Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

Fall events and news from all over Texas

It’s already time to think about Christmas shopping and where to take your annual holiday-card photo.

A classic monument to folk art, the Orange Show in Houston is set for another decade of making people smile. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

In 1956, Jeff McKissack was issued a building permit for a beauty parlor on the lot next to his house in a quiet neighborhood in southeast Houston off Telephone Road and the Gulf Freeway (I-45). Sometime later he added to the bottom of the permit the words, “Beauty parlors going out of style – have better idea – The Orange Show.”

Over the next 23 years he single-handedly built a mazelike monument to his favorite fruit, good health, and hard work. The former postman expected his amusement park made of found objects to rival AstroWorld. Although the Orange Show never attained the popularity of its competitor, it has outlived the mega-amusement park.

After McKissack passed away in 1980, the late Marilyn Oshman, heiress to the sporting-goods store family, worked to save the folk art monument. She and others created the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. It’s the group that brings us the Art Car Parade (April 15, 2023), maintains the Beer Can House, and built Smither Park, plus many other fun and weird community events.

In September it was announced that the National Park Service gave OSCVA a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to help preserve the Orange Show. In addition, OSCVA is planning an expansion at the Orange Show site that includes permanent exhibit space.

You can become a member of OSCVA’s vision for the future by purchasing a paving brick to help save Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s 70-foot blue saxophone. “Smokesax” is made of oilfield pipe, a VW Beetle, and car parts, and stood outside of Billy Blues Bar for many years. The personalized paving bricks, which start with a $500 donation, will line the artwork’s permanent home in Kensinger Plaza on Brays Bayou Greenway Trail.
Sat. & Sun., 10am-2pm, $5, The Orange Show Monument, 2401 Munger, Houston, www.orangeshow.org

Even the scientists aren’t sure what is the meaning of the art on the side of a cliff near the Devil’s River. The rock art is only accessible by guided tours through the Witte Museum. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

It’s getting to be that time of year again when long hikes in West Texas aren’t baked by the sun. There are few Texas hikes more unique or special than the White Shaman Tours organized by the Witte Museum of San Antonio.

The Lower Pecos Canyonlands west of Del Rio hold one of the largest collections of prehistoric rock art in the U.S. Hikes from Seminole Canyon State Park visit some of the most accessible pictographs on public land.

Near the state park, the Witte’s White Shaman Preserve contains some of the most beautiful of the area’s thousands-of-years-old artwork. Space is limited on the by-reservation-only tours held every Saturday from September to May.
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, White Shaman Tours, Comstock, 210/357-1910, www.wittemuseum.org/white-shaman-preserve

Travel Notes:

Stars are big and bright. From the Gulf shores to the West Texas peaks, Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story is a stunning tour of Texas wildlife and landscapes. Directed by filmmaker Ben Masters and produced by Jay Kleberg and Katy Baldock, the film promotes conservation of the unique wildlife of the state by showcasing its diversity. Matthew McConaughey narrates the 103-minute visual extravaganza that is available by streaming or on DVD.

New wildlife ED. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission announced that David Yoskowitz, Ph.D. will be the new executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is former executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. After 16 years in Corpus Christi, Yoskowitz brings a scientific background to the leadership role at the state parks department. The lifelong outdoorsman earned a Ph.D. in economics from Texas Tech University and has spent decades studying the environmental and natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico. In January 2023, Yoskowitz will replace Carter Smith, who is retiring after almost 15 years as head of the department.

The Texas Renaissance Festival near Plantersville runs through Nov. 27.

Other November Events:

Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism
Nov. 1-Dec. 11, San Antonio, www.mcnayart.org

Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism
Nov. 1-July 16, 2023, Dallas, dma.org/art/exhibitions/movement-legacy-kineticism

Rancho CASI de los Chisos Chili Cook-Off
Nov. 1-5, Terlingua, www.casichili.net

Texas Renaissance Festival
Nov. 1-27, Plantersville, www.texrenfest.com

Terlingua Original (Tolbert) International Chili Cook Off + BBQ
Nov. 2-5, Terlingua, abowlofred.com

Wild West Brewfest
Nov. 3-5, Katy, www.wildwestbrewfest.com

Big Bend Arts Council Membership Show
Nov. 3-Dec. 6, Alpine, www.bigbendartscouncil.org

Dobie Dichos
Nov. 4, Oakville, www.dobiedichos.com

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest
Nov. 4-5, Greenville, www.bobwillsfest.com

Rockport Film Festival
Nov. 4-6, Rockport, www.rockportartcenter.com/rca-events-1/rff22

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

Guided Photography Grotto Hike
Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Round Mountain, www.westcave.org/fall-specialty-hike

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market
Nov. 5, Bellville, www.discoverbellville.com

Artist Community Market
Nov. 5, Midland, www.acmidland.org/artist-community-market

DiwaliSA Festival of Lights Parade
Nov. 5, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/diwali-sa-festival-of-lights-parade

