Anyone who can take a look at a map of the United States will clearly tell that Texas is massive. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas”, it has a lot to do with the physical size of the state, but then again, just about anything you can think of can be “Texas-sized”, which includes their festivals.
It seems like an odd thing to imagine a festival being big, but when have you ever heard someone clamoring about a small festival? It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Moreover, festival organizers in Texas tend to enjoy the ability to be ambitious with their plans because there don’t seem to be physical limitations keeping them in check. This, of course, results in some really great festivals in Texas that set them apart from the rest of the country.
If you’ve got a hankering for a Texas-sized festival, here are seven Texas festivals you’ll love:
Brenham Friendship Quilt Guild “Quilt Show” – For about a quarter century, Brenham, TX has hosted this quilt show with a few hundred visitors. As the arts & crafts scene has exploded, so has the attendance at the show with numbers only trending up.
H-E-B “Fireworks on the Brazos” – Celebrate the birth of the U.S. in the same place, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, “Where Texas Became Texas”. It’s fun for the whole family.
Chappell Hill Christmas Fayre – For some people, Christmas is an all-year thing, and in Chappell Hill, TX, the Christmas Fayre is star at the top of the tree for celebrating the holidays! Highlights include a teddy bear parade and, of course, hanging out with Santa Claus.
Spirit of Texas Festival in College Station – Enjoy three days of free family fun for all ages. Proceeds from the event go to support local charities. Visitors can enjoy all things Texas, music, art, crafts, and even BBQ & food-truck contests.
Charro Days – Brownsville, TX in the Rio Grande Valley is home to Charro Days. It’s considered to be the oldest cultural celebration in the state and provides a unique perspective on the incontrovertible link between Texas & Mexico.
Texas Arts & Music Festival in downtown Brenham, TX– The new kid on the block for festivals on this list, this festival last took place in 2016 and included art walks, street artists, live music, and a film screening. It’s small, but what better way for a festival aficionado to get in on the ground floor of something big than to start early in its inception?
South By Southwest (SXSW) – SXSW serves as the example of how a festival can start small & turn into one of the great destinations. Every year, the eyes of world focus on Austin, TX as it proves to everyone that it really is the “live music capital of the world”.
This list of Texas festivals cover quite a lot of ground in terms of diverse offerings, but we’ve only scratched the surface. With a state as big as Texas, there’s something going on nearly every week of the year in multiple cities. You may just find that the best way to experience the Lone Star State in all of its glory is by seeing its citizens having fun at a festival the only way they know – Texas-style!