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A note regarding COVID-19

Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some events have been postponed or canceled. Please make sure to check the event website, social media, or call ahead to confirm an event is still taking place if you are interested in attending.

Boerne

Art Waddle

May 25

Hill Country Mile, Main Street

The 12th annual Boerne Art Waddle takes place along the Cibolo Creek Trail, providing a relaxed atmosphere with the attributes of a major fine art festival. A self-guided route map provides artist locations, and waddlers have the opportunity to interact with the artists through demonstrations and booth chats in their assigned areas.

eventsoffmain.com/art-waddle

Bandera

Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Rodeo and Parade

May 24-26

Mansfield Park and Main Street, 2886 SH 16 North

Bandera Pro Rodeo presents three nights of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeos with bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, and other competitions. The annual Memorial Day Parade down Main Street gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m.

banderaprorodeo.org

El Campo

Memorial Day Weekend

May 24-26

El Campo Lost Lagoon, 665 County Road 451

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Lost Lagoon with a musical lineup featuring the dynamic sounds of Dameon Leve, the Bar Ditch Hippies, and the country vibes of Steel Country. Join in for a weekend of music, fun, and patriotic festivities.

eclostlagoon.com

Fredericksburg

Crawfish Festival

May 24-26

Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St.

At this festival on Memorial Day Weekend, indulge on great Cajun food, live music, shopping, and a kids’ carnival. This event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees.

fbgcrawfishfestival.com

Kerrville

Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft

May 24-26

Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker St.

This exhibition offers works by some of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from Texas and has established a reputation as a prestigious sale in a beautiful venue, produced and managed by the artists themselves.

texasmasters.com

Fort Worth

“Rebecca Manson: Barbecue”

May 24-Aug. 25

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

“Rebecca Manson: Barbecue” defies viewers’ expectations of what clay can do by pushing the material to its most fragile and muscular places. Comprised of thousands of individually crafted ceramic leaves, flowers, a barbecue grill, and assorted detritus that swell into piles, this site-responsive installation creates moments for self-reflection. The immersive work is displayed in the ellipse, the Modern’s oval first-floor gallery, typically reserved for permanent collection works. This exhibition marks Manson’s first solo presentation in a museum.

themodern.org/exhibition/rebecca-manson-barbecue

Wimberley

The 4-H Memorial Day Rodeo

May 24-25

Wimberley VFW, 401 Jacobs Well Road

The main fundraiser for the local Wimberley 4H Club, the Memorial Day Rodeo features traditional rodeo events, with funds going towards the purchase of project animals at the fair and youth programs during the year.

vfw6441.com/events

Austin

Night Market

May 24-26

Distribution Hall, 1500 E. Fourth St.

In the year of the Wood Dragon, the Lunar Foundation and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to present an immersive, story-driven Asian Night Market experience. Friday sees a cosplay contest and live music, Saturday there is Bollywood dancing, a spicy food eating contest, and live music; and Sunday is a family day with a pho eating contest, live music, and dance performances.

nightmarket.fun

Granbury

Memorial Day Weekend

May 24-27

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

To kick off the summer season, head to Granbury for a fun-filled weekend. Street vendors and food trucks fill downtown, and there are hot dog and pie eating contests, a balloon clown, a patriotic pooch pageant, and a Kid Zone for yard games at The Langdon Center. Friday Night features karaoke on the Bridge Street Stage, then Saturday night is the crowd-favorite street dance.

visitgranbury.com/event/granbury-memorial-day-weekend/12279

Chappell Hill

Art Walk

May 25

Downtown Chappell Hill

Spend the day in Chappell Hill and meet artists as they create their artwork throughout town.

chappellhilltx.com

Jacksboro

Main Street Classic Car Show

May 25

Jacksboro Square, 100 N. Main St.

Join the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce at the annual Main Street Classic Car Show. There’s a farmers market and craft vendors, music, and car show participants from across Texas and southern Oklahoma.

jacksborochamber.com

Brenham

Elvis Tribute Concert

May 25

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

Vince King and the Vegas Mafia Band play an Elvis Presley tribute show. The Las Vegas headliner won multiple Elvis tribute artist awards, including the coveted Grand Champion of the Elvis Presley Expo in 2013. He flawlessly performs all eras of Elvis’ history-making career.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Rockport

Wine Festival

May 25

Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle

Enjoy a wide variety of wines, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions, plus live bands and fun entertainment.

texasmaritimemuseum.org

Boerne

Memorial Day Tribute: The Woodwind Winds in Concert

May 25

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

The woodwind quintet based in The Woodlands is comprised of five talented musicians who collaborate to create a uniquely vibrant woodwind quintet soundscape with an expanded repertoire beyond the standard quartet pieces, including popular and seasonal music.

cavewithoutaname.com/event-calendar

Hunt

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall

May 25

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 SH 39

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, an entertainment spot along the banks of the Guadalupe River, opens its season of rodeos, live music, and dancing on Saturday nights.

cridersrandd.com

El Paso

Water Lantern Festival

May 25

Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive

The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the United States include food, games, activities, vendors, music, and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope, and dreams reflected upon the water. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water. Watch lanterns drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection.

waterlanternfestival.com/elpaso.php

Corpus Christi

Beer Festival

May 25

Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The annual Corpus Christi Beer Festival is back. Whether you are a hardcore craft beer aficionado or simply beer curious, there is something to try. Local host brewery, Nueces Brewing, brings you the ultimate South Texas beer experience featuring live music, beer talks, local artisans, food trucks, and free family art time presented by The Art Center. The Beer Festival benefits veterans programs at the Art Center.

corpuschristibeerfest.com

Lewisville

Fiesta Charra

May 26

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St.

See activities that take place at a traditional “charreada,” which is like a rodeo and practiced in Mexico. Admission is free.

visitlewisville.com

South Padre Island

Memorial Day Fireworks

May 26

Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on South Padre Island with a fireworks display over the bay. For the best viewing spots, check out the restaurants and bars in the Entertainment District.

sopadre.com/events

Fulton

Fishing Expo

May 26-28

Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road

At this annual expo, visitors can find some of the finest tackle used by industry pros and recreational anglers, along with guides, apparel, art, and other merchandise for all their fishing needs. The family-oriented event, which has indoor and outdoor vendor booths, includes the annual Texas Rattler Kids Fishing Tourney and goodie bags for children.

rockportfishingexpo.com

Bandera

Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show

May 26-27

Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

As part of the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede, Bandera hosts this arts and crafts show with vendors set up on the courthouse lawn.

banderatex.com

Chuckwagon Dinner and Show

May 26

Flying L Ranch and Resort, 675 Flying L Drive

Fill up on a barbecue dinner with all the fixings. The event includes live country music and dancing, Western entertainment, and other festivities.

flyingl.com

Austin

CapTex Triathlon

May 27

Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin, 1200 W. Cesar Chavez St.

