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Pioneer Days Street Dance
October 1

Downtown Business District; Dowtown Whitney

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

East Texas Poultry Festival
October 6-8

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

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

Festival Chicano ~ 2
October 6-8

Miller Outdoor Theatre; 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX

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

Gruene Music and Wine Festival ~ 2
October 6-9

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

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

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

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

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

Canton Main Street Autumn Fest
October 8

Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street

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

Western Week
October 13 -16

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

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

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival ~ 2
October 14-16

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

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

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
October 14-16

Mercer Street; Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, TX

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

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
October 14-16

Hoblitzelle Conference Center; 8060 Singleton Road, Midlothian

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

Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert 2
October 15

El Maida Shrine Temple; 6331 Alabama, El Paso

Border Legends of El Paso
Rick Kern/Producer/Promoter
1908 Ratner Circle; El Paso, TX 79936
915-820-8002
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
We bring in the actual popular bands of the 60's and 70's that played in El Paso. It is a 7 hour concert featuring 7-8 groups each year.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
October 20

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Greek FUNstival ~ 2
October 21-23

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

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

Island Oktoberfest
October 21 - 22

German Evangelical Lutheran Church; 2415 Winnie

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

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest ~ 2
October 22

MarktPlatz; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX

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

Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
October 27-29

Coushatte Recreation Ranch; 2812 Nelius Road, Bellville, TX

Texas Bluegrass Music
Colee Biller/Littlefield, Festival Manager and Promoter
26717 Bayou Tesch Drive; Magnolia, TX 77354
(936) 697-5949; (281) 259-5453
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Texas Bluegrass Music hosts 3 outdoor events for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing at each festival. No alcohol is sold. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts, and miscellaneous other merchandise. Full RV hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.

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

National Historic District; National Historic District, Fort Worth TX

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