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Upcoming Events in The Hill Country

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Nov. 27

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Frontier Times Museum hosts this family-friendly event that offers live music, storytelling, and other performances.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Fredericksburg

A Christmas Wine Affair

Nov. 28-Dec. 23

Various locations

Savor all that Texas Wine Country has to offer this holiday season by sipping and sampling award-winning wines at participating Texas Hill Country wineries.

texaswinetrail.com

Sonora

Downtown Christmas

Nov. 30

Main Street

A twinkling, lighted parade strolls down Main Street with a live nativity scene to ring in the Christmas season.

sonoratexas.org

San Marcos

Sights and Sounds of Christmas

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

San Marcos Plaza Park , 206 N. CM Allen Parkway

San Marcos turns into a winter wonderland with the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Journey through time to the town of Bethlehem where costumed actors and live animals set the atmosphere. Enjoy local children caroling, holiday concerts, and a special visit from Santa every night when he arrives in an unsuspecting way. Make furry friends at the petting zoo, ice skate, watch snow falling in Central Texas, get a thrill on carnival rides, and indulge in holiday food.

sights-n-sounds.org

Austin

Driskill Grand Lobby Tree Lighting

Dec. 1

The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.

Gather at The Driskill hotel and watch as the Grand Lobby tree is lit, accompanied by holiday music and caroling. The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas.

driskillhotel.com/driskill-experiences/driskill-holidays

Boerne

Old West Christmas Light Fest

Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-24

Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 SH 46

This fest delights attendees with holiday flavors and favorite traditions. Stroll through more than 2 million twinkling lights in an authentic Old West town, then enjoy live music, snacks, and drinks. Shop at the local artisan handmade market and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Snap photos at the digital photo booth, meet animals at the petting zoo, or let the kids run free on an inflatable jumping pad.

christmaslightfest.com

Ingram

Art Mart Christmas Gift Showcase

Dec. 1-17

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

This annual holiday shopping showcase features handmade crafts by area artists.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

Texas Furniture Makers' Show

Dec. 1-23

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, this annual statewide competition showcases some of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas.

kacckerrville.com

Austin

"The Watchmaker's Song"

Dec. 2-18

Neil-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Ventana Ballet and Red Nightfall Productions present "The Watchmaker's Song," an immersive retelling of "The Nutcracker." An Austin holiday favorite, this jazzy and interactive re-imagination of the classic story is performed at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum and serves to nurture and grow the vibrant culture of Austin, giving artists of all backgrounds and cultural traditions a platform to share their craft.

ventanaballet.com

Cottonwood Shores

"A Tuna Christmas"

Dec. 2-18

Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W. FM 2147

It’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp. A mysterious "Christmas Phantom," known for vandalizing the yard displays, threatens to throw the contest into turmoil. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills.

thehcct.org/a-tuna-christmas

Boerne

Stocking Stroll

Dec. 2-3

Hill Country Mile, Dowtown Main Street

With your event bag and ticket in hand, stroll the Hill Country Mile to collect treasures at participating shops. You'll have two days to make the rounds. While you're strolling, be sure to see what each store offers: You may be able to knock some gifts off your shopping list.

facebook.com/hillcountrymile

Bandera

Cowboy Evening Shoppers Stroll

Dec. 2

Various locations

Bandera's Main Street and neighboring shops on 11th and surrounding streets stay open late on Friday. Before shopping, enjoy the holiday lights at the courthouse. Local singers may also perform at the courthouse.

banderatex.com

Ingram

"A Christmas Carol"

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

"A Christmas Carol" recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

"A Sanders Family Christmas"

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

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Playhouse 2000 presents the final show in its 2022 season, the holiday musical "A Sanders Family Christmas." It’s Christmas time 1941 in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina (home of the pickle factory), and Dennis Sanders is making his last appearance with the singing Sanders Family before heading off to join the war effort. The family shares the news with their Mount Pleasant Baptist Church friends while celebrating the season the only way they know how—with amazing music.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Fredericksburg

