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JANUARY, 2015


Jan 1, 2015 - POLAR BEAR SPLASH: Kyle, at Kyle City Pool, 1300 W Center St, 1p-5p. Free, family event. Light refreshments. You can also join the exclusive Polar Bear Club. 512-268-4220. Web

Jan 1, 2015 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, at 11a. Bandera County Cowgirls gather for a panoramic photo on horseback followed by an afternoon of demonstrations on how the modern day cowgirl makes her living with the horse. Examples of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will be held in the arena. The history of the American cowgirl, singer/songwriters, storytellers, and artists will be featured. TPWD Web. 830-796-4413. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 1, 2015 - BLACK EYED PEA & CORNBREAD COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US 290 East. 10a-6p If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. A Southern-style, annual, cook-off and Jam Session. Live band, sample the entries. $500 First Prize for each Category! 830-644-2829, tdp@texashillcountrywine.com, Web, Festival Web

Jan 1, 2015 - FIRST DAY HIKE: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 9-11a. Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead, and walk to the summit. Annual event. See Parks

Jan 1, 2015 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. 830-629-5077. Web

Jan 1-4, 2015 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. 830-997-6597. Web

Jan 3, 2015 - BLACK-EYED PEA & CORNBREAD COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, At Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US 290 E. 10a-6p. Benefits art education in area schools. Judging 1p. Live entertainment 1-5p. 830-644-2829. www.torredipietra.com

Jan 7-11, 2015 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas

Jan 8-10, 2015 - LLANO COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 8-10, 2015 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. Web, Map

Jan 8-10, 2015 - BANDERA COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755

Jan 8-10, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Stock show for Gillesipe County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Jan 8-10, 2015 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G. Rollie White Complex

Jan 8-Feb 1, 2015 - KACC ANTIQUES COLLECTABLES SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Cornels Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett St. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 8-Feb 1, 2015 - STARVING ARTISTS' SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web

Jan 9-10, 2015 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Mason County Show Barn. 325-347-5259. Chamber Web

Jan 9-11, 2015 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 918-619-2875. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 9-11, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd. 830-459-2120. www.hcamp.org. Summer HCAMP is a 5 day residential music camp led and taught by an outstanding faculty who receive rave reviews from their students each year. Camp plays all kinds of music - everything from Bluegrass to C&W to Bach, Celtic and Swing. Basic goals: 1. Improve student instrument skills, 2. Work on techniques used in groups, 3. Make new music friends, 4. Have a whole lot of fun. 830-895-5700

Jan 10, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Jan 10, 2015 - PORT 'N PAIRINGS: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Port 'n Pairings". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Jan 10, 2015 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS HORSE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 15-17, 2015 - SAN SABA COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, on Church Street.

Jan 15-17, 2015 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA youth projects. 830-868-7167. Web

Jan 16-17, 2015 - QUILT SHOW: Kingsland, at Community Center, 3451 Rosehill Dr off Hwy 1431. 10a-4p. Anyone can enter their quilt in this annual show. Unique vendors will be here for your shopping enjoyment! 325-388-5225. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Jan 16-17, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Jan 17, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape Creek Rd. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Jan 17-18, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Hwy 16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Free, open to public. 830-990-9823. Web

Jan 18, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at American Legion Hall, along the Llano River at 200 Legion Drive. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 18-24, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

Jan 21-24, 2015 - DRIPPING SPRINGS-HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs. DS Ranch Park Event Center, 29401 RR 12. 512-393-2120. Web

Jan 23-24, 2015 - QUILT SHOW - BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS THROUGH QUILTING: San Saba, at Civic Center in Mill Pond Park, Hwy 190 E. 10a-4p. Registration, vendors and the main part of the show will be at the Civic Center, and beautiful quilts all over town in most of the businesses and draped across railings on our front porches on several streets. Truck show, bed turnings and many vendors. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Jan 24, 2015 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Jan 24, 2015 - BAUBLES & BOOTS CELEBRATION: Bandera, at Flying A Ranch, 1919 TX 173 South. 4:30-7:30p. Annual dinner & auction benefiting the Bandera ISD Education Foundation. Tickets at Bandera ISD Office and McMullan Insurance. 830-796-3313. Web

Jan 24, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at American Legion Hall, along the Llano River at 200 Legion Drive. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 24, 2015 - GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kingsland, at Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr. Guns, knives, ammo, coins, more. 210-827-6302. Wild Weasel Productions

Jan 26, 2015 - PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETING - LONE STAR REGIONAL RAIL PROJECT: San Marcos, Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. 5-8p. The Lone Star Rail District, Texas Department of Transportation, and Federal Highway Administration are holding a series of meetings to start the environmental review process for the Lone Star Regional Rail Project, which is proposed to improve mobility, mode choice, accessibility, transportation reliability and facilitate economic development along the I-35 corridor in Central and South Texas. One option to be studied could provide passenger rail service from north of Austin to downtown San Antonio within existing freight rail corridors, while moving some existing freight train service to a new freight bypass constructed between Taylor and San Antonio. Free. www.lonestarrail.com. Sebastian Puente, 512-501-4971

Jan 31, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOWS: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Jan 31, 2015 - WILD GAME DINNER: Bandera, at Grace Lutheran Church, 451 Hwy 173, serving from 4-7p. Expertly prepared, all you can eat wild game dinner serving everything from white tail deer to more exotic game. Dine-in or take-out. $15 donation. 830-796-3091. Web


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FEBRUARY, 2015


Feb 3, 2015 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6:30-8:30p. Taste the many delectable offerings by local restaurateurs. Proceeds help New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation fund projects and programs that will improve educational opportunities for students. 830-643-5700. Web

Feb 5-7, 2015 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off. costume contest, parade and special country and Cajun Zydeco music. 830-796-4849. Web, info@11thstreetcowboybar.com

Feb 6, 2015 - FAMILY HEART HEALTHY EXPO: New Braunfels, at Civic/Convention Center, 1p-5p. All ages invited to enjoy FREE health screenings including blood pressure, body mass index, running shoe clinic tests, and EKGs; more than 35 health and wellness exhibitors; grilled cooking demonstrations and tastings; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Mobile Mammography Unit; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Pediatric Mobile Clinic; $20 cholesterol/glucose panels on a first-come, first-served basis; five minute CPR. 830-643-5178. Web

Feb 6-8, 2015 - SPARROWFEST: Marble Falls, at The Retreat at Balcones Springs. Birding & Learning at its best! Join our talented leaders as they take you to refuge tracts beyond the trails where 'little brown birds' play. Learn how to identify the subtle differences and behavior of Texas wintering sparrows. Relax at The Retreat where good food and good friends will meet. 830-693-6639. Web

Feb 6-8, 2015 - ST VALENTINE'S DAY MOTORCYCLE MASSACRE: Hondo, at Medina County Fairgrounds. Live music, two halls of vendors, contests, food and more. 210-865-7188; 210-601-1932; toedig@yahoo.com, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Feb 6-13, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: . Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country with overnight stops in Luckenbach, Albert, Blanco, Twin Sisters, Kendalia and more. Free to watch, Fee to ride, annual event. Spnsor Web

Feb 6-22, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVER'S TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 7, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos. Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 5p. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 7, 2015 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Luckenbach. Noon. Annual event with live music, dancing, trailride, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 8, 2015 - MARDI GRAS GALA: Fredericksburg, at St Mary's Holy Family Center. Annual event. The Mardi Gras King and Queen, straight from Louisiana, kick off the jazz cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:30p. Live auction at 7:30p, and prize drawings. Festivities continue until 11p with dancing to live music. Tickets: St Mary's school office, or 830-997-3914, or Tickets. Open seating: $75 pre-sale or $85 at the door, if not sold out. Benefits St Mary's School.

Feb 13-14, 2015 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach. Annual camp-out and Valentine's Ball with a name musician. Get "Back to the Basics of Love". Free live music; tickets for concerts. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 14, 2015 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 11a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Feb 14, 2015 - HEARTS FOR HOPE: Kerrville, at Y.O Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. 6:30-11p. Live Entertainment. Be prepared to dance and swing on the dance floor after a delicious entree of food from an all you can eat buffet. All proceeds go to New Hope Counseling Center, a non-profit organization. $50. Every Feb. Web. Sharon Renter, 830-257-3009, director@newhopecounselingtx.org

Feb 14, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. Free monthly event that offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it! Various art galleries participate. In February, Wimberley's Second Saturday Gallery Trail coincides with Valentine's Day. The romantic weekend starts on Friday the 13th (eek!) at LT Gallery with an artists' meet-and-greet. It continues on Saturday (Saint V's day) at all 14 of our participating galleries. Both days' festivities run from 4-7p. So grab your sweetie and come on out and enjoy wine, nibbles, and outstanding art! 512-847-9438. Facebook

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 14, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek, at 470 Cave Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Feb 15, 2015 - CHOCOLATE FANTASY: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 1-3p. All the chocolate you can eat, wine seminars, demonstrations, food & wine tasting, silent auction & raffle. 830-895-2911. Web

Feb 15, 2015 - KERRVILLE ART CLUB SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. Framed and Unframed Work by the Talents of the Kerrville Art Club, Avery Gallery. 830-895-2911. Web

Feb 17, 2015 - MARDI GRAS ON MAIN: Kerrville, Earl Garrett St, 6p-9p. Fine wine and beer, glow party, costume contest, live entertainment, gumbo cook off. Gather to celebrate Mardi Gras Texas style. Free public admission. 830-792-8395. Sponsor Web

Feb 18, 2015 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park. 10a-3:30p. Annual workshop is for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Theme: "Get Read: A Writers Marketing Conference". Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 20-22, 2015 - GRTU TROUTFEST: New Braunfels, at Rio Raft Resort, 14130 River Road. Outdoors banquet and Expo on the Guadalupe River. Fly tiers, kid fish pond, fly casting lessons and educational classes will provide enjoyment for the whole family! 512-413-3301. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Feb 21, 2015 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Castell, at Castell General Store, 19522 RR 152 W. 10a-10p. $25 if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment. Annual event. Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100

Feb 21, 2015 - ENCHANTED "ROCK STAR" FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd 965, 18 mi N of town. Noon-10p. To celebrate Enchanted Rock's designation as a Dark Sky Park and increase awareness of the benefits of dark skies. We want folks to enjoy the daytime activities, experience the magical world of a star-filled night, and leave inspired to turn the lights downward in their own communities. Regular park admission applies. Vendor food. Annual event. TPWD Enchanted Rock ofc: 830-685-3636. Venue Web

Feb 21, 2015 - RAINWATER COLLECTION SHOW: Spicewood, at Spicewood VFD, 9805 TX 71 E. 2-5p. Rainwater collection professional on site to answer your questions abut systems, tanks, filtration. Free, annual event. Free parking. Door prizes. Info: cwhitaker@281.com

Feb 21, 2015 - CHILI COOKOFF: Leander, at Texas Humane Heroes - Leander Pet Adoption Center (HQ location), 10930 E Crystal Falls Pwy, Leander. 1-3p. Annual event. 512-260-3602, Web

Feb 21, 2015 - WINE ROAD 290 - RAGIN' CAJUN: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Ragin Cajun". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 21-22, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Web, Venue Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Feb 21-22, 2015 - SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Feb 21-22, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Feb 21-22, 2015 - EAGLE GUN SHOW: Uvalde, at County Fairplex, 122 Veterans Ln. Fri-Sat: 9a-5p. $7. Sponsor Web. Buddy Howell, 210-371-3001

Feb 21-22, 2015 - ANTIQUE SHOW: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46 East. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Featuring 60+ exhibitor booths overflowing with the finest American antiques found in the market today. Exhibitors gather their treasures from the estates of this great country and save their best for this nationally acclaimed antiques show. Collectors from all over the state, as well as many from out of state, find real antiques, no reproductions or imports, to add to their collections or decorate their homes. Fine antiques add a touch of elegance to any home & coordinate perfectly with any decorating scheme. Features Country Furniture, Baskets, Stoneware, Glassware, Jewelry, Textiles, Early Paper, Toys, Silver, Quilts, Pewter, American Oak, Southwestern and so much more! 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Feb 27, 2015 - EMPTY BOWL HEAD START FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Pioneer Pavilion, located off TX 16, 3 mi S of town. Silent auction, live entertainment. $20 gets attendees clay bowl for soup dinner; tickets at door. 830-990-1026

Feb 27-28, 2015 - WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Pursuing God’s Peace. Hundreds of women from across Texas come together to experience life change and celebrate in community with other sisters in Christ. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor

Feb 27-Mar 1, 2015 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Feb 28, 2015 - SMOKEHOUSE SECRETS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Discover how sausage, bacon and ham were cured a century ago. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Feb 28, 2015 - SPICEWOOD VINEYARDS CHILI COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409. 1-6p. Annual event showcases chili and wine. Pair it with the Claret Chili Cook-Off. Texas wine, hot chili, live music and the Hill Country views. Fee required. 830-693-5328. Web

Feb 28, 2015 - WILD WOMEN & WINE FESTIVAL: Comfort, at Happy H Ranch, 505 Hwy 87 N, 5 mi N of town. Noon-6p. Annual event, food trucks, wine vendors & tastings, demonstrations, contests, prizes. Covered indoor event, free parking & shuttle. Benefits Comfort VFD. Tickets required. 210-332-3151. Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. Vendors feature plants for every garden, lawn and garden equipment, and yard decor are also available for purchase. Informative speakers, demonstrations, food and a special children's area. Free annual event. Val Klaudt, Chairperson, 512-588-0696. Sponsor Web


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MARCH, 2015


Mar 3, 2015 - PLATEAU LAND & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR: Leakey, at Nutrition Center, 420 W RR 337. 6:30p-8p. A presentation on transitioning to Wildlife Management Tax Valuation ("Wildlife Exemption"). Free and open to the public, this seminar will benefit anyone who owns rural land in Texas, including those who are currently in Ag or benefiting from a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation. Topics include: An Overview of Wildlife Management Property Tax Valuation; 7 Wildlife management activity categories and examples of each; Traditional Ag vs. Wildlife Management; State and County requirements; Concrete answers to questions that plague many landowners. Molly Cleveland, 512-894-3479. Event Web

Mar 5, 2015 - OLD WEST CASINO NIGHT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Show Barn, US 281 N. 6p. Live entertainment, silent auction, dinner, door prizes, casino-style gambling. 830-868-7684. Web

Mar 6, 2015 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6p-11p. An annual event, the party with a purpose. A fun evening of food, drinks, shopping, and music all while enjoying spa services like massages, manicures, make-up and much more. All proceeds benefit the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Open Door Recovery House. Gather up a few girlfriends and join us! Tickets go on sale January 1st. $50. Web. Shelli or Donna, 830-693-9292

Mar 6-7, 2015 - PIECEMAKERS QUILT SHOW: Uvalde, at Herby Ham Activity Center. 10a-6p. 830-591-2711. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Mar 6-7, 2015 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 830-232-6625. Web

Mar 6-14, 2015 - TEXAS STAR TRAIL RIDE: Web. A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 7, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - PECAN CREEK: Pecan Creek, at 3410 Pecan Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, RR 1476. Noon-6p. Celebration with Texas Star Trail Ride, and a dance in the world famous Texas town. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - SPAGHETTI DINNER & BINGO NIGHT: Johnson City, at LBJ High School Commons, Nugent Ave. Serving: 5:30p, Bingo 6:45p. Includes desert, quilt raffle, live and silent auctions and fun. Johnson City Woman's Civic Club hosts this event that benefits JC Library. 830-868-7688. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAYS: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts and food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park & historic Main Street. 10a-4p. Dog walk, pet activities & contests, great food, live music, vendors, co-ed softball tournament. Annual event benefits Highland Lakes SPCA, a no-kill shelter. Adults: $20, Kids: $15. Sponsorships available. 830-385-9289. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 7-8, 2015 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista. Truly unique annual event with 900+ cyclists from around the world. Food, drinks, face painting and "Bouncy House" for the kids. Clive Rutherford, or Sherri Jander 512-267-7952, Chamber Web
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Mar 7-15, 2015 - SPRING BREAK AT THE LBJ RANCH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Opportunity to further explore and discover the park's historic resources and delve deeper into the story of the 36th president and the LBJ Ranch. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Mar 9-11, 2015 - SPRING BREAK CAMP: Boerne, at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, City Park Road. 9a-3p. Registration now open with this non-profit organization. Activities for children age 5-12 will include catch-and-release fishing, bug-catching, tie-dying, hiking, singing, learning survival skills, outdoor cooking, building shelters, birding, dancing, playing games and arts and crafts. Campers may sign up for 1-3 days. 830-249-4616. Web

Mar 9-13, 2015 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-8441. Web

National%20Museum Mar 13, 2015 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Discuss different aspects of leadership that they have learned in their military carriers and how to adapt those to your business. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 13-14, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Wild Hog Explosion, Mansfield Park. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Mar 13-15, 2015 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web

Mar 13-15, 2015 - REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville. Free, annual event. 512-663-2055. Sponsor Web

National%20Museum Mar 14, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 14, 2015 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX 16 N. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bilke Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Mar 14, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Mar 14, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 14, 2015 - BLUES, BLUEBONNETS & BBQ: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyard. 11:30a-4p. Free admission and music. 830-644-2681. Web

Mar 14-15, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER FEST: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 11a-4p. A unique blend of great arts and crafts created by talented vendors, gardeners and plants, lots of great food, and fun shopping experiences for those who are looking for something a little different. Antiques and collectibles. Live music. Annual, free event. 888-225-3427. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Mar 14-15, 2015 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 11a-4p. Annual event featuring innovation, demonstrations, ideas and design, for the whole family to enjoy! 830-992-5074. Event Web. Venue Web

Mar 14-15, 2015 - LLANO GUN SHOW: Llano, Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152. Sat: 9a-5p. Sun: 9a-4p. 817-296-7844. Web

Mar 14-21, 2015 - TEXAS HELL WEEK: Fredericksburg, with HQ at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams. Daily 50, 70, 100 mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. 806-499-3210. Web

Mar 17-21, 2015 - RIO FRIO FEST: Concan, at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300. Web

Mar 20-21, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Marble Falls, at Westside Park, 2nd St & Ave Q. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Mar 21, 2015 - KITE DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 1-3p. Children of all ages invited to come make old-fashioned 1900's kites. We supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano at Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, 308 W Main. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for Demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Mar 21, 2015 - MERCEDES-BENZ CLUB HILL COUNTRY DRIVE: Blanco and Driftwood. Meet at 100 Main St, Blanco, at 9:30a. All Mercedes-Benz owners are welcome to attend! Join us on a fun drive to shop, eat and visit a winery. Sponsor Web. Kathie Steele, 512-497-9012

Mar 21, 2015 - VINO & PASTA: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Vino & Pasta". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Mar 21, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 21, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - FANCY FEATHERS 4-H CLUB APA/ABA SANCTIONED OPEN CHICKEN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at 1042 Ranch Park. Annual event where breeders, from near and far, bring their fancy chickens to be judged according to the APA or ABA Standards of Perfection established for each breed and variety. Even if you don't enter chickens, you are still welcome to attend. No entry fee. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E Lower Crabapple Rd. 7:30p. 806-549-2483. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg German Choirs and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra. Light refreshments served. Free admission. By donation. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - LESTER'S AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW: Boerne, at 32128A IH-10 W, exit 543. 8a-3p. Do you love cars? Old ones, new ones, fast ones....? Stop by for a great open car show and customer appreciation day filled with food, music and prizes! Annual show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Free. 830-249-249-2501. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 21, 2015 - FISH FRY & AUCTION: Lakehills, at Lakehills Civic Center, 11225 Park Road 37, Lakehills. 11a-4p. Fish fry, live & silent auction, cash and carry items, live music, games & more. Free parking & admission. Fee per plate. Annual event sponsored by Lakehills UMC, 830-751-2404. Sponsor Web

Mar 21, 2015 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI COOKOFF: Luckenbach. Annual event parody on electing a Mayor of Luckenbach, who serves just one day. Anyone from anywhere who shows up can cast a vote on Election Day. No fees. Prepare your campaign and signs. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 21-22, 2015 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860s bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Mar 22, 2015 - ST PATRICK YOUTH SPRING FESTIVAL: Brady, at 406 S Bridge Street. 1-7p. Live music, street dance, kids games and activities, concessions, and vendor booths. For the whole family. Free Admission. Heather Jo Ashton, 325-456-4344

