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Upcoming Events in Prairies and Lakes

Grand Prairie

“The Producers”

June 21-23, 28-30

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

See Mel Brooks’ hit and Tony Award-winning musical about fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock, who is desperate to get to the top of his profession again. He finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit.

uptowntheatergp.com

Mckinney

Night Out at the Heard

June 22

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Join Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening of live music, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere at a fundraising event. This adults-only gathering invites you to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures under the stars, including dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.

heardmuseum.org/night-out

Garland

DFW Asian-American Soccer Tournament

June 22-23

Winters Park, 1330 Spring Creek Drive

Diversity, culture, and the love for soccer bring 36 teams from all over the nation and Canada to Garland each summer.

visitgarlandtx.com/daast

Bowie

Jim Bowie Days

June 22-29

Bowie Rodeo Arena and Downtown Bowie, 413 Pelham St.

Started in 1967, the Jim Bowie Days celebration and rodeo is held the last full week in June each summer. Events include a rodeo, parade, concerts, hamburger feed, Native American artifact show, quilt show, pet parade, cornhole tournament, golf tournament, and a fishing tournament. This year’s Saturday rodeo concert features Curtis Grimes.

jimbowiedays.org

Plano

Plano Community Band Summer Concert

June 24

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Enjoy a picnic under the lush shade trees with wonderful music to serenade you. Bring your own blanket or folding chairs. Leashed dogs are welcomed.

visitplano.com/event/summer-concerts-in-the-park-2024/2024-06-24

Corsicana

“Of Mice and Men”

June 25-30

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Warehouse Living Arts Center presents this production of “Of Mice and Men,” the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s timeless tale about two migrant field workers during the Great Depression.

thewlac.com

Grand Prairie

“Finding Nemo Jr.”

June 26-27

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Students in Grand Prairie Arts Council’s Summer in the Arts program perform this musical based on the family-favorite movie, with a shorter runtime for young audiences.

artsgp.org

Luling

Watermelon Thump

June 27-30

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

For 71 years, Luling has honored hard-working local watermelon farmers with a festival celebrating all things watermelon. Enjoy four days of live music, food booths, pageants, the World Championship Seed Spitting Contest, a carnival, parade, car show, and market.

newsite.watermelonthump.com

Corsicana

Ladies Night

June 27, July 25, Aug. 22

Downtown , Beaton Street

Enjoy complimentary drinks as you explore downtown, sip on your favorite beverages, and indulge in a shopping spree at our local businesses.

visitcorsicana.com

Brenham

The Grand Ol’ Americana Show

June 29

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

A one-of-a-kind Texas musical variety show celebrates summer, our culture, and music that defines America. The show includes a big cast, Americana classics, and family-friendly sketch comedy.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Belton

Fourth of July Celebration

June 29-July 6

Various locations, 412 E. Central Ave.

Belton’s weeklong Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a street party that includes live music, craft beer, games, and food trucks, The highlight of the week is a 1-mile parade on the Fourth of July, with more than 35,000 people lining the streets and a live, televised broadcast reaching around the world, The 100th annual rodeo takes place July 4-6.

beltonchamber.com

Bastrop

Big Bang Celebration

June 29

Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St.

The second annual Big Bang Celebration features live music, concessions, and fireworks at dusk.

facebook.com/bastroptx

Ennis

Red, White, and Bike Parade

June 29

Downtown Ennis, 201 NW Main St.

Deck out your bike, scooter, wagon, and anything with wheels and join in for the Red, White, and Bike Parade through historic downtown Ennis. Veterans Memorial Park hosts free kids activities, food vendors, a beer garden, and a beautiful fireworks display.

visitennistexas.com

Grand Prairie

Dollar Day and Summer Turf Festival

June 29

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

The fan favorite Dollar Day returns to Lone Star Park. Enjoy general admission, Pepsi, hot dogs, popcorn, and beer all for $1 an item. There’s also live music and the featured open condition turf horse races.

lonestarpark.com

Plano

Shopping Days Vendor Market

June 29

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Browse a wide variety of products from local vendors. Whether you’re searching for trendy fashion items, handcrafted jewelry, or delicious homemade treats, this event offers a vibrant atmosphere and more than 100 small businesses and boutique owners.

visitplano.com/event/shopping-days-vendor-market

Lewisville

Red, White, and Lewisville

July 2

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St.

The final concert of the Sounds of Lewisville season ends with a bang, literally. Enjoy live music by Texas country artist Jade Flores, and Escape, a Journey tribute band. End the night with a fireworks show. Food trucks, a bar, and inflatable attractions round out the event. Bring a chair and/or blanket.

visitlewisville.com

Southlake

Stars and Stripes

July 3

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Stars and Stripes is held annually on July 3 in the heart of Southlake’s Town Square. This event ignites the spirit of patriotism and community with an array of delectable festival foods, engaging activities for all ages, and, of course, a display of fireworks that lights up the night sky.

southlakestarsandstripes.com

Garland

Red, White, and You

July 3

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

Join in for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration with great music, vendors, food, games for all ages, and a spectacular drone show. It’s the perfect way to honor our nation’s independence. Admission is free.

visitgarlandtx.com/red-white-and-you

Giddings

Freedom Fest

July 3

Veterans Honor Park, 200 Raymond St.

Gather at Veterans Park for a music festival just like the good ol’ days. Bring your blankets and coolers and have a picnic on the grass while listening to some tunes. Nearby is Veterans Honor Park with a memorial to all Lee County veterans as well as a military tank display. Also on site is the Giddings Water Park where kids can splash around, and cornhole equipment for you to enjoy with your family or friends.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Waxahachie

Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade

July 3-4

Waxahachie Sports Complex; Historic Downtown , 151 Broadhead Road; 100 W. Main St.

Designated the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, Waxahachie hosts this 26th annual celebration which features a tailgate party and concert at Waxahachie Sports Complex, followed the next day by a parade through historic downtown Waxahachie, where blooming crape myrtles line the street, and a fireworks show.

waxahachiecvb.com

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 3-4

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the racetrack. After the last horse race, stay to enjoy a 20-minute firework show choreographed to music.

lonestarpark.com

Plano

Patriotic Concert

July 3

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

It’s time to strike up the band and celebrate America. The Plano Community Band Patriotic performs compositions for a patriotic concert in Haggard Park in Downtown Plano Historic Arts District.

visitplano.com/event/patriotic-concert-2024

Seguin

Fireworks Fiesta

July 3

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

The night sky lights up with a fireworks display. The best views are from Starcke Park and the surrounding area. This should be the biggest show Seguin has ever seen, so you don’t want to miss it.

visitseguin.com

Giddings

Fireman’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Fireman’s Park, 2495 SH 290 West

Start with a lazy day in the park at Fireman’s Park, as the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department cooks up some delicious barbecue at their fundraiser. Then, bid on some great items at their annual auction. In the evening, you can trek over to the rodeo arena next door for the Fury on the Fourth Championship Bull Riding event. Afterwards, return to the park for a spectacular fireworks display.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

The Colony

Liberty by the Lake

July 4

The Athletic Club, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Celebrate the birth of America’s freedom with patriotic festivities and a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages including a fun run/walk, 5K, 10K, live music, a parade, and a fireworks display set to patriotic music.

thecolonytx.gov/609/liberty-by-the-lake

Hearne

Fourth of July in the Park

July 4

Eastside Park, 405 Norwood Lane

Spend the Fourth of July at Eastside Park. Family fun includes food and craft vendors, and fireworks start at dark.

Columbus

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Columbus Municipal Golf Course, 141 Veterans Drive

On the Fourth of July, there is a fireworks display on the Columbus Municipal Golf Course. The city pool is also free of charge from 5-9 p.m.

columbustexas.org

Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s Fourth

July 4

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.

The annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration, one of North Texas’ biggest Independence Day events, returns to Panther Island Pavilion. Kids’ activities, live music, and a Texas-sized fireworks show keep you entertained throughout the evening.

fortworthsfourth.com

Temple

Fourth of July Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show

July 4

Crossroads Park, 1020 Research Parkway

Celebrate Independence Day with the city of Temple at the 26th annual H-E-B All American Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Park guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets for viewing one of the greatest fireworks shows in Central Texas.

templeparks.com

Chappell Hill

Independence Day Parade

July 4

Downtown Chappell Hill

Celebrate our nation’s independence with the “biggest little small town parade” in Texas in downtown Chappell Hill. It includes a marching kazoo band and many fun entries.

chappellhilltx.com

Rockdale

Sesquicentennial Celebration

July 4-15

Various locations

It’s Rockdale’s 150th Birthday and everyone is invited to enjoy 12 days of festivities that celebrate the city’s past and future. Events kick off with a July Fourth Drone Light Show at Fair Park. Other highlights include a community parade, car show, quilt exhibition, community art exhibition, a heritage celebration at The 1895, historic walking tours, live music, family activities, historical presentations, and vendors. The festival wraps up with a costumed Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner and Dance featuring Kenny Orts.

rockdale150.com

Plano

All-American Fourth

July 4

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

Celebrate Independence Day at this family-friendly event. Come enjoy the kids’ zone and a fireworks show. Vendors have food and beverages available for purchase. Blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome, but please leave all pets at home.

visitplano.com/event/planos-all-american-4th-2024

Seguin

Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Crowds of flag-waving people line Austin Street for the annual parade. The floats roll past the crowd, estimated to exceed 10,000. There are more than 100 parade entries including floats from local businesses, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and other participants.

visitseguin.com

Corsicana

Freedom Fest

July 4

IOOF Park, 3440 W. Second Ave.

Head to Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Park for a star-spangled celebration and a day filled with family fun, kids’ games, mouthwatering dishes at food trucks, live music, and an awe-inspiring fireworks show at night.

visitcorsicana.com

Granbury

Hometown Fourth of July: 50 Golden Years

July 4-7

Downtown, Historic Granbury Square

Granbury Chamber presents the city’s 50th annual Fourth of July celebration. For four days, the historic square of Granbury comes alive with vendors offering souvenirs, handmade crafts, food, and other goods. The highlight of the festivities is the Fourth of July parade, a tradition that kicks off the event with colorful floats, marching bands, and community organizations. The sun sets on the evening with a fireworks display that lights up the night sky over Lake Granbury.

granburychamber.com

Terrell

FreedomFest

July 4

Terrell Municipal Airport, 400 E. British Flying School Blvd.

Celebrate the Fourth with food vendors, a kids’ area, and a fireworks show.

discoverterrell.com

Temple

First Friday: Americana

July 5

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. This month’s event has a patriotic theme.

downtowntemple.com

Brenham

First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market

July 5

Baylor and Park streets

Shop for fresh, local foods and products at this open-air market. Find artisan, cottage food, farm-to-market, small business, and retail vendors. There’s also live musical performances located in historic downtown Brenham.

downtownbrenham.com

Giddings

Fury on the Sixth Championship Bull Riding

July 6

Lee County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 West

Enjoy some championship bull riding at Fury on the Sixth. Brave cowboys and powerful bulls provide excitement, and you can cheer for the youngsters as they take on mutton bustin’. The event is followed by a dance.

lcspgiddings.com

Temple

Family Day: National Parks

July 6

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Our national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country. From Yellowstone to the Petrified Forest, America’s national parks protect over 85 million acres. Join along for a fun day of crafts and activities and learn about the amazing national parks right here in Texas.

templeparks.com

Brenham

Hot Nights Cool Tunes Concerts

July 6-27

Downtown Brenham

Have a cool time in downtown Brenham with the sounds of live music provided by a different stage band each Saturday night.

downtownbrenham.com

Allen

Auspicious Rath Yatra Celebration

July 6

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas, 1450 N. Watters Road

Embark on a sacred journey with Radha Krishna Temple’s Rath Yatra, a vibrant and spiritual chariot festival that celebrates devotion and community. Join devotees in a procession of faith and jubilation, pulling a divine chariot through the streets of Allen.

radhakrishnatemple.net/spiritual-retreat-family-camp

Mesquite

Art Exhibitions

July 8-Sept. 20

Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center presents two exhibitions featuring works by Dallas-based artists Marc Dominus, who uses found objects to “manipulate paints into layers of shape, color, and texture,” and Alec DeJesus, whose paintings and murals have been on display and seen around Big D since his move to Texas from Illinois in 2018.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Weatherford

Parker County Peach Festival

July 13

Downtown, 1 Courthouse Square

The 39th annual Parker County Peach Festival, held in historic downtown Weatherford, invites visitors to indulge in peachy treats including homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches, or just plain ol’ juicy peaches. There’s nonstop entertainment and activities for the entire family with a food competition, vendors and store specials, and two stages featuring local talent. Around 2,200 cyclists participate in the Peach Pedal Bike Ride as well.

peachfestivaltx.com

Grapevine

1920s Era Ice Cream Social

July 13

Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Join in for a relaxing social evening of ice cream and Victorian lawn games. The Grapevine Cornet Band accompanies the evening with old-time music. Lawn chairs, quilts, and picnics are welcome.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/ice-cream-social-at-nash-farm/38710

Rockdale

Heritage Celebration at The 1895

July 13

The 1895, 140 W. Cameron Ave.

Celebrate the community’s history through this interactive event entwining art and music. View an exhibit of murals highlighting individuals and aspects of Rockdale’s history and accomplishments. Experience live music and performances which honor the community’s cultural history, and learn more about Rockdale’s colorful past through interactive historical essays and walking tours.

visionrockdale.org

Mesquite

Texas Haunters Convention

July 13-14

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Taking over more than 55,000 square feet of space, this convention aimed at Halloween and cosplay enthusiasts offers a large variety of family-friendly vendors, demonstrations, and classes.

texashauntersconvention.com

Plano

Retro Expo

July 13-14

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Shop for hard-to-find vintage and collectible toys, comic books, records, video games, apparel, props, exclusives, and other items.

visitplano.com/event/retro-expo-2024/2024-07-13

Waco

Waco Mac Fest

July 14

Southern Roots Brewing Co., 219 N. Eighth St.

On National Mac and Cheese Day, Roni’s Mac Bar is hosting Waco’s first Mac Fest, a celebration of all things macaroni and cheese. This festival features a variety of local food vendors, live music, activities for kids, outdoor games, and other family-oriented fun.

wacomacfest.com

Independent Film Festival

July 18-21

Waco Hippodrome and Various Locations, 724 Austin Ave.

After 7 years as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, the event has rebranded to become the Waco Independent Film Festival. The three-day festival showcases world-class independent films and discovers Texas talent to spotlight underserved voices.

wacoindie.com

Brenham

Puppy Pals

July 19

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Puppy Pals is not your ordinary dog act. In fact, their unique and creative style earned them a top quarterfinal spot in “America’s Got Talent.” These canines are full of surprises and laugh-out-loud comedy, all while performing spectacular tricks.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Fairfield

Fuzzy PeachFest

July 19-20

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

It’s peach season in Texas and Fairfield celebrates with the Fuzzy Peach Festival. The two-day event includes live music, a street dance, cornhole tournament, vendors, games, food trucks, water fun, and the Little Miss Peach Pageant.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Ennis

Ellis County Creative Quilters’ Quilt Show

July 19-20

Sokol Hall, 2622 SH 34 East

Stop in for quilted masterpieces, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “In the Zen Garden.”

elliscountyquilters.com

Brenham

“Treasure Island”

July 25-28

Lu Hollander, 300 Church St.

This tale follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary youth who is drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the treacherous Long John Silver. Excitement runs high in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thrilling story of pirates, treasure maps, and mutiny on the high seas.

unitybrenham.org

La Grange

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

July 26-28

La Grange Independent School District Performing Arts Center, 656 E. Travis St.

Fayette County Community Theatre is proud to present this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic work, recreating the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

faycotheatre.com

Giddings

Summer Melodrama Theater

July 26-28

First Assembly of God Church, 1050 N. Orange St.

Cheer the hero and boo the villain in this live performance melodrama for the whole family. See great stories with dashing heroes, beautiful damsels in distress, and comically villainous villains. There’s always a happy ending as the hero rides off into the sunset. Performances are one act and last around an hour. Concessions are available. All performances are free and open to the public.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

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

Waxahachie

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.”

July 26-28

University Church, 221 Solon Road

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.,” their summer children’s musical. Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks.

waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com

Giddings

Christmas in July Sip and Shop

July 27

The Silos on 77, 1031 CR 223

Capture the Christmas season early at the Christmas in July Sip and Shop. Browse the colorful wares of craft vendors while you sip on a cool beverage as seasonal tunes fill the air. Crafts include woodworking, handicrafts, décor, bath and body products, candles, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and tasty treats.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Bowie

July Jam

July 27

Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St.

July Jam highlights championship fiddlers on stage at the Bowie Community Center. There’s also a chicken meal and a silent auction.