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg

Dec. 2

Various locations

Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month.

firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow

Dec. 2

Main Street

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, this event lets you see Fredericksburg's historic Main Street awash in the glow of an illuminated holiday night parade. 

lightthenightchristmasparade.com

Austin

SantaCon

Dec. 3

Rainey Street

Don your Santa suit or finest holiday attire and join hundreds of participants for drink specials and networking at select venues along Rainey Street. SantaCon combines fun, friends, and fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. All funds raised support the organization's work to provide caring, adult mentors for children who need them. Ages 21 and up only.

bigmentoring.org/santacon

Camp Wood

Old Settlers Reunion and Christmas in the Nueces Canyon

Dec. 3

Lindbergh Park and Downtown Camp Wood, State Highway 55 at Fifth and Sixth Streets

The Christmas season in Camp Wood starts off with a parade down Nueces Street through downtown Camp Wood, followed by more events in Lindbergh Park, including the king and queen coronation, live entertainment, annual pie and salsa contests, and decades-old washers and horseshoes tournament. Vendors are selling artworks, crafts, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, candles, paintings, hats, baked goods, stonework, taxidermy, new clothing, and handbags. Food vendors have all of the most delicious festival food delights. Downtown businesses are decorated for Christmas, and in the evening, stores open with homemade cookie and candy treats. While shopping in stores, register for door prize giveaways. Special guest Santa Claus hears wishes from all the children at the Corner Store Cafe.

nuecescanyonchamber.org

Austin

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

Dec. 3

German Texans Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade and imported crafts, decorations, and ornaments. Browse the market, listen to traditional German Christmas music, and take home Christmas stollen made by the New World Bakery and German cookies from Silke's German Gourmet Cookies.

germantexans.org/christmas-market

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 3-23

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of "The Nutcracker" is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.

balletaustin.org/performances/thenutcracker

Llano

Dickens of a Christmas Festival

Dec. 3-4

Llano Courthouse Square, 801 Ford St.

Step back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and see downtown Llano transform into a 19th-century jewel. A variety of musicians and Dickens characters fill the streets. Expect to see and interact with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the Cratchit family from "A Christmas Carol." Have breakfast with Santa, decorate Christmas cookies, make a Christmas craft, try your skill at games, take a carriage ride around town, and shop the variety of arts and crafts vendors.

facebook.com/llanos-a-dickens-of-a-christmas-109967451767977

Marble Falls

Christmas Market Day on Main

Dec. 3

Downtown Marble Falls, Main Street

Shop authentic wares including handcrafted leather goods and beautifully carved art. Around 70 makers and creators are on site, and food vendors are available.

marketdayonmain.com

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Pony Express Ride

Dec. 3

Gruene Historic District, 1613 Hunter Road

Gruene Historic District receives a Pony Express rider from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels in the morning. Relay riders carry a Christmas greeting from the governor of Texas. A temporary post office set up next to Gruene Outfitters cancels stamps for mailing. Bring your Christmas cards to have them canceled with the commemorative stamp representing Gruene.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Bah Humbug

Dec. 3

The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road

It’s Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" with a twist—one actor plays all the roles in this tale of hope and compassion. Award-winning stage actor Damian Gillen transforms into the beloved characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in this imaginative re-telling of the holiday classic, complete with costume changes, special effects, and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Town Lighting

Dec. 3

Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road

Gruene closes out the many festivities of the day with a brass band street performance followed by the annual town lighting when Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and hands out candy canes to the kids.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Christmas Market Days

Dec. 3-4

Gruene Historic District, 1724 Hunter Road

Find nearly 100 vendors offering Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items, packaged Texas foods, and other goods perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

gruenemarketdays.com

Ozona

Crockett County Deerfest

Dec. 3

Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center, 1303 Ave. AA

This community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Door prizes include guns and $10,000 in Cabela's gift cards.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Boerne

