A Dog’s Guide To Temple

Traveling to new destinations is exciting, full of possibilities, and something to look forward to.  For those travelling with pets, it helps to know where you can bring your furry best friend to eat, play, and to stay the night in comfort.  Take a look at some of the things that make Temple pet-friendly in this dog’s guide to Temple.  Discover Temple with the dogs at your side.

Dining With The Dogs

Hungry for a taste of Temple, but don’t want to leave your beloved pet behind?  Many restaurants in Temple have patios where your pets are welcome to sit with you as you dine and enjoy a good time.  Everything is more fun with a dog by your side.  They aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason.  Dining with your pooch will make the experience even better.  Clem Mikeska’s BBQ, Megg’s Café, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Freebirds World Burrito, La Riv, and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have patio options.  At 3 West Alehouse, you can sip on a cold draft beer with your best bud sitting beside you. Located in the nearby city of Salado, Barrow Brewing Co. also has craft and draft beers and a patio for the pets.

In a mood for a delicious dessert?  Stop by Jeremiah’s Italian Ice for a gelati treat.  They have a list of rotating flavors and seasonal specialties that you will want to stop by and sample.  Plus, for all the dogs tagging along, Jeremiah’s gives pets a mini peanut butter ice cup.  Your pets will love this peanut butter tasty treat and will be begging with puppy dog eyes to go back!

Downtown Dogs

In the downtown district of Temple, several restaurants and breweries allow pets to dine with their owners.  These restaurants also have patio seating available with more than enough room for you and your pampered pooch to hang out. Pignetti’s has patio seating with a grand view of downtown.  Enjoy some Italian entrees with your best friend at this local favorite.  Interested in Temple’s food truck scene?  Visit The Yard, downtown Temple’s food truck plaza to experience different cuisines and a fun atmosphere.  With picnic table seating, this food truck plaza is a great place to stop for a bite to eat with the dogs in tow. Or, head to the Santa Fe Plaza on your way through downtown Temple to sit on the lawn, eat a quick bite, and enjoy the scenery and weather that Temple has to offer.

With a walkable, fascinating downtown area, the city of Tempe’s downtown district is a great place to walk around and explore with your pet at your side.  Fire Base Brewing Company is a pet-friendly place where leashed dogs are invited to enjoy some time with their owners.  Fire Base is open Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays from midday to late evening.  Try some locally-crafted beers at this veteran-owned, dog-friendly establishment.  For more brews and pubs, check out O’Brien’s Irish Pub and BJ’s Brewery & Tasting Room. O’Brien’s and BJ’s Tasting Room both have patios and are pet-friendly. There is nothing like winding down on the weekend with a cold beer in hand and your best bud at your side.

Paws for Play Time

Whether you are in town for a weekend, a week, or longer, there’s a variety of outdoor activities for you and your pets.  While you are in town, stop by one of the local dog parks for a playful adventure!  Central Texas Bark Park is located inside Lions Park.  There are areas for both large and small breed dogs. Small dogs (under 30 pounds) have a half acre fenced-in play area and large dogs over 30 pounds have a one acre radius to play in. Bring your pet’s favorite frisbees and tennis balls and let them play fetch and run around this expansive field.  Also at the Bark Park a few agility equipment that you can use to train your dog or simply for play.  Give your pet time to do their own socializing and playing while you visit Temple.

Oak Tree Dog Park is another great park option for your four-legged friends.  Pets love to run off-leash in this 1-acre park.  Here you will find plenty of shade and even a few doggie obstacles that the dogs can run around and play on with their new friends. This park does require a fee to enter, but the fun your pet will have will be worth every penny!

Parks, Happy Tails, and Pets

Surrounded by many parks and outdoor recreational areas, Temple has several dog-worthy landscapes to see.  Take your dog for a gorgeous, scenic walk at Pepper Creek Trail.  Walk with your dog across the bridge, past waterfalls, and through beautiful scenery on this three mile trail.  Along with this trail, there are many parks in the Central Texas area that are perfect for you and your pet to explore!  Miller Spring Nature Center has several trails to choose from.  Pick a trail, grab your furry friend, and take a walk through some of Temple’s vibrant landscapes.  Chalk Ridge Falls along the Lampasas River features hiking trails, a suspension bridge, and waterfalls that your dog will enjoy seeing.  Go for a walk and enjoy the views.  This park is a sight to see and would be a great photo op for you and your pooch.

Hotel For Dogs

Looking for a place to stay that allows your animals to room with you?  There are hotels and campgrounds throughout the Temple where pets can stay.  Hotels that are pet-friendly include: Candlewood Suites, Stratford House Inn, La Quinta, Econo Lodge, Studio 6, Rodeway Inn, Days Inn, and Residence Inn.  Some hotels require a pet fee so be sure to look on their websites for pet policies when you book a reservation! For fans of camping in the great outdoors, several campgrounds in the area are pet friendly.  Check out Cedar Ridge Park, White Flint Park, Westcliff Campground, Live Oak Ridge Park, and Temple Lake Campground.

