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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.

28 THINGS TO DO IN TEXAS (APRIL 14 - APRIL 23)

Bluebonnets Bloom

Bluebonnets Bloom

late February–April • nature

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

Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio

April 16–26, 2020 • event

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

Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest

April 17–19, 2020 • event

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

Houston Art Car Parade

Houston Art Car Parade

April 16–19, 2020 • event

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

Rodeo

Rodeo

mid-January–August • activity

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

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

Armadillo

Armadillo

April–October • nature

These cute creatures in strong armour continue moving to the North

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

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!

Raccoon

Raccoon

March–November • nature

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

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

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

late February–earlyMay • food

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

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

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

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

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!

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April • nature

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

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

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

July–April • activity

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

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

July–November • food

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

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

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!"​

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late March–early April • nature

Check out the most scenic places to welcome spring at the Lone Star State

Snake Season

Snake Season

March–May • nature

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

Austin Reggae Festival

Austin Reggae Festival

April 17–19, 2020 • event

Meet the arrival of spring with good music vibes at one of Austin's best downtown parks

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 05–08, 2020 • 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 25–October 18, 2020 • 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

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

October 02–04, 2020 | October 09–11, 2020 • event

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

Charro Days

Charro Days

February 27–March 08, 2020 • event

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

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

Mardi Gras! Galveston​

Mardi Gras! Galveston​

February 14–25, 2020 • event

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

Austin Celtic Festival

Austin Celtic Festival

November 02–03, 2019 • 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

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 17 • event

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

Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 21–June 07, 2020 • 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

Hotter’N Hell Hundred

Hotter’N Hell Hundred

August 27–30, 2020 • event

Spend the best weekend on two wheels imaginable

Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

October 03–November 29, 2020 • event

Nation’s largest Renaissance theme park full of 16th-century magic

Great Texas Balloon Race

Great Texas Balloon Race

June 19–21, 2020 • event

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

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 13–21, 2020 • 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

Texas Ranch Roundup

Texas Ranch Roundup

July 17–18, 2020 • event

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

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

Japan Festival Houston

Japan Festival Houston

May 02–03, 2020 • event

Immerse in Japanese culture every spring in downtown Houston

SXSW Music Festival

SXSW Music Festival

March 16–22, 2020 • event

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

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

May–mid-June • nature

A billionth population of American cicadas come out during final weeks in their lives to rejoice in a huge mating par

Texas Pinball Festival

Texas Pinball Festival

March 27–29, 2020 • event

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

Houston Christmas Lights

Houston Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January • event

Magical winter lights transform Houston at night

Lavender Trails

Lavender Trails

May–June • nature

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

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

Ford Holiday River Parade

Ford Holiday River Parade

November 27, 2020 • event

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

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

October 02–03, 2020 • 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

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

November 24, 2019 • event

A signature holiday event in the city brings fun and entertainment

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

Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival

November 07–08, 2020 • event

This book fair will inspire you to read again

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 28, 2019 • event

The best occasion to taste Texan craft beers

North Texas Irish Festival

North Texas Irish Festival

March 06–08, 2020 • event

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

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

December 01–20, 2019 (TBC) • event

The largest Christmas light display in Texas

Grapevine Parade of Lights

Grapevine Parade of Lights

December 05, 2019 • event

The largest illuminated Christmas parade in North Texas

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 Reds Steak & Grape Festival

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival

September 25–27, 2020 • event

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

Drive Through Christmas Light Parks

Drive Through Christmas Light Parks

November–early January • activity

A traditional Texan entertainment during the holiday season

Enchant Christmas

Enchant Christmas

2019 (cancelled) • event

Possibly the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze

Wonderland of Lights

Wonderland of Lights

November 27–December 29, 2019 • event

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

Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls

mid-May–September • activity

A hidden picture-perfect swimming hole

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

May 01–03, 2020 • event

A celebration of the rich and glorious Scottish cultural heritage

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 29, 2020 • event

The longest running kite festival in the country

Taste of Dallas

Taste of Dallas

June 05–07, 2020 • event

The favorite summertime food festival in the city

Texas Rose Festival

Texas Rose Festival

October 17–20, 2019 • event

Visit competitions and parades in the rose capital of America

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

September 20–22, 2019 • event

Three days of Greek music, dance and wonderful food

Alamo City Comic Con

Alamo City Comic Con

October 31–November 03, 2019 • event

One of the largest events of this kind in the United States

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

October 02–04, 2020 • event

The largest celebration in the polka capital of Texas

Chevron Houston Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon

January 19, 2020 • event

The largest single day athletic event in Houston

Poteet Strawberry Festival

Poteet Strawberry Festival

April 03–05, 2020 • event

The biggest annual celebration at the strawberry capital of Texas

Austin Pride

Austin Pride

August 10, 2019 • event

Dress in rainbow colors for one of the largest Pride Parades in Texas

Texas Relays

Texas Relays

March 25–28, 2020 • event

A historical competition is among most popular track and field events in the U.S.