Weihnachts Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Main Street

This beloved Christmas tradition dates back more than 30 years. Always on the first Saturday of December, the parade is held at night along historic Main Street. Up to 100 floats, bands, and other entries are lit up in the holiday cheer as they make their way from the fire station to the parade's end at River Road. Grab a chair and some blankets and pick your space to take it all in.

ci.boerne.tx.us/564/weihnachts-parade

Oma's Christmas Craft Fair

Dec. 3-4

Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road

The annual event, a part of the Kendall County Fair Association for over 35 years, cherishes the workmanship of artisans who still have a love for handcrafted items. Featured craftsmen are skilled in time-tested American folk art techniques. They carve, weave, string, paint, sew, cook, draw, and create beautiful items all year long.

kcfa.org/events/omas-christmas-fair

Bandera

Bandera Market Day

Dec. 3

County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

Once a month (except in January and February), the Bandera Business Association hosts an arts and crafts market along Main Street. Artists and craftsmen present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked goods.

banderabusiness.com/2022-market-days

Cowboys On Main

Dec. 3-Feb. 25

Main Street

Every Saturday, see free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities can include chuckwagon storyteller, hopping on a saddle-broke Longhorn, or a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera. Most Saturdays the Bandera Cattle Company perform gunfights at Rattlesnake Ridge located behind the Visitors Center.

banderabusiness.com

Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Main Street

Line up on Main Street to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and other holiday revelers. Enjoy the fun and activities in town. The Cowboy Capital Parade heads north on Main Street.

banderatex.com

Barrel Racing

Dec. 3

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

Witness exciting barrel racing presented by Riding on Faith. Watch as the talented youth show the adults how it's done.

ridingonfaithrodeo.com

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides with Santa

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Wagon Rides of Bandera are giving evening carriage rides with Santa around the Bandera County Courthouse on Main Street.

facebook.com/wagonridesofbandera

Kerrville

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

Dec. 3

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Enjoy two shopping events at one facility. On the first Saturday of the month (except January and February), Market Days features artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items, while the Hill Country Swap Meet is a community garage sale and flea market.

kerrmarketdays.org

Hill Country Gun Show

Dec. 3-4

Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview

Find vendors selling new and used guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammunition, and other items for hunters and collectors. Proceeds go to local area veterans.

gunshowtrader.com

Running Home for the Holidays 5K

Dec. 3

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Join the Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department for its annual holiday 5K. Get the family together and dress up as Santa, elves, "Whoville" residents, or other Christmas characters for an enjoyable way to celebrate the season.

kerrvilletx.gov

Fredericksburg

A Ranger Christmas

Dec. 3

Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E. Main St.

Come visit with Santa at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. Enjoy crafts, cookies, cocoa, wagon rides, and other holiday festivities.

trhc.org

Kinderfest

Dec. 3

Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.

Children ages 10 and under are invited to bring a stocking to hang on the fireplace. While the children aren't looking, Santa and his elves work to fill the stockings according to German tradition.

pioneermuseum.org

Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Winter Concert

Dec. 4

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Hill Country Youth Orchestras' mission is to “bring the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Texas Hill Country” with the vision to nurture, encourage and assist young musicians by sharing the love and joy of music through quality instruction, concert performances, and community service. See the talented youth perform at the organization's annual winter concert.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Austin

"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical"

Dec. 6-11

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

The record-setting Broadway holiday show features the songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates while the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday- loving Whos. Sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and remind everyone of the true meaning of the holiday season.

austin.broadway.com

Boerne

A Walk in Bethlehem

Dec. 6-7

St. Helena's Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St.

Take a step back in time to the small quiet town of Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus Christ's birth. Wander through the town, pet a camel, meet the town's citizens, and don't be surprised if you see the holy family walk by.

sthelenas.net

Ozona

Evening on the Town

Dec. 8

Ozona’s Historic Town Square, Intersection of Loop 466 and State Highway 163

Get ahead of your holiday shopping at this event where shoppers are treated to discounted prices, refreshments, and fun experiences at local businesses that remain open after usual business hours.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Fredericksburg

The Christmas Journey

Dec. 9-10

Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 W. Austin St.