Sit, Bark, Play

Embark on a new adventure with your four-legged friend in Temple.  Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, breweries, and more!  With bark parks, trails, and a vibrant landscape, your dog will be excited to join their best friend on this epic trip.  Whether you’re here for a short stay or long stay, we’re happy to have you and your pets!

Discover Temple with your dog by your side.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Buc-ee’s Edition

In a world of road trips and travel, there are few things more important than the snacks you decide to pack. Each person has a unique craving for something delicious.  Some people prefer the sweet and tart flavors of candy, others, the tangy and salty treat of award-winning crunchy morsels.  To truly experience road trip travel to its fullest effect, vacationers and travelers must find the nearest Buc-ee’s to try anything and everything you could think of when you imagine the perfect treat for the drive ahead.  Whether your next destination is five minutes or five hours away, this outstanding travel convenience store is sure to have your new favorite snack stocked on the shelves. Discover Buc-ee’s perfect travel snacks at Temple’s Buc-ee’s location.

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The Sweet

If you’ve ever stepped foot into a Buc-ee’s you know the candy wall immediately catches your eye.  This large, fully stocked wall of delicious, sweet goodness is a happiness-inducing display.  For fans of chewy, gummy candies, the great wall of candy is stocked and loaded with every gummy you can imagine and more!  From gummy sharks to gummy sodas, all the way to the original gummy bears, Buc-ee’s has the assortment you didn’t know you needed.

If you are an avid chocolate lover who craves all things milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate, look no further than Buc-ee’s for the largest, grandest display of chocolate goodness the world of travel has ever seen.   With items such as chocolate covered mixed nuts and peanut butter cups to chocolate bark and chocolate truffles, it’s no wonder the tourists rave about this place.  Stop by Buc-ee’s to try a unique chocolate candy that will leave you feeling happy and satisfied in your sweet tooth cravings.

For a southern comfort sweet treat, stop by the fudge counter for a sugary, melt in your mouth confection.  Buc-ee’s boasts a variety of fudge flavors. From blueberry cheesecake and M&M to red velvet and birthday cake. There’s so many flavors to try!  And for those who can’t quite decide on a flavor, try a fudge sampler pack. These packs cost less than $15 and give you the opportunity to sample several different flavors and find a favorite.  Want even more sweet treats?  Stop by the chilled food medians and grab a banana pudding cup.  Banana pudding is a comfort food that never goes out of style.  With wafer cookies, pudding, and real bananas, this treat feels like home.

Want something salty and sweet?  Head to the Buc-ee’s food counter for fresh candied pecans, cashews, and mixed nuts.  These cinnamon sugar, roasted nuts are a treat and will leave your taste buds happy.

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The Savory

If you prefer your road trip snacks to be savory meat sticks and chews, look no further than the beef jerky wall.  The possibilities are endless for finding your new favorite flavor.  Looking for a fresh take on this treat? Stop by the food counter for a quick bite!

Or, if you’re feeling extremely hungry, grab a hot sandwich for a lunchtime bite. Sandwiches come in a variety of meats like turkey, chopped and sliced brisket, chicken, and pork.

Another fantastic snack found at Buc-ee’s is the meat and cheese cups.  These great treats can be found in various sections around the food area of the store.  This snack is as simple as it sounds, cubed meats and cheeses stuffed into a cup for easy transportability and a lot of deliciousness.  Find your favorite cheeses like sharp and mild cheddar, swiss, and more.  What’s more you can grab some pretzels to go with your makeshift cheese cup for an extra salty kick.

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The Saltiest

Let’s face it, you can’t have sweets without the complimentary flavorings of your favorite salty snacks.  It’s not a road trip without a dynamic duo of sweet and salty pairings.  Buc-ee’s has their own line of baked potato chips that come in a variety of flavors to ensure that your salty cravings are satisfied.  Another fantastic treat is the saltine crackers.  They are spicy, salty, and jam packed with flavor.  Your taste buds will be on a whole new adventure with the delicious treats.

Don’t forget about the popcorn.  How could you forget about this delicious treat?  Now, a plain, salted bag of popcorn is always a good choice, but at Buc-ee’s there’s so much more than an original flavor.  At Buc-ee’s the popcorn can be sweet and salty, or spicy and salty.  A must-try Buc-ee’s snack item is the white cheddar jalapeno popcorn.  This popcorn has just enough of a spicy heat that it leaves you feeling content and satisfied.  The delicious pairing of white cheddar and jalapeno heat is almost too good to be true.  Stop in and grab a small bag or two, or if you’ve got a whole family of jalapeno popcorn lovers grab a large bag for even more popcorn.

