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Addison Summer Series
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Beckert Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; (800) 233-4766; Fax sstofer@addisontx.gov
Music: Salsa
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants.

Hill Country Food Truck Festival
August 1

Luckenbach Dance Hall; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg

Luckenbach
Abbey
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990
Activities: Music festival
The 2nd Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival. A full day of food, wine and music. The Hill Country community comes together under the shade of the Luckenbach Live Oaks to support the Texas Wine and Culinary Center in Fredericksburg. You can purchase and sample all kinds of Food from glorious Food Trucks with creative chefs. Purchase Wine by the glass or bottle from several of our local Wineries. Participating food trucks include Cheesy Jane’s, Clear River Pecan Company, Come and Get It Chuckwagon, Crazy Carl’s, KHILL BBQ Company, Mr. Meximum, Red Bud Roasters, Ritts Twisted Brisket, SaWeet Cupcakes, Slider Provider and SpiceSea Gourmet. Wineries include 4.0 Cellars, Messina Hof Hill Country, Kerrville Hills Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards, Singing Waters Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Texas Legato Winery, Westcave Cellars Winery and William Chris Vineyards. An "Americana" Music Sampler will round out the day with sounds from across the borders ( US borders, that is). It's a great way to spend a day with family and friends. Performers include Milk Drive, Bonnie Bishop, Rosie Flores, Steve Poltz, Dan Dyer, Lewis & Martin, Paul Cauthen (from Sons of Fathers) and The Greencards!

Jackson Street Market Days
August 1

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.

Songwriter Saturdays
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Beckert Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Shelbi Stofer
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; (972) 450-6231
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
Songwriter Saturdays gives you the opportunity to enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music from the area's best singer/songwriters while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants. Concerts are from 8-10 p.m.

Acoustic Music Camp ~ 2
August 6-8

South Oaks Church; 5925 US Highway 287, Arlington, TX

Acoustic Plus, Inc
Gerald Jones
5435 North Garland Avenue, Suite 140; Garland, TX 75040
(214) 236-0783
Music: Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music Instruction
A three day music camp for acoustic musicians teaching you how to play better Mandolin, Bluegrass & Clawhammer Banjo, Flatpick Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, Songwriting / Vocals, Dobro & Fingerstyle Guitar. Small class sizes with hands-on instruction and an emphasis on fun is what you can expect at Acoustic Music Camp 2014. Come join us this August in Dallas and learn to make better music in a friendly, supportive environment. Only 15 minutes away from DFW Airport and conveniently near major malls, Six Flags Over Texas, and water parks. We chose our talented lineup of instructors because they are great pickers, great teachers, and great people.

Bay Jammin' and Cinema Concert Series
August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater; 1700 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
Laura Jasso
1581 North Chaparral; Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-3410; (361) 826-3417; Fax JJ Nelson, (361) 244-0442
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The Bay Jammin' Summer Concert Series has been expanded to include movies. Beginning in June and going through August, the Bay Jammin' Concert and Cinema Series will continue to feature a wide variety of live music through concerts every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, every Friday will feature a PG, G or non-rated movie beginning at dark-thirty (times change throughout the seasons). Cole Park's Anderson Ampitheater is a beautiful location, right on the bay. Food and drinks (non-alcoholic) are available from vendors. Bring your chairs or spread a blanket and enjoy the balmy breezes and beautiful starlight nights overlooking Corpus Christi.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 6-16

Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre; 125 Pioneer Plaza

El Paso Community Foundation
Doug Pullen
333 North Oregon Street; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 533-4020
Music: Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world's largest film festival devoted to classic cinema. With more than 85 screenings, concerts, and fun celebrity events, the PCFF is an amazing spectacle in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, a 1930's movie palace restored in 2006 as a state-of-the-art, breathtaking atmospheric theatre. In its seventh year, the festival offers access to some of the best movies ever made for the best prices you'll find anywhere--all-access passes are $200 and tickets range from $0 to $10. Bands who have performed include The Royalty, Sleepercar, Mexicans at Night, and The Lusitania. It all takes place in El Paso, Texas, under the West Texas sky--indoors and out.

Rock the Desert Festival
August 6-8

Rock the Desert Festival Field; 2000 North FM 1788, Midland

Rock the Desert Ministries
Marcy Tull
P.O. Box 61377; Midland, TX 79711-1377
(432) 563-3434
Music: Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Ministry
Rock the Desert will hold the fifteenth annual festival in 2014. Visit our website at www.rockthedesert.com for more information.

