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Houston International Jazz Festival
August 1-2

Bayou Music Center; 500 McKinney, 610 Preston

Jazz Education, Inc.
Sydnee-Jane Simpson, Executive Producer
P.O. Box 8031; Houston, TX 77288
(713) 839-7000; Simpson/jazzed@jazzeducation.org
Music: Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Music festival
The Houston International Jazz Festival represents a rich tradition of musical expression. With Jazz being a ‘language’ spoken internationally, and the mother of many other music genres, The Houston International Jazz Festival features international, national, regional, and local jazz musicians, and helps to enhance Houston’s reputation as an arts center and attracts jazz aficionados worldwide. Every year, the festival serves as one of the major fundraisers for Jazz Education, Inc., a non-profit organization more than four decades old, aimed at keeping students involved in uplifting, and enriching personal educational activities instead of being consumed by more dangerous paths. Some of its initiatives include year-round, in-school Jazz programs (Jazz & Poetry) for more than 20,000 elementary school students, and an annual five-week Summer Jazz Workshop for more than 150 teenage musicians. The organization’s recognition includes the American Can, Centering the Arts, and the Barbara Jordan Award, all earned for exemplary service to the community. Festival Founder Bubbha Thomas recognized the need for Jazz to be shared with the entire city of Houston.

Texas! A Musical Drama of Panhandle History
August 2-7, 9-14, 16-20

Pioneer Amphitheatre; Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo, TX

TEXAS Musical
Justin George, Executive director
1514 Fifth Avenue; Canyon, TX 79015
(806) 655-2181; (806) 655-2185; (806) 655-4730
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican
Activities: Outdoor musical drama
A lone horseman, carrying the flag of the great state of Texas appears atop a 600 foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. Suddenly, a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers takes the stage to kick off the show that millions of fans from all around the world have come to see. The theatre is located in the second largest canyon in the USA, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Song and dance abound with a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor, fascinating lighting, special fire and water effects, including the Dancing Waters of TEXAS and fireworks. You’ll want to come early and enjoy a delicious old fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ Dinner on our covered patio.

Old Settlers Reunion
August 3-6

Governor Hogg City Park; 518 South Main, Quitman, TX

Old Settlers Reunion Association
Joe Wayne Reynolds
P.O. Box 192; Quitman, TX 75783
(903) 850-7355; (903) 763-2264
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy
Activities: Music festival, Talent contest
The Old Settlers Reunion features bluegrass, country and gospel music. Activities during the four-day event include fiddling contests, talent contests, a carnival, bingo, dunkin' booth, and the Miss Old Settler's Sweetheart Contest. Tuesday night is Kid's Night at the carnival. Concessions are available. Wednesday is Gospel night, Thursday is talent night, Friday country western and bluegrass night, and Saturday will be the Old Fiddling Contest.

The Ranch Texas Music Series
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Downtown Fort Worth; corner of Third and Commerce streets

The Ranch Radio Group
Rick Lovett
115 West Third Street; Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-0959
Music: Country, Cowboy, Rockabilly
Activities: Concert season
The Fifth Season of the Weekly Free Concert Series Brings the Best in Texas Music To Downtown Fort Worth Every Wednesday! The FREE outdoor concert series will be held every Wednesday evening for 25 weeks throughout the spring and summer on the 8.0's tree-shaded outdoor patio at the corner of Third and Commerce streets. Ranch Program Director Rick Lovett emphasizes, "Our music series is great for anyone and everyone. It appeals to downtown professionals, students, families, and other music fans can come enjoy a cross-section of great Texas Music without staying up past midnight on a weeknight". The Ranch Texas Music Series starts at 5:30 every Wednesday.

Bay Jammin' and Cinema Concert Series
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater; 1700 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
Laura Jasso
1581 North Chaparral; Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-3410; (361) 826-3417; JJ Nelson, (361) 244-0442
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The Bay Jammin' Summer Concert Series has been expanded to include movies. Beginning in June and going through August, the Bay Jammin' Concert and Cinema Series will continue to feature a wide variety of live music through concerts every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, every Friday will feature a PG, G or non-rated movie beginning at dark-thirty (times change throughout the seasons). Cole Park's Anderson Ampitheater is a beautiful location, right on the bay. Food and drinks (non-alcoholic) are available from vendors. Bring your chairs or spread a blanket and enjoy the balmy breezes and beautiful starlight nights overlooking Corpus Christi.

