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Best time of year to visit Texas

Although summer is full of fascinating activities, shoulder seasons also have something to offer. That's why periods March to May and September to November are the best time to visit Texas. The reason is mostly mild and comfortable weather. Enjoy the spring marvellous flower blooming and events like Fiesta San Antonio. June through August you can enjoy some beach time and watch animals such as bats, racoons, and armadillos; also, keep in mind the high room rates. Time from September through November promises fewer tourists and lots of fun at events like Austin City Limits Music Festival and State Fair of Texas. Winter in Texas is a good time for budget travel but you can't go wrong if you bring a warm jacket with you.

25 THINGS TO DO IN TEXAS (APRIL 22 - MAY 01)

Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio

April 18–28, 2019 • event

A huge Fiesta, lasting for​ 10 days, is a celebration of the rich and diverse cultures of San Antonio

Bat Watching

Bat Watching

March–October • nature

Millions of little flying mammals await dusk to fly out of their summer homes in search of food

Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest

April 26–28, 2019 • event

One of the largest beach festivals in Texas welcomes everyone to get dirty and play in the sand and create beautiful sculptures

Armadillo

Armadillo

April–October • nature

These cute creatures in strong armour continue moving to the North

Rodeo

Rodeo

mid-January–August • activity

An undeniable part of Texas culture. Don't miss the Rodeo season and enjoy some original shows

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

January–August • activity

Take a day trip on a kayak or canoe and enjoy the sound of the water and peaceful paddling on one of the thousands of scenic trails

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

April–June | September–November • activity

Feel like a cowboy from a western movie. Be free and enjoy your ride

Raccoon

Raccoon

March–November • nature

These curious small creatures can quietly accompany you during an evening camping trip

Rafting the Rio Grande

Rafting the Rio Grande

March–May • activity

Check out this unforgettable rafting experience through the stunning varied lanscape of Texas. You can't imagine a more exciting vacation!

Hiking to Guadalupe Peak

Hiking to Guadalupe Peak

September–May • activity

Enjoy the best views from the highest mountain in Texas

Marfa Lights

Marfa Lights

November–April • nature

One of the most mysterious things you may see in Texas

Biking

Biking

March–May | September–November • activity

The diverse terrains of the Lone Star State offer some of the best cycling vacations

Hiking

Hiking

March–May | September–November • activity

The stunning beauty and natural diversity of this state are amazing. Just choose the best trail for you!

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

November–February (all year round, closed Thursdays) • activity

Have a relaxing dip a large spring-fed pool in Austin

Bluebonnets Bloom

Bluebonnets Bloom

late February–April • nature

Don't miss the blooming of the state flower of Texas

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April • nature

Find some unique and magnificent bird species, and enjoy the diverse nature of Texas

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

late February–earlyMay • food

There is no such thing as too many strawberries, especially during the Strawberry Festival

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

July–April • activity

Amazing views, huge rocks, wild nature, and challenging routes for climbers of all levels

Alligators

Alligators

April–June | September–November • nature

Don't miss a chance to see these beautiful and ancient huge reptiles

Watermelon

Watermelon

April–early September • food

There is nothing better than a cool slice of watermelon during hot summer Texas days

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

July–November • food

Check out the opening​ ceremony of a shrimp festival and enjoy the traditions and delicious seafood

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch

September–May • activity

Anyone with a can of spray paint can come and leave a short message or paint on these cars. This is the best place to write "I was here!"​

Lavender Trails

Lavender Trails

May–June • nature

Feel the healing aromatherapy while walking among fields of lavender in the Texas Hill Country

Snake Season

Snake Season

March–May • nature

Snakes have been the object of fascination or fear and suspicion since ancient times

Lizards

Lizards

March–May • nature

A unique resident of Texas, quite different and interesting to observe. One of them has even become a state symbol

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Lone Star Rally

Lone Star Rally

November 01–04, 2018 • event

Check out the coolest motorcycle rally and high skill showcases during the weekend-long festival of motorcycle culture in Galveston

State Fair of Texas

State Fair of Texas

September 27–October 20, 2019 • event

Visit one of the largest and longest-running fairs in Texas

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

July 04 • event

A popular way to celebrate America's Independence Day with good music, famous performers, and a relaxed atmosphere

Houston Art Car Parade

Houston Art Car Parade

April 13, 2019 • event

You never know how far the imagination can go ​unless you visit the Art Car Parade in Houston

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

October 04–06, 2019 | October 11–13, 2019 • event

A world-class festival which gathers hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy music and entertainment

Austin Celtic Festival

Austin Celtic Festival

November 03–04, 2018 • event

Grab a checkered skirt and head for the Celtic Festival—tradition and lots of fun for the whole family

Natural Pools and Springs​

Natural Pools and Springs​

May–September • nature

Spend hot summer days in a natural water reservoir—some of them are beautiful natural creations, others are thrilling mysterious places, but all of them will bring you fresh and cool delight

