A note regarding COVID-19
Daymond John Lecture
UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120
Daymond John's entrepreneurial journey has spanned more than 25 years. Having gleaned insights from both the successes and failures of his varied career, John has developed this comprehensive lecture which empowers audiences to learn from his experiences and to make changes in all aspects of their lives, not just in business. He believes the keys to success require establishing the right mindset and following a very specific set of principles, which he has distilled into five key S.H.A.R.K. points.
Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo
Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.
The 139th annual Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo features a carnival, barbecue cookoff, agriculture and livestock exhibits, PCRA rodeo, and concerts.
Harvest Moon Regatta
Port Aransas Marina, 301 JC Barr Blvd.
The Harvest Moon Regatta is a sailing race that has been hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club every year since 1987. The offshore race begins in Galveston and ends with a party in Port Aransas. Whether you are new to offshore sailing, a seasoned cruiser, or a serious racer, Harvest Moon has something for you.
Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo
Extraco Events Center , 4601 Bosque Blvd.
See everything from professional bull riders to mutton bustin' buckaroos. Enjoy live music nightly, calf scrambles, and livestock shows. Heart O' Texas has been held for more than 65 years, with attendance swelling each year. In 2018, more than 193,000 people attended.
Lonestar in Concert
The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave.
Academy of Country Music award-winning band Lonestar performs at The Palace Theatre. Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including nine that reached No. 1: "No News," "Come Cryin' to Me," "Amazed," "Smile," "What About Now," "Tell Her," "I'm Already There," "My Front Porch Looking In," and "Mr. Mom."
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 2970 Epic Place
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is hosting the Flow Tour National Championship. Not only is this annual competition held at Epic Waters, but the waterpark is taking the event to a whole new level by turning it into a festival. The Flow Tour National Championship gives FlowRider competitors the chance to show off their skills in front of an eager, energized crowd, and the chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. The festival has live music, carnival games, immersive activities, tasty cuisine, delicious beverages, and door prizes.
Bob Stuth-Wade Exhibit
Brownwood Art Center, 215 Fisk Ave.
The Brownwood Art Center showcases work from Dublin, Texas artist Bob Stuth-Wade. Stuth-Wade is an American postwar and contemporary artist. He has been a multiple Best in Show recipient at the Brownwood Stars of Texas art exhibition.
Music and Wine Festival: Come and Taste It
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road
Come and taste it for the United Way at this event that celebrates Texas Wine Month. Every Thursday in October, The Grapevine features complimentary tastings from up to three Texas wineries and a Texas craft brewery, live music, and prize giveaways. Proceeds from featured wine selections benefit United Way of Comal County all month long.
"Laugh Therapy: a Comedy Zone Experience"
Arcadia Live Theater, 717 Water St.
This is the last show in a six-month comedy series on the first Thursday of every month at the Arcadia Live Theater. John Wessling and Patrick Eady bring the laughs to this installment.
South Padre Island
Clayton's Beach Bar, 6900 Padre Blvd.
The 34th annual Sandcastle Days brings art to the beaches of South Padre Island. Started by master sand sculptors and South Padre Island residents Walter McDonald (aka Amazin' Walter) and Lucinda Wierenga (aka Sandy Feet), Sandcastle Days serves as a way to not only demonstrate the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand but also the critical importance of protecting our beautiful coastline. Over the years, this family-friendly event has grown from a local celebration to a qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, where fans come to watch the sand come alive. Admission to this years event is free and features live music, art booths, and great food.
Ed Caraeff Solo Show
Modern Rocks Gallery, 916 Springdale Road, Canopy, Building 3
As a photographer and art director, Ed Caraeff has worked with, photographed, designed, or art directed hundreds of album covers, with his work appearing on four covers of "Rolling Stone" and hanging in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His photography archive includes Jimi Hendrix (most notably the famous shot of Hendrix setting fire to his Fender Stratocaster guitar while performing at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival), Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Elton John, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and Marvin Gaye. The exhibit features photographs taken by Caraeff when he was a teen attending high school in Southern California at the beginning of his 15-year career as a rock 'n' roll photographer. The opening event features a curated playlist by Caraeff with music from all the artists in the show, and a life-size cutout of Dolly Parton from Caraeff's album cover he shot for her 1977 release, "Here You Come Again." The event also features themed cocktails as well as special bites.
