Everything's Bigger in Texas: The State's Best Feasts, Fairs and Festivals

As the saying goes, everything's bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case for food, fairs and festivals. Whether you’re planning a winter getaway or week-long summer beach break, the Lone Star State is set to impress. From live music and local artisan markets to beer festivals and outdoor film screenings, Texas proves the perfect year-round escape for every interest.

Spring forward with culture and concerts

Come April, head on down to San Antonio for thier annual fiesta. During the 10-day festival, you'll learn all about the city's fascinating history and heritage while feasting on flavorful foods from top restaurants. One of the easiest ways to get involved is by watching on the of the parades - like the "Battle of FLowers" that honors the patriots of the Alamo. Since there's so much happening within a short time span, stick to a centrally-located accommodation, like the St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Summer lovin' in Texas

When you've tired of the summer Houston heat, head to the beaches of Galveston Island. Located just an hour's drive from the city center, Galveston offers plenty of attractions both on and off the beach. Families might spend the day at Moody Gardens, a 242-acre amusement park housing an aquarium, paddlewheel boat and zip-line, whereas couples might opt for a ride around the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Fall for Texas Charm

Fall in love with Dallas at the State Fair of Texas. Kicking off on September 29 and running until October 22, there will be delicious eats drinks (try the famous deep-fried Coke) and live music from up-and-coming acts. Since there’s so much going on, it’s best to choose your activities based on interest. For example, foodies might pay a visit to the “Wine Garden” while families might stick to the animal encounters that teach kids about all sorts of four-legged friends.

Can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest? Head to San Antonio, instead. Their yearly beer festival features beer from more than 150 different breweries. Many festival-goers make a whole day of it by bringing their own lawn chairs and blankets. For extra perks and tastings, consider purchasing a VIP ticket.

Winter Warmth and Wonder

Shopping aside, winter is the perfect season to release your inner cheerleader. On any given Sunday, you can cheer on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. You may not be a football fan at the beginning of the game but you sure will leave as one! Root for the home team while snacking on hot dogs, nachos and an ice-bold brew. Alternatively, watch the game from the comfort of your hotel or hit up a bar in downtown Dallas.

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