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JANUARY, 2016


Jan 1, 2016 - POLAR BEAR SPLASH: Kyle, at Kyle City Pool, 1300 W Center St, 1p-5p. Free, family event. Light refreshments. You can also join the exclusive Polar Bear Club and get your name on the plaque for taking the splash. 512-268-4220. Event Web Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Jan 1, 2016 - FIRST DAY HIKE: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 9-11a. Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead, and walk to the summit. Annual event. 830-644-2252. Web. See Parks

DogJan 1, 2016 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. Live entertainment. Free all day. 830-629-5077. Sponsor Web

WineJan 1, 2016 - 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. 830-644-2829, Festival Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife DeptJan 1, 2016 - 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 "Horseback riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 1-3, 2016 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. Includes skate rental. 830-997-6597. Event Web

Jan 6-9, 2016 - BANDERA COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755. Web

Jan 7-9, 2016 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. Web, Map

Jan 7-9, 2016 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas

Jan 7-9, 2016 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 7-9, 2016 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Mason County Show Barn. 325-347-5259. Chamber Web

Jan 7-9, 2016 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G. Rollie White Complex. Web

Jan 7-9, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Stock show for Gillesipe County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Jan 7-31, 2016 - 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 8-10, 2016 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Annual event with admission charge. 918-619-2875. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 9, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Jan 10, 2016 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US 87 South. 6:30p. Screening the Houston Film Commission's Texas Filmmaker's Showcase. Don't miss these 6 Texas-made short films. resented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Jan 14-15, 2016 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at Showbarn. 830-232-6755; Leakey, TX 78873. Web 1, Web 2, Facebook

QuiltJan 14-16, 2016 - QUILT SHOW: Kingsland, at Community Center, 3451 Rosehill Dr off Hwy 1431. 10a-4p. Anyone can enter their quilt in this annual show. Unique vendors will be here for your shopping enjoyment! 325-388-5225. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Jan 14-16, 2016 - SAN SABA COUNTY YOUTH FAIR & LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, on Church Street. Web

Jan 14-16, 2016 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA youth projects. 830-868-7167. Web
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Jan 16, 2016 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS HORSE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 16-17, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Free, open to public. 830-990-9823. Event Web

Jan 16-17, 2016 - GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Guns, knives, ammo, coins, more. 210-827-6302. Wild Weasel Productions, Sponsor Web

Jan 17-23, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

WineJan 22, 2016 - WINE ROAD 290 - RAGIN' CAJUN: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Ragin Cajun". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Jan 23, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape Creek Rd. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Jan 23, 2016 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. Annual event. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Jan 23, 2016 - 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 23, 2016 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at new JLK Event Center. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web Ranch Park

Jan 23-30, 2016 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web1, Web2

Your Voice, Your Vote Jan 27, 2016 - TEXAS SENATE CANDIDATE FORUM: Fredericksburg, at the Hill Country University Center. Seven candidates running for the Texas Senate District 24 seat of retiring Troy Fraser will take part in a forum from 6:30-8:30p. A welcome will begin at 6p. Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of the online media outlet Texas Tribune, will moderate the forum. Details. See special Portal focus page on "Hill Country Voters Guide"

Jan 28-30, 2016 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off. costume contest, canine costume contest, and special country and Cajun Zydeco and CW music. Saturday Mardi Gras Parade, floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks, & plenty of beads! 830-796-4849. Web

Jan 28-30, 2016 - UVALDE COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Uvalde, at Uvalde County Fairplex. 830-591-9040. Chamber Web

Jan 30, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636


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FEBRUARY, 2016


Feb 2, 2016 - 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 5, 2016 - MARDI GRAS GALA: Fredericksburg, at St Mary's Holy Family Center. Annual event. The Mardi Gras King and Queen, straight from Louisiana, kick off the jazz cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:30p. Live auction at 7:30p, and prize drawings. Festivities continue until 11p with dancing to live music. Tickets: St Mary's school office, or 830-997-3914, or Tickets. Open seating: $75 pre-sale or $85 at the door, if not sold out. Benefits St Mary's School.

Feb 5-7, 2016 - ST VALENTINE'S DAY MOTORCYCLE MASSACRE RALLY: 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 5-7, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd. Winter HCAMP is a 3 day residential music camp led and taught by an outstanding faculty who receive rave reviews from their students each year. Camp plays all kinds of music - everything from Bluegrass to C&W to Bach, Celtic and Swing. Basic goals: 1. Improve student instrument skills, 2. Work on techniques used in groups, 3. Make new music friends, 4. Have a whole lot of fun. 830-895-5700. Event Web

Feb 5-12, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country with overnight stops in Luckenbach, Albert, Blanco, Twin Sisters, Kendalia and more. Free to watch, Fee to ride, annual event. Sponsor Web

Feb 6, 2016 - SPARROWFEST: Marble Falls, at The Retreat at Balcones Springs. Birding & Learning at its best! Join our talented leaders as they take you to refuge tracts beyond the trails where 'little brown birds' play. Learn how to identify the subtle differences and behavior of Texas wintering sparrows. Relax at The Retreat where good food and good friends will meet. 830-693-6639. Web

WineFeb 5-21, 2016 - 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 6, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 5p. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 9, 2016 - MARDI GRAS ON MAIN: Kerrville, Earl Garrett St, 6p-9p. Fine wine and beer, glow party, costume contest, live entertainment, gumbo cook off. Gather to celebrate Mardi Gras Texas style. Free public admission. 830-792-8395. Sponsor Web

Feb. 11, 2016 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: San Marcos, at Texas State University. 7p. Cost: Free. A conversation between leading groundwater scientists about the long-term health of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, and its ability to sustainably serve the needs of a thirsty region. Event Web

QuiltFeb 12-13, 2016 - QUILT SHOW: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 9a-4p. Biennial event, with display of 90+ quilts made by Marble Falls Quilt 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 12-13, 2016 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach. Annual camp-out and Valentine's Ball with a name musician. Get "Back to the Basics of Love". Free live music; tickets for concerts. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 13, 2016 - 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 13, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Feb 13, 2016 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 11a-4p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Feb 14, 2016 - CHOCOLATE FANTASY: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 1-3p. All the chocolate you can eat, wine seminars, demonstrations, food & wine tasting, silent auction & raffle. 830-895-2911. Web

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 16, 2016 - RECEPTION FOR THE OPENING OF "TEXAS WRITERS CONFERENCE": Johnson City, at Johnson City Library. 4:30-6:30p. A special exhibition made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas, that surveys the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from mid-twentieth century to the present day. Available From Feb 8 - Mar 8 during regular library hours. See details on the conference on Feb 24 below. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 19, 2016 - 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
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Feb 20, 2016 - BOOTS & BBQ: Marble Falls, at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6:30-11:30p. 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. BBQ dinner 6:30-8p, beer & wine included, boot scootin' two steppin' to live music. Web

Feb 20-21, 2016 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Web, Venue Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 24, 2016 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park. 9a-3:30p. Annual workshop is for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Guest authors. Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 26-27, 2016 - WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Pursuing God’s Peace. Hundreds of women from across Texas come together to experience life change and celebrate in community with other sisters in Christ. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor Ranch Park

Feb 26-28, 2016 - K9 EXPRESS DOG AGILITY SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Sponsor Web

Feb 26-28, 2016 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Feb 27, 2016 - CHILI COOKOFF: Leander, at Texas Humane Heroes - Leander Pet Adoption Center (HQ location), 10930 E Crystal Falls Pwy, Leander. 1-4p. Annual event. 512-260-3602, Web

Feb 27, 2016 - SPICEWOOD VINEYARDS CHILI COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409. 1-6p. Annual event showcases chili and wine. Pair it with the Claret Chili Cook-Off. Texas wine, hot chili, live music and Hill Country views. Fee required. 830-693-5328. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 27, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek, at 470 Cave Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Feb 27-28, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY HOME & GARDEN EXPO: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 11a-4p. Annual event featuring innovation, demonstrations, ideas and design, for the whole family to enjoy! 830-992-5074. Event Web. Venue Web

Feb 27-28, 2016 - 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"


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MARCH, 2016


Mar 4, 2016 - EMPTY BOWL HEAD START FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Pioneer Pavilion, located off TX 16, 3 mi S of town. 5-9p. A fundraiser to provide scholarship assistance to eligible pre-school children. For the price of admission ($20), receive a beautiful hand-crafted bowl filled with gourmet soup from the finest local restaurants. Live music, silent auction and beer and wine by donation. 214-535-4280. Event Web

Mar 4-5, 2016 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 830-232-6625. Web Texas Star Trail Ride

Mar 4-12, 2016 - TEXAS STAR SPRING TRAIL RIDE: A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Ranch Park Mar 5, 2016 - TEXAS NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. 3-10p. Activities for all ages, live presentations, hands-on experiences, education, science and art displays. Night sky observation party. 512-858-4725. Web

Mar 5, 2016 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6:30p-11p. An annual event, the party with a purpose. A fun evening of food, drinks, shopping, and music all while enjoying spa services like massages, manicures, make-up and much more. All proceeds benefit Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Open Door Recovery House. Gather up a few girlfriends and join us! Tickets go on sale Jan 1st. $50. Web. Shelli or Donna, 830-693-9292 Walk A Dog A Thon

Mar 5, 2016 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park & historic Main Street. 10a-2p. Dog walk, pet activities & contests, great food, live music, vendors, co-ed softball tournament. Annual event benefits Highland Lakes SPCA, a no-kill shelter. Adults: $20, Kids: $15. Sponsorships available. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Mar 5, 2016 - SPAGHETTI SUPPER & BINGO: Johnson City, at LBJ High School Commons, Nugent Ave. Serving: 5:30p, Bingo 6:45p. Includes desert, quilt raffle, live and silent auctions and fun. Johnson City Woman's Civic Club hosts this event that benefits JC Library. 830-868-7688. Web Texas is Greatest Country In The World

Mar 5, 2016 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Luckenbach. Noon. Annual event with live music, dancing, trail ride, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 5, 2016 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 5p. 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 5, 2016 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAY: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

Mar 5-6, 2016 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista. As one of the largest road races in the region, its notably hilly 5.5 mile course attracts junior, master and pro cyclists from Texas, Canada, Germany and beyond. This family-friendly event is free to the public and a great spectator sport. Bring your lawn chair and come celebrate with us! Sandy Mullins, 512-267-7952, Chamber Web
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Mar 5-20, 2016 - SPRING BREAK AT THE LBJ RANCH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Opportunity to further explore and discover the park's historic resources and delve deeper into the story of the 36th president and the LBJ Ranch. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Mar 8, 2016 - AMPLIFY LAKE TRAVIS: Lakeway, at HEB Table 620. 6-8p. A party that celebrates Lake Travis nonprofits and the first two hours of Amplify Austin, an annual day of online giving. Allows attendees to get to know top Lake Travis charities that support the arts, education, youth sports, and human services while enjoying a fun, family-friendly evening. Includes complimentary appetizers, a full bar, live music, and a playscape for family fun. Attendees can meet representatives from Colin's Hope, the Lake Travis Education Foundation, the Lake Travis Youth Association, LTLov, TexARTS Association for the Visual and Performing Arts, and more, and donate via the Amplify Austin platform. Free annual event. Lauren, 512-852-9079, Event Web

Mar 11-12, 2016 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 11-13, 2016 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web

Mar 12, 2016 - FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park, 503 Pace Avenue. Participants pre-register for $7 per hunter, or register at the event for $10 per hunter. Check-in and registration: 7:30p, first hunt starts at 8p. Each hunter should bring their own flashlight, but bags will be provided. 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." Parks and Recreation Dept, 830-221-4370, Sponsor Web; Facebook

Mar 12, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 12, 2016 - KITE DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 1-3p. Children of all ages invited to come make old-fashioned 1900's kites. We supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Ranch Park Mar 12, 2016 - FANCY FEATHERS 4-H CLUB APA/ABA OPEN CHICKEN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at 1042 Ranch Park. Annual sanctioned 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 12, 2016 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E Lower Crabapple Rd. 7:30p. 806-549-2483. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg German Choirs and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra. Light refreshments served. Free admission. By donation. Web

Mar 12, 2016 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 5p. 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 12-19, 2016 - TEXAS HELL WEEK: Fredericksburg, with HQ at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams. Daily 50, 70, 100 mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. 806-499-3210. Web

Mar 14-16, 2016 - 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 14-19, 2016 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 15-19, 2016 - RIO FRIO FEST: Concan, at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 16, 2016 - JUNIOR RANGER DAY: at select Texas State Parks, including Blanco, Guadalupe River, Honey Creek, Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern, and Pedernales Falls. 10a-3p. Learn about and get started in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Junior Ranger Program. Life is better outdoors! Annual family event, free. Web. See our Portal special focus topic page on Hill Country "Parks & Lakes

Mar 18-19, 2016 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Wild Hog Explosion, Mansfield Park. Annual Lone Star Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Event Web, Sponsor Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248

Mar 19, 2016 - FAMILY EASTER PICNIC & EASTER EGG HUNT: Johnson City, at Franklin Family Ranch, FM 165 & Middle Creek Rd (SE of town). 11a-2p. 8000+ eggs. Live music, climb the rock, happy trail rides, games, inflatables, snow cones. Free, annual event, including free lunch.

Mar 19, 2016 - FISH FRY & AUCTION: Lakehills, at Lakehills Civic Center, 11225 Park Road 37, Lakehills. 11a-4p. Fish fry, live & silent auction, cash and carry items, live music, games & more. Free parking & admission. Fee per plate. Annual event sponsored by Lakehills UMC, 830-751-2404. Sponsor Web

Mar 19, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 South. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 19, 2016 - 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 19, 2016 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX 16 North. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bike Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Mar 19, 2016 - NATIONAL CORNDOG DAY CELEBRATION: San Marcos, at downtown, at Courthouse Lawn, 111 E San Antonio St, during the first Art Squared event of the year. Noon-4p. A family-friendly event with free corndogs while supplies last, corndog-themed activities and a corndog eating contest where we'll crown Corndog King and Queen. Event Web Sign up for the competition at this link: Contest Registration

Mar 19, 2016 - TEXAS RANGERS HERITAGE CENTER GRAND OPENING: Fredericksburg, at 1618 E Main Street/US 290 East. 10a-4p. Historical reenactments, cannon firing, cowboy poets, walking tours, food vendors, Texas history authors, campfire stories, trick roping, wagon rides. Evening dinner and concert tickets available. 830-990-1192. Web

Mar 19, 2016 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 5p. 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

Lions Mar 19, 2016 - 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 19, 2016 - SWAP MEET: Boerne, at Javelina Harley-Davidson, 29078 I-10 West. 8a-3p. Come out and sell your motorcycle gear and take off parts. Out with the old and in with the new. Enjoy local vendors, swappers, Javelina H-D inventory, and fair food. Plus. Enter to win from multiple prizes! Cost: Free. Annual event. Marina Cantu, 830-755-5202. Sponsor Web

Mar 19-20, 2016 - 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

Mar 20, 2016 - BLUES, BLUEBONNETS & BBQ: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyard. 1-4p. Free admission and music. 830-644-2681. Web

Mar 25, 2016 - EASTER EVENT: Junction at Juction City Park. Live gospel music concert, fried fish, movie at dark. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Mar 25-27, 2016 - BALLOONS OVER HORSESHOE BAY: Horseshoe Bay, at HSB. Tethered balloon rides, weather permitting. Live entertainment. Paint N Sip. Annual event. Event Web

Mar 25-27, 2016 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR: Kerrville, One of the premier cycling events in Texas. 281-782-8743, Web

Mar 26, 2016 - FIRST ANNUAL PARKING LOT SALE & EASTER EGG HUNT: Boerne, at Access Storage, 105 Shooting Club Road. Sale: 9a-1p, Egg Hunt: 1-1:30p. Free, annual event. Bernice or Whitney, 830-249-3050. For more details, click Flyer

Mar 26, 2016 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10:30-11a. On the grounds of the Museum in age-designated areas for children 10 and under. Face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny, too! Free, annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

Mar 26, 2016 - LOMETA DIAMOND BACK JUBILEE: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park, from 5a-5p. Arts & crafts, carnival, chili cook-off, music, car show and rattlesnakes. All day. Lometa Lions Club, 512-752-3106. Chamber Web

Mar 26, 2016 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-5p. Annual show, visit art studios, see artwork and enjoy home-made food. 16 studio locations, 20+ artists. Showings, sales, demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography and wood. "After" party at 7p with the Artists @ Llano Fine Art Guild. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 26, 2016 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Boerne. 8a-3p. Annual event. 830-537-4096, Sponsor Web

Mar 26, 2016 - EASTER PAGEANT: Junction at Lover's Leap Amphitheater. At sunset. Attracts several hundred every year. Origin goes back the late 1940s, when then-governor Coke Stevenson, a native of Kimble County, taught an outdoor Bible class, sparking the idea to create the depiction of the Easter story. Local Boy Scouts direct parking, and those unable to traverse the hillside terrain can listen to the pageant on their vehicle radios. Annual event, Sat before Easter, rain or shine (never been canceled in 60 years). 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Mar 26, 2016 - 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

American Legion Mar 26, 2016 - HERE'S TO THE HERO'S EASTER FEST & COOK-OFF: Kerrville, at Flatrock Lake Park, 3840 Riverside Drive. 10a-5p. 830-896-1155. Annual event hosted by The American Legion Memorial Post 208, Family of Charities. Live music, Easter Egg hunt, washer pitching tournament, CASI chili & Lone Star BBQ cook-off, and a variety of vendors. RV spaces but no hookups. Event Web

Quilt Mar 26-27, 2016 - PIECEMAKERS QUILT SHOW: Uvalde, at Herby Ham Activity Center, 248 FM 3447. 9a-4p. 830-278-8085. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Mar 31-Apr 2, 2016 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. 50+ juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Mar 31-Apr 3, 2016 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 409-955-0073. Web

Mar 31-Apr 3, 2016 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Kerrville, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. Web. 512-422-0234, larson@hotmail.com

Mar 31-Apr 24, 2016 - YOUTH ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. Map. Web


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Mar 30-Apr 2, 2016 - 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

