It has been an exceptionally difficult winter here in Texas, and now that spring has arrived, many of us are eager to get outside and stretch our legs. With a variety of events in April, there are plenty of ways to explore and get active. Whether you like to shop at your local farmers' market or take a hike along the Brazos River, there is something for you to do this April.
Upper Brazos Basin
- April 3: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk, 7 – 9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court, Granbury
This monthly tour is directed by Dr. Billy Teels, who earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and worked as a biologist for 30 years. Now retired, Dr. Teels leads a monthly bird walk through the town of Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.
- April 10, 11: ABILENE – 2021 Central Texas Gem & Mineral Show, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Taylor County Expo Center, 1700 State Highway 36, Abilene
Calling jewelry makers and rock enthusiasts! Visit the Central Texas Gem & Mineral Show and enjoy rock displays, vendors, jewelry making displays and more. A scholarship will be awarded to a local university student at the event as well. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for children from ages 6 to 12. Admission is free for children younger than 6, scouts and military members in uniform. Click here for more information about the event.
- April 10: GRAHAM – Crawfish and Cannons, 10:30 a.m. at Fort Belknap, 114 Fort Circle, Newcastle
Come out to Fort Belknap for the 5th Annual Crawfish and Cannons! This year's events include crawfish boil, cannon firing, children's activities, farmer's market vendors, the Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival, 5 & 10k runs, a concert by Shane Smith & The Saints and more! Gates for the event open at 10:30 a.m. Children under 12 are free, and tickets start at $15. To learn more about this event, click here.
- April 10, 17, 24: ABILENE – Keep Abilene Beautiful Spring Clean Music Series, 1 – 7 p.m. at multiple locations in Abilene
Keep Abilene Beautiful is hosting multiple cleanup events throughout the month of April at different locations around Abilene. Help clean up parks, enjoy a picnic with your family and friends and then listen to local artists play some music. There will also be volleyball, a corn hole tournament and more. To sign up for an event and learn more, click here.
- April 17: GRANBURY – Lake Granbury Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lake Granbury Master Gardeners, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury
Ready to go shopping for your spring garden? Visit the Lake Granbury Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale for a wide selection of plants, including north Texas native plants, pollinator and butterfly plants, heat/drought-tolerant plants, shade plants, perennials, annuals, succulents, grasses, and more. Learn more here.
- April 20: LUBBOCK – Salute to Agriculture Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 17th & University, Lubbock
Agriculture is engrained in Lubbock's history, and this year's Salute to Agriculture Luncheon is an event you won't want to miss. The luncheon features Brandon Lipps, former Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS), with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During the event, he will discuss how FNCS responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it presented as well as other topics of interest regarding the business and agricultural communities. Admission for the event is $45. Lubbock Chamber of Commerce members receive a discounted rate of $35. For more information about the luncheon and to register, click here.
Central Brazos Basin
- April 3: FORT HOOD – 6-9 CAV Easter Event, 2 – 4 p.m. at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, 2218 Headquarters Avenue, Fort Hood
Join the 6-9 CAV Soldier and Family Readiness Group for an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, games and more! The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required. To register, click here.
- April 3, 10, 17, 27: GEORGETOWN – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W University Avenue, Georgetown
Visit the weekly Saturday farmer's market at the Wolf Ranch Town Center in Georgetown, Texas. With plenty of vendors and food to try, there is something for everyone at this local market. On April 3, there will be a free egg coloring event for kids of all ages. Learn more about the market here.
- April 9, 16, 23, 30: WACO – Lake Waco Wetlands Night Hikes, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Lake Waco Wetlands, 1752 Eichelberger Crossing, Waco
The Lake Waco Wetlands are a habitat for many species and a living laboratory for research. And now you can explore the wetlands' beautiful scenery at night! Join Cameron Park Zoo every Friday night in April at the Waco Wetlands for a fun, guided and free night hike. Staff will lead you through the wetlands to observe and learn more about the local wildlife. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring rain gear. To learn more, click here.
- April 9, 10: WACO – 2021 MidTex Farm, Ranch & Garden Show, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the BASE at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard, Waco
Exhibitors will showcase their products and services to Texas farmers, ranchers and gardeners at the 2021 MidTex Farm, Ranch and Garden Show. Stop by the new Extraco Events Center's BASE facility for a free two-day event with exhibits on the latest agricultural products. There will also be free agriculture and gardening classes available. To learn more and view the class schedule, click here.
- April 22, 23, 24: TEMPLE – 16th Annual Temple Texas NFLCC Fishing Tackle Show, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the 3302 Airport Road, Temple
Come visit the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club's 16th Annual Fishing Tackle Show. The event begins with room trading on Thursday and Friday at the Best Western Inn & Suites in Temple, and the show itself takes place on April 24 at the VFW Bell Post 1820. Admission for the event is $5 per person, and children ages 12 and under are free to enter. For more information, click here.
Lower Brazos Basin
- April 2: NEEDVILLE – Birding Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville
Home to more than 300 species of birds, Brazos Bend State Park is the perfect place to go on a hike and bird watch. The trail is 1.2 miles long, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes, your binoculars and water. Masks are required for this event, and there is a 10-person limit. Meet right at 8 a.m. in front of the 40-Acre Lake restrooms to start the hike with park volunteer Jerry Carpenter. To learn more, call 979-553-5123 or click here.
- April 3, 10, 17, 24: SOMERVILLE – Nature Hike, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, 14222 Park Road 57, Somerville
Get outdoors this April with multiple nature hikes at Lake Somerville State Parks! Join a park ranger on a short hike and learn about different plants and animals that you might see at the park. With paid entry into the park, the hike is free. The trails begin at the Nails Creek Headquarters. Call 979-289-2392 to learn more about these hikes or click here.
- April 4: COLLEGE STATION – Easter in the Park, 7 – 8:30 a.m. at the Central Park in College Station, 1007 Krenek Tap Road, College Station
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church presents Easter in the Park, a joyous celebration of the Easter holiday in College Station's own Central Park. The event starts with a sunrise service. A complimentary breakfast and Easter egg hunt begins right after the service for all to enjoy. For more information, click here.
- April 10: BRYAN – Downtown Street & Art Fair, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Downtown Bryan
Visit the beautiful Downtown Bryan for a Street & Art Fair! Featuring local artists and artisans, the fair gives you the opportunity to view and buy handmade creations. There will also be live music, art demonstrations and street performers. Admission is free for all. To learn more, click here.
- April 4, 11, 18, 25: ZooTube with Aggieland Safari, 1:30 p.m.
Join Aggieland Safari's zookeepers every Sunday afternoon for fun, educational talks with the animals of the safari. Tune in to the Aggieland Safari's Facebook page at 1:30 to participate.
- April 21-24: Houston Together
National Volunteer Week is April 18 – 24, and Houston is celebrating with an interactive virtual event! Share your volunteering stories, learn about new nonprofits, and celebrate outstanding volunteers. To learn more, click here.
- Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Systems Online Course
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is adding a "Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Systems" as an online AgriLife Learn course. Starting April 1, this online course will be available to Texans in counties where it has been approved. If you live in a county that has approved it, this course will allow you to maintain your own Aerobic Treatment Unit. To determine if your county is eligible, contact your local regulatory authority. The cost for the online course is $150, and participants have 30 days from sign-up to complete it. For more course information, click here.