Ethnic cuisine. Outdoor fun. Cold beer. Live music. Shopping. Desserts. Let’s face it, when it comes to having a good time, nothing beats a great Texas festival. And that’s especially true when you’re talking about spending time in the beautiful, historic Texas Hill Country.
If day trips, romantic weekends, and family fun are on your agenda this year, some of the Texas festivals you’ll want to check out include:
March: The Texas Independence Day Celebration (Washington County, TX)
Whether you’re a longtime Texas resident or just passing through to pass the time, you won’t want to miss this two-day celebration on the site where delegates met in 1836 to formally declare Texas’s independence from Mexico. Events include live music, food, crafts, and “living history demonstrations.”
April: Bluebonnet Festival (Burnet, TX)
If you’re a flower lover, this is one of those Texas festivals that’s a must-see. The beautiful sight of the blooming Texas wildflowers is celebrated each year in Burnett, where visitors to the Bluebonnet Festival can tour the countryside taking in the gorgeous wildflower views, enjoy live music and dancing, or go shopping for antiques and other unique Texas treasures.
July: Independence, TX July 4th Celebration (Independence, TX)
What better place to commemorate America’s birthday than in a town called Independence? This small town gem of a Fourth of July celebration includes an afternoon trail ride, a parade, a street dance, and an evening fireworks extravaganza.
July and August: Harvest Grape Stomp (Washington County, TX)
Texas heat got you down? Head to the Harvest Grape Stomp, where you can and the kids can indulge in hayrides, grape picking, barrel stomping and more – including delicious vintages and tasty grape juice for the under-21 crowd.
December: Brenham Christmas Stroll and Parade (Brenham, TX)
Kickoff your holiday season in style with this charming two-day event, typically held the first weekend in December. Activities include the lighting of the Courthouse Square, caroling, story time, live entertainment, a “Jingle Bell” shopping market, “Breakfast with Santa”, and a Christmas movie shown at the Simon Theatre. And oh, yes, a gorgeous lighted parade held in the heart of downtown Brenham.
December: Holiday Home Tour (Brenham, TX)
This popular event includes maps for a self-guided tour throughout the historic Hill Country town of Brenham. Each stop on the tour (which changes each year) is exquisitely decorated for the holidays, and hosted by a “Heritage Belle” – your own personal guide who’s on hand to give you the fascinating history and backstory of each residence, dressed in period costume.
The Holiday Home Tour is held the weekend before Thanksgiving and is yet another great way to kick off your holiday season, Texas Hill Country style.
January: Uptown Swirl (Brenham, TX)
Resolutions not off to a great start? No worries, you can chase the post-holiday blues away with an afternoon or evening of wine tasting and shopping in Brenham’s downtown district. Don’t forget to purchase a keepsake wine glass.
To make sure you don’t miss the best festivals and events happening around the state this year, head over to VisitBrenhamTexas.com now!
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