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The 2014 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2014 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] or call (512) 463-6666.

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FWOpera Festival
May 1-5

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; Fax
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

Greater Southwest Music Festival
May 1-3

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.

May 1-4

Trinity Park; 2900 Trinity Park Drive, Fort Worth

Mayfest, Inc.
Elizabeth Basham, Executive Director
6115 Camp Bowie Boulevard, No. 160; Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 332-1055
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Family Fun
Mayfest is a Fort Worth favorite family festival. 33 acres of fun in Trinity Park for the whole family with 7 stages of live entertainment, including 3 dedicated live music stages, special attraction shows, carnival rides, activities, confetti eggs, the best in festival food and beverages, an art & gift market and special children's area. Mayfest is proud to showcase the best in local and Texas music. 2013 performers include Josh Weathers, Poo Live Crew, 26 or 5 to 4, Me and My Monkey, Black Top Gypsy, Whiskey Bent, Casey Thompson, Three Fools on Three Stools, Reno Perez and more!

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1-26

Scarborough Faire; 2511 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Helaine Thompson, PR/Communications Manager
P.O. Box 538; Waxahachie, TX 75168
(972) 938-3247 ext. 22; (903) 814-5044; Fax
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic
Scarborough Renaissance Festival is amazing, interactive family fun - 16th Century style! It’s the thrill of full combat jousting, falconry demonstrations, non-stop entertainment on 21 stages and so much more! Discover the unique music of rockin’ bagpipes, harpists, hammered dulcimers, carillon bells and more. Explore 200 craft shoppes and be amazed at the artisan demonstrations. Enjoy Renaissance rides & games and meet the mysterious mermaids of Mermaid Lagoon. Feast on food fit for a king including our famous giant roasted turkey legs. You can even have an audience with King Henry VIII and his royal court and mingle with hundreds of merry villagers. Come step back in time, for the time of your life! April 5 – May 26, 2014. Just 30 minutes south of Dallas/Fort Worth. Discount tickets at Tom Thumb & Randalls. Details at

May 2-4

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.

Austin Psych Fest ~ 2
May 2-4

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
Austin Psych Fest was founded in 2008 to honor the legacy of Austin's musical history as the birthplace of psychedelic rock through the creation of a music and multimedia art festival. The festival showcases the best of vintage, modern, established and up-and-coming acts that push the envelope in mind expanding music.

Corporate Battle of the Bands
May 2

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.

Greater Southwest Guitar Shows • The Dallas International Guitar Festival
May 2-4

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

Mark Pollock, Producer
3622 Shoreside Drive; Garland, TX 75043-1968
(972) 240-2206; (972) 260-4201
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Pop, Rock, Rockabilly
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.

Hill Country Run
May 2-4

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.

Mitch and Artha Wright Concerts-In-The Park Series
May 2,9,16,23,30 June 6,13,20,27

Stevenson Park; 1100 South Friendswood Drive

City of Friendswood
James Toney
910 South Friendswood Drive; Friendswood, TX 77546-4856
(281) 996-3220
Music: Children's, Country, Rock
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.

MusiClyde ~ 2
May 2-3

Downtown Clyde; 209 South First Clyde, TX 79510

Clyde, Texas Inc.
Jennifer Rector
P.O. Box 257; Clyde, TX 79510
(325) 893-4221; (325) 698-7900
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
MusiClyde is the largest Music Festival Clyde has ever seen! This will be a two day event filled with great food, great people, and of course great music! All music will be performed live and the line-up is an eclectic grouping of Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, local talent, and comedic satire. Friday nights event and Saturday's brunch are both being held at Callahan Hall. Saturday night will be the inaugural event at the new Platform in downtown Clyde. This will be a weekend to remember filled to the brim with live performances and the best of what Clyde has to offer! Don't miss out, tickets will sell quickly! Get yours online at "

