Texas Festivals

Festivals 2009

  • Last week in January
    Citrus Fiesta
    Mission Texas
    Citrus Fiesta costume show and parade. 100,000 attend.
    512-585-9724
  • February
    Mardis Gras
    Galveston, Texas
    409-763-4311
    200,000 visitors annually. Seven parades over two weekends.
  • February 26, 27 and 28, 2010
    Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
    Alpine, Texas
    On the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas
    915-837-8191
  • February
    Washington’s Birthday Celebration
    Laredo, Texas
    Since 1898. Over 20 events and two parades. 250,000 attend annually.
  • First weekend in March
    Fulton Oysterfest
    Fulton Harbor
    Fulton, Texas
    50,000 attend annually. Food, arts & crafts, entertainment, and dancing.
    800-242-0071
  • First Saturday in March
    General Granbury’s Birthday and Bean cook-off
    Granbury, Texas
    Arts and crafts, bean-eating contests, outhouse races, parade.
    817-573-5548
  • March 12 -21, 2010
    South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW)The first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) was held in 1987 in Austin, Texas. Despite the fact that Austin was not a Top 20 major market at the time, the background and character of the city made it a perfect location for the conference. Austin was considered a fairly cosmopolitan town for its size because of the University of Texas, which draws people from all over the world. As home to the state government and Texas Legislature it has also always been a popular party town, with a reputation that goes back to the 19th century when numerous nightspots and bars were populated by General Custer’s troops after the Civil War. These nightspots are located in the same areas where the 6th Street and 4th Street club and bar scenes now exist.
  • Second weekend in March
    Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup
    Sweetwater, Texas
    Annual event for over 30 years. Attracts 35,000 visitors annually. This is the original and largest of the rattlesnake roundups. 15,000 pounds of rattlesnake and plenty of other activities.
    The weekend will officially kick off on Thursday, March 12, 2009 with our Rattlesnake Review Parade through downtown Sweetwater. That evening, you can join us for the Miss Snake Charmer Pageant held in the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday March 13, 2009 for the 51st Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up with snakes being weighed in at 7:00 a.m. that morning at the Nolan County Coliseum. Catch one of our snake handling demonstrations while you are here and don’t forget to try some deep-fried
    915-235-5488
  • April 04 – May 25, 2009
    Scarborough Renaissance Festival
    Watch shows on 21 stages, find one-of-a-kind merchandise, enjoy games and rides, and sample a multinational variety of foods. Open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day. 2511 FM 66.
    Website: /http://www.scarboroughrenfest.com
    Phone: 972-938-3247
  • April 09 – April 11, 2010
    Poteet Strawberry FestivalPoteet, Texas, USA
    The Poteet Strawberry Festival® is one of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas as well as one of the most exciting, dynamic festivals in the Greater Southwest. The 100 acre site, which is located on Hwy. 16, 20 minutes south of San Antonio, offers free parking, clean public restrooms, handicapped accessibility, complete RV facilities, and tent covered activities during the fun filled Festival Weekend.
  • April 16-19 – Fort Worth
    MAIN Street. Artfest
    Regarded as one of the nation’s premiere festivals, MAIN ST. features over 200 juried artists, 400 musical & cultural performances, children’s area, spectacular food & fun. Celebrating its 24th Anniversary!
    (817) 336-2787.
  • Fiesta, San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas
    210-227-5191
    10 day citywide festival third and fourth weekends in April.
    Celebrates Texas’ victory over Santa Ana at San Jacinto in 1836 which resulted in Texas independence from Mexico. This is a world class Fiesta featuring parades, concerts and band festivals; art exhibitions, flower and fashion shows; musical productions, balls and street dancing; coronation of King Antonio and the Pilgrimage to the Alamo.
  • First weekend in May
    The National Polka Festival
    Ennis, Texas
    Everyone come help us celebrate forty three wonderful years of Czech Heritage Festivities. Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, the National Polka Festival® offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family in a small city atmosphere.
