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.

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.

Toast the Arrival of 2021 with Downtown Brenham’s Uptown Wine Swirl

Leave 2020 Behind … Welcome 2021!


2021 Swirl LogoJanuary 16 from 3pm-7pm

Purchase at participating Downtown merchants:
$35 before 12/31 or $40 after 12/31

Purchase online:
$40 before 12/31 or $45 after 12/31

Bring your ticket purchased at a participating Downtown merchant, or your receipt if purchased online, to the Courthouse Gazebo the day of the Swirl. Turn it in and show ID to receive your wristband, keepsake tasting glass, and shopping bag. Enjoy!

Swirl participants on sidewalk

Don’t delay! Quantities are limited!

Swirl participants in Alamo Alley

Spend time with family and friends relaxing and tasting wine from all over the world. Swirl leisurely through quaint establishments nestled in Brenham’s beautiful downtown National Register District.

Swirl Participants in store

Fresh air, plenty of space to distance and friendly shopkeepers all come together to put a smile on your face.

Swirl participants taking selfie

Finding Holiday Magic in Brenham & Washington County

This is my favorite time of year … waiting and anticipating the first cold snap of the season … when the air turns crisp, leaves begin to float gracefully to the ground, coffee tastes better and animals and children alike seem to get a boost of extra playfulness. It’s magical.

Sounds a bit like the opening of a Hallmark movie, but … it is real. Brenham and Washington County can’t be replicated. This is true Texas. Unapologetically Americana. Authentic.

Fall wouldn’t be complete in Brenham without candy-littered streets from the annual homecoming parade, including of course, homecoming queen hopefuls waving from convertibles. It doesn’t get much more Americana than this, right?

October boasts creatively dressed scarecrows posed in front of Downtown Brenham shops. Each one lovingly put together by dozens of schoolchildren and individuals alike, who have put their hearts into these straw creations, in hopes of winning one of the many prizes. Local spirit and pride are reflected in each entry.

Our community of Chappell Hill, located just 15 minutes east of Brenham, throws its annual Scarecrow Festival. This popular event draws huge crowds to its tiny town to shop, eat and welcome the season with a smile. Tent-lined streets are full of holiday shoppers, happy to escape big city mass merchandise to enjoy unique street vendors and small-town life.

November continues the holiday spirit with Christmas at the Mansion, a home tour and Christmas fair held at Brenham’s beautiful Giddings Stone Mansion. The mansion’s exterior and eight rooms will feature different holiday themes, designed and decorated by Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture.  There is inspiration at every turn.  Self-guided tours are available all weekend and even two separate seatings for a special lunch on Saturday (reservations required).

Antique Rose Emporium’s 32nd Annual Fall Festival of Roses is a favorite outdoor experience in November. Breathing in the cool rose scented air while taking in spectacular blooms and learning how to care for them is a unique seasonal event not to be missed.

And, what we’ve all been looking forward to all year long … the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in Downtown Brenham … an event that will melt the heart of even the worst Scrooge. Downtown Brenham comes to life with residents and visitors mingling on the streets and throughout the shops. No crowded malls here, just a hometown atmosphere of genuine Christmas spirit. Brenham’s Downtown shopkeepers dazzle and surprise unsuspecting visitors with unique finds. Inside some of the antique architecture, new hip ventures are alive and well and waiting to be discovered.

The Stroll is kicked off with the tree lighting ceremony where onlookers are serenaded by a Girl Scout choir singing carols. As night continues to fall, the parade begins. Beautifully decorated and fully lit floats, marching bands, horses and dancers parade through Downtown, all to the delight of friends, family and visitors. And of course, the man of the hour SANTA makes his grand entrance to the squeals of excited children lining the streets, frantically waving to him as he passes by, perched atop a Fire Truck.

People passing, children laughing, meeting smile after smile … doesn’t just happen in a song or a Hallmark movie. It’s in Brenham, Texas and Washington County … where It’s a Wonderful Life!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself!

Photos by: Natalie Lange