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JANUARY, 2019


Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2019 - FIRST DAY HIKE: at most Texas State Parks. Start your new year with a walk in the park! Texas State Parks and parks across the nation will host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. You can also attend a star party or enjoy a campfire. Life is better outdoors! Annual family event. Normal park entrance fees apply; no additional fee for hikes. Sponsor Web, Event Web. See our Portal special focus topic page on Hill Country "Parks & Lakes

Jan 1, 2019 - 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. Parade on opening day, 6p. 844-635-4448. Event Web

Jan 1, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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, 2019 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: Johnson City. Fri opening night: 6:30p-late evening. Let There Be Lights, millions of them. Courthouse lighting ceremony. Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that "shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem". The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Brilliant lighted holiday displays at Memorial Park on Main Street. Hayrides and carriage rides are available throughout the season. Fireworks. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Chamber: 830-868-7684. Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:
www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Jan 1, 2019 - 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, 2019 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area, at 11a. Bandera County Cowgirls gather for a panoramic photo on horseback followed by an afternoon of demonstrations on how the modern day cowgirl makes her living with the horse. Examples of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will be held in the arena. The history of the American cowgirl, singer/songwriters, storytellers, and artists will be featured. TPWD Web. 830-796-4413. Chamber Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horseback riding in the Hill Country"

Jan 1-3, 2019 - DEXTER'S HILL COUNTRY DRIVE-THRU CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY: Johnson City, 1685 US-281 N, 1 mi N of town. Features 2 million + lights; 25' tall Tree of Light; "Holidazzle Dancing Light Show"; and drive-thru tunnel of light. This display is sure to fill you with the Christmas Spirit. Enjoy the lights from the warmth of your car as you listen to our very own radio station that plays non-stop Christmas music. Open Mon-Thur: until 10p. Fri-Sun: until midnight. Free annual event. 512-955-1706

Jan 1-5, 2019 - THE DANCING LIGHTS OF MILL POND 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 1-6, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Event Web. See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at: www.HillCountryPortal.com/reports/LightsSpectacular

Jan 1-7, 2019 - 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: $15. Includes skate rental. 830-733-7996. Event Web

Jan 3-5, 2019 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: Burnet, at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. 979-324-9431, Web, Map

Jan 3-5, 2019 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Mason, at Fort Mason Park Community Building on US-87. 325-347-6459. Chamber Web

Jan 6-12, 2019 - KENDALL COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE: Comfort, Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, 649 FM 289. 10a-10p. Free annual event. 830-249-9343. Web

Science Mill Jan 10, 2019 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - BE A MATHEMATICIAN: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Check website for details on hands-on activities, special guest speakers and Learning Labs.. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Web

Jan 10-11, 2019 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Leakey, at Show Barn. 830-232-6755. Web 1, Web 2, Facebook

Jan 10-12, 2019 - 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 10-12, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Venue Web

Jan 10-12, 2019 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Brady, at G Rollie White Complex. Web

Jan 10-12, 2019 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: Lampasas, at Show Barn

Jan 10-12, 2019 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: Llano, at John L Kuykendall Arena & Event Center, 2249 RR-152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Jan 10-12, 2019 - SAN SABA COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: San Saba, at County Show Barn, Church Street. Annual event, FFA hosted.

Jan 10-13, 2019 - CLAY CONTINUUM: San Marcos, at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. 10a-4p. 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 11-13, 2019 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE MARKET: 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". Gail Kinney, 918-619-2875 Artists

Jan 12, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Ranch Park Jan 12-26, 2019 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: Dripping Springs, at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. Web1, Web2

Jan 13-19, 2019 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: Kerrville, at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102. Web

Jan 19, 2019 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Jan 19, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - NEBGEN: Nebgen, at 1718 N Grape 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

Jan 19, 2019 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-9p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. 830-997-3224. Web

Science Mill Jan 19, 2019 - SNOW DAY: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-4p. Real snow creating a winter wonderland full of science in the Texas Hill Country. Bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow. Family-friendly. Open to all and activities are free with admission, which includes access to all of the hands-on exhibits and a 3D movie. In the case of rain, this event will be postponed. 0-2 years old: free; 3-18 (or with student ID): $9.50; Adults: $11; Seniors (65+): $9; and Military $5.50. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Web

Jan 19-20, 2019 - 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 9-6, Sun 10-4. Free, open to public. 830-456-5419. Event Web

Jan 20, 2019 - CELTIC FEST: San Marcos, at San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins Street. A Celebration of St Brigid's Day, the first day of Spring in Ireland. Noon-6p. Traditional Irish and Celtic music, arts, crafts. Family friendly. 512-393-8400. Web

