Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

No more pencils, no more books, just tons of fun for everyone

Gas up and hit the road for fishing, fireworks, and fests.

Back in 1996 in a small warehouse on the west side of town, the founders of Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company Brock Wagner (left) and Kevin Bartol gave the brewery tours. Now in a large brick building near downtown, the brewery celebrates its 25th anniversary. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

On June 9, 1994, Saint Arnold Brewing Company shipped their first keg of Amber Ale. From humble home-brewing beginnings, Texas’s first craft brewery has become a giant among the 50 craft breweries in Houston and more than 300 around Texas. On Saturday, June 8, the brew crew of 200 will throw open the doors for a Texas-sized 25th Anniversary Party. They’ll have free music, art cars, local vendors, artists, mariachis, and more fun all evening long.
June 8, 25th Anniversary Party, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, 800/801-6402, www.saintarnold.com

Barrow Brewing Company, Salado (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

The banks of Salado Creek couldn’t be any nicer of a place to get together with friends and sample a select few Texas craft beers. Barrow Brewing Company is a little brewery doing big things in Salado and they have invited 14 of their like-minded brewing buddies to spend a Saturday afternoon talking beer on their huge patio. It is dad’s weekend, so bring him out to raise a glass to the diversity of beer. There’ll be music, food, and games for the whole family to enjoy.
June 15, Salado Springs Beer Festival, Salado, 254/947-3544, www.saladospringsbeerfest.com

Klobasnikys at Hruskas, Ellinger (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

“Just don’t call them kolaches,” the good-natured gal told me from behind the glass bakery counter at Hruskas Store and Bakery on TX 71. “Kolaches are the open-face pastries,” she pointed out. I’d stopped in for my favorite road food: a soft bread pillow filled with sausage and melted cheese. Having been born and raised around Fayetteville, my server exuded the country charm of a local farm girl of Czech descent. I had asked her how to pronounce “klobasniky,” the proper word for these perfect highway snacks. “Klo-ba-sneaky” she said slowly, before asking me not to use her name in print because she wasn’t sure her boss would approve. The gas station, gift store, bakery, and cafe has been offering travelers between Austin and Houston comfort since 1912.
Hruska’s and Store Bakery, Ellinger, 979/378-2333, www.hruskas-bakery.com

Travel Notes:

South Padre Island becomes “The Fireworks Capital of Texas” this summer with pyrotechnics every weekend through Labor Day. On Friday evenings the fireworks sparkle over the Laguna Madre Bay with “The Green,” a waterfront park, being a great place to catch the free show. On Friday and Saturday evenings through October, the show launches on the beach side of the island with Clayton’s Beach Bar being the center of the action. All fireworks begin at 9:15pm. For more information, go to www.sopadre.com.

Start your summer off with a fishing trip. On June 1 everyone can fish recreationally without a license in any state waters. Ordinarily anyone over the age of 17 is required to possess a fishing license. The only exception is in waters completely surround by private property or a state park.

Speaking of fishing, if you intend to use shrimp as bait, be sure that is not imported and is native to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, imported shrimp, even from non-coastal states such as California, could harbor white-spot syndrome virus. While not harmful to humans, the disease could have devastating consequences to the ecosystem.

Other June Events:

Pearl Bluegrass Festival
June 1, Gatesville, www.pearlbluegrass.com

2019 Atlas Ride
June 1, Lampasas, www.texas4000.org/event/atlas-ride

Fiesta Charro
June 1, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com

EatingWell and Health Fit Foodie Festival
June 1, Round Rock, www.fitfoodierun.com/austin-texas.html

Comic Con
June 1-2, Longview, www.longviewcomiccon.com

Garden Fest
June 1-2, Port Arthur, www.visitportarthurtx.com/event/buu-mon-garden-festival

Kerrville Folk Festival
June 1-6, Kerrville, www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Bach Festival
June 1-8, Victoria, www.victoriabachfestival.org

Agave Festival
June 1-9, Marfa, www.agavemarfa.com

Hatchling Releases of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles
June 1-Aug. 31, Corpus Christi, www.nps.gov/pais

Texas Two-Step -- 2Ring Miniature Dairy Goat Show
June 2, Boerne, www.hillcountryminimilkers.org

Swing Dance Lessons
June 4, 11, 18, 25, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Children’s Art & Literacy Festival
June 6-8, Abilene, www.abilenecac.org/calf

Shakespeare in the Park
June 7-8, Cleburne, www.cleburneshakes.org

Robert E. Howard Days
June 7-8, Cross Plains, www.howarddays.com

Shakespeare in the Park
June 7-8, Kerrville, www.fb.com/playhouse2000

Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Cook-off
June 7-8, Llano, www.fb.com/llanovfdannualbbqcookoff

Shrimporee
June 7-9, Aransas Pass, www.aransaspass.org/shrimporee

Lavender Festival
June 7-9, Blanco, www.blancolavenderfest.com

Chicago Blues Festival
June 7-9, Chicago, Ill., www.chicagobluesfestival.us

Texas Folklife Festival
June 7-9, San Antonio, www.texasfolklifefestival.org

Summer Rodeo
June 7, 14, 21, 28, Bandera, www.banderacowboycapital.com/events/2018/bandera-summer-rodeo

