October

AUSTIN: Sept. 11-Jan. 1 “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945” Chronicling two decades of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States, this exhibition showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design. The more than 200 items are drawn primarily from the collections of the Harry Ransom Center. Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/mexicomodern 512-471-8944

AUSTIN: Oct. 4 Lila Downs in Concert This global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Oct. 6-8, 13-15 Austin City Limits Music Festival One of the country’s largest celebrations of live music, this two-weekend, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series “Austin City Limits” outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts—including Jay-Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers—will take over eight stages, along with local food vendors, brewers, artists, and pop-up shops and artists. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. aclfestival.com

AUSTIN: Oct. 6-7 Postcard and Paper Show The Capital of Texas Postcard Club presents its fifth annual show with many dealers and thousands of postcards for sale or trade. Find antique to modern postcards from your hometown or from around the world covering all kinds of topics. Dealer appraisals of collections available. Frank Fickett Scout Center, 12500 N. I-35. ctxpc.org 512-302-4722

AUSTIN: Oct. 7 Texas Teen Book Festival Young adults and YA-genre fans can expect a fun day filled with entertaining panels and inspiring sessions led by some of 2017’s best-selling and most critically-acclaimed Young Adult authors, along with interactive activities, games, book signings, and more at the ninth annual event. St. Edwards University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. texasteenbookfestival.org

AUSTIN: Oct. 13-30 “Woman in Black” Currently in its 27th year on London’s West End, this hair-raising ghost story comes to Austin just in time for the Halloween season. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a “woman in black” engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcize the fear that grips his soul. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. penfoldtheatre.org 512-850-4849

AUSTIN: Oct. 20 Del McCoury Band in Concert For more than 50 years, McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honky tonks, schoolhouse shows, and the Grand Ole Opry. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Oct. 20-22 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix World-renowned drivers will be in Austin to race around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans. Races will be followed with live performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. circuitoftheamericas.com

AUSTIN: Oct. 20-22 Gem Capers The 41st annual gem and mineral show offers 30-plus vendors of jewelry, beads, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, and spheres. Exhibits include a touch table of rocks and fossils and members’ collections. Enjoy a silent auction, as well as demos in faceting, cabbing, fossil cleaning, and polymer clay. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. agms-tx.org 512-458-9546

AUSTIN: Oct. 21 Hal Ketchum in Concert Six years ago, Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, 20-plus year career in country music. He first hit the country market alongside fellow troubadours like Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, and went on to sell more than 5 million albums and rack up a half-dozen Top 10 hits. His latest release brings to mind the thrill of his earliest albums. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Oct. 21 Selected Shorts Get lost in the moment as some of the most talented actors from the stage, screen, and television bring short stories to life. This award-winning NPR series presents a compelling work of short fiction each week, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space (or in this case, at the Paramount Theatre). Classic authors and bold new writers are showcased equally. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Oct. 26-Nov. 11 “Blu” This play by Virginia Grise, directed by Florinda Bryant, follows a queer Chicana/o family through explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 409 E. Fifth St. salvagevanguard.org 512-474-7886

AUSTIN: Oct. 26-Nov. 2 Austin Film Festival Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. Various locations. austinfilmfestival.com

AUSTIN: Oct. 27 Halsey in Concert Halsey embarks on her 2017 North American headline tour in support of her second full-length album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.” Coming along for the tour are PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

BANDERA: Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Lace, Grace, and Gears Attempting to set a world record for the largest gathering of female motorcycle riders in one place, four event-filled days include tent camping, music, rides, and more. 2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch, 810 FM 470. lacegracegears.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Oct. 3 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment is hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. silversagecorral.org 830-796-4969

BANDERA: Oct. 7 Frogs for Freedom Run This annual Hill Country motorcycle ride welcomes two-wheel, three-wheel, and four-wheel riders. Enjoy live music, a live auction, a 50/50 raffle, and barbecue. 11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St. texasfrogsforfreedom.com 301-751-4327

BANDERA: Oct. 7 Market Days Arts and crafts vendors downtown. Bandera Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St. banderatexasbusiness.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Oct. 28-29 Cactus Rose Ultra Trail Run and Relay No whiners, wimps, or wusses. A trail of rugged and brutal beauty where everything cuts, stings, or bites. Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road. tejastrails.com/cactus 830-796-3045

BLANCO: Oct. 21 October Fall Festival Features a barbecue lunch (beef, sausage, potato salad, beans, cole slaw, and dessert), rummage sale, silent auction, quilt drawing, and prize drawing. All funds raised will benefit Trinity’s Scholarship Fund and 2018 Youth Campers. Trinity Lutheran Church, 703 N. Main St. trinityofblanco.com 830-833-4771

 

BOERNE: Sept 30–Oct 1 First Annual Texas ChuteOut. A Western style rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Wild Horse Racing Association, supporting Littlegrass Ranch, Inc., a nonprofit sanctuary for horsewomen and their horses. Kendall Country Fair Grounds, Sat, Sept 30, 1 pm and 7 pm; Sun, Oct 1, 2 pm. www.TexasChuteOut.com, info@littlegrassranch.org, 888-547-9393

BOERNE: Oct. 7 Hot Rod Night Reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties—a gathering place for old and new friends. Soda Pops, 103 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-331-8799

BOERNE: Oct. 13 Texas Hill Country Fall Fine Art Show and Sale A premier three-day event featuring more than 40 artists, produced and presented by Boerne Professional Artists. You’ll see a diversity of art and media created by renowned artists from across the state. Cana Ballroom, 202 W. Kronkosky St. visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Oct. 14-15 Market Days Artists, crafters, and vendors share their creative talents and wares to the sounds of homegrown Texas musicians. Main Plaza, 204 E. San Antonio. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Oct. 14-15 The Key to the Hills Rod Run The 31st annual event features a pre-1949 cut-off year which distinguishes it from a “classic car show” (1949–1964). Nearly 500 coupes, sedans, and roadsters coming from across the country will take over Main Street on Saturday, and cars will be on display on Main Plaza and throughout downtown. Hill Country Mile, Main Street. visitboerne.org 830-755-8226

