Spring has sprung, and there is plenty to do in the Brazos River basin during the month of April. This month, you can experience what life was like on the frontier, watch hot-air balloons and cool off with some homemade ice cream. Here’s a roundup of events in April throughout the basin:

Upper Basin


7 – JACKSBORO: Fort Richardson Days is from 9-3 p.m. at the Fort Richardson State Park. Watch as re-enactors take us back to the 1870s. There is no charge for the event, but there will be parking fees. For more information, please call (940) 567-3506.

8 – LUBBOCK: West Texas Salute to Veterans from 7-11:30 a.m. at the Silent Wings Museum located at 6202 Interstate 27 Service Road. Cost is $20 and contact Ainsley Nelson at (512) 294-3369 or visit the following link. http://www.visitlubbock.org/event/west-texas-salute-to-veterans/?instance_id=37054

8 – WEATHERFORD: 3rd Annual Hounds for Hometown Heroes Dog Show from 10-2 p.m. at Heritage Park barnyard Area located at 516 E. Columbia St. Bring Fido along to enter the dog show for just $10 and contact Kaye Jordan for more information at (817) 988-2202 or kayejordan11@yahoo.com.

Central Basin

14-16 – HORSESHOE BAY: The 5th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort is the perfect outdoor activity with over 20 hot-air balloons from all over America gathered at the Horseshoe Bay Resort on Easter weekend. Live music, tethered balloon rides and an evening balloon glow promise to be fun for the whole family. For more information visit http://hsbresort.com/events/event/balloons-horseshoe-bay-resort/.

17 – AUSTIN: The Comptroller’s Freshwater Mussel Work Group Meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Stephen F. Austin building located at 1700 Congress Ave. For more information, please contact Meghan Hope at (512) 936-8554.

28-29 – TEMPLE: 12th Annual Bloomin’ Temple Festival features over 15 bands, carnival rides, food trucks and vendors. This two-day fest promises to entertain you and your friends. For further festival information, please click the link below. http://bloomintemple.com/2520/Festival-Information

29 – STEPHENVILLE: Morgan Hill Homemade Ice Cream Freeze Off from 11-4 p.m. will be held at the Morgan Hill Community Center. Cost is $15 for adults or $6 for kids 12 and under. This event is a homemade competition with cash prizes for the winner. Contact David Spindor at (817) 807-8057 or click here http://thegreatfreezeoff.org/.

Lower Basin

6-8 – GIDDINGS: Rodeo Giddings starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena and promises to entertain the kids with team roping, bull riding and mutton bustin. For more information, please contact Mark at (979) 542-3181. http://www.giddingstx.com/event-874164.

8 – COLLEGE STATION: Duck Derby begins at 6-9 p.m. at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. You can adopt a duck for a chance to win many great prizes. After adoption, your duck will race through the water and1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ducks will be awarded. To get your quack on, click here http://www.cmbv.org/ducky-derby.html.

13 – ROSENBERG: The Lower Brazos Floodplain Study Stakeholder/Public Meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic Center located at 3825 TX-36. For more details, please contact Pamela Hannemann at (254) 761-3135 or Cathy Dominguez (254) 761-3176.

22 – SUGAR LAND: Sienna Plantation Canine Carnival and Fun Run Event from 7-4 p.m. at the Village of Sawmill Lake is free of charge. Bring your dog and family and enjoy food trucks, face painting, inflatables, and a doggie costume contest. For more details visit www.siennaplantation.com.

If your group or organization would like to add a future event to the Brazos Basin calendar, please contact Ace Fuller at (254) 761-3115.