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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 19-21

Written by , published October 16, 2018

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Formula 1, Chip and Jo have fun, and the State Fair's not done this weekend.


Waco: Oct. 18-20 
Magnolia Market (of "Fixer Upper" fame) will host a three-day market featuring over 90 artisans, food trucks, and live music. 

Texas Jazz Festival

Corpus Christi: Oct. 19-21
This event has been taking place for 58 years, and features jazz performers from across the U.S. There are three performance stages with hundreds of vendors selling handcrafted and unique items and food booths galore. 

Texas Bigfoot Conference

Jefferson: Oct. 19-20 
This event was established in 2001 as the original annual Bigfoot Conference in Texas by the Texas Bigfoot Research Center. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film. 

Harvest Festival

Woodville: Oct. 19-20 
This is the largest fall folk-life festival in East Texas. Featuring pioneer crafts and demonstrations, people in unique period costume, outstanding shows of both music and dance, and lots of interesting food. Heritage Village, 157 PR 6000. 409-283-2272

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Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Austin: Oct. 19-21 
World-renowned drivers will be in Austin to race around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans. Races will be followed with live performances by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. 

Live Murder Mystery Train

Cedar Park: Oct. 20-27
Austin Steam Train hosts a murder mystery that includes beer, wine, dinner, and a live show all within a three-hour train ride. For ages 21 and older. 

Knights of Columbus Bestfest

Fredericksburg: Oct. 20
Not quite Oktoberfest, but this ninth annual Bestfest entertains with specialty beer and sausage tastings, live music, prizes, kids games, and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. 

En Plein Air Texas

San Angelo: Oct. 20-28
Some of the best plein air artists in the country gather for a full week of painting West Texas lands and historic towns. "En plein air" is the French term for painting out in the open air. It's a week where visitors and communities can watch over the shoulders of professional artists as they paint their creative interpretations of the area, ask questions, attend the free talks and demos, eat lunch with an artist, and take home a moment in time painted by one of the artists.

Butterfly Festival

Jasper: Oct. 20
Jasper is the official Butterly Capital of Texas, and the Butterfly Festival features arts and crafts booths, games for the kids, food vendors, and live entertainment on the courthouse square in downtown Jasper. 

National Soccer Hall of Fame Opening

Frisco: Oct. 20
The National Soccer Hall of Fame officially opens at Toyota Stadium with a morning induction ceremony, followed by a performance by Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons. 

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Granbury: Oct. 20-21
This family-friendly art festival will be held on the paved area around the charming downtown square in the heart of the historic district. This 40th annual event showcases more than 90 artists, makers, and craftspeople. Find fabulous artist gallery booths, food, local entertainment, seasonal activities, and a “make-it, take-it” arts area for all ages. 

Butterfly Flutterby

Grapevine: Oct. 20
See hundreds of butterflies being released into the wild as they migrate to Mexico during this 20th annual event at Grapevine Botanical Gardens. Butterfly releases are held three times throughout the day. A butterfly-themed parade kicks off the event along with dozens of activities including games, scavenger hunts, and face painting. 

Shiner Music Fest

Shiner: Oct. 20
Enjoy a full day of music, food, and fun at the fifth annual festival. Experience the local Shiner hospitality and spend the day supporting Texas music while enjoying your favorite Shiner beverage. 

State Fair of Texas

Dallas: Through Oct. 21 
It's the final weekend to enjoy this Fair Park favorite. 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. 

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