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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 16-17. 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 both Friday evening & Saturday.


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

7 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)

8—10 pmStreet Dance – music to be determined

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


7 – 11 am – 28th 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 amStride for Health 5K/10K with the First United Methodist Church. Run/Walk for all ages. 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 – 5 pm – Vendors offering jewelry, original art, ceramics, leather goods, food, mesquite woodwork, crafts of all kinds, candles, clothing and more! FREE

CAR SHOW (Classic, Hot Rods, Low Riders & Motorcycles)

Specials at Downtown Shops & Restaurants

Entertainment by Kingsville Youth Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi music PLUS More!

10 am – 4 pm – Art Roundup with Steam Roller printmaking

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

1 pmCar Show Winners announced

2 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at Kids Corral

7 pm—King Ranch Family Holiday Extravaganza with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TAMUK Jones Auditorium)

  • Lauro Guajardo on August 27, 2017

    I was needing information on how to apply for art vendor? Where can I register? Thank you.

    • Alicia Tijerina on September 8, 2017

      We are working on the website at the moment. I can email you an application if you’d like or send one by mail. Send email requesting application to howdy@cityofkingsville.com and we can get this taken care of immediately.

  • Joe Cordaway on July 9, 2018

    Looking forward to this year’s festival but just to clarify, the event will be held November 16-17. However, the date on this upper page states November 17, 2016. A little confusing.

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