Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Craft beer, Matisse, SummerFest, and more

Don't miss out on all the action happening in June.

Two years after Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol released their first keg of Amber Ale in 1994 they were hosting tours at their facility in west Houston. Twenty-two years later, Wagner oversees a state-of-the-art brewery in a multi-story brick building near downtown. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

For 16 years Saint Arnold Brewing Company operated out of a warehouse on the west side of Houston. The Saturday legendary afternoon tours were part lecture on brewing techniques and part hanging out drinking beer.

It wasn’t unusual that the company owners, Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, gave the tours. They were often the leaders of the hanging out too. They were homebrewers with a passion for their product. Brock continued with the company and built it into an enterprise that Texas beer drinkers felt a part of just by buying a six-pack.

On June 11, Texas’ oldest craft brewer celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a party in their cool three-story brew house near downtown Houston. The event includes live music, beer tastings, contests, and a commemorative glass for $25. Mostly though, it’s still just fun to hang out with other members of the Saint Arnold Army.

June 11, 5-10pm. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston.

Matisse Henri © Succession H. Matisse Autoportrait, 1900 (Photo Courtesy of OKCMOA)

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host an exclusive showing of “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism From the Centre Pompidou, Paris.” The museum is one of only three venues to host the exhibition, and is the only one outside of Europe.

The show includes 100 works by Henri Matisse as well as works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, and others. Matisse’s art covers different phases of his career.

June 18-Sept. 18. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City.

Travel Notes:

Saturn takes 29.5 years to circle the sun. The planet appears as a steady golden light in the night sky. The best time to view Saturn in 2016 comes in June and July when the ringed planet is at its brightest and can be found near the Crown of the Scorpion.

Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wis., has been certified as the largest music festival by the Guinness World Records. The festival happens over 11 days with more than 800 acts, 1,000 performers, and 900,000 attendees.

Professional and amateur photographers can submit their photos of wildlife to the 2016 Wildlife Photo Contest sponsored by Natural Habitat Adventures. Entrees must be taken in the animal’s natural habitat and will be accepted until June 14. Even if you don’t enter, the “Wildlife Photo of the Day” are worth a peek.

It was only a matter of time before someone thought up this idea for an app. Taking a road trip this summer? Hire on to deliver packages in the next city or across the county. “Roadie” is a new way for shipments and packages to share a ride with peer-to-peer delivery service.

Other June Events:

Copa America Soccer Championship
June 3-26, Houston,

Garden Festival
June 4-5, Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, Port Arthur,

Juneteenth Celebration
June 5-19, Galveston,

Wayback Wednesdays
June 8, 15, 22 & 29, Presidio La Bahia, Goliad,

Robert E. Howard Days
June 10-11, Cross Plains,

Texas Blueberry Festival
June 10-11, Nacogdoches,

Texas Folklife Festival
June 10-12, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio,

Tour the Gault Archaeological Site
June 11, Belton,

Canal Fest
June 11, Las Colinas, Irving,

Fort Griffin Fandangle
June 16-18, 23-25, Albany,

Texas Route 66 Festival
June 18, Amarillo,

Audie Murphy Day
June 18, Farmersville,

Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for the past 24 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page. Day Trips, Vol. 2, a book of "Day Trips," is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax. Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 40312, South Austin, TX 78704.

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