Upcoming Texas Music Festivals & Events

Because of the situation that we all are facing, certainly many, if not all, of the events in our calendar are now cancelled. We will try to update the calendar after a few weeks when we have a better idea of the state of our country's health and how we must proceed with our interactions.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

Here are some select upcoming fun Texas events near you - carnivals, festivals, music concerts, rodeos, chili cookoffs, and more - to get on your calendar. These Texas festivals and events are typically multi-day events with lots of fun things to keep you and the kids entertained. Keep coming back because on a weekly and monthly basis we add new Texas carnivals, rodeos, music festivals, and more to the calendar.

Have fun! If you know of an event that you think we should add to the Texas Events Calendar or if you are planning an event you would like to have included on the upcoming events calendar, send us an email.

You should also check out:

  • Music and Event Reviews - our write-up of some of the fun events that we have attended - these articles will help you decide if you want to attend one of these fun festivals and music events

Read Texas Outside's Reviews & Articles About These Festivals


January Events & Festivals

Trail of Lights


January 1 - 3

The most beloved, and longest running holiday tradition of its kind is this year a drive-thru event which will welcome hundreds of thousands of guests from Central Texas and around the world for its magical display of lights.

Yagas Chili Quest & Beer Fest


January 15 - 16

This event includes chili cook off, chili tasting, beer fest, and 5K fun run. The past 11 years have brought together chili and beer lovers.

El Paso Puzzler Endurance Bike Race

El Paso

January 17

What a great race that any mountain biker wouldn't want to miss. The Puzzler challenges its riders with 6,200 feet of climb to the northern end of the Franklin Mountain State Park. Racers choose from 50, 35, 15 or 2-mile races.


February Events & Festivals

Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party

New Braunfels

February 7

Earn a football trophy in your age group, then enjoy music, food, and Texas-size tailgating. A new Kids 1K has been added for this year. After all the races make sure you head to Mozie's to watch the game.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

San Antonio

February 11 - 28

For 14 consecutive years this event was awarded the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year and attracts the world's best rodeo athletes and bucking stock. you will see world-class entertainment, family-friendly educational activities and exhibits, a carnival, shopping, and horse and livestock shows.

Ice Breaker Car Race


February 19 - 21

This is Abilene's only car racing dirt track ready for the Ice Breaker Race.


March Events & Festivals

Rattlesnake Roundup


March 11 -14

This event has become quite a draw and has grown over its 18-year history. Visitors can choose from a great number of snake-themed things to do including a parade with snake through downtown and a carnival..

Texas Storytelling Festival


March 11 - 14

This event is dedicated to fostering the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art, and an educational tool. A handful of storytellers and listeners gather to participate in the ancient art of storytelling, workshops on how to tell stories and showcase nationally known storytellers.

Outlaws and Legends Festival


March 19 - 20

The 10th Anniversary Outlaws & Legends Music Festival which was postponed last year, benefits Ben Richey Boys Ranch, will return to The Back Porch of Texas. Only the purists in Country and Texas Country music will perform to an average 8,800 music fans, more than 340 RVs, 40 Tailgates, and 520 VIP patrons from all over the U.S. and overseas.


April Events & Festivals

Poteet Strawberry Festival


April 11 -14

The festival has 14 areas of continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Country Western and Tejano stars, regional bands, gunslingers, carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances.

Texas Cotton Gin Museum Festival


April 17

In almost every corner of Texas cotton has influenced our history. In Burton sits the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin, the Oldest Operating Cotton Gin in America. Step back in time at this small town Texas festival which is FREE, family friendly, and features a parade, tractor pull, music, contests, games, arts, crafts, food, drink, & antique engine, tractor & classic car shows.

Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival


April 19 -24

This five-day celebration of Texas music, Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival brings together approximately 65,000 people to Melody Ranch for some of the best country music around, along with camping, eating, drinking and general Texas friendliness. The festival also features a famous Chili Cookoff that benefits local charities.

Fortress Festival

Ft Worth

April 24 - 25

This newcomer to the Texas scene, the debut Fortress Festival made a big splash in Fort Worth. The inspiration is to bring together local and national talents together at unusual venues around the Cultural District of downtown Fort Worth.










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Content for these pages comes from multiple sources including: Festivals of Texas, Texas Music Office, event promoters, and other sources


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