A note regarding COVID-19
Lee County Fair
Firemens Park/Lee County Fairgrounds, 2495 SH 290 W.
There's lots to do at the Lee County Fair including carnival fun, shopping, children's activities, live music, food, and an antique carousel ride. Senior Citizens day is on Friday and the Armed Forces Day ceremony and parade is on Saturday. Previous performers have included Randall King, Abigail Taylor, The Original Triumphs, and Tracy Bird.
Magnolia Days Festival
Downtown Columbus, 400 Spring St.
Held on the courthouse square under the shade of 100-year-old live oak and magnolia trees, the Magnolia Days Festival is fun for the whole family. Take a step back in time and tour several of Columbus’ most historic buildings full of beauty, charm, and history. Grab a photo with the Magnolia Belles on the courthouse square, or shop till you drop in the vendor marketplace. Sample tasty food and beverages ranging from sweet to savory. Enjoy a frosty brew or a delicious glass of wine in the beer and wine gardens. Bring the kids and make lasting memories in the Family Fun Zone. Dance the weekend away with a fantastic lineup of free, live concerts. Admission is free and parking is plentiful.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
Join Asia Times Square for live entertainment, food vendors, and fun for all.
Aransas County Navigation District Festival Grounds, 110 Seabreeze Drive, between the south end of Little Bay and the Maritime Museum
Held in conjunction with the Rockport-Fulton Market Days, the Rockport-Fulton Pirate Festival has vendors, food, and entertainment, and is a highlight of the area's attractions.
Sun City Craft Beer Festival
El Paso Convention Center Plaza, 1 Civic Center Plaza
More than 50 breweries are expected to bring their brews to downtown El Paso. Along with an indoor bar and liquor garden, the event has live music from local bands, vendors, a human billiards table and gigantic games, food vendors, and more than 170 craft beers.
Big Texas Barbecue
Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, 3750 The Midway
Big Texas BBQ, TouchDown Club Of Dallas’ annual appetizer and rib cookoff benefiting The Ashford Rise School of Dallas, takes place in Fair Park for the first time in eight years. What started out as a friendly tailgate cookoff in an office parking lot has now grown into a fundraiser with up to 60 teams competing for Best Ribs, Best Appetizers, and Best Tailgate. The event includes a kid’s zone, food trucks, and a day of live music headlined by Texas music legend Gary P. Nunn. Big Texas Barbecue also features a Kid’s Bakeoff where the six classes from the Rise School create a dessert to pair with a selected ice cream from Howdy Homemade Ice Cream. The barbecue Competition is judged by six celebrity judges: Tootsie Tomanetz, legendary Texas pitmaster of Snow’s Barbecue and Barbecue Hall of Famer featured on Netflix's Chef's Table: BBQ; Daniel Vaughn, "Texas Monthly" Barbecue Editor and the author of "The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue"; Jeffrey Hobbs, owner and pitmaster of Slow Bone Barbecue; Jack Perkins, Maple and Motor Owner and barbecue legend; Doug Pickering, owner and pitmaster of DWP Barbecue and Douglas Bar and Grill opening in Snider Plaza in Spring 2022; and Marshall Prichard, owner and pitmaster of Sammy’s Barbecue.
Kerrville Folk Festival
May 26-June 12
Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running music festival in the United States. The fest features 18 days and nights of music by songwriters of national and international acclaim and has activities for all ages with a focus on nurturing and developing artistic expression, especially the art of songwriting, in a loving family-friendly environment.
Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street
Enjoy great Cajun food, live music, and a kid’s carnival. The event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees.
Spirits of the West, Wine and Beef Fest
Alpine’s Artwalk is excited to announce the first annual Spirits of the West, Wine and Beef Fest. Standing true to Artwalk’s mission, this new event showcases signature beef bites from local beef companies to honor the area's long-time tradition of cattle ranching. In addition, handpicked Texas wineries and distilleries provide homegrown pairings to highlight West Texas gourmet food. Several hand-selected local artists are participating in the celebration. Friday has a VIP preview with limited availability to kick off the event. General admission is available from Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. In addition to the evening festivities, Artwalk hosts a Saturday morning 5K fun run.
