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40th Annual Labor Day Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
September 1 - 4

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road

Texas Bluegrass Music, LLC
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.

Courtyard Texas Music Series 2
September 1

Courtyard Theater; Downtown Plano, TX

City of Plano Parks & Recreation Department
Michelle Burdeauz, Venue Supervisor
1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074; Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-5202; (972) 941-7250;
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Concert season
The series occurs in Plano's “His fingers dance along the guitar strings and his soulful voice reverberates throughout the room. You are a few feet from the stage. He looks in your direction, and—for a moment—it is as if he is singing just to you. Welcome to the brand new Courtyard Texas Music Series which will deliver this intimate concert experience with legendary singer-songwriters Radney Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Bellamy Brothers, Jack Ingram, Chris Knight, Joe Ely and more.” The event takes place in the pastoral Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, in the beautiful Amphitheater at Oak Point Park and is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Featured entertainment for this year include Satisfaction (a Rolling Stones tribute band) on April 28 and Hard Day's Night (a Beatles tribute band) on June 2. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kendall County Fair
September 1 - 4

Kendall County Fairgrounds; Highway 46, 1 mile east of downtown, Boerne, TX

Kendall County Fair Association, Inc.
Jim Bustamante
P.O. Box 954; Boerne, TX 78006
(830) 249-2839
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Polka
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Street dance
The Kendall County Fair offers visitors to kick up their heels during the Labor Day weekend. Activities include parade, carnival, dances and fireworks on Sunday evening.

Andrews Bluegrass Festival
September 2 - 4

Andrews County Park; 10 miles north of Andrews, TX

Bill Myrick and the Oddfellows
Bill Myrick
301 Mountain View Drive; May, TX 76857-2018
(432) 366-3994; (432) 366-3994
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Music festival
The Andrews Bluegrass Festival is held Labor Day weekend and features 10 booked bluegrass bands. Other bands and individuals can bring their non-electric instruments and jam with fellow festival participants. The festival also features homemade craft booths, food and drink concessions. The music begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues through the weekend. A devotional is given Sunday and gospel music is played afterward.

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
September 2 - 4

1951 L. Don Dodson Dr., Bedord, TX

City of Bedford
Wendy Hartnett, Special Events Coordinator
2000 Forest Ridge Drive; Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 952-2128;
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. Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouth-watering barbecue will find the 2016 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival a feast for the senses. The three-day event returns Sept. 2- 4 with blues legends Dr. John, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and a barbecue cook-off. The outdoor venue across the street from the Bedford City Hall Complex features plenty of trees and a large BBQ cook-off area. One-day general admission is $10 (cash only at the gate), kids 5 and under are admitted free. Specialty seating options range from $50-$30. Tickets, entry forms and details at:

Central Texas State Fair
September 2 - 4

Bell County Expo Center; 301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX

Bell County Expo Center
Keith Smith, Fair Manager
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, carnival, livestock show.

Harper Frontier Days Rodeo & Dance
September 2 - 3

Harper Community Park; Harper

Harper Community Park Board
Pam Fogle
P. O. Box 124; Harper, TX 78631
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance, Kids fair
Grab the family and have a great day at Haper Community Park. This annual event is held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Vendor booths, kid fishing contest, concessions, domino tournament, washer pitching, museum, BBQ meal, rodeo, and dance featuring music by Shawn Jennings and Southern Roots. Events begin at 9:00 a.m.

Levitt Pavilion Fall Concert Series
September 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 30, October 1, 2, 8

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: Country, Cowboy, 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 Delta Rae, Paul Thorn, Brave Combo, The Killdares, Seryn, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Check our website for our complete fall calendar

Marfa Lights Festival
September 2 - 4

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 2, 16

Pfluger Park; 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113;
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Concert season
The 2016 summer outdoor concert series features musicians from a variety of genres, performing onstage every other Friday night. One week is set aside as a Movie in the Park night. Food and desserts are available for purchase at 6:30 p.m., or bring a picnic dinner. Music is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free admission. With a playground onsite, children and families enjoy the swings, slides and playscape. 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 at intermission. Pets on leashes and alcohol are allowed in the park, but no glass containers permitted. Limited parking on site, but parking in nearby neighborhoods is allowed.

Summertime Blues Festival
September 2 - 3

Freeport Municipal Park; 803 Mystery Harbor Ln Freeport, TX

City of Freeport
Stephanie Brown
200 West Second Street; Freeport, TX 77541
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival
The 7th Annual Summertime Blues Festival (or otherwise known as the Summertime Bikes & Blues Festival) is a non-profit fundraiser for VFW Post 4341, The Freeport Main Street program and several other local charities. Look what we have instore for all who attend for this great, low price of $5/day....10 & under free! *Los Lonely Boys * The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson * Wes Jeans * Dan Lawson Band * The Mighty Orq, recent Blues Challenge Regional Winner * Mean Gene Kelton Tribute * Dean Seltzer Band * Dog Town Blues * The Blues Brothers Tribute Band * Uprising * The .07 Blues Band * Amy Lee and The Second Line *

Sunset Music Series
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The Gin at the Co-Op District; 420 US 79, Hutto, TX

City of Hutto
Kim McAuliffe, Downtown & Tourism Manager
401 W. Front Street; Hutto, TX 78634
(512) 759-4029
Activities: Concert season, Food Trucks
The Sunset Music Series is features a variety of musical genres each week. We try to highlight various genres from rock to bluegrass, from country to jazz, and everything in between.

