September

Temple Sept. 2: First Friday: Labor Day Celebration

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping. downtowntemple.com

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend at Epic Waters

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark invites you to join along for a three-day weekend celebration complete with live entertainment and interactive activities. epicwatersgp.com

 

Granbury Sept. 3-5: Labor Day Weekend Celebrations and Lighted Boat Parade

Historic Granbury Square and Lake Granbury, 201 E. Pearl St.

Kick off Labor Day weekend in Granbury with sidewalk sales along the square and the Lighted Boat Parade on Sunday. Dozens of boats travel from bridge to bridge for this beautiful spectacle. visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/labor-day-weekend

 

Temple Sept. 3: Family Day: Outer Space Day

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Have you ever wondered what is beyond the solar system? Come out for a day of space exploration. Join in for a chance to learn more about the planets and other mysteries of the stars. templeparks.com

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 3: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in Concert

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert Plant and Alison Krauss join forces for a night of songs. In 2007, Plant and Krauss released “Raising Sand,” one of the most acclaimed albums of the 21st century. Now, after fourteen years, the two icons return with “Raise the Roof,” a dozen songs from a range of traditions and styles that extend this remarkable collaboration in new and thrilling directions. texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=430472

 

Mckinney Sept. 3-Feb. 20, 2023: Dinosaurs Live!

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Encounter the 46-foot tall T-Rex and 10 new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the 16th annual exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar. An outdoor fossil dig is available for kids. The dinosaur trail is great for jogging strollers, but not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs. heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live

 

Bellville Sept. 3: First Saturday Market

Downtown Square, 1 Main St.

Stroll through the market on the square and check out the nearby farmers and artisan market with more than 85 booths featuring craftsmen, woodworkers, retailers, rolling boutiques, produce, honey, and baked goods galore while you enjoy music all day, several food trucks, a photo booth, and activities. There is free parking and admission. Discoverbellville.com

 

Bellville Sept. 3: Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm. discoverbellville.com

 

Troy Sept. 4: Farmers Market and Arts and Crafts

John Q. Thompson Pavilion , 201 E. Main St.

An outdoor market brings local foods, handmade crafts, art, small business products, and services in a park-like setting. Off-street parking and public bathrooms are available. cityoftroy.us

 

New Berlin Sept. 4: Sausage Festival

New Berlin Community Center, 8815 Farm to Market Road 775

At the 71st annual Sausage Festival, attendees can eat homemade sausage, play bingo, enter a raffle, shop at a country store, let children play games, and then dance the night away to music by Clint Taft and the Buckwild Band. facebook.com/nbtxsausagefest

 

Burleson Sept. 5: Lynn Smith Labor Day Monday Classic Car Show

Lynn Smith Chevrolet, 925 N. Burleson Blvd.

Lynn Smith Chevrolet celebrates the end of summer with some of the best classic cars in Texas. More than sixty awards are given out, including Best of Show, Sponsor’s Choice, Under Construction, Special Interest, Late Model, Rat Rod, and Cycle. Push it, pull it, or tow it in and you’ll get registered. This event is free to the public. ddrockinrods.com

 

Plano Sept. 5: Labor Day Pool Party

The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive

Celebrate the last day of summer and play traditional pool games at a Texas Pool party on Labor Day. Coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed. visitplano.com/event/labor-day-pool-party

 

Elgin Sept. 8: Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people. elgintx.com

 

Hearne Sept. 9-10: Crossroads Sand Sculpting Competition

Hearne Depot Grounds , 39 W. Ninth St.

The beach comes to Hearne as master sand sculptors head to this sand-sculpting competition. Craft and food vendors are present, and there’s live music. Watch as the sculptors build their masterpieces. Kids and adults can also get their hands in the sand and learn how it all happens.

hearnechambertx.com

 

Fairfield Sept. 9-10: Big T Memorial Barbecue Cookoff

WL Moody Reunion Fairgrounds , 839 E. Commerce St.