Texas Maritime Museum grounds, 1202 Navigation Circle
The Texas Maritime Museum celebrates Memorial Day weekend with the 26th annual Rockport Wine Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of vino, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions. Live bands and entertainment make the event lively and fun on the grounds of the museum.
Stampede Weekend Arts and Crafts Show
Bandera Courthouse Squarre, 500 Main St.
As part of the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Parade and Rodeos, Bandera presents the Arts and Crafts Show on the courthouse lawn. Come out early to shop before it's all gone.
The national holiday that celebrates the end of slavery originated in this historic beach town of Galveston. The many festivities put on by different organizations include fireworks, a banquet, scholarship gala, parade and picnic, poetry festival, freedom tours (visitors go to the sites of emancipation where Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger read the historic General Order No. 3), a business summit, reenactments, and a festival culminating with the Juneteenth Jubilee.
Tom Tom Festival
Yoakum City Park, Kvinta Drive
One of the oldest festivals in Texas honors the tomato heritage of Yoakum with a Miss Yoakum Pageant, carnival, grand parade, arts and crafts, barbecue and bean cookoffs, a car show, softball, and live music all weekend.
Hill Country Film Festival
"The Best Little Film Festival in Texas" is a celebration of independent film in the Texas Hill Country. The festival screens over 85 independent films (short and feature length) as well as hosts revealing Q&As, filmmaker panel discussions, and opportunities for attendees to rub elbows with filmmakers. Locations include the Hoffman Haus and Admiral Nimitz Ballroom.
Stephenville City Park, 709 Riverside Drive
To kick off National Dairy Month, Moo-La Fest honors Stephenville's rich dairy heritage with some hot-air-balloon fun. Take a tethered hot air balloon ride and enjoy dairy activities, live music, a carnival, a Kids Zone, food trucks and vendors, a beverage tent, wine tastings with different local wines and artisan cheeses, and nightly balloon glows.
Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle
A North Texas legend since 1993, Taste Addison continues to rock out with delicious food and high-energy concerts. The region’s original food and music festival was voted Best in DFW in 2021, and continues to deliver top-notch Addison eateries, national music artists, food and wine sampling experiences, and activities for the whole family.
Food Truck Championship of Texas
Graham Downtown Square, 608 Elm St.
One of the largest downtown squares in the U.S. is taken over by food trucks of all varieties competing for the coveted prize of Grand Champion and a a total payout of $16,000. Admission is free, and an evening concert at the Young County Arena finishes the day.
Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street
This 17th annual open car show benefits the various charitable and fraternal activities of Masonic Lodge #794. The event offers food, beverages, a raffle, silent auction, and lots of fun for everyone.
Billy the Kid Festival
San Elizario Historic Art District, 1501 Main St.
An Old West gunfight, ghost tour, and performances of the play "1876: Billy the Kid" are just a few of the attractions at this two-day celebration for the infamous outlaw. The event also offers food, games, and dancing.
Hot Air Balloon Glow Festival
Cypress River Airport, 270 Cypress River Road
Hot air balloons rise to the skies in Jefferson at sunset. The event also features live music, food trucks, tethered rides, and other fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Chisholm Trail Roundup
Traditionally held the second full weekend in June, Lockhart's largest annual festival and tourism event celebrates its 48th year. The entire family can enjoy activities including a petting zoo, an Old West gunfighter show, pig races, a carnival, rodeo, barbecue cookoff, grand parade, the Queen’s Coronation, and live entertainment.
Blueberry Festival of Quilts
Come enjoy beautifully created quilts made by members of the Nacogdoches Quilters Guild. This festival is part of the annual Texas Blueberry Festival and takes place June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church.
Old Blanco County Courthouse Square, 300 Main St.
