Rockin’ the River—Live on the Trinity

Fort Worth: July 20, 27

Enjoy a free, weekly summer concert series with a cool twist: the stage is right on the Trinity River in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth. Watch a concert while floating in the river, or bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a great view from the shore.

Paramount Sci-Fi Film Fest

Abilene: July 19-20

This film festival features screenings of “Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse,” “Flash Gordon,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and “Mad Max.” There will also be talks, shorts, and Khan-tests. 

D’Town Barbecue Cookoff

Dumas: July 19-20

This annual cookoff features teams from across the Texas Panhandle and beyond. Averaging 35-40 teams, this cookoff is recognized by the state of Texas and the International Barbeque Cookers Association and has a variety of meats including brisket, ribs, pork shoulder/butt, and chicken. 

Sahawe Summer Ceremonials

Uvalde: July 19, 20, 26, 27

The Sahawe Dancers are a unique performing group from Uvalde, Texas. These ceremonials feature a 90-minute performance of dances from the Plains and Pueblo tribes and tribes from Mexico. This is where visitors can see the Sahawes at their best.

Corvette Invasion

Bastrop: July 19-21

The largest Corvette car show in Texas comes to Bastrop. Check out hundreds of Corvettes before they caravan out on Sunday to the Circuit of the Americas Race Track—the only F1 track in America. The show also features car show awards, and auto, food, and lifestyle vendors, as well as other special events.

North American Jewelry and Gift Show

New Braunfels: July 19-21

Shop this show for beads, jewelry, gold, silver, gemstones, clothing, handbags, accessories, gift items, and vintage jewelry. There is free wine, free parking, and free hourly prizes.

Sul Ross Weekend

Alpine: July 19-21

The 43rd annual long weekend of events celebrates Sul Ross State University and supports its rodeo program. Activities include a dance with live music, roping events, sport clay shooting, and poker and golf tournaments.

Performers acting out Central Texas history in a performance of Salado Legends. Photo courtesy of Tablerock Amphitheatre

“Salado Legends”

Salado: July 20, 27; Aug. 3

Central Texas’ favorite outdoor musical drama depicts life in Texas in the 1850s. Written by Salado resident Jackie Mills, the play was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2000 as a Local Legacy for depicting historical Texas.

RGV Mango Fest

Bayview: July 20

This is a celebration of all things mango. See the vast kinds of mangos and other exotic fruit that can grow in South Texas and taste amazing and rare mango varieties. Families and kids enjoy activities ranging from a mango pie eating contest and Polynesian dance to mango crafts and a mango boat ride. 


Corpus Christi: July 20

The American Bank Center hosts the third annual Wingapalooza where visitors can sample as many wings as they like and enjoy live music.

Night in Old Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg: July 20

Celebrate the heritage of the Texas Hill Country with a barbecue and chili cookoff, live music, food, drinks, and more.

Amarillo Community Market

Amarillo: July 20, 27

The Market hosts live music and a diverse mix of everything the Panhandle has to offer: herbs and veggies, baked goods, live plants, cut flowers, jellies, jams and pickles, and arts and crafts.

Santa Ana Ball

Brazoria: July 21

This is a re-enactment of a ball held in Brazoria, Texas in 1832 after the Battle of Velasco. The evening includes a gourmet fajita and enchilada dinner, silent and live auction, and dancing. It is a costume ball in the era of the Republic of Texas. There is a costume contest for Best Couple and party favors for all.

Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off 

Mckinney: July 21

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by tasting freshly made ice creams created by home cooks competing for awards at this 24th annual ice cream festival. The Crank-Off, which has been featured on Food Network, includes kids activities, music, and delicious ice cream samplings for $1 each.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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