Mar 31-Apr 3, 2016 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 409-955-0073. Web

Mar 31-Apr 3, 2016 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Kerrville, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. Web. 512-422-0234

Mar 31-Apr 24, 2016 - YOUTH ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. Map. Web

Apr 1, 2016 - MASON COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mason, at Courthouse Lawn. Noon-8p. Cost: Free. Annual event. Web

QuiltApr 1-2, 2016 - SAN SABA COUNTY QUILT SHOW: San Saba, at Mill Pond Park Civic Center and nearby businesses. Noon-6p, 10a-5p. Free, annual event. 325-372-5141. Host Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Quilting in the Hill Country"

Apr 1-2, 2016 - TRASH AND TREASURE SALE: Fredericksburg, at St Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street. The Zonta Club of Fredericksburg presents their spring bargain shopping event. Donations wanted. Most years we award 10 each $1,000 scholarships to local young ladies and women seeking further education opportunities. Cost: Free. Annual event. Bonnie Baseke, 830-997-5479. Sponsor Web

Apr 1-3, 2016 - 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 1-3, 2016 - 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

Apr 1-3, 2016 - 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

DogApr 1-3, 2016 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Hwy 27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. Event Web, Sponsor Web. 512-663-2055

WineApr 1-17, 2016 - 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 2, 2016 - HOOKED ON FISHING SPRING FISHING TOURNAMENT: Kyle, at Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Rd. 6:30a-11a. Annual event. Register with fee. 18 y/o minimum, with license. Karen Gray or Nikki Ladet, 512-262-3939, Event Web

Apr 2, 2016 - JONESTOWN CAJUN COOK-OFF & FESTIVAL: Jonestown, at Jones Brothers Park, 10698 Lakeside Drive. Noon-7p. On the shores of beautiful Lake Travis features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, prizes and family activities. Food, beverages and vendor products for sale. Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Sandy Mullins, Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce, 512-267-7952. Web

Car ShowApr 2, 2016 - LESTER'S AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW: Boerne, at 32128A IH-10 W, exit 543. 8a-3p. Do you love cars? Old ones, new ones, fast ones....? Stop by for a great open car show and customer appreciation day filled with food, music and prizes! Annual show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Free. 830-249-249-2501. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 2, 2016 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet at 402 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. 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 Highland Lakes Master Gardeners sponsor the show. Sponsor Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 2, 2016 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano at 800 Wright Street. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dog Apr 2, 2016 - 3K/5K DOGGIE DASH: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park. 9a. Raising funds to build a permanent dog park. You're invited to bring your friendly pup along, too! 830-221-5046. Web

Apr 2, 2016 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46, 9a-3p. Annual event by Cibolo Nature Center & Farm where you can find native and tried-and-true hill country plants for your landscape and gardens. Meet the expert growers, and learn from informal presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Nurseries and growers with native and well-adapted plants for this region. Regionally produced food items. Natural products such as soaps, candles, fiber products, etc. Nature inspired art and jewelry. Garden art, furniture, pottery, Organic soils, plant food, pest prevention. Businesses such as landscape design, rainwater harvest systems, etc. $5/person. Event Web

Apr 2, 2016 - SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 11a-3p. BBQ chicken or sausage meal at 11:30. Kids games, live music, book sale, style show, snow cones, huge silent auction, raffle and cake auction to raise funds for Harper library. BBQ plates: $8. 830-864-4993. Harper Library Web

Apr 2-3, 2016 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. We will have many vendors selling all kinds of hand made crafts from jewelry to clothing to wood products and much more. The concession stand will also be open, and we will have live entertainment. Come join us! Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Apr 2-3, 2016 - HODGEPODGE MARKET: Llano, at Kuykendall Event Center and Arena. Indoor/Outdoor Show: Booth after booth of handmade items, antiques, refurbished/vintage, unique gifts, a hodge podge of offerings you can't find in the mall ... have fun and support local, small businesses! Show hours: Sat 10-5; Sun 10-4. Admission $2 or free with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under are free with paid adult. RV parking with hookups (no septic). Facebook/

Apr 2, 2016 - YOUTHFEST FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins Street. 10a-4p. Web. 512-754-0500

Apr 2, 2016 - THE STRING SLINGERS: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290 East. 8p-midnight. Live music. Live music. Dance floor. Beer, wine & food available. Family friendly, kids welcome. Free admission. 713-851-0163. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 2, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 11a-4p. 830-997-5116. Web

Apr 2, 2016 - 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

Apr 2, 2016 - 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

Apr 2, 2016 - 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

Apr 2, 2016 - 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

Apr 2, 2016 - 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 National%20Park%20Service

Apr 2, 2016 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. Luci Baines Johnson's "Historical Tour of the Ranch" begins at 1p. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 2, 2016 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. Vendors feature plants for every garden, lawn and garden equipment, and yard decor are also available for purchase. Informative speakers, demonstrations, food and a special children's area. Free annual event. Val Klaudt, Chairperson, 512-588-0696. Sponsor Web

Fire & RescueApr 2, 2016 - LOYAL VALLEY VFD BENEFIT RATTLESNAKE ROUNDUP AND FESTIVAL: Mason, at Ft Mason Park, Hwy 87 S. Sat 9-5. Sun 10-4. Featuring the TV Stars of the Rattlesnake Republic and the Heart of Texas Snakehandlers. Gun show, pet adoptions, live music, great food, classic car show and more. Cost: $5. Annual event. 325-218-2911

Apr 2, 2016 - BLOOMIN' FEST: Lampasas, at Courtyard Square. 9a-5p. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. Free. Includes new Bloomin' Fest Spring Sip & Stroll event. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 2, 2016 - CRAWFISH & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sisterdale, at Sisterdale Saloon, 1211 Sisterdale Road. 3p-1a. No cover charge. Enjoy all day live entertainment. Laura Moore, 830-388-1643

Texas Men's State Chili CookOffApr 2-3, 2016 - 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 Thurs morning at 10a-5p. Cooks' party Fri night. Potluck Thurs night. Entertainment Fri and Sat 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 for the whole family. Sponsored by CASI. Sponsor Web. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Apr 2-3, 2016 - POD ON THE PEDERNALES CHILI COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds. 830-868-7684. This Texas tradition is fun for the whole family. Sponsor Web. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Apr 2-3, 2016 - TRUNK SHOW & MARKET: Llano, at Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 W RR 152. 10a-4p. Indoor/outdoor show. Bi-annual event. 325-248-5937. Event Web

Apr 2-3, 2016 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860s bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 3, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BARBECUE MEAL FUNDRAISER AND RAFFLE PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Fredericksburg, at American Legion Hall, 726 S Washington St (US 87 S). Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 7-9, 2016 - HAYS COUNTY FAIR MUSIC & CRAWFISH FEST: Kyle, Central Texas Speedway, 24801 IH-35, x210. Enjoy all your traditional fair favorites and more bringing the whole community together! Carnival rides, vendor midway, helicopter rides, high speed go cart racing and don't forget about the motorcycle poker run. Live Music. Annual event. 512-268-1114. Sponsor Web

Apr 8-9, 2016 - AWAKENING UPON JOY: Alamo Springs, 508 Alamo Rd, Alamo Springs Ranch. 3-11p. Spend a relaxing day in a Hill Country concert with praise & worship! Free concert with Revelation Rising, Braden Toomey and other musicians. Just everyday people coming together to share their joy in Jesus! Free annual event. Pickup Truck Ministries: Bill or Jane, 830-733-0150. Web

Apr 8-9, 2016 - BRADY-MCCULLOCH COUNTY EARLY DAYS: Brady, in Richards Park on Friday, and then McCulloch County Courthouse. Includes military and civilian living historians, re-enactors, storytellers, Indian dancers, an old-fashioned baseball game, oral and visual presentations in the historic courthouse, and an antique car show. Annual event, Admission by donation. 325-456-4499. Chamber Web; Event Web

Apr 8-10, 2016 - WILD WOMEN WEEKEND Blanco. The ultimate "gal-pal" road trip to the Hill Country, with events like fly fishing lessons, a "chick" market, yoga, aromatherapy, 5k and 10k ladies run, author presentations, style show, casino night and more. Proceeds to non-profits. 512-750-6363, 512-750-6362, www.wildwomenweekend.org

Apr 8-10, 2016 - 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, wiener dog races, dog house races, free chuck wagon breakfast Sun morning. 5K run, kid's fun run, Birding and Wildflower show, Bluebonnet Golf Tournament, Gunfighter's shoot out. Local entertainment during the day at main stage and Good old Texas bands for Sat night. Festival free, charge for Sat dance, derby, air show. Annual event. Web. Tammy Stephens, 512-756-4297, tammy@burnetchamber.org See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 9, 2016 - AMBLESIDE STARRY NIGHT: Fredericksburg, at 4.0 Cellars, 10354 US 290. Reception: 6p with wine tasting and music. At 7p the evening musical performances and dinner will begin, with an opening show. Advance tickets for the Starry Night portion: $15/person; 25/person at the door. Wild game menu, lots of wonderful auction items, and fun raffles to participate in. At 9p, live performance under stars! Proceeds benefit Ambleside School's scholarship funds. Web. Kaitlin Rangel, 830-433-5225

Apr 9, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. 9a start. Tractor enthusiasts enjoy the day on their tractor, riding through some of the pretiest areas. Tractor entry and participation open to the public, with no age limit on tractors. 22 mile loop. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Apr 9, 2016 - LAMPASAS COUNTY HILLACIOUS BIKE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web; 210-326-8892, Event Web

Apr 9, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Apr 9-10, 2016 - MAYHEM ON THE MEDINA: Bandera, at City Park, on banks of the Medina River. This family fun event will include competitions, arts and craft vendors, music, historic reenactment, judging, historic campsites, educational displays, old fashioned children’s games and much more. 830-796-4447, Event Web

Apr 9-10, 2016 - PARADE OF ARTISTS: Boerne, along the Hill Country Mile in historic Boerne. Boerne Area Artists Association. City-wide gallery openings showcases many types of media, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber arts. Artists demonstrate their skills. Sat: 10a–8p. Sun: 11a–4p. Free. 830-816-2345. Web

Apr 9-10, 2016 - MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW JAMNBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web

Apr 9-10, 2016 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Dr. Sat 11-6p; Sun 12-5p. An annual "Family Heritage Festival" sponsored by the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Features living history re-enactments, pioneer craft demonstrations, free furniture museum tours, children's activities, musical entertainment and delicious food. A complete schedule of activities will posted the week of the event. Proceeds benefit the museum and its historic preservation projects. The historic Kindermasken Parade dating back to the founding of New Braunfels is held in conjunction with this event. This children's costumed walking parade is open to all participants. $5 adults, $2 children 6-12, 5 and under Free. www.nbheritagevillage.com. Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504

Apr 9-10, 2016 - 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 9-10, 2016 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860s bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Apr 14 & 16, 2016 - LENZ FEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Springtime Festivities & Pioneer Spirit Award. Thurs: Luncheon and Style Show, Fri: Cocktail Party: Sat: Garden Tourt. Annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

Apr 14-17, 2016 - OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL: Driftwood, at Salt Lick Pavilion with camping at Camp Ben McCullough, 18300 FM 1826. Noon-Midnight. A nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms. We maintain our down-home, Texas-friendly vibe. Workshops, sing-alongs, jam sessions, kids activities, arts, crafts, Youth Talent Competition. Admission fee required. Rose Kimball, 512-447-5851. Web.

Apr 15-16, 2016 - RIVER ROCK FEST & RALLY: Concan, at Neal's Lodges & Cafe, 20970 TX 127. Annual event with organized 3 Sisters Ride, Vendors, Poker Run, Wild Hog catching, Camping and Lodging along the Frio River. And of course Rocking Throwback bands! This is THE BEST riding in the Heart of the Hill Country. 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Apr 15-17, 2016 - 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 awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars. 817-360-0678. Web

Apr 15-May 1, 2016 - 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 15-16, 2016 - 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 16, 2016 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 1101 FM 2325. 9a-5p. Annual event, includes interactive butterfly-themed events, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. 512-847-6969. Web

Dog Apr 16, 2016 - MUTT STRUTT: San Marcos. This 1-mile dog walk and pet fair includes dog races, pet contests, arts, crafts, food and prizes. Dogs must be on leash. Benefits Animal Shelter. 512-847-6969. Event Web

Car ShowApr 16, 2016 - CLASSIC PLANE AND CAR SHOW FLY-IN OR DRIVE-IN: San Marcos, at airport, 1841 Airport Dr. 12:30-3:30p. Free admission. Annual event. Event Web

Apr 16, 2016 - CRANES MILL MARINA CHARITY BBQ COOK-OFF & BOATSHOW: Canyon Lake, at Cranes Mill Marina. 9a-5p. Fundraiser for for Folds of Honor. Live music. Family event. Train rides and bouncy course for kids. On-water boat show. Cost: Free. Annual event. Facebook

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Apr 16, 2016 - GUIDED NATURE WILDLIFE TOUR & WALK: 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

Car ShowApr 16, 2016 - 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 16, 2016 - NB KIDSFEST: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common Street. 9a-6p. An action-packed, kid-focused, event where families are able to discover all of the Hill Country's best resources, products and services for children in one place during one weekend. With 40+ performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 250 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels' largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. $3 (kids under 2 are free). Free, annual event. Tammy Wood, 830-488-7814. Event Web

Apr 16, 2016 - HEART OF TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brady, at Wau Ban See Ranch near Camp San Saba in Southern McCulloch County. 6:30-11p. Jennifer Pearman, 803-629-4823. Chamber Web; Event Web
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Apr 16, 2016 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: Junction at S Llano River State Park. Just for women, just for fun. Kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, didjeridoo-ing, team events, classes, arts & crafts, fellowship with 200 participants, and more. 3rd Sat in April, annual event. 325-446-3190. Event Web; Chamber Web

ArcheryApr 16, 2016 - ARCHER'S CUP: Johnson City, near the historic Pleasant Hill-Rocky Creek Community Club, located 7 mi W of Johnson City, just off US 290 W, on CR 205 (Rocky Rd). $500 Winner Take All. $20 entry, 9a. Total of 15 arrows at 20, 30 &40 yds. Free entry of police, fire, EMS, military. Age 13 and older may compete. Proceeds to PHRCC. Free, annual event. Robert Adams, 512-922-9532. Facebook

Fire & RescueApr 16, 2016 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BEAST BLAST FUNDRAISER: Hunt, Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 Hwy 39. 12 Noon-5p. Starting at noon, the Hunt VFD chefs will serve delicious meal, talented musicians will play live music for your listening and dancing pleasure, and we will have a raffle and auction. Festivities will include various displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, as well as a BIG raffle, door prizes, live and silent auctions, and sale of Silpada Designs Silver Jewelry. New this year, the Hill Country Rocketeers will launch rocket during the event. 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 that respond to floods, fires and other disasters are invited to the event. Who knows, Smokey Bear may even be at the Beast Blast again, if he is not out fighting a fire. This will be a fun, delicious and educational afternoon, and will help raise funds for the Hunt VFD operational expenses, equipment and training. No cost for entrance. Annual event. CA Martin, 830-238-4371. Sponsor Web, FB

Apr 16, 2016 - GREEN HOME TOUR: Fredericksburg, starting at 408 N Pecan. 9a-3p. Ten stops and a food truck are on the tour. Sustainable practices to be showcased include solar applications for electricity generation and water heating. For those interested in water applications, there will be examples of xeriscaping, rainwater collection systems (some off grid), as well as native and low water plantings. Energy efficient home renovations, a strawbale, and a "cool roof" type constructed homes will be included on the tour. An electric vehicle charging station, a Chevy Volt, Tesla and a BMW i3 (electric vehicle) will also be on display. Get your tickets early to plan your route to visit the features that most interest you. Cost: $25. Annual event. John Watson, 830-995-3567. Sponsor Web; Event Web. Paired with Green Solutions Expo below.

Apr 16, 2016 - GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPO: Fredericksburg, at Historic Marktplatz (Market Square), 9-4 pm and features speakers, live music and exhibits promoting green solutions or sustainable living/design. It’s all about our health and the health of our planet. Paired with above Green Home Tour.

