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Upcoming Events

Deutschen Pfest

Oct. 16-18

Pflugerville’s most popular pfestival, the Deutschen Pfest is always bursting with pfun beginning ...

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

Oct. 10

Termed “A Ride to Preserve History,” the LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour has become an iconic Texas Hill Co...

Food and Wine Festival

Nov. 13-15

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...

Festival of the Arts

Nov. 7-8

At this two-day juried fine arts show and sale, more than 100 artists working in a variety of media ...

Kerrville Folk Festival

Oct. 8-18

The longest continuously running music festival in the United States offers 18 days and nights of mu...

The Wittliff Collections Festival

Jan. 9 (rescheduled date)

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

Lauren Daigle in Concert

April 7

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

Black Violin in Concert

Feb. 5

Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Jo...

A Talk with Food Writer Samin Nosrat

Feb. 2 (rescheduled date)

As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at ...

Greater Austin Comic Con

October 3-4

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. ...

JC Art Walk

Oct. 24

Local galleries open with current exhibitions, featuring artists highlighting their latest projects....

JC Art Walk

Nov. 28

Local galleries open with current exhibitions, featuring artists highlighting their latest projects....

JC Art Walk

Dec. 26

Local galleries open with current exhibitions, featuring artists highlighting their latest projects....

Hill Country Living Festival and Rainwater Revival

Oct. 24

Celebrate the art of catching the rain and living lightly, responsibly, and beautifully in the Texas...

Field of Honor

Nov. 7-15

Pay tribute to our valued veterans, active and reserve-duty military, first responders, service anim...

Rolling Roadshow’s Camp Kaboom

Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Want to go back to the days of being a kid at summer camp? With Camp Kaboom, you can! During the day...

Old Gruene Market Days

Oct. 17-18

Held every month except January for over 30 years, Old Gruene Market Days features more than 100 art...

Día de Los Muertos Festival

Oct. 24

Honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones with this Día de los Muertos celebr...

Old Gruene Market Days

Nov. 21-22

Held every month except January for over 30 years, Old Gruene Market Days features more than 100 art...

Old Gruene Market Days

Dec. 5-6

Held every month except January for over 30 years, Old Gruene Market Days features more than 100 art...

Pfall Chili Pfest

Nov. 7

Join in for a pfun time at the 13th annual Pfall Chili Pfest, pfeaturing the chili cookoff and tasti...

Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Tournament

Oct. 16-18

Held along the banks of the beautiful, spring-fed Llano River, Oktoberfisch is an annual event organ...

Swan Songs Serenade with Robert Earl Keen

Oct. 25

Austin music nonprofit ​Swan Songs hosts its ​10th annual Swan Songs Serenade gala, featuring ...

Oktoberfest

Oct. 2-4

Oompah at its best! Celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage with food and drink, dance contests...

Junk Hippy at Llano's Western Weekend

Oct. 17

Shop 100 vendors selling vintage, antique, and handmade wares. The rodeo and stock show are also hap...

Fall Into Art Festival

Oct. 17-18

The fifth-annual festival has over 70 fine arts booths from painters, sculptors, weavers, photograph...

Texas Clay Festival

Oct. 24-25

The 27th annual Texas Clay Festival features the work of over 80 Texas potters and clay artists. Vie...

Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water 10-Mile, 5K, and Kids' K

Nov. 8

Run for the Water is the second-largest, fully charity-produced road race in Austin, Texas. The even...

Fossil Fest

Nov. 7-8

Students from preschool to high school benefit from learning about paleontology and fossils. Highlig...

Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival

Nov. 12-14

Immerse yourself in the world of rubber stamping and paper art with this creative festival. Enjoy ar...

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in Concert (CANCELED)

Oct. 6

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest live acts, the Australian rock band performs 15 shows acro...

Gruene Music and Wine Festival

Oct. 8-11

The 34th annual festival has specially curated wine and craft beer tastings, plus live music. Ticket...

Simpson Car and Bike Show

Oct. 24

See unique cars and bikes at the fourth annual show. There is food, live music, raffle drawings, and...

Food and Wine Fest

Oct. 22-24

Celebrating its 30th year, the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest is a grand celebration of Texas foo...

Wurstfest

Nov. 6-15

During the 10-day festival, find a variety of entertainment, food, and fun while celebrating German ...

Folkfest

Oct. 17-18

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

Hill Country Comicon

Nov. 28-29

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

Kerr County Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games

Oct. 10-11

Celebrate Celtic heritage with athletic contests, a Highland dance competition, food, music, and tra...

Quiltfest

Oct. 17-24

For the last nine years, the Medina Quilt Group has hosted Quiltfest to bring together multiple type...

Good Life Festival and 5K

Oct. 10

Celebrate the things that make life special: family, health, and happiness. Enjoy a poultry petting ...

Williamson County Fair and Rodeo

Oct. 22-24

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

Haunted Taylor: History, Mystery, and Murder Tour

Oct. 17-31

Revel in tales of Taylor's rough and tumble past and the stories behind many familiar buildings (and...

