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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug. 24-26

Written by , published August 20, 2018

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This weekend, head to the oldest continually running fair in Texas, the largest single-day 100-mile bicycle ride in the nation, or Texas's first and only cat convention (yes, you heard that right).

Hotter 'N Hell Hundred

Wichita Falls: Aug. 23-26 
This race grew out of efforts to find a special way for Wichita Falls to celebrate its 1982 centennial. The Wichita Falls Bicycle Club proposed a bicycle ride—100 miles in 100 degree heat to celebrate 100 years, coining the name. The Hotter 'N Hell Hundred is still the largest single-day 100-mile bicycle ride in the nation—and one of the largest in the world. 

Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo and Parade

Decatur: Aug. 24-25
An annual open rodeo at Wise County Fairgrounds, followed by a rodeo parade through historic downtown.

Southwest Association of Turners

Waco: Aug. 24-26 
See woodturners work their craft, along with vendors and activities at the Waco Convention Center.

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Galveston: Aug. 25 
Sixty professional architect teams compete for the prestigious Golden Bucket Award building stunning sandcastles at the 32nd annual event. 

Robert Earl Keen in Concert

Galveston: Aug. 25 
Best known for his storytelling lyrics, the Texas singer-songwriter's signature tunes "The Road Goes on Forever," "Gringo Honeymoon," and "Merry Christmas From the Family" all tell offbeat tales of ordinary people caught in extraordinary, sometimes funny situations. Enjoy an evening of song at The Grand 1894 Opera House with this Texas favorite. 

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Gillespie County Fair & Parade

Fredericksburg: Aug. 23-26 
Agricultural, livestock and home skills displays at the 130th annual event—the oldest continuously running fair in Texas. Enjoy horse racing, concerts, dances, carnival, midway, and a parade starting at 10 a.m. on Friday on Main Street. 

Dueling Pianos

Victoria: Aug. 25 
This annual fundraiser for Theatre Victoria includes a buffet dinner, open bar, and more along with two awesome piano guys tickling the ivories with your favorite piano bar music. 

Austin Pride Festival & Parade

Austin: Aug. 25 
Head to Fiesta Gardens for the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas. 

POP Cats

Austin: Aug. 25-26 
Cat lovers, get ready to paw-ty during this two-day convention at the Palmer Events Center celebrating adorable felines, art, and pop culture. Humans can shop, learn, adopt, play, and connect with the spirited cat community. The event will feature a curated line-up of cat-centric speakers and presentations from feline experts and influencers, as well as artists and vendors from Texas and around the world—all joining together to celebrate the splendor of cats and the humans that love them. Austin Humane Society will be on site with adorable kitties looking for their forever home. Guests can also bring their own cats to enjoy a custom-designed playground.

Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards

Stonewall: Aug. 25-26 
Celebrating the end of grape harvest at Becker Vineyards, barrels will be cut in half and filled with grapes to stomp. 

Margarita and Salsa Festival

Waco: Aug. 25
Attend the biggest, coolest, hottest party of the summer. The 23rd annual event features a fun night of live country music and the best salsa and margaritas around. 

Buck Sloan's Musician Reunion

Bandera: Through Aug. 26 
Bring chairs, camping supplies, snacks, and fans if you have one, and enjoy a community dinner every evening around 5 p.m. Come prepared to have lots of fun listening to music, playing music, or dancing.

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