November 18-19, 2016

Breakfast, Festival and Rodeo on Saturday Nov. 19



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 18-19. The festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will feature food, wine, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more.


The Ranch Hand Festival was started five 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. 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.


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)

7:30 pm – Street Dance with Beau Walker

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.

IBCA Cook-off – Dutch oven.


7 – 11 am – 26th 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®)

7:15 am – Stride for Health 5K/10K with the First United Methodist Church. Encourage physical health and support the community. Register for the 5k/10k run at

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®)

9 – 6 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.

Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants

Kleberg Library Book-Mobile and Author Readings

Youth Ballet Folklorico (King & 6th)

Mariachi Group

Music by Dave Rukkas Band and J.R. Castillo

Much More!

10 am – 4 pm – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking. (Javelina Innovation Lab)

10 am – 4 pm – King Ranch Museum Open for Visitors

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

9 am – 4 pm – Live Music (Main Stage) Dave Rukkas Band and J.R. Castillo

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

IBCA Cookoff –

Food – Live Music – Art Walk – Crafts & Trade

Event Map

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