Things to Do

Hill Country Happenings: May 7-13, 2017

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April showers bring May flowers and plenty to see and do in our Hill Country picturesque towns. Catch a home tour full of decorating ideas to take away. Take in a festival, antique show, and tournament or participate in a fundraiser for a great cause.

Great music, good food and plenty of art to stroll and admire along the path of our beautiful cities. You may even see a favorite actor and his band. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is around the corner and there’s plenty to do to start celebrating her early, too. Enjoy the moments this week has ready for you to embrace.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tour of Homes

Photo: Facebook/The Heritage Association of San Marcos

Heritage Home Tour 2017 Enjoy touring beautiful homes with stunning decorating ideas that capture the essence of the perfect room of your dreams? Then you don’t want to miss this historic tour in its 42nd year. “The Magic of Interior Design” will include five inspiring private homes* plus a Designer Showcase home (located at 804 Burleson Street). In addition, Heritage is partnering with our huge new neighbor, the over-55 community Kissing Tree, and tour-goers can view eight stunning contemporary display homes,” shares its website. May 6-7, 2017 from 12-5 p.m. Tour headquarters is the Charles S. Cock House Museum at the corner of Hopkins and C.M. Allen streets. If you purchase tickets in advance, drop by the Cock House on tour days beginning at 10 a.m. to exchange your email receipt for a wristband, map, and brochure. Day-of-event tickets ($30) will also be available at the Cock House states their website.

4th Annual “Tour The Talent” Studio Tour 2017 May 6-7th, 2017 from  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring five studios and 20+ artists. Support the arts and enjoy the talented artist of the Hill Country and be inspired by their creativity and unique pieces. Come see as the artist “pool their talents to unite, foster, educate, discover, promote and advance themselves and their community through art,” shares its website. Free admission. Pick up a tour map at the art studios. Dripping Springs, 4000 Bell Springs Road.

19th Annual Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival 2017 Enjoy a unique festival with Lavender fields in full bloom as you sit back and take it all in with live music, artisans, cooking demos, and plenty of wine! The winery is open for tastings and general tours throughout the day shares its website. $70 per person. $5 parking. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd.

17th Annual Comfort Village Spring Antiques Show A longstanding beautiful event full of the comforts of home in the picturesque Hill Country. “Expect to find fabulous booths filled with the very best country furniture, textiles and linens, blue willow, majolica, antique tools collections from long ago. Look for stoneware and baskets, pewter, early advertising, cupboards and farm tables, benches, shelves, architectural and gardening,” shares its website. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Comfort Park, TX 27, 4th & Main.

Bud Priddy Fly Fishing Tournament Annual fishing tournament along the Nueces River. Fishing enthusiast won’t want to miss this chances to take in the great outdoors of the Hill Country while showing their fishing techniques off to the crowd. Camp Wood, at Nueces Canyon. Camp along the Nueces River. Awards banquet. Free, annual event.

Songwriter Sundays w/Walt Wilkins & Friends An acoustic outdoor show at Luckenbach Texas of talented artist showcasing their music. “Every Sunday, songwriters join in stories and song in an intimate setting (usually on the outdoor stage) from 1-5pm. Never a cover charge, this is something that you need to immerse yourself in, just once, and you will be hooked,” shares its website. Sunday’s 1-5 p.m. Luckenbach 412 Luckenbach Town Loop.

“Blankets & Blues” The Famous Open Air Festival Come enjoy the music of Graham Warwick & The Bonafide Blues Band; Fredericksburg High School Jazz Ensemble; KT and The Blues Scientists;  S.A. Blue cats and more. Book your lodging as there are only a few cabins left shares its website. 5-10 p.m. The Club at Baron’s Creekside, 316 Goehmann Lane, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

Cheatham Street Warehouse Crawfish Boil featuring Randy Rogers Great music and mudbugs to your heart’s content to wind down the weekend and enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon. 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Blue Monday’s with Ben Beckendorf’s Blues Boys at Silver Creek Beer Garden Wash away the Monday blues with some great local Blues artists on the outdoor patio at Silver Creek Beer Garden while enjoying some good food and a cold one! 6-10 p.m. Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille, 310 East Main, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

The Monday Jam Band Featuring Paul Eason and Friends Unwind at Cheatham Street Warehouse and enjoy a little Monday jam session. 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cody’s Angels Had To Be There Make Tuesday great by enjoying the sounds of Cody’s Angels. $5 at the door. 8 p.m. 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666.

