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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.

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

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

Austin

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.

austinpride.org

Granbury

Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

To end the summer, the Historic Granbury Merchants Association is sponsoring a fun family festival and sidewalk sale. Shop from vendors around the square, let the kids enjoy activities at the Plaza and under the pavilion, and sing karaoke on the main stage. The city beach has kayaks, tubes, bikes, and stand-up paddleboards for rent.

visitgranbury.com/event/labor-day-weekend-festival-and-sidewalk-sale/12502

Bandera

Labor Day Roundup Musicfest

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

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

Listen to a lineup of entertainers all weekend long.

11thstreetcowboybar.com

Tarpley

Labor Day Barbecue and Parade

Sept. 1

Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department, 264 Valentine Lane

Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department sponsors this Labor Day parade, barbecue, raffle, and auction.

tarpleyvfd.org

The Woodlands

Labor Day Celebration

Sept. 1

Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place

Spend the holiday enjoying live music, performers, pie-eating contests, and a fireworks show—all taking place along The Woodlands Waterway.

visitthewoodlands.com

South Padre Island

Labor Day Fireworks

Sept. 1

SPI Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

End summer with a bang. South Padre Island hosts this fireworks show to celebrate the three-day weekend.

sopadre.com/events

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

Plano

Labor Day Pool Party

Sept. 2

The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive

Celebrate the last day of summer with a picnic party at the Texas Pool. Play traditional pool games. Coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages are welcome.

visitplano.com

Lubbock

At’l Do Farms Fall Season

Sept. 16-Nov. 5

At’l Do Farms, 6323 FM 1294

The farm is open for the fall season. Bring the family to enjoy a corn maze, barnyard, cow train, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, campfires, and the Fairy Tale Trail.

atldofarms.com/the-maze

Amarillo

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.

maxwellspumpkinfarm.com/fall

Austin

Banger’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 26-28

Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St.

Don your lederhosen and head to Banger’s for a three-day celebration of Oktoberfest. Bring the whole family (don’t forget your pup) and celebrate with games and live music accompanied by authentic German food and beer.

bangersaustin.com/pages/event-calendar

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

San Angelo

Fort Concho House of Horrors

Oct. 4-5

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

Experience a scary haunted house in a historic fort building.

fortconcho.com

Granbury

Oktoberfest

Oct. 4-6

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Grab your lederhosen and dirndls and celebrate this German tradition in the Granbury Square Plaza and Pavilion, with vendors located on the Plaza, Bridge Street, and Crockett. Expect shopping with vendors, beer hoisting contests, Hammerschlagen (a German game), Jenga, lumberjack contests, polka dancing, and family fun that includes a Kinderplatz to keep your children entertained.

visitgranbury.com/event/oktoberfest/16403

The Colony

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail

Oct. 4-31

TOCA Soccer Center, 7801 N. Main St.

Every weekend in October, take a self-guided tour through the Haunted Shadows Lake Trail. Pick your way through the dark, winding trail and uncover the various frightening creatures that you’ll meet along the way.

hauntedshadowslaketrail.com

Fredericksburg

Oktoberfest

Oct. 4-6

Marktplatz Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

One of Fredericksburg’s annual festivals brings a little bit of Bavaria to the Hill Country. Three days of singing, toasting, dancing, and “gemutlichkeit” (friendliness) is featured at the 44th Oktoberfest. Expect food, a waltz contest, artisans, a polka contest, and dirndle and lederhosen contests.

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/2024-oktoberfest/61006

Beaumont

Oktoberfest

Oct. 5

Rogers Park, 6540 Gladys Ave.

Get ready to raise a stein and celebrate Bavarian culture at Beaumont’s Oktoberfest. Enjoy authentic German beers, live music, and delicious food. Admission is free, so gather your friends and family for a fun-filled day.

beaumonteventstx.com/event/beaumont-oktoberfest-2024

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.

pipecreekpumpkinpatch.com

Bandera

Maple Street Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 5-31

Maple Street, Corner of 11th and Maple streets

Visit the pumpkin patch at the corner of 11th and Maple streets. Enjoy barn games, a hay maze, the Critter Corner, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting, gifts, and snacks.

banderacowboycapital.com

Cabrito and Barbecue Dinner

Oct. 6

Medina Community Center, 13857 SH 16 North

Join the Medina Livestock and Wildlife Association for its annual fundraiser, with dinner featuring cabrito, brisket, sausage, and all the trimmings. The event includes a raffle and silent auction.

