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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
AUTUMN  2015

SEPTEMER

  September 4–6 - West
40th ANNUAL WESTFEST...
Labor Day weekend festivities with Czech foods, music, international entertainment, dancing, pastries, costumes, arts and crafts, horseshoe tournament, Polka Mass, races, sports, children’s area & kolache baking contest at Rodeo & Fair Grounds. www.westfest.com. (254) 826-5058.

  September 4–6 - Bedford
BEDFORD BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL...
Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues & mouth-watering barbecue will enjoy great stage performers, as well as a $10,000 BBQ cook-off. Bedford City Hall Complex. www.bedfordbluesfest.com. (817) 952-2128.

  September 7- Elm Mott
SORGHUM FESTIVAL...
On Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Homestead Craft Village presents traditional pressing of home-grown sorghum cane & syrup cooking over wood fires! Also enjoy music, tasty foods, outdoor BBQ, homemade ice cream, horse-drawn hayrides and craft demonstrations. 10am-5pm. Go west off IH-35, five miles north of Waco. www.SustainLife.org. (254) 754-9600.

  September 9–12 - Alvarado
PIONEERS & OLD SETTLERS 123rd REUNION ...
Parade, queen’s contest, baby contest, Battle of the Bands, big carnival, fiddler’s competition, car show & vendor booths at “The Premier Homecoming Event of Texas.” Write Tom Durington, P.O. Box 217, Alvarado, TX 76009. Free Admission. $2 Parking. (817) 538-2337.

  September 11–13 - Gainesville
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT BALLOON SPECTACU-LAR...
Featuring traditional ballooning events, mass ascensions, balloon competitions and glows at Gainesville Municipal Airport. Also enjoy concerts, food/merchandise vendors, kid’s area, and more throughout the day. Discover something for the whole family! Benefiting Gainesville’s North Texas Medical Center. Tickets: $5. www.theskysthelimit.org.

  September 12 - Denton
16th ARTS, ANTIQUES & AUTOS EXTRAVAGANZA...
Saturday on Denton’s historic downtown square, 110 W. Hickory St. FREE admission. Classic/hot rod/custom car show, juried art & craft show, antique “Attic Treasure”, lectures & appraisals, motorcycle show, live music, Kid Zone, and festival foods make this fun for the entire family. 9am to 3pm. (940) 349-8529, www.dentonmainstreet.org or (888) 381-1818.

  September 12–26 - Clifton
30th ANNUAL BOSQUE NATIONAL ART CLASSIC...
The Bosque Arts Center presents artists from across the nation at its annual juried art competition & show with works in realistic and representational art. (254) 675-3724. www.BosqueArtsCenter.org.

  September 18–20 - Grand Prairie
53rd ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN POW WOW...
Hundreds of Native American Indians from across the nation compete in eleven dance categories, with full regalia of feather, buckskin, beadwork & bells. Enjoy Indian food booths, arts & crafts show/sale, teepee exhibit & cultural heritage demonstrations. Free admission; parking $4. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. (972) 647-2331. www.tradersvillage.com.

  September 18–20 - Cleburne
WHIPP FARM ANTIQUE ALLEY SHOW...
Discover 180 dealer booths at Whipp Farm, 1900 E. on FM4 South, during the community’s bi-annual Antique Alley & Yard Sale. Vendor Inquiries Welcome! For more information: www.whippfarmproductions.com; (817) 641-0183; or whipp.farm.antiques@gmail.com.

  September 18–20, 2015 and April 15-17, 2016 Grandview-Sand Flat-Cleburne-Maypearl-Alvarado-Venus - ANTIQUE ALLEY TEXAS + 30 MILES OF SHOPPING...  Grandview offers 100’s of downtown sidewalk /railroad easement vendors & award winning Masonic Lodge BBQ. Maps available at Pop & Grans Antiques in downtown Grandview. Pasture sales galore between Grandview & Cleburne. Do not park on highway! For more info: www.AntiqueAlleyTexas.com. (817) 240-4948.

  September 19 - Springtown
31st ANNUAL WILD WEST FEST...
On the Square, 9am-4pm. Parade at 10am. Over 200 booths selling arts, crafts & something for everyone. Enjoy live entertainment, Legends of Texas gunfighters, food/drinks, Mock Jail, 16th annual BBQ cook-off, and numerous rides/activities in children’s area. Booths: $75+ elec. (optional). Food vendors: 10x10=$125+ electric. Set-up starts 6am. (817) 220-7828. www.wildwestfestival.org.

  September 25–October 18 - Dallas
STATE FAIR OF TEXAS...
Since 1886, the Fair has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education & community involvement. These 24 days show-case entertainment, exhibits & and competition is presented in historic Fair Park, a 277-acre complex recognized for its beautiful landscaping & collection of Art Deco architecture. (214) 565-9931. www.BigTex.com.

  September 26–27 - Comanche
COMANCHE COUNTY POW-WOW...
34th annual heritage festival, live entertainment, great food, artisan & commercial vendors, art and photography show, state sanctioned BBQ cook-off, antique tractor show, largest car show in Central Texas. Approx. 10,000 attendance in beautiful shady City Park. Visit www.ComancheChamber.org. (325) 356-3233.

OCTOBER

  October 1–4 - Seagoville
SEAGOFEST...
Celebrate autumn with carnival rides, arts & crafts, parade, car show, children’s activities, food vendors, games, great musical entertainers, and free concerts all four nights—Gospel, Rock & Country. Celebrate Autumn in Seagoville! (972) 287-5184.

