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JANUARY, 2017


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 Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Jan 1, 2017 - FIRST DAY HIKE: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 9-11a. Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead, and walk to the summit. Annual event. 830-644-2252. Web. See Parks

Jan 1, 2017 - POLAR BEAR SPLASH: Kyle, at Kyle City Pool, 1300 W Center St, 1p-5p. Free, family event. Light refreshments. You can also join the exclusive Polar Bear Club and get your name on the plaque for taking the splash. Taylor Ray: 512-268-4220; TRay@cityofkyle.com Event Web

Jan 1, 2017 - POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE: Hunt, at Mo-Ranch. 1p. Open to the public to come watch and enjoy! Free food for event sliders AND spectators, awards, door prizes, live music and polar bear fun! You can join the fun and slide down the 35-foot-high, 116-foot-long water slide, straight into the icy waters of the Guadalupe River. Slider registrations are accepted the day of the event. Fundraiser for Kerrville Young Life. 800-460-4401 x266. Web
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Jan 1, 2017 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. Noon-9p. Live entertainment. Free all day. 830-629-5077. Sponsor Web

Wine Jan 1, 2017 - NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION: Fredericksburg, at Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US-290 East. 10a-6p. If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. A Southern-style, annual jam session. Live band, sample the entries. 830-644-2829, Festival Web

Jan 1, 2017 - 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:
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Jan 1, 2017 - 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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2017 - 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, 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

Jan 1-2, 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

Jan 1-6, 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

Jan 5-6, 2017 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA youth projects. 830-868-7167. Web

Jan 5-7, 2017 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. Web, Map

Jan 5-7, 2017 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Fort Mason Park Community Building on Hwy 87. 325-347-6459. Chamber Web

Jan 8, 2017 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. Presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Jan 12, 2017 - 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 12-13, 2017 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at Show Barn. 830-232-6755. Web 1, Web 2, Facebook

Jan 12-14, 2017 - 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 12-14, 2017 - 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 12-14, 2017 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas, at Show Barn

Jan 12-14, 2017 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G. Rollie White Complex. Web

Jan 12-15, 2017 - CLAY CONTINUUM: San Marcos, at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. Four days! Four instructors! Intensive exploration of wheel, sculpture, hand building, and firing. Join Billy Ray Mangham, Bridget Hauser, Randy Brodnax, and this year’s special guest, Gaye Lynn Hodgson for a workshop you’ll never forget! Tuition of $500 includes clay, instruction, 5 great meals, and a life changing experience. 512-558-1723. Sponsor Web

Jan 12-Feb 5, 2017 - 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 13-17, 2017 - 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" Artists

Jan 14, 2017 - 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

Ranch Park Jan 14-28, 2017 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web1, Web2

Feb 15, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY BRIDAL SPECTACULAR: New Braunfels, Civic/Convention Center, at 375 S Castell Ave. Noon-5p. Photographers, caterers, bakers, florists, DJs, invitations, consultants, venues. 830-608-4578. www.atouchofstyle.net, www.hillcountrybridalspectacular.com

Jan 15-21, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

Science MillJan 17, 2017 - SNOW DAY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-2p. Outdoor Science & Art Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow! Special activities include an ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest and snowball radar throws. Members get in free. Sponsored by HEB. Cost: Members free. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Web

Jan 20, 2017 - JAZZ FESTIVAL: Wimberley, Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. Features famous and soon-to-be-famous jazz musicians from surrounding areas. 512-847-2515. Web

QuiltJan 20-21, 2017 - 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 21, 2017 - POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Lampasas, at Hancock Free Flow Swim Area. 10a-1p. Costume contest plus other swim games for the event. Refreshments. Event Web, Registration: Kim Watkins or Hailee Walker, 512-525-1269 or 828-238-2015, speer_12@hotmail

Jan 21, 2017 - 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 21, 2017 - LLANO HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO: Llano, at Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152. 9a-5p. Annual event. 325-247-5354: Free. Annual event. Event Web

Jan 21, 2017 - CHILI COOK-OFF: Fischer, at Fischer Store School Community Center, 12400 FM 32. 6-8p. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Board provides cornbread, desserts and beverages. All welcome. www.fischerstoreschoolcc.org. Ilia Morales: 830-935-2310

Jan 21-22, 2017 - 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 26-28, 2017 - UVALDE COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Uvalde, at Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Ln. 830-591-9040. Chamber Web

Jan 27-29, 2017 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. Fri-Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 10a-4p. Transports modern-day visitors into a time and place from far away. Occurring over a single weekend in January, a village's worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time. Live entertainment on 3 stages. The Merchant village of over 40 artisans will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and eclectic and unique crafts. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick. Admission charge. Event Web. Sponsor Web. Contact: Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Jan 28, 2017 - 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

Jan 28-29, 2017 - KERRVILLE WINTER MARKET: Kerrville, at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. Admission charge. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Science MillJan 28-29, 2017 - FACT OR FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: Noon-4p. Gather your team for the ultimate scavenger hunt. Are the clues fact or fiction? Choose wisely… Only the right choice will lead you to the treasure at the end. At least one person in the group will need a smartphone to participate. Free with paid admission. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Web


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FEBRUARY, 2017


Feb 3, 2017 - WOMEN'S RANCH SEMINAR: Fredericksburg, at the Farm Bureau, 237 Equestrian Drive. 9a-3p. This seminar will highlight where women can go to find guidance in overseeing the land, cattle or hunting, financial and estate planning. A meal is provided. Cost: Free. Res required by 1/20. Sponsor Web. Fran: 325-251-6668, franha@hctc.net
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Feb 3-10, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country starting in Albert, with overnight stops in: Blanco, Kendalia, Sisterdale and Peterson Ranch. Free to watch. Annual event. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

WineFeb 3-19, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVER'S CELEBRATION: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 4, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 5p. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 4, 2017 - LLANO TRADE DAYS (formerly City-Wide Garage Sale): Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Feb 4, 2017 - 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
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Feb 5, 2017 - BLANCO COWBOY BREAKFAST: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park. 5-7a. Kendalia. Join the Hill Country Trail Riders for breakfast before they head out on the last leg of their ride. Breakfast by donation. Annual event. Sponsor Web

Delicious FoodFeb 7, 2017 - 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 10-11, 2017 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 8:30-10p. Annual campout and Valentine's Ball with a name musician. Free live music; tickets for concerts. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 10-12, 2017 - 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 11, 2017 - VOLKSSPORTVEREIN FRIEDRICHSBURG VOLKSWALK (WALKING TOUR): Fredericksburg. www.walktx.org/AVA1. The Texas Volkssport Association hosts an annual wine and cheese social hour at the St. Joseph's Hall on New Year Eve followed by a 10K Volksmarch which traditionally starts right at midnight as the church bells around the city ring in the New Year. This traditional event began back in the mid 1980's and has became the highlight of the holiday walking season. Walkers enjoy the Christmas lights on residences and on the store fronts along Main Street. Dave Roberts, 410-693-9829

Feb 11, 2017 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web Artists

Feb 11, 2017 - 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 11, 2017 - BOOTS & BBQ: Marble Falls, at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6:30-11:30p. Dance, auction, food & entertainment.CASA of Highland Lakes 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. 325-388-3440. Web

Feb 11, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY DOLL SHOW & SALE: New Braunfels, at the Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 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 11-12, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY HOME & GARDEN EXPO: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: 10a-3p. Annual event featuring innovation, demonstrations, ideas and design, for the whole family to enjoy! 830-992-5074. Event Web. Venue Web

Feb 12, 2017 - 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

Feb 12, 2017 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. 5:30p. Screening of short films. Presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Feb 16-18, 2017 - 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

Feb 17-19, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Mt. Wesley Conference Center. 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 17-19, 2017 - GRTU TROUTFEST - FLY FISHING BANQUET & EXPOSITION: New Braunfels, at L&L Campground, 11699 River Road. Outdoors banquet and Expo on the Guadalupe River. Fly tiers, kid fish pond, fly casting lessons and educational classes will provide enjoyment for the whole family! Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Feb 18, 2017 - SMOKEHOUSE SECRETS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Discover how sausage, bacon and ham were cured a century ago. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Feb 18, 2017 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Castell, at Castell General Store, 19522 RR 152 West. 9a-10p. $25 if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment, BBQ, burgers. Annual event. Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100

Feb 18-19, 2017 - 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

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 22, 2017 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park HQ. 10a-4:30p. Annual workshop 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 23, 2017 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: San Marcos, at Texas State University Student Center, LBJ Teaching Theater. Doors ope: 6:30p. Program: 7-8:30p. Topic: Watershed Protection Programs: Healthy Waterways at a Community Scale. Presented by Hill Country Alliance and other Hill Country agencies. Free and open to the public. Sponsor Web

Feb 24, 2017 - 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 24-25, 2017 - 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
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Feb 25, 2017 - LLANO FOODIE MARKET: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 10a-5p. Are you a junk foodie? Health foodie? Fingerfood foodie? We have a day for you! Free + donation. Annual event. 817-659-9249. Event Web

Feb 25, 2017 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Mason. Maps available that can be picked up or emailed to you upon request. Annual event. Rain or shine. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web

