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East Texas State Fair
October 1 - 2

East Texas State Fairgrounds; West Houston Street and Fair Park Drive

The Park of East Texas, Inc.
Chester Drawers
2112 West Front Street; Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 597-2501
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Trade show/convention
Tyler, March 15, 2016: The Park of East Texas is excited to announce the dates for the 2016 East Texas State Fair! For years the fair has celebrated East Texas culture with music, food, livestock shows, and thrilling carnival rides and attractions. The local tradition dates back 101 years and is set for an eventful 2016. This year the fair will be adding some exciting new attractions, as well as bringing back some old favorites. Get ready for some great entertainment, exciting concerts, fantastic food, and much, much more!

Eastland Old Rip Fest & Parade
October 1

Eastland Square; 100 West Commerce Eastland, TX

Eastland Chamber of Commerce
Cecil Funderburgh, Executive Director
209 West Main Street Suite A; Eastland, TX 76448
(254) 629-2332
Music: Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Rock
Activities: Awards show, County fair, carnival, 5K run, 1 mile kid run
The 36th Annual RipFest celebration will be on the Courthouse square in downtown Eastland, with vendor booths opening at 9AM, and the RipFest Parade starting at 10AM. Cash prizes for best non-profit floats and trophies for the best floats.

Fort Bend County Fair
October 1 - 2

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds; 4310 Highway 36 South

Fort Bend County Fair Association
Susan Sillavan
P.O. Box 428; Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 342-6171
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Fort Bend County Fair features live music daily, rodeos, livestock, carnival, food, queens contest, barbecue, cook-off, and arts.

Glen Rose Bluegrass Picnic
October 1 - 2

Oakdale Park; South of Hwy 67 on 144 South

Oakdale Park
Billy Huckabay
P.O. Box 900; Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-2321
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
The Glen Rose Bluegrass Picnic offers bluegrass music and jam sessions around the clock. Food concessions and some arts and crafts booths will also be on hand.

"Come and Take It" Days Celebration ~ 2
October 1 - 2

Downtown Square in Historic Gonzales; Highway 183 Business in Downtown Gonzales, TX

Come and Take It Association/ Gonzales Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
Daisy Scheske, Executive Director
414 Saint Lawrence Street; Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-6532; (888) 672-1095; BJonesCaka@txfb-ins.com
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Carnival, Parade, Arts and Crafts Booths, Art and Photography Shows, Canoe Race, 5K Run/Walk, Driving Tours
This event celebrates the firing of the first shot of the Texas Revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, with battle re-enactment, huge parade, carnival, arts and crafts booths, art and photography shows, canoe race, 5K run/walk, square dancers, driving tours, variety of foods available, Biergarten with live musical entertainment throughout the three-day festival. "http://www.twitter.com/comeandtakeittx "http://www.pinterest.com/comeandtakeittx "https://www.facebook.com/ComeandTakeItCelebration

Harvest Festival
October 1

Terry County Park; Brownfield, TX

Brownfield Chamber of Commerce
Lorena Valencia
P.O. Box 152; Brownfield, TX 79316
(806) 637-2564; Lorena Valencia
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, pageant, parade, talent show
Join us in Brownfield, Texas for the 67th Annual Terry County Harvest Festival! The festival begins Thursday night with the Talent show and the Harvest Festival Queen Competition on October 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Brownfield Middle School Auditorium. Friday night a local performer opens for a headlining band in a hometown atmosphere at the Terry County Park ampitheater. Enjoy Texas cooking from the local food booths. Saturday's events begin down Broadway with the annual parade that leads into the park for activities, food, and live music. The Terry County Queen Coronation is the grand finale Saturday at 7:00 pm. Car show will be held also at the park Saturday. Join us for live music Friday and Saturday!

Jasper Fall Fest
October 1

Historic Courthouse Square; Downtown Jasper, TX

Jasper Chamber of Commerce
Liz Street
246 East Milam; Jasper, TX 75951
(409) 384-2762
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Gospel, Reggae, Western Swing
Jasper Fall Fest is a festival filled with special events and live musical performances. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Activities include the following: Arts and Crafts, Business Expo, photo contest and show, all-day live entertainment, lots of food and more.

Levitt Pavilion Fall Concert Series
October 1, 2, 8

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, Polka, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock, Celtic
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: Billy Joe Shaver on Oct. 1, Bart Crow on Oct. 2, and The B-52's on Oct. 8.

Lone Star First Saturday
October 1

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.

Main Street Fall Festival
October 1

downtown Denison; Main & Burnett

Denison Main Street, City of Denison
Donna Dow
P.O. Box 347; Denison, TX 75021-0347
(903) 464-4452; (903) 464-4452
Music: Classical, Country, Pop, Rock
Activities: Singing contests
Main Street festival celebrating Denison's unique heritage. This day combines Denison's French connection with Sister City Cognac, France and of course our Texas heritage. It promises to be an entertaining and memorable day. Activities include live music, Cowboy Shootout, Car & Motorcycle show, Festacular Talent Competition, Karate and dance demonstrations, a carnival, kids zone activities, live entertainment, over 120 craft vendors, and of course food...plus much, much more.

Night In Ole Converse Festival
October 1

Converse City Park; School Street

City of Converse
Joella Schindler
407 South Seguin Road; Converse, TX 78109-2121
(210) 658-5356; (210)659-3333
Music: Country, Rock
Night in Ole Converse began in 1974 as a fundraiser for the City of Converse Parks & Recreation Commission. Proceeds from the event have helped the City develop the parks into what they are today including plumbing, meeting Pavilions, and playground equipment. As Night in Ole Converse evolved and grew, City of Converse staff eventually took over the planning and logistics of the event. Night in Ole Converse is an annual event that occurs on the first weekend of October each year in Converse City Park. Events always include a Parade, Carnival, Live Music, Children's Games, Food Vendors, a Marketplace and so much more!!! Please join us at the next Night in Ole Converse!!!

