Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup

Start April with a scenic drive along fields of flowers

Wildflowers line the roads to lots of fun things to do around the state in April.

This promises to be a good season for wildflowers especially in the eastern portion of the state. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

There are more than 5,000 species of wildflowers that grow in Texas and many can be found along our highways. The Texas Department of Transportation sows about 30,000 pounds of seeds in the right of way each year. This year may not be a great wildflower season, but it’s looking pretty good. If you’re looking for a flower peeping trip close to Austin try TX 12 between Dripping Springs and San Marcos, or FM 1431 between Cedar Park and Marble Falls. Willow City Loop north of Fredericksburg takes FM 1323 on a great drive no matter what flowers are blooming. Or head east on US 290 toward Houston for scads of color. Check for scenic drives at www.visitbrenhamtexas.com/category/wildflower-watch, www.facebook.com/TexasWildflowerReport, or at www.texas.wildflowersightings.org/sightings. If you know what part of the state you’ll be visiting, call the TxDOT Travel Hotline at 800/452-9292 Ext. 3, for the latest recommendations on finding colorful wildflower displays.

The ELISSA, the official tall ship of Texas, will welcome a fleet of other wind-powered ships to Galveston Harbor for a rare gathering on April 5-8. (Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation)

For the first time in history, Tall Ships America will begin its Tall Ships Challenge Series of races and port festivals in Galveston. While in port, the six ships will be open to the public for viewing and sailing opportunities, and many will feature dockside exhibits and a chance to interact with the crew. Each ship has its own educational program and mission, providing the public with a wide array of ways to participate and sail.
April 5-8, Galveston, 409/763-1877, www.tallshipsgalveston.com.

Travel Notes:

Members of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma will return to Caddo Mounds State Historic Site outside of Alto for Caddo Culture Day on April 14. The site was once a thriving village and ceremonial center for the Hasinai tribe. During the day, members of the tribe will demonstrate tribal customs and pay their respects to their forefathers.
www.visitcaddomounds.com.

From Sea Rim State Park to South Padre Island, volunteers will be fanning out to pick up trash in the Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup. There are 27 check-in points along the Texas coast ready to assign volunteers their own section of beach on April 21.
www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/volunteer/cleanups/index.html.

The Lyrid meteor shower will streak across the night sky from April 16 to 25. Normally there are about 10 to 15 shooting stars an hour, but Lyrid is known for surges that can sometimes come in a burst of 100 meteors per hour. The meteor show is expected to peak in the northeast sky right before dawn on April 22.
http://earthsky.org/?p=158735.

Other April Events:

Avalon Faire
April 1-29, Kilgore, www.avalonfaire.com

Ennis Bluebonnet Trails
April 1-30, Ennis, www.bluebonnettrail.org

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 4-8, Sugar Land, www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com

American Chuck Wagon Association Championship Cook-off
April 5-7, Fredericksburg, www.americanchuckwagon.org

Glen Rose Bluegrass Jamboree Festival
April 5-7, Glen Rose, www.facebook.com/events/2097785563782982

Tall Ships Galveston
April 5-8, Galveston, www.tallshipsgalveston.com

Victoria TX Independent Film Festival
April 5-8, Victoria, www.vtxiff.com

Waltstock & Barrel Wine and Music Festival
April 6-7, Fredericksburg, www.waltstockandbarrel.com

Deep Ellum Arts Festival
April 6-8, Dallas, www.deepellumartsfestival.com

Llano Fiddle Fest Weekend
April 6-8, Llano, www.llanofiddlefest.com

Anniversary Weekend
April 6-8, San Antonio, www.texancultures.com

Viva Hemisfair!
April 6-8, San Antonio, www.hemisfair.org

Wooden Boat Festival
April 6-8, Port Aransas, www.portaransasmuseum.org

Walker County Fair & Rodeo
April 6-14, Huntsville, www.walkercountyfair.com

Jonestown Cajun Cook-off
April 7, Jonestown, www.facebook.com/events/1503767423263720

Bloomin’ Fest
April 7, Lampasas, www.lampasaschamber.org

Historic Country Schools Open House
April 7, Fredericksburg, www.historicschools.org

Cajun Heritage Festival
April 7, Port Arthur, www.setxac.org

San Antonio Book Festival
April 7, San Antonio, festival.saplf.org

Dogwood Festival
April 7, Woodville, www.tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

Heart of Texas Airshow
April 7-8, Waco, www.heartoftexasairshow.com

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
April 7-May 28, Waxahachie, www.srfestival.com

An Evening with Sophia Loren (rescheduled from 2017)
April 8, Galveston, www.thegrand.com

