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JANUARY, 2015


Jan 1, 2015 - 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. 512-268-4220. Web

Jan 1, 2015 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, at 11a. Bandera County Cowgirls gather for a panoramic photo on horseback followed by an afternoon of demonstrations on how the modern day cowgirl makes her living with the horse. Examples of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will be held in the arena. The history of the American cowgirl, singer/songwriters, storytellers, and artists will be featured. TPWD Web. 830-796-4413. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 1, 2015 - BLACK EYED PEA & CORNBREAD COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US 290 East. 10a-6p If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. A Southern-style, annual, cook-off and Jam Session. Live band, sample the entries. $500 First Prize for each Category! Contact: 830-644-2829, tdp@texashillcountrywine.com, Web, Festival Web

Jan 1, 2015 - FIRST DAY HIKE: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 9-11a. Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead, and walk to the summit. Annual event. See Parks

Jan 1, 2015 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: Gruene, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. 830-629-5077. Web

Jan 1-4, 2015 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will by holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. 830-997-6597. Web

Jan 3, 2015 - BLACK-EYED PEA & CORNBREAD COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, At Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 US 290 E. 10a-6p. Benefits art education in area schools. Judging 1p. Live entertainment 1-5p. 830-644-2829. www.torredipietra.com

Jan 7-11, 2015 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas

Jan 8-10, 2015 - LLANO COUNTY JUNIOR 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 8-10, 2015 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. Web, Map

Jan 8-10, 2015 - BANDERA COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755

Jan 8-10, 2015 - 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 8-10, 2015 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G. Rollie White Complex

Jan 8-Feb 1, 2015 - KACC ANTIQUES COLLECTABLES SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Cornels Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett St. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 8-Feb 1, 2015 - 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 9-10, 2015 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Mason County Show Barn. 325-347-5259. Chamber Web

Jan 9-11, 2015 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 918-619-2875. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Jan 9-11, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd. 830-459-2120. www.hcamp.org. Summer HCAMP is a 5 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

Jan 10, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Jan 10, 2015 - PORT 'N PAIRINGS: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Port 'n Pairings". 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"

Jan 10, 2015 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS HORSE SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 15-17, 2015 - SAN SABA COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, on Church Street.

Jan 15-17, 2015 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW: Johnson City, at Blanco County Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA youth projects. 830-868-7167. Web

Jan 16-17, 2015 - 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 16-17, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Jan 17, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape Creek Rd. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Jan 17-18, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Hwy 16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Free, open to public. 830-990-9823. Web

Jan 18, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at American Legion Hall, along the Llano River at 200 Legion Drive. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 18-24, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

Jan 21-24, 2015 - DRIPPING SPRINGS-HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs. DS Ranch Park Event Center, 29401 RR 12. 512-393-2120. Web

Jan 23-24, 2015 - QUILT SHOW - BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS THROUGH QUILTING: San Saba, at Civic Center in Mill Pond Park, Hwy 190 E. 10a-4p. Registration, vendors and the main part of the show will be at the Civic Center, and beautiful quilts all over town in most of the businesses and draped across railings on our front porches on several streets. Truck show, bed turnings and many vendors. 325-372-5141. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Jan 24, 2015 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Jan 24, 2015 - BAUBLES & BOOTS CELEBRATION: Bandera, at Flying A Ranch, 1919 TX 173 South. 4:30-7:30p. Annual dinner & auction benefiting the Bandera ISD Education Foundation. Tickets at Bandera ISD Office and McMullan Insurance. 830-796-3313. Web

Jan 24, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at American Legion Hall, along the Llano River at 200 Legion Drive. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 24, 2015 - GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kingsland, at Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr. Guns, knives, ammo, coins, more. 210-827-6302. Wild Weasel Productions

Jan 26, 2015 - PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETING - LONE STAR REGIONAL RAIL PROJECT: San Marcos, Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. 5-8p. The Lone Star Rail District, Texas Department of Transportation, and Federal Highway Administration are holding a series of meetings to start the environmental review process for the Lone Star Regional Rail Project, which is proposed to improve mobility, mode choice, accessibility, transportation reliability and facilitate economic development along the I-35 corridor in Central and South Texas. One option to be studied could provide passenger rail service from north of Austin to downtown San Antonio within existing freight rail corridors, while moving some existing freight train service to a new freight bypass constructed between Taylor and San Antonio. Free. www.lonestarrail.com. Contact: Sebastian Puente, 512-501-4971, spuente@cultural-strategies.com

Jan 31, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOWS: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Jan 31, 2015 - WILD GAME DINNER: Bandera, at Grace Lutheran Church, 451 Hwy 173, serving from 4-7p. Expertly prepared, all you can eat wild game dinner serving everything from white tail deer to more exotic game. Dine-in or take-out. $15 donation. 830-796-3091. Web


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FEBRUARY, 2015


Feb 3, 2015 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6:30-8:30p. Taste the many delectable offerings by local restaurateurs. Proceeds help New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation fund projects and programs that will improve educational opportunities for students. 830-643-5700. Web

Feb 5-7, 2015 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off. costume contest, parade and special country and Cajun Zydeco music. 830-796-4849. Web, info@11thstreetcowboybar.com

Feb 6, 2015 - FAMILY HEART HEALTHY EXPO: New Braunfels, at Civic/Convention Center, 1p-5p. All ages invited to enjoy FREE health screenings including blood pressure, body mass index, running shoe clinic tests, and EKGs; more than 35 health and wellness exhibitors; grilled cooking demonstrations and tastings; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Mobile Mammography Unit; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Pediatric Mobile Clinic; $20 cholesterol/glucose panels on a first-come, first-served basis; five minute CPR. 830-643-5178. Web

Feb 6-8, 2015 - 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

Feb 6-8, 2015 - ST VALENTINE'S DAY MOTORCYCLE MASSACRE: Hondo, at Medina County Fairgrounds. Live music, two halls of vendors, contests, food and more. 210-865-7188; 210-601-1932; toedig@yahoo.com, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Feb 6-13, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: . Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country with overnight stops in Luckenbach, Albert, Blanco, Twin Sisters, Kendalia and more. Free to watch, Fee to ride, annual event. Spnsor Web

Feb 6-22, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE LOVER'S TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 7, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos. Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 5p. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 7, 2015 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Luckenbach. Noon. Annual event with live music, dancing, trailride, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 8, 2015 - 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 13-14, 2015 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: Luckenbach. Annual camp-out and Valentine's Ball with a name musician. Get "Back to the Basics of Love". Free live music; tickets for concerts. 830-997-3224. Web

Feb 14, 2015 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 11a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Feb 14, 2015 - HEARTS FOR HOPE: Kerrville, at Y.O Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. 6:30-11p. Live Entertainment. Be prepared to dance and swing on the dance floor after a delicious entree of food from an all you can eat buffet. All proceeds go to New Hope Counseling Center, a non-profit organization. $50. Every Feb. Web. Sharon Renter, 830-257-3009, director@newhopecounselingtx.org

Feb 14, 2015 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. Free monthly event that offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it! Various art galleries participate. In February, Wimberley's Second Saturday Gallery Trail coincides with Valentine's Day. The romantic weekend starts on Friday the 13th (eek!) at LT Gallery with an artists' meet-and-greet. It continues on Saturday (Saint V's day) at all 14 of our participating galleries. Both days' festivities run from 4-7p. So grab your sweetie and come on out and enjoy wine, nibbles, and outstanding art! 512-847-9438. Facebook

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 14, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek, at 470 Cave Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Feb 15, 2015 - 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 15, 2015 - KERRVILLE ART CLUB SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. Framed and Unframed Work by the Talents of the Kerrville Art Club, Avery Gallery. 830-895-2911. Web

Feb 17, 2015 - MARDI GRAS ON MAIN: Kerrville, Earl Garrett St, 6p-9p. Fine wine and beer, glow party, costume contest, live entertainment, gumbo cook off. Gather to celebrate Mardi Gras Texas style. Free public admission. 830-792-8395. Sponsor Web

Feb 18, 2015 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park. 10a-3:30p. Annual workshop is for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Theme: "Get Read: A Writers Marketing Conference". Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. www.jclibrarysite.org. Contact: Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 20-22, 2015 - GRTU TROUTFEST: New Braunfels, at Rio Raft Resort, 14130 River Road. Outdoors banquet and Expo on the Guadalupe River. Fly tiers, kid fish pond, fly casting lessons and educational classes will provide enjoyment for the whole family! 512-413-3301. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Hunting & Fishing in the Hill Country"

Feb 21, 2015 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Castell, at Castell General Store, 19522 RR 152 W. 10a-10p. $25 if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment. Annual event. Contact: Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100

Feb 21, 2015 - ENCHANTED "ROCK STAR" FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd 965, 18 mi N of town. Noon-10p. To celebrate Enchanted Rock's designation as a Dark Sky Park and increase awareness of the benefits of dark skies. We want folks to enjoy the daytime activities, experience the magical world of a star-filled night, and leave inspired to turn the lights downward in their own communities. Regular park admission applies. Vendor food. Annual event. TPWD Enchanted Rock ofc: 830-685-3636. Venue Web

