Calendar of Events

Holidays

December 2016

Dec 4 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 5 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 6 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 7 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 8 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 9 End Date

Howl-iday Hounds Hike - Agave Loop Trail

Franklin Mountains State Park
Celebrate the holidays with your pooch and take a dog-friendly hike along the Agave Loop Trail.
Dec 9 End Date
Dec 9 End Date

Sunset Photo Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Photography 101 with sunset and nature shots.
Dec 9 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 9 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted trails and enjoy an old-fashion German-Texas Christmas
Dec 9 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join us for the 5th Annual Christmas in the Park!
Dec 10 End Date

Second Annual Mother Neff Christmas

Mother Neff State Park
Christmas lights, scavenger hunts, shopping, crafts, and more!
Dec 10 End Date

Christmas with the Civilian Conservation Corps

Bastrop State Park
Escape the hoopla of holiday shopping and join us for a morning of cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and cheer! Park entry is free!
Dec 10 End Date

Cedar Fever Holiday Hike

Pedernales Falls State Park
The holiday season brings cedar fever to Central Texas! Come to Pedernales Falls and find out truths and myths about the infamous Texas cedar tree on this fun hike to the river. Come over to the bird blind after the hike and paint an aromatic, cedar holiday ornament to take home!
Dec 10 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dec 10 End Date

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Make a handmade gift for our winter birds.
Dec 10 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Dec 10 End Date

Yuletide TEXAS “A Sailors Christmas”

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Come out and see the ship decorated just as the crew did while serving their country aboard this historic Navy vessel.
Dec 10 End Date

Arts in the Parks: Postcard Printing

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Create your own postcards to send out this holidays!
Dec 10 End Date

Holly Jolly Cache

Eisenhower State Park
Santa hid some geocaches! Learn how to use GPS to find them and assemble a unique snowman ornament.
Dec 10 End Date

Christmas for the Birds

Lockhart State Park
Come join the elves in Santa’s workshop making bird feeders for our little feathered friends!
Dec 10 End Date

Paint your own Holiday Ornament

Pedernales Falls State Park
Come to the bird blind and paint your own aromatic, cedar ornament to take home. This is also a great time to investigate any feathered friends that pay us a visit while we paint and enjoy some hot cocoa! Best of all, it's free with paid entrance to the park! Happy Holidays!
Dec 10 End Date

Holiday Arts & Crafts for Adults

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Arts and crafts aren't just for kids!
Dec 10 End Date

Birding 101

Galveston Island State Park
Winter birding basics for non-birders.
Dec 10 End Date

Christmas at The Rock

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join staff and volunteers at Enchanted Rock for "Christmas at the Rock". Fun for the whole family!
Dec 10 End Date

Pinecone Bird Feeders

Village Creek State Park
Let's not forget our feathered friends this holiday season! Have fun making a "gift" for the birds to take home with you while you learn about what birds eat. Meet on the Nature Center front porch.
Dec 10 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 10 End Date
Dec 10 End Date

Jolly Night Hike

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Join us for a night of Christmas cheer in the great outdoors!
Dec 10 End Date

Twinkle Tour

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Please join us for Twinkle Tour 2016 at Lake Tawakoni State Park. The annual campsite decoration contest will be in full swing, with awards for our top three entrants. Later in the evening guests can drive through the park and enjoy all of the festive Christmas lights. Santa will be at the amphitheater to make note of your Christmas wishes, so bring your camera! Refreshments will be served. Event fee of $5 per vehicle beginning at 5 p.m.
Dec 10 End Date

Christmas on the Brazos

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Come celebrate an 1850s Christmas!
Dec 10 End Date

'Twas the Night at the Guad: Christmas in the Park

Guadalupe River State Park
Cancelled for the 3rd due to inclement weather -- RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH!
Dec 10 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 10 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted trails and enjoy an old-fashion German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 10 End Date

Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas – Music & Poetry

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Dec 10 End Date

3rd Annual Christmas in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park
Drive or walk through the park and enjoy lights at the campsites.
Dec 11 End Date

Holiday in the Park

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Get in the holiday spirit at Sheldon Lake State Park!
Dec 11 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 12 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 13 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 14 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 15 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 16 End Date

Christmas / New Year

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Camping available on the nights of Dec. 16-31.
Dec 16 End Date

Sunset Photo Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Photography 101 with sunset and nature shots.
Dec 16 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Daingerfield State Park
Come drive through the park lit up like Santa Land. Santa will be at the day use area beside the fireplace to visit with all the little ones. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and some cookies while you wait in line to talk to the big guy! This event is free to the public, donations are greatly appreciated. The event will last from 6 pm to 9 pm each evening.
Dec 16 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Atlanta State Park
Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, The Grinch, and Smokey the Bear and see all the beautiful lights. Refreshments will be served.
Dec 16 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 16 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted trails and enjoy an old-fashion German-Texas Christmas
Dec 17 End Date