September 2 - 4

West Fair and Rodeo Grounds; 1110 South Main Street West, TX

Westfest, Inc.
Brian Muska
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.

Kimble Kounty Kow Kick
September 3

City Park; Junction, TX

Kimble County Chamber of Commerce
402 Main Street; Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3190
Music: Country
The Kimble Kounty Kow Kick features arts, crafts, food booths, fiddlers contest, and rides at City Park along the south Llano River. The United Fiddler's Association competes for $600 in prizes plus trophies.

Lone Star First Saturday
September 3

Montgomery Trace Shopping Center; SH 105 and FM 149

Historical Montgomery Business Association
Claudia Childress
27 Royal Dalton; Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 597-5004.; (936) 597 4566
Multiple acoustic open jams during Lone Star Days each 1st Saturday in Historic downtown Montgomery. The Historic Montgomery Farmers' Market is held each month in conjunction with "Lone Star First Saturday," a citywide sales event which occurs in Montgomery on the first Saturday of each month; and features special activities, hospitality, and/or bargains at all participating restaurants and historic district shops.

September 3

Pan Am Park; 2100 East Third Street, Austin, TX

Special Events Live
Luis Zapata, Executive Producer
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 574-6153
Music: Dance/Electronic, Pop, International Pop, Alternative
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Arts & Crafts
MystikFest is designed to provide local and virtual attendees immersion into a rich tapestry of international music, foods, arts and cutting-edge technological wonderment. The festival is conceived as an exciting environment designed to stimulate the senses and celebrate human diversity.

Buddy Holly's Birthday Bash
September 7

The Buddy Holly Center; 1801 Crickets Ave

The Buddy Holly Center
Vassandra Okoruwa
1801 Crickets Avenue; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 775-3560; (806) 775-3566
Music: Country, Pop, Rock
The Buddy Holly Center (Lubbock, TX) invites the public to attend Buddy Holly's Birthday Bash to honor Lubbock's most famous native son. Enjoy live music by Texas musicians, guided tours, educational activities, family activities, screenings of The Real Buddy Holly Story, and birthday cake.

Alfresco Fridays
September 9, 16, 23, 30

Arts Festival Plaza; One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX

El Paso Live
Ricky Nichols, Summer Programs Specialist
One Civic Center Plaza; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0609; (915) 534-0633
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Alfresco! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Four States Fair and Rodeo
September 9 - 18

Four States Fairgrounds; Loop 245 and East 50th Street, Texarkana, TX

Four States Fair
James Curtis, CEO
3700 East 50th Street; Texarkana, AR 71854-8392
(870) 773-2941
Music: Big Band, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rock
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests, Street dance
The Four States and Fair Rodeo features PCRA rodeo, carnival, exhibits, crafts, horse shows, livestock shows, and live entertainment. Past performers include Neal McCoy, Wade Hayes, Woody Lee, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Colin Ray, Sawyer Brown, James T. Horn, M.C. Potts, John Conlee, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack, Hank Williams III, Tom Wopat, and Texas the Band, T. Graham Brown, Exile, Kenny Chesney, Trini Triggs, T. G. Sheppard, Michael Twitty, Classic Rock All Stars, Scott Whitaker, Na Na Sha, Chris LeDoux, Hotel California, John Conlee, Al "LilFats" Jackson, Hunter Hayes.

Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion Fiddle Contest
September 9

Reunion Pavilion and Grounds; 111 Reunion Drive, Alvarado, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association
Rocky Biggs, Association Director
PO Box 217; Alvarado, TX 76009
(817) 925-7975
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Western Swing
Activities: Awards show, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Baby Contest, Arts and Crafts, County Fair, Parade, Carnival, Queens Contest, Car Show, Gospel Music, Battle of the Bands
Please bring the family out to enjoy some evening entertainment! The Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association is hosting an evening fiddle contest in conjunction with the 124th Annual Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion. Please join us at the fairgrounds September 9th at 8pm in Alvarado, Texas. Order of play will be 0-15, 16-25, 26-45, 46-65, 66+, Accompanist, and Championship divisions. Prize Money will be awarded as follows.

Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo
September 9 - 17

Gregg County Fairgrounds; 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview, TX

Longview Jaycees
Billy Clay
P.O. Box 1124; Longview, TX 75606
(903) 753-4478; (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.

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration
September 9 - 11

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.

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
September 9 - 17

Ector County Coliseum and Exposition Center; 42nd Street and Andrews Highway

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
Don Thorn
218 West 46th Street; Odessa, TX 79764
(432) 550-3232
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.

Septemberfest ~ 2
September 9 - 11

Museum of the Southwest; 1705 West Missouri Avenue, Midland, Texas

Museum of the Southwest
Audrie Palmer
1705 West Missouri Avenue; Midland, TX 79701
(432) 683-2882 ext 304
Music: Blues, Children's, Country, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: for children, art festival
Septemberfest is a three day event with a preview party on Friday night. Held the weekend after Labor Day, the event features artists, entertainers, and a children's area with games and crafts. Always popular, the entertainment area features local dancers, individual musicians, bands and choirs.

Texas Pickin' Park - Public Jam Sessions
September 9 - 11

Fayetteville's Courthouse Square; State Hwy. 159 in Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville - Texas Pickin' Park
Dorothy Stall
P.O. Box 3; Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 378-2753
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: Public Jam Sessions
The Texas Pickin' Park is a venue where you just show up...a place where you'll always find someone to jam with. this is an infomal gathering of musicians to play improvised and impromptu music. Acoustic instruments only. Jam on Fayetteville's Courthouse Square and in the visitor center. It is a family-friendly environment with no alcohol or drugs allowed. The season runs daily from April first through November each year. Directed Slow Jam at 6 p.m. each month - all instruments. Free The 2010 season will include workshops and concerts, and open stage. Check the Texas Pickin' Park website for schedule, and to sign up for our free monthly newsletter. Jam anyday and anytime. Scheduled jams are every second Saturday of each month - April through November.

