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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

May 2016

May 27-29, 2016
2016 Memorial Weekend Bash

Come check out the local flavor, as a collection of Tejano and country bands light up the stage at Riverside Park in Victoria. There will also be carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more.

June 2016

June 11 & 12, 2016
2016 Shake, Rattle & Roll

A celebration of 50s rock and roll music held at Independence Park in Pearland, featuring live bands, a vintage car show, a food truck court, movies, and more. Start time is TBA.

June 2016

June 4, 2016
2016 AIA Sandcastle Competition

Enjoy the summer beaches in Galveston by witnessing one of the state's biggest sand-centric events. Now in its 30th year, this festival sees area architects and engineers compete for the best sandcastle design. See what's up at East Beach in Galveston.

June 7-11, 2016
41st Victoria Beach Festival

An annual music festival featuring tons of great classical artists performing at various venues throughout Victoria. Check the schedule during your visit and be a part of the scene.

Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Events

June 2016

June 3-5, 2016
30th Annual Taste of Texas

Fair Park in Dallas hosts three days of art, delicous food, live music, and tons of hands-on family fun. True to its name, come get a Taste of Dallas this summer – it all starts at 5 p.m. then 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

June 27 - July 8, 2016
2016 Mimi Chamber Music Festival

Hosted by the TCU School of Music, this top-rated festival is repeatedly one of the best music festivals in the state, featuring 12 days of excellent music at different venues in Fort Worth. Check the schedule and plan your trip today.

July 2016

July 9, 2016
2016 Parker County Annual Peach Festival

An annual festival held in historic downtown Weatherford, featuring over 200 vendor booths, arts and crafts, three entertainment stages, and so much more. It all gets underway at 8 a.m.

East Texas & Piney Woods Events

July 2016

July 16, 2016
Jaws

Check out Moveis at The Pines, a recurring event held at The Pines Theater in Lufkin. This July 16th, be sure to check them when they host a viewing of the classic Jaws. The movie starts to roll at 9 p.m.

August 2016

August 4 – 7, 2016
Sauced in Tha Mudd

Be sure to take part in or, at the very least, watch in awe as the top atv riders and off-roaders from across the country meet up to compete. Head for the River Run ATV Park in Jacksonville any day from August 4th through 7th for this thrilling event.

Austin & Hill Country Events

May 2016

May 27-29, 2016
50th Anniversary National Polka Festival

The city of Ennis is set to host three full days of live music, arts and crafts, authentic Czech food, a 5K and 10K, parades, and so much more. Check (err, Czech) the schedule and plan your visit accordingly.

June 2016

June 9-12, 2016
2016 ATX Television Festival

It's just like a film festival – just for TV. Come see series premieres, screenings of current hits and cult classics, and meet-and-greet with industry leaders, all spread across downtown Austin. Grab your passes and take part in television's golden age.

July 2016

July 4, 2016
2016 Austin Symphony's July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Enjoy Independence Day with a wonderful concert and fireworks show at Auditorium Shores in Austin. There will also be plenty of food and drinks, as well as a variety of local arts and crafts on hand. Reserve your seats today.

July 2016

July 16, 2016
2016 Sommerzeit Festival

Visiting Fredericksburg this summer? Head on down to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in July, as there will be a Mexican Market, German biergarten, and tons of Texas country music for all to enjoy. More info is TBA.

September 2016

September 30 - October 2 & 7-9, 2016
2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Over 100 local and nation bands across all genres set up shop in Austin for this music festival spanning two weekends. The festivities take place in Zilker Park, lineups are TBA.

Amarillo, Lubbock & the Panhandle Events

July 2016

July 2-4, 2016
2016 Fourth on Broadway

Enjooy patriotic activities in Mackenzie Park and the Lubbock County Courthouse Square this Independence Day, including the La Raza on the Plaza, a parade, food and art vendors, and more. Certain events are free. Check the schedule during your visit.

July 23, 2016
2016 Texas State 4H Horse Show Annual State Finals

The Taylor Expo Center hosts the annual get together of the state's best 4H horse show competitors. The event start time is TBA.

August 2016

August 6, 2016
2016 Discover! 4.0

A family-friendly festival featuring indoor and outdoor activities for kids, local food trucks, vendors, scientific demonstrations, and a laser show! Check it out at the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo at 4 p.m.

September 2016

September 8-17, 2016
2016 Annual West Texas Fair & Rodeo

All the old fashioned county fair amenities, including carnival rides, livestock and horse shows, a PCRA rodeo, exhibits, and tons of great food. It all goes down at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

Big Bend Country Events

June 2016

June 17 & 18, 2016
2016 El Paso Downtown Street Festival

A two-day festival set in downtown El Paso featuring everything from headlining concerts by the Goo Goo Dolls and Seether to food and other festival activities. Tickets are on sale now.

June 9-11, 2016
5th Annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival

Historic downtown Abilene hosts three days of book readings, panel talks, art displays, and more, all celebrating children's books and encouraging kids to read. Head on down this summer – tickets are on sale now.

July 2016

July 18, 2016
2nd Annual Route 66 Festival

Eight blocks of historic Route 66 in Amarillo is set to host live music, tasty food, classic car shows, and a lively market. It all starts at 10 a.m.

Border Towns of Texas Events

August 2016

August 2, 2016
The Piano Guys

Don't miss your chance to see The Piano Guys live in concert. On August 8th, check out this eclectic trio when they perform at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets on sale now, and they start as low as $49.50.

September 2016

September 30, 2016
Maná – Live

Since 1981, the Mexican group Maná has been entertaining fans with their unique blend of ska, reggae, pop, and rock. On April 30th, head for the Laredo Energy Arena for a live performance from Maná. Show starts at 8 p.m.

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