Friday, October 22, 2021


Headed down Texas way? Some events you may want to attend

Here, courtesy of the 2019 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, is a rundown of some pretty great festivals and events coming this year to the Lone Star state.

— Cajun Catfish Festival in Conroe: This annual event, scheduled for Oct. 11–13, includes Cajun and Texas music on three stages all weekend, plus a unique variety of food including catfish, boudin, gator, etouffee, jambalaya and crawfish pie. The event also includes arts and crafts vendors and a kid-zone area with activities for children and a special performance stage for local dance teams.

— General Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville: The 15-acre Sam Houston Memorial Museum is transformed into a frontier setting for this May 17–19 event, which includes educational reenactments, music and crafts.

— Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview: This event, set for July 26-28, includes a 5K run, evening balloon glow events, live music and ring toss competitions. Of course, the event also includes balloon race competitions, including a “Young Guns” balloon race competition created for young pilots who are 29 and under, have a balloon pilot’s license, and a minimum of 25 hours flying prior to July 26.

— Lamesa’s Original Chicken-Fried Steak Festival & Balloon Rally: This event, scheduled for April 27–28 at Forrest Park in Lamesa, features a chicken fried steak cooking competition, food booths, and decorative hot air balloons that take off each morning at sunrise.

— National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in Lubbock: This annual event, slated for Sept. 7–9, features Western entertainers, storytelling, poetry as well as film and movie seminars, horse handling demonstrations, a horse-themed parade, a youth Wild West Day and a national championship chuck wagon cookoff. The event also includes Native American presentations and exhibits of Western artwork and merchandise.

— National Polka Festival in Ennis: This May 24-26 event celebrates Czech heritage with polka music and dancing, traditional costumes, Czech food, a parade and family fun.

— Polish Festival Days in Bremond: This June 21-22 event in the “Polish Capital of Texas” includes Polish food, music and dancing.

— Shrimporee in Aransas Pass: This annual event, scheduled for June 7–9 at Johnson Community Park, includes live entertainment, dancing and plenty of shrimp as well as a parade, an outhouse race, carnival games, arts and crafts and a Miss Shrimporee Pageant.

— Terlingua Chili Cookoff in Terlingua: The town of Terlingua is the site of two major chili cookoffs, including the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship, which takes place Oct. 28 – Nov. 2. For more information, visit and

— Texas Onion Fest in Weslaco: This March 23 event celebrates the development of the Texas 1015 Onion in Weslaco. Activities include an onion eating contest, arts and crafts, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and a Miss Texas Onion Fest Pageant.

— Texas State Festival of Ethnic Cultures in Ballinger: This April 27 event includes a parade, a bike fest, handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, music and food.

— Tri-State Festival & Rodeo in Amarillo: This annual event, set for Sept. 13–21, includes activities for all ages, including carnival rides, games and activities, a parade, live music and thrilling rodeo action.


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