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Hill Country Happenings: March 28 – April 3, 2016

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Happy Friday, and welcome to Texas Hill Country’s newest feature, “Hill Country Happenings”. With so many events going on throughout our region, we realize it can be tough keeping track of them all. Now you can check here every Friday afternoon and plan your following week accordingly! (When planning, our weeks tend to run Monday-Friday, with the weekend being on Saturday and Sunday, so we’ll give you the latest info for next Monday-Sunday.)

If you have any community events, festivals, or any other happening you would like to add to the calendar, please email us at [email protected]and we’ll do our best to get it posted!

Monday, March 28

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Grab your polyester pantsuit and platform shoes, it’s disco time. This live take on the film is a bit cleaner, but hey, Tony still manages to be our favorite Brooklyn bad boy. $27.50 – $89.50. 7:30 p.m. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78205. (210) 223-8624

Tuesday, March 29

Blanco Blood Drive Donating blood is a great way to do your part in saving lives, and it’s relatively painless and easy to do. Plus not only are you saving a life, but you get a free t-shirt to boot. Free. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Blanco National Bank, 416 4th Street, Blanco, Texas 78606. Donors can make an appointment online:

Tuesday Night Fly Tying This week’s class will focus on the “No-Name Shrimp” tie. Thread choice is UTC140 in Brown (6/0). Not a bad tie to know when you’re trying to catch those beautiful reds out on the Gulf. Free. 6 p.m., Sportsmans Finest, 12434 FM 2244, Austin, Texas 78739. (512) 263-1888

Wednesday, March 30 – Saturday, April 2

3rd Annual Capital of Texas Police Motorcycle Chute Out The COTPMCO is a huge fundraising event that hosts law enforcement agencies from throughout the Hill Country and beyond. Motorcycle competitions are scheduled for Fri. April 1st and Sat. April 2nd. Free. 12 p.m. Cabelas, 15570 IH 35, Buda, Texas 78610.

Wednesday, March 30

Dripping Springs Farmers Market Logo


Dripping Springs Farmers Market Local Hill Country farmers peddle their produce to the public, while also educating them about the benefits of buying local. From kettle corn to maple syrup to organically grown rutabagas, you will find all sorts of goods at this weekly event. Vendor space is also available. Free. 3 p.m. – dusk. The Triangle, Highway 290 & RR 12, Dripping Springs, Texas. (512) 858-4725.

Spring Seafood Class Check out how gourmet dishes such as Fennel Salad with Olives, Capers + Parmesan and Pan Seared Cod with Hollandaise are created, and get to sample the goods afterwards. Hosted by Chef Katy Parker. $55/pp. 6 p.m. Faraday’s Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway, Bee Cave, Texas 78738. Call Faradays to register: (512) 266-5666.

Free Taco Night Looks like Austin is stepping up their taco game with free tacos. All the fixings will be provided, just bring your appetite. Free. 6:30 p.m. The clubhouse @ Falconhead Apartments, 3400 Ranch Road 620 S., Austin, Texas 78738. (512) 263-9293.

Thursday, March 31

Bike Night Like the ad says, ‘Show Up. Show Off. Socialize.’ Join fellow bike enthusiasts for a night of music, drinks and prizes. Hosted by Javelina Harley-Davidson. Free. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Longhorn Saloon, 1307 Main Street, Bandera, Texas 78003. RSVP at:

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3

Sabinal Wild Hog Festival and Crafts Fair The 25th annual festival, hosted by the local Lion’s Club, will feature all sorts of events, from arts and crafts to wild hog chases. All monies raised go to help local charities and organizations. You can find the schedule here: Free. Sabinal City Park and adjacent Yellowjacket Football Stadium, RR 187 and Highway 90, Sabinal, Texas 78881. Inquiries, please contact Maggie Lopez: (830) 538-4802.

Friday, April 1

Pedal Punk advertisement showing performers in formation


Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics Get ready to have your mind blown by the artistry of the Cirque Mechanics group as they take bike riding to the next level, literally. The genius behind it all is Chris Lashua, a BMX biker who takes you on a ride you’ll never forget. $29- $110 (Group discounts available). 7:30 p.m. Majestic Theater, 224. E. Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. (210) 226-5700.

Spring Carnival Lots of family fun to welcome in spring. From food vendors to games and a silent auction, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this local event. Vendor space still available. Free. 5 p.m. Ott Elementary, 100 North Grosenbacher Road, San Antonio, Texas 78253. (210) 397-5550.

Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3

International Tree Climbing Championship Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the ITCC will host over 60 of the world’s best professional tree climbers who are competing for the title of world champion. Vendors will also have tons of tree care information and fun activities for the kids. Free. 8 a.m. Brackenridge Park, 3700 North St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

6th Annual Music and Crawfish Festival Come eat, drink and dance at this community event. There will be plenty of food, a raffle and lots of music for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the half ton of crawfish that will be boiled. Free. 3 pm. Sisterdale Saloon, 1211 Sisterdale Road, Boerne, Texas 78006.

Saturday, April 2

Castell Grind Bike Race Bike riders combine exercise with a beautiful view at this annual bike ride/race. With 50k, 72k and 100k divisions, this race takes participants through scenic winding back country roads, truly testing their strength and endurance. Fee for riders, free for spectators. Start time: 9 am. The Castelle General Store, 19522 West Ranch Road 152, Castell, Texas 76831. (512) 970-8703.

Players in Bandera Cattle Company's Gunfight Reenactment show dressed in historic western costume


Bandera Cattle Company Gunfight Re-enactment Step back in time and witness gunslinging shoot outs courtesy of Bandera Cattle Company. Performances every Saturday (weather permitting). Free. 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Bandera Visitors Center, 126 Highway 16 South, Bandera, Texas 78003.

Monte Good and the Honkey-Tonk Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to groove to some good ol’ fashioned country swing music. This family-friendly show is sure to be a honkey-tonking good time. 8 p.m. Twin Sisters Dance Hall, 6 Miles South of Blanco, Blanco, Texas 78606.

Sunday, April 3

Mighty Kite Flight Bring the family out to fly a kite and enjoy a beautiful day in the park. Food vendors will be onsite (cash only) and the first 300 attendees receive a free kite. Free. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce, 13676 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, Texas 78738. (512) 256-4004.

Spring Slamboree Mash Up Kerrville County Roller Derby hosts its first bout of the season, and for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit a member’s spouse currently undergoing cancer treatment. BYOB event (no glass) and vendor spots are still available. Advance $8, Door $10. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, 3705 Tx-27, Kerrville, Texas 78028. (830) 257-7939.