All levels of athletes from top-ranked professionals to first-time triathletes compete in this triathlon, which includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship. The race begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake with beautiful views of the downtown Austin skyline. The bike course takes athletes right to the heart of downtown Austin and directly into the Texas capitol. The race concludes with a run through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center before the rousing finish and post-race party at Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores).

captextri.com

San Angelo

Memorial Day

May 27

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

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark invites visitors to attend this program that honors the nation’s military members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

fortconcho.com

Amarillo

Summer Concert Series

May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6

Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave.

Starlight Theater presents free music, local food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly fun on Tuesday evenings at Sam Houston Park from the end of May to the beginning of August.

amarilloparks.org

Alpine

Cowboys Baseball Opening Game

May 29

Kokernot Field, 400 E. Hendryx Ave.

Watch the Alpine Cowboys opening home game of the summer season. The Cowboys are a professional baseball team playing in the independent Pecos League.

alpine.pecosleague.com

Austin

ATX Television Festival

May 30-June 3

Downtown Austin

As the first festival devoted to television’s history and future, the ATX Television Festival functions like a traditional film festival with showings of new series, current hits, and cult favorites. The festival also offers access to the industry’s leading professionals with cast and creator Q&As and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.

atxfestival.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Film Festival

May 30-June 2

Hoffman Haus, 608 E. Creek St.

A celebration of independent film, the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) screens over 85 independent films (short and feature length) from Texas and around the world. In addition to screenings, HCFF also hosts revealing Q&As, captivating filmmaker panel discussions, and nightly festival parties that give attendees a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers. Screenings take place at Hoffman Haus and the National Museum of the Pacific War Ballroom with social events happening at various local bars and restaurants.

hillcountryff.com

Austin

ATX TV Festival

May 30-June 2

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

The ATX TV Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival experience, bringing TV fans and industry together to celebrate their favorite moments in TV as one community. Heading into its 13th season, the festival showcases past, current, and upcoming series through reunions, screenings, intimate Q&As, panel discussions, and events. Join in for deep dives into the behind-the-scenes of your favorite new and old shows, cast and creative reunions, and to discover something new at “TV Camp for Grown Ups” in downtown Austin.

atxfestival.com

Gainesville

Summer Sounds

May 31-July 26

Farmers Market, 201 N. Chestnut St.

Free concerts are back at the Gainesville Farmers Market with the return of Summer Sounds. Bring your friends and your lawn chairs for live musical performances from multiple bands, local bites from food trucks, and ice-cold beverages.

gainesvillecofc.com

Kerrville

Shakespeare in the Park

May 31-June 1

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Come see “A Comedy of Errors,” about the farcical misadventures of two sets of identical twins, with all the slapstick and mistaken identities you’d expect from a Shakespearean adventure. When the four twins come together, all is finally resolved, and, in one last twist, their parents reunite as well.

caillouxperformingarts.com

South Padre Island

Dargel Boat Owners Fishing Tournament

May 31-June 1

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Fish in this spot tournament, which means the redfish caught with the most spots wins.

sopadre.com/event/dargel-boat-owners-fishing-tournament/1729

Yoakum

Tom Tom Festival

May 31-June 2

Yoakum City Park, 105 Kvinta Drive

Kick off your summer in Yoakum style. The 96th annual festival honors the city’s tomato growing heritage with fun activities that include a pageant; parade; carnival; rodeo; barbecue cookoff; car show; 5K run; arts and craft booths; food trucks; a biergarten; cornhole, softball, and domino tournaments; daytime music; and two live performances by headlining country artists with dances to follow at the city park pavilion.

yoakumareachamber.com

Jacksonville

Tomato Festival

May 31-June 8

Various locations

For several days, Jacksonville becomes “Tomatoville.” The festival, marking its 40th anniversary this year, features tomato-eating, salsa, and bloody mary contests; fishing and dodgeball tournaments; a street dance, and many other tomato-centric events.

jacksonvilletexas.com/ tomato-fest

Graham

Food Truck Championship of Texas

June 1

Graham Downtown Square, 608 Elm St.

Food trucks of all varieties take over “America’s Largest Downtown Square” to compete for the coveted grand champion prize and a total payout of $16,000. The day kicks off with the Possum Pedal Bike Ride early in the morning and ends with a ticketed evening concert at the Young County Arena.

foodtruckchampionshipoftexas.com

Mckinney

MillHouse MuralFest

June 1-2

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Five muralists are commissioned to paint original designs on the southeast walls of the historic Cotton Mill facility. New this year, artists also paint murals on a temporary wall as well as mobile murals, which are available for purchase via online auction. Muralists receive complimentary mentor sessions provided by MillHouse studio artist and muralist Alli Koch of Alli K Design. The outdoor, juried festival is open to the public, free of charge. Live music fills the air, and VIP tickets are available.

millhousefoundation.org/muralfest

Junction

Cowboys and Cajuns

June 1

Kimble County Courthouse , 501 Main St.

On the courthouse square, join locals for a crawfish boil and street dance with music provided by Fast Moving Train. Bring your lawn chairs to relax.

junctiontexas.com

Bastrop

“Modern Reflections of Historic Bastrop County”

June 1-29

Bastrop County History Museum, 904 Main St.

Step through time with photographs from Bob Parvin, an award-winning Texas photographer whose longtime interests in Texas history, architecture, culture, and natural heritage find means of expression through images. See striking images that juxtapose historical landmarks, architecture, and landscapes with their modern-day counterparts. Parvin’s lens skillfully captures the evolution of Bastrop, illustrating how the community has transformed while preserving the unique charm and character that define its identity.

bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Austin

Pond and Garden Tour

June 1-2

Greater Austin Area, 2220 Barton Springs Road

Take a self-guided tour of ponds and gardens in and around the Austin area. Streams, fountains, waterfalls, dragonflies, koi, amphibians, and aquatic gardening steal the show. Some of these ponds and gardens are even certified wildlife habitats. Proceeds support local ponds, aquatic gardens, parks, and educational programs. Kids 12 and under are free. Pets are not allowed on the tour.

austinpondsociety.org

The Colony

Summer Kickoff

June 1

Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive

Ring in the summer months with games, crafts, activities, treats, and summer reading sign-ups. Visit with library staff, parks and recreation staff, police, firefighters, and animal service members. The family-friendly event is free.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx?EID=3636&month=6&year=2024&day=16&caltype=0

Wimberley

Market Days

June 1

Lions Feild, 601 FM 2325

The first Saturday of the month, shop art, antiques, collector items, and quirky finds. There is live entertainment, plus food and drinks available for purchase.

wimberleymarketday.com

Graham

Possum Pedal Bike Ride

June 1

Downtown Graham Square, 608 Elm St.

