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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 13-15

Written by , published October 9, 2017

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This weekend's events offer art forms from many mediums: music, Western swing dancing, food, and new art exhibits.

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Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

Houston: Oct. 14-15
The streets of downtown are transformed into artistic avenues bursting with the colors and culture of more than 300 artists. As one of the top 10 outdoor fine art festivals in the US, the weekend festival will provide guests with the opportunity to see and purchase unique, custom art under the iconic Houston skyline. The festival will benefit local nonprofits and feature music, food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone, and much more.

Floresville Peanut Festival

Floresville: Oct. 10, 12-14
Always held the second full weekend in October, the festival is a grand celebration recognizing the importance of the peanut to the Southwest Texas agriculture. The festival features up and coming bands for entertainment, a beer garden to enjoy local brews sold by the festival, a three-day carnival, games for the kids, the coronation of Queen Tunaep (peanut spelled backwards) and King Reboog (goober spelled backwards), a kiddie parade and a grand parade, a street fair with local shops, arts and crafts booths, a free street dance, and food booths offering the finest in festival food.

Austin County Fair

Bellville: Oct. 11-15
The 90th annual fair offers a PRCA Rodeo, a youth livestock show and auction, a carnival, and Nashville recording artists.

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Waco: Oct. 12-14
Magnolia Market (of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" fame) is celebrating the third anniversary of the market and silos. Enjoy a vendor fair, live music, great food trucks and activities for the kids—and of course, shopping.


Rockport-Fulton: Oct. 12-15
Celebrating its 43rd year, the festival this year will take on a different vibe after Hurricane Harvey—one that heals the soul. The festival starts with a “Healing of the Bands” on Thursday as opposed to a “Battle of the Bands” in addition to offering a gumbo cookoff; hilarious crab races; arts and crafts, market, and food vendors; an outdoor boat show; and live big-name and local entertainment.

Houston Strong Fundraiser

Houston: Oct. 13 
Event So many residents in Houston have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. This event is a fundraiser to specifically benefit some of the most vulnerable families and help make them whole. Some of Houston's finest designers, modeling agencies, event planners, and local artists are joining forces under one roof. In a collaborative manner, they've combined their collective artistic visions to bring you a night of couture fashion and uplifting performances. The night will be honoring Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Cajun Navy, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, as well as local citizen heroes. Charitable donations will be given to United Way and 1Embrace.

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest

Greenville: Oct. 13-15
The fourth annual festival features performances by Johnny Bush, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, and Clay Walker with Jason Roberts Band. Free events include a two-day all-ages fiddle contest, a Western swing concert on Saturday, and dances on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Park and Palate

Dallas: Oct. 13-14
Klyde Warren Park will host its third annual fundraiser, a celebration of Texas' culinary scene. The event will showcase the region's most popular chefs such as Kent Rathbun and Jason Dady, as well as wineries, breweries, and spirits from around the world, all against the backdrop of the distinctive Dallas skyline.

Dogtober Fest

Beaumont: Oct. 14
Enter your dog in contests throughout the day, includinga master/dog look-a-like contest, a best-dressed dog contest, a dog parade, adoptable dog style show, and a puppy kissing booth. All dogs must be on a leash and currently vaccinated.  

Katy Rice Harvest Festival

Katy: Oct. 14-15
The 37th annual festival will offer two stages of continuous live entertainment, more than 250 craft and food vendor booths, children's activities, and more.

Scarecrow Festival

Chappell Hill: Oct. 14-15
The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children's Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train, and more. 

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"Paper into Sculpture"

Dallas: Oct. 14-Feb. 4
Even as the shift to digitized images virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. In this new exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to its physical limit.

Texas Mushroom Festival

Madisonville: Oct. 14
Enjoy cooking demonstrations, mushroom fajitas and other delicious foods, a car showcase, photography and art contests, a 5K run/walk, Texas wine and craft beer tastings, a quilt show, arts and crafts, children's activities and entertainment. 

Boonville Days

Bryan: Oct. 14 
Bring the entire family to enjoy this annual celebration of Texas heritage at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Activities will take place both inside the museum and on the Brazos Center grounds. This year also marks the ninth annual Buffalo Stampede half marathon and 5K race, and the seventh annual chuckwagon cookoff on Friday and Saturday.

Sacred Springs Powwow

San Marcos: Oct. 14-15 
Join more than 4,500 other attendees for the seventh annual Powwow, a beautiful Native American festival culturally rich in music, art, dancing, and food. There will be an array of more than 100 dancers, traditional drums and singers, a spectacular Indian market with arts and craft booths, Native foods, a family art tent, and an all-new Native culture tent with storytelling and presentations on the White Shaman Panel.  

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