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JANUARY, 2014


Jan 1, 2014 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, at 11a. Bandera County Cowgirls gather for a panoramic photo on horseback followed by an afternoon of demonstrations on how the modern day cowgirl makes her living with the horse. Examples of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will be held in the arena. The history of the American cowgirl, singer/songwriters, storytellers, and artists will be featured. TPWD Web. 830-796-4413. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 1, 2014 - BLACK EYED PEA & CORNBREAD COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US 290 East. 10a-6p If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. A Southern-style, annual, cook-off and Jam Session. Live band, sample the entries. $500 First Prize for each Category!. Contact: 830-644-2829, tdp@texashillcountrywine.com, Web, Festival Web

Jan 1, 2014 - FIRST DAY HIKE: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 9-11a. Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead, and walk to the summit. Annual event. See Parks

Jan 1, 2014 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. 830-629-5077. Web

Jan 1-4, 2014 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will by holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. 830-997-6597. Web

Jan 4, 2014 - HAYS COUNTY 4-H HORSE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 9-11, 2014 - LLANO JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Web

Jan 9-11, 2014 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. Web, Map

Jan 9-11, 2014 - BANDERA COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755

Jan 9-Feb 2, 2014 - KACC ANTIQUES COLLECTABLES SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Cornels Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett St. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 9-Feb 2, 2014 - STARVING ARTISTS' SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web

Jan 10-11, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Stock show for Gillesipe County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects. 830-997-2359. Web

Jan 10-11, 2014 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Mason County Show Barn. 325-347-5259. Chamber Web

Jan 10-12, 2014 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 918-619-2875. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Ft Martin ScottJan 11, 2014 - BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATION: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 12 noon-3p. Reenactment, "A Day of Music and Story", limited seating, donations accepted. Contact: Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

Jan 11, 2014 - PORT 'N PAIRINGS: Fredericksburg. All 13 wineries along US 290 will have their annual "Port 'n Pairings" event. Each of the wineries will be pairing a tasting companion with their port or significant other wine. No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" that they normally charge; there is no additional charge for the event. Just drive to each of the wineries. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Jan 11, 2014 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS HORSE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 11, 2014 - BANDERA 100K, 50K, & 25K RUN: Bandera, at the Hill Country State Natural Area. 830-796-4413. Web

Jan 12-18, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

Jan 14, 2014 - WINTER TEXAN DINNER: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr, at 5p. Chamber provides main diner, guests bring sides and deserts. Raffle prizes. 325-388-6211. Web

Jan 14, 2014 - DRIPPING SPRINGS-HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs. DS Ranch Park Event Center, 29401 RR 12. 512-393-2120. Web

Jan 17-18, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Jan 18, 2014 - BAUBLES & BOOTS CELEBRATION: Bandera, at Flying A Ranch, 1919 TX 173 South. 4:30-7:30p. Annual dinner & auction benefiting the Bandera ISD Education Foundation. Tickets at Bandera ISD Office and McMullan Insurance. 830-796-3313. Web

Jan 18, 2014 - TEXAS STREET CUSTOMS CAR SHOW: Bandera, next to Sonic Drive-In, at 1111 Main Street. 2-5p. All makes and models. Everyone is welcome to come see some amazing cars and have a family- friendly experience. ALL makes and models welcome regardless of their condition! Drinks and food are available also. Donations are accepted. 830-796-7186. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Jan 18, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at American Legion Hall, along the Llano River at 200 Legion Drive. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 18-19, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Hwy 16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Free, open to public. 830-990-9823. Web

Jan 23-25, 2014 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA youth projects. 830-868-7167. Web

Jan 22-25, 2014 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web

Jan 23-25, 2014 - UVALDE COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Uvalde, at Uvalde County Fairplex. Web

Jan 24, 2014 - FAMILY HEART HEALTHY EXPO: New Braunfels, at Civic/Convention Center, 1p-5p. All ages invited to enjoy FREE health screenings including blood pressure, body mass index, running shoe clinic tests, and EKGs; more than 35 health and wellness exhibitors; grilled cooking demonstrations and tastings; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Mobile Mammography Unit; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Pediatric Mobile Clinic; $20 cholesterol/glucose panels on a first-come, first-served basis; five minute CPR. 830-643-5178. Web

Feb 24-25, 2014 - LOVE YOUR HEART EXPO, 5K & KIDS' K FUN RUN/WALK: New Braunfels, at Park Pavilion 4&5. Booths, activities, food. Fri: Expo 1-5p, free health screenings including a variety of those that affect your risk for heart disease. Sat: 9a-11a, 9-11a. Bring the whole family out to join us for a fun, relaxing run through the park. 830-620-1272. Web

Jan 25, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Bandera, at Grace Lutheran Church, 451 Hwy 173, serving from 4-7p. Expertly prepared, all you can eat wild game dinner serving everything from white tail deer to more exotic game. Dine-in or take-out. $15 donation. 830-796-3091. Web

Jan 25, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Jan 25, 2014 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 2-10p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. 888-311-8990. Web


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FEBRUARY, 2014


Feb 1, 2014 - KERR COUNTY CANDIDATES' FORUM: Kerrville, at Community Room of the Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) at 2250 Memorial Blvd. 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Candidates running for Kerr County offices in the March 4 Primary Elections:
  • County Judge: Bob Waller and Tom Pollard
  • County Attorney: Heather Stebbins, Ralph Behrens
  • County Clerk: Jannett Pieper, Rebecca Bolin
  • County Court-at-Law: Susan Harris, Rob Kelley, Pat Maguire, Gordon Morriss
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Free. Web. Gloria Algeo, 830-377-8327, galgeo@ktc.com See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

Feb 2, 2014 - CHILI COOKOFF: Leander, at Texas Humane Heroes - Leander Pet Adoption Center (HQ location), 10930 E Crystal Falls Pwy, Leander, Texas 78641. Annual event. 512-260-3602, Web

Feb 3, 2014 - TRAIL RIDE: Uvalde. Leaving 8a from Downtown plaza. Contact: Rudy Reyes, Trail Boss: 830-279-7998. Web. Mike Martinez, Ast: 830-275-9920. Tony Medina, Head Scout: 830-279-1240

Feb 4, 2014 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6:30-9p. Taste the many delectable offerings by local restaurateurs. Proceeds help New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation fund projects and programs that will improve educational opportunities for students. 830-643-5700. Web

Feb 7, 2014 - NIMITZ STATUE UNVEILING: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Celebrate the arrival of our new eight foot statue of Admiral Nimitz. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

National%20Museum Feb 7, 2014 - RING OF FIRE TEMPORARY EXHIBIT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Temporary exhibit concentrated on Canadians in the Pacific Theater. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Feb 7-9, 2014 - ST VALENTINE'S DAY MOTORCYCLE MASSACRE: Hondo, at Medina County Fairgrounds. Live music, two halls of vendors, contests, food and more. 210-865-7188; 210-601-1932; toedig@yahoo.com, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Feb 7-23, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVER'S TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards, and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 8, 2014 - HEARTS FOR HOPE: Kerrville, at Y.O Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. 6:30-11p. Live Entertainment. Be prepared to dance and swing on the dance floor after a delicious entree of food from an all you can eat buffet. All proceeds go to New Hope Counseling Center, a non-profit organization. $50. Every Feb. Web. Sharon Renter, 830-257-3009, director@newhopecounselingtx.org

Feb 8, 2014 - SPARROWFEST: Lago Vista, at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, this event will be led by sparrow experts. 7a-6p. 512-965-2473. Web

Feb 8, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos. Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 8, 2014 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 11a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Feb 8, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY DOLL SHOW & SALE: New Braunfels, at the Civic Center, 375 S Castell. 9a-4p. Largest doll show in Texas. 75+ dealers from several states with antique to modern collectible dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, accessories, books, restoration. Hourly door prizes. Free parking. 830-606-5868. Web

Feb 8, 2014 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square, 13909 RR 12. 4-7p. Free monthly event that offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it! Various art galleries participate. Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Feb 8-9, 2014 - MERLOT AND CHOCOLATE TASTING: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyard, 464 Becker Farms Road. Dr. & Mrs. Becker invite you out to pair the next best duo . . Becker Vineyards vintage Merlot with Dark Chocolate! Our guest chocolatier "Delysia" will have samples and be selling their gourmet chocolates. Event is free, but additional wine tasting fees do apply. 830-644-2681, info@beckervineyards.com, Web

Feb 9, 2014 - CHOCOLATE FANTASY WEEKEND: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 1-3p. All the chocolate you can eat, wine seminars, demonstrations, food & wine tasting, silent auction & raffle. 830-895-2911. Web

Feb 10, 2014 - KERR COUNTY CANDIDATES' FORUM: Kerrville, at Community Room of the Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) at 2250 Memorial Blvd. 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Candidates running for Kerr County offices in the March 4 Primary Elections:
  • Commissioner Pct. 2: Tom Moser, Stan Kubenka
  • District Clerk: Robbin Burlew, Evlyn Manry
  • J.P. Pct 1: Tommy Rodriguez, Mitzi French, Jane Trolinger
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Free. Web. Gloria Algeo, 830-377-8327, galgeo@ktc.com

Feb 11, 2014 - WINTER TEXAN DINNER: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr, at Social: 5p, HEB Dinner: 6p. Raffle prizes. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

Feb 14-15, 2014 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Bandera at Mansfield Park. Annual event. Free admission. Arts & crafts, concessions. 210-380-8783. Event Web

Feb 14-15, 2014 - QUILT SHOW: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. Fri: 9a-10p. Sat: 9a-4p. $6. Annual event, with display of 100+ quilts made by club members. Silent auction, club boutique, bits & pieces, vendors, light lunch available. 830-693-2815. Sponsor Web, Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Feb 14-16, 2014 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach. Annual camp-out and Valentine's Ball with a name musician. Get "Back to the Basics of Love". Free. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 15, 2014 - BLACK & RED BALL: Bandera, at the Farm Country Club on FM Hwy 2828 at Pue Road. Annual Sweetheart Dance fundraiser. Dine and dance to live band. Live auction. RSVP only. Benefits Meals On Wheels. 830-796-4969. Web

Feb 15-16, 2014 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Feb 19, 2014 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park. 10a-3:30p. Annual workshop is for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Theme: "Get Read: A Writers Marketing Conference". Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. www.jclibrarysite.org. Contact: Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 20, 2014 - WHAT'S NEW WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS - KERRVILLE AREA: Kerrville, at Bella Vita Restaurant, 1550 Junction Hwy. 6-7:30p. Discussion of Primary Election results and planning of future candidates forums. As always, an open meeting for all who have interest in the LWV, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Free. Web. Contact: Gloria Algeo, 830-377-8327, galgeo@ktc.com See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

Feb 20-22, 2014 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off. costume contest, parade and special country and Cajun Zydeco music. 830-796-4849. Web, info@11thstreetcowboybar.com

Feb 21-23, 2014 - GRTU TROUTFEST: New Braunfels, at Rio Raft Resort, 14130 River Road. Outdoors banquet and Expo on the Guadalupe River. Fly tiers, kid fish pond, fly casting lessons and educational classes will provide enjoyment for the whole family! 512-413-3301. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Feb 21-23, 2014 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 390 S Seguin. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: free. 210-410-0737. Web
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Feb 22, 2014 - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SHOWCASE: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-4p. A day of outdoor adventure for families to enjoy in the Texas Hill Country. This event will expose you to the cultural and natural gems of the area; provide adventure and hands-on experiences; and excite you with the wonders of the outdoor world. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Feb 22, 2014 - ROTARY 'PIG OUT' BENEFIT: Boerne, at St Helena Episcopal Church, 410 N Main. 5-7:30p. The Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club will host a BBQ (aka, 'The Pig Out') benefit for the Fisher House Organization (San Antonio - Wurzbach location). Rudy's BBQ catering. Annual event open to the public. Tickets $10 at front door. Fisher Houses provide military families stable, free housing during hospitalization of a loved one for an illness, disease, or injury (see www.FisherHouse.org). While the Wurzbach-located facility is newest of the three San Antonio area Fisher Houses, it has specific needs that went unfulfilled when it opened its doors last spring. Net proceeds of this benefit will be a gift to this outstanding organization. Silent auction. Contact: David Anderson - Outreach Chairman Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club, 210-710-2798, davidmartinanderson@hotmail.com

Feb 22, 2014 - SPICEWOOD VINEYARDS CHILI COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409. 1-5p. Annual event showcases chili and wine. Pair it with the Claret Chili Cook-Off. Texas wine, hot chili, live music and the Hill Country views. Fee required. 830-693-5328. Web

Feb 22, 2014 - WINE ROAD 290 - RAGIN' CAJUN: Fredericksburg. Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Ragin Cajun". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a Cajun dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine, PLUS a "throw bead" necklace (how much more Cajun can we get?). See web for map. 281-868-2321. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 22, 2014 - AN EVENING AT CASA MANOR: Marble Falls, at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6-10p. Dance, auction, food & entertainment. Fundraiser for Highland Lakes Casa that provides hope to children who have been removed from their home and now live in foster care. Web

Feb 22, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Dripping Springs, at UMC. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Feb 22-23, 2014 - ANTIQUE SHOW: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46 East. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Featuring 60+ exhibitor booths overflowing with the finest American antiques found in the market today. Exhibitors gather their treasures from the estates of this great country and save their best for this nationally acclaimed antiques show. Collectors from all over the state, as well as many from out of state, find real antiques, no reproductions or imports, to add to their collections or decorate their homes. Fine antiques add a touch of elegance to any home & coordinate perfectly with any decorating scheme. Features Country Furniture, Baskets, Stoneware, Glassware, Jewelry, Textiles, Early Paper, Toys, Silver, Quilts, Pewter, American Oak, Southwestern and so much more! 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

National%20Museum Feb 24, 2014 - ANNUAL NIMITZ DINNER WITH THE HONORABLE DONALD RUMSFELD: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Enjoy an evening of drinks and dinner and remarks by the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation as we host our annual initial event of our Distinguished Speaker Series the Nimitz Dinner. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Feb 27, 2014 - OLD WEST CASINO NIGHT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Show Barn, US 281 N. 6p. Live entertainment, silent auction, dinner, door prizes, casino-style gambling. 830-868-7684. Web

Feb 28, 2014 - TEXAS STAR TRAIL RIDE: Web. A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014 - K9 EXPRESS DOG AGILITY SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web


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MARCH, 2014


Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014 - K9 EXPRESS DOG AGILITY SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

Mar 1, 2014 - SPAGHETTI DINNER & BINGO NIGHT: Johnson City, at LBJ High School. Serving: 5:30p, Bingo 6:45p. Includes desert, quilt raffle, live and silent auctions and fun. Johnson City Woman's Civic Club hosts this event that benefits JC Library. 830-868-7688. Web

Mar 1, 2014 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 888-926-6226. Web

Mar 1, 2014 - NBU KINDERSCHUHE 5K RUN/WALK: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 8:30a. 830-629-8486. Web

Mar 1, 2014 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, RR 1476. Noon-6p. Celebration with Texas Star Trail Ride, and a dance in the world famous Texas town. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 1, 2014 - MARDI GRAS & GUMBO COOK-OFF: Wimberley, at Pioneer Town, River Rd. 6p-12p. Music, beads, parade, King and Queen, food, beer, artists, T-shirts, masks, Gumbo cook-off, and lots of fun. Annual event supports "My Neighbors Keeper" that assists victims of natural disasters in the Wimberley Valley. Web. Madonna Kimball: 512-847-5162

Mar 1, 2014 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park & historic Main Street. 10a-4p. Dog walk, pet activities & contests, great food, live music, vendors, co-ed softball tournament. Annual event benefits Highland Lakes SPCA. 830-596-2717. Web

Mar 1-2, 2014 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista. Truly unique annual event with 900+ cyclists from around the world. Food, drinks, face painting and "Bouncy House" for the kids. Contact Clive Rutherford, cliverutherford@austin.rr.com or Sherri Jander 512-267-7952, info@lagovista.org, Chamber Web

Mar 7, 2014 - WWII FIELD KITCHEN EXHIBIT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Meet Cooky and learn how they kept our men fed on the front lines during World War II. Get up close to a fully functioning field kitchen. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 8, 2014 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAYS: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ food and craft vendors with a variety of items. 830-693-2815. Web

National%20Museum Mar 8, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 8, 2014 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 8, 2014 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square, 13909 RR 12. 4-7p. Free monthly event that offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it! Various art galleries participate. Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433
Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools
Mar 8, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 11a-4p. 830-997-5116. Web

Mar 8, 2014 - TEXAS GREEN HOME & LIVING SHOW: San Marcos, at City Conference Center adjacent to Embassy Suites. 10a-4p. An exhibition where vendors demonstrate green products and present exhibits geared toward promoting a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Free. 512-393-5900. Web

Mar 8-9, 2014 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Mar 8, 10-13, 2014 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-2835. Web

Mar 8-15, 2014 - TEXAS HELL WEEK: Fredericksburg, with HQ at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams. Daily 50, 70, 100 mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. 806-499-3210. www.hellweek.com

Mar 10-12, 2014 - SPRING BREAK CAMP: Boerne, at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, City Park Road. 9a-3p. Registration now open with this non-profit organization. Activities for children age 5-12 will include catch-and-release fishing, bug-catching, tie-dying, hiking, singing, learning survival skills, outdoor cooking, building shelters, birding, dancing, playing games and arts and crafts. Campers may sign up for 1-3 days. 830-249-4616. Web

Mar 11, 2014 - WINTER TEXAN DINNER: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr, at Social: 5p, HEB Dinner: 6p. Raffle prizes. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web

National%20Museum Mar 11, 2014 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Discuss different aspects of leadership that they have learned in their military carriers and how to adapt those to your business. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Ft Martin ScottMar 13-16, 2014 - TEXAS HISTORY DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-3p, Sun: 8a-10:30. This four day extravaganza, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, focuses on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. Admission is free but there will be a $5 charge per car at the gate for parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Contact: Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

Mar 11-15, 2014 - RIO FRIO FEST: Concan, at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300. Web

Mar 14-15, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Hog Explosion, Mansfield Park. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Mar 15, 2014 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX 16 N. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bilke Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Mar 15, 2014 - TEXAS STREET CUSTOMS CAR SHOW: Bandera, next to Sonic Drive-In, at 1111 Main Street. 2-5p. All makes and models. Everyone is welcome to come see some amazing cars and have a family- friendly experience. ALL makes and models welcome regardless of their condition! Drinks and food are available also. Donations are accepted. 830-796-7186. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 15, 2014 - FANCY FEATHERS 4-H CLUB APA/ABA SANCTIONED OPEN CHICKEN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at 1042 Ranch Park. Annual event where breeders, from near and far, bring their fancy chickens to be judged according to the APA or ABA Standards of Perfection established for each breed and variety. Even if you don't enter chickens, you are still welcome to attend. No entry fee. Web

