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Texas Festivals & Fairs
January - June 2006

Please note that prices, dates, telephone numbers and hours are subject to change. Please call ahead before making plans. Last updated: April 29, 2006 .

 

 

JANUARY

January 26 - February 19, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: Washington's Birthday Celebration. One of the biggest and oldest celebrations of the first president's birthday. Celebrating since 1898. This event is a unique mixture of a Mexican fiesta and a Fourth of July celebration - an opportunity for everyone to experience 29 events in 25 fun-filled days in pleasant Laredo, TX. Activities include parades, pageants, street parties in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, concerts, carnival, children's Fun Fest, fireworks, Jalapeno Festival and more. Call for times and costs. Location: Around the city of Laredo. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 956-722-0589 or visit www.wbcalaredo.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually around George Washington's Birthday.

January 27-29, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: Fourth Annual Laredo International Sister Cities Festival. Laredo's twenty sister cities from around the world include cities from Mexico, Spain, China, Taiwan, Argentina and Australia. In celebration of Laredo's unique relationship with these international siblings, the City of Laredo invites the world to partake in the International Sister Cities Festival. The festival 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: 10am. Cost: FREE. Location: 2400 San Bernardo, Laredo. 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, last weekend in January.

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FEBRUARY

(January 26) thru February 19, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Laredo: Washington's Birthday Celebration. One of the biggest and oldest celebrations of the first president's birthday. Celebrating since 1898. This event is a unique mixture of a Mexican fiesta and a Fourth of July celebration - an opportunity for everyone to experience 29 events in 25 fun-filled days in pleasant Laredo, TX. Activities include parades, pageants, street parties in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, concerts, carnival, children's Fun Fest, fireworks, Jalapeno Festival and more. Call for times and costs. Location: Around the city of Laredo. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 956-722-0589 or visit www.wbcalaredo.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually around George Washington's Birthday.

February 10, 2006 - 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.

February 17-28, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston. 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.

February 17-18, 2006 - 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 19-26, 2006 - 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 23-26, 2006 - 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.

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MARCH

March 1-5, 2006 - 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 2-5, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Fulton: 27th Annual Fulton Oysterfest. Oysterfest officials have been working with seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast to locate the freshest oysters and other seafood for this event. Oysterfest will also have live music, carnival, parade and an oyster eating contest. Proceeds benefit the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department. Time: call. Cost: $3 age 12 and older. Location: Fulton Harborfront. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 361-790-8362 or visit www.fulton-texas.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in March.

March 3-5, 2006 - 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: 214-821-4173 or visit www.ntif.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 3-5, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Hidalgo: BorderFest 2006. 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, 2006 - 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.