Stuporbowl XIII
April 8, San Marcos, www.unicyclefootball.com

Marfa Myths
April 12-15, Marfa, www.marfamyths.com

Fountainwood Observatory Public Night
April 13, Georgetown, www.southwestern.edu/offices/observatory

Fiesta de la Flor
April 13-14, Corpus Christi, www.fiestadelaflor.com

Bluebonnet Festival
April 13-15, Burnet, www.bluebonnetfestival.org

Buffalo Gap Food and Wine Summit
April 13-15, Buffalo Gap, www.buffalogapsummit.com

Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 13-15, Poteet, www.strawberryfestival.com

1836 Chuckwagon Races
April 13-22, Palestine, www.1836chuckwagonrace.com

Caddo Culture Day
April 14, Alto, www.visitcaddomounds.com

Art Car Parade
April 14, Houston, www.thehoustonartcarparade.com

Science of Sports
April 14, Johnson City, www.sciencemill.org

Schulenburg Sausage Festival
April 14, Schulenburg, www.schulenburgsausagefest.com

Texas Bluebonnet Festival
April 14-15, Chappell Hill, www.chappellhillmuseum.org

Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Festival
April 14-15, Eagle Lake, www.attwater.org

Houston Wing CAF – Annual Open House and Fly-In
April 14-15, Houston, www.houstonwing.org

Folkfest
April 14-15, New Braunfels, www.texashandmadefurniture.org

Train Show
April 14-15, New Braunfels, www.newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org

The Marksmen in Concert
April 15, Fredericksburg, www.fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Stupid Bowl IV
April 15, San Marcos, www.unicyclefootball.com

East Texas Wildflower Trails
April 15-May 31, Henderson, www.visithendersontx.com

Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 19-22, Tilmon, www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Feather Fest & Nature Photo Festival
April 19-22, Galveston, www.galvestonfeatherfest.com

Fiesta San Antonio
April 19-29, San Antonio, www.fiesta-sa.org

Buc Days
April 19-May 5, Corpus Christi, www.bucdays.com

Thoroughbred Racing
April 19-July 22, Grand Prairie, www.lonestarpark.com

Poetry at Round Top
April 20-22, Round Top, www.festivalhill.org

Real Ale Anniversary Party
April 21, Blanco, www.realalebrewing.com

Burton Cotton Gin Festival
April 21, Burton, www.cottonginmuseum.org

Rockets 2018
April 21, Jal, N.M., www.systemsgo.org

Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival
April 21, Kerrville, www.riversidenaturecenter.org

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-enactment
April 21, La Porte, www.sanjacinto-museum.org

Frontier Day at Fort Concho
April 21, San Angelo, www.fortconcho.com

Texas Adopt-a-Beach 2018 Coastwide Spring Cleanup
April 21, Various locations, www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/volunteer/cleanups/index.html

National Parks Fee-Free Day
April 21, Various locations, www.nps.gov

Art Car Parade
April 21, Victoria, www.fivepointsmuseum.com

JAM Fest
April 21, Victoria, explorevictoriatexas.com/content.php?i84=22

Butterfly Festival
April 21, Wimberley, www.emilyann.org

Migration Celebration
April 21-22, Brazoria, www.migrationcelebration.com

Thanksgiving 1598
April 22, El Paso, visitelpasomissiontrail.com

Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival
April 23-28, Stephenville, www.larryjoetaylor.com

Ford Mariachi Festival
April 24-26, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/ford-mariachi-festival

Big Bend Open Road Race
April 25-28, Sanderson/Fort Stockton, www.bborr.com

Rockets 2018
April 26-28, Fredericksburg, www.systemsgo.org

Hill Country Film Festival
April 26-29, Fredericksburg, www.hillcountryff.com

Third Coast Music Festival
April 26-29, Galveston, www.thirdcoastmusicfestival.com

Battle of Flowers Parade
April 27, San Antonio, www.battleofflowers.org

Frontier Days
April 27-28, Alvin, www.alvinrotary.org

Fort Martin Scott Days
April 27-28, Fredericksburg, www.ftmartinscott.org

Granbury Wine Walk
April 27-28, Granbury, www.granburywinewalk.com

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
April 27-29, Denton, www.dentonjazzfest.com

Poppy Festival
April 27-29, Georgetown, www.poppy.georgetown.org

Balcones Songbird Festival
April 27-29. Marble Falls, www.balconessongbirdfestival.org

Texas SandFest
April 27-29, Port Aransas, www.texassandfest.org

Ranch Day
April 28, Lubbock, www.nrhc.ttu.edu

Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-off
April 28, Shreveport, La, www.arklatexambassadors.com

Pecan Pie Festival
April 28, Tatum, www.facebook.com/events/771617949690881

Wimberley Arts Fest
April 28-29, Wimberley, www.wimberleyartsfest.com


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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