Courtyard Texas Music Series 2
August 4

Courtyard Theater; Downtown Plano, TX

City of Plano Parks & Recreation Department
Michelle Burdeauz, Venue Supervisor
1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074; Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-5202; (972) 941-7250; michelleb@plano.gov
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Concert season
The series occurs in Plano's “His fingers dance along the guitar strings and his soulful voice reverberates throughout the room. You are a few feet from the stage. He looks in your direction, and—for a moment—it is as if he is singing just to you. Welcome to the brand new Courtyard Texas Music Series which will deliver this intimate concert experience with legendary singer-songwriters Radney Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Bellamy Brothers, Jack Ingram, Chris Knight, Joe Ely and more.” The event takes place in the pastoral Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, in the beautiful Amphitheater at Oak Point Park and is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Featured entertainment for this year include Satisfaction (a Rolling Stones tribute band) on April 28 and Hard Day's Night (a Beatles tribute band) on June 2. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Rock the Desert Festival
August 4-6

Rock the Desert Festival Field; 2000 North FM 1788, Midland

Rock the Desert Ministries
Marcy Tull
P.O. Box 61377; Midland, TX 79711-1377
(432) 563-3434
Music: Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Ministry
Rock the Desert will hold the fifteenth annual festival in 2014. Visit our website at www.rockthedesert.com for more information.

Rock The Dock
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Kemah Boardwalk; Kemah

George Coward
1435 Heights Blvd.; Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-6100; (281) 334-9880
Music: Latin Pop, Pop, Rock
Rock the Dock – All Summer long, visitors enjoy a great mix of musical talent every Thursday evening May-August on the Boardwalk. Local and Texas cover bands entertain with the best of blues, country, rock and more!

Rockin' The River ~ 2
August 4, 11, 13

Panther Island Pavilion; 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX

Trinity River Vision Authority
307 West Seventh Street, Suite 100; Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 698-0700
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Concert season, Tubing
Rockin' The River Live on the Trinity Summer Tubing & Music series is a free weekly summer concert series with a cool twist, the stage is right on The Trinity River in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth. You can enjoy the show floating in the river or, if you're a land lubber, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a great view from the shore. The Headliner plays on the Coors Waterfront Stage first then, on the Southshore Stage, The After Party Band keeps playing right up to the nightly fireworks show. We offer tubes to rent, great food from Salsa Limon and cold beer to boot. It's a uniquely-Fort Worth experience!

Schulenburg Festival
August 4-7

Wolters Park; South Bohlmann Avenue

Schulenburg Festival Association
Brittany Aleman
P.O. Box 115; Schulenburg, TX 78956
Music: Americana, Country, Polka, Pop, Rock
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance
The Schulenburg Festival invites you to bring the family and join in the fun. There is live music throughout the weekend along with food booths and ice cold refreshments. There are tournaments for Ladies & Men's softball, volleyball, golf and 3 on 3 basketball. A Fun-Run~Run for Scouting. There are cook-offs for Chili, Beans, Bar-B-Q and Bloody Marys. An Arts, Crafts, antiques and collectibles show. Go-Texan Events, Horseshoe pitching, cow chip & egg toss. Tricycle races and a kiddie parade. There is a homecoming festival for graduates from SHS and BFHS. There is a rodeo on both Friday and Saturday. The Grand parade is on Sunday in downtown Schulenburg. 2013 bands are soon to be announced- visit the web for updates.

Summer in the Park, Concert Series
August 4, 11

San Marcos Plaza; 206 North CM Allen Parkway

The San Marcos Performing Arts Association, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, and the San Marcos Arts Commission
Barry Britton, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 651; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400; (512) 739-7240
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
Free concert series featuring live music shows from Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, along the banks of the San Marcos river. Summer in the Park promotes area musicians and presents a variety of musical styles in a family-friendly environment.

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.

