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East Texas Poultry Festival
October 1-3

Downtown Square; 100 Courthouse Square A-101, Center, TX

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Pam Phelps, Executive Director
100 Courthouse Square, No. A-101; Center, TX 75935
(936) 598-3682; (936) 598-3682
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: County fair
Held inside the historic courthouse square and courtyard in Center. Arts and crafts booths, 3-day carnival, with live entertainment day and night, parade, food booths, chicken clucking contest, chicken cooking contest, poultry judging\auction & more.

Festival Chicano ~ 2
October 1-3

Miller Outdoor Theatre; 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX

Festival Chicano
Daniel Bustamante, Founder
P.O. Box 3493; Houston, TX 77253
(713) 222-2783; (713) 284-8350
Music: Latin Pop, Tejano, Conjunto
Activities: Music festival
Festival Chicano is a celebration of Chicano culture featuring music (from popular Tejano to Mariachi) and is one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world. This annual showcase is held at one of the finest amphitheaters in the U.S. Legendary artists such as Selena, Little Joe, Lydia Mendoza, Esteban Jordan, Flaco Jimenez, and many others have performed on this stage. This family event has become a Houston tradition in its 35 years of production.

Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 2-4, 9-11

Zilker Park; 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Austin Park Foundation Presents
Charlie Jones
300 West Fifth Street, Suite 2100; Austin, TX 78701-3911
(512) 478-7211
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
Two weekends. Eight stages. 130 bands. One amazing music experience in Austin, Texas. The Austin City Limits Music Festival captures the magic of the longest running popular music show on television and brings it to the rolling green acreage of Austin's Zilker Park - with the real Austin skyline in the background. From folk to rock and gospel to country, the diverse line-up of legendary and emerging talent is as eccelectic as the show itself. Food and art from Austin’s own makes it a complete experience. For ticket and event information, visit www.austincitylimits.com.

Bootfest ~ 2
October 2-3

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

City of Victoria
Joel Novosad, Marketing Manager
P.O. Box 1758; Victoria, TX 77902
(361) 485-3117; (361) 485-3116
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Food, Arts & Crafts, Fireworks
The fifth annual Bootfest is a FREE 2-day festival of great live music and family-fun! Located in beautiful Downtown Victoria, the event will showcase Texas Country artists such as Kevin Fowler and Kyle Park, along with Tejano music recording artists and a variety of local favorites playing folk, country, blues, classic rock & roll and more. The large kids’ corral will offer a wide variety games, inflatables, and performances to entertain all ages. Boot makers will display their craft and fit festival-goers for custom made boots. Browse arts & craft vendors and enjoy a variety of food vendors offering a variety of tasty festival treats. Compete in the washer pitching tournament, browse classic rides at the car show and be sure to stick around for the incredible fireworks display!

Concert in the Park ~ 2
October 2

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613-7670
(512) 401-5508; (512) 401-5500
Music: Cover/Tribute, Pop, Rock, '80s music
Activities: Music festival
The City of Cedar Park is bringing the 1980's for a special concert in the park from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Milburn Park. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don't get to comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Includes an 80s costume contest.

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society Concert Series
October 2

Del Mar College East—Wolfe Recital Hall; Ayers at Kosar

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
Joan Allison, Program Chair
P.O. Box 60124; Corpus Christi, Texas 78466-0124
(361) 888-7785; Fax jallison3@stx.rr.com
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The 2015-16 concert series offers a variety of chamber ensemble configurations with performances by world-renowned artists including the Miro String Quartet - 10/03/15; The Chiara String Quartet - 11/21/15: the Gryphon Piano Trio - 01/23/16; the Shanghai String Quartet with Wu Man, pipa - 02/27/16; the Calmus Vocal Ensemble - 04/02/16; and the American String Quartet - 04/16/16.

