The Pedernales River through Pedernales Falls State Park

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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

NASCAR at COTA

May 21-23

The inaugural NASCAR weekend at Circuit of The Americas features the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Seri...

Food and Wine Festival

Nov. 5-7, 2021

The annual culinary extravaganza offers three days of delicious food and wine along with panels and ...

"Lady Bird: Beyond the Wildflowers"

April 4, 2020-August 8, 2021

This new exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of former first lady of the United States, Lady B...

Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

April 25

The annual race attracts more than 20,000 participants from around the world and finishes at the Tex...

"Little Shop of Horrors"

April 9-10, 16-17, 23-24

The classic cautionary musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken features man-eating plants, a mild-m...

The Wittliff Collections Festival

Nov. 14

The internationally acclaimed collection of Southwest writing, photography, film, and music hosts it...

Lauren Daigle in Concert

Nov. 5

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Lauren Daigle, who has sold out every one of her shows to date, opened ...

Greater Austin Comic Con

June 18-20

Celebrate all things pop culture. This event includes vendors, gaming competitions, cosplay contests...

Bat Fest

Aug. 29, 2021

Come see 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. ...

Hill Country Comicon

Aug. 14-15, 2021

Embrace your nerdiness at a family-friendly comic convention that features comic books, toys, cards,...

Williamson County Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 21-24, 2021

It's rodeo time in Taylor and this three-day fair and rodeo consists of 100 shopping vendors, great ...

Mountain Bike Fest

Oct. 23-24, 2021

The largest mountain bike festival in Texas appeals to families as well as a wide variety of outdoor...

Moontower Comedy Festival

April 16-17, May 15-16, June 25-26

Founded in 2011, this festival offers a diverse mix of comedians, podcasts, and performers from arou...

Moontower Comedy Festival

Sept. 22-25, 2021

Established in 2011, this festival offers a diverse mix of comedians, podcasts, and performers from ...

Virtual Exhibit: "The Brush is a Bow"

Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021

Howard Rains is an artist and master fiddler originally from Texas and now living in Kansas. Rains p...

John Conlee in Concert

May 7

Country superstar John Conlee performs a show filled with his classic hits. Conlee's success began i...

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

May 1

The 49th annual chili championship and 26th annual barbecue championship competitions include chili,...

Highland Lakes Pod Backbone Creek Chili Cookoff

May 2

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

Crawfish Open

April 16-17

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

City-Wide Vintage Sale

May 22-23

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, ligh...

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 7

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the streets of downtown Brownwood. The outdoor fiesta includes food and c...

QuiltFest, Vintage Trucks, and Antique Tractor Pull

May 1

Quilters are encouraged to enter their works of art to be displayed for all to enjoy at this non-com...

"Rumors"

April 16-25

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York, Charlie...

Spring Tractor Pull and Handcrafted Market

April 17

Shop for unique one-of-a-kind items from local artisans selling artwork, woodwork, ceramics, handblo...

Texas Corvette Association Car Show

April 17

Main Street is lined with Corvettes of all shapes, sizes, and colors. It's truly an incredible sight...

Home Tour

April 16-17

Owners of five unique homes in Wimberley open their doors for the annual Hill Country Home Tour host...

"Mexico, the Border and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection"

Dec. 19-Aug. 22

The Sandoval Collection is comprised of over 1,500 artworks, many of them created by Mexican and Lat...

Taste of Mexico

April 21

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

Wildflower Celebration

April 3-18

Bring your camera and enjoy viewing wildflower fields in full bloom along with two butterfly gardens...

Trade Days

April 16-18

Shop at more than 350 vendors in seven barns, browse acres of antiques, and enjoy the biergarten and...

"The Sunshine Boys"

April 16-May 2

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this classic Neil Simon comedy about two top-billed vaudevil...

Spring Fish Fry

April 17

This annual fundraiser for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department features a freshly fried cat...

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

April 24

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

Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally

April 30-May 2

Along with rides through the scenic Texas Hill Country, this event offers a cowboy breakfast, "Brew ...

First Friday Art Walk

May 7

Tour fine art galleries that offer special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended view...

Maifest: A German Chorale Concert

May 2

Listen to an evening of German song and Fredericksburg gemütlichkeit (hospitality) featuring two hi...

Hill Country Film Festival

May 6-9

Celebrate independent film at this annual festival that screens more than 85 independent films and o...

175th Anniversary Opening Weekend Ceremonies

May 7-9

The town of Fredericksburg is throwing a big three-day bash for its 175th birthday. The festivities ...

Texas Flower Country Women's 5K/10K Run and Walk

May 8

At Texas' ultimate women's running experience, participants run or walk through the fields of Wildse...

Waltstock and Barrel Wine and Music Festival

May 13-15

Enjoy three days of beautiful, soulful music with more than 20 different performers, food trucks, an...