March 10-11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Old Town Spring Christian Music Festival. A family event with four stages of entertainment and a variety of performers from local churches, regional entertainers, and state wide headliners. A food court will be available with a wide variety of treats. A great shopping venue of Christian vendors will be available, as well as Saturday access to the 120+ shops, museums, and galleries of Old Town Spring. In addition, there will be a child's play area, petting zoo, etc. Time: Friday 6pm-Midnight, Saturday Noon-10pm. Cost: $5 per person. Location: Preservation Park, 218 Gentry Street in Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-350-6678 or visit www.oldtownspring.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 11, 2006 - FAIR - Bandera: 4th Annual Wild Hog Explosion. Event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching, pork rib cook-off, hog kissing contest, arts & crafts, carnival, piggy pictures. Also, an All Bike Rally with Hill Country Poker Run. Benefits Bandera County Kronkosky Library. Cost: Adults $5, Children $3, Military free. Location: Mansfield Park. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-796-4447. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Brenham: Flower & Garden Show. Delightful outdoor show featuring plants, garden decor and accessories, gardening demonstrations, arts & crafts, farmer's market, festival food, children's activities, live music around the square, pet parade. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: N/A. Location: Downtown around the square. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 979-836-3339. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Hamilton: Fire Fest. Fundraiser for county-wide volunteer fire departments. Talent show for children, horseshoes for adults. Live bands all day. Food and fun for entire family. Time: 11am. Cost: $15. Location: Jason Harris Pavilion in Hamilton. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 254-372-3642 or visit indiangap@direcway.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 11-25, 2006 - Fair - Austin: 69th Annual Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. Fifteen days of "hoof pounding, heart throbbing" action including a 190 county livestock show, carnival, fairground acts, 13 rodeo performances, 14 concerts and much more. Cost: $5 to park, $3 to enter gate, Rodeo tickets serve as a gate pass. Location: Travis County Exposition and Heritage Center in Austin, Texas. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call (512) 919-3000 or visit www.RodeoAustin.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 17-19, 24-26, and March 31-April 2, 2006 - 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 17 - April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Tyler: 46th 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 18, 2006 - 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 18-19, 2006 - 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 - 6pm. Cost: call. 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 23-26, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Columbus: Trailhead. Relive the Old West with the Texas Historical Shootists' Society. This annual cowboy gathering draws competitors and spectators from across the country for cowboy shootin', ridin' and shoppin' at this 4 day event. Located in "Gunsmoke, Texas" just a few miles north of Columbus in an old style Western town complete with jail, fort, mine, hotels and a mayor's office. Time: call. Cost: call. Location: 12 miles north of Columbus. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 979-732-8385 or visit www.columbustexas.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

March 24-26, 2006 - 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 in March.

March 25, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Lakehills: 6th Annual Fish Fry & More. Includes children's activities, silent auction and live auction, and more. Serving begins at 11am, Live Auction begins at 1pm. Sponsored by Lakehills United Methodist Church. Time: Serving begins 11am, Live Auction begins 1pm. Location: Lakehills Civic Center. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-751-2404. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

March 30 - April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: FeatherFest Nature Festival. A 4-day celebration of nature, art and history in the exciting and charming city of Galveston, Texas, featuring Spring migration birding and other nature experiences on the Upper Texas Coast. Visitors will enjoy van based field trips, birding by kayak and boat, seminars/workshops and social activities that tie into to Galveston's historic heritage. Time: call. Cost: General $25, then priced by event. Location: Old Galveston Square Building, The Strand Galveston, TX 77550. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 409-392-0841 or visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in April.

March 31 - April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 21st 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.

March 31-April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Marble Falls: Bluebonnet Blues and Fine Arts Festival. Over 50 musicians and over 50 fine artists gather in the Hill Country for a wonderful weekend full of activities and great food. Time: all day and all evening. Cost: some free/some events have charges. Location: Main Street in Marble Falls, Texas. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-798-1041 or visit www.bluebonnetblues.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

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APRIL

(March 17-19, 24-26) and March 31 - April 2, 2006 - 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 17) thru April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Tyler: 46th 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 1-2, 2006- FESTIVAL - Denton: 21st 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.

(March 30) thru April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: FeatherFest Nature Festival. A 4-day celebration of nature, art and history in the exciting and charming city of Galveston, Texas. Galveston Island has long been recognized as one of the top locations in the United States for birding. With a wide variety of species visible year-round, the Island is considered a central location for novice and expert birders alike. Agenda includes birding, butterfly, dragonfly van led field trips, seminars, workshops, socials, art and music. Time: See website or call for schedule. Cost: Small registration fee for field trips, seminars and workshops, other events are free. Location: Old Galveston Square, 2200 Strand. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 409-392-0841 or visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in April.

(March 31) thru April 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Marble Falls: Bluebonnet Blues and Fine Arts Festival. Over 50 musicians and over 50 fine artists gather in the Hill Country for a wonderful weekend full of activities and great food. Time: all day and all evening. Cost: some free/some events have charges. Location: Main Street in Marble Falls, Texas. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-798-1041 or visit www.bluebonnetblues.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 1, 2006 - 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 50,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

April 1, 2006 - 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 1, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Yorktown: Fiesta En La Calle. Free, Family Fun! Festival includes free street dances, Kid Zone (Giant Inflatable Activities), Jalapeno Eating contest, Bar BQ cook-off, softball tournament, continuous live musical performances, Folklorico dance performances, arts/crafts/food booths and much more. Time: 10am - Midnight. Cost: Free. Location: 130 North Riedel Street. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 361-564-2661. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st Saturday in April.

