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The 2015 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2015 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] governor.state.tx.us or call (512) 463-6666.

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East Texas Poultry Festival
October 1-3

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

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Pam Phelps, Executive Director
100 Courthouse Square, No. A-101; Center, TX 75935
(936) 598-3682; (936) 598-3682
Music: 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 1-3

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.

Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 2-4, 9-11

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
Two weekends. 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 2 - 3

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

City of Victoria
Joel Novosad, Marketing 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 fifth 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 Kevin Fowler and Kyle Park, 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!

Concert in the Park ~ 2
October 2

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613-7670
(512) 401-5508; (512) 401-5500
Music: Cover/Tribute, Pop, Rock, '80s music
Activities: Music festival
The City of Cedar Park is bringing the 1980's for a special concert in the park from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Milburn Park. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don't get to comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Includes an 80s costume contest.

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society Concert Series
October 2

Del Mar College East—Wolfe Recital Hall; Ayers at Kosar

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
Joan Allison, Program Chair
P.O. Box 60124; Corpus Christi, Texas 78466-0124
(361) 888-7785; Fax jallison3@stx.rr.com
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The 2015-16 concert series offers a variety of chamber ensemble configurations with performances by world-renowned artists including the Miro String Quartet - 10/03/15; The Chiara String Quartet - 11/21/15: the Gryphon Piano Trio - 01/23/16; the Shanghai String Quartet with Wu Man, pipa - 02/27/16; the Calmus Vocal Ensemble - 04/02/16; and the American String Quartet - 04/16/16.

"Come and Take It" Days Celebration ~ 2
October 2 - 4

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

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

Harvest Festival
October 2 - 3

Terry County Park; Brownfield, TX

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

Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg
October 2 - 4

Downtown Market Square; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX

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.

The Promise ~ 2
October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31

Texas Amphitheater; 5000 Texas Drive, Glen Rose, TX

The Promise in Glen Rose, Inc
Kristen Gibson
122 East Church Street; Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 599-3022; (254) 897-3926
Music: Gospel
Activities: Concert season
The Promise in Glen Rose is a musical experience of The Life of Christ with over 150 cast members.  The musical performance is held at the Texas Amphitheatre - the largest permanent outdoor theatre in the state. The stadium sits high on a hill with breathtaking views, seats 3,200 and has a 15,000 watt sound system.

Austin Classical Guitar Summer Series
October 3, 24, November 14, January 16, February 27, March 23, April 16, 2016

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

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
KAZUHITO YAMASHITA Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 8:00pm - AISD Performing Arts Center. Kazuhito Yamashita is a true wizard of the guitar. He was catapulted to international stardom for guitar feats previously thought impossible, like performing entire symphonies on a single guitar. When Jorge Caballero played Pictures at an Exhibition in Austin for Austin Pictures, it was Yamashita’s arrangement! With only rare trips to the US, Yamashita’s performance for us in 2010 was a revelation, and we knew he had to open our 25th season. NIÑO DE PURA Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 8:00PM - AISD Performing Arts Center. Niño de Pura was, quite simply, one of the most jaw-droppingly phenomenal performers we’ve ever witnessed on the guitar in any genre. We presented his very first and only performance in the US in 2013, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring his troupe back to Austin.

Big City Music Revue presents: The Beat Goes On…Returns ~ 2
October 3, 17

Granbury Live Theatre-Big City Music Revue; 114 North Crockett Street, Granbury, TX

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Granbury, TX 76048
(855) 823-5550
Big City Music Revue is an incredible team of entertainers, led by Sean Mitchell. Performing nostalgic concerts from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & Country. Big City Music Revue in Granbury, Texas, offers the best family entertainment in the state. Our concert productions will captivate and delight all in attendance. Big City Music Revue is your source for great family entertainment. Our theatre is located on the "East Side" of Granbury’s historic downtown square. Parking is readily available and free of charge to our patrons.

