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,

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,

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,

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

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,

2019 Atlas Ride
June 1, Lampasas,

Fiesta Charro
June 1, Lewisville,

EatingWell and Health Fit Foodie Festival
June 1, Round Rock,

Comic Con
June 1-2, Longview,

Garden Fest
June 1-2, Port Arthur,

Kerrville Folk Festival
June 1-6, Kerrville,

Bach Festival
June 1-8, Victoria,

Agave Festival
June 1-9, Marfa,

Hatchling Releases of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles
June 1-Aug. 31, Corpus Christi,

Texas Two-Step -- 2Ring Miniature Dairy Goat Show
June 2, Boerne,

Swing Dance Lessons
June 4, 11, 18, 25, Gruene,

Children’s Art & Literacy Festival
June 6-8, Abilene,

Shakespeare in the Park
June 7-8, Cleburne,

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

Shakespeare in the Park
June 7-8, Kerrville,

Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Cook-off
June 7-8, Llano,

June 7-9, Aransas Pass,

Lavender Festival
June 7-9, Blanco,

Chicago Blues Festival
June 7-9, Chicago, Ill.,

Texas Folklife Festival
June 7-9, San Antonio,

Summer Rodeo
June 7, 14, 21, 28, Bandera,

YappoPalooza Kids Fest and Bands and Brewskies
June 8, Brownsville,

Artisans, Antiques, and Edibles Market Days
June 8, Castroville,

Czech Kolache Kolbase Festival
June 8, East Bernard,

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration
June 8, Elgin,

Saint Arnold 25th Anniversary Party
June 8, Houston,

Canal Fest
June 8, Irving,

Stars and Scars Mud Run
June 8, Kilgore,

Texas Blueberry Festival
June 8, Nacogdoches,

Texas History Days
June 8, Salado,

Texas Water Safari
June 8, San Marcos,

Chisholm Trail Roundup Rodeo and Music Festival
June 13-15, Lockhart,

Honey Festival
June 14, Uvalde,

Pie Fest
June 14-15, Cisco,

Summer Powwow
June 14-15, Llano,

Alpine Photo Weekend
June 14-16, Alpine,

Berges Fest
June 14-16, Boerne,

Tattoo Expo
June 14-16, Tyler,

Celebrity Fan Fest
June 14-16, San Antonio,

Red River Art and Wine Festival
June 14-16, Red River, N.M.,

Route 66 Heart of Amarillo Festival
June 15, Amarillo,

Brew HaHa Craft Beer Festival
June 15, Corpus Christi,

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

Meusebach Creek School and Grapetown School Open House
June 15, Fredericksburg,

Sunflower Festival
June 15, Gilliam, La.,

Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour
June 15, Glen Rose,

Skateboard Competition
June 15, Kerrville,

Bird Banding
June 15, Lake Jackson,

Salado Springs Craft Beer Festival
June 15, Salado,

Juneteenth Festival
June 19, Berkeley, Ca.,

Gulf Coast Juneteenth
June 19, Houston,

June 19, Port Arthur,

Juneteenth at the Ranch
June 19, Richmond,

Fort Griffin Fandangle
June 21-22, 28-29, Albany,

Come and Taste It
June 20, Gruene,

Peach JAMboree and Rodeo
June 20-22, Stonewall,

Schlitterbahn 40th Anniversary
June 21, New Braunfels,

Polish Festival
June 21-22, Bremond,

Tattoo Expo
June 21-23, New Braunfels,

“Our Lady of the Tortilla”
June 21-23, 28-30, July 5-7, Alpine,

Summer Solstice – Celebration Circle
June 22, Boerne,

Audie Murphey Day
June 22, Farmersville,

The Merchant of Venice
June 22, Winedale Historical Center,

Frank Schlather Day
June 23, Gruene,

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

Watermelon Thump
June 27-30, Luling,

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
June 27-July 6, Montreal, QC,

June 29, Bandera,

Return to the Metal Capital
June 29, San Antonio,

Dragon Boat Festival
June 29-30, Cleburne,

June 29-30, Houston,

Asteroid Day
June 30, Dallas,

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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