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, www.llanoearthartfest.org.

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, www.texaspinball.com/tpf.

Other March Events:

Ingram Farmers Market and Artisan Fair
March 1, Ingram, www.facebook.com/IFAMTX

Fulton Oysterfest
March 1-4, Fulton, www.fultonoysterfest.org

The Alamo Battle Commemoration
March 1-7, San Antonio, www.thealamo.org/visit/events/commemoration

Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 2, Gruene, www.gruenetexas.com

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

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
March 2-3, Alpine, www.texascowboypoetry.com

North Texas Irish Festival
March 2-4, Dallas, www.ntif.org

Texas Birthday Bash
March 2-3, Navasota, www.texasbirthdaybash.com

Texas Music Festival
March 3, Friendswood, www.fdfa.org

Cultural Kite Festival
March 3, Sugar Land, www.sugarlandtx.gov/920/Cultural-Kite-Festival

Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 3-4, Washington-on-the-Brazos, www.wheretexasbecametexas.org

Llano Earth Art Fest
March 4-5, Llano, www.llanoearthfest.org

Texas Storytelling Festival
March 8-11, Denton, www.tejasstorytelling.com

Best Little Cowboy Gathering
March 9-10, La Grange, www.bestlittlecowboygathering.org

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
March 10-11, Plano, www.txflyfishingfestival.org

John Knox Ranch Open House
March 10, Wimberley, www.johnknoxranch.org

Season Opening Day
March 10-11, Garfield, www.nlandsurfpark.com

Second Sunday Music Fest
March 11, Bandera, www.banderacowboycapital.com

World Class Bloodless Bullfights
March 11, La Gloria, www.fredrenk.com

Rio Frio Fest
March 14-18, Concan, www.visituvaldecounty.com/events/2017/rio-frio-fest-2018

Herb Forum
March 16-17, Round Top, www.festivalhill.org

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

Texas Pinball Festival
March 16-18, Frisco, www.texaspinball.com/tpf

Azalea & Spring Flower Trail
March 16-Apr. 1, Tyler, www.visittyler.com/azaleatrail

Spring Equinox Concert
March 17, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

Hidden Dallas Tour
March 17, Dallas, www.dallasbychocolate.com

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

Luckenbach Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Cookoff
March 17, Luckenbach, www.luckenbachtexas.com

Antique Tractor Pull & 42 Domino Tournament
March 17, Seguin, www.texagedu.org

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

Texas Food Truck Showdown
March 17, Waco, www.thetexasfoodtruckshowdown.com

Travel & Adventure Show
March 17-18, www.travelshows.com/shows/dallas

Madison County Fair
March 17-24, Madisonville, www.mcfa.net

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
March 21-25, New Orleans, http://tennesseewilliams.net

Dulcimer Festival
March 22-24, Palestine, www.oldpalmusic.com

Thunder in the Hill Country Biker Rally
March 22-25, Bandera, www.banderacowboycapital.com

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

Fountainwood Observatory Public Nights
March 23, Georgetown, www.southwestern.edu/offices/observatory

Outlaws & Legends Music Fest
March 23-24, Abilene, www.outlawsandlegends.com

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

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, www.hillcountryindianartifacts.com

Ocean Discovery Day
March 24, Galveston, www.flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/oceandiscoveryday.html

Bacon & Brew Fest
March 24, Huntsville, www.huntsvillemainstreet.com

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

Red River Wine & Beer Festival
March 24, Wichita Falls, www.redriverwineandbeerfestival.com

Living History Weekend
March 24-25, College Station, www.americangimuseum.org

Wings over South Texas
March 24-25, Kingsville, www.wingsoversouthtexas.com

SpringFest
March 24-25, Spring, www.oldtownspring.com

Round Top Antique Week
March 27-31, Round Top, www.roundtop-marburger.com

Southfork Fan Day
March 30, Dallas, www.southforkranch.com

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

Easter Fires
March 31, Fredericksburg, www.gillespiefair.net

Cajun Cookoff
March 31, Jonestown, www.lagovista.org


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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