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Some of the fun events & festival and things to do in Texas this year - from rodeos to music  to art shows and more.   If you have an event you would like listed, let me know.   We do not list monthly "markets" and reserve the right to decide what is appropriate here.   We also greatly appreciate it if you list our site on yours.  It makes me like you more.

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January  (PLEASE NOTE.  Not all events have been updated, but the URLs should still be valid)


  • Washington's Birthday Celebration, Laredo, Feb 13-22, 2016 - Carnival celebrating George Washington, a longstanding tradition.
  • San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, San Angelo, February 13-March 1, 2016 - One of the top rodeos in the nation based on total purse, the San Angelo Rodeo brings top cowboys and cowgirls from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association every year.
  • Charro Days, Brownsville, February 26-March 8, 2016 - The biggest celebration in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, Port Arthur, February 12-February 15, 2016 - Robert Earl Keen, Motorcycle show & run and tons of fun.
  • Mardi Gras! Galveston, Galveston, February 16-Mar 1, 2016- An extravagant Mardi Gras celebration, Texas-style.


  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston, March 1-20, 2016 - I grew up going to this every year.  The Cutting Horse competition was my favorite event, but the Cutting Horse Association has their own events now.  And if you're going to the rodeo, please see a C&W performer, not some pop star.
  • South by Southwest, Austin, Mar 11-20, 2016 - A unique festival of music, film, and technology.
  • Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, Mercedes, March 11-20, 2016 - A fun livestock show promoting agriculture to youth, rodeo, calf scramble and all that good stuff.
  • Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas, La Grange, March 10-13, 2016 - Texas Western Swing Festival celebrates western & cowboy heritage, BBQ, dancing & Texas hospitality.
  • Texas Ranger Day, Burton, March 12, 2016- Celebrate history with Railroad, Texas Rangers and street dance!
  • Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, Austin, March 12-26, 2016 - A fun rodeo for the whole family, Super Shootout, Mutton Bustin' and great entertainers.
  • San Augustine Pro Rodeo, San Augustine, Apr 20-21, 2018 - Calf scramble, mutton bustin' and more


  • Walker County Fair, Huntsville, March 30-April 8, 2017 - A fun fest for the whole family and a PRCA Rodeo, to boot!
  • Scarborough Faire®, the Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie, April 8-May 29, 2017 (weekends) - Exciting Renaissance festival.
  • Galveston FeatherFest, Galveston, April 6-9, 2017 - The largest birding festival on the upper coast.
  • Poteet Strawberry Festival, April 7-9, 2017 - Exciting events, contests, and carnival fun. Oh, and strawberries!!
  • Chalk This Way, Lewisville, April 8, 2017 - Professional chalk artists, amateur chalk art contest, art vendors, food, music.
  • April in Edom, Edom, April 8 & 9, 2017 - Old fashioned street fair for adults, kids and pets.
  • Texas Rockin' Seafood Festival, April 21-23, 2017 - LaMarque - Come celebrate the rich bounty of the Texas Gulf, the fun and energy of Gulf Coast culture, and the explosion of epicurean diversity of the Gulf Coast
  • Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, Denton, April 28-April 30, 2017 - A celebration of the arts in a creative community.


  • Maifest, Brenham, May 5-6, 2017 - One of the oldest German heritage fests of the south with great music and arts.
  • League City Music Festival, League City, May 5-6, 2017 - Tracy Byrd, Jake Worthington, Eric Paslay, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Mike & The Moonpies, Fred Rusk & the Zydeco Hi-Steppers.
  • Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Arlington, May 5-7, 2017 - Dancing, athletics, and more to celebrate Scottish heritage.
  • First Saturday Arts Market, Houston, May 6, 2017 (open year round on the first Saturday of each month) - Monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists.
  • Western Heritage Classic, Abilene, May 11-14, 2017 - Authentic ranch activities and showcase.
  • Comicpalooza, Houston, May 12-14, 2017 - Largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop culture convention to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • Katy Cajun Invasion, Katy Mills, May 16-18, 2017 - A celebration of the great music, food, and fun of the Bayou culture; bands combining Texas Country with Louisiana Zydeco and Brass Bands; crafts, armadillo races.
  • PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, Fort Worth, May 17-June 17, 2017 - A recital series, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and concerts by talented young pianists.
  • Red Cat Jazz Festival, Galveston Island, May 25-28, 2017 - Non-stop live jazz holiday weekend festival located at Moody Gardens.
  • Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, May 25-Jun 11, 2017 - Music and food for "Kerrverts" of all ages.
  • National Polka Festival, Ennis, May 26-28, 2017 - Czech heritage festivities; parade, Enjoy a weekend of polka dancing, Czech foods, and live polka bands.


  • Big Pines Blues Fest, Longview, May 25-26, 2018 - Festival sanctioned by the Estate of T-Bone Walker and hosted by his daughter, Bernita Walker.
  • Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, Houston, June 2-July 1, 2017 - Over 50 public events open to the general public featuring a concerts presented by Festival Orchestra, faculty, and institutes for high school jazz musicians, high school pianists, young professional opera singers, and flutists.
  • Kolache-Klobase Festival, East Bernard, June 9, 2018 - Plenty of live music, dancing & lively entertainment with bands and entertainers from 10:30 am-8 pm.
  • Texas City Kite Festival, Texas City Dike/Levee, June 9-10, 2018 - Competitions in kite flying, a kiteboarding hydrofoil race, powered paragliding exhibition, and the world’s first-ever tanker surfing competition.
  • Pecos Rodeo, Pecos, June, 21-24, 2017 - The world's first rodeo - since 1883.