Trade Days

May 14-16

Shop at more than 350 vendors in seven barns, browse acres of antiques, and enjoy the biergarten and...

Crawfish Festival

May 28-30

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, this festival serves up great Cajun food, live music, and a...

PRCA Rodeo

May 28-30

Bandera ProRodeo presents three exciting evenings featuring top PRCA rodeo cowboys and mutton bustin...

Stampede Days Arts and Crafts Fair

May 29-30

Enjoy this arts and crafts fair that features live entertainment on the courthouse lawn....

Riding on Faith Rodeo

June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6

This Friday night open rodeo features steer riding, bull riding, barrel racing, and mutton busting....

RiverFest

June 26

Kayak races and rentals, a river rodeo, a car show, live music, children's activities, and a barbecu...

Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival

April 17

At this 17th annual sale and festival, celebrate Earth Day while browsing through a variety of nativ...

Texas Gun and Knife Show

April 24-25

Vendors sell used and new guns, knives and ammo, gold and silver coins and jewelry, and camping gear...

Symphony of the Hills

April 29

The professional symphony orchestra performs concerts that blend classical and contemporary music. T...

"I Ought to Be in Pictures"

April 30; May 1, 7-8, 14-15

In Neil Simon's comedy-drama play, a struggling writer is forced to come to terms with his aspiring-...

Concerts by the River

May 1, 7

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

Hill Country Gun Show

May 8-9

Vendors sell guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammo, and other merchandise, with all proceeds goi...

Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show

May 27-July 2

Taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, this show features the nation’s finest gourd artists comp...

Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft

May 28-30

At this 18th annual exhibition, some of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from all ov...

Festival of the Arts

May 29-30

More than 100 artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, a...

Criders Rodeo and Dancehall

May 29-Sept. 4

For 94 years, Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall has been a entertainment spot along the banks of the Guad...

Folk Festival

May 27-31

Featuring songwriters of national and international acclaim, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the long...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

May 20

On the third Thursday of the month, The Grapevine offers opportunities to enjoy Texas wines in Gruen...

Old Gruene Market Days

April 17-18

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods for sale between the hours ...

Old Gruene Market Days

May 15-16

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods for sale between the hours ...

Americana Music Jam

May 16

Co-sponsored by Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels, this is the music jam's 25th annua...

Saturday Night Rodeo

April 3, 10, 17, 24

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

June 5, 12, 19, 26

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Saturday Night Rodeo

Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27

The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each...

Forging Futures Classic Golf Tournament

April 25-26

At this charity golf tournament, you can play golf, sign up to win prizes, explore local shops, sigh...

Mayfest

May 5-8

Celebrate spring in the Hill Country with local craft beer and wine tents, live concerts, and a carn...

Paint the Town

MAY 2-8

30 Plein Air artists from across the nation work in various medium to capture the outdoor sights and...

Sculpture on Main

May 7-8

Downtown Marble Falls turns into a block wide art festival with pieces by the Texas Society of Sculp...

Virtual Exhibit: "Access Delayed—African American Suffragist’s Courageous Influence on the 19th Amendment"

Feb. 19-Dec. 31

Texas Folklife virtually exhibits a curated collection of quilts created by Quilt Friends Collective...

Brown County Rodeo

June 3-5

As one of the biggest fundraisers for the Brown County Youth Fair, this rodeo includes mutton bustin...

"DIGIBILITIES, the possibilities are endless"

March 12-April 17

Inspired Minds Art Center and Leslie Kell present this thought-provoking showcase of digital art tha...

Symphony of the Hills in Concert

Aug. 26

Symphony of the Hills presents "Homecoming," a concert featuring the return of former Symphony of th...

Travis Tritt in Concert

June 6

The award-winning country artist with three platinum albums and a worldwide following performs live....

Burnet County Area Fair

June 4-5

Enjoy a traditional county fair with quilts, photography, sewing, plants, arts and crafts, a barbecu...

Outlaw Rodeo and Sutton County Days

Aug. 13-14

Soak in the summer weather with two full rodeo performances, a dance, parade, food booths, and arts ...

Michelle's Hot Peeps 5K

Aug. 7

A chip-timed 5K and Kids' Dash, this run/walk benefits the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, which help...

July Fourth Celebration

July 4

Watch a parade flow through Murphy Park in the morning, followed by fireworks at dark. There is also...

Open Pro Rodeo

June 4-5

Watch bronc bustin', bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping. ...

Taylor Rodeo

July 16-18

Since 1950, the Taylor Rodeo Association has proudly brought the Taylor Rodeo in the home town of Bi...

Toughest 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Run

July 10

The Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 41st annual Toughest 10K. The race starts and fini...

