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Free Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 10-12

Written by , published November 9, 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 free admission to state parks, a kid-friendly book festival, and plenty of Veterans Day activities.

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Art and Wine Festival

Winnsboro: Nov. 10-11

Bringing together all the finer things in life, this festival is glamorous but not stuffy. Stroll through aisles of art booths, featuring everything from painting to jewelry to pottery, from more than 50 artists. Taste wines from 10 different award-winning Texas wineries while sampling local chocolate, cigars, cheeses, olive oil, and breads. Maybe you’ll even walk away with an original piece perfect for your home.

Bandera Honors Veterans

Bandera: Nov. 11

At this special celebration, families are invite to display their military memorabilia, which will be followed by a parade and free barbecue and cake for veterans and their spouses. The San Antonio Pipe & Drum band and the USAA Brass band make special appearances as well.

Hangar Holiday

Wichita Falls: Nov. 11-12

Get a head start on holiday shopping at this massive craft fair organized by the Sheppard Air Force Base Officers' Spouses' Club. More than 150 businesses are represented at the fair, which expects more than 15,000 visitors. Among the things available for purchase are T-shirts, wood furniture, quilts, clothing candles, kettle corn, and so much more.

McAllen Book Festival

McAllen: Nov. 11

This one-day festival feature plenty of events for children, teens, and adults, including author panels and discussions, storytime, a petting zoo, a cosplay costume contest, and a youth writing contest. Engaging with literature and the community is a great way to spend a Saturday.

Veterans Day Observance

Fredericksburg: Nov. 11

The famous National Museum of the Pacific War hosts a keynote speech for Veterans Day. The speaker is Fredericksburg native Captain Mike Tatsch, a Navy pilot for 25 years. Afterward, the museum will also have a special outdoor show that is a living history reenactment of a Pacific combat zone. Tickets to the show may be purchased by calling 830-997-8600 ext. 210.

Visit a State Park!

Various locations: Nov. 12

In honor of Veterans Day, the Texas State Parks system has waived its entrance fees. In addition to the usual activities of hiking, biking, and fishing, there will be special events held, from geocaching to arts and crafts to archery. Whether you’re headed to Dinosaur Valley, Lost Maples, or the Hueco Tanks, it’s sure to be a grand adventure at any of the 74 parks. Hunting and fishing license buyers have the voluntary option of donating to the Fund for Veterans Assistance.

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