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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Written by , published September 25, 2017

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As Texas' blistering summer heat begins to subside, find yourself outdoors this weekend at events like the Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, Oktoberfest celebrations in Boerne and Austin, and—everyone's favorite—the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

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

Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love

Marfa: Sept. 28-Oct. 1
The 12th annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, El Cosmico's authentic music experience, will feature musical performers including Wilco, Lee Ann Womack, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, Camilo Lara and Jay de la Cueva (of Mexico Institute of Sound), and Jenny Lewis. Robert Ellis, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tift Merritt, Ross Cashiola, Los Coast, Erika Wennerstrom, Nina Diaz, Ron Gallo, Thee Commons, Tina & the B Sides, and Golden Dawn Arkestra will also perform.


Boerne: Sept. 29
A celebration of Bavarian culture, history, and great beer. Enjoy good food, German-Texas craft and domestic beer, special events, and the finest in live music offered in Olde Town Boerne.

Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival

Galveston: Sept. 29-30
This festival at Saengerfest Park features some of the best shrimp gumbo on the Gulf Coast. There will be a seafood cookoff, gumbo tasting, parade, and a Strand merchants walkabout.

Comal County Fair

New Braunfels: Sept. 26-Oct. 1
The largest county fair in Texas features a parade through historic downtown New Braunfels, a PRCA rodeo, bull riding, pig racing, a livestock show, carnival games and rides, and food of all kinds at the Comal County Fairgrounds.

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Big Country Balloon Fest

Abilene: Sept. 29-Oct. 1
The 23rd annual weekend of family fun includes hot air balloons, live entertainment, children's games and inflatable rides, a silent auction, food and craft vendors, and a balloon glow on Friday and Saturday nights at Red Bud Park.

Lucas Oil Drag Boat Race Series Showdown

San Angelo: Sept. 30-Oct. 1
For racing fans around the country, nothing satisfies their urge for speed and raw horsepower like this racing series. This now united sport allows more than 900 teams to run for one national championship; each national event spotlights several pro classes highlighted by the Top Fuel Hydro class. Head to Lake Nasworthy Marina & RV Park for the San Angelo iteration of the racing series.

Funny Car Chaos! Drag Races

Denton: Sept. 29-30
The first annual event will feature more than 30 funny cars—the most crowd-pleasing drag racing machine known to man. Celebrate all things funny car at North Star Dragway with this unique and crowd-thrilling drag racing event, which will feature more than 100 other drag racing machines. 

Western Days

Lewisville: Sept. 29-30
Celebrate Texas culture and heritage. The two-day event includes three stages for live music and performances, featuring Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers Band, plus all types of fun and activities for the whole family. Highlights include the World Tamale Eating Championship presented by Market Street, a mechanical bull, a working blacksmith, a cattle drive parade, an art exhibit, and more. 

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State Fair of Texas

Dallas: Sept. 29-Oct. 22
With 24 consecutive days, the State Fair of Texas at Dallas' Fair Park is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest—featuring unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games, and rides. 


Austin: Sept. 30
This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the fifth annual event in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with local German-style beers, sausage from some of the best barbecuers in town, bowling, live music, and plenty of room to polka the night away. 

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Austin: Sept. 30
The largest beer festival for and by Texas brewers. This annual event at Fiesta Gardens features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State. 

Rose Season

Tyler: Oct. 1-31
Each October, thousands of visitors flock to Tyler for the excitement of rose season. All month long, the city celebrates budding beds of roses with horticulture workshops, garden tours, community events, and other festivities culminating in the pinnacle event later this October: the Texas Rose Festival.

Far East Fest

Austin: Oct. 1
The city's first Asian food festival will feature 25-40 local restaurants cooking everything from Chinese to Indian fare. Attendees and judges will rate and enjoy tastings from Austin’s best chefs and restaurants—including Wu Chow, Thai Kun, and Sway—who will be competing for awards based on creativity to overall flavor. Additionally, guests can enjoy an eating contest, live performances, activities for all ages, and special VIP surprise guests. 

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