Feb 27-28, 2017 - SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46 East. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Featuring 60+ exhibitor booths overflowing with the finest American antiques found in the market today. Exhibitors gather their treasures from the estates of this great country and save their best for this nationally acclaimed antiques show. Collectors from all over the state, as well as many from out of state, find real antiques, no reproductions or imports, to add to their collections or decorate their homes. Fine antiques add a touch of elegance to any home & coordinate perfectly with any decorating scheme. Features Country Furniture, Baskets, Stoneware, Glassware, Jewelry, Textiles, Early Paper, Toys, Silver, Quilts, Pewter, American Oak, Southwestern and so much more! 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Feb 28, 2017 - BLANCO MARDI GRAS APPRECIATION DAY: Blanco, at Guardian Title Co, 508 8th St. www.gtitleco.com 11:30a-3:30p. Cajun food, live music, Mardi Gras costume contests, fortune telling, tarot card reading, king and queen contest, and many more fun activities will be offered for one entry price. Fun for the entire family! Annual event. 830-833-5007, Host Web


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MARCH, 2017


Hill Country Alliance: education, conservation, cooperation Mar 1-May 31, 2017 - HCA HILL COUNTRY PHOTO CONTEST: Online. Do you have beautiful Texas Hill Country photos to share? Enter your best shots into the annual Hill Country Alliance (HCA) Photo Contest! Your winning photo will earn a cash prize and a feature in the 2018 Texas Hill Country Calendar. Entering online is quick and easy! Don't have a photo to enter? View all of this year's entries and vote for your favorites to help select the People's Choice category winner. Free participation. Shannon Chambers, 512-263-9147, Sponsor Web, Event Web, shannon@hillcountryalliance.org

Mar 2-5, 2017 - 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

Mar 3-4, 2017 - 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 3-9, 2017 - 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"

Mar 4, 2017 - TEJAS RODEO: Bulverde, at Tejas Rodeo Co, 401 Obst Road. 6:30p. Weekly rodeos, live music, events & steak dinners. Cost: Adults: %12, Kids: $6, Under 6: Free. Annual event. 830-980-2226. Sponsor Web Texas is Greatest Country In The World

Mar 4, 2017 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: San Saba, at Mill Pond Park. 6-8p. Museum tour, actors in period clothes, campfire supper, fireworks. Admission charge. Annual event benefits Museum. 325-372-5238. Web

Mar 4, 2017 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION & FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon. Annual event with live music, dancing, trail ride, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 4, 2017 - HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR: New Braunfels. 10a-4p. Tour 6 historic homes, including the Lindheimer Home. Sponsored by New Braunfels Conservation Society. 830-832-9699. Web

Walk A Dog A Thon Mar 4, 2017 - 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 4, 2017 - SAN MARCOS RIVER CLEANUP: San Marcos, 9a-1p. Web. Hosted by the Texas River Protection Assn to clean 90 miles of the San Marcos River, the event has grown in scope to include creeks and tributaries that flow into the river. Tom Goynes at 512-787-5574

Mar 4, 2017 - SPAGHETTI SUPPER & BINGO: Johnson City, at LBJ High School Commons, Nugent Ave. Serving: 5:30p, Bingo 6:45p. Includes desert, raffle, live and silent auctions, and fun. Auction items on display and early bidding at JC Library on Nugent Ave. Johnson City Woman's Civic Club hosts this event that benefits JC Library. 830-868-7688. Web

Mar 4, 2017 - RIVER ROAD MARKET FEST: Concan, at Andy's on River Road, at US-83 and 127. 10a-5p. A variety of booths and activities, it is sure to be a festival you do not want to miss! Vendors, family fun, petting zoo, face painting, kids games, live music. 830-232-5444. Andy's. http://visituvaldecounty.com/directory/river-road-market-fest, Facebook

Mar 4-5, 2017 - 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 4-19, 2017 - SPRING BREAK ON THE LBJ RANCH: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. Discover more about the LBJ Ranch and our 36th president; and Ranger talks on ranching, wildflowers, national parks, cars, voting rights and more. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x244. Web

Mar 10-13, 2017 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. $5 in advance online and $10 at the gate for all weekend. Camping is extra. We are now the World Rock Stacking Championship. Open until 10p Fri-Sat, until 6p Sun and 3p Mon. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web Artists

Mar 11, 2017 - 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

Mar 11, 2017 - 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. Texas Parks & Wildlife DeptWe supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Mar 11, 2017 - FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY WILL HOST ITS THIRD ANNUAL CAR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, TX-16 South. Free admission to car show, and $25 fee to enter a car. Live music at 7p. The Elvis Presley movie, "Jailhouse Rock" at 7:30p. $10 for adults and $7 for those 17 and under.

Mar 11, 2017 - HYE COMMUNITY POTLUCK: Hye, at Watson's Historic 4B Ranch, 9126 US-290 West. Map. Free Admission. Bring some vittles, something to wet your whistle and come on out and have some fun! Visit with neighbors, friends, family! Horseshoes, washers, corn hole games! 830-433-5225. Facebook

Mar 11-18, 2017 - 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 11-18, 2017 - 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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 15, 2017 - 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 15-18, 2017 - RIO FRIO FEST: Concan, at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300. Web

Mar 17-25, 2017 - HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center. Multiple shows by offer a great time for fans of traditional country music. Annual event. Tickets required. Jennifer Pearman, 803-629-4823. Chamber Web; Event Web, Sponsor Web

Mar 18, 2017 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI COOKOFF: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 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 18, 2017 - 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"

Ranch Park Mar 18, 2017 - 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 18, 2017 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

Mar 18, 2017 - TEXAS MUSIC AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Boerne. 12pm-11p. Live music, fresh crawfish boils all day long, food trucks, family fun games. Free playground for the kids which include 70' pillow bounce, 40' obstacle bounce, playground! Adults $25 comes with 1.5 pounds of crawfish and a free beer. 830-428-3231. Web

Mar 18-19, 2017 - TEXAS GUN & BLADE 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. Kim Sansom, 806-253-1322, info@silverspurtradeshows.com

Mar 19, 2017 - MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fischer, at Fischer Hall, 701 Fischer Store Road. 5-8p. Benefits renovation project. Tickets required. www.fischerstoreschoolcc.org. Loy Moe: 281-851-5134

Mar 23-26, 2017 - 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

Quilt Mar 24-25, 2017 - 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 25, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-3p. 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. Irene Dauphin: 254-498-6009. Sponsor Web

Mar 25, 2017 - BIG BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT: Sunrise Beach, to be held on Lake LBJ at McNair Park. 6a-3p. Benefits Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department. $250. VFD-AUX has teamed up with the Texas Association of Bass Clubs to host the tournament. 50% of all entries received by March 18 will be paid out in cash prizes to Tournament winners. Enter on-line or by mail. Sign-Up Website Artists

Mar 25, 2017 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-5p. 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 annual show. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 25, 2017 - LOMETA DIAMONDBACK JUBILEE: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park, from 10a-5p. Arts & crafts, carnival, BBQ & chili cook-off, music, car show and rattlesnakes. Lometa Lions Club, 512-752-3106. Chamber Web

Mar 25, 2017 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: Bulverde, at Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road. LionsRegistration 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 25, 2017 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Boerne. 8a-3p. Annual event. 830-537-4096, Sponsor Web. Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, email kmculak@gvtc.com

Mar 25, 2017 - 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 25, 2017 - 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

Mar 25, 2017 - BRYSON CRAWFISH BOIL & HOME TOUR: Leander, 501 Chitalpa Street. 12a-3p. Enjoy a variety of free, family-friendly outdoor entertainment, including live music, a face painter, nearly 800 pounds of delicious Louisiana crawfish, tasty treats, local food and drinks, plus great lawn games and kid activities! Welcome you to tour Bryson's brand new model homes from David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Scott Felder Homes, Brookfield Residential and Perry Homes. Free. Facebook. Dana Thomas, 512-344-2010, dthomas@ccmcnet.com

Mar 25-26, 2017 - 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

Mar 28, 2017 - MARCH WELLNESS FAIR: Kyle, at Texas Old Town Hall, 1205 Rolland Lane. 11a-2p. Featuring Wellness & Fitness Booths. Sponsored by Seton Medical Center - Kyle. Web Artists

Mar 28 - Apr 1, 2017 - 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 30-Apr 1, 2017 - AMERICAN CHUCK WAGON ASSOCIATION (ACWA) CHAMPIONSHIP COOK OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Includes 13 pre-qualified chuck wagon teams from seven states that have won in previous competitions across the USA. Begins today with a local education day, including educational demonstrations by chuck wagon teams for area fourth grade students. On Friday, the chuck wagon teams will be judged on time period authenticity for the trail drive era (1866-1886). Judging: 8a-1p, public is invited. Wagons not participating in the contest will be available to look at and interact with. The event will conclude Saturday with doors opening to the public at 10a. Chuck wagon meal: 12:15p. To be judged by a panel of food writers, journalists and local officials. Awards: 4p. Visitors may purchase lunch tickets for Sat meal prepared by competing chuck wagons, which will include a chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert. Tickets first come, first served and must be purchased at the Fair Grounds on Fri beginning 10a. Tickets will be sold on Sat if they are available. $20pp (plus drinks). Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web.

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017 - 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. 936-776-1699. Web

Mar 30 - Apr 23, 2017 - 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 Relay For Life

Mar 31, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Boerne, at Boerne City Park, 106 City Park Road. 7p. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Roxanne Saldivar: 210-595-0236, roxanne.saldivar@cancer.org

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW: Llano, at Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, 308 W Main Street. 10a-4p. Sponsored by the Texas Hills Quilters of Llano. Free, annual event. 325-248-0300. Event Web

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - 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

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 - 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

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - MASON COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mason, at Odeon Theater, downtown. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web


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Mar 28 - Apr 1, 2017 - 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 30-Apr 1, 2017 - AMERICAN CHUCK WAGON ASSOCIATION (ACWA) CHAMPIONSHIP COOK OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Includes 13 pre-qualified chuck wagon teams from seven states that have won in previous competitions across the USA. Begins today with a local education day, including educational demonstrations by chuck wagon teams for area fourth grade students. On Friday, the chuck wagon teams will be judged on time period authenticity for the trail drive era (1866-1886). Judging: 8a-1p, public is invited. Wagons not participating in the contest will be available to look at and interact with. The event will conclude Saturday with doors opening to the public at 10a. Chuck wagon meal: 12:15p. To be judged by a panel of food writers, journalists and local officials. Awards: 4p. Visitors may purchase lunch tickets for Sat meal prepared by competing chuck wagons, which will include a chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert. Tickets first come, first served and must be purchased at the Fair Grounds on Fri beginning 10a. Tickets will be sold on Sat if they are available. $20pp (plus drinks). Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web.

