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Texas Festivals & Fairs
January - June 2005

Please note that prices, dates, telephone numbers and hours are subject to change. Please call ahead before making plans. Last updated: December 29, 2004 .

   

 

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JANUARY

January 28 - February 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston. A Salute To "Red, White & Blue". The largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas has more than 75 events including: an awesome entertainment district, colorful parades and processions, elaborate balls and parties, plus exciting exhibits and sporting events. This pre-Lenten celebration draws an estimated 500,000 revelers to beautiful Galveston Island each year. Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-425-4753 or call 409-797-5164, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com, or come by our Visitors Center at 2428 Seawall Boulevard. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

January 28-30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: Laredo International Sister Cities Festival. Laredo's nineteen sister cities include cities from Mexico, Spain, China, Taiwan, Argentina and Australia. The Laredo International Festival of Sister Cities features an EXPO with products for sale and displays from each of the participating cities. Exotic flowers, embroidered textiles, wrought iron, wood furniture, silver jewelry and more will be available for purchase! Time: Fri & Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: 2400 San Bernardo Ave. Laredo, TX 78040. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 1-800-361-3360 or visit www.laredosistercities.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

January 29 - February 20, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: 108th Washington's Birthday Celebration. A 17-day, 32 event festival, consisting of parades, pageants, street parties in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, concerts, carnival, children's Fun Fest, fireworks, Jalapeno Festival and more. One of the biggest and oldest celebrations of the first president's birthday. Celebrating since 1898. Call for times and costs. Location: Around the city of Laredo. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: 250,000-500,000. For more information, call 956-722-0589. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in February, around George Washington's Birthday.

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FEBRUARY

(January 28) thru February 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston. A Salute To "Red, White & Blue". The largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas has more than 75 events including: an awesome entertainment district, colorful parades and processions, elaborate balls and parties, plus exciting exhibits and sporting events. This pre-Lenten celebration draws an estimated 500,000 revelers to beautiful Galveston Island each year. Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-425-4753 or call 409-797-5164, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com, or come by our Visitors Center at 2428 Seawall Boulevard. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

(January 29) thru February 20, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: 108th Washington's Birthday Celebration. A 17-day, 32 event festival, consisting of parades, pageants, street parties in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, concerts, carnival, children's Fun Fest, fireworks, Jalapeno Festival and more. One of the biggest and oldest celebrations of the first president's birthday. Celebrating since 1898. Call for times and costs. Location: Around the city of Laredo. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: 250,000-500,000. For more information, call 956-722-0589. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in February, around George Washington's Birthday.

February 3-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Port Arthur: Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas. This four-day event brings to Southeast Texas seven exciting parades, magnificent costumes, Mardi Gras floats, concerts, street entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic and carnival food concessions, KidZone, fireworks, street dances, carnival rides and games, souvenirs, ongoing activities, Mardi Gras beauty pageant, treasure hunt and more. Advance discount tickets available prior to event at area businesses. Handicapped parking available. Time & cost details at www.portarthur.com/mardigras. Event Location: 600 block of Procter Street, Downtown Port Arthur, Texas. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Phone number for more information: 409-721-8717. Held annually.

February 12-13, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Frontier Days. Event includes CASI Chili cook-off competition. Free entertainment including Hoovers Rangers re-enactments of the Old West Cowboy days, a Native American campsite, Civil War soldiers in full uniform, Mountain men and more. Step back into the 1800's and celebrate our true Texas heritage. Crafters will be present to do things such as flint knapping, soap making, etc. It will be a fun day as well as an educational experience for the youngsters. In addition, the towns 150+ shops will also be open. Chili will be offered for sale, as well as a variety of soft drinks. Time: 10am-5pm Sat., noon-5pm Sun. Cost: none. Location: Preservation Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in mid February.

February 18-19, 2005 - FAIR - Deer Park: Another Man's Treasure. Come shop from over 75 booths at our city wide garage sale! Clothes, furniture, toys and much more. Time: 8am-5pm. Cost: free. Location: 610 E. San Augustine. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-478-2050. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, twice a year.

February 20-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Brownsville: Charro Days Fiesta. Celebrated with a four day Latin Festival each year since 1938, complete with elaborate costuming, carnivals, parades, dances. A program of events is held in both Brownsville and its sister city, Matamoros, Mexico, which demonstrates the relationship between both countries. This is a spectacular and colorful event with spectators and participants dressing up in traditional Mexican costume. Admission is Free. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For information call 956-542-4245. Held annually on the last Thursday in February.

February 24-27 & March 2-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - EL Paso: Siglo De Oro Drama Festival. Annual festival that celebrates the literature and linguistic ties still shared by Spain and the border region of Mexico and the United States. The festival brings the best amateur and professional groups to the Chamizal stage, presenting works of the Spanish masters, both in English and Spanish. Participants come from as far away as Puerto Rico, Spain and Jerusalem. Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial, El Paso. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Admission is free. Call for exact times. For more information, call 915-532-7273, ext.102. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

February 26-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Weslaco: First Annual Spring Fest. Organized by the Valley Nature Center, Spring Fest will be held in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. This general audience, Nature Themed Festival will offer Live Animal Exhibits, Nature Art Show, Children's Crafts/ Rides. Great food, music, and loads of fun for all ages. Nature Film Festival, Speaker Series, Field Trips and a 5K Race will accompany the main festival. Time: 10am to Sunset. Cost: Adult $3, Children $2. Location: 1020 18th Street (18th / Westgate), Harlon Block Sports Complex Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 956-664-2475. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

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MARCH

February 24-27 & March 2-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - EL Paso: Siglo De Oro Drama Festival. Annual festival that celebrates the literature and linguistic ties still shared by Spain and the border region of Mexico and the United States. The festival brings the best amateur and professional groups to the Chamizal stage, presenting works of the Spanish masters, both in English and Spanish. Participants come from as far away as Puerto Rico, Spain and Jerusalem. Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial, El Paso. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Admission is free. Call for exact times. For more information, call 915-532-7273, ext.102. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

March 3-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Hidalgo: BorderFest 2005. The largest music, culture and heritage celebration in South Texas, now in its 29th year. Attendance at the 2004 event exceeded 50,000, and in 2005 will be dedicated to the Rio Grande Valley, with its great diversity, and vast resources of talent, arts and crafts, food and color, and happy smiling faces. Time: 12 noon - 12 midnight. Cost: $6 and $8. Location: Dodge Arena and grounds SH 336 (10th Street). Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: 50,000 - 200,000. For more information, call 956 843-2734. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