Jan 22, 2019 - WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR: Kerrville, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street South. 6:30-8p. Come learn how a Wildlife Management Plan keeps your property tax Ag exemption in place while improving the beauty of your land and ease of operation. Free, annual event. Event Web, Avalon Powell, 512-894-3479

Jan 25-27, 2019 - WIMBERLEY ART & SOUL: Wimberley, Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. 8a. Pack your bags and head to Wimberley for four action-packed days of opportunity to Learn, Create and Experience the art and soul of Wimberley brought to you by the creative community of Wimberley. Over 50 activities. Free, annual event. Tickets. Vanessa Horodecky, 512-847-2201, wimberleyartnsoul@gmail.com

Jan 25-27, 2019 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 10a-5p. 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. Family friendly, Event Web. Event Web. Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Jan 26, 2019 - 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 27, 2019 - SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY: Johnson City, at the Science Mill. 5-8p. Showcases top restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries in the area that will offer samples. Silent auction. Live music. Benefits BeautifyJC! project and local scholarship fund. Tickets: $50 IA/$60 AD. 830-868-7684. Web

Jan 27, 2019 - HILL COUNTRY WEDDING SHOW: New Branfels, at Reneau Farms, 1850 Schwarzlose Road. 1-5p. Join us for a wedding event like no other. Visit and interact with 50 of the best Hill Country wedding vendors. Amazing door prizes from each vendor, brunch, cocktails, bridal fashion show, individual vendor booth presentations, live hair and makeup demos, a cake dig for a spectacular grand prize, and more. Cost: Free. Annual event. Sponsored by New Braunfels Wedding Chamber, a non-profit entity. Sponsor Web


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FEBRUARY, 2019

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Feb 1-8, 2019 - 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"

Feb 2, 2019 - SPARROWFEST: Marble Falls, at The Retreat at Balcones Springs. 6a-6p. 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. Event Web

Feb 2, 2019 - LLANO PICKERS AREA WIDE GARAGE SALE: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. Located inside the climatized center. 7a-2p. Sponsored by the 501c3 Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail. For all the hungry and thirsty pickers, there will also be food and drink available to you. Food and drink available. Annual event. Cost: $1/p. Chamber Web. 325-247-5354, info@llanochamber.org

Feb 2-3, 2019 - CHAMBER RODEO: Bulverde, at Tejas Rodeo Company, by Bulvede Spring Branch Chamber. Amazing rodeo action and loads of kids activities. 830-438-4285. Event Web

Feb 2-3, 2019 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Kerrville, at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 10a-5p. 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. Family friendly, Event Web. Event Web. Hal, 214-632-5766, kerrvillerenfest@gmail.com

Feb 2-3, 2019 - BSB CHAMBER RODEO: Bulverde, at Tejas Rodeo Co, 401 Obst Road. 5:30-11:30p. Live music, petting zoo, kids activities. Cost: Adults: %12, Kids: $6, Under 6: Annual event provided by Bulverde/Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce. 830-438-4285. Sponsor & Host Web
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Feb 3, 2019 - BLANCO COWBOY BREAKFAST: Blanco, at Yett Memorial Park. 7a. 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 Food Feb 5, 2019 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: New Braunfels. 6-9p. 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

Wine Feb 8-22, 2019 - 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" Artists

Feb 9, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Feb 9, 2019 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: San Marcos, at Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 6-8p. Annual event. 512-245-3375. Web

Feb 9, 2019 - CHOCOLATE WALK: Boerne, downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Web

Science Mill Feb 13, 2019 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - BE AN ENGINEER: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Museum Hours: 10a-4p. In special hands-on activities, students can use the Strawbees system to engineer their own creations, make a mountain rescue litter, and create a pom pom launcher with materials from a mystery bag. Plus, students can attend optional age-based Learning Labs and explore the museum’s 50+ unique exhibits and 3D movie. Under 3 free; 3-18 $8.50; Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) and Military $8.00; Learning Labs $5. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Host Web, Event Web, info@sciencemill.org

Feb 15-17, 2019 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: Kerrville, at Mt Wesley Conference Center, 610 Methodist Encampment Road. 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. 830-459-2120. Event Web

Feb 16, 2019 - 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 16, 2019 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: Castell, at Castell General Store, 19522 RR-152 West. 9a-5p. Fre admission. $25 if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment, BBQ, burgers. Annual event. Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100, Sponsor Web