Ranch Park Apr 16-17, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: 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 event. $3 admission. 888-225-3427. Sponsor Web

Agrilife Exension ServiceApr 19, 2016 - DINNER TONIGHT! HEALTHY COOKING SCHOOL: Liberty Hill at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3600 RR 1869. 6p-8p. A night full of door prizes, samples and fun! The celebrity chefs will be demonstrating two nutritious and easy to make menus that you can prepare for your family in 30 minutes or less! Door prizes, with our Grand Prize being a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer! Cost: $15/person, includes a goodie bag (valued at $50), various samples and menu cards. Childcare available upon request!. Semi-annual event. www.williamson.agrilife.org. Chelsea Stevens, 512-943-3300
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Apr 20, 2016 - SAN MARCOS JOB FAIR: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. 11a-5p. Free, annual event. Hosted by The Rotary Club with 50+ employers and 500+ jobs. For assistance in preparing for the Job Fair, contact Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: 512-392-1291; 866-518-0577. Sponsor Web

Apr 22, 2016 - KENT BUTLER SUMMIT - Toward a Regional Plan for the Hill Country: Wimberley, at Wimberley Community Center (Map), 14068 RR 12. 8:30a-4p. Learn about this study conducted by the Hill Country Design Studio in collaboration with the UT School of Architecture and Hill Country Alliance which addresses threats to water resources, scenic beauty and cultural heritage in the face of rapid population growth in the Hill Country region. Registration: $25 - Lunch included. More Details

Amateur Radio Emergency Com Apr 22, 2016 - TEXAS STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (TSPOTA): Inks Lake State Park. 9a-9p. Amateur radio operators (hams) connect with Texas State Parks in this unique event. oals: to promote public awareness of ham radio and Texas’ beautiful state parks system; to contribute to the recognition that Texas has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; and to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Texas Amateur Radio operators. Location within Park: the day use area near the playground. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club will be setting up their powerful radios and communicating with parks from across the state. The public is welcome to see them in action and get information about amateur radio operations. Park entrance fees apply, but the event is free. Event Web, Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club Web. Sean Jones, 512-793-4689

Ft Martin ScottApr 22-23, 2016 - TEXAS HISTORY DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-3p, Sun: 8a-10:30. This four day extravaganza, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, focuses on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. Admission is free but there will be a $5 charge per car at the gate for parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

QuiltApr 22-23, 2016 - QUILT SHOW - BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS THROUGH QUILTING: San Saba, at Civic Center in Mill Pond Park, Hwy 190 E. 10a-4p. Registration, vendors and the main part of the show will be at the Civic Center, and beautiful quilts all over town in most of the businesses and draped across railings on our front porches on several streets. Truck show, bed turnings and many vendors. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Car ShowApr 22-24, 2016 - 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 22-24, 2016 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2

Apr 22-24, 2016 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Historical Mercer Street. Starts with a grand parade and includes free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, 150+ booths, and a washer-pitching tournament. 512-858-4740. Web

Apr 22-24, 2016 - TEXAS STOL ROUNDUP: Llano, at Municipal Airport, 100 Evelyn Gould Dr, 2 mi N of town off TX 16. Thousands of STOL planes will participate as part of the annual "short-takeoff-landing" event. Llano is a showcase airport because of the grass strip. Competition in five classes. See the airport, the airplanes and talk to STOL pilot specialists. Ribbon cutting. Free annual event. Open to public. 325-247-5635, Web 1, Web 2

Apr 23, 2016 - SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL: Buchanan Dam, at Genesis Lutheran Church, 15946 TX 29 East. 9a-4p. Free food, live music and dancing all day. Art and craft booths. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-793-6800. Sponsor Web Relay For Life

Apr 23, 2016 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

Apr 23, 2016 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 12a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639

Apr 23, 2016 - TEXAS SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL: Buchanan Dam at 15946 TX 29 East. 9a-4p. Live music and dancing. Free food. Art & craft booths. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-793-6800
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Apr 23, 2016 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street. 9a-2p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Earth Day festival and native-plant sale. At 4p, River Trail interpretive walk with Susan Sander "to find out what’s to celebrate in the earth." No charge for the Earth Day interpretive walk. 830-257-4837. Web

Apr 23, 2016 - HEART OF TEXAS HERB SYMPOSIUM: Wimberley, at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. 9:30a-5:30p. Celebrate the multi-faceted power of plants. Pillars of the herbal and plant community, will be coming together to share their knowledge. Through lectures, plant walks, and workshops we offer a range of beginner through advanced while gearing this year towards beginner and intermediate to encourage all levels of interest. Cost: Free. Register in advance. Annual event. 512-847-6969. Event Web

Apr 23-24, 2016 - 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 23-24, 2016 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Blue Hole Regional Park, 333 Blue Hole Ln. Sat 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. An annual, unique celebration of visual arts, theatre, music and dance, featuring local and nationally known artists and musicians. 80+ juried artists from 8 states will exhibit alongside continuous live music, food trucks, beer and wine bar, and a vintage car show. On Sunday, sixteen new 6-foot painted boots will be celebrated with a butterfly release prior to installation in Wimberley. Free, annual event. Stan Allen, 512-952-0098. Web

Apr 24, 2016 - SPRING CHICKEN FESTIVAL: Bulverde, at the Bulverde Community Center, 1747 Ammann Rd E. 10a-4p. BBQ chicken and sausage with all the trimmings, arts & crafts show, country store, attendance prizes, games for kids, raffle. Annual fundraiser for the Center. 830-980-7938; 210-535-8650. www.bulverdecommunitycenter.com

DogApr 24, 2016 - DOGGIE DIP DAY: New Braunfels, at Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle. Noon-4p. Friendly dogs join us for a special swim for dogs at the Springfed Pool. Just for pooches! All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and provide proof on the day of the event. Dogs must wear a collar they can swim in. Each dog may have up to two guests. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Fee: $5 per dog/with two guests, $1 each additional guest. Bi-annual event 830-221-4370. Web A Texas Film Friendly Community

Apr 28-May 1, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Stagecoach Theater, 2254 US 87 South. 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. Web

Apr 29, 2016 - RELAY FOR LIFE - KERR COUNTY: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center. 6p-12a. Relay For LifeFundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Sponsor Web. Free event held annually. Chelsea Hart: 210-867-5407

Apr 29, 2016 - WINE & ART WEEKEND ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos at historic downtown. 5:30-8:30p. WineFeatured works from local artists of all mediums, wine tastings and more. Downtown merchants will be serving a variety of wine and hors d’oeuvres at each location, and live art demonstrations and live music will also take place throughout the weekend. *This is a 21+ only event.* Free, annual event. Event Web

Apr 29-May 1, 2016 - 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 29-May 1, 2016 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-4p, Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. An annual 3 day event held several times a year in various communities. Each event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. $10 Fri Early Buying Event, $5 Sat & Sun. Admission good for entire weekend once purchased. Web. Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743, cheri@vintagemarketdays.com

Apr 30, 2016 - BUD PRIDDY FLY FISHING CONTEST: Camp Wood, at Nueces Canyon Chamber Member Big Oak River Camp along the beautiful Nueces River. Awards banquet. Free, annual event. 830-597-6241. Chamber Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 30, 2016 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 8a-3p. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Apr 30, 2016 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Amphitheater. 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 30, 2016 - 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. 830-221-4350. Event Web

Apr 30, 2016 - THE POUND HOUSE HERITAGE GALA: Dripping Springs, at Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, 570 Founders Park Road. 6p-10p. Annual fundraising event. $100/person. 512-858-4740. Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 30, 2016 - SPRING PLANT SALE: Johnson City, at Ave G at US 290 W. 9a-2p. All varieties of plants on sale-from cacti to vegetables to natives to house plants. Provided by Blanco County Master Gardeners (Facebook). Facebook-Event

Apr 30, 2016 - FUN DAY AT THE BUGGY BARN MUSEUM: Blanco, at 1915 US 281 North. 11a-6p. Featuring live music, chuck wagon food, carriage rides, jail wagon. Free admission but donations are greatly appreciated. Meal: $10. Annual event. Sponsor Web. 512-833-5708

Apr 30 - May 1, 2016 - 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"

Apr 30 - May 1, 2016 - DOWNTOWN NEW BRAUNFELS ART WALK: New Braunfels, downtown, various locations. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: Noon-5p. A self-guided tour through working artist studios, the New Braunfels Art League Gallery (featuring hundreds of works of art and the Texas Watercolor Society National Exhibit), CLAY CASA's Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, ALLA PRIMA Studio & Gallery, plus four historic outdoor murals and the future site for the newest ceramic tile mural, all within a few blocks in downtown. Open artist studios at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and Art Cottage. Free. Contact: Linda Calvert Jacobson, 830-221-7676

Apr 30-May 1, 2016 - LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10-6 Sat, 12-6 Sun. A fun day filled with over 20 lavender, wine, garden related vendors in our outdoor lavender market, live music, cooking demos, food concessions, wine tasting and tours of the winery. $70 per person. $5 parking. Annual event. Chris, 830-644-2681, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender", and "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 30-May 1, 2016 - HERITAGE HOME TOUR: San Marcos, self-guided, starting at the Courthouse Square. Tours: Noon-5p. 8 Distinctive historic and contemporary homes showcasing San Marcos through the ages. $15 purchased in advance, $20 at door. Annual event. Event Web


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Apr 30 - May 1, 2016 - 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"

Apr 30 - May 1, 2016 - DOWNTOWN NEW BRAUNFELS ART WALK: New Braunfels, downtown, various locations. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: Noon-5p. A self-guided tour through working artist studios, the New Braunfels Art League Gallery (featuring hundreds of works of art and the Texas Watercolor Society National Exhibit), CLAY CASA's Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, ALLA PRIMA Studio & Gallery, plus four historic outdoor murals and the future site for the newest ceramic tile mural, all within a few blocks in downtown. Open artist studios at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and Art Cottage. Free. Contact: Linda Calvert Jacobson, 830-221-7676

Apr 30-May 1, 2016 - LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10-6 Sat, 12-6 Sun. A fun day filled with over 20 lavender, wine, garden related vendors in our outdoor lavender market, live music, cooking demos, food concessions, wine tasting and tours of the winery. $70 per person. $5 parking. Annual event. Chris, 830-644-2681, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender", and "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 30-May 1, 2016 - HERITAGE HOME TOUR: San Marcos, self-guided, starting at the Courthouse Square. Tours: Noon-5p. 8 Distinctive historic and contemporary homes showcasing San Marcos through the ages. $15 purchased in advance, $20 at door. Annual event. Event Web

May 1-8, 2016 - TEXAS WOODCARVERS GUILD SPRING SEMINARS: New Braunfels. One to five day seminars cover woodcarving of all types, plus wood burning and painting. Includes seminars for non-carvers, plus tool and wood vendors. Open to public. 940-484-9395. Sponsor Web

May 5, 2016 - FARM & AG DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 6-7, 2016 - JIM BOWIE BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Menard, at Low Water Bridge Park. 1p-Midnight. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Activities for kids in the park, wild pig sacking, rubber duck races in the river, contest for Mr. and Mrs. Nugget. Dance at Club Victoria. 5K Fun Run/Walk. Web. 325-396-2365. Chamber Web

May 6-7, 2016 - UVALDE CACTUS JACK FOUNDATION PBR BULL RIDING: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 7:30p. 830-278-4000. 800-588-2533. Web
CASI Chili Appreciation Society International
May 6-8, 2016 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & HOWDY-ROO: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. Annual CASI/Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Benefits local charities. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248

May 6-8, 2016 - 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 6-30, 2016 - JURIED ART GUILD SHOW: Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 E Austin. Experience fine art in a beautifully restored Fredericksburg home. Display of member's original art using varied media, including oil and watercolors, photography, sculpture, jewelry, prints and cards. 830-997-4949. Sponsor Web

May 7, 2016 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet. 8a-4p. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

May 7, 2016 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Junction. 8a. Free, annual event. Obtain map at Chamber office, 402 Main Street. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

May 7, 2016 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free. Event Web. 254-733-5084

National%20Park%20Service May 7, 2016 - FORT GRIFFIN FANDANGLE RETURNS TO LBJ RANCH: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 5-9p. A performance of the Fort Griffin Fandangle, a BBQ dinner, and Jake Penrod returns to the ranch with his "Million Dollar Cowboys" for some great country-western music. Yes, the dance floor has been enlarged from previous years! As part of our year-long celebration of the NPS centennial we have teamed up with our friends in Albany, TX to host a "LBJ Ranch Sampler" of the show that has been performed since 1938. The Fandangle was first performed on the LBJ Ranch in 1967 for ambassadors representing the Organization of American States, again in 1976 for Mrs. Johnson and a bicentennial celebration with friends, for our first big ranch barbecue in 2008 and returning this year to celebrate the NPS centennial. 830-868-7128 x231. Fandangle Web, NPS Web, Friends Web

May 7, 2016 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAY: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

QuiltMay 7, 2016 - HAUPTSTRASSE QUILTFEST: Boerne, Main Plaza & Downtown Boerne, 100 N Main Street. 9a-4p. 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 7, 2016 - MEDINA RIVER CLEANUP: Bandera, starting at Bandera City Park at the dam. Registration: 9-noon with t-shirts for all participants. Free BBQ at 5p with entertainment. Web. Bob Brischetto, Cleanup Coordinator, 210-413-7264

WineMay 7, 2016 - WEIN & SAENGERFEST: New Braunfels, historic downtown, at San Antonio St & 424 Castell Ave. 12:30-11p. Annual festival offers wine and beer tastings, live music/entertainment, art market, grape stomp, Chef's Showdown, kids activities, farmers' market, food venues, street dance. Proceeds benefit New Braunfels' Parks Foundation. 830-221-4350. Web

May 10, 2016 - BEEF RANGE FIELD DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 11-14, 2016 - MAYFEST: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park. Free concert, carnival, washer pitching, live music, food vendors, and a ton of family fun. Saturday Market Day. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

May 12-15, 2016 - SYSTEMS GO: Fredericksburg, at Stewart's Hillview Ranch, N of Fredericksburg off the Willow City loop. Students from 30 participating High Schools across Texas will gather to launch 80 rockets they have designed and built as part of SystemsGo Aeroscience studies. First-year rockets will launch one-pound payloads one mile high. Advanced students will launch rockets that exceed the speed of sound. Launches scheduled every half hour from 8:30a-5:30p daily. Food and restrooms available. Free with advance registration. Christy Glass, 830-997-3567, Sponsor Web

May 13-14, 2016 - CHEROKEE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cherokee, at 4160 FM 501 West. Annual event by a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations. Web. 214-981-0700

May 13-14, 2016 - 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
Hill Country Arts Foundation
May 14, 2016 - HCAFA'S ANNUAL TREASURES/RUMMAGE SALE: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation Indoor Theatre, 120 Theatre Rd S, Hwy 39. 9a-3p. Bargains galore, furniture, antiques, clothes, books, bake sale. All proceeds benefit HCAF Art and Theatre Programs. Ya'll come !!! Hosted by Hill Country Arts Foundation Auxiliary. Cost: Free. Annual event. Event Web

May 14, 2016 - MAY FEST: Driftwood, at United Methodist Church, 15090 FM 150 W Driftwood. 10a-2p. Free admission, live music, BBQ, vendors, live & silent auctions, family friendly. 512-757-5519, Event Web

May 14, 2016 - RELAY FOR LIFE BANDERA COUNTY: Bandera, 474 Old San Antonio Hwy at Bulldog Stadium at the High School. Start at 7p and Finish at 2a. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. 830-460-1942; Web. Lisa Warden, lisabwarden@yahoo.com Relay For Life

May 14, 2016 - RELAY FOR LIFE - FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. 830-997-2359. Event Web, Venue Web

May 14, 2016 - WIMBERLEY GARDEN CLUB TOUR: Wimberley, TX 78676. http://wimberleygardenclub.org. 10a-4p. Tour 8 gardens in Wimberley Valley. Handmade garden art and native plants grown by the club will be sold. Unique educational opportunities available on the day of the tour at all gardens. Refreshments will be served. Annual event, $15. JCVFD

May 14, 2016 - 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

Texas Master Gardeners May 14, 2016 - HERB FIESTA: New Braunfels, at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. 9a-4p. "Celebrating with Herbs". New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Comal Master Gardener Herb Special Interest Group host demonstrations of herbal ideas with special emphasis on decorating with herbs for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Food samples and a variety of herb information will be available. Charge for a booth is $25. The sale of your products (plants, herbs, art, crafts and any related items) are a welcome addition to the event. Free salsa competition. Annual fundraiser event, free to visitors. 830-832-9699. Web

May 14, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook info@wimberleyfineartscenter.com

May 14, 2016 - 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 14-15, 2016 - TOUR THE TALENT ART STUDIO TOUR: Dripping Springs, Bell Springs Road. 11a-4p. Artists Alliance of the Hill Country's finest talent. This event highlights painters, jewelers, sculptors, and photographers with varied mediums and styles. Enjoy the art and the hill country scenes while you get familiar with talented artists. Free admission. Mara Cardwell, 512-296-7751. Pick up tour map at the art studios or at Web

May 14-15, 2016 - DIRT DAUBER FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Rd. Celebrate all things clay. Features clay art demonstratiions, refreshments, a kins' play table and live music. 512-558-1723. www.eyeofthedog.com

May 20-21, 2016 - KERRFEST: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3705 TX 27. Fri: 6p-midnight; Sat: 10a-1p. Annual Event. Includes open pro rodeo action, BBQ and chili cook-offs, live music, a street dance, children activities, food, vendors, family fun. $15. 830-896-1155. Web, Event Web

May 21, 2016 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: Leander, 100 N Brushy, in Old Town District. 10a-8p. The street fills with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Musical acts bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices. Local and regional wineries and distilleries bring a special flair with a visit to the wine and beer tent. Free annual event. Brenna Bole, Chastidy Vernengo, 512-259-1907. Event Web

May 21, 2016 - 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 21, 2016 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, off 281 N, just N of town. Supports Blanco County Community. Route takes you through gentle rolling hills ranging in distances from 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Volunteers needed. Bicycle Sport Shop, 512-477-3472. Sponsor Web

May 21, 2016 - SHIMMY MOB FREDERICKSUBRG: Fredericksburg at various venues throughout the city. 10:30a-7p. Part of an annual world wide event, raising funds and awareness of domestic abuse in the local, participating communities. Donee: Hill Country CARES. Free (donation), annual event. Carol, 830-123-4567. Event Web

Car ShowMay 21, 2016 - BLANCO CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Blanco, 42 Main St, along the grassy banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. Open 8a, Awards 2p. 512-632-0648. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

May 21, 2016 - DUCK RACE: Wimberley, at 220 Twilight Trail, at Wimberley EMS, 220 Twilight Trail. Opens at 10a and ducks will run sometime after 11a. Annual fundraiser. A fun filled and family oriented day. For "$5 bucks a duck" you can sponsor your very own rubber racing duck. Every year hundreds of these rubber racing ducks are released and the top 3 ducks and 1 "Lame duck" are awarded cash prizes. The money from this wonderful event is used to bring lifesaving equipment. 512-847-2526. Web

Fire & RescueMay 21, 2016 - MARBLE FALLS AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BULL RIDE: Marble Falls, at Charlie Taylor Arena, 3053 US 281 (S of town). 6:30-10p. Two rounds of Mutto Bustin and 40 Bulls. We also have the one and only Leo Coffee Barrel Man. Adults to 7 years of age: $10, 6 years of age and under: Free, annual event. www.marblefallsfire.org. Asst Chief George Tennison, 512-755-7050, mfavfdcapt@gmail.com

May 21, 2016 - BLUEBONNET MARKET DAYS: San Marcos, 1301 Hay 123. 9a-3p. Vendor booths of all types, trash to treasure (no food). Vendor booth rentals available both indoor and outdoor. Fundraiser for San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions to support community charitable needs. Free annual event. Judy Aswell, 512-558-1032

