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Life in the Texas Hill Country seems at times like a continuing festival. Just look at the list below of major events & festivals throughout our area. The range of themes is as varied as the locations.

The Calendar below is for Hill Country events only. See definition at:

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JANUARY, 2018

Jan 1, 2018 - SANTA'S RANCH: , 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, , Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Jan 1, 2018 - 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. . See

Jan 1, 2018 - POLAR BEAR SPLASH: , 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;

Jan 1, 2018 - POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE: , 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.
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Jan 1, 2018 - HAIR OF THE DOG DAY: , at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. Noon-9p. Live entertainment. Free all day. 830-629-5077.

Wine Jan 1, 2018 - NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION: , 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,

Jan 1, 2018 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: . 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. . See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:

Jan 1, 2018 - LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: . 100+ lighted Christmas Trees along with merchant displays. Lights are turned on every evening from 6-9p Free annual event. 830-796-4447. ;

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Jan 1, 2018 - COWGIRL ROUNDUP & SHOW-DEO: , 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. . 830-796-4413. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Jan 1, 2018 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: , 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.

Jan 1-5, 2018 - MILL POND LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARK: , 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,

Jan 1-7, 2018 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: , 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; Sat: 10a-10p; Sun: 1-8p. Hours vary on holidays. Day pass: . Includes skate rental. 830-997-6597.

Jan 4-6, 2018 - BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL STOCK SHOW & SALSA CONTEST: , at Blanco County Fairgrounds. Premium Sale and Salsa Contest on the 6th, 4-H and FFA youth projects. Keitha Johnson, 833-833-4138. .

Jan 4-6, 2018 - McCULLOCH COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: , at G. Rollie White Complex.

Jan 4-6, 2018 - BURNET COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. 979-324-9431, ,

Jan 4-6, 2018 - MASON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Fort Mason Park Community Building on Hwy 87. 325-347-6459.

Jan 10-13, 2018 - BANDERA COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Show Barn at Mansfield Park. Animals shown on Thursday and Friday. Auction on Sat. 830-796-7755.

Jan 11-12, 2018 - REAL COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Show Barn. 830-232-6755. , ,

Jan 11-13, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: , 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. ,

Jan 11-13, 2018 - LAMPASAS COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Show Barn

Jan 11-13, 2018 - LLANO COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at John L. Kuykendall Arena & Event Center, 2249 RR-152. Annual event, FFA hosted. Showing & sales: 9-4p. 325-247-5354.

Jan 11-13, 2018 - SAN SABE COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at County Show Barn, Church Street. Annual event, FFA hosted.

Jan 11-13, 2018 - MENARD COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at A.H. Murchison Memorial Barn. Annual event, FFA hosted.

Jan 11-14, 2018 - CLAY CONTINUUM: , 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 0 includes clay, instruction, 5 great meals, and a life changing experience. 512-558-1723.

Jan 12-14, 2018 - NEW BRAUNFELS ANTIQUE SHOW: , at Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Annual event with admission charge. 918-619-2875. . See special Portal focus page on "" Artists

Jan 13, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. ,

Ranch Park Jan 13-27, 2018 - HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. ,

Jan 14, 2018 - INDIE FILM SERIES: , at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. creening of short film presented by Hill Country Film Society. Free. Donations. 512-589-4049.

Jan 14-20, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT JR LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE: , at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center. 830-792-4102.

Jan 20, 2018 - CHILI COOK-OFF: , 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. . Ilia Morales: 830-935-2310

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Jan 20, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Jan 20, 2018 - POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: , at Hancock Free Flow Swim Area. 10a-1p. Costume contest plus other swim games for the event. Belly flop contest and two-person team relay. Register at gate. Refreshments. , Registration: Kim Watkins or Hailee Walker, 512-525-1269 or 828-238-2015, [email protected]

Jan 20, 2018 - LUCKENBACH BLUES FESTIVAL: , 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-9p. Annual event showcases blues artists from around the country. Ticket required. Annual event. 830-997-3224.

Science Mill Jan 20, 2018 - SNOW DAY: , at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 11a-3p. 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,

Jan 20-21, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY GEM & MINERAL SHOW: , 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.

Jan 25-27, 2018 - UVALDE COUNTY JR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , at Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Ln. 830-591-9040.

Jan 25-28, 2018 - WIMBERLEY ART & SOUL: , Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. 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. . Vanessa Horodecky, 512-847-2201,

Jan 26, 2018 - HCCW WOMEN'S RANCH SEMINAR: , 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. , . Fran: 325-251-6668,

Jan 26-28, 2018 - KERRVILLE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: , at River Star Art and Event Park on the grounds of the Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. Fri-Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 10a-4p. Transports modern-day visitors into a time and place from far away. Occurring over a single weekend in January, a village's worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time. Live entertainment on 3 stages. The Merchant village of over 40 artisans will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and eclectic and unique crafts. Food is fit for a King featuring of course the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick. Admission charge. . . Hal, 214-632-5766,

Jan 27, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: , 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, fee. . Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Jan 27, 2018 - FOR WOMEN FOR LIFE: and . 9-11a. Spend the morning with us and get ready for a healthier, happier you. A few hours of your time at this FREE event can change your life for the better. Be sure to invite the important women in your life, and enjoy our women’s health and wellness day. Free health screenings, ask questions to doctors, cooking demonstrations, free breakfast. Hosted by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, 844-279-3627,

Jan 27-28, 2018 - CELTIC FEST: , at Celebration of St Brigid's Day, the first day of Spring in Ireland. Tradional Irish and Celtic music, ars, crafts. Family friendly. 512-393-8400.

Jan 27-28, 2018 - CHAMBER RODEO: , at Tejas Rodeo Company, by Bulvede Spring Branch Chamber. Amazing rodeo action and loads of kids activities. 830-438-4285.

Jan 28, 2018 - SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY: , 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: . 830-868-7684.


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FEBRUARY, 2018

Feb 1, 2018 - CENTRAL TEXAS WATER CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM: , at Canyon View Event Center, 4800 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78759. 8a-3:30p. The Symposium provides the water industry with information needed to implement successful water conservation programs, effectively engage customers, and plan for the future. Learn from state and national experts about the latest approaches, what's around the corner and best practices for maximum efficiency gains.

Feb 1-3, 2018 - COWBOY MARDI GRAS & GUMBO COOK-OFF: , 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.
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Feb 2-9, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE: Horse trail ride winds through the Hill Country starting in , with overnight stops in: , , and Peterson Ranch. Free to watch. Annual event. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Feb 3, 2018 - 11TH STREET MARDI GRAS PARADE: , at 11th street. Noon. Floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks, and plenty of beads. 10:30a. Marlene, 830-796-3045. Annual free event.

Feb 3, 2018 - LLANO TRADE DAY (formerly City-Wide Garage Sale): , at JLK Event Center, 2200 RR-152 West. 9a-4p. Annual event. 325-247-5354.

Feb 3, 2018 - BOOTS & BBQ: , 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.

Feb 3, 2018 - SPARROWFEST: , 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.
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Feb 4, 2018 - BLANCO COWBOY BREAKFAST: , 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.

Science Mill Feb 5, 2018 - SCIENCE, ART, & ARCHITECTURE TOUR: , at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. 10a-2p. explore the intersection of history, science, art and architecture with guided tours of the museum and its 50+ interactive science and art exhibits. Led by our staff, see history of the Science Mill, housed in an 1880 cotton mill, and how its unique architecture blends old and new. Includes short 3D movie and lunch from the Lady Bird Lane Cafe. /person. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Delicious Food Feb 6, 2018 - TASTE OF THE TOWN: . 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.

Feb 6, 2018 - MASON COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER: , at Gymnasium at River Of Life Church. 5:30-7:30p. /p Cathy Terrell, 325-218-2353.

Feb 7, 2018 - GRILL AND CHILL AT THE LOST MAPLES WINERY: , 34986 RR-187. 5-8p. Bring whatever you’d like to grill out to the winery and join us for a cookout, and a new weekly event at the Lost Maples Winery. It’s called Grill and Chill Wednesdays. 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.

Feb 9, 2018 - MARDI GRAS GALA: , 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: 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 . Open seating: pre-sale or at the door, if not sold out. Benefits St Mary's School.

Feb 9-10, 2018 - LUCKENBACH HUG-IN & VALENTINE BALL: , 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.

Feb 9-10, 2018 - HIGHLAND LAKES QUILT FESTIVAL: , Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 9a-4p. . Highland Lakes Quilt Guild presents their biennial quilt show. Over 100 Quilts displayed. Guild boutique, silent auction, vendors, bits & pieces. , Children under 10: Free. . Deb Gallagher, 830-693-2173,

Feb 10, 2018 - MY NEIGHBOR'S KEEPER MARDI GRAS & GUMBO COOK-OFF: , at Pioneer Town, River Rd. 6p-11p. Music, beads, parade, King and Queen, food, beer, artists, T-shirts, masks, Gumbo cook-off, and lots of fun. Annual event supports "My Neighbors Keeper" that assists victims of natural disasters in the Wimberley Valley. . Madonna Kimball: 512-788-1143

Wine Feb 9-12, 2018 - 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Feb 10, 2018 - COMMUNITY PIE BAKE-OFF & CHILI COOK-OFF: , at Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Grounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Dr, behind the airport. 11a-1p. Prises. Free annual event. entry fee. , Mary Jane Avery,

Feb 10, 2018 - BANQUET & MARDI GRAS BALL: , at Old Blanco County Courthouse Ballroom. 6:30p. Live music. Costumes highly encouraged. Sponsorships available. Tickets required. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101,

Feb 10, 2018 - CHOCOLATE WALK: , downtown on the shop walk, 10a-5p. Collect handmade chocolates from 30+ participating merchants. Ticket required. 830-249-9511. Artists

Feb 10, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Feb 10, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL: , at Evans Auditorium – Texas State University. 5p. Annual event. 512-245-3375.

Feb 10-11, 2018 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME & DESIGN SHOW: , at Hangar Hotel Event Center, 155 Airport Rd, S of town. Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: 11a-3p. Exhibitors include home builders, remodelers, gardening experts, designers and so much more. Enjoy a fun-filled, informative weekend of free antique and art appraisals with Dr. Lori! Want to get your antique or art appraised? It’s simple. Bring your piece to the event. Proceeds will benefit the Hill Country Community Needs Council. Adults 17+ admission; children free. Free parking. 830-469-2381.

Feb 13, 2018 - BLANCO MARDI GRAS APPRECIATION DAY: , at Guardian Title Co, 508 8th St. 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,

Feb 14, 2018 - FREE VALENTINES EVENING DANCE: , at Albert Dance Hall, RR-1623 Just S of Stonewall. 6p. Live music. Free.

Feb 16-18, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP: , 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.

Feb 16-18, 2018 - GRTU TROUTFEST - FLY FISHING BANQUET & EXPOSITION: , 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! . See special Portal focus page on ""

Feb 16-18, 2018 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: , at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: . 210-410-0737. Live Music

Feb 17, 2018 - DREW WOMACK CONCERT: , at 290Vinery, 300 West Main (US-290). Multi-award winning songwriter. Collaboration on Grammy-nominated Song Of The Year: "I hope You Dance". Co-wrote Kenny Chesney's first hit "She's Got It All". Doors open 6p. Come early for wine, pizza, and cheese & fruit plates. Music at 7p. Limited seating. Get tickets early, available on-line: , . 830-321-0101. Members: , Public:

Feb 17, 2018 - PROSPECTOR'S CONFERENCE & SWAP MEET: , at 2259 RR-152 West. 8a-6p. Annual event. 325-247-5354.

Feb 17, 2018 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE CHILI COOK-OFF: , at Castell General Store, 19522 RR-152 West. 9a-5p. if you want to compete; event limited to 20 cooks. Live entertainment, BBQ, burgers. Annual event. Marc Nicole, 325-247-4100

Feb 17, 2018 - SWEETHEART'S DANCE: , at Club Victoria, US-83 (Frisco Ave). 8p-1a. Live entertainment will keep you and you sweetheart on the dance floor all night!! BYOB (no cooler charge). Adults/Teens: , JH & younger: (birth-5yrs free). BBQ Plates. Raffle Tickets for a large Candy Box or Beautiful Flower Bouquet: ea. Hosted by Aaron Kothmann. Annual event. 325-396-2355.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Feb 17, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Feb 17-18, 2018 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: , 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; ,

Feb 23-24, 2018 - WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: , 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.

Feb 24, 2018 - INDIE FILM NITE IN BLANCO: , at Gem of the Hills. 2-5p. Selected short films, food, BYOB, Q & A with filmmakers. FUN! /person. 512-750-6362. ,

Feb 24-25, 2018 - SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Feb 24-25, 2018 - TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW: , at Youth Exhibit Cemter, 3785 TX-27 East. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Don or Janice Hill, 830-285-0575;

Johnson City Library Web Site Link Feb 28, 2018 - WRITERS' CONFERENCE: , at the LBJ National Historical Park HQ. 10a-4:30p. Annual workshop for writers of all levels and for those who are interested in the writing of others. Guest authors. Build your own marketing plan from beginning steps to ongoing promotions with a panel of successful independent authors. Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. . Maggie Goodman, 830-868-4469,


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MARCH 2018

Mar 1-2, 2018 - AMPLIFY AUSTIN (& TEXAS HILL COUNTRY): . 6p-. Central Texans are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers of their time and talent. But that’s not enough. The biggest challenge facing local nonprofits 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 nonprofits that support them. Join more than 700 area nonprofits 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. Annual event. Watch for focus events in our area. Please donate online. 512-717-4190. , ,

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

Mar 2-3, 2018 - MAKERS' MARKET: , at Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 14100 RR-12. 9a-4p. Hosted by Women of Wimberley. Lots to see, lots to learn, lots to do! Demonstrations by the makers throughout the day in a variety of media: goldsmith, collage, bead stitching, metal forming, candle making, illustration, leather, pottery. Watch, learn, participate while you're having a glass of wine. Meet the Makers & Make a Friend! ,

Mar 2-3, 2018 - FREEDOM FEST: , at Frio Country Campground. Annual event with live music, cook-offs, games, carnival, on the river. 830-232-6625.

Mar 2-3, 2018 - SWEET PICKIN'S VINTAGE FAIR: , at 114 S Live Oak Street, at Lea Lou Co-Op, on the Squaare. Fri & 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, Texas is Greatest Country In The World

Mar 3, 2018 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: , at Mill Pond Park. 6-8p. Museum tour, actors in period clothes, campfire supper, fireworks. Admission charge. Annual event benefits Museum. 325-372-5238.

Mar 3, 2018 - SAN MARCOS RIVER CLEANUP: , 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. Tom Goynes, 512-787-5574

Mar 3, 2018 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: , at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815.

Mar 3, 2018 - LAMPASAS TRADE DAYS: , 2646 US-190 East. 9a-4p. City-wide event. Free parking & admission. Barbara Postel, 512-734-1294.

Mar 3, 2018 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION & FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY: , at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. Noon-5p. Annual event with live music, dancing, trail ride, and flag retirement ceremony. No cover charge. 830-997-3224.

Walk A Dog A Thon Mar 3, 2018 - WALK-A-DOG-A-THON: , at multiple parks. 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: , Kids: . Sponsorships available. 830-385-9289. ;

Mar 3-4, 2018 - LA PRIMAVERA BIKE RACE: . 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,
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Mar 3-18, 2018 - SPRING BREAK ON THE LBJ RANCH: , LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. Discover more about the LBJ Ranch and our 36th president; and Ranger talks on ranching, wildflowers, national parks, cars, voting rights and more. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x244. Artists

Mar 9-12, 2018 - LLANO EARTH ART FEST: . 10a-7p. Annual show, music, art, performances, parties, camping, workshops, vendors. Includes National Rock Stacking Competition. in advance online and 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. ;

Mar 10, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433 Live Music

Mar 10, 2018 - SHAKE RUSSELL & MICHAEL HEARNE CONCERT: , at 290Vinery, 300 West Main (US-290). Doors open 6p. Come early for wine, pizza, and cheese & fruit plates. Music at 7p. Limited seating. Get tickets early, available on-line: . 830-321-0101. Members: , Public:

Mar 10, 2018 - FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY CLASSIC CAR SHOW: , at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, TX-16 South. Free admission to car show, and fee to enter a car. Live music at 7p. Classic movie at 7:30p. for adults and for those 17 and under.

Mar 10-17, 2018 - SPRING BREAK AT PIONEER MUSEUM: , at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street. 10a-4:30p. Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling. Fee: adults. 830-997-8441.

Mar 14-17, 2018 - RIO FRIO FEST: , at Horse Pasture Cattle Company, Rio Frio Concert Grounds. Live concerts, activities, cook-off, camping/RV. 512-295-3300.

Mar 16-24, 2018 - HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: , 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. ; ,

Mar 17, 2018 - MUD DAUBER FESTIVAL & CHILI FEST: , 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.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Mar 17, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Mar 17, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Mar 17, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: , 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.

Mar 17, 2018 - OUTDOOR FAMILY FAIR: , Main Plaza, 100 N Main Street. 10a-2p. An opportunity to enjoy and learn about local services and organizations that are available in Boerne and surrounding areas. Entertainment and fun activities available for the whole family at this event! Hosted by the Kendall County Child Service Board and co-sponsored by the Kendall County AgriLife Extension Agency, the Boerne Family YMCA, and the City of Boerne Parks and Recreation Department. Any group wanting to have a booth at the Main Plaza for Outdoor Family Fair will need to register and pay a minimal fee. 830-249-9511 x5.

Mar 17, 2018 - HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR: . 10a-4p. Tour 6 historic homes, including the Lindheimer Home. Sponsored by New Braunfels Conservation Society. 830-832-9699.

Mar 17, 2018 - CELEBRATE TEXAS: , at Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E Main Street/US-290 East. Guests will see the opening ceremonies unfold with a flag raising in front of the Campanile bell tower, followed by remarks from the organizations participating in the days' events. We will have a reenacted Ranger camp set up for visitors to walk through and experience life on the trail and learn about period weapons, clothing, and tack. You won't want to miss the cannon firing demonstrations that will take place at designated times throughout the day between musical performances. Music, food, drink, craft vendors. 830-990-1192.

Mar 17, 2018 - WILD HOG EXPLOSION: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on "" Ranch Park

Mar 17-18, 2018 - HOME & GARDEN SHOW: , at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 Event Center Drive. Sat 10a-5p; Sun 10a-3p. With wall-to-wall exhibits, you'll find the latest in products and services from A to Z. Builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, storage, plants, dirt, kitchenware, pet/farm animal feeds and supplies, rainwater systems, solar solutions, an Urban Coop Chicken Coop silent auction (valued at ,000), the North Hays Fire Department will be on the scene, Home Depot is hosting DIY workshops both days - for children and adults, free horseback rides, San Marcos Pet Adoptions both days. Vendors will be taking the stage with informative presentations and demonstrations. Many door and vendor prizes. Annual event presented by the Rotary Club of Drippings. Adults , Children under 12 free. Parking free. Tickets: . Wendy Eichorn, 301-639-0269,

Mar 22-25, 2018 - VINTAGE PORSCHE RALLYE: , 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. . 512-422-0234,

Mar 22-25, 2018 - THUNDER IN THE HILLS: , 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. National%20Park%20Service

Mar 24, 2018 - LBJ 100 BICYCLE RIDE: , 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: ,

Mar 24, 2018 - COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: . 8a-3p. Annual event. 830-537-4096, . Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096, email

Mar 24, 2018 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: . Maps available that can be picked up or emailed to you upon request. Annual event. Rain or shine. 325-347-5758. Texas Master Gardeners

Mar 24, 2018 - LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: , 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.

Mar 24, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: , 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. ,

Mar 24, 2018 - VAN DER STUCKEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano Street. 7:30p. Annual event with 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.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 24, 2018 - 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. . See our Portal special focus topic page on Hill Country "

Mar 24, 2018 - HOOKED ON FISHING SPRING FISHING TOURNAMENT: , 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,

Mar 24, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: , 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, fee. . Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Mar 24, 2018 - FAMILY EASTER PICNIC & EASTER EGG HUNT: , at Franklin Family Ranch, FM-165 & Middle Creek Rd (SE of town). 11a-2p. 8000+ eggs. Live music, climb the rock, happy trail rides, games, inflatables, snow cones. Free, annual event, including free lunch.

Mar 29-Apr 22, 2018 - YOUTH ART SHOW & SENIOR SHOW: , at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Tue-Sat: 10a-4p; Sun: 1-4p. Annual event. Approx 1000 Hill Country students from grades K-12 show artwork and sculpture. 830-895-2911. .

