Venture Outside of Austin this Summer!

Summertime should be packed full of travels and adventures, even it they're only small staycations. We recommend venturing outside of Austin this July and exploring these events: 

 

Messina Hof Harvest Festival: 

Taking place throughout July and August, you can sign up for a number of harvest experiences, dinners and tastings. The festival kicks off with a Moonlit Harvest on Friday, July 12 for $85 (includes grape picking and stomping activities, t-shirt and dinner). Saturday harvests occur every week until the weekend of August 3 with themed dinners happening every Friday and Saturday evening. The festival culminates with the Messina Hof Harvest & Music Festival in Fredericksbug on August 10. 

 

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Grape stomping at Messina Hof Harvest Festival

Hot Nights Cool Tunes in Downtown Brenham: 

 

A concert series comes to downtown Brenham, making for a family friendly excursion out of town. Every Saturday throughout July, the city center will host a different band alongside a car show and food vendors. Make it a night by taking advantage of the city's special offers with lodging and restaurant partners! If you spend the night, don't leave on Sunday without visiting Home Sweet Farm Market for market goodies! 

McDade Watermelon Festival:

Friday, July 12–Saturday, July 13 in McDade, Texas! Saturday, from 8 pm to midnight is a street dance and Saturday boasts breakfast tacos, a parage, all day bbq and a free melon feast! 

Chili and Chillin' on Fredericksburg Wine Road: 

Visit Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 wineries (find the list here) on Saturday, July 20 for dishes inspired by gourmet chili peppers with perfectly matched Texas wine! Regular winery tasting fees still apply.

 

Night in Old Fredericksburg: 

 

The festival turns 50 this year! On July 19–20, enjoy German and Texan music, a domino tournament, arts and crafts and plenty of great food and drinks. There will be children's entertainment as well, including carnival rids and cartoon clips from 1963.

IMG0123Night in Old Fredericksburg Festival

Saturday Night River Parties in Bastrop: 

Run by Bastrop River Co., spend your Saturday night paddling to Patterson Island and camping on site. Enjoy a catered dinner, a local band, breakfast tacos in the morning before paddling back! $100 per person.