February

Austin April 4, 2020-August 8, 2021: “Lady Bird: Beyond the Wildflowers” This new exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of former first lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson. Using the LBJ Presidential Library’s unique collection and never-before-seen memorabilia, letters, and photographs, the exhibition highlights Mrs. Johnson’s many remarkable achievements throughout her life, including her pioneering and influential efforts in environmental conservation. When: April 4, 2020-August 8, 2021 Where: LBJ Presidential Library AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-721-0216 Website: lbjlibrary.org

 

Austin Nov. 18, 2020-March 4, 2021: “Design Shine” Created to showcase emerging talent in the fields of architecture and design, this annual competition yielded many impressive proposals, with two winning projects from two local teams. Drawing on themes of resiliency and empathy in times of uncertainty, each Design Shine installation reinvigorates the visitor’s experience with captivating, family-friendly sculptural art works. “Oculi” by Sean Taylor, Joe D’Elia, and Sergio Hermoza seeks to engage visitors by aligning different views into one, encouraging them to consider their own perspectives. The installation is a series of disks placed at eye level that are arranged on an axis connecting two primary viewpoints located on each bridge. These viewpoints emphasize how moments of transition are key to bringing about new understandings. “Parallel Flux” by Miren Urena, Max Strauss, Chloe Malek, Ashley Brumit, and Alex Sandlin is a series of rotating parabolic curves affixed to orthogonal frames. The interior space, carved out with bright, colorful forms, stands in contrast to the overall structure of the extruded rectangular mass. The stable, repetitive nature of the structure is the literal framework within which change and uncertainty are both experienced and celebrated. When: Nov. 18, 2020-March 4, 2021 Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-445-5582 Website: umlaufsculpture.org/design-shine-2020

 

Austin Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021: Virtual Exhibit: “The Brush is a Bow” Howard Rains is an artist and master fiddler originally from Texas and now living in Kansas. Rains performs, records, and collaborates with his wife, fellow artist and musician Tricia Spencer. The portraits seen in this collection are all from 2019 and 2020 and represent both where he has been with his work and where he is going. The abandonment of touring and the quiet hours in the studio during the pandemic have begun to shift Rains’ portraits into the realm of the surreal, as can be seen in some of the work. Rains continues to create with Tricia and their children, playing music every evening and making art every day. When: Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021 Where: Virtual AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-441-9255 Website: qrco.de/howardrains

 

Austin Dec. 19-Aug. 22: “Mexico, the Border and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection” The Sandoval Collection is comprised of over 1,500 artworks, many of them created by Mexican and Latinx artists. It includes prints, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and popular art from the El Paso region, as well as Mexico. The collection also contains hundreds of publications and other ephemera. When: Dec. 19-Aug. 22 Where: Mexic-Arte Museum AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-480-9373 Website: mexic-artemuseum.org

 

Austin Feb. 2: A Talk with Food Writer Samin Nosrat As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor. Her book, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” is a New York Times bestseller and a documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix. When: Feb. 2 (rescheduled date) Where: Long Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-474-5664 Website: thelongcenter.org/events-and-tickets/samin-nosrat

 

Austin Feb. 5: Black Violin in Concert Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. When: Feb. 5 Where: Long Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-457-5664 Website: thelongcenter.org/events-and-tickets/black-violin-impossible-tour

 

Austin Feb. 9-14: “To Kill a Mockingbird” Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Arts present Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. When: Feb. 9-14 Where: Bass Concert Hall AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-1444 Website: texasperformingarts.org

 

Bandera Feb. 3-7: 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras Four days of Cajun and cowboy fun start on Wednesday night with Cajun Steak Night. Thursday night features the Canine Cowtume Contest and top zydeco bands. Friday the music starts early and gets everyone ready for the grand finale on Saturday, which has a gumbo contest, a Mardi Gras parade, costume contest, and a great lineup of music. When: Feb. 3-7 Where: Various locations BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-796-4849 Website: 11thstreetcowboybar.com

 