April 6-9, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Burnet: 23rd Annual Bluebonnet Festival. Proclaimed the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas" by the 67th Legislature in 1979, the Hill Country will soon be in full bloom. To celebrate this event Burnet hosts this annual event the second weekend in April. Activities include Parades, air show, carnival, 200 vendors, steam train comes in from Austin, classic car show, live entertainment and much more. Time: call. Cost: no admission. Location: Burnet Historic Square. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 512-756-4297 or visit www.burnetchamber.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in April.

April 6-9, 2006 - 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 7-9, 2006 - 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 8, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Denton: Annual Denton Redbud Festival. Denton is the "Redbud Capital of Texas." To coincide with the blooming of the Redbuds in early March, a celebration is held. Activities include: 5K run, 1K walk, home and garden show, booths, educational programs, lectures, exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day. Time: 10am-3pm. Cost: Free. Location: Courthouse Lawn in historic downtown Denton. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 940-349-8737. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

April 8, 2006 - 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 8-9, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Chappell Hill: Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas. One of the finest family festivals in Texas. 250+ craft booths, food, live music, fun in the heart of bluebonnet country. Time: 10am-6pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday. Cost: free admission. Location: Downtown Chappell Hill. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-888-BRENHAM. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

April 8-9, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Texas Hot and Spicy Festival. Tasting Texas presents this festival, featuring salsa, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, cooking demos and a Fresh Farmers Market. Kids playland and non-stop music. Time: 11am-7pm. Cost: $3 Adults / $2 Kids. Location: Reliant Center- One Reliant Park- Houston, Texas 77054. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-416-0964 or visit www.texashotandspicy.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually, 2nd weekend in April.

April 8-29, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Quitman: Annual Dogwood Fiesta. Festivities include a Parade, Car, Truck, & Tractor Show, Craft Fairs, 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, Pet Fair, two pageants, and an Annual Golf Tournament. The dogwoods featured in the Fiesta can be seen every weekend during the event. Brochures and maps are available at the Chamber's office, 101 E. Goode St., Quitman, TX 75783. Time: varies by weekend. Cost: varies by weekend. Location: varies. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 50,000. For complete schedule of events, including dates & times, visit www.quitman.com. For more information, call 903-763-4411. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March or April.

April 8 - May 29 (Weekends and Memorial Day), 2006 - 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 15-16, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 26th 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.

April 15, 2006 - 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, 3rd Saturday in April.

April 19 - May 7, 2006 - 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 20-23, 2006 - 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 21-22, 2006 - 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 visit us at www.ci.deer-park.tx.us. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 21-22, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Freeport: Riverfest. Features a carnival, motorcycle run/show, entertainers, competitions, BBQ Cook-Off, Discover Scuba, Rock Climbing, Art Gallery/Auction, Pageant, 5K Run, food, vendors, Sail Boat Regatta, Clowns, Militia, & much more. No gate entry. Contest for a Riverfest Mascot. Time: Fri. 6pm thru Sun. 12 Noon. Cost: free. Location: 500 Brazosport Blvd./Hwy 288. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 979-233-6061 or visit www.freeportriverfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

April 21-23, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Burton: Cotton Gin Festival. The cotton era comes alive. Gin tours, parades, auctions, live music, folklife demonstrations, carnival, tractor pull, petting zoo, contests, much more. Time: Fri 6pm-midnight, Sat 9am-1am, Sun 9am-5pm. Cost: call. Location: 307 N. Main. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-289-5255 or visit www.cottonginmuseum.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

April 21-23, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Cleburne: Antique Alley & Yard Sale. 15-mile country shopping extravaganza via FM 4 from Cleburne to Grandview with special shows, yard sales, store promotions and fund raisers offering antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, food and more since 1999. Vendor Inquiries Welcomed. Time: 8am-5pm. Location: FM 4, 15 miles Cleburne to Grandview. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 817-641-0183 or visit http://alley.cleburne.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held bi-annually, 3rd full weekends of April & September.

