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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: July 13-15

Written by , published July 10, 2018

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This weekend, get your kicks in Shamrock at the annual Route 66 Festival, at the Parker County Peach Festival, or at the Round Top Music Festival.

Route 66 Festival—Texas Welcomes the World

Shamrock: July 12-15
It’s just 178 miles across, but there is a lot to see on Historic Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle. Thousands are expected to do just that during this annual festival, this year hosted by Shamrock with support from all the Texas towns up and down Historic Route 66. Roadies from across the U.S. and around the world come to enjoy several events during the four-day festival, including a variety of vendors, live music, a car show and cruise, an art show, banquets, silent auctions, Texas vendors, the Coors Ranch Rodeo and Concert, helicopter rides, historical re-enactments of the Texas Panhandle, and more. 

Elgin Rodeo

Elgin: July 13-14
The top 20 teams will rope during rodeo performances. On Friday and Saturday, there will be precision, drill team, mutton bustin’, kids’ calf scramble, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and girls breakaway roping. 


Sealy: July 13-14
Activities include a barbecue cookoff, fireworks display (if no burn ban is in effect), vendor booths, arts and crafts, tractor show, softball tournaments, a bean bag tournament, and a carnival for the kids. 

International Sister Cities Festival

Laredo: July 13-15 
More than 200 exhibitors from Mexico and Central America set up shop inside the Laredo Energy Arena to form the biggest Mexican mercado this side of the border. Free admission all weekend long. Enjoy live cultural performances, fill up on tasty traditional Mexican food, and browse the many items available for purchase such as housewares, leather goods, silver, clothing, pre-packaged food, pottery, and more. 

"Made in Texas! 25 Contemporary Quilts"

San Angelo: July 13-Sept. 9 
Debuting this weekend at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the 25 quilts of this touring exhibition celebrate the pioneering spirit, natural beauty, and artistic talents of the Lone Star State. From a first-time quilter to prizewinning artists, the makers depict artistic scenes in their quilts as well as traditional patterns. 

Bullock Museum's "Music under The Star" Series

Austin: July 13
The Bullock Texas State History Museum hosts its annual free concert series every Friday in July. 

Spring Ho Hot as Hell Barbecue Cookoff

Lampasas: July 13-14 
Teams from all over Texas gather to prepare mouth-watering delicacies. A Grand Champion will be awarded among categories of appetizers, brisket, pork spare ribs, half chicken, pinto beans, and Taster's Choice. Winners will be announced Saturday and will receive a cash prize. 

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Parker County Peach Festival

Weatherford: July 14
At the 34th annual festival, enjoy homemade peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach juleps, and peach tea. Stroll through historic downtown square where there will be more than 200 arts and craft vendors, non-stop entertainment, and tasty food. Avid bike rider? Join in the morning for the Peach Pedal. 

McDade Watermelon Festival

McDade: July 14 
At this annual event, enjoy a car show, grande parade, music on the grounds, food, contests, games, and lots of fun. Free entry and free melon feast after the prize melon auction. 

Early Settlers' Day

Levelland: July 14 
The 57th annual celebration on Levelland's downtown square begins with a pancake breakfast and a parade. Afterward, find more than 100 merchants offering specials for the day around the square. Other festivities include an art show featuring 30 artists at the Wallace Theater, a kids area with water slides, live music in the gazebo, stickhorse and turtle races, a quilt raffle, train rides, an antique tractor and car display, food vendors, and craft vendors. 

Round Top Music Festival

Round Top: Through July 15 
This is the final weekend to catch this summer favorite at the stunning Round Top Festival Institute—a show where talented young artists, mentored and coached by faculty, participate in orchestral and chamber music concerts. 

Alpine Cowboys Baseball

Alpine: Through July 18 
Alpine's tradition of small-town professional baseball began in the 1940s and continues today at the beautiful, historic Kokernot Field, the "best little ballpark in Texas." 

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