Brownwood Dec. 7-20: Salon des Refuses Gallery Featuring artwork submitted but not chosen for the Stars of Texas show, this exhibit is located at the Art Center, with hours and days of operation the same as the Stars exhibit at the Santa Fe Depot. All artwork is available for purchase. When: Dec. 7-20 Where: Art Center BROWNWOOD, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-641-2916 Website: brownwoodart.com

 

Brownwood Feb. 7-20: Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit This juried regional exhibit, displayed at the historic Santa Fe Depot, runs for two weeks and culminates with the presentation of $7,250 in prizes. Talented artists demonstrate their work and answer questions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When: Feb. 7-20 Where: The Depot Civic and Cultural Center BROWNWOOD, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-643-1044 Website: starsoftexasjuriedartexhibit.com

 

Fredericksburg Feb. 12-14, 19-21, 26-28: “9 to 5 the Musical” Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the musical based on the classic movie starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. When: Feb. 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 Where: Steve W. Shepherd Theater FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Website: fredericksburgtheater.org

 

Fredericksburg Feb. 19-21: Trade Days Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns, explore acres of antiques, sip a brew at the biergarten, and listen to the live music. When: Feb. 19-21 Where: 7 miles east on SH 290 across from Wildseed Farms FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Website: fbgtradedays.com

 

New Braunfels Feb. 7: Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party Burn off some calories in your favorite team jersey, tailgate, and get the party started in Gruene. Earn a football trophy in your age group, then enjoy music, food, and Texas-size tailgating. A new Kids 1K has been added for this year. 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. run/walk; 9:30 a.m. Kids 1K and party. Later, head to Mozie’s to watch the game. When: Feb. 7 Where: Rockin’ R River Rides NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-9999 Website: rockinr.com

 

New Braunfels Feb. 13: Glenn Miller Orchestra Legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the swing era. He and his orchestra had a string of hit records, packed houses, and a long stream of popularity until Glenn Miller disbanded the group to volunteer for the Army Air Force Band. There, he entertained service members throughout Europe until his disappearance over the English Channel in 1944. Today, the 18-member band continues to play original Miller arrangements and modern arrangements in Miller’s style. When: Feb. 13 Where: Brauntex Performing Arts Theater NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-627-0808 Website: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35342/production/1028639?performanceId=10540091

 

New Braunfels Feb. 14: Sweethearts Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, Gruene Hall serves up inspiring gospel music coupled with a mouth-watering buffet catered by Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. One complimentary champagne drink and a long stem rose for your sweetheart are included. Gospel Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. Advanced tickets are recommended. When: Feb. 14 Where: Gruene Hall NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-1281 Website: gruenehall.com

 

New Braunfels Feb. 18: Come and Taste It: Meet Texas’ Best Winemakers On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling, or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of the popular tasting room. Each event features live music and three prize giveaways. Learn about wine directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors, and enjoy the natural surroundings and offerings of Gruene Historic District. When: Feb. 18 Where: The Grapevine NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-0093 Website: grapevineingruene.com

 

New Braunfels Feb. 20-21: Old Gruene Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. When: Feb. 20-21 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-832-1721 Website: gruenemarketdays.com

 

January

Austin April 4, 2020-August 8, 2021: “Lady Bird: Beyond the Wildflowers” This new exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of former first lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson. Using the LBJ Presidential Library’s unique collection and never-before-seen memorabilia, letters, and photographs, the exhibition highlights Mrs. Johnson’s many remarkable achievements throughout her life, including her pioneering and influential efforts in environmental conservation. When: April 4, 2020-August 8, 2021 Where: LBJ Presidential Library AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-721-0216 Website: lbjlibrary.org

 