Chicken & Bread Days Fiddle Contest ~ 2
October 3

Fire Hall; 203 Walnut Street, Bowie, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddler’s Association
Shannon Skiles and Marty Elmore
1616 East Wise Street, Suite C; Bowie, TX 76230
(940) 872-6246
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing, Texas Old Time Fiddle Music, Texas-Style Fiddling
Activities: Fiddling contests, Car Show, Arts and Crafts Show
The Bowie Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival is named to commemorate entrepreneurs who, in the early 1900s, sold fried chicken and bread to train passengers stopping in Bowie, Texas. The fiddle contest is one event of a city-wide celebration of Bowie’s heritage. Fiddle contests are a part of Texas’ heritage dating back to at least the 1830’s. In Texas-style fiddling, fiddlers play tunes that have been handed down through generations while adding their own particular flair. A panel of judges scores each fiddler and determines who has the best licks, (at least for that day!) Bring the family to enjoy the music as contestants compete against each other in 6 divisions as well as an accompanist division. The contest starts at 10 am and generally ends around 3 pm. There is plenty of seating and admission is free.

The Dam Chili Cook Off
October 3

Allen Bates River Park; FM 1979, Martindale, TX

YSB - San Marcos Youth Services Bureau
Julie Hollar
518 South Guadalupe Street; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-5437; 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. We like to do what we can to help them out each year. The event is open to the public and is kid friendly. Live music will be provided from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Ditch the Fest Fest
October 3, 10

TBA; Austin, TX

Raw Paw
Paul Grant
4004 Reeder's Drive; Austin, TX 78725
(512) 993-6733; (512) 993-6733; Fax paul@rawpawatx.com
Music: Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Since its inception in 2010, Ditch the Fest Fest has been the local festival for the Austin community. After five successful events, the playful alternative festival to Austin City Limits Festival has taken on a life its own. Lucy and the Poodle Productions is responsible for its existence and passed the torch to Raw Paw in 2013. After the unprecedented reception of last year’s Ditch the Fest Fest 4 & 5, Raw Paw has earned the ear and respect of Austin’s event goers and taste makers with over 2000 attendees and the title of “Top 10 Creative Things in Austin” by the Austin Chronicle. Austin residents just voted Raw Paw "Best Record Label in Austin".

Dry Devil's River Music Flood 2
October 3

Sutton County Park; Sonora, Texas

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 to midnight. Food vendors on site. Washer Pitching, Catfish cool-off, BYOB, primitive camping available.

Jackson Street Market Days
October 3

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
Activities: Arts and crafts
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.

October 3

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 2015 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?

Pioneer Days Street Dance
October 3

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.

Real Life Real Music Festival
October 3

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 3th, 2015 with Texas Legend Lee Roy Parnell. Also featuring Kyle Hutton, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Haley Cole and Jamie Wilson.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert ~ 2
October 4

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!

Austin County Fair and Rodeo ~ 2
October 7 -11

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
The Austin County Fair was organized in 1927 as an association to encourage agricultural and horticulture by exhibition of livestock and farm products. Today there are hundreds of committeemen, volunteers, sponsors and buyers who help make the Austin County Fair a success. We are proud to support the youth each year with many scholarships. Wednesday October 7th Anthony Moreno Band 7-11 pm. Thursday October 8th Gary P. Nunn 8:15 pm, Kyle Park 10:15 pm. Friday October 9th Daryle Singletary 8:15 pm, The Bellamy Brothers 10:15 pm. Saturday October 10th Jason Boland & The Stragglers 7 pm, Cody Canada and the Departed 9 pm, Cody Johnson 11:00 pm.

Piney Woods Fair
October 7 - 11

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

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

Gruene Music and Wine Festival ~ 2
October 8 - 11

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

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

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo
October 8 - 17

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

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

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival ~ 2
October 9 - 11

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.

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 9 - 11

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.

D'Vine Wine on the Square presents: Music, Massage and Merlot
October 9, 30

Historic Granbury Square ; 107 East Bridge Street, Granbury, TX

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-7200
Activities: wine tasting, massages
Come and enjoy our great selection of over 20 fine wines, listen to fun music, relax with a massage ($1 per minute) or enjoy all three. For even more fun you can make you own wine, bottle it and create your own label. A great place for parties, weddings, birthdays, showers and more. Music, Massage and Merlot occurs on the 2nd and Last Friday of each month. Starts at 6:30 pm.

