Go wild with the wildflowers at Jasper’s Azalea Festival, catch a concert during the final weekend of SXSW in Austin, and grab the luck of the Irish at St. Patrick’s Day events across the state.
Austin: Mar. 10-19
The bevy of options during SXSW can be overwhelming, but here’s one idea: the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake—free and open to the public, benefiting LUPE Arte—will bring out Wyclef Jean on Friday night to perform a Prince tribute concert.
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Nederland: Mar. 14-19
In anticipation of 100,000 visitors going Dutch this weekend, Nederland has set up a mighty fine carnival around the Windmill Museum at Tex Ritter Park. As it overlaps with spring break, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had, including a parade, washer tournament with cash prizes, live music, and a chili cook-off.
Robstown: Mar. 17-19
Find your inner kid and play to your heart’s content at this 40-hour gaming marathon. Play endless board games, video games, laser and archery tag, bubble soccer, ping-pong, and more—there will even be virtual reality demonstrations.
Shamrock: Mar. 17-19
What else would you expect to celebrate in a town named Shamrock? With a population just shy of 2,000, this tiny town on Route 66 goes big with the expectation that more than 20,000 people will come out for this three-day festival. Events include a parade, a carnival, and the Donegal beard contest (the contest actually started on January 1, and the man with the fullest and most stylish beard by March 17 wins $100.)
Mansfield: Mar. 17-18
When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, the world has a green tint, and what's greener than a good old-fashioned pickle? The home of Best Maid Pickles turns its historic Main Street into a pickle paradise on St. Patrick’s Day, with a parade, fun run, street party, and a pickle juice drinking contest. The Pickle Queens, a group of women decked out in red wigs and green prom dresses, rule this pickle-flavored celebration.
Waco: Mar. 18-19
The Heart Of Texas Airshow returns with smoke and thunder to the clear skies over Waco this weekend. Vintage aircraft and aerial acrobatics perform across two days; don’t miss the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they take to the sky for their only Central and North Texas performance in 2017.
Dripping Springs: Mar. 18
If the International Dark Sky Association has anything to do with it, the stars at night will remain big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. This annual Dripping Springs event offers a slate of daytime activities that explore the attributes of nature at night, as well as ways to protect darkness from ever-encroaching artificial light pollution. After dark, get personal coaching on how to better your night sky photography skills, enjoy constellation storytelling, and yoga under the stars.
Luckenbach: Mar. 18
Enjoy a full day of rockabilly music and chili to celebrate the seasonal return of that pesky wasp. Live music includes Billy Joe Shaver, the Tejas Brothers, Whitney Rose, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars, Kevin Deal, and more.
Jasper: Mar. 18
Thanks to an exceptionally warm winter, some azaleas couldn’t wait for the 29th annual Azalea Festival this weekend. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a full day of springtime fun in Jasper’s historic downtown square. Activities include an arts and crafts show, quilt show, classic car show, live music, kiddie carnival, and more.
Glen Rose: Mar. 18
There’s something supernatural happening in North Texas this weekend. If you’re feeling that energy too, head to the Somervell County Expo Center to meet UFO researchers, Bigfoot researchers, healers, and more at The Dallas Paranormal Society’s sixth annual event.
Granbury: Mar. 18-19
Granbury certainly knows how to throw a birthday party. Enjoy a bean-eating contest, bull riding on the beach, a parade, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and—of course—plenty of free birthday cake and ice cream in honor of the town’s namesake: Civil War general Hiram Bronson Granbury.