With routes ranging from 6 to 76 miles, this ride takes you through the exciting terrain of Young and Jack counties with rolling hills, smooth roads, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas.

possumpedal.com

Grapevine

Dairy Day

June 1

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Bring the family and enjoy learning about dairy processes including milking and butter and cheese making. Feel free to roam and explore the farm while you’re there.

grapevinetexasusa.com/event/dairy-day/38709

Hearne

Crossroads Home Town Festival

June 1

Downtown Hearne

Spend some time outside at this outdoor festival with blues music, food, and craft vendors.

crossroadshometownfestivals.com

Midlothian

Mid-Way Airport Fly-In and Drive-In Pancake Breakfast

June 1

Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive

See free exhibits of classic airplanes and cars and enjoy the pancake breakfast, with proceeds benefitting Scout Troop 524. Kids’ activities include a trackless train, bounce house, face painting, and balloon twister. Also available for a fee are helicopter and commemorative airplane rides.

mid-wayregional.com

Port Arthur

Buu Mon Temple Lotus Festival and Vesak Celebration

June 1-2

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple , 2701 Procter St.

Gardens, koi ponds, and statuary and Vietnamese cultural displays are part of the fun. The Buu Mon Buddhist Temple’s gardens create a peaceful scene with fruit trees, lotus, bamboo, and other foliage. A statue of Buddha, rimmed in lights, is at the head of a reflecting pool, and a sitting Buddha watches over the koi pond.

visitportarthurtx.com/things-to-do/attraction/buu-mon-buddhist-temple

Temple

Family Day: Beat the Heat and Travel the World

June 1

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Enjoy fun summer activities indoors. Learn about some of the most scenic places around the world and join in for Beat the Heat Family Day. There are crafts, activities, and most importantly, there’s air conditioning.

templeparks.com

Victoria

Bach Festival

June 1-8

Various locations

Artistic director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez leads this festival that celebrates the works of J.S. Bach and composers spanning the ages. Orchestral, choral, and chamber works are performed by local and national musicians in venues in and around Victoria.

victoriabachfestival.org

Fredericksburg

Car Fest

June 1

Marktplatz , 114 W. Main St.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Car Fest is a Hill Country tradition now in its 19th year. The event offers food trucks and vendors and attracts car enthusiasts, families, and weekend shoppers to downtown Fredericksburg and the historic Marktplatz on Main Street.

fredericksburgmorningrotary.org/sitepage/car-fest

Bandera

Market Day

June 1

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

June 1-29

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

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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

Chuckwagon Dinner and Show

June 1-29

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

Waxahachie

Gingerbread Trail Home Tour

June 1-2

Various locations

This year, the Gingerbread Trail Home Tour theme is “Main Street.” Embark on an immersive journey through the city’s downtown, where each step uncovers the stories and architectural elements that define the community. With exclusive access to landmarks, private homes, and special exhibits, this year’s trail showcases the heart and soul of Main Street in every detail.

elliscountymuseum.org/gingerbread-trail-2024

Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

June 1

Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive

Spend the day taking in classic airplanes and fighters, fly-overs, helicopter rides, Midlothian Classic Wheels Car Club, live music, and children’s activities.

mid-wayregional.com/events

Palestine

Saturday on Main Street

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

Various locations

This family-friendly event is held on the first Saturday of each month and features fun things to see and do in the 44 blocks of the Main Street District in downtown Palestine. Visit new businesses that have opened, enjoy the exquisite model train display at the Railroad Heritage Center, and spend some time browsing crafts, antique, and vintage shops.

visitpalestine.com/p/things-to-do/palestine-main-street

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

June 1-29

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

June 1-29

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

Mesquite

Off the Rails at Front Street Station

June 1-29

Front Street Station , 100 W. Front St.

Bring a lawn chair and cooler to these concerts featuring a variety of music styles—from Celtic to rockabilly—on Saturday evenings in June. 

mesquiteartscenter.org

Championship Rodeo

June 1-Aug. 31

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

The world-famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo is back every Saturday night this summer. This is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, and in 2020, it was awarded the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year award. Live music follows the action each night.

mesquitearena.com

Kerrville

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

June 1

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Shop till you drop at Market Days, which features artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items to sell and put on display, and Hill Country Swap Meet, a community garage sale/flea market.

kerrmarketdays.org

Hunt

Crider’s Rodeo & Dancehall

June 1-Aug. 31

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 SH 39

Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, an entertainment spot along the banks of the Guadalupe River, opens its doors to host rodeos, live music, and dancing on Saturday nights all summer long.

cridersrandd.com

Jefferson

Big Cypress Corvette Weekend 

June 1

Downtown

Bring your special Corvette or just come and gaze at the lineup of cars. Fun events take place on Friday, followed by the Show and Shine on Saturday, and then awards are given out.

facebook.com/bigcypresscorvetteshow

Grand Prairie

Crawfish Boil

June 1

Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 121 W. Main Street

The Grand Prairie Farmers Market hosts its annual Crawfish Boil. Enjoy live music, delicious crawfish, a gift market, arts and crafts vendors, and other fun.

gptx.org/about-grand-prairie/downtown-grand-prairie/farmers-market

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

Youth Fishing Event

June 1

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair and fishing gear for a couple of hours of catch-and-release fishing at Sea Center Texas’ marine fish hatchery and visitor education center.

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

Alden B. Dow Office Tour

June 1-29

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

San Elizario

Billy the Kid Festival

June 1-2

San Elizario Historic Art District, 1501 Main St.

Visit historic sites, art galleries, museums, vendors, and saloons, and maybe catch an Old West gunfight or performance of the play “1876: Billy the Kid.” The event also has live music and food and drinks

billythekidfestival.com

Weatherford

Secret Gardens of Parker County Tour

June 1

Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave.