Halloween

Halloween

late September–late October • event

The biggest seasonal events in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas

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Texas weather in January
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The start of the year in Texas is the coldest time, with the temperatures plunging below freezing in some places. The arid and semi-arid areas in the north-west are especially prone to frost. While the subtropical southeast experiences milder temperatures with the lows just above freezing and also higher precipitation. Northern plains can face strong winds that blow during cold waves. January boasts a sufficient amount of sunshine with 16 sunny days. Overall, mid-winter in Texas ranges from mild to cold, but nights are chilly even after the warmest days. For a visit in January, pack warm winter garments, especially for the cooler nights. Bring a heavy coat or a down jacket, a hat, a scarf, and gloves—standard essentials for the cold season.
Texas weather in February
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After the coldest month of January, February brings a consistent rise in average temperatures, even though cold fronts are still possible in the north. The subtropical southeast is markedly milder than the rest of the state. In the capital city of Austin, the average lows and highs range from 45°F (7°C) to 65°F (18°C). To compare the values, the westernmost El Paso on the border with New Mexico state and Mexico has slightly milder days and colder nights that plunge to 37°F (3°C). February is quite a dry month with clear and sunny days prevailing in the majority of the state. The humid coastal areas are an exception. Also, snowfalls regularly occur in the Guadalupe Mountains stretching in the west. When visiting Texas in February, pack accordingly to the place you visit. Warm clothes are necessary regardless of the area, as nights remain fairly cold. Pack a heavy jacket for the mountains and an umbrella for the coastline.
Texas weather in March
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The first month of spring brings further warming up along with the pickup in the rainfall. The majority of the state, except for the arid west, sees growing precipitation when it rains often. However, clouds don't shield the sun for a long time, so the month boasts ample sunshine with 18 sunny days on average. The days are pleasantly warm in the majority of the state, with the average temperatures reaching 68°F (20°C) and above. The nights are colder but milder than in winter with the average temperatures hovering between 40°F (4°C) to 50°F (10°C). At the same time, March is not immune to the cold fronts that usually strike the northern areas of the state. March visitors won't need heavy winter clothing, but some coat or jacket can be practical in the evening. Also, it's prudent to wear a raincoat or carry an umbrella.
Texas weather in April
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Overall, April is a pleasantly warm and one of the rainiest months in Texas. The precipitation and rainfall vary dramatically across the state, progressively growing from the arid El Paso in the west to the humid and subtropical Port Arthur in the east. The sunshine and daylight hours are adequate despite the rain. The day temperatures also differ depending on the area being higher in the Northcentral Dallas, and milder in the Southcentral San Antonio. Hot fronts bring scorching temperatures, often followed by thunderstorms. Another woe of the season is tornadoes, which are most likely to happen in the Red River Valley of North Texas. If you come in April, dress in layers to be ready for unpredictable weather. Bring short- and long-sleeved shirts as well as a sweatshirt for the cooler temperatures. Your best accessories will be a raincoat and an umbrella.
Texas weather in May
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May is a turbulent month, sunny and bright, yet hot and rainy, on the other hand. Hot fronts result in frequent thunderstorms with hail in addition to rain and lightning. Tornadoes occur mainly in the north, while wildfires and flooding—in many places around Texas. Precipitation is well-distributed across the state with slight variations. McKinney in north-central Texas, for example, registers the highest precipitation. The second place goes to the coastal areas. While days in May sometimes get uncomfortably hot, the nights are pleasantly warm. The cities on the Gulf coast boast relatively milder temperatures. In Houston, it hovers between 68°F (20°C) to 86°F (30°C). Light summer clothing needs to be packed, along with a raincoat or an umbrella. Also, keep an open eye on the weather forecast for possible alerts.
Texas weather in June
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With the onset of summer, the sun becomes relentless, raising the temperatures to the more uncomfortable levels. The average highs hover in the sweltering zone above 86°F (30°C), occasionally reaching 98°F (37°C). The average lows are warm ranging from 67°F (19°C) to 76°F (24°C). The east is hot and humid, while the arid areas in the west have even higher temperatures. The coastal south is also hot and muggy. Only the north is slightly colder than average. Rainfall is still abundant throughout the state with high chances of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, especially in the southeastern regions. If you choose the summer season, bring a sun hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen to survive the heat. Light and loose clothing of natural fibers will do the best. A raincoat or an umbrella will be invaluable.