March 4-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kingsville: South Texas Ranching Heritage Festival. The Ranching Heritage Festival celebrates the rich history of ranching in South Texas with a fabulous variety of activities, educational presentations, and entertainment. Join us at TAMUK and JK Northway Coliseum for rides and games, Ranch Craft Artist Demonstrations, Country Western Dance, commercial vendors, petting zoo & 4-H horse show; - Family Ranch Races, Dutch Oven Demo, Mounted Shooting Demo, Chuckwagon Cook-off, Honoree Presentations, Celebrity Team Penning, Mariachi Concert (Jones Auditorium), Working Ranch Horse Sanctioned Competition, Cowboy Poets/ Musicians/ Storytellers. For more information Region: Gulf Coast. For more information visit www.kingsvilletexas.com or contact: John E. Conner Museum, 361-593-2810. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 4-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Dallas: Annual North Texas Irish Festival. Join us for the largest Celtic Festival in the Southwest. Top entertainers provide non-stop music and dance on multiple stages, music and dance exhibitions, workshops, craft demonstrations, wandering musicians, the Urchin Street children's area, traditional Irish food and drink, cultural displays, a Celtic artist competition, and much, much more. Time: Friday 5:30pm-11:30pm; Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm; Sunday 11:30am-8:30pm. Admission Cost: General Daily $11, 2-day ticket $17, Seniors & Students $2 discount, handicap and children under 12 are free. Location: Inside the Automobile and Centennial buildings and on the Esplanade, Fair Park, Dallas. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Phone number for more information: 214-821-4174 or visit www.ntif.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 5, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday of each month.

March 12, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 11th Annual Redbud Festival. The official "Redbud Capital of Texas," Denton's annual celebration -sponsored by "Keep Denton Beautiful" -coincides with the blooming of the Redbuds in early March. Activities include: 5K run, 1K walk, home and garden show, booths, educational programs, lectures, exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day. Sponsored by "Keep Denton Beautiful". Time: 9am-3pm. Cost: Free. Location: 321 E. McKinney, Denton Civic Center Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (940) 349-8537 or visit www.kdb.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 12-13, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Springfest-Wine, Art, and Food Festival - Texas Style. Just 20 miles north of Houston, a Hill Country Event without leaving town. Festival celebrates the Wines and Wineries of Texas, with up to 19 wineries having attended in the past, and 38 wines to taste. The festival is in its 6th year, and set to explode with expansion. Festival organizers are adding a Go Texan Food Vendor area where participants can taste, sample, and purchase food products made in the Great State of Texas. Local restaurants are invited to participate in a Taste of The Town food tasting, with restaurants located within the various wine stations located throughout the town. The Art Show and Sale is expanding and relocating to the center of town, in a festive area down the main street. In addition, a Student Art Show and Sale are being added. Since the event takes place on the streets of the town, the 150 shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants are also available to festival attendees with a wide variety of products from around the world. Great tastes, great art, and great shopping, all to kick off Spring Break weekend. Time: Saturday 10-7 & Sunday noon - 6. Cost: TBA. Location: Streets of Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-OLD-TOWN. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 18-20, 25-27, and April 1-3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Palestine: Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration. Three weekends of fun as spring unfolds the beauty and mystery of the Dogwood tree. Enjoy the arts/crafts booths, BBQ Cookoff, parade, home show, train ride, Chili cook-off, tours through Davey Dogwood park, dinner theater, concerts and more. Time: various events each day at different times. Cost: various costs depending on event, some events are ticketed and some are free. Location: various locations around town. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-659-3484. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last two weekends of March & first weekend in April.

March 18 - April 3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Tyler: 45th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. Mile after mile of azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers that you have to see to believe. The breathtaking beauty of our Azalea and Spring Flower Trail has been praised by visitors as a floral wonderland and a photographer's paradise. We invite you to enjoy the vivid colors and sweet scents that only an East Texas Spring can provide. Time: dawn to dusk. Cost: free. Location: Tyler's Historic Azalea District. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-235-5712. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, starting the 3rd weekend in March.

March 19, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Jasper: Annual Azalea Festival. Annual Event celebrating the colorful burst of springtime azaleas. Held on the beautiful Jasper County Courthouse Square. Enjoy all day entertainment, Arts invitational, Classic Car Show, Poetry Contest, Cake Decorating Contest, Arts & Crafts booths and more. Location: Historic Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 409-384-2762. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd Saturday in March.

March 25-26, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: Easter Fest on the River- Kerrville Chili & BBQ Classic. Cook's party and street dance free to the public on Friday night. Chili and BBQ cook-off, arts & crafts, vendors, food, children's games and rides, Easter egg hunt, live music and more on Saturday. Time: FR 7-11pm, SA 10am-7pm. Location: Flat Rock Lake Country Park 3840 Riverside Drive. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-792-3535. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Easter weekend.

March 25-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kicks off spring as Houston's premier outdoor fine art event. 300 national fine artists are juried and invited to show and sell their original art at this event. Nestled in prestigious Memorial Park, five miles from Downtown, two miles from the famous Galleria, Bayou City Art Festival is an art lovers delight. While strolling and shopping the festival it is difficult for both patrons and artists to remember they are in the heart of the fourth largest city in the United States. The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is consistently ranked in the top 50 Fine Art Festivals in the country by leading art publications. Time: 10am-6pm. Cost: $7 adult /children 12 & under free. Location: Memorial Park South Picnic Loop. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 713 521-0133. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th weekend in March.

March 26, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Brenham: Spring Fling "A Flower & Garden Show". A delightful arts & craft show featuring plants, garden decor, planters, bird houses, wind chimes, farmer's market, festival food, children's activities, live music around the square in Downtown Brenham. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: n/a. Location: Downtown, Brenham, Texas. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 979-836-3339. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th weekend in March.

March 26-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 25th Annual Kerrville Easter Festival and Chili Classic. Saturday events include a walkathon for youth, cook-offs, 5K Easter Run, Armadillo races, Easter egg hunt, Chili Judging, 4x4 bed post derby. Other events include washer pitching tournament and children's activities. Time: Call. Cost: $3 parking donation. Location: On the Guadalupe River at Flat Rock Lake Park, Kerrville, TX. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call (830) 792-3535. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Annual event held Easter weekend.

March 31 - April 3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 20th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival. Considered one of the premier storytelling events in the nation and certainly the largest in the Southwest. Top professional storytellers throughout the U.S. will spin tales for all audiences: folktales, stories of cultural heritage (especially the South and West), sports stories, war stories, children's tales - some will warm your heart and others will make you laugh until it hurts. A fun and affordable family outing, not just for kids. Time: Various. Call for information. Cost: Some events are free, others range from $5 to $10. Location: 321 E. McKinney, Denton Civic Center Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (940) 387-8336. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

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APRIL

(March 18-20, 25-27) and April 1-3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Palestine: Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration. Three weekends of fun as spring unfolds the beauty and mystery of the Dogwood tree. Enjoy the arts/crafts booths, BBQ Cookoff, parade, home show, train ride, Chili cook-off, tours through Davey Dogwood park, dinner theater, concerts and more. Time: various events each day at different times. Cost: various costs depending on event, some events are ticketed and some are free. Location: various locations around town. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-659-3484. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last two weekends of March & first weekend in April.

