Texas Travel

May Events: Family Field Trips

By Abi Grise 4.30.18

School is out. Speedboat races, Maypole dances, and ice cream-churning competitions are in. Why not escape for a day? Take your kiddos to these family-friendly events; they might even learn a thing or two during summer break (but … shh … don’t tell them that).

South Texas

Texas Crab Festival, May 11–13, Crystal Beach

Scuttle down to Crystal Beach for a crustacean celebration. This beloved festival boasts an ocean of seafood, music, and fun activities. You might enjoy getting tangled up in the Crab Legs Contest or crab-walking (or running) the 5K Fun Run. Want something low-key? Check out coastal artist booths or relax along the Gulf’s killer beaches. Pro tip: Pinch those pennies. Come Sunday, when admission is free!

Armed Forces River Parade, May 19, San Antonio

Don’t miss San Antonio River Walk’s star-spangled celebration, which will include representatives from all five branches of the military. Set out your folding chair early to secure a prime spot to check out the patriotic floats and jam to American-themed music.

North Texas

Plano AsiaFest, May 5, Plano

Look forward to lions, dragons, and dance. This is a hands-on cultural event for the whole family. Watch dancers perform in mystical costumes, then kick it up a notch with jaw-dropping martial arts demonstrations. Stop by the new Children’s Corner to learn Chinese words, paint, and play musical instruments.

Cottonwood Art Festival, May 5–6, Richardson

Inspire your summer with more than 240 jury-selected artists’ collections in scenic Cottonwood Park. The festival includes every medium, from pastels to leather. Drop by the ArtStop Children’s Area with your pint-size Picassos to sculpt clay on a real potter’s wheel and contribute to a group collage.

Central Texas 

Brenham Maifest, May 4–5, Brenham

Pack your lederhosen and hit the road for one of the most popular German-heritage festivals in Texas. Nearly every year since 1881, Brenham Maifest has celebrated color and youth with mesmerizing “maipole” dances, old-style bratwursts, and polka-dotted parades.

Pecan Street Festival, May 5–6, Austin

We’re nuts about the 41st annual Pecan Street Festival, which hosts more than 600 visual artists and musicians in the heart of Austin’s entertainment district. Tune into musical acts ranging from rock’n’roll to Latin funk, give carnival rides a whirl with the kids, and be sure to grab some grub from the world’s largest cookout grill. All proceeds go back to the community by supporting artists, youths, and homeless individuals.

East Texas

Port Neches RiverFest, May 2–6, Port Neches

Splash into summer with five days of celebrating life on the water. Don’t miss a minute of the action at the Neches tunnel boat races. Or reel it in at the community fishing tournaments. Thanks to a fun run, pet show, live music, carnival rides, treasure hunts, and boat races, this festival has something for everyone at every speed. Pro tip: Float on in Sunday with free entry.

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28, Sugar Land

Over Memorial Day weekend, pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed everything for our country with a patriotic ceremony in Sugar Land. The event will be both commemorative and educational, with a flag ceremony, moving music, military exhibits, and guest speakers — courageous veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

West Texas

Stephens County Frontier Days & Bob Drake Memorial Chuckwagon Cook-Off, May 4–5, Breckenridge

Do, re, mi! The Breckenridge Idol Competition is taking the stage at the Stephen’s County Frontier Days this year. Along with catchy tunes and dance moves, the festival will include two days of Breckenridge’s finest Western cooking, Cow Patty Bingo, and The Great Pony Express Stick Horse Race.

Funtier Days & World Championship Bison Cook-off, May 18–19, Santa Anna

Bison fanatics — have you herd? The World Championship Bison Cook-off is just around the corner. Meat up with friends and family to sink your chops into the best barbecue bison brisket, beef brisket, pork ribs, and chicken on earth. Still feeling competitive? You can enter a volleyball tournament, or crank things up at the ice cream churn-off.

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