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(September 30) - October 2, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Galveston: Friends of the Rosenberg Library Used Book Sale. An exceptional used book sale featuring two floors of countless bargains: classic & contemporary fiction, current best sellers, cooking, gardening, wildlife, medicine, reference, science, art, religion, travel, mystery, and romance. Special rooms dedicated to children's selections, Texana, and rare books. Also available are coffee table books, CD's, vintage albums & other assorted treasures. Shop for great bargains. Support a great cause. Time: Fri, Members Preview 5pm-7:30pm; Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 12 Noon-5pm. Cost: Membership fee from $5 on Friday, weekend is free. Location: Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Galveston, TX 77550. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call Trish McDaniel (409) 763-5233. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in October.

(September 30) - October 2, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Gonzales: Come and Take It. The first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired in Gonzales on October 2, 1835. "Come & Take It" was the battle cry. It is celebrated with weekend events a parade, sport contest, carnival, arts & craft food and drinks. At Pioneer Village you can watch the reenactment of the battle. Check out the Old Jail Museum, Memorial Museum and the Come and Take It Battleground. Time: all day. Location: Downtown Gonzales. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-888-672-1095. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in October.

Thru October 23, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Dallas: State Fair of Texas. The 2005 Fair highlights include top country and pop artists, a laser light show, fireworks, a fall gardening exposition, gourmet food prepared by celebrity chefs, the USMC Drum & Bugle Corps, a car show, the Oktoberfest Biergarten, agriculture and livestock exhibitions, and much more. Location: Fair Park, Downtown Dallas. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call (214) 565-9931, E-mail: pr@bigtex.com, or visit www.bigtex.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 1, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

October 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - League City: 4th Annual South Shore Dockside Food & Wine Festival. The Rotary Club of League city presents distinctive cuisine, wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, boat & luxury yacht displays, art show, fashion shows, classic & foreign car displays. Theme pavilions will create an ambiance of elegance. Ongoing entertainment. Time: 11am - 11pm. Cost: $15 includes wine glass & 5 tastings. Location: South Shore Harbour Resort Marina 2500 South Shore Boulevard League City, TX . Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-334-4900. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in October.

October 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2005 - PLAY OR MUSICAL - Glen Rose: The Promise. A musical drama in Glen Rose, Texas that fuses the timeless story of Jesus Christ with high-quality, state of the art technology bringing to life the birth, ministry, death resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ in majestic splendor. Performances are held each Friday & Saturday night in an outdoor theatre with seating for 3,000. Time: 8:30pm. Cost: Adult $8-$24, Seniors (Ages 62+) $2 off, Students (Ages 13-18 and College students w/school ID) $3 off, Children (Ages 4-12) $4 off. Location: Texas Amphitheater, 5000 Texas Drive, Glen Rose, Texas 76043. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 1-800-687-2661. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Weekends through Oct. 25.