BOERNE: Oct. 26 A Thirst For Nature—Owlers and Growlers Grab a beer and enjoy an evening of owls. Craig Hensley, TPWD’s “Wizard of Wildlife,” will give a brief presentation about the fascinating anatomy, diets, and lives of owls. After the presentation head out on an “owl prowl.” Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-4616

BOERNE: Oct. 28 Boerne Boo Celebration Celebrate Halloween with mule rides, a balloon sculptor, face painting, artsand crafts, a bounce house, a trunk or treat, a costume contest, and a boo-cycle contest featuring decorated bicycles for a Halloween parade with prizes. Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-248-1503

BOERNE: Oct. 28 Hot Rod Night—Halloween Bash Reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties—a gathering place for old and new friends. Dress in costume for this event. Soda Pops, 103 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-331-8799

BOERNE: Oct. 28 The All British Car Day This British automobile extravaganza is open to all British automobile marquees. Participants will vote for their favorite cars, and awards will be presented to the most popular vehicle in each class. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-859-9272

BOERNE: Oct. 28 The Haunted Show The Rahim Quazi Trio returns with a wonderfully eerie evening just before Halloween. The cave will be haunted by the expert weaving of tale and song—both classical and jazz—such as “Moonlight Sonata” played in total darkness and “A Nightmare before Christmas,” plus the haunting melodies from Rahim Quazi’s CD, “Ghost Hunting.” Costumes welcome. Cave Without A Name—Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road. cavewithoutaname.com 830-537-4212

BULVERDE: Oct. 7 Fall Chamber Market Day The semi-annual event will host 100-plus vendors on the blacktop, attracting more than 500 shoppers looking for unique treasures, delicious eats, and fun times. 20475 Texas 46. bulverdespringbranchchamber.com 830-438-4285

BULVERDE: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Tejas Rodeo Weekly rodeos, live music, events, and steak dinners. Tejas Rodeo, 401 Obst Road. visitboerne.org 830-980-2226

BURNET: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Day Out with Thomas Take a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Train Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Enjoy stories, music, and children’s activities. Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. austinsteamtrain.org 512-477-8468

BURNET: Oct. 14 Tri-Fest Combines three events for a full day of fun: Burnet Art Fest, Ft. Croghan Day, and Oktober Fest. Downtown Square, 220 S. Pierce St. burnetchamber.org 512-756-4297

COMFORT: Oct. 15-31 Scarecrow Invasion Visit Comfort to see many scarecrow displays. Businesses and residents go all out to create unique and imaginative scarecrows for the enjoyment of all who see them. Various locations. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

CONCAN: Oct. 7 Fall on the Frio Dine on the best barbecue in town and try your luck at the washer and horseshoe tournament. Fall family photo ops and a pumpkin patch make this the perfect weekend escape for the family. Frio Country Resort, 1801 CR 348. friocountry.com 830-232-6625

CONCAN: Oct. 7 River Road Market Fest and Pumpkin Patch This street-style market pop-up features live music and entertainment, local artisan shopping and food vendors, and more. The fall edition of this market features a special pumpkin patch for kids and adults alike. Andy’s on River Road, 21488 US 127. visituvaldecounty.com/events 830-232-4310

CONCAN: Oct. 13-15 Garner State Park Fall Yoga Retreat During this annual retreat, guests can enjoy camping under the stars, vinyasa yoga, meditating, hiking the park’s 11 miles of trails, and water activities that include inner tubing, fishing, and kayaking. Breakfast and basic camping equipment is provided to all who attend. Garner State Park, 234 RR 1050. facebook.com/southernshantiyoga 361-350-0206

CONCAN: Oct. 21-22 Neal’s Haunted Hayrides One of the scariest hayrides in all of Texas—narrowly escape spooky encounters with ghosts and spirits, then enjoy live music. Neal’s Lodges, 20970 Texas 127. visituvaldecounty.com/events 830-232-4310

COUPLAND: Oct. 1 Choo Choo Fest This annual fundraiser helps to maintain the historic Coupland Depot and caboose. Event features a complete barbecue dinner by master chef Peter Wabbel; a silent auction with antiques, fine art, arts and crafts, collectibles, and more; a bake sale with homemade desserts; and merchandise. Families can enjoy free rides on the Kiddie Express train through central Coupland. St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, 108 Wathen St. susangarry.wixsite.com/choochoofest 512-856-2564

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Oct. 14-15 Hill Country Ranch: Artisan and Craft Faire Art, jewelry, gourmet food, clothing, Texas wine, gifts, home decor, crafts, photography, Texas handmade gifts, and more. Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center, 1042 Event Center Dr. texasmarketguide.com 888-225-3427

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 1-31 Texas Wine Month Trail Take a self-guided tour of Texas Hill Country wineries and receive special tastings and discounts. Tickets are limited and available online only. Various locations. texaswinetrail.com 512-914-5561

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 6 First Friday Art Walk Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. ffawf.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 6-8 Oktoberfest Celebrate the fun and flavor of Fredericksburg’s German heritage at the 37th annual fest, with three days of music, food, drink, dancing, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, and more. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. oktoberfestinfbg.com 830-997-4810

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 7-8 Pacific Combat Living History Reenactment See equipment and weapons used during WWII and a battle reenactment set on an island in the Pacific. Pacific Combat Zone, 508 E. Austin. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 13-29 “On Golden Pond” Presented by Fredericksburg Theater Company, the stage version of this Oscar-winning drama starred Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87. fredericksburgtheater.org 830-997-3588

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 13-15 Texas Mesquite Art Festival Featuring the world’s largest selection of original mesquite art, sculpture, furniture, turnings, architectural accents, gifts, ornaments, and more. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. texasmesquiteartfestivals.com 830-997-8515

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 20-21 Fort Martin Scott Frontier Days Reenactors in period attire share stories of Native Americans, frontier lawmen, soldiers, and settlers living on the Texas frontier in the 1800s. It’s a fun interactive experience for all ages. Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E. Main St. ftmartinscott.org 830-217-3200

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 20-22 Trade Days Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns, with acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music, and more. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com 830-990-4900

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 21 Knights of Columbus Bestfest Not quite Oktoberfest, but the eighth annual Bestfest offers specialty beer and sausage tastings, live music, prizes, kids games, and more, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. kcbestfest.com 830-456-6279

