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Kerrville

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.

kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Fredericksburg

Crawfish Festival

May 27-29

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.

fbgjaycees.com

Mesquite

Movies in the Park: Touch A Truck

May 27

Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road

Movies in the Park is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience movie watching in the great outdoors. On this night, children have the opportunity to play on top of firetrucks and police cars.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/movies-in-the-park

Addison

Taste Addison

June 3-4

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.

tasteaddisontexas.com

Midland

Family Fridays

June 3-July 29

Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave.

Spend Fridays at Blakemore Planetarium, with curated activities, multiple dome shows on a 360-degree state-of-the-art Digistar 5 system, and guided Cimarex Science on a Sphere tours.

museumsw.org/planetarium

Temple

Family Day: Beat the Heat

June 4

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Texas summers are hot, so cool off at Beat the Heat. Crafts and activities are centered around a luau theme. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt and join in for a day of summer fun.

templeparks.com

Mckinney

Comedy and Magic Show

June 4-Aug. 27

The Comedy Arena, 305 E. Virginia St. #104

Do you believe in magic? You are certain to become a believer while watching some of the greatest magicians in North Texas perform comedy and magic for all ages. Each Sunday, this show features one of North Texas' favorite family magicians including Sam Sawyers, Dal Sanders, Ian Richards, Aaron Stone, Josh Ayala, and Eric Hogue.

thecomedyarena.com

Grand Prairie

Prairie Playland Summer Nights

June 4-Aug. 28

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Soak in those long summer nights with live music, activities for kids, entertainment, and 12 amusement park rides including the new Prairie Screamer.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Port Arthur

Lotus Festival

June 4-5

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple , 3401 Cultural Center Drive

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple's Lotus Festival is a family- and photo-friendly celebration of colorful blooms. Towering bamboo, lotus blossoms, and citrus plants are part of the landscape. Koi ponds and Buddha statues dot the grounds. Bring your camera to capture the beauty and get a tour of the temple. Look for monks in saffron robes and relax in the outdoors. Vendors and cultural programs are part of the festival.

visitportarthurtx.com

Stonewall

Fishing Day at LBJ State Park

June 4

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, 199 Park Road 52 

At this annual day of fishing, participants can come and fish along the banks of the Pedernales River. Cane poles and bait are provided along with a fishing demonstration.

tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson

San Elizario

Billy the Kid Festival

June 4-5

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.

billythekidfestival.com

Jefferson

Hot Air Balloon Glow Festival

June 4

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.

visitjeffersontexas.com/jefferson-texas-events

Mesquite

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

June 4-Aug. 27

The Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

Held every Saturday night from June to the last Saturday in August for nearly 65 years, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has entertained families with thrilling rodeo events. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., visitors can come onto the arena floor, interact with rodeo participants, and try out their rodeo skills with special activities for children.

visitmesquitetx.com/events/2020/mesquite-championship-rodeo

Grapevine

Dairy Day at Nash Farm

June 4

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Bring the family to Nash Farm and enjoy learning about dairy processes including milking, butter churning, and cheese making.

grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm

Abilene

Children's Art and Literacy Festival

June 9-11

T&P Depot, 1101 N. First St.

Two and half days of fun promote reading, art, and the picture books of illustrator Sophie Blackall. The fun kicks off with a storybook parade followed by an artist talk, both of which set the stage for the next two days of joy for kids of all ages. Book readings, art activities, animals, skits and movies, and a special art exhibit on display at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature are all highlights.

abilenecalf.com

Lockhart

Chisholm Trail Roundup

June 9-11

Various locations

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.

chisholmtrailroundup.com

Jacksonville

Tomato Fest

June 11

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.

jacksonvilletexas.com/tomato-fest

Nacogdoches

Running of the Blueberries

June 11

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.

texasblueberryfestival.com

Fairfield

Freestone County Fair and Rodeo

June 13-18

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.

fcfar.org

Fredericksburg

Disney's "Mary Poppins"

June 17-19, 24-26; July 1-3

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1688 SH 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this production of the musical that's based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, with all the familiar songs, exciting dance numbers, and enchanting stagecraft.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Longview

Great Texas Balloon Race

June 17-19

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.

greattexasballoonrace.com

Bowie

Jim Bowie Days Rodeo and Celebration

June 18-25

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.

jimbowiedays.org

Little Elm

TexasFest Dallas

June 18

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.

texasfestdallas.com

New Braunfels

Pop-Up Yoga Class in Gruene

June 21

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall. Join instructor Melissa Welch-Lamoreaux for a pop-up yoga class. The class is one hour and 15 minutes and designed for adults. Children ages 12 and older are welcome to attend with their parent or guardian. Wear workout/exercise clothing and bring a yoga mat and any personal props that make you comfortable. All experience levels are invited.

gruenehall.com

Van Horn

Frontier Days

June 25

Van Horn City Park, Third and Austin streets

Family fun commences in Van Horn with a 5K run/walk, three-on-three basketball tournament, volleyball, cornhole, food, entertainment, and the Best Homemade Salsa in West Texas contest. An outdoor dance concludes the celebration.

vanhorntexas.org

Belton

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.

beltonchamber.com

Sweetwater

Summer Blast

June 30-July 3

Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive

Big Country Cutting Horse Association hosts this family-friendly rodeo event featuring activities for kids and a National Cutting Horse Association show.