TGIF & Johnson Creek Press Exhibit In its final weeks don’t miss the artwork of this beautiful exhibit. Ends May 12, 2017, 9 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road, Ingram, TX 78025.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce

MayFest 2017 A four-day event jam-packed with a carnival, free concerts, games, food and craft vendors and much more like only the Hill Country can do. Fun for the whole family! May 10-13, 2017. 5 p.m. – midnight. Marble Falls, at Johnson Park.

Kerr County Produce Market Day Making healthy eating affordable, Kerr County Produce opens its warehouse to the public each Wednesday to fill up on the fresh fruits, vegetable, and eggs. Serving the Hill Country for 35 years. Admission is Free! 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Big Red Barn, 215 A Street, Kerrville, TX, 78028.

Bingo at Bandera American Legion Post 157 Every Wednesday evening come out and try your luck at a good old-fashioned game of bingo. Fun for the whole family. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bandera American Legion Post 157, 205 12th St., Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-7528.

The City of Dripping Springs Farmers Market Every Wednesday, you can find the freshest locally grown or prepared food products and access local services and hand-made crafts as shared by their website. 3 – 6 p.m. at the Triangle, Hwy 290 & RR 12, Dripping Springs, TX. For information please contact the Farmers Market Manager Laurel Roberston at (512) 858-4725 or email at [email protected].

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Martian Arts Festival Chapter 12 Records (C12) host their biggest event of the year. A camping, music and arts festival under the stars event you don’t want to miss. AJ’s Ranch Road Grill, 205 Moore St., San Marcos, Texas, TX 78666. Purchase tickets at Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Jake Martin at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille Start the weekend a little early with the sounds of Americana roots, rock, folk, and country from a crowd favorite Jake Martin. Noon – 3 p.m. Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille, 310 East Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Bandera Farmers Market Come out for fresh eggs, produce, fresh baked goods and rare Asian vegetables, and more shares its website. “Our outdoor market is open year-round on Main St. in Bandera, Texas in front of Sid’s BBQ. You can find us on Thursdays from 8-11 am.” Sid’s BBQ, 702 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-4227.

Thursdays at Mercer Street Dancehall Looking for some good ole dancing music to kick your heels up then Mercer Street Dancehall is the place every Thursday night. Different live bands every week. Free show, music starts at 8 p.m. Mercer Street Dancehall, 332 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.

The Weekend Stars Here! with Jay Wimberley Music Start the weekend early at the Phoenix Saloon to the sounds of Jay Wimberley. His music is rooted in Blues, Roots and Southern Rock and seasoned with Country, Grunge, Hip-Hip, R&B, and Soul, shares its website. Phoenix Saloon, 193 W. San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Pecan Grove Store

Riata Roundup Festival Arts & Crafts, vendors, good food, beer and wine garden, bull rides, pony rides, Mutton Bustin’ Short Round, Bull Fighting, Live Music Concert and more. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend. For more information, contact the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce: (512) 556-5172. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, 2017. Bar 17 Arena, 2384 CR 2315, Lampasas, TX 76550.

1st Annual “Tribute to Texas Music History” and Live Music! Musicians, singers, songwriters are invited to take part in this 1st annual gathering charter formation of the -Texas Musicians Consortium shares its website. Free to all musicians who are encouraged to bring their bongos, guitars, keyboards, horns and more. $10 cover to the public. 2 p.m. Pecan Grove Store & Ice House, 5244 North Highway 16. Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training It’s never too late to learn new things about our environment and its effects on species such as the butterfly. Come learn about the Monarch butterfly and their life cycle stages and threats to their population among other things. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, 140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006.

