Find an event

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.

Corpus Christi

WWE “Monday Night Raw”

June 17

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

For more than 30 years, “Monday Night Raw” has been WWE’s flagship show. Fans across the world love the action-packed and drama-filled episodes of “Raw,” and WWE’s greatest stars such as The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Becky Lynch, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Charlotte Flair have competed.

ticketmaster.com/wwe-monday-night-raw-corpus-christi-texas-06-17-2024/event/3A006031F1F946DD

Juneteenth Festival

June 17

Water’s Edge Park, 602 S. Shoreline Blvd.

A fun-filled day includes food trucks, a kids’ area, and a 5K run/walk. Don’t miss out on performances from Kingdom of Christ Community Singers, Top Shelf SA, Bayou City Brass Band, and a special performance from four-time Grammy-nominated artist Juvenile.

facebook.com/tabphecorpuschristi

Austin

Hauser: Rebel with a Cello Concert

June 18

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Since the time he decided to create a new, musical experience out of the long and established traditions of classical, pop, and rock music, Hauser has been playing arena concerts all over the world, defying the conventions of the established music business. From his now iconic rendition of “Smooth Criminal,” the song that launched him as an internet sensation and, where he was established as the founding member of the duo 2Cellos, he has captured the hearts and minds of millions.

texasperformingarts.org/event/hauser-2024-bass-concert-hall-austin-texas

Port Arthur

S.A.L.T. Summer Classic

June 19-21

S.A.L.T. Club, 900 T.B. Elison Pkwy.

The Saltwater Anglers League of Texas hosts a fishing tournament from Pleasure Island in the Cajun Capital of Texas. Look for multiple adult divisions and a free kid division.

sabinesaltclub.net

Grand Prairie

Lamb of God and Mastodon in Concert

June 19

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Outback presents Lamb of God and Mastodon: Ashes of Leviathan Tour with Kerry King and Malevolence.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Mexia

Rodeo

June 20-22

Mexia Rodeo Arena, 600 Smith St.

The 94th annual Mexia Rodeo is a highly anticipated and well attended event in Central Texas. The rodeo is sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association and includes some of the best concessions around.

mexiachamber.com

Dallas

Revive the Culture Summer Band Showcase

June 20

Kincaide Stadium, 9191 S. Polk St.

The Texas Supremacy of Music and Arts Conservatory Summer Band Showcase offers instruction in show-style marching band concepts, dance, and cheerleading by instructors from HBCUs. It serves over 300 students from 18 Dallas schools, focusing on those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. The camp aims to provide a transformative experience, including practice, team building, and a showcase event, while also addressing mental health through music education.

txsmac.org

Bandera

Third Thursday Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh

June 20

Bandera Beverage Barn, 1407 SH 16 North

Bring your guitar to play along or simply come to listen. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in.

banderacowboycapital.com

Amarillo

Corey Kent in Concert

June 20

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

Rising singer-songwriter Corey Kent has been writing and performing for nearly two decades. Self-described as an “old soul,” Kent finds himself musically at the intersection of rock-infused country, heartland values, and red dirt grit. He performs on the Moon Palace stage.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Mesquite

Mesquite Rocks

June 20

Mesquite Arts Front Yard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Bring the family to this kid-friendly event that features tribute bands covering the greatest hits of popular and folk music.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Plano

Sip and Shop in Downtown Plano

June 20, July 18, Aug. 15

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

Start at any participating location to pick up a map of the stops. Enjoy wine samples and local art from Plano Art Association.

visitplano.com/events

Lubbock

CritterFest

June 20-23

Science Spectrum Museum and OMNI Theater, 2579 S. Loop 289 #250

Lubbock’s most popular annual animal event is back again this June. Nowhere else in town can you see elephants, alligators, crocodiles, camels, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, big snakes, and tortoises, as well as tons of other cool animals. Awesome animal acts as well as the extremely popular petting zoo, pony and camel rides, and live agility dog and police K-9 demonstrations continue to make this event a hit for the whole family.

sciencespectrum.org/event/critterfest

South Padre Island

Beach Bash Skate Jam

June 21

John L. Tompkins Park, 6100 South Padre Blvd.

At South Padre Island’s annual skate competition, there’s live music, food, and cash prizes.

sopadre.com/event/spi-beach-bash-skate-jam/1730

Stonewall

Peach JAMboree and Rodeo

June 21-22

Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, 250 Peach St.

The 63rd annual celebration of the Stonewall peach crop includes peach judging, the crowning of the Peach Queen, a parade, lots of peach eating and pit spitting, a variety of food, live music, and goat roping.

stonewalltexas.com

New Braunfels

Pop-Up Yoga Class

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 that lasts one hour and 15 minutes and is designed for adults. Children ages 12 and older are welcome to attend with their parent or guardian. Bring a yoga mat (and other personal props that make you comfortable). All experience levels are invited.

gruenehall.com

Grand Prairie

“The Producers”

June 21-23, 28-30

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

See Mel Brooks’ hit and Tony Award-winning musical about fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock, who is desperate to get to the top of his profession again. He finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit.

uptowntheatergp.com

El Paso

“Viva El Paso!”

June 21-Aug. 3

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road

Experience El Paso’s outdoor musical extravaganza. This colorful musical celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, Spanish Conquistador, Mexican, and Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song, and dance by a cast of over 50 performers.

vivaelpaso.org

Mckinney

Night Out at the Heard

June 22

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Join Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening of live music, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere at a fundraising event. This adults-only gathering invites you to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures under the stars, including dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.

heardmuseum.org/night-out

Garland

DFW Asian-American Soccer Tournament

June 22-23

Winters Park, 1330 Spring Creek Drive

Diversity, culture, and the love for soccer bring 36 teams from all over the nation and Canada to Garland each summer.

visitgarlandtx.com/daast

Bowie

Jim Bowie Days

June 22-29

Bowie Rodeo Arena and Downtown Bowie, 413 Pelham St.

Started in 1967, the Jim Bowie Days celebration and rodeo is held the last full week in June each summer. Events include a rodeo, parade, concerts, hamburger feed, Native American artifact show, quilt show, pet parade, cornhole tournament, golf tournament, and a fishing tournament. This year’s Saturday rodeo concert features Curtis Grimes.

jimbowiedays.org

Edna

Jackson County Winery Tour

June 22

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, 130 Main St.

Hop on the bus and ride along to taste local wine. The bus stops in Edna and Ganado and visits Lavaca Bluffs Vineyards and Winery.

jacksoncountytexas.com

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

June 22-23

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin’s famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Boerne

Music in the Cave: Summer Solstice

June 22

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Enjoy a variety of acoustic, world-beat music styles featuring the words and music of singer/performance artist Rudi Harst (vocals, acoustic guitar, Native American flute, dulcimer, harmonica, Tibetan bowls) surrounded by the Rudiments.

cavewithoutaname.com

Moondance Concert

June 22, July 20, Aug. 17

Cibolo Center for Conservation, 140 City Park Road

Moondance is a longstanding, beloved tradition at the Cibolo. Grab your lawn chairs, coolers, and friends, and come enjoy live music from local bands under the oak trees. This summer, the center welcomes Trey Gonzalez, the Randy Carson Band, and Cactus Country.

cibolo.org/moondance

Baytown

Full Moon Hike

June 22, July 20, Aug. 17

Baytown Nature Center, 6213 Bayway Drive

Enjoy a nighttime walk and explore nature’s handiwork. Take advanatage of this opportunity to visit the nocturnal habitats that are home to owls, raccoons, opossums, and other wildlife that emerge after dark.

baytown.org/708/baytown-nature-center

Who Wants to Dance? DJ Nights

June 22, July 20, Aug. 24

Yepez Vineyard, 12739 FM 2354

Visit the Yepez Vineyard for an enchanting evening of rhythm and romance under the starlit skies. This monthly event features the rich flavors of handcrafted premium wines, created with grapes grown in Texas.

yepezvineyard.com

Freeport

Fort Velasco Day

June 22

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Fort Velasco Day commemorates the 191st anniversary of the Battle of Fort Velasco. This living history event attracts reenactors from across the state who give visitors a glimpse of what life and conflict was like at the mouth of the Brazos River in 1830s Texas.

facebook.com/freeportmuseum

Houston

New Faces of Pride Festival and Parade

June 22

Downtown Houston, 901 Bagby St.

Houston’s New Faces of Pride is a nonprofit committed to fostering unity, inclusivity, and empowerment within Houston’s diverse LGBTQ+ community. This year’s theme, Rainbow Revolution, is all about celebrating progress, embracing change, igniting the spirit of unity, and reflecting the mission as an organization to raise as many funds as possible for community nonprofits. Expect 350 vendors, indoor and outdoor performances, a parade, and financial transparency knowing that your dollars are going back to the community with funds raised supporting nonprofits that serve LGBTQ+ youth and adolescents.

newfacesofpride.org

Austin

Hotel Viata’s Summer Pool Party

June 22

Hotel Viata, 320 S. Capital of Texas Highway

Welcome summer at Hotel Viata. Enjoy summer-inspired cocktails and poolside bites, or go big and book a private cabana for you and your friends. Soak up the Texas sun and take in gorgeous views of Hill Country all while taking a dip in the sparkling pool. There is a DJ and live entertainment, and snacks and drinks available for purchase. The event is ages 21 and up.

eventbrite.com/e/hotel-viatas-summer-pool-party-2024-tickets-853947709587

Boerne

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tours

June 22

Kuhlmann-King Historical Complex, 402 E. Blanco Road

Step back in time to experience how a Boerne family would have lived in the late 1800s. Tours are free but donations are always welcome.

bahpsboerne.org

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

June 23

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

New Braunfels

Frank Schlather Day in Gruene

June 23

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Also known as Frank’s Tranquilizer Hour, this yearly event commemorates the legendary former “mayor” of Gruene with special offers including select domestic beers for 50 cents from noon to 2 p.m.

gruenehall.com

Austin

Kinky Curly Coily Festival

June 23

Dottiewood Studio’s , 1601 Headway Circle

The best natural hair festival celebrating Black hair, Black artists, and Black businesses is back. There are live performances, free haircuts, free swag bags, free massages, and free classes for curly hair maintenance, mental health awareness, and financial literacy. This is a 18+ event.

kinkycurlycoilyfest.my.canva.site/atx

Plano

Plano Community Band Summer Concert

June 24

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Enjoy a picnic under the lush shade trees with wonderful music to serenade you. Bring your own blanket or folding chairs. Leashed dogs are welcomed.

visitplano.com/event/summer-concerts-in-the-park-2024/2024-06-24

Corsicana

“Of Mice and Men”

June 25-30

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Warehouse Living Arts Center presents this production of “Of Mice and Men,” the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s timeless tale about two migrant field workers during the Great Depression.

thewlac.com

Austin

Asian American Film Festival

June 26-30

AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Road

Feature filmmakers’ unique voices are celebrated in a forum where viewers come together to experience the wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander perspectives. Narrative features and shorts and documentary features and shorts are showcased throughout the festival.

aaafilmfest.org

Amarillo

“Sesame Street Live! Say Hello Tour”

June 26

Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street come to the neighborhood to say hello. In “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends while enjoying fun surprises along the way.

amarillociviccenter.com

Grand Prairie

“Finding Nemo Jr.”

