Ranch Hand Festival 2017 Events
Ranch Hand Festival
Everyone is invited for a weekend of food, fun and family as the City of Kingsville & King Ranch® celebrates the Ranch Hand Festival on November 17-18. The festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will feature food, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors and more.
The Ranch Hand Festival partners 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.
Other activities include a Street Dance featuring a local band TBA Friday evening & Saturday we have other bands TBA.
10 am – 4 pm – King Ranch® Museum & Visitors Center open
6 pm – Light up Downtown & Christmas Tree (1904 Train Depot)
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
Street Dance – Downtown after tree lighting with local band TBA
BBQ Cook-off by Kingsville Heritage Foundation
7 – 11 am – 27th 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 Visitors Center, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, 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 www.fumck.org.
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. (King Ranch®)
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
Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants
Kleberg Library Book-Mobile and Author Readings
Entertainment by Kingsville Youth Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi music featuring Mariachi Nueva Vida, PLUS Much More!
10 am – 4 pm – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking
11 am – Chalk Art Registration, contest begins at 12pm and finishes at 2pm.
11 am – 6 pm – BBQ Cook-off
2 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at pavilion
7 pm—King Ranch Family Holiday Extravaganza with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TAMUK Jones Auditorium)