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JANUARY, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

Jan 1, 2017 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:
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Jan 1, 2017 - LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: Bandera. 100+ lighted Christmas Trees along with merchant displays. Lights are turned on every evening from 6-9p Free annual event. 830-796-4447. Web; Cowboy Capital Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2017 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, at 11a. Bandera County Cowgirls gather for a panoramic photo on horseback followed by an afternoon of demonstrations on how the modern day cowgirl makes her living with the horse. Examples of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will be held in the arena. The history of the American cowgirl, singer/songwriters, storytellers, and artists will be featured. TPWD Web. 830-796-4413. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horseback riding in the Hill Country"

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

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

Jan 1-6, 2017 - MILL POND LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARK: San Saba, at Mill Pond Park, 1800 US 190, E of town. Nightly. Sun-Thu: Dust-10p. Fri-Sat: Dust-Midnight. Over 30 acres of dazzling lights set to synched music on radio 88.7 FM. 325-372-8291, Chamber Web

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

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

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

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

Jan 12, 2017 - BANDERA COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Bandera, at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755. Web

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

Jan 12-14, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Stock show for Gillesipe County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

Jan 12-14, 2017 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

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

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

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

Jan 12-Feb 5, 2017 - STARVING ARTISTS' SALE: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, in the Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. 830-895-2911. arts@kacckerrville.com Map. Web

Jan 13-17, 2017 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Annual event with admission charge. 918-619-2875. Sponsor Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country" Artists

Jan 14, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

QuiltJan 20-21, 2017 - QUILT SHOW: Kingsland, at Community Center, 3451 Rosehill Dr off Hwy 1431. 10a-4p. Anyone can enter their quilt in this annual show. Unique vendors will be here for your shopping enjoyment! 325-388-5225. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

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

Jan 21, 2017 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. Annual event. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web, Event Web

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

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

Jan 21-22, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 S, 2 mi S of downtown. Enjoy mineral, lapidary, fossil and jewelry exhibits, demonstrations, and sales. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Free, open to public. 830-990-9823. Event Web

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

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

Jan 28, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

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

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


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FEBRUARY, 2017


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

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

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

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

Feb 4, 2017 - SPARROWFEST: Marble Falls, at The Retreat at Balcones Springs. Birding & Learning at its best! Join our talented leaders as they take you to refuge tracts beyond the trails where 'little brown birds' play. Learn how to identify the subtle differences and behavior of Texas wintering sparrows. Relax at The Retreat where good food and good friends will meet. 830-693-6639. Web
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Feb 5, 2017 - BLANCO COWBOY BREAKFAST: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park. 5-7a. Kendalia. Join the Hill Country Trail Riders for breakfast before they head out on the last leg of their ride. Breakfast by donation. Annual event. Sponsor Web

Delicious FoodFeb 7, 2017 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6:30-9p. Taste the many delectable offerings by local restaurateurs. Proceeds help New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation fund projects and programs that will improve educational opportunities for students. 830-643-5700. Web

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

Feb 10-12, 2017 - ST VALENTINE'S DAY MOTORCYCLE MASSACRE RALLY: Hondo, at Medina County Fairgrounds. Live music, two halls of vendors, contests, food and more. 210-865-7188; 210-601-1932; toedig@yahoo.com, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

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

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

Feb 11, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Feb 11, 2017 - BOOTS & BBQ: Marble Falls, at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6:30-11:30p. Dance, auction, food & entertainment.CASA of Highland Lakes Fundraiser for Highland Lakes CASA that provides hope to children who have been removed from their home and now live in foster care. BBQ dinner 6:30-8p, beer & wine included, boot scootin' two steppin' to live music. 325-388-3440. Web

Feb 11, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY DOLL SHOW & SALE: New Braunfels, at the Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. 9a-4p. Largest doll show in Texas. 75+ dealers from several states with antique to modern collectible dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, accessories, books, restoration. Hourly door prizes. Free parking. 830-606-5868. Web

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

Feb 12, 2017 - CHOCOLATE FANTASY: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 1-3p. All the chocolate you can eat, wine seminars, demonstrations, food & wine tasting, silent auction & raffle. 830-895-2911. Web

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

Feb 16-18, 2017 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off. costume contest, canine costume contest, and special country and Cajun Zydeco and CW music. Saturday Mardi Gras Parade, floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks, & plenty of beads! 830-796-4849. Web

Feb 17-19, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Mt. Wesley Conference Center. Winter HCAMP is a 3 day residential music camp led and taught by an outstanding faculty who receive rave reviews from their students each year. Camp plays all kinds of music - everything from Bluegrass to C&W to Bach, Celtic and Swing. Basic goals: 1) Improve student instrument skills, 2) Work on techniques used in groups, 3) Make new music friends, 4) Have a whole lot of fun. 830-895-5700. Event Web

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

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

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

Feb 18-19, 2017 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575; tgka@live.com. Event Web, Venue Web

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 22, 2017 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the LBJ National Historical Park. 10a-4:30p. Annual workshop for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Guest authors. Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 23, 2017 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: San Marcos, at Texas State University Student Center, LBJ Teaching Theater. Doors ope: 6:30p. Program: 7-8:30p. Topic: Watershed Protection Programs: Healthy Waterways at a Community Scale. Presented by Hill Country Alliance and other Hill Country agencies. Free and open to the public. Sponsor Web

Feb 24, 2017 - MARDI GRAS GALA: Fredericksburg, at St Mary's Holy Family Center. Annual event. The Mardi Gras King and Queen, straight from Louisiana, kick off the jazz cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:30p. Live auction at 7:30p, and prize drawings. Festivities continue until 11p with dancing to live music. Tickets: St Mary's school office, or 830-997-3914, or Tickets. Open seating: $75 pre-sale or $85 at the door, if not sold out. Benefits St Mary's School.

