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Spring events in bloom

Written by , published March 26, 2013

We may be hard at work finishing up the summer edition of the Texas Highways Events Calendar, but our eyes are always on what's coming up next weekend. Now that spring is officially here, there are great annual events popping up all over the state, plus plenty of Easter activities happening this weekend.

Wildflowers are starting to bloom along Texas roadways, but if you're in East Texas, don't forget to look up in the trees. In Palestine, the dogwood trees are putting on their best show for the last weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration, which features a lively roster of activities including wine tastings, cooking classes, historical tours, train rides, a gospel music festival and Easter celebrations. Tips on the best places to see dogwood blooms can be found at Dogwood Bloom Watch, or find the local visitor center at for more information.

About an hour northeast in Tyler, the Azalea and Spring Flower Trails is another great place to see a Texas spring in bloom, with additional events through April 7.

This weekend also marks the final days of the South Texas State Fair in Beaumont, which features a carnival, midway, live entertainment, livestock shows, and car and boat displays. Saturday is Kids Day, so all children age 17 and younger get in for free and pay only $1 per ride on the midway between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

It's also Easter weekend, and there are plenty of opportunities to make the holiday special (and get in some extra egg-hunting practice for the kids). Here are just a few:

Amarillo: Easter EGG-citement, March 30

Beaumont: The Last Days of Christ Outdoor Passion Drama, March 28-30

Fairfield: Annual Easter Eggstravanganza , March 30

Fredericksburg: Easter Fires of Fredericksburg Pageant, March 30

Mount Vernon: Easter in the Park and Community Egg Hunt, March 30

Stonewall: Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, March 30


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