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Upcoming Events in Prairies and Lakes

Giddings

Grimes Street Music Fest

July 1

Lee County Courthouse Square, 200 S. Main

Enjoy music around the courthouse square, just like the good ol' days. Bring your cooler, lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, listen to tunes on Grimes Street, and join in the street dance.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Temple

First Friday: Patriotic and Red, White, and Blue

July 1

Downtown Temple, Main Street

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

discoverdowntowntemple.com

The Colony

Liberty By The Lake

July 2

The Colony Five Star Complex, 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, live music, and a choreographed fireworks display.

visitthecolonytx.com/events

Granbury

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Parade

July 2-4

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Thousands flock to Granbury to take part in small-town festivities and celebrate all things America. The parade around the historic Granbury square, vendors, iconic Lake Granbury, and a top-rated fireworks show all make for a memorable Fourth of July for the entire family.

visitgranbury.com/event/hometown-4th-of-july-3-day-celebrations/14903

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

July 2

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 30 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

Seguin

Freedom Fiesta

July 2

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Celebrate Independence Day in beautiful downtown Seguin with live music, food trucks, vendors, a kiddie parade, and and other festivities.

visitseguin.com

Giddings

Fury on the Fourth

July 3

Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 SH 290 W.

The Lee County Sheriff's Posse hosts championship bull riding for the Fourth of July Celebration, plus everyone's favorite: mutton bustin'.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Temple

All Star Family Day

July 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

"Pieibol in the Barrios and the Big League" is on display at the museum beginning July 9th. Experience the fun of the game and learn about an important part of baseball history. Enjoy sports-themed crafts and activities for the whole family.

templeparks.com

Waxahachie

Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade

July 3-4

Waxahachie Sports Complex, 151 Broadhead

Being designated the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, Waxahachie residents celebrate with a concert, fireworks show, and parade on Independence Day.

visitwaxahachie.com

Grand Prairie

Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 3-4

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy.

After a night of horse races, see a spectacular fireworks show that's choreographed to music.

lonestarpark.com

Addison

Kaboom Town

July 3

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle

Since 1985 one of the nation’s most impressive and unique Independence Day celebrations has been held in Addison. Each year approximately 500,000 guests from across the country converge on this small town to view the incredible Addison Airport Airshow, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Whether enjoyed from a restaurant watch party, hotel balcony, or the award-winning festival in Addison Circle Park, attendees are sure to be immersed in patriotic revelry.

addisonkaboomtown.com

Seguin

Patriotic Concert

July 3

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Enjoy patriotic tunes from the San Antonio Symphonic Band.

visitseguin.com

Fireworks Fiesta

July 3

Starcke Park

Enjoy a large firework show along the Guadalupe River.

visitseguin.com

Columbus

Independence Day Celebration

July 4

Columbus Golf Course , 141 Veterans Drive

Columbus hosted the very first Fourth of July celebration in the state of Texas in 1826 and continues the tradition with an old-fashioned bash full of family-friendly fun. There is music, food, and a great fireworks display.

columbustexas.org

Giddings

Firemen's Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Fireman's Park, 2495 SH 290 W.

The Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department, starts with a lazy day in the park and barbecue. Then, there's an auction to benefit the fire department, followed by fireworks and a dance in the evening.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Frisco

Freedom Fest

July 4

Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd.

Visit a Fourth of July celebration that's fit for the whole family. There are fireworks and lots of tasty food options.

friscofreedomfest.org

Temple

Fourth of July Family Fun Fest

July 4

Crossroads Park, 1020 Research Pkwy.

The 24th annual Independence Day festival is full of family fun, food, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show.

templeparks.com

Cameron

Fireworks in Cameron

July 4

Downtown Cameron, 102 E. First St.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the square in downtown Cameron with games for children and adults, children's and pet parades, food and wine trucks, and vendors. Fireworks start around dusk.

cameron-tx.com

Mckinney

Red, White, and Boom

July 4

Downtown McKinney and Craig Ranch Soccer Complex, 111 N. Tennessee St.

The city of McKinney celebrates the Fourth of July with free family activities, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show. Downtown events include a hometown parade and the Yankee Doodle block party. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display.

mckinneytexas.org/830/red-white-and-boom

Corsicana

Freedom Fest

July 4

IOOF Park, 601 N. 45th St.

Food trucks, live music, and fireworks create a dazzling Independence Day bash.

visitcorsicana.com

Mexia

Boomin' on the Fourth

July 4

Mexia Hughes City Park, Corner of Bonham and Tyler streets

Freedom rings proudly at Boomin' on the Fourth, where games, food vendors, a 5K, pet parade, and car show create a family-friendly bash.

mexiachamber.com

Seguin

Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Downtown Seguin, 201 S. Austin St.

This classic small-town Fourth of July parade features floats, bands, classic cars, tractors, and horses, all decked out in red, white, and blue.

visitseguin.com

Grapevine

July Fourth Extravaganza

July 4

Lake Grapevine

Celebrate America’s birthday at the 40th annual July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

grapevinetexasusa.com/summertime-in-grapevine/july-fourth/july-4th-fireworks-extravaganza/

Sealy

Sealybration

July 8-10

BP&W Park, 1008 Main St.

The 14th annual Sealybration is a family-friendly, patriotic weekend filled with big-name entertainment, the Stars and Stripes Softball Tournament, a barbecue cookoff, 5K and 1K runs, mechanical bull riding, a carnival, and arts and crafts vendors.

sealybration.sealycommunityfoundation.com

Canton

Balloon Fest

July 8-9

First Monday Grounds, 800 Flea Market Lane

This festival features food and art vendors, family-fun activities, car shows, and the popular 5K glow run on Friday night. Each year the festival highlights great East Texas music with nonstop music all weekend. The stars of the show are the balloons that take off each night in a display of color. There's also a sanctioned competition by the Balloon Federation of America each morning. The event has tethered rides and full balloon rides (reserve in advance).

balloonfestcanton.com

Weatherford

Parker County Peach Festival

July 9

Historic Downtown Weatherford, 1 Courthouse Square

The 37th annual Parker County Peach Festival is shaping up to be peachy with a bounty of Parker County peaches and impressive vendors. Visitors can get their fill of homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches, or just plain ol’ juicy peaches—eaten with the fuzz. More than 200 quality arts and crafts, produce, activity, and food vendors line the historic streets of downtown, with the charming Parker County courthouse as the backdrop. This year, visitors find an even more spread out event with the festival area expanded by 25%. Pull up a seat and sit back at one of two entertainment stages where local talent performs, and don’t forget about the annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride with over 2,200 cyclists and the judged food competition that's full of peachy bites. For easy transportation to the festival, hop on one of the air-conditioned shuttles from the 9th Grade Center, Weatherford College, or Heritage Park.

peachfestivaltx.com

Belton

Sami Art and Crafts Christmas in July

July 9-10

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

It's Christmas in July at the Sami Arts and Crafts show. The event is a heads-up that Christmas is just a few months away. Shoppers can find handcrafted gifts at this event that is known throughout Central Texas for variety, excellence, and affordability. Get out of the summer heat and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

samishow.com

Temple

"¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues"

July 9-Oct. 8

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

For nearly a century, baseball has been a crucial social and cultural force in Latino communities across the United States. And, for just as long, Latino/a players have had a huge impact on the game. To celebrate this history, the Smithsonian Institution illustrates in "¡Pleibol!" how generations of Latinos/as have helped make the game what it is today. From youth and community teams to the Major League, the exhibition reveals how baseball brings people together regardless of race, class, or gender. These inspirational baseball stories reflect larger themes in American history that connect us all, on and off the diamond.

templeparks.com

Mckinney

Margarita Stroll

July 9

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Beat the heat with in ice-cold margarita in downtown McKinney. Your ticket gets you a signature taster and a map that directs you to the margarita stops. There are 15 total stops with tastings of delicious margaritas. Also within the map are five bonus stops that have samples of a variety of items.

sbghospitality.com

Corsicana

Bike Race

July 9-10

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

It's a battle on the bricks. The 1-mile, eight-corner criterium course is renowned for its historical brick streets—a victory on Beaton Street is no small achievement. The course is extremely spectator friendly with a planned vendor market and plenty of dining and shopping opportunities for all.

visitcorsicana.com

Grapevine

1920s Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm

July 9

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Bring the family to historic Nash Farm and cool off with a sweet treat. Enjoy old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream and fun activities fit for an ice cream social.

nashfarm.org

Brenham

Hot Nights Cool Tunes Concerts

July 9-30

Downtown Brenham

This outdoor concert series takes place around the square in Brenham and features a different band each Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

visitbrenhamtexas.com

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

July 14

Historic Downtown Elgin

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintx.com

Ennis

Quilt Show

July 15-16

Sokol, 2622 SH 34

The Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County invites you to their annual quilt show.

visitennis.org

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

July 15-17

Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Franconia's Open Mic Jamboree

July 15

Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Play some music or just hang and enjoy awesome artists. Singers, strummers, drummers, guitar rippers, bass faces, harmonicas, raps, spoken word, comedy, declarations, and more are welcome, as the mic is open.

franconiabrewing.com

Grand Prairie

"The Masked Singer"

July 15

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Your favorite characters from the hit television show, "The Masked Singer," are brought to life live on stage alongside surprise celebrity hosts and exciting new performances. Can you guess who's behind the mask? A mystery celebrity is unmasked in every city in this can’t-miss spectacular live show for audiences of all ages.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Waco

Duel on the Brazos

July 16-17

Brazos Park East , 3516 N. MLK Jr. Blvd.

See drag boats rip through the water at high speed. The Southern Drag Boat Association is one of the oldest drag boat racing organizations in the country.

sdbaracing.com/schedule

Bridgeport

Christmas in July Jeep Toy Drive

July 16

Northwest OHV Park, Halsell Street

The second annual Christmas in July Jeep Toy Drive supports the Bridgeport Police Department's Santa Cops program. See a Jeep parade, then enjoy vendors, food trucks, a toy drive, Jeep decorating contests, and live music.

cityofbridgeport.net/20/main-street

Mesquite

Texas Haunters Convention 2022

July 16-17

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Find over 35,000 square feet of space filled with family-friendly vendors, events, demonstrations, and classes targeting Halloween and cosplay enthusiasts.

texashauntersconvention.com

Grand Prairie

RuPaul's Drag Race Werq The World Tour

July 20

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

An experiment gone wrong has sent the audience spiraling through time with no way of returning to the present. Join Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly, and all finalists from the upcoming 14th season on a journey through iconic periods of history in hopes of finding your way back to 2022.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Waco

Deep in the Heart Film Festival

July 21-24

Waco Hippodrome , 724 Austin Ave.

This is an unparalleled arts event, bringing filmmakers and the Waco community together to experience movies, educational sessions, and networking parties. You'll find films here from major film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto, and Austin.

deepintheheartff.com

Ennis

Rumble in the Jungle

July 22

Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287

Grudge racing is a form of drag racing that involves lots of trash talk, ground rules, and racing. The only rules are the ones established before the race. Rumble in the Jungle features some of the baddest grudge racers in the country.

texasmotorplex.com

Lockhart

"Annie Get Your Gun"

July 22-Aug. 6

Gaslight Baker Theatre, 216 S. Main St.