Austin Nov. 18, 2020-March 4, 2021: “Design Shine” Created to showcase emerging talent in the fields of architecture and design, this annual competition yielded many impressive proposals, with two winning projects from two local teams. Drawing on themes of resiliency and empathy in times of uncertainty, each Design Shine installation reinvigorates the visitor’s experience with captivating, family-friendly sculptural art works. “Oculi” by Sean Taylor, Joe D’Elia, and Sergio Hermoza seeks to engage visitors by aligning different views into one, encouraging them to consider their own perspectives. The installation is a series of disks placed at eye level that are arranged on an axis connecting two primary viewpoints located on each bridge. These viewpoints emphasize how moments of transition are key to bringing about new understandings. “Parallel Flux” by Miren Urena, Max Strauss, Chloe Malek, Ashley Brumit, and Alex Sandlin is a series of rotating parabolic curves affixed to orthogonal frames. The interior space, carved out with bright, colorful forms, stands in contrast to the overall structure of the extruded rectangular mass. The stable, repetitive nature of the structure is the literal framework within which change and uncertainty are both experienced and celebrated. When: Nov. 18, 2020-March 4, 2021 Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-445-5582 Website: umlaufsculpture.org/design-shine-2020

 

Austin Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021: “Looking Forward/Looking Back—New Perspectives” Tapestry Dance Company, under the direction of co-founder Acia Gray, premieres “Looking Forward/Looking Back—New Perspectives” as a six-episode Tapflix series. The series is a tribute to Tapestry Dance Company’s history, legacy, and future. Alumni dancers, including Nicholas Van Young (associate director of Dorrance Dance), Tasha Lawson (TriTone Productions), Jason Janas (acclaimed master teacher and choreographer worldwide), Jeremy Arnold (University of Texas dance faculty), Matthew Shields (Postmodern Jukebox and HyperFeet), and Siobhan Alexis returned to the company as choreographers and created new works on Tapestry’s current company. An exciting and thought-provoking tap dance series premieres works of some of the company’s brightest stars—the tap headliners who started their professional career with Tapestry. When: Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 Where: Virtual AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-695-6560 Website: tapestry.org/looking-forward-looking-back

 

Austin Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021: Virtual Exhibit: “The Brush is a Bow” Howard Rains is an artist and master fiddler originally from Texas and now living in Kansas. Rains performs, records, and collaborates with his wife, fellow artist and musician Tricia Spencer. The portraits seen in this collection are all from 2019 and 2020 and represent both where he has been with his work and where he is going. The abandonment of touring and the quiet hours in the studio during the pandemic have begun to shift Rains’ portraits into the realm of the surreal, as can be seen in some of the work. Rains continues to create with Tricia and their children, playing music every evening and making art every day. When: Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021 Where: Virtual AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-441-9255 Website: qrco.de/howardrains

 

Austin Dec. 19-May 30: “Mexico, the Border and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection” The Sandoval Collection is comprised of over 1,500 artworks, many of them created by Mexican and Latinx artists. It includes prints, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and popular art from the El Paso region, as well as Mexico. The collection also contains hundreds of publications and other ephemera. When: Dec. 19-May 30 Where: Mexic-Arte Museum AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-480-9373 Website: mexic-artemuseum.org

 

Austin Jan. 12-17: “Tootsie Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Arts present this laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater that tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a Tony-winning book by Robert Horn and score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek (“The Band’s Visit,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”). When: Jan. 12-17 Where: Bass Concert Hall AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-1444 Website: texasperformingarts.org

 

Austin Jan. 15-16: Austin Symphony Orchestra: “From Russia with Love” The evening begins with Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, followed by Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 performed my local favorite Carla McElhaney, and concludes with Stravinsky’s popular “The Firebird.” When: Jan. 15-16 Where: The Long Center for Performing Arts, Dell Hall AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-474-5664 Website: austinsymphony.org

 

Bandera Jan. 7-10: Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Bandera County 4-H and FFA students show their livestock projects as well as their ag-mechanic projects. There is an auction on Saturday. When: Jan. 7-10 Where: Mansfield Park Show Barn BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-260-8224 Website: bcjlsa.com

 

