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5 Fantastic Things to Do In Castroville This Summer

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Castroville may lie in San Antonio’s shadow, but it is has a personality all its own. The small rural town is only 20 minutes west of San Antonio, but the slow pace of country life is like a breath of fresh air. Slow down this summer, mingle with the locals, and discover what it is they love about this small Texas Hill Country gem.

1. Friday Night Fever Car Show

Car at Friday Night Fever Castroville Texas

Photo: Facebook/Friday Night Fever

Follow the steady flow of hot rods and vintage cars to Castroville Chevrolet, located just a mile out of town. Every second Friday of the month, automotive enthusiasts rendezvous to revel in pure automotive glory. Stroll row after row of classic cars, low-riding trucks, and custom builds gleaming under the overhead lights. The roar of a 454 LS6 mingles with the golden oldies coming from the live band while the savory smell wafting from the food vendors compete with the sweet alcoholic smell of racing fuel. The best thing about this family friendly event? It’s free!

2. Medina River Winery

Medina River Winery Tasting Room

Photo: Facebook/ Medina River Winery

This budding winery, along with Vines On The Rocks (see below), is blazing the trail to make Castroville a Texas Hill Country wine destination. Located a little over 4 miles north of Castroville, this little gem started with one acre and a dream. The Medina River Winery strives to deliver quality small batch wines while they continue to expand their vineyards and production. Be sure to grab a battle while your there, as they sell out fast!

3. Market Trail Days

Men selling popcorn at Castroville Market Trail Days


Support local farmers, artists, and vendors by heading out to Market Trail Days Saturday, June 10th. Indulge in homemade sweets while perusing booths bursting with antiques, crafts, and fresh-from-the-garden goods. Or search out that perfect handcrafted piece for the patio from the local carpenter’s displays. The Market Trail Days takes place in Houston Square from 9 am until 4.

4. Vines On The Rocks

Harvesting Grapes at Vines On The Rocks Winery

Photo: Facebook/ Vines On The Rocks

Drive just 10 minutes from downtown Castroville on Highway 90 to sample some of Medina County’s bounty. This boutique winery proudly produces wines from grapes grown in their own backyard. Taste their estate Lenoir, also known as Black Spanish, with smooth notes of blackberry. Don’t miss their estate grown Tempranillo, a Texas Hill Country star grape. Vines On The Rocks also showcases other small boutique wineries and vineyards from all over the state. Take a Texas wine road trip without leaving the Vine On The Rocks tasting room.

5. Paradise Canyon

Kayaks at Paradise Canyon

Photo: Facebook/ Paradise Canyon

Refresh yourself in the cool, blue-green waters of the Medina River. Admire the looming, rugged cliffs from a kayak or strum your guitar while sitting around the campfire. Small cabins are available or you can reserve the lodge for the whole family. Whether you come for a day or for the entire weekend, Paradise Canyon is a Castroville must!