Feb 21, 2015 - RAINWATER COLLECTION SHOW: Spicewood, at Spicewood VFD, 9805 TX 71 E. 2-5p. Rainwater collection professional on site to answer your questions abut systems, tanks, filtration. Free, annual event. Free parking. Door prizes. Info: cwhitaker@281.com

Feb 21, 2015 - CHILI COOKOFF: Leander, at Texas Humane Heroes - Leander Pet Adoption Center (HQ location), 10930 E Crystal Falls Pwy, Leander. 1-3p. Annual event. 512-260-3602, Web

Feb 21, 2015 - WINE ROAD 290 - RAGIN' CAJUN: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Ragin Cajun". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Feb 21-22, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Web, Venue Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Feb 21-22, 2015 - SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Feb 21-22, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Feb 21-22, 2015 - EAGLE GUN SHOW: Uvalde, at County Fairplex, 122 Veterans Ln. Fri-Sat: 9a-5p. $7. Sponsor Web. Buddy Howell, 210-371-3001

Feb 21-22, 2015 - 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 27, 2015 - EMPTY BOWL HEAD START FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Pioneer Pavilion, located off TX 16, 3 mi S of town. Silent auction, live entertainment. $20 gets attendees clay bowl for soup dinner; tickets at door. 830-990-1026

Feb 27-28, 2015 - 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

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Feb 28, 2015 - 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 28, 2015 - SPICEWOOD VINEYARDS CHILI COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409. 1-6p. Annual event showcases chili and wine. Pair it with the Claret Chili Cook-Off. Texas wine, hot chili, live music and the Hill Country views. Fee required. 830-693-5328. Web

Feb 28, 2015 - WILD WOMEN & WINE FESTIVAL: Comfort, at Happy H Ranch, 505 Hwy 87 N, 5 mi N of town. Noon-6p. Annual event, food trucks, wine vendors & tastings, demonstrations, contests, prizes. Covered indoor event, free parking & shuttle. Benefits Comfort VFD. Tickets required. 210-332-3151. Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. Vendors feature plants for every garden, lawn and garden equipment, and yard decor are also available for purchase. Informative speakers, demonstrations, food and a special children's area. Free annual event. Val Klaudt, Chairperson, 512-588-0696. Sponsor Web


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MARCH, 2015


Mar 3, 2015 - PLATEAU LAND & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR: Leakey, at Nutrition Center, 420 W RR 337. 6:30p-8p. A presentation on transitioning to Wildlife Management Tax Valuation ("Wildlife Exemption"). Free and open to the public, this seminar will benefit anyone who owns rural land in Texas, including those who are currently in Ag or benefiting from a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation. Topics include: An Overview of Wildlife Management Property Tax Valuation; 7 Wildlife management activity categories and examples of each; Traditional Ag vs. Wildlife Management; State and County requirements; Concrete answers to questions that plague many landowners. Contact: Molly Cleveland, 512-894-3479. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Mar 5, 2015 - OLD WEST CASINO NIGHT: Johnson City, at Blanco County Show Barn, US 281 N. 6p. Live entertainment, silent auction, dinner, door prizes, casino-style gambling. 830-868-7684. Web

Mar 6, 2015 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6p-11p. An annual event, the party with a purpose. A fun evening of food, drinks, shopping, and music all while enjoying spa services like massages, manicures, make-up and much more. All proceeds benefit the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Open Door Recovery House. Gather up a few girlfriends and join us! Tickets go on sale January 1st. $50. Web. Contact: Shelli or Donna, 830-693-9292, events@opendoorrecovery.net

Mar 6-7, 2015 - PIECEMAKERS QUILT SHOW: Uvalde, at Herby Ham Activity Center. 10a-6p. 830-591-2711. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Mar 6-7, 2015 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 830-232-6625. Web

Mar 6-14, 2015 - TEXAS STAR TRAIL RIDE: Web. A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 7, 2015 - 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

Mar 7, 2015 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, RR 1476. Noon-6p. Celebration with Texas Star Trail Ride, and a dance in the world famous Texas town. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - SPAGHETTI DINNER & BINGO NIGHT: Johnson City, at LBJ High School Commons, Nugent Ave. Serving: 5:30p, Bingo 6:45p. Includes desert, quilt raffle, live and silent auctions and fun. Johnson City Woman's Civic Club hosts this event that benefits JC Library. 830-868-7688. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - MAIN STREET MARKET DAYS: Marble Falls, at Main Street. 9a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts and food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park & historic Main Street. 10a-4p. Dog walk, pet activities & contests, great food, live music, vendors, co-ed softball tournament. Annual event benefits Highland Lakes SPCA, a no-kill shelter. Adults: $20, Kids: $15. Sponsorships available. 830-385-9289. Web

Mar 7, 2015 - 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 7-8, 2015 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista. Truly unique annual event with 900+ cyclists from around the world. Food, drinks, face painting and "Bouncy House" for the kids. Contact Clive Rutherford, cliverutherford@austin.rr.com or Sherri Jander 512-267-7952, Chamber Web, info@lagovista.org
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Mar 7-15, 2015 - SPRING BREAK AT THE LBJ RANCH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Opportunity to further explore and discover the park's historic resources and delve deeper into the story of the 36th president and the LBJ Ranch. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Mar 9-11, 2015 - SPRING BREAK CAMP: Boerne, at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, City Park Road. 9a-3p. Registration now open with this non-profit organization. Activities for children age 5-12 will include catch-and-release fishing, bug-catching, tie-dying, hiking, singing, learning survival skills, outdoor cooking, building shelters, birding, dancing, playing games and arts and crafts. Campers may sign up for 1-3 days. 830-249-4616. Web

Mar 9-13, 2015 - 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

National%20Museum Mar 13, 2015 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Discuss different aspects of leadership that they have learned in their military carriers and how to adapt those to your business. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 13-14, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Wild Hog Explosion, Mansfield Park. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Mar 13-15, 2015 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web

Mar 13-15, 2015 - REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville. Free, annual event. 512-663-2055. Sponsor Web

National%20Museum Mar 14, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Mar 14, 2015 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX 16 N. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bilke Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Mar 14, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Mar 14, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 14, 2015 - BLUES, BLUEBONNETS & BBQ: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyard. 11:30a-4p. Free admission and music. 830-644-2681. Web

Mar 14-15, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER FEST: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 11a-4p. A unique blend of great arts and crafts created by talented vendors, gardeners and plants, lots of great food, and fun shopping experiences for those who are looking for something a little different. Antiques and collectibles. Live music. Annual, free event. 888-225-3427. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Mar 14-15, 2015 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 11a-4p. Annual event featuring innovation, demonstrations, ideas and design, for the whole family to enjoy! 830-992-5074. Event Web. Venue Web

Mar 14-15, 2015 - LLANO GUN SHOW: Llano, Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152. Sat: 9a-5p. Sun: 9a-4p. 817-296-7844. Web

Mar 14-21, 2015 - TEXAS HELL WEEK: Fredericksburg, with HQ at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams. Daily 50, 70, 100 mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. 806-499-3210. Web

Mar 17-21, 2015 - 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 20-21, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Marble Falls, at Westside Park, 2nd St & Ave Q. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Mar 21, 2015 - KITE DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 1-3p. Children of all ages invited to come make old-fashioned 1900's kites. We supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Llano at Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, 308 W Main. 9a-1p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for Demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Mar 21, 2015 - MERCEDES-BENZ CLUB HILL COUNTRY DRIVE: Blanco and Driftwood. Meet at 100 Main St, Blanco, at 9:30a. All Mercedes-Benz owners are welcome to attend! Join us on a fun drive to shop, eat and visit a winery. Sponsor Web. Contact: Kathie Steele, 512-497-9012, dieselbenz@outlook.com

Mar 21, 2015 - VINO & PASTA: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Vino & Pasta". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Mar 21, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 21, 2015 - WINGS OVER BOERNE: Boerne, at 1407 S Main. Shows at 11a, 1p & 3p. Bird of Prey Shows by Last Chance Forever. An outdoor presentation and a flying demo with hawks, owls, falcons & vultures. Free. 830-249-7277. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - FANCY FEATHERS 4-H CLUB APA/ABA SANCTIONED OPEN CHICKEN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at 1042 Ranch Park. Annual event where breeders, from near and far, bring their fancy chickens to be judged according to the APA or ABA Standards of Perfection established for each breed and variety. Even if you don't enter chickens, you are still welcome to attend. No entry fee. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E Lower Crabapple Rd. 7:30p. 806-549-2483. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg German Choirs and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra. Light refreshments served. Free admission. By donation. Web

Mar 21, 2015 - 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"

