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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Sept. 28-30

Written by , published September 24, 2018

As Texas' blistering summer heat begins to subside, find yourself outdoors this weekend at events like the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival, the six-weekend Beachtoberfest in Port Aransas, and—everyone's favorite—the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Comal County Fair

New Braunfels: Sept. 25-30
The largest county fair in Central Texas features a barbecue cookoff the weekend prior, a parade through historic downtown New Braunfels, a PRCA rodeo, bull riding, a livestock show, carnival games and rides, and food of all kinds. 

Southern States Chainsaw Carving Championship

Graham: Sept. 27-29
The second annual event is free and promotes the art of chainsaw carving in the southern states. Chainsaw carvers from across the country as well as Argentina and Macedonia battle for three days at City Park for one of three places as Pro Carvers and one of two places in the Semi-Pro division. 

Rumble on the River

Bandera: Sept. 27-30
Biker Rallies of Texas presents a three day event at Mansfield Park consisting of tent camping, a poker run, vendors, food, field events, music all day Friday and Saturday, a bike show, tattoo contest, and Sunday morning church service. No one under age 18 admitted. 

Sweet Pickin’s Vintage Fair

Mason: Sept. 28-29
This event at Lea Lou Co-Op is a vintage market full of shabby chic, rustic, farmhouse, industrial, and up-cycled treasures. 

Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cookoff and Festival

McCamey: Sept. 28-29
Santa Fe Park features a barbecue competition and music festival with activities for kids, horseback rides, and hot dog and jalapeño eating contests. Saturday events include a 5K and fun run. As night falls, there is live music at the historic Santa Fe Depot. 

LaBahia Antiques

Burton: Sept. 28-Oct. 6
Dealers across the country provide antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurposed items at LaBahia Hall. Free admission and parking. 

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State Fair of Texas

Dallas: Sept. 28-Oct. 21
With 24 consecutive days, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest—featuring unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games, and rides.

Western Days

Lewisville: Sept. 28-29
This unique festival, designed to showcase the history and spirit of the West, invites attendees to find the cowboy in them through themed events, attractions, food, shopping, and entertainment. Three festival stages feature national and regional live music and entertainment to flavor the air as attendees partake in the unique arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, Native American singers and dancers, the World Tamale Eating Championship, and car shows. 

Lockhart Western Swing and Barbecue Festival

Lockhart: Sept. 28-30
Two Texas products, Western swing music and Texas-style barbecue, combine. Western Swing acts include Al Dressen's BBQ Playboys, Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition, Carolyn Martin's Western Swing Band, the Texan Playboys, Kristyn Harris, The Gimbles, the Georgia Parker Band, and the Hall of Fame Band with many Hall of Fame Inductees. 

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Galveston: Sept. 28-29
Two full days of shrimp, music, friends, and activities, including a shrimp gumbo cookoff, gumbo tasting, 5K fun run, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, live music, vendors, and a Strand merchant walk-about. 

"Portraits from Cowboys of Color: Photographs by Don Russell"

Orange: Through Sept. 29
Closing this weekend, this exhibit at the Stark Museum of Art highlights the modern African American rodeo cowboy with portraits of contemporary cowboys and cowgirls who ride and rope in Cowboys of Color rodeos. The works reveal a tradition of black cowboy culture often overlooked in western history and art. 


Port Aransas: Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Running for six consecutive weekends, Beachtoberfest activities include a 5K fun run, a music festival, craft beer tasting, a barbecue competition, the Texas Super Chef Throwdown, Old Town Festival, Port A Art About, Harvest Moon Regatta, Parrot Heads Wings Over Port A, and the 34th annual Songwriters Showcase.

Autumn in Bonham Bicycle Ride

Bonham: Sept. 29
At this community bicycle rally in rural Fannin County, route lengths vary from 8-100 miles, with challenging elevations and gravel routes—something for every rider. 

Cleburne Wine & Art Festival

Cleburne: Sept. 29
This annual event downtown features Texas wineries, arts and crafts and food vendors, art displays, and live entertainment. 

Davy Crockett Festival

Honey Grove: Sept. 29
This celebration honors the history of Davy Crockett passing through Honey Grove on his way to join the Texas Army. There will be vendors, food, and a band at this large outdoor event in the downtown square, with activities for all ages. 


McKinney: Sept. 28-30
Historic Downtown McKinney is once again transformed into a 14-block "bier" garden featuring beer, wine, great German food, games, dancing, music, and plenty of family activities for the 11th annual event.

Wingfest & Home Brew Beer Competition

Smithville: Sept. 29
Smithville introduces its very first home brewing competition. Fun for the whole family.

Chile Pepper Challenge

El Paso: Sept. 30
During El Paso's premier cycling event, more than 900 cyclists line up for an epic ride through the scenic and historic Mesilla Valley over country lanes covered by pecan orchards and lined by New Mexico's world-renowned chile fields.

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