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Bayou City Art Festival - Downtown
May 1

Hermann Square, Downtown Houstn; 900 Smith, Houston 77002

Art Colony Association, Inc.
Lynette Wallace
P.O. Box 66650; Houston, TX 77266-6650
(713) 521-0133; (713) 521-0133
Music: Children's, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Regional Mexican, World Beat
The Bayou City Art Festival features over 300 artists displaying their work. This festival occurs twice a year, in October and March. Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Houston Arts Alliance presents live music and dance performances from classical to world music on the festival stage. Musicians also offer ambient music throughout the day. There will be hands-on children's art activities in the creative zone and a festival food court.

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
May 1

Denton Quakertown Park and Facilities; 321 East McKinney, Denton, TX

Denton Festival Foundation, Inc.
Carol Short, Director
P.O. Box 2104; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 565-0931
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Fine Arts Show
The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is an annual three-day arts in the park featuring the best in professional jazz and cross-cultural music on three stages. Come hear the sounds, experience the art and taste the flavors of the DENTON ARTS AND JAZZ FESTIVAL, a FREE three-day event in the heart of the city in beautiful Quakertown Park. Over 2,700 performers on seven stages, fine arts and crafts, children's art activities and food and games make up the event. Produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival emerged from an incredible pool of professionals and amateurs and proceeds from concession booths benefit local arts in a community where arts and music are nurtured at every level, every day. 2013 Headliners are David Sandborn, The "Original" blues Brothers Band and Brave Combo.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season 2015-2016
May 1, 15

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
Holiday Magic - GDYO’s concert on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7:30pm is a time-honored holiday tradition for many music lovers in the community. Featuring the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the concert repertoire will include holiday favorites and orchestral classics.

Greater Southwest Guitar Shows • The Dallas International Guitar Festival
May 1

Fair Park; 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX

GSWGS, Inc.
Mark Pollock, Producer
3622 Shoreside Drive; Garland, TX 75043-1968
(972) 240-2206; (972) 260-4201
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Pop
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Annual Dallas Guitar Show and MusicFest is the world's largest and oldest guitar show, blending musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities together into one musical extravaganza. Buy, sell, trade or just browse amongst the thousand upon thousands of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps, banjos, mandolins, straps and strings, effects pedals, keyboards, music memorabilia and more. Rub elbows with guitar legends and up-and-coming artists. Listen to the best local and regional bands at MusicFest's indoor and outdoor stages. This Show of Shows will feature 400+ booths, exhibits and clinics, and live concert performances from 30+ bands on two stages. More than 13,000 are expected to attend, with over $1 million of instruments and memorabilia trading hands. New this year -- Drumworld -- with 16,000 sq. ft of vintage, new and used drums, accessories, clinics and more.

Helotes Cornyval
May 1

Helotes Festival Grounds; 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes, TX

Helotes Festival Association, Inc.
Jim Benke, Music Director
P.O. Box 376; Helotes, TX 78023
(210) 695-2103; (210) 695-2103; happytrails@austin.rr.com
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Polka, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Helotes Festival features 4 days (Thursday through Sunday – 4 days of PRCA Rodeo, Carnival Midway, 15 to 20 musical acts (Country Western and rock n Roll) A&C’s, food booths, specialty acts in the family area. Fun for all.

Mayfest
May 1

Trinity Park; 2900 Trinity Park Drive, Fort Worth, TX

Mayfest, Inc.
Emily Allison, Marketing Manager, Elizabeth Basham, Executive Director
6115 Camp Bowie Boulevard, No. 160; Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 332-1055; mayfest@mayfest.org
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Family Fun
Mayfest is a Fort Worth family festival that is set on 33 acres in beautiful Trinity Park. Mayfest offers fun for the whole family with 7 stages of live entertainment, special attraction shows, carnival rides, confetti eggs, the best festival food and beverages, an Art & Gift Market and a special children's area. Mayfest is proud to showcase the best in local and Texas music.

Promethean Studios Summer Music Seminars
May 1

Plano Centre; 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074

Promethean Studios
Mark W. Black
P.O.Box 863177; Plano, TX 75086
(972) 422-3362
Music: Children's, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Punk, Rock, Rockabilly
Our music seminars are dynamic musician's workshops, taught by amazing musicians, using live music to illustrate points and techniques. Up to 12 hours of one-hour seminars on Guitar, Voice, Piano, Drums, Bass, Woodwinds, Songwriting, Bands, Praise & Worship (leading and putting together worship sets), Performance Contest, and Kid's Instaband!TM. These are open to the public; you don't have to be our student to attend. Music seminars are stand-alone presentations, we use them in combination with lessons to create the whole perspective of music. Music seminars present BIG-PICTURE ideas, such as improvising, developing authentic stylistic playing, how to become a professional musician, building range, speed, etc., We gear music seminars to benefit beginners AND professionals, so all ability levels can learn.

Houston International Festival (iFest) ~ 2
May 3-4

City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park; Houston, TX

Houston Festival Foundation
Rick Mitchell
3711 Clinton Drive; Houston, TX 77020-6229
(713) 654-8808; (713) 654-8808
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat, Celtic
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Houston International Festival spotlights Brazil from April 20-21 and 27-28, 2013. One of the nation’s largest presenters of world music as well as American and regional roots music, the festival features approximately 150 performing artists on eight stages over two weekends in April. The festival is located in the heart of downtown Houston, stretching across several acres of parks, plazas and streets. Featuring artists such as Bootsy Collins, The Wailers, Los Lobos, and Aaron Neville.

San Antonio International Piano Series Concert Season
May 3

St Marks Episcopal Church; 315 E Pecan 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

The Ranch Texas Music Series
May 4, 11, 18, 25

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.

Sammons Jazz Spring 2016 Season ~ 2
May 4

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

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Launched in 1989, Sammons Jazz is the longest-running jazz series in North Texas that features local jazz artists. Held on the first Wednesday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series presents both legends and rising stars performing the many styles of jazz. Each concert consists of two sets, each about an hour long, with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, a light dinner, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 2, Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert with Candace “Mahogany” Miller and Jambox and the Nina Katrina Quintet; April 6, The Legacy of Jazz with the William Foley Quintet and Four Brothers in B♭; and May 4, Artistic Director’s Concert with Arlington Jones & The Brethren and The Soul Gents. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Courtyard Texas Music Series 2
May 5

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.

Greater Southwest Music Festival
May 5-7

Amarillo Convention Center and Polk Street United Methodist Church; 3rd and Buchanan, Amarillo, TX

Greater Southwest Music Festival
Kathy Fishburn
1000 South Polk; Amarillo, TX 79101
(806) 679-6066; (800) 444-4763
Music: Classical, Jazz
Activities: Awards show, Concert season, Music festival, Singing contests
The Greater Southwest Music Festival is a competition in May for Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, Jazz Bands and Show Choirs. The adjudicators are the best in the their fields and are hired for the 3 day festival. Best in Class, Outstanding, and First Division Trophies are awarded, The Greater Southwest Music Festival is a non-profit and has a 501C3 accommodation.

Rock The Dock
May 5, 12, 19, 26

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!

