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Concert in the Park ~ 2
May 1

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613-7670
(512) 401-5508; (512) 401-5500
Music: '80s music
Activities: Music festival
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don't get to comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited.

Frontier Days
May 1-2

City Park; Breckenridge, TX

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce
Sharon Mendoza
P.O. Box 1466; Breckenridge, TX 76424
(254) 559-2301
Music: Bluegrass, Country
Activities: Rodeo, Singing contests, Concert
Frontier Days features craft booths, a carnival, chuckwagon cook-off, 42 tournament, cow patty bingo and live entertainment including the 3rd annual Breckenridge Idol Contest.

Hill Country Run
May 1-3

Luckenbach; Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Optimist Club
Debbie Farquar-Garner
PO Box 726; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Motorcycle Rally
Hill Country Run is hosting its annual motorcycle rally to bring you four days of live entertainment, local vendors, and plenty of Shiner Bock to go around. Registration starts on Thursday at 1pm-8pm so get signed up early. This year, the ralley will be held inside the beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park located just 3 miles south of downtown Fredericksburg, just off State Hwy 16 South. Camping is encouraged so check out our website to register.

League City Lions Club Village Fair & Texas Music Festival
May 1-2

Walter Hall Park; 807 Highway 3 North League City, Texas 77573

League City Lions Club
Greg Gripon, Fair Chairman
P.O. Box 982; League City, TX 77574
(281) 332-5046; (713) 598-5978
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Trade show/convention
A fun weekend for the entire family with something for everyone: carnival, vendors, business expo, food, certified 5K Run, crafts, barbecue cookoff, live music entertainment and much more. Check our website for an up to date listing on all the entertainers for this three day event.

Maifest - Brenham ~ 2
May 1-3

Fireman's Park; North Park St. and Highway 36 North, Brenham, TX

Brenham Maifest Association
Julie Joster
P.O. Box 1588; Brenham, TX 77834-1588
(979) 830-5393; (888) 273-6426
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Polka
The 120-year-old Maifest is a celebration of the German community. Includes food booths, arts and crafts, one stage with continuous music for two days; two downtown parades, two elaborate coronations involving more than 1,000 young people; plus many community-related homecoming activities. Past performers include Wahlburg Boys Central Texas Sound, Dujka Brothers, Leroy Matocha, Encore, and more. Contact Info: 1-888-BRENHAM or

Mitch and Artha Wright Concerts-In-The Park Series
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Stevenson Park; 1100 South Friendswood Drive

City of Friendswood
James Toney, Director of Parks and Recreation
910 South Friendswood Drive; Friendswood, TX 77546-4856
(281) 996-3220
Music: Children's, Country, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Face Painting, Children Games/Activities, Bounce Houses and Slides
Summer concert series in the heart of Friendswood, TX. Cool summer nights and beautiful Stevenson Park provide the back drop for the annual, family tradition.

Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
May 1-3

Historic Old Town Spring; 130 Spring School Road, Spring, TX

Old Town Spring Preservation League
Clarence Williams, Festival Director
P. O. Box 1808; Spring, TX 77383
(281) 350-1900
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Pop, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival
The Texas Crawfish & Music Festival is the largest and most established Crawfish Festival in the South and a favorite annual event for Houstonians and tourists alike. The festival features live entertainment on three stages from some of the top country and Texas country bands, zydeco, and rock acts along with carnival rides, midway games, exhibitions and activities for kids of all ages, plus the best Southern Louisiana food, Cajun-style crawfish and the spiciest fixings in the land! The 29th Annual festival benefits the Spring Preservation League organization, a nonprofit foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation and beautification of Old Town Spring, community projects and maintains contributions to a variety of service organizations. So come "pass a good time cher" and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER (let the good times roll) at the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Old Town Spring. Please check often for the 2015 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival entertainment lineup!

Annual FredStock Music Festival
May 2

Longwith RTF Building; 168 West Courtland Place, San Antonio, TX

The Music Business Program at San Antonio College
Donnie Meals
1300 San Pedro Avenue; San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 486 1380
Activities: Music festival
The Annual FredStock Music Festival is a chance for Music Business students to get hands-on learning of every aspect of putting together a music showcase. Festival organizer Donnie Meals, who is also the Music Business Program Coordinator and faculty at SAC, says, “Fredstock is hands-on training. It’s part of the process that our students will be doing out there in the industry.” The students get to perform music business roles from booking the bands and vendors to preparing stage logistics and creating festival promotions. Every annual festival brings in an array of music fans to hear different performing bands and walk through the sponsored booths of art and crafts, community business sponsors, vendors and food trucks. This free event features popular local and regional talent. Slated to perform this year are Jimmy Spacek, Ruben V., Los #3 Dinners, Eddie and The All Nighters, and Granvil Poynter. The first band performs at 12:00PM and the event will run until 6:00PM.