Mar 30-Apr 1, 2018 - EASTER HILL COUNTRY TOUR: , at HQ at Schreiner University. Experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country and 3 days of the best riding Texas has to offer. Quiet, well-paved roads, fully-stocked rest stops and panoramic scenery have made the EHCT one of the premier cycling events in Texas with routes suitable for all categories of participants from novices to experienced riders. . David Dick,

Mar 30-31, 2018 - LOMETA DIAMONDBACK JUBILEE: , at Lometa Regional Park, from 9a-5p. Rodeo, arts & crafts, carnival, BBQ & chili cook-off, music, dance, car show and rattlesnakes. Lometa Lions Club, 512-752-3106.

Mar 31, 2018 - CHICKEN FUN SHOW: , at Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, 648-FM 289. 10a. Egg & chicken judging, chicken poop bingo, raffle, food, drink, fun. Kendall County Poultry Club. . 830-331-8242. Trisha Thomas,

Mar 31, 2018 - BALLOONS OVER HORSESHOE BAY: , at HSB Resort, 200 Hi Circle North. 6:30a-10p. Tethered balloon rides, weather permitting. Live entertainment. Paint N Sip. Annual event.

Mar 31, 2018 - FENDERS AND FOOD TRUCKS ON THE FRIO: , at Andy's on River Road. 10a-3p. . Trophies for Top 30 and Best of Show. Registration is 10a-Noon with Awards Presented at 3p. All vehicles welcome, Classic to Current. vehicle entry. Annual event. Contact: Devan Caballero, 830-232-4310, 2018: 3/31 Artists

Mar 31, 2018 - @LAST LLANO ART STUDIO TOUR: , at 503 Bessemer Avenue. 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. , ,

Mar 31, 2018 - EASTER EGG HUNT: , 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.

Car Show Mar 31, 2018 - LESTER'S AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Mar 31, 2018 - EASTER AT THE SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM: , 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.


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Apr 1, 2018 - EASTER EGG HUNT: , at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Sunshine the Clown, egg hunts by age group, live music, games, prizes, bunny hop, egg toss. Free annual event. 830-997-3224.

Apr 4, 2018 - KENT BUTLER SUMMIT: , at LBJ Student Center Ballroom, Texas State University. 9a-4p. With a theme of "Pipes, People, Pavement, and the Future of Water in the Hill Country", we will cover some of the major issues determining the future of our region and its resources. You won’t want to miss it. Tickets: /p. Hill Country Alliance, 512-263-9147, , .

Apr 5, 2018 - WIMBERLEY WINE WALK: , at Wimberley Town Square. 5-8p. Hosted by Wimberley Civic Club.

Apr 5, 2018 - WILDLIFE FIELD DAY: , at Community Center, 4174 RR-783 North. 9a-3:30p. Topics include drones, MLD permits, deer necropsy, native plans for wildlife, and more. CEU credits. Sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Annual event. 830-997-3452. See our focus page on .

Apr 5-8, 2018 - AMERICAN CHUCK WAGON ASSOCIATION (ACWA) CHAMPIONSHIP COOK OFF: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Includes 13 pre-qualified chuck wagon teams from seven states that have won in previous competitions across the USA. Begins today with a local education day, including educational demonstrations by chuck wagon teams for area fourth grade students. On Friday, the chuck wagon teams will be judged on time period authenticity for the trail drive era (1866-1886). Judging: 8a-1p, public is invited. Wagons not participating in the contest will be available to look at and interact with. The event will conclude Saturday with doors opening to the public at 10a. Chuck wagon meal: 12:15p. To be judged by a panel of food writers, journalists and local officials. Awards: 4p. Visitors may purchase lunch tickets for Sat meal prepared by competing chuck wagons, which will include a chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert. Tickets first come, first served and must be purchased at the Fair Grounds on Fri beginning 10a. Tickets will be sold on Sat if they are available. pp (plus drinks). Annual event. 830-997-2359. .

Apr 5-8, 2018 - CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at various locations and times. Austin Symphony musicians present daily classical music events. Artisan String Quartet + flute, harp. Friday concert mixed classical/pop. Annual event. . Tickets required for some events. Cathy Terrell, 325-218-2353,

Apr 6-7, 2018 - WALTSTOCK AND BARREL WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Stonewall/Fredericksburg, at Jellystone Park, US-290. Over a dozen Texas wineries showing off their work, some Texas breweries, and a wide array of songwriters, singers, poets & bands. Texas painters, jewelry makers & potters. 512-431-8078.

Apr 6-8, 2018 - FIDDLE FEST WEEKEND: . Open fiddle contest, fiddle jams, and antique musical instrument art exhibit. Chuck wagon breakfast and service with music on Easter Sun. 325-247-5354. ,

Apr 6-8, 2018 - AWAKENING UPON UPON PATIENCE CONFERENCE: , 508 Alamo Rd, Alamo Springs Ranch. Fri: 3-11p; Sat: 11-11p, Sun: 2:45-5p. We are people from different denominations/non-denoms/places who love Jesus Christ. We come together at this event to just relax, enjoy Him and each other. We play music, talk, pray, eat, & chill in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Donations accepted for musicians/food, but are not required. Free annual event. Pickup Truck Ministries: Bill or Jane Chivers, 830-733-0150.

Wine Apr 6-22, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY WINE & WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Enjoy wine and food pairing events. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Apr 7, 2018 - MOSTLY NATIVE PLANT SALE: , 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. pp. 830-249-4616.

Apr 7, 2018 - SPRING ARTS FEST: , at Historic Mason Square. 11a-4p. A city-wide festival celebrating creativity and Spring. Lisa, 325-347-0230

Apr 7, 2018 - BLOOMIN' FEST: , at Courtyard Square. 10a-5p. Gardening information, exhibits, arts, food. Free. Includes new Bloomin' Fest Spring Sip & Stroll event. 512-556-5172.

Apr 7, 2018 - JONESTOWN CAJUN FEST AND COOK-OFF: , 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - BLANCO VFD FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. 4-7p. Fried fish, fries, beans, coleslaw, drinks, dessert. Dine in or take out. Moon bounce, large air slide, and face painting for the kiddos. Door prizes, silent auction, gun raffle. , 830-833-5009;

Apr 7, 2018 - BLANCO HOME AND GARDEN TOUR: . 1-5p. Six unique homes in which the owners open their doors and welcome visitors. Proceeds benefit Blanco Library. Hosted by Blanco Women's Club. Tickets: /person. Annual event. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, >

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - JUNCTION: , 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.

Apr 7, 2018 - SBB LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW: , 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 . Dan Hamilton, 281-467-8178, , . See special Portal focus page on ""

Apr 7, 2018 - CRAWFISH BOIL & SOCIAL: , at Headwaters Saloon, 229 RR-783 South. All You Can Eat: ; Single Serving: ; Children under 8 (single serving): Free. Games, vendors, food, auction. Hosted by Trophy Game Records of the World. 830-864-4055.

Apr 7, 2018 - BULLRIDING SHOOT OUT: , 2255 Tx-183. Mutton busting and bullriding. . Annual event. 512-680-9915

Apr 7, 2018 - NB KIDSFEST: , at Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common Street. 8a-5p. An action-packed, kid-focused, event where families are able to discover all of the Hill Country's best resources, products and services for children in one place during one weekend. With 40+ performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 250 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels' largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. (kids under 2 are free). Free, annual event. Tammy Wood, 830-488-7814.

Amateur Radio Emergency Com Apr 7-8, 2018 - TEXAS STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (TSPOTA): . 9a-9p. Amateur radio operators (hams) connect with Texas State Parks in this unique event. Goals: to promote public awareness of ham radio and Texas’ beautiful state parks system; to contribute to the recognition that Texas has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; and to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Texas Amateur Radio operators. Location within Park: the day use area near the playground. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club will set up their powerful radios and communicating with state and national parks. The public is welcome to see and hear them in action and get information about amateur radio operations. Park entrance fees apply, but the event is free. . Local park activations include: . Sean Jones, 512-793-4689. See full list at:

Apr 7-8, 2018 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: , 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.

Apr 8, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL MEAL BENEFIT: , at American Legion Hall, 726 S Washington St (S US Hwy 87). Sunday - Plates available in Drive Thru and Dine In at 11a (until sold out): (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). Proceeds to benefit restoration and maintenance at the twelve schools. Raffle prize tickets will be available. Replicas of each school will be on display. Souvenir items as shown on our Store page will be available for purchase.

Apr 12, 2018 - LENZ FEST: , at St Mary's Holy Family Center. 11:30a-1:30p. Springtime festivities & Pioneer Spirit Award. Thurs: Luncheon and Style Show, Fri: Cocktail Party: Sat: Garden Tourt. Annual event. 830-997-2835.

Apr 13-14, 2018 - RIVER ROCK FEST: , 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.

Apr 13-14, 2018 - BRADY-MCCULLOCH COUNTY EARLY DAYS: , in Richards Park on Friday, and then McCulloch County Courthouse. Includes military and civilian living historians, re-enactors, storytellers, Indian dancers, an old-fashioned baseball game, oral and visual presentations in the historic courthouse, and an antique car show. Annual event, Admission by donation. 325-456-4499. ;

Apr 12-15, 2018 - SWING ON THE SQUARE: , 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. Multiple downtown venues, farmer's & arts market, kids activities. Annual event. Formerly: Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival. 512-393-8430.

Apr 13-15, 2018 - BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL: , 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. . Tammy Stephens, 512-756-4297, See special Portal focus page on "" Artists

Apr 14, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Apr 14, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE CLUB BLUEBONNET TRACTOR RIDE: . 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.

Apr 14, 2018 - BLANCO RODEO PAYDAY SERIES: , Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 S, just S of town. First series in April-June, and Sep-Nov. Free parking, free spectator admission. 830-708-8857. ,

Archery Apr 14, 2018 - ARCHER'S CUP: , near the historic Pleasant Hill-Rocky Creek Community Club, located 7 mi W of Johnson City, just off US-290 W, on CR-205 (Rocky Rd). Military, first responders and juniors shoot free. entry fee for adults and archers can shoot the course up to 3 times and use their best score. ,500 total prize money will be awarded. Target distances for the adults are 25, 33 & 42. Distances for the juniors division are 7, 12 & 16. There is also a 70 yard bullseye challenge for 0, 2 shots for . A practice course will also be set up for all archers to shoot unlimited. All archers of every level are invited to attend.. Proceeds to PHRCC. Free, annual event. Robert Adams, 512-922-9532.

Apr 14, 2018 - BLANCO RODEO ASSOCIATION SPRING PLAYDAY SERIES: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. Play day Series and Open 4D Barrel Race. Annual event. Free parking, free for spectators. Also on 5/12, and 6/9. Jenni J, 210-392-1669.

National%20Museum Apr 14, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

Apr 14-15, 2018 - PARADE OF ARTISTS: , along the Hill Country Mile in historic Boerne. Boerne Area Artists Association. City-wide gallery openings showcases many types of media, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber arts. Artists demonstrate their skills. Sat: 10a–8p. Sun: 11a–3p. Free. 830-816-2345.

Apr 14-15, 2018 - FOLKFEST: , 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. adults, children 6-12, 5 and under Free. . Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504

Apr 14-15, 2018 - MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW JAMNBOREE: , at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: Adults (18 & Older), Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071,

Apr 14-15, 2018 - BUNKHOUSE GALLERY FINE ART, JEWELRY & POTTERY EXHIBITION & SALE: , 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.

Apr 15, 2018 - HERITAGE TOUR: . A field trip to the Hershey Ranch on RR-1623 South. Members and guests are asked to meet at the restored Lindig Cabin on Elberta Street in Stonewall before 2p, and caravan to the Hershey Ranch. There is no charge and everyone is invited to the spring tour.

Apr 15, 2018 - SPRING BRIDAL SOIREE: , at Jolie on Main Event Center, 112 Main Street. 1-5p. Come share a wonderful Sunday afternoon and check out excellent local vendors to get ideas and help plan your wedding or event! Cindy Friedrichs, 830-385-2695 Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

Apr 15 - May 15, 2018 - GREAT TEXAS BIRDING CLASSIC: The world's biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the US. Registration deadline: April 1. Annual event.

Apr 19-22, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY NATURE QUEST: at Hill Country Nature Center, FM-1050, between and Garner State . 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. Registration. Fee plus small fee for each trip or program. Annual event. 830-966-2320. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Apr 20-21, 2018 - LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN: , 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. Relay For Life

Apr 20-21, 2018 - RELAY FOR LIFE: , at County Fairplex. 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. , , 830-591-9040.

Apr 20-22, 2018 - LAKE TRAVIS IN THE WATER BOAT SHOW: , at Emarld Point Marina, 5973 Hiline Rd. 512-266-1535. .

Apr 20-22, 2018 - TEXAS VW CLASSIC: , 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. 402 Main Street. 325-446-3190, Texas Master Gardeners

Apr 21, 2018 - SPRING PLANT SALE: , at Memorial Park, US-290 & Ave G. 9a-2p. Wide variety of plants on sale-from cacti to vegetables to natives to house plants. Booth demonstrations. Children's activities. Live music 10a-2p. Food truck. Provided by Blanco County Master Gardeners.

Apr 21, 2018 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: , at The Cana Ballroom, 202 W. Kronkosky. 9a-4p. Bi-annual event featuring 80+ handmade only vendors. Items range from kid’s item, clothing, home decor, bath and body products, signs, and tons more! There will be food trucks as well as many sweet and snack options! Children 12 and under are free; adults . Bi-annual event. . 210-663-9046

Car Show Apr 21, 2018 - TEXAS CORVETTE ASSN OPEN CAR SHOW: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Apr 21, 2018 - BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: , at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM-2325. 9a-5p. Annual event, includes interactive butterfly-themed events, butterfly releases, arts, crafts, concessions. Annual event, rain or shine, free admission, sponsored by Native Plant Society. Donations welcomed. 512-847-6969.

Dog Apr 21, 2018 - MUTT STRUTT: , at Plaza Park. 9a-1p. This 1-mile dog walk and pet fair includes dog races, pet contests, arts, crafts, food and prizes. Dogs must be on leash. Benefits San Marcos Animal Shelter. Live music, door prizes, complimentary donuts, coffee. 512-847-6969.

Apr 21, 2018 - MASON COUNTY ANNUAL HOME TOUR: . 10a-5p. Tickets and maps for the event, which showcases historical and new homes as well as bed-and-breakfasts, are available at Market Square, 114 Moody Street. A fundraiser that enables the group to provide scholarships to two graduating seniors from Mason County each year. Cost: . Annual event. Wendy Hudson, 325-347-5516.
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Apr 21, 2018 - OUTDOOR WOMEN GONE WILD: , 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. ;

Apr 21, 2018 - CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION: , at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. 10a-3p. Celebrating the children of the Highland Lakes and surrounding area. We express to the community that children need more than just an education; they should also be exposed to the concepts of spirituality and morality. By providing these fundamentals to our children, we are empowering them for their future. Learning centers. Talent show. Donations accepted.
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Apr 21, 2018 - SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL: , at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street. 9a-2p. Exhibits, displays, seminars and plant sales. Earth Day festival and native-plant sale. At 4p, River Trail interpretive walk with Susan Sander "to find out what’s to celebrate in the earth." No charge for the Earth Day interpretive walk. 830-257-4837.

Apr 21, 2018 - BOOTS & BADGES: , at Texas Rangers Heritage Center at the Pavilion, 1618 E Main Street. Begins 6p. Live music, cocktails, socializing, silent auctions, program. /p. 830-990-1192,

Apr 21-22, 2018 - REDBUD ARTISAN MARKET: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12 North. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: 11a-4p. Indoor, air-conditioned event room. Live music, food and wine in addition to the 60+ artisans showing their unique, handmade items. Lots of variety! Benefitting Helping Hands, our local food bank. Annual event. Adults: , Kids: free. . Kathy Hill, 512-660-3328

Science Mill Apr 22, 2018 - EARTH DAY: BUTTERFLY BONANZA: , at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. Noon-4p. Make it a hands-on Earth Day! Join Blanco County Master Gardeners and help plant the Science Mill's new butterfly garden. Inside the museum, find Earth Day-inspired activities and a special showing of the award-winning film, Flight of the Butterflies 3D, which follows the year-long annual migration cycle of millions of monarchs along their migratory routes from Canada, across US and into Mexico. Cost: 2 and Under Free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+) and Military . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Dog Apr 22, 2018 - DOGGIE DIP DAY: , at Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle. Noon-4p. Friendly dogs join us for a special swim for dogs at the Springfed Pool. Just for pooches! All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and provide proof on the day of the event. Dogs must wear a collar they can swim in. Each dog may have up to two guests. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Fee: per dog/with two guests, each additional guest. Bi-annual event 830-221-4370.

Wine Apr 22, 2018 - TEXAS WINE REVOLUTION: , at Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North. 1-5p. A wine festival showcasing the beauty of Texas grown wines and specifically highlighting Texas grown Rosé wines. A unique event that will provide exposure to Texas winemaking styles. Featuring 25+ Texas wineries and their 100% Texas grown Rosé, the afternoon will include tastings from participating wineries, live music, and local food purveyors. Celebrate with us and meet local wineries, winemakers, and farmers for an awakening of Real Texas Wine. Outdoor event, rain or shine.

Apr 26-28, 2018 - SYSTEMS GO: , at Stewart's Hillview Ranch, N of Fredericksburg off loop. Students from 30 participating High Schools across Texas will gather to launch 80 rockets they have designed and built as part of SystemsGo Aeroscience studies. First-year rockets will launch one-pound payloads one mile high. Advanced students will launch rockets that exceed the speed of sound. Launches scheduled every half hour from 8:30a-5:30p daily. Food and restrooms available. Free with advance registration. Christy Glass, 830-997-3567,

Apr 26-29, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: , at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 US-87 South. 6:30p. A four-day independent film festival presented by Hill Country Film Society. Open to the public, HCFF will screen more than 85 short and feature length independent films, as well as host filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, festival parties, a VIP lounge and more. Real Indie. 512-589-4049.

Apr 27, 2018 - WIMBERLEY BUSINESS EXPO: , at Community Center. 9a-5p. Meet local entrepreneurs and business owners. Learn the services local businesses provide and the products they offer. Attend seminars and wokshops. . Prize drawings, food trucks, free samples, demonstrations. Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. 512-847-2201. .

Ft Martin ScottApr 27-28, 2018 - FORT MARTIN SCOTT DAYS: , at Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E Main St, US-290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Fri & Sat: 10a-4p. This 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 per car parking. Donations accepted. Fort Martin Scott is owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg, and events are produced by the Fort Martin Scott Friends organization. Friends of Ft Martin Scott, 830-997-7521. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Apr 27-28, 2018 - RIATA ROUNDUP FESTIVAL: , Lometa Regional Park, Bar 3 Arena. Annual event with rodeo, queen contest, dancing with live music, children's activities, concessions. 512-556-5172.
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Apr 27-29, 2018 - BIRDING FESTIVAL: , at South Llano River State Park, 5 mi S of town on FM-377 South. Sponsored by the Friends of South Llano River State Park. Annual event. Park entrance fee. . For registration packet:

Apr 27-29, 2018 - CRAWFEST NEW BRAUNFELS: , at Comal County Fairgrounds. Battle of the Roux. Gumbo Cook-off. Contests. Live music, arts, crafts, food, drink vendors. Tent & RV sites. Kids 12 and under are free. 210-827-2222.

Apr 27-29, 2018 - BALCONES SONGBIRD NATURE FESTIVAL: , 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. ,

Apr 27-29, 2018 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: , at Historical Mercer Street. Celebrates the founding of the Dripping Springs community in 1850 and offers a variety of family-friendly activities. 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. Live Music

Apr 28, 2018 - MARK STEVENS CONCERT: , at 290Vinery, 300 West Main (US-290). Doors open 6p. Come early for wine, pizza, and cheese & fruit plates. Music at 7p. Limited seating. Get tickets early, available on-line: . 830-321-0101. Members: , Public:

Apr 28, 2018 - RUFFLES AND RUST EXPO: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 9a-5p. An upscale boutique show with a vintage flair. admission, 12 and under free. 806-231-9822. ,

Apr 28, 2018 - HYE HERITAGE FESTIVAL: , at Watson's Historic 4B Ranch, 9726 US-290 West.

Apr 28, 2018 - HEADWATERS FOR HEROES COMBAT VETERANS BENEFIT SPORTING CLAY FUNDRAISER: , at Headwaters Saloon, 229 RR-783 South. Sporting clay event, barbecue, music, live auction and more. Concessions open at noon. Meal provided by the Headwaters for Heroes cooking team will be served 4p. Cost is by donation. Registration for the sporting clay event opens at 10:30a and the shoot begins at noon. Live music begins at noon with the dance at 9p. There will also be a presentation honoring Vietnam era veterans by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Live auction will follow the meal. 830-992-1193.

