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Local or visitor? Check out just a few of the popular events going on for the next few months in Texas. Find Best Western hotels convenient to most events.

 

Texas Gulf Coast Events

June 2015

June 13 - 15, 2015
Aransas Pass Shrimporee

Over 45,000 visitors come to Aransas Pass near Ingleside for a festival of delicious shrimp.

June 12, 2015
Calder Twilight 5K Run/Walk

Participate in this closed course race that goes through Beaumont's historic Old Town. It is located near Vidor.

July 2015

July 4 - 5, 2015
Rockport Art Fest

The 46th Annual Rockport Art Festival features over 120 artists, live music & food, and kids' activities at Rockport near Ingleside.

October 2015

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

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

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.

San Antonio & Southern Plains Events

June 2015

June 12-14, 2015
11th Annual Blanco Lavender Fest

The city of Blanco hosts this annual festival celebrating the lavender blooming season. There will be a Lavender Market and tours of Lavender Farms, as well as live music at Bindseil Park and cooking demonstrations at Speakers' Pavilion in the Courtroom of the Old Blanco County Courthouse.

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.

July 2014

July 27, 2014 - July 26, 2015
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Dallas

Visitors to Dallas can turn the city into a giant game board, thanks to their smartphones and a special three-hour city tour.

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.

May 2015

May 25-31, 2015
Byron Nelson Championship

Part of the FedExCup, this tournament takes place in Irving at the TPC Four Seasons. Tee times vary.

May 18-24, 2015
Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial Golfers gather at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth hosts this tournament. Tee times vary.

June 2015

June 23 - July 5, 2015
AT & T Performing Arts Center Presents Annie

One of the world's best-loved musicals returns to Dallas for a two-week run.

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.

June 2015

June 19 - 28, 2015
Pride Houston

The largest LGBT event kicks off in Houston where 1,000 participants entertain 150,000 spectators.

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

June 2015

June 13, 2015
2015 Texas Blueberry Festival

The east Texas community of Nocodoches – also known as the largest producer of Blueberries in Texas – celebrates the summer with a day of kid's rides, arts and crafts, live music, a classic car show, and more, all hosted downtown. The event begins at 8 a.m.

June 13, 2015
2015 Tomato Fest

Celebrate the versatile fruit with activities like a salsa eating contest, peeling contests, vendors, entertainment, live music, and more at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

June 5 & 6, 2015
2015 T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

Catch regional and national blues acts across two stages at the Maude Cobb Activity Center in Longview, also featuring a classic car show, food vendors, and more. The event is set for 5:30 p.m.

June 2015

June 6, 2015
2015 Weekend Warrior Race 5K Obstacle Run

The city of Tyler hosts this annual athletic event, inviting visitors to join in the fun. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.

July 2015

July 26, 2015
2015 Great Texas Balloon Race

Competitive pilots take to the skies while grounded spectators enjoy a week's worth of concerts and special events. The race is held at various launch/landing sites throughout Longview and Kilgore.

Austin & Hill Country Events

May 2015

May 28-31, 2015
2015 Texas Olive Fest

This annual festival sees three days of fun for the whole family – featuring live music, local wineries, 15 vendors, a collection of gourmet chefs, delicous food, and more. The event will be hosted at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. in Dripping Springs.

June 2015

June 12-14, 2015
11th Annual Blanco Lavender Fest

The city of Blanco hosts this annual festival celebrating the lavender blooming season. There will be a Lavender Market and tours of Lavender Farms, as well as live music at Bindseil Park and cooking demonstrations at Speakers' Pavilion in the Courtroom of the Old Blanco County Courthouse.

June 13, 2015
Voyager Music Festival

This all-encompassing music festival is held at the Rusty Mule between Oak Hill in Austin and Dipping Springs.

June 19 - 21, 2015
Marble Falls Classic Soap Box Derby

This annual Marble Falls event includes derby car racing, skateboard and long board racing, food, live music, parades, and fun.

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 2015

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 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.

Big Bend Country Events

May 2015

May 22-24, 2015
2015 Neon Desert Music Festival

Some of best and brightest acts in electronic/hip hop come to town for a three-day music festival downtown El Paso. The show times vary by day.

June 2015

June 11, 2015
2015 ArtWalk

Enjoy the culture of downtown Abilene by exploring unique presentations from restaurants, shops, museums, and more. The event begins at 5 p.m.

June 2015

June 27, 2015
2015 George Lopez

Enjoy side-splitting laughter from the one-and-only George Lopez at the Amarillo Civic Center. The show begins at 8 p.m.

July 2015

July 18, 2015
2015 Craftapalooza & Fabulous Vintage Market

Peruse unique, handcrafted items, boutiques, jewelry, home decor, and so much more at the Abilene Civic Center. The market opens at 10 a.m.

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

May 23-25, 2015
2015 Balloonfest

Launch Star Wars-themed hot air balloons while enjoying three days of excellent live music featuring the Gin Blossoms, all at the Wet N' Wild Waterworld in El Paso. Event times vary by day.

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.

June 2015

June 6 & 7, 2015
2015 Billy the Kid Festival

Enjoy the western-themed shows, events, interactive exhibits, and more found throughout the San Elizario Historic Art District in El Paso. Event start times vary by day.

June 26 & 27, 2015
2015 Downtown Street Festival

Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy two days of excellent live music at the Conventer Center Plaza in El Paso. Headlining acts include Rob Zombie and Weezer.

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