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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug. 25-27

Written by , published August 21, 2017

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Prepare yourself for another fun-filled hot weekend: The Hotter 'N Hell Hundred rides through Wichita Falls, The Texas White House celebrates what would have been LBJ's 109th birthday, and the longest continually running fair in Texas—the Gillespie County Fair—returns for its 129th year.

Weather Alert

The Texas Gulf Coast is bracing for Tropical Storm Harvey, which has strong potential for becoming a major hurricane. Visit the National Hurricane Center or The Weather Channel for updates. Travel to the coast is discouraged. Many of the weekend's events have been postponed or canceled due to the storm and potential flooding, so double check with organizers before getting on the road.

More events

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

Gillespie County Fair and Parade

Fredericksburg: Aug. 24-27
The 129th annual event offers horse racing, concerts, dances, a carnival, and midway all at the longest continuously running fair in Texas. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Friday on Main Street.

Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo, Festival, and Parade

Decatur: Aug. 24-26
Enjoy three days of UPRA rodeo action, followed by the Western Heritage Festival and Rodeo Parade on Saturday downtown. 

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Hotter 'N Hell Hundred

Wichita Falls: Aug. 24-27
This event grew out of efforts to find a special way for Wichita Falls to celebrate its 1982 centennial. The Wichita Falls Bicycle Club proposed a bicycle ride—100 miles in 100 degree heat to celebrate 100 years, coining the name. The Hotter 'N Hell Hundred is still the largest single-day 100-mile bicycle ride in the nation—and one of the largest in the world. 

Capital City Black Film Festival

Austin: Aug. 25-28
Now in its fith year, this festival celebrates African American filmmakers from across the nation and provides a stage for burgeoning talent. Enjoy four days of events, seminars, parties, screenings, and more.

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Harvesting and Grape Stomps at Hill Country Wineries

Fredericksburg and Stonewall: Aug. 25-27
Celebrate the end of Texas grape harvesting season by stomping grapes and enjoying the Hill Country's award-winning wineries. Messina Hof will be hosting a Sunset Harvest Festival featuring a speed grape-picking challenge, barrel tasting, and a special dinner. Pedernales Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Chisholm Trail Winery, and more will celebrate with grape stomps of their own.

Hands-On Summer History

Richmond: Through Aug. 26
It's the final weekend to enjoy a summer tour of the George Ranch Historical Park with a hands-on history activity. Cost is included with general admission; this weekend's activity is a 1930s latch hooking demonstration. 

Reunion Lawn Party

Dallas: Aug. 26
The summer series is held on the last Saturday of the month at the base of the iconic Reunion Tower. This free family-friendly event features food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games like a bean bag toss and horseshoes, and special lawn takeovers by Dallas pro sports teams: this weekend, the Dallas Mavericks will be back for a third year. Petty Theft, a local cover band featuring Mike Rhyner of Dallas' "The Ticket," will keep the city rocking.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

Denton: Through Aug. 26
This event offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway, and exciting exhibits along with a country music show. 

Margarita and Salsa Festival

Waco: Aug. 26
One of the largest music events in Waco, this festival briongs favorite country performers like Cody Jinks, Randy Rogers Band, and Jon Wolfe to the Extraco Events Center. Enjoy margarita and salsa tastings along with the entertainment.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's 109th Birthday

Stonewall: Aug. 27
The public is invited to participate in this free event commemorating LBJ's birthday. Check in at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site's Visitor Center first for information on the day's activities. The LBJ Ranch will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Johnson family cemetery, and tours of the Texas White House will be free. On Saturday night, LBJ Ranch will host a free movie screening under the stars—just like friends of President LBJ experienced. The LBJ biopic "All the Way" will be shown; guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

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