October 1-2, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fredericksburg: Oktoberfest. A colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg's German heritage. The event was originated in 1810 by the Germany's Prince Ludwig, and has become an annual tradition around the world. Oktoberfest is a community event of family entertainment featuring three stages with continuous oompah music, arts/crafts, polka and waltz contests, Children's fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Garten, an Oktoberfest Vineyard area, and delicious food and drink all weekend long. Time: Friday: 6pm - 12 Midnight, Saturday: 10am - 12 Midnight. Cost: Adults $6 daily, Children 6-12 $1, Under 6 Free. Location: Downtown Market Square 100 West Main. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-997-4810. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 1-November 20, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Plantersville: Texas Renaissance Festival. A 54-acre 16th-century English village features more than 3,000 characters in period costume, roving musical entertainment, 300 arts and crafts vendors, and a variety of shows. Fireworks at dusk. Located on FM 1774 between Plantersville and Magnolia. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call (936) 894-2516. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 2 - November 20, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Texas Renaissance Festival. The nation’s largest and most acclaimed renaissance theme park, where the sights, sounds, tastes, and beauty of the 16th Century, comes alive for 8 weekends. Featuring: The Cloister Stage, music by Cast in Bronze; Full contact jousting three times daily; The Beautiful Gardens of New Market Village; 20 stages with over 200 performances daily; Over 300 Arts and Crafts Shoppes; Foods from around the world at 60 different shoppes; The Royal Fireworks, nightly at The Tournament Field; Over 3,000 costumed characters daily; $5 camping available; Free Parking. Time: 9am till Dark. Cost: $21. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, TX 77363. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: 200,000-500,000. For more information, call 800-458-3435. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 5-7, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Gruene: 19th Annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest. This Americana event benefiting Hospice and United Way features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food & wines at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine. All 3 days will be filled with vintner and music events, wine and food samplings, silent auction, and a Sunday Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist. Time: Fri 6pm - midnight; Sat noon- midnight, Sun 10:30am - noon and 2pm to 9pm. Cost: Fri $50; Saturday 12-6pm $20; 9-12am $20; Sunday 10:30-noon Gospel Brunch $25 (see website for Sunday 2-9pm price). Location: 1601 Hunter Road New Braunfels, TX 78130. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. Call (830) 629-5077 or toll free from San Antonio (830) 606-1601 or visit our Web site at www.gruenehall.com for tickets and information. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 6-9, 2005 - FAIR - Seguin: Guadalupe County Fair and PRCA Rodeo. Family fun and PRCA rodeo. Location: Guadalupe County Fair Grounds Austin St, Seguin, Texas. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-379-6477. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 7-8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fort Stockton: HarvestFest. A fun filled family event including live entertainment, arts & crafts booths, food vendors, KidzFest area, car show, 5K Run, Fitness Walk, 3 on 3 Basketball and Softball Tournaments, Wine Emporium and Old West Saloon. Souvenirs and lots more. Time: 7am-1am Cost: Free. Location: Rooney Park, W. Hwy. 285 @ Gonzales Loop. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 432-336-8525 #17. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 7-8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Katy: 26th Annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival. Festival includes a full-scale carnival, 3 stages of entertainment, over 400 food and craft booths, photography and rice cooking contests, parade and pageant. The event draws 50,000 to 60,000 over the weekend. Time: 10am-Midnight on Saturday and Noon to 6pm on Sunday. Location: Historic Downtown Katy. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 281-828-1100. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd Weekend in October.

October 7-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Cuero: 33rd Annual Cuero Turkeyfest. A celebration of which the North Star, Worthington, Minnesota and the Lone Star, Cuero, Texas, come together for the 2nd heat of a friendly rivalry of the Great Gobbler Gallop. The kick-off dance on Friday starts the weekend off with featured artist Dean Seltzer & the Redneck Mothers. Join us at 10am Saturday to see which Turkey claims the title for their city as the "Turkey Capitol of the World". After the parade downtown Esplanade it's up to the city park where the action takes place, featuring dances and live entertainment under covered pavilion. Also, for your enjoyment you're guaranteed lots of food, beer pen, arts & crafts, lawn mower races, PRCA Rodeo, and much more. Discover a little history at the South Texas Wheel Spinners Tractor Show, authentic Dutch Oven Cooking and Living History. Children's activities include a Kiddy Parade and Tractor Pull, Rock Wall Climbing and Carnival. Location: Cuero City Park. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-275-2112. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd Weekend in October.

October 7-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fredericksburg: Mesquite Art Festival. Over 50 artisans displaying handcrafted mesquite wood items. Free admission. Downtown Marktplatz. Time: Fri. 12 Noon-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Cost: Free admission. Location: Marktplatz, 100 block of East Main Street. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-997-8515. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, second weekend in October.

October 7-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Rockport: Seafair. All Seafood Gumbo Contestants head our way for the fabulous cook-off. See Chef Demonstrations, boat show, arts and crafts, live performances, live bands, boat rides and so much more. 1-800-242-0071. Time: 5pm. to 11pm. Friday, 10am to 11pm. Saturday and 11am to 6pm. Sunday. Cost: $5 adults, $2 children under, 6 and under free. Location: Navigation District Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-242-0071. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Columbus Day Weekend.

October 8, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Brenham: Autumn Fest at the Monastery. Family fun and games, contests, brush the horses, make-and-take ceramics, cart rides and shop for holiday items. Cost: Nominal fee. Location: Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm, 9300 Hwy. 105. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-836-9652. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 8, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Georgetown: Market Days. Arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles, and festive foods on the lawn of the historic Williamson County Courthouse. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Square. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 512-868-8675. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, March - December.

