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JANUARY, 2020


Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2020 - FIRST DAY HIKE: at most Texas State Parks. Start your new year with a walk in the park! Texas State Parks and parks across the nation will host First Day Hikes on Jan 1. You can also attend a star party or enjoy a campfire. Life is better outdoors! Annual family event. Normal park entrance fees apply; no additional fee for hikes. Sponsor Web, Event Web. See our Portal special focus topic page on Hill Country "Parks & Lakes

Jan 1, 2020 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Park. 6-10p. 2+ million lights transform Lakeside Park. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, get a photo with Santa, and take a stroll through the breathtaking winter wonderland that is Walkway of Lights. Open nightly, outdoors, weather permitting. Parade on opening day, 6p. 844-635-4448. Event Web

Jan 1, 2020 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Sun-Thurs: 6p-10p; Fri-Sat: 6p-11p. Drive through a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with 1 million lights & 100 displays & animation. 830-743-1293, mlbass@gvtc.com, Event Web Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Jan 1, 2020 - 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. 830-644-2252. Web. See Parks

Jan 1, 2020 - 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 and get your name on the plaque for taking the splash. Taylor Ray: 512-268-4220; TRay@cityofkyle.com Event Web

Jan 1, 2020 - POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE: Hunt, at Mo-Ranch. 1p. Open to the public to come watch and enjoy! Free food for event sliders AND spectators, awards, door prizes, live music and polar bear fun! You can join the fun and slide down the 35-foot-high, 116-foot-long water slide, straight into the icy waters of the Guadalupe River. Slider registrations are accepted the day of the event. Fundraiser for Kerrville Young Life. 800-460-4401 x266. Web
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Jan 1, 2020 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. Noon-9p. Live entertainment. Free all day. 830-629-5077. Sponsor Web

Wine Jan 1, 2020 - NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION: 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 jam session. Live band, sample the entries. 830-644-2829, Festival Web

Jan 1, 2020 - LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: Bandera. 100+ lighted Christmas Trees along with merchant displays. Lights are turned on every evening from 6-9p Free annual event. 830-796-4447. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Jan 1, 2020 - POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Castell. Gather at the Castell General Store, 19522 RR-152, prior to the plunge that will be at 10a. Celebrate New Year’s Day on the Llano River. Free t-shirt. 325-247-4100. Host Web. Facebook

Jan 1-3, 2020 - DEXTER'S HILL COUNTRY DRIVE-THRU CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY: Johnson City, 1685 US-281 N, 1 mi N of town. Features 2 million + lights; 25' tall Tree of Light; "Holidazzle Dancing Light Show"; and drive-thru tunnel of light. This display is sure to fill you with the Christmas Spirit. Enjoy the lights from the warmth of your car as you listen to our very own radio station that plays non-stop Christmas music. Open Mon-Thur: until 10p. Fri-Sun: until midnight. Free annual event. 512-955-1706

Jan 1-5, 2020 - THE DANCING LIGHTS OF MILL POND PARK: San Saba, at Mill Pond Park, 1800 US-190, E of town. Nightly. Sun-Thu: Dust-10p. Fri-Sat: Dust-Midnight. Over 30 acres of dazzling lights set to synched music on radio 88.7 FM. 325-372-8291, Chamber Web

Jan 1-5, 2020 - 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. Sponsor Web, Event Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at: www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Jan 1-5, 2020 - 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: $15. Includes skate rental. 830-733-7996. Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2020 to April 31, 2020 - WINTERFISCH: Mason, at the James River Crossing, FM-2389. 1-5p. Annual fish release by TPWD, stocking 9-12 inch rainbow trout in over 100 locations across Texas, including here. Assistance available for those new to fishing. Bring your own gear or borrow a pole. Cook you catch up on the campfire or take it to a participating restaurant in Mason and let them prepare it for you. Fishing guides, loaner poles and tackle, flyfishing demo, campfire, Dutch Oven cooking demo, live music, Naturalist and Ranger Talks. 512-496-2020. Sponsor Web, Facebook Event, tonyplutino@gmail.com

AgriLifeJan 2-3, 2020 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Premium Sale and Salsa Contest on the 5th, 4-H and FFA youth projects. Web. Keitha Johnson, 833-833-4138, bcyc78@gmail.com

Jan 2-4, 2020 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Fort Mason Park Community Building on US-87. 325-347-6459. Chamber Web. Facebook