The Lavender Capital of Texas celebrates 17 years as one of the Hill Country's premier festival venues. Artisans, food, local and regional beer and wine, live music, and lots and lots of lavender are available. The first commercial lavender farm in the state of Texas, Hill Country Lavender, is open for tours. The festival is free to attend.
Downtown Plaza, Getty Street
As the Honey Capital of the World, Uvalde promotes bee conservation and celebrates its honey history with vendors, great food, shopping, and live music. Uvalde is a farming and ranching community, and pollinator education is vital to the town's economic and agricultural development.
Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival
Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop
For the 15th year, Thomas Michael Riley hosts this music festival that features the best in Texas music by showcasing Lone Star State country artists on two stages.
Juneteenth Festival Street Dance and Parade
Historic Downtown Elgin , Veterans' Memorial Park
The event kicks off with vendors in Veterans’ Memorial Park and the annual street dance at night. Juneteenth continues on Saturday with the Grand Parade that runs through historic downtown Elgin. Activities after the parade are available in Veterans’ Memorial Park downtown.
Czech Kolache Klobase Festival
Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road
Celebrate Texas' Czech culture with live polka music, dancing, arts and crafts, a raffle, and a cake walk. Plate lunches of barbecue chicken, sausage, sauerkraut, and trimmings are available in addition to hamburgers and plenty of kolaches. There is free parking.
Texas Blueberry Festival
Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.
This daylong celebration of the blueberry harvest is the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas. The delicious annual event attracts more than 19,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches on the second Saturday in June. Stay for the week or weekend and fill your calendar with a smorgasbord of activities and entertainment, including live music, blueberry picking, auto exhibits, shopping, and restaurant specials.
Kokernot Park, 1500 Fighting Buck Ave.
Alpine Multicultural Festival is two fun-filled days to experience the traditions of many different cultures through music, dance, food, and vendors.
Downtown , Commerce Street, from Austin to Bolton streets
For one week in June, Jacksonville becomes "Tomatoville." The 38th annual Tomato Fest in downtown Jacksonville offers five blocks of vendors; a farmers market; fried green tomatoes; eating, peeling, packing, and salsa contests; live entertainment; a talent show; soccer and tennis tournaments; and an annual street dance.
Running of the Blueberries
Lanana Creek Trail , 805 E. Main St.
The Running of the Blueberries presented by Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches is open to fun-run enthusiasts and their furry running buddies. The 5K and 10K routes are on the wooded and shaded Lanana Creek Trail in Nacogdoches. Dog owners are invited to walk or run with their leashed furry companions and register pets for a logo-ed bandana.
Freestone County Fair and Rodeo
W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds, 843 E. Commerce St.
This year is the 100th annual Freestone County Fair and Rodeo. The event kicks off with a parade and then features a livestock show that benefits local children, a carnival, and a rodeo. There is live music every night of the fair week. Come be a part of this beloved tradition that keeps Freestone County heritage alive.
Peach JAMboree and Rodeo
Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Grounds, 250 Peach St.
The 61st celebration of the annual peach crop includes peach judging, the crowning of the Peach Queen, a parade, lots of peach-eating and pit-spitting, baking contests, a variety of food, live music, and a rodeo.
This annual festival celebrates the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music, science, and spirits. It brings communities together through accessible programming that includes talks by preeminent historians, botanists, artists, anthropologists, and archaeologists. The multi-day event offers tastings hosted by agave spirit producers, one-of-a-kind dining experiencs, and performances by leading artists in contemporary and regional music.
Great Texas Balloon Race
Longview Convention Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.
Attracting the best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the governor of Texas in 1985. Competitive balloon flights are scheduled for the mornings of Friday through Sunday. Non-competition flights are planned for the afternoons of Friday and Saturday over Longview. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.
Audie Murphy Day
Downtown Farmersville and the Historic Onion Shed, 154 Main St.