Mar 26-29, 2015 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Kerrville, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. Web. 512-422-0234, larson@hotmail.com

Mar 26-29, 2015 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 409-955-0073. Web

Mar 27, 2015 - LOMETA ROUND-UP RATTLESNAKE OPEN RODEO: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park. 7:30p. Bull riding, ranch bronc riding, tiedown roping, ladiess breakaway roping, team roping, ladies barrel racing, min broncs. Free mutton busting. $10. Tommy Green, 325-4351-0434.Chamber Web

Mar 27-28, 2015 - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE RUMMAGE SALE: Horseshoe Bay, at Finn Family Life Center, 201 Dalton Circle. 8a-5p. Free, annual event. The sale will offer hundreds of items ranging from golf and other sporting equipment to new and gently worn clothing and shoes, household and kitchen items, lawn equipment, toys, baby furniture and household furniture and appliances. Linda Baker, 214-762-8321

Mar 27-29, 2015 - HOG FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR: Sabinal, at City Park & Yellow Jackets Stadium. Variety of fun and entertainment including wild hog chasing, arts and crafts, games and rides, and plenty of good food. Ross Burris, 830-279-4045. Web

Mar 27-29, 2015 - RIVER ROCK FEST & RALLY: Concan, at Neals Lodges & Cafe, 20970 TX 127. Annual event with organized 3 Sisters Ride, Vendors, Poker Run, Wild Hog catching, Camping and Lodging along the Frio River. And of course Rocking Throwback bands! This is THE BEST riding in the Heart of the Hill Country. 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Mar 28, 2015 - LOMETA DIAMOND BACK JUBILEE: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park, from 5a-5p. Arts & crafts, carnival, chili cook-off, music, car show and rattlesnakes. All day. David Smith, 512-752-3106. Chamber Web

Mar 28, 2015 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-5p. Annual show, visit art studios, see artwork and enjoy home-made food. 16 studio locations, 20+ artists. Showings, sales, demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography and wood. "After" party at 7p with the Artists @ Llano Fine Art Guild. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 28, 2015 - CHICK FEST: Burnet, downtown. You gals have taken care of the kids and now it is time for you to have some fu and reward yourselves. Everyone is invited. Come & Go Tea 2-4p. Door prizes, special discounts and snacks at participating merchants. Drawing for door prizes. Proceeds to Boys & Girls Club. Shelli, 512-588-0088, or BAM: 830-798-5738

Mar 28, 2015 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: Bulverde, at Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road. Registration 8-10a, Awards 3p. Car Enthusiasts: Over 35 classes of hot rods, classics, muscle, motorcycles and special interest entries. We welcome all car enthusiasts no matter the design, style... from completely original, restored or wildly modified. Car club welcome! Custom trophies! Judging and Awards in First, Second and Third in all classes. Special Events - Bring the entire family ... Raffles, door prizes and great food and fun for all. Blue Lion Train rides and Pinewood Derby races for the kids. Special displays! Plenty of trailer parking. Early registration $25. Dan Hamilton, 281-467-8178, dchamilton@sbcglobal.net, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 28, 2015 - JONESTOWN CAJUN COOK-OFF & FESTIVAL: Jonestown, at Jones Brothers Park, 10698 Lakeside Drive. Noon-7p. On the shores of beautiful Lake Travis features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, prizes and family activities. Food, beverages and vendor products for sale. Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Sherri Jander, Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce, 512-267-7952. Web

Mar 28, 2015 - TEXAS MEN'S STATE CHILI & BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 at Pedernales Bridge. Benefits many Johnson City charities and emergency services. RV parking with limited electric. Park opens Thursday morning at 8a. Cooks' party Friday night. Potluck Thursday night. Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Domino tournament, open cash beans, wings, and much more. Special bronze longhorn trophy and $500 TICC expense money to 1st place chili. Also, Texas Men's State Barbecue Championship, 70/30 payback, pays 10 places. Join us for the fun. Sponsored by CASI. Sponsor Web. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Mar 28, 2015 - CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 at Pedernales Bridge. Held in conjunction with above Texas Men's Chili and & BBQ Cook-off. 9a-3p. Awards to: Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine Compartment, Best Classic, Best Hot Rod, Best Custom Bike, and Long Distance Award. Benefits local charites and non-profits. Entry fee: $25. 936-203-0591

Mar 28, 2015 - FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park. Participants can pre-register for $7 per hunter, or register at the event for $10 per hunter. Check-in and registration begins at 7:30p. and the first hunt starts at 8p. Each hunter should bring their own flashlight, but bags will be provided courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. In addition to thousands of eggs filled with treats, prizes will be given to children who find golden eggs during the hunts. "We will have hunts for different age groups: 2-4 year olds, 5-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds -starting with the youngest and working our way to the oldest group," said Erin Flores, Recreation Programs Supervisor. "There will be carnival games for participants to enjoy while they wait for their hunt and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance for photo opportunities." City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 830-221-4370, Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Boerne. Annual event. 830-537-4096, Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW: Llano, at James Lutheran Church -Schorlemmer Hall 1401 Ford Street. Sponsored by the Texas Hills Quilters of Llano. Free, annual event. 325-248-0300

Mar 28, 2015 - HOOKED ON FISHING SPRING FISHING TOURNAMENT: Kyle, at Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Rd. 6:30a-11a. Annual event. Register with fee. 18 y/o minimum, with license. Karen Gray or Nikki Ladet, 512-262-3939, Event Web

Mar 28, 2015 - NATURAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion. 1-5p. Annual free event presented by Atkins Pharmacy. Lots of prizes. 830-693-2972. Web

Mar 28, 2015 - FAMILY EASTER PICNIC & EASTER EGG HUNT: Johnson City, at Franklin Family Ranch, FM 165 & Middle Creek Rd. 11a-2p. 8000+ eggs. Live music, Climb The Rock, Happy Trail Rides, Super Slide, Bungee Run, Games. Free, annual event, including free lunch.

Mar 28, 2015 - SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 10a-3p. BBQ chicken or sausage meal at 11:30. Kids games, live music, book sale, style show, snow cones, huge silent auction, raffle and cake auction to raise funds for Harper library. BBQ plates are $8. 830-864-4993. Harper Library Web National%20Park%20Service

Mar 28-29, 2015 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. Luci Baines Johnson's "Historical Tour of the Ranch" begins at 1p. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Mar 28-29, 2015 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860's bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Mar 29, 2015 - POD ON THE PEDERNALES CHILI COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds. 830-868-7684. This Texas tradition is fun for the whole family. Sponsor Web. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Mar 28-29, 2015 - WILDFLOWER ART SHOW: Salado, 601 N, Main St, at Civic Center Grounds. Sat-Sun: 9a-5p. Food and live entertainment. $2 admission. Nicole, Salado Chamber of commerce, 254-947-5040, Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"


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Apr 2-19, 2015 - YOUTH ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Cornels and Derby Galleries, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. Map. Web, arts@kacckerrville.com

Apr 3-4, 2015 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR: Kerrville, One of the premier cycling events in Texas. 281-782-8743, Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3705 Hwy 27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. Sponsor Web. 512-663-2055

Apr 4, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 405 Buena Vista Dr. 9a-4a. Kids can play on the playscape while the parents shop. 50+ sellers all in one spot. 830-693-4449. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Apr 4, 2015 - EASTER AT THE SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate Easter as a traditional 1915 German farm family would have. See natural-dyed Easter eggs, lamb cake baked from scratch and carefully crafted grass Easter nests as they would have been made by the early settlers. Experience the old-time traditions of friendship card giving and make your own to share. Spring brings an abundance of new baby animals and chicks in the barnyard. The squealing pigs, bleating lambs and cheeping chicks are always a delight to the younger visitors. This is also the season for shearing the sheep and producing an abundance of wool. See the many ways for making everyday clothes or those for special occasions from the wool and the farm raised cotton fibers. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 4, 2015 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46, 9a-3p. Annual event by Cibolo Nature Center & Farm where you can find native and tried-and-true hill country plants for your landscape and gardens. Meet the expert growers, and learn from informal presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Nurseries and growers with native and well-adapted plants for this region. Regionally produced food items. Natural products such as soaps, candles, fiber products, etc. Nature inspired art and jewelry. Garden art, furniture, pottery, Organic soils, plant food, pest prevention. Businesses such as landscape design, rainwater harvest systems, etc. $5/person. Event Web

Apr 4, 2015 - BLOOMIN' FEST: Lampasas, at Courtyard Square. 9a-5p. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. Free. Includes new Bloomin' Fest Spring Sip & Stroll event. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 4, 2015 - HERE'S TO THE HERO'S EASTER FEST & COOK-OFF: Kerrville, at Flat Rock Lake Park, 3840 Riverside Drive. 10a-5p. 830-896-1155. Annual event hosted by The American Legion Memorial Post 208, Family of Charities. Live music, Easter Egg hunt, washer pitching tournament, CASI chili & Lone Star BBQ cook-off, and a variety of vendors. RV spaces but no hookups. Event Web

Apr 4, 2015 - EASTER PAGEANT: Junction at Lover's Leap Amphitheater. Attracts several hundred every year. Origin goes back the late 1940s, when then-governor Coke Stevenson, a native of Kimble County, taught an outdoor Bible class, sparking the idea to create the depiction of the Easter story. Local Boy Scouts direct parking, and those unable to traverse the hillside terrain can listen to the pageant on their vehicle radios. Annual event, Sat before Easter, rain or shine (never been canceled in 60 years). 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Apr 4-5, 2015 - TEXAS STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (TSPOTA): Inks Lake State Park. 9a-9p. Amateur radio operators (hams) connect with Texas State Parks in this unique event. oals: to promote public awareness of ham radio and Texas’ beautiful state parks system; to contribute to the recognition that Texas has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; and to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Texas Amateur Radio operators. Location within Park: the day use area near the playground. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club will be setting up their powerful radios and communicating with parks from across the state. The public is welcome to see them in action and get information about amateur radio operations. Park entrance fees apply, but the event is free. Event Web, Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club Web. Sean Jones, 512-793-4689

Apr 5, 2015 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10:30-11a. On the grounds of the Museum in age-designated areas for children 10 and under. Face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny, too! Free, annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

Apr 9-11, 2015 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. Over fifty juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 10, 2015 - TEXAS STOL ROUNDUP: Llano, at Municipal Airport, 100 Evelyn Gould Dr, 2 mi N of town off TX 16. Thousands of STOL planes will participate as part of the annual "short-takeoff-landing" event. Llano is a showcase airport because of the grass strip. Competition in five classes. See the airport, the airplanes and talk to STOL pilot specialists. Ribbon cutting. Free annual event. Open to public. 325-247-5635, Web

Apr 10-12, 2015 - WILD WOMEN WEEKEND Blanco. The ultimate "gal-pal" road trip to the Hill Country, with events like fly fishing lessons, a "chick" market, yoga, aromatherapy, 5k and 10k ladies run, author presentations, style show, casino night and more. Proceeds to non-profits. 512-750-6363, 512-750-6362, www.wildwomenweekend.org

Apr 10-12, 2015 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, Downtown Square area, 229 S Pierce Ave. Vendors open Fri & Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-3p. 200+ vendors, air show, rubber ducky races, grand parade, live music, street dances, carnival, kids activities, weiner dog races, dog house races, free chuck wagon breakfast Sun morning. 5K run, kid's fun run, Birding and Wildflower show, Bluebonnet Golf Tournament, Gunfighter's shoot out. Local entertainment during the day at main stage and Good old Texas bands for Sat night. Festival free, charge for Sat dance, derby, air show. Annual event. Web. Tammy Stephens, 512-756-4297, tammy@burnetchamber.org See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 10-12, 2015 - WINE & ART WEEKEND ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos at historic downtown. Featured works from local artists of all mediums, wine tastings and more. Downtown merchants will be serving a variety of wine and hors d’oeuvres at each location, and live art demonstrations and live music will also take place throughout the weekend. *This is a 21+ only event.* Free, annual event. Event Web

Apr 10-26, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 11, 2015 - TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Sewell Park, 700 Aquarena Springs Drive. Noon-11p. Mission is to create an interactive educational environmental to connect and protect the sensitive San Marcos River ecosystem and its connected sister springs in Austin, New Braunfels, and San Antonio and the Edwards Aquifer that feeds them. As we celebrate and learn, we connect around the river and provide opportunities to contribute to a healthier river and community. Inspiring people of all ages with a cascade of fun, interactive workshops, guided river hikes, films, live music, crafts, and creative and performing arts, we provide opportunities to learn, work and play together in ways that preserve the beauty, ecological diversity, and integrity of the rivers, springs and aquifers and enhance their environmental conservation knowledge. Free parking at Strahan Colliseum. Free, annual event. 512-393-5930. Event Web
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Apr 11, 2015 - ANNIVERSARY OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Annual education conference is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country. Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s. Anniversary of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Apr 11, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. 9a start. Tractor enthusiasts enjoy the day on theyr tractor, riding through some of the pretiest areas. Tractor entry and participation open to the public, with no age limit on tractors. 22 mile loop. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT "BEAST BLAST" BBQ, AUCTION AND DANCE: Hunt, 151 FM 1340 Hunt VFD Fire Station. 12 Noon-5p. Hunt VFD, "Home of the Beast" fire trucks, will have the "Beast Blast" barbecue, live music, dance and fundraiser. HVFD chefs will serve the famed "pork butt and sausage and chicken" barbecue with fixings starting at noon. Festivities will include various displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, an auction of home made pies, a silent auction, raffle and lots of fun. The Texas Forest Service, Kerr County Sheriff's office, Kerrville EMT's and Fire Departments, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Air Ambulance companies and other agencies who respond to floods, fires and other disasters will be invited to the event. Purpose is to have a fun and educational afternoon, and to raise funds for the Hunt Volunteer Fire Department operational expenses, equipment and training. No admission fee, meals cost extr. Sponsor Web, FB. Bill Booker, 830-238-3260

Apr 11, 2015 - YOUTHFEST FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins Street. 10a-4p. Web. 512-754-0500, warnerd@gsmyc.org

Apr 11, 2015 - LAMPASAS COUNTY HILLACIOUS BIKE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web; 210-326-8892, Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - COMMUNITY AUCTION: Utopia, at the Utopia Fire & Rescue Building in downtown Utopia. A joint effort of Utopia Lions Club, Utopia EMS, and Utopia Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Please join us for a hearty canyon lunch starting at 11a. Come early so you can browse for bargains before the auction begins at noon. The success of this year’s auction helps us continue to support our community, emergency services organizations and projects of Lions. 830-966-3797, Web

National%20Museum Apr 11, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - CLASSIC PLANE AND CAR SHOW FLY-IN OR DRIVE-IN: San Marcos. 12:30-3:30p. Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - MUSIC FESTIVAL: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. 10a-midnight. Live music. Dance floor. BBQ, hot dogs, beer, washer & horseshoe pitching tournaments with prize money. Great place to be with the whole family, friends & the kids. VIP areas will be available. Free parking. Tickets via web site. 713-851-0163. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Rd. @ Grapetown Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: Stonewall, at State Park Rd 49 (LBJ Park). 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US 290 E. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - MEUSEBACH CREEK: Meusebach Creek, at 515 Kuhlmann Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: Albert, at 5501 S RR 1623. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - ELDER CARE FAIR: Marble Falls, at the Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway. 9a-12 noon. Purpose is to introduce the elderly and their caregivers to people who provide information, services and equipment in the Highland Lakes community. Free admission and health screenings. 60+ exhibit booths. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Apr 11, 2015 - FAMILY FUN RIDE & BIKE RODEO: Kyle, Gregg-Clarke Park, 1300 W Center St. 8:30a-12p. Registration includes a t-shirt, helmet and bag. Join us for a Bike Rodeo for the children in addition to a helmet and bike safety presentation. After the Bike Rodeo the families will go on a pre-determined bike ride through downtown. A fun day for the whole family! $10. Annual event. Event Web. Karen Gray, 512-262-3939

Apr 11-12, 2015 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture, 1370 Church Hill Dr. Sat 11-6p; Sun 12-5p. An annual "Family Heritage Festival" sponsored by the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Features living history re-enactments, pioneer craft demonstrations, free furniture museum tours, children's activities, musical entertainment and delicious food. A complete schedule of activities will posted the week of the event. Proceeds benefit the museum and its historic preservation projects. The historic Kindermasken Parade dating back to the founding of New Braunfels is held in conjunction with this event. This children's costumed walking parade is open to all participants. $5 adults, $2 children 6-12, 5 and under Free. www.nbheritagevillage.com. Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504

Apr 11-12, 2015 - TOUR THE TALENT ART STUDIO TOUR: Dripping Springs, Bell Springs Road. 10a-6p. 10 Art Studios, with 23 diverse artists highlights Artists Alliance of the Hill Country's finest talent at this admission free event with mixed media artists, painters, garden sculptures, Japanese woodblock printmaking, pyrography, metal and wood sculptures, glass, fine jewelry, photography and much more. It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers, and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art. Free admission. 512-296-7751. Pick up tour map at the art studios or at Web

Apr 11-12, 2015 - MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW JAMNBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web

Apr 11-12, 2015 - MAYHEM ON THE MEDINA: Bandera, at City Park, on banks of the Medina River. This family fun event will include competitions, arts and craft vendors, music, historic reenactment, judging, historic campsites, educational displays, old fashioned children’s games and much more. 830-796-4447, Event Web

Apr 12, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BARBECUE MEAL FUNDRAISER AND RAFFLE PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Fredericksburg, at American Legion Hall, 726 S Washington St (US 87 S). Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 12, 2015 - HATS OFF FOR HOSPICE: Kyle, at Texas Old Town. 2-6p. Join Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care for fun, games, including The Kiddie Express, hay rides, moonwalks, auctions, arts & crafts. Live music. Facebook. 512-754-6159, hatsoffforhospice@ahss.org

Apr 12, 2015 - BANDERA SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW & SHINE: Bandera, 3960 TX 16 S (Heimer Automotive & Diesel). 8a-5p. On corner of Hwy 16 and Kings Ranch Rd, just S of town. Set up is after Noon on Friday. Plenty of space for big rigs and food vendors. Lots of trees and grass for Swap Meet vendors, and concrete for Car Show & Shine participants and food vendors. Yep, trucks too. Free to public. $25/space. Margaret Garcia, 210-213-9962

Apr 16-18, 2015 - LENZ FEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Springtime Festivities & Pioneer Spirit Award. Thurs: Luncheon and Style Show, Fri: Cocktail Party: Sat: Garden Tourt. Annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

Apr 16-19, 2015 - OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL: Driftwood, at Salt Lick Pavilion with camping at Camp Ben McCullough, 18300 FM 1826. Noon-Midnight. A nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms. We maintain our down-home, Texas-friendly vibe. Workshops, sing-alongs, jam sessions, kids activities, arts, crafts, Youth Talent Competition. Admission fee required. Web. 888-512-SHOW; info@oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Apr 17-18, 2015 - CHAMBER FESTIVAL BACK FLASH CARNIVAL: Uvalde. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Apr 17-18, 2015 - BRADY-MCCULLOCH COUNTY EARLY DAYS: Brady, in Richards Park on Friday, and then McCulloch County Courthouse. Includes military and civilian living historians, re-enactors, storytellers, Indian dancers, an old-fashioned baseball game, oral and visual presentations in the historic courthouse, and an antique car show. Annual event, Admission by donation. 325-456-4499. Chamber Web

Apr 17-18, 2015 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: Llano, at Robinson Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR 152 on S side of Llano River. Sat: 10a, Sun: Noon. Great food, live music, Sat night dance, a golf tournament, 5K run, great food, live music, arts & crafts, motorcycle fun run, washer pitch'in tournament, special events and much more. Largest festival in Llano helps local charities. RV spaces. 325-247-2270. Event Web

Apr 17-19, 2015 - NEW BRAUNFELS AREA CAR CLUB SWAP MEET: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 801 E Common Street. One of the oldest swap meets in the area. Open car show and entries are invited. Registration at 8a. Free to the public. On-site parking fee. Profits used for educational scholarships. Louise Calvert, 830-620-5950. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 17-19, 2015 - TEXAS VW CLASSIC: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Park, 2 mi S of downtown, off TX 16. Biggest Volkswagen Show in Texas! A weekend of camping, cruising and Volkswagenism. Roll through the Hill Country on the Bluebonnet Cruise, followed by a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Wake up early Sunday to show off your VW to the masses, check out the competition, and navigate the sea of spare parts, used cars, toys, and other VW items. Concludes Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars. 817-360-0678. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - BOOTS N' BLUEBONNETS - SADDLE UP FOR SAFER FAMILIES BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE: Marble Falls, at LCRA's Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, 706 343A. 8:30a-3:30p. Box Lunch/drinks/water provided. Annual event benefiting Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. Glenna 512-756-6789 or 830-798-3656. Sponsor Web

