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Written by Erin Inks


Nacogdoches, known as the oldest town in Texas, has a long and storied history to celebrate. Caddo tribes had long lived in the area before Spain founded a settlement in 1779. Nine flags have flown here—three more than the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, Confederate and U.S. flags that have flown over most of Texas—because of localized attempts to rebel from Spanish and Mexican rule.

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Christmas trees, Santa and stockings are all well-known trappings of the holiday season--but what about the campfires, cannons and cowboys of Christmas at Old Fort Concho in San Angelo? Or parades of decorated boats in places like Port Aransas and Rockport? 

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'Tis the season for dazzling Christmas displays—let our list of some of the biggest and brightest displays across Texas light your path toward a fun holiday outing with family and friends.


What if you could escape for a weekend not just to another place but another time?

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The joys of Texas wildflower season in the spring are well known, but fewer are familiar with the colorful array of carefully cultivated blooms celebrated each fall in East Texas. 


The "Cheeseburger Capital of Texas" hosts its 10th annual Cheeseburger Festival in City Park on July 18.


Looking for a way to beat the heat and keep the kids entertained this summer? Starting June 13, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas welcomes a special exhibit in addition to its normal collection of fascinating features.


It’s time to strike up the band, find your finest red-white-and-blue outfit and raise your flags high for some Texas-sized fun for America’s birthday! The Lone Star State is ready to commemorate the occasion in style—here’s a roundup of some of the cities across the state that shared their celebration plans with us. 


If you’re often left scratching your head over a gift for dad this time of year, what about making him feel like a kid again? The sixth-annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic gives adults a chance to relive the adventure of childhood with homemade racecar competitions on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-21.


Many think of Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also meant to be a time to honor those who have died in U.S. military service. Luckily, if you're planning a trip, there are plenty of events and activities where you can pay respects on your way to a fun weekend.

CrabFestMother’s Day gifts are great, but many moms will tell you that what they really want is to just spend some time with their kids. Why not do both by taking her on a trip to do some shopping, or maybe just enjoying a glass of wine or a festive event? Here are some ideas for activities going on this Mother’s Day weekend across the state:


Whether you know them as a crawfish, crawdads, crayfish, mudbugs or otherwise, it’s the season for these tasty crustacean critters, and numerous festivals are here to celebrate!  Here are just a few picks from our event listings to get your mouth watering.

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