Thursday Twilight Tunes
May 5, 12, 19, 26

Historic Downtown Denton, Courthouse on the Square lawn; 110 West Hickory

Denton Main Street Association
Christine Gossett, Marketing & Events Consultant
215 East McKinney Street; Denton, TX 76201-4229
(940) 349-8529
Music: Bluegrass, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Western Swing, Zydeco Blues, Texas Folk, Swamp Boogie
Every Thursday evening in May and June, the Denton Main Street Association will present a FREE concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This concert series features a variety of musical styles and is a great way to kick-start an early weekend. Bring the family, a picnic basket, a blanket or chairs and enjoy an evening of great live music. The rain location will be Dan's Silverleaf at 103 Industrial Street. May 4 - La Onda Tropical (Salsa/Merengue/Cumbia), May 11- Rivers West (Texas Acoustic Rock), May 18- Songwriter Showcase (Texas Singers/Songwriters Jeff Glover & Texas artists), May 25 - High School Caesar (Rockabilly), June 1 Tenacious Root (Folk/Rock/Reggae), June 8 - Inner City All Stars Brass Band (Party/Funk Brass Band), June 15 - Ray Davis Trio (Funk/Blues/Jazz/Reggae), June 22 - Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward (Americana Country), June 29 - The Big D'Licious (Eclectic Mix of Classic Tunes).

Alfresco Fridays
May 6, 13, 20, 27

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.

Brazos Nights
May 6

Indian Spring Park; Downtown Waco

City of Waco Parks & Recreation Department
Megan Davis, Special Events Manager
P.O. Box 2570; Waco, TX 76702
(254) 750-5781; (254) 750-5627; JonathanC@ci.waco.tx.us
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Polka, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, Street dance, Children's area
Brazos Nights is Waco’s free annual concert series in the park. One night each month from April to July, the city of Waco provides free entertainment and a festive environment for its citizens. Additional attractions include children’s games, art activities, food vendors and, on July 4, fireworks.

Celebration of the Arts Assembly of Midland
May 6-8

Midland Center/Centennial Plaza; 105 North Main, Midland, TX

Arts Assembly of Midland
Daniel H. Holeva
P.O. Box 3494; Midland, TX 79702
(432) 687-1149
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Street dance
Celebration of the arts is usually the third weekend in May, bringing together a focused array of arts activities, performances and displays to Downtown Midland. As a welcoming and family-oriented weekend event, Celebration showcases visual artists, music, performance, dance, theater, opera, ballet, museums, schools and demonstrations in an approachable arrangement that appeals to people from all walks of life and varying levels of interest. 10,000 people from Midland as well as from far reaching areas all over West Texas come to participate in the festival activities

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
May 6 - 7

Casa-M on May 6, Private Residence on May 7; Flower Mound on May 6, Central Dallas on May 7

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Pleasures of the Baroque - experience the best early music in the region. J.S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations with James Richman House Concert. The “Goldberg” Variations – Bach’s greatest single harpsichord work, which raised the standard of the theme and variations form forever, is performed by Artistic Director James Richman on the harpsichord with two keyboards specified by the composer. The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work written for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer. Experience what Theater Jones called the “Royal Treatment” of the Dallas Bach Society House Concert series, with exquisite music and gracious hospitality to be enjoyed up close and personal – just as in the great salons. Available as a stand–alone subscription, or add–on to your traditional concert series season subscription. Food, adult beverages, valet parking all included with these concerts in addition to the great music! Seating is limited to 50 people at the Flower Mound concert and 45 at the Dallas concert.

Fiesta de la Flor
May 6-7

North Bayfront Park; 1590 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau
Paulette Kluge, CEO
101 N. Shoreline Blvd., Suite 430; Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Casey@texashouseofrock.com
Music: Tejano, Norteño
Fiesta de la Flor, presented by CITGO, is a two-day festival celebrating the life and legacy of the Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Organized by the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Quintanilla family, this year’s festival is scheduled May 6-7 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi. On May 6 the festival will feature music from up-and-coming artist Isabel Marie, Pete Astudillo, Erick y Su Grupo Massore and multi-Grammy Award winner Ramon Ayala. On May 7 performers include once again Isabel Marie, Clarissa Serna, Jorge Moreno, Chris Perez, David Lee Garza, Elida Reyna y Avante, Fito Olivarez, Ruben Ramos and La Mafia. A new feature this year is the McDonald’s Fiesta Tour: Annual Latin GRAMMY® Experience, a series of consumer interactive areas that bring to life the joy and passion of Latin music. The 50 foot-plus museum-on-wheels honors Latin music greats.

FWOpera Festival
May 6, 8

Bass Performance Hall; 3505 West Lancaster Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76107

Fort Worth Opera
Holland Sanders, Marketing Communications Manager
1300 Gendy Street; Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 731-0726; keith@fwopera.org
Music: Classical, Opera
Activities: Concert season
Come join us for this annual coming together of superb performances, marvelous music and great venues. All in the city "Where the West Begins" and Opera thrives. The 2011 Fort Worth Opera Festival will feature "The Mikado", "Il Trovatore" and "Julius Caesar" staged at Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. "Hydrogen Jukebox", a collaboration by Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, will be performed at Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Come for one opera or come for all, but don't miss this Festival

Frontier Days
May 6-7

Old Settlers Park; Round Rock, 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

Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally
May 6-8

Luckenbach; Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Optimist Club
Debbie Farquar-Garner
703 N Llano; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Motorcycle Rally
Rally's 20th Anniversary– in Luckenbach. Many biker activities are planned for the weekend include planned rides through the beautiful hill country, Cowboy Breakfasts, bike show. Brew & BBQ Saturday evening, weekend entertainment. Thursday opening weekend Social at Hondo’s on Main– live music and other surprises for participants attending. Rally information 830-997-8515 or visit www.hillcountryrun.com (A fund-raiser for the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg) Camping is encouraged so check out our website to register.

League City Lions Club Village Fair & Texas Music Festival
May 6-7

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.

Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival ~ 2
May 6-8

Oakdale Park; 1019 Northeast Barnard Street

Oakdale Park
P.O. Box 548; Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-2321; (877) 713-2340
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
Free concerts and dulcimer workshops. Sponsored by the Lone Star State Dulcimer Society. Musical instrument show and arts & crafts fair. Stage concerts, old-fashioned square dancing, and liar's contest.

Maifest - Brenham ~ 2
May 6 - 7

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 www.maifest.org

Mariachi Loco Music Festival
May 6-8

Plaza San Jacinto; 301 N Oregon St, El Paso, TX


Activities: Music festival, Tequila Tasting, Food & Merchandise Vendors
MLMF returns May 6 thru the 8th in downtown El Paso at San Jacinto Plaza. The 3 day event is bigger and better with artist from all over the area and Mexico. In additions a Tequila Tour with tons of different tequila to taste and enjoy. Live music, dance, impersonators and Mexican food galore. Performances by Aida Cuevas, Sebastien de la Cruz (El Mariachi de Oro), Gerardo Fierro, and more.

