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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
SUMMER  2015

JUNE

  June 6–7 - Greenville
COTTON BOLL ARTFEST...
This arts & crafts festival features hand-made jewelry, pottery, artwork & more on the grounds of the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. For more information, call (903) 450-4502, or visit www.amacmuseum.com.

  June 6–7 - Waxahachie
47th ANNUAL GINGERBREAD TRAIL TOUR OF HOMES...
Tour five historic homes, and enjoy an antique car show, arts, crafts and antiques fair, and courthouse tours. www.gingerbreadtrail.net. (972) 937-0681.

  June 13 - Cross Plains
17th ANNUAL BARBARIAN FESTIVAL...
Antique & classic car show, antique tractor show, kids games, Inflatable Bounce House Obstacle Course, live music, food, pony rides, fun for the family! Treadway Park on Hwy 36, one mile west of Hwy 206 intersection. Come to Cross Plains, the hometown of Robert E. Howard—creator of Conan the Barbarian! Sat, 9am-4pm. Thurs Parade,  June 11, Downtown 6pm. www.BarbarianFestival.net.

  June 13 - McKinney
OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM FESTIVAL & 20th ANNUAL KILLIS MELTON ICE CREAM CRANK-OFF …
Sample creative ice cream flavors at Chestnut Square Historic Village (crank-off tickets required). Enjoy music, kids’ activities, petting zoo & more. Vote for the People’s Choice Award & see the Ice Cream Freezer Museum. 972-562-8790. www.chestnutsquare.org.

  June 18–20 & June 25–27 - Albany
77th FORT GRIFFIN FANDANGLE ...
Recapturing wild characters of the old west through a grand story, plus singing, dancing, horses & a herd of longhorns. Presented in a renowned amphitheater production, “Texas’ Oldest Outdoor Musical” features a local 400-member musical cast. Free activities all day. Parade Sat 5pm. BBQ 5pm nightly. Tickets & Info: (325) 762-3838. fandangle@bitstreet.com or, www.fortgriffinfandangle.org.

  June 18-20 - Wichita Falls
28th LEGENDS OF WESTERN SWING MUSIC FESTIVAL...
Hundreds of western swing musicians in 3 days of performances: Dave Alexander, Eddie McAlvain, Jake Hooker, Bobby Flores, Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Leon Rausch, Johnny Allsup, Johnny Bush, Jason Roberts Band & more. MPEC Events Center. www.legendsofwesternswing.com. (318) 792-3303. gloriamiers@tx.rr.com.

  June 27 - Farmersville
AUDIE MURPHY DAY...
This annual family festival named in honor of the home-town World War II hero, celebrates all military. Downtown. www.farmersvilletx.com. (972) 784-6846.

JULY

  July 3–4 - Waxahachie
18th ANNUAL CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL & PARADE...
Experience a wonderful driving trail of historic homes and blooming crape myrtles in celebration of the 4th of July in the “Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.” Celebrate freedom with the HEB fireworks display & Waxahachie Sports Complex concert on July 3. Hometown parade on July 4. www.waxahachiechamber.com. (972) 937-2390.

  July 3–5 - Granbury
41st ANNUAL OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION...
Come to the Historic Square to celebrate Independence Day. Arts & crafts vendors, ranch rodeo, car show, decorated bike contest, live theater shows, Firecracker 5K Run, hometown parade, old-fashioned games & spectacular fireworks show over Lake Granbury. www.granburychamber.com. (817) 573-1622.

  July 11 - Weatherford
PARKER COUNTY PEACH FEST ...
Historic Downtown features over 200 arts, crafts, food & activity vendors, special stage entertainment, children’s events and Peach Pedal Bike Ride. www.peachpedal.com. or, www.peachfestivaltx.com. (888) 594-3801.

  July 23–25 - Hico
129th OLD SETTLERS REUNION ...
Since 1882, Hico has been celebrating the area’s heritage at one of the oldest settlers’ reunions in the state with carnival, food and crafts vendors, musical entertainment, and dancing at Hico City Park. For more info, contact Laurie: (254) 796-4221. www.hico-tx.com.

AUGUST

  August 21–29 - Denton
NORTH TEXAS STATE FAIR & RODEO...
Join us for the largest livestock show in the area with championship rodeos, live music, carnival, food, exhibits, cook-offs and more. North Texas Fairgrounds. Visit www.ntfair.com for more information, or call (888) 381-1818 or (940) 387-2632.

SEPTEMBER

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

  September 7 - Elm Mott
SORGHUM FESTIVAL...
On Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Homestead Craft Village presents traditional pressing of homegrown sorghum cane & syrup cooking over wood fires! Also enjoy music, tasty foods, outdoor BBQ, homemade ice cream, horse-drawn hayrides & craft demonstrations. 10am-5pm. Go west off IH-35, 5 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 12 - Denton
16th ARTS, ANTIQUES & AUTOS EXTRAVAGANZA...
Saturday on Denton’s historic downtown square, 110 W. Hickory. FREE admission. Classic/hot rod/custom car show, juried art & craft show, antique “Attic Treasure”, lectures & appraisals, motorcycle show, live music, Kid Zone & festival foods make this fun for the entire family. 9am to 3pm. (888) 381-1818 or (940) 349-8529. www.dentonmainstreet.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 Rd. (972) 647-2331. www.tradersvillage.com.

  September 18, 19, 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 info: whipp.farm.antiques@gmail.com; or, www.whippfarmproductions.com; or (817) 641-0183.

  September 18, 19, 20 - Grandview- Sand Flat-Cleburne-Maypearl-Alvarado - ANTIQUE ALLEY TEXAS + 30 MILES OF SHOPPING ... Grandview offers 100’s of downtown sidewalk /railroad easement vendors and 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:  (817) 240-4948 or www.AntiqueAlleyTexas.com.

  September 19 - Springtown
31st ANNUAL WILD WEST FEST...
On the Square, 9am-4pm. Parade at 10am. Over 200 booths selling arts, crafts and some-thing 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. www.wildwestfestival.org. (817) 220-7828.

  September 26–27 - Comanche
COMANCHE COUNTY POW-WOW ...
Enjoy this 34th annual heritage festival with live entertainment, great food, artisan and commercial vendors, art/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. For info, visit www.ComancheChamber.org. (325) 356-3233.

OCTOBER

  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 - Kerens
11th ANNUAL COTTON HARVEST FESTIVAL...
Enjoy country lifestyle foods, hot air balloons with night glow & tethered rides, arts and 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. www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com. (903) 396-2665.

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

  September 11–13 - Gainesville
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT BALLOON SPECTACULAR...
Featuring traditional ballooning events, mass ascensions, balloon competitions & 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 the North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville. Tickets: $5. www.theskysthelimit.org.

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 and more. Historic Downtown, 9am-4pm. Also seeking food, art & craft vendors. www.whitewright.org or (972) 658-1292.  v

 
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