Feb 24-25, 2017 - WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Spicewood, at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR 2322. Annual event. Pursuing God’s Peace. Hundreds of women from across Texas come together to experience life change and celebrate in community with other sisters in Christ. Special guest speakers. 512-264-1777. Event Sponsor
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Feb 25, 2017 - LLANO FOODIE MARKET: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 10a-5p. Are you a junk foodie? Health foodie? Fingerfood foodie? We have a day for you! Free + donation. Annual event. 817-659-9249. Event Web

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

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

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


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MARCH, 2017


Mar 2-5, 2017 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Mar 3-4, 2017 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 830-232-6625. Web Texas Star Trail Ride

Mar 3-9, 2017 - TEXAS STAR SPRING TRAIL RIDE: A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

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

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

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

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

Walk A Dog A Thon Mar 4, 2017 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park & historic Main Street. 10a-2p. Dog walk, pet activities & contests, great food, live music, vendors, co-ed softball tournament. Annual event benefits Highland Lakes SPCA, a no-kill shelter. Adults: $20, Kids: $15. Sponsorships available. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

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

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

Mar 4-5, 2017 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista. As one of the largest road races in the region, its notably hilly 5.5 mile course attracts junior, master and pro cyclists from Texas, Canada, Germany and beyond. This family-friendly event is free to the public and a great spectator sport. Bring your lawn chair and come celebrate with us! Sandy Mullins, 512-267-7952, Chamber Web

Mar 10-13, 2017 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano. 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. Free. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web Artists

Mar 11, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Mar 11, 2017 - KITE DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 1-3p. Children of all ages invited to come make old-fashioned 1900's kites. Texas Parks & Wildlife DeptWe supply the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar. Kites from home also welcome. Learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Mar 11-18, 2017 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: $5 adults. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 11-18, 2017 - TEXAS HELL WEEK: Fredericksburg, with HQ at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams. Daily 50, 70, 100 mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. 806-499-3210. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 15, 2017 - JUNIOR RANGER DAY: at select Texas State Parks, including Blanco, Guadalupe River, Honey Creek, Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern, and Pedernales Falls. 10a-3p. Learn about and get started in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Junior Ranger Program. Life is better outdoors! Annual family event, free. Web. See our Portal special focus topic page on Hill Country "Parks & Lakes

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

Mar 17-25, 2017 - HEART OF TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center. Jennifer Pearman, 803-629-4823. Chamber Web; Event Web, Sponsor Web

Mar 18, 2017 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI COOKOFF: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Annual event parody on electing a Mayor of Luckenbach, who serves just one day. Anyone from anywhere who shows up can cast a vote on Election Day. No fees. Prepare your campaign and signs. 830-997-3224. Web

Mar 18, 2017 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX 16 North. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bike Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Ranch Park Mar 18, 2018 - TEXAS NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29339 RR 12. 3-10p. Activities for all ages, live presentations, hands-on experiences, education, science and art displays. Night sky observation party. 512-858-4725. Web

Mar 18-19, 2017 - TEXAS GUN & BLADE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Web, Venue Web. Kim Sansom, 806-253-1322, info@silverspurtradeshows.com

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

Mar 23-26, 2017 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: Kerrville, Touring the Hill Country. A coalition of Porsche enthusiasts including some Porsche Club of America’s members, the Lone Star 912 and the Early S registry have been gathering in the Texas Hill Country for more than 10 years. They enjoy scenic drives and the many attractions that the Hill Country has to offer. Open to all vintage Porsche model years up to 1973 with exceptions for special post 73 models. Web. 512-422-0234, larson@hotmail.com

Quilt Mar 24-25, 2017 - PIECEMAKERS QUILT SHOW: Uvalde, at Herby Ham Activity Center, 248 FM 3447. 9a-4p. 830-278-8085. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Quilting in the Hill Country"

Mar 25, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Burnet at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-3p. Show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country. Join them for demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year! Texas Agrilife Extension Service and the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners sponsor the show. Irene Dauphin: 254-498-6009. Sponsor Web

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

Mar 25, 2017 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano. 10a-5p. Visit art studios, see artwork and enjoy home-made food. 16 studio locations, 20+ artists. Showings, sales, demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography and wood. "After" party at 7p with the Artists @ Llano Fine Art Guild. Free annual show. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 25, 2017 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: Bulverde, at Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road. LionsRegistration 8-10a, Awards 3p. Car Enthusiasts: Over 35 classes of hot rods, classics, muscle, motorcycles and special interest entries. We welcome all car enthusiasts no matter the design, style... from completely original, restored or wildly modified. Car club welcome! Custom trophies! Judging and Awards in First, Second and Third in all classes. Special Events - Bring the entire family ... Raffles, door prizes and great food and fun for all. Blue Lion Train rides and Pinewood Derby races for the kids. Special displays! Plenty of trailer parking. Early registration $25. Dan Hamilton, 281-467-8178, dchamilton@sbcglobal.net, Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Mar 25, 2017 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Boerne. 8a-3p. Annual event. 830-537-4096, Sponsor Web. Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, email kmculak@gvtc.com

Mar 25, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 South. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T- Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 25, 2017 - HOOKED ON FISHING SPRING FISHING TOURNAMENT: Kyle, at Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Rd. 6:30a-11a. Annual event. Register with fee. 18 y/o minimum, with license. Karen Gray or Nikki Ladet, 512-262-3939, Event Web

Mar 25-26, 2017 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860s bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

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

Mar 28 - Apr 1, 2017 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. 50+ juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 936-776-1699. Web

Mar 30-Apr 23, 2017 - YOUTH ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. Map. Web Relay For Life

Mar 31, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Boerne, at Boerne City Park. 106 City Park Road. 7p. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Roxanne Saldivar: 210-595-0236, roxanne.saldivar@cancer.org

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

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - RIVER ROCK FEST & RALLY: Concan, at Neal's Lodges & Cafe, 20970 TX 127. Annual event with organized 3 Sisters Ride, Vendors, Poker Run, Wild Hog catching, Camping and Lodging along the Frio River. And of course Rocking Throwback bands! This is THE BEST riding in the Heart of the Hill Country. 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web


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Mar 28 - Apr 1, 2017 - PAINT THE TOWN: Marble Falls, at Historic Main Street. Plein Air painting contest throughout the area with auctions, artist receptions, and more. 50+ juried artists will set up their easels and paint throughout the weekend. Collectors are invited to watch the artists at work. Silent Art Auction Sat 5-8p. 830-693-2815. Chamber Web, Event Web

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: Bandera, at Mansfield Park. Annual motorcycle rally event camping, poker run, door prizes, vendors, food, field events, live music, bike show, tattoo contest. 936-776-1699. Web

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

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - RIVER ROCK FEST & RALLY: Concan, at Neal's Lodges & Cafe, 20970 TX 127. Annual event with organized 3 Sisters Ride, Vendors, Poker Run, Wild Hog catching, Camping and Lodging along the Frio River. And of course Rocking Throwback bands! This is THE BEST riding in the Heart of the Hill Country. 830-232-6118. Venue Web

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web National%20Park%20Service