Día de Los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos

October 31–November 01 • event

This colourful celebration is prepared especially for the immortal souls that come down to earth to join the living on this spec​ial day

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 17 • event

Get green during the celebrations of St.Patrick's Day all over Texas

Charro Days

Charro Days

February 24–March 03, 2019 • event

A unique bi-national event celebrated between the two neighbouring cities of Brownsville and Matamoros

Mardi Gras! Galveston​

Mardi Gras! Galveston​

February 22–March 05, 2019 • event

A big celebration before Lent bring lots of colour and glitter to Texas

Texas Ranch Roundup

Texas Ranch Roundup

August 17–18, 2018 • event

Want to feel the taste of real Texas ranch life? Visit the Texas Ranch Roundup and find out for yourself

Hotter’N Hell Hundred

Hotter’N Hell Hundred

August 22–25, 2019 • event

Spend the best weekend on two wheels imaginable

Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 23–June 09, 2019 • event

Become a part of the 18 days summer music camp full of concerts, activities, and wo​rkshops, together with thousands of others who can't imagine their life without music

Sometimes Islands

Sometimes Islands

May–October • nature

The Sometimes Islands are a part of the Lake Travis area. They come up and submerge whenever mother nature decides!

SXSW Film Festival

SXSW Film Festival

March 08–16, 2019 • event

The best film festival in Texas and one of the best in the world

River Tubing

River Tubing

June–August • activity

When there is too much sun, cool yourself in the ​river with a pleasant ride

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

Summer time gathers everyone on the best beaches full of sun, waves, water activities, and great parties

Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

October 05–December 01, 2019 • event

Nation’s largest Renaissance theme park full of the 16th Century magic

Japan Festival Houston

Japan Festival Houston

mid-April (TBA) • event

Immerse in Japanese culture every spring at downtown Houston

Texas Pinball Festival

Texas Pinball Festival

March 22–24, 2019 • event

Do you feel empowered enough to beat the world's best pinball players? This is your chance to walk out a superstar!

Big Bertha

Big Bertha

September–November • event

While visiting a football game, you can see and hear the biggest drum in the world supporting its team

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

October–December • food

Try the best pie you have ever eaten during your trip to Texas

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

October 05–06, 2018 • event

Check out amazing artworks created just with a piece of chalk. This friendly festival welcomes whole families to take part or just to enjoy the event​

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day

March 02 • event

The best time to feel the atmosphere of the Lone Star State, witness legendary Texan patriotism, and enjoy celebrations all over the state

Azalea Bloom in Tyler

Azalea Bloom in Tyler

mid-March–mid-April • nature

Bright colours and the sweet aroma of spring welcomes everyone in the beautiful East Texas city of Tyler

SXSW Music Festival

SXSW Music Festival

March 11–17, 2019 • event

Visit one of the biggest music, film, and interactive media festivals of the world, attended by 300,000 people every year

Hog Hunting

Hog Hunting

mid-January–March • activity

Texans love to hunt, and local regulations are not so strict

Peach Season

Peach Season

May–August • food

Yummy, tasty, fresh peaches are ready to be picked

Caves

Caves

May–September • activity

Escape the summer heat in one of these stunning caves. Beware of the bats and be ready to explore something new with every step

Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival

October 27–28, 2018 • event

This book fair will inspire you to read again

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 29, 2018 • event

The best occasion to taste Texas craft beers

North Texas Irish Festival

North Texas Irish Festival

March 2019 (TBA) • event

In the name of performance and study of Celtic music and dance in the Southwest

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival

September 27–29, 2019 • event

The City of Bryan signature street event is all about wine and steak

Great Texas Balloon Race

Great Texas Balloon Race

July 26–28, 2019 • event

All eyes will be pointed into the sky during this unique race

Houston Christmas Lights

Houston Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January • event

Magical winter lights transform Houston at night

Drive Through Christmas Light Parks

Drive Through Christmas Light Parks

early November–early January • activity

A traditional Texan entertainment during the holiday season

Enchant Christmas

Enchant Christmas

November 23–December 30, 2018 • event

Possibly the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

November 18, 2018 • event

A signature holiday event in the city brings fun and entertainment

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

November 30–December 31, 2018 • event

The largest Christmas light display in Texas

Wonderland of Lights

Wonderland of Lights

November 21–December 30, 2018 • event

Millions of lights illuminate the Harrison County Courthouse when downtown Marshall turns into a Winter Wonderland

Ford Holiday River Parade

Ford Holiday River Parade

November 23, 2018 • event

A picturesque river walk in San Antonio is a must-see during the holidays

Grapevine Parade of Lights

Grapevine Parade of Lights

December 06, 2018 • event

The largest illuminated Christmas parade in North Texas

Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls

mid-May–September • activity

A hidden picture-perfect swimming hole