As passionate supporters of Texas’ vibrant culture and natural beauty, we’re excited to lead you through 2024’s top outdoor activities. Texas is home to various celebrations and a huge outdoor canvas. Every event captures Texas warmth and character, from the musical sounds of famous festivals to the thrilling thrills of historic rodeos.
From the many celebrations, we’ve chosen nine outdoor events that stand out. Texas in 2024 has something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie looking for new cuisine, a movie buff looking for star-studded film festivals, or an art lover seeking cultural richness. Technology enthusiasts will enjoy cutting-edge meetups, historical anniversaries will be honored, and nature’s spectacles will provide a spectacular backdrop.
- We chose events that showcase Texas’s vibrant culture and nature.
- From music events to tech gatherings, expect variety.
- Each 2024 Texas outdoor event offers an amazing experience.
Iconic Music Festivals
Texas is renowned for its vibrant music scene, particularly through festivals that have gained international acclaim. We are excited to highlight two that are essential for any music lover’s calendar.
Austin City Limits
When: October 2024 (Two Weekends)
Where: Austin, Texas
- 8 Stages
- Over 130 Bands
Regarded as the premier Texas music festival, Austin City Limits epitomizes the diverse and rich musical heritage of the Lone Star State. Spanning two weekends, the festival not only showcases a broad spectrum of genres but also provides an electrifying atmosphere in the heart of Austin.
South by Southwest
When: March 2024
Where: Austin, Texas
- Interactive Media
South by Southwest (SXSW) is much more than a music festival; it’s a cultural gathering that spans various mediums, with thousands of artists from around the world. It’s an influential event in various industries including tech and film, but it’s the music portion that truly captures our spirits, showcasing emerging talent alongside established acts.
Traditional Texas Rodeos
Embark with us on a whirlwind tour of classic Western tradition, as we steer you toward the can’t-miss rodeos of Texas. These events are deep-rooted in heritage and present a yearly spectacle that’s essential to the Texan experience.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
As one of the largest and most prestigious rodeos in the world, we know the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is much more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of Western culture. Every March, our city becomes the epicenter of rodeo thrills, where seasoned cowboys and cowgirls compete for unrivaled glory.
- Dates: Typically held in March
- Events: Bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and more
- Entertainment: Top-notch concerts featuring major music stars
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been a fixture of cowboy culture. Billed as the “oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo,” this event offers us a journey through history with an authentic rodeo atmosphere that’s electric with excitement.
- Dates: January 12 – February 03, 2024
- Highlights: Livestock exhibits, a rich variety of competitive events, and a carnival for family fun
- Location: Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic hub of the livestock industry
These annual rodeos preserve the customs of the Texas frontier and serve as a testament to our dedication to the cowboy way of life.
We’re thrilled to guide you through the most anticipated culinary events in Texas, where the tastes are as big as the Lone Star State itself. From deep-fried innovations to gourmet pairings, these festivals are a food lover’s paradise.
Texas State Fair
At the Texas State Fair, we’ll indulge in a tradition of flavor and fun that spans over a century. This event is famed for its full-flavored foods and frying feats that make each visit an unforgettable taste adventure. Remember to save room for Texas-sized portions!
- Dates: Late September – Mid October
- Location: Dallas, Texas
- Don’t Miss: The Competition Kitchen for live cooking demonstrations
Austin Food + Wine Festival
The Austin Food + Wine Festival is where we’ll savor the craft of top chefs and wine experts. Imagine sipping on exquisite wines while engaging in interactive cooking experiences — all set against the backdrop of Austin’s vibrant culture.
- Dates: To Be Announced
- Location: Austin, Texas
- Chef Showcases: Meet the culinary minds behind the menus
- Grill Masters: Learn tips and tricks for the perfect barbecue
Film Enthusiasts’ Corner
We can’t get enough of the electrifying film festivals Texas has to offer in 2024! Be prepared to indulge in a cinematic adventure that entertains, educates, and inspires.
SXSW Film Festival
At the core of Texas’ vibrant film scene, SXSW Film Festival stands as a beacon for the avant-garde and the narratives that shape our world. With a reputation for showcasing the eclectic mix of mainstream hits and indie darlings, we recommend marking your calendars for this Austin staple known to fuel conversations and connections between filmmakers and audiences.