Levitt Pavilion Fall Concert Series
October 9 - 11

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

Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Patti Diou, Executive Director
505 East Border Street; Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 543-4308
Music: Americana, Classical, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Polka, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock, Celtic
Activities: Concert season
Levitt Pavilion Arlington is a non-profit organization providing over 50 free concerts to our community each year. We have open lawn seating so bring your chairs or blankets to sit on. You may also bring coolers with food and/or drinks, just no glass containers please. All of our concerts are family friendly. Come enjoy some free music under the stars! Some of our free fall concerts include: Brave Combo 9/4, Bob Schneider 9/5, John Fullbright 9/6, Jimmy LaFave 9/11, Sam Riggs with Blaine Gray 9/12, Danny Wright 9/13, The Killdares 9/18, Somebody’s Darling with Chris Watson Band 9/19, Fort Worth Opera 9/20, Luke Wade 9/25, UTA Wind Symphony 9/26, Stefan Karlsson & Magnus Broo with the UTA Jazz Orchestra 9/27, Stooges Brass Band 10/9, Joe Ely 10/10, Mingo Fishtrap 10/11.

Seafair ~ 2
October 9 - 11

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

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism and Events
Sandy Jumper, Director of Tourism & Events
319 Broadway Street; Rockport, TX 78282
(361) 729-6445; 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!

Canton Autumn Stroll Festival
October 10

Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street

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

Guadalupe County Fair Fiddlers Contest ~ 2
October 10

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

Texas Old Time Fiddler’s Association
Jordan Bankston, TOTFA Director
P.O. Box 334; Seguin, TX 78156
(817) 455-4143
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing, Texas Old Time Fiddle Music, Texas-Style Fiddling
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests
The Guadalupe County Fair Fiddle Contest will be held Saturday October 10, 2015 as an event of the 132nd Guadalupe County Fair in Seguin, Texas. Fiddle contests are a part of Texas’ heritage dating back to at least the 1830’s. In Texas-style fiddling, fiddlers play tunes that have been handed down through generations while adding their own particular flair. A panel of judges scores each fiddler and determines who has the best licks, (at least for that day!) Enjoy the music as contestants compete against each other in 5 divisions as well as an accompanist division. The contest starts at 1:30 pm and generally ends around 5 pm. Admission to the fairgrounds is $5 which includes admission to the fiddle contest.

Katy Rice Harvest Festival
October 10 - 11

Historic Downtown Katy; Katy, TX

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.

Second Saturdays
October 10

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.

Texas Renaissance Festival
October 10 - Nov 29

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

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

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
October 11, December 4, February 13, March 5, April 23, May 21, 2016

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
IMAGINE the world’s most acclaimed musicians brought together for a single performance – not in London, New York, or Prague, but here in North Texas. Our 28th season presents 30 superstars of classical music in six unique concert programs – just for you. October 11 CMI presents an evening of time spent in the very heart of France—the Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel and the late Romanticism of Chausson in his rarely-heard Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. Program: Sonata for Violin and Piano....Maurice Ravel. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10....Claude Debussy and Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op.21....Ernest Chausson. Performances: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 3:00PM at Dallas City Performance Hall. Artists: Orion Weiss - Piano, Jonathan Crow - Violin, Cho-Liang Lin - Violin, Andrew Wan - Violin, Eric Nowlin - Viola and Brian Manker - Cello.

Supported Living Centers (SSLC) Music Festival
October 14 - 15

Moody Gardens Hotel ; 7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX

Volunteer Services Council
2100 Preston Street ; Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 344-4286
Supported Living Centers (SSLC) Music Festival features musicians and singers with developmental disabilities. The event is hosted by Department of Aging and Disability Services and the State Supported Living Centers

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest ~ 2
October 15 - 18

Greenville Municipal Auditorium; 2821 Washington Street, Greenville, TX

Larry Green, Jr.
Greenville, TX 75401
(903) 455-1876; (903) 457-3138
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing
Activities: Fiddling contests
Bows up, chin down and spirits soaring! The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest returns for an expanded, second annual celebration that will transform downtown Greenville, Texas into Western Swing central from Oct. 15-18, 2015. The 2015 installment of the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest morphs into a four-day extravaganza featuring premier concert performances by Western swing royalty Asleep at the Wheel and country music legend Charley Pride. Naturally there’s the extensive fiddle contest highlighted by seven divisions and more than $8,500 in cash and prizes.