Apr 18, 2015 - ARCHER'S CUP: Johnson City, near the historic Pleasant Hill-Rocky Creek Community Club, located 7 mi W of Johnson City, just off US 290 W, on CR 205 (Rocky Road). $500 Winner Take All. $20 entry, 9a. Total of 15 arrows at 20, 30 &40 yds. Free entry of police, fire, EMS, military. Age 13 and older may compete. Proceeds to PHRCC. Free, annual event. Robert Adams, 512-922-9532. Facebook

Apr 18, 2015 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 1101 FM 2325. 9a-5p. Annual event, includes interactive butterfly-themed events, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. 512-847-6969. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - TEXAS CORVETTE ASSN OPEN CAR SHOW: Boerne, Main Plaza, 100 N Main St. 10a-5p. Beautiful classic cars and Corvettes set in a backdrop of the Texas Hill Country: Entertainment, raffle, music, silent auctions and door prizes. Free. Jerry Hendley, 210-651-1634. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 18, 2015 - LIONS SAFARI: Gruene. 11a-6p. Annual event, photo scavenger hunt competition where teams navigate the streets, rivers, parks in town, and decipher clues in order to earn points. Supports Adopt-A-School program. 800-572-2626. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: Junction at S Llano River State Park. Just for women, just for fun. Kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, didjeridoo-ing, team events, classes, arts & crafts, fellowship with 200 participants, and more. 3rd Sat in April, annual event. 325-446-3190. Event Web; Chamber Web

Apr 18, 2015 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at The Pavilion at 826 John's Road. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free. Event Web. Beth Legge, 210-663-9046

Apr 18, 2015 - AMBLESIDE STARRY NIGHT: Fredericksburg, at 4.0 Cellars, 10354 US 290. Reception: 6p with wine tasting and music. At 7p the evening musical performances and dinner will begin, with an opening show. Advance tickets for the Starry Night portion: $15/person; 25/person at the door. Wild game menu, lots of wonderful auction items, and fun raffles to participate in. At 9p, live performance under stars! Proceeds benefit Ambleside School's scholarship funds. Web. Kaitlin Rangel, 830-433-5225

Apr 18, 2015 - MUTT STRUTT: San Marcos. a-p. This 1-mile dog walk and pet fair includes dog races, pet contests, arts, crafts, food and prizes. Dogs must be on leash. Benefits Animal Shelter. 512-847-6969. Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Apr 18, 2015 - GUIDED NATURE & WILDLIFE TOUR: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10:30a-11:30a. Enjoy springtime and learn about the great Texas Hill Country outdoors. See wildflowers, wildlife and an 1800s German log cabin house while walking the trails. Water, binoculars, cameras and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. No fee for tour, but donations are welcomed. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - OLIVE FEST: Volente, at Volente Beach. 2:30-8:30p. All things olive. Free, annual event. Sponsor Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Apr 18-19, 2015 - FINE ART EXPRESS: Buda, at City Park Pavilion, 204 San Antonio Street, downtown. Forty+ juried artists from across the US. This show and sale features visual fine art, including oils, pastels, pottery, glass, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, acrylics, fine jewelry, etc. Visit with the artists anddiscuss art purchases. Experience a vast variety of local and national art talent while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere of music and food. Sponsored by Chrysalis Art Foundation (CAF), a non-profit based in Buda. Live acoustic music. Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-4p. Free, annual event. Maureen O'Donnell-Hintz, 512-423-3854. Sponsor Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Blue Hole Regional Park, 333 Blue Hole Ln. Sat 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. An annual, unique celebration of visual arts, theatre, music and dance, featuring local and nationally known artists and musicians. 80+ juried artists from 8 states will exhibit alongside continuous live music, food trucks, beer and wine bar, and a vintage car show. On Sunday, sixteen new 6-foot painted boots will be celebrated with a butterfly release prior to installation in Wimberley. Lynn Myers, 512-826-4286. Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Apr 19-24, 2015 - TEXAS WOODCARVERS GUILD SPRING SEMINARS: New Braunfels. a-p. One to five day seminars cover woodcarving of all types, plus wood burning and painting. Includes seminars for non-carvers, plus tool and wood vendors. Open to public. 940-484-9395. Sponsor Web

Apr 21, 2015 - LEGO MANIA!: San Marcos, at the Library, 625 E Hopkins Street. 4p. Kids build imagination and social skills with LEGO! Ages 4 and up. 512-393-8200. Sponsor Web

Apr 23, 2015 - SAN MARCOS JOB FAIR: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. Noon-6p. Free, annual event. Hosted by The Rotary Club with 40+ employers and 500+ jobs. For assistance in preparing for the Job Fair, contact Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: 512-392-1291; 866-518-0577. Sponsor Web

Apr 23-May 17, 2015 - GUILD QUILT SHOW: Kerrville, at Schreiner University. Preview of silent auction quilts. Reception on 4/23: 4:30-6:30p. 830-895-2911. Web

Apr 24-25, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Leander. VFW/LAX. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Apr 24-25, 2015 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Ampitheater. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. 512-0263-5833. Web

Apr 24-26, 2015 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Historical Mercer Street. Starts with a grand parade and includes free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, 150+ booths, and a washer-pitching tournament. 512-858-4740. Web

Ft Martin ScottApr 24-26, 2015 - TEXAS HISTORY DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-3p, Sun: 8a-10:30. This four day extravaganza, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, focuses on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. Admission is free but there will be a $5 charge per car at the gate for parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

Apr 24-26, 2015 - WINGS OVER THE HILLS NATURE FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Nature Center, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 2 mi S of town, off TX 16. A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique wildlife features of the Texas Hill Country, offering educational and entertainment opportunities for the entire family. Birds, butterflys, dragonflies, bats, tours, seminars, demonstrations, nature walks, kids activities. 830-660-7592. Sponsor Web

Apr 24-26, 2015 - TEXAN ROUNDUP: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Airport. Features 20+ vintage World War II-era aircraft. A gathering of airplane pilots, and their Texan aircraft, for a weekend of sharpening their formation flying skills, talking airplanes and visiting with friends. Free, annual event.<

Apr 24-27, 2015 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2

Apr 25, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 8a-3p. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Apr 25, 2015 - BANDS 4 BAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S. Noon-Midnight. Annual event featuring Texas artists. All proceeds go directly to the Blanco High School Band Boosters to support their needs. $20. 830-613-5059. Web. Libbey Aly, 830-833-5101

Apr 25, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

Apr 25, 2015 - THRU THE CHUTE BOAT BUILD & RIVER EXPO: New Braunfels. A cardboard boat race held annually at the New Braunfels City Tube Chute. Competitors launch their handmade vessels through the Chute as spectators cheer them on. Between races, guests are encouraged to participate in educational and imaginative activities hosted by event partners on the banks of the Comal River at the City Tube Chute. Includes children's activities, music. 830-221-4370. Event Web

Apr 25, 2015 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 10a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639

Apr 25, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE - FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. 830-997-2359. Event Web, Venue Web

Apr 25, 2015 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. 8a-3p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Earth Day festival and native-plant sale. At 4p, River Trail interpretive walk with Susan Sander "to find out what’s to celebrate in the earth." No charge for the Earth Day interpretive walk. 830-257-4837. Web

Apr 25, 2015 - HEROES COMBAT VETERANS BENEFIT: Harper, at the Headwaters Saloon, 229 RR 783 S. Sporting clay event, barbecue, music, live auction and more. Concessions open at nooon. A meal provided by the Headwaters for Heroes cooking team will be served starting at 4p. Cost is by donation. Registration for the sporting clay event opens at 10:30a and the shoot begins at noon. Music begins at noon with the dance at 9p. There will also be a presentation honoring Vietnam era veterans by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. A live auction will follow the meal. 830-864-4055

April 25, 2015 - SAN SABA GARDEN CLUB TOUR: San Saba. 11a-2p. Private homes as well as several downtown businesses. Plant sale. Annual event. Event Web

Apr 25-26, 2015 - COUNTRY FAIR & WIENER DOG RACES: Buda, at Buda City Park. 9a-5p. Annual event with BBQ Cook-off, Wiener dog contest, arts & crafts booths, food, live music, free dance and fireworks, kids activities. 512-312-2201. City Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 25-26, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Apr 29-May 3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY NATURE QUEST: at Hill Country Nature Center, FM 1050, between Utopia and Garner State Park. Located in Texas Hill Country River Region (Lost Maples State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Love Creek Preserve, Frio, Sabinal & Nueces River Valleys). Learn from experts about Hill Country native plants, wildflowers, birds, insects, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, nature photography and our crystal clear rivers. Field trips on private ranches & preserves, workshops, seminars and evening programs. $10 Registration. Fee plus small fee for each trip or program. Annual event. 830-966-2320. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 30-May 3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Stagecoach Theater, 2254 US 87 S. A celebration of independent film and film makers. Over 25 short and feature films from all over the world will be showcased during the festival. More Info: 512-589-4049. Web


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May 1-2, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & HOWDY-ROO: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248, harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

May 1-2, 2015 - JIM BOWIE BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Menard, at Low Water Bridge Park. 1p-Midnight. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Activities for kids in the park, wild pig sacking, rubber duck races in the river, contest for Mr. and Mrs. Nugget. Dance at Club Victoria. 5K Fun Run/Walk. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248. Chamber Web

May 1-3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach. Motorcycle run helps fund the many community programs of the Fredericksburg Optimists that benefits the youth of Gillespie County. Primitive Tent Camping across the creek. RV Camping (no hook-up's) in the parking field. All camping is first come, first served. 830-997-8515. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

May 1-31, 2015 - ART GUILD SHOW: Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 E Austin. Experience fine art in a beautifully restored Fredericksburg home. Display of member's original art using varied media, including oil and watercolors, photography, sclpture, jewerly, prints and cards. 830-997-4949. Sponsor Web

May 2, 2015 - MEDINA RIVER CLEANUP: Bandera, starting at Bandera City Park at the dam. Registration: 9-noon with t-shirts for all participants. Free BBQ at 5p with entertainment. Web. Bob Brischetto, Cleanup Coordinator, 210-413-7264

May 2, 2015 - HAUPTSTRASSE QUILTFEST: Boerne, Main Plaza & Downtown Boerne, 100 N Main Street. 10a-5p. Outdoor quilt show and shopping event. enjoy all that Downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring the handy work of our quilting community. Event Maps available in the stores Downtown. Live Music, Educational Craft Presentations, Window Display Contest, Shopping, Craft Vendors in the Plaza and more. Free. 830-249-9511. www.ci.boerne.tx.us, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Fiber Arts in the Hill Country"

May 2, 2015 - THE POUND HOUSE HERITAGE GALA: Dripping Springs, at Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, 570 Founders Park Road. 6p-10p. Annual event. $100/person. 512-858-4740. Web

May 2, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet. 8a-4p. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

May 2, 2015 - WEIN & SAENGERFEST: New Braunfels, historic downtown, at San Antonio St & 424 Castell Ave. 12:30-11p. Annual festival offers wine and beer tastings, live music/entertainment, art market, grape stomp, Chef's Showdown, kids activities, farmers' market, food venues, street dance. Proceeds benefit New Braunfels' Parks Foundation. 830-221-4350. Web

May 2, 2015 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Ampitheater. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. 512-0263-5833. Web

May 2, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Junction. 8a. Free, annual event. Obtain map at Chamber office, 402 Main St. Connie or Teresa 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

May 2, 2015 - CASA CRAWFISH BOIL: Junction, Granite Ranch. $30/person. All proceeds benefit Bluebonnet CASA. Crawfish, pit cooded pigs, hamburgers, beer, tea, softdrinks. Serving at 5p, followed by Silent Auction, Live Auction and Dancing under the Texas stars. Annual event. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

May 2-3, 2015 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

May 2-3, 2015 - HERITAGE HOME TOUR: San Marcos, self-guided, starting at the Courthouse Square. Tours: Noon-5p. 8 Distinctive Historic and Contemporary Homes Showcasing San Marcos Through the Ages. $15 if purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Annual event. Event Web

May 2-3, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Llano. 817-648-2728. Web

May 2-3, 2015 - LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10-6 Sat, 12-6 Sun. A fun day filled with over 20 lavender, wine, garden related vendors in our outdoor lavender market, live music, cooking demos, food concessions, wine tasting and tours of the winery. $70 per person. $5 parking. Annual event. Chris, 830-644-2681, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender", and "Wine in the Hill Country"

May 6-9, 2015 - MAYFEST: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park. Free concert, carnival, washer pitching, live music, food vendors, and a ton of family fun. Saturday Market Day. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

May 7, 2015 - BEEF RANGE AND FIELD DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 8-9, 2015 - RIATA ROUNDUP RODEO: Lometa, Lometa Regional Park, Bar 3 Arena. Annual event with rodeo, queen contest, dancing with live music, children's activities. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

May 8-9, 2015 - UVALDE CACTUS JACK FOUNDATION PBR BULL RIDING: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 830-278-4115. 800-588-2533. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 9, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY MOUNTAIN: Cherry Mountain, at Cherry Mountain Loop. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 9, 2015 - TEXAS GRAN FONDO: Fredericksburg, at Downtown. 8a start, 4p end. Web. In Italian Gran Fondo means "Grand Tour", a mass-start cycling ride which brings together hundreds of road cyclists of all abilities. Divided into groups, they travel long distances in a non-competitive environment. Extremely popular in Europe for decades, this type of event has gradually gained notoriety in North America. This new cyclosportive invites cycling enthusiasts to discover the Texas Hill Country on an unparalleled road course, choosing a personal challenge of 153 km (95 miles), 90 km (56 miles) or 56 km (35 miles). Proceeds benefit Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Web. Regular price Gran Fondo $100, Medio Fondo $80, Piccolo Fondo $60. Humberto Olivo, 210-449-8308, texasgranfondo@ciclismovolpi.com

May 9, 2015 - MAY FEST: Driftwood, at United Methodist Church, 15090 FM 150 W Driftwood. 10a-2p. Free admission, live music, BBQ, vendors, live & silent auctions, family friendly. 512-757-5519, Event Web

May 9, 2015 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Vereins Kirche and Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 9:30a-5p. Wreath Laying Ceremony. Living history activities and demonstrations, including chuck-wagon cooking, blacksmithing, rope making. 830-997-2835. Web

May 9, 2015 - JCVFD ANNUAL FISH FRY & RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fair Grounds, US 281 N. 5p-1a. Live name band, food, beer, raffle, live and silent auctions. 830-868-7900. Web

May 9, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept May 9, 2015 - JUNIOR RANGER DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-2p. Learn about and get started in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Junior Ranger Program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

May 9, 2015 - HERB FIESTA: New Braunfels, at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. 9a-4p. "Celebrating with Herbs". New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Comal Master Gardener Herb Special Interest Group host demonstrations of herbal ideas with special emphasis on decorating with herbs for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Food samples and a variety of herb information will be available. Charge for a booth is $25. The sale of your products (plants, herbs, art, crafts and any related items) are a welcome addition to the event. Annual fundraiser event, free to visitors. 830-832-9699. Web

May 9, 2015 - GARDEN TOUR: Wimberley. Visit several gardens in Wimberley Valley. 512-847-3595. Event Web

May 9-10, 2015 - GREAT TEXAS OUTDOOR EXPO: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fair Grounds, 701 Common Street. 10a-p. Adults: $5, Children 12 and under: free, Mother Free on Sunday. Annual event. Genie Strickland, 210-215-1995. Event Web

May 12, 2015 - FARM & AG DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 14-16, 2015 - CHEROKEE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cherokee, at 4160 FM 501 W. Annual event by a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations. Web. 214-981-0700

May 14-17, 2015 - SYSTEMS GO: Fredericksburg, at Stewart's Hillview Ranch, N of Fredericksburg off the Willow City loop. Students from 30 participating High Schools across Texas will gather to launch 80 rockets they have designed and built as part of SystemsGo Aeroscience studies. First-year rockets will launch one-pound payloads one mile high. Advanced students will launch rockets that exceed the speed of sound. Launches scheduled every half hour from 8:30a-5:30p daily. Food and restrooms available. Free with advance registration. Christy Glass, 830-997-3567, Sponsor Web

May 15-16, 2015 - KERRFEST: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3705 TX 27. Fri: 6p-midnight; Sat: 10a-1p. Annual Event. Includes pro rodeo action, BBQ and chili cook-offs, live music, a street dance, children activities, food, vendors, family fun. $15. 830-896-1155. Web, Event Web

May 16, 2015 - SHIMMY MOB FREDERICKSUBRG: Fredericksburg at various venues throughout the city. 10:30a-7p. Part of an annual world wide event, raising funds and awareness of domestic abuse in the local, participating communities. Donee: Hill Country CARES. Free (donation), annual event. Carol, 830-123-4567. Event Web

May 16, 2015 - BLANCO CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Blanco, 42 Main St, along the banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. 9a-3p. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, 830-833-5348, Chamber Web. 3rd Sat in May. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

May 16, 2015 - DUCK RACE: Wimberley, at 220 Twilight Trail, at Wimberley EMS, 220 Twilight Trail. Opens at 10a and ducks will run sometime after 11a. Annual fundraiser. A fun filled and family oriented day. For "$5 bucks a duck" you can sponsor your very own rubber racing duck. Every year hundreds of these rubber racing ducks are released and the top 3 ducks and 1 "Lame duck" are awarded cash prizes. The money from this wonderful event is used to bring lifesaving equipment. 512-847-2526. Web

May 16, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE BANDERA COUNTY: Bandera, 474 Old San Antonio Hwy at Bulldog Stadium at the High School. Start at 7p and Finish at 2a. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. 830-460-1942; Web. Lisa Warden, lisabwarden@yahoo.com

May 16, 2015 - CRAWFISH BOIL: Wimberley, Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. Noon. Annual event, with free admission. Supports Wounded Warrior Project. 512-847-0020. Web

May 16, 2015 - BREWGRASS FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 9595 RR 12. 11a-9p. Kid zone, talent competition, face painting, family fun, hourly raffle prizes, live music, local artisans. Free, annual event. Holly Collie, 512-667-4616. Sponsor Web

May 16, 2015 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, off 281 N, just N of town. Supports Blanco County Community. Route takes you through gentle rolling hills ranging in distances from 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Volunteers needed. Bicycle Sport Shop, 512-477-3472. Sponsor Web

May 16, 2015 - ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & FLY-IN: Brady, Municipal Airport, Curtis Field. Free annual event celebrating active duty military and veterans. Military airplane exhibits. Rides available. Dinner and dance in WWII hanger $30. 325-456-6726. Web

May 16, 2015 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: Leander, 100 N Brushy, in downtown Leander's charming Old Town District. 11a-8p. The street fills with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Musical acts bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices. Local and regional wineries and distilleries bring a special flair with a visit to the wine and beer tent. Free annual event. Web. Chastidy Vernengo, 512-259-1907. Event Web

May 16-17, 2015 - SWING ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos, at Courthouse Square lawn, 10a-5:30p. Will feature not only Western Swing acts, but also other styles of music that were the roots of western swing, including blues, 40's jazz, big band swing and country. Food & farmer's market; Texas arts & crafts; music. Formerly: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. 512-393-8430. Event Web

May 21-June 7, 2015 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. The campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 800-435-8429. Web

May 21-June 28, 2015 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Event Web

May 22-23, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Community Center. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com Local: Craig Schlicke, 512-507-9089,

May 22-23, 2015 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S. Annual event. Free admission. Open chicken and pork rib BBQ cook-off. Susie Higgins, 512-558-1321, Becky Fox, 512-327-3111. Event Sponsor

May 22-24, 2015 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg at Downtown at Marktplatz (Market Square). 11a-Midnight. Serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. And for those who don't like crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for. Food and fun for all ages. Children's area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds. Plus a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. $5-$25. 830-433-5225. Web

May 22-24, 2015 - PRCA PRO RODEO & FRONTIER DAYS PARADE & MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena. Performances are 8p all 3 nights. Events include bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding and more! Activities for the kids include mutton bustin', calf scramble and stickhorse races. Sat: "GET YOUR COOK-ON" BBQ COOK-OFF. Sat: ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW. Sun: 'Boot Kickin' Golf Tournament. 830-796-7207. Event Web