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017 - 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. 936-776-1699. Web

Mar 30 - Apr 23, 2017 - 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 Relay For Life

Mar 31, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Boerne, at Boerne City Park, 106 City Park Road. 7p. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Roxanne Saldivar: 210-595-0236, roxanne.saldivar@cancer.org

Mar 31, 2017 - BATTLE OF THE CHEFS & BARTENDER'S TASTING COMPETITION: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 6-10p. Alongside discerning food critics, VIP tasting guests will enjoy a 9 piece orchestra and a Gatsby-themed evening, rating each tasting station and bartender and vote for "The Best in Texas!". Cost: $10. Annual event. 914-406-5114. Event Web

Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017 - BEST OF TEXAS TASTING FESTIVAL AND POLO MATCH: , on the grounds of Pioneer Museum and the Hill Country University Center. Events include a Gatsby-themed Best of Texas Chefs competition, fun run, tasting festival and Texas Tech Polo Match. Includes dozens of local musicians and artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries, over 50 tasting partners and an estimated 2,500 food and wine enthusiasts. Enjoy the largest assortment of Hill Country Restaurants and Texas wines, craft beers, gourmet foods and spirits available, throughout the weekend. 914-406-5114. www.TheBestofTexas.org

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW: Llano, at Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, 308 W Main Street. 10a-4p. Sponsored by the Texas Hills Quilters of Llano. Free, annual event. 325-248-0300. Event Web

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - 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

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - MASON COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mason, at Odeon Theater, downtown. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 - 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

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 - TEXAS RANGERS HERITAGE CENTER - CELEBRATE TEXAS: Fredericksburg at 1618 East Main Street. Begins Fri 10a with with the opening ceremonies. Throughout the day, visitors can experience historical re-enactments, cannon firing, cowboy poets, campfire stories and trick roping. The festivities will continue until 4p. Sat: KR Wood/Camp Cookie Productions performing the Old Chisholm Trail Western Variety Show at 10a-2p. Other shows, such as world champion trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick and Pistol Packin' Paula, both performing on the amphitheater stage. Fri and Sat: American Indians will host a "Circle of Life" gathering 10a-8p. Sat evening: Boots & Badges, featuring a chuck wagon steak dinner and concert by Gary P. Nunn. Tickets for the Boots & Badges event are limited, only 300 available. Sun: Cowboy Church, from 9:30-10:30a. 830-990-1192, www.trhc.org National%20Park%20Service

Apr 1, 2017 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 1, 2017 - JONESTOWN CAJUN FEST AND COOK-OFF: 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

Apr 1, 2017 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E Lower Crabapple Road. 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. 806-549-2483. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - BLOOMIN' FEST: Lampasas, at Courtyard Square. 9a-6p. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. Free. Includes new Bloomin' Fest Spring Sip & Stroll event. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 1, 2017 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX-46, 1307 River Road. 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. $5pp. 830-249-4616. Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 1, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek, at 470 Cave Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: Stonewall, at State Park Rd 49 (LBJ Park). 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape Creek Rd. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge. Donations gladly accepted toward preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLOW CITY: Willow City, at 2501 RR 1323. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - 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 1, 2017 - CELEBRATE TEXAS: Fredericksburg, at Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E Main Street/US-290 East. 830-990-1192. Web

Apr 1, 2017 - BLANCO RODEO PAYDAY SERIES: Blanco, Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 S, just S of town. First Sat of April-June. Free parking, free spectator admission. 830-708-8857. Web, Facebook

Car Show Apr 1, 2017 - 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 1, 2017 - BULLRIDING SHOOT OUT: Leander, at 2255 Hwy 183. 512-680-9975. Sponsor Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 1, 2017 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano at St James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford Street. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Apr 1, 2017 - MASON BLOOMIN' ARTS FEST: Mason, at historic Mason Square, downtown. 11a-4p. Sidewalk showings by local artists. Live music. Annual event. Tours of Seaquist House. Presentations. Book, bake & plant sale. Lisa Polk, 325-347-0203, Event Web. 325-347-5758. Chamber Web

Apr 1, 2017 - SUNNY DAYS PROJECT: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 9a. Fun run and family fun day, to honor the life of 15 month old Sunny Dakota Bort who died as result of physical abuse by her guardians and raise awareness for child abuse/neglect. Fun run/walk through beautiful Blanco State Park then hang around and check out our vendor booths, family/kid friendly games, cake walk, bake sale, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, live music, food, quilt raffle and silent auction. Informational booths to learn more about the prevention and recognition of child abuse and ways to help out in our community! Proceeds to Blanco Child Welfare Board and the surviving Bort children. Annual event. Kim Garza: 830-285-9177. Sponsor Web

Apr 1, 2017 - THE BEST OF TEXAS TASTING FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Fun run, "Wine Down", tasting, live music, 75+ food & drink tasting partners. Cost: $10. Annual event. 914-406-5114. Event Web

Apr 1-2, 2017 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, at FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 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 1-2, 2017 - HODGEPODGE MARKET: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Sat 10a-5p; Sun 10a-4p. 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! Admission $5 or $3 with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under free with paid adult. RV parking with hookups (no sewer). Facebook, Event Host. Dana Wood: 817-659-9249

Apr 1-2, 2017 - 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 1-2, 2017 - MASON COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mason. Sat: 7p at Odeon Theater, 122 Moody St on the Square, $20; Sun: 3p at First Methodist Church, 210 Broad Street, free. Noon-8p. Cost: Free. Annual event. Web. Cathy Terrell, 325-218-2353

Wine Apr 1-16, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing events. 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, 2017 - THE BEST OF TEXAS VICTORY CUP POLO MATCH: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country University, 2818 US-290. 11a Polo match, then 5p dinner. Cost: $40. Annual event. 914-406-5114. Event Web

Wine Apr 2, 2017 - TEXAS WINE REVOLUTION: Stonewall, at Featherstone Ranch - Weddings & Events Venue, 870 Klein Road. 1-4p. A wine festival showcasing the beauty of Texas grown wines and specifically highlighting Texas grown Rosé wines. A unique event that will provide exposure to Texas winemaking styles. Featuring 25+ Texas wineries and their 100% Texas grown Rosé, the afternoon will include tastings from participating wineries, live music, and local food purveyors. Celebrate with us and meet local wineries, winemakers, and farmers for an awakening of Real Texas Wine. Outdoor event, rain or shine. Event Web

Apr 6-8, 2017 - 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 7-8, 2017 - NEAL’S INVITATIONAL BBQ COOK-OFF: Concan, at Neal's Lodges & Cafe, 20970 TX 127. Annual event. 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Apr 7-8, 2017 - WALTSTOCK AND BARREL WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Stonewall/Fredericksburg, at Jellystone Park, US-290. Over a dozen Texas wineries showing off their work, some Texas breweries, and a wide array of songwriters, singers, poets & bands. Texas painters, jewelry makers & potters. 512-431-8078. Event Web

Apr 7-8, 2017 - AWAKENING UPON PEACE: Alamo Springs, 508 Alamo Rd, Alamo Springs Ranch. Fri: 5:50-10p; Sat: 4:30-11p. 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

Dog Apr 7-9, 2017 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. 512-663-2055. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 7-9, 2017 - 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 7-9, 2017 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, Downtown Square area, 229 S Pierce Avenue. Vendors open Fri & Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-3p. 200+ vendors, air show, rubber ducky races, grand parade, live music, street dances, carnival, kids activities, wiener dog races, dog house races, free chuck wagon breakfast Sun morning. 5K run, kid's fun run, Birding and Wildflower show, Bluebonnet Golf Tournament, Gunfighter's shoot out. Local entertainment during the day at main stage and Good old Texas bands for Sat night. Festival free, charge for Sat dance, derby, air show. Annual event. Web. Tammy Stephens, 512-756-4297, tammy@burnetchamber.org See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 7-9, 2017 - 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 Relay For Life

Apr 8, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Lakeway, at 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX. 6p-12a. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Cassandra Richards: 512-919-1888, cassandra.richards@cancer.org

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Apr 8, 2017 - 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

Apr 8, 2017 - EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION AIRPORT DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Airport, TX-16 S, at North Ramp. 10a-2p. Annual event, free admission, at airport, with variety of general aviation and military aircraft on display. Civil Air Patrol. Flyovers at airport. Food and drinks. EAA is non-profit group that meets monthly at airport. 830-997-8767; Web

Apr 8, 2017 - 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.

