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Laredo’s International Sister Cities Festival Has Got the Goods

July 13, 2023 | By Luis G. Rendon

Laredo, the bustling border city in South Texas (and my hometown) has for decades had a strong sister cities culture.

Armadillo Day is Texas’ Response to Punxsutawney Phil

January 30, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

Your 2023 Texas Travel Bucket List

December 29, 2022 | By

21 For ’21: New Hotels, Events, Festivals, and Other Things to Look Forward to This Year

January 12, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

If you’ve been experiencing wanderlust at the start of 2021, you’re not alone. Recent studies suggest people are feeling the urge to travel domestically, and bookings are starting to go up for the summer.

Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Dec. 6-8

December 3, 2019 | By Julia Jones

Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

November 26, 2019 | By Julia Jones

With December upon us, Texas towns both large and small are gearing up for the holidays.

Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market

October 15, 2019 | By

What began in 1981 as a humble church bazaar has blossomed into a four-day shopping bonanza in the tradition of a European or Latin American street market, with more than 270 unique merchants offering items from gourmet food and home decor to apparel, toys, accessories, and more.

East Austin Studio Tour

October 15, 2019 | By

Local nonprofit Big Medium, which is dedicated to cultivating artists and the contemporary arts throughout Texas through community events like this one, engages more than 1,000 artists and 100,000 attendees each year through EAST, its sister event WEST, and various other annual programs.

Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug. 9-11

August 6, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

Hike, bike, and take in scenic views of Mount Livermore and Madera Canyon this weekend during Open Days at The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve.

Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug 2-4

July 30, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

There are plenty of reasons to brave the heat and get outdoors this weekend, whether you’re catching live bands at the Vitruvian Salsa Festival or filling your basket with farm-fresh eggs, jams, and local honey at the Boerne Farmers Market.

6 Pet-Friendly Fourth of July Celebrations in Texas

July 2, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

While the Fourth isn’t typically considered a pet-friendly holiday, as fireworks and other festivities can be disruptive or dangerous to animals, some Texas cities have worked out a way to safely fit pets into their celebration.

100 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Texas in 2019

July 1, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to celebrating our nation’s independence. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide—100 events—to help you plan the perfect red, white, and blue holiday week.

Things To Do in Texas This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-27

May 23, 2019 | By Jane Kellogg Murray

For this three-day weekend, picnics, music festivals, and barbecues are in full force as Texans celebrate the unofficial start of summer. But as we enjoy these freedoms, it’s also a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Texas in 2019

May 3, 2019 | By TH Staff

Across the Lone Star state, cities are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with parades, live mariachi music, traditional Mexican foods, and more. The holiday—which commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over invading French forces during the Battle of Puebla in 1862—is an integral part of the culture of Texas, which was once part of Mexico from 1821-1836. While the meaning of the holiday these days can easily be lost (our neighbors to the south primarily commemorate the battle through military ceremonies), Texans use the day to celebrate Mexican-American culture.

Join Texas Highways as It Celebrates Big Bend National Park’s 75th Birthday

April 26, 2019 | By

Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: March 15-17

March 12, 2019 | By Jane Kellogg Murray

Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day collide this weekend for fun across the state—including Magnolia Market’s spring fair and the Texas Food Truck Showdown in Waco.

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair Returns to the Hill Country After Five-Year Absence

September 4, 2018 | By Julia Jones

The Texas Arts and Crafts Fair, which the legislature deemed the official arts and crafts fair of the Lone Star State in 1995, is returning this fall after five years of absence. The Hill Country Arts Foundation will debut its newly updated Ingram campus to an estimated 5,000 guests in support of more than 150 Texas artists Sept. 28-30.

Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Texas in 2018

June 26, 2018 | By

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to celebrating our nation’s independence.

Kings and Queens of the Accordion Are Set to Play in Houston

June 1, 2018 | By Julia Jones

 
 
Some of the best accordion players from across Texas and the region are set to perform at the 29th annual Accordion Kings & Queens, a free concert this Saturday in Houston.

Where to Observe Memorial Day In Texas in 2018

May 23, 2018 | By

This Memorial Day weekend, there are lots of options across the state for celebrating the unofficial start of summer.

10 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Texas

May 22, 2018 | By

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and delivered the news to Texans that slavery had been abolished.

The Port Aransas Festival Season

May 10, 2018 | By

Port Aransas likes a party, and residents won’t let the effects of Harvey interfere with that tradition. April brought the annual SandFest, one of the nation’s largest native-sand sculpture competition, and before that, February’s Whooping Crane Festival drew birding enthusiasts from around the world.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

January 12, 2018 | By

From its humble beginnings in 1932 as a cattle showcase, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb.

