Fall Events near Midland, Texas

Living in Texas means we don’t get many vibrant fall colors, but we do get to enjoy warmer temperatures longer. If you are looking for some family fun this fall, here are some great fall events near Midland to try.

St. Ann’s Family Fair

This annual festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The fun begins September 27th and runs through the 30th. General admission is free, but there is a cost for many of the attractions. There will be carnival rides, game booths, bingo, face painting, the Odds & Ends Garage Sale booth, and lots of delicious food.

Make a Difference Day Annual Fall Community Cleanup

This year, on Sunday, October 7th, our community is coming together to clean up. The event will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Keep Midland Beautiful will supply trash bags, vests, and gloves. After the cleanup, there will be a community picnic to show appreciation for all the volunteers. If you can’t participate that day, you can go out anytime in October.

29th Annual Texas Size Garage Sale

Everyone loves a bargain. At this sale, there will be deals aplenty. The garage sale will be held at 407 E. Sharbauer Drive on October 12th, 13th, and 14th. Proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels.

If you need a new vehicle to help bring home your garage sale bounty or move trash from the cleanup to the dump, contact us at Midland Buick GMC to learn more about our inventory.

Amazing Natural Attractions in Texas You Should Visit

While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.

  • Balmorhea State Park. Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.

 

  • Devil’s River. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.

 

  • Big Bend National Park. This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

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There’s Nothing Like A Clean Vehicle!

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC in Midland, TX.

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and bookshelves.

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches, and rugs to collect debris.

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stove-top ready.

April Events in Midland, Texas

Events in Midland
So Much To Do In Midland

Looking for something different to do this month? From sports to theatre, there are plenty of events in Midland, TX that are sure to keep you occupied.

Midland RockHounds vs Tulsa Drillers, San Antonio

Nothing says springtime like a little minor league baseball. Head to Security Bank Ballpark on the first and second weekends in April to see your local team play the Tulsa Drillers and the San Antonio Missions. Tickets are $9-$16.

Cabaret

Come hear the music play at the Sul Ross Theatre Program’s production of Cabaret April 7-9, 2017. This award-winning musical is sure to have you laughing, singing, and dancing in your seat. Tickets are $12.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a morning picking out fresh produce for a delicious lunch later that day. The Midland Downtown Farmers Market opens this month and offers everything from locally grown fruits and veggies to homemade loaves of bread and jams.

Church Under the Bridge 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Enjoy the weather and practice your swing all while supporting the Church Under the Bridge. This annual tournament is held at the Hogan Park Golf Course, just minutes away from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac. Registration is $400 per team with various sponsorship levels. Don’t miss out on your chance at a $25,000 hole in one!

Let all of us at Midland Buick GMC know if you go to any of these April events in Midland. We’d love to hear how much you liked them!

Go Green with These St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day In Midland

Every year, on March 17th we like to turn a little green a show off our Irish spirit, even if we’re not from Ireland. If you want to amp up your festivities this year, here is some delightfully green St. Patrick’s Day food you should try.

St. Patrick’s Day Parfaits

This is a simple treat that makes a big statement. It uses pistachio pudding and kiwi fruits for the green layered with creamy Cool Whip.

Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick’s Day Cake

Everyone will be in awe of your creative abilities if you can pull this cake off. Each slice reveals a hidden rainbow shamrock in the middle of a chocolate cake. This recipe will definitely take some time and talent, but it will be well worth it.

Guinness Brownies

Guinness beer is perhaps one of the most Irish things ever. Add some to this brownie recipe and top them off with green sprinkles for a St. Patrick’s Day flair.

Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe may be humble, but it is delicious, hearty, and warming.

Which of these recipes are you planning to try for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want every day of your life to have some green, you can pick out your favorite shade of green car right here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

March Events in Midland

March events in Midland
The Magic Of Midland Festivals

March is a great time of year here in Texas. Spring is in the air and we get our first tastes of truly warm weather again. If you want to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful time of year, here are some March events in Midland.

Museum of the Southwest

Now through March 25th, you can visit the Museum of the Southwest to see the traveling exhibition of works by President George W. Bush. It features portraits of murals of 98 service members along with stories of their courage.

Girls World Expo

This special event was created by teen girls for teen girls. It will be held March 3rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Midland Plaza. The event will feature seminars, vendors, performances, and more.

Ruffles and Rust Expo

This expo is an upscale boutique show with a big dose of vintage. Shoppers can find clothes, furniture, handmade goods, and other treasures. It will take place March 17th at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.

Building Bots Robotics & Engineering FunLab

If you have any 3rd through 6th graders, sign them up for this fun, hands-on learning experience at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. It will take place March 20th.

Which of these March events would you like to attend? If you need a new vehicle this spring, come visit us at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

See the Leaves Change on a Texas Fall Road Trip

Though New England is the best-known region in the US for fall foliage, many visitors to Texas are pleasantly surprised at the changing leaves they find in the area. You just have to know where to look. That’s why we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of Texas fall road trip ideas to help you find your way to the most scenic views.

First, according to Only in Your State, you should visit Garner State Park in Concan. Perhaps one of the most stunning places in all of Texas—yeah, you heard right—the Garner State Park has old cypresses, oaks, mesquite, and persimmon trees. You can see an array of red, green, yellow, and brown colors in October, and there are over 11 miles of trails to follow. Perfect as a family getaway or for avid hikers, Garner is the place to be this fall.

Also, visit Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The intense foliage is best seen in early November, and you can follow the East Trail for some of the best views. Lost Maples is a great place to bring pets or a picnic for the day as well.

Finally, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose has some memorable views. The amber grass and red trees create a breathtaking contrast, and there is also hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The best time to visit is in October or at the beginning of November.

Other places to see include Lake Bob Sandlin State Park and Daingerfield State Park, among others. Plan your road trip today.

Make a Fall Bucket List to Enjoy the Season

Families are often busy in the fall, especially with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s important to make time to get away from your busy lives. In fact, many families create a fall bucket list—a list of things to do before the season comes to an end. From hiking to baking apple pie, there are some things that are best done in the autumn.

According to Creative Family Fun, you should be sure to get outdoors in the fall to experience the changing leaves. One of the best tips for hiking with young children is to keep it simple. Pack supplies, snacks, and water, but also be sure to stay close to home or your car. You don’t need to hike the Appalachian Trail for your kids to have fun—simply get outside and start walking.

Make an apple pie to celebrate the fall season. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an orchard in the area that will let you pick apples (though apple picking is much harder to find in Texas than in the Northeast). You just need flour, salt, sugar, and unsalted butter for a pie crust, and the filling can be made with apples, a lemon, butter, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.

There are several other things to do in the fall:

  • Make leaf rubbings with wax paper.
  • Make your own Halloween costume.
  • Make bird feeders.
  • Play in the leaves.
  • Enjoy cider beside the fire.

These are just some of the fun things we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac enjoy doing in the fall. Be sure to make your own bucket list with your family and friends to make the most of the season

Try One of These Texas Day Trips to End Your Summer Right

It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.

Fort Davis

This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.

Palo Duro Canyon

This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope you have a great end to your summer and an even better start to the school year.

Image by Maciej Kraus

The Texas Road Trip of Hidden Beaches

What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.

Surfside Beach

If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.

Matagorda Bay

Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.

San Jose Island

Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.

If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.