"Come and Take It" Days Celebration ~ 2
October 2-4

Downtown Square in Historic Gonzales; Highway 183 Business in Downtown Gonzales, TX

Come and Take It Association/ Gonzales Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
Daisy Scheske, Executive Director
414 Saint Lawrence Street; Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-6532; (888) 672-1095; Fax BJonesCaka@txfb-ins.com
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Carnival, Parade, Arts and Crafts Booths, Art and Photography Shows, Canoe Race, 5K Run/Walk, Driving Tours
This event celebrates the firing of the first shot of the Texas Revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, with battle re-enactment, huge parade, carnival, arts and crafts booths, art and photography shows, canoe race, 5K run/walk, square dancers, driving tours, variety of foods available, Biergarten with live musical entertainment throughout the three-day festival. "http://www.twitter.com/comeandtakeittx "http://www.pinterest.com/comeandtakeittx "https://www.facebook.com/ComeandTakeItCelebration

Harvest Festival
October 2-3

Terry County Park; Brownfield, TX

Brownfield Chamber of Commerce
Lorena Valencia
P.O. Box 152; Brownfield, TX 79316
(806) 637-2564; Fax Lorena Valencia
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, pageant, parade, talent show
Join us in Brownfield, Texas for the 67th Annual Terry County Harvest Festival! The festival begins Thursday night with the Talent show and the Harvest Festival Queen Competition on October 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Brownfield Middle School Auditorium. Friday night a local performer opens for a headlining band in a hometown atmosphere at the Terry County Park ampitheater. Enjoy Texas cooking from the local food booths. Saturday's events begin down Broadway with the annual parade that leads into the park for activities, food, and live music. The Terry County Queen Coronation is the grand finale Saturday at 7:00 pm. Car show will be held also at the park Saturday. Join us for live music Friday and Saturday!

Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg
October 2-4

Downtown Market Square; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX

Creative Marketing
Debbie Farquhar-Garner
P.O. Box 222; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-4810
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival, family event
Fredericksburg's authentic Oktoberfest combines the traditions of the Old World with the best of Fredericksburg! Polka, waltz, two-step and chicken dance featured. Food concessions, arts and heirloom displays. Polka Capital of Texas! German music is our main emphasis with three days and four stages of the best German music around. Over 20 bands will perform throughout the weekend.

Ditch the Fest Fest
October 3, 10

TBA; Austin, TX

Raw Paw
Paul Grant
4004 Reeder's Drive; Austin, TX 78725
(512) 993-6733; (512) 993-6733; Fax paul@rawpawatx.com
Music: Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Since its inception in 2010, Ditch the Fest Fest has been the local festival for the Austin community. After five successful events, the playful alternative festival to Austin City Limits Festival has taken on a life its own. Lucy and the Poodle Productions is responsible for its existence and passed the torch to Raw Paw in 2013. After the unprecedented reception of last year’s Ditch the Fest Fest 4 & 5, Raw Paw has earned the ear and respect of Austin’s event goers and taste makers with over 2000 attendees and the title of “Top 10 Creative Things in Austin” by the Austin Chronicle. Austin residents just voted Raw Paw "Best Record Label in Austin".

Dry Devil's River Music Flood 2
October 3

Sutton County Park; Sonora, Texas

Sonora Chamber of Commerce
Donna Garrett, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1172; Sonora, TX 76950
(325) 387-2880; 1-888-387-2880; Fax (325) 387-5357
Music: Blues, Country
Activities: Music festival, cook-off, washer pitching
This is a music festival with approximately 8 bands playing from noon to midnight. Food vendors on site. Washer Pitching, Catfish cool-off, BYOB, primitive camping available.

Jackson Street Market Days
October 3

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.