Jackson Street Market Days
May 2

Jackson Street; Between Fourth 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
Activities: Arts and crafts
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 pm.

Lone Star Jam
May 2-3

LBJ Library Lawn; University of Texas, Austin, TX

415 Productions
Dave Lytle
Austin, TX 78709
(512) 940-1662
Music: Americana, Country
Activities: Music festival
Biggest Texas Country & Red Dirt Festival in Central Texas.

Pecan Street Festival
May 2-3

East Sixth Street; Between Congress and IH-35, Austin, TX

Special Events Management Group, LLC.
Luis Zapata, Executive Producer
501 North Interstate Highway 35, Suite 205; Austin, TX 78702
(512) 574-6153
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts. Performing Arts
The Pecan Street Festival is a FREE, bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on historic 6th Street in Austin, Texas every first weekend in May and every last weekend in September. The show proudly features over 275 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work. Festival goers can find a variety of art mediums including paintings, sculpture, woodwork, mixed media, metalwork, photography, apparel, digital prints, glass art, stonework, pottery, knitting, ceramics, candles, fine art, one-off furniture, jewelry, home decor, leather goods, games, and other useful and whimsical household items. Like Austin itself, Pecan Street Festival attendees are diverse. Some come to buy art. Some come for the food, others for the music, but they all come to take part in a tradition that is 100% Austin and has been known for the last 30 +years as a great way to spend a weekend. The festival has been managed by Special Events Live since 2006.

Songwriters Serenade Contest
May 2

Moravia Hall; 11135 FM 957, Moravia, TX

Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics Inc.
Mike Stroup
10911 FM 957; Schulenberg, TX 78956
(713) 598-6331; (713) 385-0653
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Songwriting contests
15 outstanding performing songwriters, most of them Texans, are slated to showcase their original work at the Songwriters Serenade and vie for cash prizes totaling more than $3,200. First place prize includes $750, showcase performance at The Bugle Boy and showcase at the 2015 Folk Alliance International Conference. Judges include Susan Gibson, Kevin Welch and Walt Wilkins. No fee to enter contest. Lodging provided for contestants. All songwriters will receive a minimum of $100. Songwriter workshop with judges. Enter at

Texas Early Music Project Concert Season
May 2-3

University Presbyterian Church; 2203 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX

Texas Early Music Project
Daniel Johnson
2905 San Gabriel, No. 204; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961
Music: Classical, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) invites you to explore more than 700 years of musical change and evolution. Over the course of six programs, you'll be transported by the sounds of rich and diverse cultures while tasting the harmonic palettes and musical delights of our ancestors. You'll hear some old (very old) classics and discover many "new" ancient tunes. The Full Monteverdi, Part 2: We end our love song to Italy with music by Monteverdi and his milieu: Frescobaldi, Sances, Strozzi, Cavalli, and others, with soloists, chorus, and a small instrumental ensemble.

Sammons Jazz Spring Series
May 6

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas

Sammons Center for the Arts
Joanna St. Angelo
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Sammons Jazz is the only regular ongoing jazz performance series in the Dallas-Fort Worth area featuring local jazz artists. If you enjoy jazz, you'll probably enjoy this showcase of local jazz artists in an intimate, relaxed, non-commercial and smoke-free setting . . . and at a nominal price for the evening! Sammons Jazz performances are developed around a theme (for example, a be-bop night or a jazz vocal night) and feature two performing groups; the fall series of Sammons Jazz runs from September through December; the spring series from February through May; Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30, ending by 10:00 p.m; there is a short intermission between the two groups; and many patrons appreciate the smoke-free environment of Sammons Jazz. Refreshments and valet parking included in ticket price. As an adjunct to Sammons Jazz, the Center has started a new series called Sammons Cabaret, taking place on the third Thursday of each month from February-May. See web site for details.