June 26-27

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Students in Grand Prairie Arts Council’s Summer in the Arts program perform this musical based on the family-favorite movie, with a shorter runtime for young audiences.

artsgp.org

Tyler

“Come From Away”

June 27

UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3240 Old Glory Parkway

Winning Best Musical at the Tony Awards, this critically acclaimed musical takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The musical was written by Tony nominees Irene Sanko and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director Christopher Ashley.

cowancenter.org

Luling

Watermelon Thump

June 27-30

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

For 71 years, Luling has honored hard-working local watermelon farmers with a festival celebrating all things watermelon. Enjoy four days of live music, food booths, pageants, the World Championship Seed Spitting Contest, a carnival, parade, car show, and market.

newsite.watermelonthump.com

San Angelo

American Plains Artists Show

June 27-July 4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

Fort Concho presents this special exhibit of Western art and sculpture created by dozens of artists across the nation.

fortconcho.com

Lubbock

Cotton Fest

June 27-29

Cook’s Garage, 11002 US 87 D

When early summer rolls around, a celebration of all things music and cotton makes its way to the High Plains of Texas. A weekend-long festival, journey out to Lubbock for three days of camping, cornhole, barbecue cookoffs, and some of the biggest names in Texas country music at William Clark Green’s Cotton Fest.

cottonfestlbk.com

Nacogdoches

“The Sound of Music”

June 27-July 7

Lamp-Lite Theatre, 4210 Lamplite Lane

In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.

lamplitetheatre.com

Corsicana

Ladies Night

June 27, July 25, Aug. 22

Downtown , Beaton Street

Enjoy complimentary drinks as you explore downtown, sip on your favorite beverages, and indulge in a shopping spree at our local businesses.

visitcorsicana.com

Kilgore

Texas Shakespeare Festival

June 27-July 28

TSF Performance Venue, 1200 Henderson Blvd.

East Texas’ only professional theater company performs each summer in rep two Shakespeare plays, a non-Shakespearean classic, a musical, and a production for children. The main stage productions are produced in rotating repertory Thursday through Sunday, with an afternoon matinee and an evening performance each day. This summer’s list of plays are “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Julius Caesar,” “Sweeney Todd,” and the children’s play “Tinker Bell.”

texasshakespeare.com

Del Rio

Independence Day Rodeo

June 28-29

Val Verde Fairgrounds , 2006 N. Main St.

Take the family out for a rodeo night, presented by the Rotary Club of Del Rio, complete with bull riding, barrel racing, and mutton bustin’ among other traditional rodeo events.

New Braunfels

Reckless Kelly in Concert

June 28-29

Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306

Reckless Kelly is an American country rock band. Formed in Stanley, Idaho, the band moved to Austin, Texas in 1996 and has been a fixture of the Texas country music scene since. Hit songs include “Wicked Twisted Road,” “Nobody’s Girl,” and “Seven Nights in Eire.”

whitewaterrocks.com

“Red, White, and Tuna”

June 28

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St.

It’s been a few months since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of “A Tuna Christmas.” Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any “cosmic” communications from R.R.’s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions are answered in this side-splitting spoof. Along with your favorite Tuna characters, some new Tuna denizens burst into the Tuna High School class reunion.

brauntex.org

Wimberley

Fourth of July Rodeo

June 28-30

Wimberley VFW, 401 Jacobs Well Road

Sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, this rodeo includes bull riding, tie-down calf roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing. Admission and parking proceeds are considered a donation to Post 6441 and used to support a variety of veterans and community programs and activities.

vfw6441.com/events

Brenham

The Grand Ol’ Americana Show

June 29

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

A one-of-a-kind Texas musical variety show celebrates summer, our culture, and music that defines America. The show includes a big cast, Americana classics, and family-friendly sketch comedy.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Austin

Sips and Sounds Summer Festival

June 29-30

Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

The annual Sips and Sounds music festival features national headlining artists across two days and multiple stages. Enjoy stellar live music, premium listening experiences, and a selection of local food and drink vendors.

sipssoundsfest.com

Belton

Fourth of July Celebration

June 29-July 6

Various locations, 412 E. Central Ave.

Belton’s weeklong Fourth of July Celebration kicks off with a street party that includes live music, craft beer, games, and food trucks, The highlight of the week is a 1-mile parade on the Fourth of July, with more than 35,000 people lining the streets and a live, televised broadcast reaching around the world, The 100th annual rodeo takes place July 4-6.

beltonchamber.com

Bastrop

Big Bang Celebration

June 29

Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St.

The second annual Big Bang Celebration features live music, concessions, and fireworks at dusk.

facebook.com/bastroptx

Ennis

Red, White, and Bike Parade

June 29

Downtown Ennis, 201 NW Main St.

Deck out your bike, scooter, wagon, and anything with wheels and join in for the Red, White, and Bike Parade through historic downtown Ennis. Veterans Memorial Park hosts free kids activities, food vendors, a beer garden, and a beautiful fireworks display.

visitennistexas.com

Boerne

Tour de Boerne

June 29

Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road

Ready for a Texas-size challenge? Saddle up for a ride across beautiful terrain. Known for steep hills, epic views, and friendly faces, the Tour de Boerne is the fastest-growing charity bike ride in the Lone Star State. The race begins and ends at Don Strange Ranch.

tourdeboerne.com

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

June 29

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

Grand Prairie

Dollar Day and Summer Turf Festival

June 29

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

The fan favorite Dollar Day returns to Lone Star Park. Enjoy general admission, Pepsi, hot dogs, popcorn, and beer all for $1 an item. There’s also live music and the featured open condition turf horse races.

lonestarpark.com

Plano

Shopping Days Vendor Market

June 29

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Browse a wide variety of products from local vendors. Whether you’re searching for trendy fashion items, handcrafted jewelry, or delicious homemade treats, this event offers a vibrant atmosphere and more than 100 small businesses and boutique owners.

visitplano.com/event/shopping-days-vendor-market

Austin

African American Book Festival

June 29

George Washington Carver Library and Museum, 1161 and 1165 Angelina St.

The annual Austin African American Book Festival promotes literature, reading, and writing within the African American community. Focusing on authors and cultural leaders who have been influenced by African American literature, the event includes a keynote address, local author showcases, and author interviews and discussions.

aaabookfest.org

Copa America Tournament Matches

June 30-July 2

Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Place

One of the longest-running and most prestigious international soccer tournaments is coming to Austin for two matches. On June 30th, Venezuela takes on Jamaica, followed by Paraguay versus the winner of the Concacaf playoff on July 2nd.

copaamerica.com/en

Amarillo

Pride on the Plains

June 30

Thompson Park , 2401 Dumas Drive

Nonprofit organization Smile Big Texas presents Pride on the Plains, a celebration of Pride and the LGBTQ community in the Texas Panhandle.

smilebigtx.com

Boerne

Boerne Concert Band in Concert

June 30

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

The Boerne Concert Band plays a wide range of music that people of all ages can enjoy. This month, the group of volunteer musicians performs a concert in the park in honor of Independence Day.

boerneconcertband.com

Lewisville

Red, White, and Lewisville

July 2

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

The final concert of the Sounds of Lewisville season ends with a bang, literally. Enjoy live music by Texas country artist Jade Flores, and Escape, a Journey tribute band. End the night with a fireworks show. Food trucks, a bar, and inflatable attractions round out the event. Bring a chair and/or blanket.

visitlewisville.com

Bandera

Cowboy Opry

July 2

Silver Sage, 803 Buck Creek

On the first Tuesday of the month, come see Grand Ole Opry-style entertainment at the Silver Sage senior center, with refreshments and door prizes given out at the event.

silversage.org

Clute

Planetarium Show

July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 26-27, 30

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this planetarium show recreates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and gives viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Showdates vary throughout each month.

brazosportcenter.org

Southlake

Stars and Stripes

July 3

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Stars and Stripes is held annually on July 3 in the heart of Southlake’s Town Square. This event ignites the spirit of patriotism and community with an array of delectable festival foods, engaging activities for all ages, and, of course, a display of fireworks that lights up the night sky.

southlakestarsandstripes.com

Garland

Red, White, and You

July 3

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

Join in for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration with great music, vendors, food, games for all ages, and a spectacular drone show. It’s the perfect way to honor our nation’s independence. Admission is free.

visitgarlandtx.com/red-white-and-you

Giddings

Freedom Fest

July 3

Veterans Honor Park, 200 Raymond St.

Gather at Veterans Park for a music festival just like the good ol’ days. Bring your blankets and coolers and have a picnic on the grass while listening to some tunes. Nearby is Veterans Honor Park with a memorial to all Lee County veterans as well as a military tank display. Also on site is the Giddings Water Park where kids can splash around, and cornhole equipment for you to enjoy with your family or friends.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Snyder

Deep Creek Expo

July 3-4

Towle Park Armory, 3000 Towle Park Road

The Deep Creek Expo is a large vendor market that occurs five times per year. Each of the five Deep Creek Expo events hosts over 40 vendors from all across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Find clothing, décor, jewelry, mugs, spices, candles, candy, and children’s items.

facebook.com/groups/1007258826389823

Waxahachie

Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade

July 3-4

Waxahachie Sports Complex; Historic Downtown , 151 Broadhead Road; 100 W. Main St.

Designated the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, Waxahachie hosts this 26th annual celebration which features a tailgate party and concert at Waxahachie Sports Complex, followed the next day by a parade through historic downtown Waxahachie, where blooming crape myrtles line the street, and a fireworks show.

waxahachiecvb.com

The Woodlands

Star-Spangled Salute

July 3

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive

On the eve of Independence Day, this event, a tradition at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for over 30 seasons, features the Houston Symphony performing a selection of patriotic favorites.

visitthewoodlands.com/events/patriotic/fourth-of-july

Baytown

Fourth of July Celebration

July 3-4

Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market St.

