Things To Do In Bryan, TX

  • kids in halloween costumes

    Pumpkinpalooza!

    October 01

    Grab your flannel and get lost in the fall festivities sprouting up this October in Bryan's happening downtown. There's a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your favorite and carve it on the spot, or consider waiting until after you've found your way through the maze. 

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    Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival

    September 02

    Taste the best of what Bryan has to offer at the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival. Celebrating the bounty of the region's fertile spaces, historic downtown Byron will show-off more than 20 wineries and craft breweries, all to the tune of 30 live musical performances.

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    Sip and Stroll at Messina Hof

    August 01

    Area residents call it their own, and why shouldn't they lay claim to a fertile stretch of green that produces some of the finest wine in all of Texas? Right in the heart of Bryan, Messina Hof Winery invites you to sip and stroll through its winding vines. 

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    Fireworks and First Friday

    July 01

    You're invited to a party! The Downtown Bryan Association is celebrating First Friday, July 5th from 5 to 11 pm. 

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    Summer Sunset Series

    June 03

    June is a beautiful month in Bryan, with bright sunny days and warm breezy evenings. Why not make the most of them by attending the annual Summer Sunset Series? 

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    Derby Day at the Symphony

    May 01

    May 4th is Derby Day, best known of course for the horse race at Churchill Downs, Kentucky. But we're celebrating in Bryan, too! For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will host its award-winning gala as a major fundraising effort.

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    Downtown Street and Art Fair

    April 01

    Ten years strong, Bryan's Street and Art Fair will once again decorate the college city's downtown with local talent on canvas and on stage. Event organizers advertise this fair to be the biggest and best yet. 

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    Buy Local Eat Better

    March 04

    The search for local flavor can get a bit stale (excuse the pun) if you don't know where to look. So this month we're here to tell you all about Brazos Valley Farmers Market. All products are grown locally and thoughtfully.

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  • two couples dancing

    Wednesday Night, Salsa Night

    February 01

    Heat up your Valentine's celebration by taking your sweetheart out to dance. Every Wednesday night, from 9 pm to 10 pm, a talented instructor at Village Cafe will sweep you through the sweet and spicy steps that make salsa so scintillating.

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    Reflecting upon a Presidential Legacy

    January 01

    Learn the breadth of a presidential legacy with a visit to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Dedicated to fulfilling the 41st President's mission to prepare tomorrow's leaders for lives of public service, the friendly staff welcomes you to peruse more than 43 million pages of documents and thousands of museum objects.

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  • Goat Yoga in College Station

    December 01

    Destress and forget the rest as you experience yoga like never before: with baby goats! Thursday, December 6th rain or shine, Blackwater Draw Brewing Company brings Goat Yoga Houston to College Station.

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  • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Jazz Fest

    November 05

    Rub elbows (and lawn chairs) with fellow music fans at the annual Austin Area Jazz Fest. For the first time in the event's history, artists will take the stage downtown at the beautiful Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

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  • This October, the Play’s the Thing

    October 01

    For our guests who are in the market for professional theater, we recommend a visit to Bryan’s own Stagecenter Theatre. Since 1964, Stagecenter has been a hub for regional audiences seeking Broadway-style shows and stellar performances.

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  • A Toast to Messina Hoff

    September 03

    When you think of wine-making, your mind probably goes immediately to Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But here in Bryan, we’re very happy not to have to go half-way across the country or the world to purchase some of the finest vintages ever made.

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  • The Inspirational Architecture of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

    August 06

    With a population of more than 28 million people, Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country. One of the great benefits of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity is the wide range of art and architecture produced in this state we call home.

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  • Family-Friendly Fun for All Ages at Grand Station Entertainment

    July 02

    July is shaping up to be a real scorcher here in Texas. If you’re looking to beat the heat in a fun and family-friendly environment, check out College Station’s Grand Station Entertainment, just a short drive from our hotel.

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  • The Royal Alpaca Farm

    June 06

    If we were the betting type, we’d bet “raising quality alpacas with manners” is not a phrase you’ve run across before. Well, check that off your bucket list because it is in fact the illustrious motto of Bryan’s own Royal Alpaca Farm.

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  • The Boundary Breaking Brazos Valley African American Museum

    May 10

    If you’ve ever been to a museum of Texas history or if you happened to grow up going to school in our great state, you’ll know that the story of Texas is most often told as the story of people with European, Mexican, or Native American heritage.

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  • Seven Decades of World History at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

    April 02

    The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, a short 10-minute drive from our hotel, offers a unique opportunity for visitors of all political persuasions to learn more about the people and events that have shaped global affairs in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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  • The Weekend Concert Series at Hershel’s Bar

    March 05

    As proud Texans and residents of Brazos Valley, we always want to make sure our guests know about the many marvelous historical and cultural activities to enjoy in the communities surrounding our hotel. In addition, whenever possible, we like to bring the entertainment right to you, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with our concert series at the Stella Hotel’s own Hershel’s Bar.

