September - Texas Music Events Calendar 2015
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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39th Annual Labor Day Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road
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.
Buddy Holly Center; 1801 Crickets Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401
Buddy Holly Center
1801 Crickets Ave; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 775-3560; (806) 775-3566
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
Summer Showcase is a concert series held in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center weekly from May through September. Summer Showcase features regional musicians, and the series provides area songwriters a forum to present their original compositions to a receptive and diverse Lubbock audience. Showcases are traditionally held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30pm and are free to the public.
Bedford Blues & BBQ Labor Day Festival
1951 L. Don Dodson Dr., Bedord, TX
City of Bedford
Wendy Hartnett, Special Events Coordinator
2000 Forest Ridge D; Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 952-2128; Fax Wendy.Hartnett@bedfordtx.gov
Music: Soul/R&B, Blues
Activities: Music festival
Visitors and residents have marked the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival on their calendar every year, as this event grows in national recognition. Every Labor Day Weekend, Bedford welcomes over 20,000 music and food lovers from all over the world to get their groove on. Three days of blues and rock musicians along with down home southern BBQ, the 6th annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival is sure to please the senses. Enjoy a night out on the town on Friday, August 29 at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Labor Day Festival. The music continues at 8:00 p.m. with Petty Theft lighting up the night with their cool summer sounds. The venue across the street from the Bedford City Hall Complex features plenty of trees and a large BBQ cook-off area. Guests who want even more shade have the option of enjoying the festival in the Party Tent.One-day general admission is $7 (cash only at the gate), kids 5 and under are admitted free. Specialty seating options range from $50-$30. These options are limited and are only available online.
Central Texas State Fair
Bell County Expo Center; 301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX
Central Texas State Fair
P.O. Box 206; Belton, TX 76513
(254) 933-5353; (866) 3976-3247
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Arts and Crafts
PBR Touring Pro, live music on a outdoor stage, commercial and food vendors.
Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo
Gregg County Fairgrounds; 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview, TX
P.O. Box 1124; Longview, TX 75606
(903) 753-4478; Fax (903) 753-5452
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo features a wide variety of entertainment including an array of exhibits, a carnival, magic shows, local musical acts and the Miss Gregg County Pageant. Acts include: Cooke County Line Band, Mr. Jones Band, Coyote Moon Band, Lauren Anderson Band, and the Del Rio Band. Events include: Eugene Wilkes Magic Show, Show-Me-Safari Petting Zoo, Show-Me-Swine Racers, D.A.R.E. Program, FFA Livestock Show, balloon artist by Happy Magic-Doug Sapp, the crowning of Miss Gregg County, and Miss Ashley Alm from Spring Hill High School. We have plenty of good food and exhibitors inside and outside. The Gregg County Fair & Expo is a place for clean family entertainment.
Marfa Lights Festival
Courthouse Area; Downtown Marfa, Marfa, TX
Marfa Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Hernandez, VP Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 635; Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-4942; (800) 650-9696
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Latin Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Street dance, Sporting events, Contests
The annual Marfa Lights Festival will be held on the historic courthouse square. Food and craft vendors, street dances, and live music will provide entertainment all weekend for the whole family. Lots of children's activities. Lots of live music throughout the weekend.
Music in the Park
September 4, 18
Pfluger Park; 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
City of Pflugerville
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
Activities: Concert season
The 2015 Friday night summer outdoor concert series will feature two bands per week in celebration of Pflugerville’s 50th birthday, and pairs new artists with seasoned performers. Food and desserts are available for purchase at 6 p.m., or bring a picnic dinner. Music starts at 6:30 p.m., and ends at 9:30 p.m. Children can have lots of fun at the playground onsite. The sounds of nearby Gilleland Creek cools those hot summer nights, while the musicians on stage heat up the crowd for dancing, or relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs. Giveaways and games at intermission. Pets on leashes and alcohol are allowed. A special 50th Birthday Party adds to the concert scene on Friday, July 24. Free admission. Limited parking on site, but parking in nearby neighborhoods is allowed.