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 26. Go Texan Wine Dinner. Enjoy an evening at Messina Hof Winery, taste excellent Texas wines paired with a gourmet, seated meal! Catered by Chef Bryan Gillenwater of Bryan’s on 290. This special Farm-to-Table wine dinner will kick off the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/go-texan-dinner (830) 990-4653

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 28 Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest A grand celebration of Texas food and wine with musical entertainment and several special events. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. fbgfoodandwinefest.com 830-997-8515

FREDERICKSBURG: Oct. 29. Pairing 101: Halloween Edition – Messina Hof. Messina Hof Hill Country will serve up a special edition guided pairing featuring Halloween candy! If you’ll be touring the Hill Country area, be sure to make a reservation! 1:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/pairing-101-halloween-edition (830) 990-4653

GRUENE: Oct. 5-8 Gruene Music and Wine Fest This Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wines at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All four days of the 31st annual event will be filled with vintner and music events, food and beer samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. Gruene Historic District. gruenemusicandwinefest.org 830-629-5077

GRUENE: Oct. 8 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, this event serves awe-inspiring gospel music coupled with a mouth-watering buffet catered by the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-629-5077

GRUENE: Oct. 19 Come and Taste It A featured winemaker showcases three of its newest released, top-selling, or hardest-to-find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden. Samples of food will be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. grapevineingruene.com 830-606-0093

GRUENE: Oct. 21-22 Old Gruene Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Gruene Historic District. gruenemarketdays.com 830-832-1721

INGRAM: Oct. 13-28 “Of Mice and Men” John Steinbeck’s parable about what it means to be human. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

JOHNSON CITY: Oct. 6-8 Pig Roast At the 25th annual biker rally and pig roast, enjoy bike games, a poker run, great live music, a bike show, camping, live and silent auctions, a Saturday night barbecue, and more. All profits go to the Hill Country Toy Run. Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US 281. jcpigroast.org 830-868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Oct. 28 Art Walk Galleries and shops are open for viewing and wine tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. Nugent Avenue. lbjcountry.com 830/868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Oct. 28-29 Market Days Local artisans and craftsmen sell their wares. City Park, US 290 and Avenue G. lbjcountry.com 830/868-7684

JUNCTION: Oct. 20-22 Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Tourney Held along the banks of the spring-fed Llano River. South Llano River RV Park & Resort, 210 Cedar Creek Road. fredericksburgflyfishers.org 210-286-7041

KERRVILLE: Sept. 1-Oct. 5 “Homage” Combined works in multimedia by artists Phyllis and Douglas Garey. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Sept. 30-Oct. 28 Guadalupe Watercolor Group Show and Sale The 24th annual juried show and sale will offer more than 100 high-quality original watercolor paintings. Kerrville Arts and Culture Center, 228 Earl Garrett. guadalupewatercolorgroup.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Oct. 2-3. Outdoor Painting With Lee Ricks. $220 per student. This workshop will be on location at Neunhoffer Ranch in Kerrville, Texas. Students will meet at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center on day one at 8:30am. From there, students will caravan to the Neunhoffer Ranch. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Lee, then each student will be given individualized instruction each day as they work on their paintings. 9:00am-4:00pm www.kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Oct. 4-7 Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event and Wet Paint Show and Sale See artists painting all around Kerr County. View and purchase completed works. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Oct. 7 Fall Native Plant Sale and Festival A native plant sale with exhibits, kids’ activities, and more. Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. riversidenaturecenter.org 830-257-4837

KERRVILLE: Oct. 7 Kerr County 4-H Wild Game Dinner Enjoy a feast of wild game, chicken, or catfish, as well as an auction and raffle. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerr.agrilife.org 830-257-6568

KERRVILLE: Oct. 7-8 Kerr County Celtic Festival and Hill Country Highland Games Song, dance, games, food, and more. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. kerrcountyceltic.com 713-256-1173

KERRVILLE: Oct. 12 Symphony of the Hills Concert—“Wild, Wild West” This concert features a theme inspired by the American frontier spirit as seen in the cowboy personae, the grand landscapes, and even the frontier of musical composition. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. symphonyofthehills.org 830-792-7469

KERRVILLE: Oct. 13-15 James Avery Invitational A 54-hole, two-man golf tournament is played over three days and three different golf courses: Scott Schreiner, Riverhills, and Comanche Trace. 830-895-8500

KERRVILLE: Oct. 14 Hill Country Swap Meet A giant community garage sale, flea market, and trade days all-in-one. Buy or sell new, used, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, knives, books, furniture, tools, clothing, kitchen and household items, and more. Concessions on site and lots of free parking. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-459-6198

KERRVILLE: Oct. 14 Kerr County Market Days An indoor marketplace for vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and home-grown plants and produce. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-895-7524

KERRVILLE: Oct. 14-15 Kerrville Chalk Festival Features chalk art, a kids’ chalk zone, a community mural, great food, and music. Peterson Plaza. kerrvillechalk.org 830-895-5222

KERRVILLE: Oct. 20-Nov. 5 “Nunsense” Enjoy a comic musical by Dan Goggin. Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St. playhouse2000.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Oct. 24 Baubles and Beads Annual “Giving Cancer the Boot” emporium features vendors from all over the Hill Country. All funds raised benefit local women and families. Y.O. Ranch Hotel & Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker. executivewomensclub.org 830-257-4440

KERRVILLE: Oct. 26-29 Kerr County Fair The 38th annual event features a judged creative arts exhibits, 4-H prospect show, bull riding, carnival/midway, scholarship pageant, parade, dance, vendors, children’s activities, and more. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrcountyfair.com 830-257-6833

KERRVILLE: Oct. 26-Dec. 1 Texas Furniture Makers Show This juried exhibit features the best furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Oct. 27 “Beginnings”—A Chicago Tribute Band A tribute to rock legends Chicago. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. caillouxtheater.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Oct. 27-28 Halloween Mystery Dinner An evening of dinner, mystery, and fun hosted by a professional chief investigator. Kerrville Hills Winery, 3600 Fredericksburg Road. kerrvillehillswinery.com 830-896-4233

KERRVILLE: Oct. 31 Family Fright Night An evening of safe and traditional family fun. Trick-or-treating, games, popcorn, and a movie. Kerrville-Schreiner Park, 2385 Bandera Highway. kerrvilletx.gov 830-257-7300