This drive-through presentation of the Christmas story depicts various scenes with live animals and actors, closely replicated backgrounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air.

bethanyfredericksburg.com

"Miracle on 34th Street"

Dec. 9-11, 16-18

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, staged with live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols. 

fredericksburgtheater.org

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Dec. 10-11

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Llano

Snow Day

Dec. 10

Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive

Badu Park is transformed into a winter wonderland of white and fluffy fun as 35,000 pounds of ice is brought to the park and made into a giant sledding hill. Wristbands are required and sleds are provided.

llanostarrystarrynights.com

San Marcos

Art Squared Arts Market

Dec. 10

Hays County Historic Courthouse Lawn, 111 E. San Antonio St.

Experience a juried arts and fine crafts market that brings the best local artists together in one place. Find great art of all kinds, live music, a free kids' arts and crafts booth, and live art demonstrations.

artsquaredmarket.com

Spicewood

Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

Dec. 10

Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409

Partake in a holiday fitness tradition for adventurous runners and walkers. The Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K takes you past rolling vineyards and along country roads, then rewards you with a souvenir wine glass, post-race wine tasting and meal, all at a beautiful, award-winning winery in the Texas Hill Country. All finishers get medals. Dress up for a chance to win wine awards in the holiday costume contest.

runintexas.com/spicewood

Austin

"Medieval X Modern"

Dec. 10-July 9

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Along with representative medieval objects, "Medieval X Modern" presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages.

blantonmuseum.org

San Saba

Sip N' Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 10

San Saba Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. High St.

The ninth annual Sip N’ Stroll wine tasting event includes the lighted Christmas parade and wine tastings from local wineries plus beer from local breweries.

sansabachamber.com

Burnet

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 10

Burnet Town Square , 220 S. Pierce St.

Snow kicks off a grand day of events for Christmas on the Square. A truck dumps 40,000 pounds of snow for children of all ages to play in with a snow slide and two snow play areas. There are plenty of artisan vendors and food booths. There's also a 5K and kids' fun run, a bicycle giveaway for kids, and visits with Santa and the Grinch. Don't miss the parade. Parking is free.

burnetchamber.org/event/christmas-on-the-square-2

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Jingle Bell Run and Walk

Dec. 10

Gruene Historic District, 1281 Gruene Road

Registration for the 30th annual run/walk begins early. This 5K run/walk and Kids' K event benefits St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Awards are given to the top male and female finishers, the top male and female masters, the top three finishers in each age group, and the top three wheelchair athletes.

athleteguild.com

Boerne

Boerne Market Days

Dec. 10-11, Jan. 14-15, Feb. 11-12

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

On the second weekend of each month, hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past.

boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

Music in the Cave: An Evening with Slaid Cleaves

Dec. 10

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Slaid Cleaves writes songs about people who live an unglamorous reality, working dead-end jobs and running out of money. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

cavewithoutaname.com

Toast To Olde Town

Dec. 10-11

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

At this merry mistletoe weekend in celebration of Boerne’s "olde town" heritage, visitors are invited to take a quiet stroll through downtown, where they can find live music, wassail tasting, shopping along the Hill Country Mile, Santa, and a Christmas market at Main Plaza.

dickensonmain.com

Bluegrass Jam at the AgriCultural

Dec. 10, 24; Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25

The AgriCultural Museum, 102 City Park Road

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, bring your instrument and play along, or just come to listen to the musicians participating in the Bluegrass Jam.

theagricultural.org/bluegrass-jams

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

Dec. 10, 24; Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25

Kuhlmann-King Museum, 402 E. Blanco Road

On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like "way back when." Monthly events and themes vary.

