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A note regarding COVID-19

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


Great Texas Mosquito Festival

July 25-27

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

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


Watermelon Festival and Rodeo

July 26-28

Naples Melon Patch and Rodeo Grounds, Front and Floyd streets

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



July 27

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

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


Esports Summit

July 27-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

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


Civil War Symposium

Aug. 3

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

Calling all history buffs! Enjoy a whole day of presentations, speakers, exhibits, and vendors at this conference that focuses on the part that Jefferson and the surrounding area played in the Civil War.


186th Birthday Party

Aug. 9

Heritage Village, 200 Block of East Live Oak Street

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


Bards, Brews, and Brawls

Aug. 10

LHUCA Icehouse, 511 Ave. J

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


Pride Parade and Festival

Aug. 10

Fiesta Gardens , 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

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


Water Lantern Festival

Aug. 10-11

Haggard Park , 901 E. 15th St.

The Water Lantern Festival brings people together for a celebration of light and community. The evening is filled with food trucks, fun music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night with love, hope, and happiness.


Cowboy Heritage Days and Young Farmers Rodeo

Aug. 16-24

Pleasanton River Park, 1030 Riverpark Road

The “Birthplace of the Cowboy” celebrates its heritage with a festival featuring concerts, craft and food vendors, a parade, and activities for kids.



Aug. 17

Downtown Pampa, 100 S. Cuyler St.

Six bands, 75 retail vendors, and 16 food trucks take over the brick streets of downtown Pampa. There is also axe throwing and a VIP section. Gates open at 11 a.m., bands start at 3 p.m., and the festival is over at midnight.


Texas UFO Con

Aug. 17

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

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


Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 22-25

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

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

Gillespie County Fair Parade

Aug. 23

Main Street, 100 Block of West Main Street

One of the Texas Hill Country’s biggest parades has more than 200 units, marches down Main Street, and kicks off the annual Gillespie County Fair. The parade starts behind the courthouse and travels east to South Washington Street, then turns and goes west on Main Street to Edison Street. Bring chairs and arrive early.


St. Louis Day Celebration

Aug. 24-25

Koenig Park , 1700 San Jacinto St.

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


Kendall County Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Herff Park, 1307 River Road

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


Galveston Island Wine Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd

Sample more than 100 wines from 50-plus wineries, plus sip exclusive bourbons and try dishes from celebrity chefs in the Houston-Galveston area. Attendees can also see the many animals of Moody Gardens, including the opportunity to witness a penguin paint. This experience comes with a stay at Moody Gardens’ Four Diamond Hotel.


Labor Day Roundup Musicfest

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

11th St. Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St.

Listen to a lineup of entertainers all weekend long.


The Front Fest

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Various locations

The Front Fest is an end-of-summer festival featuring performances, films, and creative experiences that put Texas women and LGBTQ+ creatives of all kinds at the front of the lineups. The festival has welcomed over 15,000 guests and showcased 500-plus women and LGBTQ+ artists since 2016, including Dorian Electra, Jessica Williams, Lizzo, Alok V. Menon, Madame Gandhi, Juliana Huxtable, and Katja Blichfeld.


Blues on Main

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Downtown, 201 NW Main St.

Unity in the Community presents the 13th annual Blues on Main in downtown Ennis. This celebration is rooted in history and storytelling with the rhythms of jazz and blues that bring the community together. Expect live music, activities for kids, food, and vendors.


PlantCon Dallas

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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

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


Celebrate Bandera Roundup

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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

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


Hamilton County Dove Festival

Sept. 1

Hamilton Historic Main Street, Downtown

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


Texas Tribune Festival

Sept. 5-7

Downtown Austin, 919 Congress Ave.

Join along at Texas’ breakout politics and policy event as you explore the big, bold ideas driving politics, policy, and the day’s news. This year, dig into the 2024 elections, Texas and national politics, and the state of democracy with conversations curated by the Tribune’s award-winning journalists.