    214-875-2625
  • May 01 – May 03, 2009
    Fort Worth    
    Mayfest
    Features food, arts & crafts and live performances. Trinity Park.
    Website: http://www.fortworthgov.org
    Phone: 817-332-1055
  • May 09, 2009
    Brew B Q
    Austin, Texas
    Beer and BBQ sampling, beer games, contest, Back Yard BBQ Challenge, Pie Eating Contest, BBQ Sauce wrestling, BBQ Documentary Films, Over 100 Beers, Over 20 BBQ Restaurants,a carnival, arts & crafts, beer games like washers, quarters, darts, horse shoes, coaster flipping, empty can toss, keg toss, beer trivia, pint chug, home brew contest, and much more. Two stages, one with major national act, one with October Fest bands and entertainers.
  • May 08 – May 10, 2009
    Taste Addison
    Addison, Texas, USA
    Please make note of the dates for the most eagerly anticipated annual festival in North Texas – Taste Addison at beautiful Addison Circle Park. In addition to sampling fabulous fare from nearly 60 Addison restaurants, guests come from across the Southwest to enjoy the non-stop, world class musical entertainment by national, local and regional acts performing a variety of music to suit everyone. Plus, there are carnival rides, midway games, arts and crafts, wine tastings, and chef demonstrations. Since this is Mothers Day weekend, Taste Addison is a great place to treat Mom
  • May 15 -May 17, 2009
    Wildflower Arts and Music FestivalAward-winning eclectic arts and music festival in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
    Estimated attendees-70000   
  • May 16 – May 17, 2009
    Highland Scottish Games & Celtic FestivalHouston, Texas, USA
    Celtic Festival featuring traditional Scottish Highland Games including solo piping & drumming & pipe band, highland dancing & heavy athletic competitions. Entertainment stages featuring celtic music, food, drink & merchandise vendors and childrens games. Sheepdog demonstrations, highland cattle & rescue dogs on show. Clans & societies represented. Workshops in Geneology & Robert Burns. Opening & prize giving parades. Proceeds benefit Texas Childrens Hospital and HHGA scholarship fund
  • May 15 -May 17, 2009    
    Pasadena Strawberry Festival
    Pasadena, Texas
    36th Annual, Family Fun, Mud Volleyball,Cookoff,World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake, Music,Childrens are
    Estimated attendees-56000   
  • May 15 -May 16, 2009
    Festival on the Concho
    3rd annual, Petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, general store, childrens entertainment stage, rock
    Estimated attendees-1000   
  • May 15 -May 17, 2009
    Deutschen Pfest
    Pflugerville, Texas
    34th Annual Deutschen Pfest Dale Watson, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, Bustamoovalators, Carolyn Wonderland
    Estimated attendees-30000 
    512-990-6101
  • May 16 -May 17, 2009  
    Scottish Highland Games
    Houston, Texas
    Enjoy the sights, sounds and foods of Scotland. Highland dancing, pipe bands.
    Estimated attendees-4000   
  • May 16, 2009  
    La Vernia, Texas
    Parade, Carnival, Volleyball, Helicopter Rides, Arts & Crafts, Live Auction, Lions Club sponsors
    Estimated attendees-10000   
  • May 16 -May 17, 2009    
    Battle of Temple Junction
    Temple, Texas
    Come and watch history come alive on the battlegrounds in the North Temple Industrial Park!
    Estimated attendees-2000 
    254-298-5900
  • May 21 -June 07, 2009  
    Folk Festival
    Kerrville, Texas
    Over 100 songwriters and their bands. Concerts, arts & crafts, kids concerts, food vendors and camping.
