Events aplenty and fun filled are heading Cleburne’s way starting Saturday.

Cleburne’s summer tradition of free concerts at Market Square, 302 S. Main St.,  kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with opening act Brandon Rhyder followed by headliner Cody Canada and the Departed who hit the stage at 9 p.m.

The following Saturday, June 29, brings Curtis Grimes to the Market Square stage followed by headliner Roger Creager. Show times are the same as Saturday’s lineup.

This year’s concerts are put on by the Cleburne Parks and Recreation Department.

“We’re excited to continue the summer tradition of free concerts and to once again offer two Saturdays of great music for the community,” Parks and Recreation Director Aaron Dobson said. “Everyone needs to come out, socialize with your friends and family, meet some new people and enjoy a night of good music and fun.”

The concerts are family and cooler friendly and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

“A Del Norte Taco food truck on site and snow cone vendors too,” Dobson said. 

Also free is Cleburne’s Dragon Boat Festival, a Lake Pat Cleburne tradition of several years running presented by the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce.

The festival runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29-30 at Lake Pat.

Dragon boating involves traditional Hong Kong style Buk dragon boats, which are 40 feet long and four feet wide. The boats, which weigh about 500 pounds, carry 20 paddlers, one drummer and one steer person. 

Teams race one another on the lake. Attendees may also enjoy a glimpse into Chinese culture and Texas summer fun by being spectators.

To register as a team or an individual paddler contact the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce at 817-645-2455 or cleburnechamber.com.

Teams consist of a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 21.

Registration is $600 for local community teams, $450 for non-profit community teams and $50 for individual paddlers.

Life jackets, paddles and dragon boats will be provided by the Texas Dragon Boat Association.

The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and H-E-B Grocery once again bring the annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks extravaganza to Lake Pat.

This year’s festival includes Alvarado musician Andrew Sevener, who finished fourth on NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as musician Austin Upchurch. 

Gates open at 6:30 with Upchurch taking the stage at 7 p.m. followed by Sevener at 8:30 p.m. Gates close at 9 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at dark.

Space is limited and RSVP is required as spots are sure to sell out quickly. 

Admission is $25 per carload with a maximum of eight per car. No refunds will be available after July 1.

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome but no outside food or drink will be allowed. Food vendors will be on site.

Chamber officials encourage attendees to tune to 88.3 FM The Journey once it gets dark to enjoy music synced to the fireworks.

For information or to RSVP, contact the chamber at the above number or website.

“There’s always lots to do in Cleburne during summer,” Mayor Scott Cain said.” But it’s become a particularly special tradition to enjoy the great live music at Market Square and participate in or watch the dragon boat races at Lake Pat and the festivities at both events this summer will no doubt continue and build on those great traditions.”

Cleburne Chamber President Cathy Marchel urged residents to take advantage of all three events.

“Parks and Recreation handle the Market Square concerts, which are always great fun and music filled,” Marchel said. “The Dragon Boat Festival, this is our third year and it’s an awesome event whether you join a team and get on a boat or just come out to watch and enjoy the races. We have 15 teams signed up so far but hope to see many more.”

Pegging Upchurch to play the 4th of July celebration occurred because the musician is good friends with Marchel’s son.

“When we talked to Austin he said, ‘Hey, I’m really good friends with Andrew Sevener, you think it would be all right if I asked him to play the show too?’’ Marchel said. “We said, ‘Are you kidding!’ At the time we weren’t sure if Andrew would be able to play because he was still on “The Voice” but we’re thrilled to have him. And people who haven’t heard Austin are going to be blown away by how good he is as a musician.

“So come out and enjoy the music and the fireworks. The $25 admission if for the [Cleburne Links Golf Course] area but people can also watch for free from other areas of the lake.”

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