Franklin Mountains State Park | One Night Event! | Texas Outdoor Family | Holiday Themed | El Paso Area | (Open)

Franklin Mountains State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
Dec 17 End Date

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Make a handmade gift for our winter birds.
Dec 17 End Date

Ornament Swap

Palmetto State Park
Trade your old ornaments or make a new one!
Dec 17 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Dec 17 End Date

Winter Solstice Celebration

McKinney Falls State Park
Celebrate the start of winter!
Dec 17 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Lockhart State Park
Come warm yourself by our fire, cook, eat, and be merry in this mouth-watering holiday program!
Dec 17 End Date

Santa at the Tramway

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Come and take your photo with Santa as he stops at the Tramway!
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas in the Valley

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Paint your own Christmas card and wooden tree ornament
Dec 17 End Date

Mistletoe: Pucker-up for a parasite??

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Mistletoe: more than meets the eye... Come find out for yourself!
Dec 17 End Date

Cocoa & Cookies with Santa

Meridian State Park
Enjoy Santa's favorite snack while overlooking the lake
Dec 17 End Date

Paint your own Holiday Ornament

Pedernales Falls State Park
Come to the bird blind and paint your own aromatic, cedar ornament to take home. This is also a great time to investigate any feathered friends that pay us a visit while we paint and enjoy some hot cocoa! Best of all, it's free with paid entrance to the park! Happy Holidays!
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas in the Park

San Angelo State Park
Tours, Decorate Ornaments, Campfire with Santa and Campground Light Tour with Prizes
Dec 17 End Date

Holiday Arts & Crafts for Adults

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Arts and crafts aren't just for kids!
Dec 17 End Date

Los Pastores- A Shepherd's Play

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Franciscan priests created shepherd’s plays (which depict the shepherd’s journey to see Baby Jesus) in the 16th Century as a way to share the Spanish culture and religion with Meso-American Indians.
Dec 17 End Date

Geocaching

Martin Creek Lake State Park
High Tech Hide and Seek
Dec 17 End Date

Birding 101

Galveston Island State Park
Winter birding basics for non-birders.
Dec 17 End Date

A Very Marshy Christmas

Sea Rim State Park
Ever wonder how Santa gets around in the marsh to visit the good little boys and girls? By air boat of course! Santa and Mrs. Claus have booked Sea Rim’s cabin and will be arriving by air boat on Dec. 17. Children can have a photo made with Santa starting at 3 p.m. when he arrives.
Dec 17 End Date

A Very Wild Christmas

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Get into the holiday spirit with us at the park!
Dec 17 End Date

Dreaming of a Wild Christmas

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Join us for a fun-filled holiday-themed evening!
Dec 17 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 17 End Date

Santa Hat Hike

Eisenhower State Park
Wear your favorite festive gear for this walk through the winter woods.
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas in the Canyon Balloon Glow

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
What do Santa Claus, hot air balloons and live music have in common? It must be time for Christmas in the Canyon! Activities at this fun, family-friendly event include...
Dec 17 End Date

Caroling Through Penn Farm

Cedar Hill State Park
Take a lantern-lit tour of Penn Farm!
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Daingerfield State Park
Come drive through the park lit up like Santa Land. Santa will be at the day use area beside the fireplace to visit with all the little ones. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and some cookies while you wait in line to talk to the big guy! This event is free to the public, donations are greatly appreciated. The event will last from 6 pm to 9 pm each evening.
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas by the Lake

Lake Brownwood State Park
Celebrate the holiday with us: Ranger talk, activities for the kids, and refreshments at the Group Recreation Hall.
Dec 17 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Atlanta State Park
Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, The Grinch, and Smokey the Bear and see all the beautiful lights. Refreshments will be served.
Dec 17 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 17 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted trails and enjoy an old-fashion German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 17 End Date

Night Hike with Santa

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us and Santa in a search for nocturnal creatures.
Dec 18 End Date

Santa's Bird Hike

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa will be on this walk suitable for all ages and experience levels!
Dec 18 End Date

Santa at the Tramway

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Come and take your photo with Santa as he stops at the Tramway!
Dec 18 End Date

Old-Fashioned Holiday Taffy Pull

Palmetto State Park
Homemade candy and holiday fun!
Dec 18 End Date

Art in the Park - Holiday Nature Crafts & Ornaments

McKinney Falls State Park
Make nature-themed holiday crafts and ornaments!
Dec 18 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 18 End Date

47th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Join the Texas Hill Country Community in this special tradition started 46 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.
Dec 19 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 20 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 21 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 22 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 23 End Date

Sunset Photo Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Photography 101 with sunset and nature shots.
Dec 23 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 24 End Date

Christmas Eve Bird Hike

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Calling all bird watchers!
Dec 24 End Date

Christmas Season Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Take a nature walk around up to our overlook with a park ranger as your guide.
Dec 24 End Date

Mistletoe: Pucker-up for a Parasite??

