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JANUARY, 2021


Jan 1, 2021 - 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, 2021 - 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, 2021 - 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. Also New Year's Eve Dance. Kathy, Shelly. Host 1, Host 2

Jan 1, 2021 - POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE: Hunt, at Mo-Ranch. Noon. 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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2021 - FIRST DAY HIKE: at most Texas State Parks. Because of Covid, some parks have cancelled this event, so check with the park website. 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

Dec 1, 2020-Jan 1, 2021 - TRAIL OF LIGHTS: Burnet, at Wallace Riddell Park, the courthouse square, and Hamilton Creek Park. Dusk to dawn. Free annual event. Web

Jan 1-2, 2021 CHRISTMAS BY THE HIGHWAY: Granite Shoals, at the corner of H.A. Barnett Dr and RR-1431 from 5-11:30p and 6-7:30a as students make their way to school. Free, donations desired. 100 displays, of which 20 are animated.

Jan 1-3, 2021 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Because of Covid restrictions, there will not be any live events this year, but the lights will be on every night Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at: HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Jan 1-3, 2021 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, Kinderhalle Pavilion, 100 block of W Main, 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. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 830-997-6597. Event Web

Jan 1-3, 2021 - 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

Jan 1-6, 2021 - 55 NIGHTS OF FREDERICKSBURG LIGHTS: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, 100 block of W Main, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Recurring daily, 6p. 830-997-6523. Enjoy an approximately 5 minute audio program that will include traditional holiday music as well as the history of the iconic 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid and Community Christmas Tree. The audio program will conclude with a countdown to the lighting of all the holiday lights each evening Free annual event. Web

Jan 1-7, 2021 - THE JONES' CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Boerne, at 208 Wollschlaeger Drive. Celebrate the with 1/2 million lights all programmed to music. We have added a ton of new fun items to the display this year. Tune your radio to 94.5 FM while you drive through, and dim your headlights so others can enjoy as well. Donations welcomed for local families in need, with donation box located by the front gate near the house. Lights run every night (unless pouring rain) from from dark until 10p. Web-Facebook

Jan 1- approx Jan 15, 2021 - FESTIVITY OF LIGHTS: Leakey, at the Courthouse, 101 S Market St, downtown. This Annual event honors the memory of loved ones and our beloved military with amazing lighted trees and patriotic wreaths surrounding the Courthouse. 830-232-6102. Facebook

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1-Apr 30, 2021 - 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

Jan 6-8, 2021 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Fort Mason Park Community Building on US-87. 325-347-6459. Chamber Web. Facebook

Jan 6-9, 2021 - 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 6-9, 2021 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at John L Kuykendall Arena & Event Center, 2249 RR-152 West. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 7-9, 2021 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas, at Show Barn, US-281. Facebook, Event Web

Jan 7-9, 2021 - 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 7-9, 2021 - SAN SABA COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, Church Street. Annual event, FFA hosted. Facebook

Jan 8-10, 2021 - 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 9, 2021 - 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

Science Mill Jan 13, 2021 - HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE SCIENCE MILL-CHEMISTRY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. sciencemill.org/homeschool-registration. Fizz, foam, bubble, bang—mix things up with Careers in Chemistry at January's Homeschool Days! Solve chemistry riddles and explore the science behind chemical reactions that make foaming geysers and floating blobs. Hear about unexpected chemistry careers and the future of the field in a video interview with chemistry professor Amanda Spiewak. All young learners are welcome to join Homeschool Day, including learning pods and those with asynchronous school schedules.
Reserve your spot now by emailing: programs@sciencemill.org. Ages 0-2: free; 3-17 (or with student ID): $9.50; Adults 18-64: $11; Seniors (65+): $9; Military: $5.50. Learning Lab $5
Face masks are required for all participants ages 5 and up inside the museum.
Sponsor Web, Event Web. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

AgriLifeJan 13-16, 2021 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Web. Keitha Johnson, 833-833-4138, bcyc78@gmail.com

Jan 14-15, 2021 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at Show Barn. 830-232-6755. Web 1, Web 2, Facebook

Jan 14-16, 2021 - 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 16, 2021 - ANNUAL BEND GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Bend, at Bend General Store, 112 CR-438. 7a start. Awards, live music, camping. 325-628-3523. Web

Jan 16, 2021 - 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

Jan 16-23, 2021 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Kerrville, at 3785 TX-27. Web, Facebook. 830-257-3112

Science Mill Jan 21, 2021 - HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE SCIENCE MILL-CHEMISTRY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. sciencemill.org/homeschool-registration. Fizz, foam, bubble, bang—mix things up with Careers in Chemistry at January's Homeschool Days! Solve chemistry riddles and explore the science behind chemical reactions that make foaming geysers and floating blobs. Hear about unexpected chemistry careers and the future of the field in a video interview with chemistry professor Amanda Spiewak. All young learners are welcome to join Homeschool Day, including learning pods and those with asynchronous school schedules.
Reserve your spot now by emailing: programs@sciencemill.org. Ages 0-2: free; 3-17 (or with student ID): $9.50; Adults 18-64: $11; Seniors (65+): $9; Military: $5.50. Learning Lab $5
Face masks are required for all participants ages 5 and up inside the museum.
Sponsor Web, Event Web. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Jan 23-24, 2018 - KERRVILLE WINTER MARKET: Kerrville, at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. Admission charge. 888-225-3427. Sponsor Web

