Ride over to a rodeo, become bead-azzled at a Mardi Gras celebration or feel the love at Luckenbach’s Hug-In and Valentine Ball this month. February brings roping, revelry, romance and more to these 10 Texas towns.
Now-Feb. 9: The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, has been going strong for 122 years and now draws more than 1.2 million people. More at fwssr.com.
Feb. 22-24: The 41st annual Cowtown Marathon is the largest multi-event race in Texas, and proceeds from every race entry go toward helping low-income children in North Texas receive a free pair of running shoes. With distances for everyone, including the Kids 5K, Adults 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon, there’s a race for every runner. More at cowtownmarathon.org.
Now-Feb. 10: The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week brings the island’s vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of dining that will showcase Galveston’s tastiest culinary gems. More than 30 restaurants will participate in this year’s event, allowing diners to try two- and three-course dinners priced between $20 and $35 and two-course lunches, breakfasts and brunches priced between $10 and $20. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Access Care of Coastal Texas to provide lunches for patients living with HIV or AIDS. More at galvestonrestaurantweek.com.
Feb. 22-March 5: Make a beeline to the beach for this year’s batch of beads at the 108th celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston. Expect elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasts and festivities, balcony parties and more than 3 million beads at this year’s Mardi Gras Galveston, the largest Mardi Gras celebration found in Texas. More at mardigrasgalveston.com.
Feb. 1-17: Saddle up for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, a multi-day event dedicated to preserving the western way of life and promoting agricultural education to youths through PRCA Rodeo performances, cattle shows, cookoffs, a carnival, calf scrambles, a petting zoo and more. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 11 and under, and free for 2 and under. More at sanangelorodeo.com.
Feb. 6-9: Birding enthusiasts should flock to the seventh annual Laredo Birding Festival, Bird on the Border. The Rio Grande stretch between Laredo and Brownsville is called the “birdiest” corridor in North America and serves as home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds. Each day, birders can select from a variety of full-day scenic trips escorted by professional field guides for the opportunity to deepen their birding knowledge of South Texas and explore areas along Laredo’s riverfront, creek systems, nature trails and private ranchland. More at laredobirdingfestival.org.
Feb. 7-24: At the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, now one of the largest single events in the Alamo City with over 2 million visitors entering the grounds each year, you can find everything from animals and agriculture to family entertainment including a carnival, petting zoo and pony rides. With 18 days of rodeo and exciting entertainers like Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and the Eli Young Band taking the stage each night, you won’t want to miss this multi-day event taking place at the AT&T Center on the Freeman Coliseum Grounds. More at sarodeo.com.
Feb. 15-16: It’s time to “Get Back to the Basics of Love” at Luckenbach’s 44th annual Hug-In and Valentine Ball. Dale Watson joins the fun on Friday night with the “Give Me More Kisses” dance, and Gary P. Nunn and Summer Dean hold court on Saturday night for the Valentine Ball. Tickets are available for the entire event, which includes a camping pass and tickets to both shows ($45), or you can purchase a ticket for each nightly show ($20). Kids 12 and under are free. More at luckenbachtexas.com.
Feb. 20-23: Pair your cowboy boots with colorful beads at the 14th annual 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras, where revelers celebrate Cajun traditions in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Expect live Cajun and country music, Cajun food, a gumbo cookoff, costume contests and a Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade featuring floats, feathers, horses, cowboys, masks and plenty of beads. More at banderacowboycapital.com.
Feb. 21-24: Birders, photographers, families and nature lovers won’t want to miss the 23rd annual Whooping Crane Festival, a one-of-a-kind event focused on the whooping crane — one of the most endangered birds in the world. The festival celebrates the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. More at whoopingcranefestival.org.
Feb. 23-March 3: The 82nd Annual Charro Days Fiesta has celebrated the unity of bi-national cultures and traditions since 1938. Expect a festive mix of parades, live music, fiesta dances, a thrilling Charro Days carnival, a costume ball, food and fun to celebrate the spirit of two cultures between the border towns of Brownsville and Matamoros. More at charrodaysfiesta.com.
Feb. 28-March 3: Catch the excitement of the 27th annual Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, where family-friendly highlights include the Ms. Mardi Gras Pageant, carnival rides, concerts, parades, food, arts and crafts, a kids zone, street entertainment and live concerts. More at mardigrastx.com.
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