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A note regarding COVID-19

Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some events have been postponed or canceled. Please make sure to check the event website, social media, or call ahead to confirm an event is still taking place if you are interested in attending.

Kerrville

Heart of the Hills Golf Tournament

July 23-26

Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course, 1 Country Club Drive

For more than 75 years, golfers from around the country and state have competed in this annual 72-hole tournament.

hohkerr.com

Clute

Great Texas Mosquito Festival

July 25-27

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

At this fun-filled family event, celebrating its 43rd year, festivalgoers can expect vendor booths with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and other merchandise; a carnival; live entertainment each evening; and Willie-Man-Chew, the 26-foot-tall mosquito mascot that greets visitors.

mosquitofestival.com

Grapevine

Summer Wine Train

July 26

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Experience the nightlife onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s second annual Summer Wine Train. The disco-themed two-hour trip includes individually portioned savory bites and two complimentary glasses of wine served in a souvenir glass. Additional wine is available for purchase. Ages 21 and up only.

gvrr.com/special-events/summer-wine-train

Naples

Watermelon Festival and Rodeo

July 26-28

Naples Melon Patch and Rodeo Grounds, Front and Floyd streets

One of the biggest events in the area, the 86th annual Watermelon Festival and Rodeo, held every year on the last full weekend of July, features sweet East Texas melons, a parade, arts and craft booths, largest watermelon contest, a rodeo with PRCA-sanctioned and local events, an antique car show, and other festivities.

facebook.com/naplesmelonpatch

Edinburg

FridaFest

July 27

Promenade Park Amphitheater and Water Gardens, 202 N. 10th Ave.

This festival that honors renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as well as the spirit of perseverance and empowerment. FridaFest features live art demonstrations and performances, Frida’s zoo and animal exhibit, and a number of children’s activities. The festival also includes the Frida Look-A-Like Contest which takes place in the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium. The evening is capped off by a concert that will have the whole family dancing.

edinburgarts.com

Rockport

Rockin’ Rockport Regatta

July 27-28

Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts this annual Texas Sailing Association-sanctioned youth sailing event, where participants must be under 20 to compete. Potentially 90 boats may be entered in this event that brings families to the Rockport area for a summer weekend.

rockportyachtclub.org

Bandera

National Day of the American Cowboy

July 27

Mansfield Park , 2886 SH 16 North

Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Festivities include a chuckwagon cowboy breakfast, gunfighter shows, a barbecue cookoff, live music, kids entertainers, and a rodeo.

banderabusiness.com

Galveston

Esports Summit

July 27-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

Enjoy an opportunity to look, learn, and participate in this fast-growing entertainment industry. Daily panels focus on the influence esports has on STEM education, mental and physical health, and diversity in gaming. There are also appearances by voiceover and game celebrities and game developers, demonstrations, gaming areas, and tournaments for all ages.

galvestonesports.com

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

July 27

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Saturday History Lecture Series: National Cowboy Day

July 27

Enjoy learning about National Cowboy Day with a guest lecturer while also having an opportunity to explore the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza.

baytownhistory.org

San Angelo

Buffalo Soldier Anniversary Day

July 28

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

This event features programs and activities to mark the anniversary of the creation, by an act of Congress, of the all-black Buffalo Soldier units in the U.S. Army in 1866.

fortconcho.com

Houston

Shakespeare Festival

Aug. 1-10

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Debuting in 1975, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, a collaboration between the city and the University of Houston’s School of Theatre, offers free public performances of the Bard’s works each summer at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. There is seating on the hill and in the covered audience area.

milleroutdoortheatre.com

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

Aug. 3-31

Kendall County Historic Jail, 208 E. San Antonio Ave.

The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail have restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history. Tours are offered every Saturday.

thejail.org

Port Aransas

Texas Legends Billfish Fishing Tournament

Aug. 7-24

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

This tournament pioneered the concept of a video-release format with points awarded for blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish. It is unique in that once you are registered in the tournament, you may depart from any Texas port. The Port Aransas weigh-in and awards allows fisherman easy access to the natural offshore structure and deep-water rigs for which this area is famous. 

txlegends.com

Plano

Quilt Plano

Aug. 9-10

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The Quilters Guild of Plano presents this annual quilt show that features hundreds of judged quilts, vendors, and skill sessions. This year’s event highlights over 300 judged quilts and 45-plus vendors from across Texas showcasing fabrics, sewing machines, notions, and other quilt-related items for purchase. Attendees can enjoy a variety of special exhibits, skill demonstrations, hourly door prizes, and mini quilt auctions. The guild’s charity raffle quilt, “Timeless Starburst,” is also on display.

visitplano.com/event/quilt-plano-2024

Seguin

186th Birthday Party

Aug. 9

Heritage Village, 200 Block of East Live Oak Street

Seguin celebrates its 186th birthday with a party at the Seguin’s First Church and the Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin in Heritage Village. Festivities over the years have included a barbecue dinner, homemade ice cream contestant, and live entertainment.

visitseguin.com

Lubbock

Bards, Brews, and Brawls

Aug. 10

LHUCA Icehouse, 511 Ave. J

Do you love games, beer, and music? Enjoy a day of game demos with Stormcrow Games, fantasy map creation, West Texas Comedy, Bardic personas of Russell Thompson and Travis Burge, and pirate-themed sessions of Roll Initative with LHUCA Game Masters. This event is in preparation for the Hub City Renaissance Faire at LHUCA in October.

lhuca.org/renaissance-faire

Garland

“Mumentous: Football, Glue Guns, Moms, and a Super-Size High School Tradition”

Aug. 10-Oct. 12

Garland City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Step into the heart of Texas tradition at “Mumentous: Football, Glue Guns, Moms, and a Super-Size High School Tradition.” This captivating exhibit at Garland City Hall showcases the evolution of high school homecoming mums, offering a nostalgic journey through Texan culture, the DIY movement, and the role of women as tradition-keepers.