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The Ultimate

It goes without saying that the Buc-ee beloved beaver nuggets are an ultimate treat. There is nothing quite like the crunchy goodness that is an original, caramel flavored nugget.  These sweetened cornmeal nuggets are rich in flavor with a buttery, caramel taste that leaves Buc-ee’s visitors begging to go back in for another pack. Beaver nuggets won’t last long on your trip. Best to stock up on a couple more bags. Once you’re out, its over.  No more crunchy, sweet deliciousness.  A few bags of beaver nuggets will make everyone in the car happy and ready for the big travel day ahead.

Now that you know about the best snacks that Buc-ee’s has to offer, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Buc-ee’s for more tips and tricks on navigating this busy, wonderful travel store!

 


Celebrate Live Creative Day in Temple

Here in Temple, life is meant to be lived in vibrant colors, various hues, and through a creative environment that is continually developed as well as encouraged.  Live Creative on this national day as you take part in all the art that makes Temple unique.  With attraction within the city and some in surrounding cities, its easy to find a reason to live creatively in Temple.

Art Trains

The Downtown Temple scene is filled with vibrant creative art pieces. Each mural and train has its unique features, cultural inspirations, and color schemes. Currently, you can find five art trains spread out around the downtown district with additional trains continuously being added. These trains tell a story and showcase some of the wonderful attractions in Temple.

Sterle Art Studio

Sterle Fine Art Studio

The Sterle Fine Art Studio in the downtown district has oil painting, art classes, and photography. Susan Sterle is the owner and artist at this establishment and she specializes in painting and drawing instruction.  If you want special paintings done of moments, pets, and more you can also commission the Sterle Fine Art Studio to paint you a masterpiece.  The Sterle Art Studio also has Pop a Cork & Paint Night through partnering with Corky’s also located in the downtown district.  Check out the Sterle Fine Art Studio Facebook page to find out more and learn about special painting events!

 

Murals

In addition to the trains downtown, visitors to the Temple area can find unique murals. Treno Pizzeria and Taproom has a beautiful mural along the side of its building. Treno and First Street Roasters are both honored in this art piece with its pizza and coffee art pieces. Another wonderful mural can be found in the alley of The Hub. This mural is filled with vibrant colors. With colorful flowers, a pink and purple rainbow, and a classic business name feature, this mural is a beautiful addition to downtown Temple. Located off Main Street and Ave. A, visitors can find a mural that depicts Temple’s beauty, history, and cultural ties.

Cultural Activities Center

Though, the upcoming exhibits are scheduled to start September 18th, you can prepare ahead of time to stop by the Cultural Activities Center for a beautiful, creativity-inspiring experience. September’s upcoming exhibits include Expressive Color: VIBRATO by Kay Griffith, A Life Assembled: Mixed Impressions by Wynona Alexander, Sherri Wilson, Nancy Isett, and Chad Hanes, and It’s About Time… featuring Jill Mooney’s clocks and more.

In the front lobby, there is the Empty Bowl Project designed to support local food pantries. This is a fun, hands on project for visitors to the Cultural Activities Center. Visitors can make bowls to be sold by the CAC with profits being donated to local food pantries. You can arrange to have a private bowl party with friends to make one and donate one. For third graders in the Bell County area, there is also a Hands On: Germany cultural program hosted by The Contemporaries in which the students will learn about the culture, history, art, and music of Germany. Checking out the fantastic art pieces created by local and national artists will inspire you to get out there and make your own art, whether it’s a kid’s craft or an extravagant painting.

DIY Creativity

Don’t forget about all those DIY hobbies you’ve always wanted to test out.  Live Creative Day is the perfect opportunity for you to head to Temple’s craft stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels, to pick up some craft supplies. With the holidays right around the corner, you can make all kinds of seasonal crafts for the occasion.  Or pick up some generic craft supplies like paint and canvases and try your hand at creating a few paintings.  Either way, you can explore your creativity with a good DIY or two on this national day!

Live Creative Day can be spent doing any craft, its all about the creativity and pursuing a life of art. From jewelry-making to resin crafts and oil paints to mural painting, Temple’s craft stores are waiting for you.  Additionally, if you’re looking for local wildflowers to put in your resin-based craft projects, Temple’s beautiful landscapes have a wonderful selection of plant life to choose from.

Regional Creative Attractions

Salado Sculpture Garden

Salado Sculpture Garden

The Salado Sculpture Garden was brought together by the Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful. The Salado Sculpture Garden was designed with the help of Texas Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists and features sculptures from a diverse group of artists. Stop by this garden to see some beautiful artworks in a wide array of materials and mixed-media. This beautiful sculpture garden will let you keep your focus on the beautiful artistic side of life. Perhaps it will even inspire you to make your own sculpture.