Apr 8, 2017 - 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 prettiest 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 Artists

Apr 8, 2017 - 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 8, 2017 - LAMPASAS COUNTY HILLACIOUS BIKE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web; 210-326-8892, Event Web

Apr 8, 2017 - CAJUN COOKOFF: Marble Falls, at VWF Post 10376. Sat 5-8p. 325-864-4279; 830-693-2261. Gumbo, beans, deserts. Bake sale, auction, games, raffles, craft vendors. Family friendly. Proceeds to Girl Scouts Scholarship program. Chamber Web

Apr 8, 2017 - MASON COUNTY ANNUAL HOME TOUR: Mason. 10a-5p. Tickets and maps for the event, which showcases historical and new homes as well as bed-and-breakfasts, are available at Market Square, 114 Moody Street. A fundraiser that enables the group to provide scholarships to two graduating seniors from Mason County each year. Cost: $15. Annual event. 325-265-4480 Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 8, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY MASTER GARDENERS BLOOMS AND BARRELS SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 9a-2p. Annual plant and rain barrel sale. Call for schedule of various programs, demonstrations, exhibits, and children’s activities. 830-257-6568. Sponsor Web

Amateur Radio Emergency Com Apr 8-9, 2017 - 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. Goals: 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 set up their powerful radios and communicating with state and national parks. The public is welcome to see and hear 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

Apr 8-9, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Dripping Springs, Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Apr 8-9, 2017 - 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 8-9, 2017 - 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

Apr 8-9, 2017 - 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 8-9, 2017 - 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 14, 2017 - EASTER HAPPENINGS: Junction at Junction City Park Pavilion. Live gospel music concert, fried fish, movie at dark. 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Apr 14-16, 2017 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR: Kerrville, One of the premier cycling events in Texas. 281-782-8743, Web

Apr 14-16, 2017 - 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, 2017 - CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. 2a-4p. Celebrating the children of the Highland Lakes and surrounding area. We express to the community that children need more than just an education; they should also be exposed to the concepts of spirituality and morality. By providing these fundamentals to our children, we are empowering them for their future. Learning centers. Talent show. Donations accepted. Sponsor Web

Apr 15, 2017 - 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

Dog Apr 15, 2017 - MUTT STRUTT: San Marcos, at Plaza Park. 9a-1p. This 1-mile dog walk and pet fair includes dog races, pet contests, arts, crafts, food and prizes. Dogs must be on leash. Benefits San Marcos Animal Shelter. Live music, door prizes, complimentary donuts, coffee. 512-847-6969. Event Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Apr 15, 2017 - EASTER AT THE SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate Easter as a traditional 1915 German farm family would have. See natural-dyed Easter eggs, lamb cake baked from scratch and carefully crafted grass Easter nests as they would have been made by the early settlers. Experience the old-time traditions of friendship card giving and make your own to share. Spring brings an abundance of new baby animals and chicks in the barnyard. The squealing pigs, bleating lambs and cheeping chicks are always a delight to the younger visitors. This is also the season for shearing the sheep and producing an abundance of wool. See the many ways for making everyday clothes or those for special occasions from the wool and the farm raised cotton fibers. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 15, 2017 - 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 Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Apr 15 - May 15, 2017 - GREAT TEXAS BIRDING CLASSIC: The world's biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the UD. Registration deadline: April 1. Annual event. Event Web

Apr 16, 2017 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Sunshine the Clown, egg hunts by age group, live music, games, prizes, bunny hop, egg toss. Free annual event. 830-997-3224. Web

Ranch Park Apr 18-19, 2017 - 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

Apr 20-22, 2017 - 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 20-22, 2017 - FAIR & OPEN RODEO: at Liberty Hill, at Harvest Ranch Arena, 8355 RR 1869. 7:30p nightly. 512-778-5295. Web

Apr 20-23, 2017 - 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 20-23, 2017 - 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. Relay For Life

Apr 21, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE - KERR COUNTY: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 6p-12a. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Chelsea Hart: 210-867-5407

Apr 21-22, 2017 - 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
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Apr 21-22, 2017 - 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

Car ShowApr 21-23, 2017 - 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 21-23, 2017 - 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 21-23, 2017 - 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 Relay For Life

Apr 22, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

Apr 22, 2017 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Wimberley, at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. 9a-5p. Annual event, includes interactive butterfly-themed events, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. 512-847-6969. Web

Car ShowApr 22, 2017 - 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"

Fire & RescueApr 22, 2017 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BEAST BLAST FUNDRAISER: Hunt, Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall. The "Beast Blast". At 11a the gates open, so come early to get a great seat. Opening ceremonies start at noon and then entertainment by the Fantastic Americana/folk musical group "The 4Proches" until 2p. Beef, chicken and veggie fajitas and fixings, drinks and sides at 11a until the food is gone. Meals and drinks available "by donation." Silent auction, raffle, displays of trucks and firefighting equipment. Our "brand-new" BIG Hunt VFD tanker truck, as well as other fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment will be on display. Texas Forest Service, Kerr County Sheriff's office, Kerrville EMT's and Fire Departments, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, air ambulance companies and other agencies that respond to floods, fires and other disasters have been invited to the event. A fun, delicious and educational afternoon, and will help raise funds for VFD operational expenses, equipment and training. No cost for entrance. Annual event. Al Wilson, 830-238-7164. Sponsor Web, FB

Apr 22, 2017 - CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at Landa Park, 120 Landa Street. Brewery tastings and pours of 80+ craft beers under the Stelzenhaus; Food trucks; Live music. 8830-625-9167. Web
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Apr 22, 2017 - 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 22, 2017 - EARTH, WATER, DANCE: FAMILY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: San Marcos, at The Meadows Center/Aquarena Springs, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive. 2-8p. There will be performances, arts and crafts, and educational glass bottom boat rides ($10 for adults, children 10 and under free). Author Nikki Loftin. Annual event. Facebook. Corinne Dundon, 512-363-3989
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Apr 22-23, 2017 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Waters Point Retreat in Wimberley (Rio Bonito), off RR 12. 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. Free, annual event produced by Wimberley Valley Art League. 512-826-4286. Stan Allen, 512-952-0098. Web

Dog Apr 23, 2017 - 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

Apr 27-30, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. 6:30p. A four-day independent film festival. Presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Ft Martin ScottApr 28-29, 2017 - FORT MARTIN SCOTT DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US-290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-4p, 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 $5 per car 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"

Apr 28-30, 2017 - 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 28-30, 2017 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 10a-4p, 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. Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743. Event Web

Apr 29, 2017 - 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

Archery Apr 29, 2017 - 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

Apr 29, 2017 - WIMBERLEY GARDEN CLUB TOUR: Wimberley, TX 78676. 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. Sponsor Web

Apr 29, 2017 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Amphitheater. in the Galleria. 11a-8p. 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. Chamber: 512-0263-5833. Web

Apr 29, 2017 - 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

Apr 29, 2017 - HYE HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Hye, at Watson's Historic 4B Ranch, 9126 US-290 West. Map. 11a opening. Free Admission. Live concert; Balcones Forge Blacksmith Club; Hill County Model T Club; The Texas Calvary Dismounted; Loyd Shelby Cowboy Poet and Story Teller; Johnson City Antique Tractor Club; helicopter rides, wine, beer, BBQ. 830-433-5225. www.HyeFestival.com

Apr 29, 2017 - 700 SPRINGS ON THE SOUTH LLANO RIVER TOUR: Junction at Lee Pfluger Ranch. Annual event sponsored by Kimble County Historical Commission. 325-446-3190. Event Web; Chamber Web

Apr 29, 2017 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas, 2646 Hwy 190 East. 9a-4p. Andy Berry, 512-556-5434. Chamber Web Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 29, 2017 - SPRING PLANT SALE: Johnson City, at Memorial Park, US-290 & Ave G. 9a-2p. Wide variety of plants on sale-from cacti to vegetables to natives to house plants. Provided by Blanco County Master Gardeners. Facebook

Apr 29, 2017 - SPRING FESTIVAL: Buchanan Dam, at Genesis Lutheran Church, 15946 TX-29 East. 10a-4p. Free food, live music and dancing all day. Art and craft booths. Kids activities. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-793-6800. Sponsor Web

Apr 29, 2017 - TEXAS EGGFEST: Driftwood, at Historic Camp Ben McCulloch. 10a. Live music, craft beer and 100 Green Eggs. Showcases the down home Texas culinary scene that includes well-known chefs and pitmasters, a Texas-style Green Egg grand tasting, EggFest University cooking classes, a vendor marketplace and live music. Each year, the EggFest has brought over 1,000 "Egg Heads" from across Texas. Craft beer tastings. Cost: $35. Annual event. 512-347-1988, Event Web

Apr 29, 2017 - HIGHLAND LAKES SQUADRON OPEN HANGAR DAY: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, 2302 S Water Street. 9a-5p. Come join an all hands at the Highland Lakes Squadron Commemorative Air Force at the Main Hangar. Enjoy a laid back Saturday afternoon with our annual open house to the public. Free Burgers and drinks. Fly In Welcome. Donations Accepted. C-47 Blue Bonnet Belle, SNJ-4 Texan, and L-17 Navion will all be on hand on the ramp. Rides for Fee/Cost - weather and crews permitting. Our first class museum will be open. Enjoy lunch or a visit to the best little airport in Texas and see the restoration of WWII Trainer PT-19. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web Relay For Life

Apr 29, 2017 - 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

Apr 29, 2017 - HEADWATERS FOR HEROES VETERANS BENEFIT: Harper, at Headwaters Saloon, 229 RR 783 South. Sporting clay event, barbecue, music, live auction and more. Concessions open at noon. Meal provided by the Headwaters for Heroes cooking team will be served 4p. Cost is by donation. Registration for the sporting clay event opens at 10:30a and the shoot begins at noon. Live music begins at noon with the dance at 9p. There will also be a presentation honoring Vietnam era veterans by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Live auction will follow the meal. 830-864-4055. Sponsor Web

Apr 29-30, 2017 - COUNTRY FAIR & WIENER DOG RACES: Buda, at Buda City Park. 9a-5p. Annual event with BBQ Cook-off, Wiener dog contest, arts & crafts booths, food, live music, free dance and fireworks, kids activities. 512-312-2201. City Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 30, 2017 - SPRING CHICKEN FESTIVAL: Bulverde, at the Bulverde Community Center, 1747 Ammann Rd East. 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. Per plate charge. 830-980-7938; 210-535-8650. www.bulverdecommunitycenter.com

Apr 30, 2017 - FEAST DAY BARBECUE CELEBRATION AND FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street. 10a-2p. Per plate charge. Prize drawing. Annual fundraiser for preservation of St. Joseph's Halle and Society, including the Halle restoration project and charitable works of the society. 830-456-1999. www.stjosephssociety.org.


