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Alfresco Fridays
August 1, 8, 154, 22, 29

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! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! 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.

Beer By The Bay
August 1-3

Horseshoe Bay Resort; 200 Hi Circle North, Horseshoe Bay, TX

Horseshoe Bay Resort
P.O. Box 7766 ; Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657
(830) 598-2511; (877) 611-0112
Music: Country, Rock
Friday, August 1st with TJ Broscoff, Pauline Reese, The Matchmaker Band and Curtis Grimes. Saturday, August 2nd with Blacktop Gypsy, Bri Bagwell, Charla Corn, The Effinaysa and Jack Ingram and the Beat Up Ford Band. Sunday, August 3rd Gospel Brunch with the Stapletons.

Great Texas Balloon Race
August 1-3

East Texas Regional Airport; 269 Terminal Circle Longview, TX 75603

Great Texas Balloon Race
Frankie Parsons
410 North Center Street; Longview, TX 75601
(903) 237-4000; (903) 753-3281
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: Music festival, Sporting event
The Great Texas Balloon Race is a sporting/music event. Eighty of the best balloon pilots in the country compete for $30,000 prize purse and $10,000 Key Grab. Concerts on Friday and Saturday night have featured local, regional and national talent. Past headliners included Eddy Raven and Perfect Stranger, Kevin Fowler and the Eli Young Band. Friday, August 1st - Roger Creager in concert at 9:30 pm. Saturday, August 2nd - Tracy Lawrence in concert at 9:30 pm.

Music in the Park
August 1

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
Music in the Park is an event held by the City of Pflugerville. Music in the Park is a free outdoor concert series. Every other Friday June through August, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for an evening of music and relaxation.

Schulenburg Festival
August 1-3

Wolters Park; South Bohlmann Avenue

Schulenburg Festival Association
Brittany Aleman
P.O. Box 115; Schulenburg, TX 78956
Music: Americana, Country, Polka, Pop, Rock
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance
The Schulenburg Festival invites you to bring the family and join in the fun. There is live music throughout the weekend along with food booths and ice cold refreshments. There are tournaments for Ladies & Men's softball, volleyball, golf and 3 on 3 basketball. A Fun-Run~Run for Scouting. There are cook-offs for Chili, Beans, Bar-B-Q and Bloody Marys. An Arts, Crafts, antiques and collectibles show. Go-Texan Events, Horseshoe pitching, cow chip & egg toss. Tricycle races and a kiddie parade. There is a homecoming festival for graduates from SHS and BFHS. There is a rodeo on both Friday and Saturday. The Grand parade is on Sunday in downtown Schulenburg. 2013 bands are soon to be announced- visit the web for updates.

Jackson Street Market Days
August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

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
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.

Ruby Allmond Songwriting Contest
August 2

Bailey Inglish Auditorium; 210 East 10th Street, Bonham, TX 75418

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Audra M. Brock
P. O. Box 507; Bonham, TX 75418
(903) 886-5463; (903) 583-4651
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests
Any aspiring songwriter who has one or two original songs may put them on a CD (with a guitar or piano or any one instrument accompanying), and send them with an entry form together with their typed lyrics to be in this contest. These songs will be reviewed and 10 finalists will be selected and informed by July 15th. The finalists must be here on Aug. 2nd. 2014, to compete for 1st., 2nd, or 3rd Place. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winners. 1st. Place will receive $300. and some time in a recording studio at Tex. A&M U.-Commerce. Entry forms and Instructions may be downloaded at www.rubyallmond.com. Deadline Date: song(s) must be postmarked no later than June 15th.

Summer Salsa
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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
Music: Salsa
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music from some of the hottest names in salsa while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants. Salsa dance lessons are presented by the Dance Council prior to the concert.

Blues On The Green
August 6

Zilker Park Rock Island; off Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

107.1 KGSR Radio Austin
Jyl Herchman-Ross
8309 North IH 35; Austin, TX 78753
(512) 832-4000
Activities: Concert season
Every other Wednesday from May 28th to August 6th, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawnchairs, families and music lovers. As Austin's largest FREE concert series, KGSR's Blues on the Green is consistantly ranked as a top annual entertainment event, and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle and a very casual and comfortable experience.