PalmFest International Folklife Celebration
October 1 - 2

McAllen Convention Center; West Expressway 83 and South Ware Road

Virginia Haynie Gause
517 East Dallas Ave.; McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 682-5566
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Crafts, Dance, Fajita Cookoff
PalmFest, celebrating the unique cultures and vibrant history of Deep South Texas will be held at McAllen Convention Center. This year it will partner with the City of McAllen, the McAllen Heritage Center, the expanded Fajita Cookoff, the McAllen South Rotary Club, and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. It is a fun and festive weekend of music, ethnic foods, authentic cultural entertainment, children's activities and much more! Hosted by the City of McAllen, "The City of Palms." Free Admission and Free Parking.

Panhandle South Plains Fair
October 1

The Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds; 1012 Avenue A

Panhandle South Plains Fair Association
Herbert F. Higgs, Jr. C.F.E.
P.O. Box 208; Lubbock, TX 79408
(806) 763-2833
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Panhandle South Plains Fair is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)5 organization which operates as a regional fair for the purpose that all fairs exist, which is, the promotion of Agriculture and Livestock Production, the support of Youth and Education, and to provide an entertainment venue for the people in our trade area. The Fair is a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, Texas Association of Fairs and Expositions, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, and the North American Livestock Show & Rodeo Manager's Association.

Pioneer Days Street Dance
October 1

Downtown Business District; Dowtown Whitney

Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce
Janet Sanders, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 604; Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-2540
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Polka, Pop, Tejano
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance, Arts and Crafts booth, Wine Tasting
Downtown Whitney streets close to all but pedestrian traffic for the largest festival in Whitney, attracting over 13,000 people. The day's activities start early, and continue through the evening. Many visitors and residents look forward to this "can't-be-missed" event. Among the activities that day are carnival games & rides, food booths, arts & crafts booths, health & fitness exhibits, baby photo contest, 50/50 raffle, pet photo contest, parade, live entertainment and wine tasting event.. Visitors enjoy themselves as they stroll through the almost 250 booths. Admission is free during the day. The festival, sponsored by the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, has been entertaining people of all ages for over three decades. Applications for booths are available online. For more information, you can call 254-694-2540.

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
October 1 - 2

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown; 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Dalis Allen
P. O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
We have open mics, Official Showcases and In Room showcases, seminars and panels during the day on Friday and Saturday which address many facets of the music business - booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road and looking for alternate ways to get our music to the world – such as in schools and films. We eat meals together and form wonderful new relationships and renew old ones. And we are certain to have FUN! Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically are all encouraged to attend. Please join us this year!

State Fair of Texas
October 1 - 23

Fair Park; Cullum Blvd. at Parry Avenue

State Fair of Texas, Inc.
Errol McKoy, President
P.O. Box 150009; Dallas, TX 75315
(214) 421-8743
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: County fair
The State Fair of Texas is a 24-day entertainment showcase presented each fall in historic Fair Park in Dallas. Millions of visitors enjoy free concerts featuring top country and pop artists, a Broadway musical production, performances by the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and daily shows on outdoor stages throughout the park. Other attractions include parades, light show, crafts, exhibits, midway rides, livestock, college football, and a gigantic new car show.

Texas Rice Festival
October 1

Winnie-Stowell Park; 1410 Rice Festival Ave. Winnie, TX between LeBlanc and South Park Streets

Texas Rice Festival, Inc.
ReJena Amy May
P.O. Box 147; Winnie, TX 77665
(409) 296-4404; (409) 296-4404
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cover/Tribute, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Street dance, Trade show/convention, street vendors, photo contest, parades, craft show, rice cooking contest, livestock show
Texas Rice Festival provides a county fair atmosphere with entertainment for people of all ages. The event is a tribute to generations of rice farmers and the agricultural industry throughout Texas. Festivities include, BBQ & fajita cookoff, open horse show, carnival, rice education exhibit, 4-H & FFA livestock show, craft show, photography contest, art contest, antique car show, farm equipment display, grand parade, and a Rice Education tent. We have live music performances from the top Texas and Nashville acts. No fee for parking. Concerts are included in gate price. One price carnival wristbands available daily.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert ~ 2
October 2

Cowboys Dance Hall; 2540 East Abram Street, Arlington, TX

SRV Remembrance Ride, Inc.
Shon Beall
4908 Mill Creek Trail; Fort Worth, TX 76179
(214) 320-9032
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival, Motorcycle rally
While remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan, enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and blues concert, benefiting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund!

Sammons Jazz Concerts Fall 2016 Season
October 5

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

Sammons Jazz Concert
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Jazz, Rhythm, & Fuse Opening Set: Rick Strauss Quartet Guitarist Rick Strauss and his gifted group - Steve Barnes on drums, Pat Coil on keyboards, and Lynn Season (the 2008 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year) on bass - masterfully execute the jazz classics and original sounds from Rick's two internationally-released discs. As an early member of Spyro Gyra, Rick played on and composed for the acclaimed group's Morning Dance album, a 1979 release which reached platinum status. Second Set: Martha Burks & The Jazz "Kru" Smooth and souful vocals, versatility, and a sparkling personality have made Martha Burks the quintessential entertainer for more than 20 years. Able to scat with the best, the Arkansas native calls to mind Ella, Sarah, Billie, and other female jazz icons. Her gifted "Kru" consists of Ray Flippen on bass, Darwin Martin on keys, Erick Morgan on drums, and Lawrence Robinson on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Courtyard Texas Music Series ~ 2
October 6

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.

East Texas Poultry Festival
October 6 - 8

Downtown Square; 100 Courthouse Square A-101, Center, TX

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Pam Phelps, Executive Director
100 Courthouse Square, No. A-101; Center, TX 75935
(936) 598-3682; (936) 598-3682
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: County fair
Held inside the historic courthouse square and courtyard in Center. Arts and crafts booths, 3-day carnival, with live entertainment day and night, parade, food booths, chicken clucking contest, chicken cooking contest, poultry judging/auction & more.

Festival Chicano ~ 2
October 6 - 8

Miller Outdoor Theatre; 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX

Festival Chicano
Daniel Bustamante, Founder
P.O. Box 3493; Houston, TX 77253
(713) 222-2783; (713) 284-8350
Music: Jazz, Latin Pop, Mariachi, Tejano, Conjunto, Orchestra
Activities: Music festival, Exhibits
Festival Chicano is a celebration of Chicano culture featuring music (from popular Tejano to Mariachi) and is one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world. This annual showcase is held at one of the finest amphitheaters in the U.S. Legendary artists such as Selena, Little Joe, Lydia Mendoza, Esteban Jordan, Flaco Jimenez, and many others have performed on this stage. This family event has become a Houston tradition in its 35 years of production.

