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.
Panhandle Plains >Canadian
This isn’t Canadian’s first rodeo. In fact, this summer will be the 126th edition of Canadian’s Fourth of July Rodeo, making it one of the state’s oldest. The rodeo runs July 3-5, with a post-rodeo dance on the second two nights. Independence Day also features a parade, an arts-and-crafts fair on the courthouse lawn, turtle races, the Old Timers’ BBQ, and a free watermelon feast. The finale is a fireworks show at dusk. Some 5,000 people attend the event, more than doubling the town’s population. Call 806/323-6234.
Hill Country >Austin
Creativity will crescendo this summer in the cultural enclave of Round Top, where the Round Top Festival Institute’s Summer Festival hosts 92 classical musicians for six weeks of concentrated training. The group will showcase its progress in concerts on Saturdays from June 7 through July 12, with a June 29 patriotic concert. Nearby, the University of Texas’ Shakespeare at Winedale program will host renditions of the Bard’s repertoire on Thursdays through Sundays, July 17-Aug. 10, in the Winedale Theater Barn. www.festivalhill.org.
Hill Country >Austin
The World at War
Marking 100 years since the start of World War I, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin revisits “the war to end all wars” with an exhibition designed to illuminate the realities of the conflict for those who lived through it. The World at War, 1914-1918 draws on letters, diaries, literature, photos, artwork, and propaganda posters to provide insight into the conflict from the front lines, the home front, and foreign countries. At 7 p.m. July 24, the co-curators will lead a free tour of the exhibit. Open through Aug. 3
Gulf Coast >South Padre Island/Port Isabel
Angleton for Victory
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. www.tift.org.
Immerse yourself in the colorful works of influential French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) this summer at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Opening June 14-September 7, Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art features nearly 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning Matisse’s career. In conjunction, the museum is also showing The Art Books of Henri Matisse (June 21-September 7), including four of Matisse’s illustrated books. www.samuseum.org.
PRAIRIES AND LAKES >Fort Worth
The Samurai Spirit
Combining artistry, craftsmanship, and functionality, Japanese samurai armor reflects the valor of the historic warrior class. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth explores this legacy through August 31 with Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. The traveling exhibition—the first in the Kimbell’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion—showcases more than 140 pieces collected by the Barbier-Mueller family of Dallas. The intricate armor, masks, and weapons date from the 12th to the 19th centuries.
The history of women in the American West is the subject of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. Women of the West, sponsored partly by Humanities Texas, aims to expand viewers’ perspectives on the role of women in the West and its development. The six exhibitions range from Native American art to fashion on the High Plains, historical photographs and artifacts, and the depiction of women in Western art.
In Orange, the Stark Museum of Art explores the history of Navajo textiles in Navajo Weaving: Tradition & Trade. The exhibition features more than 35 Navajo weavings, ranging from 19th-Century “Chief Blankets” to contemporary works by Navajo weavers. A replica Trading Post—where the Navajo historically bartered their weavings for goods—helps explain how culture and commerce influenced the weaving tradition. The exhibition runs through July 12.