Midlothian

Summer Beats

July 27

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Family-friendly outdoor concerts feature a variety of music from country to rock and pop. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Coolers are allowed.

midlothian.tx.us/903/summer-concert-series

Hearne

Texas Big Paragliding Open Distance

July 28-Aug. 2

Hearne Municipal Airport, FM 485 and Crennan Lane

Watch David Prentice and all the paragliders who embark on the Hearne Municipal Airport. The LoneStar XC Camp is designed for all levels of paraglider pilots who want to improve thermal and XC skills in a low-stress environment.

flycuervo.com/lonestar.cfm

Bastrop

Homecoming and Rodeo

July 30-Aug. 3

Mayfest Park, 25 American Legion Drive

Homecoming week brings rodeos, dances, class reunions, a grand parade, food, and a carnival.

bastrophomecomingrodeo.org

Temple

First Friday: Summer Sizzle

Aug. 2

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Brenham

First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market

Aug. 2

Baylor and Park streets

Shop for fresh, local foods and products at this open-air market. Find artisan, cottage food, farm-to-market, small business, and retail vendors. There’s also live musical performances located in historic downtown Brenham.

downtownbrenham.com

Temple

Family Day: Dig it!

Aug. 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

What is a mummy? Did you know that mummies don’t just come from Egypt? Join in for an archeological adventure through some of the fascinating things found in burial chambers and temples.

templeparks.com

Dallas

“Jet Fuel”

Aug. 8-26

Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St.

“Jet Fuel” is an original play about sex, gender, and the construct of fairness in elite sports, inspired by the story of Olympic sprinter Caster Semenya.

ci.ovationtix.com/36177/production/1172837

Bastrop

“Treasure Island”

Aug. 9-25

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

“Treasure Island” is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.

bastropoperahouse.org

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

Chappell Hill

Wine and Cheese Crawl

Aug. 10

Downtown Chappell Hill

Grab some friends and cool off with the annual Wine and Cheese Crawl in downtown Chappell Hill. Sample specially selected wines with expertly paired cheeses. Stroll to each shop while sipping and nibbling goodies along the way.

chappellhilltx.com

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

Corsicana

“Red” by John Logan

Aug. 14-17

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Immerse yourself in the intense hues of “Red,” an exhibition by John Logan featuring the artist’s compelling exploration of art, passion, and the human experience.

thewlac.com

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

Brenham

Peter, Paul, and Mary Tribute Concert

Aug. 17

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

This tribute group brings back the American folk music revival phenomenon when Peter, Paul, and Mary’s music and messages were so important to our culture. The original Peter, Paul, and Mary took over the social commentary of folk music in the 1960s, and their nonstop hits made them a worldwide sensation. The Peter, Paul, and Mary tribute show brings back the same great music and messages that are still so relevant in our world today, with impeccable accuracy to the authentic look, feel, and sound of the original group.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Mckinney

MillHouse Summer ArtFest

Aug. 24-25

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Beat the summer heat at an indoor art festival. Explore juried art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Food by Flaming Grill Barbecue and drinks by Amazing Bartending Services are available. White Box Roastery is open with coffee, tea, pastries, and snacks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Dinosaurs Live!

Aug. 24-Feb. 17

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Encounter the 46-foot-tall T. rex and new life-sized animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the annual exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar. An outdoor fossil dig is available for kids. The dinosaur trail is great for jogging strollers, but not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs.

heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live

Granbury

Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

To end the summer, the Historic Granbury Merchants Association is sponsoring a fun family festival and sidewalk sale. Shop from vendors around the square, let the kids enjoy activities at the Plaza and under the pavilion, and sing karaoke on the main stage. The city beach has kayaks, tubes, bikes, and stand-up paddleboards for rent.

visitgranbury.com/event/labor-day-weekend-festival-and-sidewalk-sale/12502

Allen

PlantCon Dallas

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel and Convention Center, 777 Watteres Creek Blvd.

After launching in Houston, PlantCon extends its roots into Dallas this year. Experience an immersive weekend filled with workshops featuring field experts, presentations, community building, and plant exhibitors.

plantcon.org

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

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

Temple

“Hemingway in Comics”

Sept. 3-Oct. 19

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Hemingway is often portrayed as the hypermasculine legend: bearded, boozed up, and ready to throw a punch. But just as often, comic book writers see past the bravado to the person, grappling with his own demons. “Hemingway in Comics” provides a unique and entertaining lens for considering one of America’s most influential authors.

templeparks.com

Dallas

Katy 5K

Sept. 5

Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave.

The Katy 5K takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Dallas, including Turtle Creek, Uptown, and the Katy Trail. Post race, celebrate at the Picnic Party with live entertainment, free Michelob Ultra (ages 21 and over), free food from over 30 local eateries, sponsor swag, and selfie stations.

katytraildallas.org/5k

Mesquite

The PTO Today Expo

Sept. 5

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

As the premier event for PTOs and PTAs, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with dozens of vendors that work exclusively with parent groups.

ptotoday.com/events

Gainesville

Texas! Can You Dig It!

Sept. 6

Texas Travel Information Center, 4901 I-35 North

Participate in an informational and fun day and celebrate the history and heritage of Texas through an archaeological lens. Featured partners provide information on state parks, museums, artifacts, fossils, and dinosaur attractions. Travel Counselors are available to answer and assist with all of your travel and tourism questions.

Rowlett

Friday Night Grooves

Sept. 6-27

Downtown Rowlett Green, 4001 Main St.

Every Friday in September, see live performances that make you move and groove to the rhythm. Whether you’re a fan of soulful tunes, rocking beats, or toe-tapping melodies, there’s a lineup of talented musicians ready to set the stage on fire.

rowletttx.gov/1430/friday-night-grooves-on-main

Dallas

Chocolate Festival

Sept. 6-8

Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave.

What started in 2009 as a simple event featuring two bean-to-bar chocolate makers has exploded into one of the “must do” events for Dallas foodies. Featuring chocolate samples from industry innovators the world over, the event now gives visitors a first-hand taste into all things chocolate, from the harvesting process to the beautiful packaging.

dallaschocolate.org

Temple

First Friday: Harvest

Sept. 6

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. September’s theme is Harvest.

downtowntemple.com

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

Midlothian

Autumn Beats Concert Series

Sept. 7, Oct.5, Nov. 2

Midlothian Community Park, Art Pierard Memorial Amphitheater, 3601 S. 14th St.

These family-friendly outdoor concerts are held in the evenings. Food for purchase is available, and outside food, drinks, and coolers are allowed. Bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. There is ample free parking.

midlothian.tx.us/autumnbeats

Luling

Luling Foundation Youth Grill-Off

Sept. 7

Luling Foundation Farm, 523 S. Mulberry St.

Get your grill on for a youth beef burger competition. Youth in grades 3-12 compete in a creative burger grill-off. Beef and grills are provided.

lulingfoundation.org

Brenham

Liverpool Legends in Concert

Sept. 7

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Hand-picked by the late George Harrison’s sister, these actors/musicians won Branson’s Best Band, Best Show, Best Tribute Show, and Visitors’ Choice Entertainer of The Year. The group of four plays plays Beatles hits from all eras and has toured all over the world with sold-out shows.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Southlake

Celebrate Southlake

Sept. 7

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Celebrate Southlake’s birthday with fellow area residents. Local organizations, community groups, and nonprofits are the heart of this event. There’s a cake contest, activity booths, live entertainment, and food vendors.

visitsouthlaketexas.com/events/special-events-7/celebrate-southlake

Chappell Hill

Airing of the Quilts

Sept. 7

Downtown Chappell Hill

Step back in time and stroll through Chappell Hill viewing a plethora of quilts. Grandma’s attic full of quilts are all hanging in Chappell Hill for the day. Some quilts are available for sale. There are also kids’ activities.

chappellhilltx.com

Fairfield

Show of Wheels

Sept. 7

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

Celebrate the love of vehicles at this annual show. With over 40 judged classes, you’re sure to find the right fit for your car, truck, or motorcycle. See the Antique Tractor Club’s tractors and enjoy food vendors, live music, raffles, a city-wide garage sale, and the Ladies Poker Stroll.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Mckinney

Jurassic Night Out

Sept. 7

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Experience a night of prehistoric proportions with an adults-only evening under the stars featuring the ‘90s blockbuster, “Jurassic Park.” See iconic dinosaurs on the big screen and in the outdoor amphitheater while being surrounded by life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trail. Feast on food from vendors, and enjoy a selection of beverages.

heardmuseum.org/jurassic-night-out

Midlothian

Autumn Beats: The Journey Tribute

Sept. 7

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Bring chairs and a blanket for lawn seating to a Journey tribute show. Food is available for purchase.

midlothian.tx.us/907/autumn-concert-series

Grapevine

ItalianCarFest

Sept. 7

Historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

ItalianCarFest is a prelude to the 38th annual GrapeFest. This is the largest show of premier Italian automobiles in the Southwest. There are more than 90 modern and classic vehicles, from Fiats and Alfa Romeos to Lamborghinis and Ferraris, Maseratis, Siatas, and Lancias. Admission is free. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/italiancarfest/38711

Temple

Family Day: Learn to Draw

Sept. 7

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Do you love art? Do you like to doodle and draw? How do you feel about comic books? This Family Day is all about learning to draw and exploring art. While here, check out the museum’s exhibit that inspired this topic: “Hemingway in Comics.”

templeparks.com

Plano

Family Fest DFW

Sept. 7

Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

This event features Neo Soul Night Under the Stars, an annual outdoor concert featuring soul and R&B music, along with food vendors and family fun. Bring lawn chairs and a cooler for this popular summer event.

visitplano.com

Corsicana

Vinyl Radio in Concert

Sept. 7

The Palace Theater , 112 W. Sixth Ave.