Gruene Music and Wine Festival ~ 2
October 6 - 9

Gruene Hall & The Grapevine; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Celli, Event Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077
Music: Americana, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Guitar Auction
This Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features 4 days and 4 distinct events. Join us for a weekend full of wine and beer tasting, haute food, prize giveaways, and live music featuring Pat Green, Aaron Neville, The Marshall Tucker Band and many more!

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo
October 6 - 15

Extraco Events Center; 4601 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX

Extraco Events Center
Wes Allison
4601 Bosque Blvd.; Waco, TX 76710
(254) 776-1660
Music: Children's, Country, Gospel, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo
The Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo, held at the Extraco Events Center in Waco is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We operate year-round along side our over 500 active volunteers, fulfilling our mission to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences at the premier multi-use facility while giving back through youth scholarships and a positive economic impact to Central Texas. The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo is proud to have an economic impact of over $67 million annually!

Austin Chamber Music Concert Season ~ 2
October 7 - 8

Fridays- private home; Saturdays- First Unitarian Church of Austin; 4700 Grove Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, TX 78756
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Austin Chamber Music Center produces a full year of engaging and eclectic chamber concerts that tempt a variety of musical interests and sways. Led by Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann, programs are designed to engage beyond the concert hall and to personally interact with music lovers from across Austin’s diverse communities. October 7-8 - Light Moving with the music of Lang, Reich, Brahms, C. Schumann, Glass and R. Schumann; November 4-5 - Method to Madness featuring Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Newman. January 20-21, 2017 - My Life featuring Smetana, Fujiwara and Brahms; February 17-18, 2017 Music Videos with Bartok, Schoenfield, Falla and Dvorak and March 31-April 1, 2017 - Red Snapper with Schubert and Puts. Artists include Carpe Diem String Quartet, John Largess, Clancy Newman, Gregory Sauer, Michelle Schumann, Amy Levine-Tsang, Charles Wetherbee, Sandy Yamamoto and DaXun Zhang.

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest ~ 2
October 7 - 9

The Texan Theater and the Greenville Municipal Auditorium; 2821 Washington Street, Greenville, TX

Larry Green, Jr.
Greenville, TX 75401
(903) 455-1876; (903) 457-3138
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing
Activities: Fiddling contests, Dance, Car Show, Bob Wills Educational Exhibits
Bows up, chin down and spirits soaring! The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest returns for an expanded, second annual celebration that will transform downtown Greenville, Texas into Western Swing central, always the second weekend in October.The 2016 installment of the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest morphs into a four-day extravaganza featuring premier concert performances by Western swing royalty and the finest in vintage country entertainment. Naturally there is the extensive fiddle contest highlighted by seven divisions and more than $8,500 in cash and prizes.

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 7 - 9

Cuero City Park; 1100 East Broadway, Cuero, TX

Turkeyfest Association
Kristie Tieken
124 East Church Street; Cuero, TX 77954
(361) 275-2112; (361) 275-6351
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Polka, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Cuero Turkeyfest is the annual celebration of our turkey heritage in DeWitt County. Featuring the world famous Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race, kids turkey calling contest, parade, carnival, food, arts & crafts, and nightly concerts and dances under our covered pavilion, with the biggest names in Texas country music, IBCA Sanctioned cook-off, margarita-off, street magician, and more.

In Motion
October 7 - 8, November 4-5, January 20-21, 2017, February 17-18, 2017, March 31-April, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road Ste. 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical
Austin Chamber Music Center's 2016-2017 season: October 7-8, Light Moving; November 4-5, Method to Madness; January 20-21, 2017, My Life; February 17-18, 2017, Music Video; March 31-April, 2017, Red Snapper

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
October 7 - 8

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center; Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season

Seafair ~ 2
October 7 - 9

Rockport Navigation District Festival Grounds; Downtown Rockport at Harbor and Ski Basin, Rockport, TX

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism and Events
Sandy Jumper, Director of Tourism & Events
319 Broadway Street; Rockport, TX 78282
(361) 729-6445; (316) 729-7681
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Singing contests, Trade show/convention
The family-friendly event includes three days filled with a wide variety of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live crab races, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and cardboard boat races, carnival rides and games, and educational maritime activities. Last - but not least – is delicious food including gumbo (seafood and non-seafood), desserts, salsa and more!

Texas Pickin' Park - Public Jam Sessions
October 7 - 9

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.

Canton Main Street Autumn Fest
October 8

Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street

Canton Main Street
Tam Erwin
119 North Buffalo Street; Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-1851; (903) 567-1849; Tam Erwin
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: street fair
The Autumnn Stroll is coming back to downtown with fun activities for the whole family, including live music, vendors, sanctioned BBQ cook-off, childrens' area, exhibitions, and more.

Guadalupe County Fair Fiddlers Contest ~ 2
October 8

Seguin County Fairgrounds Dance Pavilion; 728 Midway, Seguin, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddler’s Association
Jordan Bankston, TOTFA Director
P.O. Box 334; Seguin, TX 78156
(817) 455-4143
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing, Texas Old Time Fiddle Music, Texas-Style Fiddling
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests
The Guadalupe County Fair Fiddle Contest will be held Saturday October 8, 2016 as an event of the 133rd Guadalupe County Fair in Seguin, Texas. Fiddle contests are a part of Texas’ heritage dating back to at least the 1830’s. In Texas-style fiddling, fiddlers play tunes that have been handed down through generations while adding their own particular flair. A panel of judges scores each fiddler and determines who has the best licks, (at least for that day!) Enjoy the music as contestants compete against each other in 5 divisions as well as an accompanist division. The contest starts at 1:30 pm and generally ends around 5 pm. Admission to the fairgrounds is $5 which includes admission to the fiddle contest.