visitgarlandtx.com/mumentous

Austin

Pride Parade and Festival

Aug. 10

Fiesta Gardens , 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Celebrated during Austin Pride Month each August, this event features a festive parade down Congress Avenue during the largest annual LGBTQI advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas. A festival includes performances, rides and attractions, and other entertainment.

austinpride.org

Weslaco

Alfresco Weslaco

Aug. 15-Feb. 20

Downtown, South Texas Boulevard

The city of Weslaco hosts Alfresco Weslaco in historic downtown Weslaco every third Thursday of the month starting in August and ending in February. Experience music and art on the street with 80 to 90 vendors, businesses staying open late, and visitors being able to savor the experience of sipping favorite drinks right on the street.

weslacoedc.com

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

Aug. 16-18

Rockport Harbor, 100 Sea Breeze Drive

Live music plays throughout the weekend while you peruse over 100 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks and food merchants. There’s seating in the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets. Come join the fun at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor.

facebook.com/rockportmarket

Denton

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

Aug. 16-24

North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

The 96th annual fair and rodeo features nine day of entertaining activities including country music concerts, first-class rodeos, livestock shows, kids’ and fun zones, a carnival, parade, and other attractions.

discoverdenton.com

Jefferson

Texas UFO Con

Aug. 17

Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.

This all-day convention covers Texas-based UFO sightings, alien encounters, and UFO crash sites. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite extraterrestrial.

facebook.com/texasufocon

Fredericksburg

Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 22-25

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

The oldest continuous county fair in Texas marks its 136th year. Enjoy four big days filled with fun events, including livestock shows and judging, agricultural and household exhibits, arts and crafts, live music and dancing, and live pari-mutuel horse racing.

gillespiefair.com

Port Aransas

Texas Women Anglers Tournament

Aug. 23-25

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

The Texas Women Anglers Tournament is a women-only, family-run fishing tournament held every summer in Port Aransas. It was founded in the 1980s with the mission to raise funds for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now named The Purple Door. In 1989, 18 boats registered for the tournament with over 50 women anglers. Today, an average of 70 boats and over 400 women anglers gather in Port Aransas to fish the tournament.

texaswomenanglers.org

Castroville

St. Louis Day Celebration

Aug. 24-25

Koenig Park , 1700 San Jacinto St.

Celebrate the feast of St. Louis, the patron saint of St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. This event, held annually since 1882, kicks off with an old-fashioned biergarten on Saturday evening, with food and drinks, live music, polka and Alsatian-style dancing, washer and cornhole tournaments, and children’s games located in the Boardwalk. On Sunday, the main event takes place: a barbecue brisket and sausage lunch. Enjoy music and dancing all day, along with games for adults and children, raffles, a silent auction, bingo, and a country store.

saintlouisday.com

Boerne

Kendall County Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Herff Park, 1307 River Road

The Kendall County Fair Association hosts the 118th annual Kendall County Fair. Head to the fairgrounds for a weekend of good old-fashioned community fun, with vendors, a Queen’s Pageant, a rodeo and livestock show on Friday and Saturday, and Bull Riding Extreme on Sunday. A parade on Main Street takes place on Saturday. Attendees can also see exhibits in the Homestead Heritage Exhibit Hall.

kcfa.org

Bandera

Celebrate Bandera Roundup

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Mansfiled Park; Main Street, 2886 SH 16 North; 500 Main St.

Bandera honors its cowboy and Western heritage with the Longhorn Cattle Drive Parade, arts and crafts, music, gunfight reenactments, a ranch rodeo, and Lil’ Wrangler activities.

banderatex.com

Hamilton

Hamilton County Dove Festival

Sept. 1

Hamilton Historic Main Street, Downtown

Hamilton calls itself the dove-hunting capital of Texas, and to mark the opening of dove-hunting season, the town hosts this annual festival, celebrating its 52nd year. Spend Labor Day weekend enjoying music every night and exploring a variety of local vendors while indulging in mouthwatering festival foods during the day.

hamiltontexaschamberofcommerce.com

Freeport

Haunting Tales of the Texas Gulf Coast

Sept. 2-Oct. 31

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Spooky videos and creepy displays guide you through scary tales, such as the Lady in the Gray Taffeta Dress and the Fiddler of the San Bernard, to spook the Texas Gulf Coast.

freeportmuseum.com

Plano

Labor Day Pool Party

Sept. 2

The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive

Celebrate the last day of summer with a picnic party at the Texas Pool. Play traditional pool games. Coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages are welcome.

visitplano.com

Ingram

“Fertile Ground: Landscapes of the Mind”

Sept. 3-20

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

“Fertile Ground” is the Hill Country Art Foundation’s annual juried exhibit. Artists present a range of work, from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental.

hcaf.com

El Paso

“Tom Lea and Contemporaries”

Sept. 4-Jan. 26

El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza

Tom Lea was one of the most prolific Southwestern artists of the 20th century. This exhibit features landscapes, portraits, and mural studies that highlight the correspondence between artists to tell the story of a tightly knit creative community, which made El Paso a central point for rich cultural exchange. Along with Lea, artists include Manuel Acosta, Lois Denton, Freemont Ellis, Leola Freeman, Carl Hertzog, Peter Hurd, Ada Miller, Audley Dean Nicols, Urbici Soler, and Henriette Wyeth. A gallery tour with Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, takes place on Oct. 10.

tomlea.com

Palestine

Piney Woods Express Steam Train

Sept. 6-8

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Ride behind a steam locomotive of yesteryear on one of Texas State Railroad’s most popular excursions. This ride, powered by No. 30, a 1917 Baldwin Locomotive Works engine, takes passengers on a journey through the Piney Woods and 135 years of history.

texasstaterailroad.net

Grand Prairie

Quarter Horse Season

Sept. 6-Nov. 16

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Come to the racetrack, open Thursday through Saturday, and see American quarter horses race to the finish line.