October 8, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Goliad: Goliad Market Days. Over 170 booths of arts, crafts, food, antiques, collectibles, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, soaps, potpourri, clothes, plants and much more to be found in 3 adjacent locations. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Goliad Downtown Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-848-8674. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held the 2nd Saturday each month, March - December.

October 8, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Johnson City: Hill Country Heritage Day. A relaxing look back in time to the days of cattle drives and frontier living. Expert craftspeople demonstrate the skills that went west with the pioneers. Children's activities are part of the fun. Historic Johnson dogtrot cabin and a chuckwagon display as well as traditional cowboy songs and poetry round out the day. Time: 10am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Johnson Settlement. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (830) 868-7128, ext. 244. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, second weekend in October.

October 8 & 22, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Kerrville: Kerr County Market Days. Over 75 vendors featuring fresh produce, crafts including furniture makers, metal smiths and other art. Food vendors are also available offering BBQ sandwiches, turkey legs, German sausage, and other baked goodies. Hours are 9am-4pm. Location: Kerrville, Texas, Kerr County Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call 830-895-7962. Please mention this listing when inquiring. The Market takes place on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, April-December, except August.

October 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Mineral Wells: 26th Annual Crazy Water Festival. Come and tour the Famous Water Company, Creative Arts Center, Crazy 5K run, blazing bike ride on rails to trails. Arts, crafts, food, children's games and rides, petting zoo, beer garden, continuous live entertainment, & a street dance. Time: 9am till dark. Location: Downtown Mineral Wells, US HWY 281 N & US HWY 180 E. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800 252-6989. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd Saturday in October.

October 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Richmond: Historic Richmond Pecan Festival. An annual Fort Bend County event featuring The Pecan Bake-Off, baked goods, Pecan Raffle, everything you ever wanted to know about pecans, by the Fort Bend County Pecan Growers, and the Texas Pecan Growers. Quality arts and crafts, a huge antique car show, games and activities for kids & teens. A great time to visit Downtown shops, restaurants and the new George Building. Time: 9am-5pm. Cost: FREE. Location: Downtown Morton St., Richmond. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-232-2155. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 8-9, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Chappell Hill: Scarecrow Festival. Enjoy the magical land of scarecrows and a pumpkin patch. 250+ craft booths, food, live music and family fun! Cost: n/a. Location: Downtown Chappell Hill. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-836-6033 or 1-888-BRENHAM. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 8-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. This juried festival hosts local & national artists introducing their newest original artwork in 17 categories. The outdoor gallery with a festival setting offers the beautiful skyline of downtown and a feast for your senses: artwork; wine cafes; the Creative Zone for kids and those who still create like kids; Houston restaurants representing a myriad of cultures; and the Houston Theater District Stage presenting a full weekend of performing art. The 2004 Charity Partners include: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; DiverseWorks; Art League of Houston; Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts (MECA); Downtown YMCA Youth and Urban Services; SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program); Bering Omega Community Foundation; Several Dancers Core and Lawndale Arts Center. Time: 10am-6pm. Cost: $8 adults; FREE for children 12 and under. Location: City Hall Downtown at Hermann Square and Tranquillity Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 713-521-0133 or go to www.bayoucityartfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, second weekend in October.

October 8-9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Marshall: Fire Ant Festival. Where else can you enjoy good food, fine entertainment, excellent art/craft booths, and still have a 5K run, chili cook-off, ugly face making contest, fire ant calling, rubber chicken chunking contest, parade, Tour de Fireant Bike Race. The list goes on and on, just come enjoy and see it for yourself. Location: Downtown Marshall Texas - North Washington Street. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-935-7868. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 9, 2005 - CONCERT - New Braunfels: Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist. In the tradition of a New Orleans style gospel brunch, we are serving up awe-inspiring gospel music coupled with a mouth-watering buffet. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gruenehall.com, by calling 830-629-5077 or in person at Gruene Hall. Time: TBA. Location: Gruene Historic District. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-606-1601. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held monthly, 2nd Sunday, starting in February.