May 21, 2016 - SMART ORCHESTRA GALA & SILENT AUCTION: San Marcos, at SMTX Activity Center Ballroom. 7p. SMART Orchestra ends the concert season with a Gala Fundraiser. Black Tie Optional. San Marcos Artists' Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART) is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the Hill Country with free concerts, internships, scholarships, musical training, and more. A delightful evening with dinner accompanied by concert, silent auction, and cash bar. Cost: $40/person or $300/table of 8. Annual event. Christopher Hanson, 832-866-8355. Sponsor Web

May 21, 2016 - CRAWFISH BOIL: Wimberley, Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. Noon. Live music, vendors, auction, bounce house Annual event, with free admission. Supports The Boot Campaign for veterans. 512-847-0030. Web

May 26-June 12, 2016 - 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 26-June 26, 2016 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Event Web

May 27-29, 2016 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort, 2033 Sidney Baker. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. 214-497-7179, Web

JayceesMay 27-29, 2016 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg at Downtown at Marktplatz (Market Square). 11a-Midnight. Serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. And for those who don't like crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for. Food and fun for all ages. Children's area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds. Plus a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. $5-$25. 830-433-5225. Web

May 28, 2016 - LAGO FEST: Lago Vista, at Bar-K Park, from 2-9p. Live music, food, beer garden, vendors and a sailboat race from the Austin Yacht Club. Free annual event. Chamber Web

May 28-29, 2016 - "FUNTIER DAYS" PARADE, & ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Bandera, at Courthouse Square, 500 Main Street. Shop with 75+ vendors. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Arts & Craft Show: 9a-6p on Sat, 10a-5p on Sun. Pro Rodeo that evening at Mansfield Park. Food vendors. Free annual event. 210-215-1995. Web

May 28-29, 2016 - FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Kerrville, downtown. juried Fine Art Show and Sale open to artists residing anywhere in the United States. This is a 2-day, outdoor, pet friendly event. 830-895-7962, Event Web

May 28-29, 2016 - WIMBERLEY MEMORIAL DAY RODEO: Wimberley, at Wimberley VFW Arena, 401 Jacobs Well Road. Open Pro Lester Meier Rodeo. Fun for the whole family! Great food and vendors! Benefits the local 4H Wimberley Club. Time: Sat & Sun Night 7:30p-10:30p. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 kiddos (babies and toddlers free). Nancy McCallick, 512-423-8035

May 30, 2016 - RED WHITE AND BLUES ON THE FALLS: Wimberley, at Cypress Falls Event Center on Woodcreek Dr at the Cypress Creek Crossing on beautiful Cypress Creek. 11a-8:30p. Live music on the creek, food, drinks, vendors and activities! Bring your swimsuit, tubes (we will be selling some while supplies last), lawn chairs, or blankets and have a good ole time! Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web; Event Web

National%20Museum May 30, 2016 - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, n the Memorial Courtyard, to remember those who paid the ultimate price. 10a. This program is free to the public. 830-997-8600 ext 204. Web


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May 26-June 12, 2016 - 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 26-June 26, 2016 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Event Web

June 3-4, 2016 - LLANO PRO OPEN RODEO: Llano at JLK Rodeo Arena (covered), 2200 W RR 152. 6p. Don't miss this exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin' and team roping! 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 4, 2016 - LLANO RODEO PARADE & BOY SCOUTS BBQ: Llano at Courthouse Square on Ford Street. 10-11a. A down-home, small town tradition of family, patriotism & community spirit! Free annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 4, 2016 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Held first Sat in June since 1993, this annual event has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse tried, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail work projects and other activities. Event Web. Many of the Texas state parks participate (see Parks).
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June 4, 2016 - ANNUAL LBJ FISHING DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-noon. Free fishing clinic for children and families. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Fire & RescueJune 4, 2016 - COWBOYS & CAJUNS: Junction, at Junction VFD & Courthouse. 6-11p. Free, annual event. Live music, craw-fish boil, Miss Kimble County Pageant, dance. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

June 5-12, 2016 - COWBOY CAMP MEETING: Mountain Home, at 140 Cowboy Camp Road West (8 mi W of Ingram on Hwy 27, go 1 mi W of Hwy FM 479). Starts 3p, then all day each day. Free, annual event. BBQ & beans provided. Bring side dish. By donation. Nursery available. Enjoy fine preaching, old-fashioned fellowship and food. Christians from all over leave their denominations "at the gate" and come together for a wonderful week of worship, study, praise and fellowship! Join your family and friends in the shade of our majestic live oak trees and our historic tabernacle as we give Glory to God and His Work. We'll see you there! Sunday, starts off at 3p with our Bluegrass Gospel Revival. Lots of great gospel and praise and worship music and singing. Please come join us. Sam Hill, 800-603-0157. Event Web

June 10-11, 2016 - BURNET COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson. Family fun, live music, cooking demo, Austin Steam Train, Burnet Gunfighters, Car show, food, vendors, silent auction. Event Web. Fair: Lynda, 512-525-1289. Rodeo: Cody, 830-798-4018

June 10-12, 2016 - 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 10-12, 2016 - 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 10-12, 2016 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Annual event with admission charge. 918-619-2875. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

June 11, 2016 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SHOOTING CLASSIC & SPORTING EXPO: Boerne, at Joshua Creek Ranch, 132 Cravey Road. 8a-9p. A competitive sporting clays shoot with a main event featuring AM & PM flights with Lewis Class winners and concurrent event entry for cash awards for youths, ladies, seniors, sub-gauges and side-by-sides. Each shooter will receive a registration bag with gift items and an opportunity to win valuable door prizes. There will also be a sporting expo featuring top brand name sponsors. Following will be a buffet dinner and live music. Clay Shoot Main Event $75/gun; Concurrent Event Entry $10-$50/gun; Sporting Expo No Charge; Dinner/Live Music Event $60/person. Annual event. Kevin Welborn, 830-537-5090. Event Web

June 11, 2016 - ANNUAL TRACTOR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Several children’s activities are held throughout the day on Saturday. A variety of vendors are on hand to sell their treasurers. Food and drink available. If you want to take a closer look into the past, join us for a fun filled weekend. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web

June 11, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

June 12, 2016 - ENGAGED! BRIDAL SHOWCASE: Fredericksburg, at Barons Creek Conference Center, 308 S Washington Street. Noon-5p. "You'll find the best wedding and event vendors Fredericksburg and the Hill Country has to offer. From planners to the wedding cake we have you covered! Spend the afternoon with us and register to win several great giveaways and treat yourself to a complimentary swag bag. We have much more in store!" Cost: Free. Annual event. 830-377-5943. Event Web

National%20Museum June 14, 2016 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Learn about the importance of flags and learn to make Victory Pins. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

June 17, 2016 - ECOSUMMIT: Llano, at historic Dabbs RailRoad Hotel, 112 E Burnet St, on the Llano River. Annual event. An informative set of talks/presentations focused on the geology of the Llano River and Uplift. 512-814-6262. http://www.llanoecoweb.net

June 17-18, 2016 - 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 17-19, 2016 - BOERNE BERGES FEST COOKOFF & AUCTION: Boerne, at Herff Park/Kendall County Fairgrounds. 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 17-19, 2016 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown. 6p. An annual adult 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 17-24, 2016 - ANNUAL CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH REUNION: Driftwood, at Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826. Live entertainment, bingo, dance. Web

June 18, 2016 - FUN FEST: Bulverde, at Community Park, Bulverde Lane. Cost: Free. Annual event. Activities such as the Blue Lion Train, petting zoo, face painting, balloons, Home Depot workshop, pet adoptions, raffles, door prizes and BBQ. Merri Harrison, 210-387-9332. Chamber Web. Event Web

June 18, 2016 - FUN & FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, in association with the Classic Soap Box Derby event listed above. 2p. 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 18, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Road @ Grapetown Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

June 18, 2016 - 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 19, 2016 - COUNTRY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE & OPEN LOCAL HOUSE TOUR: Fredericksburg, at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 12:30a-4:40p. Presented in collaboration with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. Self-driving tour locations are the following historic schools: The Vereins Kirche, Wrede School, Meusebach Creek School, Grapetown School, Luckenbach School, Lower South Grape Creek School, Nebgen School, Rheingold School, Cherry Mountain School, and White Oak School (at the GCHS Pioneer Musuem). Driving Trail Brochure and Map (free) at Pioneer Museum beginning at Noon on that Sunday, the 19th. Plot your route, mark your map, and head to the Hills. Tour includes former teachers and students as docents and a little treat while you visit. No admission charge for tour, but Museum has $5 fee, Donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Local Web. National Web

WineJune 24, 2016 - 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"

June 24-26, 2016 - BIGFEST: San Marcos, at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Noon to 2a. Annual benefit for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. 100+ musicians and bands in historic music hall. 512-353-3777. Event Web. Bigfest Web

June 25, 2016 - TEXAS WATER SAFARI: San Marcos. Starts at Aquarena Spring Center. A 260 mi canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico. Event Web

RESCHEDULED DATE !! Now: June 25, 2016 - HYE HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Hye, at Watson's Historic 4R Ranch, 9726 US 290 West. Map. 11a opening, 6p dinner, 7p concert. Ranch dinner, order in advance. Celebrating Hye's 130th birthday. Preserve, protect and share our little town and to promote the wine growers, farmers, craftsmen and businesses of Hye. Model T tours of ranch; blacksmith demos; Sons & Daughters of the Republic Reenactors; Buggy Barn stagecoach rides; Cross T Ranch up-close longhorns. Tournaments: turkey toss; cow chips; washers, horseshoes. Major live entertainment: John Arthur Martinez; KR Wood; Jake Ward; Rebecca Henricks; Chickasaw Dance Ceremony; Lloyd Shelby-cowboy poetry. Tickets available on web site. Looking for artists, craftsmen and businesses to participate. Contact: Signal Event Group, 830-433-5225, info@signalfredericksburg.com. www.HyeFestival.com

June 25, 2016 - 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. 512-785-1677. Event Web

June 25, 2016 - RIVERFEST: Bandera, Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. 10a-6p. River activities, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 25, 2016 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Luckenbach. Food & wine: Noon-11p. Music until 11:30p. 12 food trucks from San Antonio and the Hill Country region will showcase their cuisine for purchase and approximately 10 Hill Country wineries will offer their wine for sale by the glass or bottle. As always, the bar at Luckenbach will be stocked with ice cold beer, and Americana music will fill the air. Annual event. $15pp. Contact Martha Zeiher, Mzeiher@sbcglobal.net Host Web

June 25, 2016 - BOERNE FFA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GREYHOUND GAMES: Boerne, at KC Jr Livestock Barn, 1307 River Road. 1pm-8pm. Teams of 3 compete in skeet shooting, washers and bowling. Entry fee is $75 per team. BBQ cook off entry fee is 2 briskets and 2 chickens. Live and Silent Auctions. Good Family Fun. fFee admission, team entry fee $75. Annual event. Web. Jennifer Smith, 210-86-4569, greyhoundgames@hotmail.com

Amateur Radio Emergency ComJune 25-26, 2016 - 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. A good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. Demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. Celebrating Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by ARRL. Local Field Day locations: Kerrville, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic High School; Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. www.kerrhams.org; Marble Falls, at MFVFD, 606 Ave U, http://hlarc.org


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JULY 2016


July 1-2, 2016 - EDWARDS COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Rocksprings, at Fairgrounds. Live entertainment, rodeo, parade, dance, Slick Rock Challenge. 830-834-0262. Sponsor Web

July 1-3, 2016 - VFW RODEO: Wimberley, at Wimberley Valley Veterans Park, Jacobs Well Rd (CR 182). 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. It's free and great fun for the whole family! 512-847-6441. Event Web

July 1-4, 2016 - 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 2, 2016 - JULY JUBILEE - ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Leakey, at Courthouse Square. 9a-4p. Parade, live music, street dance, concessions. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web

July 2, 2016, 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Comfort, at Historic Downtown & Comfort Park. 10a-6p. www.comfort-texas.com. Parade begins at 10a, ending in the park with BBQ and fun activities till 2p. 2p-6p in town, enjoy live entertainment, shopping, dining, and raffles for cash prizes. No admission fee. Free, annual event. Rose Burckhardt, 830-995-3131

July 2, 2016 - BIG SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL: Wimberley, at Wimberley Community Center. Noon-7p. Old fashioned ice cream festival with live entertainment and contests every hour on the hour. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Sam-Wimberley. $10 for adults; children 12 and under free. Annual event. Event Web. Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, 512-847-9956, jwatson@ststeve.org

July 2, 2016 - BLANCO COUNTY INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND CELEBRATION - PARADE: Blanco, at 1915 US 281 North. 10a. Parade from Buggy Barn to Courthouse Square and back. Annual event. Sponsor Web. 512-833-5708

July 2, 2016 - BLANCO COUNTY INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND CELEBRATION - TWIN SISTERS DANCE HALL: Twin Sisters, at Dance Hall, 6720 US 281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. Noon-late evening. Following above parade, buggy rides, live music, vendors, food. Annual event. Sponsor Web. 512-833-5773

July 2, 2016 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Lago Vista, at Bar K Recreational Park. Red, white & you! A day full of activities celebrating our nation's independence, including a community wide parade, 5K fun run, talent contest, silent auction, classic car show, fireworks and more! Event Web

July 2-3, 2016 - 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 2-3, 2016 - FREEDOM CELEBRATION: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM 2169. 10a, Live concerts begin at 3p. Free live concert with fireworks between performances, along South Llano River. 325-446-3190, junctiontx@cebridge.net. Chamber Web

July 2-4, 2016 - JULY JUBILEE: Brady, at various venues. Sat: Mud Volleyball Tournament, 12 noon, Brady Lake Park. Dance, Gates open at 8p. Mon, July 4th, Parade in Downtown Brady, 10a. BBQ Luncheon at First United Methodist Church, 11a-1p. Web

July 3, 2016 - BLANCO COUNTY INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND CELEBRATION - TOWN SQUARE: Blanco, at Old Courthouse. 9a Chuck wagon breakfast; 1-7p live music, cowboy poetry, buggy rides, street dance. Annual event. Facebook Events, Facebook-Arts In The Park. 512-833-5101, Chamber Web

July 4, 2016 - 4TH OF JULY PET PARADE: Bandera, City Park. All pets from horses to turtles to dogs, birds, cats, etc. are welcome. No fee. Registration begins at 9a; Costume judging at 10a; parade at 10:30a. Marlene, 830-796-3045. Annual event sponsored by Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League.

July 4, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL: Bee Cave, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 6:30p. Enjoy live music all day, shop 75+ art vendors, enjoy festival food and barbecue, cool off in the kid's water zone and enjoy fair rides & games! End the day with the best firework show in Central Texas! Event Web 2. Free, annual event. Event Web Contact: Hill Country Galleria, 512-263-0001

July 4, 2016 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, Downtown, on TX 16 & TX 98 at the bridge. Live concert. Beer garden at 2p. Fireworks display. Free. 830-792-3535. Event Web

July 4, 2016 - SUMMERFEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins. 6-10p. Celebrates Independence Day. Children's costume contest and patriotic parade, live music, local vendors, food, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. Fun for the Whole Family. Free parking. 512-393-8400; Event Web

July 4, 2016 - 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, 2016 - FOURTH FEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Free family fun. Bring your lawn chair, cooler and picnic. Open all day. Parade 10a (pick up parade entry application at Chamber office on Main St). Washer pitching tournament 2:30p. Live music by local favorites Shades Of Blue from 7-9p. Fireworks by JCVFD at 9p. Free entry. Please pack out your garbage. 830-868-7684. Chamber Web

July 4, 2016 - RED, WHITE n BUDA: Buda, City Park. Children's Parade is free. No registration required. Children line up in the parking lot across from Garcia's Mexican Restaurant beginning at 9a with their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters. Parade begins at 9:30a down Main Street to Buda City Park. Free children's activities from 9:30a to 11:30a at the park (bounce house, water slide and magician). Buda Chamber of Commerce will be selling hot dogs. Fireworks show at City Park area at 9:30p. 512-295-7170, Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept July 4, 2016 - JULY 4TH AT THE FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

July 4, 2016 - 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, Chamber Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools July 4, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge. Donations gladly accepted toward preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

July 4, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 6:30p-10p. 830-997-5116. Web

July 4, 2016 - ROCK'N RIVERFEST: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Dr, downtown, 10a-10p. 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, 2016 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Uvalde, at County Fairplex, 122 Veterans Lane. Sponsor Web. 830-591-9040

July 4, 2016 - AMERICAN LEGION 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Blanco, New Post 352 Hall, 111 Blanco Ave, on N side of Lowes parking lot. Noon-4p. Come enjoy hot dogs, chips, cold drings, snow cones. Annual event. Roxanna Avants, 512-627-0584

July 4-10, 2016 - 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 7, 2016 - SIP AND STRUT: Lampasas, at 415 E 3rd Street. 7-10p. Grab your friends for a creative and tasteful night. Local wineries offering tastings while artists from around Texas create unique works of art. This interactive art exhibit will inspire and educate on different art techniques and mediums. Wine tasting $15/person with a complimentary wine glass. Art work by participating artists and gallery artists available for purchase. Live music and entertainment. Annual event. Sponsor Web; Event Facebook

July 7-9, 2016 - ANNUAL MASON ROUND-UP CELEBRATION: 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 Sat evening at the fairgrounds at Ft Mason City Park. Lester Meier Rodeo Company Rodeo. Contact: 325-347-5758, Chamber Web, Event Web

July 8-9, 2016 - SPRING HO BARBEQUE COOKOFF: Lampasas. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com. Event Web

July 9, 2016 - FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION: Marble Falls, at The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway at the Historic Granite School. 2a-4p. Learn about our history and help us tell our story! 830-798-2157, focmuseum@gmail.com , Sponsor Web

July 9, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

July 10, 2016 - TEXAS WINE REVOLUTION: Hye, 10352 US 290. 1-4p. An inaugural festival, first of its kind, showcasing the beauty of 100% Texas grown wines and specifically highlighting 100% Texas grown Rosé wines for 2016. This is a unique event that will provide exposure to this Texas winemaking style for years to come. Featuring up to 20 Texas wineries and their 100% Texas grown Rosé, the afternoon will include tastings, live music, local food purveyors, VIP seminars and picnic areas for guests amongst Texas vines. Celebrate with us and meet local wineries, winemakers, and farmers for an awakening of Real Texas Wine. We would like to invite you to take part in this inaugural event. As a wine region, we have the opportunity to truly show the international wine community that Texas makes world class Rosé. Facebook

