Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from roasting a 900-pound cow in Wimberly and A-list comedians in Austin to a fiddle competition and a birthday bash for Johnny Cash. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
With all the praise recently heaped on the homegrown barbecue scene, it would seem Texans would be the masters of all meats. But roasting a 900-pound cow presents a challenge to even the most seasoned pitmasters. When the Austin chefs Emmett Fox, Louis Lambert and Larry McGuire try to accomplish the feat this weekend on a private ranch as part of Vaca y Vino—a 5-hour, 300-person dinner party with live music—they will turn to the French methodologies of Francis Mallmann, the Argentine chef trained in France. Guests will arrive to find the giant steer hoisted onto a custom-made trellis,