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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Feb. 16-18

Written by , published February 12, 2018

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Presidents Day and the Chinese New Year combine this weekend to offer a wide array of festivals, historic tours, and more.

Cirque du Soleil's "Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience"

Austin: Feb. 14-18
World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. The story follows Crystal, the show’s main character, as she sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny when she dives into a world of her own imagination.  

Austin OUTsider Festival

Austin: Feb. 14-18
One of Austin's most progressive festivals brings together Austin's LGBTQI community for five days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, visual art, and more. 

"Postsecret: The Show"

Richardson: Feb. 15-18
An immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of personal stories we'd rather keep to ourselves, but on rare occasions, share with others. Explore the movement that has spawned six best-selling books and a Smithsonian art exhibition. A breakthrough in audience-sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that secrets can be both walls and bridges. 

Inspire Film Festival

The Woodlands: Feb. 15-19
Good films about good people doing good things. The second annual festival, held on President's Day weekend, is a four-day cinematic event dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films and stories that celebrate the human spirit. 15 thought-provoking documentary films and 10 short films are selected based on their ability to enlighten as well as entertain audiences. 

La Grange Uncorked

La Grange: Feb. 16-18

The festivities include a farm-to-table dinner; a wine stroll with food, live music, and more than 15 wine tasting locations; "After Uncorked" with the Black Cat Choir; and a cooking class with wine pairings by Rohan Meadery.

911 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and First Responders Weekend

Rockport: Feb. 16-18
This Presidents Day holiday weekend, men, women, and children of all ages are invited to visit the Festival Grounds site near Rockport Harbor. On behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, this outdoor exhibit will provide an educational experience with a mobile 53-foot tractor trailer exhibit. There will be ceremonies and events each evening. Saturday of that weekend will feature all first responders. 

The Houston Glass Show and Sale and The Best Little Antique Show in Texas

Rosenberg: Feb. 16-18
Annual show featuring dealers from across the nation selling glassware from 1880-1980—Depression Era glass, pattern glass, brilliant-cut glass, art glass, carnival glass, and mid-century modern glass. 

Pioneer Prosperity

Pine Springs: Feb. 17
Tour Frijole Ranch House & History Museum, the oldest intact settlement of the Guadalupe Mountains, and learn about how people have interacted and depended on this landscape for more than 10,000 years. 

Fiesta de La Feria

La Feria: Feb. 17
A street fair with live music, food and merchandise vendors, a car show, and more.

Greater Houston Train Show

Stafford: Feb. 17
This annual event attracts rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana. The show features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, train videos, and vendors from across the Southwest. 

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Chinese New Year Festival

Dallas: Feb. 17
In celebration of the Year of the Dog, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is preparing to throw one heck of a paw-ty for its 19th annual festival. Bring along your dog friend to Klyde Warren Park for puppy portraits and pampering, or visit dog rescues in the park as well as the new Zodiac Zoo in the Arts District featuring rescues dedicated to other animals found in the Chinese Zodiac.

"Rodeo! The Exhibition"

Austin: Feb. 17-Jan. 15, 2019
Experience the excitement of rodeos from around the state with the Bullock Texas State History Museum's dynamic and comprehensive new exhibition. Gain an insider's perspective on what makes rodeo an integral part of Texas history and imagine you're in the heart of the arena with classic artifacts spanning decades, immersive multimedia experiences, tactile activities, and first-person interviews highlighting the personal relationship Texans have with rodeo traditions. 

Lanterns on the Water

San Antonio: Feb. 17-March 3
The River Walk is launching a new tradition this year. For two weeks, six 26-foot-long floats carrying magically-illuminated enormous lanterns such as a dragon, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other objects will appear from 7-9 p.m. each night. 

Celebrate with the Presidents

Denison: Feb. 17
Celebrate Presidents' Day—George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and of course Dwight Eisenhower, at the Eisenhower Birthplace. Get your picture taken with a president or strike your best presidential pose at the podium, hear stories about presidents and presidential candidates, challenge yourself with presidential trivia, and find out about Ike's favorite ways to relax: fishing, golfing, and painting. Crafts and Eisenhower Birthplace house tour included. Event is for youth up to age 12.

"Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly's 'Austin'"

Austin: Feb. 18-April 29
Ellsworth Kelly's last great work, the chapel-like structure entitled Austin now being realized at the Blanton Museum, has its roots in the artist's deep appreciation of historical European art and architecture. This exhibition will explore how Austin's conceptual origins began in the seminal period Kelly spent in France (1948-54), when he immersed himself in the country's artistic traditions and monuments. 

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