(March 18) thru April 3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Tyler: 45th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. Mile after mile of azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers that you have to see to believe. The breathtaking beauty of our Azalea and Spring Flower Trail has been praised by visitors as a floral wonderland and a photographer's paradise. We invite you to enjoy the vivid colors and sweet scents that only an East Texas Spring can provide. Time: dawn to dusk. Cost: free. Location: Tyler's Historic Azalea District. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-235-5712. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, starting the 3rd weekend in March.

(March 31) thru April 3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 20th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival. Considered one of the premier storytelling events in the nation and certainly the largest in the Southwest. Top professional storytellers throughout the U.S. will spin tales for all audiences: folktales, stories of cultural heritage (especially the South and West), sports stories, war stories, children's tales - some will warm your heart and others will make you laugh until it hurts. A fun and affordable family outing, not just for kids. Time: Various. Call for information. Cost: Some events are free, others range from $5 to $10. Location: 321 E. McKinney, Denton Civic Center Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (940) 387-8336. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

April 2, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Bonnie or Donnagayle (956) 423-9617. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

April 2, 2005 - FESTIVAL - San Antonio: 2nd Annual KellyUSA Fiesta. Over 50+ vendors feature uniquely crafted items. Enjoy live music, variety of entertainment, and may different types of food. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free. Location: KellyUSA- former Kelly AFB Hwy 90/IH-10 at General Hudnell. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 210-362-7819. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st Saturday in April.

April 2, 2004 - FESTIVAL - Weslaco: Texas Rio Grande Valley Onion Fest. Events include the onion-clipping contest; onion-eating contest and an onion recipe contest that will be taking place earlier in the week. There will be musical performances by local bands and two horse shows by Mid-Valley Stables. New to the event this year will be a cook-off competition called "La Gran Cebolla". Food, arts & crafts and commercial booths are now available. Time: 10am-7pm. Location: Weslaco City Park 300 N. Airport Dr. Weslaco, TX 78539. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 956-968-2102. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in April.

April 8-10, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Poteet: Poteet Strawberry Festival. The Festival is recognized as the largest agricultural fete in Texas. The 95-acre site which is located on Hwy. 16, 30 minutes south of San Antonio, offers free parking, clean public restrooms, handicapped accessibility, complete RV facilities, and tent covered activities. The Festival includes ten areas of continuous family entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Country & Western and Tejano stars, dancers, gunslingers, clowns, puppets, regional bands, various contests, and rodeo performances. Admission: $7, children under 10 are free. Grounds will open at 6pm Friday and at 10am both Saturday and Sunday. Region: South Texas Plains. For more information, call 830-742-8144. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 9 - May 30 (Weekends), 2005 - FESTIVAL - Waxahachie: Scarborough Faire®, the Renaissance Festival. One of the largest and most popular Renaissance Festivals in the nation, complete with entertainment, crafts, food, drink, games, and fun! Join the festivities as hundreds of prominent entertainers perform, over 200 Artisans display and demonstrate their craft, and food and beverage vendors offer a delicious variety of over 60 menu items fit for a King. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For ticket information and directions refer to ScarboroughRenFest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 13 - May 6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Corpus Christi: Buccaneer Days. Pirate Flags will again be hoisted over beautiful Corpus Christi Bay during the celebration of Buccaneer Days. Join in the fun and festivities of the PRCA Rodeo, fireworks on the bay, various water events, our Illuminated Night Parade, Junior Parade, Coronation pageant, senior and ethnic events, athletic tournaments and eleven days of thrilling carnival rides. Times and costs vary. Location: Corpus Christi Marina and Bay front. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 361-882-3242. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, April through early May.

April 14-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Portland: Windfest. Family fun! Carnival, continuous live entertainment including Buddy Jewell, Nashville Star winner, fireworks display, professional bicycle stunt team, Gator the Clown, helicopter demonstration, tasty foods, 5 & 10 K Walk/Run, Sound Off, Cow Patty Bingo, arts and crafts & children's games. A lot of great fun to be had! Located across the causeway from Corpus Christi. Time: Th 6-10, Fri. 6-11, Sat. 11am-12pm, Sun. 12-8pm. Cost: Adults $2, Children $1. Location: 2000 Billy G. Webb Portland, Texas 78374. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (361) 643-2475. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 15-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Deer Park: Totally Texas. Festival includes a Parade, Live Musical Entertainment, Classic Car Cruise, Anvil and Skillet Throw, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Carnival, Indoor Booths, Outdoor and indoor eating, Kids Go Country Contest, Beauty Pageant, Dog Show, Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo and much more. Time: Friday 6-10PM Saturday 10am-10PM. Cost: Admission to event and parking free. Location: 500 W. 13th Street. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-478-2050. Register with Deer Park Parks and Recreation or E-mail us at www.ci.deer-park.tx.us. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 15-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Ennis: Annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. Sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, celebrates more than 52 years of its annual trails, the "Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas." It will feature 40 miles of mapped trails, arts, crafts, food, children's activity area, and historic home tour. Ennis Bluebonnet Trails span from April 1-30, with the festival weekend held April 15-17. Time: 9am-5pm for festival. Cost: free. Location: Downtown Ennis Historic District. Ennis is located 25 minutes south of Downtown Dallas on I-45. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000 For more information, call Toll free 1-888-366-4748. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in April.

April 15-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Harlingen: RioFest. Fair Park will host RioFest's annual celebration of the arts. Voted the "Best Family Festival" in Cameron County five years in a row, RioFest is the premiere educational Arts and Cultural event of the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico. As part of its air of festivity, the festival will provide a rich variety of performing arts, cultural arts, family and children's activities. Time: Friday 5pm-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm. Admission prices are $6 for adults; Children under 12 free, in the accompaniment of an adult. Free Family Day is Sunday, weekend passes available. Location: Harlingen's 40 acre Fair Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 1-800-RIOFEST. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 15-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Lubbock: Annual Lubbock Arts Festival. The Lubbock Arts Festival features booths displaying various types of art and international foods, exhibits by the humanities, and several musical performances. Be sure to bring the kids along to visit the children's center, where they can create their own works of art. Location: South Plains Fairgrounds. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 806-744-2787. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Grapevine: Grapevine New Vintage Wine Experience. Experience the Wines, Beginning with the Blessing of the Vines and Wines, sample the new releases from Texas' wineries and several international countries. Participate in wine and food pairings at the sumptuous Pairings Lunch; Prepare to learn about wines during a day of fun; including a special excursion on the Tarantula Steam Train! Many activities will take place at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main. Cost: varies. Location: 1209 South Main Street. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 817-410-3185. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Irving: Annual Rockin' 50's Day. Visitors to the Irving Heritage District will be able to twist, shout and play with hula-hoops during the Rockin' 50's Day festival. Activities will include a classic car show, 1950's era dress-up contest, cake walk, and live entertainment throughout the day. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free Admission. Location: 217 S. Main Street, Irving, TX 75060. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 972-721-3636. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on the 3rd Saturday in April.