Feb 16, 2019 - PROSPECTOR'S CONFERENCE & SWAP MEET: Llano, at 2259 RR-152 West. 8a-5p. This fun, educational event is for prospectors, rock collectors, treasure hunters, and metal detecting enthusiasts to get together, share ideas and experiences. There will be a limited number of commercial vendors, and a swap meet outside for non-commercial sales of items related to the theme of the show. Silent auction and raffle will be held to benefit the historic Llano Red Top Jail renovation. Annual event. 325-247-1067. Event Web, Chamber Web

Feb 16-17, 2019 - 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

Feb 20-23, 2019 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS & GUMBO COOK-OFF: Bandera, at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Gumbo cook-off on Sat. 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. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Feb 22-23, 2019 - 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

Feb 22-24, 2019 - 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"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 23, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek, at 470 Cave Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Feb 23, 2019 - INDIE FILM NITE IN BLANCO: Blanco, at Gem of the Hills. 2-5p. Selected short films, food, BYOB, Q & A with filmmakers. Fun! Cost: $40/pp. Sponsored by Hill Country Film Society. 512-750-6362. Web, Tickets, Facebook

Feb 23-24, 2019 - 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"

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 27, 2019 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: Johnson City, at the JC Library. 10a-3p. Annual workshop for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Guest authors. Theme is: "Communicating with Comedy: Using the power of laughter - in any genre - will build a larger audience and elevate your work from good to memorable". Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. Cost: $45 including lunch. www.jclibrarysite.org. Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469, johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

Feb 28, 2019 - AMPLIFY AUSTIN (& TEXAS HILL COUNTRY): Austin. 6p-. Central Texans are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers of their time and talent. But that's not enough. The biggest challenge facing local non-profits is that they don't have enough money. We depend on these organizations to provide critical services and meet local most basic needs. At "I Live Here, I Give Here", our job is to connect you with the causes you care about and the non-profits that support them. Join more than 700 area non-profits participating in Amplify, an annual day of online giving aimed at connecting donors with causes that make Texas a more vibrant place to live and work.. Watch for focus events in our area. Please donate online. 512-717-4190. Sponsor Web, Event Web, Facebook


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MARCH 2019


Mar 1-2, 2019 - FREEDOM FEST: Concan, at Frio Country Resort, 1801 CR-348 (River Road), on campground. IBCA sanctioned event. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. Benefits CCVFD. 830-232-6625. a href="http://www.friocountry.com" target="_blank">Sponsor Web, Event Web

Mar 2, 2019 - SAN MARCOS RIVER CLEANUP: San Marcos, 9a-Noon. 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. Web. Tom Goynes, 512-787-5574

Mar 2, 2019 - MARDI GRAS BANQUET & BALL: Blanco, at Old Blanco County Courthouse Ballroom. 6:30p. Live music. Costumes highly encouraged. Sponsorships available. Tickets required. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, Chamber Web

Mar 2-3, 2019 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: Lago Vista on Highland Lakes Dr and Boggy Ford Road. 8a-4p. 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, Event Web

Science Mill Mar 7, 2019 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - BE A BIOLOGIST: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Check website for details on hands-on activities, special guest speakers and Learning Labs. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Host Web, Event Web

Mar 8-10, 2019 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: Noon-6p, Sat: 10a-6p. Sun: 10a-4p. Beads, jewelry, findings, gold, silver, gemstones, handmade, vintage, estate, imported & fashion jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, gift items & more. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

Mar 9, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433 info@wimberleyfineartscenter.com

Mar 11-16, 2019 - 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: $7.50 adults; $3 children school age. 830-997-8441. Web

Mar 13-16, 2019 - SPRING BREAK-RIO FRIO FEST: Concan, at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Mar 15-16, 2019 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: Bandera, at Mansfield Park, 2886 TX-16 North. Annual event features team competition for all age levels in wild hog catching & hog kissing contest, All Bike Motorcycle Rally. 830-796-4447. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Motorcycling in the Hill Country"

Mar 15-18, 2019 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: Llano at 199 E Haynie Street. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. $5 in advance online and $10 at the gate for all weekend. Camping is extra. We are now the World Rock Stacking Championship. Open until 10p Fri-Sat, until 6p Sun and 3p Mon. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web; Event Web

Mar 15-23, 2019 - HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brady, at Ed Davenport Civic Center. Multiple shows by offer a great time for fans of traditional country music. Annual event. Tickets required. Jennifer Pearman, 803-629-4823. Chamber Web; Event Web, Sponsor Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 16, 2019 - 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

Mar 16, 2019 - 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

Mar 16, 2019 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI FEST: Luckenbach, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-11p. 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook

Mar 29-30, 2019 - TEXAS HILLS QUILTERS QUILT SHOW - Wildflowers in Bloom: Llano, at Kuykendall Event Center, 2200 RR-152. 10a-4p. Show will feature over 100 quilts, sewing and quilting demonstrations and talks, a sewing and quilting museum, bed turning, thrift shop, quilt raffle, and lots of vendors. Bi-annual event. Event Web. 325-247-5159

