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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.

Austin

The Lomax on Lomax Show

July 19

Texas Music Museum, 1009 E. 11th St.

The Texas Music Museum presents a special talk and performance featuring John Lomax III, renowned journalist, book author, and music manager known for his work with iconic and influential musicians such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and The Cactus Brothers. Grandson and nephew of folklorists John Avery and Alan Lomax, he returns to Austin for his first local show in 18 months. He is joined by Austin singer-songwriter Bianca De Leon. Lomax III will treat the audience to a preview of songs from his debut album, “American Folk Songs,” scheduled for release on his 80th birthday, Aug. 20. The Lomax family has a deep-seated connection to Austin, starting in 1906 when his grandfather enrolled at the University of Texas. He went on to serve as Secretary of the University and established the Ex-Students Association. John Avery’s children were born in Austin and several pursued their education at UT, including John III, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. His Uncle, Alan, earned two Grammy Awards for his complete Library of Congress recordings with Jelly Roll Morton, a founder of jazz. About 17,000 Lomax field recordings were made for the American Folk Archive at the Library of Congress. The afternoon show also celebrates American folk music and the rich cultural heritage of Texas. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department via the Elevate Grant.

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San Angelo

National Cowboy Day

July 27

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

For National Cowboy Day, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark hosts this special program on the American Plains Artists Show and a skit by the Concho Cowboy Company.

fortconcho.com

Bandera

National Day of the American Cowboy

July 27

Mansfield Park , 2886 SH 16 North

Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Festivities include a chuckwagon cowboy breakfast, gunfighter shows, a barbecue cookoff, live music, kids entertainers, and a rodeo.

banderabusiness.com

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

July 27

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Saturday History Lecture Series: National Cowboy Day

July 27

Enjoy learning about National Cowboy Day with a guest lecturer while also having an opportunity to explore the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza.

baytownhistory.org

San Angelo

Buffalo Soldier Anniversary Day

July 28

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

This event features programs and activities to mark the anniversary of the creation, by an act of Congress, of the all-black Buffalo Soldier units in the U.S. Army in 1866.

fortconcho.com

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

July 28

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

The Frontier Times Museum presents this jamboree on the fourth Sunday of each month. The event includes live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Fredericksburg

Historic Gillespie County Jail Tours

Aug. 3

Historic Gillespie County Jail, 117 W. San Antonio St.

Tour this two-story stone structure that served as the fourth jail for Gillespie County, organized in 1848 and constructed in 1885. The ground floor housed a holding area and living quarters for the jailer. The second floor had two steel-clad cells located against the east wall and maximum security cells in the center and at the back. The building was used as a county jail until 1939.

pioneermuseum.org

Bandera

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters

Aug. 3-31

Rattlesnake Ridge, 126 SH 16 South

On Saturdays, see the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters reenact 1800s gunfights twice a day at Rattlesnake Ridge, located behind the Bandera Visitors Center.

facebook.com/banderagunfighters

Cowboys On Main

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Enjoy free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities can include chuckwagon storytelling, taking a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera, and listening to live Western music.

banderabusiness.com

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

Aug. 3-31

Kendall County Historic Jail, 208 E. San Antonio Ave.

The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail have restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history. Tours are offered every Saturday.

thejail.org

A Day at the Farm and Farmers Market

Aug. 3-31

Historic Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road

Every Saturday, Herff Farm invites visitors to its open-air farmers market. Come hike the trails, shop in the open air, get gardening inspiration, take classes on growing your food, help the Cibolo Center for Conservation maintain the land through volunteer service projects, or get new recipe ideas.

cibolo.org/locations/herff-farm

Jefferson

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.

visitjeffersontexas.com/jefferson-texas-events

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332

Visit the historic archeological site formerly owned by Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Learn about the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Tour

Aug. 3-31

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. The museum is open on Saturdays.