lonestarpark.com

South Padre Island

Wahoo Classic

Sept. 6-8

Jim’s Pier, 211 W. Swordfish

This fishing tournament awards cash prizes to the anglers who reel in the largest fish in the wahoo, dorado, and blackfin tuna categories.

sopadre.com/events

Palestine

Parapalooza

Sept. 7

Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

Texas Jailhouse is the host of this year’s Parapalooza, a night of paranormal adventure that includes vendors, food, and special guest speakers including Paradocs, Paranormal-Chicks, Haunted Heifer, Darkseid, The Witch Project, Parapeculiar, and Becky Vickers.

txjailhouse.com

The Woodlands

Young Makers Market

Sept. 7

Shop from young artists at this inaugural makers market. Students ages 8 to 18 sell their artistic creations during this one-day mini arts festival at Market Street.

visitthewoodlands.com

Boerne

Art After Hours

Sept. 10, 24; Oct. 8, 15, 22

The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Road

Guests get an introduction to fine art techniques in a playful environment. The casual style of exploration and creativity provides an evening of fun and fabrication. Projects and themes change each week.

hccarts.org/art-after-hours

Amarillo

Tri-State Fair and Rodeo

Sept. 13-21

Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.

For more than 90 years, the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo has hosted exhibitors and offered carnival rides, food booths, rodeo excitement, and entertainers.

tristatefair.com

Palestine

Piney Woods Express Diesel Train

Sept. 13-Oct. 26

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920s car, 135 years of history come alive. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor, and responsive car attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago.

texasstaterailroad.net

Grand Prairie

“Bonnie and Clyde”

Sept. 13-22

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. See their story unfold on the stage of an historic downtown landmark.

uptowntheatergp.com

Brenham

Washington County Fair

Sept. 14-21

Washington County Expo , 1305 E. Blue Bell Road

At the “Oldest County Fair in Texas,” visitors can expect shows, rodeos, music, and fun entertainment for the whole family. There’s also a carnival, crafts, food, livestock, commercial exhibits, and other attractions.

washingtoncofair.com

Lake Jackson

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

Sept. 14, 21

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Bird lovers can see hummers dart in and out of nectar-producing flowers and feeders and watch a bird bander take measurements of the tiny birds and clamp a thin, number-coded band on one of its legs. There are also activities for kids, nature-themed booths, and native plant sales.

gcbo.org

Dallas

“The Legacy of Vesuvius: Bourbon Discoveries on the Bay of Naples”

Sept. 15-Jan. 5

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

This exhibition looks at the groundbreaking 18th-century archeological excavations sponsored by King Charles III of Spain (aka the Bourbon King). Comprising nearly 50 objects, the exhibition displays Roman archeological material mingled with 18th-century paintings, porcelain, and prints, providing visitors with an introduction to the archeological treasures of this period and their formative influence on contemporary artistic production.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org

Amarillo

Fall Festival and Giant Maze

Sept. 16-Oct. 29

Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm, 12908 S. Bell St.

At this fall community tradition, visitors can expect more than 30 attractions and activities including a pumkpin patch, paintball, cornhole, wagon train rides, tube slides, and the giant cornfield maze—all within an 80-acre agritainment venue.

maxwellspumpkinfarm.com/fall

Bandera

Texas Sportbike Summit in the Hills Rally

Sept. 19-22

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

This inaugural event welcomes bike enthusiasts to ride the Three Sisters (ranch roads 335, 336, and 337), rated one of the Top 10 rides in the United States. Thousands are expected to gather for this event in the Texas Hill Country, which also includes vendors and music.

bikerralliesoftexas.com

Plano

Balloon Festival

Sept. 19-22

Oak Point Park Special Events Field, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Enjoy hot air balloons displays including launches, static displays, glows, and tether rides. The hot air balloons are only in the park during the scheduled balloon activity dates and times, weather permitting.

visitplano.com

Mckinney

International Postcard Art Exhibit

Sept. 21-Oct. 11

MillHouse Foundation, 610 Elm St., Suite 1000

The International Postcard Art Exhibit is an annual art exhibition made of hundreds of postcard-sized original artworks organized by a team of volunteers sponsoring a different charity each year. The individual artworks are submitted by artists from around the world. Last year’s exhibit featured art by artists from over 40 countries.

millhousefoundation.org/postcard-art

Galveston

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Sept. 21-22

East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive

Houston-area architects head to Galveston’s East Beach for one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The sculptures remain for viewing on Sunday.

visitgalveston.com/events

Boerne

Moondance Outdoor Concert

Sept. 21

Cibolo Center for Conservation, 140 City Park Road

Bring lawn chairs and coolers to this longstanding, beloved tradition at the Cibolo that features live music from local bands under the oak trees.

cibolo.org

Ingram

Stonehenge Half K and Field Day

Sept. 21

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Hill Country Arts Foundation invites all underachievers to participate in this new fundraising event. Wear a silly costume, come and compete for 10 minutes if you like, and don’t take it too seriously because everyone gets a medal.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

Concert by the River

Sept. 21

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Pack your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out to the park to enjoy a free end-of-summer concert along the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River.

kerrvilletx.gov

Serbin

Texas Wendish Fest

Sept. 22

St Paul Lutheran Church Picnic Grounds, FM 2239 and CR 212

Celebrate Wendish heritage and culture at the Texas Wendish Festival in Serbin, located 6 miles from Giddings. The day begins with services at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, a historic painted church, then continues with food, activities, and cultural demonstrations. See Wendish noodle making, sausage making, and the authentic painting of traditional Wendish Easter eggs.

texaswendish.org

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Sept. 22, Oct. 27., Nov. 24

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

The Frontier Times Museum presents this monthly jamboree that includes live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Fort Worth

Oktoberfest

Sept. 26-28

Trinity Park, 2933 Farmhouse Way

This Munich-style celebration of German culture includes the best in German food, beer, and entertainment. Thursday’s ceremonial “Tapping of Zie Kegs” kicks off the fun and the festival continues through Saturday with carnival rides, dachshund races, bier barrel rolling, stein hoist competitions, a 5K and Fun Run, and entertainment that includes party bands on multiple stages.

fortworthoktoberfest.com

Lubbock

Flatland Film Festival

Sept. 26-28

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

Established in 2003, the festival aims to cultivate an appreciation for film, video, and the digital moving image. Attendees experience a diverse collection of feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, music videos, and art installations.

lhuca.org

Giddings

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival

Sept. 27-28

Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center, 276 N. Orange St.

