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With a bounty of small towns, sparkling lakes and rivers, and wildflower-splashed pastures in spring, the Hill Country has inspired countless road trips for Texas travelers.

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Upcoming Events

"Tootsie"

Feb. 22-27

(Rescheduled dates) Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Arts present this laugh-out-loud love le...

"Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print"

Sept. 9-March 13

A key figure in the development of color-field painting, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was a tirel...

"Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams"

Sept. 11-March 20, 2022

This is the first major museum survey of visual art and music by Austin artist Daniel Johnston (Amer...

Mid-Texas Symphony Concert: The Soldier's Tale

Feb. 20

Scored for seven instruments, a narrator, and a dancer, Stravinsky’s "Soldier’s Tale" tells the ...

Victorian Valentine Gala

Feb. 10

Guests enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres inside the historical home of former Texas Governor Dan Moody a...

11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras

Feb. 16-19

Four days of Cajun and cowboy fun start on Wednesday night with Cajun Steak Night. Thursday night fe...

Cowboy Mardi Gras Bull Riding and Mini Bull Riding

Feb. 19

Can they hold on for 8 seconds? See if these bull riders can hang on for a wild ride. There is also ...

Luminations

Dec. 2-Jan. 30

Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's beautiful Texas Arbo...

Love the Run You're With

Feb. 12

Grab a spouse, friend, or furry loved one and come dressed as your favorite famous duo to the third ...

Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party

Feb. 13

Burn off some calories in you favorite team jersey then join the tailgate party in Gruene. Participa...

Old Gruene Market Days

Feb. 19-20

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10 a.m. t...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

Feb. 17

On the third Thursday of the month (except January), come to The Grapevine Garden and taste some of ...

Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall

Feb. 25

A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 24th year, where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters...

Market Days

Dec. 11-12, Jan. 8-9, Feb. 12-13

Since 1850, Main Plaza has been a center point of trade for the people of Boerne. In the present day...

Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural

Dec. 11, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 12, 26

Every second and fourth Saturdays of the month (except in December), bring your instrument and play ...

Spring Antiques Show

Feb. 26-27

The antiques show features exhibitor booths overflowing with some of the finest American antiques fo...

Gli Unici: Three Tenors perform Songs of Love

Feb. 12

This concert is part of Cave Without a Name's Music in the Cave series. For Valentine’s Day, Gli U...

Renaissance Festival

Jan. 28-30, Feb. 5-6

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages and experience adventure, music, romance, and fun for the who...

Classic Nashville Live

Feb. 5

Not just a concert, this full-stage production has authentic period sets, costumes, comedy, and all ...

Symphony of the Hills: “Heart of the Strings: Hidden Beauty”

Feb. 24

The professional symphony orchestra with musicians from the Hill Country and Central Texas features ...

Trade Days

Dec. 17-19, Jan. 15-17, Feb. 18-20

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primit...

Wine Lovers Celebration

Jan. 31-Feb. 25

Love is in the air, wine is in your glass, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Take ti...

Luckenbach Hug-In and Valentine Ball

Feb. 11-12

It's time to get back to the basics of love, as the song goes, at Luckenbach’s 47th annual Hug-In ...

"Clue: The Musical"

Feb. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the fun-filled musical based on the internationally popular ...

Lone Star Brass

Feb. 20

The Lone Star Brass presents concerts that display the consummate technical skill of each performer ...

"Nunsense A-men!"

Jan. 7-30

"Nunsense A-men!" is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being por...

“The Carol Burnett Show” 

Feb. 11-March 6

Hill Country Community Theatre presents this evening of sketches from the popular "Carol Burnett Sho...

"Disney Princess: The Concert"

Feb. 6

For generations, Disney’s Princesses have enchanted audiences with their courage and kindness and ...

Diana Krall in Concert

Feb. 8

Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum jazz singer Diana Krall embarks on a 34-city national tour wh...

"Terry Allen: MemWars"

Dec. 18-July 19

Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual ...

Russell Peters: Act Your Age Tour

Feb. 12

Russell Peters returns to the global stage with an all-new world tour. The first phase of The Russel...

Patti LaBelle in Concert

Feb. 14

Presented by Texas Performing Arts as part of their Texas Welcomes Series, Grammy Hall of Famer, acc...

"Mix ‘n’ Mash Las Flores – La Vida" Exhibition and Art Sale

Dec. 10-Feb. 6

This group exhibition displays artworks from over 200 local and regional artists created on quality ...