April 21-23, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Ennis: Bluebonnet Trails Festival. The Bluebonnet Trails Festival, sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, is an annual festival that pays tribute to the bluebonnet. Ennis, the Official Bluebonnet City and the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas, offers over 40 miles of mapped trails for your viewing pleasure. The festival features arts and crafts, food, children's activity area, live music & a historic home tour on Saturday, bluebonnet souvenirs and much more. Don't miss a great time for the entire family. Time: 9am-5pm. Cost: free. Location: Downtown Ennis- on NW Main St., SW Main St. From Downtown Dallas, travel south on I-45, take Exit #251B, turn right on Ennis Avenue to downtown Ennis. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 972-878-4748, 1-888-366-4748 or visit www.visitennis.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in April (only exception is when Easter falls on the 3rd weekend).

April 21-23, 2006 - 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 21-23, 28-30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Texas Crawfish & Music 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, Gumbo, 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, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN, email otspl@oldtownspringtx.com, or visit www.texascrawfishfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last two weekends of April.

April 21-23, 2006 - FESTIVAL - San Angelo: 3rd Annual Texas Mesquite Art Festival. Mesquite artisans of the Texas Mesquite Association from across the state come to show off their work at San Angelo's historic Fort Concho. Time: Fri. 4pm-9pm, Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Cost: Free admission. Location: Fort Concho. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-997-8515 or visit www.texasmesquiteassn.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, third weekend in April.

April 25-28, 2006 - 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 25-30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Concan: 7th Annual Nature Quest. Learn about birds, native plants, wildflowers, butterflies, bats, and more, through field trips, workshops, seminars, and evening programs. Located 70 miles west of San Antonio, the area is known for hills carved into canyons by the crystal waters of the Sabinal, Leona, Frio, Dry Frio, and Nueces Rivers. Diverse vegetation, spectacular wildflowers, monumental trees, abundant wildlife, lovely butterflies and birds--including many rare and endangered species--are just a few reasons the River Region is perfect for natural adventures in every season. Time: Daily for six days. Cost: $5 - $25 per course. Location: Field trips, workshops, and seminars take place all over Uvalde County. Headquartered in Concan at House Pasture Cattle Company Restaurant. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 1-800-210-0380, or visit www.thcrr.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 26, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Houston: The Grand Wine & Food Affair. Join the world's greatest chefs and noted wine authorities for this premier culinary extravaganza for five inspiring days of reserve wine tastings, cooking classes, vintner dinners and wine seminars. Do not miss this opportunity to taste, swirl, and discover. Time: call. Cost: call. Location: Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 713-SIP-WINE or visit www.TheGrandWineAndFoodAffair.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last week in April.

April 26-30, 2006 - 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 or 713-sip-wine. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually, last weekend in April.

April 28, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Lubbock: 28th 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 28-30, 2006 - 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 28-30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Chappell Hill: 3rd Annual Birdfest. Birding field trips, presentations by renowned birding experts, wildflower and butterfly walks. Time: check website for details. Cost: registration required. Location: Chappell Hill. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-337-9910 or visit www.chappellhillbirdfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

April 28-30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Denton: 26th 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 weekend in April.

April 28-30, 2006 - 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 29, 2006 - 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: 12pm-11pm. Cost: Admission free after 1pm. Location: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 903-264-9622. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, May 1 or the Saturday before.

April 29, 2006 - FESTIVAL - New Braunfels: New Braunfels Wine and Saengerfest. The New Braunfels Wine and Saengerfest is 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, this festival has something for everyone including an old fashioned street dance, Grape Stomp, Arts & Craft Show and Market, culinary arts, wine market, food booths, beverage booth and a Pet Parade. Time: 10am-11pm. Cost: FREE TO PUBLIC, Wine Tasting fee for participants. Location: 100 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-608-2100, ext. 252 or visit www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us/mainst/mainstreet.html. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually each spring.

