Willie Nelson and Friends, Cowgirl Round-up and Showdeo, Black Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cookoff, and a New Year's Eve show in Emo's new digs . . .
Sara Hickman, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, a TubaMeisters Christmas, and the von Trapp family sings . . .
Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, Four Funny Females, Clint Black, and Amtrak's Fortieth Anniversary . . .
Spindletop turns 100, Shawn Colvin performs with Lyle Lovett, the MLK, Jr. Symposium, and a Rick Riordan exhibition at the Witliff Collections . . .
Ruby Jane Smith, Return of the Herd of Harpsichords, Sarah Jarosz, and the Texas A&M Singing Cadets . . .
Brittney Griner, East Austin Studio Tour, the Trains at NorthPark, and the World Gaming Championship . . .
The Mavs vs. the Heat, Lavelle White in Austin, RG3 takes on the Alamo Bowl, and Hayes Carll plays the John T. Floore Country Store . . .
The Polyphonic Spree, Breakfast with the Cranes, YouTube tournament, and O. Henry's Gifts of the Magi . . .
Tamales! Holiday Festival, the Nutcracker, Holiday Wine Trail, and the Charlie Daniels Band . . .
Kinky Friedman's Hanukkah Tour, Mariachi Mass, Renegade Craft Fair, and Jamie Foxx . . .
Jimmie Vaughan returns to Oak Cliff, UFOs in Laredo, the Cinema Arts Festival, and Stephen King on the JFK Assassination . . .
The Big Sing, the Texas Conference for Women, Billy Joe Shaver, and Wurstfest in New Braunfels . . .
Texas Country Reporter Festival, Guy Clark, Dude of the Dead Music Festival, and Girl in a Coma . . .
Dolly Parton, 85 years at the Witte Museum, Red River Rivalry, and the Texas Rose Festival . . .
Roky Erickson, the Orchid Festival, Texas Literary Life with Sarah Bird and Stephen Harrigan, and SXSW Eco . . .
A Lonesome Dove Weekend, the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love, TEDxTheWoodlands, and the 44th Original Round Top Fall Antiques Fair . . .
Fire Relief benefit concert, Poncho Sanchez, Lone Star Gourd Festival, and a screening of Some Girls Live in Texas 78 . . .
The World Series, ZZ Top, Costume Art Ball, and the Texas Mushroom Festival . . .
Steve Martin, the Taylor International Barbecue Cook-off, Emilio Navaira, and the "Whole World Was Watching exhibit" . . .
The Gourds, the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, Okkervil River, and Fantastic Fest
Gary Clark Jr., Uncensored at the Harry Ransom Center, Texans v. Colts, and the official Texas Pecan Festival . . .
Baylor v. TCU, the Marfa lights, Grupo Fantasma, and the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off . . .
Texas High School Football, Chingo Bling, Houston Restaurant Weeks, Iron and Wine, Kueckelhan Rodeo, and the Legends of Kung Fu . . .
The Buck Owens Memorial Birthday Bash, Texas Sommelier Conference, Stevie Nicks, and the Lavender and Wine Fest . . .
The Cow Parade, Gorilla vs. Bear Festival, WBNA All-Star Game, National Day of the American Cowboy, and the Summer Balloon Classic & Airfest. . .
Asleep at the Wheel, Texas Olive Oil, Alejandro Escovedo, Plaza Classic Film Festival, Juan Williams, and Dandee Danao's take on Smurfs . . .
Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Blue Lapis Light, and Lyle Lovett . . .
All-American Burger Festival, Urban Cowboy Musical, Offshore Fishing, Bill Callahan, Christmas in July, and seven-on-seven football . . .
Parker County Peach Festival, History on Tap, Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, and the Buddy Holly musical . . .
Little Joe's Picnic, Fireworks on the Brazos, Steve Earle, Star-Spangled Spectacular, Dock Dogs and Josiah Media Fest . . .
Erykah Badu, Ant Farm, the Watermelon Festival, and the National Polka Festival . . .
Pachanga Fest, the Real Ale Ride, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and Bay Day . . .
Richard Linklater, the Watermelon Thump, Audie Murphy Day, and the Star Wars Exhibit . . .
The Texas Folklife Festival, Dr Pepper’s 120th Birthday Celebration, the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, and the Texas Water Safari . . .
The Dallas Mavericks, the One Old Sorehead & One Nice Guy Vintage & Antique Tool Sale, Texas, and the Free Press Summer Fest . . .
The Golden Arm Trio, Texas Bound, the Tejano Conjunto Festival, and the 24-Hour Video Race . . .
The Big Bend Open Road Race, Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival & Chili Cook-off, Itzhak Perlman, and the Buc Days Carnival . . .
The Texas Beer Fest, Lucinda Williams and Erika Wennerstrom, the Battle of Port Jefferson, and Railfest . . .
Arcade Fire, the Texas State Surfing Championships, the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, and the Wiener Dog Races . . .
The Texas Tornados, the Festival of Ideas, Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman, and the Texas Pinball Festival . . .
Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit, George Saunders, the Old Settler’s Music Festival, and the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival . . .
Ted Nugent, Fiesta San Antonio, the Texas Open, and the Prairie Chicken Festival . . .
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails, the Llano Fiddle Fest, the Poteet Strawberry Festival, and the Kilgore Rangerettes . . .
SXSW Style X, the Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship, Bayou City Noir, and the Texas Ghost Show . . .
Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the opera in Houston and Friday night lights in Odessa to surfing along the coast and hiking in the mountains. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely…
Honk! TX, Luminaria, the Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree, and the Buffalo Bayou Regatta . . .
The San Antonio Living History Association, the Texas Ballet Theater, Dai Due, and SXSW . . .
The Rothko Chapel, the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Mardi Gras! Galveston, and the North Texas Farm Toy Show . . .
Robert Duvall, the Steve Miller Band, the Whooping Crane Festival, and “The Thrill of the Chase” . . .
Blaze Foley, the Black Architecture Project, the Ennis Czech Music Festival, and Willie Nelson . . .