Enjoy a self-guided journey through seven unique gardens in Parker County. Discover what lies behind the hedges, fences, and gates at the third annual tour, presented by the Friends of Chandor Gardens. This is a self-guided tour, so you can make your own itinerary and go at your own pace between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See stunning views, landscaping ideas, fascinating plants, and garden art. Those purchasing tickets online receive an emailed brochure with information about each garden and a map closer to the tour date. Ticket holders are provided a printed copy of the brochure at the first garden gate visited the day of the event.

chandorgardensfoundation.org

Houston

Accordion Kings and Queens Concert

June 1

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Deemed the unofficial national instrument of Texas, the accordion plays a key role in diverse folk music genres and cultural communities in Texas. Dust off your dancing boots for a historic celebration of the instrument with performances by Las Fenix, three-time Grammy Award winner Sunny Sauceda, Marcus Ardoin & Da Zydeco Legendz, and youth accordionists of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze contest.

texasfolklife.org

Bandera

Morning Ride with Cowboy Breakfast

June 2, 9, 16, 23

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

Seguin

Central Park Summer Concert Series

June 2-30

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

The concert series offers something for every musical taste, including a final patriotic concert that salutes veterans and active military members. The family-friendly concerts are held every Sunday this month in Central Park in historic downtown Seguin.

visitseguin.com

Mckinney

Summer Nature Camps

June 3-July 29

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Do you remember the joy of spending childhood summers outdoors? Register for the Heard Summer Nature Camps and share those wonderful moments and memories with your child. The Heard’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment.

heardmuseum.org/summer-nature-camps

Mesquite

Jazz Breaks

June 3, 17

Mesquite Arts Center Courtyard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

On the first and third Monday in June, Jazz Breaks brings local jazz bands to the courtyard for evening concerts.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Lewisville

Sounds of Lewisville

June 4-July 2

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

The popular Sounds of Lewisville concert series, a free family favorite since 1991, presents five shows this year with a wide range of musical genres. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

soundsoflewisville.com

Temple

“Yosemite People”

June 4-Aug. 17

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Yosemite National Park sees more than 5 million annual visitors, all supported by thousands of local rangers, workers, and volunteers. “Yosemite People,” shows the complex relationships between people and Yosemite’s natural wonders. Photographs from award-winning artist Jonas Kulikauskas reveal crowds aiming for the perfect selfie with Half Dome, servers prepping for diners at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rangers patrolling the park, master basket weaver Julia Parker, and Yosemite Valley Stables (where horseback riding is no longer allowed). Oral histories supplement the images.

exhibitenvoy.org/exhibits/yosemite-people

Bandera

Cowboy Opry

June 4

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

Amarillo

June Jazz

June 4-25

Amarillo College Washington Campus, 2201 S. Washington St.

Held every Tuesday in June on the Amarillo College campus, June Jazz offers a series of free live concerts that feature different local jazz bands. 

actx.edu/music/june-jazz

Starlight Theater Summer Concert Series

June 4-Aug. 6

Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave.

The Starlight Theater Free Summer Concert Series offers free music, local food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly fun on Tuesday evenings at Sam Houston Park until the end of August.

facebook.com/amarillopard

New Braunfels

Swing Dance Lessons

June 4-Aug. 13

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Learn East Coast Swing steps in this one-hour class that kicks off before the Two Ton Tuesday show at Gruene Hall. The class welcomes beginners or those wanting to polish their wraps, tunnels, turns and spins.

gruenehall.com

Two Ton Tuesdays

June 4-Aug. 13

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

It wouldn’t be summertime without popular rockabilly band Two Tons of Steel holding court in Gruene Hall every Tuesday evening. Grab your dancing partner and get ready for a rockin’ night that has been a Gruene Hall tradition for 28 years.

gruenehall.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

June 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 28-29

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

Gladewater

Round-Up Rodeo

June 5-8

Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo Arena, US 80 West

Since 1937, Gladewater has featured one of the best known, nationally sanctioned PRCA rodeos in the country. Experience four days of Old West-style fun with bronc riding, bull riding, and all your favorite rodeo events.

gladewaterrodeo.com

The Woodlands

Wine and Food Week

June 5-8

Various locations

Celebrating its 20th year, Wine and Food Week is a multifaceted event that brings world-class chefs, wine pairings, and sommelier-driven tastings to The Woodlands each June.

wineandfoodweek.com

Goliad

Wayback Wednesdays

June 5-July 31

Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71

The history of Presidio La Bahia, Texas’ only fully restored Spanish presidio, is brought to life every Wednesday during the months of June and July. Visit with historians as they bring the past to life and explore little-known stories from the Presidio’s early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and duck inside for a look at the museum and collection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s.

presidiolabahia.org

Marfa

Agave Festival

June 6-9

Various locations

This annual festival celebrates the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music, science, and spirits. Enjoy tastings hosted by agave spirit producers, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, and performances by contemporary and regional musicians.

agavemarfa.com

Houston

The Houston Ballet: “Four Seasons”

June 6-16

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

The Houston Ballet’s 2023-24 season, which celebrates Stanton Welch AM’s 20-year tenure as artistic director of the ballet company, comes to a close with “Four Seasons,” featuring works from four choreographers including Welch and Dwight Rhoden, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

houstonballet.org

Plano

Summertime on the Farm

June 6

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

Have a memorable summer on the farm with wagon rides and farm animals. Learn how to wash laundry the old-fashioned way and collect eggs from happy chickens. Participate in plowing and planting the fields and experience the thrill of milking a cow named Buttermilk.

heritagefarmstead.org

Coleman

PRCA Rodeo

June 6-8

Coleman Rodeo Grounds, 13152 SH 206

In 1936, Texas’ centennial year, the idea of an annual Coleman Rodeo arose when nine businessmen wanted to do something special to celebrate Texas’s 100th anniversary. Today, the rodeo continues on with a street parade, vendors, shopping, golfing, mutton busting, and rodeo events.

colemanrodeo.com

Amarillo

Texas Route 66 Festival

June 6-15

Various locations

Route 66, the road that helped shape America, turns 100 years old in 2026. Starting in 2023, the annual Texas Route 66 Festival kicked off years of celebrations leading up to the historic route’s centennial. This festival features 10 days packed with events along the Texas route including classic car shows, bus tours, cattle drives, parades, music festivals, and a grand finale festival in Amarillo’s Route 66 Historic District.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo and Cattle Drive

June 6-8

Amarillo National Center and Downtown, 401 S. Buchanan St. and 1000 S Polk St.

Coors Cowboy Club hosts this rodeo that features cowboys from area ranches participating in a friendly but serious competition. Events include saddle bronc, stray gathering, trailer loading, and wild cow milking. The cattle drive consists of 60 Longhorns, motorized groups, and riders that parade from downtown Amarillo to the Tri-state Fairgrounds.

coorsranchrodeo.com

Baytown

Pirate Party Nights

June 6-Aug. 29

Pirates Bay Waterpark, 5300 East Road

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Pirates Bay Waterpark hosts these after-hours parties that include dive-in movies and other waterpark fun.

baytownpiratesbay.com

Mesquite

Courtyard Concert Series

June 6

Mesquite Arts Center Courtyard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Arts Center presents this family-friendly event. Bistro seating is limited, so bring your own chair as an option.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Grand Prairie

Joey Fatone and AJ McLean: A Legendary Night

June 6

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

Joey Fatone and AJ McLean reflect on their experiences as members of the boybands NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, respectively. The evening mixes ‘90s nostalgia, hit songs, and, of course, dancing.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Angleton

Peach Street Night Jams

June 7-8

Peach Street Farmers Market, 234 S. Arcola St.

