The oldest continuously operated county fair in Texas features pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival, nightly concerts, agricultural and home products displays, mutton busting, domino tourney, and more. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 25-28.
Harvest time means it’s time to turn your feet purple as the winery hosts a grape stomp with music and other activities. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 27-28.
Becker Vineyards, Stonewall
Kick your shoes off and get squishy with a barrel of grapes along with games, tours, food, and a lot of fun. Sat., Aug. 20 & 27, 11am-5pm.
Fall Creek Vineyards & Ranch, Tow
A long list of the area’s best restaurants will donate a portion of your bill to local food banks when you make reservations and ask for the HRW menu. Daily through Sept. 5.
Various locations, Houston
Join the wreath-laying ceremony at the President’s grave at 10am followed by free tours of the Texas White House. Admission to the LBJ Library in Austin will also be free. Free.
Sip a cold margarita, sample salsa from around the state, and enjoy good country music. 6pm. $36.
Along with special events there will be free admission to all national parks. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 25-28. Free.
412 locations around the country
A full slate of quarter horse and thoroughbred races thunder around the track with gates opening at 11am and post time at 1pm. Sat.-Sun., July 16-17, Aug. 13-14, 27-28.
Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Fredericksburg
A traveling exhibit of more than 40 rare photos documents the lives of the Comanche chief and his mother. Aug. 27-Oct. 10.
Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, Dripping Springs
Take a tour of the archaeological site where evidence suggests that humans have lived for more than 13,000 years and find out why this spot was so important to our ancestors. Preregistration required. 8:30am. $10.