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,

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other September Events:

Blues & Barbecue Festival, Sept. 1-3, Bedford

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

Brewmasters Craft Beer, Sept. 1-3, Galveston

Kerrville Fall Music Festival, Sept. 1-3, Kerrville

Fayette County Fair, Sept. 1-3, La Grange

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

Photoseptiembre, Sept. 1-30, San Antonio

Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch Rodeo, Sept. 2, Amarillo

Oatmeal Festival, Sept. 2, Bertram

Axiom Returns to the Cave, Sept. 2, Boerne

World Championship Barbecue Goat Cookoff, Sept. 2, Brady

VFD Benefit Fish Fry, Sept. 2, Doss

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

Johnson County Adult Soapbox Derby, Sept. 3, Alvarado

World Heritage Festival, Sept. 6-10, San Antonio

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

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

Chocolate Festival, Sept. 8-10, Dallas

Fall Planting Days, Sept. 8-10, Fredericksburg

Neches River Rally, Sept. 9, Beaumont

Spindletop Roller Girls vs. Conroe Cutthroats, Sept. 9, Beaumont

Frio River Trash Bash, Sept. 9, Garner State Park, Concan

SMTX Pride, Sept. 9, San Marcos

Apple Butter Festival, Sept. 9, Lubbock

Texas Oklahoma Fair, Sept. 12-16, Wichita Falls

GrapeFest, Sept. 14-17, Grapevine

Hummingbird Celebration, Sept. 14-17, Rockport-Fulton

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

Public Viewing Night, Sept. 15, Fountainwood Observatory, Georgetown

Jazz’SAlive, Sept. 15-16, San Antonio

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

Texas Navy Day, Sept. 16, Angleton

Brews & Blooms, Sept. 16, San Antonio

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

Riverfest, Sept. 16, San Angelo

Blues Fest, Sept. 16-17, Denton

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Sept. 16, 23, Lake Jackson

West Texas Book Festival, Sept. 17-23, Abilene

Texas State Forest Festival, Sept. 20-24, Lufkin

Utopiafest, Sept. 21-23, Utopia

West Fest, Sept. 22-23, Marathon

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

Plano Balloon Festival, Sept. 22-24, Plano,

Cajun Festival & Gumbo Cookoff, Sept. 23, Bandera

Fall Equinox – Underground Sounds, Sept. 23, Boerne

Tallgrass Tour Clymer Meadow Preserve, Fri., Sept. 23, Celeste

Day in the Life of the Presidio, Sept. 23, Goliad

Lampasas County Wine Tour, Sept. 23, Lampasas

Woodforest Craft Fest, Sept. 23, Montgomery

Lilyfest, Sept 23, San Angelo

Food Truck Frenzy & Main Street Market, Sept. 23, Temple

Free Museum Day Live!, Sept. 23, Various locations

Czech Heritage Festival, Sept. 24, Victoria

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

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

Texas Country Music Awards, Sept. 28, Carthage

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

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

Oktoberfest, Sept. 29, Boerne

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

River Revival Music Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, New Braunfels

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

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

Georgetown Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 30, Georgetown

Lantern Fest, Sept. 30, Paige

Beetles, Brew & Barbecue, Sept. 30, Tomball

National Public Lands Day, Free Entry, Sept. 30, Various locations

Beachtoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 28, Port Aransas

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