Summer Events & Places to Go!
Summer is the time to get out and enjoy all Texas has to offer, from special holiday events to beach parties under the warm coastal sun. So don't get stuck in a rut this summer, but discover places to go and things to do. To help you out, we've thrown together a short list to get you started. The stars at night are big and bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas!
Tuesday, JULY 4th, 2017
Willie Nelson & Family Fourth of July Picnic
Sheryl Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson! How Texas do you wanna get this Fourth of July weekend? Willie's annual Fourth of July Bash happens at the Austin 360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas and promises all the music, sounds, refreshment and barbecue you could ever hope to find all in one location.
It's also a terribly wonderful Texas kind of thing to do, celebrate your freedom with America's most legendary outlaw star. The full musical lineup also includes Margot Price and Jamey Johnson, Steve Earl and the Dukes and many more. Last we heard tickets were still available, but that may not last long. MORE
July 27-29th, Clute, Texas
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Great Texas Mosquito Festival is approaching its 37th Annual Festival, scheduled for July 27, 28 & 29, 2017 in Clute, Texas (55 miles southeast of Houston). The festival mascot is the world’s largest mosquito standing 26’ tall with a large cowboy hat, boots, and a large probiscus. Willie is the favorite of all the festival visitors and becomes the most photographed souvenir memory.
But the small town fun is why the event is such a success. Favorite events and attractions include a petting zoo for the kids, a 5K run, fajiya cook-off, mosquito calling event, a doubles corn-hole contest, Willie's Treasure Chest giveaways, a doubles washer pitching contest, and live entertainment, this year featuring the popular Spazmatics, Shayne Steel, Jack Ingram, Rodney Atkins and more. MORE
July 6-9, 2017, Port Aransas
82nd Annual Deep Sea Roundup
The Deep Sea Roundup began in 1932 as the Tarpon Roundup and has grown from a handful of Port Aransas fishing and hunting guides pitting their skills against one another to the largest family fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast. This year over 800 contestants will compete.
The Deep Sea Roundup includes Offshore, Bay Surf, Fly Fishing and Junior Division plus a free Piggy Perch contest for the little ones. Registration includes an open bar on all three nights of the tourney plus a shrimp dump oand full meals on Friday and Saturday nights. The “Roundup” is considered the best value among the Texas Coastal Tournaments. MORE
July 28-29, Aug. 4-5, Aug 11-12, Au. 19, Bryan, Texas
Messina Hoff Harvest Festival
Ever wanted to travel to the wine country at harvest time and actually take part in picking the grapes rips from the vine? Then there is the grape stomping that needs to be done, a real treat for a wine lover!
Take advantage of the Messina Hoff Harvest Festival held on successive weekends in late July and August. It's a time to squish rapes into oblivion and try an assortment of wines from the vineyard, and to also eat a delectable dinner to enjoy the harvest event. Quality Lenoir grapes that are used to make award-winning and world-class Ports at the winery and the public is invited to join in the grape culture of Texas. MORE
Aug. 19, 2017 Waco, Texas
Battle on the Brazos Dragon Boat Festival 2017
Dragon Boat Racing to Waco on August 19, 2017. With its origin in China, dragon boating is a sport that’s been around for more than 2,300 years. It has been adapted from its traditional beginnings into the sport it is today. Dragon Boating offers fun for all ages and fitness levels, while simultaneously offering the challenge of competition. A standard size dragon boat seats 20 paddlers in 10 rows with a drummer in the bow to motivate the team and keep the paddlers in sync. These 21 people all work in unison to propel this 42’ long “canoe” down the race course. This Battle on the Brazos Dragon Boat Festival will take place on the river next to McLane Stadium Boat Docks and Touchdown Alley from 9am – 3pm. MORE
Check back often as we will be adding new summer events and getaways on this page in the days ahead. Happy summer travels!