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Marathon, Texas

Events in Marathon

A big part of Marathon’s charm is its small-town feel and laid-back vibe, both of which are well represented in the town’s major annual events. Of course, you’ll find plenty of good food, country music, and/or dancing, too. Its biggest event, the marathon in October, doubles the town’s population with visitors who are drawn back year after year by the local’s friendliness and hospitality. Check out the other annual events in Marathon and be one of those in the know about this lively West Texas destination.


Cowboy Chili Cook Off & Mustang Chili Cook Off
On the run up to July Fourth, kick the festivities off with back-to-back chili contests at the Marathon Motel and RV Park & Campground, hosted by the Chili Appreciation Society International.
701 US-90
Marathon, TX 79842

Fourth of July Dance & BBQ
Folks come to Post Park from all over Brewster County to celebrate American independence by kicking up their heels and chowing down on some good old-fashioned barbecue. The oldest event in the entire Big Bend area.
543 Post Road
Marathon, TX 79842


West Fest
Cabrito, or roast goat, is the star of the show at West Fest, a massive one-day cooking competition in Marathon that includes salsa, brisket, beans, and dessert. Grab a plate and enjoy live music and other entertainment.  
Post Road
Marathon, TX 79842

Quilt Show
Enter your best traditional, contemporary, embroidered, theme, or other style to compete for a ribbon, or just come admire the craftsmanship of the region's best quilters.
105 2nd Street NE
Marathon, TX 79842


Marathon 2 Marathon
The highest marathon in Texas at 4,080 feet and the town’s biggest event of the year, Marathon’s popular annual race includes a free pasta dinner, post-race lunch, and awards ceremony. M2M is a Boston Marathon qualifying event. In addition to the full marathon, you can opt to run the half, 10k, or 5k.
26.2 miles north of Marathon on Highway 385


Fiesta de Noche Buena
Held the first Saturday in December, this charming holiday festival features after-hours shopping, tree lighting, dancing, food, and fun.
Main Street
Marathon, TX 79842

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