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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Sept. 22-24

Written by , published September 18, 2017

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Fall is in the air as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens unveils its popular pumpkin-filled installation, Grand Prairie celebrates the annual fall migration of the monarch butterfly, and Six Flags gears up for Halloween season with it's annual Fright Fest.

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The Harvey-stricken areas of Texas continue their recovery process. Many of the weekend's events in coastal areas may be postponed or canceled after storm and flood damage, so double check with organizers before getting on the road.

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Fall Antique Shows

Round Top: Sept. 14-Oct. 8
From fields of rubbish to exceptionally curated tents of antique décor, vintage shopping has never been better than it is this month in Round Top. A slew of vendors open up shop, including the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sept. 20–30; the Marburger Farm Antique Show, which returns Sept. 26–30; and the one that started it all—the Original Round Top Antiques Fair—which celebrates a milestone 50-year anniversary Sept. 25–30.

Texas State Forest Festival

Lufkin: Sept. 20-24
Held on and off since 1938, the 33rd annual festival expects to draw crowds approaching 30,000. Events include exciting entertainment for all ages, such as Jurassic Kingdom, which teaches children about dinosaurs and fossils, and a lumberjack show. One new event will be known as "Money Game live”—a giveaway of one million dollars.

Utopiafest

Utopia: Sept. 21-23
This three-day music and camping festival features performances by the Wheeler Brothers, Elephant Revival, Mobley, Sid Fly, and more.

Fantastic Fest

Austin: Sept. 21-28
The largest genre film festival in the US specializes in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world. Head to Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across Austin for a chance to spy your favorite genre actors and directors on the red carpet.

Frame 4 Frame Festival

Arlington: Sept. 21-24
The second annual festival brings together art, film, music, and fun to downtown Arlington.

Cruise'n Silsbee Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show

Silsbee: Sept. 22-23
Thousands of spectators head to Kirby Memorial Stadium for family-friendly entertainment at one of the largest nonprofit vehicle shows in the state. On Friday night, enjoy a free live concert with food vendors. The main car show on Saturday features a live DJ as some 150 cars, trucks, and motorcycles show off their skills for door prizes and raffles throughout the day. Enjoy a large assortment of food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and contests; after the awards show, a police-escorted parade of cars will roll through town.

Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival

Bryan: Sept. 22-24
Started in 2007 as a celebration of two of the largest industries in Texas: beef and wine. Head to historic Downtown Bryan to sample more than 25 Texas wineries, 15 Texas breweries, craft vendors, artists, live music, and steak.

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Plano: Sept. 22-24
This three-day festival features 50 hot air balloons, morning and evening launches, balloon glows, tethered rides, skydivers, fireworks, kids activities, live music, half marathon and 5K races, food, and more at Oak Point Park.

Cajun Festival and Gumbo Cookoff

Bandera: Sept. 23
Enjoy live Cajun and zydeco music on two stages, a gumbo cookoff, homemade Cajun food, dancing, arts and crafts, games, and souvenirs at the 37th annual event.

Paddle Battle

Boerne: Sept. 23
From the Fun 5K to the Elite 10K race, spectators will be able to cheer their competitors on as the races take place at Boerne City Lake. Awards, food trucks, drinks, vendors, live music, a raffle, and more will follow the race at Random Beer Garden.

Medina Lake Cajun Festival

Lakehills: Sept. 23
The 37th annual festival brings the food, music, and culture of Louisiana to the Texas Hill Country. Dance to Cajun and zydeco bands from Louisiana, eat authentic Cajun food prepared by volunteers, and sample gumbos in the Great Gumbo Cookoff.

Lilyfest

San Angelo: Sept. 23
See more waterlilies on display than at any other botanical garden in the US at the International Waterlily Collection in Civic League Park. There will be tours, seminars, a plant sale, food, and entertainment on site as well.

Stroll thru The Renaissance

Magnolia: Sept. 23
Free admission to an exclusive Texas Renaissance Festival preview. Visit actors of the festival for photo ops and more. Costume contests for all ages, where the King and Queen award prizes.

Woodforest Craft Beer Fest

Montgomery: Sept. 23
The second annual beer festival will allow craft beer lovers to sample a range of locally produced creations while enjoying music by Willow Creek Junction, food truck grub, and family-friendly activities.

Six Flags Over Texas' Fright Fest

Arlington: Sept. 23-Oct. 29
The annual frightening festival is back for the Halloween season with horrific thrills.

Austin County Fair Shrimp Boil

Bellville: Sept. 23
All-you-can-eat shrimp with all the trimming including sausage, corn, and potatoes. Also enjoy live and silent auctions, a happy hour, and a dance.

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Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas: Sept. 23-Nov. 23
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower: Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 stunning, fall blooming plants. This year, AAA features the theme "The Wizard of Oz" for the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, plus the outstanding Children's Adventure Garden.

Flight of the Monarch Celebration

Grand Prairie: Sept. 23
Celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. Remote parking is available to and from this free event, which will include three Monarch butterfly releases; a petting zoo; a costume contest; a kid zone with bounce houses, rock climbing, and children crafts; arts and crafts vendors; food; and live music.

Wendish Fest

Serbin: Sept. 24
The 29th annual event—held at one of the painted churches of Texas—offers a fun, family-oriented day featuring traditional Wendish foods, folkways, folklife demonstrations and exhibits, competitions, children's activities, and vintage machinery and automobiles, plus music by The TubaMeisters.

Czech Heritage Festival

Victoria: Sept. 24
Featuring live polka music, a Tarok tournament, traditional arts and crafts, Czech foods, a homemade beer and wine show, live demonstrations, and exhibits of historical Czech items.

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