When the weather gets warm, the people of (and outside of!) Texas like to take advantage of all the outdoors have to offer. Spring and summer in Texas mean a festival or special event taking place nearly every weekend and for nearly every interest. In a state as big as Texas, there are over 268,820 square miles to enjoy and discover. Read on to find out what is happening in the next few months in the Lone Star State in events and festivals.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Beginning in April 2023, you can discover a village of things to do at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. In its 42nd year, the festival spans several weekends. About thirty minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth, you can immerse yourself in a magical kingdom filled with kings, queens, fairies, and elves. Enjoy themed weekends and period food, as well as a lively artisan marketplace. From live entertainment and demonstrations to mead and wine tastings, this festival has something outdoors for everyone.
Main Street Fest
In historic downtown Grapevine in mid-May, you can visit the Main Street Fest, a Craft Brew Experience. This three-day festival is packed with live music, craft beverages, great food, shopping, and more. You’ll be able to sip over 100 brews from 50 different breweries. This is the 39th annual Main Street Fest, located northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth.
Texas Blueberry Festival
Held the second Saturday in June in Nacogdoches, the 33rd Annual Texas Blueberry Festival attracts more than 19,000 people each year for live music, auto exhibits, shopping, and blueberry picking. Eat blueberry pancakes while you watch the pet parade, and make sure you take home some fresh blueberries from this fun festival experience.
The festival starts with a free, family-friendly concert on Friday night at Festival Park downtown.
Denton Juneteenth Celebration
The first recorded celebration of Juneteenth took place in Denton in 1892! However, for over 50 years, the event has been sponsored by the Denton Juneteenth Organizing Committee. Come celebrate and commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States at this impactful festival. Held each year in June in Fred Moore Park, the celebration includes a parade, live performances, and sporting events.
If music is your literal jam, you should not miss out on Float Fest in Gonzales, Texas, on the Guadalupe. Festival goers can cool off in between or during musical acts in the river, camp on the grounds, and experience true Texas outdoor living on a 765-acre ranch. This unique festival attracts a lot of college students from nearby San Antonio and Austin.
State Fair of Texas
From September 9-October 22, 2023, you can visit the State Fair of Texas. See the iconic 55-foot cowboy, Big Tex, and help to celebrate 137 years of the fair. Located just outside of Dallas, the State Fair of Texas takes place on the ground of Fair Park. Here, you can see exhibits, eat fabulous food, enjoy games and rides, and hear free live music.
Plano International Festival
Celebrate world culture at the Plano International Festival in mid-October 2023. This festival offers free admission and is located at Haggard Park in Plano. The International Festival has been celebrating diversity and inclusion for nearly 20 years and now celebrates 100 cultures in one day.
Watch a naturalization ceremony, see the beautiful parade of flags, and take in multicultural dance and music while you munch on bites from around the world in an ethnic food court.
Take Advantage of Texas Festivals
There is a festival for everyone. Get out there and explore! Want to create your own festival or fun event in Texas? Make it easy on your guests and see how The Texas Loo can add value for your visitors. Create a comfortable restroom station for their privacy, and you’ll be sure to see repeat engagement each year!