Tablerock Gospel Festival
May 2-3

Tablerock Amphitheater; Royal Street

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc.
Jim Woodul, Director
P.O. Box 312; Salado, TX 76571
(254) 947-9205; (254) 947-5100
Music: Gospel
Activities: Music festival
On Friday May 2nd, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, and on Saturday May 3rd, from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM, you are invited to enjoy the best Texas has to offer in gospel singers, bands, groups, trios, duets and individuals. $5.00-Adults, $3.00-Children age 12 and under. Concession stand open both days for your pleasure. Contact event coordinators Jim & Alvalin Woodul at 1-254-634-4658 or E-mail Information:

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
May 2-4

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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 3

Civic Center/ Quakertown Park; 321 East McKinney

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.

Cinco de Mayo - La Celebracion
May 3

Downtown Victoria

Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Randy Vivian
3404 North Ben Wilson; Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 573-5277
Music: Tejano
Activities: Street dance
This year’s Cinco de Mayo, la Celebracion will be a celebration of music, contests, and family-oriented traditions, featuring Hispanic foods, crafts and entertainers from the Gulf Coast of Texas. The Festival opens at noon and continues until 11:30pm on May 5, 2012 in Downtown Victoria! A celebration of music and family orientated traditions featuring food, crafts, children's fun area and entertainers from the Gulf Coast of Texas. Mariachi, VISD Ballet Folklorico, The Crystals, Chente Barrera, A.S.G Los Amigos, Fabuloco, Vallejo and Jimmy Gonzales Grupo MAZZ.

Foard County Fair & Concert ~ 2
May 3

The Celebration Park; Downtown Crowell, TX

The Foard County Belles
Carli Dunham, President

(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!

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

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
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 3-4

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.

New Braunfels Wein & Saengerfest
May 3

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; Fax
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 3-4, September 27-28

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.

Psalm 100 Gospel Opry
May 3, June 7, July 5,August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

Reed Entertainment Center; 421 East Industrial Drive Suite 215, Sulphur Springs, TX

Reed Entertainment Center
Buddy & Ina Gore
6653 Texas Hwy 154 South; Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
(903) 885-4262
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
This is a monthly event that features both local and national Christian music artist. Doors open at 6pm Show begins at 7pm. Concessions and gift shop on premises.

Songwriters Serenade Contest
May 3-4

Moravia Hall; 11135 FM 957, Moravia, TX

Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics Inc.
Mike Stroup
10911 FM 957; Schulenberg, TX 78956
(713) 598-6331; (512) 698-2621
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

Suburbia Music Festival
May 3-4

Oak Point Park & Nature Reserve; 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas

Live Nation Entertainment
1818 First Avenue; Dallas, TX 75210
Music: Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
This two day music festival will take you on a musical & geographic adventure. Experience a unique combination of world class artists from multiple genres in unforgettable surroundings. Enjoy the change of scenery! Artists include: David Guetta, Alabama Shakes, J. Cole, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Slightly Stoopid, Violent Femmers, Needtobreathe, Third Eye Blind and Blue October.

Swing Fest
May 3

Holiday Hills Country Club; Mineral Wells Highway, Mineral Hills, TX

Cowtown Society of Western Music
Joyce Miller
3709 East Highway 67; Cleburn, TX 761031-8189
(817) 558-7580
Music: Cowboy, Western Swing, Western Swing
Activities: Awards show, Dancing, Live Music
Swingfest is presented by The Cowtown Society of Western Music. The 2014 festival will be held in Mineral Wells, TX and will honor Heroes of Western Music, inducting 27 Heroes. Bands include: Brady Bowen & Swing Country, Pat Jacobs & the Heroes Band and Bobby Wynn and the Western Swing Band. From noon to 10 p.m.

Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral
May May 4

San Fernando Cathedral; 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Musical Bridges Around the World
Sarah B. Gabriel, Office Manager
23705 Interstate Highway 10 West No. 101; San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 464-1534; (210) 900-3081
Activities: Concert season
The Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral are free and open to the public. The Musical Evenings will feature one of a kind musical collaborations. These wonderful performances will take place in the oldest cathedral in the nation, in the heart of downtown San Antonio. All listeners are invited to meet the artists at the catered dessert reception following every concert.

Sue Ellen's Music Festival
May 4

3900 block of Cedar Springs; Dallas, TX

Sue Ellen's
3014 Throckmorton Street; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-0707
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival
Located outside at the 3900 block of Cedar Springs, gates open at 2:00 PM. Hosted by DJ Psycho Shanon from KISS FM 106.1! Special Guest Headliner: Antigone Rising! Band Lineup: Kathy & Bella, Mi Diva Loca, Heather Knox Band,GIRL, and Antigone Rising. This event is a go, rain or shine!

Brazos Nights
May 5, June 6, July 7

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; Fax
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.

Jasper Lions Benefit PRCA Rodeo
May 7-10

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

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.

Symphony Arlington
May 8, October 16

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
2013-2014 Season Shall We Dance? It is likely that the very earliest music ever created was for the dance; the first time our distant ancestors first banged on a log with a stick, someone undoubtedly broke into the Neanderthal shuffle! Things have come a long way. From ballet to breakdancing, music and dance are now inseparable partners. Many great composers have done their finest work when inspired by the beauty of dance. Some, like Stravinsky with Petrushka, Delibes with Coppélia, or Copland with Rodeo, have written full-length ballets intended for virtuoso dancers. Other compositions, like Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, or Bartok’s Dance Suite, use thecompelling rhythms of dance in works intended for concert performance. For the 2013-14 Concert Season, Symphony Arlington will bring to you all these masterworks and more, plus music for the dance by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Kodaly, Verdi, and many more. Joining the orchestra will be a stellar array of distinguished guest artists, including guest conductors Leandro Carvalho from Brazil and Alberto Correa from Colombia. Texas pianist and 2013 Van Cliburn competitor, Alex McDonald will return for a solo appearance. It’s music that will set your soul afire and your feet a-twitchin’! So waltz over to the computer, fax, or phone, and subscribe now!

The Lagniappe Film and Music Festival ~ 2
May 8-10

Thomas Hall, Founder
2287 Long Street; Beaumont, TX 77702
(409) 422-3378
The Lagniappe Film and Music Festival (LFMF) will debut May 8, 2013, marking the addition of yet another world-class cultural event to Southeast Texas and the international film festival circuit. The LFMF’s mission is to create an environment that inspires, nurtures and showcases the work of emerging independent film and musical talent while paying tribute to accomplished artists.

Western Heritage Classic
May 8-10

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.

Movies in the Park
May 9, September 5, 19

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

City of Cedar Park Recreation Center
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5500; Fax
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited.

Pachanga Latino Music Festival ~ 2
May 9-11

Fiesta Gardens; 2101 Jesse Segovia, Austin, TX

Guapo Enterprises LLC
Rich Garza
1208 East Seventh Street; Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-9017
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Pachanga is a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival dedicated to showcasing the vibrant blend of Latino-created music and art and the impact it has on American culture today. The festival will be held on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, TX. The Pachanga lineup includes rock, alternative, tejano, mariachi, cumbia, salsa, electronic, funk, hip-hop and indie rock with one singular theme, the sound is brown.

San Antonio Contra Dancers' Anniversary Weekend Workshop
May 9-10

International Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University; 411 South West 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

San Antonio Contra Dancers
Lissa Bengtson, Director
1343 W. Lullwood Ave; San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 431-3922; (210) 867-0692; Fax
Music: Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic, English Country
Activities: Street dance, Workshop
Traditional Anglo-American dancing to live music. The dancing involves brisk walking, and most of the required moves can be learned in 15 minutes. Every dance is walked-through. No partner is necessary--it’s our tradition to switch partners after each dance. Friendly people, low-impact dancing, delightful music.

