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.


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

6:45pm -  Light up Downtown & Christmas Tree at 1904 Train Depot Museum.

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

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

Shopping – Shops open late until 8.

Dining – Downtown restaurants open late.

Rodeo – J.K. Northway (Times Pending)


7 – 11 am – 24th Annual Ranch Hand Breakfast on the King Ranch Purchase tickets for $6 or the King Ranch Saddle Shop, King Ranch Visitors Center, 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.

7:30 am – King Ranch 1/2 Day Birding Tour, King Ranch Visitors Center open until 2pm. Daily tours begin at 9:30 and are offered every half hour with final tour at 1:30. Spotlight tour is from 7-9:30 and the Stargazing event takes place at 7:30-9.

10 am – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking.

9 – 6 pm –  Vendors offering jewelry, original art, ceramics, leather goods, food, mesquite woodwork, crafts of all kinds, candles, clothing and more!

11 am – Chalk Art Registration, contest begins at 12pm and finishes at 2.

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

2:30 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at pavilion.

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

  All For One!

 Children’s games & chalk art contest

  Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants

 Much More!

7 – 10 pm – Star Party at King Ranch® Visitors Center.


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

Food – Live Music – Art Walk – Crafts & Trade

2014 Event Map Coming Soon

parking map

Parking Map

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

Call for Entries in Ranch Hand Chalk Art Competition

Are you creative and great at drawing or know someone who is? Then we have the perfect event for you. Kleberg County Parks and Recreation is now accepting entries in all age categories for the department’s sponsored Chalk Art Competition as part of the Ranch Hand Festival in downtown Kingsville on November 22. Participating artists […]

Join the Best of the Best at Ranch Hand Festival’s Dutch Oven Cookoff

Calling all chefs! If you’re a whiz in the kitchen and love to show off your skills, entries are now being accepted for the Ranch Hand Festival’s IDOS sanctioned Dutch Oven Cookoff from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. The event, which will take place at the Downtown Pavilion, calls for teams […]

iOS 8 & Android Festival Guide

Official App
Ranch Hand Festival

Android app on Google Play
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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