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Guide to Favorite {Drive-Worthy} Summer Texas Festivals

Guide to Favorite Drive-Worthy Summer Texas Festivals

It’s that time of year again! Schools are out and families are planning their vacays and making their lists of things-to-do this summer.  Here you will find a list of festivals in Texas.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list.  In reality, there are so many I would never be able t0 list them all here.  I did highlight a few that sounded interesting to me.  I also included a link at the bottom of this post in case you would like to look further for something else.

You will see that some of these events are a bit far from the Corpus Christi area.  In these cases, they could be a wonderful addition to a trip that you are already taking or they could make for a fun trip all on their own!

Guide to Favorite Drive-Worthy Summer Texas Festivals


June 2-3, 2017 / Yoakum, Texas (2 hour drive): 89th Annual Tom Tom Festival — Originated in honor of Yoakum’s tomato industry.  This festival has a craft show, live music, bbq cook-off, parade and rodeo.  (No admission fee into park, no coolers allowed.)

June 3, 2017 / San Marcos, Texas (3 hour drive ): Wimberley Glassworks 25th Fest — Glassblowing, wine tasting, and craft beer.  The event will even have a FREE concert with blues pianist, Marcia Ball and the Marcia Ball Band. (FREE)

June 9-11, 2017 / Aransas Pass, Texas (1 hr drive): 69th Annual Shrimporee — live entertainment, dancing, culinary events, and carnival ride.  (Tickets available for purchase.)

June 10, 2017 / Nacogdoches, Texas (5+ hour drive, East Texas):  Texas Blueberry Festival — The main event is Saturday, June 10th, but there are other activities to participate in starting June 8th. Check out the website if this is something that interests you.  (Many activities are FREE.)

June 10, 2017 / Texas City, Texas (4 hour drive): Texas City Kite Festival — single line kite events, drone racing, and hydrofoil ride with kites in the bay. (See their page for registration info.)

June 16-18, 2017 / Boerne, Texas (3 hour drive): Boerne Berg Fest — For a bit of German culture in America.  Parade, German folk bands, dachshund races, carnival rides, and more.  (FREE)

June 24, 2017 / Bandera, Texas (3+ hour drive): Bandera River Fest — Kayak races, exhibits, water games, river rodeo, food booths, arts & crafts, car show, music, paddle boats, cook-off, and a Great Hill Country Anything That Floats Regatta.  (See website for ticket information.)

June 24, 2017 / Luckenbach, Texas (3+ hour drive): Hill Country Food Truck Festival — Hill Country food trucks, Texas wineries, and live music.  ($15 per person. Kids 12 and under FREE.)

June 30-July 4, 2017 / Corpus Christi, Texas – 2017 Lone Star Gourd Festival — Fireworks (in two locations.) parade, kid zone, food truck court, and harbor bridge light show.  Schedule is updated daily so be sure to check back.  (Appears to be FREE  admission.)


July 7-8, 2017 / Three Rivers, Texas (1+ hour drive ): Big Bang Salsa Fest — Two stages with continuous music, miscellaneous acts, salsa tasting, children’s activities, food and craft vendors, and a fireworks display. (FREE)

July 8, 2017 / Weatherford, Texas (6+ hour drive): Parker County Peach Festival — This festival has live music, kids activities, craft, food, and activity booths.   ($5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.)

July 27-29, 2017 / Clute, Texas (3+ hour drive, South of Houston):   The Great Texas Mosquito Festival — Seriously y’all… I had to include this one.  The name itself just drew me in.  If you want, you can to jump straight to the schedules of events to see if there is anything you would like to participate in.  You will find music, a mosquito chase 5K run, washer throwing tournament, bbq and fajita cookout, and so much more. (Check out the ticket info for your specific needs.)


August 3-6, 2017 / Schulenburg, Texas (3 hour drive): Schulenburg Festival — Live music, chili cook-off, golf tournament, food booths, softball tournament, 5K run, arts and crafts and SO much more.  (Tickets available.)

August 12, 2017 / Austin, Texas (3+ hour drive): Austin Ice Cream Festival — Games, contests and live entertainment. (Tickets available for purchase on June 29th, space is limited to 150 people.)

August 12-13, 2017 / Navasota, Texas (4 hour drive): Navasota Blues Fest — If listening to blues music is your thing, this would make for a great weekend get-a-way. (Tickets available for purchase)

August 16-20, 2017 / New Braunfels, Texas (2+ hour drive): 2017 2017 Lone Star Gourd Festival — Raffle, gourd art competition, gourd art demonstrations, children’s corner, vendor booths, and gourd classes.  (Adults $5. Children 17 and under are FREE)

Personal Note:

*Everfest was a helpful page.  They listed tons and tons of events, with date and location for easy perusing.  If you click on an event, be sure to click on the link, “visit official website.” It’s near the top of the page on the left and will take you to the specific event details.  I did notice that some of the dates on the preview page did not match the actual event date.  Consequently, be sure to look at that carefully as well.  


*All driving distance are just estimates.  Please check your favorite mapping program to get distances from your specific location.)

*Please double-check all event details before heading out to attend to be sure no major changes have been made to dates and times.

If you happen to attend one of these events, please check back and let me know how it went!

What’s your favorite Summer Texas Festival?

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