July 13-16, 2016 - MARBLE FALLS RODEO: Marble Falls, at Charles Thomas Arena, 100 Rodeo Dr, Marble Falls. Downtown parade, rodeo, dance. 512-755-5773, Event Web

July 16, 2016 - SOMMERZEIT: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 4p-12a. Celebrate all things summer time including many activities for the entire family. A traditional Mexican Market, NIOF Biergarten, local craft vendors, live music, and a children's carnival. Cost: $10. Annual event. Kristin Barnett, 83-433-5225

July 16, 2016 - NIGHT IN OLD FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 3p-12:30a. Celebrate years of Gemutlichkeit! German and Texas entertainment and family fun. Whether it’s Polka and Country & Western you like, this is your Festival! Pavilion Dance Halle, Fest Bier Halle, Food Courts, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Event Web

July 16-17, 2016 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES & CHILI COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2349. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

July 16-17, 2016 - FLOATFEST: San Marcos, at Cool River Ranch. Starts 10a for tubers. Live entertainment, concerts. Camping. River float 2.5 miles. Annual event. http://floatfest.net

July 21-24, 2016 - 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

July 23, 2016 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY CELEBRATION & FRONTIER TIMES RANCH RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Western arts & crafts, children's activities, live cowboy music day & night, ranch rodeo, cancan dance & gunfight spectacular. 830-796-3864. Event Web

July 29 & 30, 2016 - FRIO CANYON REDNECK GAMES: Leakey. Fri night kickoff dance at 8p at Frio Pecan Farm. Sat Redneck Games at Frio Canyon Chamber Arena at 10a in Leakey. Biergarden, BBQ, pizza. Annual event. Chamber Web

July 29-31, 2016 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

July 29-31, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 South. 8a-5p, Sun 8a-noon. Car Corral, flea market, concessions, free parking. Now hosted by Earhart Productions. Free annual event. Contact: 254-751-7958. Web

July 30, 2016 - FRIO CANYON REDNECK GAMES: Leakey, at Frio Pecan Farm, 144 Red Wright Road. Don’t Forget to dress in your finest, Redneckiest Sunday attire for the day folks! We’ll be holding an all-day contest to find Mr. 'Merica & Miss 'Merica and in a sea of camo, “muscle” shirts, denim, plaid, cowboy hats & boots – you’ll look silly if you ain’t dressed up! $5 admission. Kathy Suttle, 830-591-4736, ksuttle@hctc.net or Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web, Flyer


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AUGUST 2016


Aug 5-6, 2016 - BUSINESS EXPO: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Events Center. a-p. Sponsored by Guadalupe National Bank and Kerrville Chamber. A great way to showcase a business to the community. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Aug 5-6, 2016 - BEER BY THE BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay, at the Live Oak Event Lawn. Live music, food, micro-brewed beer. Open to the public. Hours vary each day. 877-611-0112, Event Web

Aug 5-7, 2016 - HOTTER THAN HELL 100-MILE YARD SALE: Castroville to Brackettville, including Uvalde, Knippa, Sabinal and D'hanis. 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 5-7, 2016 - 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

Methodist Church Aug 6, 2016 - BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: Johnson City, at First United Methodist Church, 105 N LBJ Drive. 10a-1p. Free: backpacks, limited school supplies, haircut vouchers, gift cards, tooth brushes/paste, vision & BMI screening, health and wellness education, food and fun. Parent must accompany. Free, annual event. Cindy Leonard, RN, Wesley Nurse, 512-771-8783
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Aug 6, 2016 - 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 Ranch Park

Aug 6-7, 2016 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

National%20Museum Aug 10, 2016 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Learn about why the home front held Night time drills also known as Blackouts and how to make a blackout flashlight. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Aug 12-13, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY FAIR ASSOC SUMMER CLASSIC BULL RIDING, DANCES & PARADE: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds on FM 2169. Rodeo, dance, car show, parade, class reunions. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net

Aug 12-14, 2016 - LAKEFEST DRAG BOAT RACES: Marble Falls, Johnson Park & Lakeside Park, entrance at Yett & Main St, 307 Buena Vista Drive. 7a start. The Chamber turns Lake Marble Falls into a liquid quarter-mile "racetrack" and the banks of the lake into a wild 3-day boat race party. 120+ race boats. 830-693-2815. Event Web

Aug 13, 2016 - MALONGO MUSIC FEST: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290 East. 6p-1a. Americana, Blues and Rock Music event with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Disabled American Veterans. Free General Admission; VIP Seating $20. Mitchel White, 713-851-0163. Web

Aug 13, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment and art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Aug 13-14, 2016 - 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, 2016 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US 87 South. 5:30p. Screening of short films, including award winners and favorites from the 2016 Festival. Presented by Hill Country Film Society and Film Festival. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Aug 17-20, 2016 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO & BIG CARNIVAL: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Annual event. Katy Odiorne: 830-868-7053. Chamber Web. Sponsor Web

Aug 19-20, 2016 - MEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor

Aug 19-21, 2016 - 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 20, 2016 - ACACIA CLAY SHOOT BENEFIT: Boerne, at Joshua Creek Ranch, 132 Cravey Rd. 9a-1p. Shooters (including lunch): $175; Non-Shooters (including lunch): $50. Annual event. Supports Acacia Medical Mission, 830-228-4219, Sponsor Web

Aug 25, 2016 - TEXAS COUNTRY SHOWDOWN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 25-28, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the "oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas". Whether it's the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 25-28, 2016 - HERITAGE ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. held in conjunction with the Gillespie County Fair. This show provides visitors a take back approach to the good ol’ days. Many activities such as agricultural displays, tractor displays, engine displays, antique tractor pulls, and a working blacksmith shop are open for your viewing pleasure. Our replica of a 1920’s farm house is open for viewing. Members enjoy the weekend of fellowship along with helping preserve the past the traditional end of the harvest season. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Aug 26, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual, free event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 27, 2016 - SWIFT FEST: Jonestown, at Fireman's Park, at 18649 FM 1431. 4:30p-10p. Austin has its bats, San Juan their Capistranos but did you know that Jonestown has it's own unique birding experience? They're called the Chimney Swifts of Jonestown and every evening they put on a spectacular show as they drop into their home in a swirling almost tornado-like spectacle. It is really something to see. There will be live music, an art show, exciting nature-oriented booths, food, kids activities, and more. The highlight of the festival is the swifts' evening return to their cistern home located downtown, a tornado-like sight that is fascinating to see. Free annual event. Lago Vista/Jonestown Chamber, 512-267-7952, Chamber Web, Event Web. Mykal Latos, 512-971-9118, info@swiftfest-jonestown.com

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2016 - 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, 2016 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Aug 27-28, 2016 - 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"


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Sep 1-4, 2016- KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO: Boerne, 1307 River Rd. 210-834-1282. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area. Event Web

Sep 1-4, 2016 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Uvalde, at Fairplex, 830-591-9040. Chamber Web

Sep 2-3, 2016 - FRONTIER DAYS RODEO & DANCE: Harper, at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US 290. Enjoy the day with concessions, arts, crafts. Fri: team roping, 6p. Sat: 5K Cross Country Run: 8:30a; kid's fishing, contests, tournaments, dominoes, washer pitching: 9a-noon; parade: 5p, BBQ: 6p; Lester Meier Open Rodeo: 8p; dance: 9p. Mike Zenner, 830-864-5048. Host Web

Sep 2-3, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY HAMMERFEST: Llano at the Airport, TX 16 North. 8a-5p. 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. Chamber Web

Sep 2-3, 2016 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION: Junction, at City Park. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net.

Sep 2-3, 2016 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: Brady, at Richards Park. Mystery meat challenge, arts & crafts, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run. 325-597-3491. Web

Sep 2-3, 2016 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsSep 3, 2016 - 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 2-4, 2016 - FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. 800-435-8429. www.kerrville-music.com. Each year over Labor Day Weekend wine lovers and music enthusiasts gather to celebrate the art of songwriting and winemaking. This Texas Hill Country setting is perfect for introducing our audiences to the newest and best wines that Texas has to offer in addition to performances by dozens of the world's best songwriters. Features three, 6-hour evening concerts and two, 2-hour afternoon concerts by two dozen singer-songwriters. During the evening concerts only, we have booths set up for Texas' top winemakers who offer their current vintage wines. Craft Vendors, Food and Wine Booths in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater open each festival day at 6p, with the music starting at 7. This event isn't your typical "wine tasting" party. Wine will only be available in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater during the evening concerts. Wine will not be available during the day or in the campgrounds unless you choose to participate in one of the Saturday or Sunday afternoon Wine Seminars. A variety of food items ranging from bar-b-que to vegetarian selections are available in the theater at our food service pavilion during main stage performance nights. Beer, wine, smoothies, soft drinks and gourmet coffee drinks are also available. The Kerr-Cafe is located in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks.

Sep 2-4, 2016 - CELEBRATE BANDERA: Bandera, at various venues including downtown and Mansfield Park. Longhorn cattle drive, parade, arts, crafts, mounted shooter competition, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, music, reenactments, live music, dancing. Annual event. Web. Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447

Sep 3-4, 2016 - GUNNER THAMES MEMORIAL RODEO: Wimberley, at Chester Franklin Arena @ Veterans Park, Jacobs Well Road. 7:30p. www.gunnerthames.com. Rodeo benefiting community youth and remembering an awesome child who we lost way to early, due to complications from a head injury. Also honoring all Law Enforcement Officers in our community by inviting them to attend the rodeo. Just present their badge and the officer and a guest will receive free admission. Come out for an action packed night of rodeo! $15 adults, $5 children, law enforcement free. Annual event. Danny Duckett, 512-289-0724, bthames6@outlook.com

Sep 3-4, 2016 - HODGEPODGE MARKET: Llano, at Kuykendall Event Center and Arena. Indoor/Outdoor Show: Booth after booth of handmade items, antiques, refurbished/vintage, unique gifts, a hodge podge of offerings you can't find in the mall ... have fun and support local, small businesses! Show hours: Sat 10-5; Sun 10-4. Admission $2 or free with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under are free with paid adult. RV parking with hookups (no septic). Facebook/

WineSep 9, 2016 - KIOLBASSA & KABERNET: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Kiolbassa & Kabernet". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Sep 9-10, 2016 - WE GOT YER GOAT BBQ COOK-OFF: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Cook-off teams, washer pitching tournament, roping contest, dance, arts & crafts and food vendors. Benefits JC Education Foundation. Leandy: 512-775-9497. www.wegotyergoat.com.

Sep 9-11, 2016 - BOXTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at the Hanger Hotel. Porsche car enthusiast events. www.boxstoberfest.com

Sep 10, 2016 - KIDS DAY OUT: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S Water, Burnet. 9a-3p. Annual event. An educational and fun day designed especially for kids. Activities include archery, steer head roping, casting with rod and steel, fish tank, gemology, face painting, hot dogs, kids safety and many other kid related activities. Dale Hill, 512-755-2963. Event Web

Sep 10, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Sep 10, 2016 - COMMUNITY PLAY DAY: Rocksprings, Camp Eagle, 6424 Hackberry Road. 10a-6p. For all local residents in the surrounding area. We want to get to know our neighbors better! $10 per person, you will be able to enjoy our Zip 3000, Waterfront, Super Swing and much more! An outdoor lunch will also be provided. Only available to residents of Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt, Uvalde, Rocksprings, Junction, Camp Wood, Barksdale, Vance, Mountain Home, Medina, Harper, Vanderpool, and Leakey areas. A valid driver's license indicating an address within one of these areas is required to be presented upon entry. Bobby Shriver, 830-683-2330, Sponsor Web Dripping Springs Taste Wine & Food Festival

Sep 10, 2016 - DRIPPING WITH TASTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Noon-6p. Annual event showcases an array of Texas fine wines, ales, food, fine art, entertainment, live music. Indoor pavilion and festival grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Sep 10, 2016 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 7:30p. Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is the top talent in the bull riding circuit. Two rounds. Dance after the show. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Sep 10, 2016 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 12a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639

Sep 10, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY HEARTBEAT: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. 4:30-8:30p. A fundraising event for the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Events include food, rides, 2 raffles, concert. BBQ. Dance: 7-8:30p. $20 donation. Annual event. Reba Neagle, 512-970-8332, Event Web

Sep 10, 2016 - SPICEWOOD DEMOLITION DERBY: Spicewood, at Spicewood Fire Hall, 9805 TX 71. Gates open: 4:00p; races start: 6p. Annual family entertainment fundraiser event. Food and refreshments, special Derby momentos such as T-shirts and hats. Cost: General Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. Come early to get a seat. Sponsor Web; Event Web

DogSep 13, 2016 - DOGGIE DIP DAY: New Braunfels, at Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle. Noon-4p. Friendly dogs join us for a special swim for dogs at the Springfed Pool. Just for pooches! All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and provide proof on the day of the event. Dogs must wear a collar they can swim in. Each dog may have up to two guests. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Fee: $5 per dog/with two guests, $1 each additional guest. Bi-annual event 830-221-4370. Web

Sep 15-17, 2016 - ART FEST, PLEIN AIR COMPETITION & ART AUCTION: Burnet, at historical Burnet Square downtown. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: Noon-6p. Plein air means painting "in the open air." Artists will scatter across Burnet and the courthouse square, set up their easels and paint the scenery, landscapes and cityscapes as well as anything else that catches their attention. Annual free event. Darlene Pollard, 512-793-9081, Event Web

Sep 16-18, 2016 - RUMBLE ON THE RIVER RALLY: Bandara. Annual motorcycle rally event with tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events. Live band. $30. 936-776-1699, www.bikerralliesoftexas.com

Sep 17, 2016 - BULVERDE JUBILEE: Bulverde. 10a-5p. Parade: 11a. Midway rides, Blue Lion train, bounce house, arts, crafts, children's activity area, food booths, monster photo booth, live music. Benefits Provisionss Food Pantry. Parade: Erika Sykes, 210-639-4214. Booths: Nancy Hotaling, 210-269-3433. Chamber Web

Sep 17, 2016 - BLANCO COURTHOUSE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Johnson City, at Courthouse Square. 5-11p. Parade with children and pets in period costumes, antique cars & tractors. At 6p the official ceremony will begin with speakers and special guests and of course birthday cake. Followed with period games, face painting, bingo, a cakewalk and lots of other fun events. At 8p the street dance starts. Food and beverages. Cost: Free. Facebook

National%20Museum Sep 17, 2016 - ANNUAL MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 17, 2016 - BREWGRASS FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 9595 RR 12. 11a-9p. Kid zone, talent competition, face painting, family fun, hourly raffle prizes, live music, local artisans. Free, annual event. Holly Collie, 512-667-4616. Sponsor Web

Sep 17, 2016 - BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL & FIDDLERS CONTEST: Burnet, Haley Nelson Amphitheater, 301 Garden Trails, just off TX 29 West. 10a-9p. Featuring live music. Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. Wine tasting, vendors, food. Free, annual event. Kelly Dix, 512-715-3209, City Web

Sep 17, 2016 - ZION MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz. 1-10p. Live music, kids zone, food trucks, vendors. Free. 231-425-8923. Event Web

Sep 17, 2016 - ART FESTIVAL: Comfort, at Historic District and Surrounding Area. 10a-4p. Artists from throughout the region will gather in Comfort to demonstrate, show and sell their works. Spotlights works of Hill Country artists in a variety of media, from oil paintings and drawings to jewelry, photography and textiles, and celebrates their unique artistic inspirations and talents. Artists will have displays at merchants, bed-and-breakfasts, and wineries in Comfort and the surrounding area. List of artists and their locations will be available at participating sites. Free annual event. Sponsored by Chamber. Julie Kuykendall, 407-595-6859. Sponsor Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 17-18, 2016 - ANNUAL SEED STOMP: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 1:30-3:30p. Children and their families are invited to come out to the State Park to help scatter wildflower seeds. With some help from Mother Nature, the following spring they can return and see all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. They will also learn about the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. There will also be crafts for the children. Native seed mixtures will be provided by the State Park. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Sep 17-18, 2016 - WIMBERLEY VALLEY STUDIOS TOUR: Wimberley. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12-5p. A one-time chance to step into the creative inner sanctums of a variety of artists who paint, sculpt, photograph and create jewelry and pottery. Sponsored by Wimberley Valley Art League. 23 artists who exhibit their work at eight different stops on the tour. Free. Maps at the Wimberley Valley Visitor Center or: wimberleyartleague.org/happenings.html, Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsSep 18, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK & CHICKEN BBQ FUNDRAISER: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US 290 East. 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 18-20, 2016 - DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 8a-8p. Annual Thomas & Friend's presentation on their Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 hosted by the Austin Steam Train Association. All Aboard for a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the tank Engine! Meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live music, storytelling, building with Mega Blocks, and much more! Advance purchase recommended. Ticket sales are final; events are rain or shine. $18 fee. Cody Eastman, 512-477-8468, Web

Sep 20-25, 2016 - COMAL COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: New Braunfels, at 701 E Common Street. Largest county fair in central Texas. 830-625-1505. Event Web

Methodist Church Sep 22, 2016 - COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR: Johnson City, at First United Methodist Church, 105 N LBJ Drive. 10a-1p. Free, annual event. Flu shots; immunizations for children (provided by DSHS); blood pressure and blood sugar screenings; door prizes; chair messages; free promotional items; helpful health & wellness information; meet local health care providers and organizations. Food, promotional items. Cindy Leonard, RN, Wesley Nurse, 512-771-8783

Sep 23-24, 2016 - FAJATA FIESTA COOK-OFF: Buda, at Buda City Park. A family-friendly event with free admission, parking and concerts. Food booths, vendors, games, jalapeno eating contest, talent show, mariachi groups, arts and crafts. Something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. Rediscover Texas thorough sights, sounds and their taste buds. The tantalizing aroma of sizzling fajitas will fill the air of Buda, attracting people from the Rio Grande to the Mason Dixon Line. In Texas, grilling is not just a weekend pass time but a competitive sport. At Fajita Fiesta grill masters and backyard cookers will compete for top dollar cash payouts, trophies, bragging rights, and to find out on that given day who is the best of the best. 512-295-9999. Event Web