Texas Crab Festival
May 9-11

Gregory Park; Highway 87

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

Bancroft Family Concerts
May 10

Horchow Auditorium at Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas TX 75201

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Margaret Barrett, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Ste 302; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Accomplished young artist Evan Ritter will present a program of piano repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods in addition to a contemporary work by composer Frank Martin. A talented, award-winning musician, Mr. Ritter made his orchestral debut with the Plano Symphony at the age of ten. He has been nationally recognized on NPR’s “From the Top” with the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist’s Award. A recent grand prize recipient of the Fort Worth Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, Mr. Ritter was selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Classical Music.

Blues on the Hill
May 10, June 14, August 16

McKelvey Park; 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen

Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau
Eduardo Figueroa, Executive Director
311 East Tyler; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-5440
Activities: Concert season
Twelve years ago, Tom Wilson & Jeff Lyssy, from Harlingen Parks and Recreation approached Chris Maley of KMBH & KHID Public Radio's "On The Roadside" Blues music program collaborated to bring Harlingen Texas a premier Blues concert series - Blues on the Hill.

Boys Haven Crawfish Festival
May 10

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 11 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.

Austin Symphonic Band Outdoor Concert Series
May 11

South Steps of State Capitol; 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Austin Symphonic Band
Dan L. Wood
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762-6472
(512) 345-7420
Activities: Concert season
Mother’s Day Concert on the Capitol Steps. The South Steps of the State Capitol provide the venue for the Mother’s Day concert. Join us for the band’s third annual concert at this historic setting. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam
May 11

Dell Diamond; 3400 East Palm Valley Road, Round Rock, TX

Neil Gallagher
6810 Deatonhill, No. 3100; Austin, TX 78745
(201) 280-6590; (512) 502-5587
Music: Americana, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
In 4 years, Reckless Kelly has raised more than $130,000 for five area youth baseball groups, the Miracle Leagues at Town & Country and San Antonio, South Austin Little League, Balcones Little League and Montopolis Little League, from its Celebrity Softball Jams held in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. In 2012, RBI Austin was the beneficiary of the Softball Jam, in addition to the Miracle Leagues.

Voices From Both Sides
May 11

On the banks of the Rio Grande River at Lajitas Crossing in Lajitas, Texas and Paso Lajitas, Mexico

I Love Texas Music
Jeff Haislip
General Delivery; Terlingua, TX 79852
(432) 371-2412
Music: Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Tejano
The new community project brought to you from I Love Texas Music is called “Voices From Both Sides” and is a concerted international community effort that will feature music from Far West Texas & Northern Mexico, telling the tales of cultures and how they can stay together or change after their access point is closed. Please join us in our efforts to draw awareness to this unique part of Texas and the southwest as well as northern Mexico. Our ultimate goal is to open the border like it used to be. We feel that as people are made aware of how special our border is in Lajitas, Texas, they will want to become part of us and our unique community which just happens to cover two countries.

Tuesday Night Jazz
May 13

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

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

Flute Festival
May 15-17

University of North Texas; Denton, TX

Texas Flute Society
P.O. Box 54202; Hurst, TX 76054
(214) 727-5508
Music: Classical, Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Texas Flute Society will hold its 36th Annual Texas Flute Festival Thursday through Saturday, May 15 - 17, 2014, on the campus of the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX. The Festival is a performance opportunity for flutists of all ages and abilities. Recitals, seminars, masterclasses and flute choirs are scheduled for Friday evening, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. Exhibits will be open all day Saturday. Each Festival participant will play for a recognized flute specialist who will provide constructive commentary. Participants may record their performances and the specialists' comments with their own recording devices. The Flute Festival is not a contest and no ratings are given. However, Outstanding and Honor performers are recognized. The 28th Annual Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition will be held in Denton on the campus of UNT with semi-finals on Thursday, May 15, and finals on Friday, May 16. The final round of the 2nd Annual Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition will be held on Saturday, May 17, at UNT. More information and contact information can be found by viewing the competition brochures on our web site The competitions are open to the public, but normal festival fees are required to attend the final round.

