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

Written by , published November 2, 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 festival celebrating Greek food and culture, live music from the Toadies, and an exotic butterfly extravaganza.

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First Friday Wine Share

Kerrville: Nov. 3

This weekend, wine lovers in the Hill Country will at Po Po Restaurant in Kerrville to swap stories and share bottles of wine. Bring a bottle of wine (one for every two people) and your own wine glass and chit-chat with the community—small, shared snacks are welcome as well.

Greek Festival

Corpus Christi: Nov. 3-5

Hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this event has lots of free fun to be had, from Greek music and dance performances to arts and crafts vendors to kids’ activities. But you’re definitely going to want to break out your wallet for all the delicious food available for purchase, including pastitsio (Greek lasagna), baklava, and much more. And get there early as the food is known to sell out.

Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard

Carrollton: Nov. 4

This festival honors Carrollton’s long and influential rail history, as well as its present and future, with a full day of fun. Live bands hit the stage from morning ’til night—expect to see performances from major acts like Emily Wolfe, Everclear, and the Toadies. Jugglers, hula-hoopers, and magicians keep the youngins entertained, while a wide variety of food and craft vendors keep everyone fed and accessorized.

Diwali San Antonio

Nov. 4

Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights and get a taste of Indian culture with thousands of other revelers at this joyous and colorful event that features many activities including a river barge parade, fireworks, dance performances (both classical Indian and Bollywood), food, crafts, and henna.

It’s My Park Day

Austin: Nov. 4

At this citywide volunteer event hosted by Austin Parks Foundation, thousands of Austinites help improve the city’s parks and trails through various tasks, including tree mulching and root collar clearing. Be sure to visit the website to register for specific projects at Mount Bonnell, Waller Creek, Zilker Park, and more. It’s a great way to get outdoors and give back to the community.

James Beard Taste America Austin: Sur La Table Cooking Demos with Ludo Lefevbre and Tyson Cole

Austin: Nov. 4

As a part of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America event, there will be two cooking demonstrations and book signings at the Sur La Table store in the Domain. Watch star chefs like L.A.-based Ludo Lefevbre and Uchi’s Tyson Cole whip up delicious treats (online reservations are encouraged). The day will also include tastings from local producers and artisans and product demonstrations.

Pineywoods Veterans Celebration

Lufkin: Nov. 4

Honor the country’s active and retired service members at this festive parade fill with cars, floats and merriment. Once the parade ends at Bronaugh Park, lunch will be provided to veterans and their families and food will also be available for purchase from local food trucks. Stick around to get a free blood pressure check and listen to live music from the Crime Stoppers Band.

Texas Book Festival

Austin: Nov. 4-5

Bookworms will get a kick out of this two-day affair filled with book signings, author readings and discussions, cooking demos, music, and more. Make your way downtown to hear from the hottest authors with best-selling books—this year boasts appearances from actor Tom Hanks (who is releasing a short story collection), journalist Dan Rather, Barbara and Jenna Bush, and many more. Get all your holiday shopping done in one go at the BookPeople tent. And be sure to visit the Texas Highways booth to sign up for a subscription and say “hello!”

Texas Butterfly Festival

Mission: Nov. 4

During the Free Community Day of the four-day festival, keep an eye out for various types of beautiful and exotic butterflies that swarm the diverse landscapes and climates of Mission while participating in a 5K Fun Run, checking out vendors and exhibits, and making crafts with the kiddos. 

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