The first weekend of 2019 will offer several exciting events, including the Polar Bear Plunge, downtown Temple’s First Friday, an Elvis concert and Family Day at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.
The premier First Friday event of 2019 will take place 5:30-8 p.m. in downtown Temple.
The event is held on the first Friday of every month and offers street music and performances, drinks, food and after-hours shopping. The event provides a chance to explore downtown Temple and visit local merchants and vendors.
For addresses, directions and more information about participating merchants, call Dan Kelleher at 254-298-5378.
Train art unveiling
The city of Temple will unveil another train sculpture 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Central Avenue and Third Street. The sculpture to be unveiled was painted by local artist Lee Evans and is entitled “Next Stop: Children’s Museum.” The artist will be on hand to greet guests and talk about their work.
This will be the fourth train in a series of 10 that will be placed around downtown Temple during the coming months.
Cabin Fever Family Day
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will offer a chance to get out of the house and treat the family to fun activities centered on snow. Cabin Fever Family Day will take place Saturday at the museum, with extended hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The museum hosts a free Family Day the first Saturday each month. Regular admission charges apply to the rest of the museum. The museum is located in the Santa Fe Depot, 315 W. Ave. B in downtown Temple. For more information, call 254-298-5172 or visit www.templerrhm.org.
Polar Bear Plunge
Temple Parks and Recreation’s Polar Bear Plunge will take place 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lion’s Junction Family Water Park, 5000 S. Fifth St. in Temple.
The event will begin with a costume show and contest, followed by the plunge into the pool and a belly flop splash off.
Hot chocolate and doughnuts will be provided. Advance tickets are available online at eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate. Summer season passes will also be on sale at a discount.
Gone Texan Tasting Fair
Natural Grocers, 3621 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple, will be showcasing products made in the Lone Star State during the Gone Texan Tasting Fair 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
The free event will feature the store’s products and community partners. Temple Children’s Museum will have an interactive exhibit set up, local food trucks will be on site and Kona Ice will be selling snow cones and hot chocolate.
For more information about future events at Natural Grocer’s, visit www.naturalgrocers.com/store/temple.
Elvis in Concert
In honor of Elvis Presley’s birthday on Jan. 8, Ken Elliot will be performing as the King on Saturday at The Beltonian Theatre, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton.
The performance will begin at 5 p.m. Elliot performed sold out concerts at the theatre in August and October. Guests are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance. Tickets are available at the theater and online at thebeltoniantheatre.com/events/.
A second concert featuring Elliot as Elvis will take place 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Bliss Bridal Bash
The Bliss Bridal Bash, presented by Bliss Bridal Magazine, will take place 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention center, 3033 N. Third St. in Temple.
The wedding showcase will feature Central Texas vendors, prize drawings and giveaways, a fashion lounge, makeup experts and more.
For more information, visit www.blissbridalbash.com. Tickets are available online and at the door.
Other items on the Weekend Calendar
DJ Rock Jr. will perform 9 p.m. Thursday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.
A country and western dance featuring the Backroads band will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St. in Belton.
DJ Abel will perform 9 p.m. Friday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.
Brady Honeycutt will perform 9 p.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
DJ Desperado will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.
Badlands (formerly known as Fireside) will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
A movie day will be held at noon Tuesday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St. in Belton.