Pioneer and Heritage Festival
October 8

Downtown Rusk; Rusk, TX

Rusk Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia Johnson, Manager
P.O. Box 67; Rusk, TX 75785
(903) 683-4242; (800) 933-2381
Music: Country
Pioneer and Heritage Festival features arts and crafts, fair, live entertainment, delicious variety of food, daily runs of the Texas State Railroad.

Round Top August To April Series ~ 2
October 8, November 19, December 3, December 10, January 21, 2017, February 11, 2017, March 4, 2017, April 8, 2017

Festival Hill at Round Top; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top

The International Festival-Institute at Round Top
The James Dick Foundation
P.O. Box 89; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: A cappella, Americana, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The 2016-2017 August-to-April Series presents: Split Second Piano Duo Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar on Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3:00pm, University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm, PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm, The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm, Texas Guitar Quartet on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm, Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm, James Dick in Concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm, and Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Silver Stars & Six Guns: A Gathering of Friends of the Texas Rangers
October 8

Inn of the Hills Conference Resort; 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas

Former Texas Rangers Foundation
Patti Parish-Kaminski
P.O. Box 3195; Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1931
(830) 895-2262; (281) 438-9106
Music: Country
Activities: Auctions, Dinner & Golf Tournament
The annual fundraising event benefits the Former Texas Rangers Foundation and features live music.

Squeezebox Mania ~ 2
October 8

Threadgills World Headquarters; 301 W Riverside Drive Austin, TX

Guzman Fox Creative
Sarah Fox
809 Cypress Lane; Cottonwood Shores, TX 78657-9464
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Music festival
In 2006, the first event was organized in Austin by accordionist Joel Guzman and singer/composer Sarah Fox. Since then, it is held annually, each time attracting more participants and visitors. The event takes place at Threadgill's World Headquarters and has become a meeting place for musicians of completely different styles, including Zydeco, Tango, Polka, Latin, Rock, and many others. Squeezebox Mania's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness.

Texas Renaissance Festival
October 8 - 9, 15 - 16, 22 - 23, 29 - 30

52 miles northwest of downtown Houston, Texas; Todd Mission, TX

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774; Todd Mission, TX 77363
(936) 894-2516; (800) 458-3435
Music: Renaissance
The Texas Renaissance Festival is held each Saturday and Sunday in a recreated 16th-century village. It features, the fine arts, food, and frivolity of the period updated for modern guests. Music abounds and ranges from strolling minstrels in the troubadour tradition, to a brass ensemble, to bagpipes, to madrigals, to unaccompanied voice, to a unique carillon bell act, "Cast In Bronze". Texas Based musical groups that perform include; I Madrigali, Jim Hancock, Wynd ' N Wyre with Therese Honey, Istanpitta, As You Like It, Passing Measures, and The Flying Fish Sailors.

Austin Classical Guitar 2016/2017 Season
October 15

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
International Series: Pepe Romero Pepe Romero is one of most beloved guitar icons of all time. A member of Spain’s "Royal Family" of classical guitarists, the maestro returns to Austin. Sponsored by Savarez

October 10 - 11, January 24, 2017, May 15 - 16, 2017

Trinity University; 1 Trinity Place San Antonio, TX

SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Ertan Torgul, manager

(210)- 317-8816
Monday, October 10 7:30 PM- Together Again, Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, Tobin Center; Tuesday, October 11 7:30 PM- Together Again, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University; Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:30 PM- The Land of the Magical Flute, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University; Monday, May 15 and 16, 2017, Under the Ligurian Sun Part II, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University

Piney Woods Fair
October 12 - 16

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center; 3805 Northwest Stallings, Nacogdoches, TX

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center
Anita Scott
3805 Northwest Stallings Drive; Nacogdoches, TX 75964
(936) 564-0849; (936) 564-0849
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: County fair
The Piney Woods Fair is an old fashioned county fair. Shows include home canning, crafts, arts, photography; agriculture include dairy, beef, lamb, poultry, rabbit, goat, barrow, and agricultural mechanics. We have a variety of music and free entertainment that comes with fair admission.

Dallas Video Festival
October 13 - 16

Angelika Dallas; Mockingbird Station, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, Dallas, TX

Video Association of Dallas
Bart Weiss
1405 Woodlawn Avenue; Dallas, TX 75208-2433
(214) 428-8700
Activities: Video festival
The Dallas Video Festival is one of the largest and most diversified video festivals in the U.S. It provides a showcase for new works by national, international, and regional independent artists. More than 250 screenings, installations, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibits.

Sanderson's Prickly Pear Pachanga
October 13

Courthouse Square

Prickly Pear Pachanga
Christine Hinkle
P.O. Drawer 640; Sanderson, TX 79848
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Street dance
The cactus capital of Texas celebrates cactus in music, food, costume, art and products. Costume contest, coronation of Miss Cactus Flower and King Tuna, Chili Cook off (C.A.S.I.), hot sauce, contest, cactus cooking contest, cactus-theme arts and crafts booths, parade, live music and dance, ranchero music festival.

Western Week
October 13 - 16

Bee County Exposition Center; 214 South FM 351, Beeville, TX

Bee County Chamber of Commerce/ CVB
Isabel R. Ramirez, Tourism & Events Specialist
1705 North Saint Mary's Street; Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 358-3267
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo, Singing contests
Western Week is Bee County's largest and longest running festival that was started over 35 years ago and has since become a Beeville tradition. The weekend celebrations draw families and tourist from all areas of Texas. Western Week is a celebration of our rich Texas tradition which includes music, food, art-crafts, and entertainment.

Brazoria County Fair
October 14 - 22

Brazoria County Fairgrounds; 901 South Downing Road, Angleton, TX

Brazoria County Fair Association, Inc.
Cheryl Peterson, Fair Manager
P.O. Box 818; Angleton, TX 77516
(979) 849-6416
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Tejano, Karaoke
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Brazoria County Fair includes cookoffs, a carnival, rodeo, live entertainment, and dancing. Brazoria County Fair is the largest county fair in Texas. There is something for everyone during this nine-day fair.

Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival
October 14 - 16

UT at Brownsville-SET B Lecture Hall; Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, TX

Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts
George Ramirez
P.O. Box 6238; Brownsville, TX 78523-3238
(956) 831-9590; (956) 453-3907; info@artsinbrownsville.org
Music: Jazz, Latin Pop
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, competitions
The 17th Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival is scheduled for the second complete week of October 2013! It has hosted countless Latin Jazz artists of the highest caliber, advanced our multi-cultural diversity, generated tourism, improved the quality of life in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley plus entertained thousands for sixteen years! A four day event that provides exposure to Latin Jazz that would otherwise not be accessible to this community. The first and last days are free outdoor concerts enjoyed by over 4,000 persons of all ages, ethnicity, and social/economic background. The second and third days are feature concerts by Grammy nominated artists that are well attended by the community. Clinics, master workshops, dance competitions and exhibitions are also presented throughout the weekend.

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival ~ 2
October 14 - 16

Downtown Square Conroe, Texas (I-45 North to Hwy. 105 and go East)

The Friends of Conroe, Inc.
Traci Huhn, Tourism Coordinator
101 S Main Street; Conroe TX 77301-3519
(936) 522-3500
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Street dance, Annual Event
Several notches above the basic community festival, The Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival annually draws 30,000 to 40,000 people to hear its amazing music line-up, browse through the many craft booths and exhibits and eat a variety of Cajun style food. A strong regional attraction, the festival is beginning to attract nationwide attention.

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
October 14 - 16

Mercer Street; Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, TX

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival LLC
Dave Niemeyer
P.O. Box 1160; Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(281) 650-6685; jim@ds-sf.com
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
You are invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. This 3rd annual event is an “industry-opposite” change from the typical music-fest that everyone is familiar with. We’re offering people the up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting. Put plainly, the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted SONGS, and the talented folks who have written them. Featuring over 40 songwriters preforming on 6 stages in the Dripping Springs Historic District, this 3-day event is FREE for everyone.

Harvest Festival
October 14 - 16

Heritage Village Museum; Highway 190 West

Woodville Heritage Village Museum
Ofeira A. Gazzaway
P.O. Box 888; Woodville, TX 75979
(409) 283-2272; (800) 323-0389
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Harvest Festival - Held the third weekend in October. This is the largest fall folklife festival in East Texas. It features pioneer East Texas crafts, demonstrations, unique people in period costume, outstanding shows of both music and dance, and lots of interesting food. Come join us for Fall's Finest Fun!

Needville Harvest Festival ~ 2
October 14 - 15

Harvest Park; 3001 Violet

Needville Harvest Fest, Inc.
Chris Janiek
P.O. Box 1101; Needville, TX 77461
(979) 793-4030; (281) 468-9314
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Polka, Reggae
Activities: Singing contests, Street dance, Beauty contest, Talent context and Cook-off
The Needville Harvest Festival is a fund raiser helping to build a city park and community center. We also give three to four scholarships each year. We book five to six different entertainers each year. Previous entertainers were: Travis Bishop (50's and country), Polka Lovers of America (polka singers and dancers), Troy Albers (pop, Christian and country), Bobby Jones Czech Band (polka and country), and Texas Unlimited Band (country and rock).

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
October 14 - 16

Hoblitzelle Conference Center; 8060 Singleton Road, Midlothian

Traditional Irish Music Education Society
Ken Fleming
1320 Navaho Trail; Richardson, TX 75080
(469) 215-1840; director@oflahertyretreat.org
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Celtic, Irish
Activities: Music festival, educational classes, music camp, evening concerts, ceili, sessions
The 12th annual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be held October 14-16, 2016 at the Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Dallas. Classes will be held on bodhran, bouzouki, button accordion, concertina, dancing, fiddle, flute, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano accordion, singing, tenor banjo, uilleann pipes, and whistle. An exceptional lineup of instructors will teach including some of the best musicians/instructors in the tradition. Tuition is $250 for adults and $150 for youth ages 12 to 18 by invitation only. Tuition covers up to nine 90-minute core classes, three one-hour enrichment classes and three 90-minute workshops. Meals, lodging and shuttle service may be reserved separately. A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance.

Bayou Fest
October 15

Highland Bayou Park; IH-45 South, Exit 10, La Marque, TX

Texas City Chamber
9702 E.F. Lowry Expressway; Texas City, Texas 77590
(409) 935-1408
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Musical Acts Include: Johnny Lee Bellamy Brothers Pee Wee Bowen Activities Include: Arts and Crafts and Food Children's Fishing Tournament Children's Activities Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Carving

Cruisin' on the Brazos
October 15

Downtown Courthouse Square

Seymour Chamber of Commerce
Myra Busby, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1379; Seymour, TX 76380
(940) 889-2921
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Vendors
Crusin' on the Brazos is a celebration of the fall Season and is staged in our downtown area around the Baylor County Courthouse and esplanades. Streets are blocked off and fun takes priority over traffic. The streets are filled with vendors offering Arts & Crafts, novelties, foods of all descriptions, a car show, live music, games, displays and so much more. All are surrounded by the delicious aroma of barbecue and chili from the cook-offs.

East Texas Yamboree Fiddlers Contest ~ 2
October 15

Courthouse Square; Gilmer, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddler’s Association
P.O. Box 854; Gilmer, TX 75644
(903) 348-3016
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing
Activities: Fiddling contests, Carnival, Poetry Contest, Arts and Crafts, Parade, Queen Contest
Fiddle contests are a part of Texas’ heritage dating back to at least the 1830’s. In Texas-style fiddling, fiddlers play tunes that have been handed down through generations while adding their own particular flair. A panel of judges scores each fiddler and determines who has the best licks, (at least for that day!) Bring the family to enjoy the music as contestants compete against each other in 6 divisions as well as an accompanist division. The contest starts at 1 pm and generally ends around 5 pm.

Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert 2
October 15

El Maida Shrine Temple; 6331 Alabama, El Paso

Border Legends of El Paso
Rick Kern/Producer/Promoter
1908 Ratner Circle; El Paso, TX 79936
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
We bring in the actual popular bands of the 60's and 70's that played in El Paso. It is a 7 hour concert featuring 7-8 groups each year.

