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Travel Spotlights

There is no shortage of events in Texas. Our searchable database is proof that you'll find plenty to keep you busy. Here, Texas Highways editors offer a few recommendations. Interested in submitting an event? Click here.

PRAIRIES AND LAKES >Fort Worth

The Samurai Spirit

armor-of-the-nimaitachido-type-detail-CMYKCombining artistry, craftsmanship, and functionality, Japanese samurai armor reflects the valor of the historic warrior class. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth explores this legacy through August 31 with Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. The traveling exhibition—the first in the Kimbell’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion—showcases more than 140 pieces collected by the Barbier-Mueller family of Dallas. The intricate armor, masks, and weapons date from the 12th to the 19th centuries.

GULF COAST >Crystal Beach

Shake your Shell

Crabfest041cmykCelebrate Mom this Mother’s Day weekend at the Texas Crab Festival, which takes place May 9-11 at Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula. The 29th edition of the event packs in the fun with attractions ranging from wiener-dog races to a carnival midway and musical acts, including Cajun rocker Wayne Toups. Crabs enter the picture with a crab gumbo cookoff, a crab dish contest among the food vendors, and live crab races.

HILL COUNTRY>Austin

Flower Power

46 HornBloomWe’d all love to roam the Texas back roads on an unbridled wildflower hunt, but life’s pesky realities often interfere. Luckily, you can soak in the state’s wildflower diversity with one simple stop at Texas Highways’ retrospective of wildflower photography—40 Years of Oohs and Ahhs—which runs April 19-May 25 at The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as part of the center’s Wildflower Days™. And don’t forget to enter our wildflower photo contest (send entries April 7-May 5), cosponsored by Precision Camera & Video, which is providing a $350 gift certificate to the winner.

Road Trip!

There’s never a bad time to hit the road, but the first full week of May will offer added benefits as the Texas travel industry celebrates Travel and Tourism Week. Congress established the event to promote the power of travel, from economic development to the positive effect on relationships. On May 4, take advantage of free entry to the Texas Historical Commission’s historic sites. Also during the week, TxDOT’s 12 Texas Travel Information Centers around the state will feature promotions such as giveaways and local speakers.

HILL COUNTRY>Austin

PANHANDLE PLAINS>Canyon

Western Women

The history of women in the American West is the subject of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. Women of the West, sponsored partly by Humanities Texas, aims to expand viewers’ perspectives on the role of women in the West and its development. The six exhibitions range from Native American art to fashion on the High Plains, historical photographs and artifacts, and the depiction of women in Western art.

GULF COAST>Orange

Navajo Weaving

In Orange, the Stark Museum of Art explores the history of Navajo textiles in Navajo Weaving: Tradition & Trade. The exhibition features more than 35 Navajo weavings, ranging from 19th-Century “Chief Blankets” to contemporary works by Navajo weavers. A replica Trading Post—where the Navajo historically bartered their weavings for goods—helps explain how culture and commerce influenced the weaving tradition. The exhibition runs through July 12.

PRAIRIES AND LAKES>Burton

High Cotton

It’s a year of milestones for the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 25-26), which marks its 25th anniversary of celebrating the area’s cotton farming heritage. The Texas Cotton Gin Museum hosts the festival, including a parade, petting zoo, craft vendors, and folklife demonstrators spinning and weaving cotton. The centerpiece of the festival is the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin, touted as the oldest operational cotton gin in the country. Burton will honor the gin’s 100th birthday on April 26 by firing up the 16-ton engine to gin a couple of bales.

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