See this sharp-shooting production of the classic Broadway musical about Annie Oakley, the best shot around who manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show.

mygbt.org

Salado

"Salado Legends"

July 23-Aug. 6

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc., 409 Tablerock Road

The 29th annual "Salado Legends" is Central Texas' favorite outdoor musical drama, written by Salado resident, playwright, and lyricist Jackie Mills. "Salado Legends" was chosen by the Library of Congress to "serve as a record of Life in America during the 1850's and to preserve our nation's diverse cultural traditions for generations of Americans, present and future."

tablerock.org

Comanche

Salt, Lime, and a Good Time

July 23

Historic Comanche Square, 101 W. Central Ave.

Know how to whip up a good margarita? Now is your time to shine at this margarita-making contest at the historic Comanche square. Attendees can taste handmade mixed drinks and other delicious items.

comanchechamber.org

Mckinney

Marching Music Made in McKinney

July 25-26

McKinney ISD Stadium, 4201 S. Hardin Blvd.

As a Drum Corps International (DCI) event, Marching Music Made in McKinney features a drum line competition on the first night at TUPPS Brewery, a full day's band camp for local middle school musicians, and then a regional competition/exhibition at the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Center.

visitmckinney.com/dcimckinney

Bowie

July Jam

July 30

Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St.

Get a preview of the championship Fiddler’s Contest held at the Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival. Price of admission includes a mouthwatering chicken dinner with homemade breads, fiddling entertainment by some of the most talented artists around, and an auction, which includes homemade jams and desserts and other wonderful donations. Funds raised support the October Chicken and Bread Days event.

cityofbowietx.com/136/festivals-events

Ennis

Gunslinger Outlaw Modified Series

July 30

Big O Speedway , 3118 FM 85

Watch vehicles race on a .25-mile, semi-banked dirt track.

bigospeedway.com

Temple

First Friday: Summer Sizzle

Aug. 5

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.

discoverdowntowntemple.com

Grapevine

Meme's Pickles at Nash Farm

Aug. 5

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Learn to pickle cucumbers at historic Nash Farm with the last of the summer harvest. It's a great "dill" of fun.

nashfarm.org

Temple

Family Day: Dig It!

Aug. 6

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Want to test your dinosaur knowledge? Or learn how ancient civilizations played music? Join along at the museum to find out what real archaeologists and paleontologist do. Discover how digging in the earth can reveal the secrets of the past.

templeparks.com

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Aug. 6

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 30 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

Salado

Art Fair

Aug. 6-7

Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.

The 56th annual Art Fair includes more than 50 artists from all over Texas. Listen to live music in the gazebo and meet and shop from an array of talented artists making ceramics, illustrations and drawings, jewelry, original paintings, photography, sculptors, stained glass, and textiles. Some artists are working on site and demonstrating their talents and techniques, so you can see them work in action. Admission is free.

salado.com

Mesquite

Doggie Splash Day

Aug. 6

Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive

Bring your pooch for a refreshing dip in the Vanston Pool at this annual free event that features a dog swimsuit contest, dog-paddle race, and diving contest.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/doggie-splash-day

Dallas

"Curse of the Puerto Ricans"

Aug. 11-Aug. 27

Bishop Arts Theater, 215 S. Tyler St.

Julia Rodriguez has sacrificed everything for her family, comprised of her alcoholic father, her miserable mother, her absentee older sister, and her lively little sister. When "the one that got away" re-enters her life and asks her to run away with him to California, she begins to question if she's made a mistake. Dealing with themes of familial obligation and identity within the Hispanic community, "Curse of the Puerto Ricans" follows one family's dysfunctional Christmas celebration.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Aug. 11

Historic Downtown Elgin

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintx.com

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

Aug. 12-14

Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Seguin

184th Birthday

Aug. 12-13

Heritage Village, 211 E. Live Oak St.

Celebrate the founding of Seguin with a barbecue dinner, homemade ice cream, live music, and a golf tournament.

visitseguin.com

Grand Prairie

Hatch Chile Fest

Aug. 13

Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers' Market during this annual festival that features both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound (until 1 p.m. or sell out), live music, food, and local vendors.

grandfungp.com/farmersmarket

Mckinney

Franconia's Open Mic Jamboree

Aug. 19

Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Play some music or just hang and enjoy awesome artists. Singers, strummers, drummers, guitar rippers, bass faces, harmonicas, raps, spoken word, comedy, declarations, and more are welcome, as the mic is open.

franconiabrewing.com

Bowie

Outdoor Expo

Aug. 20

Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St.

Find all things outdoors at this expo, hosted by The Ranch 95.9 FM radio station. Gear for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, ATVs, and RVs are found here, in addition to refreshments, food trucks, and entertainment.

959theranch.com

Temple

Touch-a-Truck

Aug. 20

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

Who wouldn't love to climb aboard a fire truck or big rig? Touch-a-Truck provides a unique opportunity for children of all ages to explore and climb on vehicles of all types, all in one place.

templeparks.com

Grand Prairie

Lost '80s Live

Aug. 20

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Relive all of your favorite '80s tunes performed by the artists you know and remember. Artists include A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, and Missing Persons.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Bryan

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Aug. 20-21

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

From history to mystery, choose from thousands of books at this more-than-50-year-old book sale. Shop hard backs and paper backs in good condition and at excellent prices.

friendsbcs.org

Ennis

Gunslinger Outlaw Modified Series

Aug. 27

Big O Speedway , 3118 FM 85

Watch vehicles race on a .25-mile, semi-banked dirt track.

bigospeedway.com

Mckinney

MillHouse Summer ArtFest

Aug. 27-28

MillHouse McKinney at the Cotton Mill, 610 Elm, Suite 1000

Beat the heat with art, wine, food, and fun. Explore juried art (indoors) by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Featured artists offer acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. Pit Pals Barbecue and other vendors bring delicious food. The facility is large and spacious with plenty of room to browse, shop, and relax with family and friends. Proceeds benefit the MillHouse Foundation to support small businesswomen in creative fields.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Temple

First Friday: Labor Day Celebration

Sept. 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

Grand Prairie

Labor Day Weekend at Epic Waters

Sept. 2-5

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark invites you to join along for a three-day weekend celebration complete with live entertainment and interactive activities.

epicwatersgp.com

Granbury

Labor Day Weekend Celebrations and Lighted Boat Parade

Sept. 3-5

Historic Granbury Square and Lake Granbury, 201 E. Pearl St.

Kick off Labor Day weekend in Granbury with sidewalk sales along the square and the Lighted Boat Parade on Sunday. Dozens of boats travel from bridge to bridge for this beautiful spectacle.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/labor-day-weekend

Temple

Family Day: Outer Space Day

Sept. 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Have you ever wondered what is beyond the solar system? Come out for a day of space exploration. Join in for a chance to learn more about the planets and other mysteries of the stars.

templeparks.com

Grand Prairie

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in Concert

Sept. 3

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert Plant and Alison Krauss join forces for a night of songs. In 2007, Plant and Krauss released "Raising Sand," one of the most acclaimed albums of the 21st century. Now, after fourteen years, the two icons return with "Raise the Roof," a dozen songs from a range of traditions and styles that extend this remarkable collaboration in new and thrilling directions.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=430472

Mckinney

Dinosaurs Live!

Sept. 3, 2022-Feb. 20, 2023

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Encounter the 46-foot tall T-Rex and 10 new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the 16th 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

Bellville

First Saturday Market

Sept. 3

Downtown Square, 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Sept. 3

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

Troy

Farmers Market and Arts and Crafts

Sept. 4

John Q. Thompson Pavilion , 201 E. Main St.

An outdoor market brings local foods, handmade crafts, art, small business products, and services in a park-like setting. Off-street parking and public bathrooms are available.

cityoftroy.us

New Berlin

Sausage Festival

Sept. 4

New Berlin Community Center, 8815 Farm to Market Road 775

At the 71st annual Sausage Festival, attendees can eat homemade sausage, play bingo, enter a raffle, shop at a country store, let children play games, and then dance the night away to music by Clint Taft and the Buckwild Band.

facebook.com/nbtxsausagefest

Burleson

Lynn Smith Labor Day Monday Classic Car Show

Sept. 5

Lynn Smith Chevrolet, 925 N. Burleson Blvd.

Lynn Smith Chevrolet celebrates the end of summer with some of the best classic cars in Texas. More than sixty awards are given out, including Best of Show, Sponsor's Choice, Under Construction, Special Interest, Late Model, Rat Rod, and Cycle. Push it, pull it, or tow it in and you'll get registered. This event is free to the public.

ddrockinrods.com

Plano

Labor Day Pool Party

Sept. 5

The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive

Celebrate the last day of summer and play traditional pool games at a Texas Pool party on Labor Day. Coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed.

visitplano.com/event/labor-day-pool-party

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Sept. 8

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

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

elgintx.com

Hearne

Crossroads Sand Sculpting Competition

Sept. 9-10

Hearne Depot Grounds , 39 W. Ninth St.

The beach comes to Hearne as master sand sculptors head to this sand-sculpting competition. Craft and food vendors are present, and there's live music. Watch as the sculptors build their masterpieces. Kids and adults can also get their hands in the sand and learn how it all happens.

hearnechambertx.com

Fairfield

Big T Memorial Barbecue Cookoff

Sept. 9-10

WL Moody Reunion Fairgrounds , 839 E. Commerce St.

Organized by the Golden Circle Special Needs Association to support the organization, all money raised goes to support people with special needs in the areas of Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, Anderson, and Leon counties. The cookoff features a state championship Lone Star Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition in chicken, brisket, and pork spare ribs. There is also the Cook's Choice and Beans Jackpot categories, as well as the popular Kid's Cookoff Challenge. Anyone can enter the competition, and there are family-friendly activities to enjoy as well.

bigtmemorial.com

Caldwell

Kolache Festival

Sept. 10

Downtown Caldwell, 100 W. Buck St.

Celebrate the revitalization of Czech heritage. Learn Czech philosophy, dance to polka music, and sing along to traditional tunes. There is an arts and crafts show, authentic Czech foods, the kolache eating contest, kolache baking championship, a 5K Kolache Krunch run, a car show, tractor show, and fun for kids.

burlesoncountytx.com/kolache-fest

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Sept. 10-11

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

The Fall Season brings out crafters and artisans with unique and varied products for the upcoming holiday seasons. Halloween and Thanksgiving decor begin to appear among the woodcrafts, floral designs, women and children's boutiques, jewelers, and unusual varieties of arts and crafts.

samishow.com

Harker Heights

Food, Wine, and Brew Fest

Sept. 10

Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. FM 2410

Sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the 14th annual Harker Heights Food, Wine, and Brew Festival returns with all your favorite wines, craft brews, live music, and vendors. This is Harker Heights' biggest festival of the year.

hhfoodandwine.com

La Grange

Ray Prim and Suzanna Choffel in Concert

Sept. 10

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Austin singer-songwriters swap songs at one of the best listening rooms in Texas: a converted WWII Army barrack turned concert venue. Wine, beer, sodas, root beer floats, and Topo Chico is available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Ennis

Patriot Day Barbecue Bash

Sept. 10

Downtown Ennis, 302 N. Dallas St.

