May is the bridge between spring and summer. During spring, the weather is warm enough to enjoy water parks, water sports, swimming and other "get wet" activities. It is also home to two of the most popular holidays in Texas -- Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day. Additionally, a number of outdoor activities, festivals, celebrations and events are available to Texas visitors during the month of May, making May an excellent time to visit Texas.
Held each year in Brenham, Maifest is one of the oldest German festivals in Texas, having been staged for 120 years. Parades, coronations, a carnival, live music and plenty of good food are just part of what visitors to Maifest can expect. Maifest parades are held in downtown Brenham. Other Maifest events are held at Fireman's Park.
Started in 1966 by a handful of Ennis citizens with the cooperation of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce, the National Polka Festival was designed to reflect the town's Czech heritage. The event was an immediate success and has continued to grow throughout the decades. Today, it is one of the largest heritage festivals in the national, with over 50,000 people flocking to Ennis each year for Polka music, Czech food, dances, a fun run, parade and more.
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. Although many people believe this is strictly a border-region phenomenon, towns across the state hold festivals to celebrate Mexico's most famous military victory.
Founded in 1972 by Rob Kennedy and held every year since, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest running event of its kind in North America. Over the years, it has also grown to be one of the largest, with recent events featuring more than 100 artists. In fact, since its inception, more than 1,500 singer-songwriters have performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival. More than 30,000 people attend the Kerrville Folk Festival each year, many of whom choose to camp onsite and enjoy the Festival 24 hours a day. In addition to the concerts, the KFF features an arts & crafts show, kid concerts and activities, and more.
Started in 1974 to coincide with the opening of the Pasadena Historical Museum and San Jacinto Day, the Pasadena Strawberry Festival celebrates Pasadena's first significant revenue stream - strawberries. Today the Pasadena Strawberry Festival draws over 45,000 visitors annually and continues to promote the observance of San Jacinto Day. The festival also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships, community activities and historical preservation efforts.
While the beginning of spring will still be a bit cool for a visit to a water park, by May the weather will be warming and water parks across Texas will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors looking for a fun way to cool off. The standard for water parks in Texas has been set fairly high by the Schlitterbahn franchise, which has locations in New Braunfels (the original), Galveston (enclosed, climate-controlled and open year around) and South Padre Island. However, the landscape of the state is dotted with water parks of all sizes, all of which are a great way to cool off and have fun as spring turns to summer in Texas
Although camping is a viable option throughout the year in Texas, spring is certainly one of the most pleasant times to spend the night out of doors. And, Texas is loaded with places to pitch a tent and spend a night or two sleeping under the stars. From Big Bend National Park way out in West Texas to the Padre Island National Seashore just south of Corpus Christi, there is a great variety of local environments for campers to enjoy. Everything from rolling hills to dense forests and from towering mountains to sprawling beaches is available to campers in Texas.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer in most people's minds. Across the state of Texas, there will be a number of events, festivals and activities to help you get summer started the right way.