Giddings salutes Texas authors with a two-day book festival. Visit with selected Texas authors, see their works, and purchase an autographed copy. Find a wide range of book genres including: mystery, children’s, science fiction, western, romance, religious, and instructional.

sites.google.com/site/txwordwrangler/home-texas-word-wrangler-book-festival

Bandera

Rumble on the River

Sept. 27-29

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

Biker Rallies of Texas presents the annual Rumble on the River, which includes a poker run, bike show, biker games, a tattoo contest, cowboy rodeo, concerts, venders, food, and free tent camping.

bikerralliesoftexas.com

Winnsboro

Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering

Sept. 27-28

Downtown Winnsboro on The Bowery, 200 Market St.

The Winnsboro Center for the Arts hosts the Winnsboro Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering, an event that celebrates the spirit of the Old West and its cherished traditions with performances by acclaimed artists and musicians. Activities include conversations about cowboy culture, concerts, and poetry sessions. There are also family fun activities including a chuckwagon with fixings such as cornbread, beans, and cobbler; an East Texas Square Dance performance; mule carriage rides; cornhole and horseshoe games; and Drover’s campsite; activities for kids such as face-painting, crafts, corn husk doll-making, Smarty Roping, and photos with Whiskey the Horse.

winnsborocenterforthearts.com/cowboy_music_and_poetry_gathering/

Lakehills

Medina Lake Cajun Festival

Sept. 28

Lakehills Community Center, 11225 Park Road 37

The 43rd annual festival rolls out the good times by bringing food, music, and Cajun culture to Texas Hill Country. Two stages rock with Cajun and zydeco music, while the smell of home-cooked Cajun food floats through the air. A gumbo cookoff is held, and remains the hub of the event. An arts and crafts fair and games for kids round out the festival.

cajunfestival-medinalake.com

San Antonio

Water Lantern Festival

Sept. 28

Millers Pond Park, 6175 Old Pearsall Road

The San Antonio Water Lantern Festival brings people together for a celebration of light and community. The evening includes food trucks, music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night.

waterlanternfestival.com/sanantonio.php

San Marcos

Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest

Sept. 28

Hays County Historic Courthouse Grounds, 111 E. San Antonio St.

Celebrate all things mermaid in San Marcos, the official Mermaid Capital of Texas. The Mermaid Promenade has over 100 parade entries, and the Downtown Street Faire has live music, a Kids’ Zone, food courts, and over 140 vendors selling art and handcrafted goods.

mermaidsocietysmtx.com

Amarillo

Hoodoo Mural Festival

Sept. 28

Various locations

Each year, muralists from around the country contribute new murals to downtown Amarillo as part of an urban beautification project. Once the murals are complete, there’s a downtown celebration featuring music, DJs, and other musical artists.

hoodoomural.com

Plano

Plano Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Sept. 28

Robinson Fine Arts Center, 1800 Alma Drive

The opening night concert for the 2024–25 season features the world premiere of classical composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s piece for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, plus a pas de deux from “Swan Lake” and Ravel’s “Boléro” by the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre.

visitplano.com

Boerne

Bierfest

Sept. 28

The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Road

The fest serves up beer from 30-plus Texas craft breweries, food, live music, traditional feats of strength like the steinholding competition, art displays, and a live auction.

hccarts.org/bierfest

Palestine

“Locked in Fear Haunted House”

Oct. 1-31

Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

Is there anything scarier than a haunted house during Halloween? How about trying to escape an abandoned jailhouse? Get lost in the historic 11,000-square-foot jail that includes a labyrinth of jails, dark halls, and isolation tanks.

txjailhouse.com

Center

East Texas Poultry Festival

Oct. 3-5

Downtown Center

A family-friendly, three-day event features food booths, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, and a carnival. The Poultry Festival also includes a creative arts show, photography show, and quilt show. There is a 5K run, a car show, chicken clucking contest, and a wing-eating contest.

shelbycountychamber.com

Amarillo

Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff

Oct. 3

Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.

This cookoff, Amarillo’s biggest networking event, features all-you-can eat and drink. Teams compete for bragging rights in professional, amateur, and corporate divisions and cook ribs, brisket, and other meats as well as compete for showmanship.

amarillo-chamber.org/barbecue-cook-off.html

South Padre Island

Sandcastle Days

Oct. 3-6

Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd.

More than 30,000 come to see master sandcastle builders demonstrate their abilities. The event features game vendors, food and drinks, and art booths.

sopadre.com/events

Austin

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct. 4-13

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road

One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series “Austin City Limits” outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.

aclfestival.com

Ennis

Stampede of Speed

Oct. 4-13

Texas Motorplex , 7500 US 287

Billing itself as “the fastest 10 days in Texas,” Stampede of Speed is a festival that leads up to the National Hot Rod Association’s Fall Nationals. The schedule kicks off with a traditional cattle drive in downtown Waxahachie and includes concerts and drag racing.

texasmotorplex.com

Rockport

Rockport-Fulton SeaFair

Oct. 4-6

Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 1500 E. Laurel St.

Celebrating its 49th years, the event features gumbo, crab races, arts and crafts, a market, food vendors, a boat and outdoor car show, cardboard boat races, and live big-name and local entertainment.

rockport-fulton.org

Eastland

Old Rip Parade and RipFest

Oct. 5

Eastland Downtown Square, 100 W. Main St.

