RIP, Mack McCormick

Nov 23, 2015 By Michael Hall

The famed musicologist’s obsession with history made him one of the great chroniclers of American music.

Roar of the Crowd

Nov 18, 2015 By Texas Monthly

So Texans, it turns out, really like barbecue. Last month’s article on “The Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas” drew a lot of attention—and a fair amount of, ahem, heat. On Facebook the story quickly tallied more than one thousand likes, shares, and comments,…

Over There

Nov 18, 2015 By Philipp Meyer

In Africa Texas Special Forces unit are trying to help win the War on Terror, teaching one lesson at a time.

The Will of God

Nov 18, 2015 By John Spong

I always knew that the work my dad did as an Episcopal priest and grief counselor was important. But I didn’t understand how important until the birth of my son.

When China Came to Houston

Oct 27, 2015 By Katy Vine

This past year, China surpassed all other foreign countries in terms of properties purchased and dollars spent. And with increasing frequency, investors are coming to the Houston area, which now has a Chinese population of 86,000.

The Outcast

Oct 21, 2015 By Michael Hall

A dark incident almost twenty years ago put Greg Torti on the sex offender registry for life. But the real story, he insists, is much more complicated.

Can You Afford to Live Here?

Oct 20, 2015 By John Nova Lomax

You know you’ve seen it: condos multiplying, home prices tripling, realtors scrambling, buyers overbidding. Does our state’s fevered real estate craze make us the country’s best housing market—or the most overvalued? I went on a tour of our four largest cities to find out.

The Road to Damascus

Sep 17, 2015 By Sonia Smith

In 2012 Austin Tice answered a calling: to become a war photographer and tell the world what was happening in Syria. But then he went missing.

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Up in the Tower

Aug 13, 2015 By Lise Olsen

The DuPont chemical plant in La Porte was once hailed as the safest around. Until the deaths of four workers exposed a darker truth.

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Galaxy Quest

Jul 31, 2015 By Jason Stanford

When my wife, Sonia Van Meter, was chosen as one of the Mars One finalists, I realized that my potential loss was humanity’s gain.

Become an Oktoberfest Expert

Jul 24, 2015 By Amy Arnold

Germany , seen from St. Paul church tower Find our more about Paulaner and why it helps continue to make Addison Oktoberfest America’s most authentic Oktoberfest Celebration! At, you can: Discover the craftsmanship and tradition of the Paulaner Brewmasters Look into the do’s and don’ts of the Munich Oktoberfest Learn…

An Event Months in the Making

Jul 24, 2015 By Amy Arnold

Few people actually know just how much effort takes place behind the scenes in order to organize the Munich Oktoberfest.  The tents are actually temporary structures that must be built and disassembled each year.  Paulaner’s largest tent, the Paulaner Festzelt begins to take form in mid-July, when 58 tractor trailer…

Authentic Entertainment

Jul 24, 2015 By TM Promotions

Music is one of the great traditions at the Munich Oktoberfest, dating back to the early 1800’s.  Local brass bands would play traditional Bavarian songs as well as popular drinking songs as the crowds raised their stein and sang along in celebration. While the traditional German songs can be heard throughout…

Authentic Bavarian Fare

Jul 24, 2015 By TM Promotions

The beer is not the only star at Munich’s Oktoberfest.  In fact, the festival offers plenty of flavorful Bavarian fare for those looking for a hearty meal or for a treat to satisfy a sweet tooth. Bavarian pretzels and sausages like bratwurst and currywurst are…

Authentic and Original Beers

Jul 24, 2015 By Amy Arnold

In 1516, Duke Herzog Wilhem IV of Bavaria took a stand in the name of quality beer. To avoid “wild trial and error” in brewing, a set of standards were set in place known as the Bavarian Purity Law. The law stated that brewers could use no more than…

Ceremonial Keg Tapping

Jul 24, 2015 By TM Promotions

Germany, Bavaria, beer barrel with tap, close-up Every year, the official kickoff to the Munich Oktoberfest is the procession of tent workers and the Munich breweries. The tent operators, along with their families and guests, wave…

Texas Star

Jul 24, 2015 By [email protected]

Texas Star Ferris wheel Celebrating the big 3-0! A Dallas skyline icon and the largest Ferris wheel in the Lone Star State, the Texas Star turns 30 this year! One of the centerpieces of the State Fair Midway, the Texas Star is a fan favorite. For the last 30 years…

True Grits

Jul 23, 2015 By Michael Hall

Innocence Project of Texas executive director Scott Henson says his organization is about more than DNA evidence.

The Texanist

Jul 23, 2015 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on ducking tornadoes, mom’s new boyfriend’s haircut, the politics of pro football, and the mysterious origins of the Texas sheet cake.

Big Tex®

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

Big Tex   Symbolic of not only the State Fair of Texas, but also Texas itself, Big Tex® has welcomed visitors at the Fair for more than 60 years. The 55-foot cowboy made his debut at the Fair in 1952. Since…

Texas / OU Game

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

Texas / OU Game  Each year, University of Texas and Oklahoma University football teams go head to head at the State Fair of Texas for the coveted title of AT&T Red River Showdown™ champions. Played annually…

The Midway Lights

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

The Midway Lights   A beautiful array of lights on Dallas’ night skyline and the cool Texas breeze naturally draw in a large crowd of fairgoers each evening. From epic light shows to the romantic views from the Fair’s tallest rides, the State Fair has a special nightlife…

Live Music

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

Live Music  Live music fills the grounds at the State Fair of Texas! From acts on the Chevrolet Main Stage to performances in Cotton Bowl Plaza, the Fair is a great place to hear all sorts of Texas music. Spanning a myriad of genres…

Family Fun

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

Family Fun  The State Fair of Texas is all about family traditions and lots of fun. Admission to the Fair includes numerous of daily shows and activities the whole family will love. Whether it’s feeding the animals in the Children’s Health Barnyard or participating in the Pee-Wee Stampede,…

Heated Competitions

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

Heated Competitions  The State Fair of Texas’ Creative Arts Competitions are far better than reality TV. At the Home Depot Competition Kitchen, spectators can watch all the excitement as contestants cook and present their dish to judges each morning in hopes of…

More Fun after 5 P.M.

Jul 10, 2015 By Caitlyn

More Fun after 5 P.M.  The State Fair of Texas becomes an even more magical experience once the sun goes down and the lights go up on the Midway and the Chevrolet Main Stage. Check out these…