banderacowboycapital.com

San Angelo

Fort Concho Night Tours

Oct. 11-12

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

It’s spooky season and Fort Concho gets in the spirit with special after-dark walking tours with real and scary stories told by period-dressed staff and volunteers.

fortconcho.com

Cuero

Turkeyfest

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.

cuero.org

Mckinney

Halloween at the Heard

Oct. 12

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Visitors from across North Texas love Halloween at the Heard, which features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie “Dinosaurs Live!” life-size animatronic dinosaurs trail. Families enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage.

heardmuseum.org/halloween-at-the-heard

Austin

​Oktoberfest

Oct. 12

German Free School, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society holds their annual festival featuring kid-friendly activities during the day along with live music and authentic German food.

germantexans.org/oktoberfest

Nacogdoches

SFA Gardens Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale

Oct.12

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

SFA Gardens hosts its annual plant sale. Discover an array of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants with an emphasis on native, pollinator-friendly selections; garden favorite perennials; and trees including Japanese maples, magnolias, and bald cypress.

sfasu.edu/sfagardens

The Colony

Family Fright Fest

Oct. 12

Stewart Creek Park , 3700 Sparks Road

Ghosts and ghouls are out in droves at Stewart Creek Park. Bring the whole family for a howling night full of hay rides, games, vendors, contests, and trick-or-treating.

thecolonytx.gov/835/family-fright-fest

Vanderpool

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.

lostmaplesfarms.com

Victoria

Symphonic Spooktacular

Oct. 17

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Bring the kids for a fun night of music and costumes presented by the Victoria Symphony.

victoriasymphony.com

Corsicana

Witches Night Out

Oct. 17

Downtown , Beaton Street

Dress in your best witch attire and enjoy a night of sipping and shopping. Win prizes by completing the Witches Map by going to every partipating business.

visitcorsicana.com

New Braunfels

Dia De Los Muertos Festival

Oct. 19

Downtown New Braunfels, Main Plaza

Celebrate Día de los Muertos and Hispanic culture in New Braunfels. Expect live music, face painting, and a kids’ area with games, activities, and craft making. There are also vendors selling food, beer, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Money raised benefits scholarships for numerous local high school students attending the National Hispanic Institute and nonprofit organizations.

chamberinnewbraunfels.com/dia-de-los-muertos

Wimberley

BOO! Hole Halloween

Oct. 19

Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Lane

Bring along your entire clan of ghosts, superheroes, zombies, and vampires. This is the place to be for an evening of spine-tingling fun and family-friendly chills that’ll have everyone screaming with delight.

wimberleyparksandrec.com/special-events/boo-hole

Lake Jackson

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 20

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs around the fish-filled, floor-to-ceilings aquariums.

tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

Bandera

Day of the Dead Exhibit and Family Week

Oct. 21-Nov. 8

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

Frontier Times Museum exhibits Texas artist Joan Estes’ elaborate display of a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar. 

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Corsicana

“Night of the Living Dead Live”

Oct. 23-26

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Immerse yourself in this iconic horror story brought to life on stage with spine-chilling performances and gripping suspense.

thewlac.com

Clute

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.

clutetexas.gov

Freeport

Frightfest

Oct. 24

Freeport Municipal Park, 410 S. Brazosport Blvd.

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

freeport.tx.us

Corsicana

Boo on the Block

Oct. 24

Downtown , Beaton Street

In downtown Corsicana, kids can go trick or treating at local merchants and have their picture taken in Pocket Park, play games, and participate in other Halloween activities.

visitcorsicana.com

Grapevine

Witches Brew Train

Oct. 25

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Hop aboard with all the ghouls and goblins if you dare. Celebrate Halloween with costumes, Texas craft brews, and deliciously freaky fare onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. This ride is for ages 21 and up.

gvrr.com/event/witches-brew-train/38725

Houston

Scream on the Green

Oct. 25

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Houston’s citywide Halloween celebration, Scream on the Green, returns with a costume contest, music, and a screening of a fun, family-friendly movie.

discoverygreen.com

Ennis

Autumn Daze

Oct. 25-27

Historic Downtown Ennis, TX, 201 NW Main St.

