Events in Giddings

There are a number of events in Giddings throughout the year that are the perfect excuse to make the beautiful drive on Highway 290 between Austin and Houston. This city knows how to have a good time with music, fairs, festivals, barbecue cook-offs, and rodeo events.

Attend an iconic rodeo or bull riding, put on each year by the Lee County Sheriff's Posse. Quench that never-ending hunger for a funnel cake and cotton candy at the Lee County Fair. Or learn how to make sausage at the Annual Wendish Fest. Discover many of the exciting things going on in Giddings below.




Lee County Fair 
Ride a Ferris wheel, enjoy tasty barbecue, catch candy at the parade, and listen to live music from talented bands, which have included Restless Heart and Josh Ward, at the Lee County Fair, always held the third weekend in May.
2495 West Highway 290 at Firemen’s Park
Giddings, TX 78942

Charcoal Challenge Barbecue Cook Off
If you like barbecue you’ll love the Charcoal Challenge with it’s Jackpot Friday of beans and desserts. Then on Saturday your taste buds will tingle as chicken, pork spare ribs and brisket are displayed for judging, along with a jackpot Bloody Mary contest. Live music is played on the Charcoal Challenge Stage on Thursdays and Fridays. The Charcoal Challenge is held on the third weekend in May along with the Lee County Fair.
2495 West Highway 290 at Firemen’s Park
Giddings, TX 78942

Lee County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo
Grab a cowboy hat and your buddies and head to Giddings for the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo. Competition favorites like bareback riding, team roping, and barrel racing - even kids mutton bustin’. You can find a rodeo in Giddings in May, July and October.
2591 West Highway 290 at Sheriff’s Posse Arena
Giddings, TX 78942



July 4th Fireman's Celebration
Every Fourth of July, the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department hosts the annual July 4th Fireman’s Celebration with a barbecue, antique carousel rides and a fireworks show in the evening.
2495 West Hwy 290 at Firemen’s Park
Giddings, TX 78942

Championship Bull Riding
Cheer on the bull riders at Championship Bull Riding in this entertaining Giddings tradition, put on by the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse each year.
2591 West Highway 290 at Sheriff’s Posse Arena
Giddings, TX 78942


Texas Word Wrangler Festival
Get up close and personal to Texas authors, aka “Word Wranglers” who use words to bring ideas, stories, people, and places to life, at the annual Texas Word Wrangler Festival in Giddings. Since 2005, this annual Texas writer’s festival has been one of the most-anticipated events in Giddings, bringing in writers from across the state to meet the public, read from their books, and sign autographs on the 2nd Friday and Saturday in September.
276 North Orange at the Giddings Library
Giddings, TX 78942

Annual Wendish Fest
Head to Giddings on the fourth Sunday in September for a full immersion in the Wendish traditions and to tour the St. Paul Lutheran painted church and the Wendish Museum at the Annual Wendish Fest. Watch demonstrations on painting the decorative Wendish Easter eggs and making noodles, sauerkraut, and sausage, enjoy the coffee cake bake-off and other competitions, and check out the classic cars and farm equipment.
1011 County Road 212 at the Serbin Park
Giddings, TX 78942


Dime Box Black Bridge Festival and Mini Marathon
The Dime Box Black Bridge Festival is a fun celebration that includes a chili and hot dog supper, a 42 tournament, Little Miss and Mr. Black Bridge contest, and street dance on Friday. Next, the mini marathon, BBQ cookoff, parade, crafts, classic cars, music and a quilt display on the first Saturday each October. Proceeds benefit the Dime Box Lions Club and Black Bridge Park.
Dime Box, TX 77853

Bucking Ball in the Fall
Join the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse for a CPRA/UPRA sanctioned event with bulls, saddle broncs, bareback, ladies ranch bronc riding and mutton bustin’.
2591 West Highway 290 at Sheriff’s Posse Arena
Giddings, TX 78942



Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair
Get your holiday shopping done early at the Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair in Giddings on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, where you’ll find unique handmade pieces to suite all styles. There will be jewelry, woodworking, handicrafts, sewing & crochet, candles, oils and some specialty foods. Door prizes are handed out throughout the day. Word has it Santa just may make an appearance to say hello to the children!
1010 East Industry at the Lee County Youth Center
Giddings TX 78942

November - December

Lights of Tejas
From the end of November through December, the Christian retreat of Camp Tejas, transforms its campus into one of the best holiday light festivals in Texas with a million lights, family-friendly activities that are held both indoors and outside, including Christmas crafts, several dining options, a nighttime zip line, a light show, and firework finale every night. Multiple accommodation options are available for you and your group to stay in overnight.
1038 Private Road 2191 at Camp Tejas
Giddings, TX 78942


Christmas at the Courthouse
Visit Santa and enjoy live Christmas music, carols and refreshments after the lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Giddings.
200 S. Main at the Lee County Courthouse
Giddings TX 78942

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