Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Spindletop to watching Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett jam out. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
The Lucas oil derrick at Spindletop spewed glorious black rain into the sky in 1901, bringing this country into the 20th century and giving Texas major bargaining power in the new economy. “Spindletop changed the face of oil production in the U.S.,” said Mark Osborne, director of the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. “It produced more oil than anywhere in the world — 80,000 to 100,000 barrels a day.” The museum is set in a fictional Gladys City modeled after the “perfect industrial city” from which the good fortune flowed. It hosts the annual Lucas Gusher Celebration, centered on a re-enactment of the monumental discharge, involving a 65-foot-tall replica derrick