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SOUTH TEXAS EVENTS
AUTUMN  2014

SEPTEMBER

  September 7 - Lakehills
34th ANNUAL MEDINA LAKE CAJUN FESTIVAL...
“Home of the Great Gumbo Cook-off.” Saturday, 11am to 10pm. Louisiana Cajun bands, Great Gumbo Cook-off, authentic homemade Cajun foods, arts & crafts, games and more. Lakehills Civic Center in Bandera County, 25 miles from San Antonio. (830) 751-3130. www.cajunfestival-medinalake.com.

  September 26–27 - Hallettsville
HALLETTSVILLE KOLACHE FEST...
Enjoy a downtown parade, kolache presentation & eating contest, “42” domino tournament, classic cars, bike show, arts & crafts, Czech & German foods, live entertainment, biergarten, children’s activities and more! Held at KC Hall. (361) 798-2662. www.hallettsville.com.

OCTOBER

  October 3–5 - Gonzales
56th ANNUAL “COME & TAKE IT” CELE-BRATION...
The 178th anniversary of Texas Independence (Oct 2, 1835) kicks off with a T-bone cookoff, flying chicken contest, chili/TX bean cook-offs, carnival, eating contest, car show, battle reenactment, run/walk, parade & historical programs. Live music includes Adan Davila, Los at Boyz, Midnight River Choir, Shiner Hobo Band & many more! www.gonzalestexas.com. (830) 672-6532.

  October 9–12 - Houston
36th ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA...
Houston’s Italian Cultural Center brings culture to life at its weekend celebration of Italy! Enjoy music, homemade Italian food and wine, pasta-eating contest, bocce ball and I Madonnari competitions, wine tasting, grape stomp, kid’s events, cooking demos, arts & crafts & more. University of St. Thomas at Montrose Blvd. www.HoustonItalianFestival.com.

  October 10–12 - Conroe
25th ANNIVERSARY CONROE CAJUN CATFISH FESTIVAL...
Three days of fun, music & food! Music on four stages includes Texas Music, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues & Country. Also enjoy a carnival, children’s village with pony rides, petting zoo, games & children’s stage. Come to the Downtown Square for great festival foods—catfish, fried alligator boudain, crawfish etouffee & more.  www.conroecajuncatfishfestival.com. (936) 539-6009.

  October 11 - Wharton
MONTEREY SQUARE WINE AND ARTS FAIR...
Sip, shop and stroll with us, 4pm-10pm in Historic Downtown. Live Music —Wine Tastings—Artworks Show—Great Food! 3pm-10pm. For more info: (979) 532-1862; helpdesk@whartonchamber.com; or www.whartontexas.com.

  October 12 - Castroville
HERITAGE DAY AT MOYE RETREAT CENTER...
Sunday 11am-3pm. A day of celebration, bar-b-que chicken plates, children’s activities including games & pony rides, arts & crafts, silent auction and quilt raffle. FREE live entertainment! www.moyecenter.org. Follow us - Facebook.com/MoyeCenter. (830) 931-2233.

  October 10-18 - Angleton
BRAZORIA COUNTY FAIR...
“The Largest County Fair in Texas” features live-stock exhibits, crafts, concerts, music, CPRA rodeo finals, contests, carnival , foods & much more! Live entertainment on Oct 11 includes Merle Haggard. Brazoria County Fairgrounds, Angleton TX 77515. www.bcfa.org. (979) 849-6416. E-mail: dwithers@bcfa.org.

  October 17-19 - San Antonio
GREEK FUNSTIVAL...
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual Greek festival with lively dancers, a colorful Greek marketplace, tasty Greek wines and a variety of sumptuous Greek dishes. For more information: (210) 735-5051.

  October 18 - La Marque
BAYOU FEST...
Enjoy a BBQ cook-off, arts/crafts, food, car show, children’s fishing tournament, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving & more. Don’t miss great live musical entertainment, including Johnny Lee & The Urban Cowboy Band, Shenandoah and Pee Wee Bowen Band. Held at Highland Bayou Park. FREE. 8am-10pm. (409) 935-1408. (877) 986-8719. www.texascitychamber.com.

  October 24–25 - Pleasanton
49th ANNUAL COWBOY HOME-COMING...
Enjoy Friday’s arts/crafts, Queen coronation, dance & carnival. Saturday is full with horseshoe & washer tournaments, TTTPA Tractor Pull, downtown parade, goat & chicken roping, arts/crafts & BBQ cook-off. Sat. evening includes huge bull ride and Boot Scoot dancing. Held at Atascosa County Showbarn behind Chili’s. (830) 569-2163. www.PleasantonCofC.com.

