Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

From Día de los Muertos celebrations to holiday lights in November

It’s an age-old question: Who makes the best barbecue?

For the HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown, Nov. 17, more than a dozen barbecue joints will present their vision of the perfect Texas barbecue dish for ticket holders to sample. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

For one day a year, pitmasters from Houston and Austin go pork butt to shoulder clod for bragging rights and the audience gets to sample each entry. Held this year on the grounds of Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, the Third Annual HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown pits such heavy barbecue hitters as Micklethwait Craft Meats and Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue from Austin against Reveille Barbecue Company and Tejas Chocolate + BBQ from Houston, with a couple of joints from outside of the regions as control participants. In all, there will be more than a dozen top barbecue joints competing for bragging rights. The Houston and Austin chefs will be looking to get back the trophy from last year’s winner Bodacious BBQ of Longview. A limited number of tickets are still available for $70.
Nov. 17, HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown, Houston,

Built in 1897, the limestone Williams Creek School has a metal room added in 1922. It was consolidated with the Stonewall school district and closed in 1950. LBJ studied here for a year. The school will hold an open house on Nov. 16. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Once a month the Friends of the Gillespie County Country Schools opens one of the county’s surviving historic schools. It’s a chance to take a peek into the past of rural education. The German community around Fredericksburg strongly supported the schools and the classes were often taught in their native tongue. Usually one or two rooms, the schools frequently had one teacher to teach all grades. State-mandated consolidation of the school districts closed the rural institutions beginning in 1949. Of the 44 rural schools once in the area, only a dozen buildings survive. This month’s open house is at the Williams Creek School in Albert where President Lyndon B. Johnson attended classes in the 1920s. The distinctive two-room schoolhouse has the advantage of being next door to the very cool and historic Albert Dance Hall and Icehouse on FM 1623 south of Stonewall.
Nov. 16, 11am-4pm, Williams Creek School Open House, Albert, 830/685-3321,

Travel Notes:

San Antonio has a new art museum and this one makes innovative strides in presenting contemporary works of local and international artists. Ruby City, opened Oct. 13, was the vision of the collector, philanthropist, artist, and hot sauce heiress Linda Pace before she passed away. Part of the museum campus includes Chris Park, a large green space. The inaugural exhibition is presented in three parts: "Walking Dream," "Isaac Julien: Playtime," and "Jewels in the Concrete." All exhibitions are free to the public.

Speaking of San Antonio, Sebastián, the sculptor who created La Antorcha de la Amistad/Torch of Friendship in downtown at Losoya and Commerce streets, has placed 100 art pieces at 20 locations around town. "Sebastián in San Antonio: 50+ Years/20+ Sites/100+ Works" will be on public display through the end of May 2020.

Fans of Downton Abbey will want to make their way to Ashville, N.C., to see the "Downton Abbey Exhibition" at the Biltmore Estates, Nov. 8 through April 7, 2020. The show features costumes and sets from the original television series. Cora Crawley’s story was not unlike that of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American heiress who married the Duke of Marlborough in order to help save the family’s English estate.

For the daytrippin’ gardeners, here’s a note from the Lady Bird Wildflower Center: Mid-November is the best time to sow your wildflower seeds. Bluebonnet seeds can be planted between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

Other November Events:

Texas Arbor Day
Nov. 1, Plano,

Boerne Handmade Market
Nov. 1-2, Boerne,

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival
Nov. 1-2, Greenville,

Día de los Muertos at the Pearl
Nov. 1-2, San Antonio,

CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship
Nov. 1-2, Terlingua,

The Frank X. Tolbert and Wick Fowler Terlingua International Chili Championship
Nov. 1-2, Terlingua,

Fall Festival of Roses
Nov. 1-3, Independence,

Round Top Wine Fest
Nov. 1-3, Round Top,

Nov. 1-10, New Braunfels,

Texas Furniture Makers Show
Nov. 1-Dec. 13, Kerrville,

Día de los Muertos Festival
Nov. 2, Corpus Christi,

Nov. 2, Corsicana,

Texas Veggie Fair
Nov. 2, Dallas,

Día de los Muertos Festival
Nov. 2, Denison,

Pollinator Palooza
Nov. 2, Quintana, www.