Apr 28, 2018 - HCCW ANNUAL SPRING ROUNDUP: , at YO Ranch. Join us for a night of socializing, live music, a great BEEF dinner, dancing, and of course our raffle and auctions! All proceeds from our annual spring event go towards our Scholarship & Education fund each year! , . Fran: 325-251-6668,

Apr 28, 2018 - THRU THE CHUTE BOAT BUILD & RIVER EXPO: . A cardboard boat race held annually at the New Braunfels City Tube Chute. Competitors launch their handmade vessels through the Chute as spectators cheer them on. Between races, guests are encouraged to participate in educational and imaginative activities hosted by event partners on the banks of the Comal River at the City Tube Chute. Includes children's activities, music. 830-221-4350.

Apr 28, 2018 - SPRINGFEST: , at The Backyard-Live Oak Amphitheater. in the Galleria. 11a-7p. 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.

Apr 28, 2018 - 700 SPRINGS ON THE SOUTH LLANO RIVER TOUR: , at Lee Pfluger Ranch. 10a-2p. Annual event sponsored by Kimble County Historical Commission. 325-446-3190. ; Relay For Life

Apr 28, 2018 - RELAY FOR LIFE BANDERA COUNTY: , 474 Old San Antonio Hwy at Bulldog Stadium at the High School. Start at 7p and Finish at 2a. Games for all ages, good food, local bands and special ceremonies. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, a friend or family member, if cancer has or has not touched your life, please join us to walk for a cure! Non-profit, annual event, fundraiser. 830-460-1942; . Lisa Warden,

Apr 28, 2018 - TEXAS EGGFEST: , at Historic Camp Ben McCulloch. 10a-3p. Live music, craft beer and 100 Green Eggs. Showcases the down home Texas culinary scene that includes well-known chefs and pitmasters, a Texas-style Green Egg grand tasting, EggFest University cooking classes, a vendor marketplace and live music. Each year, the EggFest has brought over 1,000 "Egg Heads" from across Texas. Craft beer tastings. Cost: . Annual event. 512-347-1988,
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Apr 28-29, 2018 - WIMBERLEY ARTS FEST: , at Waters Point Retreat in Wimberley (Rio Bonito), at 13401 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. 100+ 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. . Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433,

Apr 28-29, 2018 - COUNTRY FAIR & WIENER DOG RACES: , at Buda City Park. 8a-6p. Annual event with BBQ Cook-off, Wiener dog contest, arts & crafts booths, food, live music, free dance and fireworks, kids activities. 512-312-2201. ,

Apr 28 - May 1, 2018 - TEXAN ROUNDUP: , at Gillespie County Airport. Features 20+ vintage World War II-era aircraft. A gathering of airplane pilots, and their Texan aircraft, for a weekend of sharpening their formation flying skills, talking airplanes and visiting with friends. Free, annual event.<

Apr 29, 2018 - SPRING CHICKEN FESTIVAL: , at the Bulverde Community Center, 1747 Ammann Rd East. 10a-4p. BBQ chicken and sausage with all the trimmings, arts & crafts show, country store, attendance prizes, games for kids, raffle. Annual fundraiser for the Center. Per plate charge. 830-980-7938; 210-535-8650. Artists

Apr 29 - May 5, 2018 - PAINT THE TOWN: , 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. ,


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May 3-29, 2018 - DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW: , at Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 E Austin Street.

May 4-5, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

May 4-5, 2018 - LONGEST YARD SALE HILL COUNTRY WEEKEND: Got Junk?? Its Yard Sale Season!! Bulverde, Spring Branch, Blanco & Johnson City. Weekend long event with thousands of yard sales spanning from the Hill Country to the Coast along US-281! You are invited to plan your own or join in a group or neighborhood.

May 4-5, 2018 - JIM BOWIE BAR-B-Q COOK-OFF: , at Low Water Bridge Park. Fri: 4p, Roping at J&J Roping Arena that evening. Sat: BBQ Cook-Off, Activities in the park and Dance in the park 5p–10p. Christy, 325-396-2365. ,

May 4-8, 2018 - HERITAGE HOME TOUR: , self-guided, starting at the Courthouse Square. Tours: Noon-5p. 8 Distinctive historic and contemporary homes showcasing San Marcos through the ages. purchased in advance, at door. Annual event.

Quilt May 5, 2018 - HAUPTSTRASSE QUILTFEST: , 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. , . See special Portal focus page on ""

May 5, 2018 - BUD PRIDDY ANY FLY CONTEST: , at Nueces Canyon Chamber Member Big Oak River Camp along the beautiful Nueces River. Awards banquet. Free, annual event. 830-597-6241. ,

May 5, 2018 - LAGO FEST: , at 6608 Bar-K Park, from Noon-9p. Boats, Beats, Arts & Eats is a celebration of creativity directly on the shore of Lake Travis in beautiful Lago Vista! Free annual event. 512-267-1155. . Meredith Kuntzsch, 512-267-1155,

May 5, 2018 - MEDINA RIVER CLEANUP: , starting at Bandera City Park at the dam. Registration: 9-noon with t-shirts for all participants. Free BBQ at 5p with entertainment. . Bob Brischetto, Cleanup Coordinator, 210-413-7264

Science Mill May 5, 2018 - FUN WITH CHEMISTRY: , at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. Noon-4p. 10a-4p. Join the Science Mill for a day dedicated to women in STEM. Fun with Chemistry featuring the UT Women in Natural Sciences group will be on site with hands-on activities and shows. These hair-raising, mind-melting experiments will blow you away! All activities and shows are free with museum admission. In addition, all Girl Scouts, from Daisies through Cadettes, can earn patches and badges through self-guided activities and special workshops, while interacting with female scientists. Cost: 3 and Under Free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+) and Military . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

May 5, 2018 - CINCO DE MAYO - RIVER ROAD MARKET FEST & CARNIVAL: , at Andy's on River Road, at US-83 and 127. 10a-3a. A variety of booths and activities, it is sure to be a festival you do not want to miss! Vendors, family fun, petting zoo, face painting, kids games, live music. 830-232-5444. . ,

May 5, 2018 - BLUEBONNET CASA CRAWFISH BOIL: , Granite Ranch. 5p. Free, annual event. Donations. Noel Dear, 325-446-3154,

May 5, 2018 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: . 8a. Free, annual event. Obtain map at Chamber office. 325-446-3154,
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May 5, 2018 - BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & HOWDY-ROO: , at Johnson Park, 230 S Ave J. Annual CASI/Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music. Benefits local charities. . Harvey Gebhard, 512-756-8248

May 5, 2018 - HISTORIC KINDERMASKEN PARADE: , at Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive. Sat 10a. This children’s costumed walking parade dates back to the founding of New Braunfels. Open to all participants. Beginning in front of the Brauntex Theater, Downtown. 830-629-6504.

Wine May 5, 2018 - WEIN & SAENGERFEST: , 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.

May 5, 2018 - WILLOW CITY VFD ANNUAL BBQ BENEFIT: , 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 5, 2018 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: , at Historic Square. 8a-4p. Annual event. Condy Lamb, 830-798-5738. Ranch Park

May 5, 2018 - COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. 9a5-p. 50+ sellers. Cost: Free. Annual event.

May 5-6, 2018 - COMFORT VILLAGE SPRING ANTIQUE SHOW: , 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. .

May 5-6, 2018 - LAVENDER FEST: , at Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd. 10a-6p Sat, 12-5p 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. Free admission. parking. Annual event. Nichole: 830-644-2681 x302. . See special Portal focus page on "", and ""

May 6, 2018 - FAMILY DAY AND PICNIC: , at Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 2341 Blue Ridge Drive. 10a-5p. Activities include: Zip lines for children, Fishing lessons for children, Silent auction, Nature walks, Lunch provided (11:30 to 1:30), Fossil digs, Dinosaur tracks, Native plant sale, Wildlife presentations, Nature arts and crafts. Proceeds to children educational programs. Last year more than 2,000 school children and teachers participated in hands-on learning activities at the ranch that fostered appreciation and respect for the wonders of nature. Lois Sturm, 830-868-2630.

May 6, 2018 - ST STANISLAUS PARISH FESTIVAL: , at 7th & Cypress Streets. 11a-5p. Street dance, food, drinks, live/silent auction, game booths and fellowship. Annual parish fundraiser. 830-460-4712.

May 8, 2018 - FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL: , 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.

May 8, 2018 - FOUNDERS DAY WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY: , at Marktplatz. 10a, Hosted by Gillespie County Historical Society. Will honor John O. Meusebach and the founding families of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

May 9-12, 2018 - MAYFEST: , at Johnson Park. 5-midnight. Free concert, carnival, washer pitching, live music, food vendors, and a ton of family fun. Saturday Market Day. 830-693-2815. ,

May 12, 2018 - SHIMMY MOB FREDERICKSBURG: , at various venues throughout the city. 6:30p. Part of an annual world wide event that celebrates World Belly Dance Day with an evening showcase (5-7p). Raising funds and awareness of domestic abuse in the local, participating communities. Live music, guest dancer, family friendly, all ages. Silent auction. Donee: Hill Country CARES. Free (donation), annual event. Carol, 830-123-4567. , Artists

May 12, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

May 12, 2018 - SMART ORCHESTRA GALA & SILENT AUCTION: , 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: /person or 0/table of 8. Annual event. Christopher Hanson, 832-866-8355.

May 12, 2018 - WIMBERLEY GARDEN CLUB TOUR: . 10a-4p. Tour 7 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, . JCVFD

May 12, 2018 - JCVFD ANNUAL FISH FRY & RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: , at Blanco County Fair Grounds, US-281 North. 5p-1a. Live name band, food, beer, raffle, live and silent auctions. 830-868-7900.

May 18-19, 2018 - OLD TOWN STREET FESTIVAL: , 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.

May 18-19, 2018 - CHEROKEE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at Cherokee Crossroads, 4160 FM-501 West. Annual event by a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations. . 214-981-0700

May 19, 2018 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): , 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. Real rodeo excitement with the best bulls and best riders in the business! Annual event. 830-997-2359.

May 19, 2018 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW: , 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: ; Kids: 12 & under: free. Free parking. 830-889-9348. ,

Car Show May 19, 2018 - BLANCO CLASSIC CAR SHOW: , 42 Main St, along the grassy banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. Open 8a, Awards 2p. Annual event. 512-632-0648. . See special Portal focus page on ""

May 19, 2018 - SPRING COMMUNITY STREET SALE: , held up and down Main Street (TX-16). 8a-5p. Bring your trucks and trailer and sell your stuff. No cost to sell. Lots of fun buying, selling and trading. Can have food booths. Please do no block driveways or businesses without prior permission. Free annual event.

May 19, 2018 - REAL ALE BIKE RIDE: , at Real Ale Brewery, off US-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.

May 30, 2018 - TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: , at Hill Country University Center, 818 US-290. Doors open: 6:30p. Program: 7-8:30p. Topic: What is 'One Water" and can it meet the future water needs of a growing Hill Country?. Presented by Hill Country Alliance and other Hill Country agencies. Free and open to the public.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools May 19, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

May 19-20, 2018 - DIRT DAUBER CLAY FESTIVAL: , at Eye Of The Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road. Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: Noon-5p.. Celebrate all things clay. Features clay art demonstrations, refreshments, a kins' play table and live music. 512-558-1723.

May 20, 2018 - 92.1 KNBT AMERICANA MUSIC JAM: , at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX. Music lovers who like a little bit of everything stuffed into one song will surely enjoy 92.1 KNBT’s Americana Music Jam. An assortment of exceptional Americana music acts will play their folksy, country, blues, R&B and rock and roll concoctions to an enthusiastic crowd before them. Just a tinge of everything makes for an outstanding display of music from some very talented artists. Annual event with cover charge. Supports charity. 830-606-1281,

May 24-28, 2018 - BANDERA REGULARS MEMORIAL DAY TRAIL RIDE: . Thur: Gates Open! Fri: Sign up 4p, plus informal "Cowboy Fixin's" meal available – likely out of 1 big pot. Sat: Cattle Call 7:30a. Pull out 9a. The day's ride is approximately 14-19 miles through the Hill Country. Sun: Cattle Call 8:30a. Pull out at 10:30a. We will ride from camp and MAY have a small parade through Bandera returning to the Red Horse Saloon for lunch and festivities. Mon: Clean up. . Stacy Black: 210-632-9098; Richard Willette: 979-732-4480

May 24-June 10, 2018 - KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL: , 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. Artists

May 24-June 24, 2018 - SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW: , 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.

May 25-27, 2018 - TEXAS MASTERS OF FINE ART & CRAFT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: , at YO Ranch Resort Hotel, 2033 Sidney Baker. Fri-Sat: 10a-7p; Sun: 10a-5p. An exhibition of 25 of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all over Texas. Art on display will range from jewelry and metalwork to pottery, sculpture, paintings, gourd art, block prints, wood furniture and pyrography. Free, annual event. Dan & Linda Baker, 214-328-6382.

May 26, 2018 - "FUNTIER DAYS" ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: , at Courthouse Square, 500 Main Street. Shop with 75+ vendors. Sponsored by Bandera Chamber. Parade at 11a on Sat. Arts & Craft Show: 9a-6p on Sat, 10a-5p on Sun. Pro Rodeo that evening at Mansfield Park. Food vendors. Free annual event. 210-215-1995.

May 26, 2018 - RED, WHITE AND BLUES ON THE FALLS: , at Cypress Falls Event Center, Woodcreek Cr, at the Cypress Creek Crossing. 1p-6:30p. Created in 2016 as a way to create positive vibes in Wimberley, TX on the anniversary of the 2015 Wimberley floods. of every ticket sales donated to "Keep Wimberley Beautiful". A great time for people to come swim, float & relax on Cypress Creek. Every year on the Sunday of Memorial Weekend we want to bring some of the best live music around, great munchies & some wonderful vendors to meet and shop with! Cost: Early Bird: , Day Of: . ; . Savannah Stockton, 512-722-3131

May 26, 2018 - PARADE: , at Courthouse Square, 500 Main Street. 11a. Memorial Day Weekend parade down Main Street -- one of the most colorful parades of the year! Sponsored by the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce. Parade application at website. Food vendors. Free annual event. 830-796-3045. .

National%20Museum May 26-27, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

May 28, 2018 - MEMORIAL DAY: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

May 26-27, 2018 - FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: , downtown area, Water St & Earl Garrett Street. Sat: 10a-6p; Sun: 10a-5p. Juried Fine Art Show and Sale open to artists residing anywhere in the United States. This is a 2-day, outdoor, pet friendly event. 830-895-7962,

May 26-27, 2018 - WIMBERLEY MEMORIAL DAY RODEO: , at Wimberley VFW Arena, 401 Jacobs Well Road. Open Pro Lester Meier Rodeo. Fun for the whole family! Great food and vendors! Benefits the local 4H Wimberley Club. Time: Sat & Sun Night 7:30p-10p. Cost: Adults, kiddos (babies and toddlers free). Nancy McCallick, 512-423-8035.

Science Mill May 26-28, 2018 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SCAVENGER HUNT: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: Noon-4p, Mon: 10a-4p. Become a code-breaking secret agent this Memorial Day! Come to the Science Mill over the holiday weekend, and test your puzzle-solving mettle as you work your way through STEM-themed clues. Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Jaycees May 27-29, 2018 - FREDERICKSBURG JAYCEES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: , 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. -. 830-433-5225.

National%20Museum May 28, 2018 - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, in the Memorial Courtyard, to remember those who paid the ultimate price. 10a. Keynote speaker, live music, National Anthem, 3 gun volley, taps, colors. Free admission. 830-997-8600 ext 204.


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June 1-2, 2018 - LLANO PRO OPEN RODEO: , 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.

June 2, 2018 - LLANO RODEO PARADE & BOY SCOUTS BBQ: 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.

June 2, 2018 - COWBOYS & CAJUNS: , at Junction VFD & Courthouse. 6-11p. Free, annual event. Live music, craw-fish boil, Miss Kimble County Pageant, dance. 325-446-3190,
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June 2, 2018 - ANNUAL LBJ FISHING DAY: , 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.

June 2, 2018 - FISHING DERBY: Annual event, for children 3-176, one adult per two children is required. Bring own gear. Hosted by US Fish & Wildlife Service. 830-278-2419.

June 2, 2018 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Held first Sat in June since 1993, this annual event has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse tried, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail work projects and other activities. . Many of the Texas state parks participate (see ).

Fire & Rescue June 2, 2018 - HUNT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE AND FUNDRAISER: , at newly remodeled Hunt VFD Station, 151 FM-1340. 11a-4p. Doors open at 11a. Come early, bring your friends and family, and get a great seat for the festivities. Tasty beef and chicken fajitas, fixings, and desserts will be served starting at 11 am until the food is gone. Fredericksburg band "Any Given Sunday" will provide live music. Raffle, live and silent auctions and door prizes, as well as static displays fire trucks, and firefighting equipment. Raffle tickets available online as well as the Hunt Store and Hunt Salon. Purpose is to have a family friendly, fun and educational afternoon, and to raise funds for the Hunt VFD operational expenses, equipment and training. No cost for entrance. Annual event. , . Contact: Bill Booker, 830-238-3260,

June 2, 2018 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: , at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815.

June 2, 2018 - MASONIC OPEN CAR SHOW: , at Marktplatz, 8a-4p. DJ, food, live and silent auctions. Free admission. Annual event. 830-634-2698. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Science Mill June 2, 2018 - TRASH TO TREASURE: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: Noon-4p, Mon: 10a-4p. Join world famous artist, McKay Otto, at this one-of-a-kind art class at the Science Mill! Bring your old toys, recyclables, unwanted household items and your creativity. Get ready to create your own masterpiece! Ages 8+ are invited to attend. Two classes offered at 10a-12p and 1p-3p. Class is free with admission, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

June 3-10, 2018 - COWBOY CAMP MEETING: , at 140 Cowboy Camp Rd W (8 mi W of Ingram on TX-27, go 1 mi W of FM-479). Starts 3p, then all day each day. Free, annual event. BBQ & beans provided. Bring side dish. By donation. Nursery available. Enjoy fine preaching, old-fashioned fellowship and food. Christians from all over leave their denominations "at the gate" and come together for a wonderful week of worship, study, praise and fellowship! Join your family and friends in the shade of our majestic live oak trees and our historic tabernacle as we give Glory to God and His Work. We'll see you there! Sunday, starts off at 3p with our Bluegrass Gospel Revival. Lots of great gospel and praise and worship music and singing. Please come join us. Sam Hill, 800-603-0157.

Science Mill June 8, 2018 - SOLAR ART: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-2p. Use the power of the sun to harness your creativity! Using magnifying glasses, we'll burn designs into wood and we'll also explore the properties of prisms and shadows. Free with admission. Reserve your spot now by emailing . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

June 8-9, 2018 - COW CAMP BARBEQUE COOK-OFF & PECAN CAPITAL STREET DANCE: , at Risien Park, Hwy 190 E, on the river. 8a. Annual Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Games, booths, raffle, live music, dance. Car show. BYOB and lawn chairs. Free admission. 325-372-8291. , .

June 8-9, 2018 - BURNET COUNTY AREA FAIR: , at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. Rodeo, live music, fun family activities, cooking demo, Austin Steam Train, Burnet Gunfighters, Car show, food, vendors, raffle, silent auction. . Polly Krenek, 512-663-7941.

June 8-10, 2018 - BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

June 9, 2018 - BLANCO RODEO PAYDAY SERIES: , Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 S, just S of town. First Sat of April-June. Free parking, free spectator admission. 830-708-8857. ,

June 9, 2018 - TEXAS WATER SAFARI: . Starts at Aquarena Spring Center. A 260 mi canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico.

June 14, 2018 - CELEBRATE FLAG DAY: , at City Park on Main Street. 10a: Coffee & refreshments; 11:45: Presentation of colors; 12p: Guest Speaker, Col John Sone, USA Retired. Bring lawn chair, picnic and celebrate our symbol of freedom, The American Flag. Fly your flag. Sponsored by NSDAR (Sherry Jenkins, 830-868-3243); and Johnson City Library. 830-868-4469.

June 15-16, 2018 - PEACH JAMBOREE: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

June 15-17, 2018 - BOERNE BERGES FEST COOKOFF & AUCTION: , at Herff Park/Kendall County Fairgrounds. All day. Celebration of German culture in America with parade, Miss Berges Fest Pageant, washer pitching tournament, egg toss, wheel barrow races, dachshund races, watermelon eating contest, little tractor races, cookoff, dance. Free. 830-428-8778.

