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The Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 4-14

Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre; 125 Pioneer Plaza

El Paso Community Foundation
Doug Pullen
333 North Oregon Street; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 533-4020
Music: Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world's largest festival devoted to classic cinema. With more than 90 screenings, concerts, and fun celebrity events, the PCFF is an amazing spectacle in and around the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, a 1930 atmospheric movie palace restored in 2006. It includes outdoor movies in the street and atop the Mills Plaza Parking Garage, and related exhibits and events at the El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History. Past guests include Al Pacino, Eva Marie Saint, Peter Bogdanovich, Shirley Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Cindy Williams, Tippi Hedren, Michael York and Louise Fletcher. Now in its ninth year, the festival offers some of the best movies ever made for the best prices you'll find anywhere — all-access passes are $200 and tickets range from free to $10. Bands who have “opened” for outdoor movies include The Royalty, Sleepercar, Fixed Idea, the Iveys, Mariachi Fatigo and The Lusitania. It all takes place in El Paso, Texas, under the West Texas sky — indoors and out.

Summer Showcase
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Buddy Holly Center; 1801 Crickets Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401

Buddy Holly Center
Tonja Hagy-Valdine, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
1801 Crickets Ave; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 775-3560; (806) 775-3566; thagy@mylubbock.us
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Free Children's Activities
Summer Showcase is a concert series held in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center weekly from May through September. Summer Showcase features regional musicians, and the series provides area songwriters a forum to present their original compositions to a receptive and diverse Lubbock audience. Showcases are traditionally held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30pm and are free to the public.

Music in the Park
August 5, 19

Pfluger Park; 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113; events@pflugervilletx.gov
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Concert season
The 2016 summer outdoor concert series features musicians from a variety of genres, performing onstage every other Friday night. One week is set aside as a Movie in the Park night. Food and desserts are available for purchase at 6:30 p.m., or bring a picnic dinner. Music is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free admission. With a playground onsite, children and families enjoy the swings, slides and playscape. The sounds of nearby Gilleland Creek cools those hot summer nights, while the musicians on stage heat up the crowd for dancing, or relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs. Giveaways at intermission. Pets on leashes and alcohol are allowed in the park, but no glass containers permitted. Limited parking on site, but parking in nearby neighborhoods is allowed.

Salado Legends -- Outdoor Musical Drama
August 6

Tablerock Amphitheater; 409 Royal Street Salado, TX

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc.
Jackie Mills, Director
P.O. Box 312; Salado, TX 76571
(254) 947-9205; tablerock1@aol.com
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Scottish
Activities: Outdoor musical drama
Salado Legends: central Texas' favorite outdoor musical drama! Tablerock's Amphitheater is where history, legend and memories meet. An original song, "Be Careful What You Wish For," weaves the legends of the Tonkawa Indians, the dreams of Spanish explorers, and the hopes of the Scottish settlers into a panoramic tale. Written by Salado playwright / lyricist Jackie Mills, music by local composers, directed by Donnie Williams and featuring a cast and crew of more than 100. Dinner at 7:15PM - $10.00 (child or adult), reservations required. Theater at 8:15 PM - $20.00 adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under. Call (254) 947-9205 for group rates and information.

Navasota Blues Fest
August 12-13

Grimes County Expo Center; 5289 FM3455, Navasota Tx.

Navasota Blues Fest, Inc.
Jo Crawford
P.O. Box 1633; Navasota, TX 77868
(630) 334-3228
Activities: Music festival
Navasota Blues Fest celebrates its 21th year on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. There will be an exciting lineup of musicians playing in various blues styles.This event raises money for a scholarship given to a deserving local area high school graduate in memory of Mance Lipscomb, Navasota bluesman and songster.

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
August 13-14

Henderson Civic Center; 1005 Highway 64 West, Henderson, TX

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Sam Craig, President
3528 CR 3168 West; Mount Enterprise, TX 75681
(903) 863-5379; (903) 657-4118; rl_vaughn@yahoo.com
Music: Gospel
Activities: Music festival
The East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention is an a cappella shape note singing from a songbook entitled "The Sacred Harp." The East Texas Convention, founded in 1855, is the oldest singing convention in Texas and the second oldest continuous Sacred Harp singing convention in the United States. Singing begins at 9:30 on Saturday morning and singers sing until about 3 p.m. for each of two days, with appropriate breaks. Lunch is provided by the Convention. Singers from many U.S. states annually descend on Henderson, Texas for this special event.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
August 18

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Austin Bat Fest
August 20

Ann W. Richards Bridge; 100 Congress Avenue, Travis, TX

Roadway Productions
French Smith
12305 Twin Creek Drive; Manchaca, TX 78652
(512) 441-9015; (866) 255-2223
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
In mid to late August, thousands of people come to Austin's Town Lake and downtown Austin to see millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats, shop for locally made crafts and listen to over 30 live bands on two stages.

Deep Summer Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
August 24-27

The Chrystal Opry House; 1989 White Mound Road Sherman, TX 75090

Chrystal Opry House at Melody Ranch
Bill Hayes, Owner
1977 White Mound Road; Sherman, TX 75090-5680
(903) 546-6893; (903) 271-4260; chrystalopryhouse@verizon.net
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
We have an 80 spot RV park for camping. We have food service inside the Opry and ample seating. We begin the festival with a social potluck on Wednesday evening, with jamming afterwards, an all gospel music night on Thursday, Aug. 25th. Friday the music begins at 1:00 and goes until 10 with a supper break at 5:00. Saturday the hours are the same. For those who enjoy jamming, we have several covered area in the park for that purpose.