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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 20-22

Written by , published October 16, 2017

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Still haven't ironed out your weekend plans? We have plenty of fun event ideas that can take your mind to someplace new.

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

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Austin: Oct. 20-22 
World-renowned drivers will be in Austin to race around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans. Races will be followed with live performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder.

"Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection"

Austin: Oct. 18-Jan. 21
Opening this weekend at the LBJ Presidential Library, this collection features more than 200 pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Albright. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. While serving under President Bill Clinton, Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. A shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes. "Read My Pins" will explore the stories behind these works as well as their historical and artistic significance. 

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Texas Rose Festival

Tyler: Oct. 19-22
The highlight of rose season is this beautiful annual festival, featuring the unbelievable aroma of hundreds of thousands of roses growing in manicured beds in the Rose Garden. Enjoy a tea with the Queen, relive the past in the beautiful Rose Museum, and be enchanted by courtly costumes at the Queen's Coronation. When your eyes have taken it all in, treat your ears and tap your feet as the bands march by in the Rose Festival Parade. 

Plano Steinfest

Plano: Oct. 20-Oct. 21
In the tradition of Oktoberfest, enjoy live music, an artist village, German food and beer, games, contests, commemorative steins, T-shirts, and more. Free admission. Food for purchase. New this year: Popular Texas bakery Czech Stop is making its festival outpost debut—this will be the first time in the shop’s 34 years to ever go outside West, Texas. 

Heritage Fest and Muziky

La Grange: Oct. 20-21 
On Friday, enjoy Octoberfest on the deck from 4-10 p.m., with music by the Dujka Brothers Band, and chicken and dumplings. On Saturday, enjoy Hospoda (Beer Garden) entertainment all day by the Red Ravens Band and Bohemian Dutchmen Band. There will be heritage demonstrations, antique tractor and car shows, children's activities, museums, a 1890s Czech village, 1892 Sawmill operating, a taroky tournament, koláč-eating contest, and more. In the evening, enjoy Muziky in the Amphitheater—The Legends Series featuring The Legacy of Bobby Jones and the Bobby Jones Czech Band. A fireworks show will be the grand finale. 

FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls

Marble Falls: Oct. 20-22 
Live music and wine and craft beer tastings offered from regional wineries and local craft breweries, plus fine chocolate tasting presented by local chocolatiers. 


Roxton Saturday Night

Roxton: Oct. 21
At the 13th annual day-long festival, Roxton steps back to the '30s and '40s, when people lined the streets on a Saturday night. Enjoy vendors, activities, games, contests, and entertainment. 

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"Journey to Space"

Dallas: Oct. 21-May 6, 2018
Climb aboard and experience what it takes to live and work in space. This new exhibition at the Perot Museum features two massive rotating labs that provide a glimpse of what it looks and  feels like to be on the International Space Station Destiny module. Check out space-tastic interactives including a robotic arm, water rockets, and ion engines; a space station activity area and construction center for kids; and numerous authentic space travel and exploration objects.

Shiner Music Festival

Shiner: Oct. 21
Enjoy a full day of music, food, and fun at the fourth annual festival. Experience the local Shiner hospitality and spend the day supporting Texas music while enjoying your favorite Shiner beverage. 

Bacon Bash Texas

Cranfills Gap: Oct. 21
One of the largest bacon cookoffs in the nation, featuring 50 professional and backyard chefs battling it out to make the best bacon dish. Taste bacon funnel cake, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, and everything in between. The event features Texas wineries, craft breweries, the ultimate Bloody Mary bar, and a great lineup of Texas country artists. 

Texian Market Days Festival

Richmond: Oct. 21
It's cannon time: Bring the whole family to discover more than 150 years of Texas history at the 34th annual event at George Ranch Historical Park. Enjoy hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, first-person costumed interpreters, historic home tours, games, cowboys, vintage vehicles, food, craft vendors, and more. It's the Fort Bend History Association's biggest living history event of the year. 

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Scarecrow Festival

Fulshear: Oct. 21
The annual festival includes a scarecrow decorating contest, carnival, live music, and children's activities. 


Monarch Day Celebration

South Padre Island: Oct. 21
As the Monarch butterflies journey down to Mexico, come learn how you can help the species from being endangered. Presentations throughout the day at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center will teach about planting native milkweed plant gardens. Guided butterfly walks will be scheduled throughout the day, as well as crafts and games for children. 


M2M: Marathon 2 Marathon

Marathon: Oct. 21
Marathon, Texas, hosts its 15th famous race in the wide-open Big Bend landscape. At an elevation of 4,080 feet, this is the highest marathon in Texas and a net downhill race. Participants can run the 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Also enjoy a free pasta dinner Friday night at the Gage Hotel, a barbecue cook-off post-race lunch with music, and a free awards party at the Marathon Motel Saturday night. 


Wings Over Houston Airshow

Houton: Oct. 21-22
One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Houston event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation, and has supported a variety of local and national charities during its 30-plus year history. 

Knights of Columbus Bestfest

Fredericksburg: Oct. 21
Not quite Oktoberfest, but the eighth annual Bestfest offers specialty beer and sausage tastings, live music, prizes, kids games, and more, with proceeds benefiting local charities.

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Galveston: Oct. 21 
The 20th annual outdoor juried Fine Art Festival at the The Grand 1894 Opera House features more than 125 quality artists and artisans from all over the United States. 

State Fair of Texas

Dallas: Through Oct. 22 
It's the final weekend to celebrate all things Texan at the State Fair of Texas, the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest—featuring unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games, and rides. 

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