West Fair and Rodeo Grounds; 1110 South Main Street West, TX
P.O. Box 65; West, TX 76691
(254) 826-5058; (254) 826-3188
Music: Children's, Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Parade
Westfest is a three-day Czechoslovakian festival featuring eight polka and waltz bands from around the state on two stages and dance areas. Westfest promotes Czech music, dancing, and food with more than 25 food booths, cultural area with ethnic dance groups, and 100 arts and crafts booths. The fest also features a large children's area, Kolache baking contest on Sunday, horseshoe pitching contest, taroky tournaments, and a 5,000 meter run. Free shuttle buses transport from downtown area to festival grounds. Past performers include Brave Combo, Hot Czechs, Czech Harvestors, and more. Friday night preview features top name country and western band.
Big Bend Balloon Bash
Alpine-Casparis Airport; Alpine, TX
600 West Avenue E; Alpine, TX 79830
Activities: Balloon Festival
Since 1987, the Big Bend Balloon Bash has provided an unforgettable experience for sport hot air balloon pilots, sponsors, vendors, and families. Over the three-day Labor Day Weekend, each day offers the chance to create and capture memories unique to the high mountain desert region of Alpine, Texas, and the Big Bend. Featuring the Friday night Fire Concert at Buck Stadium in Alpine. Come join us this year for another fun-filled weekend of aerial displays and special events.
Jackson Street Market Days
Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce
Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
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.
Elizabeth Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park, TX
City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5536; (512) 401-5508; Fax email@example.com
Music: Country, Pop
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
A washer tournament will begin at 4:00 p.m. Starting at 5:00 p.m. enjoy free live music with a dance and inflatables. Fees apply for the following: food concessions, face painting, hamster balls, quad jump, spinner ride, super slide and rock wall. The night will end with a fabulous fireworks display. Milburn Pool will also be open (regular pool admission rates apply).
Dia de los Toadies Festival ~ 2
Panther Island Pavilion; 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX
3100 Main Street, Suite 347; Dallas, TX 75226-1535
(214) 824-7700; Fax Dale Brock
Activities: Music festival
After five years of hosting their annual end-of-summer throw down at various locations throughout the state, the Toadies are taking the sixth Dia De Los Toadies to their hometown of Fort Worth. This year’s festival, set to feature a dozen bands performing across two stages, will take place on Saturday, September 14, at Panther Island Pavilion, just minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Per tradition, the band will also host an intimate “fireside/almost acoustic” showcase on Friday, September 13, the evening before their day-long bash.
The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds; 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX
The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Inc.
Monica Hightower, Manager
P.O. Box 6638; Lubbock, TX 79493
(806) 798-7825; (806) 798-5929
Music: Cowboy, Western Swing, Poetry
Activities: Awards show, Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Trade show/convention, Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Youth activities & contests
The 25th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration is September 5-8, 2013, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas. The purpose remains to celebrate, preserve, and pass along our American Western heritage and cowboy culture for those who know and love it, and for those who have never known it before to learn from and enjoy it as well. The event includes entertainers, poetry and storytelling, western writers and authors panels, film and movie seminars, a Youth Wild West Day, horse-handling demonstrations, a horse-themed parade, Native American Indian activities and presentations, the ever-popular Chuck Wagon Cookoff, and exhibits of Western artworks and merchandise. Featured this year are 80+ cowboy and cowgirl poets, 70+ musical acts, 30+ storytellers, some 200 exhibit spaces filled with the best in Western art and goods, 20+ chuck wagons, and more.
Pasadena Livestock Show, Rodeo and Championship Bar-B-Que
September 11-19, 24-26
Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7601 Redbluff, Pasadena, TX
Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Association
7601 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507-1003
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests, Street dance, Trade show/convention
Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo believes that we are one team, one association and one vision. We are a group of volunteers with a common goal working as one unit to achieve success through student education. Our vision is to benefit the community, support youth and education, and preserve cowboy heritage. We strive to promote education and preserve the way of the cowboy. Area businessmen and cowboys & cowgirls work side by side to bring the community together in one working unit. Our organization strives to meet and expand those expectations. By continuing with the dream of our forefathers our volunteers will help make this association a success and improve the quality of citizens that this community produces. 65th Annual Rodeo - September 12-20th, 32nd Annual Cook Off - September 25th-27th.
Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
Ector County Coliseum and Exposition Center; 42nd Street and Andrews Highway
Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
218 West 46th Street; Odessa, TX 79764
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Cowboy poetry, Rodeo
The Permian Basin Fair and Exposition includes a livestock show, sheep dog trails, beauty pageant, live entertainment, creative arts, business and industry exhibits, carnival, food booths, and land, air, and water exhibits.
Washington County Fair
Washington County Fairgrounds; 1305 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX
Washington County Fair
Debbie Schroeder. Secretary
1305 East Blue Bell Road; Brenham, TX 77833-2436
Music: Country, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Singing contests, Trade show/convention
The Washington County Fair consists of livestock, home economics and commercial exhibits, country store, rodeo, junior livestock and commercial heifer sales, barbecue cookoff, rodeo, and specialty acts and events. Past performers include George Strait, Doug Stone, Kentucky Headhunters, Shelly West, Gary Morris, Sawyer Brown, Radney Foster, Exile, Shenandoah, Terri Clark, and others.
Boyd Music Festival
Town Square; Ladonia, TX
Chamber of Commerce of Ladonia
P.O. Box 44; Ladonia, TX 75449
(903) 486-8912; Fax Gail Levey
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Street dance, Arts and Crafts, BBQ, Wine Tasting, Craft Beer Expo
Come to Ladonia for the Boyd Music Festival on September 12, 2015 and help us celebrate Jim and Bill Boyd's birthdays and all Texas Music! Jim and Bill Boyd, native sons of Ladonia, are both honored inductees of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The Boyd Music Festival will celebrate the amazing journey of past, present and future Texas Music! We will take over the Town Square and fill it with music, dancing, food, fun, vendors of all types and games for everyone, no entry fee, from 10am to 10pm!
International Accordion Festival
La Villita Historic Arts Village; South Alamo and Nuevo, San Antonio, TX
International Accordian Festival
P.O. Box 39843; San Antonio, TX 78218-6843
(512) 459-3495; (210) 865-8578
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Polka, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, workshops
Based in San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival has earned a reputation for innovative programming, featuring international performers of the highest caliber, and for a commitment to cultural education by initiating cross-cultural communication in workshops and performances. This FREE festival has established itself as one of the premier events in the Southwest. The accordion in Texas is a perfect vehicle through which to tell the story of immigrant America. And the musical tale of immigrant America examined closely unpacks the rich international roots of our heritage. Historically rich from its variant origins, the accordion is at the root of numerous multicultural music traditions throughout the world, many of which have found their way to this country, many of which enjoy great acclaim in diverse parts of the world: the Italians, los mexicanos, the French, los dominicanos, the Germans, los colombianos, the Irish, los argentinos, the Poles, los españoles, the Czechs...and many others.
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
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.
Untapped Houston ~ 2
Discovery Green; 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX
508 Young St; Dallas, TX 75202
Music: Americana, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Craft Beer Festival
Now in its fourth year, Untapped energetically encapsulates the eclectic culture of quality craft beer while highlighting both emerging bands and established musical talent. Sold-out crowds experience expertly curated lists of breweries and bands. The goal of Untapped is to bring thoughtfully paired music to seasoned craft beer drinkers and to introduce new and exciting craft beers to discerning music fans. As the festival continues to assist in making the connection between beer and music communities, organizers hope to celebrate artists and breweries they know and love.
Addison Arts & Events District; 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX
Town of Addison
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
Music: Polka, German music
Activities: Cultural Festival, Music, Food, Dance, Arts & Crafts
Addison Oktoberfest brings an authentic recreation of the Munich Oktoberfest featuring more than 30 hours of continuous family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special "Oktoberfest" Spaten Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more. There are carnival rides, midway games, children's entertainment and activities and a 5K run benefiting Wipe Out Kids' Cancer. Bands may submit materials via the website at: "http://www.addisontexas.net/events/Oktoberfest/Applications_Forms/
Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17
The Grapevine; Gruene, 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.