Acoustic Music Camp ~ 2
August 7-9

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 7,14

Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater; 1700 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
Laura Gonzales
1581 North Chaparral; Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-3410; (361) 826-3417
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.

Frio River Song Festival
August 7-9

House Pasture Cattle Company; 2 River Rd, Concan, TX

Owen Temple Music
Mary Woodall, Assistant Producer
1201 W 24th Street Suite 107; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 489-4094
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
The Frio River Song Festival is held annually on on the first weekend in August near Concan, Texas in northern Uvalde County (about 80 miles west of San Antonio on Highway 90) near the Frio River. On Friday night of the weekend, nine songwriters perform at a small acoustic outdoor concert on the riverfront of a cabin on the Frio River. On Saturday night, the festival holds an open-to-the-public, multi-artist, band show at the House Pasture Cattle Company venue in Concan. The festival features acoustic outdoor performances by songwriters and coordinates small gatherings for the sharing of songs and stories in a beautiful part of the Texas Hill Country.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 7-17

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 7-9

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 7,14,21,28

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.

XIT Rodeo and Reunion ~ 2
August 7-9

Rita Blanca Lake

XIT Rodeo and Reunion, Inc.
Scott Simmons, President/BBQ
P.O. Box 966; Dalhart, TX 79022
(800) 244-5533; (806) 333-4367
Music: Country
Activities: Rodeo
The XIT Rodeo and Reunion features a PRCA rodeo with more than 900 contestants, a parade, a free chicken wing feed, a free pork chop fee, and the World’s Largest Free Bar-B-Que. XIT also includes three nights of live country music. Headliners have included Blackhawk, The Buster Bledsoe Band, Tommy Gallagher, Bart Crow Band, and JB and the Moonshine Band. For 2014 featured artists are: Thursday night - Rankin Twins; Friday night - William Clark Green; Saturday night - Casey Donahew

Hitchcock Good Ole Days Festival
August 8-9

Good Ole Days Grounds; 8300 Highway 6

Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce
Willie Windham
P.O. Box 389; Hitchcock, TX 77563
(409) 986-9224; (409) 986-7420
Music: Blues, Country, Jazz, Western Swing
Activities: Street dance, Cookoff, Pageants, Crafts
The Hitchcock Good Ole Days Festival features a bar-b-q cookoff, arts & crafts, carnival, beauty pageants, talent contest for all music genres, stage Performances for outdoor dancing (performers to be named), foods and fun for the entire family.

La Vernia BBQ Cook-off
August 8-9

La Vernia City Park; San Antonio Road

La Vernia Park Foundation
P.O. Box 67; La Vernia, TX 78121
Music: Country, Cowboy
The highlight of the annual BBQ Cook-off is the IBCA-sanctioned BBQ cooking competition, where teams compete for the best BBQ chicken, beef, and ribs. Cooking teams come from across the state and are very competitive about their cooking techniques and recipes. But there is more to this event than just BBQ; this is a two day family event with something for everyone, including live music! All proceeds from this event go towards helping the La Vernia Park Foundation meet its main goal and objective: making park improvements!

Western Swing Festival at Silver Strings
August 8-9

Silver Springs Ballroom; 500 North Smythe Street, Bowie, TX

Silver Strings Entertainment Center
500 N. Spyke St.; Bowie, TX 76230
(940) 872-0077
Music: Country, Cowboy, Western Swing, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
The Western Swing at Silver Strings festival will feature three days of live music. There will be two dances each day on "the best 40x80 hardwood dance floor in North Texas" located at the Silver Strings Entertainment Center in Bowie, Texas. Please bring your friends and neighbors to one of the most popular alcholol free, smoke free dance houses in Texas and Oklahoma! We offer the best 40x80 hardwood floor around, along with concessions and friendly people. At every dance there are two free drawings for future admissions, and a big 'Split The Pot' drawing that you can buy into. All of that on top of some fine traditional country, honky-tonk and western swing music, played live by very talented musicians, many of whom are members of various Halls of Fame, and are on our stage every Monday and Saturday nights on a rotating basis. Friday May 10th: Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk 1:30PM to 4:30PM; Buddie Hrabal and Country Night Live 7:00PM to 10:00PM, Saturday May 11th Larry Lange and The Lone Star Troubadours 1:30PM to 4:30PM; Greg Gibbs and The Red Door Band 7:00PM to 10:00PM

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
August 9-10

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.

