Festivals and Events

The Central Texas area features numerous festivals and events through out the entire year. Ranging from art festivals, to holiday festivals to rattlesnake roundups, there are always interesting things going on in and around Killeen. The list of events in the area goes on and on but listed below is a small sampling of the variety of events open to the public within 50 miles of Killeen.

Take 190 West

Annually – February or March

Killeen
(254) 501-3888

Take 190 West is Killeen’s two day-long salute to the arts. It involves local partners including the City of Killeen, the Killeen Independent School District, the Killeen Art Guild and the Killeen Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Events include a student art show, a student film festival, writing and drawing workshops and an Artists and Authors event featuring professional artists, illustrators and authors. Highlights of the Artists and Authors’ event will include a juried art show, book vendors, and book signings with national and regional authors.  This event is free to the public.

Rodeo Killeen

Annually – Memorial Day weekend

Killeen
(254) 501-3888

True to the tradition of the Texas rodeo, Killeen’s rodeo offers bareback riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer roping, team roping and tie-down roping. The rodeo also offers several other events, including a carnival, the Killeen Rodeo Star karaoke competition, a children’s stick horse competition, and a Rodeo Queen competition. The Killeen Rodeo Grounds are located at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and senior citizens are offered $2.00 off any ticket.

Killeen Cinco De Mayo Festival

Annually – May

Killeen
800-KILLEEN (545-5336)

The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 4535 hosts this annual event at the Killeen Community Center. The festival includes folkloric groups who perform traditional music and dance, as well as vendors offering food, drinks, crafts and many products demonstrating the diversity of Killeen. There is also a car and bike show and a children’s area with a bounce house and other activities.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Annually – September or October

Killeen
800-KILLEEN (545-5336)

The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 4535 hosts the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival, designed to celebrate the nationwide Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich Hispanic heritage in America. The Festival offers booths rented by restaurants, artists, jewelers and others along with exhibitions and a car and motorcycle show. The Festival is held at the Killeen Community Center.

Holiday Under the Stars & Killeen Christmas Parade

Annually – December

Killeen
(254) 526-0550

*Volunteer opportunities available

 Holiday Under the Stars is a Christmas festival sponsored by the City of Killeen and the Celebrate Killeen Committee to provide a free citywide celebration and encourage community spirit. The festival is held at the Killeen Community Center and offers a visit with Santa Claus, live reindeer, a fun run, face painting, a synthetic ice rink, miniature train rides, the lighting of a 50-foot silhouette tree, carnival-style skill and strength contests, food booths, a north pole cottage, inflatable bounce houses, and a Velcro wall amongst other things.

Bloomin’ Fest

Annually – Spring

Lampasas (29 miles from Killeen)
(512) 556-5172

*Volunteer opportunities available

 The focus of Bloomin’ Fest is on the arts and crafts vendors, springtime gardening, flowers, fruits and vegetables, gardening accessories and food. There is a children’s area and bandstand entertainment. It is held less than 30 miles from Killeen in Lampasas.

Diamondback Jubilee

Annually – March

Lometa (47 miles from Killeen)
(512) 752-3106

 The Lometa Lions Club hosts this festival featuring stage entertainment, arts and crafts, a carnival, chili cook-off, musical entertainment, several food vendors, and of course, snake exhibits. This rattlesnake roundup began as a means of protecting local children from the snakes but it has evolved into an annual festival drawing thousands of Texans to the small town of Lometa. The town itself has a population of less than a thousand residents but the festival averages five to six thousand participants every year.

Wildflower Art Show

Annually – Spring

Salado (25 miles from Killeen)
(254) 947-5040

*Volunteer opportunities available

Every spring the Salado Chamber of Commerce hosts the Wildflower Art Show in collaboration with the Salado Wine Seller at the beautiful, park-like grounds of the Visitor’s Center. For two days, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. patrons can enjoy over sixty tents of art, wine, food, and a stage with live entertainment. Artists and artisans throughout Texas and the southwest will line the grounds with beautiful works of oil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and mixed media including woodwork, sculpture, jewelry, glassworks, metal work and handmade clothing. “Artists in Action” and tasting booths of favorite Texas wineries are also a great enhancement to the event.

