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Written by Jane Kellogg Murray

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Is there anything more all-American than a summer blueberry festival? Residents of Nacogdoches certainly think so, and you’d be quick to agree if you find yourself in their blueberry-lovin’ town on June 9. The Texas Blueberry Festival is a daylong, state-sanctioned celebration of the harvest—the only one in Texas. For 29 years, the indigo-toned superfood has attracted nearly 20,000 people annually to downtown Nacogdoches, where thousands of pounds of blueberries are sold in an eight-hour span. The pre-festival revelry kicks off Friday night, June 8, with a bluegrass concert in the park, and the party continues to the main event all day Saturday. Notable happenings include the Running (or walking) of the Blueberries 5K, a blueberry pancake breakfast, a pet parade, various cooking and eating contests (Blue Pies Smiling at Me pie-eating contest, anyone?), a bounce park, and arts and crafts. Throughout the day, local merchants and shops will open their doors to attendees with sales and specials inspired by the day. For those who’d rather forage for their spoils, festivalgoers can take free shuttles from downtown every 10 minutes to handpick blueberries from nearby farms. The entire day is family-friendly, and most of the events are free of charge—sweet in more ways than one.

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From May to July, driving through the Texas Hill Country smells a bit more magical thanks to fields of purple lavender that blanket farmland throughout the area. If you’re a lover of the fragrant herb, head to Blanco for the 14th annual Blanco Lavender Festival on June 8-10. The Blanco County Courthouse transforms into a lavender market, with goods sold by local makers and artists. Learn all about the plant inside the courthouse, where programming will run throughout the weekend. If you want to catch the action by car, area farms welcome visitors to experience the enchanting purple blooms up close—some provide live music and entertainment during the big weekend.

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To some urban Texans, associations of the Lone Star State as a place of outlaws and duels may seem like things of folklore. But for the residents of San Elizario, this history is palpable—and celebrated year after year at the Billy the Kid Festival. In 1876, the American gunslinger and outlaw paid a now-infamous visit to the El Paso County jail in San Elizario to break his friend Melquiades Segura out of the slammer. As the legend goes, Kid posed as a Texas Ranger to gain entry, turned his .44 on the jailer, and then he and Segura headed to Mexico. At the ninth annual event June 1-3, the small border town will celebrate the occasion with stick-ups and storytelling, plus folklorico dancing, a shotgun wedding, and an after-hours ghost tour. The weekend’s highlight will surely be the re-enactment of the jailbreak on the Main Street Stage at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Come dressed as your best Billy the Kid, and you’ll fit right in.

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June is cooking up some delicious events this weekend, including the Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart featuring the Barbecue Capital of Texas Championship Cookoff, the Czech Kolache Klobase Festival, and the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches.


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We're heading into a holiday weekend—the unofficial kickoff to summer. Here are 10 ways to get the most of your Memorial Day weekend, including a PGA tournament stop in Fort Worth, barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin's second annual Hot Luck Fest, and traditional charreada in Lewisville.

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