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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 9-11

Written by , published November 6, 2018

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Do some holiday shopping in Houston, make syrup the old-fashioned way in Henderson, and honor veterans across the state this weekend—including a special commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI in Fredericksburg.

Nutcracker Market

Houston: Nov. 8-11
Kick off the holiday season at this 38th annual market at NRG Park, one of the biggest holiday shopping markets in Texas. It is a one-stop giant pop-up shop featuring hundreds of merchants from all across the country showcasing home decor, gourmet food, apparel, accessories, toys, gifts, and more. 

Texana Chili Spill

Edna: Nov. 8-10
The 18th annual event starts on Thursday with a veterans ceremony, appreciation dinner, and fireworks display. It continues with a cookoff on Friday and Saturday that includes salsa, sausage, margarita, Dutch oven, chili, gumbo, and bean competitions, plus a kid's zone, horseshoe and washer tournament, and vendors. 

Cinema Arts Festival

Houston: Nov. 8-12
A five-day, multi-venue festival that includes a multitude of narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, Meet the Makers workshops, and free outdoor and student-field-trip screenings. In its relatively short history, the festival has brought notable guest artists such as Tilda Swinton, Isabella Rossellini, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Redford. 

International Quilt Festival

Houston: Nov. 8-11
The largest quilt show in the U.S. features more than 1,500 quilts on display and 1,000 booths selling antique and contemporary quilts along with fabric, patterns, books, sewing machines, crafts, jewelry, and more. There are also more than 500 classes for all skill levels. 

Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market

Plano: Nov. 8-11
Junior League's holiday shopping fundraiser features gifts, home decor, ladies clothing and accessories, jewelry, children's items, and gourmet foods. 

Heirloom Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival

New Braunfels: Nov. 9-10
A festival displaying a wide variety of stamping, card making, scrapbooking, and other paper arts products in a spacious, festive atmosphere. 

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Salado: Nov. 9-11
Heralding all things Scottish, this landmark event is the oldest Scottish festival in Texas. The three-day event includes the skirl of bagpipes, Highland dancing, the caber toss and other Scottish athletics, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Bonniest Knees contest, pet parade, live Celtic music, shopping, food, and the largest gathering of Scottish Clan tents in Texas. 

Waxahachie Veterans Weekend & WWII Re-enactment

Waxahachie: Nov. 9-11
Re-enactors from all over the state of Texas set up camp downtown and act out battles from WWII. 

Christmas by the Bay

Aransas Pass: Nov. 10-11
A shopping event bringing in vendors from across the state. They will be showing the best in clothing, gifts, jewelry, gourmet food, Texas handmade items, gifts for the guys, home and holiday decor, candles, accessories, and much more. 

East Austin Studio Tour

Austin: Nov. 10-11, 17-18
More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure during this biannual event. 

Fort Martin Scott Treaty Day

Fredericksburg: Nov. 10
Features living history re-enactors, pioneer crafts, chuckwagon food, Old-West shootouts, Native Americans, storytellers, musicians, and hands-on activities for kids. 


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Heritage Syrup Festival

Henderson: Nov. 10
The 30th annual event includes mule-powered old time syrup making and folk artists, antique tractors, and music. Hayride shuttles will be available to Historic Downtown where you can enjoy more than 250 shopping vendors, bands, antique and classic cars, cloggers and square dancers, a children's section, pony rides, and a melodrama. 

Denison Veteran's Day Parade

Denison: Nov. 10
Enjoy the community pride as citizens come together and honor veterans. The parade takes place in the heart of the city on Main Street. 


Lantern Fest

Ennis: Nov. 10
Before sundown, friends and families enjoy food, live music, a stage show, face painting, s'mores, balloon artists, and more. Then, when the time is just right, light the night sky with your highest hopes and fondest dreams. 


Veterans Day Parade and Concert

Fredericksburg: Nov. 11
This Main Street parade includes a special commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI, featuring marching bands, vintage vehicles and equipment, flyover, and WWI-era music concert. 


New Braunfels: Through Nov. 11
It's the final weekend to enjoy this 10-day festival, where you’ll find a variety of entertainment, food, and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.

East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

Kilgore: Nov. 11-15
Featuring a variety of recitals and Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry in the East Texas area. 

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