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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: June 30-July 4

Written by , published June 28, 2017

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This holiday weekend—aside from the usual fireworks and parades and barbecues (though don't worry, there's plenty of that too)—you have the freedom to enjoy summer with bluegrass music, floating a river, and a fishin' fiesta.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

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Mimir Chamber Music Festival

Fort Worth: June 26-July 7
Mimir Chamber Music Festival's 20th season features performers from the world's leading orchestras, music schools, and concert halls. This season, all performances are at TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, except this Sunday's matinee performance, which is at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Fishin' Fiesta

Freeport: June 28-July 2
Since 1947, fisherman have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish—its is now one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories. Held at Freeport Municipal Park, the event offers carnival rides, food, live entertainment, dances, arts and crafts, and a fireworks display on Friday night.

Texas Shakespeare Festival

Kilgore: June 29-July 30
This festival at Kilgore College attracts high-caliber actors, designers, and directors from throughout the U.S. This season features two Shakespeare plays, a literary classic, and a musical. 

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Rockin’ the River: Live on the Trinity

Fort Worth: July 1
Kicking off this weekend, this free weekly summer concert series offers a cool twist: a stage that’s right on the Trinity River. You can enjoy the show floating in the river or bring a chair and enjoy a great view from the shore.

Cowboy and Mustang Chili Cookoffs

Marathon: July 1-2
Chili cookoffs are legendary in West Texas, especially ones like this, which are qualifiers for the big event in Terlingua in November. Afterward, stick around for the Fourth of July dance—an annual event since the early 1900s, the county's longest-running event. 

Elite Redfish Border Wars

Port Arthur: June 29-July 1
During the second stop of this tour, East Division pro anglers will battle it out off Pleasure Island for the chance to win and move on to the Championship in 2018. 

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Half Moon Holidays

Shiner: June 30-July 1
Event includes a barbecue cookoff, live music, family-friendly activities, food and drinks, arts and crafts, a downtown parade, and a fireworks display Saturday at dusk.


San Benito: July 1
Enjoy family fun on the resaca at Heavin Memorial Park with live music, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. 

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Bluegrass on Ballard

Wylie: July 1
The annual festival offers tasty fair foods, a 200-vehicle car show on Ballard Avenue, and live music in shady Olde City Park. This year’s lineup includes top bluegrass bands Becky Buller Band, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, Texas & Tennessee, Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, Phil Ferguson & Texas True, and Robertson County Line. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their instruments downtown and pick and jam with other musicians on the street and in shops and restaurants.

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