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Kerrville Fall Music Festival
September 1-4

Quiet Valley Ranch; 3876 Medina Highway (16 South) Kerrville, TX

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

Labor Day Bluegrass Festival
September 2-4

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road, Grapeland, 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, Blues, 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 RVÂ hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.

Annual Labor Day Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
September 3 – 6

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road

Texas Bluegrass Music, LLC
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.

Splash Jam
September 3

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd. Cedar Park, TX

City of Cedar Park – Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5536; (512) 401-5508;
Music: Country, Pop
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
A washer tournament will begin at 4:00 p.m. Starting at 5:00 p.m. enjoy free live music with a dance and inflatables. Fees apply for the following: food concessions, face painting, hamster balls, quad jump, spinner ride, super slide and rock wall. The night will end with a fabulous fireworks display. Milburn Pool will also be open (regular pool admission rates apply).

KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove
September 7, 14

Shady Grove Restaurant; 1624 Barton Springs Road

KGSR & The Shady Grove
Stephanie Kralik – Marketing Manager
1624 Barton Springs Road; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-9991;
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop
Activities: Concert season
KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Music begins at 8:00pm every Thursday night from April 13- September 14. Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials. “At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.” Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.

Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion Fiddle Contest
September 8

Reunion Pavilion and Grounds; 111 Reunion Drive, Alvarado, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association
Rocky Biggs, Association Director
P.O. Box 217; Alvarado, TX 76009
(817) 783-8114
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Western Swing
Activities: Awards show, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Baby Contest, Arts and Crafts, County Fair, Parade, Carnival, Queens Contest, Car Show, Gospel Music, Battle of the Bands

Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo
September 8-16

Gregg County Fairgrounds; 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview, TX

Longview Jaycees
Billy Clay
P.O. Box 1124; Longview, TX 75606
(903) 753-4478; (903) 753-5452
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo features a wide variety of entertainment including an array of exhibits, a carnival, magic shows, local musical acts and the Miss Gregg County Pageant. We have plenty of good food and exhibitors inside and outside. The Gregg County Fair & Expo is a place for clean family entertainment.

Eastside Kings Festival
September 9-10

Club 40, White Swan, 1808 Club, JT’s Body Shop; East 12th Street, Austin, TX

Dialtone Records/Dynaflow Records/Eastside Kings Festival
Eddie Stout, Owner
P.O. Box 133; Austin, TX 78767
(512) 228-8434
Music: Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Eastside Kings Fest takes place the first week of September putting together great Blues/Gospel/Jazz acts every year for two amazing evenings. Over thirty bands in eight venues within one block in historic East Austin.

Sanger Sellabration
September 9

Downtown Sanger; Town Square, Sanger, TX

Sanger Chamber of Commerce
Debbie Reaves, Administrator
P.O. Box 537; Sanger, TX 76266
(940) 458-7702; (940) 458-7702;
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Street dance
Annual event with an attendance of over 3,000 people. Well over 150 vendors and food trucks. Full day of stage events to include talent show, Little Miss & Mr. Sanger Pageant; street dance and live entertainment.

Birthday Bombazo
September 10

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center; 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
Dr. Ana Maria Maynard
15228 Quiet Pond Court; Austin, TX 78728-4555
(512) 251-8122
Music: Puerto Rican
Activities: Music festival

Pasadena Livestock Show, Rodeo and Championship Bar-B-Que
September 14-16, 22-30

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7601 Redbluff, Pasadena, TX

Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Association
Sherry Free
7601 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507-1003
(281) 487-0240
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests, Street dance, Trade show/convention
Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo believes that we are one team, one association and one vision. We are a group of volunteers with a common goal working as one unit to achieve success through student education. Our vision is to benefit the community, support youth and education, and preserve cowboy heritage. We strive to promote education and preserve the way of the cowboy. Area businessmen and cowboys & cowgirls work side by side to bring the community together in one working unit. Our organization strives to meet and expand those expectations. By continuing with the dream of our forefathers our volunteers will help make this association a success and improve the quality of citizens that this community produces.

Sonic Transmissions Festival ~ 2
September 14-16

The North Door; 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX

8600 Brodie Lane, No. 1317; Austin, TX 78745
(312) 320-7471; Ingebrigt Håker Flate
Music: Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, World Beat, Experimental
Activities: Music festival
Bringing world-class Jazz, World, Hip Hop, Fusion and Avant-Garde artists to Austin, the Sonic Transmissions Festival is at the forefront of cutting edge music and audience experiences. Experiment! Experience! Inspire!