Celebrate Eastland’s legendary Old Rip, the horned toad found alive after being buried for 31 years in the courthouse cornerstone. The festivities begin in the morning with the Miles for Meals 5K at Seibert Elementary. Then, head downtown for the 42nd annual Old Rip Parade, along with face-painting, craft, boutique, toy, and food vendors. Kids’ Street offers inflatables and a climbing tower, while car lovers can check out the vehicles in Bryans Car Show.

eastlandchamber.com/ripfest

Amarillo

Oktoberfest

Oct. 5

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

The festival offers a Bavarian experience with German beer, fresh pretzels, an entertaining wiener dog race, and music. 

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Waxahachie

OddFest

Oct. 5

Singleton Plaza, 200 N. Rogers St.

This art and music festival showcases artists and musicians from Texas who lean toward the odd. Local craft beer brewers, food trucks, and food vendors round out the event.

oddfestwaxa80.com

Pipe Creek

Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 5-27

Pipe Creek Tree Farm, 805 Phil’s Road

Enjoy a haystack, hop balls, scarecrow dressing, visiting farm animals, a large sandbox, rubber duck races, pumpkin painting, and other fun activities.

pipecreekpumpkinpatch.com

Bandera

Maple Street Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 5-31

Maple Street, Corner of 11th and Maple streets

Visit the pumpkin patch at the corner of 11th and Maple streets. Enjoy barn games, a hay maze, the Critter Corner, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting, gifts, and snacks.

banderacowboycapital.com

West Columbia

Hoggtoberfest

Oct. 5

Varner Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th St.

Celebrate the season, learn about harvest time on a 1800s plantation, and enjoy hayrides, crafts, sugar cane, storytelling, and other old-fashioned activities.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Bandera

Cabrito and Barbecue Dinner

Oct. 6

Medina Community Center, 13857 SH 16 North

Join the Medina Livestock and Wildlife Association for its annual fundraiser, with dinner featuring cabrito, brisket, sausage, and all the trimmings. The event includes a raffle and silent auction.

banderacowboycapital.com

Round Top

Antiques Show

Oct. 10-26

Various locations

The Round Top Antiques Show is more than antiques and shabby chic signage. It’s over two weeks of people flocking in from across the U.S. to treasure hunt for unique finds. There are over 65 venues in about a 20-mile radius in the communities of Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, Burton, and Fayetteville.

exploreroundtop.com/antiques

Seguin

Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 10-13

Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.

The 141st annual fair and rodeo celebrates the rich heritage and culture of Seguin with mutton bustin’, cattle roping, horseback riding, live music, a barbecue cookoff, and a carnival with thrilling rides and games.

gcfair.org

Kerrville

Welcome Home Fest

Oct. 10-13

Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway

Smaller, more intimate, and more relaxed than the Kerrville Folk Festival, the event offers shows on the Threadgill Theater Stage and ticket sales are capped to match its capacity.

kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Fredericksburg

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

Oct. 11-13

Marktplatz Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

The world’s absolute finest mesquite wood artisans come to Fredericksburg to showcase their handcrafted mesquite products. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers, and chairs made entirely from mesquite to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scroll work, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments, and sculpted vases.

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/31st-texas-mesquite-arts-festival-fredericksburg/61007

Cuero

Turkeyfest

Oct. 11-13

Cuero Municipal Park, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Drive at US 87 South

This annual family-friendly festival celebrates Cuero’s turkey history and heritage and features live entertainment, a parade, a turkey race, carnival, vendors, barbecue cookoff, arts and craft vendors, and fun attractions.

cuero.org

Houston

“Tacita Dean: Blind Folly”

Oct. 11-April 19

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

The first major museum survey in the United States of work by the British European visual artist Tacita Dean, the exhibition spotlights her career-defining approach to creating art through unmediated and chance-based drawing processes across a variety of mediums, from film to printmaking.

menil.org

Chappell Hill

Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 12-13

Downtown Chappell Hill

The Chappell Hill Historical Society hosts this annual event that places visitors to the magical land of scarecrows with 250 juried exhibitors, 400 vendors, food, live entertainment and music, historical tours, and family-friendly fun in downtown Chappell Hill.

chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com

Katy

Rice Harvest Festival

Oct. 12-13

Historic Town Square, 901 Ave. C

This festival, occurring annually on the second weekend of October in downtown Katy, honors the city’s history as a rice farming community. Enjoy a carnival, craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a kids zone, craft beer, and art and rice cooking contests. There is a free shuttle that takes visitors to and from the parking area at the Merrell Center.

katyriceharvestfestival.com

Alpine

“Western Beef Cattle: A Series of 11 Paintings by Tom Lea”

Oct. 12

Museum of the Big Bend, 400 N. Harrison St.

Artist Tom Lea explores the life cycle of beef cattle through paintings that provide a unique perspective on a little-explored topic. Experience this inaugural exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend’s new Emmett and Miriam McCoy building and join Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, for a talk and book signing event.

tomlea.com

Nacogdoches

SFA Gardens Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale

Oct.12

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

SFA Gardens hosts its annual plant sale. Discover an array of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants with an emphasis on native, pollinator-friendly selections; garden favorite perennials; and trees including Japanese maples, magnolias, and bald cypress.

sfasu.edu/sfagardens

Todd Mission

Texas Renaissance Festival

Oct. 12-Dec. 1

The largest renaissance festival in the country celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Be transported to a 16th-century European village that has foods from around the world, more than 400 shoppes, multiple stages filled with music and other entertainment, and more than 200 acres for camping.

texrenfest.com

Bandera

Circus at Bandera City Park

Oct. 13

Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple St.

