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.

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October Events & Festivals

State Fair of Texas

Dallas

October 1 - 20

Since 1886 Big Tex has greeted more than 2 million annually which is more than any other state and is considered one of the best in America. This 24 day fair has more than 110 daily attractions and activities which includes 4 stages of live music.

Beachtoberfest

Port Aransas

October 1 - 30

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

Southwestern University "The Wolves"

Georgetown

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

Dallas

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

Nemo

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!

Sandcastle Days

South Padre Island

October 3 - 6

This is a World Championship sandcastle building competition held at Clayton's Beach Bar & Grill where more than 30,000 visitors watch the artists at work.

Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo

Waco

October 3 - 13

At this 64th annual event you will enjoy a carnival, beer and wine garden, mutoon bustin, wiener dog races, petting zoo, as well as, rodeo attractions.

Bootfest

Victoria

October 4 - 5

Enjoy this FREE admission concert with Wade Bowen and Kyle Park on Saturday and Desperado, Blaze of Glory, and The Atomic Punks on Friday. Also featuring more than 50 vendors, kids corral and kids dj, bootmakers & craftsmen, plus a car & truck show.

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.

Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg

October 4 - 6

Celebrate the German heritage of Fredericksburg with food and drink, dance contests, music, artisans, kids area, souvenirs and more!

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin

October 4 - 6 / 11 - 13

There are eight stages and more than 150 musical acts that will be at Zelker Park for this two weekend 6 day festival. Not only will you enjoy acts like Mumford and Sons but you also will have food vendors, brewers, artists, and pop up shops to make your weekend complete.

The Bonfire Texas

Cat Springs

October 5

This is a new Houston music festival that supports Texas performing songwriters and that has given back $10,000 to animal rescue.  The Bonfire Texas is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society to host the Save Them All Saturday event with multiple rescues and vendors as a free portion of the events as well.

Cuero Turkeyfest

Cuero

October 11 - 13

You will enjoy 3 days of live music featuring Mickey and the Motorcars and Whiskey Meyers, food, turkey race, parade, bbq cook-off, family events and more.

Conroe Catfish Festival

Conroe

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.

Shared Table

Lewisville

October 13

This is the third annual event which is an outdoor dining and eating experience showcasing the best that Old Town Lewisville has to offer. This has been described as a magical night with friends and family under the stars. An impressive balloon glow is included in this wonderful experience.

Silobration

Waco

October 17 - 19

At the 5th annual celebration you can expect a Midway, rooftop picnic opportunity, 40+ artisan vendors and food trucks from all over the U.S., an after-hours JOHNNYSWIM and Josh Garrels concert and more.

Urban Camp Weekend

New Braunfels

October 18 - 19

This is a semi annual camping trip for African American professionals. People travel from all over the country to connect in South Texas.

Songwriters Festival

Dripping Springs

October 18 - 20

This is an amazing three day free festival with more that 30 shows a day by songwriters from all over the US.

Frio Family Camp Fall Retreat

Concan

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.

Heritage Fest "Cowboy Roundup"

Benbrook

October 19

Benbrook's annual Heritage Fest is a family-friendly event celebrating western and farm heritage. Guests can enjoy a hayride, Campfire Storytime, petting zoo, trick roper, miniature horse performance, mechanical bull, cowboy actors, pumpkin patch and even a mechanical toy pig race.

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'.

Butterfly Festival

Jasper

October 19

There will butterfly releases at the Outdoor Learning Center, arts and crafts, live music, and food.

Austin Film Festival

Austin

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

Cowboys

Austin

October 25

This documentary offers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America's largest and most remote cattle ranches. COWBOYS paints an intimate portrait of a surprisingly diverse and eloquent group of men and women committed to a harsh reality while feeding a population they're likely never to encounter.

Pecan Fest

Seguin

October 25 - 26

The weekend long celebration is spread out over all of Seguin and as a celebration of all things pecan and all things Seguin. Shop in downtown at Trade Days, experience life as an early settler at the Texas Agricultural and Heritage Education Center, be creative with the arts at Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin in Central Park.

Island Oktoberfest

Galveston

October 25 - 26

If you enjoy a weekend filled with food, live music, and dancing you are sure to enjoy Island Oktoberfest. Come dressed in traditional German costumes.

Rod Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival

Fort Worth

October 25 - 27

This festival includes music, a ranch rodeo, and cowboy poetry to remind us of the heritage of the American cowboy.

Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival

Grapeland

October 25 - 27

This is a 3 day celebration of Texas Blues, at beautiful Salmon Lake Park featuring rising young stars and veteran artists.

Llano River Pumpkin Float

Llano

October 26

Float your carved pumpkin creating a large glowing masterpiece, listen to live music, enjoy a cake walk, children's activities, and dance performances.

Texas Clay Festival

Gruene

October 26 - 27

Join in on the fun at this 27th annual event featuring 80 potters and clay artists with the opportunity to watch the potters at work and then purchase their wares.

Picnik Electronik

Austin

October 26 - 28

Returning for an encore after its Austin debut in 2018, Piknic Electronik is a family-friendly music festival showcasing an eclectic mix of techno, house, and disco tunes. Performed on stages (all made from recycled materials) at Auditorium Shores, this weekend-long picnic is already a must-see for electronic music geeks. 

Day of the Dead

San Antonio

October 26 - November 3

This traditional Mexican holiday will feature colorful processions, authentic foods, altar displays, a river parade, live music and much more.

 

November Events & Festivals

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest

Greenville

November 1 - 2

Fiddlers from around the world will take part in this 6th annual event which includes vendors, fiddle players, Western swing music, and concerts.

Wurstfest

New Braunfels

November 1 - 10

At this Celebration of German culture you will enjoy food, music, dancing, carnival rides, games, German and Texas beers, special events and entertainment.

Texas Monthly BBQ

Austin

November 2 - 3

The 10th Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is coming and it's bigger and better than ever! The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited to this monstrous weekend of 'cue, so come join us for a good time and see what's cooking. 

Rockport Film Festival

Rockport

November 2 - 3

This three day special event shows the best of independent cinema on the Texas coast. There will be shorts, features, documentaries, animations, and student films.

Texana Chili Spill

Edna

November 7 - 9

This event begins with a veteran's ceremony and then there will be various cookoffs which includes salsa, sausage, chili, and gumbo. There will activities include a wine garden, helicopter rides, vendor market, and horseshoe and washer tournaments.

Texas Walks

November 8

Texas Walks is a statewide event encouraging Texans to rally their friends, family, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers to get outside and walk together. Wherever you'll be, whoever you'll be with, pledge to walk for 10 minutes at 10amon November 8. All across Texas, we'll be taking steps toward leading healthier lives and building healthier communities.

Edge - The Texas Monthly Festival

Dallas

November 8

This festival will be featuring Leon Bridges, St. Vincent, Brandon Maxwell, and others for a weekend full of live music, interviews, onstage storytelling from Texas Monthly LIVE, and more!

Franklin Mountains Trail Run

El Paso

November 8 - 10

This race features desert terrain trails and a climb to North Franklin Peak that is both a straight climb and switchbacks.

Santa's Wonderland

College Station

November 8 - December 30

This isi a Texas style Christmas celebration featuring real Texas snow, horse and carriage rides, toboggan races, live music, Wonderland Winery, shopping, petting zoo, classic Christmas movies, and millions of holiday lights.

Big Star Texas Night

Burton

November 9

Looking for a night out with great music and delicious food?  Sean Orr & Texas Gold band starting at 6:30 pm and Texas artist, Max Stalling at 10pm will have you out of your seats and kicking up your heels. There will also be a raffle, live and silent auctions and of course a mouthwatering meal of BBQ Beef and pork, buttered noodles and green beans by Sandtown Catering.   Don't miss out on this great night of entertainment. 

Luminaria

San Antonio

November 9 - 10

This FREE, epic, after-dark Contemporary Arts Festival where 50+ artists will showcase their works in performance, music, literature, dance, visual arts and more.

Lone Star Film Festival

Fort Worth

November 13 - 17

This is a five day celebration of cinema with events such as discussions, parties, celebrity appearances, and more than 150 films.

Pioneer Days

Cleburne

November 15 - 16

This free annual event celebrates the history of Texas and Cleburne, with historic buildings, Native American museum, Terry's Texas Rangers re-enactors, Native Americans in full regalia, Ghosts of Buzzard Flats gunfighters and vendors.

Christmas Capital of Texas

Grapevine

November 15 - January 5

Be amazed at 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, millions of lights, animated characters and more! Grapevine offers some of the most magical moments of the season with ICE at the Gaylord, North Pole Express, Scuba Diving with Santa, and so much more.

Magic Winter Lights

La Marque

November 15 - January 5

With over 6 million lights, upgraded installations, and interactive displays, the festival has eight themed lantern sections that will everyone of all ages fascinated. The festival features dinosaur exhibit with kid-friendly dinosaur rides, entertainment by Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus, the Ice Sisters, arts and crafts, carnival rides & games, and food.

East Austin Studio Tour

Austin

November 16 - 17

November 23 - 24

This is a free, annual, self guided art event. EAST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists of Austin in their creative spaces.

The Polar Express Train

Palestine

November 16 - December 28

This holiday event features lights, tinsel, garland and characters to excite all ages. This is an adventure from the minute you board the train to the North Pole.

Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant

Dallas

November 16 - January 1

There will be one million twinkling lights, silk covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals, and more light displays and festivities for the entire family.

Ice Land at Moody Gardens

Galveston

November 16 - January 12

2 million pounds of ice creates a festive journey around the world. You will see famous buildings like the Eiffel Tower and pyramids of Egypt. There also is Shivers Ice Bar where you can enjoy a festive drink.

 

December Events & Festivals

Tropical Christmas

Rockport

December 7

 

This is a day-long extravaganza kicking off the holiday season with fun, festivities, fireworks and more. There will be an illuminated night parade, children's programs, live entertainment, specialty vendors, food trucks, a visit with "Tropical Santa," and real snow and sledding opportunities for kids. Topping off the annual event will be a spectacular, fireworks display over the harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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