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Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Jan. 20-22

Written by , published January 19, 2017

xuStill haven't ironed out your weekend plans? We have plenty of fun event ideas that can take your mind to someplace new.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

“Chasing Dreams, Baseball and Becoming American”

Fort Worth: Jan. 8-Mar. 5

This nationally acclaimed exhibit—making its only Texas stop—highlights the ways in which our national pastime has served as a pathway for Jewish and other minorities in search of the American dream.

Pilobolus: “Shadowland”

Houston: Jan. 20

Seen by more than a million people, this imaginative dance theater group has sold-out performances across Europe and Asia, and now heads to Houston for a night of ephemeral fun. Their latest project brings shadow puppets to a new level by offering shadow theater, dance, circus and concert elements all in one.

Lunar New Year Festival

Grand Prairie: Jan. 20-22, 27-29

Kick off the Year of the Rooster a week early in Grand Prairie’s Asia Times Square. This year's festivities include dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, traditional games and a cornucopia of mouthwatering food.

Brackenridge Winter Carnival and Snow Day

Edna: Jan. 21

The weather forecast calls for more snow this weekend—80,000 pounds of it to be precise. While this snow day may be man-made, it more than makes up for Texas’ lack of January snowflakes with the addition of two snow slides—the biggest of which is eight feet tall and about 30 feet long—and play areas for building a snowman, making snow angels, and starting a snowball fight or two. Plus enjoy carnival games, face painting, s’mores and more. Camp on-site the night before for half-off admission tickets.

Luckenbach Blues Festival

Fredericksburg: Jan. 21

Out in Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain. Or, at least that’s the gospel according to Waylon Jennings. But this weekend everyone will be feelin’ the blues at the 10th annual Blues Festival, an all-day celebration featuring the best of Texas blues artists. Dance hall seating has already sold out, but you can purchase grounds tickets at the gate for $15 a person. Lawn chair recommended, unless you prefer to feel the blues on the green.

Jackie Evancho in Concert

Tyler: Jan. 21

Just a day after her much-talked-about performance at the inauguration in Washington D.C., this young operatic soprano will take to the stage in Texas. The 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” singer has garnered the support of legendary music producers like David Foster and filmmakers such as Robert Redford.

"Focus: Stanley Whitney"

Fort Worth: Jan. 21-Apr. 2

A new exhibition premieres this weekend at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum—which, if you haven’t yet been, is worth a visit simply to admire the peaceful, purposeful architecture of Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando. Abstract painter Stanley Whitney is on display, and the installation features the irregular grids of multicolored blocks he is most known for.

“Xu Bing: Book from the Sky”

Austin: Through Jan. 22

It’s the final weekend to catch this photogenic installation at the Blanton in Austin. The exhibit, which closes January 22 and occupies the size of a family home inside the museum—1,500 square feet—is regarded as a masterpiece of 20th-century Chinese art.

"The President's Photographer"

Belton: Oct. 29-Jan. 28

It seems like a fitting weekend to get an up-close and personal look into the lives of presidents from the past 50 years. Examine the men who previously occupied the Oval Office through the lens of White House photographers, who often see a side of the commander in chief the public rarely witnesses.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth: Through Feb. 4
Relive Cowtown roots with a visit to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo — now 121 years young and featuring the world’s largest non-motorized parade on Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m. The rodeo competition goes into full swing throughout the weekend at the Stockyards, with unique offerings like a celebrity goat milking contest on Saturday and a pigeon show on Sunday. Retired or active members of the U.S. military and their immediate families get in free later this month.

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