LAMPASAS: Oct. 14 Herb and Art Festival—“Jammin with Art in the Park” Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden, Campbell Park 501 E. N. Avenue. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5172

LAMPASAS: Oct. 28 Lampasas Trade Days Come meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. Merchandise ranges from antiques, collectibles, quilts, crafts, folk and fine art, and home furnishings. Marigold’s Antiques & More, 2646 US 190. lampasastradedays.com 512-734-1294

LIBERTY HILL: Oct. 7 Sculpture Garden Festival A festival celebrating the Sculpture Garden created in 1976, with the purpose of raising money to clean, repair, and preserve the sculptures from artists around the world. There will be sculptors working on their art, hands-on art for children, displays of artwork, arts and crafts by vendors, a car show, and music. A silent and live auction will conclude the day. Lions Foundation Park, 355 Loop 332. lhsculptures.com 512-470-1326

MEDINA: Oct. 6-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch Enjoy unlimited hayrides, hay bale maze and giant hay stacks, a petting zoo, tours of the apple orchard and cider mill, pumpkin painting, storytelling and sing along time, and mural painting. For a small fee you can ride a pony, take a barrel train ride, enjoy face painting (weekends only), complete a sand art project (weekends only), build a pomander, or feed the animals. Love Creek Orchards, 13558 Texas 16. lovecreekorchards.com 800-449-0882

MEDINA: Oct. 7 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artists and artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 Texas 16. 830-796-3045

NEW BRAUNFELS: Sept. 26-Oct. 1 Comal County Fair The largest county fair in Texas features a barbecue cookoff the weekend prior, a parade through historic downtown New Braunfels, a PRCA rodeo, bull riding, pig racing, a livestock show, carnival games and rides, and food of all kinds. Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 E. Common St. comalcountyfair.org 830-625-1505

NEW BRAUNFELS: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 River Revival Music Festival A collaboration between Houston-based Splice Records and St. Arnold’s Brewery, the annual fest was created as a place for music lovers to share good times, great tunes, and camaraderie, all while enjoying the beauty Texas nature has to offer alongside the mighty Guadalupe River. KL Ranch Camp-On the River, 5455 River Road. splicerecordstx.com/events/river-revival

NEW BRAUNFELS: Oct. 28-29 Train Show Event includes a free train ride on the Landa Park railroad for children up to 10 years of age. Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. nbrrm.org

PIPE CREEK: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch Activities will include a hayride, hay jump, scarecrow dressing, visiting farm animals, and pumpkin painting with the purchase of a pumpkin. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, as are other activities. Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm, 805 Phils Road. pipecreekpumpkinpatch.com 830-510-6006

SAN MARCOS: Oct. 6-9 Sacred Springs Powwow An annual celebration of the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. Native dancers from across Texas gather at the Sacred Springs in San Marcos dressed in beautiful, handcrafted regalia. Come watch the dancers, participate in the intertribal dances, and enjoy the booths that offer authentic Native American arts and food. Spring Lake Medows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Dr. indigenouscultures.org 512-393-3310

SONORA: Oct. 7 Dry Devils River Music Flood This BYOB festival offers plenty of Texas country music, a cookoff, and a 5K. Sutton County Park, 1700 N. Crockett. sonoratexas.org 888-387-2880

STONEWALL: Oct. 7 Historic Schools Open House Tour Two former country schools listed in the National Register of Historic Places—Williams Creek (Albert) School and Junction School—will be open for visits and tours. Various locations. historicschools.org 830-997-5116

STONEWALL: Oct. 14 Stonewall VFD Fall Fish Fry The 37th annual volunteer fire department fundraiser includes fried catfish with all the trimmings, prize drawings, and live entertainment. Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Building, 250 Peach St. 830-644-5571

STONEWALL: Oct. 28 Barbecue on the Pedernales at the LBJ Ranch Experience the LBJ Ranch as guests did in the 1960s. Enjoy music by Dale Watson and delicious catering by The Salt Lick BBQ. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 199 Park Road 52. friendsoflbjnationalpark.org 512-344-9338

TAYLOR: Oct. 14 Good Life Taylor Fair and 5K A 5K run starts and finishes in Bull Branch Park, but includes a bit of Taylor’s countryside too. Afterward, enjoy an annual fair, including a poultry petting zoo, chicken splat bingo, interactive displays for meeting police and firefighters, information booths, old-fashioned fair games, a healthy post-race brunch, and a confetti egg battle. Bull Branch Park, 2500 Bel-Air Dr. goodlifetaylor.com 512-294-1972

UVALDE: Oct. 6-7 Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo The 55th annual event. Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. uvaldecountyfairplex.com 830-591-7232

UVALDE: Oct. 13 Four Square Friday Late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

UVALDE: Oct. 21 Ducks Unlimited Banquet SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

UVALDE: Oct. 25 Kiwanis Halloween Parade and Carnival An elementary school costume parade is followed by a carnival with food and game booths. Ssgt Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

UVALDE: Oct. 28 Cactus Jack Music Festival Enjoy a petting zoo, helicopter rides, face painting, and train rides at the second annual event. 501 Ranch, 5160 Crystal City Highway. 501ranch.com 830-278-3939

WIMBERLEY: Sept. 8-Oct. 1 “Making God Laugh” Sean Grennan’s dramedy follows 30 years with the same family as they celebrate the holidays, squabble over family issues, and avoid eating the dreaded fantasia dip. What ensues is an equal mix of light-hearted humor and a poignant look at the many changes we encounter as we age. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org 512-847-0575

WIMBERLEY: Oct. 7 Market Day Walk along a shaded path to discover treaures of all sorts and enjoy lots of great food and live music. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325. shopmarketdays.com 512-847-2201

WIMBERLEY: Oct. 27-Nov. 19 “The Diary of Anne Frank” Performed in the Burdine Johnson Indoor Studio Theatre. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org 512-847-6969

 

September

AUSTIN: Through Sept. 6 “Deep in the Vaults of Texas: A Campus Collaboration” This exhibit features rare, unexpected, and some artifacts never seen by the public from 11 archives and museums across The University of Texas at Austin campus, including the LBJ Presidential Library. The public will experience items from a wide range of time periods and locations. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org 512-721-0200