Symphony Arlington
May 7

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
From 18th century pioneers like Vivaldi and Corelli to modern masters such as Puccini and Respighi, Italian composers have enchanted us with melodies as rich as fettuccini alfredo and rhythms as seductive as a vintage Brunello. Italian sunshine and Mediterranean breezes have also beckoned to composers from other lands: Berlioz’ Paganini-inspired Harold in Italy, and Tchaikovsky’s folk music fantasy Capriccio Italien, to name but a few. This season Symphony Arlington will bring you masterworks by these composers and many more, all in celebration of Italy’s glorious and enduring musical heritage. The 15th Anniversary Season will feature guest artists such as pianist Lindsay Garritson performing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody of a Theme by Paganini and Antonio di Cristofano performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Symphony Arlington will also feature Paul Silverthorne, Principal Viola of the London Symphony performing Paganini's Sonata per la Gran' Viola è Orchestra and Berlioz – Harold in Italy!

Western Heritage Classic
May 7-10

Expo Center of Taylor County; 1700 Highway 36, Abilene, TX

Western Heritage Classic
1700 Highway 36; Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 677-4376
Music: Country, Cowboy, Cowboy poetry
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention
Western Heritage Classic celebrates the traditions of the great ranching lifestyle featuring working cowboys from famous ranches! Features live music on Friday night with Zach Harmon, Saturday Night with Casey Donahew Band. Other events include a chuck wagon cookoff, trade shows, ranch rodeo, and a benefit dinner dance with Rhinestone Round-up.

D'Vine Wine on the Square presents: Music, Massage and Merlot
May 8, 29

Historic Granbury Square ; 107 East Bridge Street, Granbury, TX

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Grandbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-7200
Activities: wine tasting, massages
Come and enjoy our great selection of over 20 fine wines, listen to fun music, relax with a massage ($1 per minute) or enjoy all three. For even more fun you can make you own wine, bottle it and create your own label. A great place for parties, weddings, birthdays, showers and more. Starts at 6:30 pm.

Levitation ~ 2
May 8-10

Carson Creek Ranch; 9501 Sherman Road, Austin, TX

Reverberation Appreciation Society
Rob Fitzpatrick
2507 South Third Street; Austin, TX 78745
(512) 796-5557
Music: Rock, Psychedelic
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
LEVITATION will be held May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX. The festival showcases the best of vintage, modern, established and up-and-coming acts that push the envelope in mind expanding music. This year's lineup includes A Place to Bury Strangers, Black Angels, The Black Ryder, The Blank Tapes, Chui Wan, Earth, Eternal Tapestry, Fat White Family, The Flaming Lips, Fuzz, Heathers, Holy Wave, Indian Jewelry, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Krakatau, L.A. Witch, Lightning Bolt, Mac Demarco, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Metz, The Myrrors, Mystic Braves, Night Beats, Nothing, Primal Scream, Rose Windows, The Soft Moon, Spinthrift, Spiritualized, The Sword, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Vaadat Charigim, White Fence, White Manna, and ZZZs.

Texas Crab Festival
May 8-10

Gregory Park; Highway 87, Crystal Beach, TX

Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Ann Willis
P.O. Box 1170; Crystal Beach, TX 77650
(409) 684-5940
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Music festival
Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend with 3 days of fun in the sun, delicious foods and some of the best live music in the Lone Star State. You can try out the tastiest crab dishes on the Texas coast, compete in the Crab Legs Contest, cheer on your favorite canine in the Texas Crab Festival Weiner Dog Nationals, check out the rides and games at the carnival, find the perfect Mother's Day Gift among the many treasures offered by our talented local artists and vendors, or just pull up a patch of grass, sit back in you lawn chair and enjoy great music ranging from blues, cajun, country, and zydeco. The festival is held at Gregory Park in Crystal Beach and is open Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, 10a.m. to midnight and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Contact the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at (409) 684-5940, (800) 386-7863 or e-mail us at

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
May 8-10

Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington; 1307 West Mitchell

Arlington Highland Games Association
Ray McDonald, Executive Director
P.O. Box 511; Clifton, TX 76634
(800) 363-7268; (254) 675-3992
Music: Children's, Folk/Acoustic, World Beat, Celtic
Activities: Fiddling contests, Music festival
The Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games includes Scottish music and dancing, Scottish breed dog show, sheep dog trails, fiddlers contest, shortbread contest, photo contest, and a bagpipe contest. Live continuous entertainment in four tents. Past performers include Alex Beaton, Ed Miller, The Irish Rouges, Hamilton Pipes and Drums, Battlefield Band, Don Edwards, Donnie MacDonald, Margaret Gravitt, Claymohr, U.S. Air Force Pipe Band, Alastair Fraser, Battlefield Band, Brian McNeill, Andy M. Stewart, Glengary Boys, Natalie McMaster, and Brother.