"The Lion King"

April 7-24

As part of Texas Performing Arts’ Broadway in Austin 2021-22 season, "The Lion King" returns to th...

Train Show

April 9-10

The New Braunfels Railroad Museum sponsors two train shows each year, with the Jamboree taking place...

The Temptations and The Four Tops in Concert

March 9

Legendary groups the Temptations and the Four Tops play Bass Concert Hall for a night. Named one of ...

Taste of Mexico

May 4

Since 1998, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Taste of Mexico has become one of the leading Mexican-inspired cul...

Mid-Texas Symphony: Star Wars and Beyond

April 3

How did the legendary film composer John Williams create such a fantastic soundtrack for "Star Wars"...

Llano Crawfish Open

April 22-23

It's crawfish season and the Llano Crawfish Open celebrates with great food, arts and crafts, the Cr...

SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Conference and Festival

March 11-20

Every spring, crowds descend on downtown Austin to experience the world-renowned SXSW conference and...

Hot Luck Festival

May 26-29

Honor the soul, sweat, and DIY diversity of the food and music world. Hot Luck is an eat-with-your-f...

John Mayer in Concert

April 20-21

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist, celebrated songwriter, and iconic guitar player, John Mayer ...

Justin Bieber in Concert

April 27

Grammy Award-winning global superstar Justin Bieber is bringing his Justice World Tour to Austin. ...

Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show

March 26

A day filled with all things gardening and horticulture brings spring life to Burnet. Shop for plant...

Bluebonnet Festival

April 8-10

Bluebonnet season begins with a grand parade, carnival, and two stages with live music. The festivi...

Bluebonnet Airshow

March 19

The 30th annual Bluebonnet Air Show is full of aerobatics, ground acts, and kids' activities. The U....

Paint the Town

April 24-30

Plein-air artists from across the nation work in various medium to capture the outdoor sights and sc...

Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF)

March 11-13

More than 6,000 people come out each year to the banks of the Llano River for Llano Earth Art Fest...

Fiddle Fest

April 1-3

In an effort to capture and maintain a musical tradition that comes from our ancestors' souls, Fiddl...

Highland Lakes Pod Backbone Creek Chili Cookoff

May 8

Sample a chili cookoff with proceeds benefiting local Marble Falls charities. ...

"Howdy-Roo" Regional CASI Chili Championship and Lonestar Barbecue State Championship

May 7

The 50th annual chili championship and 27th annual barbecue championship competitions include chili,...

Rodeo Austin

March 12-26

Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show with 16 animals into one of Austin's premier even...

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

March 23-27

The world's top 64 professional golfers compete in this elite tournament that draws the likes of Tig...

NASCAR at COTA

March 25-27

The second annual NASCAR weekend at Circuit of The Americas features the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity ...

Capitol 10K

April 10

Established in 1978, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 has grown to become the largest 10K in Texas and s...

Fusebox Festival

April 13-17

Hundreds of local, national, and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of th...

Reggae Fest

April 22-24

A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and du...

CapTex Triathlon

May 30

All levels of athletes from top-ranked professionals to first-time triathletes compete in this triat...

Dinosaur World Live

March 3

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show...

J Balvin in Concert

April 20

Multiplatinum recording artist, Latin Grammy winner, and reggaeton superstar, J Balvin, announces hi...

Russ in Concert

May 15

Russ is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer from Atlanta. He brings his Shake The Globe Tour ...

Town-Wide Garage Sale, Plant Sale, and Bake Sale

April 23

Comfort Park becomes the scene of multiple garage sales by local residents at the annual Town-Wide G...

Cactus Jack Bull Riding

May 5-7

The Cactus Jack Bull Riding competition is where cowboys come to two-step with some of the fiercest ...

"Amadeus"

March 24-April 9

Antonio Salieri, the religiously devoted court composer of the Austrian Emperor, still waits for the...

Living History Event

March 12-May 14

On the second Saturday of March, April, and May, see rotating demonstrations for blacksmithing, weav...

Folkfest

April 9-10

Early Texas costumed interpreters join troops of buffalo soldiers, Confederate veterans, and Revolut...

Texas Flower Country Women's Run

May 7

Run or walk through the flower fields and vineyards of Wildseed Farms. Then, enjoy the beautiful set...

