There are plenty of festivals to enjoy during the summer, but spring should definitely not be overlooked when it comes to fun times in Texas. Whether you’re into food, dancing, drinking or music, there are tons of small town festivals in areas all over the state worth traveling to.
Here’s a list of 10 different Texas festivals that you need to visit this spring.
Red, White & Blues on the Falls was created just last year as a way to create positive vibes in Wimberley on the anniversary of the 2015 town floods. Attendees can eat, listen to live music and swim in Cypress Creek all for a good cause. A portion of ticket sales go back to a local organization dedicated to keeping Wimberley clean and beautiful.
Elvis fans, unite! Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival features some of the world’s best Elvis tribute artists at the world-famous Southfork Ranch. Both 3 and 1 day tickets are available for this unique musical celebration.
The Cotton Gin Festival in Burton, Texas is celebrating it’s 28th anniversary this year. The event celebrates the history and tradition of cotton and features antique tractors, arts and crafts, gin tours, live music and more.
Whether you’re an experienced hunter, meat-lover or just in the mood for some family fun, the Turkey Fest in Henrietta is a great option. There will be carnival rides, a cook-off, pie-eating contest, turkey barrel races, live music and more. Pro teams and amateur hunters also bring their final harvest in to be scored by the Texas Game Warden.
What better way to spend a Memorial Day weekend than outside with cajun food? Go for live music and small town charm or take it a step further and enter the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival gumbo cook-off!
The Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet draws 30,000 people a year. You name it and this festival has it: a parade, live music, destruction derby, wildflower show, carnival, rubber ducky race and more.
The National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas is another event that’s held on Memorial Day weekend each year. There is polka dancing, Czech foods, and over 19 live polka bands over the course of the three days. It’s a small town celebration of all things Czech!
Showing up hungry is a requirement for this next festival. Put your seafood skills to the test at San Leon’s OysterFest this year where there is an eating contest, shucking contest and cook-off. In addition to food, there are also craft vendors and live music.
Denton’s Redbud Festival has been an important part of their small town since 1994. The Fest features lots of vendors with tree and plant sales, gardening supplies and local/handmade products. It’s great for lovers of the outdoors and those looking for a family-friendly event. This year, if you complete a short on-site workshop, you and take home a free tree!
Did you know that Jacksonville is recorded in the Guinness World Record as making the Largest Bowl of Salsa (2,672 lbs.!). Tomato Fest is more than just food and tomato eating contests, however. There’s a gospel concert, dodgeball challenge, ski show and more scheduled.