Four songwriters each night perform at the fifth annual Peach Street Night Jams. Bring your lawn chairs and ice chest. Food trucks are on site.

facebook.com/peachstreetmarket

San Antonio

Fiesta Noche del Rio

June 7-Aug. 3

Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.

The oldest outdoor dance performance of its kind in the United States, Fiesta Noche del Rio, Spanish for “Party Night on the River,” is a musical variety show of authentic Mexican, Spanish, and Texas songs and dances performed by local professionals. San Antonio’s annual iconic cultural performance, full of colorfully costumed dancers and rich, lush sounds, brings to life the deep roots that make San Antonio a special place for love and life. The audience is seated on tiered grass seats across the river from the stage, located in La Villita, the Little Spanish Village of the city.

fiestanochesa.com

Denison

Music on Main

June 7-July 26

Forest Park, 300 W. Crawford St.

Head to downtown Denison this summer to catch the annual Music on Main concert series. Except for July 5th, a concert takes place every Friday night for the months of June and July with a variety of genres, artists, and vendors.

facebook.com/downtowndenisontx

Fredericksburg

Craft Beer Festival

June 7-8

Marktplatz , 100 block of West Main Street

Save the date for the third annual fundraising festival designed to bring Texas craft beer breweries to town. Admission includes eight tickets, which can be used for beer or beer samples, drinks, food, and merchandise. Music, food vendors, and wine are part of the fun. The Suds and Tastes tent includes chef pairings and cornhole.

fbgcraftbeerfestival.com

Blanco

Lavender Festival

June 7-9

Historic Town Square, 300 Main St.

The Lavender Capital of Texas celebrates 19 years as one of the Hill Country’s premier festival venues. Artisans, food, local and regional beer and wine, live music, and lots and lots of lavender are available. The first commercial lavender farm in the state of Texas, Hill Country Lavender, is open for tours. The festival is free to attend.

blancolavenderfest.com

Llano

Open Pro Rodeo

June 7-8

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

On the first full weekend of June, the Llano Open Pro Rodeo thrills the crowd with bronc bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping.

llanochamber.org

Hillsboro

Bond’s Alley Art Festival

June 7-8

Bond’s Alley, West Elm Street

Dating to 1964, the Bond’s Alley Art Festival is one of the premier art festivals in Central Texas. Bond’s Alley dates back to the first days of Hillsboro and is situated between what was once Texas’ oldest pharmacy, T.B. Bond Pharmacy, and Hillsboro’s oldest building, the Old Rock Saloon. Artists and artisans fill Bond’s Alley and downtown sidewalks, giving visitors a chance to shop for crafts and food.

hillsborotxarts.org

Bastrop

“Moon Over Buffalo”

June 7-16

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.

bastropoperahouse.org

Temple

First Friday: Summer Fun

June 7

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.

downtowntemple.com

Victoria

Joe Peña and Michelle Belto Exhibits

June 7-July 27

The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

Experience the art of Joe Peña and Michelle Belto. Peña’s work explores elements of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial, and social issues relating to his Mexican heritage. Time and memory are themes in Belto’s work. She is intrigued with how time shapes memories and how memories influence choices.

navemuseum.org

Brenham

First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market

June 7

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

Bandera

FatBoyz Cruise-In Car Show

June 7

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

Riding on Faith Friday Night Summer Series Rodeo

June 7-Aug. 23

Mansfield Park Arena, 2886 SH 16 North

This open rodeo on Friday nights features bullriding, mini-bulls, barrel racing, and roping.

ridingonfaithrodeo.com

New Braunfels

Friday Afternoon Club

June 7-Aug. 30

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Now in its 26th year, this Gruene Hall tradition is where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals and drifters mix it up to start their weekend. The quintessential Friday happy hour includes great beer prices, prize giveaways, and Texas tunes broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. There’s even a very special guest interview each week.

gruenehall.com

Elgin

Juneteenth Festival and Parade

June 7-8

Veterans Memorial Park, 109 Depot St.

Head to Elgin’s Veterans Park and enjoy a Juneteenth parade and festival featuring music, vendors selling locally made goods, food, and lots of fun for the whole family.

elgintexas.gov

Galveston

Galveston Island Revue Weekend

June 7-9

Various locations

Galveston’s official kickoff to summer is a throwback to the “good ol’ days” of the city’s summertime history. Watch contestants in retro and vintage-inspired swimwear compete in the Bathing Beauties Revue at the seawall; plus, enjoy a classic car show, vendors, live entertainment, and other old-timey fun.

galvestonbeachrevue.com

Mesquite

“Noises Off”

June 7-23

Mesquite Arts Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Slapstick comedy abounds in this show about a dysfunctional touring theater troupe in Michael Frayn’s classic play-within-a-play.

mesquiteartstheatre.org/2024-season

Ingram

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

June 7-22

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The ever-popular musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, and his 11 brothers. Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ends up imprisoned by an Egyptian noble.

hcaf.com/2024-theatre-season

Corsicana

Food Truck Friday

June 7, July 5

Downtown , 224 E. Fifth Ave.

On the first Friday of the month, downtown Corsicana is full of food trucks and live music. Explore culinary adventures with diverse food trucks, enjoy the rhythm of live music, and discover unique finds at the vendor market.

instagram.com/corsicanamainstreet/?hl=en

Lubbock

First Friday Art Trail

June 7, July 5, Aug. 2

Lubbock Cultural District

First Friday Art Trail is a self-guided art tour held in the Lubbock Cultural District in partnership with a variety of art centers, museums, galleries, and businesses. Come out for live music, food trucks, and art from local, national, and international artists.

ffat.org

Dallas

Mindi Abair and Greg Karukas in Concert

June 8

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

Join in for a night of jazz with Mindi Abair and Gregg Karukas. Abair is a saxophonist, vocalist, author, and National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Grammy Awards show. Karukas is a smooth jazz pianist who co-founded the Rippingtons in 1985.

ci.ovationtix.com/35742/production/1179934

Mckinney

Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden

June 8-Sept. 28

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Walk among native butterflies and other pollinators in the Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden. The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. The butterfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. You may even find new ideas to try in your own garden.

heardmuseum.org/native-texas-butterfly-house-garden

Sweetwater

Rock the Block

June 8

Downtown Sweetwater , 205 Oak St.

Downtown Sweetwater comes alive with shopping, a band, and food trucks.

Edna

County-Wide Community Garage Sale

June 8

Various locations

Find a bargain at garage sales across town. Items include clothing, décor, antiques, toys, and lots of unique finds.

