April bursts with wildflowers, spring breezes and a slew of festivals celebrating everything from bluebonnets to birds. Here are a dozen festivals that beckon a flower-fringed drive through Texas this month.
April 1-6: Shop some of your favorite Round Top vendors for quality antiques and vintage finds at Round Top’s annual Spring Antique Week. The 90-population town puts on a big show at the Big Red Barn Event Center. General admission is $10 and is good for all six days of the show. More at roundtoptexasantiques.com.
April 11-14: The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival returns to downtown Fort Worth for its 34th year and spans more than 27 city blocks. The free arts and music festival will showcase 223 juried artists, a world-class music lineup, sweet and savory cuisine and family-friendly arts and crafts. More at MainStreetArtsFest.org.
April 11-14: Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding, and the 17th Anniversary FeatherFest is one of the best opportunities to view everything from egrets and herons to pelicans and raptors. Expect birding workshops, photography field trips, raptor shows, evening social events and FledglingFest activities and events are geared to kids 6 and up. More at galvestonfeatherfest.com.
April 11-14: It’s that time again — time to head to Old Settler’s Music Festival. Recently ranked No. 5 on USA Today's list of top festivals, this annual rite of spring attracts Americana music lovers of all ages and from all over the world. The festival's laid-back, easygoing vibe fits its new location — 145 acres of wooded spaces and rolling meadows, conveniently located just outside the quaint town of Lockhart and less than an hour from Austin. The 32nd edition features a special acoustic performance from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, the Del McCoury Band, Hayes Carll, Mandolin Orange, Galactic, the SteelDrivers and many more. Purchase tickets and find out more at oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
April 12-14: The 36th Annual Bluebonnet Festival celebrates the most beloved flower in the Lone Star State in the town that’s officially recognized as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature. Come out for this family-friendly weekend brimming with bluebonnets, a stellar lineup of musical artists, parades, fun runs, a carnival, food, a Bluebonnet Biergarten, a demolition derby, shopping and more. More at bluebonnetfestival.org.
April 13-14: Come celebrate the state flower in Chappell Hill at its Annual Bluebonnet Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Declared the “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival” by the Texas Legislature, the little town on the hill offers the opportunity to shop with over 250 arts and craft vendors and enjoy musical entertainment throughout the day. Bring the kids to this family-friendly event packed with children’s activities. Admission is free, and parking is $5 per vehicle. More at chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com/bluebonnet.
April 14: Earth Day Houston, held at Discovery Green park from noon to 5 p.m., is a citywide Earth Day celebration designed to educate, inspire and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics from recycling methods to alternative energy. The free event includes a foodie farmers market, kids activities and more. A slew of other Earth Day celebrations are happening in the Houston area throughout the month. More at earthdayhouston.org.
April 15-May 15: The 23rd Annual Birding Classic is the biggest, longest and wildest birdwatching tournament in the country intended for birders of all ages and levels. The statewide event aims to increase appreciation, understanding and conservation of birds through education, recreation, nature tourism and conservation fundraising. Gather your team and register by April 1 at tpwd.state.tx.us/events/great-texas-birding-classic.
April 18-28: Fiesta San Antonio is back and bigger than ever, boasting 11 days of food, fashion, music, entertainment and family-friendly fun — all benefiting local nonprofits. Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 with a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today it has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures, evolving into one of the country’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million for the Alamo City. More at fiesta-sa.org.
April 19-21: The seventh annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort will unfold over Easter weekend. Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay is a dazzling spectacle of hot air balloons against the idyllic backdrop of the Texas Hill Country. In addition to the balloons, the event includes live music, wine tastings, sky divers, arts and crafts and local vendors. Easter weekend at Horseshoe Bay Resort also includes an Easter egg hunt and Easter brunch. Festival and VIP packages are available for purchase at hsbresort.com/the-balloon-festival.
April 26-27: The 10th annual Granbury Wine Walk offers wine lovers the chance to sample as many as 15 wines and purchase a glass or bottle. On Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., experience the authentic character of Texas through its wine, food, live local music and art at the nonprofit event benefiting local charities. More at granburywinewalk.com.
April 26-28: Georgetown’s 20th Anniversary Red Poppy Festival is the three-day fun-filled event that takes place in the town known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas because it’s one of the few places in the country where red poppies grow naturally every spring. The town celebrates the flowers’ vivid blooming with three days of fun including a “Paint Georgetown Red” parade, arts and crafts, a car show, live music with headliner Pat Green, food and more unfolding around the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” More at poppy.georgetown.org.
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