Bancroft Family Concerts
May 9

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

Dallas Museum of Art
Virginia Haak, Office Manager/Education Director
1717 North Harwood; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players will present seven concerts of classical chamber music and world music during the 2013-2014 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area.

Big City Music Revue presents: Only The Hits, The Music That Made Us
May 9, 23, 30

Granbury Live Theatre; 114 North Crockett Street, Granbury, TX

Big City Music Revue
Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Grandbury, TX 76048
(855) 823-5550
Activities: Concert season
Are you a fan of classic hits from the most influential music decades of the past? If so, then this is the show for you! The greatest hits, the funniest characters and the best moments that made you laugh, cry and sing along...

Boys Haven Crawfish Festival
May 9

Ford Park; 5115 IH-10 South, Beaumont, TX

Boys Haven
Robert Pate
P.O. Box 5815; Beaumont, TX 77726-5815
(409) 833-5060; (409) 866-2400
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Boys Haven Crawfish Festival offers live music 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from several bands. Visitors can also enjoy a sumptuous feast of crawfish, boudain, barbecue, beverages as they enjoy the car show, silent auction, door prizes and a ceremony recognizing the supporters of Boys Haven.

San Antonio International Piano Series Concert Season
May 9

University of Incarnate Word University; 4301 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX

Piano Texas International Academy
Dr. Tamás Ungár, Executive Director
PO Box 781146; San Antonio, TX 78278
(210) 270-3829; Suzan Lambillotte
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
All ages welcome

Second Saturdays
May 9

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.

Stone Valley Music Festival
May 9

Stone Valley Music Park; 7508 U.S. Highway 290 Johnson City, TX

Stone Valley Music Park
307 North Austin; Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-9740 ; 830-330-0380
Music: Country
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, washer pitcher tournament, horseshoe pitching
The first of seven Stone Valley Music Festivals outside of Dripping Springs will be held on Saturday, April 11th; headlining Doug Stone the Country Music Legend & Doug's special Guest Jade Jack with confirmed additional performers Jake Ward, Mary Sarah, the Bret Mullins Band, Jake Penrod and Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band. Gates will open at 10:00am and the live music lasts until midnight with a large dance floor. There will be BBQ, Hot Dogs, Beer, among other food & drink items on the menu. There will be a washer pitching tournament as well as a horseshoe pitching tournament with prize money. Great place to be with the whole family, friends & the kids. VIP areas will be available. We have recently bought out the summer's performances and headliners include Johnny Bush, Hal Ketchum, Cody Johnson, Dale Watson, Mickey Gilly and Tracy Byrd. Check our website for festival information throughout the summer.

Untapped Fort Worth ~ 2
May 9

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

Untapped, LLC
Annette Marin
508 Young St; Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 555-8172
Music: Americana, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Craft Beer Festival
Now in its fourth year, Untapped energetically encapsulates the eclectic culture of quality craft beer while highlighting both emerging bands and established musical talent. Sold-out crowds experience expertly curated lists of breweries and bands. The goal of Untapped is to bring thoughtfully paired music to seasoned craft beer drinkers and to introduce new and exciting craft beers to discerning music fans. As the festival continues to assist in making the connection between beer and music communities, organizers hope to celebrate artists and breweries they know and love. This year's lineup will feature nine performers including hip-hop legends De La Soul and Big Data, The Lone Bellow, The Sword, Ariel Pink, Knox Hamilton, Greylag, Telegraph Canyon and Doug Burr.

Texas Rising Stars
May 10

Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Butler School of Music; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The ACO returns to Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas for the 3rd annual Texas Rising Stars Concert. The concert combines the best of the Austin community orchestras with the best from the Butler School of Music string studios in a collaborative concert free of charge to the Austin community. The concert opens with the Marriage of Figaro Overture, then moves to the featured soloists: four violinists who won the Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. On the second half of the concert, the ACO will perform Darius Milhaud's La création du monde. Come experience the talent of these young artists who are on the precipice of a career in music with ACO members who have a lifelong dedication to music in Bates Recital Hall, one of the premiere performance spaces in Austin.

TCU Chamber Music Roundup
May 11-16

Ed Landreth Hall; TCU

School of Music, Texas Christian University
Dr. Misha Galaganov
TCU Box 297500; Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-6619
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival, workshops
The Chamber Music Roundup in Fort Worth provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all levels to enjoy working in chamber music groups with faculty other music lovers and to learn great compositions written for small ensembles. The tuition fee of $400 includes supervised rehearsals, lectures, master classes, optional orchestra reading, extended education class, master classes, and final performance.