Pickin' in the Pines
May 15-17

Pine Mills; Intersection of FM 49 and 312

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.

DFW Icon
May 16-18

Grapevine Main Street Days; Grapevine, TX

JG Entertainment / Grapevine Main Street Days
Jodi Harnist
P.O. Box 211811; Bedford, TX 76095
(817) 915-6303; Fax
Music: A cappella, Americana, Big Band, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cover/Tribute, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Metal, New Age, Polka, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Arts & Crafts
Grapevine Main Street Days has teamed up with L.A.'s top talent expert JG Entertainment to host the 1st Annual DFW ICON vocal competition during their 30th Annual Celebration, May 16-18, 2014. Benefitting Kidd Kraddick’s foundation Kidd’s Kids. DFW ICON is opening the microphone to talented singers ages 7-24 years old. Winner packages exceed $20,000 in prizes including Recording, Branding, Social Media, Photo Shoots, Image Consulting, Scholarships and more. Prelims will be held at the Palace Theatre May 16 and 17th. Finals on the Main Stage, May 18th, will be hosted by KISS FM's own Billy the Kid. Talent will be placed in four categories grouped by ages- 7-11, 12-15, 16-19 and 20-24. Those wanting to compete must register online at .

Fiesta Noche del Rio
May 16, 23, June, July, August

Arneson River Theatre; 418 Villita Street, San Antonio, TX

Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities
Heather Akkerman, Exec Director
911 North Main Street, Ste. B-4; San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 226-4651
Music: Country, Pop, Regional Mexican, Tejano, World Beat, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Texas
Activities: Music festival
Fiesta Noche del Rio is a musical extravaganza in the Arneson River theatre featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. The Alamo Kiwanis Club established the festival to provide funding for children's charities in the San Antonio community.

Fork & Cork ~ 2
May 16-17

Addison Circle Park; 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich, Director of Special Events
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-2851; Fax (972) 450-2834
Music: Country
Activities: Food festival
Designed for the epicurious, this intimate, two-day event brings together celebrated chefs, craft breweries, wineries and spirit makers. This gourmet gathering will be a destination for people who enjoy food as entertainment. Addison’s chef-driven establishments and other special culinary-minded guests will be spotlighted to create a casual, one-of-a-kind atmosphere--all while benefiting DFW’s nonprofit, Café Momentum. - See more at: " Featuring a performance by Pat Green on Saturday night.

Fort Worth Music Festival
May 16-17

Panther Island Pavilion; 395 Purcey Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

Marsha Milam Music and Spune Productions
Donna Van Ness
Main Street; Burleson, TX 76028
(817) 763-5299; (817) 737-0100
Music: Big Band, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Rock, Latin Jazz
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts
Fort Worth, TX Fort Worth Music Festival is pleased to announce the festival will return to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on May 16th and 17th. Organizers have also released the first round of bands that will perform at the fourth-annual event. Among the 20 performers to be presented by the festival this year are Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Eat World, The Airborne Toxic Event, Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll and Justin Townes Earle. More bands will be announced soon, including several Fort Worth local and DFW area acts. Early Bird two-day passes are now on sale through Friday, March 28 for $32. VIP passes can also be purchased for a special two-day price of $90. Passes can be purchased on the festival's website: " Fort Worth Music Fest - Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17 LUCINDA WILLIAMS * JIMMY EAT WORLD * THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT * RAY WYLIE HUBBARD * AARON BEHRENS AND THE MIDNIGHT STROLL *JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE * AIR REVIEW * QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS * ICE EATER * UNCLE LUCIUS * TEAM*

Galveston Island Beach Revue
May 16-17

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.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 16-18

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.