Mar 29-31, 2019 - WOMEN WHO WANDER-OUTDOOR RETREAT: Concan, at Frio Country Resort, 1801 CR-348 (River Road), on campground. Live music, yoga, archery, fly fishing, self-defense training, kayak excursion, paddle boarding, hiking, spa treatments, outdoor photography workshop, cooking class, special guests. A collaboration between Frio Country Resort, Texas Game Wardens and Visit Uvalde County. 830-232-6625. a href="http://www.friocountry.com" target="_blank">Sponsor Web, Event Web, info@visituvaldecounty.com

National%20Park%20Service Mar 30, 2019 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: Stonewall, LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. Starts 9a. On-site registration (cash or check only) and packet pick-up at the registration tent on the LBJ air strip, beginning 7a. 210-355-2645. Pre-registration and information: Event Web, Sponsor Web

Mar 30, 2019 - 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 Artists

Mar 30, 2019 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: Llano, at 503 Bessemer Avenue. 9a-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. 214-236-4206. Llano Chamber, 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web, Event Facebook

Mar 30, 2019 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Harper, at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US-290. 9a-6p. Concessions available. Host Web, Facebook


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APRIL 2019


Apr 4-6, 2019 - LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: Llano at 300 W Legion Drive. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

Apr 5-7, 2019 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: Llano at historic Lantex Theater, 113 W Main Street. Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sunday. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 6, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CHERRY SPRING: Cherry Spring, at 5973 RR 2323. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 6, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - CRABAPPLE: Crabapple, at 14671 Lower Crabapple Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 6, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - PECAN CREEK: Pecan Creek, at 3410 Pecan Creek Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Apr 6, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Wrede, at 3828 TX-16 South. 5-10p. 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 Master Gardeners

Apr 6, 2019 - 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 7, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BBQ MEAL AND PRIZE DRAWING BENEFIT: Fredericksburg, at American Legion Hall, 726 S Washington St (US-87 S). Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. Plates available in Drive Thru and Dine In at 11 a.m. (until sold out): $10 (includes BBQ chicken or pork with all the trimmings, pinto beans, potato salad, pickles, onions, bread, and slice of cake). Tea is provided (if dining inside). 830-685-3321. Web

Science Mill Apr 10, 2019 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Check website for details on hands-on activities, special guest speakers and Learning Labs. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Host Web, Event Web

Apr 12-13, 2019 - WILD WOMEN WEEKEND Blanco. The ultimate "gal-pal" road trip to the Hill Country, with events like fly fishing lessons, a "chick" market, yoga, aromatherapy, 5k and 10k ladies run, author presentations, style show, casino night and more. Proceeds to non-profits. 512-750-6363, 512-750-6362, www.wildwomenweekend.org

Apr 13, 2019 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW: 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, 830-889-0070. Event Web Artists

Apr 13, 2019 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: Wimberley, at the Square and around town. 4-7p. The 2nd Sat of every month, Wimbeley'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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Apr 13-14, 2019 - FOLKFEST: New Braunfels, at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Dr. Sat 10-6p; Sun 11-5p. 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. Event Web. Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504

Apr 13-14, 2019 - 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. Kids get to be a Junior Engineer at our famous 'Kids Run the Trains' Layout. Extra large exhibit of Lego Trains. 7 - 9 additional large displays of traveling model railroads, of various scales. 60 vendors from Texas, and some from out of state, displaying on over 300 tables, for you to buy, sell, or swap. Hourly drawings for prizes, provided by our vendors and local sponsors. Silent Auction. Museum store with thousands of items available at low cost. Free ride ticket to the Landa Park Miniature Train for all children, age 5 and under. Mini Food Court featuring snacks, beverages, and lunch selections. Admission: $8 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-627-2447, Web

Car Show Apr 19-21, 2019 - NEW BRAUNFELS SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW: New Braunfels, at Comal County Fairgrounds, 801 E Common Street. 8a. One of the oldest swap meets in the area. Open car show and entries are invited. Registration at 8a. 1,000+ spaces of hard-to-find car parts and related items. Food and drink concessions. ATM. Free parts hauling by swap meet volunteers. Free to the public. On-site parking fee. Profits used for educational scholarships. 830-708-1372. Web. See special Portal focus page on "Car Shows in the Hill Country"

Apr 20, 2019 - EASTER EGG HUNT: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10-11:30a. 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 25-28, 2019 - INDIE FILM SERIES: Fredericksburg, at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. Screening of short film presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049. Web