October 9, 2005 - EXHIBIT - Houston: 5th Annual Village Art Car Show at Traders Village. More than 75 rolling works of art are on exhibit. See one of the country's largest displays of the amazing street-legal folk art. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free admission, $2 parking. Location: Traders Village - Houston, 7979 North Eldridge, Houston, TX 77041. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-890-5500. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 9, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Johnson City: Hill Country Heritage Day. Frontier living comes alive as expert artisans demonstrate time-honored skills that went west with the pioneers. Visit the original 1856 dog trot cabin and chuckwagon camp and enjoy toe-tapping tunes and cowboy poetry. Time: 10am-4pm. Cost: Free. This year only, a special "unveiling" ceremony at 11am will launch the new Texas Historical Commission brochure about the Chisholm Trail that features the Johnson Settlement. If you can join us for the ceremony, please RSVP to Liz Lindig at (830) 868-7128, extension 231. Location: Johnson Settlement, one block west of park Visitor Center (Ladybird Lane and Nugent Street). Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-868-7684. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 12, 2005 - CONCERT - New Braunfels: Comal Country Music Show. A house band and three featured artists provide country music for the listening audience. Snack bar provides delicious sandwiches and desserts. Time: Doors open at 6pm. Cost: $4. Location: 380 S. Seguin. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-629-4547. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: 2nd Wednesday of each month.

October 13-15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Center: 29th Annual East Texas Poultry Festivall. This festival will feature a carnival, broiler show and auction, entertainment, arts and crafts booths, games and contests, and concessions served by non-profit organizations, civic groups, and church groups. Time: Begins at 10am each day. Cost: call for prices. Location: Historic downtown in Center, Texas. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 936-598-3682. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, beginning the first Thursday of October.

October 13-16, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - South Padre Island: Bikefest. Bikers from all around the U.S. will make a 'Roar by the Shore'. Registration Rally Package is $45, includes arm band, pin souvenir dog tags and concert ticket. Sat. night concert at Schlitterbahn Water Park is 'Three Dog Night'. Register by Sept 15 and receive free Rally Shirt. Cost: $45. Location: SPI Convention Centre. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 956-668-7484 or visit www.spibikefest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 13-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Tyler: 72nd Annual Texas Rose Festival. From roses to royalty, the 72nd annual Texas Rose Festival will celebrate tradition and community spirit as we explore "Treasures". The Coronation promises to be a grand showcase of spectacular costumes and staging that will surely provide an enchanted evening for all. The Rose Show, Queen's Tea and Rose Parade will showcase the elegance and fragrance of our national flower, the Rose. Entertainment galore awaits the entire family. Time: varies. Cost: Varies (free - $45). Location: Events are held throughout the City of Tyler. The Festival offices are located at the Tyler Rose Museum, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas 75702 (adjacent to the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. Highway 31 West). Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 903-597-3130. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 14-16, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Abilene: Annual Coin & Stamp Show. Sponsored by Key City Coin Club of Abilene with over 70 tables of US and World coins, stamps, books & Supplies, gold & Silver bullion, jewelry, raffle and door prizes. Fri 1pm-7pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. Cost: $2 per family (good all 3 days). Location: Abilene Civic Center 1100 North 6th Street. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. For more information, call 325-691-0233, Ken Schlosser. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 14-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Conroe: 16th Annual Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival. A three-day kaleidoscope of hot music, fiery foods, and non-stop entertainment for the entire family. Six stages of first-rate entertainment, over 100 arts & crafts vendors, an array of foods including hot spicy Cajun dishes, & a carnival with plenty of rides. Time: Fri 6pm - midnight, Sat 11am - midnight, Sun noon - 6pm. Cost: $8; Over 65 & under 12 free. Location: Downtown Square. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 936-539-6009, or visit www.conroecajuncatfishfestival.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd full weekend in October.

October 14-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Corpus Christi: 45th Annual Texas Jazz Festival. Over 50 bands on 3 stages over 3 days. Time: TBA. Cost: Free. Location: Heritage Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-808-9515. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd week in October.