Mar 21, 2015 - FISH FRY & AUCTION: Lakehills, at Lakehills Civic Center, 11225 Park Road 37, Lakehills. 11a-4p. Fish fry, live & silent auction, cash and carry items, live music, games & more. Free parking & admission. Fee per plate. Annual event sponsored by Lakehills UMC, 830-751-2404. Sponsor Web

Mar 21, 2015 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI COOKOFF: Luckenbach. Annual event parody on electing a Mayor of Luckenbach, who serves just one day. Anyone from anywhere who shows up can cast a vote on Election Day. No fees. Prepare your campaign and signs. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 21-22, 2015 - 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 22, 2015 - ST PATRICK YOUTH SPRING FESTIVAL: Brady, at 406 S Bridge Street. 1-7p. Live music, street dance, kids games and activities, concessions, and vendor booths. For the whole family. Free Admission. Contact: Heather Jo Ashton, 325-456-4344

Mar 26-29, 2015 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Kerrville, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. Web. 512-422-0234, larson@hotmail.com

Mar 26-29, 2015 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 409-955-0073. Web

Mar 27, 2015 - LOMETA ROUND-UP RATTLESNAKE OPEN RODEO: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park. 7:30p. Bull riding, ranch bronc riding, tiedown roping, ladiess breakaway roping, team roping, ladies barrel racing, min broncs. Free mutton busting. $10. Tommy Green, 325-4351-0434.Chamber Web

Mar 27-28, 2015 - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE RUMMAGE SALE: Horseshoe Bay, at Finn Family Life Center, 201 Dalton Circle. 8a-5p. Free, annual event. The sale will offer hundreds of items ranging from golf and other sporting equipment to new and gently worn clothing and shoes, household and kitchen items, lawn equipment, toys, baby furniture and household furniture and appliances. Contact: Linda Baker, 214-762-8321

Mar 27-29, 2015 - HOG FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR: Sabinal, at City Park & Yellow Jackets Stadium. Variety of fun and entertainment including wild hog chasing, arts and crafts, games and rides, and plenty of good food. Ross Burris, 830-279-4045. Web

Mar 27-29, 2015 - RIVER ROCK FEST & RALLY: Concan, at Neals 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. Contact: 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Mar 28, 2015 - LOMETA DIAMOND BACK JUBILEE: Lometa, at Lometa Regional Park, from 5a-5p. Arts & crafts, carnival, chili cook-off, music, car show and rattlesnakes. All day. David Smith, 512-752-3106. Chamber Web

Mar 28, 2015 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-5p. Annual show, visit art studios, see artwork and enjoy home-made food. 16 studio locations, 20+ artists. Showings, sales, demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography and wood. "After" party at 7p with the Artists @ Llano Fine Art Guild. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 28, 2015 - CHICK FEST: Burnet, downtown. You gals have taken care of the kids and now it is time for you to have some fu and reward yourselves. Everyone is invited. Come & Go Tea 2-4p. Door prizes, special discounts and snacks at participating merchants. Drawing for door prizes. Proceeds to Boys & Girls Club. Contact: Shelli, 512-588-0088, or BAM: 830-798-5738

Mar 28, 2015 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: Bulverde, at Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road. Registration 8-10a, Awards 3p. Car Enthusiasts: Over 35 classes of hot rods, classics, muscle, motorcycles and special interest entries. We welcome all car enthusiasts no matter the design, style... from completely original, restored or wildly modified. Car club welcome! Custom trophies! Judging and Awards in First, Second and Third in all classes. Special Events - Bring the entire family ... Raffles, door prizes and great food and fun for all. Blue Lion Train rides and Pinewood Derby races for the kids. Special displays! Plenty of trailer parking. Early registration $25. Dan Hamilton, 281-467-8178, dchamilton@sbcglobal.net, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 28, 2015 - JONESTOWN CAJUN COOK-OFF & FESTIVAL: Jonestown, at Jones Brothers Park, 10698 Lakeside Drive. Noon-7p. On the shores of beautiful Lake Travis features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, prizes and family activities. Food, beverages and vendor products for sale. Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Contact: Sherri Jander, Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce, 512-267-7952. Web

Mar 28, 2015 - TEXAS MEN'S STATE CHILI & BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 at Pedernales Bridge. Benefits many Johnson City charities and emergency services. RV parking with limited electric. Park opens Thursday morning at 8a. Cooks' party Friday night. Potluck Thursday night. Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Domino tournament, open cash beans, wings, and much more. Special bronze longhorn trophy and $500 TICC expense money to 1st place chili. Also, Texas Men's State Barbecue Championship, 70/30 payback, pays 10 places. Join us for the fun. Sponsored by CASI. Sponsor Web. Contact: Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Mar 28, 2015 - CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds, US 281 at Pedernales Bridge. Held in conjunction with above Texas Men's Chili and & BBQ Cook-off. 9a-3p. Awards to: Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine Compartment, Best Classic, Best Hot Rod, Best Custom Bike, and Long Distance Award. Benefits local charites and non-profits. Entry fee: $25. Contact: 936-203-0591

Mar 28, 2015 - FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT: New Braunfels, at Cypress Bend Park. Participants can pre-register for $7 per hunter, or register at the event for $10 per hunter. Check-in and registration begins at 7:30p. and the first hunt starts at 8p. Each hunter should bring their own flashlight, but bags will be provided courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. In addition to thousands of eggs filled with treats, prizes will be given to children who find golden eggs during the hunts. "We will have hunts for different age groups: 2-4 year olds, 5-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds -starting with the youngest and working our way to the oldest group," said Erin Flores, Recreation Programs Supervisor. "There will be carnival games for participants to enjoy while they wait for their hunt and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance for photo opportunities." Contact: City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 830-221-4370, Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Boerne. Annual event. 830-537-4096, Sponsor Web

Mar 28, 2015 - WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW: Llano, at James Lutheran Church -Schorlemmer Hall 1401 Ford Street. Sponsored by the Texas Hills Quilters of Llano. Free, annual event. 325-248-0300

Mar 28, 2015 - 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. Contact: Karen Gray or Nikki Ladet, 512-262-3939, campdir@cityofkyle.com Event Web

Mar 28, 2015 - NATURAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM: Marble Falls, at Lakeside Pavilion. 1-5p. Annual free event presented by Atkins Pharmacy. Lots of prizes. 830-693-2972. Web

Mar 28, 2015 - FAMILY EASTER PICNIC & EASTER EGG HUNT: Johnson City, at Franklin Family Ranch, FM 165 & Middle Creek Rd. 11a-2p. 8000+ eggs. Live music, Climb The Rock, Happy Trail Rides, Super Slide, Bungee Run, Games. Free, annual event, including free lunch.

Mar 28, 2015 - SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Harper, at Community Hall in Harper Community Park on US 290 W. 10a-3p. BBQ chicken or sausage meal at 11:30. Kids games, live music, book sale, style show, snow cones, huge silent auction, raffle and cake auction to raise funds for Harper library. BBQ plates are $8. 830-864-4993. Harper Library Web National%20Park%20Service

Mar 28-29, 2015 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. Luci Baines Johnson's "Historical Tour of the Ranch" begins at 1p. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Mar 28-29, 2015 - 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 1860's bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

Mar 29, 2015 - POD ON THE PEDERNALES CHILI COOK-OFF: Johnson City, Blanco County Fairgrounds. 830-868-7684. This Texas tradition is fun for the whole family. Sponsor Web. Contact: Alan Dean, 512-567-2835, pepperdean7@verizon.net

Mar 28-29, 2015 - WILDFLOWER ART SHOW: Salado, 601 N, Main St, at Civic Center Grounds. Sat-Sun: 9a-5p. Food and live entertainment. $2 admission. Nicole, Salado Chamber of commerce, 254-947-5040, Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"


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Apr 2-19, 2015 - YOUTH ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Cornels and Derby Galleries, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. Map. Web, arts@kacckerrville.com

Apr 3-4, 2015 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR: Kerrville, One of the premier cycling events in Texas. 281-782-8743, Web

Apr 3-5, 2015 - DOG AGILITY SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3705 Hwy 27 East. 8a-5p. Show features breeds of all kinds as well as competitors of all levels. Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Free, annual event. Sponsor Web. 512-663-2055

Apr 4, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 405 Buena Vista Dr. 9a-4a. Kids can play on the playscape while the parents shop. 50+ sellers all in one spot. 830-693-4449. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Apr 4, 2015 - 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 4, 2015 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46, 9a-3p. Annual event by Cibolo Nature Center & Farm where you can find native and tried-and-true hill country plants for your landscape and gardens. Meet the expert growers, and learn from informal presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Nurseries and growers with native and well-adapted plants for this region. Regionally produced food items. Natural products such as soaps, candles, fiber products, etc. Nature inspired art and jewelry. Garden art, furniture, pottery, Organic soils, plant food, pest prevention. Businesses such as landscape design, rainwater harvest systems, etc. $5/person. Event Web