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May 4-6, 2017 - UVALDE CACTUS JACK FOUNDATION PBR BULL RIDING: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 7p. 830-278-4000. 830-591-9040. Web

May 4-7, 2017 - HERITAGE HOME TOUR: San Marcos. Annual event by San Marcos Heritage Association. Self-guided, with visitors driving themselves to each of the tour sites. Events each day. For tickets and event information: 512-392-4295. Sponsor Web

May 4-29, 2017 - 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 5-6, 2017 - JIM BOWIE BAR-B-Q COOK-OFF: Menard, at Low Water Bridge Park. Fri: Roping at J&J Roping Arena that evening. Sat: BBQ Cook-Off, Activities in the park and Dance in the park 6p–10p. Christy, 325-396-2365. Chamber Web

May 5-7, 2017 - SCULPTFEST: Oasis, at 6550 Comanche Trl. Fri: 6:30-9:30p; Sat: 11a-9:30p; Sun: 11a-4p. An annual event promoting sculptors and the arts. 50 artists, fine art show and sale. Demonstrations, live music, family-friendly. Presented by the Texas Society of Sculptors. www.tsos.org

May 5-7, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 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"
CASI Chili Appreciation Society International
May 5-7, 2017 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 6, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Road @ Grapetown Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 6, 2017 - 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

May 6, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 6, 2017 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Junction. 8a. Free, annual event. Obtain map at Chamber office, 402 Main Street. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

May 6, 2017 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Burnet, at Historic Square. 8a-4p. Annual event. Condy Lamb, 830-798-5738. Chamber Web

May 6, 2017 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 90+ 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, bi-annual event. Event Web. 210-663-9046

May 6, 2017 - BLUEBONNET CASA CRAWFISH BOIL: Junction, Granite Ranch. 5p. Free, annual event. Donations. Noel Dear, 325-446-3154, Chamber Web

May 6, 2017 - KERR-NIVAL: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 11a-8p. Garcia's Bounce House Rentals presents free event for whole family. Food trucks, music, face painting, bounce houses, arts & crafts, vendors. 830-285-9515. Sponsor Web

May 6, 2017 - 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. 254-733-5084. Event Web

Quilt May 6, 2017 - 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 6, 2017 - 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

May 6, 2017 - WILLOW CITY VFD ANNUAL BBQ BENEFIT: Willow City, at the Fire Station, 2553 Ranch Road 1323. 3p. 830-456-3785. The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members invite everyone to join them for theie annual benefit. The Auxiliary’s Country Store opens and a silent auction 3-6p. Live auction 4-5p. Pork barbecue meal with all the trimmings plus slices of homemade cakes and pies will be served after the live auction ends at 5:30p. Cost per meal plate is by donation. Local musicians playing live country music at 5:30p. Proceeds help the department continue to maintain and improve the station, trucks and equipment, and for training, insurance and routine operating expenses.

May 6, 2017 - BLANCO RODEO PAYDAY SERIES: Blanco, Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 S, just S of town. First Sat of April-June. Free parking, free spectator admission. 830-708-8857. Web, Facebook

Wine May 6, 2017 - 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 6, 2017 - RIVER ROAD MARKET FEST: Concan, at Andy's on River Road, at US-83 and 127. 10a-5p. A variety of booths and activities, it is sure to be a festival you do not want to miss! Vendors, family fun, petting zoo, face painting, kids games, live music. 830-232-5444. Andy's. http://visituvaldecounty.com/directory/river-road-market-fest, Facebook

May 6-7, 2017 - 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 6-7, 2017 - TOUR THE TALENT ART STUDIO TOUR: Dripping Springs, 4000 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. Deby Childress, 512-731-5868. Pick up tour map at the art studios or at Web

May 6-7, 2017 - 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"

May 6-7, 2017 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

May 6-7, 2017 - 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 7, 2017 - 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

May 10-13, 2017 - MAYFEST: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park. 5-midnight. 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 11, 2017 - 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 12, 2017 - 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

May 12-13, 2017 - BURNET COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. 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 Relay For Life

May 13, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 4p. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Lauren Worsley: 626-676-0377, lauren.worsley@cancer.org

May 13, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY MOUNTAIN: Cherry Mountain, at Cherry Mountain Loop. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 13, 2017 - 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 Artists

May 13, 2017 - 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

May 13, 2017 - SHIMMY MOB FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg at various venues throughout the city. 10:30a-7p. Part of an annual world wide event that celebrates World Belly Dance Day with an evening showcase (5-7p). Raising funds and awareness of domestic abuse in the local, participating communities. Live music, guest dancer, family friendly, all ages. Silent auction. Donee: Hill Country CARES. Free (donation), annual event. Carol, 830-123-4567. Event Web

May 13, 2017 - COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Blanco, at Historic Old Blanco County Courthouse. 8a-4p. Annual event. Free admission and seller space. 830-833-2211. Sponsor Web

May 13, 2017 - SPRING COMMUNITY STREET SALE: Medina, held up and down Main Street (TX-16). 8a-5p. Bring your trucks and trailer and sell your stuff. No cost to sell. Lots of fun buying, selling and trading. Can have food booths. Please do no block driveways or businesses without prior permission. Free annual event. JCVFD

May 13, 2017 - JCVFD ANNUAL FISH FRY & RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fair Grounds, US 281 N. 5p-1a. Live name band, food, beer, raffle, live and silent auctions. 830-868-7900. Web

May 13, 2017 - ROLLING OAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Driftwood, at 950 Lonesome Trl. Music under the oak trees! Great local music, delicious barbecue and homemade desserts, and a relaxing spring weekend with old and new friends. This year, the fun continues Sunday. Bring your mama out for a pancake breakfast or leftover barbecue, and even more great music! Entry to festival is free. Food sales. Annual event benefits Rolling Oaks Club Community Center. Facebook

May 13, 2017 - WALK CENTER POINT: Center Point, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, at 548 W Kelly. 7:30a - 11a start time. Event Web. Hill Country Volkssportsverein is sponsoring this 5K/10K walk. Route includes historic district and surrounding countryside, scenic views of the river and dam. The 10K trail includes Center Point Cemetery which has the largest number of burials of Texas Rangers in the state. Participation: $3pp. John Bohnert, 830-496-1746

May 18, 2017 - 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 18, 2017 - TEXAS RANGERS HERITAGE CENTER - REGIONAL CEREMONIAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY & POLICE WEEK: Fredericksburg, at Texas Rangers Heritage Center at the Bell Tower, 1618 E Main Street. Begins 5:30p, open to the public and those in attendance are encouraged to wear blue in support of law enforcement. The ceremony pays tribute to local, state and federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty in the past year. 830-990-1192, www.trhc.org

May 18-21, 2017 - 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 19-20, 2017 - 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 19-20, 2017 - 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 19-20, 2017 - BLB BASH: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Benefits Brent Lewis Foundation. Texas Hold'Em Tournament, Car Show, Silent Auction, BBQ Cook-Off, Live Music. Host Web

May 20, 2017 - GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPO: Fredericksburg, at Historic Marktplatz (Market Square), in the Adelsverein Halle. 10a-3p 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. Free admission. Hosted by City of Fredericksburg. 830-997-7521, Event Web

May 20, 2017 - 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 Relay For Life

May 20, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 Ave J. 2p-12a. Fundraising 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. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Jayne Palmer: 512-919-1810, jayne.palmer@cancer.org

May 20, 2017 - 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/pp. 325-456-6726. Web

May 20, 2017 - 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 20, 2017 - 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

Fire & RescueMay 20, 2017 - MARBLE FALLS AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BULL RIDE: Marble Falls, at Charlie Taylor Rodeo Arena, 3053 US-281 (S of town). 6:30-10p. Two rounds of Mutton Bustin and 40 bulls. The one and only Leo Coffee Barrel Man. Adults: $10; 6 and under: Free, annual event. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Manny Trinidad – Pres, 512-680-1833, mfavfdcapt@gmail.com

May 20, 2017 - 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, and Armed Forces Day. 512-847-0030. Web

Car Show May 20, 2017 - 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. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

May 20, 2017 - 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

May 20-21, 2017 - REDBUD ARTISAN MARKET: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12 North. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Indoor, air-conditioned event room. Live music, food, wine in addition to the 50 + artisans showing their unique, handmade items. Lots of variety! Admission: $1, benefitting Helping Hands, our local food bank. Annual event. Facebook. Kathy Hill, 512-660-3328

May 20-21, 2017 - DIRT DAUBER FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. 10a-5p. Celebrate all things clay. Features clay art demonstrations, refreshments, a kins' play table and live music. 512-558-1723. Sponsor Web

May 21, 2017 - 92.1 KNBT AMERICANA MUSIC JAM: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX. Music lovers who like a little bit of everything stuffed into one song will surely enjoy 92.1 KNBT’s Americana Music Jam. An assortment of exceptional Americana music acts will play their folksy, country, blues, R&B and rock and roll concoctions to an enthusiastic crowd before them. Just a tinge of everything makes for an outstanding display of music from some very talented artists. Annual event with cover charge. Supports charity. 830-606-1281, Host Web

