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

Independence Day in Temple

History of Independence Day

Independence Day is a time of celebration and joy. On July 4th, 1776, The United States of America gained its independence.  America was officially able to make its own decisions, take care of its people, and celebrate the American dream. Today, we celebrate with fireworks, get-together’s, and parades in honor of this significant, joyous event in history.

Fun Facts

How much do you really know about Independence Day? Let’s look at a few fun facts about this national holiday to help us get in the mood for celebrating. To honor the original 13 states, the liberty bell – located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – rings 13 times on July 4th. Collectively, Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks each year. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, was one of three presidents who signed the declaration that have died on July 4th.  The other two presidents are John Adams and James Monroe. Another interesting fact is that Independence Day did not become a federal holiday until 1870. This was nearly a hundred years after America won its independence. For more fun facts on July 4th, check out this exciting list.

City of Temple Celebrations

There will be a special Independence Family Day celebration at the Railroad and Heritage Museum on saturday, July 3rd. Kids will enjoy doing patriotic crafts and have the opportunity to learn about some of the influential people that helped inspire the American Revolution. The event is free and takes place from 10 am – 1 pm.  From 2 pm- 3:30 pm on July 4th, locals can participate in the 4th of July Scooter Scavenger Hunt. This scavenger hunt is hosted by Tour Temple and people age 18 and over can sign up to form a team of 2 and find the most items to win prizes. Sign up for the scavenger hunt here.  Along with these fantastic events, the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) will be having an Independence Day Parade. This parade takes place on Saturday, July 3rd at 9 am.  Get yourselves, your bikes, and your wagons decked out for this parade! The parade route starts at N 9th St. from French to Nugent.

This year, the City of Temple plans to have a celebration taking place on Sunday, July 4th at Crossroads Park. This event marks the 23rd annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. The celebration starts at 4 pm. The fireworks celebration takes place later in the evening, at 9:30 pm.  You can show up earlier at the start of the event to check out the food vendors and enjoy time together with others who are equally as excited to celebrate the United States of America and all the things America has accomplished since winning its independence. This exciting, family fun event will be one for the history books. The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends or family to share in the celebrations and have a grand time.

Belton Celebrations

On the 3rd, there will also be a few Independence Day events taking place. At 10 am, there will be a Belton Independence Day Parade starting at UMHB and ending near the Belton Police Department. Starting at 11 am, the Festival on Nolan Creek will begin.  At this event, a hot dog eating competition will begin at 12 pm. There will be food vendors and entertainment. Also in Belton, there will be a few firework shows happening on the 4th. Drive out to the lake and pack the car full of lawn chairs, waters, and snacks to watch the fireworks by the water.  Or head to downtown Belton for a fireworks show and live concert at Schoepf’s BBQ.

How to Handle the Outdoor Heat Like a Pro

July is one of the hottest months of the year.  To keep your family safe this holiday, here are a few tips to beat the heat this July 4th. Don’t forget to pack the mosquito spray. When heading outside for an extended period of time, it is always better to be safer rather than sorry. Getting a multitude of bug bites from one exciting evening out is not how you want to spend the aftermath of this event. And, perhaps most important, make sure to pack lots of water. Pack a cooler full of ice-cold water. Hot summer nights make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Stay hydrated by bringing enough water for the whole family. Before you head out for the celebration, make sure to wear your best red, white, and blue attire. Celebrate America’s Independence right by wearing our nation’s patriotic colors.

Late Skate

Saturday, November 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Miller Park.

Grab your board and go skate! Join us for a FREE skate jam and competition that includes music, food, and prizes! Skateboarders of all ages, their families, and friends are invited to participate or cheer on local talent!

For more information, visit templeparks.com

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

We’ve all heard of Girl’s Night Out, but how about Guy’s Night Out?  The men of our lives need their own bro-bonding sessions and weekend getaways. Ladies, that means more me-time for you! So, for all the men looking to celebrate a milestone, grab an ice-cold beverage, or simply hang out with the dudes, Temple has plenty of things to do! Whether you are here for a weekend, day trip, or a night out, we’ve got a list of incredible attractions and entertainment that will make your time in Temple a huge success!

Guy's Night in Temple: BitBar Temple

Bits, Bars, and the Best of The Best

Want a chance to play arcade games from the golden days? BitBar in Temple has retro arcade games from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! Come out to this epic bar for nostalgia and fun!  This local attraction is a place where friends can get together, have a good drink, and battle it out on the arcade games that made history.  These games are unlimited free play upon paying the entrance fee! With favorites like Pong, Street Fighter, and Pac-Man, this arcade bar is destined to be lots of fun!

Got Any Spare Time?

