Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).
Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade
Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gape at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be a kids area and even a few dog classes to keep the pets in line. John Gidding of HGTV's Curb Appeal supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2. $8.50.
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
Celebrate our state pride with a parade up Congress Avenue Sat., March 1, at 9:30am followed by a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda at noon. The next day, an Alamo remembrance ceremony keeps the state flag flying high at the Capitol at 2pm. Go online for a complete list of events. 9:30am, 4am.
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400
First the kids perform an original, improvised play. After that the adults take the reins as they produce a family-friendly show. Sundays through May 18, 5pm. $3-5 suggested donation.
ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/809-0017
Take the vibrant tale of Tiger Woman and adapt for traditional bunraku style puppetry and you have a show perfect for kids over the age of 5. Don't forget to check out the wild sculptures on display in the museum while you're there. noon. Free.
The classic Seuss tale comes to life onstage complete with the siblings, Thing 1 and 2, and, of course, the infamous cat. Recommended for kids over the age of 3. Saturdays through May 3, 11am & 2pm. $16 ($14, kids).
Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside, 512/476-0541
Five games over the course of three days. Fri., Feb. 28, 4pm, vs. Louisiana at Monroe; Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30pm, vs. Southern Mississippi; Sat., March 1, 1pm, vs. Texas Southern; Sat., March 1, 6:30pm, vs. Lousiana at Monroe; Sun., March 2, 2pm, vs. Texas Southern.
Red & Charline McCombs Field, Comal & MLK, 512/471-3333