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Hill Country Happenings: April 2 – 8, 2017

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Another beautiful week awaits in the picturesque towns of the Hill Country. Wine revolutions, bluebonnet festivals, a variety of music festivals, train shows, a strawberry festival, and even a wild weekend getaway with the girls. The sky’s the limit this week so take your pick and get out and enjoy all the Hill Country has to offer.

 Sunday, April 2, 2017

Wine

Photo: Facebook/Texas Wine Revolution

Texas Wine Revolution An annual festival highlighting the Texas-grown wines. A unique experience to see Texas winemaking style at its best. “Featuring up to 25+ Texas wineries, winemakers, and their 100% Texas grown Rosé, the afternoon will include tastings, live music, local food purveyors, VIP seminars and picnic areas for guests on a picturesque Hill Country ranch,” states its website. 1-5 p.m. Featherstone Ranch will be the venue hosting 2017’s Texas Wine Revolution. Featherstone Ranch is conveniently located next to LBJ State Park off of Highway 290 in Stonewall, Texas, just 65 minutes from Austin or San Antonio. texaswinerevolution.com

April Fool’s Kids Rule Weekend Join Yogi Bear and friends for a weekend full of games and activities and maybe a little light-hearted mischief and pranks all in the name of fun. March 31-April 2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp/Resort Guadalupe, 2605 Junction Hwy 27, Kerrville, TX 78028. jellystoneguadalupe.com

Llano HodgePodge Market Indoor and outdoor booths of handmade crafts, antiques, and unique gifts. Items you will only find browsing the rows of vendors at this one-of-kind marketplace. April 1-2, 2017. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $2 or free with 2+ cans of food for the Golden Food Pantry, kids 12 and under are free with paid adult. John L Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 W Ranch Road 152, Llano, Texas 78643. Call (325) 248-5937 for more information.

2017 Wine & Wildflower Journey Enjoy award-winning wine with the beautiful Hill Country scenery as your backdrop. Get your Tasting passport before they sell out! Choose from a variety of vineyards to visit and also admire the wildflowers in bloom. You have 17 days to visit all 46 wineries. March 31- April 16, 2017. For ticket information visit texaswinetrail.com.

Llano Fiddle Fest Weekend Returning to Llano, TX a fiddle contest favorite for 20 years. Talented fiddlers and music fans from Texas and beyond participate in the fun. March 31 – April 2, 2017. 12340 South Hwy 16, Llano, TX 78643. llanofiddlefest.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

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

Monday, April 3, 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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chris Tomlin Presents Worship Night In America GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin continues to bring audiences together through worship and music that speaks to your soul with his Worship Night in America Tour. Featuring Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton. “The tour will make 23 stops across the US, filling arenas with thousands of voices lifted in praise.” Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78219. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit attcenter.com for more information.

Learn to Jitterbug Swing Dance Get ready to kick up your heels and join the fun at Swing Junction. Part of an ongoing series with no partner needed. 6:30  – 9:30 p.m.$20 Pre-registration discount available. Visit yeahman.com for details, pictures, video, and info and registrations.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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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

PBS series “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” Filming episode at Gruene Hall World traveler and former Travel Channel host is bringing her new PBS series “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” to New Braunfels’ gem of a dance hall, Gruene Hall. It is expected to film an episode on April 6, 2017. Hot Club of Cowtown will perform and dancers are needed for the filming taking place for a national audience from 6-10 p.m. gruenehall.com

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour Multi-Platinum Selling & Grammy Award Nominated pop princess Ariana Grande is coming to town. Grab the kids and get your tickets for a show that’s sure to keep you on your toes dancing all night to her smash hits like “Yours Truly.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit attcenter.com for more information.

