Our editors’ picks for events happening across Texas this weekend. Dickens on the Strand in Galveston Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Galveston’s 45th annual Victorian holiday street festival based on 19th-century Victorian London features parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and more.
Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton
DENTON: Nov. 30
The Downtown Denton Historic Square captures the spirit of the holidays with live local music, food, the lighting of the Christmas tree on the historic courthouse lawn, visits with Santa, and a children’s arts and crafts area.
Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade
It all started in 1831 when Mexico gave the people of Gonzales a cannon to ward off Indian attacks.
On Nov. 17-18, the sounds of Native American drums will lead visitors to “experience Mother Earth’s heartbeat” at the Sacred Springs Powwow in San Marcos near the headwaters of the San Marcos River.
A few miles north of Waco, Homestead Heritage—an agrarian and artisan community consisting of a few hundred families—welcomes visitors for a taste of the simple life at its annual Homestead Fair on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov.
Texas leads the nation in cattle production and projects a rough-and-tumble mystique about ranch life. City slickers and old ranch hands alike can celebrate this heritage at the Ranch Hand Festival, Nov.
November is peak season for butterflies in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Butterfly Center in Mission has documented sightings for more than 200 types of native and migratory butterflies and is the premier location in the U.S.
As Texas’ summer heat subsides, more than 2 million visitors will say “howdy” to Big Tex, the towering 55-foot cowboy, as they enter the State Fair of Texas.
Escape the urban pressures of traffic and deadlines, and head down to the fifth-generation Graff 7A Ranch in Hondo during weekends from Sept.
Celebrate a Texas icon of function and fashion Oct. 5-6 in downtown Victoria.
Fredericksburg’s history is tied to its roots as an 1840s German pioneer settlement.
On Sept. 29, grab your helmet and join a community bike ride through Fannin County that includes routes for all ages and skill levels, from a 13-mile fun ride out to Bonham State Park, to a 100-mile ride for the aspiring Tour de France champions.
Don’t be deceived by the convenience store variety of kolaches. You can devour authentic fruit or cream cheese-filled kolaches, recipes brought to Texas by Czech immigrants—as well as klobásník, with popular Texas stuffings like sausage—at Caldwell’s annual Kolache Festival on Sept.