Fall Festivals


It’s officially fall, so the weather will get cooler, the leaves will change and you can start pulling out your sweaters…well, sorta… We all know that in Texas, we’ve still got a few more weeks (or months…) of blazing hot weather, meaning that you’re gonna need something else to help you feel those warm, cozy fall feelings. So here’s a list of festivals around Texas to get you in that fall mood!

Fort Worth Oktoberfest – Fort Worth


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Toast the beginning of fall with the Fort Worth Oktoberfest on Sept. 22-24! At this festival, you’ll find no shortage of epic German fun, from authentic schnitzel, sausage and strudel to live music and dancing! And don’t miss the ceremonial tapping of the Spaten kegs on Thursday night. There will even be fun German games like a Stein Hoisting Competition, in which contestants must hold a liter of beer (which weighs 5 pounds) out in front of them for as long as they can without sloshing the beer! Find more information here.


Texas State Forest Festival - Lufkin


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Head to the Texas State Forest Festival for all kinds of forest fun from Sept. 21-25. There’s no telling what you’ll find at this fest, from a carnival and kid’s tractor pull competition to a stunt dog show and a jalapeno eating contest!  The event also includes performances by World Champion chopping team, the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. Learn more about the festival here.


25th Annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair – Hillsboro

Picture by Sheri Himrick.

Picture by Sheri Himrick.

Join the folks of Hillsboro for their 25th Annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair from Sept. 23 – 24. There will be a craft fair, a BBQ Championship, and live performances by the Tejas Brothers and more! Kids can enjoy climbing through obstacle courses and whooshing down slides at Inflatable Alley, as well as water slides, laser-tag and a zipline. Click here for more information.


 Kolache Fest - Hallettsville


There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of fall then with all the kolaches you can stuff in your mouth! So join Hallettsville for Kolache Fest on Sept. 24. Not only will there be various vendors selling homemade kolaches and other goodies, there will also be a kolache-eating contest, live music and polka-dancing, a classic car show, and more! Find more information here.


Texas Craft Brewers Festival – Austin

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Picture by Tyler Malone.

Nothing says fall like a cold beer on tap, and this Austin festival features over 60 Texas craft breweries. From Spoetzl and Saint Arnold to Live Oak Brewing and Whitestone Brewing, at this festival there’s plenty of beer to go around. So grab your friends and toast to fall at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Sept. 24. Find more information here.

 Surftoberfest – Corpus Christi

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Picture by DLG Photography.

Surf out of summer and into fall at Corpus Christi’s tropical twist on this German festival. Surftoberfest on Oct. 1 combines all the fun of beer and the beach mixed in one! There will be live performances by POLKA bands, Steven James & The Jaded, Larry Joe Taylor and more! And while you get your dance on, you can enjoy dozens of local and German beers on tap and chow on gourmet eats from local food trucks! Find more information here.


Big Country Balloon Fest - Abilene

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Picture by Doug Hodel

Join Abilene for high-flying adventure at the Big Country Balloon Fest on Sept. 23-25, a festival that’s been a beloved tradition since 1994. The festival will feature Hot Air Balloon and Kite Demos, as well as tethered balloon rides. Throughout the evening, there will be live performances by Kirk House, Treading Water and more! There will also be mechanical bull rides, inflatable slides, and a Children’s Area. Click here for more information.


 Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg


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Say “gutentag” to this German tradition that’s been happening in Fredericksburg for the past 36 years! During this three day festival from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, you can enjoy live Polka music, all the Chicken dancing you can handle, authentic German food and over 50 beers on tap! There will also be artwork and crafts on sale, as well as a kids’ area. Click here for more information.

Punkin Days – Floydada


Head to this Panhandle town that’s the official “Pumpkin Capital of Texas” for an epic fall celebration on Oct. 8. You can stock up on pumpkins, take part in the pumpkin pie contest and even play Cow Patty Bingo! The festival also features a craft fair, car show, 5-K run and more! Visit http://www.floydadachamber.com/punkin-days for more information.


Gruene Music Wine Fest – New Braunfels


No one throws a party like the folks of Gruene! Join them for their 30th Annual Music and Wine Fest from Oct. 6-9, where you can ring in fall with tons of wines, delicious foods and live performances by Jack Ingram, The Marshall Tucker Band and more! There will also be a craft fair, wine and beer tasting events, a silent auction and plenty of prizes! Ticket proceeds benefit the United Way of Comal County. Find more information and purchase your tickets here.