Apr 4, 2015 - BLOOMIN' FEST: Lampasas, at Courtyard Square. 9a-5p. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. Free. Includes new Bloomin' Fest Spring Sip & Stroll event. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web

Apr 4, 2015 - HERE'S TO THE HERO'S EASTER FEST & COOK-OFF: Kerrville, at Flat Rock Lake Park, 3840 Riverside Drive. 10a-5p. 830-896-1155. Annual event hosted by The American Legion Memorial Post 208, Family of Charities. Live music, Easter Egg hunt, washer pitching tournament, CASI chili & Lone Star BBQ cook-off, and a variety of vendors. RV spaces but no hookups. Event Web

Apr 4, 2015 - EASTER PAGEANT: Junction at Lover's Leap Amphitheater. 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 cancelled in 60 years). Contact: 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

Apr 4-5, 2015 - TEXAS STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (TSPOTA): Inks Lake State Park. 9a-9p. Amateur radio operators (hams) connect with Texas State Parks in this unique event. oals: to promote public awareness of ham radio and Texas’ beautiful state parks system; to contribute to the recognition that Texas has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; and to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Texas Amateur Radio operators. Location within Park: the day use area near the playground. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club will be setting up their powerful radios and communicating with parks from across the state. The public is welcome to see them in action and get information about amateur radio operations. Park entrance fees apply, but the event is free. Event Web, Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club Web. Contact: Sean Jones, 512-793-4689, sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov

Apr 5, 2015 - 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

Apr 9-11, 2015 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. Over fifty juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Apr 10, 2015 - TEXAS STOL ROUNDUP: Llano, at Municipal Airport, 100 Evelyn Gould Dr, 2 mi N of town off TX 16. Thousands of STOL planes will participate as part of the annual "short-takeoff-landing" event. Llano is a showcase airport because of the grass strip. Competition in five classes. See the airport, the airplanes and talk to STOL pilot specialists. Ribbon cutting. Free annual event. Open to public. Contact: 325-247-5635, Web

Apr 10-12, 2015 - WILD WOMEN WEEKEND Blanco. The ultimate "gal-pal" road trip to the Hill Country, with events like fly fishing lessons, a "chick" market, yoga, aromatherapy, 5k and 10k ladies run, author presentations, style show, casino night and more. Proceeds to non-profits. Contact: 512-750-6363, 512-750-6362 www.wildwomenweekend.org

Apr 10-12, 2015 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: Burnet, Downtown Square area, 229 S Pierce Ave. Vendors open Fri & Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-3p. 200+ vendors, air show, rubber ducky races, grand parade, live music, street dances, carnival, kids activities, weiner dog races, dog house races, free 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 10-12, 2015 - WINE & ART WEEKEND ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos at historic downtown. Featured works from local artists of all mediums, wine tastings and more. Downtown merchants will be serving a variety of wine and hors d’oeuvres at each location, and live art demonstrations and live music will also take place throughout the weekend. *This is a 21+ only event.* Free, annual event. Event Web

Apr 10-26, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Apr 11, 2015 - TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Sewell Park, 700 Aquarena Springs Drive. Noon-11p. Mission is to create an interactive educational environmental to connect and protect the sensitive San Marcos River ecosystem and its connected sister springs in Austin, New Braunfels, and San Antonio and the Edwards Aquifer that feeds them. As we celebrate and learn, we connect around the river and provide opportunities to contribute to a healthier river and community. Inspiring people of all ages with a cascade of fun, interactive workshops, guided river hikes, films, live music, crafts, and creative and performing arts, we provide opportunities to learn, work and play together in ways that preserve the beauty, ecological diversity, and integrity of the rivers, springs and aquifers and enhance their environmental conservation knowledge. Free parking at Strahan Colliseum. Free, annual event. 512-393-5930. Event Web
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Apr 11, 2015 - ANNIVERSARY OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch. Annual education conference is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country. Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s. Anniversary of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Apr 11, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. 9a start. Tractor enthusiasts enjoy the day on theyr tractor, riding through some of the pretiest areas. Tractor entry and participation open to the public, with no age limit on tractors. 22 mile loop. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT "BEAST BLAST" BBQ, AUCTION AND DANCE: Hunt, 151 FM 1340 Hunt VFD Fire Station. 12 Noon-5p. Hunt VFD, "Home of the Beast" fire trucks, will have the "Beast Blast 2014," barbecue, live music, dance and fundraiser. HVFD chefs will serve the famed "pork butt and sausage and chicken" barbecue with fixings starting at noon. Festivities will include various displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, an auction of home made pies, a silent auction, raffle and lots of fun. The Texas Forest Service, Kerr County Sheriff's office, Kerrville EMT's and Fire Departments, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Air Ambulance companies and other agencies who respond to floods, fires and other disasters will be invited to the event. Purpose is to have a fun and educational afternoon, and to raise funds for the Hunt Volunteer Fire Department operational expenses, equipment and training. No admission fee, meals cost extr. Sponsor Web, FB. Contact: Bill Booker, 830-238-3260, booker1944@yahoo.com

Apr 11, 2015 - YOUTHFEST FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins Street. 10a-4p. Web. 512-754-0500, warnerd@gsmyc.org

Apr 11, 2015 - LAMPASAS COUNTY HILLACIOUS BIKE TOUR: Lampasas. 512-556-5172. Chamber Web; 210-326-8892, Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - COMMUNITY AUCTION: Utopia, at the Utopia Fire & Rescue Building in downtown Utopia. A joint effort of Utopia Lions Club, Utopia EMS, and Utopia Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Please join us for a hearty canyon lunch starting at 11a. Come early so you can browse for bargains before the auction begins at noon. The success of this year’s auction helps us continue to support our community, emergency services organizations and projects of Lions. Contact: 830-966-3797, Web

National%20Museum Apr 11, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - CLASSIC PLANE AND CAR SHOW FLY-IN OR DRIVE-IN: San Marcos. 12:30-3:30p. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Apr 11, 2015 - MUSIC FESTIVAL: Henly, at Stone Valley Texas Music Park, 7508 US 290. 10a-midnight. Live music. Dance floor. BBQ, hot dogs, beer, washer & horseshoe pitching tournaments with prize money. Great place to be with the whole family, friends & the kids. VIP areas will be available. Free parking. Tickets via web site. 713-851-0163. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Rd. @ Grapetown Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - 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 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US 290 E. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - 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

Apr 11, 2015 - 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

Apr 11, 2015 - ELDER CARE FAIR: Marble Falls, at the Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway. 9a-12 noon. Purpose is to introduce the elderly and their caregivers to people who provide information, services and equipment in the Highland Lakes community. Free admission and health screenings. 60+ exhibit booths. Web

Apr 11, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Apr 11, 2015 - FAMILY FUN RIDE & BIKE RODEO: Kyle, Gregg-Clarke Park, 1300 W Center St. 8:30a-12p. Registration includes a t-shirt, helmet and bag. Join us for a Bike Rodeo for the children in addition to a helmet and bike safety presentation. After the Bike Rodeo the families will go on a pre-determined bike ride through downtown. A fun day for the whole family! $10. Annual event. Event Web. Contact: Karen Gray, 512-262-3939

Apr 11-12, 2015 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture, 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 11-12, 2015 - TOUR THE TALENT ART STUDIO TOUR: Dripping Springs, Bell Springs Road. 10a-6p. 10 Art Studios, with 23 diverse artists highlights Artists Alliance of the Hill Country's finest talent at this admission free event with mixed media artists, painters, garden sculptures, Japanese woodblock printmaking, pyrography, metal and wood sculptures, glass, fine jewelry, photography and much more. It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers, and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art. Free admission. 512-296-7751. Pick up tour map at the art studios or at Web

Apr 11-12, 2015 - 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. Contact: Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web

Apr 11-12, 2015 - MAYHEM ON THE MEDINA: Bandera, at City Park, on banks of the Medina River. This family fun event will include competitions, arts and craft vendors, music, historic reenactment, judging, historic campsites, educational displays, old fashioned children’s games and much more. 830-796-4447, Event Web

Apr 12, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BARBECUE MEAL FUNDRAISER AND RAFFLE PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Fredericksburg, at American Legion Hall, 726 S Washington St (US 87 S). Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 12, 2015 - HATS OFF FOR HOSPICE: Kyle, at Texas Old Town. 2-6p. Join Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care for fun, games, including The Kiddie Express, hay rides, moonwalks, auctions, arts & crafts. Live music. Facebook. 512-754-6159, hatsoffforhospice@ahss.org

Apr 12, 2015 - BANDERA SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW & SHINE: Bandera, 3960 TX 16 S (Heimer Automotive & Diesel). 8a-5p. On corner of Hwy 16 and Kings Ranch Rd, just S of town. Set up is after Noon on Friday. Plenty of space for big rigs and food vendors. Lots of trees and grass for Swap Meet vendors, and concrete for Car Show & Shine participants and food vendors. Yep, trucks too. Free to public. $25/space. Contact: Margaret Garcia, 210-213-9962, len-mar@sbcglobal.net