June 15-17, 2018 - CLASSIC SOAP BOX DERBY: , 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. ;

June 15-22, 2018 - ANNUAL CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH REUNION: , at Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM-1826. Live entertainment, rides, carnival, bingo, dance. BYOB. Open to public.

Science Mill June 16, 2018 - CYANOTYPE MAKING: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-2p. A Smith Gallery and the Science Mill bring you a perfect summer project: cyanotype making! Use sun and water to turn a dyed piece of fabric into art. At 11:30a we’ll all work together to create a 9’ x 9’ cyanotype masterpiece. Leave your mark by using part of your body or a prop. You can also create a personal 6” x 6” cyanotype picture to take home. Both cyanotype activities are free with admission. The individual cloths will be available while supplies last, limit 1 per person. Reserve your spot now by emailing . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

June 16, 2018 - FUN & FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST: , 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. ( for children age 12 and under). Proceeds go to the derby sports association. 830-385-9289. ; Artists

June 16, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

June 16, 2018 - FLAG DAY CELEBRATION CARNIVAL: , at Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main St. 10:30a-2p. Patriotic family fun with carnival games, craft projects and face painting. Flags Over Texas presentation for carnival-goers to learn about the history behind these emblems. Scavenger hunt for flag facts all through the museum grounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, games, food, music, all with a patriotic "Love America! theme. Annual event, free. 830-997-2835.

June 16, 2018 - RUN FOR THE HILLS SHOW & FIELD DAY: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281. Noon on. Junior showmanship clinic, Zebu cross decisions, cattle sales, judging, meat samples. Outdoor, open-air arena. Sponsored by Natinal Zebu Cattle Club. . Laura Day, 512-626-9440,

June 16, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools June 16, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

National%20Museum June 16-17, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a & 2:30p. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

June 17, 2018 - WAYLON'S BIRTHDAY BASH: . 1p. Luckenbach will host annual party and concert on Sunday to celebrate country performer legendary country performer Waylon Jennings, his life and music, and to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg. Admission is a suggested donation. 830-997-3224.

June 19, 2018 - ABENDKONZERTE: , downtonw, at the Plaza. The Boerne Village Band will entertain with ooom pah pah German music. Bring lawn chairs and picnic.

June 19, 2018 - JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION & BBQ COOK-OFF: . Includes an old-fashioned picnic and parade, cook-offs, cake walk and children's activities. Arts, crafts, food vendors. San Marcos Parks & Recreation Dept. 512-738-7773, .

Delicious Food June 23, 2018 - FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: , 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. pp. Contact Martha Zeiher,

June 23, 2018 - JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: , at Peyton Colony, 9 mi E of Blanco near FM 165 & RR-2325, at 593 Peyton Colony Road. Annual Program by Peyton Colony Heritage Association. 2-4p: BBQ lunch, live music, games, fun, baked goods auction; 3p" Open mic, talent show; 4p: Live DJ & dancing. Bring your lawn chairs & come join us! Family friendly. Historic Texas Freedman Colony. Schoolhouse Grounds.

June 23, 2018 - WESTERN SKIES STREET FESTIVAL: , at Harper Community Park on US 290 West. 11a-3p. Live music, vendors, food trucks, pig scramble (5p), street dance (7-9p) and more. Sponsored by 290 Market.

Science Mill June 23, 2018 - GET ON THE RIGHT SIDE (OF YOUR BRAIN)!: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-2p. Johnson City’s own Echo Gallery presents a brain-bending workshop! John Sone and Linda Haddock lead a drawing exercise that engages both your verbal system and your visual system. Explore how it feels to switch from your dominant hand to your less dominant, and what that mental shift means for both your art and your state of mind. This workshop is free with admission, and open to ages 9 and up (children under 9 can participate with a parent). 30 minute workshops will be held at noon, 1p and 2p. Reserve your spot now by emailing . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

June 23, 2018 - ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: , 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.

June 23, 2018 - TOMATO ROUND-UP & CONTEST: , at Veterans Memorial Park (The Triangle), corner of US-290 and RR-12, downtown. 9a-1p. Open to farmers and backyard gardeners. Tomato tastings and competitions include garden-fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes - from the smallest, sweetest cherries to the largest, juiciest slicers, to the richest, most flavorful heirlooms. Food and drink vendors sell tomato-themed treats. Food, drink, music. Free parking. Annual event. . Sponsored annually by the City of Dripping Springs and organized by its Farmers Market Committee. Laurel Robertson, Farmers Market Manager, 512-858-4725.

Amateur Radio Emergency Com June 23-24, 2018 - AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY: . . Ham radio operators from all over North America will be contacting each other while under simulated emergency conditions. Even if you don't have a license they can get you on the air so you can experience the fun of ham radio. A good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. Demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. Celebrating Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by ARRL. Local Field Day locations in Texas Hill Country:
Boerne, at 48 Rust Ln, 210-846-9745, kb5tx.org
Kerrville, at Our Lady Of The Hills High School Athletic Complex, 830-343-3366,
Leander, at Devine Lake Park, 512-804-9364, http://wcarc.com
Marble Falls, at VFD (behind the MFA EMS building, 606 Ave U), noon-6p,
Mountain City, 512-847-9525
Uvalde, 830-765-3748, coyotearc.net

June 23-24, 2018 - LOYAL VALLEY GUN & CRAFTS SHOWS: , at Community Bldg, Ft Mason Park, US-87 South. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 10a-4p. Annual fundraiser for Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. (See ). Guns, knives, ammo, coins, hunting gear, leathergoods, bake sale, gun raffle. Silent auction, raffle, door prizes. entry; kids under 10 free. LVFD, 325-218-2911,

June 25-26, 2018 - UTOPIA OPEN RODEO: , at Community Park. Annual event. 830-966-3643.

June 29-30, 2018 - TAGRA FIBER FESTIVAL: , at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27 East. 9a-5p. Annual Show & Sale. Vendors will have natural fibers on hand including alpaca, wool and cotton. There will be a show, annual membership meeting and livestock for sale. . , 830-688-1391,

June 29-30, 2018 - EDWARDS COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: , at Fairgrounds, 903 US-337 North. Live entertainment, rodeo, parade, dance, Slick Rock Challenge. Annual event, Adults: . 830-834-0262.

June 30, 2018 - RIVERFEST: , Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. 10a-6p. River activities, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. 210-215-1995, . See special Portal focus page on ""

June 30, 2018 - RECOVERY ART SHOW: , at Fog House Vape Lounge, downtown, 317 Earl Garrett Street. 6p-10p. Enjoy free food, fun and a great variety of art on display while you mingle with talented local artists from the Kerrville Recovery Community. Free admission. Exhibition is alcohol/drug free and is a kid-friendly event. Some art will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the local artists. Nicole Drake, 425-777-5071.

June 30-July 4, 2018 - AQUABOOM FESTIVAL: , at various locations. Annual event with children's parade, aqua boom land parade, arts & crafts vendors, cow'ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, steak and BBQ cook-off, patriotic dinner and fish fry, street dance, poker run, horseshoe pitch & washer toss, obstacle course race, raft race, rubber duckie race, boat parade, live music, pageant, golf tournament. 325-388-6211. ,


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July 3, 2018 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY: , at Junction City Park. At dusk. 325-446-3190, .

July 3-4, 2018 - FREEDOM CELEBRATION: , at Hill Country Fairgrounds, FM-2169. Parade: 10a, Live concerts begin at 3p. Free live concert with fireworks between performances, along South Llano River. 325-446-3190, .

July 4, 2018, INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: , at Historic Downtown District & Comfort Park. 10a-6p. Parade begins at 10a, ending in the park with BBQ and fun activities till 2p. Then, 2p-6p in town, enjoy food, live entertainment, shopping, dining, pie baking contest, family fun, auctions, and raffles for cash prizes. Free admission, annual event. per plate for BBQ dinner. Rose Burckhardt, 830-995-3131, .

July 4, 2018 - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN THE PARK: , at Mill Pond Park, 1800 US-190, E of town. Fireworks at dusk. 325-372-8291,

July 4, 2018 - FIREWORKS: , at City Park, 106 City Park Road. 8p. Free. Bring chairs, picnic, and your American Spirit. Provided by Boerne Fire Separtment.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools July 4, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: , 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.

July 4, 2018 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: . A day full of activities celebrating our nation's independence, including a community wide parade on Dawn Drive at 9:30a, 5K fun run at Heather Park, talent contest, silent auction, craft fair/market, classic car show, fireworks, family fun, and more!

July 4, 2018 - 4TH OF JULY PET PARADE: , City Park. All pets from horses to turtles to dogs, birds, cats, etc. are welcome. No admission or pet entry fee. Registration begins at 9a; Costume judging at 10a; parade at 10:30a. Marlene, 830-796-3045. Annual event sponsored by Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League.

July 4, 2018 - 4TH OF JULY PARADE & BBQ: . Parade begins at St. Victors Church. Line-up & Sign: 9:30a. Entry Judging: 10a. Parade: 11a. Raffle, auction, and BBQ chicken and sausage plate at the Lakehills American Legion, 147 26th Street. Serving starts at noon. Live Country band in pavilion noon-3p and 4-5p.

July 4, 2018 - UTOPIA FIREWORKS SHOW: , at Community Park. Annual event. 830-966-3643.

July 4, 2018 - JULY 4th PARADE & PROGRAM: , at Main Street, Marktplatz & various venues. 7:30a-11:30a. Old fashion parade (10a on Main St) and patriotic program. Children's parade, concert, fireworks, horse racing, and other local events. Free, annual event. 830-889-8875. ,

July 4, 2018 - FIREWORKS SHOW ON THE LLANO RIVER: , at Badu Park, 300 W Legion Dr, downtown, 9p-10p. Annual event on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. A brilliant and fantastic fireworks show over the water. . 325-247-5354,

July 4, 2018 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FIREWORKS SHOW: . Free.

July 4, 2018 - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: . 1p. Live music, Classic Car Parade, Games. 888-311-8990.

July 4, 2018 - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: , at Cypress Creek Church Grounds, at South River, 10a parade. Join the fun for an old fashioned July 4th celebration and parade complete with horses, stagecoach, bands, clowns and a wide variety of floats. Parade begins at 10:00a on RM 2325 at Green Acres and travels through the Wimberley Square and out Old Kyle Road to the old First Baptist Church. 512-847-2201.

July 4, 2018 - SUMMERFEST: , at San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E Hopkins and N CM Allen Parkway. 6p-10p. Celebrates Independence Day. Children's costume contest and patriotic parade, live music, local vendors, food, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. Fun annual event for whole family. Free parking. 512-393-8400;

July 4, 2018 - CASI CHILI COOK-OFF AT BECKER VINEYARDS: . 10a-5p. World class teams compete in CASI-sanctioned event in an effort to win qualifying points toward the Terlingua International Chili Championship. The sampling public vote for their favorite chili. Benefits Fredericksburg Food Pantry. Entertaining chili showmanship, wine tasting, live music. Registration Fee:  Chili, Salsa. Alan Dean, 512-567-2835.

July 4, 2018 - CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY: , at Blanco County Courthouse. Free family fun. Bring your lawn chair, cooler and picnic. Open all day. Vendor and food booths. Courthouse Square Parade 10a (pick up parade entry application at Chamber office on Main St). Fireworks at Fairgrounds: 9:15p. 830-868-7684. ,

July 4, 2018 - FOURTH ON THE RIVER: , at Louis Hays Park. Noon. Free. Children's activities, vendors. Fireworks 9:30p

July 4, 2018 - VFW 4TH OF JULY BBQ: , at 78028, VFW Hall, 220 Thompson Drive. BBQ Dinner, plates (brisket, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw). Dine in or take Out. Nathaniel Nouri, 713-591-3024,

July 4, 2018 - FIRE IN THE SKY: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. Fireworks begin at dark.

July 4, 2018 - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS: , at Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. Starting at 3p, with live music, vendors, and children’s activities (with bounce houses and inflatable waterslides), food, and drinks. Live music starts at 5p. Fireworks show starts 9:15p over Lake Marble Falls.

July 4, 2018 - HORSESHOE BAY FOURTH OF JULY: , at Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North. Celebration with land and boat parades, live music, and fireworks. Features the Stars of Freedom Wall with photos of veterans, current service members and first responders. Land and water parades. Food and drinks available. Fireworks display over Lake LBJ. 830-598-8795.

July 4, 2018 - SPICEWOOD FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & PICNIC: . Ssponsored by the Spicewood and Highland Lakes Lions Club. Parade starts rolling at 9a from the Spicewood post office, 121 Spur 191. Ends at Spicewood Community Center, 7901 CR-404, where they will serve hot dogs, sodas, live music, and more. 830-693-3645. ;

July 4, 2018 - JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: , at County Fairplex, 122 Veterans Lane. Fireworks. 7-9p. . 830-591-9040

July 5-7, 2018 - VFW OPEN PRO RODEO: , at Wimberley Valley Veterans Park, Jacobs Well Rd (CR-182). Wimberley VFW hosts the annual VFW Rodeo. Don't miss the "Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year". Gates open at 5:30p. Mutton bustin' starts at 7p and rodeo starts at 8p. Food, fun and rodeo! Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display on Sunday. It's free and great fun for the whole family! Annual event. 512-847-6441. ,

July 5-15, 2018 - CACTUS PEAR MUSIC FESTIVAL: 5 programs, 18 world-class musicians in the 4 cities of , , and . These concerts garner high praise for their programming and artistry season after season. Cactus Pear is committed to significantly contributing to the musical education of South Texas young people, not only during the summer festival but throughout the year. Exposing young people to this inspiring musical art form and the intimacy of listening to chamber music-or in making it themselves-has been a primary objective of the CPMF board and its founder since the beginning. Ticket required.. Annual event. Renee Davis, 210-838-2218,

July 6-7, 2018 - JULY JUBILEE - RODEO & INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: , at Courthouse Square. Fri: Rodeo at 8p at Rodeo Arena. Sat: Parade at 10a; Show 8a-4p, ive music, street dance, concessions; Todeo at 8p. Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 830-232-5222,

July 7, 2018 - JULY JUBILEE: , at various venues. Parade 10a, BBQ luncheon 11a, Mud Volleyball Tournament, 12 noon at Brady Lake Park. Fireworks, free dance 9p. 325-597-3491.

July 7, 2018 - ROCK'N RIVERFEST - JET SKI RACES ON THE LLANO RIVER: , at Badu Park, on the Llano River. 10a-10p. Patriotic pet parade, disc golf tournament, vendors, rat-rod car show, inflatable water rides, splash pad, zip line, BBQ Cook-Off, Fireworks. Coolers welcome, family fun, vendors. ; . 325-247-5354,

July 7, 2018 - BIG SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL: , at Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR-12. 1-7p. Old fashioned ice cream festival with live entertainment and contests every hour on the hour. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Sam-Wimberley. adults; children 12 and under free. Annual event. . Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, 512-847-9956,

July 7-8, 2018 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: , 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. . Race Barn: 830-997-4058. . See special Portal focus page on ""

July 9, 2018 - BOOK FESTIVAL: , at Community Center, 14068 RR-12. 9a-2p. 50 Texas authors with award winning novels. Free. Benefitting Wimberley Village Library. 512-847-2188;

July 9-15, 2018 - SPRING HO FESTIVAL: , downtown. Beauty pageant, talent contest, fishing derby, county fair, exhibits, carnival, dance, pet parade, diaper derby, 10K & 1 mile run, BBQ cook-off, dance. 512-556-5301.

July 13-14, 2018 - KERRFEST: , at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, 3705 TX-27 East. 8p. Annual Event. Includes open pro rodeo action, BBQ and chili cook-offs, live music, a street dance, children activities, food, vendors, family fun. . 830-997-1864

July 14, 2018 - MASON ROUND-UP WEEKEND: . Roundup Rodeo Weekend, Round-up Parade, Jackass Race. There will be a fabulous Arts and Crafts Festival on the square, street parade (start time 10a Sat, line up is at 7:30p near the historic jail), Donkey race following the parade, Rodeo queen contestant's presentation-on the square, live entertainment on the lawn, and the rodeo and dance on Sat evening at the fairgrounds at Ft Mason City Park. Lester Meier Rodeo Company Rodeo. Contact: 325-347-5758, ,

National%20Museum July 14, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

July 14, 2018 - JCW MUDFEST: , at Old Ingram Loop, behind the VFD. 10a. Muddin', carnival, wahshers tournament, live music, food, beer. Cost: Free. Annual event. Proceeds to VFD.

July 14, 2018 - SOUTH TEXAS SWING – A TRIBUTE TO THE TEXAS SWING BANDS OF YESTERDAY: , at Dance Hall, 6720 US-281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. 8p. All styles of fiddling in Texas from Old Time and Country to Contet style, Western Swing, Creole, Texas Polish, Cajun, Son Huasteca, Bluegrass and Blues! Annual event. . 512-833-5773. , img class="floatR6" src="Images/Icons/Artist Painting.gif" width="85" height="110" alt="Artists" title="Creating Art">

July 14, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433


TexasMarketGuide July 14-15, 2018 - KERRVILLE SUMMER MARKET: , at Inn Of The Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway (TX-27)
Shop in air conditioned comfort! Vendors from all over the state and beyond will be here to present their art, jewelry, clothing and accessories, gourmet food, gift items, and so much more! Annual event. Hosted by Texas Market Guide.
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July 20-21, 2018 - MARBLE FALLS RODEO: . Hosted by Marblr Falls Rodeo Assn. 512-755-3969,

July 21, 2018 - RED WHITE AND BREW: , at Johnson City Park. 6-9p. Free public concert. It's time to be Chillin' & enjoying some Grillin'. Concessions open at 5p. Bring chair. Hosted by Fat Boy Burgers () and Pecan Street Brewing ().

July 20-22, 2018 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: , at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: . 210-410-0737. many shows but not always in HC; Amber Hayes: Mkt Dir, 210 410-0737

July 21, 2018 - NIGHT IN OLD 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.

July 21-22, 2018 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: , 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. . Race Barn: 830-997-4058. . See special Portal focus page on ""

July 21-22, 2018 - FLOAT FEST: , at Cool River Ranch. Starts 10a for tubers. Live entertainment, concerts. camping. River float 2.5 miles. Tickets required. Annual event.

Science Mill July 25-29, 2018 - SHARK WEEK: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Wed-Sat: 10a-5p; Sun: noon-5p. Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week! Join us for special showings of Great White Shark 3D on Sun at 1p and 3p and Wed-Sat at 11a and 2p. Discover the truth behind this powerful underwater creature and why great white sharks are misunderstood. Dig for shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, separate fact from fiction with shark week factoids and MORE. It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into. Meerkats 3D will play between scheduled showings of Great White Shark 3D. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

July 27, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HAY SHOW: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 5p. Entries are limited to hay grown in Gillespie and adjacent counties only. Two divisions: Perennial Grasses (Lovegrass, Coastal, Kleingrass etc.) and Annual Grasses (Haygrazer, Hegari, Oats, etc.). Entries need to be tagged as to the type of hay, exhibitor name, address and phone number. Both standard sized round bales and conventional square bales will compete together. An entry consists of a complete bale of hay, which will be returned after the Hay Show results are displayed at the Gillespie County Fair. The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association will pay for the first entry of exhibitors for the protein and nitrate analysis in place of prize money. 830-997-3452.

July 27-29, 2018 - DRIPPING SPRINGS FAIR & CPRA RODEO: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR-12. CPRA Rodeo-Thurs thru Sat, Ranch Rodeo-Sat, Carnival-all 4 days, Team roping-sun, barrel racing-sun. chili cook-off and washer pitching tournament as well as vendors throughout the grounds. 512-858-4725.

July 27-29, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY SWAP MEET: , at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, TX-16 South. 8a-5p, Sun 8a-3p. Car Corral, flea market, concessions, free parking. Now hosted by Earhart Productions. Free annual event. Contact: 254-751-7958.

July 27-30, 2018 - SIZZLER DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: . A 100 teams participate. The course is located along Llano River, providing a beautiful setting, lots of shade, and plenty of space for disc golfers to enjoy the event. Entry fees. Annual event.

July 28, 2018 - CASTELL VFD BBQ: , at Castell General Store. 11a-1p. 325-247-6130. . Annual event. A great barbecue for the whole area. This is their one fundraiser for the year and is a delicious way to donate to an incredibly important community cause.

July 28, 2018 - ALBERT COMMUNITY CLUB ANNUAL BBQ: , at Williams Creek School, 5501 RR-1623 Just S of Stonewall. 4p. Pork BBQ at 6:30p, fun, drinks. By donation. . Proceeds go toward replacement of eight windows in the historic school building.

July 28, 2018 - NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERNICA COWBOY CELEBRATION & FRONTIER TIMES RANCH RODEO: . Starts 9a at Courthouse Square. Mansfield Park opens 6p, Rodeo 7:30p. Western arts & crafts, children's activities, live cowboy music day & night, ranch rodeo, cancan dance & gunfight spectacular. Admission charge. 210-215-1995.


