October - Texas Music Events Calendar 2017

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Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 6-8, 13-15

Zilker Park; 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

C3 Presents
Charlie Jones
300 West Sixth Street, Suite 2100; Austin, TX 78701-3911
(512) 478-7211
Music: Children's, Cowboy, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, New Age, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Art Market, Austin Kiddie Limits, ACL Eats Food Court
One of the premier destination festivals in the United States, ACL Festival is an eight stage music, food & art festival that takes place on back-to-back weekends in Zilker Park in the heart of Austin, Texas.

Bootfest ~ 2
October 6-7

Downtown Victoria; 101 N. Main St. Victoria, TX

City of Victoria
Joel Novosad, Director
P.O. Box 1758; Victoria, TX 77902
(361) 485-3117; (361) 485-3116
Music: Blues, Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Food, Arts & Crafts, Fireworks
Bootfest is a FREE 2-day festival of great live music and family-fun! Located in beautiful Downtown Victoria, the event will showcase Texas Country and Tejano recording artists. The large kids corral will offer a wide variety games, inflatables, and performances to entertain all ages. Boot makers will display their craft and fit festival-goers for custom made boots. Browse arts & craft vendors and enjoy a variety of food vendors offering a variety of tasty festival treats. Check out the Bootfest Clean Air 5K, Bootfest Washers Tourney, and Saturday afternoon College Game Watch. See classic rides at the car, truck, & motorcycle show, and be sure to stick around for the incredible fireworks display!

Austin Chamber Music Center - 2016-2017 Season: In Motion
October 7-8

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican
Activities: Concert season
Friday – Private Home, 7:30 PM – $80 Saturday – First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Avenue 7:30 PM complimentary pre-concert wine reception, 8:00 PM concert

Burleson Founder's Day Celebration
October 7

Old Town Burleson; 124 West Ellison Street

City of Burleson
Burleson, TX 76028
(817) 426-9104
Music: Country
Activities: County fair
Mock gunfights, arts and crafts, great food, and two stages of entertainment are on tap for the City of Burleson’s annual Founders Day. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and wraps by 6 p.m. in the City’s Old Town, 124 W. Ellison St. Founders Day is hosted by the City of Burleson and the Burleson Heritage Foundation. Heritage members dress in period costume for the daylong event. Burleson Heritage Foundation members host visitors at the Burleson Visitors Center and in the City’s two rail cars, Rail Car #330 and Parlor Car #411.

Eastland Old Rip Fest & Parade
October 7

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
Everyone's favorite day in Eastland Texas includes Ripfest with vendor booths, bounce houses, pony rides, and tons of food! 10 am kicks off the Old Rip Parade with floats from all over that want to show their businesses, clubs, and organizations to the community. Prizes are given to the top floats in various categories. Get down to the square early to take advantage of good parking spots and seat to watch the parade.

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Season
October 8, 10, November 2, 11, 19, 30

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH); 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX

ROCO – River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
3733-1 Westheimer Road, No. 1029; Houston, TX 77027
(713) 665-2700
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) announces its 2017–18 season, themed “Cultivate Curiosity,” with a lineup of concerts and collaborations that appeal to lifelong learners and anyone who loves to explore new and exciting worlds. ROCO continues its tradition of co-creating with nine world premiere commissions. Five new composers to ROCO will be featured on the orchestra's "In Concert" series, which features the full 40-person chamber orchestra. Pieces based upon John F. Kennedy and Houston punk band The Hates are just two examples of what to expect from Michael Gandolfi, Paul Lansky, Dan Visconti and Mark Buller. Three inventive world premiere commissions will be showcased as part of ROCO’s “Unchambered” concerts, which take place in a more intimate setting. Paul English, Kevin Lau and Alyssa Morris write pieces inspired by jazz and Disney for soloists or small ensembles from within the chamber orchestra. Marcus Maloney rounds out the commissions for the annual Musical and Literary Ofrenda at Lawndale Art Center. ROCO UNCHAMBERED: “NIK-NAK” Sunday, October 8, 2017, 5 p.m. Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3 p.m. Cypress Creek FACE, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX ROCO CONNECTIONS: “MUSICAL TRICK OR TREAT” Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 p.m. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 13-15

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.