Cherokee Creek Music Festival
May 14-17

Los Valles Ranch; 4160 West FM 501, Cherokee, TX

Cherokee Crossroads, Inc.
3738 Oak Lawn Avenue; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 981-0700
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Cherokee Creek Music Festival is a nonprofit event to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations by hosting an annual music festival in the Texas Hill Country.

Cool Canyon Nights ~ 2
May 14, 21, 28

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre; 1500 McKelligon Canyon Drive, 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
Cool Canyon Nights returns this summer for another season of free music. Every Thursday, beginning May 8th, enjoy free music in beautiful McKelligon Canyon. Relax with a night full of music and the cool canyon breeze. Patio acts start at 6:00 p.m. and last 45 minutes. Headlining bands will take the stage at approximately 7:00 p.m. Cool Canyon Nights VIPs enjoy free h’orderves in the National Furniture Liquidators VIP Lounge. Become a VIP by grabbing a Cool Canyon Nights VIP card at the National Furniture Liquidators location at 8600 Gateway Blvd E or at the KISS-FM Studios at 4180 N. Mesa. Other events happening during the concert include weekly prizes from Price’s Creameries and a donation center from Townsquare Cares, which will be taking donations to benefit MWR at Fort Bliss, thanks to Southwest University. Just because the concerts are done doesn’t mean your night has to end! Head to The Pershing Inn and Ray’s Backyard for the official Cool Canyon Nights After Party.

Rabbit Fest ~ 2
May 14, 15, 16, 17

City Park; 1206 West Avenue B, Copperas Cove, TX

Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Liz Sherman, Vice President
204 East Robertson Avenue; Copperas Cove, TX 76522
(254) 547-7571
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Street dance, Carnival
Join us in Copperas Cove for the Annual Rabbit Fest May 14th – 17th! The park will be filled with local entertainment that includes live bands on Fester's stage, local dance groups, school choirs, and so much more. Treat the entire family to the arts & crafts, great food, carnival rides and softball tournament. Rabbit Fest Parade and Rabbit Fest Pageant Saturday 16th.

Fork & Cork and Summer Series
May 15, 16

Addison Circle Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Shelbi Stofer
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; (972) 450-6231
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
Listen to live music from the area's best singer/songwriters while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants.

Free Orchestra “Pops” Concert in the Park
May 15, 16

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
Attn: John Gordon, 1007 Green Meadow; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 698-3646
Music: Pop
Activities: Concert season
Join us for our FREE May Outdoor “Pops” concerts in the Park in the theme “Out of this World” featuring music from Star Trek, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Apollo 13, Lord of the Rings, and more! Friday, May 15, 2015 Milburn Park 1901 Sun Chase Blvd (at Cypress Creek Rd), Cedar Park, TX Saturday, May 16, 2015 Old Settlers Park – Lake Pavilion 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd (US 79), Round Rock, TX There’s definitely something for the whole family – movie goers of all ages will enjoy this evening in the park. We look forward to seeing you there!

Galveston Island Beach Revue
May 15, 16

Beach Central; 2102 Seawall, Galveston, TX

Islander By Choice, LLC
Adrienne Culpepper
2202 Mechanic Street; Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 770-7360
Music: Americana, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Arts and crafts, cook off, parade
During the 1920s and early 1930s, Galveston was host to the Pageant of Pulchritude (predecessor to the Miss Universe Pageant) which has now been resurrected by Islander By Choice, LLC (IBC) as a two-day, family friendly event dubbed the Galveston Island Beach Revue. The sixth annual event kicks off on Friday night with live music, an introduction of the 2014 bathing beauties and a free outdoor showing of “Girl Happy” starring Elvis Presley. Saturday’s event includes “Retro-Active” games for the kids, charcoal championship cook-off, craft beer tastings, vendors and demonstrations, all leading up to the Bathing Beauties contest and an evening of live music headlined by Grand Old Grizzly. The highlight of the weekend is the “Bathing Beauties Contest” when 40 contestants compete in vintage and vintage-inspired swim wear for cash prizes as well as “Crowd Favorite” and “Most Beautiful Back” categories.