April 16-17, 2002 - FESTIVAL - Dallas: Dance for the Planet. Promising two days chocked full of dance and featuring more than 1,000 dancers, Dance for the Planet highlights indigenous American dance including clogging, square dance, swing, and tap. Anita Katz (Portland), a business visitor to Dallas, said of last year's festival: "I was surprised to find culture is alive and well in downtown Dallas. The atmosphere was refreshing, full of families and people of diverse backgrounds sharing dance together." Time: Noon - 7pm. Cost: FREE. Location: Annette Strauss Artist Square. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 214-219-2290. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, third weekend in April.

April 19-22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - San Antonio: A Night in Old San Antonio. Annual celebration of San Antonio's heritage held each year during the week of Fiesta. International cultures, foods and entertainment are featured in 15 areas of the historic downtown village of La Villita along the River Walk. Time: 5:30-10:30pm. Cost: $8 in Advance, $10 at Gate. Location: La Villita. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 210-226-5188. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 21-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Hallettsville: Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics. The 4th weekend in April brings the best fiddlers in the world to Hallettsville to compete for the coveted title of Texas State Champion Fiddler. Arts & Crafts all weekend, carnival, several barbecue cook-offs, Cajun, bluegrass, country western artists. Camper hookups. Guaranteed good time. Cost: $7 per day. Location: Knights of Columbus Hall. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-798-2311. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th weekend in April.

April 21-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Euless: Arbor Daze. The City of Euless is proud to present Arbor Daze. In its sixteenth year Arbor Daze will offer nightly musical entertainment from favorite oldies acts and has various opportunities during the day such as arts and crafts, business exposition, plant sale, tree giveaway, concerts, youth community stages, specialty foods and much more. Arbor Daze has been voted the Best Festival in Northeast Tarrant County for the past two years and was selected as the Best Festival in the Nation. Time: Friday: 10am -midnight; Saturday: 9am-midnight; Sunday: 10am -8pm. Cost: Free during the day; Nightly concerts require a free ticket; Without ticket: $10. Location: Bear Creek Parkway and Fuller Wiser Road. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call (817) 685-1821, or visit www.ci.euless.tx.us. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, fourth weekend in April.

April 22-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Texarkana: JUMP. JIVE. & JAM Fest. A premiere Spring Music and Arts Festival featuring national, regional and local performing artists, original artwork, on-site demonstrations, regional foods, and family fun. Join us for unique activities like sidewalk chalk art, a signature Stomp-on-Stateline, Java Hut & more. Fun for ALL ages. Time: Varies. Cost: Varies. Location: 321 West Fourth St. (Celebration Square). Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (903) 792-4992. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last full weekend of April.

April 22-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Avinger: Wildflower Trails of Texas. Wildflower Trails of Texas was established in 1965 by Lady Bird Johnson to celebrate the many varieties of wildflowers that bloom in Texas. Activities include a carnival, arts and crafts, entertainment, and of course, great Texas home cooking. Time: 8am. Cost: Free. Location: Main Street, Downtown. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-562-1000. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last weekend in April.

April 22-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Freer: Freer Rattlesnake Round Up. Join us at the Freer Cactus Corral for the biggest Party in Texas featuring concerts with top artists. Fun for the whole family including carnival, parade, arts/crafts, stage shows, dare devil snake show, fried rattlesnake meat, talent contest & much more. Region: South Texas Plains. Time: Fri 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Cost: $12 adult, $6 under age 12. For More Information, please call 512-394-6891. Held annually, last weekend in April.

April 22-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 25th Annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. A celebration of the arts, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually. Over 1,000 professional and amateur performers on six stages showcase the best in jazz, pop, rhythm & blues and full orchestra music. Community groups also represent a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling and theatre performances. Juried craftsmen and fine artists demonstrate, exhibit and sell their creations. Children enjoy an Art Tent with numerous art experiences under the leadership of qualified instructors. Time: Varies. Cost: Free. Location: 321 E. McKinney, Denton Civic Center Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 940-565-0931 or visit www.dentonjazzfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last full weekend in April.

April 22-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Waco: Viking Fest. Celebration of the Scandinavian Cultural Heritage in Texas. Viking Fest is important for Scandinavian-Texans because it unites our efforts in a common goal, the preservation of our heritage. Our festival, with its arts and crafts, games, dancing and music, heritage displays, demonstrators, and lecturers, seeks to provide a glimpse of our Nordic culture and portray a way of life that the Nordic people brought to America and to Texas. Music, dance, food, games, folkdress, and arts & crafts. Highlights during the festival include a Viking Ship asail on the Brazos River, a Viking encampment, a Midsummer celebration with Maypole and entertainment from around the world on several stages-vendors will sell ethnic foods, arts and crafts. Time: Sat: Festival kick-off parade down Austin Avenue at 9:30 am, gates open 10am-9pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. Cost: $5 Adults; $3 Srs. over 65 & Children 6-12; Under 6 free. Location: Waco Convention Center/Heritage Square, 100 Washington Ave Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (254) 296-1857 or visit www.vikingfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 23, 2004 - FESTIVAL - Wills Point: Annual Bluebird Festival. Take a stroll along the red brick streets and view historic buildings or take a ride down country roads to view bluebird nesting boxes. Wills Point is home to more Eastern Bluebirds than any other place in Texas. Visit the depot museum, quilt show, or miniature train exhibit. Come to Wills Point and enjoy small town fun. Time: 9am-6pm. Cost: Free. Location: 50 miles east of Dallas on Highway 80. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 1-800-WP-BLUBIRD. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, usually 2nd or 3rd weekend in April.