May 25-June 11, 2017 - 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 Artists

May 25-June 25, 2017 - 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
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May 26, 2017 - TASTE OF LLANO: Llano, at American Legion Hall, Post #370, at 200 Legion Drive. 5:30-7p. Free. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

May 26-28, 2017 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort Hotel, 2033 Sidney Baker. Fri-Sat: 10a-7p; Sun: 10a-5p. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. Art on display will range from jewelry and metalwork to pottery, sculpture, paintings, gourd art, block prints, wood furniture and pyrography. Free, annual event. Dan & Linda Baker, 214-328-6382. Web

JayceesMay 26-28, 2017 - 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 27, 2017 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

May 27, 2017 - "FUNTIER DAYS" 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. 830-796-4447. Web

May 27, 2017 - LAGO FEST: Lago Vista, at Bar-K Park, from 1-9p. Live music, food, beer garden, vendors and a sailboat race from the Austin Yacht Club. Free annual event. 512-267-1155. Chamber Web

May 27-28, 2017 - 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 27-28, 2017 - 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-10p. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 kiddos (babies and toddlers free). Nancy McCallick, 512-423-8035. Event Web

May 28, 2017 - RED, WHITE AND BLUES ON THE FALLS: Wimberley, at Cypress Falls Event Center, Woodcreek Cr, at the Cypress Creek Crossing. 1p-6:30p. Created in 2016 as a way to create positive vibes in Wimberley, TX on the anniversary of the 2015 Wimberley floods. $1 of every ticket sales donated to "Keep Wimberley Beautiful". A great time for people to come swim, float & relax on Cypress Creek. Every year on the Sunday of Memorial Weekend we want to bring some of the best live music around, great munchies & some wonderful vendors to meet and shop with! Cost: Early Bird: $16, Day Of: $21. Event Web; Facebook. Savannah Stockton, 512-722-3131

National%20Museum May 29, 2017 - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, in the Memorial Courtyard, to remember those who paid the ultimate price. 10a. Keynote speaker, live music, National Anthem, 3 gun volley, taps, colors. Free admission. 830-997-8600 ext 204. Web


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June 2-3, 2017 - LLANO PRO OPEN RODEO: Llano at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 5p. 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 2-3, 2017 - BALLOONAPALOOZA "RIO GLOW" HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Kerrville at Flat Rock Lake Park. 4p-midnight. Features food, arts & crafts, inflatables, tethered balloon rides, musical entertainment, and carnival rides, culminating with an exhilarating balloon glow light show and night concert. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. We support our troops, police force, firefighters, veterans, and their families. 727-242-6682. Event Web

June 2-3, 2017 - LIGHTS FOR HOPE: Kerrville at Flat Rock Lake Park. 4p-midnight. Gift of Life is partnering with Balloonapalooza Tour (see above) on June 2nd and 3rd to recognize the importance of organ donation. 4p-11p. Ultimate Gift of Life promotes organ donor registration throughout the Texas Hill Country and across the state. With over 11,000 Texans on the transplant waiting list, it is important to share the facts about organ donation and the difference one life can make. "Lights for Hope" offers opportunity to celebrate those whose lives have been saved by transplantation. Those waiting for a transplant and organ donor families will also be recognized. Special balloon release each night with names and messages of hope. "We will be celebrating our transplant recipients, honoring our donor families and sending up a prayer for the thousands of people waiting for a transplant," explains Kristy Vandenberg, Executive Director. "We encourage everyone to participate, companies & families in support of their fellow employee and friend survivors and donors." 830-792-9197, Sponsor Web

June 3, 2017 - 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).

June 3, 2017 - 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 3, 2017 - 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
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June 3, 2017 - 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

June 3, 2017 - MASONIC OPEN CAR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz, 9a-4p. DJ, food, live and silent auctions. Free admission. Annual event. 830-634-2698. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

June 3, 2017 - BLANCO RODEO PAYDAY SERIES: Blanco, Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 S, just S of town. First Sat of April-June. Free parking, free spectator admission. 830-708-8857. Web, Facebook

June 3, 2017 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

June 3, 2017 - OATH SURF "N" TURF COOK OFF & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 10a-11p. A wild game cook off and crawfish boil fundraiser for Outdoor Association for True Heroes, Inc (OATH, Inc.) with an all-day Texas music festival. A family friendly event with activities for all. $20-150pp. Help OATH further our mission of serving our nation's heroes!. Joshua Courtney: joshua@oathinc.org Event Sponsor, Host Web

June 4-11, 2017 - COWBOY CAMP MEETING: Mountain Home, at 140 Cowboy Camp Rd W (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 9, 2017 - WINE + ART WALK: San Marcos at historic downtown. 5:30p. WineShowcases works from local artists of all mediums. The night will also feature a progressive tour of retail businesses serving a variety of wines and paired hors d’oeuvres. Participants will receive a commemorative wine glass and enjoy live entertainment while strolling the downtown streets. Annual event. Tickets required. A 21+ event only. Event Web

June 9-10, 2017 - COW CAMP BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & PECAN CAPITAL STREET DANCE: San Saba, at Risien Park, Hwy 190 E, on the river. 8a. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music, dance. Car show. BYOB and lawn chairs. Free admission. 325-372-8291. Chamber Web, Sponsor Web. Web

June 9-11, 2017 - 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, 2017 - 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 10, 2017 - TEXAS WATER SAFARI: San Marcos. Starts at Aquarena Spring Center. A 260 mi canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico. Event Web

June 10, 2017 - ANTIQUE MACHINERY SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 8a-6p. Several children’s activities are held throughout the day on Saturday. A variety of vendors are on hand to sell their treasurers. Food and drink available. If you want to take a closer look into the past, join us for a fun filled weekend. Annual event. Adults: $6; Kids: 12 & under: free. Free parking. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web

June 10, 2017 - FLAG DAY CELEBRATION CARNIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10:30a-2p. Patriotic family fun with carnival games, craft projects and face painting. Flags Over Texas presentation by Clifton Fifer for carnival-goers to learn about the history behind these emblems. Scavenger hunt for flag facts all through the museum grounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Annual event, free. 830-997-2835. Web Artists

June 10, 2017 - 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 11, 2017 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. 5:30p. Screening of short film. Q&A with film director. Presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

June 11, 2017 - ENGAGED! WEDDING & EVENT SHOWCASE: Fredericksburg, at Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, 201 S Washington Street. Noon-4p. "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

June 11, 2017 - WAYLON'S BIRTHDAY BASH: Luckenbach. 1p. Luckenbach will host annual party and concert on Sunday to celebrate country performer legendary country performer Waylon Jennings, his life and music, and to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. 830-997-3224. Sponsor Web

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National%20Museum June 15, 2017 - 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 16-17, 2017 - 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 16-18, 2017 - 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 16-18, 2017 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, 3rd & Main. All day & night. 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. Build it, bring it, race it. Family fun. Free admission. Shannon, 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 16-23, 2017 - ANNUAL CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH REUNION: Driftwood, at Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM-1826. Live entertainment, rides, carnival, bingo, dance. BYOB. Open to public. Web

June 18, 2017 - 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

June 21, 2017 - CATCH THE DREAM RECEPTION & SILENT AUCTION: Marble Falls, at Marta Stafford Fine Art, 200 Main Street. 4:30-7p. http://candlelightranch.org/news-events/events. Come celebrate the upcoming installation of William David Reynolds' DreamCatcher sculpture at Candlelight Ranch. Located in Marble Falls on 1431 just east of town, this nonprofit provides nature-based therapeutic, educational and recreational programs that transform and enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children with special needs. The accessible Ranch is a safe and fun place where program participants from more than 30 partnering community organizations and agencies can experience art therapy, equine assisted learning activities, kayaking, water play, zip lines, hiking, camping, sustainable gardening and much more. The sculpture, awarded Best of Show for the 2014 Sculpture on Main event, will stand tall protecting the areas used by children spending the night at the Ranch. Drop in for a bit or stay the entire time! Meet the artist, learn more about Candlelight Ranch, enjoy complementary wine and appetizers and take home some treasures from our silent auction. Items include art, a golf package, a resort stay for two, dining certificates, a painting party and more. Proceeds go to transporting the sculpture to the Ranch. Free admission. Pat Dames, 512-323-5300, pat@candlelightranch.org

June 24, 2017 - 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"

Delicious FoodJune 24, 2017 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 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 24, 2017 - CAMP DIASOZO ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz. 10a-4p. Free, family-friendly event with food plates available for purchase. Enjoy games, live music, silent auction, and more! Sponsor Web, Julie Carnline, 210-859-2230, info@campdiasozo.org

June 24, 2017 - TOMATO ROUND-UP & CONTEST: Dripping Springs, at Veterans Memorial Park (The Triangle), corner of US-290 and RR-12, downtown. 9a-1p. Open to farmers and backyard gardeners. Tomato tastings and competitions include garden-fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes - from the smallest, sweetest cherries to the largest, juiciest slicers, to the richest, most flavorful heirlooms. Food and drink vendors sell tomato-themed treats. Free parking. Event Web. Sponsored annually by the City of Dripping Springs and organized by its Farmers Market Committee. Laurel Robertson, Farmers Market Manager, farmersmarket@cityofdrippingsprings.com 512-858-4725.

