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Written by Erin Inks

WOB-Texas Independence Day

This year marks Texas' 179th birthday, and several events across the state make fun places to join the celebration (and maybe soak up a little history, too).


Looking for a more creative way to treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day than giving the typical store-bought card, candy or flowers? Feb. 14 is on a Saturday this year, meaning there’s ample time for a getaway to enjoy each other’s company for more than just dinner. Here are a few ideas for special events happening across Texas—as always, be sure to call ahead and make reservations or buy tickets in advance to make sure all goes smoothly.



For Mardi Gras fun, there’s no need to drive to the state next door—there are beads and bon temps galore at many events right here in Texas.


December’s arrival means hometown holiday festivals are lighting up almost every community across Texas, large and small.


Put on your scarves and grab a cup of hot cocoa, merrymakers—'tis the season for Christmas lights! 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. 

halloween3Calling all princesses, ghosts, baseball players, fairies, superheroes and rockstars: October in Texas means endless opportunities to dress up and play.

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As the nation honors those who have died in military service on Memorial Day, dozens of events pop up this weekend to celebrate freedom and the unofficial start of the summer season.

This tabletop model at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza shows the positions of the president's car as three shots were fired from the building, then known as the Texas School Book Depository.

With nearly the same lineup playing through two weekends this year (Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13), the Austin City Limits Music Festival offers a rare chance to offer some first-hand recommendations for what to do at an event that's usually a one-time-only experience. While I didn't get to see all (or even most) of the 130-plus acts on the festival's eight stages last weekend, there are a lot of things I'd do or see again – and maybe a few things I'd do differently.


If you visit downtown Austin this fall, you might wonder "why is there a big, white tree hovering over the water?"


Freedom Over Texas, Houston's Fourth of July celebration, includes a huge firworks show over downtown. (Photo by Richard Carson)

From big-name concerts to small-town celebrations, there are plenty of places to celebrate America's birthday Texas-style this Fourth of July. Here are my top three picks for sure-fire fun this weekend:

A cook-off competitor fries up his best chicken-fried steaks in Lamesa.

The West Texas town of Lamesa, about 60 miles south of Lubbock,serves up its annual Chicken-Fried Steak Festival this weekend in celebration of the town’s claim as the birthplace of the Texas delicacy. According to local legend, short-order cook James Donald Perkins accidentally made the first dish of its kind in 1911 when he misinterpreted an order for chicken and fried steak at a small restaurant called Ethel's Home Cooking. Instead of making two separate items, he thought the customer wanted a steak battered and fried like a chicken—and what a delicious mistake it turned out to be.


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