Pecan Fest Heritage Days is an opportunity to break out of your shell, go a little nuts, and harvest a good time. The weekend long celebration is spread out over all of Seguin and is a celebration of all things pecan and all things Seguin. You cannot separate Seguin from the pecan; being the home of the World’s Largest Pecan, three of them actually, is a sense of pride for the community and has made Seguin a must-see stop for thousands of visitors every year. Seguin is also one of the oldest towns in Texas founded by Texas Rangers in 1838 and was settled by numerous cultures over the years. The festival includes celebrations of those heritages and experiences of Seguin’s early settlers. There is something for everyone, for the foodie nut to the history nut.
Activities kick off on Friday, October 28 with downtown shops welcoming visitors throughout the day, wine tastings at Blue Lotus Winery, pumpkin picking at First United Methodist and tours of the historic Sebastopol House and the world’s largest collection of nutcrackers at Pape’s Pecan House. The winery, pumpkin patch and Sebastopol will be open on Saturday and Sunday as well. The fun continues into the evening on Friday with restaurants offering pecan dishes and the inaugural Pecan Fest Pub Crawl throughout downtown. If you are looking for a thrill, take part in the Haunted Trail at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center on Friday or Saturday night. Saturday, October 29 is overflowing with activities; a free shuttle will be available to take you to the multiple venues participating in Pecan Fest. Activities are all day, including the Tour de Pecan bike ride starting at 7:30 a.m. Come downtown Saturday morning for a little shopping at Trade Days featuring over 90 vendors set up around Central Park selling pecan products, arts, crafts, jewelry, plants, clothing, and collectibles. Visit the Heritage Museum and have your photo taken on a vintage fire truck and Go Nuts at the Seguin Public Library taking a self-guided tour, and join in on the kid’s crafts and scavenger hunt. Hear the haunting history of the Magnolia Hotel and come relax at the Beer & Wine Garden in Central Park serving local craft beers and wines. Have your photo taken with a Juan Seguin re-enactor and a Governor Ireland re-enactor. Taste some Pecan Tasty Treats at Heritage Village and tour their historic properties. Visit the historic chapel at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday afternoon. Local bands O’Malarkey presented by the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Mismatch, and Hardcover will perform in the bandstand in Central Park throughout the afternoon.
Get your pooch in on the fun with the Pecan Fest Dog Costume in Central Park. Local artists will have their paintings of Seguin landmarks for sale at the Park Plaza Hotel. In addition to Pecan Fest activities, there will also be a Zombie Walk and films being played at The Palace Theatre and Magnolia Hotel in downtown. Experience life as an early settler at the Texas Agricultural and Heritage Education Center (Big Red Barn) during the day on Saturday. Throughout the day at the Red Barn, visitors will be able to see the crowning of Ms. Pecan, play in a Skat Tournament, tour the Pecan Museum, take a photo with the World’s largest pecan and for an additional cost enjoy a delicious turkey dinner. Be creative with the arts at Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin where you can design your hat for the hat parade, work on the Seguin Art League’s Chihuly Chandelier and make traditional Mexican crafts. Learn about the first freed slave business in Texas and view several pottery vendors’ wares at the Wilson Pottery Show located at Sebastopol. One of the traditions for Pecan Fest is our Hats Off to Juan Seguin Celebration, held Saturday evening in the 100 block of West and East Gonzales Street includes a hat parade led by URBAN 15 Carnival de San Anto Street Dance & Drum group and then followed by a street dance featuring Tin Roof. Enjoy cold beverages from the second oldest beer joint in Texas, The Oak Tavern, and the newest brewery, Seguin Brewing. On Sunday, the Affiliation for the Preservation of Shakespeare and Federated Club will have tours at the Riverside Cemetery with historical re-enactments of Seguin pioneers. Sunday evening join Emanuel’s Lutheran Church for a Polka Service and sausage supper benefiting the Christian Cupboard.
Come experience everything Seguin has to offer. An authentic small Texas town with big celebrations. We hope you stay for the weekend, but become a lifetime nut about Seguin. For times and exact locations of all the Pecan Fest activities, visit www.seguingonuts.com or call the Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 830-401-0810.