Apr 16-18, 2015 - 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 16-19, 2015 - 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. Web. 888-512-SHOW; info@oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Apr 17-18, 2015 - CHAMBER FESTIVAL BACK FLASH CARNIVAL: Uvalde. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Apr 17-18, 2015 - BRADY-MCCULLOCH COUNTY EARLY DAYS: Brady, in Richards Park on Friday, and then McCulloch County Courthouse. Includes military and civilian living historians, re-enactors, storytellers, Indian dancers, an old-fashioned baseball game, oral and visual presentations in the historic courthouse, and an antique car show. Annual event, Admission by donation. 325-456-4499. Chamber Web

Apr 17-18, 2015 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: Llano, at Robinson Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR 152 on S side of Llano River. Sat: 10a, Sun: Noon. Great food, live music, Sat night dance, a golf tournament, 5K run, great food, live music, arts & crafts, motorcycle fun run, washer pitch'in tournament, special events and much more. Largest festival in Llano helps local charities. RV spaces. 325-247-2270. Event Web

Apr 17-19, 2015 - 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 17-19, 2015 - TEXAS VW CLASSIC: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Park, 2 mi S of downtown, off TX 16. Biggest Volkswagen Show in Texas! A weekend of camping, cruising and Volkswagenism. Roll through the Hill Country on the Bluebonnet Cruise, followed by a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Wake up early Sunday to show off your VW to the masses, check out the competition, and navigate the sea of spare parts, used cars, toys, and other VW items. Concludes Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars. 817-360-0678. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - BOOTS N' BLUEBONNETS - SADDLE UP FOR SAFER FAMILIES BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE: Marble Falls, at LCRA's Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, 706 343A. 8:30a-3:30p. Box Lunch/drinks/water provided. Annual event benefiting Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. Glenna 512-756-6789 or 830-798-3656. Sponsor Web

Apr 18, 2015 - 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 Road). $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 18, 2015 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 1101 FM 2325. 9a-5p. Annual event, includes interactive butterfly-themed events, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. 512-847-6969. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - TEXAS CORVETTE ASSN OPEN CAR SHOW: Boerne, Main Plaza, 100 N Main St. 10a-5p. Beautiful classic cars and Corvettes set in a backdrop of the Texas Hill Country: Entertainment, raffle, music, silent auctions and door prizes. Free. Jerry Hendley, 210-651-1634. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 18, 2015 - 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

Apr 18, 2015 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at The Pavilion at John's Road. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free. Event Web. Contact: Beth Zampese, boernehandmademarket@gmail.com

Apr 18, 2015 - AMBLESIDE STARRY NIGHT: Fredericksburg, at 4.0 Cellars, 10354 US 290. Reception: 6p with wine tasting and music. At 7p the evening musical performances and dinner will begin, with an opening show. Advance tickets for the Starry Night portion: $15/person; 25/person at the door. Wild game menu, lots of wonderful auction items, and fun raffles to participate in. At 9p, live performance under stars! Proceeds benefit Ambleside School's scholarship funds. Web. Contact: Kaitlin Rangel, 830-433-5225

Apr 18, 2015 - MUTT STRUTT: San Marcos. a-p. This 1-mile dog walk and pet fair includes dog races, pet contests, arts, crafts, food and prizes. Dogs must be on leash. Benefits Animal Shelter. 512-847-6969. Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Apr 18, 2015 - GUIDED NATURE & WILDLIFE TOUR: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10:30a-11:30a. Enjoy springtime and learn about the great Texas Hill Country outdoors. See wildflowers, wildlife and an 1800s German log cabin house while walking the trails. Water, binoculars, cameras and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. No fee for tour, but donations are welcomed. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 18, 2015 - OLIVE FEST: Volente, at Volente Beach. 2:30-8:30p. All things olive. Free, annual event. Sponsor Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Apr 18-19, 2015 - FINE ART EXPRESS: Buda, at City Park Pavilion, 204 San Antonio Street, downtown. Forty+ juried artists from across the US. This show and sale features visual fine art, including oils, pastels, pottery, glass, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, acrylics, fine jewelry, etc. Visit with the artists anddiscuss art purchases. Experience a vast variety of local and national art talent while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere of music and food. Sponsored by Chrysalis Art Foundation (CAF), a non-profit based in Buda. Live acoustic music. Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-4p. Free, annual event. Contact: Maureen O'Donnell-Hintz, 512-423-3854. Sponsor Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Blue Hole Regional Park, 333 Blue Hole Ln. Sat 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. An annual, unique celebration of visual arts, theatre, music and dance, featuring local and nationally known artists and musicians. 80+ juried artists from 8 states will exhibit alongside continuous live music, food trucks, beer and wine bar, and a vintage car show. On Sunday, sixteen new 6-foot painted boots will be celebrated with a butterfly release prior to installation in Wimberley. Contact: Lynn Myers, 512-826-4286. Web

Apr 18-19, 2015 - SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Apr 19-24, 2015 - TEXAS WOODCARVERS GUILD SPRING SEMINARS: New Braunfels. a-p. One to five day seminars cover woodcarving of all types, plus wood burning and painting. Includes seminars for non-carvers, plus tool and wood vendors. Open to public. 940-484-9395. Sponsor Web

Apr 21, 2015 - LEGO MANIA!: San Marcos, at the Library, 625 E Hopkins Street. 4p. Kids build imagination and social skills with LEGO! Ages 4 and up. 512-393-8200. Sponsor Web

Apr 23, 2015 - SAN MARCOS JOB FAIR: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. Noon-6p. Free, annual event. Hosted by The Rotary Club with 40+ employers and 500+ jobs. For assistance in preparing for the Job Fair, contact Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: 512-392-1291; 866-518-0577. Sponsor Web

Apr 23-May 17, 2015 - GUILD QUILT SHOW: Kerrville, at Schreiner University. Preview of silent auction quilts. Reception on 4/23: 4:30-6:30p. 830-895-2911. Web

Apr 24-25, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Leander. VFW/LAX. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Apr 24-25, 2015 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Ampitheater. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. 512-0263-5833. Web

Apr 24-26, 2015 - 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

Ft Martin ScottApr 24-26, 2015 - TEXAS HISTORY DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-3p, Sun: 8a-10:30. This four day extravaganza, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, focuses on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. Admission is free but there will be a $5 charge per car at the gate for parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Contact: Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

Apr 24-26, 2015 - 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 24-26, 2015 - TEXAN ROUNDUP: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Airport. Features 20+ vintage World War II-era aircraft. A gathering of airplane pilots, and their Texan aircraft, for a weekend of sharpening their formation flying skills, talking airplanes and visiting with friends. Free, annual event.<

Apr 24-27, 2015 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2

Apr 25, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 8a-3p. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Apr 25, 2015 - BANDS 4 BAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 S. Noon-Midnight. Annual event featuring Texas artists. All proceeds go directly to the Blanco High School Band Boosters to support their needs. $20. 830-613-5059. Web. Contact: Libbey Aly, 830-833-5101, blancobaila@yahoo.com

Apr 25, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

Apr 25, 2015 - THRU THE CHUTE BOAT BUILD & RIVER EXPO: New Braunfels. A cardboard boat race held annually at the New Braunfels City Tube Chute. Competitors launch their handmade vessels through the Chute as spectators cheer them on. Between races, guests are encouraged to participate in educational and imaginative activities hosted by event partners on the banks of the Comal River at the City Tube Chute. Includes children's activities, music. 830-221-4370. Event Web

Apr 25, 2015 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 10a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web. Contact: Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or b17rides@gulfcoastwing.org or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639, vthomas4@comcast.net

Apr 25, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE - FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. Contact: 830-997-2359. Event Web, Venue Web

Apr 25, 2015 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. 8a-3p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Earth Day festival and native-plant sale. At 4p, River Trail interpretive walk with Susan Sander "to find out what’s to celebrate in the earth." No charge for the Earth Day interpretive walk. 830-257-4837. Web

Apr 25, 2015 - HEROES COMBAT VETERANS BENEFIT: Harper, at the Headwaters Saloon, 229 RR 783 S. Sporting clay event, barbecue, music, live auction and more. Concessions open at nooon. A meal provided by the Headwaters for Heroes cooking team will be served starting at 4p. Cost is by donation. Registration for the sporting clay event opens at 10:30a and the shoot begins at noon. 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. A live auction will follow the meal. 830-864-4055

Apr 25-26, 2015 - 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 25-26, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Apr 29-May 3, 2015 - 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 30-May 3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Stagecoach Theater, 2254 US 87 S. A celebration of independent film and film makers. Over 25 short and feature films from all over the world will be showcased during the festival. More Info: 512-589-4049. Web


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May 1-2, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & HOWDY-ROO: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248, harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