    Estimated attendees-2500   
    830-257-3600
  • May 22 – May 24, 2009
    Artfest
    Dallas, Texas, USA
    In 2009, ARTFEST ® celebrates its 40th Anniversary! Known as one of the premier Fine Arts shows & festivals in the nation, integrating fine art, kids arts, performance arts, music and fun activities for all. At ARTFEST ®, you find everything from one of a kind paintings, to sculptures; wood works to jewelry; masonry to yard art – there is something for art lovers of all ages, tastes and budgets.
  • May 22 -May 23, 2009
    Crawfish Festival
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    Louisiana styled music, food, arts, crafts, Gumbo Cook-off, and fun children’s area
    Estimated attendees-5000
    830-997-8515
  • May 22 -May 24, 2009
    Lone Star Stampede
    Conroe, Texas
    Texas State Championship BBQ Cook off, Carnival, 3 Bands Nightly, Equine Events
    Estimated attendees-45000 
    281-413-5961
  • May 23 -May 25, 2009
    Texas Arts & Crafts Fair
    Kerrville, Texas
    Juried fine arts & crafts show with food, music, art demos, children’s area and family entertainment.
    Estimated attendees-18000
    830-896-5711
  • May 23, 2009  
    Center Fly-In
    Center, Texas
    6th Annual Airplane rides for 8-17 years olds, plane & helicopter displays, Balloon rides, glow & more.
    Estimated attendees-600 
    936-598-3351
  • June 5 thru August 18, 2009
    TEXAS Musical Drama
    Canyon, Texas
    A LONE HORSEMAN, carrying the flag of the great state of Texas appears atop a 600 foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. With
    a burst of fireworks and a moving swell of the music, the horseman gallops away. Suddenly, a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers takes the stage to kick off the show that millions of fans from all around the world have come to see. Only a state as big as Texas could host a show as big as TEXAS!
    806-655-2181
  • June 05 -June 06, 2009
    Arts Festival
    Mansfield, Texas
    Live music, food, artists showcasing jewelry, pottery, paintings, glass, metal, leather, more
    Estimated attendees-3000 
    817-842-1051
  • June 05 -June 07, 2009  
    AlleyFest
    Longview, Texas
    3 day arts and crafts festival including Food Fest, Music Fest, Kids Fest and Alley Run
    Estimated attendees-20000 
    903-237-4000
  • June 11 -June 14, 2009
    Republic of Texas Biker Rally
    Austin, Texas
    Motorcycle rally with major concerts, most major bike builders around the country, camping, tours, poker
    Estimated attendees-150000
    512-441-9015
  • June 12-13 2009
    Bluegrass Festival
    Overton, Texas
    Performing bluegrass bands, workshops,arts and crafts.
    903-834-3171
  • Second Saturday in June
    Noonday Onion Festival
    Noonday (Tyler), Texas
    Onions sweeter than Vidalia, Georgia, or Walla Walla, Washington.
    903-592-1661
  • June 19 -June 20, 2009    
    Steak and Grape Festival
    Bryan, Texas
    Steak cookoff, live entertainment and wine tasting!
    Estimated attendees-10000
    979-209-5120
  • June 19 -June 21, 2009
    Boerne Berges Fest
    Boerne, Texas
    Celebrating German Heritage in the Texas Hill Country
    Estimated attendees-20000
  • June 19 -June 20, 2009
    Spring Fest
    Cleburne, Texas
    20th Art crafts Kids fun BBQ cook off Pet paradeTalent show Dessert bake off Tractors Motorcycles Jeeps
    Estimated attendees-12000 
    254-854-2917
  • June 19 -June 20, 2009
    Enrichment Festival & Cook-Off
    2nd Annual with Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off Competition, family friendly and a ton of things for the kids
    Estimated attendees-1500
    325-480-2308
  • June 19 -June 21, 2009
    Summer Balloon Classic
    Waxahachie, Texas
    DFW Summer Balloon Classic, An Aviation Extravaganza
    Estimated attendees-40000 
    469-644-4576
  • June. Last 2 weeks
    Fandangle Musical Production
    Shackelford County
    The Fort Griffin Fandangle is the oldest outdoor in the state of Texas. The musical takes place at an outdoor theater, called The Prairie Theatre, in Albany, Texas. Created by the late Robert Nail in 1938, the Fandangle has grown to a cast of over 400 and celebrates the founding of Albany. The show is attended by over 10,000 people each year. It is performed annually on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings of the last two weeks in June.
