WHAT TO DO: April 2019
Updated: Mar 25
Springtime in Texas means beautiful weather, bluebonnets, and plenty of outdoor festivities to occupy your time. From east to west, and north to south, we've got plenty of excitement to keep the whole family entertained during this beautiful time.
Llano River Chuch Wagon Cook-Off
Although originally scheduled for October, this cookoff has been moved to April and is held along the banks of the Llano River. Take a trip back in time and learn about the era when the West was settled.
For all the information, visit llanochuchwagoncookoff.com.
33rd Annual Trappings of Texas
Considered one of the best Western art and custom cowboy gear exhibits and sales in the country, Trappings brings up-and-coming artists alongside well-established artists under one roof. A special exhibit runs through May 19.
Museumofthebigbend.com for more detailed information.
Old Settler's Music Festival
Thousands of live music fans come out to enjoy the shady spring days while jamming to their favorite tunes. Since its inception in 1987, the festival has developed into a nationally recognized musical event that is also all-ages friendly. This year's headliners include Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, the Del McCoury Band, Shinyribs, and Amanda Shires.
For a list of the full line-up, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
(Photo credit belongs to festpop.com)
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival
Enjoy three days of arts & crafts, bluebonnet souvenirs, children's activities, live music, and scenic country rides, taking in all the beautiful wildflowers with our free Bluebonnet Trail Map.
The full map is located at bluebonnettrail.org.
Messina Hof Wine and Roses Festival
This one-day festival celebrates the 35th anniversary of the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses. Gather to enjoy wine tasting, local vendors and artisans, pairing classes, our famous grape stomp competition and more.
All the details are located at messinahof.com.
San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment
La Porte, TX
The largest battle reenactment in the Southwest recreates the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico.
Sanjacinto-museum.org has all the information about this fantastic event.
(Photo credit: crazycrow.com)
49th Annual Ranch Day
Both the young and young at heart enjoy Ranch Day activities each spring when cowboys, horses, chuck wagons and 185 volunteers, many dressed in period clothing, make pioneer life come alive for visitors. 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.
Facebook.com/events/397054491057215 has all the information.
Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas
Visit this little town on the hill to shop at over 250 arts & craft vendors and enjoy musical entertainment throughout the day. Bring the kids — lots of children's activities.
Chappellhillhisotricalsociety.com for the full list of fun.
Old Sorehead Trade Days
Trade Days is the best little show in West Texas — if you can call 615 booths and 30,000 visitors "little." Trade Days allow for four days of shopping. Shows are scheduled as well.
For the full list of info visit stantontex.com/events/old-sorehead-trade-days.
41st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival
Lubbock's long-running festival fosters the creation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts — with more than 150 visual artists from around the nation displaying and selling original paintings, drawings, pottery, sculpture and works in fiber, leather, jewelry, glass, and wood.
Lubbockarts.org has further information about this awesome family-friendly event.
Fiesta San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
The 127th annual Fiesta San Antonio boasts more than 100 events over 11 days. It honors the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto and celebrates the city's diverse heritage, culture, and spirit.
To learn more about the 11-day event, visit fiesta-sa.org.
East Texas Gusher Days
The 34th annual East Texas Gusher days festival is inspired by the historic oil boom in Gladewater. Events include a car show, carnival rides, live music, arts & crafts, food, the Big Bass Classic and more.
Gusher-days.com has all the information about this fun event.
U.S. Cavalry Association Regional Competition
San Angelo, TX
For Concho hosts this colorful, action-packed and historical series of events that involves 30-plus riders wearing uniforms and using equipment that portrays the early 1800s to the World War II era.
Visit fortconcho.com for further details.
(Photo credit belongs to Adam Sauceda/San Angelo Standard-Times)
48th Annual Bob Wills Day
Enjoy a full weekend of Western swing in the scenic home of Bob Wills, with downtown parade, arts & crafts show and a free outdoor concert Saturday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m.
Bobwillsday.com has all the details.
Held on the beautiful bayfront, Corpus Christi's longest-running pirate festival includes a rodeo, carnival, live music, food, amusements, rides, and parades.
For all the details on this fun event, visit bucdays.com.
3rd Annual Rio Grande Festival
El Paso, TX
In celebration of the arrival of the Oñate Expedition in April 1598, the festival includes a three-day history conference and a reenactment of the historic arrival of Oñate. The event will include historic presentations, live music, arts & crafts, food and beverages, and cultural presentations daily.
TheRioGrandeFestival.com has more information for anyone interested.
Port Aransas, TX
The three-day, the family-friendly festival attracts world-class sand sculptors and is the largest mast sand sculpting competition in the United States. Sand sculpting contests and lessons, unique jewelry, art, crafts, music, and food are available.
(Photo found on Texas Sandfest's facebook page)
4th Annual Doc Holliday: Saints and Sinners Festival
Celebrate Denison's formative years — the 1870s and '80s — when Doc Holliday had an office here. We'll help you imagine Denison as a boomtown in the early days with Wild West photos, card games, antiques, food, music, authors, wagon rides, a parade and more. Take part in a brush arbor revival and hymn signing. And enjoy an open house at the Red River Railroad Museum, with train rides for the kids.