Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from watching the Aggies play their first home game as part of the SEC to admiring hot-air balloons float across the West Texas sky. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[August 31–September 8]
The Texas A&M football team has had nine months to recuperate after its last regular season game in the Big 12—a stunning, last-second loss to Texas in what appears to be the final game in a rivalry that lasted more than a century. On Saturday the Aggies begin a new chapter in their new conference: the perennially tough S.E.C. They will kick off conference play against the No. 23 ranked Florida Gators, coached by Will Muschamp, who helped the Longhorns beat the Aggies twice in his three years as defensive coordinator for UT. He has since