Jan 4, 2020 - FRIO RIVER CHILI COOK-OFF & POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Leakey, at Frio Pecan Farm. A night of fun, food and freez'n for a reason. EMS fundraiser. Music, karaoke, silent auction. BYOB. Beer and wine available for purchase. Kathy, Shelly. Host 1, Host 2

Jan 5-11, 2020 - KENDALL COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE: Comfort, Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, 649 FM-289. 10a-10p. Free annual event. 830-249-9343. Web, Host Web

Jan 8-12, 2020 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas, at Show Barn, US-281. Facebook, Event Web

Science Mill Jan 9, 2020 - HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE SCIENCE MILL- NANOTECHNOLOGY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. The Science Mill's monthly Homeschool Day focuses on careers in Nanotechnology! In hands-on activities, students can examine images taken at four scales -- macro, micro, nano, and atomic -- visit the Nanospace Theme Park online and calculate the size of their hands in nanometers versus centimeters. Age-based Learning Labs include comparing different "nano" views, converting body measurements into nano-scale, and imagining life as the Incredible Shrinking Kid! Plus, students can explore the museum's 50+ unique exhibits and see "Incredible Predators 3D". Homeschool activities will run 10am-2pm, the museum will be open 10am-4pm. Reserve your spot now by emailing: programs@sciencemill.org. Under 3 free; 3-18 $9.50; Adults $11; Seniors (65+), Military $5.50. Learning Lab $5. Sponsor Web, Event Web. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Jan 9-10, 2020 - SAN SABA COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, Church Street. Annual event, FFA hosted. Facebook

Jan 9-10, 2020 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at Show Barn. 830-232-6755. Web 1, Web 2, Facebook

Jan 9-11, 2020 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G Rollie White Complex. Web

Jan 9-11, 2020 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at John L Kuyllll Arena & Event Center, 2249 RR-152 West. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 9-11, 2020 - 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. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

Jan 9-11, 2020 - BANDERA COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX-16 North. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755. Web

Jan 9-11, 2020 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. 979-324-9431, Web, Map

Jan 9-12, 2020 - CLAY CONTINUUM: San Marcos, at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. 10a-4p. Four days! Four instructors! Intensive exploration of wheel, sculpture, hand building, and firing. Join Billy Ray Mangham, Bridget Hauser, Randy Brodnax, and this year’s special guest, Gaye Lynn Hodgson for a workshop you’ll never forget! Tuition of $500 includes clay, instruction, 5 great meals, and a life changing experience. 512-558-1723. Sponsor Web

Jan 10-12, 2020 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE MARKET: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Annual event with admission charge. 918-619-2875. Sponsor Web. Gail Kinney, 918-619-2875. Also see special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country".
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Jan 11, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Ranch Park Jan 11-25, 2020 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. Web1, Web2

Jan 12-18, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Kerrville, at 3785 TX-27. Web, Facebook. 830-257-3112

Jan 18, 2020 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-9p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. 830-997-3224. Web

Science Mill Jan 18, 2020 - SNOW DAY AT THE SCIENCE MILL: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. a family-friendly Snow Day on Saturday, January 18th with real snow creating a winter wonderland full of science in the Texas Hill Country! In addition to special Snow Day activities 10am-2pm, the museum will be open from 10am-4pm. Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow. Snow Day at the Science Mill is open to all and activities are free with admission, which includes access to all of the Science Mill's hands-on exhibits and a 3D movie. In the case of rain, this event will be postponed. 0-2 years old: free; 3-18 (or with student ID): $9.50; Adults: $11; Seniors (65+): $9; and Military $5.50. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Web

Jan 18, 2020 - DINNER WITH THE ARTS: New Braunfels. Art exhibit, art organizations displays, wine reception, food, entertainment, awards. 830-358-3480. www.gnbac.org

Jan 18, 2020 - CORVETTES ON THE SQUARE: Lampasas, at courthouse square. Open to all, free event. Enjoy music, vendors, shopping. No juried, no awards. Chamber Web. shawn@corvetteinvasion.com.

