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Blanco Lavender Festival (photo by Stan A. Williams)

From May to July, driving through the Texas Hill Country smells a bit more magical thanks to fields of purple lavender that blanket farmland throughout the area. If you’re a lover of the fragrant herb, head to Blanco for the 14th annual Blanco Lavender Festival on June 8-10. The Blanco County Courthouse transforms into a lavender market, with goods sold by local makers and artists. Learn all about the plant inside the courthouse, where programming will run throughout the weekend. If you want to catch the action by car, area farms welcome visitors to experience the enchanting purple blooms up close—some provide live music and entertainment during the big weekend.

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