39th Annual Scarecrow Fest – Chappell Hill

Picture by  Joel Romo/ Texana Public Affairs

Picture by Joel Romo/ Texana Public Affairs

Join the folks of Chappell Hill for their 39th Annual Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 8-9. This free festival includes a craft fair, live entertainment and a Children’s Activity Corner with with face painting, barrel train, pony rides and more! You can also enjoy fantastic homecooking and tours of historic Chappell Hill. For more information, visit their website.

College Football Trippin’


It’s football season, meaning that you are planning to follow your favorite team across the country, and we’re here to help you turn the weekend into a full-on road trip! Whether you’re hoping to gather with fellow fans or looking to spy on the enemy in their natural habitat, here’s a guide to fun in these Texas college football towns. (P.S. – We are not responsible for any fights and arguments that may ensue if you roam in the opposite team’s stomping grounds…;)) HAVE FUN!

 University of Texas

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To Eat: If you find yourself in the land of the Longhorns (Austin, for any of you who are living under a rock), the place you can find fellow UT fans or perhaps the enemy if you’re the other team is at the oldest continually run tavern in Texas, Scholz Garten — a bustling beer garden serving all things fried, Texan and German (beer included) to UT students and alumni since the 1866. If you’re looking for somewhere within walking distance of the stadium to tailgate before the game, head to Posse East (an Austin mainstay since 1971) and toast a cold one as you munch fries on the giant patio.

To Do: If you need something to do in between cheering on your team and toasting the touchdowns, visit The Drag which is the strip of shops and restaurants along Guadalupe St. on the west side of campus. You can find all kinds of burnt orange paraphernalia and Austin swag at shops like Tyler’s on the Drag (“Keep Austin Weird” shirts anyone?) or University Co-op. If you’re on the opposing team, you can fraternize with the enemy as you walk along street where the Longhorn fans roam.


Baylor University

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Picture by Baylor University/Marketing & Communications

To Eat: If you find yourself trippin’ through Waco, and want to find where the Bears like to hibernate before the game, head to Vitek’s BBQ where you’ll find Baylor students and alumni chowing down on the joint’s signature “Gut Pack” which is a messy (and addicting) pile of Fritos, cheese, chopped beef, jalapenos, onions and BBQ sauce that has gained them world-wide recognition. Or hit up George’s Restaurant, a local institution since 1930, for a “Big O” (an 18 oz. frosty beer) and some Crazy Wings (chicken, cheese and jalapeno all wrapped in bacon and deep fried.)

To Do: While there is always tons of fun to be found on campus (like visiting the Bear Habitat or playing a round of Giant Chess), you can also catch some rays or chow down at food trucks at the new Magnolia Market, paddle the Brazos River (which flows right next to campus) and grab a pre-game caffeine fix at Common Grounds.

View our trip to Waco here!


Texas Tech


To Eat: If you find yourself trekking through “Raiderville” for a game, follow the massive crowd of students across University Avenue from Texas Tech to Spanky’s, where you’ll find cold beer, strong margaritas and fried cheese – honestly, what more could you need to prepare for cheering on your team? You’ll also find Raiders munching on the perfect post-game pizza and bigger-than-your-face calzones at One Guys Pizza, which is also across from campus.

To Do:  Once your voice needs a break from all that cheering, catch a movie and a breath-taking West Texas sunset at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In, or learn about local rock legend Buddy Holly at the Buddy Holly Center! And if you have more time to spare, check out our trip to Lubbock for more ideas!


University of Houston


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To Eat: Visit Calhoun’s Rooftop Bar which is across campus from the TDECU Staduim, for cold beer, great “Coog” comraderie and amazing burgers. And if you’re on the opposing team and really looking to breach enemy territory, then trek to the on-campus bar, The Den, where you’ll definitely find the cougars lounging before and after the game.

To Do: When you’re in Houston, do as the Cougars do and head to nearby Downtown Houston to take in the sights and sounds of town. Here, you’ll find everything from the Saint Arnold Brewery (tours and free beer anyone?) to multiple parks like the Discovery Green and the Market Square Park.