Christmas in October
Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.
The Salado Ladies Community League is hosting a Jingle Walk for Christmas in October. A passport allows you to shop many of the stores along Salado's "Magic Mile" for both days. Receive a gift at each participating store you visit.
First Friday Art Walk
Kress Building, 1915 Veterans Blvd.
Del Rio presents a monthly art walk that invites visitors to explore the art galleries and city's art district. The event also offers food trucks, vendors, and music.
First Friday: Oktoberfest
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.
Moonlight in the Gardens
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St.
Spend a casual, relaxing evening with cocktails, food stations, and music as you stroll through floral exhibits under moonlight. The evening benefits South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center's educational programming.
Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.
Ketzler's Schnitzelhaus and Biergarten brings this traditional German festival right to the heart of Granbury, Texas. Head to the historic Granbury square to experience German fare, music, vendors, and drinks, of course. This festival grows year after year.
Barbershop Harmony Society Southwestern District Fall Convention
DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel, DFW Airport Terminal C, 2334 N. International Pkwy.
Choruses and quartets from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana come together for fun, fellowship, and friendly competition in the a cappella barbershop style.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 7-9, 14-16
Zilker Park , 2207 Lou Neff Road
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this 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 with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. Headliners this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, the Chicks, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, and Lil Nas X.
"Little Women, The Musical"
McDonald Moody Auditorium, 5601 19th St.
Based on the beloved American novel by Louisa May Alcott, this musical follows the story of Jo March and her sisters and family. Set during the Civil War, the performance has beautiful music and a message about family that's suitable for all ages.
Big Bend Bluegrass Festival
Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland Ave.
Alpine’s mild weather makes it an attractive year-round destination, and the town is certified with an official Music Friendly Communities designation from the Texas Music Office. The inaugural Bluegrass Festival line-up includes the Kody Norris Show, the Edgar Loudermilk, the Old Rugged Choir, Second Time Around, Bluegrass Express, and Calamity Creek. Enjoy jamming, concessions, workshops, and drawings.
First Friday Art Walk
Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m. so visitors have time to explore the various events and exhibits planned throughout the day and enjoy local refreshments. Just look for the galleries flying the Art Walk flag.
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival
Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street
This is the 28th year for the festival dedicated to the world's largest selection of original mesquite art. The event is a showcase for sculpture, furniture, wood turnings, architectural accents, gift items, ornaments, and other items.
Big Bend Octane Fest
The Stable Performance Cars, 511 W. Holland Ave.
High-performance autos cruise the Big Bend's scenic highways and participate in other events, including a show-n-shine and river road cruise.
Stampede of Speed
Texas Motorplex , 7500 SH 287 West
NHRA Fall Nationals event action is packed with racing, concerts, special events, and other entertainment.
Aransas Navigation District, 100 Seabreeze Drive
Seafair celebrates its 47th year on the bayfront on Aransas Navigation District festival grounds. This fun festival has a gumbo cookoff, hilarious crab races, arts and crafts, a market, food vendors, an outdoor boat show, and live big-name and local entertainment including Cory Morrow.
Mesquite Cemetery, 400 Holly Park Drive
Step into the past by experiencing a living history tour of the Mesquite Cemetery. Actors portray Mesquite's early citizens, giving guests a theatrical encounter through first-person storytelling.
Music and Wine Festival: Rockin’ with Texas Wine and Food
Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road
Benefiting the United Way of Comal County and presented by Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1FM Radio New Braunfels, this annual event features a dinner catered by Gristmill River Restaurant, wine tasting, a private performance by a Gruene Hall favorite, and the Great Guitar Auction featuring guitars signed by some of the best artists to headline the historic stage.
