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 several dances, 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, or come buy and sell vintage car parts at the Giddings Swap Meet (a favorite event for classic car enthusiasts). Quench that never-ending hunger for a funnel cake at the Lee County Fair, and learn how to make sausage at the Annual Wendish Fest. Discover many of the annual events in Giddings below.

January - December

Country Music Mondays
Since 1993, the Lone Star Opry has brought some of the biggest country music talent from around the state to perform in Giddings for Country Music Mondays, held the first Monday each month. Bring your boots and tap along to the music while you enjoy food and drinks, but come early. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and though the show starts at 7:30, there’s usually a line of people waiting to get in.
2337 North Main Street
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 busitin’ - are followed by a dance Friday and Saturday night.
2591 West Highway 290
Giddings, TX 78942


Lee County Fair
Ride a Ferris wheel, participate in the barbecue cook-off, catch candy at the parade, and listen to live music from the likes of Randy Rogers Band and Abigail Taylor at the Lee County Fair, held the third weekend in May.
2495 West Highway 290
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, arts and crafts, auction, antique carousel, and live music.
2495 West Hwy 290
Giddings, TX 78942

Fury on the 4th Championship Bull Riding
Cheer on the cowboys at Fury on the 4th Championship Bull Riding, put on by the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse each year. Cheer on the bull riders—and bull fighters—in this entertaining Giddings tradition.
2591 West Highway 290
Giddings, TX 78942


Giddings Swap Meet 
Classic car enthusiasts flock to Giddings the last weekend in August every year for the Giddings Swap Meet, where you can buy or sell new or used car and truck parts. There’s plenty of food and drinks, along with auto parts of nearly every make and model you can think of.
2495 West Hwy 290
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.
276 North Orange
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, participate in the coffee cake bake-off and other competitions, and check out the classic cars and farm equipment.
1011 County Road 212
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 soup supper, a 42 tournament, Little Miss and Mr. Black Bridge contest, and street dance on Friday, followed by a mini marathon, food, and games on the first Saturday each October. Proceeds benefit the Dime Box Lions Club and Black Bridge Park.
Dime Box, TX 77853


Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair
Get your holiday shopping done early at the Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair in Giddings, where you’ll find unique handmade pieces to suite all styles. Word has it Santa just may make an appearance!
1010 East Industry
Giddings TX 78942



November - December

Lights of Tejas 
From the end of November through December, Tejas, a Christian retreat, transforms its campus into one of the best holiday light festivals in Texas with a million lights, the Texas Snowball Showdown, sledding, fireworks, and more.
1038 Private Road 2191
Giddings, TX 78942


Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa at the Depot
Visit Santa and enjoy live Christmas music and refreshments during the lighting of the large Christmas tree in downtown Giddings the first Thursday of December. 
289 West Railroad
Giddings TX 78942

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