Admission and parking are free. A commemorative wine glass and tasting tickets will be available for sale, along with wine by the glass and by the bottle. Salado is located 25 miles from Killeen. For more information visit the website at or call.

Bloomin’ Temple Festival

Annually – Spring

Temple (25 miles from Killeen)
(254) 773-2105

*Volunteer opportunities available

This is Temple’s annual spring festival featuring entertainment, a carnival, live music by local and national performers, arts and crafts, a barbeque cook-off, plenty of food, and special events including a car show, Kid Zone, bike tour, 5K and fun run, and much more

Renewable Energy Stampede

Annually – Spring

Salado (25 miles from Killeen)
(877) 376-8638

The Renewable Energy Stampede and Green Living Fair is produced by The Texas Solar Energy Society and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. The goal is to present the latest technologies and services to consumers with information on renewable energy, sustainable building and living, along with organic and sustainable gardening and farming.

It has a family-friendly atmosphere and visitors can browse through the many commercial and educational exhibit booths, watch demonstrations, view and drive renewable fueled and electric vehicles, listen to featured speakers, and participate in programs for children.

Central Texas Airshow

Annually – Spring

Temple (25 miles from Killeen)

This is a three-day aircraft show held annually in Temple. The Friday night show is filled with pyrotechnics, fireworks and smoke as the night aircraft act flies through its paces. Saturday and Sunday activities include static displays, aerobatic displays and the AeroShell Acrobatic Team, featuring a wing walker. The event is held at the Temple Airport about 25 miles from Killeen.

Gospel Fest

Annually – Spring

Salado (25 miles from Killeen)
(254) 947-9205

This Friday and Saturday event offers the best Christian singers, bands, groups, trios, duets, and soloists in Central Texas. There is food, drink, and dessert booths open both days. 2010 will mark the 12th time this annual event has taken place in Salado.

Belton Market Days

Monthly

Belton (18 miles from Killeen)
(254) 939-2661

On the third Saturday of every month a part of downtown Belton is transformed into a buying, selling, and trading marketplace. Shop vendors with antiques, handmade jewelry, unique clothing and Texas barbeque.

A Sami Show

Annually – Fall

Belton (18 miles from Killeen)
(512) 441-7133

This event is held on three separate days during the fall months. It is an arts and crafts and home décor marketplace. Vendors may rent a table and display their arts and crafts products to shoppers. This event is held at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Bike and Run Central Texas

Several times a year

Copperas Cove (11 miles from Killeen)
254-547-7571

Several years ago, the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau instituted its Bike Central Texas Tourism Program. Due to the beauty of the local countryside, the almost deserted back roads of the area, and the friendliness of the locals, Copperas Cove quickly became a “Mecca” to cycling enthusiasts. The CCC hosts several cycling events throughout the year and in 2006, it began hosting the Copperas Cove State Championship Bike Race. Four years ago, the Run Central Texas Program was added to attract runners from all over Texas and the surrounding states. The run events are chipped-timed and are part of the Centex Race Series.

Red Poppy Festival

Annually – Spring

Georgetown (41 miles from Killeen)
800-436-8696

*Volunteer opportunities available

The Red Poppy Festival marks the coming of spring and the arrival of Georgetown’s colorful springtime visitor; the Red Poppy Flower. Visitors will enjoy a heart-warming, old-fashioned, hometown parade; great carnival area for the kids, arts and craft vendors; a fabulous food court, a car show, live entertainment on two stages and a free Saturday evening live concert and street dance.

Rabbit Fest

Annually – Third weekend in May

Copperas Cove (11 miles from Killeen)
254-547-7571

*Volunteer opportunities available

 Each year over 45,000 people attend this festival which offers a live rabbit display, a parade, carnival rides, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and much more.