That Art Place & Board and Brush

At That Art Place, visitors can paint pottery, fused glass, and board art. Live creatively by taking up an art hobby. You can paint pottery that can either be fired or non-fired. Non-fired pottery can be taken home the same day, while fired pottery takes about two weeks to be ready for pick up. Waiting for your pottery to be ready will give you the perfect excuse to make another trip to Temple. That Art Place is always getting new products in and with the holidays coming up, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to paint a few of them!

Along with pottery, That Art Place also offers fused glass and board art.  The fused glass projects at this art attraction are a lot of fun and an excellent craft to try for anyone who loves the look of stained glass artworks or enjoys working with intricate mosaics.  Unleash your inner artist at this fun attraction in Belton that sparks creativity.

For more board art crafts, check out Board & Brush in Belton.  This creative studio gives you the chance to paint your own signs and decor.  They also have special workshop classes for projects like doormats, seasonal items, and planters.  This create-your-own studio is full of fun ideas and possibilities. Visitors get to be a part of the process every step of the way.  From installing hardware, waxing the wood to protect it from the elements, and use power tools and sanders to get the board polished and prepped for your design process. Or if you’re worried about not being the right painter for the job, stencils are available to help you create the perfect piece!

Painting With a Twist

The point of Live Creative Day is to get out there and explore the limits of your creativity. Create paintings, sculptures, trinkets, whatever project fuels your creativity. For fans of painting, visitors can schedule a private party at the Painting with a Twist located in Temple. With a private party, guests can paint anything and enjoy a fun experience with friends or in a group. There are also scheduled events with specific paintings listed on the Painting with a Twist website. Check back frequently for more designs and events!

Salado Glassworks

Salado Glassworks

This Salado art studio focuses on blown glass. Whether you want to stop by to watch or get in on the action, this art studio is an exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Salado Glassworks does special events throughout the year and has several that are coming up soon. For a chance to really pursue your creative side, stop by this studio. Salado Glassworks is doing a Blow Your Own Octoberfest Event happening on September 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and October 1st and 2nd. This event is for ages 12 and up in which participants can make a mug, tumbler, or sipper for $80-85 pp depending on the choice of product.

Additionally, for a fun, fall-themed take on creative projects, on various dates in October and November, Salado Glassworks hosts Blow Your Own Pumpkin events. This themed event is $55 per person and gives you some lovely, seasonal décor for your home.

Live Life Creatively

By choosing to live creatively, life will be far more entertaining and full of life and color. Choose to live creative every day by visiting some of Temple and Bell County area art studios, galleries, and murals.  There’s something about a city’s take on art that truly allows the city’s history, culture, and heart to shine through! Check out the sights and art that make Temple a unique destination on your next travel day.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

Every dad is made up of unique characteristics that make them one-of-a-kind. They all have their wholesome quirks and candid moments. But let’s be honest, they all have at least one thing in common. They are dads, after all. With fatherhood comes the dad jokes, the wholesome dad content, and the need for greatness. Dads have many things in common including interests. And it so happens that there is a whole day dedicated to these great men, so what do you gift dads on Father’s Day? How do you shop for the dad that has everything? We’ve broken down some common traits dads possess into a few category types to help you narrow down the best approach to Father’s Day Gifts. Here’s a list of local Temple gift ideas for last-minute shoppers still looking for the perfect gift.

 

The Coffee Addict:

Atrium Coffee Co.’s 2 lb. bag of coffee and Atrium Coffee Co. stickers. Stop by this local coffee house to purchase. To a dad who lives and thrives on this caffeinated drink of choice, there is nothing better than that perfectly roasted blend of ground coffee. There are only so many coffee mugs you can fit in the cabinet. Its better to skip the mug and go straight for the coffee grinds. Atrium Coffee Co. is a local favorite with a nice, dark roast that dads will enjoy.

The Bartender:

Take a trip to a downtown Temple brewing company that is veteran-owned and veteran-brewed. Fire Base Brewing Co. has a great selection to try such as Fiddler’s Green American Pale Ale and the Amber Waves Amber Ale.  You can shop easier with the option to order online and read about all the draft and craft beers that this new, downtown brewery has to offer.

For a unique beverage option, give the gift of mead from Walker Honey Farm. This local honey farm and winery located in Rogers has several flavors to try. For example, the Logi’s Libation flavor is a spicy mead made with the locally sourced honey and smoked chipotle peppers. Another option is the Cyser Apple Melomel, a semi-sweet blend with the flavors of honey and tart apples.

The Outdoorsmen:

The best gift for this type of dad can be as simple as paying for entrance to Belton Lake for a day of fishing, swimming, and enjoying the great outdoors. For more information about Belton Lake click here.