To Eat: Of course, if you’re a Horned Frogs fan (and even if you aren’t) you’ve gotta visit Dutch’s, the iconic burger joint named after TCU’s Coach Leo “Dutch” Meyer. This old-fashioned hole-in-the-wall serves up tasty burgers and shakes and is sure to be hopping with Frogs. And to toast the touchdowns (or perhaps drown your game-loss-sorrows) head uptown to the TCU hot spot Varsity Tavern. Whether you were an MVP in high school or not, you can still eat like one at this bar and grill that serves upscale burgers and ice cold beer with an incredible rooftop view.

To Do: Leap over to West 7th where you’ll find a movie theater, tons of shops and even dessert (Steel City Pops has to-die-for gourmet Popsicles!) Or put on your best dancin’ boots and head to the stockyards where you’ll find TCU students enjoying some good ol’ Texas two-step and live music at Billy Bob’s.

If you’re really up for roamin’ Fort Worth, check out our trip here.

Texas A&M

Picture by Texas A&M University.

Picture by Texas A&M University.

To Eat: A trip through Aggieland wouldn’t be complete without stuffing your face with a pre-game burger and beer at the Dixie Chicken, which has been an Aggie Tradition since 1974, and don’t be surprised if you see students dropping their rings into towering mugs of beer…Or if you need a post-game snack, you can’t miss drowning your crispy golden chicken fingers and Texas Toast in secret sauce at Layne’s Chicken Fingers.

To Do: After you’ve completed all the on-campus Aggie traditions (be sure to say “Howdy!” to the Century Tree and Sullivan Ross Statue), the place to be is dancing at Hurricane Harry’s, a dance hall that has been around since 1992.  And if you’ve got time to spare and clothes that need washing, head to Harvey Washbangers — the ULTIMATE college hangout. This joint is part self-service laundromat, part bar and grill…so you can wash down your burgers with a cold one while you wash out your game-day jersey.

For more Aggieland tips, watch our trip to Bryan/College Station here.

A Getaway in Salado


While helping Chet write a Hill Country travel guide, I’ve gotten to explore some pretty awesome towns to do research. Just like Belton, Salado is often overlooked. But we’ve been wrong to drive past it all these years, as we trekked down I-35 in search of an escape from the hustle and bustle of Austin or Dallas. Salado’s got everything you need for a Hill Country getaway.

Upon first entering Salado, it was nothing like I’d expected. I was assuming I’d find a concreted small city with maybe an old diner and perhaps even a Walmart. Yet, as I drove down Main Street, instead I found a bubbling brook winding around downtown, shops full of handmade goodies, art galleries clustered together in old wooden buildings and trees forming shady canopies over the road. This town had an all-together quaintness like you’d find in Fredericksburg. It was as if I’d left the modern world behind once I exited off the highway and stepped back in time into an enchanted village.

My day trip started at a small coffee shop that was hidden away in one of the wooden villages. After walking down an alley between medieval-looking buildings selling artworks and clothing, I found Lively Coffee House and Bakery. Each morning they make fresh bread and bagels, which was apparent as the heavenly smell of warm bread hit me as soon as I opened the door. Sitting at one of the mismatched tables and chairs in the quiet, cozy cafe, I enjoyed my piping hot bagel and a latte. Coffee_Shop After breakfast, I moseyed on to Salado Creek, which wraps in and around town. I noticed the locals didn’t need a fancy park to enjoy its waters, they splashed right in from the banks no matter the spot – be it under the bridge across Main Street or where the creek flows behind the local shopping center. But being less brave, I went to Pace Park, which has gravel trails with a perfect mound for surveying the gently flowing creek. In the morning air, all was calm – the only sounds being the busy birds and the trickle of the water. Creek Next, I left in search of Salado’s Sculpture Garden. Now, since I’ve started trippin’ I’ve seen many a sculpture garden (and don’t get me wrong, they’re all beautiful!) but this one was by far my favorite. This sculpture garden has some of the funkiest and most fun works of art I’ve ever seen! We’re talking a giant sock monkey, a crow made out of tires and a red moose! Crow

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My final stop in town is possibly Salado’s biggest attraction that I’d never heard of. Right next to the Central Texas Area Museum are the ruins of the 1859 Salado College, which was the first co-ed college in Texas…in fact, it’s now a park with signs explaining the history.This is a huge deal! How did I not know that Salado has a park where you can just casually explore the ruins of the college that forever changed learning for both men and women? I loved making my way through the ruins, reading the signs along the path explaining the college’s significance, and taking in the natural beauty around the site.

