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Annual Asian Festival ~ 2
February 1

Institute of Texan Cultures at UTSA; 801 East Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX

UT Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio
Jo Ann Andera, Director, Special Events
801 East Cesar East Chavez Blvd.; San Antonio, TX 78205-3209
(210) 458-2224; (210) 458-2300; Fax joann.andera@utsa.edu
Music: Children's, Classical, Bagpipes
Activities: Music festival
The Asian Festival is a one day event that builds bridges within the Asian community and presents a unique and educational event to the community at large. It celebrates the Chinese New Year and the many Asian cultures of Texas. Each participating Asian country brought their unique culture and traditions to Texas. Asian Festival blends together local Asian communities to create a fun educational event

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 1

Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road

Carnaval Brasileiro
Mike Quinn
4305 Southeast Ellis Street; Portland, OR 97206
(512) 452-6832
Music: World Beat, Samba
Activities: Music festival, Costume Ball
Carnaval Brasileiro is Austin's annual Brazilian-style Mardi Gras featuring authentic Carnaval music: samba, marchinha, frevo, batucada and more. It has been an Austin tradition for thirty-seven years and attracts attendees from across the US for dancing, costuming and unbridled merriment. The largest Rio-style "escola de samba" has grown up in Austin around this event—with 80 drummers and 80 dancers, the group Acadêmicos da Ópera is unequaled anywhere in the United States.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
February 1-8

Will Rogers Memorial Center; 3401 West Lancaster Drive, Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Bradford S. Barnes
P.O. Box 150; Fort Worth, TX 76101
(817) 877-2400; (817) 877-2420
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: County fair, Cowboy poetry, Rodeo, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
Welcome to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo! Join us for 23 days of great rodeo action, world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, daily live music, terrific food, the carnival midway, four acres of unique daily shopping and more.

Jackson Street Market Days
February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

Jackson Street; Between Forth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 p.m..

Out of this World!
February 1

Alma Thomas Theater; 1001 East University Ave., Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steve Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Each year, the ACO travels north to Georgetown to perform in Southwestern University's Alma Thomas Theater. This year’s concert will open with Flying Dutchman Overture by Richard Wagner. The operatic theme continues as the ACO is joined by soloists, Dana Zenobi and Nicholas Simpson in three beautiful arias. The second half of the concert is all about The Planets, by Gustav Holst. The last movement, Neptune, will highlight vocalists from the Southwestern University Chorale. Come at 6:30 pm for a Pre-concert talk with Music Director Lois Ferrari and Southwestern University Associate Professor of Physics, Mark Bottorf. As a special bonus, the Williamson County Astronomy Club will set up telescopes outside the Fine Arts Center for audience members to use after the concert. NOTE: Free admission to Southwestern University students, faculty and staff. Show your ID to the usher.

Washington's Birthday Celebration
February 1-23

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
Celina Alvarado, Public Relations / Marketing Manager
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589; (956) 722-0589
What started 117 years ago as a single day of events has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the United States with 27 major events packed into 30 fun-filled days and nights. The Washington's Birthday Celebration truly has something for everyone--music, comedy, parades, debutante pageants and formal galas, a carnival, an air show, athletic events, beer, wine and tequila tastings, street parties and more. Each event brings out some of the unique flavor and history of our city whose special blend of Mexican and American cultures can be found nowhere else. The Washington's Birthday Celebration is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers who work throughout the year to throw the best party you'll ever attend. Dozens of organizations and sponsors join forces to show our many visitors what a warm, friendly and fascinating place Laredo is. Please take a look through our calendar of events and plan your fun during the 2014 Celebration. It is a time for family and friends to enjoy a good time and make memories you will share for years to come. As a native Laredoan, I am proud of the team effort that comes through each year as we work towards a bigger and better party every time.

String Fling
February 4

Civic Center Theatre; Lubbock

Lubbock Independent School District Department of Fine Arts
Will Burks, Director of Fine Arts
1628 19th Street; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 766-1045
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Music festival
The Lubbock ISD String Fling is the premier event in West Texas to showcase the Public School Orchestra. Orchestra students from 4 High Schools and 9 Middle Schools display their talent in an event that culminates with a Massed Orchestra of all Lubbock ISD orchestra students.

Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival
February 6-9

Moose Lodge #1735; 2103 EM Franklin, Austin, TX

Rancho Alegre Radio
Piper LeMoine, Director of External Relations and Technology
5304 Blue Bluff Road; Austin, TX 78724
(512) 609-9208; (512) 784-1148
Music: Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival
Rancho Alegre Radio is pleased to announce the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, an exciting four day music festival spotlighting Texas Conjunto music at its finest in the Live Music Capital of the World. The full lineup features legendary performers as well as up-and-coming and veteran artists from West Texas, Dallas, Del Rio, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and points in between. This annual family-friendly event takes place at the Moose Lodge, centrally-located just east of downtown Austin.

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
February 6-23

AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds; 3201 East Houston/One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc.
Mallory Schrade Hines, Entertainment Director
P.O. Box 200230; San Antonio, TX 78220-0230
(210) 225-5851
Music: Country, Cowboy, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Rodeo, Parade, Cook-off, Arts and Crafts
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo showcases the music industry’s most outstanding country, contemporary and Latin artists in appearances held during the 21 Rodeo performances. Named the 8-time consecutive PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year. See this year’s lineup at www.sarodeo.com.

Ennis Czech Music Festival
February 8

Sokol Activity Center; 2622 East Hwy 34, Ennis

PO Box 205; Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 878-4748; (888) 366-4748
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival, Door prizes
A way to show your support & appreciation for Czech music & heritage.

Lunar New Year Houston
February 8-9

Viet Hoa Center; 8300 Sam Houston Parkway South

Houston's Asian American Festival Association
Glenda Joe
1714 Tannehill Drive; Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8270
Music: Asian ethnic
Activities: Arts, Lion Dance, and Firecrackers
Houston's Annual Asian-American Festival ia a Pan-Asian cultural arts festival featuring dance, music, martial arts, theatre, puppetry and much more.

Midwinter Traditional Music Festival
February 8

Daugherty Arts Center; 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Angie Wooten
409 Wilson Ranch Road; Cypress, TX 78663
(512) 644-0212; (830) 825-3108
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
The AFTM Midwinter Festival on Feb. 8, 2014, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center will feature eight bands playing traditional music and will also feature several workshops related to traditional music such as how to play fiddle, banjo, guitar, or other traditional instruments, how to dance in an old-time style, and traditional singing.

Valentine's Day Library Fundraiser Concert
February 8

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jester Road

Round Top Festival Institute
James Dick
248 Jaster; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
The 11th annual Valentine's Day Library Fundraiser Concert begins at 2 p.m. and is organized by the Round Top Festival Institute. It features music from the romantic cities of the World, Dick Smith, and others. Tickets are $20.

Rio Grande Valley International Music Festival
February 11-16

Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds; 1000 North Texas Avenue, Mercedes, TX

South Texas Symphony Association
Ed Robinson, President
P. O. Box 104; Mercedes, TX 78570
(956) 373-0130; (850) 508-1119
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Mariachi
Activities: Music festival
The Rio Grande Valley Music Festival is located at 1000 North Texas Ave.,FM 491 North Exit on Hiway 83. Features a variety of music for 6 days on 5 stages including country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, mariachi, and folkloric. Gospel jam on Sunday from 9 a.m. - noon. Also featuring arts, crafts, raffles and food concessions. Gates open at 8am each day. $8 per day, per person, free parking. Children 12 and under free.

Tuesday Night Jazz
February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13

St. Paul United Methodist Church; 1806 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201

St. Paul United Methodist Church
Lynette DeBose
1816 Routh Street; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-000
Music: Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Now in its 17th season, Tuesday Nite Jazz offers the best in live jazz through a series of concerts in a historic sanctuary older than jazz itself. Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month,September through May,at St. Paul United Methodist Church, The Soul of the Dallas Arts District. The only church in downtown Dallas rooted in African-American traditions of worship, St. Paul is the sole survivor of what was, for over a century, a neighborhood of monumental black churches. The congregation that greets you today is the same community that has worshiped on this very site since its establishment by a visionary body of recently freed slaves in 1873. Reception with the artists following each performance. Jazz lovers of all ages are welcome.

Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention
February 12-15

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Texas Music Educators Association
Robert Floyd, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140465; Austin, TX 78714-0465
(512) 452-0710 ext. 101; (888) 318-TMEA
Music: Big Band, Children's, Classical, Jazz, Concert bands, Orchestras, Choirs
Activities: Trade show/convention
The annual TMEA Clinic/Convention is for current and future music educators and musicians. The convention features hundreds of professional development clinics, musical performances, and exhibit halls filled with top music industry representatives and more.

