Day Trips & Beyond: May Events Roundup

Catfish, outlaws, and armadillos

It’s May and the fun around the state is heating up. Now’s the time to find something to celebrate at one of the festivals or just get your toes wet in a river before the summer crowds arrive.

Putting smiles on more catfish anglers' faces is the goal of TPWD’s catfish management plan. (Photo by Larry D. Hodge, courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Teach a boy to fish and you’ll give him a reason to head to the lake for a lifetime. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department increases the chances of landing a big one at urban ponds and lakes around the state by stocking channel catfish by the thousands. The Neighborhood Fishin’ program has stocked 18 ponds and lakes. In Travis County East Metropolitan Park’s Kingfisher Lake and Bullfrog Pond are included in the stockings that happen every few weeks. Children fish for free, but adults who fish need a fishing license.
Through November 2018, various locations,

A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame connects the dots between Austin and Nashville. (Art courtesy the Country Music Hall of Fame)

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn., recognizes the importance of Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters and Redneck Rock with a new exhibit “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring '70s.” Along with memorabilia and artifacts that tell the story of the Cosmic Cowboys there will be special concerts, films, and programs highlighting the people and events that put Austin music on the map. In a side note: The late Johnny Gimble – fiddler extraordinaire, native Texan, and sometime Austin resident – is one of the 2018 inductees in the Hall of Fame that also includes Dottie West and Ricky Skaggs.
May 25, 2018-Feb. 14, 2021, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tenn., 615/416-2001,

Travel Notes:

Uvalde County has some of the most pristine rivers in the state, and visitors can help keep them that way. All summer the Texas Hill Country Region will host “Don’t Trash Where You Splash” river cleanup programs. Organized cleanups occur on Sundays and Tuesdays with volunteer groups of six or more given $10 per person per hour to their favorite charity. Individuals not participating in the scheduled cleanups, but who would like to help collect trash along the waterways, can get yellow trash bags at the Uvalde Visitor’s Center, 21170 Highway 127 in Concan, and at other businesses around the county.

Summer is sea turtle nesting season along the Texas coast, and the Turtle Island Restoration Network asks that anyone seeing a sea turtle, a nest, or even tracks on the beach call 866/TURTLE-5 (866/887-8535). Kemp’s ridley and other sea turtles are endangered species. Trained volunteers will respond to the reports to protect the nests.

How do dinosaurs celebrate Mother’s Day? They give mothers free admission to Dinosaur World in Glen Rose on Sun., May 13, with a paid child’s admission.

Route 66 is one of the most iconic roads in the world. The New Mexico Tourism Department has proclaimed this the "Summer of the Mother Road," by releasing a short film, itineraries, and an interactive map to guide drivers to historic places and events along the route. Visitors to will find information about the 300-mile stretch of Route 66 between Glenrio, N.M. and Manuelito, N.M.

Other May Events:

Buc Days
May 1-5, Corpus Christi,

May 2-6, Port Neches,

May 3-6, Marfa,

Wild West Brewfest
May 4-5, Katy,

Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally
May 4-6, Luckenbach,

Medina River Cleanup
May 5, Bandera,

Tejano Hill Country
May 5, Bandera,

Deutsch-Texanisher Saengerbund Saengerfest
May 5, Houston,

Wein & Saengerfest
May 5, New Braunfels,

Gusher Days
May, 5, Oil City, La.,

May 5, Plano,

Red Dirt Barbecue Festival
May 5, Tyler,

May 5-6, Fort Worth,

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance
May 5-6, Seabrook,

Lavender Festival
May 5-6, Stonewall,

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28, Waxahachie,

St. Stanislaus Parish Festival
May 6, Bandera,

Maifest German Chorale Concert
May 6, Fredericksburg,

Howdy-Roo CASI Regional Chili Cookoff/Lonestar Barbecue State Championship
May 6, Marble Falls,

Taste of Bishop Arts, Food and Historical Tours
May 6, 13, 20, 27, Dallas,

Texas Historic Sites Free Day
May 6, Various Locations,

Pedal Car Races
May 6, Wylie,

Electra Goat Barbecue and Craft Show
May 11-12, Electra,

Texas Crab Festival
May 11-13, Crystal Beach,

SystemsGo Rockets 2018
May 11-13, Houston,

Maypole Festival
May 12, Beaumont,

Canadian River Music Festival
May 12, Canadian,

Audie Murphy Day
May 12, Greenville,

National Train Day
May 12, Temple,

Cajun Fest
May 12, Wichita Falls,

Tejano Conjunto Festival
May 16-20, San Antonio,

Come & Taste It
May 17, Gruene,

Dennis Hopper Day
May 17, Taos, N.M.,

Lee County Fair & Charcoal Challenge Barbecue Cook-off
May 17-19, Giddings,

Culinaria Wine + Food Festival
May 17-20, San Antonio,

Magnolia Days
May 18-19, Columbus,

Fort Lancaster Western Frontier Days
May 18-19, Sheffield,

Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience
May 18-20, Grapevine,

East Texas Folk Festival
May 18-20, Huntsville,

New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl
May 18-20, various locations,

Strawberry Festival
May 18-20, Pasadena,

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
May 18-20, Richardson,

Barbecue Smoke-Off at Langford Lake
May 19, Clarksville,

Corsicana AirSho
May 19, Corsicana,

Texas Steak Cook-off & Wine Fest
May 19, Hico,

Bird Banding
May 19, Lake Jackson,

KNBT Americana Music Jam
May 20, Gruene,

Kay & Friends Ensemble Concert
May 20, Fredericksburg,

Slavnost (May Fest)
May 21, LaGrange,

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
May 23-27, New Orleans, La.,

Burger Showdown to Benefit Chef Cooperatives
May 24, San Antonio,

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 24-June 10, Kerrville,

Mudbug Madness Festival
May 24-27, Shreveport, La.,

"Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring '70s"
Opens May 25, Nashville, Tenn.,

National Polka Festival
May 25-27, Ennis,

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
May 25-27, Fredericksburg,

“Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians”
May 25-Sept. 3, San Antonio,

Kerrville Festival of the Arts
May 26-27, Kerrville,

Festival of Wine and Food
May 26-27, Rockport,

Blueberry Picking Season
May 26-July 31, Edom,

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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