The city of Baytown’s annual Fourth of July event is a two-day spectacular that celebrates American Independence Day. This outdoor festival features live musical entertainment, activities, a parade, food and shopping vendors, and ends with a spectacular fireworks display.

baytown.org/778/4th-of-july-celebration

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 3-4

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the racetrack. After the last horse race, stay to enjoy a 20-minute firework show choreographed to music.

lonestarpark.com

Plano

Patriotic Concert

July 3

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

It’s time to strike up the band and celebrate America. The Plano Community Band Patriotic performs compositions for a patriotic concert in Haggard Park in Downtown Plano Historic Arts District.

visitplano.com/event/patriotic-concert-2024

Seguin

Fireworks Fiesta

July 3

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

The night sky lights up with a fireworks display. The best views are from Starcke Park and the surrounding area. This should be the biggest show Seguin has ever seen, so you don’t want to miss it.

visitseguin.com

San Angelo

Holiday Salutes at Fort Concho

July 4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

Fort Concho puts on a patriotic display with hourly artillery salutes to mark the nation’s 248th birthday. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

fortconcho.com

New Braunfels

Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Downtown New Braunfels, South Castell Avenue

Celebrate America’s birthday in downtown New Braunfels with an old-fashioned, small-town parade followed by a short patriotic musical program provided by the New Braunfels Community Band on the Main Plaza. Wear your most star-spangled attire and bring the family and lawn chairs.

sophienburg.com/event/4thofjulyparade/?event_date=2022-07-04

Junction

Fireworks Display

July 4

Junction Texas City Park, North Second Street

See a fireworks display on the banks of the Llano River.

junctiontexas.com

Giddings

Fireman’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Fireman’s Park, 2495 SH 290 West

Start with a lazy day in the park at Fireman’s Park, as the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department cooks up some delicious barbecue at their fundraiser. Then, bid on some great items at their annual auction. In the evening, you can trek over to the rodeo arena next door for the Fury on the Fourth Championship Bull Riding event. Afterwards, return to the park for a spectacular fireworks display.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Austin

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

July 4

Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive

The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

austinsymphony.org

Bee Cave

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration

July 4

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Let freedom ring with a dog-friendly day full of shopping, music, barbecue, family fun, and fireworks.

hillcountrygalleria.com

Austin

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic

July 4

Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Place

Created in 1972 by Willie himself, this Independence Day celebration features incredible live music acts and a fireworks show.

austinfc.com/stadium

The Colony

Liberty by the Lake

July 4

The Athletic Club, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Celebrate the birth of America’s freedom with patriotic festivities and a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages including a fun run/walk, 5K, 10K, live music, a parade, and a fireworks display set to patriotic music.

thecolonytx.gov/609/liberty-by-the-lake

Sweetwater

Sparks in the Park

July 4

Newman Park, 100 Jack Hazzard Drive

The fireworks show for Nolan County starts at dark and lights up the sky with spectacular bursts of color.

sweetwatertexas.org

South Padre Island

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

South Padre Island Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks show over the bay.

sopadre.com/event/4th-of-july-fireworks/1732

Beach Parade

July 4

Beach Access #4—Beach Circle, 2100 Gulf Blvd.

Kick off the Fourth of July with a parade on the beach.

sopadre.com/event/spi-beach-parade/1731

Corpus Christi

Mayor’s Big Bang Celebration

July 4

Corpus Christi Bayfront

Corpus Christi is hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration with a bang. Families and friends can experience a fireworks show, festivities, and food trucks. The fireworks show takes place along the waters of the Corpus Christi Bay.

visitcorpuschristi.com/big-bang

Wimberley

Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Downtown Wimberley , 100 Wimberley Sqaure

See a small-town patriotic parade through the downtown streets of Wimberley.

wimberley.org

Hearne

Fourth of July in the Park

July 4

Eastside Park, 405 Norwood Lane

Spend the Fourth of July at Eastside Park. Family fun includes food and craft vendors, and fireworks start at dark.

Lubbock

Fourth on Broadway

July 4

Mackenzie Park , 301 I-27

For nearly 35 years, Fourth on Broadway has been an area event that people look forward to every year. Since its humble beginnings by a committee of downtown churches in 1991, the event has become a go-to summer celebration for thousands of West Texans. This year’s theme is “United We Stand,” and festivities include a parade, Picnic in the Park, fishing tournament, eating contests, a kids’ area, concerts, and fireworks set to patriotic music.

broadwayfestivals.com

Snyder

Independence Day Celebration

July 4

Towle Park, 3000 Towle Park Road

Snyder pulls out all the stops for Independence Day. It’s a big celebration with vendors, music, fireworks, and fun. Admission is free.

Columbus

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Columbus Municipal Golf Course, 141 Veterans Drive

On the Fourth of July, there is a fireworks display on the Columbus Municipal Golf Course. The city pool is also free of charge from 5-9 p.m.

columbustexas.org

Fredericksburg

Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Main Street , 100 Main St.

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 many. The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. and heads east on Main Street to the National Museum of the Pacific War. It then makes a U-turn and goes west on Main all the way to Bowie Street. Bring your lawn chairs for a great seat or use the tailgate of your pickup to enjoy. There is a free patriotic program following the parade at Martkplatz.

fbgtxparade.org

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

The city of Fredericksburg hosts a fireworks show to celebrate our country’s independence. Multiple viewing areas are available inside the park and at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for seating.

fbgtx.org

Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s Fourth

July 4

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.

The annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration, one of North Texas’ biggest Independence Day events, returns to Panther Island Pavilion. Kids’ activities, live music, and a Texas-sized fireworks show keep you entertained throughout the evening.

fortworthsfourth.com

Odessa

Firecracker Fandango

July 4

Downtown Odessa, 500 N. Grant Ave.

Celebrate the Fourth with an evening of live music, local vendors, food trucks, and a children’s area. The event ends with a fireworks display.

downtownodessatx.com

Temple

Fourth of July Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show

July 4

Crossroads Park, 1020 Research Parkway

Celebrate Independence Day with the city of Temple at the 26th annual H-E-B All American Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Park guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets for viewing one of the greatest fireworks shows in Central Texas.

templeparks.com

Alpine

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Kokernot Municipal Park, 1500 Fighting Buck Ave.

Alpine celebrates Independence Day with the annual parade, car show, live music, and fireworks. There’s also Alpine Cowboys baseball and outdoor theater. This year, civic groups are investigating and reviving past Alpine traditions for the holiday.

Georgetown

Sertoma’s Fourth of July

July 4

San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St.

The Sertoma Club rings in the Fourth with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine vendor, petting zoo, food, classic and antique cars, games, rides for children and adults, and fireworks. Admission is free.

georgetown4th.org

Plainview

Red, White, and Moo Milk Festival and Parade

July 4

Hale County Courthouse, 500 Broadway St.

Organized by the Red, White, and Moo Committee, which consists of local dairies including Grand View Dairy, Fox Dairy, Legacy Farms, Dairy Fountain, and Descanso Dairy, the Red, White, and Moo Milk Festival and Parade includes a parade down Broadway Street, music, bounce houses, mobile dairy classrooms, a petting zoo, face painting, food trucks, and free ice cream, milk, and cheese.

Chappell Hill

Independence Day Parade

July 4

Downtown Chappell Hill

Celebrate our nation’s independence with the “biggest little small town parade” in Texas in downtown Chappell Hill. It includes a marching kazoo band and many fun entries.

chappellhilltx.com

Rockdale

Sesquicentennial Celebration

July 4-15

Various locations

It’s Rockdale’s 150th Birthday and everyone is invited to enjoy 12 days of festivities that celebrate the city’s past and future. Events kick off with a July Fourth Drone Light Show at Fair Park. Other highlights include a community parade, car show, quilt exhibition, community art exhibition, a heritage celebration at The 1895, historic walking tours, live music, family activities, historical presentations, and vendors. The festival wraps up with a costumed Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner and Dance featuring Kenny Orts.

rockdale150.com

Rockport

July Fourth Patriotic Boat Parade and Fireworks

July 4

Little Bay at Rockport Beach

Get in a patriotic mood watching the boat parade that gets underway at noon—the best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay or directly across from the north end of Rockport Beach. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark later in the evening.

rockport-fulton.org

Bandera

Fourth of July Parade and Barbecue

July 4

American Legion Post 410, 127 Legion Drive, Lakehills

American Legion Post 410 in Lakehills hosts this Fourth of July event that includes a parade in the morning followed by a barbecue meal and live music with the B-17s featuring Frank Castro.

banderacowboycapital.com/events/2024/4th-of-july-parade--bbq

Pet Parade

July 4

Bandera City Park, 173 Main St.

Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League, Inc. presents its 28th annual Pet Parade. Dress up your pets and join other participants in the parade. Categories for the judging contest include Best Creative Costume and Best in Show.

ccpalrescue.org

Amarillo

Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo

July 4-6

Will Rogers Range Riders Arena, 8829 FM 1541

Will Rogers Range Riders, founded in the late 1930s, is the oldest continually operating riding club in the country. The organization hosts a variety of events including ropings, mounted shootings, and trail rides. The largest event is the annual rodeo held over the Fourth of July weekend that features live music, mutton busting, and a United Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo.

wrrangeriders.com

The Woodlands

Red, Hot, and Blue Festival

July 4

Various locations

Enjoy a variety of activities at Town Green Park, Northshore Park, Rob Fleming Park, Hughes Landing, and Waterway Square. All sites feature live music in the evening with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza. Some locations offer concessions and kids’ activities like face painting and balloon art.

visitthewoodlands.com/events/patriotic/fourth-of-july

Boerne

Independence Day Fireworks

July 4

Boerne City Park, 106 City Park Road

The annual Boerne Independence Day fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. and is scheduled to last 20-25 minutes. Prime viewing is available at the Kendall County Fairgrounds and Champion High School.

boerneparks.com

Flag Run 5K

July 4

Show your American pride by wearing red, white, and blue and bringing a flag for this Fourth of July run. Each runner receives a T-shirt and finisher medal. Food, drinks, music, aid stations, and timing are available at the run, which begins and ends at Main Plaza.

runsignup.com/race/tx/boerne/flagrun5k

Galveston

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Galveston Seawall

Celebrate the long weekend with a parade along the seawall and traditional fireworks over the Gulf.

visitgalveston.com

Kerrville

Fourth on the River

July 4

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Head to Kerrville for the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration consisting of a concert, vendors, and the largest fireworks display in the Texas Hill Country.

kerrvilletx.gov

Jefferson

Jefferson Salutes America

July 4

Various locations

Come to Jefferson to partake in an old-fashioned celebration of the country’s birthday. Activities at Ostott Park include a kids’ parade, a homemade ice cream contest, a cake and pie auction, games, and live music. At night, the grand finale fireworks show goes off over the Big Cypress Bayou by the LED-lighted historical bridge.

visitjeffersontexas.com/jefferson-texas-events

Freeport

Fishin’ Fiesta

July 4-7

Freeport Municipal Park, 421 N. Brazosport Blvd.

Since 1947, anglers have been drawn to this fishing tournament in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish. Along with fishing, the Fiesta has games, food, live entertainment, dances, arts and crafts, and a fireworks display on Saturday night. The tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories.

fishinfiesta.com

Plano

All-American Fourth

July 4

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

Celebrate Independence Day at this family-friendly event. Come enjoy the kids’ zone and a fireworks show. Vendors have food and beverages available for purchase. Blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome, but please leave all pets at home.

visitplano.com/event/planos-all-american-4th-2024

Seguin

Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Crowds of flag-waving people line Austin Street for the annual parade. The floats roll past the crowd, estimated to exceed 10,000. There are more than 100 parade entries including floats from local businesses, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and other participants.

visitseguin.com

Corsicana

Freedom Fest

July 4

IOOF Park, 3440 W. Second Ave.

Head to Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Park for a star-spangled celebration and a day filled with family fun, kids’ games, mouthwatering dishes at food trucks, live music, and an awe-inspiring fireworks show at night.

visitcorsicana.com

Nacogdoches

Freedom Fest

July 4

Festival Park, 507 S. Pecan St.

The annual Fourth of July celebration features fireworks, food trucks, and vendors. Bring the whole family for this locally loved event.

