This year’s event calendar has gotten smaller every month as we maneuver through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, if you are looking for something to do to get out of the house, there are still some events taking place in Texas in the coming months. Some are in-person activities like drive-in movies and some are virtual, like speed dating on the internet. The information we have here is current as of publication, but it could change in an instant, so be sure to check the event websites before making your plans. And don’t forget your mask, even if some events, like the Texas Renaissance Festival, are not requiring them.
Here’s a list of what’s to come.
Palestine, Texas — ongoing event
Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. The ride includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. You can choose from different cabins in a journey across Texas on this historic route.
Austin — ongoing event
This is an online event for Austin singles only. Every Friday Filter Off sets up Austin-specific speed dating sessions and sets up each dater on three, 90-second dates! Filter Off is modeled after real-world speed dating and is designed to get those with confidence, courage and crazy schedules meeting each other face-to-face. We look at your age, location, height and education preferences and attempt to find someone who fits all of them.
Houston — ongoing event
Rooftop Cinema has reimagined its approach to ensure guests have a safe “away from home” experience from the security of their own vehicles. Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles for the duration of each film, aside from using the restroom and picking up food orders. The movie will be projected onto an almost 100-foot “screen” along the side of the silos at Sawyer Yards. Movie audio will be broadcast through the FM radio in your vehicle.
San Antonio — Aug. 29
The Good Kind is hosting a socially distant speed dating event from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. This event will be in the garden lounge and is limited to 60 people.
Dallas — Sept. 11
The free three-day Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Downtown Dallas embodies everything that makes D-FW rock. Experience more than 200 juried decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works and 100 original bands, performers and artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from six stages and two additional performance areas!
Austin — Sept. 18
The Art + Music Spring Fest will be transforming the Cathedral into a unique art and music house featuring art from emerging local female artists through atxGALS as well as showcase an epic music series featuring the sounds of local music groups. Tickets are all-inclusive for music, art, and an open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila, Austin Eastciders, Waterloo Sparkling, GTS Kombucha and more.
Wimberley Arts Fest
Wimberley, Texas — Oct. 3-4
The Wimberley Arts Fest is an annual art festival sponsored by the Wimberley Valley Art League. In addition to over 100 artist booths, there is continuous live music, shuttles to parking and shopping, a vintage car show, food and drink for picnicking and more. It’s a perfect way to spend the weekend in the country, overlooking the beautiful Blanco River and relaxing in an amazing creative environment.
Todd Mission, Texas — Oct. 4 – Nov. 29
Since 1974, there’s been a magical kingdom just at the edge of the Greater Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights. The festival still plans to go ahead as scheduled this year, but some of the regular employees won’t be returning because there will not be a mask requirement for attendees.
Houston — Oct. 31
This year, the Houston Reggae will welcome over 10,000 reggae lovers from around the United States.
San Antonio — Nov. 7
Introducing the first ever plant-based carnival: A fresh take on a classic fair. Sin-Carne-Val is San Antonio’s first carnival for herbivores. Enjoy live music, artisan vendors, delicious vegan fair foods and carnival rides in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Bring the squad, dogs and kids for a two-day experience of vegan foods, nonalcoholic brews, live music and carnival rides. Admission is free to the public.
San Antonio — Nov. 7
After years of playing in original bands that went nowhere, this five-piece country rock band found inspiration again as a successful Eagles tribute band.
Bryan, Texas — Nov. 9
Brazos Valley Worldfest is a communitywide international and cultural festival organized by Texas A&M University. The first festival was held in 2007 with 3,000 attendees. Since that date, it has grown to around 9,000 annually. The free festival includes performances on stages, displays representing around 30+ cultures, arts and crafts, a candy shop, storytelling and international cuisine.