Festivals in Texas During May

May in Texas sees pleasant weather and plenty of festivals. From Czech heritage to rivers, music, and art, you can find something to celebrate.

01 of 09

Greater Southwest Music Festival

Violin and bow
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Featuring over 10,000 music students and teachers, Amarillo's Greater Southwest Music Festival includes contests for choir, jazz band, show choir, orchestra, band, solo, and ensemble. The competition is held in the Amarillo Civic Center.

02 of 09

Cottonwood Art Festival

Artist Barbara Marcus-McKenna

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Held, twice a year, in Cottonwood Park in Richardson, just outside of Dallas. The Cottonwood Art Festival is an outdoor art festival featuring over 200 artists from across the United States, England, and Canada, as well as live music, including country, rock, jazz, blues, swing, and folk.

03 of 09

Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Pie with cream cheese

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Pasadena's annual Strawberry Festival has been a Texas favorite for over three decades and features a wide variety of activities and entertainment, including skydiving, bingo, live music, strawberry eating contests, strawberry cooking, barbecue cookoff, mud volleyball, a carnival, and more.

04 of 09

Wildflower Arts & Music Festival

Jacksons 5 at the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival

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Held each year in Richardson, the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival features local, regional and national musical acts performing live as well as singer/songwriter contests, arts, and crafts show, interactive displays, petting zoo and plenty of other activities for the whole family.

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05 of 09

Port Neches RiverFest

Boat racing during the Port Neches RiverFest

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Held at Port Neches Park, RiverFest includes boat races, live music, arts & crafts, a fishing tournament, fireworks, and more.

06 of 09


Traditional German Food—beer, bratwurst, pretzels, and mustard

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Held each year in Brenham, Maifest is one of the oldest German festivals in Texas, having been staged for nearly 120 years. The event features parades, pageants, food, crafts, and more.

07 of 09

San Antonio Charreada

San Antonio Charreada rodeo

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Staged by the San Antonio Charro Association, Charreada is a Mexican rodeo competition featuring traditional dress, events, and music.

08 of 09

Kerrville Folk Festival

A performer on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival

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Having run continuously since 1972, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest-running festival of its type in North America. Lasting 18 days, the festival features over 100 songwriters, concerts, arts & crafts, kids concerts, and more.

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09 of 09

National Polka Festival

National Polka Festival

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Featuring a colorful Czech parade, live music, arts & crafts, a horseshoe tournament, traditional Czech foods, dancing, and a 5k run. Ennis' annual National Polka Festival is the largest Czech heritage festival in the United States.

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