2 thru August 11 - San Marcos
SUMMER IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES...
Enjoy summer sunsets with live musical entertainment every
Thursday at San Marcos Plaza from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Pack a picnic
basket and take the family out for a night of fun for all
ages. Free admission.
or call (512) 393-8400.
3–4 & June 9–11 - Lockhart
“BBQ CAPITAL OF TEXAS”
CHAMPIONSHIP COOK-OFF & 44th CHISHOLM TRAIL ROUNDUP ...Join
a western celebration with a RODEO, carnival rides & games,
horseshoes, live music concert & dances, auction, arts &
crafts, car show, bike ride and food vendors all at the
Lockhart City Park. Also Grand Parade downtown on Saturday.
11 - San Marcos
TEXAS WATER SAFARI...
Known as the world’s most challenging boat race, this 260-mile
canoe race begins at Spring Lake and continues to the Gulf
Coast. San Marcos has been the starting point for this annual
event since 1963. It’s a favorite for canoeists, kayakers &
www.toursanmarcos.com, or call (888) 200-5620.
11–July 16 - Round Top
ROUND TOP MUSIC AT FESTIVAL HILL
100 young musicians from around the world study & perform in a
series of orchestra & chamber music concerts with renowned
international faculty, conductors & soloists. The Festival and
Chamber Orchestras perform several times during June.
Individual and season tickets available. Round Top Festival
Institute, Hwy 237 at Jaster Road. (979) 249-3129.
17–18 - Stonewall
55th PEACH JAMBOREE & RODEO ...
Parade, dances, queen’s contest, rodeo, peach cobbler,
peach-pit spitting & peach-eating contests, food, live music,
Kid’s Peach Patch, washer & 42 tournaments, peach judging &
auction, and more! Info: (830) 644-2735, or,
18–19, July 16–17 & August 20–21 - Gruene Historic District
GRUENE MARKET DAYS...
Shop the exceptional handmade quality of sculptors, potters,
jewelers, unique craftsman & specialty Texas-made foods, while
enjoying live entertainment & 25 specialty stores &
restaurants. Historic Old Gruene.
www.gruenemarketdays.com. (830) 832-1721.
21–25 - Elgin
Come experience exciting rodeo action. Carnival, arts &
crafts, live music, and dance on Friday night. Longest parade
in Central Texas on Saturday morning. Only 19 miles east of
Austin on Hwy. 290. (512) 285-4515.
2 - Bastrop
Annual free admission festivities in Fisherman’s Park with
kid’s activities & games, lots of great food, live music, and
a patriotic concert by Austin Symphonic Band during the
fireworks display at dark. Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm. For more
info, call Bastrop Chamber of Commerce: (512) 303-0558.
2–3, 9–10, 16–17, 23–24, 30–31; August 6–7, 13–14 - Brenham
HARVEST GRAPE STOMP...
Start with a hayride out to the vineyard. Pick grapes, bring
them back, pour them in the barrel, then step in & stomp or
squish to music, which makes all the stress in your life fade
away! Then as a memento, step out with your purple feet onto a
keepsake t-shirt! Sat 11am-6pm & Sun noon-5pm. Windy Winery,
4232 Clover Rd., Brenham. (979) 836-3252.
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Brenham
“HOT NIGHTS, COOL TUNES” CONCERT
Cool off around the square downtown. Enjoy live music every
Saturday in July. Park benches and lush grass provide curbside
seating, and the sale of beverages and food support this great
series of musical events. Each concert begins at 7pm. Free
admission & parking.
www.downtownbrenham.com or 1-888-BRENHAM.
4 - Chappell Hill
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & SUMMER COWBOY
Chappell Hill’s 40th Annual 4th of July Parade—the “Best Small
Town Parade in America!” Featuring floats, cowboys, antique
cars & the renowned Marching Kazoo Band. Starts 10am in
Downtown Chappell Hill. Cowboy demonstrators, pony rides and
children’s activities begin at 10:30am. Free admission.
4 - Washington
HEB PRESENTS “FIREWORKS-ON-THE-BRAZOS…
Celebrate our nation’s independence where Texas declared her
independence! Free Blue Bell ice cream treats and Coca-Cola
drinks, live patriotic concert, and a fireworks extravaganza.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. For details:
1-888-BRENHAM or visit
4 - San Marcos
Celebrate our nation’s independence while the entire family
enjoys live music, vendor booths, and a children’s parade. Sit
along the banks of the San Marcos River, and watch the
spectacular fireworks display. Attendance is free. (512)
9 - McDade
MCDADE WATERMELON FESTIVAL ...
Join in a special salute to the melon in its 68th year in
McDade with a parade, watermelon auction, vendors, waterslide,
music, food, car show, Queen’s coronation, and street dance on
July 8 (8pm-12pm), featuring Kenny Orts Band. McDade
Watermelon Festival, PO Box 783, McDade, TX 78650.
