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Austin Chamber Music Festival
July 2-19

Various locations

Austin Chamber Music Center
Michelle Schumann
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562; Fax michelle@austinchambermusic.org
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Concert season, Music Festival, Lectures
For three weeks every July we revel in glorious chamber music indulgence! We invite the finest touring ensembles in the world to Austin to give share with us the richest experiences they can muster. The festival also offers a variety of free concerts, “Behind the Scenes with the Artists” presentations, and a chamber music workshops for students of all ages. This summer, orchestra your escape, with classical greats like Ida Kavafian and Peter Serkin, cello rock sensation Break of Reality, the American String Quartet, Time for Three, Miro Quartet, and more, there is something for every music lover!

Austin Chamber Music Workshop—Young Artists Division (ages 11-18)
July 2-18

Brentwood Christian School; 11908 North Lamar

Austin Chamber Music Center
Jeni Gossard, Director of Education
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Lectures, Workshops, Instruction
Enjoy a fun and motivational environment where you can CREATE new sounds, PLAY with other small ensembles, and EXPLORE new music with musicians who have the same passion for chamber music!

Bay Jammin' and Cinema Concert Series
July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

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.

Cool Canyon Nights ~ 2
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre; 1500 McKelligon Canyon Drive, 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
Cool Canyon Nights returns this summer for another season of free music. Every Thursday, beginning May 8th, enjoy free music in beautiful McKelligon Canyon. Relax with a night full of music and the cool canyon breeze. Patio acts start at 6:00 p.m. and last 45 minutes. Headlining bands will take the stage at approximately 7:00 p.m. Cool Canyon Nights VIPs enjoy free h’orderves in the National Furniture Liquidators VIP Lounge. Become a VIP by grabbing a Cool Canyon Nights VIP card at the National Furniture Liquidators location at 8600 Gateway Blvd E or at the KISS-FM Studios at 4180 N. Mesa. Other events happening during the concert include weekly prizes from Price’s Creameries and a donation center from Townsquare Cares, which will be taking donations to benefit MWR at Fort Bliss, thanks to Southwest University. Just because the concerts are done doesn’t mean your night has to end! Head to The Pershing Inn and Ray’s Backyard for the official Cool Canyon Nights After Party.

Annual 4th of July Festival on Nolan Creek & PRCA Rodeo
July 2, 3, 4

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

Belton Chamber of Commerce
Judy Garrett, Keith Smith
P.O. Box 659; Belton, TX 76513
(254) 939-3551
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Fiddling contests, Rodeo, arts and crafts, carnival, food vendors
Enjoy 3 days of live PRCA Rodeo action inside the air-conditioned Bell County Expo Center, July 2-4,2015. The Western Gift Show is now taking vendor applications. Enjoy the Festival on Nolan Creek on July 4th in Yettie Polk Park and Carnival July 2-5 at Confederate Park in Belton.

Lights on the Lake
July 2

Pecan Grove Park and Amphitheater; 3200 Canyon Creek Drive, Sherman, TX 75092

City of Sherman
Lauren Roth, Director of Tourism
P.O. Box 1029; Sherman, TX 75091-1106
(903) 893-1184
Activities: Music festival
Lights on the Lake is our annual Independence Day celebration at Pecan Grove Park and Amphitheater, Sherman’s newest and largest park. The event is free live music, kids’ activities, food vendors and a huge fireworks show entertain the crowd of more than 5,000 each year. Wristbands may be purchased for $5 each allowing access to kids' activities (bounce houses, Euro bungee, a waterslide and rock climbing wall).

Summer in the Park, Concert Series
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

San Marcos Plaza; 206 North CM Allen Parkway

The San Marcos Performing Arts Association, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, and the San Marcos Arts Commission
Barry Britton, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 651; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400; Fax (512) 739-7240
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
Free concert series featuring live music shows from Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, along the banks of the San Marcos river. Summer in the Park promotes area musicians and presents a variety of musical styles in a family-friendly environment.

Summer Showcase
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

The July 3rd Pops Concert
July 3

Bill Aylor RiverStage; 16 East Avenue A San Angelo

The San Angelo SymphonySociety
Courtney Mahaffey
P. O. Box 5922; San Angelo, TX 76902
Music: Americana, Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
The San Angelo Symphony’s July 3rd Pops Concert, presented by the James B. and Lois R. Archer Foundation, is a celebration that brings together over 35,000 people from all over our great state and our surrounding states as well. The concert is known as the fourth largest celebration of its kind in the State of Texas featuring a fireworks extravaganza sponsored by Mayfield Paper Company. The free, family-friendly patriotic celebration includes music performed by the San Angelo Symphony, a parade of flags by active military stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, the historic Fort Concho cannons, a kids play area and a military flyover. Gates open at noon. The concert is free! Limited reserved seating is available.

