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,

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,

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,

Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism
Nov. 1-July 16, 2023, Dallas,

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

Texas Renaissance Festival
Nov. 1-27, Plantersville,

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

Wild West Brewfest
Nov. 3-5, Katy,

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

Dobie Dichos
Nov. 4, Oakville,

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

Rockport Film Festival
Nov. 4-6, Rockport,

Nov. 4-13, New Braunfels,

Guided Photography Grotto Hike
Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Round Mountain,

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market
Nov. 5, Bellville,

Artist Community Market
Nov. 5, Midland,

DiwaliSA Festival of Lights Parade
Nov. 5, San Antonio,

Lamar Market
Nov. 5-6, Rockport,

Fossil Fest
Nov. 5-6, Round Rock,

Saturday Night Rodeo
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Bulverde,

Eastside Market
Nov. 6, Waco,

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

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

Big Star Texas Night
Nov. 12, Burton,

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

Heritage Syrup Festival
Nov. 12, Henderson,

Market Days
Nov. 12, Kyle,

Nov. 12, New Braunfels,

Father of Texas Celebration
Nov. 12, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site,

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

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

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

Country Music Showcase
Nov. 13, Pearland,

Desert Door Fifth Anniversary
Nov. 16-20, Driftwood,

Come and Taste It
Nov. 17, Gruene,

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival
Nov. 18-19, Giddings,

Trade Days
Nov. 18-20, Fredericksburg,

Nov. 18-20, New Braunfels,

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

Nov. 18-Jan. 1, Houston,

Meyer Observatory Open House
Nov. 19, Clifton,

Corpus Christi Wine Festival
Nov. 19, Corpus Christi,

Heights Bicycle Tour
Nov. 19, Houston,

Holiday Lighted Parade
Nov. 19, Kerrville,

King Ranch Hand Breakfast
Nov. 19, Kingsville,

James McMurtry in Concert
Nov. 19, La Grange,

Ranch Hand Weekend
Nov. 19-20, Kingsville,

Parade of Lights
Nov. 20, Fort Worth,

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

Food & Wine Festival
Nov. 20, Round Rock,

Christmas Holiday Parade
Nov. 22, Wharton,

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

Homestead Fair
Nov. 25-27, Waco,

Nativity Exhibit
Nov. 25-Dec. 4, Port Lavaca,

Texas Christkindl Market
Nov. 25-Dec. 23, Arlington,

Cistern Illuminated
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Houston,

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

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

Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

Christmas Lights:

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

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 1, Marble Falls,

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

Wonderland of Lights
Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Marshall,

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

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

Lights Spectacular
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Johnson City,

PEC Holiday Lights
Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Johnson City,

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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