Apr 26-27, 2019 - 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 26-28, 2019 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: Lago Vista, at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Includes guided walks focusing on the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler as well as other wildlife in the region. 512-965-2473. Web1, Web2

Apr 26-28, 2019 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: Marble Falls, at Historic Downtown, 3rd & Main. Fri: 6p. Sat: Racing, 11a-9:30p; Derby Hat Contest: 2p; Sun: Racing, noon-4p. An annual adult event that mixes creativity and adult competitive race action. Categories include derby cars, skateboards, and longboards. Food, live music, craft vendors, parade, evening street dance, awards. Build it, bring it, race it. Family fun. Free admission. 830-385-9289. Sponsor Web; Event Web

Apr 27-28, 2019 - 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.


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MAY 2019


Wine May 4, 2019 - WEIN & SAENGERFEST: New Braunfels, historic downtown, at San Antonio St & 424 Castell Ave. Noon-10p. Annual festival offers wine and beer tastings, live music/entertainment, art market, grape stomp, Chef's Showdown, kids activities, farmers' market, food venues, street dance. Proceeds benefit New Braunfels' Parks Foundation. 830-221-4350. Event Web

May 4, 2019 - 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 4, 2019 - FOUNDERS DAY WREATH LAYING CEREMONY: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz. 10a. Hosted by Gillespie County Historical Society. Will honor John O. Meusebach - the founder of Fredericksburg - and the founding families of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. Descendants of founding families, including Meusebach descendants, will be in attendance. The public is invited to join.

May 8, 2019 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-5p. Free admission. Free BBQ sliders from 11a-1p. On this day in 1846, the first 120 settlers arrived in Fredericksburg from New Braunfels. These families as well as those whose names are listed in the 1850 census are considered "founders" of Fredericksburg. Come tour the buildings on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Hear the story of the those who founded Fredericksburg, of those who were looking for a better life, who risked everything to get to a land of limitless opportunity, of those who tenaciously faced every obstacle and created a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. 830-990-8441. Web

Science Mill May 9, 2019 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - BE A CODER: Johnson City, at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. Check website for details on hands-on activities, special guest speakers and Learning Labs. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, Host Web, Event Web

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 11, 2019 - 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 Artists

May 11, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

May 18, 2019 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr just off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 8a-6p. Several children’s activities are held throughout the day on Saturday. A variety of vendors are on hand to sell their treasurers. Food and drink available. If you want to take a closer look into the past, join us for a fun filled weekend. Annual event. Adults: $6; Kids: 12 & under: free. Free parking. 830-889-9348. Venue Web, Event Web


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JUNE 2019


June 6, 2019 - HCCW WOMEN'S RANCH SEMINAR: Fredericksburg, at the Farm Bureau Event Center, 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, Event Web. Fran: 325-251-6668, franha@hctc.net

June 7-8, 2019 - LLANO PRO OPEN RODEO: Llano, at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. 5p. Don't miss this exciting time to see bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin' and team roping! Parade. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web

June 7-8, 2019 - SWEET PICKIN'S VINTAGE FAIR: Mason, at the Mason Community Building at Ft. Mason Park, on US-87 just S of town. Fri: 5a-9p & Sat: 9a-5p. A vintage show that will be in the event barns of Lea Lou Co-Op located on Mason's historic downtown square. The focus is shabby chic goodness, rusty relics, farmhouse wears, up-cycled treasures, Wild West decor, rustic charm & retro finds. Free admission, annual show. 325-294-4440, Facebook

June 8, 2019 - LLANO RODEO PARADE & BOY SCOUTS BBQ: Llano at Courthouse Square on Ford Street. 10-noon. A down-home, small-town tradition of family, patriotism & community spirit! Free annual event. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web Artists

June 8, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

June 7-9, 2019 - BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: Blanco, at Courthouse Square. Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas and holds a great "Lavender Festival" each June with vendors, displays, tours & entertainment. The entire town the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. with bows and arrows provided for use at this clinic, for children age 7 and older, and adults. Clinic held every Thursday in June & July. 830-833-5101. Web. See special Portal focus page on "All Things Lavender"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 15, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - MEUSEBACH CREEK: Meusebach Creek, at 515 Kuhlmann Rd. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

June 15, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - GRAPETOWN: Grapetown, at Old San Antonio Road @ Grapetown Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

June 22, 2019 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Johnson City, at County Fairgrounds, 619 US-281 North. 10a. Events for various size and age tractors from 1965 and older. Access fee by donation. Proceeds to local 4H and FFA. Sponsored by Johnson City Antique Tractor and Engine Club. 512-749-4182. Facebook


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JULY 2019


July 4, 2019 - FOURTH OF JULY PATRIOTIC PARADE & PROGRAM: New Braunfels at Main Plaza Downtown. 8:45a. www.sophienburg.com. Fun for the entire family! Everyone is welcome to walk or ride! Event sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum in coordination with the City of New Braunfels and the Parks and Recreation Department. Begins in the Saints Peter and Paul Church parking lot, goes down Castell St, turns left on San Antonio St, continues around the Plaza three-fourths of the way, turns right on Seguin (between the Courthouse & New Braunfels Coffee). Parade disbands after the Courthouse at Seguin and Mill Streets. 10a: Patriotic Program at the Bandstand begins as soon as parade is over. The program traditionally lasts about an hour and has included the presentation of the colors, a welcome, an invocation, special music, remarks by New Braunfels city officials, a benediction, retiring of the colors and playing of the bells. Free admission. Annual event. 830-629-1572, director@sophienburg.com

July 6-7, 2019 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. 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" Artists

July 13, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

July 19-21, 2019 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: Noon-6p, Sat: 10a-6p. Sun: 10a-4p. Beads, jewelry, findings, gold, silver, gemstones, handmade, vintage, estate, imported & fashion jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, gift items & more. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web

July 20, 2019 - 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, domino tournament, goat roping, chili cook-off, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359. Event Web

July 20-21, 2019 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"


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AUGUST 2019


Aug 3-5, 2019 - LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Hosted by Texas Gourd Society. 800-572-2626. Sponsor Web, Venue Web Artists

Aug 10, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Aug 10-11, 2019 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. 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"

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Aug 17, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach, at 3566 Luckenbach Road. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Aug 22-25, 2019 - 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 23, 2019 - 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 24-25, 2019 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Gates open 11a; Post Time 1p. Horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, drink. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Air-conditioned restaurant and bar as well as state-of-the-art simulcast facilities. 830-997-2359. Venue Web. Race Barn: 830-997-4058. Event Web. See special Portal focus page on "Horse riding in the Hill Country"
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Aug 27, 2019 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: Stonewall, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 10a. At President Johnson`s grave site in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. Web, Friends Web

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2019 - 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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Sep 14, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433 info@wimberleyfineartscenter.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 15, 2019 - 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


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OCTOBER 2019


National Night Out Oct 1, 2019 - NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: An annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Check with your local law enforcement and government agencies for particiaption details. https://natw.org. Confirmed Hill Country locations include: Bandera Co., Boerne, Brady, Buda, Burnet, Canyon Lake, Comal Co., Comfort, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Fair Oaks Ranch, Fredericksburg, Hays Co., Johnson City, Jonestown, Kerrville, Kyle, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill, Llano, Marble Falls, McCulloch Co., Mico, New Braunfels, Pipe Creek, Point Venture, San Marcos, Spicewood, Spring Branch, Williamson Co., Willow City, Wimberley

Oct 4-5, 2019 - FALL ON THE FRIO-BBQ COOK-OFF: Concan, at Frio Country Resort, 1801 CR-348 (River Rd), on campground. IBCA sanctioned event. Benefiting "Gear Up For Game Wardens". Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 830-232-6625. Sponsor Web, Event Web

Oct 4-6, 2019 - OKTOBERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Marktplatz (Market Square, 100 block of W Main St), downtown. Open Fri 6p; Sat 10a, 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 Artists

Oct 12, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Oct 19, 2019 - 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

Oct 19-20, 2019 - FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: Comfort, at Comfort Park, 403 TX-27. Sat: 10a-5p. Sun 10a-4p. Fabulous collection of Americana antiques offered for sale by 50 out-of-area exhibitors. Annual event. 830-329-2870. Event Web. Lori Voigt-Titsworth, lvt@hctc.net

Oct 26, 2019 - MASON FALL ARTS FEST: Mason, at historic town square. 11a-4p. Sidewalk showings by local artists, craftspeople, performances by local musicians. Plus other local holiday events at businesses in town. Lisa Polk, 325-347-0230. Sponsor Web

Wine Oct 26, 2019 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: Fredericksburg. Held downtown at Marktplatz (100 block of W Main St). Noon-7p. A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. GA: $25/p. 830-997-8515. Event Web

