Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup

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Spring is finally here with warmer temperatures and lots of music festivals, Renaissance festivals, and reasons to go day trippin’.

There is no telling what the artists at Texas SandFest will create when they set their minds and hands to sculpting the outlandish and fantastic monuments in sand. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

The beach between mile markers 9 and 13 at Port Aransas becomes an art gallery of strange creations during Texas SandFest, April 26-28. The three-day pass gives you access to watch the master, semi-pro, and amateur sculptors turn their piles of sand into amazing creations from castles to statues. The annual beach festival includes music, food, games, and even lessons for creating your own sand sculpture.
April 26-28, SandFest, Port Aransas, 381/749-5919,

The Marfa Ballroom and the record label Mexican Summer collaborate to bring a diverse range of artists together for a weekend in the desert. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

There is something about the high desert air in the Far West Texas town of Marfa that seems to separate it from the rest of world. Founded in 1880 as a railroad water stop, the sleepy little village’s biggest claim to fame was as the Presidio County seat and the strange lights in desert outside of town. That all changed in 1971 when New York artist Donald Judd turned it into an art mecca. For the fifth year a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based music label and a local arts foundation bring a unique music and cultural arts festival to town. Marfa Myths Festival mixes music, art, comedy, and film for four days of creativity and collaboration to benefit Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, nonprofit law firm.
April 25-28, Marfa Myths Festival, Marfa, 432/729-4772,

Travel Notes:

Since 2010, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and several private partners have worked toward a 10-year goal of restoring 10 self-sustaining wild populations of the Guadalupe bass, the official state fish. Their efforts paid off and the goal was realized a year early. To reward anglers for the success and to showcase the San Gabriel River from Leander to Jonah as an outstanding fishing stream, the department is offering prizes for snagging one of 40 tagged Guadalupe bass stocked in the river. From now until March 31, 2020, anyone catching one of the fish will be entered into a monthly drawing for fishing gear from Bass Pro Shops. For more information, go to

The Overtime Theater in San Antonio presents the world premiere of “Curranderas & Chocolate: Cuentos of a Latina Life” on April 12 and 14. The one-woman show written and performed by Patricia Zamora, a graduate of St. Edward’s University, is a semiautobiographical work of love, loss, and hardship.

One of the oldest and most respected southern music festivals in America, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival brings a stellar lineup of young and legendary musicians to the Louisiana state capital. Slim Harpo put the Red Stick City on the musical map with the release of “I’m a King Bee” in 1957. This year the 25th edition of the Blues Festival features Mavis Staples, Deacon John Moore, Kenny Neal, Henry Gray, and William Bell. The music comes from six stages around Galvez Plaza, Repentance Park, and the old state Capitol in downtown Baton Rouge, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. The festival is free, but VIP tickets get you pampered with special seating and free food and drinks.

The snow pack in the Upper Colorado River Basin in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming is the highest it has been in seven years. That meant a good snow skiing season, and translates into good to exceptional river rafting this summer. The Green River and the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park are expected to have higher than average water levels after several years of drought. For information of river expeditions, go to

Other April Events:

LaBahia Antiques Show
April 1-6, Burton,

Round Top Antiques Week
April 1-6, Round Top,

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival
April 4-7, Fort Worth,

Independent Film Festival
April 4-7, Victoria,

First Friday Art Walk
April 5, Fredericksburg,

Tartan Day
April 5, San Antonio,

Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-off
April 5-6, Llano,

Texas Vintage Motorcycle Fandango
April 5-7, Fredericksburg,

Fiddle Fest
April 5-7, Llano,

Texas Packard Meet
April 5-7, Salado,

Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall
April 5, 12, 19, 26, Gruene,

Bandera Market Days
April 6, Bandera,

April 6, Boerne,

Chalk Art Festival
April 6, Brownsville,

Heritage Festival & Cedar Fest
April 6, Cedar Park,

Big Bloom Plant Sale, Garden Festival
April 6, Corpus Christi,

April 6, El Lago,

Historic Country Schools Open House Tour
April 6, Fredericksburg,

Earth Day Family Festival and Picnic
April 6, Houston,

Hill Country Swap Meet
April 6, Kerrville,

Polo at McFaddin
April 6, McFaddin Ranch,

San Antonio Book Festival
April 6, San Antonio,

April 6, Schulenburg,

Art Car Parade
April 6, Victoria,

Market Days
April 6, Wimberley,

San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival
April 6-7, Helotes,

Heart of Texas Airshow
April 6-7, Waco,

Sherwood Forest Faire
April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, McDade,