XIT Rodeo and Reunion ~ 2
August 4-6

Rita Blanca Lake; Rita Blanca Lake, TX

XIT Rodeo and Reunion, Inc.
Scott Simmons, President/BBQ
P.O. Box 966; Dalhart, TX 79022
(800) 244-5533; (806) 333-4367
Music: Country
Activities: Rodeo
The XIT Rodeo and Reunion features a PRCA rodeo with more than 900 contestants, a parade, a free chicken wing feed, a free pork chop fee, and the World’s Largest Free Bar-B-Que. XIT also includes three nights of live country music. Headliners have included Blackhawk, The Buster Bledsoe Band, Tommy Gallagher, Bart Crow Band, and JB and the Moonshine Band. For 2014 featured artists are: Thursday night - Rankin Twins; Friday night - William Clark Green; Saturday night - Casey Donahew

Alfresco Fridays
August 5, 12, 19, 26

Arts Festival Plaza; One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX

El Paso Live
Ricky Nichols, Summer Programs Specialist
One Civic Center Plaza; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0609; (915) 534-0633
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Alfresco! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

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.

Addison Summer Series
August 6, 13, 20, 27

Beckert Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; (800) 233-4766; sstofer@addisontx.gov
Music: Salsa
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants.

Howard County Fair
August 6-13

Howard County Fairgrounds; FM 700 and Highway 80, Big Spring, TX

Howard County Fair Association
Suzanne Markwell
P.O. Box 2356; Big Spring, TX 79721
(432) 267-2060; (432) 268-9335
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Howard County Fair features a carnival, livestock show, live entertainment, art exhibit, pet show, and a petting zoo.

Lone Star First Saturday
August 6

Montgomery Trace Shopping Center; SH 105 and FM 149

Historical Montgomery Business Association
Claudia Childress
27 Royal Dalton; Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 597-5004.; (936) 597 4566
Multiple acoustic open jams during Lone Star Days each 1st Saturday in Historic downtown Montgomery. The Historic Montgomery Farmers' Market is held each month in conjunction with "Lone Star First Saturday," a citywide sales event which occurs in Montgomery on the first Saturday of each month; and features special activities, hospitality, and/or bargains at all participating restaurants and historic district shops.

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.

South Texas Summer Polka Fest
August 6

Moravian Hall; 5601 Kostoryz Rd Corpus Christi, TX 78466

Czech Heritage Society of South Texas
P.O. Box 6254; Corpus Christi, TX 78466-6254
(361) 215-9163
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
"Jak Se Mas?!".... The Czech Heritage Society of South Texas presents the annual South Texas Summer Polka-Fest featuring a traditional "Battle Dance" with music provided by the Leo Majek Orchestra & the Czechaholics. Come join us on the old wood dance floor of the Moravian Hall for an afternoon celebration of traditional Czech music, food, refreshments & fun. Music starts at noon and continues through 6:00 pm.

Texas Association of Broadcasters • Society of Broadcast Engineers Convention and Trade Show ~ 2
August 10-11

Renaissance Hotel; Austin, TX

Texas Association of Broadcasters
Emily Lehane
502 East 11th Street, Suite 200; Austin, TX 778701
(512) 322-9944; (512) 322-9944
Activities: Awards show, Trade show/convention
The Texas Association of Broadcasters joins with the Society of Broadcast Engineers (Southwest Region) to host the largest state broadcast association in the nation -- the annual TAB/SBE Convention & Trade Show. August 8-9, 2012.

Acoustic Music Camp ~ 2
August 11-13

South Oaks Church; 5925 US Highway 287, Arlington, TX

Acoustic Plus, Inc
Gerald Jones
5435 North Garland Avenue, Suite 140; Garland, TX 75040
(214) 236-0783
Music: Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music Instruction
A three day music camp for acoustic musicians teaching you how to play better Mandolin, Bluegrass & Clawhammer Banjo, Flatpick Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, Songwriting / Vocals, Dobro & Fingerstyle Guitar. Small class sizes with hands-on instruction and an emphasis on fun is what you can expect at Acoustic Music Camp 2014. Come join us this August in Dallas and learn to make better music in a friendly, supportive environment. Only 15 minutes away from DFW Airport and conveniently near major malls, Six Flags Over Texas, and water parks. We chose our talented lineup of instructors because they are great pickers, great teachers, and great people.