Looking for some fun with the boys that will unleash your inner child? Better yet, do you have a need for speed? Spare Time located in Temple has a new racetrack that is sure to be a lot of fun with the group!  Pretend you’re living out your best Mario Kart dreams and race your friends at this awesome track.  Races last for ten minutes, with races taking place every twenty minutes. There’s nothing like a good race against the pals to get the night started!

Guy's Night In Temple: Batting Cages at Spare Time

Hey Batter, Batter!

Along with the racetrack in Spare Time’s newest additions to Shaker’s Backyard, this facility now offers eight outdoor batting cages. Whether you enjoy speedballs, curveballs, or a good fastball, Spare Time will give you plenty of chances to find out if you’re an ace pitcher or not! Enjoy a top-of-the-line pitch or two at this local attraction. Want to make it more challenging? Tally up the hits and misses and see which man is the better pitcher!

Guy's Night Out in Temple: Disc Golf


For fans of golfing or outdoor recreation, take some time to head out to the golf courses at Sammons Golf Course or Wildflower Country Club. Wildflower’s 18-hole course is filled with rolling hills and natural ponds. This course is as picturesque as it is entertaining and challenging. Sammons Golf Course also features an 18-hole course, as well as a driving range, putting green, pitching/chipping area, and much more! Stay for the entire course or simply head to the driving range and tee up! Both golf courses are excellent attractions and will keep your morning or afternoon busy!

Let’s not forget about disc golf. Temple has three disc golf courses.  You can find one inside Lions Park, one in South Temple Community Park, and a 27-hole course at Crossroads Disc Golf Course.  Bring the boys and a few discs and get started on this fun activity.  The courses are all challenging, entertaining, and rewarding.  It’s always satisfying to finish the course without losing a disc and getting the best score.

Guy's Night Out: Fishing at Belton Lake

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Fill up the cooler with ice-cold beer, grab the bait, and park out by the lake for a great time outdoors with the boys. Belton Lake has all kinds of fish like largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, hybrid striped bass, and sunfish. Another great area for fishing is at Lake Polk. The types of fish that can be found here include striped bass, catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, blue catfish, and rainbow trout.

Before you head out on a fishing excursion to Belton Lake make sure to get a fishing license! To purchase a fishing license, follow this link. This will allow you to catch a certain number of fish each day. Some perfect fishing spots along Belton Lake can be found at Cedar Ridge Park, White Flint Park, Owl Creek, Arrowhead Point, Rogers Park, and Temple Lake Park. Scope out the different parks and see where the best location is for fishing with the boys.

Guy's Night Out: Hunting in Central Texas

Outdoorsmen and Hunting Season

Hunting has always been an active pastime for men through the seasons. With the cooler weather finally here, its time to get out the big guns and go on a boy’s weekend retreat of hunting. Currently, the wildlife hunting season features Quail and Dove. Dove Hunting Season is open until October 31st. Following Dove season, you can hunt geese (starting Nov. 6th) and ducks (starting Nov. 13th).  Looking for more places to hunt in Central Texas?  Fort Hood, located less than an hour away, has plenty of hunting options! For information regarding hunting in Fort Hood, click here.

Want to brush up on your shooting skills? Head to Weber’s Shooting Range and Hawkeye Shooting Academy and Indoor Shooting Range to test your skills or master them before your next trip. For local hunting spots, head to Salado to Mustang Creek Ranch and Solana Ranch. Mustang Creek Ranch has a large range full of whitetail deer. Solana Ranch has wildlife such as whitetail deer, turkeys, hogs, and dove.

Guy's Night Out: Dining at Bird Creek

Football and Fan-Food

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Football is finally here. Now fans of the sport have fantasy leagues scheduled on the side and are counting the points their players are racking up! You can’t get the boys together to watch the game without a few good flavors of wings in the mix! Catch a game with the boys over at Scores Pizza & Wings and Wings Pizza N Things for a good time and delicious fan-favorite foods. Wings Pizza N Things is conveniently located off the SW H K Dodgen Loop. If you enjoy a good ranch dressing equally as much as the entrée itself, you will love Wings Pizza N Things. The ranch dressing is so good you can buy a bottle to-go. Scores Pizza & Wings can be found in the neighboring city of Belton. Both restaurants have incredible wings, pizza, and more, and are a fan-favorite on game days!

Along with these restaurants, the guys might enjoy some of our other delicious, hearty restaurants. Treno’s Pizzeria, Bird Creek Burger Co., and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have specialty, gourmet options whether the entrees are pizza, burgers, or classic bar snacks. Want to catch a live football game? The neighboring city of Belton is only a short drive over and is home to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Enjoy stadium seating and catch an exciting game!


Guy's Night Out: Men Having a Drink at Fire Base

Brews For the Boys

Fire Base Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in the downtown district. This business has plenty of beer and trivia night events to keep you entertained. An ice-cold beer never broke your heart but losing trivia night just might! Trivia Nights at Fire Base Brewing Co. occur every Thursday night and are full of laughs and friendly competition. If you’re not first, you’re last… Prep your trivia skills and head on out to the downtown district for a fun night at this local, veteran-owned brewery!

