The 2nd Annual Spirit of Texas Festival will offer a free family-friendly event filled with performances, food, shopping, learning, live music -- and a chance to be part of history. Scheduled for March 23-25, the event is set for College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Admission is free.
The festival’s schedule also offers something for every member of the family: - Idea Village – Educational pods will offer a variety of learning activities for children in grades 4-6. These learning experiences, created in partnership with Texas A&M and Allen Academy, range from chemistry experiments to milking cows. - Trading Market – This combination of Round Top and the Nutcracker Market will include more than 200 vendors and artisans who offer all things Texas and more. Vendors and artists will be set up March 23-25. - Music – The festival boasts multiple stages that will feature a variety of Texas musical groups. The performance schedule will include a variety of genres, including country, gospel, cowboy, jazz, red dirt, funk, classical and Zydeco. - Future Stars of Texas – This community stage will feature a variety of children’s and youth groups. Performances will include singing and dancing, martial arts, 4-H presentations and more. - BBQ Cook-Off – This event, which is sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association, is set for March 23-24 and offers cash and prizes of $10,000. Last year’s event attracted over 50 BBQ teams from across Texas. - Curbside Smackdown Food Truck Competition – Approximately 50 food trucks hailing from around the state will offer crave-worthy dishes for participants to enjoy throughout the festival. The cost will be $5 per offering. These same dishes also will be evaluated by judges who will award $11,000 in prize money to the top trucks on March 25. - Pony Hop Rodeo – This event gives participants the opportunity to hop their way to glory and prizes on inflated horses.