Apr 1, 2017 - 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. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Apr 1, 2017 - JONESTOWN CAJUN FEST AND COOK-OFF: Jonestown, at Jones Brothers Park, 10698 Lakeside Drive. Noon-7p. On the shores of beautiful Lake Travis features talented teams preparing their best gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees. Live zydeco music, prizes and family activities. Food, beverages and vendor products for sale. Free annual event. Fee for cook-off entry for teams. Sandy Mullins, Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce, 512-267-7952. Web

Apr 1, 2011 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E Lower Crabapple Road. 7:30p. 806-549-2483. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg German Choirs and the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra. Light refreshments served. Free admission. By donation. 806-549-2483. Web

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

Apr 1, 2017 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX-46, 1307 River Road. 9a-3p. Annual event by Cibolo Nature Center & Farm where you can find native and tried-and-true hill country plants for your landscape and gardens. Meet the expert growers, and learn from informal presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Nurseries and growers with native and well-adapted plants for this region. Regionally produced food items. Natural products such as soaps, candles, fiber products, etc. Nature inspired art and jewelry. Garden art, furniture, pottery, organic soils, plant food, pest prevention. Businesses such as landscape design, rainwater harvest systems, etc. $5pp. 830-249-4616. Event Web

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 1, 2017 - NB KIDSFEST: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common Street. 9a-6p. An action-packed, kid-focused, event where families are able to discover all of the Hill Country's best resources, products and services for children in one place during one weekend. With 40+ performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 250 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels' largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. $3 (kids under 2 are free). Free, annual event. Tammy Wood, 830-488-7814. Event Web

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

Car ShowApr 1, 2017 - LESTER'S AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW: Boerne, at 32128A IH-10 W, exit 543. 8a-3p. Do you love cars? Old ones, new ones, fast ones....? Stop by for a great open car show and customer appreciation day filled with food, music and prizes! Annual show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Free. 830-249-249-2501. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country" Texas Master Gardeners

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

Apr 1-2, 2017 - SPRING CRAFT SHOW: Kingsland, FM 1431 & 112 Chamberlain Street. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. We will have many vendors selling all kinds of hand made crafts from jewelry to clothing to wood products and much more. The concession stand will also be open, and we will have live entertainment. Come join us! Annual event, free admission & parking. 325-388-6159. Chamber Web. Sponsored by Kingsland Arts & Crafts. Sponsor Web

Apr 1-2, 2017 - HODGEPODGE MARKET: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Indoor/Outdoor Show: Booth after booth of handmade items, antiques, refurbished/vintage, unique gifts, a hodge podge of offerings you can't find in the mall ... have fun and support local, small businesses! Show hours: Sat 10-5; Sun 10-4. Admission $2 or free with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under are free with paid adult. RV parking with hookups (no septic). Facebook

Apr 1-2, 2017 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: Cypress Mill, at Wenmohs Ranch, 573 Old Spicewood Rd. 11a-6p. Drive through the Hill Country through acres of wildflowers to the historic Wenmohs Ranch (circa 1845) to be awed by the fantastic art--paints, sculptures, and jewelry by both locally well known artists and guest artists from around the country. You will see the original house on the Wenmohs ranch built for their school teacher from Germany, a working ranch, and the 1860s bunkhouse and barn. Silent auction. Wine from nearby McReynolds Winery. Live music both days. Charity benefit. 830-825-3465. Web

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

Apr 6-8, 2017 - LENZ FEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. Springtime festivities & Pioneer Spirit Award. Thurs: Luncheon and Style Show, Fri: Cocktail Party: Sat: Garden Tourt. Annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

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

Apr 7-9, 2017 - SWING ON THE SQUARE: San Marcos, at Courthouse Square lawn, 10a-5:30p. Will feature not only Western Swing acts, but also other styles of music that were the roots of western swing, including blues, 40's jazz, big band swing and country. Food & farmer's market; Texas arts & crafts; music. Formerly: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. 512-393-8430. Event Web

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

Apr 8, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Lakeway, at 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX. 6p-12a. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Cassandra Richards: 512-919-1888, cassandra.richards@cancer.org

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Apr 8, 2017 - GUIDED NATURE/WILDLIFE TOUR WALK: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10:30a-11:30a. Enjoy springtime and learn about the great Texas Hill Country outdoors. See wildflowers, wildlife and an 1800s German log cabin house while walking the trails. Water, binoculars, cameras and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. No fee for tour, but donations are welcomed. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Apr 8, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: Fredericksburg. 9a start. Tractor enthusiasts enjoy the day on their tractor, riding through some of the prettiest areas. Tractor entry and participation open to the public, with no age limit on tractors. 22 mile loop. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Event Web Artists

Apr 8, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

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

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

Apr 8-9, 2017 - MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW JAMNBOREE: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: $7 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, Web

Apr 8-9, 2017 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Dr. Sat 11-6p; Sun 12-5p. An annual "Family Heritage Festival" sponsored by the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Features living history re-enactments, pioneer craft demonstrations, free furniture museum tours, children's activities, musical entertainment and delicious food. A complete schedule of activities will posted the week of the event. Proceeds benefit the museum and its historic preservation projects. The historic Kindermasken Parade dating back to the founding of New Braunfels is held in conjunction with this event. This children's costumed walking parade is open to all participants. $5 adults, $2 children 6-12, 5 and under Free. www.nbheritagevillage.com. Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504

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

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

Apr 14-16, 2017 - TEXAS VW CLASSIC: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Park, 2 mi S of downtown, off TX 16. Biggest Volkswagen Show in Texas! A weekend of camping, cruising and Volkswagenism. Roll through the Hill Country on the Bluebonnet Cruise, followed by a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Wake up early Sunday to show off your VW to the masses, check out the competition, and navigate the sea of spare parts, used cars, toys, and other VW items. Concludes Sunday afternoon with awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars. 817-360-0678. Web

Apr 15, 2017 - EASTER PAGEANT: Junction at Lover's Leap Amphitheater. At sunset. Attracts several hundred every year. Origin goes back the late 1940s, when then-governor Coke Stevenson, a native of Kimble County, taught an outdoor Bible class, sparking the idea to create the depiction of the Easter story. Local Boy Scouts direct parking, and those unable to traverse the hillside terrain can listen to the pageant on their vehicle radios. Annual event, Sat before Easter, rain or shine (never been canceled in 60 years). 325-446-3190. Chamber Web

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

Apr 15, 2017 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10:30-11a. On the grounds of the Museum in age-designated areas for children 10 and under. Face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny, too! Free, annual event. 830-997-2835. Web

Apr 20-23, 2017 - FAIR & RODEO: at Liberty Hill, at Harvest Ranch Arena, 8355 RR 1869. 512-778-5295. Web

