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Written by Jane Kellogg Murray

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Still haven't ironed out your weekend plans? We have plenty of fun event ideas that can take your mind to someplace new.

Futuro House

What: Futuro House

Where: 9573 State Highways 276 in Royse City

When: Year-round

As you near Royse City, just east of Rockwall, the scenery becomes a little extraterrestrial. Situated along the highway, an orange spaceship catches the eye of nearly every driver that passes by. Truth is, it’s not a spaceship at all, but a lost relic of 1960s architecture—a portable, prefabricated, and outright peculiar structure designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. Fewer than 100 Futuro houses were ever produced, and now the approximately 50 that remain across the globe—from Texas to New Zealand—stand as testaments to the Space Age fascination with alien life. While the Royse City Futuro has been completely gutted and covered in graffiti over the years, two more exist on private property in Texas—one painted green and pink landed only 11 miles away in Rockwall. The other found a home on the Yates Cattle and Conservation Ranch in Austin; it (and the 385-acre property it sits on) is currently on the market for $7.2 million.

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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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Known as The Mushroom Capital of Texas, Madisonville will host the 16th annual Texas Mushroom Festival on Oct. 14—complete with cooking demonstrations, coveted mushroom fajitas, and other delicious fungi foods. The festival attracts some 15,000 people each year, and in addition to celebrating all things mushrooms it also features 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 live entertainment.

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Boots, beaches, books, and biergartens—that's the so-called "theme" of this weekend's varied events, with offerings like South Padre Island's 30th annual Sand Castle Days, Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest, and the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin.

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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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Fall is in the air as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens unveils its popular pumpkin-filled installation, Grand Prairie celebrates the annual fall migration of the monarch butterfly, and Six Flags gears up for Halloween season with it's annual Fright Fest.

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From mermaids in San Marcos to cowboys in Austin, get ready for a wild weekend of events across Texas.

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Fall comes to life with a slew of events, including the Dallas Chocolate Festival and Fall Planting Days at Wildseed Farms—where visitors can learn wildflower planting techniques.

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Labor Day weekend's numerous event offerings include the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Possum Kingdom Lake and the long-running Fayette County Fair in La Grange. It's also the final weekend of "Wild Weather," an exhibit at San Antonio's Witte Museum that explores how scientists are working to better forecast severe weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy the end of summer in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun this weekend, head to these events across the state—including the Reunion Lawn Party at Dallas' Reunion Tower, Austin's Quesoff, and LBJ Day festivities at the Texas White House.

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Prepare yourself for another fun-filled hot weekend: The Hotter 'N Hell Hundred rides through Wichita Falls, The Texas White House celebrates what would have been LBJ's 109th birthday, and the longest continually running fair in Texas—the Gillespie County Fair—returns for its 129th year.

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