Aqua Boom 4th of July Celebration
July 3-5

Kingsland Chamber Grounds; Highway 1431, Kingsland, TX

Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Taylor, Aqua Boom Chairwoman
P.O. Box 465; Kingsland, TX 78639
(325) 388-6211; (325) 388-0733; Fax fitness80@verizon.net
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Street dance, Parades, Golf Tournament, BBQ/Chili Championship
The largest 4th of July Celebration in the Highland Lakes. Parades (Kids/Land/Water), Arts/Crafts Vendors, Remote Control AirCraft Show, Steak/BBQ/Chili Championship Cookoff, Classic Car Show, Food, Golf Tournament, Horseshoe/Washer Tournament, Poker Run on the River, Street Dance, Water Activities and FIREWORKS at the River Bridge. Events for the Entire Family!

Granbury Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
July 3-5

Historic Downtown Granbury, Over Lake Grandbury, Reunion Grounds; 100 Pearl Street

Granbury Chamber of Commerce
Sondra Walton, Events Director
3408 East Highway 377; Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-1622
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, parade, fireworks, carnival , old fashioned games, plays at historic opera house
Granbury's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration honors our nation's independence with an event featuring over 100 Arts and Crafts vendors, food vendors, Hometown Parade, Rodeo, Extreme Fire Works Show, car show Live Music Entertainment, 5K run Shall We Dance Event.

Hot Summer Sounds
July 3, 10, 17, 24

Miller Park; 1919 North First Street

City of Temple Parks and Recreation Department
2 North Main Street, No. 201; Temple, TX 76501
(254) 298-5440; (254) 298-5565
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
One of Temple’s best summer traditions! The 17th Annual Hot Summer Sounds is an 8-week free concert series held on Friday evenings, June 5th -July 24th , from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Miller Park. Hot Summer Sounds provides a unique variety of entertainment for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music and relaxation!

Kaboom Town! ~ 2
July 3

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

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; Fax Shelbi Stofer
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Fireworks Show and Air Show
Kaboom Town! is Addison's most explosive party of the year, which features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, live music by military bands and popular local acts, spectacular Cavanaugh Flight Museum's historic warbird flyovers, and more. Rated one of the top 10 fireworks shows in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more, Kaboom Town! promises spectacular views from just about anywhere in Addison. Avoid the traffic delays and stay after the fireworks for a free movie. Bands may submit materials via the website at: "http://www.addisontexas.net/events/KaboomTown/Applications_and_Forms/

Music Under the Star
July 3

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Plaza; 1800 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Josh Jacobs, Director of Film and Theaters
1800 Congress Avenue; Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-8746
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Jazz, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Concert season
Music Under the Star, the Museum's popular FREE concert series, is back for its ninth season! Join us Friday evenings in July at 6pm for FREE live music, food, museum after-hour admission and concerts! Set out your camp chairs and blankets (but please no coolers or outside refreshments) under the Star and listen to local artists perform live music. Rain or shine! Free event parking is available in the Museum's underground garage on the corner of 18th and Congress. Assured to be a fun time for attendees of all ages!

Pfirecracker Pfestival
July 3

Lake Pflugerville; East Pflugerville Parkway at Weiss Lane, Pflugerville, TX

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Music: Americana, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: firework show
The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival is a free, outdoor annual event, featuring two stages with live music, two children’s areas, food vendors, swimming on the north beach, playground, kayak rentals, and fireworks at sundown. After the show, the 1965 movie, “Beach Blanket Bingo” will be shown to commemorate the city’s 50th birthday, incorporated in 1965. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker for details and the list of entertainers

Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4

Town Green Park and Waterway Square; 2099 Lake Robbins Drive/31 Waterway Square Place

The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau
2801 Technology Forest Boulevard; The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 210-3478
Music: Country, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
The Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza in The Woodlands celebrates our nation's independence with one of the area's largest fireworks displays, live music, children's activities, vendors, eating contests and more. The Festival is free and open to the public with two Festival locations which are along The Woodlands Waterway, a 1.4 mile long corridor, that is 30 minutes north of Houston.

Addison Summer Series
July 4, 11, 18, 25

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.

