Things are heating up in Texas, y’all!  Including several Texas Festivals and Fairs in September worth adding to your Fall Dance Card.  And yes, I know it won’t FEEL like Fall in the Lone Star State, but we can still discover Texas and enjoy fun festivities, and just be sweaty together.  Here’s what’s happening in September worth checking out!


Texas Festivals and Fairs

I love that any given week, there’s something fun happening somewhere in Texas!  We Texans love to celebrate our history and culture, 365 days a year!  From super big, to very small and intimate, there’s always Texas Festivals and Fairs taking place all over the Lone Star State!  Let’s look at a few of my personal favorites!


A hand holding up an ice cream Nutty Bar


State Fair of Texas

  • Yes, we must begin with the Grande Daddy of them all, the State Fair of Texas.  I love everything about the State Fair, and you can read all about my personal favorite aspects in this post.
  • Dates:  September 27-October 20, 2019
  • Tickets begin at $12 for Seniors, and there’s a million ways to save money, purchase packages, etc.  Here’s the page that describes all the options.
  • My favorite reason to attend:  The Creative Arts winners, of course.  Click here to see why! 


A Big Tex Doll with a Blue Ribbon Prize


West Fest

  • Every Labor Day weekend, the town of West, just north of Waco, hosts West Fest, one of the largest Czech Polka fests in the state. The event features polka and country music, dancing, a Miss West Fest contest, a parade, Polish baked goods contests, horseshoe pitching games, eating contests, and more. There is even a Sunday morning Catholic Polka Mass in the Cultural Amphitheater.
  • Dates:  August 30-September 1, 2019
  • Tickets range from $5-$10.  Here’s the page that describes all the options, as well as the Hours for West Fest.
  • My favorite reason to attend:  A zillion Polka Bands and cold beer.  What’s not to love???


Group of young girls in Polka Dresses smiling

PC: Westfest.com


National Cowboy Day and Symposium

  • The annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in Lubbock pays tribute to the Western cowboy culture. The event includes entertainers, poetry, and storytelling, Western writers and authors panels, film and movie seminars, a Youth Wild West Day, horse-handling demonstrations, a horse-themed parade, and Native American-Indian presentations.
  • More than 60 cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, and storytellers take part. The event also includes the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.
  • Dates:  September 6-8, 2019
  • Tickets range from $10 and up.  Here’s the page that describes all the options.  And, by-the-way, the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Inc.® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization’s goal is to preserve Western heritage and cowboy culture.
  • My favorite reason to attend:  There’s a Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.  That means cute Cowboys cooking delicious things.  Yee Haw!!!!


Green Chuck Wagon with orange wheels

PC: Cowboy.org



  • The annual Grapefest wine festival in Grapevine includes tasting more than 100 wine samples from more than 40 Texas wineries, as well as wines from the Fingerlakes region of New York and the Niagara region of Canada.
  • The four-day, family-friendly event includes a grape stomping competition, live entertainment on three stages, KidsWorld with interactive games, and a touching pool with creatures from the aquarium.
  • Dates:  September 12-15, 2019
  • Tickets run around $8 each, but there are several options, as is the case for many Texas Festivals and Fairs, so click here to see all the choices.
  • My favorite reason to attend:  Remember the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy gets in the barrel to stomp grapes?  And how hilarious her facial expressions were?  Well, yeah.  You can stop grapes at Grapefest!  I’m 100% down for that!!!


Feet on a barrel of red grapes


Whew!  OK, y’all!  That’s whole bunch of fun opportunities to Discover Texas by attending one of these fun Texas Festivals and Fairs during the month of September.

It might still be hot, but who cares? Let’s all be hot together and enjoy making memories in the Lone Star State!