Some options for entertainment this weekend will include plenty of live music, a birthday party for Smokey Bear, the second Salado Springs Beer Fest and Holland’s annual Corn Festival.

Holland Corn Festival

The 45th annual Holland Corn Festival will take place tonight through Saturday at Holland City Park, and will feature a carnival, parade, contests, live music, barbeque cookoff, vendors and more.

The festival will kick off with the carnival, which will be open from 7-10 p.m. tonight. The carnival will also be open 7-10 p.m. Friday and will open at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A concert and dance featuring live music from Backroads Band and local talent will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

The festival will continue Saturday with numerous events, including a 5K run at 8 a.m., the annual parade beginning at 10 a.m., and various corn-themed contests throughout the day. The event will conclude with a concert and dance from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring country singer Kody West and opening act Michael Carubelli.

Proceeds from the corn festival will be used for scholarships and community improvements.

Salado Springs Beer Fest

The second Salado Springs Beer Fest, hosted by Barrow Brewing Company, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday on the creekside property next to the brewery at 108 Royal St. in Salado.

Fourteen additional breweries will be onsite selling their craft beer. Tickets for beer drinkers and non-drinkers are available online from Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Live music will take place throughout the day. Performances will begin at noon with Kady Rain. Sundae Drivers will perform at 2:30 p.m. followed by The Inverters at 4:30 p.m. The final performance will be The Toasters at 6 p.m.

The event will also include a climbing wall, helicopter rides, a dunk tank and an opportunity to swim in the creek.

Vaquero Classic and Kyle Park at Schoepf’s

The ninth annual Vaquero Golf Classic, presented by Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que, will take place today at Wildflower Country Club in Temple.

Signups will begin at 11:30 a.m. and tee time will begin at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Belton Tiger Athletic Booster Club and Belton Tiger Athletics.

Country singer Kyle Park will perform with special guest Six Sanchez tonight at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton, 702 E. Central Avenue, part of the Free Texas Music Series. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and music will begin at 7 p.m.

Hot Summer Sounds

The 21st annual Scott & White Health Plan Hot Summer Sounds free concert series will continue 7:30 p.m. Friday with a performance from Vidal Donoso y Puro Tejas at Miller Park in Temple.

Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an evening of free music.

For more information, call 254-298-5440.

Joe Ely at the CAC

The Texas Music Series will continue Saturday at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center in Temple with a performance from Joe Ely.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank W. Mayborn Auditorium. Tickets are available online at Detroit’s Own food truck will be out front before the show providing dinner options.

Randy Rogers Band

Texas country group Randy Rogers Band will perform Friday at Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que in Salado.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and music will begin around 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available online at

Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Party

Texas A&M Forest Service will host an event celebrating Smokey Bear’s 75-year legacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mother Neff State Park near Moody.

Visitors will be able to enjoy games, activities, stories, cupcakes and giveaways. There will be several opportunities for photos with Smokey Bear and a special Smokey Story Time.

Park entry will be free for the event. Check in at the park headquarters for more information upon arrival.

Hero Day

The Bell County Museum in Belton will host Hero Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kids can dress up as their favorite hero (super or otherwise) and visit the museum for games, crafts, snacks and more. All ages are welcome.

Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Parents can visit to register their children.

Coffee and Cars

The first Coffee & Cars – Central Texas event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the area around East Central Avenue in Belton.

All vehicles are welcome, including hot rods, roadsters, classics, muscle cars, exotics, luxury, rat rods, sports cars, imports and more.

The event is free and participating vehicles must stay for the entire duration of the show. For more information, follow the Central Texas – Coffee & Cars Facebook page.  

New exhibit at Bell County Museum

A new exhibition, “Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of ‘Rolling Stone’,” will be on display at the Bell County Museum starting Saturday.

The exhibit, which includes 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and original “Rolling Stone” magazine covers, will be available through Aug. 10.

The museum is located at 201 N. Main St. in Belton. For information call 254-933-5243

Other events on the Weekend Calendar


The Live Poets group will hold a free poetry reading 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lena Armstrong Public Library, 301 E. First St. in Belton.  


Larry Burgin and the Texas Tradition will perform at a country and western dance 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sammons Community Center, 2220 W. Ave. D in Temple.


The Good Ole Boys band will perform 6 p.m. Friday at Fry’s Restaurant, 802 S. Main St. in Belton.


A country and western dance will take place 8 p.m. Friday at In the Mood Ballroom, 13 S. Main St. in Temple.


DJ Ponyboy will perform 9 p.m. Friday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.


Kenny Orts and the No Chance Band will perform 9 p.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.


Gary Hobbs will perform 9 p.m. Friday at Mango’s Night Club, 702 W. Elms Road in Killeen.


DJ Desperado will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.


Last Call will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.