Things to Do in Texas During February
Even when the weather is dreary, there's always something to do in the Lone Star State
People looking for exciting or interesting festivals, exhibits and other celebrations will have lots to choose from if they visit the state of Texas during February. Each year there are dozens of events that provide entertainment for hobbyists of all sorts, and many of them are great fun for the whole family. Read on for a list of the some of the hottest events, with a few side trips you might wish to make while you are visiting.
Washington's Birthday Celebration - Laredo
It may not be a nationally recognized federal holiday anymore, but in Laredo, Texas, Washington's Birthday Celebration is still a highly anticipated event. The festivities kick off in late January with a Commander's Reception, a media event that offers sneak peaks to the events to come. There are dozens of events planned for the 2013 festival, including the following:
- Border Beer Fest
- Taste of Laredo
- Boys & Girls Club of Laredo
Wine Tasting Gala
- American Historical Theatre George Washington
- Comedy Jam for George
- Founding Fathers’ 5K Fun Run
- Princess Pocahontas Pageant
There are special events for children, including a children's beauty pageant, a carnival, and several parades. The festival ends the fourth week of February with a spectacular fireworks display.
Mardi Gras Celebrations - Several places
New Orleans is not the only city that knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras. There are several rousing tributes to Fat Tuesday throughout the state of Texas.
Southest Texas Mardi Gras - Held the weekend of Mardi Gras in Port Arthur, Texas, this four-day celebration features concerts, a bird show, a motorcycle showcase, anmal shows and parades every day.
Mardi Gras, Texas Style - Dallas serves up rocking Mardi Gras celebrations with this one-day music festival, which features 28 different bands performing on five stages.
Mardi Gras! Galveston! - This is the biggest and most exciting Mardi Gras celebration in the state. During 2013 it runs February 1 - 16. Events include parades, balcony parties, fancy dress balls, laser light shows and live bands.
Fasching Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg offers a week-long celebration, but there are three specific events of particular interest. The fun kicks off on the Saturday before Mardi Gras with the Fest Nacht - a rocking costume ball where revelers compete to see who can come up with the craziest costume or the most outrageous table decorations. The Fasching Ball is a more elegant event, reminiscent of German cabarets in the 1920's. It all culminates in the big carnival, called Fat Tuesday at Lincoln Street.. There's fun for the whole family with clowns, costumes, contests, live music and the crowning of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
If you have a passion for bull-riding or a yen to see some of the best livestock in the Lone Star State, San Antonio has what you are looking for. Over 40,000 visitors per day flock to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo to enjoy a huge array of different events for members of the whole family. There's over a dozen attractions just designed to teach children about animals, including
- Petting Zoo
- Animal Adventures
- Diary Center
- Horse Discovery
- Pony rides
- Little Buckaroo Farm
- Rodeo Wrangler Kids Club
Rodeo visitors may also get the chance to see such name acts as One Republic, Lady Antebellum and Reba McEntire.
Charro Days - Brownsville
Charro Days is an exuberant fiesta takes the place the last week of February in the border town of Brownsville. Founded in 1937 as a way to cheer up the citizens during the Great Depression, this festival revels in the Mexican heritage of Brownsville. Events include a carnival, a golf tournament, Folklorico dancing, musical performances, parades, food sampling and three different parades.
Where to Find February Festivals in Texas
Washington's Birthday Celebration
Southeast Texas Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, Texas Style
Mardi Gras - Galveston!
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo