April

ARLINGTON: March 29-April 14 “A Few Good Men” This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

BELLVILLE: April 6 Houston Area Camping Squares Dance Square dancing is a clean, family-oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarian. Guests have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers, plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for non-square dancers. Square and round dance lessons are offered throughout the year by local clubs. Coushatte RV Ranch, 2812 Nelius Road. 832-877-6534; squaredancetx.com

BONHAM: April 6 Books and Blooms This is an annual spring books and blooms bazaar with beautiful seasoned plants, crafts, decorative garden items, and a book sale. Bonham Public Library, 305 E. Fifth St. 903-583-3128; bonhamlibrary.net

BRENHAM: April 7 Spring Heritage Home Tour Experience the rich heritage and the lifestyles of our forefathers at this year’s tour hosted by Heritage Belles in period costume. Tour includes three homes: Giddings Wilkin House Museum, 1843; Giddings Stone Mansion, 1870; and Ross Carroll Bennett House, 1898. All tour homes are wheelchair accessible. Heritage Society of Washington County, 2203 Century Circle. 979-836-1690; heritagesocietyofwashingtoncounty.org

BRENHAM: April 13 Blue Bell Fun Run It’s fun for kids and adults alike with individual and team events in both the 5K and 10K as well as the Kids’ 1-Mile Run. For an even greater challenge, a half marathon route is part of the schedule. Race benefits the Brenham High School Athletic program. Brenham High School, 525 AH Ehrig Drive. 979-337-7580; bluebellfunrun.com BRYAN: April 5 April First Friday Shops and restaurants stay open late, and the Palace Theater hosts live music starting at 8 p.m. Downtown Bryan, 110 S. Main St. 979-822-4920; downtownbryan.com/first-friday

BRYAN: April 13 Downtown Street and Art Fair Artists and artisans from across the region sell their handmade creations. The event includes live music, hands-on art demonstrations, and street performers. Downtown Bryan, 110 S. Main St. 979-822-4920; downtownbryan.com/events

BRYAN: April 13-14 Wine and Roses Festival This one-day festival will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses. Guests will gather to enjoy wine tasting, local vendors and artisans, pairing classes, the famous grape stomp competition, and more. A portion of the proceeds from Wine and Roses benefits the Brazos Valley Arts Council. Messina Hof Winery, 4545 Old Reliance Road. messinahof.com

BRYAN: April 18 April Third Thursday Art Step Downtown merchants host artist receptions, gallery openings, and open art studios showcasing Downtown Bryan’s art and culture. Downtown Bryan, 108 N. Bryan Ave. 979-822-4920; facebook.com/downtownbryanartstep

BURTON: March 29-April 6 LaBahia Antiques Dealers across the country will provide antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurpose items at the show. Free admission and parking. LaBahia Hall, 550 SH 237. 979-289-2684; labahiaantiques.com

BURTON: April 27 Burton Cotton Gin Festival Join the excitement and be a part of keeping the history and heritage of cotton alive. Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 N. Main. 979-289-3378; cottonginmuseum.org

BURTON: April 27 Cotton Gin Festival Celebrate the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin at the 30th annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival. This day of family fun is all free. Enjoy the Main Street parade and stay for contests, food, crafts, folk life, a kids area, tours of the historic cotton gin, and a tractor pull. All proceeds help preserve the oldest operating cotton gin in the U.S. Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 N. Main St. 979-289-3378; cottonginmuseum.org

CAMERON: April 6 Cameron Car Club Classic Car Show For the 11th annual event, trophies are awarded in every class, and there is also a silent auction and door prizes. Enjoy the car show, food vendors, an auction, and more. Milam County Courthouse Square, 102 E. 1st St. 254- 627-9060

CHAPPELL HILL: April 6 Head for the Hills Bike Ride Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the hills of northeast Washington County while viewing country scenery. Each course challenges riders with a constant barrage of hills to get hearts racing. Proceeds from the race benefit various charities. Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department Station, 5295 FM 1155 (Main Street). 979-836-4226; wcrotaryclub.org/h4h

CHAPPELL HILL: April 13-14 Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas Declared the official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival by the Texas Legislature, the festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors, country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and a barrel train. A wildflower photo exhibit is on display. Free admission. Downtown Chappell Hill, 9220 Poplar St. 979-836-6033; chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com

CLEBURNE: March 8-April 13 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Plaza Theatre Company presents this show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee. Plaza Theatre Company, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: April 19-May 11 “Dear Ruth” Shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee. Plaza Theatre Company, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: April 19-21 Antique Alley and Yard Sale The semi-annual event is held the third weekend in April and September with more than 500 dealers from across the state and country, food vendors, and much more in Downtown Cleburne and along a 25-mile stretch on FM 4 south. Cleburne, FM 4 south. 817-645-2455; antiquealleytexas.com

CLEBURNE: April 23 Brazos Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert Enjoy an evening with friends and family as this 50 piece orchestra plays an eclectic blend of orchestral music, including classical, big band, movie tunes, Americana, and pop. Field Street Baptist Church, 201 N. Field St. 817-645-2455; brazoschamberorchestra.org

CLIFTON: April 6 Lost in Paradise Enjoy dinner and dancing while supporting the arts at the 37th annual fundraiser. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. 254-675-3724; bosqueartscenter.org

COLLEGE STATION: April 4 “Lonesome Traveler: The Concert” Celebrate the story of an ever-changing America. This concert version of the acclaimed 2015 Off-Broadway musical tells the story of Americana music from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, from Joni Mitchell to James Taylor, from Pete Seeger to Harry Chapin. An inspiring evening of great music, the concert stars charismatic singers, multi-instrumentalists, multimedia projections, plus lots of fun sing-alongs. Rudder Theater, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; mscopas.org/lonesome_traveler

COLLEGE STATION: April 10-11 “Finding Neverland” Based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Rudder Auditorium, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; mscopas.org/finding_neverland

CORSICANA: April 13 Mimosas at the Market Enjoy a sip, shop, and stroll event each month on the second Saturday, when shop owners pour mimosas while friends meet up to enjoy the historic downtown shopping vibe in the birthplace of Texas oil. Various locations. 903-654-4850; facebook.com/corsicanamainstreet

CORSICANA: April 25-28 Derrick Days This 44th annual event—always held the last week in April in historic downtown Corsicana—celebrates the birthplace of Texas oil and its rich heritage. This year’s schedule includes a wine stroll through downtown on Thursday, the Friday Night Block, the Derrick Days Parade on Saturday, and an all-day marketplace. Other activities include the Navarro County Pro Rodeo at the Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, a chili cookoff with a special judging by the public, and live bands and gospel performances on two stages, food vendors, a carnival, and rides. Various locations. 903-654-4850; derrickdays.com

DALE: April 11-14 Old Settler’s Music Festival Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Brandi Carlile will headline this year’s festival. The annual favorite offers bluegrass, folk, and Americana performers on three stages over four days, and 2019 will mark the festival’s second year in its new home of Tilmon, a one-building town 10 miles southeast of Lockhart. 1616 FM 3158. 512-478-0578; oldsettlersmusicfest.org