AUSTIN: Sept. 10 Janet Jackson in Concert The global music icon, multiple Grammy Award-winner, and multiplatinum selling artist will embark on a four-month North American tour this fall, “State of the World.” Tickets held for the May 26, 2016, “Unbreakable” tour date originally scheduled for the Frank Erwin Center will be honored. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Sept. 11-Jan. 1 “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945” Chronicling two decades of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States, this exhibition showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design. The more than 200 items are drawn primarily from the collections of the Harry Ransom Center. Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/mexicomodern 512-471-8944

AUSTIN: Sept. 15-16 Lone Star Le Mans This three-day event is COTA’s unique twist on the world’s greatest sports car endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend features live music, interactive displays, an open paddock, and nearly nine hours of racing, finishing under the stars—all topped off with a dazzling fireworks show. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. circuitoftheamericas.com

AUSTIN: Sept. 16-17 Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic Making its first-ever stop in Austin for this year’s elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. As the world’s top cowboys go ride for ride against the toughest bulls around to earn coveted points for the overall season, fans in the Lone Star State can expect to see some of PBR’s toughest athletes, including current reigning World Champion Cooper Davis. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Sept. 17 Museum Day Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites. Various locations. austinmuseums.org

AUSTIN: Sept. 21-28 Fantastic Fest The largest genre film festival in the U.S. specializes in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. fantasticfest.com

AUSTIN: Sept. 22 The Flatlanders in Concert with Dan Penn Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock have been friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders for nearly as long. Joining them for this show is songwriting icon Dan Penn; the master songwriter behind “The Dark End of the Street” and “I’m Your Puppet” rarely tours, making this show an extra special one. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Sept. 23 Roger McGuinn in Concert Former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn is credited by many as the creator of folk-rock. Once he strapped on his 12-string Rickenbacker and sang “Turn, Turn, Turn,” the sound of the 1960s was never the same. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Sept. 24 Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Concert The multiplatinum selling and Grammy Award-winning global superstars share the stage on tour. CNCO will join as a special guest. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Sept. 27 Arcade Fire in Concert The band embarks on their “Infinite Content” tour, which will make its way through North America starting September 5 in Quebec City. The tour will make a stop in Austin with opening band Wolf Parade. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Sept. 28 Radney Foster: Sycamore Creek Album and Book Release For 30 years Foster has thrived as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs have topped the country, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he’s earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance. He premieres a new CD and book at this very special show. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Sept. 30 AJ Croce: Just Like Medicine Album Release From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, the singer-songwriter has traveled a circuitous musical road. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20-plus-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals and major venues worldwide. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Sept. 30 Austoberfest This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the fifth annual event in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with local German-style beers, sausage from some of the best barbecuers in town, bowling, live music, and plenty of room to polka the night away. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. austoberfest.com

AUSTIN: Sept. 30 Texas Craft Brewers Festival The largest beer festival for and by Texas brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. texascraftbrewersfestival.org

AUSTIN: Apr. 7-Sep. 22 Unplugged at the Grove Every week this summer, join locals under the shade of the tall pecan grove for Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine, and unplugged performances by some of Austin’s hottest live acts, one of Austin’s longest-running free live music series. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road. theshadygrove.com/unplugged 512-474-9991

AUSTIN: Aug. 29-Sep. 4 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney. Various locations. outofboundscomedy.com

BANDERA: Sept. 2-3 Celebrate Bandera This is the time of the cowboy—and music, horses, and a Longhorn cattle drive down Main Street. The event includes arts and crafts, music, reenactments, a parade, and a ranch rodeo. Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Sept. 2 Market Days Arts and crafts vendors on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Bandera. Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St. banderatexasbusiness.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Sept. 5 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. silversagecorral.org 830-796-4969

BANDERA: Sept. 23 Cajun Festival and Gumbo Cookoff Enjoy live Cajun and zydeco music on two stages, a gumbo cookoff, homemade Cajun food, dancing, arts and crafts, games, and souvenirs at the 37th annual event. Lakehills Civic Center, 11225 Park Road 37. cajunfestival-medinalake.com 830-751-3130

BANDERA: Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Lace, Grace, and Gears Attempting to set a world record for the largest gathering of female motorcycle riders in one place. Four event-filled days include tent camping, music, rides, and more. 2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch, 810 FM 470. lacegracegears.com 830-796-3045

BERTRAM: Sept. 2 Oatmeal Festival The 40th annual event includes food and craft vendors, games, fun run, horse trail ride, pet and grand parades, an oatmeal drop flyover, a bake-off, music, dance, and a vintage movie theater. Downtown Bertram. oatmealfestival.org 512-244-6357

BOERNE: Sept. 1-3 Kendall County Fair and Rodeo The 112th annual fair supplies homegrown fun in a carnival, rodeo, and livestock show as well as homestead heritage exhibits. Enjoy a multitude of food booths, craft booths, live music, clowns, children’s activities, and more. Each evening is capped by a dance with a variety of bands and dance music. The parade on Main Street in downtown Boerne starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-2839

BOERNE: Sept. 9. Second Saturday Art Beat and Photo Septiembre Join us and our guest artist for Photo Septeimbre. Meet the gallery artists along with invited artists, Jeannie Hartford Sheppard for this special event!
As always, there will be wine, hors d’oeuvres and fine art. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm www.carriagehousegalleryofartists.com 830 248-1184

 

BOERNE: Sept 30–Oct 1 First Annual Texas Chute Out. A Western style rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Wild Horse Racing Association, supporting Littlegrass Ranch, Inc., a nonprofit sanctuary for horsewomen and their horses. Kendall Country Fair Grounds, Sat, Sept 30, 1 pm and 7 pm; Sun, Oct 1, 2 pm. www.TexasChuteOut.com, info@littlegrassranch.org, 888-547-9393

 

BOERNE: Sept. 2 Axiom Returns to the Cave This dynamic string quartet experiments with bringing their individual music performances to unconventional venues as well as traditional concert halls. Trademarks of Axiom Quartet’s performances are the unique, diverse programs, combining different styles of string quartet repertoire under a specific theme, which is presented in an artistic and meaningful format. Cave Without A Name-Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road. cavewithoutaname.com 830-537-4212

BOERNE: Sept. 9 Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour Located behind Boerne City Hall, the Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like way back when. Kuhlmann-King House, 402 E. Blanco. visitboerne.org 210-823-9171