Sanctioned by the Outlaw Barbecue Association, this barbecue competition features brisket, pork ribs, and chicken categories.

ennis-chamber.com

Temple

Dueling Pianos

Sept. 10

Sam Farrow Lions Park Amphitheater , 4320 Lions Park Road

Combine two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians on a stage, then add in a crowd of people and the result is an evening of fast, funny, and unforgettable entertainment.

templeparks.com/specialevents

Grand Prairie

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

Sept. 10

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don't miss your favorite Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel superheroes singing, dancing, and doing impressive acrobatics across the stage.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=434454

Brenham

Washington County Fair

Sept. 10-17

Washington County Expo Center, 1305 Blue Bell Road

Established in 1868, the Washington County Fair is the first and oldest county fair held in Texas. Enjoy a variety of events including concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, arts and craft shows, special attractions, a carnival, and commercial exhibits.

washingtoncofair.com

Mckinney

Trolley Tour

Sept. 10

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut

Experience the historic district in downtown McKinney on a charming trolley with a trained docent. This tour features the buildings and homes of the commercial and residential historic district. While enjoying the architecture, you’ll hear about some of the significant people who made their mark in McKinney.

chestnutsquare.org/tours

Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic

Sept. 10

Filtered Coffee Shop, 218 E. Louisiana

The Filtered Coffee Shop stage comes alive with Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic. All singers and musicians of all ages are welcome.

getmefiltered.com

Sherman

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Sept. 10

Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St.

Celebrate the Texoma region’s Hispanic heritage at this festival that features live music and entertainment, food vendors selling authentic cuisine from different countries, and activities that celebrate Hispanic culture.

shermantx.org

Mesquite

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Sept. 10

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents its annual fall concert. This year's show, "West Side Rhapsody," includes "Inner City Rhapsody" by Quinn Mason, "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin, and "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein.

mesquitesymphony.org

Waco

Beast of the Brazos

Sept. 11

Indian Springs Park, 101 S University Parks Drive

The Beast of the Brazos is an open-water swim in between the banks of the Brazos River in Waco. This swim features a similar route as Ironman Waco and Ironman 70.3 Waco with 1.2- and 2.4-mile route options. All registered swimmers receive a swim cap and T-shirt, as well as a finisher’s medal.

runsignup.com/race/events/tx/waco/beastofthebrazos

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

Sept. 11

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Sip mimosas while shopping in downtown Corsicana every second Saturday. Complimentary mimosas are poured, and shoppers explore the tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and boutiques.

visitcorsicana.com

Seguin

Celebrating the Americas

Sept. 11

Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St.

From gorgeously costumed folklórico dancers to Gershwin’s "Cuban Overture," this show is a kaleidoscope of sound and movement that unites cultures of North, Central, and South America through the power of music. Plus, swing dance in the aisles with a tour de force performance of Artie Shaw’s jazzy clarinet concerto.

mtsymphony.org

Addison

Oktoberfest

Sept. 15-18

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle

Recognized as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich since 1987, Addison Oktoberfest brings a purely Texan twist to this popular celebration of German culture, food, music, and beer. Take part in a unique experience with polka bands and other traditional entertainers on multiple stages, interactive games and attractions for all ages, and the beloved the Dachshund Dash.

addisonoktoberfest.com

Grand Prairie

Ben Platt in Concert

Sept. 15

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Ben Platt is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He began his acting career in musical theater as a child and appeared in productions of "The Sound of Music" and "The Book of Mormon," rising to prominence for originating the title role in Broadway's coming-of-age musical "Dear Evan Hansen."

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=410413

Nocona

Wheels and Grills Barbecue Cookoff

Sept. 16-17

Horton Classic Car Museum, 115 W. Walnut St.

Camp, cook, and enjoy some of the best company in Texas at this two-day cookoff competition. Competition categories include steak, chicken, brisket, ribs, salsa, stuffed jalapeños, and bloody marys. There is a horseshoe tournament, corn hole, and a classic car show, too.

wheelsandgrillscookoff.com

La Grange

Warren Hood in Concert

Sept. 16

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

A highly accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a voice that's been favorably compared to crooner Chet Baker, Warren Hood is a seven-time Austin Music Awards winner who deftly blends country, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and folk into an eclectic style all of his own.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Live Quarter Horse Racing

Sept. 16-Dec. 17

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Catch the horses run right past you at Lone Star Park. Enjoy live racing, food and drinks, and a good time you can bet on.

lonestarpark.com

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

Sept. 16-18

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Lewisville

Professional Bull Riding

Sept. 17

Bill Weaver Arena, 101 Parkway Drive

Watch professional bull riders brave it all while trying to hold on tight for 8 seconds on the back of a bucking, feisty bull.

cityoflewisville.com

La Grange

Emily Gimble in Concert

Sept. 17

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past Texas State Musician and member of the Texas Commission on the Arts' prestigious Texas Touring Roster, Emily Gimble performs at this WWII Army barrack that's been transformed into an intimate listening room. Wine, beer, Topo Chico, sodas, root beer floats, and affogato are available.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Cedar Hill

LatinFest

Sept. 17

Valley Ridge Park, 2850 Park Ridge Drive

The inaugural LatinFest is a family-friendly event with food, fun, entertainment, and even hiring opportunities from local businesses. There's all-day entertainment with the final performance by the Selena Forever Tribute band.

visitcedarhilltx.com

Temple

Nite Brite Bike Ride

Sept. 17

Pepper Creek Trail, 546 N. Kegley Road

Bike through Pepper Creek Trail on a professionally lit route. Glow in the dark, flashing, and reflective gear is encouraged. Per event rules, helmet, front bike light, and a back light reflector are required.

templeparks.com/specialevents

Gatesville

Spurfest

Sept. 17

Coryell Museum, 718 Main St.

Visit the Coryell Museum and Historic Center for their annual Spurfest for old-time demonstrations, contests, music, kids' activities, and over 6,000 spurs in the Lloyd Mitchell Spur Collection. Admission is free.

coryellmuseum.org

Grand Prairie

Groove Fest IV

Sept. 17

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Catch R&B singers Keith Sweat, Blackstreet, Ginuwine, Dave Hollister, and Blaque live in concert.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=434158

Dallas

Autumn at the Arboretum

Sept. 17-Oct. 31

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road

The 17th annual Autumn at the Arboretum festival, presented by Reliant, features 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash, hailing from the Pumpkin Capital of Texas, Floydada, throughout the garden. This year’s theme, "A Fall Fairy Tale," features the return of Cinderella’s Carriage, along with themed pumpkin houses that make up the acclaimed Pumpkin Village, and of course, a maze for younger visitors. Other gourd-eous displays reimagine classic tales of "Jack and The Beanstalk," "The Three Little Pigs," "The Sword in the Stone," and "One Thousand and One Nights."

dallasarboretum.org

Sherman

Sherman Arts Fest

Sept. 17

Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St.

The 41st annual Sherman Arts Fest is a fun-filled day for the whole family, featuring musical acts and other live performances on two stages; chalk art; a Kids' Alley; food and beverage vendors; arts, crafts, and marketplace vendors; a woodcarving exhibit; youth and adult art shows; art history displays; and the Sherman Education Foundation 5K.

shermantx.org

Plano

North Texas Pride Festival

Sept. 17

Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St.

The 11th annual "come as you are" festival brings the community together to celebrate pride in diversity. The family-oriented event features sponsor and vendor booths, food and beverages, giveaways, activities for adults and kids, bands, DJs, dancing, and entertainment for all ages.

visitplano.com/event/2022-north-texas-pride-festival

Waxahachie

C10s in the Park

Sept. 17

Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Ave.

This Chevy truck show features more than 1,000 C10 trucks, live music, and other entertainment.

c10sinthepark.com

Mesquite

Guts and Gory Zombie Run

Sept. 17

Camp Rorie Galloway, 3100 Lawson Road

Race through the woods of Camp Rorie Galloway, compete in challenges with your team, and collect survival essentials along the way to survive the zombie hoard.

visitmesquitetx.com

Heritage Fall Rodeo

Sept. 17

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

Head to the Mesquite Arena for the second annual Heritage Fall Rodeo, where the best African American cowboys participate in rodeo events, including open bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, to hip hop, zydeco, blues, and gospel music.

heritagerodeo.com

Devil's Bowl Speedway Xtreem Flat Track Series

Sept. 17-18

Devil's Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road

Xtreem Flat Track features some of the hottest riders in Flat Track Motorcycle Racing competing in pro twins, singles, hooligans, vintage, and other events.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/devils-bowl-speedway

Seguin

Art and Wine Walk

Sept. 17

Downtown , 201 S. Austin St.

Stroll through downtown Seguin tasting wines, shopping, and viewing artwork from area artists.

visitseguin.com

The Colony

Bow Wow Luau

Sept. 18

Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 4400 Paige Road

You and your four-legged friend are invited to a tropical getaway at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Say aloha to the newly renovated paradise as you go for a dog paddle, or splash around in the wave pool. The annual dog-friendly luau features contests, games, and prizes. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund.

visitthecolonytx.com/events

Dallas

Masterpiece in Residence: Velazquez’s "King Philip IV of Spain"

Sept. 18-Jan. 1, 2023

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

Recently the Meadows Museum launched an exciting new loan program featuring some of the world’s most significant holdings of Spanish art within American collections, offering audiences the opportunity to view these masterpieces within the context of Meadows’s permanent collection. The second in the series, Diego Velazquez’s "King Philip IV of Spain," comes in a rare departure from its home at The Frick Collection in New York.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org

"Picturing Holy Women in the Spanish Empire, 1620-1800"

Sept. 18-Jan. 15, 2023

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

This exhibition examines prints and drawings from the Bridwell and DeGolyer Libraries at SMU, as well as from the Meadows’s own collection, that visualize female biblical figures, saints, and monastics. The show contextualizes these works against a historical backdrop in which the church and Spanish monarchy sought to protect social order by regulating women’s mobility, promoting their enclosure, and mandating their separation from the outside world.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org

Granbury

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Sept. 21-Oct. 30

Dora Lee Langdon Cultural Center, 308 E. Pearl St.

Lose your head at Granbury’s newest and most thrilling Halloween attraction. Nationally renowned theater company Brian Clowdus Productions invades historic Granbury in an immersive theatrical nightmare that has taken the country by storm. Enter into the world of the classic Washington Irving tale with a fresh and horrifying new spin as the audience becomes part of the action. But be aware of what’s in front of you and behind you: The Headless Horseman is waiting.

visitgranbury.com/events/the-sleepy-hollow-experience

"Sleepy Hollow"

Sept. 21-30

Dora Lee Langdon Center, 308 E. Bridge St.