Ranch Park Jan 27-30, 2021 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. Web1, Web2

Jan 29-31, 2021 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Arts 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. Free Admission. Family friendly, Event Web. Event Web. Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Jan 31, 2021 - 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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FEBRUARY, 2021


Feb 3-6, 2021 - 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 5-6, 2021 - NO LIMITS MONSTER TRUCKS & SUPER-CROSS: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 7-9p. 325-247-5159. Chamber Web, Event Web
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Feb 5-12, 2021 - 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. 830-385-9989. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Feb 6, 2021 - 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 12-13, 2021 - 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 13, 2021 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Feb 13-14, 2021- 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 19-21, 2021 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: Noon-6p, Sat: 10a-6p. Sun: 10a-4p. Beads, jewelry, findings, gold, silver, gemstones, handmade, vintage, estate, imported & fashion jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, gift items & more. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Feb 23, 2021 - MARDI GRAS MASKED BALL: Llano, at Llano Fine Arts Guild, 503 Bessemer Avenue. Starts 6p. Come as you are to the Mardi Gras Ball! No need to wear anything fancy. Feel free to wear your cowboy boots, hat and jeans are always right. Don’t be fooled, we're a laid-back crowd, for sure! Just come eat, drink and be merry! Fundraiser for Red Roof Jail Renovation. $25 IA, $30 AD. Sponsor Web. A non profit guild of local artists working to promote artists, art programs and art education in the community. 325-247-4839. Event Web

Feb 26-27, 2021 - 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 27, 2021 - RETRO MANIA COLLECTABLES SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, t Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. 9a-5p. Comics, games, cards, vhs, vinyl, toys Annual event. 830-221-4011. Sponsor Web

Feb 27, 2021 - HILL COUNTRY SCOTTISH HYELAND GAMES: Hye, at Hye Cider, 123 Rocky Road. 10a-4:30p. Athletic competition. 30+ athletes registered to compete! Hye Thai is cooking up an authentic Scottish Breakfast... come early. Annual event. 830-282-0143. Web

Feb 27-28, 2021- TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Happy State Bank Expo Hall. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com Event Web

Feb 27-28, 2021 - SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 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"

BEYOND FEBRUARY, 2021


Mar 26-27, 2021 - WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW - Wildflowers in Bloom: Llano, at Kuykendall Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 10a-4p. Show will feature over 100 quilts, sewing and quilting demonstrations and talks, a sewing and quilting museum, bed turning, thrift shop, quilt raffle, and lots of vendors. Bi-annual event. 325-247-5354. Event Web

Mar 27-28, 2021 - WILDFLOWER SPRING MARKET: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. Formerly the Wildflower Artisan and Craft Faire. TMG & Event info: 888-225-3427; Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p; Cost: $4/p, under 13 free. Event Web

Apr 9-11, 2021 - 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

Apr 17, 2021 - MONSTER TRUCK WARS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Noon-4p. Rain or shine. Monster trucks, quad racing, and monster truck rides. Children’s PowerWheel races for ages 3-9. Call 480-772-7490 to reserve a limited space in the children’s race. Advance tickets: $18 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and younger sitting in a parent's lap. The pit party admission is $5. Parking is free. Event Web. Venue Web

July 10-11, 2021 - KERRVILLE SUMMER MARKET: Kerrville, at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway (TX-27). Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Shop in air conditioned comfort! Vendors from all over the state and beyond will be here to present their art, jewelry, clothing and accessories, gourmet food, gift items, and so much more! Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Oct 15-17, 2021 - SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at various venues around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature 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. No wristbands necessary because daily admission is free! 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


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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, inclement weather and area-wide public health threats.




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: Canyon Lake Area, 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. Web. 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; Web

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

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. Web

Every 3rd Thur, COWBOY CAMP: Medina. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas or Western swing music are welcome to sit in. Public invited. 830-796-3045. 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, SUMMER RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 TX-16 North. 830-522-0054. June & July. Gate Fee $10 age 6 and up. 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. Web

Every 1st Fri, ART WALK: Fredericksburg, Downtown. 5p. Web. 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 1st Fri, WINE SHARE: Kerrville. 6-7:30p. A fun way to meet new wines, people, places of business, and art. Bring one bottle of wine per each two people, and your own glasses. 830-896-6600. See website for new location each month: firstfridaywineshare.com

Every 1st Fri, BIRD HIKE: Cypress Mill, at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center. 8a-10a. Led by local expert avian biologist. $20. Web

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

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, SEAQUIST VICTORIAN MANSION TOUR: Mason. 10a-2p, Feb-Dec. No reservations, just show up. Admission fees. Refreshments. Built of sandstone in the late 1880s, this 22-room, 15 fireplace house is elaborately detailed with carved limestone. Web, Facebook

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, GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley. 4-7p. Free. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Every 2nd Sat, BLUEGRASS JAM: Boerne. Bring your instrument and play alone or just enjoy talented bluegrass musicians jam at the AgriCultural. 210-445-1080. visitboerne.org

Every Last Sat, NUGENT AVENUE ART WALK: Johnson City. Park, walk and enjoy the art, wine, food at 7 downtown art galleries. 4-8p

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 Sun, SUNDAY PICKERS CIRCLE: Round Mountain, at Totties, US-281 North, 222 Lee Lane. 2p. Free, 512-790-1555

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

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. Web

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

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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