BOERNE: Sept. 9-10 Market Days Artists, crafters, and vendors share their creative talents and wares to the sounds of homegrown Texas musicians. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Sept. 9 Moondance Concert Series: Lost Mule Band Enjoy live music under the oaks and evening stars. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friendly dogs on leashes for an evening full of live music, dancing, and fun. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-4616

BOERNE: Sept. 15-17 Texas Hydro-Geo Workshop The fourth annual workshop is centered on the collection, processing, analysis, and evaluation of hydrologic and geologic field data. It serves as an excellent introduction to aspiring geology, hydrology, and environmental science students as well as a refresher for seasoned professionals. Cave Without A Name, 325 Kreutzberg Road. caves.org/grotto/bexargrotto/hydrogeo 830-537-4212

BOERNE: Sept. 16, 30 Hot Rod Night Reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties—a gathering place for old and new friends. Soda Pops, 103 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-331-8799

BOERNE: Sept. 23 Fall Equinox—Underground Sounds Enjoy a thrilling and eclectic concert of contemporary acoustic songs, soaring vocals, ancient instrumentation, improvisation, and contemplation celebrating the autumnal equinox. The celebration of seasonal change features the words and music of songwriter/performance artist Rudi Harst (vocals, guitar, flute, Tibetan bowls) and The Circle Band. Part of the concert will be performed in total darkness and flickering candlelight, creating an unforgettable experience. Cave Without A Name—Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road. cavewithoutaname.com 830-537-4212

BOERNE: Sept. 23 Paddle Battle A fun and charitable event for all experience levels and ages. From the Fun 5K to the Elite 10K race, spectators will be able to cheer their competitors on as the races take place. Awards, food trucks, drinks, vendors, live music, a raffle, and more will follow the race at Random Beer Garden. Boerne City Lake, 1 City Lake Road. visitboerne.org 210-842-4057

BOERNE: Sept. 23 Science In Nature This free back-to-school kickoff shows elementary-age children how to use nature to learn science. Activities include making seed necklaces and seed dissections, coloring with soils, drone technology and how it can be used it to help the environment, the neat way insects move, and more. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. visitboerne.org 830-331-8596

BOERNE: Sept. 28 Sip and Savor Join Kendall County Women’s Shelter for a tasting event with an impact. The event will feature the area’s upscale restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Each vendor will highlight a specialty item from their menu. Cana Ballroom, 202 W. Kronkosky St. visitboerne.org 830-331-8950

BOERNE: Sept. 28 Thirst For Nature—Cider on the Cibolo Soak in the Cibolo Creek and enjoy a short hike with a refreshing Cypress Cider. The Nature Center’s education staff will lead a guided stream hike, discussing the wildlife, stream stewardship, and protecting the health of the creek. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-4616

BOERNE: Sept. 29 Oktoberfest A celebration of Bavarian culture, history, and great beer. Enjoy good food, German-Texas craft and domestic beer, special events, and the finest in live music. Olde Town, 265 S. Main St. visitboerne.org 786-445-0160

BRADY: Sept. 2 World Championship Barbecue Goat Cookoff The 44th annual cookoff features 206 cooking teams, a 5K fun run and walk, arts and crafts and food vendors, kids games, and live entertainment including the Josh Abbott Band. New this year is a Texas beer and wine tasting. Richards Park. bradytx.com 325-597-3491

BULVERDE: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Tejas Rodeo Weekly rodeos, live music, events, and steak dinners. Tejas Rodeo, 401 Obst Road. visitboerne.org 830-980-2226

BULVERDE: Sept. 16 Jubilee A self-proclaimed “Freedom Festival,” this patriotic celebration is full of music, arts and crafts, good eats, and a parade. Downtown Bulverde, 30198 Bulverde Lane. facebook.com/bulverdejubilee 830-980-8801

BURNET: Sept. 9 Bluebonnet Air Show This annual air show features World War II aircraft in static and flight demonstrations. Air show performances run from noon to 4 p.m., followed by children’s activities and aircraft rides afterward. Burnet Municipal Airport, 2402 S. Water St. bluebonnetairshow.com 512-756-2226

BURNET: Sept. 9 Kids’ Day Out Activities include archery, steer-head roping, casting with rod and reel, a fish tank, gemology, and face painting. YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S. Water St. burnetchamber.org 512-756-2963

BURNET: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Day Out with Thomas Take a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Train Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Enjoy stories, music, and children’s activities. Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. austinsteamtrain.org 512-477-8468

COMFORT: Sept. 3 Founders’ Day Celebration Established in the mid 1850s, Comfort features authentic 19th century German-style architecture. The celebration includes a scavenger hunt to find architectural features in Comfort’s historic buildings with prizes from local businesses. Enjoy historic walking tours, music, and entertainment. Historic Downtown. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

COMFORT: Sept. 12 Music in the Park Texas musicians provide free outdoor music. This month’s performer is the Almost Patsy Cline Trio. Comfort Park, 427 Main St. 830-285-9345

COMFORT: Sept. 16 Fall Art Festival Roughly 25-30 area artists will sell their works, including jewelry, painting, glass, and ceramics. Historic Downtown. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

CONCAN: Sept. 9 Frio River Trash Bash Help the Texas Hill Country River Region preserve its beauty for years to come. Kayak, swim, inner tube, or walk along the upper Frio River while picking up trash, followed by a free barbecue cookout (with prizes for volunteers). Garner State Park, 234 RR 1050. visituvaldecounty.com/events 830-232-4310

DOSS: Sept. 2 VFD Benefit Fish Fry The 34th annual volunteer fire department fundraiser includes golden fried catfish with all the trimmings, prize drawings, and live entertainment. Doss VFD Fire Station, 14500 RR 783. dossvfd.org 830-669-2220

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 1 First Friday Art Walk Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. ffawf.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 2-3 Pacific Combat Living History Reenactment See equipment and weapons used during WWII and a battle reenactment set on an island in the Pacific. Pacific Combat Zone, 508 E. Austin. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 2 USO-Style Hangar Dance Enjoy a 1940s-style dance with swing dance lessons, big band live music, a costume contest, photo booth, and concessions. Portion of proceeds benefits the USO at Fort Hood. Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road. hangarhotel.com 830-997-9990

