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Sammons Jazz Fall Series
October 1

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

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

State Fair of Texas
October 1-19

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 1-5

Winnie-Stowell Park; 1410 Rice Festival Ave. Winnie, TX 77665 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.

East Texas Poultry Festival
October 2-4

Downtown Square; 100 Courthouse Square A-101

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: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
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 2-4

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: Latin Pop, Tejano, Conjunto
Activities: Music festival
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.

Harvest Festival
October 2-4

Terry County Park; Brownfield, TX

Brownfield Chamber of Commerce
Lorena Valencia
P.O. Box 152; Brownfield, TX 79316
(806) 637-2564
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!

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo
October 2-11

Extraco Events Center; 4601 Bosque Blvd.

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 City Limits Music Festival
October 3-5

Zilker Park; 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Austin Park Foundation Presents
Charlie Jones
300 West Fifth Street, Suite 2100; Austin, TX 78701-3911
(512) 478-7211
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
Three days. Eight stages. 130 bands. One amazing music experience in Austin, Texas. The Austin City Limits Music Festival captures the magic of the longest running popular music show on television and brings it to the rolling green acreage of Austin's Zilker Park - with the real Austin skyline in the background. From folk to rock and gospel to country, the diverse line-up of legendary and emerging talent is as eccelectic as the show itself. Food and art from Austin’s own makes it a complete experience. For ticket and event information, visit www.austincitylimits.com.

Bootfest ~ 2
October 3-4

Downtown Victoria; 101 N. Main St. Victoria, TX 77901

City of Victoria
Joel Novosad, Tourism Services Manager
P.O. Box 1758; Victoria, TX 77902
(361) 485-3117; (361) 485-3116
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Food, Arts & Crafts, Fireworks
The fourth annual 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 artists such as Aaron Watson and the Casey Donahew Band, along with Tejano music recording artists and a variety of local favorites playing folk, country, blues, classic rock & roll and more. 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. Compete in the washer pitching tournament, browse classic rides at the car show and be sure to stick around for the incredible fireworks display!

Chalk Walk and Arts Festival ~ 2
October 3-4

Centennial Plaza; 231 E Main St

Round Rock Arts Council
PO Box 5981 ; Round Rock, TX 78683
(512) 218-7099 ; (512) 689-2450
Activities: Music festival
Round Rock Chalk Walk is Round Rock Arts version of an Italian street painting festival. Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the pavement. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as thheir amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. The fact that the illustrations disappear at the end of the day makes their beauty even more appealing. But Chalk Walk is more than lovely chalk designs. There are two music and performing stages, one focused on adults and the other on children and youth. Entertainment include free theatrical and musical performances.

"Come and Take It" Days Celebration ~ 2
October 3-5

Downtown Square; Highway 183 Business in Downtown Gonzales

Come and Take It Association/ Gonzales Chamber of Commerce
Daisy Scheske Executive Director
414 Saint Lawrence; Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-6532; (888) 672-1095; Fax CTI@GonzalesTexas.com
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Carnival
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, variety of foods available, Biergarten with live musical entertainment throughout the three-day festival. "http://www.twitter.com/comeandtakeittx "http://www.pinterest.com/comeandtakeittx

Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg
October 3-5

Downtown Market Square; 100 West Main Street

Creative Marketing
Debbie Farquhar-Garner
P.O. Box 222; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-4810
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival, family event
Fredericksburg's authentic Oktoberfest combines the traditions of the Old World with the best of Fredericksburg! Polka, waltz, two-step and chicken dance featured. Food concessions, arts and heirloom displays. Polka Capital of Texas! German music is our main emphasis with three days and four stages of the best German music around. Over 20 bands will perform throughout the weekend.

Dry Devil's River Music Flood 2
October 4

Sutton County Park; Sonora, Texas 76950

Sonora Chamber of Commerce
Donna Garrett, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1172; Sonora, TX 76950
(325) 387-2880; 1-888-387-2880; Fax (325) 387-5357
Music: Blues, Country
Activities: Music festival, cook-off, washer pitching
This is a music festival with approximately 8 bands playing from noon –midnight. Food vendors on site. Washer Pitching, Catfish cool-off, BYOB, primitive camping available.

Eastland Old Rip Fest & Parade
October 4

Eastland Square; 100 West Commerce Eastland, TX 76448

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
Join us for the 34th Annual RipFest celebrating "Old Rip", the horned toad that was found alive after 31 years in the Courthouse cornerstone (1897‑1928). Parade starts at 10AM, Festival immediately following parade. Good food, good music, good times for all ages.

Jackson Street Market Days
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.

Jasper Fall Fest
October 4

Historic Courthouse Square; Downtown Jasper

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.