Hitchcock Good Ole Days Festival
August 12-13

Good Ole Days Grounds; 8300 Highway 6, Hitchcock, TX

Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce
Willie Windham
P.O. Box 389; Hitchcock, TX 77563
(409) 986-9224; (409) 986-7420
Music: Blues, Country, Jazz, Western Swing
Activities: Street dance, Cookoff, Pageants, Crafts
The Hitchcock Good Ole Days Festival features a bar-b-q cookoff, arts & crafts, carnival, beauty pageants, talent contest for all music genres, stage Performances for outdoor dancing (performers to be named), foods and fun for the entire family.

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.

Summer's Last Blast
August 12-13

Downtown Vernon

Vernon Street Machine and Classics Association
Jim Gryseels
P. O. Box 1289; Vernon, TX 76385
(940) 553-1695; (940) 553-4321
Music: Pop, Rock
Come cruise one of the largest drags in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma and be part of the event of a lifetime. Step back in time to see all the shining chrome, coolest paint jobs and the hottest cars in the region. Cruise with 1,000 entries in front of 20,000 spectators and try to impress them lining the entire drag. It's here in Vernon, Texas. Classic car, tractor, motorcycle display's at downtown area banks on Friday. See a Friday night concert at the Wilbarger County Auditorium. Saturday kicks off with the Vernon Police Dept. Burn-Out Contest. The Registered Cruise (1978 and Older vehicles only) is 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.. on Saturday. Summer's Last Blast wraps up Sunday with a Car Show in Roy Orbison Park.

Texas Pickin' Park - Public Jam Sessions
August 12-14

Fayetteville's Courthouse Square; State Hwy. 159 in Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville - Texas Pickin' Park
Dorothy Stall
P.O. Box 3; Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 378-2753
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: Public Jam Sessions
The Texas Pickin' Park is a venue where you just show up...a place where you'll always find someone to jam with. this is an infomal gathering of musicians to play improvised and impromptu music. Acoustic instruments only. Jam on Fayetteville's Courthouse Square and in the visitor center. It is a family-friendly environment with no alcohol or drugs allowed. The season runs daily from April first through November each year. Directed Slow Jam at 6 p.m. each month - all instruments. Free The 2010 season will include workshops and concerts, and open stage. Check the Texas Pickin' Park website for schedule www.texaspickinpark.com, and to sign up for our free monthly newsletter. Jam anyday and anytime. Scheduled jams are every second Saturday of each month - April through November.

Calhoun County Fair
August 13-20

Calhou County Fair Grounds; County Road 101

Arnold Rangel
P.O. Box 42; Port Lavaca, TX 77979
(361) 552-7070
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Singing contests
Featuring country band Tejas Brothers, and old school songs by Jimmy Edwards.

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.

Richardson Community Band Summer Concert Series
August 14

Richardson Civic Center; 900 Civic Center Drive

Richardson Community Band
George W. Jones
P.O. Box 832964; Richardson, TX 75083
(972) 487-3174; (214) 693-2549
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Richardson Community Band offers a summer concert series every other Sunday at 7p.m., Memorial Day through August. Each concert has a fun and different theme. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of music. Conductor of the Richardson Community Band is G.W. Jones.

Concerts In the Park ~ 2
August 17

Recreation Center; 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5508; (512) 401-5000
Music: Steel Band
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Arts & Crafts
Free admission! Bring a picnic and your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the sounds of the summer. Bands perform from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Featuring Sarah Pierce (Country/Folk Rock) on June 15, Zach Willard Band (Country/Rock) on July 20, and UndisKovered (Variety Cover) on August 17.