Lakefest
October 3

Silver Lake Park; 2500 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, TX

Marinas International/ WaterWay Adventures
Adina Ritter
11226 Indian Trail; Dallas, TX 75229
(214) 208-3494
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Where can you go to find friends, family, community and charity, having fun at the lake for a common goal? Join us for Lakefest 2015 on Saturday, October 4th at Silver Lake Park. This is an exciting event, where 100% of the funds raised are used to benefit a local charity. Lakefest has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception to help various deserving charities. It will be a day of cooperation, fellowship, volunteerism and progress - all in the name of charity. This year we are partnering with the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH). TAIMH is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the healthy emotional development of infants, toddlers, and their families. Their mission is to increase awareness of the critical importance of the first three years of life, support conditions that enhance the quality of infant and toddler/caregiver relationships, advocate for policies and practices that support the healthy development of young children, and educate the birth-to-three workforce in best practices. Here are some things to think about... • What if you could help an abused child? • What if you could help a family through tragedy? • What if you could teach a new mom how to care for her baby? • What if you could help recognize and treat developmental delays? • What if you could teach the next generation empathy?

Pioneer Days Street Dance
October 3

Downtown Business District; Dowtown Whitney

Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce
Diana Reed
P.O. Box 604; Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-2540
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Polka, Pop, Tejano
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance, Arts and Crafts booth
Downtown Whitney streets close to all but pedestrian traffic for the largest festival in Whitney, attracting over 11,000 people. The day's activities start early, and continue through the evening. Many visitors and residents look forward to this "can't-be-missed" event. Among the activities that day are carnival games & rides, food booths, arts & crafts booths, health & fitness exhibits, baby photo contest, 50/50 raffle, pet photo contest, parade, live entertainment, street dance, and rodeo. Visitors enjoy themselves as they stroll through the almost 250 booths. Admission is free during the day. The festival, sponsored by the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, has been entertaining people of all ages for over three decades. Applications for booths are available online. For more information, you can call 254-694-2540.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert ~ 2
October 4

Cowboys Dance Hall; 2540 East Abram Street, Arlington, TX

SRV Remembrance Ride, Inc.
Shon Beall
4908 Mill Creek Trail; Fort Worth, TX 76179
(214) 320-9032
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival, Motorcycle rally
While remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan, enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and blues concert, benefiting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund!

Piney Woods Fair
October 7-11

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center; 3805 Northwest Stallings, Nacogdoches, TX

Nacogdoches County Exposition Center
Anita Scott
3805 Northwest Stallings Drive; Nacogdoches, TX 75964
(936) 564-0849; (936) 564-0849
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: County fair
The Piney Woods Fair is an old fashioned county fair. Shows include home canning, crafts, arts, photography; agriculture include dairy, beef, lamb, poultry, rabbit, goat, barrow, and agricultural mechanics. We have a variety of music and free entertainment that comes with fair admission.

Gruene Music and Wine Festival ~ 2
October 8-11

Gruene Hall & The Grapevine; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Celli, Event Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Guitar Auction
This Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food, beer, and wine at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All four days will be filled with vintner and music events, wine, beer, and food samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. Visit GrueneMusicandWineFest.org; call (830) 629-5077 or toll free from San Antonio (830) 606-1601 for tickets and information.

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo
October 8-17

Extraco Events Center; 4601 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX

Extraco Events Center
Wes Allison
4601 Bosque Blvd.; Waco, TX 76710
(254) 776-1660
Music: Children's, Country, Gospel, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo
The Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo, held at the Extraco Events Center in Waco is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We operate year-round along side our over 500 active volunteers, fulfilling our mission to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences at the premier multi-use facility while giving back through youth scholarships and a positive economic impact to Central Texas. The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo is proud to have an economic impact of over $67 million annually!

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival ~ 2
October 9-11

Downtown Square Conroe, Texas (I-45 North to Hwy. 105 and go East)

The Friends of Conroe, Inc.
Traci Huhn, Tourism Coordinator
101 S Main Street; Conroe TX 77301-3519
(936) 522-3500
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Street dance, Annual Event
Several notches above the basic community festival, The Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival annually draws 30,000 to 40,000 people to hear its amazing music line-up, browse through the many craft booths and exhibits and eat a variety of Cajun style food. A strong regional attraction, the festival is beginning to attract nationwide attention.