October 4

Silver Lake Park; 2500 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, TX

Marinas International/ WaterWay Adventures
Adina Ritter
11226 Indian Trail; Dallas, TX 75229
(214) 208-3494
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Where can you go to find friends, family, community and charity, having fun at the lake for a common goal? Join us for Lakefest 2014 on Saturday, October 4th at Silver Lake Park. This is an exciting event, where 100% of the funds raised are used to benefit a local charity. Lakefest has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception to help various deserving charities. It will be a day of cooperation, fellowship, volunteerism and progress - all in the name of charity. This year we are partnering with the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH). TAIMH is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the healthy emotional development of infants, toddlers, and their families. Their mission is to increase awareness of the critical importance of the first three years of life, support conditions that enhance the quality of infant and toddler/caregiver relationships, advocate for policies and practices that support the healthy development of young children, and educate the birth-to-three workforce in best practices. Here are some things to think about... • What if you could help an abused child? • What if you could help a family through tragedy? • What if you could teach a new mom how to care for her baby? • What if you could help recognize and treat developmental delays? • What if you could teach the next generation empathy?

Main Street Fall Festival
October 4

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.

Pioneer Days Street Dance
October 4

Downtown Business District; Dowtown Whitney

Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce
Diana Reed
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
Downtown Whitney streets close to all but pedestrian traffic for the largest festival in Whitney, attracting over 11,000 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, street dance, and rodeo. 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.

Psalm 100 Gospel Opry
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.

Real Life Real Music Festival
October 4

Bernhardt Winery; 9043 County Road 204, Plantersville, TX

Real Life Real Music
Kyle Hutton
32618 Tamina Road, Suite B; Magnolia, TX 77354
(713) 542-8189
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
Real Life Real Music moves from its regular home at Dosey Doe to Bernhardt Winery for a day of wine, music and fun on October 5th, 2013. The festival offers a line-up of noteworthy guests who have appeared on the program over the last 9 seasons. Throughout the day festival attendees can sample Bernhardts’ award winning wines, enjoy lunch and dinner on the grounds, and experience the music of Real Life Real Music Student Artists on the Songwriters Experience Stage in-between main stage acts.

Czech Festival
October 5

Crosby Fairgrounds; FM 2100

Sacred Heart Church
915 Runneburg Road; Crosby, TX 77532
(281) 328-4871; (281) 772-6577
Music: Children's, Country, Polka, Czech Music
Activities: Family day
The Czech Festival features barbecue, games, bingo, arts and crafts, children's area, Czech and western music, auction, cake booth, and plants. Area is under cover and protected from heat and rain.

KUTX Live Free Music Series ~ 2
October October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2,9

Uncle BIlly's Brewery & BBQ; 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

LiveVibe Music
Christina Shipley
1605 West 35th Street; Austin, TX 78703
(512) 917-9484
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Concert season
KUTX Live Free Music Series, Every Sunday 2 PM-6 PM, September 7th - November 9th. Free and open to the public with band performances at 4 PM and DJ Mixer Rogers from 2-6 PM. Featuring 9/7-The Rocketboys, 9/14-Tameca Jones, 9/21-Reed Turner, 9/28-Matthew Mayfield, 10/19-Calliope Musicals, 10/26-HoneyHoney, 11/2-Katie Holmes and 11/9-Sip Sip.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert ~ 2
October 5

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!

Dallas Chamber Music Concert Season
October 6, November 3

SMU Caruth Auditorium; 6101 Bishop Boulevard Dallas, TX

Dallas Chamber Music Society
Candace Bawcombe
6611 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220; Dallas, TX 75205
(844) 326-7844
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The Dallas Chamber Music Society 2014-15 season promises captivating performances that demonstrate the intimacy of music making that only our art form can provide. Once again, we are privileged to present this season’s concerts at Caruth Auditorium at the Meadows School of the Arts on the SMU campus. From its excellent acoustics to its inviting ambience, this ideal venue will find you enjoying the company of fellow concert goers as well as savoring the fine music we have selected. One goal in choosing music for this season was to feature a wide range of both the familiar and the new. From the very pinnacle of string quartet writing to a marked diversity of style and instrumentation, this season is certain to stimulate, surprise, and satisfy. The Takács String Quartet is esteemed world-wide and has given splendid performances on our series in past years. From the second of the Beethoven Rasoumovsky quartets to the second Janáček quartet, we can count on a very special evening of music making. The same will be true when we hear the Mendelssohn C minor and Brahms B major piano trios, performed by the celebrated David Finckel and Wu Han duo joined by violinist Philip Setzer, known as the Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio. The Music of the Spheres Society will bring pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse together with celebrated violinist Stephanie Chase. The centerpiece for the concert will be Bartok’s “Contrasts,” an iconic trio for this combination of instruments written for Benny Goodman and first performed in its current form by Goodman, the great violinist Joseph Szigeti, and Bartok himself in 1940. In the final concert, the Modigliani String Quartet will present their Dallas debut, arraying us on a journey from Beethoven to Shostakovich and rounding out our season.

