The weekend's best bets include Fiesta San Antonio, the 30th annual Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood, and La Porte's San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment.
Driftwood: Apr. 20-23
The thirtieth Old Settler's begins this Thursday, offering bluegrass, folk, and Americana music on four stages at Salt Lick BBQ and Camp Ben McCulloch. Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
Austin: Apr. 19-22
Some of the funniest, wittiest, and oddest world-class comics from around the globe head to the Paramount and Stateside Theatres in Austin to perform their stand-up.
Fort Worth: Apr. 20-23
213 artists were hand-selected from more than 1,340 applications to exhibit their work at the largest arts festival in Texas, returning for its 32nd year. More than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold throughout the four-day festival, which will also feature live music (including Elephant Revival and Doyle Bramhall II), authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family.
Alpine: Apr. 20-22
The longest-running event of its kind in the nation, this exhibit and sale at Sul Ross State University's Museum of the Big Bend brings together the best in Western art and custom cowboy gear.
San Antonio: Apr. 20-30
What started in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto has evolved into the city’s premiere event. A spectacular firework show during the official opening ceremonies kicks off more than 100 events across 11 days. First-timers can find the breadth of offerings overwhelming, so look for a volunteer for guidance—some 75,000 people donate their time.
Austin: Apr. 21-23
This annual event at Circuit of the Americas is the pinnacle of two-wheel racing. Not only will there be high-speed racing all weekend, culminating with the Grand Prix on Sunday, but there will be plenty of opportunities to check out new gear, get some autographs, and hobnob with your fellow gearheads.
Port Aransas: Apr. 21-23
The three-day sand sculpture competition on Mustang Island Beach is one of the largest beach festivals in the state. Master sculptors from around the world create artistic and imaginative sculptures for more than 100,000 attendees. Also includes music, children's activities, food and craft booths.
Palestine: Apr. 21-23
Born out of a desire to keep Texas history and traditions alive, the races draw a crowd of more than 5,000—plus 2,000 horses and mules—each year to Diamond B Ranch in Neches, just outside of Palestine. Additionally, enjoy trail rides, dutch oven cooking classes, cowboy poetry, herd dog demonstrations, barn dances, live music, cowboy church, and more.
La Porte: Apr. 22
The centerpiece of this annual admission-free festival is the largest battle reenactment in the state of Texas, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The grounds of the San Jacinto Monument will play host to the reenactment, which recreates the events that led up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto, 181 years ago, on April 21, 1836.
Irving: Apr. 22
The city’s beautiful Mandalay Canals will come alive with music, dance, and crafts. Take in performances on three different stages, including Indian, African, belly and hula dancing, family improv, comedy and magic. There will be free face painting and balloon twisters for kids, henna tattoos, craft booths, and shopping for artisan wares. If the waters of Lake Carolyn beckon, you can rent a pedal boat or paddle board. Or let one of Irving’s own authentic Venetian-style gondoliers do the steering–and the singing.