McDade Watermelon Festival is in its 67th year!  We began with a community need and continue to support our local area non-profit organizations with grants.

How we got started 70 years ago......

Queen's Revue

Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7pm

Entry deadlines June 4, 2018
Tiny Tots 3-6 years

Junior Queen 9-12 years

Teenage Queen 15-17 years

Street Dance

Friday, July 13th, 2018 

@ 8pm- Midnight

Live performance by

Kenny Orts & No Chance Band

Grand Parade
Saturday, July 14th, 2018

@ 10:30am


Car Show

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

@ 8am-2pm

Come check it out!

Festival  to do's

in McDade

McDade Watermelon Festival

143 Bastrop St McDade TX 78650 us


Phone:     +1.512.332.1270


And you ask why we do it?  We do it for the BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY! The money raised from the festival each year continues to help our local school and offer grants to teachers to help their class rooms and a variety of youth programs. We've also helped our community food bank, Elgin library, historical museum & other local youth groups, including a scholarship fund for McDade students graduating  High School . So when you come to our Watermelon Festival, We want to say THANK YOU & have a good time and enjoy small town fun with your family.

Some history that was written in 1998 for our 50th Anniversary on the Watermelon Festival in McDade.

Always the 2nd Saturday in July!

Streetdance on Friday July 13th with Kenny Orts

Visit our Historical Museum Downtown

    Open 10am-2pm on Festival Day