Bay Jammin' and Cinema Concert Series
August 14

Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater; 1700 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
Laura Gonzales
1581 North Chaparral; Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-3410; (361) 826-3417
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.

Summer Showcase
August 14,21,28

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.

Viva Terlingua Fest!
August 14-17

Lajitas & Terlingua, 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.

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
August 15-23

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.

Prazka Pout and Praha Feast
August 15

St. Mary's Church in Praha, TX; FM 1295 off US 90, 2 mi east of Flatonia, TX

St. Mary's Parish-Praha
Charlie Bartos
821 FM 1295; Flatonia, TX 78941-5016
(361) 865-3560; (361) 865-2167
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival, meal auctions, country store souvenirs, cake walk, mini-carnival
The Prazka Pout welcomes Czechs from Texas and around the U.S. to celebrate with food, games and live music throughout the day. Music will be provided by the Red Ravens, Bobby Jones, and Harry Czarnek.

Blues on the Hill
August 16

McKelvey Park; 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen

Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau
Eduardo Figueroa, Executive Director
311 East Tyler; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-5440
Music: Blues
Activities: Concert season
Twelve years ago, Tom Wilson & Jeff Lyssy, from Harlingen Parks and Recreation approached Chris Maley of KMBH & KHID Public Radio's "On The Roadside" Blues music program collaborated to bring Harlingen Texas a premier Blues concert series - Blues on the Hill.

Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic ~ 2
August 16

Bosque Arts Center; 215 South College Hill, Clifton, TX

Bosque Arts Center
Judi Boston, Board Member/Secretary
P.O. Box 373; Clifton, TX 76634
(254) 675-3724; (254) 253-1263
Music: Country
Activities: Singing contests, Songwriting contests
The Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic is a Country music songwriter contest. The event includes an award for the Songwriter of the Year, a performance event award for the Performer of the Year and an award voted on by the audience. We have celebrity judge, who also performs at the performance event. The 2014 prospectus will be posted on the Bosque Arts Center website in January, 2014. Entries open February 1, 2014 and close May 1, 2014.

Deep Summer Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
August 20-23

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. 21st. Friday the music begins at 1:00 and goes until 10 with a supper break at 5:00. Saturday the hours are the same.

Summer Showcase
August 21,28

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.

Swift Fest in Jonestown
August 23


City of Jonestown and U. S. Fish & Wildlife – Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Jim Nosler, 2013 Event Chair
18649 FM 1431, Suite 4-A; Jonestown, TX 78645
(512) 785-0372
Music: Americana, Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
Swift Fest in Jonestown is a celebration of the city's unique Chimney Swift colony, migratory birds that seasonally reside in a historic cistern downtown, the festival site. Swift Fest features live music, nature-themed artists and craft vendors, and family friendly activities geared toward education and awareness of the migratory birds. The theme is sustainability, with vendors and information aimed at conserving natural resources through sustainable practices. The festival is centered around the Swift Drop -- the birds’ evening return to their cistern home in a tornado-like formation, fascinating to see. A variety of great musical entertainment includes Jim Stringer and the AM Band, the Jennifer B Trio and the Jean Synodinos Trio. Food and beverage vendors will also be on hand, as well as many nature-related organizations.

Fayette County Fair
August 28-31

Fairgrounds; Highway 77 to Giddings North

Fayette County Fair Association
Larry Hatfield
P.O. Box 544; La Grange, TX 78945
(979) 968-3911
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: County fair
The Fayette County Country Fair is four days of fun during the Labor Day weekend. Events include a livestock and poultry show, agricultural exhibits, culinary exhibits, hay show, talent show, a parade, free dancing every night, and a German-Czech mart with good food, drinks and live music. Various arts and crafts and a Queen's contest is included. The fair also boasts Nashville entertainment, a large carnival, shuttle buses and plenty free parking. Also special events for children

Salmon Lake Park Bluegrass Gospel Music Festival 2
August 28-31

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road

Texas Bluegrass Music Association
Angela Beaubouef
2590 Sowa Road; Sealy, TX 77474
(832) 712-2445
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
This is a 4 day Family Friendly music Festival held in a Beautiful RV campground that includes nice shade, antique old west buildings, cabins and a swimming lake. Texas-size Music Stage is in a comfortable tree covered valley below the lake dam. Event includes Food and Craft vendors.