Grapevine's Main Street Days Festival
May 15, 16, 17

Main Street Historic District; Grapevine, TX

Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
Paul Corliss
One Liberty Park Plaza; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185; (800) 457-6338
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, Street dance
Grapevine's Main Street Days Festival is held on the city's historic Main Street. The event coincides with National Historic Preservation Week, thus celebrating the heritage of Grapevine. Festivities this year include exciting non-stop entertainment from six stages, street dances, live music nightly, and jazz school band competitions. Main Street Days is one of the top street festivals in north Texas. Main Street Days showcases Grapevine's adventurous side and natural resources through various outdoor and recreational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, wine pavillions, a grilling competition, premium draft beer, heritage gunfighters and carnival rides and midway.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 15-17

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7902 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX

San Jacinto Day Foundation
Bert Muston
7603 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 991-9500; Fax
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Gospel, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Street dance, BBQ cookoff, Beauty pageant, Mud volleyball, Children's area
3 days of family fun, concerts, carnival, 300 vendors, bbq cook off, mud volleyball tournament, world’s largest strawberry shortcake, specialty acts, children’s area, helicopter rides, wine tasting, beer tasting , 3 stages of entertainment and much much more, good clean fun for the whole family.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
May 15-17

Galatyn Park; 2351 Performance Drive Richardson, TX

City of Richardson
Geoff Fairchild
2100 East Campbell, Suite 100; Richardson, TX 75081
(214) 824-9933; (972) 744-4583; Fax
Music: Big Band, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, Street dance
The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is an award-winning eclectic arts and music festival featuring local, regional and national acts performing on six outdoor/indoor stages. 2013 acts confirmed as of January include The Toadies, Robert Earl Keen, Uncle Kracker, Reverend Horton Heat, and Slaid Cleaves. Wildflower! is also home to one of the state’s top Singer/Songwriter contests and stage. Additional festival programming includes the family-friendly Kidz Korner, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the Market Place showcasing artisans and exhibitors, Performers Row, the Art Guitar Auction, and the Wild Ride- a bike ride to benefit cancer research. Also in 2013 is Rocket Man - the Elton John Tribute - five shows throughout the festival weekend! Produced by the City of Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Department with support from 10 other City departments, Wildflower! brings out the best in community spirit by involving over 100 neighborhood and business leaders in our various festival planning committees as well as utilizing approximately 1500 volunteers during the actual event.

May 16

Downtown; Longview, TX

One Hundred Acres of Heritage
Elaine Reynolds
410 North Center Street; Longview, TX 75601
(903) 237-4040; (903) 237-4000
Music: Pop, Rock, Red Dirt
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
AlleyFest is Longview’s summer signature event, held in downtown. AlleyFest offers fine art, arts and crafts, various genre’s of music, Kids Fest, a 10k and 5k run, great food, and more. Arts and craft vendors are encouraged to apply. See web site for updates.

Saturday Sounds on the Square
May 16

Historic Granbury Square; 100 East Pearl Street, Granbury, TX

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Grandbury, TX 76048
(800) 950-2212
Activities: Concert season

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season
May 17

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Dallas- The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has a full season of concerts during the 2014-2015 season. The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 115 of the DFW area's best high school musicians. This season is particularly special because the ensemble is preparing for a 2015 tour of China. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said that "Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors" and "...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don't go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow." The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras will present the season finale on May 17, 2015 at 7:30pm preceded by the Spring Gala. Pieces to be performed on the concert include Tchaikovsky's Cossack Dance from Mazeppa (with the 2014-15 student conducting competition winner), Ravel's Tzigane with violin soloist Maria Schleuning (of the Dallas Symphony and Voices of Change), Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9.

KNBT 92.1 Americana Music Jam ~ 2
May 17

Gruene Hall; 1281 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX 78130

KNBT FM 92.1 Radio New Braunfels and Gruene Hall
1540 Loop 337 North; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 625-7311; (830) 629-9292, (830) 629-5077
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Gruene Hall will once again play host to KNBT 92.1 FM's annual celebration of Americana music, featuring the top artists of the genre on two stages. KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels and Gruene Hall will host over a dozen top-notch musical acts and artists at the Americana Music Jam, to be held Sunday, May 17th starting at 12:30pm and lasting throughout the day. Over the past fifteen years, the partnership between Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1 FM has raised funds for many local charities.

SOLI Experience
May 18-19

Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater and Ruth Taylor Recital Hall; 2009 Northwest Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78213

SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Ertan Torgul, Violinist / Artistic/Managing Director
2312 Sixth Avenue; Fort Worth, TX 76110-2510
(210) 317-8816
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
Voted “Best Chamber Ensemble” by the San Antonio Current for a second year, SOLI Chamber Ensemble continues to mesmerize audiences with their cutting edge performances. For over a decade, SOLI's core members -- Stephanie Key, Ertan Torgul, David Mollenauer, and Carolyn True -- have gained a reputation for giving voice not only to 20th century “classics” but also for their strong commitment to commissioning new works and breathing life into the music of living composers. For more information about the 2012 series please visit "

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

The Grapevine; Gruene, 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 or call (830) 606-0093.

