November 21-23, 2014



9:00 am – 4 pm



Downtown Kingsville, TX

Everyone is invited for a weekend of food, fun and family as the City of Kingsville celebrates the Ranch Hand Weekend on November 21-23. The festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will feature food, wine and tequila tasting, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more.

The Kingsville Ranch Hand Festival was started two years ago partnering with the traditional annual Ranch Hand Breakfast held on the King Ranch® in order to bring visitors to Historic Downtown Kingsville and to celebrate our local heritage. Local museums, artists, businesses, community organizations, vendors and the university work together to provide cowboy-themed entertainment and activities. The breakfast is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the festival fills out the weekend. The events also kick off Kingsville’s La Posada holiday celebration.

After the festival, join us at the Kingsville Heritage Rodeo at J.K. Northway.


10 am – 4 pm – King Ranch Museum & Visitors Center open.

6 pm - Light up Downtown & Christmas Tree. (1904 Train Depot Museum)

7 – 9 pm – Texas A&M University – Kingsville Senior Art Student Exhibit Reception. (Henrietta Memorial Center)

All Day Tours - King Ranch Tours at 11am and 1pm; Wildlife Tour at 2:30pm; Spotlight Tour 7 – 9:30pm. (King Ranch)

Shopping – Shops open late until 8.

Dining – Downtown restaurants open late.

Rodeo – Doors open at 6pm, rodeo starts at 7pm. (J.K. Northway)


7 – 11 am – 24th Annual Ranch Hand Breakfast on the King Ranch Purchase tickets for $6 at the King Ranch Saddle Shop, King Ranch Visitors Center, King Ranch Museum, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, Kingsville Visitors Center or at the breakfast! (fee benefits local charity)
 Visitors may park downtown, take the free shuttle bus to the breakfast and enjoy a heapin’ plate of eggs, refried beans, biscuits n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice. Watch team roping demonstrations, re-enactors, musical entertainment, poetry and storytelling. (King Ranch)

7:30 am – King Ranch 1/2 Day Birding Tour, King Ranch Visitors Center open at 8am until 2pm. Daily tours begin at 9:30am. Spotlight tour is from 7-9:30pm and the Stargazing event takes place at 7:30-9pm. (King Ranch)

10am – 3pm - All For One music on Kleberg Ave.

9 – 4 pm –  Vendors offering jewelry, original art, ceramics, leather goods, food, mesquite woodwork, crafts of all kinds, candles, clothing and more! FREE

Pan de campo at the John E. Conner Museum chuck wagon.

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Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants

Free Wine Tasting at TazoChel

Kleberg Library Book-Mobile and Author Readings

Youth Ballet Folklorico (King & 6th)

Mariachi Group

Much More!

10 am – 5 pm – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking. (Javelina Innovation Lab)

10 am – 4 pm Christmas Tree Forest Viewing & Silent Auction (First United Methodist Church Community Life Center)

11 am – Chalk Art Registration, contest begins at 12pm and finishes at 2pm. (JC Penny Building)1460219_554504231287107_925461219_n

11 am – 3 pm - Coals in the Fire, an IDOS sanctioned Dutch Oven Cook-off featuring Dessert, Bread and Main Dish! (Post Office Back Lot)

11 am – 2 pm - Beau Walker Concert (Main Stage)

2 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at pavilion. (All For One Stage)

7:30 pm – 10 pm – Star Party, Stargazing. (King Ranch Visitors Center)

Rodeo – Doors open at 6pm, rodeo starts at 7pm. (J.K. Northway)


10 am - Cowboy Church with music, food and free coffee.

Food – Live Music – Art Walk – Crafts & Trade

2014 Event Map


Event map provided by the Kingsville Record

parking map

Parking Map

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Access to some of the finest South Texas crafts, goods, and more!

Weather Watch: Ranch Hand Festival to Go On as Planned

Despite the threat of thunderstorms in the area tomorrow, the Ranch Hand Festival’s schedule of events will continue as planned. The National Weather Service and local media outlets are reporting the possibility of a strong line of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening as an upper level disturbance passes through the region and continues out into [...]

‘Tis the Season: La Posada Christmas Tree Forest On Display During Ranch Hand Weekend

The city’s annual Ranch Hand Weekend is nearly upon us and while it celebrates our city’s history and culture, it is also the official kick off to the South Texas holiday season. That’s why on Saturday, November 22, the La Posada Committee invites everyone visit their Christmas Tree Forest at the First United Methodist Church [...]

Kingsville’s Own Beau Walker Band to Headline Ranch Hand Festival 2014

Get set for a whole lot of rockin’ and rollin’ when The Beau Walker Band headlines the concert and entertainment series at Kingsville’s annual Downtown Ranch Hand Festival on November 22. Known for their signature sound that blends Texas blues with an edgier rock vibe, Beau Walker and company have become one of the best-known […]

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Ranch Hand Festival
With the official free Ranch Hand Festival app, you can quickly and easily find events that interest you using the schedule, navigate your way through the city using the map with points of interest and location tracking, and learn more about the festival's history and sponsors.

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