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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Downton Abbey swept into family rooms and show-binging homes back in 2010 and is now resurfacing with a new story — this time on film! For Downton Abbey enthusiasts, this is a highly-anticipated event; for newcomers, this is a great chance to binge the show ahead of the film’s release; and for families looking for any excuse to get away, this is the time to take advantage of CIE Tours lineup of Downton Abbey-themed stops.
Dressing up for Halloween and collecting candy is what dreams are made of for kids — and, sometimes, those in their teens. Add in the special attention to detail kids and parents come to expect from LEGOLAND, and the spooky season gets a lot more fun.
One of the most thrilling and satisfying ways to experience the power and beauty of a river is while racing along with its current. Early fall is the perfect time to try whitewater rafting for beginners and families, with cooler weather, trees beginning to change color, and water that’s flowing at a less heart-pounding rate than it does following snowmelt in the spring.