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Quiet Valley Ranch; 3876 Medina Hwy Kerrville, TX

Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation, Inc.
Rachel Brown
P.O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600; (800) 435-8429
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests, 80 Crafts Booths, Music Business Seminars, Teachers Professional Development Program
The Kerrville Folk Festival is perhaps the best known of all Texas music festivals. Stretching over 18 days, the festival features more than 120 accomplished international, national and regional songwriters. The festival includes: ten evening concerts, eight Sundown concerts, three New Folk concerts, six Children's concerts, Blues Project, special concerts at Threadgill Theater, campfire singing, food, camping plus song writing, and a Music in Schools Program for teachers. If you are an artist and would like to submit material for consideration, please email a link to your EPK to Dalis Allen, Festival Producer at Please be advised that the Kerrville Music Festivals are technically Songwriters Festivals, therefore all those making submissions must write and perform their own original (and excellent) material. The musical genres for our festivals are not specific. Although we are called a "Folk Festival", we offer everything from singer / songwriters, to blues, country, americana, acoustic rock, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, and even reggae. Please keep in mind that in most cases artists must have been seen Live by our producer in order to be considered for the festival.The best way to get your songs heard more quickly is to enter the "New Folk" Songwriting Competition. The contest is held each year at the Spring Festival. Advertising:, Festival Crafts Booths:, General Information:, Festival Volunteering: visit

18th Annual Memorial Day Gospel/Bluegrass Festival
May 21-24

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road, Grapeland, TX

Texas Bluegrass Music
Colee Biller/Littlefield, Festival Manager and Promoter
26717 Bayou Tesch Drive; Magnolia, TX 77354
(936) 697-5949; (281) 259-5453
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Texas Bluegrass Music hosts 3 outdoor events for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing at each festival. No alcohol is sold. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts, and miscellaneous other merchandise. Full RV hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.

Summer Showcase
May 21, 28

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

Buddy Holly Center
1801 Crickets Ave; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 775-3560; (806) 775-3566
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
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.

Austin Record Convention Spring
May 22-24

Crockett Center; 10601 North Lamar, Austin, TX

Doug Hanners
P.O. Box 90806; Austin, TX 78709-0806
(512) 288-7288
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. There is more music and related memorabilia available here, at one time, than anywhere else. Ranging from the 78s of the 1930s to the latest compact discs of today, over one million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters and collectibles (probably even a few 8-track tapes!) are in the auditorium. Over 300 different dealers from all over the USA and Europe are spread out over 50,000 square feet of floor space. The show is so big that to see everything takes most of the weekend, so if you're in a hurry we have search announcements at 12, 2, and 4 o'clock from the concession area to help in locating specific items. The show brings together collectors and dealers from all over the world for a weekend of activity in Austin. Early Shopper Admission: $25.

National Polka Festival ~ 2
May 22-24

Downtown Ennis; Ennis, TX

Ennis Chamber of Commerce
Jeannette Patak, Ennis Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1177; Ennis, TX 75120
(972) 878-2625
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Street dance, arts and crafts, dancing at the 3 fraternal halls
The National Polka Festival is the oldest festival of its type in Texas. Texas' finest polka bands, as well as popular out-of-state polka bands, play the polkas and waltzes that everyone loves. Events include a king/queen contest, parade, live music, arts and crafts, costumes, USATF certified 5k or 10k/one mile fun run/walk, and street dancing. Authentic Czech cuisine (klobase, kolaches, etc.) is available. The festival is held in three air-conditioned halls. Join the fun starting at 10 am Saturday with a gala parade. 13 live bands featured throughout the weekend. Shuttle buses will run to carry enthusiastic visitors both to-and-from the various entertainment sites. Downtown activities include street dancing, arts and crafts, food and children's activites.

Pops Greatest Hits Recording Concert
May 24

Bates Recital Hall; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
The Orchestra returns to Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas for a special Memorial Day weekend concert. Come hear music from this century's most popular films that will be sure to have you dancing in your seat! The format of the concert is unique because the goal is to produce a CD of pop music, so the audience will experience the behind the scenes process of classical music recording. Selections from Jurassic Park, Star Wars and James Bond (just to name a few) will be performed at this concert. In celebration of Memorial Day 2015, military families - adults and children - have free admission! Other adults and college students pay only 1/2 the price of our normal concert. Youth 18 and under are always free.