Jan 18-19, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX-16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 9-6, Sun 10-4. Free, open to public. 325-248-1067. Event Web

Jan 24-26, 2020 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 10a-5p. Transports modern-day visitors into a time and place from far away. Occurring over a single weekend in January, a village's worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time. Live entertainment on 3 stages. The Merchant village of over 40 artisans will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and eclectic and unique crafts. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick. Admission charge. Family friendly, Event Web. Event Web. Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Jan 24-26, 2020 - WIMBERLEY ART & SOUL: Wimberley, Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. 8a. Pack your bags and head to Wimberley for four action-packed days of opportunity to Learn, Create and Experience the art and soul of Wimberley brought to you by the creative community of Wimberley. Over 50 activities. Free, annual event. Tickets. Vanessa Horodecky, 512-847-2201, wimberleyartnsoul@gmail.com

Jan 25, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT 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. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-626-5561

Jan 25, 2020 - CHUCK WAGON CHOW DOWN, HIGHLAND LAKES SERVICE LEAGUE: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 South Water Street. 5:30-8:30p. This auction and dinner raise funds to provide grants to non-profits, scholarships for adult women and financial support for families in need. Annual event. $40. Tickets. Linda S. Baker, 214-762-8321, slabylb@gmail.com

Jan 26, 2020 - SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY: Johnson City, at the Science Mill. 4-8p. Showcases top restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries in the area that will offer samples. Silent auction. Live music. Benefits BeautifyJC! project and local scholarship fund. Tickets: $50 IA/$60 AD. 830-868-7684. Web

Jan 26, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY WEDDING SHOW: New Braunfels, at The Village Venue. 1-5p. Join us for a wedding event like no other. Visit and interact with 50 of the best Hill Country wedding vendors. Amazing door prizes from each vendor, brunch, cocktails, bridal fashion show, individual vendor booth presentations, live hair and makeup demos, a cake dig for a spectacular grand prize, and more. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsored by New Braunfels Wedding Chamber, a non-profit entity. Sponsor Web
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Jan 31-Feb 7, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country starting in Albert, with overnight stops in: Blanco, Kendalia, Sisterdale and Peterson Ranch. Free to watch. Annual event. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"


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FEBRUARY, 2020


Feb 1, 2020 - LLANO AREA WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. Located inside the climatized center. 9a-3p. Sponsored by the 501c3 Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail. Food and drink available. Annual event. Cost: $1/p. Chamber Web. 325-247-5354, info@llanochamber.org

Feb 1-2, 2020 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 10a-5p. Transports modern-day visitors into a time and place from far away. Occurring over a single weekend in January, a village's worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time. Live entertainment on 3 stages. The Merchant village of over 40 artisans will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and eclectic and unique crafts. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick. Admission charge. Family friendly. Rain or shine. Event Web. Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Delicious Food Feb 6, 2020 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6-9p. 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

Wine Feb 7-23, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVER'S CELEBRATION: 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 8, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 8, 2020 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web
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Feb 8, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Feb 9, 2020 - CHILI COOK-OFF & CAR SHOW BENEFITING CANDLELIGHT RANCH: Marble Falls, at Candlelight Ranch, 6408 Muleshoe Bend Trail. Noon-4p. Annual event. Chili masters from across the state will share their delicious chili creations to attendees and celebrity judges. Auto enthusiasts will also love showing off their cars and motorcycles this year at our Car Show. Also zip lines for children, hay rides, nature scavenger hunts, as well as live music, raffle items, grilled sausage and veggie wraps. By donation! Beer, Wine and Dulce Vida Tequila included in the ticket prices! 100% of proceeds go directly to Candlelight Ranch. Event Web. Jennifer Hartner: 512-323-5300

Feb 9, 2020 - CELTIC FEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. A Celebration of St Brigid's Day, the first day of Spring in Ireland. Noon-6p. Traditional Irish and Celtic music, arts, crafts. Family friendly. 512-393-8400. Web

