Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Autumn events you ought to check out
By Gerald E. McLeod,
7:00AM, Wed. Aug. 30, 2017
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.
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 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
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 www.gcbo.org
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