Summer has arrived, the kids are out of school, and we're probably all looking for someplace stateside to have fun if gas has reached its predicted price. This month's Medbytes offers a few ideas on where to find some out-of-office adventure during June.
Held just nine miles south of the resort town of Kerrville on the Quiet Valley Ranch, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972. For 18 straight days and nights each May and June, more than 30,000 guests visit from all over the world to experience the festival's magic. Offering more than just "folk music," the festival offers music of many styles including traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. The focus of the festival is to promote emerging artists while exposing the audience to both new and recognized, seasoned talent. In addition to the live music, there are special concerts and activities for children, songwriting schools, music business seminars, Hill Country bike rides, canoe trips on the Guadalupe River, Sunday folk song services, and the annual New Folk Competition and concerts for emerging songwriters. For more information, go to www.kerrville-music.com or call (830) 257-3600.
Now in its 35th year, The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio's Texas Folklife Festival is a four-day, fun-filled cultural celebration that showcases Texas' diversity through an assortment of ethnic foods, diverse music and dance, arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, storytellers, competitions, and more. The event is June 8-11 and is located in downtown San Antonio on the 22-acre grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. More than 10,000 individuals representing 64 counties and 99 cities throughout the state attend to participate in this cultural celebration. Log on to www.texancultures.com/ for ticket information and directions.
Legends of Western Swing Music Festival
Three days of the best western swing music around can be found in Wichita Falls from noon to midnight June 15-18 at the Legends of Western Swing Music Festival at the city's Multi Purpose Events Center (MPEC). The MPEC is a comfortable, alcohol-, drug-, and smoke-free facility with large dance floors to kick up your heels. This year's performers include: Ray Price & The Cherokee Cowboys, the Bob Wills Texas Playboys with Leon Rausch, Tom Morrell & The Time Warp Tophands, Eddie McAlvain & The Mavericks, and Dave Alexander's Cowboy Gospel Hour. Tickets are $25 per day or $15 after 6 pm. For information, go online to www.legendsofwesternswing.com.
Juneteenth Film Festival
Dallas's Juneteenth Film Festival, June 15-17, showcases the work of independent and student filmmakers from across the nation. Selected films are showcased during the festival, with winners receiving special awards, including a handcrafted bronze statue designed by critically acclaimed artist David Newton. The Juneteenth Film Festival Foundation, a Texas nonprofit corporation, together with the African American Museum, has created a world-class event.
Luling ' s Watermelon Thump
Watermelon is a Texan's favorite summer treat. In Luling, the fruit is celebrated for four days at the annual Watermelon Thump. Going strong for 53 years, the festivities center on a championship Black Diamond (average 60-70 lbs., tops 100 lbs.) watermelon contest that includes judging, an auction, and a seed-spitting contest. The parade is Saturday, June 24, with dances Saturday and Sunday nights, and a car show on Sunday, June 25. Other activities include a carnival, rodeo, barbecue, 5K, exhibitors market, and a queen competition. For more information, log on to www.watermelonthump.com .
Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo
If you like eating peaches and barbecue, and watching cowboys take on some of orneriest critters this side of Pecos, then the 45th annual Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo is the place to be June 16 and 17. Located in land of LBJ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country west of Austin, the festival offers two days of celebrating the magnificence of the peach. Besides the rodeo, there will be dancing, a 5K/10K run and walk, a parade through downtown Stonewall, judging to determine the best crop of peaches, and the Miss Peach Blossom Pageant.
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