Science Mill Feb 12, 2020 - HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE SCIENCE MILL- ENGINEERING: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. Monthly Homeschool Day focuses on careers in engineering: use your engineering skills to take wild ideas from design to reality: A roller coaster for marbles! A maze for robots! Catapults that play catch! Challenge yourself to build crazy contraptions from unusual materials, including a sky-high tower from bamboo skewers. Register in advance for immersive Learning Labs. Plus, students can explore the museum's 50+ unique exhibits and see "Incredible Predators 3D". Homeschool activities will run 10am-2pm, the museum will be open 10a-4p. Reserve your spot now by emailing: programs@sciencemill.org. Under 3 free; 3-18 $9.50; Adults $11; Seniors (65+), Military $5.50. Learning Lab $5. Sponsor Web, Event Web. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Feb 12-15, 2020 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS & GUMBO COOK-OFF: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. World Championship Gumbo Cook-off on Saturday. Costume contest, canine costume contest, and special country and Cajun Zydeco and CW music. Saturday Mardi Gras Parade, floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks, & plenty of beads! 830-796-4849. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Feb 14-15, 2020 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 8p-11p. Annual campout and Valentine's Ball with a name band with performances on Fri and Sat. Ticket required. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 14-15, 2020 - HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Altstadt Brewery, 6120 US-290 East. Hosted by The Victory Cup. Champagne. Live Music. Hot Air Balloons. Fireworks. Oysters. Drinks. Vendors. Come enjoy an amazing Valentine's Day Weekend. VIP Passes will include either a Hot Air Balloon or Helicopter Ride (your choice to decide day of), a champagne toast before your flight, unlimited oysters during the day and complimentary Rose' throughout the day as well! Kid and pet friendly, bring the entire family. Capped at 500 VIP guests the entire weekend, purchase your tickets early as they sell out each year.

Feb 14-15, 2020 - HIGHLAND LAKES QUILT FESTIVAL: Burnet, Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. Sponson Web. Highland Lakes Quilt Guild presents their Biennial quilt show. Over 100 Quilts displayed, Guild boutique, silent auction, vendors, bits & pieces. $7, Children under 10, Free. Ruth Henderson, 713-628-0035, hlqguild@gmail.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 15, 2020 - 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, 2020 - MARDI GRAS BALL & BANQUET: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse Ballroom, 300 Main Street. 6-10p. Delicious food, cocktails and live music. Costumes highly encouraged. Prizes. Sponsorships available. Tickets required: $40/mbr, $55/non-mbr. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, Chamber Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Feb 15, 2020 - SMOKEHOUSE SECRETS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-Noon. Discover how sausage, bacon and ham were cured a century ago. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Feb 23, 2019 - MARDI GRAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Bandera, at Bandera County Courthouse Lawn. 7a. Proceeds benefit the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. Free admission. Web. Genie Strickland, 210-215-1995. genie@growthresourcetx.com

Feb 18, 2020 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Castell, at Castell General Store, 19522 RR-152 West. 9a-5p. Fre admission. $25 if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment, BBQ, burgers. Annual event. Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100, Sponsor Web

Feb 15-16, 2020 - 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

Feb 21-22, 2020 - 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 21-23, 2020 - GRTU TROUTFEST - FLY FISHING BANQUET & EXPOSITION: New Braunfels, at L&L Campground, 11699 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! Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

National%20Museum Feb 22, 2020 - DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E Main St, in the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom. 830-997-8600 ext #204. 10a-4p. An all-day community program marking the annual Day of Remembrance, an important event for the Japanese American community. Annual event offers cultural activities and educational opportunities for all ages. On Feb 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry. Special programs will be held throughout the day. Free admission. 830-997-8600. Web

Feb 22-23, 2020 - SPRING 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"

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 26, 2020 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the JC Library. 10a-3p. Annual workshop for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Guest authors. Theme is: "Communicating with Comedy: Using the power of laughter - in any genre - will build a larger audience and elevate your work from good to memorable". Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. Cost: $45 including lunch. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 27-29, 2020 - FREEZER DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: Junction. Top-O-Texas shot off of Lovers Leap on Loop 481 (Scenic View).... is where you can meet to enter the competition to throw a disc into the basket at the bottom of the bluff. Sponsored by Junction Tourism, Disc Golf, and Lions Club. Cost is $5 and you do not have to be entered into the Disc Golf Tournament. Prize is the Disc Golf Freezer/Sizzler truck. The three Junction Disc Golf courses consist of 18 baskets each and located on both sides of the Llano River in the City and County Parks and at the Junction Golf Club (ball golf) on FM-2169. The scenic parks have sidewalks, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball, basketball, restrooms and lots of shade provided by large pecan trees. Disc golf players are welcome year round to enjoy the beautiful course and setting in the Texas Hill Country. Annual event. Hoytt Moss, 325-446-6565. Event Web

Feb 28-29, 2020 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Resort, 1801 CR-348 (River Road), on campground. IBCA sanctioned event. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. Benefits CCVFD. 830-232-6625. a href="http://www.friocountry.com" target="_blank">Sponsor Web, Event Web