Western Week ~ 2
October 15 - 18

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

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

Austin String Band Festival
October 16 - 17

Camp Ben McCullough; 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX

Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Howard Rains, Publicity Coordinator
7704 Peaceful Hill Lane; Austin, TX 78748
(512) 577-0851
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Austin area, a music festival with small crowds, a lovely natural setting and close-in parking. Come discover the Austin String Band Festival out at Camp Ben McCulloch (right by the Salt Lick) in Driftwood. TX. Dance all night on Friday, then attend hands-on music and dance workshops under the trees early on Saturday, then kick back for a day and night of nonstop fiddles, banjos and guitars as more than two dozen bands take the stage. Sunday wraps it up with a gospel jam. Camping at its finest along Onion Creek.

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
October 16 - 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!

Fall Concerts: America On The Move!
October 16 - 17

Anderson Mill Baptist Church / Sweet Home Baptist Church; 10633 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin, TX / 3200 Sunrise Road, Round Rock, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
1007 Green Meadow; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 698-3646
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
Listen to the music of America and American composers and you can hear the movement of Americans across this great land. America has produced great styles of music which influence music across the globe. The Orchestra will play a sample of what makes American music great. Union forces racing a train ahead of Confederate forces described in music. March King John Phillip Sousa’s American march style. Duke Ellington creating swing music for the ages. George Gershwin composing the sounds heard by An American in Paris. The music that is the Big Apple, New York City. The songs of Appalachia used in the Lord of the Dance and more! There’s definitely music for the whole family & concert goers of all ages in the fall concert series. We look forward to seeing you there! October 16 at Anderson Mill Baptist Church and October 17 Sweet Home Baptist Church.

FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls, A Music and Wine Festival
October 16 - 17

Lakeside Park

John Arthur Martinez
P.O. Box 268; Marble Falls, TX 78654
(512) 217-9404
Music: Country, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls 2015 is a two-day festival showcasing the blossoming music and wine scenes in the Marble Falls/Burnet County area of the Texas Hill Country while supporting Marble Falls Independent School District and Harmony School of Creative Arts music education programs.

Goldthwaite Music Festival
October 16

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 6th Annual Music Fest will be held October 2015 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! Friday's lineup includes Quiet Company, Crooks, Son of Stan, Somebody's Darling, Guadalupe Pirates and Strung Like a Horse. Saturday's lineup includes Slim Cessna's Auto Club, East Cameron Folkcore, Bop English, Telegraph Canyon, Quaker City Night Hawks, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Denver Broncos UK, The Rocketboys, Harvest Thieves, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Gina Chavez and Oil Boom.

Greek FUNstival ~ 2
October 16 - 18

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.. Dates have changed to Oct. 16 - 18, 2015

Halloween Jamboree
October 16 - 18

9050 Mitchell Bend Court, Granbury, TX

Edie Wheat Designs
Edie Wheat
9050 Mitchell Bend Court; Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 559-1609
Music: Americana, Country, Jazz, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Cook-Off
We are hosting a 3 day music fest with bands from all over the United States, many are local Texas bands. We are hosting a sanctioned Lonestar Barbecue Society cook-off, vendors of all kinds, meet and greets with the bands, games for children, music around the bonfire, camping and so much more!

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
October 16 - 17

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

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

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
October 16 - 18

Hoblitzelle Conference Center; 8060 Singleton Road, Midlothian

Traditional Irish Music Education Society
Ken Fleming
1320 Navaho Trail; Richardson, TX 75080
(469) 215-1840; Fax director@oflahertyretreat.org
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Celtic, Irish
Activities: Music festival, educational classes, music camp, evening concerts, ceili, sessions
The 12th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be held October 16-18, 2015 at the Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Dallas. Classes will be held on bodhran, bouzouki, button accordion, concertina, dancing, fiddle, flute, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano accordion, singing, tenor banjo, uilleann pipes, and whistle. An exceptional lineup of instructors will teach including some of the best musicians/instructors in the tradition. Tuition is $250 for adults and $150 for youth ages 12 to 18 by invitation only. Tuition covers up to nine 90-minute core classes, three one-hour enrichment classes and three 90-minute workshops. Meals, lodging and shuttle service may be reserved separately. A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance

Texas Jazz Festival
October 16 - 18

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.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
October 17, November 7,December 12, January 23, 2016,Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, March 12, 2016, April 9 & 10, 2016, April 29, 2016, May 13, 2016, May 28, 2016, June 4, 2016

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation,” several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office. For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. URBAN BUSH WOMEN sets the 2015-2016 Season in motion. Since exploding onto the dance scene in 1984, the company has fought to eradicate long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types and styles of movement by weaving contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual tradition of African-Americans and the African Diaspora.

Cruisin' on the Brazos
October 17

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.

Dia De Los Muertos Festival ~ 2
October 17

Fiesta Gardens; 2101 Bergman, Austin, TX

Easter Seals Central Texas
8505 Cross Park Drive, Suite 120; Austin, TX 78754
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Regional Mexican, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
Our 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is October 17, 2015 from Noon to 10:00pm at Fiesta Gardens - West End. We're excited to announce our headliner, American and Latin Grammy Award Winner Emilio Navaira. Joined by La Vida Bohéme from Caracas, Venezuela and Austin's own Son de Rey. Lots of other great music and performances by: Kinski Gallo, Son Armado, Devin Banda, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas, Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin, Las Monas, Austin Samba School and DJ Frank Castle. Proceeds from the Dia de los Muertos Festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

East Texas Yamboree Fiddlers Contest ~ 2
October 17

Courthouse Square; Gilmer, TX

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

Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert 2
October 17

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.

October 17

Anhalt Hall; 2390 Anhalt Road, Spring Branch, TX

Germania Farmer Verein
David J Davenport
2390 Anhalt Road; Spring Branch, TX 78070
(830) 438-2873; (210) 240-2456
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival
Ocktoberfest is a German festival with polka music, a family style pot roast meal, and a country and western evening dance.

Palestine Fall Fest Dogwood Jamboree
October 17

Palestine Civic Center; 1819 W Spring Street Palestine, TX

Dogwood Jamboree
Dan Manuel
P.O. Box 288; Palestine, TX 75802
(903) 724-2556; (903) 729-7080
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
The October production will feature, a number of country music artists including, Rodney Ray, Shelia Weaver, Joe Hancock, Jim Orr, Hal Roper, Sissy Perry, Neil Hall, Jack Phillips, W. J. Copeland, Mike Kellogg, George Lester, Dan Manuel and the Dogwood Jamboree Talents Search Contestants. If you like Classic Country music you will enjoy the evening immensely” said Manuel. They will thrill the audience as they perform great classic country songs. “Uncle Joshua and Flo” will be on hand with their usual antics. Three young people will be competing in the Jamboree Talent search contest. The contestants are all eighteen years of age or under. “These kids are super talented and will help make the evening an enjoyable experience”. The winner will move to the finals on Dec. 5th to compete for “Artist of the Year’ and will receive a large cash award and a $500 photo opt from Lee Loveless Photography and a plaque naming them “Artist of the Year for 2015”. “Our winner last year has gone on to bigger venues in country music, as well as previous winners in the contest. There are a number of talented young people in the East Texas area and many of them never get a chance to perform on venues like the Jamboree, so we have taken the liberty to allow them to do so” stated Dan Manuel producer.

Pfall Chili Pfest
October 17

Downtown Pflugerville; Downtown Pflugerville

City of Plugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville,TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Music: Country, Pop, Rock
Activities: Street dance, live music, chili tasting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, car shows, Pinewood Derby racing, and motorcycle displays
The Pfall Chili Pfest is an annual event held by the City of Pflugerville. This event primarily consists of the Annual Chili Cook-off Contest, but also features vendors, a children’s area, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Pinewood Derby and Heat Wave Car Show. Online applications for vendors and cook-off team entries will be taken starting in mid-July. Event time: Noon to 7 p.m.

San Saba Pecan Jam on the Square
October 17

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.