Summer Showcase
August 28

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.

Central Texas State Fair
August 29-31

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

Central Texas State Fair
Keith Smith
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.

City of Bedford Labor Day Blues & BBQ Festival
August 29-31

2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX

City of Bedford
Wendy Hartnett, Special Events Coordinator
2000 Forest Ridge D; Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 952-2128; Fax Wendy.Hartnett@bedfordtx.gov
Activities: Music festival
Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouth-watering barbecue will find the 2013 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival a feast for the senses. The two-day event returns Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 with blues legends John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy and a barbecue cook-off. Tickets, entry forms and complete details are available at: www.bedfordbluesbbq.com.

Kendall County Fair
August 29 - September 1

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.

Kerrville Fall Music Festival
August 29-31

Quiet Valley Ranch; 3876 Medina Highway (16 South)

Kerrville Folk Festival
Dalis Allen
P.O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600; (800) 435-8429
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae
Activities: Music festival, Texas Wine Tasting and Seminars , Arts and crafts
Each year over Labor Day Weekend, music enthusiasts gather at the Quiet Valley Ranch to celebrate the art of songwriting and winemaking. This Texas Hill Country setting is perfect for introducing our audiences to the newest and best wines & beers that Texas has to offer, in addition to performances by many of the world’s best songwriters. The Kerrville Fall Music Festival (formerly the Kerrville Wine & Music Festival) features three, 5-hour evening concerts and two, 2-hour afternoon concerts by two dozen singer-songwriters. During the evening concerts, we have booths set up for Texas’ top winemakers, who offer tastes, glasses, or bottles of current vintage wines. We are pleased to additionally feature booths with Texas craft beers & microbrews, which offer options for beer tastes & full pints. Craft Vendors, Food, Beer and Wine Booths are located in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater and will be open each festival day at 6 p.m., with the music starting at 7.

St. Cecilia Music Series 2014-15 Concert Season Gala
August 29

Chateau Bellevue; Austin, TX

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Music: Classical
St. Cecilia's 2014-15 concert season will be underway soon and she is ready to celebrate!  Join us for an elegant evening of drinks and hors d'oeuvres at Chateau Bellevue, the crown jewel of the Bremond Block National Historic District in the heart of downtown Austin. This intimate event will feature performances by St. Cecilia Music Series artistic director James A. Brown, harpsichordist and La Follia artistic director Keith Womer, violinists Alan Austin and Stephanie Raby, and soprano Meredith Ruduski. Admission of $100 per person includes complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres.

Westfest
August 29-31

West Fair and Rodeo Grounds; 1110 South Main Street

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.

World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off
August 29-30

Richards Park; Brady, TX

Brady / McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce
Erin Corbell, CFO/ Member
101 East First Street; Brady, TX 76825
(325) 597-3491
Music: Country
Activities: Street dance, BBQ Cook-Off, 5K Fun Run, Arts & Crafts, Children's Games
The 41st Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off begins Friday afternoon with arts & crafts, children’s games, food vendors and a cooker registration & welcome party complete with live music until midnight. Saturday begins with the 5K fun run and activity continues in the park with arts & crafts, children’s games, food vendors, a BBQ goat meal, and the awards ceremony. That night, a street dance on the downtown courthouse square will feature traditional country music by Cody Johnson Band, Brandon Rhyder, and Dolly Shine.

Clearfork Music Festival
August 30

Panther Island Pavilion ; 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX

Keep Texas Live
3113 South UNIVERSITY Drive Ste 401; Fort Worth, TX 76109-5616
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival
The Clearfork Music Festival is a full day music and art experience held alongside the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. This 40 acre outdoor venue is located in the heart of Fort Worth, just minutes from downtown, the festival will feature food trucks, tasty craft beer, art installations and a family friendly setting to enjoy the Labor Day weekend. 

Splash Jam
August 31

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) 401-5500; 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).

Float Fest
August 31

Cool River Ranch; 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, TX

Current Events LLC
Marcus Federman, President
2525 South Lamar, No. 8; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 585-2528; (512) 212-0449
Music: Dance/Electronic, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
 Float Fest is an annual music festival on the San Marcos River. Concert goers have the option to tube the river, or not, and attend a music festival at Cool River Ranch at the end of their float.