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  • Welcome Executive Chef, Ricardo Bravo!

    February 12

    Campfire has a new Executive Chef! Prior to The Stella, Chef Rick served in an executive capacity at Magnolia Hotels, a collection of 4-star boutique hotels situated in historic buildings in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Omaha and St. Louis. He was at Magnolia for almost a decade, starting out as Executive Chef and working his way up to Food and Beverage Director. 

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  • How the Cold War Was Won

    February 07

    At the Stella Hotel, we take great pride in Texas history and try whenever possible to inform our guests about opportunities to learn more about the rich and compelling story of our great state. This month we’d like to let you know about a special Presidents Day event that will provide a fascinating window not just into Texas history, but into American and world history more broadly.

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  • Skate into the Winter Spirit

    January 09

    At the Stella Hotel, we believe in embracing the spirit of the season. That means swimming and barbecue in the summer, picnics in the spring, hayrides in the fall, and in the winter, ice skating at Spirit Ice Arena.

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  • Family-Friendly Fun at Santa’s Wonderland

    December 07

    Now in its twentieth year, Santa’s Wonderland is a College Station tradition and one of the biggest Christmas attractions in all of Texas. With dazzling decorations, rides, games, music, food, and shopping, there’s something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind holiday park, open now through January 17.

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  • First Fridays in Downtown Bryan

    November 09

    In 1867 the Houston and Texas Central Railroad was finally extended to Bryan, making our sleepy town a new hub in the modernizing American landscape. Over a century-and-a-half later, Bryan has established itself as a vibrant pocket of authenticity amid an ever more homogenized and corporatized world.

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  • A Kid-Friendly Halloween

    October 08

    Fall is one of our favorite times of year at the Stella Hotel, and nothing cheers us more than the sight of little goblins and ghouls ready to gobble down their trick-or-treats. For any guests looking to scare up some family-friendly Halloween fun, we recommend the following activities.

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  • Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival

    Sip & Savor!

    September 08

    Grills will sizzle, wines will pour, and music will flow down the streets of Downtown Bryan, Texas during the eleventh annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival on Friday – Sunday, September 22-24, 2017. Texas Reds is a Downtown Bryan Association event and generously sponsored by the City of Bryan and Bryan Texas Utilities. 

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  • Hurricane Harvey Relief: Coming Together to Heal

    September 05

    Since being struck by Hurricane Harvey, Texas has suffered weather-related devastation and flooding more severe than any in the past 50 years. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and hundreds of businesses across the state have sustained damaged.

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  • Saint Anthony's Catholic Church: An Architectural Wonder

    August 08

    One of the most diverse states in the union, Texas is home to many religious traditions, including Roman Catholicism, which continues to play a role in the lives of almost a fifth of Texas residents. If you enjoy impressive architecture, both interior and exterior, we recommend a trip over Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, just a short drive from the Stella Hotel. 

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  • A Midsummer New Year: New Student Conferences at Texas A&M University

    July 06

    At the Stella Hotel, we’re very proud of our rich Texas history and the many resources for exploring that history here in the Brazos Valley. But as vibrant and fascinating as the past was, the future promises to be even more thrilling. We know because every year thousands of bright, enthusiastic first-year students arrive from all over the world to attend Texas A&M University, one of the nation’s top institutions of higher learning.

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  • The Well-Mannered Alpacas of Bryan

    June 05

    In addition to its rich history and sublime Texas landscape, Bryan also has some downright quirky attractions. One of our favorites is the Royal Oaks Alpaca Farm, whose motto is “raising quality alpacas with manners.”

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  • Hershel's: Now Open at the Stella

    May 12

    “Take time to lose yourself in the hidden details. A little bit playful, a little bit mysterious.”

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  • Texas History is African-American History

    May 01

    Discussions of Texas history often center on the contributions of folks from European, Mexican, or Native American backgrounds. Less discussed are the many important contributions made by African Americans, which is why, in 2006, the Brazos Valley African American Museum, the first organization of its kind in the valley, opened its doors to the public with the goal of promoting the history and culture of persons of African descent in Brazos Valley.

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  • A Presidential Legacy

    April 04

    Dedicated to our eldest living President, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum affords visitors the opportunity to see what shaped the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, from his years as a WWII naval pilot to his studies at Yale University to his tenure as POTUS 41.

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  • Let the Show Begin

    March 07

    Enjoy an evening of music and drama at the acclaimed Theatre Company of Bryan-College Station. As the Brazos Valley’s premier musical theater group, the Theater Company has brought family-friendly entertainment to central Texas audiences for decades.

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  • A Day at the Museum

    February 05

    One of the great pleasures of visiting Bryan, Texas, is the opportunity to see and experience the wonders of nature first hand. In addition to the lush bike trails and clear, cool evenings perfect for stargazing, we recommend a trip to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, where you can learn a bit about what makes our little area of the world so special.

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