Mar 15, 2014 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 15-16, 2014 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 11a-4p. Annual event featuring innovation, demonstrations, ideas and design, for the whole family to enjoy! 512-557-2400. Event Web. Fairgrounds Web

Mar 15-16, 2014 - TRAIN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Contact: Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, jedmondson@satx.rr.com, Web

Mar 19, 2014 - VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING: Kerrville, Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street. Noon-1:30p. Certification Class for those who wish to register voters for the upcoming elections in May and November 2014 and do not have a current certificate. Contact Michele Schneider, micheles@co.kerr.tx.us, 830-792-2248 to register. Or contact Gloria Algeo at galgeo@ktc.com, 830-377-8327. There is no cost. Those who have been certified before should bring their voter registration supplies and booklet to the training. National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 23, 2014. All Deputy Voter Registrars interested in volunteering to register voters at events scheduled throughout the Kerrville Area for an hour or two, please contact us. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

Mar 21, 2014 - DS EDUCATION FOUNDATION DENIM TO DIAMONDS: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

Mar 20, 2014 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, 2818 US 290 East. Doors open at 6:30p. Program 7-8:30p. Topic: Challenges and Opportunities Facing an Iconic Hill Country River Basin. Free and open to the public. Web, Hill Country Alliance Web, www.schreiner.edu/water

Mar 21-22, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Marble Falls, at Westside Park, 2nd St & Ave Q. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Mar 21-23, 2014 - WILDFLOWER ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL: Salado, 601 N, Main St, at Civic Center Grounds. Fri-Sun: 10a-5p. Edgy Art show and competition Mar 22 at Range at Barton House. Sky diving demonstration Sun at Civic center. Face painting, food, and live entertainment. Sponsored by Salado Chamber of Commerce. $2 admission. Contact: Nicole, Chamber of commerce, 254-947-5040, www.Salado.com. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Mar 22, 2014 - AMBLESIDE STARRY NIGHT: Fredericksburg, at Pat's Hall, 406 Post Oak Road. Kick-off Carnival and Student Dance 2-4p. Evening Musical Performances & Dinner 7p. An evening that brings the community together with good food and music under the beautiful Texas sky, and with a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Ambleside Schools and our memorial scholarship funds. Tickets $10/student. Evening Portion $25/person. Contact: Kaitlin Rangel, 830-433-5225, kaitlin@signalfredericksburg.com, Web

Mar 22, 2014 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI COOKOFF: Luckenbach. Annual event parody on electing a Mayor of Luckenbach, who serves just one day. Anyone from anywhere who shows up can cast a vote on Election Day. No fees. Prepare your campaign and signs. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 22, 2014 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Mar 22, 2014 - KITE DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. Children of all ages invited to come make old-fashioned 1900's kites. We supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Mar 22, 2014 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano at Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, 308 W Main. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for Demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Mar 22, 2014 - VINO & PASTA: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Vino & Pasta". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Mar 22, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 22, 2014 - VETERANS MOVING FORWARD: Blanco, at Carriage Hills Ranch, 125 Moore Lane. 4p. Helping veterans overcome life's challenges. Adults $5, Kids free. Washer tourney, food, live music, games. Dance at 7p. Annual event. Contact: Libbey Aly, 830-833-5101, Web

Mar 22-29, 2014 - HEART OF TEXAS CMA ANNUAL CELEBRATION: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center, 201 E Main. Sponsored by Heart of Texas Music Association. Concert: 1p, Dance: 8p. 325-597-1895. Brady Chamber Web, Event Sponsor Web

Mar 23, 2014 - SILVER SADDLE AUCTION: Kerrville, 2104 Memorial Blvd. 1p auction preview, Live auction at 2p. On-line auction! Horst tack, antiques, art, guns and more! Free, monthly event. Contact: Silver Saddle Auction Company, 830-895-1554, info@silversaddleauction.com, Web

Mar 27-30, 2014 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Tent camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 409-955-0073. Web

Mar 27-30, 2014 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Boerne, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. 512-422-0234, larson@hotmail.com, Web

Mar 28-29, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Mar 29, 2014 - SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 11a-3p. BBQ chicken or sausage meal, kids games, live music, book sale, raffle and cake auction to raise funds for the Harper library. BBQ plates are $8. 830-864-4993. Harper Library Web

Mar 29, 2014 - LESTER'S AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW: Boerne, at 32128A IH-10 W, exit 543. 9a-3p. Do you love car? Old ones, new ones, fast ones....? Stop by for a great open car show and customer appreciation day filled with food, music and prizes! Annual show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Free. 830-249-249-2501. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 29, 2014 - JONESTOWN CAJUN COOK-OFF: Jonestown, at Jones Brothers Park, 10301 Lakeside Drive. 11am-10pm. On the shores of beautiful Lake Travis features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, prizes and family activities. Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce, 512-267-7952. Web

Mar 29, 2014 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: Bulverde, at Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road. Registration 8-10a, Awards 3p. Car Enthusiasts: Over 35 classes of hot rods, classics, muscle, motorcycles and special interest entries. We welcome all car enthusiasts no matter the design, style... from completely original, restored or wildly modified. Car club welcome! Custom trophies! Judging and Awards in First, Second and Third in all classes. Special Events - Bring the entire family ... Raffles, door prizes and great food and fun for all. Blue Lion Train rides and Pinewood Derby races for the kids. Special displays! Plenty of trailer parking. Early registration $25. Dan Hamilton, 281-467-8178, dchamilton@sbcglobal.net, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 29, 2014 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio. 7:30p. 806-549-2483. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg German Choirs and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra. Light refreshments served. Free admission. By donation. Web

Mar 29, 2014 - DIAMONDBACK JUBILEE: Lometa, at the Lometa Regional Park, from 5a-5p. Arts & crafts, carnival, chili cook-off, music and rattlesnakes. 512-752-3106. Chamber Web

Mar 29, 2014 - 3K DOGGIE DASH: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park. Raising funds to build a permanent dog park. You're invited to bring your friendly pup along, too! 830-221-5046. Web

Mar 29, 2014 - TEXAS MEN'S STATE CHILI & BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 at Pedernales Bridge. Benefits many Johnson City charities and emergency services. RV parking with limited electric. Park opens Thursday morning at 8a. Cooks' party Friday night. Potluck Thursday night. Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Domino tournament, open cash beans, wings, and much more. Special bronze longhorn trophy and $500 TICC expense money to 1st place chili. Also, Texas Men's State Barbecue Championship, 70/30 payback, pays 10 places. Join us for the fun. Sponsored by CASI. Contact: Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net, Sponsor Web

Mar 29, 2014 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. Vendors feature plants for every garden, lawn and garden equipment, and yard decor are also available for purchase. Informative speakers, demonstrations, and a special children's area. 512-756-4297, Sponsor Web

Mar 29, 2014 - LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, visit art studios, see artwork and enjoy home-made food. 16 studio locations, 20+ artists. Showings, sales, demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography and wood. "After" party at 7p with the Artists @ Llano Fine Art Guild. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 29, 2014 - NATURAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion. 1-6p. Annual free event presented by Atkins Pharmacy. 830-693-2972. Web

Mar 29-30, 2014, SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 Ranch Road 12 Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web National%20Park%20Service

Mar 29-30, 2014 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. Luci Baines Johnson's "Historical Tour of the Ranch" begins at 1p. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Web

Mar 29-30, 2014 - CREEK SIDE MARKETPLACE PART OF ANNUAL STORM HILL COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE: Comfort, at Flat Rock Ranch. 10a-5p. Visit Flat Rock Ranch during The Hill Country Mountain Bike Challenge! Participate in the races or cheer on the riders and shop at the "Creek Side Marketplace" featuring a variety of local vendors. Open Sat & Sun, visitors can shop for arts and crafts, or engage with business owners and professionals providing useful information and services from the surrounding Hill Country areas. $7/day use/person, $10 per night/person to camp. Contact: Hannah Dreiss, 210-835-6298, hdreiss@gmail.com Web. FB

Mar 29-30, 2014 - SILVER SPUR GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. $5. 806-253-1322. Venue Web, Event Web

Mar 29-30, 2014 - HOG FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR: Sabinal, at City Park & Yellow Jackets Stadium. Variety of fun and entertainment including wild hog chasing, arts and crafts, games and rides, and plenty of good food. Ross Burris, 830-279-4045. Web

Mar 29-30, 2014 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART & JEWELRY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860's bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Mar 30, 2014 - POD ON THE PEDERNALES CHILI COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds. 830-868-7684. This Texas tradition is fun for the whole family. Contact: Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net, Sponsor Web

Mar 30, 2014 - HATS OFF FOR HOSPICE: Kyle, at Texas Old Town. 2-6p. Join Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care for fun, games, including The Kiddie Express, hay rides, moonwalks, auctions, arts & crafts. Live music. 512-754-6159, hatsoffforhospice@ahss.org Web


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Apr 4-5 2014 - WILD WOMEN WEEKEND Blanco. The ultimate "gal-pal" road trip to the Hill Country, with events like fly fishing lessons, a "chick" market, yoga, aromatherapy, 5k and 10k ladies run, author presentations, style show, casino night and more. Proceeds to non-profits. Contact: 512-750-6363, 512-750-6362 www.wildwomenweekend.org

Apr 4-5, 2014 - MUSIC, FUN & FOOD: Junction, at Pavilion at City Park. 7p-midnight. Live music, food. BYOB. Free admission. Contact: Kimble County Chamber, 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net

Apr 4-6, 2014 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 4-20, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 5, 2014 - FRüHLINGSFEST SPRING FESTIVAL: Comfort, at Downtown Historic District. 10a-5p. Celebrate our German heritage and the Texas wildflowers! Live German music. You will find Arts & Crafts booths, German food, Classic/Vintage Cars on display, and Comic Characters "Heidi Ho Ho" and "Schnitzel" mingling with the crowd and are available for photos. Comfort Heritage Foundation Museum and Comfort Museum are open. Authors available for booksignings of their books on German heritage. No Admittance Fee. Comfort Chamber of Commerce, 830-995-3131, info@comfort-texas.com 380-995-3131. Chamber Web

Apr 5, 2014 - PADDLING FESTIVAL: San Marcos at Olympic Outdoor Gardens, Rio Vista Waterfront & Park, 660 Cheatham Street. 9a-9p. Kayak and SUP demos, gear swap, ACA kayaking classes, and more. 713-524-3567, Web

Apr 5, 2014 - YOUTHFEST FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins Street. 10a-4p. Web. 512-754-0500, warnerd@gsmyc.org

Apr 5, 2014 - ELDER CARE FAIR: Marble Falls, at the Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway. 9a-12 noon. Purpose is to introduce the elderly and their caregivers to people who provide information, services and equipment in the Highland Lakes community. Free admission and health screenings. 60+ exhibit booths. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - TEXAS GRAN FONDO: Fredericksburg, at Downtown. 8a start, 4p end. Web. In Italian Gran Fondo means "Grand Tour", a mass-start cycling ride which brings together hundreds of road cyclists of all abilities. Divided into groups, they travel long distances in a non-competitive environment. Extremely popular in Europe for decades, this type of event has gradually gained notoriety in North America. This new cyclosportive invites cycling enthusiasts to discover the Texas Hill Country on an unparalleled road course, choosing a personal challenge of 153 km (95 miles), 90 km (56 miles) or 56 km (35 miles). Proceeds benefit Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Web. Regular price Gran Fondo $100, Medio Fondo $80, Piccolo Fondo $60. Humberto Olivo, 210-449-8308, texasgranfondo@ciclismovolpi.com

Apr 5, 2014 - EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION AIRPORT DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Airport, TX 16 S. 10a-2p. An annual event, free admission, at airport, with variety of general aviation and military aircraft on display. Civil Air Patrol. Flyovers. Food and drinks. EAA is non-profit group that meets monthly at the airport. Contact: 830-997-8767; www.eaa.org

Apr 5, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 405 Buena Vista Dr. 9a-4a. Kids can play on the playscape while the parents shop. 50+ sellers all in one spot. 830-693-4449. www.marblefalls.org

Apr 5, 2014 - BLOOMIN' FEST: Lampasas, at Courtyard Square. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 5, 2014 - BAILEY KAY HUTSON BULL RIDE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - TEXAS OLIVE FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Texas Hill Country Olive Company, 2530 W Fitzhugh Road. Annual event that features olives, wines, food & live music! Tastings, Chef Demos, olive education seminars, artisans, kids activities. 512-858-4740. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 5, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - 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

Apr 5, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape Creek Rd. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: Stonewall, at State Park Rd 49 (LBJ Park). 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLOW CITY: Willow City, at 2501 RR 1323. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 5, 2014 - VFD CAR SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27 and Main. Registration 9-11, awards at 3. 1 meal ticket with each entry. Top Twenty awards as well as best of show and Fire Chief's Choice. There will also be a Chili Cook-off, auctions and live music. $20/entry. Annual event. Contact: Mickey George, 830-739-5084, mick2@hctc.net See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 5, 2014 - THRU THE CHUTE BOAT BUILD & RIVER EXPO: New Braunfels. A cardboard boat race held annually at the New Braunfels City Tube Chute. Competitors launch their handmade vessels through the Chute as spectators cheer them on. Between races, guests are encouraged to participate in educational and imaginative activities hosted by event partners on the banks of the Comal River at the City Tube Chute. Includes children's activities, music. 830-221-4370. Event Web

Apr 5, 2014 - TEXAS STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (TSPOTA): Inks Lake State Park. 9a-9p. Amateur radio operators (hams) connect with Texas State Parks in this unique event. oals: to promote public awareness of ham radio and Texas’ beautiful state parks system; to contribute to the recognition that Texas has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; and to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Texas Amateur Radio operators. Location within Park: the day use area near the playground. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club will be setting up their powerful radios and communicating with parks from across the state. The public is welcome to see them in action and get information about amateur radio operations. Park entrance fees apply, but the event is free. Contact: Sean Jones, sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-793-4689. TPWD Event Web, IOTA Event Web, Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club Web

Apr 5-6, 2014 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Apr 5-6, 2014 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART & JEWELRY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860's bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Apr 5-13, 2014 - HIGHLAND ARTS GUILD SPRING SHOW & SALE: Marble Falls, at 318 Main Street. Affordable original art and crafts by Hill Country artists. Contact: 830-693-7324, www.highlandartsguild.org

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsApr 6, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BARBECUE MEAL AND PRIZE DRAWING FUNDRAISER: 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 10-13, 2014 - OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL: Driftwood, at Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCullough, 18300 FM 1826. Great music, workshops, sing-alongs, jam sessions, kids activities, arts, crafts, Youth Talent Competition. 888-512-SHOW; info@oldsettlersmusicfest.org Web
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Apr 11, 2014 - REFLECTIONS OF THE '60S: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Annual education conference is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country. Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s. Anniversary of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Apr 11-12, 2014 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. Over fifty juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 11-13, 2014 - TEXAS STOL ROUNDUP: Llano, at Municipal Airport, 100 Evelyn Gould Dr, 2 mi N of town off TX 16. Thousands of STOL planes will participate as part of the annual "short-takeoff-landing" event. Llano is a showcase airport because of the grass strip. Competition in five classes. See the airport, the airplanes and talk to STOL pilot specialists. Ribbon cutting. Free annual event. Open to public. Contact: 325-247-5635, Web

Apr 11-13, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY ARTS, CRAFTS & ANTIQUE FAIRE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Apr 11-13, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY HOLLER: At Enchanted Springs Ranch. Ron Limbock 832-641-5174

Apr 11-13, 2014 - MAYHEM ON THE MEDINA: Bandera, at City Park, on banks of the river. Historic reenactment, Judging. 830-796-4447, Event Web

Apr 11-13, 2014 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, Downtown Square area, 229 S Pierce Ave. Vendors open Fri & Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-3p. 200+ vendors, air show, rubber ducky races, grand parade, live music, street dances, carnival, kids activities, weiner dog races, dog house races, free chuckwagon 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 12, 2014 - HVFD SPRING FAMILY FUN ROUND-UP/TEAM ROPING: Harper, Community Park. 9a-6p. Sponsor Web. 9a: Registration for Gillespie County Firehouse Poker Run begins at HVFD station; 9a: Books open for the 2nd Annual HVFD Team Roping at the park arena; 9a-4p: Chuck Wagon Concessions available at the park arena concession stand; 2p: 42 Tournament in the park at the pavilion, open to everyone; 4p: Social Hour come meet and mingle with your friends and make some new ones; 5p: Fireman Steak Dinner - get a great steak dinner with all the fixins for just $10!. Donation. Contact: Charles Sander, 830-864-4253, president@harper-vfd-ems.com

Apr 12, 2014 - HERITAGE GALA BENEFITING FARMSTEAD MUSEUM: Dripping Springs, at Dr Pound Historical Farmstead. 512-858-4740. Web

Apr 12, 2014 - LAMPASAS COUNTY HILLACIOUS BIKE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 12, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Apr 12, 2014 - GARRISON BROTHERS SPRING STILLHOUSE SERIES: Hye, at The Barrel Barn at Garrison Brothers Distillery, 1827 Hye Albert Road. 6-11p. An intimate bourbon pairing dinner held at Texas' first and oldest legal whiskey distillery. Features legendary Texas Chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine and Waters Coastal Cuisine. Locally harvested wild game, Texas Hill Country farm to market vegetables, delectable wines from William Chris Vineyards and our own straight bourbon vintages. Dinner: $175 per seat or $1,000 for a table of six. Semi-annual event. Reservations: Web or contact: Kaitlin Rangel, 830-433-5225, kaitlin@signalfredericksburg.com

Apr 12, 2014 - HISTORIC KINDERMASKEN PARADE: New Braunfels, at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive. This children’s costumed walking parade dates back to the founding of New Braunfels and is held in conjunction with the Folkfest. Open to all participants. Beginning in front of the Brauntex Theater, Downtown. 830-629-6504. Sat 10a. Web

Apr 12, 2014 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT "BEAST BLAST" BBQ, AUCTION AND DANCE: Hunt, 151 FM 1340 Hunt VFD Fire Station. 12 Noon-5p. Hunt VFD, "Home of the Beast" fire trucks, will have the "Beast Blast 2014," barbecue, live music, dance and fundraiser. HVFD chefs will serve the famed "pork butt and sausage and chicken" barbecue with fixings starting at noon. Festivities will include various displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, an auction of home made pies, a silent auction, raffle and lots of fun. The Texas Forest Service, Kerr County Sheriff's office, Kerrville EMT's and Fire Departments, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Air Ambulance companies and other agencies who respond to floods, fires and other disasters will be invited to the event. Purpose is to have a fun and educational afternoon, and to raise funds for the Hunt Volunteer Fire Department operational expenses, equipment and training. No admission fee, meals cost extra. Contact: Al abwtoy@hctc.net or Larry at lheppler@hctc.net or Al Wilson, 830-238-7164, abwtoy@hctc.net FB