CollegeAt the end of my time in Salado, I realized I had barely scratched the surface of all there was to do in town. There were so many amazing galleries (like a glassblowing studio where you can watch or partake in the making of a masterpiece) and cool stores (if anyone needs to find handmade pottery and fudge, I know a place you can get both) that I could have spent way more than just a day here. While I am a city girl, escaping the go, go, go of the big city is nice and necessary every once in a while — especially if that getaway means the steady flowing streams and enchanted little shops of this quaint village. Salado, I’ll definitely be back!

Podcast 32 – “Talkin’ Texas” September 2016


Join us this month as we discuss Dancing with the Stars, the end of Summer, do we take September off the calendar, the state of the Cowboys and more as we explore the news across Texas.

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Texas on Tap: Craft Breweries

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Although it’s September, the summer days are still blazing hot and we’ve got quite a while until it’s officially fall. But don’t worry, there is a sure fire way that you can cool down until the heat lets up…by drinking a good ol’ Texas beer. And with the craft beer explosion that’s taken over in Texas, you can always try something new. So here’s just a few Texas breweries to quench your craft brew thirst!

Real Ale Brewing – Blanco, TX

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Surprisingly, one of the biggest contributors to the Texas craft beer scene is down a little dirt road in Blanco. Real Ale Brewing (creator of Fireman’s #4) may produce a high volume of craft beers, but when you visit this brewery, you’ll feel like you’re kicking back with a beer at a friend’s house. On the weekends, they offer free tours of the brewery and take you through the brewing process. Wednesday through Sunday, you can visit their tasting room and sample their crafted masterpieces. Real Ale even offers beers that have aged for months in wine barrels, creating a distinct taste.

Fredericksburg Brewing Company – Fredericksburg, TX

Picture by Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

Picture by Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

Prost, y’all! This brewpub combines house-brewed lagers and authentic German food in the most delicious of ways! Stop in to the Fredericksburg Brewing Co. in the historic heart of downtown for a plate overflowing with schnitzel, sauerkraut and brats, and wash it down with pint of their Enchanted Rock Red Ale. View our time at the Fredericksburg Brewing Co. here.

Save the World Brewing Company - Marble Falls, TX


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Ever wish you could change a life just by sipping a beer? Well now you can at Save the World Brewing Company! As America’s first fully philanthropic brewery, it gives 100% of its profits to charities like Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. On weekends, you can take a tour of the facility or visit the taproom to try their brews on tap. Saving the world never tasted so fantastic! Click here to see our trip to Marble Falls.

The Barber Shop – Dripping Springs, TX

Picture by John McIntosh

Picture by John McIntosh

 This bar has been the place where friends meet since 1925 when it was a gas station, then a motorcycle repair shop and then an actual barber shop in the 1980s. While you can no longer get a cool new hairdo here, can you drink an iced-cold brew at this Barber Shop. Along with craft beers on tap, you can also get a pint of other Texas beers from around the state. Check our trip to the Barber Shop here.

Pecan Street Brewing – Johnson City, TX

Pecan Street

At this bar, you’ll definitley get “the Johnson Treatment”. Sitting across the street from the Blanco County Courthouse, this brewpub’s beer names have courthouse and city themed names like the 1897 Jailbreak IPA, the Judge & Jury Stout or the Ladybird’s Wit. And to pair with your pint of craft beer is delicious comfort food like the Pecan Sweet Chicken (which is fried chicken topped with honey butter and pecans!) Check out our trip to Johnson City here.

Wimberley Brewing Company – Wimberley, TX


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What’s better than washing down a delicious slice of hand-tossed pizza with an ice cold pint of craft beer? Absolutely nothing. Bruce and Holly Collie and their family run both the Wimberley Brewing Company and Brewster’s Pizza, and they’re in the same building. Stop in for a pint of one of the microbrewery’s nine craft beers on tap or order a flight to try them all! And don’t forget a few slices of pizza…You can find our time in Wimberley here.

Trippin’ Through Belton!


Chet and I are writing an epic Hill Country travel book to help y’all have your own awesome adventures through Texas. Get excited guys, because we have some awesome spots in this book that we can’t wait to share with y’all!