Sep 23-24, 2016 - FIESTA JAM ON LAKE MARBLE FALLS: Marble Falls, at Lake Marble Falls. A music and wine festival showcasing the blossoming music and wine scenes in the Marble Falls/Burnet County area while supporting Marble Falls ISD and Harmony School of Creative Arts music education programs. 512-576-4796, Web

Sep 24, 2016 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAY: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

Sep 24, 2016 - 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

Sep 24, 2016 - PIONEER DAY: Dripping Springs, at the Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, at Founders Park; 10a-4p. Celebrating early Texas. Pioneer and American Indian presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages. Food, music, wagon rides. 40+ demonstrators of pioneer crafts and skills, such as butter churning, blacksmithing and quilting. 512-858-2030. Web

Sep 24, 2016 - CAJUNFEST & GREAT GUMBO COOK-OFF: Lakehills, Park Rd 37 and 15th St, W Lakehills. 11a-10p. Gumbo cook-off, cajun food, music, arts, crafts, games. 830-751-3130. Event Web

Sep 29-Oct 2, 2016 - UTOPIAFEST: Utopia. A unique camp-out festival offering mind-blowing musical performances and West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), this is a true alternative to the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. With a single main stage and only 1,500 total tickets being sold, fans will have plenty of space to dance and enjoy full sets by world-touring bands from a variety of genres – rock, bluegrass, Americana, indie, folk, Latin, and a splash of Japanese punk. Event Web

Amateur Radio Emergency ComSep 30, 2016 - NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH PRESENTATION: Marble Falls, at Westside Community Center, 1704 2nd Street. 6:30p. Cost: Free. Want to help your neighbors in disasters whether fire, flood or tornado? Will you be prepared? The American Red Cross, in partnership with Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club, will present personal preparedness tips and volunteer opportunities. Learn about family emergency plans, the "Safe and Well" Program, Amateur Radio, and more. HLARC Sponsor Web; ARC Sponsor Web. Robyn Richter, KE5LAT, rrichter51@gmail.com

Sep 30, 2016 - TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC DAY: Kerrville, at Schreiner University Campus, at the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion. 9a-1:30p. Thousands of students, teachers, parents and people from all walks of life attend Living History Day to experience first-hand the heritage, history, music and stories of Texas, as presented by more than 50 performers and living exhibits. Annual free event. Kathleen Hudson, 830-792-1945. Event Web

Sep 30-Oct 1, 2016 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. Fri: "Just A Chili Cook-off"; Sat: "Ladies State Chili Championship Of Texas". Charity benefit. Annual event. Free admission. Susie Higgins: 512-558-1321. Sponsor Web

Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016 - 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


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Sep 30-Oct 1, 2016 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. Fri: "Just A Chili Cook-off"; Sat: "Ladies State Chili Championship Of Texas". Charity benefit. Annual event. Free admission. Susie Higgins: 512-558-1321. Sponsor Web

Sep 29-Oct 2, 2016 - UTOPIAFEST: Utopia. A unique camp-out festival offering mind-blowing musical performances and West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), this is a true alternative to the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. With a single main stage and only 1,500 total tickets being sold, fans will have plenty of space to dance and enjoy full sets by world-touring bands from a variety of genres – rock, bluegrass, Americana, indie, folk, Latin, and a splash of Japanese punk. Event Web

Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016 - 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 1, 2016 - MAIN STREET CAR SHOW: Marble Falls, at Main Street, Downtown. 9a-3p. Food music shopping prizes silent auction, and cars. Kiwanis Club. Jack Sargent, 830-598-2863. Web.

Oct 1, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY SOLAR TOUR: 10a-3p. Visit locations with solar installations and hear industry veterans and experts share knowledge and answer questions. Starts at PEC's Oak Hill Office, 915 Circle Drive. Sponsored by Texas Solar Energy Society and PEC. Annual, free event. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Oct 1, 2016 - WILD GAME DINNER & DANCE: Johnson City, at Fairgrounds, Show Barn. 5p. Meal, dance, door prizes, raffle, silent and live auctions. Supports Blanco County Youth Livestock Show. 830-833-5335. Chamber Web

Oct 1, 2016 - ARTOBERFEST ART SHOW: Llano, at 503 Bessemer Avenue. 5:30-10p. Help support the Llano Fine Arts Guild & enjoy an evening with the artists! Tickets $15 online. Sponsor Web. 325-247-4839

Oct 1-2, 2016 - DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 8a-8p. Annual Thomas & Friend's presentation on their Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 hosted by the Austin Steam Train Association. All Aboard for a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the tank Engine! Meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live music, storytelling, building with Mega Blocks, and much more! Advance purchase recommended. Ticket sales are final; events are rain or shine. $18 fee. Cody Eastman, 512-477-8468, Web

Oct 1-31, 2016 - SCARECROW INVASION: Comfort, at Downtown Historic District, 10a-2p. Music, live scarecrows, face painting, cornstalks. Scarecrows appear in and around town, wearing straw hats, worn overalls and flannel shirts, depicting characters such as Peter Pan and Elvis. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

WineOct 1-31, 2016 - 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 4, 2016 - GOVERNOR’S SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP (GSBW): Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista. 11a-1p. Cost: Free. Annual event. State agencies and service providers will be on hand to share information on their available programs that address the daily concerns and interests of small businesses. These agencies and organizations include representatives from Governor Greg Abbott’s Office (Office of Small Business Assistance, Office of Community Relations and Office of Strategic Business Development), PeopleFund, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Small Business Administration, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area. GSBW is designed to be of high value for small business owners in the Hill Country region. All are invited to attend, to network and learn about the services and assistance programs available to them. Sponsor Web. Midge Dockery, Marble Falls EDC, 830-798-7079, mdockery@marblefallseconomy.com
Check out the great small business resource: BLANCO COUNTY TEXAS GUIDE TO STARTING A BUSINESS: www.HillCountryPortal.com/web/businessguide. A practical, "how-to" manual. Also see our Portal focus topic page on Hill Country Commerce: www.hillcountryportal.com/hillcountrycommerce

Oct 5, 2016 - HARVESTFEST: New Braunfels, at GVTC Auditorium, 3601 FM 3159. 5:30p-8:30p. A delicious "all you can eat" stew dinner with cornbread, homemade dessert and drink. The Heart of Texas choral group will be the entertainment. There will be a raffle, silent auction, cake auction and door prizes. Cost: $15. Annual event. 830-899-4542, Event Web

Oct 6-9, 2016 - GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FEST: Gruene, at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine, on the banks of the Guadalupe River. 5:30p. Live entertainment, wine, specialty beers, food; Includes guitar auction. Benefits United Way of Comal County. Features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wines. All four days filled with vintner and music events, wine & food samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. 830-629-5077. Event Web

Oct 7-8, 2016 - ARTS, CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES SHOW: Bertram, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 430 TX 29. 9a-4p. Annual event. 512-269-3069

Oct 7-8, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY SHOOT OUT BBQ COOKOFF - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER: Leander, at VFW 10427, 8760 RR 2243. Live auction with great items to bid on and enjoy along with multiple raffle opportunities such as a "Spirit Wagon" full of donated libations. Non-profit organization, all proceeds to local community. Free admission. Jerry Manas, 512-803-9557, hillcountryshootout@gmail.com

Oct 7-9, 2016 - PIG ROAST EVENT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 N. Fri 7a to Sun 1p. Proceeds benefit Cherokee Home for Children. Annual event with Poker Run, Bike Show, free camping on the Pedernales River, self-contained RV area. BBQ on Saturday, bands Friday and Saturday night and more. $25 per person, age 6 and up. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Must have ID. Children and dogs allowed (but must be on leashes). Event Web. Sandie Benoist, 512-556-5579

Oct 7-9, 2016 - TEXAS MESQUITE ARTS 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 7-10, 2016 - KATHLEEN MARIE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: Johnson City, at 491 Wildwood Ln. Sat 10-6p, Sun 11a-6p. Live music both days. 830-868-0335. Celebrate art, music and nature. Annual event by Kathleen Marie Wilson (www.kathleenmariestudio.com, pyrographic artist).

Oct 8, 2016 - OKTOBERFEST: Bandera, at Grace Lutheran Church, 451 TX 173 North. Food, beverages, vendor booths. Wear your best Oktoberfest outfit and enter it to be judged. 830-796-1363. Web

Oct 8, 2016 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MUSICFEST: Bandera, at 11th St Cowboy Bar. 6p. Annual Fundraiser benefiting local Wounded Warriors, Breast Cancer Research and Education in Bandera. Live Music, food vendors, live auction and raffle. Melinda, 830-796-5726 Event Web

Oct 8, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Oct 8, 2016 - SILVER STARS & SIX GUN GALA: San Marcos, at Embassy Suites. Welcomes Texas Rangers, Past and Present, their families and descendants, as well as all the other members we call friends. 888-766-4055. Web

Oct 8, 2016 - HERB & ART FESTIVAL: Lampasas, at Sculpture Garden, in Campbell Park, 501 East North Avenue. 10a-6p. Offers a full day of fun for all ages...so bring your lawn chairs and get ready for a JAMMIN' Good Time! 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Oct 8, 2016 - FORT CROGHAN DAY: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 9a-3p. See real live blacksmiths, sugar cane made into syrup, bread baked in a wood burning stove, or visit a one-room school house and "do your lessons" on a slate board. Millie Williams, 512-756-8281. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsOct 8, 2016 - 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 8, 2016 - 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

Oct 8, 2016 - OLD BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE GALA: Blanco, at Historic Courthouse. 6-9p. Annual event with live and silent auctions, Texas Hold'em Tournament, live music, family festival, dance, dinner, wine and beer. 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

Oct 8, 2016 - SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW: San Marcos, at Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Drive. 10a-6p. Powwow and Indian market. Reuniting Eagle & Condor. 512-393-3310. Sponsor Web Texas Master Gardeners

Oct 8, 2016 - GARDENSCAPE "FUN"DAMENTALS: Blanco, at Blanco High School Ag Bldg, 1215 Fourth Street. 9a-4p. See the Master Gardening experts for answers to your questions about a wide variety of topics pertaining to hill country home gardening, landscaping, and living with nature. Exhibits, seminars, vendors, demonstrations, food, children's activities & door prizes. 830-868-7167. Sponsor Web

Oct 8-9, 2016 - KERR COUNTY CELTIC FESTIVAL & SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES: Ingram, at Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. 8a-8p. Song and dance, and Scottish athletics. Games, pipers, dancers, stone and wood carvers. Work shops for beginners, Celtic art, clothing and food vendors and much more. $10. Annual event. Event Web

Oct 8-9, 2016 - HOGTOBERFEST: Brady, at G Rollie White Complex. Hog wrestling, hog hunting, poker run, live music, dance. Go hog wild! Cost: $5/day. Annual event. 325-597-3491. Sponsor Web

Oct 8-9, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY ARTS, CRAFTS & ANTIQUE FAIRE: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 9, 2016 - FRONTIER TIMES MUSEUM COWBOY CAMP: Bandera, at 510 13th Street. 1-5p. Enjoy traditional cowboy music. You are welcome to bring your guitar and join in the song circle. Bring your own refreshment and chair. Free annual event. 830-796-3864. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Oct 13-15, 2016 - KYLE FAIR & MUSIC FEST: Kyle, at Central Texas Speedway. 5p-midnight. Carnival, go-carting. Annual event. Kyle Chamber of Commerce, 512-268-1114. Chamber Web; Event Web

Oct 14-16, 2016 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY INVITATIONAL ART SHOW & SALE: Boerne, at Cana Ballroom at St Peter's Church, 202 W Kronkosky. Boerne Area Artists Association. 830-816-2345. Web

Oct 14-16, 2016 - SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at various venues around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature 20+ song-packed shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of finely-crafted songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play "in-the-round", Nashville-style. The performance stages will be hosted by various hot spots located along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs. No wristbands necessary because daily admission is absolutely free for everyone! Capping off the excitement of each day, the Main Stage will host an elite headliner showcase that will feature some very extraordinary songwriting talent. Jim Halfpenny, 512-659-1576, Event Web

Oct 14-16, 2016 - OKTOBERFISCH FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: Junction, at Morgan Shady RV Park. 10a-4p. 830-998-2477. www.junctiontexas.net. Annual event sponsored by Sponsor Web

Oct 14-16 & Oct 21-23, 2016 - PARADE OF HOMES: Fredericksburg and the Highland Lakes. 10a-6p. A public tour of 10 beautifully decorated custom homes. Presented by the Hill Country Builders Association. $10/weekend. Annual event. 830-798-2266. Sponsor Web

Oct 15, 2016 - PET FEST: San Marcos, at Plaza Park, 401 Hopkins. 8a-5p. Pet contests, 5K run/walk, pet adoptions, dancing dogs, music, kid's activities. Well-mannered pets on leashes are welcome. Dogs, cats, ferrets, snakes, reptiles have all come to Pet Fest. Free, annual event. Pet Prevent A Litter (PALS), www.preventalitter.com/pet-fest

Oct 15, 2016 - COSTUMED PET PARADE: Wimberley. Prizes. Robin McCullough, 512-847-3333. Sponsor Web

Oct 15, 2016 - BESTFEST: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, 11a-11p. Specialty beer and sausage tasting; multi-gun drawing; Kawasaki mule drawing; bucket drawing (10 item minimum); kids' games and activities; live polka band and dancing. Event Web

Oct 15, 2016 - OKTOBERFEST: Leakey, Chamber Arena, N of town. 10a-6p. Arts, crafts, food booths, live music, mechanical bull, bounce house, face painting, pony rides, biergarten, chili cook-off. $5. Annual event. 830-232-5222. Chamber Web

Oct 15, 2016 - SCULPTURE ON MAIN: Marble Falls, on Historic Main Street. Food, wine and live music along with the sculptures, closes with an announcement of the winning works. All of the sculpture entries remain on display and are for sale for an entire year following the day’s festivities. Supports Marble Falls Community Arts Program. 830-693-2815, info@marblefalls.org Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 15, 2016 - PONT VENTURE FALL FLING: Point Venture, at POA Community Center, 555 Venture Blvd South (just down from Lago Vista on the peninsula). 2p-8p. A community family event presented by Point Venture Lions and POA, Car show, games, food, dog parade, live music. Cost: Free. Annual event. Chuck Lamber, 713-248-6337. Sponsor Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife DeptOct 15, 2016 - RANCH HERITAGE DAY: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road. Family event featuring ranch skills, music and stories. Attractions include antique tractors, chuck wagon cooking, horse training clinic, trick roping, working dogs with sheep and goats, covered wagon rides and a giant rocking horse. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web

Oct 15, 2016 - KYLE FOUNDERS PARADE: Kyle, Center St, downtown. 10a-11a. Free. City Web

Oct 15-16, 2016 - CHALK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza in downtown. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 10a-4p. Chalk art on the pavement. A celebration of art, family and community. Artwork, entertainment, food. Free, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. Event Web

Oct 15-16, 2016 - TEXAS PRESENTATIONS ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, at Comfort Park, 403 Hwy 27. Sun 10-4. Fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. Annual event. 830-329-2870. Event Web, Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 15-16, 2016 - TEXAS TRAPPERS & FUR HUNTERS FALL RENDEZVOUS: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 9a-10p. 325-446-3190. Chamber. Annual event with exhibitors and classes on such things as on line trapping, skinning, etc. Event Web

Oct 15-16, 2016 - BOERNE OKTOBERFEST: Boerne, at Historic downtown, Olde Town Shopping Center. Sat: Noon-Midnight, Sun: Noon-6p. A celebration of Bavarian Culture, History and...Great Beer! Hhighlighting German culture and Boerne's German heritage. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Oct 21-22, 2016 - 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 21-22, 2016 - KYLE HOGWASH: Kyle, at Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center Street. Fri: 3p-11p (carnival & cook-off only), Sat: noon-11p. This family-fun festival, which takes its name from Central Texas' undeniable feral hog population, has a variety of activities and events for all. In addition to presentations, products and services aimed at assisting in feral hog and overall wildlife management, attendees will enjoy family activities, carnival and amusements games and a Lonestar Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off. See a cooking stage featuring local notable chefs showcasing the many ways in which feral hog can be prepared. Kyle Hogwash will also be the home of Hammerschlagen, one of the easiest games to play...and the hardest to master! Live music. Free admission. New annual event. www.kylehogwash.com. Cindy Stohr, 512-938-8098

Oct 21-23, 2016 - KERR COUNTY FAIR: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, Hwy 27 E. Provides residents of Kerr County and adjacent counties an opportunity to exhibit their finished skills and recognizes their achievements. Includes parade through downtown Kerrville, carnival, contests, scholarship pageants, 4H & FFA livestock exhibits, food & drink, music, dancing, team roping and the exciting bull and barrel contest. Chili and barbeque cook-offs (CASI & CTBA sanctioned), petting zoo and pony rides. Old-fashioned family fun with something for everyone! 830-792-8331. Event Web

Oct 22, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636 Wine

Oct 22, 2016 - 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 National%20Park%20Service

Oct 22, 2016 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 5-10p. Experience the LBJ Ranch as 1960s guests from around the world were entertained. Live music. 830-868-7128 x231. Event Web, NPS Web, Friends Web

Oct 22, 2016 - SINGER-SONGWRITER COMPETITION: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. Beer, wine & food available. 713-851-0163. Web

Oct 22, 2016 - LAMPASAS COUNTY WINE TOUR: Lampasas. 8:30a-5:30p. Tickets include chartered transportation to 5 award winning wineries: Texas Legato, Pillar Bluff, Fiesta Winery, Alamosa Wine Cellar, Wedding Oak Winery. Receive a wine goodie bag and a picnic pack to enjoy on your tour of the wineries. Get wine tasting tips and information. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Oct 22, 2016 - KERR COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Kerrville, at 10a. Parade Route: turning left on Water Street proceeding east, parade will disband on Water Street at “E” or “F” Streets. No registration fees. 830-257-6833. Event Web

