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Hill Country Happenings: April 16-22, 2017

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Spring is in bloom with the wildflowers decorating our Hill Country and plenty of events popping up to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We start the celebration with Easter and a new season of hope.

There’s plenty of festivals and fundraisers to take part in. The start of a long-standing Fiesta begins. There will be an Earth day celebration. A little painting and wine are in the mix along with the music of Willie Nelson and even a celebration to honor the late great Prince! There’s something for everyone to get out and enjoy in the Hill Country this week.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Easter

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Luckenbach Texas BIG Easter Egg Hunt w/ Chris Saucedo Band Enjoy a good old fashioned Easter with games, prizes, age-appropriate egg hunts, and the music of the Chris Saucedo Band. Free annual event. 1 p.m. Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. hwww.luckenbachtexas.com

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort The 5th annual Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort is here. The award-winning event returns Easter weekend April 14-16, 2017. Winner of The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Gala Award for Best Special Event, the 2016 event had more than 8,000 in attendance for the Balloon Glow Finale making it one of the most photographed events in Central Texas according to its website. For more information and tickets, visit balloonsoverhsbresort.com

Easter Weekend at Jellystone Park Hill Country Come out to Jellystone Park in the Hill Country to celebrate Easter weekend with fun activities and age appropriate egg hunts. April 14-16, 2017. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Hill Country, 12915 FM 306, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. jellystonehillcountry.com

Easter Extravaganza Weekend at Jellystone Park Guadalupe Grab the family and a picnic basket and celebrate Easter by the Guadalupe. Fun for the whole family with and Easter egg hunt full of memories to make. April 14-16, 2017. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Guadalupe, 2605 Junction Hwy 27, Kerrville, TX 78028. jellystoneguadalupe.com

Fusebox Festival “Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts,” as shared by its website. A five-day festival that takes place in various locations and venues around Austin, TX. April 14-16, 2017. For more details, visit their website fuseboxfestival.com.

Hill Country Youth Art Show Over 1,000 Hill Country students in grades K-12 display their artistic talents for an enjoyable exhibition of one-of-a-kind artwork. March 30 – April 23, 2017. The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX 78028. Contact (830) 895-2911. kacckerrville.com

Texas Hill Country Wildflowers Tour The most majestic tour showcasing the beauty that is the Hill Country. Bluebonnets, vineyards, and plenty of scenic and picturesque countryside for guests to gaze at. “This tour will make a stop in the historic German town of Fredericksburg, where guests will have time to have lunch and shop the many boutiques along Main Street,” shares its website. Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205. Contact (210)341-6000. visitsanantonio.com

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blue Monday’s with Ben Beckendorf’s Blues Boys at Silver Creek Beer Garden Wash away the Monday blues with some great local Blues artists on the outdoor patio at Silver Creek Beer Garden while enjoying some good food and a cold one! 6-10 p.m. Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille, 310 East Main, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. silvercreekfbg.com

Monday Evening Pickers Circle w/Jake Martin Unplugged and free event featuring the sounds of Country, Americana, Rock, Blues, and Folk music for your Monday afternoon delight. 5 – 9 p.m. Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com

Tuesday, April 18 2017

Tuesday Evening Picker Circle w/ Jake McLain Enjoy some Country, Americana, Rock, Blues and Folk on a nice spring evening at 5 p.m. in Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Kerr County Produce Market Day Making healthy eating affordable, Kerr County Produce opens its warehouse to the public each Wednesday to fill up on the fresh fruits, vegetable, and eggs. Serving the Hill Country for 35 years. Admission is Free! 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Big Red Barn, 215 A Street, Kerrville, TX, 78028. facebook.com/kerrcountyproduce

Bingo at Bandera American Legion Post 157 Every Wednesday evening come out and try your luck at a good old-fashioned game of bingo. Fun for the whole family. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bandera American Legion Post 157, 205 12th St., Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-7528.

The City of Dripping Springs Farmers Market Every Wednesday, you can find the freshest locally grown or prepared food products and access local services and hand-made crafts as shared by their website. 3 – 6 p.m. at the Triangle, Hwy 290 & RR 12, Dripping Springs, TX. For information please contact the Farmers Market Manager Laurel Roberston at (512) 858-4725 or email at [email protected].