Tablerock Gospel Festival
May 6-7

Tablerock Amphitheater; 409 Royal Street, Salado, TX

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc.
Jim Woodul, Events Director
P.O. Box 312; Salado, TX 76571
(254) 634-4658
Music: Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Best singing groups in Texas! May 6 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm May 7 - 10:00am to 9:00pm. Food available at Tablerock Concessions. Come and go as you please. Admission: $5.00 Adults, $3.00 children under 12. Call Events Director for auditions: Jim and Alvalin Woodul at 254-634-4658 or Jimwoodul@aol.com

Texas Crab Festival
May 6-8

Gregory Park; Highway 87, Crystal Beach, TX

Texas Crab Festival Charities
Tom Osten, Chairman
P.O. Box 2002; 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 Races, 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 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at (409) 684-5940, (800) 386-7863 or e-mail us at info@texascrabfestival.org

The Big Squeeze Semi-Finals Playoff and Free Concert ~ 2
May 7

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum; 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Texas Folklife
Sarah Rucker, Program & Events Manager
1317 South Congress Avenue; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-9255
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Polka, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, accordian contest
Join us for the Big Squeeze accordion contest semi-finals to see the most talented accordion players and up and coming musical talent this state has to offer. The contest is followed by a free concert featuring zydeco, conjunto, polka and more!

Boys Haven Crawfish Festival
May 7

Parkdale Mall; 6155 Eastex Fwy #200, Beaumont, TX

Boys' Haven of America, Inc.
Tony Castillo, CEO / Scott Wilson, President / Denise Berry, Development
3655 N Major Drive; Beaumont, TX 77706
(409) 833-5060; (409) 866-2400; tcast77@msn.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival
We are proud to announce this will be our 31st year for this primary fundraiser for Boys' Haven. For 71 years, Boys' Haven has been the mainstay in Southeast Texas for providing services to boys in need. We hope you will join us this year for a day of great food, music and entertainment! We will have all types of music, an entirely free kids area which will include inflatables, petting zoo, kid fish, etc. We will have plenty of crawfish, along with several other food options. We have a very popular car show as well. There's definitely something for everyone!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 7

South Plains Fair Grounds; 1012 Avenue A, Lubbock, TX

Ramar Communications
Chris Fleming
9800 University Avenue; Lubbock, TX 79423
(806) 745-3434; (806) 748-2400
Music: Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests
The Cinco de Mayo event features the best in Tejano music, terrific food booths and more. The Cinco de Mayo event in Lubbock is also a great opportunity for businesses to showcase themselves on both radio and television. Magic 93.7 and Telemundo Lubbock host this event each year and have numerous sponsorships available. Contact Connie Hayes at (806)748-2404 for more information.

Fiestas Patrias Diez y Seis Celebration
May 7-8

Max Starcke Park East; Highway 123 Business South, Seguin, TX

Seguin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Edward Davila
P.O. Box 1154; Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 372-3151
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Street dance
Fiestas Patrias Diez Y Seis Celebration includes cultural exhibits, business exhibits, and food booths by non-profit organizations. The event entertainment features Mexican folklore dances and strolling marachis. The main feature is top Tejano music acts.

Foard County Fair & Concert ~ 2
May 7

The Celebration Park; Downtown Crowell, TX

The Foard County Belles
Carli Dunham, President
Crowell, TX
(940) 655-4913
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Arts and Crafts, Cook off, Parade
The Belles will be hosting The First Foard County Fair this May! Join us downtown at the courthouse square Saturday, May 3rd! To start the morning off right with a Chuck Wagon Breakfast, followed by a Mini Parade, Ol' fashion fair events and carnival style games, Vendor booths, Dunkin' Booth, Mechanical Bull, Horse Shoe Tournament and so much more. Join The Belles that evening with The Blaine Gillespie Band, Walker McGuire, and Rodney Parker and The 50 Pesos Reward as they perform in The Foard County Fair Concert. Join us for a family fun filled day and evening!

Lone Star First Saturday
May 7

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.

New Braunfels Wein & Saengerfest
May 7

Historic Downtown New Braunfels; Main Plaza, New Braunfels

City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department
Monique Vernon, Downtown Development Coordinator
424 South Castell Avenue; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 221-4091; (830) 221-4090; mvernon@nbtexas.org
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Rockabilly, German
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Art Show and Market, Wine Tasting
The New Braunfels Wein & Saengerfest will feature a music festival, street dance, wine tasting, art show and market, grape stomp, cooking demonstrations, Go Texan member participants, food and beverage booths, and wine informational seminar, beer tasting, and children's activities.

Pecan Street Festival
May 7-8

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.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-30

Scarborough Faire Site; 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, TX

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Helaine Thompson, Director of Communications
P.O. Box 538; Waxahachie, TX 75168
(972) 938-3247; (903) 814-5044; Entertainment@SRFestival.com
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Renaissance Music
Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is great fun for everyone, 16th Century Style, set in the days of King Henry VIII! Enjoy full combat armored jousts, Birds of Prey exhibitions, Renaissance entertainment on 21 stages, Mermaid Lagoon, a Grande Parade, Human Chess Matches, Renaissance rides, games of skill, exquisite crafts, 200 shoppes and artisan demonstrations. Plus, food Fit for a King, daily beer & wine tastings and 9 pubs & taverns! Located just 30 minutes south of Downtown Dallas.

Starlight Music Series
May 7, 28

Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater; 1015 Colgate Drive, College Station

The City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department
Gerry Logan
P.O. Box 9960; 1000 Krenek Tap Road; College Station, TX 77804
(979) 764-3486
Music: Country, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Singer/Songwriter Contest
Lovers of all types of music have ventured to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater since 2002 to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment in the Starlight Music Series. The series is known for quality shows, beautiful grounds, and down home hospitality. Families, friends and visitors can load up their picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of entertainment under the stars. For the first time ever, musicians can compete in a Voters' Choice Contest for the chance to play at the final Starlight Music Series concert on July 2. The contest is open to bands or singer/songwriters 16 years or older. After a panel of community judges choose the 10 finalists, the public will vote from May 10-June 10. The three artists with the most votes each will receive one hour of stage time! For more information on the contest and for music samples from each artist, visit cstx.gov/starlight. Have questions? Contact parks@cstx.gov or call 979.764.3486. ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE April 16: Prophets & Outlaws, with guest Austin Jones Band May 7: Satisfaction (international Rolling Stones show), with guest Def Leggend (Def Leppard tribute) May 28: Two Tons of Steel, with guests Colton O’Neill and Chubby Knuckle Choir June 11: Memphis Train Revue, with guests Gabrielle Ayers, G.R.A.C.E. and Dysfunkshun Junkshun June 25: Shane Smith & the Saints, with guests John Baumann and Katye Hamlin July 2: VOTERS’ CHOICE

State Wind Ensemble Festival
May 7

Austin, TX

University Interscholastic League
Richard Floyd, Music Director
P.O. Box 8028; Austin, TX 78713
(512) 471-5883; (512) 471-5883
Music: Classical
Activities: Academic Competition
The Music Program of the UIL is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas. Each year approximately one half million middle school, junior high and high school students reap the benefits of participation in the ten UIL music events. The purpose of this site is to provide students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the general public with current information pertaining to all aspects of UIL music activities.

Texas Dragon Boat Festival
May 7-8

Buffalo Bayou at Allen’s Landing; 1113 Vine Street, Houston

Texas Dragon Boat Association
Marla Massey
2120 Capitol Street, No. 3233; Houston, TX 77003
(832) 771-7661; (281) 808-6855
The Houston Dragon Boat Festival is co-sponsored by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, spectators and participants of this free public event celebrate Asian culture as they enjoy the diverse food, music and entertainment provided by the Texas Dragon Boat Association. The Dragon Boat Festival features corporate, community, youth and cancer survivor teams competing for the revered "Dragon Cup." Each team is formed of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersman, who bring new meaning to “the fast and the furious” as they race down a 250-meter stretch of water.