Oct 26, 2019 - 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

Oct 26-27, 2019 - MODEL RAILROAD FALL TRAIN SHOW: New Braunfels, at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Kids get to be a Junior Engineer at our famous 'Kids Run the Trains' Layout. Extra large exhibit of Lego Trains. 7 - 9 additional large displays of traveling model railroads, of various scales. 60 vendors from Texas, and some from out of state, displaying on over 300 tables, for you to buy, sell, or swap. Hourly drawings for prizes, provided by our vendors and local sponsors. Silent Auction. Museum store with thousands of items available at low cost. Free ride ticket to the Landa Park Miniature Train for all children, age 5 and under. Mini Food Court featuring snacks, beverages, and lunch selections. Admission: $8 Adults (18 & Older), $2 Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-627-2447, Web

Oct 26-27, 2019 - TEXAS CLAY FESTIVAL: Gruene, at Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels, 1296 Gruene Road. Sat: 10a-6p; Sun: 1-a-5p. PFeaturing the work of over 80 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artist in the state. Take this unique opportunity to watch and learn as demonstrations are held in four tents throughout both days. From forming on the potters wheel to hand-building to raku firing, there is something for everyone. Kid's activities. Free annual event. 830-629-7975. Web


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Nov 1-10, 2019 - WURSTFEST: New Braunfels, at Landa Park, 178 Landa Park Drive. Salute to sausage. Good fun, great music, delicious food, and special events. Texas version of Munich's Oktoberfest. 800-221-4369. Web

Nov 8-10, 2019 - NORTH AMERICAN JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: New Braunfels, at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: Noon-6p, Sat: 10a-6p. Sun: 10a-4p. Beads, jewelry, findings, gold, silver, gemstones, handmade, vintage, estate, imported & fashion jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, gift items & more. Admission: $5. 210-410-0737. Web Artists

Nov 9, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Nov 9, 2019 - BOOTS & BBQ: Marble Falls, at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. 6:30-11p. 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

Nov 14-16, 2019 - HEIRLOOM RUBBER STAMP & PAPER ARTS FESTIVAL: New Braunfels, at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Art Rubber Stamping, Scrapbooking, Card-Making, Paper Crafting, Design & Treasure Make & Take and Shop, Crop & Craft! Annual event with admission charge. Food is available. Sponsor Web, 541-574-8000, info@heirloompro.com

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Nov 16, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: Albert, at 5501 S RR 1623. 11a-4p. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Nov 29-Dec 31, 2019 - STARRY STARRY NIGHTS & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARK: Llano, at Badu Park on the Llano River, 300 W Legion Drive. Begins Fri after Thanksgiving and runs to New Year's Eve. Lighted Christmas Park will be open every night 6-9p. Sipping hot chocolate, strolling along the Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu Park. It's a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends. Santa Claus will be in the park ever Friday & Saturday evening from 6-8p starting Nov 23 until Dec 22. Lighted Christmas parade on the Square, downtown. Snow Day Dec 8, for kids of all ages, tube down a snow hill. 325-247-5354. Chamber Web, Event Web

Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 - 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: $15. Includes skate rental. 830-733-7996. Event Web
Small Business Saturday Shopping Holiday
Nov 30, 2019 - 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 30, 2019 - WILD GAME DINNER: Junction, at Coke Stevenson Memorial Center, 440 US 83 N. 6p. Annual event, with raffle of guns, hunting paraphernalia, knives, & more after eating. Exotic Game, chili and trimmings. 830-446-3190. Chamber Web


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Dec 5, 2019 - WASSAILFEST: New Braunfels, at downtown, 6-9p. Sample free wassail, live music, entertainment, holiday lights, and taste yummy festival food. Stroll through the streets of Downtown New Braunfels sipping warm wassail and see what your local merchants have to offer for your holiday gift giving needs. Free annual event. 830-221-4350. Web. 830-221-4350, parks@nbtexas.org

Dec 6-7, 2019 - CHRISTKINDLMARKT: New Braunfels, at 1300 Church Hill Drive. Fri: 5-9p; Sat: 10a-9p. A German-inspired open-air Christmas Market complete with food, drinks, craft beer, Gluehwein, German music, singing, and dancing as vendors selling Christmas ornaments and décor, and handcrafted artisan gifts. Goal is to commemorate and promote the German heritage of our city, which has been an important role in the cultural life of New Braunfels since it was founded by Germans in 1845. With this event, we also hope to promote local businesses and tourism, while bringing the community together for two fun-filled days of food, drink, entertainment and shopping the way our German Ancestors continue to do it today. Family friendly, annual event. Hosted by German Heritage Foundation of New Braunfels. Free parking & admission. Event Web. Heather, 830-542-8448

Dec 7, 2019 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & MARKET: Fredericksburg. 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Self-guided walk through 7 distinctive homes, from historic to contemporary, decorated for the holidays. Ticket required: $30. Annual event. In conjunction with the tour, the Christmas Market will be open in the historic Methodist sanctuary on the museum grounds from 9:30a-5p. The Christmas Market can be visited on a Christmas Home Tour ticket or a separate $5 ticket for the market only can be purchased at the door. 830-990-8441. Web