Apr 20-23, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY NATURE QUEST: at Hill Country Nature Center, FM 1050, between Utopia and Garner State Park. Located in Texas Hill Country River Region (Lost Maples State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Love Creek Preserve, Frio, Sabinal & Nueces River Valleys). Learn from experts about Hill Country native plants, wildflowers, birds, insects, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, nature photography and our crystal clear rivers. Field trips on private ranches & preserves, workshops, seminars and evening programs. $10 Registration. Fee plus small fee for each trip or program. Annual event. 830-966-2320. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wildflowers in the Hill Country"

Apr 20-23, 2017 - OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL: Driftwood, at Salt Lick Pavilion with camping at Camp Ben McCullough, 18300 FM 1826. Noon-Midnight. A nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms. We maintain our down-home, Texas-friendly vibe. Workshops, sing-alongs, jam sessions, kids activities, arts, crafts, Youth Talent Competition. Admission fee required. Rose Kimball, 512-447-5851. Web. Relay For Life

Apr 21, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE - KERR COUNTY: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Event Center. 6p-12a. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Chelsea Hart: 210-867-5407

Apr 21-22, 2017 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: Llano, at Robinson Park, 2 mi W of downtown at 2249 CR 152 on S side of Llano River. Sat: 10a, Sun: Noon. Great food, live music, Sat night dance, a golf tournament, 5K run, great food, live music, arts & crafts, motorcycle fun run, washer pitch'in tournament, special events and much more. Largest festival in Llano helps local charities. RV spaces. 325-247-2270. Event Web

Apr 21-22, 2017 - FARMHAUS MARKET SPRING SHOW: Johnson City. at Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US 281 N. 10a-4p. A semi-annual vintage show. Come shop for vintage goods, upscale home decor, clothing and jewelry. Live music, great food, wine tastings, and a few surprises. Cost: $5-$7. www.facebook.com/FarmHausMarket. DeLisa Evers, 830-330-4209, farmhausmarket@gmail.com

Car ShowApr 21-23, 2017 - NEW BRAUNFELS AREA CAR CLUB SWAP MEET: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 801 E Common Street. One of the oldest swap meets in the area. Open car show and entries are invited. Registration at 8a. Free to the public. On-site parking fee. Profits used for educational scholarships. Louise Calvert, 830-620-5950. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 21-23, 2017 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Dripping Springs, at Historical Mercer Street. Starts with a grand parade and includes free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, 150+ booths, and a washer-pitching tournament. 512-858-4740. Web

Apr 21-23, 2017 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2 Relay For Life

Apr 22, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE BLANCO COUNTY: Blanco, at Blanco County Courthouse. 6-9p. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Event Web. Fran Smith, 210-602-8670

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

Car ShowApr 22, 2017 - TEXAS CORVETTE ASSN OPEN CAR SHOW: Boerne, Main Plaza, 100 N Main St. 10a-5p. Beautiful classic cars and Corvettes set in a backdrop of the Texas Hill Country: Entertainment, raffle, music, silent auctions and door prizes. Free. Jerry Hendley, 210-651-1634. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Fire & RescueApr 22, 2017 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BEAST BLAST FUNDRAISER: Hunt, Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 Hwy 39. 12 Noon-5p. Starting at noon, the Hunt VFD chefs will serve delicious meal, talented musicians will play live music for your listening and dancing pleasure, and we will have a raffle and auction. Festivities will include various displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, as well as a BIG raffle, door prizes, live and silent auctions, and sale of Silpada Designs Silver Jewelry. New this year, the Hill Country Rocketeers will launch rocket during the event. The Texas Forest Service, Kerr County Sheriff's office, Kerrville EMT's and Fire Departments, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Air Ambulance companies and other agencies that respond to floods, fires and other disasters are invited to the event. Who knows, Smokey Bear may even be at the Beast Blast again, if he is not out fighting a fire. This will be a fun, delicious and educational afternoon, and will help raise funds for the Hunt VFD operational expenses, equipment and training. No cost for entrance. Annual event. Al Wilson, 830-238-7164. Sponsor Web, FB
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Apr 22, 2017 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: Junction at S Llano River State Park. Just for women, just for fun. Kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, didjeridoo-ing, team events, classes, arts & crafts, fellowship with 200 participants, and more. 3rd Sat in April, annual event. 325-446-3190. Event Web; Chamber Web

ArtistsApr 22-23, 2017 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: Wimberley, at Waters Point Retreat in Wimberley (Rio Bonito), off RR 12. Sat 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-5p. An annual, unique celebration of visual arts, theatre, music and dance, featuring local and nationally known artists and musicians. 80+ juried artists from 8 states will exhibit alongside continuous live music, food trucks, beer and wine bar. Free, annual event produced by Wimberley Valley Art League. Stan Allen, 512-952-0098. Web

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

Ft Martin ScottApr 28-29, 2017 - FORT MARTIN SCOTT DAYS: Fredericksburg, at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US 290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Thu: 1-4p, Fri & Sat: 10a-3p, Sun: 8a-10:30. This four day extravaganza, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, focuses on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. Admission is free but there will be a $5 charge per car at the gate for parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Forts in the Hill Country"

Apr 28-30, 2017 - WINGS OVER THE HILLS NATURE FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Nature Center, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 2 mi S of town, off TX 16. A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique wildlife features of the Texas Hill Country, offering educational and entertainment opportunities for the entire family. Birds, butterflys, dragonflies, bats, tours, seminars, demonstrations, nature walks, kids activities. 830-660-7592. Sponsor Web

Apr 28-30, 2017 - VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF AUSTIN - HILL COUNTRY: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Fri: 10a-5p, Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: 10a-4p. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. An annual 3 day event held several times a year in various communities. Each event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues. $10 Fri Early Buying Event, $5 Sat & Sun. Admission good for entire weekend once purchased. Web. Cheri Patton, 918-381-4743, cheri@vintagemarketdays.com

Apr 29, 2017 - WIMBERLEY GARDEN CLUB TOUR: Wimberley, TX 78676. 10a-4p. Tour 8 gardens in Wimberley Valley. Handmade garden art and native plants grown by the club will be sold. Unique educational opportunities available on the day of the tour at all gardens. Refreshments will be served. Annual event, $15. Sponsor Web

Apr 29, 2017 - SPRINGFEST: Bee Cave, at The Backyard-Live Oak Amphitheater. in the Galleria. 11a-8p. Something for everyone whether it's live music you're looking for, browsing for a new boat, unique shopping and KidZone, we've got it all. The smoke from the lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas' best musicians. Free admission. Chamber: 512-0263-5833. Web

