Texas Travel

June Events: Summer Festivals

By Abi Grise 6.1.18

This summer’s festival lineup looks pretty sweet! Get all the juicy details on family-friendly events around Texas right here — including the delectable Texas Blueberry Festival, Tomato Fest, and Hopkins County Dairy Festival.

South Texas

4th Annual Pre-Colombian Rumba, June 24, Houston

Break out your dancing shoes! Trader’s Village is hosting a family-friendly event with South American flair. Whether you want to show off your moves or tap your foot, there will be live music and plenty of opportunities to dance. For an extra spin, explore the kid’s rides. Don’t leave without taste-testing foods from the state fair.

Big Bang Corpus Christi, June 30–July 4, Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi’s Fourth of July weekend is so popular, they’ve planned two fireworks locations along the bay. But first, watch the patriotic parade of dazzling floats down Shoreline Boulevard. Then, witness Harbor Bridge be transformed by a choreographed light show. Stop by the Kids Zone for bounce houses and a petting zoo.

North Texas

Celebrate Highland Village, June 2, Highland Village

Leave it to Highland Village to kick off summer with favorite outdoor activities, including a 1K/5K, family fish-out, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show at Unity Park. Bring a blanket and bug spray. Don’t miss the Arbor Day Proclamation, where Texas native redbud trees will be given away.

Hopkins County Dairy Festival, June 8–16, Sulphur Springs

Churn it up! Be prepared to stay out pasture bedtime for this celebration of Hopkins County’s thriving dairy industry. The theme? “Party Till the Cows Come Home.” Hoof it downtown to catch the parade and 5K. And try your hand at the utterly awesome milking contest. The homemade ice cream contest is also pretty sweet.

Central Texas

Blanco Lavender Festival, June 8–10, Blanco

Head to Blanco for the best smelling event in Texas. Learn about growing, sustaining, and using lavender for landscaping, cooking, and aromatherapy. Tour local farms hosting special events throughout the countryside. And get a whiff of locally made foods and products at the Lavender Market.

Holland Corn Festival, June 14–16, Holland

Pop into Holland for a weekend of deliciously corny fun. The Holland Corn Festival has fields of entertainment, including a parade, 5K, and annual barbecue cook-off. Get competitive with corn seed-spitting, corn-eating, corn-bobbing, and corn-throwing contests. Stay all ears for nightly concerts.

Boerne Berges Fest, June 15–17, Boerne

Just in time for Father’s Day, the Boerne Berges Fest is the perfect way to say “Guten tag!” to summer. Celebrate your real or imaginary German heritage with an old-fashioned community parade, traditional folk bands, and carnival rides. Check out the wiener dogs at the dachshund races and practice your underhand throw at the egg toss.

East Texas

Tomato Fest, June 9, Jacksonville

Goodbye, Jacksonville. Hello, Tomatoville. Tomato Fest celebrates Texas’ favorite ruby produce with eating, peeling, and packing contests. For good clean fun, have your kids enter the poster-making contest. For messy fun, take them to the tomato archery stations. Browse the farmers market and don’t miss the Chili’s Street Dance. Warning: The salsa competition can get spicy.

Texas Blueberry Festival, June 9, Nacogdoches

This Texas Forest Country festival is quite the pick. Head to historic downtown Nacogdoches to celebrate the annual blueberry harvest, with bluegrass and country music, pie-eating contests, and arts and crafts for the kids. Hop on a shuttle to pick your own berries right off the bush at nearby farms.

West Texas

Robert E. Howard Days, June 8–9, Cross Plains

Kick off a summer of reading with a celebration of one of Texas’ most treasured pulp fiction writers. Step inside Howard’s world with free tours of his house and museum. Join the fish fry after if you’ve worked up an appetite. And soak in the spectacle of all things Conan the Barbarian, including a barbarian parade, readings, board games, and more.

San Angelo Lion’s Balloonfest, June 15–17, San Angelo

We’re not full of hot air when we say this family event is a weekend of pure fun. Walk through a majestic wonderland of glowing hot air balloons Friday and Saturday nights. During the day, you can jam out to the Armadillo Republic Jazz Band or watch the Chip Tae Kwon Do demonstration. End your weekend waving bon voyage to pilots in the balloon flight competition.

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