DALLAS: Through April 7 “Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos” Exploring this universally compelling phenomenon of nature, the Crow Museum of Asian Art presents this solo exhibition’s central work, “Nuvole”—a large-scale site-specific installation on view in Gallery III. It is the first major exhibition to debut in the newly renovated museum, which completed a multimillion-dollar expansion including the addition of a new gallery, a reimagined Lotus Shop, interactive “street-side” Pearl Art Studio, and Center for Contemplative Leadership. Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430; crowmuseum.org

DALLAS: Through Aug. 4 “55 Years” In remembrance of the 55th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza presents this new temporary exhibit. Featuring a broad representation of popular magazine covers from the last five decades, this captivating visual timeline of President Kennedy’s image reflects his lasting imprint on the nation’s consciousness and pays tribute to his life and legacy. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660; jfk.org

DALLAS: Through June 2 “Fortuny: Friends and Followers” Centered on one of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1838–1874) most well-known paintings, “The Choice of a Model” (1868-1874), this exhibition will showcase the friends, family, and followers of the artist who engaged with the popular Spanish painter’s work, many of whom are represented in the Meadows’ rich permanent collection. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. 214-768-2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org

DALLAS: April 12-May 5 “So Go the Ghosts of Mexico” Part Three This play is the centerpiece production of the Whither Goest Thou America Festival. It’s the final installment in this three-play cycle exploring the U.S./Mexico drug wars. A young Mexican couple get caught up in the web of the drug trade between the two countries, changing their lives forever. The third part of Matthew Paul Olmos’ daring and poetic trilogy explores the human struggle of the drug wars and the shadowy forces that create the market and distribution system shaping the world on both sides of the border. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St. 214-747-5515; undermain.org

DALLAS: April 14 Oak Cliff Earth Day 2019 It is a community based event with more than 100 vendors providing earth friendly information. Many neighborhood groups sell locally grown plants. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, and environmentally conscious speakers. Lake Cliff Park, 300 E. Colorado. 817-732-0722; oakcliffearthday.com

DALLAS: April 27 Lake-a-Palooza Enjoy a day of music, food, and fun on beautiful White Rock Lake. Four stages of live and local music, art exhibitions, vendors, and refreshments are available. Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. 214-670-8749; friendsofthebathhouse.org

DENTON: Through May 4 “Materials: Hard and Soft” International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, this event began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 32nd year, the exhibition opens to international artists as it celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940-382-2787; dentonarts.com

DENTON: April 6 Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country Wind through the beautiful North Texas Horse Country aboard a luxury motorcoach while a fun and knowledgeable guide narrates the facts and back story of the area. The tour includes a chuckwagon lunch and visits to two premier horse ranches for a personal look at the equine industry. Meet motorcoach at Day-break parking lot, 401 N. Elm St. 940-382-7895; horsecountrytours.com

DENTON: April 10-14 Thin Line Film Festival Each year, international documentaries of many interests are shown, national multi-genre live music acts perform, and photographers come to exhibit their talents. Special features are the Texas Highways film category and photography exhibit. Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. 888-893-4560; thinlinefilmfest.com

DENTON: April 18-June 27 Twilight Tunes Concert Series Local musicians perform an eclectic assortment of music every Thursday evening on the lawn. Attendees are encouraged to pick up a meal-to-go from downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown. Downtown Denton Courthouse on the Square Lawn, 110 W. Hickory St. 940-349-8529; dentonmainstreet.org

DENTON: April 24 Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus Concert The University of North Texas Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra present Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful oratorio “Elijah.” Allen Hightower leads the combined UNT forces in the compelling story of the Old Testament prophet who learned to trust God’s still-small voice. Murchison Performing Arts Center—Winspear Performance Hall, 2100 S. I-35 E. 940-369-7802; calendar.music.unt.edu

DENTON: April 25 Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble Concert The wind symphony features Eugene Migliaro Corporon as conductor, Raquel Rodriguez on trumpet, Stacie Mickens playing horn, and Natalie Mannix playing trombone. The wind ensemble features Nicholas E. Williams as conductor. Murchison Performing Arts Center—Winspear Performance Hall, 2100 S. I-35 E. 940-369-7802; calendar.music.unt.edu

DENTON: April 26-28 Denton Arts and Jazz Festival More than 3,000 professional and amateur performers on seven stages showcase the best in jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and full orchestra music. In addition, community and school groups represent a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling, and theater performances. Fine artists and crafters come from all over to participate and sell in this juried show. Abundant food and beverage options, bars, tons of entertainment, and a huge kids’ area keep the fun rolling. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney. 940-565-0931; dentonjazzfest.com

EAGLE LAKE: April 13-14 Attwater Prairie Chicken Booming and Blooming Festival The 25th annual festival is one of the last chances to see the iconic Attwater’s prairie chicken’s mating dance in the wild as well as to see one of the largest continuous swaths of native coastal prairie. There is also a tribal dance performance and guest speakers. Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, 1206 APC-NWR Road. 979-234-3021; fws.gov

ELGIN: April 5, 12, 19, 26 Music in the Park Bring blankets or a lawn chair and enjoy Elgin’s live music series at this free event. Music varies from swing, oldies, country, and international favorites. Con-cessions are available. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 109 Depot St. elgintx.com

ELGIN: April 11 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, wine and beer tastings, samples, refreshments, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: April 13 Local Lore Celebrate historic preservation with an architectural scavenger hunt, walking tours, farm equipment, vintage cars, interactive displays, games of the past, and a youth art show. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELKHART: April 6-7 Weekend at Ivy’s The refuge will be open for camping, free guided hikes at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, and other activities as part of Palestine’s 81st annual Dogwood Trails Celebration. Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge, Anderson County Road 134. 512-301-6363

ENNIS: March 22-April 7 “Noises Off” Called “the funniest farce ever written,” “Noises Off,” by Michael Frayn, presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” In this live performance, doors slamming—on and offstage—intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St.972-878-7529; ennispublictheatre.com

ENNIS: April 1-30 Bluebonnet Trails Every spring the Ennis countryside is adorned with a fantastic display of Texas bluebonnets. The Ennis Garden Club maps the country roads and parks with the best views. Pick up a trail map at the Ennis Visitor Center and then drive the trails at your leisure. Ennis Visitor Center, 204 W. Knox St. 972-878-4748; visitennis.org

ENNIS: April 12-14 Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival In celebration of the Texas bluebonnet, enjoy arts and crafts, blue-bonnet souvenirs, children’s activities, and live music. Downtown Ennis, 204 W. Knox St. 972-878-4748; bluebonnettrail.org

ENNIS: April 26-27, May 3-5, 10-11 “A Little Princess” By John Vreeke and Frances Hodgson Burnett, “A Little Prin-cess” is the story of an orphan who endures loss and rejection but becomes an inspiration for girls and boys everywhere. Theatre Rocks!, 505 NW Main St. 972-878-5126; theatrerocks.com

FORT WORTH: April 4-7 Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival North Texas’ most celebrated cuisine and beverage festival offers a growing roster of talented chefs, craft brewers, and vintners, all of whom bring a range of tastes, styles, and methods that reflect the diversity of the city. Various locations. 817-336-8791; fwfwf.com