Apr 29, 2017 - THE POUND HOUSE HERITAGE GALA: Dripping Springs, at Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, 570 Founders Park Road. 6p-10p. Annual fundraising event. $100/person. 512-858-4740. Web

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


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May 4-29, 2017 - ART GUILD SHOW: Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 E Austin. Experience fine art in a beautifully restored Fredericksburg home. Display of member's original art using varied media, including oil and watercolors, photography, sculpture, jewelry, prints and cards. 830-997-4949. Sponsor Web

May 5-7, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Motorcycle run helps fund the many community programs of the Fredericksburg Optimists that benefits the youth of Gillespie County. Primitive Tent Camping across the creek. RV Camping (no hook-up's) in the parking field. All camping is first come, first served. 830-997-8515. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

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

May 6, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - MEUSEBACH CREEK: Meusebach Creek, at 515 Kuhlmann Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

May 6, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 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

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

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

May 6, 2017 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 90+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event! Free, bi-annual event. Event Web. 210-663-9046

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

May 6, 2017 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: Boerne, at Kendall County Fairgrounds. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 40+ vendors selling handmade goods. Artists make home decor items, bath and body items, food products and tons more. Kids activities, playground, live music and food trucks make it an enjoyable family event!. Free. 254-733-5084. Event Web

QuiltMay 6, 2017 - HAUPTSTRASSE QUILTFEST: Boerne, Main Plaza & Downtown Boerne, 100 N Main Street. 9a-4p. Outdoor quilt show and shopping event. enjoy all that Downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring the handy work of our quilting community. Event Maps available in the stores Downtown. Live Music, Educational Craft Presentations, Window Display Contest, Shopping, Craft Vendors in the Plaza and more. Free. 830-249-9511. www.ci.boerne.tx.us, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Fiber Arts in the Hill Country"

May 6, 2017 - MEDINA RIVER CLEANUP: Bandera, starting at Bandera City Park at the dam. Registration: 9-noon with t-shirts for all participants. Free BBQ at 5p with entertainment. Web. Bob Brischetto, Cleanup Coordinator, 210-413-7264

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

May 6-7, 2017 - LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10-6 Sat, 12-6 Sun. A fun day filled with over 20 lavender, wine, garden related vendors in our outdoor lavender market, live music, cooking demos, food concessions, wine tasting and tours of the winery. $70 per person. $5 parking. Annual event. Chris, 830-644-2681, Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender", and "Wine in the Hill Country"

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

May 12-13, 2017 - BURNET COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: Burnet, at Burnet County Fairgrounds. Family fun, live music, cooking demo, Austin Steam Train, Burnet Gunfighters, Car show, food, vendors, silent auction. Event Web. Fair: Lynda, 512-525-1289. Rodeo: Cody, 830-798-4018 Relay For Life

May 13, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 4p. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Lauren Worsley: 626-676-0377, lauren.worsley@cancer.org

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

May 13, 2017 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Vereins Kirche and Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 9:30a-5p. Wreath Laying Ceremony. Living history activities and demonstrations, including chuck-wagon cooking, blacksmithing, rope making. 830-997-2835. Web Artists

May 13, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

May 19-20, 2017 - CHEROKEE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cherokee, at 4160 FM 501 West. Annual event by a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations. Web. 214-981-0700

May 19-20, 2017 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: Leander, 100 N Brushy, in Old Town District. 10a-8p. The street fills with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Musical acts bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices. Local and regional wineries and distilleries bring a special flair with a visit to the wine and beer tent. Free annual event. Brenna Bole, Chastidy Vernengo, 512-259-1907. Event Web

May 20, 2017 - BLUEBONNET MARKET DAYS: San Marcos, 1301 Hay 123. 9a-3p. Vendor booths of all types, trash to treasure (no food). Vendor booth rentals available both indoor and outdoor. Fundraiser for San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions to support community charitable needs. Free annual event. Judy Aswell, 512-558-1032

May 20, 2017 - ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & FLY-IN: Brady, Municipal Airport, Curtis Field. Free annual event celebrating active duty military and veterans. Military airplane exhibits. Rides available. Dinner and dance in WWII hanger $30/pp. 325-456-6726. Web

May 20, 2017 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: Blanco, at Real Ale Brewery, off 281 N, just N of town. Supports Blanco County Community. Route takes you through gentle rolling hills ranging in distances from 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Volunteers needed. Bicycle Sport Shop, 512-477-3472. Sponsor Web

May 20, 2017 - SMART ORCHESTRA GALA & SILENT AUCTION: San Marcos, at SMTX Activity Center Ballroom. 7p. SMART Orchestra ends the concert season with a Gala Fundraiser. Black Tie Optional. San Marcos Artists' Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART) is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the Hill Country with free concerts, internships, scholarships, musical training, and more. A delightful evening with dinner accompanied by concert, silent auction, and cash bar. Cost: $40/person or $300/table of 8. Annual event. Christopher Hanson, 832-866-8355. Sponsor Web Relay For Life

May 20, 2017 - RELAY FOR LIFE: Marble Falls, at Johnson Park, 230 Ave J. 2p-12a. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer. Includes games, activities, themed laps and a live band. Come dressed in purple and as your favorite band and get ready to relay. Free annual event. Sponsor Web. Jayne Palmer: 512-919-1810, jayne.palmer@cancer.org

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

May 25-June 11, 2017 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 mi S of town on TX 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting and booking and management for touring artists performance and recording. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. Bring your tent or RV. Camping is free with a ticket for 3 or more consecutive days. The campgrounds are famous for songwriters campfires, an internationally heralded feature of our festival since 1974. 800-435-8429. Web Artists

May 25-June 25, 2017 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: Kerrville, at Avery Gallery, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Annual event. Gourd artists from around the country compete in this amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. 830-895-2911. Event Web
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May 26, 2017 - TASTE OF LLANO: Llano, at American Legion Hall, Post #370, at 200 Legion Drive. 5:30-7p. Free. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

May 26-28, 2017 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Kerrville, at YO Ranch Resort, 2033 Sidney Baker. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. 214-497-7179, Web

JayceesMay 26-28, 2017 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg at Downtown at Marktplatz (Market Square). 11a-Midnight. Serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. And for those who don't like crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for. Food and fun for all ages. Children's area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds. Plus a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. $5-$25. 830-433-5225. Web

