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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 27-29

Written by , published October 23, 2017

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Head to Galveston's Island Oktoberbest, a haunted version of the Texas Zoo in Victoria, or the final weekend of Six Flags Over Texas' Fright Fest—no one will think twice if you spend all of Halloween weekend in costume. 

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Boo at the Zoos

Find there’s plenty of family-friendly fun at zoos across the state to celebrate the Halloween season. 

Island Oktoberfest

Galveston: Oct. 27-28
Dress in your best German attire for this free event, now in its 36th year, with a full weekend of authentic German food, drinks, live performances, holiday shopping, and special actitivities. 

Austin Film Festival

Austin: Oct. 26-Nov. 2 
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike—and is celebrated as one of the best film festivals for writers. 

Haunted Zoo

Victoria: Oct. 27-29
Dare you enter the Zoo this weekend? Join the Texas Zoo as it holds its annual Halloween event, where the entire facility is turned into a huge walkthrough haunted house. 

Hogeye Festival

Elgin: Oct. 27-28 
The 30th annual festival will feature food, kids activities, handmade arts and crafts, live music on three stages, and plenty of pig puns to go around. Events kickoff downtown with a street dance, followed by a children's pet parade, a car show, a barbecue pork-off, a carnival, cow patty bingo, and a hogalicious dessert contest.

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Flatonia: Oct. 27-29 
A three-day festival in the heart of Texas offers continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend, a carnival, strolling acts, grand parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and beverages. Competitions throughout the weekend include a czhili and barbecue cookoff, 5K run/walk, egg toss, jalapeno-eating contest, beard-growing contest, hairy-leg contest, Daizy Duke contest, Halloween costume contest, and tricycle races. 

Los Muertos Bailan Festival

Edinburg: Oct. 27 
An educational approach and opportunity to learn more about this fascinating tradition of Mexico. Spend the evening in a colorful tribute to loved ones. The festival will feature Mexican artisans with authentic handcrafted work, themed artistic paintings, delicious food booths, live music, fun crafts, Dia de los Muertos costume contests, and more. 

Heritage Scaritage Festival

Baytown: Oct. 28 
Arts and crafts vendors, food, old-fashioned children's games, pumpkin decorating, a doll walk, tours of historic buildings, and a Native American teepee at the Republic of Texas Plaza Park.

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Texas Clay Festival

Gruene: Oct. 28-29
More than 60 respected potters and sculptors from around Texas will display, sell their wares, and demonstrate a variety of techniques at the 25th annual event. Hands-on activities are available for children.

Barbecue on the Pedernales

Stonewall: Oct. 28
Experience the LBJ Ranch as guests did in the 1960s. Enjoy music by Dale Watson and delicious catering by The Salt Lick BBQ. 

Sassafras Festival

San Augustine: Oct. 28
For almost three decades, the last Saturday in October has been a full day of family fun, great food, and live entertainment. This year's festival will include an antique and classic car exhibit, a barbecue cookoff, a dog show, an art show, a hospitality/souvenir booth, reunions, a free kids corner, arts and crafts booths, many different food vendors, an Alzheimer's walk, a hay ride, and more. 

Cowboys of Color Finals Rodeo

Mesquite: Oct. 28
Enjoy the best in bull riding, calf roping, streer wrestlin', and bronc bustin. You'll also find cultural entertainers, Buffalo Soldiers, charros, escaramuzas, ceremonial dancers, Tennessee Walking horses, Pony Express relays, wild horse races, ladies barrel racing, junior calf roping, and junior barrel racing. Features more than 200 culturally diverse cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash prizes. 

Day of the Dead Festival

Mesquite: Oct. 28
Celebrate the traditions of Dia de los Muertos with live music, face painting, cookie decorating, skull decorating, a community altar, food trucks, and more. 

Pecan Fest

Seguin: Oct. 28
Come and cheer on your contestant in the Pecan Queen contest, see the entries in the pecan bake-off, tour the Pecan Museum of Texas and the Country Village, enjoy a turkey and dressing meal, and see the world's largest pecan. 

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Six Flags Over Texas' Fright Fest

Arlington: Through Oct. 29 
The annual frightening festival closes out the Halloween season with horrific thrills. 

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