The 1970 tribute band from Nashville performs songs by Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Journey, and other classic rock artists.

corsicanapalace.com

“A Wrinkle In Time”

Sept. 10-15

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Warehouse Living Arts Center presents this youth show based on the children’s classic novel. Experience this stage adaptation of the enchanting tale.

thewlac.com

Grapevine

GrapeFest

Sept. 12-15

Historic Main Street District, 636 S. Main St.

Mark your calendars for the 38th Annual GrapeFest. There are a variety of annual events, special wine tastings, and kid-friendly activities when Main Street closes down to traffic for the four-day festival throughout the second weekend in September.

grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest

Rowlett

Taste of Fall Markets

Sept. 12-Oct. 31

Downtown Rowlett Green, 4001 Main St.

On Thursday nights, enjoy a delightful evening at the downtown Rowlett Green. Explore a variety of food vendors offering seasonal treats and local favorites. Browse through unique craft stalls showcasing handmade goods and artistic creations.

rowletttx.gov/1911/53551/taste-of-fall-farmers-craft-market

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Elgin’s historic downtown. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin farmers market, delicious food, and friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

Plano

Legacy West on Tap

Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12

Legacy West, 7600 Windrose Ave.

On the second Thursday of the month, visitors are invited to sip, savor, and shop their way through this luxury mixed-use development in the heart of Plano. Sample drinks and culinary treats while browsing shops and seeing live entertainment.

visitplano.com

Bastrop

“Young Frankenstein the Musical”

Sept. 13-29

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s.

bastropoperahouse.org

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

Frisco

Catholic Bowl IV

Sept. 14

The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way

Four to six high school football teams from Texas and surrounding states compete in games. Teams start with a private group mass the night before, learn about the September 11th attacks, and compete against like-minded teams.

globalfootball.com

Caldwell

Kolache Festival

Sept. 14

Downtown Caldwell, 100 Buck St.

The annual Kolache Festival offers attractions and homemade kolaches. See the crowning of Miss Kolache, followed by the youth “beseda” dancers. There’s also the kolache eating contest, kolache baking championship, a 5K Kolache Krunch run, and polka music. Arts and crafts, food, a quilt show, classic car shows, and children’s activities are also included.

burlesoncountytx.com/kolache-fest

Melissa

Road Tribute Festival

Sept. 14

Melissa Road, 1933 Melissa Road

The second annual Road Tribute Festival is a fun-filled afternoon and evening loaded with classic tribute bands, food trucks, and merchandise vendors in the heart of Melissa. There is free admission and parking.

cityofmelissa.com

Van

Texas Tea Car Show

Sept. 14

Van Connections Church, 326 W. Main St.

Car enthusiasts can see cars, trucks, rat rods, hot rods, Jeeps, Corvettes, and Mustangs in this car show. There are special awards for vehicles, plus live entertainment and barbecue.

vanareachamber.com

Oil Festival

Sept. 14

Van City Park, 300 VZCR 1527

Van celebrates 95 years of oil-rich history with Oil Museum tours, food, carnival games, vendors, tournaments, a penny toss, face painting, bounce houses, a train, and the new Van Oil Queen and her court. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the day. There’s live entertainment, too, and prizes.

vanareachamber.com

Lewisville

Professional Bull Riding

Sept. 14

Bill Weaver Arena, 101 Parkway Drive

Lewisville’s Professional Bull Riding benefits the veteran’s charity Boot Campaign, which unites Americans to honor and restore the lives of veterans and military families through individualized life-improving programs. Each contestant rides one bull. The top riders advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull ride. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.

visitlewisville.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

Bedford

Concerts on Harwood—Flute Recital by Mehrdad Gholami

Sept. 14

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 2701 Harwood Road

Prominent Iranian-American flutist Mehrdad Gholami performs a solo recital accompanied by pianist Tak Yan Yeung as part of Concerts on Harwood, a classical music concert series. Founded in 2023, Concerts on Harwood brings the joy of live classical music to the neighborhood by featuring first-class performing musicians in concerts four times a year. Admission is free.

emmanuelpc.org/concerts-on-harwood

Grand Prairie

The Epic Arts and Music Weekend

Sept. 14-15

Epic Central, 2971 SH 161

At this festival celebrating creativity, art, and music, attendees can browse the works of local vendors, learn from art demonstrations, and enjoy live music.

epiccentral.com

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , Beaton Street

Sip, shop, and savor the day with mimosas at the market. Enjoy a blend of shopping and sipping, where every mimosa is a toast to good finds and great company.

visitcorsicana.com

Fort Worth

Cal Tri Fort Worth

Sept. 15

Marine Creek Field, 2596 Jim Wright Freeway

The Cal Tri Fort Worth has 14 event options where competitors run, bike, and swim various distances. There’s also a free youth sprint for kids ages 7 to 17.

fortworth.californiatriathlon.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 16th-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

Grand Prairie

Grupo Niche in Concert

Sept. 15

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

One of the leading salsa bands in the world, Grupo Niche hails from Colombia.

texastrustcutheatre.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

Sip and Shop

Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19

Downtown Plano Arts District, 1021 E. 15th St.

Spend an evening in downtown Plano sipping and shopping every third Thursday for the month (the event runs March through December).

visitplano.com

Waco

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Sept. 20-22

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.

Shop with 130 merchants to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place. It’s a great way to knock out much of your holiday shopping in one swoop.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Grandview

Antique Alley Texas 25th Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 20-22

Antique Alley Texas, 300 E. Criner St.

Since 1999, the Antique Alley Texas festival has occurred on the third weekends of April and September. Rain or shine, the event spans eight communities (Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus, Keene, Joshua, and Waxahachie). Vendors set up in pastures along Farm-to-Market Road 4 between Grandview and Cleburne. Expect food trucks, arts, crafts, antiques, garden items, clothing, home décor, and junker’s delights, including some musical entertainment.

facebook.com/antiquealleytexas

Weatherford

Quilter’s Guild of Parker County Quilt Show

Sept. 20-21

Texas Church of God, 2240 Fort Worth Highway

Over 100 quilts are judged in the Quilt Show, and a country store is available to shop for handmade gifts. There is a small quilt auction, a raffle quilt, and vendors.

quiltersguildofparkercounty.org

Sulphur Springs

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Show

Sept. 20-21

ROC, 115 Putman St.

More than 100 quilts are on display at the 23rd annual show. Vendors are present for shopping and there are door prizes for patrons.

sulphurspringstxquilts.com

Bastrop

Music in the Museum

Sept. 21

Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center, 904 Main St.

Music in the Museum concerts takes place on the third Saturday of every month, offering a unique platform for area artists to share their diverse talents in different genres and to connect with the community. Concerts are free and open to the public.

bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com/copy-of-quarterly-meeting

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

Garland

Fall Music Fest and Guzzler Fun Run

Sept. 21

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

Lace-up those running or walking shoes and race the annual Garland Guzzler 0.5K—a physically undemanding but mentally strenuous race. Head to downtown Garland to cheer on participants, then stick around for the post-race fun, featuring a Fall Music Fest, costume contest, games, and delicious food and craft brews. Costumes are encouraged.

visitgarlandtx.com/guzzler

Giddings

Giddings Fiesta

Sept. 21

Downtown Giddings, 199 N. Burleson St.

The Giddings Fiesta features mariachi, dancing horses, folklórico dancing, Aztec dancers, a “grito” (yell) contest, and live entertainment. The food and boutique vendors showcase Hispanic culture, music, and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs and hang out all day in downtown Giddings.

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100092558891681

Grapevine

Fleetwood Mac Tribute Concert

Sept. 21

Palace Arts Theatre, 300 S. Main St.