The Movie Star:

Beltonian Theatre Monthly Movie Membership. Perfect for dads who love the excitement and nostalgia of watching older classics and box office hits. This membership gets you into that month’s movies for free with special discounts and free refills for concession items. Join the Movie Membership club.

The Reader:

A collector of books and wisdom, this dad loves a night at home with a good book. The Book Cellar in Downtown Temple has all kinds of rare, classic, and novelty books and items. Also available at this store are comics, autographed items, collectibles, and sports memorabilia. Stop by this local bookstore for books you can’t find anywhere else.

The Cook:

Emporium Spice in Temple has all kinds of delicious spice blends and mixes to make cooking a treat. Dads who enjoy grilling or packing their food with lots of great flavor will love a set of spices from this local brand. Try the Guacamole Mix for a tasty night of chips, dip, and Tex-Mex. Or try a nice combination of spices with the 5 Pack Gift Box that has a perfect blend of spices for any meal.

The Artist:

These creative, fun-loving dads enjoy time spent creating and crafting projects and art. Completely customize and design art pieces exactly how you want them.  That Art Place in Belton is a fantastic business that allows you to paint pottery, create a fused glass display, and even make wood signs. For the dad that loves to create, a gift card to this studio is the way to go.

For the Dad Who Has Everything:

Shopping for these types of dads can be a very challenging process. Unsure of what to gift him? Check out The Hub in Downtown Temple or The Shoppes on Main in Salado. These shopping centers have a variety of vendors and small businesses. You’ll find something unique inside these shops. With over sixty vendors combined, there are all kinds of one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gifts to be found.


Freshness Of Farmers Markets

 

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes a need for time outside enjoying the warm weather that has finally arrived.  With the weekends longing to be filled with amusements and things to do, there’s no better time to explore the outdoors through local market events.  With an abundance of farmers in Bell County, it comes as no surprise that farmers markets are a summer staple. The local farmers, bakers, and crafters come together to sell their home-grown and homemade goods.  If you long for a day full of shopping and supporting county farmers, Temple is the place to be.

Temple Farmers Markets

Officially open for the season, the Farmers Market at West Temple Park hosts events on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm through Sept 30th.  Located at 121 Montpark Rd, this market is a much-needed stop on your tour of Bell County’s best farmers’ markets.  The frozen food sitting at home doesn’t sound as appetizing with the variety of local options mere steps away.  Rich in flavor and fresh off the farm, locally grown produce is the real treat at these market days.  Additionally, The Downtown Temple Farmers Market offers another great opportunity to sample your soon-to-be favorite local farmers’ fruits and vegetables.  This special event is typically held once a month in the City Hall Parking Lot.  The upcoming farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Small Farm Market is open Thursday-Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Located at 5242 Cedar Ridge Park Rd, this market has local produce and home goods. Come out to this farm for another exciting farmers market experience.

These farmers markets provide a lovely escape from a busy work week with a morning of shopping for local treats.  Summer days are for making memories, as well as soaking up a little vitamin D and taking the day easy. What is the secret to taking care of all three of these checkpoints in one activity? Stopping by a local farmers market.  You can enjoy the outdoors in addition to casually strolling around the booths overflowing in produce with unique flavors and aromas. It is easy to make these events memories to last. With their assortment of home-grown produce, sweet jams, and savory snacks, the local farmers markets are sure to leave you feeling content and anxiously awaiting the next one.

Belton Farmers Markets

Along with the farmers markets being held around Temple, events have started in the surrounding cities of Belton and Salado.  Located just a short drive away, these farmers markets keep the excitement fresh and provide a change of scenery with new locations and vendors.  Belton holds several farmers markets throughout the month . On every third Saturday of the month, Belton Market Days takes place.  From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. take a stroll through Downtown Belton for locally harvested honey, homemade salsas, and vibrant, flavorful vegetables.

While some of the farmers markets occur once monthly, a few host market days several times throughout the month. For instance, the Water Street Farmers Market is held every Saturday and located in the heart of Downtown Belton. This market boasts an array of vendors, including jewelry and craft-makers, and hearty items like chicken jerky and goat cheese. Similarly, the Bell County Farmers Market is another fantastic stop, holding events on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7:00 a.m. This market is held at various locations in Belton and Temple. For more information regarding locations for market days, the Bell County Farmers Market Facebook page regularly updates the location details. Plan an early morning trip here to get the best pick of the crops.

Salado Farmers Markets

Located less than a half-hour away, the Barrow Brewing Co. is continuing with their market days.  Barrow Brewing started their market days in 2020.  With new vendors ready to participate, Barrow Brewing has decided to open again for the season from April to September.  These events are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  What’s more, the adults in your circle can stop in and sample some local craft beers as you walk around, enjoy the day, and see what the vendors have to offer.