Austin Jazz Festival ~ 2
May 25

The Backyard

815-A Brazos, No. 546; Austin, TX 78701
(512) 557-2767
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Austin Jazz Festival is presented by the Austin Jazz Society, which aims to celebrate current performing jazz artists and encourage and educate future jazz musicians. The Festival will feature performances by John Mills Times Ten, Afrofreque, Leah and the Moonlighters, and The Austin Jazz All-Stars, featuring Butch Miles Ephraim Owens, Jon Blondell, Elias Haslanger, Dr. James Polk, Mitch Watkins and Chris Maresh. It will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 from 5pm - 10pm at the Zilker Hillside Theater.

Memorial Day Public Concert at the Capitol Rotunda
May 25

Texas State Capitol Rotunda; 1100 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX

A Cappella Texas Chorus
Clay Mayo, Chapter Secretary
P.O. Box 181075; Austin, TX 78718-1075
(512) 477-7664
Music: A cappella, Classical, A Cappella, Barbershop
Activities: Community Sing-along
The Memorial Day Public Concert at the Capitol Rotunda will offer a free public concert performed by quartets and chorus of the Austin Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Music will include patriotic, spiritual, and Americana selections. Audience participation in sing-along is encouraged.

Georgetown Festival of the Arts
May 28-31

Georgetown Festival of the Arts
Tissa Baker
P.O. Box 846; Georgetown, TX 78627
(512) 639-0433
The music of Brahms will be featured in a three day festival of concerts, film and lectures. Highlights include concerts featuring Shanghai Quartet, Miro Quartet, cellist Hai Zheng, violinist Eri Lee Lam; outdoor concert by Georgetown High School Band, Orchestra and Chorus and the Temple Symphony Orchestra, ending with fireworks; and performance of "Ein deutsches Requiem" with San Gabriel Chorale, Chorus Austin, Festival Orchestra and soloists Mela Dailey and Bruce Cain

Heaven's Front Porch
May 29-30

Historic Chautauqua Auditorium, Getzendaner Park; 400 South Grand Avenue, Waxahachie, TX 75165-2302

Waxahachie's Old Fashioned Singing Project
R. G. Huff
108 Pleiade Circle; Waxahachie, TX 75165
(972) 923-2709
Music: Gospel
Activities: Concert season, Songwriting contests, Street dance, Trade show/convention
The hour-and-forty-five-minute staged production features congregational songs from the Brush Arbor meetings held across the southern U.S. in the first half of the 20th Century. Performed on stage in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium by 14 singers with live instruments, the show includes opportunities for audience participation.

Front Porch Showdown
May 30

Dallas Heritage Village; 1515 South Harwood, Dallas, TX

Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Melissa Prycer, President/Executive Director
1515 South Harwood ; Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-5141
Music: Bluegrass
Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation proudly present the Front Porch Showdown. Performing from historic Millermore’s front porch, ten bluegrass bands will compete for cash prizes—and the winners will be chosen by the audience. Come early to explore Dallas Heritage Village (exhibit buildings close at 4 p.m.), but stay for the music. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome.

PianoTexas International Academy & Festival
May 30, 31

PepsiCo Recital Hall, Ed Landreth Auditorium; TCU Campus

Presented by The School of Music, TCU
Dr. Tamás Ungár, Executive Director
TCU Box 297456; Fort Worth, TX 78278
(817) 257-7456
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival, Piano Competition
World renown artists and teachers are invited to participated in the program that focuses in bringing the profession closer to academia. It features a recital series, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and concerts by talented young pianists. There are two programs: Young Artists and Teachers/Amateur. In 2014 we will feature the music of Frédéric Chopin: “Poet of the Piano.”

Athens Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion
May 31

Athens Courthouse Square; Downtown Athens, TX

Athens Old Fiddlers Association
Mary Ensign, Secretary
3041 Farm to Market 2495; Athens, TX 75752
(903) 681-2269
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Polka
Activities: Fiddling contests, Street dance
The Athens Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion is held on the Courthouse Square in Athens as a homecoming for many people. In 1932, the Bethel community started staging a countywide fiddlers contest as a climax to a farmers' study course. Beginning early on Saturday morning, pickin' and fiddlin' takes place all around the downtown square. Groups of people crowd around to listen while the players practice before the contest. Later in the evening, a professional country western band plays for the street dance. There are concessions and novelty stands along the sidewalks, and there's always a carnival set up just off the square. Please bring quilts or lawn chairs to sit on while listening to the music and renewing old acquaintances.