Organized by the Golden Circle Special Needs Association to support the organization, all money raised goes to support people with special needs in the areas of Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, Anderson, and Leon counties. The cookoff features a state championship Lone Star Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition in chicken, brisket, and pork spare ribs. There is also the Cook’s Choice and Beans Jackpot categories, as well as the popular Kid’s Cookoff Challenge. Anyone can enter the competition, and there are family-friendly activities to enjoy as well. bigtmemorial.com

 

Caldwell Sept. 10: Kolache Festival

Downtown Caldwell, 100 W. Buck St.

Celebrate the revitalization of Czech heritage. Learn Czech philosophy, dance to polka music, and sing along to traditional tunes. There is an arts and crafts show, authentic Czech foods, the kolache eating contest, kolache baking championship, a 5K Kolache Krunch run, a car show, tractor show, and fun for kids. burlesoncountytx.com/kolache-fest

 

Belton Sept. 10-11: Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

The Fall Season brings out crafters and artisans with unique and varied products for the upcoming holiday seasons. Halloween and Thanksgiving decor begin to appear among the woodcrafts, floral designs, women and children’s boutiques, jewelers, and unusual varieties of arts and crafts. samishow.com

 

Harker Heights Sept. 10: Food, Wine, and Brew Fest

Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. FM 2410

Sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the 14th annual Harker Heights Food, Wine, and Brew Festival returns with all your favorite wines, craft brews, live music, and vendors. This is Harker Heights’ biggest festival of the year. hhfoodandwine.com

 

La Grange Sept. 10: Ray Prim and Suzanna Choffel in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Austin singer-songwriters swap songs at one of the best listening rooms in Texas: a converted WWII Army barrack turned concert venue. Wine, beer, sodas, root beer floats, and Topo Chico is available. thebugleboy.org/tickets

 

Ennis Sept. 10: Patriot Day Barbecue Bash

Downtown Ennis, 302 N. Dallas St.

Sanctioned by the Outlaw Barbecue Association, this barbecue competition features brisket, pork ribs, and chicken categories. ennis-chamber.com

 

Temple Sept. 10: Dueling Pianos

Sam Farrow Lions Park Amphitheater , 4320 Lions Park Road

Combine two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians on a stage, then add in a crowd of people and the result is an evening of fast, funny, and unforgettable entertainment. templeparks.com/specialevents

 

Grand Prairie Sept 10: Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don’t miss your favorite Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel superheroes singing, dancing, and doing impressive acrobatics across the stage.

texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=434454

 

Brenham Sept. 10-17: Washington County Fair

Washington County Expo Center, 1305 Blue Bell Road

Established in 1868, the Washington County Fair is the first and oldest county fair held in Texas. Enjoy a variety of events including concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, arts and craft shows, special attractions, a carnival, and commercial exhibits. washingtoncofair.com

 

Mckinney Sept. 10: Trolley Tour

Sept. 10

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut

Experience the historic district in downtown McKinney on a charming trolley with a trained docent. This tour features the buildings and homes of the commercial and residential historic district. While enjoying the architecture, you’ll hear about some of the significant people who made their mark in McKinney. chestnutsquare.org/tours

 

Mckinney Sept. 10: Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic

Filtered Coffee Shop, 218 E. Louisiana

The Filtered Coffee Shop stage comes alive with Second Saturday Karaoke and Open Mic. All singers and musicians of all ages are welcome. getmefiltered.com

 

Sherman Sept. 10: Hispanic Heritage Festival

Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St.

Celebrate the Texoma region’s Hispanic heritage at this festival that features live music and entertainment, food vendors selling authentic cuisine from different countries, and activities that celebrate Hispanic culture. shermantx.org

 

Mesquite Sept. 10: Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents its annual fall concert. This year’s show, “West Side Rhapsody,” includes “Inner City Rhapsody” by Quinn Mason, “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, and “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein. mesquitesymphony.org

 

Waco Sept. 11: Beast of the Brazos

Indian Springs Park, 101 S University Parks Drive

The Beast of the Brazos is an open-water swim in between the banks of the Brazos River in Waco. This swim features a similar route as Ironman Waco and Ironman 70.3 Waco with 1.2- and 2.4-mile route options. All registered swimmers receive a swim cap and T-shirt, as well as a finisher’s medal. runsignup.com/race/events/tx/waco/beastofthebrazos

 

Corsicana Sept. 11: Mimosas at the Market

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Sip mimosas while shopping in downtown Corsicana every second Saturday. Complimentary mimosas are poured, and shoppers explore the tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and boutiques. visitcorsicana.com

 

Seguin Sept. 11: Celebrating the Americas

Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St.