ljhistory.org

Seguin

186th Birthday Party

Aug. 9

Heritage Village, 200 Block of East Live Oak Street

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

visitseguin.com

Garland

“Mumentous: Football, Glue Guns, Moms, and a Super-Size High School Tradition”

Aug. 10-Oct. 12

Garland City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Step into the heart of Texas tradition at “Mumentous: Football, Glue Guns, Moms, and a Super-Size High School Tradition.” This captivating exhibit at Garland City Hall showcases the evolution of high school homecoming mums, offering a nostalgic journey through Texan culture, the DIY movement, and the role of women as tradition-keepers.

visitgarlandtx.com/mumentous

Pleasanton

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.

pleasantontx.gov

Castroville

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.

saintlouisday.com

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Aug. 25

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

The Frontier Times Museum presents this jamboree on the fourth Sunday of each month. The event includes live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Boerne

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.

kcfa.org

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

Aug. 31

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Bandera

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.

banderatex.com

Freeport

Haunting Tales of the Texas Gulf Coast

Sept. 2-Oct. 31

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Spooky videos and creepy displays guide you through scary tales, such as the Lady in the Gray Taffeta Dress and the Fiddler of the San Bernard, to spook the Texas Gulf Coast.

freeportmuseum.com

San Angelo

Fort Concho Speakers Series

Sept. 4, 18, 25

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Hear lunchtime talks on area heritage and history.

fortconcho.com

El Paso

“Tom Lea and Contemporaries”

Sept. 4-Jan. 26

El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza

Tom Lea was one of the most prolific Southwestern artists of the 20th century. This exhibit features landscapes, portraits, and mural studies that highlight the correspondence between artists to tell the story of a tightly knit creative community, which made El Paso a central point for rich cultural exchange. Along with Lea, artists include Manuel Acosta, Lois Denton, Freemont Ellis, Leola Freeman, Carl Hertzog, Peter Hurd, Ada Miller, Audley Dean Nicols, Urbici Soler, and Henriette Wyeth. A gallery tour with Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, takes place on Oct. 10.

tomlea.com

Gainesville

Texas! Can You Dig It!

Sept. 6

Texas Travel Information Center, 4901 I-35 North

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

Palestine

Piney Woods Express Steam Train

Sept. 6-8

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Ride behind a steam locomotive of yesteryear on one of Texas State Railroad’s most popular excursions. This ride, powered by No. 30, a 1917 Baldwin Locomotive Works Engine, takes passengers on a journey through the Piney Woods and 135 years of history.

texasstaterailroad.net

Fredericksburg

Historic Gillespie County Jail Tours

Sept. 7

Historical Gillespie County Jail, 117 W. San Antonio St.

Tour this two-story stone structure that served as the fourth jail for Gillespie County, organized in 1848 and constructed in 1885. The ground floor housed a holding area and living quarters for the jailer. The second floor had two steel-clad cells located against the east wall and maximum security cells in the center and at the back. The building was used as a county jail until 1939.

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/historic-1885-county-jail-tours/37242

Bandera

Cowboys On Main

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

, 500 Main St.

Enjoy free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera on Satudays. Activities can include chuckwagon storytelling, taking a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera, and listening to live Western music.

banderabusiness.com

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

Rattlesnake Ridge, 126 SH 16 South

On Saturdays, see the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters reenact 1800s gunfights twice a day at Rattlesnake Ridge, located behind the Bandera Visitors Center.

facebook.com/banderagunfighters

Palestine

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tours

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 503 N. Queen St.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church was dedicated on June 18, 1893. The 675,000 bricks for the church were molded by hand and baked on-site from mud brought by wagon from the Trinity River. Other interesting elements include stained-glass windows from Italy and France and a mural of “The Transfiguration of Christ” from the 1920s. Tours of the church are offered on Saturdays.

shpalestine.org

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Sept. 7

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332

Visit the historic archeological site formerly owned by Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Learn about the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Museum Tour

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson.

