Family Events in Texas

Looking for any excuse to get away this winter? We have a lineup of warm-weather festivals all winter long, deep in the heart of Texas.

Luckenbach Blues Festival

In Luckenbach, Texas, guests and locals celebrate the 12th annual celebration of blues, art and history, Jan 19, 2019. Hosted in the Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall, guests enjoy live performances from an array of music talents. Luckenbach is about 15 minutes from Fredericksburg and about an hour from Austin.

Winter Antique Show

The Round Top Antique Show, hosted Jan. 24–27, 2019, attracts antique lovers from all over for unique pieces and one-of-a-kind oddities. Now open for the 50th year, guests can shop vintage items, repurposed furniture and goods.

Dutch Oven Cookoff

Picture a Wild West ghost town, and you might have Terlingua, Texas, in mind. The historic locale attracts visitors from all over during the annual Dutch Oven Cookoff with music, auctions and good Southern cooking, Feb 3–4, 2019.

Confucius Wishing Lanterns

Over in San Antonio, locals flock to the San Antonio River Feb. 9, 2019, to release lanterns over the water to honor lost loved ones, or release their hopes and well wishes into the universe. Participants often decorate and personalize their own eco-friendly lanterns before releasing.

Inspire Film Festival

Celebrated in The Woodlands, Feb. 14–18, 2019, guests enjoy the five-day cinema event, Inspire Film Festival. Audiences head to the annual event for inspiring films and human interest pieces, just 30 miles outside of Houston. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Play It Again Concert

Jazz may not be the first genre you think of when you hear Texas, but, in San Angelo, travelers enjoy a whole afternoon of it during the West Texas Jazz Orchestra, Feb. 17, 2019. Expect the sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller along with many others.

Whooping Crane Festival

For the animal lovers and birdwatchers in the family, the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas, Feb. 21–24, 2019, is the world’s last naturally occurring population of whooping cranes. Sit in on workshops and guest speaker panels or hop on boat and bus tours to get a better look at the cranes.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is always a good time and this year in Galveston, Texas, guests celebrate in the historic town with parades and parties, Feb. 22–24 2019. There will be live musical performances, dancing, street parties and enough food to feed an army.