Austin County Fair and Rodeo
October 8-12

Austin County Fair Grounds; 1076 East Hill Street, Bellville, TX

Austin County Fair Association
Ann Pleasant, Facility Administrator
P.O. Box 141; Bellville, TX 77418
(979) 865-5995; Fax (979) 865-5216
Music: Country, Cowboy, Polka
Activities: County fair
All attending the 2014 Fair will enjoy good Austin County fun, food, entertainment and fellowship. A big midway carnival, PRCA Rodeo, Livestock Show, Parade, Queen's Contest, Youth Auction Sale, 5K Stampede (Run), exhibits, and national recording artists will keep fair patrons entertained. Your general admission tickets include the concert and rodeo. Past performers include Travis Tritt, Josh Abbott Band, John Conlee, Johnny Lee, Bellamy Brothers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Robert Earl Keen, Aaron Watson, Granger Smith, and Wade Bowen.

Dallas Video Festival
October 8-19

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

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.

Guadalupe Agricultural & Livestock Fair
October 8-12

Seguin Events Complex; 950 South Austin Street Seguin, TX

Guadalupe County Fair Association
Jenny Siltmann
P.O. Box 334; Seguin, TX 78156
(830) 379-6477; (830) 379-6477
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Trade show/convention, food contests
The Guadalupe County Fair emphasizing agricultural and livestock activities also provides entertainment through carnival, a PRCA rodeo and dance bands. Bands who have appeared in the past are Taylor Brothers; Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88's, La Tropa F, Darrell McCall, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, Quarter Moon, Kevin Fowler, Pasty Torres, Wildcard, Aaron Watson and other local artists.

Piney Woods Fair
October 8-12

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center; 3805 Northwest Stallings

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center
Bill Plunkett, 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.

Gruene Music and Wine Festival ~ 2
October 9-12

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: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Guitar Auction
This Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food, beer, and wine at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All four days will be filled with vintner and music events, wine, beer, and food samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. Visit GrueneMusicandWineFest.org; call (830) 629-5077 or toll free from San Antonio (830) 606-1601 for tickets and information.

Brazoria County Fair
October 10-18

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 10-12

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; Fax 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.

Canton Autumn Stroll Festival
October 10-11

Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street

Canton EDC
119 North Buffalo Street; Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-1851; (903) 567-1849
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.

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival ~ 2
October 10-12

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.

FireAnt Festival ~ 2
October 10-11

Downtown Square

Marshall Texas Chamber of Commerce
Connie Fugler
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
For all who attended this past year's FireAnt Festival, the weather was picture perfect! The crowds were great, the entertainment was wonderful. This most recent FireAnt Festival was great. It is always a crazy celebration of that mean and pesky critter! The festival is held annually the second Saturday in October, downtown on the square in historic Marshall, Texas. We had over 300 riders in the Tour De FireAnt wonderful Arts & Crafts and great food. A parade that's wild and zany. Wonderful entertainment. 5k Run - Lots of Wild and Zany contest

Seafair ~ 2
October 10-12

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

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; Fax (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!

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 10-12

Cuero City Park; 1100 East Broadway

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.

Wimberley Gospel Music Festival ~ 2
October 10-11

Cowboys for Jesus Church; Fischer, TX

Cowboys For Jesus
Deanna Dosser
8400 FM 32; Fischer, TX 78623
(830) 554-0006
Music: Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Join us in worship at the 35th Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival! Bands included; White Dove, Southern Plainsmen, Western Sonrise, Jubil-Heirs, Van Martins, Hearts of Grace, and more! Friday runs from 6pm to 9pm. Saturday runs from 12pm to 9pm.

Austin Classical Guitar International Concert Series
October October 11, November 8

GT Austin; 2700 Northland Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Eight Seasons Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at GT Austin. It’s quite possible: there’s no more fun duo to watch than guitar and bandoneon tango masters Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiachiaretta! They have dazzled Austin audiences twice before, and the moment ACG heard they were planning a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alongside Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, we began making plans to bring the show from Italy to Austin! Anton Baranov Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at GT Austin. For the third straight year, ACG enthusiastically welcomes a young Russian virtuoso to our International Series, fresh from winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition – the classical guitar world’s most prestigious. The Lodger Friday & Saturday January 16th-17th at the Alamo Drafthouse Superstar cellist Bion Tsang joins the Texas Guitar Quartet to perform live the world premiere of an original silent film score by ACG Composer in Residence Joseph V. Williams II, created to accompany cinematic giant Alfred Hitchock’s early silent masterpiece, The Lodger. Beijing Guitar Duo Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at GT Austin. Fabulous artistry, enthralling precision, gorgeous interpretation–legend has it that the Beijing Guitar Duo plays so perfectly together that they sound like one person. How Little You Are Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at Bass Concert Hall. ACG is proud to work with Conspirare and Texas Performing Arts in an unprecedented performance collaboration of a new work by Nico Muhly. This world premiere performance, written for voices and guitars, will be conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare’s artistic director, and will feature the LA Guitar Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Texas Guitar Quartet. The program begins with a performance by the Conspirare Youth Choir and Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra!