  • June 25 -28 2009
    Pasadena Strawberry Festival
    Pasadena, Texas
    36th Annual, Family Fun, Mud Volleyball,Cookoff,World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake, Music,Childrens are
    Estimated attendees-56000
    281-991-9500
  • Last weekend in June
    Watermelon Thump
    Luling, Texas
    35,000 attend. The Guiness Book of World Record seed spitting contest is held here. The current record is just under sixty nine feet.
    512-875-3214
  • July 3, 2009
    Addison Kaboom TownJuly 4th Family Fun Fest
    Temple, Texas
    This annual Independence Day celebration includes activities for the entire family!
    Estimated attendees-3000
    254-298-5401
  • Held on July 4…sometimes
    Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Birthday Party
    You never know who you might see there.
  • July 4th
    Texas Cowboy Reunion
    Stanford, Texas
    This is the real thing, no city cowboys here. In fact, no boys here.
    915-773-3614
  • July 04, 2009
    Independence Day Celebration
    Tenaha, Texas
    There will be patriotic and gospel singing program, and large fireworks display.
    Estimated attendees-1000
    936-248-3841
  • July 04, 2009
    Frontier Days
    Timpson, Texas
    Live demonstrations, folklore, entertainment, arts & crafts, parade, pageant, rides and more.
    Estimated attendees-1500 
    936-254-2603
  • July 04, 2009
    Lake Cities 4th of July
    Lake Dallas, Texas
    Free kid acitivites, parade, food, live music from 1100 Springs, fireworks display
    Estimated attendees-5000 
    940-497-2226
  • July 04, 2009
    Fourth of July Celebration
    Roscoe, Texas
    Food, kids area, crafts, fireworks, live entertainment all day, with major texas headliner band at night,
    Estimated attendees-4000
    325-514-8404
  • July 04, 2009
    July 4th Celebration
    Lake Dallas, Texas
    Food, art and craft vendors, kid’s activities, live music, contests, fireworks spectacular
    Estimated attendees-5000
    940-497-2226
  • July 10 -July 11, 2009
    What-A-Melon Festival
    Center, Texas
    Arts & crafts, food booths, live entertainment, watermelon growing contest, Carnival rides and more.
    Estimated attendees-4000
    936-598-9400
  • July 10 – July 12, 2009
    Taste of Dallas
    Dallas, Texas, USA
    Approximately 300,000 visitors converge on the historical streets of the West End District to enjoy summer fun and the ‘TASTE’ of Dallas against the beautiful skyline of downtown. The West End is a nationally recognized entertainment district and major tourism anchor for the City of Dallas, attracting an estimated seven million visitors annually. The district hosts more than 100 restaurants, clubs and retail and specialty shops.
  • July 17 -July 18, 2009
    Night in Old Fredericksburg
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    46th Annual, German food & drink, German & Texas music 2 stages, arts, crafts, kids area, hist. exhibits
    Estimated attendees-6500 
    830-997-8515
  • Third weekend in July
    Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree
    Athens, Texas
    Black-eyed pea capitol of the world. The festival includes cook-off and bike tour.
    903-675-5181
  • July 23 -July 25, 2009
    Great Texas Mosquito Festival
    29th Annual, Entertainment nightly, Arts & Crafts, Food, Carnival and many events.