4th of July Parade and Celebration
July 4

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5000; (512) 401-5508; Fax tara.mcalister@cedarparktx.us
Activities: Music festival, Annual Event
Come celebrate with us and enjoy a dance with live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, super slide, quad jump, spinner ride and rock wall. Recommended parking areas: CPHS, CPMS and ACC.

Fourth of July Fireworks & Concert
July 4

Auditorium Shores; 800 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX

Austin Symphony
Anthony Corroa
1101 Red River ; Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-6064
Music: Americana, Classical
Be part of the largest Independence Day celebration in the State. The Austin Symphony performs patriotic classics and the 1812 Overture! The concert finale backdrop is the spectacular mile-high fireworks display over the city's skyline. Free and open to the public. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Freedom Over Texas
July 4

Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou; 500 Allen Parkway

City of Houston
Marna Fredericks
Pennzoil Place / South Tower - 711 Louisiana, Suite 2050; Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224-9115; (832) 393-0868
Music: Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
Houston will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas. The annual event is held on July 4, culminating with one of the nation's largest land-based fireworks shows. The event is located at downtown in Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou from 4 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Gonzales Main Street Concert Series
July 4

Confederate Square; Saint Joseph Street

City of Gonzales, Texas - Main Street
Barbara Friedrich, Main Street Administrator
P.O. Box 547; Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-2815
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, antique cars, and vendors
Gonzales Main Street Concert Series: o New - Fourth of July concert and fireworks show at Confederate Square. o Features - Variety of music, additional attractions like antique cars, games for children, vendors. o Benefits - Provides entertainment alternative for residents, brings revenue into the downtown area, family oriented. o Community support - The business community, as well as the community as a whole, responded very favorably to the concert series. The event is supported by the Gonzales City Council, the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce as well as heavily backed by The Gonzales Cannon and The Gonzales Inquirer, Texas Thunder Radio and KCTI-AM 1450. o Sponsor benefits - Information placed in all advertising, logo on the poster which is distributed throughout South Texas (if agreement reached by March 30), featured in news stories, donation photo placed in The Gonzales Cannon and The Gonzales Inquirer, banner featured on stage for each weekend, announced repeatedly during each concert. *All concerts will be held at Confederate Square in downtown Gonzales.

July 4th Frontier Days Celebration
July 4

Old Settlers Park; 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX

City of Round Rock
Roger Heaney, Marketing Specialist
221 East Main Street; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 218-5400
Activities: Music festival
A parade, jalapeno pepper eating contest, children's' games, Sam Bass Shootout and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock's July 4th Frontier Days Celebration. It's a day of fun with an annual parade, pony rides, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors, Ballet Folkloric dancers and a reenactment of the historical Sam Bass Shootout, all leading up to the annual fireworks celebration! This event is free for the entire family. Independence Day festivities will begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion. Next, skydivers will fly into the festivities; then guests will enjoy music from the Austin Symphonic Band with Movies in the Park beginning after dark.

Rockport Arts Festival
July 4-5

Waterfront in Ski Basin Area; 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX

Rockport Art Association
Beverly Trifonidis
902 Navigation Circle; Rockport, TX 78382-2780
(361) 729-5519; (361) 729-5519
Music: Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock
The Rockport Arts Festival features food, fine arts and master crafts, and a variety of music, including jazz, blues, folk, classical, country, and pop/rock, also a children's activity area. The primary focus of the festival is the artwork sold by the 120 artists juried into the Art Festival. Musicians are local.

Round Top Music Festival ~ 2
July 4, 5, 10, 11

Festival Hill at Round Top; Highway 238 at Jaster Road, Round Top, TX

The James Dick Foundation
James Dick
P.O. Box 89; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 250-3815; (979) 249-3129
Music: A cappella, Children's, Classical, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Located in historic Round Top, Texas, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts and its sole project, the Round Top Festival Institute, were founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square, the project is now an internationally acclaimed European-styled music institute for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty. Over a thirty nine-year period and with the help of its patrons and friends, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts has developed superb year round education and performance programs. It has created also an unique 210-acre campus – Festival Hill – containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves. Through its singular collection of rare books, manuscripts, archival material, music and historic recordings, photographs and objects, the Round Top Festival Institute is also known as an important center for research and scholarly study. See website for schedule of events.

Stone Valley Music Festival
July 4

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.

Basically Beethoven Festival
July 5, 12, 19, 26

Dallas City Performance Hall; 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. , No. 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents concerts of classical music for small ensembles during the 2015 season of the Basically Beethoven Festival. These free concerts are held in the City Performance Hall in downtown Dallas on Sunday afternoons in July starting at 2:30. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area.