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AUGUST 2018

Aug 3-4, 2018 - BEER BY THE BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at the Live Oak Event Lawn. Live country music, food, micro-brewed beer. Open to the public. Hours vary each day. 877-611-0112,

Aug 3-4, 2018 - BUSINESS EXPO: , at Hill Country Youth Events Center, 3785 TX-27. Sponsored by Community First Bank and Kerrville Chamber. A great way to showcase a business to the community. Enjoy over a hundred business booth with products to purchase, custom car show, great food, children’s play area and exhibits. Cost: Free. Annual event. , Rachel, 830-896-1155,

Aug 3-5, 2018 - LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL: , at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Hosted by Texas Gourd Society. 800-572-2626. ,

Science Mill Aug 4, 2018 - DR. KOLD'S FREEZING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Wed-Sat: 10a-5p. Cool off at the Science Mill while Dr. Kold demonstrates the amazing transformative powers of liquid nitrogen! Witness freezing science experiments, and discover how to make ice cream in under a minute (and everyone in the audience will get a scoop of ice cream!). Two 45-minute presentations at 11a and 1p, open to all ages. This event is free with admission, but seating in the theater is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Aug 4, 2018 - TEXAS RANGER DAY & HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: , at Texas Rangers Heritage Center at the Bell Tower, 1618 E Main Street. Remembrance of those who have served and honor those still commissioned with a two-part event that will feature historians and educational programs, including Ranger camp set-ups and cannon firing, and a number of speakers. Starts 9:45a. 830-990-1192,

Aug 10, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY FAIR ASSOC SUMMER CLASSIC BULL RIDING, DANCE & PARADE: , at Hill Country Fairgrounds on FM-2169. Rodeo, dance, car show, parade, class reunions. Annual event. Tickets. Nathan Tonne, 254-212-9160.

Aug 10-11, 2018 - SUMMER CLASSIC RODEO & PARADE ON MAIN: . Rodeo at Hill Country Fair Grounds, FM-2169. gates open 6p, rodeo at 7p. Dance each night after rodeo. Parade at downtown, Main Street. 10-11a. Car show, class reunions. Rodeo/dance: /adult; /child. Annual Hill Country Fair Association event. 325-446-3190, . ,

Aug 10-12, 2018 - THE PEDDLER SHOW: , at the Civic and Convention Center, 375 S Castell Avenue. Offers shoppers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that can't be duplicated. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, classic or contemporary, you're sure to find that perfect gift at The Peddler Show! Whether you're looking for personalized designs, creative gifts or unique jewelry, the Peddler Show has it all! It's the perfect street of shops-customized just for you! Don't miss the shopping experience designed to be as individual and unique as you are! Cost: . Free parking. 512-358-1000. Artists

Aug 11, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Methodist Church Aug 11, 2018 - BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: , at First United Methodist Church, 105 N LBJ Drive. 10a-Noon. Free: backpacks, limited school supplies, haircut vouchers, gift cards, tooth brushes/paste, vision screening, car booster seats, health and wellness education, food and fun. Parent must accompany. Free, annual event. Cindy Leonard, RN, Wesley Nurse, 512-771-8783

Aug 11-12, 2018 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: , 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. . Race Barn: 830-997-4058. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Aug 15-18, 2018 - BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: , at Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US-281 North. Parade, 43 Tournament, Exhibit Hall, Goat Roping, Youth Rodeo, Team Roping, Steer Sow, Goat Show, Lamb Show. Annual event. Tickets can only be purchased day of event. Tickets include Rodeo & Dance. Free parking. Katy Odiorne: 512-627-8272. . , ,

Aug 17-18, 2018 - JOHNSON CITY OPEN PRO RODEO: , at Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US-281 North. 8p. Bareback Bronc Riding, Sadle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Drill Teams, Calf Roping, Mini Bulls Mini Bronc, Mutton Busting Calf Scramble. Free parking. Host: Lester Meier Rodeo Company. 830-997-1864. .

Aug 17-18, 2018 - MEN'S CONFERENCE: , at Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, RR-2322. Annual event. Special guest speakers. Great Worship – Recreation – Topical Seminars – Great Food. Fee required. 512-264-1777.

Science Mill Aug 18, 2018 - THE SURPRISING STORY OF SEA STARS' STICKY FEET WITH TUMBLE SCIENCE PODCAST FOR KIDS: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-Noon. Often referred to as “Radiolab for kids,” Tumble is a pioneering science podcast that explores stories of science discovery. Co-hosts Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla will be presenting “The Surprising Story of Sea Stars’ Sticky Feet.” The story was inspired by a question from a listener: “How do sea stars grip onto rocks?” The answer leads to a discovery that turned 200 years of accepted science on its head. With help from a leading sea star scientist, interactive games, and original music, Lindsay and Marshall tell a story of how simple questions and experiments can challenge what we think we know to be true. There will also be a special opportunity to record a question for the podcast, after the show. Seating is limited. We recommend signing up in advance here to reserve your seat now by emailing: . Free with admission. Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Aug 23-26, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOW: , 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.

Aug 24, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR PARADE: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Annual, free event. 830-997-2359.

Aug 24, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY HUNTING EXPO: , at John L. Kuykendall Arena & Events Center, 2200 RR-152. Noon-6p. Held simultaneously with Peddler Show below. Cost: at the Door; Advance Tickets; Children Under 12 free. Free parking. 325-247-5354. ,

Aug 24-26, 2018 - THE PEDDLER SHOW: , at John L. Kuykendall Arena & Events Center, 2200 RR-152. Offers shoppers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that can't be duplicated. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, classic or contemporary, you're sure to find that perfect gift. Whether you're looking for personalized designs, creative gifts or unique jewelry, the Peddler Show has it all! It's the perfect street of shops-customized just for you! Don't miss the shopping experience designed to be as individual and unique as you are! Held simultaneously with Hunting Expo above. Cost: at the Door; Advance Tickets; Children Under 12 free. Free parking. 512-358-1000.

Aug 25-26, 2018 - PARI-MUTUEL HORSE RACES: , 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. . Race Barn: 830-997-4058. . See special Portal focus page on ""
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Aug 27, 2018 - WREATH LAYING COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON`S BIRTH: , 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. ,

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Aug 27, 2018 - LBJ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: , 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.

Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2018 - KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO: , 1307 River Rd. 210-834-1282. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area.

Aug 31, 2018 - LABOR DAY CELEBRATION PALOMINO FEST & RODEO: , at Fairplex. Pro Rodeo, Live Music, Food Vendors & Carnival. 830-591-9040.

Aug 31, 2018 - FRONTIER DAYS RODEO & DANCE: , at Community Park, 151 N Park St, off US-290. Enjoy the day with concessions, arts, crafts. Fri: Team roping, 6p; Dance, 8p Sat: 5K Run, Kid fish, water slides, concessions, washer pitching, 42 tournament, parade, dinner, rodeo. Adrian Lucero, 318-347-7931. ,

Aug 31-Sep 1, 2018 - VEREINS QUILT GUILD BIENNIAL QUILT SHOW: , at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N Llano Street. Featuring: Quilts & wall hangings, judged show, silent auction donation quilt, old fashioned bed turning vendors, boutique, scissors sharpening, tea room. Admission charge. .

Aug 31-Sep 1, 2018 - OATMEAL FESTIVAL: , downtown. Annual event celebrates Oatmeal Texas with a 3K run, pet parade, BBQ, vendors and homecoming parade. 512-355-2197.

Aug 31-Sep 2, 2018 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF: , at Richards Park. Mystery meat challenge, arts & crafts, children's games, horseshoe and washer tournaments, live music, Goat Gallop 5K Fun Run. 325-597-3491.


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SEPTEMBER 2018

Aug 31-Sep 1, 2018 - OATMEAL FESTIVAL: , downtown. Annual event celebrates Oatmeal Texas with a 3K run, pet parade, BBQ, vendors and homecoming parade. 512-355-2197.

Sep 1, 2018 - KIMBLE KOUNTY LABOR DAY CELEBRATION, BBQ COOK-OFF & KOW KICK FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: , at City Park along the South Llano River - Off Loop 481. Annual event, along the South Llano River, with arts, crafts, food booths, games-rides, fiddler contest. 325-446-3190. .

Sep 1, 2018 - OPEN YOUTH RODEO: , at RCJHC Arena. 6:30p. Mini-buckout; Calf-Steer-Mini bulls; Bareback bronc; Mutton Busting; Calf Scramble; Goat roaping. Proceeds benefit Wylden Hubbard Scholarship fund. Annual family event. Admission: , kids 6 and under free. BYOB. Bring lawn chairs. 830-232-6755. , ,

Sep 1, 2018 - FISH FRY, GOAT ROPING & RODEO: , at Fairgrounds, 903 US-337 North. Sponsored by and proceeds to Rocksprings Edwards County VFD. Fish fry, dance, live music, silent auction, gun raffle, Polaris Ranger raffle. Annual event, Adults: . 6 and under free. 830-683-7324.

National%20Museum Sep 1, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

Sep 1-2, 2018 - EXPERIENCE BANDERA: , at various venues including downtown and City Park. Starts Sat 11a. Longhorn cattle drive, parade, arts, crafts, mounted shooter competition, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, music, reenactments, live music, dancing. Annual event. . 830-796-3280

Sep 1-2, 2018 - GUNNER THAMES MEMORIAL RODEO: , at Chester Franklin Arena at Veterans Park, Jacobs Well Road. 7:30p. Come out to a family fun event to raise funds for area youth and to remember Gunner Thames, a young man we lost in 2011 at the age of 15 years. Lots of fun and plenty of action with a rodeo each night. Events include Mutton Busting, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, women's breakaway roping and 2 calf scrambles each night for ages 9 - 12 for a chance to win vouchers that go towards stock show animals and ages 8 and under win bicycles. Rodeo jackpots at Dripping Springs Ranch Park during the day starting at 8a on Fri 9/1 and Sat 9/2. "Goat Roping" open to the public on Sun 9/3 at 2p, and a dance each night following the rodeo Annual event. . Danny Duckett, 512-289-0724,

Science Mill Sep 1-3, 2018 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND SCAVENGER HUNT!: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Sat, 10a-4p Sun, noon-4p; Mon, 10a-4p. Round up your team and grab a smartphone as you set off on the ultimate scavenger hunt! Decide what is fact vs. fiction. Only the right choice will lead you to treasure! Will you succeed? Free with admission. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Sep 7-9, 2018 - BOXTOBERFEST: , at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road. Porsche car enthusiast events.

Sep 8, 2018 - BLUEBONNET AIR SHOW: , at Burnet Regional Airport, US-281 South. 12a-4p. Annual air show by the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Also visit their museum with static displays of numerous WWII (and later) aircraft, military vehicles, and wartime memorabilia. This year Gulf Coast Wing will bring its Vintage WWII B-17 Bomber, Texas Raiders, and will be offering walk-through tours and rides Fri and Sat. Sandy Thompson, 817-304-0393, or Vicki Thomas, 281-620-5639. , , ,

Sep 8, 2018 - COMMUNITY PLAY DAY: , Camp Eagle, 6424 Hackberry Road. 10a-6p. For all local residents in the surrounding area. We want to get to know our neighbors better! per person, you will be able to enjoy our Zip 3000, Waterfront, Super Swing and much more! An outdoor lunch will also be provided. Only available to residents of Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt, Uvalde, Rocksprings, Junction, Camp Wood, Barksdale, Vance, Mountain Home, Medina, Harper, Vanderpool, and Leakey areas. A valid driver's license indicating an address within one of these areas is required to be presented upon entry. Bobby Shriver, 830-683-2330,

Sep 8, 2018 - BLANCO RODEO ASSOCIATION FALL PLAYDAY SERIES & CONCERT: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. Playday Series and Open 4D Barrel Race. Gates open 6p; Rodeo 7p. Annual event. Free parking, free for spectators. Sponsored by Blanco Rodeo Association. 210-415-3906.

Sep 8, 2018 - SPICEWOOD DEMOLITION DERBY: , at Spicewood Fire Hall, 9805 TX-71 East. Gates open: 4:00p; races start: 6p. Annual family entertainment fundraiser event. Food and refreshments, special Derby momentos such as T-shirts and hats. Cost: General Admission: adults, kids 12 and under. Come early to get a seat. ;

Sep 8, 2018 - LUCKENROD CLASSIC CAR AND ROD SHOW: . Noon-9p. Day time and evening music line up and lots of classic cars! Car Registration -- General Admission / DOS , kids 12 & under free. 512-993-5899. Artists

Sep 8, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Sep 8, 2018 - PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (PBR): , 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. Real rodeo excitement with the best bulls and best riders in the business! Annual event. 830-997-2359. Dripping Springs Taste Wine & Food Festival

Sep 9, 2018 - DRIPPING WITH TASTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: , at Ranch Park & Events Center, 1042 Event Center Drive. Noon-6p. Annual event showcases an array of Texas fine wines, ales, food, fine art, entertainment, live music. Indoor pavilion and festival grounds. in advance/ at door. Pam Owens, 512-858-4740. ,

Dog Sep 9, 2018 - DOGGIE DIP DAY: , at Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle. Noon-4p. Friendly dogs join us for a special swim for dogs at the Springfed Pool. Just for pooches! All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and provide proof on the day of the event. Dogs must wear a collar they can swim in. Each dog may have up to two guests. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Fee: per dog/with two guests, each additional guest. Bi-annual event 830-221-4370.

Science Mill Sep 13, 2018 - HOMESCHOOL DAY - CAREERS IN CHEMISTRY: , at Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane. Noon-4p. 10a-4p. Explore "Careers in Chemistry" during our September Homeschool Day! Experiment with with oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, and see what happens when the oobleck is exposed to sound waves! Catch the Rainbow Chemistry Game Show! See a colorful reaction demonstration followed by a test of your acids and bases knowledge. Come mix it up with us and get some STEM-azing reactions!. Cost: 3 and Under Free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+) and Military . Ask about the new STEM Scholar program to plan ahead and save. Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, ,

Sep 13-15, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY SPACE EXPO: , at Highland Lakes Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway. 9a-4p. Open for students and school classes. Sat: open to the public, with presentation and discussion at 2p. Hands-on model building. See the exhibit and try the flight simulators, and meet visiting astronaut Dan Bursch. Free parking & admission. 713-419-9062.

Sep 15, 2018 - ART FESTIVAL: , at Historic District and Surrounding Area. 10a-4p. Artists from throughout the region will gather in Comfort to demonstrate, show and sell their works. Spotlights works of Hill Country artists in a variety of media, from oil paintings and drawings to jewelry, photography and textiles, and celebrates their unique artistic inspirations and talents. Artists will have displays at merchants, bed-and-breakfasts, and wineries in Comfort and the surrounding area. List of artists and their locations will be available at participating sites. Free annual event. Sponsored by Chamber. Julie Kuykendall, 407-595-6859.

Sep 15, 2018 - BULVERDE JUBILEE: , At Old Village in Downtown, 2350 Bulverde Rd. 10a-4p. Parade: 11a. Midway rides, Blue Lion train, bounce house, arts, crafts, children's activity area, food booths, monster photo booth, live music. Benefits Provisionss Food Pantry. Parade: Erika Sykes, 210-639-4214. Booths: Nancy Hotaling, 210-269-3433.

Sep 15, 2018 - LUTHERAN FALL FESTIVAL: , at Marktplatz (Market Square), 100 block of W Main Street, downtown. 9a-5p. Fun for the whole family! Everyone is invited to attend the Fall Festival! 5K starts at 9am, Chili cook-off, kid activities, craft fair, quilt auction, food trucks, carnival games, live music, and more. Free. Cross Trails Ministry: Kelly Krupicka, 830-257-6340

Sep 15, 2018 - A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC CULTURE: , at Comfort Park, 10a-3p. Exhibits, demonstrations, traditional food, music, arts, crafts. Jodi Pereda, 210-383-9333

Sep 15, 2018 - KIDS DAY OUT: , 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 fishing, face painting, archery and canoeing. Hot dogs. FREE day of fun for the kiddos, all you have to do is bring a canned food item. Dale Hill, 512-755-2963.

Sep 15-22, 2018 - QUILTFEST 8: , at Community Library, 13948 TX-16 North. 830-589-2825. Medina Quilters visitors are invited to join our special activities during the exhibit. Vote for you favorite quilt for the Peoples' Choice Award. Try the quilt block scavenger hunt. 830-589-2825.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Sep 16, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - LOWER SOUTH GRAPE CREEK: , at 10273 US-290 East. 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.

Sep 18, 2018 - FALL HARVEST SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: , at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N Llano Street. 10a-1p. Providers of senior care and services in the Hill Country are joining together to provide a day of education and health screenings for the community. Flu shots, vision screening, door prizes, raffle, lunch. RSVP Lytane Bolzle 830-992-8947.

Sep 19-21, 2018 - SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: , at various venues around town. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national songwriting talent, this annual event will feature 20+ song-packed shows a day. Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of finely-crafted songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters play "in-the-round", Nashville-style. The performance stages will be hosted by various hot spots located along the historic Mercer Street walkway in downtown Dripping Springs. No wristbands necessary because daily admission is free! Capping off the excitement of each day, the Main Stage will host an elite headliner showcase that will feature some very extraordinary songwriting talent. Jim Halfpenny, 512-659-1576,

Sep 20, 2018 - 2018 PINK OUT MARBLE FALLS: on Historic Main Street. 5:30-7:30p. Honoring those in our community affected by cancer. Paint Marble Falls Pink: Decorate your home and business!. Wear Pink and Meet Downtown for an evening of fun. Music, food, activities for everyone.

Sep 21-22, 2018 - BRENT THURMAN MEMORIAL PBR: , at Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. Fri 7-11p: Cowboy Reunion, Auction & Dance; Sat 7:30-10p: PBR: . Dance. .

Sep 22, 2018 - BURNET VFD FUN DAY FUNDRAISER: , at Burnet Airport, 2301 S Water Street. 10a-4p. Cars, helicopters, kids games, food, music.

Sep 22, 2018 - SCHOLARSHIP FEST: , at Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX-16, 2 mi S of town. As part of their mission "to encourage, instruct, and promote the education of the youth of Gillespie County," the Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association offers its Scholarship Fund. At this event, have fun while you help fund scholarships for graduating seniors in Gillespie County! Since 1998, Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association has awarded over 8,650 for 647 scholarships! , . Contact:

National%20Museum Sep 22, 2018 - ANNUAL MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

Sep 22, 2018 - MEDINA LAKE CAJUN FESTIVAL: , Civic Center, 11225 Park Rd 37 and 15th St, W Lakehills. 11a-10p. Gumbo cook-off, cajun food, Cajun-Zydeco music, arts, crafts, games. Annual event, rain or shine. Admission , children 10 and under free. 830-751-2727.

Sep 22, 2018 - CASTELL GENERAL STORE WINEFEST: , 19522 West Ranch Road 152. 1:30-5p. Many wineries represented. You will have a "Barrel of a Good Time!" Live music, Jprs D'oeuvres. door prizes, classic car show. 325-247-4100.

Sep 22, 2018 - PIONEER DAY: , at the Dr Pound Historical Farmstead, at Founders Park, 570 Founders Park Road; 10a-4p. Celebrating early Texas. Pioneer and American Indian presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages. Food, music, wagon rides. 40+ demonstrators of pioneer crafts and skills, such as butter churning, blacksmithing and quilting. Annual event. 512-858-2030.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept Sep 22, 2018 - ANNUAL SEED STOMP: , 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.

Sep 22, 2018 - RAISE THE ROOF CHILI & BBQ COOK OFF: , at Dance Hall, 6720 US-281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. 9a. Live music, dominoes, washer pithing tournament, children's activities, dance. Annual event. 512-833-5773. ,

Sep 22, 2018 - FIRE HALL COOK OFF EVENT: , at VFD, 610 Birch Lane. 8a-4p. Entries for Brisket, Chicken, Ribs and of course Beans! Come Out for BraggingRights and a chance for handmade turquoise inlaid trophies, 50/50 raffle, gun raffle and live music. Free, annual event. , , Contact: Christine, 830-693-5191,

Sep 25-30, 2018 - COMAL COUNTY FAIR & RODEO: , at 701 E Common Street. Largest county fair in central Texas. 830-625-1505.

Sep 28-30, 2018 - RUMBLE ON 11TH STREET: . Annual motorcycle rally event with tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events. Live band. . 409-655-8800.

