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Hill Country Happenings: May 9 – May 15, 2016

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Spring is in full swing and there is plenty to do in the Hill Country. From outdoor festivals to some intense marathons, locals and tourists alike are certain to find something exciting to do this week. And remember, Texas Hill Country welcomes you to submit your event to us for posting on our weekly feature. Simply email the who, what, when, and where to: [email protected]Enjoy your week, Hill Country!

Monday, May 9

Lakeway Big Band Bash featuring Kent Dugan's Republic of Texas Big Band

Photo: www.republicoftexasbigband.com

Big Band Bash Put on your dancing shoes and come enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. The band accepts donations after the show. Patrons may bring their own drinks and snacks. Sponsored by the Lakeway Arts Committee. Free. 7:30 p.m. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Road, Lakeway, Texas. (512) 261-1010

An Evening with Graham Nash: This Path Tonight Tour  A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Award winner, Graham Nash will perform songs from his new album in this classic and intimate setting. He will also continue his long-time tradition of raising money for charity through the Guacamole Fund’s special benefit seats. In addition, Graham will be donating $1 per ticket sold to charity. $35 – $80. Empire Theater, 226 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas.

Wednesday, May 11 – Saturday, May 14

Marble Falls MayFest This year’s MayFest is going to be the best one yet. With a carnival, a free concert on Friday night, four concerts Saturday, a washer tournament, food and craft vendors, AND an adult field day, there’s something for the entire family. Price and times vary, see website for details.  230 Avenue J, Marble Falls, Texas. www.marblefalls.org

Wednesday, May 11 – Sunday, May 15

Tejano Conjunto Festival Curated by Juan Tejeda, the TCF features star-studded performances by Conjunto Music Hall of Fame award winners as well as national and international Conjunto musicians. Check the official website for schedule and locations. $10 – $45. The Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. and Rosedale Park, 340 Dartmouth, San Antonio, Texas. www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

Wednesday, May 11

SA Express Top 100 Dining & Drinks Ad

Photo: Facebook/events

San Antonio Express Top 100 Dining & Drinks 2016 Winners Celebration Join us as we congratulate the San Antonio Express-News’ 2016 “Top 100 Dining & Drinks” winners, and sample some of the city’s best foods and beverages. Visit the official FB page for cost and times. La Cantera Resort & Spa, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, Texas. www.facebook.com

Thursday, May 12 – Friday, May 13

Asleep At The Wheel Going on four decades of keeping the pilot light on Western swing, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel have earned multiple Grammy Awards, and kept a buzz on a genre that might be described as “fringe”, while maintaining a musical integrity that has never wavered. The long time veterans of Gruene Hall bring the full band to the stage for what is always a stellar performance. $22.50. 7 p.m. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, Texas.

Thursday, May 12 – Sunday May 15

Time for Rockets 2016 Students from 40 Texas high schools will launch 80 rockets over four days in the culmination of the ‘SystemsGo’ Aerospace program. Food and restroom facilities will be available. Maps to the site, launch schedule, and complete listings of activities are online at www.systemsgo.org. Free for spectators. Participants register at: www.systemsgo.org. Stewart’s Hillview Ranch, located north of Fredericksburg off the Willow City Loop.

Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14

10th Annual Cherokee Creek Music Festival This fundraiser features legendary artists John Fogerty, Dwight Yoakam, Bruce Hornsby and many others. What can possible make this event any better? Oh yes! Free food, BYOB, a campsite for RV’s, and a play area for the little ones.  $250 – $350. See website for schedule. Los Valles Ranch, 4160 West FM 501, Cherokee, Texas. cherokeecreekmusicfestival.org

Riata Roundup Festival Benefiting the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce, this festival will feature Mutton’ Bustin’, Buckin’ Ponies/Mini Bronc, Jr Bull Riding, Extreme Bull Riding & Specialty Acts, a petting zoo and live music both days. Vendor and food trucks will also be on hand. BYOB. See official website for entry fees and event times. 580 Sports Complex, 2351 West FM 580, Lampasas, Texas. business.lampasaschamber.org

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Super Heroes Weekend What better way to say “Thank you” to law enforcement, military, fire fighters, EMTs, RNs, MDs than giving them a free night at this popular camp and resort. With proper ID, all heroes pay for one night but stay for two, plus are able to enjoy some “super” activities. Please visit the website for reservation fees and event schedules. 12915 FM 306, Canyon Lake, Texas. jellystonehillcountry.com

Friday, May 13

San Marcos' Party In Your Park flyer

Photo: www.sanmarcostx.gov

Party In Your Park May’s edition of this monthly event, presented by the City of San Marcos Park and Recreation Department, features family-friendly fun, such as Mega Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Gaga Ball, and more. Free. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Victory Garden Park, 300 Roosevelt Street, San Marcos, Texas.

Saturday, May 14

Jeep® Go Topless Day  What better way to celebrate Go Topless Day than a trip to the trails? For their first Go Topless Day event, NB Trail Team 6 will be taking a Hill Country Jeep Run with some low water crossings and a scenic route. Visit their FB page for contact information. www.facebook.com/groups

16th Annual Fish Fry for JC Volunteer Fire Department The annual JCVFD fundraiser will include a silent and live auction, a raffle, and of course, plenty of fried fish and fixin’s. Drive through service is available, but you may want to stick around for the dance, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Free to attend, however donations are greatly appreciated. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Blanco County Fairgrounds,  619 US-281, Johnson City, Texas.

CriderFest Bull Riding Action and BBQ Cook Off What could possible be better than mouth waterin’ bbq and bull riding? Get both at this local fundraiser, benefiting The Tye Toler Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration information for both riders and grillers can be found here: www.cridersrodeoanddance.com $20 at the gate. 12 p.m. Criders Rodeo and Dancehall, 2310 TX-39, Hunt, Texas.

Austin Wicked Wine Run Race through the vineyards and trails of the beautiful Spicewood Vineyards. The start time for the 5K Wicked Run begins at 5:30 p.m. and the 1K Wicked Tasting Walk begins at 6:45 p.m. 5K participants are required to finish in one hour or less. After your race enjoy our Wicked Post Race Party with Food Trucks, a Live Band, and… more wine! Please visit the website for participant pricing. 5:30 p.m. Spicewood Vineyards 1419 Burnet City Road 409, Spicewood, Texas. wickedwinerun.com

Sunday, May 15

Rockin’ R Triathlon & Kayak Triathlon Participants can select from the Sprint Triathlon (swim/bike/run) or the Kayak Triathlon (bike/kayak/run). Either way, be ready to sweat. There are detailed requirements and rules for both of these races, so please visit the website for exact details. 1405 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, Texas. redemptionrp.com

San Antonio Niner Empire Family BBQ Flyer

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3rd Annual Niner Empire San Antonio Family BBQ/Picnic Even in the heart of Texas, there are fans of other NFL teams joining forces to celebrate their team. The 3rd Annual Niner Empire San Antonio BBQ will include great food, good times and even the chance to smash a rival team pinata. There will even be a game of football! Free, although it is is BYOB and a dish for the potluck is appreciated. 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Raymond Russell Park, 20644 IH 10 west, San Antonio, Texas.