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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 26-28

Written by , published October 23, 2018

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Head to Galveston's Island Oktoberbest, a haunted version of the Texas Zoo in Victoria, or a spooky version of the San Antonio River Walk—no one will think twice if you spend all of Halloween weekend in costume. 

Austin Film Festival

Austin: Oct. 25-Nov. 1 
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. 

Island Oktoberfest

Galveston: Oct. 26-27
This free event 'oompahs' back to Galveston with expanded entertainment, plus great food and beer. 

Hot Pepper Festival and Parade

Palestine: Oct. 26-27
It's unusually hot in Palestine during the "Hottest Little Festival in Texas." Downtown and Old Town Palestine host this festival, which features a kids zone, arts and crafts, a pepper-eating contest, live music, and more. 

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Flatonia: Oct. 26-28
A three-day festival in the heart of Texas offers continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend, a carnival, grand parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and beverages. Competitions throughout the weekend include a czhili and barbecue cookoff, 5K run/walk, and more. 

Scarecrow Festival

Kaufman: Oct. 26-27
This annual event offers two days of live entertainment, including games, rides for children, street entertainers, food trucks, artisans with crafts and clothing, a 5K, and a car show. The main stage will have live bands Friday night and Saturday afternoon. All this takes place around one of the few historic town squares still left in Texas. 

Bud Light Haunted River

San Antonio: Oct. 26 
Music, costume contest, and adult beverages combine for a goulishly good time. Eerie sounds and sights haunt the River Walk while families trick or treat. This is a popular event, so come early. 

Pecan Fest Heritage Days

Seguin: Oct. 26-28
The annual event celebrates the city's famous nut and the rural heritage and cultures of the community. Family-friendly and spanning across several different venues, this festival is the chance to take a scenic autumn stroll through downtown Seguin and enjoy all things pecan related. Activities include a pub crawl and shopping at 90 vendors downtown.

Texas Book Festival

Austin: Oct. 27-28 
Last year's iteration of this annual favorite welcomed 300 nationally and critically recognized authors and 50,000 attendees in a record-setting celebration of books, literacy, and the culture of ideas. Events are spread across more than 20 venues including the State Capitol, featuring more than 80 exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. 

Texas Country Reporter Festival

Waxahachie: Oct. 27
This 23rd annual event features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on the TV show over the years. 

Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

Fredericksburg: Oct. 27 
The 28th annual event features a grand celebration of Texas food and wine with musical entertainment and fun, plus several special events. 

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Texas Clay Festival

Gruene: Oct. 27-28 
Respected potters and sculptors from around Texas display, sell their wares, and demonstrate a variety of techniques at the 26th annual event. Hands-on activities are available for children. 

Chamizal Cultural Festival

El Paso: Oct. 27 
Listen to the tales told by native storytellers. Hear the bright sounds of mariachi bands during this year's mariachi competition. Catch the scent of leather when the vaquero shows you what it means to be a cowboy. Experience the traditions that have endured, and come to love the distinct flavors of borderland culture. 

El Paso Wine Fest

El Paso: Oct. 27 
More than 300 wines from different countries and grape varietals will be available for sampling along with decadent culinary delights from more than 15 of the area's top restaurants. Representatives from some of Napa Valley's top Wineries will be on hand to showcase their wines and answer questions. 

Heritage Scaritage Festival

Baytown: Oct. 27 
Arts and crafts vendors, food, old-fashioned children's games, wool-spinning demonstrations, music, tours of historic buildings, and a Native American teepee. 

Día de los Muertos Street Festival

Corpus Christi: Oct. 27 
For the 11th year in a row, Día de los Muertos will bring the streets of Downtown Corpus Christi to life. This Mexican tradition is not so much about death as it is a spiritual journey for your loved ones. Everyone in attendance will pay respects to their lost friends and family, yet this is not a melancholy experience. Downtown Corpus Christi is alive and kicking with multiple stages of live entertainment such as traditional Mexican culture performances and local bands. In addition, you’ll find Día de Los Muertos-themed artwork and accessories, tons of fun children’s activities, and challenging games to play. 

Zoo Boo

Victoria: Oct. 27 
Enjoy fun, family friendly trick-or-treating event at The Texas Zoo. 

The Selena Experience

Tyler: Oct. 27 
Selena was a pop culture icon, and a true superstar. In this concert by Los Chicos del 512 and featuring Evelyn Molina, you will relive all of the songs (“Dreaming of You,” “I Could Fall In Love,” “Baila Esta Cumbia”) that keep Selena’s star shining bright today. Get ready to sing, dance in your seat, and relive Selena. 

Day of the Dead Festival

Denton: Oct. 27 
A wonderful, free event paying homage to many of fall’s treasures such as cooler weather, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. Be prepared for a family-friendly day full of fun activities such as a pumpkin patch, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. 

Hogeye Festival

Elgin: Oct. 27 
Features a barbecue cookoff, handmade arts and crafts, a car show, live music, a kids area, concessions, a carnival, a talent show, a dessert contest, a dart contest, pig puns, and fun for the whole family. 


Port Aransas: Through Oct. 28 
The final weekend of Beachtoberfest features the Harvest Moon Regatta, a sail boat race from Galveston to Port Aransas. Race begins in Galveston on Thursday and vessels start arriving in Port Aransas on Friday. 

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