Oct 22, 2016 - 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 22-23, 2016 - FALL INTO ART FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at Gruene Lake Village Main Street District, at 2339 Gruene Lake Drive. Artists from all over the nation will display their masterpieces. food trucks will attend to the famished. Entertainment, drawings, kids art area and more! Free!! Free shuttle rides to the festival from Double Rockin'R parking lot off Loop 337. Cost: Free. Annual event. Event Web

Oct 22-23, 2016 - TEXAS CLAY FESTIVAL: Gruene, at the Buck Pottery. Potters and sculptors from around the state display and sell their wares and demonstrate techniques. Kid's activities. 830-629-7975. Web

Oct 22-23, 2016 - THE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center. 10a-6p. The Artists Alliance of the Hill Country proudly sponsors the works of 60 juried artists from all over Texas, as well as Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming with original live music every hour on the hour. Mercer Street Dance Hall adult beverages are available on site. Free annual show. www.theshowspotlight.com. Taylor Dueker, 512-699-3426, info@artistsalliancehc.com

Oct 27-Dec 2, 2016 - 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 29, 2016 - SALT AND LIGHT FESTIVAL: Kyle, 400 W Center Street. 5a-10:30p. BBQ, games worship concert, guest speaker. Free annual event. Lydia Smith, 512-786-3513

Oct 29, 2016 - HARVEST FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN RUN: Kerrville, at Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive. 9a-12. Cost: Free. Annual event. Family event, wear costume, entertainment, food, bounce houses, face painting. Followed by Pumpkin Run. Sponsor Web

Oct 29, 2016 - LLANO RIVER PUMPKIN FLOAT: Llano, along the banks of the Llano River in Badu Park, near the dam, with the pumpkins glowing and floating as soon as it gets dark. 5:30-8:30p. Pumpkin carving demonstrations. The float will cancel immediately in the event of inclement weather. Cost: Free. Annual event. Cheryl Quallenburg, 512-417-9274. Event Web

Oct 29, 2016 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free. Event Web. 210-663-9046

Oct 29, 2016 - HUNTER'S GAME DINNER & DANCE: Bandera, at Farm Country Club. Events include a washers tournament, dinner, dance, and concert. Free annual event. 830-589-7225. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Oct 29, 2016 - HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION: Comfort, at Muleshoe Farm, 306 TX 87. Noon-9p.fall harvest and Halloween festival for all ages in Comfort, TX. It features craft and food vendors, a children's area, live music, livestock exhibits, and children's storytelling. International folk guitar master Klaus Weiland will share old music made new. There will be two performances by Last Chance Forever, offering an up close look at majestic birds of prey. All day, enjoy nature and agricultural demonstrations with live animals, blacksmithing, local herbs, and more. Children are invited to compete in a costume contest, and adults can pit themselves against pastry in a pie-eating contest. Graham Warwick continues the celebration through the evening with live music. After dark, guests are invited to enjoy an owl walk, a one-of-a-kind adventure of seeing owls in their natural habitat on our torch-lit trail, led by an experienced guide. Annual event. Roxana Orrell, 830-431-0259. Event Web

Oct 29-30, 2016 - TRAIN SHOW JAMBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Special Large Lego Layout, Our layout where kids run the trains, 6 other layouts, over 350 tables with all train items for sale, 8 vendors from out of state. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $8 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web

Oct 29-30, 2016 - FALL ARTS ROUNDUP: Spicewood, at LaCabana Grill, 21103 TX 71 West. Sat: 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-4p. 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. Web

Oct 29-30, 2016 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com. Event Web, Venue Web

Oct 30, 2016 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES TURKEY SHOOT: Fredericksburg at Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from FBG out Tivydale Rd (FM 2094). 11a to dusk. Annual fundraiser event, Prize drawings, live turkey head shoot, sight-in-range, bow & arrow, no hand guns. Food and refreshments. 830-456-2698. Event Web


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Nov 4, 2016 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES TURKEY SHOOT: Fredericksburg at Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from FBG out Tivydale Rd (FM 2094). 11a to dusk. Annual fundraiser event, Prize drawings, live turkey head shoot, sight-in-range, bow & arrow, no hand guns. Food and refreshments. 830-456-2698. Event Web

Nov 4, 2016 - HUNTER'S ROUNDUP: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 6-12p. Music, food for everyone to enjoy, vendor booths and exhibits, numerous community and civic group raffles and the Chamber's own 30 gun Monster Raffle. 830-278-3361. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 4, 2016 - HUNTERS' WELCOME: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Nov 4, 2016 - HUNTER'S APPRECIATION: Llano, Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. 9a-6p. Held on the eve of Opening Day of deer season the Chamber ushers in hunting season with free goody bags, information, hunting guides, food and drink for our incoming hunter population. Rifle raffle. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 4-5, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY WESTERN SHOWCASE: Blanco, at 1915 US 281 North. 8:30a-6p. Experience our western heritage by touring the museum with a vast collection of buggies, wagons, carriages, and antiques. Live entertainment and re-enactments, authentic chuck wagon fare, vendors, kid friendly activities. Cost: $5, kids under 5 free. 830-833-5708. Sponsor Web.

Nov 4-5, 2016 - HUNTERS' EVENTS: Junction. Fri, lunch: at West Bear Creek General Store; Sat, lunch: at Simon Bros-Roosevelt; and Sat, breakfast: at London Community Center. Free, annual events. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Nov 4-6, 2016 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Fri: Noon-6p, Sat: 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. Web. Johnny Amirhosseini, 210-410-0737

Nov 4, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Drive through a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with 1 million lights & 100 displays & animation. 830-743-1293, Event Web

Nov 4, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 - SANTA'S RANCH: New Braunfels, at 9561 IH-35 North. Sun-Thurs: 6p-10p; Fri-Sat: 6p-11p. Drive through a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with 1 million lights & 100 displays & animation. 830-743-1293, mlbass@gvtc.com, Event Web

Nov 4-13, 2016 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels, at Landa Park, 178 Landa Park Dr. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 5, 2016 - CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. Andy Berry, 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Nov 5, 2016 - VETERAN'S DAY PARADE: San Marcos, downtown. Free breakfast 8:30a; Parade 8:30a-Noon. Sponsored by the city. Event Web

Nov 5, 2016 - DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY: Dripping Springs, at Verdes Mexican Parrilla, 16018 Hamilton Pool Road. 11a-8p. Enjoy the traditions of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) with music, art, dancing and shopping in the mercado lined with art, home decor, and wares from local businesses. Artists and students will create ofrendas (celebration of life alters). Members of the community are welcome to create their own alters to celebrate the life of a loved one. Hosted by Decorator for Hire, food and drink specials and a unique menu to celebrate the holiday. Alicia Autrey, 512-484-5808, Event Web

Ranch Park Nov 5, 2016 - RAINWATER REVIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. 10a-4p. Rainwater Revival is a celebration of collection, conservation and common sense - a day filled with informative and entertaining presentations by professionals and users of rainwater, water conservation-related business vendor booths, rainwater system displays, and plenty of experts to provide guidance and services, as well as food booths, shopping, live music, kids activities. Annual event, free, sponsored by Hill Country Alliance (Sponsor Web). Kathi Thomas, 512-479-9426, Event Web

Nov 5, 2016 - UTOPIA ARTS & CRAFTS FALL FAIR: Utopia, at Town Square, Hwy 187. 9a-4p. 60+ vendors of locally handmade arts & crafts. Food, music, silent auction. Texas Folk story teller, Sponsored by Utopia Arts and Crafts Guild. Free. Diana Wise, 830-966-4159. Facebook

Nov 5, 2016 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet, at Historic downtown square. 8a. Annual event. Cindy Lamb, 512-756-5738. Chamber Web

Nov 5, 2016 - PLEASANT HILL SCHOOLHOUSE ANNUAL SMORGASBORD: Johnson City, at Rocky Community Schoolhouse (7 mi W of town, just off US 290, on Rocky Rd), 5-8p. 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. Meal by donation. All proceeds benefit worthy community organizations in the Texas Hill Country. 830-868-9075, Facebook

Nov 5, 2016 - HERBSTFEST: Fredericksburg, at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street. 6:30p. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert of German folk songs and lead a sing-along. Light refreshments served. Free admission, donations accepted. Sponsor Web. 830-456-1713

Nov 6, 2016 - EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT: Dripping Springs, at 332 Mercer Street Dance Hall. 11a-3p. Support for neighbors in need. 512-858-4740. Web

Nov 6-8, 2016 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Thurs: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Nov 7-14, 2016 - KINDERHALLE WITH WURSTFEST: New Braunfels. The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Wurstfest to provide unique family activities at the Landa Recreation Center during the ten day festival. All shows are family friendly and FREE with paid admission to Wurstfest. 830-221-4370. Web
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Nov 8-10, 2016 - WINE TOURISM CONFERENCE: Fredericksburg. Details to follow. Event Web

Nov 10-13, 2016 - WIMBERLEY ALIVE! ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Wimberley, downtown and at the Community Center. Presented by Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance, there will be two artists' villages sponsored by WVAL, and 5 stages of live music. Many food vendors, demonstrations and fun for all. Free, annual event. The festival leads up to the Empty Bowls Wimberley event put on by Crisis Bread Basket project on the last day. Cathy Moreman, 512-847-2201, Sponsor Web

Nov 11, 2016 - WINE & WASSAIL WALK: San Marcos, at Downtown Square. 5:30p-8:30p. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer that includes a progressive tour of retail businesses serving a variety of wines, homemade wassail, and paired hors d'oeuvres. Kick off the holiday season with exclusive shopping specials at retailers. Take a horse-drawn carriage around the Courthouse Square for a guided historic tour. Proceeds benefit United Way of Hays County and downtown improvements by the Main Street Program. Cost: $25. 512-393-8430. Event Web

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2016 - 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 11-12, 2016 - CIVIC CLUB HOME TOUR: Wimberley. 10a-5p. Tour beautiful homes. Tickets available. Annual fundraising event. 512-573-5732. Sponsor Web

Ft Martin ScottNov 11-12, 2016 - FRONTIER DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Ft Martin Scott, on US 290. 10a-5p. An all day re-enactment scenario from 1850 with live action shoot-outs, horses and wagons, canon firing, pioneer crafts and chunk wagon food. Free, donation, annual event.

Nov 11-13, 2016 - KID N' EWE FIBER FESTIVAL: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairground, 1307 River Rd, East on TX 46. Annual event for spinners, knitters, weavers, felters and other fiber arts enthusiasts. Great shopping & innovative workshops, there is something for everyone. Show and sales of fiber producing animals, supplies for dyeing spinning, knitting, and weaving. Demonstrations, workshops, and sales of finished products made from natural home grown fiber. 832-584-4695. Event Web

Nov 11-13, 2016 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: Fredericksburg, at Zion Lutheran Church Hall, 424 W Main Street. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Event Web

Nov 11-13, 2016 - FISCHER FEST: Fischer, at Fischer Hall. Operated by 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. 512-538-5230. Event Web

Nov 12, 2016 - AMERICAN LEGION VETERAN'S PARADE: Blanco, at downtown courthouse square. 10a (parade line up at 8:30a at Buggy Barn Museum). One of the many services provided by American Legion is honoring its veterans and active military with an annual parade. If you are a veteran you are invited to ride on our "Veterans Float of Honor", and thank you to each and every one of you for your service. Not a veteran? Come out and show your appreciation of these men and women who have served or who continue to serve to protect your freedom. Our veterans appreciate your support! Fundraiser lunch immediately following parade, at SE corner of Old Courthouse Square, cost $8. Roxie Avants, 512-627-0584, roxannaavants@yahoo.com

Nov 12, 2016 - HUNTERS' FAJITA LUNCH: Junction. Sat: at HC Sporting Goods. Free, annual event. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Nov 12, 2016 - CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE: Liberty Hill, at BSB Activity Center, 30280 Cougar Bend. 9a-3p. Vendors and artisans featuring home decor, jewelry, accessories, crafts, baked goods, more. Lindsey Cox, 830-438-3111. Chamber Web, www.bsbac.com

Nov 12, 2016 - FELLOWSHIP HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Liberty Hill, at 3600 RR 1869. 9a-3p. Shop vendors of arts and crafts to start your holiday shopping. Food, Silent Auction, Free Pictures with Santa, Bounce House. Sponsored by Footsteps and Fellowship Academy. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Nov 12, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Nov 12, 2016 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 8a-4p. Free participant space. Annual event sponsored by OBCCPS. Lesley, 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

Nov 12-13, 2016 - FALL CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Nov 13, 2016 - EMPTY BOWLS WIMBERLEY: Wimbeley, downtown. 11a-2p. Buy beautiful handmade and decorated bowls, eat soup, listen to the live music, and enjoy the celebration of Crisis Bread Basket that has been feeding those in need for 30 years. The event will be on the last day of Wimberley ALIVE! Music and Arts Festival. Cost: donation. Annual event. 512-847-5323. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Nov 15, 2016 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Comfort, downtown. 4-9p. Stores stay open late for a fabulous evening of shopping for the ladies. Refreshments & music. Stores are decorated for the Christmas season and brimming with gift-item treasurers. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Nov 18, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL BAKE SALE: Stonewall, at Weinheimer & Son. 8:30 until sold out. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards historic school preservation projects at Williams Creek. 830-685-3321. Web

Nov 18, 2016 - DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTING & SANTA'S ARRIVAL: New Braunfels. Beginning 6p. A free event celebrating the spirit of the season in Historic Downtown New Braunfels. Hosted by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Association. Downtown Association will be selling treats and photo opportunities with Santa on the bandstand. 830-221-4370. Web

Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Park. 6-10p. 2+ million lights transform Lakeside Park. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, get a photo with Santa, and take a stroll through the breathtaking winter wonderland that is Walkway of Lights. Open nightly, outdoors, weather permitting. 844-635-4448. Event Web

Nov 18-19, 2016 - HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway Hammond, 1601 S Water Street. Free annual event. 512-756-6180. Chamber Web

Nov 18-19, 2016 - WINE AND DINE FESTIVAL: Horseshoe Bay. Mission is to expose the public to the merits and importance of Texas wine and food by spotlighting the best wines, foods, chefs and restaurants in our state and to raise funds for much needed Texas wine research as well as for other worthy healthcare needs. 830-598-2511. Sponsor Web

Nov 18-19, 2016 - SLEIGHBELL BOUTIQUE: Kerrville, at Inn of the Hills Hotel & Conference Center, 1001 Junction Hwy. Fri 9a-6p. Sat 9a-4p. Hill Country Shopping Extravaganza. Benefits YMCA. 830-285-8664. Event Web

Nov 18-20, 2016 - WEIHNACHTSMARKT: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, downtown. 10a-6p. Annual outdoor shopping extravaganza, this Christmas Market is reminiscent of outdoor markets in Germany. Unique decorations, specialty items, fits, antiques, and wide array of merchants and artisans. Children can visit with Santa at breakfast. Sponsored by Sophienburg Museum. 830-629-1572. Web

Nov 18-20, 2016 - HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE: Wimberley, Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. Fri: 10a-8p; Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: Noon-4p. Wimberley Valley Art League is home to 186 area artists who stage an annual show. This three-day event will highlight painters, jewelers, potters, photographers and many more artistic technicians. C'mon and see for yourself: a "Meet the Artists" reception is Fri from 5-8p with food and drinks. Free, annual event. Wimberley Valley Art League, Lynn Myers, 512-826-4286, Sponsor Web

Nov 19, 2016 - HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & COURTHOUSE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza & City Hall, 700 Main Street. 6p-8p. Officially welcome the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Parade downtown Kerrville on Water St. Lighting ceremony at Kerr County Courthouse. Parade route: Steps off at the corner of the G Street Bridge and Water St then travels W on Water St to the Star and then turns right and goes N up Earl Garrett and ends at the Kerr County Courthouse. Annual free event. 830-257-8000. Sponsor Web

Nov 19-20, 2016 - 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! 830-329-2870. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Nov 20, 2016 - WINE & SWINE: Bee Cave, at Star Hill Ranch,15000 Hamilton Pool Road. 1-4p. Authentic pig roast. Dine, premium drinks, live music, dance and have fun. Sponsored by and supports Austin Food and Wine Alliance. Sponsor Web

Nov 24-Dec 31, 2016 - CHRISTMAS LIGHT FEST: Welfare, at Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road. 6-9p. Annual event. Drive through two scenic miles of two million twinkling lights. Santa's village, food, drink craft booths, Santa. Cost: $27 per vehicle. 210-570-7669, Event Web

Nov 25, 2016 - TREE LIGHTING & SANTA'S ARRIVAL: Bee Cave, at Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 6p-9p. Enjoy holiday music, face painting, and holiday carolers! The fun starts at 6p, then Santa will arrive at 7pm along with the lighting of the holiday tree, and fireworks show. Free annual event. Courtney Bunte, 512-402-9135, Web, info@hillcountrygalleria.com

Nov 25, 2016 - SING ALONG AND LIGHT THE SQURE: Blanco, downtown, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 5:15p Gathering of "Courthouse Steps Carollers". The official start of the holiday season, the Annual Courthouse Lighting. Bring your family and friends to the Courthouse to watch the lights come on at 6p. Live music, Santa, local shops open with music and refreshments. Blanco Chamber of Commerce, 830-833-5101, 830-833-5348, Chamber Web

Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. Includes skate rental. 830-997-6597. Event Web

Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 6, 2017 MILL POND LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARK: San Saba, at Mill Pond Park, 1800 US 190, E of town. Nightly. Sun-Thu: Dust-10p. Fri-Sat: Dust-Midnight. Over 30 acres of dazzling lights set to synched music on radio 88.7 FM. 325-372-8291, Chamber Web

Nov 25, 2016 - HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY: Fredericksburg, at the Courthouse and Marktplatz, 100 W Main Street. 6:30p: Entertainment begins; 7p: Lighting. Enjoy the town's rich German heritage with caroling and refreshments before the lights on the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid are turned on. Santa, free refreshments, live entertainment. 830-997-6523. Web

