March is the first official month of spring and the typically warm weather has everyone anxious to get outside and have some fun. There are a wide variety of outdoor activities beginning to become available in the Lone Star State in March. There are also plenty of outstanding festivals, celebrations and events. From rodeos to flower trails, Spring Break to St. Patrick's Day, March is chocked full of things to see and do in Texas.
The first three weeks of March in Houston mean the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This one-of-a-kind event features the second largest fair in North America, daily professional rodeo competitions, and some of the biggest names in music performing daily during the three week stretch.
Since it first began in 1958, the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup has attracted a wide variety of visitors, from serious snake hunters to curious onlookers. While the snakes are the main attraction, the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup entails a number of events beyond the actual snake hunt. There is the Rattlesnake Parade, Miss Snake Charmer Pageant, Rattlesnake Dance, guided bus tours, guided rattlesnake hunts, a barbecue cookoff and more.
From mid-March through mid-April, the city of Tyler, Texas is home to the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, which includes tours of area homes and flower trails, a civil war re-enactment, square dancing, 10k run, arts & crafts, and much, much more. The Tyler Azalea Trail, which has been staged annually for more than five decades, is one of the oldest and largest flower trails in Texas.
As far as college students are concerned, it is never too early to begin planning for Spring Break. Luckily for them, Texas is home to a number of excellent Spring Break destinations. Typically, there are two distinct regions Spring Breakers gravitate to in Texas – one is the Gulf Coast and the other is the Hill Country. Both of these regions offer a host of activities, with most of the fun being focused in or around the water.
Spring Break is most often associated with the annual debauchery college students partake in during their week-long break from spring semester studies. However, during this same time frame, thousands of school-age kids are also on vacation. Families of those kids are always looking for a place to go where they don’t have to have direct interaction with the college crowd. Luckily, Texas has several such family-oriented Spring Break outposts.
Birding has become very popular nation wide over the past decade or so. It is a great outdoor activity that can also be used to compliment other outdoor pursuits such as camping and hiking. Birding has become particularly popular in Texas because of the vast number of species which call Texas home at some point during the year. Spring is a prime time for birding in the Lone Star State because of the annual avian migration which brings an increased number of species through Texas. And, like other outdoor activities, birding in Texas is greatly enhanced by the great variation in the state's geographic terrain. Texas is home to virtually every type of ecosystem found in North America and, thus, has a much greater variety of bird and animal life than most other states.
Texans love celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Across the state, pubs will be full of revelers and St. Patrick's Day festival will be held. Here are a few suggestions for where to spend your St. Patrick's Day in the Lone Star State.
South By Southwest (SXSW) is actually a music festival and conference that also incorporates film and other media. The music conference and festival has been staged annually since 1987, while the film conference and festival was added in 1994. Later, the interactive media conference and festival was added. Currently, all three conferences and festivals are held concurrently in Austin. Between the three events, South By Southwest has over 20,000 registrants each year.