Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

'Tis the season for day-tripping

As we head into the holidays there is lots to do, and Christmas lights begin to twinkle on the horizon.

Texas Johnny Boy helps celebrate the blues legend Robert Johnson. (Photo Courtesy of San Antonio Blues Society)

On Nov. 23, 1936, Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson recorded a landmark album at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. The San Antonio Blues Society marks the anniversary by showcasing the music from the Mississippi Delta. This year’s show features Texas Johnny Boy, the Mighty Orq, and the S.A. Blue Cats.

Nov. 19, Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio, www.samsburgerjoint.com/calendar

American bald eagles and several other species of birds can be seen from the deck of the triple-decker cruise boat.

Each year eagles and other migratory birds spend the winter around Lake Buchanan outside of Burnet. Vanishing Texas River Cruises offers trips around the lake to see the high-flying winter Texans November through March. The tours provide a heated deck, lunch, and knowledgeable guides. They also offer kayaking tours of the lake’s hidden coves.

Begins Nov. 19, Vanishing Texas River Cruises, Burnet, www.vtrc.com

Travel Notes:

Water is a scarce resource with the drought to flood cycles in the Hill Country. Discover how you can make a difference at the 2016 Rainwater Revival at Dripping Springs Ranch on Nov. 5. The free festival mixes education with art, music, and fun.
www.hillcountryalliance.org/rainwaterrevival

Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel will be the headlining act at the Round Up Pavilion Hall in LaGrange at a fundraiser for the Texas Dance Hall Preservation. The elite polka band the Ennis Czech Boys will open the show that starts at 8pm in the historic dance hall at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Funds raised help support historic dance halls around the state.
Nov. 12, Round Up Pavilion Hall, LaGrange, www.texasdancehall.org/special-events

Get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. In 1967, the hippie generation descended on the Bay Area to wear flowers in their hair and groove to the music and art. The San Francisco Travel Association has put together a list of happenings at www.summeroflove2017.com.

Other November Events:

CASI Terlingua Chili Championship
Nov. 1-5, Terlingua, www.casichili.net

Wurstfest
Nov. 4-13, New Braunfels, www.wurstfest.com

Turkish Festival
Nov. 5-6, Houston, www.houstonturkishfest.com

Wimberley Alive! Music and Arts Festival
Nov. 10-13, Wimberley, www.wimberleyalive.org

Scottish Festival/Highland Games
Nov. 11-13, Salado, www.salado.com

Heritage Syrup Festival
Nov. 12, Henderson, www.visithendersontx.com

Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow
Nov. 12-13, Houston, www.tradersvillage.com

Night in Old Pearl City
Nov. 19, Turner Hall, Pearl City, www.pearlcitydanceclub.com

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 1, Marble Falls, www.walkwayoflightstx.com

City of Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 24, Houston, www.houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade

Bastrop River of Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Bastrop, www.bastroptx.usachamber.com

Festival of Lights
Nov. 26, Hallettsville, www.hallettsville.com


Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for the past 24 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page. Day Trips, Vol. 2, a book of "Day Trips," is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax. Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 40312, South Austin, TX 78704.

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Robert Johnson, San Antonio Blues Society, Sam's Burger Joint, Vanishing Texas River Cruises, Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Round Up Pavilion Hall, Summer of Love

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