While grocery and holiday shopping may top your lists of to-dos this weekend, don’t forget to make time for a little fun. There are always so many events from which to choose, but here’s a glimpse of what’s happening this weekend.
To find even more things to do, visit the Texas Highways Events Calendar.
Ranch-Hand Breakfast at King Ranch, Kingsville:The 26th annual Ranch Hand Breakfast opens the gates of the 825,000-acre King Ranch on Nov. 19 for visitors to experience the life of cowboys and ranch hands. Enjoy a heaping plate of eggs, refried beans, biscuits and gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice. Watch team roping demonstrations, re-enactors, musical entertainment, poetry and storytelling. Breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m.
Weihnachtsmarkt, New Braunfels: German-style Christmas market is held at the New Braunfels Civic Center from Nov. 18-20 with unique decorations, specialty items, gifts and antiques. Select from a wide array of retail merchants, artisans and authors.
The Polar Express Train Ride, Palestine: Head to the Texas State Railroad’s Palestine Depot and read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round-trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child. Runs Nov. 18-20, 25-27; and Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23.
Zoo Lights, San Antonio: The San Antonio Zoo features a dazzling array of lights transforming the San Antonio Zoo into a winter wonderland of treats and treasures, beginning Nov. 19 and running through Jan. 1. Read more about the Zoo Lights in Texas Highways.
ArtWalk, Alpine: Alpine’s biggest arts festival spans two days to showcase art exhibitions in many local businesses against a backdrop of live music.
East Austin Studio Tour, Austin: Enjoy this annual, self-guided art event. The event provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Concludes this weekend, Nov. 19-20.
Milam Settler’s Days, Milam: This annual historical celebration focuses on Early Texas. The event, set for Nov. 18-19 at El Camino Park, includes a quilt show and historical re-enactors, period music and vendors featuring homemade items and food. Milam Settler’s Day has been held in the same location for more than 20 years on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. This event has a wonderful Family atmosphere.
Texas Renaissance Festival, Todd Mission: Re-creation of an English village of the 16th century features magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians performing on six stages. Through Nov. 27.
When Georgia Was Here, Canyon : Drawn from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s art collection and from public and private collections nationwide, the exhibition presents a new perspective on American art contemporaneous with Georgia O’Keefe’s time at WTAMU 1916 and 1918.
Piecemakers’ Guild Quilt Show, Corsicana: Through Nov. 28, Warehouse Living Arts Center in Corsicana features a monthlong, judged quilt show with more than 100 beautiful quilts. Members hand quilt during the first two weeks of show. Classes are open to the public during show. Check the website for weekly events and more information.
Merry Marketplace Arts and Crafts Fair, Giddings: On Nov. 20, there will be arts and crafts of every type at the Lee County Youth Center, just in time for Christmas shoppers looking for the perfect present. Santa also makes an appearance for the children.
Fall Tejano Festival, Grand Prairie: On Nov. 19, Tejanotothebone.com will finish out its 2016 concert series of live Tejano music at Traders Village.
CraftTexas 2016, Houston: The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections. Through Jan. 8 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Genocide: Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind, Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston exhibit features 65 selections, from more than 600 submissions by Texas artists, representing 2-D and 3-D media, with the exception of film and video. Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through Dec. 31.