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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug. 18-20

Written by , published August 14, 2017

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August heats up with the original ranch rodeo in Wichita Falls, Hatch chiles in Grand Prairie, Grilling at the Gage in Marathon, and Austin's annual Quesoff.

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

Texas Ranch Roundup

Wichita Falls: Aug. 18-19 
The original Ranch Rodeo celebrates 37 years of showcasing historic ranches, the hard work of true cowboys, and every facet of ranch life. Ranches will compete in chuckwagon cooking, cowboy art, and of course, real ranch events.

Lone Star Gourd Festival

New Braunfels: Aug. 18-20
Features award-winning gourd artists and their art, an American Gourd Society sanctioned competition, live demonstrations, and more. Classes are available Aug. 16 and 17 prior to the festival.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

Denton: Aug. 18-26
This event offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway, and exciting exhibits along with a country music show.

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"TEXAS!" Outdoor Musical

Canyon: Through Aug. 19 
The beloved musical drama at Palo Duro Canyon’s Pioneer Amphitheatre wraps up its 52nd summer season.

Hatch Chile Festival

Grand Prairie: Aug. 19
Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Market's annual festival. Enjoy live music and food, and shop the market's fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, tea, tamales, jellies and relishes, grass-fed meats, homemade soaps, candles, and more.

Grilling at the Gage Summer Series

Marathon: Aug. 19
A third-generation owner/pit master of the James Beard award-winning restaurant Louie Mueller Barbecue, Wayne Mueller will journey to Marathon’s 12 Gage Restaurant this summer for the annual Grilling at the Gage culinary series. Mueller will curate a menu featuring his award-winning specialties, served with wine and live music by singer-songwriter Tim Griffin.

Swift Fest

Jonestown: Aug. 19
The sixth annual event celebrates the chimney swifts—migratory birds that make the city their home during their migration. It's a great event for families and anyone with an interest in birds, wildlife and nature. A highlight of the festival is the swifts' evening return to their cistern home located downtown, a tornado-like sight that is fascinating to see.

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Bat Fest

Austin: Aug. 19
Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (the 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats who take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Avenue Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children's activities, a costume contest, and more.


Austin: Aug. 20
An annual food competition of Texas-sized proportions, where the city's best queso-makers come together at The Mohawk to share their best dips and spread the queso love.

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"Roni Horn"

Dallas: Through Aug. 20
It's the last weekend to catch this show featuring the American artist's large-scale, cast-glass works. For her show at the Nasher Sculpture Center, eight large-scale cylindrical cast glass sculptures of varying colors occupy the museum’s main gallery. It is the artist’s first U.S. museum presentation of her work since 2010 and the first to focus specifically on her cast glass sculpture. 

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