Looking for more brews? BJ’s Brewery & Tasting Room also located in the downtown district has a wide selection of flavors and brews to try. Corkys, Green Door On Second, O’Brien’s Irish Pub, and Mo’s Railyard Saloon also have specials, brews, and more. Our downtown nightlife is in full swing. Get your fix at any of these fantastic places!

National Disc Golf Day


Soar into summer with this fun national day.  August 7th is National Disc Golf Day. This day marks a new chance to get outside and learn a new recreational sport, or for seasoned disc golf enthusiasts, a chance to play a few rounds.  Bring your own discs and come out to one of the many disc golf courses that Temple has to offer.  Whether you are an experienced player or a casual first-timer, this recreational activity is fun for everyone!

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

Crossroads Disc Golf Course is located in the Crossroads Recreational Complex at 1020 Research Parkway.  This course is one of the newest disc golf courses built in Temple. The Crossroads course was established in 2019. The course has twenty-seven holes to play with mixed terrain such as open flatland and wooded areas. The mixture of scenery creates a fun challenge for even the most experienced players. 

Player Tip: watch out for the heavily-wooded areas. The abundance of trees and the creek that runs through a few of the holes can be tricky to navigate. It is not uncommon to lose a disc or two on this course. The extra obstacles in the way can make the course more challenging; however, the added difficulty makes the game more fun.  On top of that, when you make it through the course with all your discs intact, there’s a new sense of accomplishment and pride. 

This disc golf course primarily has par three holes with varying short and long distances. Of the twenty-seven holes, twenty are par threes. The remaining holes are par fours.  To break even on this course with a perfect par, players will need to score eighty-eight.  Between the extensive amount of trees, creek crossings, and the connection through Pepper Creek Walking Trail, the course provides an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels.

Lions Park

Located at 4320 Lions Park Road, this disc golf course was established in 2005.  The course terrain is moderately hilly and wooded. There are twenty-one holes with sixteen of them being par threes. This course has several shorter holes as well as some challenging, longer holes. To breakeven on this course, players will need to score a total par of sixty-five. The course is a great option for anyone who wants to play for a few hours, have a great time, and experience different course terrains.  

Additionally, if travelling in a group with other people that aren’t keen on disc golf, you can play the course while they check out a few of the park’s other amenities.  Lions Park has playgrounds, softball fields, and hiking/biking trails.  For players who want to bring their beloved four-legged companions, Lions Park is also home to the Central Texas Bark Park. Your pet will love being outdoors by your side as you disc golf, but they will enjoy it even more when they see the wonderful dog park located on the grounds. Play this recreational sport in rounds of seven and take your dog to the Bark Park for a break before heading back out, or play through the course and let your pet play after.  This park’s course is excellent if you’re looking to play the course and do a few more activities in the same place.

South Temple Community Park

Located at 5000 South 5th St, this course is another fantastic option to play through for national disc golf day. The terrain is lightly wooded with mostly flat surfaces.  The course has eighteen holes.  Fourteen of these holes are par threes with the remaining four set at par fours.  Six of the holes pass through or around the creek located in the middle of the park. To break even on this course, players will need to end with a score of 58. With par threes and par fours, this course is great for players travelling solo or in a group.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park located in Belton was established in 2019. This course has eighteen holes and a mixed terrain. Twelve of the holes are par threes. The remaining holes are par four.  Some holes are long and span across the park’s large flatlands and stretch along the Leon River. Other holes on the course are nestled in the woods and prove to be an excellent challenge for any disc golfer. Break even with a final score of sixty on this course. This course is also PDGA-approved and hosts tournaments throughout the year. 

UMHB Disc Golf Course

The course located at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is perfect for beginners to the recreational sport.  Located approximately fifteen minutes from Temple, this course in Belton is a mere car ride away and plenty of fun.  This course is relatively short compared to others in the area, but don’t let that discourage you.  With varying terrains, hills, and gorgeous landscapes, this course is a shorter course that provides just as much fun and challenge as longer courses in the area. The course has 9 holes and is full of par threes. To get a perfect par score on this course, disc golf players will need to score 27. For players looking for a disc golf experience with limited time, this course is short enough that players can finish fairly quickly and have time to head out to their next activities.

May the Course Be With You

Whether you are a beginner, a novice, or a professional, the courses located in Bell County are fun and challenging.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed alone or in a group.  With an excellent range of courses in both terrain and length, there are several options for avid disc golf enthusiasts to test out.  Let your discs take flight and enjoy the many courses Bell County has to offer.  