Avalon Faire
April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Kilgore,

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-27, Waxahachie,

Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival
April 6-13, El Paso,

Saturday Night Rodeo
April 6, 13, 20, 27, Bulverde,

Wildflower Celebration
April 6-21, Fredericksburg,

Trappings of Texas
April 11-13, Alpine,

Old Settlers Music Festival
April 11-14, Dale,

Houston Art Car Parade
April 11-14, Houston,

Battle of the Swing Bands
April 12, New Braunfels,

Wild Women Weekend
April 12-13, Blanco,

Handmade Market
April 12-13, Boerne,

Fiesta de la Flor
April 12-13, Corpus Christi,

Bluebonnet Trails Festival
April 12-13, Ennis,

Fort Inge Days
April 12-13, Uvalde,

Wooden Boat Festival
April 12-14, Port Aransas,

“Fort Griffin Fandangle” Sampler
April 13, Albany,

Caddo Culture Day
April 13, Alto,

Two Dudes & A Diva
April 13, Boerne,

Park Day
April 13, Brownsville,

Wine and Roses Festival
April 13, Bryan,

Rip’s Rib Cook-off
April 13, Eastland,

Fredericksburg Jazz Festival
April 13, Fredericksburg,

Market Days
April 13, Kyle,

San Jacinto Day and Battle Reenactment
April 13, LaPorte,

Ranch Day
April 13, Lubbock,

Texas Ladies Championship Chili Cook-off
April 13, Seguin,

Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April 13-14, Baton Rouge, La.,

Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas
April 13-14, Chappell Hill,

Attwater Prairie Chicken Booming and Blooming Festival
April 13-14, Eagle Lake,

April 13-14, New Braunfels,

Train Show
April 13-14, New Braunfels,

UT Trombone Choir Concert
April 14, Fredericksburg,

Gospel Brunch
April 14, Gruene,

Bidi Bidi Party: Selena Tribute
April 16, San Antonio,

April 16-17, Houston

SystemsGo Rocket Launch
April 16-17, Jal, N.M.,

Bat Appreciation Day
April 17, Various locations,

Thirst for Nature
April 18, Boerne,

April 18-28, San Antonio,

Thoroughbred Racing
April 18-July 21, Grand Prairie,

Earth Day Butterfly Bonanza
April 19,

Alpine Gem and Mineral Show
April 19-21, Alpine,

Trade Days
April 19-21, Fredericksburg,

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay
April 19-21, Horseshoe Bay Resort,

Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival
April 20, Kerrville,

Free Entrance Day to National Parks
April 20, National Parks,

Cajun Festival
April 20, Port Arthur,

Riverside Food Truck Fest
April 20, Victoria,

Old Gruene Market Days
April 20-21. Gruene,

Day in Old Mexico Charreada
April 21, 28, San Antonio,

Big Bend Open Road Race
April 24-27, Sanderson,

Birdiest Festival in America
April 24-28, Corpus Christi,

Marfa Myths Festival
April 25-28, Marfa,

April 25-28, Wilkesboro, N.C.,

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 25-28, May 2-5, New Orleans, LA,

SAACAM Fiesta Family Blues Festival
April 26, San Antonio,

Galveston Island Wine Festival
April 26-27, Galveston,

SystemsGo Rocket Launch
April 26-27, Jacksboro,

Grillin’ for Grads
April 26-27, Shreveport, La.,

Bloomin Texas Festival
April 26-27, Temple,

April 26-28, Dallas,

Red Poppy Festival
April 26-28, Georgetown,

Adult Soapbox Derby
April 26-28, Marble Falls,

1836 Chuckwagon Races at the Diamond B Ranch
April 26-28, Palestine,

Texas SandFest
April 26-28, Port Aransas,

Culinary Ranch Retreat at Llano Springs Ranch
April 26-28, Rocksprings,

Texas Corvette Open Car Show
April 27, Boerne,

Cotton Gin Festival
April 27, Burton,

Art Walk
April 27, Johnson City,

Earth Day and Trade Days
April 27, Seguin,

Butterfly Festival
April 27, Wimberley,

Fortress Festival
April 27-28, Fort Worth,

Fire on the Border Living History Program
April 27-28, Goliad,

Market Days
April 27-28, Johnson City,

Crawfish Festival
April 27-28, New Braunfels,

Kite Festival
April 27-28, Rockport,

Wildflower Trails of Texas Festival
April 28, Linden,

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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