Audie Murphy was an American soldier, actor, songwriter, and rancher. This hometown celebration honors area veterans with a parade and a program. Murphy was one of the most decorated military heroes of modern history due to his service in and around World War II.
Rattlesnake Gravel Grind
Lake Sweetwater, County Road 264
The first Rattlesnake Gravel Grind benefits the Volunteer Fire Department of Nolan County and takes riders on tours of the scenic areas around Lake Sweetwater as well as farm and ranch roads around Birds Nest Canyon, Happy Valley, Mulberry Canyon, and Panther Canyon. Route distances range from 111, 66, and 32 miles. After the event, enjoy free beer, food, and live music.
Jim Bowie Days Rodeo and Celebration
Bowie Community Center and Rodeo Arena, 413 Pelham St.
This 56th annual event features a weeklong celebration full of family fun, with kids' activities, a parade, live music, a rodeo, youth rodeo, and rodeo queen contest.
Little Elm Park, 701 W. El Dorado
Bud Light, Go Texan, and Outlaw Nation present TexasFest Dallas at Little Elm Park. Enjoy concerts, 200 artists and crafters, swimming and beach-style fun, classic cars, frisbee-catching dogs, cowboy shows, and dozens of Texas-themed rides, games, and other attractions. The Taste of Texas Food Garden offers delicious cuisine and cold domestic and craft beers. National recording artists perform on the main stage, while contemporary visual artists present works inspired by the heritage and culture of the city.
Watermelon Thump Pavilion and Spitway, 319 E. Davis
Since 1954, the Luling Watermelon Thump has celebrated the growers and the town's watermelon market. Over the years the event has offered live music all weekend, an exhibitors' market, carnival, world champion seed spitting, the crowning of the Thump Queen, a car show, kids entertainment, a grand parade, an arts and crafts show, and fun contests.
Western Days Parade and Festival
Western Days serves as Elgin’s annual homecoming celebration and is always held during the last week in June. Throughout the multiple-day affair, events are held including a parade, carnival, live music, vendor marketplace, and sports tournaments. The grand finale is held on Saturday, with guests perusing the wares of artisans and craft vendors at an outdoor market place while listening to live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Downtown Taylor, 200 N. Main St.
Area LGBTQ community members and allies celebrate Pride Month with bands, a street fair, and food in downtown Taylor.
Fourth of July Celebration
June 25-July 4
Various locations, 412 E Central Ave, PO Box 659
The more than 100-year-old tradition of the Belton's Fourth of July Celebration includes a street party with live music, craft beer, wineries and food trucks on June 25, then a 1-mile parade on July 4, along with food and craft vendors, games, a petting zoo, static display of military and first responder equipment, and a hot dog eating contest. Carnival rides and attractions fill a nearby park. The three-night rodeo runs July 1-3 and is the only PRCA rodeo in Texas during this holiday weekend. Live music and fireworks round out the celebration on the evening of July 4.
Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St.
Houston's 44th annual Pride Celebration takes place downtown and is the premier event of the Pride season, with a parade and festival followed by an after-party.
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.
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.
Red, White, and Boom
Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land, 18355 Southwest Freeway
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Crown Festival Park with patriotic family fun and activities for all ages. Each year there's a variety of great food, activities, vendor booths, live musical entertainment, and a dazzling firework display to conclude the celebration.
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.
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).
Parker County Peach Festival
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.
Night in Old Fredericksburg Barbecue and Chili Cookoff
Gillespie County Fairgrounds , 530 Fair Drive
Live pari-mutuel horse racing and other activities occur throughout the day at the Lone Star Barbecue Society Barbecue Cookoff and CASI Chili Cookoff. There's plenty of cold beverages and food available.
Texas Haunters Convention 2022
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.
Viva Big Bend
Viva Big Bend showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, remarkable and talented people, an independent spirit, and an amazing culture. Approximately 55 bands and solo artists (with a wide variety of styles represented) are expected to be showcased in at least 10 venues in Alpine, Marfa, Marathon, Terlingua, and Fort Davis this year.
