Upcoming Texas Music Festivals & Events

Here are some select upcoming fun Texas events near you - carnivals, festivals, music concerts, rodeos, chili cookoffs, and more - to get on your calendar. These Texas festivals and events are typically multi-day events with lots of fun things to keep you and the kids entertained. Keep coming back because on a weekly and monthly basis we add new Texas carnivals, rodeos, music festivals, and more to the calendar.

Have fun! If you know of an event that you think we should add to the Texas Events Calendar or if you are planning an event you would like to have included on the upcoming events calendar, send us an email.

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  • Music and Event Reviews - our write-up of some of the fun events that we have attended - these articles will help you decide if you want to attend one of these fun festivals and music events

Read Texas Outside's Reviews & Articles About These Festivals

Austin Film Festival


August Events & Festivals

Rockin the River-Live on the Trinity

Fort Worth

August 1 - 10

You can either float in the Trinity River or bring a chair or blanket and listen to a concert each Saturday night during the summer.

Lone Star Gourd Festival and Art Show

New Braunfels

August 2 - 4

Lone Star Gourd Show showcases the local gourd artists and celebrates this ancient art. This year features a gourd art competition, gourd art sales, gourd supplies, technique classes, and a raffle to raise funds for gourd art education.

Texas Legends Billfish Tournament

Port Aransas

August 7 - 11

This is a big money tournament that promotes releasing billfish and verifying with a video. The weigh in and dinner party is in Port A but you can leave from any Texas port.

Plano Family Expo

South Fork

August 10

This free event which is for all ages includes LIVE music and Dance Performances, Bounce Houses, local vendors, artisans, community and educational based businesses, wild west costume contest, raffles and kid zone (Countrytime Carnival) featuring ranch inspired crafts, activities and games! Check out their website for all the details.

North Texas Fair & Rodeo


August 16 - 24

The North Texas State Fair & Rodeo offers activities for all ages including: live concerts, horse & livestock shows, contests, cook-offs, food, fun, games and more.

Gillespie County Fair and Parade


August 23 - 25

You will enjoy agricultural, livestock and home skill displays, as well as, horseracing, concerts, dances, a carnival, a parade, and midway at this 131rd annual fair.

Hotter 'n Hell Hundred

Wichita Falls

August 22 - 25

This is one of the oldest and longest biking events in the country. Over 13,000 cyclists join for 4 days of challenging activities.

Marc Maron


August 23

The veteran stand-up comic, podcast trailblazer and star of his own tv show returns to perform stand up on the huge US home circuit. His signature blend of honesty, insecurity, and resentment and completely candid style always brings the best out of his guests.

Boogie Back to Bastrop


August 23 - 24

This country and western swing festival includes Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings, Rocky King Band, and Frank Cavitt and the Honky Tonk Doctors.

Texas Womens Angler's Tournament

Port Aransas

August 23 - 25

This women-only fishing tournament benefits the Purple Door, an organization throughout South Texas to victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault. The event features more than 70 boats and 400 anglers competing and has been going strong since 1989.

Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards


August 24 - 25

Join the fun when the grape harvest ends and the barrels are cut in half, filled with grapes, and waiting for stomping to begin at this 23rd annual event.

Palomino Fest and Pro Rodeo Labor Day Weekend Celebration


August 29 - Sept 1

This event began with the dream of a group of musicians back in 1996. The event has live music, a carnival, rodeo events, and parade.

Oatmeal Festival


August 30 - 31

Join the fun for this free annual event, celebrating its 42nd year. Festivities include the "Miss Oatmeal" pageant, artisans, vendors, music, parades, food, games, an oatmeal baking competition, a street dance, and barbecue cookoff.


Larry Joe Taylor's Fall Fest

September Events & Festivals

Mermaid Splash Festival

San Marcos

September 7 - 21

Since 2016, San Marcos celebrates the Mermaid annually with the SPLASH Festival. It includes festivities, symposiums and events throughout two weeks in September. It culminates with the Mermaid Art Ball, the Downtown Mermaid Promenade - a parade through the city - and the Mermaid AquaFaire, a Riverside celebration for all.


Port Aransas

September 13 - October 30

This is to announce 8 weeks of fun on the sandy beaches of Port A including music, food, and culture.