October 14-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Yorktown: Western Days Celebration. This Texas festival celebrates the regions' Western heritage by featuring three days of free, family fun, with events for people of all ages. Highlights of the festival include: 3 days of free street dances, continuous live music ranging from country, Tejano, rock and oldies, carnival, grand parade, antique tractor & quilt shows, children's rodeo & tractor pull, arts/crafts & food booths, barbeque cook-off, mechanical bull riding, rock climbing, petting zoo, mutton busting, pig scramble, dance performances by Sahawe Indian, cloggers, folkloric and polka groups, gold panning, ugly hat & men's leg contests and so much more. The festival proceeds benefit non-profit organizations in the community. Cost: Free Admission. Location: Yorktown's historic downtown city park. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (361) 564-2661, email yorktowncofc@gvec.net or visit www.yorktowntx.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Clifton: Oktoberfest. While Clifton is known as the Norwegian Capital of Texas, it was declared that the area Germans need their day. So... The Sound of oompah music and the aroma of sausage & kraut will fill the air in downtown Clifton. Enjoy shopping, eating, entertainment, car show, art show & quilt auction all in one day. Time: All day & evening. Cost: No gate fees. Location: North Ave D Downtown. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-344-3720. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 15, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Columbus: Sandy Barta 5k Run/Walk. Annual event begins at Beason's Park in Columbus. Raises funds for mammography services. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 979-732-8385, email Betty Hajovsky at bettycch02@yahoo.com or visit www.columbusch.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Ennis: Autumn Days in Ennis Fall Festival. Arts & crafts exhibitors, free pumpkin decorating, children's area, live music, scarecrow displays, farmers market, great food, fall style show, pumpkin/apple pie bake-off contest, free autumn photos for kids, strolling Wizard of Oz stars & live entertainment. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free. Location: 100 North West Main St. Historic Downtown Ennis. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 888-366-4748. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 15, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Goliad: 14th Annual Missions Tour de Goliad Bike Ride. The 10, 30, 50 and 85-mile riders pedal through gently rolling hills of scenic farm and ranch country, riding past century old live oaks and through the beauty of rural country communities. Visit our quaint town square shops filled with arts, crafts, antiques, souvenirs, fashion apparel, Gourmet Texas food and much more. Time: 8am. Cost: $20 before Oct. 12; family of 4 or more $15 before Oct. 12. Location: 131 S. Courthouse Square. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-848-8674. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd Saturday in October.

October 15, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Jubilee. The place to be!! Jackson Street Jubilee features vendors with arts and crafts, antiques, food, drinks, live entertainment, and children's activity center with rides and games. Lots of fun for everyone. Don't miss out!! For information, call Deanita or Erin. Time: 10am - 10pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street (downtown main street in Harlingen). Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 427-8703. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd Saturday in October.

October 15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Seguin: 3rd Annual Texas Collectors Pottery Show. Large collections of both historic and contemporary pottery will be on display and for sale. Knowledgeable exhibitors will be on hand to discuss the history of the early Texas potters. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free admission. Location: Guadalupe County Court House Central Park Square - Seguin Texas 78155. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-996-3608 after 6pm. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 15-16, 2005 - EXHIBIT - Bandera: Annual Quilt Show By The Silver Sage Corral. Features antique quilts to quilted garments, and auction of special quilts. Time: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12 Noon-4pm. Location: Silver Sage Corral, 803 Buck Creek. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-510 4138. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd week in October.

October 15-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Canyon Lake: 10th Annual Moving Waters Pow Wow. American Indian dancers, musicians, artists, food, craft vendors and storytellers. Time: 11am - Late. Location: Community Resource & Rec. Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-964-3613. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 15-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: ARToberFEST. Come to ARToberFEST, Galveston's premier art event! Surround yourself in the relaxed atmosphere and historic charm of Postoffice Street while enjoying the work of over 100 artists and artisans. Held in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, this weekend-long celebration of fine art is guaranteed to be fun for the entire family. Time: 10am-6pm. Cost: $3, Children 12 and under Free. Location: on Postoffice Street, between 21st and 23rd Streets. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 409-762-3617. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 15-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Granbury: Harvest Moon Festival. Two-day festival features over 100 arts & craft vendors and food booths. Held 3rd weekend in October on the Historic Downtown Square. Children's contest and free hayride. Also Antique Engine and Tractor Show. Time: 9am-5pm. Saturday, noon to 5pm. Sunday. Cost: Free. Location: 122 N. Crockett. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 817-573-5299. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 15-16, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - New Braunfels: Old Gruene Market Days. 100 vendors feature uniquely crafted items, and packaged Texas foods. Enjoy entertainment, restaurants and over 25 permanent shops. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: Free. Location: Gruene Historic District. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 25,000. For more information, call 830-832-1721 or visit www.GrueneMarketDays.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held the 3rd Sat & Sun of the month starting in February.

