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Start Your Holidays Off with a Bang at Budafest in Historic Downtown Buda

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The community of Buda is located 15 miles south of downtown Austin, along the I-35 corridor, and if you blink, you just might miss it. Perhaps most famous for being the home of the outdoorsman’s (or outdoorswoman’s) retail paradise Cabela’s, Buda is a closely-knit community that enjoys its proximity to major Texas cities, all the while maintaining a relaxed and charming small-town atmosphere. This small town charm is never more evident than during Buda’s beloved Budafest, which kicks off its 39th year this December.

‘Budafest’ Held in Downtown Buda on December 1 & 2

Start Your Holidays Off with a Bang at Budafest in Historic Downtown Buda

Photo: Buda, TX

Held on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, Budafest is FREE and features a plethora of holiday festivities that will delight the whole family. It’s sure to get even the most ardent Grinch into the spirit of the season. The event culminates on Saturday evening with the much anticipated “Budafest Parade” that goes out with a (literal) bang at the firework show grand finale.

Crafts for the Kids, Artisan Workshops, and Even a Pet Parade!

Start Your Holidays Off with a Bang at Budafest in Historic Downtown Buda

Photo: Buda, TX

Budafest takes place on Main Street in Buda and features entertainment, food, crafts for kids to participate in, and artisan workshops that offer a hands-on holiday craft experience, as well as the ever-popular Reindog Parade. At the Reindog Parade, Buda’s cherished animal friends don their holiday finest and parade through downtown, much to the delight of this pet-friendly community. A new addition to Budafest this year is the snow area. Treat your family to a snowy adventure—the likes of which many Texas folks don’t often get to experience. 

How Do You Pronounce Buda?

Start Your Holidays Off with a Bang at Budafest in Historic Downtown Buda

Photo: Buda, TX

Buda (pronounced “BYOO duh,” and not like Buddha) was founded in the 1880s, when people flocked to the area seeking work with the railroad. It’s widely thought that the name Buda is a variation of the Spanish word for “widow” (viuda), and refers to a pair of widows who fed many at the local Carrington Hotel in the 1880s. Buda is often referred to as the “Outdoor Capital of Texas,” due in large part to the fact that there is more parkland per capita than in any other city in the state. What better way to set the tone for your own holiday season than by visiting this beautiful town and soaking up the Christmas cheer at Budafest. Who knows, it might just become your family’s favorite holiday tradition!

To learn more about Budafest, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.