Black Rifle Block Party

Sept. 7

Black Rifle Coffee Company, 101 S. Main St.

The coffee company and its neighbors host this old-fashioned block party. Enjoy live music, food and drink, and a car show.;event=black-rifle-block-party-2;instance=20240907180000



Sept. 12-15

Historic Main Street District, 636 S. Main St.

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

Fort Stockton

Barrio Fest

Sept. 12-15

Fort Stockton Community Theatre , 102 S. Nelson St.

Barrio Fest is a celebration of Hispanic culture in the heart of Fort Stockton. Experience the rich traditions and lively spirit of the “barrio” (neighborhood) surrounding the Community Theatre and Nelson Street. Enjoy family-friendly activities, educational exhibits, cultural showcases, historical tours, food and craft vendors, and live music.


Tri-State Fair and Rodeo

Sept. 13-21

Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.

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


Kolache Festival

Sept. 14

Downtown Caldwell, 100 Buck St.

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

Port Aransas

Port A Days

Sept. 14-15

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

The coastal town of Port Aransas celebrates itself with a vendor market, “Anything That Floats” race, food, and a parade.


Washington County Fair

Sept. 14-21

Washington County Expo , 1305 E. Blue Bell Road

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

Grand Prairie

The Epic Arts and Music Weekend

Sept. 14-15

Epic Central, 2971 SH 161

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

Lake Jackson

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

Sept. 14, 21

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

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


Austin Street Art Walk

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , Austin Street

Rockport Center for the Arts presents this art walk that offers an ever-changing mix of participants representing various art mediums such as painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles, as well as live music, artist demonstrations, and food.

South Padre Island

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Sept. 14

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The best of Mexico’s contributions to the food and beverage industry are savored at this culinary event designed with foodies and tequila connoisseurs in mind. The also has live music.


Fall Festival and Giant Maze

Sept. 16-Oct. 29

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

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


Bandera Brewery Beerfest

Sept. 19-22

Bandera Brewery, 3540 SH 16

At the fourth annual Beerfest, visitors can enjoy games, craft beer, music, and food. No ticket is required to enter but signing up for games in advance is highly encouraged. Winners of the games compete in a grand championship playoff game on Sunday.


Balloon Festival

Sept. 19-22

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

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


HummerBird Celebration

Sept. 19-22

Aransas County Airport, 421 John D. Wendell Road

This 36th annual celebration offers speaker programs, shopping, birding trips, hummer home bus tours, and information about the hummingbird migration through Rockport and Fulton.


CockARoo Music Fest

Sept. 21

Castell General Store , 19522 W. RR 152

An end-of-summer music festival includes vendors, music, and food.

Van Horn

Our Lady of Fatima Carnival “Kermes”

Sept. 21

Our Lady of Fatima Church, 308 Almond St.

A “kermes” is bazaar in Spanish, and this one includes food and entertainment for all.


AIA Sandcastle Competition

Sept. 21-22

East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive

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


Czech Heritage Festival

Sept. 22

Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

This festival features live Czech music and dancing, traditional arts and crafts, Czech foods, a country store, and games.

New Braunfels

Comal County Fair and Rodeo

Sept. 25-29

Comal County Fair Grounds, 701 E. Common St.

The 130th annual Comal County Fair is fun for all with classic fair attractions such as carnival rides, fair food, a livestock show, barbecue cookoff, and the rodeo.

Fort Worth


Sept. 26-28

Trinity Park, 2933 Farmhouse Way

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


Shrimp Festival

Sept. 27-28

Historic Strand District, 2302 Strand St.

The festival features the freshest Gulf shrimp, a gumbo cookoff, 5K run, a boat show, vendors, the Lil’ Shrimps Parade, and live music.


