Spring has Sprung in Texas! And now is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway, and enjoy “festing” in the Lone Star State! Today, I’m highlighting fun Spring-Time Texas Festivals!
Texas Festivals….the Perfect Spring Activity
You know what’s great about Texas. Well….practically everything. But, in the category of Texas Festivals, there’s always something to enjoy almost every weekend of the year. But, as all Texans know, Spring is ideal, because it’s not so darn hot yet!
Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown, Texas
Beautiful poppies, a parade, classic cars, local food, arts and crafts and everybody’s favorite….Grammy award-winning country artist and Lone Star favorite, Pat Green! April 26-28, Georgetown will celebrate its 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival. Click here to visit their web site!
You know I love a little history lesson! Henry Purl Compton (known as “Okra”), a corporal in the U.S. Army, sent poppy seeds home to his mother from northern France during WWI. Shortly after his mother planted the seeds, they quickly spread beyond her home all over town. Today, the poppies do not grow as plentifully as they once did, however the citizens of Georgetown work hard to preserve the town, including much of the historic neighborhood just off the Square, and hosting this annual festival in their honor.
- The Red Poppy Festival is April 26-28.
- Georgetown is 25 miles north of Austin.
- All festival events are FREE.
- Bring your lawn chairs for concerts on Friday and Saturday nights. Pat Green is scheduled for 9:00 pm on Saturday, April 27.
Thank you to the kind folks at Breakaway Public Relations for all the scoop!
The Dallas International Film Festival
I’m a big big fan of DIFF, mainly because I love film, and also my bud, the amazing Artistic Director, James Faust, whom I wrote about in this post. In its 13th year, the Dallas International Film Festival runs April 11-18, and you can check out all the details by clicking here.
- DIFF runs April 11-18 in Dallas, Texas.
- Passes are now on sale, and cost between $75 – $500, and this year, pass holders can reserve specific seats in the theater. Individual tickets are $13 per film.
- Screenings will take place at The Magnolia, Studio Movie Grill, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
- For my take on “How to Fest”, check out this Blog Post.
Brazos Nights in Waco, Texas
Yup…there’s a lot happening on the I-35 corridor! According to the Waco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, “The City of Waco’s Brazos Nights concert series is set to return to downtown Waco this spring and summer. For 30 years, Brazos Nights has brought good times and great music to the riverfront next to the historic Suspension Bridge.”
“With outstanding musicians, food trucks and family fun, the award-winning concerts are a true Waco tradition. Opening on April 12 with special guest: Cedric Burnside. Cedric is a two-time Grammy nominee and winner of five Blues Music Awards. Headliner Booker T is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MG’s, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd and Sam and Dave during his tenure at the renowned Stax Records label. Gates open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.”
Future Brazos Nights dates are May 3, June 14, and July 4 which is 4th on the Brazos!
- Admission is FREE.
- Brazos Nights is held in Indian Spring Park near the historic Suspension Bridge.
- Gates open at 6, and concerts begin around 7-7:30.
- Bring your own lawn chair, and enjoy food from many Food Trucks and other local vendors.
CineMarfa in Marfa, Texas
If you’ve never been to West Texas, you need to get yourself out there! It’s simply gorgeous, rugged, and wonderful. And Marfa, Texas is a haven for art, culture…and film!
The 9th Annual CineMarfa Film Festival takes place in early May, and features over fifteen films, all free and open to the public. According to CineMarfa website, “CineMarfa was founded in 2011 by a group of artists, filmmakers, and film lovers to promote the culture of film and filmmaking in Marfa. Programmed by Co-Directors David Hollander and Jennifer Lane, CineMarfa was inspired by a desire to bring artist-made films usually screened in galleries and museums to viewers in Far West Texas. In addition to films made by visual artists, we focus on showing unusual and rare archival, experimental, documentary and narrative cinema.”
- CineMarfa runs May 2-5.
- Admission to all screenings is FREE.
- Marfa is approximately three hours from El Paso and Midland/Odessa airports.
- Many years ago, I stayed at the Hotel Paisano, a wonderfully historic hotel. Other options for lodging can be found by clicking here.
Texas Festivals….Make Your Plans Now!
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