Girls Raised in Texas at Cheatham Street Warehouse A gem of a show with some talented country girls. Kensie Coppin, The Rankin Twins, Kylie Rae Harris, Sarah Hobbs, and Adrian Johnston will put on a show you won’t want to miss full of charisma, heart grabbing lyrics and that feeling of seeing an artist on the cusp of greatness. 8 p.m. Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Hill Country Ramblers at Mercer Street Dance Hall The Ramblers cover a lot of oldies with some original songs thrown in the mix. “From Johnny Cash to Bob Wills and Merle Haggard to Freddie Mercury, The Hill Country Ramblers put their signature on every song…” states its website. 8:30 p.m. Mercer Street Dance Hall 332 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs 78620.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Photo: Facebook/Gruene Hall

Dennis Quaid & The Sharks at Gruene Hall The Hill Country saloon welcomes back Dennis Quaid and his band for another “Great Balls of Fire” show full of fun and energy to keep you on your toes. The Peterson Brothers open. Tickets are $29.50. Doors open at 8 p.m. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, Texas 78130.

 Cherry Mountain School Tour Take a tour of a historic school built in 1926 and celebrate its history and stories of long ago. “Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools are former students of the closed schools and members of the community, interested in preserving the traditions of the schools, the community clubs, and the history of Gillespie County for future generations,” shares its website. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  To schedule your special group tour or event, call Donnie Schuch at (830) 669-2855. 2866 Cherry Mountain Loop, Fredericksburg, TX.

Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail A monthly event featuring beautiful artwork, food, drinks, entertainment and more. Pick up a map and tour the numerous art galleries of Wimberley and its beautiful surroundings. Wimberley, at the Square and around town. The 2nd Saturday of every month. Free. 4-7 p.m. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Alzafar Shriners “Pulling for Kids” Clay Shoot Fundraiser at Joshua Creek Ranch A worthy cause to raise awareness and benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston. “You can make a difference in the life of a child, by joining us in supporting the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy” – Shriners Hospital for Children®” shares its website. Joshua Creek Ranch, 132 Cravey Road, Boerne, TX 78006.

Celebrating Moms at the Science Mill Mother’s day is almost here. Bring mom out to enjoy a day full of learning and hands-on exhibits for free along with a delicious lunch at their Lady Bird Café. Mom’s and grandmother’s admission is absolutely free! May 13-14, 2017. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, Texas 78636.

Live Music by The Raggedy Cats & Food Truck by Cousins Maine Lobster Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at 4.0 cellars from 1-5 p.m. with the sounds of the Raggedy Cats and enjoy one of the best food trucks this side of the river with the best lobster rolls you will ever taste right here in the great state of Texas. 4.0 Cellars, 10354 E US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Boerne Art Waddle 2017! A unique art show and sale held in the hip neighborhood of Boerne, TX known as the “Flats.” “Named after the ducks that populate Boerne’s Cibolo Creek, the Art Waddle is organized by friends of the arts. All proceeds are donated to the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm’s Summer Art Camp,” shares its website. The Flats, 204 W. San Antonio, Boerne, TX 78006.

Boerne Mother’s Day Market Days Bring mom out for a weekend full of shopping and fun among unique vendors lined up the streets selling jewelry, vintage items and collectibles, home décor and plenty more. May 13 – 14, 2017. 10-5 p.m. Main Plaza at Old Blanco Rd. and South Main St., Boerne, Texas, TX 78006.

Presenting Legends and Rising Stars “Featuring country legend Johnny Rodriguez along with one of country’s rising stars, Braydon Zink. Come on out and enjoy some great Texas country music, ice cold beverages, and genuine Texas BBQ,” shares its website. $25 VIP Box Seating and $15 General Admission. Gates open at noon. StoneValley Music Park, 7508 U.S. Highway 290, Johnson City, TX 78636.

New Braunfels Farmers Market Start your day off early with a trip to the New Braunfels Farmer Market. Pick up your fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, baked goods, and more. Not your ordinary farmers market. “Enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning listening to live music, eating delicious food, and enjoying time with friends and family,” shares its website. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 186 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Cowboys on Main Enjoy the old west cowboy lifestyle on Main street in Bandera, TX 78003. Free. Contact (830) 796-4447. Every Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m.

Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Gunfight re-enactments at Bandera Visitors Center. Free. Every Saturday from 12 and 2 p.m. 126 Hwy 16 S, Bandera, TX 78003. Contact (830) 796-3045.