Summer may be winding down, but September’s lineup of festivals still sizzles with fun. From Texas-size fairs and rodeos to coastal and Cajun celebrations, here are a dozen festivals unfolding across the Lone Star State this month.

Dallas

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Savor the final days of summer during Labor Day weekend at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden while soaking in bright spots of marigolds, dahlias and black-eyed Susans. Weekend activities include complimentary beer samples at A Tasteful Place, live music all weekend at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats at Terrace Café. Cool off in the misty Palmer Fern Dell, relax with a family picnic in the shaded Pecan Grove and splash around in Toad Corners or the entry plaza fountains in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On Monday, the Dallas Zoo is bringing some animal friends to the children’s adventure garden. More at dallasarboretum.org.

Sept. 27-Oct. 20: Celebrate all things Texan at the State Fair of Texas — the longest-running fair in the nation. The 24-day-long fair promotes Texas agriculture, education and community involvement and brings hundreds of shows, games, carnival rides, live concerts, livestock shows, exhibits and a finger-licking spread of every fried food imaginable to historic Fair Park. General admission is $16.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and children 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. Season passes are $45 for one person and $65 for two people. More at bigtex.com.

Abilene

Sept. 5-14: Saddle up for 10 days of fun at the 120th West Texas Fair and Rodeo taking place at the Expo Center of Taylor County. At this old-fashioned country fair and PRCA rodeo, expect everything from fearless bull riders and classic carnival rides to the popular tractor pull and livestock and horse shows. Gate admission for adults is $8 weekdays and $10 weekends, $4 all days for students, and free for active and retired military. Rodeo tickets and carnival rides are extra. More at taylorcountyexpocenter.com/events/west-texas-fair-rodeo.

San Marcos

Sept. 7-21: Live out underwater fantasies at the fourth annual Mermaid Splash Fest in San Marcos, an annual citywide, multi-event festival celebrating the city’s arts, culture, heritage and beautiful river throughout two weeks in September. The festival has something for everyone — come out for the Mer-tini Shakedown Competition on Sept. 7, Arts, Culture & Preservation Symposium on Sept. 8, River Guardianship Symposium on Sept. 11, Mermaid Society Art Ball on Sept. 20 and the Downtown Mermaid Promenade and Mermaid Aqua Faire on Sept. 21. More at mermaidsocietysmtx.com.

Grapevine

Sept. 12-15: Calling all wine lovers — the 33rd annual GrapeFest is a not-to-miss Texas wine experience bringing four days of fun, music and wine to Grapevine. Festivalgoers can sip and sample premium Texas wines and Champagne while enjoying delicious festival food and nonstop live entertainment on multiple stages. Celebrate the fruit of the vine at GrapeFest with wine dinners, the Texas Wine Tribute, GrapeStomp, the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off and more. Family-friendly festival fun includes a carnival and midway as well as KidsWorld, featuring Legoland Discover Center’s Fun Builds, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium and more. Admission is free until 5 p.m. on Friday, then prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12), and free for children under 6. More at grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest.

Amarillo

Sept. 13-21: Ride on over to the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, the Texas-size fair and rodeo that’s become the largest annual event in the Panhandle. Drawing more than 130,000 folks each year, this event brings everything from rodeo competitions and livestock shows to carnival rides, kid-friendly attractions and live concerts with this year’s lineup including the Great Divide on Sept. 14, Dale Watson on Sept. 20 and Randall King on Sept. 21. Purchase tickets and find more information at tristatefair.com.

Rockport-Fulton

Sept. 19-22: The 31st Annual HummerBird Celebration pays homage to the spectacular fall migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird. This year, expect more than 75 vendors, a dozen speakers and a variety of nature-inspired field trips taking place on land and sea. This fun, educational and inspiring event is designed for those who enjoy bird watching, follow migration patterns and appreciate birds and nature — expect field trips, boat trips and the chance to see the hummers stocking up at feeders as they prepare for their amazing trip to their winter home. Find more information and tickets at rockport-fulton.org/HB.

Plano

Sept. 20-22: Celebrating 40 years of ballooning in Plano this year, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival is a three-day event floating with fun for everyone. Come for the 50-plus colorful hot air balloons that will soar over the skies of Oak Point Park, and stay for live concerts on two stages, 30-plus food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a kids fun zone, evening balloon glows, parachute team performers and a fireworks show on Saturday evening. Work up a sweat running in one of four races — a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K fun run. Tickets are $10 per day, $20 for the three-day weekend and $5 for kids 3-12 and seniors. More at planoballoonfest.org.

Galveston

Sept. 27-28: The 10th annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival brings two full days of shrimp, music, friends and fun to Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand. Sample some of the best shrimp gumbo on the Gulf Coast along the Gumbo Stroll at this coastal celebration that includes a Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, official 5K run, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, live music, plenty of vendors, a Strand merchant walkabout and more. Gumbo Stroll tickets are $12, a shrimp dinner and a 16-ounce beer ticket is $20, and the 5K plus Gumbo Stroll package ranges from $46 to $66. More at galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com.

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Hillsboro

Sept. 27-28: The 28th annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair unfolds in downtown Hillsboro beginning with the kickoff street dance and concert on Friday with Meagan Burkhart-Vaughn and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a full day of fun and music. This year, expect an International Barbecue Cookers Association sanctioned state championship barbecue cookoff, inflatable rides and midway games, 100 food and arts and crafts vendors, a Farmers Market and more. More at hillsboromainstreet.org/cottonpickinfair.

Cleburne

Sept. 28: Find Texas wines, food truck fare, arts and crafts vendors and live music unfolding at the Cleburne Wine & Art Festival taking place from noon to 8 p.m. at Market Square (203 S. Main St.). A $25 ticket includes a glass and 10 tastings, and proceeds benefit the Cleburne Animal Shelter. For more information and tickets, visit thecleburnewinefestival.com.

Lakehills

Sept. 28: Cajun festivals might come and go, but the annual Medina Lake Cajun Festival has been rolling out the good times for 39 years. The grounds of the Lakehills Civic Center transforms into a little slice of Cajun Country, bringing Louisiana’s music, food and culture to the Texas Hill Country. Expect Cajun and Zydeco bands on two stages, homemade Cajun food spanning crawfish pies and etouffee to jambalaya and red beans and rice, and the Great Gumbo cookoff at this one-day celebration taking place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $12, and children 10 and under are free. More at cajunfestival-medinalake.com.