Fall Round-up
October 15

Love and War In Texas Restaurant; 601 East Plano Parkway, Plano

Narrow Trail Cowboy Church
John Myers
601 East Plano Parkway; Plano, Tx. 75074
(214) 325-3355; (972) 422-6201
Music: Country, Cowboy
Billy Joe Shaver, Austin Cunningham, and Unbridled will each perform their own original gospel music Texas-style. 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
October 15

Highway 79 Hutto; Highway 79 @ East Street, Hutto, TX

Hutto Chamber of Commerce
Tom Britton, President
P.O. Box 99; Hutto, TX 78634
(512) 759-4400
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Street dance, Concert, festival, classic car show
Hutto Olde Tyme Days Festival is a celebration of our town's heritage. Lots of wonderful/unique crafts, food booths, music and live music on the main stages all day long.

Rockdale Fair and Livestock Show
October 15 - 22

Rockdale Fair Park Fairgrounds; Walnut Street

Rockdale Fair Association
Kay Simank
P.O. Box 1059; Rockdale, TX 76567
(512) 898-5352
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
Rockdale Fair & Livestock Show sponsored by the Rockdale Fair Association - Located at Fair Park. Always the third full weekend of October. Nightly rodeos and Dances, Arts & Crafts, Livestock Show & Auction, Pet Show, Parade, Queen & Children's Pageants, lots of food, antique cars, tractor show, Lone Star Garden Tractor Pull, Pig Scramble, and Mutton Bustin.

Shiner Music Fest ~ 2
October 15

Green Dickson Park; 65 County Road 350, Shiner, TX

Shiner Lions Club
Chris Perez
Shiner, TX
(512) 419-8828
Music: Americana, Country, Polka, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Shiner Music Fest is returning to the city of Shiner this year on October 15 with a new artist lineup and camping feature for this year’s event. Doors open at 1 p.m. with music performances until 11 p.m. The day includes everything from live music, food vendors and a cigar experience! Whether you decide to camp for a weekend trip, or attend the festival for the day, there will be a lot of attractions to create a live music experience that you will not want to miss. This event will stay true to its roots, including headliners; Whiskey Myers accompanied by co-headliner Cody Canada and the Departed. Performances also include Radio Birds, Jackson Michelson, Costello, Pauline Reese and Raven Cliff plus more to be announced. The festival is hosted by Shiner Lions Club and produced by Captiva Entertainment and Media Group with new events to add to the previous festival experience. The camping addition will be the newest feature to this year’s event with a Campfire Kickoff Friday evening to start off the weekend. Different camping options will be available including primitive camping that will be located creek side and RV camping that will be available upon online purchase on a first come first serve basis. Online the event tickets will be available for advanced purchase including camping passes, day passes, and VIP tickets. Advanced ticket purchase will be available for $10 online or for $20 the day of the event. People who want to camp must purchase their camping package online and fill out the waiver. The website will also include regulations and details for Shiner Music Fest 2016. Stay up to date with event details on the website at www.shinermusicfest.com. You can also connect with us on social media at www.facebook.com/shinermusicfest/ andwww.instagram.com/shinermusicfest/ for more updates.

St. Cecilia Music Series
October 15, November 7, December 2, January 20, 2017, February 25, 2017

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

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The most beautiful music you’ve never heard. This is the essence of the St. Cecilia Music Series. SCMS aims to fill in the blanks between Buxtehude and Bach. Between Dufay and Dandrieu. Between Monteverdi and Marcello. After a single performance from St. Cecilia, you’ll know that beyond all the composers you’ve already heard rest scores of other unknown or under-known artists of equal and sometimes greater talent. SCMS focuses on this music between the lines of history in hopes of offering a more complete, authentic story of early music. First started in 1995 by First Presbyterian Church of Austin, a church with a long history of support for music and the arts, St. Cecilia has evolved under the leadership of James Brown, an accomplished violist da gamba in his own right. Today, with the support of rich local talent like La Follia and the Texas Early Music Project, St. Cecilia hosts renowned early musicians from around the globe, bringing top-rate programming to the Austin community.

October 15

Maverick Plaza, La Villita, Downtown San Antonio ; 418 Villita Street, San Antonio, TX

Conjunto Heritage Taller
411 Barrera Street ; San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 212-8560
Music: Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
Celebrate San Antonio’s home-grown talent as renown Conjunto musicians grace the stage throughout the evening. Performers include CHT Students, Lorenzo Martinez, Conjunto Los Borregos, CHT All-Stars, and Flaco Jimenez. The Annual Tardeada is now in its 13th year of presenting Conjunto music to City residents and downtown tourists looking for an authentic dose of this South Texas musical tradition. $10 pre-sale | $15 at the door | children 12 and under free

Texas Guitar Show • Arlington
October 15 - 16

Arlington Convention Center; 1200 Ballpark Way, Mansfield, TX

Texas Guitar Shows, Inc.
John Brinkmann
920 North Main Street; Mansfield, TX 76063
(817) 473-6059; (817) 312-7659
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Texas Guitar Show in Arlington centers around the buying, selling, and trading of stringed instruments. A jam session will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Producing shows since 1978, and instruments from over fifteen foreign countries, the Texas Guitar Show is the largest vintage instrument event with over 100,000 square feet of musical instruments.

Texas Onion Fest
October 15

Weslaco City Park; 300 North Airport Drive

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director
P.O. Box 8398; Weslaco, TX 78599
(956) 968-2102
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Gospel, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Tejano, Norteno, Salsa
Activities: Music festival, Horse Shows, Car Show
Join us for the annual Texas Onion Fest at Weslaco City Park, 300 N. Airport Dr. This event offers the best in food, music and entertainment for the whole family! Onion Fest has musical performances for every taste. Choose from a variety of well-known country, Christian, Tejano and rock bands to perform at Onion Fest. People from all over the U.S. ask for this rare type of sweet onions that won’t make you cry. Dr. Leonard Pike, professor of horticulture at Texas A&M University, created the world famous sweet Texas onion in the early 80’s in Weslaco. Since 1989, Weslaco celebrates the sweet Onion every year at Onion Fest. Activities include Arts & Crafts, Kids Zone, onion recipe and salsa contests, live cooking demonstrations, dancing horse show, food and commercial booths, and of course, the onion eating contest!

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
October 20

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.

