Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from celebrating the buffalo in Quitaque to watching Cantiflas films in San Antonio. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[September 14–September 16]
Once there were millions of bison roaming North America. But they were slaughtered in startlingly large numbers during the 19th century in part for meat, in part for their hides (which were used as leather belts in industrial machines) and in part because eradicating the animal was a strategy to eliminate the Native Americans. The population dwindled to less than 500 by the late 1800s, prompting Mary Ann Goodnight and her husband, the Texas rancher Charles Goodnight, to take action. “He went out and roped a couple calves and that was the origin of this herd,” said Donald Beard, the superintendent of Caprock Canyons State Park. Goodnight’s herd—one of five foundation herds that saved the American bison from extinction—lives on