Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Autumn events you ought to check out

The cool breezes of autumn are beginning to brush away the summer heat and there is a lot going on around the state.

August ended with a slosh as Tropical Storm Harvey spun ashore at Corpus Christi and Rockport. The following events were compiled before the storm made landfall. It is always advisable to check with the event, particularly those in the coastal regions, before traveling.

As the “Storybook Capital of Texas,” Abilene loves a good tale. The downtown sculpture garden features many of our favorite characters from childhood books. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

There must be a reason why the West Texas produces so many writers. This year the West Texas Book Festival, Sept. 21-23, in Abilene brings together Texas writers for a lengthy discussion of the arts. Notable regional literary figures such as S.C. Gwynne, James Ward Lee, and Diane Kelly will be in attendance. Jeff Guinn of Austin will receive the A.C. Greene Award. It will be two days of fun, conversation, and insight in the Storybook Capital of Texas.
Sept. 21-23, Abilene, 325/676-6025, www.abilenetx.com/apl/bookfest

The world-renowned plant collection in San Angelo exists largely because of the efforts of one man – Ken Landon, a retired engineer and lifelong botanist. Landon developed the official Texas State Waterlily and is one of the pre-eminent water lily seed preservationists in the world. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

The International Water Lily Garden in San Angelo is one of Texas’ great treasures. The rows of ponds in Civic League Park sprout a fireworks display of waterborne flowers. The botanical garden throws out all of the stops for Lilyfest on Sept. 23. Not only will the ponds be in full bloom for the free event, but there will be a plant sale, seminars, demonstrations, food, and music.
Sept. 23, San Angelo, 832/274-3377, www.internationalwaterlilycollection.com

Travel Notes:

On Labor Day Weekend, the Lone Star Museum of Flight opens at its new home at Ellington Airport in Houston. The aircraft museum left its home of many years in Galveston after Hurricane Ike caused significant damage to its buildings. In addition to static displays, the museum offers plane rides and houses the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.
www.lonestarflight.org

Indian Lodge at Davis Mountain State Park outside of Fort Davis will close for renovations beginning Sept. 5 and reopen in early 2018. The staff and guests look forward to the improved heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and exterior plaster coating. The restaurant, gift shop, and most of the parking lot will remain open.
twpd.texas.gov/state-parks/indian-lodge

Do good by shopping at Whole Earth Provision Co. during the month of September. Patrons can donate any amount at checkout to the Nature Conservancy of Texas. If you donate $20 or more you’ll receive a specially designed Whole Earth Buff available nowhere else. Don’t know what a Buff is? It’s tubular headwear that makes a fashion statement while being adjustable to any outdoor situation.
www.nature.org/texas

In January 2017, the Rock Art Foundation, a group dedicated to the preservation and education of ancient pictographs, transferred its assets to the Witte Museum in San Antonio. The museum continues to offer access to one of the most diverse collections of rock art in the New World. Fall is one of the best times of the year to join a tour to one of the outdoor museum sites in West Texas.
www.wittemuseum.org/rock-art-tour-calendar

The Texas Historic Commission’s Landmark Inn in Castroville is closed until further notice. They are honoring current reservations. No word on when it will reopen.
www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/landmark-inn-state-historic-site

The Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., brings together writers and readers on Sept. 2 for one of the largest literary events of the year.
www.loc.gov/bookfest

Other September Events:

Blues & Barbecue Festival, Sept. 1-3, Bedford
www.bedfordbluesfest.com

Kendall County Fair & Rodeo, Sept. 1-3, Boerne
www.visitboerne.org

Brewmasters Craft Beer, Sept. 1-3, Galveston
www.brewmastersbeerfest.com

Kerrville Fall Music Festival, Sept. 1-3, Kerrville
www.kerrville-music.com

Fayette County Fair, Sept. 1-3, La Grange
www.fayettecountyfair.org

Lone Star Flight Museum Grand Opening, Sept. 1-4, Houston
www.lsfm.org

Photoseptiembre, Sept. 1-30, San Antonio
www.fotoseptiembreusa.com

Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch Rodeo, Sept. 2, Amarillo
www.calfarley.org/rodeo

Oatmeal Festival, Sept. 2, Bertram
www.oatmealfestival.org

Axiom Returns to the Cave, Sept. 2, Boerne
www.cavewithoutaname.com

World Championship Barbecue Goat Cookoff, Sept. 2, Brady
www.bradytx.com

VFD Benefit Fish Fry, Sept. 2, Doss
www.dossvfd.org

Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas, Sept. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Mount Pleasant
www.canterburytx.com

Johnson County Adult Soapbox Derby, Sept. 3, Alvarado
www.johnsoncountysoapboxclassic.com

World Heritage Festival, Sept. 6-10, San Antonio
www.worldheritagefestival.org

South Texas International Film Festival, Sept. 7-9, Edinburg
www.stxff.us

Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance, Sept. 7-9, Taos, N.M.
www.bigbarndance.com