Texas State Mariachi Festival
May 7

Texas State University Campus; 601 University Drive, San Marcos

Texas State University School of Music
John Lopez
601 University Drive; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-7401; (512) 245-2180
Music: Tejano, Mariachi
Activities: Mariachi contest
Texas State Mariachi Festival, presented by Texas State University, will be holding the 6th annual event on our campus April 30th - May 1st, 2005. Last year’s event was extremely successful and we hope that this year will be nothing short of the same. We sincerely look forward to the participation of you and your organization. This year our festival will once again feature some of the elite mariachi ensembles in the world. Our conference will include workshops, competition, and a concert.

Viva! Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 7

Hays County Civic Center; IH-35 North and Clovis Barker, San Marcos, TX

LULAC 654
Mike Guerra
P.O. Box 953; San Marcos, TX 78667
(512) 644-0799
Music: Country, Latin Pop, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Menudo cook-off
If you love Menudo, you'll love being in San Marcos the first weekend in May. The most prominent feature of VIVA! Cinco de Mayo is the official statewide menudo cook-off. The downtown Parade is a VIVA! Cinco de Mayo favorite. Held downtown in the beautiful historical district of San Marcos, the parade features entries from around the state and the San Marcos area. Beautiful floats, marching bands and an array of decorated vehicles are just some of the entries. Other events which occur during this festive occasion are the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant and the Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant. The Children of San Marcos also participate in the VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The Folklorico Dancers put on performances that will not be forgotten. Their performances range from old, traditional dances to modern, up-to-date dances. During the evening, the festivities continue. For three consecutive nights, the Hays County Civic Center is filled with the rich sounds of Tejano and Mariachi music. Artists as popular as El Grupo Mazz, Emilio Navaira, and the late Selena have all performed at VIVA! Cinco de Mayo.

Austin Symphonic Band 2015 -16 Season
May 8, June 19, July 2, 4

South Steps of the State Capitol

Austin Symphonic Band
Dan L. Wood, Business Manager
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762-6472
(512) 345-7420
Music: Classical, Modern, Concert Band
Activities: Concert season
Mother's Day at the Capitol. The South Steps of the State Capitol create a striking setting for a Mother's Day concert.

Lone Star Jam
May 8

Lone Star Jam Festival Grounds; 5091 E Oltorf Austin, TX

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

Mother's Day Concert at the Capitol
May 8

South Capitol Steps; 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
Amanda Turley, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762-6472
(512) 956-7420;
Music: Classical, Modern, Concert Band
Activities: Concert season
What better way to close out a great day with Mom than by taking her to a free concert at the Texas State Capitol in her honor? The band will perform well-known tunes, including marches and musical numbers, that you and your Mom are sure to enjoy! Get there early to select the best seating .. this concert gets more popular every year.

TCU Chamber Music Roundup
May 9-14

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.

Conspirare 2015-16 Season
May 11 - 13

St. Martin's Lutheran Church

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
505 East Huntland Drive, No. 155; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Celebrating our 23rd season, Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences. With the world-class artistry of its extraordinary voices and the incomparable direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest choirs performing today. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic. May 11 - 13, 2016 - Stephen Paulus : A Lyrical Life. Paying tribute to this inspirational American composer's life, the extraordinary singers of Conspirare will bring their vocal virtuosity to a specially selected program from Paulus' bountiful repertoire. Expect to hear rarely heard choral gems and a 2007 Conspirare commission, Poemas de Amor.

Jasper Lions Benefit PRCA Rodeo
May 11-14

Jasper Lions Rodeo Arena & Expo Center; 350 Calvert Street, Jasper, TX

Jasper Noon Lions Club
Scott Burton, Jasper Lions Benefit PRCA Rodeo Chairman
P.O. Box 415; Jasper, TX 75951
(409) 384-2234; (409) 384-2651
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Rodeo
Since 1947, the Jasper Lions Benefit Rodeo has been the "Grand Daddy" of East Texas rodeos attracting top cowboys from across the nation and showcasing world renowned entertainers from Willie Nelson to Garth Brooks. The whole family is invited to join us for PRCA rodeo action that is second to none in our all-weather facility. The 2013 line up was Texas country act the Old 300, Dustin Lynch, Gloriana, and Greg Bates. This year we have Bret Eldredge, Craig Campbell, the Peg Winders, and Taylor and the Boys performing.

Tejano Conjunto Festival
May 11-15

Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park; 303 Dartmouth at North General McMullen, San Antonio, TX

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Juan Tejeda
723 North Brazos Street, No. 1; San Antonio, TX 78207-2370
(210) 271-3151; (210) 271-3151
Music: Conjunto
Activities: Music festival, Poster contest , food and beverage booths, accordion raffle, student recital
Mark your calendars for the 35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio will be held from May 11-15 at the Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. Curated by Juan Tejeda, the TCF features star-studded performances by Conjunto Music Hall of Fame award winners as well as national and international conjunto musicians.

Cool Canyon Nights ~ 2
May 12, 19, 26

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre; 1500 McKelligon Canyon Drive, El Paso, TX

Townsquare Media, El Paso Live
Em Beardmore, Event Coordinator
4180 N. Mesa; El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 521-6308; (915) 534-0633; emily.beardmore@townsquaremedia.com
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, Food and Drinks
Cool Canyon Nights is the coolest free concert series in El Paso. Every Thursday, beginning May 12th, the series features our city’s top talent in the beautiful McKelligon Canyon amphitheatre. Relax with a night full of music, cocktails, craft beers, food trucks, prize giveaways, the cool canyon breeze and more. Patio acts start at 6:00 p.m. Headlining bands take the amphitheatre at 7:00 p.m. Cool Canyon Nights VIPs enjoy free h’ordeuvres in the VIP Lounge. Become a VIP by grabbing a Cool Canyon Nights VIP card the KISS-FM Studios at 4180 N. Mesa. Want to keep the party going? Head to Pershing Inn for the official after party and drink specials.

Houston Black Expo
May 12-15

George R. Brown Convention Center; 1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston Black Expo
Jerome Love
9301 SW Freeway, Suite 250; Houston, TX 77074
(832) 200-0540
Music: Jazz
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Houston Black Expo is the largest African American tradeshow in the state of Texas! Members of the African American community look forward to this exciting event each year, as it continues to present the best that the African American culture has to offer, drawing not only attendees, but major sponsors and vendors from around the country to experience our celebration and spotlighting of the richness of the African American culture! The Black Expo has grown increasingly popular as a result of the thousands of individuals who converge on the city of Houston each year to celebrate Expo weekend! In fact, the event has become so popular, attracting revenue and recognition to the city of Houston, that it has become one of the landmark events that characterize the city of Houston as an international city that celebrates the uniqueness of each of its diverse communities!

