May blooms with festivals across the state
In May, Texans celebrate everything from Cinco de Mayo and Mayfest to beer and berries. Here are 10 Texas towns bursting with fun this month.
May 2-5: Mayfest has brought the Fort Worth community together for more than 46 years to raise funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. Now attracting more than 200,000 visitors annually, this festival brings four days of family fun to Trinity Park with seven stages of entertainment showcasing more than 40 local bands, festival food and drinks, carnival rides, children’s activities and more. Admission is free on Thursday and then daily tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 3-12, and free for kids 2 and younger. More at mayfest.org.
May 3-4: Maifest has highlighted Brenham’s German heritage since 1881 and is now considered one of the oldest German festivals in Texas. The free festival held at Fireman’s Park kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with music, children’s activities, festival food and drinks. The fun continues Saturday with a downtown Maifest Parade, German Village showcasing Brenham’s heritage, a Kinder Village, German music and folk dancing, beer tastings, live country music, a coronation celebration and more. More at maifest.org.
May 3-5: Viva Market Square is a free event in Historic Market Square celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy three days of live bands and plenty of food, culture, original crafts and family-friendly entertainment. On Sunday, Univision 41 KWEX takes over San Saba Street with a Mariachi Competition starting at 10 a.m. More at facebook.com/marketsquaresa.
May 15-19: Head to the Alamo City for the 38th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival — the first and longest-running Conjunto music festival in the country. The five-day festival celebrates San Antonio’s rich Tejano culture through music, visual arts, literature, film and dance. Festival three-day passes are $35 before May 1 and $45 after May 1, and daily tickets can be purchased at Rosedale Park tickets for $16 per person (free for children 12 and under). More at guadalupeculturalarts.org.
May 4: In its 16th year, Plano AsiaFest will showcase the rich cultures of Asia: Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India and Nepal in the southeast. Experience everything from Asian dance, music and food to a fashion show, martial arts and cultural booths unfolding in Haggard Park from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at this free and culturally rich Asian American heritage festival. More at asianamericanheritage.org.
May 9-12: Dust off your cowboy boots and gallop over to the 35th annual Western Heritage Classic taking place at the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Brimming with all things Western, this internationally recognized three-day event showcases cowboy lifestyle at its finest with everything from a Ranch Rodeo, Rhinestone Round-up, the world’s largest Bit and Spur Show, a chuck wagon cookoff, a stick horse rodeo, steer dummy roping and the Regional & National Finals of the RHAA Working Ranch Horse Competition. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in town for the event, and new this year is the Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars on May 9. More at westernheritageclassic.com.
May 17-18: Babes on the Bay is the largest all women’s fishing event in the country. Started in 2000, the tournament was created to help educate women about the sport of saltwater fishing with a conservation-minded approach and bring more women into the sport during a fun-filled weekend featuring live bands, vendor booths and educational outreach. More at babesonthebay.com.
May 25: The 23rd annual Rockport Wine Festival bursts with more than 100 varieties of wines, craft beer, local cuisine, shopping vendors and live music featuring Cory Morrow, the Pictures and Another Level. The festival unfolds on the grounds of the Texas Maritime Museum. General admission is $25, children 12-21 are $20 and children under 11 are free. More at texasfestivalofwines.com.
May 17-19: The 35th Annual Main Street Fest is a three-day family-friendly festival coinciding with American Craft Brew Week. As one of the longest-running annual events in North Texas, the festival invites guests to “Tex”-perience craft brews from more than 36 breweries across 15 states, enjoy live music on three stages, sample delicious festival food and more in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine. General daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. More at grapevinetexasusa.com/main-street-fest.
May 17-19: The Pasadena Strawberry Festival bursts with 2,000 pounds of strawberries, 300 booth exhibitors and more than 2,000 square feet of strawberry shortcake. The whole family is sure to have a sweet time at this annual festival featuring a parade, the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, carnival rides, a kids adventure zone, a car show, food, live musical entertainment and more. General admission is $12; children 6-12 and seniors are $6; and ages 5 and younger are free. Buy a three-day weekend pass for $30. More at strawberryfest.org.
May 17-19: The 27th annual Wildflower Arts & Music Festival brings headliners including Fitz and the Tantrums, Judah & the Lion and more than 80 other bands and musicians to six stages during this three-day festival unfolding at the Galatyn Park Urban Center. Festivalgoers can also expect fun in the form of a Battle of the Bands, Budding Talent Vocal Competition and a songwriter contest and workshop. Three-day general admission packages are $65; daily general admission is $30 on Friday and Saturday and $15 on Sunday. More at wildflowerfestival.com.
May 19: The 23rd Annual KNBT 92.1 FM Americana Music Jam celebrates Americana music with a stellar lineup of artists including Robert Earl King, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Crisis Center of Comal County and the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation. More at gruenehall.com.