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Written by Erin Inks

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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:

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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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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).

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

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