Fleetwood X is the country’s premiere tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The show delivers the look, sound, and funky vibe that Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere know and love. The band portrays the Fleetwood Mac of the ‘70s, performing the most-loved hits such as “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “The Chain.”

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/fleetwood-x-a-tribute-to-fleetwood-mac/39360

Waxahachie

C10s in the Park

Sept. 21

Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Ave.

At this Chevy truck show, see more than 1,000 C10 trucks, live music, and other attractions.

c10sinthepark.com

Corsicana

Gene Watson in Concert

Sept. 21

The Palace Theater , 112 W. Sixth Ave.

The Houstonian has been performing for more than 50 years, first singing in churches in his birthplace of Palestine and penning his first radio single, “If It’s That Easy” in 1962.

corsicanapalace.com

Giddings

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

The Colony

Bow Wow Luau

Sept. 22

Hawaiian Waters, 4400 Paige Road

You and your four-legged friend are invited to a tropical getaway at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Dive in with your hot dog and enjoy doggie swims, contests, games, and prizes. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund. Limit two dogs per owner.

thecolonytx.gov/839/bow-wow-luau

Waxahachie

Farm Heritage Day

Sept. 22

Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm Inc., 130 Cunningham Meadows Road

This family-centered event features outdoor games, hayrides, farm vendors, farm animals, and farm living history activities. There is no charge for admission or activities.

ruralheritagefarm.org

Bastrop

Music Festival

Sept. 26-29

Downtown Bastrop, Main Street

Four days and nights of live music feature shows by artists in a variety of genres at venues across the charming Central Texas community of Bastrop.

bastropmusicfestival.com

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

Corsicana

Ladies Night

Sept. 26, Nov. 28

Downtown , Beaton Street

Enjoy complimentary drinks as you explore downtown, sip on your favorite beverages, and indulge in a shopping spree at our local businesses.

visitcorsicana.com

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

Lewisville

Western Days

Sept. 27-28

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St.

Held each year in Old Town Lewisville, Western Days celebrates Western culture with live music, a live cooking demonstration, car show, food and merchandise vendors, and the World Tamale Eating Championship.

lewisvillewesterndays.com

The Colony

Nerf Capture the Flag

Sept. 27

The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 N. Colony Blvd.

Grab your friends and prepare for battle at Nerf Capture the Flag. Some ammo is provided, but you must bring your own equipment and all the extra ammo you can carry. T-shirts in your team color are included in your ticket cost. No automatic blasters or Nerf balls are allowed, only standard Nerf blasters and darts only. Bring your own safety glasses to wear.

thecolonytx.gov/1313/nerf-capture-the-flag

Brenham

The Malpass Brothers in Concert

Sept. 28

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Regulars at the Grand Ole Opry, this duo performed with Merle Haggard for seven years. The multi-award winners also deliver hilarious off-the-cuff sibling banter. Their music is steeped in the legacy of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, and George Jones. You may hear a few old-time gospel tunes, too.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Hillsboro

Autumnfest

Sept. 28

Hill County Courthouse, 1 N. Waco St.

On the Hill County Courthouse square, families have fun at a fun festival with live music, games and inflatables for kids, vendors, food trucks, and a cider crawl.

hillsborotx.org

Grand Prairie

Marisela in Concert

Sept. 28

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

Marisela, a Mexican-American singer and actress also known as “La Dama de Hierro,” comes to Grand Prairie. Experience the only singer in Spanish to place all songs of an album in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

Fall Train Show

Sept. 28-29

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs organizes two train shows each year in Plano, giving model train enthusiasts young and old the opportunity to see a variety of home layouts, shop from vendors, learn through clinics, and ask expert builder questions.

visitplano.com

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

Mesquite

World Championship Miniature Bullriding

Sept. 30-Oct. 5

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

Watch young bull riders, ages 4-18, from across the world compete for a grand prize and the exclusive title of World Mini Bull Rider.

mesquitearena.com

Rowlett

Lunch on the Lawn

Oct. 1-29

Downtown Rowlett Green, 4001 Main St.

Join along for a lunch on the lawn this fall and savor delicious flavors from a variety of food trucks. From savory to sweet, the curated lineup of vendors tantalizes your taste buds with an array of culinary delights.

rowletttx.gov/2035/Fall-lunch-on-the-lawn

Dallas

Barbershop Harmony Society Southwestern District Fall Convention

Oct. 3-5

DFW Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2334 N. International Pkwy.

Choruses and quartets from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana come together for fun, fellowship, and friendly competition in the a cappella barbershop style.

swd.org

Round Top

Market Hill’s Fall Show

Oct. 3-27

Market Hill, 1542 SH 237 North

Market Hill is open year-round outside of the seasonal Antiques Fair and serves as the industry’s epicenter for sourcing treasures from centuries past and one-of-a-kind finds mixed with bespoke modern art and décor. Market Hill is a home away from home for the world’s design community, offering refined amenities for a hassle-free experience including plentiful free parking and a full-service, chef-driven restaurant, bar, and event space, Duo Modern. Shop the Fall Show for items found nowhere else.

markethillroundtop.com

Corsicana

Strut Down Beaton

Oct. 3

Downtown , Beaton Street

See the fall lines of local boutiques at this outdoor fashion show that includes complimentary wine and champagne, d’oueuvres, lively music, and several giveaways, all in an intimate setting on a historical brick street.

visitcorsicana.com

Granbury

Oktoberfest

Oct. 4-6

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Grab your lederhosen and dirndls and celebrate this German tradition in the Granbury Square Plaza and Pavilion, with vendors located on the Plaza, Bridge Street, and Crockett. Expect shopping with vendors, beer hoisting contests, Hammerschlagen (a German game), Jenga, lumberjack contests, polka dancing, and family fun that includes a Kinderplatz to keep your children entertained.

visitgranbury.com/event/oktoberfest/16403

Temple

First Friday: Oktoberfest

Oct. 4

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping. This month’s theme is Oktoberfest.

downtowntemple.com

College Station

Desert Storm

Oct. 4

Don and Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource And Support Center, General Services Complex, Agronomy Road

A retired U.S. Army general, Ernie Roberts, asked various artists to depict a Desert Storm soldier as an homage to his efforts to honor the troops from El Paso. Tom Lea was the only artist to agree, with the condition an actual Desert Storm veteran would pose for him. Lea’s painting, “Old Breed, New Brotherhood,” became an important image for veterans nationwide. Cadets bought the original working drawing of “Old Breed, New Brotherhood,” which now hangs in the Veterans Center on Campus in College Station, Texas. Join in for a celebration reception and speakers.

tomlea.com

The Colony

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail

Oct. 4-31

TOCA Soccer Center, 7801 N. Main St.

Every weekend in October, take a self-guided tour through the Haunted Shadows Lake Trail. Pick your way through the dark, winding trail and uncover the various frightening creatures that you’ll meet along the way.

hauntedshadowslaketrail.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

Grand Prairie

Steve Trevino: Good Life Tour

Oct. 4-13

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

Steve Trevino is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and producer.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Terrell

Mural Walk and Antique Car Show

Oct. 5

Downtown Terrell, 200 W. Moore Ave.

Visit historic murals and read the history behind each, and then get a prize for completing the walk. The antique car show showcases automobiles from 1900 through 1950 and celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first automobile (horseless carriage) ride in Texas.

discoverterrell.com

Midlothian

Autumn Beats: The Maroon 5 Tribute Show

Oct. 5

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating during a Maroon 5 tribute show. Food is available for purchase.

midlothian.tx.us/907/autumn-concert-series

Temple

Mythical Monsters

Oct. 5

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

From weird creatures to space monsters, join in on a deep dive of mythical monsters. Learn a bit of cultural history as well as monster tales from right here in Texas.

templeparks.com

Burton

Treasure Trail

Oct. 5

Various locations

Shop Burton’s Treasure Trail, a city-wide yard sale. Maps are provided at participating locations.

facebook.com/events/3500021836886865

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

Grand Prairie

Ana Gabriel in Concert

Oct. 5

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

The Mexican singer-songwriter performs songs in several genres of music, primarily Latin pop, Latin ballad, and ranchera.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Flight of the Monarch

Oct. 5

Epic Central, 2971 SH 161

Each autumn, Texas witnesses millions of monarch butterflies embarking on their annual migration south. At this event, visitors can partake in butterfly releases and enjoy live music, food, vendors, and engaging activities.

epiccentral.com

Plano

FreshieFest

Oct. 5

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Bringing the freshie and craft communities together, this event offers a day of networking, shopping at favorite craft suppliers, and learning at classes taught by popular makers in the freshie world. Participate in raffles, giveaways, and booth bingo.

visitplano.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

Corsicana

Bellamy Brothers in Concert

Oct. 10

The Palace Theater , 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Howard and David Bellamy continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 40 years of success.

corsicanapalace.com

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

Waxahachie

Hollydays Market

Oct. 11-13

Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane

Shop with 130 merchants to find lots of new and unique gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Gainesville

Safety Tailgating

Oct. 11

Texas Travel Information Center, 4901 I-35 North

The Texas-OU annual game sees lots of travelers for the rivalry match. Stop by the Texas Travel Information Center for the Safety Tailgating event, where TxDOT’s own Traffic Safety Division is on deck to talk about safety while driving before, during, and after the game. There is a rollover convincer to show what happens to unbuckled passengers in a rollover crash, and drunk googles to demonstrate vision changes while drinking.