From gorgeously costumed folklórico dancers to Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture,” this show is a kaleidoscope of sound and movement that unites cultures of North, Central, and South America through the power of music. Plus, swing dance in the aisles with a tour de force performance of Artie Shaw’s jazzy clarinet concerto. mtsymphony.org

 

Addison Sept. 15-18: Oktoberfest

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle

Recognized as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich since 1987, Addison Oktoberfest brings a purely Texan twist to this popular celebration of German culture, food, music, and beer. Take part in a unique experience with polka bands and other traditional entertainers on multiple stages, interactive games and attractions for all ages, and the beloved Dachshund Dash. addisonoktoberfest.com

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 15: Ben Platt in Concert

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Ben Platt is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He began his acting career in musical theater as a child and appeared in productions of “The Sound of Music” and “The Book of Mormon,” rising to prominence for originating the title role in Broadway’s coming-of-age musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=410413

 

Nocona Sept. 16-17: Wheels and Grills Barbecue Cookoff

Horton Classic Car Museum, 115 W. Walnut St.

Camp, cook, and enjoy some of the best company in Texas at this two-day cookoff competition. Competition categories include steak, chicken, brisket, ribs, salsa, stuffed jalapeños, and bloody marys. There is a horseshoe tournament, corn hole, and a classic car show, too. wheelsandgrillscookoff.com

 

La Grange Sept. 16: Warren Hood in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

A highly accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a voice that’s been favorably compared to crooner Chet Baker, Warren Hood is a seven-time Austin Music Awards winner who deftly blends country, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and folk into an eclectic style all of his own. thebugleboy.org/tickets

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 16-Dec. 17: Live Quarter Horse Racing

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

Catch the horses run right past you at Lone Star Park. Enjoy live racing, food and drinks, and a good time you can bet on. lonestarpark.com

Mckinney Sept. 16-18: Third Monday Trade Days

Third Monday Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission. tmmtd.com

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 17: Paws in the Park 

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to take part in the tail waggin’ fun. Furry friends will have the opportunity to cool off in a splash zone dog park! The evening will include a space to allow your dogs to roam free, opportunities to win free stuff for your pups, the chance to learn the proper measures to provide the right care for your dogs, plus more! Make sure to stay past sunset, as we will be showing Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021) on our large screen with sweets and treats available for purchase! 6:00pm-10:30pm https://grandfungp.com/events-calendar/ 972-237-8100

 

Lewisville Sept. 17: Professional Bull Riding

Bill Weaver Arena, 101 Parkway Drive

Watch professional bull riders brave it all while trying to hold on tight for 8 seconds on the back of a bucking, feisty bull. cityoflewisville.com

 

La Grande Sept. 17: Emily Gimble in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past Texas State Musician and member of the Texas Commission on the Arts’ prestigious Texas Touring Roster, Emily Gimble performs at this WWII Army barrack that’s been transformed into an intimate listening room. Wine, beer, Topo Chico, sodas, root beer floats, and affogato are available.

 

Cedar Hill Sept. 17: LatinFest

Valley Ridge Park, 2850 Park Ridge Drive

The inaugural LatinFest is a family-friendly event with food, fun, entertainment, and even hiring opportunities from local businesses. There’s all-day entertainment with the final performance by the Selena Forever Tribute band. visitcedarhilltx.com

 

Temple Sept. 17: Nite Brite Bike Ride

Pepper Creek Trail, 546 N. Kegley Road

Bike through Pepper Creek Trail on a professionally lit route. Glow in the dark, flashing, and reflective gear is encouraged. Per event rules, helmet, front bike light, and a back light reflector are required. templeparks.com/specialevents

 

Gatesville Sept. 17: Spurfest

Coryell Museum, 718 Main St.

