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Hill Country Happenings: May 16 – May 22, 2016

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Love, peace, and sunshine abound in the Texas Hill Country. From butterflies to spring blooms to rainbows in the sky, it’s the perfect season for exploring our beloved region. Make sure to say hi to your neighbor and keep it Texas friendly out there. Enjoy your week, Hill Country!

Monday, May 16

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Logo

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Rockin’ Kids: Science With Domino’s Pizza It’s science week at Round Rock Public Library. Elementary students are invited to join pizza experts from Domino’s to learn about dough and even how to throw  pizza dough. Space is limited to the first 100 guests. Online registration is required. Registration continues until 1 p.m. Monday, May 16. Free. 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock, Texas. www.roundrocktexas.gov

Thursday, May 19

Come and Taste It Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. This month’s featured winemaker will showcase three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew handpicked by The Grapevine staff. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. Free. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Grapevine in Gruene, 1612 Hunter Rd., New Braunfels, Texas. (830) 606-0093

Third Thursday – Downtown Wimberley  Downtown merchants stay open until 8 p.m., giving shoppers plenty of time to stroll around and enjoy historic Wimberley. Live music and food vendors will also be on site all around the town. Free. Downtown. Wimberley, Texas.

Friday, May 20

Becker Luncheon An afternoon ever so tasty and informative, this is definitely the ideal way to start the weekend. Prepare to stay all day, this event is a leisurely one: eat and sip, tour the winery, learn more on Texas’ winemaking history and usher in a new festival weekend. $68.24 – $80.12. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall, Texas.

Saturday, May 21 – Sunday May 22

Old Gruene Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown Gruene. Call (830) 832-1721 or visit GrueneMarketDays.com for more information.

Mayfest 2016 Flyer

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Mayfest  Check out this car show and Cinco de Mayo festival with a wide array of live music including rockabilly, rock, country, and Tejano music. A menudo cook-off for local restaurants is also slated. Food booths, drinks, and variety of vendors. Free. 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Gruene Harley-Davidson, 1288 Loop 337, New Braunfels, Texas. innewbraunfels.com  

Saturday, May 21

Junk In The Trunk Browse all sorts of second hand treasures right out of the back of vendors’ trunks. Items can only be sold from your trunk or bed of a truck; nothing can be set on the ground. All unsold items can be donated to Shared Blessings, a local non-profit agency. Free. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Saba County Courthouse, 500 E. Wallace St., San Saba, Texas.

20 For 20 w/Whole Foods Domain Join Real Ale Brewery as they celebrate their 20 year anniversary. This time, they team up with their friends at Whole Foods Domain and explore 20 beers from their portfolio: Year Round, Seasonal, Brewers’ Cut, and Mysterium Verum releases. Glassware while supplies lasts, and more than likely, a sighting of Tim Schwartz, Director of Brewing Operations. Cheers! Free. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Whole Foods Domain, 119200 Domain Drive, Austin, Texas.

Blanco Market Days Every third Saturday, Blanco hosts Market Days at the historic Old Blanco County Courthouse, with a variety of vendors selling all sorts of goods, from fresh produce to hand made arts and crafts. Vendor space is also available. Free. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main Street, Blanco, Texas. [email protected]

Rumble At The River Car Show Benefiting the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, you can check out categories such as ‘muscle car’, ‘pre-war’ and ‘post-war’, as well as a ‘People’s Choice’ award. Food will be available for purchase all day, and a concert will wrap the night up 7 p.m. Free. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, 610 Birch Lane, Cottonwood, Texas.

Testicle Festival flyer

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5th Annual Testicle Festival Yes, you read that right. A Testicle Festival. Come try all variations of cooked testicles. You’d be nuts to miss this, as it’s certain to be a ball! Free to attend; purchase a variety of delicacies  from food vendors. 3 p.m Castell General Store, 19522 W. Ranch Road 152, Castell, Texas.

Mason Soiree Starting with music, food and crafts from the best artisans in Mason, the festivities continue with the Wine Maker’s Dinner and Reception at 6 p.m. The Dinner will be created by top Hill Country Chefs and will feature produce from local farms. Each course will be paired with a top reserve wine grown from Mason County grapes. The Moonlight Concert begins at 7:00 with the triple headliner: Reckless Kelly, Brandon Rhyder, and Goodnight Texas. $30 – $250. 4 p.m. Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse & Ft. McKavitt Social Club, 1100 Fort McKavitt St., Mason, Texas. www.facebook.com/events

Burnet Summer Concert Series Seeing Kyle Park is always a treat, but catching him in an intimate setting like this is really going to be something special. With hits such as ‘Fit For The King’ and ‘Make or Break Me’, Kyle is certain to make the road trip to Burnet worth it. $15. 6:30 p.m. (Lawn chairs and BYOB welcome; no glass bottles). Haley Nelson Amphitheater. Hwy 29, Burnet, Texas.

Brews & Blooms What can be better than enjoying craft beer samples, food booths, and music in the gorgeous, flowering Botanical Garden. Working closely with San Antonio Cerveceros, ‘Brews and Blooms’ provides a venue for new and seasoned local craft breweries to showcase their beer selections, from Blonde Ales and Wits to Pale Ales and IPA’s, including limited releases from local breweries. Due to construction, on-site parking is limited.  Free shuttle service from the AT&T Building at 4119 Broadway @ Allensworth. 21 YO and older event. $25 pp ($22/members). Designated Driver tickets available at $15. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

Barbacoa & Big Red Festival Flyer

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Barbacoa & Big Red Festival The 6th Annual Barbacoa & Big Red Festival is going to be amazing, with live music, food vendors of all kinds, and (of course) barbacoa and Big Red. This is a family friendly event. Admission cost does not include cost of food/drinks from individual vendors. $5 – $10 (+ service fee). 10 a.m. R & J Music Pavilion, 18086 Pleasanton Road, San Antonio, Texas. www.facebook.com/BarbacoaBigRedFestival

20th Annual KNBT 92.1 Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall A celebration of Americana music featuring exceptional artists of the genre, including Pat Green, Reckless Kelly and Ray Wylie Hubbard. This year’s event benefits the Crisis Center of Comal County and The Braunfels Foundation Trust.  Co-sponsored by Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. $50 advance tickets. Gruene Hall. 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, Texas. For more information, call (830) 629-5077.