YappoPalooza Kids Fest and Bands and Brewskies
June 8, Brownsville, www.yappopalooza.net

Artisans, Antiques, and Edibles Market Days
June 8, Castroville, www.castroville.com/events-festivals

Czech Kolache Kolbase Festival
June 8, East Bernard, www.kkfest.com

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration
June 8, Elgin, www.elgintxchamber.com

Saint Arnold 25th Anniversary Party
June 8, Houston, www.saintarnold.com/25th-anniversary-party

Canal Fest
June 8, Irving, www.cityofirving.org/1311/Canal-Fest

Stars and Scars Mud Run
June 8, Kilgore, www.kilgorechamber.com

Texas Blueberry Festival
June 8, Nacogdoches, www.tbf.nacogdoches.org

Texas History Days
June 8, Salado, www.visitsaladotexas.com/event/texas-history-days-in-salado

Texas Water Safari
June 8, San Marcos, www.texaswatersafari.org

Chisholm Trail Roundup Rodeo and Music Festival
June 13-15, Lockhart, www.chisholmtrailroundup.com

Honey Festival
June 14, Uvalde, www.uvaldehoneyfestival.com

Pie Fest
June 14-15, Cisco, www.ciscotxpiefest.com

Summer Powwow
June 14-15, Llano, www.crazycrow.com

Alpine Photo Weekend
June 14-16, Alpine, www.museumofthebigbend.com

Berges Fest
June 14-16, Boerne, www.bergesfest.com

Tattoo Expo
June 14-16, Tyler, www.inkmasterstattooexpo.com

Celebrity Fan Fest
June 14-16, San Antonio, www.celebrityfanfest.com

Red River Art and Wine Festival
June 14-16, Red River, N.M., www.redriver.org/events/art-wine-festival

Route 66 Heart of Amarillo Festival
June 15, Amarillo, www.amarillo66.com

Brew HaHa Craft Beer Festival
June 15, Corpus Christi, www.brewhahacc.com

New Orleans Sauce vs. Texas Playboys
June 15, Far East Austin, www.thelongtime.com

Meusebach Creek School and Grapetown School Open House
June 15, Fredericksburg, www.historicschools.org

Sunflower Festival
June 15, Gilliam, La., www.redrivercrossroadshistorical.org/sunflowertrail

Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour
June 15, Glen Rose, www.fossilrim.org

Skateboard Competition
June 15, Kerrville, www.kerrvilletx.gov/1452/Kerrville-Skateboard-Competition

Bird Banding
June 15, Lake Jackson, www.gcbo.org

Salado Springs Craft Beer Festival
June 15, Salado, www.barrowbrewing.com/salado-springs-beer-fest

Juneteenth Festival
June 19, Berkeley, Ca., www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org

Gulf Coast Juneteenth
June 19, Houston, www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/performance/a-gulf-coast-juneteenth

Juneteenth
June 19, Port Arthur, www.visitportarthurtx.com/event/juneteenth/2019-06-19

Juneteenth at the Ranch
June 19, Richmond, www.georgeranch.org/event-calendar/juneteenth-at-the-ranch

Fort Griffin Fandangle
June 21-22, 28-29, Albany, www.fortgriffinfandangle.org

Come and Taste It
June 20, Gruene, www.grapevineingruene.com

Peach JAMboree and Rodeo
June 20-22, Stonewall, www.stonewalltexas.com/peach-jamboree

Schlitterbahn 40th Anniversary
June 21, New Braunfels, www.schlitterbahn.com

Polish Festival
June 21-22, Bremond, www.bremondtexas.org

Tattoo Expo
June 21-23, New Braunfels, www.inkmasterstattooexpo.com

“Our Lady of the Tortilla”
June 21-23, 28-30, July 5-7, Alpine, www.sulross.edu/theatre

Summer Solstice – Celebration Circle
June 22, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

Audie Murphey Day
June 22, Farmersville, www.farmersvilletx.com

The Merchant of Venice
June 22, Winedale Historical Center, www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/winedale

Frank Schlather Day
June 23, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Texas Humanities Traveling Photo Exhibit: Rural Texas Women at Work 1930-1960
June 24-July 31, Canadian, www.rivervalleymuseum.org

Watermelon Thump
June 27-30, Luling, www.watermelonthump.com

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
June 27-July 6, Montreal, QC, www.montrealjazzfest.com

RiverFest
June 29, Bandera, www.banderariverfest.com

Return to the Metal Capital
June 29, San Antonio, www.texancultures.com/featured-event/metal062919

Dragon Boat Festival
June 29-30, Cleburne, www.cleburnechamber.com

AsiaFest
June 29-30, Houston, www.asiasociety.org

Asteroid Day
June 30, Dallas, www.perotmuseum.org


Gerald E. McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for more than 25 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page.

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