The Bandera County Chamber of Commerce brings the circus to the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” Step into the big top tent to see lions and tigers, trapeze artists, trick horseback riders, and clowns. Children can enjoy pony rides, a bounce house, and a giant inflatable slide.

banderatex.com

Tyler

Texas Rose Festival

Oct. 17-20

Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive

Since its beginning in 1933, the Texas Rose Festival has represented the spirit that brings Tyler together as a community. Rich in heritage and tradition, the Festival offers enchanting ceremonial events including the Queen’s Coronation, the ribbon-cutting and rose presentation, the Queen’s Tea, and the Rose Parade, all amid a colorful backdrop of roses.

texasrosefestival.org

The Woodlands

“Hocus Pocus Pops”

Oct. 17

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2006 Lake Robbins Drive

Ring in the spooky season with a grand performance by the Houston Symphony. Kids in costume are invited onstage for the Goblin Parade during this annual Woodlands tradition.

visitthewoodlands.com

San Angelo

“The Plein Air Landscape: Selections from the Permanent Collection”

Oct. 18-Feb. 23

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts presents this show celebrating the tradition of en plein air painting, the French term for painting in the outdoors.

samfa.org

Blanco

Texas Marigold Festival

Oct. 19-27

Blanco Downtown Square, 300 Main St.

See a feast for the eyes as the sweet town of Blanco decks out in glorious marigolds. The highlight of the event is a visit to the Arnosky Family Farm, where acres of marigolds are in full bloom. The festival features workshops and classes using the versatile flower, exploring its significance as well as importance to monarch butterflies.

texasmarigoldfestival.com

Abilene

“Hard Times Come Again No More: Depression Era Photographs”

Oct. 19-Feb. 8

The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St.

Reflecting on Texas in the 1930s and ‘40s, these photographs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, sponsored by the Farm Securities Commission, document the hardships of individuals in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The show includes iconic photographs by Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, and Russell Lee.

thegracemuseum.org

Lubbock

Hub City Renaissance Faire

Oct. 19

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) hosts this festival that celebrates art, music, theatrical performances, live demonstrations, vendors, and activities for all ages.

lhuca.org

Galveston

Artoberfest

Oct. 19-20

Postoffice Street

This juried fine arts festival features works by artists using various mediums, plus food and live music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, galleries, and shops.

visitgalveston.com/events

Plano

International Festival

Oct. 19

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

The area’s largest cultural event features multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, cultural displays, an art exhibit, STEM activities for kids. The Wellness Fair and Fitzone offers free flu and COVID shots, health screenings and services, and interactive fitness demos.

visitplano.com

Boerne

Barktoberfest

Oct. 19

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

Inspired by Oktoberfest, the festival includes local beer vendors, music, food trucks, a raffle, prizes, pet adoptions, a petting zoo, and doggy costume contests and dashes.

facebook.com/hcaltx.clinic

Lake Jackson

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 20

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs around the fish-filled, floor-to-ceilings aquariums.

tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

Bandera

Day of the Dead Exhibit and Family Week

Oct. 21-Nov. 8

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

Frontier Times Museum exhibits Texas artist Joan Estes’ elaborate display of a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar. 

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Corsicana

“Night of the Living Dead Live”

Oct. 23-26

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Immerse yourself in this iconic horror story brought to life on stage with spine-chilling performances and gripping suspense.

thewlac.com

Elgin

Hogeye Festival Weekend

Oct. 24-26

Downtown, 109 Depot Street

Held the fourth Saturday of October, the festival features a packed weekend with handmade arts and crafts, live music, food, a children’s costumed pet parade, car show, cow patty bingo, the annual Hogeye Stroll, and a free street dance with Kenny Orts and No Chance.

elgintexas.gov

Corsicana

Boo on the Block

Oct. 24

Downtown , Beaton Street

In downtown Corsicana, kids can go trick or treating at local merchants and have their picture taken in Pocket Park, play games, and participate in other Halloween activities.

visitcorsicana.com

Corsicana Residency Fall Presentation

Oct. 24

MLK Jr. Center , 1114 E. Sixth Ave.

Meet the visiting artists and writers as they present their work and plans for their residencies at 100 West and The Writer’s House. Artists specialize in an array of art, including video, paint, oil, acrylic, poetry, and fiction.

corsicanaresidency.org

Houston

Party in the Park

Oct. 24

Menil Park, 1423 Branard St.

The Menil Collection’s fall fundraiser supports the art museum’s operations, which include the parks and green spaces that make up its campus.

menil.org

Kerrville

Texas Furniture Makers Show

Oct. 24-Dec. 13

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

This show is an annual statewide competition of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas. An artists reception is on the evening of Nov. 11.

kacckerrville.com

Bandera

Catcus Rose Endurance Trail Race

Oct. 25-27

Texas Hill State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road

Despite this rugged trail-running race being designed to test runners, it goes by quickly because of the picturesque views, technical climbs and descents, and fun terrain.

tejastrails.com

Galveston

Island Oktoberfest

Oct. 25-26

First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St.

Celebrate German heritage in Galeston with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games, and kids’ activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes.

visitgalveston.com/events

Parker

Southfork Experience

Oct. 25-27

Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive

The iconic ranch from the beloved TV show “Dallas” invites visitors to immerse themselves in the world of the Ewing family. Mingle with the stars who brought the drama to life.

visitplano.com

New Braunfels

Texas Clay Festival

Oct. 26-27

Gruene Historic District, 1296 Gruene Road

Featuring the work of over 80 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artists in the state.

texasclayfestival.com

Marathon

M2M: Marathon 2 Marathon

Oct. 26

The biggest event that this little town of 420 hosts, the M2M is considered an international bucket list race, with runners from 25 states and over seven countries participating over the years. It is also a Boston Marathon qualifier and a net downhill race with 450 to 500 racers. There’s also a half marathon, 10K, and 5K race. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives a T-shirt and medal, plus free beer. A pasta dinner and barbecue lunch is available for purchase.

marathon2marathon.com

Fort Worth

Saints and Sinners Cemetery Tour

Oct. 26-27

Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Grand Ave.

Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society, the 17th annual tour takes visitors on a stroll through Oakwood Cemetery, where they get to meet and hear the famous and infamous “residents” tell their histories.

stockyardsmuseum.org

Waxahachie

Crossroads of Texas Country Festival

Oct. 26

Downtown , 100 W. Main St.

