Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup

Stack rocks, meet the Hulk, and celebrate the Lone Star State

Spring is here and it’s time to celebrate our independence from socks and long pants while looking for the first wildflowers.

The siege of the Alamo lasted 13 days until the final battle on March 6. The Texas shrine in San Antonio holds daily remembrances leading up to that fateful day 182 years ago. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Remember Texas independence! Remember the Alamo! It all started 182 years ago this month. In the rough hamlet of Washington on the Brazos, the Texans declared independence from Mexico on March 2. (Which just happened to be General Sam Houston’s birthday, too.) At the same time less than 200 miles away the garrison of Texans in San Antonio were barricaded in an old mission. The Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site celebrates the anniversary, March 3-4, with a weekend of fun, re-enactments, and a new exhibit at the Star of the Republic Museum. In San Antonio the daily ceremonies at the Alamo are a bit more solemn leading up to the anniversary of the final day of the battle on March 6.

Travel Notes:

In Grenwelge Park, below the dam on the Llano River, the river reverts to its native rocky channels. It is the perfect place to hold the World Rock Stacking Championship in conjunction with the Llano Earth Art Fest, March 9-12. Professional and amateur rock stackers and balance artists will compete for honors in balance, arches, quantity, and artistry. After trying their hand at rock stacking, visitors can enjoy the music and children’s activities, have an adult beverage and stick their toes in the river. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate with children under 15 free.
March 19-21, Llano Earth Art Fest, Llano,

So you think you’re a pinball wizard? Try your hand at more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco, March 16-18. One of the largest such events in the U.S., the Texas conference brings electronic and mechanical games together from around the world, plus an appearance by “The Incredible Hulk” himself – Lou Ferrigno. March 16-18, Texas Pinball Festival, Frisco,

Other March Events:

Ingram Farmers Market and Artisan Fair
March 1, Ingram,

Fulton Oysterfest
March 1-4, Fulton,

The Alamo Battle Commemoration
March 1-7, San Antonio,

Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 2, Gruene,

Gen. Sam Houston’s Birthday & Texas Independence Day
March 2, Huntsville,

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
March 2-3, Alpine,

North Texas Irish Festival
March 2-4, Dallas,

Texas Birthday Bash
March 2-3, Navasota,

Texas Music Festival
March 3, Friendswood,

Cultural Kite Festival
March 3, Sugar Land,

Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 3-4, Washington-on-the-Brazos,

Llano Earth Art Fest
March 4-5, Llano,

Texas Storytelling Festival
March 8-11, Denton,

Best Little Cowboy Gathering
March 9-10, La Grange,

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
March 10-11, Plano,

John Knox Ranch Open House
March 10, Wimberley,

Season Opening Day
March 10-11, Garfield,

Second Sunday Music Fest
March 11, Bandera,

World Class Bloodless Bullfights
March 11, La Gloria,

Rio Frio Fest
March 14-18, Concan,

Herb Forum
March 16-17, Round Top,

St. Patrick’s Day Festival & River Parade
March 16-17. San Antonio,

Texas Pinball Festival
March 16-18, Frisco,

Azalea & Spring Flower Trail
March 16-Apr. 1, Tyler,

Spring Equinox Concert
March 17, Boerne,

Hidden Dallas Tour
March 17, Dallas,

St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Arnold
March 17, Houston,

Luckenbach Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Cookoff
March 17, Luckenbach,

Antique Tractor Pull & 42 Domino Tournament
March 17, Seguin,

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, Surfside Beach,

Texas Food Truck Showdown
March 17, Waco,

Travel & Adventure Show
March 17-18,

Madison County Fair
March 17-24, Madisonville,

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
March 21-25, New Orleans,

Dulcimer Festival
March 22-24, Palestine,

Thunder in the Hill Country Biker Rally
March 22-25, Bandera,

South Texas State Fair
March 22-Apr. 1, Beaumont,

Fountainwood Observatory Public Nights
March 23, Georgetown,

Outlaws & Legends Music Fest
March 23-24, Abilene,

Texas Dogwood Trails
March 23-25, March 30-Apr. 1, Apr. 6-8, Palestine,

Magnolia Brass Band Festival
March 24, Beaumont, www.laMarchedu/events/2018/03/magnolia-brass-band-festival.html

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show
March 24, Fredericksburg,

Ocean Discovery Day
March 24, Galveston,

Bacon & Brew Fest
March 24, Huntsville,

Gov. Hogg’s Birthday Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt
March 24, West Columbia,

Red River Wine & Beer Festival
March 24, Wichita Falls,

Living History Weekend
March 24-25, College Station,

Wings over South Texas
March 24-25, Kingsville,

March 24-25, Spring,

Round Top Antique Week
March 27-31, Round Top,

Southfork Fan Day
March 30, Dallas,

Alpine Gem & Mineral Show
March 30-Apr. 1, Alpine,

Easter Fires
March 31, Fredericksburg,

Cajun Cookoff
March 31, Jonestown,

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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