April 23-25 & April 30-May 2, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Texas Crawfish Festival. A music festival for the entire family featuring 3 stages of continuous musical entertainment. Past events have boasted Hunter Hayes, Pat Green, Duck Soup, and Joe Ely to name a few. Large family area with children's entertainment during the day, animal rides, petting zoo, train rides, great midway, clowns, face painters & more. Arts and crafts vendors, as well as vendors of unique toys, jewelry and furniture. Terrific food including Crawfish, Blooming Onions, Funnel Cake, Shrimp on a Stick, and Roasted Corn as well as a variety of others. The festival is in the park, not in the streets of the town. Full security is provided on the grounds and parking lots for great family fun. There is something for everyone. Time: Fridays 6pm - midnight; Saturdays noon - midnight; Sundays noon-6pm. Cost: $6 Adult; Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult. Location: Preservation Park in Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, visit texascrawfishfestival.com, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN or email otspl@oldtownspringtx.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Plano: 2nd Annual Blackland Prairie Festival. Celebrate the rich heritage of Plano with music, food, early 1900's-era events, dances, home tours and historic re-enactments by costumed performers. Arts and crafts booths will feature period exhibitions including rope making, tin smiths, candle dipping, blacksmith techniques, pottery making, and much more. Time: 11am-6pm. Cost: free. Location: Historic Downtown Plano. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (972) 423-7809 or visit www.blacklandprairiefestival.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 26 - May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Concan: 6th Annual Nature Quest. Join us for the best birding and nature festival in central Texas. Learn about birds, butterflies, mammals, wildflowers, and native plants. Visit big trees, witness the sunset spectacle of a bat flight, and see stars. Kick back on a hayride, hold an arrowhead, or wade through a river habitat. Relax at a river cabin, rustic retreat, guest home, motel, or B&B. Call for a free festival schedule. Cost: $6-$20 per event. Location: Headquartered at House Pasture Cattle Co., individual events explore scenic Uvalde County. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (800) 210-0380 or visit www.thcrr.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd week and weekend in April.

April 28, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Fort Bend Wine & Food Affair. Activities include cooking demonstrations, gourmet dinners, vintner dinners, an afternoon food and wine stroll, a Riedel glass seminar, celebrity book signings, gourmet farmers market, formal grand tasting and bubbles and brunch. Time: Over 25 events at various times. Cost: Varies based on event. Location: Various locations in and around Fort Bend County. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-491-0216. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually, last weekend in April.

April 29 - May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Jefferson: 58th Annual Historic Pilgrimage Home Tour and Spring Festival. Each Spring, some of Jefferson's oldest and most beautiful homes open their doors to welcome the warm weather & guests. Four historic homes are on display this year. Region: Texas Piney Woods. For additional information call 1-888-467-3529 or (903) 665-2672. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

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MAY

Weekends thru May 30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Waxahachie: Scarborough Faire®, the Renaissance Festival. One of the largest and most popular Renaissance Festivals in the nation, complete with entertainment, crafts, food, drink, games, and fun! Join the festivities as hundreds of prominent entertainers perform, over 200 Artisans display and demonstrate their craft, and food and beverage vendors offer a delicious variety of over 60 menu items fit for a King. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For ticket information and directions refer to ScarboroughRenFest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

(April 13) thru May 6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Corpus Christi: Buccaneer Days. Pirate Flags will again be hoisted over beautiful Corpus Christi Bay during the celebration of Buccaneer Days. Join in the fun and festivities of the PRCA Rodeo, fireworks on the bay, various water events, our Illuminated Night Parade, Junior Parade, Coronation pageant, senior and ethnic events, athletic tournaments and eleven days of thrilling carnival rides. Times and costs vary. Location: Corpus Christi Marina and Bay front. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 361-882-3242. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, April through early May.

(April 26) thru May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Concan: 6th Annual Nature Quest. Join us for the best birding and nature festival in central Texas. Learn about birds, butterflies, mammals, wildflowers, and native plants. Visit big trees, witness the sunset spectacle of a bat flight, and see stars. Kick back on a hayride, hold an arrowhead, or wade through a river habitat. Relax at a river cabin, rustic retreat, guest home, motel, or B&B. Call for a free festival schedule. Cost: $6-$20 per event. Location: Headquartered at House Pasture Cattle Co., individual events explore scenic Uvalde County. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (800) 210-0380 or visit www.thcrr.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd week and weekend in April.

(April 29) thru May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Jefferson: 58th Annual Historic Pilgrimage Home Tour and Spring Festival. Each Spring, some of Jefferson's oldest and most beautiful homes open their doors to welcome the warm weather & guests. Four historic homes are on display this year. Region: Texas Piney Woods. For additional information call 1-888-467-3529 or (903) 665-2672. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Alvin: Cinco de Mayo. A celebration geared toward family, featuring music, dancing, a variety of foods, children's events, pinatas, vendor booths, and La Tiendita Para Ninos (a little store for kids where they can spend play money earned through various events at the Park). We also offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, community services information, and more! Proceeds go to support education scholarships for local students attending Alvin Community College. Time: 10am-7pm. Cost: free. Location: Ruben Adame Park, Hwy 6 & Gordon (Bus. 35), Alvin, TX 77511. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (281) 331-2253 ext. 110. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend before May 5th.

May 6-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Odessa: Fiesta West Texas. Cinco de Mayo celebration with carnival rides, folk dancing, car show, rodeo, concerts and more. Time: Fri. 3pm- Midnight, Sat. 12 Noon-12 Midnight, Sun. 12 noon-10pm. Cost: Admission Charged. Location: 42nd St. & Andrews Hwy. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 432-580-8112. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually first weekend of May.

May 7, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 18th Annual Cinco de Mayo. This Mexican cultural festival starts with a parade at 10am. Activities include live music and dance, piñata-making and other arts and crafts for children, and vendors offering a variety of Mexican cuisine, jewelry and novelties. From 8pm-1am, a dance will be held inside the Civic Center. There, winners of the La Reyna de Cinco de Mayo pageant will be announced. Time: 10am-5pm (Dance 8pm-1am). Location: 321 E. McKinney, Denton Civic Center Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (940) 349-8289 or visit www.dentoncinco.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 7, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Athens: Cinco de Mayo. Family Fun with a Hispanic twist, games, dancing and food, organized by Henderson County YMCA, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and The Interact Club. Time: 1pm-11pm. Cost: Admission free after 1pm. Location: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-264-9622. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in May.

May 7, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Brenham: Ice Cream Festival. Take yourself back in time to an old fashioned ice cream social. Quality Arts & Crafts, ice cream eating contests, Little Mr. & Miss Scoop contest, strolling musicians, festival food, children's activities & lots of Blue Bell ice cream. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: n/a. Location: Downtown Brenham. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-888-BRENHAM. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st Saturday in May.

