Long boasting the claim that Texas is “bigger than France!”, the Lone Star state is indeed close to 800 miles from tip to tip. This leaves plenty of room for big cities and small towns alike, both with more than their fair share of exciting Texas festivals worth visiting. Here are a few worth checking out:
1. Plano Balloon Festival: Held each September in the comfy city limits of Plano, Texas, attendees can look forward to seeing dozens upon dozens of hot air balloons float towards the heavens in the Texas big sky country. Skydivers and fireworks add even more flair to this exciting family event that is sure to create a striking memory.
2. Gruene Music and Wine Festival: Kick up your heels at the famous Gruene Dance Hall as country and western swing bands play until the early hours, and don’t forget to sample some of the oh-so-tasty grape offerings from the heart of Texas wine country. A Texas tradition!
3. Austin City Limits: Everyone from Tom Petty to Stevie Wonder has rocked this long running Austin institution, sprouted from the legendary PBS television show. Currently taking over the live music capital of the world for not one but two weekends each and every fall, ACL is a rite of passage for both Texas visitors and locals alike.
4. Turkeyfest: The rural destination of Cuero, Texas hosts the annual Turkeyfest, complete with the Great Gobbler Gallop, a lengthy run for charity. The jalapeño eating contest is sure to make even the most hearty of spice fan feel the heat, and ole timey camp cooking demonstrations offer turkey recipes for your home away from the (kitchen) range.
5. Texas Blueberry Festival: Nacogdoches may be tough to say and even harder to spell, but this Texas town is real easy on the eyes each and every June when the annual Blueberry Festival fills the streets. From pancakes to pie, everyone’s favorite berry ensure a sweet day of family fun for all.