Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Feb – March
Well how could we neglect to mention a time-honoured Texan tradition such as the rodeo? An annual event taking place over three weeks from February to March, the Houston Rodeo sees the cream of the state’s cowboy crop descend on the city to take part in this action packed occasion. Around 2 million spectators travel to Houston every year to witness everything from calf scrambles to bull riding, with a good dose of heart-warming Texan cuisine thrown in for good measure. Known for its infectious carnival atmosphere and nightly concerts, this is one party you won’t want to miss out on.
SXSW Music Festival: March
Spread across the city in over 50 different venues, SXSW is the jewel in Austin’s events crown. Now in its 25th year, South by Southwest Music Festival has become a key part of modern Texan culture and provides a platform for both big name stars and up-and-coming unsigned acts. The city itself is well known for its thriving live music scene; making Austin the perfect location for SXSW and the eclectic assortment of artists it supports. Also expect to see film and interactive media showcased over the course of the event as part of a wider creative initiative.
Formula 1: November
As of a few short weeks ago, Formula 1 has a brand new home. Having just hosted the first ever US Grand Prix, Austin has yet another incredible event to boast about. Held at The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) – the nation’s first and only purposed-built Grand Prix track – this year’s event is the first of many, all of which are set to take place in Austin right up until 2021. Aside from the racing, there are a whole host of events set up to accompany the occasion, from food festivals to concerts featuring the very best of Austin’s live music scene.
Commemorating the 50thAnniversary of JFK’s Assassination: Dallas, November 2013
On 22nd November 2013 America will commemorate 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are a number of events organized across the 2013 calendar in the US to mark this occasion, but perhaps the most culturally significant will take place in Dealey Plaza in Dallas – the site at which JFK tragically lost his life. A free public event, people will be encouraged to attend a short memorial service designed as a tribute to Kennedy’s life and work. There will also be a performance by the U.S. Naval Academy, of which Kennedy himself was a veteran, and a military flyover.
Austin Food and Wine Festival: April
Formerly known as the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, this Austin event is sure to get your taste buds tingling. Featuring cooking demonstrations by the top chefs in Texas, wine and cocktail seminars, and of course plenty to eat and drink, this is the ideal indulgent weekend away for foodies. Tuck into traditional Texan fare and sample home-grown local wines and tequila based cocktails before heading off to one of the live music performances peppered across the course of the event.