May 27, 2017 - "FUNTIER DAYS" ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Bandera, at Courthouse Square, 500 Main Street. Shop with 75+ vendors. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Arts & Craft Show: 9a-6p on Sat, 10a-5p on Sun. Pro Rodeo that evening at Mansfield Park. Food vendors. Free annual event. 830-796-4447. Web

National%20Museum May 29, 2017 - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, n the Memorial Courtyard, to remember those who paid the ultimate price. 10a. This program is free to the public. 830-997-8600 ext 204. Web


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JUNE 2017


June 2-3, 2017 - LLANO PRO OPEN RODEO: Llano at at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 5p. Don't miss this exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin' and team roping! 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 3, 2017 - LLANO RODEO PARADE & BOY SCOUTS BBQ: Llano at Courthouse Square on Ford Street. 10-11a. A down-home, small town tradition of family, patriotism & community spirit! Free annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 3, 2017 - COWBOYS & CAJUNS: Junction, at Junction VFD & Courthouse. 6-11p. Free, annual event. Live music, craw-fish boil, Miss Kimble County Pageant, dance. 325-446-3190, Chamber Web
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June 3, 2017 - ANNUAL LBJ FISHING DAY: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-noon. Free fishing clinic for children and families. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

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

June 10, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Several children’s activities are held throughout the day on Saturday. A variety of vendors are on hand to sell their treasurers. Food and drink available. If you want to take a closer look into the past, join us for a fun filled weekend. Annual event. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web Artists

June 10, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

National%20Museum June 15, 2017 - NIMITZ JUNIOR CORPS: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Learn about the importance of flags and learn to make Victory Pins. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

June 16-17, 2017 - PEACH JAMBOREE: Stonewall, at the Rodeo Grounds. Celebrate the bounty of local peaches. Activities include breakfast, rodeo, dance, races, peach eating contest, peach seed spitting contest, peach auction, peach queen coronation. 830-644-2735. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Peaches in the Hill Country"

June 16-18, 2017 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown. 6p. An annual adult event that mixes creativity and adult competitive race action. Categories include derby cars, skateboards, and longboards. Food, live music, craft vendors, parade, evening street dance, awards. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

June 18, 2017 - FUN & FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, in association with the Classic Soap Box Derby event listed above. 2p. An annual event that has two categories: Traditional & Outrageous! The children's division is just for fun and does not include a competition. Registrations will only be accepted in person at the event. $5 ($1 for children age 12 and under). Proceeds go to the derby sports association. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Delicious FoodJune 24, 2017 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Food & wine: Noon-11p. Music until 11:30p. 12 food trucks from San Antonio and the Hill Country region will showcase their cuisine for purchase and approximately 10 Hill Country wineries will offer their wine for sale by the glass or bottle. As always, the bar at Luckenbach will be stocked with ice cold beer, and Americana music will fill the air. Annual event. $15pp. Contact Martha Zeiher, Mzeiher@sbcglobal.net Host Web

Amateur Radio Emergency ComJune 254265 2017 - AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY: . www.arrl.org/field-day. Ham radio operators from all over North America will be contacting each other while under simulated emergency conditions. Even if you don't have a license they can get you on the air so you can experience the fun of ham radio. A good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. Demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. Celebrating Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by ARRL. Local Field Day locations: To Be Announced


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JULY 2017


July 1-2, 2017 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

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

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

July 2-3, 2017 - FREEDOM CELEBRATION: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM 2169. 10a, Live concerts begin at 3p. Free live concert with fireworks between performances, along South Llano River. 325-446-3190, junctiontx@cebridge.net. Chamber Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept July 4, 2017 - JULY 4TH AT THE FARM: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 10a-3p. Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

July 4, 2017 - ROCK'N FIREWORKS: Llano, at Badu Park, 300 Legion Dr, downtown, 9-10p. Annual event on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. A brilliant and fantastic fireworks show over the water. Event Web. 325-247-5354, Chamber Web

July 4, 2017 - JULY 4th PARADE & PROGRAM: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz & various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Old fashion parade and patriotic program. Children's parade, concert, fireworks, horse racing, and other local events. 830-997-6523. Event Web, Chamber Web Artists

July 8, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Aug 11-12, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY FAIR ASSOC SUMMER CLASSIC BULL RIDING, DANCES & PARADE: Junction, at Hill Country Fairgrounds on FM 2169. Rodeo, dance, car show, parade, class reunions. Annual event. Tickets. Nathan Tonne, 254-212-9160. www.junctiontexas.net

July 15, 2017 - NIGHT IN OLD FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 3p-12:30a. Celebrate years of Gemutlichkeit! German and Texas entertainment and family fun. Whether it’s Polka and Country & Western you like, this is your Festival! Pavilion Dance Halle, Fest Bier Halle, Food Courts, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Event Web

July 15-16, 2017 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES & CHILI COOK-OFF: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2349. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

July 20-23, 2017 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

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

July 28-30, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, TX 16 South. 8a-5p, Sun 8a-noon. Car Corral, flea market, concessions, free parking. Now hosted by Earhart Productions. Free annual event. Contact: 254-751-7958. Web


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Aug 12, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Aug 12-13, 2017 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"

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

Aug 24-27, 2017 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB HERITAGE SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. held in conjunction with the Gillespie County Fair. This show provides visitors a take back approach to the good ol’ days. Many activities such as agricultural displays, tractor displays, engine displays, antique tractor pulls, and a working blacksmith shop are open for your viewing pleasure. Our replica of a 1920’s farm house is open for viewing. Members enjoy the weekend of fellowship along with helping preserve the past the traditional end of the harvest season. 830-889-9348. Event Web

Aug 25, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR PARADE: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Annual, free event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web

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

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2017 - LBJ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52. 9:30a-4p. Discover the life and accomplishments of our 36th President in the beautiful Texas Hill Country he loved so dearly. See what life was like when the president was a child and where he came to recharge his batteries when he was our nation's leader. Activities throughout the day with old-time games for the whole family, such as marbles, tops, jacks and stick horses. Pack a picnic basket and make it a family outing this summer and enjoy all the park has to offer, including the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Start at Visitor's Center. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web
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Aug 27, 2017 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web


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Sep 1-2, 2017 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION, COOK-OFF & COW KICK: Junction, at City Park. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides, fidler contest. 325-446-3190. www.junctiontexas.net.