FORT WORTH: April 11-14 Main Street Arts Festival – Spanning more than 27 city blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Sundance Square Plaza to the Fort Worth Convention Center, the festival features 223 juried artists from across the U.S., chart-topping entertainers, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family. Downtown Fort Worth. 817-336-2787; mainstreetartsfest.org

FORT WORTH: April 27-28 Fortress Festival Back for its third year, Fortress Festival has become the premier music festival in North Texas offering music lovers a boutique festival-going experience celebrating music, art, and culture. This year’s lineup features Leon Bridges, Tank and the Bangas, Bobby Sessions; The Bright Light Social Hour, Abhi the Nomad, and Red Shahan. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. 512-382-9017; fortressfestival.com

GLEN ROSE: April 6 Nature Journaling Workshop – Join naturalist Tessa Chenoa Ownbey and discover four ways to do nature journaling. Nature journaling is a unique way to appreciate and learn about the world of nature. It has been Tessa’s hobby and passion for 30 years, and she is looking forward to sharing it. Bring a sack lunch or buy lunch in the Overlook Café. The workshop lasts for two hours, but an optional two-hour guided tour of the park can be added. Meet at the EcoCenter. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: April 6 – Fossil Rim Photo Tour – Catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. There are 50-plus species of animals at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that may be photographed include white rhinos, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffes, sable, axis deer, and dama gazelle, just to name a few. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GONZALES: April 27 “Come and Taste It” Beer, Wine, and Food Festival The second annual festival features two tents filled with craft beer brewers from all over Texas and the U.S. There is also live entertainment, world-class wine, and lots of food tastings. Downtown Square in Gonzales, 500 block of St. Paul Street. 830-672-2861

GRANBURY: April 26-27 Wine Walk The 10th annual festival offers visitors the opportunity to mingle with 20-plus Texas wineries, food purveyors, artists, musicians, and related vendors in an intimate setting of small clusters of booths surrounding the historic Square and Court-house. A ticket includes 15 tasting tabs, wristband, map, and wine glass. 201 E.Pearl St. 817-964-7993; granburywinewalk.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 4-6 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour Tyler Perry is saying goodbye to his beloved character, Madea. See her final performance. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 6-7 Big Mamou Cajun Fest Get ready to party hearty, creole-style, as the annual Cajun Festival cooks up big fun and another great week-end of delicious Cajun food. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. 972-647-2331; tradersvillage.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 6-7 Crawfish Festival Two days of delicious crawfish are presented by a variety of great booth vendors. Asia Times Square, 2615 W. Pioneer Parkway. 972-788-2828; asiatimesquare.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 6 Farmers Market Opening Day Join in the season opener of the Grand Prairie Farmers Market. There are giveaways, live entertainment, and plenty of handmade, homemade, or homegrown products to shop from. Market Square, 120 W. Main St. 972-237-4599; gptx.org/farmersmarket

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 12 Chris Tomlin Tomlin is among the most influential artists in Christian music. Come see him and Tauren Wells, Pat Barrett, Nicole Serrano, and Darren Whitehead. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 18-July 21 Live Thoroughbred Racing Catch the fun and excitement of world-class Thoroughbred horse racing. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. 972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 25 Celtic Woman Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing classic Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems, and more. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 26-28 Main Street Fest The festival celebrates the fun, festive, family atmosphere that is Grand Prairie with live music, featuring Texas country singer-songwriters and award-winning super groups accompanied by a variety of regional bands. Throughout the event enjoy a variety of novelty entertainment, more than 14 carnival rides, arts-and-crafts vendors, business expo vendors, three entertainment stages, food and beer gardens, a kid zone, and plenty of fun for all. Downtown Grand Prairie, 200 block of West Main Street. 972-237-8110; mainstreetfest.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: April 27-28 Crab Fest Come out and enjoy an afternoon of great food and music. Guests will be able to choose from a variety of tasty crab dishes. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. 972-647-2331; tradersvillage.com

GRAND SALINE: April 13 Grand Saline Main Street Festival Enjoy food, games, vendors, barbecue contest, and live music all day with a free concert featuring the pop and rock band Flash Back 5 from Louisiana starting at 5 p.m. 101 N. Main St. 903-962-5631; grandsalinemainstreet.com

GRANDVIEW: April 19-21 Antique Alley Texas – Historic shops in Grandview, Cleburne, and Waxahachie offer incredible discounts during this festival. Along the trail, vendors in pastures, barns, parking lots, and anywhere they find space offer treasures. Towns involved are Grandview, Cleburne, Keene, Alvarado, Venus, Maypearl, Waxahachie, and more. Some but not all locations are on the map. Maps are available at Pop & Gran’s (300 E. Criner St.) in Grandview. Various locations. 817-666-5024; antiquealleytexas.com

GRAPEVINE: April 21 Easter Brunch Enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet with an omelet bar, waffle bar, ham-carving station, bacon, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, and smoked salmon. Adults can enjoy the open mimosa bar as well. Messina Hof Winery, 201 S. Main St. messinahof.com

HILLSBORO: April 13 Master Gardeners Plant Sale A variety of well-adapted plants for North Central Texas gardens are offered including annuals, perennials, natives, and drought-tolerant plants. Hill County Fairgrounds, 1180 S. Waco St. 254-582-4022; hillcomastergarden@gmail.com

IRVING: April 20 Luca Sacher Piano Concert For our spring performance, the Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra features pianist Luca Sacher performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major. He is joined on the podium by guest conductor Stefan Sacher. Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-4800; lascolinassymphony.org

MADISONVILLE: April 20 Tour Madisonville Bicycle Ride This is the third annual ride through the scenic countryside of Madison County. Courses range from a 2-mile, family-friendly ride to a 60-mile advanced course. Downtown Madisonville Texas, 113 W. Trinity St. visitmadisonville.org or active.com 936-348-9333

MADISONVILLE: April 22-23 Madisonville Spring Fling It’s all about Spring…speakers talk about various plant topics and vendors offer an array of goods. Truma n Kimbro Convention Center, 111 W. Trinity St. 936-348-9333; visitmadisonville.org

MCKINNEY: April 7 Free Spring Band Concert The McKinney Community Band presents the first of its 2019 MPAC series of concerts. Enjoy the lunch on the square before the concert, then come prepared for a fantastic concert program of classic wind band pieces. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. 214-544-4630; mckinneyband.com

MCKINNEY: April 12-14 Arts in Bloom During the event, the streets come alive with the sights and sounds of fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors. There’s also a hands-on interactive area for children, the Kids Creation Station, where young Picassos can learn about art processes and create their own masterpieces. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee. 972-547-2660; downtownmckinney.com

MCKINNEY: April 13 Second Saturday on the Square Every second Saturday, historic downtown McKinney comes alive with on-the-street entertainment, late-night shopping, dining, and more, with a different theme every month. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. 972-547-2660; secondsaturdaymckinney.com

MESQUITE: April 5-6 The Wandering Gypsy Vintage Junk Market This vintage market is held several times a year throughout the southern U.S., showcasing some of the best vendors in the industry—junk pickers, boutique owners, handmade one-of-a-kind goodness, and more. Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive. 972-329-3100; twgvintagejunkmarket.com