The “biggest little fall festival” event in the area, Autumn Daze is three days of live music, a hay maze, carnival rides, pumpkin patch, and a cornhole tournament. There are free kids activities and a gorgeous pumpkin display.

visitennistexas.com/events

Corpus Christi

Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 26

K Space Contemporary, 623 N. Chaparral St.

Join along in the streets of downtown Corpus Christi to celebrate the age-old tradition of remembering and honoring deceased loved ones through music, dance, “ofrendas,” art, food, and fun.

diadelosmuertoscc.com

Llano

Llano River Pumpkin Float

Oct. 26

Robinson Park , 123 Robinson Park

Enjoy pumpkins, food, and fun at this free event. Bring your carved pumpkins and enjoy the evening float and glow as you see lots of carved and lit pumpkins gliding across the Llano River. Witches, fairies, pirates, and mermaids are welcome, as costumes are encouraged.

llanochamber.org

Grapevine

Trick ‘r Treat Trains

Oct. 26

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Celebrate Halloween with a trip back in time on board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat Trains. The experience includes a bag of treats and Halloween songs and stories. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

gvrr.com/event/trick-r-treat-train/38726

Buda

Booda Halloween

Oct. 26

Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio St.

Dress up in your scariest attire and compete in the annual costume contest. Then be ready to feast on a monster-ous amount of candy from dozens of vendors. There are food vendors and a haunted house, plus story time with the Buda Library.

visitbudatx.com

Granbury

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Oct. 26-27

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts celebrates over 100 of the best fine art and fine crafts artists all over the country. This long-running festival showcases artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to artist gallery booths, the event offers food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities.

visitgranbury.com/event/annual-harvest-moon-festival-of-the-arts/12451

Temple

Haunted Hayride

Oct. 26

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

Discover the spine-tingling experience of Temple’s Haunted Hayride, where an eerie adventure awaits around every twist and turn. This annual event transforms the tranquil countryside into a realm of haunting mysteries and ghostly surprises.

templeparks.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

Lake Jackson

Monster Dash 5K

Oct. 26

MacLean Park, 91 Lake Road

The 5K course takes runners through MacLean Park. There’s also a kids 1K race. Costumes are encouraged, and monster-themed decorations can be expected on the course.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Boo Bash

Oct. 26

Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332

Kids can enjoy this trunk-or-treat event that includes carnival games, costume contests, and other fun Halloween activities.

lakejackson-tx.gov

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

Fulton

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.

childrenscoalitionac.org

Huntsville

Scare on the Square

Oct. 26

Downtown , University Avenue

The annual Halloween festival features games, activities, and trick-or-treating for all ages. Get in the spirit and dress in your best Halloween costume.

huntsvillemainstreet.com

Kerrville

Haunted Ghoul Pool

Oct. 26-27

Kerrville Municipal Olympic Pool, 601 Olympic Drive

Join in on a night of goosebumps, spooks, and screams as the pool is transformed into a ghoulish haunted house. Family-friendly tours run in the early evening. The haunted attractions come to life later at night.

kerrvilletx.gov

Pumpkin Run 5K and Harvest Festival

Oct. 26

Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive

Along with a 5K run/walk, there are free festivities, candy, a bounce house, face painting, carnival games, and a cake walk.

kerrvillekroc.org

A Night at the Museum

Oct. 26

Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway

Enjoy music, food trucks, and entertainment at this family event at the museum. Costumes are encouraged for kids—and adults may dress up, too.

museumofwesternart.com

Galveston

Silent Film with Rob Landes: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Oct. 27

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

An annual Halloween tradition, violinist Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of Victor Hugo’s 1920 silent film classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

thegrand.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

Sweetwater

Trunk or Treat

Oct. 30

Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive

Local businesses put up Halloween decorations and hand out treats to children. Some businesses and organizations have games and festive food.

sweetwatertexas.org

Bandera

Nightmare on Maple Street

Oct. 31

Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple St.