Summer Showcase
August 6, 13, 20, 27

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, 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.

Music in the Park
August 7, 21

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.

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
August 8-9

Henderson Civic Center; 1005 Highway 64 West, Henderson, TX

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Robert L. Vaughn
3528 CR 3168 West; Mount Enterprise, TX 75681
(903) 863-5379; (903) 657-4118
Music: Gospel
Activities: Music festival
The East Texas Sacred Harp Annual Singing Convention is an a cappella shape note singing from a songbook entitled "The Sacred Harp." The East Texas Convention, founded in 1855, is the oldest singing convention in Texas and the second oldest continuous Sacred Harp singing convention in the United States. Singing begins at 9:30 on Saturday morning and singers sing until about 3 p.m. for each of two days, with appropriate breaks. Lunch is provided by the Convention. Singers from many U.S. states annually descend on Henderson, Texas for this special event.

Second Saturdays
August 8

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.

Pioneer Days Festival and Rodeo ~ 2
August 12-15

T & P Railroad Trail Head Park; US Hwy 82 & Ellis Street

New Boston Chamber of Commerce
Kelley Branson, General Chairman
100 North Center Street; New Boston, TX 75570-2935
(903) 628-2581
Music: Country, Gospel
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance
Pioneer Days begins Thursday with Gospel Singing. Amusement rides, arm band night Thursdays. Friday continues with amusement rides, arts & crafts, retail products for sale, street dance and plenty of good food to buy. Activities on Saturday include: Pancake breakfast, parade, turkey shoot, and the 4-Wheeler Mud Races with entry fee and cash prizes for winners. All day entertainment, arts & crafts, retail products for sale. Live entertainment all day. Fiddlers Contest. Juried Art Show. Awards to be presented to winners of Quilt Show, Baked Goods, Canned Goods. Free Kid Games. Amusement Rides. More good food to buy. Petting zoo, pony rides, dunking booth, kid train rides, human Gyro, giant kid slide, and rock wall climbing.

Navasota Blues Fest
August 14-15

Grimes County Expo Center; 5289 FM3455, Navasota Tx.

Navasota Blues Fest, Inc.
Jo Crawford
P.O. Box 1633; Navasota, TX 77868
(630) 334-3228
Activities: Music festival
Navasota Blues Fest celebrates its 20th year on Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15. There will be an exciting lineup of musicians playing in various blues styles.This event raises money for a scholarship given to a deserving local area high school graduate in memory of Mance Lipscomb, Navasota bluesman and songster.

Salado Legends -- Outdoor Musical Drama
August 1

Tablerock Amphitheater; 409 Royal Street

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc.
Jackie Mills, Director
P.O. Box 312; Salado, TX 76571
(254) 947-9205
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Scottish
Activities: Outdoor musical drama
Salado Legends: central Texas' favorite outdoor musical drama! Tablerock's Amphitheater is where history, legend and memories meet. An original song, "Be Careful What You Wish For," weaves the legends of the Tonkawa Indians, the dreams of Spanish explorers, and the hopes of the Scottish settlers into a panoramic tale. Written by Salado playwright / lyricist Jackie Mills, music by local composers, directed by Donnie Williams and featuring a cast and crew of more than 100. Dinner at 7:15PM - $10.00 (child or adult), reservations required. Theater at 8:15 PM - $20.00 adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under. Call (254) 947-9205 for group rates and information.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
August 20, 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.

Gillespie County Fair
August 20-23

Gillespie County Fairgrounds; Highway 16 South - 530 Fair Drive, Fredericksburg, TX

Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.
Gary Kunz,Chairman, Entertainment Committee
P.O. Box 526; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-2359
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Singing contests, Street dance
Gillespie County Fair features a downtown parade on Main Street (Friday), horse races (Saturday-Sunday), and live entertainment (Friday and Saturday). Other activities include livestock show, 4-H and FFA exhibits, crafts show and sale, and the Gillespie County Fair Queen Contest. Plenty of good food and refreshments. Artists scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday night. Past performers have included Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Corey Morrow, Shenandoah, Wade Hayes, Rhett Akins, Ricochet and Moe Bandy

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
August 21-29

North Texas State Fairgrounds; 2217 North Carroll Blvd.