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

Granbury

Hometown Fourth of July: 50 Golden Years

July 4-7

Downtown, Historic Granbury Square

Granbury Chamber presents the city’s 50th annual Fourth of July celebration. For four days, the historic square of Granbury comes alive with vendors offering souvenirs, handmade crafts, food, and other goods. The highlight of the festivities is the Fourth of July parade, a tradition that kicks off the event with colorful floats, marching bands, and community organizations. The sun sets on the evening with a fireworks display that lights up the night sky over Lake Granbury.

granburychamber.com

Houston

Freedom Over Texas

July 4

Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou

Houston’s official July Fourth celebration offers a live concert featuring a nationally known and recognized recording artist, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the United States.

visithoustontexas.com

Austin

Austin Symphony Orchestra July Fourth Concert and Fireworks

July 4

Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive

Celebrate Independence Day with the largest fireworks display in the city. Now part of the inaugural Star-Spangled Fest, this event is free and open to the public. Live music starts at 5 p.m., and then the Austin Symphony Orchestra begins playing at 8:45 p.m. before the fireworks begin.

starspangledfest.com/july-4

Terrell

FreedomFest

July 4

Terrell Municipal Airport, 400 E. British Flying School Blvd.

Celebrate the Fourth with food vendors, a kids’ area, and a fireworks show.

discoverterrell.com

Horseshoe Bay

Fourth of July Weekend

July 4-7

Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Cir N.

Start the weekend by watching spectacular fireworks over Lake LBJ on Thursday night, then tee off amidst breathtaking scenery at one of the Southwest’s premier golf destinations or unwind by the pool or lakeside, with boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing. Wind down on Friday and Saturday night with complimentary live concerts on the lawn with performances by country artist Matt Caldwell (Friday) and the electrifying Moses Snow paying tribute to Elvis Presley (Saturday).

hsbresort.com/july-fourth

New Braunfels

Bailey Zimmerman in Concert

July 5-6

Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306

As a spellbinding storyteller, sharp songwriter, powerhouse performer, and platinum-certified phenomenon, Bailey Zimmerman has surged to the forefront of 21st century country music and pop culture. His story has personified the American dream from the start, and he’ll share its exciting next chapter with the release of his full-length album.

whitewaterrocks.com

“Legally Blonde”

July 5-28

The Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth St.

Meet Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. As Elle starts to excel in the law program, she becomes a part of the defense team for exercise queen Brooke Wyndham’s murder trial. Though everyone else seems to doubt her, Elle manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

circleartstheatre.org

Temple

First Friday: Americana

July 5

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. This month’s event has a patriotic theme.

downtowntemple.com

Alpine

“Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood”

July 5-28

Kokernot Outdoor Theatre, 1104 Loop Road

Theatre of the Big Bend presents a production of Ken Ludwig’s swashbuckling adventure. Packed with thrills, romance, laughter, and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be.

theatrebigbend.org

Bandera

FatBoyz Cruise-In Car Show

July 5

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

Held on the first Friday of the month, this car show features custom autos, rods, classics, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, special interest, and vintage vehicles of all kinds.

banderacowboycapital.com

Kerrville

Open Pro Rodeo

July 5-6

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Lester Meier Rodeo Company presents a full rodeo with exciting events including bareback and saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, ladies barrel racing, bull riding, calf scramble, and mutton busting for the kids.

facebook.com/lestermeierrodeoco

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

July 5-Aug. 3

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Three different art exhibits are on display Tuesday through Saturday: Robert and JoAnne Spencer’s “Watercolors;” a fiber arts exhibit; and “Hometown Crafts Teacher’s Show,” an exhibit featuring the work of local teachers, sponsored by Hometown Crafts and Gifts. An artist reception takes place in the afternoon on July 13.

kacckerrville.com

Brenham

First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market

July 5

Baylor and Park streets

Shop for fresh, local foods and products at this open-air market. Find artisan, cottage food, farm-to-market, small business, and retail vendors. There’s also live musical performances located in historic downtown Brenham.

downtownbrenham.com

Edinburg

Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks In Edinburg

July 6

Ebony Hill’s Golf Course, 300 W. Palm Drive

Texas Cook’Em High Steaks is back. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet, featuring top musical acts, a fireworks show, Freedom SkyDive Jump, and, of course, one of the best steak barbecue cookoffs in Texas.

edinburg.com/texas-cookem-high-steaks-in-edinburg/

Giddings

Fury on the Sixth Championship Bull Riding

July 6

Lee County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 West

Enjoy some championship bull riding at Fury on the Sixth. Brave cowboys and powerful bulls provide excitement, and you can cheer for the youngsters as they take on mutton bustin’. The event is followed by a dance.

lcspgiddings.com

Rockport

Art Festival

July 6-7

Rockport Festival Grounds, 1500 E. Laurel St.

Founded in 1969 as a way to stimulate the arts economy in Rockport, an emerging art colony on the Texas Gulf Coast, the Rockport Art Festival has since become a staple of the summer season on the coast, with over 120 artists selling their work to over 10,000 art buyers.

rockportartcenter.com/artfest

Temple

Family Day: National Parks

July 6

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Our national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country. From Yellowstone to the Petrified Forest, America’s national parks protect over 85 million acres. Join along for a fun day of crafts and activities and learn about the amazing national parks right here in Texas.

templeparks.com

Brenham

Hot Nights Cool Tunes Concerts

July 6-27

Downtown Brenham

Have a cool time in downtown Brenham with the sounds of live music provided by a different stage band each Saturday night.

downtownbrenham.com

Bandera

Market Day

July 6

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters

July 6-27

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

July 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Chuck Wagon Dinner and Show

July 6-27

Flying L Ranch and Resort, 675 Flying L Drive

A barbecue dinner with all the fixins’, live country music, dancing, and Western entertainment are part of the fun at this chuckwagon dinner and show on Saturday evenings.

flyingl.com

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

July 6-27

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

July 6-27

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

Black Rifle Block Party

July 6

Black Rifle Coffee Company, E. San Antonio Ave.

Black Rifle Coffee Company and its neighbors host this old-fashioned block party. Enjoy live music, food and drink, and a car show.

blackriflecoffee.com/retail/boerne-texas

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

July 6-27

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

Allen

Auspicious Rath Yatra Celebration

July 6

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas, 1450 N. Watters Road

Embark on a sacred journey with Radha Krishna Temple’s Rath Yatra, a vibrant and spiritual chariot festival that celebrates devotion and community. Join devotees in a procession of faith and jubilation, pulling a divine chariot through the streets of Allen.

radhakrishnatemple.net/spiritual-retreat-family-camp

Bandera

Morning Ride with Cowboy Breakfast

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Major Hope Corral, 749 Old Medina Highway

Join Bandera Historical Rides for a Sunday morning cowboy breakfast and horseback ride at Major Hope Corral, a horse rescue center outside of Bandera.

banderahistoricalrides.com

New Braunfels

Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy

July 8

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre , 290 W. San Antonio St.

Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy offers a thrilling journey through the cosmos. Students ages 8-12 explore the wonders of the universe, train like an astronaut, get hands-on experience with real space technology, and experience the excitement of STEM and space exploration.

brauntex.org

Mesquite

Art Exhibitions

July 8-Sept. 20

Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center presents two exhibitions featuring works by Dallas-based artists Marc Dominus, who uses found objects to “manipulate paints into layers of shape, color, and texture,” and Alec DeJesus, whose paintings and murals have been on display and seen around Big D since his move to Texas from Illinois in 2018.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Lampasas

Spring Ho

July 8-14

Various locations

Founded in 1972, the annual Spring Ho was first held the second full weekend in July, but through the years has grown into a weeklong event. Festivities include live music, shops by the creek, entertainment for kids and families, a fireworks show, and a parade.

springho.com

Port Aransas

Deep Sea Roundup

July 11-14

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

Dating back to the 1930s, the Deep Sea Roundup is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast. The fish categories remain the same, following the Texas and federal fishing guidelines. This is a tournament for all who wish to participate—men, women, and youth—with trophies given out to first, second and third place in the guided and amateur divisions. Weigh-in for all divisions is at the Fred Rhodes Pavilion in Roberts Point Park.

deepsearoundup.org

San Angelo

In Conversation: Will Wilson Exhibit

July 11-Sept. 15

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

The exhibit features the work of contemporary Navajo (Diné) photographer Will Wilson, together in a dialogue with the work of Edward Curtis, best known for his portfolios of romanticized photos published as “The North American Indian” (1907-1930).

samfa.org

Ingram

“Charlotte’s Web”

July 11, 13, 19, 21, 26

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The classic children’s story about friendship, courage, and self-sacrifice comes to life on the outdoor stage at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. The play runs on different nights from the other children’s production, “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

hcaf.com

Midland

Celebration of the Arts

July 12-14

Bush Convention Center, 105 N. Main St.

Celebration of the Arts is organized by the Arts Council of Midland and is the cornerstone fine art and craft event in the Permian Basin. It’s the longest running downtown event in Midland, and hosts local entertainers, nonprofit organizations, family activities, and special events throughout the weekend.

acmidland.org

Austin

Zilker Summer Musical

July 12-Aug. 17

Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive

Pack a picnic and enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater. The outdoor theatre troupe hosts live performances Thursdays through Sundays.

zilker.org

South Padre Island

Ron Hoover Fishing Tournament

July 12-13

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Anglers compete in an exciting bay tournament, with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish of the Rio Grande Valley.

sopadre.com/event/ron-hoover-fishing-tournament/1733

Amarillo

La Mafia in Concert

July 12

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

La Mafia makes its Starlight Ranch debut with an outdoor show on the main stage. Texas-born founding members Oscar De La Rosa and Armando Lichtenberger Jr. have led the group to make it one of the most influential acts in Latin music, with artists like Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle covering their hit songs.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Ingram

“The Velveteen Rabbit”

July 12, 18, 20, 25, 27

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Hill Country Arts Foundation presents the story of a stuffed rabbit who is given to a child at Christmas and told that if he is loved enough, he’ll become real. When the child falls ill, the toy is to be thrown away but is given a new life and a new view of reality. The play runs on different nights from the other children’s production, “Charlotte’s Web.”

hcaf.com

Summer ArtMart

July 12-Aug. 9

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The Summer ArtMart is a handcrafted art show and sale that features the handiwork of crafters and artisans from around the state.

hcaf.com/2024-exhibits

Clute

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

July 12-14, 19-21

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This stage production takes you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The show was adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and is based on the children’s motion picture starring Dick Van Dyke.

brazosportcenter.org

Laredo

International Sister Cities Festival

July 12-14

Sames Auto Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd.

Celebrating its 20th year, this festival transforms an arena into an indoor mercado featuring artisans from all over Mexico selling a variety of native products including leather goods, home décor, jewelry, clothing, food and candies.

visitlaredo.com

Weatherford

Parker County Peach Festival

July 13

Downtown, 1 Courthouse Square

The 39th annual Parker County Peach Festival, held in historic downtown Weatherford, invites visitors to indulge in peachy treats including homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches, or just plain ol’ juicy peaches. There’s nonstop entertainment and activities for the entire family with a food competition, vendors and store specials, and two stages featuring local talent. Around 2,200 cyclists participate in the Peach Pedal Bike Ride as well.

peachfestivaltx.com

Grapevine

1920s Era Ice Cream Social

July 13

Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Join in for a relaxing social evening of ice cream and Victorian lawn games. The Grapevine Cornet Band accompanies the evening with old-time music. Lawn chairs, quilts, and picnics are welcome.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/ice-cream-social-at-nash-farm/38710

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

July 13-14

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin’s famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Lampasas

Toughest 10K in Texas 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

July 13

Lampasas Middle School—Bozarth Fowler Gym, 902 S. Broad St.