Rogers and Troy Farmers Markets

Located in Rogers, Texas the Central Texas Farmers Market is held on May 31, 2021.  This farmers market is a semi-annual event and boasts over 40 vendors.  This market has activities for everyone.  One activity the children will enjoy is learning about the bees found on the Walker Honey Farm.  The Central Texas Farmers Market offers raffle drawings for prizes as an incentive when you make purchases at vendor booths.  Each vendor purchase awards you a raffle ticket towards prize drawings that happen throughout the day.  For pet-owners who want to spend the day with their four-legged friends, the Walker Honey Farm also allows leashed dogs on the grounds. This special occasion is fun for the whole family and one that will be the talk of the county for the remainder of the season.

For those wanting a more intimate gathering, the city of Troy hosts a market day that still gives the opportunity to shop local, while sticking to a smaller scale of size. This farmers market is located on 201 E Main St. in Troy and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Though on the smaller side compared to some of the bigger markets in the area, this market boasts having caring and passionate vendors as well as plenty of arts and crafts to see.

Farmers Markets Are a Must-See Event

Market days are truly a joyful experience. Not only can you take pride in the fact that you are helping to support local farmers and small businesses, but you also get to spend the days surrounded by the delicious smell of local, wholesome foods, and enrich yourself in the flavors that commercial quality produce can’t quite replicate. With many cities in the Bell County area participating in hosting farmers market events, there are enough markets to sightsee and participate in for the duration of the season. Enjoy your weekends with a day in the sun and a taste of Temple.


Girl’s Night Out in Temple

One of the best plans you can make is a weekend getaway with friends, specifically one with your gal pals! In honor of National Girl’s Night Day, Discover Temple has compiled a list of the best events and things to do with your girls this weekend and after! Experience the perfect Girls Night in Temple!

Cooking With Class

Have a love for cooking? Sign up for a cooking class at Temple’s catering and cooking instructions attraction, Over The Plate.  Learning new recipes can be a lot of fun, especially if you’ve got a group of your closest gal pals to share the experience with. At Over the Plate in Temple, you can sign up for a private class or take on one of the special event classes they offer.  Over the Plate has several specialty class events coming up in the next few weeks. If you want a private class with the girls where you can learn a recipe for something you’ve always wanted to make, you can register with Over The Plate for a private group class.  There’s all kinds of appetizers, entrees, and dessert recipes out there that your friends would have the best time making!

Autumn Entrees At Over The Plate

With Oktoberfest right around the corner, there will be a special event on the 25th for guests to learn how to make spaetzle, schnitzel, and more! Nothing says fall food quite like an Oktoberfest-themed meal! Pasta lovers unite! In the Pasta 101 class that takes  place on October 2nd, students will make linguini and ricotta and spinach stuffed ravioli. On October 10th, Over The Plate has two specialty events happening with one starting in the morning and the other taking place in the afternoon. From 11 am- 1 pm, you can attend a brunch cooking class where you can make frittatas and French toast. Who doesn’t love a hearty breakfast meal?

From 3 – 5 pm on October 10th, you can attend a fall-themed cooking class. At this event you will make a pumpkin and beef curry, a cauliflower fried rice dish, and a delicious French apple galette on puff pastry.  This class sounds like a lot of fun for any autumn enthusiasts out there! Some of our best memories are often made cooking in the kitchen with family and friends. If you and your friends love to cook, your next girls night trip should include a reservation at Over The Plate for one of their incredible cooking classes!

Do Something Creative

Let your creativity flow this weekend with a paint session at Painting with a Twist or That Art Place.  At Painting With a Twist you can choose from a themed designs or make something uniquely yours! One of the best parts of the attraction is that you can bring a bottle of wine and pop the cork as you paint!  Share a few glasses of wine with your girls and get ready to paint your next masterpiece! That Art Place, located a short drive away in Belton, has pottery, fused glass, and board art.  Schedule a trip or show up when you have the time, reservations and walk-ins are accepted.  You can design matching drinkware, plates, figurines, or try your hand at fused glass projects.  Whatever you decide to do, the gals will love this opportunity to hang out, have fun, and get creative!

Or if your friends are avid lovers of art museums, take them out to the Cultural Activities Center (CAC) to explore the galleries and current exhibits.  Or plan your girls night trip around one of the many concerts held at the venue. The Cultural Activities Center does a music series featuring different genres and musicians. The next concert for the Texas Music Series is coming up on October 9th featuring Shinyribs. Additionally, on September 26th, there will be a concert featuring Empire Wild, a trio of genre-bending musicians that add elements of pop, folk, Broadway, and more into their songwriting.