May 1-2, 2015 - JIM BOWIE BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Menard, at Low Water Bridge Park. 1p-Midnight. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Activities for kids in the park, wild pig sacking, rubber duck races in the river, contest for Mr. and Mrs. Nugget. Dance at Club Victoria. 5K Fun Run/Walk. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248. Chamber Web

May 1-3, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach. Motorcycle run helps fund the many community programs of the Fredericksburg Optimists that benefits the youth of Gillespie County. Primitive Tent Camping across the creek. RV Camping (no hook-up's) in the parking field. All camping is first come, first served. 830-997-8515. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

May 1-31, 2015 - 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, sclpture, jewerly, prints and cards. 830-997-4949. Sponsor Web

May 2, 2015 - THE POUND HOUSE HERITAGE GALA: Dripping Springs, at Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, 570 Founders Park Road. 6p-10p. Annual event. $100/person. 512-858-4740. Web

May 2, 2015 - 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 2, 2015 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Ampitheater. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. 512-0263-5833. Web

May 2, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Junction. 8a-p. Free, annual event. Obtain map at Chamber office, 402 Main St. Contact: Connie or Teresa 325-446-3190, Chamber Web

May 2-3, 2015 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. 830-995-3670. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

May 2-3, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Llano. 817-648-2728. Web

May 7, 2015 - BEEF RANGE AND FIELD DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. Contact: 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 8-9, 2015 - UVALDE CACTUS JACK FOUNDATION PBR BULL RIDING: Uvalde, at County Fairplex. 830-278-4115. 800-588-2533. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 9, 2015 - 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 9, 2015 - TEXAS GRAN FONDO: Fredericksburg, at Downtown. 8a start, 4p end. Web. In Italian Gran Fondo means "Grand Tour", a mass-start cycling ride which brings together hundreds of road cyclists of all abilities. Divided into groups, they travel long distances in a non-competitive environment. Extremely popular in Europe for decades, this type of event has gradually gained notoriety in North America. This new cyclosportive invites cycling enthusiasts to discover the Texas Hill Country on an unparalleled road course, choosing a personal challenge of 153 km (95 miles), 90 km (56 miles) or 56 km (35 miles). Proceeds benefit Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Web. Regular price Gran Fondo $100, Medio Fondo $80, Piccolo Fondo $60. Humberto Olivo, 210-449-8308, texasgranfondo@ciclismovolpi.com

May 9, 2015 - MAY FEST: Driftwood, at United Methodist Church, 15090 FM 150 W Driftwood. 10a-2p. Free admission, live music, BBQ, vendors, live & silent auctions, family friendly. Contact: 512-757-5519, Event Web

May 9, 2015 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Vereins Kirche and Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 9:30a-5p. Wreath Laying Ceremony. Living history activities and demonstrations, including chuck-wagon cooking, blacksmithing, rope making. 830-997-2835. Web

May 9, 2015 - 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 9, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept May 9, 2015 - JUNIOR RANGER DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-2p. Learn about and get started in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Junior Ranger Program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

May 9, 2015 - HERB FIESTA: New Braunfels, at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Churchhill Drive. 9a-4p. "Celebrating with Herbs". New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Comal Master Gardener Herb Special Interest Group host this exciting event to our community as a free program. Demonstrations of herbal ideas with special emphasis on decorating with herbs for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Food samples and a variety of herb information will be available. This is an annual fund raiser. Charge for a booth is $25. Admission to the grounds is free to visitors. The sale of your products (plants, herbs, art, crafts and any related items) are a welcome addition to the event. 830-832-9699. Web

May 12, 2015 - FARM & AG DAY: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. Contact: 830-997-2359. Venue Web

May 14-17, 2015 - 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. Contact: Christy Glass, 830-997-3567, Sponsor Web

May 15-16, 2015 - KERRFEST: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3705 TX 27. Fri: 6p-midnight; Sat: 10a-1p. Annual Event. Includes pro rodeo action, BBQ and chili cook-offs, live music, a street dance, children activities, food, vendors, family fun. $15. 830-896-1155. Web, Event Web

May 15-17, 2015 - SWING ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos, at Courthouse Square lawn, 10a-5:30p. Will feature not only Western Swing acts, but also other styles of music that were the roots of western swing, including blues, 40's jazz, big band swing and country. Food & farmer's market; Texas arts & crafts; music. Formerly: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. 512-393-8430. Event Web, Sponsor Web

May 16, 2015 - SHIMMY MOB FREDERICKSUBRG: Fredericksburg at various venues throughout the city. 10:30a-7p. Part of an annual world wide event, raising funds and awareness of domestic abuse in the local, participating communities. Donee: Hill Country CARES. Free (donation), annual event. Contact: Carol, 830-123-4567. Event Web

May 16, 2015 - RELAY FOR LIFE BANDERA COUNTY: Bandera, 474 Old San Antonio Hwy at Bulldog Stadium at the High School. Start at 7p and Finish at 2a. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. Contact: 830-460-1942; Web. Lisa Warden, lisabwarden@yahoo.com

May 16, 2015 - CRAWFISH BOIL: Wimberley, Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. Noon. Annual event, with free admission. Supports Wounded Warrior Project. Contact: 512-847-0020. Web

May 16, 2015 - BREWGRASS FESTIVAL: Wimberley, 9595 RR 12. 11a-9p. Kid zone, talent competition, face painting, family fun, hourly raffle prizes, live music, local artisans. Free, annual event. Contact: Holly Collie, 512-667-4616. Sponsor Web

May 16, 2015 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, off 281 N, just N of town. Supports Blanco County Community. Route takes you through gentle rolling hills ranging in distances from 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Volunteers needed. Contact: Bicycle Sport Shop, 512-477-3472. Sponsor Web

May 16, 2015 - ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & FLY-IN: Brady, Municipal Airport, Curtis Field. Free annual event celebrating active duty military and veterans. Military airplane exhibits. Rides available. Dinner and dance in WWII hanger $30. 325-456-6726. Web

May 16, 2015 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: Leander, 100 N Brushy, in downtown Leander's charming Old Town District. 11a-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. Web. Contact: Chastidy Vernengo, 512-259-1907. Event Web

May 21-June 7, 2015 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. The campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 800-435-8429. Web

May 21-June 28, 2015 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Event Web

May 22-23, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Spicewood, at Spicewood Community Center. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com Local: Craig Schlicke, 512-507-9089, schlicke5603@yahoo.com

May 22-24, 2015 - 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 22-24, 2015 - PRCA PRO RODEO & FRONTIER DAYS PARADE & MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena. Performances are 8p all 3 nights. Events include bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding and more! Activities for the kids include mutton bustin', calf scramble and stickhorse races. Sat: "GET YOUR COOK-ON" BBQ COOK-OFF. Sat: ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW. Sun: 'BOOT KICKIN' GOLF TOURNAMENT. Contact: 830-796-7207. Event Web

May 22-24, 2015 - "FUNTIER DAYS" PARADE, & ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, & BBQ COOK-OFF: Bandera, at Courthouse Square. Shop with 75+ vendors on the Courthouse Square in downtown Bandera. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Craft Show: 9a-5p on Sat, 9a-4p on Sun. Web. Annual event. 830-796-4447. www.banderacountyartists.com

May 22-24, 2015 - Kerrville, at Edington Gym, Schreiner Univ. 830-928-9407. Sponsor Web

May 22-24, 2015 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort, 2033 Sidney Baker. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. Contact: 214-497-7179, Web

May 22-25, 2015 - BLUE BELL & BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL: Llano, at County Courthouse Square. Memorial Weekend. Annual event weekend of ice cream, music & family fun converges to kick off summer! Free. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Llano Expo Web; Promote Llano Web

May 23-24, 2015 - 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. info@kvartfest.com

National%20Museum May 24, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

May 28-31, 2015 - TEXAS OLIVE FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Texas Hill Country Olive Company, 2530 W Fitzhugh Road. Annual event that features olives, wines, food, tastings, live music, chef demos, olive education seminars, artisans, kids activities. 512-607-6512. Sponsor Web, Event Web


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June 5-6, 2015 - LLANO COUNTY OPEN PRO RODEO & PARADE: Llano, Llano Events Center, 1.5 mi W of Llano at 2200 RR 152 W, across from Robinson Park. Parade on Sat morning. BBQ lunch at Courthouse Square. Dance: 8p. Exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin', and team roping! 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 5-7, 2015 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 9a-6p, Sun: 10a-4p. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. An annual 3 day event held several times a year in various communities. Each event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. $10 Fri Early Buying Event, $5 Sat & Sun. Admission good for entire weekend once purchased. Web. Contact: Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743, cheri@vintagemarketdays.com

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept June 6, 2015 - 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 6, 2015 - 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 6, 2015 - 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 6-7, 2015 - CHALK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Peterson Plaza in downtown. 10a-5p. A celebration of art, family and community. Free, annual event, rain or shine. Event Web

June 7-14, 2015 - COWBOY CAMP MEETING: Mountain Home. All day. Free, annual event. BBQ & beans provided. Bring side dish. By donation. Nursery available. 800-603-0157. Event Web