Nationally renowned theater producer Brian Clowdus invades historic Granbury this October in an immersive theatrical nightmare. Enter into the world of the classic Washington Irving tale with a fresh and horrifying new spin as the audience becomes part of the action. But be aware of what’s in front of you—and behind you. The Headless Horseman is waiting.

visitgranbury.com

Grand Prairie

Prince Royce in Concert

Sept. 22

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter Prince Royce performs his Latin pop and R&B hits.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=428624

Plano

Hollydays Market

Sept. 22-24

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

With more than 100 merchants, this market offers lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for your festive events. Grab your friends and family members and come enjoy the fun.

visitplano.com/event/hollydays-market-2022

Lewisville

Western Days

Sept. 23-24

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

Held each year in Old Town Lewisville, the Western Days Festival celebrates Western culture with live music on multiple stages, demonstrations of Western heritage, kids activities, and the World Tamale Eating Championship. There is free parking and complimentary remote shuttle parking.

lewisvillewesterndays.com

La Grange

Red Young in Concert

Sept. 23

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Red Young makes his debut at The Bugle Boy's converted WWII Army barracks listening room. In addition to session and tour support for the likes of Dolly Parton, Ray Benson, and Marcia Ball, he's also done soundtrack work and led numerous bands of his own over the course of his decades-long career, playing everything from big band to jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, soul, and classic American standards.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mckinney

Oktoberfest

Sept. 23-25

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Put on your lederhosen and join in for a full weekend of German-themed fun in historic downtown McKinney. Enjoy the tradition of authentic German food, domestic and imported beers, live music, and games. Próst, y'all.

mckinneytexas.org/664/oktoberfest

Sulphur Springs

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Sept. 23-24

The ROC, 115 Putman St.

More than 100 quilts are on display at the 21st annual show. Lisa Erlandson, an American Quilter's Society appraiser of quilted textiles, is the special speaker. Vendors are present for shopping and there are door prizes for patrons.

sulphurspringstxquilts.com

Plano

Balloon Festival

Sept. 23-25

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd.

The official Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas hosts this annual ballooning tradition that features more than 30 colorful hot air balloons, a RE/MAX parachute team exhibition, live entertainment, a fireworks show, food concessions, arts and crafts vendors, and a kids' fun zone.

planoballoonfest.org

Hallettsville

Kolache Fest

Sept. 24

Hallettsville KC Hall, 321 US 77 S.

Honoring the beloved kolache, this festival begins with a 5K fun run, followed by a parade, arts and crafts vendors, food concessions, a kolache eating contest, a kolache baking demonstration, domino tournament, and polka music.

hallettsville.com

River Oaks

Classic Car Show

Sept. 24

River Oaks Community Center, 5300 Blackstone Road

See and be seen at one of the best car shows in the area. Awards include Best of Show, Sponsor's Choice, Under Construction, Special Interest, Late Model, Rat Rod, and Cycle.

ddrockinrods.com

Comanche

Comanche County Powwow Festival

Sept. 24-25

Comanche City Park, 1200 Comanche Trails

Based off of a Native American powwow, this event hosts vendor booths, many types of food booths, children's activities, photography and art contests, a car and tractor show, and a barbecue cookoff.

comanchechamber.org/pow-wow

Granbury

Spooky Spectacle

Sept. 24-25

Granbury Square, 119 E. Bridge St.

Kick off the Halloween season with ghost hunters, horror, sci-fi, cosplay, fantasy, and paranormal enthusiasts. Special celebrity guest Sean Whalen appears on Sunday.

visitgranbury.com/event/spooky-spectacle/15101

Waco

Waco Wild West 100 Bike Ride

Sept. 24

Heritage Square, 300 Austin Ave.

The Waco Wild West 100 has been around since 1985. All volunteer driven and a nonprofit, the ride’s goals are to encourage and motivate people to cycle, to promote safe riding and camaraderie, as well as to donate to local nonprofits. Rain or shine, this year's bike tour through Central Texas benefits the Be The Match Registry.

wacowildwest100.com

La Grange

Nellie McKay in Concert

Sept. 24

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Nellie McKay makes her debut at the Bugle Boy's converted WWII Army barrack turned listening room. Her music has been used in such films and TV shows as "Rumor Has It," "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," "Grey’s Anatomy," and "NCIS." She's performed on many late night TV shows, starred in and co-created the award-winning off-Broadway hit "Old Hats," and has written four acclaimed musical stage biographies.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Plano

Balloon Festival Races

Sept. 24-25

Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

It’s time to take a run on an epic adventure with the 2022 Plano Balloon Festival's runs/walks, 10K, and half marathon that once again feature the Elevate and Sky High Challenges.

planoballoonfest.org/p/about/runs

Granbury

Spooky Spectacle

Sept. 24-25

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

This kickoff to the Halloween season offers something for enthusiasts of ghost hunting, horror, sci-fi, cosplay, fantasy, and the paranormal. Special celebrity guest actor Sean Whalen ("The People Under the Stars") appears Sunday only.

visitgranbury.com

Giddings

Texas Wendish Festival

Sept. 25

St. Paul Lutheran Church Picnic Grounds, FM 2239 and CR 212 (Serbin)

Wendish Fest is the annual celebration of Wendish heritage and culture hosted by the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. Wendish Fest offers a full day of family fun with authentic Wendish food, drink, children's activities such as "Kletternpfosten" (greased pole climbing for the kids), stick horse races, and a coloring contest. Other competitions include the cross-cut saw contest, coffee cake bake off, and washer pitching. Visitors enjoy vintage autos and antique machinery along with many exhibits and demonstrations authentic to Wendish culture. Included are: sausage stuffing, sauerkraut making, soap making, noodle making, quilting, weaving, tatting, blacksmithing, and stone grinding corn meal on a 1918 grist mill. Two favorites are the Wendish Easter egg decorating and the German Christmas Market featuring local Serbin artisans. Entertainment features the Shiner Hobo Band. There is no admission fee for the festival. An authentic Wendish noon meal is served to thousands of attendees which includes the most popular homemade Wendish noodles.

texaswendish.org/category/events

The Colony

LPGA Volunteers of America Classic

Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Old American Golf Club, 1001 Lebanon Road

The Volunteers of America Classic, the only LPGA tour event in the state of Texas, returns to Old American Golf Club featuring the best female golfers from around the globe.

visitthecolonytx.com/events

Grand Prairie

Diana Krall in Concert

Sept. 29

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer known for her vocals. She has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=413851

Waxahachie

Screams Halloween Theme Park

Sept. 30-Oct. 30

Scarborough Faire, 2511 FM 66

The world's largest Halloween theme park comes complete with five haunted houses (all with different themes), the Rottingwood Cemetery walk-through attraction, stage entertainment, Scary-Oke, games, a food court, pubs, shops, and loads of Halloween fun. Admission allows you to tour through attractions as many times as you'd like.

screamspark.com

La Grange

Walt Wilkins in Concert

Sept. 30

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck, and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans. His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them, and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that). He’s put his magical touch on recordings by new and veteran artists, too many to count.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Waco

Cultural Arts Fest

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Indian Springs Park, 100 Washington Ave.

Bring out your inner artist at Cultural Arts Fest. Festivities include art activities, music, and food. Free for all ages.

wacoartsfest.org

Corsicana

Odyssey Cemetery Tour

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Oakwood Cemetery, 700 N. 15th St.

Tour historic Oakwood Cemetery and see the graves of the "athletes of Navarro County." For those with mobility issues, a presentation is held on Friday in the Nancy Roberts Room of the Corsicana Public Library. Cemetery tours are held Saturday and departing every 15 min.

visitcorsicana.com

Waxahachie

Screams Halloween Theme Park

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

The world's largest Halloween theme park comes complete with major attractions that you can tour as many times as you like, scores of professional actors, activities, food and drink, and games.

screamspark.com

Vintage Market Days

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287 Bypass

At this upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor covered market, find over 100 talented vendors showing original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, and seasonal plantings. The three-day also offers delicious food and live music.

vintagemarketdays.com

Mesquite

Devil's Bowl Speedway Sprint Car Series

Sept. 30; Oct 1, 14, 15

Devil's Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road

This unique D-shaped track makes sure everyone has a great view of the fast-paced, NASCAR-style action. Guests that purchase a Pit Pass can sit right in the center of the track during the races and can take pictures with the drivers.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/devils-bowl-speedway

Salado

Sirena’s Creekside Carnaval

Oct. 1-2

Pace Park, Pace Park Road

Celebrate the legend of the Salado mermaid, Sirena. Family-friendly festivities include a parade and vendors. Proceeds from the event go directly to Legacy Salado Inc., a local nonprofit, to aid in the construction of an all-abilities playground in the Village of Salado.

sirenafest.org

Bowie

Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival

Oct. 1

Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St.

Hundreds of visitors flock to Bowie for the annual Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival, which honors Bowie's history and community. See the championship fiddler's contest, Piston Heads Auto Club Show, quilt and art shows, and live music. Kids love coop activities such as the egg toss.

cityofbowietx.com/142/chicken-bread-days-heritage-festival

Comanche

Sippin' in the Sunshine

Oct. 1

Historic Downtown Comanche, 101 W. Central Ave.

Walk historic downtown Comanche while tasting wine samples from local wineries set up inside businesses around the square. There is also a farmers market with local vendors.

comanchechamber.org/sippin-in-the-sunshine

Dime Box

Black Bridge Fest and Mini Marathon

Oct. 1

Downtown Dime Box

Hosted by the Dime Box Lions Club Foundation, proceeds benefit Lions projects and Black Bridge Park. Runs include a mini marathon and 2-mile run and walk. Dog races, an art fair, quilt show, rodeo, parade, games, food, and children's activities complete the day. A dance is held at the SPJST Hall.

dimeboxlionsclub.com

La Grange

Oktoberfest on the Square

Oct. 1

Fayette County Courthouse Lawn, 151 N. Washington St.

Two live bands under the event tent play family-friendly music while kids enjoy activities and games. More than 80 different types of craft beer are available to try. Don't leave without some homemade schnitzel and German noodles to round out your experience.

visitlagrangetx.com

Guy Forsyth in Concert

Oct. 1

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Award winning, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Guy Forsyth returns to the Bugle Boy listening room with his blues and rock tunes.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Granbury

Lake Fest

Oct. 1

Lake Granbury Conference Center, 621 E. Pearl St.

Join 92.1 Hank FM at Lake Granbury Conference Center for a full day of live music, shopping, fun, and sun. The Conference Center is full of trade show vendors, food trucks are on site all day, and the lake-tastic live entertainment starts in the afternoon. No need to buy tickets now, because this is a free event. Lawn chairs are allowed, coolers are not.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/lake-granbury-lakefest

Ennis

Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 1-31

Downtown Ennis, 302 N. Dallas St.