Free Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 24-26

November 22, 2017 | By

It doesn’t cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you’re on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including holiday craft fairs and Christmas extravaganzas.

Free Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 17-19

November 15, 2017 | By

It doesn’t cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you’re on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including free art tours and early winter celebrations.

Things To Do in Texas This Easter Weekend: Apr. 14-16

April 6, 2017 | By


ZimSculpt. (Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)
On the hunt for good things to do this long weekend?

Rodeo Austin

February 8, 2017 | By

Sorry, Dallas Cowboys football fans: real Cowboys represent the official sport of Texas, and you can find them year-round at rodeos in every corner of the state.

National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

November 7, 2016 | By

 
The holiday season includes a multitude of traditional activities, but one that some people may not be familiar with is the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

47th Annual Tree Lighting at LBJ State Park

November 7, 2016 | By

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit can be to experience Christmas past.

Big Bend National Park Fossil Discovery Exhibit Grand Opening

November 7, 2016 | By

Big Bend National Park contains a fascinating collection of fossils. For a long time, the park had no specialized display to provide information to visitors.

Candlelight at the Ranch

October 31, 2016 | By

Texas Tech University’s National Ranching Heritage Center extends its interpretation of bygone Texas ranch life to the holiday season with Candlelight at the Ranch.

Autumn at the Arboretum

September 26, 2016 | By

There’s nothing quite like the sight of pumpkins to signal the arrival of fall. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes this most lovely of Texas seasons with Autumn at the Arboretum (Sep.

Events: Pumpkin Party

September 16, 2016 | By

The State Fair of Texas

September 16, 2016 | By

 
Ogle everything from ribbon-winning pigs to the Texas Star Ferris wheel, a butter sculpture, and Taylor Swift’s rhinestone-studded tour outfit.

102nd annual De Leon Peach and Melon Festival

July 8, 2016 | By

 
Located in Comanche County about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, De Leon celebrates its agricultural heritage and bountiful fruit crop with the 102nd annual Peach and Melon Festival (August 2-6).

Bagging Light in the Big Bend: Jim Bones & TPS 25: The International Competition

July 8, 2016 | By

Photography takes center stage at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine for summer 2016 with exhibits capturing the region’s distinctive beauty and the diverse imagery of shooters from around the world.

Perseid meteor shower viewing at Brazos Bend State Park

July 8, 2016 | By

Escape the city lights with a trip to the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for the Perseid meteor shower.

2016 Navasota Blues Festival

July 8, 2016 | By

The Texas Legislature designated Navasota “The Blues Capital of Texas” in 2005 to honor the city’s rich blues history, particularly the great blues songster Mance Lipscomb.

Gladys Porter Zoo Summer Safari

June 9, 2016 | By

A treasure in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo is a lush, 31-acre enclave built around a meandering resaca.

Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project at Holocaust Museum Houston

June 9, 2016 | By

 
The Holocaust Museum Houston memorializes the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust with Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project, an exhibition of handmade butterflies crafted by children across the globe.

Eye of the Collector at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

June 9, 2016 | By

 

Many of us tinker with collecting at some point in our lives, whether it’s an obsession with baseball cards, ceramic penguins, or some other personal fascination.

Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River

June 9, 2016 | By

Looking for a quintessentially Texan July 4th celebration? Kerrville offers up a worthy contender with Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River.

Robert E. Howard Days

May 12, 2016 | By

In a cramped bedroom of his parents’ home in the town of Cross Plains, the late author Robert E.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

May 12, 2016 | By

At the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed explores the Mesoamerican civilization that flourished from about 1,800 to 500 years ago in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador.

2016 Kerrville Folk Festival

May 12, 2016 | By

A paradise for songwriters and fans of all kinds of original music, the Kerrville Folk Festival kicks off its 18-day run May 26 at Quiet Valley Ranch.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

May 12, 2016 | By

Maybe it never occurred to you to leap from the towering cliffs of Hell’s Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake, but that’s exactly what brings the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to Texas.

Jefferson Train Days

April 15, 2016 | By

Jefferson may be best known for its rich history as a 19th-Century steamboat river port, but the region’s railroad heritage takes center stage May 14-15 at Jefferson Train Days.

Bandera’s Funtier Days

April 15, 2016 | By

Summer doesn’t officially start until late June, but Memorial Day weekend sure feels like the season’s debut as events across the state celebrate the three-day weekend and pay tribute to our nation’s war dead.

West Texas Jazz Party

April 15, 2016 | By

 
Since 1966, premiere jazz players from across the nation have made an annual pilgrimage to Odessa for the West Texas Jazz Party—a series of performances focused on traditional jazz and swing music.

