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WHAT TO DO: May 2018

Updated: 2 days ago

Take advantage of cool(er) weather this month before it gets Texas hot! These are the must-do events around the state for the month of May!

May 3

Cruisin' Nocona: Downtown Nocona

Take a car cruise through the scenic North Texas Hill Country. Approximately 90 miles round trip. After returning to downtown Nocona, participants parading their cars through town. This event is followed by two days (Friday and Saturday) of car auctions by Vicari Auctions.

Spring Artisans Market: Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria

Hand-designs by regional artisans will be on display along with demonstrations and tea hour snacks.

May 4-5

West Texas Heritage Days: Fort McKavett State Historic Site in Fort McKavett

Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-room schoolhouse lesson, frontier woodworking, weavers, seamstresses and much more.

May 5

Airing of the Quilts: Downtown Huntsville

Airing of the Quilts , Texas’ Oldest Outdoor Quilt Show and Market features quilts hanging around the courthouse and throughout the downtown. Vendors will be present with an array of unique offerings.

Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival: Tyler

Experience the best of Texas BBQ and Texas Red Dirt Music in Downtown Tyler!

May 10-13

Western Heritage Classic: Abilene

To preserve the heritage of the ranch cowboy, this event features a parade, world’s largest bit and spur show, western art, chuckwagon cook-off, ranch rodeo, nightly dances, invitational ranch horse sale, Ranch Horse Association of America (RHAA) Working Ranch Horse Competition, children's rodeo events and lots of family fun!

May 12

Old Settlers' Day: Floydada

Floydada’s pioneer day isn’t just for early settlers and their descendants— it’s a full day of fun, with museum visits, festival games, quilt show, barbecue cook off, classic car show, vendor booths, great food, parade, street dance, and local music. And, hey, don’t forget to buy your tickets for Cow Patty Bingo.

May 18-19

Western Frontier Days 2018: Fort Lancaster State Historic Site in Sheffield

Join us as Fort Lancaster comes alive with soldiers, pioneers, chuck wagons, camels, livestock, a stagecoach, and much more. Learn about life at this historic military fort with a variety of living history stations and experience a typical day on the Texas frontier.

May 19-20

Elgin Art Tour: Downtown Elgin

Meet local artists at their downtown studios. Learn about art, techniques, and inspirations.

May 20

Funtier Days & World Championship Bison Cookoff: Santa Anna

Cookers from all over the Lone Star State and beyond test their recipes and their reputations not just on beef, chicken, and pork but on buffalo. The event is sanctioned by the Texas Bison Association and by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. Partnered with Funtier Days, featuring a 5K run, arts and crafts, games, rides, homemade pies and ice creams, and of course, Buffalo. This event is one for the whole family.

May 25-28

Bandera Regulars Memorial Day Ride: Bandera

Gates open on Thursday, with sign up on Friday including a "cowboy fixin's meal." Saturday morning the ride begins through the hill country and wraps up with a parade through town on Sunday.

May 26-27

ArtFest Weekend: Port Aransas

This weekend festival sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center features artist booths with original works for sale in all mediums. Music and food are available at this family friendly event to be held at the Jerry McDonald Field.

May 28-July 18

Alpine Cowboys Baseball: Kokernot Field in Alpine

Alpine's tradition of small-town professional baseball began in the 1940s and continues today at the beautiful, historic Kokernot Field, the "best little ballpark in Texas." The o6 Alpine Cowboys compete in the Pecos League against teams from New Mexico and Colorado.

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