Fairs, Fests and Fun in Temple
Mark your calendar and clear your schedule. That’s because there’s no shortage of things to do in Temple, Texas. Central Texas pulls out all the stops when it comes to festivals and events, with a weekend or day designed for just about everyone.
While the Central Texas State Fair is a major annual highlight, Temple residents choose their favorites among events that showcase pets, kids, music, food, the arts and much, much more. Just a 45-minute drive from Temple, Austin is an events epicenter, with well-known festivities like SXSW and Austin City Limits.
Heritage demonstrations to cultural celebrations, Temple is teeming with year-round events, festivals and fun.
More than fair, it’s downright awesome. For four days, the Central Texas State Fair wows Temple residents and visitors with music, entertainment, professional bull riding, rides, games, and attractions.
Little ones compete in the Mutton Bustin’ Championship, while older youth vie for top spots in the livestock competitions. Behind the wheel there’s high-speed action with the Twisted Metal Mayhem Demolition Derby.
There’s no fair without a rodeo, and each year, Central Texas hosts two nights of bull riders fighting against the clock for those coveted eight seconds.
Admission to the fair also includes entry to daily concerts and live music.
In a city with numerous family-friendly events, the Bloomin’ Temple Festival is one of the most popular in Central Texas. More than 13,000 attend the annual downtown event in April. The festival entertains the community with two days of musical performances, a carnival, food, arts & crafts and family fun. Past performers have included Charlie Daniels, Warrant and Montgomery Gentry.
Sparks fly at the 4th of July All-American Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. Locals bring lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas for a day-long celebration with entertainment, food and activities. Keep your picnic basket packed for Hot Summer Sounds, a season-long lineup of local music acts at locations around Temple.
When winter rolls in, count on the Temple Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus set the spirit when the community comes together in celebration.
Have a barkin’ good time at Paws on the Plaza, hosted by the City of Temple. Dogs and their companions party downtown with a day of fun, demonstrations and pet adoptions.
Over the past 30-plus years, the Bell County Rodeo has grown into a local fan favorite. PRCA and WPRA World Champions and of course Mutton Bustin’ youngsters are part of the competitive action in the arena. Roping, racing, riding and wrestling are among the traditional events, and entertainment including live music and comedy acts are also part of the annual rodeo.