May's must-attend concerts, shows, and festivals.
No necesitas hablar español to enjoy Pachanga, the Latino music festival that features both mainstream acts like East L.A. rockers Los Lobos and quirky ensembles like Mariachi Mystery Tour, an eleven-piece Beatles cover mariachi band.
Fiesta Gardens, May 10 & 11, pachangafest.com
Art as Life
The exhibition “Hotel Texas” re-creates the art installation that was curated for the Fort Worth hotel room where JFK stayed the night before he was assassinated, in Dallas, on display for the first time since that fateful day nearly fifty years ago.
Dallas Museum of Art, opens May 26, dallasmuseumofart.org
Attendees of the tenth annual Texas Steak Cookoff who buy a dinner ticket can spend all day scouting the grilling techniques of the competing “backyard chefs” before they pick one to cook their twelve-ounce ribeye for dinner.
Downtown, May 18, texassteakcookoff.com
Save room for dessert before going to the fortieth annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival, where a 1,300-square-foot strawberry shortcake (605 square feet shy of the fest’s own world record) will be served.
Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds, May 17–19, strawberryfest.org
Impressionism was born in France, but as the exhibition “Texas Impressionism” shows, our state’s pastoral landscapes and abundance of sunlight are suited to this style of painting, which attempts to capture ephemeral beauty.
Tyler Museum of Art, open through May 26, tylermuseum.org