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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: May 5-7

Written by , published May 2, 2017

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Welcome to the first weekend of May. Before the dog days of summer are here, Texans can head to Port Neches for RiverFest, Brenham for Maifest, New Braunfels for Wein and Saengerfest, and Cinco de Mayo festivities across the state.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.


Port Neches: May 3-7
Family-friendly entertainment abounds at this five-day festival overtaking RiverFront Park on the Neches River. Enjoy a carnival, power boat races, a boat show, a fireworks display, a fishing tournament, barbecue cook-off, and live music.

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Marfa: May 4-7
Now in its seventh year, the film festival celebrates the work of visual artists—this year's line-up addresses the ways in which artists engage activism in the current political climate. Programming includes films by Cauleen Smith, Vic Berger, and historical Super-8 film work by Ana Mendieta.

Fiesta West Texas

Odessa: May 4-7
The Cinco de Mayo-inspired Fiesta heads into it's second decade--one of the largest and longest-running events of its kind in West Texas. Entertainment at the Ector County Coliseum includes live concerts, a carnival, washer tournaments, team roping, and a car show.

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Helotes: May 4-7
The festival's growing popularity and ever increasing crowds—around 35,000 in recent years—makes for a corny celebration. This four-day event features carnival rides, games, music, arts and crafts, a rodeo and plenty of delicious corn.

Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

Jefferson: May 5-7
Take a trip back to the 1860s at this annual event, featuring historic home tours, a parade, a reenactment of the Diamond Bessie murder trial, and a tour of Jay Gould’s private rail car. The largest Civil War re-enactment in the state takes place during the weekend, where around 700 re-enactors engage in two full-scale battles. Additionally, the event features a parade downtown skirmish, a Ladies' Tea, and Grande Ball. Meanwhile, the Historic Jefferson Railway captures the era by recreating the battle of the Great Locomotive Chase.

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Brenham: May 5-6
Except for several years during World War I and World War II, this event has been held annually since 1881 and has evolved into one of the most widely attended festivals in Texas. The festival celebrates the authentic tastes and sounds of German-Texan heritage with a colorful parade, live entertainment, and plenty of authentic German fare. The Kinder Village features games and rides, including an antique carousel.

A Day at the Races

Midland: May 6
The Museum of the Southwest celebrates the greatest two minutes in sports with its second annual Kentucky Derby–themed fundraiser and garden party on the front lawn of the historic Turner Mansion. Don your biggest hats and seersucker suits, drink mint juleps, play lawn games, eat southern fare and visit the Turner Legacy Galleries, an exhibition that highlights two Kentucky Derby–winning horses and displays their prized trophies. 

Pecan Street Festival

Austin: May 6-7
This twice-annual street fair on Sixth Street features local artisans, food vendors, musicians, and children's activities.

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Wein and Saengerfest

New Braunfels: May 6
Along with wine and craft beer tastings, this event offers continuous live music, a grape stomp, an artisan market, a chef showdown, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

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