Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Art festivals and dance halls liven up the landscape in September

Stonehenge on the grounds of the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

On Memorial Day 1972, the first Texas Arts & Crafts Fair was launched on the campus of Schreiner College in Kerrville. It was a grand affair with artisans and craftspeople from around Texas and the nation selling their wares in the shade of the tree-covered campus. The fair launched many artistic careers, but it also was the beginning of the Kerrville Folk Festival. The fair’s first director brought in Rod Kennedy to produce evening concerts. The first concert featured Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Townes Van Zandt, Mance Lipscomb, and many others of Texas music royalty. With the success of those first concerts, Kennedy started the folk festival at the Quiet Valley Ranch just south of town. By 2004, the arts and crafts fair began to sputter and was quietly discontinued after 2013. This year the Hill Country Arts Foundation of Ingram relaunches the fair with more than 100 artists, an opening night concert of KFF veterans, and a music stage throughout the weekend event.
Sept. 28-30, Texas Arts & Crafts Fair, Ingram,

Dancing at the historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Make your reservations now for the Texas Dance Hall Tour. Hosted by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, the tour visits the historic Gruene Hall, Albert Ice House, Quihi Dance Hall, and Twin Sisters Dance Hall on successive nights. Full packages include shuttle service, hotel accommodations, reserved seating, and special events. Don’t hesitate; last year’s tour sold out. As Ray says, “There wouldn’t be Texas music without Texas dance halls.”
Nov. 1-4, Texas Dance Hall Tour, 866-998-6305 x702,

Travel Notes:

After a two-year restoration project, the landmark Stagecoach Inn in Salado has reopened to overnight guests with 48 modern rooms. Lay your head where Sam Houston, Jesse James, Sam Bass, and many other notable Texans have spent the night along Salado Creek. Opened in 1861 as the Shady Villa Hotel, the inn was adjacent to the Chisholm Trail and then I-35. Since 1943, the lodging has been most famous for its restaurant which reopened in 2017 after an extensive remodeling.

The Texas Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife, the Hill Country Conservancy, and other conservation groups are asking the public to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) by contacting their representatives in Congress. The bill would redirect $1.3 billion of existing revenue annually to state-led wildlife conservation efforts. The money would come from existing energy and mineral fees on federal lands. According to the Alliance, Texas would be eligible for more than $63 million per year for habitat restoration, scientific research, land protection, and other conservation initiatives.

Other September Events:

Yellow City Sounds Music Festival
Sept. 1, Amarillo,

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo + adventureFEST
Sept. 1, Boy’s Ranch,

Doss VFD Benefit Fish Fry
Sept. 1, Doss,

Fayette County Fair
Sept. 1-2, La Grange,

Sorghum Festival
Sept. 3, Waco,

South Texas International Film Festival
Sept. 5-9, Edinburg,

Fall Planting Days
Sept. 7-9, Fredericksburg,

Gregg County Fair
Sept. 7-15, Longview,

Bluebonnet Air Show
Sept. 8, Burnet,

Kolache Festival
Sept. 8, Caldwell,

Chocolate Festival
Sept. 8, Dallas,

Dripping With Taste
Sept. 8, Dripping Springs,

Hit the Bricks
Sept. 8, Tyler,

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
Sept. 8-9, Lake Jackson,

Grapefest – A Texas Wine Experience
Sept. 13-16, Grapevine,

HummerBird Celebration
Sept. 13-16, Rockport-Fulton,

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival
Sept. 14-15, Giddings,

Blues Fest
Sept. 14-16, Denton,

Independencia de Mexico
Sept. 15, Alpine,

Texas Navy Day
Sept. 15, Angleton,

Oktoberfest Train
Sept. 15, Cedar Park,

Que Bueno! Taco Fest
Sept. 15, Corpus Christi,

Lumberjack Festival
Sept. 15, Cloudcroft, NM,

Beer & Wine Festival
Sept. 15, Ingleside,

Texas Heroes Day
Sept. 15, La Grange,

Davy Crockett Festival
Sept. 15, Ozona,

Sept. 15, Quintana/Surfside Beach,

Living History Saturday
Sept. 15, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site,

Mermaid Week SMTX
Sept. 15-22, San Marcos,

Spurfest at the Museum
Sept. 15-23, Gatesville,

Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano Concert
Sept. 16, Fredericksburg,

Gillespie County Historic School Open House
Sept. 16, Lower South Grape Creek,

Texas State Forest Festival
Sept. 19-23, Lufkin,

Come and Taste It
Sept. 20, Gruene,

Sept. 20-Oct. 28, Port Aransas,

Howard County Fair
Sept. 21-23, Big Spring,

Plano Balloon Festival
Sept. 21-23, Plano,

Quarter Horse Racing
Sept. 21-Nov. 10, Grand Prairie,

Pioneer Day
Sept. 22, Dripping Springs,

Cajun Festival & Gumbo Cook-off
Sept. 22, Lakehills,

Woodforest Craft Beer Fest
Sept. 22, Montgomery,

Sept. 22, Palacios,

Sept. 22, Quitaque,

Indian Artifact, Mineral & Gem Show
Sept. 22, Lampasas,

White Gold: Cotton in Texas
Sept. 22, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site,

Stab High Aerial Surf Competition
Sept. 22, BSR Cable Park, Waco,

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival
Sept. 22-Nov. 3, Bastrop,

“Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty”
Sept. 22-Dec. 31, Dallas,

Jerk Fest
Sept. 23, Houston,

Wendish Fest
Sept. 23, Serbin,

Czech Heritage Festival
Sept. 23, Victoria,

Comal County Fair
Sept. 25-30, New Braunfels,

Titus County Fair
Sept. 26-29, Mount Pleasant,

Southern States Chainsaw Carving Championship
Sept. 27-29, Graham,

Day Out With Thomas
Sept. 28-30, Burnet,

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Sept. 28-29, Galveston,

Wind Energy Capital of Texas Cook-off and Festival
Sept. 28-29, McCamey,

Port A Music Fest
Sept. 28-29, Port Aransas,

Taylor SPJST Barbecue Cook-off
Sept. 28-29, Taylor,

Texas Arts & Crafts Fair
Sept. 28-30, Kerrville,

Fort Bend County Fair
Sept. 28-Oct. 7, Rosenberg,

Waller County Fair
Sept. 29-Oct. 7, Hempstead,

State Fair of Texas
Sept. 28-Oct. 21, Dallas,

Screams Halloween Theme Park
Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Waxahachie,

Fired Up Community Festival
Sept. 29, Tucumacari, N.M.,

Paranormal Expo
Sept. 29-30, Granbury,

Texas Arts & Crafts Fair
Sept. 29-30, Ingram,

Wingfest & Home Brew Beer Competition
Sept. 29, Smithville,

Sept. 29-Oct. 28, Port Aransas,

Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for more than 25 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page.

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