Western Heritage Classic
May 12-15

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 TBA, Saturday Night with Jake Hooker & The Outsiders. Other events include a chuck wagon cookoff, trade shows, ranch rodeo, and a benefit dinner dance with Rhinestone Round-up.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
May 13, 28, June 4

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation,” several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office. For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. Alfredo Rodriguez - Friday, May 13, 2016, 8 p.m. Discovered at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival by Quincy Jones, Cuban-born ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ has rapidly risen to stardom under the tutelage of the famed producer. Since arriving to the US in 2009, Rodríguez has appeared on prestigious stages such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and the Vienna Jazz Festivals. Rodríguez has toured China and was asked to work with Academy Award winning Chinese Composer, Tan Dun, Siedah Garrett and Quincy Jones to compose the English-version of the theme song, “Better City, Better Life,” for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette - Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8 p.m. The legend of tap joins forces with one of the greatest jazz drummers of all times. SAVION GLOVER and Jack DeJOHNETTE come together to create a tour de force of percussion and rhythm that glorifies the vibrational power exchanged between two greats. Tony award winning tap dancer and actor, Savion Glover, started as a child tap dance prodigy whose star quickly rose to fame and later went on to redefine his art form. NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner, Jack DeJohnette, has charted new paths on the drums since he rose to fame playing for Miles Davis in the 1960’s.

Corporate Battle of the Bands
May 13

Antone's from 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; 2015 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Christopher Alberts, Director of Development
P.O. Box 301496; Austin, TX 78703
(512) 324-3414; (512) 322-5177
Music: Cover/Tribute, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show, Rodeo, Battle of the Bands
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Corporate Battle of the Bands returns Friday May 2 to Antone’s. Local company's such as H-E-B and Cirrus Logic take the stage to battle for the crown of Best Corporate Band in Austin. The annual concert raises money for HAAM to provide affordable healthcare to Austin musicians.

Crosby Annual Fair and Rodeo
May 13

Crosby Fairgrounds; FM 2100 in Northeast Harris County, Crosby, TX

Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association
Kris Dahlquist
P.O. Box 1546; Crosby, TX 77532
(281) 328-2113
Music: Country, Cowboy, Rockabilly
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, carnival, commercial activities, cookoff
The Crosby Fair and Rodeo is an official PRCA sanctioned event featuring top Nashville entertainers. The fair features many activities for children.

General Sam Houston Folk Festival
May 13-15

Sam Houston Memorial Musuem; 1836 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, TX

East Texas Folk Festival Inc.
Ruth Samuell
P.O. Box 628; Huntsville, TX 77342-0628
(936) 294-1832; (936) 294-1832
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Polka, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Musical workshops
The General Sam Houston Folk Festival features historical characters in authentic costumes telling tales of Sam Houston and his friends. Demonstrations of pottery making, quilting, woodworking, weaving, candle making and more fill up the weekend's activities. Other events include heritage exhibits, civil war reenactments and tours of Sam Houston's home and offices. Live entertainment features a variety of ethnic and regional music, including Hispanic dance, German singers, fiddle, and acoustic musical acts. Friday is School Day, when more than 3,500 fourth graders are invited to participate in the festivities. Live entertainment features a variety of regional music. There are two stages loaded with talented musicians including Bluegrass, Singer Songwriter's, Old Time, Fiddle, Cowboy, and other acoustic musical acts. The music gets kicked off Friday afternoon and goes on into the evening. Music: Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Roots, Folk, Acoustic Blues, Cowboy, Old Time, Singer Songwriter, and Celtic.

Taste Addison
May 13-15

Addison Arts & Events District; 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851
Music: Big Band, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Polka, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Food, Arts & Crafts
Taste Addison is a tasty weekend of food, music and family fun, this three-day festival features over 50 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their food at reduced prices. Festivities include national musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations, carnival rides, midway games, arts and crafts, wine tasting and seminars, children's entertainment including a live musical production, and more. Previous headliners have included: Daughtry, The Fray, Hootie & the Blowfish, GoGo's, Lifehouse, Foreigner, The Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Smash Mouth, The B-52's, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Uncle Kracker, Collective Soul and more.

Texas Pickin' Park - Public Jam Sessions
May 13-15

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.

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
May 13-15

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
Welcome to the 30th annual Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games! For three-decades, we have brought you the finest in Scottish Music, Food, and Athletics. The Vendors at our Festival offer the best and most varied assortment of Scottish wares and crafts available. Our 30th year will be no different! Come to Arlington Texas to visit our own version of Scotland!

Asian Festival ~ 2
May 14

Main Street Garden

Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Irma Kusuma
7610 North Stemmons Fwy Suite 690; Dallas, TX 75247-4201
(972) 786-2596
Music: Big Band, Children's, Folk/Acoustic, World Beat, Asian
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Asian Festival is held every year in Dallas to celebrate Asian-Pacific American heritage month. This free event is a great opportunity to experience various cultures of Asia. From dance, music, fashion, martial arts and food, we will treat you and your family to a taste of Asia without leaving Dallas. Past musical performances include a taiko drum ensemble from Japan, a children's band from Korea, traditional Indian music and many more.

Bancroft Family Concerts
May 14

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

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219; rogene@fineartschamberplayers.org
Music: Classical, Chamber Music
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents seven concerts of classical chamber music during the 2015-2016 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. Concerts begin at 3:00pm, doors open at 2:30pm.

Butterfield Stage Days Festival and PRCA Rodeo
May 14

Harwood City Park; Highway 114 bypass, Bridgeport, TX

Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce
Teri Bland
P.O. Box 1104; Bridgeport, TX 76426
(940) 683-2076; (940) 683-2981
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Tejano
Activities: Rodeo, Singing contests
Butterfield Stage Days Festival features a variety of activities, including arts and crafts booths, games, contests, carnival rides, Bridgeport Idol Contest, bingo, PRCA Rodeo, and much more. Live musical entertainment is featured in the park from 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.on Saturday. PRCA Rodeo is a two day event that starts on Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 pm.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 14

Civic Center/ Quakertown Park; 321 East McKinney, Denton, TX

Blanca Govea
P.O. Box 1572; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 594-9146
Music: Latin/Spanish, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration begins when the parade (line-up begins at 8:30 a.m.) arrives at Quakertown Park. Activities include two entertainment stages with live bands, dance groups, and community performances; a variety of vendors, children's arts and crafts, adult soccer tournament, the La Reina paegant, and lots more.

Fiesta de las Flores
May 14

El Paso County Coliseum; 4100 Paisano, El Paso, TX

Fiesta de las Flores
4110 Alameda; El Paso, TX 79905
(915) 533-3730 ; (915) 542-3491
Music: Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
Fiesta de las Flores is a Mexican-American music festival and carnival each Labor Day Weekend. Each nights' activities last from 4 p.m.-midnight. Entertainment includes local mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, and trios. Past featured artists have included La Sonora International Show, Fito Olivares, Fandango USA, Grupo Fama, Culturas, Ruben Ramos, Banda Blanca, Selena, Little Joe y La Familia, Fats Domino, Jose Jose, Lucha Villa, and others.