May 7, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

May 7, 2005 - FAIR - Huntsville: Josey Park Craft Fair. The weekend of The General Sam Houston Folk Festival is going to get bigger and better for Huntsville and our guest. The Josey Park Craft Fair will debut the same weekend as the Folk Festival. The Josey Park Craft Fair will be a perfect compliment to the other outstanding events already scheduled that weekend, Airing of the Quilts, Fireman´s Fun Day and Classic Car Show. Time: 9am-5pm. Cost: $0. Location: 2216 Sam Houston Ave. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 936-294-7505. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in May.

May 7-8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Abilene: 23rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Dignitary dinner is Friday. Includes softball tournament, food booths, flea market, children's games, horse rides, train rides, ballet folklorico dancers, outdoor dance and more. Time: 10am-11pm Saturday; Noon - 10:30pm Sunday. Location: St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church. Region: Panhandle Plains. For additional information call (325) 676-8975 or visit www.hispanicabilene.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 14, 2005 - FESTIVAL - New Braunfels: New Braunfels Wein und Saengerfest. A special Heritage festival blended with old but familiar traditions in our rich German Heritage, music and wine making. Held in charming Historic Downtown New Braunfels near the banks of the Comal River, this festival has something for everyone. Wineries from throughout Texas will showcase their best wines during a wine tasting event. A variety of musical entertainment will perform throughout the day, with an old fashioned street dance Saturday night on the Plaza. An Art Show and Market will feature talented artists and craftsman. Other special events include a Grape Stomp, a GRAPE BAKE cooking contest, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, an Ethnic Pet Parade, and food & beverage booths. Come experience the charm of New Braunfels for this fun event. Time: 10am-11pm. Cost: Free for Art & Music & related events, $$ for Wine Tasting Event. Location: 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels, TX. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-608-2100, ext. 236 or 252. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, second Saturday in May.

May 14, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Richmond: Farming and Ranching Heritage Festival. Enjoy antique tractors on display, calf roping and horse-training seminars and cattle-working demonstrations. Join us for our first annual celebration of Texas' 20th century agriculture, and a Saturday-night under the Texas stars. (There is a special fee for the evening's activities.). Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $5 children (5 to 15). Location: 10215 FM 762. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-343-0218. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fort Worth: Herb Festival. More than 30 vendors present gardening supplies, plants and books. Lectures are also offered. Hours are 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under age 12 free. Location: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Region: Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 817-488-7262. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 19-21, 2005 - FAIR - Giddings: Lee County Fair. Three-day event including a parade, 3 nights of CPRA rodeo action, arts and crafts and one of the States most recognized barbecue cook-offs. The Lee County Fair is the newest fair in the state of Texas, featuring some of the biggest names in the entertainment business and the state of Texas noodle contest. Location: Hwy 290, 3 miles West of Giddings, toward Austin. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (979) 542-2311. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 20-22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Columbus: 50th Annual Live Oak Festival. Celebrate a timeless Texas tradition. Featuring Robert Sanders' Steamboat Jazz, the acoustical country of The Weary Boys, and the emotive voice of singer/ songwriter Christy Claxton. Set among gently blooming magnolias, centuries old live oaks, and beautifully restored historic buildings, this springtime event features a mosaic of live music, antiques, surrey rides, magical acts, the lovely Magnolia Belles, a local melodrama, dinner theater, street dances and more. Time: Vary. Cost: Free. Location: 425 Spring Street, Courthouse Square, Downtown Columbus. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 979-732-8385. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 20-22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Grapevine: Main Street Days. Bring the whole family to this festival celebrating Grapevine's agricultural and railroad heritage. Enjoy arts and crafts, street dances, a stew cook-off, and exciting rides on the midway. Four non-stop stages feature entertainment from classic rock to country bands. Enjoy delicious food and drinks. See the settlers' camp, the Heritage Gunfighters, American Indian drum and dancing and more, all on Main Street in Grapevine. Time: Fri. 6pm-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cost: $5 adults. Location: Downtown Main Street. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 817-410-3185. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, third week in May.

May 20-22, 2004 - FESTIVAL -Pasadena: 32nd Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival. Pasadena Strawberry FestivalEnjoy continuous live entertainment, strawberries, arts & crafts, children's games, carnival rides, enormous variety of foods, beauty pageants, specialty acts, commercial exhibits, barbecue cook off, demonstrations by various craftsmen, the State Mud Volleyball Championship Tournament, the "World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake", and MUCH, MUCH, MORE!! Proceeds from the festival funds scholarships to local students, books for college libraries, and community projects that preserve and promote the study of Texas history. Hours: Friday: 3pm-midnight; Saturday: 10am-midnight; Sunday: 10am-7pm. Prices: General Admission: $8; Senior Citizens (55+): $4, under 5 free. Half Price Friday night for Senior Citizens 55+. Location: Pasadena Fairgrounds -7603 Fairmont Pkwy @ Red Bluff Rd. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, visit the Pasadena Strawberry Festival Info Page or call 281-991-9500. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 20-22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Richardson: Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Wildflower! is an award-winning multi-day, multi-stage, eclectic music festival that draws over 50,000 attendees! Festival programming includes two main outdoor performance stages, the Kids/Family Area, strolling entertainers/buskers, interactive displays and exhibits, an artist market, a Singer/Songwriter Contest/Stage, and world and cultural performances inside the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For additional information call (972) 744-4580 or visit www.wildflowerfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, second weekend in May.

May 21, 2005 - FAIR - Denton: Denton Air Fair. The Air Fair is open to the public and features fly-ins, an open house. There will be a number of World War II antique aircraft, aerobatic maneuvers, parachute drop, and experimental and vintage aircraft will be on display. Booths and concessions will be available. Time: 8am-5pm. Cost: Fair is free. Small charge for parking. Location: Denton Municipal Airport. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (940) 349-7702. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, third Saturday in May.

May 21, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Graham: Art Splash on the Square. Art Splash offers a rich blend of fine art and quality artisanship, whimsy and entertainment. Includes a national art competition, Lake Country Art Show, Jr. Rembrandt Art Show, artisans selling their work and demonstrating their craft, food and musical entertainment. Open to the public free of charge. Time: 10-6. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Square. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-866-549-0401. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 21, 2005 - FAIR - Athens: Annual Spring Fair. A festive time at East Texas Arboretum with entertainment including a dog show, art show, lots of arts and craft vendors, food vendors and children's activities. An event you won't want to miss. Time: 10am. Location: East Texas Arboretum, 1601 Patterson Road just off Highway 175W (look for sign). Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-675-5630. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, usually mid to late April.

May 21, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Bandera: RiverFest. Bring your swimsuits and river shoes and join in the fun. Kayak Races (kayaks provided); River Rodeo; Fiddlers Contest; Music; Food; Arts & Crafts & the ever popular "Anything That Floats" Regatta. www.banderariverfest.com. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Adults $3; Children under 12 Free; Military Families Free. Location: Bandera City park. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-364-3833. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually, 3rd Saturday in May.