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 8-9 “The Wonder Bread Years” Fredericksburg Theater Company presents a fresh and funny salute to Americana. A comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere. Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Texas 87. fredericksburgtheater.org 830-997-3588

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 8-10 Fall Planting Days Daily lectures and demonstrations by John R. Thomas showing successful and timely wildflower planting techniques. Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Dr. wildseedfarms.com 830-990-8080

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 9 Boys & Girls Club Shopping Tournament Costumed teams of four compete to see who can spend the most money at participating stores on Main Street, with a portion of the sales going to the Boys & Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Main Street. shoppingtournament.org 830-997-8241

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 9 Historic Schools Open House Tour Three former country schools and one rural church, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for visits and tours. Various locations. historicschools.org 830-997-5116

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 9 Professional Bull Riders Forty of the PBR’s best riders and some of the crankiest bulls around make this a must-see event. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr. gillespiefair.com 830-997-2359

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 15-17 Trade Days Shop more 400 vendors in seven barns, with acres of antiques, a Biergarten, live music, and more. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com 830-990-4900

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 16 Historic Wrede School Open House This former country school, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for visits and tours. Historic Wrede School, 3828 Texas 16. historicschools.org 830-997-5116

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 16 Nimitz Foundation Symposium “Behind the Wire: POWs and Internees” will feature internationally recognized scholars, authors, historians, and veterans. Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600 ext. 205

FREDERICKSBURG: Sept. 17 Historic Lower South Grape Creek School Open House This former country school, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for visits and tours. Historic Lower South Grape Creek School, 10273 U.S. 290. historicschools.org 830-997-5116

GRUENE: Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Friday Afternoon Club A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 19th year, where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters mix it up to start their weekend rite (pun intended). This quintessential Friday happy hour celebrates the warmer weather with great beer prices, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Sept. 9 Gruene 10K Participants enjoy a leisurely or competitive run through the Texas Hill Country with medals for each age group. All participants can enjoy post race music at Gruene Hall with food and beer. Sponsored by the New Braunfels Running Club and benefiting a local charity. Gruene Historic District. gruenetexas.com or athleteguild.com 830-708-2991

GRUENE: Sept. 10 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, this event serves awe-inspiring gospel music coupled with a mouth-watering buffet catered by the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-629-5077

GRUENE: Sept. 16-17 Old Gruene Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Gruene Historic District. gruenemarketdays.com 830-832-1721

GRUENE: Sept. 21 Come and Taste It A featured winemaker showcases three of its newest released, top-selling, or hardest-to-find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. grapevineingruene.com 830-606-0093

HARPER: Sept. 1-2 Frontier Days Celebration The 53rd annual event includes a parade, rodeo, dance, roping and barrel racing, kids fishing contest, washer pitching, 42 tournament, and more. Harper Community Park, 23478 US 290. harpercommunitypark.org 830-864-5048

INGRAM: Aug. 18-Sep. 15 “Color, Value, and Hue” Exhibit focuses on understanding the uses of color in art. Open to all media. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

JOHNSON CITY: Sept. 15-16 We Got Yer Goat Barbecue Cookoff This annual fundraiser held by the Johnson City Education Foundation raises scholarship funds for graduating seniors. The two-day event includes a goat cookoff, washer tournament, food and merchandise booths, and games for children at the Kids Corral. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded to the top cooks, and attendees can also enter to win multiple raffle prizes. Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US 281. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Sept. 23 Art Walk Galleries and shops are open for viewing and wine tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. Nugent Avenue. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Sept. 23-24 Market Days Local artisans and craftsmen sell their wares. City Park, US 290 and Avenue G. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JUNCTION: Sept. 1-2 Barbecue Cookoff This annual Labor Day celebration offers relaxing fun, food, and entertainment for all ages with all interests. The event is held along the banks of the Llano River underneath the cool shade of age-old pecan trees, and features music and arts and crafts in addition to the cookoff. Junction City Park. junctiontexas.com 325-446-3190

JUNCTION: Sept. 1-2 Kayak/Canoe Up and Back Race Boating enthusiasts will paddle up the South Llano River approximately 14.5 miles to the first crossing, flip around, and paddle back to Junction for a round-trip of approximately 30 miles. Prizes will be awarded with a cash grand prize drawing. All who finish the race will be eligible to place their name in the hat for the cash grand prize. Junction City Park. junctiontexas.com 325-446-6565

KERRVILLE: Aug. 18-Sep. 3 “Making God Laugh” A new comedy by Sean Grennan. Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St. playhouse2000.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Aug. 24-Sep. 24 “Photoquest” Hill Country Camera Clubs’ annual judged show. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Sept. 1-Oct. 5 “Homage” Combined works in multimedia by artists Phyllis and Douglas Garey. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Sept. 1 First Friday Wine Share A fun way to meet new or different wines, people, and places of business or art. Please bring no more than one bottle of wine per every two people. Singles may feel free to bring a bottle every other month. Try to find the themed bottle of the month (if you can’t, just default to your favorite). Finger foods are always welcome. Bring your own wine glass—which could be a conversation starter in itself. firstfridaywineshare.com 830-896-6600

KERRVILLE: Sept. 1-3 Kerrville Fall Music Festival This annual three-day event combines camping, music, and the best Texas wines and beers. Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway. kerrville-music.com 830-257-3600

KERRVILLE: Sept. 1-24 Photoquest Hill Country Camera Club’s annual judged show. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Sept. 2 Hill Country Swap Meet A giant community garage sale, flea market, and trade days all-in-one. Buy or sell new, used, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, knives, books, furniture, tools, clothing, kitchen and household items, and more. Concessions on-site and lots of free parking. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-459-6198

KERRVILLE: Sept. 2 Kerr County Market Days An indoor marketplace for vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and home-grown plants and produce. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-895-7524

KERRVILLE: Sept. 9-10 Run for Riverside 5K The third annual 5K run/walk on the Kerrville River Trail. Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. riversidenaturecenter.org 830-257-4837

KERRVILLE: Sept. 9-10 Texas Gun and Knife Show New and used guns, knives, gold and silver coins, jewelry, camping gear, military supplies, and several businesses under one roof. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. texasgunandknifeshows.com 830-285-0575

KERRVILLE: Sept. 16 “The Party” at the Museum of Western Art The 34th annual art sale and exhibition offers fun, food, art, live auction, and music. Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway. museumofwesternart.com 830-895-2553