Enjoy some fall fun with the hay maze that is bigger and more challenging this year. Bring the whole family and test your skills to see who can find their way out first. The pumpkin patch is the perfect spot for fall family photos.

visitennis.org

Corsicana

Downtown Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 1-31

Beaton Marketplace Park, 317 N. Beaton St.

All month long in downtown Corsicana, partake in fall fun, pumpkins, and other surprises in Beaton Marketplace Park.

visitcorsicana.com

Bellville

First Saturday Market

Oct. 1

Downtown Square, 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Oct. 1

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

Sherman

Stroll on the Square

Oct. 1

Downtown Sherman, 100 W. Houston St.

At this wine and food tasting event, try Texas wines and sweets and savories from local restaurants and caterers while listening to live music.

facebook.com/dntnsherman

Plano

Fall Train Show

Oct. 1-2

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Experience the largest model train show in the North Dallas area. Everyone's welcome—from the novice to the seasoned engineer. The return of the Fall Plano Train Show includes train club layouts, how-to clinics, and vendors. Children 12 and under are free.

dfwtrainshows.com

Granbury

LakeFest

Oct. 1

Lake Granbury Conference Center, 621 E. Pearl St.

Radio station 92.1 Hank FM presents a full day of live music, shopping, fun, and a scenic view of Lake Granbury. The Conference Center is chock-full of trade show vendors, food trucks, and lake-tastic live entertainment.

visitgranbury.com

Waxahachie

OddFest

Oct. 1

Singelton Plaza, 200 N. Rogers St.

This art and music festival showcases the artists and musicians from Texas who lean toward the odd. Local craft beers and food vendors round out this one-of-a-kind event.

oddfestwaxa80.com

Grand Prairie

Carlos Vives in Concert

Oct. 2

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Carlos Vives is a multiple Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor from Colombia.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=403782

Mesquite

World Championship Miniature Bullriding World Finals

Oct 3-8

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

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

visitmesquitetx.com

Seguin

Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 5-9

Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.

The 139th annual Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo features a carnival, barbecue cookoff, agriculture and livestock exhibits, PCRA rodeo, and concerts.

gcfair.org

Waco

Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 6-16

Extraco Events Center , 4601 Bosque Blvd.

See everything from professional bull riders to mutton bustin' buckaroos. Enjoy live music nightly, calf scrambles, and livestock shows. Heart O' Texas has been held for more than 65 years, with attendance swelling each year. In 2018, more than 193,000 people attended.

hotfair.com

Corsicana

Lonestar in Concert

Oct. 6

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Academy of Country Music award-winning band Lonestar performs at The Palace Theatre. Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including nine that reached No. 1: "No News," "Come Cryin' to Me," "Amazed," "Smile," "What About Now," "Tell Her," "I'm Already There," "My Front Porch Looking In," and "Mr. Mom."

corsicanapalace.com

Grand Prairie

FlowaPalooza

Oct. 6-9

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is hosting the Flow Tour National Championship. Not only is this annual competition held at Epic Waters, but the waterpark is taking the event to a whole new level by turning it into a festival. The Flow Tour National Championship gives FlowRider competitors the chance to show off their skills in front of an eager, energized crowd, and the chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. The festival has live music, carnival games, immersive activities, tasty cuisine, delicious beverages, and door prizes.

epicwatersgp.com

Salado

Christmas in October

Oct. 7-8

Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.

The Salado Ladies Community League is hosting a Jingle Walk for Christmas in October. A passport allows you to shop many of the stores along Salado's "Magic Mile" for both days. Receive a gift at each participating store you visit.

facebook.com/saladoladiescommunityleague

Temple

First Friday: Oktoberfest

Oct. 7

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

Granbury

Oktoberfest

Oct. 7-9

Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Ketzler's Schnitzelhaus and Biergarten brings this traditional German festival right to the heart of Granbury, Texas. Head to the historic Granbury square to experience German fare, music, vendors, and drinks, of course. This festival grows year after year.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/oktoberfest

Dallas

Barbershop Harmony Society Southwestern District Fall Convention

Oct. 7-8

DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel, DFW Airport Terminal C, 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

Granbury

Oktoberfest

Oct. 7-9

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

Enjoy live music, tasty food, German souvenir vendors, and, of course, a variety of German beer.

visitgranbury.com

Waxahachie

Stampede of Speed

Oct. 7-16

Texas Motorplex , 7500 SH 287 West

NHRA Fall Nationals event action is packed with racing, concerts, special events, and other entertainment.

texasmotorplex.com

Mesquite

Mesquite Meander

Oct. 7-8

Mesquite Cemetery, 400 Holly Park Drive

Step into the past by experiencing a living history tour of the Mesquite Cemetery. Actors portray Mesquite's early citizens, giving guests a theatrical encounter through first-person storytelling.

visitmesquitetx.com

Farmersville

Oktoberfest Trail Run

Oct. 8

Historic Onion Shed , 154 S. Main St.

The Chaparral Trail is a converted railroad that has quickly become a reclaimed multi-use trail spanning more than 35 miles and beginning in the quaint city of Farmersville. Race this fast course over paved and crushed-stone trail, across bridges, and along prairies and farmland. This is an out and back course under a canopy of trees with beautiful country views. Distances are 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and 50K.

ultraexpeditions.com/oktoberfest-trail-run-festival

Edom

Art Festival

Oct. 8-9

Main Street, 9726 FM 314

For 50 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists to present their talents. Resident artists welcome juried artists in the mediums of painting, photography, clay, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, wood, and mixed media. Local wineries, food trucks and artisan foods, and singer/songwriters fill the festival grounds behind the galleries on the one main street in town. Raku firing, blacksmithing, and an interactive kids' creation station are part of the fun. Admission is free.

edomarts.com

Irving

"James Bond Meets Rachmaninoff"

Oct. 8

Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The 2022-2023 season for the Irving Symphony opens with iconic music from several James Bond movies, a musical glance at a famous 19th century hero, a world premiere, and one of the most romantic Rachmaninoff piano concertos of all time, performed by an internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso.

irvingsymphony.org

Salado

Oktoberfest

Oct. 8

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St.

On the banks of Salado Creek, enjoy a family-friendly festival with special beer releases, stein-holding competitions, German food, games, vendors, and German beer.

barrowbrewing.com/events

Cedar Hill

Country Day on the Hill

Oct. 8

Historic Downtown, 208 Houston and Broad streets

Fun and excitement abound each year on the second Saturday of October when Cedar Hill celebrates Country Day on the Hill. The annual event features a parade, craft vendors, food, activities, contests, and live entertainment throughout the entire day.

cdoth.com

Hudson Oaks

Craft and Cork

Oct. 8

Gene Voyles Park, 210 Hudson Oaks Drive

Mingle with friends while enjoying local wine and beer pairings, local tastes, and great music. Craft and Cork is an intimate setting to enjoy great wine and craft beer selections directly from the source. No individuals under 21 are allowed.

hudsonoaks.com/calendar/craft-and-cork

La Grange

Rod Picott in Concert

Oct. 8

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Rod Picott makes his debut performance in the Bugle Boy's converted WWII Army barracks listening room. He has released 12 albums over the last 20 years, with songs placed in television and film projects including The FX series "Justified" and the Michael Douglas film "Solitary Man." He has toured as the opening act for Alison Krauss and Union Station and won the Song of the Year award at the Austin Music Awards for his song “Broke Down.”

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Bonnie Raitt in Concert

Oct. 8

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

After selling out much of her North American tour to date, Bonnie Raitt continues her journey across America through November, playing at storied venues in Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Austin. Raitt is joined by her longtime touring band and special guest Marc Cohn.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=428337

Corsicana

Best Little Airshow in Texas

Oct. 8

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

The 23rd annual airshow includes the Liberty Jump Team, historic airplanes on display, and airplane rides.

coyotesquadron.org

Chappell Hill

Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 8-9

Downtown Chappell Hill

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

chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com

Mckinney

Trolley Tour

Oct. 8

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut

Experience the historic district in downtown McKinney on a charming trolley with a trained docent. This tour features the buildings and homes of the commercial and residential historic district. While enjoying the architecture, you’ll hear about some of the significant people who made their mark in McKinney.

chestnutsquare.org/tours

Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic

Oct. 8

Filtered Coffee Shop, 218 E. Louisiana

The Filtered Coffee Shop stage comes alive with Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic. All singers and musicians of all ages are welcome.

getmefiltered.com

Waxahachie

Chautauqua Cowboy Poet Gathering

Oct. 8

Chautauqua Auditorium, 400 S. Grand St.

There's fun for the whole family at this event, including a Longhorn stampede around Ellis County Courthouse, cowboy poets, Western music, an open mic, chuckwagon meals, a frontier women's wardrobe presentation, birds of prey exhibition, and live music with Kristyn Harris, Devon Dawson, Washtub Jerry, Ramblin' Rangers, and others.

waxahachiechautauqua.org

Temple

Tri-City Gem and Mineral Show

Oct. 9-10

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 free 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. Food vendors are on site.

dfarhie.wixsite.com/tcgms

Ennis

National Hot Rod Association Fall Nationals

Oct. 13-16

Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287

Drag racing is the quickest and fastest form of motorsport. Cars exceed speeds of 330 mph, engines roar with 10,000 horsepower, and flames blast out of the tailpipes, propelling drivers as quickly as 0-100 mph in less than half a second. All of that can be seen at Texas Motorplex each fall during Fall Nationals. The Motorplex is an all-concrete, quarter-mile drag racing facility that opened in 1986, becoming the first super-stadium built specifically for drag racing.

nhra.com

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Oct. 13

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony opens its 2022-2023 season on October 13. The evening features Beethoven, Strauss, and Gershwin compositions. Beethoven's "Leonora Overture No. 3," Strauss' "Tales of the Vienna Woods," and Gershwin's Piano Concerto are performed.

lascolinassymphony.org

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Oct. 13

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

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

elgintx.com

Granbury

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Oct. 14-16

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Granbury is bursting with vibrant artists and talent throughout the community. Find food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities at this long-running festival that showcases artists, makers, and craftspeople.

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

La Grange

Woody Russell in Concert

Oct. 14

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past Bugle Boy Talent Trust recipient Woody Russell returns with his latest musical project. Russell is a "guitar-centric singer-songwriter with an unapologetic art-rock ethos." He has released a catalogue of diverse recorded work that spans from the Americana infused fare of his first album, "As Simple As That," the rootsy "Salt," a highly praised blues and soul album, "Up Against It," followed by the rich instrumental/orchestral collection, "Big Sky." Later releases offered up funkier pop-jazz shades with "Delicious Days" and "Carry It Up."

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Corsicana

Oktoberfest

Oct. 14-15

The Collin Club, 211 W. Collin St.