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 9-11

Cuero City Park; 1100 East Broadway, Cuero, TX

Turkeyfest Association
Kristie Tieken
124 East Church Street; Cuero, TX 77954
(361) 275-2112; (361) 275-6351
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Polka, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Cuero Turkeyfest is the annual celebration of our turkey heritage in DeWitt County. Featuring the world famous Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race, kids turkey calling contest, parade, carnival, food, arts & crafts, and nightly concerts and dances under our covered pavilion, with the biggest names in Texas country music, IBCA Sanctioned cook-off, margarita-off, street magician, and more.

Seafair ~ 2
October 9-11

Rockport Navigation District Festival Grounds; Downtown Rockport at Harbor and Ski Basin, Rockport, TX

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism and Events
Sandy Jumper, Director of Tourism & Events
319 Broadway Street; Rockport, TX 78282
(361) 729-6445; Fax (316) 729-7681
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Singing contests, Trade show/convention
The family-friendly event includes three days filled with a wide variety of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live crab races, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and cardboard boat races, carnival rides and games, and educational maritime activities. Last - but not least – is delicious food including gumbo (seafood and non-seafood), desserts, salsa and more!

Canton Autumn Stroll Festival
October 10

Downtown Canton; North Buffalo Street

Canton Main Street
Tam Erwin
119 North Buffalo Street; Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-1851; (903) 567-1849; Fax Tam Erwin
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: street fair
The Autumnn Stroll is coming back to downtown with fun activities for the whole family, including live music, vendors, sanctioned BBQ cook-off, childrens' area, exhibitions, and more.

Katy Rice Harvest Festival
October 10-11

Historic Downtown Katy; Katy, TX

Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Ann Hodge
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite B206; Katy, TX 77494-3117
(281) 391-5289
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival is two big days of excitement and family fun with two stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, carnival and more. Celebrate Katy's agricultural heritage at the Annual Rice Harvest Festival with arts and crafts, food, a carnival, photo contest, rice cooking contest and continuous live entertainment on two stages in historic downtown Katy. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival showcases local talent and Texas bands.

Second Saturdays
October 10

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.

Texas Renaissance Festival
October 10- Nov 29

52 miles northwest of downtown Houston, Texas; Todd Mission, TX

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774; Todd Mission, TX 77363
(936) 894-2516; (800) 458-3435
Music: Renaissance
The Texas Renaissance Festival is held each Saturday and Sunday in a recreated 16th-century village. It features, the fine arts, food, and frivolity of the period updated for modern guests. Music abounds and ranges from strolling minstrels in the troubadour tradition, to a brass ensemble, to bagpipes, to madrigals, to unaccompanied voice, to a unique carillon bell act, "Cast In Bronze". Texas Based musical groups that perform include; I Madrigali, Jim Hancock, Wynd ' N Wyre with Therese Honey, Istanpitta, As You Like It, Passing Measures, and The Flying Fish Sailors.

Yamboree Fiddler's Contest
October 14-17

Courthouse Square; Gilmer, TX

East Texas Yamboree
Joan Small
P.O. Box 854; Gilmer, TX 75644
(903) 843-2413; (903) 843-3981
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Fiddling contests
The Annual Yamboree Fiddler's Contest is a fiddling contest that has been held for more than 60 years. The age division for contestants are 0-12,13-35, 36-59, 60 and older. Accompanist contest takes two top fiddler, who then compete for the grand championship prize.

Western Week ~ 2
October 15-18

Bee County Exposition Center; 214 South FM 351, Beeville, TX

Bee County Chamber of Commerce/ CVB
Isabel R. Ramirez, Tourism & Events Specialist
1705 North Saint Mary's Street; Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 358-3267
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo, Singing contests
Western Week is Bee County's largest and longest running festival that was started over 35 years ago and has since become a Beeville tradition. The weekend celebrations draw families and tourist from all areas of Texas. Western Week is a celebration of our rich Texas tradition which includes music, food, art-crafts, and entertainment.