Cactus Pear Music Festival
July 5-19

Coker United Methodist Church, Boerne First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church; 231 East North Loop Road; 205 James Street; 373 Howard Street

Cactus Pear Music Festival
Renee' Davis, Executive Director
P.O. Box 880; Converse, TX 78109-0880
(210) 838-2218
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
It's hard to believe but the 15th season is here and gone with lots of wonderful memories of great performances still running through our heads. It's always sad to hear that last note of the last concert; but, it reminds us of how much more music there is to experience, whether with another CPMF season a mere 9 months away or, better yet, with a great SAS season in swing as well as concerts by Olmos Ensemble, Camarata, Tuesday Musical Club and San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

Austin Chamber Music Workshop—Primary Division (ages 7-10)
July 6-18

Brentwood Christian School; 11908 North Lamar

Austin Chamber Music Center
Jeni Gossard, Director of Education
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Lectures, Workshops, Instruction
Enjoy a fun and motivational environment where you can CREATE new sounds, PLAY with other small ensembles, and EXPLORE new music with musicians who have the same passion for chamber music!

Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series
July 7, 14, 21, 28

Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-5082
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Western Swing
Activities: Concert season
The popular “Sounds of Lewisville” concert series, a free family favorite since 1991, is held in Old Town Lewisville. Concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows.

Tall City Blues Fest
July 10-12

Centennial Plaza; Centennial Plaza

Tall City Blues Fest
Lisa Grissom
3001 W. Loop 250 North, Suite C-105 PMB 263; Midland, TX 79705
(432) 262-0034; Fax Ronn Reeger
Activities: Music festival
Tall City Blues Fest showcases award-winning and emerging talent, introduces new opportunities into the community, offers a culturally diverse attraction in West Texas, contributes positively to the quality of life and creates tourism. This year's Fest will showcase 17 performances and features Eight-Time Blues Music Award Winner Tab Benoit as the 2015 Fest headliner.

Music in the Park
July 10, 24

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.

Hot Nights, Cool Tunes
July 11, 18, 25

Downtown Brenham around the Square; Brenham, TX

Main Street Brenham
Jennifer Eckermann, Community Development Manager
P.O. Box 1059; Brenham, TX 77834
(979) 337-7384
Music: Cover/Tribute
Activities: Concert season
Free concerts each Saturday in July around the square in Brenham’s Downtown National Register District. Bring your lawn chairs for family fun and enjoy a free concert of great music in a quaint, small-town Texas, downtown setting!

Jackson Street Market Days
July 11

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.

Second Saturdays
July 11

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.

Songwriter Saturdays
July 11, 18, 25

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.

Camp Bluegrass
July 13-17

South Plains College; 1401 South College Avenue, Levelland

Camp Bluegrass and South Plains College
Paula Carr, Joe Carr, Alan Munde
210 Tanglewood Lane; Levelland, TX 79336
(806) 894-9611 Ext. 2341; (806) 239-2587
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Instructional Music Camp
Camp Bluegrass is a one-week residential picking camp for bluegrass musicians. It is held each July at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas located 30 miles West of Lubbock. Campers stay in dorms on campus or in conveniently located RV sites. Motels are also available in town. Food service is provided in the SPC cafeteria. Camp Bluegrass 2012 celebrates Bill Monroe’s 100th birthday year with a special week of activities dedicated to the Father of Bluegrass Music! Faculty includes former members of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys: Roland White (guitar ‘67-‘69,) Robert Bowlin (fiddle ‘93-‘96) and Jim Moratto (banjo ‘73-‘74.) Faculty will devote class time to Monroe’s music.

H-E-B Tournament of Champions Summer Jazz Workshop
July 15- July 17

Jazz Education, Inc
Denise Kennedy
P.O. Box 8031; Houston, TX 77288
(713) 839-7000; Fax Sydnee Simpson
Music: Jazz
The Summer Jazz Workshop were founded in 1972 by Houston Jazz greats Conrad Johnson and Bubbha Thomas. The workshop offers students an alternative in music education. The Summer Jazz Workshop is a five-week intensive, youth-oriented program that focuses on the fundamentals of music, jazz and its associated business aspects. This program has trained more than 10,000 student musicians throughout its history of more than four decades. Students enrolled in the workshop will play at the renowned Houston International Jazz Festival. This is not a sleepover camp.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
July 16, 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.