Washington County Fair
September 9 - 17

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
(979) 836-4112
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.

Falls Festival
September 10

Downtown Quanah; Quanah, TX

Quanah Chamber of Commerce
Betha Woods
P.O. Box 158; Quanah, TX 79252
(940) 663-2222; (940) 663-2222
Activities: County fair, Street dance
The Quanah Falls Festival features a car show, antique tractor show, game booths, cow patty bingo, and a brisket and red bean cookoff. Other events include live entertainment, downtown street dance and tours at the Quanah Museum. There are several new exciting events planned for this year: a quilt show, an art show, autograph sessions with local writers, and an Indian symposium featuring artifacts and speakers.

Kolache Festival
September 10

Downtown on the Square; Caldwell, TX

Burleson County Chamber of Commerce
Louemma Polansky
301 North Main Street; Caldwell, TX 77836-1582
(979) 567-0000
Music: Polka
Activities: Awards show, Music festival
The Kolache Festival is a day-long family event featuring arts-and-crafts booths, State of Texas kolache championship competition, and live entertainment with the best Czech musicians in Texas. Festival events include a Fine Arts show, ethnic foods, quilt shows, antique machinery, and a street rod and classic car show. There will also be museums, historical houses, state dignitaries, and collectible characters.

Sanger Heritage Celebration
September 10

Downtown Sanger; Town Square, Sanger, TX

Sanger Chamber of Commerce
Jeanelle Reese
P.O. Box 537; Sanger, TX 76266
(940) 458-7702; (940) 458-7702
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Street dance
The Sanger Heritage Celebration will have a street dance, live entertainment, barbecue cookoff, and arts and crafts booths.

Wortham Blues Festival
September 10

Main Street; Wortham, TX

Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce
Brent Jones
P.O. Box 185; Wortham, TX 76693
(817) 526-4694
Music: Blues
Activities: Music festival
Get ready, Blues Fans, the 2014 Wortham Blues Festival is coming back to the historic brick streets of Beautiful Downtown Wortham! The stage is set, the music is sizzling -- Where Will YOU Be When the Blues Comes to Town?! In 1997, Wortham held its first “Blind” Lemon Jefferson Blues Festival. Organized by the Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit organization), the event (now known as the Wortham Blues Festival) has grown into a much-anticipated annual showcase of sizzling Texas Blues, and is sponsored by individuals, organizations, and businesses dedicated to the preservation of Jefferson’s legacy in American music. The Wortham Blues Festival is held on the first or second Saturday each September, and is reasonably priced for families to come out and enjoy some live up-and-coming Texas Blues. All proceeds from the Wortham Blues Festival are used to support future events, as well as projects and activities in the Wortham community.

PRFDance Birthday Celebration & Performance
September 11

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center; 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
Dr. Ana Maria Maynard
15228 Quiet Pond Court; Austin, TX 78728-4555
(512) 251-8122
Music: Puerto Rican
Activities: Music festival
Come celebrate PRFDance's birthday with cake, candles, and informal performances of music and dance by our company and performing arts students. Our celebration will include a "Bombazo" (Bomba Dance), a Puerto Rican tradition that invites the community to come and dance with us before the drum! Don't miss our closing Areito, a Taino ceremonial dance so joyful that even our Ancestors will want to dance! Bring your card tables, lawn chairs, dominoes and briscas, and play with new friends on our big, tree covered lawn. This event will take place at our cultural center home.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
September 12, 27

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center; Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season

Addison Oktoberfest
September 15 - 18

Addison Arts & Events District; 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Annemarie Martin
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851
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: "

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
September 15

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 or call (830) 606-0093.

El Grito De Independencia Cultural Celebration
September 15

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

Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors DFW
Mary Dominguez-Santini CWEP
(972) 480-7501
Music: Latin/Spanish, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival
Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors DFW presents Mexico, Musica Y Mariachi Noche De Gala. Proceeds benefit Grand Prairie Police Department.

September 15 - 18

Main Street Historic District; Grapevine, TX

Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gayle Hall, Festivals and Events Director
636 S. Main St.; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185; (800) 457-6338; (682) 999-8687 or
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Wine Tasting, Grape Stomping, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Carnival Rides
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and offers four days of family-friendly festival fun for all ages. Some of the favorite festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; the Texas Wine Tribute, GrapeStomp; ItalianCarFest; children’s carnival and midway, live entertainment and much more!

Guadalupe Street Parade & Calle Guadalupe Festival
September 16 - 17

Plaza Guadalupe; 1327 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX

Avenida Guadalupe Association, Inc.
Zahra Cruzan
1314 Guadalupe Street, No. 201; San Antonio, TX 78207-5582
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican, Tejano, Salsa, Merengue
Activities: Music festival, Children's games
The Guadalupe Street Parade and Calle Guadalupe Festival will include free entertainment. The Grand Marshall for the Guadalupe Street Parade (parade route, application and rules) will be announced soon. The Calle Guadalupe Festival will have delicious Tex-Mex foods and top latino acts and is one of the city's largets multicultural events.

