October’s must-attend concerts, shows, and festivals.
Ride and Joy
Celebrate Oak Cliff’s guitar god at the nineteenth annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert and join the fleet of choppers parading to Cowboys Dancehall to see musicians like Johnny Winter, the guitarist from Beaumont who influenced Vaughan’s ferocious blues style.
Cowboys Dancehall, October 6, srvrideandconcert.org
Twice as Nice
For the first time in its twelve-year history, the Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held on two consecutive weekends, with all 150-plus bands—including headliners Wilco and the Cure—playing two identical lineups, which will make it possible for fans to rock out twice as hard.
Zilker Park, October 4–6 and 11–13, aclfestival.com
Closed since 2007, the observation deck at Reunion Tower—the landmark dome that illuminates and dominates the Dallas skyline—will reopen as the GeO-Deck, where visitors can use high-powered telescopes and zoom cameras to see stunning views of the city.
Reunion Tower, October 5, reuniontower.com
Texas, Our Texas
The Briscoe Western Art Museum will preserve the art history of the Wild West, and at its grand opening, visitors can admire artifacts, like Pancho Villa’s saddle and Santa Anna’s sword, and the personal art collection of the museum’s namesake, Dolph Briscoe, the state’s forty-first governor.
Briscoe Western Art Museum, October 26 & 27, briscoemuseum.org
Witness a fairy tale come true at the eightieth Texas Rose Festival when the newly minted Rose Queen attends the Queen’s Tea in the fourteen-acre Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, where a background of 35,000 bushes will make for a pretty picture.
Tyler Rose Museum, October 17–19, texasrosefestival.net