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Planning a visit to Texas? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

 

San Antonio & Southern Plains Events

September 2014

September 21, 2014
One Direction

The British boy band sensation brings the One Direction: Where We Are Tour to the Alamodome in San Antonio. Hearts melt at 7 p.m.

Texas Gulf Coast Events

December 2013

Now through May 31, 2013
Texas Surf Museum

Corpus Christi visitors take a free tour through the only surf museum in Texas, featuring the exhibit "Groundswell – Aesthetic Visions of Texas Surfing." Museum opens each day at 10 a.m.

April 2014

May 16-18, 2014
41st Annual Passadena Strawberry Festival

Taking place at the Pasadena Fairgrounds this festival is filled with fun for all ages. Times vary per day.

July 2014

July 25-26, 2014
2014 Pescado Shootout Fishing Tourney

The 3rd Annua Pescado Shootout Fishing Tournament is located in Corpus Christi at Bluff's Landing near Mile Marker 37.

Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Events

May 2014

May 23, 2014
Bike the Bricks 2014

McKinney Main Street hosts this closed-course crit bike race event, now in its fifth year. Things get started in Historic Downtown McKinney at 4 P.M.

May 2014

May 16-18, 2014
Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Galatyn Park in Richardson fills with live entertainment from Kool and The Gang, Hal Ketchum, Loverboy, and Jack Ingram among the many. With live music, a Kidz Korner, and The Taste of Texas Food Garden, there is something for the entire family at this fun festival. Specific event times vary.

Greater Houston Area Events

April 2014

May 16-18, 2014
41st Annual Passadena Strawberry Festival

Taking place at the Pasadena Fairgrounds this festival is filled with fun for all ages. Times vary per day.

East Texas & Piney Woods Events

April 2014

April 24, 2014
Charm Night Out Ladies enjoy a night out with shopping and drinks at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex then enjoy listening to the guest speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy. It begins at 5 p.m.
April 25-27, 2014
Marshall Bike Rally Enjoy a weekend in Downtown Marshall with all things bikes! There will be vendors, rides, music, and food. Event times vary.
April 15 - May 30, 2014
Wildflower Trails/ Self Driving Tour Wander along three different wildflower trails for beautiful views of wildflowers and historical Rusk County. Henderson is the central point of these trails. Trail hours vary.

May 2014

May 18, 2014
Summer Fest Texas Join the BBQ cook off or just enjoy the music in Downtown Lufkin. Event times vary.

May 2014

May 2-4, 2014
May 9-11, 2014

Spring Parade of Homes Tour through newly built homes in Longview, TX. Houses open at 1 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
May 31, 2014
SockHop with a Twist

Join the crowd at Harvey Hall as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most dancers doing "The Twist" . It begins at 7 p.m.

June 2014

June 27, 2014
Texas Shakespeare Festival- Noises Off View this hysterical play at the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.

August 2014

August 7, 2014
Just Between Friends of East Texas/ Tyler Children and Maternity Consignment Sale Shop or sell gently used children's toys, clothes, or other maternity items at the East Texas State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Austin & Hill Country Events

April 2014

April 2-5, 2014
October 1-4, 2014

The Round Top Antiques Show Round Top hosts this unique antique show. Antiques are displayed for viewing and buying throughout the city in various venues. Each location has different operating hours.

May 2014

May 17, 2014
Real Ale Ride Pick a distance of 15, 30, 50, 65, or 80 miles for this fun ride. Although the paths are different they all end up at the same post-ride party at the Real Ale Brewery. It all begins at 8 a.m.

June 2014

June 13-15, 2014
Blanco Lavender Festival Explore local lavender farms, enjoy live music in Bindseil Park, and wander through the Lavender Market at the Old Blanco County Courthouse during this local festival.

Border Towns of Texas Events

May 2014

May 15, 2014
McAllen Uncorked Enjoy wine samplings, live entertainment, and food at the McAllen Convention Center. The event begins at noon.
May 5, 2014
Run Wild 5K Join in on the Earth Day festivities by doing a 5K run at the Quinta Mazatlan. The run begins at 7:30 a.m.
May 18, 2014
Engage Future brides gather at the McAllen Convention Center for this spectacular wedding event. Doors open at 1 p.m.
May 17, 2014
Liverpool Legends This tribute band takes the stage at the Laredo Energy Arena. Doors open at 8 p.m.

June 2014

June 7, 2014
Elephant Festival Bring the kids to the El Paso Zoo and let them meet and talk with the elephant keepers as well as try to out eat the two resident elephants. It starts at 10 a.m.
June 27, 2014
Mission Valley Duathlon Join in on a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride through the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo neighborhood and along the Mission Trail/Socorro Road. The fun begins at 7 a.m.

July 2014

July 11, 2014
Neon Roller Night Bring your skates to special locations all over El Paso for this night of neon lights, music, and skating. It begins at 6 p.m.

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