We’ve compiled a brief list of Texas’ best festivals to really get you into the spirit of The Lone Star State. Get ready to bring home some excellent wine, a pair of cowboy boots, a passion for Honky-tonk, and a real desire to erect an American flag on your front lawn. God bless America.
Willie Nelson 4th July Picnic, Fort Worth
Each year, Willie Nelson, the world’s favourite Western old timer, hosts an annual picnic in the old town suburb of Fort Worth, and the festival is now in its 40th year. Expect full throttle enthusiasm, good ole’ patriotism and contributions from several other outlaw country musicians in a superbly authentic setting.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston
Grab life by the reins and attend one of America’s biggest and best rodeo shows, held every March in Houston. Watch as professional rodeo performers test their limits, lasso cattle and race through the stadium at a heart-pumping pace – a sport certainly not for the fainthearted. Calm your nerves with a local treat of fried Oreos or head over to the famous barbeque competition, where almost 300 chefs go head to head to produce mouth-watering turkey thighs, ribs and one off specialty dishes.
Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, Fort Worth
Prepare to quench your thirst and satisfy those taste buds in Fort Worth, as artistic creativity and culinary skill unite for this four day event held annually in late-March. Pop up restaurants take over this historic town and this year the town’s most famous building, The Tower, played host to a temporary restaurant for twenty nights, demonstrating the potential of this scrumptious food festival. Extra points are given for the simple fact that only local produce is used and money from ticket sales goes towards local culinary scholarships. Foodies unite.
SXSW Music and Film Festival, Austin
Year after year, Austin attracts some of the finest musical artists and talented unsigned acts, who come together for SXSW – or South by South West to you and us. This year saw the likes of Justin Timberlake and Dave Grohl perform, Usher joined Ohio rock band, The Afghan Whigs, on stage for a few tracks and Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion now? We’ll never understand) make his comeback. One not to be missed.