Visit the Coryell Museum and Historic Center for their annual Spurfest for old-time demonstrations, contests, music, kids’ activities, and over 6,000 spurs in the Lloyd Mitchell Spur Collection. Admission is free. coryellmuseum.org

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 17: Groove Fest IV

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Catch R&B singers Keith Sweat, Blackstreet, Ginuwine, Dave Hollister, and Blaque live in concert. texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=434158

 

Dallas Sept. 17-Oct. 31: Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road

The 17th annual Autumn at the Arboretum festival, presented by Reliant, features 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash, hailing from the Pumpkin Capital of Texas, Floydada, throughout the garden. This year’s theme, “A Fall Fairy Tale,” features the return of Cinderella’s Carriage, along with themed pumpkin houses that make up the acclaimed Pumpkin Village, and of course, a maze for younger visitors. Other gourd-eous displays reimagine classic tales of “Jack and The Beanstalk,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Sword in the Stone,” and “One Thousand and One Nights.” dallasarboretum.org

 

Sherman Sept. 17: Sherman Arts Fest

Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St.

The 41st annual Sherman Arts Fest is a fun-filled day for the whole family, featuring musical acts and other live performances on two stages; chalk art; a Kids’ Alley; food and beverage vendors; arts, crafts, and marketplace vendors; a woodcarving exhibit; youth and adult art shows; art history displays; and the Sherman Education Foundation 5K. Shermantx.org

 

Plano Sept. 17: North Texas Pride Festival

Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St.

The 11th annual “come as you are” festival brings the community together to celebrate pride in diversity. The family-oriented event features sponsor and vendor booths, food and beverages, giveaways, activities for adults and kids, bands, DJs, dancing, and entertainment for all ages. visitplano.com/event/2022-north-texas-pride-festival

 

Waxahachie Sept. 17: C10s in the Park

Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Ave.

This Chevy truck show features more than 1,000 C10 trucks, live music, and other entertainment. c10sinthepark.com

 

Mesquite Sept. 17: Guts and Gory Zombie Run

Camp Rorie Galloway, 3100 Lawson Road

Race through the woods of Camp Rorie Galloway, compete in challenges with your team, and collect survival essentials along the way to survive the zombie hoard. visitmesquitetx.com

 

Mesquite Sept. 17: Heritage Fall Rodeo

Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive

Head to the Mesquite Arena for the second annual Heritage Fall Rodeo, where the best African American cowboys participate in rodeo events, including open bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, to hip hop, zydeco, blues, and gospel music. heritagerodeo.com

 

Mesquite Sept. 17-18: Devil’s Bowl Speedway Xtreem Flat Track Series

Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road

Xtreem Flat Track features some of the hottest riders in Flat Track Motorcycle Racing competing in pro twins, singles, hooligans, vintage, and other events. visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/devils-bowl-speedway

The Colony Sept. 18: Bow Wow Luau

Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 4400 Paige Road

You and your four-legged friend are invited to a tropical getaway at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Say aloha to the newly renovated paradise as you go for a dog paddle, or splash around in the wave pool. The annual dog-friendly luau features contests, games, and prizes. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund. visitthecolonytx.com/events

 

Dallas Sept. 18-Jan.1: Masterpiece in Residence: Velazquez’s “King Philip IV of Spain”

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

Recently the Meadows Museum launched an exciting new loan program featuring some of the world’s most significant holdings of Spanish art within American collections, offering audiences the opportunity to view these masterpieces within the context of Meadows’s permanent collection. The second in the series, Diego Velazquez’s “King Philip IV of Spain,” comes in a rare departure from its home at The Frick Collection in New York. meadowsmuseumdallas.org

 

Dallas Sept. 18-Jan.25: “Picturing Holy Women in the Spanish Empire, 1620-1800”

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

This exhibition examines prints and drawings from the Bridwell and DeGolyer Libraries at SMU, as well as from the Meadows’s own collection, that visualize female biblical figures, saints, and monastics. The show contextualizes these works against a historical backdrop in which the church and Spanish monarchy sought to protect social order by regulating women’s mobility, promoting their enclosure, and mandating their separation from the outside world. meadowsmuseumdallas.org

 

Granbury Sept. 21-Oct. 30: “The Sleepy Hollow Experience”

Dora Lee Langdon Center, 308 E. Bridge St.

