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...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

Feb. 18

On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showc...

Celtic Angels Ireland

March 21

The Irish group celebrates their cherished heritage through traditional dance, music, and song. They...

Sweethearts Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist

Feb. 14

In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, Gruene Hall serves up inspiring gospel music ...

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...

Old Gruene Market Days

Feb. 20-21

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

"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...

Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party

Feb. 7

Burn off some calories in your favorite team jersey, tailgate, and get the party started in Gruene. ...

Salon des Refuses Gallery

Dec. 7-20

Featuring artwork submitted but not chosen for the Stars of Texas show, this exhibit is located at t...

Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit

Feb. 7-20

This juried regional exhibit, displayed at the historic Santa Fe Depot, runs for two weeks and culmi...

Trade Days

Feb. 19-21

Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns, explore acres of antiques, sip a brew at the biergarten, ...

The Wittliff Collections Festival

Nov. 14

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

"9 to 5 the Musical"

Feb. 12-14, 19-21, 26-28

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the musical based on the classic movie starring Jane Fonda, ...

Renaissance Festival

Jan. 29-31

The Kerrville Renaissance Festival returns for the fifth year with a different look for its three-da...

Winter Market

Jan. 23-24

For the fifth straight year, vendors from all over the state and beyond come to Kerrville with their...

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Feb. 9-14

Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Arts present Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptatio...

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 ...

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

June 18-20

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

11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras

Feb. 3-7

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

Wild Game Dinner

Jan. 31

Enjoy an expertly prepared wild game dinner featuring venison in different forms, from chili to gumb...

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 ...

Castell Grind—Gravel Grinder Bike Race

April 10

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

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Feb. 13

Legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the swing era. He and his...

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 ...

"Design Shine"

Nov. 18, 2020-March 4, 2021

Created to showcase emerging talent in the fields of architecture and design, this annual competitio...

Founders Day Parade

March 20

Every 25 years since the founding of the city, there has been a parade and celebration in downtown N...

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. ...

Spring Fling Art Sale

April 11

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (The Artist of Fredericksburg) presents the Spring Fling Art Sale, ...

Llano River Chuckwagon Cookoff

April 2-3

Every year since 2005, a group of chuckwagon enthusiasts get together on the banks of the Llano Rive...

Crawfish Open

April 16-17

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

Fiddle Fest

April 3

This year, the Llano Fiddle Fest has scaled back its popular weekend event to just one day, but the ...

The Texas Vintage Motorcycle Fandango

April 9-11

Join in for a vintage swap meet, vintage bike show, and vintage motorcycle races all in one fun-pack...

City-Wide Vintage Sale

April 10-11

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

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...

Bierfest

April 3

The fourth annual Bierfest serves up great brews, food, live music, games, art displays, and an auct...

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...

First Friday Art Walk

March 5

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

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum

March 15-20

The museum grounds are full of living history presenters including Texas Rangers and activities such...

Trade Days

March 19-21

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

Celebrate Texas 2021

March 20

Join the Former Texas Rangers Foundation at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center for this annual event....

Mud Dauber Festival and Chili Cookoff

March 20

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

Texas Hill Country Wine and Wildflower Journey

March 26-April 11

Enjoy the wineries and natural beauty of the Hill Country on a self-guided tour that includes compli...

First Friday Art Walk

April 2

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

Wildflower Celebration

April 3-18

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

Bluebonnet Antique Tractor Ride

April 10

Antique tractors, cars, trucks, and a “people mover” make a 20-mile loop through scenic Gillespi...

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...

Fiber and Arts Festival

March 4-6

At this Texas Hill Country experience that celebrates sheep and wool, attendees can participate in v...

Ham Rodeo

March 12-13

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

Texas Hill Country Bike Week

March 25-28

Along with the Thunder in the Hills motorcycle rally, this event offers scheduled rides throughout t...

Women's Ranch Rodeo and Kids' Mutton Busting

March 6

Capping off a weekend of events, this rodeo is presented by the Bandera ProRodeo Association and fea...

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...

"America the Beautiful"

March 2-19

This is the 51st annual national exhibition of Women Artists of the West, a nonprofit organization d...

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

March 6

The Market Days portion of this event continues to feature artists and crafters who bring their own ...

"Trying"

March 19-20, 26-27; April 3-4

This two-character play by Joanna McClelland Glass is based on the author’s experience during 1967...

Easter Hill Country Bike Tour

April 2-4

Experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country and three days of the best riding Tex...

Easterfest

April 3

A fun-filled community event, Easterfest includes a barbecue and chili cookoff, food, games, rides, ...

Blooms and Barrels Plant Sale

April 10

Explore native and adaptive plants, rain barrels, and education stations at this floral-themed show....

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

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...

Kinderschuhe 5K Run and Walk

March 6-7

Presented by New Braunfels Utilities, the annual Kinderschuhe 5K Run and Walk benefits Communities i...

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

March 18

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

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

April 15

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

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

March 20-21

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

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

March 6, 13, 20, 27

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

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...

Market on Main

March 6

Come to Main Street to experience 70-plus craft makers, bakers, and style creators from around the H...

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...

South by Southwest

March 16-21

The annual tech, film, music, and comedy festival in the capital city moves to an all-online format....

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