Runners come from all over the United States to attend this race, which is in its 44th year and held during the annual Lampasas Spring Ho Festival. Hosted by the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce, the proceeds from this race get put back into the community. The race starts and finishes at Lampasas Middle School. All races are timed and scored, and medals are given in a variety of categories. The race also features a 5K and a 1-mile fun run.

lampasaschamber.org

Rockdale

Heritage Celebration at The 1895

July 13

The 1895, 140 W. Cameron Ave.

Celebrate the community’s history through this interactive event entwining art and music. View an exhibit of murals highlighting individuals and aspects of Rockdale’s history and accomplishments. Experience live music and performances which honor the community’s cultural history, and learn more about Rockdale’s colorful past through interactive historical essays and walking tours.

visionrockdale.org

Mesquite

Texas Haunters Convention

July 13-14

Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive

Taking over more than 55,000 square feet of space, this convention aimed at Halloween and cosplay enthusiasts offers a large variety of family-friendly vendors, demonstrations, and classes.

texashauntersconvention.com

Kerrville

Texas Gun and Knife Show

July 13-14

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Vendors sell new and used guns, knives, ammunition, coins, jewelry, camping gear, accessories, and other items for hunters, outdoors people, and collectors.

texasgunandknifeshows.com

Plano

Retro Expo

July 13-14

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Shop for hard-to-find vintage and collectible toys, comic books, records, video games, apparel, props, exclusives, and other items.

visitplano.com/event/retro-expo-2024/2024-07-13

Waco

Waco Mac Fest

July 14

Southern Roots Brewing Co., 219 N. Eighth St.

On National Mac and Cheese Day, Roni’s Mac Bar is hosting Waco’s first Mac Fest, a celebration of all things macaroni and cheese. This festival features a variety of local food vendors, live music, activities for kids, outdoor games, and other family-oriented fun.

wacomacfest.com

Independent Film Festival

July 18-21

Waco Hippodrome and Various Locations, 724 Austin Ave.

After 7 years as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, the event has rebranded to become the Waco Independent Film Festival. The three-day festival showcases world-class independent films and discovers Texas talent to spotlight underserved voices.

wacoindie.com

Bandera

Third Thursday Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh

July 18

Bandera Beverage Barn, 1407 SH 16 North

Bring your guitar to play along or simply come to listen. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in.

banderacowboycapital.com

Brenham

Puppy Pals

July 19

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Puppy Pals is not your ordinary dog act. In fact, their unique and creative style earned them a top quarterfinal spot in “America’s Got Talent.” These canines are full of surprises and laugh-out-loud comedy, all while performing spectacular tricks.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Fairfield

Fuzzy PeachFest

July 19-20

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

It’s peach season in Texas and Fairfield celebrates with the Fuzzy Peach Festival. The two-day event includes live music, a street dance, cornhole tournament, vendors, games, food trucks, water fun, and the Little Miss Peach Pageant.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Fredericksburg

Trade Days

July 19-21

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items. The Biergarten is a great place to relax and listen to live music.

fbgtradedays.com

Ennis

Ellis County Creative Quilters’ Quilt Show

July 19-20

Sokol Hall, 2622 SH 34 East

Stop in for quilted masterpieces, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “In the Zen Garden.”

elliscountyquilters.com

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

July 19-21

Rockport Harbor, 100 Sea Breeze Drive

Live music plays throughout the weekend while you peruse over 100 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks and food merchants. There’s seating in the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets. Come join the fun at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor.

facebook.com/rockportmarket

New Braunfels

Puppy Pals

July 20

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre , 290 W. San Antonio St.

Puppy Pals is not your ordinary dog act. In fact, their unique and creative style earned them a top quarterfinal spot in “America’s Got Talent.” These canines are full of surprises and laugh-out-loud comedy, all while performing spectacular tricks.

brauntex.org

Blanco

Market Day

July 20

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from over 70 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home décor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Fredericksburg

Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

July 20-21

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

During the summer season, see exciting live horse racing at the fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick your favorites for quarter horse and thoroughbred racing as well as special races, trials, and futurities.

gillespiefair.com

Wichita Falls

Watermelon Festival

July 20

Downtown Wichita Falls Farmers Market, 713 Ohio Ave.

The 12th annual Watermelon Festival is a great summertime event for all. Have a free slice of watermelon, then use the watermelon rind to throw at the ring toss target. Live music, a farmers market, food, and kids’ activities round out the fun.

farmersmarketwf.com

Kerrville

Heart of the Hills Golf Tournament

July 23-26

Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course, 1 Country Club Drive

For more than 75 years, golfers from around the country and state have competed in this annual 72-hole tournament.

hohkerr.com

Alpine

Viva Big Bend

July 24-28

Various locations

Viva Big Bend’s 13th year features 65-plus shows in a wide range of music genres at more than 12 venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Marathon, and Terlingua.

vivabigbend.com

Brenham

“Treasure Island”

July 25-28

Lu Hollander, 300 Church St.

This tale follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary youth who is drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the treacherous Long John Silver. Excitement runs high in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thrilling story of pirates, treasure maps, and mutiny on the high seas.

unitybrenham.org

Clute

Great Texas Mosquito Festival

July 25-27

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

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

mosquitofestival.com

New Braunfels

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live in Concert

July 26

Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306

Jason Isbell is a storyteller at the peak of his craft and one of the best songwriters of his time. Known for his work with the band The 400 Unit and as a member of the Drive-By Truckers for 6 years (2001-2007), Isbell has won six Grammy Awards. His latest album, “Weathervanes,” is a collection of songs about love, change, the danger of nostalgia, cruelty, regret, and redemption. Hear songs from the new album as well as Isbell’s hits at this show.

whitewaterrocks.com

La Grange

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

July 26-28

La Grange Independent School District Performing Arts Center, 656 E. Travis St.

Fayette County Community Theatre is proud to present this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic work, recreating the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

faycotheatre.com

Giddings

Summer Melodrama Theater

July 26-28

First Assembly of God Church, 1050 N. Orange St.

Cheer the hero and boo the villain in this live performance melodrama for the whole family. See great stories with dashing heroes, beautiful damsels in distress, and comically villainous villains. There’s always a happy ending as the hero rides off into the sunset. Performances are one act and last around an hour. Concessions are available. All performances are free and open to the public.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Grapevine

Summer Wine Train

July 26

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Experience the nightlife onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s second annual Summer Wine Train. The disco-themed two-hour trip includes individually portioned savory bites and two complimentary glasses of wine served in a souvenir glass. Additional wine is available for purchase. Ages 21 and up only.

gvrr.com/special-events/summer-wine-train

Waxahachie

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.”

July 26-28

University Church, 221 Solon Road

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.,” their summer children’s musical. Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks.

waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com

Victoria

“Cinderella”

July 26-Aug. 4

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Based on the classic musical, this modern take on the tale features Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs.

theatrevictoria.org

Baytown

“The Music Man”

July 26-Aug. 4

Lee College Performing Arts Center, 805 W. Texas Ave.

Baytown Little Theater presents a production of “The Music Man” with various showtimes spanning six days. Come and watch Harold Hill as he transforms a small town with his passion for music and love.

baytownlittletheater.org

Naples

Watermelon Festival and Rodeo

July 26-28

Naples Melon Patch and Rodeo Grounds, Front and Floyd streets

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

facebook.com/naplesmelonpatch

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

Edinburg

FridaFest

July 27

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

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

edinburgarts.com

Giddings

Christmas in July Sip and Shop

July 27

The Silos on 77, 1031 CR 223

Capture the Christmas season early at the Christmas in July Sip and Shop. Browse the colorful wares of craft vendors while you sip on a cool beverage as seasonal tunes fill the air. Crafts include woodworking, handicrafts, décor, bath and body products, candles, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and tasty treats.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Corpus Christi

Plumeria Sale

July 27

Jewish Community Center, 750 Everhart Road

Members of the Plumeria Society of South Texas offer propagate cuttings, rooted plants, and potted specimens from personal plants to sell at their annual Plumeria Sale. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit care and upkeep of the plumeria garden at the South Texas Botanical Gardens.

plumeriasocietyofsouthtexas.com

Bowie

July Jam

July 27

Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St.

July Jam highlights championship fiddlers on stage at the Bowie Community Center. There’s also a chicken meal and a silent auction.

Midlothian

Summer Beats

July 27

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Family-friendly outdoor concerts feature a variety of music from country to rock and pop. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Coolers are allowed.

midlothian.tx.us/903/summer-concert-series

Rockport

Rockin’ Rockport Regatta

July 27-28

Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts this annual Texas Sailing Association-sanctioned youth sailing event, where participants must be under 20 to compete. Potentially 90 boats may be entered in this event that brings families to the Rockport area for a summer weekend.

rockportyachtclub.org

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

Galveston

Esports Summit

July 27-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

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

galvestonesports.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

Trade Days Market

July 27

Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St.

Visit this indoor/outdoor shopping event that offers over 100 vendor booths selling handmade crafts, art, clothing, and gifts. There are also local food trucks onsite.

baytowntradedays.com

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

Hearne

Texas Big Paragliding Open Distance

July 28-Aug. 2

Hearne Municipal Airport, FM 485 and Crennan Lane

Watch David Prentice and all the paragliders who embark on the Hearne Municipal Airport. The LoneStar XC Camp is designed for all levels of paraglider pilots who want to improve thermal and XC skills in a low-stress environment.

flycuervo.com/lonestar.cfm

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

Bastrop

Homecoming and Rodeo

July 30-Aug. 3

Mayfest Park, 25 American Legion Drive

Homecoming week brings rodeos, dances, class reunions, a grand parade, food, and a carnival.

bastrophomecomingrodeo.org

South Padre Island

Texas International Fishing Tournament

July 31-Aug. 4

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Anglers compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. Dockside, thousands of spectators turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore.

sopadre.com/event/texas-international-fishing-tournament/1734

Houston

Shakespeare Festival

Aug. 1-10

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Debuting in 1975, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, a collaboration between the city and the University of Houston’s School of Theatre, offers free public performances of the Bard’s works each summer at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. There is seating on the hill and in the covered audience area.

milleroutdoortheatre.com

Tomball

Tomball Night

Aug. 2

Market Street, 100 Market St.

A family-friendly festival ends with a lighted parade and fireworks. Previous festivities have included live entertainment, kids’ activities, food, drinks, shopping, giveaways, vendors, and door prizes.

tomballchamber.org

Temple

First Friday: Summer Sizzle

Aug. 2

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping.

downtowntemple.com

Bandera

FatBoyz Cruise-In Car Show

Aug. 2

Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 North

Held on the first Friday of the month, this car show features custom autos, rods, classics, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, special interest, and vintage vehicles of all kinds.

banderacowboycapital.com

Kerrville

“Shrek The Musical Jr.”

