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

Written by , published October 20, 2017


It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including a classic car show, a jazz festival, and an outdoor painting exhibition.

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

Texas Jazz Festival

Corpus Christi: Oct. 20-22

Experience four stages of live jazz music, along with food and drink, market vendors, and dancing, at this event that's been rocking Corpus Christi since the 1960s. This year's lineup of musicians includes the Eddie Olivares Jr. Quartet, Cat's Don't Sleep, Ric Cortez Latin Jazz Project, the Rockoholics, and plenty of other acts that make the one swingin' weekend.

Classic Car Show and Kick-A-Poo Festival

Lipan: Oct. 21

Got a thing for hot rods and souped-up cars? There will be plenty on display—and an opportunity to show off your own—at this classic car show where 42 awards will be handed out. Food and music is also included in the day’s revelry. Proceeds from the show go to the D&D Rockin' Rods Family and Friends Christmas for Kids. 

En Plein Air Texas

San Angelo: Oct. 21-29

Some of the best plein air artists in the country gather for a full week of painting hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. "En plein air" is the French term for painting out in the open air. Visitors can watch over the shoulders of professional artists as they paint, ask questions, attend free talks and demos, eat lunch with the artists, and take home one of the pieces.

Movie Under the Moon

Sugar Land: Oct. 21

Pack a delicious picnic and a blanket to enjoy a family-friendly movie underneath the stars in the town square. This month they are screening Frankenweenie, a seasonally themed animated film directed by Tim Burton.

Plano Steinfest

Plano: Oct. 21

In this Oktoberfest celebration, there will be live polka music, an artist village, German food and beer for purchase, a wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling, and, of course, commemorative steins. To make the event even more special, popular bakery Czech Stop leaves its West store for the first time in 34 years to sell some of its famed kolaches to attendees.

Walker County Butterfly Festival

Huntsville: Oct. 21

As the beautiful monarch butterflies pass through Texas on their migration path to Mexico, celebrate this wonderful show of nature by tagging and releasing butterflies. Kids can partake in activities and crafts and adults can pow-wow with Master Gardeners and hear from educational speakers.

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