Canton Main Street Autumn Festival
October 14

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 Canton Main Street Autumn Festival is held downtown annually with fun activities for the whole family, including live music, vendors, children's' areaa, exhibitions, and more.

FireAnt Festival ~ 2
October 14

Downtown Square; 301 N. Washington, Marshall, TX

Greater Marshall Texas Chamber of Commerce
Stormy Nickerson
208 East Burleson Street; Marshall, TX 75670-3418
(903) 935-7868 x 10; (800) 953-7868
Music: Children's, Country, Rock
Activities: Singing contests, Street dance, Fire Ant Calling, Lip Sync, Diaper Derby, Mens Crazy legs Contest, Chicken Chunking 5K Run, Pet Show, and Gurning Contest
The FireAnt Festival is always a crazy celebration of that pesky little FireAnt on the Second Saturday in October! We host over 300 riders in the Tour De FireAnt, a Toddler Trot/KidsK, 5K, McKool Smith-Sam Baxter Children's Area, celebrated local entertainment on the Fidelity Communications Main Stage, wonderful product vendors, delicious food and a parade that's as wild as our name. The FireAnt Festival features many contests made famous in previous years: Mr. FireAnt and Miss Fireant contests, Mens Crazy Legs contest and the Kids Dance Off.

Plano International Festival ~ 2
October 14

Downtown Plano’s Haggard Park; 901 E 15th St, Plano, TX

Plano’s Multicultural Outreach Roundtable
City Hal,l 1520 K Ave; Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-7275; (214) 495-7838
Music: Big Band, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
The Plano International Festival was conceived by Plano’s Multicultural Outreach Roundtable to showcase and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the City. Through multicultural displays, entertainment, food and activities, it promotes cultural awareness and communication between cultural groups and advances Plano’s visibility as an international city. The Festival is sponsored by the Plano International Festival Corp., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and is underwritten by the City of Plano.

Calhoun County Fair ~ 2
October 17-21

Calhoun County Fair Grounds; County Road 101, P.O. Box 42, Port Lavaca, TX

Arnold Rangel
P.O. Box 42; Port Lavaca, TX 77979
(361) 935-1271; (361) 552-9747
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Calhoun County Fair is dedicated to providing youth enrichment in the areas of Agriculture and Family & Consumer Sciences. We strive to provide the best county fair possible for the residents of Calhoun County. The Calhoun County Fair will set out to provide the most educational and entertaining experience that resources will allow to help preserve and promote the traditions of Agriculture and Family & Consumer Sciences. We support the 4-H and FFA youth of Calhoun County to showcase project work and livestock to the general public.

Texas Jazz Festival
October 20-22

Heritage Park; 1581 North Chaparral, Corpus Christi

Texas Jazz Festival Society
Rick Sanchez
P.O. Box 424; Corpus Christi, TX 78408
(361) 688-1296; (361) 876-6669
Music: Big Band, Gospel, Jazz, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
The Texas Jazz Festival features over 50 bands on three stages over a three day weekend set at Heritage Park, downtown Corpus Christi. Primarily all types of jazz, blues. gospel. Food, arts and crafts. No cover charge or admittance fee. World's longest running "free" jazz festival. Official jazz festival for the state of Texas.

Western Week
October 20-21

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. 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.

Cruisin' on the Brazos
October 21

Downtown Courthouse Square; Seymour, TX

Seymour Chamber of Commerce
Myra Busby, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1379; Seymour, TX 76380
(940) 889-2921
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Cowboy
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Vendors, Cook-Off
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.