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Mistletoe: more than meets the eye... Come find out for yourself!
Dec 24 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Dec 24 End Date

Devil's Backbone Nature Hike

Inks Lake State Park
Enjoy a guided hike along a gorgeous new trail.
Dec 24 End Date

Holiday Gift Geocaching

McKinney Falls State Park
High-tech treasure hunt with a holiday theme!
Dec 24 End Date

Christmas Themed Crafts

Lake Livingston State Park
Join us to show off your artistic skills by creating a Christmas themed craft project to take home!
Dec 24 End Date

Art in the Park - Holiday Nature Crafts & Ornaments

McKinney Falls State Park
Make nature-themed holiday crafts and ornaments!
Dec 24 End Date

Birding 101

Galveston Island State Park
Winter birding basics for non-birders.
Dec 24 End Date

Campfire Popcorn Garlands

McKinney Falls State Park
Make a classic holiday popcorn garland!
Dec 24 End Date

Christmas Eve Campfire

Lake Livingston State Park
Join park rangers to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate around a campfire this Christmas Eve!
Dec 24 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 24 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 25 End Date

Last Sunday Hike

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Let's hike Ranger Peak!
Dec 25 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 26 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 27 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 28 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 29 End Date

Hot Chocolate & Stories Around the Campfire

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Join us as we share a cup of hot chocolate and swap stories around the campfire.
Dec 29 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 30 End Date

Stumpy Hollow Hike

Inks Lake State Park
A guided hike down to a part of the lake called Stumpy Hollow.
Dec 30 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 30 End Date

Stargazing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Night sky orientation and exploration.
Dec 31 End Date

Holiday Kayak Tour

Galveston Island State Park
Winter weather paddling on Galveston Bay.
Dec 31 End Date

New Year's Eve Trout Derby!

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
It's time again for the annual Johnson Branch Holiday Trout Derby!
Dec 31 End Date

Beachcombing 101-PM

Galveston Island State Park
Afternoon treasure hunt for shells, sea beans, and mermaids...
Dec 31 End Date

New Year's Eve Stargazing

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Ditch those big city lights, and come see the natural lights in the sky!
Dec 31 End Date

History in Lights

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo.
Dec 31 End Date

The Amazing Stargazing of 2016

Martin Creek Lake State Park
First Day Stargazing Event

January 2017

Jan 1 End Date

Holiday Kayak Tour

Galveston Island State Park
Winter weather paddling on Galveston Bay.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike Tails to Trails

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Take a hike into the woods with your dog.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Join us on the first day of the year for a hike on our Shady Oaks trail!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike

Palmetto State Park
Start 2017 off on the right foot with a First Day Hike at Palmetto State Park.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike - Lower Sunset Trail

Franklin Mountains State Park
C’mon over, work up a sweat and burn some calories, take in the splendors of the Franklin Mountains State Park, and start your New Year’s Resolutions off on the right hiking foot!
Jan 1 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Special New Year's Day Event
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike

Lockhart State Park
Start your new year off right by joining us on a walk to search for the amazing wildlife that call Lockhart State Park home!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Paddle

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Calling all kayak enthusiasts!
Jan 1 End Date

Beachcombing 101-PM

Galveston Island State Park
Afternoon treasure hunt for shells, sea beans, and mermaids....
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Fido Hike and Adoption Day

Pedernales Falls State Park
Grab your best canine friend (and maybe a human or two) and come out to Pedernales Falls for our 2nd annual Fido Hike! In addition to a fun 1.5 mile hike and canine education activities, we will be partnering with PAWS Shelter of Central Texas who will bring lots of available furry friends to take for a walk or maybe even add to your family!
Jan 7 End Date

Beachcombing 101-PM

Galveston Island State Park
Afternoon treasure hunt for shells, sea beans, and mermaids....
Jan 14 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Jan 21 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Jan 27 End Date

Stargazing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Night sky orientation and exploration.
Jan 28 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!

February 2017

Feb 4 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Feb 11 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Feb 11 End Date

Fall in love with Meridian State Park

Meridian State Park
A blast from the past sweetheart dance under the stars!
Feb 18 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Feb 24 End Date

Stargazing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Night sky orientation and exploration.
Feb 25 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!

March 2017

Mar 4 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Mar 11 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!
Mar 18 End Date

Beachcombing 101

Galveston Island State Park
Treasures await you at the water's edge!

April 2017

Apr 15 End Date

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Meridian State Park
Children ages 12 & under, bring your baskets and join us at the park to hunt eggs!
Apr 22 End Date

Earth Day Hike

Meridian State Park
Learn how to be a good steward of our environment!

May 2017

May 6 End Date

Cinco de Mayo 2017

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Celebrate the joint history of Texas and Mexico with dance, music, food and outdoor activities.
May 14 End Date

Mother's Day Nature Crafts

Meridian State Park
Celebrate Mom

June 2017

Jun 18 End Date

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Meridian State Park
Hook, Line & Sinker!

December 2017

Dec 3 End Date

A Simple Christmas Event

Brazos Bend State Park

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