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100062960002212

Roscoe

Fourth of July Celebration and Plowboy Mudbog

July 2

Downtown Roscoe

This family-friendly day includes a parade, food, craft vendors, live music, fireworks, dancing, and the annual high-powered truck mud races of the Plowboy Mudbog.

roscoetx.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

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

Rockport

July Fourth Activities

July 4

Little Bay and Downtown

Get in a patriotic mood as you view a patriotic boat parade at noon. The parade can be seen from downtown, but for the best views, head to Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark.

rockportartcenter.com

Kerrville

Robert Earl Keen's Fourth on the River

July 4

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Enjoy food, vendor booths, family fun, bounce houses, face painting, the Louise Hays Park splashpad and playgrounds, and cooling off in the Guadalupe River. The free concert features Robert Earl Keen and other musical acts. Then at dusk the largest fireworks display in the Texas Hill Country fills the sky.

robertearlkeens4th.com

Fredericksburg

July Fourth Community Parade

July 4

Main Street from Washington to Bowie

Originally started in 1991 by a group of community-minded friends, this small-town patriotic parade has grown over the years to be one that is loved by locals and visitors from all over. Bring lawn chairs or use the tailgate of your truck.

fbgtxparade.org

Jefferson

Fourth of July: Jefferson Salutes America

July 4

Downtown , Lafayette and Vale streets

At this old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration in the park, visitors can expect a pie auction, homemade ice cream contest, music, hot dogs, cool drinks, and a finale with a spectacular fireworks display reflecting in the Big Cypress Bayou.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Bandera

Pet Parade

July 4

Bandera City Park, 173 Main St.

The Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League organizes the 26th annual Bandera Pet Parade. The free event takes place along the Medina River.

ccpal.info

Sugar Land

Red, White, and Boom

July 4

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.

sugarlandtx.gov/905/red-white-and-boom

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/

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

Cedar Park

Greater Austin Comic Con

July 9-10

The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park , 2100 Avenue of the Stars

Celebrate all things pop culture. This event includes vendors, gaming competitions, cosplay contests, a superhero-themed car show, and lots of entertainment for kids. Get up close and personal with movie and TV stars, sports stars, world-renowned cosplay artists, game developers, comic book creators, and artists and writers.

greateraustincomiccon.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

Ingram

"Matilda the Musical"

July 15-16, 22-23, 29-30; Aug. 5-6

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda the Musical" brings the story to life through song and dance. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey.

hcaf.com

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

Stafford

"The SpongeBob Musical"

July 29-31; Aug. 5-7, 12-14

Inspiration Stage, 12794 Fountain Lake Circle

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world.

inspirationstage.com

Rockport

TSA Rockin' Rockport Youth Sailing Regatta

Aug. 5-7

Rockport Yacht Club, Bays of Rockport and Fulton

Rockport Yacht Club hosts the seventh annual Texas Sailing Association-sanctioned Youth Sailing Regatta. Potentially 90 boats participate, bringing sailing fans and families to the Rockport area for a weekend of nautical fun. 

rockportyachtclub.org

Kerrville

Business Expo and Home and Garden Show

Aug. 5-6

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Free and open to the public, come interact and network with businesses, organizations, and members of our community. Featuring over 100 booths, food trucks, and a kids' zone with bounce houses and activities to keep little ones busy all day long. There's also a Home and Garden Show, offering tips on building, home improvement, and everything else you need to improve your home and garden.

kerrvillechamber.biz

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

Camp Wood

Nueces Canyon Old Settlers Reunion

Aug. 5-6

Various locations

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.

nuecescanyonchamber.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

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

Sonora

Sutton County Days and Sonora Outlaw Rodeo

Aug. 12-13

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.

sonoratexas.org

Galveston

AIA Sandcastle Contest and Viewing

Aug. 20-21

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.

visitgalveston.com

Fredericksburg

Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 25-28

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.

gillespiefair.com

Kerrville

River Roadster Show

Aug. 27

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

This free event is open to cars of all sizes, colors, and speeds. Bring the family out to enjoy a beautiful night under the stars with cars, music, food, and fun. You don’t need a hot rod or classic to enjoy the fun. There's also live music and sweet treats available for purchase.

kerrvilletx.gov/1626/kerrville-river-roadster-show

Kingwood

In A Pickle Festival

Sept. 10

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.

facebook.com/getyourselfinapickle

Mesquite

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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