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Hill Country Happenings: July 17 – 23, 2016

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This week will be a relaxing week in the Texas Hill Country. The last few weeks have been hectic around the area, but have calmed down a little, making this week a week for strolling through farmers’ markets, taking the family to a county fair, or watching a movie in the park. Here is your Hill Country Happenings leisurely line-up:

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Float Fest Float along in the river AND listen to a live music? Yes, please! Not to mention indulging on some of the best local food and drink around! Ticket prices vary; Parking $10. July 16 – 17. Cool River Ranch, 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, Texas. floatfest.net

Fredericksburg Trade Days Shop hundreds upon hundreds of vendors for “Antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food and so much more.”. You are sure to get a little exercise strolling through seven barns full of goodies for sale. In addition, there will be live music by Pushwater from noon to 4 p.m. all weekend long. 9 a.m. July 16-17, 2016. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane, Fredericksburg, Texas. fbtradedays.com 

Pari-Mutuel Horse Races Haven’t been to a horse race in awhile? This summer, Gillepsie County Fairgrounds is hosting horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of live quarter horse, thoroughbred races, special races, and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, and drinks. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building, will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Adults $7; Children 6 – 12 $5; children under 6 are free. Gates open at 11 a.m. Races from 1 – 6 p.m. July 16-17, 2016. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 miles south of Fredericksburg, Texas. 830-997-2359. gillespiefair.com

Sunday Evening Picker’s Circle with Bill Lewis Music is the heart and soul of Luckenbach, so it only makes sense to host an event that musicians from every background and skill level can come together to show their love of what Luckenbach is all about. Bring your guitar and come sit under some old oak trees to strum away with tonight’s host.  No cover charge. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Luckenbach, Texas. luckenbach.com

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Monday Night Picker’s Circle with ShAnnie Music is the heart and soul of Luckenbach, so it only makes sense to host an event that musicians from every background and skill level can come together to show their love of what Luckenbach is all about. Bring your guitar and come sit under some old oak trees to strum away with tonight’s host.  No cover charge. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Luckenbach, Texas. luckenbach.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Movies in your Park San Marcos Plaza park presents “Inside Out” for the whole family to enjoy this week. Concessions will be available for purchase. Free. Movie begins at sunset. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 North CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos, Texas. toursanmarcos.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Dripping Springs Farmer’s Market Head to the farmer’s market to shop for local, fresh food and help support your local farmers! 3 p.m. – dusk. Every Wednesday, year round. The Triangle, Hwy 290 & RR 12, Dripping Springs, Texas. cityofdrippingsprings.com

Roger Creager’s Birthday Show For his birthday, Roger Creager is celebrating with a four-night stand at the Hall. The first two nights will be acoustic with special guests and the second two nights will be rockin’ full band shows. $20, Wednesday & Thursday; $25 Friday & Saturday. 7 p.m. July 21-23 Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, Texas. gruenehall.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo Gather the family for this fun-filled four day event! There will be exciting rodeos, mutton bustin’, food, drinks, live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and a carnival lasting all four days! $5 per car per day. Rodeo tickets cost $20/night ages 13 and up; $10 ages 6-12; ages 5 and under are free. July 21-24, 2016. Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12, Dripping Springs, Texas. drippingspringsfairandrodeo.com