Typical Oktoberfest fun includes German beer, food, and music.

thecollinclub.com

Mckinney

Third Monday Trade Days

Oct. 14-16

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission.

tmmtd.com

Canton

Texas Star Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Oct. 14-15

Canton Civic Center, 800 Flea Market Road

Browse an annual quilt show that includes vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, a silent auction, a bazaar, scavenger hunt for kids, and a judged quilt show.

texasstarquilters.wixsite.com/tsqg

Granbury

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Oct. 14-16

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

Presented by the Historic Granbury Merchants Association, this long-running festival showcases artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to artist gallery booths, visitors can find food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities—all surrounded by a vibrant downtown square with wineries, unique shops, boutiques, art galleries, live entertainment venues, and great restaurants.

visitgranbury.com

Royse City

FunFest

Oct. 15

Main Street

Vendors, carnival games, bounce houses, train rides, contests, and live music create a day full of fun. Admission is free.

roysecitychamber.com

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Oct. 15-16

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Holiday shopping gets in full swing at this long-running arts and crafts marketplace. Open since 1975, shoppers can expect a variety of handcrafted goods. Every show is different and includes wood and metal crafts, floral designs, children's and women's boutique clothing, and an array of wonderful home decor from the vivid imaginations of the crafters.

samishow.com

Lipan

Kick-A-Poo Festival Classic Car Show

Oct. 15

Lipan City Park, 200 Caddo St.

Classic car owners show off their stunning vehicles in a car show with 42 awards, including Best of Show, Sponsor's Choice, Under Construction, Special Interest, Late Model, Rat Rod, and Cycle. Admission is free.

ddrockinrods.com

Bryan

Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 15-23

Brazos County Expo Complex, 5827 Leonard Road

The Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo showcases agriculture, education, and youth to enhance Texas culture and has become a staple event of the region. Spectators can expect two action-packed weekends. From the tractor pull to the rodeo events including bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and mutton bustin’. The fair also includes the carnival, animal exhibits, shopping, and live music.

brazosvalleyfair.com

Lewisville

Best Little Brewfest in Texas

Oct. 15

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

More than 70 craft breweries from around Texas, the U.S., and the world are featured at this 100% charity beer festival. Profits benefit Cloud 9 Charities. Some wine and ciders are also included. Adult tickets include a souvenir tasting cup, tasting card for 12 samples, and access to retail vendors, two stages of live music, and food trucks.

bestlittlebrewfestintexas.com

Salado

Volksride

Oct. 15

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St.

Bicycles, craft beer, and an Oktoberfest celebration in the rolling hills of Central Texas make for a perfect day. The bicycle ride has routes from 10 to 50 miles. The ride starts and ends at Barrow Brewing Company where each participant is treated to a pint and a pretzel at the finish line.

barrowbrewing.com

Cameron

Steak, Stein, and Wine Fest

Oct. 15

Downtown Cameron , 102 E. First St.

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with 44 Farms to kick off a great meat-centric event in downtown Cameron. Guests indulge in a delicious ribeye steak dinner with all the trimmings from Cameron's own local beef producer, 44 Farms. The Cameron Car Club hosts a car show with other downtown activities plus artists, food trucks, wine, beer, and other beverages. There are games for all, and music and entertainment keep your heart beating and your feet stomping.

steaksteinwinefestival.com

Addison

Addison After Dark: Harvest Hootenanny

Oct. 15

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle

It's fall y’all and time to get your hootenanny on. This shindig boasts singer-songwriters, food trucks, family carnival games, and a petting zoo. Wear your favorite costume and take a spin on the hayride.

addisonafterdark.com

The Colony

Family Fright Night

Oct. 15-16

Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road

Get ready for a haunted campout, just in time for spooky season. Family Fright Night offers a Halloween adventure suitable for all ages. Enjoy a lakeside campout with a haunted trail, tent trick-or-treating, and kids' costume and scream contests. Kick back with a scary movie screening, hayride, and fireside s’mores.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx

Waco

Ironman Waco

Oct. 15-16

Pecan Bottoms (Cameron Park), University Parks Drive

Do you have what it takes to conquer an Ironman? Begin your journey on the beautiful and tranquil Brazos River, traverse the Texas countryside on your 112-mile bike ride, and let the city's energy propel you on your 26.2-mile run, which crosses the finish line at the newly-restored and historic Waco suspension bridge.

ironman.com/im-waco

La Grange

Susan Gibson in Concert

Oct. 15

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Grammy Award winner Susan Gibson made her mark on the world when "Wide Open Spaces" was covered by the Dixie Chicks and taken all the way to No. 1. But of course she's written many more wonderful songs in the years since, many of which can be heard on her 2014 live album "The Second Hand," recorded at the Bugle Boy.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Eslabon Armado in Concert

Oct. 15

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

California-based trio Eslabon Armado's name translates as "linked chain." Illustrated by their interlocking vocal harmonies and woven acoustic guitars and basses, the group's style reframes the regional Mexican music of ranchera with the language of "sierreña" music, the "music of the mountain ranges."

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=434998

Clifton

FallFest

Oct. 15

Historic Downtown Clifton, 403 W. Third St.

Autumn's return is greeted with a smile and the 21st annual FallFest. Celebrating Clifton’s cornucopia of heritages in historic Downtown, FallFest features live music, arts and crafts demonstrations, heritage exhibits and performances, a corn hole tournament, a car show, food, shopping, and a kids' area.

cityofclifton.org/fallfest

Kerens

Cotton Harvest Festival

Oct. 15

Various locations, 121 N. Colket Ave.

In days gone by, Kerens was a major cotton producing area in Texas. To celebrate the harvest and fund the newly built library, the Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival began. For the last 17 years, the committee has striven to revive the excitement of the harvest fun from years gone. The main street in town is filled with with nearly 100 exhibitors selling their wares, a car show, tractor show, quilt show, photography, and a pie contest along with wonderful live music in the air. To top off the festival, a street dance is held in the evening.

kerenscottonharvestfestival.com

Brenham

Texas Arts and Music Festival

Oct. 15-16

Downtown Brenham

Held annually the third weekend in October in historic downtown Brenham, the festival celebrates Texas street art with live mural installations, an art village, and live music, all free to the public.

texasartsandmusicfestival.com

Mckinney

Día de los Muertos

Oct. 15

Mitchell Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney use the strength of our unique identities in a collective framework to document, honor, and promote the historic legacies of McKinney's Black and Mexican communities, ensuring that all cultures are natural parts of the community's experience. Día de Los Muertos is a day of fun with food, music, games, and art.

mckinneydiadelosmuertos.com

Plano

Beatles Night

Oct. 15

Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Celebrate John Lennon’s birthday with Beatles Night. A Hard Night’s Day headlines this annual Plano tradition at the Red Tail Pavilion located in Oak Point Park. Bring your chairs, blankets, and coolers. Please leave pets at home.

visitplano.com/event/beatles-night-2022

International Festival

Oct. 15

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Tour the world and improve your wellness at the Plano International Festival. The area’s largest cultural event has food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, cultural displays, and other festivities from over 100 cultures. Kids can explore STEAM activities plus travel the booths with a virtual passport. Come early for free flu and COVID shots and a variety of health screenings.

planointernationalfestival.org

Mesquite

Community Band Fall Concert

Oct. 15

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Community Band, made up of volunteer musicians from high school through retirement age, presents its free fall concert in the Concert Hall of the Mesquite Arts Center. Grab a seat to hear the annual themed arrangements.

visitmesquitetx.com

PumpkinFest

Oct. 15

Valley Creek Park, 2482 Pioneer Road

Mesquite's annual fall festival includes a pumpkin-decorating contest, petting zoo, haunted house, carnival games, jousting, a falconry show, and other family-friendly festivities.

visitmesquitetx.com

Seguin

De Mano A Mano

Oct. 15

Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin, 921 W. New Braunfels St.

At this open-air artisan market, shop with vendors and craftspeople selling handmade crafts, artwork, and other merchandise that showcases Hispanic culture and heritage.

teatrodeartes.org

Dallas

"Dalí/Vermeer: A Dialogue"

Oct. 16-Jan. 15, 2023

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

The Meadows Museum brings together Salvador Dalí’s "The Image Disappears" with Johannes Vermeer’s "Woman Reading a Letter" in this exhibition. The side-by-side presentation of these two related paintings results in a closer understanding of the correlations between Dalí and Vermeer.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org

Grand Prairie

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets in Concert

Oct. 17

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets are an English rock band formed in 2018 to perform the early music of Pink Floyd. The band comprises Pink Floyd drummer and co-founder Nick Mason, bassist Guy Pratt, guitarists Gary Kemp and Lee Harris, and keyboardist Dom Beken.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=416007

Seguin

Buck Fever

Oct. 19-20

Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.

Outdoor hunting and fishing exhibits provide education on protecting, preserving, and enjoying wildlife and fish.

buckfever.org

Grand Prairie

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in Concert

Oct. 20

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don't miss Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who have sold over 175 million records worldwide and defined the sound of an era with classic hits like "Walk Like A Man," "Sherry," "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You," "Rag Doll," and "Big Girls Don’t Cry."

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=401866

Corsicana

Witches Night Out

Oct. 20

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Come join in for a fun night of grown-up festivities in your best witch or warlock attire. Sip, stroll, and shop the downtown merchants offering cauldrons of complimentary cocktails, and don't forget to enter the Most Creative Witches Hat contest.

visitcorsicana.com

Elgin

Hogeye Festival Weekend

Oct. 20-22

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Held the fourth Saturday of October, this festival features handmade arts and crafts, live music, food, kids' activities, and plenty of pig puns to go around. Events include Lindsy Kay Wing Children's Costume Pet Parade, Road Hog Car Show, Gordon Swenson Memorial Barbecue Pork-Off, a carnival, cow patty bingo. Before the main event, the Hogeye Stroll, "Pearls Before Swine Art Show," and the Hogalicious Dessert Contest take place on Oct. 20. And on Oct. 21 is a street dance with Kenny Orts and No Chance.

hogeyefestival.com

Burton

LaBahia Antique Show

Oct. 21-29

LaBahia Hall, 550 SH 237

Dealers across the country provide antiques, collectibles, and re-purposed and vintage items in the historic 1902 La Bahia Hall. Outside dealers offer a variety of vintage goods. There is country cooking all day and free admission and parking. The show is part of the famous Round Top Antique Festival weekend.

labahiaantiques.com

Grand Prairie

Jo Koy

Oct. 21

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

As one of today’s premiere stand-up comics, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The comedian, who pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, sells out arenas and theaters across the world.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=433846

The Colony

Half Mile Run and Green Dragon 5-Miler

Oct. 22

Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road

Runners of all skill levels are invited to race along the beautiful shores of Lewisville Lake. Participants enjoy a gently undulating, crushed granite trail in a tranquil and natural setting that promises a memorable race experience for all. All proceeds go to support cancer awareness.

thecolonyhalf.com

Carmine

Texas Antiques Week

Oct. 22-30

Texas Casual Cottages, 580 SH 237 S.