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
October 16-18

Mercer Street; Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, TX

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival LLC
Dave Niemeyer
P.O. Box 1160; Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(281) 650-6685
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
You are invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. We are offering people the up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting. In a nutshell, this event is all about finely-crafted SONGS…and the talented folks who have written them. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national talent, this 1st Annual event will feature more than 20 shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play “in-the-round”, Nashville-style. Event stages will be hosted by various local hot spots along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs and daily performances will be absolutely FREE for everyone!

FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls, a music and wine festival
October 16-17

Lakeside Park

FiestaJAM
John Arthur Martinez
P.O. Box 268; Marble Falls, TX 78654
(512) 217-9404
Music: Country, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls 2015 is a two-day festival showcasing the blossoming music and wine scenes in the Marble Falls/Burnet County area of the Texas Hill Country while supporting Marble Falls Independent School District and Harmony School of Creative Arts music education programs.

Greek FUNstival ~ 2
October 16-18

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church; 2504 North St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Parish Council President
2504 North St. Mary's Street; San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 735-5051
Music: Greek
Live Greek band performing bouzouki, folk and modern Greek music with dancing throughout the event by the FUNstival Dancers. We have Greek costumes, mouthwatering, authentic Greek food, a Greek marketplace, and tours of the historic church. Free parking is available with free shuttle service to the church grounds. FUNstival begins on Friday night, October 17, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Then Saturday, October 18, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19, noon to 7 p.m.. Dates have changed to Oct. 16 - 18, 2015

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
October 16-17

Highway 79 Hutto; Highway 79 @ East Street, Hutto, TX

Hutto Chamber of Commerce
Tom Britton, President
P.O. Box 99; Hutto, TX 78634
(512) 759-4400
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Street dance, Concert, festival, classic car show
Hutto Olde Tyme Days Festival is a celebration of our town's heritage. Lots of wonderful/unique crafts, food booths, music and live music on the main stages all day long.

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
October 16-18

Hoblitzelle Conference Center; 8060 Singleton Road, Midlothian

Traditional Irish Music Education Society
Ken Fleming
1320 Navaho Trail; Richardson, TX 75080
(469) 215-1840; Fax director@oflahertyretreat.org
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Celtic, Irish
Activities: Music festival, educational classes, music camp, evening concerts, ceili, sessions
The 12th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat will be held October 16-18, 2015 at the Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Dallas. Classes will be held on bodhran, bouzouki, button accordion, concertina, dancing, fiddle, flute, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano accordion, singing, tenor banjo, uilleann pipes, and whistle. An exceptional lineup of instructors will teach including some of the best musicians/instructors in the tradition. Tuition is $250 for adults and $150 for youth ages 12 to 18 by invitation only. Tuition covers up to nine 90-minute core classes, three one-hour enrichment classes and three 90-minute workshops. Meals, lodging and shuttle service may be reserved separately. A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance

Texas Jazz Festival
October 16-18

Heritage Park; 1581 North Chaparral, Corpus Christi

Texas Jazz Festival Society
Rick Sanchez
P.O. Box 424; Corpus Christi, TX 78408
(361) 688-1296; (361) 876-6669
Music: Big Band, Gospel, Jazz, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
The Texas Jazz Festival features over 50 bands on three stages over a three day weekend set at Heritage Park, downtown Corpus Christi. Primarily all types of jazz, blues. gospel. Food, arts and crafts. No cover charge or admittance fee. World's longest running "free" jazz festival. Official jazz festival for the state of Texas.

