Every year, the city of Kingsville hosts Ranch Hand Weekend at King Ranch, the largest ranch in the country, and everyone is invited. This festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will take place on November 17 and 18, 2023. There will be food, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, a car show, two-step dancing, and more. This annual festival is a local and visitor favorite, so read on to find out some of the incredible events happening. 

Ranch Hand Breakfast 

Bring your appetite for an authentic, hearty breakfast cooked and served the cowboy way, outdoors on the legendary King Ranch. Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, from 7 AM – 11 AM, guests line up for the plate piling festivities loaded with eggs, refried beans, biscuits n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee, and orange juice. As you savor every bite, you can enjoy a show of team ropingold-time cow camp cooking demonstrations, and storytelling. Funds from this event will benefit La Posada de Kingsville. 


Country Concert 

Get ready for a boot-stompin’ good time at the ultimate country concert at Ranch Hand Weekend. Join the community under the Texas sky for a night of guitars, heartwarming lyrics, and unforgettable memories as the stage comes to life with some of the hottest country music acts. Past performers include Grammy Winner, Pam Tillis, The Frontman, Tim Rushlow, formerly from Little Texas, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, and Richie McDonald, formerly from Lonestar. Grab your dancing boots, put on your favorite hat, and let the music guide you on the dance floor.  

Holiday Sip and Shop in Main Street 

Sip on wine while shopping for unique Christmas gifts and collect stamps in your keepsake passport for the chance to win big prizes. Tickets will be distributed at check-in and can be used to sample a variety of wine, craft beer, or non-alcoholic sparkling beverages. Take home a keepsake glass or cup, and a photo of this wonderful experience. Proceeds from this event go to the Kingsville ISD Education Foundation. 

Festival Grounds 

Experience authentic Texas spirit in a fun way on festival grounds during the Ranch Hand Weekend festivities. There is fun for everyone throughout the festival, whether you’re taking the kids for face painting and selfies with Santa or testing your skills at archery and enjoying the Roundup Car Show presented by Texas Rides. Don’t forget to browse local vendors throughout the festival to pick up some unique items and stop by The King Ranch Museum to explore and dive into the rich history of the ranch. 

Don’t miss out on this memorable weekend filled with Texas spirit and rich heritage in the heart of the Texas ranching culture, with delicious food, live music, captivating art, thrilling car shows, and lively two-step dancing. Coast over to be part of this incredible celebration and make lasting memories together at the largest ranching event in the country.