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Round Top June 4July 16, 2017
For such a small towna 2010 census revealed just 90 full-time residentsRound Top is home to an unlikely music series. Every summer since 1971, the Round Top Music Festival has curated a world-class series of classical concerts, considered one of the most well-curated music festivals in the nation, housed since 2007 in the acoustically stunning Festival Concert Hall. This year, 90 applicants were accepted to perform the six-week program out of hundreds of applicants from more than 23 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Nigeria, Japan, and Finland. And each week, the orchestra will train with guest conductors hailing from across the globe as wellChina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Israel, Serbia, and Austria in addition to the United States. The worldly festival owes its existence to founder and artistic director James Dick, who will perform Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano on June 10 and Chopins Concerto No. 1 on July 15.
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Lockhart June 810, 2017
Now in its 45th year, the citys largest annual festival attracts some 30,000 people each year on the second weekend of June for this celebration of the West. Visitors are encouraged to dust off their cowboy hats and put on their boots to get in the spirit for the events, which includes a full rodeo, a grand parade, gunfight reenactments, cowboy breakfasts, and live music from the Bellamy Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Nathan Colt Young, and Justin Trevino. And seeing as its set in the Barbecue Capital of Texas, the festivities wouldnt be complete without a cook-off, June 23.
Photo: Will van Overbeek
Austin June 811, 2017
If you thought nothing else could shut down Austin like South by Southwest, youve likely never been in town during the Republic of Texas Biker Rallybilled as the largest ticketed motorcycle rally in the nation with riders of all types drawn to the capital city for a weekend of camaraderie, camping, and concerts. For the 22nd annual event, the city will close off 54 square blocks as more than 200,000 peopleand some 40,000 bikershead to Congress Avenue for a huge kick-off party, during which an 11-mile parade downtown gets a friendly police escort (on motorcycles, no less). The ROT Rally will see its largest music festival yet with more than 30 bands slated to perform throughout the weekend, including Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Yeah, itll definitely be loud. But decked out in their denim and leather glory, these bikers are a pretty spectacular sight to see.
Photo: Will van Overbeek
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park June 2August 19, 2017
Cutting through the heart of the Panhandle, the second-largest canyon in the countryfalling behind that grand one in Arizonaholds a rich history in its deep walls. And every summer for more than five decades, it has set the stage for "TEXAS", an outdoor musical drama that aims to tell the stories of the Native Americans and 19th-century pioneers who struggled to claim it. Over the years, the musical has seen more than 4,000 cast and crewmembers; many in this years iteration have been performing the same character for decades. Its theater for the peopleespecially the outdoor-loving Texans who otherwise might not feel comfortable going into a traditional theater to see a musical production. But more than anything, it plays out the drama of Texas history in a setting like no other.
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Also this month:
* *San Elizario:* Billy the Kid Festival http://billythekidfestival.com/ (June 24) * *Houston:* Free Press Summer Fest http://fpsf.com/(June 34) * *Austin:* ATX Television Festival http://atxfestival.com/(June 811) * *Aransas Pass:* Shrimporee http://aransaspass.org/shrimporee(May 911) * *Nacogdoches:* Texas Blueberry Festival http://tbf.nacogdoches.org/(June 10) * *Stonewall:* Peach Jamboree and Rodeo http://stonewalltexas.com/peach_jamboree.html(June 1617) * *Luling:* Watermelon Thump http://watermelonthump.com/(June 2225) * *Bandera:* Riverfest http://banderariverfest.com/(June 24) * *Frisco:* Texas League All-Star Game http://ridersbaseball.com/(June 27)
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