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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 10-12

Written by , published November 6, 2017

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The holidays are already in full swing with new seasonal favorites returning—including Holidays at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Ice Land at Moody Gardens in Galveston, and a Lone Star Christmas complete with ice slides and sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

Holiday at the Arboretum

Dallas: Nov. 8-Jan. 7
The holiday events at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden feature the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit as well as a special collection in the historic DeGolyer House. Throughout the garden, more than 500,000 lights illuminate at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead.

Art on the Avenue

Houston: Nov. 9, 11
Now in its 21st year, with nearly 500 original works from more than 250 local artists, the event has grown to become the city's largest silent charity art auction, benefiting the community revitalization efforts of nonprofit community development organization Avenue, which in the aftermath of Harvey, have become more important than ever. Not only does each art purchase support Avenue's mission to build affordable homes and strengthen communities, it also gives back to Houston's thriving arts community and the artists who make the event possible.

Texana Chili Spill

Edna: Nov. 9-11
The 17th annual event starts on Thursday with a veterans ceremony, appreciation dinner, and fireworks display. It continues with a cook-off on Friday and Saturday that includes salsa, sausage, margarita, Dutch oven, chili, seafood gumbo, and bean competitions. The activities include a kid's zone, horseshoe and washer tournament, and vendors.

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Pop Austin International Art Show

Austin: Nov. 9-12

The fourth annual art show brings high-profile multimedia artists to Austin’s Fair Market, such as Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, Ysabel LeMay, Kenton Parker, and Terri Thomas.

Wine, Dine, and Jazz Festival

Horseshoe Bay: Nov. 10-11

The picturesque Horseshoe Bay Resort will present a weekend full of chef cooking demonstrations, live music by smooth jazz-style saxophonist Marion Meadows and jazz artist Richard Johnson, wine tastings, and more.

Scottish Festival / Highland Games

Salado: Nov. 10-12
The oldest festival of its kind in Texas, this three-day event includes the skirl of bagpipes, traditional Scottish dancing and athletics, a dog parade, live music, shopping, food, and more at the 55th annual event.

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Lone Star Christmas

Grapevine: Nov. 10-Jan. 1
The 125-acre Gaylord Texan Resort will transform into an enchanting winter wonderland for the holiday season, with 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, 25-foot tall toy soldiers, a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, miniature train sets, a 2 million pound ice sculpture attraction themed after the classic holiday poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating, photos with Santa, a holiday escape room, an Elf on the Shelf character breakfast, a Build-A-Bear scavenger hunt, and cookies with Mrs. Claus.

Brushes by the Beach: Plein Air Painting Competition and Workshop

Galveston: Nov. 11-19
Open plein air painting event gives attendees seven beautiful days to paint Galveston Island and compete for cash prizes. There will be a workshop with nationally recognized plein air artist Lawrence Rudolech. From beach to bay, historic homes and a working port, Galveston affords artists a myriad of challenging subjects.

Ice Land at Moody Gardens

Galveston: Nov. 11- Jan. 7
Explore a 28,000-square-foot "ice land" with a new Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017. Professional ice carvers used 2 million pounds of ice to create an amazing exhibit that includes a Shivers Ice Bars serving cool libations for adults.

Bandera Honors Veterans

Bandera: Nov. 11
On the Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, enjoy family displays, music, a ceremony, and a parade in honor of Veterans Day. There will be a free barbecue sandwich lunch for veterans and their spouses (additional food available for purchase). See military displays, concessions, and more.

Veterans Day Observance

Fredericksburg: Nov. 11
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the National Museum of the Pacific War honors all veterans of all conflicts in its Memorial Courtyard. The event is free and open to the public.

Hangar Holiday

Wichita Falls: Nov. 11-12
Features hundreds of professional craft show vendors as well as local crafters and home-based businesses. The event has an average attendance of more than 15,000 people, and is run entirely by volunteers from the Sheppard Air Force Base Officers' Spouses' Club. According to organizers, 2017 will mark the 32nd year as the region's largest free two-day craft fair. 

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