National Wine & Cheese Day


Wine and cheese is a dynamic duo, a powerful pair, and a fan favorite that makes an afternoon at the vineyard a dream come true.  With the promise of flavorful wines and gourmet cheeses, there is no better way to spend the weekend.  July 25th marks National Wine and Cheese Day.  This year, this day takes place on a Sunday.  With Sunday marking the end of a weekend, take time on Friday and Saturday to celebrate.  Here in Temple, and its surrounding areas, there are several wineries that will welcome you in for celebrations and cheers.

3 Texans 

A family-owned winery and vineyard located in Temple. This winery is operated by a mom and her two daughters who have made the winery and tasting room vibrant, full of life, and enveloped in an inviting atmosphere. The vineyards at 3 Texans was created in 2009 with the planting of 4,000 grapevines. An additional 1,000 grapevines have been planted since its opening. In 2019, the on-site tasting room was added to the vineyard.

With an outdoor patio and an indoor area, guests can come out to the winery and enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon of wine tasting.  The 3 Texans Winery has an exquisite selection of flavors boasting in decadent aromas and berry tastes. Wine flavors from the 3 Texans include: Sweet Blush, Sunset Rose, Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and more. Enjoy a wine flight in which you can sample five different wines for $10.  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm, you can stop by the 3 Texans Winery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy some celebrations. 

Moose & Goose Winery 

Open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Moose & Goose Winery is another great winery to explore for Wine & Cheese Day. This winery has a wonderful selection of delicate and impactful flavors.  Wine flavors include: Blueberry, Tripleberry, Alpenglow, Midnight Sun, Texas PearBerry, and many more.  This lively, upbeat winery provides a fun way to spend the weekend.  Sample some favorites, enjoy a wine tasting, or bask in the summer sun on the patio with a glass of wine you’ve never tried before.   

Dancing Bee Winery 

Beginning in 1930 as a bee farm, the Walker Honey Farm has served the Central Texas Area for nearly a century.  Expanding its roots in September of 2011, Dancing Bee Winery was created.  Honey wine is the heart of this winery, with honey locally harvested from the farm’s bee populations. This winery located in Rogers, TX is sure to have your taste buds soaring with their sweet honey wines and mead. Mead flavors include: Logi’s Libation, Texas Two Step, Cyser Apple Melomel, Sparkling Cranberry, and much more.  The Dancing Bee Winery offers six tastings for $10.  A charcuterie board is available for purchase with price varying for amount/different cheeses and other options, $8 to $20.   Hours for the winery are Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

The Vineyard at Florence 

This gorgeous vineyard is located forty minutes away and serves as an event venue and winery.  This winery is open on Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, as well as Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Enjoy a wine tasting and a charcuterie board.  Take time to sip a delicious wine on the patio or take it to go in a classy bottle for an on-site picnic.  Some of the vineyard’s unique wine flavors include: Southern Aspect and Texas Elevation.  The Vineyard at Florence is a picturesque landscape that sparks true romance and happiness.  This spot is an ideal place to celebrate Wine and Cheese Day with a significant other.

Wineries Around Central Texas

The Salado Winery, Salado Lone Star Winery, and Axis Winery are all located in Salado, approximately eighteen minutes away from Temple. Located twenty-two minutes away in Lorena is the Country Spring Vineyard.  Take a half-hour trip outside of Temple to visit these wineries and try something new.

The Perfect Cheese Board 

For an affordable, delicious option, head to Buc-ee’s for a cheese sampler platter.  Want something more luxurious?  Order ahead with Honey Bri and Charboxerie.  Honey Bri is located in Belton and has prices starting at $15. Charboxerie is located in Salado and has prices starting at $30.  At the Dancing Bee Winery you can order a charcuterie board while you are sipping some of the wineries’ famous honey wines.  The charcuterie boards at Dancing Bee are priced from $8 to $20. 

Bring the girls, your significant other, or your best friend.  Whether you go in a group or by yourself, celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day right with a flight of delicious, flavorful wines and a charcuterie board with all the cheese you can dream of.   Cheers!  


Opera Camp with Academie Musique of Central Texas

Opera Camp is offered for students ages 13-19.

Academie Musique plans to work expression and character analysis, private voice lessons, stage combat, and introduce opera plots and history. Participants will also get to prepare and perform scenes and/or acts from several operas.

Please fill out the Opera Camp Application and send the completed form to teri.johnson@templejc.edu and sash@amcentex.org.

For your audition, please submit a video of yourself singing a classical or traditional music theatre song to sash@amcentex.org by July 1.          *If auditioning for Mary Poppins Jr., you do not need to submit an additional audition. Your Mary Poppins Jr. audition will suffice.

Paws on the Plaza

March 19th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Santa Fe Plaza.

Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome- owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. For health and safety reasons, pets must remain on leash throughout the event and handlers must be at least 10 years old. Adoptions, vendors, demonstrations, and more! For more information, visit templeparks.com.