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Year-Round Fun at Marble Falls Festivals

Marble Falls MayFest in the spring features a carnival, live music, and more family fun. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Festival season in Marble Falls begins in the spring and lasts well into the fall. Throughout the year, family-friendly festivals offer several exciting activities: Watch full-grown adults fly down a hill at the Soapbox Classic; see an explosion of color over Lake Marble Falls on the Fourth of July; fill your belly at a chili cook-off; and celebrate spring at MayFest and the holidays at the Walkway of Lights.

Read below for information on these events and others.

April 29-May 5 | Paint the Town

Artists from across the country head to Marble Falls with their easels, canvases, and paints to compete in the annual Paint the Town plein air event. Artists paint beautiful scenes and landscapes in this nationally recognized, judged art competition. The weeklong celebration takes place at many locations across the city and beyond.

For more information, visit the Highland Lakes Creative Arts website.

May 5 | Howdy-Roo Chili Cook-off

The annual Howdy-Roo chili cook-off in Marble Falls is a weekend of grilling, cooking, judging, and socializing. Held in Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South, the cook-off is a judged event in which the top five finishers automatically qualify for the highly esteemed and ultra-competitive Terlingua International Chili Championship.

For more information, visit howdyroo.com.

May 9-12 | Marble Falls MayFest

Celebrate springtime at Marble Falls MayFest, held annually at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J. The community and family event features a carnival, live music, vendors, food trucks, and volleyball and washer tournaments.

Visit marblefalls.org for more information.

June 15-17, 2018 | Marble Falls Soapbox Classic

The fastest event on wheels in Marble Falls takes place in downtown every year. While the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic has been held in the past on Father’s Day weekend, after 2018, it will move to the spring, when — sometimes — the weather is cooler. Adult racers design and build their non-motorized derby cars and fly down the hill at the intersection of Main and Third streets.

Visit adultsoapboxderby.com for more information. And check out our Highland Lakes Races guide for other high-adrenaline events near you.

Fourth of July | Marble Falls Community Fireworks

Every Fourth of July, Lakeside Park is the place to be for the fantastic Marble Falls Community Fireworks display. The festivities last most of the day, so grab the sunscreen, the kids, and anyone else you can fit in the SUV and make a beeline for Lakeside Park at about 3 p.m. to celebrate Independence Day. Activities include live music, bounce houses and waterslides, food trucks, and, of course, a patriotic fireworks display kicking off after 9 p.m.

Visit marblefallscommunityfireworks.com for more information. And check out ourHighland Lakes Fourth of July guide for more Independence Day celebrations.

July 20-21 | Marble Falls Open/Pro Rodeo

This family-friendly event offers rugged rodeo action, calf scrambles, mutton bustin’ for the kids, and some extra-tough cowboys who think it's fun to bother a bull. Marble Falls Rodeo Association's annual Open/Pro Rodeo is held at Charley Taylor Rodeo Arena on U.S. 281 about 5 miles south of Lake Marble Falls.

Go to marblefallsrodeo.org or call (512) 755-5773 for more information. Visit our Highland Lakes Rodeos guide for a roundup of all the area rodeos.

Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day | Walkway of Lights

The Walkway of Lights is a whimsical holiday spectacle with more than 2 million colored lights forming 135 sculptures. A wide, clean, ADA-accessible trail winds around Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. The light sculptures reflect on the serene water with the U.S. 281 bridge lit up the background — a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Read more about this winter wonderland here.

Visit our Worship Guide for more holiday festivities across the Highland Lakes.

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