Hot Texas Swing Band Come out to enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun and make some great memories at 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hondo’s on Main, 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624. hondosonmain.com

Lost Sounds of Texas Honky Tonks “A band on a mission to resurrect the traditional country music that once knocked the sawdust off the hardwood floor,” states their website. Listen to their sound of classic country music and Texas honky tonk at Albert Texas Dance Hall, 5435 S. R.R. 1623 Albert-Stonewall, TX 78671. 6:30-9:30 p.m. alberttexas.com

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bandera Farmers Market Come out for fresh eggs, produce, fresh baked goods and rare Asian vegetables, and more shares its website. “Our outdoor market is open year-round on Main St. in Bandera, Texas in front of Sid’s BBQ. You can find us on Thursdays from 8-11 am.” March 2 – March 30, 2017. 8 – 11 a.m. Sid’s BBQ, 702 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-4227. banderacowboycapital.com

Thursdays at Mercer Street Dancehall Looking for some good ole dancing music to kick your heels up then Mercer Street Dancehall is the place every Thursday night. Different live bands every week. Free show, music starts at 8 pm. Mercer Street Dancehall, 332 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. mercerstreetdancehall.com

The Weekend Stars Here! with Jay Wimberley Music Start the weekend early at the Phoenix Saloon to the sounds of Jay Wimberley. His music is rooted in Blues, Roots and Southern Rock and seasoned with Country, Grunge, Hip-Hip, R&B, and Soul, shares its website. Phoenix Saloon, 193 W. San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130. thephoenixsaloon.com

Liberty Hall Fair & Rodeo Star of Texas Realty group presents its 10th annual fair and rodeo. Come out to enjoy the fun of true blue rodeo complete with bull riding, barrel racing, steer roping and more! April 20-23, 2017. Harvest Ranch Arena, 8355 RR 1869. www.lhfairandrodeo.com

Old Settler’s Music Festival Benefitting the future of Americana and Roots music as shared by its website. A musical experience like no other with arts and crafts, camping, food, a great line up of artists, and more to add to the festivities. April 20-23, 2017. Admission fee required. Driftwood, at Salt Lick Pavilion with camping at Camp Ben McCullough, 18300 FM 1826. Noon-Midnight. Contact Rose Kimball at (512) 447-5851 or visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org for more information.

The Zonta Club’s Wild Texas Angels Relay for Life Team’s 15th Annual Fundraiser Party for a great cause at Hondo’s on Main. Great line up of musicians. $10 Adults/$5 Students. 5:15-10 p.m. Hondo’s on Main, 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX, 78624. www.hondosonmain.com

Paint & Sip Party – Wildflowers Come out to 4.0 Cellars to enjoy a little wine and little painting with friends while creating that masterpiece to take home for your gallery. Tickets are $45 each and price includes canvas, painting supplies, a glass of wine, and a cheese reception. 4.0 Cellars, 10354 E US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.fourpointwine.com

Fiesta San Antonio A long-standing tradition in San Antonio, TX and the biggest celebration of traditions and history along with plenty of parades, a carnival, great line up of music and good food. An all around highlight of the town. An extravaganza you don’t want to miss. April 20 – 30, 2017. For more information about the event and ticket prices, visit www.fiesta-sa.org.

Friday, April 21, 2017

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2017 Founders Day Festival The 30th Annual Founders Day is the biggest community event held in downtown Dripping Springs. “The three-day celebration kicks off with the Grand Parade and includes: free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors,” shares its website. April 21-23, 2017. Call (512) 858-4725 for more information. www.cityofdrippingsprings.com

Relay for Life – Kerr County Come out to support this fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society in their fight against cancer. 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27, Kerrville, TX. Email [email protected] or call (210) 595-0224 for more information.

