Texas Festivals are events where boots are not always necessary, but if you feel more comfortable in them…go right ahead. Don’t forget to check out these festivals near the time we travel Route 66; we’ll be happy to help you schedule the events together.
Comanche Trail Festival of Lights: This festival boasts over a million lights on display in the Comanche Trail. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and mark your calendars for Santa’s visits to the festival. The dates for the Festival will now be the first Sunday of December through Christmas. This change will give visitors six more days to celebrate the Christmas Holiday! It is a FREE event, but donations are always welcome. Comanche Trail Park, Big Spring, Every Sunday in December.
Texas Viking Festival: This annual medieval festival is held just outside of Austin in the city of Paige, Texas. Come celebrate Yule and see live demonstrations of Nordic cultures, music, food, and games. Entertainment for the entire family! (And mead… lots and lots of mead.) The second and final weekend of the 2019 Texas Viking Festival will include archery competitions, vendors, entertainment, and a special concert Saturday evening. It is open from December 21 – 22.
Parrot Festival 2020: Celebrate this Festival with us; truly the most joyful gathering of parrot enthusiasts in the world! This year will build on the blockbuster year we had last year. There will be an impressive list of speakers relative to Avian research, behavior and health. Parrot Toy University returns on Friday during a special lunch session. The Party in Parrot-dise on Friday will once again feature the Mega-Raffle extravaganza during a fantastic evening of Casino fun, all of which will go to benefit NPRPF and the organizations that the parrot festival supports. Saturday Sees the return of an expanded Parrots 101 which now includes two full sessions and four interactive micro-sessions. As usual, the best Parrot Merchandise Vendors as well as Exhibitors for great causes from around the world will be in attendance and available to you in the vendor areas. The festival will take place in the newly renovated Doubletree! The facility is modern, beautiful and expanded. Houston, January 24-26, 2020.
Choke Canyon Bird Festival 2020: This year’s Festival is organized to explore birding at Choke Canyon, highlight some terrific Texas birding and wildlife organizations, as well as hear from experts in the area. Whether you are an expert, novice, or just want to learn more about birds, we invite you to come out for a day at the park. Come out to learn a new hobby and meet others who share your passion for birds! Guided Bird Walks are on the hour and on a “first come basis;” and limited to 20 participants per group. Each walk is approximately 1 hour, and most walking is on uneven ground. Participants should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Festivities begin at 9am and continue thru 2pm with presentations, information, and family activities. Three Rivers, Sat, Feb 8.
Outlaws & Legends Music Festival -10th Anniversary: The Music Festival (benefitting Ben Richey Boys Ranch), returns to The Back Porch of Texas on March 19th – 21st, with the biggest line-up in our history. This awarded music festival will once again, showcase only top-notch purists in Country and Texas Country music. The Back Porch of Texas, Abilene.
Any of these festivals are within your vacation possibilities. Call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 and we will help you plan your trip. Most travel can originate in Tampa with no problem.
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The city was founded in 1718 when Spanish settlers built the Mission San Antonio de Valero, today known as the Alamo, along the San Antonio River.
The Alamo: is preserved as a museum and marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. The Alamo is best known as the site of this legendary battle. San Antonio dates the city’s founding to the opening of that mission 300 years ago. San Antonio remembered the Alamo along with the rest of its history as part of a 300th birthday celebration this past May.
Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History: Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum for a multi-faceted exhibition that will reveal the legendary and complex history of San Antonio as the hub of the frontier. Experience how the early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the layout, economic and cultural development of the city through modern times. Explore San Antonio’s history in seven immersive galleries, including The Cacophony, Frontera, The Missions, Tejano, The Military, Expansion and Industrialization and The Modern City. Discover how San Antonio’s Tejano roots have remained at the heart of the city’s identity throughout its growth and transformation. Witness the military encounters, including the Alamo, and see how San Antonio was reshaped over time. Come away comprehending a city founded in diversity and shaped by confluence and culture.
The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park maintains 4 Spanish missions in San Antonio, including the 18th-century Mission San José. Downtown’s San Fernando Cathedral is a Gothic Revival landmark, and the stately McNay Art Museum, exhibiting European and American masterpieces.
San Antonio River Walk: The San Antonio River Walk is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of the city. It’s a beautiful mall with history. It’s also a short walk from The Alamo. The scenery outside is great. It’s like walking into a different world, a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. You get to sit and enjoy watching the boats pass by. We highly recommend taking the boat tour which is amazing and full of history.
Natural Bridge Caverns: Great place to see unique caverns here in San Antonio. The guide does an amazing job in explaining and guiding you through the tour to see all the structure and experience the caves. It is a nice walk and good exercise. It is a charge but is very well worth it! Also, if you get one of those States passport books you can get it stamped in your book because it’s one of the state’s natural wonders.
San Antonio Museum of Art: Works from Egyptian to Latin-American Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Latin American, India, Japan & contemporary collections in the former Lone Star Brewery. You could easily spend the whole day here. It’s a nice location near the river. There’s also a cafe in case you get hungry. Well worth visiting!
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum: Curio shop with Texas-style souvenirs. Old West-themed gift store stocking cowboy hats, T-shirts, Bowie knives & other sundries. Pretty neat place to visit if you have an interest in the Texas Rangers history. The museum was quite interesting. There is a cost, but it worth it. If you are there in the summer go during the lunch hour, it makes for a great place to cool off and is less crowded. It has an awesome bar setting if you are into having a beer or drink saloon style if that is to your liking.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden showcases Texan flowers and plants. Serene spot with trails, a pond & a café. A very scenic, 38-acre area with trails, a pond, roses & native plants, a glass conservatory & a cafe.
San Antonio Zoo: Sprawling zoo with 750 species (from alligators to zebras), cageless habitats, exhibits & a train. The size and quality of the structures and living situations they have for their animals is beyond impressive. The amazing bird collection is great. In addition to the birds on display, there’s an excellent breeding program for rare species. The keepers are excellent – they know their stuff! Great at answering questions, and you can see their hearts are in their work- they truly love what they do!
HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will open two new exhibits reflecting on the legacy of HemisFair 1968. The tower was built for the Fair and remains as a land mark.
There are direct flights from Tampa so Just give us a call at 352-277-7300 and Travelkatz will make a memorable vacation for you and yours.