Festival Fun in Texas
Whether you are a lone star state resident, or you plan on visiting the state of Texas soon, you'll find no shortage of things to see, do, and experience. Boasting pleasant year-round weather makes it possible to spend an incredible amount of time outdoors.What better way to enjoy the outdoors than at festivals? There are festivals across the state that are definitely worth the drive to enjoy.
South by Southwest
South by Southwest (SXSW) is more than a festival. This major event held in Austin, in March of each year, is a combination of film and music festivals, with conferences and interactive media experiences that focus on innovative technologies.
The SXSW music festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world, boasting more than 2,000 musicians during the course of the event. It is a great opportunity for new performers to showcase their talents, and for music fans to take in some of their favorites.
SXSW is an experience that everyone should enjoy at least once. Whether visiting SXSW Interactive to learn about new and creative technological advances, or appreciating new directing and acting talent at SXSW Film Festival, there is no shortage of entertainment on hand.
The State Fair of Texas
Kicking off in September, and eagerly anticipated by Texans and those traveling from afar to Dallas, the State Fair of Texas is a smorgasbord of food finds, midway games and rides, new product showcases, car shows, lightshows and fireworks, and so much more. Watch natural horsemanship demonstrations, view prize winning livestock, and truly get a feel for what Texas is all about.
With Big Tex proudly standing watch over the State Fair of Texas, this is one annual event that is a must-experience for all who have the opportunity to do so.
Dickens on the Strand
Step back in time with Dickens, at the Dickens on the Strand festival held annually each December on Galveston Island. This vibrant street festival features five stages with entertainment for the whole family, roving musicians, jugglers, bagpipe players, and a range of other Victorian-dressed entertainers. Enjoy Victorian-inspired jewelry, clothing, and other crafts and gift items. Take in some great holiday food and drink.
Save on your ticket prices by dressing in Victorian costume!
Great Texas Mosquito Festival
The very thought of them may make you itch and twitch, but for one weekend in July the town of Clute rolls out the red carpet to celebrate these little nuisances. Part music festival featuring local talent, and part family-fun event, the Great Texas Mosquito Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Great music, a petting zoo, barbeque cook-offs, and even a fun run make this festival a great way to spend a weekend.
Texas Renaissance Festival
Running from early October to late November, the Texas Renaissance Festival is hailed as the largest of its kind in the country. Located northwest of Houston, this magic-infused festival offers enchantment and fun for the whole family. Entertainment abounds with jugglers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and more; performing on stages all through the authentic themed village.
Shop an amazing selection of crafts and other artwork, and take in a live demonstration of glass blowing or blacksmithing. There is endless opportunity for entertainment.
What would a renaissance festival be without hearty food and thirst-quenching drink? A great selection of foods and drinks from around the world also await your taste buds.
Chicken-Fried Steak Festival & Crossroads Balloon Rally
Who doesn't like chicken-fried steak! Head on over to Lamesa to celebrate this southern culinary delight, with a chicken-fried steak cook-off and dinner. Enjoy some tasty Texan wines, while taking in some live local music.
With a hot air balloon rally and classic car show, this festival is fun for the whole family. Pony rides, carnival games, a rodeo, and a 5K fun-run make this a fun-filled way to spend a weekend in April.
Enjoy the sweetness of fresh tomatoes? Celebrate these rosy fruits in Jacksonville, in June. Tomato activities abound, with themed contests that include an eating and a peeling contest. Got a killer salsa recipe? Fire up the competition when you enter the salsa contest. Vendors selling their arts and crafts are plentiful, as is the entertainment. Visit the farmers market for fresh produce, and enjoy lively local musical talent.
The Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas
The yellow rose of Texas may get more attention, but the demure bluebonnet is the official flower of the State of Texas. The Official Bluebonnet Festival celebrates this lovely little wildflower, every April in Chappell Hill.
Take a stroll through this history-infused town to take in the vendor booths boasting arts, crafts, plants, pet supplies, and more. With live local musical talent and great food, this family-friendly festival is a great way to spend a spring weekend in Texas.
No matter the time of year, or where your lone star adventures may lead you, you're sure to find a fantastic festival nearby.