Texas Thunder
May 16-17

Texas Thunder Festival Grounds; 16853-17099 North Chinaberry Avenue, Gardendale, TX 79758

Graham Brother Entertainment
Kim Blevins, General Manager
66959 Interstate 20 Business; Odessa, TX 79762
855-362-0535; (903) 297-9000; Fax
Activities: Music festival
Get ready for the best country music festival in West Texas. Imagine your favorite music, a fantastic atmosphere and great friends making amazing memories! Set on beautiful farmland with the huge Texas sky and picture perfect pump-jacks as a backdrop, Texas Thunder brings you the best country music from the Lone Star State as well as the top names in the Nashville country music scene over two glorious days in the West Texas sunshine. Join thousands of the friendliest people in the country and enjoy cold beer, tons of country music talent and the most fun you can pack into a big ole Texas Weekend!

36th Annual Bluebonnet Fest
May 16-17

La Vernia Lions Club; La Vernia

La Vernia Lions Club
Steve Mays – President
P.O. Box 291; La Vernia, TX 78121
(210) 646-1217
Music: Country
Activities: Street dance, carnival, vollyball, live auction, helicopter rides
The Bluebonnet Fest is one La Vernia and Wilson County’s most anticipated festival and live music event. Each year the La Vernia Lions Club sponsors the event, starting with the Miss La Vernia Pageant, and ending with the Festival held at the City Park. The newly crowned Miss La Vernia and her Court lead a parade, which includes floats from local and surrounding area businesses, youth organizations, and clubs. The kids can enjoy a carnival, a free petting zoo, and free pony rides. There will be arts & crafts vendors, all the festival foods you know, love, and crave, a live auction, a raffle and maybe even a Wild West Show. Both days end with a dance under the stars featuring live music on Friday and Clint Taft and the Buck Wild Band on Saturday.

Heaven's Front Porch
May 16-17, November 7-8

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.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
May 16-18

Galatyn Park; 2351 Performance Drive Richardson

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.

Asian Festival ~ 2
May 17

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.

Chalk This Way
May 17

Old Town Lewisville; 100 North Charles Street, Lewisville, TX 75057

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710; (972) 219-3710
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Pop, Western Swing
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Chalk Art
“Chalk This Way” family festival will be held Saturday, May 17, in and around the city-owned Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. Planned activities include professional chalk artists, amateur sidewalk chalk competitions, a children’s gallery for on-site chalk creations, arts and crafts vendors, festival food, sidewalk games, and live entertainment. Entry to the festival is free, although participating in some activities will carry a nominal charge.

Concert for VISTO
May 17

Cooke County Fairgrounds; West Highway 82, Gainesville, TX

Volunteer In Service To Others
Charlene Marrs
700 North I-35; Gainesville, TX 76240
(940) 902-3420
Music: Blues, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Arts and crafts, kids activites, silent auction
Concert with 11 band lineup to benefit the VISTO (Volunteers In Service To Others) Backpack Buddy program of Cooke County. All day event with music, silent auctions and drawings, food and miscellaneous vendors, kids activities. 100 of proceeds go to VISTO, a 501(c)(3) charity. This is an all weather event. Schedule: 11:30 Southtown Rewound, 12:30-1:15 Willy Kickit, 1:30-2:00 David Byboth, 2:15-2:45 Jessi Lynn, 3:00-3:45 Holler Time, 4:00-4:45 Bad Habit II, 5:00-5:45 Bone Doggie, 6:00-6:45 The Elevators, 7:00-8:15 Oliver White Group, 8:30-9:45 Tom McElvain & Dirty Pesos 10:30-Midnight Jamie Richards Band

Homer's Backyard Ball and BBQ Cookoff
May 17

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; Fax
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.

