From early-blooming flowers to Mardi Gras festivities happening across the state, make sure February goes out with a bang this weekend.
Galveston: Feb. 17-28
This lavish, 12-day festival, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors, wraps up on the island this weekend. Live music includes KISS cover band Kiss Alike, as well as country headliners Stoney Larue and Mike Ryan. A slew of balcony parties will offer the best views of street parade festivities down below. Find more Mardi Gras events here.
Alpine: Feb. 24-25
This annual gathering of poets, songwriters and wordsmiths celebrates the oral traditions of the working cowboy. Read more on the event here.
Junction: Feb. 24-26
This outdoorsy little town features three disc golf courses, and this weekend about 100 teams are planning to take the drive out to Junction to play in this annual tournament. The courses are located along the scenic Llano River.
Jefferson: Feb. 24-26
Head to one of the state’s oldest towns for live Mardi Gras entertainment, a carnival, plenty of good eatin’, and a slew of parades—including a motorcycle parade, a children’s parade, and a pet parade.
Nacogdoches: Feb. 24-26
Two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director Al Reinert will be this weekend festival’s featured guest. On Saturday evening, the Texas A&M grad will be showing his documentary, “For All Mankind,” followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Dallas: Feb. 25-April 9
Thanks to warmer weather and a slew of rain, springtime wildflowers are coming especially early this year. So this weekend’s clear skies should provide an ideal setting for the opening of the biggest flower festival in the Southwest. This year’s theme is "Peace, Love and Flower Power," featuring more than 100 varieties of spring bulbs and 500,000 blooms.
Austin: Feb. 25
A big haul of oysters will make their way up to Austin this weekend for this fifth annual event, a celebration of the Gulf and East Coast’s most delicious offerings. The festival requires crews to work around the clock for 48 hours as seafood is brought in and fresh marinades are made. Enjoy an extravagant Bloody Mary bar, raffle prizes, and live Americana, Cajun, bluegrass and “newgrass” music from local bands.
Magnolia: Feb. 25
Stuff yourself silly with good Cajun cooking before Fat Tuesday arrives February 28. This year’s cook-off features a variety of categories: étouffeé, gumbo, red beans and rice, and an open category. Then work off all those delicious calories with some dancing and an umbrella parade.
Austin: Feb. 25
This authentic, annual tradition features live music direct from Brazil for one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations this side of the equator. This exuberant Brasileiro-style celebration features music, costumes and dancing. A similar—albeit smaller—party will occur in Houston the same night.
McKinney: Feb. 26
Calling all four-legged partiers for this fun parade, where parade marchers are led by dogs decked out in their masquerade best. This year's theme is “Barkus Gone Bad: A Salute To Our Favorite Villains,” so expect to see some clever costumes (Cruella de Vil? The Wicked Witch of the West? Darth Vader? The possibilities are endless…)