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082850186866

San Marcos

Texas Water Safari

June 8

San Marcos River Park, 211 San Marcos Springs Drive

Considered the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile-long canoe and kayak race from Spring Lake in San Marcos to the city of Seadrift on the Texas coastline. Come cheer the teams on at San Marcos City Park and Rio Vista Park.

texaswatersafari.org

Midlothian

Summer Beats

June 8

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

Belton

Sami Show Marketplace

June 8-9, July 27-28

Cadence Bank Center, 301 W. Loop 121

A Central Texas shopping tradition since 1975, this family-friendly event features many small businesses all under one roof. Shop for home goods, art, jewelry, candles, bath and body products, boutique clothing and accessories, florals, garden décor, fabric crafts, leatherwork, pottery, and unique gifts.

samishow.com

Brenham

Summer Sip and Art Walk

June 8

Downtown Brenham

Enjoy a summer stroll through the boutiques of the historic district. Sample signature drinks from downtown businesses and view works from local artists.

downtownbrenham.com

Gonzales

“Swan Lake”

June 8-9

The Crystal Theatre, 543 St. Lawrence St.

Dive into the enchanting world of “Swan Lake” as Come and Take It Dance presents this youth performance at the historic Crystal Theatre. Witness the grace and beauty of this timeless ballet.

comeandtakeitdance.com/upcoming

Rockport

Downtown Farmers Market

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Farmers Market, 105 S. Austin St.

At this monthly farmers market, vendors sell locally grown produce, jams, jellies, cottage canned goods, and pickled items. Visitors often find fresh baked bread, local honey, hen fruit, and freshly made goat soap.

rockport-fulton.org

Makers Market

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Showcasing local talent, this outdoor market features handmade items from artists in the community and fun, one-of-a-kind home décor items.

rockport-fulton.org

Austin Street Art Walk

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Downtown , Austin Street

Held on the second Saturday of the month, this art walk is an alfresco art experience featuring an ever-changing mix of participants and art mediums such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and textiles, as well as live music, artists demonstrations, and food.

facebook.com/austinstreetartwalk

Second Saturday in the District

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Downtown

The Rockport Cultural Arts District hosts Second Saturday every month with live music and special themes to enjoy along with a self-guided art walk, farmers market, and makers market.

rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

New Braunfels

Hayes Carll in Concert

June 8

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Hayes Carll’s music has been influenced by artists like John Prine, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Travis, Kenny Rogers, and Hank Williams Jr. He’s won multiple Austin Music Awards and two Americana Music Awards and been nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song.

gruenehall.com

Boerne

Market Days

June 8-9, July 13-14, Aug. 10-11

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main S.

On the second weekend of the month, spend time browsing the market, where you can find a variety of bargains and an assortment of jewelry, plants, art, handcrafts, collectibles, and antiques.

eventsoffmain.com/market-days

Pride Walk

June 8

Patrick Heath Public Library Amphitheater, 451 N. Main St.

Meet at the Patrick Heath Public Library Amphitheater for the Boerne Pride Walk. Walk in solidarity down the Hill Country Mile to River Road Park and back.

boernepridewalk.org

Kickoff to Summer

June 8

Carriage House Gallery, 110 Rosewood Ave.

Carriage House Gallery hosts this kickoff to summer event with art in the heart of Boerne. Enjoy light bites and wine while viewing art and conversing with the artists.

carriagehousegallerytx.com/events

Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural

June 8, 22; July 13, 27; Aug. 10, 24

The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Road

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center invites you to bring your instrument and play along, or just come to listen to the Bluegrass Jam.

theagricultural.org/bluegrass-jams

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

June 8, 22; July 13, 27; Aug. 10, 24

Kuhlmann-King Historical Complex, 402 E. Blanco Road

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

bahpsboerne.org

Galveston

World Ocean Day Festival

June 8

East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Road

The Artist Boat’s World Ocean Day Festival brings the international celebration of the ocean to Galveston. With interactive exhibits, the Beautify the Bucket art contest, live music, and art workshops, the festival is fun and educational for ocean lovers of all ages.

artistboat.org

Kerrville

Texas Clash Cage Fight

June 8

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Texas Clash is a nonprofit organization formed to help disadvantage youth in the community by hosting live amateur mixed martial arts and kickboxing events.

tapology.com

Grand Prairie

Franco Escamilla Live

June 8

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

Franco Escamilla, comedian and standup preformer, returns with his new show “1995,” taking audiences through all funny, important, and impactful events that happened in 1995.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Lake Jackson

Farmers Market

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Parking Place Pavilion, 110 S. Parking Place

This monthly farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally roasted coffee, homemade food, handmade products, and other goods.

ljfarmersmarket.com

Corsicana

Mimosas at the Market

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Downtown , Beaton Street

Sip, shop, and savor the day with mimosas at the market. Enjoy a delightful blend of shopping and sipping, where every mimosa is a toast to good finds and great company.

visitcorsicana.com

Endless Summer in Concert

June 8

The Palace, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

Experience the magic of the Beach Boys with the ultimate tribute band Endless Summer. Get ready for an evening filled with timeless hits and harmonies that transport you back to the beach and the band’s heyday.

corsicanapalace.com

Nacogdoches

Texas Blueberry Festival

June 8

Downtown, 200 E. Main St.

One of the most delicious festivals in the Lone Star State, the Texas Blueberry Festival marks its 34th year with a daylong celebration of the blueberry harvest. As the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas, this annual event attracts more than 19,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches on the second Saturday in June. Stay for the week or weekend and fill your calendar with a smorgasbord of activities such as live music, blueberry picking, auto exhibits, shopping, and restaurant specials.

texasblueberryfestival.com

East Bernard

Czech Kolache-Klobase Festival

June 8

Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road

Enjoy live music and dancing with bands and entertainers performing from morning to night. A plate lunch of barbecue chicken, sausage, sauerkraut, and trimmings is available for purchase. Hamburgers are available in the evening. There are also arts and crafts vendors, a raffle, cake walk, and plenty of kolaches.

kkfest.com

Mesquite

Music in the Park

June 10, 24

Mesquite Arts Center Front Yard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

On the second and fourth Mondays in June, come listen to songs performed by the Mesquite Community Band, an all-volunteer band consisting of musicians of all levels from the community.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Boerne

Abendkonzert

June 11, 25; July 2, 16

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

Come hear traditional German music and stories of Boerne’s historic past at these summer concerts featuring the Boerne Village Band. Founded in 1860 by German immigrant Karl Dienger, the group is the oldest continuously active German band outside of Germany.

ci.boerne.tx.us/1104/concerts-in-the-park

Snyder

West Texas Western Swing Festival

June 12-15

The Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive

Western swing is the official music of Texas, and Snyder celebrates with RV spots for rent, vendors, a concession stand, all-day dancing, and nine top-tier musicians for your boot-scootin’ needs.

