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  • Brittany Varner

WHAT TO DO: November 2018

Updated: 2 days ago

November is another glorious busy month here in the Lone Star State. With the winter holidays right around the corner, there are some fun festivals and events for y'all to enjoy. So read on and we hope y'all enjoy the month of November!

November 1st - Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center

50th Anniversary

Langtry, Tx

Judge Roy Bean. "The Law West of the Pecos". Come help celebrate the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center's 50th Anniversary at this public event and learn about this legendary lawman.

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November 2 - November 4


George West, Tx

Since 1989, the art and tradition of storytelling has been celebrated around the Live Oak County Courthouse square in downtown George West, the "Storytelling Capital of Texas." This Texas tradition includes storytellers, musicians, delicious food, arts, & crafts, vendors, children's area, petting zoo, living history exhibits and more.

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November 3rd

World's Championship Shrimp Cookoff

Port Isabel, Tx

The 25th annual World's Championship Shrimp Cookoff includes dozens of contestants and thousands of attendees who are treated to world-famous shrimp recipes. The festival includes great food and a variety of vendors, live music, activities for kids of all ages, original artwork, gifts and collectibles.

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November 7- November 11

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

Harlingen, Texas

In its 25th year, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival draws birders from near and far for the chance to find birds unique to the area. The Birding Festival promises exciting field trips into the Rio Grande Valley's diverse habitat led by seasoned guides, workshops and lectures by professional speakers, children's activities, a bustling trade show and ample opportunities to mingle and enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

November 9- December 31

Santa's Wonderland

College Station, Texas

Hayrides, horse and carriage tours, live music, shopping, Frost-Bites Food Village, Cozy Campfires, Santa and more.

November 9- November 11

The 57th Annual Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Salado, Texas

Visit the longest-running Scottish gathering in Texas. Experience authentic Scottish athletic events. Highland dancing, piping and drumming plus plenty of food and arts for all.

November 10th

Heritage Syrup Festival

Henderson, Texas

Begun in November 1989, this unique fall festival is centered around the making of sugar-cane syrup. The festival is held on the seven-acre grounds of the Depot Museum and the 10 blocks in the National Register Historic Downtown District. Come watch as experienced syrup makers operate the museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce old fashioned cane syrup.

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November 10th

Fort Martin Scott Treaty Day

Fredericksburg, Texas

A day of living history celebrates the Fort Martin Scott Treaty of 1850. Witness soldiers, Texas Rangers, scouts and interpreters as they prepare to leave the frontier post for the Indian Treaty Grounds on the San Saba River.

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November 10th

67th Annual German Sausage Festival

Umbarger, Texas

The historic St. Mary's Catholic Church, with its POW-created murals, is open for viewing during this long-running annual festival featuring sausage, sauerkraut, bread and trimmings. Baked goods, baby quilts, gift items, canned goods and handmade religious items are some of the products made by members to sell on festival day.

November 16- November 17

Ranch Hand Festival

Kingsville, Texas

Ranch Hand Festival honors the city's ranching heritage, featuring food, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more. Local museums, artists, businesses, community organizations, vendors and Texas A&M-Kingsville work together to provide cowboy-themed entertainment. The event also kicks off Kingsville's La Posada holiday celebration.

November 16- November 17

Artwalk Alpine

Alpine, Texas

A two-day free arts festival that fills Alpine's galleries and streets with visual surprises and spirited live music.

November 17th- Ranch Hand Breakfast

Kingsville, Texas

Park downtown, take the free shuttle bus to the King Ranch, and enjoy an authentic, hearty cowboy breakfast, cooked and served outdoors at historic King Ranch. Team roping and old-time camp cooking demonstrations will be part of the morning's activities, along with storytelling and musical entertainment.

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November 17- November 18

Sacred Springs Powwow

San Marcos, Texas

This celebration has been part of San Marcos for thousands of years. Native dancers gather in their hand-crafted native regalia, and booths with authentic Native American arts and food are featured.

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November 23 - January 4, 2019

Holiday Lights on the San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio, Texas

Visitors to the San Antonio River Walk can enjoy some of the most beautiful holiday lights in the state. The lights are on from dusk to dawn for everyone to enjoy as they stroll along the historic River Walk.

November 24 - Early January 2019

Christmas Capital of Texas

Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine is the perfect place to create Christmas memories with over 14,000 Christmas events to enjoy.

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November 29- December 28

36th Annual Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes

Jefferson, Texas

Enjoy touring historic homes in Jefferson that are lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Tickets available online at (

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November 30 - December 2

Dickens on the Strand

Galveston, Texas

Galveston's holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wages from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victoria-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday, decorations and gift items.

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