PLANO: April 4 Courtyard Texas Music Series This musical event hosts monthly concerts on the first Thursday of the month, March through November. Check the website for a listing of artists. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972-941-5613; plano.gov

PLANO: April 6 TEDx Plano Change seems to surround us on every front, moving faster than ever. Along with angst and turmoil, change brings choice and opportunity. It leads us to ask bigger questions, try new things, explore different possibilities, and forge new paths. This event explores and celebrates ideas birthed in a world of change. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972-941-7000; visitplano.com

PLANO: April 6 Trinkets to Treasures This is Collin County’s largest one-day resale event. Find home and office furniture, apparel, shoes, children’s toys, sports equipment, small electronics, and numerous trinkets. In addition to offering new or gently used merchandise for sale each year, there is also the opportunity for local nonprofits to receive shopping cards to give to their clients. These shopping cards give free admission and $25 to shop for much-needed merchandise. More than 600 shopping cards are distributed each year due to the generous donations by the community. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 97 2-76 9 – 0 557; jlcollincounty.org

PLANO: April 11 Art and Wine Walk This is a sip and shop event where participants get to sample selected wines at their favorite shops while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special dis-counts. It’s the perfect way to unwind in Plano’s arts district. The event takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December, with a unique theme each month. Historic Downtown Plano Arts District, 1013 E. 15th St. 972-468-1588; visitdowntownplano.com/winewalk

PLANO: April 20 Spring Festival: A Victorian Extravaganza The ninth annual festival features egg hunts for children 8 and under, house tours, wagon rides, face painting, baby animals, sheep shearing, weaving and spinning demonstrations, and exhibits. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St. 972-881-0140; heritagefarmstead.org

PLANO: April 26-27 Plano ArtFest Enjoy live music, contemporary art installations, performances from local arts groups, a makers market of craftsman and artisans, family chalk art, a kids zone with bounce houses, and more. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. 972-468-1588; planoartfest.com

PLANO: April 28 Cliburn 2017 Gold Medalist–Yekwon Sunwoo Sunwoo performs Rachmaninoff’s thrilling second piano concerto, and the season concludes with Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 5, a Plano Symphony Orchestra debut. St Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. 972-473-7262; planosymphony.org

PLANTERSVILLE: April 25-27 St. Mary’s Quilt Show Stroll the gardens of this historic and beautiful painted church, visit vendors in the Church Hall, and view exquisite quilts in the church sanctuary. Lunch will be served in the hall and outside in the pavilion. St. Mary Catholic Church, 8227 CR 205. 713-882-5850; stmarysquiltshow.com

RICHARDSON: April 6 Heights Car Show With more than 500 cars expected to register, this car show is the largest single-day car show in Dallas-Fort Worth. Over the show’s 11-year history, it has raised more than $59,820 and donated 8,375 pounds of food to the Network of Community Ministries Food Pantry. Heights Church, 201 W. Renner Road. 972-989-3489; heightscarshow.com

RICHARDSON: April 11-14 “The Secret Comedy of Women: Girls Only” This show is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor, and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and an audience full of raucous, laughing women, the show is a unique examination of all things feminine that even men enjoy. Born out of the earnest writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, “Girls Only” is a mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos. This show contains mature content. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: April 15 Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: “Chopin In Paris” Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations are piano concerts with broad, popular appeal and lively commentary, making the music more accessible and meaningful for all. Each piece is performed in its entirety and there is a question and answer session following the concert. Glorious works were written after this Polish composer settled in Paris, his home for the rest of his life. Stirring polonaises, dreamy nocturnes, and the deeply poetic, rhythmically vibrant mazurkas. All patrons are invited to a post-concert reception and meet and greet in the lobby with Siegel. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 97 2-74 4 – 4 6 50;eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: April 28 Plano Civic Chorus: Transcendence in the New Millennium with Debra Scroggins Composer in residence Debra Scroggins has been commissioned to compose a new work for the chamber chorus, not only to celebrate the new millennium, but to celebrate the chamber chorus’ first anniversary. St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Road. 972-606-5220; planocivicchorus.org/tickets-2

RICHARDSON: April 28 Plano Community Band Concert Series The Plano Com-munity Band is made up of approximately 70 musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for music. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-814-8882; planoband.com/events-schedule

ROANOKE: April 13 Bunny Hop and Hunt This annual event includes a 5K and 1-mile Bunny Run. Free hot dogs, cotton candy, and drinks are served. After the 5K, the fun continues with games, bounce houses for kids, and an egg hunt. Roanoke Community Pool, 416 S. Walnut. 817-837-9930; roanoketexas.com

SALADO: April 26 Fourth Friday On the fourth Friday of the month, experience downtown Salado’s Sip ’n Shop with more than 25 boutiques, art galleries, wineries, and more. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available at some locations. Historic Downtown Salado, Main Street. 254-947-0888; facebook.com/salado4thfriday

SALADO: April 5-7 Texas Packard Meet The 42nd annual event celebrates Packard automobiles. This year’s event features an ice cream social on Thursday night, an early-bird tour on Friday, a meet-and-greet mixer on Friday night, Saturday parade from the hotel to the show and swap meet site, technical sessions, and a dinner and awards program. Holiday Inn Express, 1991 N. Stagecoach Road. 832-905-3904; texaspackardmeet.org

SCHULENBURG: April 6 Sausagefest This festival features a sausage-making contest, dancing in the street, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, kids activities, and lots of fun. North Main Street. 979-743-4514; schulenburgsausagefest.com

SEGUIN: April 5 Moonlight and Roses The evening includes live music, free food, and the presentation of the Downtown Awards. Guests need to bring their beverage of choice and a lawn chair or blanket, and then sit back and enjoy a relaxing evening overlooking Walnut Springs Creek and the roses in the Memorial Rose Garden. Walnut Springs Creek, 317 W. Court St. 830-401-5000; seguintexas.gov

SEGUIN: April 27 Earth Day Businesses, schools, organizations, and industry show how to protect the environment and con-serve natural resources. Musical groups perform in the bandstand, and activities for children add to the festivities. The festival is held in conjunction with Main Street’s spring Trade Day where more than 80 vendors set up downtown selling crafts, jewelry, food, clothes, toys, and more. Central Park, 201 S. Austin St. 830-401-5000; seguintexas.gov

SHERMAN: April 13 Craft the Night Away The fourth annual craft beer festival features Texas breweries, food trucks, a corn-hole tournament, and live music. Down-town Sherman Square, 115 S. Travis St. 903-816-2811; downtownsherman.com

SOUTHLAKE: April 26-28 Art in the Square Celebrating its 20th year, Art in the Square is nationally recognized as one of the top juried art festivals in the U.S. More than 700 local and international artists apply for the approximately 150 available spots. This festival has a friendly, family-oriented appeal and attracts tens of thousands from Southlake and surrounding areas. The event creates a perfect venue for visitors to connect with the artwork of professional, emerging, and aspiring high school artists. There is also a genre of musical talent on two stages, children’s activities, and food. Southlake Town Square. artinthesquare.com

TEMPLE: April 5 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298-5378 TEMPLE: April 6 Family Day–Spring Luau Join a traditional Hawaiian party with fun activities and crafts for the opening of the new exhibition: “Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii.” Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. 254-298-5175; templerrhm.org

