Events calendar makes Facebook debut

Texas Events Calendar, a quarterly publication featuring great activities across the state for more than 50 years, recently launched its new home on Facebook, along with the release of the calendar’s Summer 2012 issue.

The new Facebook page, at, offers extra features that highlight events all over Texas. Facebook users who “like” the page will get access to spotlights on select festivals and activities, great photos from Texas Highways magazine photographers and other extras likely to inspire a daytrip or a weeklong adventure.

As the approach of summer turns up the heat on vacation planning, travelers can keep their cool by letting the latest Texas Events Calendar be their guide to fun activities and outings. The calendar’s summer 2012 issue—featuring events in June, July and August—offers hundreds of ideas for things to see and do, from hometown festivals to world-class performances.

Fun-seekers can discover the sweet taste of summer at a variety of harvest festivals, including the Watermelon Thump in Luling, the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches and the Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford. There’s great music at blues festivals in Midland and Navasota. When it’s time to sit back and relax, just find a spot to watch the skies at Longview’s U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship or one of many fireworks displays celebrating the Fourth of July across the state.

Among other events in the Summer 2012 Texas Events Calendar:

• Crockett—Celebrate Houston County’s 175th anniversary with special events May 20 to June 12, such as the Fiddlers’ Festival and Steak Cookoff, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall display, tours of historic sites, a historical re-enactment and the official birthday party.

• San Angelo—At the Hobo Festival on June 9, learn about hobo culture and its relationship to railroad history while enjoying live music, a stew cookoff, costume contest and more.

• Abilene—Young readers open a new chapter in their love for stories at the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival, which featured an exhibit of Dr. Seuss’ art and a downtown festival, June 14-17.

• Uvalde—The FAI World Gliding Championship, July 28-Aug. 19, draws 130 of the world’s best glider pilots from 25 countries for competition flying, cultural themed parties, a parade, live music and more.

For free subscription to the Texas Events Calendar, email your name and address to with “send me a calendar” in the subject line; or write to Texas Events Calendar Subscriptions at P.O. Box 149249, Austin, TX 78714-9249. The calendar also may be viewed online at or through searchable events listings at, and The Texas Events Calendar is a publication of Texas Department of Transportation.

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