Cliburn at the Modern
October 11

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
2525 Ridgmar Blvd, Suite 307; Fort Worth, TX 76116
Music: Classical
All performances begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, located at 3200 Darnell Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Saturday, October 11, 2014 Lowell Liebermann, composer, Saturday, March 28, 2015 Mark Adamo, composer. In the midst of our busy, multitasking lives, the recital experience offers something different, something needed: a pure connection. With our fellow audience members, with the artists on stage—but, more than anything, with the music. We stop for an hour or two, put down our phones, and allow the music to speak to us through its finely-trained and consummate ambassadors, who are—as described by Van Cliburn—but its witnesses and messengers. It is a seemingly paradoxical, uniquely valuable time when we can commune with others for a journey that is, at its core, introspective. Our guarantee for these Cliburn Concerts is to bring the world’s best witnesses and messengers to Fort Worth’s finest concert venues each season to deliver some of the best music ever written directly to you. We hope to connect with you soon.

October 11

Downtown Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Key Club
LeeAnn Sears
P.O. Box 879; Mount Vernon, TX 75457
(903) 537-3024
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Jazz, Polka
Activities: County fair
Countryfest includes a pancake breakfast, stew cookoff, live entertainment, rod run, children's games, various food vendors, artisans, and a silent auction.

Falling Leaves Polka Festival
October 11

Knights of Columbus Hall; Highway 77 South

Fall Festival
David Halata
P.O. Box 46; Hallettsville, TX 77964
(361) 798-2311
Music: Polka
The Falling Leaves Festival features the best in polka music with other activities including a cakewalk, a country store, auction, and a fried chicken and sausage dinner. Homemade dressing and giblet rice. Live polka music with Vrazels and Dujka Brothers.

Hispanic Heritage Independence Extravaganza
October 11

Pioneer Event Center; 1025 West Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Hispanic Heritage Independence Extravaganza
Mary Dominguez-Santini
613 Thornwood Trail; Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(972) 480-7501
Music: A cappella, Dance/Electronic, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Regional Mexican
Activities: Awards show, Music festival
Hispanic Heritage Independence Extravaganza will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month.

Katy Rice Harvest Festival
October 11-12

Historic Downtown Katy

Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Ann Hodge
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite B206; Katy, TX 77494-3117
(281) 391-5289
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival is two big days of excitement and family fun with two stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, carnival and more. Celebrate Katy's agricultural heritage at the Annual Rice Harvest Festival with arts and crafts, food, a carnival, photo contest, rice cooking contest and continuous live entertainment on two stages in historic downtown Katy. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival showcases local talent and Texas bands.

Pecan & Bluegrass Festival
October 11

North First Street; 614 North 1st Street, Clyde, TX

Clyde Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Rector
P.O. Box 257; Clyde, TX 79510
(325) 893-4221
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Music festival, Parade
The second Saturday in October brings North First Street to life as music, vendors and games set up in the shade of the pecan trees. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. to kick-off the day's activities. Bluegrass music will be the entertainment for most of the day. The bands should start playing around 11 a.m. and go until later afternoon. The festival area will be open at parade time. Also, over at the Jr. High the Keepers Car Club is putting on its annual car show with some of the finest restored cars in the area on display.

Texas Renaissance Festival
October 11-November 30

Plantersville; 1/2 miles south of Plantersville on FM 1774

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774; Plantersville, 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.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
October 12

Caruth Auditorium; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Yoori Marti, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The Dallas Bach Society announces its 2014-15 season and opens the season with the concert La Danse : Hommage à Jean-Phillippe Rameau on Sunday, October 12 at 3pm in Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University. La Danse: hommage à Jean-Philippe Rameau. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. Bach Society celebrates its 250th anniversary of the greatest French composer with a wide-ranging selection of his work, featuring the New York Baroque Dance Company and renowned soprano Ann Monoyios.

2014 Light Crust Doughboys Enduring Legend
October 14

Pocket Sandwich Theatre; 5400 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas Texas 75206

Light Crust Doughboys/Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Art Greenhaw, Series Coordinator
105 South Broad Street; Mesquite, TX 75149
(214) 821-1860
Music: Western Swing
21st annual Dallas, Texas concert series joining a quintessential Texas band, Light Crust Doughboys and last remaining Dallas supper theatre, Pocket Sandwich Theatre.

Trinity Valley Exposition
October 15-18

Trinity Valley Exposition Fairgrounds; 321 Wallisville Road (FM 563) Liberty, TX

Trinity Valley Exposition
Donny Smith, President
P.O. Box 9047; Liberty, TX 77575
(936) 336-7455; (936) 334-3312
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Regional Mexican, Western Swing
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Street dance
Trinity Valley Expo features a county fair and rodeo. Other festivities include gospel music, live country music, a concert/dance held in the arena, and a nightly dance with country or Cajun music in an open air pavilion. A concert/dance in the arena and a rodeo will be held during this Expo.

Yamboree Fiddler's Contest
October 15-18

Courthouse Square; Gilmer

East Texas Yamboree
Joan Small
P.O. Box 854; Gilmer, TX 75644
(903) 843-2413; (903) 843-3981
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Fiddling contests
The Annual Yamboree Fiddler's Contest is a fiddling contest that has been held for more than 60 years. The age division for contestants are 0-12,13-35, 36-59, 60 and older. Accompanist contest takes two top fiddler, who then compete for the grand championship prize.