September 17, 18, 19, 20
Main Street Historic District; Grapevine, TX
Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Liberty Park Plaza; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185; (800) 457-6338
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Street dance
GrapeFest, held along Grapevine's Historic Main Street, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of GrapeFest's most popular events include the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; Palate Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute and much more.
Stone Valley Music Festival
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
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.
Colorado County Fair
Colorado County Fairgrounds; 1164 Crossroads Boulevard, Columbus, TX
Colorado County Fair Association
P.O. Box 506; Columbus, TX 78934
Music: Country, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Pop
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show, Queen Pageant, creative homemaking, photography exhibits
The Colorado County Fair announces the 2015 Fair Dates, Sept. 24-27. This years Fair will include Carnival & Parade & BBQ Cook-Off,"Junior Livestock Show" on Thursday & Friday, Antique Tractor Pull, Pet Show (Sunday afternoon) with a nightly CPRA Rodeo (Friday & Saturday), Numerous Commercial Exhibits, Arts & Crafts & Face Painting , Petting Zoo ,Creative Homemaking & Art Exhibits with Junior Livestock Sale on Saturday at 1pm.
Bois D'Arc Bash 2
Downtown Square; Commerce, TX
Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Paul Voss, Executive Director and Sheryl Millar, Office Administrator
P.O.Box 290; Commerce, TX 75429
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Oldies , steel drum band
Activities: Street dance, youth pageant, 5K run/walk, Wine tasting, parade , golf tournament, carnival
Pageant on prior Saturday (09/18); Golf Tournament on Friday (09/25): Music and barbecue on Friday night. Saturday starts with a 5K Run, Parade, Vendors, Food, kids activities, tentatively scheduled carnival, music all day into the evening.
Lucy Park; 100 Sunset Drive, Wichita, TX
Junior League of Wichita Falls
Stephanie Taylor, Sarah Williams, Krystal Ross
2302 Midwestern Parkway; Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2328
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival, children's activities, games, food, sporting events
This year, FallsFest turns 30! Since its beginning, FallsFest has continued to develop, improve, and evolve into the premier outdoor festival for the entire family. Yet again in 2014, FallsFest has been voted by the Wichita Falls community as Texoma's Best All-Around Event and Texoma's Best Festival. Endeavors to make this festival bigger and better began when the 60 plus member steering committee undertook their respective challenges in early 2015. Their dedication, along with over 1,700 League and community volunteers giving over 10,000 hours, will again bring to fruition another successful FallsFest. Local businesses also play a foundational role through their generous sponsorships. Continued faithful underwriting of FallsFest has allowed over $1,500,000 to be returned to the Wichita Falls community through partnering entities since 1986.
Greek Festival of Dallas
Greek Orthodox Church; 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX
Greek Orthodox Church "The Holy Trinity"
13555 Hillcrest Road; Dallas, TX 75240-5412
(972) 991-1166; (972) 233-4880
Activities: Food Festival
The Greek Festival includes singers, dancers, authentic Greek food, and live music. All proceeds go to the church and its charities.
State Fair of Texas
September 25-October 18
Fair Park; Cullum Blvd. at Parry Avenue
State Fair of Texas, Inc.
Errol McKoy, President
P.O. Box 150009; Dallas, TX 75315
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.
Hallettsville Kolache Fest
KC Hall; KC Hall, Hallettsville, TX
Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce
Sharee Rainosek, Executive Director
1614 North Texana; Hallettsville, TX 77964
(361) 798-2662; Fax (
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Singing contests
The Kolache Fest is a German-Czech celebration featuring live polka and German music all day at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Other activities include Kolache Eating Contest, Kolache Demonstration, the downtown Kolache Parade, Car Show, 42 Domino Tournament, Arts and Crafts, Kids Attractions, Food, Bier gardens and a night time Dance.
Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
Downtown Bryan; 105 Main Street, Bryan, TX
Downtown Bryan Association
Amanda Reynolds, Event Coordinator
PO Box 233; Bryan, TX 77806
(979) 822-4920; Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Historic Downtown Bryan epitomizes the host city’s slogan: The Good Life, Texas Style. Thousands pack the charming streets of Downtown Bryan for the two-day festival, enjoying the best in Texas wines and Texas steaks. The event is held annually in the end of September.