus Festival and Vesak Celebration

June 1-2

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple , 2701 Procter St.

Gardens, koi ponds, and statuary and Vietnamese cultural displays are part of the fun. The Buu Mon Buddhist Temple’s gardens create a peaceful scene with fruit trees, lotus, bamboo, and other foliage. A statue of Buddha, rimmed in lights, is at the head of a reflecting pool, and a sitting Buddha watches over the koi pond.

visitportarthurtx.com/things-to-do/attraction/buu-mon-buddhist-temple

Temple

Family Day: Beat the Heat and Travel the World

June 1

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Enjoy fun summer activities indoors. Learn about some of the most scenic places around the world and join in for Beat the Heat Family Day. There are crafts, activities, and most importantly, there’s air conditioning.

templeparks.com

Victoria

Bach Festival

June 1-8

Various locations

Artistic director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez leads this festival that celebrates the works of J.S. Bach and composers spanning the ages. Orchestral, choral, and chamber works are performed by local and national musicians in venues in and around Victoria.

victoriabachfestival.org

Fredericksburg

Car Fest

June 1

Marktplatz , 114 W. Main St.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Car Fest is a Hill Country tradition now in its 19th year. The event offers food trucks and vendors and attracts car enthusiasts, families, and weekend shoppers to downtown Fredericksburg and the historic Marktplatz on Main Street.

fredericksburgmorningrotary.org/sitepage/car-fest

Bandera

Market Day

June 1

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters

June 1-29

Rattlesnake Ridge, 126 SH 16 South

On Saturdays, see the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters reenact 1800s gunfights twice a day at Rattlesnake Ridge, located behind the Bandera Visitors Center.

facebook.com/banderagunfighters

Cowboys On Main

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Enjoy free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities can include chuckwagon storytelling, taking a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera, and listening to live Western music.

banderabusiness.com

Chuckwagon Dinner and Show

June 1-29

Flying L Ranch and Resort, 675 Flying L Drive

A barbecue dinner with all the fixins’, live country music, dancing, and Western entertainment are part of the fun at this chuckwagon dinner and show on Saturday evenings.

flyingl.com

Waxahachie

Gingerbread Trail Home Tour

June 1-2

Various locations

This year, the Gingerbread Trail Home Tour theme is “Main Street.” Embark on an immersive journey through the city’s downtown, where each step uncovers the stories and architectural elements that define the community. With exclusive access to landmarks, private homes, and special exhibits, this year’s trail showcases the heart and soul of Main Street in every detail.

elliscountymuseum.org/gingerbread-trail-2024

Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

June 1

Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive

Spend the day taking in classic airplanes and fighters, fly-overs, helicopter rides, Midlothian Cla