Irving Heritage Festival's Old Time Fiddlers' Contest
September 16 - 17

Heritage Park Depot Stage at Main and 2nd; Whistle Stop Plaza

Pat Cook
142 South Main; Irving, TX 75060
(972) 259-1249; (972) 253-9700
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Fiddling contests, Music festival
The festival is a family oriented event that celebrates the diverse history of Irving's residents. Additional activities include arts and crafts booths, food booths, historical exhibits and demonstrations, old time games, lots of children's activities, remembrances of Irving "in the good old days", and day long entertainment.

Texas Gatorfest
September 16 - 18

Fort Anahuac Park; 6 miles south of exit 810 off of IH-10, Anahuac, TX

Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Cerrone, Ambassador
P.O. Box R; Anahuac, TX 77514
(409) 267-4190; (409) 267-4190
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Street dance
Texas GATORFEST is truly the most unique festival in the state, combining the alligator and family fun for a good old Texas two-stepping good time! Witness the Great Texas Alligator Roundup, take an airboat ride or a river boat tour, enjoy three stages of entertainment, Texas Artisans, merchants and the scenic waterfront beer garden. Take a whirl on the adult carnival rides and treat the kids to the kiddie rides, pony rides and petting zoo. On Saturday and Sunday, witness the Great Texas Alligator Roundup and visit the Alligator Education Tent to get an up close and personal view of live gators, which outnumber Chambers County citizens by almost 3 to 1. Over 25 food and drink booths will be on hand, providing a menu to please every hungry festival guest.

Tri-State Fair & Rodeo
September 16 - 24

Tri-State Fairgrounds; 3301 South East 10th Street, Amarillo, TX

Amarillo Tri-State Exposition
Virgil Bartlett
3301 South East Tenth Avenue; Amarillo, TX 79104
(806) 376-7767
Music: Country, Cowboy, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Trade show/convention
Annual (90 years) family event that encompasses the Texas Panhandle and parts of New Mexico and Okloahoma. Livestock shows, vendeors, 4-H and FFA competitions along with 4 nights of rodeo and 4 nights of live music. Concerts are held outdoors.

The Garage Birthday Bash
September 17

The Garage; 1110 North Main Street, Fort Stockton

The Garage CMM LLC
Renee Gaylor
1110 N Main Street; Fort Stockton, TX 79735
(432) 701-0588
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Metal, Punk, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival
All day live music venue featuring a wide variety of music styles, free to attend!

Voyager Music Festival ~ 2
September 17 - 18

Spider House Ballroom and Chapel; 2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX

Voyager Music Productions
Lauren Lyman
7114 Destiny Hills Drive; Austin, TX 78738
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival, arts and crafts, short films
Last summer, at the first Voyager Music Festival, a few hundred adventurous audience members witnessed a variety of local bands coming together to create something new and unique in the Austin music scene. The performers came from disparate genres such as classical, progressive rock, math rock, jazz rock, electronic, avant-garde, and post-rock. Along with equally unique acts from outside of the Austin market, the 2016 Voyager Music Festival will bring many of these performers together again for a bigger celebration of music and art that promotes intellectual discourse, pushes traditional boundaries between art and technology, and builds upon the influence of its predecessors. Now a two-day affair, the second annual Voyager Music Festival is sure to make Austin music history as a groundbreaking event. Performers include Chasca, Stop Motion Orchestra, Worhol, The Invincible Czars, Transit Method,Thirteen of Everything, The Aaron Clift Experiment, Proud Peasant, eBurner, Ponytrap, Circling Drones,The Dialtones, Groove Think, Aileen Adler, Black Ladder, Obnosticon, Space Mariner, DiM13NSION, Muppletone, Another de Sade, Postwriter, Atlas Maior, Every Shape a Diamond, Mount Pressmore, The Alea Dilemma, Vincent’s Betrayal, Herd of Instinct, and Built for the Future.

Denton Blues Festival
September 19 - 20

Quakertown Park; 321 East McKinney Street. Denton, TX

Denton Black Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 51026; Denton, TX 76206
(940) 382-9100
Music: Blues
Activities: Music festival

Jazz'SALive Festival
September 19 - 20

Travis Park; 300 East Travis, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Parks Foundation
Judi Deleon, Vice President
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, Building 247; San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-8423; (210) 386-3722
Music: Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Music festival, Children's Area, Pet Friendly, Children's Symposium Saturday morning at 10 a.m. , Arts and crafts
Jazz’SALive is scheduled the third weekend of September, taking place at historical Travis Park in San Antonio, Texas. International renowned Jazz artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Marlena Shaw, The Yellow Jackets will take the main stage, as well as showcasing of the best regional and local musicians. This one of the largest FREE Jazz festivals in the United States. Our family fun filled and pet friendly event has something for everyone, and is FREE TO THE PUBLIC. A children’s symposium offering a “hands on” approach to instruments used in Jazz takes place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Booths offering Cajun, Mexican & American cuisine, Arts & Crafts, as well as other unique items. No ice chests or coolers please. Saturday 9/20 - 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. / Sunday 9/21 - noon until 10 p.m.

Comal County Fair
September 20 - 25

Comal County Fairgrounds; 701 Common, New Braunfels, TX

Comal County Fair Association
Nancy Tuch
P.O. Box 310223; New Braunfels, TX 78131-1059
(830) 625-1505; (830) 609-2860
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
The Comal County Fair is celebrating its 118th anniversary with events such as a parade, bands, a PRCA rodeo, and CBR bull riding. Area bands for entertainment Wednesday through Sunday. Other events include a best-dressed western contest for children, a baby barnyard, livestock show, a carnival, antique tractor pull, kids rodeo clown contest, kids tractor pull, BBQ cook off contest, mutton bustin, and washer pitching tournament.