Lamar Market
Nov. 5-6, Rockport, www.lamarvfd.com

Fossil Fest
Nov. 5-6, Round Rock, www.austinpaleo.org/fest.html

Saturday Night Rodeo
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Bulverde, www.tejasrodeo.com

Eastside Market
Nov. 6, Waco, www.eastsidemarketwtx.com

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Nov. 9-13, Harlingen, www.rgvbf.org

Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
Nov. 11-13, Salado, www.saladoscottishfestival.com

Big Star Texas Night
Nov. 12, Burton, www.burtontexas.org/bigstartexasnight

Williams Creek (Albert) School Open House
Nov. 12, Gillespie County, www.historicschools.org

Heritage Syrup Festival
Nov. 12, Henderson, www.depotmuseum.com/syrupfestival.html

Market Days
Nov. 12, Kyle, www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/kyle-market-days-14

Folkfest
Nov. 12, New Braunfels, www.texashandmadefurniture.com/livinghistory

Father of Texas Celebration
Nov. 12, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/events/5544

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Nov. 12-13, Bryan, www.friendsbcs.org

John Fairey Garden Open House
Nov. 12, 26, Dec. 3, 17, Hempstead, www.jfgarden.org

Monster Mix and Match
Nov. 12-Jan. 8, San Antonio, www.thedoseum.org

Country Music Showcase
Nov. 13, Pearland, www.visitpearland.com/countrymusicshowcase

Desert Door Fifth Anniversary
Nov. 16-20, Driftwood, do512.com/events/2022/11/16/desert-door-five-year-anniversary-tickets

Come and Taste It
Nov. 17, Gruene, www.grapevineingruene.com

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival
Nov. 18-19, Giddings, www.giddingspubliclibrary.org/word-wrangler

Trade Days
Nov. 18-20, Fredericksburg, www.fbgtradedays.com

Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov. 18-20, New Braunfels, www.newbraunfelsweihnachtsmarkt.com

A Christmas Carol
Nov. 18-20, 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, Ingram, www.hcaf.com

Lightscape
Nov. 18-Jan. 1, Houston, www.hbg.org/lightscape

Meyer Observatory Open House
Nov. 19, Clifton, www.centexastronomy.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=901132

Corpus Christi Wine Festival
Nov. 19, Corpus Christi, www.corpuschristiwinefestival.com

Heights Bicycle Tour
Nov. 19, Houston, aiahouston.org/v/event-detail/Heights-Bicycle-Tour-November-19/23d

Holiday Lighted Parade
Nov. 19, Kerrville, www.kerrvilletx.gov/1344/Holiday-Lighted-Parade

King Ranch Hand Breakfast
Nov. 19, Kingsville, king-ranch.com/visit/special-events

James McMurtry in Concert
Nov. 19, La Grange, www.thebugleboy.org

Ranch Hand Weekend
Nov. 19-20, Kingsville, www.ranchhandweekend.com

Parade of Lights
Nov. 20, Fort Worth, www.fortworthparadeoflights.org

Scott Cuellar & Miles Fellenberg Four Hands On Piano
Nov. 20, Fredericksburg, www.fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Food & Wine Festival
Nov. 20, Round Rock, www.kalahariresorts.com/texas/things-to-do/experiences/food-and-wine-festival

Christmas Holiday Parade
Nov. 22, Wharton, www.whartonchamber.com/parade

Holiday River Parade and River Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 25, San Antonio, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Homestead Fair
Nov. 25-27, Waco, www.homesteadfair.com

Nativity Exhibit
Nov. 25-Dec. 4, Port Lavaca, www.facebook.com/events/1021187908703336

Texas Christkindl Market
Nov. 25-Dec. 23, Arlington, www.txchristkindlmarket.com

Cistern Illuminated
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Houston, buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/#cistern-illuminated

Traditional Spanish Market Artist Show
Nov. 26-27, Santa Fe, NM, www.traditionalspanishmarketartistshow.com

Christmas Wine Affair
Nov. 28-Dec. 23, Various locations, texaswinetrail.com

Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

Christmas Lights:

Holiday at the Arboretum
Nov. 9-Dec. 31, Dallas, www.dallasarboretum.org

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 1, Marble Falls, visitmarblefalls.org/walkway-of-lights-faq

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights
Nov. 21-Dec. 26, Wichita Falls, fol.msutexas.edu

Wonderland of Lights
Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Marshall, www.marshalltexas.net/483/Wonderland-of-Lights-2022

ElectriCritters: A Lighted Christmas Display
Nov. 25-Dec. 23, Wichia Falls, www.riverbendnaturecenter.org

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Llano, www.llanostarrystarrynights.com

Lights Spectacular
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Johnson City, www.lightsspectacular.com

PEC Holiday Lights
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Johnson City, www.pec.coop/our-community/pec-holiday-lights


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 and follow him on Facebook.

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Day Trips, Orange Show, Houston, Witte Museum, prehistoric art, San Antonio, White Shaman Tours, Deep in the Heart, Ben Masters, David Yoskowitz, Texas Parks and Wildlife, holiday lights

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