June 24-25, 2017 - UTOPIA OPEN RODEO: Utopia, at Community Park. Annual event. 830-966-3643. Venue Web

Amateur Radio Emergency Com June 24-25, 2017 - 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 in Texas Hill Country:
Boerne, at 48 Rust Ln, 210-846-9745, kb5tx.org
Kerrville, at Our Lady Of The Hills High School Athletic Complex, 830-343-3366, www.kerrhams.org
Leander, at Devine Lake Park, 512-804-9364, http://wcarc.com
Marble Falls, at VFD (behind the MFA EMS building, 606 Ave U), noon-6p, http://hlarc.org
Mountain City, 512-847-9525
Uvalde, 830-765-3748, coyotearc.net

June 30, 2017 - 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

June 30 - July 1, 2017 - TAGRA FIBER FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 9a-5p. Annual Show & Sale. Vendors will have natural fibers on hand including alpaca, wool and cotton. There will be a show, annual membership meeting and livestock for sale. Host Web. Facebook, 830-688-1391, naumannangoras@hotmail.com

June 30-July 1, 2017 - JULY JUBILEE - INDEPENDENCE DAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Leakey, at Courthouse Square. 9a-4p. Parade at 10a, live music, street dance, concessions, rodeo at 8p. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web

June 30-July 1, 2017 - EDWARDS COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Rocksprings, at Fairgrounds. Live entertainment, rodeo, parade, dance, Slick Rock Challenge. Annual event, Adults: $10. 830-834-0262. Sponsor Web


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June 30-July 1, 2017 - JULY JUBILEE - INDEPENDENCE DAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Leakey, at Courthouse Square. 9a-4p. Parade at 10a, live music, street dance, concessions, rodeo at 8p. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222, Web

June 30-July 1, 2017 - EDWARDS COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Rocksprings, at Fairgrounds. Live entertainment, rodeo, parade, dance, Slick Rock Challenge. Annual event, Adults: $10. 830-834-0262. Sponsor Web

June 30 - July 1, 2017 - TAGRA FIBER FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 9a-5p. Annual Show & Sale. Vendors will have natural fibers on hand including alpaca, wool and cotton. There will be a show, annual membership meeting and livestock for sale. Host Web. Facebook, 830-688-1391, naumannangoras@hotmail.com

July 1, 2017 - STARS & STRIPES CELEBRATION: Richland Springs.8:30a: Parade; 9a: Horseshoes & washers contest; Hog Sacking contest; 2-5p: 42 Domino Tournament in McCullough Bldg. Bounce house, wet/dry slide, vendors, food by donation at 6p. Fireworks at dark. Annual free event. Donna, 325-372-1105

July 1, 2017 - ROCK'N RIVERFEST JET SKI DRAG RACES: Llano, at Badu Park, on the Llano River. 9a-2p. Patriotic pet parade, disc golf tournament, vendors, rat-rod car show, inflatable water rides, BBQ Cook-Off. Fireworks Event Web. 325-247-5354, Chamber Web

July 1, 2017 - JULY JUBILEE: Brady, at various venues. Parade 10a, BBQ luncheon 11a, Mud Volleyball Tournament, 12 noon at Brady Lake Park. Fireworks, free dance 9p. 325-597-3491. Web

July 1, 2017, INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Comfort, at Historic Downtown District & Comfort Park. 10a-6p. Parade begins at 10a, ending in the park with BBQ and fun activities till 2p. Then, 2p-6p in town, enjoy food, live entertainment, shopping, dining, pie baking contest, family fun, auctions, and raffles for cash prizes. Free admission, annual event. $10 per plate for BBQ dinner. Rose Burckhardt, 830-995-3131, www.comfort-texas.com.

July 1, 2017 - BIG SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL: Wimberley, at Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR-12. 1-7p. Old fashioned ice cream festival with live entertainment and contests every hour on the hour. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Sam-Wimberley. $10 adults; children 12 and under free. Annual event. Event Web. Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, 512-847-9956, jwatson@ststeve.org

July 1-2, 2017 - 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 1-4, 2017 - AQUA BOOM FESTIVAL: Kingsland. Annual event with children's parade, aqua boom land parade, arts & crafts vendors, cow'ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, steak and BBQ 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, pageant, golf tournament. 325-388-6211. Chamber Web, Event Web

July 2, 2017 - BLANCO COUNTY INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Blanco, at Bindseil Park. 6:30p live music, cowboy poetry, buggy rides, street dance. Annual event. Facebook Events. 512-833-5101, Chamber Web

July 2-3, 2017 - 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 3, 2017 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY: Junction, at Junction City Park. At dusk. 325-446-3190, junctiontx@cebridge.net. Chamber Web

July 3-9, 2017 - 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 4, 2017 - SUMMERFEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins and N CM Allen Parkway. 6p-10p. Celebrates Independence Day. Children's costume contest and patriotic parade, live music, local vendors, food, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. Fun annual event for whole family. Free parking. 512-393-8400; Event Web

July 4, 2017 - 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, 2017 - RED, WHITE and BUDA: Buda, City Park, 204 San Antonio Road. 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 selling hot dogs. Fireworks show at City Park area at 9:30p. 512-295-7170, Event Web

July 4, 2017 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Uvalde, at County Fairplex, 122 Veterans Lane. Sponsor Web. 830-591-9040

July 4, 2017 - 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 9:30p. Free annual event. 830-792-3535. Event Web

July 4, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL: Bee Cave, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 6p-9p. Enjoy live music, shop, 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! Free, annual event. Event Web Contact: Hill Country Galleria, 512-263-0001

July 4, 2017 - 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. Event Web

July 4, 2017 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: Lago Vista, at Lago Vista Golf Course & Greenshore Park area! A day full of activities celebrating our nation's independence, including a community wide parade at 9:30a, 5K fun run, talent contest, silent auction, classic car show, fireworks, family fun, and more! Event Web

July 4, 2017 - CASI CHILI COOK-OFF AT BECKER VINEYARDS: Stonewall. 10a-5p. World class teams compete in CASI-sanctioned event in an effort to win qualifying points toward the Terlingua International Chili Championship. The sampling public vote for their favorite chili. Benefits Fredericksburg Food Pantry. Entertaining chili showmanship, wine tasting, live music. Registration Fee: $20 Chili, $10 Salsa. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835. Sponsor Web

July 4, 2017 - PARADE ON MAIN: Junction, at downtown. 10-11a. 325-446-3190, junctiontx@cebridge.net. Chamber Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept July 4, 2017 - 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, 2017 - ROCK'N RIVERFEST FIREWORKS: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Dr, downtown, 9p-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, 2017 - JULY 4th PARADE & PROGRAM: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz & various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Old fashion parade (10a on Main St) and patriotic program. Children's parade, concert, fireworks, horse racing, and other local events. Free, annual event. 830-889-8875. Event Web, Chamber Web

July 4, 2017 - FOURTH FEST: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Free family fun. Bring your lawn chair, cooler and picnic. 10a. Open all day. Vendor and food booths. Courthouse Square Parade 10a (pick up parade entry application at Chamber office on Main St). Washer pitching tournament 2:30p. Kid's water park. Live music 7-9p. Fireworks by JCVFD at 9p. Free entry. Please pack out your garbage. 830-868-7684. Chamber Web

July 4, 2017 - UTOPIA FIREWORKS SHOW: Utopia, at Community Park. Annual event. 830-966-3643. Venue Web

July 4, 2017 - 4TH OF JULY: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. 9:15p. Evening with live music, fun activities, friendly faces and a night sky ablaze with fireworks. Food and beverages available. 830-798-2157, Sponsor Web, Judy Miller, jmiller@outbackunlimited.com

July 7-8, 2017 - MASON ROUND-UP WEEKEND: 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 7-8, 2017 - KERRFEST: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, 3705 TX 27 East. 8p. Annual Event. Includes open pro rodeo action, BBQ and chili cook-offs, live music, a street dance, children activities, food, vendors, family fun. $10. 830-997-1864 Web, Event Web

July 7-9, 2017 - THE COOL ART SHOW and SALE: Wimberley, Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR-12. Fri: 10a-7p; Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: Noon-4p. With the temperature rising, the Wimberley Valley Art League wants people to take a chill. For the first time this event will be in the middle of summer. Typically the show is in Nov, but the artists decided to mix things up a bit. An opening reception on Fri 5-7p will highlight the cool theme by having an ice carving demonstration, in which Franko the Ice Man will convert a block of ice into the event's mascot, Pablo Penguin. Cold libations and frozen treats will be available. Free shave ice will also be served throughout the weekend. Visitors can expect to see over 100 paintings, lots of jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture and more. Each artist will have a mini-show of their best work for sale. All artists will display a work of art that represents coolness to them. Public is invited to vote on the coolest of the cool. Daily raffles for visitors and an interactive game. Lynn Myers, 512-826-4286, Sponsor Web Artists

July 8, 2017 - 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 13, 2017 - CACTUS PEAR MUSIC FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at First United Methodist Church, 572 W San Antonio Street. 7-9p. These concerts garner high praise for their programming and artistry season after season. Cactus Pear is committed to significantly contributing to the musical education of South Texas young people, not only during the summer festival but throughout the year. Exposing young people to this inspiring musical art form and the intimacy of listening to chamber music-or in making it themselves-has been a primary objective of the CPMF board and its founder since the beginning. Advance 5-Ticket Subscription $110. Regular 5-Ticket Subscription $125 starting July 1. Advance Adult Single Ticket $25. Regular Adult Single Ticket: $28 starting July 1. Active Military: $100 season subscription, $20 single ticket. $5 Student Ticket. Annual event. Renee Davis, 210-838-2218, cactuspearmusicfestival@aol.com