Get in the Halloween spirit at this trunk-or-treat event with door prizes, a costume contest, the best trunk contest, and kids activities.

cityofbandera.org

Kerrville

Family Fright Night

Oct. 31

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Partake in an evening of safe and traditional family fun at the park. Activities include trick or treating, games, and a costume contest.

kerrvilletx.gov

Houston

Día de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Discovery Green , 1500 McKinney St.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to celebrate and remember loved ones and prepare special foods in their honor. Families enjoy hands-on art activities, artist demonstrations, vendors, live performances, and music. Houston-based artist Angel Quesada builds a community “ofrenda” (altar) to help visitors remember their loved ones.

discoverygreen.com

Brenham

Christmas Magic

Nov. 1-3

Giddings Stone Mansion, 2203 Century Circle

The exterior and interior rooms of Giddings Stone Mansion feature different holiday themes. There’s a Saturday luncheon at the Mansion (reservations required), and guided tours by the Heritage Belles of two historic homes.

giddingsstonemansion.com

Bandera

Buckfest Gala

Nov. 1

Mansfiled Park Show Barn, 2886 SH 16 North

Bandera County Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual gala that includes a social hour, dinner and dance, live and silent auctions, and a raffle.

banderatex.com

Elgin

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.

elgintexas.gov

Nacogdoches

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 2

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

The Nacogdoches square comes alive with music, dancing, food, vendors, and fun for all ages. It’s free to attend.

visitnacogdoches.org/p/things-to-do/events/annual-events

Garland

Día de los Muertos

Nov. 2

Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Garland’s Día de los Muertos is a cultural and authentic celebration that focuses on honoring past loved ones and incorporates performances from mariachi, ballet folklórico, and “matachines,” (dance troupes). Live performances, food, an artisan market, altar displays, and a Catrina contest complete the festivities.

visitgarlandtx.com/dia-garland

Medina

Hunters Game Dinner

Nov. 2

The Farm Country Club, 475 Pue Road

The Medina Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual fundraiser with dinner and a dance.

medinavfd.com

Surfside Beach

Treasures by the Sea

Nov. 2

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

Start your holiday shopping early with dozens of vendors at this annual event which offers hot homemade soups and baked goods for purchase.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.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

Fort Worth

Margaret’s Market Boutique

Nov. 4-8, 11-13

Margaret’s Market Boutique, 1326 Pennsylvania Ave.

Benefiting the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, this annual holiday market and boutique offers gifts and other items for all occasions, including holiday and home décor, jewelry, women’s fashions, gourmet food, children’s toys and clothing, and books.

thewomansclubfw.com

Elgin

Veterans Appreciation Parade

Nov. 5

Downtown, 109 Depot St.

Celebrate those who have served in the nation’s military at this morning parade in downtown Elgin, followed by shopping and live entertainment.

elgintexas.gov

Lake Jackson

Mums and Mistletoe Market

Nov. 7-8

St. Michael’s Event Center, 100 Oak Drive

This holiday market attracts shoppers for its variety of vendors and the cheese soup at its café.

Plano

‘Neath the Wreath

Nov. 7-10

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

As the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County, this holiday gift market hosts almost 10,000 shoppers and over 125 merchants from Texas and beyond. The market features holiday and home décor, ladies clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet food.

visitplano.com

Kerrville

The Artisan Market

Nov. 8-9

Kerrville Apostolic Church, 1023 North St.

Come get your holiday shopping done early at this all handmade market that offers home goods, baked goods, barbecue, and other items.

Gladewater

Holiday Open House

Nov. 9

Downtown Gladewater, Main Street

The Gladewater Antique District begins the celebration of Christmas with the Holiday Open House. Stores are open late and seasonal entertainment fills downtown. Food trucks are available, in addition to local restaurants. The season’s Christmas tree is also lit for the first time.

The Colony

American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans

Nov. 9

The Athletic Club , 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Celebrate Veterans Day at the annual American Heroes festival, a free patriotic event honoring veterans with a range of family-friendly activities including carnival rides, games, an impressive concert series headlined by Hunter Hays, delectable food trucks, and a fun drone show.

thecolonytx.gov/700/american-heroes

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

Corsicana

Texas Veterans Parade

Nov. 9

See patriotic floats, classic cars, military vehicles, and members of the military at the parade in downtown Corsicana that honors all Texas veterans.

texasveteransparade.com

Huntsville

Holiday Market

Nov. 9-10

Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30 West

Start your holiday shopping early and find a range of merchandise, from antiques and jewelry items to home décor and collectibles. Grab bags are handed out to the first 25 people through the door.

huntsvilleantiqueshow.com

Austin

Miracle on Fifth Street

Nov. 15-Dec. 29

The Eleanor, 307 W. Fifth St.

