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5 Sizzling Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

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Texas heat can be scorching but here are some sure fire ways to keep cool in the next coming few hot months. Whether that means with an ice cold beer in hand or floating down a river, here are an array of top Texas Hill Country festivals you won’t want to miss out on!

1. Burnet BBQ Cook-Off & Music Festival

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Lone Star BBQ Society is sanctioning the Burnet BBQ Cook-Off & Music Festival. Join competitors from all over the state of Texas to compete in categories ranging from brisket, ribs, wild game, dessert, and more. Sample the delicious foods while enjoying the live music and even dancing! Located at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 401 East Jackson Street Burnet, Texas on June 23-24th, 2017. For more information visit the website here.

2. BIGfest Music Festival

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Rock out for a good cause at BIGfest Music Festival from June 23-25, 2017! The three-day music festival will be held at the historic Cheatham St. Warehouse and will feature nearly 30 artists. The festival is to help fundraise for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. This year’s recipient of the fundraising efforts will be the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Artists such as Guy Forsythe, Haley Finely, and Pat Green have confirmed. For tickets pricing and more please click here.

3. Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic


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The ultimate Hill Country music festival, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, will be held at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre on July 4, 2017. The festival includes Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson so many more! For availability and tickets, click here.

4. Bandera RiverFest

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Cool off in the refreshing waters of the Medina River at Bandera RiverFest. There will be kayak races, water games, paddle boats, river rodeo, arts and crafts, car show, a cook-off, and so much more! The festival will be held on June 24, 2017, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission is free for active military only. A schedule of events and important information can be found here.

5. Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

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The 24th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has a stellar line-up of jazz artists from all over the country on July 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017. The expected turnout will surpass the entire population of San Antonio for the three days. Jazz fan aficionados have been known to camp out to stake claim to the best areas of the festival. This sizzling jazz festival will be held at Wonderland of the Americas Mall Amphitheater, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas. General admission is free. More information can be found here.

Whether you like to cool off by a river, by a beer while listening to good music, or race in a river rodeo, the Hill Country has it all. The hardest part is choosing just one event to attend!