Festivals of Texas Cinco de Mayo • Because Texas was once part of Mexico, the state has a long-standing Mexican heritage and follows many Mexican traditions, including celebrating the popular Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Towns across the state hold festivals to celebrate the most famous military victory in the history of Mexico. Octoberfest • Texas has a rich German heritage, which explains the numerous Oktoberfest events across the Lone Star State. Anyone who enjoys German food and music will certainly want to make plans to attend one of these events. Texas Book Festival • Held at the State Capitol in Austin, the annual Texas Book Festival features over 200 authors, as well as exhibitors, live music, food, a children's area and more. Rattlesnake Roundup • Texas has “World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup”! While the snakes are the main attraction, there is also the Rattlesnake Parade, Miss Snake Charmer Pageant, Rattlesnake Dance, guided bus tours, and guided rattlesnake hunts. Texas Rose Festival • Started in 1933, the Texas Rose Festival is a big part of Tyler’s history. The Rose Parade is just part of the fun. There is also a Coronation Ball and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s “Concert in the Park.” Texas Renaissance Festival • A six-week trip back to the 16th century features over 200 daily performances, 300 arts and crafts shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks and more than 3,000 costumed characters strolling the grounds. You will enter a world of castles, knights and magicians! Strawberry Festival • This annual Festival draws over 100,000 visitors to a tiny little town in Texas called Poteet. This event, which has been held for nearly 60 years, attracts nationallyknown country music stars and Tejano entertainers in addition to the carnival, art show, rodeo, dances, parade and “Taste of Texas” food show. Fiesta San Antonio • This festival began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. But over the past century and more, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures.