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Jan 1, 2023 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Sat: 6p-11p, Sun: 6p-10p; 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, 2023 - HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE LLANO: Junction, at Junction City , 201 Holdsworth DrivePark. A picturesque setting for the holidays with beautifully lit trees along the banks of the Llano River Free, annual event. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

Jan 1, 2023 - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Comfort, at Crumbling Castle, 571 FM-289. 6-10p. A dazzling holiday light park, located just north of Boerne. Drive through 30+ acres of Texas hill country illuminated into a magical forest - with idyllic holiday scenes, fairy tale sculptures, and thousands of wrapped trees and lights to enchant one and all. We're a family-owned business thrilled to share with you our dream of lighting up the holiday season. So bundle up and come on out to see the lights! Annual event. Admission: $41/vehicle. Event Web, info@crumblingcastlelights.com

Jan 1, 2023 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, at 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, 2023 - POLAR BEAR SPLASH: Kyle, at James Adkins Pool, 1100 W Center Street, 10a-11a. Free, family event. Light refreshments. Weather dependent. Spectators are encouraged and welcome to attend for free. You can also join the exclusive Polar Bear Club and get your name on the plaque for taking the splash, with $25 registration required. 512-262-3939, Event Web
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Jan 1, 2023 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. Noon-8p. Free live entertainment all day. Kick off the new year right with free live music will that cure all that ails you from the night (or year) before! 830-629-5077. Sponsor Web

Jan 1, 2023 - YOGA + POLAR PLUNGE: New Braunfels, at Cation on the Guadalupe, 760 E Mather Street. 10a-p. Yoga Studio owner will take you through a series of warming breath-work, intention setting, and an all-levels yoga and movement flow. And don't worry about being cold, trust us, she'll get cha all warmed up! Then we will all jump in the Guadalupe river to reset, wash away what no longer serves us from 2022 and get ready for a new year and new intentions in 2023! Then stick around for food, fellowship, and lots of family-friendly activities! Jumpy houses, food trucks, coffee bar, vendors, kids' obstacle course, face painting. Annual community event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free but reservation ticket required at Reservation; Event Web

Jan 1, 2023 - BLUE HOLE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE AND 5K: Wimberley, at Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Lane. 10a-2p. Celebrate the New Year! This action packed event is fun for the whole family! Tickets cover your admission to the 5K, a special edition Blue Hole Polar Bear Plunge T-shirt, and a swag bag! If you are just plunging, you do not need a ticket. We will have a fire at our firepit, hot drinks, and music! Make sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel. Cost: $25/p. Annual event. More detail and ticket website

Jan 1, 2023 - 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, 2023 - BLACK-EYED PEA COOK-OFF: Hye, at William Chris Vineyards, 10352 US-290 West. 1-4p. A southern-style celebration to help them crown their new champion. Tickets include: A New Year's toast with their winemaking team, barrel tastings, a meal by the in-house culinary team, wine tasting tickets, an exclusive WCV Black-Eyed Pea t-shirt, a sampling of all black-eyed pea dishes, one vote to cast for your favorite dish, and live music throughout the event! Kid friendly. Fee for Cook-Off entry. Trophies plus cash/wine prizes. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required. 830-998-7654, Host Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2023 - 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, 2023 - RIDIN' THE RIVER COWBOY FELLOWSHIP GOAT ROPING EVENT: Bandera, at their arena, 5767 TX-173 North. 11:30a-3:30p. While many participate just for fun, the event is competitive, and the top teams can walk away with $1000 added in cash and prizes!! To participate, all you do is show up and sign up. Books open: 12:30p. Worship Service: 10:30a with lunch served in Fellowship Hall: 11:30a. This outdoor, family-friendly event is fun for spectators and ropers alike! 830-460-0710. Event Web, Host Web

Jan 1, 2023 - POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Leander, at Robin Bledsoe Pool, 601 S Bagdad. 10a. Go Bold and Get Cold. Annual event. Proceeds to Children's Advocacy Center. Parking: Free. Admission: Registration: $10/p, Spectators: Free. Tyler Brown, 512-528-2973, tbrown@leandertx.gov, Event Web; Registration

Jan 1, 2023 - POLAR PLUNGE FRIO RIVER: Concan, in northern Uvalde County at 234 RR-1050, 8 mi N of Concan, on the Frio River. From US-83, turn E on FM-1050 for .2 mi to Park Road 29 to the Park entrance. Cost: Free (except standard Park entrance fee). Annual event. 830-232-6132; Park Web, Facebook

Jan 1, 2023 - PANTHER POLAR PLUNGE: Blanco, at Terraqueous RV Resort, 895 RR-32. Annual event benefitting Blanco's American Legion Post. Parking: free, Admission: free. 830-833-4232, Sponsor Web, Benefactor Web

Jan 1-2, 2023 - CHRISTMAS RANCH LIGHT DRIVE THRU: Boerne, at The Jones CHRISTmas Ranch, 43360 IH-10 W, Frontage Road. 6-10p. Over 2.5 million lights ALL programmed to music! We hope you and your family are filled with JOY as you drive-through our magical display. Annual event. Admission: $30/vehicle, $75/season pass. 210-885-0006. Event Web

Jan 1-3, 2023 - BEE CAVE ON ICE: Bee Cave, at Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Hill Country Galleria. Come out and enjoy this year's coolest holiday attraction, an outdoor ice skating rink. Open seven days a week. Able to hold 120 people at a time. $15 ticket includes a skate rental and a 75-minute skate session. Reservations highly encouraged, but a number of walk-ups will be available. Reservations; Event Web

Jan 1-3, 2023 - CHRISTMAS BY THE HIGHWAY: Granite Shoals, at the corner of HA Barnett Dr and RR-1431. Lights are on from 6-11:30p. each night and again on school mornings from 6-7:30a for the kids attending class in the nearby school. More than a drive-by, guests are welcome to park and walk. Hay bales are set up for those who want to rest and admire the lights. Depending on the weather, there may be cookies and hot chocolate. Santa, photos, carols, 100 displays, of which 20 are animated. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. City of Granite Shoals: 830-598-2424, Sponsor Web

Jan 1-6, 2023 - 55 NIGHTS OF FREDERICKSBURG LIGHTS IN WEIHNACHTZEIT: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, 100 block of W Main, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Celebrate a unique mix of German Christmas traditions and warm Texan hospitality during this Weihnachtszeit (Christmas season). Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Recurring daily. Each evening will feature holiday music starting at 5p, and the audio presentation and lighting countdown at 6p. After the countdown, the music will conclude at 6:30p. Enjoy an approximate 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. 830-997-6523, Web

Jan 1-7, 2023 - 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. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop's Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at: HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1-Mar 12, 2023 - MASON COUNTY WINTERFISCH: Mason, at the James River Crossing at FM-2389. Noon-5p. Annual fish release by TPWD, stocking 9-12 inch rainbow trout in over 200 locations across Texas, including 2500 Rainbow Trout here, released in two phases, one in early Dec and one in late Jan-early Feb each year. Win prizes for tagged fish. 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 to prepare it for you. Fishing guides, loaner poles and tackle, fly-fishing demo, campfire, Dutch Oven cooking demo, live music, Naturalist and Ranger Talks. Tony Pluting, 512-496-2020. Sponsor Web, Facebook Event, tonyplutino@gmail.com

Jan 2-3, 5-7, 2023 - KENDALL COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Comfort, Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, 649 FM-289. 10a-10p. Free annual event. 830-249-9343. Web, Facebook

Jan 3-7, 2023 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. 979-324-9431, Web, Map

Jan 3-7, 2023 - LLANO COUNTY JUNIOR 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 4-6, 2023 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW & EXPO: Mason, at Fort Mason Park Community Building/Show Barn on US-87. This experience provides a fundamental opportunity for our youth to build character, skills and self-confidence through real world experiences in livestock, ag mechanics and food & nutrition. Exhibitors develop and expand their knowledge in animal husbandry, project design and development, interviewing and personal skills that they will use throughout their lives. 325-347-6459. Chamber Web. Facebook, Event Web

AgriLife Jan 4-7, 2023 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Web. Keitha Johnson, 833-833-4138, bcyc78@gmail.com

Jan 4-7, 2023 - KERR COUNTY STOCK SHOW: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. 830-257-3112, Web, Facebook

Jan 4-7, 2023 - SAN SABA COUNTY YOUNG FARMERS LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: San Saba, at County Show Barn, Church Street. Annual event, FFA hosted. Facebook

Jan 8-14, 2023 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas, at County Youth Livestock Center (Show Barn), 283 US-190 North. 8p. Facebook, Event Web

Jan 10, 2023 - WINTER TEXAN DINNER: Kingsland, at Cedar Skies at Log Country Cove, 614 Log Country Cove. 5-9p. Dinner at 6p. Chamber provides main diner, guests bring sides and deserts. Raffle prizes. Entertainment and fellowship. Sponsored by Twin Rivers Community. Chamber: 325-388-6211. Web

Science Mill Jan 11, 2023 - HOMESCHOOL DAY: WEATHER & CLIMATE: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Changes in climate over time have made for some wild weather events throughout history. In 2003, grapes were turned into raisins before being picked from the vine during a massive heat wave. With winds up to 150 miles per hour, Hurricane Andrew destroyed a breeding facility for pythons, setting 1000s of specimens loose in Dane County, Florida! Join us as we explore the mechanisms that lead to the weather we experience on a day-to-day basis and the factors that are changing our climate. Make your own mini greenhouse and extreme weather preparedness kit on the museum floor, then head up to the Learning Lab where you can explore wind currents and build your own weather station.
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Jan 11-14, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, Exhibition Hall at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Stock show for Gillespie County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects. All day. 830-997-2359. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

Jan 12-13, 2023 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at EE Bushong Showbarn. 830-232-6755. Web, Facebook

Jan 12-14, 2023 - BANDERA COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, Show Barn, 2886 TX-16 North. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Jan 13-15, 2023 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW & POSTCARD SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Annual event with admission charge. Parking: Free. 918-619-2875. Web. Gail Kinney, 918-619-2875. Also see special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 14, 2023 - KID FISH DAY: Fredericksburg, at Pavilion #4, 432 Lady Bird Dr, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 2 mi S of town, off TX-16. 9a-noon. This event for kids and their families will take place in Live Oak Creek just north of the bridge to the golf course where it will be stocked with rainbow trout. In order to give the trout time to acclimate to the water, we ask that you do not begin to fish until the day of the event. This event is free and open to the public. It includes a self-guided casting practice station and rainbow trout fishing. There will be some fishing poles available to use, but participants can bring their own. Bait and other equipment will be provided. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available for free to guests. Anyone over the age of 17 must have a valid fishing license. 830-997-4202. Event Web

Jan 14, 2023 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL DANCEHALL SHOW: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-7p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. 830-997-3224. Web

Jan 14, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX-16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $4 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-626-5561

Jan 14-15, 2023 - BIG TEX GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR-12. 9a-4p. 512-894-2390. Web

Jan 15-21, 2023 - HILL DISTRICT GRANDSTAND YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at 4 locations in the Hill Country: Gillespie County: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie Fair Grounds; Kendall County: Comfort, at Youth Agricultural and Equestrian Center; Kerr County: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center; Llano County: Llano, at JLK Arena. FFA & 4-H youth from 40+ texas counties will participate in the Market Shows, Gilt Show, Breeding Shows, Agricultural Mechanics Show, and Livestock Judging Contest that will be open to statewide entries. Event information: 830-377-8795, Web

Science Mill Jan 21, 2023 - SNOW DAY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Snow Day is back! The Science Mill rolls out the white carpet welcoming guests of all ages to enjoy 35 TONS OF REAL SNOW. Bring mittens and gloves to try the coolest hands-on science, including the snowball slingshot, ice chimes and mini sled races. When you're ready to chill, snack on treats from local food trucks and explore the Science Mill! Snow Day activities run from 10am-2pm, with access to the big snow pit, the Inside Exhibit Spaces and the Science & Art Park extended until 4pm. Easy-access parking options available west of the Science Mill just off U.S. 290, keep an eye out for signs. Two entry points (front of the museum and at the Science & Art Park parking lot) available for a speedy check-in, with expedited entry for Membersand pre-paid ticket holders. Online ticket sales now available! Walk-in's welcome!
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Jan 21-22, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at 432 Lady Bird Drive, Pioneer Pavilion, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal 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 21-22, 2023 - RETROMANIA COLLECTABLES SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. 10a. Comics, games, cards, VHS, vinyl, toys Annual event. 830-221-4011. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Jan 21-22, 28-29, 2023 - 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. 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 30+ artisans offering handmade crafts such as wooden toys, leather accessories, clothing, hats, glassware, jewelry, and more. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous turkey legs and meats on a stick. Full liquor license. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $16.95; Children 5-12: $9.95; Age 4 and under: Free. Family friendly. Event Web. 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com
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Jan 21-28, 2023 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. Web1, Web2

Jan 25-28, 2023 - UVALDE COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Uvalde, at Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. Annual event. 830-591-9040. Host Web

Jan 28, 2023 - CHUCK WAGON CHOW DOWN: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 South Water Street. 5:30-8:30p. Hosted by Highland Lakes Service League, 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/p. Your ticket includes BBQ dinner, a live and silent auction. Entertainment. Enjoy complimentary beer & wine, wine pull, card game, raffle, Pok-e-Jo's BBQ. Web. Tickets. Linda S. Baker, 214-762-8321, slabylb@gmail.com

Jan 28, 2023 - TEXAS INDIAN HERITAGE ASSN WINTER POWWOW: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 11a-7:30p. Gourd and Powwow dancing. Youth and craft contests. Auction, cake walks, raffles. Supper. Free annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Host Web

Jan 28-29, 2023 - KERRVILLE WINTER MARKET: Kerrville, at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway (TX-27). Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. Admission charge. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Jan 28-29, 2023 - WOMEN ON THE FRIO: Uvalde, at Frio Country Resort, 1996 CR-348, Concan. 830-232-6625. 5p. Annual event designed to bring women together to relax and reconnect! Sponsor Web; Host Web

Jan 29, 2023 - WEDDING SHOWCASE & TOUR DAY: Dripping Springs, at Distillers Hall at Dripping Springs Distilling, 5330 Bell Springs Road. 10a-4p. 737-202-5060. A different twist on a traditional bridal extravaganza. Local vendors will be available to visit, chat and discuss your upcoming nuptials. Plus, our beautiful local venues, lodging properties and various other wedding experts will be open for tours - no appointment needed! Parking: Free. Admission: Free but RSVP. Web.

Wine Jan 30-Feb 24, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVERS CELEBRATION: Love is in the air, wine is in your glass and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. experience 40+ unique Texas Hill Country Wineries from the list of participating locations listed below. Take time to relax and say hello to a new year with a loved one or friend, discovering Texas wine and enjoying all that the Texas Wine Country has to offer. Self-guided. Couples Passport: $100, Individual Passport: $65. 866-621-9463, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

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Feb 3-4, 2023 - HIGHLAND LAKES QUILT GUILD FESTIVAL: Burnet, Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 8a-3p; 9a-4p. Biennial quilt show. 100+ quilts displayed, Guild boutique, silent auction, vendors, bits & pieces. Come and enjoy a stunning exhibit of member-made quilts. Purchase a raffle tickets for a chance to win the stunning Hill Country Jewels donation quilt. Make a bid on lovely gift baskets at the Silent Auction. Shop for unique hand crafted gift items in our Guild Boutique, and have fun hunting for vintage fabric, remnants, lace, ribbons and more, in our Bits & Pieces Bins. These Fabulous Vendors will be there offering their goods and services: Colonial Needle; Quilt-N-a-Flash & Scissor Sharpening, Austin; One Quilt Place, Fredericksburg; Making Memories Quilt Shop, Smithville; Cotton Cupboard, Lakeway; JaVibe BarnQuilts, Marble Falls; Baskets & More, Bertram; and Medina Domestic Arts Studio, Medina. Admission: $7, Children under 10, Free. Sponsor Web

I love horses Feb 3-10, 2023 - 58TH HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: Annual (since 1965) trail ride with horseback riders and camp wagons. Each club starts at a different locations with camping along the way to the Arena in San Antonio. Sanctioned by the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. Free to watch. Entry fee required to ride, camp and eat. The mission of the trail rides is to provide scholarships for the youth of Texas while teaching and maintaining traditions for future generations.
  • Hill Country Trail Riders: Becki Kosub: Trail Boss: 830-385-9989, Web. Starts in Blanco, with camps in Kendalia, Sisterdale and Boerne at Peterson Ranch. See Cowboy Breakfast event below.
  • Bandera Capital Trail Riders: Bandera. Jeanne-Trail Boss, 830-534-5750. Starts in at Twin Elm Guest Ranch, 810 FM-470, Bandera. Come join us, all are welcome. Check the website itinerary for daily locations. Adults $75/week or $30/day. 830-796-3628, Web
  • Alamo Country Kickers: Starts in Kerrville. Jerry Croniser-Trail Boss, 315-796-1988
  • Eight other riding clubs will converge into San Antonio from outside the Hill Country.
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Feb 4, 2023 - 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. Parking: Free. Admission: $1/p. Chamber Web. 325-247-5354, info@llanochamber.org

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 4, 2023 - 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

Feb 4, 2023 - 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 4, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION SCHOOL: Stonewall, at 144 State Park Road 49 (LBJ Park), in Stonewall. 11a-4p. Learn about the Junction School in the context of its influence on President Lyndon B. Johnson and his signing of the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 at the site. 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 4, 2023 - BOOTS & BLING WINTER FLING: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds & Show Barn, 619 US-281 N, just S of the Pedernales River bridge. 6:30-10p. Gala event with dinner, live music, dance, beer & wine bar, raffle, games. Benefits JC Education Foundation Scholarship Fund. Parking: Free. Admission: $50/p. Cynthia Keene - Chair: 830-868-4564, Web

CASA of Highland Lakes Feb 4, 2023 - BOOTS & BBQ: Horseshoe Bay. Dance, auction, food & entertainment. Annual fundraiser for Highland Lakes CASA that provides hope to children who have been removed from their home and now live in foster care. BBQ dinner prepared by Horseshoe Bay Resort. Complimentary open bar. Live music. Access to silent auction and raffle items. Exclusive access to live auction items. Live music & entertainment. Ticket: $125/p. 325-388-3440. Host Web, Event Web

Feb 4-5, 2023 - 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. 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 30+ artisans offering handmade crafts such as wooden toys, leather accessories, clothing, hats, glassware, jewelry, and more. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous turkey legs and meats on a stick. Full liquor license. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $16.95; Children 5-12: $9.95; Age 4 and under: Free. Family friendly. Event Web. 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com
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Feb 5, 2023 - COWBOY BREAKFAST: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. 7a. Join the Hill Country Trail Riders for a good old fashioned breakfast before they head out on their ride. Sponsored by the Blanco Chamber. Breakfast by donation. Annual event. Web

Feb 5, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY WEDDING SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. 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. Admission: Ticket required. Annual event. Sponsored by New Braunfels Wedding Chamber, a non-profit entity. Sponsor Web

Science Mill Feb 8, 2023 - HOMESCHOOL DAY-ENGINEERING: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. A team of UCLA engineers have recently developed a 3D printing technique that could help build entire robots in 1 step! What would you create if you were an engineer? Start exploring the answer at our Engineering Homeschool Day. You'll be challenged to build strong towers using only paper and use circuitry to create conductive creatures. Join us in the Learning Lab to explore biomimicry and structural engineering, or even design a device for a secret agent!
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Feb 9-12, 2023 - 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. 830-796-4849. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Feb 10-11, 2023 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, historic downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-248-1635. Web

Feb 10-11, 2023 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 8p-12p. Annual event, dancehall show, camping. Ticket required. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 11, 2023 - MARDI GRAS PARADE: Bandera, downtown. Floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks, & plenty of beads! Web

Feb 11, 2023 - MARDI GRAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Bandera, at Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main Street. 9a-4p. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-796-3280, Event Web

Science Mill Feb 11, 2023 - SCIENCE OUTSIDE! AT SELAH: BAMBERGER RANCH NATURE PRESERVE: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. Noon. At Bamberger Ranch Nature Preserve, 2341 Blue Ridge Drive, Johnson City, TX, 78636, Grab the whole family - and join the Science Mill as we do Science Outside! at our free family day at their Education Center. This will be our second family engagement event for Science Outside! While the curriculum is written for third through eighth grade students, all ages are welcome. We will meet at their Education Center at 10 AM. We will then be riding out to see the beautifully restored grassland savannah, hear the Selah restoration story, learn about bats and visit the first artificial bat cave, the chiroptorium. We will learn lessons about the complexities of water conservation, visit the lake and the bat houses, and then end with a bat biosonar family activity. Participants will receive part two of the Science Mill-Science Outside Family Engagement Guide. This guide is filled with curated questions to get the dialogue moving between you and your STEM obsessed kids, resources to help them do deep dives into all their fascinations, activities to do at home, and important information about upcoming Science Outside events. Advanced registration IS REQUIRED for this event, as spots are limited. Accessibility note: This event does not include any long hikes but there is some walking and it is not paved. It also does include a mildly bumpy ride on the metal bench seat of the education trailer. The trailer can hold a wheelchair as long as it has proper wheel locks.
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Feb 11, 2023 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS BULL RIDING: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, Rodeo Arena, 2886 TX-16 North. 2-10p. Watch awesome talent and excited Bulls as the put on a great show the whole family and friends to enjoy! For entries/ info: Karen: 830-777-7129; Dawn: 830-796-5229. Contestants: Fee required. Spectators: Adults: $10, Children (Ages 6-12): $6, Children (Below 6 years): Free. 830-522-0054. Event Web

Feb 11-12, 2023 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, Exhibition Hall at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. All day. Guns, knives and ammo. 830-997-2359. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

Feb 12, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY SPIRITUAL EXPO: Marble Falls, at 2108 US-281. 11a-5p. Focuses on centuries-old religions alongside new age spirituality in a non-judgmental space. Vendors and more. Admission: Free. Hosted by Hemperfu and Tea Thyme Cafe. Event Web

Feb 18, 2023 - BLACK AND RED BALL: Bandera, at The Farm Country Club, 347 Pue Rd at FM-2828. 6p. Dinner and Dance at the Farm. Live music, live and silent auctions, appetizers. Set-ups, beer, wine included. BYOB. Benefiting Bandera County's Meals on Wheels. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required: $100/p, contact Kelly Adams: 830-522-1777. Event Web

Feb 18, 2023 - MARDI GRAS BANQUET & BALL: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse Ballroom, 300 Main Street. 6-10p. Delicious food, cocktails and live music. Costumes highly encouraged. Prizes. Sponsorships available. 830-833-5101, Chamber

Feb 18, 2023 - WILD IN THE HEART: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center, 816 San Angelo Highway. 6:30p. Annual gala fundraiser event. Dinner, live music, auctions, BYOB. Presented by Hope From The Heart, a non-profit organization that assists cancer patients in McCulloch County. Parking: Free. Admission: 50$/p. Event Web

Feb 18, 2023 - WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT: Lampasas at County Youth Livestock Center (Show Barn), 283 Hwy-183 North. 5:30p-Midnight. Win a travel voucher to a destination of your choice. Steak dinner: 6p; Gaming: 6:30p. Admission: $75/p, includes dinner, gambling chips and a chance to win $1,000. Info & Tickets: 512-556-5172 or Chamber Web

Science Mill Feb 18, 2023 - ENGINEERING DAY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-4p. Design, test and problem solve alongside special guests from the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). They'll help you turn everyday objects into engineering marvels as you explore the engineering design process and the collaborative nature of engineering. ASCE will cover FREE admission for the first 200 guests to Engineering Day! Tickets can also be purchased at the door when you arrive; advance tickets are not available for this event.
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Feb 24-26, 2023 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 10a-5p. Sun: 11a-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

Dog Feb 24-26, 2023 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. 210-413-8306. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Feb 25, 2023 - VIVA LAKE TRAVIS CASINO NIGHT: Lago Vista, at K-Oaks Clubhouse, 7000 Bar K Ranch Road. 6-11p. $20,000 in chips. Transforms the North Shore with the excitement and energy of high rollers. A night of electric fun and sparkling entertainment throughout the evening. Casino games such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and 3 Texas Hold'em tables. Enjoy specialty hors d'oeuvres included with your ticket. Your 'winnings' provide you opportunities to win fabulous prizes. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: $55 in advance ticket. Jennifer Sandoval, 512-267-7952, jennifer@northlaketravischamber.org, Chamber Web

Feb 25, 2023 - STAR STRUCK GALA: Leander, at The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale, Cedar Park. 1-10p. We will have special guests from the community compete in a "Dancing with the Stars" format dance contest. Louis Van Amstel from the television hit series will be one of our special guest judges. Mark your calendars now for a night of fun! Dinner, drinks and lots of auction items! Stay tuned for more details. Annual event. Supports Hill Country Community Ministries. Gene Krider, 512-259-0360, Event Web

Feb 25, 2023 - BAUBLES & BOOTS CELEBRATION: Bandera, at Antler Oaks Lodge, 3862 TX-16. 5-8p. Fundraiser for the Bandera ISD Education Foundation, a non-profit that puts grant money back into the classroom to help the children of Bandera ISD. Silent and live auctions, drinks, food. Annual event. 830-796-8111. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required: Sponsor Web; Web

Feb 25, 2023 - DESIGNER PURSE BINGO: Horseshoe Bay, at HSB Resort, Grand Ballroom, 200 Hi Circle North. Check-in: 10a, Lunch: 11a, Games: Noon. Live and silent auctions, cake auction, table decoration contest. Light lunch, complimentary drinks, desert. Benefit for Hill Country Advocacy Center. Annual event. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required: $75/p. Sponsor Web; Event Web & Tickets; Beneficiary Web

Feb 25-26, 2023 - SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-3p. Annual event 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 more! BBQ. Food Concessions. Rain or Shine. Booths under cover. Parking: free. Admission: $5 (Good for entry all weekend), Children 12 & under: free. Presented By Texas Presentations. 830-329-2870. Web

Feb 25-26, 2023 - 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. Hoyt Moss, 325-446-5087. Event Web
Hill Country Arts Foundation
Feb 28, 2023 - STONEHENGE II HALF K AND FIELD DAY: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation (HCAF)(Indoor Theatre), 120 Theatre Rd S, TX-39. Tue, 10a-2p. And now for something completely silly. Join us for our first ever Stonehenge II Half K and Field Day. Wear a silly costume, come and compete, but donâ€'t take it too seriously, because at HCAF, everyone gets a medal. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-367-5121. Event Sponsor

Feb 28-Mar 4, 2023 - COMAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: New Braunfels, at McKenna Events Center, 801 W San Antonio Street. Annual event, rain or shine. 830-832-2283, Event Web

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Mar 1-2, 2023 - AMPLIFY AUSTIN & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY: 6p-6a. Central Texans are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers of their time and talent. But that's not enough. The biggest challenge facing local non-profits is that they don't have enough money. They depend on these organizations to provide critical services and meet local most basic needs. At "I Live Here, I Give Here", our job is to connect you with the causes you care about and the non-profits that support them. Join more than 700 area non-profits participating in Amplify, an annual online giving aimed at connecting donors with causes that make Texas a more vibrant place to live and work. Watch for focus events in our area. Please go on-line, select your target organizations, and donate safely online. 512-717-4190. Sponsor Web, Facebook

Mar 2, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY ECONOMIC SUMMIT: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. 7:30a. As a vibrant, area business, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce knows you have goals for your business and a desire to tell your story. That's why we are excited to invite you to join the annual Hill Country Economic Summit as a sponsor or participant. This will serve to bring Kerrville and the surrounding communities a current economic update and a State of the Union on important happenings within our region. Hear from renowned speakers discussing important topics you won't want to miss. 830-896-1155, Event Web

Mar 4, 2023 - CASINO NIGHT: San Marcos, at Confederate Air Force, San Marcos Regional Airport, 1814 Airport Drive. 7-11p. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required. $50/p. Benefiting San Marcos Rotary & youth groups. Sponsor Web, SMTXrotary@gmail.com

Mar 4, 2023 - CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson Street. 4p. Hill Country Chorale presents their annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Donations welcomed. 830-321-0303, Event Web

Mar 4, 2023 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION & FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon. Annual event with live music, dancing, trail ride, Texas Rangers memorabilia display & canon fire, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 4, 2023 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN STREET: Marble Falls, Downtown, Main Street, between Yett St & 5th Street. 10a-4p. Street vendors (100+), art, crafts, shopping, food, music. Free admission. Dog friendly. Sponsored by Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club. Web

Mar 7-11, 2023 - BANDERA FIBER & ARTS WEEK & FESTIVAL: Bandera, at The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio & Ranch, 5305 TX-173 North. 6-9p. Annual event. An experience celebrating Texas wool, mohair, and alpaca. Top instructors will be on hand for teaching at all levels of creating works of art from knitting, crochet, tatting, rug making, spinning wool, to felting and more. Live animals will be on hand as well. It is an immersive experience where the participant can see the process from the beginning to the finished product. Shearing days, classes, vendors, Buzze's BBQ. Pre-registration highly suggested for all classes. Cost varies per class. Review Facebook below for descriptions and further information. Jennifer: 949-400-4225. Web, Host Web, Facebook

Science Mill Mar 8, 2023 - HOMESCHOOL DAY-ROBOTICS: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Robots are changing the world by doing things we humans could never dream of. Join us as we code, create, and manipulate robots during our Robotics Homeschool Day. Explore how drones are being used to dive into a world seven miles underwater with our new exhibit Deep Sea Robotics! Guide the robotic drone over and around the jagged rocks of a deep ocean trench using a dual-toggle controller. Head to the Learning Lab to work with our special set of robots while discovering how to program some of them with block coding and even color!
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. Cheyanne Jackson, 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Mar 9-12, 2023 - All BREED DOG SHOWS: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. 8:30a-5p. AKC sanctioned dog shows. Raffle, vendors, food trucks. Sponsored by Greater Kerrville Kennel Club. Annual event. Free parking, free admission. 830-895-2869. Web

Mar 11, 2023 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MUSICFEST: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. 6p. Annual Fundraiser benefiting local non-profit organizations in Bandera. Live Music, food vendors, live auction and raffle. Melinda, 830-796-4289. Event Web

Science Mill Mar 11-19, 2023 - SPRING BREAK ROBOT MANIA: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-4p. Robot Mania returns to the Science Mill during our expanded Spring Break schedule, with special activities. More details coming soon.
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Mar 13, 2023 - SPRING DAY CAMP: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive. 7a-5:30p. City of Marble Falls Parks and Rec hosts the first Backbone Adventure Camp during Spring Break. Activities include crafts, sports, field trips, and visits from first responders. For ages 5 (completed kindergarten) to 12. Cost: $110 for residents, $130 for residents, and includes 2 snacks a day and a T-shirt. Drop-off begins at 7:30a and last pickup at 5:30p. 830-798-6250, Register: Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 13-17, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOLS: WHITE OAK SCHOOL SPRING BREAK: White Oak, 15 mi SW of Fredericksburg. 10a-5p. 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 13-18, 2023 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Our most popular program! The grounds are full of living history presenters, including Texas Rangers, frontier campouts, hand crafts, corn husk doll-making, chuck wagon cooking, Comanche Indian historic interpretation, frontier songs and games. This is a great time for the whole family. Fee: $7.50 adults; $3 children school age. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 18, 2023 - 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

Mar 18, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX-16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. 830-329-2636, Sponsor Web, Facebook

Mar 18, 2023 - BANDERA HAM RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 TX-16 North. Gates Open: 8a; Hog Catch: 9a; Opening ceremonies: 11a. Annual event. Admission: Ticket required. Produced by Bandera Wranglers: 830-460-3756, Event Web, bandera.wranglers@gmail.com

Mar 18, 2023 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, 2402 S Water St, US-281 South. 9a-4p. Free annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). See classic World War II aircraft and high-performance planes put on an aerial demonstration. Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639. Sponsor Web, Event Web, Facebook

Quilt Mar 22-Apr 1, 2023 - BLUEBONNET SHOP HOP: Annual event features quilting stores all around the Texas Hill Country from Austin to San Antonio. By participating in the hop & visiting each shop, you will have an opportunity to win one of the several fabulous prize baskets, or our Grand Prize! Light refreshments, fun little gift. Each shop sets their own hours. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country

Mar 23-26, 2023 - THUNDER IN THE HILL COUNTRY-TEXAS HILL COUNTRY BIKE WEEK: 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. $55/p. Presented by Biker rallies of Texas, 409-655-8800. Event Web, Host Web

Mar 23-April 1, 2023 - HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center, 816 San Angelo Highway. Multiple shows by offer a great time for fans of traditional country music. 30+ artists. Annual event. BYOB. The museum has concessions at each event that includes setups, sodas, ice, popcorn, snacks and usually sandwiches. Silent auctions during the evening sessions that benefit Heart of Texas Country Music Museum. Tickets required. Heart of Texas Music Association. 325-597-1895. Web

Mar 24-26, 2023 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST & WORLD ROCK STACKING CHAMPIONSHIP (LEAF): Llano, at Grenwelge Park, 199 E Haynie Street. Annual show, live music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors, a fashion circus, a wild river trail. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. Held on the banks of the Llano River, one block from historic downtown, this is an interactive experience for young and old alike. Watch internationally renowned artists defy gravity with amazingly balanced rock sculptures. Listen to great musicians fill the park with song. Try your hand at rock balancing or see if you've got what it takes to compete by stacking or skipping. For kids there are plenty of activities, including face painting, a fashion circus, rock painting, and more. Adults can enjoy a cold beer while taking part in workshops, viewing and creating art, or just relaxing in the sun. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required, $25 and up, in advance online and at event. Children under 17 with guardian: Free. Camping is extra. No pets. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web
Hill Country Arts Foundation
Mar 24-Apr 21, 2023 - "SPRING BLING" & FIBER & JEWELRY SHOW: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Rd South. Open: Tue-Fri: 10a-4p, Sat: 10a-2p. An exhibit of fiber art & jewelry by artists from across Texas. 830-367-5121. Host Web

AgriLifeMar 25, 2023 - OUTDOOR FAMILY FAIR: Boerne, at Main Plaza, 100 N Main Street. 10a-2p. Enjoy and learn about local services and organizations that are available in Boerne and surrounding areas. Entertainment and fun for the whole family! Live music, kids activities, moon bounce, arts & crafts, kid photo ID cards, treasure hunt, Easter Bunny, informative exhibitors, senior information, puppet show. Parking & Admission: Free. Hosted by Kendall County AgriLife Extension Agency, Kendall County Child Service Board. 830-248-1635. Web

Mar 25, 2023 - RANCHING HERITAGE DAY: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road. 830-796-4413. 10a-2p. Stop by to learn about and experience some of the many facets of ranching history and culture. All ages welcome. Bring: The event is outdoors. Dress for the weather and bring your own sun protection. Bringing food and drinks is allowed. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase at a concession stand. Picnic tables available, but you may also want to bring a folding chair to be sure to have seat. Where: Group Lodge, located 2 miles N of HQ building. After passing through the gate, parking available in the field to the right. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Sponsor Web

Mar 25, 2023 - BREWERS FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at 311 Old Fitzhugh Road. 11a-5p. Eleven of the region's top craft beers and those who brew them will convene to entertain and educate beer lovers old and new. Live music, a variety of food options and a keepsake 5oz plastic mug. Annual event. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. Admission: ticket/wrist band required to be purchased on-line in advance. Participants must be 21+. Event Web

AgriLife Mar 25, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Agrilife Extension Office Auditorium, 607 North Vandeveer. 10a-4p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. The event has both indoor and outdoor activities. The day is filled with artisans, handicrafters and gardeners enjoying the love of horticulture and gardening. Vendors will be offering all types of plants, along with garden and outdoor inspired products and services. Master gardeners will be presenting on gardening topics and there will be a kids’ booth with activities for all ages. A beautiful quilt will be shown, accepting donations for a chance to win it. Great food will be available. Annual event. Parking: free. Admission: Free. Rain or Shine. Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Assn (HLMGA) sponsor the show: Sponsor Web, Roxanne Dunegan, 512-756-3059, highlandlakesmga@gmail.com

Mar 25, 2023 - DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: Kerrville, at Kerrville Schreiner Park. 1p. Kerrville Parks & Rec Dept and Schreiner University are collaborating on a competitive morning outdoors for the community. All 18 holes will be played and everyone will be responsible for keeping another person's score as well as their own. Annual event. 830-257-7300, Sponsor Web

Mar 25-26, 2023 - 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. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Vendors From around the state will be selling the best and clothing, jewelry, home decor, garden gifts, Texas handmade, accessories, gifts for the guys, art, photography, candles, yard art, soaps, and so much more. Admission: $6, or $5 with your nonperishable food donation to Helping Hand, and is good for both days. Kids 12 and under free. Show hours are Sat 10-5 and Sun 11-4 Parking: Free. Hourly door prizes. 888-225-3427; Sponsor Web

Mar 31-Apr 1, 2023 - LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive. 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 at noon, Sat: ticket: $20. 325-247-5354. Event Web, Chamber Web

Mar 31-Apr 2, 2023 - FIDDLE FEST WEEEKEND: Llano, at John L Kuykendall Arena & Events Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 9:30a-5p. Performances and contests all weekend. Open fiddle contest is 9a on April 1 with a $1,000 grand prize. Sunday cowboy service, including breakfast, preachin' and live music performances. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Mar 31-Apr 2, 2023 - TEXAS VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FANDANGO: Fredericksburg, Fairgrounds at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. A vintage swap meet, vintage bike show, vintage chopper show, and vintage races all rolled into one fun-packed weekend. All day. Benefits the Optimist Club Of Fredericksburg. Victor Hugas, 956-535-0371. Venue Web, Event Web,

APRIL 2023



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April 1, 2023 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Boerne, at City Lake Park Pavilion, 1 City Lake Road. 10:30a-Noon. Get your baskets ready and your tennis shoes on. This is a free community event, so bring the kids on out. Don't miss a special appearance from the Easter Bunny! 830-248-1635. Event Web

Apr 1, 2023 - JONESTOWN CAJUN FEST: Jonestown, at Jones Brother's Park, 10301 Lakeside Dr, at the Lake Travis shore. Noon-7p. Features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, parade, games, prizes, treats and FUN family activities. Food, beverages and vendor products for sale. Aiyeeee! Laissez les bon temps rouler y’all! Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Jennifer Sandoval, 512-267-7952, jennifer@northlaketravischamber.org, Chamber Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 1, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Road. 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 1, 2023 - 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

Apr 1, 2023 - SPRING ARTS AND WINE FEST: Mason, around the historic Mason square. 11a-4p. Stroll the beautiful downtown, enjoy beautiful local art, wine tastings, and lift your spirits with the Mason community! Artists of all kinds will be on the sidewalks of downtown Mason. Various wineries featured throughout the day. The Mason Chamber Music Fest will also be taking place the same week/weekend from Thurs-Sun. Annual event. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 1, 2023 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano, at Courthouse Square, 800 Ford Street. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Host Web

Apr 1, 2023 - STEAM 2023: San Marcos, at San Marcos High School, Cafeteria, 2601 Rattler Road. 10a-1p. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics have a place to be celebrated! Preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow requires our community to take action today. STEAM education was primarily focused toward computer-related disciplines. As technology has become a fundamental enabler in almost every business, a STEAM education has a focus on more than technology. STEAM is critical to our students becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Participation in STEAM 2023 adds your business to those that are encouraging our students to learn and grow for tomorrow's jobs. And … It's FREE to participate! A successful exhibit has interaction with our kids. We don't limit participation for companies or organizations that want to showcase how STEAM education translates into a successful productive employee for your workplace. This is not a sales opportunity. This is an education opportunity. This is an opportunity for fun with our kids, parents and educators. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Event Web

Apr 1-2, 2023 - HOME & GARDEN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. 150+ experts are ready to help you complete any project you can dream up. The entire New Braunfels Convention Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. You’ll find it all, including a family zone with activities for the whole family! Annual event. Indoors. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $10, child $5, Children 3 years and under: free. 830-488-7814, Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 2, 2023- GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL BBQ MEAL AND PRIZE DRAWING BENEFIT: Fredericksburg. 10:30a-12:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 7-9, 2023 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, at 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"

Apr 8, 2023 - EASTER PAGEANT: Junction at Lover's Leap Amphitheater, at foot of Lovers Leap Hill, at Cedar Creek Road, off of FM-2169, by Junction Golf Course and Hill Country Fair Association. At sunset 7-10:30p. Attracts several hundred every year. Origin goes back the late 1940s, when then-governor Coke Stevenson, a native of Kimble County, taught an outdoor Bible class, sparking the idea to create the depiction of the Easter story. Local Boy Scouts direct parking, and those unable to traverse the hillside terrain can listen to the pageant on their vehicle radios. Annual event, Sat before Easter, rain or shine (never canceled in 60 years). 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Apr 8, 2023 - SALVATION ARMY EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Kerrville, at Salvation Army Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive. 10:30a-3p. Bring your Easter basket for a family day of fun. Community event filled with bounce houses, face painting, cake walk, pictures with the Easter Bunny, food vendors, games and two Easter Egg Hunts with over 25,000+ candy-filled eggs, and giveaways of prizes and two bikes. Annual event. Weather dependent. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-315-5762, Sponsor Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 8, 2023 - BLOOMS & BARRELS PLANT SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. Sat: 9a-2p. Speakers, demonstrations & How-To's. Wide variety of plants on sale. Native and adapted ornamental plants. Herbs, veggies, and 55 gallon rain barrels for sale. Cash & checks only. Tax-free sale and "The Garden Shed" resale shop. Admission: Free. Provided by Hill Country Master Gardeners and AgriLife. 830-257-6568, Sponsor Web

Apr 8, 2023 - CHILDREN'S EASTER PARTY & EGG HUNT: Lakehills, at Lakehills Community Center, 11225 Park Rd 37. 830-751-9904. 2-5p. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-751-2404, Host Web

Apr 9, 2023 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon. Participate in free family fun that includes hunting for Easter eggs, live music, games, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Free annual event. 830-997-3224. Web

Science Mill Apr 12, 2023 - HOMESCHOOL DAY-POLLINATION: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Pollination is the movement of pollen from one flowering plant to another with the end result of making a new plant. More than 80% of flowering plants depend on this process to reproduce and our global food production depends on pollinators like bees, birds, and bats to feed everyone on the planet. Celebrate our planet and the amazing pollinators that help keep it green during our Pollination Homeschool Day. Spend some time outside identifying local wildlife like an ecologist with the help of iNaturalist and explore how bat's use echolocation to navigate their surroundings. Join us in the Learning Lab as we discover the life cycle of monarch butterflies, dissect and magnify flowers to uncover their amazing anatomy, and build our own robotic flowers.
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Apr 15, 2023 - PETFEST: New Braunfels, at Columbus Club Hall, 111 Landa Street. 10a-5p. Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. You don't want to miss this celebration of pets and their people! tons of fun for PETS (and the whole family)! Bring a blanket/chair and make a whole day out of it! Kids of All Ages, from One to One Hundred will find plenty to bark about. Join us for a day filled with fun for pets and the whole family including pet contests, animal demonstrations, and all of the area's best for pets! Bring your well-behaved furry (or scaly) friends for a paws-itively, fur-tastic day with sample treats, food, accessories, toys and lots of free wag bag swag! Annual event. Indoors. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $10, Child $5, Children 3 years and under: free. 830-488-7814, Event Web

Riverside Nature Center Apr 15, 2023 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street. 9a-2p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Native plants selected to thrive in our climate and soil. Knowledgeable plant docents to answer questions. Personal shoppers to assist in selecting plants and navigating the sale. See many of the sale plants in mature form in the garden. Sponsored by Riverside Nature Center, Native Plant Society of Texas, Kerrville Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist, and Hill Country Chapter. 830-257-4837. Web

Apr 15-16, 2023 - SPRING MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Kids get to be a Junior Engineer at our famous 'Kids Run the Trains' Layout. Extra large exhibit of Lego Trains. 7 - 9 additional large displays of traveling model railroads, of various scales. 60 vendors from Texas, and some from out of state, displaying on over 300 tables, for you to buy, sell, or swap. Hourly drawings for prizes, provided by our vendors and local sponsors. Silent Auction. Museum store with thousands of items available at low cost. Free ride ticket to the Landa Park Miniature Train for all children age 5 and under. Mini Food Court featuring snacks, beverages, and lunch selections. Admission: $10 Adults (14 & Older), $2 Child (5-13). Sponsored by the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-627-2447, Web Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Apr 15 - May 15, 2023 - GREAT TEXAS BIRDING CLASSIC: The world's biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the US. Registration deadline: Apr 1. Annual event sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife. TPWD Event Web, Facebook

Apr 21-22, 2023 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: Llano, at Robinson City Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR-152 on S side of Llano River. Sat: 11a, Sun: 11:30a. Great food (boiled crawfish, BBQ, jambalaya, sausage wraps, pulled pork sandwiches, fixings), live music, Sat night dance, charity golf tournament, 5K run, arts & crafts, motorcycle fun run, washer pitch'in tournament, crawfish team roping, crawfish crawler, special events and much more. Largest festival in Llano helps local charities. RV spaces. Annual event, rain or shine. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 325-247-2270. Event Web, Chamber Web

Apr 22, 2023 - LAGO FEST: Lago Vista, at 6608 Bar-K Clubhouse Court. 1p. Boats, Beats, Arts & Eats is a celebration of creativity directly on the shore of Lake Travis in beautiful Lago Vista! Free annual event. 512-267-8300, Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 22, 2023 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: Junction, at Rains Ranch, 6 mi S of town, on US-377 South. 8a-all day. Just for women, just for fun. Kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, didjeridoo-ing, team events, classes, arts & crafts, fellowship with 200 participants, and more. Annual event. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. 325-446-3190. Event Web; Chamber Web

Apr 22, 2023 - BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-7p. Annual event showcases bluegrass artists from around the country. Great food and a great family-friendly atmosphere. Ticket required, $30/p. 830-997-3224. Web

Artists Apr 23-29, 2023 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls and various locations in Highland Lakes area. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. 50+ juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. $12,000 in cash and prizes. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction on Sat, 5-8p. Quick Draw competition. Sunrise and Nocturne painting, a student competition, and a nationally recognized judge presenting the award winners. Annual event hosted by Highland Lakes Creative Arts. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Hill Country Arts Foundation Apr 29, 2023 - STONEHENGE CELTIC FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation, Point Theatre Complex, 120 Point Theatre Rd South. 9a-5p. World-class athletes will compete in nine events in the Highland Games against a backdrop of food trucks, music and merchandise vendors. Song and dance, and Scottish athletics. Games, pipers, dancers, stone and wood carvers. Work shops for beginners. Celtic art, clothing and food vendors and much more. Annual, free event. Event Web. 830-367-5121, Martin Burniston, 713-256-1173

Apr 29-30, 2023 - KIDSFEST: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 11a-4p. An action-packed, kid-focused, event where families are able to discover all of the Hill Country's best resources, products and services for children in one place during one weekend. With 40+ performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 250 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels' largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. Annual event. Indoors. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $10, Children 3 years and under: free. 830-488-7814, Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. Event Web

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May, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Canceled. This popular event will no longer be held. This event helped fund the many community programs of the Fredericksburg Optimists Club that benefits the youth of Gillespie County. 830-997-8515. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

May 5-6, 2023 - UTOPIAFEST: Burnet, at Reveille Peak Ranch, an outdoor adventure park at 1996 CR-115. Guests will enjoy world class music production, as well as a wide variety of workshops and activities, creating a well-rounded festival experience. Horseback riding, yoga, disc golf, hiking and biking, a silent disco, vendors, and workshops. BYOB. Free parking and car camping. Prices vary for adults, kids and the number of days attending. Annual event. 512-400-4160. Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 6, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Road @ Grapetown Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 6, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 11-4p. Visit the former rural school built in 1855 and added onto in 1881 and 1905 along with the 1860's teacherage. 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 6, 2023 - MINI ARTS FEST: Blanco, at Uptown Blanco Courtyard, 317 Main Street. 10a-4p. A gathering for arts, business & community. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Sponsor Web, Event Web, Web 2. See special Portal focus page on "Arts in the Hill Country

May 6, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - MEUSEBACH CREEK: Meusebach Creek, at 515 Kuhlmann Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Science Mill May 10, 2023 - HOMESCHOOL DAY-ROCKETS: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. 3, 2, 1 ... Blast off! Join us at our brand new Rocketry exhibit as we explore the design and evolution of various rockets. We'll experiment with rocket simulators, water rockets and stomp rockets to uncover how thrust, lift, drag, and a rocket's parts affect its journey through the atmosphere and beyond. Build your own rockets and payload systems in our Learning Labs while discovering the engineering feats that have led to the rockets we use today. This will be our final Homeschool Day of the year, so please join us as we celebrate all of your accomplishments and commemorate our STEM Scholars for the amazing projects they created throughout the year.
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: HALF-PRICE admission for any active or retired military service member and up to 3 other family members with a valid military ID. Learning Lab $5
Sponsor Web, Event Web. 844-263-6405, info@sciencemill.org

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 13, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY MOUNTAIN: Cherry Mountain, at Cherry Mountain Loop. 11-4p & 4-7p. 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 18-July 1, 2023 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. 10a-4p. Annual exhibition of the finest gourd and fiber art from all over the US. Admission: free. 830-895-2911, Web

May 20-21, 2023 - SPORTS & OUTDOORSMEN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. Created for the hunter, fisherman, camping enthusiast, and any other outdoor interests. Annual event. Indoors. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $10, child $5, Children 3 years and under: free. 830-488-7814, Event Web

Quilt May 26-27, 2023 - QUILT SHOW: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. Fri-Sat: 9a-5p; Biennial event. Hill Country Quilt Guild, presents "The Power of Bright." 250+ juried quilts, youth gallery, gift marketplace, bizarre bazaar, Donation quilt, vendors, concessions, Scissor Man, silent auction, quilts for sale. 281-974-6220. Sponsor Web

May 25-June 11, 2023 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX-16. Performances by 100+ singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. Draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. Campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 830-257-3600. Web

May 26-28, 2023 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort Hotel, 2033 Sidney Baker. Fri-Sat: 10a-7p; Sun: 10a-5p. An indoor exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. Art on display will range from jewelry and metalwork to pottery, sculpture, paintings, gourd art, block prints, wood furniture and pyrography. Free, annual event. Dan & Linda Baker, 214-328-6382. Web

May 26-28, 2023 - PRO RODEO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND STAMPEDE RODEOS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 TX-16 North. Gates open: 6p, Grand Entry: 8p. Come and see the top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls compete in sanctioned rodeos. Parade: Sat am. Annual event. Admission: Ticket required. Active military and veterans with valid ID: Free. 830-522-0054. Sponsor Web

May 27, 2023 - MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Bandera, at downtown, Main Street. 11a-Noon. Parade down Main Street, including longhorn cattle -- one of the most colorful parades of the year! Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Event Web

JUNE 2023



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June 2, 2023 - LLANO OPEN PRO RODEO PARADE: Llano, at Courthouse Square, 801 Ford Street. 4-5:15p. More details to come. 817-648-2728, Chamber Web

June 2-3, 2023 - LLANO OPEN PRO RODEO: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 8-10p. 817-648-2728. Bull riding, bronc busting, barrel racing, and more. Gates: 6:30p, Rodeo: 8p. Chamber Web

June 3, 2023 - FAMILY FISHING TOURNAMENT: Boerne, at City Lake Park Pavilion, 1 City Lake Road. 10:30a-Noon. Held each year on the first Sat in June, which is also Free Fishing Day in Texas, when adults don't need a license to put a hook in the water. That means adults fishing in this tournament are not required to carry a fishing license. The day kicks off with a morning check in followed by a pre-fishing meeting for all participants. Fishing gets started shortly after that with the final weigh-in coming before noon. That's when we find out who has the biggest catches of the day and hand out trophies and raffle prizes! 830-248-1635. Event Web

June 3, 2023 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Held first Sat in June since 1993, this annual event is a day of service for hometown trails and the people who love them. This American Hiking Society event has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in trail work projects and other activities. Event Web. Many of the Texas state parks participate (see Parks).

June 3, 2023 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: Leander, 100 N Brushy, in charming Old Town District. All day. The street fills with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Musical acts bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices. Local and regional wineries and distilleries bring a special flair with a visit to the wine and beer tent. Free annual event. Chastidy Vernengo, 512-259-1907. Event Web

June 3, 2023 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN STREET: Marble Falls, Downtown, Main Street, between Yett St & 5th Street. 10a-4p. Street vendors (100+), art, crafts, shopping, food, music. Free admission. Dog friendly. Sponsored by Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club. Web

June 3, 2023 - COWBOYS & CAJUNS: Junction, at Courthouse lawn, downtown on 5th St between Main and College. Street dance: 6p-Midnight. Free, annual event. Live music, crawfish boil (6p serving), Miss Kimble County Pageant. Bring lawn chairs. Cooler/Bottle Charge: $10. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web, Event Web

June 9, 2023 - GROWN UP CUP: Boerne, at Time and place TBD. Field Day for Adults! An outrageous adult field day with wild games and activities you've never seen. Compete to see which team comes out on top and which one produces the most epic fail. Regardless, you'll at least get a few good laughs at your teammates trying to stay on two feet. Here are some of the not-quite-Olympics-worthy activities you can expect: Shaking ping pong balls out of a plastic container strapped to your waist; Human wheelbarrow race; Something with a giant slip and slide; Spin around and try to hit a golf ball; Flip cup and giant beer pong; Moving a hula hoop down a line of your team members without using your hands; Giant Jenga; Leap frog; and unravelling a decorative steamer as fast as you can with one hand. Free. 830-248-1635. Event Web

June 9-10, 2023 - FREDERICKSBURG CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square) Pavilion, 126 W Main St (corner Main and TX-16 S). 11a-7p. Includes: Texas music, homebrew suppliers area, food court. $20/p, includes 4 beer tickets. Under 21: $5; Under 5: free. 512-997-8515. Event Web

June 9-10, 2023 - KERRVILLE OPEN PRO RODEO: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Center, 3785 TX-27. 8p. Includes bull riding, bareback & saddle bronc riding, ladies barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, mini bull and mini bareback riding, and drill team performing nightly. Calf scramble and mutton busting for the kids. Great family-fun entertainment. Annual event by Lester Meier Rodeo Company, 830-997-1864. Web

June 9-11, 2023 - A DAY IN THE PARK: , at Robinson City Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR-152, on S side of Llano River. Friday night: Movie in the Park; Sat: Day in the Park with food trucks, live music, raffles, kids' games cornhole, water fun; and Sun: Church in the Park. A family friendly, community building event sponsored by the City and the Llano Parks Project. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 9-11, 2023 - BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Courthouse Square, 300 Main Street. Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas and holds a great "Lavender Festival" each June with vendors, displays, tours & entertainment. The entire town the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. Features speakers in the courthouse on growing and using lavender, general horticulture, geology, and more; live music in nearby Bindseil Park; and Texas food, wine, and beer in the Texas Made tent. Free admission. Sponsored by the Chamber, 830-833-5101. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender"

June 13, 2023 - ABENDKONZERTE: Boerne, downtown, at the Main Plaza Park, 100 N Main Street. 7:30p. The Boerne Village Band will entertain with "ooom pah pah" German music. Bring lawn chairs and picnic. Free. 830-248-1635. Event Web
Hill Country Arts Foundation
June 30-July 28, 2023 - SUMMER ART MARKET: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Rd South. Open: Tue-Fri: 10a-4p, Sat: 10a-2p. Featuring twenty+ artists and craftsmen handmade wares. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-367-5121. Host Web

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July 1, 2023 - JULY FREEDOM CELEBRATION: Junction. 8-10:30p. Fireworks display over the South Llano River area located at Junction City Park, 202 N 2nd Street. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and free fireworks display. Free, annual event. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

July 1-2, 2023 - LIVE QUARTER & THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 2p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials at our Class 3 Track. Annual event, rain or shine. Admission: $10/p; Children (6-12): $5; under 5: free. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

July 4, 2023 - 4TH OF JULY PET PARADE: Bandera, at City Park, 1102 Maple Street. All pets from horses to turtles to dogs, birds, cats, etc. are welcome. No admission or pet entry fee. Registration begins at 9a; Costume judging at 9:30a; parade at 10a. Marlene, 830-796-3045. Annual event sponsored by Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League. Event Web

July 4, 2023 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr, Downtown, on TX-16 & TX-98 at the bridge. 2-10p. Live music/concert, beer garden, vendor food and drinks, and children's' activities. Masks are welcome, but not required. Fireworks 9:30p. 1) No outside alcohol or glass containers. 2) No pets. 3) No firearms, fireworks, etc. 3) Ice chests and coolers are allowed, but will be searched. 4) Lawn chairs are encouraged! We will not provide seating. 5) No tents, large umbrellas, or canopies. Free annual event produced by the City, supervised by the Fire Dept and Parks Dept. 830-315-5483. Event Web

July 4, 2023 - FIREWORKS SHOW ON THE LLANO RIVER: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 W Legion Dr, downtown, along the Llano River. 8-9:30p. Annual event on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. 325-247-5354, Chamber Web

July 8, 2023 - ROUND-UP WEEKEND FESTIVAL & PARADE: Mason. Parade at 10a, will circle the Courthouse Square. All activities will then move to Heritage Park (off of Moody Street). Arts & crafts, food, races, games, and rides for the kids. Live music: 11a-2p, Acoustic Song Swap. Rodeo held both Fri and Sat. Chamber Web. >> UPDATE: For those attending and participating in this year's Roundup Parade, there will be a reverse route due to congestion and safety. With the change of the festival location moved to Heritage Park last year, we learned the route we typically take does not work as well as previous years. This year, we decided to do reverse route with our participants safety in mind! Parade check-in will be on Broad Street beginning at 7:30a, July 9th. The parade will take off in front of KHLB at 10a. We will go around twice this year and hopefully reduce the traffic congestion we experienced last year.

July 8-9, 2023 - 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

July 15-16, 2023 - LIVE QUARTER & THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 2p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials at our Class 3 Track.. Annual event, rain or shine. Admission: $10/p; Children (6-12): $5; under 5: free. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools July 21, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WREDE: Wrede, at 3828 TX-16 South. 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

July 21-23, 2023 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 10a-5p. Sun: 11a-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

July 22, 2023 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY: Bandera, at County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main Street. Start the day off with a Chuck Wagon Breakfast on the Courthouse Lawn starting at 9:30a. Featuring Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters, Little Wrangler's Stick-Horse Races & Boot Scramble, Toe Tappin' Fiddler's, Singin' Cowboys, Storytellers, Native American Exhibits, Bucking Bulls, Chicken Ropin', Texas Rangers, Western Craftsmen, Picker's Circle and Blacksmiths all on the Historic Court House lawn. Stay for evening Rodeo. 830-796-3280, Chamber Web.

July 28-31, 2023 - 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

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Aug 05, 2023 - BUSINESS EXPO: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Events Center, 3785 TX-27. 10a-3p. Sponsored by Kerrville Chamber. Annual event, free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 booths, come to interact & network with businesses, organizations & members of the Kerrville community. The Chamber's premier business-to-business networking event features exhibitors showcasing their services and products. Call the Chamber for display and sponsor opportunities. The weekend kicks off with the First Friday Wine Share and a preview of the Expo, and the Chamber "Mixer". 830-896-1155, Event Web

Aug 5-6, 2023 - HOME & GARDEN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Sponsored by Hill Country Conferences. 150+ experts are ready to help you complete any project you can dream up. The entire New Braunfels Convention Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. You’ll find it all, including a family zone with activities for the whole family! Annual event. Indoors. Parking: Free. Admission: Adult: $10, child $5, Children 3 years and under: free. 830-488-7814, Event Web

Aug 6-9, 2023 - ANTIQUE SHOW: San Saba, at Bard & Hallow, 404 E Wallace Street. New annual event. Details to follow. Chamber Web; Event Web

Aug 11-12, 2023 - RODEO, PARADE ON MAIN, DANCE & CAR SHOW, CLASS REUNIONS WEEKEND: Junction. Nathan Tonne, 254-212-9160, Chamber Web
  • Aug 11-12 - Hill Country Fair Associations Summer Classic Rodeo & Dance: Fri & Sat at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM-2169. Gates open 6p, rodeo at 7p. Dance under the stars each night after rodeo. Admission: Rodeo and Dance tickets: Adults: $10; Children: $6. Rodeo Event Web, Sponsor Facebook
  • Aug 11 - Parade: Sat, downtown, Main Street. 10-11a
  • Aug 12 - Martin Memorial Open Antique Car Show: Sat, at Kimble County Courthouse Square, 501 Main Street. 8a. Admission: Free. 325-446-5658. Event Web
  • Aug 12-13 - Class Reunions: All weekend, various locations.
A grand weekend!

Aug 12-13, 2023 - LIVE QUARTER & THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 2p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials at our Class 3 Track.. Annual event, rain or shine. Admission: $10/p; Children (6-12): $5; under 5: free. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 16-19, 2023 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds,619 US-281 N, just S of the Pedernales River bridge. Sat: Parade downtown at 10a, Exhibit Hall, 43 Tournament, goat roping, youth rodeo, team roping, steer/goat/lamb shows. Annual event. Tickets can be purchased only on day of event. Tickets include Rodeo & Dance. Free parking. Katy Odiorne: 512-627-8272. Sponsor Web, Video

Aug 19-20, 2023 - UP & BACK KAYAK/CANOE BOAT RACE: Junction, on S Llano River. 9a-9p. Includes kids' race. Begin at Junction City Park Dam, up the South Llano River to the First Crossing, flip your boat around and paddle back down to the dam. Completing this jaunt qualifies participants to place their name in for a cash prize. You don't have to finish in first place - just finish in a timely manner (the same day). Hoyt Moss at 325-446-6565. Chamber Web

Aug 26-27, 2023 - LIVE QUARTER & THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 2p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials at our Class 3 Track.. Annual event, rain or shine. Admission: $10/p; Children (6-12): $5; under 5: free. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

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Sep 2, 2023 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION, BBQ COOK-OFF & KOW KICK FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: Junction, at Junction City Park along S Llano River, off Loop-481, along the banks of the Llano River in Junction underneath the cool shade of age old pecan trees. Annual event with arts, crafts, and music. Labor Day Celebration offers relaxing fun, food and entertainment for all ages with all interests. 325-446-3190. Web

Sep 2, 2023 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN STREET: Marble Falls, Downtown, Main Street, between Yett St & 5th Street. 10a-4p. Street vendors (100+), art, crafts, shopping, food, music. Free admission. Dog friendly. Sponsored by Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club. Web

Sep 2-3, 2023 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: Brady, at Richards Park. 5-10:30p. Mysteak challenge, cook-off competition, BBQ goat meal, arts and crafts fair, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run, kids' games, food, vendors, Texas beer & wine tasting, and more! 325-597-3491. Web

Sep 9, 2023 - WILD GAME DINNER: Llano, at John L Kuykendall Event Center & Arena, 2200 RR-152 West. 6p-10p. Silent auction, live auction, raffle, great prizes - hunts, jewelry, sporting goods. For info or purchase tickets: Fred Reyna 830-992-0252, Corena Brown: 541-505-1869, or the Llano AgriLife Office: 325-247-5159. Tickets are also available for purchase at Llano Feed and Supply, and Lyssy & Eckel Feeds. Need not be present to win. Winner must be eligible to transfer guns. Hosted by Junior Livestock Show Association. 325-247-5354. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 9, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY SPRING: Cherry Spring, at 5973 RR-2323. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 9, 2023 - 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

Sep 14-23, 2023 - PAINT KERRVILLE: Kerrville at various locations in town. 10a-4p. An outdoor painters event sponsored by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (KACC). This annual 4-day plein air painting competition begins with 50 talented artists from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Artists will paint within the constraints of time, sunlight, outdoor elements, and energy-whatever conditions may be. KACC supporters allow their VIP's a first peek at the works on Friday evening. On the last day, Saturday September 23rd, the public will be welcomed into the KACC Center to see the results while the paintings are very fresh. 830-895-2911. Web

Sep 16, 2023 - CAR & TRUCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Pecan Grove Store, 5244 US-16 N. Noon. Live music. Available to purchase: Burgers, BBQ, beer, wine soda. Annual event. Supports Food Bank. Free admission to public with donation of 3 cans of food or cash donation for the local food bank. Vehicle entry fee: $30. Web

Sep 16, 2023 - K'STAR CHILI COOK-OFF & BIKE SHOW: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. 10a-5p. Fun for the entire family. Chili, car & bike show, cornhole tournament, live & silent auctions, bucket raffle, and so much more. Annual event. 830-896-5437, Sponsor Web; Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 17, 202 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US-290 East. 10a-3:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 17, 2023 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: Albert, at 5501 S RR-1623. 10a-3:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 17, 2023 - SEED STOMP: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. 10a-3p. Children and their families are invited to the State Park to help scatter wildflower seeds. With some help from Mother Nature, the following spring they can return and see all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. They will also learn about the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. Crafts for the children. Native seed mixtures will be provided by the State Park. Annual event. Parking: Free. 830-644-2252. Web

Sep 23, 2023 - MEDINA LAKE CAJUN FESTIVAL: Lakehills, Civic Center, 11225 Park Rd 37 and 15th St, W Lakehills. 10a-10p. Two dance floors featuring top Cajun and Zydeco bands from the heart of Louisiana. Ever popular gumbo cook-off. Great homemade Cajun food including crawfish pie, jambalaya, fried fish and shrimp, red beans & rice, crawfish etouffee, boudin jalapeno poppers, bread pudding, and pecan pralines, served all day long. Arts & Crafts and children's activities. Annual event, rain or shine. Parking: Free and shuttle service available. Admission: Ticket required, $15/p, children 10 and under free. 830-751-2404. Event Web

Hill Country Arts Foundation Sep 23-24, 2023 - TEXAS STATE ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: Kerrville, at Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Rd S, TX-39. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. A family-friendly event featuring two days of juried art, gourmet food, live music, craft beer, and activities for all ages. Families can visit the Arts Exploration Zone to participate in a variety of fun activities. Kids and adults also will be treated to interactive demonstrations by artists and crafters. Against a backdrop of the beautiful Guadalupe River, over 5,000+ visitors are expected to enjoy this event. It will have over 120 artists, musicians and demonstrators, plus gourmet food, craft beer, live music, activities and art demonstrations for all ages. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Adults: $10; Students & kids under 12: Free. 830-367-5121, Event Web, Host Web

Sep 27-Oct 1, 2023 - COMAL COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 E Common Street. Largest county fair in central Texas. Bull riding, chili cooking, carnival rides, exhibits, competitions (baking, arts, more), kid's activities (baby barn yard where kids can interact with animals; H-E-Buddy kid zone). Parade: 9a. Admission: Adults $10/p; kids 6-11: $5. Rodeo seating: $20 to $25/p. 830-625-1505. Event Web

Sep 29-30, 2023 - LLANO TEXAS MUSIC FEST: , at Robinson City Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR-152, on S side of Llano River. Fri: 10a, Sat: 11a. More details to follow. Parking: Free. Web

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Oct 3, 2023 - NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Hill-Country. National Night OutAn annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Check with your local law enforcement and government agencies for participation details. Web

Oct 6-8, 2023 - OKTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square, 100 block of W Main St, downtown. Open Fri 6p-Midnight; Sat 10a-Midnight, Sun 11a-6p. A colorful, festive, annual celebration of Fredericksburg's German heritage. Family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, Oktubafest, waltz and yodel contest, keg tapping and brewmeister meetings, stein hois, arts & crafts, children's fun area in Kinder Park, a German bier tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink ... all weekend long! Admission: $10 adults, $1 kids ages 7-12, kids under 6 are free. Adult two-day tickets are $15 and three-day tickets are $20. 830-997-4810. Web

Riverside Nature Center Oct 7, 2023 - FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street. 9a-2p. Free family fun, native plant sale, expert advice, and informative exhibits and displays. Come early for the best selection. Our sale is special because of our people; experts will be available to help you select plants that will thrive in your particular landscape conditions. Pick from a variety of shrubs, perennials, native trees, and more that have been carefully selected from nurseries across Central Texas. Proceeds benefit the Riverside Nature Center and the Native Plant Society of Texas - Kerrville Chapter educational programs. 830-257-4837. Web

Oct 7, 2023 - KERR COUNTY 4-H WILD GAME DINNER: Kerrville, at the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 E, 1/2 mi E of VA Hospital. 5:30p Doors open; 6:30p dinner. Enjoy a feast of wild game, chicken or catfish. Fundraiser for youth development. Enjoy our dinner, live music and raffle. The raffle includes guns, hunts, fishing and hunting gear, jewelry and family fun. 830-257-6568. Host Web, Event Web

Oct 13-14, 2023 - ECLIPSE UTOPIA-ANNULAR: Utopia, at Four Sisters Ranch. Utopia will be in the epicenter of the ‘Great Texas Twoclipse’, where the paths of totality for the Annual Eclipse of October ’23 and Total Eclipse of April ’24 will form an ‘X’. Join us for two intimate campouts with unparalleled views and an excellent eclectic musical lineup. Attendance will be capped at 1000 people! Two day passes available for each event, as well as combination passes. Rain or Shine. Parking: Free. Admission: Ticket required, see website. 512-400-4160, Event Web

Oct 14, 2023 - KERRVILLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. Noon-9:30p. Annual event that inspires and motivates community members to get outside for a fun day of outdoor adventure. A combination of Get Outdoors Day activities along with a lineup of great entertainment. Features local booths, exhibits, food, drinks, lots of live music, and activities designed for good old-fashion fun for the entire family. The Kids' Zone. Fireworks show. Presented by City of Kerrville Parks & Rec Dept. Admission: Free. Web. 830-257-7300, Kassie Phillips, 512-647-9124, kassierae@tseentertainment.com
Hill Country Arts Foundation
Oct 14, 2023 - ANNULAR ECLIPSE 2023 AT STONEHENGE II: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation (HCAF), 120 Theatre Rd S, TX-39. Open: 10a-2p. Come see what the whole world is talking about; Hill Country Arts Foundation will be hosting eclipse viewers on the grounds of Stonehenge II. Come for the eclipse, stay for the party. [Note: per Merriam-Webster Dictionary: An annular eclipse is "an eclipse in which a thin outer ring of the sun's disk is not covered by the smaller dark disk of the moon."] Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 830-367-5121. Event Sponsor

Oct 14-15, 2023 - CHALK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza, downtown, Water & Earl Garrett Streets. 10a-5p. Chalk art on street pavement. A celebration of art, family and community. Artwork, entertainment, live music, food, Kid's chalk zone, and fun for the entire family. Free, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits nonprofit organizations. 830-895-5222, Event Web

Oct 14-15, 2023 - HILL COUNTRY HARVEST MARKET: Dripping Springs, Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Great selection of unique and unusual items including gourmet food, clothing and accessories, handmade jewelry, western art, gift items and much, much more! This fun fall shopping event will get you started early on your Christmas shopping! Free parking. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Oct 21, 2023 - BOERNE BOO!: Boerne, downtown, at the Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N Main Street. 4-7p. A Spooktacular Event. A fall festival hosted each year around Halloween by the City of Boerne. Join us for a ghastly good time at this free family-friendly event with arts and crafts, trick or treating, bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, music, and of course lots of candy and prizes! To top off all the fun, there is a costume contest for kids, adults and new category by popular demand... pets, so be sure to come dressed to impress! Free. 830-248-1635. Event Web

Oct 21-22, 2023 - HAUNTED GHOUL POOL: Kerrville, at Olympic Pool in Singing Wind Park, 601 Olympic Drive. 5-9p. Join us for a night of goosebumps, spooks, and screams as the Olympic Pool is transformed into a ghoulish haunted house. Family-friendly tours will run from 5-7pm. After 7pm parental guidance is suggested for ages 13 and under, as the haunted attractions will come to life. No Swimming Allowed. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: $5/p (cash or check only; cards not accepted). 830-257-7300, Web

Oct 27-29, 2023- TEXAS FLEECE & FIBER FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3800 Memorial Drive. Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 9a-6p, Sun: 9a-3p. Join us on a journey from sheep to shawl, nature to colorway, bees to honey and so much more. You will learn what it means to be stewards of the land, how to make use of what's in your backyard, how sheep interact with their shepherds, what makes wool so amazing (and we include alpacas, llamas, goats and bunnies in the wool class). Whether you are a fiber raiser or enthusiast, farmer or dream of being a farmer, this event will open the doors to your endless possibilities! Vendors, teachers, classes, shows, sales, food, entertainment. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. 361-537-0503, Web

Oct 28, 2023 - FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg, at Becker and Messina Hof wineries. Noon-7p. A full-course celebration with 22 Texas wineries, Texas specialty booths, cooking school, concessionaires, craft beer, live music, grape toss, auction. Annual event. Admission: Ticket required. Adults: $25; Under 21: $5, Children under 5: Free. 830-997-8515, Event Web

Oct 31, 2023 - FAMILY FRIGHT NIGHT: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. 5:30-8p. Invitation to all ghosts, goblins, and creatures of the night to join us for an evening of safe and traditional family fun. Activities will include trick or treating, bounce houses, games, a costume contest, and more! Food will be on-site available for purchase. Annual event. Parking: Free. Admission: Free. Web

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Nov 3-Dec 5, 2023 - TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS' SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (KACC), 228 Earl Garrett Street. Tue-Sat, 10a-4p. An annual statewide competition of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas. 830-895-2911. Web

Nov 1, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024 - HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE LLANO: Junction, at Junction City Park. A picturesque setting for the holidays with beautifully lit trees along the banks of the Llano River. Free, annual event. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

Nov 11, 2023 - WILD GAME DINNER: Mason, at Fort Mason City Park Community Building, 1015 San Antonio Street. 6-9p. Large raffle item, Winner need not be present. Auction, door prizes, catered dinner with wild game to sample. Alcohol included in meal purchase. Cost: Raffle: $10/p; Dinner: $20/p. 325-347-5758, Chamber Web

Nov 19, 2023 - RUN, BIKE, PADDLE TRIATHLON: Junction. The Hill Country Challenge brought to you by the City of Junction. Awards. Annual event. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web; Event Web, Hoyt Moss 325-446-5087

Santa Nov 24-Dec 31, 2023 - STARRY STARRY NIGHTS & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARK: Llano, at Badu Park on Llano River, 300 W Legion Drive. Begins Fri after Thanksgiving and runs to New Year's Eve. Lighted Christmas Park will be open every night 6-9p. Sipping hot chocolate, strolling along Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu Park. It's a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends. Santa Claus will be in the park on selected Fri & Sat evenings from 6-8p. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Snow Day for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Nov 25, 2023- WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US-83 North. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic game, chili and trimmings. Admission: $10/p. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web
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Dec 2, 2023 - OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Leander, at charming Old Town Leander, 100 N Brushy Street. 11a-9p. Town comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. Activities for the kids, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more. Cost: Free. Annual event presented by Leander Honda. 512-259-1907. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Dec 2, 2023 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN STREET: Marble Falls, Downtown, Main Street, between Yett St & 5th Street. 10a-4p. Street vendors (100+), art, crafts, shopping, food, music. Free admission. Dog friendly. Sponsored by Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club. Web

Dec 3, 2023-Jan 1, 2024 - TRAIL OF LIGHTS: Burnet, at 6-10p. Burnet sets up spectacular lights displays in three locations in and around the Burnet County Courthouse square. There's a beautifully decorated Christmas tree on the east entrance of the courthouse. Lights go on every evening (weather permitting) at dark-thirty. Festive, moving displays are set up on the courthouse lawn and in Wallace Riddell Park, located at TX-29 and Rhomberg Street, where thousands of lights create holiday sculptures, including a picture-perfect lighted tunnel, ready made for selfies and group photos. Just a short drive or stroll away, more lights can be found in Hamilton Creek Park at US-281 and Jackson Street where sparkling lights reflect off of the creek. While it’s possible to walk the Burnet Trail of Lights, you might want to consider driving to each location and parking. You can park in the Square, take in the courthouse, and then walk to Hamilton Creek Park before or after visiting Wallace Riddell Park. Event Web

Dec 9, 2023 - LLANO SNOW DAY: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Dr, on Llano River. 1-9p. Lots of real snow formed into a sledding hill. Fun for the entire family! Wristband required for sled riding. Sleds provided. Free annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dec 9, 2023 - SIP N' STROLL WINE TASTING: San Saba, at San Saba Visitors Center, 113 S High Street. 2-6p. Come taste wine from some of the best Hill Country wineries (and visiting wineries), and breweries. Shop, listen to live music, have photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, photo stops, then stay and watch the lighted parade at 6:30p, and beautiful lights in Mill Pond Park. Annual free event. Everyone is invited. Parking: Free, Admission: Ticket required: $45/p, includes 10 wine and/or beer tastings, see website. Chamber sponsored, Regina Baker, 325-372-5141, Chamber Web, Event Web

Dec 9, 2023 - LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: San Saba. 6:30-7:30p. Line up notice: Turn W on Commerce Street at the Visitors Center at High Street & Commerce. Follow the parade lineup signs. Everyone is invited. Parking: Free. Annual free event. Chamber sponsored, Regina Baker, 325-372-5141, executive.director@sansabachamber.com, Chamber Web, Event Web

Dec 10, 2023 - CHRISTMAS AT OLD FORT CROGHAN: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX-29 W). 5-8p. Visit Ft Croghan as it was in the 1800s. The cabins are decorated and staffed by families dressed in frontier attire. Visitors are welcomed with lighting by kerosene lantern, hot apple cider, homemade cookies, carolers and musicians. Volunteers in costume recreate a Christmas from Burnet County's pioneer past. Re-enactors share stories of what life was like for the area's first pioneers during Christmas. For a $5 donation, you can eat a light dinner of homemade soup, cornbread or crackers, a drink of hot-spiced cider, coffee or bottled water, and cookies during this event. Admission and parking are free. Along with the fort, the museum will be open for people to visit. 512-756-8281. Web

Dec 17, 2023 - NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY: Our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Join us by sponsoring a veterans's wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local fundraising group. Known nearby participating cemeteries include: Blanco Historic Cemetery; St. Mary's; Mt Horeb; Twin Sisters; McKinney Loop; and more. Wreaths Across America will support you in becoming a Location Coordinator for a cemetery in your area. There is no cost to become a participating location and host a Wreaths Across America ceremony. Local contact: Candy Cargill, Wreaths Across Blanco County, 830-833-4591. Sponsor Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 17, 2023 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52, at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. 5:30p. Time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails lit to provide visitors a beautiful experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web


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LCRA LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY (LCRA) PARKS EVENTS: Web. Some of their parks offer event activities. Overall, their is a wide variety of events spanning their 30+ parks. Find events at: LCRA Events. See more details on each park on our focus topic page: Hill Country Parks & Lakes

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT-PARK EVENTS (TPWD): Each of their parks in the Texas Hill Country offer a variety on recurring and special events, such as hikes, guided tours, lessons, demonstrations, astronomy, boating, swimming, fishing, and many more. These links take you straight to their event calendar page. Includes State Natural Areas (SNA). See more details on each park on our focus topic page: Hill Country Parks & Lakes LBJ National Historical Park NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARKS-EVENTS: Each of the parks in the Texas Hill Country offer a variety on recurring and special events, such as hikes, guided tours, lessons, demonstrations, astronomy/stargazing, and many more. These links take you straight to their event calendar page. See more details on each park on our focus topic page: Hill Country Parks & Lakes QUILT SHOWS: See full show details throughout the year on our focus topic page: Quilting Events & More

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Every Day (except Mon), GLASSBLOWING DEMONSTRATION: Wimberley, 800-929-6686; 6469 RR-12, Wimberley/San Marcos, at Wimberley Glassworks. Experience first hand demonstration (10a-3p) of the unique craftsmanship of hand blown glass from their skilled team of artisans using centuries-old techniques. Wed-Sun, 10a-5p. Tour art installations and enjoy the patio outside under the oaks. wgw.com

Every Day, LIVE TUNES AT GRUENE HALL: Gruene, 830-606-1281; 1281 Gruene Rd, FM-306, downtown Gruene (New Braunfels). Most shows are free Mon-Thurs evenings and Sat-Sun afternoons. Fri and Sat evenings are generally ticketed or cover charge shows. Band schedule: gruenehall.com

Every Day, ENJOY NATURE TRAILS: Lake Buchanan, 512-334-2070; at Canyon Of The Eagles, 16942 RR-2341. Enjoy 16 mi of groomed trails to walk, bike ride, sketch, journal, or take nature photography. Trails open from dawn to dusk daily. Select trails are closed annually from 3/1 – 9/1 for nesting season of endangered birds. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Viair Guest Service’s office to pick-up free trail map and purchase nature guides. Report bird sightings to ebird.org and register your finds. canyonoftheeagles.com/nature-trails

Every Day (except Mon & Tue in Feb), EAGLE EYE OBSERVATORY: Lake Buchanan, 512-334-2070; at Canyon Of The Eagles, 16942 RR-2341. Spectacular nighttime viewing for stargazers to witness the wonders of the Universe through the Observatory telescopes and interactive presentations offered by an Astronomer. canyonoftheeagles.com/eagle-eye-observatory/

All Year, AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN ASSOCIATION TRAIN RIDES: 512-477-8468; 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 themed trips) with performances, mystery players, magic and fun activities on board. Seats are reserved and pre-assigned. Operates year-around. Times & locations vary so check schedule on web. austinsteamtrain.org

Every Week, SIMULCAST HORSE & GREYHOUND DOG RACING: Fredericksburg, at the Race Barn, 830-997-4058; 2000 TX-16 S, then 35 Fair Drive. at the entrance to the Fairgrounds. Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in state-of-the-art simulcast facility, with feeds from the nation's top tracks on 30 TV screens, and wager as if you were there. All while enjoying an air-conditioned restaurant, casual dining and full bar. Greyhound dog and thoroughbred and quarter horse races. Thurs-Sat: 11a-10p. Sun: 11a-7p. Simulcast starting at 1p. Web. See special Portal focus page: "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Every Mon-Thur, PICKER CIRCLE: Luckenbach. 888-311-8990; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Free. Listen or sing/play. luckenbachtexas.com

Every Tue, 2E TWIN ELM TEAM ROPING: Bandera, TX 78003, at 810 FM-470. 6:30p. Apr-Aug. 253-209-1109. Web

Every Wed, COMMUNITY BINGO: Bandera, at American Legion Post #157, at 205 12th Street. Doors Open: 5:30p. 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, 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 Wed-Thur-Sun, EAGLE EYE OBSERVATORY PUBLIC PROGRAM SESSIONS: At Canyon of the Eagles Resort, 16942 RR-2341, Burnet, TX 78611, on NE shore area oF Lake Buchanan. 8-9p. Sessions are led by an astronomer who will guide you through the seasonal wonders of the universe. No two sessions alike, and guests are encouraged.

Every Thurs, PSB RUN CLUB: At Pecan Street Brewery, 6:30p, run/walk 5k, then enjoy a pint at the Pub. Facebook

Every 1st Thurs, COME AND TASTE IT - Meet Texas' Best Winemakers: Except in Jan, come to The Grapevine and taste some of Texas' best wines and craft beer straight from the winemakers and brewers. It's the perfect opportunity to sit, sip and relax in the heart of Gruene Historic District. 830-606-0093, GrapevineInGruene.com

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, OLDIES BUT GOODIES CAR SHOW & SOCIAL CLUB: >Llano, at Courthouse Square, Llano, TX. 6:30-8:30p. A gathering of people who love classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.

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, GUIDED WALKS: Lake Buchanan, 512-334-2070; at Canyon Of The Eagles, 16942 RR-2341, 10a, weather permitting. Join a Mater Gardener/Master Naturalist on an informative walk along cenic trails near the lake. Learn about the plants, animals and insects in the Highland Lakes. One-hour hike covers 1-2 mi on uneven, gentle terrain. Bring water and wear comfortable walking footwear. Arrive 15 min early. No registration required. If weather is questionable, check with Guest Services before arriving. canyonoftheeagles.com/guidedwalk

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 Gunfighters, at Bandera Visitors Center, 126 TX-16 S, at Rattlesnake Ridge behind the BVC, most Saturdays at 11a & 1p. 830-796-3045. Web. Bring the kids and have them get deputized after the show!

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

Every 2nd & 4th Sat, BLUEGRASS JAM: Boerne. 11a-1p. Bring your instrument and play alone or just enjoy talented bluegrass musicians jam at the AgriCultural. Free. 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, 830-796-3864; 510 13th St, 1 block N of County Courthouse. 1-4p. Live music, storytelling and more. Free and fun for all ages. 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 SP: 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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