Since the 1850s folks from all over Texas have come to celebrate the 4th of July in Belton. This week-long celebration draws over 50,000 and features one of USA Today’s Top Ten Parades in the country, the Festival on Nolan Creek, a carnival, Texas Ole Time Fiddlers’ Contest, Patriotic Program, and Kick-off BBQ, with the
rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Contact the chamber about special ways kids can be involved. This event is a project of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit rodeobelton.com for more information.
Shop among a variety of vendors who offer everything from antiques and handmade jewelry to unique clothing and Texas BBQ. Every third Saturday, downtown Belton is lined with outdoor booths along Central Avenue beginning at Penelope Street. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Belton Merchants Association. For more information contact DBMA at 254-939-2661 or 254-913-0340 or visit downtownbelton.com
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Hours of Operation: Saturdays only, 7am – Sell-out or 1pm, from mid May until September 30 at the corner of Central Avenue and Penelope Street. For more information call 254-778-2104.
Central Texas State Fair
The annual Central Texas State Fair kicks off Labor Day weekend at the Bell County Expo Center. This four-day event is packed with entertainment and attractions including a carnival with nightly armband specials, double point livestock shows (steer, heifer, goat, lamb, pig), a petting zoo, sidewalk comedy show, military night, professional bull riding in the air-conditioned dome, food, commercial booths, arts and crafts, live music on the outdoor stage and much more with something fun for the entire family to enjoy. This event is a project of the Bell County Expo Center. For more information, call 254-933-5353 or visit centraltexasstatefair.com.
Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
The Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show, Inc., held at the Bell County Expo Center, was founded in the 1950s and has grown into one of the largest county shows in Central Texas. It is held the first week in February and concludes with an Auction Sale for the youth. For more information, call 254-933-5309
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers a variety of events including NCAA Division III athletics, theatrical productions, an Annual Easter Pageant, concerts, art exhibits and more! For more information call 254-295-8642 or visit umhb.edu.
Christmas on the Chisholm Trail
Christmas on the Chisholm Trail is an annual, family fun-filled event with holiday flare. Located on the Nolan Creek in Yettie Polk Park, this event is packed with seasonal vendors and food. Area children await the arrival of Santa while local music entertainment fills the air. A 30 foot Christmas tree and the lighted Hike and Bike Trail add to the festive atmosphere. For more information contact the City of Belton at 254-933-5860 or visit ci.belton.tx.us.
Nature in Lights at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA)
Nature in Lights is a drive-through extravaganza featuring 130 holiday displays which will delight you and your family. While there, you can visit Santa’s Village and take a picture with Santa himself. Visit Granny’s Cookie Shack and numerous arts and crafts vendors. Experience Nature in Lights every year from late November through early January. For more information call 254-287-4907 or visit hoodmwr.com.
Texas Western Swing Fiddling Showcase
This annual event is featured by the Texas Western Swing Heritage Association at the Bell County Expo Center the first Saturday of March. The purpose of the event is to promote this ‘Texas born’ music and assemble extremely talented musicians on the stage featuring Grammy Award winners, Hall of Fame musicians, World Champion fiddlers and recording artists. Enjoy dancing or just listen as these top performers entertain throughout the day until midnight. For more information call 254-939-8390 or visit westernswing.com.