Texas Arts & Music Festival
October 21-22

Historic Brenham, TX; Brenham, TX

Texas Arts & Music Festival
Brad Stufflebeam
307 S. Park Street; Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 530-7993
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Arts and Crafts, Street Artists, Theater, Film
Promoting Texas Arts and Music our festival features multiple stages for live music, live street art, art village, food trucks, art cars, Texas craft breweries, VIP food tent, theater and film with a family friendly atmosphere.

Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
October 26-28

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 27-29

Stockyards 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.

Barbecue on the Pedernales
October 28

LBJ Ranch; 144 Park Road 49, Stonewall, TX

Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park
Sam Childers, Friends Board Trustee
P.O. Box 1831; Johnson City, TX 78636
(830) 868-7128
Music: Country
Activities: evening concert, dancing, fund raiser, live auction
PUT ON YOUR DANCING BOOTS! Come to the LBJ Ranch for an evening reminiscent of the barbecues President and Mrs. Johnson hosted for their guests from around the world. The Barbecue on the Pedernales will have music for dancing and listening by Dale Watson and Jake Penrod, delicious barbecue by The Salt Lick, and a live auction. All funds raised go directly to Park projects.

Elgin Hogeye Festival
October 28

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.

Festival of Pumpkins
October 28

Downtown; Paris, TX

City of Paris Main Street
Bethany Golden
P.O. Box 9037; Paris, TX 75460
(903) 784-9293; (903) 784-9293
Music: Country
Activities: Street dance
Mark your calendars now and plan to spend October 24th in downtown Paris at the 9th Annual Festival of Pumpkins sponsored by Paris Main Street. Listen to live music on the main stage all day. Enjoy a unique shopping experience and browse downtown stores for huge Festival savings! Visit the many street vendors for one of a kind finds and fill up on all your favorite festival fares like corn dogs, funnel cakes and kettle corn. Don't miss the crowd favorites including the pet pageant, costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, bungee jump and pony rides. Cash prizes are awarded for best costume and best decorated pumpkin! For a complete schedule of events and more information on how to register for contests please visit "http://www.festivalofpumpkins.com or call Bethany Golden at (903) 784-9293. Festival hours are 10am-8pm.

Mala Luna
October 28-29

Lone Star Brewery ; 600 Lone Star Blvd San Antonio, TX

ScoreMore Shows
San Antonio, TX
Music: Dance/Electronic, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop
Activities: Music festival
Mala Luna Music Festival is proud to call an amazing city like San Antonio home! In a city with such an incredibly unique culture and history, Mala Luna strives to curate the freshest sounds and experiences for the people of Texas & surrounding areas to enjoy. Mala Luna Music Festival is for YOU. We aim to bring fans together for a truly unique two-day music festival and cultural experience that combines not just national headlining music performers, but celebrates our talented homegrown musicians, artists and merchants as well. We want to directly support the youth of this incredible city, especially the artists, the musicians and the future entertainers. Our partnership with such an important local nonprofit organization truly helps to further our team’s ongoing commitment to supporting underserved students through providing incentives and culturally relevant opportunities at various shows and festivals.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
October 31, November 28

Eugene Clark Library; Lockhart, TX

Evenings With the Songwriter
P.O. Box 82; Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 376-0340
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Hosted by Fletcher Clark the last Tuesday of each month, this series is free to the public as these artists present the art and craft of their songwriting. Evenings With The Songwriter is back for their 7th Season in 2017. Featuring Dan Weber on January 31, Bernice Lewis and Ken Gaines on February 28, Shelly King on March 28, Sarah Pierce on April 25, Bill Oliver, Paul Pearcy and Beth Galiger on May 30, Walt Wilkins on June 27, Mo McMorrow on July 25, Craig Hillis on August 29, Bianca De Leon & Butch Morgan on September 26, Freddie Krc on October 31, and Claudia Nygaard on November 28. Host Fletcher Clark says, “This is not strictly a performance, nor interview, nor song swap, nor workshop – the program incorporates all these, exploring the art and craft of songwriting.”