Cruisin' on the Brazos
October 17

Downtown Courthouse Square

Seymour Chamber of Commerce
Myra Busby, Managing Director
P.O. Box 1379; Seymour, TX 76380
(940) 889-2921
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
Crusin' on the Brazos is a celebration of the fall Season and is staged in our downtown area around the Baylor County Courthouse and esplanades. Streets are blocked off and fun takes priority over traffic. The streets are filled with vendors offering Arts & Crafts, novelties, foods of all descriptions, a car show, live music, games, displays and so much more. All are surrounded by the delicious aroma of barbecue and chili from the cook-offs.

Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert 2
October 17

El Maida Shrine Temple; 6331 Alabama, El Paso

Border Legends of El Paso
Rick Kern/Producer/Promoter
1908 Ratner Circle; El Paso, TX 79936
915-820-8002
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
We bring in the actual popular bands of the 60's and 70's that played in El Paso. It is a 7 hour concert featuring 8-9 groups each year.

Ocktoberfest
October 17

Anhalt Hall; 2390 Anhalt Road, Spring Branch, TX

Germania Farmer Verein
David J Davenport
2390 Anhalt Road; Spring Branch, TX 78070
(830) 438-2873; (210) 240-2456
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival
Ocktoberfest is a German festival with polka music, a family style pot roast meal, and a country and western evening dance.

Pfall Chili Pfest
October 17

Downtown Pflugerville; Downtown Pflugerville

City of Plugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville,TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Music: Country, Pop, Rock
Activities: Street dance, live music, chili tasting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, car shows, Pinewood Derby racing, and motorcycle displays
The Pfall Chili Pfest is an annual event held by the City of Pflugerville. This event primarily consists of the Annual Chili Cook-off Contest, but also features vendors, a children’s area, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Pinewood Derby and Heat Wave Car Show. Online applications for vendors and cook-off team entries will be taken starting in mid-July. Event time: Noon to 7 p.m.

San Saba Pecan Jam on the Square
October 17

San Saba Courthouse Square; 500 E Wallace St San Saba, TX

San Saba Festival Association
Tony Guidroz
303 South Clear Street ; San Saba, TX 76877
(281) 468-5886; (325) 372-5145
Music: Country, Western Swing
The best one day festival in Texas. A GoTexan event featuring the best in Texas Wine, Texas Music, Texas Products and Texas Food. Our festival, celebrating the town of San Saba, its unique pecan history and industry, was launched in by the San Saba Festival Association, a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. The Vision is to promote San Saba, its people, its pecan heritage and the many beautiful attributes through this Hill Country gateway event celebrating Texas wine, Texas music, Texas food, and Texas products. It is a family focused event that demonstrates the San Saba spirit of friendliness, and draws attendance from across Texas and beyond.

Stone Valley Music Festival
October 17

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.

Texas Book Festival ~ 2
October 17-18

State Capitol Building; Austin, TX

The Texas Book Festival
Claire Burrows
610 Brazos, Suite 200; Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-4055
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: book sales and signing, children's activities, live music, and cooking demonstrations
The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. Featuring 250+ author appearances, book sales and signing, children's activities, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

Texas Guitar Show • Arlington
October 17-18

Arlington Convention Center; 1200 Ballpark Way, Mansfield, TX

Texas Guitar Shows, Inc.
John Brinkmann
920 North Main Street; Mansfield, TX 76063
(817) 473-6059; (817) 312-7659
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Texas Guitar Show in Arlington centers around the buying, selling, and trading of stringed instruments. A jam session will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Producing shows since 1978, and instruments from over fifteen foreign countries, the Texas Guitar Show is the largest vintage instrument event with over 100,000 square feet of musical instruments.

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival
October 23-25

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center; 225 East Stenger Street, San Benito, TX

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
Soledad Nunez, Rogelio Nunez
P.O. Box 471; San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 244-0373
Music: Texas- Mexican Conjunto
Activities: Music festival
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the Mexicano community through music, theater, dance, film, literary works, the visual arts, and other art forms. The organization also serves as a community resource center.The 24th Annual Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival will be held October 23, 24, & 25, 2015. We will feature 16 bands to perform during the festival. We expect the 24th Annual Conjunto Festival to once again bring the best in conjunto music to the Resaca City. We look forward to this three day event which will bring patrons in the thousands from the Valley and other destinations in Texas and the U.S.

