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Written by Jane Kellogg Murray

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Daylight stretches late into the evening these days, giving families more time to celebrate summer's buzziest nuisance in style at the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, wonder in awe at Longview's Great Texas Balloon Race, and enjoy a four-day celebration of the music and spirit of far west Texas during Viva Big Bend.

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It's here: The summer heat that causes Texans to head into the air-conditioned indoors. Take advantage of indoor opportunities like the Round Top Festival Institute's final concert weekend, or brave the sweat-inducing temps with events like the Paris Balloon and Music Festival.

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Here's to the weekend—especially this one, filled with barrels of ripe peaches, deep-sea fishing, and building sandcastles with the pros.

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This holiday weekend—aside from the usual fireworks and parades and barbecues (though don't worry, there's plenty of that too)—you have the freedom to enjoy summer with bluegrass music, floating a river, and a fishin' fiesta.

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Everything's bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to celebrating our nation’s independence. We've compiled the ultimate guide—more than 100 events!—to help you plan the perfect red, white, and blue holiday weekend.

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The longest day of the year has come and gone, but there's still time to enjoy the long days of summer with watermelon seed-spitting contests in Luling, a wacky festival and race through Austin, and food trucks galore in legendary Luckenbach Texas.

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June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the day in 1865—two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation—when an estimated 250,000 slaves residing in Texas were informed of their freedom. More than 150 years later, Texans embrace this special holiday as a time to honor African-American heritage with events across the state.

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June is cooking up some delicious events this weekend, including the Shrimporee in Aransas Pass, Pie Fest in Cisco, the Jacksonville Tomato Fest, and the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches.

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From the beach (Galveston’s AIA Sandcastle Competition) to the ballet (the Texas debut of Canada’s Ballet BC), there’s plenty of summer fun to be had the first weekend of June.

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For this three-day weekend, picnics, music festivals, and barbecues are in full force as Texans celebrate the unofficial start of summer. But as we enjoy these freedoms, it’s also a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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We're heading into a holiday weekend—the unofficial kickoff to summer. Here are 10 ways to get the most of your Memorial Day weekend, including a PGA tournament stop in Fort Worth, a tribute to Elvis at Southfork Ranch, and a folksy fest in Kerrville.

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Make the weekend count with our picks of the best festivals, concerts, and tournaments happening across the Lone Star State—from midnight concerts at the Nasher Sculpture Center to barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin's inaugural Hot Luck festival.

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