Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail at Pioneer Days

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail at Pioneer Days

Maybe it’s the fact that Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, but I’ve been feeling especially grateful lately to live in Texas and to have the opportunity to experience all of the amazing things this state has to offer. Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, with a wide variety of terrain to suit anyone’s preferences, The Lone Star State offers residents and visitors alike thriving metropolitan cities, unparalleled art and culture, quaint, rustic towns, and enough Wild West history to satisfy buffs like me who are fascinated by how our ancestors lived. That’s why on the weekend…Read more
8 Fantastic Fall Food Festivals in Texas

8 Fantastic Fall Food Festivals in Texas

Fall seems to be a favorite season for so many people. Some love the more temperate weather and the colored foliage; some enjoy the pumpkins, scarecrows and other Halloween decor that starts to appear everywhere; others just love the final relaxing stretch before the more hectic holiday season begins. I really like all those things, but what I most look forward to in Fall is the food festivals that occur across Texas. Of course, we have great foodie events happening all year long, but this is the season for some of my favorites.…Read more
The Coolest 4th of July Celebration in Texas!

The Coolest 4th of July Celebration in Texas!

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Not only am I very interested in our nation's birth, I’m also a huge fan of barbecues, beer, and fireworks. What's not to love?  There's something very cool about celebrating an important date in American history in a place that is also a part of our country's story -- Fort Davis, an original frontier military post from the 1800s. This year, I plan to begin my celebrations at the town's "Coolest 4th of July Celebration", a family-friendly event that runs from June 30th through July 2nd. Fort Davis…Read more
Dallas Rings in the New Year With Music, Lights, Fireworks and Fun

Dallas Rings in the New Year With Music, Lights, Fireworks and Fun

Most people love New Year’s Eve, and why not? It’s a great time to attend lively parties and other fun social gatherings, to join hordes of revelers at exciting public events, or to get together with loved ones for a quiet evening at home reflecting on the events of the past year and anticipating fresh starts in the new. But no matter how you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I can’t think of a better place to be than in Dallas!   If you’re really into the party scene, then your destination…Read more
Hidalgo Festival of Lights – the Biggest Holiday Lighting Event in Texas!

Hidalgo Festival of Lights – the Biggest Holiday Lighting Event in Texas!

When you live in Texas, it's a pretty huge deal to have the largest holiday lighting display in the state. But, that's what you'll find in Hidalgo at the city’s award-winning holiday event, the “Hidalgo Festival of Lights”.  Located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Hidalgo has been hosting this celebration since 1991, and it has become one of the area’s most beloved traditions.  And it's true -- the “Hidalgo Festival of Lights” is the largest Christmas light display in all of Texas. Here you’ll find over 3 million lights illuminating…Read more
Release Your Inner Zombie At These Two “Undead” Events

Release Your Inner Zombie At These Two “Undead” Events

It's finally here - the big weekend when all things Halloween are celebrated. Almost everyone I know will be doing some fun, but predictable, activities: going to haunted houses, carving pumpkins, dressing up for costume parties or taking the little ones trick-or-treating. But what if you want to do something a bit more unique, something not everyone will be doing, something involving zombies? I have two ideas for you. 1. "Thrill the World" Global Dance - Thirty four years ago, Michael Jackson released the song "Thriller", which became a blockbuster around the world. The dance…Read more
Willie Nelson Throws the Best July 4th Picnic – And It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Tickets!

Willie Nelson Throws the Best July 4th Picnic – And It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Tickets!

 I've got a golden ticket! OK, it's not actually gold, but to me, it's just about as good. It's for Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, the huge star-studded music festival that Willie hosts on July 4th (almost) every year. The Picnic is an (almost) annual event but it's not always held in the same location and I've never managed to be in the right place at the right time. This year, though, I'm in Austin and so is the festival and I'm pretty excited about going. This all-day event is being held…Read more
There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

The city of Galveston knows how to throw a great party! This month, they're adding a brand new celebration to the roster, the Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival.  This event brings the best of Louisiana across the border into Galveston, featuring Cajun culinary specialties and entertainment. You'll also find Texan cuisine and plenty of fresh Gulf seafood, but the star of the show will definitely be the Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to spicy perfection. The festival will also feature some great musical guests. You'll be tapping your feet to a Creole beat with Zydeco…Read more