23–24, July 30–31, Aug 6–7, Aug 13–14 - Brenham
FUN AT PLEASANT HILL WINERY…
Crush for Fun 2016! Get purple feet, a special T-shirt (“I
picked. I stomped. I made some wine.”) and a picture to
show your friends. Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Pleasant Hill
Winery, 1441 Salem Rd., Brenham. (979) 830-8463.
12–13 - Navasota
21st ANNUAL NAVASOTA BLUES FESTIVAL...
Honoring Navasota’s famous blues musician & songster— the late
Mance Lipscomb. Enjoy a dozen nationally-known blues stage
performers. Friday night music 7pm-midnight. All Day Saturday
Blues Fest starting mid-day until midnight. Grimes County Expo
www.NavasotaBluesFest.org. (936) 825-6600.
13 - Chappell Hill
CHAPPELL HILL LAVENDER AND WINE FEST…
Countryside neighborhood festival with Chappell Hill Lavender
Farm and Windy Winery, featuring tastings, crafts, vendors,
music, lavender cuisine, demonstrations and more. Free
admission. For more information, call (979) 251-8114, or visit
the website at
2–4 - Boerne
111th ANNUAL KENDALL COUNTY FAIR...
Activities include a parade, live-stock show, rodeos, bull
riding, Queen’s Pageant, arts & crafts, daily & nightly
entertainment, and kid’s activities. Labor Day Weekend. Herff
Park-Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road. Gate
admission includes all activities, plus FREE parking. (830)
10 – Caldwell
32nd ANNUAL KOLACHE FEST-IVAL ...
Downtown on the Courthouse Square, enjoy kolaches, food &
craft vendors, Czech bands, quilt show, Antique Tractor Show&
car show. FREE. For details: (979) 567-0000.
10–17 - Brenham
148th ANNUAL WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR...
The “Oldest County Fair in Texas” features Shows, Rodeos,
Music and Fun! Nashville entertainment, carnival, crafts,
food, livestock and poultry auctions, commercial exhibits &
attractions. For more details, call (979) 836-4112, or visit
17 - San Marcos
JUNIOR TEXAS WATER SAFARI ...This
is a 16-mile race for young canoeists and kayakers held
annually on the third Saturday of September on San Marcos
River. The adventure begins at City Park & ends in Staples.
at City Park. Free for spectators. Call (888) 200-5620, or
22–October 9 - Brenham
UNITY THEATRE PRESENTS “BLYTHE
This Noel Coward comedy offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist
Charles, remarried but haunted by his late first wife. Call
for tickets. Unity Theatre, 300 Church St. (979) 830-8358.
23–October 1 - Burton
LA-BAHIA ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE ...
Dealers from across the country offer antiques, collectibles,
vintage, porcelain restoration at the show & more. Late
shopping until 7pm Sept. 23rd. LaBahia Hall, 290W /237TX. Free
admission & parking. For additional information, visit
www.labahiaantiques.com, or call 888-273-6426.
26–October 1 - Round Top
ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES
One of the “10 Best Antique Fairs in the Country” by Better
Homes & Gardens Magazine. Over 350 upscale antique vendors
across four location sites. Championship barbeque and acres of
free parking. $10 admission fee covers all days. For details:
(888) 273-6426 or
6–9 - Gruene Historic District / New Braunfels
GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FEST...
This Americana event benefiting local charities features the
best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food & wines at
Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All four days are filled with
vintner & music events, wine, food /beer samplings & Great
Guitar Auction. For tickets & info:
(830) 629-5077, or toll free from San Antonio (830)
8–9 - Chappell Hill
CHAPPELL HILL SCARECROW FESTIVAL...
Stroll through this historic town, and enjoy over 250 juried
vendor booths of home decor, gardening, jewelry & pet
accessories. Plus great food, entertainment, and numerous
children’s activities, including face painting, pony rides &
more. Come for the “best family fun in the state.”
www.chappellhillhistoricalsociety.org. (979) 836-6033.
15 - Brenham
Sample craft brews from around Texas and talk to the brewers
who make them. Enjoy our historic district and the unique
businesses represented. (979) 836-3696 or visit
22 - Elgin - 29th HOGEYE FESTIVAL...
Texas’ biggest small-town block party. 10am-6pm. “The Sausage
Capital of Texas” presents live music, handmade arts & crafts,
carnival, cow-patty bingo, car show, kid’s activities, BBQ
Pork Cook-off, royal coronation & more! Historic Downtown. On
Hwy 290, just 19 mi. east of Austin.
22–23 - Gruene Historic District / New Braunfels
24th ANNUAL TEXAS CLAY FEST...
Respected potters & sculptors from around Texas display, sell
their wares & demonstrate a variety of techniques. Hands-on
activities for children. (830) 629-7975.