Aug. 2-4

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St

P2K Youth Theater presents this musical. It’s a “big, bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Brenham

First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market

Aug. 2

Baylor and Park streets

Shop for fresh, local foods and products at this open-air market. Find artisan, cottage food, farm-to-market, small business, and retail vendors. There’s also live musical performances located in historic downtown Brenham.

downtownbrenham.com

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

Temple

Family Day: Dig it!

Aug. 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

What is a mummy? Did you know that mummies don’t just come from Egypt? Join in for an archeological adventure through some of the fascinating things found in burial chambers and temples.

templeparks.com

Georgetown

Blazin’ Beer Crawl

Aug. 3

The Georgetown Square, 817 S. Main St.

A self-paced walking event, the Blazin’ Beer Crawl features craft beer tastings inside retail stores and restaurants. Ticket holders get a map of all of the participating locations and can choose which order to sample and visit merchants. Snacks are available at various participating locations. Restaurants have specials for the day, and food trucks are set up for additional options.

mainstreet.georgetown.org/beercrawl

Bandera

Market Day

Aug. 3

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

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

Clute

Planetarium Show

Aug. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23-24, 27, 31

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this planetarium show recreates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and gives viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Showdates vary throughout each month.

brazosportcenter.org

Bandera

Morning Ride with Cowboy Breakfast

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25

Major Hope Corral, 749 Old Medina Highway

Join Bandera Historical Rides for a Sunday morning cowboy breakfast and horseback ride at Major Hope Corral, a horse rescue center outside of Bandera.

banderahistoricalrides.com

South Padre Island

National Lifeguard Championships

Aug. 6-9

Isla Grand Beach Resort, 500 Padre Blvd.

Founded in 1964, the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) is America’s nonprofit, professional association of beach lifeguards and open-water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means. Events include beach runs and sprints, swims, board rescues, and relays.

sopadre.com/event/u-s-national-lifeguard-championships/1735

Bandera

Cowboy Opry

Aug. 6

Silver Sage, 803 Buck Creek

On the first Tuesday of the month, come see Grand Ole Opry-style entertainment at the Silver Sage senior center, with refreshments and door prizes given out at the event.

silversage.org

Port Aransas

Texas Legends Billfish Fishing Tournament

Aug. 7-24

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

This tournament pioneered the concept of a video-release format with points awarded for blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish. It is unique in that once you are registered in the tournament, you may depart from any Texas port. The Port Aransas weigh-in and awards allows fisherman easy access to the natural offshore structure and deep-water rigs for which this area is famous. 

txlegends.com

Dallas

“Jet Fuel”

Aug. 8-26

Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St.

“Jet Fuel” is an original play about sex, gender, and the construct of fairness in elite sports, inspired by the story of Olympic sprinter Caster Semenya.

ci.ovationtix.com/36177/production/1172837

Kerrville

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

Aug. 8-Sept. 7

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Three different art exhibits are on display Tuesday through Saturday: “Art” by Zena Howe; “Images,” a judged membership show; and “PhotoQuest,” the Hill Country Camera Club’s annual members-only photo contest. An artists reception takes place on Aug. 17.

kacckerrville.com

Junction

Rodeo and Dance

Aug. 9-10

Hill Country Fair Association , FM 2169

Held the second weekend in August, the rodeo includes bull riding and nightly dancing.

junctiontexas.com

New Braunfels

The Peddler Show

Aug. 9-11

New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave.

The Peddler Show travels to different Texas cities throughout the year with each show different from the last. Every show offers an entirely unique collection of selected designers, boutiques, and other exclusive vendors from all over for that particular weekend and city.

peddlershow.com

South Padre Island

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

Aug. 9-11

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The first all-ladies tournament in Texas is divided into two divisions: bay and offshore fishing.

sopadre.com/event/ladies-kingfish-tournament/1736

Port Aransas

Majek Owners Tournament

Aug. 9-10

Robert’s Point Park Pavillion, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

The Majek Boats Owners’ Tournament was created to show Majek owners how much they are appreciated as well as bring Majek owners together to show off their boats, meet new friends, and win great prizes including a brand new Majek boat. The fishing tournament gives Majek owners the chance to win the title of the top Majek angler on the Gulf Coast.

majekownerstournament.com

Sonora

Sutton County Days and Sonora Outlaw Rodeo

Aug. 9-10

Sutton County Park and Pavillion, 1600 N. Crockett St.

Two full days of rodeo performances are accompanied by nightly dances, a parade, food, and vendors.

sonoratexas.org

Bastrop

“Treasure Island”

Aug. 9-25

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

“Treasure Island” is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.

bastropoperahouse.org

Alpine

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

Aug. 9-10

S.A.L.E. Rodeo Arena, Paso del Norte Road

Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, this rodeo features brave performances by real working cowboys, a chuckwagon cookoff, and other activities.

bigbendranchrodeo.com

Kerrville

“The Book of Will”

Aug. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St.

“The Book of Will” uses actual history mixed with theatrical magic to tell the tale behind the publication of “The First Folio,” the very first collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Plano

Quilt Plano

Aug. 9-10

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The Quilters Guild of Plano presents this annual quilt show that features hundreds of judged quilts, vendors, and skill sessions. This year’s event highlights over 300 judged quilts and 45-plus vendors from across Texas showcasing fabrics, sewing machines, notions, and other quilt-related items for purchase. Attendees can enjoy a variety of special exhibits, skill demonstrations, hourly door prizes, and mini quilt auctions. The guild’s charity raffle quilt, “Timeless Starburst,” is also on display.

visitplano.com/event/quilt-plano-2024

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

Chappell Hill

Wine and Cheese Crawl

Aug. 10

Downtown Chappell Hill

Grab some friends and cool off with the annual Wine and Cheese Crawl in downtown Chappell Hill. Sample specially selected wines with expertly paired cheeses. Stroll to each shop while sipping and nibbling goodies along the way.

chappellhilltx.com

Lubbock

Bards, Brews, and Brawls

Aug. 10

LHUCA Icehouse, 511 Ave. J

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

lhuca.org/renaissance-faire

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

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

Corsicana

“Red” by John Logan

Aug. 14-17

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Immerse yourself in the intense hues of “Red,” an exhibition by John Logan featuring the artist’s compelling exploration of art, passion, and the human experience.

thewlac.com

Bandera

Third Thursday Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh

Aug. 15

Bandera Beverage Barn, 1407 SH 16 North

Bring your guitar to play along or simply come to listen. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in.

banderacowboycapital.com

Weslaco

Alfresco Weslaco

Aug. 15-Feb. 20

Downtown, South Texas Boulevard

The city of Weslaco hosts Alfresco Weslaco in historic downtown Weslaco every third Thursday of the month starting in August and ending in February. Experience music and art on the street with 80 to 90 vendors, businesses staying open late, and visitors being able to savor the experience of sipping favorite drinks right on the street.

weslacoedc.com

Victoria

Carol Koutnik and Irmgard Geul Exhibits

Aug. 16-Oct. 5

The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

Carol Koutnik’s work is about experiencing a world of diverse places and cultures. She pulls inspiration from exploring the growth patterns and colors of gardens. Irmagard Geul creates stories and adventures with “embroidery paintings,” a self-explored technique where she applies embroidery and stitching over acrylic paintings on paper, to create depth and a visual perspective.

navemuseum.org

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

Aug. 16-18

Rockport Harbor, 100 Sea Breeze Drive

Live music plays throughout the weekend while you peruse over 100 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks and food merchants. There’s seating in the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets. Come join the fun at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor.

facebook.com/rockportmarket

Ingram

“Promises, Promises”

Aug. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31; Sept. 1

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

“Promises, Promises” is a musical with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and a book by Neil Simon. It is based on the 1960 film “The Apartment” written by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond about a junior executive at an insurance company who seeks to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts.

hcaf.com

Denton

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

Aug. 16-24

North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

The 96th annual fair and rodeo features nine day of entertaining activities including country music concerts, first-class rodeos, livestock shows, kids’ and fun zones, a carnival, parade, and other attractions.

discoverdenton.com

Pampa

PampaFest

Aug. 17

Downtown Pampa, 100 S. Cuyler St.

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

pampafest.com

Brenham

Peter, Paul, and Mary Tribute Concert

Aug. 17

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

This tribute group brings back the American folk music revival phenomenon when Peter, Paul, and Mary’s music and messages were so important to our culture. The original Peter, Paul, and Mary took over the social commentary of folk music in the 1960s, and their nonstop hits made them a worldwide sensation. The Peter, Paul, and Mary tribute show brings back the same great music and messages that are still so relevant in our world today, with impeccable accuracy to the authentic look, feel, and sound of the original group.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Blanco

Market Day

Aug. 17

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from over 70 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home décor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Aug. 17-18

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin’s famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Jefferson

Texas UFO Con

Aug. 17

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

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

facebook.com/texasufocon

Fredericksburg

Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 22-25

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

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

gillespiefair.com

Austin

PBR Team Series—Gambler Days

Aug. 23-25

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

An action-packed team bull riding competition features the most exciting 8 seconds in sports with some of the world’s best bull riders and the local Austin Gamblers.

pbr.com/events/gambler-days

Port Aransas

Texas Women Anglers Tournament

Aug. 23-25

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

The Texas Women Anglers Tournament is a women-only, family-run fishing tournament held every summer in Port Aransas. It was founded in the 1980s with the mission to raise funds for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now named The Purple Door. In 1989, 18 boats registered for the tournament with over 50 women anglers. Today, an average of 70 boats and over 400 women anglers gather in Port Aransas to fish the tournament.

texaswomenanglers.org

Fredericksburg

Gillespie County Fair Parade

Aug. 23

Main Street, 100 Block of West Main Street

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

gillespiefair.com

Ingram

“Fertile Ground” Art Exhibit

Aug. 23-Sept. 20

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

See Hill Country Arts Foundation’s annual juried exhibit that features a range of works by talented artists. This year’s theme is “Landscapes of the Mind.”

hcaf.com

Mckinney

MillHouse Summer ArtFest

Aug. 24-25

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Beat the summer heat at an indoor art festival. Explore juried art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Food by Flaming Grill Barbecue and drinks by Amazing Bartending Services are available. White Box Roastery is open with coffee, tea, pastries, and snacks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Dinosaurs Live!