Honoring Olivewood

March 22, 2016 | By

Incorporated as Houston’s first African American graveyard in 1875, Olivewood Cemetery is the final resting place of roughly 4,000 Houstonians who helped build the city, from slaves to ministers, teachers, and dentists.

Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Texas State Archives

March 22, 2016 | By

Postcards are gloriously enticing—intended to generate fond memories with beauty, grandeur, and humor. The Texas State Library and Archives in Austin explores the topic in Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Texas State Archives.

45th annual Bob Wills Day

March 22, 2016 | By

Western Swing musicians and fans will flock to Turkey on the last weekend of April for the 45th annual Bob Wills Day.

1836 Chuck Wagon Race

March 22, 2016 | By

Race announcers may belabor the phrase “hold onto your hats,” but the exhortation rings true at the 1836 Chuck Wagon Race at the Diamond B Ranch near Palestine.

It’s Your Lucky Day

February 24, 2016 | By

Whether you have the luck of the Irish by birth or just in spirit, St. Patrick’s Day traditions have a special charm, especially in Texas.

Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas Irish Heritage Events

February 17, 2016 | By

The Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas is quick to point out the Irish influence on early Texas, noting the 12 Irish-born and 30 Irish-descendant defenders of the Alamo.

Texas Night Sky Festival

February 17, 2016 | By

On March 5, the Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs offers a slate of activities that explore the attributes of nature at night, as well as ways to protect darkness from ever-encroaching artificial light pollution.

Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Auto­mobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940

February 17, 2016 | By

With its emergence in the 1920s, Art Deco design inspired wide-ranging innovations that emphasized a blend of industrialism and luxury.

Texas’ Tribute to Elvis

February 17, 2016 | By

Elvis Presley never performed at Southfork Ranch, but the King’s dramatic flair surely influenced the fictional Ewing family and its glitzy North Texas estate.

2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

January 7, 2016 | By

It’s time for the San Antonio Spurs to make way for cowboys, bulls, and bands as the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center and its surrounding complex of expo halls, livestock barns, and carnival and fair grounds.

The Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Monkey

January 7, 2016 | By

February 13, 2016, the Crow Collection of Asian Art will honor the Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Monkey with its annual Chinese New Year Festival.

Third annual Ameripolitan Music Awards

January 7, 2016 | By

Veteran Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson (above) grew so disgusted with the direction of mainstream country music that he set out to define a new genre of roots music with the term “Ameripolitan.” February 16, 2016 at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, the third annual Ameripolitan Music Awards celebrates the sounds of honky-tonk, Western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw with awards and performances, including by Charley Pride (a 2016 Master Award winner), James Hand, Kim Lenz, and Wayne Hancock.

Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest

January 7, 2016 | By

With February highs in the mid-60s, lows in the mid-30s, and a good chance of sunshine, Big Bend offers a perfect winter climate for mountain biking the region’s scenic terrain.

La Grange’s Schmeckenfest

November 19, 2015 | By

Join the 30 teams vying to make the tastiest wassail and win the coveted title of “Schmecken–meister” at La Grange’s Schmeckenfest.

Tom Lea: Statewide Exhibits

November 19, 2015 | By

Looking to impress holiday visitors or beef up your Texas bona fides? Consider a trip to one of four special exhibitions on Tom Lea (1907-2001), the artist, author, and historian from El Paso known for his insightful chronicling of 20th-Century Texas and the world.

Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

November 19, 2015 | By

The days grow short and the nights long during the Texas winter, but we’ve got nothing on the ocean depths and hidden caverns so sunless that creatures produce their own light to survive.

Candlelight at the Ranch

November 19, 2015 | By

Step into a “living Christmas card” in Lubbock, where the National Ranching Heritage Center’s annual Candlelight at the Ranch re-creates a frontier prairie holiday scene.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival’s CineSpace

October 20, 2015 | By

Journey to outer space through the magic of cinema with Houston Cinema Arts Festival’s (November 12-19) new CineSpace short-film competition.

Festival of Texas Fiddling

October 20, 2015 | By

The fiddle’s enticing lilt, chop, and shuffle play a prominent role in a wide variety of Texas musical styles, from Western Swing to Tejano, Polish, Creole, and others.

Lindheimer’s Texas

October 20, 2015 | By

Known as the “Father of Texas Botany,” Ferdinand J. Lindheimer (1801-1879) discovered a plant collector’s paradise when he arrived to the Texas frontier in 1836.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

October 20, 2015 | By

Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) achieved fame in the late 1940s with his distinctive “drip paintings.” At the Dallas Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots explores what came next: Pollock’s “black paintings,” a series of black enamel and oil paintings on untreated canvas created from 1951 to 1953.

Where Ye Meets Y’all

October 1, 2015 | By

What if you could escape for a weekend not just to another place but another time?

