Texas vs. the Nation, the South Padre Island Kite Fest, Barbara Smith Conrad, and Eagle Fest . . .
Rodney Crowell, Zestfest, the NFL Experience, and the United Nations Film Festival . . .
Pinetop Perkins, Red Hot Patriot, Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, and the Dallas Burlesque Festival . . .
The Intergalactic Nemesis, the Cotton Bowl, the Magnificent Seven Ice Sculpting Competition, and the Ted Roddy Elvis Show . . .
Flaco Jimenez, Gloworama, Jimmie Vaughan, and the South Padre Island Polar Bear Dip.
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo, Hayes Carll, Belle Starre Carriages, and Christmas in the Vineyard at Flat Creek Estate . . .
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…
Shearwater, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, the Texas Citrus Fiesta, and the Monster Truck Thunder Slam . . .
Jeff Dunham, the “It Gets Better” Film Festival, the Mavs vs. the Spurs, and the South Texas Institute of the Arts . . .
The Border Art Biennial, the Hot Rod Revolution, JFK, and Via Colori . . .
Ann Richards, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Willie Nelson, and the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Build-Off . . .
The Dallas Museum of Art, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Dickens on the Strand, and the Harbor Lights Festival . . .
The Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Terlingua International Chili Championship, Stephan Pyles, and Asleep at the Wheel . . .
Wurstfest, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Houston Rockets, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra . . .
Ornette Coleman, the Great American Peanut Butter Festival, Tommy Tune, and the 15th World Championship Ranch Rodeo . . .