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Summer Showcase
September 3

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.

Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo
September 4-12

Gregg County Fairgrounds; 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview

Longview Jaycees
Billy Clay
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.

Music in the Park
September 4, 18

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

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
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.

Big Bend Balloon Bash
September 5-7

Alpine-Casparis Airport; Alpine, TX

600 West Avenue E; Alpine, TX 79830
(432) 837-7486
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
September 5

Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

Splash Jam
September 6

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 tara.mcalister@cedarparktexas.gov
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).

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration
September 11-13

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds; 1501 Mac Davis Lane

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 Livestock Show and Rodeo Association
Rex Davis
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. 65th Annual Rodeo - September 12-20th, 32nd Annual Cook Off - September 25th-27th.

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
September 11-19

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.

Washington County Fair
September 11-19

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.

International Accordion Festival
September 12

La Villita Historic Arts Village; South Alamo and Nuevo, San Antonio, TX

International Accordian Festival
Gwen Rivera
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.

Second Saturdays
September 12

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

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

Untapped Houston ~ 2
September 12

Discovery Green; 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX

Untapped, LLC
Annette Marin
508 Young St; Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 555-8172
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 Oktoberfest
September 17-20

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: "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.

GrapeFest
September 17, 18, 19, 20

Main Street Historic District; Grapevine

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.

Greek Festival of Dallas
September 25-27

Greek Orthodox Church; 13555 Hillcrest Road

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.

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
(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.

Hallettsville Kolache Fest
September 26

KC Hall; KC Hall

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
September 26-27

Downtown Bryan; 105 Main Street, Bryan, TX

Downtown Bryan Association
Amanda Reynolds, Event Coordinator
PO Box 233; Bryan, TX 77806
(979) 822-4920; Fax events@downtownbryan.com
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.