    Estimated attendees-18000  
    800-371-2971
  • July 24 -July 26, 2009  
    Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Fest
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    Spice It Up! Entertainment, Hot Air Balloons, Wildflower & pepper fields, Butterfly Haus, Food Court
    Estimated attendees-3000 
    830-997-8515
  • First weekend in August
    Cantaloupe Festival
    Pecos, Texas
    This is a celebration of the world famous Pecos cantaloupe harvest.
    915-445-2400
  • Aug 09, 2009  
    Ice Cream Festival
    Austin, Texas
    3rd Annual, 20 Ice Cream Vendors, childrens music, juggling, carnival,
    Estimated attendees-15000 
    512-441-9015
  • August 22, 2008 – August 22, 2009
    BATFEST
    Austin, Texas, USA
    One of the world’s largest urban bat colonies living in the heart of downtown – Under the Congress Avenue Bridge! Every night during the summer months, millions of these amazing creatures emerge from under the bridge and fly off into the night. Every day at dusk, thousands of visitors flock to the site to witness this miracle of nature. Roadway Productions has teamed up with leading Bat experts, Bat Conservation International, to host a celebration of this extraordinary event – BATFEST! This first-class family event showcases unique arts & crafts. Other activities include educational displays, children’s activities and games, food and beverage concessions, live music, local celebrities, and street performers. An extensive advertising campaign including television, radio, newspaper, and internet promote BATFEST. Estimated attendance exceeds 50,000 for the festival weekend
  • Third weekend in August
    Taylor International Barbecue Cookoff
    Murphy Park
    Taylor, Texas
    512-352-6364
  • Labor Day
    Marfa Lights Festival
    Marfa, Texas
    Celebration and discussions of the mysterious Marfa Lights. Street dance and live entertainment.
    915-729-4942
  • September
    World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest
    Sulphur Springs, Texas
    The stew is worth the trip.
    903-885-6515
  • Sept 04 -Sept 06, 2009
    Summertime Blues
    Freeport, Texas
    Blues music, motorcycle rally, Blues BrothersTribute band, triathlon, food, kids area, fireworks, parade,
    Estimated attendees-5000 
    979-871-0114
  • Sept 10 -Sept 13, 2009
    National Cowboy Symposium
    Lubbock, Texas
    Celebrates & preserves western heritage & cowboy culture.
    Estimated attendees-15000
    806-798-7825
  • September 11 – September 13, 2009
    Anahuac, Texas, USA
    Come join over 20,000 people at Historic Fort Anahuac Park, on the banks of the Trinity River, for this years 2009 Texas Gatorfest. This unique festival combines the American Alligator, family entertainment and good old fashioned Texas two-stepping fun! A celebration of the alligator and its wetlands habitat, this family oriented festival has something for everyone. Fun for one and all including the Great Texas Alligator Roundup * Airboat rides, adult and kiddie carnival rides, petting zoo, arts & crafts, Texas Artisans, food booths, Gatorfest Beer Garden, Gator Poker Run, Gator Bike Tour, Alligator Education Tent
  • Sept 11 -Sept 13, 2009
    Texas Gun And Guitar Show
    Hillsboro, Texas
    New & Vintage Guns and Guitars, Knives, Jewelry, Hunting gear, Militaria, Live Music & special guests
    Estimated attendees-5000 
    254-580-9780
  • Sept 19 -Sept 20, 2009
    Waterfest at Willow Grove
    Lake Dallas, Texas
    National Jetski Competition, free wakeboarding lessons, free kids activites, food, live entertainment
    Estimated attendees-3000 
    940-497-2226
  • Sept 26, 2009
    Western Day Festival
    Lewisville, Texas
    Western based event that is designed to showcase Lewisville’s rich history.
    Estimated attendees-20000 
    972-219-3712
  • September 25-October 18, 2009
    State Fair of Texas
    Dallas, Texas
    24 days in October
    214-565-9931
    The nation’s largest state fair with 3 million attending annually. Features top country and pop music acts as well as a Broadway Musical. Big Tex a 52 foot tall cowboy has been welcoming visitors to the fair since 1952. The nations tallest ferris wheel 212 feet tall, the Texas Star, is located in the midway area.