Western Days

Sept. 27-28

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

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


Rumble on the River

Sept. 27-29

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

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


Medina Lake Cajun Festival

Sept. 28

Lakehills Community Center, 11225 Park Road 37

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

San Antonio

Water Lantern Festival

Sept. 28

Millers Pond Park, 6175 Old Pearsall Road

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

San Marcos

Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest

Sept. 28

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

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


Hoodoo Mural Festival

Sept. 28

Various locations

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


Cajun Festival and Gumbo Cookoff

Sept. 28

Lakehills Community Center, 11225 Park Road 37

At the 43rd annual festival, visitors can enjoy Cajun and zydeco music, a gumbo cookoff, homemade Cajun food, an arts and crafts silent auction, and kids activities.


Fall Train Show

Sept. 28-29

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

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



Sept. 28

The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Road

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


East Texas Poultry Festival

Oct. 3-5

Downtown Center

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


Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff

Oct. 3

Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave.

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

South Padre Island

Sandcastle Days

Oct. 3-6

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

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


White Buffalo Days Celebration

Oct. 4-5

Downtown Courthouse Square, 1806 25th St.

White Buffalo Days is a celebration with late-19th century roots. It celebrates an old proclamation that dubbed Snyder the “Land of the White Buffalo.” In honor of the sacred beast, the multi-day event features a variety of vendors boasting everything from crafts and activities to food, snacks, and drinks.


Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct. 4-13

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road

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


Tejas Fest

Oct. 4-5

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

This two-day fall festival is a celebration of all things Texas. Enjoy live Tejano and Texas country music, a car show, a kids’ area, food trucks, and a shopping market.


Stampede of Speed

Oct. 4-13

Texas Motorplex , 7500 US 287

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


Rockport-Fulton SeaFair

Oct. 4-6

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

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



Oct. 5

First Financial Bank Lawn, 201 Elm St.

A free community festival, attendees have fun with 10 live bands, dancing, vendors, giveaways, and food trucks. There is free popcorn, candy, and water.


Old Rip Parade and RipFest

Oct. 5

Eastland Downtown Square, 100 W. Main St.

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



Oct. 5

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

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



Oct. 5

Singleton Plaza, 200 N. Rogers St.

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

Pipe Creek

Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 5-27

Pipe Creek Tree Farm, 805 Phil’s Road

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

West Columbia


Oct. 5

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

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



Oct. 5

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

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


Fair on the Square

Oct. 5

Downtown , University Avenue

For over 50 years on the first Saturday in October, Huntsville has been home to this fair that offers one-of-kind treasures and gift items. Find 400 booths showcasing artwork and crafts, a food court, live music, watering hole, kids corner, and a classic car show.


Peanut Festival

Oct. 8-12

Downtown Floresville, 1430 Third St.

This week of peanut fun is dedicated to the city’s past, present, and future peanut farmers. A parade, carnival, games, and live entertainment are sure to make you nutty.

South Padre Island

Pride Festival

Oct. 10

Upper Deck, 120 E. Atol St.

After canceling last year’s event, SPI Pride returns with a four-day festival for the LGBTQ community and friends.


Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 10-13

Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.

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


Cajun Catfish Festival

Oct. 11-13

Downtown Conroe, 505 W. Davis St.

This tasty festival annually draws 30,000 to 40,000 people to hear the stellar music lineup, browse through the many craft booths and exhibits, and eat a variety of cajun-style food.



Oct. 11-13

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

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

Chappell Hill

Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 12-13

Downtown Chappell Hill

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


Rice Harvest Festival

Oct. 12-13

Historic Town Square, 901 Ave. C

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

Pilot Point

Bonnie and Clyde Days

Oct. 12

Pilot Point Historic Square, 55 Washington St.

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


Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 12-Nov. 17

Lost Maples Farms, 35005 FM 187

Bring the whole family to enjoy fall attractions, picturesque Hill Country photo ops, food and drinks, barnyard animals, and pumpkins. The location is just south of Lost Maples State Natural Area.


North Texas Pride “Come As You Are” Festival

Oct. 12

Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St.