October 20-23, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Mission: 10th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival. You are cordially invited to experience nature at it best. You will enjoy expertly guided field trips; learn about butterflies from internationally-renowned speakers, a butterfly/nature expo, a South Texas BBQ Dinner, and much more. Location: Mission Park and Recreation Department, 721 N Bryan Rd. Region: South Texas Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-580-2700 or log on to www.texasbutterfly.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in October.

October 20-23, 2005 - FESTIVAL - South Padre Island: Sand Castle Days. Art and Architecture in sand. A great family event showcasing 15 International Sand Masters competing for over $5000 in cash awards. Amateur sand sculptors will compete on Saturday. Sand castle clinics begin at 9am to help improve your technique. Music. Vendors. Texas Snowball Challenge. Discounts available for pre-registration. Sponsored by the Sheraton Hotel Beach & Condos & SPI Convention & Visitors Bureau. Cost: Free. Location: Sheraton Beach Hotel & Condos. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 956-761-3000 #108 or visit www.sandcastledays.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually.

October 21-23, 2005 - FAIR - Houston: Annual Harris County Fair & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off. The Annual Harris County Fair & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off returns to the Houston Farm & Ranch Club. With over 100 teams competing for cash prizes and trophies, there's not only great Bar-B-Que but also lots of fun for the whole family! Admission tickets and Season Passes are available on our website at www.hfrc.org. Time: 12 noon. Cost: www.hfrc.org for admission info. Kids free. Location: One Abercrombie Drive I-10 @ Highway 6, Houston, TX 77084. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-463-6650. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 2nd weekend in October.

October 21-23, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Austin: Ride for the Roses. Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong leads the pack during a weekend of bike events and galas to raise money for cancer research. Location: Travis County Expo Center and Palmer Events Center. Region: Texas Hill Country. For more information, call (512) 236-8820. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 15, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Abilene: 3rd Annual Erinshire Folk Festival. Featuring great, local musicians Tickets available at Aartvark Music, Allied Parcel & Post on Judge Ely, and Caldwell Music. Time: noon to midnight. Cost: $10 per person. Location: Erinshire Gardens 435 College Drive at Cedar Crest. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. For more information, call 325-677-8420, Bobby Deegan. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 22, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest. Fine wines, Texas foods. Gourmet chefs demonstrating culinary techniques using Texas foods and wines. Games and auction. Texas-made arts and crafts. Time: 12 Noon-7 PM. Cost: Adults - $20, under 21 - $5. Location: Marktplatz, 100 block of East Main Street. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-997-8515 or visit www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, third weekend in October.

October 22, 2005 - FAIR - Palestine: Hot Pepper Festival. Hot Pepper enthusiasts will not want to miss this event. The festival features a classic car show, street dance, parade, arts and crafts and food booths, pepper eating contest, musical entertainment, Quilt show, children's activities, Texas Living History gun fights and trick shooting. Fun for the entire family. Time: 9am - Midnight. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-659-3484. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, end of October.

October 22-23, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Gruene: 13th Annual Texas Clay Festival. Respected potters and sculptors from around Texas display and sell their wares and demonstrate a variety of techniques. Hands-on activities are available for children. Location: 1601 Hunter Road. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Dee or Terry Buck at 830-629-7975. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

October 22-23, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Richmond: Texian Market Days. Whether you are a new Texan, visitor to our great state, or your Lone Star lineage is as old as the hills, you're sure to find a rousing good time as we celebrate more than 160 years of Texas' unique heritage & culture. Visitors will enjoy the sights, sounds & tastes of Texas past and present. Hundreds of volunteer re-enactors will bring the chapters of Texas' history alive with innovative & hands-on programs. Arts & crafts vendors will share their wares, and food vendors will tempt you with a range of menu items. In addition, families will enjoy the Children's carnival, featuring games & prizes. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day, both days. Time: 10am-6pm. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (5 to 15). Location: 10215 FN 762, Richmond TX. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-343-0218 or 281-545-9212. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 28-29, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Paris: Festival of Pumpkins. Everything Pumpkin, fall and fun! Lighting of the Tower of Pumpkins and a music festival Friday night. Saturday includes BBQ cook-off, music, food, shopping, crafts, and every kind of pumpkin related game that exists. Join us for a Coca Cola Family Fest, Iron Kids Sports Park, Kimberly Clark Diaper Derby and much, much, more. Time: 6pm-11pm and 8am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Historic Downtown. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-PARISTX. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last weekend in October.