Rockwall Founders Day Festival
May 17

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 17


Mike James
P.O. Box 4; Hico, TX 76457
(254) 796-4620 ext. 4
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rockabilly
Activities: Fiddling contests, Rodeo
The 10th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, in the Historic Downtown Business District of Hico, Texas. This family friendly event offers artisan vendors, local shopping, and of course, a chance to look on as backyard chefs from all over the Southwest compete to see who cooks the best steak in Texas. In addition, enjoy live entertainment for the whole family all day and into the evening. There will also be a wine tasting featuring local Texas wineries that will go on during the event. This year we will be featuring a fiddling contest from 2 to 5 p.m. This year's event will also have a bull riding event sponsored by PBR as ghd grand finale.

Annual Songwriter's Showcase
May 18

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
31st Annual Songwriter’s Showcase May 18th 7pm Bring a picnic basket/cooler etc. blankets or lawn chairs and listen to some wonderful Original music under the stars and near the water. Preecher Williams & Woodie Lawson are back to organize again this year (last year’s showcase was phenomenal)! Held in Robert’s Point Park (Chili Field area) $7 Gate fee Benefits Port Aransas Art Center-a 501(C)(3)Non-Profit History-Jesse Bishop Gay started the Songwriter’s Showcase 31 years ago as a venue for Songwriter’s to perform their own music. There was a nominal gate fee charged and it always supported a non-profit. We have been that fortunate non-profit now for most of our 18 years the Art Center has been here. It is always held around his Birthday. It will be on Sunday night, again hoping to make the Art Fiesta weekend one that more folks can enjoy if they are in from out of town for the weekend. Come on out for Live Original Music!

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra "Season Finale"
May 18

Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
The performance includes Dvovak, Slavonic Dance No. 8 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Under the Stars in Oak Cliff
May 11, 18, 25

Unitarian Universalist Church; 3839 West Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX

Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff
3839 West Kiest Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75233
(214) 337-2429
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
May 11: E-Flat Porch Band Their music - influenced by country blues, Texas folk music, jazz and swing - is played on acoustic instruments and pays homage to Texas musical roots. May 18: Chilo & the High Energy Band. Classically trained artist Chilo adapted traditional Latin music, combined it with jazz, blues and flamenco resulting in a unique, energetic sound. May 25: Lady Diamond’s turn to shine. An incredibly multi-talented woman whose vocal performance and jazz style leaves her audience wanting more.

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 22-June 8

Quiet Valley Ranch; 3876 Medina Hwy Kerrville, TX

Kerrville Festivals, Inc.
Cheyanne Pearl
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. 2013 will include Jimmy LaFave, Trout Fishing in America, The Stray Birds, Birds of Chicago, The Steel Wheels, Eliza Gilkyson, Susan Werner, and Ruthie Foster. Thank you for your interest in the Kerrville Music Festivals. We accept Electronic Press Kits only. 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

Salmon Lake Park Bluegrass Gospel Music Festival
May 22-25

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

Texas Bluegrass Music Association
Angela Beaubouef
2590 Sowa Road; Sealy, TX 77474
(832) 712-2445
Music: Bluegrass, Blues
Activities: Music festival
This is a 4 day Family Friendly music Festival held in a Beautiful RV campground that includes nice shade, antique old west buildings, cabins and a swimming lake. Texas-size Music Stage is in a comfortable tree covered valley below the lake dam. Event includes Food and Craft vendors.

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series
May 23-25, 29-31, June 1,5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, July 2-6, 9-13

Levitt Pavilion Arlington; 100 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX

Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Patti Diou, Executive Director
505 East Border Street; Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 543-4308
Music: Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Latin Pop, Rock
Activities: Concert season
Levitt Pavilion Arlington is a non-profit organization providing over 50 free concerts to our community each year. We have open lawn seating so bring your chairs or blankets to sit on. You may also bring coolers with food and/or drinks, just no glass containers please. All of our concerts are family friendly. Come enjoy some free music under the stars! Some of our free fall concerts include Green River Ordinance, Carolyn Wonderland, Ruthie Foster & Marcia Ball. Check our website for our complete fall calendar. May 23 – Bob Schneider with The O’s; May 24 – Jimmie Vaughan with Luke Wade & No Civilians, and Barrett Baber; May 25 – Cody Canada & The Departed with Charla Corn, and The Brandon Steadman Band; May 29 – The Young Dubliners; May 30 – Dawn & Hawkes; May 31 – Deryl Dodd & the Homesick Cowboys.