Apr 12, 2014 - TEXAS TOPAZ DAY: Austin, new location at Austin Gem and Mineral Society clubhouse, 6719 Burnet Lane. 9a-3p. Other than no guided topaz hunts, the event remains the same as previously held in Mason. Lots of gems and jewelry, gem rough, rocks, and equipment available. Gem faceting demonstrations by members of Texas Faceters' Guild, and plenty of experts for consultation on working your own materials. Celebrate topaz our state gem and those that create them. Meet gem cutters and see Texas topaz Sunday, 9a-5p is the annual faceting seminar presented by the Guild at the Wildlife Ranch lodge, and learn from notable Texas gem cutters. Free annual event. Contact: Diane Eames, 830-367-3368, gemologist@texas-topaz.com Web, Web2, Web3

Apr 12, 2014 - FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park. Participants can pre-register for $7 per hunter, or register at the event for $10 per hunter. Check-in and registration begins at 7:30p. and the first hunt starts at 8p. Each hunter should bring their own flashlight, but bags will be provided courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. In addition to thousands of eggs filled with treats, prizes will be given to children who find golden eggs during the hunts. "We will have hunts for different age groups - 2-4 year olds, 5-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds -starting with the youngest and working our way to the oldest group," said Erin Flores, Recreation Programs Supervisor. "There will be carnival games for participants to enjoy while they wait for their hunt and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance for photo opportunities." More info: City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 830-221-4370, Sponsor Web

Apr 12, 2014 - COMMUNITY AUCTION: Utopia, at the Utopia Fire & Rescue Building in downtown Utopia. A joint effort of Utopia Lions Club, Utopia EMS, and Utopia Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Please join us for a hearty canyon lunch starting at 11a. Come early so you can browse for bargains before the auction begins at noon. The success of this year’s auction helps us continue to support our community, emergency services organizations and projects of Lions. Contact: 830-966-3797, Web

Apr 12-13, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER FEST: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 11a-4p. A unique blend of great arts and crafts created by talented vendors, gardeners and plants, lots of great food, and fun shopping experiences for those who are looking for something a little different. Antiques and collectibles. Live music. Annual, free event. 888-225-3427. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 12-13, 2014 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Blue Hole Regional Park. Sat 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. A unique celebration of visual arts, theatre, music and dance, featuring local and nationally known artists and musicians. 512-826-4286. Web

Apr 12-13, 2014 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive. Sat 11a-6p, Sun noon-5p. Annual "Family Heritage Festival" event sponsored by the Heritage Society of New Braunfels on the grounds of Heritage Village. Features living history re-enactments, pioneer craft demonstrations, free furniture museum tours, children’s activities, musical entertainment and delicious food. Proceeds benefit Heritage Village and their historic preservation projects. Admission charge. 830-629-6504. Web

Apr 13, 2014 - STONEWALL VFD DRIVE-THROUGH FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: Stonewall, at the Fire Station, 14854 US 290 East. 5p. $8 donation for meal. Drawing, raffle for guns, auction, prizes. Annual free event. 830-644-5571

Apr 17, 2014 - SPRING CARNIVAL: San Marcos, at City Park, 6-9p. Free. Children of all ages, hop on over to San Marcos City Park for FREE fun with tons of carnival games, an age-grouped Egg Hunt, and candy and prizes. Also enjoy a barrel train ride for a small fee. Concessions will be available for a fee. Come be a part of this annual community event! 512-393-8400, Web

Apr 17, 2014 - LIVE FIRE! AT THE SALT LICK: Driftwood, at The Salt Lick - Pecan Grove Pavilion, 18300 FM 1826. 6:30p-9p. Experience the area's premier meat-centric, live-fire cooking event with live music, premium wines, spirited cocktails, craft brews and chef mastery. A dynamic lineup of award-winning chefs are ready to battle the flames and raise funds for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program. www.austinfoodwinealliance.org. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 18-19, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Kerrville. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Apr 18-20, 2014 - TEXAS VW CLASSIC: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Park, 2 mi S of downtown, off TX 16. Biggest Volkswagen Show in Texas! A weekend of camping, cruising and Volkswagenism. Roll through the Hill Country on the Bluebonnet Cruise, followed by a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Wake up early Sunday to show off your VW to the masses, check out the competition, and navigate the sea of spare parts, used cars, toys, and other VW items. Concludes Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars. 817-360-0678. www.texasvwclassic.com

Apr 18-20, 2014 - NEW BRAUNFELS AREA CAR CLUB SWAP MEET: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 801 E Common Street. One of the oldest swap meets in the area. Open car show and entries are invited. Registration at 8a. Free to the public. On-site parking fee. Profits used for educational scholarships. Louise Calvert, 830-620-5950. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 18-20, 2014 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR: Kerrville, One of the premier cycling events in Texas. 281-782-8743, Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Apr 19, 2014 - EASTER AT THE SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate Easter as a traditional 1915 German farm family would have. See natural-dyed Easter eggs, lamb cake baked from scratch and carefully crafted grass Easter nests as they would have been made by the early settlers. Experience the old-time traditions of friendship card giving and make your own to share. Spring brings an abundance of new baby animals and chicks in the barnyard. The squealing pigs, bleating lambs and cheeping chicks are always a delight to the younger visitors. This is also the season for shearing the sheep and producing an abundance of wool. See the many ways for making everyday clothes or those for special occasions from the wool and the farm raised cotton fibers.. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 19, 2014 - TEXAS STREET CUSTOMS CAR SHOW: Bandera, next to Sonic Drive-In, at 1111 Main Street. 2-5p. All makes and models. Everyone is welcome to come see some amazing cars and have a family- friendly experience. ALL makes and models welcome regardless of their condition! Drinks and food are available also. Donations are accepted. 830-796-7186. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 19, 2014 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10:30-11a. On the grounds of the Museum in age-designated areas for children 10 and under. Face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny, too! 830-997-2835. Web

Apr 19, 2014 - KERR EASTERFEST & COOK-OFF: Kerrville, at Flat Rock Park. 10a-7p. Annual event, chili and BBQ cook-off. Free. 830-285-9579, Web

Apr 19, 2014 - CHILDREN'S DAY IN THE PARK: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park. 10a-3p. Annual event with food, games, entertainment, talent show. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web

Apr 23-27, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY NATURE QUEST: at Hill Country Nature Center, FM 1050, between Utopia and Garner State Park. Located in Texas Hill Country River Region (Lost Maples State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Love Creek Preserve, Frio, Sabinal & Nueces River Valleys). Learn from experts about Hill Country native plants, wildflowers, birds, insects, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, nature photography and our crystal clear rivers. Field trips on private ranches & preserves, workshops, seminars and evening programs. $10 Registration. Fee plus small fee for each trip or program. Annual event. 830-966-2320. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 24, 2014 - INGRAM CITY CANDIDATES AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT CANDIDATES FORUM: Ingram, at Ingram Elementary School Cafeteria, 125 Brave Run. 7-10p. The League of Women Voters-Kerrville Area, which serves Kerr County, will sponsor a Candidates Forum for candidates running for the Ingram City Election and the Ingram Independent School District. No charge. Handicapped accessible. Invite your friends. Participating candidates we have heard from to date include:
  • Candidates for mayor: James Salter and Twanda Brown
  • Candidates for alderman: Dace Clark, J. Nathan White and Brandon Rowan
  • Candidates for Ingram Independent School District: Evelyn Miller and Allen Samford
Contact: Gloria Algeo, 830-377-8327, galgeo@ktc.com LWV Web. See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

Apr 25-27, 2014 - WINGS OVER THE HILLS NATURE FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Nature Center, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 2 mi S of town, off TX 16. A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique wildlife features of the Texas Hill Country, offering educational and entertainment opportunities for the entire family. Birds, butterflys, dragonflies, bats, tours, seminars, demonstrations, nature walks, kids activities. 830-660-7592. Sponsor Web

Apr 25, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Wildseed Farms, US 290, E of town. This is a true celebration of Texas – Its wine, music and cuisine which benefits the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts in Fredericksburg. 830-456-2259. www.hillcountrywineandmusic.com. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 25-26, 2014 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Ampitheater. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. 512-0263-5833. Web

Apr 25-26, 2014 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: Llano, at Robinson Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR 152 on S side of Llano River. Sat: 10a, Sun: Noon. Great food, live music, Sat night dance, a golf tournament, 5K run, great food, live music, arts & crafts, motorcycle fun run, washer pitch'in tournament, special events and much more. Largest festival in Llano helps local charities. RV spaces. 325-247-2270. Event Web

Apr 25-27, 2014 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Historical Mercer Street. 512-858-4740. Web

Apr 25-28, 2014 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2

National%20Museum Apr 26, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Apr 26, 2014 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 10a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Contact: Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or b17rides@gulfcoastwing.org, Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639, vthomas4@comcast.net, 512-756-2226, Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web

Apr 26, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Wildseed Farms (South Plaza), 100 Legacy Drive. A Celebration of Texas! Texas Wines, Texas Music and Texas Cuisine. 11a-7p. We’re bringing together libations, vibrations, and great Texas foods in a celebration of Texas traditions. Come and join us along with lots of Texas Wineries, Local Restaurants & Mobile Kitchens, Food Purveyors, and Artisans. We’ve got a variety of musical genres throughout the event. Artists include Grammy Award and Texas Music Award winners. $25 plus tax includes a souvenir wine glass, seven tickets good for wine tastings, participating restaurants and food booths will have food for sale and wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle, along with non-alcoholic beverages, souvenir T-shirts, hats and posters. Contact: 830-998-7447, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 26, 2014 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: Junction at S Llano River State Park. Just for women, just for fun. Kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, didjeridoo-ing, classes and more. 3rd Sat in April, annual event. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Apr 26, 2014 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. 8a-3p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Earth Day festival and native-plant sale. At 4p, River Trail interpretive walk with Susan Sander "to find out what’s to celebrate in the earth." No charge for the Earth Day interpretive walk. Web

Apr 26, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Apr 26, 2014 - TEXAS CORVETTE ASSN OPEN CAR SHOW: Boerne, Main Plaza, 100 N Main St. 10a-5p. Beautiful classic cars and Corvettes set in a backdrop of the Texas Hill Country: Entertainment, raffle, music, silent auctions and door prizes. Free. Jerry Hendley, 210-651-1634. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 26, 2014 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 1101 FM 2325. 10a-4p. Annual event, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. 512-847-6969. Web

Apr 26, 2014 - LIONS SAFARI: Gruene. 11a-6p. Annual event, photo scavenger hunt competition where teams navigate the streets, rivers, parks in town, and decipher clues in order to earn points. Supports Adopt-A-School program. 800-572-2626. Web

Apr 26, 2014 - BLUEBONNET ADVENTURE FEST: Burnet, at Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114. Terra Firma Racing and Race Revolutions host the annual Bluebonnet Adventure Fest, include a weekend full of trail running, adventure racing, an off-road triathlon, a kids' adventure race and more. The whole family can enjoy outdoor fun, camping and an amazing display of Hill Country wildflowers. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 26, 2014 - CAR SHOW FOR PARKINSON'S & DYSTONIA: Oasis, at 6550 Comanche Trail. 10a-1p (9a for car check-in). Help raise money to fund research and local free exercise programs for people with Parkinson's disease and Dystonia. Admission $7, Car registration $25, Kids under 10-free. Annual event. Contact: Nina Mosier, 512-750-8091, nina.mosier@gmail.com Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 26, 2014 - LAKE AREA RODS & CLASSICS SHOW: Burnet, Cecil Atkission Motors, 2601 US 281 S, 9a-3p. 830-798-3962. Free admission & parking

Apr 26, 2014 - HEART OF TEXAS CORVAIR REUNION: Johnson City, at Courthouse Square. The D/FW, Austin, San Antonio and Houston Corsa Chapters rotate as Host, and this year the reunion lands in Johnson City. The Corvair was produced for model years 1960-69, and if you would like to see 50 to 60 examples of the cars and trucks, every one air-cooled, drop by 9-11a. Our car display is free to all, and we welcome your interest. Look under "HoT" at www.Alamocitycorvair.org

Apr 26, 2014 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

Apr 26, 2014 - MERCEDES-BENZ CLUB HILL COUNTRY DRIVE: Fredericksburg, Shell Station meeting location. 9:45a-2:30p. Meet in Kerrville before stops in Fredericksburg at Street Dreams and lunch at Hilda's. We'll drive the back roads of Texas and hopefully see wildflowers. Contact: Kathie Steele, 512-497-9012, dieselbenz@wildblue.net, www.texashillcountry.mbca.org

Apr 26-27, 2014 - KIMBLE COUNTY GUN & KNIFE SHOW & FLEA MARKET: Junction at Coke Stevenson Center, 440 Hwy 83 N. 9a-4p. Gun collector's paradise, coins, ammo, outdoor flea market, concession stand, 75+ tables, something for everyone. 3rd Sat in April, annual event. 325-446-3621. Chamber Web

Apr 26-27, 2014 - BANDS 4 BAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S, 11a-11p. Annual event featuring Texas artists. All proceeds go directly to the Blanco High School Band Boosters to support their needs. $20. 830-613-5059. Contact: Libbey Aly, 830-833-5101, blancobaila@yahoo.com, Web

Apr 26-27, 2014 - COUNTRY FAIR & WIENER DOG RACES: Buda, at Buda City Park. 9a-5p. Annual event with BBQ Cook-off, Wiener dog contest, arts & crafts booths, food, live music, free dance and fireworks, kids activities. 512-312-2201. City Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 30-May 4, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Stagecoach Theater, 2254 US 87 S. A celebration of independent film and film makers. Over 25 short and feature films from all over the world will be showcased during the festival. More Info: 512-589-4049. Web


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Apr 30-May 4, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Stagecoach Theater, 2254 US 87 S. A celebration of independent film and film makers. Over 25 short and feature films from all over the world will be showcased during the festival. 512-589-4049. www.hillcountryff.com

May 2-3, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach. Motorcycle run helps fund the many community programs of the Fredericksburg Optimists that benefits the youth of Gillespie County. Primitive Tent Camping across the creek. RV Camping (no hook-up's) in the parking field. All camping is first come, first served. 830-997-8515. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

May 2-4, 2014 - CASI REGIONAL CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP: Marble Falls at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. 830-693-2815, Chamber Web

May 2-4, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & HOWDY-ROO: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept May 3, 2014 - GUIDED NATURE & WILDLIFE TOUR: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10:30a-11:30a. Enjoy springtime and learn about the great Texas Hill Country outdoors. See wildflowers, wildlife and an 1800s German log cabin house while walking the trails. Water, binoculars, cameras and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. No fee for tour, but donations are welcomed. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

May 3, 2014 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 8a-4p. Annual event sponsored by OBCCPS. 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

May 3, 2014 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

May 3, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet, at 8a. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

May 3, 2014 - MEDINA RIVER CLEANUP: Bandera, starting at Bandera City Park at the dam. Registration: 9-noon with t-shirts for all participants. Free BBQ at 5p with entertainment. Contact: Bob Brischetto, Cleanup Coordinator, rbrischetto@wireweb.net, 210-413-7264, Web

May 3, 2014 - WEIN & SAENGERFEST: New Braunfels, at San Antonio St & 424 Castell Ave. 12:30-11p. Annual festival offers wine and beer tastings, live music/entertainment, art market, grape stomp, Chef's Showdown, kids activities, farmers' market, food venues, street dance. 830-221-4350. Web

May 3, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Junction. Annual event. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

May 3, 2014 - CASA CRAWFISH BOIL: Junction, Granite Ranch. $30/person. All proceeds benefit Bluebonnet CASA. Crawfish, pit cooded pigs, hamburgers, beer, tea, softdrinks. Serving at 5p, followed by Silent Auction, Live Auction and Dancing under the Texas stars. Annual event. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

May 3, 2014 - HAUPTSTRASSE QUILTFEST: Boerne, Main Plaza & Downtown Boerne, 100 N Main Street. 10a-5p. Outdoor quilt show and shopping event. enjoy all that Downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring the handy work of our quilting community. Event Maps available in the stores Downtown. Live Music, Educational Craft Presentations, Window Display Contest, Shopping, Craft Vendors in the Plaza and more. Free. 830-249-9511. www.ci.boerne.tx.us, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Fiber Arts in the Hill Country"

May 3-4, 2014 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

May 3-4, 2014 - LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10-6 Sat, 12-6 Sun. A fun day filled with over 20 lavender, wine, garden related vendors in our outdoor lavender market, live music, cooking demos, food concessions, wine tasting and tours of the winery. $70 per person. $5 parking. Annual event. Contact: Chris, 830-644-2681, lavender@beckerwines.com Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender", and "Wine in the Hill Country"

May 4, 2014 - ST STANISLAUS PARISH FESTIVAL: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Show Barn. 11a-5p. Barbecue, games, music, raffle, an auction and more in this annual parish fundraiser. Contact: 830-460-4712

May 8-11, 2014 - MAYFEST: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park. ree concert, carnival, washer pitching, live music, food vendors, and a ton of family fun. Saturday Market Day. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

May 9-10, 2014 - KNITTING, QUILTING & MATCHING EMBROIDERY: New Braunfels, at NB Convent Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 9:30a-5p. Educational event, with topics including timesaving tips, software demos, specialty techniques and more. Event Web

May 10, 2014 - GARDEN TOUR: Wimberley. Visit several gardens in Wimberley Valley. 512-847-3595. Event Web

May 10, 2014 - HERB FIESTA: New Braunfels, at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. 9a-2p. "Celebrating with Herbs". New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Comal Master Gardener Herb Special Interest Group host this exciting event to our community as a free program. Demonstrations of herbal ideas with special emphasis on decorating with herbs for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Food samples and a variety of herb information will be available. This is an annual fund raiser. Charge for a booth is $25. Admission to the grounds is free to visitors. The sale of your products (plants, herbs, art, crafts and any related items) are a welcome addition to the event. 830-629-2943. Web

May 10, 2014 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAY: Marble Falls, at Main Street. Over 100 food and craft vendors with a variety of items. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web

May 10, 2014 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Vereins Kirche and Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 9:30a-5p. Wreath Laying Ceremony. Living history activities and demonstrations, including chuck-wagon cooking, blacksmithing, rope making. 830-997-2835. Web

May 10, 2014 - JCVFD ANNUAL FISH FRY & RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fair Grounds, US 281 N, 5p-1a. Live name band, food, beer, raffle, live and silent auctions. 830-868-7900. Web

May 10, 2014 - MAY FEST: Driftwood, at United Methodist Church, 15090 FM 150 W Driftwood. 10a-2p. Free admission, live music, BBQ, vendors, live & silent auctions, family friendly. Contact: 512-757-5519, Event Web

May 10, 2014 - MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE: Round Mountain, at Westcave Cellars Winery, 25711 Hamilton Pool Road. 7-9p. Ed Kliman, the former musical director for the Shakespeare Theater in Prague, has created a one-man show to honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday. The show features an amazing range of contemporary styles from rock to tango to modern rock interwoven with Shakespeare's timeless words. Free admission! Pack a picnic and join us under the oak trees for an enjoyable evening. No other alcohol is permitted on the premises. Contact: Margaret, 512-431-1403, margaret@westcavecellars.com, Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 10, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY MOUNTAIN: Cherry Mountain, at Cherry Mountain Loop. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 10, 2014 - 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

May 10, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14671 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 10, 2014 - HILLS AND LAKES FUN ROAD RALLY: Marble Falls countryside. This non-race road rally will raise money for the Falls on the Colorado Museum, which highlights the history of the area. A fun adventure involving nature, history and technology. Entrance fee. Post-rally party featuring music, food and fun. Contestants and sponsors are needed. Event Web, More

May 10, 2014 - SAN SABA COUNTY ART FESTIVAL: San Saba, at Burden Hotel Plaza, 110 South Cherokee. 10a-5p. Annual event with Art Exhibits, Special Events. Juried painting competition. Contact: 325-372-8291, tguidroz@gmail.com, Chamber Web, Sponsor Web

May 10, 2014 - COPPERAS COVE RABBIT FEST PAGEANT: Copperas Cove, at Civic Center, 1206 W Ave B. 7p. Nearly $40,000 in gifts and prizes. Winners will also receive a custom-made crown, double satin embroidered banner and $1,500 in educational savings bonds for those school-aged and below. All ages from infant up to senior ladies are eligible to enter including boys ages 8 and younger. Open to anyone living in Texas. Early bird deadline is May 1 with the final deadline the day of the pageant. The newly crowned royalty will participate in the parade and reign over the 34th Annual Copperas Cove Rabbit Fest May 16-18. $5 for audience; $35 for contestants. Contact: Wendy Sledd, Pageant Director, 254-213-1521, rabbitfestpageant@gmail.com, Event Web

May 10, 2014 - CHILI COOK-OFF: Hye, at Hye Market & Tasting Room, US 290, 10 mi West of Johnson City. Tasting room open until 6p. Garrison Bros Distillery is 1.5 mi away and 2 wineries are within walking distance. Tasting room closed on Sun but distillery and wineries will be open. Plenty of RV parking with no hook-ups. BBQ plates sold all afternoon. Local vendor welcome (contact Carla to register). Sat May 10: CASI Chili. Entry fee $20 with turn-in at 2p. If cooking both days, entry fee is $35 if paid on Sat. Bean Cook-off, entry $10, turn in at Hye Noon. Charity is Hye Preservation Society and Fritztown Rebels Olympics Texas Team. Local competition: entry $20, turn in at 1p (Sat only). Entertainment all Saturday. Baiey Renee from 3-5p. Sam Bentley Band from 6-10p. Sun May 11: Day 2 cook-off, entry fee $18 with turn-in at 1p. Contact: Kim Hiley 210-286-4275, kdhiley@yahoo.com, or Carla 830-456-7682, crae1968@hotmail.com

May 12, 2014 - KERR COUNTY: COURT-OF-LAW AND DISTRICT 53 CANDIDATES FORUM: Kerrville, at Schreiner University CCAC Ballroom. 7-10p. The League of Women Voters-Kerrville Area will sponsor a Candidates Forum for candidates running for Kerr County Court-of-Law Judge and District 53 State Representative in the upcoming May 27th runoff Election. No charge for this event and the location is handicapped accessible. Please invite your friends to attend this Candidates Forum. Participating candidates include:
  • County Court-of-Law Judge: Susan Harris and Pat McGuire
  • District 53, Texas State House of Representatives: Rob Henneke and Andrew Murr
Contact: Meg Scott-Johnson, 830-257-8338, megdscott@earthlink.net, LWV Web. See special Portal focus page on "Voting in the Hill Country"

May 15-17, 2014 - CHEROKEE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cherokee, at 4160 FM 501 W. Annual event by a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations. Contact: 214-981-0700, ccmf@energytransfer.com, Web

May 15-18, 2014 - SYSTEMS GO: Fredericksburg, at Stewart's Hillview Ranch, N of Fredericksburg off the Willow City loop. Students from 30 participating High Schools across Texas will gather to launch 80 rockets they have designed and built as part of SystemsGo Aeroscience studies. First-year rockets will launch one-pound payloads one mile high. Advanced students will launch rockets that exceed the speed of sound. Launches scheduled every half hour from 8:30a to 5:30p daily. More Info: 830-997-3567, info@systemsgo.org, www.systemsgo.org

May 15-18, 2014 - KERRFEST: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center. Annual Event. Food, vendors, family fun. $15. 830-896-1155. Web, Event Web

May 16-17, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Leander. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

May 16-17, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Kerrville. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

May 16-18, 2014 - SWING ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos, at Courthouse Square lawn, 10a-5:30p. Will feature not only Western Swing acts, but also other styles of music that were the roots of western swing, including blues, 40's jazz, big band swing and country. Food & farmer's market; Texas arts & crafts; music. Formerly: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. 512-393-8430. Event Web, Sponsor Web

May 16-18, 2014 - LONE STAR STREET ROD ASSOCIATION STATE RUN: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 2 mi S of town, off TX 16. Car show features pre-1949 through 1972 cars.www.lssra.com

May 17, 2014 - CIBOLO CREEK FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Boerne, at CNC Park. Sponsor Web, Event Web

May 17, 2014 - TEXAS STREET CUSTOMS CAR SHOW: Bandera, next to Sonic Drive-In, at 1111 Main Street. 2-5p. All makes and models. Everyone is welcome to come see some amazing cars and have a family- friendly experience. ALL makes and models welcome regardless of their condition! Drinks and food are available also. Donations are accepted. 830-796-7186. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

May 17, 2014 - RELAY FOR LIFE BANDERA COUNTY: Bandera, 474 Old San Antonio Hwy at Bulldog Stadium at the High School. Start at 7p and Finish at 2a. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. Contact: 830-460-1942; Web. Lisa Warden, lisabwarden@yahoo.com

May 17, 2014 - ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & FLY-IN: Brady, Municipal Airport, Curtis Field. Free annual event celebrating active duty military and veterans. Military airplane exhibits. Rides available. Dinner and dance in WWII hanger $30. 325-456-6726. Web

May 17, 2014 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, off 281 N, just N of town. Supports Blanco County Community. Route takes you through gentle rolling hills ranging in distances from 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Volunteers needed. Contact: Bicycle Sport Shop, 512-477-3472. Sponsor Web

May 17, 2014 - BLANCO CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Blanco, 42 Main St, along the banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. 9a-3p. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, Event contact: 830-833-5348, www.blancochamber.com. 3rd Sat in May. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

May 17, 2014 - DUCK RACE: Wimberley, at 220 Twilight Trail, at Wimberley EMS, 220 Twilight Trail. Opens at 10a and ducks will run sometime after 11a. Annual fundraiser. A fun filled and family oriented day. For "$5 bucks a duck" you can sponsor your very own rubber racing duck. Every year hundreds of these rubber racing ducks are released and the top 3 ducks and 1 "Lame duck" are awarded cash prizes. The money from this wonderful event is used to bring lifesaving equipment. Contact: 512-847-2526. Web

May 17, 2014 - CRAWFISH BOIL: Wimberley, Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. Noon. Annual event, with free admission. Supports Wounded Warrior Project. Contact: 512-847-0020. Web

May 17-18, 2014 - TOUR THE TALENT: Dripping Springs. 10a-5p. 10 Art Studios, with 23 diverse artists highlights Artists Alliance of the Hill Country's finest talent at this admission free event with mixed media artists, painters, garden sculptures, Japanese woodblock printmaking, pyrography, metal and wood sculptures, glass, fine jewelry, photography and much more. It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers, and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art. Pick up the tour map at one of the art studios or at Web

May 22-June 8, 2014 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. The campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 800-435-8429. Web

May 22 - June 22, 2014 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Map. Web, arts@kacckerrville.com

National%20Museum May 23, 2014 - BLACK CATS TEMPORARY EXHIBIT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Explore the first stealth bomber. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

May 23-24, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Community Center. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Craig Schlicke, 512-507-9089, schlicke5603@yahoo.com Web

May 23-25, 2014 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort, 2033 Sidney Baker. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. Contact: 214-497-7179, Web

May 23-25, 2014 - LUCKENBACH BIRTHDAY BASH & MEMORIAL WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Luckenbach. 830-997-3224. Web

May 23-25, 2014 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg at Downtown at Marktplatz (Market Square). Serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. And for those who don't like crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for. Food and fun for all ages. Children's area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds. Plus a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. 830-433-5225. http://www.fbgcrawfish.com

May 23-25, 2014 - PRCA PRO RODEO & FRONTIER DAYS PARADE & MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena.Sat. Performances are at 8p all 3 nights. Events include bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding and more! Activities for the kids include mutton bustin', calf scramble and stickhorse races. Sat: "GET YOUR COOK-ON" BBQ COOK-OFF. Sat: ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW. Sun: 'BOOT KICKIN' GOLF TOURNAMENT. Contact: 830-796-7207. Event Web

May 23-25, 2014 - BLUE BELL & BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL: Llano, at County Courthouse Square. Memorial Weekend. Annual event weekend of ice cream, music & family fun converges to kick off summer! Free. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, www.llanoexpo.com; www.promotellano.org

May 23-26, 2014 - LOWDOWN RALLY: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, US 281 S. www.texaslowdownrally.com. An old style bike rally with amateur dirt track racing, motorcycle rodeo, vendors, camping, live music, food, games and more! Annual event. Contact: Kaos, 512-705-2768

May 24, 2014 - FAMILY FESTIVAL: Junction. BBQ Cook-off, open air market, live music, washer pitching contest. 325-446-3475. Chamber Web

May 24, 2014 - TRAIL RIDE: Fredericksburg. Annual fund raiser event organized by the Hill Country Horse Club. 3 hr ride. $25. Yvonne Gerhardt, 830-456-4792. Event Web

National%20Museum May 24, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

May 24, 2014 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WINE & BREW FESTIVAL: Kerrville, 2801 Comanche Trace Drive. 11a-7p. Featuring tastings from Texas wineries and breweries. Live music. Spend the day sampling delicious food. So much more! Free t-shirt to first 200 patrons! Free parking! Drive S toward Bandera on Hwy 173. Comanche Trace is 1 mile from Kerrville on right. $35 for tastings and souvenir glass. Annual event. Gena Teer. 830-895-8500, gteer@texashillcountrywineandbrewfest.com, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

May 24-25, 2014 - "FUNTIER DAYS" PARADE, & ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, & BBQ COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Courthouse Square. Shop with 75+ vendors on the Courthouse Square in downtown Bandera. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Craft Show: 9a-5p on Sat, 9a-4p on Sun. www.banderatex.com. Annual event. 830-796-4447. www.banderacountyartists.com

May 24-25, 2014 New JOHNSON CITY MARKET DAYS: JC Farmers MarketNew market now held downtown in the City Memorial Park on US 290 W, between Nugent and Avenue G, Sat 10a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Every 4th weekend. Food, artisans, vendors, in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Contact: Jack Hardwick, 210-887-9599, Chamber Web

May 24-25, 2014 - UVALDE CACTUS JACK FOUNDATION PBR BULL RIDING: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 830-278-4115. Web

May 24-25, 2014 - TEXAS OPEN PRO RODEO TOUR: Wimberley, at VFW Rodeo Grounds. Annual event by Lester Meier Rodeo Company, 830-997-1864

May 26, 2014 - GREAT DUCK RACE & FAMILY DAY: Kerrville. Thousands of yellow rubber ducks will dive into the water and race to the finish line winning fabulous prizes for their supporters. By adopting a yellow rubber duck for a $5 donation each or adopting several and receiving several winning chances, you could be a winner while also helping Kerrville Public School Foundation. 830-257-9282, Web

May 26, 2014 - MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: Dripping Springs, at Veterans Park. 512-858-4740. Web

National%20Museum May 26, 2014 - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Honor all of those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

May 31, 2014 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open at 5p, Show starts at 7p. Contact: Rebecca Clark, Rebecca.clark05@yahoo.com, 830-456-2698. Venue Web, Event Web.

May 31, 2014 - CRAWFISH BOIL: Blanco, at Blanco Riverside Bar. Live music. Annual event.


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May 22-June 8, 2014 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. The campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 800-435-8429. Web

May 22 - June 22, 2014 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event brings gourd artists from around the country compete into this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Web. Map

June 5-6, 2014 - RIATA ROUNDUP RODEO: Lometa, Lometa Regional Park, Bar 3 Arena. Annual event with rodeo, queen contest, dancing with live music, children's activities. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

National%20Museum June 6, 2014 - NIMITZ GOLF CLASSIC: Fredericksburg, at Boot Ranch Championship Golf Course. Enjoy 18 holes of golf followed by a dinner, dance and live auction at the historic Nimitz Museum Ballroom. Annual event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

June 6-7, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: San Saba, at Risien Park on the river. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

June 6-7, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Medina Lake. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

June 6-7, 2014 - TWIST-OFF RODEO: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM 2169. Annual event. Ranch rodeo, parade, dancing under the stars. Lester Meier will bring his rodeo stock and it’s sure to be a great show 325-446-3190. Chamber Web!

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept June 7, 2014 - LBJ FISHING DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-Noon. Annual event with a fishing clinic for children and their families in the morning followed by free Fun and Fishing for everyone on the banks of the Pedernales River. Fishing equipment and worms will be provided, or you may bring your own equipment and favorite bait. No dogs or pets allowed. 830-644-2252. Web

June 7, 2014 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: www.americanhiking.org/ntd. Held, first Sat in June since 1993, this annual event has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse tried, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail work projects and other activities. Many of the Texas state parks participate (see Parks)

June 7, 2014 - MASONIC OPEN CAR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz, 9a-4p. DJ, food, live and silent auctions. Free admission. Annual event. 830-634-2698. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 7, 2014 - STONEWALL VFW SPORTING CLAYS FUNDRAISER: Stonewall, 5398 US 290 E, across from the Stonewall Fire station 100 yards toward Hye. Trophies, prizes. Annual event. 830-644-5571

June 7-9, 2014 - LLANO COUNTY OPEN PRO RODEO & PARADE: Llano, Llano Events Center, 1.5 mi W of Llano at 2200 RR 152 W, across from Robinson Park. Parade on Sat morning. BBQ lunch at Courthouse Square. Dance: 8p. Exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin', and team roping! 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 13-14, 2014 - DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins. 9p. Young ladies, ages 1+, join us for our annual, semi-formal dance with music of all generations and types, cookies and punch, polaroid photos for $3, crafts and more! There will also be a special treat for each girl who attends! Cost: $5/person and you can bring your dad, your uncle, a family friend or any other father-figure in your life! Starting June 9, the price goes up to $10 and if you buy on the day of, the price is $15. So put on your Sunday best and join us. 512-393-8400, or registering in person at 401 E Hopkins. Event Web

June 13-14, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web

June 13-14, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Ft McKavett. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

June 13-14, 2014 - BURNET COUNTY RODEO: Burnet, at County Fair Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drvie. 830-693-4000. Fri 9p night band. Sat 8a. Sat night dance. Team roping. $10 at gate. Kids 10 & under free. Contestants from all over Texas. Bull Riding, Bronc Bustin', Roping, Steer Wrestling, Mutton Bustin', Calf Scramble and the Rodeo Queens contest. Dance band on Sat night. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

June 13-15, 2014 - BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: Blanco at Courthouse Square. Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas and holds a great "Lavender Festival" each June with vendors, displays, tours & entertainment. The entire town the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. with bows and arrows provided for use at this clinic, for children age 7 and older, and adults. Clinic held every Thursday in June & July. 830-833-5101. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender"

June 13-15, 2014 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown. 6p. An annual event that mixes creativity and adult competitive race action. Categories include derby cars, skateboards, and longboards. Food, live music, craft vendors, parade, evening street dance, awards. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 13-15, 2014 - BOERNE BERGES FEST COOKOFF & AUCTION: Boerne, at downtown Main Plaza. All day. Celebration of German culture in America with parade, Miss Berges Fest Pageant, washer pitching tournament, egg toss, wheel barrow races, dachshund races, watermelon eating contest, little tractor races, cookoff, dance. Free. 830-428-8778. Web

June 14, 2014 - HERE'S HARPER BUSINESS EXPO & DUTCH OVEN COOK-OFF: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 10a-4p. 830-864-4429. Chamber Web

June 14, 2014 - FUN & FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, in association with the Classic Soap Box Derby event listed above. 1:30p. An annual event that has two categories: Traditional & Outrageous! The children's division is just for fun and does not include a competition. Registrations will only be accepted in person at the event. $5 ($1 for children age 12 and under). Proceeds go to the derby sports association. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 14, 2014 - TEXAS WATER SAFARI: San Marcos. Starts at Aquarena Spring Center. A 260 mi canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico. Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 14, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Rd. @ Grapetown Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

June 14, 2014 - 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

June 14, 2014 - SALSA FEST: San Marcos at Art of the Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. Salsa makers compete for top honors. Live music, good food, washer and horse shoe tossing, cross-country croquet, and a children's play area. Annual fund raiser. Web

National%20Museum June 14, 2014 - FLAG DAY: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. See the Memorial Courtyard filled with American Flags, and join the local Boy Scouts as they discuss and perform the flag disposal ceremony. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

June 20-21, 2014 - BURNET COUNTY AREA FAIR: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds, 401 E Jackson Street. Old-fashioned county fair featuring judged exhibits of arts, crafts, baked goods, preserved foods, needlework, and vegetables, along with demonstrations, kids' activities, and an ice cream crank-off with free tastings. Contact: Roxanne Dunegan, Chairman, 512-756-9396. Web

June 19-22, 2014 - THE BANDERA COUNTY REVIVAL: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Nightly at 7p, Sun: 11a. Worship & Drama, featuring "The Master's Storyteller" by Wesley Putnam. 830-589-2646

June 20-21, 2014 - PEACH JAMBOREE: Stonewall, at the Rodeo Grounds. Celebrate the bounty of local peaches. Activities include breakfast, rodeo, dance, races, peach eating contest, peach seed spitting contest, peach auction, peach queen coronation. 830-644-2735. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Peaches in the Hill Country"

June 20-27, 2014 - ANNUAL CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH REUNION: Driftwood, at Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826. Web

June 21, 2014 - FAITH'S DOOR: Oxford Ranch, at Oxford Ranch Campgrounds, 11380 TX 16 S, 10 mi S of Llano. Family fun day, music, mud boggin, mud volleyball, washer tournament, kiddy corral, food, vendors, and BBQ cook-off. Annual event. Contact: Rhonda, 512-809-0285

June 21, 2014 - WINE ROAD 290 - VINO EL PASTOR: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will have this special event. Each of the wineries will be pairing a tasting companion with their port or significant other wine. No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" that they normally charge; there is no additional charge for the event. Just drive to each of the wineries. See web for map. Each of the top "hill country" restaurants will prepare a dish and serve to you with a wine from the winery. You can taste other fine wines from the winery during your visit. Take the weekend, get away to the Texas Hill Country and see why we have been rated the second most desired "wine destination" in America. Brian Heath, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

June 26-27, 2014 - AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY: . www.arrl.org/field-day. Ham radio operators from all over North America will be contacting each other while under simulated emergency conditions. Even if you don't have a license they can get you on the air so you can experience the fun of ham radio. It is a good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. Demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. Celebrating Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by ARRL. Local Field Day locations: Kerrville, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic High School; Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. www.kerrhams.org; Marble Falls, at MFVFD, 606 Ave U, on 6/28-29, http://hlarc.org

June 27-28, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bandera, City Park, 1102 Maple Street. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

June 27-29, 2014 - BRENT THURMAN MEMORIAL BULL RIDE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

June 27-29, 2014 - TOUR OF HOMES AT COMANCHE TRACE: Kerrville, at 2801 Comanche Trace Drive. Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country in the region's premier, master-planned community and championship golf course. Sit back in comfort as air-conditioned tour buses chauffeur you from house to house. Take your time as you view the elegance and craftsmanship of the homes our preferred builders take great pride in presenting. $10. Benefits charities in Kerr County. 830-895-8505, info@comanchetrace.com, Web

June 27-29, 2014 - BIGFEST: San Marcos, at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Noon to 2a. Annual benefit for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. http://www.bigfest.org. www.bigfest.org. 100+ musicians and bands in historic music hall. 512-353-3777

June 28, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL: Bee Cave, at Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 4p-midnight. Annual free event with festivities that include live entertainment, fireworks, local and international cuisine, drinks, over 100 arts/crafts vendors, rides, VIP lounge, and many other attractions. Free parking. 512-263-0001, Event Web

June 28, 2014 - ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR PULL & SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 9a. Tractors 1965 and back (Nebraska Test Book). All Engines Welcome. No charge to exhibitors. Food, live music, vendors, horse shoes, washer pitchin', kid's tractor pull. Adults: $5, Kids: $3, 12 & under: free. Benefits Blanco County Fair Association. Contact: 830-868-4364. Event Web

June 28, 2014 - RIVERFEST: Bandera, Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. 10a-6p. River activities, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. Contact: Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, coordinator@banderariverfest.com Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 28, 2014 - BRENT THURMAN MEMORIAL PBR: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Rodeo: 6p, PBR: 7:30p. Dance. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

June 28-29, 2014 New JOHNSON CITY MARKET DAYS: JC Farmers MarketNew market now held downtown in the City Memorial Park on US 290 W, between Nugent and Avenue G, Sat 10a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Every 4th weekend. Food, artisans, vendors, in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Contact: Jack Hardwick, 210-887-9599, Chamber Web

June 28-Jul 5, 2014 - AQUA BOOM, BBQ & FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK COOK-OFF - BAR-B-QUE COOK-OFF: Kingsland. Annual event with children's parade, aqua boom land parade, arts & crafts vendors, cow'ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, barbeque & chili cook-off, patriotic dinner and fish fry, street dance, poker run, horseshoe pitch & washer toss, obstacle course race, raft race, rubber duckie race, boat parade, live music. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web, www.lonestarbarbecue.com


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JULY 2014


June 28-Jul 5, 2014 - AQUA BOOM, BBQ & FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK COOK-OFF - BAR-B-QUE COOK-OFF: Kingsland. Annual event with children's parade, aqua boom land parade, arts & crafts vendors, cow'ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, barbeque & chili cook-off, patriotic dinner and fish fry, street dance, poker run, horseshoe pitch & washer toss, obstacle course race, raft race, rubber duckie race, boat parade, live music. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web, www.lonestarbarbecue.com

July 4-6, 2013 - AQUA BOOM: Kingsland/Lake LBJ. Sun: 10a, Wed: 9a Parade. www.kingslandchamber.org.

July 3-5, 2014 - VFW RODEO: Wimberley, at Wimberley Valley Veterans Park. Wimberley VFW hosts the annual VFW Rodeo. Don't miss the "Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year". Gates open at 5:30p. Mutton bustin' starts at 7p and rodeo starts at 8p. Food, fun and rodeo! Don't miss the spectacular FIREWORKS display on Sunday, July 6th. It's free and great fun for the whole family! 512-847-6441. Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools July 4, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WREDE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 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

July 4, 2014 - JULY 4th PARADE & WEEKEND PROGRAM: Brady, at various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Fri: Parade at 10a; Dance at 8p. Sat: BBQ, volleyball tournament, fireworks at 9p. Web

July 4, 2014 - RED, WHITE n BUDA: Buda, City Park. Children's Parade is free. No registration required. Children line up in the parking lot across from Garcia's Mexican Restaurant beginning at 9a with their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters. Parade begins at 9:30a down Main Street to Buda City Park. Free children's activities from 9:30a to 11:30a at the park (bounce house, water slide and magician). Buda Chamber of Commerce will be selling hot dogs. Fireworks show at City Park area at 9:30p. 512-295-7170, www.ci.buda.tx.us/buda-events

July 4, 2014 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE: Comfort, at Comfort Park, 11a-4p. A Star-Spangled Celebration With Small Town Flavor. Parade starts at 10:30a and travels through the Historic District to Comfort Park. A delicious brisket BBQ dinner is served in the park 11:30a-2p. Arts & crafts booths, fun games for kids, and music in the park from 11a-3p. 380-995-3131. Chamber Web

July 4, 2014 - FIREWORKS SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Features games, family fun, kid's activities, an optional BBQ dinner, and more! A portion of the proceeds from the optional dinner will benefit the North Hays County Fire Rescue. Gates open at 5p, with the professional fireworks displays beginning at 9p. 512-858-7000. Chamber Web

July 4, 2014 - JULY 4th PARADE & WEEKEND PROGRAM: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz & various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Old fashion parade and patriotic program. Children's parade, concert, fireworks, horse racing, and other local events. 830-997-6523. Event Web.Web

July 4, 2014 - FREEDOM CELEBRATION: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM 2169. Gates open 6p. Free live concert with fireworks between performances, along South Llano River. Contact: Connie Booth, 325-446-3190, junctiontx@cebridge.net. Chamber Web

July 4, 2014 - RIBEYE STEAK COOK-OFF: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

July 4, 2014 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, Downtown, on TX 16 & TX 98 at the bridge. Fireworks display. 830-459-0566. Event Web

July 4, 2014 - LEON VALLEY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: Leon Valley, 6440 Evers Rd, Raymond Rimkus Park. Noon-10p. All day 4th festival with food, vendors and entertainment and ending with fireworks. Annual event. Contact: Kristie Flores, 210-812-3327, k.flores@leonvalleytexas.gov, Event Web

July 4, 2014 - ROCK'N RIVER FEST FIREWORKS SHOW: Llano, at Badu Park, downtown, 9p. Annual event on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. A brilliant and fantastic fireworks show over the water. Event Web. 325-247-5354, Chamber Web

July 4, 2014 - INDEPENDENCE DAY: New Braunfels, at the Landa Park Dance Slab. Festivities will kick off 6:30p with free concert and the sky will light up beginning 9:15p. The fireworks will be shot slightly higher to create visibility from surrounding parks including, Landa Park, Fredericksburg Fields, Hinman Island Park and Prince Solms Park. These will all be great viewing sites. An annual presentation by City of New Braunfels and sponsored by H-E-B. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come early and expect large crowds. Contact: City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 830-221-4350, City Web

July 4, 2014 - SUMMERFEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins. 6:30p. Celebrates Independence Day. Children's costume contest and patriotic parade, live music, local vendors, food, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. Fun for the Whole Family. Free parking. 512-393-8400; Event Web

July 4, 2014 - ALL AMERICAN CHILI COOK-OFF: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, US 290, 3 miles west of Stonewall, on Jenschke Lane. Public Chili Tasting: 11a. Judging: 2p. Fee: $5 for 10 chili samples. Annual event will provide a day of fun for the whole family. 70 world class cooks will compete in this CASI-sanctioned event in an effort to win qualifying points toward the Terlingua International Chili Championship. Additionally, the sampling public will vote for their favorite chili of the day. Chili tasting proceeds will benefit Habitat For Humanity. Becker Vineyards opens at noon and chili samples will be ready at that time. The day will also feature entertaining chili showmanship, wine tasting, and live music. Contact: Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, Host Web

July 4, 2014 - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: Wimberley, at Cypress Creek Church Grounds, at South River, 10a parade. Join the fun for an old fashioned July 4th celebration and parade complete with horses, stagecoach, bands, clowns and a wide variety of floats. Parade begins at 10:00a on RM 2325 at Green Acres and travels through the Wimberley Square and out Old Kyle Road to the old First Baptist Church. 512-847-2201. Web

July 4-5, 2014 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

July 4-5, 2014 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Rocksprings, at Edwards County Fair Grounds. Parade, dance, live music, food, games, family fun, cook-off and more activities. Part of Edwards County Fair, including PBR Slick Rock Challenge. Event Web

July 4-5, 2014 - JULY JUBILEE CARNIVAL & FIREWORKS: Brady. Parade, mud volleyball tournament, arts & crafts, food, children's games, music and dance. 325-597-3491. Event Web

July 4-5, 2014 - SPANGLE-DANGLE JULY 4th CELEBRATION: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. A TWO Day Celebration. Fireworks at dusk BOTH nights. Parade at 10a on July 5th around the Courthouse - Town Square! Pet contest in parade. Washer pitching. Live music. 830-868-7684. Web

July 4-6, 2014 - WIMBERLEY VFW CPRA RODEO & PBR BULL RIDING: Wimberley, Veteran's Park, at RR 12 N. Friday night dance. Annual event. 512-847-2537. Wimberley Web; VFW Web

July 5, 2014 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Lago Vista, at Bar K Recreational Park. A day full of activities celebrating our nation's independence, including a community wide parade, 5K fun run, talent contest, silent auction, fireworks and more! Event Web

July 5, 2014 - BARBEQUE & CHILI COOK-OFF: Kingsland, at Kingsland Community Center. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

July 5, 2014 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Lago Vista. Parade, contests, family games, fireworks show. Contact: Ann Murrow. annmurrow@aol.com, 512-970-4400, Event Web

July 5, 2014 - JULY JUBILEE - ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Leakey, at Courthouse Square. 8a-4p. Parade, live music, street dance, concessions. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web

National%20Museum July 5, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

July 7-13, 2014 - SPRING HO FESTIVAL: Lampasas, downtown. Beauty pageant, talent contest, fishing derby, county fair, exhibits, carnival, dance, pet parade, diaper derby, 10K & 1 mile run. BBQ cook-off, dance. 512-556-5301. Web

July 10-12, 2014 - ANNUAL MASON ROUNDUP: Mason. Roundup Rodeo Weekend, Round-up Parade, Jackass Race. There will be a fabulous Arts and Crafts Festival on the square, street parade (start time 10a Sat, line up is at 7:30p near the historic jail), Donkey race following the parade, Rodeo queen contestant's presentation-on the square, live entertainment on the lawn, and the rodeo and dance on Saturday evening at the fairgrounds at Ft Mason City Park. Lester Meier Rodeo Company Rodeo. Contact: 325-347-5758, Chamber Web

July 11-12, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOKOFF-SPRING HO: Lampasas. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web, 512-556-5172. Event Web

July 12, 2014 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square, 13909 RR 12. 4-7p. Free monthly event that offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it! Various art galleries participate. Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

July 12, 2014 - CENTRAL TEXAS SPEEDWAY RACE & CONCERT: Kyle, on I-35. Gates open 3p, races 4;30p, Concet 9:30p. Tickets Starting at $15. Race ticket will also get you access to the concert at the end of the evening. Midway vendors and the best food in town. Mechanical bull and hill slide races for the kids. 512-268-1114, Venue Web

July 12, 2014 - TOUGHEST 10K IN TEXAS: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

July 12, 2014 - FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION: Marble Falls, at The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway at the Historic Granite School, Noon-5p. Stop by and see the completed renovations, renovations in process, current exhibits and plans for future exhibits! Open House - Food - Door Prizes - Fun. Learn about our history and help us tell our story! 830-798-2157, focmuseum@gmail.com, Sponsor Web

July 18-19, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Gillespie County Scholarship Fair & Cook-off. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

July 18-19, 2014 - MARBLE FALLS RODEO: Marble Falls, at Charles Thomas Arena. Downtown parade, rodeo, dance. 830-693-2815, Event Web

July 18-20, 2014 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 390 S Seguin. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: free. 210-410-0737. Web

July 19, 2014 - BURNET BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Burnet, Haley Nelson Amphitheater. 11a-10p. Featuring live music. Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. Free, annual event. Contact: Danny Lester, 512-756-2402, dlester@cityofburnet.com, City Web

July 19, 2014 - CHILI & CHILIN': Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will have this special event. Each of the wineries will be pairing a tasting companion with their port or significant other wine. No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" that they normally charge; there is no additional charge for the event. Just drive to each of the wineries. See web for map. Each of the top "hill country" restaurants will prepare a Chili and serve to you with a wine from the winery. You can taste other fine wines from the winery during your visit. Take the weekend, get away to the Texas Hill Country and see why we have been rated the second most desired "wine destination" in America. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

July 19, 2014 - CAQHA VERSATILITY SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

July 19, 2014 - NIGHT IN OLD FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 1p-Midnight. Celebrate years of Gemutlichkeit! German and Texas entertainment and family fun. Whether it’s Polka and Country & Western you like, this is your Festival! Pavilion Dance Halle, Fest Bier Halle, Food Courts, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, kids area, and more. 830-997-2349. Event Web

July 19-20, 2014 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES & CHILI COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

July 25-26, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Canyon Lake. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Dam Red Barn Chili & BBQ Cook-off. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

July 25-27, 2014 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

July 25-27, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 S, 830-998-4058. Hosted by Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club, Contact: Randy Pullen, 830-669-2019. Web

July 26, 2014 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Western arts & crafts, children's activities, live cowboy music day & night, ranch rodeo, cancan dance & gunfight spectacular. 830-796-3864. Event Web


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AUGUST 2014


Aug 1-3, 2014 - HOTTER THAN HELL 100-MILE YARD SALE: Castroville to Brackettville. Various events spanning 100 miles - yard sales, theater events, antique sales, City Wide Market and more. Annual event. Debra Stifflemire, 830-278-4115 or 800-588-2533. Web

Aug 1-3, 2014 - BEER BY THE BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay, at the Live Oak Event Lawn. Live music, food, micro-brewed beer. Open to the public. Hours vary each day. Contact: 877-611-0112, Event Web

Aug 2, 2014 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Luckenbach. Food & wine: Noon-9p. Music until 11:30p. 15 food trucks from San Antonio and the Hill Country region will showcase their cuisine for purchase and approximately 10 Hill Country wineries will offer their wine for sale by the glass or bottle. As always, the bar at Luckenbach will be stocked with ice cold beer, and Americana music will fill the air. Annual event. $15/person. Contact Martha Zeiher, Mzeiher@sbcglobal.net Host Web

Aug 2, 2014 - MINI MAKER FAIRE: New Braunfels, at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. 10a-5p. A free, fun, family-friendly annual event celebrating creativity, innovation, and discovery. This event will join the roster of other Maker Faires across the nation, offering a chance for community members to celebrate do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering and to see what others in the community are making and doing. Attendees will meet makers of all kinds – from artisans and inventors to educators and entertainers – and can shop for crafts and home décor, as well as try their hand at embroidery, tie-dye, soap making, and computer programming. Featuring both established and emerging local makers, the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire is a celebration featuring science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, unique hand-made arts and crafts, local music and dance performers, and interactive educational exhibits. Contact Megan Clark: 830-221-4300, info@makerfairenewbraunfels.com, Event Web

Aug 3, 2014 - KYLE INVADERS "WHEEL ROUND-UP": Kyle, at 1700 Lehman Road. 12 noon-6p. Come out and join the Kyle Invaders Youth Football and Cheer for the first ever "Wheel Round-Up". Bring your Rides, Whips, Donks, Low-riders, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Motorcycles, Muscle Car, Sports Cars, 4X4, Street Cars, Street Trucks, Bicycles, and Classics to show them off and compete to see who's got the badest, toughest, meanest ride around! There will be fun for all ages so bring the family and come enjoy good food, good cars, and a good time. There will be raffle items but you will need to be present to win. Free admission for spectators. Contact: Richard Vallejo, 714-380-7374, austin20061985@yahoo.com, Event Web

Aug 8-9, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY FAIR ASSOC. SUMMER CLASSIC BULL RIDING, DANCES & PARADE: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net

Aug 8-10, 2014 - LAKEFEST DRAG BOAT RACES: Marble Falls, Johnson Park & Lakeside Park, entrance at Yett & Main St, 307 Buena Vista Dr, 7a start. The Chamber turns Lake Marble Falls into a liquid quarter-mile "racetrack" and the banks of the lake into a wild 3-day boat race party. 120+ race boats. 800-759-8178. Event Web

Aug 8-10, 2014 - THE PEDDLER SHOW: New Braunfels, at the Convention Center. Offers shoppers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that can't be duplicated. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, classic or contemporary, you're sure to find that perfect gift at The Peddler Show! Whether you're looking for personalized designs, creative gifts or unique jewelry, the Peddler Show has it all! It's the perfect street of shops-customized just for you! Don't miss the shopping experience designed to be as individual and unique as you are! 512-358-1000. Web

Aug 9, 2014 - INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Aug 9, 2014 - CENTRAL TEXAS SPEEDWAY RACE & CONCERT: Kyle, on I-35. Gates open 3p, races 4;30p, Concet 9:30p. Tickets Starting at $15. Race ticket will also get you access to the concert at the end of the evening. Midway vendors and the best food in town. Mechanical bull and hill slide races for the kids. 512-268-1114, Venue Web

Aug 9-10, 2014 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Aug 14-16, 2014 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO & BIG CARNIVAL: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Annual event. Katy Odiorne: 830-868-7053. Chamber Web. Sponsor Web

National%20Museum Aug 15, 2014 - READINGS IN HISTORY: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Aug 15-17, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY RALLY FOR KIDS CAMP: Driftwood, at Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826 Dr (across street from Salt Lick BBQ), Camp Ben McCulloch. Fri 5p-Sat 9p. Annual event. Car Show, Bike Show, Car Amazing Race, Bike Fun Run, Vendors, Live Music, Silent Auction, Washer Tournament, BBQ Cook Off, Award ceremony and giving away a 1979 Corvette. Come out and enjoy the family fun! All proceeds benefit Kids 501(c)(3) organizations in the Hill Country Area: Burke Center for Youth, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, Red Arena and Tiger Totes. 12 and over $10 (Under 12 free). Contact: Cody Reeves, 512-775-1839, codymoch@gmail.com 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Aug 15-17, 2014 - LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. Hosted by Texas Gourd Society. 800-572-2626. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

Aug 16, 2014 - CATFISH BENEFIT DINNER: Willow City, at Harry's on the Loop, at 2732 Ranch Road 1323. Noon-8p. Benefit for the New Horizons Center located at 107 Industrial Loop in Fredericksburg. It is a day habilitation and work shop for citizens with development disabilities in Gillespie County. It operates from 8-5p, Mon-Fri. There is no cost to the client or their family. The Benefit Dinner will include fries and coleslaw. Dinner donations accepted as payment. Contact: 830-997-8696

Aug 16, 2014 - BLUES FESTIVAL: Sisterdale, at Sisterdale Saloon. 2p till close. Food truck will be Cajun Express. No cover charge. Enjoy all day live entertainment. Laura Moore, 830-388-1643, roadhouseaccount@yahoo.com

Aug 16, 2014 - GUADALUPE RIVER PARADE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, Kerrville, at Flat Rock Park. 12 Noon-10p. Decorate your boat or raft and promote your business, non-profit or just for fun. This event will be filmed and trophies and plaques awarded to winners. Help us celebrate our river. Vendor booths are available and float entries are free. Free admission. Contact: Clear River Advocates Director Marvin Willis, 830-377-9838, clearriver1@yahoo.com, Sponsor Web

Aug 21-24, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Aug 21-24, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR & FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the "oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas". Whether it's the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 21, 2014 - TEXAS COUNTRY SHOWDOWN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 22, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR & FESTIVAL PARADE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 23, 2014 - SWIFT FEST: Jonestown, at City Hall Plaza. 3p-8p. Austin has its bats, San Juan their Capistranos but did you know that Jonestown has it's own unique birding experience? They're called the Chimney Swifts of Jonestown and every evening they put on a spectacular show as they drop into their home in a swirling almost tornado-like spectacle. It is really something to see. There will be live music, an art show, exciting nature-oriented booths and more. Contact: Lago Vista/Jonestown Chamber, 512-267-7952, Chamber Web, and Event Web, nancy_brown@fws.gov at 512-339-9432

Aug 23-24, 2014 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2014 - LBJ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 9:30a-4p. Discover the life and accomplishments of our 36th President in the beautiful Texas Hill Country he loved so dearly. See what life was like when the president was a child and where he came to recharge his batteries when he was our nation's leader. Activities throughout the day with old-time games for the whole family, such as marbles, tops, jacks and stick horses. Pack a picnic basket and make it a family outing this summer and enjoy all the park has to offer, including the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Start at Visitor's Center. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web
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Aug 27, 2014 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, aat the LBJ Ranch, 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Aug 28-31, 2014 - KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO: Boerne, 1307 River Rd. 210-834-1282. www.kcfa.org. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area.

Aug 29-30, 2014 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: Brady, at Richards Park. Mystery meat challenge, arts & crafts, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run. 325-597-3491. Web

Aug 29-30, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Aug 29-30, 2014 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: Brady, at Courthouse Square. Mystery meat challenge, arts & crafts, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, street dance, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run. 325-597-3491. Sponsor Web

Aug 29-30, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY HAMMERFEST: Llano at the Airport, TX 16 N. 9a-6p. A group of single-engine planes will skillfully compete at the Llano Airport. These aerial acrobats are fantastic fun for spectators of all ages! Come out to watch these pilots. Free. 325-247-5635. http://llanochamber.org

Aug 29-31, 2014 - FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. 800-435-8429. www.kerrville-music.com. Each year over Labor Day Weekend wine lovers and music enthusiasts gather to celebrate the art of songwriting and winemaking. This Texas Hill Country setting is perfect for introducing our audiences to the newest and best wines that Texas has to offer in addition to performances by dozens of the world's best songwriters. Features three, 6-hour evening concerts and two, 2-hour afternoon concerts by two dozen singer-songwriters. During the evening concerts only, we have booths set up for Texas' top winemakers who offer their current vintage wines. Craft Vendors, Food and Wine Booths in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater open each festival day at 6p, with the music starting at 7. this event isn't your typical "wine tasting" party. Wine will only be available in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater during the evening concerts. Wine will not be available during the day or in the campgrounds unless you choose to participate in one of the Saturday or Sunday afternoon Wine Seminars. A variety of food items ranging from bar-b-que to vegetarian selections are available in the theater at our food service pavilion during main stage performance nights. Beer, wine, smoothies, soft drinks and gourmet coffee drinks are also available. The Kerr-Cafe is located in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks.

Aug 29-31, 2014 - GUNNER THAMES MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Working to support local rodeo athletes, 4H and FFA youth and to raise crisis funds to benefit area youth. 512-858-4740. FB

Aug 29-31, 2014 - CELEBRATE BANDERA: Bandera, at various venues including downtown and Mansfield Park. Longhorn cattle drive, parade, arts, crafts, mounted shooter competition, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, music, reenactments, live music, dancing. Annual event. Contact: Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, coordinator@celebratebandera.com Web

Aug 29-31, 2014 - FRONTIER DAYS RODEO & DANCE: Harper, at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US 290. Enjoy the day with concessions, arts, crafts, kid's fishing at 10a, dominoes, washer pitching, parade at 5p, BBQ at 6p, Lester Meier Open Rodeo at 8p and dance at 9p. 830-864-5048. Host Web

Aug 30, 2014 - R.E.C.V.F.D. ANNUAL FISH FRY & RANCH RODEO: Rocksprings, at Fair Grounds. 4:30p. Fish Fry 4p. Gun raffle, silent auction items including hunts, hunting equipment, toys and items for the ladies. Ranch Rodeo 6:30p: Branding, wild cow milking, penning & mugging, bronc riding. Dance. Contact Jake Shanklin, 830-683-3153

National%20Museum Aug 30, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Aug 30-31, 2013 - OATMEAL FESTIVAL: Bertram, downtown. Annual event celebrates Oatmeal Texas with a 3K run, pet parade, BBQ, vendors and homecoming parade. 512-355-2197. Event Web


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SEPTEMBER 2014


Sep 1, 2014 - KIMBLE COUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds. Music, food, crafts, rides. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net

Sep 1, 2014 - KIMBLE KOUNTY KOW KICK ARTS-N-CRAFTS: Junction, at City Park. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net.

Sep 1, 2014 - KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area. 210-834-1282. Host Web

Sep 5-7, 2014 - BOXTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at the Hanger Hotel. Porsche car enthusiast events. www.boxstoberfest.com

Sep 6, 2014 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAYS: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ food and craft vendors with a variety of items. 830-693-2815. Web

Sep 11-13, 2014 - UTOPIAFEST: Utopia. A unique camp-out festival offering mind-blowing musical performances and West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), UTOPIAfest is a true alternative to the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. With a single main stage and only 1,500 total tickets being sold, fans will have plenty of space to dance and enjoy full sets by world-touring bands from a variety of genres – rock, bluegrass, Americana, indie, folk, Latin, and a splash of Japanese punk. Event Web

Sep 12-13, 2014 - COWBOY CAPITAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Bandera at Mansfield Park. 10a. Annual event. Free admission. Hosted by Tri-County Tractor Pullers. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show. All styles and models of tractors in production prior to 1960 eligible for competition. Concessions and arts & crafts. Sponsored by Tri-County Tractor Pullers Association. 210-380-8783; Event Web, Web

Sep 13, 2014 - DRIPPING WITH TASTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Noon to 7p. Annual event showcases an array of Texas fine wines, ales, food, fine art, entertainment. Indoor pavilion and festival grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Sep 13, 2014 - KIOLBASSA & KABERNET: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will have this special event. Each of the wineries will be pairing a tasting companion with their port or significant other wine. No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" that they normally charge; there is no additional charge for the event. Just drive to each of the wineries. See web for map. Each of the top "hill country" restaurants will prepare a kiolbassa and serve to you with a wine from the winery. You can taste other fine wines from the winery during your visit. Take the weekend, get away to the Texas Hill Country and see why we have been rated the second most desired "wine destination" in America. Brian Heath, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Sep 13, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY HEARTBEAT: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. 4:30-8:30. A fundraising event for the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Events include BBQ, Rides, 2 Raffles, and Concert. BBQ and Concert. $20 donation. Annual event. Contact: Reba Neagle, 512-970-8332, rebaneagle@gmail.com, Event Web

Sep 13, 2014 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 7:30p. Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is the top talent in the bull riding circuit. Two rounds. Dance after the show. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 13, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US 290 E. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 13, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 13, 2014 - KID'S DAY OUT: Burnet, Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Sep 14, 2014 - FIESTA PATRIAS CELEBRATION: San Saba, Risien Park, Hwy 190. Annual event. 325-372-8291. Chamber Web

National%20Museum Sep 18, 2014 - MARINE AMPHIBIOUS ART EXHIBIT: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Art documenting amphibious landings in the Pacific Theater. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 19-20, 2014 - WE GOT YER GOAT BBQ COOK-OFF: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Cook-off teams, washer pitching tournament, roping contest, dance, arts & crafts and food vendors. Supports JC Education Foundation. 512-775-9497. www.wegotyergoat.com.

Sep 19-20, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Buda. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Hill Country State Championship. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Sep 19-20, 2014 - BULLDOG THUNDER TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL: Burnet, County Fairgrounds, 1225 Houston Clinton Dr. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web, Event Assoc Web

Sep 19-21, 2014 - RUMBLE ON THE RIVER RALLY: Bandara. Motorcycle rally, tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events. Live band. $40. Contact: 936-776-1699, www.bikerralliesoftexas.com

Sep 19-28, 2014 - COMAL COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: New Braunfels, at 701 Common St. 830-625-1505. www.comalcountyfair.org

National%20Museum Sep 20, 2014 - ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 20, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY ART FESTIVAL: Comfort. Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce. 10a-5p. Art show spotlights work of Hill Country artists in a variety of media and celebrates their unique artistic inspiration and talents in Historic Downtown and other areas. Shops, wineries, and B&B's host the artists at their locations. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

Sep 20, 2014 - EXOTIC WILDLIFE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL SHRIMP BOIL & SOCIAL: Albert, at the Albert Dance Hall. 5p-1a. Shrimp Boil, Bucket Raffle, and a dance. Cold beer, good food, and a wonderful atmosphere. $20. Contact: Eric Smith, 830 456-9421, rhsable@gmail.com

Sep 20, 2014 - PONTOTOC VFD BBQ: Pontotoc, at Community Center. 11a-1p. Annual event. A great barbecue for the whole area. This is their one fundraiser for the year and is a delicious way to donate to an incredibly important community cause. 325-247-5354. Mason Chamber

Sep 20, 2014 - WALK MS KILLEEN AREA: at Harker Heights, at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing. 8a-5p. Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. The dollars raised support promising research to stop disease progression, restore function that has been lost and to end MS forever. Your dollars also help fund local programs for people living with MS right here in our community. 1-Mile Loop, Fully Accessible, Dogs Welcome, raise $100 and receive the Official Event T-Shirt! Registration: www.walkMStexas.org. Free! Local contact email: Alyssa.smith@nmss.org, 210-694-3201. Contact: The National MS Society, 512-340-2704, nathan.wolfe@nmss.org, Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 20, 2014 - ANNUAL SEED STOMP: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 1:30-3:30p. Children and their families are invited to come out to the State Park to help scatter wildflower seeds. With some help from Mother Nature, the following spring they can return and see all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. They will also learn about the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. There will also be crafts for the children. Native seed mixtures will be provided by the State Park. 830-644-2252. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/plants/4th-annual-lbj-wildflower-seed-stomp

Sep 20-21, 2014 - GUN & CRAFT SHOW: Loyal Valley, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Annual fundraiser for Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Silent auction, door prizes. $5. Contact: John Byerley, 325-347-7022, or LVFD, 325-347-7088, loyalvalleyfiredepartment#yahoo.com

Sep 20-21, 2014 - MAP YOUR WAY TO BURNET, PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL & EXHIBIT: Burnet. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Plein air means painting "in the open air." Artists will scatter across Burnet and the courthouse square, set up their easels and paint the scenery, landscapes and cityscapes as well as anything else that catches their attention. www.mapyourwaytoburnet.wix.com/mapyourwaytoburnet

Sep 25-28, 2014 - FAMILY FUN CARNIVAL: Junction, at City Park. Annual event, with rides, games, food, fun. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web

Sep 26, 2014 - TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC DAY: Kerrville, at Schreiner University Campus, at the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion. 9a-1:30p. Thousands of students, teachers, parents and people from all walks of life attend Living History Day to experience first-hand the heritage, history, music and stories of Texas, as presented by more than 50 performers and living exhibits. 830-792-1945. Event Web

Sep 26-27, 2014 - FIJATA FIESTA COOK-OFF: Buda, at Buda City Park. A family-friendly event with free admission, free parking and free concerts. There will be food booths, vendors, games, a jalapeno eating contest, talent show, mariachi groups, arts and crafts. Something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. Rediscover Texas thorough sights, sounds and their taste buds. The tantalizing aroma of sizzling fajitas will fill the air of Buda, attracting people from the Rio Grande to the Mason Dixon Line. In Texas, grilling is not just a weekend pass time but a competitive sport. At Fajita Fiesta grill masters and backyard cookers will compete for top dollar cash payouts, trophies, bragging rights, and to find out on that given day who is the best of the best. Event Web

Sep 26-27, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. BBQ & Music Festival, State Championship. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Sept 26-27, 2014 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S. Annual event. Free admission. Open chicken and pork rib BBQ cook-off. www.ladiesstatechili.org

Sept 26-27, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY SPACE EXPO: Marble Falls, at Highland Lakes Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway. 9:30a-4:30p. Free

Sep 27, 2014 - LAMPASAS COUNTY WINE TOUR: Lampasas. 9a-5p. Tickets include chartered transportation to 5 award winning wineries: Texas Legato, Pillar Bluff, Fiesta Winery, Alamosa Wine Cellar, Wedding Oak Winery. Receive a wine goodie bag and a picnic pack to enjoy on your tour of the wineries 9a Reception at the Chamber office. 9:30a Depart for wineries, 5p Return. Get wine tasting tips and information. $45. 512-556-5172. www.lampasaschamber.org

Sep 27, 2014 - NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: Round Rock, at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd. 8a-1p. Mission is to introduce families to the outdoors and healthy outdoor activities. Join the City of Round Rock and Kids Outdoor Zone in celebrating the original outdoor challenge - National Hunting and Fishing Day. It will be another great family-oriented event, with fun and educational hands-on activities that everyone will enjoy! Free. Fishing, Kayaking, Archery, BB Gun Range, Sensory Safari Trailer, Casting Competition, Exotic Animals, Meet Outdoor Celebrities, Win Outdoor Adventure Gifts, Talk with the conservation groups that work to keep your right and the heritage alive! This is a great way to introduce youth and newcomers to outdoor adventure while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Texas wildlife conservation programs. Contact: Jan Pomeroy: 512-292-1113, jan@kidsoutdoorzone.com; or KOZ: 512-292-1113, Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 27, 2014 - FARM DEMONSTRATION DAY: , Stonewall, at the LBJ State & Historical Park. 10a-3p. Step back in time and come visit and tour the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm. Period dressed costumed park ranger interpreters will take you back in time to the traditions of a 1915 German farm family. Showing how the necessary; low profile chores needed to be done in order to survive in the Texas Hill Country prior to electricity and running water. Visitors will discover how common things used today like soap, rope, and cotton just to name a few, were vital in life of yester years. Plus they will learn and see what a difference a milk cow, pig, or even a chicken brought to the farm family. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Sept 28, 2014 - JUST A CHILI COOK-OFF: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S. Annual event. Free admission. www.ladiesstatechili.org

Sep 27, 2014 - FALL FEST - PIONEER DAY: Dripping Springs, at the Dr Pound Historical Farmstead. at Founders Park; 11a-4p. Celebrating early Texas. Pioneer and American Indian presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages. Food, music, wagon rides. 512-858-2030. Web

Sep 27, 2014 - LAMPASAS COUNTY WINE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. A bus tour of the five nearby vineyards. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Sep 27, 2014 - CAJUN FESTIVAL & GREAT GUMBO COOK-OFF: Lakehills, Lakehills Civic Center. 11a-10p. 830-751-3130. Event Web. Gumbo cook-off, cajun food, music, arts, crafts, games.

Sep 27, 2014 - FALL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Texas Vineyards & Beyond, 329 1/2 E. Main St. Tastings from many Texas wineries and local food venues. Tickets available at the door or by phone, and include a souvenir wine glass plus wine and food tastings. Meet the winemakers and purchase autographed/personalized bottles. Live music, 2-6p. $12 per person. 830-990-9199. www.texasvineyardsbeyond.com

Sep 27, 2014 - TEXAS MAMMA JAMMA RIDE: Hill Country. Benefits The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. http://ride.mammajammaride.org, 512-765-5526, info@mammajammaride.org

Sep 27, 2014 - COMMUNITY PLAY DAY AT CAMP EAGLE: Rocksprings, Camp Eagle, 6424 Hackberry Road. 10a-6p. For all local residents in the surrounding area. We want to get to know our neighbors better! $5 per person, you will be able to enjoy our Zip 3000, Waterfront, Super Swing and much more! An outdoor lunch will also be provided. Only available to residents of Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt, Uvalde, Rocksprings, Junction, Camp Wood, Barksdale, Vance, Mountain Home, and Leakey areas. A valid driver's license indicating an address within one of these areas is required to be presented upon entry. Contact: Bobby Shriver, 830-683-2330, bobby@campeagle.org, Sponsor Web

Sep 27-28, 2014 - DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson St. 8a-8p. Annual Thomas & Friend's presentation on their Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 hosted by the Austin Steam Train Association. All Aboard for a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the tank Engine! Meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live music, storytelling, building with Mega Bloks, and much more! Advance purchase is recommended. Ticket sales are final; events are rain or shine. $18 fee. Contact: 512-477-8468, reservations@austinsteamtrain.org Web

Sep 28, 2014 - ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW: Hondo, at Medina County Fairgrounds. www.stjohnshondo.com. 8a-6p. M5K, Car Show, Music, Food, Auction, Kids Games, Raffle, Bingo, Cake Wheel, Base Ball Tournament, Green House, BBQ, fun for whole family. Kirk: 830-931-7686; Elaine Melton: 830-931-5399, teccblt@gmail.com


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OCTOBER 2014


Oct 1-31, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY WINE TRAIL MONTH: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Oct 2-5, 2014 - DRIPPING SPRINGS FAIR & RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. CPRA Rodeo-Thurs thru Sat, Ranch Rodeo-Sat, Carnival-all 4 days, Team Roping-Sun, Barrel Racing-Sun. Chili Cook-Off and Washer Pitching tournament as well as vendors throughout the grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Oct 3-5, 2014 - OKTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square), 100 block of W Main St), downtown. Open Fri 6p; Sat 10 a, Sun 11a. Closes at 12 Midnight on Fri and Sat, and 6 p on Sun. A colorful, festive, annual celebration of Fredericksburg's German heritage. Family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, art & crafts, Children's fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink ... all weekend long! 830-997-4810; 866-839-3378. Web

Oct 4, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY SOLAR TOUR: 9p-3p. Visit location with solar installations and hear industry veterans and experts share knowledge and answer questions. Starts at PEC's Oak Hill Office, 10625 TX 29 W. Sponsored by Texas Solar Energy Society and PEC. Annual, free event. Event Web

Oct 4, 2014 - FALL LAVENDER TRAIL: Johnson City. 10a-6p. Enjoy a day in the scenic hill country by visiting the participating lavender fields around Johnson City Free. Contact: Jane Stephens, 830-693-6624, mitchellandjane@gmail.com; or Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, 830-868-7684, www.mjlavenderfarm.com.

Oct 4, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER & DANCE: Johnson City, at Fairgrounds. Meal, dance, door prizes, raffle, silent and live auctions. 830-833-5335. Chamber Web

Oct 5, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 405 Buena Vista Drive. 9a-4p. 50+ sellers all in one spot. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web

Oct 5, 2014 - PAWS ON THE PATIO: Helotes, at Helotes Festival Grounds, 11498 Leslie Rd. 12 noon-6pm. A annual, family-friendly, dog friendly event to celebrate the bond between humans and their dogs. It serves as a fund raiser for the Helotes Humane Society. Features live music, vendors, food, dog games and contests, a children's area, and a vaccination clinic. free admission. Contact: Janice MacRossin, 210-422-6242, info@hhsanimals.org, www.hhsanimals.org

Oct 9-12, 2014 - GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FEST: Gruene, on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Live entertainment, wine, specialty beers, food; Includes guitar auction. 830-629-5077. Event Web

Oct 10-11, 2014 - HARPER PARK BBQ COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER: Harper, at Harper Community Park, US 290 West, at 10a. Annual event sanctioned by the Lone Star Bar-B-Que Society. Brisket, chicken, pork ribs, beans and chili. Free live music, games and booths. Proceeds benefit the Park. Event Web

Oct 10-11, 2014 - WIMBERLEY GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fischer, at Cowboys For Jesus, 8400 FM 32, Fischer. Enjoy Southern gospel, country and bluegrass in a family-friendly setting. Music, fellowship, food. Free admission. Donations appreciated. 830-456-0011, Event Web

Oct 10-11, 2014 - UPTOWN QUILT SHOW: Blanco, at Uptown Blanco Textile Studio, 317 Main Street. 10a-5p. Celebrating the art and artistry of quilting yesterday and today. Contact: Andrea Meegan, 830-833-1579, andrea@uptownblanco.com, Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Quilting in the Hill Country"

Oct 10-12, 2014 - PIG ROAST EVENT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 N. Fri 7a to Sun 1p. Proceeds to benefit Cherokee Home for Children. Annual event with Poker Run, Bike Show, free camping on the Pedernales River, self-contained RV area. BBQ on Saturday, bands Friday and Saturday night and more. $25 per person, age 6 and up. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Must have ID to get in. Children and dogs allowed (but must be on leashes). Contact: Sandie Benoist, 512-556-5579, sandie.benoist@gmail.com

Oct 10-12, 2014 - TEXAS MESQUITE ART FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at downtown Marktplatz. Largest collection of mesquite art in the world. Between both festivals, 20,000 people will attend Juried show represents the best artists as well as beginning craftsmen. 830-997-8515. Event Web.

Oct 11, 2014 - LAMPASAS COUNTY QUILT SHOW: Lampasas, at Lampasas County Courthouse, 303 S Western Ave. 10a-4p. 512-556-2224. Host Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Quilting in the Hill Country"

Oct 11, 2014 - LOG CABIN DAY: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum >> CANCELED

Oct 11, 2014 - FT. CROGAN DAY: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). See bread baking demonstration, churning, a blacksmith with forges, cabins form 1862. 512-756-4297. Web

Oct 11, 2014 - GARDENSCAPE "FUN"DAMENTALS: Blanco, at Blanco High School Ag Bldg, 1215 Fourth St. 9a-4p. See the Master Gardening experts for answers to your questions about a wide variety of topics pertaining to hill country home gardening, landscaping, and living with nature. Exhibits, seminars, vendors, demonstrations, food, children's activities & door prizes. 830-868-7167. www.txmg.org/blanco

Oct 11, 2014 - PET FEST: San Marcos, at the Plaza. Pet contests, 5K run/walk, pet adoptions, dancing dogs, muisic, kid's activities. 512-393-5930. www.preventalitter.com

Oct 11, 2014 - HERB & ART FESTIVAL: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Oct 11, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: Albert, at 5501 S RR 1623. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Oct 11, 2014 - ALAMO ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web. 512-858-4740

National%20Museum Oct 11, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Oct 11, 2014 - SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW: San Marcos, at Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Drive. 10a-6p. Powwow and Indian market. Reuniting Eagle & Condor. Contact: 512-393-3310. Sponsor Web

Oct 11, 2014 - EB FRANKLIN MEMORIAL OPEN PRO RODEO: Blanco, Yett Memorial Park Rodeo Arena. Bareback bronc riding, girls breakaway roping, team roping, ladies barrel racing, tide-down calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, calf scramble, mutton busting, drill team. Lester Meier Production. 830-833-5101; 800-927-9627. www.blancochamber.com; www.lmrodeo.com

Oct 11, 2014 - STONEWALL VFD FALL FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: Stonewall, at the Chamber of Commerce Grounds, US 290. Donation for meal. Drawing, raffle for guns, auction, prizes. Annual free event. 830-644-5571

Oct 11, 2014 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MUSICFEST: Bandera. Noon-2a. Annual Fundraiser benefiting local Wounded Warriors, Breast Cancer Research and Education in Bandera. Live Music, food vendors, live auction and raffle. Event Web

Oct 16-19, 2014 - KYLE FAIR & RACE DAY: Kyle, at Gregg-Clarke Park, 1300 W Center St. Music BBQ cook-off, 5k run, parade, KidZone, arts, crafts, food. Free. Kyle Chamber of Commerce, 512-268-4220. Chamber Web

Oct 17-18, 2014 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: Luckenbach, 9a-11p. An annual European and vintage motorcycle rally. Gearheads come from all around come to enter their bikes in the bike show, participate in or watch the vintage trials, eat home-cooked barbecue, win swag (or a bike) in the insanely good raffle, go big for the kids in the live auction, watch a big-screen outdoor movie, listen to great music, camp under the star, immerse themselves in moto-culture, and rub elbows with kindred spirits. The rally attendees, sponsors, and all-volunteer staff throw down hard to raise a ton of money for the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer program of Any Baby Can. Swap meet, and a drive to register folks into the National Marrow Donor Program. Event Web

Oct 17-18, 2014 - TEXAS TRAPPERS & FUR HUNTERS FALL RENDEZVOUS: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 9a-10p. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net. Annual event with exhibitors and classes on such things as on line trapping, skinning, etc. Event Web

Oct 17-18, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Leander. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Hill Country Shoot Out. State Championship. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Oct 17-18, 2014 - SCULPTURE ON MAIN: Marble Falls, on Historic Main St. Fri 5p. Sat 9aActivities, demos, food, music, local wine and beer. Join the artists at 6p for gala. Supports Marble Falls Community Arts Program. 830-693-2815, info@marblefalls.org Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 17-19, 2014 - OKTOBERFISCH FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: Junction, at Morgan Shady Park. 10a-4p. 830-998-2477. www.junctiontexas.net. Annual event sponsored by Sponsor Web

Oct 17-19, 2014 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY INVITATIONAL ART SHOW: Boerne, at Cana Ballroom at St. Peter's, 202 W. Kronkosky. Boerne Area Artists Association. 830-816-2345. Web

Oct 17-19, 2014 - SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at various Locations around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature more than 20 song-packed shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of finely-crafted songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play "in-the-round", Nashville-style. The performance stages will be hosted by various hot spots located along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs. No wristbands will be necessary because daily admission is absolutely FREE for everyone! Capping off the excitement of each day, the Main Stage will host an elite headliner showcase that will feature some very extraordinary songwriting talent. Contact: Jim Halfpenny, 512-659-1576, jim@ds-sf.com, Event Web

Oct 17-19, 2014 - TEXAS GOURD SOCIETY SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Presented by the Texas Gourd Society, nationwide gourd art competition, gourd supply vendors, kid's gourd raft area, door prizes and raffles. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. 512-431-6030. Event Web

Oct 17-19, 2014 - LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: Llano, at Badu Park, on Llano River. The chuck wagon meal is served straight from the wagons at high noon on Sat. Friday: Arrival & Camp Setup; Saturday: Public Meal, 12:00pm High Noon: Live Music; Sunday: Cowboy Church. Free Campfire Breakfast. Contact: Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354, Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 18, 2014 - LLANO HERITAGE DAYS: Llano, downtown. Living history demonstrations, stagecoach rides, live music, vendors, quilt & historic photo display, kids’ activities, downtown street dance. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Oct 18, 2014 - KYLE FOUNDERS PARADE: Kyle, downtown. Free. City Web

Oct 18, 2014 - SAN SABA PECAN JAM: San Saba, at historic Burden Plaza on the Courthouse Square. San Saba Festival Association, Inc is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. A day-long event showcasing the finest hand-crafted wines, brews, spirits, foods and, of course, pecans, that Texas has to offer. $20 ticket includes a 7 tab wristband for sampling alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to sample and/or purchase wine or beer. Valid ID required. Chamber: 325-372-5141; Trish Fullerton: 325 372 3084, tfullerton505@centex.net, Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 18, 2014 - BESTFEST: Fredericksburg, Marketplatz, 11a-11p. Specialty beer and sausage tasting; multi-gun drawing; Kawasaki mule drawing; bucket drawing (10 item minimum); kids' games and activities; live polka band and dancingEvent Web

Oct 18, 2014 - OLD BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE GALA: Blanco, at Historic Courthouse. Starts 6p. Annual event with auctions, Texas Hold'em Tournament, live music, family festival, dance, dinner. 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

Oct 18, 2014 - RIFLES, RACKS & DEER TRACKS: Burnet, at Freedom Flyers Hanger, 3202 S Water Street. Raffle. $20. Annual event, benefits Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center. 512-756-2607, dorisg@hccac.org

Oct 18, 2014 - LONDON COMMUNITY FAIR & BBQ LUNCH: London. Contact: Claudette Primeaux, 325-475-2219. Chamber Web

Oct 18, 2014 - TASTE OF THE HILLS GALA: Spring Branch. 6p-10p. 830-438-4285. Annual event with food, beer, wine. This event raises money for several chamber projects and provides an extraordinary night for our members and guests! Chamber Web

Oct 18, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Oct 18-19, 2014 - LLANO COUNTY HERITAGE WEEKEND: Llano, at Llano Courthouse Square, Badu Park, Events Center. 9a. Chuck wagon cook-off, Arts and Craft Fair, vendors, art show, reenactments. Live Music all day. Red Top Jail tours. Food, vendors, period costumes, gold panning demos, ranch rodeo @ 6p. The Llano Municipal Airport joins in with a Grass Strip Fly-In & Camp-Out on the grass runway. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 18-19, 2014 - LLANO AIRPORT GRASS STRIP FLY-IN: Llano. Annual event. Camp Out On The Runway, Transportation To Chuck Wagons, Outdoor Movie Sat, Breakfast On Sun. 325-247-5354. www.llanochamber.org

Oct 18-19, 2014 - COMFORT VILLAGE FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. 830-995-3670. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. Collectors as well as decorators visit the show and bring clients to help with their purchases. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 19, 2014 - CULINARIA JAZZ BRUNCH: San Antonio, at the Shops at La Cantera. 11a-1p. What better way to celebrate an art filled weekend than enjoying a lovely jazz brunch with chefs preparing you for a great day perusing art with your friends. Get in on this trendy tradition.$35 per person ($50 at the door). Contact: Culinaria, 210-822-9555, info@culinariasa.org, http://culinariasa.org/san-antonio

Oct 23, 2014 - MOONLIGHT MADNESS: Marble Falls. Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 24, 2014 - OKTOBERFEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins. 5p-10p. $25. Sponsored by City. 512-393-8400. City Web

Oct 24-26, 2014 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 390 S Seguin. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. 210-410-0737. Admission: free. Web

Oct 24-26, 2014 - KERR COUNTY FAIR: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, Hwy 27 E. Provides residents of Kerr County and adjacent counties an opportunity to exhibit their finished skills and recognizes their achievements. Includes parade through downtown Kerrville, carnival, contests, scholarship pageants, 4H & FFA livestock exhibits, food & drink, music, dancing, team roping and the exciting bull and barrel contest. Chili and barbeque cook-offs (CASI & CTBA sanctioned), petting zoo and pony rides. Old-fashioned family fun with something for everyone! 830-792-8331. Event Web National%20Park%20Service

Oct 25, 2014 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Experience the LBJ Ranch as 1960's guests from around the world were entertained. Live music. 830-868-7128 x231. NPS Web, Friends Web

Oct 25, 2014 - KERR COUNTY FAIR PARADE Kerrville, at 10. Parade Route: Begins at Water and "G" Street, proceeds west on Water St, turns right on Earl Garrett St, and disbands at North and Earl Garrett Streets. No registration fees. Event Web

Oct 25, 2014 - ALL BRITISH CAR DAY: Boerne, at Main Plaza, 100 N Main Street. Free. Open to all British automobile marquees. Participants will vote for their favorite cars and awards will be presented to the most popular vehicle in each class. 210-884-3036. Web

Oct 25, 2014 - SINGER-SONGWRITER FEST: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. Noon. $500 prize. Free admission for contestants. 713-851-0163. www.stonevalleytexasmusic.com

Oct 25, 2014 - TEXAS OPEN PRO RODEO TOUR: Kerrville. Annual event by Lester Meier Rodeo Company, 830-997-1864

Oct 25, 2014 - HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT: Bee Cave, at the Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Bee Cave, TX 78738. 2p-9p. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/event/2145415179. Bring the family for FREE trick or treating at the Hill Country Galleria's stores & restaurants. A special Halloween event with free face painting, free bounce houses, bungee jump, and of course trick or treating! The fun starts at 2pm in the outdoor Amphitheater with a dance performance by PAIYH Dance Studios, then trick or treating follows from 4p-6p. Make the rounds at over 100 stores and restaurants at the Hill Country Galleria to trick or treat! Be sure to wear your costume and stop by the Hill Country Galleria Guest Services booth to get a free trick or treat bag! We will end the day with a live music performance by The Loose Wheels!. Free annual event. Contact: Kali Glover, 512-263-0001, kglover@reitmr.com

Oct 25, 2014 - RAINWATER REVIVAL EVENT: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park & Event Center, 29401 RR 12. 10a-4p. Rainwater Revival is a celebration of collection, conservation and common sense - a day filled with informative and entertaining presentations by professionals and users of rainwater, water conservation-related business vendor booths, rainwater system displays, and plenty of experts to provide guidance and services; as well as food booths, shopping, live music, kids activities. Annual event, free, sponsored by Hill Country Alliance (Sponsor Web). Contact: Karen Ford, 512-922-9234, kford@waterpr.com Event Web

Oct 25, 2014 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg. Held downtown at Marktplatz (the 100 block of W Main St). A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. Event Web

Oct 25, 2014 - HUNTER'S NIGHT OUT & SPORTING GOODS SHOW: Wimberley, at VFW Hall, 6441 Jacob Wells Rd just off RR 12, about 4 miles north of Wimberley. 6p. Annual event, BBQ dinner, adult beverages, 30+ gun raffle, auction. Hosted by Knights of Columbus. Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Oct 25, 2014 - FUN WITH FIBER: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. 10a-3p. Come join the fun with fiber at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. See all types of handcrafts and domestic arts made out of fiber. Period dressed costumed park ranger interpreters will be wearing some of the specialty items made by hand. If you like or want to learn about knitting, crocheting, quilting, or sowing this event will peak your interest even more. Visitors will discover and learn more about fiber while having fun on a farm that was build back in 1915. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Oct 25-26, 2014 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com. Web

Oct 25-26, 2014 - TEXAS CLAY FESTIVAL: Gruene. 830-629-7975. Potters and sculptors from around the state display and sell their wares and demonstrate techniques. Kid's activities. www.texasclayfestival.com

Oct 25-26, 2014 - SPICEWOOD ARTS SOCIETY ARTS ROUND-UP: Spicewood, at LaCabana Grill, 21103 TX 71 West. Sat: 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-4p. www.spicewoodarts.org. Annual event featuring 30+ artists working in multiple media will display and sell their work in the oak grove at the La Cabana Grill. Live musical entertainment, a children's art area, and food and beverages available on site. Free admission - donations to the Spicewood Arts Society encouraged to support its mission. Contact: info@spicewoodarts.org, 512-264-2820

Oct 28-31, 2014 - HALLOWEEN SPOOK HOUSE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Visitors & Event Center, IH-10 & Hwy 41, Exit 490 Mountain Home. 830-377-9838; Sponsor Web