Sep 2, 2017 - FRONTIER DAYS RODEO & DANCE: Harper, at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US 290. Enjoy the day with concessions, arts, crafts. Fri: team roping, 6p. Sat: 5K Cross Country Run: 8:30a; kid's fishing, contests, tournaments, dominoes, washer pitching: 9a-noon; parade: 5p, BBQ: 6p; Lester Meier Open Rodeo: 8p; dance: 9p. Mike Zenner, 830-864-5048. Host Web

Sep 9, 2017 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 mi S of town. 7:30p. Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is the top talent in the bull riding circuit. Two rounds. Dance after the show. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Venue Web Artists

Sep 9, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Sep 9, 2017 - KIDS DAY OUT: Burnet, at YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S Water, Burnet. 9a-3p. Annual event. An educational and fun day designed especially for kids. Activities include archery, steer head roping, casting with rod and steel, fish tank, gemology, face painting, hot dogs, kids safety and many other kid related activities. Dale Hill, 512-755-2963. Event Web

Sep 9, 2017 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet Regional Airport, US 281 S. 12a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Web, Sponsor Web, Event Web. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639

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

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

Sep 9, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14671 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 9, 2017 - ST JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14689 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

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

Sep 16, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX 16 S. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 16-17, 2017 - ANNUAL SEED STOMP: Stonewall, at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, from 1:30-3:30p. Children and their families are invited to come out to the State Park to help scatter wildflower seeds. With some help from Mother Nature, the following spring they can return and see all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. They will also learn about the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. There will also be crafts for the children. Native seed mixtures will be provided by the State Park. 830-644-2252. Event Web

Sep 17, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: South Grape Creek, at 10273 US 290 East. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Sep 24, 2017 - ST JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14689 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

WineSep 29, 2017 - KIOLBASSA & KABERNET: Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present "Kiolbassa & Kabernet". No ticket to buy. Most wineries have a "tasting fee" they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery's fine wine. See web for map. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Wine in the Hill Country"


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Oct 6-8, 2017 - OKTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square), 100 block of W Main St), downtown. Open Fri 6p; Sat 10 a, Sun 11a. Closes at 12 Midnight on Fri and Sat, and 6 p on Sun. A colorful, festive, annual celebration of Fredericksburg's German heritage. Family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, art & crafts, Children's fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink ... all weekend long! 830-997-4810; 866-839-3378. Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic SchoolsOct 7, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: Albert, at 5501 S RR 1623. 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Oct 7, 2017 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: Stonewall, at State Park Rd 49 (LBJ Park). 10a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web Artists

Oct 13-15, 2017 - TEXAS MESQUITE ARTS FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at downtown Marktplatz. Largest collection of mesquite art in the world. Between both festivals, 20,000 people will attend, Juried show represents the best artists as well as beginning craftsmen. 830-997-8515. Event Web

Oct 13-15 & Oct 20-22, 2017 - PARADE OF HOMES: Fredericksburg and the Highland Lakes. 10a-6p. A public tour of 10 beautifully decorated custom homes. Presented by the Hill Country Builders Association. $10/weekend. Annual event. 830-798-2266. Sponsor Web

Oct 14, 2017 - FORT CROGHAN DAY: Burnet, at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 9a-3p. See real live blacksmiths, sugar cane made into syrup, bread baked in a wood burning stove, or visit a one-room school house and "do your lessons" on a slate board. Millie Williams, 512-756-8281. Web

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

Oct 14, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

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

Oct 20-21, 2017 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 9a-11p. An annual European and vintage motorcycle rally. Gearheads come from all around come to enter their bikes in the bike show, participate in or watch the vintage trials, eat home-cooked barbecue, win swag (or a bike) in the insanely good raffle, go big for the kids in the live auction, watch a big-screen outdoor movie, listen to great music, camp under the star, immerse themselves in moto-culture, and rub elbows with kindred spirits. The rally attendees, sponsors, and all-volunteer staff throw down hard to raise a ton of money for the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer program of Any Baby Can. Swap meet, and a drive to register folks into the National Marrow Donor Program. Event Web

Oct 20-22, 2017 - OKTOBERFISCH FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: Junction, at Morgan Shady RV Park. 10a-4p. 830-998-2477. www.junctiontexas.net. Annual event sponsored by Sponsor Web

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

Oct 21, 2017 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Lady Bird Johnson Park, Pioneer Pavilion Hall, on TX 16 S. 8a-4p. Features a wide variety of the finest Texas artifacts and arrowheads, jewelry, trade beads, books, T-Shirts, display cases, collectibles and super door prizes all day. Annual event, $6 fee. Sponsor Web. Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

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

Oct 21-22, 2017 - FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, at Comfort Park, 403 Hwy 27. Sun 10-4. Fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. Annual event. 830-329-2870. Event Web, Venue Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country" National%20Park%20Service

Oct 28, 2017 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 5-10p. Experience the LBJ Ranch as 1960s guests from around the world were entertained. Live music. 830-868-7128 x231. Event Web, NPS Web, Friends Web

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


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Nov 2-5, 2017 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Nov 3, 2017 - HUNTER APPRECIATION: Llano, Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. 9a-1p. Held on the eve of Opening Day of deer season the Chamber ushers in hunting season with free goody bags, information, hunting guides, food and drink for our incoming hunter population. Rifle raffle. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 3-12, 2017 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels, at Landa Park, 178 Landa Park Dr. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 4, 2017 - HERBSTFEST: Fredericksburg, at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street. 6:30p. Annual event, with Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, plus selected performers. A concert of German folk songs and lead a sing-along. Light refreshments served. Free admission, donations accepted. Sponsor Web. 830-456-1713

Nov 4, 2017 - HUNTERS' EVENTS: Junction. Fri, Lunch: at West Bear Creek General Store; Sat, Lunch: at JC Sporting Goods and at Simon Bros in Roosevelt; and Sat, Breakfast: at London Community Center. Free, annual events. 830-446-3190. Junction Chamber Artists

Nov 10-12, 2017 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: Fredericksburg, at Zion Lutheran Church Hall, 424 W Main Street. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Event Web

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2017 - VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Honor all of those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Artists Nov 11, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

Nov 18-19, 2017 - FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Boerne, Kendall County Fairgrounds, TX 46 East. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Featuring 60+ exhibitor booths overflowing with the finest American antiques found in the market today. Exhibitors gather their treasures from the estates of this great country and save their best for this nationally acclaimed antiques show. Collectors from all over the state, as well as many from out of state, find real antiques, no reproductions or imports, to add to their collections or decorate their homes. Fine antiques add a touch of elegance to any home & coordinate perfectly with any decorating scheme. Features Country Furniture, Baskets, Stoneware, Glassware, Jewelry, Textiles, Early Paper, Toys, Silver, Quilts, Pewter, American Oak, Southwestern and so much more! 830-329-2870. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Antique in the Hill Country"

