Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Start 2018 with some Texas travel

The January weather might be unpredictable, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying a parade, a night on the town, or a chance to discover something new.

Mardi Gras parades mean lots of beads, cups, and toys hurtling through the air into the expectant arms of young and old alike. No matter how many beads you have there is always room for one more strand around your neck. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

From New Orleans to Shreveport the Mardi Gras season in Louisiana kicks off with parades and parties the last weekend of January and ending on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. In Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish the celebration begins on Jan. 28 with the Krewe of Des Petite Lions parade through Golden Meadow and is followed up and down the bayou by 17 other parades. For a full listing of Mardi Gras parades and celebrations go to

During the filming of the Lonesome Dove miniseries, Bill Wittliff served as producer and photographer on the set. Now, 55 of his photos are touring museums around the state. On the Mesa, © 1988, Bill Wittliff. (Courtesy of The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos and Humanities Texas.)

Humanities Texas has put together a traveling exhibit of photographs by Bill Wittliff taken during the filming of the Lonesome Dove miniseries. Based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about two aging Texas Rangers who take a stolen herd from the Rio Grande to Montana, the show first aired on CBS in 1989. The exhibit features 55 photographs that capture the expansive visuals of the original miniseries and traveling around the state to small-town museums.
Jan. 22-March 3, “Lonesome Dove” Exhibit, Bosque Museum, 301 S. Ave. Q, Clifton, 254/675-3820,

Travel Notes:

In Kerrville the hot ticket in town is for something fun and Artrageous: An Interactive Art and Music Experience at the Cailloux Theater. The traveling troupe is street theatre at its finest mixing dance, music, storytelling, and painting a large original work of art. It's lively, it's entertaining, it's one night only.
Jan. 20, Artrageous, Cailloux Theater, Kerrville, 830/896-9393,

Another thing that New Orleans and San Antonio have in common is that they are both celebrating their 300th anniversary in 2018. Each city will be commemorating the year with special events. To find out what’s going in NOLA go to SAT’s celebratory tercentennial events can be found at

Other January Events:

Stephen F. Austin Funeral Re-enactment
Jan. 6, Jones Creek,

Sam Rayburn’s Birthday Open House
Jan. 6, Bonham,

Science Mill Tours for Adults
Jan. 7, Feb. 5, Feb. 25, Johnson City,

San Antonio Cocktail Conference
Jan. 10-14, San Antonio,

Kendall County Junior Livestock Show and Sale
Jan. 12-13, Comfort,

Tom Green County Fair and Junior Livestock Show
Jan. 12-13, San Angelo,

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Jan. 12-Feb. 3, Fort Worth,

Drillers' Reunion: Spindletop’s 117th Anniversary Celebration
Jan. 13, Beaumont,

Thomas Burritt and James Dick in Concert
Jan. 13, Round Top,

Boerne Market Days
Jan. 13-14, Boerne,

MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston
Jan. 13-15, Houston,

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"
Jan. 13-May 6, Waco,

Buffalo Soldier Day
Jan. 14, San Antonio,

Martin Luther King Jr. March
Jan. 15, San Antonio,

Bastrop County MLK Celebration and Walk for Peace
Jan. 15, Smithville,

MLK Day Parade and Celebration
Jan. 15, Freeport,

Fee-Free Day
Jan. 15, National Parks,

Brackenridge Winter Carnival and Snow Day
Jan. 20, Edna,

Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest
Jan. 19-20, Galveston,

"Artrageous: An Interactive Art and Music Experience"
Jan. 20, Kerrville,

Luckenbach Blues Festival
Jan. 20, Luckenbach,

Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band
Jan. 20, Anhalt Dance Hall, Spring Branch,

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show
Jan. 20-21, Fredericksburg,

Victoria Comic Con
Jan. 20-21, Victoria,

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Concert
Jan. 21, Fredericksburg,

“Lonesome Dove” Exhibit
Jan. 22-March 3, Clifton,

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo
Jan. 23-27, South Padre Island,

“A Night with Janis Joplin”
Jan. 25, Orange,

Denton Black Film Festival
Jan. 25-28, Denton,

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show
Jan. 27, Fredericksburg,

Chamber Rodeo
Jan. 27-28, Bulverde,

Celtic Fest
Jan. 27-28, San Marcos,

World Class Bloodless Bullfights
Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Feb. 25, La Gloria,

"First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone"
Jan. 27-April 29, Dallas,

Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for more than 25 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page.

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