Island Oktoberfest
October 23-24

German Evangelical Lutheran Church; 2415 Winnie

German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Carlos Pena
2415 Winnie; Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-8477
Music: Polka
Activities: Street dance
This festival came along with early Bavarian immigrants to Galveston. It was originally a royal wedding festival which soon transformed into an agricultural fair with dancing, competitions, crafts, foods and of course Bavarian's splended beverage, beer. The Island's 24th and Winnie celebration in historic down town Galveston will be much like that held throughout Germany at this very same time.

Pecan Fest Heritage Days
October 23-25

Downtown Seguin; Seguin, TX

City of Seguin
Jillian Boldway
116 North Camp Street; Seguin, TX 78155
(800) 580-7322; Fax Kyle Kramm
Activities: Street dance
Visitors to this year's Pecan Fest Heritage Days will be in for a fun-filled family event celebrating area pecan growers and the community's rural heritage. The event takes place at various downtown venues and at the nearby Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center (Cordova Road & Highway 123, two miles north of Seguin), as well as the Pape Nutcracker Museum. Pecan Fest Heritage Days' features an outdoor market, trolley tours of historic sites, ghost tours and a free outdoor concert and hat parade.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
October 23-25

National Historic District; National Historic District, Fort Worth TX

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Debbie Bowman
P.O. Box 4507; Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 444-5502
Music: Cowboy, Cowboy poetry
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Poetry Contest
Join us in the Fort Worth Stockyards, National Historic District to celebrate the West. Voted "Best Gathering and Best Family Event" by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine. This year's musical lineup includes Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Dan Roberts, Jean Prescott, The Quebe Sisters Band, and the Burson Family. Cowboy Poetry by Chris Isaacs, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jay Snider, Oscar Auker and Red Steagall.

Barbecue on the Pedernales
October 24

LBJ National Historical Park / LBJ Ranch; 144 Park Road 49, Stonewall, TX

Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park
Sharon Herbert
PO Box 1831 100 Lady Bird Lane; Johnson City, TX 78636
(830) 868-7128 EXT. 222
Activities: evening concert, dancing, fund raiser, live auction
Join the Friends of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for an evening reminiscent of the barbecues President and Mrs. Johnson hosted for guests from around the world. Entertainment by Chris Cagle and catering by The Salt Lick BBQ. Live auction will be held. Tickets: adults $75; children under 12 $15; reserved table for 8 people $800; sponsorship tables available.

Hot Pepper Festival ~ 2
October 24

Historic Main Street District; 500 North Queen Street

City of Palestine
Heather Hrebec
504 N. Queen St.; Palestine, TX 75801
(903) 723-2026; (903) 723-3014; Fax Heather Hrebec
Music: Americana, Big Band, Country
Activities: County fair, Music festival
During the "Hottest Little Festival in Texas," enjoy a barbecue and chili cook-off, children's zone, arts and crafts, a pepper eating contest and live music.

Pecan Fest Heritage Days ~ 2
October 24, 25

Downtown Seguin; 116 North Camp Street

Seguin Tourist Information Center
Jillian Boldway, Director
116 North Camp Street; Seguin, TX 78155
(800) 580-7322; (830) 401-0810
Music: Cover/Tribute, Swing, 70's & 80's cover band
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Trade show/convention, Hat parade, ghost tours, cemetary tours, historic tours, trade booths, beer & wine garden, live music
This year's Pecan Fest Heritage Days will take place in downtown Seguin's Central Park and Heritage Village. Pecan Fest Heritage Days features a beer & wine garden, live bands, an outdoor market, historic site tours, ghost tours, cemetery tours, a street dance and hat parade, car show, quilt and pottery shows, pecan pie contest, pecan treats and HEB Texas Vanilla Seguin Pecan ice cream.