Dallas International Film Festival
We take pride in the Dallas International Film Festival as it turns the spotlight on diverse voices and stories from around the globe. Dive into the richness of world cinema, and join in the celebration that transforms Dallas into an international crossroads of culture every April.
Art and Culture Exhibits
In 2024, we’re thrilled to invite you to experience the vibrant art scene in Texas through two exceptional showcases. They feature unique and groundbreaking art that capture our state’s dynamic spirit.
Texas Contemporary Art Fair
We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the cutting-edge works showcased at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Held annually, this fair becomes the focal point for art collectors and enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of contemporary art from galleries all over, including local talent. This year, the fair will host a special section dedicated to digital art and multimedia installations, reflecting the latest trends in contemporary art.
East Austin Studio Tour
Join us as we explore Austin’s creative hub through the East Austin Studio Tour. Artists open their studios to the public, providing us with a rare opportunity to witness art in the making. Watch out for the interactive map that will guide us to various artists’ workplaces, where we can meet the creators, learn about their processes, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. This tour is a must-do to truly engage with Austin’s vibrant art community.
Tech Innovations Meetup
We’re absolutely thrilled to highlight the must-attend event of the year for tech enthusiasts and professionals alike. The Tech Innovations Meetup merges cutting-edge technology with networking in a way that simply cannot be missed.
Texas Digital Summit
The Texas Digital Summit is our premier pick where the state’s most brilliant minds gather to showcase innovative technologies and disruptive ideas. Dates and venues are confirmed; the summit is slated for a grand event this year.
- Date & Time: Mark your calendars for an experience like no other, as we gather on April 15-16, 2024.
- Venue: We’re hosting at the George R. Brown Convention Center, an iconic venue for breakthrough tech events.
We should attend in droves, not just to witness but also to participate in the unfolding future of technology. Expect compelling workshops, engaging keynotes, and hands-on experiences with the latest gadgets and software.
Registration opens soon, and we encourage signing up early to secure your spot at this incomparable event.
We can’t help but get thrilled about stepping back in time through the many historical commemorations across Texas. These events offer a matchless blend of education and entertainment, perfect for history buffs and families alike!
San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment
Every April, we mark the San Jacinto Day Festival, a lively and educational event that commemorates one of the most decisive battles in Texas history. It’s here, on the grounds where Texas gained its independence, that we witness the Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment—the largest in the state. The thunder of cannons and the charge of cavalry bring the momentous battle to life, and we find ourselves cheering on the Texian soldiers as they strive for victory once again.
As event planners, we’re always on the lookout for outdoor events that showcase the splendor of nature. One event that consistently captivates us with its grandeur is the Texas SandFest.
Prepare to be amazed as we immerse ourselves in the artistry and community spirit of the Texas SandFest, the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the USA. This phenomenal event not only offers breathtaking sculptures but also gives us a chance to connect with nature’s temporary canvas. The sands of Port Aransas transform into intricate masterpieces under the skillful hands of sculptors, and we are there to witness the magic unfold.
In Texas, the spirit of the holidays comes alive with exclusive events that offer unique experiences. We can’t wait to share with you the charm of seasonal wines and the enchantment of glittering lights that are sure to make your season bright.
Christmas Wine Affair
Imagine us toasting to the joy of the season at the Christmas Wine Affair, a beloved Texas tradition. Discover new favorites and classic pours as we traverse the Texas Hill Country, savoring the finest selections each vineyard has to offer. Don’t miss out on this winter wonderland of wines!
|Bell Springs Winery
|Dec 1st – 20th
|Dec 5th – 19th
|Fall Creek Vineyards
|Dec 3rd – 22nd
Galveston Island Festival of Lights
As the night falls, join us at the Galveston Island Festival of Lights. This magical event transforms the island into a luminous spectacle with millions of lights. Stroll with us through the shimmering paths and feel the warmth of the holiday glow.
- Location: Moody Gardens
- Dates: Nov 1st, 2024 – Jan 2025
- Highlights: 3D holiday films, Ice slides, Train rides
Each of these holiday exclusives in Texas offers its own blend of festive cheer and we can’t wait to share these memories with you!
Christian Linden is a seasoned writer and contributor at Texas View, specializing in topics that resonate with the Texan community. With over a decade of experience in journalism, Christian brings a wealth of knowledge in local politics, culture, and lifestyle. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Texas. When he's not writing, Christian enjoys spending weekends traveling across Texas with his family, exploring everything from bustling cities to serene landscapes.