Texas Arts and Music Festival

The sixth annual Texas Arts & Music Festival in historic Downtown Brenham is just around the corner! Join us October 16-17, 2021, 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 artist is Levi Ponce. Ponce works with traditional and digital media to develop large-scale graphics and artwork for clients like Activision, AT&T, Sony, Toyota, 23 and Me, Dunkin’ Donuts, iHeartRadio, Modelo, Mun2, and many others.

This year the festival is once again teaming up with the City of Brenham’s popular concert series, Hot Nights, Cool Tunes. On Saturday, October 16, Jordan Matthew Young will take the stage at 7:00pm. Fans of The Voice will recognize Young from Blake’s team on season 20. The concert, 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.

 

The Art Village will be open on Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 11am-2pm. 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.

Photography by Natalie Lacy Lange

The Washington County Fair

Washington County is home to the oldest county fair in Texas!

The Washington County Fair offers an entire week of exciting events: a rodeo, carnival, live music & concerts, a variety of livestock shows, arts & crafts, special attractions, contests, commercial exhibits and more.

The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 11, with a trail ride followed by a parade in Downtown Brenham.

Tuesday, September 14, is the opening evening of the carnival. There are rides for toddlers up to the most adventurous riders.

Head to the rodeo arena for mutton bustin, wild steer saddling, bull riding, and other rodeo events throughout the week. The CPRA Rodeo begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday. Click here for a complete list of rodeo events.

Browse the antique tractor exhibit, along with the youth livestock barns to complete the county fair experience! There are also arts & crafts exhibits, as well as a country store to purchase from your favorite exhibitors.

Live music is playing in the pavilion throughout the week. Entertainment this year includes Clay Walker, Rick Trevino, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Giovannie and the Hired Guns, Kody West, and many more. For the complete entertainment lineup and schedule, click here.

Advanced season passes will be available for purchase.

This family-friendly week of events truly offers something for everyone. Visit Brenham and hold on to your hats for the Washington County Fair!

For more information go to WCF.

5 Places in Brenham to Get a Scoop of Blue Bell Ice Cream

 

 

Midsummer in Texas means one thing–it’s time for Blue Bell Ice Cream! And what better place to get a scoop of the best ice cream in the country than right in the hometown of the little creamery?

Here are FIVE places in Brenham/Washington County to get a scoop of refreshing Blue Bell Ice Cream!

1. Must Be Heaven

Located in the heart of Downtown Brenham, Must Be Heaven is home to an old-fashioned soda parlor. Get a scoop of your favorite Blue Bell flavor, or indulge in a sundae with a cherry on top! Must Be Heaven is also known as a favorite stop for sandwiches, quiche, and homemade pie. Dine inside or sit on the patio, and don’t forget to snap a picture in front of one of their murals before you leave!

2. SCOOPS

Scoops may look like a regular convenience store, but the locals know that this inconspicuous place is the home of the biggest selection of Blue Bell flavors in Brenham! With 32 flavors to choose from, go for a double or triple-scoop!

3. R Place

You won’t find as many flavor options at R Place in Washington, but you will find BBQ and loads of character to go with your scoop of Blue Bell! Located right next to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, this is a must-stop when you visit where Texas became Texas. R Place is only open on weekends, so make it part of your weekend getaway.

4. Yumm! Sweets & Eats

Another Downtown Brenham favorite, Yumm! Sweets & Eats offers Blue Bell along with a plethora of other sweets to fuel your Downtown stroll. Don’t miss their homemade pizzas on the restaurant side!

5. Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor

Is it really a trip to Brenham if you don’t visit the creamery? A visit to the Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor will take you back in time to your first scoop of Blue Bell Ice Cream! Enjoy free samples, and scoops are only one dollar! The Blue Bell Country Store adjoins the Ice Cream Parlor, so you can shop for souvenirs while you’re there. Be sure to grab a free paper Blue Bell hat to complete the experience.

 

 

Hot Nights, Cool Tunes 2021

 

 

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 7:00 pm and ends around 9:00 pm. Come early for shopping, food and the car show!

July 10th – The Fab 5

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

Sponsored by: Brenham National Bank | Seidel Schroeder | Germania Insurance | Tippit Dental Group

July 17th – The Rockets Brothers Band

Austin's premier party band! Playing popular music from the '50s til now, a true variety band!

Sponsored by: Ant Street Inn | Briannas Fine Salad Dressings | Associated Credit Union of Texas | Legacy

July 24th – The Brown Sugar Band

They will have everyone up on their feet, movin' and shakin' as they play Old School Rock'n Roll, Motown, R&B, and Today's Hits.

Sponsored by: Woodson Lumber Company | Citizens State Bank | Budweiser - Mike Hopkins Distributing | Bluebonnet Electric

July 31st – Escape

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

Sponsored by: Brannon Industrial Group | Strand Associates | Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union | Baylor Scott & White Health

 

 

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.

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.