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Things To Do in Texas This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend: Jan. 12-15

Written by , published January 8, 2018

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Make this three-day weekend count with our picks of the best festivals, parades, and historical happenings across the Lone Star State—from one of the largest MLK Day parades in the country to the kickoff of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Texas

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

San Antonio Cocktail Conference

San Antonio: Jan. 10-14 
The first of its kind in Texas, bringing together top bartenders for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings, and cocktail parties.

Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza

Nacogdoches: Jan. 11-14
New York Times best-selling authors from across North America attend The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys International Book Club convention—the 18th annual event is the largest "meeting and discussing" book club of its kind in the world. Other convention events include a pool party, author panels, an author dinner, awards ceremony, grand finale, and the club’s signature Great Big Ball of Hair Ball.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth: Jan. 12-Feb. 3 
A fun-filled extravaganza rich in Western tradition, this legendary rodeo at Will Rogers Memorial Center is the place to be this weekend. Enjoy exciting rodeo action, livestock, horse shows, and a number of other experiences including interactive, kid-friendly activities. 

Drillers Reunion: Spindletop's 117th Anniversary Celebration

Beaumont: Jan. 13
Celebrate the anniversary of the Lucas Gusher with live re-enactments, blacksmithing and printing demonstrations, crafts, games, music, food, and more. And, of course, an anniversary celebration would not be complete without blowing the gusher. 

The Official Blues Brother Revue

Galveston: Jan. 13 
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as Jake and Elwood Blues. Backed by a powerhouse band, their performance is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including "Soul Man," "Rubber Biscuit," "Sweet Home Chicago," and more. An evening of rock, blues, and soul fun. The Grand 1894 Opera House

The Dallas Vert Mile Stair Climb

Dallas: Jan. 13 
A world-class stair climb race and fun walk brings some of the best stair runners on the planet to Dallas's Reunion Tower. The race is also open to the public, and there are four vertical—or vert—distances available. All participants do the vert sprint race and fun walk, which climbs 50 floors and 470 feet. You may also do the three-lap vert quarter mile; six-lap vert half mile; or the 12-lap, 600-story, vert mile challenge.


Grapevine: Jan. 13-14 
Repticon shows are now a staple in Texas, and Repticon Dallas marks a great addition to the show series. With two shows in 2018 and double the space at the Grapevine Convention Center, the show will be filled with regional and national vendors offering and exhibiting reptiles, amphibians, and all kinds of exotics. 

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Thomas Burritt and James Dick in Concert

Round Top: Jan. 13 
Burritt, a marimba artist, will be joined on stage by pianist Dick, the Round Top Festival Institute's founder and artistic director, to perform selected works for marimba and piano. Percussion students from the University of Texas Butler School of Music will join them.

MLK Day Parade and Celebration

Freeport: Jan. 15
A celebration of the holiday honoring the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to perpetuate his memory and the legacy of his achievements for future generations. Parade starts in Downtown Freeport and ends at Freeport Municipal Park. 

MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston

Houston: Jan. 15
The 24th annual parade is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the US held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will be held in Houston's midtown originating on San Jacinto Street at Elgin Street, and will feature more than 300 culturally diverse performing groups from across the nation, including 30 award-winning marching bands. 

Martin Luther King March and Festival

Austin: Jan. 15
Join the march from the MLK statue at the University of Texas campus to historic Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy for Austin and the world. 

Bastrop County MLK Walk and Program

Elgin: Jan. 15
Each year in January, a walk is planned followed by a program with guest speakers in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The cities of Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville take turns hosting the event. 

City of San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. March

San Antonio: Jan. 15
On January 19, 1987, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official MLK March. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational, and celebratory events honor one of the nation's most revered civil rights leaders. 

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