TGS hosts the Lone Star Gourd Festival in the summer or fall. The festival is a 3-4 day event featuring a gourd art competition, gourd art sales, gourd supplies, technique classes and lots of fun. The festival is held at the New Braunfels Convention Center. The competition and vendor booths are inside as are most of the classes. Carving and woodburning classes are held outside on a covered patio. The festival is open to the public and anyone can enter the competition.