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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 16-18. 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 both Friday evening & Saturday.


10 am – 4 pm – King Ranch® Museum

9 am – 4 pm – King Ranch®Visitor 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

8—10 pmStreet Dance – music by Lauren Corzine

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

Shopping – Shops open late until 8


7 – 11 am – 28th King Ranch® Ranch Hand Breakfast. 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®

7:30 am – King Ranch® 1/2 Day Birding Tour, King Ranch® Visitors Center open at 8am until 4pm.     Daily tours begin at 9:30am. Spotlight tour is from 7-9:30pm. (King Ranch®)

10 – 4 pm – Vendors offering jewelry, original art, ceramics, leather goods, food, mesquite woodwork, candles, clothing and more! FREE

CAR SHOW (Classic, Hot Rods, Low Riders, Trucks & 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

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

3:00 pmCar Show Winners announced

2 pm – Chalk Art Winners Announcement at Kids Corral

7 pmMichael Ray concert  (JK Northway Exposition Center)  


10 am  – Cowboy Church Service (JK Northway Exposition Center)

12 – 4 pm – Horseless Ranch Rodeo (JK Northway Exposition Center)

  • Monica Blankenship on November 21, 2016

    I wanted to get the name/contact info of the vendor who was selling small loaf cakes and breads at the festival. They were terrific and we wanted to get in touch with them to purchase more. Thanks.

    Monica Blankenship

  • 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.

    • James Taylor on October 2, 2018

      My wife is a children’d book author for ages 2-8 years old. All Spanish and English on same page, beautifully illustrated. One is about Rodeo and horses in TEXAS. We would like to be a vendor for up coming Ranch hand festival. please send Vendor application to jamesctaylor22@gmail.com

  • Irene Barkley on October 15, 2017

    Is this festival from the 17th of Nov.to the 20th ?
    Irene (Salinas) Barkley

  • Bettina Elliott on November 2, 2017

    We’d like tickets for the spotlight tour, where do we get those?

  • Bettina Elliott on November 4, 2017

    How do I go about getting tickets for the Spotlight Tour 7 – 9:30pm? (King Ranch) As of now, we are 7 people.

  • 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.

  • Hello, I was also needing information on how to apply for a vendor space? Could you please also send me some information on how to become a vendor at this event. My contact info is Preussen Studios, PO Box 310676, New Braunfels, Texas. 78130 or by e mail. Thank you.

  • Raymond Pinon on July 24, 2018

    Divine Treats would like to be a food vendor for 2018
    Please callme at 361 461 2403 or email me application..

    • Alicia Tijerina on August 21, 2018

      Application can be downloaded from website. If you have any problems, please email us at howdy@cityofkingsville.com.

  • donald osborne on October 15, 2018

    We will be traveling with our two dogs that weekend. Can you tell me what events, if any, will be pet-friendly? Thanks.

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