Grapevine

Day Out With Thomas

Oct. 11-20

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Hop on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for Day Out With Thomas. If your little ones love Thomas the Tank Engine, bring the entire family to enjoy this special opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Kids also love onboard activities such as arts and crafts.

gvrr.com/event/day-out-with-thomas/38724

Barn Dance at Historic Nash Farm

Oct. 11

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Partake in an old-fashioned, 1950s-era barn dance at Nash Farm. The event includes a fried chicken box supper followed by the dance. The live band leads the called dances from atop a farm truck out by the big red barn. Horseshoes and other fun games are available to play.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/barn-dance/38712

Temple

Tri-City Gem and Mineral Show

Oct. 11-12

Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3301 N. Third St.

Interested in rock hounding and working with gems and minerals? This two-day show presents vendors with a variety of gems, minerals, rocks, beads, and jewelry for purchase. There are activities for children, displays of rock collections for viewing, silent auctions of rocks and minerals, grand prize drawings, and rock hounds to provide information about the hobby.

dfarhie.wixsite.com/tcgms

Grand Prairie

The Avett Brothers in Concert

Oct. 11-20

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

The American folk rock band comes from Concord, North Carolina.

texastrustcutheatre.com

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

Luling

Night in Old Luling

Oct. 12

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

Benefiting local nonprofits each year, Night in Old Luling includes games, hay rides, food, beverages, a cake auction, and entertainment.

facebook.com/nightinoldluling2022

Dallas

Peter White and Vincent Ingala in Concert

Oct. 12

Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway

Hear jazz under the stars with musicians Peter White and Vincent Ingala.

ci.ovationtix.com/35742/production/1179937

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

Mckinney

Halloween at the Heard

Oct. 12

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Visitors from across North Texas love Halloween at the Heard, which features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie “Dinosaurs Live!” life-size animatronic dinosaurs trail. Families enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage.

heardmuseum.org/halloween-at-the-heard

Edom

Art Festival

Oct. 12-13

Edom Art Festival, FM 279 at FM 314

The 52nd annual Edom Art Festival takes place in the artist’s hamlet of Edom with over 60 artists, singer/songwriters, a kids’ creation station, food trucks, and wineries. Admission is free.

edomarts.com

Mckinney

Ratrodtober

Oct. 12

Tupps Brewery, 402 E. Louisiana St., Building 2

Rat rods, hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars, and motorcycles come together for an adrenaline-pumping show. Live music has you dancing all day long while you explore the local vendors offering unique finds. There’s also prizes at the silent auction and raffle, and craft beer available for purchase.

ratrodtober.com

Irving

Irving Symphony Orchestra Opening Night with Clayton Stephenson

Oct. 12

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Irving Symphony sets the stage for a magical season as it embarks on a musical journey of epic proportions. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of “The Force Awakens” (a Star Wars saga), the 40th anniversary of “Back to the Future,” and the 100th anniversary of Gershwin’s piano masterpiece, Piano Concerto in F, experience a great opening night with International Cliburn Piano Competition finalist Clayton Stephenson.

irvingsymphony.org

Grapevine

Fall Roundup

Oct. 12

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Jump feet first into fall during Grapevine’s historic Fall Roundup. The family-friendly agricultural festival includes pumpkin photo ops, farm animals, and chuckwagon demonstrations.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/fall-roundup/38713

Pilot Point

Bonnie and Clyde Days

Oct. 12

Pilot Point Historic Square, 55 Washington St.

The annual festival is held to commemorate the day Hollywood came to Pilot Point, when the film “Bonnie and Clyde” shot its famous bank robbery scene at the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank building. The festival is an all-day extravaganza with reenactments of the movie scene complete with authentic Model As, a classic car show, live music, a soap box challenge, a kids’ area, and vendors.

cityofpilotpoint.org/304/bonnie-clyde-days

Cameron

Steak, Stein, and Wine Festival

Oct. 12

Downtown Cameron , Downtown square between First and Main streets

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce hosts a full day of fun with an antique car show, kids’ area, beer and wine from local wineries, craft and food vendors, museum tours, and live music—all culminating with a delicious steak dinner featuring local 44 Farms beef and all the trimmings.

cameron-tx.com

The Colony

Family Fright Fest

Oct. 12

Stewart Creek Park , 3700 Sparks Road

Ghosts and ghouls are out in droves at Stewart Creek Park. Bring the whole family for a howling night full of hay rides, games, vendors, contests, and trick-or-treating.

thecolonytx.gov/835/family-fright-fest

Plano

North Texas Pride “Come As You Are” Festival

Oct. 12

Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St.

The family-friendly festival celebrates pride in diversity and includes sponsor/vendor booths, food and beverages, giveaways, adult and kid activities, bands, a DJ, dancing, and entertainment for all ages.

visitplano.com

Beatles Night

Oct.12

Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

This annual event returns with fan-favorite tribute band Hard Night’s Day delivering a genuine Beatles experience. Bring chairs, blankets, coolers, and beverages. Food and beverages are be available for purchase.

visitplano.com

Corsicana

Airshow

Oct. 12

Corsicana Municipal Airport, C. David Campbell Field, 9000 Navarro Road

Experience thrilling air performances and breathtaking stunts from the Coyote Squadron of Corsicana. Fun for the whole family, the show celebrates its silver anniversary this year.

coyotesquadron.org

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

Corsicana

Witches Night Out

Oct. 17

Downtown , Beaton Street

Dress in your best witch attire and enjoy a night of sipping and shopping. Win prizes by completing the Witches Map by going to every partipating business.

visitcorsicana.com

Plano

Hollydays Market

Oct. 18-20

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

With more than 130 merchants on-site, you’re sure to find lots of new and one-of-a-kind gifts for all your gift-giving needs.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Yorktown

Western Days

Oct. 18-20

Yorktown City Park , 103 W. Main St.

This fun family festival, held in Yorktown’s downtown City Park, includes music, parades, cookoffs, vendors, a gunfighter show, carnival, and a petting zoo. This year is the 66th year for Western Days and thousands flock to Yorktown for the weekend.

yorktowntx.com

Fairfield

Big T Memorial Cookoff

Oct. 18-19

WL Moody Fairgrounds , 839 E. Commerce St.

Organized by the Golden Circle Special Needs Association, all money raised goes to support people with special needs in the area. The cookoff features a state championship IBCA-sanctioned cookoff, along with jackpot categories as well as the popular Kids’ Cookoff Challenge. Anyone can enter the competition, and there are family-friendly activities to enjoy as well.

bigtmemorial.com

Calvert

The Hunters Moon Fest

Oct. 18-19

The Hunters Moon Fest, Main Street

After a launch party on the evening of Oct. 18, the festival hosts activities the next day that include the Hooves and Heels 5K and Historic Color Fun Run, a car show, artisans, food trucks, and shopping on Main Street. Also, The Eloia Theater presents a production of the play “The 39 Steps,” based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie, and Lone Oak Lounge hosts an inflatable costume party.

calverttxchamber.org

Grand Prairie

Kevin Hart: Acting My Age

Oct. 18

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian takes the stage in Grand Prairie for his latest comedy stand-up tour, Acting My Age.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Brenham

Bob Wills Texas Playboys in Concert

Oct. 19

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

When Jason Roberts steps onto the stage with his fiddle and utters his first “ah-ha,” Western swing fans know they’re experiencing the living embodiment of the Bob Wills tradition. Roberts’ vocals, instrumentals, and stage presence are as close as you can get. From the White House to “The David Letterman Show,” the band keeps the spirit of Western swing alive.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Texas Arts and Music Festival

Oct. 19-20

Downtown Brenham

Held annually every third weekend in October in historic downtown Brenham, the Texas Arts and Music Festival sees live mural installations, artist duels, an art village, and live music, all free to the public.

texasartsandmusicfestival.com

Salado

Barrow Volksride

Oct. 19

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St.