facebook.com/kuhlmannkinghouse

New Braunfels

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

Dec. 15, Feb. 16

The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road

On the third Thursday of the month (except January), come to The Grapevine Garden and taste some of Texas’ best wines and craft beers straight from the winemakers and brewers. The event features complimentary tastings, live music, and door prizes.

grapevineingruene.com

Bandera

Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh

Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16

Bandera Beverage Barn, 1407 SH 16 North

Bring your guitar to play along or simply come to listen on the third Thursday of the month. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas country, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in.

banderacowboycapital.com

Boerne

Kinder Fest

Dec. 16-18

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

On this child-friendly weekend, everyone is encouraged to show off their ugly Christmas sweaters, silly Christmas pajamas, and Whoville hairdos. Events include the Cookie Crawl, a free Santa scavenger hunt, Christmas card decorating, a visit with Santa, and the Cowboy Christmas Market.

ci.boerne.tx.us/1197/visit-boerne

Fredericksburg

Trade Days

Dec. 16-18, Jan. 20-22, Feb. 17-19

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic items, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, and food; plus, enjoy a biergarten and live music. Located 7 miles east on State Highway 290 across from Wildseed Farms.

fbgtradedays.com

Blanco

Market Day

Dec. 17

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from about 100 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home decor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air. Admission is free.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Austin

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Outside

Dec. 17-23

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

For 45-plus seasons, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists alongside live music in a festive, lively atmosphere. This year, Armadillo Bazaar Outside offers a three-day, in-person event to create a safe, family-friendly scene. Experience a selection of curated artists with works to excite every art lover, collector, or first-time visitor.

armadillobazaar.com

Blanco

Lighted Christmas Parade and Market

Dec. 17

Old Blanco County Courthouse Lawn, 300 Main St.

Stroll through Blanco's town square for some Christmas shopping, then stay for the lighted Christmas parade and watch the courthouse lawn and surrounding area light up for the season.

visitblancotexas.com

Ozona

Crockett County 4-H Junior Livestock Show

Dec. 17

Crockett County 4-H Barn, 1303 Ave. AA

Area youth bring their best livestock for the judges to review.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Boerne

Music in the Cave: Winter Solstice

Dec. 17

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Celebrate the Winter Solstice by enjoying an eclectic concert of holiday music that combines contemporary arrangements of traditional carols, soaring vocals, original acoustic music, and pulsing world-beat rhythms, performed on a mixture of ancient and modern instruments. Hear why this annual performance by Rudi and the Rudiments has consistently sold out for over 20 years.

cavewithoutaname.com

Christmas Market Days

Dec. 17-18

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

At the final Market Days of the year, hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past.

boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

Bandera

Singing in the Saddle

Dec. 17

Boys and Girls Club of Bandera County, 715 Maple St.

Enjoy caroling while taking a wagon or buggy ride or riding horseback. Bring your guitar if you want and play along.

banderacowboycapital.com

Kerrville

Christmas at the Kroc

Dec. 17

Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive

Celebrate the holidays with the whole family at this free event filled with breakfast, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and arts and crafts—all themed around "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

kerrvillekroc.org

Boerne

Boerne Concert Band Christmas Concert

Dec. 18

Boerne High School Auditorium, 1 Greyhound Lane

Come celebrate the music of the Christmas season. The Boerne Concert Band, directed by Larry Schmidt, is made up of musical members from all over the Texas Hill Country and includes lifelong musicians, high school, middle school, and retired band directors, military veterans, and students.

boerneconcertband.com/2022-performance-calendar.html

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Two Ton Tuesday Holiday Show

Dec. 20, 27

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

If you haven't felt the energy of Two Tons of Steel live, grab your dancing partner and get ready for a rockin’ night. The band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., but come early for swing dance lessons before the show.

gruenehall.com

Holidays in Gruene: New Year's Eve at Gruene Hall

Dec. 31

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

A Gruene Hall favorite returns to help ring in the New Year at Texas’ oldest dance hall.