El Grito De Independencia Cultural Celebration
September 15

Pioneer Event Center; 1025 West Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX

Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors DFW
Mary Dominguez-Santini CWEP
613 Thornwood Trail; Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(972) 480-7501
Music: Latin/Spanish, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival
Traditional El Grito event, reenactment of the Cry of Dolores by Father Miguel Hidalgo, marking Mexico and Latin America celebrating independence day, traditional dances, culinary tasting, proclamation, great family event

Tri-State Fair & Rodeo
September 15-23

Tri-State Fairgrounds; 3301 South East 10th Street, Amarillo, TX

Amarillo Tri-State Exposition
Virgil Bartlett
3301 South East Tenth Avenue; Amarillo, TX 79104
(806) 376-7767
Music: Country, Cowboy, Pop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Trade show/convention
Annual family event that encompasses the Texas Panhandle and parts of New Mexico and Okloahoma. Livestock shows, vendeors, 4-H and FFA competitions along with 4 nights of rodeo and 4 nights of live music. Concerts are held outdoors.

Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cook-Off & Festival
September 15-17

Santa Fe Park; McCamey, TX

McCamey Chamber of Commerce
Ramon Venegas, Director
P.O. Box 906; McCamey, TX 79752
(432) 652-8202
Music: Americana, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, BBQ cookoff, 5K Run
Come get your taste of West Texas! Competitive BBQ cookers and live music, food trailers and vendors fill McCamey’s tree-lined Santa Fe Park at annual Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cook-Off. This family-friendly BBQ and Music Festival offers activities for kids, as well as Hot Dog and Jalapeno eating contests (for the brave). BBQ Teams set-up on Friday, Saturday heats up with a 5K & Fun Run in the morning, and keeps cooking with waterslides, horseback rides, washer tourneys and fun for families, and DJs. BBQ competition awards presentation in the afternoon. Saturday evening, chill out in the Park, enjoy night shopping and great food. Join us for a street dance with live performances by popular Texas bands on the Historic Santa Fe Depot Stage.

The Garage Birthday Bash
September 16

The Garage; 1110 North Main Street, Fort Stockton

The Garage CMM LLC
Renee Gaylor
1110 N Main Street; Fort Stockton, TX 79735
(432) 701-0588
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Metal, Punk, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival
All day live music venue featuring a wide variety of music styles, free to attend!

September 18-20

Outdoor in park; Jefferson, TX

KING Country Radio
Glorya Wilson
5904 South Cooper, Suite 104-207; Arlington, TX 76017
(817) 240-5970
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, Arts & Crafts
This free four day event will be held on an outdoor stage with indoor entertainment in area restaurants. The Agapefest will feature some of the greatest Christian Country Gospel Artists. There will be special events throughout the four days as well as seminars for aspiring song writers and performers. A beautiful small town setting will make this a perfect week end to come to East Texas.

Larry Joe Taylor’s Rhymes & Vines Music Festival and Home Brew Contest ~ 2
September 20-23

Melody Mountain Ranch; 1290 Private Road 707 Stephenville, TX 76401

Melody Mountain Ranch, Inc.
Zack Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 968-8505; (254) 968-8505
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Homebrew competition
Larry Joe Taylor’s annual Rhymes and Vines Music Festival includes three days of original acoustic and band music. Attendance is approximately 5000 and plenty of onsite camping is available. Visit our web site for updates on camping, prices, and artist lineup “

Panhandle South Plains Fair
September 22-30

The Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds; 1012 Avenue A

Panhandle South Plains Fair Association
Herbert F. Higgs, Jr. C.F.E.
P.O. Box 208; Lubbock, TX 79408
(806) 763-2833
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Panhandle South Plains Fair is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)5 organization which operates as a regional fair for the purpose that all fairs exist, which is, the promotion of Agriculture and Livestock Production, the support of Youth and Education, and to provide an entertainment venue for the people in our trade area. The Fair is a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, Texas Association of Fairs and Expositions, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, and the North American Livestock Show & Rodeo Manager’s Association.

