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Motorcyclists head to Bandera this weekend for an annual biker rally. Photo: Tom McCarthy Jr.

Thunder in the Hill Country Biker Rally

Bandera: March 28-31

This three-day event offers tent camping, a poker run, vendors, food, field events, music all day Friday and Saturday, a bike show, a tattoo contest, and a Sunday morning church service. Attendees must be 21 or older, no exceptions.

Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo

Conroe: March 29-April 7

This 10-day event features two Texas country concerts, a CPRA rodeo, and a carnival, plus fair food.

Bayou City Art Festival

Houston: March 29-31

Celebrate 48 years of fine art and giving back to local nonprofits with this festival featuring over 300 artists in Memorial Park. As one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events, the three-day festival provides patrons with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world-class art. The festival benefits local nonprofit partners and features live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beverages, entertainment, and a Children’s Creative Zone. An exhibition of student artwork composed of the top 30 finalists from the middle school art competition is also featured at the festival.

Fort Martin Scott Days

Fredericksburg: March 29-30

This living history event brings the 1850s fort to life with cannon firings, bugle calls, military drills, soldiers’ stories, and pioneer crafts and cooking.

Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival

Palestine: March 29-31

The 18th annual festival at the Museum for East Texas Culture features workshops, concerts, jam sessions, and more.

KilGogh Arts Festival

Kilgore: March 29-31

In its seventh year, Kilgore’s annual arts festival has expanded to a three-day event which provides more time for people to view, experience, and immerse themselves in the art showcased by artists from East Texas and beyond. This year’s theme of “Gogh Big or Go Home” is sure to produce thought-provoking artwork to the annual artist and student artwork competitions.

Avalon Faire

Kilgore: March 30-April 28

Also in Kilgore, experience medieval renaissance at this annual favorite, held every weekend for the next four weeks. From jousting knights and artisans to food and drink, this spring event is perfect for the whole family.

Photo: Michael Amador

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

Stonewall: March 30

The 12th annual event starts at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and includes routes of 10, 30, 42, and 62 miles throughout the scenic Hill Country.

The Beach Boys in Concert

Sugar Land: March 30

The band synonymous with the California lifestyle perform during their “Now & Then” tour at the Smart Financial Centre.

New York Philharmonic in Concert

Tyler: March 30

The acclaimed ensemble plays pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms at the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Downtown Bryan Firkin Fest

Bryan: March 30

Firkins and brewery reps from across the state of Texas are available at Black Water Draw Brewery, so you can sample these one-of-a-kind beers. Firkins are small, generally, wooden casks in which beer is fermented and then served out of as well. The beer from firkins is not filtered and often, extra ingredients are added such as spices, fruit, or even extra hops.

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Fredericksburg: March 30

Shop more than 75 tables of Native American artifacts—including arrowheads, beads, and pottery—at Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Goliad Massacre and Living History Program

Goliad: March 30-31

Re-enactors and living historians from across Texas gather at Presidio La Bahía to recreate the final days of Col. Fannin’s command. Take a stroll through the camps of both the Mexican and Texian armies and visit with re-enactors as they go about their daily activities all inside the old stone walls of the Presidio. Grab a front-row seat for one of the battle re-enactments. Stay over and immerse yourself in the turbulent times surrounding Fannin and his men with the candlelight tours Saturday evening. And finally, come back out Sunday to witness a recreation of the final days of Fannin’s men followed by a memorial at the Fannin Monument.

Five Hills Art Festival: Bridge the Gap

Copperas Cove: March 30-31

Co-hosted by the City of Copperas Cove, the Five Hills Art Guild presents its fourth annual art festival. This fast-growing event features talents and handmade designs from local and traveling painters, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, wood workers, and more. Find plenty of music, dancing, performances and food trucks for all to enjoy.

A winning photo at the Texas Night Sky Festival. Photo: Jerry Moreno

Texas Night Sky Festival

Dripping Springs: March 30-31

This bi-annual event is a free family-friendly celebration of the Texas night sky. The festival features fun daytime and nighttime activities including solar observations, mobile planetariums, demonstrations of glare-reducing lighting, opportunities to meet astronomers, tales of the night sky from indigenous cultures, delicious food, live music, and a good old-fashioned star party.

Zilker Kite Festival

Austin: March 31

The nation’s oldest kite festival celebrates its 90th year with hundreds of kites and free fun for all ages in Zilker Park. Returning festival favorites include the Exchange Club Kite Contest and Showcase; the MossFest children’s concert; the Anteater Fun Run; and the Kids Club, featuring bounce houses, rock climbing and more. Attendees will also enjoy some of Austin’s favorite food trucks inside the park.

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