El Paso Poppy Fest, Big Bend Open Race, Galveston Island Beach Revue and A Day in Old Mexico in San Antonio highlight April events in Texas.

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Poppies bloom on the Castner Range in El Paso  

Poppy Fest

El Paso
March 31

Each spring, the desert landscape of the Franklin Mountains comes alive with a field of golden yellow Mexican poppies. For the 12th year, El Paso will celebrate the occasion with a free festival at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. While this year's event will close out the month of March, you can find these bright beautiful poppies blooming through April.

Photo: Will van Overbeek

2018: A Day in Old Mexico event  

A Day in Old Mexico

San Antonio
April 22

For more than 60 years, the Associación de San Antonio has been entertaining Fiesta crowds with a traditional Mexican rodeo, or charreada. The event—a celebration of the national sport of Mexico and the grandfather of modern American rodeo—offers patrons the chance to take in a rich custom and tradition.

Photo: Will van Overbeek

Big Bend Open Road Race  

Big Bend Open Road Race

Fort Stockton
April 25-28

Every April since 1998, Fort Stockton has played host to the adrenaline-charged event known as the Big Bend Open Road Race, a rally-style competition regarded as the most challenging open-road race in the United States.

Photo: Courtesy Big Bend Open Road Race

Contestants line the beach in 1920s beach fashion.  

Galveston Island Beach Revue

April 26-29

Competitors line up along the Seawall and don their best 1920s beach fashion. During the early 20th century, Galveston Island launched an event to strengthen the city's tourism economy and kick-off summer. The highlight was the Bathing Girl Revue, which by 1926 had evolved into the International Pageant of Pulchritude. The pageant fizzled during the Great Depression, but was resurrected after Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Photo: Illumine Photographic Services

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