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

Todd Mission

Texas Renaissance Festival

Oct. 12-Dec. 1

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


Circus at Bandera City Park

Oct. 13

Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple St.

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

The Woodlands

50th Anniversary Celebration

Oct. 14-19

Various locations

The Woodlands celebrates turning 50 with festivities that include a free concert with Lyle Lovett and Hayes Carll, a tree dedication ceremony, mural unveiling, and a family extravanganza that includes a drone and fireworks show above Lake Woodlands.


Texas Rose Festival

Oct. 17-20

Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive

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

The Woodlands

Wine Walk at Market Street

Oct. 17

Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive

Three blocks of Market Street are filled with a variety of culinary creations, wine displays with industry experts, craft beers, and live music. Expect more than 50 beverage options and 30-plus culinary offerings from area restaurants, chefs, and caterers.


Western Days

Oct. 18-20

Yorktown City Park , 103 W. Main St.

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


The Hunters Moon Fest

Oct. 18-19

The Hunters Moon Fest, Main Street

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


Bandera County Fair

Oct. 18-20

Mansfield Park Show Barn, 2886 SH 16 North

At this county fair, visitors can find traditional fair foods, entertainment, and activities. There are games at the midway, contests, animals, and a rodeo in the arena.

South Padre Island

Chrome in the Sand Festival

Oct. 18-19

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Witness a display of chrome and horsepower as motorcycles and classic cars converge in a celebration of automotive excellence. Marvel at the gleaming machines, each one a testament to craftmanship and stlye.


Oil Festival

Oct. 19

Van City Park, 300 VZCR 1527

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


Fall Foliage Festival

Oct. 19-20

Various locations

As fall rolls in, Canadian celebrates leaf-peeping season with quilt exhibits, an art show, a cornhole tournament, and arts and crafts.


Texas Mushroom Festival

Oct. 19

Downtown Madisonville, Corner of Main and Madison Streets

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


Texas Marigold Festival

Oct. 19-27

Blanco Downtown Square, 300 Main St.

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


Knights of Columbus Bestfest

Oct. 19

Marktplatz Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

Not quite Oktoberfest but the Bestfest has an all-you-can-eat specialty sausage meal, polka and country bands, dancing, a multi-gun raffle, Kawasaki mule raffle, bucket raffles, and children’s activities.


Hub City Renaissance Faire

Oct. 19

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

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



Oct. 19-20

Postoffice Street

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


International Festival

Oct. 19

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

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


Bigfoot Conference

Oct. 19

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

Established in 2001 as the original annual Bigfoot Conference in Texas by the Texas Bigfoot Research Center, the event includes expert speakers, presentations, special screenings, and some surprises.



Oct. 19

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

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


Hogeye Festival Weekend

Oct. 24-26

Downtown, 109 Depot Street

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


Harvest Fun Fest

Oct. 24

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

Dress your kids up for the Halloween costume contest, trick-or treating, and other spooky activities. Admission is two canned goods to be donated to The Food Basket.



Oct. 24

Freeport Municipal Park, 410 S. Brazosport Blvd.

This haunted evening features a costume contest, goodie bags, and scary but family-oriented fun.


Island Oktoberfest

Oct. 25-26

First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St.

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


Southfork Experience

Oct. 25-27

Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive

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


Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival

Oct. 25-27

Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Celebrating fiber producers, artists, teachers, and enthusiasts, the festival includes vendors, exhibits, classes that range from fiber arts to animal husbandry practices, and pioneer demonstrations such as sheep herding and washing and dying of fleeces.

Sulphur Springs

Hopkins County Stew Festival

Oct. 26

Buford Park, 1200 Connally St.

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


Crossroads of Texas Country Festival

Oct. 26

Downtown , 100 W. Main St.