April 29-30, 2006 - 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 in April.

April 29-30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Navasota: Navasota Heritage Days - "Where the South Meets the West". Come to Navasota, Texas and experience the down home hospitality, and history as it unfolds. Experience Chuck wagon meals, cowboys driving longhorn cattle, Sheriff's posse, Fine art, food, arts & crafts, entertainment, Texas Wildflower art show, Young Photographers Juried Photo Contest, Car and Hotrod show, Bands and street dance. Cowboy church, old-fashioned "Dinner on the ground". Rain or shine. Cost: Booth space $50 10 x 20. Location: Downtown, Navasota, Texas. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call Glenda Cole, Event Coordinator, 979-777-0499 or visit www.navasotaheritagedays.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last weekend in April.

April 30, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Plano: 3rd 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.

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(April 19) thru May 7, 2006 - 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.

May 5-6, 2006 - FESTIVAL - El Paso: Cinco de Mayo Tequila Festival. The Festival offers a "Taste of the Border" featuring mariachis, margaritas, tequila, and a mole extravaganza. Experience great food and drinks in a historic landmark. Time: 3pm - 1am. Cost: $10. Location: Downtown El Paso. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 915-351-1191. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

May 5-7, 2006 - 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. Held annually in May.

May 5-7, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Jefferson: 59th 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. Held annually.

May 5-8, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Odessa: Fiesta West Texas. Cinco de Mayo celebration with carnival rides, folk dancing, car show, rodeo, concerts and more. Time: 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 6, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Brenham: Ice Cream Festival. Take yourself back in time to an old fashioned ice cream social. Ice cream eating contests, family entertainment, festival food, children's activities, unique shopping in Historic Downtown, and lots of Blue Bell ice cream. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free Admission/Parking. Location: Around the square, Downtown Brenham. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-888-BRENHAM or visit www.brenhamtexas.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 6, 2006 - 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 50,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

May 6, 2006 - 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 6-7, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Baytown: Second Annual Baytown Long Neck Wildlife Festival. Looking for a memorable day out with the family? This is the place to be. Festival activities not to be missed will be the wildlife exhibits, a petting zoo, as well as live music featuring local bands, carnival rides and games. And not to be forgotten, vendors will be available with tasty treats to fill your stomach and quench your thirst. Did the Olympic Games bring out your competitive spirit? Teams are being formed for Dodgeball and Volleyball tournaments. Time: Sat. 10am-10pm; Sun. 1pm-8pm. Cost: Adults $8, Students, Children, Senior Adults, and Active Military & their immediate family $5; Children under 5 free. Location: Goose Creek Stream Park at West Texas Avenue, 1 Price St. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-420-5811 or visit www.longneckfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually first or second weekend of May.

May 6-7, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Richardson: Cottonwood Art Festival. A fine art gallery in the park with music and fun for every member of the family. For two weekends each year, this event draws local, regional, and national artists as well as local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Time: 9am-6pm. Cost: Free Admission & Free Parking. Location: Cottonwood Park in Richardson, TX, one block east of Coit Rd. on Belt Line Rd. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information call (972)744-4580 or visit www.cottonwoodartfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, twice a year in May & October.

May 6-7, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Sonora: 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. Arts & Craft Booths, Children's Rides, Food Booths, Parade, Dance under the West Texas Stars. Celebration kicks off with a parade from downtown Sonora to the Sutton County Park. Booths will open by 10am on Saturday, and will be serving some of the best food you ever tasted all day and into the night. Dance on Saturday night and then come back out to the park on Sunday. Celebrate our Hispanic history and have a great time with the entire family. Time: All Day. Cost: Free admission. Location: Sutton County Park, Loop 467. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 325-387-2880. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first Weekend in May.

