Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Festivals all over Texas!

September means the cool breezes will soon be blowing in from the north.

Experience three nights of music under the stars in Marfa. There will also be vendors, community dinners, Tarot card readings, and a sandlot baseball game, along with all the fun. (Photo by Nick Simonite courtesy El Cosmico)

The Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love flies high in the mountain air of Marfa. This year’s outdoor festival begins with Texas native Kacey Musgraves and ends on Saturday night with a lineup that includes Neko Case. In between are hours of fun and exploration. Don’t have camping gear? Stay in a classic RV, a teepee, or rent a tent and sleeping bag. You can even buy a Yeti cooler already stocked with Shiner beer. Sept. 22-25, Marfa,

Built in 1936, many of the Art Deco buildings in Fair Park were meant to be temporary for the centennial celebration but have survived. In 1986, Fair Park was declared a National Historic Landmark. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Fair Park in Dallas is home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings and the only unaltered pre-1950s world’s fair (Texas Centennial Exposition, 1936) site remaining in the U.S. Home to the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30-Oct. 23), the 277-acre complex also contains several museums and the Cotton Bowl. At a time other than during the State Fair, take a free self-guided tour of the grounds with a map provided by the Friends of Fair Park. The Dallas Center for Architecture also provides guided tours of Fair Park and downtown.

Travel Notes:

UtopiaFest has become a Hill Country tradition in the scenic landscape outside of Utopia. In its eighth year, this year’s lineup includes an eclectic list of famous and near famous bands in a family-friendly, BYOB atmosphere. There is a limited number of tickets sold, so order early. You can even rent a tent that will be waiting for you when you arrive. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Utopia,

Blair House Inn’s nationally recognized cooking school has released its 2017 schedule of classes. This year’s courses cover French, Italian, Mediterranean, German, and New Orleans cuisines, or barbecue and sauces. Cooking school happens Monday through Wednesday with hands-on instruction. Make your reservation early; these popular events sell out. Jan.-Dec. 2017, Blair House Inn, Wimberley,

The National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, enters its 16th year with dozens of authors in attendance, including Stephen King, talking about books and writing. There will be a behind-the-scenes pavilion on the world’s largest library as well as book sales and signing. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center houses the nation’s largest book festival. Sat., Sept. 24, Washington, D.C.,

Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures offers complimentary self-guided tours of some of northern California’s most famous wineries. At the start of each tour, guests receive a map that leads to unique information about the winery and vineyard. So far there are seven wineries mapped, with two more to be added soon. Year-round, Sonoma County, Calif.,

Other September Events:

West Fest
Sept. 2-4, West,

Marine Biology Tours
Sept. 3, Galveston,

Observatory Open House
Sept. 3, 8-10pm, Clifton,

Art Haus at Pour Haus First Birthday
Sept. 4, New Braunfels,

Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance
Sept. 8-10, Taos, N.M.,

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown
Sept. 9, Santa Fe, N.M.,

Neches River Rally
Sept. 10, Beaumont,

Bluebonnet Air Show
Sept. 10, Burnet,

Mermaid Week
Sept. 10-17, San Marcos,

HummerBird Celebration
Sept. 15-18, Rockport,

Round Top Fall Antique Show
Sept. 16-Oct. 2, Round Top,

Shakespeare’s Legacy
Sept. 17, Festival Institute, Round Top,

Denton Blues Fest
Sept. 17-18, Denton,

Sheppard Air Force Base Air Show
Sept. 17-18, Wichita Falls,

South Texas Maize
Sept. 17-Nov. 20, Hondo,

West Texas Book Festival
Sept. 19-24, Abilene,

Texas State Forest Festival
Sept. 21-25, Lufkin,

Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival
Sept. 23-25,

Splice Records River Revival
Sept. 23-25, New Braunfels,

Kolache Fest
Sept. 24, Hallettsville,

Autumn Plant Sale and Market
Sept. 24, Mercer Gardens, Houston,

Fried Chicken Festival
Sept. 25, New Orleans, La.,

Czech Heritage Festival
Sept. 25, Victoria,

Houston Art Fair
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Houston,

Texas Heritage Music Day
Sept. 30, Kerrville,

State Fair of Texas
Sept. 30- Oct. 23, Dallas,

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Victoria,

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Fredericksburg,

Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for the past 24 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page. Day Trips, Vol. 2, a book of "Day Trips," is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax. Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 40312, South Austin, TX 78704.

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