Texas celebrates everything from spring blooms and St. Patrick’s Day to rodeos and rattlesnakes this month. Here are a bunch of festivals in the Lone Star state worth traveling for in March.
Now-April 12: Ring in spring at Dallas Blooms, the Southwest’s largest spring floral festival, blossoming now at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Themed "Sounds of Spring," the spring festival showcases an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, including tulips, daffodils, Dutch iris, hyacinths, azaleas and cherry blossom trees. Pose for pictures with six majestic musical topiaries including a harp, guitar, saxophone, bass, violin and piano. Each week showcases a different genre of music, and there are live bands each weekend. More at dallasarboretum.org.
March 8: The pipes are calling everyone to Fair Park in Dallas for the 38th Annual North Texas Irish Festival, which celebrates Irish and Celtic cultures with a family-friendly festival filled with music, dancing, whiskey tastings, horse displays, Celtic storytelling, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, kids activities, chef demonstrations and 13 stages of entertainment. One of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., this annual festival draws tens of thousands from across the state and country. One-day tickets are $20 Sunday at the gate. Children 11 and under are free with an adult. More at ntif.org.
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Now-March 22: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts more than 2.5 million visitors annually with its family-friendly experiences spanning calf scrambles, horse shows, a carnival, rodeo competitions and nightly concerts from performers including Willie Nelson, Dirks Bentley, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, Chris Stapleton and Brad Paisley. General admission, which includes admission to NRG Park but not into NRG Stadium for the rodeo and concert, is $15 for adults, $5 for children and free for 2 and under. View rodeo and concert ticket options at rodeohouston.com.
March 8: Expect to have one shell of a good time at the 41st annual Fulton Oysterfest. Each year, the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department sponsors this yearly event as a salute to the tasty bivalve found in local Gulf waters. Located along the waterfront on the Fulton Festival Grounds, expect everything from oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contests to carnival rides, games, food, live music and more. Gate admission is $5 per person for those 12. More at fultonoysterfest.org.
March 13-14: The ninth annual — and the world’s only — St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza unfolds in the official Pickle Capital of Texas. This free two-day, family-friendly event features a pickle parade, pet and baby parades, keg races, pickle runs, pickle queens, music, food and fun that benefits local charities. More at pickleparade.org.
March 13-15: There’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Texas than deep in the heart of Shamrock, home of the official St. Patrick’s celebration for the state of Texas. The 74th annual three-day St. Patrick’s Celebration brings fun in the form a festive parade, a two-day Ranch Rodeo, a Miss Irish Rose scholarship pageant, a Lad n’ Lassie pageant, live concerts with Parker McCollum and Kolby Cooper, and more Irish-themed activities. More at shamrockstpatricks.com.
March 13-15: The World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup takes place in Sweetwater at the Nolan County Coliseum. Festival highlights range from guided snake hunts and snake eating contests to a Miss Snake Charmer pageant and carnival. More at rattlesnakeroundup.net.
March 13-16: Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF), taking place in Grenwelge Park, features art, music, food, crafts and stacks of rocks. This unique festival unfolds on the banks of the Llano River, where you can watch internationally renowned artists defy gravity with incredibly balanced rock sculptures, listen to talented musicians, try your hand at rock balancing and let the kids enjoy activities like a climbing wall, face-painting and more while adults enjoy a cold beer or take part in workshops. LEAF tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate and free for kids 17 and under with a parent. More at llanoearthartfest.org.
March 20-21: Willie Nelson is headlining the 10th annual Outlaws & Legends Music Festival. Celebrating a decade of stellar country music under the West Texas stars, this famed festival features more acts on one stage in two days than any other fest in Texas. The country music icon will perform alongside fellow country music stars including Kevin Fowler and Deana Carter. Advance general admission tickets are $70 and good for the entire weekend. More at outlawsandlegends.com.
March 25-29: Thin Line, a five-day documentary film, multi-genre music and competitive photography festival, celebrates the merging of film, music and photography. The free nonprofit festival features documentaries from across the world covering a range of topics, dynamic live music acts and an international photography competition. The festival will be spread across locations in downtown Denton. More at thinline.us.