Along with writing about places we’ve already been on the show, I’ve been visiting towns Chet hasn’t explored yet to do research (which sounds super lame but basically means I’ve been eating awesome foods and perusing museums to make sure you’ll love them too!) I know…it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

I recently traveled to Belton to check things out. If you’re like me, you’ve only ever traveled through this town in search of a rest stop to escape the construction chaos on I-35, but as I explored, I was shocked to find that Belton, itself, is a destination. There is a TON of history in this town that I didn’t even know about!

My first stop in town was Cochran, Blair & Potts, a department store that was built in 1869, making it the oldest department store in Texas. It sits right off Belton’s bustling town square and is actually a still-functioning store today!

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On the first floor you can buy college memorabilia, clothing and shoes, but the really cool part is upstairs, where you’ll find a museum spaced out over the entire top floor showcasing the store’s history. The exhibits feature tons of artifacts like supplies used by the store’s office, newspaper articles commemorating store celebrations and anniversaries, and even fancy Wedding China (that cost a whopping $80 when the store first opened!)

My next stop was lunch. Behind town square is this historic cotton gin from 1928 that’s now an eatery right on Nolan Creek.


The huge shaded patio of The Gin overlooks the sunny creek and the cute children splashing around in the gently rolling waters. There’s really no better view to accompany a chicken salad sandwich and mountain of crisp handmade chips (which I may or may not have completely devoured…)


After lunch, I must have circled the Square four times in my car, staring at the Bell County Courthouse. I know people were looking at me strange and cars were trying to dodge my 20-mile-per-hour driving, but I just couldn’t get enough of this stunning building which looms over the surrounding shops like some kind of a Hill Country Castle. It was built in 1884 with the best white limestone the Belton residents could find around the area and is one year older than the Texas Capitol.


Next, I was supposed to be on my way to a museum, but signs directing traffic towards the Belton Dam somehow lead me across town to one of the most magical spots in Texas. I’m the kind of girl who dreams of driving along the beach on the Pacific Coast Highway in Califorina, but PCH can step aside — there is no feeling more exhilarating than cruising along the Belton Dam with your windows down and music blasting, as you’re almost 200 feet in the air with nothing but Belton Lake and the Leon River on either side of you!


With wind-swept hair and the delight of accidentally stumbling upon my new favorite spot, I finally resumed my scheduled activities — after driving back and forth across the dam a few more times, of course!


Back in town, I visited the Bell County Museum which was chalk-full of interesting exhibits about the history of the county, including the Chisholm Trail’s path through town and the characters that lived in Bell County. I learned about Bell County resident – and first female governor - “Ma” Ferguson, who played a large role in defeating the KKK in Texas in the 1920s. There was even an exhibit about the archaeology Gault Site in nearby Florence, TX, where 1.4 million artifacts have been uncovered, changing what we know about the first people who lived in Texas over 13,000 years ago.

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However, possibly the MOST IMPORTANT thing I discovered was that this museum has the largest collection of mustache cups. The collection had a total of 250 cups and even included left-handed ones (which is quite important to me as a fellow lefty!) These cups with bands across the top ensured that the men of Belton had moisture-free mustaches. The museum’s collection ranges from classy tea cups to manly coffee mugs.

My time in Belton was a pleasant surprise. When I first started out I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but I certainly wasn’t expecting my trip to turn into a full-on history lesson. Yet, after a day full of windows-down cruising and museum-exhibit perusing, that’s exactly what I found! From scenic spots to priceless stories, when you trip to Belton, there’s no telling what you’ll stumble upon.

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun

It’s always a bummer when it rains in the summer. Instead of splashing through swimming holes or trekking through State Parks, you find yourself stuck indoors, watching TV or snoring the day away.  But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! Turn off the TV, grab your rain coat and make your way through our list of Texas attractions that are epic rain or shine.

1. Race a T-Rex at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.


2. Learn the ropes of rock and roll at Lubbock’s legendary museum, the Buddy Holly Center



3. Explore, climb and discover at The Doseum (pronounced “Do-see-um) Museum for kids in San Antonio.

Picture by The Doseum.

Picture by The Doseum.


