Top Choice Fair in Dallas

State Fair of Texas

This massive fair is the fall highlight for many a Texan. Come ride one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, eat corn dogs (it's claimed that this is where they were invented), and browse the prize-winning…
Top Choice Cultural in Lubbock

National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration

September is a big time in Lubbock, with returning Tech students and this huge gathering of cowboys, cowboy wannabes, cowboy scholars, cowboy musicians and cowboy cooks. Yee-haw! There's a huge lineup of entertainme…
Top Choice Music in Turkey

Bob Wills Days

Turkey celebrates Wills' legacy with Bob Wills Days, when 10,000 or more people stuff themselves into Turkey for a weekend of pickin' and grinnin', with jam sessions galore. Many well-known musicians appear and jam.
Art in Dallas

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

To experience Dallas at its most bohemian, diverse and relaxed, head down to the live-music stages and eclectic arts booths in early April.
Rodeo in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Catch the rodeo with nearly a million other people. Started in 1896, it's held for several weeks each year at Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Cultural District. Note that concerns about animal treatment are alway…
Rodeo in Abilene

Western Heritage Classic

A big rodeo featuring working cowboys from ranches across the USA, complete with campfire cook-offs, a Western art show and dances. Rodeo tickets (from $25) include grounds admission. Note that there are animal-welf…
Rodeo in San Angelo

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo

The big annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo runs over two weeks in February. It is one of the largest in the Southwest. Note that animal treatment is always an issue around rodeos. Som…
Parade in Dallas

Martin Luther King Jr Parade

For the last 30 years Dallas has hosted one of the largest events in the country commemorating Dr King's life. In mid-January, the parade, a festive mix of floats and marching bands, goes from MLK Blvd and Lamar to …
Rodeo in Amarillo

World Championship Ranch Rodeo

No dudes allowed at this real-deal event that crowns the world-champion cowboy. It's run by Working Ranch Cowboys Association. Note that animal treatment is always a concern at rodeos.
Art in Dallas

City Arts Festival

Fair Park comes alive every Memorial Day weekend with live music, dance, culinary demonstrations and art lessons for the kids, as well as a fine art exhibition.