Larry Joe Taylor's Rhymes & Vines Music Festival and Home Brew Contest ~ 2
September 21 - 24

Melody Mountain Ranch; Stephenville

Melody Mountain Ranch, Inc.
Sherry Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 968-8505; (254) 968-8505
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Homebrew competition
Larry Joe Taylor's 7th Annual Rhymes and Vines Music Festival and Home Brew Competition scheduled at Melody Mountain Ranch, just outside of Stephenville, TX. Event includes 3 days of original acoustic and band music. Attendance is approximately 2,000 and plenty of onsite camping is available. Visit our web site for updates on camping, prices, and artist lineup "

Colorado County Fair
September 22 - 24

Colorado County Fairgrounds; 1164 Crossroads Boulevard, Columbus, TX

Colorado County Fair Association

P.O. Box 506; Columbus, TX 78934
(979) 732-9266
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.

September 22 - 24

Denton's Town Square; 100 North Locust Street, Denton, TX

Monocle Inc and Oaktopia LLC
Matt Battaglia, Director
1556 Valley Creek Road; Denton, TX 75033
(940) 367-4304
Activities: Music festival, Skate competition, Vendors, Panels, Live Art, Interactive Art
Music, art, skate and culture combine for Oaktopia Fest 2016. Downtown Denton is housing national and local acts for 3 epic days across 3 stages and 7 venues. Adding to the awesome, Vans will be building a half pipe and bringing in pro skaters. The list continues with yoga sessions, industry expert panels, live art installations, plus tons more for you to immerse yourself in.

Bois D'Arc Bash ~ 2
September 23 - 24

Downtown Square; Commerce, TX

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Paul Voss, Executive Director and Sheryl Millar, Office Administrator
P.O.Box 290; Commerce, TX 75429
(903) 886-3960
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 (09/17); Golf Tournament on Friday (09/23); Music and barbecue on Friday night. Saturday starts with a 5K Run, pancake breakfast, Parade at 10 a.m., Vendors, Food, Kids activities, Carnival, wine tasting, music all day into the evening.

Burnet BBQ Cook-off and Music Festival
September 23 - 24

Burnet County farigrounds; Burnet, TX

Double Eagle Entertainment
Damon Beierle
P.O. Box 441; Burnet, TX 78611
(512) 756-4297
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival, BBQ Cook-off
The 2012 Cook-off features a new location, new events, and benefits a new charity- proceeds will help support Burnet County Volunteer Fire Departments. Burnet BBQ Cook-off and Music Festival activities include a BBQ cookoff, kid's fishing tournament at RPR's private, well-stocked lake, firefighter challenges, firefighter games that the kids will be involved in, kid's nature education and adventure, Saturday Night Concert with top Texas Artists, and a lot more to be announced soon! $5000 in prize money for Cook-off winners and unique, one-of-a-kind "BBQ Pit Trophies"! Visit for more details.

East Texas State Fair
September 23 - 30

East Texas State Fairgrounds; West Houston Street and Fair Park Drive

The Park of East Texas, Inc.
Chester Drawers
2112 West Front Street; Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 597-2501
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Trade show/convention
Tyler, March 15, 2016: The Park of East Texas is excited to announce the dates for the 2016 East Texas State Fair! For years the fair has celebrated East Texas culture with music, food, livestock shows, and thrilling carnival rides and attractions. The local tradition dates back 101 years and is set for an eventful 2016. This year the fair will be adding some exciting new attractions, as well as bringing back some old favorites. Get ready for some great entertainment, exciting concerts, fantastic food, and much, much more!

Fort Bend County Fair
September 23 - 30

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds; 4310 Highway 36 South

Fort Bend County Fair Association
Susan Sillavan
P.O. Box 428; Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 342-6171
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Fort Bend County Fair features live music daily, rodeos, livestock, carnival, food, queens contest, barbecue, cook-off, and arts.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
September 23 - 25

Saengerfest Park, Pier 21; 22nd and Strand, Galveston, TX 77554

Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
Erin Dhonau
2314 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(409) 770-0999; (956) 778-4624
New concepts for the 2017 event include expanding the FREE Boat Show into an FREE Outdoors Show. The Outdoors Show will include not only Boats this year, but also fishing, hunting and sporting related vendors. In addition, the former Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run has transformed into an Official 5K with a timing feature and route in Galveston’s downtown Strand Historic District. Other 5K improvements include new drawings with unique prizes for participants, new registration categories and a run/walker village with a variety of health related vendors. Event festivities begin on Friday, September 23 at 5:00m when the FREE Outdoors Show opens along with various vendor exhibits and conclude with the VIP Sponsor Party and Texas Size Shrimp Dinner in Saengerfest Park honoring the sponsors and cook-off teams from 7:30pm-10:00pm. VIP Sponsor Party tickets are available to the public and include a Texas Size Shrimp Dinner and Libations for $50.00. Saturday events begin with the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival Official 5K in downtown at 9:00am. All fitness levels and ages are invited to join in this event. Costumes and teams are encouraged! Registration includes an event T-shirt, Koozie and Gumbo Sampling Cup as entry into the Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival. The Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, FREE Outdoors Show, vendor exhibits and live music will be held in Historic Strand District on Saturday, September 24 beginning at 10:00am. Visitors to the festival will be able to purchase a Gumbo Sampling Cup in advance for $10 plus tax for a limited time only. This cup will allow guests to sample gumbo from over 60 cook-off teams comprised of amateur and professional cookers from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, September 24. Other events on Saturday include the Lil’ Shrimps Parade at 3:00pm sponsored by Galveston Shrimp Company with festive floats, marching band and bead tossing and the Lil’ Shrimps Kids Area open from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Festivities conclude on Sunday, September 25, 2016 starting at 10:00am with the FREE Outdoors Show, Live Music, Lil’ Shrimps Kids Area and Sunday Funday events in the Park from 12:00am-4:00pm.