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Season
September 22-23, October 8, 10, November 2, 11, 19, 30

Miller Outdoor Theater; 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX

ROCO – River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
3733-1 Westheimer Road, No. 1029; Houston, TX 77027
(713) 665-2700
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) announces its 2017–18 season, themed “Cultivate Curiosity,” with a lineup of concerts and collaborations that appeal to lifelong learners and anyone who loves to explore new and exciting worlds. ROCO continues its tradition of co-creating with nine world premiere commissions. Five new composers to ROCO will be featured on the orchestra’s “In Concert” series, which features the full 40-person chamber orchestra. Pieces based upon John F. Kennedy and Houston punk band The Hates are just two examples of what to expect from Michael Gandolfi, Paul Lansky, Dan Visconti and Mark Buller. Three inventive world premiere commissions will be showcased as part of ROCO’s “Unchambered” concerts, which take place in a more intimate setting. Paul English, Kevin Lau and Alyssa Morris write pieces inspired by jazz and Disney for soloists or small ensembles from within the chamber orchestra. Marcus Maloney rounds out the commissions for the annual Musical and Literary Ofrenda at Lawndale Art Center. ROCO IN CONCERT: “TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER” Friday, September 22, 2017, 8 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5 p.m. The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX

September 22-24

Four Sisters Ranch; 1555 Lemond Road, Utopia, TX

Onion Creek Productions
Aaron Brown
2708 South Lamar Blvd., No 400; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6991
Music: Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
UTOPiAfest is a unique two-day camp out festival offering mind-blowing musical performances and West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), UTOPiAfest is a true alternative to the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. With a single main stage, fans can enjoy full sets by world-touring bands from a variety of genres – rock, bluegrass, Americana, indie, folk, Latin, and a splash of Japanese punk.

Austin Chamber Music Center – 2017-2018 Season: Dal Segno
September 23

First Presbyterian Church; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music
Michelle Schumann
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Austin Chamber Music Center produces a full year of engaging and eclectic chamber concerts that tempt a variety of musical interests and sways. Led by Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann, programs are designed to engage beyond the concert hall and to personally interact with music lovers from across Austin’s diverse communities. September 22-23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Virgo Veritas with music by Dvorak, Amy Beach, and Gershwin. Admission costs: Intimate concerts, Home concerts; General Admission: $80; Synchronism concerts: $27-45, General Admission: $27.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
September 26, October 31, November 28

Eugene Clark Library; Lockhart, TX

Evenings With the Songwriter
P.O. Box 82; Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 376-0340
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Hosted by Fletcher Clark the last Tuesday of each month, this series is free to the public as these artists present the art and craft of their songwriting. Evenings With The Songwriter is back for their 7th Season in 2017. Featuring Dan Weber on January 31, Bernice Lewis and Ken Gaines on February 28, Shelly King on March 28, Sarah Pierce on April 25, Bill Oliver, Paul Pearcy and Beth Galiger on May 30, Walt Wilkins on June 27, Mo McMorrow on July 25, Craig Hillis on August 29, Bianca De Leon & Butch Morgan on September 26, Freddie Krc on October 31, and Claudia Nygaard on November 28. Host Fletcher Clark says, “This is not strictly a performance, nor interview, nor song swap, nor workshop – the program incorporates all these, exploring the art and craft of songwriting.”

Red River Valley Fair
September 27-30

Paris and Lamar County Fairgrounds; Sixth Street and Center Street

Red River Valley Fair Association
Rita Jane Haynes, Executive Director
570 East Center Street; Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-7971; (903) 783-1111
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rock
Activities: County fair
The Red River Valley Fair includes a carnival, livestock show, live entertainment, a chili cookoff, children’s barnyard, community contests such as antique tractor exhibit, food, clowns, and family entertainment. A different group performs each evening on the outdoor stage which includes Gene Watson and The Plain Label Band. There is also a showcase of agriculture, a home & garden showcase, commercial exhibits, and community exhibits. Aq-Venture, Pre-School Day, and Senior Citizens Day.

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
September 27 – October 1

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown; 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Dalis Allen
P. O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
We have open mics, Official Showcases, In Room showcases, and seminars and panels that address many facets of the music business: booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road, and looking for alternate ways to get our music to the world, such as in schools and films. We eat meals together and form wonderful new relationships and renew old ones. And we are certain to have fun! Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically are all encouraged to attend. Please join us this year!

Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival ~ 2
September 28 – October 1

T-Bone Tom’s, Tookies Seafood, Cabo Bar & Grill

Pirates and Poets
Jon Burns
P.O. Box 968; Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 549-2872
Activities: Music festival
The popular Gulf Coast communities of Kemah and Seabook will turn into a music mecca this fall when the inaugural Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival takes place Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. The four-day event will feature numerous free songwriter-in-the-round sessions at various sites, plus ticketed shows featuring nationally known headliners David Lee Murphy and Radney Foster on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, respectively. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, with a tribute to iconic Texas-born songwriter Guy Clark featuring Grammy-winning album producer and writer Tamara Saviano, author of Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, plus various artists, at the Kemah Community Center, 800 Harris Ave. Texas native Foster, whose hits include “Nobody Wins” and “Just Call Me Lonesome,” will perform at 7 p.m. in the Kemah City parking lot, 604 Bradford Ave.; Murphy, whose top 10 songs include “Dust on the Bottle,” “Every Time I Get Around You” and “Loco,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the same location. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission and will be available starting April 8 at A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Angels in Tropical Shirts, which raises funds for cancer support and research organizations.“We’re excited to launch this project and offer a really unique experience,” says founder Jon Burns, who has produced the Pirates & Poets Songwriter Invitational in Port Aransas, Texas, for seven years. “The Galveston Bay Area has never had an event like this, where original music is placed front and center. We think the festival will attract music fans from across the country, who will not only experience great music, but gain exposure to our many attractions, including Space Center Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Island.” Songwriters performing Americana, folk, country, roots rock and other genres are now being selected for the festival and will be announced soon. The festival was created to introduce songwriters from Texas, Nashville and beyond to new fans in the Galveston Bay region while drawing music fans from across the country to experience and enjoy the area’s multiple attractions.

Texas Country Music Awards
September 28

Carthage Civic Center; Carthage, TX

Texas Country Music Association
Linda Wilson, President
300 West Panola Street; Carthage, TX 75633
(903) 472-8008
Music: Country
Activities: Awards show
The Texas Country Music Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards show is scheduled to be held on September 28, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center in Carthage, TX. Nominations will begin in May, 2017, and will be accepted from Fans well as from Texas Country Music Association members online. TCMA Executive Vice President, Nathan Hunnicutt states, “The Country scene in Texas is saturated with immense talent, so this is an opportunity to highlight artists who really stand out—people who are making waves in the Industry. The Texas Country Music Association is a statewide organization, so we’re producing a red carpet event that will make any Texan proud.” Texas Country Music Association Founder and President, Linda Wilson said, “I’m very excited to be producing the Texas Country Music Awards, and I know that we will be able to shine a light on the greatest talent that resides in and travels through our state. The fan participation in Texas is tremendous, so we expect an incredible amount of involvement from Country Music fans during our nomination and voting processes. For fans, this is an opportunity to support their favorite Texas artists and help them advance even further.”

Texas Heritage Music Day
September 29

Schreiner University; 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX

Texas Heritage Music Foundation
Kathleen Hudson
P.O. Box 291945; Kerrville, TX 78029-1945
(830) 792-1945;
Music: Children’s, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Songwriting contests
The Texas Heritage Music foundation was started by Dr. Kathleen Hudson in July 1987. The Texas Heritage Music Day, held the last Friday of September on the campus of Schreiner University, has evolved from living history to a showcase of genres of music, using stories and songs as another way of learning. More than 50 performers spread out on the Schreiner campus from 9-1 telling stories and singing songs. The event includes cowboy music, chuckwagons, Native American stories, and songwriters galore. Admission is free with grant money available to help schools in the Hill Country attend. Stage presentations include gospel, conjunto, song writing, and a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. An evening concert with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will showcase Texas song writing. See for details. Food and drinks for sale at event.

Western Days Festival
September 29-30

Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Rodeo
Old Town Lewisville will be filled with staged gunfights, stick horse rodeo riders, world champion competitive eaters, gourmet chefs, Old West artifacts, and the best of Texas country music at the annual Western Days festival.

Oktoberfest Houston ~ 2
September 30

Water Works on Buffalo Bayou; 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX

Houston, TX
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
Oktoberfest Houston showcases German and Texas culture in one fantastic day!