Roundup Rodeo, Parade, and Festival

July 10

Every second weekend in July, folks gather in Mason for this annual event. Friday kicks off the week...

Old Town Street Festival

June 5

As one of Central Texas' most most popular events, this festival is held in early summer in downtown...

Texas Water Safari

June 12

Billed as the “World’s Toughest Canoe Race,” the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile long canoe a...

Juneteenth Celebration

June 11-12

The Blackshear/O.L. Price Ex-Student Association hosts the celebration with a Friday meet-and-greet....

A Day in the Park

June 12

Wineries, food trucks, a beer garden, cornhole, disc golf tournaments, kids games and activities, an...

Llano Rock'N Riverfest

July 2-4

Grab your lawn chair and sunscreen and enjoy your weekend in Hill Country. If you have a jet ski, br...

The Great Race

June 19

You may think you’ve been transported in time when you see 120 antique automobiles make their way ...

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

June 4-5

Enjoy Shakespeare in the park with the Bard's classic comedy about friendship, infidelity, love, and...

Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band in Concert

June 12

Multitalented Texas musician Bobby Flores brings his Yellow Rose Band and a unique brand of Texas Sw...

Urban Cowboy Reunion

June 18

Country music legends Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee celebrate the 40th anniversary of the smash-hit f...

"Clue"

June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of th...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

June 5

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters who bring their original handcrafted jewelry; ...

"A Nice Family Gathering"

June 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

In this comedy by Phil Olson, “Dad” was the kind of guy who loved his wife so much, he almost to...

Robert Earl Keen's Fourth on the River

July 4

Starting at noon, this Fourth of July celebration features a beer garden, food, vendor booths, famil...

Texas Gun and Knife Show

July 10-11

Vendors sell new and used guns, knives, ammo, and other merchandise for outdoor and hunting enthusia...

Summer Market

July 10-11

Vendors from all over the state present their art, jewelry, gourmet food, gift items, and other asso...

"Murder on the Orient Express"

Aug. 6-7, 13-15, 20-22

This fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie's most famous novel was crafted for the stage by anoth...

Pro Rodeo

July 10-11

Lester Meier Rodeo Company presents Kerrville Open Pro Rodeo. Rodeo events include bull riding, bare...

"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"

July 16-17, 23-24, 30-31; Aug. 6-7

Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life's great questions as they play baseball, stru...

Business Expo

Aug. 13-14

Come interact and network with businesses, organizations, and members of our community. Featuring ov...

Hill Country Gun Show

Aug. 14-15

Find a range of guns, knives, coins, and other gun show goods. ...

"Nobody's Perfect"

Aug. 20-21, 27-28; Sept. 3-4

In this romantic comedy by Simon Wiliams, Leonard Loftus is trying to get his books published, but H...

River Roadster Show

Aug. 28

Old and new hot rods are on display at this evening full of car fun, friends, and live music. ...

The Blackwood Singers in Concert

Aug. 28

Straight from their home at the Americana Theater in Branson, Missouri, the Blackwood Singers visit ...

Old Gruene Market Days

June 19-20; July 17-18; Aug. 21-22

Held every month except January for over 30 years, the market has nearly 100 vendors offering gifts,...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

June 17; July 15; August 19

On the third Thursday of the month, The Grapevine offers opportunities to enjoy Texas wines in Gruen...

Frank Schlather Day

June 23

Also known as Frank's Tranquilizer Hour, this event commemorates Frank Schlather, the legendary loca...

ATX Television Festival

June 11-21

To celebrate 10 seasons of ATX Television Festival, this year's event is expanding to 10 days and go...

"Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World"

May 19-Aug. 15

The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop c...

"Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow"

June 19-Nov. 28

Organized by the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition explores the struggle for full citizen...

Bat Fest

Aug. 28

Come see 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. ...

Lavender Festival

June 11-13

More than 100 of the finest arts and crafts vendors, exceptional music, local beer, regional wines, ...

Spring Ho Festival

July 5-11

Celebrating the Lampasas Springs on the first full weekend in July since 1972, the weeklong event ha...

Stars and Stripes Half Marathon and 5K/10K

July 18

The Stars and Stripes Half Marathon is a beautiful scenic course along country roads, making it one ...

Founders Day Parade

July 3

Visit New Braunfels as it celebrates its 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and “ge...

Founders Fireworks

July 4

Celebrate the city of New Braunfels with a fireworks display over Landa Lake. Open seating is availa...

Concert in the Park

June 27

Hosted by Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, the free Sunday evening concert this month features wes...

First Friday Art Walk

July 2

Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m., so that visitors can have time to partake...

Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

July 3-4, 17-18

Come out during the summer season for live horse racing at the Fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick yo...

July Fourth Community Parade and Patriotic Program

July 4

Originally started in 1991 by a group of community-minded friends, this small-town patriotic parade ...