Shiner Music Fest ~ 2
October 17

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

Shiner Lions Club
Chris Perez
Shiner, TX
(512) 558-1898
Music: Americana, Country, Polka, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the Shiner Music Festival held at Green Dickson Park in Shiner, Texas on Saturday, October 17th for a full day of music, food and fun. Doors open at 11 a.m. with music performances from noon through 10 p.m. The festival is free, however a limited number of VIP tickets will be sold, which include snacks, beverage and other benefits. Main Stage Lineup: Reckless Kelly. Main Supporting Acts: Zane Williams, Midnight River Choir, Bri Bagwell, Saints Eleven, Zac Kellogg, Costello, Landon Bullard and Bill Pekar & The Rainey Brothers. The Lions Stage: JJ Garrett Band, Princeton Runaway, Matt Begley and Bitter Whiskey, Zac Kellogg, JD Wellfed and Jade Patek & Bryan Catalani. A wide range of food vendors and activities will be provided throughout the event including a cigar experience that will include complimentary liquor samplings. The Republic Cigar Lounge from Gruene will be hosting the cigar tent. Premium cigars and accessories will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Shiner Lions Club and Cigars for Warriors.

Stone Valley Music Festival
October 17

Stone Valley Music Park; 7508 U.S. Highway 290 Johnson City, TX

Stone Valley Music Park
307 North Austin; Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-9740 ; 830-330-0380
Music: Country
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, washer pitcher tournament, horseshoe pitching
The first of seven Stone Valley Music Festivals outside of Dripping Springs will be held on Saturday, April 11th; headlining Doug Stone the Country Music Legend & Doug's special Guest Jade Jack with confirmed additional performers Jake Ward, Mary Sarah, the Bret Mullins Band, Jake Penrod and Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band. Gates will open at 10:00am and the live music lasts until midnight with a large dance floor. There will be BBQ, Hot Dogs, Beer, among other food & drink items on the menu. There will be a washer pitching tournament as well as a horseshoe pitching tournament with prize money. Great place to be with the whole family, friends & the kids. VIP areas will be available. We have recently bought out the summer's performances and headliners include Johnny Bush, Hal Ketchum, Cody Johnson, Dale Watson, Mickey Gilly and Tracy Byrd. Check our website for festival information throughout the summer.

Texas Book Festival ~ 2
October 17 - 18

State Capitol Building; Austin, TX

The Texas Book Festival
Claire Burrows
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 Guitar Show • Arlington
October 17 - 18

Arlington Convention Center; 1200 Ballpark Way, Mansfield, TX

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

Swan Songs Serenade
October 21

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
Swan Songs is thrilled to feature GRAMMY Award winning recording artist and true American Blues-Rock icon Delbert McClinton live at our 2015 Swan Songs Serenade! This is a not-to-be missed night of food, drinks, dancing and fun as we celebrate Swan Songs' 10 year anniversary. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 levels and individual tickets at $150 each. Make your plans and get your tickets now - this is sure to be a sell out.

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival
October 23 - 25

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

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

Island Oktoberfest
October 23 - 24

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.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
October 23 - 25

National Historic District; National Historic District, Fort Worth TX

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Debbie Bowman
P.O. Box 4507; Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 444-5502
Music: Cowboy, Cowboy poetry
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Poetry Contest
Join us in the 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.

Barbecue on the Pedernales
October 24

LBJ National Historical Park / LBJ Ranch; 144 Park Road 49, Stonewall, TX

Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park
Sharon Herbert
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.

Hot Pepper Festival ~ 2
October 24

Historic Main Street District; 500 North Queen Street

City of Palestine
Heather Hrebec
504 N. Queen St.; Palestine, TX 75801
(903) 723-2026; (903) 723-3014; Fax Heather Hrebec
Music: Americana, Big Band, Country
Activities: County fair, Music festival
During the "Hottest Little Festival in Texas," enjoy a barbecue and chili cook-off, children's zone, arts and crafts, a pepper eating contest and live music.