Hempstead Watermelon Festival
July 17-18

Hempstead Gazebo Park & Depot Park

Hempstead Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Carter, President
P.O. Box 517; Hempstead, TX 77445
(979) 826-8217; Fax fjrmad@flash.net
Music: Blues, Country
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, BBQ Cookoff, Parade
Watermelon Games, Carnival, Parade, Craft & Food Vendors, Live Entertainment, Street Dance, BBQ Cook off, Quilt show, car show, dog show and cake decorating contest.

Night in Old Fredericksburg ~ 2
July 18

Market Square; Downtown Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Debbie Garner
302 East Austin; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival, Ethnic festival
Night in Old Fredericksburg features German country music, folk dancers, and the best food in the Hill Country, including our famous Opa's sausage. Polka bands perform Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and night. In a nod to local nostalgia, the Wagon Aces will take the stage Friday night. Those who grew up in Fredericksburg will remember the Wagon Aces as a staple at local events, weddings and dance venues. If you have not heard the Wagon Aces, you simply must! Saturday our headliner is Max Stalling with opening performance by Thomas Michael Riley.

Salado Legends -- Outdoor Musical Drama
July 18, 25, August 1

Tablerock Amphitheater; 409 Royal Street, Salado, TX

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.

Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival ~ 2
July 19, 20

Luckenbach Texas
Linda Worley
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Luckenbach, TX 78624
(830) 537-4872; (888) 311-8990
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Since Waylon and Willie put Luckenbach on the map as a must-see music venue, it has time and again been rated as the #1 dance hall in the state. By hosting Thomas Michael Riley's music festival July 19 and 20, Luckenbach honors his distinctive Americana songwriting and vocal skills. TMR won Album of the Year from the Texas Academy of Music and has been a finalist for them as Entertainer of the Year, and Song of the Year. He has written three top ten hits, is a CMAA winner for best new song of the year, is a two-time "Hill Country Entertainer of the Year", and Texas Music Magazine's finalist for "Best in Texas". There will be continuous live music from Fri., July 19, 7-midnight, Sat. 2-midnight, and Sun. beginning at noon. Join us as "Everybody is Somebody at Luckenbach."

Great Texas Balloon Race
July 21-26

East Texas Regional Airport; 269 Terminal Circle Longview, TX

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.

Southwest Music Summer Exhibition
July 23-28

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; San Antonio, TX

Robin Tovar
1002 Central Parkway South; San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 492-8878
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Southwest Music Summer Exhibition is a comprehensive convention/exhibition for all music educators. Attendees can benefit from the strong music market in Texas and the Southwest United States while enjoying San Antonio's culture, food and entertainment.

Texas Bandmasters Association Convention Clinic ~ 2
July 23-26

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; 200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Texas Bandmasters Association
Michael Brashear, Executive Director
1002 Central Parkway South; San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 492-8878
Music: Big Band, Classical, Jazz, Marching Band
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Texas Bandmasters Association has worked diligently over the past 68 years to further the cause of instrumental music education in the communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities. Meeting the needs of instrumental teachers and the youth of Texas is a never ending challenge.

Viva Big Bend ~ 2
July 23-26

Alpine/Marfa/Fort Davis/Marathon; Alpine, TX

Viva Big Bend
Stewart Ramser
P.O. Box 50273; Austin, TX 78763-0273
(512) 472-6630
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Viva Big Bend is a celebration of music and Texas. Produced by Texas Music Magazine, Viva Big Bend is part music festival and part music-industry conference, which showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, talented people and a diverse culture. Approximately 55 music acts (representing a wide variety of styles) are expected to be showcased in at least eight venues. In addition to the music, events will be offered for music-industry representatives. Confirmed venues hosting music showcases include: Railroad Blues (Alpine), Granada Theatre (Alpine), Reata (Alpine), Padre's (Marfa), Planet Marfa (Marfa), Lost Horse (Marfa), Gage Hotel (Marathon), and the Kelly Outdoor Theater (Fort Davis).

Mobeetie Music Festival
July 24-26

Old Mobeetie Jail Museum; Court House Square, Mobeetie, TX

Old Mobeetie Texas Association
Melba Corcoran
P.O. Box 66; Mobeetie, TX 79061
(806) 845-2028
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
The Old Mobeetie Music Festival is a family-oriented three-day music jamboree with stage shows as well as "shade-tree pickin" around the camp sites. Camping in the rough is available along with over 100 electrical hookups. The Old Mobeetie Jail Museum is open to visitors during the festival. Performers include local bands as well as musicians from the surrounding states.