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Free Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 27-29

Written by , published October 26, 2017

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including a cemetery tour, a Day of the Dead festival, and a celebration of clay pottery.

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Food Truck Frenzy and Main Street Market

Temple: Oct. 27
Arts, crafts, and vintage vendors, along with the area’s top food trucks, gather in downtown Temple, making for a fun day of shopping, strolling, sipping, and snacking. While attending the events is free, food, drink, and merchandise are all for purchase.

Island Oktoberfest

Galveston: Oct. 27-28
Honoring German culture, this Oktoberfest event features lots of live entertainment, from polka bands to traditional German folk dancers. Of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without beer and sausages, which you’ll get plenty of for $15 a plate. There’ll be a craft market, a kids’ area, and a ceremonial tapping of the keg to kick off the festivities.

Day of the Dead Festival

Denton: Oct. 28
Ring in Halloween and the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos at this family-friendly event. Highlights include a pumpkin patch, costume contest, haunted house, live music, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The spooky and funny musical, Cirque du Horror, written by local composer David J. Pierce, rounds out the evening.

Fall Katy Home and Garden Show

Katy: Oct. 28-29
Looking to spruce up your home? Meet the experts who can help you with different home improvement projects, including remodeling, windows, roofing, landscape, flooring, paint, and more at this event. Attend seminars, browse the vintage market, and snack on fare from local food trucks.  

Texas Clay Festival

Gruene: Oct. 28-29
Get fired up for this festival celebrating beautiful clay pottery and the craftspeople behind them. Stroll through tents to check out clay pieces that range from bowls to dishes to coffee mugs to sculptural artworks, meet the artisans, and check out demonstrations on throwing on a potter’s wheel and raku firing.

Texas Country Reporter Festival

Waxahachie: Oct. 28
Downtown Waxahachie will be inundated with live music performances, craftspeople, and food from all over the state at this one-day festival held by television show Texas Country Reporter.  

Willow Wild Cemetery Walking Tour

Bonham: Oct. 28
To get Halloween weekend off on an appropriately spirited note, take a tour of the historic 90-acre Willow Wild Cemetery, which holds more than 10,000 graves. You’ll learn more about the cemetery’s most famous resident, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn, who passed away in 1961. Refreshments will be available.

30th Annual AIDS Walk Austin

Austin: Oct. 29
Walk 2.5 miles in downtown Austin to raise funds for 10 local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations. While participating in the walk is free, participants are encouraged to donate $25, which will also earn them a commemorative T-shirt. The day’s activities also include a live performance by the Nightowls, a pre-walk yoga session hosted by Eastside Yoga, and a post-event bar crawl. 

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