Nov 24, 2017 - HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY: Fredericksburg, at the Courthouse and Marktplatz, 100 W Main Street. 6:30p: Entertainment begins; 7p: Lighting. Enjoy the town's rich German heritage with caroling and refreshments before the lights on the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid are turned on. Santa, free refreshments, live entertainment. 830-997-6523. Web

Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: Fredericksburg, Marktplatz, the downtown square at corner of W Main and N Adams. Marktplatz will be holiday decorated. Have fun and exercise skating. Open daily, Mon-Fri: 4-8p; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: $10. Includes skate rental. 830-997-6597. Event Web

Nov 24-26, 2017 - PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town. Three buildings full of unique vendors during Thanksgiving weekend. Creative gifts, custom designs, chic fashions, gourmet food, personalized accessories, unique jewelry, handcrafted art. Fee required. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. Annual event. 512-358-1000. Venue Web, Event Web

Nov 24-Dec 31, 2017 - SANTA'S BIG NIGHT & "STARRY STARRY NIGHTS": Llano, at Badu Park on the Llano River, begins Fri after Thanksgiving. Trail of lights celebrates the Christmas Season from 6-9p. Located on the N side of Llano River just W of the Bridge off of Legion Dr. Every Fri and Sat Night until 8p, live entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand. Lighted 55 ft Christmas tree and 30 ft snowman. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Sat: Snow Day, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Nov 25, 2017 - WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic Game, chili and trimmings. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web
Small Business Saturday Shopping Holiday
Nov 25, 2017 - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:
At local merchants throughout the Texas Hill Country. The day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants. Held on the Sat after Thanksgiving.
Sponsor Web

Nov 25, 2017 - HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING & GERMAN TRADITIONS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Visitor Complex, at 199 Park Rd 52.Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept 10a-3p. Get into the holiday spirit at LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the 1900’s. Enjoy participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and await the arrival of St. Nicholas. Visitors to the park should stop at the Visitor Center first to obtain a park permit, park map and all the event information. For this event it is also recommended to come dressed to have fun outside and to bring a camera to capture some family holiday photos. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web


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DECEMBER 2017


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

Dec 1, 2017 - LIGHT THE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE & HOLIDAY SHARING VILLAGE: Fredericksburg, at Main Street, Marktplatz. Parade 6:30p; After Glow Market 3-10p. Activities begin at 6:30p with a 12-minute laser light show on Marktplatz, facing the 100 block of W Main Street. "Afterglow" open on Marktplatz from 3-10p. when children's activities and holiday vendors will be featured. Free to the public and includes local foods, beer and wine, arts and crafts and entertainment. Rain or shine. 830-997-5000. Event Web

Dec 1-3, 2017 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web National%20Museum

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

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

Dec 2, 2017 - CULTURE CLUB HOME TOUR, SIP & STROLL, LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: Llano. Holiday events. Woman's Culture Club Home Tour: Tickets & map available at the Llano Visitor Center & Chamber or at the Culture Club Home at 200 West Sandstone. Sip 'N Stroll: On the Llano Courthouse Square as our local boutiques, restaurants and shops stay open just a bit later for your shopping convenience. Lighted Christmas Parade with Santa: 6:30 as it circles the Llano Courthouse. Annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Dec 7, 2017 - PEARL HARBOR OBSERVANCE: Fredericksburg, at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Remember "the date that will live in infamy". 12:30a. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204. Web

Dec 8-10, 2017 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: Burnet, at First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer, 2 blocks E of Town Square. 6p-9p. A Christmas gift to the State of Texas. An annual outdoor presentation, weather permitting. Refreshments. Annual, free event. 512-756-4481. Web

Dec 9, 2017 - ST. JOSEPH’S HALLE CRAFT SHOW: Fredericksburg, 212 W San Antonio, from 9a-5p. Gree annual show features local artisans who will have hand crafted items including holiday décor, martin birdhouses, hand- knitted and crochet sweaters and scarves. One-of-a-kind felted purses and pillows, stylish fleece jackets, embroidery items and beautiful cutting boards will also be displayed. Lovely mosaic stained glass windows, heirloom silverplate spoon jewelry along with shabby chic hand painted furniture and vintage inspired garden items. 830-798-4040. Web

Dec 9, 2017 - KINDERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10a-11a. Children invited to bring their stockings to hang over the large hearth in the Kammlah House. While children are entertained with singing, stories and crafts, St. Nick drops in and fill their stockings. Annual event, free. 830-997-2835. Web

Dec 9, 2017 - TANNENBAUM BALL: Fredericksburg. 6:30-11p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. An elegant evening of cocktails, seated dining, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets required. 830-997-2835. Web Artists

Dec 9, 2017 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimberley's fine art galleries keep their doors open late for the monthly Gallery Trail. Wimberley's fifteen participating galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists. Come to Wimberley and enjoy wine, nibbles, entertainment, and ... art! Free monthly event. 512-847-9438. Facebook

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

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 17, 2017 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park & Historic Site, at 199 Park Rd 52, at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. 6p. Time honored tradition that was started years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy music, a live nativity, Santa Claus and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Trails lit to provide visitors a beautiful experience an old-fashioned German Christmas. Sights and smells fill the air as German cookies and cakes are on the table. Glowing lanterns and candles light the farm as visitors stroll through the yard and houses. A traditional candle lit German Christmas Tree and music. Annual family event, free. 830-644-2252. Web

Dec 26, 2017 - CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 5-7p. Tour historic buildings at the Museum, enjoy live music and refreshments. 830-990-8441. Free. Web

Dec 31, 2017 - NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, at the Dance Hall. 8p-midnight. Two Step, Waltz, party favors, champagne toast. No reservations, first come first serve. 830-997-3224. Web


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

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

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

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

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


SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES



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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wed, SONGWRITER HANG: Spring Branch, at Shade Tree Saloon, 7-9p, hosted by Grammy nominated David Lee. Songwriters are encouraged to come and play a song and hang in a creative, original music environment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every 1st Fri, ART WALK: Fredericksburg, Downtown. 5p. www.ffawf.com. Ten fine art gallery open for exhibits, casual art talks, demonstrations, entertainment, with wine from local wineries. All year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Last Sat, NUGENT AVENUE ART WALK: Johnson City. Park, walk and enjoy the art, wine, food at 7 downtown art galleries. 4-8p

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

Every 2nd Sun, MUSIC FEST: Bandera, at Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street. 1-4p. Pickers Circle. Free. Bring lawn chairs. 830-328-0321. www.frontiertimesmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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