ljhistory.org

Boerne

A Day at the Farm and Farmers Market

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

Historic Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road

Find what you need at this market open every Saturday, whether you want to hike the trails, shop in the open air, get gardening inspiration, take classes on growing food, volunteer at the Cibolo Center for Conservation, or get new recipe ideas.

cibolo.org/locations/herff-farm

Palestine

Piney Woods Express Diesel Train

Sept. 13-Oct. 26

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920s car, 135 years of history come alive. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor, and responsive car attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago.

texasstaterailroad.net

Grand Prairie

“Bonnie and Clyde”

Sept. 13-22

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. See their story unfold on the stage of an historic downtown landmark.

uptowntheatergp.com

Austin

​Viva Mexico

Sept. 14

Oswaldo Cantu Pan Am Recreation Center, 2100 E. Third St.

The Mexican-American Cultural Center hosts its annual Viva Mexico celebration to showcase visual art, dance, and musical performances that explore Mexico’s history through cultural art traditions.

austintexas.gov

Boerne

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

Sept. 14-Nov. 23

Kuhlmann-King Museum, 402 E. Blanco Road

The Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like “way back when.” Monthly events and themes vary.

bahpsboerne.org

Dallas

“The Legacy of Vesuvius: Bourbon Discoveries on the Bay of Naples”

Sept. 15-Jan. 5

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

This exhibition looks at the groundbreaking 18th-century archeological excavations sponsored by King Charles III of Spain (aka the Bourbon King). Comprising nearly 50 objects, the exhibition displays Roman archeological material mingled with 18th-century paintings, porcelain, and prints, providing visitors with an introduction to the archeological treasures of this period and their formative influence on contemporary artistic production.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org

Beaumont

Viva Beaumont

Sept. 15

Main Library Outdoor Plaza, 701 Main St.

Celebrate the vibrant Hispanic culture of Southeast Texas. This free event brings the community together with live music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities.

beaumonteventstx.com/event/viva-beaumont-hispanic-festival

Fredericksburg

Conference: The Manhattan Project: The Beginning of the Nuclear Age

Sept. 20-21

National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main St.

Prepare for engaging discussions, valuable insights, and the chance to pose intriguing questions about The Manhattan Project, a secret WWII project to develop the world’s first atomic weapons before Nazi Germany.

pacificwarmuseum.org/event/conference-2024

San Angelo

Concho Valley Archeology Fair

Sept. 21

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Rediscover the past 2,000 years of history in the Concho Valley with displays and activities.

fortconcho.com

Giddings

Giddings Fiesta

Sept. 21

Downtown Giddings, 199 N. Burleson St.

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

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Serbin

Texas Wendish Fest

Sept. 22

St Paul Lutheran Church Picnic Grounds, FM 2239 and CR 212

Celebrate Wendish heritage and culture at the Texas Wendish Festival in Serbin, located 6 miles from Giddings. The day begins with services at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, a historic painted church, then continues with food, activities, and cultural demonstrations. See Wendish noodle making, sausage making, and the authentic painting of traditional Wendish Easter eggs.

texaswendish.org

Victoria

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.

victoriaczechs.org

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Sept. 22, Oct. 27., Nov. 24

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

The Frontier Times Museum presents this monthly jamboree that includes live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Palestine

Wine in the Pines Train Ride

Sept. 27

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

This adults-only train ride takes passengers on a four-hour round-trip journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas and includes wines from Red 55 Winery, located in Lindale. Appetizers are paired with each wine. The journey goes to Rusk Railroad Depot, where the train stops and passengers have dinner under the stars.

texasstaterailroad.net

Boerne

Bierfest

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.

hccarts.org/bierfest

Palestine

“Locked in Fear Haunted House”

Oct. 1-31

Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

Is there anything scarier than a haunted house during Halloween? How about trying to escape an abandoned jailhouse? Get lost in the historic 11,000-square-foot jail that includes a labyrinth of jails, dark halls, and isolation tanks.

txjailhouse.com

Tyler

Rose City Airfest

Oct. 5

Tyler Pounds Airport, 700 Skyway Blvd.