Featuring wall-to-wall Christmas décor, multiple bars, cheery social experiences, and a lot of Christmas spirit, Miracle on Fifth Street is a holidays-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves drinks in the most festive and nostalgic setting in the city.

miracleon5thst.com

Ingram

ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase

Nov. 15-Dec. 13

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Find gifts and other seasonal items at this holiday shopping showcase of handmade crafts by area artists.

hcaf.com

Fort Worth

“Lightscape”

Nov. 16-Dec. 31

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The international sellout sensation, “Lightscape,” returns to the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden for its third consecutive year to dazzle audiences with more than 1 million holiday lights and never-before-seen artistic installations from around the world throughout a 1.2-mile walking trail. In total, over 80 percent of “Lightscape” is new and reimagined for 2024.

fwbg.org/lightscape

Fredericksburg

Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating

Nov. 16-Jan. 8

Kinderhalle Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

A holiday tradition for 18 years, skate on real ice in the Hill Country. Concessions such as hot chocolate, pizza, and candy are available near the rink.

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/19th-annual-eisbahn-outdoor-ice-skating/62218

Pipe Creek

Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Nov. 18-30

Pipe Creek Tree Farm, 805 Phil’s Road

Take a ride or walk around the tree farm and find your perfect tree for the holiday. Then take pictures of family members’ and friends’ faces in the cutouts of Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus, with children’s faces as ornaments.

pipecreekchristmastrees.com

Plano

Lights on the Farm

Nov. 21-Dec. 30

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

Experience a historic farmstead transformed into a twinkling wonderland that features close to 2 million holiday lights and animated displays. Stroll the quarter-mile trail, see holiday light creations, including the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, and enjoy popcorn, mini-donuts, hot cocoa, and make-your-own s’mores. The little ones have a chance to meet Santa Claus.

visitplano.com

Corsicana

Tree Lighting

Nov. 21

Downtown , Beaton Street

Head to the intersection of Collin and Beaton for the city’s annual tree lighting, pictures with Santa, live music, shopping at local shops, a fireworks show, games, and holiday cheer.

visitcorsicana.com

Ingram

“A Christmas Carol”

Nov. 22-24, 29-30; Dec. 1, 6-7, 13-15

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

See the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

hcaf.com

Luling

Grinchmas Arts and Crafts Fair and Kids Holiday Market

Nov. 23

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

Discover handcrafted gifts and stocking stuffers that’ll make your holiday season special. The Kids Holiday Market also takes place with Santa and Grinch pictures, hot cocoa, coffee, and lunch.

lulingcc.org

Southlake

Home for the Holidays—Christmastime in Southlake

Nov. 23

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Kick off the festive season with the lighting of the Christmas tree. As the night unfolds, the square becomes a twinkling wonderland. There are lots of free activities including carriage rides and photos with Santa. A snow tubing slide and arts and crafts are available as well, and local school groups perform holiday favorites on stage.

visitsouthlaketexas.com/holidays

Tomball

Holiday Parade

Nov. 23

Main Street, 100 W. Main St.

Get in the holiday spirit with a parade featuring over 175 floats and entries and over 40,000 people in attendance.

tomballchamber.org

Stonewall

Deck the Hall

Nov. 23

Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm, 199 Park Road 52

Help the Sauer-Beckmann Farm get ready for the holidays by stringing popcorn and decorating cookies. Learn how make wreaths out of local cedar, and dip your own candles so you too can get ready for Weihnachten (Christmas).

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/19th-annual-eisbahn-outdoor-ice-skating/62218

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.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Plano

Holiday Market

Nov. 23-24

Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road

The market showcases handcrafted holiday gifts, jewelry, handmade wood items, candles, and soaps. Find tamales, brownies, cupcakes, jams, nuts, and dips. In addition, Collin County seniors stock the Hip Hip for Gray booth with crafts including quilts, baby items, and ornaments.

visitplano.com

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.

visitthewoodlands.com

Kerrville

Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 23

Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St.

Officially welcome the holiday season with a lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus on his signature fire truck. The parade commences at the corner of G Street Bridge and Water Street and ends at the Kerr County Courthouse. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and the lighting of the courthouse and 45-foot-tall tree.

kerrvilletx.gov

Amarillo

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.

maxwellspumpkinfarm.com/christmas

Cuero

Christmas in the Park

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

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

Drive through a Christmas wonderland with 300 lighted scenes. This event has been voted as one of South Texas Best Holiday Events for over 10 years.

cuero.org

Wharton

Christmas Holiday Parade

Nov. 26

Outside Courthouse, 100 S. Fulton St.