  October 2–3 - Possum Kingdom Lake
POSSUM FEST…
Come cook at the 20th Annual Great Outdoors BBQ & Chili Cook-Off! Also enjoy auction & raffle items and vendors. (940) 779-2424 or toll-free (888) 779-8330. Email: pkchamber@possumkingdomlake.com.  www.possumkingdomlake.com.

  October 3 - Eastland
OLD RIPFEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL...
On the first Saturday in October in Downtown Eastland, enjoy a parade, car show, 5K run, live music, food, over 100 vendors, games, fish fry, and bull-riding. And also see legendary “Old Rip”! www.eastlandchamber.com. (877) 2-OLDRIP. chamber@eastland.net.

  October 3 - Aubrey
AUBREY PEANUT FESTIVAL...
Dating back to 1986, Peanut Fest on the first Saturday of October has been celebrating the harvest of the local cash crop. Today it honors the area’s peanut heritage with live music, street performers, gunslingers, 100 arts & crafts booths, 10am parade & more. Located at 301 S. Main Street. (940) 343-1313. www.AubreyPeanutFestival.com. Email: aubrey@aubreypeanutfestival.com.

  October 10 - Gainesville
DEPOT DAY FESTIVAL...
Gainesville Main Street presents live entertainment, gunfighters, huge antique & classic car show, food, arts & crafts, and much more! Free admission. For more information: (940) 665-2831 or www.depotdaygainesville.com.

  October 10 - Mineral Wells
CRAZY WATER FESTIVAL...
Downtown’s Famous Water Company Pavilion celebrates 130 years of “crazy” local mineral water! Enjoy continuous live entertainment on 3 stages, crafts, vendors, car show, 5K run, street art, crazy water beer, games & rides. NW 6th Street. Fri 5:30pm- 8:30pm; Sat 9am-6pm. www.crazywaterfestival.org (940) 325-8870.

  October 17 - Whitesboro
50th ANNUAL PEANUT FESTIVAL...
Celebrate 50 years of family fun in downtown Whitesboro. Approx. 20,000 visitors visit the entertainment-filled day. Arts & crafts, food vendors, quilt show, tractor exhibit, car show, musical entertainers, drawings and lots of fun. Free to public. Vendor space available. Chamber of Commerce: (903) 564-3331.

  October 17 - Ennis
14th ANNUAL AUTUMN DAYS IN ENNIS FALL FEST...
Celebrate the changing of the season! Festive live music, great foods, handmade arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities, petting zoo and pumpkin decorating. Historic Downtown. 10am-4pm. (972) 878-4748. www.visitennis.org.

  October 17 - Kerens
11th ANNUAL COTTON HARVEST FESTIVAL ...
Enjoy country lifestyle foods, hot air balloons with night glow & tethered rides, arts & crafts, carnival, live entertainment, chili cook-off, mule wagon rides, cotton gin tours, unique vintage trailers tours, tractor pull, quilt show, classic cars & more! 9am-10pm. Historic Downtown. 14 miles east of Corsicana on Hwy 31. (903) 396-2665. www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com.

  October 17 - Midlothian
ANNUAL MIDLOTHIAN FALL FESTIVAL...
Celebrate Autumn with arts & crafts, 5K Run, food, Fine Arts Show, entertainment, and more family fun. Sponsored by Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. 9am-3pm at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium. FREE admission. Vendor booths available. www.midlothianchamber.org. (972) 723-8600.

  October 23–25 - Hamilton
44th HAMILTON COUNTY DOVE FESTIVAL...
Come celebrate on the historical downtown square! Festivities include a parade, Wild Wing Dove Cook-off, gospel singing, 5K run, Saturday evening rodeo & dance, pageant, gun show, vendor booths, wine tasting, food, kid’s events and entertaining live music. Free Admission. For more info: www.hamiltondovefest.com; (254) 386-3216; or www.hamiltontexas.com.

NOVEMBER

  November 7 - Whitewright
13th GRAND STREET FALL FESTIVAL...
Whitewright Area Chamber of Commerce presents a Family Fun Run, arts & crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, kid’s activities & more. Historic Downtown, 9am-4pm. Also seeking food, art & craft vendors. www.whitewright.org or (972) 658-1292.

  November 14 - Hamilton
HOLIDAY MARKET & FARMERS PROPANE SALSA CONTEST…
Pottsville Extension Education Council’s seventh annual Holiday Market this year includes a festive salsa competition. Enter your favorite recipe at Jayson Harris pavilion at Fair Park. $10 entry fee. For details: bonniechism@gmail.com or (254) 372-3120.

  November 20–21 - Cleburne
PIONEER DAYS...
Explore a Western town with cowboys, Terry’s Texas Rangers re-enactors, Ghosts of Buzzard Flats gunfighters, visits to historic buildings and the Native American museum, and craft & food vendors. Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. (817) 240-9535. www.jcchisholmtrail.com.

DECEMBER

  December 5 - Clifton
NORWEGIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TOUR ...
“The Norwegian Capital of Texas” presents its tour of homes, history & art from 9am to 5pm. Evening events include dancers, carriage rides, caroling & shopping! Tickets: $10; children 12 & under $5. Come experience the warmth of Norwegian culture. www.cliftontexas.org. 1-800-344-3720.  v

 
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