Feb 29, 2020 - INDIE FILM NITE IN BLANCO: Blanco, at Gem of the Hills, 2233 US-281 North. 2-5p. Selected short films, food, BYOB, Q & A with filmmakers. Fun! Cost: $45/pp. Sponsored by Hill Country Film Society. Connie Barron: 512-750-6362. Web, Tickets, Facebook

MARCH 2020


Mar 1, 2020 - BRIDAL SHOWER EXPO: Dripping Springs, at 1042 Event Center Drive. Noon-5p. 737-202-5060

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 9-11, 2020 - SPRING BREAK SPECIAL: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 9a-4p. Beat the crowds and get to the Sauer-Beckmann Farm early this Spring Break! Just for this week visit this 1915 German-Texan farmstead an hour earlier than usual. We will be open 9am to 4pm March 9 through 13. This week is usually our busiest time for visitors so come early to beat the crowds! Family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web
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Mar 14, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Mar 19, 2020 - CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS SAURUS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 4-10p. Annual event. Venue Web

Mar 21, 2020 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI FEST: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. Annual event parody on electing a Mayor of Luckenbach, who serves just one day Live music, awards. Anyone from anywhere who shows up can cast a vote on Election Day. No fees. Prepare your campaign and signs. 830-997-3224. Sponsor Web, Facebook

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 21, 2020 - 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 21, 2020 - FIREHOUSE ANTIQUES AND FLEA MARKET: Cottonwood Shores, at VFD, 610 Birch Lane. 9a-5p. Free admission. Vendors: Come display your antiques, collectibles and craft goods. Minimal booth space rental fee. Sponsor-Host Web. Mary Ann Plumley, 830-220-9020, mah1208@rocketmail.com events@wsvfd.org

Mar 21-22, 2020 - SILVER SPUR GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town, at Exhibition Hall. All day. Host & Event Web, Venue Web

Mar 24, 2020 - JURIED WATERCOLOR SHOW AND SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, downtown. 10a-4p daily, closed Sun-Mon. The Guadalupe Watercolor Group with 75+ members, based in Kerrville, is having their juried show. Many of the artists are professional - and all artwork is gallery quality, offered at club prices. Many different styles and subject matter. Free admission, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. Kim Ort, 830-895-2911. Sponsor Web

Mar 26-29, 2020 - MASON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mason, at Odeon Theater, 122 Moody St, and at other locations. http://masonchambermusicfestival.org. Cerise Carter: 817-946-4103; ceriseceleste@gmail.com or Brie Lehmberg: 325-218-2686; brie.mbd@gmail.com

Mar 26-29, 2020 - THUNDER IN THE HILL COUNTRY: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX-16 North. Annual motorcycle rally event with tent and RV camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest, wet t-shirt naughty night. No one under 21 allowed. $45/pp. 409-655-8800. Web


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Apr 2-4, 2020 - LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: Llano, at Badu Park. Chuck wagon enthusiasts get together on the banks of the Llano River and go back in time to an era when the west was settled. They use traditional cooking methods from that era, wear traditional dress and experience traditional neighborly fun as they compete for prizes in a number of categories. Free admission. Meal ticket: $20. 325-247-5354. Event Web, Chamber Web

Apr 3-5, 2020 - TEXAS VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FANDANGO: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. A vintage swap meet, vintage bike show, and vintage races all rolled into one fun-packed weekend. Event Web. 830-997-2359, Venue Web
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Apr 4, 2020 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 4, 2020 - HILL COUNTRY LIVING FESTIVAL + RAINWATER REVIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. 10a-5p. Hill Country Alliance: education, conservation, cooperationCelebrate the art of catching the rain and living lightly, responsibly and beautifully in the Texas Hill Country. A free, one-day event that's part education, part festival, and always good fun! 75+ vendors & exhibitors. Artisan & food purveyor marketplace. Native & drought-tolerant plant sale o acoustic music stage. Hands-on workshops. Raindrop Stop for Kids. Dark night sky exhibits. 21+ Hill Country tasting room. Airstream, vintage & tricked-out travel trailers. Sponsor Web, Event Web. Karen Ford, 512-922-8234, kford@waterpr.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 4, 2020 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape 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

