8 Fun Summer Things to Do in Texas

Published On: May 15th, 2023Categories: Food, Drink, & EntertainmentLast Updated: May 15th, 202311.1 min read

About the Author: Nicole Schnell

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The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and it’s officially river floating season. Life is good in Texas! Are you going to be traveling to any of Texas’s major cities this summer? Maybe you live in one and are looking to rediscover your city. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, check out our list of eight fun summer things to do in Texas!

Fun Summer Things to Do in Austin

Experience Blues on the Green

Blues on the Green is an Austin summer staple and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Pack your blankets and fold-up chairs to set up on the lawn at Zilker Park for a free concert. Sample food and drink from vendor booths and get to know the local organizations supporting the event.

Catch an Austin FC Game

Austin joined the Major League Soccer world with the debut of Austin FC in 2021. Catch a game this summer at the Q2 Stadium where you might even spot the club’s co-owner, Matthew McConaughey. Go Verde!

Fun Summer Things to Do in Dallas

Yeehaw at a Western Rodeo

Saddle up for an “authentic Western Cowboy Experience” at Fort Worth Stockyards. They host a Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night and an Old West Gunfight Show every Saturday and Sunday. Grab your cowboy hat and don’t forget your boots and spurs!

Get Your Jazz On at Riverfront Jazz Festival

Close out the summer with soul at the 6th annual Riverfront Jazz Festival, taking place the first weekend of September. Expect three days of jazz, R&B, soul, and blues music with vendor booths to shop and diverse foods to enjoy.

Fun Summer Things to Do in Houston

Catch an Outdoor Theatre Show

Miller Outdoor Theatre puts on professional performances in Hermann Park that are free to the public. Join them for Summer Symphony Nights or watch a Broadway-style performance by Theatre Under the Stars, Houston’s home for musical theatre.

Watch the Astros at Minute Maid Park

Wear your blue and orange as you watch the Houston Astros, the 2022 World Series champions, play downtown at Minute Maid Park. Try your luck at catching a home run ball from the “Home Run Porch” that extends over the field. Watch out for foul balls, too!

Fun Summer Things to Do in San Antonio

Walk & Shop the River Walk

The River Walk is one of the most iconic spots in San Antonio (after the Alamo, of course). Eat alongside the river, take a boat ride, and explore the shops and museums. Check their schedule for special events, including the Pride River Parade and Summer Artisan Show.

Have a Fiesta on the River

Fiesta Noche del Rio is an annual cultural performance with Mariachis, Flamenco, colorful costumes, and delicious food and drink. This ongoing summer event takes place at the Arneson River Theater on the River Walk and helps benefit local children’s charities.

What are your favorite summer things to do in Texas? Share them with us in the comments and tag us in your photos on Instagram! If you’re looking for a classic Texas bite to eat while you’re in town, then check out our other blog on the Best BBQ in Texas.

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