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Planning a visit to Texas? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

 

Texas Gulf Coast Events

August 2015

August 15, 2015
2015 Galveston Heritage Festival

The coastal community of Galveston hosts its annual Heritage Festival, set to include live entertainment, delicious food, cultural music, and much more at Kempner Park. Event start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 25 - October 31, 2015
2015 Fearshire Farms Haunted Attractions

Held every weekend from late September until the end of October, Fearshire Farms in Angleton looks to put the "fear" in "Fearshire" with Halloween themed attractions. Event times vary by day.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

A pub crawl, brewery tasting tour, food pairing events, and more, all alongside live music and fireworks in Galveston. The event is held at different venues with individual start times.

October 2015

October 17, 2015
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Fight breast cancer with this 5K walk in Corpus Christi.

October 2015

October 9 - 11, 2015
Rockport - Fulton Seafair

Rockport near Ingleside welcomes the fall season with a festival of parades, arts and crafts, entertainment, and gumbo cook-offs.

October 16-18, 2015
55th Annual Texas Jazz Festival

Over 50 jazz artists and musicians will set up shop at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi for a three-day jazz festival, held each year. Set times and lineups are TBA.

October 31, 2015
2015 Dia de los Muertos Festival

A unique street festival in Corpus Christi celebrating the "Day of the Dead." Enjoy live music, Dia de los Muertos-themed crafts, artwork, and jewelry, a kids' area, and more. The festival start time is TBA.

San Antonio & Southern Plains Events

August 2015

August 22, 2015
2015 Mini Maker Faire

A unique event featuring vendors ranging from "artisans to inventors to educators to entertainers," held at the New Braunfels Convention Center in New Braunfels. The event begins at 10 a.m.

September 2015

September 11-13, 2015
2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Fans of all things sci-fi, supernatural, and super hero related won't want to miss this event, featuring celebrity appearances, panels, unique collectibles, and so much more. The ACCC is held at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

September 12, 2015
2015 Brews & Blooms

Delicious, handcrafted brews alongside live music and food trucks – all set within the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

September 2015

September 4-7, 2015
2015 Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show

Shop for unique gifts and handmade goods of all kinds while exploring the famous San Antonio River Walk during this four-day festival. The event begins at 11 a.m.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Fall Music Festival

A three-day music festival held at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville featuring not only a collection of great songwriters, but also wine-maker booths, food vendors, and other festival-type attractions. The event start time is TBA.

October 2015

October 31, 2015
2015 River Walk Halloween Fest

A fun-filled Halloween party set on the River Walk, featuring live music, a costume river parade, a costume contest, and tons of food and beverages. The spooky fun begins at 6 p.m.

Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Events

March 2014

March 30, 2014 - March 30, 2016
Taste of the Bishop Arts District

Tour the eclectic and amazing Bishop Arts District in Dallas on foot.

March 2015

March 21 - October 4, 2015
Baseball: America's Presidents, American's Pastime

See this new exhibition about baseball at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Greater Houston Area Events

May 2015

May 7 - August 27, 2015
17th Annual Rock the Dock Concert Series

Rock to local and regional bands each Thursday at Houston's Event Plaza.

August 2015

August 1 - 8, 2015
Houston International Jazz Festival

Big names in jazz come to downtown Houston and light up the summer.

August 2015

August 1 - 15, 2015
Houston Shakespeare Festival

This Houston festival attracts more than 475,000 people for free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
 

November 2015

November 7 - 8, 2015
The Woodlands Children's Festival

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands offers children's entertainment, activities, and more.

East Texas & Piney Woods Events

August 2015

August 29 & 30, 2015
2015 Tyler Guitar Show

Guitar aficionados unite – and head to the Tyler Rose Garden for two days of six-string memorabilia, dealers, custom guitars, rare products, and auctions. The event start time is TBA.

August 2015

August 16, 2015
2015 Ink Life Tattoo & Music Festival

Ink fans won't want to miss this event, set to include some of the top tattoo artists in the country alongside live performances from Puddle of Mudd and Buckcherry. The event begins at noon at the Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center in Longview

Austin & Hill Country Events

June 2015

June 13, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles

In Austin, make your way to the LBJ Presidential Museum to see the exhibit Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles. This traveling art display is curated by the GRAMMY Museum, and is ideal for any Fab Four fan.

August 2015

August 7 – 9, 2015
LakeFest 2015

The 24th Annual LakeFest is held at Lake Lyndon B. Johnson just northwest of the Austin area near Marble Falls. Lake LBJ becomes a quarter-mile course for drag boat racing. Johnson Park also features food, games, and entertainment.

August 22, 2015
Bat Fest

See over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin at dusk.

October 2015

October 23-25, 2015
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Racers from all over the world compete at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin during the 17th race of the F1 world championship.

October 2015

October 2-4 & 9-11, 2015
2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Music fans of all genres won't want to miss the Austin City Limits Music Festival held annually at Zilker Park in Austin. The festival is held over two weekends, with start times varying by day.

October 29 – November 5, 2015
2015 Austin Film Festival

The 2015 Austin Film Festival is an annual conference held in Austin. The 2015 AFF offers new, feature-length films like Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film – plus special events, seminars, and more.

March 2016

March 11 – 13, 2016
2016 World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup

Set in Sweetwater, the 2016 World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup offers everything from a rattlesnake parade and carnival to dancing in the Jaycee Barn, the Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club Gun, Knife & Coin Show, a beard contest, and more. Held at the Nolan County Coliseum.

Border Towns of Texas Events

January 2015

Every Third Saturday
2015 El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market

On the third Saturday of each month, Jarvis Plaza in Laredo becomes a hub for homemade gifts, handcrafted goods, locally grown produce, and more. The market opens at 9 a.m.

April 2015

Every First Friday
2015 CaminArte

Experience true Laredo culture on the first Friday of each month when regional and national artists present their work at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The event begins at 5 p.m.

May 2015

Weekends in El Paso
2015 Shop Downtown

Experience the unique culture of downtown El Paso with a variety shopping, authentic food, and more, every weekend all summer long.

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