The Llano Crawfish Open  A Hill Country event for the books with great food, live music, a golf tournament and plenty of mudbugs for your heart’s content. April 21-22, 2017. Saturday 10 a.m. and Sunday at Noon. Robinson Park, 2 miles West of downtown at 2249 CR 152 on the South side of Llano River. llanocrawfishopen.com

Willie Nelson w/Special Guest Kacey Musgraves Whitewater Amphitheater presents the one and only Willie Nelson for a Friday night musical treat. A copy of Willie Nelson’s forthcoming album is included with every pair of tickets you order for this show, shares its website. Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, TX 78132. whitewaterrocks.com

Dinosaur Weekend at Jellystone Park Hill Country Enjoy another great weekend at Jellystone Park Hill Country, this time hunting dinosaurs! “Join Paleontologists Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™, and Boo Boo™ and dig for dinosaur fossils, play Dino games, make dinosaur crafts! It will be a T-Rex-a-riffic good time,” shares their website. April 21 – 23, 2017. Jellystone Park Hill Country, 12915 FM 306, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. jellystonehillcountry.com

Great Outdoors Weekend at Jellystone Park Guadalupe Enjoy the fresh air and the picturesque beauty of the Hill Country along the Guadalupe while learning about recycling and turning trash into treasure as shared by its website. April 21-23, 2017. Jellystone Park Guadalupe, 2605 Junction Hwy 27, Kerrville, TX 78028 http://jellystoneguadalupe.com

FarmHaus Market: Vintage Goods – Spring Show Looking for a vintage classic to add to your collection? Come out to the semi-annual vintage show in Johnson City for a weekend of fun shopping, music, wine tasting and more. April 21-22, 2017. Blanco County Fair & Rodeo 619 U.S. 281 Johnson City, TX 78636. For tickets visit Eventbrite.

Purple Rain Dance Party at Zelicks Icehouse On April 21st, come out to celebrate the life of a legend “Prince” and the music that celebrates a generation of Purple Rain fans. Dance the night away to hits like “1999” and enjoy purple drinks that will be on tap. Zelicks Icehouse, 336 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.zelickssmtx.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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New Braunfels Farmers Market Start your day off early with a trip to the New Braunfels Farmer Market. Pick up your fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, baked goods, and more. Not your ordinary farmers market. “Enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning listening to live music, eating delicious food, and enjoying time with friends and family,” shares its website. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 186 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130. innewbraunfels.com

Cowboys on Main Enjoy the old west cowboy lifestyle on Main street in Bandera, TX 78003. Free. Contact (830) 796-4447. Every Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m.

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Gunfight re-enactments at Bandera Visitors Center. Free. Every Saturday from 12 and 2 p.m. 126 Hwy 16 S, Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-3045.

19th Annual Butterfly Festival A beauty of a festival with music, arts and crafts, and lots of butterflies taking flight. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX. www.emilyann.org

Texas Corvette Association 25th Annual Open Car Show Corvette enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss this classic show full of fun for the whole family with music, food, a silent auction, and more. Free. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Main Plaza, 100 N Main St., Boerne, TX. Contact Jerry Hendley (210) 651-1634 for more information. texas-corvette-association.com

Hunt Volunteer Fire Department Beast Blast Festivities include displays of fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment, music by the group The 4Proches, food, and a silent auction with fabulous prizes. All funds benefit the Hunt VFD. Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 TX-39, Hunt, TX. www.huntvfd.org

2017 Arts Fest Enjoy the beautiful town of Wimberley, TX and be amazed at the top-notch talented artists the Hill Country has to offer. A long standing tradition with a beautiful view alongside the Blanco River. Music, food vendors, and so much more. Produced by Wimberley Valley Art League. Free. April 22-23, 2017. Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Waters Point Retreat 13401 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676. www.wimberleyartsfest.com

Cajun Festival in the Park Enjoy the sights and sounds of a Cajun Festival with live music featuring Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters, dancing, Cajun flavors, and family activities shares its website. 12-9 p.m. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.kerrvilletx.gov

Earth Day Downtown & River Clean-Up Celebrate Earth day with Zelicks Ice house as they team up with “The Eyes of the San Marcos River” to host a clean-up through downtown San Marcos and along the SM River on Earth Day from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Zelicks Icehouse 336 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.zelickssmtx.com

Vinyl Radio-Top 70’s Rock N’ Roll Hits at Rockbox Theatre Hear the sounds of old favorites from The Eagles, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, and other classic hits from a great band out of Nashville. Tickets $38/$45. Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m. Rockbox Theater, 109 N Llano Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 www.rockboxtheater.com