Apr 4, 2020 - 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. Donations gladly accepted toward preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 4, 2020 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLOW CITY: Willow City, at 2501 RR-1323. 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 5, 2020 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BBQ MEAL AND PRIZE DRAWING BENEFIT: 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. Plates available in Drive Thru and Dine In at 11 a.m. (until sold out): $10 (includes BBQ chicken or pork with all the trimmings, pinto beans, potato salad, pickles, onions, bread, and slice of cake). Tea is provided (if dining inside). 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 10-12, 2020 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, Downtown Square area, 229 S Pierce Avenue. 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, wiener 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"
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Apr 14, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Apr 17, 2020 - FINANCIAL LITERACY EVENT- SMART MONEY SMART FAMILY SMART KIDS: Kerrville, at 228 Earl Garrett. 5:30p-6:30p. Parents! Teens! Kids! Comerica & Art2Heart bring you this event for the whole family! Our goal is to equip adults and kids with tools to make better decisions about money and help them avoid future financial frustrations. Free event. Facebook Art2Heart, 830-792-3338, art2heartinfo@gmail.com

Apr 18, 2020 - BLUEBONNET ANTIQUE TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. 9a start. Tractor enthusiasts enjoy the day on their tractor, riding through some of the prettiest areas. Tractor entry and participation open to the public, with no age limit on tractors. 22 mile loop. Annual event. 830-889-9348, 830-889-0070. Event Web

Apr 24-25, 2020 - PETTICOATS ON THE PRAIRIE VINTAGE SPRING MARKET: Llano, at John Kuykendall Event Center and Arena. Purveyors of everything rusty, vintage and junky! POTP has been voted one of the Top Vintage Markets in the US by Flea Market Style Magazine, so join our POTP family and see why! Facebook

Apr 25, 2020 - SOUTH WEST BELTED GALLOWAY SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, at Showbarn, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. All day. Venue Web

Apr 25-26, 2020 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX-27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. 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.

LATER IN 2020


Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 9, 2020 - 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
Artists
May 9, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

May 16, 2020 - TESTICLE FESTIVAL: Castell, at Castell General Store. 11a-8p. Live music, auction, BBQ, pizza. Annual event. 325-247-4100. Host Web. Facebook

May 16-17, 2020 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 8a-6p. Several children’s activities are held throughout the day on Saturday. A variety of vendors are on hand to sell their treasurers. Food and drink available. If you want to take a closer look into the past, join us for a fun filled weekend. Annual event. Adults: $6; Kids: 12 & under: free. Free parking. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web
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June 13, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

July 4-5, 2020 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. 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 Jul 11, 2020 - PRESERVING THE HARVEST: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 9a-12p. The only way to ensure your family had vegetables to eat during the winter was to can or pickle the summer harvest. Stop by the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm to find out how to preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables. You will also learn the true meaning of the old phrase "if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" Family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web
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July 11, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

July 18, 2020 - 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, domino tournament, goat roping, chili cook-off, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Event Web, Venue Web

July 18, 2020 - LONESTAR BBQ COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 9a-4p. Venue Web, Event Web

July 18, 2020 - ORIGINAL RACE DAY CLASSIC STEER SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. All day. Venue Web, Event Web

July 18-19, 2020 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. 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"

July 25-26, 2020 - LAKEFEST DRAG BOAT RACES: Marble Falls, Johnson Park & Lakeside Park, entrance at Yett & Main St, 307 Buena Vista Drive. 7a start. The Chamber turns Lake Marble Falls into a liquid quarter-mile "racetrack" and the banks of the lake into a wild boat race party. 120+ race boats. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web

July 30-Aug 1, 2020 - SIZZLER DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: Junction. Top-O-Texas shot off of Lovers Leap on Loop 481 (Scenic View).... is where you can meet to enter the competition to throw a disc into the basket at the bottom of the bluff. Sponsored by Junction Tourism, Disc Golf, and Lions Club. Cost is $5 and you do not have to be entered into the Disc Golf Tournament. Prize is the Disc Golf Freezer/Sizzler truck. The three Junction Disc Golf courses consist of 18 baskets each and located on both sides of the Llano River in the City and County Parks and at the Junction Golf Club (ball golf) on FM-2169. The scenic parks have sidewalks, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball, basketball, restrooms and lots of shade provided by large pecan trees. Disc golf players are welcome year round to enjoy the beautiful course and setting in the Texas Hill Country. Annual event. Hoytt Moss, 325-446-6565. Event Web