Celebrating all things country, this event attracts more than 200 vendors, including artists, craftspeople, and food purveyors from Texas and beyond. The event includes music on more than 10 stages in restaurants, breweries, and wine bars in addition to the main stage.

texascountryfestival.com

Palestine

Hot Pepper Festival

Oct. 26

More than 10,000 visitors come to this festival to enjoy spicy food, music, games, vendors, the annual parade (starting at the Anderson County Courthouse), arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids zone, beer gardens, and live music all day long.

visitpalestine.com

Soap Box Derby

Oct. 26

Historic Old Town and Downtown , Main Street District

Dogwood Youth Sports presents a soap box derby for boys and girls. Teams consist of 12 members ages 8 to 13, and cars are custom made. The championship race occurs at the annual Hot Pepper Festival.

dogwoodyouthsports.org

Grand Prairie

Flowapalooza World Flow Championships

Oct. 26-27

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place

Enjoy family-friendly fun with arts and crafts booths, local food trucks, live music, and activities for all ages. With entertainment on three stages, the night finishes with live music on the main stage.

epicwatersgp.com

Fulton

Fall Festival

Oct. 26

Fun and games are available for the whole family including trunk or treat, a costume parade, games and prizes, food trucks, vendors and live music. A kids costume contest awards prizes for spookiest and most creative.

childrenscoalitionac.org

South Padre Island

HalloWings Across South Padre Island

Oct. 26

SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary, 6801 Padre Blvd.

Celebrates the monarch migration with a day of fun activities for the young and young at heart. Learn about the migration through butterfly gardening presentations, nature walks, nature crafts, live music, and games.

sopadre.com/events

Seguin

Pecan Fest

Oct. 26

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Go nuts at this celebration of all things pecan and Seguin’s agricultural heritage. There’s live music, pecan eating, and family fun. The event coincides with Fall Trade Days, where vendors set up their booths around Central Park and at the Big Red Barn.

visitseguin.com

Kerrville

Haunted Ghoul Pool

Oct. 26-27

Kerrville Municipal Olympic Pool, 601 Olympic Drive

Join in on a night of goosebumps, spooks, and screams as the pool is transformed into a ghoulish haunted house. Family-friendly tours run in the early evening. The haunted attractions come to life later at night.

kerrvilletx.gov

Bandera

Nightmare on Maple Street

Oct. 31

Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple St.

Get in the Halloween spirit at this trunk-or-treat event with door prizes, a costume contest, the best trunk contest, and kids activities.

cityofbandera.org

Galveston

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Various locations

Visit the largest four-day biker rally in the country and see more than 500,000 mortorcyclists gather among hundreds of vendors. The rally includes bike shows, concerts, and celebrity appearances.

visitgalveston.com/events

New Braunfels

Wurstfest

Nov. 1-10

Wurstfest Grounds, 120 Landa St.

Celebrate Texas’ German culture near the headwaters of the beautiful Comal River. Ten days of fun include good food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games, Texas and German beers, special events, and the finest Bavarian-style entertainment in the state.

wurstfest.com

Elgin

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional celebration of life and death and remembering friends and family members who have died. This event features traditional altars, a costume parade, children’s activities, music, a fire dancer, an Aztec dance group, and sugar skulls.

elgintexas.gov

The Woodlands

Texas Fine Craft Show

Nov. 1

The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive

This inaugural craft show welcomes art lovers to a curated, intimate environment that celebrates the art of fine craft. Fine artisans display their handcrafted works featuring fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, and ceramic items and techniques from around the world.

visitthewoodlands.com

Rockport

Film Festival

Nov. 1-3

Rockport Conference Center, 106 Austin St.

The festival showcases the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast with shorts, features, documentaries, animation and student films. It highlights talent from across the world with an emphasis on Texas storytellers.

rockportartcenter.com

Ingram

Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair

Nov. 1-3

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The official arts and crafts fair of Texas since 1972 features two days of juried art, gourmet food, craft beer, live music, activities, and art demonstrations for all ages.

hcaf.com

Austin

“Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read: The Story of PEN”

Nov. 2-Aug. 18

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.

The Harry Ransom Center presents an exhibition exploring the history of PEN, the renowned international association dedicated to protecting free expression. The exhibition draws upon the Center’s PEN Records collection in order to trace the history of the organization from its founding as a dinner club in 1921, through the darkest days of war and repression, to supporting contemporary writers and readers today. The exhibition allows visitors to engage with key moments from the story of PEN, showing how writers need freedom of expression in order to produce inspiring work, and how, in turn, readers need to be free to choose what they read.

hrc.utexas.edu

Celtic Festival

Nov. 2-3

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive

The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its annual Celtic Festival. Internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people, the Austin Celtic Festival goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance.

austincelticfestival.com

West Columbia

Meet Your Ancestors

Nov. 2

Columbia Cemetery, Corner of 16th and Jackson streets

Learn about former West Columbia residents (and possibly your ancestors) at one of the most historic cemetaries in Texas. Guides lead guests to graves of notable occupants.

columbiahistoricalmuseum.org

Plano

Food and Wine Festival

Nov. 2

Legacy West, 5908 Headquarters Drive

The seventh annual festival features over 100 award-winning wines, food from local restaurants, culinary demonstrations from local chefs.

visitplano.com

South Padre Island

Muzicians Run

Nov. 2

Beach Waterpark, 33261 State Park Road 100

Choose between a 5K and 10K course, this fun run/walk fuses live entertainment and running. Mariachis perform along the course about every half mile and participants are rewarded with tacos, beer, and margaritas.

sopadre.com/events

Mesquite

World Senior Professional Bull Riders World Finals

Nov. 7-9

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

Cheer on the best senior riders as they compete for the title of world champion bull rider.

mesquitearena.com

Salado

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Nov. 8-10

Thomas Arnold Elementary School Grounds, Thomas Arnold Road at Interstate 35

Heralding all things Scottish, this event is the oldest Scottish festival in Texas. Activities include sanctioned competitions in bagpiping, drumming, Highland dance and heavy athletics, clans and bands parade, live Celtic music, and the largest gathering of Scottish clans in Texas. Come see men in kilts, the Caber Toss, the Bonniest Knees contest, and all the pageantry of Scotland.

saladoscottishfestival.com

Terrell

British Bash

Nov. 9

Terrell City Hall, 201 E. Nash St.

