Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Balmorhea is back, baby!

Summer’s heating up with lots of festivals, music, and a horse race or two.

More than 15 million gallons of water flow through Balmorhea State Park’s swimming pool each day fed by San Solomon Springs. The swim area is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.3 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water at 72 to 76 degrees year-round. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Balmorhea Swimming Pool is again squelching the West Texas desert heat. As most of the world knows, the state park was closed in May 2018 after erosion to the pool wall was discovered near the high diving board. The pool reopened on March 1 after more than 575 donations raised the $2 million needed to make the repairs. A few weeks later a drainage gate got stuck open and the pool built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps was closed again until early June. Because of the high volume of visitors to the world’s largest spring-fed natural swimming area, the park is limiting the number of swimmers to 900 per day. If you plan on experiencing the cool waters it is advisable to get there early or purchase a “Save the Date” pass before arriving. The campground and San Solomon Courts are still closed for repairs.
Open daily 8am-7:30pm, Toyahvale, 432/375-2370, www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea

We Are the Asteroid III. (Photo courtesy Buffalo Bayou Partnership)

Driving around Houston is always a thrill, to say the least. You never know what you might see around the next corner as you navigate the streets and byways. Now there is something to look for as you head down Allen Parkway between Waugh Drive and Montrose Boulevard. There is a new sign on one of the more scenic roadways in Space City. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership has placed a solar-powered LED message board by Brooklyn artist and environment activist Justin Brice Guariglia that draws attention to global warming through poetry, metaphor, and humor. Watch for its nine thought-provoking messages.
Through Aug. 31, We Are the Asteroid III, Allen Parkway, Houston, www.buffalobayou.org

Travel Notes:

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents “Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection of 50 Years after Apollo 11,” July 20-Sept. 2. The installation features 40 photographs ranging from documentary images of NASA’s mission to the moon to fanciful pictures including a 19th-century portrait of a man in a solar themed costume.

Kirchman Gallery in Johnson City closed at the end of June. The gallery which sponsored the monthly art walk will reopen sometime this fall. The space on the courthouse square will become Susan Kirchman’s studio and gallery with guest artists appearing monthly.

Other July Events:

Hatchling Releases of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles
July 1-Aug. 31, Corpus Christi, 361-949-7163, www.nps.gov/pais

Abendkonzert
July 2, 16, 30, Boerne, www.visitboerne.org

Swing Dance Lessons
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Wayback Wednesdays
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Goliad, www.presidiolabahia.org

Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River
July 4, Kerrville, www.robertearlkeens4th.com

Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Rockport-Fulton, www.rockport-fulton.org

Independence Day in Round Top
July 4, Round Top, www.roundtop.com/round-top-independence-day-fourth-july

Summerfest
July 4, San Marcos, www.summerfestsmtx.com

Coolest Fourth of July
July 4-6, Fort Davis, www.fortdavis.com

East Texas Country Music Festival
July 4-6, Grapeland, www.etcmf.com

VFW CPRA Rodeo
July 4-6, Wimberley, www.texasvfw.net

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show and Warbird Expo
July 4-7, Cedar Creek Lake, www.ccveteransfoundation.org

Thoroughbred Racing
July 4-21, Grand Prairie, www.lonestarpark.com

Texas Shakespeare Festival
July 4-28, Kilgore, www.texasshakespeare.com

“Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
July 5-21, Wimberley, www.wimberleyplayers.org

Gary P. Nunn’s Retirement Tour
July 6, Blanco, www.twinsistersdancehall.com

Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines Concert in the Cave
July 6, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

Fischer & Weiser’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 6, Fredericksburg, www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/events/fischer-wieser-50th-anniversary-celebration

Barrel Room Tour
July 6, Houston, www.saintarnold.com/barrel-room-tours

Open Car and Motorcycle Show
July 6, Kerrville, www.kerrvilletexascvb.com/events/2019/21st-annual-open-car--motorcycle-show(2)

Rock’n Riverfest
July 6, Llano, www.llanorocknriverfest.com

Market Days
July 6, Wimberley, www.shopmarketdays.com

Art Festival
July 6-7, Rockport, www.rockportartfest.com

Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing
July 6-7, 20-21, Fredericksburg, www.gillespiefair.com

Saturday Night Rodeo
July 6, 13, 20, 27, Bulverde, www.tejasrodeo.com

Free Sandcastle Building Lessons at Stewart Beach
July 6, 13, 20, 27, Galveston, www.galveston.com/blog/598/free-sandcastle-building-lessons-at-stewart-beach