Sep 28-30, 2018 - DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: , at Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street. 8a-8p. Annual Thomas & Friend's presentation on their Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 hosted by the Austin Steam Train Association. All Aboard for a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the tank Engine! Meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live music, storytelling, building with Mega Blocks, and much more! Advance purchase recommended. Ticket sales are final; events are rain or shine. fee. Cody Eastman, 512-477-8468,

Sep 28-Oct 26, 2018 - JURIED WATERCOLOR SHOW AND SALE: , at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, downtown. 10a-4p daily, closed Sun-Mon. The Guadalupe Watercolor Group with 75+ members, based in Kerrville, is having their juried show. Many of the artists are professional - and all artwork is gallery quality, offered at club prices. Many different styles and subject matter. Free admission, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. Kim Ort, 830-895-2911.

Science Mill Sep 29, 2018 - GIRL SCOUT DAY!: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Join us for this special day, brought to you by Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Science Mill! We’ll have some STEM-tastic workshops, and you can earn badges alongside your troop or family. Meet Girl Scouts from all over Central and South Texas, too! All Girl Scouts, from Daisies through Cadettes, are invited to join us for self-guided workshops where they will earn the following badges: Daisies: Model Car Design Badge; Brownies: Brownie Bug Badge; Juniors: Junior Animal Habitats Badge; Cadettes: Art in Nature Badge; Visit our website for all the details on self-guided workshops and some incredible learning lab opportunities, where all Girl Scouts can earn a Programming Robots badge at an age-appropriate lab! Free with admission. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Sep 29, 2018 - DEMO DAY!: , at Texcetera, 207 N Nugent Avenue, across from the Courthouse. "Demo Day" will be held in the Courtyard next to Texcetera. Featuring artists: Barry Bradley, fine wood working; Suzanne Haffey, gourd demonstration; Kathy Meador, pet portraits; Kathryn Rehfield, succulents. In conjunction with the Johnson City Art Walk, 4-8p. Light refreshments and complimentary wine. 830-868-2419,

Sep 29, 2018 - PEDERNALES WILDLIFE MGMT COOP SPEAKERS PROGRAM: , at FUMC Activities Center. 4-6p. Presentation by Andrew Sansom PhD, on conservation. Free admission. Public invited. Harris Greenwood, 830-868-4528

Sep 29, 2018 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: , at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815.

Ranch Park Sep 29, 2018 - COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: , at Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Road. Sat: 8a-2p, Covered vendor hall.

Sep 29, 2018 - SWEET PICKIN'S VINTAGE FAIR: , at 114 S Live Oak Street, at Lea Lou Co-Op, on the Squaare. Fri & 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,

Sep 29, 2018 - OLD YELLER DAYS: , at Historic Mason County Courthouse Lawn. 9a-2p. Held to celebrate Mason's pioneer and cultural heritage, in particular the writings of Fred Gipson, a Mason native and author of Old Yeller. Historical re-enactors, a caricaturist, arts, crafts and food vendors, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, tin punch art for kids, apple bobbing, the dog parade, and several contests.

Sep 29, 2018 - BERGHEIM VFD FUNDRAISER: , at Kendall County Fairgrounds, Pavilion, 1307 River Road. 5p. Annual fundraiser for the Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department. Live music. Beer garden, bake sale, electronic silent auction. . Nancy Arthur, 830-229-5504. ,

Sep 29, 2018 - FALL FESTIVAL: , at Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Drive. 11a-6p. Live music, face painting, pumpkin painting for the kids. Come spend the day relaxing, dancing and enjoying all the season has to offer with our wide selection of pumpkins! We will have family photo ops as well so bring your camera. There will be beer and a BBQ food truck by the stage so you won't miss a dance. Free admission.

Sep 29, 2018 - LAMPASAS COUNTY WINE TOUR: . 8a-5p. Tickets include chartered transportation to 5 award winning wineries: Texas Legato, Pillar Bluff, Fiesta Winery, Alamosa Wine Cellar, Wedding Oak Winery. Receive a wine goodie bag and a picnic pack to enjoy on your tour of the wineries. Get wine tasting tips and information. 512-556-5172.
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Sep 29-30, 2018 - TEXAS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: , at Hill Country Arts Foundation Indoor Theatre, 120 Theatre Rd S, TX-39. 10a-6p. The "official" state arts festival held on the HCAF grounds, featuring a wide range of arts and crafts by Texas residents, as well as favorite fair food offerings, entertainment and related educational and recreational activities. 150+ exhibitors and entertainers are expected to dot the HCAF's 13-acre campus and delight and educate an anticipated 2,500-5,000 visitors. Food trucks along with continuous entertainment on the outdoor stage. Hosted by Hill Country Arts Foundation Auxiliary. Annual event. Adults: ; students: ; kids under 12. , . Wanda Cash, 830-367-5121,

Sep 29-30, 2018 - WIMBERLEY VALLEY STUDIOS TOUR: . Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12-5p. A one-time chance to step into the creative inner sanctums of a variety of artists who paint, sculpt, photograph and create jewelry and pottery. Sponsored by Wimberley Valley Art League. 23 artists who exhibit their work at eight different stops on the tour. Free. Maps at the Wimberley Valley Visitor Center or: , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Sep 29-30, 2018 - FAJATA FIESTA COOK-OFF: , at Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Street. A family-friendly event with free admission, parking and concerts. Food booths, vendors, games, jalapeno eating contest, talent show, mariachi groups, arts and crafts. Something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. Rediscover Texas thorough sights, sounds and their taste buds. The tantalizing aroma of sizzling fajitas will fill the air of Buda, attracting people from the Rio Grande to the Mason Dixon Line. In Texas, grilling is not just a weekend pass time but a competitive sport. At Fajita Fiesta grill masters and backyard cookers will compete for top dollar cash payouts, trophies, bragging rights, and to find out on that given day who is the best of the best. 512-295-9999.


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Wine Oct 1-31, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY WINE TRAIL MONTH: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through vineyards and cozy wineries. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Oct 1-31, 2018 - SCARECROW INVASION CONTEST & VIEWING: , at Downtown Historic District, 10a-2p. Music, live scarecrows, face painting, cornstalks. Scarecrows appear in and around town, wearing straw hats, worn overalls and flannel shirts, depicting characters such as Peter Pan and Elvis. 830-995-3131.

National Night OutOct 2, 2018 - 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. . 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 3-6, 2018 - KERRVILLE OUTDOOR PAINTERS EVENT: . Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. 830-895-2911. ;

Oct 4-7, 2018 - GRUENE MUSIC & WINE FESTIVAL: /, at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine in the Historic District at 1612 Hunter Rd, on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Live entertainment, wine, specialty beers, food; Includes guitar auction. Benefits United Way of Comal County. Features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wines. All four days filled with vintner and music events, wine & food samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. Annual event. Ticket price varies per event. 830-629-5077.

Oct 5-7, 2018 - LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. Sat: "Ladies State Chili Championship Of Texas"; Sun: "Just A Chili Cook-off". Charity benefit. Raffle, auction. Annual event. Free admission. Susie Higgins: 512-558-1321.

Oct 5-7, 2018 - OKTOBERFEST: , 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.

Oct 6, 2018 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: , at Johnson Park, 405 Buena Vista Drive. 9a-4p. 50+ sellers all in one spot. 830-693-2815.

Oct 6, 2018 - ARTOBERFEST ART SHOW: , at The Dabbs Hotel, 112 Burnet. 6-10p. Help support the Llano Fine Arts Guild & enjoy an evening with the artists! Tickets online or in town. . 325-247-4839

Oct 6, 2018 - WILD GAME DINNER & DANCE: , at Fairgrounds, Show Barn. 5p. Meal, dance, door prizes, raffle, silent and live auctions. Annual event upports Blanco County Youth Livestock Show. donation. 830-833-5335.

Oct 6, 2018 - BOERNE BOOK & ARTS FEST: , at Main Plaza. 10a-4p. we celebrate books & the arts...with Boerne flair! This FREE event at Main Plaza and The Dienger Trading Co. includes author panels, arts & crafts, book signings, artist demos and more! Free annual event. . Caren Creech, 830-249-3053

Oct 6, 2018 - MAIN STREET CAR SHOW: , at Main Street, Downtown. 9a-3p. Food, music, shopping prizes, silent auction and cars. Kiwanis Club. Jim Hower, 713-885-1868. .

Oct 6-7, 2018 - KERR COUNTY CELTIC FESTIVAL & SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES: , at Hill Country Arts Foundation, Point Theatre Complex, 120 Point Theatre Road. Sat 9a-6p; Sun 9a-3p. Song and dance, and Scottish athletics. Games, pipers, dancers, stone and wood carvers. Work shops for beginners, Celtic art, clothing and food vendors and much more. Annual, free event. . Martin Burniston, 713-256-1173

Oct 10-13, 2018 - BURNET ARTS FESTIVAL/TRIFEST, PLEIN AIR COMPETITION-QUICK DRAW & AUCTION: , at historical Burnet Square downtown and Jackson Street. Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: Noon-6p. Plein air means painting "in the open air." Artists will scatter across Burnet and the courthouse square, set up their easels and paint the scenery, landscapes and cityscapes as well as anything else that catches their attention. Includes Ft Croghan Pioneer Days event. Annual free event. Darlene Pollard, 512-793-9081,

Oct 12-13, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY CHARITY ART SHOW: , at Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N Main Street. Fri: 2-7p; Sat: 10-7p. "Artists giving back". Fine art show featuring twenty talented artists from across the Hill Country. Proceeds support Vault Fostering Community in providing practical and financial assistance to foster and adoptive families in our area. Bring the family and enjoy some great art for a great cause! Free annual event. . Anna Johnson, 210-391-0737

Oct 12-13, 2018 - FORT MASON COOK-OFF & WILD WEST EXTRAVAGANZA: , at Fort Mason City Park, US-87. 3p. Steak shoot-out; concert, golf tournament, goat roping, washer pitching tournament. Cook-off sanctioned by Lonestar BBQ Society. Hosted by Mason County Livestovk Show and Expo. Shannon: 210-241-4925.

Oct 12-14, 2018 - PIG ROAST EVENT: , at Blanco County Fairgrounds, US-281 North. Fri 7a to Sun 1p. Proceeds benefit Home for Children. Annual event with Poker Run, Bike Show, free camping on the Pedernales River, self-contained RV area. BBQ on Saturday, bands Friday and Saturday night and more. per person, age 6 and up. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Must have ID. Children and dogs allowed (but must be on leashes). . Sandie Benoist, 512-556-5579 Artists

Oct 12-14, 2018 - TEXAS MESQUITE ARTS FESTIVAL: , 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.

Oct 13, 2018 - NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ROUND-UP: , at Balcones Canyonland, 5 mi W of Lago Vista at 24518 FM-1431 (Marble Falls). Noon-4p. Free family activities including archery, BB guns, fishing, live animals, birds of prey show and more. Food available. 512-339-9432. ,

Oct 13, 2012 - CELEBRATE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEK: at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge - Doeskin Ranch Unit, RR 1174 (between FM 1431 & Hwy 29). 8:30a-4p. . Free, fun programs, workshops & nature walks. A day for people of all ages!

Oct 13, 2018 - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MUSICFEST: , at 11th Street Cowboy Bar. 6p. Annual Fundraiser benefiting local Wounded Warriors, Breast Cancer Research and Education in Bandera. Live Music, food vendors, live auction and raffle. Melinda, 830-796-4289.

Oct 13, 2018 - CHALK FESTIVAL: , at Peterson Plaza in downtown. Fri: 10a-5p. Chalk art on the pavement. A celebration of art, family and community. Artwork, entertainment, food. Free, annual event, rain or shine. Benefits the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.

Science Mill Oct 13, 2018 - ASTRONOMY DAY: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 10a-4p. Our daytime hours make it hard to see the night sky and space when you visit the Science Mill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some super cool space-related items! On Saturday we are hosting a collection of artifacts from the Space Station Museum in Novato, California. Come see a full Russian space suit, pieces of space stations, and more! During your day of exploration at the Science Mill, be sure to stop by our theater for a special, one day only showing of Space Junk 3D. All artifacts will be on display in the lobby. The Astronomy Day exhibit is included with admission. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Oct 13, 2018 - FORT CROGHAN DAY: , at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX 29 W). 9a-4p. 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.

Oct 13, 2018 - FALL FEST: , at Historic Courtyard Square. 9a-3p. Come join us at the Historic Courtyard Square for a day of speakers, arts, crafts and plants. Sponsored by the Lampasas Courtyard Square Association. For vendor info, call 512-556-8030.

Oct 13, 2018 - SCULPTURE GARDEN FESTIVAL: , at International Sculpture Park, at Lions Foundation Park, 355 Loop 332. 9a-2p. Cool activities, music, food and art vendors. Bring lawn chairs and sit a spell. Art Auction 6-9p. Event producted by Lions.

National%20Museum Oct 13, 2018 - WWII PACIFIC COMBAT PROGRAM: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 10:30a. Watch history come to life. Outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets online. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

Oct 13, 2018 - BLANCO RODEO ASSOCIATION FALL PLAYDAY SERIES & CONCERT: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. Playday Series and Open 4D Barrel Race. Gates open 6p; Rodeo 7p. Annual event. Free parking, free for spectators. Sponsored by Blanco Rodeo Association. 210-415-3906.

Oct 13, 2018 - OLD BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE GALA & TEXAS HOLD 'EM POKER TOURNAMENT: , at Historic Courthouse. 6-9p. Annual event with live and silent auctions, Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, live music, family festival, dance, dinner, wine and beer. 830-833-2211.

Oct 13, 2018 - BURNET OCTOBERFEST: , at downtown, E League & Vanderveer. 9a-9p. admission main concert 6p. Kids 6 & under free admission. All day art; 5K Run; Classic Car Show; Local Art Guild Booths; Artisans; Local Craft Breweries; Local Vendors; Hill Country Wineries; Fort Croghan Museum; Art Gallery; Pein Air Art Competition; Live Quick Draw Artists; Silent Auction; Face Painting; Games; Wild West Gun Fight; Live Music All Day; Carnival Grounds. Annual event. Damon Bierle, 512-756-4297.

Oct 13, 2018 - MARBLE FALLS MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at Johnson Park Amphitheater, 220 Ave J, Lake Marble Falls. Formerly FiestaJAM, an inclusive variety of music genres plus food truck competition and local beer & wine. /p. Artists

Oct 13, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Oct 13, 2018 - ARTOBER FEST: , at Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park 501 E North Avenue. 10a-5p. Formerly Herb & Art Fest Jammin' with Art in the Park, has just been announced! This year the event is being hosted by both the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the Lampasas Association For The Arts. Artober Fest will take place at the unique Sculpture Garden in the beautiful Campbell Park and offers a full day of fun for all ages...so bring your lawn chairs and get ready for a JAMMIN' Good Time! Food truck, wine, craft beer, live music, children's area. 512-556-5172.

Oct 13-14, 2018 - HOGTOBERFEST: , at G Rollie White Complex. Hog wrestling, hog hunting, poker run, live music, dance, kids games. Go hog wild! Cost: /day. Annual event. 325-597-3491. ,

Oct 14, 2018 - KYLE FOUNDERS PARADE: , Center St, downtown. 10a-11a. Free.

Oct 18, 2018 - TASTE 2018: , at The Railhouse, 107 E Center Street. 6a-10p. Enjoy a great night for a great cause! This spectacularly delicious evening will showcase all of the "great tastes" in Hays and Caldwell Counties and beyond. The great people, the great non-profits, the great entertainment and of course, the great food and drinks. Set in the heart of Texas wine country, our signature event features samples of some of the best food, wine, craft beer and spirits the area has to offer in addition to live entertainment, games and auctions filled with goods and services from local merchants. Dollars raised through UWHCC fundraising efforts, including individual contributions, workplace giving campaigns held at local businesses, corporate giving, and fundraising events, such as TASTE 2018 are redistributed back into the most crucial areas of need. Admission: . . Annual event. Reyna Caraveo, 512-353-1420,

Oct 19-20, 2018 - LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF: , Badu Park, 300 Legion Dr, on Llano River. Competition, meal at noon Sat (); and live music. 325-247-5354.

Oct 19-20, 2018 - HARVEST CLASSIC VINTAGE BIKE RALLY: , 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.

Oct 19-21, 2018 - DRIPPING SPRINGS SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: , at 207 Mercer Street. Annual songwriter's showcase event. Proceeds to charity. . Laurie Halfpenny, 512-659-1576

Oct 19-21, 2018 - NORTH AMERICAN WHOLESALE JEWELRY & GIFT SHOW: , at Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave. Thur: Noon-6p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 11a-5p. Admission: . 210-410-0737.

Oct 19-21, 2018 - PARADE OF HOMES: , Kerrville and the Highland Lakes. Canceled due to weather.

Oct 19-21, 2018 - OKTOBERFISCH FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: , at Morgan Shady RV Park. 10a-4p. 830-998-2477. . Annual event sponsored by

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Oct 20, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 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.

Oct 20, 2018 - LAKE LBJ BASS TOURNAMENT: , at McNair Park. 6a-3p. Benefits Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department. 5. VFD-AUX has teamed up with the Texas Association of Bass Clubs to host the tournament. 50% of entries received will be paid out in cash prizes to Tournament winners. Enter on-line or by mail.

Oct 20, 2018 - PET FEST: , at Plaza Park, 401 Hopkins. 10a-5p. Pet contests, 5K run/walk, pet adoptions, dancing dogs, music, kid's activities. Well-mannered pets on leashes are welcome. Dogs, cats, ferrets, snakes, reptiles have all come to Pet Fest. Free, annual event. Pet Prevent A Litter (PALS),

Oct 20, 2018 - OKTOBERFEST 2018: , at Anhalt Dance Hall, 2390 Anhalt Road. 11a-11p. 830-438-2873.

BOO FEST & PUMPKIN PATCH: , 27534 TX-46 West, at Honey Creek Market Days. 9a-4p. Trick or Treat with the vendors, pony rides, face painting, Build-A-Bear booth, Dog Costume Show. Vendors, food truck. 210-573-8541.

Oct 20, 2018 - FRONTIER TIMES MUSEUM JAILHOUSE TRASH & TREASURE SHOW: , at Old Bandera County Jail, 510 13th Street. 10a-4p. Come browse the treasures within the old jailhouse. Annual event. 830-796-3864.

Oct 20, 2018 - GEARHEAD'S OPEN CAR SHOW: , at Cabela's, 15570 IH-35. 9a-4p. Free. live auction, food, vendors. . Lisa Whitehead: 512-921-9130

Oct 20-Nov 3, 2018 - WESTERN TRAPPINGS ON THE LLANO: , at Llano County Historical Museum, 310 Bessemer Ave. Artist exhibits. Meet the Artists reception and preview sale. Auction. . Contact Llano County Historical Museum: 214-801-0944

Hill Country Alliance: education, conservation, cooperation Oct 20, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY LIVING + RAINWATER REVIVAL FEST: , at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. 10a-5p. A celebration of collection, conservation and common sense - a day filled with informative and entertaining presentations by professionals and users of rainwater, water conservation-related business vendor booths, rainwater system displays, and plenty of experts to provide guidance and services, as well as food booths, shopping, live music, kids activities. Annual event, free, sponsored by Hill Country Alliance. , . Sheila, 512-263-9147

Oct 20, 2018 - RETRO VIDEO GAMES SHOW: , at Hampton Inn, 151 Bunton Creek Road. 10a-4p. 20+ plus vendors selling video games, collectibles and toys! Super Smash Tournament on Wii U at 12 noon. Door prizes. Concessions. Also, Texas Gamers Lounge (TGL) from San Marcos will be setting up some arcades and some consoles to play your favorite past time games, with prizes. TGL entry fee. General admission: /pp. . Joseph Edward, 210-300-0291,

Oct 20, 2018 - MUTT STRUT & CHILI COOK-OFF: , at Boerne’s Main Plaza. Fun family event FREE to the public. Food trucks, bouncy house, live music. Mutt Strut: 11a-Noon. Strut your stuff with your four-legged friends along the Cibolo Trail from Ye Kendall Inn to the River and Back. Register and get a human t-shirt & pet bandana. Cash prizes for the best costumes. Chili Cook-Off & Adoption Event: Peppers Four Paws, 11a-4p. Cost to Register: . . Rebecca Yarbrough, 210-232-6156

Oct 20, 2018 - BESTFEST: , Marktplatz, 11a-11p. Specialty beer and sausage tasting; multi-gun drawing; Kawasaki mule drawing; bucket drawing (10 item minimum); kids' games and activities; live polka band and dancing.

Oct 20, 2018 - MARIGOLD BARN DANCE: , at Arnosky Family Farms Blue Barn, 13977 FM-2325. 5p socializing, 6p potluck supper, 7-10p dancing. Bring a deliious dish to share, charis and dancing shoes. BYOB. By donation. Annual event. 830-833-5428. . Tours at 10a, 1p, 3p.

