October - Texas Music Events Calendar 2015

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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.

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.

Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg
October 2-4

Downtown Market Square; 100 West Main Street

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.

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?

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!

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.

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!

Seafair ~ 2
October 9-11

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

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!

Cuero Turkeyfest
October 9-11

Cuero City Park; 1100 East Broadway

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.

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.

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!

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
October 16-17

Highway 79 Hutto; Highway 79 @ East Street

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.

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.

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.

Texas Guitar Show • Arlington
October 17-18

Arlington Convention Center; 1200 Ballpark Way

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.

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.

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

National Historic District; National Historic District

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.

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

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.