Pioneer Days Festival and Rodeo ~ 2
August 17-20

T & P Railroad Trail Head Park; US Hwy 82 & Ellis Street

New Boston Chamber of Commerce
Kelley Branson, General Chairman
100 North Center Street; New Boston, TX 75570-2935
(903) 628-2581
Music: Country, Gospel
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance
Pioneer Days begins Thursday with Gospel Singing. Amusement rides, arm band night Thursdays. Friday continues with amusement rides, arts & crafts, retail products for sale, street dance and plenty of good food to buy. Activities on Saturday include: Pancake breakfast, parade, turkey shoot, and the 4-Wheeler Mud Races with entry fee and cash prizes for winners. All day entertainment, arts & crafts, retail products for sale. Live entertainment all day. Fiddlers Contest. Juried Art Show. Awards to be presented to winners of Quilt Show, Baked Goods, Canned Goods. Free Kid Games. Amusement Rides. More good food to buy. Petting zoo, pony rides, dunking booth, kid train rides, human Gyro, giant kid slide, and rock wall climbing.

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.

Gillespie County Fair
August 18-21

Gillespie County Fairgrounds; Highway 16 South - 530 Fair Drive, Fredericksburg, TX

Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.
Gary Kunz,Chairman, Entertainment Committee
P.O. Box 526; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-2359
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Singing contests, Street dance
Gillespie County Fair features a downtown parade on Main Street (Friday), horse races (Saturday-Sunday), and live entertainment (Friday and Saturday). Other activities include livestock show, 4-H and FFA exhibits, crafts show and sale, and the Gillespie County Fair Queen Contest. Plenty of good food and refreshments. Artists scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday night. Past performers have included Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Corey Morrow, Shenandoah, Wade Hayes, Rhett Akins, Ricochet and Moe Bandy

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
August 19-27

North Texas State Fairgrounds; 2217 North Carroll Blvd.

North Texas State Fair Association, Inc.
Glenn Carltton
P.O. Box 1695; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 387-2632
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention
The North Texas State Fair includes rodeos, barbecue cookoffs, livestock show, commercial exhibits, carnival, live entertainment, beauty pageant, creative arts, photography contest, children's art contest, and more. Past performers include Charlie Robison, John Conlee, Eddy Raven, Asleep at the Wheel, Pat Green, Vince Vance & the Valiants, Dave Alexander and the Legends of Western Swing, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chetnutt, Randy Royal Band, Casey Donahue Band, Wade Bowen, Emelio, The Bellamy Brothers, Darryl Worley, Cory Morrow, Sonny Burgess, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Kevin Fowler, Gene Watson, Mark David Manders, Baylie Brown, Jack Ingram, Stoney Larue, Sammy Kershaw, Eli Young, and Johnny Rodriguez.

Summer Showdown
August 19-27

North Texas State Fairgrounds; 2217 North Carroll Blvd, Denton

North Texas State Fair Association
2217 North Carroll Blvd.; Denton, TX 76201
(940) 387-2632
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo
This is a nine day fair and rodeo featuring country music entertainment, such as Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Cody Johnson, and around 20 other artists. There will also be livestock shows, commercial exhibits, a kid zone, fun zone, and carnival.

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.

Ride For Dime
August 20

The Clubhouse; 2250 Manana Drive

Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund
Dan McNew
2025 Lorient Drive; Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 625-0617; (469) 688-4102
Music: Rock, Metal
Activities: Music festival, Motorcycle Run
Ride For Dime is a 1 day event which consists of a 52 mile motorcycle run in the morning and then a live concert event. Proceeds will benefit the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund. This year's lineup features Cowboys From Hell Paso, Texas Hippie Coalition, Pumpjac, White Collar Ghetto, Sweettooth, Threat Level, Souless Intent, WHiskey Dick, Conviction, and 100 Proof Hatred.

St. Louis Day
August 21

Koenig Park; 1700 San Jacinto, Castorville, TX

St. Louis Catholic Church
Deborah Gouard
610 Madrid Street; Castroville, TX 78009
(830) 931-2826; (830) 931-2826
Music: Country, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Polka
This fun-filled day is dubbed the "Homecoming for the State of Texas" by the Texas Tourist Agency. The festival is held under the shady pecan trees at Koenig Park on the Medina River. Make a short Sunday drive with your entire family and enjoy a wonderful day filled with great food, fun and entertainment.

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.

Fox Music USA Latin Awards
August 25

Houston Theater; Houston, TX

Fox Music USA
Doris Garza
P.O. Box 73798; Houston, TX 77273
(281) 907-2242
Music: Latin/Spanish
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Singing contests, Songwriting contests
We give an award as a recognition to new and other Latin talents.