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Hill Country Happenings: May 29 – June 4, 2016

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Now is the perfect time in the Texas Hill Country for events, festivals, and rodeos. Summer is upon us, and school is letting out. Let’s not forget Memorial Day Weekend! Thank you to all the men and women in the armed forces for all that you do and have done for this country. Your hard work and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.

Here is your Texas Hill Country line-up for this week.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bandera Stompede Memorial Day Weekend Celebration Blow-out Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at 11th Street Cowboy Bar with live Country Music at its best all weekend! Today features Country artists Junior Gordon, Marty Haggard, and Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings. $35 Day Pass, $100 Weekend Pass. Fun starts at 2 p.m. 11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St., Bandera, Texas.

Fredericksburg Jaycees Crawfish Festival Get your hands on some mouthwatering helpings of red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. For those who don’t like (or can’t have) crawfish, the festival will offer hamburgers, corn dogs, and plenty of German sausage – what Fredericksburg is known for. Food and fun for all ages. Children’s area for kids of all ages and arts and crafts of all kinds. Plus, there is a rock-climbing wall to challenge the young and the old. $5-$25. May 27 – 29, 2016 from 11 a.m. – midnight. Marktplatz, 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, Texas.

Texas Hill CountryPhoto: Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville Folk Festival Celebrating it’s 45th anniversary, The Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in North America, running for 18 straight days and nights each May and June. It’s a place where those just developing their skills have the opportunity to play their music along- side master craftsmen. The festival is chock-full of activities such as workshops, canoeing, bike rides, and camping. Ticket prices vary per day. May 26-June 12, 2016. Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, Texas. 

PRCA Memorial Day Rodeo and BBQ Cook-off Bandera is the Cowboy Capital of the World so it only seems fitting to hold a professional rodeo over Memorial Day Weekend. There will be loads of vendors, kids activities, and, of course, a rodeo. Adults $12, Children 6-12 $6, Children 5 and under are free. May 27-29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Mansfield Park, Hwy 16, Bandera, Texas.

School’s Out for the Summer The kids have worked hard all year long. Why not treat them to a little R&R? Start your vacation while relaxing with Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™, and Boo Boo™ at Jellystone Park Hill Country! Come chill by the pool and enjoy the new NEW Pic-a-Nic Basket™ refreshments! There will be fun summer crafts and games as well as an ice cream social and family movie nights. Let’s welcome the hot, hot months ahead together with the Bears! May 29 – June 5, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Hill Country, 12915 Farm to Market 306 Canyon Lake, Texas.

Wimberley Memorial Day Rodeo Watch a rodeo put on by Open Pro Lester Meier Rodeo and benefit the local Wimberley 4-H club? You can’t go wrong with this event. Guaranteed to be fun for the whole family and the event offers great food and vendors. Adults $10, children $5, babies and toddlers are free. May 28-29, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Wimberley VFW Arena, 401 Jacobs Well Road, Wimberley, Texas.

Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day)

Bandera Stompede Memorial Day Weekend Celebration Blow-out Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at 11th Street Cowboy Bar with live Country Music at its best all weekend! Today features Country artist Rex Allen McNiel and the Ram Tough Band. $35 Day Pass. Fun starts at 1 a.m. 11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St., Bandera, Texas.

Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos Memorial Day Show Rock out on Memorial Day to some good ol’ fashioned Country Americana in Luckenbach. Throw in a little folk rock and blues and you’ve got one heck of a show! Free. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, Texas.

Memorial Day WeekendPhoto: Pacific War Museum

Memorial Day Observance Pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our country in this formal observance. Free. Begins at 10 a.m. National Museum of the Pacific War, 500 E Austin, Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Memorial Courtyard.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bandera Farmer’s Market Load up on your favorite farm-to-table goodies at the Bandera Farmer’s Market. 8 -11 a.m. In front of Sid’s Bar B Que, 702 Main St., Bandera, Texas.

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (Artists of Fredericksburg) Ever want to hone in on your skills as an artist? Well, you’re in luck. Die Künstler von Fredericksburg strives to help develop the talents of those interested in the visual arts, as well as promote art by providing exhibits to display member’s artwork. Artists of every skill level, as well as High School Art Students, are encouraged to visit us at our next meeting/art demonstration. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. First Thursday of every month. Memorial Presbyterian Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 607 North Milam, Fredericksburg, Texas.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Cross P Rodeo Saddle/Buckle Series Watch the Hill Country’s area cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer riding and mutton bustin, followed by a good old country dance at the pavilion. Adults $10, children 5 and under are free. Start at 8 p.m. Mansfield Park, 2886 Hwy 16, Bandera, Texas.

Texas Hill CountryPhoto: Llano Chamber of Commerce

Llano Pro Open Rodeo Don’t miss this exciting time to see bronc bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and team roping! June 3-4, 2016, starts at 6 p.m. JLK Rodeo Arena, 2200 W RR 152, Llano, Texas.

San Saba Pro Rodeo Days Rodeos will be held both nights with legendary bullfighter funnyman Leon Coffey. June 3-4, 2016. Gates open at 6 p.m., rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. San Saba Rodeo Grounds, 1951 Hwy 16 North, San Saba, Texas.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Annual LBJ Fishing Day This has got to be the day you will catch the “big one”. This is an annual family event that offers great fishing and free fishing clinics to children and families. Free. 10 a.m. – noon. LBJ State Park & Historic Site, 199 Park Rd 52, Stonewall, Texas.

Cowboys & Cajuns Enjoy some live music and dancing at Junction’s annual festival. There will also be a crawfish boil and a Miss Kimble County Pageant. Free. 6 – 11 p.m. Junction Volunteer Fire Department & Courthouse, Junction, Texas.

Texas Hill CountryPhoto: Facebook/ Hye Heritage Festival

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.

Lakeshore Volunteer Fire Department Community Picnic Community Fund Raiser Potluck picnic. Come out and come together as a community for this amazing community fund raiser and pot luck picnic. Bring your signature side dish to help support the Lakeshore Volunteer Fire Department. Meal Plates will be for sale. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lakeshore Volunteer Fire Department, 9019 Wharton’s Dock Rd., Bandera, Texas.

Llano Rodeo Parade and Boyscouts BBQ A down-home, small town tradition of family, patriotism & community spirit! Free. 10 – 11 a.m. Courthouse Square on Ford Street, Llano, Texas.