Nov 25-26, 2016 - DICKENS ON MAIN: Boerne, at Hill Country Mile, Main Street. 4a-10p. Annual event, with food, drink, costumed shopkeepers, wassail, arts and crafts, caroling, Santa, stage & street performers, carriage rides. Mary Woods, 830-248-1617, Web

Nov 25-27, 2016 - PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Three buildings full of unique vendors during Thanksgiving weekend. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Fee required. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. Annual event. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web

Nov 25-Dec 31, 2016 - 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 6-9p. Located on the N side of Llano River just W of the Bridge off of Legion Dr. Every Fri and Sat Night until 8p, live entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand. Lighted 55 ft Christmas tree and 30 ft snowman. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Sat: Snow Day, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 25-Jan 1 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:
www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Nov 25-Jan 1, 2016 - LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: Bandera. 100+ lighted Christmas Trees along with merchant displays. Lights are turned on every evening from 6-9p Free annual event. 830-796-4447. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Nov 26, 2016 - LOCAL ARTIST ART WALK: Blanco, downtown, at Old Blanco County Courthouse lawn. 11a-3p. Live music and refreshments. Shop Small Saturday. Blanco Chamber of Commerce, 830-833-5101, 830-833-5348, Chamber Web

Nov 26, 2016 - LIGHTED HOOVES & WHEELS PARADE: Johnson City, at Courthouse Square. Clickety Cloggers will start off the second night of Lights Spectacular with a performance in the street in front of the Courthouse on the Square at 5:30p. Highlight of the evening will be the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade at 6:30p and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park on Main Street. Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open. Court House lobby will be filled with the Garden Club's Christmas ornaments and crafts. Carriage rides and hayrides will be available. See more details in Lights Spectacular event described above, and other holiday events in JC described below. 830-868-7684. Chamber Web National%20Park%20Service

Nov 26, 2016 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Nov 26, 2016 - HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Uvalde. 9a-6p. Downtown Uvalde Square, 830-278-3361. Chamber Web

Nov 26, 2016 - 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

Nov 26, 2016 - CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT: Comfort. 150+ Arts & Crafts booths; food court; holiday activities. 10a-9p. Shops decorated for Christmas & brimming with gifts. Musical Entertainment. Library book sale. Visit from Santa for photos. Lighted Christmas Parade. Free, no pets. 830-995-3131. Chamber Web Small Business Saturday Shopping Holiday

Nov 26, 2016 - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:
At local merchants throughout the Texas Hill Country. The day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants. Held on the Sat after Thanksgiving.
Sponsor Web

Nov 26, 2016 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: Leakey, On the Square. 9a-4p. Santa 10a-noon, 1-3p. Arts, crafts, food booths. 830-591-4736. Chamber Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife DeptNov 26, 2016 - 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 26, 2016 - LLANO GUN, GALS & GOURMET SHOW: Llano, Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Sat: 10a-5p. 817-296-7844. Web

Nov 26-Dec 29, 2016 - TRAIL OF LIGHTS: Wimberley, at 1101 FM 2325. Trail is open nightly: Sun–Thur: 6p–9p and Fri-Sat: 6p–10p. Lights on rain or shine. Stroll along a walking trail through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by 100+ local businesses, community groups and families! Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment (weather permitting). Free admission. Donations appreciate. Annual event. Produced by Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens. 512-847-6969. See schedule at: Event Web

Nov 30, 2016 - SANTA'S ARRIVAL & TREE LIGHTING: Kyle, at City Square Park, 101 S Burleson Street. 4:30-9p. Santa will be available to take pictures. School choirs performing holiday songs, free activities for the children, food vendors. 512-268-4220. Chamber Web, Event Web

Nov 30, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY PECAN SHOW: Fredericksburg, at GC Agriculture Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road. Submit by Mon, Judging on Wed. Time: 8a. Admission: No cost. Regional Pecan Show is the following week. 830-997-3452. Web

Nov 30-Dec 3, 2016 - SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SAN MARCOS: San Marcos, at Plaza Park, 206 N CM Allen Parkway. Holiday fest features carnival, living Nativity, arts & crafts shopping, live music, entertainment, Santa, plus thousands of lights on the banks of the San Marcos river. 512-393-8400. Web


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

Nov 25-Jan 1 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:
www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Dec 1-17, 2016 - CHRISTMAS SHOPPE: Uvalde, at Herby Ham Activity Center, 248 FM 3447. 9a-4p. Local crafters and artisans display and sell their creations at a 2 week Christmas Shoppe. Come make your Christmas list complete by browsing our shoppe taking home items such as woodwork, needlework, soaps, metal art, specialty pecans, and more. Free annual event. Sue Rankin, 830-591-2711, Sponsor Web, uaacoffice@sbcglobal.net

Dec 1-31, 2016 - CHRISTMAS ON THE CREEK: Lampasas. Christmas on the Creek is a beautiful display of lights and other scenery that light up the Sulphur Creek in W.M. Brook Park during the Christmas Holiday! NEW THIS YEAR....The Twelve Days of Christmas Display, just one of many we hope you enjoy! 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Dec 1, 2016 - WASSAILFEST: New Braunfels, at downtown, 6-9p. Sample free wassail, live music, see holiday lights, and taste yummy festival food. 830-221-4350. Web

Dec 1, 2016 - HOLIDAZE EVENT - FAMILY FALL PARTY: Horseshoe Bay, at HSB Main St, Hwy 2147, in front of Bay Pharmacy & Rosanne Davis Designs buildings. 5:30-7:30p. Free hot dogs, refreshments & goodies! Kid's Corner. Music & entertainment. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsored by Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance. Sponsor Web

Dec 2, 2016 - COWBOY CAPITAL CHRISTMAS & SHOPPER'S JUBILEE: Bandera, downtown, 4:30p-9p. Lighting of Christmas tree at Courthouse, performances by youth choirs, live Nativity, arrival of Santa by wagon. Shopping along a luminaria-lit Main Street, carolers in period costume, shopkeepers serve cocoa, coffee, wine and cookies. Free annual event. 210-215-1995. Event Web, Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 2, 2016 - COWBOY CAPITAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT PARADE: Bandera, downtown, Main Street. Bring your lawn chair and watch for Santa while you enjoy the 1st ever holiday night parade down Main Street in Bandera. Hosted by the Bandera Chamber of Commerce. Free annual event. 830-796-3280. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 2, 2016 - LIGHT THE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE & HOLIDAY SHARING VILLAGE: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz. Parade 6:30p; After Glow Market 3-10p. Activities begin at 6:30p with a 12-minute laser light show on Marktplatz, facing the 100 block of W Main Street. "Afterglow" open on Marktplatz from 3-10p. when children's activities and holiday vendors will be featured. Free to the public and includes local foods, beer and wine, arts and crafts and entertainment. Rain or shine. 830-997-5000. Event Web

Methodist Church Dec 2-3, 2016 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: Johnson City. Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414. Web

Dec 2-4, 2016 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 2-18, 2016 - CHRISTMAS WINE AFFAIR: 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"

>> FLASH UPDATE: Due to projected inclement weather, many of the Dec 3rd & 4th events are being RESCHEDULED. Click on their web links below to see updates. <<

Dec 3, 2016 - 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 lunch and we give out presents and give the children rides, weather permitting. Usually we leave about 1-2p. 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 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: New Braunfels. 10a-5p. Annual event, visit 6 beautiful homes, historic to modern. 512-556-2224. 830-822-0620. Jan Morton, Event Web

Dec 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART: Brady, at McCulloch County Courthouse Square. 3P-dark. Flip the switch at 6p, bringing the park to life with sparking lights and dancing displays of Christmas cheer. Lighted Parade, lighting of the square, music, vendors, pictures with Santa, kids crafts, bounce houses, hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. 325-597-3491. Web

Dec 3, 2016 - COWBOY CAPITAL CAMP FIRE CHRISTMAS: Bandera. 5p. Gather on the banks of the Medina River at City Park to enjoy amazing displays of Christmas lights & holiday vignettes. At dark the Bandera County Christian Fellowship presents a Living Nativity. Then gather around the campfire & chuck wagon for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Bring your lawn chair. 830-796-4447. Hosted by the Bandera Chamber of Commerce. Free annual event. 30-796-3280. Event Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Dec 3, 2016 - ARTS@THE Y ARTS MARKET: Oak Hill, at 8600 US 290 W, at Circle Drive, at Stubb's BBQ. 11a-6p. Hosted by Artist Coalition in SW Austin area. Make plans to include something handmade on your shopping list. Step away from the turkey and pie, grab the relatives and head over for great finds, food, live music, puppet making and story telling, kids activities. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Diji, 512-636-8142

Dec 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR & MARKET: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Self-guidedTour: 10:30a-5p. Market: 9:30a-5p at Gillespie County Historical Society/Pioneer Museum Sanctuary at 312 W San Antonio Street. Tour historic buildings, enjoy live music and refreshments. Booklet and map at Museum. 830-990-8441. Free. Web

Dec 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Junction, 406 College Ave. 9a-3p. Vendors, raffle, lunch available. Free, annual event. 325-446-3621. Junction Chamber

Dec 3, 2016 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Fredericksburg, from 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Walk through distinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets required. Annual event. $25. 830-990-8441. Web

Dec 3, 2016 - CAROL OF LIGHTS: Lampasas, at downtown historic square. Kicks off with multi-colored strands of lights illuminating the Lampasas County Courthouse square, museum displays, classic cars, as well as a Mrs. Santa House, and, of course, a visitor from the north Pole in the form of Santa Claus. Gingerbread house display, Christmas tree display, and more. Diana Hodges 512-525-1871. Chamber Web

National%20Park%20Service Dec 3 (rescheduled to Dec 10), 2016 - "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 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS ON MERCER STREET: Dripping Springs, along Historical Mercer Street. 10a-5p. Free annual event. Live music, children activities, food, Santa, gift tour, lighting of tree. 512-858-4725. Web

Dec 3, 2016 - CHRISTMAS GALA - JINGLE BELLS & FANCY BOOTS: Leakey, at Frio Pecan Farm, 144 Red Wright Road. 5:30-11p. Social hour, dinner, dance. 830-591-4736. Chamber Web

Dec 3, 2016 - OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Leander, at 100 N Brushy Street. 10a. Town comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. Activities for the kids, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-259-1907. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Dec 3, 2016 - CULTURE CLUB HOME TOUR, SIP & STROLL, LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: Llano. Holiday events. Woman's Culture Club Home Tour: Tickets & map available at the Llano Visitor Center & Chamber or at the Culture Club Home at 200 West Sandstone. Sip 'N Stroll: On the Llano Courthouse Square as our local boutiques, restaurants and shops stay open just a bit later for your shopping convenience. Lighted Christmas Parade with Santa: 6:30 as it circles the Llano Courthouse. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dec 3, 2016 - BLANCO HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Blanco, at 1-5p. Take a tour of four beautiful local homes and (tentatively) the newly renovated Blanco Library! Your ticket is a brochure with detailed directions to the library and four homes. Sponsored by Blanco Woman's Club. Benefits Blanco Library. Annual event. Cost $25. 830-833-4280. Web

Dec 3, 2016 - BRYSON BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Leander, 501 Chitalpa Street. 10a-12p. Enjoy a variety of fun, family-friendly activities and breakfast, including complimentary pictures with Santa, Christmas letters to military, an omelet and waffle station, plus Bloody Mary's, mimosas and hot cocoa. Bring your friends and family and get in the holiday spirit! Free. 512-259-1035

Dec 3-4, 2016 - BUDAFEST: Buda, downtown, City Park, 204 San Antonio Street. 10a to dusk. Christmas parade, carnival, artisans, crafts, antiques, parade, carnival, food & drinks. Annual, free event. 512-422-7863. Web

Dec 3-4, 2016 - OMA'S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Annual event featuring "handcrafted in America" products. Anything from hand made beautiful jewelry to hand carved logs that have been turned into wonderful whimsical animals to be used as home or yard décor. Texas hand crafted wood items, home made jellies, hand crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand embroidered items "like your grandmother used to make" and hand painted bird feeders and bird houses that will surely please the most discerning back yard birds. Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, Host Web

Dec 4, 2016 - MAX'S HOLIDAY MARKET: Spring Branch/Bulverde, 5375 US-281. 11a-4p. Holiday Market of handmade artisan products. Live music. Free annual event. Amy Kirk, 512-761-1852, texasmademarket@gmail.com

National%20Museum Dec 7, 2016 - PEARL HARBOR OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Remember "the date that will live in infamy". 12:30a. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Dec 8-10, 2016 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: Canyon Lake. Below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: $3. 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324. Web

Methodist Church Dec 9-10, 2016 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: Johnson City. Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414. Web

Dec 9-11, 2016 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-4p, Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. An annual 3 day event held several times a year in various communities. Each event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. $10 Fri Early Buying Event, $5 Sat & Sun. Admission good for entire weekend once purchased. Web. Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743, cheri@vintagemarketdays.com

Dec 9-11, 2016 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web

National%20Park%20Service Dec 10 (rescheduled from Dec 3), 2016 - "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 10, 2016 - LIVING CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH PRESENTATION: Bulverde, at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 29797 US 281 North. 6:30p-10p. The Life of Christ is portrayed by live actors in period costumes. Stay in your car and drive through to see the scenes. Free. 830-228-5928. Event Web

Dec 10, 2016 - CANYON LAKE CHRISTMAS PARADE: Canyon Lake Area, in Sattler. Canyon Lake Noon Lions. 11a-1p. The Biggest Christmas Parade in Comal County! 1.5 miles of front row viewing along FM 2673 in downtown Sattler. Bring your lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot. The parade includes everything from your neighbors to our County Dignitaries. The parade kicks off at 11a with a flyover by the CAF. There are antique cars, marching bands, horses, the Alzafar Shriners and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. 830-899-4406. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Dec 10, 2016 - ST. JOSEPH’S HALLE CRAFT SHOW: Fredericksburg, 212 W San Antonio, from 9a-5p. Gree annual show features local artisans who will have hand crafted items including holiday décor, martin birdhouses, hand- knitted and crochet sweaters and scarves. One-of-a-kind felted purses and pillows, stylish fleece jackets, embroidery items and beautiful cutting boards will also be displayed. Lovely mosaic stained glass windows, heirloom silverplate spoon jewelry along with shabby chic hand painted furniture and vintage inspired garden items. 830-798-4040. Web

Dec 10, 2016 - BLANCO CHRISTMAS PARADE: Blanco, Courthouse Square, Santa in Bindseil Park at dark. Christmas Market. Parade at 6:30p, starts at Blanco HS and travels up to the Old Blanco County Courthouse. Live music. Annual event, free. 830-833-5101. Chamber Web

Dec 10, 2016 - CHRISTMAS AT FORT CROGHAN: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 5-8:30p. Visit Ft Croghan as it was in the 1800s. The cabins are decorated and staffed by families dressed in frontier attire. All are lit by kerosene lanterns and visitors are welcomed with hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Admission and parking are free. Along with the fort, the museum will be open for people to visit. 512-756-8281. Web

Dec 10, 2016 - WINTER'S EVE FESTIVAL ON THE SQUARE: Wimberley, 5-10p. Enjoy the enchanting lights and music of the season as you make your way around the Wimberley Square for holiday shopping. Shops open late. Live entertainment, Santa arrives at 6p, food & spirits. Free, annual event. Web. Robin McCullough, 512-847-3333

Dec 10, 2016 - KINDERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10a-11a. Children invited to bring their stockings to hang over the large hearth in the Kammlah House. While children are entertained with singing, stories and crafts, St. Nick drops in and fill their stockings. Annual event, free. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 10, 2016 - TANNENBAUM BALL: Fredericksburg. 6:30-11p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. An elegant evening of cocktails, seated dining, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets required. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 10, 2016 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: Burnet, on the Courthouse Square, 229 S Pierce. Annual event. Vendors open for shopping from 9a-9p. Music and live entertainment all day. Parade. Arts & crafts vendors, pictures with Santa, and the Great Bicycle Giveaway. Tammy, 512-756-4297. Chamber Web

Dec 11, 2016 - STAGE THEATRE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: Bulverde, at S.T.A.G.E., Inc. Theatre, Krause House, 1300 Bulverde Rd. 5:30-8:30p. Come by, visit with us, enjoy the music of the Comal Community Band and refreshments. Bring your children to visit with Santa. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Bulverde Provisions Food Pantry. Free admission. Annual event. Sponsor Web. Zada Jahnsen, 830-438-2339, stage@gvtc.com

Dec 12, 2016 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Dec 15-17, 2016 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: Canyon Lake. Below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: $3. 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324. Web

Dec 16, 2016 - CHRISTMAS AT BUGGY BARN MUSEUM: Blanco, at Buggy Barn Museum, 1915 US 281 North. 6-8p. Chuck-wagon chili and beans, hot chocolate, cowboy poetry, live music, carriage rides, Santa. Free, annual event. Please bring a child's Christmas gift. 512-825-6284, Sponsor Web. 512-833-5708

Dec 16-18, 2016 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Dec 17, 2016 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Jeks Pit Stop, 528 W Main St & 1110 E Main Street. 7a-1:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Dec 17, 2016 - CHRISTMAS CAROLLING BANDERA STYLE-SINGING IN THE SADDLE: Bandera, gather at Longhorn Saloon for a Christmas Caroling trail ride around Bandera, starts 3p. Bring a horse or rent one. Wagons available for non-riders. Chuck wagon waiting at the end of the ride for hot chocolate and cookies. 800-796-3600. Sponsor Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 18, 2016 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52, at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. 6p. Time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails lit to provide visitors a beautiful experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Dec 26, 2016 - CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 5-7p. Tour historic buildings at the Museum, enjoy live music and refreshments. 830-990-8441. Free. Web

Dec 26, 2016: ZWEITE WEIHNACHTEN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Historical Society, Social Hall, 312 W San Antonio. 2-5p. This "Second Christmas", the German tradition of good food, drink, music and fellowship with friends is hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club. Try a traditional baked Stollen or a glass of warm Gluhwein. 830-997-7928. FBG Web

Dec 31, 2016 - NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL: Luckenbach, at the Dance Hall. 8p-midnight. Two Step, Waltz, party favors, champagne toast. $35pp. No reservations, first come first serve. 830-997-3224. Web


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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