24th Annual San Benito Conjunto Festival

September 10, 2015 | By

San Benito celebrates the homegrown music of South Texas on October 23-25, 2015 with the 24th Annual Conjunto Festival.

Ike’s 125th Birthday

September 10, 2015 | By

Dwight D. Eisenhower spent only the first 18 months of his childhood in Texas, but Ike’s birthplace of Denison is proud to claim the nation’s 34th president as its own.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

September 10, 2015 | By

Just in time for football season, the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin dives into the eclectic history of professional pigskin with Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Collection of Cheech Marin

September 10, 2015 | By

As half of the stoner-comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin made his name lampooning bourgeois conventions.

Mark Rothko: A Retrospective

August 13, 2015 | By

Artist Mark Rothko’s name is widely known in Houston because of Rothko Chapel, a meditative sanctuary built by local philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil in 1971 to showcase 14 paintings by the “abstract expressionist.” Now, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is delving deeper into the artist’s work with Mark Rothko: A Retrospective.

Goodnight Under the Stars

August 13, 2015 | By

Cattleman Charles Goodnight entertained many a visitor in the home he built in 1887 on the High Plains east of Amarillo.

Texas State Forest Festival

August 13, 2015 | By

 
September 16–20, celebrate the heritage of the Piney Woods forest industry at the Texas State Forest Festival.

West Texas Book Festival

August 13, 2015 | By

Designated the “Storybook Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature, Abilene is home to a robust literary culture and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

July 13, 2015 | By

Find air-conditioned inspiration this August in the Fort Worth Cultural District, home of six world-class museums.

Texas Ranch Roundup

July 13, 2015 | By

In Wichita Falls, the Texas Ranch Roundup pits real-life ranches against one another in contests that test the day-to-day skills of working on a cattle operation.

Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West

July 13, 2015 | By

Often referred to as “the dean of (early) Texas artists,” Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) devoted his career to painting and drawing the southwestern frontier’s landscapes, wild Longhorns, and trail drives.

El Paso’s Plaza Classic Film Festival

July 13, 2015 | By

Celebrate the magic and nostalgia of cinema at El Paso’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, which screens an array of films in the beautifully restored 1930 Plaza Theatre.

Dolph Briscoe: Texan

June 15, 2015 | By

In Uvalde, the Briscoe-Garner Museum will hold an open house on July Fourth featuring its new permanent exhibit, Dolph Briscoe: Texan.

The Fourth of July in Plano

June 15, 2015 | By

It’s hard to beat the Dallas-Fort Worth area when it comes to July Fourth fireworks: The cities and surrounding towns stage about 20 glorious pyrotechnic shows.

U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship and Great Texas Balloon Race

June 15, 2015 | By

The congregation of about 85 hot-air balloons in Longview means it’s time for the U.S.

Children’s Museum of Houston’s Summer of Epic Adventure: Forces Unite

June 15, 2015 | By

Empower your children to fight the dreaded “Dr. Boredom” of summer with the Children’s Museum of Houston, which is hosting its season-long Summer of Epic Adventure: Forces Unite.

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center’s annual Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show

May 6, 2015 | By

Humans have worked with gourds for thousands of years, crafting them into everything from drinking vessels to musical instruments.

T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

May 6, 2015 | By

Longview will celebrate the widespread musical influence of Texas bluesman Aaron “T-Bone” Walker June 5-6, 2015 with the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.

Oakdale Park’s 90th Anniversary

April 14, 2015 | By

Glen Rose’s Oakdale Park celebrates its 90th anniversary on May 2 with historical tours of the park, live music from bluegrass to doo-wop, a Model A Ford Club meet, woodcarving demonstrations, and the Art on the Paluxy Show.

In the Shadow of the Presidio

April 14, 2015 | By

Presidio La Bahia played an active role in Texas’ tumultuous early days, both militarily and agriculturally.

Jefferson Pilgrimage

April 13, 2015 | By

Started 68 years ago as a tour of historic homes, the Jefferson Pilgrimage has expanded over the years into a weekend of activities harkening to the town’s 19th-Century heyday as a Northeast Texas inland river port.

49th annual National Polka Festival

April 13, 2015 | By

 
The Lone Star State’s Czechoslovakian heritage will be on full display as Ennis hosts its 49th annual National Polka Festival, May 22-24.

Happy Birthday, Texas!

February 18, 2015 | By

This year marks Texas’ 180th birthday, and several events across the state make fun places to join the celebration (and maybe soak up a little history, too).

Black History Month Events

February 11, 2015 | By

Here are a few highlighted events that celebrate Black History Month.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Events

October 13, 2014 | By

If the “Made in the USA” stamp is hard to find, products made in Texas may seem even more elusive.

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