Nationally renowned theater producer Brian Clowdus invades historic Granbury this October in an immersive theatrical nightmare. Enter into the world of the classic Washington Irving tale with a fresh and horrifying new spin as the audience becomes part of the action. But be aware of what’s in front of you—and behind you. The Headless Horseman is waiting. visitgranbury.com

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 22: Prince Royce in Concert

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter Prince Royce performs his Latin pop and R&B hits. texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=428624

 

Plano Sept. 22-24: Hollydays Market

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

With more than 100 merchants, this market offers lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for your festive events. Grab your friends and family members and come enjoy the fun. visitplano.com/event/hollydays-market-2022

 

Lewisville Sept. 23-24: Western Days

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St.

Held each year in Old Town Lewisville, the Western Days Festival celebrates Western culture with live music on multiple stages, demonstrations of Western heritage, kids activities, and the World Tamale Eating Championship. There is free parking and complimentary remote shuttle parking. lewisvillewesterndays.com

 

La Grande Sept. 23: Red Young in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Red Young makes his debut at The Bugle Boy’s converted WWII Army barracks listening room. In addition to session and tour support for the likes of Dolly Parton, Ray Benson, and Marcia Ball, he’s also done soundtrack work and led numerous bands of his own over the course of his decades-long career, playing everything from big band to jazz, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and classic American standards. thebugleboy.org/tickets

 

Mckinney Sept. 23-25: Oktoberfest

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Put on your lederhosen and join in for a full weekend of German-themed fun in historic downtown McKinney. Enjoy the tradition of authentic German food, domestic and imported beers, live music, and games. Próst, y’all. mckinneytexas.org/664/oktoberfest

 

Sulphur Springs Sept. 23-24: Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Quilt Show

The ROC, 115 Putman St.

More than 100 quilts are on display at the 21st annual show. Lisa Erlandson, an American Quilter’s Society appraiser of quilted textiles, is the special speaker. Vendors are present for shopping and there are door prizes for patrons. sulphurspringstxquilts.com

 

Plano Sept. 23-25: Balloon Festival

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd.

The official Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas hosts this annual ballooning tradition that features more than 30 colorful hot air balloons, a RE/MAX parachute team exhibition, live entertainment, a fireworks show, food concessions, arts and crafts vendors, and a kids’ fun zone. planoballoonfest.org

 

Hallettsville Sept. 24: Kolache Fest

Hallettsville KC Hall, 321 US 77 S.

Honoring the beloved kolache, this festival begins with a 5K fun run, followed by a parade, arts and crafts vendors, food concessions, a kolache eating contest, a kolache baking demonstration, domino tournament, and polka music. hallettsville.com

 

River Oaks Sept. 24: Classic Car Show

River Oaks Community Center, 5300 Blackstone Road

See and be seen at one of the best car shows in the area. Awards include Best of Show, Sponsor’s Choice, Under Construction, Special Interest, Late Model, Rat Rod, and Cycle. ddrockinrods.com

 

Comanche Sept. 24-25: Comanche County Powwow Festival

Comanche City Park, 1200 Comanche Trails

Based off of a Native American powwow, this event hosts vendor booths, many types of food booths, children’s activities, photography and art contests, a car and tractor show, and a barbecue cookoff. comanchechamber.org/pow-wow

 

Granbury Sept. 24-25: Spooky Spectacle

Granbury Square, 119 E. Bridge St.