Symphony Arlington
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; Fax (817) 274-3593
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
oin Symphony Arlington for its 2014-2015 Season premiere as we feature international pianist, Simone Sala. This season the Symphony Arlington will bring you masterworks by Italian composers and many more, all in celebration of Italy’s glorious and enduring musical heritage. The ninety-three virtuoso musicians of Symphony Arlington and I invite you to join us for an exhilarating musical tour of la bella Italia.

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
October 17-18

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
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. We are 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. In a nutshell, this event is all about finely-crafted SONGS…and the talented folks who have written them. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national talent, this 1st Annual event will feature more than 20 shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play “in-the-round”, Nashville-style. Event stages will be hosted by various local hot spots along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs and daily performances will be absolutely FREE for everyone!

Greek FUNstival ~ 2
October 17-19

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 17, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Then Saturday, October 18, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19, noon to 7 p.m..

Harvest Festival ~ 2
October 17-19

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!

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
October 17-18

Highway 79 Hutto; Highway 79 @ East Street

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.

Needville Harvest Festival ~ 2
October 17-18

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).

Texas Jazz Festival
October 17-19

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.

Yorktown Western Days ~ 2
October 17-19

City Park; City Park, Yorktown

Yorktown Western Days Association, Inc.
Tammy Bitterly
P.O. Box 488; Yorktown, TX 78164
(361) 564-2661; Fax (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.

Austin Celtic Festival
October 18-19

Fiesta Gardens; 2101 Bergman Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Celtic Association
Donnelle McKoskle
P.O. Box 9705 ; Austin, TX 78766-9705
(512) 833-9481; (512) 431-6290
Music: Folk/Acoustic, World Beat, Irish, Celtic, Scottish
Activities: Music festival
Largest gathering of Celts (Irish, Scots, Welsh) in Central Texas. Four stages of traditional music, dance, storytelling. Full competition Highland Games. Celtic Animals. Music and Dance Workshops. Over 50 Celtic craft and food vendors.

Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival
October 18

Landolt Pavilion in Clear Lake Park; Nasa Road 1

Celtic Music Association
Denny McClain, Director
1115 Reseda Drive; Houston, TX 77062
713-365-9648; (832) 541-7978
Music: Celtic
Activities: Music festival, Irish and Scottish Dancing
Real men in kilts! Live, upbeat Celtic music under protected pavilion with great seating and stage. Highland Games on lighted field with bleachers! Irish and Scottish dancers. Celtic food, drinks, and craft vendors. From Noon to 10 p.m. Performance highlights include the Cass Academy of Irish Dance.

Cruisin' on the Brazos
October 18

Downtown Courthouse Square

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

Edom Festival of the Arts ~ 2
October 18-19

Downtown Edom

Edom Festival of the Arts
P.O. Box 153; Edom, TX 75754
(903) 852-3897
The quaint country artist community of Edom, Texas, hosts the annual juried art show with a diverse array of art, live music, children's art workshops, and a wide assortment of food. 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. daily.

Goldthwaite Music Festival ~ 2
October 18

Bootjack Ranch; 140 CR 327, Goldthwaite, TX

New Horizons
294 Medical Drive; Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 938-7577; (325) 437-1852
Activities: Music festival
The 5th Annual Music Fest will be held October 2014 at the Bootjack Ranch outside of Goldthwaite, TX. With ten bands providing the live entertainment, food, drinks, and an auction, this event gets bigger every year! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a full day of great live music, lunch, games for kids (bounce house, bean bag toss, decoy goat roping, etc), silent auction, BBQ dinner and plan to camp out under the stars at the BootJack Ranch. Bring your tent and sleeping bags!

San Saba Pecan Jam on the Square
October 18

San Saba Courthouse Square; 500 E Wallace St San Saba, TX

San Saba Festival Association
Tony Guidroz
303 South Clear Street ; San Saba, TX 76877
(281) 468-5886; (325) 372-5145
Music: Country, Western Swing
The best one day festival in Texas. A GoTexan event featuring the best in Texas Wine, Texas Music, Texas Products and Texas Food. Our festival, celebrating the town of San Saba, its unique pecan history and industry, was launched in by the San Saba Festival Association, a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. The Vision is to promote San Saba, its people, its pecan heritage and the many beautiful attributes through this Hill Country gateway event celebrating Texas wine, Texas music, Texas food, and Texas products. It is a family focused event that demonstrates the San Saba spirit of friendliness, and draws attendance from across Texas and beyond.

Texas Guitar Show • Arlington
October 18-19

Arlington Convention Center; 1200 Ballpark Way

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.

The Hopkins County Fall Festival
October 18-25

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.

Tribute Quartet Concert
October 18

Texas Gospel Music Hall; Highway 19 South, Athens, TX

Texas Gospel Music Hall
Frances Fulton
P.O. Box 1238; Athens, TX 75751
(903) 477-8084
Music: Gospel
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
We host 5 concerts yearly featuring the greatest national award winning recording groups in gospel music at the Texas Gospel Music Hall through booking agencies out of Nashville, TN. Texas Gospel Music Hall seats 400.