A wide selection of exhibitors bring the very best in boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, furniture, gourmet food, dips, sauces, art, yard decorations, and holiday decor.

bigtop.show/roundtoptx

La Grange

Terry Klein in Concert

Oct. 22

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Terry Klein has played in some of the most hallowed rooms in the singer-songwriter business: Club Passim, The Bluebird, The Blue Light, The Saxon Pub, and Anderson Fair, to name a few. Now, he plays at The Bugle Boy's intimate listening room.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Oct. 22

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

In “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their iconic careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show business.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=429712

Dallas

North Texas EggFest

Oct. 22

Sunnyland Outdoor Living, 7879 Spring Valley Road at Coit

The sixth annual North Texas EggFest features cooking demonstrations, delicious samples, live music, deals on Big Green Egg charcoal grills, and other festivities. Everyone is welcome to show off their cooking skills with cooking teams including amateurs, experienced restaurant staff, first-timers, and local chefs. Proceeds benefit the Texas Restaurant Foundation.

northtexaseggfest.com

Plano

Rest In Plano Fest and Apparition Expedition

Oct. 22

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Enjoy this Halloween-themed festival in downtown Plano. The two-day Halloween-centric celebration features artisans, performers, musicians, and the popular Apparition Expedition that gives visitors a peek into Plano’s paranormal past with walking tours through the city’s haunted history.

plano.gov/1043/apparition-expedition

Granbury

Dallas Spartan Ultra 50K, Beast 21K, and Sprint 5K

Oct. 22-23

Martha's Ranch, Twin Canyons, 7631 Hayworth Highway

Created for participants of all skill levels, the events take place separately, allowing attendees to participate in multiple formats. Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain. Held at a new venue for Spartan in 2022, this course includes rugged terrain that challenge you, no matter your fitness level.

visitgranbury.com/spartan

Mesquite

Wildflower Buffalo Stomp

Oct. 22

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney Road

Fall is the time to plant Texas bluebonnet seeds. Head to Opal Lawrence Historical Park to stomp some seeds into the ground for next spring.

visitmesquitetx.com

La Grange

Buttercup Band in Concert

Oct. 23

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

For a very special Sunday show in the converted WWII Army barracks listening room, the Bugle Boy brings an afternoon of songs and stories with San Antonio art-rock band Buttercup. To the delight of their longtime loyal fanbase and first-timers alike, just about every Buttercup performance is akin to an interactive art show, packed with many fresh, fun, and often outright joyfully absurd surprises and memorable songs and moments of impeccable musicianship. Buttercup's Bugle Boy debut spotlights their just released album "Specks," described by the band as a collection of autobiographical songs born out of the pandemic that explore "what it means to be alive at this moment in tumultuous history."

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Sherman

Trick or Treat on Travis Street

Oct. 27

Travis and Wall streets , 100 N. Travis St.

This eighth annual trick-or-treat event in historic downtown Sherman is a safe, family-friendly way to kick off Halloween and let kiddos show off their costumes. The party takes place on North Travis Street from Houston up to the Chase Bank, and on Wall Street from Travis Street to North Walnut.

shermantx.org

Bryan

Halloweentown in Downtown Bryan

Oct. 28

Downtown Bryan, 200 and 300 blocks of North Main Street

The third annual Halloweentown in Downtown Bryan is a free, family-friendly event featuring trick-or-treating, a costume contest, photo stations, children's crafts, and kid-friendly fun on the streets of downtown Bryan.

destinationbryan.com/events/halloweentown-in-downtown-bryan

Glen Rose

Fossilmania XL

Oct. 28-30

Somervell Expo Center, 202 E. Gibbs Blvd.

Visit Texas’ longest-running show dedicated to fossils and everything paleontology. This is not a gem and mineral show, but a fossil show. In addition to fossils, vendors offer books on paleontology, apparel, artwork, and other products related to paleontology. Activities include fossil collecting field trips, a Kids' Corner, a guided tour of dinosaur tracks, presentations, and a badge workshop for Scouts. Door prizes and a surprise or two add excitement.

dallaspaleo.org/fossilmania

Grand Prairie

Tauren Wells in Concert

Oct. 28

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Ten-time Grammy nominee Tauren Wells brings his energetic live show to Grand Prairie.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=435048

Sanger

Sellabration

Oct. 29

Sanger Downtown Area, 300 Bolivar St.

Historically, over 5,000 people each year have attended this festival, which is the highlight of the community. Festivities include craft and food vendors, kids' games, the Little Miss and Mr. Sanger pageant, and wiener dog races all in a street-fair atmosphere.

sangertexas.com/sellabration

Salado

Barktoberfest

Oct. 29

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St.

Celebrate Oktoberfest with your furry family members. Dress your pet to impress for the dog parade and costume contest. This event is free to attend and raises money for the Bell County Animal Shelter.

barrowbrewing.com/events

Fort Worth

Saints and Sinners Tour

Oct. 29-30

Oakwood Cemetery , 701 Grand Ave.

Hear the re-enacted stories of "residents" at the cemetery, which was established in 1879 by John Peter Smith. Other costumed characters as well as the century-old chapel and casket vaults add to your visit.

stockyardsmuseum.org

La Grange

Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines in Concert

Oct. 29

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Terri Hendrix is recognized by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters. She is joined by longtime touring and recording partner, Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Salado

Tablerock Fright Trail

Oct. 29-30

Tablerock , 409 Tablerock Road

Spend Halloween this year at Tablerock. The popular walking trail on the sprawling 9-plus acre Tablerock site makes a Jekyll-Hyde switch to a spectral, haunted pathway. Guides accompany visitors and deliver extemporaneous remarks about scenes mimicking “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “Macbeth,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and other classics. It’s spooky enough to thrill you and draw interest for those great classics, but never with the intention to frighten little children.

tablerock.org

Granbury

Tough Mudder

Oct. 29-30

True Grit Ranch, 6810 Old Granbury Road

Tough Mudder hosts a 10-mile, 25-obstacle classic event, along with a 5K with 13 obstacles. There are also kids' events, featuring age-specific distances and obstacles designed for ages 5 to 12.

visitgranbury.com/mudder

Waxahachie

Texas Country Reporter Festival

Oct. 29

Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main St.

For 26 years, this one-day event has featured artists, craftsmen, musicians, and chefs from all over the Lone Star State—many have been featured on the "Texas Country Reporter" over the years.

waxahachiecvb.com

Mesquite

Dia de los Muertos Cultural Celebration

Oct. 29

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Experience dia de Los Muertos Mesquite-style. Celebrate the cultural traditions of the holiday with sugar skull painting, folklorico dancers, and other Day of the Dead traditions.

visitmesquitetx.com

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Oct. 29

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents "Hearts Without Borders," featuring works by composers Andres Martin ("The Heart Knows No Borders") and Alberto Ginastera ("Four Dances" from "Estancia").

visitmesquitetx.com

Seguin

Pecan Fest

Oct. 29

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

At this celebration of all things pecan and Seguin's agricultural heritage, visitors can take photos with the World's Largest Pecan, shop with vendors, enjoy live music, and honor the state's official nut.

seguingonuts.com

Corsicana

Boo on the Block

Oct. 31

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Many retail stores are open downtown to hand out candy and prizes. Look forward to trick-or-treating, pictures in Pocket Park, children's events, and rides.

visitcorsicana.com

Elgin

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a traditional holiday in Mexico and Latin America that honors life and death by turning mourning into a celebration. Friends and family gather together to remember and pray for loved ones who have died. This event offers traditional altars, sugar skulls, children's activities, and music.

elgintx.com

La Grange

"The Great Gatsby"

Nov. 4-6

The Pavilion at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, 250 W. Fairgrounds Road

The breathtaking glamour and excess of the Jazz Age comes to the stage as the Fayette County Community Theatre presents an incredible production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby."

faycotheatre.com

Temple

First Friday: Celebrate Our Veterans and Thanksgiving

Nov. 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.

downtowntemple.com

La Grange

Albert and Gage in Concert

Nov. 4

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Austin, Texas husband-wife duo Albert and Gage (Christine Albert and Chris Gage) have a personal and musical chemistry that radiates from the stage. The joy they experience making music together is evident as they travel through their musical roots, moving from country and folk to blues and French songs.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Temple

St. Nicholas Market

Nov. 4-5

Christ Episcopal Church, 300 N. Main St.

Come shop with over 35 vendors at the St. Nicholas Market and give back to the community. Proceeds from the annual market support local missions and ministries in the Temple area.

stnicholasmarket.org

Bellville

Big Top Vintage Market

Nov. 5-6

Austin County Fair Grounds, 1076 E. Hill

A wide selection of exhibitors bring the very best in boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, furniture, gourmet food, dips, sauces, art, yard decorations, and holiday items. Food trucks are on site, and admission is free.

bigtop.show/bellvilletx

La Grange

Lilli Lewis in Concert

Nov. 5

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Recipient of the 2022 Folk Alliance's The Spirit of Folk Award, Lilli Lewis returns to the Bugle Boy.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

First Saturday Market

Nov. 5

Downtown Square, 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Nov. 5

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm.

discoverbellville.com

Mesquite

Veterans Day Celebration

Nov. 5

Mesquite Veterans Memorial, 425 S. Galloway Ave.

Honor military heroes at this annual Veterans Day celebration, with speakers ranging from community leaders to military veterans.

visitmesquitetx.com

Dallas

Holiday at the Arboretum

Nov. 9-Dec. 31

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road

Numerous spectacular elements are a part of Holiday at the Arboretum. The Christmas Village has dozens of charming shops fashioned after a European Christmas village. There's also the 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree animated with more than 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes, the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos that represent each of the 12 days of Christmas, and the stunningly decorated historic DeGolyer house.

dallasarboretum.org

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Artist Presentations

Nov. 10

Storefront Bookstore, 203 N. Commerce St.

Storefront Bookstore, the public space of the Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, presents returning resident Alana Masad, author of "All My Mother's Lovers," to discuss new work, along with Sonya Schonberger discussing oral histories and documentary writing.

corsicanaresidency.org

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Nov. 10

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

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

elgintx.com

Fort Worth

Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 11

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.