May 22-24, 2015 - DIMENSIONS IN QUILTING: Kerrville, at Edington Gym, Schreiner Univ. 830-928-9407. Sponsor Web

May 22-24, 2015 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort, 2033 Sidney Baker. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. 214-497-7179, Web

May 22-25, 2015 - BLUE BELL & BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL: Llano, at County Courthouse Square. Memorial Weekend. Annual event weekend of ice cream, music & family fun converges to kick off summer! Free. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Llano Expo Web; Promote Llano Web

May 22- June 7, 2015 - PARADE OF HOMES: Lakeway, at Serene Hills, 17500 TX 71 West. 10a-7p. See five of central Texas’ most gorgeous homes, showcasing the latest trends in modern design, innovative architecture and custom construction. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. $12.50 in advance, $15 day of event, Annual event. 512-524-2953. Event Web

May 23, 2015 - LUCKENBACH BIRTHDAY BASH & MEMORIAL WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Luckenbach. 830-997-3224. Web

May 23-24, 2015 - "FUNTIER DAYS" PARADE, & ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Bandera, at Courthouse Square, 500 Main Street. Shop with 75+ vendors. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Arts & Craft Show: 9a-6p on Sat, 10a-5p on Sun. Pro Rodeo that evening at Mansfield Park. Food vendors. Free annual event. 210-215-1995. Web. www.banderacountyartists.com

May 23-24, 2015 - FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Kerrville, downtown. juried Fine Art Show and Sale open to artists residing anywhere in the United States. This is a 2-day, outdoor, pet friendly event. 830-895-7962, Event Web. info@kvartfest.com

National%20Museum May 24, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

May 24, 2015 - AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL DAY BBQ: Blanco, New Post 352 Hall, 111 Blanco Ave, on N side of Lowes parking lot. 11:30a-2p. BBQ chicken quarters, potato salad, pinto beans, tea & fixins. Cost: $7.50/plate. Annual event. Roxanna Avants, 830-833-2562, Cell: 512-627-0584

May 28-30, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY BIKE FEST: Boerne, at Javelina Harley-Davidson, 29078 I-10 W Exit 546, Fair Oaks/Boerne. 10a-6p. Kicks-off with a party at The Round Up Beer Garden and Food Park (531 N FM 3351, Boerne) from 6-9p on Thurs with food, music, prizes, and cold beverages. The party continues the next two days at the Javelina Harley-Davidson from 10a-5p on Fri and 10a-6p on Sat. Featuring music, food, demo rides, vendors, prizes, and two stunt shows on Sat. All ages are welcome and the event is free to attend. Annual event. Marina, 830-755-5202

May 30, 2015 - SMART ORCHESTRA GALA & SILENT AUCTION: San Marcos, at Embassy Suites San Marcos, 1001 E McCarty Lane. 6-9p. SMART Orchestra ends the 2014-2015 concert season with "A Night To Remember" Gala Fundraiser. Black Tie Optional. San Marcos Artists' Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART) is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the Hill Country with free concerts, internships, scholarships, musical training, and more. A delightful evening with dinner accompanied by concert, silent auction, and cash bar. Cost: $40/person or $300/table of 8. Annual event. Christopher Hanson, 832-866-8355. Sponsor Web


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June 5-6, 2015 - LLANO COUNTY OPEN PRO RODEO & PARADE: Llano, Llano Events Center, 1.5 mi W of Llano at 2200 RR 152 W, across from Robinson Park. Parade on Sat morning. BBQ lunch at Courthouse Square. Dance: 8p. Exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin', and team roping! 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 5-7, 2015 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 9a-6p, Sun: 10a-4p. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. An annual 3 day event held several times a year in various communities. Each event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. $10 Fri Early Buying Event, $5 Sat & Sun. Admission good for entire weekend once purchased. Web. Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743, cheri@vintagemarketdays.com

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept June 6, 2015 - ANNUAL LBJ FISHING DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-noon. Free fishing clinic for children and families. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

June 6, 2015 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Held, first Sat in June since 1993, this annual event has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse tried, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail work projects and other activities. Event Web. Many of the Texas state parks participate (see Parks)

June 6, 2015 - MASONIC OPEN CAR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz, 9a-4p. DJ, food, live and silent auctions. Free admission. Annual event. 830-634-2698. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 6-7, 2015 - CHALK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza in downtown. 10a-5p. A celebration of art, family and community. Free, annual event, rain or shine. Event Web

June 7-14, 2015 - COWBOY CAMP MEETING: Mountain Home, at 140 Cowboy Camp Road West (8 mi W of Ingram on Hwy 27, go 1 mi W of Hwy FM 479). Starts 3p, then all day each day. Free, annual event. BBQ & beans provided. Bring side dish. By donation. Nursery available. Enjoy fine preaching, old-fashioned fellowship and food. Christians from all over leave their denominations "at the gate" and come together for a wonderful week of worship, study, praise and fellowship! Join your family and friends in the shade of our majestic live oak trees and our historic tabernacle as we give Glory to God and His Work. We'll see you there! Sunday, starts off at 3p with our Bluegrass Gospel Revival. Lots of great gospel and praise and worship music and singing. Please come join us. Sam Hill, 800-603-0157. Event Web

June 12-13, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web

June 12-13, 2015 - COW CAMP BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: San Saba, at Risien Park on the river. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music, dance. Car show. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248

June 12-13, 2015 - BURNET COUNTY RODEO: Burnet, at County Fair Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drvie. 830-693-4000. Fri 9p night band. Sat 8a. Sat night dance. Team roping. $10 at gate. Kids 10 & under free. Contestants from all over Texas. Bull Riding, Bronc Bustin', Roping, Steer Wrestling, Mutton Bustin', Calf Scramble and the Rodeo Queens contest. Dance band on Sat night. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

June 12-14, 2015 - BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: Blanco at Courthouse Square. Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas and holds a great "Lavender Festival" each June with vendors, displays, tours & entertainment. The entire town the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. with bows and arrows provided for use at this clinic, for children age 7 and older, and adults. Clinic held every Thursday in June & July. 830-833-5101. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender"

Outdoor Amphitheater with VIP viewing stand and Concessions. Fundraiser.new June 13, 2015 - BLANCO RIVER FLOOD RELIEF FEST: Henly/Johnson City, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. Noon-midnight. Live music, featuring Hal Ketchum, and an amazing list of guest artists. Please join us to enjoy some great music and support our neighbors that have suffered tremendous losses. All proceeds to to support Blanco River Flood Victims. Free parking. Tickets via web site, VIP Seating: $75, General admission: $25. For information on how you can help by donating, contact Randy Holland, 830-330-0380, realcountrybooking@yahoo.com. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 13, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14671 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

June 13, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

June 13, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLOW CITY: Willow City, at 2501 RR 1323. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Ft Martin ScottJune 13, 2015 - PICKIN ON THE PORCH: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. An Outdoor Concert presented from the porch of the Officers' Quarters at the Fort, featuring some of the best of Texas Music. Admission $20pp. Parking $5pv. Beer and Wine available. You'll be talking about this event for a long time to come. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

June 13, 2015 - WINE ROAD 290 - VINO EL PASTOR: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Vino El Pastor". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

June 13, 2015 - VOYAGER MUSIC FESTIVAL:

At The Rusty Mule, 9201 US 290 (between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs). 11a-11p.
Celebrating all art that pushes the envelope and creates something new, with a focus on progressive music. A robotic drummer? A violin that channels Jimi Hendrix? Virtuoso rock guitar? Video game heavy metal? Melodic theremin? Cinematic rock? They push the boundaries of music. Explore something outside the mainstream. Early Bird Adult: $10 (ages 18+), Early Bird Child: $5 (ages 6-17), 5 and under: free. Annual event. 512-797-9059. Event Web

June 13, 2015 - TEXAS WATER SAFARI: San Marcos. Starts at Aquarena Spring Center. A 260 mi canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico. Event Web

June 13, 2015 - FUN FEST: Bulverde, at Community Park, Bulverde Lane. Cost: Free. Annual event. Activities such as the Blue Lion Train, petting zoo, face painting, balloons, Home Depot workshop, pet adoptions, raffles, door prizes and BBQ. Merri Harrison, 210-387-9332. Chamber Web

June 13-14, 2015 - NB KIDSFEST: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common Street. 10a-5p. An action-packed, kid-focused, event where families are able to discover all of the Hill Country's best resources, products and services for children in one place during one weekend. With 40+ performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 250 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels' largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. $3 (kids under 2 are free). Free, annual event.bTammy Wood, 830-488-7814. Event Web

June 14, 2015 - HERE'S HARPER BUSINESS EXPO & DUTCH OVEN COOK-OFF: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 10a-4p. 830-864-4429. Chamber Web

June 14, 2015 - WAYLON'S BIRTHDAY BASH: Luckenbach. 1p. Luckenbach will host annual party and concert on Sunday to celebrate country performer Waylon Jennings and to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg. Admission is a suggested $10 donation to The Good Samaritan Center. 830-997-3224. Sponsor Web

National%20Museum June 14, 2015 - FLAG DAY: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 1p. See the Memorial Courtyard filled with American Flags, and join the local Boy Scouts as they discuss and perform the flag disposal ceremony. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #223. Web

June 18, 2015 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, 2818 US 290 East. Doors open at 6:30p. Program 7-8:30p. Topic: CRegional Growth and Our State Water Planning Process: How You Can Get Involved. Free and open to the public. Event Web, Hill Country Alliance, www.schreiner.edu/water

June 19-20, 2015 - PEACH JAMBOREE: Stonewall, at the Rodeo Grounds. Celebrate the bounty of local peaches. Activities include breakfast, rodeo, dance, races, peach eating contest, peach seed spitting contest, peach auction, peach queen coronation. 830-644-2735. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Peaches in the Hill Country"

June 19-20, 2015 - BURNET COUNTY AREA FAIR: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds, 401 E Jackson Street. Old-fashioned county fair featuring judged exhibits of arts, crafts, baked goods, preserved foods, needlework, and vegetables, along with demonstrations, kids' activities, and an ice cream crank-off with free tastings. Contact: Roxanne Dunegan, Chairman, 512-756-9396. Web

June 19-21, 2015 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown. 6p. An annual event that mixes creativity and adult competitive race action. Categories include derby cars, skateboards, and longboards. Food, live music, craft vendors, parade, evening street dance, awards. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 19-21, 2015 - BOERNE BERGES FEST COOKOFF & AUCTION: Boerne, at downtown Main Plaza. All day. Celebration of German culture in America with parade, Miss Berges Fest Pageant, washer pitching tournament, egg toss, wheel barrow races, dachshund races, watermelon eating contest, little tractor races, cookoff, dance. Free. 830-428-8778. Web

June 19-26, 2015 - ANNUAL CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH REUNION: Driftwood, at Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826. Web

June 20, 2015 - FUN & FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, in association with the Classic Soap Box Derby event listed above. 1:30p. An annual event that has two categories: Traditional & Outrageous! The children's division is just for fun and does not include a competition. Registrations will only be accepted in person at the event. $5 ($1 for children age 12 and under). Proceeds go to the derby sports association. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 26-28, 2015 - BIGFEST: San Marcos, at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Noon to 2a. Annual benefit for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. 100+ musicians and bands in historic music hall. 512-353-3777. Event Web. Bigfest Web

June 27, 2015 - RIVERFEST: Bandera, Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. 10a-6p. River activities, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 27, 2015 - ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR PULL & SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 9a. Tractors 1965 and back (Nebraska Test Book). All Engines Welcome. No charge to exhibitors. Food, live music, vendors, horse shoes, washer pitchin', kid's tractor pull. Adults: $5, Kids: $3, 12 & under: free. Benefits Blanco County Fair Association. 830-868-4364. Event Web

June 27, 2015 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SHOOTING CLASSIC & SPORTING EXPO: Boerne, at Joshua Creek Ranch, 132 Cravey Road. 8a-9p. A competitive sporting clays shoot with a main event featuring AM & PM flights with Lewis Class winners and concurrent event entry for cash awards for youths, ladies, seniors, sub-gauges and side-by-sides. Each shooter will receive a registration bag with gift items and an opportunity to win valuable door prizes. There will also be a sporting expo featuring top brand name sponsors. Following will be a buffet dinner and live music. Clay Shoot Main Event $75/gun; Concurrent Event Entry $10-$50/gun; Sporting Expo No Charge; Dinner/Live Music Event $60/person. Annual event. Kevin Welborn, 830-537-5090. Event Web

June 27-28, 2015 - AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY: . www.arrl.org/field-day. Ham radio operators from all over North America will be contacting each other while under simulated emergency conditions. Even if you don't have a license they can get you on the air so you can experience the fun of ham radio. It is a good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. Demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. Celebrating Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by ARRL. Local Field Day locations: Kerrville, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic High School; Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. www.kerrhams.org; Marble Falls, at MFVFD, 606 Ave U, http://hlarc.org


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July 2-4, 2015 - VFW RODEO: Wimberley, at Wimberley Valley Veterans Park. Wimberley VFW hosts the annual VFW Rodeo. Don't miss the "Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year". Gates open at 5:30p. Mutton bustin' starts at 7p and rodeo starts at 8p. Food, fun and rodeo! Don't miss the spectacular FIREWORKS display on Sunday, July 6th. It's free and great fun for the whole family! 512-847-6441. Event Web

July 3, 2015 - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: Wimberley, at Cypress Creek Church Grounds, at South River, 10a parade. Join the fun for an old fashioned July 4th celebration and parade complete with horses, stagecoach, bands, clowns and a wide variety of floats. Parade begins at 10:00a on RM 2325 at Green Acres and travels through the Wimberley Square and out Old Kyle Road to the old First Baptist Church. 512-847-2201. Web

July 3-4, 2015 - JULY 4th PARADE & WEEKEND PROGRAM: Brady, at various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Fri: Parade at 10a; Dance at 8p. Sat: BBQ, volleyball tournament, fireworks at 9p. Web

July 3-5, 2015 - AQUA BOOM, BBQ & FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK COOK-OFF - BAR-B-QUE COOK-OFF: Kingsland. Annual event with children's parade, aqua boom land parade, arts & crafts vendors, cow'ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, barbeque & chili cook-off, patriotic dinner and fish fry, street dance, poker run, horseshoe pitch & washer toss, obstacle course race, raft race, rubber duckie race, boat parade, live music. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web, www.lonestarbarbecue.com

July 4, 2015 - RED, WHITE n BUDA: Buda, City Park. Children's Parade is free. No registration required. Children line up in the parking lot across from Garcia's Mexican Restaurant beginning at 9a with their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters. Parade begins at 9:30a down Main Street to Buda City Park. Free children's activities from 9:30a to 11:30a at the park (bounce house, water slide and magician). Buda Chamber of Commerce will be selling hot dogs. Fireworks show at City Park area at 9:30p. 512-295-7170, Event Web

July 4, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL: Bee Cave, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 4p-10p. Enjoy live music all day, shop 75+ art vendors, enjoy festival food and barbecue, cool off in the kid's water zone and enjoy fair rides & games! End the day with the best firework show in Central Texas! Thanks to our sponsor Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel! Event Web 2. Free, annual event. Event Web Contact: Hill Country Galleria, 512-263-0001 Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools

July 4, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 11a-4p. 830-997-5116. Web

National%20Museum July 4, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

July 4, 2015 - JULY 4th PARADE & WEEKEND PROGRAM: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz & various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Old fashion parade and patriotic program. Children's parade, concert, fireworks, horse racing, and other local events. 830-997-6523. Event Web.Web

July 4, 2015 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE: Comfort, at Comfort Park, 11a-4p. A Star-Spangled Celebration With Small Town Flavor. Parade starts at 10:30a and travels through the Historic District to Comfort Park. A delicious brisket BBQ dinner is served in the park 11:30a-2p. Arts & crafts booths, fun games for kids, and music in the park from 11a-3p. 380-995-3131. Chamber Web

July 4, 2015 - SPANGLE-DANGLE JULY 4th CELEBRATION: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. A TWO Day Celebration. Fireworks at dusk BOTH nights. Parade at 10a on July 5th around the Courthouse - Town Square! Pet contest in parade. Washer pitching. Live music. 830-868-7684. Web

July 4, 2015 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, Downtown, on TX 16 & TX 98 at the bridge. Fireworks display. 830-792-3535. Event Web

July 4, 2015 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Lago Vista, at Bar K Recreational Park. Red, white & you! A day full of activities celebrating our nation's independence, including a community wide parade, 5K fun run, talent contest, silent auction, classic car show, fireworks and more! Event Web

July 4, 2015 - JULY JUBILEE - ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Leakey, at Courthouse Square. 9a-4p. Parade, live music, street dance, concessions. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web

July 4, 2015 - ROCK'N FIREWORKS SHOW: Llano, at Badu Park, downtown, 8:30-9:30p. Annual event on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. A brilliant and fantastic fireworks show over the water. Event Web. 325-247-5354, Chamber Web

July 4, 2015 - SUMMERFEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins. 6-10p. Celebrates Independence Day. Children's costume contest and patriotic parade, live music, local vendors, food, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. Fun for the Whole Family. Free parking. 512-393-8400; Event Web

July 4-5, 2015 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept July 6, 2015 - JULY 4TH AT THE FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

July 6-12, 2015 - SPRING HO FESTIVAL: Lampasas, downtown. Beauty pageant, talent contest, fishing derby, county fair, exhibits, carnival, dance, pet parade, diaper derby, 10K & 1 mile run. BBQ cook-off, dance. 512-556-5301. Web

July 10-11, 2015 - SPRING HO BARBEQUE COOKOFF: Lampasas. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com. Event Web

July 11, 2015 - FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION: Marble Falls, at The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway at the Historic Granite School. 11a-3p. Stop by and see the completed renovations, renovations in process, current exhibits and plans for future exhibits! Open House - Free BBQ - Door Prizes - Fun. Learn about our history and help us tell our story! 830-798-2157, focmuseum@gmail.com , Sponsor Web

July 11, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

July 11-12, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Llano. 817-648-2728. Web

July 15-18, 2015 - MARBLE FALLS RODEO: Marble Falls, at Charles Thomas Arena, 100 Rodeo Dr, Marble Falls. Downtown parade, rodeo, dance. 512-755-5773, Event Web

July 18, 2015 - CHILI & CHILIN': Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Chili & Chilin'". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

July 18, 2015 - NIGHT IN OLD FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 3p-12:30a. Celebrate years of Gemutlichkeit! German and Texas entertainment and family fun. Whether it’s Polka and Country & Western you like, this is your Festival! Pavilion Dance Halle, Fest Bier Halle, Food Courts, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Event Web

July 18-19, 2015 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES & CHILI COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2349. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

July 24-25, 2015 - DAM RED BARN CHILI & BBQ COOK-OFF: Canyon Lake. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

July 24-26, 2015 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

July 24-26, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 S. Car Corral, flea market, concessions, free parking, Hosted by Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club. Free annual event. Contact: Randy Pullen, 830-998-4058. Web

July 25, 2015 - FAMILY FUN DAY & TOWN HALL MEETING: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 4p Afternoon activities, including Bake sale, Dominoes Tournament, car wash, baseball clinic. 6p BBQ Supper, 7p Town Hall Meeting regarding new Hall, 8p Calcutta Roping, 9p Dance. 830-864-4429. Chamber Web

July 25, 2015 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY CELEBRATION & FRONTIER TIMES RANCH RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Western arts & crafts, children's activities, live cowboy music day & night, ranch rodeo, cancan dance & gunfight spectacular. 830-796-3864. Event Web

July 29-Aug 2, 2015 - LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. Hosted by Texas Gourd Society. 800-572-2626. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

July 31-Aug 1, 2015 - BEER BY THE BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay, at the Live Oak Event Lawn. Live music, food, micro-brewed beer. Open to the public. Hours vary each day. Contact: 877-611-0112, Event Web

July 31-Aug 1, 2015 - OLD SETTLERS' REUNION: Camp Wood. Fri rodeo, Sat parade, fiddler competition, food, music, dances, arts, crafts. Free annual event. Contact: 830-597-6241. Chamber Web


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July 31-Aug 1, 2015 - BEER BY THE BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay, at the Live Oak Event Lawn. Live music, food, micro-brewed beer. Open to the public. Hours vary each day. 877-611-0112, Event Web