Texas Interactive Music Conference and Bar-B-Q
October 20-23

Canyon of the Eagles Lodge

Project Bar-B-Q
Teresa Avallone
San Antonio, TX 78255
(512) 689-5486
Activities: Think Tank
The Texas Interactive Music Conference and Bar-B-Q brings together the brightest minds in the audio industry to discuss, argue, debate, brainstorm and possibly alter the course of history for music hardware & software. We are gearing up to answer some of the toughest questions facing our industry today on the topic: "Influencing music hardware and software over the next five years." The Annual Premier Interactive Music Conference and Bar-B-Q is always held the third weekend in October. We do not hire bands for this event as our attendees are usually musicians and participate in nightly jams.

Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. Conference
October 23-26

Camp Allen; Navasota TX

Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.
Lynn Turner
1706 Graywood Cove; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 789-6374
Music: Classical, New Age, Middle Eastern, harp, vocal, music for entrainment and healing benefits
Activities: Music festival, instrumental classes, dance and voice workshops, drum circles, instructional sessions
Conference featuring musician Russill Paul, biofeedback specialist Bethlyn Gerard, and health care reform specialist Nick Jacobs. Hosted by Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc., which trains and certifies musicians to provide appropriate bedside music to patients of all types in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice situations. Conference will educate those already certified in healing music, and anyone interested in the healing benefits of music.

Spring Creek Bluegrass Festival
October 23-25

Coushatte Recreational Ranch; Between Sealy and Bellville, TX

Spring Creek Bluegrass Club
Carolyn Brockett
P.O. Box 1294; Bellville, TX 77418
(979) 877-9865
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Spring Creek Bluegrass Festival is an outdoor event for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing. No alcohol is allowed. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts. Camper hookups are available.

Captivate Conference
October 24-26

Palmer Events Center; Austin, TX

Jennifer Bullard
6001 Airport Blvd Suite 2280-A; Austin, TX 78727
(512) 944-3659; Fax jennifer@captivatecon.com
Music: A cappella, Ambient, Americana, Big Band, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Metal, New Age, Polka, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing, World Beat
Activities: Trade show/convention
Captivate is a digital media convergence conference for professionals (and aspiring professionals) in the film, music, game and mobile industries. Professionals interested in navigating the new business ecosystem, expanding their customer base, learning about all the new tools and tech and making new business contacts should definitely attend.

Czhilispiel Festival
October 24-26

Downtown Flatonia; 100 North East Main Street Flatonia, TX

The Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
Beverly Z. Ponder, Executive Director
P.O. Box 610; Flatonia TX 78941-0610
(361) 865-3920; Fax (361) 865-3920
Music: Country, Cowboy, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Street dance, czhilil/bbq cook-offs
Flatonia Czhilispiel, the Central Texas chili, barbecue and music festival, will release their music lineup for the town's annual Czhilispiel Festival. This year's event welcomes back some bands proven to be popular with audiences at past festivals, and showcases some big names in Texas music. Czhilispiel has continuous live music on Friday from 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The festival includes a large arts and crafts venue, a huge variety of delicious foods, the coldest beer served under the largest tented biergarten in Texas, Children’s and Adult Games, 5K Run, Car & Truck Show, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Czhilispiel-idol Sing Off, Czhilispiel Grande Parade held on Sunday at Noon, Egg Toss, Horseshoe & Washer Tournaments, Human Hamster Ball, Back Seat Momma Driving Contest, Halloween Costume Contest, Children’s Tricycle Race, a Carnival, Good Home Town Fun and much more.

Hamilton County Dove Festival
October 24-26

Fair Park; Hamilton

Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce
Steve Almquist
P.O. Box 429; Hamilton, TX 76531
(254) 386-3216
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Gospel
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo
The 41st annual Hamilton County Dove Festival will feature festivities in fair park and on the square. Activities include: quilt show, parade, arts and crafts, gospel music, pet show, pageant, and 5K run. There will be live entertainment all-day on the square and in the park along with food vendors and craft booths.

Island Oktoberfest
October 24-25

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.

Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming Celebration
October 24-25

Atascosa Showbarn; 2209 West Oaklawn

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
Cowboy Commitee
P.O. Box 153; Pleasanton, TX 78064
(830) 569-2163
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Cowboy Homecoming Celebration starts on Thursday with county team roping and carnival while Friday morning features the Cowboy breakfast and later a petting zoo and South Texas Dairy display in the afternoon. The queen's coronation takes place prior to the rodeo and the working cowboy of the year is announced as well as the induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame Night volleyball tournament (4's and 6's) . Saturday's activities include a parade, chili cook-off, food booths, arts and crafts, darling contest, children's stick horse, 3x3 basketball tournament, 3x3 soccer tournament, music festival/battle of the bands karaoke talent contest, jalepeno eating contest, salsa contest, open car show and entertainment by NYA. In our cowboy gathering area we offer entertainment by South Texas Gunfighters, two chuck wagon displays with food prepared authentically, trick roper, storyteller, John Wayne impersonator, gun safety and tricks, and a longhorn steer that does tricks.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
October 24-26

National Historic District; National Historic District

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 Fort Worth Stockyards, National Historic District 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, The Quebe Sisters Band, and the Burson Family. Cowboy Poetry by Chris Isaacs, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jay Snider, Oscar Auker and Red Steagall.