Homer's Backyard Ball and BBQ Cookoff
May 14

Behind Splash Water Park, Whitaker Road; Exit 75, I-40, Amarillo, TX

Homer's Backyard Ball Foundation
Travis Homer, Founder
P.O. Box 20200; Amarillo, TX 79114
(806) 340-5077; (806) 681-6520; goldenlightcantina@hotmail.com
Music: Country, Cowboy, Rockabilly, Tejano, TExas Country
Activities: Music festival, Calf Fry,BBQ,Chilli cookoff
Homer’s Backyard Ball is the primary fundraiser for the Homer’s Backyard Ball Foundation, a non-profit corporation. Homer’s Backyard Ball is a high quality outdoor musical festival that supports Homer’s Backyard Ball Foundation, which provides financial support through grants, fundraisers, and events to community organizations that provide financial assistance and services to area youth for disease research, life opportunities and physical or personal enhancement. Since inception, Homer’s Backyard Ball has provided over $850,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Amarillo Rotary Club, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge and other area organizations. Since 2000, this event has grown by leaps and bounds in attendance and enthusiasm. Held the third Saturday in May; Homer’s is truly one of the most unique Texas Music Festivals around. A multi-band lineup is scheduled to include Texas Music acts from Amarillo and across the state. Homer’s IBCA Sanctioned BBQ Cookoff provides free food samples for attendees. Homer Wear is HBB’s own clothing line, which is for sale during the event and online throughout the year. Sponsor Alley serves as the VIP area that allows our sponsors to get out of the heat, mingle with other sponsors and band members, eat, drink and enjoy the music. Each year a unique theme is established. This allows the cook teams, vendors and attendees to create a fun and exciting atmosphere. We continue to provide an enjoyable, safe and eventful day for the many fans of Homer’s and Texas Music.

Untapped Austin ~ 2
May 14

Carson Creek Ranch; 9507 Sherman Road, Austin, TX

Untapped, LLC
Annette Marin
508 Young Street; Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 555-8172
Music: Americana, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Craft Beer Festival
BEER & MUSIC LOVERS REJOICE! Following our sold out 2015 event we're beyond excited to return to Austin on Saturday, May 14 at Carson Creek Ranch with over 75 breweries and more than 300 beers! Tapping an exciting and diverse music lineup on two stages headliners this year's lineup includes Atlas Genius, Deltron 3030,JR JR, Kaleo, Lady Lamb, Coast Modern with more to come! This year we'll also introduce the VIP 'Stout Package' to our friends in Austin, giving festival-goers access to early entry, the Untapped Clubhouse, side stage access, an open bar featuring beer, wine, and spirits plus food from some of Austin's best restaurants. "Five years is an incredible milestone for us at Untapped, and we're thrilled to kick off the 2016 festival series with our return to Austin," said Festival co-founder Matthew Harber of Spune Productions. "The tremendous response we received from Untapped Austin's debut last year exceeded all our expectations and proved why Austin is a true destination for music and beer. This year, Austin attendees can expect bigger and better!" In celebration of the festival series' five year anniversary, we're also introducing the Untapped Season Pass, giving road warriors who plan to attend all five Untapped Festivals in 2016, including Austin, Fort Worth - 6/11, San Antonio - 9/17, Houston - 10/22 and Dallas - 11/12.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
May 19

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.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season 2015-2016
May 15

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
Emperors & Titans - The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras will present the season finale on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:30pm preceded by the Spring Gala. Pieces to be performed on the concert include Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” with soloist and Gold Medalist Leeds Piano Competition Alessio Bax, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan.” The Spring Gala will be held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. As this is the only fundraising event for the youth orchestra, we hope you will attend. The Gala benefits the GDYO Scholarship Fund and the GDYO Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO program, but also to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and performing with their peers. The Gala will be a fantastic finale to this concert season.

Richardson Community Band Summer Concert Series
May 15, 18, 29

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.

The French Connection
May 15

Austin ISD Performing Arts Center; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-ACO1 (2261)
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The ACO will perform a program featuring the music of French composers in the beautiful, new Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. The concert will open with Gabriel Faure's Pavane, followed with Jacque Ibert's Concertino da Camera for Saxophone and Orchestra with saxophonist Harvey Pittel as soloist. For the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

Annual Songwriter's Showcase
May 16

Robert's Point Park; Near Marina and Ferry Landing

Port Aransas Art Center
Mary Rose, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1175; Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-7334
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Music festival, ,Songwriting, Art Fest 16th & 17th of May
The 33rd Annual Songwriter’s Showcase May 16th 6pm-10pm. This year’s Showcase is back at the Tarpon Inn Courtyard on Cotter street in Port A. Last year’s Musicians were Fantastic as this year’s surely will be. Come on out and listen to some wonderful Original music. There is a $5 Gate Fee Donation benefiting the Art Center. Preecher Williams is MC& Woodie Lawson is talent coordinator. Due to TABC rules no alcoholic beverages may be brought in & Please No Coolers. $3 Beer (keg) & $4 Wine by the glass will be available for purchase.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
May 19

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.

Pickin' in the Pines
May 19-21

Pine Mills; Intersection of FM 49 and 312, Mineola, TX

Tri-M Music LLC
Dick and Geri Miller
5700 FM 49; Mineola, TX 75773-4208
(903) 857-2253
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: Music festival
What is Pickin' in the Pines? If you ask a musician that question, they will tell you it's "An Acoustic Jam Fest". This is the musically correct explanation. Music fans that attend year in and year out will tell you it's even more then that. It could also be called "Pickin', Campin', Vistin', Barbecuin', Story Swappin', Relaxin', Sippin', Strollin', and Listenin' in the Pines. It's a weekend event, so most folks arrive with tents or self-contained camper trailer and it's BYOB. Guitar, flute, banjo, harmonica, fiddle, and mandolin are just a few of the instruments to enjoy and sing along with. Bring your own instrument of choice or just come and be a fan. Greenhorn campers enjoy a hot water shower and restroom for the guys and gals. If you can't camp out, you're still welcome to "come and go" just for Friday and/or Saturday night concerts if that is your preference.

Rabbit Fest ~ 2
May 19-22

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.

Sammons Cabaret Spring 2016 Season
May 19

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

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Activities: Concert season
Created as an adjunct to the acclaimed Sammons Jazz series, the Snyder Family Series of Sammons Cabaret showcases the top vocalists in North Texas performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, ballads, torch songs, and jazz standards. Held on the third Thursday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series is held in an intimate setting where the singer is the focal point and the audience is able to create a connection with each song. Each concert consists of two sets with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, light appetizers, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 17, Corey Breedlove; April 21, Janelle Lutz; and May 19, Denise Lee, the 2013 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year.

West Texas Jazz Party ~ 2
May 19-22

Hilton Midland Plaza; Midland

West Texas Jazz Society
J. Keith Yarbrough
6417 Desoto; Odessa, TX 79762
(432) 550-0996; (432) 367-4097
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
This is the 50th WTJS Jazz Collaboration. Over 15 world-class jazz musicians will converge in Midland, Texas for 3 nights of traditional jazz performance. This intimate party provides patrons with an opportunity to hear, meet and get to know the musicians.

Grapevine's Main Street Days Festival
May 20-22

Main Street Historic District; Grapevine, TX

Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gayle Hall, Festival and Events Director
636 S. Main St; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185; (800) 457-6338; (682) 999-8687
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Craft Brew Tastings and Cask Tappings, KidZone, Arts & Crafts Vendors
Tap into three full days of festival fun at Grapevine's 32nd Annual Main Street Fest - A Craft Brew Experience, presented by Bank of the West. Held along Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine, guests will experience new and returning favorites at this event, with a special emphasis on craft brew tasting experiences. The 32nd Annual Main Street Fest coincides with American Craft Beer Week. Enjoy arts and crafts, the KidZone, live music, carnival rides and midway…fun for the whole family.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 20, 21, 22

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7902 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX

San Jacinto Day Foundation
Bert Muston
7603 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 991-9500; ibookbands@aol.com
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.