Aug. 24-Feb. 17

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Encounter the 46-foot-tall T. rex and new life-sized animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the annual exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar. An outdoor fossil dig is available for kids. The dinosaur trail is great for jogging strollers, but not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs.

heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live

Pleasanton

Cowboy Heritage Days

Aug. 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

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

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

Galveston

Galveston Island Wine Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd

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

galvestonislandwinefestival.com

Corpus Christi

Parker McCollum in Concert

Aug. 31

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Singer/songwriter Parker McCollum makes his return to American Bank Center on his “Burn it Down” tour with special guest Corey Kent.

ticketmaster.com/event/3A005F49D6ED28D6

Austin

The Front Fest

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Various locations

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

thefrontfest.com

Fredericksburg

Redbud Artisan Market

Aug. 31

Market Square, 100 block of West Main Street

More than 40 Texan artisans display their original art. Find pottery, woodworking, jewelry, glass art, metal art, paintings, and stained glass.

facebook.com/redbud-artisan-market-376852969327182

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

Allen

PlantCon Dallas

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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

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

plantcon.org

Hamilton

Hamilton County Dove Festival

Sept. 1

Hamilton Historic Main Street, Downtown

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

hamiltontexaschamberofcommerce.com

Seguin

Temple

“Hemingway in Comics”

Sept. 3-Oct. 19

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Hemingway is often portrayed as the hypermasculine legend: bearded, boozed up, and ready to throw a punch. But just as often, comic book writers see past the bravado to the person, grappling with his own demons. “Hemingway in Comics” provides a unique and entertaining lens for considering one of America’s most influential authors.

templeparks.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

Austin

Texas Tribune Festival

Sept. 5-7

Downtown Austin, 919 Congress Ave.

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

tribfest.org

Red Dot Art Spree

Sept. 5-23

Women and Their Work, 1311 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Shop a wide range of art from painting and sculpture to video and photo, created by artists who live and work in the community and beyond. There are over 150 artworks available. Add delicious appetizers, cocktails, a photo booth, and music, and you’ve got a party.

womenandtheirwork.org/upcoming/reddot24

Dallas

Katy 5K

Sept. 5

Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave.

The Katy 5K takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Dallas, including Turtle Creek, Uptown, and the Katy Trail. Post race, celebrate at the Picnic Party with live entertainment, free Michelob Ultra (ages 21 and over), free food from over 30 local eateries, sponsor swag, and selfie stations.

katytraildallas.org/5k

Wimberley

Art Crawl

Sept. 5

Downtown Wimberley, 100 Wimberley Square

Every first Thursday of the month, join along for an art crawl to all of Wimberley’s art galleries with live music, food and drinks, and fun.

gallerytrail.com/blank

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.

Rowlett

Friday Night Grooves

Sept. 6-27

Downtown Rowlett Green, 4001 Main St.

Every Friday in September, see live performances that make you move and groove to the rhythm. Whether you’re a fan of soulful tunes, rocking beats, or toe-tapping melodies, there’s a lineup of talented musicians ready to set the stage on fire.

rowletttx.gov/1430/friday-night-grooves-on-main

Dallas

Chocolate Festival

Sept. 6-8

Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave.

What started in 2009 as a simple event featuring two bean-to-bar chocolate makers has exploded into one of the “must do” events for Dallas foodies. Featuring chocolate samples from industry innovators the world over, the event now gives visitors a first-hand taste into all things chocolate, from the harvesting process to the beautiful packaging.

dallaschocolate.org

Austin

Zilker Relays

Sept. 6

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road

In this 10-mile team race, each participant runs a 2.5 mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is not unique, but the combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks, and music make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages.

austinrunners.org/zilker-relays

Bronco in Concert

Sept. 6

Bass Concert Hal, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Hailing from Apodaca, Mexico, the sensational two-time Latin Grammy-nominated band is throwing on their cowboy boots and spectacularly embroidered jumpsuits to hit the road for the Bronco 45 Tour. Bronco mixes traditional norteño sounds with elements of pop and modern instruments, and has multiple chart-topping hits.

texasperformingarts.org

Corpus Christi

MusicWalk Festival

Sept. 6-7

Chaparral Street

Celebrate the city’s designation as a “Music Friendly Texas Certified Community” with the second annual MusicWalk, which features more than 60 musicians across 22 outdoor stages and multiple venues.

Temple

First Friday: Harvest

Sept. 6

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. September’s theme is Harvest.

downtowntemple.com

Alpine

First Friday Song Swap

Sept. 6-Nov. 1

Far West Guitars, 114 N. Sixth St.

Players of all skill and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to share their music with each other in a monthly music circle in the courtyard behind Far West Guitars.

facebook.com/p/far-west-guitars-100086302976608

Cedar Park

The Wailers in Concert

Sept. 6

Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive

Iconic reggae band The Wailers celebrates two significant milestones: the anniversary of Bob Marley’s popular album, “Legend,” and the release of the eagerly awaited biopic, “Bob Marley: One Love.” Fans are treated to a unique blend of nostalgia and contemporary reggae rhythms. Haute Spot is an outdoor venue with heaters, food, and drinks.

hautespotlive.com/thewailers

Midlothian

Autumn Beats Concert Series

Sept. 7, Oct.5, Nov. 2

Midlothian Community Park, Art Pierard Memorial Amphitheater, 3601 S. 14th St.

These family-friendly outdoor concerts are held in the evenings. Food for purchase is available, and outside food, drinks, and coolers are allowed. Bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. There is ample free parking.

midlothian.tx.us/autumnbeats

Luling

Luling Foundation Youth Grill-Off

Sept. 7

Luling Foundation Farm, 523 S. Mulberry St.

Get your grill on for a youth beef burger competition. Youth in grades 3-12 compete in a creative burger grill-off. Beef and grills are provided.

lulingfoundation.org

Brenham

Liverpool Legends in Concert

Sept. 7

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Hand-picked by the late George Harrison’s sister, these actors/musicians won Branson’s Best Band, Best Show, Best Tribute Show, and Visitors’ Choice Entertainer of The Year. The group of four plays plays Beatles hits from all eras and has toured all over the world with sold-out shows.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Southlake

Celebrate Southlake

Sept. 7

Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St.

Celebrate Southlake’s birthday with fellow area residents. Local organizations, community groups, and nonprofits are the heart of this event. There’s a cake contest, activity booths, live entertainment, and food vendors.

visitsouthlaketexas.com/events/special-events-7/celebrate-southlake

New Braunfels

Donny Edwards: Tribute to the King

Sept. 7

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St.

Donny Edwards is the only Elvis tribute artist to have been granted permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform his show on the estate grounds of Graceland. His humility, charm, and southern manner, coupled with his uncanny sound and appearance, makes you feel as if you are watching Elvis Presley live.

brauntex.org

Chappell Hill

Airing of the Quilts

Sept. 7

Downtown Chappell Hill

Step back in time and stroll through Chappell Hill viewing a plethora of quilts. Grandma’s attic full of quilts are all hanging in Chappell Hill for the day. Some quilts are available for sale. There are also kids’ activities.

chappellhilltx.com

Fairfield

Show of Wheels

Sept. 7

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

Celebrate the love of vehicles at this annual show. With over 40 judged classes, you’re sure to find the right fit for your car, truck, or motorcycle. See the Antique Tractor Club’s tractors and enjoy food vendors, live music, raffles, a city-wide garage sale, and the Ladies Poker Stroll.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Mckinney

Jurassic Night Out

Sept. 7

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Experience a night of prehistoric proportions with an adults-only evening under the stars featuring the ‘90s blockbuster, “Jurassic Park.” See iconic dinosaurs on the big screen and in the outdoor amphitheater while being surrounded by life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trail. Feast on food from vendors, and enjoy a selection of beverages.

heardmuseum.org/jurassic-night-out

Lubbock

Buddy’s Birthday Bash

Sept. 7

Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave.

Celebrate Buddy Holly’s birthday with live music, special screenings, and children’s activities. Holly was from Lubbock, and the city still honors its legendary rock ‘n’ roll star.

ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/buddy-holly-center/events

Midlothian

Autumn Beats: The Journey Tribute

Sept. 7

Midlothian Community Park, 3601 S. 14th St.

Bring chairs and a blanket for lawn seating to a Journey tribute show. Food is available for purchase.

midlothian.tx.us/907/autumn-concert-series

Grapevine

ItalianCarFest

Sept. 7

Historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

ItalianCarFest is a prelude to the 38th annual GrapeFest. This is the largest show of premier Italian automobiles in the Southwest. There are more than 90 modern and classic vehicles, from Fiats and Alfa Romeos to Lamborghinis and Ferraris, Maseratis, Siatas, and Lancias. Admission is free. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/italiancarfest/38711

Austin

Bat Fest

Sept. 7

Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave.

Celebrate this batty event as the world’s largest urban bat colony takes flight. About 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard’s Congress Street Bridge, and spectators can see the bats take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, and a costume contest.

roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest

Float Fest

Sept. 7

Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

Float Fest is changing it up this year and hosts a full-day lineup of hip-hop, rap, and pop sets. Headlining artists include Lil Wayne, The Kid Laroi, Jessie Murph, Anella Herim, Preston Wayne, Sadie Rose Van, and DJ Blackbeard.

floatfest.net

Galveston

Galveston Sand Crab Nighttime Beach 5K, 10K, and Kids Mile

Sept. 7

R. A. Appfel East Beach Park , 1923 Boddeker Drive

Bring a headlamp and an adventurous spirit for this run under the stars on Galveston Island’s East Beach. Choose from a 5K or 10K along the water’s edge. The Kids Mile starts in the evening. Finisher medals and race T-shirts are available for all.

runintexas.com/gcrab

Temple

Family Day: Learn to Draw

Sept. 7

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Do you love art? Do you like to doodle and draw? How do you feel about comic books? This Family Day is all about learning to draw and exploring art. While here, check out the museum’s exhibit that inspired this topic: “Hemingway in Comics.”

templeparks.com

Taylor

Heritage Square Farmers Market

Sept. 7

Heritage Square Park, 400 N. Main St.

Held year-round every Saturday in downtown Taylor’s Heritage Square, local produce and products are ripe for the picking. There is live music and food at most markets, too.

heritage_square_farmers_market.mailchimpsites.com

Fredericksburg

Friends of the Pioneer Memorial Library Book Sale

Sept. 7

Marktplatz Pavilion, 100 W. Main St.

The Friends of the Pioneer Memorial Library holds its annual book sale fundraiser. Shop a wide variety of genres at reasonable prices.

fbgtx.org

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

Edinburg

South Texas International Film Festival

Sept. 11-14

Region One Service Center, 1900 W. Schunior St.

Audience members can view local, national, and international films in any genre throughout the festival. They can also look forward to meeting many of the folks who brought these films to life. Check the festival program to see if a film block features a filmmaker Q&A session following the screening. The films are scheduled in blocks, which are groups of films that are the same length and in the same category. The festival also includes workshops, panels, and presentations.

stxiff.com

Grapevine

GrapeFest

Sept. 12-15

Historic Main Street District, 636 S. Main St.

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

grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest

Rowlett

Taste of Fall Markets

Sept. 12-Oct. 31

Downtown Rowlett Green, 4001 Main St.

On Thursday nights, enjoy a delightful evening at the downtown Rowlett Green. Explore a variety of food vendors offering seasonal treats and local favorites. Browse through unique craft stalls showcasing handmade goods and artistic creations.

rowletttx.gov/1911/53551/taste-of-fall-farmers-craft-market

Fort Stockton

Barrio Fest

Sept. 12-15

Fort Stockton Community Theatre , 102 S. Nelson St.

