Kick off 2019 with festivals around the state
The holidays are coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have ended here in the Lone Star State. From rodeos and runs to film and blues festivals, visit these 10 Texas towns to experience some of the top festivals and events throughout January.
Jan. 1: Head to Hair of Dog Day at Gruene Hall to enjoy free music and cold beer starting at noon. Listen to back-to-back performances from three lively bands throughout the day, including Guy Forsyth from noon to 4 p.m. and Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros from 4 to 8 p.m. More at gruenehall.com.
Jan 1: The annual Black-Eyed Pea Off in Terlingua is where West Texas folks gather to ring in the New Year. Since 1990, this New Year’s Day tradition on the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch features good food, live music, a cake walk and a hot date raffle after cooks turn their peas in for judging at 2 p.m. For a $5 donation, guests get a bowl, spoon and cornbread and can hang around for a songwriters salute at the Starlight Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. More at visitbigbend.com/events/pea-off.
Jan. 12: Kick-start 2019 at the 35th annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk. Participants can choose between the 5K fitness walk or the 10K run as they cross the historical Queen Isabella Causeway over the beautiful Laguna Madre. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives a custom medal. Register before Dec. 31 to save money. More at portisabelchamber.com.
Jan. 14-20: Shake it up at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference featuring five days of parties, seminars and tastings celebrating craft cocktails. Each year this conference brings together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts for educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Presented by Houston Street Charities, the conference donates 100 percent of its profits to children, with past beneficiaries including Children's Shelter, ChildSafe, HeartGift San Antonio and Transplants for Children. More at sanantoniococktailconference.com.
Jan. 18-19: Never fear, Yaga’s 10th Annual Chili Quest and Beer Fest is near. For a decade, the festival has brought together chili and beer lovers from all over the country to taste what Galveston has to offer while enjoying live music, a 5K run/walk, a washer-pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, a historical strand merchant walkabout and a craft beer festival. A chili tasting ticket is $12, a beer tasting ticket is $34, and a combo ticket is $39. More at yagaschiliquest.com.
Jan. 26: Get a glimpse into the island’s storied past during Galveston Museum Day, featuring free and discounted admission to a dozen local museums. During Museum Day, visitors can learn about Galveston’s place as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States during the late 1800s, its significance to immigration in the region and more. The special event features the Bryan Museum as well as participating museums including the Galveston Naval Museum, the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston Railroad Museum, Moody Gardens, Moody Mansion, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Rosenberg Library, Texas City Museum, Texas Seaport Museum and the Grand 1894 Opera House. More at galvestonmuseumday.com.
Jan. 18-Feb. 9: It’s countdown time to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which has been going strong for 122 years and now draws more than 1.2 million people for the country’s oldest livestock show and daily performances of the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo. Established in 1896, this legendary event unfolds in the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Don’t miss the All Western Parade on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m., when more than 100,000 spectators fringe the streets of downtown Cowtown. More at fwssr.com.
Jan. 19: Head to laid-back Luckenbach for the 12th annual Blues Festival featuring Haley Cole, DieDra Hurdle-Riff, Eve & the Exiles, Jean Wranglers, Kara Grainger, Hannah Kirby, Catherine Denise and more. The event takes place from noon to 10 p.m., and tickets are $30 per person. More at luckenbachtexas.com.
Jan. 20: Run off the Christmas calories at the 47th running of the Chevron Houston Marathon race weekend, also featuring the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K. Runners will be sweating it out for a good cause, too. More than $29 million has been raised through the Run for a Reason Charity Program. More at chevronhoustonmarathon.com.
Jan. 23-27: The Denton Black Film Festival is a five-day event that showcases some of the best in African-American cinema, music, spoken word, comedy, art, food and fashion and more. Proceeds from the annual festival fund scholarships for African-American students. More at dentonbff.com.
Jan. 25-26: Shop some of your favorite Round Top vendors for quality antiques and vintage finds at Round Top’s annual Winter Antique Show. The 90-population town puts on a big show at the Big Red Barn Event Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Admission is $7 for a daily ticket or $14 for two-day admission, and children 12 and under as well as parking are free. More at roundtoptexasantiques.com.