Sammons Cabaret Concerts Fall 2016 Season
October 20

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

Sammons Cabaret Concerts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Diana Sheehan Some of the most gorgeous melodies ever composed get Diana Sheehan's magical touch when she performs The Jerome Kern Songbook at Sammons Cabaret. The show, which won "Best of Loop" at this year's Out Of The Loop Fringe Festival, features treasures like "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "The Way You Look Tonight." Diana's remarkable vocals and skilled interpretations make her a favorite of cabaret fans.

Feral Hog Fest Fall 2016
October 21 - 22

Downtown Ben Wheeler; FM 279 Ben Wheeler, TX

Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic Foundation
P.O. Box 7; Ben Wheeler, TX 75753
(903) 833-1017; (972) 342-3198; Blake Hall
Music: Various
Activities: Awards show, Music festival
The Fall Follies show officially kicks off the festivities. this year, the show is set for 10/21 at 7pm at Moore's Store. During the show, hog queen contestants compete for change to reign as the Feral Hog Festival Queen for a year. The parade, festival and world championship hog cook-off are scheduled for 10/22 beginning at 10am, with live music on the main and side stages at the Pickin' Porch Pavilion throughout the day. Musical Acts include: Ben Lowery & The Texas Express Band, Chance Pena, Meredith Crawford & the Back Hand Band Shinebox, Wayland Hicks, Candace Payne and The Lone Star Rhythm Rangers Band

Greek FUNstival ~ 2
October 21 - 23

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church; 2504 North St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Parish Council President
2504 North St. Mary's Street; San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 735-5051
Music: Greek
Live Greek band performing bouzouki, folk and modern Greek music with dancing throughout the event by the FUNstival Dancers. We have Greek costumes, mouthwatering, authentic Greek food, a Greek marketplace, and tours of the historic church. Free parking is available with free shuttle service to the church grounds. FUNstival begins on Friday night, October 21, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Then Saturday, October 22, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, noon to 6 p.m.

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival
October 21 - 23

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center; 225 East Stenger Street, San Benito, TX

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
Soledad Nunez, Rogelio Nunez
P.O. Box 471; San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 244-0373
Music: Texas- Mexican Conjunto
Activities: Music festival
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the Mexicano community through music, theater, dance, film, literary works, the visual arts, and other art forms. The organization also serves as a community resource center.The 24th Annual Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival will be held October 23, 24, & 25, 2015. We will feature 16 bands to perform during the festival. We expect the 24th Annual Conjunto Festival to once again bring the best in conjunto music to the Resaca City. We look forward to this three day event which will bring patrons in the thousands from the Valley and other destinations in Texas and the U.S.

Island Oktoberfest
October 21 - 22

German Evangelical Lutheran Church; 2415 Winnie

German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Carlos Pena
2415 Winnie; Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-8477
Music: Polka
Activities: Street dance
This festival came along with early Bavarian immigrants to Galveston. It was originally a royal wedding festival which soon transformed into an agricultural fair with dancing, competitions, crafts, foods and of course Bavarian's splended beverage, beer. The Island's 24th and Winnie celebration in historic down town Galveston will be much like that held throughout Germany at this very same time.

The Hopkins County Fall Festival
October 21 - 22

Hopkins County Regional Civic Center; 1200 Houston Street

Fall Festival, Inc.
Denise Null, President
P.O. Box 177; Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
(903) 348-3135; (903) 335-9066
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Hopkins County Fall Festival features antique tractor pull, parade, carnival, grounds entertainment, domino tournament, gospel music, duck race, hot dog eating contest and cover girl event. Also featured will be the Hopkins County Idol, World Senior PBR, Mahon Bustin, Pot Fest (stew, chili, gumbo, beans, anything in a pot) and large arts and crafts exhibit.

Yorktown Western Days ~ 2
October 21 - 23

City Park; City Park, Yorktown, TX

Yorktown Western Days Association, Inc.
Tammy Bitterly
P.O. Box 488; Yorktown, TX 78164
(361) 564-2661; (361) 564-2518
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Polka, Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Cookoff , exhibits, carnival, contests, dance performers
The 56th Annual Yorktown Western Days is a FREE Texas music festival held the 3rd weekend in October, serving as a charitable fundraiser. Friday features Gary Glenn opening for Rick Trevino. Saturday's performers include Mark McKinney, Kimberly Kelly, Cactus Country and J T Hodges opening for the headlining performance by Tournpike Troubadours. Sunday's Live performers will be Chris Rybak and Night Moves. Other event activities include grande parade, gunslingers, Indian Dancers, Triple Crown cook-off, Car Show and Tractor Show. For the young'uns we have a Lil' Wrangler rodeo, mutton bustin' and pig scramble contest, carnival, petting zoo, pony rides, kids tractor pull, monster mural and much more. Of course we have a fine array of arts, crafts and food vendors. Please visit our website for more information and follow us on Facebook. Don't miss Texas' BEST Boot Scootin', Foot Stompin' FREE Music Festival.

Elgin Hogeye Festival
October 22

Downtown; Elgin, TX

Elgin Main Street Board
Amy Stallard Miller
P.O. Box 591; Elgin, TX 78621
(512) 281-5724
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
The Hogeye Festival entertains approximately 20,000 people with outstanding musicians, handmade arts and crafts, creative children's activities, a costume children's parade, and an art show. Live music all day on two outdoor stages provides a variety of harmonies. The festival is held in our historic downtown on Main Street surrounded by beautifully restored buildings dating back to 1890. A pork cook-off, a Royal Coronation of King Hog or Queen Sowpreme, and car show add to the celebration in the Sausage Capital of Texas. Join us from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Elgin is 19 miles east of Austin on highway 290 at Loop 109. Free shuttle provided at Park N Ride on Hwy 95 North.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest ~ 2
October 22

MarktPlatz; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX

Creative Marketing
Debbie Farquhar-Garner
703 North Llano; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515; creative@ktc.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae, World Beat
Activities: Food and Wine Fest
Second Annual, 25th Anniversary! A grand celebration of Texas wine and food. Twenty five Texas wineries and over forty Texas-made specialty booths participating. Texas chefs demonstrating culinary talents at the Grape Expectations Cooking School, Twenty-Five at 5!, Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, silent auction, art, lively entertainment. Plus three special events: Thursday Go Texan Dinner at Messina Hof Winery; Friday Celebration of Texas Food & Wine; Saturday Patron Brunch on Marktplatz, all showcasing fabulous foods paired with Texas wines. These special events are limited seating, advance ticket sales only.