October 27-30, 2004 - FESTIVAL - Austin: Texas Book Festival. The festival celebrates books and authors and benefits the public libraries of Texas. More than 100 authors will give readings, participate in panel discussions, and sign books in and near the Capitol. Publishers, booksellers, and more will display books in the outdoor book fair. Festival hours are 9am-5pm. Saturday, and 11am-5pm. Sunday. Cost: Free. Location: State Capitol Building and Grounds. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 512-320-5451. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in October or November.

October 28-30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Flatonia: Czhilispiel. Continuous live entertainment, carnival, arts & craft, food booths, Children's special events, CASI Chili and Hometown Chili Cook-off, BBQ Cook-off, jalapeno eating contest, egg toss, and much more. Cost: Fri $7, Sat $7, Sunday Free. Location: Main street downtown Flatonia. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-865-3920 or visit www.flatoniachamber.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th full weekend in October.

October 29, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Canyon Lake: Elf Tabatha Mystery Poker Run. Starts at 'The Dam Red Barn' below Canyon Lake Dam. Registration includes poker run, event button, meal and door prizes. Day registration at 8am / last bike (vehicle) out at 9am. $1000 possible prizes to win. Costume contest. 50/50 drawing. This events in conjunction with Elf Tabatha's Fright 5K Run Walk n' Roll, which is open to everyone of all ages. All proceeds benefit Elf Tabatha 'Helping Children in Need'. Time: 8am-4pm. Cost: $25 per rider / $10 extra meals. Location: Access Rd. -- just below the Canyon Lake Dam. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 210-842-3828. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last Saturday in October.

October 29, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Canyon Lake: Marketdays. Over 100 vendors to enjoy with Arts, Crafts, Attic Treasures, Great Food and more! Free entertainment, admission and parking. Shop Marketdays then Splash in the river or lake next door! Time: 8am-4pm. Cost: FREE. Location: CRRC Recreation Center below Canyon Dam - 125 Mabel Jones Dr, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. Vendor 10x10 outdoor space $25. For more information, call 830-964-3003 or email jbateman@gvtc.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held twice a year in May and Oct.

October 29, 2005 - PLAY OR MUSICAL - Columbus: Country & Western Halloween at the Opry. Ghosts, goblins, cowboys, & cowgirls. Come one, come all and celebrate this ghoulish night with great country & western music. Featured acts for 2004 include Lupe Sanchez & Beverly Graeber. Time: 7pm. Cost: $7. Location: Oaks Theater, 715 Walnut Street, Columbus, Texas 78934. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 979-732-9210. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Saturday, on or before Halloween.

October 29-30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Beaumont: Beaumont Rockin' Blues Festival. A two-day event music festival that highlights blues and gospel music on three outdoor stages. Southeast Texas is home to many renowned Blues artists who have contributed to the evolution of this music. Examples include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Barbara Lynn, and Johnny Winter. Other activities include children's arena, jam sessions, vending booths, and art. Location: Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont. Take I-10 to the Downtown Exit. Turn left on Main Street. Follow Main to the festival. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 409-835-2787. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last weekend in October.

October 29-30, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Gruene: 22nd Annual Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic. Participants enjoy a leisurely ride through the Texas Hill Country or competitive time trials with prizes for the best course records. Among past participants are five-time winner Eddie Merckx. A celebrity slow race and an antique & classic bicycle show round out the events. The weekend is sponsored by the San Antonio Bicycle Racing Club and benefits local New Braunfels charity. Location: 1601 Hunter Road. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 830-629-5077. Register by calling 210-828-6856 for an entry form. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

October 29 - November 5, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Amarillo: US Team Penning Association World Finals. For more information see the Team Penning Association website at www.teampenning.org. Time: all day. Cost: free. Location: Amarillo National Center Tri-State Fairgrounds 10th and Grand Street. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 940-766-6838. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last week of October.

October 30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Boo Bash for Kidz at Traders Village. An afternoon of great Halloween fun for kids. Live entertainment, Haunted Hallway spook house, Kidz Play Zone and more. Time: 10am-4pm. Cost: Free admission, $2 parking. Location: Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge, Houston, TX 77041. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-890-5500. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, Sunday before Halloween.

 

 

 

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