TEMPLE: April 26-28 Bloomin Temple Festival The 14th annual event features great musical acts, a kid’s zone, a carnival, vendors, food, and more. Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival Grounds, 301 S. Fourth St. 254-298-5900; bloomintemple.com

THE COLONY: April 20 Spring Family Festival Welcome spring by the lake. Enjoy a fun-filled family event with activities for all ages. From face painting to fashion shows and dance competitions to a battle of the bands, there’s fun for all. Hidden Cove Marina, 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road. 817-323-4018

WACO: Through May 12 “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books. “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” features play-and-learn activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: “The Very Hungry Cater-pillar,” “The Very Quiet Cricket,” “The Very Lonely Firefly,” “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle,” and “The Very Busy Spider.” May-born Museum Complex at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254-710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: April 6-7 Heart of Texas Airshow Experience thrilling entertainment with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a military jet team, warbirds, wing walkers, a stellar performer line up, and nonstop aviation action in the air and on the ground. Flights will be available to the public in historic warbirds and helicopters. Enjoy exhibits and activities for all ages, vendors, food, a kids’ area, and more. TSTC Waco Campus Airport, 3801 Campus Drive. 254-750-8 6 97; facebook.com/heartoftexasairshow

WACO: April 28-29 Silo District Mara-thon This annual race, hosted by Magnolia, began in 2018 because of Chip’s goal to run a marathon in honor of his friend, Gabe Grunewald, a professional mid-distance runner battling a rare form of cancer. This USATF-certified race is a Boston Marathon qualifier, and with a 5K, half marathon, and full marathon, there is a run to challenge all skill levels. The race profits benefit cancer research. Magnolia Market at the Silos, 601 Webster Ave. 254-235-0603; magnolia.com

WAXAHACHIE: April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-27 Scarborough Renaissance Festival A festival set back in the time of King Henry VII offers arts, crafts, vendors, food, and entertainment. 2511 FM 66, Exit 399 A on I-35E. 972-938-3247; srfestival.com

WAXAHACHIE: April 13 Classic Truck Nationals Enjoy a national-level classic truck show. Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand. 972-921-5187; classictrucknationals.com

WAXAHACHIE: April 25-28 Crossroads of Texas Film and Music Festival Enjoy a four-day celebration of movies and music made in Texas or by Texans. Chautauqua Auditorium, 400 S. Grand Ave. 469-309-4012; crossroadsoftxff.com

WAXAHACHIE: April 25-28 Wonderful Women in Waxahachie Outdoor Adventure Show This is a fundraising tour with camping exhibits and an anticipated 100 trailers. Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand. 469-309-4040; waxahachiecvb.com

WEATHERFORD: April 6 Spring Fling This annual event features area artists and artisans set up throughout the garden dis-playing, demonstrating, and selling their unique arts and crafts. There is live music, food, and tours of the garden and mansion. Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave. 817-613-1700; chandorgardens.com

March

ARLINGTON: Feb. 22-March 10Junie B. Jones Jr.” Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, this musical captures audiences and Broadway Junior performers’ hearts—just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

ARLINGTON: March 2-3 RFD TV’s The American Rodeo The American Rodeo returns. Amateurs compete against a mixture of champions and top athletes from the PRCA and WPRA for their share of the $2.35 million purse. Come early each day to enjoy the Fan Zone. Cowboy Church starts Sunday at 10:30 a.m. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way. 214-551-8483; americanrodeo.com

ARLINGTON: March 29-April 14A Few Good Men” This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

BONHAM: March 30 Fannin County Master Gardeners Garden, Lawn, and Home Expo Listen to expert horticulture speakers and get answers to gardening questions. There are vendors, plants, and food trucks as well. Bonham Civic Center, 1100 W. Fifth St. 903-583-7453; visitbonham.com

BRENHAM: March 23 Head for the Hills Bike Ride The Rotary Club of Washington County hosts this annual ride. Proceeds benefit several local charities. It is a well supported ride in the rolling hills during bluebonnet season. Brenham High School, 525 AH Ehrig Drive. 979-836-1730; portal.clubrunner.ca/3957 or wcrotaryclub.org/h4h

BRYAN: March 1 March First Friday Shops and restaurants stay open late, and the Palace Theater hosts live music starting at 8 p.m. Downtown Bryan, 110 S. Main St. 979-822-4920; downtownbryan.com/first-Friday

BRYAN: March 21 March Third Thursday Art Step Downtown merchants host artist receptions, gallery openings, and open art studios showcasing Downtown Bryan’s art and culture. Downtown Bryan, 108 N. Bryan Ave. 979-822-4920; facebook.com/Downtownbryanartstep

BRYAN: March 30 Downtown Bryan Firkin Fest Firkins are small, generally, wooden casks in which beer is fermented and then served out of as well. The beer from firkins is not filtered and often, extra ingredients are added such as spices, fruit, or even extra hops. Firkins and brewery reps from across the state of Texas are available, so you can sample these one of-a-kind beers. Black Water Draw Brewery in Downtown Bryan, 701 N. Main St. 979-822-4920; downtownbryan.com/events

BURTON: March 16 Texas Ranger Day Celebrate Burton’s history with the Annie Maud Avis Memorial Fajita and Bean Cookoff and experience Texas Ranger camp life in the 1880s, live action folk life demonstrations, crafts, and tours of the Railroad Depot, as well as Burton Farmer’s Cotton Gin Tours. The event has DJ music by the Kountry Chick. All proceeds are used to restore the Mt. Zion Historical Chapel. Downtown Burton, 307 N. Main St. 979-289-3378; burtontexas.org

BURTON: March 29-April 6 LaBahia Antiques Dealers across the country provide antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurpose items at the show. Free admission and parking. LaBahia Hall, 550 SH 237. 979-289-2684; labahiaantiques.com

CAMERON: March 21-23 Milam County Junior Livestock Show The show includes a baked goods competitions, a premium livestock sale, a gourmet buyer’s dinner, and several exhibitions. New this year is an addition of live music and more during the Saturday night sale and festivities. Milam County Youth Exposition Building, 301 S. Houston St. 254-697-4979

CLEBURNE: March 8-April 13Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Plaza Theatre Company presents this show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee. Plaza Theatre Company, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: March 15-31All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” Cleburne Carnegie Players presents shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson St. 682-317-3644; carnegieplayers.org

CLEBURNE: March 23 Cowboy for Kids The gala has great live music, a barbecue dinner, magic show, and live and silent auctions. Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St. 817-558-1599; cfkjctx.org

COLLEGE STATION: March 8 Koresh Dance Company Show The Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeliborn choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations such as Spain, Turkey, Israel,South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Rudder Auditorium, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-862-5766; academyarts.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION: March 19 Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Concert Formed in 2002, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature “Bagrock” sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked-up bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres Rudder Theater, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; mscopas.org/red_hot_chili_pipers

COLLEGE STATION: March 22 Boston Pops in Concert The Boston Pops, affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country. Led by conductor Keith Lockhart, the orchestra performs a broad spectrum of styles from past to present, including jazz, big band, pop, Broadway, and film scores. Rudder Auditorium, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; hmscopas.org/boston_pops

