Schedule of Events

Get Ready for a Great Day of Watermelon Festival Fun

We’re so excited for this year’s festivities and can’t wait to announce the official event schedule. Wander back here for updates on the BBQ cookoff, live entertainment, watermelon contests and more. This year’s Hempstead Watermelon Festival is gonna be one for the books!

2023 Hempstead Watermelon Festival Schedule


2023 TENTATIVE Watermelon Festival Schedule

  Thursday, July 13th  
Time Activity Location
12:00 PM Some BBQ Cook-Off Teams May Begin Setting Up FM 1887
5:00 PM Decorating the Gazebo Clarke Gazebo Park
6:30 PM Carnival Opens 11th Street
Friday, July 14th
Time Activity Location
8:00 AM BBQ Cook-Off Teams Set Up FM 1887
8:00 AM Watermelon Tent Set Up Bremond Street
3:00PM Quilts starting to be hung. Kenneth Pilcher Building – 841  12th Street
6:00 PM Kids BBQ Cook-Off FM 1887
6:30 PM Corn Hole Tournament FM 1887
Carnival Opens 11th Street
7:30 PM Street Dance with Brown Sugar Band Train Depot at FM 1887
  Saturday, July 15th  
Time Activity Location
6:00 AM Vendor Set Up 12th Street
9:15 AM Parade FM 159 to FM 1887
10:00 AM Car Show and Quilt Show 12th Street
Watermelon Growing Contest (Check In) 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Train Depot at  FM 1887
10:45 AM WMF Opening Ceremonies Clarke Gazebo Park
11:00 AM WMF Queen Coronation Clarke Gazebo Park
12:00 PM Winners of the Coloring Contest and the Parade Winners Announced Clarke Gazebo Park
12:15 PM Bout to Be Western Band Clarke Gazebo Park
1:00 PM Watermelon Games Bremond Street Behind the City Hall
5:00 PM BBQ Cook-Off Awards Clarke Gazebo Park
6:00 PM Watermelon Auction and Quilt Auction Clarke Gazebo Park
7:30 PM Street Dance with the Original Triumphs Band Train Depot at FM 1887
9:00 PM Raffle Drawing Train Depot at FM 1887


Keep checking back for details!

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