The warmest days of the year are here, and in Cleburne, Texas, that means busy weekends full of events and outdoor fun. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your family, Cleburne has tons of entertainment options to suit your needs. From catching an outdoor Shakespearean play, to making a splash at a waterpark, to kayaking on an idyllic lake, here are the top things to do in the summer in Cleburne, Texas.
Summer Concert Series
This summer, head over to Johnson County Market Square for Cleburne’s Summer Concert Series where scheduled performers will grace the stage with lively tunes. Upcoming concerts including the Def Leopard cover band Def Leggend (August 18), running from 7:30-9:00pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, picnic blankets and coolers for an evening under the stars to sway to the tunes coming from the outdoor stage. Several food trucks will be available on-site and admission is free.
Lake Pat Cleburne
Why explore Cleburne by foot when you can paddle? At Lake Pat Cleburne, you and your group can rent boats from the Kayak Rental Company located by the 1,558-acre wide recreational lake. You can kayak along the water and go fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and more. Fishing from the banks is another option. You can rent kayaks, as well as jet skis for more high-speed adventure. Visitors traveling with their boats have free access to the public boat ramps.
Ride down the slippery slides at Splash Station – the area’s most popular waterpark. This attraction is designed to please people of all ages, with several kid-friendly activities and water playgrounds available, as well as cozy cabanas for the adults. During the hot summer months, the large swimming pools is a refreshing escape while spending time with friends and family. Monitor the park’s Facebook page for upcoming events and classes such as Aqua Zumba where you can work out in the water.
Cleburne State Park
Immerse yourself in nature at Cleburne State Park, with six-miles of dense wilderness, the park is home to hilly terrains and bike trails for cyclists who are up for the challenge. Stay overnight in a designated camping site, and start the morning with a refreshing dip in the lake. Drop a line in the water to catch freshwater fish, or bring your boat for a relaxing day on the lake. No need to hurry off— stay for the sunset and enjoy every moment of your summer getaway.
Cleburne Dragon Boat Festival
Clear your calendar June 30 & July 1 for the long-awaited Cleburne Dragon Boat Festival held at Lake Pat Cleburne. This family-friendly event will have two days of boat races where paddlers will compete in a traditional Hong Kong-style dragon boat that holds up to 20 people. Each team is locally sponsored.
Grand Texas Airshow
Another exciting summertime event is the Grand Texas Airshow on July 1 at the Cleburne Municipal Airport. Expect to find hair-raising performances of planes whizzing above the audience and doing tricks. Don’t miss the classic car show to admire the impressive collection of vintage automobiles in immaculate condition. This free event will end with a mesmerizing Gene Soucy flying fireworks show.
4th of July Celebration
Celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th at Lake Pat Cleburne’s golf links to see a dazzling display of fireworks over the lake. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and guests will watch a fun boat parade at 8:00 p.m. before watching the fireworks at dark. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a comfortable experience.
Cleburne Railroaders Game
Cleburne is excited to welcome a new baseball team to its community, the Cleburne Railroaders. This summer, the team will play some of its first games at The Depot (also brand new). There are plenty of ways to stay busy during a Railroaders game, so come on out and show your support for this new team.