Family, friends and visitors all enjoy popular events that are planned throughout the year. Wine Walks, Fun Runs, Festivals and Fairs put smiles on faces young and young at heart!

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John & Mary Marks: A Love Story That Transcends Time and Boundaries

This February, the Brenham Heritage Museum is proud to celebrate Black History Month by presenting John & Mary Marks: A Love Story That Transcends Time and Boundaries, which will be on display in the Blue Bell Gallery beginning February 16, 2023.
This fascinating exhibit is comprised of images dating back to the early 1800s. Visitors will explore photos, diary excerpts, and objects centered around the life and times of John & Mary Marks, two of Washington County’s earliest known African American settlers. The display traces John and Mary Marks’ lives from the early 1800s when they first arrived in Texas and explores their connections to the West Indies, San Felipe, the “Old Three Hundred”, the Methodist church, and well-known Texas pioneers!
“To date, there have been very few historic accounts about early African Americans who were among the first settlers in Washington County,” said Natearah Austin, Vice Chair of the Brenham Heritage Museum Board of Directors. “Uncovering and sharing local untold stories is at the heart of the museum’s work. We are excited to share this story about the union of Mary Marks, a former head servant at Whiteside’s Tavern in San Felipe, and John Marks, a well-loved Methodist preacher.”
The exhibit also reflects on some of the challenges historians face in piecing together sources of information, particularly for African American history. As more information was discovered about John and Mary Marks, the teams relied on a variety of sources including archivists at the Southern Methodist University’s Bridwell Library Archives, Methodist church records, local historians, Washington County deed records, and even handwritten journals. Together, these pieces of information paint a picture that tells this unique story.
In addition to this featured exhibit for Black History Month, the newly renovated Brenham Heritage Museum includes a variety of family friendly, interactive exhibits including stories about Washington County’s veterans, a video jukebox, and touch screen maps linked to key historic figures.
This exhibit is available during regular Museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, at 105 S Market Street in Brenham. Groups of 10 or more can call the museum at 979-830-8445 to schedule specific times for tours.

Brenham First Fridays Farmer & Artisan Market

April’s Farmers Market has been moved to Friday, March 31, 2023!
Join us on the First Friday of each month for the Brenham Farmer & Artisan Market featuring fresh, local foods and products all right on the Courthouse square in the heart of Downtown Brenham!

Tailgate Poets – Friday Night Music at Nathan’s BBQ

Come watch the Tailgate Poets, and special guest, Neil Kulhanek perform at Nathan’s BBQ from 6-9PM on Friday, March 31!

Tailgate Poets’ roots-rock style fuses elements of Americana, blues, country and jazz into a mix of originals and cover songs by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Lucinda Williams, Randy Newman, Mose Allison and Tom Waits. Depending on the venue, Tailgate Poets performs as a duo of Andy Chiles and Sandy Hall-Chiles, as a trio often supplementing this lineup with founding member Martin McCall on drums, or additional Washington County musicians like Local Legend Charlie Kelm and others. Tailgate Poets engages audiences with musicianship, distinct rhythms, energetic performances and memorable songs.

Yankee Tavern

Unity Theatre presents Yankee Tavern, a drama by Steven Dietz. This is a Studio Series production playing on the Main Stage March 23 – April 2, 2023.

A stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern and a young couple suddenly finds themselves caught up in a mind-bending conspiracy that sprang up in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The play isn’t about what did or didn’t happen; it’s about our ideas of truth, fact and belief. It is about the agony of uncertainty and why we sometimes look so hard for reasons not to believe what’s plainly in front of our eyes.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25, students are $15, and any unsold seats are $15 fifteen minutes prior to curtain.

For tickets and information, contact the Box Office at 979-830-8356. As of March 13th, tickets will be available for purchase online at

Nite Moves Live @ HSF Biergarten

There’s only a few things better than a good jukebox, and one of them is a live band with a song repertoire so wide-ranging and diverse that you might think, “hey, this is a good jukebox”. Only, you would be wrong, because The Nite Moves do it all live!

Cooking in the Quarter

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of enslaved foodways using period ingredients and methods! Contact Ben Baumgartner at or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

Independence Historical Society Open Houses

Over three weekends every spring the Independence Historical Society opens their Early Texas Homes for free to the public. When the Texas Bluebonnets are at their best come visit the 1820’s Coles Cabin, the 1830’s Dogtrot Log House and a one-room schoolhouse. During the weekends artisans will demonstrate early Texas crafts for adults and children. Located at 8488 Old Baylor College Rd, which is adjacent to Old Baylor Park.

Paint a Barn Quilt

Kick off the spring season with our most popular painting class – Barn Quilts! Presented by artist Regina Eardly. Saturday from 10:00 – Noon. Great for painters of all levels. Your choice: 12″ $40, 18″ $50 or 18″ 3D $55. Select your own colors to create your very own barn quilt! Save your spot now. Click on the link to reserve your spot or Call 979-251-8114 to make your reservation.