Kick off the Halloween season with ghost hunters, horror, sci-fi, cosplay, fantasy, and paranormal enthusiasts. Special celebrity guest Sean Whalen appears on Sunday. visitgranbury.com/event/spooky-spectacle/15101

 

Waco Sept. 24: Waco Wild West 100 Bike Ride

Heritage Square, 300 Austin Ave.

The Waco Wild West 100 has been around since 1985. All volunteer driven and a nonprofit, the ride’s goals are to encourage and motivate people to cycle, to promote safe riding and camaraderie, as well as to donate to local nonprofits. Rain or shine, this year’s bike tour through Central Texas benefits the Be The Match Registry. wacowildwest100.com

 

La Grange Sept. 24: Nellie McKay in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Nellie McKay makes her debut at the Bugle Boy’s converted WWII Army barrack turned listening room. Her music has been used in such films and TV shows as “Rumor Has It,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “NCIS.” She’s performed on many late night TV shows, starred in and co-created the award-winning off-Broadway hit “Old Hats,” and has written four acclaimed musical stage biographies. thebugleboy.org/tickets

 

Plano Sept. 24-25: Balloon Festival Races

Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway

It’s time to take a run on an epic adventure with the 2022 Plano Balloon Festival’s runs/walks, 10K, and half marathon that once again feature the Elevate and Sky High Challenges. planoballoonfest.org/p/about/runs

 

Granbury Sept. 24-25:  Spooky Spectacle

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

This kickoff to the Halloween season offers something for enthusiasts of ghost hunting, horror, sci-fi, cosplay, fantasy, and the paranormal. Special celebrity guest actor Sean Whalen (“The People Under the Stars”) appears Sunday only. visitgranbury.com

 

Giddings Sept. 25: Texas Wendish Festival

St. Paul Lutheran Church Picnic Grounds, FM 2239 and CR 212 (Serbin)

Wendish Fest is the annual celebration of Wendish heritage and culture hosted by the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. Wendish Fest offers a full day of family fun with authentic Wendish food, drink, children’s activities such as “Kletternpfosten” (greased pole climbing for the kids), stick horse races, and a coloring contest. Other competitions include the cross-cut saw contest, coffee cake bake off, and washer pitching. Visitors enjoy vintage autos and antique machinery along with many exhibits and demonstrations authentic to Wendish culture. Included are: sausage stuffing, sauerkraut making, soap making, noodle making, quilting, weaving, tatting, blacksmithing, and stone grinding corn meal on a 1918 grist mill. Two favorites are the Wendish Easter egg decorating and the German Christmas Market featuring local Serbin artisans. Entertainment features the Shiner Hobo Band. There is no admission fee for the festival. An authentic Wendish noon meal is served to thousands of attendees which includes the most popular homemade Wendish noodles. texaswendish.org/category/events

 

The Colony Sept. 26-Oct. 2: LPGA Volunteers of America Classic

Old American Golf Club, 1001 Lebanon Road

The Volunteers of America Classic, the only LPGA tour event in the state of Texas, returns to Old American Golf Club featuring the best female golfers from around the globe. visitthecolonytx.com/events

 

Grand Prairie Sept. 29: Diana Krall in Concert

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer known for her vocals. She has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. texastrustcutheatre.com/events/detail/?event_id=413851

 

Waxahachie Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Screams Halloween Theme Park

Scarborough Faire, 2511 FM 66

The world’s largest Halloween theme park comes complete with five haunted houses (all with different themes), the Rottingwood Cemetery walk-through attraction, stage entertainment, Scary-Oke, games, a food court, pubs, shops, and loads of Halloween fun. Admission allows you to tour through attractions as many times as you’d like. screamspark.com

 

La Grande Sept. 30: Walt Wilkins in Concert

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck, and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans. His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them, and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that). He’s put his magical touch on recordings by new and veteran artists, too many to count. thebugleboy.org/tickets

 

Waco Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Cultural Arts Fest

Indian Springs Park, 100 Washington Ave.