KERRVILLE: Sept. 16-17 Hill Country Gun Show Shop from approximately 70 vendors. Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane. 830-315-3101

KERRVILLE: Sept. 23-24 Kerrville Triathlon Festival Run, bike, and swim. Since it’s start, more than 6,000 participants have crossed the finish line to collect their medals. The event features eight different distance events, including a free kids run. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr. kerrvilletri.com 512-953-5585

KERRVILLE: Sept. 29 Texas Heritage Music Day and Community Concert A free educational, community event featuring singer-songwriters, a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and an evening concert. Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd. texasheritagemusic.org 830-792-1945

KERRVILLE: Sept. 30-Oct. 28 Guadalupe Watercolor Group Show and Sale The 24th annual event will offer more than 100 high-quality original watercolor paintings. Kerrville Arts and Culture Center, 228 Earl Garrett. guadalupewatercolorgroup.com 830-895-2911

KYLE: Sept. 9 Market Days Farmers market, homemade arts and crafts, live music and fun activities. City Square Park, 101 N. Burleson St. cityofkyle.com/recreation 512-262-3939

LAKEHILLS: Sept. 23 Medina Lake Cajun Festival The 37th annual festival brings the food, music, and culture of Louisiana to the Texas Hill Country. Dance to Cajun and zydeco bands from Louisiana, eat authentic Cajun food prepared by volunteers, and sample gumbos in the Great Gumbo Cookoff. Lakehills Civic Center, 11225 Park Road 37. cajunfestival-medinalake.com 830-751-2727

LAMPASAS: Sept. 23 Lampasas County Wine Tour Participants will meet at Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce office for breakfast and then depart on a chartered wine tour at award-winning, beautiful Texas Hill Country wineries. Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce, 205 US 281. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5172

LAMPASAS: Sept. 30 Trade Days Come meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. Merchandise ranges from antiques, collectibles, quilts, crafts, folk and fine art, and home furnishings. Marigold’s Antiques & More, 2646 US 190. lampasastradedays.com 512-734-1294

MEDINA: Sept. 2 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artists and artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 Texas 16. 830-796-3045

NEW BRAUNFELS: Sept. 26-Oct. 1 Comal County Fair The largest county fair in Texas features a barbecue cookoff the weekend prior, a parade through historic downtown New Braunfels, a PRCA rodeo, bull riding, pig racing, a livestock show, carnival games and rides, and food of all kinds. Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 E. Common St. comalcountyfair.org 830-625-1505

NEW BRAUNFELS: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 River Revival Music Festival A collaboration between Houston-based Splice Records and St. Arnold’s Brewery, the annual fest was created as a place for music lovers to share good times, great tunes, and camaraderie, all while enjoying the beauty Texas nature has to offer alongside the mighty Guadalupe River. KL Ranch Camp-On the River, 5455 River Road. splicerecordstx.com/events/river-revival

SAN MARCOS: Sept. 9 SMTX Pride The community unites in a positive stance against violence and discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual people and their allies. The goal is to bring awareness of unity and equality while building a community of support. Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy. smtxpride.org

SAN MARCOS: Sept. 15 Mermaid Society Ball The second annual event, held at the headwaters of the San Marcos River, will feature glass bottom boat tours, dining, dancing, specialty cocktails, live music, the crowning of the Society’s Mermaid Queen and her court, and art infused performances by local artists. River chic and other creative dress is highly encouraged. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Dr. mermaidsocietysmtx.com 512-825-2819

SAN MARCOS: Sept. 16 Mermaid Parade and Aqua Festival The second annual event offers a parade downtown with floats, music, the newly crowned Mermaid Queen and her court, and pictures with mermaids. Afterward, the festival at San Marcos Plaza Park offers environmental and conservation presentations, a local art market, and a variety of hands-on art-inspired workshops for all ages. Downtown San Marcos and Plaza Park, 206 N C M Allen Pkwy. mermaidsocietysmtx.com 512-825-2819

SAN SABA: Sept. 17 Pecan Capital Street Dance XII The annual Pecan Capital Homecoming Street Dance, featuring the Cornell Hurd Band, is free to the public. Courthouse Square, 500 E. Wallace. visitsansabatexas.com 325-372-8291

SPICEWOOD: Sept. 22 Matt Wilson Band in Concert Spicewood Arts Society’s new season begins with this musician, the “Piano Man” in the first national tour of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s award-winning musical “Movin’ Out.” The Austin-based singer-songwriter’s deep catalog of soul, rock, and gospel bubbles with joy. Wear your dancing shoes. Spicewood Arts Society, 9807 Texas 71. spicewoodarts.org 512-264-2820

UTOPIA: Sept. 21-23 Utopiafest This three day music and camping festival features performances by the Wheeler Brothers, Elephant Revival, Mobley, Sid Fly, and more. 1555 Lemond Road. utopiafest.com 512-496-2798

UVALDE: Sept. 1-3 PalominoFest and Pro Rodeo Labor Day Weekend Celebration Enjoy live music, a carnival, food booths, and a rodeo. 215 Veterans Lane. uvaldecountyfairplex.com 830-591-9040

UVALDE: Sept. 7 Bark in the Park Dress up your pets for a fun-filled day. Uvalde Memorial Park, 379-443 E. Main St. visituvalde.com 830-934-2732

UVALDE: Sept. 8 Four Square Friday Late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

UVALDE: Sept. 23 Dove Expo Includes a fishing tank for kids, vendors, and a shotgun raffle. Oasis Outback, 2900 E. Main St. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

WIMBERLEY: Sept. 1-24 “The Winter’s Tale” Performed in the Burdine Johnson Indoor Studio Theatre. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org 512-847-6969

WIMBERLEY: Sept. 2 Market Day Walk along a shaded path to discover treaures of all sorts and enjoy lots of great food and live music. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325. shopmarketdays.com 512-847-2201

WIMBERLEY: Sept. 8-Oct. 1 “Making God Laugh” Sean Grennan’s dramedy follows 30 years with the same family as they celebrate the holidays, squabble over family issues, and avoid eating the dreaded fantasia dip. What ensues is an equal mix of light-hearted humor and a poignant look at the many changes we encounter as we age. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org 512-847-0575

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