Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup

Mardi Gras to St. Paddy's and much, much more

It’s time for the annual wildflower road show, plus Texas’ birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, and more fun.

Brenham’s Flying Horses Carousel in Fireman’s Park is one of five surviving classic wood carousels in Texas. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

In 1930, a farmer northeast of Brenham found a carnival carousel in his field. Members of the Washington County Fair Association, the oldest county fair in Texas, came to the rescue of the abandoned carnival ride. Local craftsmen refurbished the 24 horses and the restored carousel made its local debut at the 1932 county fair. Three years later a 16-sided building was constructed in Fireman’s Park to permanently house the merry-go-round. With flying manes and big smiles, the horses appear to be carrying their young riders in a wild gallop. Brenham’s Flying Horses Carousel continues to entertain the children and is the oldest carousel in Texas utilizing the rare Charles W. Dare carousel horses.
Weekends March 1-Oct. 31, Flying Horses Carousel, Brenham, 979/337-7250, www.cityofbrenham.org/flying_horses_carousel.php

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, March-June 1887, oil on cardboard, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

Vincent van Gogh’s artwork are some of the most recognizable paintings in the world. The Dutch painter created a unique style of landscapes and portraits that resonates through the ages. In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam and the Kroller-Muller Museum of Otterlo, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will show more than 50 works done over the artist’s lifetime. Included in the exhibition will be letters and artifacts that round out the narrative of van Gogh’s development as an artist.
March 10-June 27, Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 713/639-7300, www.mfah.org

Travel Notes:

Via Getty Images

This should be a great year for roadside wildflowers. Start your bluebonnet adventures at these helpful websites:

Country music and West Texas go together like oil and the Permian Basin. This year’s Outlaws & Legends Music Festival on March 22 and 23 brings an outstanding lineup to the outdoor venue in Abilene. Kris Kristofferson headlines Saturday night backed by Merle Haggard’s former band. Also on the weekend bill are Roger Creager, Shooter Jennings, The Hamiltons, and many more. For ticket information call 325/280-6054 or go to www.outlawsandlegends.com.

Speaking of music legends, Jerry Jeff Walker will be honored or roasted, depending on your point of view, at Gruene Hall on Sunday, March 24 at 7pm. A group of his friends and admirers will spending the evening telling stories on Scamp Walker and singing the songs that made him an American music icon. This show will sell out, so get your tickets now.

Other March Events:

Texas Birthday Bash
March 1-2, Navasota, www.texasbirthdaybash.com

Friday Afternoon Club
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Archaeology Tour
March 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, New Braunfels, www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas
March 1-3, Port Arthur, www.mardigras.portarthur.com

Mardi Gras! Galveston
March 1-5, Galveston, www.mardigrasgalveston.com

Spring Break on South Padre Island
March 1-27, South Padre Island, www.sopadre.com/springbreak

Tulip Festival Month
March 1-30, Waxahachie, www.fb.com/postontulipgarden

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

Texas Independence Day & Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration
March 2, Huntsville, www.huntsvilletexas.com/236/Tx-Independence-Day

Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival
March 2, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade
March 2, San Marcos, www.mistickkreweofokeanos.com

Transportation Family Day
March 2, Temple, www.templerrhm.org

Market Day
March 2, Wimberley, www.shopmarketdays.com

Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 2-3, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, www.tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washington-on-the-brazos/texas-independence-day

Jazz on the River
March 2-5, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade
March 3, McKinney, www.downtownmckinney.com

Dawn at the Alamo
March 6, San Antonio, www.texasarmy.org/events/dawn-at-the-alamo

Tejas Storytelling Festival
March 7-10, Denton, www.tejasstorytelling.com

Oysterfest
March 7-10, Fulton, www.fultonoysterfest.org

Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree
March 7-10, Irving, www.texassteelguitar.org

Kosher Chili Cook-off
March 8, Houston, www.houstonkosherchilicookoff.com

Junk Hippy Market
March 8-9, Rosenberg, www.junkhippy.com

World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup
March 8-10, Sweetwater, www.rattlesnakeroundup.net

Stars and Skies Texas
March 9, Albany, www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/fort-griffin-state-historic-site

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta
March 9, Houston, www.buffalobayou.org

Pianist James Dick in Concert
March 9, Round Top, www.festivalhill.org

San Antonio Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show
March 9-10, Kerrville, www.sanantoniokennelclub.com

Spring Break at the Gardens
March 9-17, Corpus Christi, www.stxbot.org

Spring Break at the LBJ National Historical Park
March 9-24, Stonewall, www.nps.gov/lyjo

