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What's On In Texas In March 2016

What's On In Texas In March 2016

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Updated: 12 October 2016
Texas is a big state filled with big events. March kicks off Spring with Texas’ largest rodeos, huge festivals, and celebrations with a whole lot of personality. No matter if you are in a big city or in a small town, Texas has events that are worth the 10 hour drive across the state.


© Ed Schipul/ © Philippe Halsman/ © Sam Butler/ © Unknown

© Ed Schipul/ © Philippe Halsman/ © Sam Butler/ © Unknown

FESTIVAL   |   Dust Off Your Boots For Rodeo Houston

Tues March 1st – Sun March 20th

Houston’s biggest event of the year is finally here! Get ready for Mutton Bustin’, delicious food, huge musical performers and more.

ART   |   Let Time Melt Away With Salvador Dali

Open Thru Sun March 12th

Is it hot in here or did Dali just paint that tree melting away? Over 50 prints of Salvador Dali’s work spanning three decades are on display in Austin.

FILM   |   The Very Best Of The Rural Route Film Festival

Thurs March 3rd

Find the heart of small town life and rural countrysides in the middle of the city. The Very Best of the Rural Route Film Festival is screening in Houston for one night only.

FESTIVAL   |   Celebrate Brazil At The RGV’s Borderfest

Fri March 4th – Sun March 6th

Rafael Amaya, Luis Coronel and a circus-punk brass band all in one place? Celebrate ‘the Spirit of Brazil’ at this festival in deep South Texas.

MUSIC   |   Long Live The King At Texas Elvis Festival

Fri March 4th – Sun March 6th

Elvis lives on at Texas Elvis Fest! Relive the music, the look, and the legacy of Elvis Presley.

FESTIVAL   |   Honor ‘Legends and Legacies’ At North Texas Irish Festival

Fri March 4th – Sun March 6th

Don’t wait until St. Patrick’s day to celebrate Irish culture. Enjoy the dance, music, art and whiskey of Ireland right here in Texas.

FILM   |   Spend A Night Under The Stars With Cinderella

Sat March 5th

Find some magic under the stars with this screening of Cinderella. Don’t worry, you should make it home before the clock strikes midnight.

FESTIVAL   |   Let Your Spirits Soar At Zilker Kite Festival

Sun March 6th

Hundred of kites fill the sky over Zilker Park during Austin’s famous Kite Festival. Even if you lack the skill to build a kite, you can still enjoy the magnificent view.


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© Sam Howzit/ © Nan Palmero/ ©LBJ Foundation/ © deadserpents

THEATRE   |   Float On Over To Mary Poppins At The Hobby Center

Tues March 8th — Sun March 20th

Leave the spoonful of sugar at home. Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical is fun for the whole family.

DESIGN   |   Game On At SXSW Interactive

Fri March 11th — Tues March 15th

Videogames, start-up parties, and design discussion panels — it’s a tech lover’s dream! Did we mention some of it is free and it lasts all week?

FILM   |   Spot Stars On Screen And On The Street At SXSW Film

Fri March 11th — Sat March 19th

South By Southwest Film brings some of the biggest names in acting and directing to the city. Catch your favorites on the red carpet, on the screen, during a panel.

RODEO   |   Saddle Up For Rodeo Austin

Sat March 12th— Sat March 26th

If you need a reason to go to Rodeo Austin, why not have three? Willie Nelson, Josh Turner, and Kevin Fowler are all stopping in on the stage this year.

MUSIC   |   Discover A New Favorite Band At 35 Denton

Fri March 11th — Sun March 13th

How many bands can 35 Denton schedule into three days? Over a hundred and still counting.


© Paul Hudson/ © Johan Hansson/ © Solo, with others/ © Woody Hibbard

© Paul Hudson/ © Johan Hansson/ © Solo, with others/ © Woody Hibbard

MUSIC   |   Spend Your Entire Week At SXSW Music

Tues March 15th — Sun March 20th

Go ahead and use all of your vacation days now. Is there a better way to spend them than seven days of nonstop music and thousands of performances in a beautiful Texas city?

MUSIC   |   Four Days Of Free Shows At Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair

Thurs March 17th — Sun March 20th

Over 125 Tejano bands are taking the stage at the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair and it’s all free!

FILM   |   Relive The Controversy At The Warriors Special Screening

Fri March 18th

Do New York City street gangs really wear baseball uniforms and face paint? Check out this once controversial film to find out.

FESTIVAL   |   Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade And Festival

Sat March 19th

This annual event is Dallas’ biggest way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the city. Who doesn’t love parade floats and marching bands?

CULTURE   |   Celebrate Native Culture At Santa Fe Days In The Park

Sat March 19th — Sun March 20th

Music, dance and art combine at this event celebrating Native American Indian culture. Santa Fe Days in the Park is great for the whole family.


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© Kevin Jaako/ © Emily Poisel/ © zaimoku_woodpile/ © fw190a8

THEATRE   |   Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Mon March 21st

This play has survived decades because of its fantastic, Tony Award winning writing. There’s no reason to not watch it, unless…you’re afraid?

ART   |   Support Rising Artists At UTSA Student Art Exhibition

Wed March 23rd — Fri April 15th

San Antonio is celebrating Contemporary Art Month! Support the next generation of artists at this university art show.

DANCE   |   See The World Move At Dance Salad Festival

Thurs March 24th — Sat March 26th

Get those feet moving! There’s no better way to honor the world of dance than with dancers from all over the world.

FILM   |   Go Along For The Ride With Goldfinger

Fri March 25th

What do you get when you combine James Bond, an Aston Martin DB5, and a greedy plot? An instant classic.

FOOD   |   Try A Pumpkin Spice Margarita At Margarita Fest

Sat March 26th

Are you brave enough to try a jalapeno margarita? What about chocolate? Try all of the classic and unique flavors at the Woodland’s Margarita Festival.

FOOD   |   Get Food Fresh At Mueller Farmer’s Market

Sun March 27th

Do you know where your food comes from? You can meet the farmers who grow it right here in Austin!


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© AndYaDontStop/ © Nan Palmero/ © uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs/ © Mark Goebel

HISTORY   |   Make A Dinner Date With A Ghost In San Antonio

Tues March 29th

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to see ghosts. Revisit San Antonio’s history in a fun new way at this haunted dinner and walking tour.

THEATRE   |   Relive The Golden Age At Siglo De Oro Drama Festival

Wed March 30th — Sat April 2nd

El Paso and Mexico join forces every year to bring this drama festival all about culture, community and history.