October - Texas Music Events Calendar 2017
The 2017 TMEC lists annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2017 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] gov.texas.gov .
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Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 6-8, 13-15
Zilker Park; 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
300 West Sixth Street, Suite 2100; Austin, TX 78701-3911
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
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
The seventh 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 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
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
Light Moving, October 7/8 Examining the creative partnerships and personal relationships between composers now and then: Philip Glass, Steve Reich and David Lang; and Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. 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
Old Town Burleson; 124 West Ellison Street
City of Burleson
Burleson, TX 76028
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
Eastland Square; 100 West Commerce Eastland, TX
Eastland Chamber of Commerce
Cecil Funderburgh, Executive Director
209 West Main Street Suite A; Eastland, TX 76448
Music: Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Rock
Activities: Awards show, County fair, carnival, 5K run, 1 mile kid run
The 37th Annual RipFest celebration will be on the Courthouse square in downtown Eastland, with vendor booths opening at 9AM, and the RipFest Parade starting at 10AM. Cash prizes for best non-profit floats and trophies for the best floats.
Cuero City Park; 1100 East Broadway, Cuero, TX
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
Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street
Canton Main Street
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, childrens' area, exhibitions, and more.
FireAnt Festival ~ 2
Downtown Square; 301 N. Washington, Marshall, TX
Greater Marshall Texas Chamber of Commerce
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 35th Annual FireAnt Festival will be held on October 14, 2017, in Downtown Marshall. The 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. For this anniversary year, the FireAnt will feature 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
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.
Cruisin' on the Brazos
Downtown Courthouse Square; Seymour, TX
Seymour Chamber of Commerce
Myra Busby, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1379; Seymour, TX 76380
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.
Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
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
Stockyards National Historic District; Fort Worth TX
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
P.O. Box 4507; Fort Worth, TX 76164
Music: Cowboy, Cowboy poetry
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Poetry Contest
Join us in the Stockyards National Historic District of Fort Worth to celebrate the West. Voted "Best Gathering and Best Family Event" by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine. This year's musical lineup includes Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Dan Roberts, Jean Prescott, R. W. Hampton, Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker, Kristyn Harris, Mikki Daniel, Hailey Sandoz, Cowboy Poetry by Chris Isaacs, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jay Snider, Straw Berry and Red Steagall.
Barbecue on the Pedernales
LBJ National Historical Park / LBJ Ranch; 144 Park Road 49, Stonewall, TX
Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park
PO Box 1831 100 Lady Bird Lane; Johnson City, TX 78636
(830) 868-7128 EXT. 222
Activities: evening concert, dancing, fund raiser, live auction
Join the Friends of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for an evening reminiscent of the barbecues President and Mrs. Johnson hosted for guests from around the world. Entertainment by Chris Cagle and catering by The Salt Lick BBQ. Live auction will be held. Tickets: adults $75; children under 12 $15; reserved table for 8 people $800; sponsorship tables available.
Elgin Hogeye Festival
Downtown; Elgin, TX
Elgin Main Street Board
Amy Stallard Miller
P.O. Box 591; Elgin, TX 78621
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.
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
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.”