Discover Local Wines

Temple, and the surrounding area, has several incredible wineries that are a must-see on your next girl’s night in town.  3 Texans Winery has a beautiful patio that you can sit at and enjoy the aromatic, delicious wine options available!  Nothing says Girls Night Out like a trip to the local winery. Moose & Goose Winery is another fantastic addition to the Temple nightlife scene.

In the neighboring town of Salado, you can find a few more exciting, unique wineries.  Stop by the Salado Winery, Axis Winery, or the Lone Star Winery for a delightful time!  Chupacabra Craft Beer & Lone Star Winery also has karaoke nights throughout the month. If you time your girls’ night right, then you might get a chance to showcase your vocals and dancing skills! Sign up to sing a perfect hit song and enjoy a glass of wine while you and the gals have a great time!

Get a Head Start on Fall Festivities

Now that Autumn is officially here, its time to get your best friends together and do some seasonal activities.  Grab a fall-themed coffee at First Street Roasters or Atrium Coffee Co. and experience the rich, aromatic flavors of autumn. Or walk through the downtown district and take pictures with the fall décor. The downtown district is home to several antique and vendor-based shops.  With the fall season officially here its time to start shopping for all the pumpkins, scarecrows, and fall décor that you can get your hands on!

For an experience to remember, dress up in your favorite fall outfit and head to The Robinson Family Farm.  This wonderful attraction is perfect for everyone! Find your way through a corn maze, go on a trip around the farm on a hayride, or pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. With plenty of photo opportunities and the cutest fall décor, the girls will love this Temple attraction.  With autumn finally here, there is an abundance of possibilities to create wonderful experiences with your gal pals.

For the best introductory event for fall festivities, be sure to check out the Oktoberfest First Friday event! This special First Friday event has deals on food, craft and draft beers, as well as German food staples such as pretzels, schnitzel, and more! Enjoy a night out in the downtown district where you are sure to find all kinds of deals whether its for food, beer, or shopping!

Create Memories To Last

Whether you are looking to book a cooking class, paint some pottery, or visit a vineyard, the best part of the experience will be the memories -and photos you manage to snag- you’ve made throughout the day!


Haunted Hayride

Get your tickets now for the Haunted Hayride spook-tacular event at Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River!

Celebrate spooky season at the 8th Annual Haunted Hayride on Saturday, October 23 presented by Temple Parks & Recreation.  Climb aboard the hayride as you are taken on a spooky, narrated tour with scary scenes and creepy characters at Rueben D. Talasek Bend of the River.  Hayrides take place between 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm.

Hayrides are $7.00  per person (tickets subject to applicable service charge).  Must be purchased in advance online at templeparks.com where guests may select a ride time of their choice. Children under two can ride for free.  Tickets will not be offered at the gate.

Capacity will be limited so get your tickets as soon as possible! There will be no refunds. Concessions are purchased on your own. For more information about Haunted Hayride and FAQs check out the website here. All ages are welcome.  We can’t wait to safely celebrate the Halloween Season with you. Scare you soon!


Holiday Craft Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the City of Temple’s Holiday Craft Bazaar. All items are handmade and original. This event is free for all shoppers. There is a $25 vendor booth fee and all booths are first come, first serve with approved application.

Saturday, November 6th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Gober Party House


Holiday Head Start

The Holidays Are Near

We are in the home stretch of 2021 and it is finally the holiday season.  We all know the drill.  The holidays sneak up on you one after the other. And as fun as holidays are, they can be very stressful.  Discover Temple is here to give you all the information you need to prep for the holiday events hosted throughout the season and give you the inside scoop on all things Christmas in Temple!  Take some of the holiday stress away by getting a head start on your plans.  Here’s a handy tip for  you:  buy tickets early for any ticketed events you know you’d like to go to.  Tickets for holiday events can sell out quickly! Make sure you are up to date with social media pages and websites so you can know when tickets go on sale and when events are happening.

The Hub Holiday Decor

Destination: Christmas in Downtown

In the beginning week of December, First Friday in Downtown Temple will take place. This event gives visitors the perfect excuse to head to the downtown district and explore all the incredible businesses as well as the possibilities of more to come. With all the buildings decorated for the holidays and the Christmas lights on display, walking through our downtown scene will be a stunning sight to see.  Not to mention, there’s nothing like a gorgeous lit-scenery of festive lights and décor to get you in the holiday spirit!

Also in the downtown district of Temple, visitors can stop by to attend the special Downtown Holiday Market on December 11th from 2 pm to 7 pm.  This fantastic event is the perfect time to shop for gifts for the whole family. With plenty of local vendors with all kinds of goods for sell, this market day will give you time to enjoy shopping for the holiday season. Our neighboring city of Belton also has their own holiday market event taking place on November 20th.  Be sure to check out these farmers markets for more local goodies that make the perfect stocking stuffers.

For another fun-filled holiday shopping event check out the Sami Show held at the Bell County Expo Center. The Sami Show will be held on December 11th.  This arts and crafts show has vendors from all over with their own unique crafts and more.