"Wait Until Dark"
Oct. 7-8, 13-15, 20-22
Backdoor Theatre , 501 Indiana Ave.
In this suspensful thriller, Susan Hendrix, a blind woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23
Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road
In the dark, there’s something shadowy and intent on taking Ichabod’s life—the Headless Horseman. Poor Ichabod must outrun the galloping phantom. Does he? No one knows for sure because the schoolmaster is never seen again.
"The Play That Goes Wrong"
Oct. 7-9, 14-16
The Historic Texas Theatre , 213 W. Crawford St.
This play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Companym was a global phenomenon when it debuted in 2012, leaving audiences aching with laughter.
East Texas Burn Run
Come for bikes, bands, and beer all weekend long. Centering around historic Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club, this event has bike games, a live auction, live music, a bike show, and a raffle for a brand new 2021 motorcycle. Sponsored by the Phoenix Organization of Jefferson and Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, the event benefits Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation and Camp I'm Still Me.
Cuero Municipal Park, Leonard Roy Harmon Drive
Held annually the second weekend of October, the 50th Turkeyfest features food, dances, a parade, entertainment for the whole family, and of course the final heat in the “Great Gobbler Gallop” turkey race to see which town gets the title of “Turkey Capital of the World.”
Chalk Walk Arts Festival
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
As one of the area's largest and most prestigious festivals that draws over 60,000 people annually, the Chalk Walk Arts Festival features hundreds of artists, vendors, sponsors, local and regional musicians, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and a children's area with performances. Vendors showcase a variety of fine arts and crafts and provide visitors with the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists who created the work. The focal point of the festival is chalk mural artists creating street paintings, plus daily live entertainment with Friday and Saturday concerts.
Day Out with Thomas
Oct. 7-9, 14-16
Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.
Meet Thomas the Tank Engine (life-sized, complete with his signature whistle and smile) and take a train ride in his coaches. Take selfies with Thomas and friends inflatables, enjoy live entertainment and activities like the Play Pod, animal shows, magic shows, lawn games, and a huge model train layout. Visit the Thomas souvenir shop for merchandise exclusive to Day Out with Thomas events and meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway. This event is family-friendly and best suited for children ages 2 to 6. Set in historic downtown Grapevine, Day Out with Thomas is a favorite among parents, grandparents, and their little engineers.
Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.
It's a battle on the bricks. The 1-mile, eight-corner criterium course is renowned for its historical brick streets—a victory on Beaton Street is no small achievement. The course is extremely spectator friendly with a planned vendor market and plenty of dining and shopping opportunities for all.
Oktoberfest Trail Run
Historic Onion Shed , 154 S. Main St.
The Chaparral Trail is a converted railroad that has quickly become a reclaimed multi-use trail spanning more than 35 miles and beginning in the quaint city of Farmersville. Race this fast course over paved and crushed-stone trail, across bridges, and along prairies and farmland. This is an out and back course under a canopy of trees with beautiful country views. Distances are 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and 50K.
Main Street, 9726 FM 314
For 50 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists to present their talents. Resident artists welcome juried artists in the mediums of painting, photography, clay, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, wood, and mixed media. Local wineries, food trucks and artisan foods, and singer/songwriters fill the festival grounds behind the galleries on the one main street in town. Raku firing, blacksmithing, and an interactive kids' creation station are part of the fun. Admission is free.
"James Bond Meets Rachmaninoff"
Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
The 2022-2023 season for the Irving Symphony opens with iconic music from several James Bond movies, a musical glance at a famous 19th century hero, a world premiere, and one of the most romantic Rachmaninoff piano concertos of all time, performed by an internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso.
Courtyard Square, 409 S. Pecan St.
Held next to the beautiful courthouse, patrons can shop for plants and garden art. Food vendors are on site.
Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne St.
The museum’s kid-sized, motorized train chugs around the grounds. There are living history tours, vendor booths, food trucks, and a new treasure hunt to help people discover the depot’s secrets.