February may seem to some to be a dreary month. It is, after all, the last full month of winter. However, all across Texas, a variety of festivals, events and attractions will help visitors forget the winter blues. You'll find rodeos, Mardi-gras celebrations , and running events. If you want to plan for summer, head over to the boat show in Dallas.
Founded in 1950, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. A huge stock show, live professional rodeo and nationally-known entertainment combine to make this one of the best entertainment bargains around. This year's dates are February 7 - 24, 2019.
Galveston's Mardi Gras is a 12 day, 11 night party held prior to Lent. Not as famous as Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans or Mobile, the Galveston event is nonetheless packed with tradition and, more importantly, packed with fun. Galveston's annual Mardi Gras celebration has become one of Texas' most anticipated events. This year's event takes place February 22 - March 5, 2019.
Staged each February since 1938, Brownsville's Charro Days is a weeklong, traditional Mexican "pachanga," with parades, dances and a variety of fun events for the entire family. Charro Days is one of the largest cultural heritage celebrations in Texas and is attended by thousands of locals as well as visitors from across the country.
This year Charro Days will take place February 23 - March 3, 2019.
Held in the Capitol City, the Austin Marathon is one of the most scenic races in Texas, with nearly half the course being run along Town Lake and the Colorado River. The rolling hills of Austin also make this one of the more challenging races offered in the Lone Star State.
The 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will fill Austin’s streets with more than 20,000 runners on Feb 17, 2019. They featured a new marathon course in 2018 and will continue it this year.
Ft. Worth's annual Cowtown Marathon is actually six events in one: USA T&F certified marathon and half-marathon, three-person relay marathon, USA T&F certified 10k and 5k for adults, and a USA T&F certified 5k for kids.
Gung-ho runners can take on The Cowtown Challenge and run a race both days, earning three medals and a special finisher's gift.
This year's events take place February 22 - 24, 2019.
The Dallas Boat Show kicks off the first weekend of February. The Dallas Boat Expo features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft, and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars.
This year's event takes place February 1 - 3 and February 7- 10, 2019 in Market Hall.
Visitors from across the country travel to Port Aransas each February to take part in the annual Whooping Crane Festival, which showcases the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This area is the only place where you can see the world’s last naturally-occurring population of the cranes. There will be guest speakers and a nature-related trade show.
This year's festival takes place February 21 - 14, 2019.