Santa Fe Plaza Christmas Tree

Santa At the Depot

Santa At the Depot will take place on Saturday, December 4th at the Santa Fe Depot.  The event is fun for the whole family and the children will love the opportunity to see Santa! Put on your pajamas and get ready to enjoy a magical evening with Santa! Visitors will have the opportunity to see the light displays on the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy Christmas music.  While you wait to see Santa, you can buy a scrumptious hot chocolate treat from Kona Ice and celebrate the magic of the holiday season.  Tickets are on sale now for Santa at the Depot.  Be sure to grab yours before they sell out!

Holiday Christmas Carols

[Image by Christopher Winston]

Music and Carols

For fans of live music and entertainment, visitors can buy tickets to the Todd Snider concert held in the Cultural Activities Center (CAC). Tickets can be purchased on the CAC website. This concert is part of the Cultural Activities Center’s Texas Music series showcase.  For another excellent concert, and one with an extra special holiday setlist, check out the Temple Symphony Orchestra.  This local orchestra is hosting a special concert in honor of the holidays.  This concert takes place on December 4th at the Temple High School.  Tickets for this special concert can be purchased here.

And for fans of ballet, visitors will want to grab tickets to a special performance.  The Texas Nutcracker production will be performed by the Classical Ballet Conservatory.  This production brings a lovely Texas twist to a ballet classic. Tickets can be purchased through the CAC website.  There is a showing of the production each night from December the 10th through the 12th.

Holiday Christmas Parade

[Image by Christopher Winston]

75th Annual Christmas Parade

Discover Temple is hosting a Social Media Countdown.  This countdown takes place through the Discover Temple Facebook page and will countdown to Temple Parks and Recreation’s 75th Annual Christmas Parade event. This Social Media Countdown is for visitors and locals alike. Each day Discover Temple will post in the Facebook event page with a new 12 days of Christmas photo.  Visitors and locals are invited to participate by finding the location of the photo and taking their own, unique photographs. Show us your holly jolly Christmas spirit and holiday cheer! The countdown ends with the spectacular 75th Annual Christmas Parade event that takes place on Monday, December 6th at 6:00 pm. With a new theme every year, this event is a favorite among locals and is a beloved Christmas tradition.

Bend of the River Christmas

Boots, Hometowns, and Cowboy Santa

Another local Holiday favorite is the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Christmas event.  The event takes place on December 18th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River grounds. This hometown holiday event features snow slides, a chance to meet Cowboy Santa, a snow party, and tons of other great activities and delicious, tasty treats! Tickets are $5 per person!

Let There Be Nature In Lights

It’s always a great idea to get out and explore the outdoors, but the colder weather can make that difficult as the snow starts falling. However, The B.L.O.R.A.’s Nature In Lights trail is an excellent way to explore the outdoor scenery and bring in the Christmas cheer! This five-mile trail features all kinds of themed light displays.  One of the best – and certainly among the most cherished – family traditions is heading out to look at all the Christmas lights.  At just $15 for the entrance fee, this lit trail is a sight you’ll be craving for years to come.

The B.L.O.R.A. also hosts a Santa’s Village and Depot scenic area that will be open in December.  This incredible area has a climbing wall as well as toy and food vendors.  With hot cocoa, holiday treats, novelties, pictures with Santa, and more, its no surprise this event is a favorite for visitors and locals alike!  People come from all over to witness the incredible displays within this nature scene. Nature In Lights at the B.L.O.R.A. runs from November 12th to January 2nd.

Salado Glassworks -BYO Ornaments

Blow-Your-Own-Ornament

Salado Glassworks is also doing ornament crafting events during the months of November and December.  Artists can choose from two ornament categories to create.  The basic ornaments cost $55 per person and the “extra” ornaments that include swirls and other customizable design ideas cost $65 per person.  These exciting events sell out quickly so be sure to book tickets as soon as you can. To reserve your spot, check out the Salado Glassworks website.

Robinson Family Farm Holiday Event

Robinson Family Christmas

The Robinson Family Farm is selling Fraser Fir Christmas trees and wreaths starting November 20th.  Come out to the farm to enjoy a hot mulled cider or hot cocoa as well as take photos with the gorgeous trees!  The farm is open for the tree-buying season until they run out of Fraser Firs.  You’ll want to plan to stop by the farm early on if you’re looking to purchase a tree or wreath. For more information on this holiday opportunity to see the farm, check out the website here.

City Hall Holidays

The Holidays Await

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Between the Christmas parades, holiday lights, and all the festivities, Temple has plenty to do this holiday season.  Discover Temple is counting our lists and checking them twice. We can’t wait to see you at our holiday events!

Mark your calendars and countdown to Christmas with us!