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


Hot Pepper Festival

Oct. 26

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

Soap Box Derby

Oct. 26

Historic Old Town and Downtown , Main Street District

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

Grand Prairie

Flowapalooza World Flow Championships

Oct. 26-27

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place

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


Fall Festival

Oct. 26

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


Pecan Fest

Oct. 26

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

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


SFA Homecoming

Oct. 27

Stephen F. Austin State University, 1936 North St.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s annual homecoming is one of the university’s most popular and spirited traditions. Activities include a concert, bonfire, fireworks, downtown parade, 5K race, homecoming court elections, a football game, and tailgating.


Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Various locations

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

New Braunfels


Nov. 1-10

Wurstfest Grounds, 120 Landa St.

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


Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

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

The Woodlands

Texas Fine Craft Show

Nov. 1

The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive

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


Film Festival

Nov. 1-3

Rockport Conference Center, 106 Austin St.

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


Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair

Nov. 1-3

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

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


Food and Wine Festival

Nov. 2-3

Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, 900 Riverside Drive and 422 Guadalupe St

Join top culinary talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation, and chefs in Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure topped off with live musical performances.

Celtic Festival

Nov. 2-3

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive

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


Hill Country Vet-Fest and Fundraiser

Nov. 2

Marktplatz Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

Meals for Vets is excited to announce their inaugural fundraising event, Hill Country Vet-Fest. Great food, beer and wine, bounce houses, face painting, raffles, games, vendors, veteran resources, live music, and dancing are found throughout the day and evening.


Food and Wine Festival

Nov. 2

Legacy West, 5908 Headquarters Drive

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


Black Rifle Block Party

Nov. 2

Black Rifle Coffee Company, 101 S. Main St.

The coffee company and its neighbors host this old-fashioned block party. Enjoy live music, food and drink, and a car show.;event=black-rifle-block-party-2;instance=20240907180000


Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Nov. 8-10

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

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


British Bash

Nov. 9

Terrell City Hall, 201 E. Nash St.

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

Lago Vista

Northshore Craft Beer Fest

Nov. 9

Bar-K Park, 6608 Bar-K Clubhouse Ct.

Set against the backdrop of Lake Travis, this dog-friendly festival features cold craft beer, a cornhole tournament, family fun, and live music. Vendors are on-site with food and crafts.


Big Star Texas Night

Nov. 9

La Bahia Turn Verein, c, 550 SH 237

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


Cotton Harvest Festival

Nov. 9

Downtown Crandall, 116 S. Main St.

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


Red Dirt Barbecue and Music Festival

Nov. 9

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

Red dirt music, barbecue samples from over 15 of Texas’ best barbecue joints, food trucks, and a vendor market are on the lineup for this festival.


Texas Woodworking Festival

Nov. 9-10

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

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


Heritage Syrup Festival

Nov. 9

Downtown , 100 E. Main St.

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

Surfside Beach

Kites and Castles

Nov. 9

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

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

South Padre Island

Craft Beer and Wing Festival

Nov. 15-16

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd

Indulge your taste buds at this festival offering flavorful bites, refreshing brews, and live music and entertainment in a vibrant atmosphere.


​​Texas Book Festival

Nov. 16-17

Texas State Capitol Grounds, 1100 Congress Ave.

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


Fort Bend County Libraries’ Book Festival

Nov. 16

George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Drive

Fort Bend County Libraries’ annual Book Festival celebrates books, authors, and the importance of literature to the imagination. Keynote speakers, workshops, children’s programs, and author meet-and-greets are scheduled.

Lake Jackson

Festival of Lights

Nov. 23

Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332

Lake Jackson brings the Yuletide cheer with this kick-off to the holiday season. Festivities include a carnival, games, and a parade.

The Woodlands

Lighting of the Doves

Nov. 23

Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

This longstanding tradition signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. Enjoy live music, fireworks, family-friendly vendors, and Santa arriving on a sled down The Woodlands Waterway.


Christmas at Maxwell’s

Nov. 24-Dec. 23

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

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


Dickens on Main

Nov. 29-30

Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St.

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

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