Area Events

2nd Monday Trade Days - Bowie (Monthly)

What began in 1890 as a central trade marketplace for area ranchers and farmers has grown into a monthly trade festival often welcoming more than 10,000 visitors. Covering over 25 acres with over 100 enclosed shops, 100 more covered spaces, a mall with 22 shops inside and 300 outside shops, Food and beverage vendors are scattered throughout the grounds, making it easily an all-day event. The old-fashioned wheeling and dealing atmosphere is still around after 120+ years, whether negotiating for a pen of chickens or a unique antique. Come join the fun!

Trade Days happens the weekend before the second Monday of each month in the area adjacent to the Bowie Rodeo Grounds and new Bowie Community Center.


Jim Bowie Days - Bowie (June)

Promoting the western heritage of Bowie, Jim Bowie Days offers fun for the entire family, including one of the largest amateur rodeos in North Texas. Parade, rodeo, and all types of activities for the kids...bass fishing tournament, Indian Artifacts Show, Chisholm Trail Art Association Art Show, Classic Car Show, Pioneer Royalty crowning, Beautiful Baby and Tiny Tot Contest, and the Quilt Show - all are guaranteed to be fun!

Jim Bowie Days is held the last full weekend in June each year.


Watermelon Festival - Forestburg (August)

Nothing says summer better than a cold, pink slice of watermelon! The festival is a community-wide event filled with music, games, a quilt show and a rodeo. Kicked off by a large parade through downtown, and highlighted by a delicious BBQ lunch in the community center, the event also features the local museum with historic exhibits.

The Forestburg Watermelon Festival is held the third Saturday in August each year.


Western Heritage Roundup & Festival - Bowie (September)

The Western Heritage Roundup features a cook-off exposition, cowboy Christian symposium and several other events. Highlighted by the Ranch Rodeo and Pokey the Clown, the festival has lots of family fun events and activities - chuckwagon cooking in traditional wagons, western-style vendors, a cowboy jail, music and old west stories.

The Western Heritage Roundup and Festival is held the last weekend in September each year.


Chicken and Bread Days - Bowie (October)

Bowie celebrates its unique heritage to a group of enterprising young men who sold chicken and bread to train passengers traveling through Bowie in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Those trains gave birth to Bowie as it arose from a tent city to the thriving community it is today. Widely known for its Fiddler's contest, the celebration also includes an art show, a classic car show, children's games and activities, and arts & craft and food vendors. Watch for the chicken hats, often followed by spontaneous chicken dancing!

Chicken & Bread Days is held the first Saturday in October each year.


Pecan Festival - Sunset (November)

The community of Sunset hosts a BBQ brisket, bean & chili cook-off with live music entertainment all day. Celebrating of the harvest of a fresh crop of papershell pecans, the event features an art show, a quilt show, an antique car show and other fun activities.

The Sunset Pecan Festival is held the second Saturday in November each year.