July 31-Aug 1, 2015 - OLD SETTLERS' REUNION: Camp Wood. Fri rodeo, Sat parade, fiddler competition, food, music, dances, arts, crafts. Free annual event. 830-597-6241. Chamber Web

Aug 1, 2015 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Luckenbach. Food & wine: Noon-7p. Music until 11:30p. 12 food trucks from San Antonio and the Hill Country region will showcase their cuisine for purchase and approximately 10 Hill Country wineries will offer their wine for sale by the glass or bottle. As always, the bar at Luckenbach will be stocked with ice cold beer, and Americana music will fill the air. Annual event. $15/person. Contact Martha Zeiher, Mzeiher@sbcglobal.net Host Web

Aug 1-3, 2015 - HOTTER THAN HELL 100-MILE YARD SALE: Castroville to Brackettville. Various events spanning 100 miles - yard sales, theater events, antique sales, City Wide Market and more. Annual event. Debra Stifflemire, 830-278-4115 or 800-588-2533. Web

Aug 2, 2015 - KYLE INVADERS "WHEEL ROUND-UP": Kyle, at Lehman High School, 1700 Lehman Road. 12 noon-6p. Come out and join the Kyle Invaders Youth Football and Cheer for the first ever "Wheel Round-Up". Bring your Rides, Whips, Donks, Low-riders, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Motorcycles, Muscle Car, Sports Cars, 4X4, Street Cars, Street Trucks, Bicycles, and Classics to show them off and compete to see who's got the badest, toughest, meanest ride around! There will be fun for all ages so bring the family and come enjoy good food, good cars, and a good time. There will be raffle items but you will need to be present to win. Free admission for spectators. Richard Vallejo, 714-380-7374, Event Web

Aug 7-8, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY FAIR ASSOC SUMMER CLASSIC BULL RIDING, DANCES & PARADE: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net

Aug 7-9, 2015 - LAKEFEST DRAG BOAT RACES: Marble Falls, Johnson Park & Lakeside Park, entrance at Yett & Main St, 307 Buena Vista Dr. 7a start. The Chamber turns Lake Marble Falls into a liquid quarter-mile "racetrack" and the banks of the lake into a wild 3-day boat race party. 120+ race boats. 830-693-2815 . Event Web

Aug 7-9, 2015 - THE PEDDLER SHOW: New Braunfels, at the Convention Center. Offers shoppers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that can't be duplicated. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, classic or contemporary, you're sure to find that perfect gift at The Peddler Show! Whether you're looking for personalized designs, creative gifts or unique jewelry, the Peddler Show has it all! It's the perfect street of shops-customized just for you! Don't miss the shopping experience designed to be as individual and unique as you are! 512-358-1000. Web

Aug 8, 2015 - INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Lampasas, at VFW Post 8539, 481 N Hwy 183. 9a-4p. Opportunity for vendors and exhibitors from all over Texas and other nearby states to showcase their archeological collections and wares. Participants will be buying, selling, trading and displaying their Indian artifacts. Among the many exhibits will be pendants, pottery, ceramics, points, tips, decorations, axes, and many other interesting artifacts. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Aug 8, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Aug 8-9, 2015 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Aug 13-15, 2015 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO & BIG CARNIVAL: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Annual event. Katy Odiorne: 830-868-7053. Chamber Web. Sponsor Web

Aug 14-15, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY RALLY FOR KIDS CAMP: Driftwood, at Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826 Dr (across street from Salt Lick BBQ), Camp Ben McCulloch. Fri 5p-Sat 9p. Annual event. Car Show, Bike Show, Car Amazing Race, Bike Fun Run, Vendors, Live Music, Silent Auction, Washer Tournament, BBQ Cook Off, Award ceremony and giving away a 1979 Corvette. Come out and enjoy the family fun! All proceeds benefit Kids 501(c)(3) organizations in the Hill Country Area: Burke Center for Youth, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, Red Arena and Tiger Totes. 12 and over $10 (Under 12 free). Cody Reeves, 512-775-1839, 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Aug 15, 2015 - TEXARTS FREE DAY OF DANCE OPEN HOUSE: Lakeway, at 2300 Lohmans Spur #160. 10a-2p. Celebration will kick off the new Academy year and feature free dance classes and performances from recent TexARTS productions. Opportunity to tour the studios, register for classes, and meet with TexARTS instructors - many of whom are Broadway veterans and serve on the faculty of the nationally recognized musical theatre program at Texas State University. Light refreshments and a chance to win tickets to upcoming shows. Free. Annual event. Nonprofit organization. Lauren Cunningham, 512-852-9079 ext 104. Sponsor Web

Aug 15-16, 2015 - KERR COUNTY CELTIC FESTIVAL: Ingram. 8a-8p. Aannual event by the Hill Country Arts Foundation (Stonehenge). Celtic Festival & Games part of the Highland games. Additional games, Pipers, dancers stone and wood carvers. Work shops for beginners, Celtic Art, Clothing and Food vendors and much more. $10. Marvin Willis, 830-377-9838

Aug 20, 2015 - TEXAS COUNTRY SHOWDOWN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 20-23, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the "oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas". Whether it's the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 21, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual, free event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 21-22, 2015 - MEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor

Aug 22-23, 2015 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Aug 22-23, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2015 - LBJ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 9:30a-4p. Discover the life and accomplishments of our 36th President in the beautiful Texas Hill Country he loved so dearly. See what life was like when the president was a child and where he came to recharge his batteries when he was our nation's leader. Activities throughout the day with old-time games for the whole family, such as marbles, tops, jacks and stick horses. Pack a picnic basket and make it a family outing this summer and enjoy all the park has to offer, including the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Start at Visitor's Center. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web
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Aug 27, 2015 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Aug 28-29, 2015 - BULLDOG THUNDER TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL: Burnet, County Fairgrounds, 1225 Houston Clinton Drive. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web, Event Assoc Web, Event Web

Aug 29, 205 - SWIFT FEST: Jonestown, at City Hall Plaza. 5p-10p. Austin has its bats, San Juan their Capistranos but did you know that Jonestown has it's own unique birding experience? They're called the Chimney Swifts of Jonestown and every evening they put on a spectacular show as they drop into their home in a swirling almost tornado-like spectacle. It is really something to see. There will be live music, an art show, exciting nature-oriented booths and more. Lago Vista/Jonestown Chamber, 512-267-7952, Chamber Web, nancy_brown@fws.gov at 512-339-9432


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SEPTEMBER 2015


Sep 3-6, 2015 - KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO: Boerne, 1307 River Rd. 210-834-1282. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area. Event Web

Sept 4-5, 2015 - OATMEAL FESTIVAL: Bertram, downtown. Annual event celebrates Oatmeal Texas with a 3K run, pet parade, BBQ, vendors and homecoming parade. 512-355-2197. Event Web

Sep 4-5, 2015 - FRONTIER DAYS RODEO & DANCE: Harper, at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US 290. Enjoy the day with concessions, arts, crafts. Fri: team roping, 6p. Sat: kid's fishing, contests, tournaments, dominoes, washer pitching: 9a-noon; parade: 5p, BBQ: 6p; Lester Meier Open Rodeo: 8p; dance: 9p. 830-864-5048. Host Web

Sep 4-5, 2015 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: Brady, at Richards Park. Mystery meat challenge, arts & crafts, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run. 325-597-3491. Web

Sep 4-6, 2015 - TEXAS LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Uvalde. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Sep 4-6, 2015 - CELEBRATE BANDERA: Bandera, at various venues including downtown and Mansfield Park. Longhorn cattle drive, parade, arts, crafts, mounted shooter competition, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, music, reenactments, live music, dancing. Annual event. Web. Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447

Sep 4-6, 2015 - FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. 800-435-8429. www.kerrville-music.com. Each year over Labor Day Weekend wine lovers and music enthusiasts gather to celebrate the art of songwriting and winemaking. This Texas Hill Country setting is perfect for introducing our audiences to the newest and best wines that Texas has to offer in addition to performances by dozens of the world's best songwriters. Features three, 6-hour evening concerts and two, 2-hour afternoon concerts by two dozen singer-songwriters. During the evening concerts only, we have booths set up for Texas' top winemakers who offer their current vintage wines. Craft Vendors, Food and Wine Booths in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater open each festival day at 6p, with the music starting at 7. This event isn't your typical "wine tasting" party. Wine will only be available in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater during the evening concerts. Wine will not be available during the day or in the campgrounds unless you choose to participate in one of the Saturday or Sunday afternoon Wine Seminars. A variety of food items ranging from bar-b-que to vegetarian selections are available in the theater at our food service pavilion during main stage performance nights. Beer, wine, smoothies, soft drinks and gourmet coffee drinks are also available. The Kerr-Cafe is located in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks.

Sep 4-6, 2015 - UTOPIAFEST: Utopia. A unique camp-out festival offering mind-blowing musical performances and West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), this is a true alternative to the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. With a single main stage and only 1,500 total tickets being sold, fans will have plenty of space to dance and enjoy full sets by world-touring bands from a variety of genres – rock, bluegrass, Americana, indie, folk, Latin, and a splash of Japanese punk. Event Web

Sep 5, 2015 - SUN SPLASH MOON DANCE FESTIVAL: Llano, at 300 Legion Drive. 9a-11p. A fun and celebratory Sat event on the river, supporting the initiatives of Llano EcoWeb. Tent camping available. Also a celebration of the unveiling of Llano EcoWeb (taking place the previous day). Llano EcoSummit is an informative set of talks/presentations, on Friday, focused on the geology of the Llano River and Uplift. This event will also serve as an unveiling of Llano EcoWeb and a sharing on ecological initiatives focused on the Llano River and Uplift. Activities take place at the new Sandy Beach at the town's waterfalls (Sun Splash), and at the east pavilion of Badu Park on Llano's Town Lake (Moon Dance) and at the American Legion Hall on the Llano River (EcoSummit). Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web

National%20Museum Sep 5, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 5, 2015 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION: Junction, at City Park. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net.

Sep 11-12, 2015 - WE GOT YER GOAT BBQ COOK-OFF: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Cook-off teams, washer pitching tournament, roping contest, dance, arts & crafts and food vendors. Benefits JC Education Foundation. Leandy: 512-775-9497. www.wegotyergoat.com.

Sep 11-15, 2015 - BOXTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at the Hanger Hotel. Porsche car enthusiast events. www.boxstoberfest.com

Sep 12, 2015 - KID'S DAY OUT: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway Hammond, 1601 S Water Street. 9a-3p. An educational and fun day designed especially for kids. Activities include archery, steer head roping, casting with rod and steel, fish tank, gemology, face painting, hot dogs, kids safety and many other kid related activities. Free, annual event. Dale Hill, 512-755-2963. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Sep 12, 2015 - KIOLBASSA & KABERNET: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Kiolbassa & Kabernet". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 12, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY SPRING: Cherry Spring, at 5973 RR 2323. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 12, 2015 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 7:30p. Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is the top talent in the bull riding circuit. Two rounds. Dance after the show. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 12, 2015 - SWEET SEPTEMBER SORGHUM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Join us at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm to see how this valuable sweetener was grown and processed in the early 1900s. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Sep 12, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Sep 12, 2015 - WILLOW CITY VFD QUILT SHOW AND AUCTION: Willow City, 830-685-3376, www.fundraisingauctionevents.com

Sep 12, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY HEARTBEAT: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. 4:30-8:30. A fundraising event for the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Events include BBQ, Rides, 2 Raffles, and Concert. BBQ and Concert. $20 donation. Annual event. Reba Neagle, 512-970-8332, Event Web

Sep 12, 2015 - DRIPPING WITH TASTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Noon-6p. Annual event showcases an array of Texas fine wines, ales, food, fine art, entertainment, live music. Indoor pavilion and festival grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Sep 12-13, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575

Sept 12, 2015 - SPICEWOOD DEMOLITION DERBY: Spicewood, at Spicewood Fire Hall, 9805 TX 71. Gates open: 4p; races start: 6p. An annual family entertainment fundraiser event. Food and refreshments, special Derby momentos such as T-shirts and hats. Cost: Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. Cooler fee: $5. Come early to get a seat. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Sep 18-20, 2015 - RUMBLE ON THE RIVER RALLY: Bandara. Annual motorcycle rally event with tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events. Live band. $40. 936-776-1699, www.bikerralliesoftexas.com

Sep 18-20, 2015 - DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 8a-8p. Annual Thomas & Friend's presentation on their Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 hosted by the Austin Steam Train Association. All Aboard for a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the tank Engine! Meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live music, storytelling, building with Mega Blocks, and much more! Advance purchase recommended. Ticket sales are final; events are rain or shine. $18 fee. Cody Eastman, 512-477-8468, Web

Sep 19, 2015 - COMMUNITY PLAY DAY: Rocksprings, Camp Eagle, 6424 Hackberry Road. 10a-6p. For all local residents in the surrounding area. We want to get to know our neighbors better! $10 per person, you will be able to enjoy our Zip 3000, Waterfront, Super Swing and much more! An outdoor lunch will also be provided. Only available to residents of Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt, Uvalde, Rocksprings, Junction, Camp Wood, Barksdale, Vance, Mountain Home, Medina, Harper, Vanderpool, and Leakey areas. A valid driver's license indicating an address within one of these areas is required to be presented upon entry. Bobby Shriver, 830-683-2330, Sponsor Web

Sep 19, 2015 - QUILT SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Court Annex, 101 E Cypress Street, in Hoppe Room. Presented by JC Quilt Guild. Admission by donation. 10a-5p. Country store raffle merchants. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life. Rebecca Renaud, 303-883-3398

Sept 19, 2015 - BURNET BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL & FIDDLER'S CONTEST: Burnet, Haley Nelson Amphitheater, 301 Garden Trails, just off TX 29 W. 9a. Featuring live music. Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. Wine tasting, vendors, food. Free, annual event. Danny Lester, 512-756-2402, City Web

Sep 19, 2015 - ART FESTIVAL: Comfort. Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce. 10a-4p. Artists from throughout the region will gather in Comfort to demonstrate, show and sell their works. The show spotlights works of Hill Country artists in a variety of media, from oil paintings and drawings to jewelry, photography and textiles, and celebrates their unique artistic inspirations and talents. Artists will have displays at merchants, bed-and-breakfasts, and wineries in Comfort and the surrounding area. A list of artists and their locations will be available at participating sites. Free annual event. Julie Kuykendall, 407-595-6859. Sponsor Web

Sep 19, 2015 - BULVERDE JUBILEE: Bulverde. 10a-5p. Parade: 11a. Midway rides, Blue Lion train, bounce house, arts, crafts, children's activity area, food booths, monster photo booth, live music. Nancy Hotaling, 210-269-3433. Chamber Web

Sep 19, 2015 - GREEN HOME TOUR: Fredericksburg, starting at 408 N Pecan. 9a-4p. Ten stops and a food truck are on the tour. Sustainable practices to be showcased include solar applications for electricity generation and water heating. For those interested in water applications, there will be examples of xeriscaping, rainwater collection systems (some off grid), as well as native and low water plantings. Energy efficient home renovations, a strawbale, and a "cool roof" type constructed homes will be included on the tour. An electric vehicle charging station, a Chevy Volt, Tesla and a BMW i3 (electric vehicle) will also be on display. Get your tickets early to plan your route to visit the features that most interest you. Cost: $25. Annual event. John Watson, 830-995-3567. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 19-20, 2015 - ANNUAL SEED STOMP: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 1:30-3:30p. Children and their families are invited to come out to the State Park to help scatter wildflower seeds. With some help from Mother Nature, the following spring they can return and see all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. They will also learn about the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. There will also be crafts for the children. Native seed mixtures will be provided by the State Park. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Sep 19-20, 2015 - ART FEST, PLEIN AIR COMPETITION & ART AUCTION: Burnet, at historical Burnet Square downtown. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: Noon-6p. Plein air means painting "in the open air." Artists will scatter across Burnet and the courthouse square, set up their easels and paint the scenery, landscapes and cityscapes as well as anything else that catches their attention. Annual free event. Darlene Pollard, 512-793-9081, Event Web

Sep 19-20 - 2015 SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Sep 19-20, 2015 - LOYAL VALLEY GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Annual fundraiser for Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. (See Loyal Valley). Silent auction, door prizes. $5. John Byerley, 325-347-7022, or LVFD, 325-347-7088, Venue Web

Sep 20, 2015 - CELEBRATION OF HOPE AND HEALING BENEFIT: Spicewood at The Reserve at Lake Travis, 19926 Thurman Bend Rd, Spicewood. 3p-7:30p. A fundraiser in support of The Refuge. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us for an afternoon filled with food and fun. Enjoy performances from local musicians. Food trucks. For tickets visit Tickets & Info. Christina Rojas, 512-465-2162

Sep 23-27, 2015 - COMAL COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: New Braunfels, at 701 Common St. 830-625-1505. www.comalcountyfair.org

Methodist Church Sep 25, 2015 - COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR: Johnson City, at First United Methodist Church, 105 N LBJ Drive. 10a-1p. Free, annual event. Flu shots; immunizations for children provided by DSHS; blood pressure and blood sugar screenings; door prizes; chair messages; free promotional items; helpful health information; meet local health care providers and organizations. Food, promotional items. Cindy Leonard, RN, Wesley Nurse, 512-771-8783.

Sep 25, 2015 - TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC DAY: Kerrville, at Schreiner University Campus, at the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion. 9a-1:30p. Thousands of students, teachers, parents and people from all walks of life attend Living History Day to experience first-hand the heritage, history, music and stories of Texas, as presented by more than 50 performers and living exhibits. Annual free event. Kathleen Hudson, 830-792-1945. Event Web

Sep 25-26, 2015 - BBQ COOK-OFF & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. www.lonestarbarbecue.com. Annual event with games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248

Sep 25-26, 2015 - FIJATA FIESTA COOK-OFF: Buda, at Buda City Park. A family-friendly event with free admission, parking and concerts. Food booths, vendors, games, jalapeno eating contest, talent show, mariachi groups, arts and crafts. Something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. Rediscover Texas thorough sights, sounds and their taste buds. The tantalizing aroma of sizzling fajitas will fill the air of Buda, attracting people from the Rio Grande to the Mason Dixon Line. In Texas, grilling is not just a weekend pass time but a competitive sport. At Fajita Fiesta grill masters and backyard cookers will compete for top dollar cash payouts, trophies, bragging rights, and to find out on that given day who is the best of the best. 512-295-9999. Event Web

Sep 26, 2015 - LAMPASAS COUNTY WINE TOUR: Lampasas. 8a-5p. Tickets include chartered transportation to 5 award winning wineries: Texas Legato, Pillar Bluff, Fiesta Winery, Alamosa Wine Cellar, Wedding Oak Winery. Receive a wine goodie bag and a picnic pack to enjoy on your tour of the wineries. Get wine tasting tips and information. 512-556-5172. www.lampasaschamber.org

Sep 26, 2015 - PIONEER DAY: Dripping Springs, at the Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, at Founders Park; 10a-4p. Celebrating early Texas. Pioneer and American Indian presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages. Food, music, wagon rides. 512-858-2030. Web

Sep 26, 2015 - CAJUN FESTIVAL & GREAT GUMBO COOK-OFF: Lakehills, Lakehills Civic Center. 11a-10p. 830-751-3130. Event Web. Gumbo cook-off, cajun food, music, arts, crafts, games.

Sept 27, 2015 - FAT MOON FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Onion Creek Kitchens @ Juniper Hills Farm, RR 165. Noon-5p. Annual event. Sponsor Web


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Oct 1-31, 2015 - SCARECROW INVASION KICKOFF: Comfort, at Downtown Historic District, 10a-2p. Music, live scarecrows, face painting, cornstalks. Scarecrows appear in and around town, wearing straw hats, worn overalls and flannel shirts, depicting characters such as Peter Pan and Elvis. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

Oct 1-31, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE TRAIL MONTH: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Oct 2-3, 2015 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. Annual event. Free admission. Susie Higgins: 512-558-1321 Sponsor Web

Oct 2-4, 2015 - DRIPPING SPRINGS FAIR & RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. CPRA Rodeo-Thurs thru Sat, Ranch Rodeo-Sat, Carnival-all 4 days, Team Roping-Sun, Barrel Racing-Sun. Chili Cook-Off and Washer Pitching tournament as well as vendors throughout the grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Oct 2-4, 2015 - OKTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square), 100 block of W Main St), downtown. Open Fri 6p; Sat 10 a, Sun 11a. Closes at 12 Midnight on Fri and Sat, and 6 p on Sun. A colorful, festive, annual celebration of Fredericksburg's German heritage. Family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, art & crafts, Children's fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink ... all weekend long! 830-997-4810; 866-839-3378. Web

Oct 3, 2015 - FALL CRAFT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at St Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street. 9a-5p. Handcrafted wares from Hill Country artisans. Free annual event. 830-997-8967. www.stjosephssociety.org.

