Things to Do

Hill Country Happenings: February 19-25, 2017

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Valentine’s Day may be over but there’s still time to treat your sweetheart to some down home fun full of music, a little fishing, antique shopping, and even some Mardi Gras fun to treat the king or queen in your life. Your social calendar is sure to fill up quick with these upcoming Hill Country events you won’t want to miss.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Hill Country, Texas

February Fun Weekends at Jellystone Park Grab your boo-boo and head on out to Jellystone Park Hill Country Camp Resort for some fun in the sun! Celebrate Valentine’s all month long. Activities include everything we LOVE about “glamping.” Candy Bar Bingo, Arts & Crafts, Hey Hey Rides, and more! All day Sunday. 12915 FM 306, Canyon Lake, TX 78133.

Troutfest 2017 in New Braunfels You don’t want to miss this wonderful event on the banks of the Guadalupe River. “This event is the main source of our support for our Youth Programs/Initiatives to help develop the next generation of conservation leaders,” shares Saturday and Sunday Exposition: Free to all, Lazy L&L campground on the Guadalupe River. Guadalupe River Houses 320-360 Wunderlich Ln, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Contact [email protected] for information.

HCAMP’s Winter Acoustic Music CAMP 2017 Looking to pick up the fiddle, play a little guitar, get some vocal lessons? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy Sunday with some world class instructors no matter what level you are at. Mt. Wesley Conference Center, 610 Methodist Encampment Rd., Kerrville, Texas 78028. Visit for more information.

Texas Gun and Knife Show  Hunters, fisherman, sports enthusiast alike don’t want to miss this show providing a safe environment for vendors to sell guns, knives, and ammo. Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr on TX 16, 2 mi S of town, Fredericksburg, TX. Contact Don or Janice Hill, (830) 285-0575. [email protected].

Monday, February 20, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Gruene Hall

Bret Graham Looking for a perfect way to unwind and leave the stress of Monday behind? Grab your friends and head on out to Gruene Hall for the music of Bret Graham. “Lone on stage with just a guitar and harmonica, Bret can easily take charge of even the rowdiest of crowds. In his element at Gruene Hall, Bret attracts a large audience whenever he plays,” shares his website. Free show. 6-10 p.m. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130. 

Texas Songwriters Showcase: George Ensle Hosts Michael Ballew Come out and listen to some “folk songs that tell stories of real characters making it in the real world.” Enjoy George Ensle’s own style of Texas country music. 6:30 pm. Poodie’s Roadhouse, 22308 Highway 71 West, Spicewood, TX 78669.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Josh Grider

Josh Grider with Walt Wilkins and Kelley Mickwee “The 10-year overnight success model is one Josh Grider is very familiar with.  You know, the one where the guy that’s been hanging around for about a decade finally gets his shot at the big time?” The perfect description for Josh Grider as shared on his website. A country songwriter/recording artist whose lyrics and music will talk to your soul and inspire the hope Grider has never let go for his dreams. Free Show. 6 – 10 p.m. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9th Annual Writer Conference Calling all writers. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to build your writing skills, and create your own marketing plan with a panel of successful independent authors. Sponsored by Friends of the Johnson City Library to benefit library programs. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Maggie Goodman, (830) 868-4469.

South Austin Moonlighters (Acoustic) The South Austin Moonlighters are…Lonnie Trevino Jr, Phil Hurley, Phil Bass, & Chris Beall. They are considered one of the best bands from Austin, Texas right now. “The sound they found is not the Texas-style country rock that you might expect from an Austin band,” shares their website. Their genre of music ranges from True Americana, Soul, Country, Blues, Rock, and Folk. A show sure to keep you on your feet! 6 – 10 p.m. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Galveston Bay Foundation

The Texas Water Symposium Series Provides perspectives from policy makers, scientists, water resource experts, and regional leaders as shared on its website. “Explore the complex issues and challenges in providing water for Texans in this century.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program runs from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Parking is available in the LBJ parking garage for a nominal fee. Texas State University Student Center: LBJ Teaching Theater in San Marcos, TX.

Invitation to the Dance Symphony of the Hills presents the third concert of the 2016-17 season, “An Invitation to the Dance,” on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.  A night filled with magical sounds that showcase the beautiful ballads and sounds of the symphony. Purchase tickets here. The concert includes:

  • Bach: Orchestral Suite BWV 1069 in D Major
  • Von Weber: “Invitation to the Dance”
  • J Strauss, Jr:  “Tales from the Vienna Woods”
  • Smetana: Dance of the Comedians
  • John Adams:  Chairman Dances
  • Faure: Pavane, Op. 50
  • Copland: Hoedown from “Rodeo”5’
  • Rodriguez: La Cumparsita Tango

Friday, February 24, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Fiesta Winery 290

Way out Wineries-Mardi Gras Road Trip Get your wine on and enjoy a tour of all 12 wineries in and around the Hill Country. Your $30 ticket includes wine tastings, Cajun food pairings, a special keepsake tasting glass, AND doubloon discounts. Tours run from Friday, February 24 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 5 p.m. Fiesta Winery 290, 6260 US Hwy East 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-4466.

Women’s Conference  The Fragrance of Christ Women’s Conference will take place February 24-25. Women from all across Texas come together at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center to celebrate with other sisters in Christ and learn ways to make a difference in their everyday life with their family, work, and community. For more information contact HLC Program Office staff at (888) 222-3482 or (512) 264-1777.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Photo: Facebook/37th Annual Boerne Spring Antiques Show

Llano Foodie Market Are you a foodie? Who doesn’t love all kinds of food? Healthy food, junk food, finger food. This is the event you won’t want to miss. Free with donation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Contact (817) 659-9249. Visit their event website for more information.

Boerne Spring Antique Show Featuring over 60 exhibitor booths with some of the most unique and one of a kind antiques from all around this great country. “Exhibitors gather their treasure for this nationally acclaimed antique show.” No imports or reproductions states its website just true antiques to bring a touch of elegance into your homes. Cost: $5 and is good for both days. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road, Boerne, TX 78006. Phone: (830) 329-2870. Email: [email protected].