Bancroft Family Concerts
October 25

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. Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Saturday, October 25, 2014 marks the first free performance of the season, featuring strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and pianist Gabriel Sanchez. The museum is located at 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. Horchow Auditorium doors open at 2:30pm for the 3:00pm concert. Admission to both the concert and museum is free with no reservations required. Bancroft Family Concerts continue on November 22, 2014 with 2015 calendar dates of January 31, February 21, March 28, April 25 and May 9. For more information, please call 214.520.2219 or visit www.fineartschamberplayers.org. Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians Emmanuelle Boisvert (Associate Concertmaster), violinist Bruce Patti, Valerie Dimond, viola, and cellist Nan Zhang perform compositions by Bruce Patti, “Hymn” and “Maria’s Waltz”. DSO Staff Pianist Gabriel Sanchez joins the quartet for Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34.

The Dam Chili Cook Off
October 25

The Old Cotton Gin under the Water Tower; 104 Main street, Martindale, Texas

YSB - San Marcos Youth Services Bureau
Shaun Shaver Event Coordinator / President CEO (HMFIC)
1036 Geneva Grove; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 618-0154; Fax shaunshaver@gmail.com
Music: A cappella, Ambient, Americana, Big Band, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Metal, New Age, Polka, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing, World Beat
If you know beans about chili then you know chili ain't got no beans! .... the line from Kent Finlay's song, "Beans About Chili". The Dam Chili Cook Off is a benefit for YSB, San Marcos Youth Service Bureau, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and we like to do what we can to help them out each year. The event is open to the public and is kid friendly. Please no pets ! You may BYOB, but please no glass bottles. There is a $1 donation at the door. Live music will be provided from Noon until 9:00 p.m. In recent years, a silent auction was added. There's live music, artisan vendors and lot's of chili! If you would like to enter the event, the Fee is $50 and all proceeds go directly to YSB.

Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert 2
October 25

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 8-9 groups each year. This year features Rod Crosby and the Intruders, Westhampton Barge, The Henchmen, Randy Russ and Twisted Hams, Black Wolf Moon, Milton Bullock (The Platters), PT and the Cruisers.

Elgin Hogeye Festival
October 25

Downtown; Elgin

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.

Festival of Pumpkins
October 25

Downtown; Paris

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.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest ~ 2
October 25

Market Square; 100 West Main Street

Creative Marketing
Debbie Farquhar-Garner
703 North Llano; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae, World Beat
Activities: Food and Wine Fest
The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest features the best Texas made food and wine around. Live music all day. Auction, gargantuan grape toss, and more entertain thousands as they sample wine and food. Everyone enjoys relaxing as they enjoy the best jazz and blues in the hill country. There are as many as 29 different wineries and over 40 specialty booths from across the great state of Texas. There is plenty of action for this one day event.

Modern 'til Midnight
October 25

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street; Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 738-9215; (866) 824-5566
Music: Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Modern ’til Midnight is a night of world-class art and unique performances. Experience the art with tours and gallery projects designed to engage and entertain by providing imaginative ways in which to connect with the artists’ creations. Modern 'til Midnight features several bands on their outdoor stage throughout the night. So find your favorite spot outside in our sculpture garden, sit and relax, and enjoy the live music.

Oak Cliff Music Festival
October 25

Lake Cliff Park; 300 East Colorado Boulevard, Dallas, TX

The Kessler Theater
Edwin Cabaniss
1230 West Davis Street; Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 807-6332; Fax jeffrey.liles@mac.com
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Children's Activities
Imagine if you will, a two day event with dozens of bands old and new playing music in the historic Lake Cliff Park. Could there be a cooler place for such an event? That was rhetorical. Move over Austin City Limits, Oak Cliff Music Festival is the future event for music enthusiasts. Featuring Kat Edmonson, South Dallas Funk Review, David Garza Trio, Fox & The Bird, Emily Elbert, Meiko & more.