Stargazing

March 15

Explore the night sky with a park ranger. Bringing binoculars and a folding chair are recommended bu...

Spear Throwing

March 16

Learn about one the oldest hunting devices, the atlatl, and then try your hand at using one....

Bluebonnet Storytime and Craft

March 17

Learn more about the state flower of Texas and paint a picture to take home....

Guided Sunrise Hike

March 18

Start your day with a scenic hike up to an overlook peak. The hike is 2.4 miles total. Trails includ...

Sunset Block Party

May 27

The city of Hutto is excited to welcome the annual Sunset Block Party. This free, family-friendly ev...

Deer Storytime and Craft Time

April 2

Read with a park ranger and learn about white-tailed deer. Before you go, create a craft to take hom...

Spring Break at the National Museum of the Pacific War

March 3-20

Dive deep into spring break at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Explore what life was like du...

Pride in the Pacific Living History Reenactment

March 12

Hear the rattling of machine guns, feel the heat of the flamethrower, and smell the powder of rifle ...

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum

March 14-19

The grounds are full of living history demonstrations (and fun for the entire family) including toma...

Trade Days

March 18-20

You'll be shopping till you drop, with over 350 vendors in seven barns, acres of antiques, a biergar...

Mud Dauber Festival and Chili Cookoff

March 19

Named in honor of the pesky insect, this open chili cookoff and live music festival shows why Lucken...

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

March 26

The show features a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts and other collectib...

Texas Hill Country Wineries' Wine and Wildflower Journey

March 28-April 22

Get tickets online to receive full complimentary tastings and wine discounts at dozens of participat...

Texas Vintage Motorcycle Fandango

April 1-3

Known as the “Best Little Vintage Bike Event in Texas,” the Texas Fandango is a vintage swap mee...

Wildflower Celebration

April 2-17

Enjoy viewing wildflower fields in full bloom along with two butterfly gardens. Be sure to bring you...

River City Ringers in Concert

April 10

The Fredericksburg Music Club presents the River City Ringers of San Antonio, a community handbell c...

Trade Days

March 18-20, April 15-17, May 20-22

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primit...

Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

April 17

Come to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at LBJ State Park to learn about German Easter tradit...

Wildflower 5K/10K Run and Walk and Children's Fun Run

April 23

Follow a scenic course in and around Fredericksburg and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather and wildfl...

Luckenbach Bluegrass Festival

April 23

Spend the day enjoying bluegrass music, great food, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The bluegrass ...

Monster Truck Wars

April 23

America's wildest monster truck show promises fun and high-energy excitement with some of the monste...

Spring Fish Fry

April 23

This annual fundraiser for the volunteer fire department of Fredericksburg features a freshly fried ...

"Lend Me a Tenor"

April 29-May 15

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the madcap, screwball comedy that was a sensation on Broadwa...

175th Anniversary Closing Weekend Ceremonies

May 6-8

After a yearlong celebration of the founding of Fredericksburg 175 years ago, the festivities conclu...

Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally

May 6-8

Activities include Texas Hill Country rides, a cowboy breakfast, Brew and ‘Que, live music, and su...

Trade Days

May 20-22

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primit...

Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club Show

May 21

This annual tractor show features old tractors and farm machinery—some of it restored to operate ...

Crawfish Festival

May 27-29

Enjoy great Cajun food, live music, and a kid’s carnival. The event is sponsored by the Fredericks...

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

March 1-12

For more than 20 years. the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center has presented three separate art exhibits ...

"They Played a Rigged Game"

March 18-20, 25-27; April 1-3

Hill Country Arts Foundation presents this new play by local playwright David R. Remschel. Michael D...

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet: "Victorian Twilight"

March 4

The classical chamber music concert by Camerata San Antonio features the guest artist pianist Viktor...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

March 5

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items...

Celtic Angels Ireland in Concert

March 27

Celtic Angels Ireland celebrate their cherished heritage through Irish dance, music, and song....

Hill Country Gun Show

April 16-17

Items available at this gun show include new and used guns and knives, coins, cutting boards, and am...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

April 2

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items...

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet: "All Ravel"

April 8

This classical chamber music concert by Camerata San Antonio features the guest artist pianist Vikto...

Concerts by the River

March 11, April 8, May 6

Pack your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out to the park to enjoy a free summer concert al...

"For Such a Time As This"

April 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Based on the biblical story of Esther, this original musical is a love story about the young beauty ...

