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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 3-5

Written by , published October 30, 2017

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November means it's finally time for the holiday season to begin—and with it, events full of holiday spirit. Get your holiday shopping done early this weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, in Tyler during the city's annual Rose City Christmas, or at the Galleria Dallas as it unveils its iconic 95-foot Christmas tree.

Texas Book Festival

Austin: Nov. 4-5 
Last year's iteration of this annual favorite welcomed 300 nationally and critically recognized authors and 50,000 attendees in a record-setting celebration of books, literacy, and the culture of ideas. Events are spread across more than 20 venues including the State Capitol, featuring more than 80 exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. 

Rose City Christmas

Tyler: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 
The time for holiday music, lights, and tinsel is officially here! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season in Tyler, where beautiful and bright holiday events begin in November and continue through the end of December.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

Galveston: Nov. 2-5
The largest four-day motorcycle rally in the country makes its way to downtown Galveston. More than 500,000 motorcyclists are expected to attend the 16th annual event. 

Rockport Film Festival

Rockport: Nov. 2-4
This event celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast. Showcasing shorts, features, documentaries, animations, and student films, the festival is a welcoming three-day event which highlights talent from Texas and beyond. 


New Braunfels: Nov. 3-12 
Join the fun at this 10-day celebration of sausage and beer, which includes live music on multiple stages, dancing, a carnival and lots of German-Texan hospitality. 

The Settlement Home's Garage and Estate Sale

Austin: Nov. 3-5
It's the largest garage and estate sale in Texas. Held at the Palmer Events Center, the 42nd annual sale offers vintage items, jewelry galore, boutique furs, retro clothing, and more! There is something for everyone in 21 well-organized departments, such as antiques, furniture, art, rugs, jewelry, clothing, books, electronics, sporting goods, and holiday decorations. All proceeds benefit The Settlement Home for Children, a nonprofit that has been helping children in foster care for 100 years. 

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Austin Powwow

Austin: Nov. 4
Now in its 25th year and the largest of its kind in Texas, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and food at the Travis County Expo Center.

George West Storyfest

George West: Nov. 4-5
Come to the Storytelling Capital of Texas to hear professional storytellers, cowboy poets, ghost stories, and live music. The tales are accompanied by living history exhibits, arts-and-crafts vendors, food booths, a classic car show, a motorcycle show, a children's area, and more. Stay over for Sacred Stories on Sunday morning. 

Celtic Fest

Austin: Nov. 4-5 
This annual festival at Pioneer Farms is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish, and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops, and more.

Big Top Vintage Market

Spring: Nov. 4-5 
Bringing the best in vintage, unique, one of a kind and shabby chic gifts, home decor, clothing, and more to Old Town Spring. 150 unique Texas vendors will come together to bring an amazing assortment of shopping, family fun, and food to North Houston.

Dia de los Muertos Music Festival

Austin: Nov. 4 
The cultural celebration at Stubb's Bar-B-Q will feature renowned recording artists in the Latin and Texas music industries like Grupo Fantasma. The family-friendly festival will offer local food and beverages, cultural performances, Kids Zone activities, and more. 

Holidays at Galleria Dallas

Dallas: Nov. 5-Dec. 31
From the iconic 95-foot Christmas tree to Missile Toes, the ice-skating Santa who shoots fireworks from his skates, the holiday celebration is much like the shopping center (and Texas): big and bold. The holiday season at Galleria Dallas kicks off in with the decorating of America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree which features nearly a half million lights, 10,000 ornaments, and a 100-pound, 10-foot-tall LED star. 

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