May 21, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Gilmer: Cherokee Rose Festival. Includes Run for the roses, antique and classic car show, cow-milking contest, small carnival, pig catching contest, dancers, bandstand, quilt show, baby crawling, hoola-hoop contest, pet show, bubble-gum blowing contest, ice cream crank-off and more. Downtown, around the square. Region: Texas Piney Woods. For additional information phone (903)843-2413 or visit www.gilmerareachamber.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 21, 2005 - FESTIVAL - San Marcos: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. Activities include delicious food and Western Swing music Saturday evening at 7:30pm. on the banks of the San Marcos River to Texas-grown, Texas-produced, and Texas-designed items which will be on the Historic Downtown Square Saturday from 10am-5:30pm. Saturday's downtown event will feature a "Texas Grown" farmer's market, Western Swing music, Heritage Crafts and demonstrations, exhibits, a variety of Texas food, and live entertainment. Location: Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call 888-200-5620. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 21-22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Columbus: 51st Annual Live Oak Festival and Art Show. Art Show; Melodrama; Craft Booths; Magnolia Belles; Historical Presentations; Dinner Theater; Opry; Food Booths; Street Dance; and Live Music including The Weary Boys, Christy Claxton Duo, Robert Sanders Jazz, Second Hand Rose, Happy Playboys, Johnny Underwood & Benny Okruhlik & the Texas Sound. Time: 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Cost: Free. Location: 425 Spring Street, Courthouse Square in downtown Columbus. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 979-732-8385. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 26 - June 12, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 34th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. A unique blend of musicians, friends and music lovers enjoying a special time and place in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Camping available. Time: 24 hours, daily. Cost: (rates unavailable at time of posting). Location: Quiet Valley Ranch, Hwy. 16, Kerrville, TX. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call (830) 257-3600. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and runs 18 days. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 27-29, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Ennis: 39th Annual National Polka Festival. The festival, celebrating Ennis' Czech Heritage, includes the following activities: a Friday night Pre-Party featuring the King and Queen Dance Contest, 5K race and fun run on Sat., giant parade on Sat., arts/crafts/food booths, children's activity area, 14 live bands, and more. This festival features 4 spacious air-conditioned halls, free parking, free shuttle buses from downtown to all halls. Ennis is located just 25 minutes south of Downtown Dallas on I-45. Don't miss this great family event. Time: Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12:00-4pm for art/crafts/food in downtown; Hall entertainment- Friday 7-11pm, Sat. 11:30am-12:30am; Sunday 1pm-9pm; 8am (Sat.)-Polka Race-5-K Run; parade: Sat @ 10am. Cost: Free for downtown activities; admission fee- one daily admission includes all four auditoriums (meals not included). Location: Downtown Ennis Historic District and at 4 Czech Fraternal Auditoriums. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Toll free 1-888-366-4748. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Memorial Day Weekend.

May 27-30, 2005 - FAIR - Kerrville: Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair. The Best of the Best - this year's Fair displays the works of 200 of Texas' finest artists and artisans. While browsing, tap your toes to the rhythm of Texas music ranging from bluegrass to classical. Or take in a demonstration of the Badlands Ranger Company. Time: 4-8 Friday, 9-6 Sat/Sun, 9-4 Monday. Cost: $6 per day. Location: 2100 Memorial Blvd - Schreiner University Campus. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-896-5711. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually Memorial Day Weekend.

May 28, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fredericksburg: Jaycees Crawfish Festival. Crawfish eating & peeling contests, Louisiana-Styled music & food. Crawfish sold by the pound, jambayla, boudin plus red beans and of course some Texas favorites too. Horseshoe and washer pitching, arts and crafts, BBQ cook off, fun children's area with jumping castles, race cars, face painting, games and rides. Time: Friday TBR; Saturday 10am-Midnight. Cost: Saturday Adults $5; Under 12 Free. Location: Downtown - Market Square. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-997-2350. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th Saturday in May.

May 28, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Rockport: 9th Annual Rockport Festival of Wines. The Texas Maritime Museum, located adjacent to Rockport Harbor, will showcase Premium and Ultra-premium wines of Texas, California and Australia. Festivities throughout the event will include live entertainment, cooking and wine seminars, gourmet specialties, and wine and beer tasting. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Texas Maritime Museum. Time: 4pm-10pm. Cost: $15 includes 4 wine tastes and a commemorative wine glass. Location: 1202 Navigation Circle. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-729-1271. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, weekend before Memorial Day.

May 28-30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - San Antonio: Return Of The Chili Queens. A return to that historical and colorful time in Market Square when the Chili Queens set out their tables in the open plazas and served their traditional foods and chili con carne. Sponsored by the El Mercado Merchants Association. Free. Location: Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. Region: South Texas Plains. For more information, call 210-207-8600. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Memorial Day weekend.

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JUNE

(May 26) thru June 12, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 34th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. A unique blend of musicians, friends and music lovers enjoying a special time and place in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Camping available. Time: 24 hours, daily. Cost: (rates unavailable at time of posting). Location: Quiet Valley Ranch, Hwy. 16, Kerrville, TX. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call (830) 257-3600. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and runs 18 days. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 3-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Aransas Pass: 57th Annual Shrimporee. There will be about 15 musical acts, entertainment from trick rope artists to clowns - from Frisbee dogs to hypnotists, from cooking competition to international beer sampling and carnival rides to arts & crafts vendors. It is truly a family weekend and we're excited about having you and your family join us. Location: City of Aransas Pass Community Park, 200 E. Johnson at Commercial St. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For additional information, call (800)633-3028 or (361)758-2750 or e-mail: info@aransaspass.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 3-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Arlington: 19th Annual Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Renowned for its outstanding entertainment, the Texas Scottish Festival features some of the top Scottish performers in the world. Scheduled events include professional and amateur athletics, workshops, children's games and activities, genealogy and history seminars, dog shows, dance parties, colorful Scottish Clan tents, and every kind of Scottish food and ale imaginable. If it's Scottish, you'll find it here. Location: Maverick Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, go to www.texasscottishfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in June.

June 3-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Longview: AlleyFest. This family-oriented festival features a Kids Fest, Music Fest, Food Fest, sports events, arts & crafts and a chili cook-off. Location: Downtown Longview. Region: Texas Piney Woods. For additional information, call (903)237-4040 or E-mail: casey@longviewpartnership.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 3-11, 2005 - FAIR - Greenville: Hunt County Fair. Featuring top quality musical events, a midway with breathtaking rides, displays of local crafts, and livestock exhibits and competitions. Cost: $8. Location: Hunt County Fairgrounds on FM 1570 (Jack Finney Blvd). Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-454-1503. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in June..