eventbrite.com/e/2024-west-texas-western-swing-festival-tickets-800231021527

Amarillo

East Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 12

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Shamrock, stopping at all the iconic landmarks and hotspots that have shaped the history and culture of this legendary road. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Brenham

“The Star Spangled Girl”

June 13-30

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

It’s 1967 and Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a “protest” magazine in San Francisco. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, moves into an apartment on the same floor, and her friendliness and charm leave Norman hopelessly smitten. And while she is convinced that they are editing a dangerously subversive magazine, Sophie soon finds that her real source of annoyance is that the wrong man is pressing his attentions on her.

unitybrenham.org

College Station

41@100: A Celebration of George H.W. Bush

June 13

George H.W. Bush Presidential Center, 1000 George Bush Drive West

The George & Barbara Bush Foundation invites visitors to join the Bush family in their celebration honoring the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush on what would’ve been his 100th birthday. The community celebration includes the grand opening of the Marine One/4141 Locomotive Pavilion, a birthday cake and ice cream reception with special appearance by Sully the Service Dog; and a moderated conversation with President Bush’s grandchildren.

41at100.org/events

Amarillo

West Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 13

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Glenrio, New Mexico, stopping at famous hotspots such as the historic Midpoint Cafe, Dot’s Mini Museum, and the renowned Cadillac Ranch. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Jun 13, July 11, Aug. 8

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

Lubbock

Un(wine)d with the Arts

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

U(wine)d with the Arts is a monthly program at LHUCA that occurs the first Thursday after First Friday Art Trail. This event allows you to learn about the current work on display at a slower pace and gives you access to exclusive insight from the LHUCA Curator and staff. 

lhuca.org

Lockhart

Chisholm Trail Roundup

June 13-15

Lockhart City Park, 504 City Park Road

The Chisholm Trail Roundup is Lockhart’s largest annual festival and tourism event. Now celebrating its 51st year, the event has a range of family activities including a petting zoo, pig races, a carnival, rodeo, barbecue cookoff, the Grand Parade in historic downtown, and live entertainment.

lockhartchamber.com/chisholm-trail-roundup

Fort Stockton

Summer Off the Patio Concert Series

June 13, 27; July 11, 25

Annie Riggs Museum, 301 S. Main St.

This annual summer concert series features Texas talent off the patio of the Annie Riggs Museum on every other Thursday night in June and July. Food and drinks are served while visitors enjoy music under the star-filled skies of West Texas.

annieriggsmuseum.org

Lubbock

“The Cher Show”

June 14-16

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, 1300 Mac Davis Lane

For six decades, only one unstoppable force has dominated pop culture—breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. “The Cher Show” is the Tony Award-winning musical of Cher’s story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

buddyhollyhall.com/events/category/series/the-cher-show-2024

Lewisville

Juneteenth Celebration

June 14

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

A Juneteenth Celebration concert features multiple bands and food trucks. Admission is free. Bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy the show with family and friends.

visitlewisville.com

Aransas Pass

Shrimporee

June 14-16

Shrimporee Festival Grounds, 200 E. Johnson Ave.

The annual Shrimporee festival has celebrated the rich heritage of this coastal community for 76 years. The festival pays homage to a time when Aransas Pass was known as the Shrimp Capital of the World. The weekend includes live music on two stages, craft vendors, a live cooking stage serving up shrimp, a carnival, and kids’ zone and several family-friendly activities.

aransaspass.org

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

June 14-16

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

Kerrville

“The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church”

June 14-30

Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St.

In this new comedy by Bo Wilson, the ladies of The Charitable Sisterhood have gathered to organize a benefit for homeless Guatemalans, but they turn up a much more urgent problem right here at home. In the tradition of comedies like “Steel Magnolias” and “Crimes of the Heart,” the laughs are intermingled with some serious ideas to create a compelling evening of theater.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Port Aransas

Ladies’ Powder Puff Fishing Tournament

June 14-15

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

This is the largest all-female fishing tournament on the Texas coast. Trophies are awarded to first, second, and third place finishers in the guided and amateur divisions.

ladiespowderpuff.com

New Braunfels

Molly Hatchet in Concert

June 15

Brauntex Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St.

In the early 1970s, a new genre of music was emerging in Jacksonville, Florida. A mixture of blues, country, gospel, and the English invasion of rock ‘n’ roll that later was coined Southern rock. The music was full of style and emotion with bands such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet in the forefront. Molly Hatchet toured with Aerosmith, Bob Seger, and The Rolling Stones. Today, Molly Hatchet’s tradition and legacy lives on.

brauntex.org

Blanco

Market Day

June 15

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

Garland

Juneteenth Celebration

June 15

Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St.

Bring the whole family out to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people with a celebration of freedom and unification through dance, speakers, and live music. A children’s activity area and an area to reflect on the day’s historical significance are present.

visitgarlandtx.com/juneteenth

Italy

Tour d’Italia

June 15

Italy High School, 300 College St.

Benefitting Italy High School, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and other North Texas charities, Tour d’Italia enters its 38th year. Join over 1,400 bicyclists on routes ranging from 12 to 63 miles. Families are welcome, and finishers receive a T-shirt and post-ride snow cones.

tourditalia.org

Bastrop

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

June 15

Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St.

The Bastrop Juneteenth Celebration committee has been observing the emancipation of African Americans and the contributions and accomplishments of local African American individuals for the past 36 years. The official celebration kicks off on Saturday with a parade down historic Main Street. The day continues with the Family Freedom Festival at Fisherman’s Park featuring live music, a DJ, food and small business vendors, kids and adult activities, and family competitions. A musical guest in the evening wraps up the festivities.

facebook.com/bastropjuneteenth512

Spring Branch

Gary P. Nunn with the County Line Band in Concert

June 15

Anhalt Dance Hall, 2390 Anhalt Road

Gary P. Nunn is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known for writing “London Homesick Blues,” which was the theme song for Austin City Limits from 1977 to 2004. The County Line Band, another Texas favorite, opens up for Nunn.

anhalthall.com/event/gary-p-nunn

Allen

Texas Beekeepers Association Summer Clinic

June 15

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen, 210 E. Stacy Road

Calling all beekeepers and anyone interested in learning more about bees. The theme for this year’s clinic is honey. Expert speakers talk about how to help your bees become more successful, and classes are available for all levels of beekeeping. There are vendors available with everything needed to be successful, as well as specialty items of bee products and crafts.

texasbeekeepers.org

Amarillo

Texas Route 66 Festival Finale

June 15

Amarillo Route 66 Historic District

Experience the grand finale of the 10-day Texas Route 66 Festival. Enjoy live music, a car show, a pin-up pageant, vendors, kids’ activities, and other festivities. Immerse yourself in iconic Route 66 vibes and celebrate the rich history and culture of this legendary highway.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Aaron Watson in Concert