July 15, 2017 - 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 15, 2017 - MARBLE FALLS RODEO PARADE: Marble Falls, Downtown, Main Street. 10a. Parade. 512-755-5773, Event Web, Sponsor Web

July 15-16, 2017 - 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 20-23, 2017 - 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

July 21-23, 2017 - 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. 512-858-4725. Event Web

July 22-23, 2017 - FLOATFEST: San Marcos, at Cool River Ranch. Starts 10a for tubers. Live entertainment, concerts. camping. River float 2.5 miles. Annual event. Event Web

July 24-26, 2017 - JIMMIE RODGERS MEMORIAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: Kerrville, at Schreiner University, from 9-4p in the Cailloux Student Activity Center. Well-known Texas singer/songwriters Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will lead this first workshop designed for persons ages 15-22. On-campus housing available. Scholarship applications being accepted. Sponsor Web, Facebook. 830-792-1945, kat@texasheritagemusic.org

July 25-16, 2017 - KERRVILLE SUMMER MARKET: Kerrville, at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

July 28-30, 2017 - 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


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Aug 4-6, 2017 - HOTTER THAN HELL 100-MILE YARD SALE: Castroville on the East to Brackettville on the West. Various events spanning 100 miles - yard sales, theater events, antique sales, City Wide Market and more. Annual event. 830-591-2711. Web

Aug 11-12, 2017 - 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. Annual event. Tickets. Nathan Tonne, 254-212-9160. www.junctiontexas.net

Aug 11-13, 2017 - 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 Artists

Aug 12, 2017 - 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

Aug 12-13, 2017 - 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 16-19, 2017 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Parade, 43 Tournament, Exhibit Hall, Goat Roping, Youth Rodeo, Team Roping, Steer Sow, Goat Show, Lamb Show. Annual event. Tickets can only be purchased day of event. Tickets include Rodeo & Dance. Free parking. Katy Odiorne: 512-627-8272. Chamber Web. Sponsor Web, info@bcfra.org

Aug 16-20, 2017 - 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 19, 2017 - 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

Aug 24-27, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the "oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas". Whether it's the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 24-27, 2017 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB HERITAGE 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 25, 2017 - 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 26-27, 2017 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2017 - 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, 2017 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2017 - 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


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Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2017 - 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 1-2, 2017 - 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 1-3, 2016 - PALOMINO FEST LABOR DAY CELEBRATION: Uvalde, at Fairplex, 830-591-9040. Chamber Web

Sep 2-3, 2017 - 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

Sep 2, 2017 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION, BBQ COOK-OFF & KOW KICK FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: Junction, at City Park along the South Llano River - Off Loop 481. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides, fidler contest. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net.

Sep 2, 2017 - 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, 2017 - HODGEPODGE MARKET: Llano, at John Kuykendal Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Sat 10a-5p; Sun 10a-4p. 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! Admission $5 or $3 with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under free with paid adult. RV parking with hookups (no sewer). Facebook, Event Host. Dana Wood: 817-659-9249

Sep 9, 2017 - 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 Artists

Sep 9, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - 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. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web, Facebook

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsSep 9, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - PECAN CREEK: Pecan Creek, at 3410 Pecan Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 9, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY SPRING: Cherry Spring, at 5973 RR 2323. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 9, 2017 - 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

Sep 9, 2017 - ST JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14689 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

Dog Sep 10, 2017 - 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

National%20Museum Sep 16, 2017 - ANNUAL MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 16, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX-16 S. 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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 16-17, 2017 - 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, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: 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 22-24, 2017 - 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. 512-496-2798. Event Web

Sep 23, 2017 - RAISE THE ROOF CHILI & BBQ COOK OFF: Twin Sisters, at Dance Hall, 6720 US 281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. 9a. Live music, dominoes, washer pithing tournament, children's activities, dance. Annual event. 512-833-5773. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Sep 24, 2017 - ST JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14689 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

Sep 28-Oct 28, 2017 - GUADALUPE WATERCOLOR GROUP JUDGED ART SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, downtown. Opening Sat 2-4p, Mon-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 2-4p. 50+ watercolor artists offer juried original watercolors for sale. There will be both framed and unframed art. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase fine quality art at "club prices". Subjects range from Texas Hill Country, animals, abstract, portraits, etc. Free admission, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. Lisa Drake, 830-895-2911. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Wine Sep 29, 2017 - 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 29, 2017 - 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. Another way of learning using stories and songs. Annual free event. Kathleen Hudson, 830-792-1945. Event Web


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OCTOBER 2017


Oct 6-8, 2017 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsOct 7, 2017 - 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 7, 2017 - 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 Artists

Oct 13-15, 2017 - 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 13-15 & Oct 20-22, 2017 - 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 14, 2017 - 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

Oct 14, 2017 - BURNET OCTOBER FESTIVAL: Burnet, at City Square/Jackson Street. 9a-9p. Art fair, vendors, winey's, brewery's, German food, kid's zone, live music all day. Free, annual event. Damon Bierle, 512-585-8215 Artists

Oct 14, 2017 - 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 14-15, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Dripping Springs, Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Arts & crafts faire. Gifts, jewelry, gourmet food. Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide. 830-895-5000. Sponsor Web

Oct 20-21, 2017 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 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 20-22, 2017 - 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 20-22, 2017 - LLANO WILD WEST DAYS & CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: Llano, Sat noon: Cook-off at Llano River; Sat Night at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Vendors, gunfighters, music. 325-247-5354. Web

Oct 21, 2017 - 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

Oct 21, 2017 - GEARHEAD'S OPEN CAR SHOW: Buda, at Cabela's, 15570 IH-35. 9a-4p. Free. live auction, food, vendors. Web. Lisa Whitehead: 512-921-9130

Oct 21-22, 2017 - FALL 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" National%20Park%20Service

Oct 28, 2017 - 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

Wine Oct 28, 2017 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg. Held downtown at Marktplatz (the 100 block of W Main St). A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. Event Web

Oct 28-29, 2017 - 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


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NOVEMBER 2017


Nov 2-5, 2017 - 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

Nov 3, 2017 - 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 3, 2017 - HUNTER APPRECIATION: Llano, Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. 9a-1p. 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 3-12, 2017 - 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 4, 2017 - 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 4, 2017 - HUNTERS' EVENTS: Junction. Fri, Lunch: at West Bear Creek General Store; Sat, Lunch: at JC Sporting Goods and at Simon Bros in Roosevelt; and Sat, Breakfast: at London Community Center. Free, annual events. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber

Ranch Park Nov 4, 2017 - 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 Artists

Nov 10-12, 2017 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: Fredericksburg, at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 424 W Main Street. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 5p-8p, Sat 10a-4p, Sun 12:30a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Annette Bennett, 713-201-1451. Event Web

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2017 - 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

Artists Nov 11, 2017 - 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 18-19, 2017 - FALL 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 24, 2017 - 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 24, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 - 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 24-26, 2017 - 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 24-Dec 31, 2017 - 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, 2017 - WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic Game, chili and trimmings. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web
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Nov 25, 2017 - 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.Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept 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


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DECEMBER 2017


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.

Dec 1, 2017 - 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

Dec 1, 2017 - 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

Dec 1-3, 2017 - 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%20Museum

Dec 2, 2017 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & MARKET: Fredericksburg. 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Walk through distinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets required. Annual event. $25. 830-990-8441. Web National%20Park%20Service

Dec 2, 2017 - CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE YEARS IN LBJ COUNTRY: Johnson City. Music, games and tours with lots of Christmas spirit! 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 2, 2017 - 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 2, 2017 - FESTIVAL OF TEXAS FIDDLING: Twin Sisters, at Dance Hall, 6720 US 281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. 11a. All styles of fiddling in Texas from Old Time and Country to Contet style, Western Swing, Creole, Texas Polish, Cajun, Son Huasteca, Bluegrass and Blues! Annual event. 512-833-5773. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Dec 7, 2017 - 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, 2017 - 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

Dog Dec 8-10, 2017 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. 512-663-2055. Event Web, Sponsor Web

Dec 9, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - 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 Artists

Dec 9, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - CHRISTMAS MARKET ON MAIN: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. With merchants selling everything from fine-art to homemade goodies, vendors with items such as jewelry and organic soap, warm beverages, live music, and Christmas activities for kids, you're in for a treat! 830-693-2815. Web

Dec 16-17, 2017 - FREDERICKSBURG GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr, just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. $5. 806-253-1322. Venue Web, Event Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 17, 2017 - 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, 2017 - 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 31, 2017 - NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, at the Dance Hall. 8p-midnight. Two Step, Waltz, party favors, champagne toast. 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"


SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES



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

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

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




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

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

Every Mon-Thur - PICKER CIRCLE: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Free. Listen or sing/play. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web, 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 Wed, SONGWRITER HANG: Spring Branch, at Shade Tree Saloon, 7-9p, hosted by Grammy nominated David Lee. Songwriters are encouraged to come and play a song and hang in a creative, original music environment.

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

Every 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. 5p. www.ffawf.com. Ten fine art gallery open for exhibits, casual art talks, demonstrations, entertainment, with wine from local wineries. All year

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

Every 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 Fri, 2E TWIN ELM BUCKLE SERIES RODEO: , Bandera, TX 78003, at 810 FM 470. 8p. June-Aug. 253-209-1109. Web). Rodeo with bull riding, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing, mutton busting, calf scramble. $10

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, NUGENT AVENUE ART WALK: Johnson City. Park, walk and enjoy the art, wine, food at 7 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 2nd Sun, MUSIC FEST: Bandera, at Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street. 1-4p. Pickers Circle. Free. Bring lawn chairs. 830-328-0321. www.frontiertimesmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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