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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 6-8

Written by , published October 2, 2017

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Boots, beaches, books, and biergartens—that's the so-called "theme" of this weekend's varied events, with offerings like South Padre Island's 30th annual Sand Castle Days, Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest, and the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin.

Sand Castle Days

South Padre Island: Oct. 5-8
Five full days of family-friendly fun and art on the beach, including master and amateur sand sculpting competitions, live music, art and food booths, and more. 

Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo

Waco: Oct. 5-14
Since 1953, this fair has been an annual tradition for thousands of Texans with professional rodeo events, craft and cooking competitions, a midway filled with exciting rides, and plenty of fair food. 

Shakespeare in the Park

Addison: Oct. 5-8, 11-15
Founded in 1971, Shakespeare Dallas offers North Texas residents a unique opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a casual park setting, as well as providing cultural and educational programs to audiences of all ages. This year's production of "Titus Andronicus" is believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and often marked as one of his most violent works. 

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Gruene Music and Wine Fest

Gruene: Oct. 5-8
This Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wines at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All four days of the 31st Annual event will be filled with vintner and music events, wine, food and beer samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. 


Fredericksburg: Oct. 6-8
Celebrate the fun and flavor of Fredericksburg's German heritage at the 37th annual fest, with three days of music, food, drink, dancing, arts and crafts, children's entertainment, and more.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin: Oct. 6-8, 13-15
One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two-weekend, six-day festival in Zilker Park brings the magic of the famed public TV series "Austin City Limits" outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts—including Jay-Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers—will take over eight stages, along with local food vendors, brewers, artists, and pop-up shops and artists.

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Victoria: Oct. 6-7
Two-day free festival with a variety of activities for all ages. Features Texas country and Tejano recording artists including Pat Green and Jason Boland, boot making demonstrations, custom boot vendors, western craftsmen, a kids' corral, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and a fireworks display, as well as a car, truck, and motorcycle show. 

Texas Teen Book Festival

Austin: Oct. 7
Young adults and YA-genre fans can expect a fun day filled with entertaining panels and inspiring sessions led by some of 2017’s best-selling and most critically-acclaimed Young Adult authors, along with interactive activities, games, book signings, and more at the ninth annual event.

Wings Over Alpine

Alpine: Oct. 7-8
An up close and personal experience with birds of prey. See hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, and eagles in this presentation, which also includes a flying demonstration.

Texian Heritage Festival

Montgomery: Oct. 7
Texas history comes alive at Fernland Historical Park with dramatic Texas Independence battle reenactments, The Army of the Republic of Texas encampment, Wolfcreek Pistoleros, and the Chikawa Aztec Dancers. Come dressed in pioneer costume if you want, and become a Texian on the Frontier in 1836. Enjoy the Kids' Korral and games that will have your kids running and playing outdoors, like a sack race, roping, stick horse, tug-o-war, panning for gold, and creating their own corn cob dolls. On Saturday night you can dance under the Texas prairie sky to the music of Michael Player and the Playboys from 5-8 p.m. 


McAllen: Oct. 7-8
Celebrating its 12th year, this event highlights the unique and vibrant history of Deep South Texas. More than 50,000 people are expected to come out for its major attractions, historical displays, art, family games, rides, cooking competitions and demonstrations, live entertainment, and diverse food and beverage. 

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