Seabourne Nature Fest
Nov. 2, Rosenberg,

Father of Texas Celebration
Nov. 2, San Felipe,

Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair
Nov. 2, Utopia,

Market Day
Nov. 2, Wimberley,

Rockport Film Festival
Nov. 2-3, Rockport,

Big Bend Ranch State Park 10th Anniversary Fiesta
Nov. 3, Presidio,

Street Tacos & Shrimp Boil Social to Benefit Green Bexar Farms
Nov. 3, Saint Hedwig,

“Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood”
Nov. 5-Dec. 3, Corsicana,

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Nov. 6-10, Harlingen, www.rgvbf.or

Texana Chili Spill
Nov. 7-9, Edna,

Asia Society’s Night Market
Nov. 8, Houston,

Aliento a Tequila/Tequila Tasting
Nov. 8, San Antonio,

24fps International Short Film Festival
Nov. 8-9, Abilene,

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
Nov. 8-9, Salado,

Art and Wine Festival
Nov. 8-9, Winnsboro,

EDGE: The Texas Monthly Festival
Nov. 8-10, Dallas,

Kid ‘N’ Ewe and Llamas Too Fiber Arts Festival
Nov. 8-10, Kerrville,

Concert in the Cave – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Nov. 9, Boerne,

Open Day at Davis Mountains Preserve
Nov. 9, Fort Davis,

Heritage Syrup Festival
Nov. 9, Henderson,

Red, White and Bourbon
Nov. 9, Hye,

Art Center Market
Nov. 9, Rockport,

Heroes and Hot Rods Veterans Weekend
Nov. 9-10, Bastrop,

Nov. 9-10, San Antonio,

Veterans Day Weekend
Nov. 9-11, Fredericksburg,

International Risotto Festival
Nov. 10, Houston,

East Texas Pipe Organ Festival
Nov. 10-14, Kilgore,

Free Entrance Day
Nov. 11, National State Parks,

Lone Star Film Festival
Nov. 13-17, Fort Worth,

Nov. 14-16, Burnet,

Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival
Nov. 14-16, New Braunfels,

REEL East Texas Film Festival
Nov. 14-17, Kilgore,

Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Nov. 14-18, Houston,

Pioneer Days
Nov. 15-16, Cleburne,

Winter Wonderland
Nov. 15-16, Wimberley,

Historic School Open House – Williams Creek (Albert)
Nov. 16, Fredericksburg,

Bird Banding
Nov. 16, Lake Jackson,

Heritage Day
Nov. 16, New Braunfels,

The Polar Express Train
Nov. 16-Dec. 28, Palestine,

House Concert – Backtrack Vocals
Nov. 17, Fredericksburg,

HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown
Nov. 17, Houston,

Charreada de la Revolucion
Nov. 17, San Antonio,

Festival of the Cranes
Nov. 20-23, San Antonio, N.M.,

Come and Taste It
Nov. 21, Gruene,

Alpine Artwalk
Nov. 22-23, Alpine,

Fall Foliage Driving Trails
Nov. 22-Dec. 7, Palestine,

Ranch Hand Breakfast
Nov. 23, Kingsville,

Boerne Fall Antiques Show
Nov. 23-24, Boerne,

“High and Dry: Photography Exhibit
Nov. 28-Jan. 31, Lubbock,

Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Parade
Nov. 28, El Paso,

Dickens on Main
Nov. 29-30, Boerne,

International Peace Market/Mercado de Paz
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, San Antonio,

Texas Christkindl Market
Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Arlington,

Concert in the Cave – Sounds of the Season
Nov. 30, Boerne,

Christmas in Comfort
Nov. 30, Comfort,

Holiday Lights:

Santa’s Wonderland
Nov. 8-Dec. 30, College Station,

Santa’s Ranch
Nov. 8-Jan. 4, New Braunfels,

Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum
Nov. 13-Dec. 29, Dallas,

Nature in Lights
Nov. 16-Jan. 6, Temple,

Iceland/Festival of Lights
Nov. 16-Jan. 12, Galveston,

Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 22, Corsicana,

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 22-Jan. 1, Marble Falls,

Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 23, Kerrville,

Festival of Lights
Nov. 23, Lake Jackson,

Christmas on the Ranch
Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Boerne,

Parade of Lights
Nov. 24, Fort Worth,

Whistle Stop Christmas
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Cleburne,

Holiday Village
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, Brownsville,

Christmas in the Park
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, Cuero,

Lighted Yule Trail
Nov. 27-Jan. 1, Luling,

Old West Christmas Light Fest
Nov. 28-Dec. 25, Boerne,

Christmas on the Creek
Nov. 28-Jan. 1, Lampasas,

Dancing Lights of Mill Pond Park
Nov. 28-Jan. 5, San Saba,

Christmas on the Square
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Frisco,

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Llano,

Lights Spectacular
Nov. 29-Jan. 5, Johnson City,

Holiday Lights on the River Walk
Nov. 29-Jan. 13, San Antonio,

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Nov. 30, Jefferson,

Merry Wells Christmas Festival and Lighted Parade
Nov. 30, Mineral Wells,

Trail of Lights
Nov. 30-Dec. 28, Wimberley,

Holiday Light Stroll
Nov. 30-Dec. 31, Bastrop,

Lanterns and Lights
Nov. 30-Jan. 1, Galveston,

Bastrop River of Lights
Nov. 30-Jan. 3, Bastrop,

Sights & Sounds of Christmas
Dec. 4-7, 11-14, San Marcos,

Gerald 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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