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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: June 8-10

Written by , published June 4, 2018

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June is cooking up some delicious events this weekend, including the Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart featuring the Barbecue Capital of Texas Championship Cookoff, the Czech Kolache Klobase Festival, and the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

Austin: June 7-10
One of the most anticipated motorcycle events in the country.

Chisholm Trail Roundup

Lockhart: June 7-9
Lockhart celebrates its place on the Chisholm Trail with this annual event, which features the Barbecue Capital of Texas Championship Cookoff, cowboy breakfast, full event rodeo followed by live music, an awesome auction, carnival, grand parade, kids' zone with a petting zoo, pig races, and a demonstration by Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

ATX Television Festival

Austin: June 7-10 
Discover the latest innovations in the television industry. 

Austin Black Pride Celebration

Austin: June 7-10
A weekend of events that were created to highlight Austin's black LGBTQ community interests, talents, and culture. 

Texas Blueberry Festival

Nacogdoches: June 8-9
On Saturday, enjoy a delightful day of the America you dreamed still existed—a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest. As the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas, the delicious 29th annual event attracts more than 20,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches and offers a smorgasbord of activities to keep folks entertained all day long. The festival kicks off Friday night with a bluegrass concert in Festival Park featuring four musical acts—plus food vendors, including some local farmers market favorites selling homemade items, as well as catfish, barbecue, snow cones, blueberry lemonade, and lots of water.

Hopkins County Dairy Festival

Sulphur Springs: June 8-16
Founded in 1959, the festival honors hardworking dairy families and the impact the dairy industry has on the local economy. The 10-day festival, held annually on the second and third weekend of June, includes a hot air balloon rally, a 5K milk run, parade, a milking contest, an ice cream freeze-off, a carnival, dairy foods show, junior dairy livestock show and the dairy festival scholarship pageant and queen's coronation. 

Squeezebox Blow-Out

Angleton: June 8-9
The Brazoria County Historical Museum celebrates summer and musical history with this inaugural event. Discover the diversity of the accordion and the various genres it inspired. On Friday, hhear Mark Halata and Texavia, a Houston-based Czech polka band with country flair. The celebration will continue on Saturday with accordion-based Zydeco and Conjunto music. Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws will take the stage along with J.R. Gomez and the Conjunto Bandits.

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Austin: June 9
A free annual celebration of open play, everyone is invited to spend time on the Long Center's City Terrace and expansive lawns enjoying live music, trailer food—and of course, tons of bubbles.

Wine & Food Week

The Woodlands: Through June 9
Starting on Tuesday, June 5, this weeklong culinary and wine extravaganza showcases hundreds of wines and more than 75 chefs—including winners from The Food Network and other culinary shows. This year's theme is "Taste the Love," celebrating flavors from all over the globe as well as Houston's exploding food scene. 

Blanco Lavender Festival

Blanco: June 8-10
The entire town of Blanco will be bathed in lavender during the 14th annual free event. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, will offer lavender goods from some of the finest artists and craftspeople from across the state. A speakers pavilion runs throughout the festival with topics ranging from how to grow lavender in your home garden to the importance of bees. Live music all three days under the shade of the oak trees in Blanco's Bindseil Park will keep things festive. 

Texas Water Safari

San Marcos: June 9
Billed as the "World's Toughest Boat Race," the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile long canoe and kayak race from Spring Lake in San Marcos to the city of Seadrift on the Texas coastline. Come cheer the teams on at various riverside parks. 

Czech Kolache Klobase Festival

East Bernard: June 9 
Enjoy music, dancing, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, raffles, children's activities, and plenty of kolaches for sale.

Garden Festival

Port Arthur: June 9-10 
At the 20th annual festival at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, stroll through gardens of lotus blossoms, towering bamboo, roses, citrus, and koi ponds. Saffron robed monks may guide visitors through the temple and meditation areas. Look for cultural presentations, authentic Vietnamese food, and arts and crafts. Lotus, water lily, and bamboo will be for sale. Bring a camera to catch the colorful blooms. A Vesak Celebration will commemorate the birthday of Gotama Buddha on Sunday. 

Texas City Kite Festival

Texas City: June 9-10 
Fly recreational kites with the family on the beautiful Texas City Levee at this free event. This year enjoy water attractions as well as more vendors and more covered areas to get out of the sun.

Gladys City Games

Beaumont: June 9 
Sports and games of the turn of the 20th century will be featured including stickball, marbles, and horseshoes. Other featured games and sports include stilts, potato sack races, a three-legged race, marbles, stilts, horseshoes, the Game of Graces, jump rope, jacks, hopscotch, and tin can telephone. 

Cotton Boll ArtFest

Greenville: June 9-10
This arts and crafts festival will feature handmade items like pottery, jewelry, wood working, paintings, fused glass, quilts, soaps, and much more. A kids area offers the ability for kids to make their own crafts to take home.

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