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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: July 28-30

Written by , published July 24, 2017

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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.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

Viva Big Bend

Alpine, Fort Davis, Marathon, Marfa: July 27-30
Part music festival and part music-industry conference, Viva Big Bend's sixth year showcases more than 50 bands at venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, and Marathon.

Great Texas Mosquito Festival

Clute: July 27-29
The 35th annual event features a carnival, arts and crafts, and a mosquito-calling contest among other competitions. The carnival provides three days of fun for children and adults alike. Live entertainment caps off each evening.

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

Balcones Heights: July 28
Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy free live concerts at the 24th annual festival. The series features national smooth jazz artists every Friday night at the Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheater.

Watermelon Festival

Naples: July 28-29
This 79th annual event includes a parade, street dance, arts-and-crafts vendors, games, and ice-cold watermelon.

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Great Texas Balloon Race

Longview: July 28-30
A world-class event with the very best competitive pilots in the world. Head to the East Texas Regional Airport to see nightly balloon glows, entertainment, vendors, static aircraft, and more.

Electric Football World Championships and Convention

Irving: July 28-30
Miniature teams and figures glide across electrified fields in a strategic battle of geometric precision. Involving skill, strategy, and chance, modern coaches have revolutionized the iconic American board game into a buzzing, chess-like battle of Vince Lombardi's X's and O's.

Reunion Lawn Party

Dallas: July 29
The free family-friendly summer series, held at the base of the iconic Reunion Tower, features food trucks, a beer garden, live music from local cover band Special Edition Band, lawn games like a bean bag toss and horseshoes, and a special lawn takeovers by the Dallas Stars.


Dallas: Through 31
It’s the final weekend to catch this exhibition of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, or Shona, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The series showcases more than 200 of these contemporary pieces, which can be as large as seven feet tall, hand-carved from stone, as hard as granite, and often weigh tons.

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"Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie"

Houston: July 26-Sept. 3
Legendary singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie transformed folk music into a powerful vehicle for political expression with hits like "This Land is Your Land" and "The Ballad of Tom Joad." In this musical production, Guthrie's timeless songs reveal the iconic artist's bold vision for the America he deeply loved. In conjunction with "Woody Sez," the Stages Repertory Theatre will host two musical hootenannies following matinee performances of the show. Audiences, musicians, and the public are invited to bring instruments, noisemakers, or just their voices and join the cast for an informal jam session.

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