Chocolate Festival, Sept. 8-10, Dallas
www.dallaschocolate.org

Fall Planting Days, Sept. 8-10, Fredericksburg
www.wildseedfarms.com

Neches River Rally, Sept. 9, Beaumont
www.bigthicket.org/neches-river-rally

Spindletop Roller Girls vs. Conroe Cutthroats, Sept. 9, Beaumont
www.spindletoprollergirls.com

Frio River Trash Bash, Sept. 9, Garner State Park, Concan
https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/garner/26th-annual-frio-river-trash-bash

SMTX Pride, Sept. 9, San Marcos
www.smtxpride.org

Apple Butter Festival, Sept. 9, Lubbock
www.theorchardtexas.com

Texas Oklahoma Fair, Sept. 12-16, Wichita Falls
www.founderlionsclub.com/texas-oklahoma-fair

GrapeFest, Sept. 14-17, Grapevine
www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Hummingbird Celebration, Sept. 14-17, Rockport-Fulton
www.rockporthummingbird.com

Fall Antiques Show, Sept. 14-Oct. 7, Round Top
www.roundtop.org

Public Viewing Night, Sept. 15, Fountainwood Observatory, Georgetown
www.southwestern.edu/offices/observatory

Jazz’SAlive, Sept. 15-16, San Antonio
www.jazzsa.org

Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop, Sept. 15-17, Midland
www.permianbasinwritersworkshop.org

Texas Navy Day, Sept. 16, Angleton
www.brazoria-county.com/parks

Brews & Blooms, Sept. 16, San Antonio
www.sabot.org

Mermaid Society Parade & Aqua Faire, Sept. 16, San Marcos
www.mermaidsocietysmtx.com

Riverfest, Sept. 16, San Angelo
www.cosatx.us/departments-services/parks-recreation/river-fest

Blues Fest, Sept. 16-17, Denton
www.dentonblackchamberonline.org

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Sept. 16, 23, Lake Jackson www.gcbo.org

West Texas Book Festival, Sept. 17-23, Abilene
www.abilenetx.com/city-hall/departments/community-services/library/friends-of-the-library/book-festival

Texas State Forest Festival, Sept. 20-24, Lufkin
www.texasstateforestfestival.com

Utopiafest, Sept. 21-23, Utopia
www.utopiafest.com

West Fest, Sept. 22-23, Marathon
www.marathontexas.com

Texas Reds Steak and Grape, Sept. 22-24, Bryan
www.texasredsfestival.com

Plano Balloon Festival, Sept. 22-24, Plano,
www.planoballoonfest.org

Cajun Festival & Gumbo Cookoff, Sept. 23, Bandera
www.cajunfestival-medinalake.com

Fall Equinox – Underground Sounds, Sept. 23, Boerne
www.cavewithoutaname.com

Tallgrass Tour Clymer Meadow Preserve, Fri., Sept. 23, Celeste
www.nature.org/texas

Day in the Life of the Presidio, Sept. 23, Goliad
www.presidiolabahia.org

Lampasas County Wine Tour, Sept. 23, Lampasas
www.lampasaschamber.org

Woodforest Craft Fest, Sept. 23, Montgomery
www.woodforesttx.com

Lilyfest, Sept 23, San Angelo
www.internationallilycollection.com

Food Truck Frenzy & Main Street Market, Sept. 23, Temple
www.eventbrite.com/e/main-street-market-tickets-31647547667

Free Museum Day Live!, Sept. 23, Various locations
www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017

Czech Heritage Festival, Sept. 24, Victoria
www.victoriaczechs.org

Santa Fe Wine & Chili Fiesta, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Santa Fe, N.M.
www.santafewineandchile.org

Comal County Fair, Sept. 26-Oct. 1, New Braunfels
www.comalcountyfair.org

Texas Country Music Awards, Sept. 28, Carthage
www.texascountrymusic.org

Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival, Sept. 28-Oct.1, Kemah
www.galvestonbaysongwriters.com

Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, Marfa
www.elcosmico.com

Oktoberfest, Sept. 29, Boerne
www.visitboerne.org

Big Country Balloon Fest, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Abilene
www.bigcountryballoonfest.org

River Revival Music Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, New Braunfels
www.splicerecordstx.com/events/river-revival

State Fair of Texas, Sept. 29-Oct. 22, Dallas
www.bigtex.com

Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival, Sept. 29-30, Galveston
www.galvestonshrimpfestival.com

Georgetown Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 30, Georgetown
www.thegeorgetownsquare.com

Lantern Fest, Sept. 30, Paige
www.thelanternfest.com

Beetles, Brew & Barbecue, Sept. 30, Tomball
www.tomballtx.gov

National Public Lands Day, Free Entry, Sept. 30, Various locations
www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Beachtoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 28, Port Aransas
www.portaransas.org/beachtoberfest

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