Bring out your inner artist at Cultural Arts Fest. Festivities include art activities, music, and food. Free for all ages. wacoartsfest.org

 

Corsicana Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Odyssey Cemetery Tour

Oakwood Cemetery, 700 N. 15th St.

Tour historic Oakwood Cemetery and see the graves of the “athletes of Navarro County.” For those with mobility issues, a presentation is held on Friday in the Nancy Roberts Room of the Corsicana Public Library. Cemetery tours are held Saturday and departing every 15 min.

visitcorsicana.com

 

Waxahachie Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Vintage Market Days

Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287 Bypass

At this upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor covered market, find over 100 talented vendors showing original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, and seasonal plantings. The three-day also offers delicious food and live music. vintagemarketdays.com

 

Mesquite Sept. 30: Devil’s Bowl Speedway Sprint Car Series

Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road

This unique D-shaped track makes sure everyone has a great view of the fast-paced, NASCAR-style action. Guests that purchase a Pit Pass can sit right in the center of the track during the races and can take pictures with the drivers. visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/devils-bowl-speedway

 

Fort Worth Sept. 30: Pinners Conference and Expo

Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Pinners Conference is excited to host its Pinterest-inspired conference on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Attendees can learn, create, connect and shop the latest DIY trends inspired by creativity and passion for craft-making. The two-day conference and expo will provide 100+ Pinterest-based classes taught by experts in DIY, home décor, food arts, fashion, beauty, self-improvement, party-planning, photography and a full tradeshow floor with over 300 vendors. Visit tx.pinnersconference.com for more information. To stay updated with the Pinners Conference in Texas, check out @pinnersconf on all platforms. Don’t forget to follow the #PinnersTX and #pinnersconf to follow this event!

August

Temple July 6-Oct. 8: “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues”

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

For nearly a century, baseball has been a crucial social and cultural force in Latino communities across the United States. And, for just as long, Latino/a players have had a huge impact on the game. To celebrate this history, the Smithsonian Institution illustrates in “¡Pleibol!” how generations of Latinos/as have helped make the game what it is today. From youth and community teams to the Major League, the exhibition reveals how baseball brings people together regardless of race, class, or gender. These inspirational baseball stories reflect larger themes in American history that connect us all, on and off the diamond. templeparks.com

 

Lockhart July 22-Aug. 6: “Annie Get Your Gun”

Gaslight Baker Theatre, 216 S. Main St.

See this sharp-shooting production of the classic Broadway musical about Annie Oakley, the best shot around who manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. mygbt.org

 

Salado July 23-Aug. 6: “Salado Legends”

Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc., 409 Tablerock Road

The 29th annual “Salado Legends” is Central Texas’ favorite outdoor musical drama, written by Salado resident, playwright, and lyricist Jackie Mills. “Salado Legends” was chosen by the Library of Congress to “serve as a record of Life in America during the 1850’s and to preserve our nation’s diverse cultural traditions for generations of Americans, present and future.” tablerock.org

 

Temple Aug. 5: First Friday: Summer Sizzle

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Join along for live music and performances, great drinks, delicious food, and after-hours shopping. discoverdowntowntemple.com

 

Grapevine Aug. 5: Meme’s Pickles at Nash Farm

Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.

Learn to pickle cucumbers at historic Nash Farm with the last of the summer harvest. It’s a great “dill” of fun. nashfarm.org

 

Temple Aug. 6: Family Day: Dig It!

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Want to test your dinosaur knowledge? Or learn how ancient civilizations played music? Join along at the museum to find out what real archaeologists and paleontologist do. Discover how digging in the earth can reveal the secrets of the past. templeparks.com

 

Bellville Aug. 6: Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park, 100 E. Palm St.

More than 30 vendors bring fresh produce, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, herbs, plants, and flowers to be sold in the shade of the beautiful Jim Bishop Pavilion. Shoppers can find artisans selling fine linens, soaps, jewelry, dog treats, beard oils, and presenting live demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, cold brew coffee, jams, jellies, and baked goods. The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and supports local farmers, ranchers, and area artisans in this small town full of Texas charm. discoverbellville.com

 

Salado Aug. 6-7: Art Fair

Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.