Main Street Car Show

Oct. 31

Historic Main Street hosts classic to cutting-edge cars from near and far. Feast your eyes on approx...

Gem Capers

Oct. 23-25

More than 30 vendors present jewelry, beads, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, and spheres. Ex...

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Oct. 24-25

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

Sami Show Marketplace

Nov. 21-22

Since 1975, the Sami Show Marketplace has provided a unique shopping experience. Visit many small bu...

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Nov. 28-29

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

Little Texas in Concert

Oct. 15

Little Texas is best known for shaking up the country music scene in the '90s by creating a new soun...

Lee Roy Parnell in Concert

Nov. 20

An excellent writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and an array of guitar chops drawn a...

50 Miles by Wire, 1875

Oct. 2-4

Fort McKavett was one of the first telegraph stations in West Texas. Come out and see how that landm...

"Young Latinx Artists 25"

Sept. 18-Nov. 23

This exhibition features contemporary artists who have participated in the emerging artists program ...

Bucktober Fest (CANCELED)

Oct. 3

Combining the opening of bow hunting season with Oktoberfest, this merchant-driven block party has f...

Harvest Fest

Oct. 16-17

Visit downtown merchants for an official "passport" stamp from Comfort, Texas. Enter a drawing for ...

X-Treme Bull Riding

Oct. 17

The bulls are back in town! See bull riders try and hold on to the backs of rowdy bulls for eight se...

Castell Grind—Gravel Grinder Bike Race

Oct. 17

The Castell Grind is a bicycle race comprised of three separate endurance gravel races: the Full Gri...

South Texas Longhorn Association Longhorn Show and Futurity

Oct. 16-18

Proudly recognized as the oldest and one of the largest affiliates of the Texas Longhorn Breeders As...

Llano County Fall Festival

Oct. 16-18

Celebrate the fall season with kids' rides and activities, flint rock knapping (shaping), live music...

Llano River Pumpkin Float

Oct. 24

Bring your carved pumpkins and enjoy the evening float and glow as you see lots of carved and lit pu...

Scarecrow Invasion

Oct. 15-31

Unique, fun, and creative scarecrows invade the town of Comfort every October. Visitors can see them...

Squared Silly

Oct. 31

Vision Lampasas hosts Squared Silly to promote safe and fun activities to youngsters while allowing ...

Hunter Appreciation Day

Nov. 6

The opening of deer season proves to be a holiday worthy of celebration in the Deer Capital of Texas...

Hunter's Welcome

Nov. 6

The Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center ushers in the hunting season by welcoming...

Healthy Kids Running Series

Oct. 4-Nov. 8

The Healthy Kids Running Series is a national, community-based nonprofit that provides a fun, inclus...

Crockett County Veterans Appreciation Dinner

Nov. 11

Join an annual dinner honoring the veterans of Crockett County and their families. Veterans and thei...

Girls' Night Out

Nov. 17

Get your holiday shopping done with the girls in historic downtown Comfort. Shop owners offer new it...

Christmas In Comfort

Nov. 29

Ring in the holiday season with craft and food vendors lining the streets of downtown Comfort. Famil...

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park

Nov. 27-Dec. 31

Sip hot chocolate and stroll along the Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu P...

Remembering Crockett County Veterans Exhibit

Nov. 2-Dec. 31

Each year, the Crockett County Museum honors veterans both past and present with an exhibit featurin...

First Friday Art Walk

Oct. 2

Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewin...

Lone Star Gourd Festival

Oct. 2-4

A three-day event featuring a gourd art competition, gourd art sales, gourd supplies, technique clas...

Oktober Market

Oct. 10

Messina Hof Hill Country hosts this German-style celebration and Oktober Market. Shop local vendors ...

Monarch Celebration at Wildseed Farms

Oct. 10

At this fun and educational event for the whole family, celebrate the annual monarch butterfly migra...

Fall Fish Fry

Oct. 10

The 40th annual Stonewall volunteer fire department's fundraiser includes fried catfish with all the...

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

Oct. 9-11

This festival has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg and has come a long way since the f...

Austin City Limits Music Festival (CANCELED)

Oct. 2-4, 9-11

One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two-weekend, six-day festival brings t...

Knights of Columbus Bestfest

Oct. 17

Not quite Oktoberfest but the best fest with specialty beer and sausage tastings, live music, polka ...

Trade Days

Oct. 16-18

Shop the more than 400 vendors in seven barns, find acres of antiques, imbibe cool beverages at the ...

Food and Wine Fest

Oct. 22-24

The 30th annual Food and Wine Fest is a grand celebration of Texas food and wine with musical entert...

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Oct. 24

This show features a wide variety of some of the finest Native American items and artifacts from Tex...

"Count Dracula"

Oct. 9-24

The Hill Country Arts Foundation presents this show written by Ted Tiller, a witty version of the st...

"Deathtrap"

Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this classic thriller that provides twists and turns of devi...

Virtual Film Festival

Oct. 22-29

The Austin Film Festival's mission is to further the art and craft of storytelling by inspiring an...

Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 22nd year, where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters...

Herbstfest German Chorale Fall Concert

Nov. 1

Spend the evening listening to German folk music with a sing-along, presented by the historic Herman...

First Friday Art Walk

Nov. 6

Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewin...

Opening Day of Hunting Season Fish Fry

Nov. 7

This annual catfish dinner fundraiser is held on the opening day of hunting season and benefits the ...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

Sept.5, Oct. 10, Nov. 7

Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters bringing their own original handcrafted jewelr...

Virtual Texas Book Festival

Oct. 31-Nov. 15

For the first time ever, the 2020 Texas Book Festival Weekend is being held entirely online. This vi...

Texas Hill Country Cowboy Gathering

Nov. 13-14

This two-day festival of song, story, poetry, and art features internationally acclaimed, regional, ...

Texas All-Star Big Band Bash

Nov. 12-15

At the 23rd annual Texas All-Star Big Band Bash, enjoy two nights of rocking concerts with proceeds ...

Die Kunstler Fine Art Show and Sale (CANCELED)

Nov. 13-15

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (the artists of Fredericksburg), or DK for short, is an all-volunte...

Old Gruene Market Days

Sept. 21-22; Oct. 19-20; Nov. 16-17

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

Trade Days

Nov. 20-22

Shop the more than 400 vendors in seven barns, find acres of antiques, imbibe cool beverages at the ...

The Peddler Holiday Show

Nov. 27-29

Celebrating over 40 years as Texas' favorite arts and crafts show, the Peddler Show comes to Frederi...

Trade Days Holiday Encore

Nov. 27-29

Shop at Trade Days twice in November with this encore market featuring more than 400 vendors selling...

"Inspector Carol"

Nov. 20-Dec. 6

"A Christmas Carol" meets "The Government Inspector" meets "Noises Off" in this hilarious hit from S...

Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating

Nov. 27-Jan. 3

The annual seasonal outdoor ice skating rink opens this year to benefit The Heritage School, the Cys...

Fall Native Plant Sale and Festival

Oct. 3

At this family-friendly event, you can find a native plant and tree sale, expert advice for success ...

Kerr County 4-H Wild Game Dinner

Oct. 3

Enjoy a feast of wild game, chicken, or catfish and an auction and raffle. ...

James Avery Invitational Golf Tournament

Oct. 2-4

The 54-hole, two-man golf tournament is played over three days at three different courses. ...

Hill Country Gun Show

Oct. 10-11

An event for collectors of guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammo, and equipment, with the procee...

Specialty Car and Truck Auction

Oct. 16-17

At this auction, find rare and classic automobiles, trucks, and auto memorabilia. ...

River Festival

Oct. 17

Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and come out and enjoy live music, games, river activities, a...

"Silent Sky"

Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

Henrietta Leavitt became one of the most prominent voices in astronomy, and her work was the basis f...

Chalk Festival

Oct. 17-18

This sixth annual festival celebrates the art of street painting, with a kids' chalk zone, face pain...

A Night at the Museum

Oct. 24

Get spooked with ghost stories, a costume contest, food trucks, live music, and family fun. ...

Kerr County Fair and Carnival/Midway

Oct. 22-25

The 41st annual county fair includes vendors, a petting zoo, children’s activities, judged exhibit...

Mountain Bike Fest

Oct. 24-25

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

Haunted Ghoul Pool

Oct. 24-25

The Olympic Pool is transformed into a ghoulish haunted house for a night of goosebumps, spooks, and...

Movies in the Park: Halloween Movie Month

Oct. 3, 10, 31

Load up the car and bring the kids, blankets, and flashlights for free popcorn and a Halloween-theme...

Pumpkin Run and Harvest Festival

Oct. 31

At the 10th annual Pumpkin Run, come dressed in costume and then stay for the Harvest Festival, a fr...

Family Fright Night

Oct. 31

Activities include trick or treating, games, and a costume contest....

Halloween Mystery Dinner

Oct. 31

Enjoy a night of suspense and laughter with a catered meal paired with delicious wine. ...

VA Open Car Show and Parade

Nov. 7

This open car show and parade offers entertainment, food, and fun, and benefits patients at Kerrvill...

Holiday Magic Craft Sale

Nov. 7

The third annual sale includes Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, gifts, clothing, jewelry, a b...

Texas Gun and Knife Show

Nov. 14-15

Vendors sell used and new guns, knives and ammo, gold and silver coins, jewelry, and other collectib...

Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 21

Officially welcome the holiday season with a lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus on his si...

Community Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 26

This free, hot Thanksgiving meal offers all the trimmings to the community. ...

Lights Spectacular Market Days

Nov. 27-29

Right in time for the holidays, find local vendors selling handmade and original items....

ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase

Nov. 13-Dec. 11

A holiday shopping showcase of handmade crafts by area artists....

Texas Furniture Makers Show

Nov. 5-Dec. 18

The annual juried show features the best furniture makers in Texas. ...

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 ...

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