May 12-13, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Brenham: 116th Annual Maifest. Enjoy one of the oldest German festivals in Texas. Colorful parades, spectacular pageants, food, crafts and exhibits. Enjoy polkas, waltzes and country music. Time: Fri - N/A, Sat parade -10:30, other activities Noon-Midnight. Cost: free admission. Location: Parades held in downtown Brenham area, all other activities at Fireman's Park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 1-888-BRENHAM (273-6426) or visit www.maifest.org or www.BrenhamTexas.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in May.

May 12-14, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Baytown: Long Neck Wildlife Festival. Family fun for Young and Old, Lots of Food and Fun, Barbecue Cookoff, Children's exhibits and playground, Educational and entertaining exhibits, Live Entertainment, Free Fish give-a-way at conclusion of festival, Concerts, and more. Time: 6pm-11pm Friday; 10am-10:30pm Saturday; 10am-8pm Sunday. Cost: Admission charged for concert areas, Children's Play areas, and Rock Wall Climbs; Exhibits free. Location: Exhibits at Eddie V. Grey Wetlands Center and Baytown Nature Center, Concerts at N.C. Foote Park. Region: Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-420-5811 or log onto website at www.longneckfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in May.

May 12-14, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Freer: Freer Rattlesnake Round Up. Join us at the Freer Cactus Corral for the biggest Party in Texas featuring concerts with nationally known country western and Tejano 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-midnight, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-6pm. Cost: $10 adult, $5 under age 12, parking $2. Admission and parking are free on Sunday. For More Information, please call 361-394-6891. Held annually.

May 17-21, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Copperas Cove: Rabbit Fest. Rabbit Fest features a parade, scrumptious food vendors, Crabtree carnival, arts & crafts vendors, commercial vendors, military displays, petting zoo, mechanical bull riding, costume contests, nightly entertainment, sanctioned B-B-Q cook-off, lots of fun, food, and laughter. Time: call. Cost: $5 entrance fee. Location: Copperas Cove City Park on Avenue B. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: 50,000-200,000. For more information, call 254-547-7571 or visit www.rabbitfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 19-21, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Grapevine: Main Street Days. Celebrating the great outdoors is the theme of this Grapevine festival. New public art will be dedicated - vintage railroad equipment will be celebrated - traditional Main Street Days fun will delight all festival guests. Enjoy arts and crafts, street dances, exciting rides at the carnival, and short sampler runs on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Non-stop stages feature entertainment from classic rock to country bands. Enjoy delicious festival food, beverages and Texas wine. For three full days this year's festival celebrates outdoor adventures from outdoor grilling demonstrations to rock climbing. All on Main Street in Grapevine. Want to have even more festival fun? Then become a festival volunteer. 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 19-21, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Montgomery: Fire on the Strings Bluegrass Festival. Best Bluegrass Festival in the Southwest, featuring national performers as well as regional and local bands, craft and food vendors. Two National contests- Texas State Flatpicking and Texas State Banjo competition and Jr. Texas Bluegrass Champion contest. Great indoor auditorium seating over 1,000. Beautiful RV park with swimming pool (Reserve at 1-866-496-6370). Time: 12:00 Friday through Sunday at noon. Cost: $35 for weekend. Location: Haven's Landing RV Resort, 19785 Hwy. 105 W, Montgomery, TX 77356 (12 miles west of I-45, across from Lake Conroe). Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-879-9441 or visit www.bayareabluegrass.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 19-21, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Pasadena: 33rd 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: $10, Senior Citizens (55+) & kids under 12 $5, under 5 free. 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, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Bandera: Riverfest. Held annually along the banks of the Medina River in Bandera City Park. Sponsored by Bandera Business Association. Arts & Crafts, entertainment, fiddler's contest, children's activities, kayak races,(kayak provided), "tube roping", and the ever popular Everything But a Boat River Regatta. Bring your swimsuits and river shoes and enjoy. Cost: yes. Location: Bandera, Texas, City Park on the Medina River. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 1-800-364-3833 or visit www.banderariverfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in May.