4. Take a trip to the past and learn about transportation in the 1860s-1900s at the Blanco Buggy Barn Museum  in Blanco.



5. Get a triple-scoop cone of homemade ice cream at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Denton.

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6. Slither into Rattlers & Reptiles in Fort Davis to get up close and personal with rattlesnakes and dozens of other creepy crawlies.



7. Walk through the history of the cowboy in Fort Worth at the Stockyards Museum and learn about the legends at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.



8. Trek through the rainforest, check out the aquarium or catch a 3D movie at the Moody Gardens in Galveston.

Picture by Moody Gardens.

Picture by Moody Gardens.


9. Play with tons of unique toys at All Things Kids on The Square in Georgetown.

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10. Have summer fun splashing around at the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

Picture by Great Wolf Resorts.

Picture by Great Wolf Resorts.


11. Munch on dozens of flavors of homemade jerky at Whittington’s Beef Jerky in Johnson City.



12. Soar through the sky like an astronaut or man mission-control at Space Center Houston.

Space Center


13. Eat all the classic candies you can handle at the Atkinson’s Candy Company store in Lufkin. (See Chet as an Oompa-Loompa here…)



14. Enjoy as many $4 slices of pie as you please during Pie Happy Hour at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls.



15. Use your imagination to learn about “why” and “how” at The Thinkery in Austin.

Picture by The Thinkery.

Picture by The Thinkery.


16. Get the heebie-jeebies at one of the most iconic roadside attractions in America, the Snake Farm in New Braunfels.


17. Peek at the fishies under the sea at The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor in Rockport.



18. Learn about polka at the Texas Polka Music Museum, then grab your dancing shoes and POLKA at Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg.



19. Punch your ticket to the good old days when trains were the thing at the Railroad Depot in Tomball.



20. Gulp down the history of one of Texas’s favorite soft drinks at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco.


Gear for the Road: Samsung Galaxy S7

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“What sort of gear do you use?” is a question we get a lot over here at “The Daytripper.” It’s not an easy one to answer, because it takes a LOT of gear to make our show. We need big cameras, small cameras, still cameras, audio gear,…etc. etc. etc. Not to mention a MacGyver-like box of cables, attachments, and C-47s (a fancy film word for clothespins). Oh, and you can never forget about the smartphone.

A good smartphone is critical “GEAR FOR THE ROAD.” We use it to call locations and set up appointments. We use it as a walkie-talkie amongst the crew.  We use it as a GPS when we’re completely lost.  It’s a scouting guide. It’s a camera. It’s a social media tool. It’s a lifeline to the world. Recently, AT&T sent me a Samsung Galaxy S7 to take on the road.  So, I ditched my Galaxy S5 Active and tried it out.


OVERALL – the S7 is pretty darn amazing.  Here are some high points.

  • FASTER – It does everything my S5 did, but snappier and faster. (who doesn’t love that?)
  • GREAT DESIGN – It feels good in the hand. Oh so good. So good that I didn’t want to put on a case – which made me nervous I was going to drop it the entire time, but it was worth it.
  • BETTER CAMERA – The camera is incredible. And they’ve made a HUGE improvement in the front-facing one. Bring on the selfies.
  • FINGERPRINT – it lets you login with your finger. So better security. Just in case you leave it behind at that BBQ joint.
  • WATERPROOF – Or at least water resistant up to a certain point. So don’t worry about taking it to that swimming hole. A little splashin’ around won’t hurt it.
  • REMOVABLE STORAGE – It takes a microSD card, meaning you’ll never run out of photo space on the road.

If you want to really dig into the specifics and nitty-gritty, you can find a great review on Android Central.  But as far a daytrippin’ goes, this S7 might be the best phone yet.  Plus, you can put them in the cool Samsung VR goggles.  That way you can go DAYTRIPPIN’ all over the world without leaving your couch.


Podcast 31 – “Top Burgers in Texas” – August 2016


In Texas we LOVE a good burger and in this episode we talk about the Top Burgers in Texas! In case you missed it, Texas Monthly recently released their “50 Greatest Burgers in Texas” list and we are sitting down with Pat Sharpe, Courtney Bond and Abby Johnston from Texas Monthly to discuss the top burgers. We also ponder important topics such as what makes a good burger, must have toppings, is it aioli or garlic aioli, dissecting your burger before you eat it and more! You won’t want to miss this episode…OH, and we recommend you listen to it as you enjoy your favorite burger.