Oct 20-21, 2018 - FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: : Cancelled due to weather.

Oct 26, 2018 - FALL FESTIVAL TRUNK OR TREAT: , at 800 Deercreek Lane. 5:30p-8p. Games, snacks and other fun things (bring cash). Vendors, games, live music, bouncy houses. Free trunk or treating for kids. Annual free event. . 512-363-7154

Oct 26-27, 2018 - BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET: , at The Cana Ballroom, 202 W Kronkosky Street. 9a-4p. Handmade Market featuring 80+handmade only vendors, music, coffee shop and playground. Come find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list! Vendors products ranging from bath items, home goods, children's toys and clothing, leather goods, stationary. Fri: . Sat: for adults, children 12 and under are free. Bi-annual. Beth Legge, 210-663-9046, .

Oct 26-28, 2018 - HAUNTED PIONEER TOWN: , at 333 Wayside Drive. Life on the frontier was a constant struggle with gun fights, drought, snakes, coyotes and...ghosts! Perhaps these ghosts still dwell in Pioneer Town. Families are welcomed to a spooky fall festival featuring haunts, a creepy petting zoo, crafts for kids, pop-up vendors, live music, food, and beverages. An original old-time radio play by Don Cunningham, based on the works of local author Bert Wall, will be performed in the Opera House at regular intervals throughout the weekend. The radio play, Tales From the Devil’s Backbone, will also be broadcast live Halloween night on KWVH 94.1 FM-Wimberley Valley Radio at 7p. The daytime family-friendly Fall Festival entry fee is /p ages 5 and up, free for kids under 5. The evening hauntings are for ages 13 and up, for ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. Many of the vendors will be non-profit organizations such as the Wimberley Players, area schools, Indigenous Cultures Institute, Wimberley Institute of Culture, and other civic organizations. Come support your community and have the britches scared off of you at the same time!

Oct 26-28, 2018 - KERR COUNTY FAIR: , at Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, TX-27 East. Provides residents of Kerr County and adjacent counties an opportunity to exhibit their finished skills and recognizes their achievements. Includes parade through downtown Kerrville, carnival, contests, scholarship pageants, 4H & FFA livestock exhibits, food & drink, music, dancing, team roping and the exciting bull and barrel contest. Chili and barbeque cook-offs (CASI & CTBA sanctioned), petting zoo and pony rides. Old-fashioned family fun with something for everyone! 830-792-8331.

Wine Oct 27, 2018 - FREDERICKSBURG FOOD & WINE FEST: . 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: /p. 830-997-8515.

Oct 27, 2018 - RIFLES, RACKS & DEER TRACKS: , at YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S Water Street. 6-10p. Raffle, live & silent auctions, live music, dinner, beer, wine. . Annual event, benefits Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center. 512-756-2607.

Oct 27, 2018 - DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL: , Downtown on San Antonio Street. Noon-10p. Features local food, drinks, arts & crafts, an ofrenda (offering space) for honoring the lives of loved ones passed, vendor booths, shopping, live entertainment. Hosted by Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Alliance (HBA). Annual event. Free admission. . 830-625-2385

Oct 27, 2018 - MASON FALL ARTS FEST: , at historice 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.

Oct 27, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY INDIAN ARTIFACT SHOW: , 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, fee. . Rob Bartell, 830-329-2636

Oct 27, 2018 - CENTER STREET TRICK-OR-TREAt: , at City Square Park, 101 S Burleson Street. 4:30-9p. Local businesses and organizations will set up tents and tables to provide a fun and safe opportunity for trick-or-treating. We invite all "ghosts" and "goblins" young and old to come out to our Treat Trail for a fun afternoon of treats and a costume contest! 512-268-4220. ,

Science Mill Oct 27, 2018 - SPOOKY CHEMISTRY DAY: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 11a-2p. Join us for pyrotechnic gourds and frightening foam pumpkins. We’ll have ghosts and their ectoplasm, too! Come to the Science Mill for Halloween-themed demonstrations and hands-on activities, and stay for a special, one day only showing of Flying Monsters 3D. We want to see your Halloween costumes! We’re giving away FREE Halloween excavation kits to all kids wearing a costume. (Parents, no costume-related giveaways for you, but it would make our day if you dressed up, too!). Free with admission. Reserve your spot now by emailing: . Under 3 free; 3-18 .50; Adults ; Seniors (65+), Military . , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Oct 27, 2018 - HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION: , at Muleshoe Farm, 306 US-87. Noon-9p. Fall harvest and Halloween festival for all ages. It features craft and food vendors, a children's area, live music, livestock exhibits, and children's storytelling. There will be two performances by Last Chance Forever, offering an up close look at majestic birds of prey. All day, enjoy nature and agricultural demonstrations with live animals, blacksmithing, local herbs, and more. Children are invited to compete in a costume contest, and adults can pit themselves against pastry in a pie-eating contest. After dark, guests are invited to enjoy an owl walk, a one-of-a-kind adventure of seeing owls in their natural habitat on our torch-lit trail, led by an experienced guide. Dark-sky star gazing in our mobile observatory. /adult, /youth, 5 and under free. Annual event. Roxana Orrell, 830-431-0259.

Oct 27, 2018 - KERR COUNTY FAIR PARADE: , at 11a. Parade Route: turning left on Water Street proceeding east, parade will disband on Water Street at “E” or "F" Streets. No registration fees. 830-257-6833.

Oct 27-28, 2018 - TEXAS GUN & BLADE SHOW: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. , . Kim Sansom, 806-253-1322

Oct 27-28, 2018 - MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW JAMNBOREE: , at Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, exit 187 off IH-35. Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Admission: Adults (18 & Older), Child (5-17). Sponsored by the the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Jim Edmondson, 830-629-2071, National%20Park%20Service

Oct 28, 2018 - BARBECUE ON THE PEDERNALES: . Canceled

Oct 27-28, 2018 - FALL ARTS ROUND-UP: , at La Cabana Grill, 21103 TX-71 West. Sat: 10a-6p, Sun: 11a-4p. Annual event featuring 30+ artists working in multiple media will display and sell their work in the oak grove at the La Cabana Grill. Live musical entertainment, a children's art area, and food and beverages available on site. Free admission. Donations accepted to the Spicewood Arts Society encouraged to support its mission. Contact: , 512-264-2820. ,

Oct 27-28, 2018 - TEXAS CLAY FESTIVAL: , at Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels. Potters and sculptors from around the state display and sell their wares and demonstrate techniques. Kid's activities. 830-629-7975.

Oct 31, 2018 - HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL+TRUNK-OR-TREAT: , at Spicewood Fire Hall, 9805 TX-71 East. Gates open: 5:30p; Annual family entertainment fundraiser event. Cake walk, bounce house, games, petting zoo, haunted house, kids costume contest, trunk-or-treat. Food and refreshments. Cost: General Admission: adults, kids 12 and under. ;


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Nov 1, 2016 - HOLIDAZE EVENT - FAMILY FALL PARTY: , at HSB Main St, 7404 FM-2147, in front of Bay Pharmacy & Rosanne Davis Designs buildings. 5:30-7:30p. Free hot dogs, refreshments & goodies! Kid's Corner. Music & entertainment. Free annual event. Sponsored by Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance. 830-220-2474.

Nov 1-Nov 30, 2018 - TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS SHOW: . Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Sat 10a-4p, Sun 1-4p. Unique, custom crafted furniture by prize winning Texas furniture makers. 830-895-2911. ;

Nov 2, 2018 - HUNTER'S ROUNDUP EXPO: , at County Fairplex. 5p-10p. Music, food for everyone to enjoy, vendor booths and exhibits, numerous community and civic group raffles and the Chamber's own UTV & 30 gun Monster Raffle. Free if show hunting license, otherwise /p. 830-278-3361. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Nov 2, 2018 - HUNTER APPRECIATION: , 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.

Nov 2, 2018 - HUNTERS' WELCOME: , at HEB parking lot. 9a-3p. Join the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in welcoming the hunters to the Lampasas Communities and enjoy some great BBQ! 512-556-5172. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Nov 4-5, 2018 - THE FREDERICKSBURG WRITERS CONFERENCE AND AGENT CONSULTATION: , at Hill Country University Center, US-290 East. 7:30a. Annual event offers two days of programming for writers in the area who are ready to explore their publishing options.

Nov 2-4, 2018 - UTOPIAFEST DOWN IN THE OAKS: , at Reveille Peak Ranch. New location. Guests will enjoy world class music production, as well as a wide variety of workshops and activities, creating a well-rounded festival experience. Annual event. 512-400-4160.

Nov 2-11, 2018 - WURSTFEST: , 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.

Nov 2 - Dec 30, 2018 - SANTA'S RANCH: , 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. Concession stand, souveneirs. 830-743-1293,

Nov 3, 2018 - PINE MOORE DAY: , at 1915 US-281 North. Join for a day of fun with live entertainment, great chuck wagon food, photo booth, taxidermy demonstration. Annual fundraiser for Buggy Barn Museum. Cost: admission, chuck wagon meal. https://www.facebook.com/buggybarnmuseum Amanda Smith: 830-385-3779,

Nov 3, 2018 - HUNTER'S GAME DINNER & DANCE: , at Farm Country Club. Events include a washers tournament, dinner, dance, and concert. Free annual event. 830-589-7225.

Nov 3, 2018 - FALL COURTYARD SQUARE GARAGE SALE: , at Historic Courtyard Square In Downtown. 9a-3p. Andy Berry, 512-556-5434.

Nov 3, 2018 - UTOPIA ARTS & CRAFTS FALL FAIR: at Town Square, TX-187, 485 Main street. 9a. Featuring handmade arts & crafts by 80 vendors from around Texas. Live music, food, face painting, amazing scenery are just a few of the reasons to make the trip to Utopia, Texas! Annual free event. Booths available. Diana Wise, 830-966-4159, .

Nov 3, 2018 - PLEASANT HILL SCHOOLHOUSE ANNUAL SMORGASBORD: , at Rocky Community Schoolhouse (7 mi W of town, just off US-290, on Rocky Rd), 5-8p. A pot-luck feast prepared by the finest chefs in the area and served by free-will donation to friends, neighbors and hungry hunters. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill-Rocky Community Club since 1958. Meal by donation. Proceeds benefit worthy community organizations in the Hill Country. 830-868-9075,

Nov 3, 2018 - FALL CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: , at Historic downtown square. 8a. Annual event. Cindy Lamb, 512-756-5738.

Nov 3-4, 2018 - HUNTERS' EVENTS: . 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.

Nov 4, 2018 - KICK OFF & STAR GAZING PARTY: , at Los Senderos Ranch, 8409 US-281 North. 6p. If you want to join us in helping to preserve the night sky here in Blanco County and the Texas Hill Country, then come out to our kick off party. We will have a very short talk about our aims and objectives and how you can join the Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky. You will then be able to sign up to become a member as well was explore volunteer opportunities to help with our efforts. There will be information about dark skies, demonstration of how to prevent light pollution, and a few night sky friendly products to help you get started. After dark, there will be star gazing with a few astronomers and their telescopes set up to view objects in the night sky. Free event. 512-565-0446. ,

Nov 4, 2018 - EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT: , at Ranch Park and Event Center, 1042 DS Ranch Road. 11a-3p. Good friends, great food, live music. Support for neighbors in need. Benefits Crisis Bread Basket. 512-858-4740.

Nov 4-5, 2018 - GRAPE CAMP: , at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. Annual two-day event filled with educational sessions, vendor demonstrations and a celebration dinner focused on Texas grape growers.

Nov 5-10, 2018 - KINDERHALLE WITH WURSTFEST: . Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Wurstfest to provide unique family activities at the Landa Recreation Center during the ten day festival. Family friendly and FREE with paid admission to Wurstfest. 830-221-4370.

Nov 8, 2018 - BONE APPETIT: , at Ma Maison, 2550 Bell Springs Road. 6p. Enjoy an elegant evening filled with gourmet food, perfectly paired food, live music, and live and silent auctions. Annual event benefits the homeless pets at Paws Shelter of Central Texas, located in Klyle. ,

Nov 9-10, 2018 - CIVIC CLUB HOME TOUR: . 10a-5p. Tour beautiful homes. Candlelight Tour & Live Auction. Tickets available. Annual fundraising event. 512-573-5732. Artists

Nov 9-11, 2018 - DIE KUNSTLER FINE ART SHOW & SALE: , at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 424 W Main Street. 830-456-0196. Enjoy fine art and the sale of members' works. Hours: Fri 5p-8p, Sat 10a-4p, Sun 12:30a-4p. Annual event Presented by Die Kunstler von ("the artists from") Fredericksburg. Free. Annette Bennett, 713-201-1451.

Nov 9-11, 2018 - KID N' EWE FIBER FESTIVAL: , at Kendall County Fairground, 1307 River Rd, East on TX-46. Annual event for spinners, knitters, weavers, felters and other fiber arts enthusiasts. Great shopping & innovative workshops, there is something for everyone. Show and sales of fiber producing animals, supplies for dyeing spinning, knitting, and weaving. Demonstrations, workshops, and sales of finished products made from natural home grown fiber. 832-584-4695.

Nov 9-11, 2018 - FISCHER FEST: , at Fischer Hall. Operated by Cabin 10. Music will be the catalyst, making good things happen at the festival, a non-profit event, with all proceeds to the Rice Harrington Art Scholarship, created to help graduating high school artists pursue fine art degrees in college. Each second Sat in Nov. Rain or shine, we enjoy ourselves at historic Fischer Hall, the funky old dance hall just off FM-32, which comfortably embraces the very best national and local bluegrass, folk & acoustic performers, in a small intimate setting, just the way Rice liked it. 512-538-5230. ,
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Nov 9-11, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY FALL TRAIL RIDE: , starting at 209 Family Heritage Lane at 3p. Bring your own horse. /p, includes meals. Annual event. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Nov 9-11, 2018 - THE 290 VINERY CHILI COOK-OFFS: , 300 W Main St (US-290). Turn in: 2p Sat and 1p Sunday. Spend a relaxing weekend in wine country at the 290 Vinery winery and tasting room. Friday evening is the Vinery’s monthly steak night. Warren will fire up the giant grill for your steak or whatever you like to grill. The Vinery provides baked potato, salad, and dessert for . Limited dry camping is available so call ahead, 830-868-2994, to make sure we save a space for you.

Science Mill Nov 10, 2018 - SCIENCE MILL BENEFIT - COME GROW WITH US: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. Sat, 5p-9p. Celebrate the intersection of art and science at the Science Mill’s annual benefit and experience the exclusive unveiling of the Science Mill’s newest exhibit, a 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse. Enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres while exploring the 1,000-square-foot greenhouse as well as the museum’s 50+ interactive exhibits. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase nature-themed fine artwork from emerging and renowned artists. Ticket and sponsorship sales directly benefit the nonprofit’s mission to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. Tickets 5. , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405, , Marissa Kilgore, 512-799-5206,

Nov 10, 2018 - AMERICAN LEGION VETERAN'S PARADE: . Line up: 8:30a at Blanco High School. Parade: 10:30a, travels through downtown. One of many services provided by American Legion is honoring its veterans and active military with an annual parade. If you are a veteran you are invited to ride on our "Veterans Float of Honor", and thank you to each and every one of you for your service. Not a veteran? Come out and show your appreciation of these men and women who have served or who continue to serve to protect your freedom. Our veterans appreciate your support! Fundraiser lunch immediately following parade, at Gem Of The Hills at noon. Cost: . Roxie Avants, 512-627-0584, Artists

Nov 10, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Nov 10, 2018 - CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE: , at BSB Activity Center, 30280 Cougar Bend. 9a-3p. Vendors and artisans featuring home decor, jewelry, accessories, crafts, baked goods, more. Lindsey Cox, 830-438-3111. ,

Ft Martin ScottNov 10, 2018 - TREATY DAY: , at Ft Martin Scott, on US 290, at 1606 E Main Street. 10a-3:30p. A day of continuous Living History celebrating the Fort Martin Scott Treaty of 1850. Witness soldiers, Texas Rangers, scouts and interpreters as they prepare to leave this frontier post for the Indian Treaty Gounds on the San Saba River. Free, donation, annual event. 830-217-3200.
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Nov 10, 2018 - NIGHT SKIES OVER THE LBJ RANCH: , LBJ National Historical Park, at the LBJ Ranch, 144 Park Rd 49. 4:30-8:30p. Programs will highlight the marvels of the night sky and the importance of preserving dark skies. Hill Country Astronomers (HCA) will have telescopes and offer a stargazing experience from 6:15-8:30p. Annual family event, free. 830-868-7128 x231. ,

Nov 10, 2018 - RED, WHITE & BOURBON: , at Garrison Brothers Distillery, 1827 Hye Albert Road. 9:30A-5p. A collaborative event aimed at raising funds for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation in support of the National Museum of the Pacific War. Enjoy craft beer from Family Business Beer Co, hamburgers from Fischer & Wieser, tacos from Tubby's Ice House and a variety of red and white wines from William Chris Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, Cicada Cellars and Hye Meadow Winery. 100% of sales from beer, wine, and food go directly to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. To observe Veterans Day and to honor those who have served, Garrison Brothers will partner with several neighboring businesses for a day-long celebration. Tickets: Adults: ; Kids: ; Vets: . 830-392-0246;

Nov 10-11, 2018 - CHILI COOK-OFF: , at 290Vinery, 300 W Main (US-290). 9a each day. Judging starts early afternoon. Prizes awarded soon afterwards. Sponsored by Pure Texan Chili. 830-321-0101. ,

Nov 11, 2018 - VETERAN'S DAY PARADE: , downtown. Free breakfast 8:30a; Parade 8:30a-Noon. Sponsored by the city.

Nov 11, 2018 - VETERANS DAY CAR SHOW & PARADE: , at VA Hospital, 3600 Memorial Blvd. Annual event. Free to spectators. Parade, Music, Raffle, Food. Registration 8a to 11a, Judging begins at 11a. 00% Of Proceeds To Benefit Our Veterans. 830-792-2580 or or visit . 2018: 11/11

National%20Museum Nov 11, 2018 - VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL: , at National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin. 11A. Honor all of those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Annual free event. 830-997-8600 ext #204.

Nov 13, 2018 - GIRLS NIGHT OUT: , downtown. 4-9p. Stores stay open late for a fabulous evening of shopping for the ladies. Refreshments & music. Stores are decorated for the Christmas season and brimming with gift-item treasurers. 830-995-3131.

Nov 16, 2018 - DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTING & SANTA'S ARRIVAL: . Beginning 6p. A free event celebrating the spirit of the season in Historic Downtown New Braunfels. Hosted by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Association. Downtown Association will be selling treats and photo opportunities with Santa on the bandstand. 830-221-4370.

Nov 16-17, 2018 - WIMBERLEY WINTER WONDERLAND: , at Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR-12. Get in the spirit of the holiday season. Local businesses and organizations will provide festive, decorated Christmas trees, Thanksgiving and Christmas wreaths and centerpieces ready to take home. Bid on your favorite and your holiday decorating is made easy. Enjoy live performances, food trucks, vendors, holiday desserts, a visit with Santa and a turkey. Free admission. Bring toys for the Sheriff's Brown Santa Program and non-perishable food for Crisis Bread Basket to help make the season brighter for those in need in our community.

Nov 16-18, 2018 - WEIHNACHTSMARKT: , at Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave, downtown. 10a-6p. Annual outdoor shopping extravaganza, this Christmas Market is reminiscent of outdoor markets in Germany. Unique decorations, specialty items, fits, antiques, and wide array of merchants and artisans. Children can visit with Santa at breakfast. Sponsored by Sophienburg Museum. 830-629-1572.

Nov 16, 2018-Jan 1, 2019 - WALKWAY OF LIGHTS: , 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.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Nov 17, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - WILLIAMS CREEK: , 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.

Nov 17 2018 - BLANCO RODEO ASSOCIATION FALL PLAYDAY SERIES & CONCERT: , at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US-281 South. Playday Series and Open 4D Barrel Race. Gates open 6p; Rodeo 7p. Annual event. Free parking, free for spectators. Sponsored by Blanco Rodeo Association. 210-415-3906.

Nov 17, 2018 - HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & COURTHOUSE LIGHTING CEREMONY: , at Peterson Plaza & City Hall, 700 Main Street. 6p-8p. Officially welcome the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Parade downtown Kerrville on Water St. Lighting ceremony at Kerr County Courthouse. Parade route: Steps off at the corner of the G Street Bridge and Water St then travels W on Water St to the Star and then turns right and goes N up Earl Garrett and ends at the Kerr County Courthouse. Annual free event. 830-258-1151. .