Canton Western Swing Valentine Party
February 13-15

Canton Civic Center; 800 Flea Market Road Canton, TX, 75103

Free State Music Festivals
Jim Fuller
P.O. Box 934; Canton, TX 75103
(903) 245-6300; (800) 342-6502; Fax jimfll@aol.com
Music: Country, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Event features 9 top with three days of Music and Dancing to eight of the top bands in Texas. The Canton Civic Center is 35000 square feet. We provide a 5000 square foot Dance floor and with table seating for 1000 people. Doors open at 10:00 am each day. Shows start at noon and end about 11:30 PM. A TEXAS STYLE Fish Fry is held on Thursday at 4:30 PM featuring all you can eat TEXAS STYLE fried Catfish and all the trimmings Only $12.00 with paid admission to the event.

Symphony Arlington
February 13, March 13, April 17, May 8

Arlington Music Hall; 224 North Center Street, Arlington, TX

Symphony Arlington
Bethany Thomey, General Manager
P.O. Box 202051; Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 385-0484
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Many great composers have done their finest work when inspired by the beauty of dance. Some,like Stravinsky with Petrushka, Delibes with Coppélia, or Copland with Rodeo,have written full-length ballets intended for virtuoso dancers. Other compositions, like Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, or Bartok’s Dance Suite,use the compelling rhythms of dance in works intended for concert performance. For the 2013-14 Season, Symphony Arlington will bring to you all these masterworks and more, plus music for the dance by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Kodaly, Verdi, and many more. Joining the orchestra will be a stellar array of distinguished guest artists, including guest conductors Leandro Carvalho from Brazil and Alberto Correa from Colombia. Texas pianist and 2013 Van Cliburn competitor, Alex McDonald will return for a solo appearance.

Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards
February 13-16

Marriott South Houston at Hobby Airport ; 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017

Larry Davies Ministries
Pastor Larry Davies
1106 Juniper River Court; Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 935-3573
Music: Gospel
Activities: Awards show, Concert season, Music festival, Singing contests
Thursday, February 7th night - Legends Award Services. Friday, February 8th, 1:00 p.m. - New Artist(s) Showcase; 3:30 p.m. - Gospel Industry Workshop, Praise Dance Workshop; 10:45 p.m. - Late Night Showcase Music. Saturday, February 9th, 8:30 a.m. - Gospel Industry Workshop; 12:30-3:30 p.m. - Annual Awards Luncheon; 8:30 p.m. - Praise Dance Workshop. Sunday, February 10th, 4:00 p.m. - Heritage Concert, Jones AME.

Annual Stage Door Canteen
February 14

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay; 2914 North Shoreline Blvd .

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
F.W. "Rocco" Montesano
P. O. Box 23076; Corpus Christi, TX 78403
(361) 888-4873 ext. 307
Music: Big Band
Activities: Annual Event
Polish up your dancing shoes and enjoy performances by a star-studded cast at the Annual Stage Door Canteen at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dance to the big band sounds of The USS Lexington Big Band. The event is held on the Hangar Deck of this National Historic Landmark.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
February 14-March 2

Spur Arena; 4722 Grape Creek Road

San Angelo Stock Show and Radio Association
Kermit Wendland
200 West 43 Street; San Angelo, TX 76903
(325) 653-7785
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Rodeo
One of the Top 10 rodeos in the nation based on total purse and celebrating its 81st year of existence, the San Angelo Rodeo brings in the top cowboys and cowgirls in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association every year. For a city of less than 100,000 people, an event of this caliber is virtually unheard of. The people of San Angelo are no strangers to rodeo as they are deeply rooted in the sport. Our town has been coined a "Cowboy Town" not because of two weeks dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls in February, but because year-round, that is what we do. Additionally, the San Angelo Stock Show is the 3rd largest livestock show in the state and 4th largest in the nation based on total entries. From market barrows to pygmy goats, wildlife judging teams to calf scramblers, we offer something for every exhibitor from every corner of the state. Over 10,000 entries, 4,500 exhibitors, 35 shows and contests and growing annually, it's amazing we can pack it all into just 10 days in February!

