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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: April 27-29

Written by , published April 23, 2018

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Close out the month of April with Galveston's Third Coast Music Festival (featuring the infamous Galveston Island Beach Revue), the Big Bend Open Road Race (the most challenging race of its kind in the U.S.), and Texas SandFest in Port Aransas—the largest master sand sculpting competition in the country.

Big Bend Open Road Race

Fort Stockton: April 25-28
A rally-style competition regarded as the most challenging open-road race in the United States. More than 100 racers are expected to show up to test their mettle—and put the pedal to the metal—on this scenic stretch of highway between Fort Stockton and Sanderson. You can participate in almost any vehicle—whether you drive a flashy Lamborghini, a PT Cruiser, or a 50-year-old Studebaker. The car show is followed by a parade of race participants, and the public can join an end-of-the-race after party. 

Third Coast Music Festival

Galveston: April 26-29
The festival will feature 40 bands and 50 shows representing numerous genres in venues throughout the city. The festival will coincide with the Galveston Island Beach Revue

Riverfest and Flapjack 5K

Freeport: April 27-29 
Events include the Freeport Fireman's barbecue cookoff, a Flapjack 5K, a motorcycle show, a sailboat regatta, live entertainment, and a three-on-three basketball tournament at Freeport Municipal Park.

Texas SandFest

Port Aransas: April 27-29
The largest master sand sculpting competition in the U.S, this family event offers attendees a weekend of fun on the beach while viewing these magnificent works of sand art. Unique "island-style" jewelry, art, crafts, food, and music will also be available on the beach between markers 9 and 15.

Eric Church in Concert

The Woodlands: April 27
Rescheduled after Hurricane Harvey, this concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will contribute to ongoing recovery efforts—with ticket proceeds from the concerts going directly to Houston relief charities. Additionally, Church is inviting first responders that have, and continue to, work tirelessly to aid those that have been affected by the storm to be his guests.

Founders Day Festival

Dripping Springs: April 27-29
The three-day festival celebrates the 1850 founding of the Dripping Springs community and offers a variety of family-friendly activities. The festival kicks off with the grand parade on Friday followed by live music on two stages. With a carnival, cook-off competitions and arts and crafts vendors, there is something for everyone.

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Poppy Festival

Georgetown: April 27-29
Celebrate Spring in the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" at the 19th annual festival, which covers three days of live music, contests, parades, food, art, and fun for the whole family. Georgetown is one of the few places in the United States where red poppies grow naturally every year. On April 25, 1990, the town was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. 

Derrick Days Festival and Navarro County Pro Rodeo

Corsicana: April 27-28
Festival marks 43 years of celebrating Texas' first oil boom, which transformed Corsicana into an oil and industrial center. Festivities include a morning parade, chili cook-off, a gospel stage, a main entertainment stage featuring a battle of the bands, vendors, food booths, five historical tours, a rodeo, a car show, zip lining, and more. Children's activities include pet adoptions, a carnival, amusement rides, and pony rides. 

Battle of Flowers Parade

San Antonio: April 27 
The 127th annual parade will for the first time in its storied history feature not one, not two, but the entire Familia Cortez from San Antonio's iconic Mi Tierra Restaurant in historic Market Square as grand marshal. In a nod to San Antonio's Tricentennial celebration, the parade's theme is "300 Timeless Treasures." The parade will be televised nationally and broadcast to U.S. military bases overseas. 

Fort Worth Opera Festival

Fort Worth: April 27-May 13
Event offers a truly transparent look into opera at the Bass Performance Hall. See everything through the eyes of the performers with exclusive backstage tours. Get an inside look at the world that influenced the composer and librettist during the pre-show Opera Previews. 

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Denton: April 27-29 
One of Denton's most famous signature events, this three-day celebration of the arts at Quakertown Park features more than 3,000 professional and amateur performers on seven stages showcasing the best in jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, and full orchestra music. In addition, community and school groups represent a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling, and theatre performances. Fine artists and craftsmen come from all over to participate and sell in this juried show. Abundant food and beverage options, bars, tons of entertainment, and a huge kids' area keep the fun rolling all weekend. 

Fortress Festival

Fort Worth: April 28-29
The festival is a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and features two stages, one on the lawn in front of the Will Rogers Memorial Center and a second that hovers above the reflecting pond of the Modern. In addition to world-class music, attendees are able to wander through the galleries of the museum and experience world-class art. 

Doc Holliday Festival

Denison: April 28
Celebrate the city's boomtown in the 1870 and '80s with characters from the past, including Doc Holliday (the infamous gambler and gunfighter once held an office in downtown Denison). Events include a panel of local historians, Wild West photos, gunfights, food, music and more. The Red River Railroad Museum will have an open house and celebrate 25 years of existence. Look for some popular characters and likely a shootout. Re-enactors welcome.


New Braunfels: April 28
Rock out to Whiskey Myers and Austin's own Vejello, and taste the awesomeness of the Battle of the Roux Gumbo Cook-Off. Can last year's crawfish-eating champions hold their crown for another year? Live zydeco, a Dock Dogs competition, crawfish races, and live Tejano music from Siggno. Camp out on-site at the Comal County Fairgrounds.

Ranch Day

Lubbock: April 28
At the 48th annual event, both the young and young at heart enjoy when cowboys, horses, chuck wagons and 185 volunteers—many dressed in period clothing—make pioneer life come alive for visitors. More than 5,000 guests attend the popular event every year to participate in hands-on ranch or range science and history demonstrations as well as music, dancing, a Comanche tepee, horseback riding, and an old-fashioned "Snake Oil Magic Show" in the 6666 Barn.

Pecan Pie Festival

Tatum: April 28
Not your everyday street fair—behind every corndog, funnel cake, handmade bow, cool antique car show, and bounce house, there is a bigger reason to come check out this pecan pie festival: it was founded in 2012 to bring free or low-cost mammograms to women that might not otherwise afford this life-saving screening tool. 

Fiesta San Antonio

San Antonio: Through April 29
Its the final weekend of this 11-day party, where the city celebrates its history and the diversity that makes the community what it is. More than 100 local nonprofit organizations orchestrate festivities and raise funds that support the community throughout the year. There's something for everyone at Fiesta: street fairs, carnivals, charity runs, music, arts, culture, and so much more. 

Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin"

Austin: Through April 29
Ellsworth Kelly's last great work, the chapel-like structure entitled Austin now being realized at the Blanton Museum, has its roots in the artist's deep appreciation of historical European art and architecture. This exhibition explores how Austin's conceptual origins began in the seminal period Kelly spent in France (1948-54), when he immersed himself in the country's artistic traditions and monuments.

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