As of 2015, annual festivals in Texas include Charro Days, the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, Dickens on the Strand, the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup and the Texas State Fair. Additional events include the Texas Renaissance Festival, the Texas Rose Festival and the German-themed Wurstfest.
Charro Days takes place in Brownsville, a town in southern Texas. Happening annually since 1938, it is one of the oldest fiestas still running. Parades and dances are among the events on Charro Days.
Dickens on the Strand celebrates the author Charles Dickens by bringing a Victorian-era feel to Galveston's Strand. The event includes a petting zoo, street vendors with push carts, carol singers and street musicians.
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival, which does indeed celebrate mosquitoes, includes a barbecue and fajita cook-off, paintball tournament, karaoke and the Mosquito Chase. The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup has been around since 1958, and includes rattlesnake displays, the Rattlesnake Parade, guided bus tours, guided rattlesnake hunts and a barbecue cook-off.
The State Fair of Texas is a three-week event that takes place in Dallas. A carnival, art competition, auto show, livestock show and the Red River Shootout that takes place between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma football teams are among the highlights.