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Written by Jane Kellogg Murray

Fiesta by Cyndi Griesser

It’s like Mardi Gras if you substitute the beads and king cake with baile folklórico and mariachi music. What started in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto has evolved into the city’s premiere event, Fiesta San Antonio. A spectacular firework show during the official opening ceremonies kicks off more than 100 events across 11 days. First-timers can find the breadth of offerings overwhelming, so look for a volunteer for guidance—some 75,000 people donate their time. This year’s event is April 20–30, 2017.

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Exploring Cuba’s artistic production in the years following Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959, “Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950” looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia—and subsequent disillusionment—shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition is the most significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States in more than 70 years.

Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, “Adiós Utopia” focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained, and it explores how the country’s history affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in Cuba and abroad.

The exhibit runs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from March 5—May 21, 2017.

We hope you’re hungry: The weekend’s best bets to cap off March include the Texas Food Truck Showdown in Waco, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, and rosé all day at the Texas Wine Revolution in Stonewall. Don’t forget to keep your guard up on Saturday—it’s April Fools Day.

While you’re on the road hunting for newly sprouted wildflowers this weekend, consider adding these weekend activities to your to-do list, including the Liberty Jubilee Festival and the International Friendship Festival in Eagle Pass—“where yee-haw meets olé.”

Startrails and their Reflections by Jerry Moreno

Go wild with the wildflowers at Jasper’s Azalea Festival, catch a concert during the final weekend of SXSW in Austin, and grab the luck of the Irish at St. Patrick’s Day events across the state.

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From raucous block parties to traditional Celtic dancing, it doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Texas. Grab your green, say your Irish goodbye and head to as many of these locales as you can manage so you can celebrate with the best of ’em.

dutchoven2Texas has plenty to offer travelers this weekend, whether you intend to join the SXSW circus taking over Austin, or you plan to wander far away from the hubbub and dive into events of a slower pace across the state this weekend—like the Llano Earth Art Fest, Houston’s River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail, and The Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas.

12901052 1737026259852399 7703005371157531243 oWith a bevy of festivals celebrating all sorts of things—oysters, Texas’ independence, fiddles, kites, lanterns—the spring festival season warm-up commences now.

mardigras galvestonFrom early-blooming flowers to Mardi Gras festivities happening across the state, make sure February goes out with a bang this weekend.

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South by Southwest returns to Austin March 9-18, and it’s bound to be as surprising as ever. Secret John Legend concerts? A pop-up “Mr. Robot” carnival—Ferris wheel and all? A panel featuring both Michelle Obama and Missy Elliott? Who can keep track? The festival has seemingly seen it all in its 31-year history, but every year it returns with bigger and better surprises. Here are some tips on how to take it all in.

Make the most of your President’s Day weekend—and Mardi Gras weekend!—with these fun activities across the state.

WBCA Carnival 3If you feel like getting out of town this pre-Valentine’s weekend, take a gander at this weekend’s activities—you could be enjoying a “Sweetheart Safari” dinner in Glen Rose or a burlesque tribute to Prince at Austin’s historic Paramount theater.

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