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Hill Country Happenings: June 26 – July 2, 2016

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It seems a little quiet early this week in the Hill Country, probably because everyone is getting ready for the Fourth of July weekend. However, even with the crickets chirping, there are plenty of good, wholesome family events going on to tide you over until the fun starts this weekend! Start your week off with a little drama, sketch a picture, or catch a movie in the park before the celebrations of our country’s independence commence.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.

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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Movies in Your Park Cool off this weekend with the family and an outdoor movie in the park! This week, San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium will be showing “Cool Runnings” Grab some chairs, a blanket, and some snacks for a little family time! Free. 7:30 p.m. Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas.

Sketching in the Galleries Looking to improve your drawing skills, or simply just love to draw? Head to the San Antonio Museum of Art  and join in on some tradition! Participants will work as a group and receive individual attention to complete representational drawings that depict works in the museum collections. Free for members; $10 for non-members. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. 

Yoga at Your Park Strike a warrior pose and greet the day head on at Mission San Jose in San Antonio. Mobile Om and Los Compadres is bringing complimentary yoga classes to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. A limited number of mats will be available. Free. 7 a.m. Mission San Jose, 6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, Texas. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Texas Hill CountryPhoto: AT&T Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey join forces to bring you the most extreme circus experience around. Ticket prices range from $10 to $75 per person. 7:30 p.m. June 30 – July 4, 2016. AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, Texas.

Friday, July, 1, 2016

Aqua Boom, BBQ & Friday Night Steak Cook-Off – Bar-B-Que Cook-Off This can’t-miss annual event is sure to knock your socks off over the Fourth of July weekend with a children’s parade, aqua boom land parade, arts and crafts vendors, cow’ographers Wild West Show, Reed Helicopter rides, barbeque and chili cook-off, patriotic dinner and fish fry, street dance, poker run, horseshoe pitch and washer toss, obstacle course race, raft race, rubber duckie race, boat parade, live music. Whew! That’s a lot of down home family fun! Events are scheduled all over town so be sure to check out Kingland’s Aquaboom Schedule of Events to plan your weekend. Fireworks will be held on Monday, July 4, 2016 at the 2900 River Bridge. Free. July 1 – 4, 2016. Kingsland, Texas.

Brady July Jubilee Friday night at 7 p.m. watch the Miss Heart of Texas Pageant and see the next Miss Heart of Texas be crowned. On Saturday at 10 a.m., celebrate our country’s independence with a July 4th Parade in downtown Brady. A BBQ Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church will curb your craving for Texas BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then, get down and dirty at the Mud Volleyball Tournament being held at Brady Lake Park. Dance the night away at 8 p.m. Free. July 1 –  2, 2016. Various venues, Brady, Texas.

VFW Rodeo Get ready for some mutton bustin’, food, and fun at the “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” at the Wimberley VFW Rodeo over Fourth of July weekend. Not to mention the cowboys, bulls, and rodeo clowns! Fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Free. July 1 – 3, 2016. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Mutton bustin’ starts at 7 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m. Wimberley Valley Veterans Park, Jacobs Well Rd (CR 182), Wimberley, Texas.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival Head out to Wimberley for this old fashioned ice cream festival with live entertainment and contests every hour on the hour. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Sam-Wimberley. $10 for adults; children 12 and under free. Noon-7 p.m. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Rr-12, Wimberley, Texas. (512) 817-9956.

First Saturday at the Alamo It’s July 1845 and the citizens of the Republic of Texas must decide whether or not to remain an independent nation or join the United States.  Join in for a special First Saturday at the Alamo and be part of the debate! This is a great family event chock-full of activities for the young and old alike. Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas.

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 2 – 3, 2016. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 miles south of Fredericksburg, Texas. 830-997-2359.