Harvest Grape Stomp
July 6-Sept. 1, Brenham, www.windywinery.com

Frida Fanatics Festival
July 7, Corpus Christi, www.fb.com/events/2272736349669762

Cactus Pear Music Festival
July 10-21, San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, Wimberley, www.cpmf.us

Fridafest
July 12-13, Edinburg, www.edinburgarts.com/frida

Sealybration
July 12-13, Sealy, www.sealycommunityfoundation.org

Red River Balloon Rally
July 12-13, Shreveport, La., www.redriverballoonrally.com

Windy City Smokeout
July 12-14, Chicago, Ill., www.windycitysmokeout.com

International Sister Cities Festival
July 12-14, Laredo, www.visitlaredo.com

International Folk Art Market
July 12-14, Santa Fe, N.M., www.folkartmarket.org

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, San Antonio, www.sanantoniocentral.org

Davis Mountains Preserve Open Weekend
July 12-14, Fort Davis, www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/volunteer-and-attend-events/find-local-events-and-opportunities/davis-mountains-open-days

Incredible Insects
July 13, Johnson City, www.sciencemill.org

Morning Grape Harvest & Stomp
July 13, Santa Fe, Texas, www.haakwine.com

Parker County Peach Festival
July 13, Weatherford, www.peachfestivaltx.com

Marine Biology Tours
July 13, 27, Galveston, www.galvestonhistory.org

Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist
July 14, Gruene, www.gruenehall.com

Tex-Mex Barbecue Block Party at Saint Arnold’s
July 14, Houston, www.eventbrite.com/e/tex-mex-bbq-block-party-2019-tickets-62138819883

Saddle Up Sunday
July 14, San Antonio, www.texancultures.com

Come and Taste It – Meet Texas’ Best Winemakers
July 18, Gruene, www.grapevineingruene.com

Shakespeare at Winedale
July 18-Aug. 11, Round Top, www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/winedale/events/index.php

Independence Creek Preserve Open Weekend
July 19-21, Sheffield, www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/volunteer-and-attend-events/find-local-events-and-opportunities/independence-creek-preserve-open-days

Route 66 Summerfest
July 20, Albuquerque, N.M., www.cabq.gov

Blues and Butterflies Music Festival
July 20, Boerne, www.therounduptx.com/events/blues-butterflies-music-festival

Plumeria Society Annual Sale
July 20, Corpus Christi, www.plumeriasocietyofsouthtexas.com

Wingapalooza
July 20, Corpus Christi, www.wingapaloozacc.com

Night in Old Fredericksburg
July 20, Fredericksburg, www.gillespiefair.com

Apollo 11 Anniversary Celebration
July 20, Houston, www.spacecenter.org

Bird Banding
July 20, Lake Jackson, www.gcbo.org

Crush for Fun
July 20-21, 27-28, Aug. 10-11, Brenham, www.pleasanthillwinery.com

“Salado Legends”
July 20, 27, Aug. 3, Salado, www.tablerock.org

Cheeseburger Festival
July 21, Friona, www.friona-chamber.com

Great Texas Mosquito Festival
July 25-27, Clute, www.mosquitofestival.com

Watermelon Festival
July 25-27, Naples, www.city-of-naples-texas.com/watermelonfestival.html

Viva Big Bend Music Festival
July 25-28, Alpine-Ft. Davis-Marfa-Marathon, www.vivabigbend.com

National Day of the American Cowboy
July 26-27, Bandera, www.banderacowboycapital.com

Great Texas Balloon Race
July 26-28, Longview, www.greattexasballoonrace.com

Moonlit Harvest
July 26, Aug. 10, Bryan, www.messinahof.com

National Day of the American Cowboy
July 27, Amarillo, www.aqha.com/aqha.com/programs-and-events-overview1

All the Books Author Event
July 27, Houston, www.allthebooksevent.wixsite.com/atbevent

Butterfield Festival
July 27, Monahans, www.monahans.org

Watermelon Fest
July 27, Wichita Falls, www.downtownwf.com

Grape Stomp
July 27, Seguin, www.bluelotuswinery.com

Daytime Harvest Festival
July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 31, Bryan, www.messinahof.com

Traditional Spanish Market
July 27-28, Santa Fe, NM, www.spanishcolonial.org/spanish-summer-market-santa-fe

Food Truck Festival
July 29, Luckenbach, www.luckenbachtexas.com

Shark Week
July 31-Aug. 4, Johnson City, www.sciencemill.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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