Oct 3, 2015 - WILD GAME DINNER & DANCE: Johnson City, at Fairgrounds, Show Barn. 5p. Meal, dance, door prizes, raffle, silent and live auctions. Supports Blanco County Youth Livestock Show. 830-833-5335. Chamber Web

Oct 3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY SOLAR TOUR: 10a-3p. Visit locations with solar installations and hear industry veterans and experts share knowledge and answer questions. Starts at PEC's Liberty Hill Office, 10625 TX 29 W. Sponsored by Texas Solar Energy Society and PEC. Annual, free event. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Oct 7, 2015 - HARVESTFEST: New Braunfels, at GVTC Auditorium, 3601 FM 3159. 5:30p-8:30p. A delicious "all you can eat" stew dinner with cornbread/, homemade dessert and drink. The Heart of Texas choral group will be the entertainment. There will be a raffle, silent auction, cake auction and door prizes. Cost: $15. Annual event. 830-899-4542, Event Web

Oct 8-10, 2015 - KYLE FAIR & MUSIC FEST: Kyle, at Central Texas Speedway. Carnival, go-carting. Annual event. Kyle Chamber of Commerce, 512-268-4220. Chamber Web; Event Web

Oct 8-11, 2015 - GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FEST: Gruene, on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Live entertainment, wine, specialty beers, food; Includes guitar auction. 830-629-5077. Event Web

Oct 9-10, 2015 - UPTOWN QUILT SHOW: Blanco, at Uptown Blanco Textile Studio, 317 Main Street. 10a-5p. Vintage quilts, modern quilts, art quilts and more. Annual event. Admission: $5. Andrea Meegan, 830-833-1579 x3, Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Quilting in the Hill Country"

Oct 9-11, 2015 - PIG ROAST EVENT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 N. Fri 7a to Sun 1p. Proceeds benefit Cherokee Home for Children. Annual event with Poker Run, Bike Show, free camping on the Pedernales River, self-contained RV area. BBQ on Saturday, bands Friday and Saturday night and more. $25 per person, age 6 and up. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Must have ID. Children and dogs allowed (but must be on leashes). Event Web. Sandie Benoist, 512-556-5579

Oct 9-11, 2015 - HOGTOBERFEST: Brady, at G Rollie White Complex. Hog wrestling, hog hunting, poker run, live music, dance. Go hog wild! Cost: $5/day. Annual event. 325-597-3491. Sponsor Web

Oct 9-11, 2015 - TEXAS MESQUITE ART FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at downtown Marktplatz. Largest collection of mesquite art in the world. Between both festivals, 20,000 people will attend, Juried show represents the best artists as well as beginning craftsmen. 830-997-8515. Event Web

Oct 9-11, 2015 - WIMBERLEY GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Wimberley, at Hill Country Cowboy Church, 120 Green Acres Drive. Enjoy Southern gospel, country and bluegrass in a family-friendly setting. Music, fellowship, food. Free admission. Donations appreciated. 830-456-0011, Event Web

Oct 10, 2015 - SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW: San Marcos, at Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Drive. 10a-6p. Powwow and Indian market. Reuniting Eagle & Condor. 512-393-3310. Sponsor Web

Oct 10, 2015 - HERB & ART FESTIVAL: Lampasas, Historic Downtown Square. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Oct 10, 2015 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MUSICFEST: Bandera. 6p. Annual Fundraiser benefiting local Wounded Warriors, Breast Cancer Research and Education in Bandera. Live Music, food vendors, live auction and raffle. Melinda, 830-796-5726 Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Oct 10, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Oct 10, 2015 - STONEWALL VFD FALL FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: Stonewall, at the Chamber of Commerce Grounds, US 290. 5p. Donation for meal. Drawing, raffle for guns, auction, prizes. Annual free event. 830-644-5571

Oct 10, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Oct 10, 2015 - FORT CROGHAN DAY: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 9a-3p. See real live blacksmiths, sugar cane made into syrup, bread baked in a wood burning stove, or visit a one-room school house and "do your lessons" on a slate board. Millie Williams, 512-756-8281. Web

National%20Museum Oct 10, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Oct 10, 2015 - PET FEST: San Marcos, at Plaza Park, 401 Hopkins. Pet contests, 5K run/walk, pet adoptions, dancing dogs, music, kid's activities. Free, annual event. Annette Berry, 512-554-3504. www.preventalitter.com/pet-fest

Oct 10, 2015 - ALAMO ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web. 512-858-4740

Oct 10-11, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Oct 10-11, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ARTS, CRAFTS & ANTIQUE FAIRE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 11, 2015 - CULPEPPER & MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281. Shows: 2p & 4:30p. Annual event. Chamber, 830-833-5101, Sponsor Web

Oct 14-18, 2015 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY INVITATIONAL ART SHOW: Boerne, at Cana Ballroom at St. Peter's Church, 202 W Kronkosky. Boerne Area Artists Association. 830-816-2345. Web

Oct 16-17, 2015 - SCULPTURE ON MAIN: Marble Falls, on Historic Main St. Reception: Fri 5:30-7pp. Sip & Stroll: Sat 11:30a-1p. Activities, demos, food, music, local wine and beer. Join the artists at 6p for gala. Supports Marble Falls Community Arts Program. 830-693-2815, info@marblefalls.org Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 16-17, 2015 - FIESTA JAM ON LAKE MARBLE FALLS: Marble Falls, at Lake Marble Falls. A music and wine festival showcasing the blossoming music and wine scenes in the Marble Falls/Burnet County area while supporting Marble Falls Independent School District and Harmony School of Creative Arts music education programs. 512-576-4796, Web

Oct 16-17, 2015 - TEXAS TRAPPERS & FUR HUNTERS FALL RENDEZVOUS: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 9a-10p. 325-446-3190. Chamber. Annual event with exhibitors and classes on such things as on line trapping, skinning, etc. Event Web

Oct 16-18, 2015 - LLANO WILD WEST WEEKEND: Llano, at Llano Courthouse Square, Badu Park, Events Center. 10a. Chuck wagon cook-off, Arts and Craft Fair, vendors, art show, reenactments. Live Music all day. Red Top Jail tours. Food, vendors, period costumes, gold panning demos, ranch rodeo @ 6p. The Llano Municipal Airport joins in with a Grass Strip Fly-In & Camp-Out on the grass runway. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 16-18, 2015 - OKTOBERFISCH FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: Junction, at Morgan Shady Park. 10a-4p. 830-998-2477. www.junctiontexas.net. Annual event sponsored by Sponsor Web

Oct 16-18, 2015 - LLANO AIRPORT GRASS STRIP FLY-IN: Llano. Annual event. Camp Out On The Runway, Transportation To Chuck Wagons, Outdoor Movie Sat, Breakfast On Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Oct 16-18, 2015 - SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at various Locations around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature more than 20 song-packed shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of finely-crafted songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play "in-the-round", Nashville-style. The performance stages will be hosted by various hot spots located along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs. No wristbands will be necessary because daily admission is absolutely FREE for everyone! Capping off the excitement of each day, the Main Stage will host an elite headliner showcase that will feature some very extraordinary songwriting talent. Jim Halfpenny, 512-659-1576, Event Web

Oct 17, 2015 - GARDENSCAPE "FUN"DAMENTALS: Blanco, at Blanco High School Ag Bldg, 1215 Fourth Street. 9a-4p. See the Master Gardening experts for answers to your questions about a wide variety of topics pertaining to hill country home gardening, landscaping, and living with nature. Exhibits, seminars, vendors, demonstrations, food, children's activities & door prizes. 830-868-7167. www.txmg.org/blanco

Oct 17, 2015 - BESTFEST: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, 11a-11p. Specialty beer and sausage tasting; multi-gun drawing; Kawasaki mule drawing; bucket drawing (10 item minimum); kids' games and activities; live polka band and dancing. Event Web

Oct 17, 2015 - SAN SABA PECAN JAM: San Saba, at historic Burden Plaza on the Courthouse Square. San Saba Festival Association, Inc is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. A day-long event showcasing the finest hand-crafted wines, brews, spirits, foods and, of course, pecans, that Texas has to offer. $20 ticket includes a 7 tab wristband for sampling alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to sample and/or purchase wine or beer. Valid ID required. Chamber: 325-372-5141; Trish Fullerton: 325 372 3084, tfullerton505@centex.net, Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 17, 2015 - OLD BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE GALA - SILVER SAGE: Blanco, at Historic Courthouse. Starts 6p. Annual event with auctions, Texas Hold'em Tournament, live music, family festival, dance, dinner, wine and beer. 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

Oct 17, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Oct 17, 2015 - FALL FESTIVAL - ART SHOW & RUMMAGE SALE: Buchanan Dam, at Genesis Lutheran Church, 15946 TX 29 East. 9a-4p. Hot dogs, burgers, bake sale, live music. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-793-6800. Sponsor Web

Oct 17, 2015 - LONDON COMMUNITY FAIR & LUNCH: London. Claudette Primeaux, 325-475-2219. Chamber Web

Oct 17, 2015 - RIFLES, RACKS & DEER TRACKS: Burnet, at Freedom Flyers Hanger, 3202 S Water Street. 6-10p. Raffle. $20. Annual event, benefits Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center. 512-756-2607. Sponsor Web

Oct 17, 2015 - OKTOBERFEST: Leakey, Chamber Arena, N of town. 10a-6p. Arts, crafts, food booths, live music, mechanical bull, bounce house, face painting, pony rides, biergarten, chili cook-off. $5. Annual event. 830-232-5222. Chamber Web

Oct 17, 2015 - KYLE FOUNDERS PARADE: Kyle, Center St, downtown. 10a-11a. Free. City Web

Oct 17-18, 2015 - KATHLEEN MARIE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: Johnson City, at 491 Wildwood Ln. Sat 10-6p, Sun 11a-6p. Live music both days. 830-868-0335. Celebrate art, music and nature. Annual event by Kathleen Marie Wilson (www.kathleenmariestudio.com, pyrographic artist).

Oct 17-18, 2015 - COMFORT VILLAGE FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. 830-995-3670. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. Collectors as well as decorators visit the show and bring clients to help with their purchases. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 18, 2015 - BLANKETS & BLUES OPEN AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Barons CreekSide, 316 Goehmann Lane. 5p-10p. $5/person, free for grandparents & youngsters under 16. Wine, beer, BYOB, and food truck. 830-990-4848. Web

Oct 22-25, 2015 - TEXAS CLAY FESTIVAL: Gruene, at the Buck Pottery. Potters and sculptors from around the state display and sell their wares and demonstrate techniques. Kid's activities. 830-629-7975. Web

Oct 23-24, 2015 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: Luckenbach, 9a-11p. An annual European and vintage motorcycle rally. Gearheads come from all around come to enter their bikes in the bike show, participate in or watch the vintage trials, eat home-cooked barbecue, win swag (or a bike) in the insanely good raffle, go big for the kids in the live auction, watch a big-screen outdoor movie, listen to great music, camp under the star, immerse themselves in moto-culture, and rub elbows with kindred spirits. The rally attendees, sponsors, and all-volunteer staff throw down hard to raise a ton of money for the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer program of Any Baby Can. Swap meet, and a drive to register folks into the National Marrow Donor Program. Event Web

Oct 23-25, 2015 - OFFROAD ZOMBOREE: Marble Falls, at Hidden Falls Adventure Park. 1p. Fish fry Sat night; raffle, camping. Benefiting CASA for the Highland Lakes Area. Vehicle registration: $45/vehicle for entire weekend. Annual event. 325-388-3440, Sponsor Web

Oct 23-25, 2015 - KERR COUNTY FAIR: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, Hwy 27 E. Provides residents of Kerr County and adjacent counties an opportunity to exhibit their finished skills and recognizes their achievements. Includes parade through downtown Kerrville, carnival, contests, scholarship pageants, 4H & FFA livestock exhibits, food & drink, music, dancing, team roping and the exciting bull and barrel contest. Chili and barbeque cook-offs (CASI & CTBA sanctioned), petting zoo and pony rides. Old-fashioned family fun with something for everyone! 830-792-8331. Event Web

Oct 23-25, 2015 - WIMBERLEY ALIVE ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Wimberley, downtown. Presented by Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance, there will be two artists' villages sponsored by WVAL, and 5 stages of live music. Many food vendors, demonstrations and fun for all. Free, annual event. Cathy Moreman, 512-847-2201, Sponsor Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Oct 24, 2015 - DAIRY DAZE: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 10a-3pp. Join us at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm to explore the many uses of milk on a 1915 German family farm. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Oct 24, 2015 - HUNTER'S NIGHT OUT & SPORTING GOODS SHOW: Wimberley, at VFW Hall, 6441 Jacob Wells Rd just off RR 12, about 4 miles north of Wimberley. 6p. Annual event, BBQ dinner, adult beverages, 30+ gun raffle, auction. Hosted by Knights of Columbus. Event Web

Oct 24, 2015 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg. Held downtown at Marktplatz (the 100 block of W Main St). A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. Event Web

Oct 23-24, 2015 - SAN MARCOS JOB SKILLS WORKSHOP: San Marcos, at LBJ Student Center, 301 Student Center Drive. 10a-1p. Free, annual event. This live event will equip job hunters with the knowledge needed to effectively apply for and obtain the positions they desire. Services offered at the event include resume evaluation and advice, interview coaching, and social media management. Dan, 330-966-4801. Sponsor Web National%20Park%20Service

Oct 24, 2015 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 5-10p. Experience the LBJ Ranch as 1960s guests from around the world were entertained. Live music. 830-868-7128 x231. Event Web, NPS Web, Friends Web

Oct 24, 2015 - ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Kingsland, at Kingsland House of Arts & Crafts, 112 Chamberlain, behind Wells Fargo Bank. $20. Patti Williams, 325-388-6983, www.kingslandcrafts.com

Oct 24, 2015 - KERR COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Kerrville, at 10a. Parade Route: Begins at Water and "G" Street, proceeds west on Water St, turns right on Earl Garrett St, and disbands at North and Earl Garrett Streets. No registration fees. Event Web

Oct 24-25, 2015 - KATHLEEN MARIE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: Johnson City, at 491 Wildwood Ln. Sat 10-6p, Sun 11a-6p. Live music both days. 830-868-0335. Annual event by Kathleen Marie Wilson (www.kathleenmariestudio.com, pyrographic artist), with Dottie Moon (www.twomoonshyejewelry.com, jeweler). Celebrate art, music and nature.

Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2015 - HOPE FEST CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Cinema Starplex, 12 1250 Wonder World Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. A multi-media 3-day event featuring Christian films, music and art. Hope Fest has selectively chosen works that celebrate and delight in the Lord! Kids free. Sat: $10, Sun: $5. Meredith McCann, 512-790-4EDU

Oct 30-Nov 29, 2015 - TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS SHOW: Kerrville. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett. Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Unique, custom crafted furniture by prize winning Texas furniture makers. 830-895-2911. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Oct 31, 2015 - HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr, at 4-7p. Bring your kids out for a safe place to play games, win candy and participate in the costume contest! Concessions. Chamber provided free annual event. 325-388-6211. Web

Oct 31, 2015, DONNER MUSIK FEST: Lampasas, at Chadwick Olive Groves & Villa, 6443 Hwy 190 E, Lampasas. 1p-Midnight. Live bands. Family friendly event, bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers. Come in Halloween Costumes. Food truck. Part of the proceeds go to the Lampasas Animal Shelter. Presale $20, at the gate $25, children 12 and under free. Kelly Chadwick, 512-589-5121, www.chadwickolivegroves.com.

Oct 31, 2015 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Boerne, at Ag Heritage Museum, City Park, 102 City Park Road. 10a-4p. Tri-country Antique Tractor Pullers Association event with 40+ tractors all manufactured before 1960. $5 Children 12 and under free. Mike Coyne, 210-383-4618

Oct 31, 2015 - HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION: Comfort, at Muleshoe Farm & Ranch Trust, 306 TX 87 (formerly in Boerne). Noon-9p. craft and food vendors, a children's area, live music, livestock exhibits, and children's storytelling. There will be two performances by Last Chance Forever, offering an up close look at majestic birds of prey. In between, Karavan brings many styles of belly dance to the main stage. Storyteller Mary Grace Ketner will share Celtic and spooky tales in the evening. Children are invited to compete in a costume contest, and adults can pit themselves against pastry in a pie-eating contest. Ravenmoor continues the celebration through the evening with live Celtic music, and just before sundown, trick or treating will start for the children. After dark, guests are invited to enjoy an owl walk, a one-of-a-kind adventure of seeing owls in their natural habitat on our torchlit trail, led by an experienced guide. Annual event. Roxana Orrell, 830-431-0259. Event Web

Oct 31, 2015 - HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT: Bee Cave, at the Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Bee Cave, TX 78738. 4p-9p. Bring the family for free trick or treating at the Hill Country Galleria's stores & restaurants. A special Halloween event with free face painting, free bounce houses, bungee jump, and of course trick or treating! The fun starts at 2pm in the outdoor Amphitheater with a dance performance by PAIYH Dance Studios, then trick or treating follows from 4p-6p. Make the rounds at over 100 stores and restaurants at the Hill Country Galleria to trick or treat! Be sure to wear your costume and stop by the Hill Country Galleria Guest Services booth to get a free trick or treat bag! We will end the day with a live music. Free annual event. Courtney Bunte, 512-402-9135, Sponsor Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com. Event Web, Venue Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - LLANO GUN SHOW: Llano, Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152. Sat: 9a-5p. Sun: 9a-4p. 817-296-7844. Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - TRAIN SHOW JAMBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, Seguin Street. Special Large Lego Layout, Our layout where kids run the trains, 6 other layouts, over 350 tables with all train items for sale, 8 vendors from out of state. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web


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Nov 1, 2015 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES TURKEY SHOOT: Fredericksburg at Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from FBG out Tivydale Rd (FM 2094). 11a to dusk. Annual fundraiser event, Prize drawings, live turkey head shoot, sight-in-range, bow & arrow, no hand guns. Food and refreshments. 830-456-2698. Event Web

Nov 1, 2015 - EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT: Dripping Springs, at 332 Mercer Street. 11a-4p. Support for neighbors in need. 512-858-4740. Web

Nov 6, 2015 - WELCOME HUNTERS STEAK DINNER: San Saba at Volunteer Fire House, 702 E Storey Street. 6p-8p. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web

Nov 6, 2015 - HUNTER'S BBQ & OUTDOOR EXPOSITION: Bandera, at Cattleman's Barn at Antler Oaks Lodge. 6:30p-10:30p. Live auction, gun raffle, live music. Web. Also Annual Bloody Mary Party at River Front Motel.

Nov 6, 2015 - HUNTERS' WELCOME: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 6, 2015 - HUNTER'S APPRECIATION: Llano, Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. 9a-6p. Held on the eve of Opening Day of deer season the Chamber ushers in hunting season with free goody bags, information, hunting guides, food and drink for our incoming hunter population. Rifle raffle. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 6, 2015 - HUNTERS' LUNCH: Junction. Fri: at West Bear Creek General Store; Sat: at Simon Bros-Roosevelt. Free, annual event. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Nov 6, 2015 - HUNTER'S ROUNDUP: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 6-12p. Music, food for everyone to enjoy, vendor booths and exhibits, numerous community and civic group raffles and the Chamber's own 30 gun Monster Raffle. 830-278-3361. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 6, 2015 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES TURKEY SHOOT: Fredericksburg at Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from FBG out Tivydale Rd (FM 2094). 10a to dusk. Annual fundraiser event, Prize drawings, live turkey head shoot, sight-in-range, bow & arrow, no hand guns. Food and refreshments. 830-456-2698. Event Web

Nov 6-8, 2015 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Nov 6-8, 2015 - BLANCO WESTERN SHOWCASE: Blanco, at Buggy Barn Museum & Carriage Hills Ranch. Chuck wagon cook off, vendors, silent auction, and a Sat night dance. Live entertainment. Carriage rides, kids corral, riding longhorn, food vendors. Annual fundraiser. Amanda Smith: 830-385-3779, or Debbie Homeier: 713-818-6658, Sponsor Web

Nov 6-15, 2015 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 6, 2015-Jan 2, 2016 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Drive through a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with 1 million lights & 100 displays & animation. 830-743-1293, Event Web

Nov 7, 2015 - MAIN STREET SHOW-N-SHINE CAR SHOW: Marble Falls, at Main Street, Downtown. 9a-3p. Registration: 9a-12; Award Ceremony: 3p. Annual event with silent auction, live music, food and prizes. $25 entry. Bill Lehr, 512-755-4868. Web.