The 56th annual Art Fair includes more than 50 artists from all over Texas. Listen to live music in the gazebo and meet and shop from an array of talented artists making ceramics, illustrations and drawings, jewelry, original paintings, photography, sculptors, stained glass, and textiles. Some artists are working on site and demonstrating their talents and techniques, so you can see them work in action. Admission is free. salado.com

 

Mesquite Aug. 6: Doggie Splash Day

Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive

Bring your pooch for a refreshing dip in the Vanston Pool at this annual free event that features a dog swimsuit contest, dog-paddle race, and diving contest. visitmesquitetx.com/events/2019/doggie-splash-day

 

Dallas Aug. 11-27: “Curse of the Puerto Ricans”

Bishop Arts Theater, 215 S. Tyler St.

Julia Rodriguez has sacrificed everything for her family, comprised of her alcoholic father, her miserable mother, her absentee older sister, and her lively little sister. When “the one that got away” re-enters her life and asks her to run away with him to California, she begins to question if she’s made a mistake. Dealing with themes of familial obligation and identity within the Hispanic community, “Curse of the Puerto Ricans” follows one family’s dysfunctional Christmas celebration. bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

 

Elgin Aug. 11: Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Historic Downtown Elgin

Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people. elgintx.com

 

Mckinney Aug. 12-14: Third Monday Trade Days

Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University Drive

This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 400 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, garage sale items, antiques and collectibles, and specialty items along with many fantastic food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission. tmmtd.com

 

Seguin Aug. 12-13: 184th Birthday

Heritage Village, 211 E. Live Oak St.

Celebrate the founding of Seguin with a barbecue dinner, homemade ice cream, live music, and a golf tournament. visitseguin.com

 

Grand Prairie Aug. 13: Hatch Chile Fest

Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers’ Market during this annual festival that features both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound (until 1 p.m. or sell out), live music, food, and local vendors. grandfungp.com/farmersmarket

 

Mckinney Aug. 19: Franconia’s Open Mic Jamboree

Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Play some music or just hang and enjoy awesome artists. Singers, strummers, drummers, guitar rippers, bass faces, harmonicas, raps, spoken word, comedy, declarations, and more are welcome, as the mic is open. franconiabrewing.com

 

Bowie Aug. 20: Outdoor Expo

Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St.

Find all things outdoors at this expo, hosted by The Ranch 95.9 FM radio station. Gear for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, ATVs, and RVs are found here, in addition to refreshments, food trucks, and entertainment. 959theranch.com

 

Temple Aug. 20: Touch-a-Truck

Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River, 7915 S. General Bruce Drive

Who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck or big rig? Touch-a-Truck provides a unique opportunity for children of all ages to explore and climb on vehicles of all types, all in one place. Templeparks.com

Grand Priarie Aug. 20:  Lost ’80s Live

Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Relive all of your favorite ’80s tunes performed by the artists you know and remember. Artists include A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, and Missing Persons. texastrustcutheatre.com

 

Bryan Aug. 20-21: Friends of the Library Book Sale

Clara B. Mounce Library, 201 E. 26th St.

From history to mystery, choose from thousands of books at this more-than-50-year-old book sale. Shop hard backs and paper backs in good condition and at excellent prices. friendsbcs.org

Ennis Aug. 27: Gunslinger Outlaw Modified Series

Big O Speedway , 3118 FM 85

Watch vehicles race on a .25-mile, semi-banked dirt track. bigospeedway.com

 

Mckinney Aug. 27-28: MillHouse Summer ArtFest

MillHouse McKinney at the Cotton Mill, 610 Elm, Suite 1000

Beat the heat with art, wine, food, and fun. Explore juried art (indoors) by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Featured artists offer acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. Pit Pals Barbecue and other vendors bring delicious food. The facility is large and spacious with plenty of room to browse, shop, and relax with family and friends. Proceeds benefit the MillHouse Foundation to support small businesswomen in creative fields. millhousefoundation.org/artfest

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