Greek Festival of Dallas
September 23 - 25

Greek Orthodox Church; 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX

Greek Orthodox Church "The Holy Trinity"
George Nafts
13555 Hillcrest Road; Dallas, TX 75240-5412
(972) 991-1166; (972) 233-4880
Music: Greek
Activities: Food Festival
The Greek Festival includes singers, dancers, authentic Greek food, and live music. All proceeds go to the church and its charities.

Panhandle South Plains Fair
September 23 - 30

The Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds; 1012 Avenue A

Panhandle South Plains Fair Association
Herbert F. Higgs, Jr. C.F.E.
P.O. Box 208; Lubbock, TX 79408
(806) 763-2833
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Panhandle South Plains Fair is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)5 organization which operates as a regional fair for the purpose that all fairs exist, which is, the promotion of Agriculture and Livestock Production, the support of Youth and Education, and to provide an entertainment venue for the people in our trade area. The Fair is a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, Texas Association of Fairs and Expositions, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, and the North American Livestock Show & Rodeo Manager's Association.

Pasadena Livestock Show, Rodeo and Championship Bar-B-Que
September 23 - October 1, October 6 - 8

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7601 Redbluff, Pasadena, TX

Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Association
Sherry Free
7601 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507-1003
(281) 487-0240
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. Livestock Show and Rodeo September 23- October 1; BBQ October 6-8

Sonic Transmissions Festival ~ 2
September 23-25

The North Door/Central Presbyterian Church; Austin, TX

Music: Jazz, Experimental
Activities: Music festival
Sonic Tranmissions II will aim to bring together musicians and audiences from different communities where expectations break down and new, powerful experiences get created. Amongst the more than 30 local, national, and international artists featured will be Friday headliner Rabit (Houston) and Saturday headliner Obnox (Cleveland). Also taking the main stage at The North Door will be Chicago Underground Duo (Marfa/New York), Black Spirituals (Oakland), Sh*t and Shine (London), Suspirians (Austin), Bushman’s Revenge (Oslo), Hearts and Minds (Chicago), and USA/Mexico (Austin/London) – Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey’s new trio. Sunday at Central Presbyterian Church will feature musicians from Texas, California, and Norway in a commissioned work called Common Ground, which will sync African-American spirituals with Norwegian religious hymns.

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
September 23 - 25

Downtown Bryan; 216 West 26 Street, Bryan, TX

Downtown Bryan Association
Amanda Reynolds, Event Coordinator
PO Box 233; Bryan, TX 77806
(979) 822-4920;
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Downtown Bryan Association is gearing up for the ninth annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas. This year’s festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday,September 26 and 27, 2015 will attract visitors from across the state of Texas and feature over 20 Texas wineries, numerous craft beer breweries, more than 30 bands performing on five different stages, talented artists from across the country, the annual steak cook-off, the popular Kids Zone, and a variety of food vendors. And thanks to a partnership with Bryan’s own J. Cody’s Steaks and Barbecue, the beef will be back in a big way at the 2015 Texas Reds Festival. Hours are 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Western Days Festival
September 23 - 24

Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Rodeo
Old Town Lewisville will be filled with staged gunfights, stick horse rodeo riders, world champion competitive eaters, gourmet chefs, Old West artifacts, and the best of Texas country music at the annual Western Days festival.

Wimberley Gospel Music Festival ~ 2
September 23 - 24

Cowboys for Jesus Church; Fischer, TX

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

Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cook-Off & Festival
September 23 - 24

Santa Fe Park; McCamey, TX

McCamey Chamber of Commerce
Wendy N Rossiter, Executive Director
P.O. Box 906; McCamey, TX 79752
(432) 652-8202
Music: Americana, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, BBQ cookoff, 5K Run
Come get your taste of West Texas! Competitive BBQ cookers and live music, food trailers and vendors fill McCamey’s tree-lined Santa Fe Park at annual Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cook-Off. This family-friendly BBQ and Music Festival offers activities for kids, as well as Hot Dog and Jalapeno eating contests (for the brave). BBQ Teams set-up on Friday, Saturday heats up with a 5K & Fun Run in the morning, and keeps cooking with waterslides, horseback rides, washer tourneys and fun for families, and DJs. BBQ competition awards presentation in the afternoon. Saturday evening, chill out in the Park, enjoy night shopping and great food. Join us for a street dance with live performances by popular Texas bands on the Historic Santa Fe Depot Stage.

Hallettsville Kolache Fest
September 24

KC Hall; KC Hall, Hallettsville, TX

Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce
Sharee Rainosek, Executive Director
1614 North Texana; Hallettsville, TX 77964
(361) 798-2662; (
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.

Mansfield Wurst Hometown Festival ~ 2
September 24

Katherine Rose Park; 303 North Walnut Creek Drive

Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Zink
114 North Main Street; Mansfield, TX 76063
(817) 473-0507
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests
Mansfield Wurst Hometown Festival. It's set for Aug. 13 and will feature polka bands, German food -- including bratwurst, of course -- and beverages, wiener dog races, bounce houses and other activities in the historic downtown.