  • October, every weekend
    Autumn Trails
    Winnsboro, Texas
    Trail ride with 3,000+ riders and more than a hundred wagons. Antique car show, parade, dance, and many other events.
    903-342-3666
  • October 2 weekends
    Come Take It Days
    210-672-6532
  • Oct 01 -Oct 03, 2009
    East Texas Poultry Festival
    Center, Texas
    33rd Arts & crafts, food booths, live entertainment, 3 day carnival, poultry judging & auction, more
    Estimated attendees-13000 
    936-598-3682
  • Oct 02 -Oct 04, 2009
    Oktoberfest
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    German heritage with German music, food and drink..family favorite!
    Estimated attendees-7000 
    830-997-8515
  • Oct 03, 2009
    Huntsville, Texas
    Over 350 vendors display arts and crafts throughout the downtown square
    Estimated attendees-12000 
    800-289-0389
  • Oct 09 -Oct 11, 2009
    Cuero Turkeyfest
    Cuero, Texas
    Music, Family Ent, Vendors, Carnival, Turkey Racing Wild West Show, Lumber Jack Show, Tractor Pulls
    Estimated attendees-10000 
    361-275-2112
  • Oct 09 -Oct 11, 2009
    Cajun Catfish Festival
    Conroe, Texas
    Join Conroe for a 3-day event that includes live music, Cajun food, crafts, wine tasting and lots more!
    Estimated attendees-40000
    936-539-6009
  • Oct 17, 2009
    Peanut Festival
    Whitesboro, Texas
    Estimated attendees-25000 
    903-564-3331
  • Mid October
    Tyler Rose Festival
    Tyler, Texas
    Features world famous Tyler roses, queen’s coronation, parade, rose show, and tours. Thousands attend annually.
    903-592-1661
  • Third weekend in October
    Texas Yamboree
    Gilmer, Texas
    A salute to the sweet potato since 1935. 100,000 attend.
    903-586-2217
  • 10-30 to 11-08, 2009
    Wurstfest
    New Braunfels, Texas
    130,000+ visitors. Food, music, dancing, arts and crafts and much more.
    800-221-4369
  • First Saturday in November
    TACCS, Terlingua Chili Society
    Terlingua, Texas
    The original chili cook-off started by Wick Fowler to prove Texas chili was king.
    903-874-5601
  • Nov 27 -Nov 28, 2009
    Thanksgiving Invitational Art Show
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    Juried arts & crafts show in historic downtown. No Admission Fee.
    Estimated attendees-5000
    830-896-5711
  • Mid November
    Cajun Catfish Festival
    On The Square
    Conroe, Texas
    713-868-3383
  • December
    Wonderland of Lights
    Marshall, Texas
    2.5 million lights. A Christmas must-see.
    903-935-7868
  • First weekend in December
    Dickens on the Strand
    Galveston, Texas
    Pre-Christmas celebration featuring the world and times of Charles Dickens. Thousands of celebrants dress in turn-of-the-century outfits to enhance the mood. Jugglers, magicians, tightrope walkers and acrobats, choirs, dance troupes and tradition folk music abounds from six stages throughout The Strand National Historic Landmark District.
    713-280-3907
  • December 12th, 2009, “Second Saturday in December”
    German Christmas Market “Weihnachtsmarkt Texas Style”
    Tomball , Texas , Old Town near the historical Train Depot Plaza , 201 S. Elm
    Free Admission and No Parking Fees
    Vendors Welcome. For vendor application and information contact: Grady Martin, gradsand@yahoo.com, 281 379 6844.
    Herzlich Willkommen! You do not have to be German to enjoy this festival.
    Come and enjoy the family-friendly ambience – Gemütlichkeit – of this unique music/street festival and open air market along with antique shops, and the old town area.