The Jive Aces: Swingtime

April 9

Direct from London, the Jive Aces are internationally renowned for their superior musicianship and s...

Texas Gun and Knife Show

April 9-10

Vendors sell new and used guns and knives, ammunition, coins, jewelry, camping gear, accessories, an...

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

April 22-May 21

For more than 20 years. the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center has presented three separate art exhibits ...

Symphony of the Hills: "Primitive Echoes: Mystery of War and Peace"

April 28

The professional symphony orchestra performs a program featuring music that recognizes the power, fu...

"Drinking Habits"

April 29-May 1, May 6-8, 13-15

Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce....

Roaring Lions 2022 Car Show

April 30

This judged event has everything from antique cars and Corvettes to Jeeps and trucks and everything ...

Concerts by the River

March 11, April 8, May 6

Pack your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out to the park to enjoy a free summer concert al...

Concerts by the River

March 11, April 8, May 6

Pack your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out to the park to enjoy a free summer concert al...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

May 7

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items...

Mother and Son Dance

May 14

This annual event is a magical evening filled with dinner and dancing for mothers, mother figures, a...

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 26-June 12

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running mu...

Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show

May 26-July 9

The nation's finest gourd artists compete in a variety of categories at this annual show. ...

Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft

May 17-29

An exhibition of some of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from around the state, the...

Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall Opening Night

May 28

For more than 90 years, Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall has been a entertainment spot along the banks o...

Historic Gruene's Texas Independence Day Celebration

March 2

To celebrate the 186th anniversary of Texas independence, Gruene Historic District is throwing a Tex...

Friday Afernoon Club at Gruene Hall

March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27

A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 24th year, where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters...

Kinderschuhe 5K Run and Walk

March 5

New Braunfels Utilities partnered with Communities in Schools in 2004 to create Kinderschuhe 5K Run ...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

March 17; April 21; May 19

On the third Thursday of each month (except January), come to The Grapevine and taste some of Texas'...

Old Gruene Market Days

March 19-20; April 16-17; May 21-22

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10 a.m. t...

KNBT Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall

May 22

Co-sponsored by Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels, this annual celebration spotlights...

Women's Ranch Rodeo and Kids' Mutton Bustin'

March 5

This rodeo is presented by the Bandera ProRodeo Association and features an evening with a kids' mut...

Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Parade and Rodeos

May 27-29

Bandera ProRodeo presents three nights of PRCA-sanctioned rodeos with bull riding, team roping, bare...

Buck Wild Rough Stock Rodeo

April 23

Events at this rough stock rodeo include mutton busting, mini broncs, cash scramble, mini bull ridin...

Ham Rodeo

March 19

This annual rodeo features vendors, wild hogs, barbecue, a Friday night concert, and interactive act...

Thunder in the Hill Country and Bandera Bike Week

March 24-27

The 20th annual Thunder in the Hills Bike Rally takes place during Bandera Bike Week. Activities inc...

Fiber and Arts Week and Festival

March 8-12

Celebrating Texas wool, mohair, and alpaca, the Bandera Fiber and Arts Week and Festival offers clas...

Stampede Weekend Arts and Crafts Show

May 28-29

As part of the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Parade and Rodeos, Bandera presents the Arts and Crafts...

Clay Shoot

March 17

Enjoy this sportsmanship experience where shooters from all over Texas gather to bust clays for brag...

Homeschool Day: Energy

Jan. 12, 27

Build a working waterwheel, investigate sustainable energy solutions, and create electricity by peda...

"Imprint ATX:

Jan. 15-Feb. 15

Featuring 13 artists, "Imprint ATX" is a booth-style group exhibition surveying contemporary print w...

Red Poppy Festival

April 22-24

The “Red Poppy Capital of Texas” celebrates this annual event in honor of red poppy season. The ...

OUTsider Festival

Feb. 16-20

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community...

"Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

March 22-27

Roald Dahl’s classic children's book tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the ...

"Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia"

Feb. 20-June 5

This is the first retrospective of renowned Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz presented in the United St...

The Bell House Wimberley Cooking Classes

Feb. 10-Dec. 5

The Bell House Wimberley, a new venue for cooking classes and events located in the heart of histori...

TexasFest Austin—Hutto

March 5-6

Major concerts collide with contemporary art displays, a classic and exotic car show, frisbee dogs, ...

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