Dec 7, 2019 - OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Leander, at 100 N Brushy Street. 10a. Town comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. Activities for the kids, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more. Cost: Free. Annual event. 512-259-1907. Sponsor Web; Event Web Artists

Dec 14, 2019 - 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. Sponsor Web, Facebook. Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Dec 14, 2019 - KINDERFEST: Fredericksburg, at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 9:30a-11:30a. 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

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Dec 21, 2019 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL ANNUAL BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Fredericksburg. Details to follow. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. No admission charge, and donations gladly accepted towards the preservation projects. 830-685-3321. Web

Dec 26, 2019 - ZWEITE WEIHNACHTEN: Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Historical Society, Social Hall, 312 W San Antonio. 2-5p. This "Second Christmas", the German tradition of good food, drink, music and fellowship with friends, is hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club. Try a traditional baked Stollen or a glass of warm Gluhwein. Singing of carols in both German and English. 830-990-8441. FBG Web


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SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES



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

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

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




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

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

Every Mon-Thur - PICKER CIRCLE: Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Free. Listen or sing/play. 888-311-8990. Sponsor Web.

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, 2E TWIN ELM TEAM ROPING: Bandera, TX 78003, at 810 FM-470. 8p. June-Aug. 253-209-1109. Web.

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 Wed, GRILL AND CHILL AT THE LOST MAPLES WINERY: Vanderpool, 34986 RR-187. 5-8p. Bring whatever you’d like to grill out to the winery and join us for a cookout. We’ll have several grills fired up and ready, our tasting room open and the band will be playing. Just bring your own seafood, steak, wild game or even just veggies, and we’ll help you pair the perfect wine with your culinary creations. Free weekly event. Tom Slaughter, 830-966-5131. Facebook

Every Wed, COUNTRY PICKER'S CIRCLE: Kerrville, at Wild Ass Hey Barn, 101 Rowland Ln, Kerrville, TX 78028. 6p. Free. 830-367-1737; http://bluegarcomplex.com

Every Wed, SONGWRITERS CIRCLE: Spring Branch, at Shade Tree Saloon & Grill, 13430 US-281 North. 7-9p. Free. 830-885-5550; www.shadetreesaloon.com. Hosted by Grammy-nominated hit Nashville songwriter David Lee.

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 CLINICS: Stonewall, at LBJ State Park ball field, on Cornet Street. 6:30p-8p. 830-644-2252. Web. 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 welcome.

Every 1st Thur,
FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs. Enjoy special activities, music, art, dining and shopping. Open late downtown. 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, SUMMER RODEO: Bandera, at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena. 830-522-0054. June & July. Gate Fee $10 age 6 and up. Event Web Karen: 30-777-7129, banderarodeo@gmail.com

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, 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 1st Fri, ART WALK: Marble Falls, Historic Downtown. 5-8p. Facebook. All year. Enjoy shopping, dining, art, live music and more. Watch for specials.

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

Every 2nd Fri, COMMUNITY WIDE JAM SESSION: Medina, at Community Center on TX-16. Free family event features local musicians. 6p. Bring a covered dish, snack or dessert to share. Everyone welcome.

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. Cover charge.

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, 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

Most Sat, GUNFIGHT RE-ENACTMENTS: Bandera Cattle Company, at Bandera Visitors Center, most Saturdays at Noon and 2p. 830-796-3045. 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 beer 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 BEAT: Boerne, downtown. 4-8p. 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 Sun, MUSIC IN THE PARK: Llano, at Badu Park, by the Llano River. 3-6p. Pickers circle open to all types of musicians. Bring you guitars, voice, or other instruments or just come hangout. Family friendly. Free admission and free vendor spaces.

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, JOHNSON CITY 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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SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Click for more pictures and details at Sandy Road Guest HausUpscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country


Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636

Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com

Come Relax & Enjoy!



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ANDY'S
ON RIVER ROAD

Frio River Fun !
Concan, Texas
Cabins, Camping
& Float Trips

Andy's On River Road and Frio River in Concan.
830-232-5444
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COUNTRY CABINS
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Near: Hye, Albert,
Johnson City
& Stonewall.
Next to Garrison Bros Distillery.
Just off Hwy 290
Winery Row

830-868-7447
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Texas Walks . .
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William Chris Vineyards

Family-owned winery
& vineyard operation
at a century-old
farm house,
breathtaking views
of Hill Country,
& handcrafted
Texas wines

(830) 998-7654
10352 US-290 W
Hye, Texas

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