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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: July 7-9

Written by , published July 5, 2017

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Here's to the weekend—especially this one, filled with barrels of ripe peaches, deep-sea fishing, and building sandcastles with the pros.

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

Spring Ho Festival

Lampasas: July 3-9
Celebrating the Lampasas Springs on the first full weekend in July since 1972, the weeklong event includes a beauty pageant, a kiddie fishing derby, a county fair, special exhibits at the the Keystone Square Museum and the Lampasas County Museum, a carnival, a dance contest, an arts and crafts fair, a pet parade, a barbecue cookoff, two dances on the Square, the famous kayak races, a huge parade, a washer and horseshoe pitching contest, and loads of music and singing.

Elgin Rodeo

Elgin: July 5-8
The 47th annual rodeo will host four days of free family-friendly entertainment.

Deep Sea Roundup

Port Aransas: July 6-9
Categories at the 82nd annual event include surf, offshore, and fly fishing, piggy perch contest for the children, a fish fry, and more.

Laredo International Sister Cities Festival

Laredo: July 7-9
Find more than 200 exhibitors at this Mexican mercado. See native wares, textiles, wrought iron furniture, pewter, leather goods, and more.


Sealy: July 7-8
Activities include a barbecue cookoff, fireworks display (if conditions allow), vendor booths, tractor show, softball tournaments, and a kids' carnival.

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Parker County Peach Festival

Weatherford: July 8
Stroll the streets of historic downtown Weatherford while enjoying more than 200 art and craft, food, and activity vendors at this 33rd annual event. Get your fill of everything peachy with ice cream, cobbler, juleps, tea, and more in the official Peach Capital of Texas.

Festival de Mariachi

Grand Prairie: July 8
Numerous Mariachi bands from the Dallas/Fort Worth area will take over Traders Village. The festival includes rides and family entertainment. 

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Sandcastle Days

Galveston: July 8
This summer, Galveston will host a free, family-friendly event series at Stewart Beach Pavilion to help beachgoers create spectacular sandcastles with tips from the pros. The day begins with an instructor building a sandcastle from 8-11 a.m. followed by lessons at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Equipment will be provided on a limited basis and participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels. 

Watermelon Festival

McDade: July 8
Follow the watermelon seeds to downtown McDade, which has celebrated the fruit of summer for more than 60 years. Enjoy street dances, parades and seed-spitting contests at this free small-town celebration.

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"Focus: Katherine Bernhardt"

Fort Worth: Through July 9
This is the final weeeknd to catch Bernhardt's recent "pattern" paintings at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In these works, the combinations are often humorous: Emojis, Aquafresh toothpaste, cigarettes, Duracell batteries, and Sharpies are among the subjects Bernhardt paints using simplified, gestural forms. Drawn to these objects for their visual qualities more than for their thematic connections to one another, Bernhardt's compositions, or "patterns," are primarily driven by her interest in color and form. 

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