Pecan Street Fall Festival
September 24 - 25

East Sixth Street; Between Congress and IH-35, Austin, TX

Special Events Management Group, LLC.
Luis Zapata, Executive Producer
501 North Interstate Highway 35, Suite 205; Austin, TX 78702
(512) 574-6153
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts. Performing Arts
The 35th fall Pecan Street Festival (“PSF”), and with the spring shows - the 73rd PSF festival to date, will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, 2015. The PSF is the largest, and longest-running, of Texas’ arts/crafts and music festivals (and possibly one of the largest in the nation). It draws nearly 300 local and national arts, crafts and food vendors, +/-50 musical acts and a quarter-million attendees during the weekend. Music highlights for this festival include: teen-sensations Residual Kid, Austin-staple Guy Forsyth, harmonic rockers A Giant Dog, the “cosmic-urban-latin” sounds of Kiko Villamizar and hip-hop/R&B fusion group Magna Carda. Additionally on the Trinity Stage, Saturday and Sunday at 11am, will be a POP Pilates class to get the blood flowing. PSF is welcoming a new wave of amazing artisans to the festival specializing in giclée, fine art, hand made jewelry and metal works hailing from as far as Chicago, New York City and Arizona. We will also have the ever-tasty Moojo Ice Cream Sandwiches along with festival favorites: Wild Bills Soda, Social Ice, Crepe Crazy and Hill Country Kettle Korn. As we’ve pursued since 2009, the PSF is one the “greenest” festivals around; aiming to lower our impact on the environment through recycling and other efforts. PSF is partnering with the creative folks from the Solstice Live to produce a “pre-party” at The Mohawk Thursday night (Sept. 24th) featuring: the Rock Soul Collective, The Yoots, Casual Strangers, The Pride and Fair City Fire. The non-profit behind the Festival, the Pecan Street Association, will also be presenting their annual Heritage Award to a very special recipient to be announced shortly before the event. This presentation will take place Saturday, Sept. 26th on the main stage (Nueces & 7th) at 1:45pm. Following, press is invited to the VIP event beginning at 2:00pm at El Sol y Luna (6th & Red River), joining the festival’s major sponsors and Heritage Award invitees.

The 3 Bs
September 25

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

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-ACO1 (2261)
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Join us for a special Sunday afternoon as the Austin Civic Orchestra opens its 40th season at the beautiful Austin ISD Performing Arts Center by embracing The Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Music Director Lois Ferrari and Assistant Conductor W.P. "Gus" Sterneman will lead the orchestra in a program that will open with Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 followed by three Hungarian Dances composed by Johannes Brahms. The second half of the program will feature the rousing Symphony No. 7, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Victoria County Czech Heritage Festival
September 25

Victoria Community Center; 2905 East North, Victoria, TX

Victoria County Czech Heritage Society
Marjorie Matula
745 Hosek Road; Victoria, TX 77905-5637
(361) 575-0820; (361) 578-6730
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Polka
Activities: Awards show, Area Beer & Wines Show
The Victoria County Czech Heritage Festival features live entertainment throughout the day with three dance bands. Performers include dance band Fritz Hodde & the Fabulous Six, Shiner Hobo Band, and the Red Ravens Orchestra. Event hours are 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. There will be booths, displays, children's games, a 27th-annual Tarok Tournament, Czech-style food, homemade chicken noodle soup, kolaches, county store, museum items on display, an auction, and a silent auction. This year's festival will include the 8th-annual homemade beer and wine show, as well as an appearance by the State Czech-Slovak Queen and State Czech-Slovak Little Sister.

Wendish Fest
September 25

St. Paul Lutheran Picnic Grounds and Texas Wendish Heritage Society Museum; 5 miles southwest of Giddings via U.S. 77 and Farm Road 448, Giddings, TX

Texas Wendish Heritage Society
Raymond Arldt
1011 CR 212; Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 366-2441; (979) 366-2441
Music: Country, Polka, Ethnic Dance
Activities: County fair, Music festival
The Annual Wendish Fest will be held in Serbin, Texas (located 5 miles southwest of Giddings off of Farm to Market Road 448). Activities include the annual Coffee Cake Bake-off, tours of the historic painted church, noodle-making, sausage stuffing, blacksmithing, children's coloring contest, washer pitching, cross cut saw contest, children's train rides and Kornelia Thor from Germany will demonstrate her skill in decorating Windish Easter eggs.

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
September 28 - 30

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown; 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Dalis Allen
P. O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
We have open mics, Official Showcases and In Room showcases, seminars and panels during the day on Friday and Saturday which address many facets of the music business - booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road and looking for alternate ways to get our music to the world – such as in schools and films. We eat meals together and form wonderful new relationships and renew old ones. And we are certain to have FUN! Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically are all encouraged to attend. Please join us this year!

Texas Rice Festival
September 28 - 30

Winnie-Stowell Park; 1410 Rice Festival Ave. Winnie, TX between LeBlanc and South Park Streets

Texas Rice Festival, Inc.
ReJena Amy May
P.O. Box 147; Winnie, TX 77665
(409) 296-4404; (409) 296-4404
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cover/Tribute, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Street dance, Trade show/convention, street vendors, photo contest, parades, craft show, rice cooking contest, livestock show
Texas Rice Festival provides a county fair atmosphere with entertainment for people of all ages. The event is a tribute to generations of rice farmers and the agricultural industry throughout Texas. Festivities include, BBQ & fajita cookoff, open horse show, carnival, rice education exhibit, 4-H & FFA livestock show, craft show, photography contest, art contest, antique car show, farm equipment display, grand parade, and a Rice Education tent. We have live music performances from the top Texas and Nashville acts. No fee for parking. Concerts are included in gate price. One price carnival wristbands available daily.

