Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from a Lavender Festival in Gainesville and Jimmie Vaughan in Austin to a South Texas museum exhibit and a Wes Anderson film screening. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
Back at the Ranch
South Texas became the portal to the mythic west during Manifest Destiny. “It was the home of the American cowboy,” said Bruce Shackelford, the curator of the new South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum. “It’s where the cattle drives started. It changed the state and it changed America.” The center will explore this landscape, starting in the 1850s, with an emphasis on San Antonio as “the New York of Texas.” The Witte collaborated with one of the first families of Texas, the Klebergs, whose King Ranch in Kingsville is where modern ranching was born. The 20,000-square-foot Heritage Center building, a modern glass structure next to Pioneer Hall, is filled with artifacts and imagery that will demonstrate the diehard spirit of these pioneers, including the wagon used by Captain Richard King, who started King Ranch, when leg problems prohibited him from riding horses. “The Klebergs didn’t ask anybody to do anything that they couldn’t do themselves,” Shackelford said. The center’s grand opening festivities will challenge you