Nov 7, 2015 - CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE: Comfort. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

Nov 7, 2015 - COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Tarpley, at Tarpley Park. 8a-5p. Open to all buyers or sellers at no cost and with no restrictions. Cost: Free. SL Tschirhart, 830-562-3307

Nov 7, 2015 - PLEASANT HILL SCHOOLHOUSE ANNUAL SMORGASBORD: Johnson City, at Rocky Community Schoolhouse (7 mi W of town, just off US 290, on Rocky Rd), 5:30-9p. A pot-luck feast prepared by the finest chefs in the area and served by free-will donation to friends, neighbors and hungry hunters. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill-Rocky Community Club since 1958. All proceeds benefit worthy community organizations in the Texas Hill Country. 830-868-9075, Facebook

Nov 7, 2015 - CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. Andy Berry, 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Nov 7, 2015 - HUNTERS' BREAKFAST: London, at London Community Building, Hwy 377 North. Begins 8:30a. London's way to welcome hunters to their area. Free, annual event. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Nov 7, 2015 - RAINWATER REVIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. 10a-4p. Rainwater Revival is a celebration of collection, conservation and common sense - a day filled with informative and entertaining presentations by professionals and users of rainwater, water conservation-related business vendor booths, rainwater system displays, and plenty of experts to provide guidance and services, as well as food booths, shopping, live music, kids activities. Annual event, free, sponsored by Hill Country Alliance (Sponsor Web). Kathi Thomas, 512-479-9426, Event Web

Nov 7, 2015 - >> Rescheduled to Nov 14<< AMERICAN LEGION VETERAN'S PARADE: Blanco, at downtown courthouse square. 10a. One of the many services provided by American Legion is honoring its veterans and active military with an annual parade. If you are a veteran you are invited to ride on our "Veterans Float of Honor", and thank you to each and every one of you for your service. Not a veteran? Come out and show your appreciation of these men and women who have served or who continue to serve to protect your freedom. Our veterans appreciate your support! Fundraiser lunch immediately following parade, at SE corner of Old Courthouse Square, cost $8. Roxie Avants, 512-627-0584, roxannaavants@yahoo.com

Nov 7, 2015 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at The Pavilion at 826 John's Road. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free. Event Web. Beth Legge, 210-663-9046

Nov 7, 2015 - VETERAN'S DAY PARADE: San Marcos. Free breakfast 8:30a; Parade 10a. Sponsored by the city. Event Web

Nov 7, 2015 - UTOPIA ARTS & CRAFTS FALL FAIR: Utopia, at Town Square, Hwy 187. 9a-4p. 60+ vendors of locally handmade arts & crafts. Food, music, silent auction. Texas Folk story teller, Sponsored by Utopia Arts and Crafts Guild. Free. Taffy Simmons, 830-966-2274. Facebook

Nov 7, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Nov 7, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet, at Historic downtown square. 8a. Annual event. Cindy Lamb, 512-756-5738. Chamber Web

Nov 7-8, 2015 - BOOTS 'N' BANGLES CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Junction. Annual event. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Nov 9-13, 2015 - GERMAN VILLAGE: New Braunfels, at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. German food, exhibits, building tours. Annual fundraiser event, free to visitors. 830-832-9699. Web

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2015 - VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Honor all of those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 13, 2015 - WINE & WASSAIL WALK: San Marcos, at Downtown Square. 5:30p-8:30p. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer that includes a progressive tour of retail businesses serving a variety of wines, homemade wassail, and paired hors d'oeuvres. Kick off the holiday season with exclusive shopping specials at retailers. Take a horse-drawn carriage around the Courthouse Square for a guided historic tour. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Hays County and downtown improvements by the Main Street Program. $25. 512-393-8430. Event Web

Nov 13-14, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bertram. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Smokin' at the Ranch. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Nov 13-14, 2015 - FALL CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Nov 13-14, 2015 - CIVIC CLUB HOME TOUR: Wimberley. 10a-5p. Tour beautiful homes. Tickets available. Annual fundraising event. 512-722-3243. Sponsor Web

Nov 13-14, 2015 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: Fredericksburg, at Zion Lutheran Church Hall, 424 W Main Street. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Event Web

Nov 13-15, 2015 - FISCHER FEST: Fischer. Cabin 10. Music will be the catalyst, making good things happen at the festival, a non-profit event, with all proceeds to the Rice Harrington Art Scholarship, created to help graduating high school artists pursue fine art degrees in college. Each second Sat in Nov. Rain or shine, we enjoy ourselves at historic Fischer Hall, the funky old dance hall just off Hwy 32, which comfortably embraces the very best national and local bluegrass, folk & acoustic performers, in a small intimate setting, just the way Rice liked it. Event Web

Nov 13-15, 2015 - KID N' EWE FIBER FESTIVAL: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairground, 1307 River Rd, East on TX 46. Annual event for spinners, knitters, weavers, felters and other fiber arts enthusiasts. Great shopping & innovative workshops, there is something for everyone. Show and sales of fiber producing animals, supplies for dyeing spinning, knitting, and weaving. Demonstrations, workshops, and sales of finished products made from natural home grown fiber. 832-584-4695. Event Web

Nov 14, 2015 - HUNTERS' LUNCH: Junction. Sat: at HC Sporting Goods. Free, annual event. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Nov 14, 2015 - PONT VENTURE POA FALL FEST: Point Venture, at POA Community Center, 555 Venture Blvd South. 2p-48p. A community family event for our little Village of Point Venture (just down from Lago Vista on the peninsula). Cost: Free. Annual event. Chuck Lamber, 713-248-6337. Sponsor Webcwlambe@aol.com

Nov 14, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Nov 14, 2015 - CAR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Fredericksburg Theater Company, TX 87 South of town. Annual fundraiser. Silent auction, BBQ, dancing. 512-589-4049

National%20Museum Nov 14, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 14, 2015 Canceled - TEXAS OLIVE FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Texas Hill Country Olive Company, 2530 W Fitzhugh Road. Noon-7p. Annual event that features olives, wines, food, tastings, live music, chef demos, olive education seminars, artisans, kids activities. 512-607-6512. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Nov 14-15, 2015 - TEXAS PRESENTATIONS ANTIQUE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Gazebo, large tent and pavilion, sets the mood for a fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. Annual event. 830-329-2870. Event Web, Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Nov 14-15, 2015 - SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Nov 17, 2015 - HOLIDAZE EVENT - FAMILY FALL PARTY: Horseshoe Bay, at HSB Main St, Hwy 2147, in front of Bay Pharmacy & Rosanne Davis Designs buildings. 5-7p. Free hot dogs, refreshments & goodies! Check out the Kid's Corner *New this year. Music & Entertainment. Special activities for children. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsored by Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance. Sponsor Web

Nov 17, 2015 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Comfort, downtown. 4-9p. Stores stay open late for a fabulous evening of shopping for the ladies. Refreshments & music. Stores are decorated for the Christmas season and brimming with gift-item treasurers. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

Nov 19, 2015 - TREE LIGHTING & SANTA'S ARRIVAL: Bee Cave, at Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 6p-9p. Enjoy holiday music, face painting, and holiday carolers! The fun starts at 6p, then Santa will arrive at 7pm along with the lighting of the holiday tree, and fireworks show. Free annual event. Courtney Bunte, 512-402-9135, Web, info@hillcountrygalleria.com

Nov 20-Jan 1 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Park. 6-10p. 1 million + lights on 130 sculptures at park at Lake Marble Falls. Santa visits. 800-759-8178. Event Web

Nov 20-21, 2015 - SLEIGH BELL BOUTIQUE: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Hill Country Shopping Extravaganza. Benefits YMCA. 830-285-8664. Event Web

Nov 20-21, 2015 - WINE AND DINE FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay. Mission is to expose the public to the merits and importance of Texas wine and food by spotlighting the best wines, foods, chefs and restaurants in our state and to raise funds for much needed Texas wine research as well as for other worthy healthcare needs. Sponsor Web

Nov 20-21, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway Hammond, 1601 S Water Street. Free annual event. 512-756-6180. Chamber Web

Nov 20-22, 2015 - WEIHNACHTSMARKT: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, downtown. 10a-6p. Annual outdoor shopping extravaganza, this Christmas Market is reminiscent of outdoor markets in Germany. Unique decorations, specialty items, fits, antiques, and wide array of merchants and artisans. Children can visit with Santa at breakfast. Sponsored by Sophienburg Museum. 830-629-1572. Web

Nov 20-22, 2015 - ART SHOW AND SALE: Wimberley, Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. Fri: 10a-8p; Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: Noon-4p. Wimberley Valley Art League is home to 148 area artists who stage an annual show. This three-day event will highlight painters, jewelers, potters, photographers and many more artistic technicians. C'mon and see for yourself: a "Meet the Artists" reception is Fri from 5-8p with food and drinks. Free, annual event. Gina Casarez, 512-826-4286, Sponsor Web

Nov 21, 2015 - SINGER-SONGWRITER FEST: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. 6p. $500 to winner. Free admission for contestants. Beer, wine & food available. 713-851-0163. Web

Nov 21, 2015 - HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & LIGHTING CEREMONY: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza & City Hall. Annual free event. Sponsor Web

Nov 21-22, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; Web

Nov 22-Dec 31, 2015: MAGIC OF HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Johnson City, 1685 US 281 N, 1 mi N of town on W side. Open nightly from 6-11p. 2 million+ lights help make this the most exciting and beautiful drive-through Christmas display in the Texas Hill Country. Includes: 30' Mega Tree made up of 10,000 bright LED lights, the drive thru lighted tunnel covered with over 8,000 shining LEDs, and the leaping light arches, all of which are animated to dance to the beat of everyone's favorite Christmas songs, with the music broadcast on our very own radio station 101.7 FM the STAR of Christmas. Admission is FREE, but donations accepted to help keep the display burning bright! Hayrides available by reservation. 512-955-1706

Nov 26, 2015 - GRUENE TURKEY TROT: Gruene, at 6:30a. Annual 5K Run/walk through Gruene Historic District, 1/4 mile kid's Turkey Chase. 830-629-5077. Host Web. Event Web

Nov 26-Dec 31, 2015 - RADIANCE AT THE RANCH: Welfare, at Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road. Annual event. Christmas light fest. Drive through two scenic miles of two million twinkling lights. Santa's village, food, drink craft booths, Santa. Event Web

Nov 27, 2015 - COURTHOUSE LIGHTING: Blanco, downtown, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 5p. The official start of the holiday season, the Annual Courthouse Lighting. Bring your family and friends to the Courthouse to watch the lights come on at 6p. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, 830-833-5348, Chamber Web.

Nov 27, 2015 - HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY: Fredericksburg, at the Courthouse and Marktplatz, 100 W Main Street. Enjoy the town's rich German heritage with caroling and refreshments before the lights on the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid are turned on. 830-997-6523. Web

Nov 27, 2015 through Jan 2 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will by holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. 830-997-6597. Web

Nov 27, 2015 - MILL POND CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR IN THE PARK: San Saba, at Hwy 190, east of town. Nightly. Over 30 acres of dazzling lights set to music on radio 88.7 FM. 6p-10p. 325-372-8291, Chamber Web

Nov 27-28, 2015 - HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Uvalde. 9a-6p. Downtown Uvalde Square, 830-278-3361. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Nov 27-28, 2015 - DICKENS ON MAIN: Boerne, at Downtown. Annual event, with food, drink, costumed shopkeepers, wassail, arts and crafts, caroling, Santa, stage & street performers, carriage rides. 830-249-7277. Web

Nov 27-29, 2015 - PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Three buildings full of unique vendors during Thanksgiving weekend. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Fee required. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. Annual event. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web

Nov 27-Dec 31, 2015 - SANTA'S BIG NIGHT & "STARRY STARRY NIGHTS": Llano, at Badu Park on the Llano River, begins Fri after Thanksgiving. Trail of lights celebrates the Christmas Season from 6-10p. Located on the N side of Llano River just W of the Bridge off of Legion Dr. Every Fri and Sat Night until 8p, live entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand. Lighted 55 ft Christmas tree and 30 ft snowman. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Sat: Snow Day, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 27-Jan 1 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:
www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Nov 28, 2015 - LIGHT UP THE TOWN CELEBRATION: Mason, downtown. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web

Nov 28, 2015 - LIGHTED HOOVES & WHEELS PARADE: Johnson City, at Courthouse Square. Clickety Cloggers will start off the second night of Lights Spectacular with a performance in the street in front of the Courthouse on the Square at 5:30p. Highlight of the evening will be the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade at 6:30p and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park on Main Street. Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open. Court House lobby will be filled with the Garden Club's Christmas ornaments and crafts. Carriage rides and hayrides will be available. See more details in Lights Spectacular event described above, and other holiday events in JC described below. 830-868-7684. Chamber Web

Nov 28, 2015 - CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT: Comfort. Over 150 Arts & Crafts Booths ~ Food Court. 10a-9p. Shops Decorated for Christmas & brimming with gifts. Musical Entertainment ~ Library Book Sale. Visit from Santa for Photos. Lighted Christmas Parade. Free, no pets. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web National%20Park%20Service

Nov 28, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Nov 28, 2015 - WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic Game, chili and trimmings. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Nov 28, 2015 - HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING & GERMAN TRADITIONS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Visitor Complex, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Get into the holiday spirit at LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the 1900’s. Enjoy participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and await the arrival of St. Nicholas. Visitors to the park should stop at the Visitor Center first to obtain a park permit, park map and all the event information. For this event it is also recommended to come dressed to have fun outside and to bring a camera to capture some family holiday photos. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Nov 28, 2015 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: Leakey, On the Square. 9a-4p. Santa 10a-noon, 1-3p. Arts, crafts, food booths. 830-591-4736. Chamber Web

Nov 28, 2015 - CHRISTMAS GALA - JINGLE BELLS & FANCY BOOTS: Leakey, at Frio Pecan Farm, 144 Red Wright Road. 5:30-11p. Social hour, dinner, dance. 830-591-4736. Chamber Web

Nov 28-Dec 29, 2015 - TRAIL OF LIGHTS: Wimberley, at 1101 FM 2325. Annual event. Chamber Web. Stroll along a walking trail through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by more than 100 local businesses, community groups and families! Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment (weather permitting). Free admission. Donations appreciate. Trail is open nightly: Sun– Thur 6p–9p and Fri-Sat 6p–10p. Lights will be on rain or shine. 512-847-6969. See schedule at: Emily Ann Web

Nov 28, 2015 - ARTS@THE Y ARTS MARKET: Oak Hill, at The Rusty Mule, 9201 US 290 W. 9a-4p. Hosted by Artist Coalition in SW Austin area. Make plans to include something handmade on your shopping list. Step away from the turkey and pie, grab the relatives and head over for great finds, food, fun and kids activities. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Gwendolyn Gates, 512-656-0445


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HOLIDAY NOTE: Many of the major holiday events that span multiple days begin in mid-Nov and continue into Dec. These events are not listed in this Dec calendar section, so be sure to check the listings above this in the Nov section.

Dec 1, 2015 - HAYS COUNTY COURTHOUSE LIGHTING: , San Marcos, at County Courthouse, 111 E San Antonio Street. 6p. Annual courthouse lighting ceremony will include caroling and a visit from Santa. Please consider bringing a toy or monetary donation for the sheriff's office Brown Santa program. Free.

Dec 2, 2015 - SANTA'S ARRIVAL & TREE LIGHTING: Kyle, at City Square Park, 101 S Burleson Street. 4:30-9p. Santa will be available to take pictures. School choirs performing holiday songs, free activities for the children, food vendors. 512-268-4220. Chamber Web, Event Web

Dec 3, 2015 - WASSAILFEST: New Braunfels, at downtown, 6-9p. Sample free wassail, live music, see holiday lights, and taste yummy festival food. 830-221-4350. Web

Dec 3-6, 2015 - SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SAN MARCOS: San Marcos, at Plaza Park, 206 N CM Allen Parkway. Holiday fest features carnival, living Nativity, arts & crafts shopping, live music, entertainment, Santa, plus thousands of lights on the banks of the San Marcos river. 512-393-8400. Web

Dec 4, 2015 - COWBOY CAPITAL CHRISTMAS & SHOPPER'S JUBILEE: Bandera, downtown, 4:30p-9p. Lighting of Christmas tree at Courthouse, performances by youth choirs, live Nativity, arrival of Santa by wagon. Shopping along a luminaria-lit Main Street, carolers in period costume, shopkeepers serve cocoa, coffee, wine and cookies. Free annual event. 210-215-1995. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 4, 2015 - COWBOY CAPITAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT PARADE: Bandera, downtown, Main Street. Bring your lawn chair and watch for Santa while you enjoy the 1st ever holiday NIGHT parade down Main Street in Bandera. Hosted by the Bandera Chamber of Commerce. Free annual event. 30-796-3280. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 4, 2015 - LIGHT THE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE, LASER SHOW & AFTERGLOW: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz. Parade 6:30p; After Glow Market 3-10p. Activities begin at 6:30p with a 12-minute laser light show on Marktplatz, facing the 100 block of W Main Street. "Afterglow" open on Marktplatz from 3-10p. when children's activities and holiday vendors will be featured. Free to the public and include local foods, beer and wine, arts and crafts and entertainment. Web

Dec 4-5, 2015 - OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS: Castroville, at Houston Square. Fri 6-9p, Sat 9a-4p. Visit one of the largest arts and crafts shows in this part of Texas. Over 250 booths feature everything from Christmas crafts, wood work, handmade jewelry, candles, crocheted items, food, and so much more. Visit with Santa at 1p on Sat and enjoy the entertainment and shopping. Free, annual event. Brenda, 830-538-3142, Web,

Dec 4-5, 2015 - CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS: Junction. Late night shopping; Lighted Christmas Parade; Family movies on the Square. Free, annual event. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Methodist Church Dec 4-5, 2015 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: Johnson City. Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414. Web

Dec 4-6, 2015 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 4-20, 2015 - HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL IN THE HILL COUNTRY: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through sleeping vineyards, and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Dec 5, 2015 - CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Medina, at Medina Methodist Church, 266 Reed Ave. 8a-2p. Annual white elephant sale, baked goods, children's game booths, vendor booths and a brunch. Santa will be available for family pictures too! Free annual event. Mary Myers, 830-688-1670, Event Web 830-796-4447 - See more at: http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/contents.cfm?pg=events&item=12#sthash.e0se6IzA.dpuf

Dec 5, 2015 - COWBOY CAPITAL CAMP FIRE CHRISTMAS: Bandera. 5p. Gather on the banks of the Medina River at City Park to enjoy amazing displays of Christmas lights & holiday vignettes. At dark the Bandera County Christian Fellowship presents a Living Nativity. Then gather around the campfire & chuck wagon for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Bring your lawn chair. 830-796-4447. Hosted by the Bandera Chamber of Commerce. Free annual event. 30-796-3280. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 5, 2015 - CHRISTMAS ON MERCER, CAR SHOW & TOWN TREE LIGHTING: Dripping Springs, along Historical Mercer Street. 10a-5p. Free annual event. Live music, children activities, food, Santa, gift tour, lighting of tree. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Dec 5, 2015 - CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART: Brady, at McCulloch County Courthouse Square. 6-8p. Flip the switch at 6p, bringing the park to life with sparking lights and dancing displays of Christmas cheer. Pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. 325-597-3491. Web

Dec 5, 2015 - CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: New Braunfels. 10a-5p. Annual event, visit 6 beautiful homes, historic to modern. 512-556-2224. 830-822-0620. Jan Morton, Sponsor Web

Dec 5, 2015 - SNOW DAY!: Bee Cave, at Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 12p-4p. It snows every weekend in December at the Hill Country Galleria! Join us for a family fun day as we bring real snow to the Hill Country Galleria! Toss a snowball, build a snow man, make a snow angel, and take fun family photos! Enjoy live holiday music, holiday carolers, and more from noon-4pm every day that it snows! The snow will be located on the street between the Amphitheater and the Bee Cave Public Library. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Contact: Courtney Bunte, 512-263-0001, info@hillcountrygalleria.com