Hot Pepper Festival
October 22

Downtown Palestine; Palestine, TX

Palestine Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ava Harmon
825 West Spring Street; Palestine, TX 75801
(903) 723-3014; (800) 659-3484
Music: Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Street dance
Hot Pepper Festival features a parade, children's games, three stages with entertainment, arts and crafts, gunfight reenactments, and a street dance.

October 22, 23

Heritage Park; 301 North Ash Street, Muenster, TX

Muenster Chamber of Commerce
Lilly Palmer
PO Box 714; Muenster, TX 76252
(940) 759-2227
Activities: Awards show, Concert season, County fair, Music festival
Reasons to come to enjoy Oktoberfest in Muenster, Texas -German Food and German Beer -Food to satisfy those cravings that only a festival can meet -Games – try your skills in a variety of “very” competitive games, one of which is the Nagelschlagen -Facility – 68 acre park that houses our state of the art Fuhrman Hall a 72,000 sq. ft., indoor pavilion which resembles the big tent experience of Oktoberfest, with fun for the whole family -Vendors – An array of Arts and Crafts – great unique items for you as well as you can get a head start on Christmas shopping -Contests – Saturday - Best dirndl and Lederhosen contest for children and for adults, Masskrugstemmen (literally, “beer-stein holding”), The First - Wurst Race, and the most exciting and well attended Weiner dog races on Sunday. -Entertainment – for all ages – bands, rides, contests, and much more -Dancing – Dancing to the sound of great polka and to party music provided by some of the best known bands in the industry. -Register for - The First - Wurst Race Half Marathon, 5K & Wurst Rally

Texian Market Days
October 22

George Ranch Historical Park; 10215 FM 762 Richmond, TX

Fort Bend County Museum Association
Kristi Farquar
P.O. Box 1248; Richmond, TX 77406
(281) 343-0218 ext 278; (281) 545-9212
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Rodeo, Arts & Crafts
Texian Market Days is a celebration of Texas history that includes costumed historical interpreters and volunteers presenting vignettes of daily lives and heroic moments from the early days in Stephen F. Austin's colony (1830s) through the late years of the Great Depression and World War II (1940s) along with toe-tapping old-time tunes, an antique tractor show and pull (in collaboration with the Texas Antique Tractor Pull Association), arts and crafts from around the region at the Texian Market Place and so much more. Texian Market Days is a fund-raising event supporting the educational programs of the Fort Bend County Museum Association, including the George Ranch Historical Park and the Fort Bend Museum. Festival Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Order advanced tickets or call the George Ranch Historical Park at 281-343-0218 or email webmaster@georgeranch.org. Craft vendors, please see the Vendor Information Package or e-mail Mitzi Jackson or call her at 281-342-1256. For information about volunteering, please email Shelley Wong or call him at 281-343-0218 x 308. For information about joining us as a Texian Market Days Sponsor, please email Candace Jones or call her at 281-342-1256.

World Championship Fiddlers Festival
October 22

Davy Crockett Memorial Park; Crockett, Tx

Charles Arnold
P. O. Box 343; Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 546-5174; (935) 222-5206; Paul Stringer
World Championship Fiddlers Festival Of Crockett, Texas. 2015 will be the 79th Fiddlers Festival Event held on October 24th in David Crockett Memorial Park in Crockett, Texas. Fiddlers from all over the world are invited to join and fiddle for the World title of World Champion Fiddler. Free admission in the park. Vendors are invited. All day affair. Held each year since 1937.

Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
October 27 - 29

Coushatte Recreation Ranch; 2812 Nelius Road, Bellville, 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, 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.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
October 28 - 30

National Historic District; National Historic District, Fort Worth TX

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Debbie Bowman
P.O. Box 4507; Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 444-5502
Music: Cowboy, Cowboy poetry
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Poetry Contest
Join us in the Stockyards National Historic District of Fort Worth to celebrate the West. Voted "Best Gathering and Best Family Event" by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine. This year's musical lineup includes Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Dan Roberts, Jean Prescott, R. W. Hampton, Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker, Kristyn Harris, Mikki Daniel, Hailey Sandoz, Cowboy Poetry by Chris Isaacs, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jay Snider, Straw Berry and Red Steagall.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
October 29

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) 207-8761
Music: Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its 2016-2017 Performance Season filled with a dynamic collection of quality music, dance & stage performances. Performances include multiple GRAMMY winners featuring a prominent trumpeter, a powerful baritone voice and a pianist whose contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz has garnered him much respect. In the genre of dance, the season will feature two dance companies who share the love of movement whether traditional African dance, modern, jazz or spiritual works. Theatre performances share their passion for history and storytelling. Sophisticated, romantic crooner, FREDDIE JACKSON, is at the Carver on Saturday, October 29th. Jackson’s timeless singles such as “You Are My Lady,” “He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do),” are truly adult audience favorites. Jackson’s career expands over 40 years, garnering eleven #1 hits, four Grammy nominations, an American Music Award and millions of diehard fans worldwide. 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. Individual tickets go on sale Friday, August 5, 2016, 8 a.m. Discounts are available for students, teachers, seniors, military and groups. Individual tickets may be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets by calling (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Carver Box Office located at 226 N. Hackberry. The Carver Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 2 hours prior to curtain.

Texas Country Reporter Festival
October 29

Downtown; Waxahachie

Texas Country Reporter
Bob Phillips
750 North St. Paul, Suite 1000; Dallas, TX 75201
(972) 937-2390; (214) 741-1300 ext. 210
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin Pop, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Art Show
The 18th Annual Texas Country Reporter Fall Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 26th, on the square in downtown Waxahachie, Texas. We are currently accepting applications for artists, craftspeople, and food vendors. Please review the rules and send in your completed application to the address given. So whether you're an artist, craftsperson, food vendor, or just someone who wants to come out and enjoy all the fun, we look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Texas Country Reporter Fall Festival!