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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Sept. 15-17

Written by , published September 11, 2017

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From mermaids in San Marcos to cowboys in Austin, get ready for a wild weekend of events across Texas.

Helping after Harvey

The Harvey-stricken areas of Texas continue their recovery process. Many of the weekend's events in coastal areas—such as the Hummer Bird Celebration in Rockport—have been postponed or canceled after storm and flood damage, so double check with organizers before getting on the road.

More Events

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

Mermaid Parade and Aqua Festival

San Marcos: Through Sept. 16
On Friday, the Mermaid Society Ball The second annual event, held at the headwaters of the San Marcos River, will feature glass bottom boat tours, dining, dancing, specialty cocktails, live music, the crowning of the Society's Mermaid Queen and her court, and art infused performances by local artists. River chic and other creative dress is highly encouraged.

The second annual event offers a parade downtown with floats, music, the newly crowned Mermaid Queen and her court, and pictures with mermaids. Afterward, the festival at San Marcos Plaza Park offers environmental and conservation presentations, a local art market, and a variety of hands-on art-inspired workshops for all ages.

West Texas Fair and Rodeo

Abilene: Sept. 7-16 
Catch the thrills and spills of the rodeo and pack in 10 full days of fun at the Taylor County Expo Center. This old fashioned county fair features children's activities, entertainment, livestock and horse shows, carnival rides, exhibits, a PRCA rodeo, a wide variety of food, and other events. 

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition

Odessa: Sept. 8-16 
Tons of fun awaits the entire family at the Ector County Coliseum: rides, food, talents shows, roaming performers, petting zoos, and more. 

Texas Oklahoma Fair

Wichita Falls: Sept. 12-16 
Fair food is offered on the lighted Midway with exciting rides and games. On military night, all military personnel and their families are admitted free. Free admission to the livestock shows will be featured each evening and all day Saturday. All creative arts will be displayed through Saturday night inside the Exhibit Hall.


Addison: Sept. 14-17 
More than 70,000 people who share a love of polka, German food, and the same Paulaner bier served at Bavaria's favorite festival are expected to attend this authentic Oktoberfest celebration at Addison Circle Park. Enjoy fun contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, a German Idol yodeling contest, a German spelling bee, and more. Guests wanting a more intimate experience can register to dine at the Chamberlain's Brau Haus, with a full-service Bavarian dining with an exclusive menu.


Grapevine: Sept. 14-17 
Popular attractions during the 31st annual wine festival include the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, a grape stomp, a golf classic, a tennis classic, and five stages offering live entertainment throughout historic downtown Grapevine.

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Lone Star Le Mans

Austin: Sept. 15-16 
This three-day event is Circuit of the Americas's unique twist on the world's greatest sports car endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend features live music, interactive displays, an open paddock, and nearly nine hours of racing, finishing under the stars—all topped off with a dazzling fireworks show. 

Native American Powwow

Grand Prairie: Sept. 15-17 
Enjoy colorful tribal dance contests, an arts and crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing, and more at Traders Village.

Antique Alley Texas and 30-Plus Miles of Shopping

Grandview: Sept. 15-17 
What started in 1999 as a small sidewalk sale with a couple of yard/pasture sales now spans more than 30 miles of treasures along the highway.

Tri-State Fair and Rodeo

Amarillo: Sept. 15-23 
This favorite family celebration at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in the Texas Panhandle includes livestock shows, a carnival, and a PRCA rodeo. 


San Angelo: Sept. 16 
A fun-filled day for families, friends, and community members to come together and enjoy the beautiful riverwalk downtown. Festivities include the Wacky Rad River Race, a sand volleyball tournament, a golf tournament, a free family concert, a cookoff, a flag football tournament, a river raft race, and a washer-pitching tournament.

Washington County Fair

Brenham: Sept. 16-23 
The oldest county fair in Texas offers rodeos, Nashville entertainment, a carnival, crafts, food, and livestock and poultry auctions at Washington County Fairgrounds.

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"Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony"

Dallas: Sept. 16-Jan. 7 
This new exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.

Blues Fest

Denton: Sept. 16-17 
Enjoy blues acts in Quakertown Park's family-friendly outdoor setting along with kid-friendly activities, delicious festival food, and arts and crafts. 

Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival

Waco: Sept. 16 
Patrons may taste more than 200 wines and sample food from more than 30 restaurants at the 18th annual festival benefiting the Humane Society of Central Texas. Event activities include live entertainment, a VIP area on the scenic Waco Suspension Bridge, and the famous "Cork Pull."

Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic

Austin: Sept. 16-17 
Making its first-ever stop in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center for this year's elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. As the world's top cowboys go ride for ride against the rankest bulls around to earn coveted points for the overall season, fans in the Lone Star State can expect to see some of PBR's toughest athletes, including current reigning World Champion Cooper Davis. 

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