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Texas Festival Calendar
February

Houston Creole Heritage Festival

Celebrate the special bonds between Houston and the Creole culture of Louisiana.
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Whooping Crane Festival – Port Aransas

Field trips, photography workshops, lectures and more!
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March

North Texas Irish Festival – Dallas

The largest Celtic music festival in the Southwest
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Zilker Kite Festival – Austin

The oldest kite festival in the US!
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SXSW – Austin

Three festivals in one: music, movies and interactive
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Houston Children’s Festival

The largest children’s festival in the United States
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April

Bluebonnet Festival – Chappell Hill

The official state of Texas Bluebonnet Festival!
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Austin Reggae Fest

Celebrate Spring, Reggae and Peaceful Coexistence
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Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood

Americana and roots music in all its forms with a down-home, Texas-friendly vibe
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Fiesta San Antonio

San Antonio honors its heritage with over 100 official events in 10 days
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Wings over the Hills Nature Festival – Fredericksburg

Honoring nature’s flyers – birds, bats, bees, dragonflies and more
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The Houston International Festival

Each year Houston chooses a nation and celebrates its music, dance and more
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May

Kerrville Folk Festival

More than just a "folk music" festival, look for rising stars and campfire magic.
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Wildflower! – Richardson

A multi-day eclectic arts and music festival for all ages!
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Free Press Summer Festival – Houston

Slide into summer with art, music and fireworks!
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Homegrown Music and Arts Festival – Dallas

Music, art and fun in a garden setting
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June

Texas Folklife Festival – San Antonio

Meet more than 40 cultures that make Texas great!
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AIA Sandcastle Competition – Galveston

See what architects, designers and engineers can build with sand!
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July

Celebrate July 4th with your neighbors!


September

Kerrville Fall Music Festival

The “Little Folk” festival with the added attraction of Texas wine and beer
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GrapeFest – Grapevine

The largest wine festival in the Southwest
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UTOPIAfest – Utopia

A campout festival with mind-blowing music and beautiful sunsets.
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October

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Two weekends of music and serious fun in Zilker Park
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Oktoberfest – Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage with all the trimmings
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Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission

Join a cast of 1000s at the largest Renaissance theme park in the US
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Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival – Fort Worth

Cowboys, rodeo, music and poetry for the whole family
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Austin Celtic Festival

The largest gathering for traditional Celtic music in Central Texas
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Terlingua International Chili Championship

Cook-offs for chili, barbecue, beans, salsa and margaritas – yum!
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Texas Rose Festival – Tyler

Texas’ own Rose Parade and more!
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Texas Book Festival – Austin

Authors from around the world meet in Austin to celebrate books and writing
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November

Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival

Houston celebrates its multicultural heritage
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Salado Scottish Festival

The Clans have been gathering here for games and music since 1961
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Wurstfest – New Braunfels

A ten day salute to sausage!
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A Basic Festival Checklist

Festival season is here at last! Austin City Limits, Oktoberfest and the Renaissance Festival, to name only a few, will be opening their gates in the coming days. Here are some suggestions to help make your day one to remember, for all the right reasons.

  1. Don’t forget your ticket!
  2. Visit the festival website before you go. It’s your best source of information about what you can and cannot bring, what facilities are available (recharging stations, for example) and don’t forget to look over the frequently asked questions.
  3. Dress comfortably. What’s the weather forecast? In Texas we can have 40° temperature swings in the course of a day in October. Do you need layers? Do you need some rain gear? Are umbrellas allowed? And please be kind to your feet – wear your most comfortable shoes.
  4. A daypack or a messenger bag will help to keep your hands free and let you bring your essential items.
  5. Drink lots of water. Frequent trips to the port-a-let are far more pleasant than a visit to the first aid tent.
  6. It can be useful to have a meeting place or note a close landmark if you lose your friends or want to see different bands. Some people use flags so they can be easy to find. Phones can’t always be relied upon – service is often spotty at best.
  7. Make a list of the artists you would like to see, but be open to the new as well.
  8. What is essential for one person may not be so necessary for another. That said, here are a few suggestions:

    • Sunglasses and a hat
    • A charged phone – a good case or ziplock bag will protect it from the elements and yourself ☺
    • Camera (when allowed)
    • Water bottle or hydration pack
    • Binoculars
    • Insect repellant
    • Bandana or two
    • Sunscreen and lip balm – apply often and liberally
    • Small flashlight – night port-a-let visits can be troublesome and it’s inevitable that someone will drop something when it gets dark
    • Blanket or collapsible chair – check to make sure chairs are allowed
    • Any meds you might need
    • Map of the grounds and schedule for the festival (or download it beforehand)
    • Zipock bags in case of rain and to easily locate items
    • If you can bring food – energy or granola bars – festival prices are notoriously high with long lines
    • Hand sanitizer and toilet paper/wet wipes – trust us on this one
    • Koozie – because a cold beverage is a better beverage
    • Photo ID, insurance card, cash and credit/debit card – bring more cash than you think you need
    • Rain Jacket or Poncho – when it rains, it pours
    • Jacket or sweatshirt – in case it gets chilly at night
  9. Goodwill and consideration for others
Have a great time!


Campout Festival Checklist

Many festivals offer camping, which is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the festival experience. Be sure to check if you need to book a spot in advance, as some camping areas sell out prior to the event, and be sure to arrive early for the widest choice of campsites. Here are some additional items you will want to consider for camping:

  • Tents, poles, sleeping bag, pillow and sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Camping stove, extra canister, pans, utensils, plates and cups
  • Food and snacks
  • Headlamp and / or lantern
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, towel, soap, shampoo
  • Bag for used clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Portable phone charger
  • Extra hoodie/sweater – in tends to get cold at night
  • Cooler with lots of ice
  • Ear plugs
  • Water
  • Extra clothing
  • Tarp or pop up canopy for shade
  • Garbage bags
  • Flag to find your tent
An added tip -
  • In the summer, store your valuables in the car during the day, but store everything else in your tent. It will be much cooler.


Kids Love Festivals Too!

Festivals aren’t just for grown-ups anymore. Many events now welcome families. There are often open spaces for kids to run around, bands and even events catering to the young and young-at-heart. Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare for a smooth festival experience with kids.

If your kids haven’t camped before, make sure that your family is comfortable sleeping in a tent before you buy your tickets. A backyard campout can serve this purpose and, as a bonus, you’ll have practiced setting up your tent before you arrive at the campground.

  • Make a note of the best places available for families to camp before you arrive. Some campgrounds are divided into sections for family and quiet camping areas with noise restrictions. You will likely want to stay away from drum circles and places where festival-goers participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Pack familiar foods that your kids like – don’t depend on finding something they’ll enjoy eating at the festival.
  • Plan for a few activities to keep your children occupied such as books, coloring books, games or balls.
  • Don’t forget your child’s favorite cuddly toys or a blanket that they like snuggling with so they’ll feel more at home in the tent.
  • Noise protection earmuffs are an absolute must for sensitive ears.
  • Don’t forget a first aid kit with antiseptics, bandaids, something for upset stomachs, sunburn, and whatever else you think you may need.
  • Wet wipes can serve all kinds of purposes, from their traditional use to removing facepaint before the kids crawl into their sleeping bags.
  • Have a plan in case you and the kids are separated and be sure they understand it.