December - Texas Music Events Calendar 2015
The 2015 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2015 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] governor.state.tx.us or call (512) 463-6666.
For a listing of Texas live music venues, please click here.
Black Ball Gala ~ 2
The Paramount Theatre; 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
P.O. Box 29628; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 656-9312; Fax Brandon DeMaris
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show
Austin non-profit Black Fret will host its second annual Black Ball gala on Friday, Dec. 4 at The Paramount Theatre, located at 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. The event will start at 6 p.m. and will feature performances by many of the 2015 Black Fret Nominees and special guests. Those who wish to attend the Black Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at www.blackfret.org/join. All Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events including the Black Ball. The class of 2015 grant nominees include Aaron Behrens, Casey McPherson, Dan Dyer, Danny Malone, East Cameron Folkcore, Gina Chavez, Holiday Mountain, Jazz Mills, Max Frost, Migrant Kids, Mother Falcon, Nakia, Not in the Face, Riders Against the Storm, Ruby Jane, Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Tameca Jones, The Digital Wild and The Nightowls.
Dickens on the Strand
December 4, 5, 6
Galveston Island; Strand Street, Between 21st - 25th Streets, Houston, TX
Galveston Historical Foundation
502 20th Street; Galveston, TX 77550-2014
Music: Victorian Christmas Music
Activities: Victorian Christmas Festival
Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, Dickens on the Strand will take you and your family on an enchanted journey through history as a bustling 19th Century cityscape comes to life. For an entire weekend, hundreds of costumed vendors and performers will provide a look at the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire, at a time when commercial and cultural ties provided a strong connection between London and Texas’ largest and richest city. Centered in Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District, located approximately one hour south of downtown Houston, the family festival will include parades, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s stages, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.
The Living Christmas Tree
First United Methodist Church; 400 Scurry, Big Spring, TX
First United Methodist Church
Gershom Garcia/Music Minister
400 Scurry Street; Big Spring, TX 79720
The Living Christmas Tree concert is presented each year by the First United Methodist Church of Big Spring. It is a musical Christmas Program and play presented with a full orchestra providing music and a 100 member choir that stands on a 2 story high "Christmas Tree".
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Stateside at the Paramount; 713 Congress Avenue
Austin Chamber Music Center
Maureen Cross, Director of Operations
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, TX 78756
Activities: Concert season
Featuring all the music from this holiday classic and more performed live!
Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets
City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710; (972) 219-3401
Activities: Music festival, breakfast
Holiday Stroll is held in Old Town Lewisville, complete stage performances, visits with Santa, festive holiday activities for the kids, and more!
Jackson Street Market Days
Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce
Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.
Dallas Heritage Village; 1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 South Harwood Street; Dallas, TX 75215-1273
(214) 421-5141; (214) 421-5141
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Classical, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Holiday
Activities: Exhibits, Carriage rides, Crafts
Candlelight is a holiday celebration for the entire family. Witness the holidays as they were celebrated from 1840-1910. Visit Mrs. Blum and learn the traditions of Hanukah. Learn the 1901 Tejano Catholic holiday traditions from Mrs. de Léon. Enjoy strolling carolers, telling St. Nicholas your Christmas wishes and riding around the Village in Nip and Tuck's donkey pulled carriage. The kids can make an ornament for your tree or a dreidal to share with friends. Come celebrate the holidays December 12-13 from 3 - 9pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior 65+, $8 for children 4 -12, children under 4 and members are free. Discounted tickets available online in the Fall.
Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069
McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.
A Very Metal Christmas ~ 2
December 12, 13, 14, 15
Dirty Dog Bar; 505 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Snake Skin Prison
8405 Panadero Drive; Austin, TX 78747
Music: Metal, Rock
Pulling in the best local/regional Rock/Hard Rock/Metal acts in the Lonestar State, VMC always proves to be an amazing event. Including, door prizes, drink specials (free beer last year), free pizza, charity donations, and of course Santa Claus!! Always a blast, always a night to be remembered...or forgotten!
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
4428 Gillis; Austin, TX 78745
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Soul/R&B, Rock, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an iconic arts and music festival featuring three music performances per day over a ten day run. The show has a tradition of booking Austin A-List and emerging bands with a large fan base. Performers on the Armadillo stage enjoy excellent sound quality and an intimate stage experience. An art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been Austin's favorite scene for holiday shopping, live music and fun. Open daily at the Palmer Events Center from December 15-24, 2015.
Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
The Grapevine; Gruene, TX
Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.
Original Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball
December 17, 18, 19
Historic Pioneer Hall; 2300 Avenue G, Anson, TX 79501
Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association
Suanne F. Holtman, Secretary/Treasurer/Historian
P. O. Box 215; Hawley, TX 79525
Annual historic re-enactment of the original 1885 Ball honoring area cowboys, their ladies and families. 130 year old family holiday celebration with traditional western music, dancing, listening, refreshments and fellowship. Open to the public. The Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association owns and maintains Pioneer Hall as well as conducts the annual 3 day Ball. It is a Texas non-profit corporation organized in 1937, an IRS 501(3)(c) tax exempt public educational charity, and composed of non-paid members who voluntarily contribute their time, services and resources. The Ball was copyrighted in 1937 and remains the exclusive property of the Association.
Fire and Ice
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; 800 Bagby Street
Ars Lyrica Houston
Kinga Ferguson, Executive Director
4807 San Felipe Suite 202; Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-7443; (713) 315-2525
Activities: Concert season
New Year’s Eve 2015 brings a star-studded evening with music that is by turns hot and cold. Vivaldi’s Winter sets the stage for Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, which tells the story of too-ardent love and a unique transformation. This very special evening begins with dinner at 7:30 pm in the Sarofim Hall Grand Lobby and continues in Zilkha Hall with the program at 9 pm. Ars Lyrica’s annual gala (with silent auction) extends the festivities through midnight so that you can ring in 2015 with us—at Houston’s most stylish New Year’s Eve event!