Burton Cotton Gin Festival

Did you know that the oldest operating cotton gin in the United States is located in Burton, Texas?

Every year, this historical treasure is celebrated at the Burton Cotton Gin Festival. A day filled with fun for the whole family kicks off with a parade followed by a classic car & tractor show, demonstrations, live music, shopping, family activities & contests, and all the food and refreshments you would expect from a small town of German heritage!

Experience the sights and sounds of the old cotton gin in action as festival goers witness the baling process. And don't miss out on a tour of the Texas Cotton Gin Museum, where you can learn about the foundation of the gin and the story of how it was saved from becoming the site of a convenience store.

 

Burton Cotton Gin Festival - Burton, Texas

April 17, 2021  |  10:00am - 6:00pm

Free Admission

10:00am - Parade

12:00pm - Live Music Begins

3:00pm - Cotton Gin Produces a Bale

Contests at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30

Demonstrations throughout the day

Visit the Texas Cotton Gin Museum for more information.

Wildflower Etiquette

Wildflower Etiquette

We really want to share the beauty of the wildflowers in Washington County, so here are some tips to keep visitors safe as well as minimize the impact of so many travelers on our colorful fields:

-Respect private property. There are plenty of public places to take pictures.
-Do not cross fences (see above). Take the photo from the road side of the fence.
-Follow the trail left by those before you.
-Sit among the flowers in the places that have already been used as a seat.
-Try to step between the bluebonnets if there is no trail.
-Don’t pick the bluebonnets. We need them to go to seed for future wildflower seasons!
-Be alert—fire ants, snakes, and poison ivy are all likely to thrive in the same places as the bluebonnets.
-Use caution on roadsides. If there is not an adequate shoulder, continue to a safe place.
-Please don’t leave trash behind; if you find any, pay it forward by taking it with you when you leave.

Common sense and common courtesy are key to an enjoyable wildflower season for all. Thank you for visiting Brenham/Washington County! We look forward to sharing our bluebonnets for many generations to come.

Texas Arts and Music Festival

The fifth annual Texas Arts & Music Festival in historic Downtown Brenham is just around the corner! Join us October 16-17, 2020 for a family-friendly weekend of art, music, street food, and activities in the streets of Downtown Brenham.

Each year, the Texas Arts & Music Festival brings live music and world-renowned mural artists for live art installations for the public to enjoy. This year’s featured artists are Tara Johnston and Luis Angulo.

Due to COVID-related scheduling changes, this year the festival is teaming up with the City of Brenham’s popular concert series, Hot Nights, Cool Tunes. On Friday night, Texas Unlimited Band will take the stage, followed by Journey tribute band Escape on Saturday night. These concerts, along with the festival, are family-friendly and free to the public. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy live music and delicious food and refreshments from local restaurants and food trucks.

Saturday’s schedule includes the Art Village. Artists and Craftsmen from across Texas will be set up offering their unique handmade creations to the public.

Sam Houston Mural

The Texas Arts & Music Festival is the perfect weekend to enjoy all that historic Downtown Brenham has to offer! Check out our lodging partners, and plan your weekend now.

According to the Governor’s orders, masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Look for hand sanitizing stations set up throughout downtown public spaces. Retailers, restaurants, and lodging partners are taking additional measures to provide a safe and clean environment for all visitors. 

Photography by Natalie Lacy Lange

Hot Nights, Cool Tunes 2020

RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2020 - See the Hot Nights Facebook page for more information, no car shows to be held

 

Hot Nights, Cool Tunes is one of the highlights of the summer in Washington County! And lucky for us, it is not just a one-time event. Bring your lawn chair and your friends, and join us each Saturday evening in July for live music on our historic downtown square. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks are available for purchase to support the community and help keep the concerts free. The west end of Alamo Street features a car show by Stray Katz Car Club, which is always a family favorite.

The music starts at 7pm and ends around 9pm. Come early for shopping, food and the car show!

July 11th – Austin Party Band

The concert series kicks off with Austin Party Band and their sounds from Motown to modern.

Sponsored by: Woodson Lumber, Baylor Scott & White, Citizens State Bank and South Texas Tack

July 18th – Texas Unlimited Band

Texas Unlimited Band (TUB) returns to the stage playing everything from country to 80’s hits and always gets the crowd up and dancing!

Sponsored by: Siedel Schroeder, Mike Hopkins Distributing, Brenham National Bank and Dahmann & Associates insurance

July 25th – Escape

ESCAPE is a Houston based group committed to taking you back through the years of Journey.

Sponsored by: Tippit Dental Group, Brannon Industrial Group, Bluebonnet Electric and Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union

August 1st – The Damn Torpedoes

The Damn Torpedoes have it: attitude, mojo, chemistry, skill, and determination…and use those qualities to pay tribute to an American band who for 4 decades were the pure embodiment of the same, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Sponsored by: Associated Credit Union of Texas, Ant Street Inn, Independence Coffee and Strand Associates

 

Hot Nights, Cool Tunes concert series is brought to you by

 The City of Brenham and KTEX 106.1

Make a weekend out of it, and stay in Brenham and Washington County! Click here for lodging.