Oct 30-Nov 30, 2014 - TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS SHOW: Kerrville. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett. Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Unique, custom crafted furniture by prize winning Texas furniture makers. 830-895-2911. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Oct 31, 2014 - HUNTER'S APPRECIATION: Llano, Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. 10a-3p. Held on the eve of Opening Day of deer season the Chamber ushers in hunting season with free goody bags, information, hunting guides, food and drink for our incoming hunter population. Rifle raffle. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Oct 31, 2014 - HUNTER'S ROUNDUP: at Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 6-10p. Music, food for everyone to enjoy, vendor booths and exhibits, numerous community and civic group raffles and the Chamber's own 20 gun Monster Raffle. 830-278-3361. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Oct 31, 2014 - HUNTER'S BBQ & OUTDOOR EXPOSITION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 Hwy 16 N. 5p-10p. Live auction, gun raffle, live music. www.banderahuntersbbq.com

Oct 31, 2014 - HUNTERS' WELCOME: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Oct 31, 2014 - WELCOME HUNTERS DAY: San Saba at Courthouse Square. 10a-3p. Hunters are welcome to stop by Lowe’s Pay and Save and at G&R Grocery for free goody bags. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web


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Oct 31-Nov 9, 2014 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 1, 2014 - ART AND CRAFT FALL FAIR: Utopia, at Town Square, Hwy 187. 9a-4p. 60+ booths of hand-made, home-made art and craft items from paintings to pottery, wind chimes to knives, soaps, purses, all kinds of needlework, jewelry, much more. Find that special, unique gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Food, music, family fun. Free annual event. Contact: Taffy Simmons, 830-966-2274, simmonstaffyk@yahoo.com

Nov 1, 2014 - PLEASANT HILL SCHOOLHOUSE ANNUAL SMORGASBORD: Johnson City, at Rocky Community Schoolhouse (7 mi W of town, just off US 290, on Rocky Rd), 5:30-9p. A pot-luck feast prepared by the finest chefs in the area and served by free-will donation to friends, neighbors and hungry hunters. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill-Rocky Community Club since 1958. All proceeds benefit worthy community organizations in the Texas Hill Country. 830-868-9075, Facebook

Nov 1, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet, at 8a. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Nov 1, 2014 - CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. Andy Berry, 512-556-5434. www.lampasaschamber.org

Nov 1, 2014 - UTOPIA ARTS & CRAFTS FALL FAIR: Utopia, at Town Square, Hwy 187. 9a-4p. Over 70 vendors of locally handmade arts & crafts. Food, music, silent auction. Texas Folk story teller, Sponsored by the Utopia Arts and Crafts Guild. Free. 830-966-5569. Facebook

Nov 2, 2014 - EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT: Dripping Springs, at Sunset Canyon Pottery, 4002 US 290 East. 11a-3p. 512-858-4740. Web

Nov 7-8, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bertram. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Smokin' at the Ranch. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

Nov 7-8, 2014 - CIVIC CLUB HOME TOUR: Wimberley. 10a-5p. Tour beautiful homes. Tickets available. Annual fundraising event. 512-722-3243. Sponsor Web

Nov 7-9, 2014 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: Fredericksburg, at St. Mary's Family Center, 306 W San Antonio St. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Event Web

Nov 7-9, 2014 - KID N' EWE FIBER FESTIVAL: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairground, 1307 River Rd, East on Hwy 46. Annual event for spinners, knitters, weavers, felters and other fiber arts enthusiasts. Great shopping & innovative workshops, there is something for everyone. Show and sales of fiber producing animals, supplies for dyeing spinning, knitting, and weaving. Demonstrations, workshops, and sales of finished products made from natural home grown fiber. Event Web

Nov 7-9, 2014 - BLANCO WESTERN SHOWCASE: Blanco, at Buggy Barn Museum & Carriage Hills Ranch. Chuck wagon cook off, vendors, silent auction, and a Sat night dance. Live entertainment. Carriage rides, kids corral, riding longhorn, food vendors. Contact: Amanda Smith: 830-385-3779, or Debbie Homeir: 713-818-6658, buggybarnmuseum@gmail.com, Event Web

Nov 7-9, 2014 - FISCHER FEST: Fischer. Cabin 10. Music will be the catalyst, making good things happen at the festival, a non-profit event, with all proceeds to the Rice Harrington Art Scholarship, created to help graduating high school artists pursue fine art degrees in college. Each second Sat in Nov. Rain or shine, we enjoy ourselves at historic Fischer Hall, the funky old dance hall just off Hwy 32, which comfortably embraces the very best national and local bluegrass, folk & acoustic performers, in a small intimate setting, just the way Rice liked it. Event Web

Nov 7-16, 2014 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

National%20MuseumNov 8, 2014 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 8, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Mason, Ft Mason Park Community Building. Gates Open at 6p. Catered Bar-B-Q, lots of wild game, prizes and fun for entire family. Raffle of several youth hunts, rifles & more. $10. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web

Nov 8, 2014 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Nov 8, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Mason. Contact: 325-347-5758, Chamber Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Nov 8, 2014 - 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

Nov 8, 2014 - WILD GAME FESTIVAL: Hondo, Hondo City Park, located next to the Medina County Fairgrounds on FM 462. 2-8p. Annual outdoor event includes IBCA Bar-B-Que and Wild Game Cook-Off - a chance to earn cash prizes and trophies. If you're not competing, you can be a voluntary taste-tester, or explore the children's play area, the catapult, and shop at booths while enjoying live musical entertainment provided by local talents. An event for the entire family - a place where people can relax, visit and have a good time living the simple life. Join us! Includes the Horseshoe Tournament, Cow Patty Bingo, Wild Game Dinner, and Gun Raffle. Tickets on sale now at Chamber office. Free admission, $7 for dinner and raffle tickets. Contact: Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce, 830-426-3037, info@hondochamber.com, Chamber Web

Nov 8, 2014 - VETERAN'S DAY PARADE: San Marcos, Free breakfast 8:30a; Parade 10a. Sponsored by the city. Event Web

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2014 - VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Honor all of those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 14, 2014 - MILL POND CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR IN THE PARK: San Saba, at Hwy 190, east of town. Nightly. Over 30 acres of dazzling lights set to music on radio 88.7 FM. 6p-11:45p. Contact: 325-372-8291, Chamber Web

National%20MuseumNov 15, 2014 - JAZZ & COCKTAILS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Enjoy the best of jazz for dancing and a full slate of cocktails from the 1940s and from the military during World War II. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 15, 2014 - CHRISTMAS IN GOD'S COUNTRY: Hondo, Historic Downtown. Celebrate the holidays and join us for the Annual Hometown Holiday. The whole family will enjoy Hondo's historic downtown - it's 3 square blocks chock-full of shopping and free family-friendly holiday activities. There will be snow and Santa. So grab a cup of hot cider and enjoy the simple life with us. Activities we have in store for you: snow playtime, posada, carolers, music, hayrides, dancers and live entertainment, cookies and cocoa, Christmas tree lighting, decorated cupcake contest (bring your own decorated cupcake), and a play area just for the kids. Don't miss out on early Christmas sales, late night shopping, and small town hospitality. Christmas night parade. Market days. 200+ vendors. Free admission. Contact: Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce, 830-426-3037, info@hondochamber.com Chamber Web

Nov 15-16, 2014 - TRAIN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Contact: Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, jedmondson@satx.rr.com, Web

Nov 15-16, 2014 - TEXAS PRESENTATIONS ANTIQUE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Gazebo, large tent and pavilion, sets the mood for a fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Nov 15, 2014 - MERCEDES-BENZ CLUB OF AMERICA CAR SHOW: Boerne, 31445 IH-10 W. 10a-2p. Come out to the dealership and check out the great Mercedes-Benz vehicles owned by the MB Club of America (MBCA). MB of Boerne will be hosting the club for this car show. Public invited. While you're enjoying the vehicles, meet club members and hear about the benefits of club membership. Walk around and enjoy the new and pre-owned vehicle models offered by the dealership. Contact: Kathie Steele, 512-497-9012, dieselbenz@wildblue.net, www.texashillcountry.mbca.org

Nov 18, 2014 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Comfort, downtown. Stores stay open late for a fabulous evening of shopping for the ladies. Refreshments & music. Stores are decorated for the Christmas season and brimming with gift-item treasurers. 830-995-3131. www.comfortchamberofcommerce.com

Nov 21 - CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP PARADE Marble Falls. 800-759-8178. Chamber Web

Nov 21-22, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Burnet. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Nov 21-23, 2014 - SLEIGH BELL BOUTIQUE: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Hill Country Shopping Extravaganza. Benefits YMCA. 830-285-8664. Event Web

Nov 21-23, 2014 - WEIHNACHTSMARKT: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, downtown. 10a-6p. Annual outdoor shopping extravaganza, this Christmas Market is reminiscent of outdoor markets in Germany. Unique decorations, specialty items, fits, antiques, and wide array of merchants and artisans. Children can visit with Santa at breakfast. Sponsored by Sophienburg Museum. 830-629-1572. www.sophienburg.com/weihnachtsmarkt

Nov 21-Jan 1 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Park. 6-10p. 1 million + lights on 130 sculptures at park at Lake Marble Falls. Santa visits. 800-759-8178. Chamber Web

Nov 22, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Prize drawing, silent & love auction, fun games, hunters exhibits. Proceeds support scholarships and education-related grants. 830-997-5508, 512-358-1000, wildgame@beecreek.net Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 22-23, 2014 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com Web

Nov 27, 2014 - GRUENE TURKEY TROT: Gruene, at 6:30a. Annual 5K Run/walk through Gruene Historic District, 1/4 mile kid's Turkey Chase. Event Web

Nov 28-29, 2014 - DICKENS ON MAIN-FIRE & ICE WEEKEND: Boerne, at Downtown. 10a-10:30p. Annual event, with food, drink, costumed shopkeepers, wassail, arts and crafts, caroling, Santa, stage & street performers, carriage rides. From a headliner concert to a live ice sculpting show, this weekend is packed with new surprises and festivities all along the Hill Country Mile. Whether you want to finish your holiday shopping, listen to live music, participate in a Dickens period costume contest, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, Dickens On Main is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. 830-249-7277. Contact: Mary Woods, 830-248-1617, MWoods@ci.boerne.tx.us www.dickensonmain.com

Nov 28-Jan 1 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. See full details below.

Nov 28-30, 2014 - THE PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Three buildings full of unique vendors during Thanksgiving weekend. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Fee required. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web

Nov 28-Dec 30, 2014 - SANTA'S BIG NIGHT & "STARRY STARRY NIGHTS": Llano, at Badu Park on the Llano River, begins Fri after Thanksgiving. Trail of lights celebrates the Christmas Season from 6-10p. Located on the N side of Llano River just W of the Bridge off of Legion Dr. Every Fri and Sat Night until 8p, live entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand. Lighted 55 ft Christmas tree and 30 ft snowman. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Sat: Snow Day, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Nov 29, 2014 - HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING & GERMAN TRADITIONS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Visitor Complex, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Get into the holiday spirit at LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the 1900’s. Enjoy participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and await the arrival of St. Nicholas. Visitors to the park should stop at the Visitor Center first to obtain a park permit, park map and all the event information. For this event it is also recommended to come dressed to have fun outside and to bring a camera to capture some family holiday photos. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Nov 29, 2014 - CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT: Comfort. Over 150 Arts & Crafts Booths ~ Food Court. Shops Decorated for Christmas & brimming with gifts. Musical Entertainment ~ Library Book Sale. Visit from Santa for Photos. Lighted Christmas Parade. Free, no pets. 830-995-3131. www.comfortchamberofcommerce.com

Nov 29, 2014 - LIGHTED HOOVES & WHEELS PARADE: Johnson City, at Courthouse Square. Clickety Cloggers will start of the second night of Lights Spectacular with a performance in the street in front of the Courthouse on the Square at 5:30p. Highlight of the evening will be the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade at 6:30p and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park on Main Street. Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open. Court House lobby will be filled with the Garden Club's Christmas ornaments and crafts. Carriage rides and hayrides will be available. 830-868-7684. www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com National%20Park%20Service

Nov 29, 2014 - CHRISTMAS AT THE BOYHOOD HOME, 1920S STYLE: Johnson City, at the Boyhood Home. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Nov 29, 2014 - WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic Game, chili and trimmings. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web


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DECEMBER 2014


Nov 28-Dec 30, 2014 - SANTA'S BIG NIGHT & "STARRY STARRY NIGHTS": Llano, at Badu Park on the Llano River, begins Fri after Thanksgiving. Trail of lights celebrates the Christmas Season from 6-10p. Located on the N side of Llano River just W of the Bridge off of Legion Dr. Every Fri and Sat Night until 8p, live entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand. Lighted 55 ft Christmas tree and 30 ft snowman. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Sat: Snow Day, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dec 5-7, 2014 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of the Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Free. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 5-21, 2014 - HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL IN THE HILL COUNTRY: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through sleeping vineyards, and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Dec 6, 2014 - CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART: Brady, at McCulloch County Courthouse Square. 6-8p. Flip the switch at 6p, bringing the park to life with sparking lights and dancing displays of Christmas cheer. Pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. 325-597-3491. Web

Dec 6, 2014 - CAROL OF LIGHTS: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

National%20Park%20Service Dec 6, 2014 - "A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS IN JOHNSON CITY": Johnson City, at the Johnson Settlement. A 1920s Christmas at the Boyhood Home, and a 1860s Christmas at the Johnson Settlement. The LBJ Boyhood home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Then visitors can walk the short lighted trail from the Boyhood Home to the Johnson Settlement to experience a late 1860's Christmas in frontier Texas in the Johnson Cabin with candles, oil lamps, and two fireplaces providing the atmosphere of the season. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 6, 2014 - KINDERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10a-11a. Children invited to bring their stockings to hang over the large hearth in the Kammlah House. While children are entertained with singing, stories and crafts, St. Nick drops in and fill their stockings. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 6, 2014 - CHRISTMAS ON MERCER, CAR SHOW & TOWN TREE LIGHTING: Dripping Springs, along Historical Mercer Street. Free annual event. Live music, children activities, food, Santa, gift tour, lighting of tree. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Dec 6, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY GIFT TOUR STOP: Dripping Springs, at Dripping Springs Merchants. 512-858-4740. Web

Dec 6, 2014 - HILL COUNTRY TOY RUN: Johnson City. Starting at Johnson City Courthouse at 9a (arrive early at 8a for social time with coffee and donuts), the Bikers Toy Run heads west and swings through Fredericksburg, then up TX 16 N through Llano to the small town of Cherokee, picking up bikers along the way. We ride independently until we get to Cherokee where we gather together and ride into the Cherokee Children's Home together. The home makes us a light lunch and we give out presents and give the children rides, weather permitting. Usually we leave about 1-2p to ride away. One present per person or cash. With Santa and sleigh full of wrapped presents purchased through donations and proceeds from the Johnson City Pig Roast, the children of the Cherokee Home will be wide-eyed and smiling as Christmas joy is delivered and the motorcycle enthusiasts share a meal with the children and spend the afternoon with them to make their day special. Event open to all. No fee. Motorcycle encouraged. Contact: Sandie Benoist, 512-564-0801, sandie.benoist@gmail.com See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Dec 6-7, 2014 - OMA'S CHRISTMAS FAIR: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Annual event featuring "handcrafted in America" products. Anything from hand made beautiful jewelry to hand carved logs that have been turned into wonderful whimsical animals to be used as home or yard décor. Texas hand crafted wood items, home made jellies, hand crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand embroidered items "like your grandmother used to make" and hand painted bird feeders and bird houses that will surely please the most discerning back yard birds. Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, kmculak@gvtc.com. Host Web

National%20Museum Dec 7, 2014 - PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION CEREMONY: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, in the Memorial Courtyard. 12:25 pm Free and open to the public. 830-997-8600. www.pacificwarmuseum.org

Dec 7, 2014 - CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: Lampasas. 512-556-2224. Chamber Web

Dec 13, 2014 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: Burnet, on the Courthouse Square, 229 S Pierce. 9a-9p. Annual event. Vendors open for shopping from 9a-9p. Music and live entertainment all day. Parade. Arts & crafts vendors, pictures with Santa, and the Great Bicycle Giveaway. Tammy, 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

National%20Park%20ServiceDec 13, 2014 - CHRISTMAS AT THE BOYHOOD HOME, 1920S STYLE: Johnson City, at the Boyhood Home. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 12-14, 2014 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of the Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Free. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 14, 2014 - TANNENBAUM BALL: Fredericksburg from noon-6p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Ball theme is a "German Christmas". An elegant evening of cocktails, seated dining, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets required. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 19-20, 2014 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Tin Star Ranch BBQ & Chili Cook-off. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Harvey Gebhard, harvjean@aol.com, lonestarbbq@aol.com 512-756-8248. Web

National%20Park%20ServiceDec 20, 2014 - CHRISTMAS AT THE BOYHOOD HOME, 1920S STYLE: Johnson City, at the Boyhood Home. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsDec 20, 2014 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Dec 20-21, 2014 - SILVER SPUR GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. $5. 806-253-1322. Venue Web, Event Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 21, 2014 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 6p. Come join the Texas Hill Country community in this time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails will be lit this evening to provide visitors a beautiful experience as they walk to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music are just a preview of what will be seen here. Don’t miss this wonderful evening in the park. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Dec 28, 2014 - CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Tour historic buildings, enjoy live music and refreshments. 830-990-8441. Web


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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Fri, GO FISHING WITH A RANGER: Inks Lake SP, at 3630 Park Rd 4 W. 6p-7p. 512-793-2223. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/inks. 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. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/inks. Bird watching boat tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. www.backbonevalleynursery.com. Free informative lectures, children's programs, and tree specials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Last Sat, TASTE WINE + ART MUSIC EVENT: Reception at Taste Wine + Art Gallery, 213 N Nugent Ave, across from the courthouse. www.tastewineart.com. 830-868-9290. 4-8p. Artists' reception with the artists present, featuring their newest works. Fine Art Exhibitions change constantly, representing mid-career painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. Fine Wines from around the world available by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Open every day except Tues & Wed. See website for hours.

Every 2nd Sun, TASTE WINE + ART MUSIC EVENT: Reception at Taste Wine + Art Gallery, 213 N Nugent Ave, across from the courthouse. www.tastewineart.com. 830-868-9290. Live music from 1-4p. Fine Art Exhibitions change constantly, representing mid-career painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. Fine wines from around the world available by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Gallery open every day except Tues & Wed. See the website for hours. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

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

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

By reservation, PRIVATELY GUIDED GEOLOGY TOUR OF LONGHORN CAVERN: 512-809-8057; Park Rd 4, near Kingsland & Burnet. www.longhorncaverns.com. 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. www.canyonoftheeagles.com

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

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