WARNING: This episode is guaranteed to make you hungry!

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End of Summer Festivals

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Soon the days will get shorter, the summer sun will fade away to cooler weather and school will be back in session – and that means that you’ve got to make the most of these last few days of freedom and sunshine. So here’s a few epic festivals around Texas to help you end summer with a BANG!

Edinburg “Out of This World” Conference & Festival - Edinburg, TX

Picture by the City of Edinburg.

Picture by the City of Edinburg.

Greetings Earthlings! If you love aliens, space crafts and otherworldly fun, then this festival is for you! Join the town of Edinburg on Aug. 12 and 13 for the free “Out of This World” Festival. Dress up in your best alien costume for the costume contest and parade on Friday evening starting at 7 p.m. and a Laser Show at 9 p.m. The conference, which starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, features educators, publishers and other guests speaking on all things alien! Tickets for the conference cost $25.

B.I.G. San Antonio Salsa Festival - San Antonio, TX

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Baile International Grand for the 5th Annual San Antonio Salsa Festival! This four day event from Aug. 11-14 features live music from global recording artists like Tito Nieves, Ray de la Paz and more! Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry, each day there will be workshops ranging from Beginner to Advanced where you can learn classic dances like the Cha Cha and Mambo. Find more information here.

Navasota Blues Fest - Navasota, TX

Join Navasota for two days of good ol’ blues on Aug. 12 and 13.  The concert starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and includes performances by the Chris Beard Band, Justin Johnson, Rob Roy Parnell and a dozen other artists! Pre-fest activities begin at 9 a.m. on Friday with a dedication of a historical marker for the “Father of Blues” Texas Alexander, as well as a free guitar workshop with Bernie Pearl.

Highland Village Balloon Festival - Highland Village, TX

If you’ve always dreamed of soaring high above the world, then join the Highland Village Balloon Festival for the adventure of a lifetime. This three-day festival Aug. 19-21 is filled with high-flying fun including multiple Balloon Mass Ascension where dozens of 100-ft. tall balloons take off together, Balloon Glow where the vibrantly-colored balloons are lit at night and Tethered Balloon Rides where YOU can ride in a hot air balloon. The event also includes live music, vendors and a Kids Zone.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo – Denton, TX

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

There’s no better way to end summer than by attending the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. Along with all your favorite rodeo events like mutton busting, calf roping and bull riding, there will also be a carnival, a kids zone, and even an exhibit with live Bengal Tigers! Throughout the event, there will be live music performances by various country artists, including Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers Band, Prophets & Outlaws and Zane Williams. The rodeo lasts from Aug. 19-27 and you can find more information here.

12th Annual Bat Fest - Austin, TX

Things are gonna get batty in Austin, and you’re invited to join for their 12th Annual Bat Fest on Aug. 20. The festival is a celebration of the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that “hang out” under the Congress Avenue Bridge  and features a bat costume contest, arts and crafts vendors and three stages with live music by American Authors, Blue October and more! The festival lasts from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Big Bend Nature Fest - Big Bend National Park, TX

This may be one of the most beautiful festivals you’ll ever attend! On Aug. 25-27, Big Bend is hosting a festival featuring nature hikes led by famous guides like the “Birds of the Big Bend Desert & Lowlands Walk” guided by Southwest bird enthusiast Greg Lasley and the “Dragonfly & Damselfly Walk” guided by insect experts Dr. John and Kendra Abbott. There will also be a barbecue dinner and live music to conclude the weekend at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant.

Sixth Annual Big Star Texas Night - Burton, TX

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Join the folks of Burton for a night of Texas fun in the historic Texas dance hall La Bahia Turn Verein! This festival on Aug. 27 starts at 6:30 p.m. with a car show, and dancing featuring Kountry Chick DJ. Then from 8 p.m. until midnight, you can enjoy live music by The Texas Unlimited Band as well as dinner from Burton BBQ. There will also be an Old Fashioned Live Auction that will benefit the Burton Area Chamber of Commerce. Find more information here.

29th Annual El Paso Greek Food Festival - El Paso, TX

Come join the folks of El Paso and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for a three-day festival on Aug. 26-28 celebrating the Greek culture and their delicious foods. Besides amazing homemade food vendors, the festival will also have live music, dancing, vendors and Greek souvenirs for purchase. For more information, click here.