Gospel Brunch
March 10, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Chef Fest
March 10, Richmond, www.cheffesthouston.com

Menudo Madness
March 10, San Antonio, www.menudomadness.com

Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art
March 10-June 27, Houston, www.mfah.com

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum
March 11-16, Fredericksburg, www.pioneermuseum.net

Heritage Festival
March 12-17, Nederland, www.nederlandhf.org

Top Taco Festival
March 14, New Orleans, La., www.toptaconola.com

Spring at the Silos
March 14-16, Waco, www.magnolia.com

Mercer Botanical Gardens March Mart
March 15-16, Houston, www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

Davis Mountain Preserve Open Weekend
March 15-17, Fort Davis, www.nature.org/texas

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16, Houston, www.hsppc.org

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 16-17, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/murphys-st.-patricks-day-river-parade-festival

Herb Society of America – Pioneer Unit Plant Sale
March 16-17, Round Top, www.herbsocietypioneer.org

Central Texas Ceramic Expo & Handcrafted Items
March 15-16, West, www.westceramicshow.com

Llano Earth Art Fest
March 15-18, Llano, www.llanoearthartfest.org

Madison County Rodeo & Fair
March 15-23, Madisonville, www.mcfa.net

Azalea Trail
March 15-April 15, Nacogdoches, www.visitnacogdoches.org/nacogdoches-azalea-trail

Wild Hog Explosion and Cook-off
March 16, Bandera, www.wildhogexplosion.com

Texas Ranger Day
March 16, Burton, www.burtontexas.org

Historic School Open House
March 16, Gillespie County, www.historicschools.org

Mud Dauber Chili Cook-off
March 16, Luckenbach, www.luckenbachtexas.com

Hill Country Comicon
March 16-17, New Braunfels, www.hillcountrycomiccon.com

Come and Taste It
March 21, Gruene, www.grapevineingruene.com

Food & Wine Festival
March 21-23, Dallas, www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/food-and-wine-festival

Walker County Fair & Rodeo
March 21-30, Huntsville, www.walkercountyfair.com

Outlaws & Legends Music Festival
March 22-23, Abilene, www.outlawsandlegends.com

The Texas Mile
March 22-24, Victoria, www.texasmile.net

Texas Pinball Festival
March 22-24, Frisco, www.texaspinball.com/tpf

Tyler County Dogwood Festival
March 22-April 6, Woodville, www.tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

Azalea and Spring Flower Trail
March 22-April 7, Tyler, www.visittyler.com/azaleatrail

Dogwood Trails Celebration
March 22-April 7, Palestine, www.texasdogwoodtrails.com

Concert in the Cave – Spring Equinox Celebration
March 23, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

All Work and No Play!
March 23, Fort McKavett, www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/fort-mckavett-state-historic-site

Spirits of Oakwood
March 23, Tyler, www.oakwoodcemeterytyler.com

Corks and Kegs Queso Fest
March 23, Uvalde, www.uvalde.org

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
March 23-24, Plano, www.txflyfishingfestival.org

Rastrelli Cello Quartet in Concert
March 24, Fredericksburg, www.fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Viva Jerry Jeff! Friends of Scamp Walker Share Stories & Songs
March 24, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Fort Martin Scott Days
March 29-30, Fredericksburg, www.ftmartinscott.org

Bayou City Art Festival
March 29-31, Houston, www.artcolonyassociation.org

Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival
March 29-31, Palestine, www.oldpalmusic.com

Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo
March 29-April 7, Conroe, www.mcfa.org

Zapp’s International Beer Festival
March 30, Baton Rouge, La., www.visitbatonrouge.com/event/zapps-international-beer-festival/219295

Firkin Fest
March 30, Bryan, www.downtownbryan.com

Herb Festival
March 30, Huntsville, www.texasthymeunit.org

San Angelo Craft Beer Experience
March 30, San Angelo, www.discoversanangelo.com/events/2019/2nd-annual-craft-beer-experience(2)

Maritime Exhibition
March 30, Texas City, www.texascitytx.gov

Texas Food Truck Showdown
March 30, Waco, www.thetexasfoodtruckshowdown.com

Texas Night Sky Festival
March 30-31, Dripping Springs, www.texasnightskyfestival.org

KCKL Big Bass Tournament
March 30-31, Cedar Creek Lake, www.kcklbass.com

Goliad Massacre and Living History Program
March 30-31, Goliad, www.presidiolabahia.org

Avalon Faire
March 30-April 28, Kilgore, www.avalonfaire.com

World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
March 31, Eunice, La., www.etouffeecookoff.org


Gerald E. 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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