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Written by Jane Kellogg Murray

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Another three-day weekend is upon us, and with it comes the legendary "Fort Griffin Fandangle," fishing tournaments, a western swing festival, Stonewall's Peach Jamboree and Rodeo, and more.

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Dad deserves a memorable weekend this Father's Day, so we've rounded up a few events across Texas that keep dear old dad in mind.

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June is cooking up some delicious events this weekend, including the Shrimporee in Aransas Pass, Pie Fest in Cisco, the Jacksonville Tomato Fest, and the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches.

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From the beach (Galveston’s AIA Sandcastle Competition) to the ballet (the Texas debut of Canada’s Ballet BC), there’s plenty of summer fun to be had the first weekend of June.

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For this three-day weekend, picnics, music festivals, and barbecues are in full force as Texans celebrate the unofficial start of summer. But as we enjoy these freedoms, it’s also a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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We're heading into a holiday weekend—the unofficial kickoff to summer. Here are 10 ways to get the most of your Memorial Day weekend, including a PGA tournament stop in Fort Worth, a tribute to Elvis at Southfork Ranch, and a folksy fest in Kerrville.

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Make the weekend count with our picks of the best festivals, concerts, and tournaments happening across the Lone Star State—from midnight concerts at the Nasher Sculpture Center to barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin's inaugural Hot Luck festival.

hey617Does an oenophile’s paradise exist in Texas? While some wine-lovers may pine for the Provences and Willamette Valleys of the world, for me, it’s the hamlet of Hye.

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This Mother's Day weekend, whatever mom wants to do wins. But perhaps she'd like to enjoy a Texoma twist on Cajun in Wichita Falls, see the world's largest bit and spur show in Abilene, or eat more crabs than she can shake a claw at in Crystal Beach.

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Across the Lone Star state, cities are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with parades, live mariachi music, traditional Mexican foods, and more. The holiday—which commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over invading French forces during the Battle of Puebla in 1862—is an integral part of the culture of Texas, which was once part of Mexico from 1821-1836. While the meaning of the holiday these days can easily be lost (our neighbors to the south primarily commemorate the battle through military ceremonies), Texans use the day to celebrate Mexican-American culture. Find an event near you below.

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Welcome to the first weekend of May. Before the dog days of summer are here, Texans can head to Port Neches for RiverFest, Brenham for Maifest, New Braunfels for Wein and Saengerfest, and Cinco de Mayo festivities across the state.

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At dusk nearly every night in summer, the hot muggy air encompassing downtown Austin suddenly fills with 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats—forming what resembles a torrential hurricane as they pour out from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and take off across the river. Tourists line up daily on and around the bridge—some setting up picnics, some in canoes or balancing on stand-up paddleboards on the water—to catch a glimpse of the colony as it takes flight. And on August 19, the city aims to celebrate its winged residents with Bat Fest, an annual festival on the bridge. The family-friendly event offers children’s activities, a batty costume contest, and live music from Blue October, American Authors, Warren G, Puddle of Mudd, and others. While the day’s activities are well planned, the timing of the bats’ flight is not (they’re wild animals, after all). Experts predict their emergence to occur sometime between 7 and 8:45 p.m. and last for half an hour.

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