Ring in the festive season with the Christmas Holiday Parade, which heads west on Milam Street and around the courthouse square, where you’ll find food and craft vendors.

whartonchamber.com/events

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

Nov. 28-Dec. 31

Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

Kicking off on Thanksgiving, this premier holiday light show features more than 2 miles of lights. Past year’s have featured a holiday village, magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping.

prairielights.org

Lake Jackson

Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

Lake Jackson Intermediate School, 100 Oyster Creek Drive

The 5K run/walk and 10K run is held on Thanksgiving Day and benefits the students of the Lake Jackson Intermediate Band Program.

lakejacksonturkeytrot.com

Plano

Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

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

Join the fall holiday tradition, a 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. Everyone gets a donut at the finish line.

visitplano.com

Corpus Christi

Merry Days by the Bay

Nov. 29-Dec. 31

Downtown Corpus Christi, Chaparral Street

From coastal Santas to holiday markets and larger-than-life decorations, the Gulf Coast Capital offers unique holiday experiences all season long to put a jingle in your step.

visitcorpuschristi.com/merrydays

Georgetown

Lighting of the Square

Nov. 29

The Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St.

Kick-off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Downtown holiday lights remain lit every evening through January 1st.

Bandera

Christmas Lighting

Nov. 29-Jan. 3

Enjoy holiday light displays in City Park and on the courthouse and lawn.

banderacowboycapital.com

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

Boerne

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.

dickensonmain.com

Comfort

Christmas In Comfort

Nov. 30

Comfort Historic District, Seventh and High streets

More than 100 arts, crafts, and food vendors fill the historic district of Comfort. Families have fun at Santa Land, and live music, shopping, and a lighted parade and fireworks display help bring in the holiday season.

comfortchamber.com

Bandera

Wagon Rides with Santa

Nov. 30

Wagon Rides of Bandera give evening carriage rides with Santa around the Bandera County Courthouse on Main Street.

facebook.com/wagonridesofbandera

Pancakes with Santa

Nov. 30-Dec. 21

Al’s Hideaway Cabin and RV Rentals, 299 Willow Springs

Bring the family to Al’s Hideaway Cabin and RV Rentals for pancakes and pictures with Santa. This event is held every Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and up to Christmas.

alshideaway.com

Surfside Beach

Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 30

Surfside Beach Main Entrance, Intersection of State Highway 332 and Bluewater Highway

Kick off the holiday season with caroling and the lighting of the community tree.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

Jefferson

Christmas Parade and Lighting of Enchanted Forest

Nov. 30

Downtown and Lions Club Park, 515 E. Jefferson St.

See over 100 decorated Christmas floats light up and ring in the holidays. There’s also caroling, the lighting of the Christmas trees, and Santa’s arrival atop a fire engine.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Salado

Christmas Stroll

Dec. 6-8, 13-15

Various locations, Main Street

Experience the magic of Christmas with two weekends of festivities on Main Street. There’s an outdoor live nativity at First Baptist Church, live performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Tablerock Amphitheatre, and live music at various venues. A Christmas market is hosted on the 7th and 14th at Barrow Brewing.

business.salado.com

Cuero

Christmas in Downtown

Dec. 13-14

At this Cuero holiday tradition, visitors can enjoy taking pictures of a lighted Rudolph right beside a 30-foot Christmas tree topped with a gold star, ice skating downtown, an old-fashioned carousel, food trucks, horse carriage rides, and live entertainment.

cueromainstreet.com

Cleburne

Winter Wonderland of Lights on the Trail

Dec. 18-21

Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail

Over a million Christmas lights and decorations cover the historical grounds of the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. With a donation at the front gate, visitors get access to giveaways, hot chocolate and cider stations, s’mores kits, and campfires.

thechisholmtrailoutdoormuseum.com

Galveston

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Feb. 21-March 4

Historic Strand District, 2302 Strand St.

Texas’ largest Mardi Gras is back and it’s bigger than ever. The 114th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston features more than 20 parades and concerts, and over 3 million beads. Witness the Guinness World Record-breaking Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, run in the Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K, and dance to jaw-dropping headliner performances. Featuring special days, Family Gras, Fiesta Gras, and First Responders Day, Mardi Gras! Galveston has a party for all.

mardigrasgalveston.com

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