Watermelon Festival and Rodeo
Melon Patch Grounds, 100 Front St.
One of the biggest events in the area, the annual Watermelon Festival draws people from far and wide. There are watermelons aplenty, and these East Texas melons are as sweet as they come. The festival holds one of the biggest parades in northeastern Texas and includes a street dance, craft booths, a fully sanctioned PRCA rodeo, an antique car show, corn hole, horse shoes, food, and bingo.
Civil War Symposium
Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.
This event offers presentations, exhibits, and vendors for Civil War and history buffs. The symposium focuses on Jefferson and the surrounding areas and delves into how this region played a significant role during this unique time in the country's history. Friday includes a Speakers Reception, while Saturday has a seminar and lunch.
Nueces Canyon Old Settlers Reunion
This family-friendly event in downtown Camp Wood features a parade, live music, a rodeo, and a dance. It kicks off with a reunion of teachers and former Nueces Canyon students at Lindbergh Park, with live music by Shane Stumpf. The next day starts with a parade in downtown Camp Wood, followed by more events in Lindbergh Park including the king and queen coronation, annual pie and salsa contests, and a decades-old washer and horseshoe tournament. Vendors are on hand, selling artwork, crafts, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, candles, paintings, hats, baked goods, stonework, taxidermy, new clothing, handbags, and a variety of food. A rodeo and dance follows at Bruce Park on State Highway 55, 1 mile north of Camp Wood. Tickets are needed for the rodeo and dance.
Downtown Tomball, 100 Market St.
For about 50 years, Tomball Night has been bringing folks together for festive fun in downtown Tomball. The event brings in around 10,000 visitors for live music, a nighttime parade, and fireworks.
Texas Ranger Day and History Symposium
Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott, 1618 E. Main St.
This day honors those who have served and those still commissioned with a two-part event featuring historians and educational programs. Texas Rangers Day includes Living History HQ Company Rangers who present reenactments that focus on the time periods of 1823 to 1960 and include Ranger Camp setups, cannon firing, and memorabilia displays.
Sutton County Days and Sonora Outlaw Rodeo
Sutton County Park Arena and Pavillion, Crockett Street
Festivities include a parade, food vendors, craft vendors, children's activities on Saturday, rodeo performances on Saturday and Sunday, and a dance on Sunday featuring Roger Creager and Josh Ward.
Hatch Chile Fest
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.
AIA Sandcastle Contest and Viewing
East Beach , 1923 Boddeker Drive
Now in its 35th year, the Sandcastle Contest pits more than 80 teams of architects against each other to sculpt the best creations. On Sunday, the castles remain for public viewing without the crowds.
Gillespie County Fair
Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive
The oldest continuous county fair in Texas marks its 134th year. Enjoy four big days filled with fun events, including a carnival and midway, fair food, livestock judging, agricultural and household exhibits, arts and crafts, antique tractor shows, live music and dancing, and live pari-mutuel horse racing.
Gillespie County Fair Parade
Main Street from Washington to Edison
One of the Texas Hill Country’s biggest parades has more than 200 units, marches down Main Street, and kicks off the 134th annual Gillespie County Fair. Bring chairs and arrive early.
Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
Look, learn, and participate in the fastest-growing entertainment industry in the world. Participants can see new technology and games and meet game celebrities.
Food, Wine, and Brew Fest
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.
In A Pickle Festival
Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St.
Created in 2019 to bring some fun and liveliness back to Kingwood after Hurricane Harvey, this festival, which also brings awareness to Hunter Syndrome, attracts up to 10,000 people each year. The event features an average of 75 unique crafters plus food trucks and vendors that carry at least one pickle-related item, such as pickle pizza, pickle ice cream, pickle desserts, fried pickles, pickle beer, and pickle lemonade. Activities include pickle-eating and juice-drinking competitions for kids and adults, a pickle home-canning contest for the public, free entertainment for kids, local live bands, and a mechanical bull.
Christmas in the Park
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.