If you’re driving along one of Texas’ many highways this month (to visit a Thousand Trails or Encore campground, no doubt) peer out your window and you may see little blue, fuzzy flowers peeking through the ground. Those flowers are the Bluebonnets – the state flower of Texas.
Bluebonnet season is in full bloom by late April and these gorgeous wildflowers are actually native to the Lone Star State. Every year, over 30,000 people gather in Burnet, the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas,” for the Annual Burnet Bluebonnet Festival, one of the state’s most exciting small-town festivals. Live music, parades, carnivals, pageants and much more scheduled from April 10-12 and the festival is located about a two hour drive from the Lake Whitney RV Campground and the Medina Lake RV Campground.
Springtime in Texas is more about the blossoming of the Bluebonnets – it’s also the start of strawberry season! Every year crowds of over 100,000 flock to a little town called Poteet, just outside of San Antonio to attend its annual Strawberry Festival! Poteet is the “Strawberry Capital of the Texas” and is located just a couple of hours drive from the Colorado River RV Campground. You’ll have a berry good time at the Strawberry Festival which features a rodeo, live country music, plus a huge Strawberry Auction where local berry growers compete for top prizes and auction off their winning berries.
Can’t get enough of the party? Visit Fiesta San Antonio from April 16-26 which takes place right in the middle of the city. This fiesta has an interesting history – the first parade took place in 1891 when a group of citizens decided to honor heroes of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Called “The Battle of the Flowers Parade” it is the largest parade at Fiesta and the only parade in the country to be completely planned and directed by women. Some highlights of the event are the Fiesta Day Opening, masked ball, 5K and 10K races, carnival, jazz festival, and oyster bake.
San Antonio is located just a few hours drive from what many would call the “weirdest” part of the country, Austin, Texas. Also called the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is a vibrant metropolis that boasts its own significant natural beauty. One of those places is Mount Bonnell. Considered the highest point in Austin, Mount Bonnell is a popular destination for anyone visiting Austin. Walk up the easy staircase (equipped with a handrail!) to the top where you will take in the scenic views of Lake Austin, the City of Austin and surrounding hills. Everyone says that checking out Mount Bonnell is one of the best attractions in Austin and if you happen to visit during the last weekend of the month, hundreds of people will be in Pease Park celebrating Eeyore’s birthday (yes, that’s Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh) with live music, drum circles, costumes, food and drinks to raise money for a whole bunch of local non-profit organizations.
There will be a few events happening this month around Austin including the Old Settler’s Music Festival, taking place at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion on April 16 – 19, 2015. This festival features four stages of music with artists playing all kinds of Americana, country, blues and rock music all weekend long. Festival goers can also participate in the performance workshops – whether you are a skilled picker or just a fan, you can see some of the Festival’s artists talk about their picking techniques and their careers. Our Colorado River RV Campground is less than a 2 hour drive southeast of Driftwood.
Have you sunk your teeth into a juicy strawberry at Strawberry Festival in Poteet, TX? Have you seen the bluebonnets in full bloom while visiting San Antonio? Tell us about your Texas adventures in the comments!