Euphoria Fest Carson Creek Ranch A four-day festival in Austin, TX. full of a variety of musical styles to enjoy with artists such as Alesso, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Magna Carda and more. Camp under the stars, take in some yoga and attend a workshop or too while you’re there. April 6-9. Euphoria is held at Carson Creek Ranch, located within four minutes of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, in Austin, Texas. Get more info at euphoriafest.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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Strawberry

Photo: Facebook/Poteet Strawberry Festival

Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry Knights of Columbus in Bandera, TX will be hosting their yearly Lenten Fish Fry every Friday night during Lent beginning on March 3 through April 7. Plates are $9 each. 5 – 7 p.m. St. Stanislaus Church, 311 7th Street, Bandera, TX. Contact Emily S. Wilkins, Director of Communications, via email at [email protected] or call (830) 460-4712.

Nerd Weekend April 7-9th at Jellystone Park Guadalupe Get ready to channel your inner geekiness as you answer nerd trivia and show others how fast you can solve the mystery of the Rubik’s Cube. Fun for the whole family. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp/Resort Guadalupe, 2605 Junction Hwy 27 Kerrville, TX 78028. jellystoneguadalupe.com

Poteet Strawberry Festival 2017Located in the heart of the Artesian Belt, Poteet is recognized as the ‘Strawberry Capital of Texas.’” Come out to enjoy one of the tastiest festivals around with fresh strawberries available to purchase. The annual event draws crowds in excess of 100,000, shares its website. There will be plenty of good food, great music, fun activities and a fireworks show. Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, April 9, 2017. Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds, 9199 N State Hwy 16, Poteet, TX 78606. www.strawberryfestival.com

Swing on the Square Live music with a variety of styles from swing to jazz to big band along with a farmers markets and arts and crafts market. A jam-packed full weekend to bring the whole family out to enjoy. April 7-9, 2017. For more details on schedule and prices visit their website. Contact Al Dressen by phone or text at (512) 745-0659 or email [email protected].

2017 Wild Woman Weekend at Blanco River Cottages   The 5th Annual fun-filled weekend full of good times with your girls with plenty of wine, food, shopping, and parties to take in. Get a little wild and join the fun and take home awesome memories to last a lifetime. April 7-9, 2017. Blanco River State Park, 101 Park Rd 23, Blanco, TX 78606. wildwomanweekend.org

Classic Car Night at Fat Boyz Hosted by Fat Boyz Sandwich Shop on the 1st Friday of every month come out to the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and bring your vintage beauty and pop the hood to show off your classic as you admire your fellow car enthusiasts one-of-kind autos. Fat Boyz, 602 TX-16, Bandera, TX 78003. banderacowboycapital.com 

34th Annual Bluebonnet Festival Big time fun and festivities all packed into a small town setting. Live music, carnival, food, 5k run, various activities for the whole family and of course plenty of bluebonnets! April 7-9th. Burnet, TX. bluebonnetfestival.org

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Trains

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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.

Bluebonnet Music Festival at Pecan Grove Store & Ice House A music festival full of rock n roll, Americana, country and folk songs. Camp out among some of the most beautiful scenery the hill country has to offer. 12-9 p.m. Pecan Grove Store and Ice House, 5244 N State Highway 16, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

5th Annual BBQ Battle of Texas Enjoy some of the best BBQ in town along with live music, beer, wine, funnel cakes, and more. Stroll along the cutest shops while you take in a little shopping also. 12-6 p.m. 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley, Texas 78676. www.wimberley.org

Folkfest 2017 Enjoy a 19th-century style festival with games and activities to demonstrate life in early Texas times. “Kids of all ages enjoy hands-on activities like brick making, candle making, clay play, clothes washing, and quilt making. Learn nine-pin bowling, a game with a unique role in the Texas Hill Country,” shares its website. Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Dr. Kathy Nichols, 830-629-6504 New Braunfels, TX. texashandmadefurniture.org

Hill Country Wildflower Arts & Crafts Show 6th Annual show with vendors from all over Texas with items on display such as clothing and accessories, jewelry, gourmet foods, wood works, artists, handmade items, garden decor, plants and so much more! April 8 – 9, 2017. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (On RR12, north of Hwy 290, across from the Dripping Springs Elementary School). texashandmadefurniture.org