The annual Rose City Airfest has quickly become a signature event in East Texas. Featuring dozens of historic aircraft, the Airfest offers a very diverse lineup of both ground displays and aerial performances by several WWII warbirds, Russian MiGs, and dozens of other aircraft. All proceeds benefit CampV, a nonprofit veteran’s resource center.

rosecityairfest.com

Amarillo

Oktoberfest

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. 

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Oct. 5

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332

Visit the historic archeological site formerly owned by Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Learn about the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Museum Tour

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. 

ljhistory.org

West Columbia

Hoggtoberfest

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.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

El Paso

El Paso Museum of Art Tom Lea Gallery Tour

Oct. 10

El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza

In 1997, in anticipation of a new El Paso Museum of Art downtown, a statewide campaign was held to name one of the galleries after Tom Lea, bringing the artist’s work home to El Paso. This tour features the special exhibit “Tom Lea and Contemporaries” in the Tom Lea Gallery, with Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, guiding the tour.

tomlea.com

Katy

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.

katyriceharvestfestival.com

Alpine

“Western Beef Cattle: A Series of 11 Paintings by Tom Lea”

Oct. 12

Museum of the Big Bend, 400 N. Harrison St.

Artist Tom Lea explores the life cycle of beef cattle through paintings that provide a unique perspective on a little-explored topic. Experience this inaugural exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend’s new Emmett and Miriam McCoy building and join Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, for a talk and book signing event.

tomlea.com

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.

thewoodlands.com/50th-anniversary

Victoria

“1824: A Victoria Origin Story”

Oct. 18-19

Riverside Park, 532 McCright Drive

Experience Victoria’s bicentennial through the lens of what life was like for the settlers and pioneers of 1824 at this historical reenactment.

discovervictoriatexas.com

San Angelo

Murder Mystery

Oct. 18-19

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Visit with “characters” of Fort Concho from the 1870s during evening self-guided tours and try to solve the on-site “murder.”

fortconcho.com

Llano

Heritage Days

Oct. 18-20

Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive

Spend some time in Llano learning about the history of the area. Friday there’s a chuckwagon supper with cowboy poetry and songs. Saturday is the festival with living history actors, music, games, crafts, a quilt show, and a model A car show. Sunday is the living history cemetery tour.

llanomuseum.org

Abilene

“Hard Times Come Again No More: Depression Era Photographs”

Oct. 19-Feb. 8

The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St.

Reflecting on Texas in the 1930s and ‘40s, these photographs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, sponsored by the Farm Securities Commission, document the hardships of individuals in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The show includes iconic photographs by Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, and Russell Lee.

thegracemuseum.org

Palestine

Fall Harvest Lunch Train

Oct. 19, 26

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Savor the flavors and sights of East Texas on this four-hour round-trip train ride that features complimentary appetizers and champagne or cider followed by a catered lunch served on the grounds of the Rusk Rail Depot.

texasstaterailroad.net

Plano

International Festival

Oct. 19

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

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

visitplano.com

Imperial

Spirits of the River Horsehead Crossing Living History

Oct. 25-26

Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, SH 11 at Horsehead Road between Girvin and Imperial

See two days of living history at one of the most iconic locations in Texas history, Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River. Expect chuckwagon meals, cooking demonstrations, gunfights, trail rides, live cannon fire, and reenactors. Horsehead Crossing is where the real “Lonesome Dove” took place, and is marked in history by Comanches, the Goodnight-Loving Trail, and more. The event is free, but donations are accepted.

pecoscountyhistoricalcommission.org/horsehead-crossing-celebration

Victoria

Cemetery Tour

Oct. 25-26

Evergreen Cemetery, 1868 N. Vine St.