June 4, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Denton: Dog Days of Summer Celebration. Dogs can be dressed up and have a "Glamfur Shot" taken, get their paws read by the Great Barkini and socialize with thousands of other dogs and their people. More than 70 booths with games, crafts, fun festival foods, pet information and animal adoptions are available. A dog parade, a stupid pet tricks contest, a dog singing contest and the official 2005 Spokesdog Pageant round out the day. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: FREE. Location: 101 S. Locust, Historic Downtown Square. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 940-349-8529. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st Saturday in June.

June 4, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

June 4, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Sonora: West Texas Championship Cook-Off. Join us for a cook-off competition in brisket, ribs, goat, chicken & chili with showmanship awarded. Dance on Saturday night under the West Texas Stars with Tommy Alverson. Great food and fun with friends, and a whole lot more. Join us for some West Texas Style fun. Location: Sutton County Park Bus Hwy 290 Sonora, Texas 76950. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 325-387-2880. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st Saturday in June.

June 5-6 2005 - FESTIVAL - Carrollton: Santa Fe Days. Artisans of New Mexico’s Santo Domingo Pueblo will present Santa Fe Days on the square in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Over 35 artisans will share their heritage and culture while offering handcrafted pottery and jewelry to sell. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit their Veterans Center in New Mexico. Come share the festivities, buy unique handmade items, sample food and observe dancing and drumming. A fun filled family event! Time: 9am-6pm. Cost: Free. Location: Main Street and S. Broadway. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 972-242-6453. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in June.

June 9-12, 2005 - FESTIVAL- San Antonio: 34th Annual Texas Folklife Festival. Ethnic groups representing 40 countries of the world come together to share mouth-watering cuisine, traditional dances, homespun tales, lively music and more. Location: San Antonio, Institute of Texan Cultures at the corner of Bowie Street and Durango Boulevard on HemisFair Park in downtown San Antonio. Region: South Texas Plains. For additional information, call (210)458-2390. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 10-11, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Irving: Annual Irving Heritage Festival. Celebrate Irving's Centennial with the Irving Heritage Festival. Friday, 6pm. to midnight, visit the Whistle Stop Plaza and Clocktower for the Annual Old-Time Fiddlers Contest. Saturday Main Street comes alive with "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" featuring vendors and entertainment as well as displays from the past. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free admission. Location: Heritage Park, Irving. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 972-253-9700. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in June.

June 10-11, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Nacogdoches: Blueberry Festival. Water balloon toss, musical entertainment, arts and crafts a sock-hop, Country concert, and a Blues concert. Location: Eugenia Sterne Park, E. Main St. Region: Texas Piney Woods. For more information, call 936-560-5533. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd Friday and Saturday in June.

June 11, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Dublin: Dublin Dr Pepper 114th Birthday Celebration. Dublin officially becomes DR PEPPER, TEXAS on the second Saturday in June each year as Dr Pepper aficionados from around the world come here to celebrate the birthday of the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the world - and the only one which has always used pure cane sugar. It's a day of family fun with food, games, tours, entertainment, contests, arts and crafts and all things Dr Pepper. Time: all day. Cost: Free. Location: 221 S. Patrick St. Dublin, Texas 76446. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 254-445-3466. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in June.

June 11, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Jacksonville: 21st Annual Tomato Fest. Celebrating Jacksonville, once known as the Tomato Capital of the World, tomatoes are the main ingredient for this annual event. Events include Tomato Eating Contest, Couch Tomato 'No Sweat' Olympics, Tomato Town, Best Home Grown Tomato, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment and much more. Time: 10am-9pm. Cost: free. Location: Commerce & Austin Street (downtown). Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-376-2217 or 903-586-2217. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd Saturday in June.

June 11, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Lago Vista: Annual Travis Peak Wine and Music Festival. Located in the Beautiful Hill Country on the North Shore of Lake Travis, the event will be at the Flat Creek Estate, a working vineyard and winery. There will be more than 16 vineyards exhibiting, numerous food vendors, and 4 live Austin Bands. The music will be Jazz, Blues & Folk. The event is a family affair with numerous activities for children. Time: 11am-6pm. Cost: $35 for 12 Years & Older. Location: 24912 Singleton Bend E.; Marble Falls, Texas 78654. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 512-267-7760. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in June.

June 17-18, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Greenville: Audie Murphy Days. Honors WWII's most decorated soldier, a native of Hunt County. Cost: Free. Location: Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, 600 I-30 East, Exit 95. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-450-4502. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in June.

June 17-18, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Stonewall: Peach Jamboree. Features a rodeo and dance, arts & crafts vendors, peach auction and peach queen crowning. Location: Stonewall, Chamber of Commerce Grounds. Region: Texas Hill Country. For additional information, call (830)644-2735. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 18, 2005 - FESTIVAL - DeSoto: Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration. The Cities of DeSoto, Lancaster, Duncanville and Cedar Hill will come together to celebrate our diversity and the African-American culture. Parade, entertainment, art & crafts, children's activities, food & fun. Fashion show & tea cake & sweet potato pie contests, concert with recording artists Yarbrough & Peoples. Time: 10am-10pm. Cost: free. Location: 211 E. Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto Town Center on the corner of Hampton & Pleasant Run Roads. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 972-230-9648. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on the Saturday closet to June 19th.

June 21-25, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Elgin: 35th Annual Western Days Festival. Includes nightly rodeo, street dance, live music, food fair, photo contest, golf tournament, arts & crafts booth and parade. Location: Elgin Memorial Park, Main Street. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information call Phone: (512)285-4515 or E-mail:elginchamber@hotmail.com. Held annually, fourth weekend in June.

June 23-26, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Luling: Watermelon Thump. Festivities center around a championship Black Diamond (avg. 60-70 lbs., tops 100 lbs.) watermelon contest that includes judging, an auction and a seed-spitting contest. The Watermelon Thump Parade is Saturday, dances are Saturday and Sunday nights, car show is Sunday. Other activities include a carnival, rodeo, barbecue, exhibitors market and a queen competition. Location: Luling Downtown at Magnolia Avenue and Davis Street. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call 830-875-3214 or visit www.watermelonthump.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 29 - July 3, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Belton: 80th Annual 4th of July Celebration & PRCA Rodeo. Since the 1850's folks from all over Central Texas have been coming to Belton to celebrate the 4th of July. This week-long celebration will feature one of Texas's Top Ten Parades, the Festival on Nolan Creek, a carnival, Texas Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, Patriotic Program, Kick-off Bar-B-Q, Cowboy Breakfast with the rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Time: vary. Cost: vary. Location: 412 E. Central Avenue. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 254-939-3551. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, week prior to July 4th.

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