August marks the end of summer and, of course, towns across the Lone Star State aren't about to let summer slip away without a few big festivals and events. From fishing tournaments to music festivals, Texas has an event for everyone in August.
Summer food an drink takes center stage with a sipping jaunt along the Hill Country wine trail and a festival featuring refreshing ice cream in Austin.
Held in the waters around Port Isabel and South Padre Island, the Texas International Fishing Tournament is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. The tournament has bay, offshore, and fly fishing divisions and draws around 1,200 participants annually.
It's fun to watch the boats unload and weigh their catches of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish. Those fishing in the bay will be weighing in their catches of speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Even little kids will be there showing off their strings of fish.
Held in historic downtown Round Rock the second Sunday of every month, the Main Street Stroll is a free, family-oriented event featuring artists, musicians, and street performers.
Downtown Round Rock is a tourist destination known for shopping, dining, and a holiday lights festival.
Held in Denton on an annual basis for over seven decades, the North Texas State Fair features a rodeo, live music, games, carnival, barbecue cook-off and more.
You can wander through the barns and see the animals raised by area 4-H kids, marvel at the skill of riders and the beauty of the horses at the fair's horse show, and enjoy the parade in Denton.
Attracting over 11,000 cyclists from across the country, the Hotter 'n Hell 100 is one of the most popular 100-mile cycle events in the nation.
Over 13,000 bike riders come to Wichita Falls for this 4-day event. This endurance ride isn't for the faint of heart. It will be 110+ degrees out. On race day, riders start to gather as early as 4 a.m. The race is kicked off by the singing of the National Anthem, an Air Force fly-over, and a cannon blast.
With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament has no problem drawing a crowd. Anglers may leave out of any Texas port. Weigh-in is at Robert's Point Park in Port Aransas.
Billfish are those large fish with a spear bill (rostra). Billfish include sailfish, marlin, and swordfish.
With 50 participating Hill Country wineries, the Harvest Wine Trail offers a variety of special events, tastings, tours, and entertainment.
Beyond the four hosted trail events each year, member wineries host events year around. There are grape stomps, food and wine pairing dinners, live music, and special tastings.
In August there are many winery-specific events as well as a huge Labor Day weekend party with live music.
Held at Waterloo Park, the Austin Ice Cream Festival is a great way to cool off from the summer heat. The festival itself includes games, activities, live entertainment and, of course, ice cream.
There are ice cream eating contests, contests for the best ice cream treat and, of course, tons of booths were you can try a range of ice cream offerings from ice cream sandwiches to frozen yoghurt.