June 12-13, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web

June 12-13, 2015 - COW CAMP BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: San Saba, at Risien Park on the river. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

June 12-14, 2015 - 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"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 13, 2015 - 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

June 13, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

June 13, 2015 - 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

Ft Martin ScottJun 13 2015 - PICKIN ON THE PORCH: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. An Outdoor Concert presented from the porch of the Officers' Quarters at the Fort, featuring some of the best of Texas Music. Admission $20pp. Parking $5pv. Beer and Wine available. You'll be talking about this event for a long time to come. 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. 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

June 13, 2015 - WINE ROAD 290 - VINO EL PASTOR: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Vino El Pastor". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

June 13, 2015 - VOYAGER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Austin/Oak Hill, at The Rusty Mule, 9201 US 290, Austin, TX 78736. 11a-11p. Celebrating all art that pushes the envelope and creates something new, with a focus on progressive music. A robotic drummer? A violin that channels Jimi Hendrix? Virtuoso rock guitar? Video game heavy metal? Melodic theremin? Cinematic rock? They push the boundaries of music. Explore something outside the mainstream. Early Bird Adult: $10 (ages 18+), Early Bird Child: $5 (ages 6-17), 5 and under: Free. Contact: 512-797-9059. Annual event. Event Web

June 13-14, 2015 - NB KIDSFEST: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common Street. 10a-5p. 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). Contact: Tammy Wood, 830-488-7814. Free, annual event. Event Web

June 19-20, 2015 - BURNET COUNTY AREA FAIR: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds, 401 E Jackson Street. Old-fashioned county fair featuring judged exhibits of arts, crafts, baked goods, preserved foods, needlework, and vegetables, along with demonstrations, kids' activities, and an ice cream crank-off with free tastings. Contact: Roxanne Dunegan, Chairman, 512-756-9396. Web

June 19-21, 2015 - BOERNE BERGES FEST COOKOFF & AUCTION: Boerne, at downtown Main Plaza. All day. Celebration of German culture in America with parade, Miss Berges Fest Pageant, washer pitching tournament, egg toss, wheel barrow races, dachshund races, watermelon eating contest, little tractor races, cookoff, dance. Free. 830-428-8778. Web

June 26-28, 2015 - BIGFEST: San Marcos, at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Noon to 2a. Annual benefit for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. 100+ musicians and bands in historic music hall. 512-353-3777. Event Web. Bigfest Web

June 27, 2015 - RIVERFEST: Bandera, Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. 10a-6p. River activities, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. Contact: Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, coordinator@banderariverfest.com Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"


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JULY 2015


July 2-4, 2015 - VFW RODEO: Wimberley, at Wimberley Valley Veterans Park. Wimberley VFW hosts the annual VFW Rodeo. Don't miss the "Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year". Gates open at 5:30p. Mutton bustin' starts at 7p and rodeo starts at 8p. Food, fun and rodeo! Don't miss the spectacular FIREWORKS display on Sunday, July 6th. It's free and great fun for the whole family! 512-847-6441. Event Web

July 3, 2015 - 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, 2015 - RED, WHITE n BUDA: Buda, City Park. Children's Parade is free. No registration required. Children line up in the parking lot across from Garcia's Mexican Restaurant beginning at 9a with their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters. Parade begins at 9:30a down Main Street to Buda City Park. Free children's activities from 9:30a to 11:30a at the park (bounce house, water slide and magician). Buda Chamber of Commerce will be selling hot dogs. Fireworks show at City Park area at 9:30p. 512-295-7170, Event Web

July 4, 2015 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Kerrville, at Louise Hays Park, Downtown, on TX 16 & TX 98 at the bridge. Fireworks display. 830-792-3535. Event Web Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools

July 4, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 11a-4p. 830-997-5116. Web

National%20Museum July 4, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept June 6, 2015 - 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 4-5, 2015 - 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 6-12, 2015 - SPRING HO FESTIVAL: Lampasas, downtown. Beauty pageant, talent contest, fishing derby, county fair, exhibits, carnival, dance, pet parade, diaper derby, 10K & 1 mile run. BBQ cook-off, dance. 512-556-5301. Web

July 10-11, 2015 - SPRING HO BARBEQUE COOKOFF: Lampasas. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com. Event Web

July 11, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

July 11-12, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Llano. 817-648-2728. Web

July 18, 2015 - CHILI & CHILIN': Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Chili & Chilin'". 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"

July 18, 2015 - 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 18-19, 2015 - 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 24-25, 2015 - DAM RED BARN CHILI & BBQ COOK-OFF: Canyon Lake. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

July 24-26, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 S, . Car Corral, flea market saces, concessions, free parking, Hosted by Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club. Free annual event. Contact: Randy Pullen, 830-998-4058. Web

July 25, 2015 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY CELEBRATION & FRONTIER TIMES RANCH RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Western arts & crafts, children's activities, live cowboy music day & night, ranch rodeo, cancan dance & gunfight spectacular. 830-796-3864. Event Web

July 29-Aug 2, 2015 - LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. Hosted by Texas Gourd Society. 800-572-2626. Sponsor Web, Venue Web


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AUGUST 2015


Aug 1-3, 2015 - HOTTER THAN HELL 100-MILE YARD SALE: Castroville to Brackettville. Various events spanning 100 miles - yard sales, theater events, antique sales, City Wide Market and more. Annual event. Debra Stifflemire, 830-278-4115 or 800-588-2533. Web

Aug 8, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Aug 8-9, 2015 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

Aug 14-15, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY RALLY FOR KIDS CAMP: Driftwood, at Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826 Dr (across street from Salt Lick BBQ), Camp Ben McCulloch. Fri 5p-Sat 9p. Annual event. Car Show, Bike Show, Car Amazing Race, Bike Fun Run, Vendors, Live Music, Silent Auction, Washer Tournament, BBQ Cook Off, Award ceremony and giving away a 1979 Corvette. Come out and enjoy the family fun! All proceeds benefit Kids 501(c)(3) organizations in the Hill Country Area: Burke Center for Youth, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, Red Arena and Tiger Totes. 12 and over $10 (Under 12 free). Contact: Cody Reeves, 512-775-1839, codymoch@gmail.com 512-858-4740. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Aug 15-16, 2015 - KERR COUNTY CELTIC FESTIVAL: Ingram. 8a-8p. Aannual event by the Hill Country Arts Foundation (Stonehenge). Celtic Festival & Games part of the Highland games. Additional games, Pipers, dancers stone and wood carvers. Work shops for beginners, Celtic Art, Clothing and Food vendors and much more. $10. Contact: Marvin Willis, 830-377-9838

Aug 20, 2015 - TEXAS COUNTRY SHOWDOWN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual event. Contact: 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 20-23, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the "oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas". Whether it's the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Aug 21, 2015 - 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 21-22, 2015 - MEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor

Aug 22-23, 2015 - 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 22-23, 2015 - TEXAS SENIOR PRO RODEO: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-4740. Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2015 - 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

Aug 28-29, 2015 - BULLDOG THUNDER TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL: Burnet, County Fairgrounds, 1225 Houston Clinton Dr. Annual event. 512-756-4297. Chamber Web, Event Assoc Web
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Aug 27, 2015 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web
SEPTEMBER 2015




Sep 4-5, 2015 - 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 4-6, 2015 - TEXAS LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION: Uvalde. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Sep 4-6, 2015 - CELEBRATE BANDERA: Bandera, at various venues including downtown and Mansfield Park. Longhorn cattle drive, parade, arts, crafts, mounted shooter competition, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, music, reenactments, live music, dancing. Annual event. Web. Contact: Genie Strickland, 830-796-4447, coordinator@celebratebandera.com

National%20Museum Sep 5, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Sep 12, 2015 - 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"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 12, 2015 - 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 12, 2015 - 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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 12, 2015 - SWEET SEPTEMBER SORGHUM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Join us at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm to see how this valuable sweetener was grown and processed in the early 1900s. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Sep 12, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Sep 12, 2015 - WILLOW CITY VFD QUILT SHOW AND AUCTION: Willow City, 830-685-3376, www.fundraisingauctionevents.com

Sep 12, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY HEARTBEAT: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US 281 South. 4:30-8:30. A fundraising event for the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Events include BBQ, Rides, 2 Raffles, and Concert. BBQ and Concert. $20 donation. Annual event. Contact: Reba Neagle, 512-970-8332, rebaneagle@gmail.com , Event Web

Sep 12, 2015 - DRIPPING WITH TASTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Noon-6p. Annual event showcases an array of Texas fine wines, ales, food, fine art, entertainment, live music. Indoor pavilion and festival grounds. 512-858-4740. Web

Sep 12-13, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Web. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com

Sep 18-20, 2015 - RUMBLE ON THE RIVER RALLY: Bandara. Annual motorcycle rally event with tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events. Live band. $40. Contact: 936-776-1699, www.bikerralliesoftexas.com

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 19-20, 2015 - 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 19-20 - 2015 SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Sep 19-20, 2015 - LOYAL VALLEY GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Annual fundraiser for Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. (See Loyal Valley). Silent auction, door prizes. $5. Contact: John Byerley, 325-347-7022, or LVFD, 325-347-7088, Venue Web

Sep 25-26, 2015 - BBQ COOK-OFF & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. www.lonestarbarbecue.com. Annual event with games, booths, raffle, live music. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Sep 26, 2015 - CAJUN FESTIVAL & GREAT GUMBO COOK-OFF: Lakehills, Lakehills Civic Center. 11a-10p. 830-751-3130. Event Web. Gumbo cook-off, cajun food, music, arts, crafts, games.