Aug 7-9, 2020 - THE PEDDLER SHOW: New Braunfels, at the Civic and Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. 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! Cost: $7. Free parking. 512-358-1000. Web
Artists
Aug 8, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Aug 8, 2020 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. 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 20-23, 2020 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOW: 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. All dat. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 21, 2020 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Fredericksburg, at downtown. Annual, free event. 830-997-2359. Host & Venue Web
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Sep 12, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Sep 26, 2020 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE WINE FIESTA & TRADE DAYS: Castell, 19522 West RR-152. 1:30-5p. Many wineries represented. You will have a "Barrel of a Good Time!" Live music, door prizes, classic car show at 11a. 325-247-4100. Host Web. Facebook

AgriLifeSep 26, 2020 - SCHOLARSHIP FEST: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Exhibition Hall. 4-10p. As part of their mission "to encourage, instruct, and promote the education of the youth of Gillespie County," the Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association offers its Scholarship Fund. At this event, have fun while you help fund scholarships for graduating seniors in Gillespie County! Since 1998, Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association has awarded over $358,650 for 647 scholarships! 830-997-2359. Sponsor Web, Venue Web, info@gillespiefair.com

Oct 10, 2020 - FALL FOLIAGE TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. held in conjunction with the Gillespie County Fair. This show provides visitors a take back approach to the good ol’ days. Many activities such as agricultural displays, tractor displays, engine displays, antique tractor pulls, and a working blacksmith shop are open for your viewing pleasure. Our replica of a 1920’s farm house is open for viewing. Members enjoy the weekend of fellowship along with helping preserve the past the traditional end of the harvest season. 830-889-9348. Event Web
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Oct 10, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Oct 24, 2020 - GOAT & RIB COOK-OFF & SANGRIA POUR-OFF: Castell, at General Store, 19522 RR-152 W. 10a-2p. 325-247-4100. Host Web. Facebook

Oct 24-25, 2020 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town, at Exhibition Hall. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com Event Web, Venue Web

Nov 14, 2020 - FIREHOUSE ANTIQUES AND FLEA MARKET: Cottonwood Shores, at VFD, 610 Birch Lane. 9a-5p. Free admission. Vendors: Come display your antiques, collectibles and craft goods. Minimal booth space rental fee. Sponsor-Host Web. Mary Ann Plumley, 830-220-9020, mah1208@rocketmail.com events@wsvfd.org
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Nov 14, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Nov 21, 2020 - WILD GAME DINNER: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town, at Exhibition Hall. Prize drawing, silent & love auction, fun games, hunters exhibits. Proceeds support scholarships and education-related grants. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 27-29, 2020 - PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. A holiday weekend shopping experience with three buildings filled with designers, craftsmen and creators from all over the country. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Cost: $5 in advance or $7 at the door, and is good for all weekend. Children under 12 are free. Free parking. Open Fri Noon-6p, Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-4p. Special Sneak Peek on Friday. Annual event. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web

Dec 5, 2020 - GUMBO COOK-OFF: Castell, at General Store, 19522 RR-152 W. 10a-2p. 325-247-4100. Host Web. Facebook
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Dec 12, 2020 - 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, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Dec 19-20, 2020 - SILVER SPUR GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town, at Exhibition Hall. All day. Host & Event Web, Venue Web

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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-Thur - PICKER CIRCLE: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Free. Listen or sing/play. 888-311-8990. Sponsor 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, 2E TWIN ELM TEAM ROPING: Bandera, TX 78003, at 810 FM-470. 6:30p. Apr-Aug. 253-209-1109. Web.

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

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

Every Wed, SONGWRITER HANG: Spring Branch, at Shade Tree Saloon, 7-9p, hosted by Grammy nominated David Lee. Songwriters are encouraged to come and play a song and hang in a creative, original music environment.

Every Wed, COMMUNITY BINGO: Bandera, at American Legion Post 157, at 205 12th Street. Doors Open: 6p. Bingo: 7-10p. www.al157tx.org. Non-profit, non-smoking, no alcohol facility. Free bingo. Food available for purchase. Susan Junker, 830-796-7528, amlegion157@live.com

Every Wed, GRILL AND CHILL AT THE LOST MAPLES WINERY: Vanderpool, 34986 RR-187. 5-8p. Bring whatever you’d like to grill out to the winery and join us for a cookout. We’ll have several grills fired up and ready, our tasting room open and the band will be playing. Just bring your own seafood, steak, wild game or even just veggies, and we’ll help you pair the perfect wine with your culinary creations. Free weekly event. Tom Slaughter, 830-966-5131. Facebook

Every Wed, COUNTRY PICKER'S CIRCLE: Kerrville, at Wild Ass Hey Barn, 101 Rowland Ln, Kerrville, TX 78028. 6p. Free. 830-367-1737; http://bluegarcomplex.com

Every Wed, SONGWRITERS CIRCLE: Spring Branch, at Shade Tree Saloon & Grill, 13430 US-281 North. 7-9p. Free. 830-885-5550; www.shadetreesaloon.com. Hosted by Grammy-nominated hit Nashville songwriter David Lee.