Dec 5, 2015 - CHRISTMAS IN THE CANYON: Camp Wood. Christmas festivities; open house at local merchant stores; Santa; Shop at home; Shop the Canyon, Annual lighting of the City Tree at City Hall; Hot chocolate, Hot apple cider, Caroling. 6p-8p. 830-597-6241. 830-597-6241. Chamber Web

Dec 5, 2015 - KINDERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10a-11a. Children invited to bring their stockings to hang over the large hearth in the Kammlah House. While children are entertained with singing, stories and crafts, St. Nick drops in and fill their stockings. Annual event, free. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 5, 2015 - CULTURE CLUB HOME TOUR: Llano. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dec 5, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY TOY RUN: Johnson City. Starting at Johnson City Courthouse at 9a (arrive early at 8a for social time with coffee and donuts), the Bikers Toy Run heads west and swings through Fredericksburg, then up TX 16 N through Llano to the small town of Cherokee, picking up bikers along the way. We ride independently until we get to Cherokee where we gather together and ride into the Cherokee Children's Home together. The home makes us a light lunch and we give out presents and give the children rides, weather permitting. Usually we leave about 1-2p to ride away. One present per person or cash. With Santa and sleigh full of wrapped presents purchased through donations and proceeds from the Johnson City Pig Roast, the children of the Cherokee Home will be wide-eyed and smiling as Christmas joy is delivered and the motorcycle enthusiasts share a meal with the children and spend the afternoon with them to make their day special. Event open to all. No fee. Motorcycle encouraged. Contact: Sandie Benoist, 512-564-0801, sandie.benoist@gmail.com See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Dec 5, 2015 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Fredericksburg, from 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Walk through distinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets required. Annual event. $25. 830-990-8441. Web

National%20Park%20Service Dec 5, 2015 - "A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS IN JOHNSON CITY": Johnson City, at the Johnson Settlement. A 1920s Christmas at the Boyhood Home, and a 1860s Christmas at the Johnson Settlement. The LBJ Boyhood home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Then visitors can walk the short lighted trail from the Boyhood Home to the Johnson Settlement to experience a late 1860's Christmas in frontier Texas in the Johnson Cabin with candles, oil lamps, and two fireplaces providing the atmosphere of the season. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 5, 2015 - CAROL OF LIGHTS: Lampasas, at downtown historic square. Kicks off with multi-colored strands of lights illuminating the Lampasas County Courthouse square, museum displays, classic cars, as well as a Mrs. Santa House, and, of course, a visitor from the north Pole in the form of Santa Claus. Gingerbread house display, Christmas tree display, and more. Diana Hodges 512-525-1871. Chamber Web

Dec 5-6, 2015 - OMA'S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Annual event featuring "handcrafted in America" products. Anything from hand made beautiful jewelry to hand carved logs that have been turned into wonderful whimsical animals to be used as home or yard décor. Texas hand crafted wood items, home made jellies, hand crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand embroidered items "like your grandmother used to make" and hand painted bird feeders and bird houses that will surely please the most discerning back yard birds. Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, Host Web

Dec 5-6, 2015 - BUDAFEST: Buda, downtown, City Park, 204 San Antonio Street. 10a to dusk. Christmas parade, carnival, artisans, crafts, antiques, parade, carnival, food & drinks. Annual, free event. 512-422-7863. Web

Nov 6, 2015-Jan 2, 2016 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Drive through a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with 1 million lights & 100 displays & animation. 830-743-1293, mlbass@gvtc.com, Event Web

Dec 6, 2015 - CHRISTMAS PARADE: Llano, at Courthouse Square. 9a-9p. www.llanomainstreet.com. Hosted by Llano Main Street. Vendors will be selling handmade items, gifts, antiques, baked goods, jewelry and more. Old World Father Christmas will be in attendance for photo opportunities. Drop and Shop the kids at the LanTex Theater at 10a for a free showing of How the Grinch stole Christmas. Live Music throughout the day and a lighted parade at 6:15 p. Free admission. Brenton Lewis, 325-247-4158

Dec 6, 2015 - HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES: Lampasas, at Keystone Square Museum. One of the largest fundraisers for the Lampasas County Museum, the Tour of Homes allows ticket-holders to visit a selected roster of area homes decorated for the holidays. Light refreshments are offered at the museum. 512-556-2224. Chamber Web

Dec 6, 2015 - FRONTIER TIMES MUSEUM COWBOY CAMP: Bandera, at 510 13th St. 1-5p. Enjoy traditional cowboy music. You are welcome to bring your guitar and join in the song circle. Bring your own refreshment and chair. Free annual event. 30-796-3280. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 10-12, 2015 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: Canyon Lake. Below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: $3. 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324. Web

Methodist Church Dec 11-12, 2015 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: Johnson City. Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414. Web

Dec 11-13, 2015 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 12, 2015 - BLANCO CHRISTMAS PARADE: Blanco, Courthouse Square, Santa in Bindseil Park at dark. Christmas Market. Parade at 6:30p. Live music. Annual event, free. 830-833-5101. Chamber Web

Dec 12, 2015 - TANNENBAUM BALL: Fredericksburg. 7-11p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. An elegant evening of cocktails, seated dining, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets required. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 12, 2015 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: Burnet, on the Courthouse Square, 229 S Pierce. Annual event. Vendors open for shopping from 9a-9p. Music and live entertainment all day. Parade. Arts & crafts vendors, pictures with Santa, and the Great Bicycle Giveaway. Tammy, 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Dec 12, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT FORT CROGHAN: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 5-8:30p. Visit Ft Croghan as it was in the 1800s. The cabins are decorated and staffed by families dressed in frontier attire. All are lit by kerosene lanterns and visitors are welcomed with hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Admission and parking are free. Along with the fort, the museum will be open for people to visit. 512-756-8281. Web

Dec 12, 2015 - WINTER'S EVE FESTIVAL ON THE SQUARE: Wimberley, 5-10p. Enjoy the enchanting lights and music of the season as you make your way around the Wimberley Square for holiday shopping. Shops open late. Live entertainment, Santa arrives at 6p, food & spirits. Free, annual event. 512-847-3333. Web. Robin McCullough, 512-847-3333

Dec 12, 2015 - ST. JOSEPH’S HALLE CRAFT SHOW: Fredericksburg, 212 W San Antonio, from 9a-5p. This free annual show features artisans from Fredericksburg and across the Hill Country who will have hand crafted items including holiday décor, martin birdhouses, hand- knitted and crochet sweaters and scarves. One-of-a-kind felted purses and pillows, stylish fleece jackets, embroidery items and beautiful cutting boards will also be displayed. Lovely mosaic stained glass windows, heirloom silverplate spoon jewelry along with shabby chic hand painted furniture and vintage inspired garden items will be showcased at this event! 512-355-9041. Web National%20Park%20Service

Dec 12, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm St, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 12, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Dec 15, 2015 - CANYON LAKE CHRISTMAS PARADE: Canyon Lake Area, in Sattler. Canyon Lake Noon Lions. 11a-1p. The Biggest Christmas Parade in Comal County! 1.5 miles of front row viewing along FM 2673 in downtown Sattler. Bring your lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot. The parade includes everything from your neighbors to our County Dignitaries. The parade kicks off at 11a with a flyover by the CAF. There are antique cars, marching bands, horses, the Alzafar Shriners and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. 830-899-4406. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Dec 17-19, 2015 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: Canyon Lake. Below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: $3. 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324. Web

Dec 19, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT PINE-MOORE TOWN: Blanco, at Buggy Barn Museum, 1915 US 281 N. 6-8p. Chuck-wagon chili and beans, hot chocolate, cowboy poetry, live music, carriage rides, Santa. Free, annual event. Please bring a children's Christmas gift. 512-825-6284, Sponsor Web National%20Park%20Service

Dec 19, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 19, 2015 - CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: San Saba, at Estep/Burleson Plaza, 120 S Cherokee Street. 5-8p. Annual event. The San Saba Christmas Spectacular will be held today at the Burleson-Estep Plaza. Activities include a live nativity, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, carolers, band ensemble, and children’s cookie and ornament decorating workshops. Free refreshments. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web

Dec 19, 2015 - SNOW DAY!: Bee Cave, at Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 12p-4p. It snows every weekend in December at the Hill Country Galleria! Join us for a family fun day as we bring real snow to the Hill Country Galleria! Toss a snowball, build a snow man, make a snow angel, and take fun family photos! Enjoy live holiday music, holiday carolers, and more from noon-4pm every day that it snows! The snow will be located on the street between the Amphitheater and the Bee Cave Public Library. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Contact: Courtney Bunte, 512-263-0001, info@hillcountrygalleria.com

Dec 19, 2015 - CHRISTMAS BY THE CLIFF: New Braunfels, at Gypsy River Resort: 8690 River Road. 4p - Midnight. www.gypsyriverunion.com. We are uniting as a community to revive this special place we all call home. Join us as we come together in an effort to rebuild from the tremendous amount of loss and damages our county has suffered in the wake of the 2015 floods. Live and Silent Auction, Live music all evening long provided by 15 of our local bands, Food from Grubbin' Gypsy Food Trailer, Cold Beer, Hot Cocoa, Smore's Bar, pictures with Santa, Horse and Buggy ride through the Twinkle lit Cypress Gardens and the official Lighting of the Trees at 7p. Join the cause by sponsoring a custom hand painted ornament to be displayed on the GRU community Christmas tree or by sponsoring a beautiful pre-lit Christmas tree with a custom name plaque that will be displayed on River Road. Proceeds to Comal County American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. If you would like to help in any way please contact us: Tiffany Klinefelter, 210-789-6234, donate@gypsyriverunion.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Dec 19, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Jeks Pit Stop, 528 W Main St & 1110 E Main Street. 7a-1:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Dec 19-20, 2015 - SILVER SPUR GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. $5. 806-253-1322. Venue Web, Event Web

Dec 20, 2015 - CHRISTMAS CAROLLING BANDERA STYLE-SINGING IN THE SADDLE: Bandera, gather at Longhorn Saloon for a Christmas Caroling Trail Ride, starts 3p. Christmas Caroling Trail Ride around Bandera. Bring a horse or rent one. Wagons available for non-riders. Chuck wagon waiting at the end of the ride for hot chocolate and cookies. 800-796-3600. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 20, 2015 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 6p. Come join the Texas Hill Country community in this time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails will be lit this evening to provide visitors a beautiful experience as they walk to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music are just a preview of what will be seen here. Don’t miss this wonderful evening in the park. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Dec 26, 2015 - CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 5-7p. Tour historic buildings, enjoy live music and refreshments. 830-990-8441. Free. Web

Dec 26, 2015: ZWEITE WEIHNACTEN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Historical Society, Social Hall, 312 W San Antonio. 2-5p. This "Second Christmas", the German tradition of good food, drink, music and fellowship with friends is hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club. Try a traditional baked Stollen or a glass of warm Gluhwein. 830-997-7928. FBG Web

Dec 31, 2015 - NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION: Luckenbach, at the Dance Hall. 8p-midnight. Music, champagne. $35pp. No reservations, first come first serve. 830-997-3224. Web


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BLUEBONNET MUSIC & FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: Marble Falls, March. Live music, live artist competition and auction, and sculpture exhibit, 830-693-7385. Web

PARADE OF ARTISTS: Boerne, mid-April, sponsored by BAAA (see below). Begins with Friday evening reception. Participating galleries have various events, and include wine and food. Sat & Sun, 10a-5p galleries will be open and have artist demonstrations, artist signing and the chance to see artists at work. Great for the art novice to learn about art mediums in a casual, friendly way. Free

HIGHLAND LAKES FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL: Marble Falls, April. Sculptors, artists and painters in the Historic District. Wine tasting, live musical entertainment and juried fine art event. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

HIGHLAND LAKES ART COUNCIL BLUEBONNET TRAIL: Spring (1st weekend) and fall (2nd weekend) art shows. 512-793-2858

WINE AND ART TOUR: 877-TEX-WINE; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


Be sure to check our Live Entertainment calendar for scheduled dates booked live musical performance and entertainment, including recurring musical gatherings.

Also see our focus page on Farmers Markets & Market Days, as these market venues often have excellent live entertainment and food.

Always double check dates as schedules can change,
particularly during holidays and inclement weather.




Every Day (except Mon), GLASSBLOWING DEMONSTRATIONS: Wimberley. 800-929-6686. 6469 RR 12, San Marcos, at Wimberley Glassworks. Experience first hand the unique craftsmanship of hand blown glass from their skilled team of artisans using centuries-old techniques. Web

All Year, AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN ASSOCIATION TRAIN RIDES: 512-477-8468; Web. Historic railroad operates vintage passenger cars pulled by A 1960 diesel Alco Engine while the 1916 steam engine is restored. Coach and Lounge car rides available on Sun. Originating in Cedar Park (except the Burtram Flyer), the excursion goes into the Hill Country, including a brief stop at Bertram (take the "BERTRAM FLYER" to explore the 1912 Train Depot) and to Burnet (take the "HILL COUNTRY FLYER" with a relaxed layover for a picnic or lunch at a restaurant of your choice). Special trips for major occasions (Valentine's, Mardi Gras, Bluebonnet, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas and theme trips) with performances, mystery players, magic and fun activities on board. All seats are reserved and pre-assigned. Operates year-around. Times & locations vary so check schedule on web.

Every Mon: SENIORS BINGO: 12:30p at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Sattler Rd, Startzville. 830-899-2256.

Every Mon: OPEN PAINTING: 9:30a-10:30a. Buchanan Arts & Crafts Gallery, 17534 TX 29 E, Burnet. Free. 512-793-2858

Every Tue, BUNKHOUSE GANG: at Wenmohs Ranch, Cypress Mill. 830-825-3465. Web. Painting and fellowship of fellow artists.

Every Tue, YOUTH ARCHERY PROGRAM: Cowboys for Jesus, 8400 FM 32, Fischer. 830-935-2920

Every 1st Wed, ART ON THE BEACH: New Braunfels, at Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 IH-35 N, 6p-8p. 830-627-1020. Web. Monthly event introduces you to local artists who show and sell their artwork. Adult classes and kid's activities.

Every Thurs (summer), SUMMER IN THE PARK - THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: San Marcos, at Park Plaza, 7:30-9:30p. Free. 512-393-8400. Web

Every Thurs (June-July), ARCHERY CLINIC: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park ball field. 6:30p-8:30p. 830-644-2252. Web, off US 290 & Cornet St. Free. Bows and arrows will be provided by the park for use at this clinic. This is a fun and educational time for children 7 years and older. Adults are also welcome.

Every 1st Thurs, WIMBERLEY: YAPI (Young Artist Performance Incubator): Great opportunity for kids 18 and under to perform in an intimate setting. Maui Wowi. 512-847-6215, Web

Every Fri, SUMMER BUCKLE SERIES RODEO: Pipe Creek, at BR Lightning Ranch, 818 FM 1283. 8p. 830-535-4096. Bull riding, steer riding, calf roping, barrel racing, mutton busting, high-diving aqua mules.

Every Fri, REAL ALE TASTING ROOM & BREWERY TOURS: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, 231 San Saba Ct. 2-5p. Tour: 4p. 830-833-2534. Web

Every Fri, GO FISHING WITH A RANGER: Inks Lake SP, at 3630 Park Rd 4 W. 6p-7p. 512-793-2223. Web. After a brief safety and basic fishing skill instruction, children will get a chance to go fishing with a Park Ranger and a Master Naturalist.

Every Fri, BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS: Inks Lake SP, at 3630 Park Rd 4 W. 8a-10a. 512-793-2223. Web. Bird watching boat tour.

Every 1st Fri, MARBLE FALLS LIVE: Marble Falls, Uptown Marble Theater. Web. Variety and music show. $10

Every 1st Fri, ART WALK: Fredericksburg, Downtown. 10a-8p. www.firstfriday-fbg.blogspot.com. Ten fine art gallery open for exhibits, casual art talks, demonstrations, entertainment, with wine from local wineries. All year.

Every Fri-Sun - LIVE ROCK-N-ROLL ON THEATER STAGE: Fredericksburg, at Rockbox Theater, 109 N Llano; 830-997-7625. Web. A professional variety, live-music, Rock 'n' Roll show with 4 performances per weekend.

Every Sat, GEOLOGY ROCKS: Burnet. 10a-noon, 3630 Park Rd 4 W, Inks Lake State Park. Hike and learn about geology and cool rock formations. $3. 512-793-2223

Every Sat, COWBOYS ON MAIN: , In front of Courthouse, 500 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. 1-4p. Western display, strolling musicians on Main St, no admission fee, Web)

Every Sat, 2E TWIN ELM BUCKLE SERIES RODEO: , Bandera, TX 78003, at 810 FM 470. 1-4p. 830-796-3628. Web). Rodeo with bull riding, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing, mutton busting, calf scramble. $7

Every Sat, FLYING L COWBOY CHUCK WAGON DINNER & SHOW: , Bandera. 5a-8p. Family fun & entertainment, Bar-B-Q chuck wagon dinner, wagon rides, roping lessons, and cowboy stage show. $25. 800-292-5134. Web

Every Sat, TOUR OF HISTORIC RED TOP JAIL: 325-248-0284; See details at Llano. 11a

Every Sat, ECOLOGICAL TOURS AT JACOB'S WELL NATURAL AREA: Woodcreek, at 221 Woodacre Dr; 512-722-3390. Free

Every Sat, TREE FESTIVAL: Marble Falls, at Backbone Valley Nursery, 4201 FM 1980, from 8a-5p every Sat through Dec. 830-693-9348. Web. Free informative lectures, children's programs, and tree specials.

Every Sat, PARANORMAL TOURS: Longhorn Cavern State Park, Park Rd 4, near Kingsland & Burnet. 7p and 10p. 512-756-4680. Web

Every 1st Sat, BEER & HYMNS, FREDERICKSBURG STYLE: At Fredericksburg Brewery (on US 87 S, just south of Fredericksburg). 5-6:30p. A refreshing monthly get-together that combines the harmony of hymns with the fellowship of beer. Very informal and completely nondenominational. There is no program, no pulpit, no pews, and never a collection plate. Singers stand on concrete amid towering stainless steel ber vats and sing together for an hour or so, sometimes with a song leader, sometimes without. Pints of the brewery's signature beer circulate for $4, and free bottled water is available. Event is free and open to the public. "We don't start or end with a prayer, there is no 'message,' there is no preacher. It is about fellowship, hanging out together, and having fun. We mostly just sing."

Every 1st Sat, HANDWERKERS: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10a-noon. Group gets together to demonstrate traditional varieties of hand work, including but not limited to spinning, knitting, crocheting, tatting, sewing, lace making, hand quilting and rug hooking. All hand crafters are welcome. No dues. 830-997-2835. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Fiber Arts in the Hill Country"

Every 2nd Sat, ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH CORRIDOR MEETING: Buda, meet 10a at Hobby Lobby in Southpark Meadows

Every 2nd Sat, ART & WINE: Boerne, downtown. Park and take free trolley to see "the best art East of Santa Fee." Free. 830-249-1500. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Every 2nd Sat, SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley. 4-7p. Free. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Every Last Sat, ART WALK: Johnson City. Park, walk and enjoy the Art, Wine, Food at five downtown art galleries. 4-8p

Every 2nd Sun, TASTE WINE + ART MUSIC EVENT: Reception and live music at Taste Wine + Art Gallery, 213 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, across from the courthouse.

Every Sat & Sun, TOUR OF WESTCAVE PRESERVE: 830-825-3442; Near Bee Cave and Cypress Mill on RR 962, at 10a, noon, 2p, 4p, weather permitting, free. 830-825-3443. Parks and Web

Every 2nd & 4th Sat, NIGHTENGALE ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER-LCRA PARK TOURS: FM 1431 to CR 126, near Kingsland, 830-598-5261. 2p-5p, free. See Parks

By reservation, PRIVATELY GUIDED GEOLOGY TOUR OF LONGHORN CAVERN: 512-809-8057; Park Rd 4, near Kingsland & Burnet. Web. Choice A: For groups, min $200 fee, 4.5 hour program; Choice B: 2 hour program, standard individual ticket price plus gratuity.

Various Times, COWBOY POET, LIVE MUSIC & PROGRAMS: 512-334-2070, near Buchanan Dam, at Canyon Of The Eagles, 16942 RR 2341, at NE section of the lake. Web

Note: Many music venues have live entertainment most every Fri & Sat night. See city profiles and Hill Country Entertainment

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