National Polka Festival ~ 2
May 23-25

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.

St. Cecilia Music Series
May 23

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

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

Neon Desert Music Festival ~ 2
May 24-25

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
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.

River City Rockfest ~ 2
May 24

AT&T Center; One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX

AT& T Center - Spurs Sports and Entertainment
One AT&T Center Parkway; San Antonio, TX 78219
; (210) 444-5140
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival
Featuring Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Deftones plus many more awesome acts across 4 stages - see y'all at the AT&T Center on May 24!

Salute To America's Military & Families
May 24

Bell County Expo; 301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX

Help Hospitalized Veterans, Inc.
36585 Penfield Lane; Winchester, CA 925596
(951) 926-4500; (512) 477-6060
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
The Salute To America’s Military & Families concert event is scheduled to be held at the Bell County Expo(301 W. Loop 121, Belton, TX, 76513) on Saturday evening, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance from Lonestar. Belton, Texas will host the Salute To America's Military & Families concert to elevate the organization’s noble mission and initiative to demonstrate support and offer respects to military families in an official “salute” to America’s Military and Families at a family-fun outing. The Salute To America’s Military & Families is free; The price has already been paid by our Veterans' sacrifices. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Bell County Expo Center box office. Military Families and Veterans can pick up tickets at the Bell Country Expo Center box office. Visit " or call 512.477.6060 for more information. Won't you join us?

Shiner Catholic Church Spring Picnic ~ 2
May 24-25

American Legion Park; 102 South Avenue G

Shiner Catholic Church
Philip Pilat
306 South Avenue F; Shiner, TX 77984-8208
(361) 235 9443; (361) 594-3836
Music: Country, Polka, Rock
The Shiner Catholic Church Spring Picnic is a full day of music, food and fun for the entire family. Rich in Czech and German heritage. Voted one of the best picnics in the state. Music in the Main Hall features local accordion music, the Shiner Hobo Band and the Texas Legacy Czech Band. The Outside Beer Garden features the Jungemeisters and Chris Rybak. Los Kolaches perform under the Bingo Pavilion and Emotions and the Crooks provide music for the big night dance.

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.

International Children's Day
May 26

Dallas Arts District; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

DFW International Community Alliance
Anne Marie Weiss
9064 Stone Creek Place; Dallas, TX 75243-6213
(976) 661-2764
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, New Age, Polka, World Beat
Held in the beautiful Dallas Arts District, the International Children's Day brings the global celebration to Dallas/Fort Worth, with a variety of interactive cultural activities for the entire family.

Summer Showcase
May 29, June 5,12,19,26, July 3,10,17,24,31, August 7,14,21,28

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.

Hot Summer Sounds
May 30, June 6,13,20,27, July 4,11,18,25

Miller Park; 1919 North First Street

Parks and Leisure Services Department
1909 North Main Street, No. 201; Temple, TX 76501
(254) 298-5440; (254) 298-5565
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
It’s one of Temple’s best summer traditions—The 16th Annual Hot Summer Sounds is an 8-week free concert series held on Friday evenings, May 30 – July 25, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Miller Park. Hot Summer Sounds provides a unique variety of entertainment for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music and relaxation!

Athens Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion
May 31

Athens Courthouse Square; Downtown Athens, TX

Athens Old Fiddlers Association
Mary Ensign, Secretary
3041 FM 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.

Front Porch Showdown
May 31

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.

San Antonio International Piano Series Concert Season
May 31

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