As if the blooms blanketing the countryside weren’t enough reason to take a springtime drive through the Hill Country, Burnet hosts its annual Bluebonnet Festival on the second weekend in April to celebrate the state flower. 

BurnetBluebonnetsThe event kicks off Friday with a pancake breakfast, carnival, arts-and-crafts booths, a flyover by the Highland Lakes Commemorative Air Force, a pageant and street dance to close out the evening. 
Saturday is the main day of activity, adding the grand parade, a day full of live entertainment and a destruction derby to the mix.

The Bluebonnet Festival Flyer offers a unique way for passengers near Austin to arrive at the event via steam train from Cedar Park on Saturday morning and enjoy the festival for a few hours before heading back. Details and tickets for the train can be found at www.austinsteamtrain.org.

There’s even a place for four-legged friends at the festival—the pet parade Friday evening is always a hit, and Sunday’s activities include wiener-dog races and runners towing decorated doghouses across the finish line.

This year’s Bluebonnet Festival is April 8-10. For more information, visit www.bluebonnetfestival.org, or contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 512/756-4297.

The December 2022 issue of Texas Highways Magazine, "A Tex-Mex Holiday"


Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price

True Texas in Your Inbox

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.

The December 2022 issue of Texas Highways Magazine


Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price

True Texas in Your Inbox

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.

The December 2022 cover of Texas Highways Magazine


Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price

True Texas in Your Inbox

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.