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

fscommunitytheatre.org

Alpine

Trappings of Texas

Sept. 12-14

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

The 38th annual Trappings of Texas includes an opening weekend reception and sale for the nation’s longest-running annual exhibit of premier Western art and custom cowboy gear, with more than 50 artists displaying their works.

museumofthebigbend.com/trappings-of-texas

Nacogdoches

Old Town Rig Down

Sept. 13-14

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

Some of the biggest, baddest rigs in the country are on display in downtown Nacogdoches on the beautiful brick streets. This two-day event features food, games, a live auction, and live music.

facebook.com/oldtownrigdown

Victoria

Viva Texas Film Festival

Sept. 13-15

Various locations, 101 N. Main St.

The festival screens a variety of independent and studio films from different American and Latin American filmmakers while also celebrating Victoria’s unique culture. Special events take place throughout the weekend.

vivatexasfilmfestival.com

Bastrop

“Young Frankenstein the Musical”

Sept. 13-29

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s.

bastropoperahouse.org

Frisco

Catholic Bowl IV

Sept. 14

The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way

Four to six high school football teams from Texas and surrounding states compete in games. Teams start with a private group mass the night before, learn about the September 11th attacks, and compete against like-minded teams.

globalfootball.com

Caldwell

Kolache Festival

Sept. 14

Downtown Caldwell, 100 Buck St.

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

burlesoncountytx.com/kolache-fest

Wichita Falls

Hunting, Fishing, and Farming Expo

Sept. 14-15

MPEC , 1000 Fifth St.

Visit vendors specializing in products and services in the hunting, fishing, and farming industries.

bandlevents.com

Melissa

Road Tribute Festival

Sept. 14

Melissa Road, 1933 Melissa Road

The second annual Road Tribute Festival is a fun-filled afternoon and evening loaded with classic tribute bands, food trucks, and merchandise vendors in the heart of Melissa. There is free admission and parking.

cityofmelissa.com

Victoria

Victoria Symphony Concert: Diva Legends

Sept. 14

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

The Victoria Symphony presents Diva Legends channeling the charisma and charm of some of the greatest legends of disco, pop, and R&B. Relive the songs you know and love with chart-topping hits from Gloria Gaynor, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Alicia Keyes.

victoriasymphony.com

Van

Texas Tea Car Show

Sept. 14

Van Connections Church, 326 W. Main St.

Car enthusiasts can see cars, trucks, rat rods, hot rods, Jeeps, Corvettes, and Mustangs in this car show. There are special awards for vehicles, plus live entertainment and barbecue.

vanareachamber.com

Oil Festival

Sept. 14

Van City Park, 300 VZCR 1527

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

vanareachamber.com

Quanah

Fall Festival

Sept. 14

Downtown Quanah

The annual Fall Festival is a Quanah reunion with visitors coming into town to reminisce around a car show, truck show, tractor show, vendors, food, and museum tours.

facebook.com/quanahchamberofcommerce

Galveston

Johnny Mathis in Concert

Sept. 14

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Celebrating almost 70 years as a recording artist, legendary singer Johnny Mathis is still performing and getting audiences on their feet. Look forward to an incredible evening of songs, from music composed for stage and film to contemporary pop hits.

thegrand.com

San Marcos

Treasure Sale

Sept. 14

Veramendi Park, 400 E. Hopkins St.

Find unique items such as dinnerware, furniture, small appliances, jewelry, décor, quilts, bedding, books, toys, purses, and gently worn clothing items. Entrance is free.

Llano

Llano County Wild Game Dinner

Sept. 14

John L .Kuykendall Events Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152

Show your support for the Llano County 4-H and FFA Youth and savor a distinctive dinner. You can taste alligator, aoudad, axis, blackbuck, elk, frog legs, quail, and white-tail deer. There are also auctions and raffles.

llanowildgamedinner.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

Fall Pecan Street Festival

Sept. 14-15

Historic Sixth Street, 501 Old Pecan St.

See a free arts festival in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. This juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass, and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.

pecanstreetfestival.org

Lewisville

Professional Bull Riding

Sept. 14

Bill Weaver Arena, 101 Parkway Drive

Lewisville’s Professional Bull Riding benefits the veteran’s charity Boot Campaign, which unites Americans to honor and restore the lives of veterans and military families through individualized life-improving programs. Each contestant rides one bull. The top riders advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull ride. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.

visitlewisville.com

Houston

“Habitat”

Sept. 14, 2024-Sept. 13, 2026

Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane

To mark its fourth birthday, the Houston Botanic Garden presents “Habitat.” The exhibit—which incorporates installations created by local artists—explores the central idea of “protecting habitats protects life,” through the lens of the Gulf Coast environment. With thematic sections on topics such as fungi, dead wood, nests, and insects, “Habitat” explores the critical role that many organisms play in creating and sustaining habitats.

hbg.org

Jefferson

Antique Show

Sept. 14

Downtown Jefferson , Austin Street

Jefferson’s streets are closed to traffic to accommodate antique tractors, antique trucks, Model Ts, stationary and working antique engines, antique farm machinery, antique displays depicting blacksmithing, ice-cream making, and corn processing; and swap meet participants with items for sale.

diamonddonempire.com

Port Aransas

Port A Days

Sept. 14-15

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

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

portaransasdays.org

Brenham

Washington County Fair

Sept. 14-21

Washington County Expo , 1305 E. Blue Bell Road

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

washingtoncofair.com

Fredericksburg

Boxstoberfest

Sept. 14

Hangar Hotel, 1455 Airport Road

Boxstoberfest is a low-key weekend filled with fun Porsche events. While geared towards the Boxster, Boxstoberfest welcomes Cayman owners and owners of other Porsche models. The public is welcome to view this large gathering of Porsche vehicles.

visitfredericksburgtx.com/event/boxstoberfest-2024/62457

Rosenberg

Ride to Rosenberg Car Show

Sept. 14

Downtown Rosenberg, 815 Third St.

In historic downtown Rosenberg, see 150 cars dating from the early 1900s to modern times. A DJ plays music all day, and a local band rocks the streets. Food trucks, trophies, door prizes, and local shops are part of the fun.

rosenbergartsalliance.com

Bedford

Concerts on Harwood—Flute Recital by Mehrdad Gholami

Sept. 14

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 2701 Harwood Road

Prominent Iranian-American flutist Mehrdad Gholami performs a solo recital accompanied by pianist Tak Yan Yeung as part of Concerts on Harwood, a classical music concert series. Founded in 2023, Concerts on Harwood brings the joy of live classical music to the neighborhood by featuring first-class performing musicians in concerts four times a year. Admission is free.

emmanuelpc.org/concerts-on-harwood

Fort Worth

Cal Tri Fort Worth

Sept. 15

Marine Creek Field, 2596 Jim Wright Freeway

The Cal Tri Fort Worth has 14 event options where competitors run, bike, and swim various distances. There’s also a free youth sprint for kids ages 7 to 17.

fortworth.californiatriathlon.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 16th-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

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

Snyder

Canyon Gun Club Gun Show

Sept. 19-21

The Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive

At 41 years strong, this is one of the best gun shows around. Lots of vendors are there to help you with all of your firearm questions and needs.

snyderchamber.org/event

Austin

​Fantastic Fest

Sept. 19-26

Various locations

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.

fantasticfest.com

Waco

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Sept. 20-22

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.

Shop with 130 merchants to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place. It’s a great way to knock out much of your holiday shopping in one swoop.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

San Augustine

Chamber of Commerce Rodeo

Sept. 20-21

San Augustine Expo and Fair Grounds, 1109 Oaklawn St.

The annual rodeo has a live band on Saturday night after the festivities, and lots of fun for kids along with tasty concession stand treats.

Grandview

Antique Alley Texas 25th Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 20-22

Antique Alley Texas, 300 E. Criner St.

Since 1999, the Antique Alley Texas festival has occurred on the third weekends of April and September. Rain or shine, the event spans eight communities (Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus, Keene, Joshua, and Waxahachie). Vendors set up in pastures along Farm-to-Market Road 4 between Grandview and Cleburne. Expect food trucks, arts, crafts, antiques, garden items, clothing, home décor, and junker’s delights, including some musical entertainment.

facebook.com/antiquealleytexas

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

Weatherford

Quilter’s Guild of Parker County Quilt Show

Sept. 20-21

Texas Church of God, 2240 Fort Worth Highway

Over 100 quilts are judged in the Quilt Show, and a country store is available to shop for handmade gifts. There is a small quilt auction, a raffle quilt, and vendors.

quiltersguildofparkercounty.org

Sulphur Springs

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Show

Sept. 20-21

ROC, 115 Putman St.

More than 100 quilts are on display at the 23rd annual show. Vendors are present for shopping and there are door prizes for patrons.

sulphurspringstxquilts.com

Cedar Park

Mark Chesnutt in Concert

Sept. 20

Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive

Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic country singer of the first order and some of country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.

hautespotlive.com/chesnutt

New Braunfels

Doug Stone in Concert

Sept. 21

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St.

Doug Stone found his mark in music as a lonesome baritone balladeer, although he was very adept at hard-up-tempo country. The singer of timeless country hits like “A Jukebox with a Country Song” and “In a Different Light” is still performing to fans across the nation.

brauntex.org

Edna

Fall Golf Tournament

Sept. 21

Edna Country Club, 1241 CR 301

Grab a partner and join in the fun of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Golf Tournament. Entry includes green fees, lunch, two mulligans per 18 holes, and three contests. Golf cart rentals are on a first come, first served basis.

jacksoncountytexas.com

Bastrop

Music in the Museum

Sept. 21

Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center, 904 Main St.

Music in the Museum concerts takes place on the third Saturday of every month, offering a unique platform for area artists to share their diverse talents in different genres and to connect with the community. Concerts are free and open to the public.

bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com/copy-of-quarterly-meeting

Mckinney

International Postcard Art Exhibit

Sept. 21-Oct. 11

MillHouse Foundation, 610 Elm St., Suite 1000

The International Postcard Art Exhibit is an annual art exhibition made of hundreds of postcard-sized original artworks organized by a team of volunteers sponsoring a different charity each year. The individual artworks are submitted by artists from around the world. Last year’s exhibit featured art by artists from over 40 countries.

millhousefoundation.org/postcard-art

Buda

Arts Festival

Sept. 21

Inspired Minds Art Center, 121 Main St.

The Buda Arts Festival was created in 2020 to bring the community together outdoors, through art, in a mindful, healing, and celebratory way during a time of social restrictions, fear, and anxiety. Expect live plein-air painting competitions, busking musicians, film screenings, art demos, artisan markets, artist meet-ups, kids’ activities, and dance performances.

budaaf.com

Garland

Fall Music Fest and Guzzler Fun Run

Sept. 21

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

Lace-up those running or walking shoes and race the annual Garland Guzzler 0.5K—a physically undemanding but mentally strenuous race. Head to downtown Garland to cheer on participants, then stick around for the post-race fun, featuring a Fall Music Fest, costume contest, games, and delicious food and craft brews. Costumes are encouraged.

visitgarlandtx.com/guzzler

San Angelo

Yesteryears Revisisted

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.

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100092558891681

Castell

CockARoo Music Fest

Sept. 21

Castell General Store , 19522 W. RR 152

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

facebook.com/groups/142869584063

Blanco

Market Day

Sept. 21

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from over 70 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home décor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Van Horn