June 15

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

Chart-topping country singer (“The Underdog”) and Amarillo native Aaron Watson makes his return to Starlight Ranch. This is a lawn chair-friendly outdoor show on the main stage.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Palestine

Father’s Day Slow Meat Feast

June 15

The Regan Ranch, 8698 Couty Road 239, Oakwood

Celebrate the father in your life with an evening Argentine-style grilling event. Ranch-raised meats and Argentine specialties are served in an outdoor quincho at a working ranch in East Texas. The meal is eaten over a number of hours as each cut of meat becomes ready. Bring your own wine or beer for the meal, which concludes with a typical Argentine campesino dessert.

theregenranch.com

New Braunfels

Old Gruene Market Days

June 15-16; July 20-21; August 17-18

Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road

Every month, nearly 100 vendors converge in Gruene Historic District to offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods.

gruenemarketdays.com

Boerne

Bull Riding Blowout

June 15

Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road

Prepare for edge-of-your-seat excitement at the sixth annual Kendall County Fair Association Bull Riding Blowout. Watch man go up against bull and mutton bustin’ for the kiddos.

kcfa.org

Baytown

Market at Town Square

June 15, July 20, Aug. 17

Town Square, 213 W. Texas Ave.

Every third Saturday of the month, stroll through the outdoor market with your friends, family, or even your furry loved ones while discovering over 70 local vendors with unique, handmade and handcrafted merchandise.

baytown.org/954/the-market-at-town-square

Grand Prairie

Father’s Day Car Show and Concert

June 15-16

Traders Village, 2603 Mayfield Road

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at Traders Village and enjoy a car show and concert. Bring Dad and the whole family for live music and classic cars.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

June 15, July 20, Aug. 17

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Once a month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn about the birds of the Brazosport area.

gcbo.org

Plano

Juneteenth Celebration

June 15

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

This event honors the lives, struggles, and successes of the city’s Black ancestors and current leaders while also celebrating when all Americans became free. A gospel concert in celebration of Black Music Month also takes place at McCall Plaza.

visitplano.com/event/2024-juneteenth-celebration

Edinburg

Juneteenth Jubilee

June 15

Promenade Park Amphitheater, 201 W. McIntyre St.

The city of Edinburg and the Edinburg Juneteenth Jubilee Committee invite travelers to this annual Juneteenth celebration, an event showcasing the rich Black heritage of the Rio Grande Valley. Along with commemorating the holiday, festivities include musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors.

edinburgarts.com

Bastrop

“Harriet Tubman: The Journey to Freedom”

June 15-Aug. 15

Kerr Community Center, 1308 Walnut St.

The Wofford Sculpture Studio presents its traveling 9-foot monument that celebrates Harriet Tubman’s heroic journey to rescue enslaved people in the 1800s. The sculpture has traveled the country since 2020, but this is the first time it is on display in Texas. See it at the Kerr Community Center, a gathering spot for the African American community of Bastrop during the time of racial segregation in the United States.

woffordsculpturestudio.com

Waco

Water Lantern Festival

June 15

Baylor Basin at McLane Stadium, 1001 S. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.

The Waco Water Lantern Festival brings people together for a celebration of light and community. The evening includes food trucks, music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night.

waterlanternfestival.com/waco.php

Austin

19th Fest

June 16

Waterloo Park, 500 E. 12th St.

Join 19th Fest and celebrate Juneteenth with a day full of food, culture, and community. The festival features kid-friendly activities, live music, and retail vendors.

19thfest.com

Grapevine

Father’s Day Special Excursion

June 16

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.

Celebrate Father’s Day on board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and create wonderful memories with Dad. Climb aboard and be swept back in time inside authentic 1920s coaches with modern amenities such as air conditioning.

gvrr.com/special-events

La Grange

Ammannsville Parish Picnic

June 16

Ammannsville KJT Hall, 7904 Mensik Road

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church celebrates its 134th year with a fried chicken and sausage dinner and music by Mark Halata and Texavia and The Czechaholics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fury on the Fourth Championship Bull Riding

July 4

Lee County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 West

Enjoy some championship bull riding at Fury on the Fourth. 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

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

Barbecue Dinner and Fourth of July Parade

July 4

American Lion 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

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

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/

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

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

Lubbock

Bards, Brews, and Brawls

July 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

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 Peach Festival

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

Bandera County Courthouse and Mansfield Park , 500 Main St. and 2886 SH 16 North

Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Festivities taking place on the courthouse lawn include a Frontier Times Museum’s celebration, gunfighter shows, live music, and special Old West guests. In the evening, Ridin the River Cowboy Fellowship hosts its Bulls, Barrels, and Breakaway contest, a rodeo event at Mansfield Park.

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

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

Austin

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

Aug. 17-Feb. 28

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.

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

hrc.utexas.edu

Fredericksburg

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

Hamilton

Hamilton County Dove Festival

Aug. 29-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

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

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

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

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

Llano

San Antonio

Water Lantern Festival

Sept. 28

Millers Pond Park, 6175 Old Pearsall Road

The San Antonio Water Lantern Festival brings people together for a celebration of light and community. The evening includes food trucks, music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night.

waterlanternfestival.com/sanantonio.php

Galveston

Malevo Live

Oct. 5

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Direct from Argentina, this all-male group elevates malambo dance traditions with urban percussion and dance. Demonstrating strength, dexterity, and agility with elements of flamenco, tango, and Irish step dance, the group performs a dynamic visual and sensory theatrical experience.

thegrand.com

Llano

Lladies Night on the Llano

Llano Main Street , Main Street Llano TX

https://visitllanotexas.com/

Katy

Rice Harvest Festival

Oct. 12-13

Historic Town Square, 901 Ave. C

This festival, occurring annually on the second weekend of October in downtown Katy, honors the city’s history as a rice farming community. Enjoy a carnival, craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a kids zone, craft beer, and art and rice cooking contests. There is a free shuttle that takes visitors to and from the parking area at the Merrell Center.

katyriceharvestfestival.com

Marathon

M2M: Marathon 2 Marathon

Oct. 26

The biggest event that this little town of 420 hosts, the M2M is considered an international bucket list race, with runners from 25 states and over seven countries participating over the years. It is also a Boston Marathon qualifier and a net downhill race with 450 to 500 racers. There’s also a half marathon, 10K, and 5K race. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives a T-shirt and medal, plus free beer. A pasta dinner and barbecue lunch is available for purchase.

marathon2marathon.com

Lake Jackson

Festival of Lights

Nov. 18

Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332

Lake Jackson brings the Yuletide cheer with this kick-off to the holiday season. Festivities include a carnival, games, and a parade.

lakejackson-tx.gov

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