North Texas State Fair Association, Inc.
Glenn Carltton
P.O. Box 1695; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 387-2632
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention
The North Texas State Fair includes rodeos, barbecue cookoffs, livestock show, commercial exhibits, carnival, live entertainment, beauty pageant, creative arts, photography contest, children's art contest, and more. Past performers include Charlie Robison, John Conlee, Eddy Raven, Asleep at the Wheel, Pat Green, Vince Vance & the Valiants, Dave Alexander and the Legends of Western Swing, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chetnutt, Randy Royal Band, Casey Donahue Band, Wade Bowen, Emelio, The Bellamy Brothers, Darryl Worley, Cory Morrow, Sonny Burgess, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Kevin Fowler, Gene Watson, Mark David Manders, Baylie Brown, Jack Ingram, Stoney Larue, Sammy Kershaw, Eli Young, and Johnny Rodriguez.

Summer Showdown
August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

North Texas State Fairgrounds; 2217 North Carroll Blvd, Denton

North Texas State Fair Association
2217 North Carroll Blvd.; Denton, TX 76201
(940) 387-2632
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo
This is a nine day fair and rodeo featuring country music entertainment, such as Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Cody Johnson, and around 20 other artists. There will also be livestock shows, commercial exhibits, a kid zone, fun zone, and carnival.

Viva Terlingua Fest!
August 21-24

Lajitas & Terlingua, TX; Chihuahuan Desert, TX

Viva Terlingua
Pat O’Bryan
P.O. Box 316; Terlingua, TX 79852
(512) 589-9592
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests
Viva Terlingua Fest is four days of music, film and photography in the gorgeous Chihuahuan Desert. Are you the next Townes Van Zant, Steve Fromholtz, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, or Ryan Bingham? You can submit your song with just voice and guitar or with a full band, but what our judges are listening for is the song. They’ll be listening to your story, how well you get that story across, and whether your melody touches their hearts and makes them want to sing along. Entry fee: $20 per song (Earlybird entry fee: $10 through June 15). The Competition is open to everyone, 18 years or older, worldwide. A limited number of performers under 18 may be considered. If any member of your band is under 18 you must notify Viva Terlingua! when submitting your entry. The submission of the entry certifies that the songwriter has all rights to the songs and that the songs have not been sold or contractually assigned to another entity.

Austin Bat Fest
August 22

Ann W. Richards Bridge; 100 Congress Avenue, Travis, TX

Roadway Productions
French Smith
12305 Twin Creek Drive; Manchaca, TX 78652
(512) 441-9015; (866) 255-2223
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
In mid to late August, thousands of people come to Austin's Town Lake and downtown Austin to see millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats, shop for locally made crafts and listen to over 30 live bands on two stages.

Stone Valley Music Festival
August 22

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

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

Deep Summer Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
August 26-29

The Chrystal Opry House; 1989 White Mound Road Sherman, TX 75090

Chrystal Opry House at Melody Ranch
Bill Hayes, Owner
1977 White Mound Road; Sherman, TX 75090-5680
(903) 546-6893; (903) 271-4260; Fax chrystalopryhouse@verizon.net
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
We have an 80 spot RV park for camping. We have food service inside the Opry and ample seating. We begin the festival with an all gospel music night on Thursday, Aug. 27th. Friday the music begins at 1:00 and goes until 10 with a supper break at 5:00. Saturday the hours are the same.

Margarita and Salsa Festival ~ 2
August 29

Extraco Events Center; Waco, TX

Heart of Texas Branch of the Arthritis Foundation
Rachel Martinez, Special Event Director
824 Hewitt Drive, Suite 400, No. 377; Waco, TX 76712
(254) 776-1660
Music: Country, Cowboy, Jazz
Activities: margarita, salsa, and queso contest
The Arthritis Foundation and the Heart O Texas Fair Complex have partnered to present the 17th annual Margarita & Salsa Festival on Saturday, August 25th. The event will feature the best country music in Texas and will continue the tradition of the popular contest where local restaurants and individuals vie for the title of Best Margarita, Salsa, Queso and/or Guacamole. Enjoy the event in the comfort of the VIP area. $150 per person includes food, beverages, seating, cooling fans, parking, and gift bag.