Titus County Fair
September 28 - 30, May 1

Titus County Civic Center and Fairgrounds; Highway 271 Business (North Jefferson Avenue) just south of I-30 in Mt. Pleasant

Titus County Fair Association
Steve Russell, President
P.O. Box 1232; Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 577-8117
Music: Country, Gospel, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Titus County Fair is a four-day event that features academic, agricultural, and sports events for all ages. A wide range of entertainment attractions are scheduled throughout the fair. The Stew Challenge and creative arts contest attract adult participants. Nightly entertainment features country, gospel and Hispanic music. Past performers include Chisholm Canyon, Popular Demand, The Blandells, Robin Lee, Lariat, Brian Black, Charly McClain, and The Calhoun Family. Headliners include Zona Jones and Charla Corn. Thursday night - Johnny Lee. Friday night - Coffey Anderson. Saturday night - Tejas Brothers.

Austin City Limits Music Festival
September 30, October 2, October 7 - 9

Zilker Park; 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

C3 Presents
Charlie Jones
300 West Sixth Street, Suite 2100; Austin, TX 78701-3911
(512) 478-7211
Music: Children's, Cowboy, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, New Age, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Art Market, Austin Kiddie Limits, ACL Eats Food Court
One of the premier destination festivals in the United States, ACL Festival is an eight stage music, food & art festival that takes place on back-to-back weekends in Zilker Park in the heart of Austin, Texas.

Bootfest ~ 2
September 30 - October 1

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

City of Victoria
Anthony Cordo, Director
P.O. Box 1758; Victoria, TX 77902
(361) 485-3117; (361) 485-3116
Music: Blues, Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Food, Arts & Crafts, Fireworks
The sixth annual Bootfest is a FREE 2-day festival of great live music and family-fun! Located in beautiful Downtown Victoria, the event will showcase Texas Country and Tejano recording artists. The large kids corral will offer a wide variety games, inflatables, and performances to entertain all ages. Boot makers will display their craft and fit festival-goers for custom made boots. Browse arts & craft vendors and enjoy a variety of food vendors offering a variety of tasty festival treats. New for Bootfest 2016 check out the Bootfest Clean Air 5K, Bootfest BBQ Street, and Saturday afternoon College Game Watch. See classic rides at the car, truck, & motorcycle show, and be sure to stick around for the incredible fireworks display!

"Come and Take It" Days Celebration ~ 2
September 30

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;
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. " " "

The History of Houston’s Musical Soul
September 30 - October 2

MATCH Theater Complex; 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX

Houston History Alliance
Cecelia Ottenweller
P.O. Box 25086; Houston, TX 77265
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Blues
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Fundraiser, Music Museum
This year’s annual conference will present a multi-dimensional music experience that lasts the entire weekend. Friday evening begins with a reception and Zydeco concert at The Deluxz Theater. The conference on Saturday will be a full day exploring the rich history of Houston’s indigenous music scenes through panelists and moderators that are experts on their prospective music genres. During lunch, visit with Houston blues legends, who will be on hand to meet attendees and sign autographs. Also during the day on Saturday, there will be a pop-up museum that will explore Houston’s past and present featuring exhibits by HHA’s Community Partners. Saturday ends with a concert at the Continental Club Complex that includes a free live performance by Trudy Lynn and several DJ’s spinning all night. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a benefit featuring Evelyn Rubio put on by the conference partner the Houston Blues Museum.

Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg
September 30, October 1 - 2

MarktPlatz; 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, art displays. Fredericksburg is the Polka Capital of Texas! Oompah at its Best! all three days on four stages. Over 30 bands will perform throughout the weekend.

State Fair of Texas
September 30

Fair Park; Cullum Blvd. at Parry Avenue

State Fair of Texas, Inc.
Errol McKoy, President
P.O. Box 150009; Dallas, TX 75315
(214) 421-8743
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: County fair
The State Fair of Texas is a 24-day entertainment showcase presented each fall in historic Fair Park in Dallas. Millions of visitors enjoy free concerts featuring top country and pop artists, a Broadway musical production, performances by the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and daily shows on outdoor stages throughout the park. Other attractions include parades, light show, crafts, exhibits, midway rides, livestock, college football, and a gigantic new car show.

Texas Heritage Music Day
September 30

Schreiner University; 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX

Texas Heritage Music Foundation
Kathleen Hudson
P.O. Box 291945; Kerrville, TX 78029-1945
(830) 792-1945;
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Songwriting contests
The Texas Heritage Music foundation was started by Dr. Kathleen Hudson in July 1987. The Texas Heritage Music Day, held the last Friday of September on the campus of Schreiner University, has evolved from living history to a showcase of genres of music, using stories and songs as another way of learning. More than 50 performers spread out on the Schreiner campus from 9-1 telling stories and singing songs. The event includes cowboy music, chuckwagons, Native American stories, and songwriters galore Admission is free with grant money available to help schools in the Hill Country attend. Stage presentations include gospel, conjunto, songwriting, and a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. An evening concert with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will showcase Texas songwriting.See for detais. Food and drinks for sale at event.