COPPERAS COVE: March 30-31 Five Hills Art Festival: The Five Hills Art Guild presents its fourth annual art festival. This fast-growing event features talents and handmade designs from local and traveling painters, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, wood workers, and more. Find plenty of music, dancing, performances and food trucks for all to enjoy. Ogletree Gap, 1878 Post Office Road. 254-458-8424; fivehillsartguild.com

CORSICANA: March 7 Bobby Bare in Concert Country legend Bobby Bare takes the stage at the historic and intimate Palace Theatre for an evening of Grammy hits, including “Detroit City” and “500 Miles from Home.” Palace Theatre, 112 Sixth Ave. 903-874-7792; corsicanapalace.com

CORSICANA: March 9 Mimosas at the Market Enjoy a sip, shop, and stroll event each month on the second Saturday, when hospitable shop owners pour unique mimosas while new friends and old meet up and enjoy the historic downtown shopping vibe in the birthplace of Texas oil. Various locations. 903-654-4850; facebook.com/corsicanamainstreet

CORSICANA: March 21 Rhonda Vincent in Concert Dubbed the New Queen of Bluegrass, this Grammy winner has performed with Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and others. Palace Theatre, 112 Sixth Ave. 903-874-7792; corsicanapalace.com

CORSICANA: March 30 Open Studios Experience the works and installations by BEFORE the current artists and writers at 100 West Corsicana, an international studio residency program hosted within an 1890s decommissioned Odd Fellows lodge in historic downtown Corsicana. 100 West Corsicana, 100 W. Third Ave. 480 677-0928; 100westcorsicana.com

DALLAS: Through April 7Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos” The Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas presents this solo exhibition’s central work, “Nuvole,” a large-scale, site specific installation on view in Gallery III. Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430; crowmuseum.org

DALLAS: Through Aug. 455 Years” In remembrance of the 55th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza presents this new temporary exhibit. Featuring a broad representation of popular magazine covers from the last five decades, this captivating visual timeline of President Kennedy’s image reflects his lasting imprint on the nation’s consciousness and pays tribute to his life and legacy. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St. jfk.org

DALLAS: Through March 2House for Sale” From the country to suburbia to the New Jersey Shore, this exhibition is a survey of domestic domiciles that offer comforts of home, even in the most questionable settings. Included in his colorful Texas series are worn and haggard homes, some empty of life. These structures, found in the landscape of country towns, each have long stories to tell. PDNB, 154 Glass St., Suite 104. 214-969-1852; pdnbgallery.com

DALLAS: Through June 2Fortuny: Friends and Followers” Centered on one of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1838–1874) most well-known paintings, “The Choice of a Model” (1868-1874), this exhibition showcases the friends, family, and followers of the artist who engaged with the popular Spanish painter’s work, many of whom are represented in the Meadows’ rich permanent collection. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. 214-768-2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org

DALLAS: Through March 3An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare “An Iliad” is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War, and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St. 214-747-5515; undermain.org

DALLAS: March 2 4word Gala—Divine Design Listen to talks from Laura Tucker, the lead designer and project manager of renovations for all five seasons of “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines, and and Susan Packard, the cofounder and former COO of HGTV. Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. 214-616-4486; 4wordwomen.org

DALLAS: March 8-10 Quilt Show More than 400 quilts compete for $15,000 in prize money. The theme this year is animals. There are more than 100 vendors, free demonstrations, lectures, and a mini quilt auction. Dallas Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway. 214-535-1161; quiltersguildofdallas.org

DALLAS: March 9 Brian Simpson and Jackiem Joyner in Concert Enjoy an intimate evening of world-class jazz and complimentary cocktails with the artists. Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S.Tyler St. 214-948-0716; bishopartstheatre.org

DALLAS: March 23 Arabian Nights Gala The Arabian-themed affair includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auction items, and entertainment featuring DJ Lucy Wrubel and the Taylor Pace Orchestra. 6500 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 200. 972-412-1099; equest.org/gala

DENTON: Through May 4Materials: Hard and SoftInternational Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, this event began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940-382-2787; dentonarts.com

DENTON: March 1 UNT Opera: Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Roussel’s Le Testament de la Tante Caroline Directed by Jonathan Eaton, the opera is accompanied by the UNT Concert Orchestra. Murchison Performing Arts Center—Lyric Theatre, 2100 S. I-35 E. 940-369-7802; calendar.music.unt.edu

DENTON: March 2 Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country Wind through the beautiful North Texas Horse Country aboard a luxury motorcoach while a fun and knowledgeable guide narrates the facts and back story of the area. The tour includes a chuckwagon lunch and visits to two premier horse ranches for an up close and personal look at the equine industry. Meet motorcoach in Daybreak parking lot, 401 N. Elm St. 940-382-7895; horsecountrytours.com

DENTON: March 7-10 Tejas Storytelling Festival Storytellers from across the nation come to share their tales of ghost stories, tall tales, family stories, sacred stories, personal experience stories, and folktales from around the world. Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney. 940-380-9320; tejasstorytelling.com

ELGIN: March 14 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, wine and beer tastings, samples, refreshments, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELKHART: March 24 Gingerbread and Coffee Gingerbread and coffee is served while you learn about the Parker family story, from settling in Palestine to being kidnapped by Native Americans. Pilgrim Church and Cemetery, FM 861 off of FM 319. 903-764-5448

ENNIS: March 22-April 7Noises Off” Called “the funniest farce ever written,” “Noises Off,” by Michael Frayn, presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. 972-878-7529; ennispublictheatre.com

FORT WORTH: March 9-10 Funky Finds Spring Fling The 11th annual event is the perfect opportunity to shop for local, handmade goods from more than 100 artists, crafters, designers, authors, and gourmet food makers. The free, pet-friendly event also features a charitable raffle with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of North Texas and CASA of Tarrant County. There is on-site pet adoptions all weekend. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Cattle 1 Building, 3401 Burnett-Tandy Drive. 903-665-7954; funkyfinds.com/spring-fling

FORT WORTH: March 9-10 Pearl Snaps and Dust: Upscale Vintage with a Little Bit of Rust For more than 10 years, Funky Finds has been producing some of the best and largest handmade events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Small Exhibits Building, 3405 Burnett-Tandy Drive. 903-665-7954; funkyfinds.com/pearl-snaps-dust

FRISCO: March 1-3 College Baseball Classic Watch four of the country’s top teams spanning three days of play. The tournament features the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Sam Houston State Bearkats, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Nebraska Huskers. Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail. visitfrisco.com

FRISCO: March 6-10 Lone Star Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship The tournament is comprised of the top eight men’s and top eight women’s teams. Winners receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division II national tournament. Dr Pepper Arena, 7300 Roughriders Trail. visitfrisco.com

FRISCO: March 13-16 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Basketball Championships The basketball championships feature 24 men’s and women’s basketball teams playing 22 games with C-USA titles and NCAA automatic bids on the line. Join in four days of exciting hoops at this worldclass facility, including fun for all ages at the C-USA Fan Fest on the Plaza. Ford Center at The Star, 1 Cowboys Way. 214-774-1375; conferenceusa.com