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Oct 1-31, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY WINE TRAIL MONTH: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

Oct 2-4, 2015 - 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 Schools Oct 3, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - RHEINGOLD: Rheingold, at 334 Rheingold School Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Oct 8-11, 2015 - GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FEST: Gruene, on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Live entertainment, wine, specialty beers, food; Includes guitar auction. 830-629-5077. Event Web

Oct 9-11, 2015 - TEXAS MESQUITE ART FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at downtown Marktplatz. Largest collection of mesquite art in the world. Between both festivals, 20,000 people will attend, Juried show represents the best artists as well as beginning craftsmen. 830-997-8515. Event Web

Oct 10, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

National%20Museum Oct 10, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Oct 10-11, 2015 - WEASEL GUN SHOW: Buchanan Dam, at Hill Country Hall, 15675 TX 29 East. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 9a-4p. $5. Sponsor Web. Greg Wessels, 210-827-6302

Oct 16-18, 2015 - SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at various Locations around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature more than 20 song-packed shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of finely-crafted songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play "in-the-round", Nashville-style. The performance stages will be hosted by various hot spots located along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs. No wristbands will be necessary because daily admission is absolutely FREE for everyone! Capping off the excitement of each day, the Main Stage will host an elite headliner showcase that will feature some very extraordinary songwriting talent. Contact: Jim Halfpenny, 512-659-1576, jim@ds-sf.com, Event Web

Oct 17, 2015 - SAN SABA PECAN JAM: San Saba, at historic Burden Plaza on the Courthouse Square. San Saba Festival Association, Inc is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. A day-long event showcasing the finest hand-crafted wines, brews, spirits, foods and, of course, pecans, that Texas has to offer. $20 ticket includes a 7 tab wristband for sampling alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to sample and/or purchase wine or beer. Valid ID required. Chamber: 325-372-5141; Trish Fullerton: 325 372 3084, tfullerton505@centex.net, Chamber Web, Event Web

Oct 17, 2015 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACTS SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas Artifacts and Arrowheads, Jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Oct 17-18, 2015 - COMFORT VILLAGE FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main. Rain or shine. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. 830-995-3670. Annual event features Americana antiques, including farm tables, cupboards, quilts, rugs, baskets, pewter, and many interesting surprises. We are also happy to have qualified dealers in jewelry, china, Indian, old store collectibles, advertising and architectural and gardening pieces. The public can sit under the large food tent, eat and visit, and discuss the treasures they are going home with. Collectors as well as decorators visit the show and bring clients to help with their purchases. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Oct 23-24, 2015 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: Luckenbach, 9a-11p. An annual European and vintage motorcycle rally. Gearheads come from all around come to enter their bikes in the bike show, participate in or watch the vintage trials, eat home-cooked barbecue, win swag (or a bike) in the insanely good raffle, go big for the kids in the live auction, watch a big-screen outdoor movie, listen to great music, camp under the star, immerse themselves in moto-culture, and rub elbows with kindred spirits. The rally attendees, sponsors, and all-volunteer staff throw down hard to raise a ton of money for the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer program of Any Baby Can. Swap meet, and a drive to register folks into the National Marrow Donor Program. Event Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Oct 24, 2015 - DAIRY DAZE: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 10a-3pp. Join us at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm to explore the many uses of milk on a 1915 German family farm. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Oct 24, 2015 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg. Held downtown at Marktplatz (the 100 block of W Main St). A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. Event Web National%20Park%20Service

Oct 24, 2015 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Road 49. 5-10p. Experience the LBJ Ranch as 1960s guests from around the world were entertained. Live music. 830-868-7128 x231. Event Web, NPS Web, Friends Web

Oct 30-Nov 29, 2015 - TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS SHOW: Kerrville. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett. Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Unique, custom crafted furniture by prize winning Texas furniture makers. 830-895-2911. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com. Event Web, Venue Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - LLANO GUN SHOW: Llano, Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152. Sat: 9a-5p. Sun: 9a-4p. 817-296-7844. Web

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - TRAIN SHOW JAMBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Contact: Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, jedmondson@satx.rr.com, Web


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Nov 6-15, 2015 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 7, 2015 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: Lampasas. 512-556-5434. Chamber Web

Nov 13-14, 2015 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF: Bertram. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Smokin' at the Ranch. Web. Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248 harvjean@aol.com or lonestarbbq@aol.com

Nov 13-14, 2015 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. 11a-4p. Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Nov 14, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook

National%20Museum Nov 14, 2015 - PACIFIC COMBAT LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTMENTS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Watch history come to life. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Nov 14-15, 2015 - TEXAS PRESENTATIONS ANTIQUE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Gazebo, large tent and pavilion, sets the mood for a fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. Annual event. 830-995-3670. Event Web, Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Nov 14-15 - 2015 SAXET GUN SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. Dealer Setup: Fri: 10a-10p, Show Hours: Sat: 9a-6p; Sun: 9a-5p. 361-289-2256. Web

Nov 21-22, 2015 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Kerrville, at Youth Event Center, AG Barn, 3705 TX 27 East. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; Web, tgka@live.com

Nov 27-28, 2015 - HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Uvalde. 9a-6p. Downtown Uvalde Square, 830-278-3361. 800-588-2533. Chamber Web

Nov 27-29, 2015 - THE PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Three buildings full of unique vendors during Thanksgiving weekend. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Fee required. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. Annual event. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web National%20Park%20Service

Nov 28, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Contact: 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Nov 28, 2015 - HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING & GERMAN TRADITIONS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Visitor Complex, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Get into the holiday spirit at LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the 1900’s. Enjoy participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and await the arrival of St. Nicholas. Visitors to the park should stop at the Visitor Center first to obtain a park permit, park map and all the event information. For this event it is also recommended to come dressed to have fun outside and to bring a camera to capture some family holiday photos. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web


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Dec 4-20, 2015 - HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL IN THE HILL COUNTRY: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through sleeping vineyards, and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. Web1, Web2. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"

National%20Park%20Service Dec 5, 2015 - "A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS IN JOHNSON CITY": Johnson City, at the Johnson Settlement. A 1920s Christmas at the Boyhood Home, and a 1860s Christmas at the Johnson Settlement. The LBJ Boyhood home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Then visitors can walk the short lighted trail from the Boyhood Home to the Johnson Settlement to experience a late 1860's Christmas in frontier Texas in the Johnson Cabin with candles, oil lamps, and two fireplaces providing the atmosphere of the season. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 5, 2015 - CAROL OF LIGHTS: Lampasas, at downtown historic square. Kicks off with multi-colored strands of lights illuminating the Lampasas County Courthouse square, museum displays, classic cars, as well as a Mrs. Santa House, and, of course, a visitor from the north Pole in the form of Santa Claus. Gingerbread house display, Christmas tree display, and more. Diana Hodges 512-525-1871. Chamber Web

Dec 5, 2015 - 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 5, 2015 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Fredericksburg from 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Walk through distinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets required. Annual event. $25. 830-990-8441. Web

Dec 6, 2015 - HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES: Lampasas, at Keystone Square Museum. One of the largest fundraisers for the Lampasas County Museum, the Tour of Homes allows ticket-holders to visit a selected roster of area homes decorated for the holidays. Light refreshments are offered at the museum. 512-556-2224. Chamber Web

Dec 12, 2015 - TANNENBAUM BALL: Fredericksburg. 7-11p. 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 National%20Park%20Service

Dec 12, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Contact: 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Dec 12, 2015 - 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, and ... art! Free. 512-847-9438. Facebook National%20Park%20Service

Dec 19, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: Johnson City, at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This is experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. Contact: 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Dec 19, 2015 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg, at Jeks Pit Stop, 528 W Main St & 1110 E Main Street. 7a-1:30p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Dec 19-20, 2015 - SILVER SPUR GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. $5. 806-253-1322. Venue Web, Event Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 20, 2015 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 6p. Come join the Texas Hill Country community in this time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails will be lit this evening to provide visitors a beautiful experience as they walk to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music are just a preview of what will be seen here. Don’t miss this wonderful evening in the park. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Dec 26, 2015 - CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 5-7p. Tour historic buildings, enjoy live music and refreshments. 830-990-8441. Free. 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: 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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