Things to Do

Hill Country Happenings: June 19 – 25, 2016

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This will be an exciting week for the Texas Hill Country with Father’s Day on Sunday and food, wine, outdoor fun, and music this coming weekend. There is no better time to go out with the family and experience why it’s good to be in the Texas Hill Country. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

Here are this week’s events in a nutshell:

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Father’s Day

Beauty and the Beast Texas Hill CountryPhoto: Fredericksburg Theater Company

Beauty and the Beast Who’s in for some adventure, danger, intrigue, romance, and a talking candlestick? Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a time-honored classic that has captured the hearts of families world-wide. The Fredericksburg Theater Company is proud to open Season 20 with a revival of their 2006 blockbuster hit, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale of Belle, the Beast and a curse that can only be broken by love. Reserve your seats to enjoy in this “tale as old as time” that is sure to please families and children of all ages. Highlights from the popular score include “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston” and the moving title song “Beauty and the Beast.” Rated G. Adults $29, children 17 and under $12. June 17 – July 3, 2016. Times vary. Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 S. US Hwy 87, Fredericksburg, Texas.
Father’s Day Lunch & Sporting Package Treat dad to a “Steak & Shoot” Adventure at Joshua Creek Ranch. Enjoy a round of sporting clays, plus complimentary access to Joshua Creek for swimming or fly-fishing with dad followed by a chef-prepared steak dinner on the beautiful oak-canopied Cypress Lodge patio. Does not include gun rentals, ammo, alcoholic beverages, gratuities or applicable taxes. $99 per person. Dad shoots free with three or more paid shooters. Additional $25 for lunch. Joshua Creek Ranch, 132 Cravey Road, Boerne, Texas. (830) 537-5090.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bigfest Big fest is a fundraising music festival for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation, and a celebration of Big John Mills’ birthday. Rock out with some of the most sensational artists in Texas at this historic venue where big name artists like George Strait and Randy Rogers once played. Radio Free Texas will be broadcasting the event live. A silent auction will also be held. Proceeds benefit the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. $30 for a 3-day pass. June 24 – 26, 2016. Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, Texas. 512-353-3777.

Vino and Pasta Texas Hill CountryPhoto: Facebook/Wine Road 290

Vino & Pasta Pasta and wine? Yes, please! Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries along US 290 will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present “Vino & Pasta”. There is no ticket to buy, but most wineries have a “tasting fee” they normally charge; there is no additional charge for this event. Just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a special dish paired with a sample of that winery’s fine wine. Wine Road 290, Fredericksburg, Texas. See web for map.

Saturday, June 25, 2015

Amateur Radio Field Day Ham radio operators from all over North America will be contacting each other while under simulated emergency conditions. Even if you don’t have a license they can get you on the air so you can experience the fun of ham radio. This event is a good way to see and use lots of different equipment and meet local members. There will be demonstrations of transmitters, receivers, antennas and emergency powers supplies. The event will be held at various locations around the Texas Hill Country. June 25 – 26, 2016. Our Lady of the Hills Catholic High School, Kerrville, Texas; Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Fredericksburg, Texas; Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Department, 606 Ave U, Marble Falls, Texas.

Bandera Riverfest Bandera is always chock-full of fun things to do and this weekend is no different. Enjoy some family fun in Bandera with some exciting river activities, arts and crafts, children’s activities, music and more along the river banks. Enjoy a car show and parts swap meet or enter the BBQ contest. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. Free. 10 a.m. –  6 p.m. Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street, Bandera, Texas.

Boerne FFA Alumni Association Greyhound Games Let the battles begin! Head out to Boerne for some good family fun and friendly competitions. Teams of three will compete in skeet shooting, washers, and bowling. For grill masters, there will be a BBQ cook-off to test those grillin’ skills. Finally, for those with a good eye for deals, there will be a live and silent auction. Team entry fee is $75 per team. BBQ cook off entry fee is 2 briskets and 2 chickens. Free to the pubic. 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. KC Jr Livestock Barn, 1307 River Road, Boerne, Texas.

Food Truck Festival Texas Hill CountryPhoto:

Food Truck Festival Only in the Texas Hill Country could someone find a way to pair food truck cuisine with wine. Twelve food trucks from the San Antonio and Hill Country region will showcase their cuisine for purchase and approximately ten Hill Country wineries will offer their wine for sale by the glass or bottle. As always, the bar at Luckenbach will be stocked with ice cold beer and Americana music will fill the air. $15 per person. Noon – 11:30 p.m. Luckenbach, Texas.

Hye Heritage Festival Happy 13oth birthday, Hye! Naturally, there will be a celebration. Preserve, protect and share Hye’s heritage and promote the wine growers, farmers, craftsmen and businesses of Hye at this festival. There will be live music, Model T tours of the ranch, blacksmith demos, Sons & Daughters of the Republic Reenactors, Buggy Barn stagecoach rides, Cross T Ranch up-close longhorns, tournaments, and a ranch dinner (which must be ordered in advance). $10. Grounds open at 11 a.m. Watson’s Historic 4R Ranch, 9726 US 290 West, Johnson City, Texas.