Upcoming Texas Music Festivals & 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

December Events & Festivals

Waco Wonderland


Dec 1 - Dec 2

In Waco you will find a Ferris wheel, live music, food, art vendors, carriage rides, visits with Santa, a holiday parade, and a snow hill for kids.

The 12 Days of Christmas


Dec 1 - Dec 31

This is the last year for this display at the arboretum so don't miss it. There will be 12 elaborately decorated Victorian gazebos where each depict a day in the Christmas carol along with festive music.

Winter Wonder Island


Dec 1 - Jan 12

This annual event includes Ice Land, Festival of Lights, and Dickens on the Strand.

Dallas Zoo Lights


Dec 1 - Jan 5

The zoo turns into a winter wonderland with nearly a million lights after the animals have turned in for the night.

Enchant: The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze


Dec 1 - Dec 30


Enjoy the ice skating, lighted Christmas mazes and displays, drinks, vendor village and visit with Santa.

Walkway of Lights

Marble Falls

Dec 1 - Jan 1

2 million lights, 400 sculptures, photos with Santa and more activities will keep you busy while celebrating the season.

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park


Dec 1 - Dec 31

While walking along the Llano River you will enjoy all the displays that light up the park.

Magic Winter Lights

La Marque

Dec 1 - Jan 6

This festival is one of the largest holiday lighting events in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind in the U.S. including eight fascinating themed sections: The Kingdom, The Village, The Dino, The East, Houston, The Globe, and the festival's newest sections - The Ice and The Sea.

Lost Pines Christmas


Dec 1-Dec 23

This month long holiday event features an old fashioned Main Street Christmas to a a dazzling nighttime holiday parade with food and wine and activities for the whole family.

North Pole Flyer

Cedar Park

December 1

A fun experience for children of all ages on this two hour steam train excursion featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, a sing a long, and treats.

Tropical Christmas


December 1

This 14th annual extravaganza kicking off the holiday season with fun, festivities, fireworks and more.  Among the featured events are an illuminated night parade, children’s programs, live entertainment, specialty vendors, food trucks, and a visit with “Tropical Santa”.



December 1 - 2

This 39th annual event brings an art market, night parade and fireworks sparkle with thousands of lights.

Cowboy Capital Christmas and Shoppers Jubilee


December 7 - 8

Enjoy a parade down Main Street, lights and music from children's choirs. Bandera stores are open late for holiday shopping, and the streets fill with strolling carolers, and musicians.

Zoo Nights and Lights


December 7 - 9

Enjoy live performances from local bands and choirs accompanying dazzling displays of 134 lighted animal and holiday fixtures along with 800 luminaria bags placed all around the zoo grounds.

Burton Christmas Village


December 8

Spend an afternoon full of Christmas spirit and join the Tannenbaum tour of several historic buildings and homes decked out for the holidays for. Explore the Christkindl Market with hand-crafted local items, baked goods and more at the Roy Winkler Family Pavilion. Soak up the holiday spirit with live music as kids decorate cookies, ornaments and gingerbread houses. Also, Santa will visit from 1-3 for festive photos!

Zipline Christmas Discount


December 2 - 26

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours is offering an outstanding discount between now and Christmas. Save $25 on a fun and exciting zipline canopy tour! What a fantastic Christmas gift. The gift certificate is good for a year but it's not available for purchase after December 26th.

Trail of Lights


December 10 - 23

This is one of Austin's largest events attracting an average of 400,000. Enjoy the 2 million lights, 65 displays, and 30 food trucks, three stages, and interactive experiences throughout the park.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar


December 13 - 24

This is the 43rd season of festive, holiday shopping experience for 12 days and nights. There are over 175 contemporary touring artists, award winners, and local favorites.

Holidays at the Heard


December 14-15

Guests will see lights and holiday decor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard's role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary's natural beauty.

Hill Country New Year's Festival


December 28-31


The celebration kicks off with a late lunch at Concan Grill before treats of s'mores and hot chocolate in the evening followed by the musical stylings of Condie Rogers. Also enjoy glow in the dark putting, a bounce house and snow machine in the evenings, and Saturday through Monday mornings can start the right way with yoga and mimosas. More celebrations and then movie night on the lawn before the show-stopping fireworks show. Great time to enjoy the lodging at Frio Country Resort, River Oaks Resort and more.


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February Events & Festivals





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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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