The Barrow Volksride supports the men and women of the Salado Volunteer Fire Department. Bicycle riders choose from 16-, 32-, 66-, or 100-mile routes in Hill Country. Routes start and finish at Barrow Brewing Company and cover roads from Holland to Belton and Nolanville. The 66- and 100- mile routes are a challenge with 2,500 degrees of climb.

barrowbrewing.com/volksride

Clifton

FallFest

Oct. 19

Downtown Clifton, 115 N. Avenue D

Celebrate autumn’s return with family fun in historic downtown Clifton. Set along downtown’s historic avenues, visitors can find performers, artisans, and crafters from around the state. There’s also vendors, food, and a car and tractor show.

visitclifton.org/fallfest

Bluff Dale

Lone Star Fireworks Festival

Oct. 19

B Bar S Ranch, 4137 CR 196

The Lone Star Fireworks Festival is an evening event featuring at least eight fireworks displays choreographed to music with a drone show, live music, and food trucks. All of the net proceeds from this event benefit the Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville.

lonestarfireworksfestival.com

Madisonville

Texas Mushroom Festival

Oct. 19

Downtown Madisonville, Corner of Main and Madison Streets

In the Mushroom Capital of Texas, experience mushroom fajitas, live entertainment, a car show, a 5K and kids’ run, a photo contest, and wine and craft beer tastings.

txmushfest.org

Mesquite

Amigo Guitar Show

Oct. 19-20

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

At this international buy-sell-trade event, attendees may bring all the musical instruments or related items they can carry to sell, trade, or have appraised.

amigoguitarshows.com/mesquite

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

Plano Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Oct. 19

Robinson Fine Arts Center, 1800 Alma Drive

Hear the “William Tell Overture,” Gershwin’s rhapsodic ballet “An American in Paris,” and a medley of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits performed by classical harmonica player Robert Bonfiglio, who joins the orchestra with his unique style in a tribute to the “King of Rock and Roll.”

visitplano.com

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

Grapevine

Witches Brew Train

Oct. 25

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Hop aboard with all the ghouls and goblins if you dare. Celebrate Halloween with costumes, Texas craft brews, and deliciously freaky fare onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. This ride is for ages 21 and up.

gvrr.com/event/witches-brew-train/38725

Ennis

Autumn Daze

Oct. 25-27

Historic Downtown Ennis, TX, 201 NW Main St.

The “biggest little fall festival” event in the area, Autumn Daze is three days of live music, a hay maze, carnival rides, pumpkin patch, and a cornhole tournament. There are free kids activities and a gorgeous pumpkin display.

visitennistexas.com/events

Grand Prairie

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in Concert

Oct. 25-27

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

The legendary pop ensemble embarks on The Last Encores tour, a celebration of Valli’s legendary career, showcasing his timeless music.

texastrustcutheatre.com

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

Gatesville

Hidden Gem Family Center

Oct. 26

Gatesville Civic Center, 301 Veterans Memorial Loop

Celebrate harvest season with the family. There is a pet costume contest, baking competition, bingo, face painting, axe throwing, and vendors.

hiddengemfamilycenter.org

Grapevine

Trick ‘r Treat Trains

Oct. 26

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Celebrate Halloween with a trip back in time on board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat Trains. The experience includes a bag of treats and Halloween songs and stories. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

gvrr.com/event/trick-r-treat-train/38726

Sulphur Springs

Hopkins County Stew Festival

Oct. 26

Buford Park, 1200 Connally St.

Close to 200 pots of stew are cooked over an open fire in the 55th annual Hopkins County Stew Festival. For $8, attendees can eat all the stew they want, as well as shop the merchandise vendors and let kids play in the Fun Zone.

hopkinschamber.org

Granbury

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Oct. 26-27

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts celebrates over 100 of the best fine art and fine crafts artists all over the country. This long-running festival showcases artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to artist gallery booths, the event offers food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities.

visitgranbury.com/event/annual-harvest-moon-festival-of-the-arts/12451

Temple

Haunted Hayride

Oct. 26

Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River, 7915 S. General Bruce Drive

Discover the spine-tingling experience of Temple’s Haunted Hayride, where an eerie adventure awaits around every twist and turn. This annual event transforms the tranquil countryside into a realm of haunting mysteries and ghostly surprises.

templeparks.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

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

Plano

Rest In Plano Fest and Apparition Expedition

Oct. 26

Downtown Plano Arts District, 1021 E. 15th St.

This Halloween-themed festival lets attendees explore eerie experiences along 15th Street, while the Apparition Expedition is a walking tour through downtown Plano’s haunted history.

visitplano.com

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

Temple

St. Nicholas Market

Nov. 1-2

Christ Episcopal Church, 300 N. Main St.

Located in the heart of downtown Temple, the St. Nicholas Market is a haven for lovers of all things merry. Feel immersed in holiday spirit and shop over 75 vendors selling unique gifts and handmade crafts, home décor, holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind ornaments, and delectable treats. Proceeds benefit local ministries of Christ Episcopal Church.

stnicholasmarket.org

Waco

Austin Avenue Art Fair

Nov. 1-3

Anthem Stories, 800 Austin Ave.

Artists display their works in booths while musicians are performing and local artists are creating. This year, Art Walk is an added experience, where local businesses host artists who are creating, displaying, and selling their works.

austinavenueartfair.com

Temple

First Friday: Thankful

Nov. 1

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Brenham

Christmas Magic

Nov. 1-3

Giddings Stone Mansion, 2203 Century Circle

The exterior and interior rooms of Giddings Stone Mansion feature different holiday themes. There’s a Saturday luncheon at the Mansion (reservations required), and guided tours by the Heritage Belles of two historic homes.

giddingsstonemansion.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

Garland

Día de los Muertos

Nov. 2

Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Garland’s Día de los Muertos is a cultural and authentic celebration that focuses on honoring past loved ones and incorporates performances from mariachi, ballet folklórico, and “matachines,” (dance troupes). Live performances, food, an artisan market, altar displays, and a Catrina contest complete the festivities.

visitgarlandtx.com/dia-garland

Midlothian

Autumn Beats: Bradley Banning in Concert

Nov. 2

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Local country singer Bradley Banning plays a free, outdoor concert. Bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. Food is available for purchase.

midlothian.tx.us/907/autumn-concert-series

Lockhart

​Texas Monthly Barbecue Fest

Nov. 2-3

Downtown Lockhart, 504 City Park Road

Lockhart, the barbecue capital of Texas, welcomes some of the top 50 barbecue joints in the state for Texas Monthly’s Barbecue Fest. Attendees can expect barbecue samples, an artisan market, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

texasmonthly.com/event/2024-tm-bbq-fest-lockhart

Round Top

Wine Fest

Nov. 2

Round Top Area Chamber of Commerce, 203 N. Washington St.

Local shopping spots throughout Round Top are pouring a variety of wines throughout the day. For attendees, a map tells you participating shops and a list of wines. Mark your favorites as you make the rounds and be entered in the raffle.

exploreroundtop.com/winefest

Temple

Family Day: I Am Me

Nov. 2

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

We are all different, which is what makes our world bright and interesting. Expression can be important for emotional well-being, communication, and self-discovery. Learn how kids from all over the world express themselves.

templeparks.com

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

Fort Worth

Margaret’s Market Boutique

Nov. 4-8, 11-13

Margaret’s Market Boutique, 1326 Pennsylvania Ave.

Benefiting the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, this annual holiday market and boutique offers gifts and other items for all occasions, including holiday and home décor, jewelry, women’s fashions, gourmet food, children’s toys and clothing, and books.

thewomansclubfw.com

Elgin

Veterans Appreciation Parade

Nov. 5

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

Celebrate those who have served in the nation’s military at this morning parade in downtown Elgin, followed by shopping and live entertainment.

elgintexas.gov

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

Grand Prairie

America in Concert

Nov. 7

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

The iconic multiplatinum-selling group celebrates its 54th anniversary with the Ride on Tour featuring timeless songs and powerful performances.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

‘Neath the Wreath

Nov. 7-10

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

As the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County, this holiday gift market hosts almost 10,000 shoppers and over 125 merchants from Texas and beyond. The market features holiday and home décor, ladies clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet food.

visitplano.com

Bastrop

Heroes and Hot Rods Veterans Day Cruise In and Car Show

Nov. 8-9

Downtown Bastrop, Main Street

Find 400 specialty cars all around downtown Bastrop, many with their hoods up so you can take a closer look.

bastropareacruisers.com

La Grange

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

Nov. 8-10

Sanford Schmid Amphitheater, 250 W. Fairgrounds Road

When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the Plains, the town soon becomes his home. A local girl gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead?

faycotheatre.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

Grand Prairie

Nikki Glaser: Alive and Unwell Tour

Nov. 8

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

One of the funniest female voices in comedy today, Nikki Glaser has performed for nearly two decades at clubs across the country, and, as the host of three hit podcasts, has been honing her shockingly honest, no-holds-barred style of comedy.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Bryan

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-10

Clara B. Mounce Public Library, 201 E. 26th St.