Bandera Jan. 31: Wild Game Dinner Enjoy an expertly prepared wild game dinner featuring venison in different forms, from chili to gumbo to sliders. Other game entrees are also served. When: Jan. 31 Where: Grace Lutheran Church BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-796-3091

 

Burnet Nov. 27, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021: Christmas Trail of Lights Follow the Christmas Trail of Lights this holiday season and see different areas of town twinkle with holiday cheer. The trail takes you through the courthouse square, Hamilton Creek Park on West Jackson Street, and Wallace Riddell Park on Rhomberg Street and State Highway 29. When: Nov. 27, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021 Where: Various locations BURNET, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-756-4297 Website: cityofburnet.com

 

Fredericksburg Nov. 27-Jan. 3: Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating The annual seasonal outdoor ice skating rink opens this year to benefit The Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. When: Nov. 27-Jan. 3 Where: Marktplatz FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: skateinfred.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 4, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021: Holiday on the Homefront In celebration of the holiday season, the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) is decking out its Memorial Courtyard in holiday lights, open to the public on weekends. In addition, the museum is collecting new books and board games to deliver to the Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop, a nonprofit which provides Christmas gifts to over 3,000 children of active-duty military. Book or game donations can be dropped off at either of the NMPW main admissions desks located in the Admiral Nimitz Gallery or the George H.W. Bush Gallery. There is also a donation box at the gazebo in the Memorial Courtyard during the Holiday on the Homefront tree light display. When: Dec. 4, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 Where: The National Museum of the Pacific War FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-255-0585 Website: pacificwarmuseum.org

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 15-17: Trade Days Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns, explore acres of antiques, sip a brew at the biergarten, and listen to the live music. When: Jan. 15-17 Where: 7 miles east on SH 290 across from Wildseed Farms FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: fbgtradedays.com

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 16: Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show At this 52nd annual show, the Fredericksburg Rockhounds bring you artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and other precious items. When: Jan. 16 Where: Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: fredericksburgrockhounds.org

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 23: Hill Country Indian Artifact Show Featuring some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the United States, this show offers a wide variety of arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books. When: Jan. 23 Where: Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: hillcountryindianartifacts.com

 

Hunt Jan. 1: Polar Bear Challenge Each year, on New Year’s Day, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly hosts a Polar Bear Challenge. Participants brave the icy waters of the Guadalupe River as they slide down a 35-foot-high, 116-foot-long, water slide at Mo-Ranch to raise funds for a good cause. When: Jan. 1 Where: Mo-Ranch HUNT, Texas More Information: Phone: 800-460-4401 Website: moranch.org

 

Kerrville Jan. 8: Hill Country Cowboy Breakfast Fun, family festivities and free breakfast served by local 4-H and FFA kids help kickstart the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show. When: Jan. 8 Where: Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-792-3535 Website: kerrvilletexascvb.com

 

Kerrville Jan. 9: Symphony of the Hills: “POPS: An American Songbook” With a star-studded line up of American composers and songwriters, Symphony of the Hills presents “An American Songbook” to celebrate some of the great American music-makers of their day. The program includes some of the giants of American music, including Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, plus an American clarinet concerto, performed by the symphony’s own principal clarinetist Dr. Tamara Raatz, composed by Frank Ticheli. When: Jan. 9 Where: Cailloux Theater KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-792-7469 Website: symphonyofthehills.org

 

Kerrville Jan. 12-18: Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Enjoy the fun and excitement at the fifth largest junior livestock show in Texas, which is celebrating its 76th year. When: Jan. 12-18 Where: Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-792-4102 Website: hcdjls.org

 

Kerrville Jan. 23-24: Winter Market For the fifth straight year, vendors from all over the state and beyond come to Kerrville with their art, jewelry, gourmet food, gift items, and other merchandise. When: Jan. 23-24 Where: Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 888-225-3427 Website: texasmarketguide.com

 

New Braunfels Jan. 1: Hair of the Dog Day Free live shows take place all day at Gruene Hall on New Year’s Day. When: Jan. 1 Where: Gruene Hall NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-1281Website: gruenehall.com

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