Patriot Outdoor Adventures

Port Aransas

September 13 - September 15

This is a family trip for a fishing tournament. You can support a veteran on one of these life changing events by contributing a gas card, donate gear or other items toward the event, or contribute toward the event.
Join the fun at this festival located at Panther Island Pavilion which includes Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Cody Canada & The Departed plus Chris Colston.

Texas Super Chef

Port Aransas

September 18 - September 21

30 chefs from around the state will gather in Port A to competer over 3 nights in six different restaurants.

Rhymes and Vines Texas Music Festival


September 18 - 21


Don't miss this fun four day festival full of amazing music, wine and home brew competition, camping, and fun friendly folks

Texas State Forest Festival


September 18 - 22


You will enjoy a carnival, lumberjack show, wood carvers, jurassic kingdom, live music, BMX show, and so much more.

Addison Oktoberfest


September 19 - 22

Enjoy an evening of polka, pretzels, and pints in the Paulaner Partyhalle with a reserved table, commemorative stein and your first round of bier on them at Addison Oktoberfest.

Texas Hot Sauce Festival


September 21 - 22

Hundreds of hot and spicy products to try out from around the country.  There is also plenty of food and cold beverages, ongoing stage entertainment, a children are , retail vendors, arts & crafts and pepper merchandise.


Port Aransas

September 27 - September 28

Race through 20 challenging obstacles on Port A's sandy beaches. This 5K run has been a South Padre event since 2012 and is now coming to Port A.

Southwestern University "The Wolves"


September 27 - 29

This is a smart and fiery play that vividly portrays the dynamics among a team of female athletes showing at Southwestern University Theater Department.

Lockhart Western Swing & BBQ Festival


September 27 - 29

Featuring Al Dressen's Super Swing Revue, w/special guests Tony Harrison, Georgia Parker, Joe Settlemires, Louise Rowe, Sophia Johnson, Hillary Klug, Jerry Case, and more.

State Fair of Texas


September 27 - October 20

It's here again with 10 new finalist for the Big Tex Choice Awards along with the live music, the horse show, midway, livestock show, and so much more.

Texas Country Music Cruise

On the Water

September 29 - October 6

Musicians include Pat Green, William Clark Green, Tanner Sparks, Tyler Stokes, and many others



October Events & Festivals

Southwestern University "The Wolves"


October 3, 5 - 6

This is a smart and fiery play that vividly portrays the dynamics among a team of female athletes showing at Southwestern University Theater Department.

State Fair of Texas


September 27 - October 20

It's here again with 10 new finalist for the Big Tex Choice Awards along with the live music, the horse show, midway, livestock show, and so much more.

Texas Music Reunion


October 3 - 5

Join the fun listening to great Texas music on the banks of the Brazos River. This is the 2nd annual and if it's as great as the 1st we are in for a real treat!

Port A Live Music Fest

Port Aransas

October 4 - 5

There will be 6 of Texas top bands on the main stage and then 20 bands at Port A's fun music venues.

The Bonfire Texas


October 5

This is a new Houston music festival that supports Texas performing songwriters and that has given back $10,000 to animal rescue.   This is our 3rd annual family fun event.

Frio Family Camp Fall Retreat


October 18 -20

The Frio Family Camp Fall Retreat will combine beloved camp classics like campfire storytelling and s'mores making with more unique activities such as helicopter tours, haunted hayrides and glow in the dark putting. Step outside your normal routine and get adventurous with fly casting, archery or skeet shooting lessons, or relax at the craft beer/wine tastings and bounce house happy hour.

Conroe Catfish Festival


October 11 - 13

This family-friendly event in its 30th year features non-stop live music on three stages, food vendors offering festival and Cajun favorites, arts & crafts vendors, a professional carnival and a KidZone area with activities for children.

Bacon Bash Texas

Cranfills Gap

October 19

Over $390,000 has been raised since 2012 for charity. There will be bacon, beer, bands, silent auction, and celebrity judges tasting the makins'.

Austin Film Festival


October 24 - 31

With 4 days of panels and workshops plus 8 nights of films and parties, Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of storytelling and championing the work of writers, filmmakers, and other artists who use written and visual language to tell a story



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Content for these pages comes from multiple sources including: Festivals of Texas, Texas Music Office, event promoters, and other sources


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