Texas weather in July
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Summer is in full swing with 24 sunny days per month on average. The day temperatures are sweltering in most of Texas with the average highs hovering between 92°F (33°C) to 100°F (38°C). The night temperatures decrease to comfortably warm range of 67°F (19°C) to 75°F (24°C). Some areas though, are relatively cooler and hence more enjoyable. In particular, Guadalupe Mountains Park, located in the arid west, is one of the coolest places in this season, with the average max hitting 84°F (29°C). Another relatively cold region in July is the coastal area. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are also warm. The amount of rainfall decreases to moderate, but thunderstorms and tornadoes can still occur. Also, the likelihood of wildfire is high in hot and dry weather. Summer travelers should load on light, loose clothing, sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If you're planning on camping in the open areas, bring insect repellents too. A raincoat or an umbrella may also be useful.
Texas weather in August
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When June and July were sweltering hot, August still claims to be the hottest month in Texas. The scorching heat spreads all across the state with slight differences in the average daytime highs. The days grow hotter from the north to the west, and even hotter to the south. Central Texas experiences the peak records often crossing the barrier of 100°F (38°C). The average amount of sunshine is 12 hours per day. Rainfall remains moderate in August, but the risk of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes is still present. August nights are warm but also humid in the southeastern part of the state. Visiting Texas in the hottest month, bring plenty of sunscreen, a sun hat, and light cotton or linens. Also, plan your itineraries for the mornings or late afternoons to avoid the heat of the midday sun.
Texas weather in September
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The height of summer recedes by September, and the highs mitigate a little. The average highs range hovers between 85°F (29°C) to 91°F (33°C), and the lows one—60°F (16°C) to 70°F (21°C). The fall comes first to the north of Texas and spreads its wings to the south as the month progresses. Unlike in spring or summer, the weather is mostly calm. There's a small risk of thunderstorms. The rain is moderate, and the sunshine is ample with occasional partly cloudy sky. In terms of weather, fall is considered the very best season to take in the state of Texas. Summer clothing will suffice for the day, while a light sweater or a light jacket may be relevant for the cooler mornings or evenings. A raincoat or an umbrella may also be needed.
Texas weather in October
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A beautiful month with mild temperatures and amiable weather. The average highs decrease to 75°F (24°C)–85°F (29°C) range, while nights please with cooler 55°F (13°C) to 60°F (16°C) temperature range. Rainfall is somewhat higher than moderate. The month of October brings a mix of cloudy and sunny days in most of Texas. The only area where cloudy and humid weather is dominant throughout the month is the subtropical regions in the east and coastal south. One of the best sights of the season is the foliage display that peaks by mid-October. This is a great time to be at the Hill Country or the Piney Woods. Bring light short- and long sleeves for the day, a sweatshirt or a light jacket for the night, and a raincoat or an umbrella for the rainy periods.
Texas weather in November
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The pleasant fall weather continues into November. The temperatures are consistently cooling down with the progress of the month. Days are temperate, and nights are comfortably mild in most of Texas. The northern areas of the state are generally colder than average, while the south, on the contrary, is warmer. The nights in Wichita Falls are three times cooler than in the south-central Laredo. The difference in day temperatures is less dramatic, but noticeable anyways. Also, evenings get more windy, as winter approaches. The rainfall is moderate, while cloudy days alternate with sunny ones. The foliage is splendid until mid-November. Dress in layers to be ready for both sunny and rainy periods. Bring a windbreaker for evenings. Wearing a sweatshirt or a light jacket in the south and a heavier coat in the colder north should be comfy.
Texas weather in December
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Early winter brings cooler temperatures to Texas, yet the weather varies dramatically across the state–from cold to warm. While the northern and western areas experience frost and regular snowfall, the Gulf Coast in the south boasts mild weather. The southernmost Brownsville enjoys a comfortable range of 53°F (12°C) to 72°F (22°C). Rainfall is scarce, and the month is typically clear in most of the state, except the southeast where humidity is high and rain is frequent. Meanwhile, rain is negligible in the arid west. Your luggage will depend on the area you visit in Texas. Bring warm winter clothes for the colder north or east, and lighter clothing along with a raincoat or umbrella for the southeast. To be well-prepared, check the weather precisely for the area you're going to.