FRISCO: March 21-24 Texas Pinball Festival Features more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines available for play. Guests enjoy tournaments, vendors, celebrity guests, and more. Embassy Suites & Frisco Conference Center, 7600 John Q Hammons Drive. visitfrisco.com

FRISCO: March 30-31 Arts in the Square More than 120 of some of the best local and regional artists sell their handmade creations at this 10th annual event. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. visitfrisco.com

GLEN ROSE: March 2 Nature Journaling Workshop Join naturalist Tessa Chenoa Ownbey and discover four ways to do nature journaling. Bring a sack lunch or buy lunch in the Overlook Café. The workshop lasts for two hours, but an optional two-hour guided tour of the park can be added. As opposed to the homeschool event on this topic, this workshop is geared toward adults. Meet at the EcoCenter. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: March 23 Photo Tour This tour lets the photographer catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. The tours go through Fossil Rim’s 1,800 acres of pastures. There are 50-plus species of animals at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that may be photographed include white rhinos, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffes, sable, axis deer, and dama gazelle. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897 2960; fossilrim.org

GONZALES: March 1-3 Livestock Show This junior livestock show allows youth to showcase the animals they’ve worked so hard to raise. JB Wells Arena and Expo Center, 2301 CR 197. 830-672-6558

GRAND PRAIRIE: March 3Paw Patrol Live!” Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master, this performance brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: March 9-10 Shrimp Fest Combine choices of boiled shrimp, shrimp gumbo, or shrimp etouffee with music from the popular Cajun band Crawfish, and you have a fun-filled weekend. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. 972-647-2331; tradersvillage.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: March 15-16 TobyMac in Concert Enjoy one of the most successful artists in Christian music history and his friends Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, and Aaron Cole. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: March 16 Kids Fest Enjoy fun, educational shows at the Big Red Patio along with carnival rides, great food, and 3,200 vendors. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. 972-647-2331; tradersvillage.com

GRAPEVINE: March 2, 9 Murder Mystery Dinner It’s the annual W.T. Trailer Park Barbecue and this year’s blast is going to be one to remember. Well known in the community and by law enforcement agencies for its double crossing and questionable happenings, this barbecue is a recipe for disaster. Messina Hof Winery, 201 S. Main St. messinahof.com

GRAPEVINE: March 17 Wine Glass Painting Party Guests are invited to paint and keep a set of their own custom handpainted Messina Hof glassware. A demonstration is given by Clinkers, who provides the materials. Each ticket includes a set of glasses and a complimentary glass of wine. Messina Hof Winery, 201 S. Main St. messinahof.com

HAMILTON: March 11 Spring Fling This home-and-garden themed event features engaging speakers, entertainment, a salad and dessert lunch, a silent auction, vendor booths, door prizes, and more, all for only $10. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 122 Cheyenne Mesa. 254-372-4572

IRVING: March 7-10 Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree Steel guitarists from the U.S. and around the world come together for the 35th annual event. There are educational seminars, vendors, and manufacturers of steel guitar and music products. The U.S. Navy’s country-bluegrass band, Country Current, performs. Sheraton DFW, 4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway. 817-558-3481; texassteelguitar.org

IRVING: March 16 Paul Silverthorne in Concert The Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents internationally renowned violist Paul Silverthorne performing Walton’s “Viola Concerto.” At this event, the orchestra also performs selections from soundtracks of famous films as the audience tries to identify the film titles and composers for a chance to win a prize. Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-4800; lascolinassymphony.org

MADISONVILLE: March 15-23 Madison County Rodeo and Fair Event includes a rodeo March 15-16 and the County Fair March 16-23. MCFA has a proud tradition of supporting the youth of Madison County. Madison County Fairgrounds, 712 Industrial Park Lane. mcfa.net

MCKINNEY: Through March 22 Feathered Friends: 13 Texas Endangered and Threatened Birds Take part in an artistic bird watch of 13 endangered and threatened native Texas bird species as represented by 13 artists local to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. The exhibit coincides with National Wild Bird Feeding Month and the Great Backyard Bird Count. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org/featheredfriends

MCKINNEY: March 3 Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade The 17th annual event features more than 250 dogs parading around the downtown square in costumes based on this year’s theme, “Canines Keeping It Real—A Barkus Salute to Reality TV.” Downtown McKinney, 111 S. Tennessee. 972-547-2660; downtownmckinney.com

MCKINNEY: March 9 Second Saturday on the Square Every second Saturday of the month, historic Downtown McKinney comes alive with on-the-street entertainment, late-night shopping, dining, and something for everyone to enjoy. There is a different fun theme every month. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. 972-547-2660; secondsaturdaymckinney.com

MCKINNEY: March 29 An Evening with Mimi Fox and Andy Timmons The Guitar Sanctuary presents a special evening of Virtuoso guitar. Bar and food service available. The Sanctuary, 6633 Virginia St. 972-540-9293; thesanctuarymckinney.com

MCKINNEY: March 30 From Vienna to Liverpool: A Tribute to the Beatles The Janoska Ensemble consists of four young classically trained musicians—Ondrej, František, and Roman Janoska plus Julius Darvas—who have combined their individual musical talents. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. 214-544-4630; mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

NAVASOTA: March 1-2 Texas Birthday Bash Navasota is celebrating Texas Independence with all things Texas—from music to vendors and food. In 1836, 7 miles down the road from Navasota in Washington-on-theBrazos, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and Texas was born. Navasota City Hall, 200 E. McAlpine St. 936-825-6475; texasbirthdaybash.com

PLANO: March 1Aladdin” The Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents a Disney classic. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972-769-0017; planometballet.org

PLANO: March 2 BT5K The BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run and Walk is the American Brain Tumor Association’s national signature fundraising event, taking place in cities coast to coast. Participation allows the ABTA to provide vital brain tumor resources to patients and their families, fund promising research studies, and conduct nationwide brain tumor educational programs. Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 773-577-8764; hope.abta.org

PLANO: March 7 Courtyard Texas Music Series This musical event is monthly concerts on the first Thursday of the month, March through November, at Plano’s Courtyard Theatre. Check the website for a listing of artists. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972-941-5613; plano.gov

PLANO: March 10 Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Mass in G Minor Presented by Plano Civic Chorus. St Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. 972-606-5220; planocivicchorus.org

PLANO: March 23-24 Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival The third annual event introduces various aspects of fly fishing in a family friendly atmosphere. Fly fishing guides, fly shops, kayak experts, and instructors teach a wide variety of topics to help fishers get out on the water more often. Those over 21 can sample and purchase microbrew beer from various Texas microbreweries. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 703-402-8338; visitplano.com

PLANO: March 23 Firefly Run 5K/10K Run in an eye-dazzling, illuminated nighttime 5K/10K race. Race through the dusk aglow in glimmering LED lights while supporting The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 469-233-4243; visitplano.com

PLANO: March 30 Dance Festival This event is a unique opportunity for students and professionals from various organizations in Plano to showcase their talents in a noncompetitive environment. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972-769-0017; planometballet.org