British Bash celebrates the relationship between Terrell and England, which dates back to World War II. Terrell is proud of the part that it played in the Allied Forces successes during the war and the continued relationship between Terrell and the British government. This event features a vendor village with shopping and arts and crafts vendors, food, a Mini Cooper car show, and a Children’s Entrepreneur Market. There’s also live music and entertainment. Terrell’s own No. 1 British Flying Training School and Museum has a booth to showcase the city’s unique contribution to this period of history, and tours of the museum are available.

discoverterrell.com

Austin

Texas Woodworking Festival

Nov. 9-10

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

This event, which can best be described as a mix of an industry trade show, educational seminar, and a woodworking-themed festival, brings together lumber yards, woodworking organizations and clubs, content creators, furniture makers and tool manufacturers for a weekend of food, drinks and all things woodworking. Enjoy hands-on woodworking activities, classes, tool demos, and panels.

texaswoodworkingfestival.com

Henderson

Heritage Syrup Festival

Nov. 9

Downtown , 100 E. Main St.

The sweetest festival in Texas is centered around the tradition of ribbon cane syrup-making and features folk arts, antique tractors and cars, arts and crafts, unique shopping, and live entertainment for the entire family.

visithendersontx.com

Bandera

Bandera Honors Veterans and Parade

Nov. 9

The American Legion 157 Post hosts this celebration that includes displays, information booths, special programming honoring Vietnam War era veterans, a parade on Main Street, and a veterans and spouses barbecue.

al157tx.org

Surfside Beach

Kites and Castles

Nov. 9

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

Surfside Flyers Kite Club members display their kites and host featured guest Sandcastle Emerson, who is expected to demonstrate how to build sandcastle masterpieces. At night, there are more kites to see.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

Corsicana

Texas Veterans Parade

Nov. 9

See patriotic floats, classic cars, military vehicles, and members of the military at the parade in downtown Corsicana that honors all Texas veterans.

texasveteransparade.com

Amarillo

Working Ranch Cowboy Association World Championship Rodeo

Nov. 14-17

Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St.

The 29th championship sees cowboys from ranches across the West come to town to compete in rodeo events. The weekend also includes a ranch equipment expo, trade show, cowboy poetry showcase, youth rodeo events, and watch parties.

wrca.org

Austin

​​Texas Book Festival

Nov. 16-17

Texas State Capitol Grounds, 1100 Congress Ave.

Founded in 1995, the book festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Join other bookworms for readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, and children’s activities.

texasbookfestival.org

Plano

Lights on the Farm

Nov. 21-Dec. 30

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

Experience a historic farmstead transformed into a twinkling wonderland that features close to 2 million holiday lights and animated displays. Stroll the quarter-mile trail, see holiday light creations, including the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, and enjoy popcorn, mini-donuts, hot cocoa, and make-your-own s’mores. The little ones have a chance to meet Santa Claus.

visitplano.com

Boerne

Fall Handmade Market

Nov. 22-23

1910 Church, 130 Sisterdale Road

The largest market of its kind in South Texas features 75-plus handmade-only vendors who sell jewelry, apparel, leather goods, toys, home décor, art, and handmade candles. There’s also food and drinks and a VIP night.

boernehandmademarket.com

Austin

Powwow

Nov. 23

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane

For more than 25 years, the Austin Powwow has been the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring Native American dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and food.

austinpowwow.net

Stonewall

Deck the Hall

Nov. 23

Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm, 199 Park Road 52

Help the Sauer-Beckmann Farm get ready for the holidays by stringing popcorn and decorating cookies. Learn how make wreaths out of local cedar, and dip your own candles so you too can get ready for Weihnachten (Christmas).

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/19th-annual-eisbahn-outdoor-ice-skating/62218

Kerrville

Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 23

Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St.

Officially welcome the holiday season with a lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus on his signature fire truck. The parade commences at the corner of G Street Bridge and Water Street and ends at the Kerr County Courthouse. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and the lighting of the courthouse and 45-foot-tall tree.

kerrvilletx.gov

Amarillo

Christmas at Maxwell’s

Nov. 24-Dec. 23

Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm, 12908 S. Bell St.

This enchanting holiday event features a festive array of more than 20 activities and attractions for families. Visitors can immerse themselves in a winter wonderland filled with lights, visits with Santa Claus, decorations, and various fun-filled festivities.

maxwellspumpkinfarm.com/christmas

Bandera

Christmas Lighting

Nov. 29-Jan. 3

Enjoy holiday light displays in City Park and on the courthouse and lawn.

banderacowboycapital.com

Boerne

Dickens on Main

Nov. 29-30

Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St.

Boerne’s historic Hill Country Mile transforms into a vintage Christmas experience, with various holiday villages set up throughout the venue. Enjoy live music, carolers, and other entertainment, visits with Santa Claus, Christmas lights, and decorations.

dickensonmain.com

Bandera

Pancakes with Santa

Nov. 30-Dec. 21

Al’s Hideaway Cabin and RV Rentals, 299 Willow Springs

Bring the family to Al’s Hideaway Cabin and RV Rentals for pancakes and pictures with Santa. This event is held every Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and up to Christmas.

alshideaway.com

Jefferson

Christmas Parade and Lighting of Enchanted Forest

Nov. 30

Downtown and Lions Club Park, 515 E. Jefferson St.

See over 100 decorated Christmas floats light up and ring in the holidays. There’s also caroling, the lighting of the Christmas trees, and Santa’s arrival atop a fire engine.

visitjeffersontexas.com

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