  • Butterfly & Dragonfly Walks, Estero Llano Grande State Park  Every Friday at 10:30 AM through Sept 28- Over 300 butterflies and 100 dragonflies fly in the Valley, usually unnoticed and unappreciated--until now! Join a knowledgeable ranger as we seek out these natural wonders, some unique and found in the United States only in South Texas.
  • Star Party, Pedernales Falls State Park, Aug 11 -Join the Austin Astronomical Society in viewing the wonders of space through many different telescopes!
  • Austin Bat Fest, Aug 18.2018 -  In mid to late August, thousands of peoplecome to Austin's Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin to see millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats, shop for locally made crafts and listen to over 30 live bands on two stages.
  • East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Henderson, August 11-12, 2018 -163rd Annual East Texas Convention.  Singers from many U.S. states annually descend on Henderson, Texas for this special event.
  • Hotter 'n Hell Hundred Bike Ride, Wichita Falls, Aug 23-26, 2018 - This has gotta be the hottest Hotter 'n Hell Bike Ride in history!  Masochists and extreme athletes welcome.  (That last bit is just my personal opinion. hehe)


  • Butterfly & Dragonfly Walks, Estero Llano Grande State Park  Every Friday at 10:30 AM through Sept 28 - Over 300 butterflies and 100 dragonflies fly in the Valley, usually unnoticed and unappreciated--until now! Join a knowledgeable ranger as we seek out these natural wonders, some unique and found in the United States only in South Texas.
  • The Fall Corn Maze, 17 Mazes in Texas, from Amarillo to Texarkana - The Texas Mazes are part of a larger MAiZE family that has more than 260 corn mazes located around the globe. Our MAiZE craze began back in 1996, bringing agritainment to millions around the world.
  • Washington County Fair, Brenham, September 14-22, 2018 - The first county fair in Texas!  Petting zoo, Chainsaw sculpture, BBQ contests and all kinds of fun things to do for the entire family.
  • Annual GrapeFest®, Grapevine, Sept 13-16, 2018 - Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, is back for four days of family-friendly festival fun.
  • Texas Renaissance Festival, Todd Mission, September 29-November 25, 2018 - Each weekend of the festival takes on a different theme, influencing the performances, costumes, food, drink, art, shops, contests, and games throughout the festival grounds.


  • South Texas Maize Hondo, September 15 - Nov 25, 2018 - 7 acre maize maze (get it?) Fun event for the family.
  • "Come and Take It" Days, Gonzales, October 5-17, 2018 - Music, T-Bone cookoff, battle reenactment.
  • All American Pro Rodeo Finals, Waco, Oct 4-13, 2018 - Rodeo events include: Saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, bareback riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping and bull riding, not to mention everyone's favorite calf scramble and mutton bustin'.
  • Texas Mesquite Art Festival, Fredericksburg, October 12-14, 2018 - Collections of sculpted wood from the world’s finest mesquite craftsmen.
  • Texas Mushroom Festival, Madisonville, Oct 13, 2018 - Mushroom Capital of Texas celebration.
  • Bluebonnet Horse Expo, Austin, October 20, 2018, 9 AM to 7 PM - Travis County Expo Center, Austin, TX.  The Bluebonnet Horse Expo is a day of horses, fun, and shopping  that benefits the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Ongoing Clinics & Demonstrations, Silent & Live Auctions, Vendor Booths, Art Sale, and the Rescue Horse Training Challenge
  • Harvest Moon Festival, Granbury October 20-21, 2018 - Showcasing the unique and diverse works from 60+ artists, makers and craftspeople!  Live music, food, and an interactive, “make-it, take-it” arts area for all ages!
  • Flatonia Czhilispiel, Flatonia, October 26-28, 2018 - 45th annual event with a concert series, cook-off, biergarten, carnival, parade, arts and crafts market, 5K and various other activities.
  • Sassafras Festival, San Augustine, October 27, 2018 - Music, classic cars, BBQ cook-off and more fun.


  • George West Storyfest, George West, November 2-4, 2018 - Quality, family-oriented event; dedicated to preserving our rich heritage of storytelling.
  • Wurstfest, New Braunfels, November 2-11, 2018 - Annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! You’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.
  • Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Harlingen, November 7, 2018 - Offering great birds, excellent guiding, educational seminars, rousing socials and fun.
  • Heritage Syrup Festival, Henderson, November 10, 2018 - Only folk life festival in East Texas.
  • Festival of Lights, Lake Jackson, ?  2018 - Kick-off the holiday season with this event that has games, a parade, and lots more!


  • Austin Trail of Lights, Austin, check back for 2018 dates - More than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories.  It's an Austin tradition.
  • Dickens on the Strand, Galveston, December ? 2018 - Street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers.
  • Annual Gruene Pony Express Ride - Gruene, December 1, 2018 - A Pony Express rider from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels will arrive and relay riders carry a “Christmas Greetings” message from the Governor of Texas. A temporary Post Office will be set up to cancel stamps for mailing. Bring your Christmas cards to have the stamps cancelled with the 2017 commemorative stamp representing Gruene.
  • Tomball German Christmas Market, Tomball, December 7-9, 2018 - Come and enjoy the family-friendly ambience - Gemütlichkeit - of this unique music/street festival with three stages of live music and an open air market along with antique shops in the old town area.


Thanks to Bob Fuldauer of Turn To Productions for his help in providing events to list here.

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