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Top 7 February Festivals and Events in Texas

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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.

1. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

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 great entertainment combine to make this one of the best entertainment bargains around.

2. Eagle Festival

With eagle spotting tours and special birding tours on Lake Fork and Lake Tawakoni, the Emory Eagle Festival has been an annual event for over a decade. The Eagle Festival is held the second weekend in February each year.

3. Galveston Mardi Gras

Galveston's Mardi Gras is a 12 day, 11 night party 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.

4. Livestrong Austin Marathon

Held in the Capitol City, the Livestrong 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.

5. Charro Days

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.

6. Cowtown Marathon

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.

7. Dallas Boat Show

The Dallas Boat Show kicks off the first weekend of February. The Dallas Boat Show features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars.

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