  October 24–25 - Galveston
33rd ISLAND OKTOBERFEST...
Galveston’s premier family fall event featuring continuous live entertainment, kid’s activities, authentic German food & libations, events by Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo volunteers, quality arts/crafts & more. German costumes encouraged. No pets. Held on the grounds & streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th & Winnie. Free admission. (409) 762-8477.  www.galvestonoktoberfest.com.

  October 25 - Seguin
PECAN FEST HERITAGE DAYS...
Go nuts! It’s one big party including the Pecan Bake-off, a Hat Parade, turkey luncheon, Haunted House, ag & trade booths, music, pumpkin patch, museum tours, quilt & pottery shows, theatrical performances, bike ride, golf tournament & more. 800-580-7322 or (830) 401-0810. www.VisitSeguin.com.

  October 25 - Richmond
31st ANNUAL TEXIAN MARKET DAYS…
Historical fun for the whole family! Enjoy a Texas rich festival with hands-on history. Come twirl a lasso with cowboys, learn Victorian etiquette, visit a Civil War camp and battle reenactment, experience period entertainment, and shop at food and craft vendors. 9am-5pm. For more info: www.TexianMarketDays.com or (281) 343-0218.

NOVEMBER

  November 1 - Devine
54th ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL & AVOCADO SHOWCASE...
Wonderful hometown festivities include a 10am Fall Fest Parade, Avocado Cooking Contest, Avocado Seed Spitting contest, arts/crafts/food booths, Kid’s coloring contest, Scarecrow contest, and free evening street dance. Great entertainment all day, 11:30-midnight, including Billy & the Bailouts, Chris Salinas, and Jeremy Richards. For more details: (830) 663-2739. www.devinechamber.com.

  November 1 - George West
26th ANNUAL GEORGE WEST STORYFEST...
“The Storytelling Capital of Texas” presents tall tales, cowboy poetry, Texas State Liars’ Contest, classic car show, folklore & ghost stories, live music, living history, arts/crafts, children’s activities, 5K race & 1-mile fun walk at the Courthouse Square. www.georgeweststoryfest.org. (361) 449-2481.

  November 1 - San Felipe
HERITAGE CELEBRATION...
The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site presents a birthday celebration for Stephen F. Austin, “The Father of Texas”. Enjoy heritage programs, reenactments, entertainment and food. 9am-5pm. Call for more information: (979) 885-2181, (877) 558-7245, and www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com.

  November 1-2 - Houston
WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIRSHOW ...
The 30th Annual CAF Airshow features US Navy Blue Angels, MV-22 Osprey, US Navy “Fat Albert” C-130, Vietnam demos, Tora! Tora! Tora!, F-86, Shockwave Jet Truck, skydiving, CAF & current military demos/displays and much more! Ellington Airport. See display ad for code to scan and see performers in action. (713) 266-4492. www.wingsoverhouston.com.

  November 2 - Port Isabel
21st ANNUAL WORLD’S CHAMPION-SHIP SHRIMP COOK-OFF...
 Sunday. Awards in both professional and amateur divisions with contestants from both sides of the border. Also in conjunction, a Folk Art Festival & Mini Carnival with all types of arts & crafts for sale & fun for all. (800) 527-6102.

  November 8 - Angleton
AUSTIN TOWN HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT...
Celebrating the lives of those pioneers who settled Colonial Texas. The fictitious “Austin Town” features inter-preters, period craft demonstrators, sutlers, militia drill units, historical reenactments, and period games. Presented by Brazoria County Historical Museum. In its 18th year! (979) 864-1208. www.bchm.org.

  November 30 - Hallettsville
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & PARADE ...
Saturday. An “elegantly awesome” lighting extravaganza illuminates Lavaca County’s Courthouse and features a Lighted Christmas Parade highlighting the luminescent evening. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and browse Market Days booths with arts/crafts & food. Also enjoy Saturday & Sunday’s “live” Christmas Pageant. For more info: www.hallettsville.com or (361) 798-2662.

DECEMBER

  December 6–7 - Cypress
19th ANNUAL CY-FAIR FFA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW…
Held at Cy-Fair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road, off Hwy 290. Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm. 160 indoor exhibitor spaces (10x10) at $120 and 20 outdoor spaces at $110. Contact Liz Gilbreath at 281-513-6781 or Dione Pevehouse at 832-220-6011. Email vendor.info@cyfaircountrychristmas.org, or visit www.cyfaircountrychristmas.org.  v

 

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