Experience live theater in a historic cemetery setting. Visit with townspeople, portrayed by actors, at their gravesites and learn about their history. The information presented is historically accurate and entertaining.

victoriapreservation.com

Galveston

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.

visitgalveston.com/events

San Angelo

National Mule Day

Oct. 26

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Mules have been used by the military for centuries. See displays and presentations about the role of the Army mule in Western history.

fortconcho.com

Fort Worth

Saints and Sinners Cemetery Tour

Oct. 26-27

Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Grand Ave.

Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society, the 17th annual tour takes visitors on a stroll through Oakwood Cemetery, where they get to meet and hear the famous and infamous “residents” tell their histories.

stockyardsmuseum.org

Plano

Rest In Plano Fest and Apparition Expedition

Oct. 26

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

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

visitplano.com

Seguin

Pecan Fest

Oct. 26

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

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

visitseguin.com

West Columbia

Ghosts Along the Brazos

Oct. 28

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

Take a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s-era Patton family cemetery, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Austin

“Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read: The Story of PEN”

Nov. 2-Aug. 18

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.

The Harry Ransom Center presents an exhibition exploring the history of PEN, the renowned international association dedicated to protecting free expression. The exhibition draws upon the Center’s PEN Records collection in order to trace the history of the organization from its founding as a dinner club in 1921, through the darkest days of war and repression, to supporting contemporary writers and readers today. The exhibition allows visitors to engage with key moments from the story of PEN, showing how writers need freedom of expression in order to produce inspiring work, and how, in turn, readers need to be free to choose what they read.

hrc.utexas.edu

Fredericksburg

Pacific Valor

Nov. 2

National Museum of the Pacific War, 508 E. Austin St.

Pacific Valor is a battle demonstration that tell the story of a specific World War II Medal of Honor recipient. Go back to the jungles of New Guinea, where Sergeant Raymond Eubanks gave his life through an act of heroism on the battlefield. The battle demonstration includes simulated explosives, blank firing guns, and a real M2-2 flamethrower for an immersive experience.

pacificwarmuseum.org/event/pacific-valor-sergeant-raymond-eubanks-1

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Nov. 2

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332

Visit the historic archeological site formerly owned by Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Learn about the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Museum Tour

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. 

ljhistory.org

West Columbia

Meet Your Ancestors

Nov. 2

Columbia Cemetery, Corner of 16th and Jackson streets

Learn about former West Columbia residents (and possibly your ancestors) at one of the most historic cemetaries in Texas. Guides lead guests to graves of notable occupants.

columbiahistoricalmuseum.org

Salado

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Nov. 8-10

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

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

saladoscottishfestival.com

Alpine

Center for Big Bend Studies Conference

Nov. 8-9

Espino Conference Center, Sul Ross State University, 400 N. Harrison St.

The 29th annual Center for Big Bend Studies conference brings together historians, archaeologists, folklorists, and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico.

cbbs.sulross.edu/conference

Houston

Good Brick Tour

Nov. 9-10

Various locations

Take a guided tour of five privately-owned historic homes dating from the Victorian era through the early 20th century. Each tour location has received Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation.

preservationhouston.org

Terrell

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.

discoverterrell.com

Henderson

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.

visithendersontx.com

Bandera

Bandera Honors Veterans and Parade

Nov. 9

The American Legion 157 Post hosts this celebration that includes displays, information booths, special programming honoring Vietnam War era veterans, a parade on Main Street, and a veterans and spouses barbecue.

al157tx.org

Austin

Powwow

Nov. 23

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane

For more than 25 years, the Austin Powwow has been the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring Native American dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and food.

austinpowwow.net

Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

Nov. 24

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

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

fortworthparadeoflights.org

Clute

Elizabethan Madrigal Feast

Nov. 29-Dec.1, 6-8

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This holiday feast offers majesty and pageantry befitting the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Join the Earl of Warwick and his royal guests in the main hall of his castle for an exquisite meal with entertainment provided by the court’s troupe of players, dancers, and singers.

brazosportcenter.org

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