Shop thousands of bargain books by your favorite authors and help the Friends of the Library fund local library programs, including children’s summer literacy events. Fill a sack with sci-fi, mystery, history, military-war, biography, craft, and foreign novels. Choose from hardback and paperback.

friendsbcs.org

Terrell

British Bash

Nov. 9

Downtown Terrell, 201 E. Nash St.

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

discoverterrell.com

Van

Holly Berry Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 9

Van Connections Church, 326 W. Main St.

Get a head start on Christmas shopping with craft items, jams, jellies, baked goods, jewelry, quilts, and antique items for sale. Santa and Mrs. Claus are on hand to visit with kids. A homemade lunch is available.

vanareachamber.com

Irving

“A Western Swing Celebration”

Nov. 9

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Irving Symphony Orchestra (ISO) presents a musical celebration of traditions in a Western swing style with award-winning Texas Western Swing Hall of Famer Dave Alexander and his band. ISO board member Cathy Whiteman is the guest narrator in a moving rendition of “Lincoln’s Portrait” by American composer Aaron Copeland.

irvingsymphony.org

Burton

Big Star Texas Night

Nov. 9

La Bahia Turn Verein, c, 550 SH 237

The 14th annual Big Star Texas Night is full of fun with great country music, food, and auctions.

burtontexas.org

Crandall

Cotton Harvest Festival

Nov. 9

Downtown Crandall, 116 S. Main St.

The day begins with an early Cotton Dash 5K run, followed by the festival. Families can enjoy rides, stage music, a beer and wine garden, craft vendors, food trucks, a car show, and local entertainment.

crandallchamber.net

The Colony

American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans

Nov. 9

The Athletic Club , 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Celebrate Veterans Day at the annual American Heroes festival, a free patriotic event honoring veterans with a range of family-friendly activities including carnival rides, games, an impressive concert series headlined by Hunter Hays, delectable food trucks, and a fun drone show.

thecolonytx.gov/700/american-heroes

Corsicana

Seger Systems in Concert

Nov. 9

The Palace Theater , 112 W. Sixth Ave.

See this Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band tribute act perform some of the musician’s best known rock hits.

corsicanapalace.com

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

Seguin

Art and Wine Walk

Nov. 9

Downtown,

Sequin showcases its growing art community with this event hosted by the Seguin Commission on the Arts that includes live music, wine tastings, shopping, and artists displaying their work.

visitseguin.com

Temple

“The Fourth Grade Project”

Nov. 12-Jan 7

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

In the past decade, acclaimed artist Judy Gelles interviewed and photographed more than 300 fourth grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, England, India, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, South Africa, Dubai, South Korea, and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Their varied stories touch on the human condition and urgent social issues.

templeparks.com

Brenham

Winter Dance Party

Nov. 16

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

A live concert recreates the final tour of early rock ‘n’ roll greats. The show is packed with two hours of high voltage entertainment featuring the biggest hit songs of the ‘50s era: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” and “Chantilly Lace.”

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Fort Worth

“Lightscape”

Nov. 16-Dec. 31

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The international sellout sensation, “Lightscape,” returns to the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden for its third consecutive year to dazzle audiences with more than 1 million holiday lights and never-before-seen artistic installations from around the world throughout a 1.2-mile walking trail. In total, over 80 percent of “Lightscape” is new and reimagined for 2024.

fwbg.org/lightscape

Grand Prairie

Intocable in Concert

Nov. 16

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don’t miss Intocable live at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

Plano Symphony Orchestra: “Video Games Live”

Nov. 16

Robinson Fine Arts Center, 1800 Alma Drive

The Plano Symphony Orchestra presents this award-winning immersive concert event featuring music from Final Fantasy, Halo, Warcraft, Skyrim, and other video games, synchronized to cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting, and special effects.

visitplano.com

Grand Prairie

Giggle Squad Live: Club Giggle

Nov. 17

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

Paige DeSorbo and Hannah Berner bring their top-rated podcast on the road with their new show, “Club Giggly.” This comedic duo makes fun of everything and gets the crowd involved in giggly ways

texastrustcutheatre.com

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

Corsicana

Tree Lighting

Nov. 21

Downtown , Beaton Street

Head to the intersection of Collin and Beaton for the city’s annual tree lighting, pictures with Santa, live music, shopping at local shops, a fireworks show, games, and holiday cheer.

visitcorsicana.com

Luling

Grinchmas Arts and Crafts Fair and Kids Holiday Market

Nov. 23

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

Discover handcrafted gifts and stocking stuffers that’ll make your holiday season special. The Kids Holiday Market also takes place with Santa and Grinch pictures, hot cocoa, coffee, and lunch.

lulingcc.org

Dallas

Brian Simpson and Marion Meadows in Concert

Nov. 23

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

Listen to a night of jazz with musicians Brian Simpson and Marion Meadows.

ci.ovationtix.com/35742/production/1179938

Southlake

Home for the Holidays—Christmastime in Southlake

Nov. 23

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Kick off the festive season with the lighting of the Christmas tree. As the night unfolds, the square becomes a twinkling wonderland. There are lots of free activities including carriage rides and photos with Santa. A snow tubing slide and arts and crafts are available as well, and local school groups perform holiday favorites on stage.

visitsouthlaketexas.com/holidays

Brenham

Sugar Plum Market

Nov. 23

Brenham Fireman’s Training Center, 1101 US 290 West

Shop this quaint market for holiday wear, clothing, jewelry, sauces, rubs and seasonings, Christmas florals, home décor, beauty products, wreaths, and gift baskets. Food, drinks, and music are all on site.

Elgin

Shop Small Saturday

Nov. 23

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list in historic downtown Elgin during Shop Small Saturday. Expect store specials, wine and beer tastings, samples, entertainment, and delicious dining.

elgintexas.gov

Grand Prairie

Air1 Worship Now Tour

Nov. 23

Texas Trust CU Theatre , 1001 Texas Trust Way

Join Crowder, Cain, Passion, Jon Reddick, and Louie Giglio for the Air1 Worship Now Tour.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

Holiday Market

Nov. 23-24

Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road

The market showcases handcrafted holiday gifts, jewelry, handmade wood items, candles, and soaps. Find tamales, brownies, cupcakes, jams, nuts, and dips. In addition, Collin County seniors stock the Hip Hip for Gray booth with crafts including quilts, baby items, and ornaments.

visitplano.com

Giddings

Sip and Shop Christmas Market

Nov. 24

The Silos on Highway 77, 1031 CR 223

Hear the soft sounds of seasonal tunes while sipping a beverage and browsing the wares of various talented vendors. Crafts include woodworking, handicrafts, décor, bath and body products, candles, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and tasty treats. Children can busy themselves in Santa’s Workshop coloring or crafting until Santa arrives for a special visit.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

Nov. 24

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights illuminates the streets of downtown Fort Worth for the 42nd year. The parade includes more than 100 illuminated floats, an array of festive performers, holiday décor, live music, and hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights. Carrying on the tradition, this year’s parade concludes with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus on their finale float.

fortworthparadeoflights.org

Cuero

Christmas in the Park

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

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

Drive through a Christmas wonderland with 300 lighted scenes. This event has been voted as one of South Texas Best Holiday Events for over 10 years.

cuero.org

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

Nov. 28-Dec. 31

Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

Kicking off on Thanksgiving, this premier holiday light show features more than 2 miles of lights. Past year’s have featured a holiday village, magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping.

prairielights.org

Plano

Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

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

Join the fall holiday tradition, a 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. Everyone gets a donut at the finish line.

visitplano.com

Corsicana

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30

Downtown , Beaton Street

Begin your Christmas shopping in downtown Corsicana and discover exclusive deals offered by local businesses.

visitcorsicana.com

Cuero

Christmas in Downtown

Dec. 13-14

At this Cuero holiday tradition, visitors can enjoy taking pictures of a lighted Rudolph right beside a 30-foot Christmas tree topped with a gold star, ice skating downtown, an old-fashioned carousel, food trucks, horse carriage rides, and live entertainment.

cueromainstreet.com

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