Temple Symphony Orchestra Season
October 25, December 6

Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, Temple College; 2600 South First Street, Temple

Temple Symphony Orchestra
Rick Thomssen
100 West Adams Ave; Temple, TX 76501-7644
(254) 534-4101
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Temple Symphony Orchestra founded in 1994 will begin its 21st season of performances on September 13, 2014 with “Great Beginnings” featuring W. A. Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Op 58 G Major featuring Frances Renzi, pianist and Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 Op. 90 A Major (Italian). October 25, 2014 features finalists from 2013 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. December 6, 2014 is our Holiday concert: The Many Moods of Christmas featuring the Temple College Chorale and the San Gabriel Chorus. March 7, 2015 is our Family Pops concert: Gershwin and Friends with American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue featuring Jeff Helmer, pianist. March 28, 2015 features the Temple Jazz Orchestra (repertoire TBA). April 25, 2015 is our Season Finale and selections include Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Overture Op. 72c, Alexander Arutunian: Trumpet Concerto featuring Dave Scott, trumpet and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

Texas Book Festival ~ 2
October 25-26

State Capitol Building; Austin, TX

The Texas Book Festival
Lindsey Smith, Operations Coordinator
610 Brazos, Suite 200; Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-4055
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: book sales and signing, children's activities, live music, and cooking demonstrations
The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. Featuring 250+ author appearances, book sales and signing, children's activities, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

Texas Country Reporter Festival
October 25

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!

Texas Early Music Project Concert Season
October 25-26

First English Lutheran Church; 3001 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX

Texas Early Music Project
Daniel Johnson
2905 San Gabriel, No. 204; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961
Music: Classical, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) invites you to explore more than 700 years of musical change and evolution. Over the course of six programs, you'll be transported by the sounds of rich and diverse cultures while tasting the harmonic palettes and musical delights of our ancestors. You'll hear some old (very old) classics and discover many "new" ancient tunes. Italia Mia: Madrigal Mystery Tour: The Italian madrigal in the 16th century was emotional, witty, daring, celebratory, passionate, sensual, experimental, and…gorgeous! TEMP singers will perform innovative works by Lassus, da Rore, Verdelot, Rossi, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, d’India, and more for two to six parts, including Verdelot’s touching title madrigal, Italia Mia.

Texian Market Days
October 25

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.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season
October 26

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

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Dallas- The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has a full season of concerts during the 2014-2015 season. The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 115 of the DFW area's best high school musicians. This season is particularly special because the ensemble is preparing for a 2015 tour of China. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said that "Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors" and "...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don't go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow." On October 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as we open our 43rd season with special guest flute soloist Demarre McGill, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, performing Mozart's Flute Concert No. 1 in G-major. Also on the program, Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Copland's Appalachian Spring, and Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italian.

The Woodlands Township Concert in the Park Series
October 26

Northshore Park; 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

The Woodlands Township
Stephanie Johnson
2801 Technology Forest Boulevard; The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 210-3950; (281) 210-3956
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
All concerts are held at Beautiful Northshore Park. 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Swan Songs Serenade
October 29

Shoal Crossing Event Center; 8611 North Mopac Expy., Austin, TX

Swan Songs
P.O. Box 41475; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-7926
Music: Americana, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Benefit, Silent Auction
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Swan Songs Serenade on Wednesday, October 29 will feature the music of Austin icon Ray Benson, performing with the stellar jazz-grass band, MilkDrive. NPR said of Ray's new solo CD "A Little Piece" - "This record cements his legacy." His legacy was cemented in our hearts when he said yes - twice - to requests for his music from grateful Swan Songs recipients in the last days of their lives. Ray's generosity and commitment to the Austin community has always been evident and we are grateful that he has agreed to support our mission once again by performing for our 2014 Serenade! Adding MilkDrive to the mix guarantees a world class show. This year we are moving the event to a larger venue that allows us to have a seated dinner, plenty of space for a great silent auction and easy, ample parking.

Cliburn at the Kimbell
October 30, November 13

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
2525 Ridgmar Blvd, Suite 307; Fort Worth, TX 76116
Music: Classical
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the new Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, located at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Thursday, October 30, 2014 James Ehnes, violin, Thursday, November 13, 2014 David Fray, piano, Thursday, January 29, 2015 Lawrence Brownlee, tenor. In the midst of our busy, multitasking lives, the recital experience offers something different, something needed: a pure connection. With our fellow audience members, with the artists on stage—but, more than anything, with the music. We stop for an hour or two, put down our phones, and allow the music to speak to us through its finely-trained and consummate ambassadors, who are—as described by Van Cliburn—but its witnesses and messengers. It is a seemingly paradoxical, uniquely valuable time when we can commune with others for a journey that is, at its core, introspective. Our guarantee for these Cliburn Concerts is to bring the world’s best witnesses and messengers to Fort Worth’s finest concert venues each season to deliver some of the best music ever written directly to you. We hope to connect with you soon.

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest
October 31-November 2

Texan Theater

Larry Green, Jr.
Greenville, TX 75401
(903) 455-1876; (903) 457-3138
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing
Activities: Fiddling contests
The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest will take place the weekend of October 31st through November 2nd at venues around downtown Greenville, including the Texan Theater, which will re-open this fall following a multi-million dollar renovation, and the historic Municipal Auditorium. A fiddle contest featuring nationally recognized judges will draw fiddlers of all ages from around the country for preliminary rounds on Saturday and finals on Sunday. The evenings will feature nationally known Western Swing acts at the Texan Theater and GMA. The Saturday night concert at the GMA will be headlined by the Time Jumpers, whose members include Vince Gill and Nashville session fiddle player and Whitewright native Larry Franklin.