Pecan Fest Heritage Days ~ 2
October 23 - 25

Downtown Seguin; 116 North Camp Street

Seguin Tourist Information Center
Jillian Boldway, Director
116 North Camp Street; Seguin, TX 78155
(800) 580-7322; (830) 401-0810
Music: Cover/Tribute, Swing, 70's & 80's cover band
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Hat parade, ghost tours, cemetary tours, historic tours, trade booths, beer & wine garden, live music
This year's Pecan Fest Heritage Days will take place in downtown Seguin's Central Park and Heritage Village. Pecan Fest Heritage Days features a beer & wine garden, live bands, an outdoor market, historic site tours, ghost tours, cemetery tours, a street dance and hat parade, car show, quilt and pottery shows, pecan pie contest, pecan treats and HEB Texas Vanilla Seguin Pecan ice cream.

Fall Fest 2015
October 24

Texas A&M University-San Antonio; One University Way, San Antonio, TX

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Campus Activities Board
Hoyt Garner
One University Way; San Antonio, TX 78224
(210) 784-1391
Activities: Music festival
Please join Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Campus Activities Board for the annual Fall Fest! Plenty of fun for the family with free live entertainment. There will be great food, fun games and bounce houses for children. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, on the University’s West Lawn located at One University Way in San Antonio near 410 & Zarzamora. So please join us to celebrate FALL FEST 2015!

Tejano Music Awards ~ 2
October 24

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX

Texas Talent Musicians Association
Felix Mendoza
P.O. Box 761358; San Antonio, TX 78245
(210) 710-7512; (210) 320-4200
Music: Tejano
Activities: Awards show
San Antonio, Texas (6-23-2015): The Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA), producers of the 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards (TMA’s), have announced Saturday, October 24, 2015 as the official date for this year’s awards show. This will mark its 35th year as the only major and longest-running event to recognize the Tejano music genre. This year, the Tobin Center of the Performing Arts will be the place where fans can expect a spectacular show that promises many surprises, exciting musical collaborations, and of course recognition of Tejano’s best and brightest stars. For tickets to the 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards Show, visit tobi.tobincenter.org or visit the Tobin Center Box Office. Ticket prices range from $28 to $100 for VIP seating. Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote professional excellence; a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music; and to provide a public forum for songwriters, performers and musicians in order to recognize their artistic efforts and achievements through the annual Tejano Music Awards and related events. TTMA is based in San Antonio, Texas: "The Tejano Music Capital of the World”.

Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic ~ 2
October 24

Bosque Arts Center; 215 South College Hill, Clifton, TX

Bosque Arts Center
Judi Boston, Board Member/Secretary
P.O. Box 373; Clifton, TX 76634
(254) 675-3724; (254) 253-1263
Music: Country
Activities: Singing contests, Songwriting contests
The Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic is a Country music songwriter contest. The event includes an award for the Songwriter of the Year, a performance event award for the Performer of the Year and an award voted on by the audience. We have celebrity judge, who also performs at the performance event. The 2014 prospectus will be posted on the Bosque Arts Center website in January, 2014. Entries open February 1, 2014 and close May 1, 2014.

Voices of Change Concert Season
October 24 - 25

SMU Caruth Auditorium; 3145 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX

Voices of Change
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 378-8670
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Voices of Change is the Southwest’s premiere professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of the music of our time. Now in its 41st year, Voices of Change fills a unique niche in the music world by performing small ensemble works by 20th and 21st century composers, encouraging and preserving the impulse of musical creativity and imagination. October 24 SoundBites XXXIX 3:30pm Free Mini Concert and Wine Tasting at Time Ten Cellars Annex.October 25 is Rapido!, featuring the Southwest regional winners of this year’s Rapido! composition contest. Andrew Thomas – Merlin for Solo Marimba, Mark Buller – Regressive Variations (Rapido! Contest Semi-Finalist), Alex Luttrell – Dream Sketches (Rapido! Contest Semi-Finalist), Richard Hermann – Day Dreams (Rapido! Contest Semi-Finalist), Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata in D major for Flute and Piano, and Libby Larsen – Four on the Floor for Violin, Cello, Bass, and Piano.

World Championship Fiddlers Festival
October 24

Davy Crockett Memorial Park; Crockett, Tx

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

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, Fredericksburg, TX

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.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season 2015-2016
October 25

Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Adventure & Romance - On Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:30pm, join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as we open our 44th season with a program full of adventure and romance. The program will feature Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Ravel’s Daphnes et Chloe, Suite No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
October 29 - 31

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.