There is no shortage of events in Texas. Our searchable database is proof that you'll find plenty to keep you busy. Here, Texas Highways editors offer a few recommendations. If you'd like, feel free to submit an event listing.
PINEY WOODS >Huntsville
After 30 years of shaping the pages of this magazine with his signature creativity, Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith retired from Texas Highways this summer. But Griff didn’t leave before compiling the best of his work in an upcoming book, On the Road With Texas Highways, A Tribute to True Texas (Texas A&M University Press). The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville will exhibit photos from the book Sep. 2-28, including a book-signing 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sep. 20. Also, in his hometown of Caldwell, Griff will exhibit photos and sign books at the old Post Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sep. 13 as part of the Kolache Festival.
BIG BEND COUNTRY >Terlingua
A public event Sep. 27 will recognize an influential figure in the economic development of the area. Historians and family members will gather at the Terlingua Cemetery grave of Federico Villalba to honor his legacy with the unveiling of a new Texas Historical Marker. Born in Mexico in 1858, Villalba settled in the Big Bend and flourished as a merchant, horse trader, mine owner, and advocate of Mexican-American civil rights. The 5 p.m. unveiling ceremony will be followed by a 6:30 cele--bration at the Lajitas Golf Resort. Call 877/525-4827.
PANHANDLE PLAINS >San Angelo
Wild for Waterlilies
Waterlily cultivators and enthusiasts will converge on San Angelo on Sep. 20 for LilyFest 2014, a celebration of the floating flora held at the city’s acclaimed International Waterlily Collection. The aqueous garden, made up of seven raised pools at Civic League Park, features dozens of waterlily species, including a diverse collection of rarities and hybrids. LilyFest events include competitions for the World Waterlily and Lotus Association, educational presentations, and vendors. Free.
PRAIRIES AND LAKES >Grapevine
We’re betting the fish will be biting as the Texas Gulf Coast plays host to a number of sportfishing tournaments in July. The biggest of the contests is the Texas International Fishing Tournament, held July 30-Aug. 3 in Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Organizers expect about 1,500 anglers and 500 boats for the 75th annual event. Fisher-men will compete in bay, tarpon, and offshore divisions for a wide range of trophies, from marlin to speckled trout. There’s also a “Playday” for the kids on Thursday.