Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup

February fun in the Year of the Dog

February includes Mardi Gras, Presidents Day, and the Lunar New Year with plenty of celebrations to honor them all.

The Dog, the 11th in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs, is man's best friend and can understand the human's spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

We’re coming up on the Year of the Dog, a year that is marked by loyalty, kindness, and love. Look for Lunar New Year special events in Dallas, Grand Prairie, San Antonio, and at least three celebrations in Houston over two weekends, Feb. 17-18, 24-25.

Travel Notes:

Get a sneak peek at the Old Settler’s Music Festival’s (April 19-22) new digs in Tilmon outside of Lockhart on Sun., Feb. 25, 2-5pm. There will be free music, kids' activities, food, drinks, and tours of the new layout.

Sixty-one miles northeast of Austin and a world away, Rockdale is small-town America at its finest. Back in 1918, Monroe Bullock and his brother Ira opened the Rainbow Courts, one of the first “tourist courts” in Milam County. In 1992, Joan Ratliff, Ira’s granddaughter, and her husband Dan turned the aging cottages and cabins into a modern bed & breakfast with up-to-date conveniences and comfort. TripAdvisor patrons have voted the 32-room hotel No. 9 on their list of best bargain hotels in the U.S.

Crawfish season generally runs from February to June. Try these three Texas providers for the freshest mudbugs:

Doc’s Seafood and Steaks, 13309 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, 361/949-6744,
Crawfish Shack, 5822 FM 2100, Crosby, 281/462-2121,
JuJu’s Cajun Crawfish Shak, 18277 FM 365, Fannett, 409/794-2020,

Other February Events:

Cowboy Mardi Gras
Feb. 1-3, Bandera,

SPI Kitefest
Feb. 1-3, South Padre Island,

Spring Blossoms Quilt Show
Feb. 2-3, Brenham,

Hot Rods & Hatters Car Show & Festival
Feb. 2-3, Lockhart,

Mardi Gras! Galveston
Feb. 2-13, Galveston,

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo
Feb. 2-18, San Angelo,

Mardi Gras Parades
Feb. 3, 10, 11, Shreveport-Bossier City, La.,

Adults Only Tours
Feb. 5, 25, Johnson City,

Laredo Birding Festival
Feb. 7-10, Laredo,

Oxford Film Fest
Feb. 7-11, Oxford, Miss.,

Planetarium Show
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 24 & 28 Clute,

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Feb. 8-25, San Antonio,

Hug-In and Valentine Ball
Feb. 9-10, Luckenbach,

Czech Music Festival
Feb. 9-10, Ennis,

On Cloud Wine
Feb. 9-11, Nacogdoches,

Asia Times Square Lunar New Year
Feb. 9-11, 16-18, Grand Prairie,

Boerne Chocolate Walk
Feb. 10, Boerne,

Boerne Market Days
Feb. 10-11, Boerne,

Hot Rod Riot
Feb. 10, Goliad,

Bloodless Bullfights
Feb. 10, 24, La Gloria,

Taste of the Triangle
Feb. 13, Beaumont,

Inspire Film Festival
Feb. 15-19, The Woodlands,

Star Party
Feb. 16, Georgetown,

9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit & First Responders Weekend
Feb. 16-19, Rockport,

Hueco Rock Rodeo
Feb. 16-18, El Paso,

Chinese New Year Festival
Feb. 17, Dallas,

Lunar New Year Festival
Feb. 17, Houston,

Asian Festival
Feb. 17, San Antonio,

Billy Mata & the Texas Tradition
Feb. 17, Anhalt Dance Hall, Spring Branch,

Presidents Day at the Arboretum
Feb. 17-19, Dallas,

Fiesta Edinburg
Feb. 22-25, Edinburg,

Whooping Crane Festival
Feb. 22-25, Port Aransas,

Lunar New Year
Feb. 24, Houston,

Best Little Quilt Show in Texas
Feb. 24-25, La Grange,

Toast & Roast
Feb. 25, Driftwood,

Lunar New Year Houston
Feb. 24-25, Houston,

Buffalo Soldier Day
Feb. 25, San Angelo,

Old Settler’s Music Festival Open House
Sun., Feb. 25, Tilmon,

Victoria Livestock Show
Feb. 26-Mar. 5, Victoria,

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Feb. 27-Mar. 18, Houston,

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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