RICHARDSON: Feb. 28, March 1, 2The Best of The Second City” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from “The Second City’s” history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more−as well as their trademark improvisation. This show contains mature content. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 10B—The Underwater Bubble Show” Inspired by Cirque du Soleil, the show is rich in various stage effects using the latest laser technologies, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled soap bubble machines, optical illusions, and many other surprises. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 14 Maria Callas in Concert Performing her greatest hits, accompanied on stage by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the internationally renowned musical sensation returns with “Callas in Concert—The Hologram Tour.” Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 15 The Hunts in Concert Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band of seven siblings who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 16 Plano Symphony: The Young Artists and a Salute to Leonard Bernstein In August 2018, Bernstein—an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist—would have been 100 years old. To celebrate, the Plano Symphony Orchestra welcomes Chamberlain Performing Arts for Berstein’s “West Side Story” dances. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-473-7262; planosymphony.org

RICHARDSON: March 17 The Young Irelanders—St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Each year, the Irish Cultural Academy brings together some of its finest exponents of Irish traditional music, song, and dance as part of one sensational group known as The Young Irelanders. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 22-23Stomp” A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: March 31Shh! We Have a Plan” A nonverbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name, this performance tells the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring through the woods—when they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

ROUND TOP: March 9 Pianist James Dick in Concert Enjoy an afternoon of solo piano virtuosity from the founder and artistic director of the Round Top Festival Institute. After the concert, spend an evening with James Dick and friends at an elegant reception and buffet dinner in the Menke House Parlours. Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road. 979-249-3129; festivalhill.org

ROUND TOP: March 15-16 Herb Society of America—Pioneer Unit Plant Sale The sale features a wide variety of unusual and native plants. All of the plants are fresh off the truck and many are grown in the area by members, so they grow well in Central Texas. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jasper Road. herbsocietypioneer.org

SALADO: March 22 Fourth Friday On the fourth Friday of the month, experience downtown Salado’s Sip ‘n’ Shop with more than 25 boutiques, art galleries, wineries, and more. Complimentary drinks and snacks are available at some locations. Historic Downtown Salado, Main Street. 254-947-0888; facebook.com/salado4thfriday

SEGUIN: March 2 ArtsFest Artisans set up around the park selling handmade crafts, jewelry, art, and more. Throughout the day, enjoy live entertainment from area nonprofits and schools. The day’s events culminate with an evening reception at the Texas Theater. The evening includes delicious food, local wine and beer, a silent auction, art sale, and live entertainment. Central Park, 201 S. Austin St. 830-401-5000; seguintexas.gov

SHERMAN: March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Parade The Texoma Society of CELTS, the Old Iron Post, and Sherman Main Street invite interested participants to join their first St. Patrick’s Parade. Put on your green and get festive in downtown Sherman. Downtown Sherman, 100 N. Travis St., Suite D. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org

SHERMAN: March 23-24 The Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games The festival hosts a complete Scottish Highland athletic competition, the Douglass Cup pipe and drum competition, a Scottish Highland Dance competition, live Celtic and Irish music from numerous bands, Celtic and artisan vendors, cultural exhibits, more than 30 Scottish Clans, and much more. North of Midway Mall, 2190 Fallon Drive. 903-892-7230; shermancelticfest.com

SHINER: March 8-9 Spring Into Quilting Show This quilt exhibit has an adult and youth division, block challenge, guild boutique, demonstrations, and food and drink. Methodist Church Activity Center, 102 W. Church St. shinerheritagequilters.org

STEPHENVILLE: March 23 Ragin’ Cajun Ragin’ Cajun is a crawfish boil fundraiser for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and features live music, silent auctions, and great food. Agave at City Limits, 1907 E. Washington St. 254-965-6190; ctfac.com

TEMPLE: March 1 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298-5377

TEMPLE: March 2 Transportation Family Day If it has wheels, you just might find it at this event. Vehicles from our past, present, and perhaps even the future celebrate the things that get people from one place to another. Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. 254-298-5172; templerrhm.org

THE COLONY: March 2 Hurts Donut Run Join Hurts Donut for its annual 5K, open to persons of all ages and abilities. Run or walk the course with friends and family and enjoy a fun morning. Hurts donuts and refreshments are waiting at the finish line. Enter in the costume contest to win more donut-ful prizes and bragging rights. A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Prestwick STEM Academy, 3101 Stonefield. hurts5k.com

WACO: Through May 12Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books. “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” features play-andlearn activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Very Quiet Cricket,” “The Very Lonely Firefly,” “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle,” and “The Very Busy Spider.” Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254-710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: March 7-9 Texas Association of Single Square Dancers Round Up Square dancing is a family-oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarians. You have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers, plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for nonsquare dancers. Allemande Hall, 106 Westlake Drive. 972-822-3533; squaredancetx.com

WACO: March 10 10-2-4 Collector’s Club Convention The convention celebrates its 34th annual event. The public is invited to view and shop for Dr Pepper collectibles at 10 a.m. Hilton Waco, 113 S. University Parks Drive. 254-757-1025; drpeppermuseum.com

WACO: March 14-16 Spring at the Silos In celebration of the arrival of spring, this event features a free vendor fair, additional food trucks, and no shortage of florals. Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave. 254-235-0603; magnolia.com

WACO: March 14-16 Waco Charity Open This is part of the Disc Golf Pro Tour. The course challenges the players to be aggressive and pushes them to their limits. Cameron Park, 2300 Cameron Park Drive. 254-750-8697; dgpt.com

WACO: March 30 The Texas Food Truck Showdown The fifth annual competition hosts food trucks from across the state and thousands of foodies gather together to taste the best that Texas food trucks have to offer. Heritage Square, 101 S. Third St. 254-757-5611; thetexasfoodtruckshowdown.com

WASHINGTON: March 2-3 Texas Independence Day Celebration This annual living history celebration on the 293-acre Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site commemorates when 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico and form a nation. The admission-free event features two stages of nonstop live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food trucks, and other family-friendly programs. Historical re-enactors set up a bonafide 1836 Texas Army camp on the park grounds, where visitors can wander freely to learn how the soldiers and their families lived then, and witness musket and cannon firings. Admission fees are waived for the site’s attractions (Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm) for the weekend celebration. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12. 936-878-2214; wheretexasbecametexas.org

WAXAHACHIE: March 1-30 Tulip Festival Month Enjoy more than 1 million blooming tulips and themed activities. Poston Gardens, 818 Cantrell. 214-718-1945; postongardens.com

WAXAHACHIE: March 1-3 Vintage Market Days Find vintage-inspired architectural salvage, jewelry, clothing, and more. Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287. 918-606-2254; socentraltexas. vintagemarketdays.com

WAXAHACHIE: March 21-30 Ellis County Fair & Rodeo Enjoy a rodeo, concert, carnival, and livestock exposition. Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287. 972-825-5175; elliscountyyouthexpo.com

WAXAHACHIE: March 30 Spring Lawn and Garden Show The event includes more than 200 exhibits, speakers, and demonstrations. Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. 972-825-5175; ecmga.com

WEST: March 15-16 West, Central Texas Ceramic Expo and Handcrafted Items – Learn a new hobby or stock up on ceramic supplies. Activities include Make N’ Takes and door prizes. West Knights of Columbus Hall, 2547 Jerry Mashek Road. 254-716-5227; westceramicshow.com

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