May 20, 2006 - 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, hula 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 20, 2006 - 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 20, 2006 - 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 20-21, 2006 - FESTIVAL - The Woodlands: Waterway Arts Festival. As a juried, fine art festival, the newly-created The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will feature 200 national and regional artists selling their original creations along a 1.25 mile waterway park. The wonderfully landscaped site, with water taxi service along the entire festival, makes this a unique event one that both artists and patrons alike will enjoy. Time: Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Cost: $8 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Location: Artists will set up along a concrete landscaped path as it meanders alongside the waterway through The Woodlands Town Center, from The Marriott Waterway Hotel and Convention Center, alongside The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion culminating at the new four acre Town Green Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call (713) 521-0133 or visit www.woodlandsartfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

May 25 - June 11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 35th 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. Held annually.

May 26-27, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Fredericksburg: Crawfish Festival. Join us for great Cajun food, music and fun. Mouth-watering crawfish plates, red potatoes, corn, Jambalaya & fried fish plates. Kids area, shopping area. Time: Friday 6pm-12 midnight, Saturday 11am-12 midnight. Cost: $6 Adults, $1 for kids 12/Under. Two-day passes $10. Location: Marktplatz, 100 block, West Main Street. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378) or check out our website - www.tex-fest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Memorial Day Weekend.

May 26-28, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Ennis: 40th 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 3 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 11:30am-10pm; 7am (Sat.) Polka Race- includes 5 K & 10 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 26-29, 2006 - 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 27-28, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Rockport: 10th 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 27-29, 2006 - 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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(May 25) thru June 11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 35th 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. Held annually.

June 2-4, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Aransas Pass: 58th Annual Shrimporee. There will be a wide variety of entertainment from live music to belly dancers, plus much more. Plenty of food, arts and crafts vendors, and carnival rides, too. 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 1-800-633-3028 or (361) 758-2750 or e-mail: info@aransaspass.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 2-4, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Arlington: 20th 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 2-4 2006 - 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: elaine@longviewpartnership.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 2-4, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Palestine: Heritage Balloon Festival. Join us for Balloon Glows, Arts & Crafts, Music, Children's Activities, and much more. Experience the States of Enlightenment Tour by John Ninomiya the only cluster balloonist in the United States. Time: call. Cost: $5 per car. Location: Palestine Municipal Airport-Hwy 287 North. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 903-723-1914. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 2-10, 2006 - 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 3, 2006 - 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 2006 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 3, 2006 - 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 50,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

June 3, 2006 - 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 3-4, 2006 - FESTIVAL - El Paso: Custom Car & Chopper Festival. Last years performance by "Bo Diddley" and special appearance the Martin Brothers attracted more than 25,000 people to Texas Avenue where the streets were filled with the best cars in town and awesome choppers. Time: 3pm - 1am. Cost: Free. Location: Texas Avenue. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 915-351-1191. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 8-11, 2006 - FESTIVAL- San Antonio: 35th 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. Held annually.

June 9-10, 2006 - 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 9-10, 2006 - 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 9-11, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Dallas: 3rd Annual City Arts Celebration. This annual event showcases the incredible performing, visual, and culinary arts which are the fabric of Downtown Dallas. Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor concerts, delicious Dallas cuisine, artist demonstrations, and spectacular exhibits in some of our country's finest museums. Time: Call. Cost: Free. Location: Dallas Arts District, 2121 San Jacinto. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 214-571-1301. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

June 10, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Dublin: Dublin Dr Pepper 115th 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 10, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Jacksonville: 22nd 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 10, 2006 - 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 10-11, 2006 - 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 16-17, 2006 - 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 16-17, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Stonewall: Peach Jamboree & Rodeo. 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 17, 2006 - 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, and a concert. 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 20-24, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Elgin: 36th 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 22-25, 2006 - 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 28 - July 2, 2006 - FESTIVAL - Belton: 81st 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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