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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: March 9-11

Written by , published March 5, 2018

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Family-friendly events abound this weekend—from the Llano Earth Art Fest on the banks of the Llano River, to Rockport's 30th annual Whooping Crane Strut.

Texas Storytelling Festival

Denton: March 8-11
Every March since 1985, fabulous tale spinners have filled the air in "Little D" with stories. This year's event will feature storytelling concerts, workshops, music, a story slam, a liar's contest, story swaps, ghost stories, sacred tales, a fringe concert, youth activities, and a family concert at the Civic Center.


Houston: March 9-11
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back at the Hobby Center by popular demand in this 20th anniversary world tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song.

Llano Earth Art Fest

Llano: March 9-12
Held on the banks of the Llano River at Leonard Grenwelge County Park—one block from Llano's historic downtown—LEAF is an interactive experience for young and old alike. Watch internationally renowned artists defy gravity with amazingly balanced rock sculptures, listen to great musicians fill the park with song, try your hand at rock balancing, or see if you've got what it takes to compete in the 2018 World Rock Stacking Championship. For kids there are plenty of activities, including a climbing wall, face painting, and more. Adults can enjoy a cold beer while taking part in workshops, viewing and creating art, or just relaxing in the sun.

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Best Little Cowboy Gathering

La Grange: March 9-10
Two fun-filled days of traditional country, Bob Wills Western swing, and good dance music at the Fayette County Fair Grounds. The 10th annual event also offers a barbecue cookoff, horse clinics and demonstrations all day on Saturday, Dutch oven demonstrations, trick ropers, carriage rides, and more.

Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival

Plano: March 10-11
At the Plano Event Center, meet nationally known fly fishing book authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rodmakers, and fly-tyers from across the country. Check out the fly fishing manufacturers, attend lectures on techniques, and then step out into the Texas sunshine to sample some micro-brewed beer.

Big Band Blowout Part II

New Braunfels: March 10
Swing and sway the night away to the sounds of the 1940s at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. Hot diggity dog—it’s the music of Glenn Miller, Les Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and a host of other Big Band biggies. Swing dance lessons with Rob and Diane of YeahMan, an ice-cold Faust Craft Brew, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a concert designed to blow your mind; learn how to swing or show off your mad skills.

Fiesta of Gems

San Antonio: March 10-11
Rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, gemstones, 27 dealers, a silent auction, exhibits, games, and a grand prize. Make your own cabochon at the 57th annual event at the San Antonio Event Center.

Whooping Crane Strut

Rockport: March 10
The 30th annual event features a two-mile walk, and a 5K and 10K run. The walk will remain on the beach while the 5K and 10K will continue to Austin Street and Water Street. 

Rusty Chippy Vintage Hippy & Garden Show

Huntsville: March 10-11
Held indoors at the air-conditioned Walker County Fairgrounds, this show brings an antique, vintage, and re-purposed wonderland to this little corner of East Texas. Antiques, More than 100 dealers from across the country bring their latest finds before they head off to Round Top or Warrenton.

Artrageous: Interactive Art and Music Experience

Lufkin: March 11
Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting audience interaction, the Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one-of-a-kind crossover experience at the Temple Theater—Angelina Arts Alliance.

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