Hug-In & Valentine Ball ~ 2
February 15

Luckenbach Texas;

Luckenbach Texas
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990
Music: Country
Activities: Annual Events
It's that time of year again for folks to get "Back to the Basics of Love", and you can do it here at our annual Hug-In and Valentine Ball! There will be live music, cold beer and plenty of boot scootin' to be had. Performing for our Valentine Ball this year will be Gary P. Nunn! During the day our picker circle will be hosted by Greg & Lisa at 1pm.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
February 20

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; Gruene, TX

Gruene Historic District
Krista Butler, Gruene Historic District
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine the third Thursday of each month except January. Throughout the year, eleven wineries and their winemakers are showcased on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room in Gruene Historic District. Complimentary tastings will be offered of the craft beer and three of the wineries newest releases, top-selling and hardest to find wines. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Jalapeno Festival ~ 2
February 21-22

El Metro Park and Ride; Thomas and Hillside

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association - WBCA
Nino Cardenas Marketing & Publicity Coordinator
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589
Music: Latin/Spanish, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
The Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities get smoking with the two-day Jalapeño Festival that takes partying and competitive eating to scalding heights! American and Mexican influences join together in this unique tribute to the father of our country and “the tiny green giant” –which, although small, is known to pack quite a punch -- in this rowdy celebration that will leave you burning for more. Cooking contests, a blind Jalapeño toss, delectable food booths and games-galore offer plenty to do, eat, and drink at this multicultural “festival-within-a-festival;” but remember to leave some energy for the tear-jerking, edge-of-your-seat excitement of the event’s signature attraction, the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest. There are also several bands playing live music.

Mardi Gras Galveston
February 21

Saengerfest Park; 22nd and Strand, Galveston, TX 77554

Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
Erin Dhonau/Marketing Coordinator
2314 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(409)770-0999; (956) 778-4624; Fax dean/mdean@yagaspresents.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo
Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parades, balcony parties, concerts, tons of beads and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks.

St. Cecilia Music Series
February 21, March 20, May 23

First Presbyterian Church of Austin; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Activities: Concert season
St. Cecilia's 2013-14 concert season is fast approaching! We have a beautiful season planned for you and we hope to see you all there. The St. Cecilia Music Series will feature a variety of classical music performances such as an event featuring specifically Baroque music to a premier performance by Imperfect Pearl. Visit the web site for more specific information concerning concert dates within the series!

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering ~ 2
February 21-22

Sul Ross State University; Highway 90 East, Alpine, TX

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Committee
P.O. Box 395; Alpine, TX 79831
(432) 837-5459
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Cowboy Gear Auction
The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering features traditional cowboy music in most of the poetry and storytelling sessions. All music is live and performed on acoustical instruments by working cowboys. By working, we mean that at least part of their time and livelihood are or were at some time ranch related. Activities include cowboy church service with music. Confirmed acts: Don Cadden, Joel Nelson, Jack Sammon, Rod Taylor, Andy Hedges, Andy Wilkinson, , Jim Wilson, Karen McGuire, Jill Jones, and many more.

Bancroft Family Concerts: Souvenirs of Italy and Argenitina ~ 2
February 22, March 22, April 26, May 10

Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Arts District

Dallas Museum of Art
Margaret Barrett, Executive Director
1717 North Harwood; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219; Fax (214) 521-7558
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present a program of chamber music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera. Composed during a visit to Florence, Italy, Tchaikovsky’s string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70, will be performed by Nathan Olson, violin; Eunice Keem, violin; Ann Marie Hudson-Brink, viola; Christine Hwang, viola; Theodore Harvey, cello; and Jeffrey Hood, cello. Joining the strings for Alberto Ginastera’s Impresiones de la Puna, is Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of DSO. Mr. McGill is an acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician and winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society Concert Series
February 22, March 29

Corpus Christi Chamber Music
126 Naples; Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 888-7785
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The 2013-14 concert series offers a variety of chamber ensemble configurations with performances by world-renowned artists including the Cavani String Quartet (10/19/2013); C Street Brass (11/16/13); the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio (1/23/14); La Fenice (2/22/14); and the Dover Quartet with Chu-Fang, pianist, (3/29/14). All concerts are held at 7:30pm in Wolfe Recital Hall, corner of Ayers and Kosar, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi 78404. Sent by Carol J. Domasco, board member, Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society.

Polka Fest
February 22

Sokol Hall; 5502 Kostoryz, Corpus Christi

Czech Heritage Society of South Texas
Randy Sykora
5502 Kostoryz Rd.; Corpus Christi, TX 78466-6254
(361) 960-3220; (361) 960-3220
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
The Czech Heritage Society of SouthTexas would like to welcome you to the annual Polka Fest featuring the Polka bands from the Texas area (artist lineup TBA). Meals will be served by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Catholic Church. Czech food, fun and dancing.