Nov 17-18, 2018 - SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW: , at Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive. 10a-6p. An annual attendance of 5,000, experiencing performances by over 100 dancers, traditional drums and singers, spectacular Indian Market with arts and craft booths, & authentic Native foods. 512-393-3310. ,

Nov 17-18, 2018 - FALL ANTIQUE SHOW: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

Nov 18, 2018 - HI, HOW ARE YOU ART SHOW: . 1-5p. Will feature the art of Daniel Johnston, an internationally celebrated artist, performer and songwriter with deep Austin roots, mounted at the Echo and Texas Arthouse Contemporary galleries on Nugent Avenue. The show also will feature wine from local wineries as well as live music. Spearheading the show is the Hi How Are You Project, created by Courtney Blanton and Tom Gimbel "to generate new conversations around mental well-being," according to the Project’s website. The name and image come from Johnston’s mid-1980s cassette "Hi, How Are You?", which helped launch a career and an identity for the underground musician who triumphed despite significant mental health issues. "The idea is just to get comfortable with just talking to each other again, let's talk to each other, let's get it out, let's find out what’s going on," Blanton said. "For us, we want mental health issues to be talked about like cancer." , . Linda Haddock: 830-321-0080,

Nov 18, 2018 - ZION MUSIC FESTIVAL: , at Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E Main Street. 1p-10p. Live music, kids zone, food trucks, vendors. Free annual event. 231-425-8923.

Science Mill Nov 19-Dec 28, 2018 - HOLIDAY MINI CAMPS: , at Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Lane. 9a-4p. Spend a day (or two) with the Science Mill during your upcoming school breaks! We are offering one-day mini camps for 3rd-5th graders in November and December. The curriculum is the same both months, so you have two opportunities to participate in each camp! Reserve your spot now by emailing: . /clinic. , . Anne Hebert, 844-263-6405,

Nov 22-Dec 30, 2018 - OLD WEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT FEST: , at Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 TX-46 West. 6-10p. Celebrate Christmas in a western wonderland of children's activities, animals, wagon rides, arrest-a-guest, puppet shows, cowboy skits, Christmas music and caroling, food, and pictures with Santa. 830-249-8222.

Nov 22, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 - THE DANCING LIGHTS OF MILL POND PARK – CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: , 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,

Nov 23, 2018 - CHRISTMAS LIGHTING: , at The Old Village, downtown, 2355 Bulverde Road. 5:30p. Tree lighting, real snow, Santa, Grinch Village, kids activities. Entertainment, music and vendor treats for the young and young at heart. Free, annual event. 830-438-4285.

Nov 23, 2018 - HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY: , 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.

Nov 23, 2018 - TREE LIGHTING & SANTA'S ARRIVAL: , at Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 6p-8p. Enjoy holiday music, face painting, and holiday carolers! The fun starts at 6p, then Santa will arrive at 7pm along with the lighting of the holiday tree, and fireworks show. Free annual event. Courtney Bunte, 512-402-9135, ,

Nov 23-24, 2018 - DICKENS ON MAIN: , at Hill Country Mile, 100 Main Street. 4a-10p. Annual, free event. Food, drink, costumed shopkeepers, wassail, arts and crafts, caroling, Santa, stage & street performers, carriage rides. Mary Woods, 830-248-1617,

Nov 23-25, 2018 - PEDDLER SHOW-PERFECT STREET OF SHOPS: , 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. Free parking. Sneak Peak, Fri 12-1p, Open Fri 1-8p, Sat 9-6p, Sun 11-4p. Annual event. 512-358-1000. ,

Nov 23-Dec 25, 2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH: , at Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road. 6-10p. Annual event. Drive through two scenic miles of 3 million twinkling lights. Santa's village, food, drink craft booths, Santa. Cost per vehicle. 210-570-7669,

Nov 23-Dec 31, 2018 - STARRY STARRY NIGHTS & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARK: , 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. ,

Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019 - LIGHTS SPECTACULAR-HILL COUNTRY STYLE: . 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. , . See JOHNSON CITY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR article with pictures, by George Cofran, freelance author, at:

Nov 23-24, 2018 - CHRISTMAS MARKET: , at Fischer Store, 4040 FM-484. 10a-5p. Features local artists at Fischer Store. Unique handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season! Shop local!. .

Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019 - EISBAHN OUTDOOR ICE SKATING: , 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: . Includes skate rental. 830-733-7996.
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Nov 24, 2018 - 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.

Nov 24, 2018 - MASON COUNTY LIGHT UP OUR TOWN: , at Courthouse Lawn & Mason Square. 4p - Santa arrives by Mason Fire Truck to share candy. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served by our Mason County Round-Up Queens court. Ornament craft for kids and train rides on the court house lawn. 5p - Mason community members entertain. 6p - Light Up Our Town. 6-8p - Seaquist House Tours & Luminaria Trail. 6:30p - Polar Express showing at Heritage Park. 325-347-5758.

Nov 24, 2018 - CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT: . 10a-9p. 150+ arts & crafts booths, food court, holiday activities. Shops decorated for Christmas & brimming with gifts. Live Music. Weinachten Lichter (Christmas Lights) Parade and Fireworks Display. Library book sale. Visit from Santa for photos. Free annual event. No pets. 830-995-3131.

Nov 24, 2018 - HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING & GERMAN TRADITIONS: , 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.

Nov 24, 2018 - ART WALK: , downtown, at Old Blanco County Courthouse. 10a. Live music. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101,

Nov 24, 2018 - WILD GAME DINNER: , 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.

Nov 24-Dec 28, 2018 - TRAIL OF LIGHTS: , at Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. Trail is open nightly: Sun–Thur: 6p–9p and Fri-Sat: 6p–10p. Lights on rain or shine. Stroll along a walking trail through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by 100+ local businesses, community groups and families! Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment (weather permitting). Free admission. Donations appreciate. Annual event. 512-847-6969. See schedule at:

Nov 28, 2018 - SANTA'S ARRIVAL & TREE LIGHTING: , at City Square Park, 101 S Burleson Street. 4:30-9p. Santa will be available to take pictures. School choirs performing holiday songs, free activities for the children, food vendors. 512-268-4220. ,

Nov 28-Dec 8, 2018 - SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SAN MARCOS: , at Plaza Park, 206 N CM Allen Parkway. Holiday fest features carnival, living Nativity, arts & crafts shopping, live music, entertainment, Santa, plus thousands of lights on the banks of the San Marcos river. 512-393-8400.

Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018 - CHRISTKINDMARKT: , 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. Hosted by German Heritage Foundation of New Braunfels. Free parking & admission. . Heather, 830-542-8448

Nov 30-Dec 23, 2018 - ART GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ARTISAN MARKE: . The market features handmade works of art that are priced in the gift buying range. Pottery, jewelry, leather craft, gourds, paintings, glass work, wood items, and holiday decorations. All made by Area artists. Sale will continue during normal gallery hours. 10-4 Thur-Sat; and 12-4 on Sunday. Dec 23 marks the last day of the event. Llano County Art Association. Annual event. 325-247-5354.

Nov 30-Dec 16, 2018 - CHRISTMAS WINE AFFAIR: Enjoy wine and food pairing event. Venture through sleeping vineyards, and cozy wineries, along the way enjoying complementary chocolates and enchanting wine parings. Self-guided. 866-621-9463. , . See special Portal focus page on ""


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

Dec 1, 2018 - FESTIVAL OF TEXAS FIDDLING: , at Dance Hall, 6720 US-281 S, 6 mi S of Blanco. 11a-11p. All styles of fiddling in Texas from Old Time and Country to Contet style, Western Swing, Creole, Texas Polish, Cajun, Son Huasteca, Bluegrass and Blues! Annual event. 512-833-5773. ,

Dec 1, 2018 - WEIHNACHTS PARADE: . Annual parade down Main Street. Bring the whole family for this fun and free event. Parade will run from North St to Hosack Street. 830-248-1543. .

Dec 1, 2018 - OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: , 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. ;

Dec 1, 2018 - CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: . 10a-3p. Annual event, visit 6 beautiful homes, historic to modern. Sponsored by New Braunfels Republican Women, 210-413-2907,

Dec 1, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY TOY RUN: . Starting at Johnson City Courthouse at 9a (arrive early at 8a for social time with coffee and donuts), the Bikers Toy Run heads west and swings through Fredericksburg, then up TX 16 N through Llano to the small town of Cherokee, picking up bikers along the way. We ride independently until we get to Cherokee where we gather together and ride into the Cherokee Children's Home together. The home makes us lunch and we give out presents and give the children rides, weather permitting. Usually we leave about 1-2p. One present per person or cash. With Santa and sleigh full of wrapped presents purchased through donations and proceeds from the Johnson City Pig Roast, the children of the Cherokee Home will be wide-eyed and smiling as Christmas joy is delivered and the motorcycle enthusiasts share a meal with the children and spend the afternoon with them to make their day special. Event open to all. No fee. Motorcycle encouraged. Contact: Sandie Benoist, 512-564-0801, See special Portal focus page on ""

Dec 1, 2018 - CHRISTMAS ON MERCER STREET: , along Historical Mercer Street. 10a-5p. Free annual event. Live music, children activities, food, Santa, gift tour, lighting of tree. 512-858-4725.

Dec 1, 2018 - CAROL OF LIGHTS: , at downtown historic square. Kicks off with multi-colored strands of lights illuminating the Lampasas County Courthouse square, museum displays, classic cars, as well as a Mrs. Santa House, and, of course, a visitor from the north Pole in the form of Santa Claus. Gingerbread house display, Christmas tree display, and more. Diana Hodges 512-556-5172. , National%20Museum

Dec 1, 2018 - HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & MARKET: . 11a-5p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. Walk through distinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets required. Annual event. . 830-990-8441.

Dec 1, 2018 - LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: . Holiday events. Lighted Christmas Parade with Santa: 6p, as it circles the Llano Courthouse & Gazebo. Annual event. 325-247-5354. National%20Park%20Service

Dec 1, 2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: , at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US 290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. ,

Dec 1-2, 2018 - OMA'S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: , Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road. Sat: 9a-5p; Sun: 10a-4p. Annual event featuring "handcrafted in America" products. Anything from hand made beautiful jewelry to hand carved logs that have been turned into wonderful whimsical animals to be used as home or yard décor. Texas hand crafted wood items, home made jellies, hand crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand embroidered items "like your grandmother used to make" and hand painted bird feeders and bird houses that will surely please the most discerning back yard birds. Adults: . Marilyn Culak, 830-537-4096,

Dec 1-2, 2018 - BUDAFEST: , downtown, City Park, 204 San Antonio Street. 10a to dusk. Christmas parade, carnival, artisans, crafts, antiques, parade, carnival, food & drinks. Annual, free event. 512-422-7863.

Dec 1-2, 2018 - REDBUD ARTISAN MARKET: , at Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 Event Center Drive. Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 11a-4p. An all handmade show of 60+ Texas artisans, each featuring their unique handmade art or fine craft. Live music, food and wine. Come on out and support art and music and do some shopping! Admission: /p. Free parking. Annual, indoor event. . Kathy Hill, 512-858-7892

Dec 6, 2018 - WASSAILFEST: , at downtown, 6-9p. Sample free wassail, live music, see holiday lights, and taste yummy festival food. 830-221-4350.

Dec 6-8, 2018 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: , below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: . Age 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324.

Dec 7, 2018 - COWBOY CAPITAL CHRISTMAS & SHOPPER'S JUBILEE: , downtown, 4:30p-6:30p. Lighting of Christmas tree at Courthouse, performances by youth choirs, live Nativity, arrival of Santa by wagon. Shopping along a luminaria-lit Main Street, carolers in period costume, shopkeepers serve cocoa, coffee, wine and cookies. Christmas Lights on the River. Free annual event. 210-215-1995. ,

Dec 7, 2018 - PEARL HARBOR OBSERVANCE: , 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.

Dec 7, 2018 - LIGHT THE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE & HOLIDAY SHARING VILLAGE: , 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.

Methodist Church Dec 7-8, 2018 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: . Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p, 7p, 7:30p, 8 p, and 8:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414.

Dec 7-9, 2018 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: , 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. National%20Park%20Service

Dec 8, 2018 - CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE YEARS IN LBJ COUNTRY: , at the LBJ National Historical Park, 200 Elm Street. 6-9:30p. Live Christmas and country music, Chuckwagon demonstrations and cowboy Christmas stories and poetry. Children's frontier Texas Christmas craft tent. Model T exhibit. Outdoor movie "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Lamplight tours of President LBJ Home, decorated for 1920s Christmas. Free annual event. Ranger Brian Vickers, 830-868-7128 x233. , ,

Dec 8, 2018 - CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE: , on the Courthouse Square, 229 S Pierce. Annual event. Vendors open for shopping from Noon-9p. Music and live entertainment all day. Parade. Arts & crafts vendors, pictures with Santa, and the Great Bicycle Giveaway. Tammy, 512-756-4297.

Dec 8, 2018 - KINDERFEST: , 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.

Dec 8, 2018 - CHRISTMAS AT FORT CROGHAN: , at 703 Buchanan Dr (TX-29 W). 5-8p. Visit Ft Croghan as it was in the 1800s. The cabins are decorated and staffed by families dressed in frontier attire. lighting by kerosene lanterns and visitors are welcomed with hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Admission and parking are free. Along with the fort, the museum will be open for people to visit. 512-756-8281.

Dec 8, 2018 - MARKET DAY ON MAIN: , at Historic Downtown Main Street. 10a-4p. 100+ arts, crafts, food vendors, live music. 830-693-2815.

Dec 8, 2018 - CANYON LAKE NOON LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 9a. Staging area in-front of MVMS, on Sattler Road.

Dec 8, 2018 - LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: . Staging: 5p. Parade: 6:30p. Celebrate our town and the season. Spectators line up along 4th St, from the High School to the square, or on the square on 3rd or Pecan Street. Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, 830-833-5348, Artists

Dec 12, 2018 - SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY TRAIL: , 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. , Lynn Myers, 830-708-7433

Dec 13-15, 2018 - NORTH POLE VILLAGE: , below Canyon Dam at 125 Mabel Jones Drive. 6-9p. Annual Christmas fun for whole family. Bakery, Post office, toy land, ice fishing elves house, hay ride, pictures with Santa, live nativity. Fee: . Age 18 mo and under free. 830-964-2324.

Dec 14, 2018 - TANNENBAUM BALL: , at St. Mary's Holy Family Center. 6:30-11:30p. Gillespie County Historical Society fundraiser. An elegant evening of cocktails, seated dining, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets required. 830-997-2835.

Dec 14, 2018 - LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE WITH SANTA: , Main St, downtown. 9a-3p. Free, annual event. 325-215-9376.

Methodist Church Dec 14-15, 2018 - METHODIST LIVING NATIVITY PAGEANT: . Annual program for all ages, 5 free shows per night, starting 6:30p, 7p, 7:30p, 8 p, and 8:30p. Refreshments. 830-868-7414.

Dec 14-16, 2018 - MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM: , 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. National%20Park%20Service

Dec 15, 2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE LBJ BOYHOOD HOME, 1920s STYLE: , at the LBJ Boyhood Home on Elm Street, 1 block S of US-290 (Main St). 6-9p. An opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of "Lights Spectacular" in the rest of Johnson City. 830-868-7128 x231. ,

Dec 15, 2018 - CHRISTMAS CAROLLING BANDERA STYLE - SINGING IN THE SADDLE: . Gathering at the at the Boys and Girls Club at 11th & Maple. Join Santa for Christmas Caroling Bandera Style - Caroling Trail Ride around Bandera and visit local nursing homes. Wagons/buggies available for non-riders, as space allows. Bring your guitar if you want. Ride leaves promptly at 1p. Arrive early for head count beginning at noon. 951-757-2118.

Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools Dec 16, 2018 - GILLESPIE COUNTY HISTORIC SCHOOL BAKE SALE: . No admission charge and donations gladly accepted towards historic school preservation projects. 7:30a-1:30p. 830-685-3321.

Texas%20Parks%20&%20Wildlife%20Dept Dec 16, 2018 - LBJ TREE LIGHTING: , 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.

Dec 18, 2018 - HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: , at Polo Field, 6120 E, US-290. 6a-10p. Bring the entire family and come enjoy. Is there any better way to ring in the new year?! Held on a large polo field just minutes from downtown, join dozens of vendors, chefs, local musicians, artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries, PLUS food and alcohol tasting partners. Weather permitting, a morning launch and evening glows and tethered rides. Not just about the balloons, event will include Live Music, a Wine Tasting Tent, a Battle of the Chefs Tasting Competition, Victory Cup Polo Matches (a little bit of cowboy polo!) and a kids play area!

Dec 28-31, 2018 - HILL COUNTRY NEW YEAR'S FESTIVAL: , at Golf Club of Texas at Concan/520 Mountain Valley. 3p-12a. Celebrate the new year all weekend long. Kicks off on Friday with a late lunch at Concan Grill before treats of s’mores and hot chocolate in the evening followed by the musical stylings of Condie Rogers. Enjoy glow in the dark putting, a bounce house and snow machine in the evenings, and Sat through Mon mornings can start the right way with yoga and mimosas. Other celebrations include a cornhole tournament, wine and dine night, live entertainment from Blevins Band, a College Bowl Team Golf Scramble and movie night on the lawn before the show-stopping fireworks show on Monday night to count down to the New Year. It's the perfect time to explore beautiful Concan and take advantage of winter discounts on lodging at Frio Country Resort, River Oaks Resort and more. Free annual event. . 830-232-4471,

Dec 29, 2018 - HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL & TEXAS VICTORY CUP POLO MATCH: , at Altstadt Brewery, 6120 US-290 E. 6:30a-9p. Is there any better way to ring in the new year?! Held on a large polo field just minutes from downtown, join dozens of vendors, chefs, local musicians, artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries, PLUS food and alcohol tasting partners. Weather permitting, it will include a morning launch and evening glows and tethered rides. Not just about the balloons, will include live music, wine tasting tent, battle of the chefs tasting competition, polo matches (a little bit of cowboy polo!) and a kids play area!. Annual event. 512-953-9428.


Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
as event organizers finalize their dates and details for upcoming events,
and then submit them to the Portal, we will post them to this comprehensive calendar.


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SPECIAL ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


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

Also see our focus page on , 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: . 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.

All Year, AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN ASSOCIATION TRAIN RIDES: 512-477-8468; . 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: , 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 1p. Free. Listen or sing/play. 888-311-8990. .

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, . Free. 512-793-2858

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

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

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

Every Wed, SONGWRITER HANG: , 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: , at American Legion Post 157, at 205 12th Street. Doors Open: 6p. Bingo: 7-10p. . Non-profit, non-smoking, no alcohol facility. Free bingo. Food available for purchase. Susan Junker, 830-796-7528,

Every Wed, GRILL AND CHILL AT THE LOST MAPLES WINERY: , 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.

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

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

Every 1st Wed, ART ON THE BEACH: , at Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 IH-35 N, 6p-8p. 830-627-1020. . 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: , at Park Plaza, 7:30-9:30p. Free. 512-393-8400.

ArcheryEvery Thurs (June-July), ARCHERY CLINICS: , at LBJ State Park ball field, on Cornet Street. 6:30p-8p. 830-644-2252. . 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: . Enjoy special activities, music, art, dining and shopping. Open late downtown.

Every Fri, SUMMER BUCKLE SERIES RODEO: , 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: , at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena. 830-522-0054. June & July. Gate Fee age 6 and up. Karen: 30-777-7129,

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

Every Fri, GO FISHING WITH A RANGER: , at 3630 Park Rd 4 W. 6p-7p. 512-793-2223. . 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: , at 3630 Park Rd 4 W. 8a-10a. 512-793-2223. . Bird watching boat tour.

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

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

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

Every 2nd Fri, COMMUNITY WIDE JAM SESSION: , 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: , at Rockbox Theater, 109 N Llano; 830-997-7625. . A professional variety, live-music, Rock 'n' Roll show with 4 performances per weekend. Cover charge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Sat, GUNFIGHT RE-ENACTMENTS: Bandera Cattle Company, at Bandera Visitors Center, most Saturdays at Noon and 2p. 830-796-3045.

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 , 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: , 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. . See special Portal focus page on ""

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

Every 2nd Sat, ART BEAT: , downtown. 4-8p. Park and take free trolley to see "the best art East of Santa Fee." Free. 830-249-1500. . See special Portal focus page on ""

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

Every Sun, MUSIC IN THE PARK: , 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: , at Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street. 1-4p. Pickers Circle. Free. Bring lawn chairs. 830-328-0321.

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

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

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

By reservation, PRIVATELY GUIDED GEOLOGY TOUR OF LONGHORN CAVERN: 512-809-8057; Park Rd 4, near & . . Choice A: For groups, min 0 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 , at Canyon Of The Eagles, 16942-RR 2341, at NE section of the lake.

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

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