“Saluting Buffalo Soldiers” is the theme of this year’s Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade. In 1887, Congress created the first professional Black Army units. The men of the 9th and 10th Cavalry, and the 24th and 25th Infantry, served with pride and courage. They were stationed in Texas from 1867-1886 before moving further west. Eventually, they became known as “Buffalo Soldiers.” Participants form up in the Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion parking lot, march down North Forest Park Boulevard along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River and return.

fw2022parade.org

The Colony

American Heroes

Nov. 11-12

The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Corresponding with Veterans Day, American Heroes is a two-day patriotic festival and concert series for all ages. Enjoy live music, view vintage cars on display, and honor our nation’s veterans with multiple ceremonies. Don’t miss the weekend-long carnival and stunning patriotic firework display set to music.

saluteamericanheroes.com

Salado

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Nov. 11-13

Thomas Arnold Elementary School Grounds, 604 Thomas Arnold Road

Come celebrate all things Scottish at the 61st annual Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. This three-day event is filled with the skirl of the bagpipes and the wearing of the tartan, with a parade, bagpipes, and Highland dancers. Stop and shop at the many vendor tables, enjoy delicious food, and watch the exciting Highland games. You can also find the largest gathering of Scottish Clan tents in Texas, where members share information about Scottish history and genealogy.

saladoscottishfestival.com

Corsicana

Navarro County Pro Rodeo

Nov. 11-12

Navarro County Expo Center, 4201 SH 22

The Navarro County Pro Rodeo attracts top personnel and stock, including stock contractors, saddle bronc riders, bull fighters, and pick-up men. There is mutton bustin' for children. Proceeds benefit the Corsicana Professional Fire Fighters Association and local FFA chapters.

navarrocountyprorodeo.com

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts 47th Anniversary Show

Nov. 13

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Celebrate 47 years of Sami Arts and Crafts shows in Central Texas with one of the year's biggest shows. Since two of the most popular holidays of the year are approaching, more arts and crafts vendors than usual are here selling every imaginable form of handicrafts. It's a shopper's paradise for holiday gifts, all under one roof.

samishow.com

Bryan

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Nov. 12-13

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

From history to mystery, choose from thousands of books at this more-than-50-year-old book sale. Shop hard backs and paper backs in good condition and at excellent prices.

friendsbcs.org

Mckinney

Country Lane Community Holiday Craft Sale

Nov. 12

Country Lane Senior Community, 2401 Country View Lane

Multiple craft items created by local residents of the Country Lane Senior Community are presented in this annual holiday craft sale. Some of the featured items include rope bowls, greeting cards, wreaths, needlepoint, painting, quilting, knitting, jewelry, and books by local authors. There are hourly raffles of select craft items for all event goers.

Irving

Irving Symphony Orchestra: The Vocal Majority in Concert

Nov. 12

Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

This year, the Vocal Majority is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Irving Symphony Orchestra celebrates with the multi-award winning vocal ensemble singing not only their impressive a capella selections, including a tribute to Veterans Day, but also their signature arrangements with the orchestra.

irvingsymphony.org

La Grange

Patrice Pike in Concert

Nov. 12

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Patrice Pike returns to The Bugle Boy. Known for her socially astute, literate lyrics alongside her powerful vocals, Patrice Pike lights you on fire. She burst onto the music scene as the electric front woman for the seminal Austin jam band Sister Seven. In 2007, she became the youngest member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame, inducted alongside Lucinda Williams.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Burton

Big Star Texas Night

Nov. 12

La Bahia Turn Verein, 550 SH 237

Looking for a night out with great Texas music in an awesome Texas dance hall? Big Star Texas Night is an epic night of country music, food, and auctions.

burtontexas.org

Mckinney

Trolley Tour

Nov. 12

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut

Experience the historic district in downtown McKinney on a charming trolley with a trained docent. This tour features the buildings and homes of the commercial and residential historic district. While enjoying the architecture, you’ll hear about some of the significant people who made their mark in McKinney.

chestnutsquare.org/tours

Plano

Underground Movement Festival

Nov. 12

McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St.

The Secret Society Club and Plano Stages present volume 7 of the Underground Movement Festival, an event that brings the culture of hip-hop movement from underground. This is an all-ages, family-friendly event.

visitplano.com/event/underground-movement-festival-vol-7

Elgin

Veterans Appreciation Parade

Nov. 12

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Recognize and celebrate the community's veterans with a parade in downtown Elgin at 10 a.m., then take a veteran to lunch at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department.

elgintx.com

Mesquite

The Amazing Santa Color 5K Run and Walk

Nov. 12

Town East Mall, 2063 Town East Mall

This 5K kicks off the holiday season with holiday fun and color. Each participant is a blank canvas at the starting line and is transformed into a colorful collage during the race.

facebook.com/amazingsantacolor5k

Wreath Making Class

Nov. 12, 17

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney Road

Gather a group of friends to make a beautiful fresh evergreen holiday wreath over dinner and drinks at Opal Lawrence Historical Park.

visitmesquitetx.com

Caldwell

Hunter's Wife Weekend

Nov. 13

Downtown Caldwell, 301 N. Main St.

Participating businesses offer samples of wine and snacks along with great sales to kick off holiday shopping. Transportation is provided.

burlesoncountytx.com/events/details/hunter-s-wife-weekend-8785?calendarMonth=2021-11-01

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Nov. 17

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony continues its 2022-2023 season, featuring violinist Christopher Collins Lee. Mr. Lee plays Antonín Dvorák's Violin Concerto. The concert features Giacomo Puccini's "Chrysanthemums" and William Grant Still Jr.'s "Wood Notes."

lascolinassymphony.org

Corsicana

175th Anniversary Kickoff and Tree Lighting Festival

Nov. 17

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Corsicana begins its year-long 175th anniversary celebration with the annual holiday tree lighting. A three-story tree is lit with more than 10,00 lights and decorated with over 750 ornaments. Live entertainment, a spectacular fireworks display, and of course, Santa, are on hand to entertain the young and young at heart.

visitcorsicana.com

Bryan

Lights On!

Nov. 18

Downtown Bryan, 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street

Destination Bryan kicks off the holiday season with the annual Lights On! Help count down to turn on thousands of lights along Main Street and Bryan Avenue that illuminate picturesque historic downtown Bryan. The free, family-friendly event includes holiday photo backdrop stations, live music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

destinationbryan.com/events/lights-on-2

Granbury

Winter Wine Walk

Nov. 18-20

Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

About 15 wineries are featured at the Winter Wine Walk, where Texas agriculture and winemakers are celebrated. Experience wine tastings, wine judging, and awards for wineries that specialize in Texas wines. Some local Granbury wineries are also participating.

crosstimberswinetrail.com/granbury-winter-wine-walk

Giddings

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival

Nov. 18-19

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

Giddings salutes Texas authors with a two-day book festival at the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center. Visit with selected Texas authors, see their works, and purchase an autographed copy. Find a wide range of book genres including: murder mystery, fantasy, science fiction, cookbooks, self-help books, junior fiction, and picture books. Many local schools bring students to meet the authors, learn about the writing process, and inspire them to love reading and writing.

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

La Grange

Dana Cooper in Concert

Nov. 18

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Dana Cooper is a poetic songwriter, an insightful storyteller, and a rousing musician whose performances engage and inspire audiences around the world. He returns to the Bugle Boy stage in support of his latest album, "I Can Face the Truth."

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Fort Worth

Lightscape

Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 1700 University Drive

Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape features spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. Walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating waves of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail.

fwbg.org/lightscape

Granbury

Winter Wine Walk and Cross Timbers Wine Symposium

Nov. 18-20

Various locations

The second annual walk and symposium features 15 wineries and celebrates Texas agriculture and winemakers. Experience wine tastings, judging, and awards. The festival is held at Langdon and Hewlett Park, and the symposium and wine competition takes place at Lake Granbury Conference Center. The symposium's workshop classes for growers and winemakers are open to anyone who wants to know more about Texas wines.

crosstimberswinetrail.com/#winefest

Luling

Christmas Arts and Craft Show

Nov. 19

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

Kick off the Christmas season by shopping for unique items handcrafted by area artisans. Kids can visit and take pictures with Santa, and a DJ plays tunes all day. A live raffle with prizes takes place for the entire day as well.

lulingcc.org

Addison

Addison After Dark: Holiday Cheer

Nov. 19

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. Kick off the holiday season sipping on complimentary wine samples in the Winter Wine-derland, stroll through the holiday marketplace for a little retail therapy, and enjoy a free In-N-Out Burger or a sweet and salty snack.

addisonafterdark.com

La Grange

James McMurtry in Concert

Nov. 19

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

James McMurtry returns to The Bugle Boy. As the son of legendary American author Larry McMurtry, James is a talented songwriter and American poet.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Fort Worth

Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience

Nov. 19-20

Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 Burnett-Tandy Drive

The Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience take this year's Holiday Market surf side. The flamingos are rounding up the best in handmade and vintage funky finds for your tropical holiday pleasure. Snag the best finds before they're swept away with the tide.

funkyfinds.com/holiday-shopping-experience.html

Giddings

Sip and Shop Christmas Market

Nov. 20

The Silos on Highway 77, 1031 CR 223

Discover arts and crafts of every type just in time for Christmas shoppers looking for the perfect present. Enjoy a cold beverage while you browse a bright array of colorful wares and listen to the soft sounds of holiday music. Santa also makes an appearance for the children.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

Nov. 20

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights illuminates the streets of downtown Fort Worth for the 40th year. This year’s parade marks the city’s official kick-off to the holiday season with more than 100 festive floats, each adorned with holiday decor and over half a million sparkling lights.

fortworthparadeoflights.org

Belton

Merry Mistletoe Marketplace

Nov. 25-27

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

The year's much awaited, biggest Sami Arts and Crafts show of the year includes vendors from all parts of Texas and beyond. Gather with friends and family to shop from the finest offerings of gifts, home decor, and seasonal gourmet foods.

samishow.com

Mckinney

Home for the Holidays: A McKinney Christmas

Nov. 25-27

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Stroll the 14-block area of McKinney's 166-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. Admission is free and open to the public. Enjoy live holiday music, seasonal food and drink, vendors for holiday shopping, and a community Christmas tree lighting event.

mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays

Richardson

"The Nutcracker"

Nov. 25-27

Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive

Chamberlain Ballet began staging "The Nutcracker" in 1989. Over the years, this holiday tradition has grown to become a favorite for thousands of North Texas families.

chamberlainballet.org

Bowie

Blue Saturday Shop Small

Nov. 26

Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St.

Bowie Community Development and the Bowie Chamber of Commerce encourage and promote this annual event of shopping locally and shopping small. “Blue Saturday” falls just after Black Friday on the weekend of Thanksgiving. Mark off your holiday shopping list and give back to the merchants who support the community all year long. Shoppers receive tote bags, balloons, and other Shop Small merchandise.

cityofbowietx.com/136/festivals-events

Mesquite

Christmas on the Square

Nov. 30

Heritage Square Park, 100 Broad St.

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas at this holiday season tradition in the historic heart of Mesquite, with festivities including holiday treats and the sparkle of holiday lights.

visitmesquitetx.com

Plano

Dickens in Downtown Plano

Dec. 3

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Kick off the season with Dickens, a free annual event nestled in the heart of the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District with holiday-themed activities, a tree lighting, and other family fun.

visitplano.com/event/dickens-in-downtown-plano-2022

Mesquite

Christmas Concert

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Community Band presents its annual holiday concert. The band is made up of volunteer musicians from high school through retirement age.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Winter Gala: A Community Celebration

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center hosts its Winter Gala, a night of family fun with food and music.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 4-5

Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road

Mesquite Parks and Recreation’s largest annual event, Christmas in the Park, kicks off the holiday season with free carnival rides, arts and crafts, visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, indulging on cookies and hot cocoa, and other activities.

visitmesquitetx.com

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