Thomas Michael Riley's Music Festival at Luckenbach
May 20-22


Luckenbach
Linda Worley
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksberg, TX 78624
(210) 274-1081
Activities: Music festival
Thomas Michael Riley's 9th Annual Music Festival at Luckenbach F/S/S, May 20-22, 2016 Advance Tickets: $15 day/$30 weekend, Contact www.luckenbachtexas.com for tickets At the Door: $20 day/$40 weekend Come on out and join us for this three day festival and see some amazing artists including: Thomas Michael Riley, Buddy Jewell, Jason Allen, Matt Martindale, Davin James, Tommy Alverson, Them Chisolm Folks, Nathan Young, etc. For more info and sponsoring details go to www.thomasmichaelriley.com Hope to see you there!

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
May 20-22

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; mikeschoder@granadatheater.com
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.

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
May 21

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
IMAGINE the world’s most acclaimed musicians brought together for a single performance – not in London, New York, or Prague, but here in North Texas. Our 28th season presents 30 superstars of classical music in six unique concert programs – just for you. May 21, Enjoy the lovely journey of Franz Schubert with violist Paul Coletti and the exoticism of the Eastern Europeans-- Smetana and Dvorak-- in 3 of the most popular works of all time. Program: Sonata “Apreggione” for Viola and Piano....Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor....Bedřich Smetana and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81....Antonín Dvořák. Performances: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:30PM at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church. Artists: Gregory Allen - Piano, Jun Iwasaki - Violin Felix Olschofka - Violin, Paul Coletti - Viola and Ko Iwasaki - Cello.

Elm Street Tattoo and Music Festival ~ 2
May 21 -22

Elm Street; 2811 Elm Street

Elm Street Tattoo Shop
Oliver Peck
2811 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226; Dallas, TX 75226
Music: Punk, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Tattooing begins Thursday at Midnight and will continue a full 24 hours till Friday at Midnight. 13 tattoos Only during the 24hours on Friday the 13th. Included in Weekend passes. $10 on its own. Tattoo convention held at The Prophet Bar. Friday 13th, 24hr Tattoo Marathon, Saturday 14th, 4pm - 12am, Sunday 15th, 12pm - 9pm. Bands will be playing at Trees, Three Links, Dada and Wits End starting Wednesday night and go on all weekend.

Rockwall Founders Day Festival
May 21

Downtown Square; Rockwall

City of Rockwall
Aaron Dobson, Recreation Superintendent
108 East Washington ; Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 771-7740
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Texas legends Asleep at the Wheel are the headliners for the annual Rockwall Founders Day Festival. The all-Texas music lineup includes Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones, Django Walker, Concho Grass and more. Family Time begins with the Dallas Puppet Theater at 10am. The festival runs until 9m at Rockwall's historic downtown square. We're celebrating Rockwall's 157th birthday and, as usual, it's all free! Join us for plenty of food, shopping, family-friendly activities and much more! It's the biggest party of the year in Rockwall. Free parking! Free admission!

Texas Steak Cook-Off & Wine Festival
May 21

Hico

Mike James
P.O. Box 4; Hico, TX 76457
(254) 796-4620 ext. 4
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rockabilly
Activities: Fiddling contests, Rodeo
Mark your calendars now for next year's event! The 13th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff, hosted by the Hico's Original Steak Cookoff Committee, will be on May 21, 2016 in historic downtown Hico, Texas. We look forward in seeing our old friends and the many new cookers that want to claim the title of "The Best Steak in Texas". If you are not a backyard chef, come on down anyway to enjoy the day with us. Registration will open July 2016. See you in May.

Wharton County Freedom Fest ~ 2
May 21

Monterrey Square and Riverfront Park; downtown Wharton

Wharton County Freedom Fest, Inc.
Susan Freese, David Copeland
1225 North Alabama Road; Wharton, TX 77488
(979) 532-1084; (979) 532-0927
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Polka, Rock
Activities: Street dance, Boccee ball Tourney, Car show
The 14th annual Wharton County Freedom Fest starts with a bang with a barbecue cookoff and dance on Friday, June 28th, featuring music at Riverfront Park on the Colorado. Festivities continue the next day with helicopter rides, antiquing and other shopping, a veterans' salute, an antique car and motorcycle show, children's theatre and music in the historic Plaza Theater, and a street dance featuring Chris Brade Band, as well as food, fun and fireworks on Wharton's beautiful downtown square.

Barbacoa and Big Red Festival
May 22

R&J Music Pavilion; 18086 Pleasanton Road, San Antonio, TX

All of San Antonio
18086 Pleasanton Road; San Antonio, TX 78221
Music: Country, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Soul/R&B, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
Established in October 2012 we wanted to celebrate the great staple of San Antonio by getting the community together to enjoy one thing in common.

Texarkana RV Music Park Spring Pickin'
May 22-28

Texarkana RV Music Park; Texarkana

Sabine Bluegrass
Doylene Dobbs
64 Sam Thomas Road; Texarkana, TX 75501
(903) 255-0408
Come join in the fun! Play music, play games or just listen. Pot luck on Friday. Call for information, RV parking, etc.

Blues On The Green
May 25

Zilker Park Rock Island; off Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

107.1 KGSR Radio Austin
Jyl Herchman-Ross
8309 North IH 35; Austin, TX 78753
(512) 832-4000
Music: Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Concert season
Every other Wednesday from May 27th to August 5th, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawnchairs, families and music lovers. As Austin's largest FREE concert series, KGSR's Blues on the Green is consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event, and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle and a very casual and comfortable experience.

Kerrville Fall Music Festival
May 26-31

Quiet Valley Ranch; 3876 Medina Highway (16 South) Kerrville, TX

Kerrville Folk Festival
Dalis Allen
P.O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600; (800) 435-8429
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae
Activities: Music festival, Texas Wine Tasting and Seminars , Arts and crafts
Each year over Labor Day Weekend, music enthusiasts gather at the Quiet Valley Ranch to celebrate the art of songwriting and winemaking. This Texas Hill Country setting is perfect for introducing our audiences to the newest and best wines & beers that Texas has to offer, in addition to performances by many of the world’s best songwriters. The Kerrville Fall Music Festival (formerly the Kerrville Wine & Music Festival) features three, 5-hour evening concerts and two, 2-hour afternoon concerts by two dozen singer-songwriters. During the evening concerts, we have booths set up for Texas’ top winemakers, who offer tastes, glasses, or bottles of current vintage wines. We are pleased to additionally feature booths with Texas craft beers & microbrews, which offer options for beer tastes & full pints. Craft Vendors, Food, Beer and Wine Booths are located in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater and will be open each festival day at 6 p.m., with the music starting at 7.

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 26 - June 12

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; booking@kerrville-music.com
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 booking@kerrville-music.com. 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 "Grassy Hill New Folk" Songwriting Competition. The contest is held each year at the Spring Festival. Advertising: advertising@kerrville-music.com, Festival Crafts Booths: crafts@kerrville-music.com, General Information: info@kerrville-music.com, Festival Volunteering: visit www.KerrStaff.org

19th Annual Memorial Day Gospel/Bluegrass Festival
May 26-29

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.