July Fourth Fireworks Display

July 4

This annual fireworks display is sponsored by the city of Fredericksburg and takes place from the go...

"Beauty and The Beast Jr."

July 15-18

Fredericksburg Youth Theater presents this adaptation of the musical that is based on the original B...

Night in Old Fredericksburg

July 17

This festive occasion features live pari-mutuel horse racing and other activities all during the day...

Trade Days

July 20-22

Shop from more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, s...

Hill Country Auto Swap Meet

July 23-25

At the 43rd annual auto swap meet, car enthusiasts can find just about anything, including a "car co...

Concert in the Park

July 25

Hosted by Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, the free Sunday evening concert this month features dan...

Hill Country Film Festival

July 29-Aug. 1

"The Best Little Film Festival in Texas" celebrates independent film; screens more than 90 independ...

First Friday Art Walk

Aug. 6

Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m., so that visitors can have time to partake...

Texas Ranger Day and History Symposium

Aug. 7

Honoring those who have served and those still commissioned, Texas Rangers Day is a two-part event t...

"Always…Patsy Cline"

Aug. 13-15, 20-22

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragic...

Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

Aug. 14-15, 28-29

Come out during the summer season for live horse racing at the Fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick yo...

Trade Days

Aug. 20-22

Shop from more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, s...

Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 26-29

The Gillespie County Fair is the oldest continuous county fair in Texas and marks its 133rd year thi...

Gillespie County Fair Parade

Aug. 27

One of the Texas Hill Country’s oldest (133 years) and biggest parades has more than 200 units, ma...

113th Birthday Celebration for President Lyndon B. Johnson

Aug. 27

The National Park Service hosts the annual wreath-laying ceremony at President Johnson’s gravesite...

Concert in the Park

Aug. 29

Hosted by Pedernales Creative Arts Allicance, the free Sunday evening concert this month features vi...

Market Day

June 5

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and merchandise at this...

Market Day

July 3

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and merchandise at this...

Market Day

Aug. 7

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and merchandise at this...

Cowboys On Main

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Find all kinds of free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera every Saturday this summer. Possible activitie...

Cowboys On Main

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Find free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities in past years have included chuck wagon storyte...

Cowboys On Main

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

Find free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities in past years have included chuck wagon storyte...

Frontier Times Jamboree

June 27

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of live music with new hosts each month at this outdoor...

Frontier Times Jamboree

July 25

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of live music with new hosts each month at this outdoor...

Frontier Times Jamboree

Aug. 29

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of live music with new hosts each month at this outdoor...

Last Saturday Market

June 26

On the last Saturday of the month, find food, shopping, live music, and local entertainment at this ...

Last Saturday Market

July 31

On the last Saturday of the month, find food, shopping, live music, and local entertainment at this ...

Last Saturday Market

Aug. 28

On the last Saturday of the month, find food, shopping, live music, and local entertainment at this ...

Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony

July 23

This ceremony recognizes the contributions of remarkable individuals and wondrous characters who, th...

Fourth of July Pet Parade

July 4

All pets—anything you can lead, ride, or carry—are welcomed to participate in this Fourth of Jul...

National Day of the American Cowboy

July 24

Enjoy a fun-filled day around the courthouse with live music, reenactments, arts and crafts, childre...

Ridin' the River Cowboy Fellowship Ranch Rodeo

July 24

Come watch teams of four made up of youth under 16 or women as they complete in three everyday ranch...

First Friday Art Walk

June 4

Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m., so that visitors can have time to partake...

"Mamma Mia!"

June 4-6, 11-13, 18-20

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the hit musical featuring ABBA songs that tell the hilarious...

Masonic Open Car Show

June 5

The 16th annual open car show benefits various charitable and fraternal activities of Masonic Lodge ...

Fishing Day at LBJ State Park

June 5

Participants are invited to fish along the banks of the Pedernales River. Cane poles and bait are pr...

Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival

June 11-12

Hosted by Thomas Michael Riley, this 13th annual music festival showcases the best in Texas music an...

Peach JAMboree and Rodeo

June 17-19

The 60th celebration of the annual peach crop includes peach judging, crowning of the Peach Queen, a...

Trade Days

June 18-20

Shop from more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, s...

Luckenbach Food Truck Festival

June 26

Taste all the offerings at food trucks from the San Antonio, Austin, and Fredericksburg region, plus...

Homeschool Day: Earth Science

April 7, 22

From its rock-melting mantle to acid rain, explore our weird and wild planet. All young scientists a...

Trinere in Concert

April 24

American singer-songwriter and recording artist Trinere returns to the stage in Austin for the first...

Big Squeeze 2021 Conjunto Semi-Finals From Home

April 17

The 15th annual Big Squeeze returns with an all-virtual program including the Conjunto Semi-Finals. ...

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