Tejano Music Awards ~ 2
October 24

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX

Texas Talent Musicians Association
Felix Mendoza
P.O. Box 761358; San Antonio, TX 78245-6358
(210) 710-7512; (210) 224-7592
Music: Tejano
Activities: Awards show
San Antonio, Texas (6-23-2015): The Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA), producers of the 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards (TMA’s), have announced Saturday, October 24, 2015 as the official date for this year’s awards show. This will mark its 35th year as the only major and longest-running event to recognize the Tejano music genre. This year, the Tobin Center of the Performing Arts will be the place where fans can expect a spectacular show that promises many surprises, exciting musical collaborations, and of course recognition of Tejano’s best and brightest stars. For tickets to the 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards Show, visit tobi.tobincenter.org or visit the Tobin Center Box Office. Ticket prices range from $28 to $100 for VIP seating. Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote professional excellence; a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music; and to provide a public forum for songwriters, performers and musicians in order to recognize their artistic efforts and achievements through the annual Tejano Music Awards and related events. TTMA is based in San Antonio, Texas: "The Tejano Music Capital of the World”.

Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic ~ 2
October 24

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.

World Championship Fiddlers Festival
October 24

Davy Crockett Memorial Park; Crockett, Tx

Charles Arnold
P. O. Box 343; Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 546-5174; (935) 222-5206; Fax Paul Stringer
World Championship Fiddlers Festival Of Crockett, Texas. 2015 will be the 79th Fiddlers Festival Event held on October 24th in David Crockett Memorial Park in Crockett, Texas. Fiddlers from all over the world are invited to join and fiddle for the World title of World Champion Fiddler. Free admission in the park. Vendors are invited. All day affair. Held each year since 1937.

Festival of Pumpkins
October 25

Downtown; Paris

City of Paris Main Street
Bethany Golden
P.O. Box 9037; Paris, TX 75460
(903) 784-9293; (903) 784-9293
Music: Country
Activities: Street dance
Mark your calendars now and plan to spend October 24th in downtown Paris at the 9th Annual Festival of Pumpkins sponsored by Paris Main Street. Listen to live music on the main stage all day. Enjoy a unique shopping experience and browse downtown stores for huge Festival savings! Visit the many street vendors for one of a kind finds and fill up on all your favorite festival fares like corn dogs, funnel cakes and kettle corn. Don't miss the crowd favorites including the pet pageant, costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, bungee jump and pony rides. Cash prizes are awarded for best costume and best decorated pumpkin! For a complete schedule of events and more information on how to register for contests please visit "http://www.festivalofpumpkins.com or call Bethany Golden at (903) 784-9293. Festival hours are 10am-8pm.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest ~ 2
October 25

Market Square; 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX

Creative Marketing
Debbie Farquhar-Garner
703 North Llano; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Reggae, World Beat
Activities: Food and Wine Fest
The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest features the best Texas made food and wine around. Live music all day. Auction, gargantuan grape toss, and more entertain thousands as they sample wine and food. Everyone enjoys relaxing as they enjoy the best jazz and blues in the hill country. There are as many as 29 different wineries and over 40 specialty booths from across the great state of Texas. There is plenty of action for this one day event.

Pickin' & Grinnin' Bluegrass Festival
October 29-31

Coushatte Recreation Ranch; 2812 Nelius Road, Bellville, TX

Texas Bluegrass Music
Colee Biller/Littlefield, Festival Manager and Promoter
26717 Bayou Tesch Drive; Magnolia, TX 77354
(936) 697-5949; (281) 259-5453
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Texas Bluegrass Music hosts 3 outdoor events for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing at each festival. No alcohol is sold. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts, and miscellaneous other merchandise. Full RV hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.