Official Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair
May 26-29

River Star Arts and Event Park; 4000 Riverside Drive East, Kerrville, TX

Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cyndi Copeland
2108 Sidney Baker; Kerrville, TX 78028-6300
(830) 896-5711
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Fine Arts, Crafts
The Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair is one of the top ranked arts and crafts events in the nation. Located at the River Star Arts & Event Park, it displays big tents laced among the trees to create the atmosphere of an old-fashioned fair. Tempting smells of good food and thirst-quenching drinks permeate the air. Buy a treasure from one of the 200+ artisans on site eager to visit with you about their work. Support student artists as they show and sell their work and compete for scholarship money as part of the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program. Relax under a big tree, tent or in the covered pavilion and eat a snack from one of several concessionaires or one of the culinary arts exhibitors. Enjoy the music played throughout the Fair everyday and cheer on contestants as they sing their hearts out for the chance to be the next Texas Star. Bring your children! Let them experience art and express their artistic side. From cave painting to performance opportunities, a rock-climbing wall to a petting zoo, there’s something to keep people of all ages entertained! Profits from the Fair help fund educational projects of the Texas Arts & Crafts Educational Foundation.

Summer Showcase
May 26

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, Cowboy, 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.

2016 Texas Coast Music Fest "Music and Mudbugs"
May 27-29

Bridge Harbor Yacht Club; 411 Sailfish Ln, Freeport, TX

Texas Coast Music Fest
Alphonse Schwenke
131 Driftwood Rd; Freeport, TX 77541
(361) 774-7905
Music: Country, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Cookoff
This is a 3-Day Texas Music Fest & Crawfish Cook Off held over Memorial Day Weekend in Freeport. There will be 11 Texas based coming in from Austin, DFW, and of course the Gulf Coast. Musicians include Cole Degges, South of Cowtown, TJ Broscoff, Blake Anderson, Blue Water Highway, Intercoastal Pirates, and Susan Hickman headlined by Larry Joe Taylor, Cory Morrow, and Uncle Lucius. All this great music will be paired with 10-15 crawfish cooking teams serving up the best Mudbugs in Texas all 3-days.

Athens Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion
May 27-28

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.

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
May 27-29

Marktplatz, downtown Fredericksburg; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg Texas

Creative Marketing
Deborah Farquhar-Garner
703 North Llano; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515; (866) 839-3378
Music: Cajun/Zydeco
Activities: Music festival
Let the good times roll at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival on May 25th-27th, 2012! We'll be serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and -of course- crawfish … Other Cajun delicacies are also available for everyone to enjoy. And for those who don't like crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for. During the festival, you will find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Marktplatz (Market Square - 100 block of West Main Street) in Downtown. The festival will offer a children's area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds will be there for your shopping pleasure. Plus a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. For more information, check out our website - www.tex-fest.com or call 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378).

Music on Main ~ 2
May 27

Main Street - Heritage Park; 324 West Main

Downtown Denison Inc.
Donna Dow
P.O. Box 347; Denison, TX 75021
(903) 464-4452
Music: Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Live music on Main Street on Friday nights during May - July.

National Polka Festival ~ 2
May 27-29

Downtown Ennis, KJT, Sokol, & Knights of Columbus Halls; Ennis, TX

Ennis Chamber of Commerce
Danny Zapletal
P.O. Box 515; 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 Friday night at 7pm with a parade at 10am on Saturday. 19 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 activities.

Toenail Trail Days
May 27-29

HWY 277 - 15 miles south of San Angelo; City Park, Christoval

Christoval Community Chamber
P.O. Box 332; Christoval, TX 76935
(325) 896-1065
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, raffle, duck races, parade, roping contest
Toenail Trail Days is a free music festival and craft fair in Christoval, TX sponsored by and for the Christoval Community Chamber, a nonprofit organization. The Toenail Parade kicks off the event at 10 am on Saturday morning, which includes a pet (costume) parade with prizes. The best bands in the area perform at this event with at least one Texas headliner each year including Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Joe Ely, and Ponty Bone in the past fouryears. Bands perform for a city park full of about five thousand guests daily and seventy to eighty craft and food vendors, lots of shade trees, soft grass, and plenty of kid games as well. Voted best event of its kind in this area by guests and vendors alike. The bands that play here always want to come back. Christoval, TX, a great place to play.

Fiesta Amistad
May 28

Old Settlers Park; 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX

El Amistad Club
Gordon Perez
P.O. Box 853; Round Rock, TX 75680-0853
(512) 464-5613; (512) 825-2743
Music: Tejano
Activities: Street dance
Fiesta Amistad features arts, crafts, and food booths, contests for tortilla spreading, and tamale eating. Past performers include: Los Palaminos, Groupo Vida, Ram Herrera, and Marcos Arrasco. The El Amistad Club of Round Rock's premier fundraiser is "Fiesta Amistad" which was originally held at Veterans Memorial Park on the banks of brushy creek. In 1988, the annual fiesta outgrew its original location and was moved to the downtown Round Rock. It has continued to grow into Central Texas' largest Hispanic two-day event. Fiesta Amistad is always held on Memorial Day weekend and features live music, plenty of food, and family entertainment.

KLAQ BalloonFest
May 28-30

Wet 'n Wild Waterworld

KLAQ 95.5
Courtney Nelson
4180 North Mesa; El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 544-8864
Music: Rock
A free Friday Night Spectacular Balloon Glow and Fireworks Display is Friday, May 23, outside the gates of Wet N’ Wild. Attendees will be given glowing helium balloons to release in memory of our nation’s soldiers. Headlining concerts are nightly at Wet N’ Wild, following all-day entertainment. Saturday: Acoustic show and full electric show with alt metal band Sevendust (“Praise,” “Denial”). Sunday: Metal band Five Finger Death Punch (“Bad Company,” “Far From Home”) and metal band The Pretty Reckless. Monday: Acoustic show and full electric show with rock band Aranda (“One More Lie,” “Satisfied”). Tent and RV camping passes available; camping check-in is 10 a.m. Saturday, with check-out by 9 p.m. Monday.

Neon Desert Music Festival ~ 2
May 28-29

San Jacinto Plaza / Cleveland Square Park / downtown El Paso; El Paso, TX

Splendid Sun Productions
Zachariah W. Paul
2205 East 21st Street Austin, TX; Austin, TX 78722
(512) 203-2881
Music: Dance/Electronic, Latin/Spanish, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Food Vendors, Merch Vendors
Six historic city blocks are closed in downtown El Paso and multiple stages are put up which feature electronic, rock, latin, indie rock and hip hop music. We also feature local food, art and merchandise. The festival showcases the best in local, regional and national headliners.

Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest
May 28-30

Austin, TX

University Interscholastic League
Richard Floyd, Music Director
P.O. Box 8028; Austin, TX 78713
(512) 471-5883; (512) 471-5883
The Music Program of the UIL is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas. Each year approximately one half million middle school, junior high and high school students reap the benefits of participation in the ten UIL music events. The purpose of this site is to provide students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the general public with current information pertaining to all aspects of UIL music activities.

Memorial Day Public Concert at the Capitol Rotunda
May 30

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.