Charro Days Festival
February 23-March 10

Amigoland Convention Center; 1000 Mexico Blvd., Brownsville, TX

Charro Days, Inc.
Carlos A. Banales
P.O. Box 3247; Brownsville, TX 78523-3247
(956) 542-4245
Music: Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
Charro Days includes public dances, live entertainment, Youth Parade, Twilight Parade, Grand International Parade, carnival and Noche Mexicana.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Uncorked! Round Up and Best Bites
February 23

Reliant Center; One Reliant Park Houston

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Gigi Wark
P.O. Box 20070; Houston, TX 77225-0070
(832) 667-1000
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Awards show
The Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition is a premier event in the Southwest for those who wish to savor the delights of award-winning wines from the International Wine Competition and taste signature dishes submitted for competition by area catering institutions and restaurants. A highlight of the evening is the announcement of the top winners in the International Wine Competition. Winners ride off with custom-made coveted saddles, chaps and buckles. Attendees are the judges in the Best Bites Competition, selecting their favorite dishes from more than 60 culinary entries.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
February 27 - March 2

Downtown Port Arthur; Procter Street

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, Inc.
Laura Childress, President
3830 Highway 365; Port Arthur, TX 77642
(409) 721-8717
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, arts and crafts, carnival, parades, street entertainment, fireworks
Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas is a traditional Mardi Gras celebration, featuring parades with larger than life floats with icons. Arts and crafts, assorted foods, carnival rides, and street entertainers. Three stages featuring live music with artists Eastin Corbin, Whiskey Myers, Chris Cagle, CJ Chenier, Pookie Marceaux, and Joel Martin.

Sombrero Festival
February 27 - March 1

Washington Park; 1908 6th Street, Brownsville, TX

Sombrero Festival, Ltd.
Ernie Barrientos
P.O. Box 5240; Brownsville, TX 78523-5240
(956) 371-7221; (956) 466-2995
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano, Mariachi, Norteño
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Music festival, Singing contests, Street dance, jelepeno eating contest, grito contest, chili cookoff, frijolympic cookoff
Sombrero Festival, Ltd. throws a party for Brownsville the last weekend in February each year during Charro Days. Sombrero Festival is traditionally held in Washington Park in Downtown Brownsville. Sombrero Festival was founded in 1986 to enhance the Charro Days celebration and to provide a venue targeting a broad segment of the community. Our average annual attendance is 40,000. Our gate price is $6.00 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. We maintain a cooperative agreement with numerous local nonprofit groups whereby the group performs volunteer service and we make a donation to their organization. To date, Sombrero Festival, Ltd. has returned approximately $1.5 million back to the community through nonprofit organizations and direct donations for tourism, beautification, and recreation venues in the City of Brownsville. Sombrero Festival is staffed completely by volunteers and is a 501 -(c) (4) nonprofit organization. Our annual gross income is $350,000, and we retain only startup money for the next year's festival. The remainder pays our bills and is invested back in the community. Sombrero Festival provides the only marketing venue during Charro Days. Our 3 day event attracts this large segment of the population by featuring well-known Hispanic Artists, local music, unique food-booths, popular events such as the Jalapeno Eating Contest, Waiters Race, Grito Contes, Charro Days Classic 5K Run, Tortilla Frisbee Toss, Hat-Stack Relay, the Chili Cook-off, and Frijolympics (Charro Bean Cookoff). We provide a fenced, secure, and family oriented festival.

Mardi Gras Upriver
February 28 - March 2

Downtown Jefferson;

Krewe of Hebe
Victor Perot, President
P.O. Box 562; Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-2672
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Rock
Activities: Street dance
Mardi Gras Upriver features family oriented activities and entertainment. Friday March 4 at 7 p.m. is the Doo Dah Parade. Saturday the 5th at 1:45 p.m. is the motorcycle parade and at 2 p.m. in the Grand Parade. Sunday the 6th at 2 p.m. is the Children's Parade. Everyday will have live music, the children's carnival, arts and crafts vendors and food.

Renaissance Polyphony Weekend
February 28-March 2

University of Dallas in Irving, TX; Irving

Susan Scheib
9215 Forest Hills Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 327-6823
Music: Renaissance
Activities: Singing Mass
Renaissance Polyphony Weekend is a workshop for persons wishing to sing Renaissance Polyphony. Weekend concludes with performance of a Mass. As usual, the Polyphony Weekend will be held at the University of Dallas in Irving, and led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. The singer's retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass on Sunday of the scheduled weekend at Holy Trinity Seminary., Irving.