Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days

Downtown Whitney
First Saturday in October, and the preceding Thursday and Friday nights

Pioneer Days carnival

Downtown Whitney streets close to all but pedestrian traffic for the largest festival in Whitney. Pioneer Days was started over 35 years ago, and it now attracts over 10,000 people.

The carnival opens on Friday night. Carnival rides, pony rides, and games of skill entertain the young and young-at-heart.

Pioneer Days vendors

On Saturday morning, the rest of the festival gets underway. Hundreds of booths are setup throughout the downtown area. Arts & crafts are abundant, along with home and yard décor items, and toys for the kids. There's a plant sale, a book sale, wine-tasting, and health & fitness exhibits. Food booths feature typical festival food, like funnel cakes, BBQ, and burgers, and all proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations.

Pioneer Days parade

Live entertainment is featured on the main stage area. Dancers, musicians, singers, and gymnasts perform throughout the day, entertaining the crowd with their talents.

A 5K Fun Run entices participants early on Saturday morning.

There are photo contests for "Beautiful Babies" and for pets. Visitors can vote for their favorites in each of these categories.

Pioneer Days parade band

A Classic Car Show is held during the day, with awards presented mid-afternoon.

The highlight of the afternoon is the parade, the largest in Central Texas with over 1,000 people participating. Marching bands, classic cars, horses and riders, decorated floats, and beauty queens can all be seen along the route lined with visitors.

Dates and times subject to change. It is recommended that you confirm these with the event organizer.

Website 254-694-2540 Email

Downtown Whitney
Brazos St & Washington Ave,
and surrounding blocks

Free admission to festival
Admission fee for Carnival & Street Dance




Oct 3 - 4, 2019 (Thurs - Fri)
   6 pm – 10 pm

Oct 5, 2019 (Sat)
   9 am – 6 pm

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