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

ArcheryEvery Thurs (June-July), ARCHERY CLINICS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park ball field, on Cornet Street. 6:30p-8p. 830-644-2252. Web. 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 welcome.

Every 1st Thur, FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs. Enjoy special activities, music, art, dining and shopping. Open late downtown. Web

Every 3rd Thur, A THIRST FOR NATURE: Boerne. A specially themed event at Cibolo Nature Center, for you to learn about different local plants and wildlife. Sip on beverages made for the theme. 830-249-4616. Event Web

Every 3rd Thur, THIRD THURSDAY COWBOY CAMP: Medina. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas or Western swing music are welcome to sit in. Public invited. 830-796-3045. www.banderacowboycapital.com

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, SUMMER RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 TX-16 North. 830-522-0054. June & July. Gate Fee $10 age 6 and up. Event Web Karen: 30-777-7129, banderarodeo@gmail.com

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 Fri, POT LUCK LUNCHES: Marble Falls, at Senior Activity Center, 618 Ave L. 11a-3p. 830-693-5611. Ages 50+. Games. www.marblefallsseniorcenter.org

Every 1st Fri, ART WALK: Fredericksburg, Downtown. 5p. www.ffawf.com. Ten fine art gallery open for exhibits, casual art talks, demonstrations, entertainment, with wine from local wineries. Event held every month.

Every 1st Fri, ART WALK: Marble Falls, Historic Downtown. 5-8p. Facebook. All year. Enjoy shopping, dining, art, live music and more. Watch for specials.

Every 2nd Fri, FOUR SQUARE FRIDAY: Uvalde, at Historic Downtown, 6-9p, late night shopping, food, live music and art. 830-278-4115. www.visituvalde.com

Every 2nd Fri, COMMUNITY WIDE JAM SESSION: Medina, at Community Center on TX-16. Free family event features local musicians. 6p. Bring a covered dish, snack or dessert to share. Everyone welcome.

Every 4th Fri, PICKIN & GRINNIN'& OPEN MIC: Briggs, at Community Center, 185 Loop 308. 6:30p. 512-556-1471. Bluegrass, country music, folk music. All musicians are welcome whether amplified or acoustic! Kids and teens that play & sing, or adults that just want to pick along.

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. Cover charge.

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, 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

Most Sat, GUNFIGHT RE-ENACTMENTS: Bandera Cattle Company, at Bandera Visitors Center, most Saturdays at Noon and 2p. 830-796-3045. 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 beer 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."

QuiltEvery 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 BEAT: Boerne, downtown. 4-8p. 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 Sun, MUSIC IN THE PARK: Llano, at Badu Park, by the Llano River. 3-6p. Pickers circle open to all types of musicians. Bring you guitars, voice, or other instruments or just come hangout. Family friendly. Free admission and free vendor spaces.

Every Sun, SUNDAY PICKERS CIRCLE: Fredericksburg, at Pecan Grove Store, 5244 US-16 N. 2-6p. Rain or shine. Grab your guitar, fiddle, partner and join us in the pickers circle. Hosted by Paul Wright cheers.

Every 2nd Sun, MUSIC FEST: Bandera, at Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street. 1-4p. Pickers Circle. Free. Bring lawn chairs. 830-328-0321. www.frontiertimesmuseum.org

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. 2-5p, free. See Parks

Frontier Times Museum Every 4th Sun, FRONTIER TIMES JAMBOREE: Bandera, at Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, 1 block N of County Courthouse. 1-4p. Live music, storytelling and more. Free and fun for all ages. 830-796-3864. Sponsor Web.

Last Sat of Month, JOHNSON CITY ART WALK: Johnson City. A celebration of Art. Come by for great art, many other wonderful decorative items, refreshments and eats, 4-8p. Facebook

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

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