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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: June 22-24

Written by , published June 15, 2018

luling watermelon photo by Stan A Williams 1

After the longest day of the year rolls around on Thursday, there's still time to enjoy the long days of summer with watermelon seed-spitting contests in Luling, a wacky festival and race through Austin, and the oldest outdoor musical in Texas.

Luling Watermelon Thump

Luling: June 21-24
Live music all weekend, an exhibitors' market, carnival, world champion seed spitting, crowning of the thump queen, honoring vets, a car show, kids entertainment, a grand parade, arts and crafts show, and more. Free entry Thursday and Sunday. 

Fort Griffin Fandangle

Albany: June 22-23, 29-30 
The "Oldest Outdoor Musical in Texas," the Fandangle is a show that the people of Albany present beneath the summer stars of the Texas sky for four nights of the last two weekends of June. With singing, dancing, and pageantry, it recreates the look and feel of life in the frontier days of the Old West. Starting at 5 p.m. on June 23, a parade will travel through downtown Albany and circle the historic courthouse, led by the Fandangle's very own calliope playing Fandangle tunes. The flag parade from the show will be there, as well as wagons, horse clubs, floats, beauty queens, and more. 

Bremond Polish Festival Days

Bremond: June 22-23
Come to the Polish Capital of Texas for this annual event celebrating Polish culture with music, dancing, food, and drinks. Friday night kicks off with a beauty pageant, polka and waltz dance contest, live music with the Praha Brothers, and more. Saturday starts with the Famous Polish Pickle Run followed by the parade, and the rest of the day is filled with more music, games, vendors, and various activities for everyone. Don’t forget to bring your cowboy hats and boots for the Saturday Night Street Dance featuring the Gordon Collier Band. 

Frontier Days & Rodeo

Van Horn: June 23
A Van Horn tradition since 1899, this day of fun includes food, entertainment, a rodeo, golf tournament, school reunions, historical tours, and an outdoor street dance. 

Yappo Kids Fest

Brownsville: June 23
A family-friendly event at the Gladys Porter Zoo that immediately follows the Ridley Rush 1 Mile/Walk Run. This event includes arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibitors, children’s games and activities such as face painting, a rock wall, and more. Meet the Kemp’s Ridley Project ambassador, Shelldon. Also at the zoo, the adult-oriented Yappo Bands and Brewskis features beer sampling, shrimp plates, a silent auction, and a live music showcase with bands from around the Rio Grande Valley. All proceeds will benefit the the conservation of Kemp's Ridley sea turtles.

Jaston Williams: "I'm Not Lying!"

Galveston: June 23
The truth will set you free. On occasion it can also get you locked up. Join Williams as he shares pre-"Tuna" stories at The Grand 1894 Opera House, where you will meet the Alaskan cowboy who drove a hearse, have dinner served by the most nervous waiter in Texas, and drop in on a Renaissance Fair held at a movie star's house while dressed in a chicken suit. The title of the show says it all. 

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Fun Stop 5K and Festival

Austin: June 23
Formerly known as Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K, this race is the most fun you’ll have at a 5K—the only 5K in downtown Austin that allows alcoholic beverages on the route and the only 5K with more than 12 outrageously fun stops along the way. Dress up in your quirkiest costume and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to this year’s event, featuring a crazed obstacle course stop (drink in hand encouraged), the ultimate foam party fun stop, a puppy kissing booth, and exciting performances from local bands rocking into the night. 

Tomato Round-Up: Home-Grown Tomato Contest

Dripping Springs: June 23
The seventh annual event is open to farmers and backyard gardeners. Tomato tastings and competitions will include garden-fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes—from the smallest, sweetest cherries to the largest, juiciest slicers and the richest, most flavorful heirlooms. Food and drink vendors will sell tomato-themed treats. Kid-friendly activities add to the fun, while attendees can learn from Hays County master gardeners about growing the perfect tomato as well as listen to Hill Country-inspired music.


Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series

San Angelo: June 23-24
For racing fans around the country, nothing satisfies their urge for speed and raw horsepower like this racing series. This now united sport allows more than 900 teams to run for one national championship; each national event spotlights several pro classes highlighted by the Top Fuel Hydro class. 

East Texas Taco Fest

Marshall: June 23
The smell of spices and the sound of mariachi will fill downtown Marshall during the inaugural event. Various styles of live music will be featured as well as Lucha Libre wrestling, chihuahua races, a parade, a jalapeno-eating contest, merchandise vendors, a taco contest, a beer garden, and margarita villa. 

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