gruenehall.com

Fredericksburg

USO-Style Hangar Dance

Dec. 31

Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road

Ring in New Year's Day dancing to the sounds of a 1940s-style big band. Take swing dance lessons and wear your best 1940s-inspired outfit to take part in the costume contest. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the United Service Organizations in Fort Hood.

hangarhotel.com

Luckenbach

New Year's Eve Celebration

Dec. 31

Celebrate the start of 2023 at the annual New Year's Eve dance in the historic Luckenbach dance hall.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

Countdown to the New Year

Dec. 31

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

Ring in the new year in downtown Fredericksburg. The city hosts an early event appropriate for all ages and featuring the ball drop on the Marktplatz Square.

fbgtx.org

New Braunfels

Hair of the Dog Day

Jan. 1

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Enjoy free live shows all day at Gruene Hall on New Year's Day.

gruenehall.com

Bandera

Hoka Bandera Endurance Trail Race

Jan. 7-8

Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road

Endurance runners of different levels participate in this race weekend with 25K, 50K, and 100K events and a 1-mile youth race. The 100K is a standlone race on Saturday with a 24-25 hour cutoff. The 50K and 25K start Sunday morning and end Sunday night the latest.

tejastrails.com/bandera

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills

Jan. 7

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Symphony of the Hills presents "POPS: Western Swing," celebrating the music of Western swing, that delightful blend of country, big band swing, and blues that was named the official music of Texas in 2011.

symphonyofthehills.org

Bandera

Bandera County Junior Livestock Show

Jan. 11-14

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

For more than 80 years, the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show has provided 4-H and FFA youth opportunities to further their agricultural, leadership, and higher education goals. An auction is held on the Jan. 14.

bcjlsa.com

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Jan. 14-15

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Luckenbach

Blues Festival

Jan. 14

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

The 16th annual Luckenbach Blues Festival showcases an all-day lineup of blues musicians and bands.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Jan. 14

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

Featuring a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the United States, including arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books.

hillcountryindianartifacts.com

Austin

PrintAustin

Jan. 15-Feb. 15

Various locations

During this monthlong annual festival, organized by PrintAustin Collective, patrons can partake in printmaking-focused experiences, see exhibitions at museums and galleries, and take in virtual programming. PrintAustin Collective is an artist-led nonprofit that works with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking.

printaustin.org

Fredericksburg

Take 3 in Concert

Jan. 15

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents Take 3, a trio (Lindsay Deutsch on violin, Susan Boettger on piano, and Lila Yang on cello) that performs a multifaceted program including tangos; music from movies, Broadway, and TV shows; and familiar classics—presented with a flair for the wild and unexpected.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Kerrville

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Jan. 20

First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St.

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month, the group performs "All Shostakovich" featuring compositions by the Russian composer: Viola Sonata, Op. 147, selections from 24 Preludes (arranged by Lera Auerbach for cello and piano) and Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67.

cameratasa.org

ZUZU African Acrobats

Jan. 21

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

The ZUZU Acrobats are a Tanzanian troupe that bases performances on 2,000 years of history. They bring modern art, culture, and passion with them everywhere they go.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show

Jan. 21-22

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds hosts this 52nd annual gem and mineral show, where you can find artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and collectors.

fredericksburgrockhounds.org

Austin

3M Half Marathon

Jan. 22

Downtown Austin, 9700 Stonelake Blvd.

Run a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. The 3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country.

3mhalfmarathon.com

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Jan. 22, Feb. 26

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

On most fourth Sundays of the month, the Frontier Times Museum presents an afternoon jamboree featuring live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Fredericksburg

Wine Lovers Celebration

Jan. 30-Feb. 24

Various locations

Love is in the air, wine is in your glass, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Take time this February to relax and discover all that wineries in the Texas Wine Country have to offer during this seasonal celebration.

texaswinetrail.com

Burnet

Highland Lakes Quilt Festival and Show

Feb. 3-4

Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

More than 100 quilts are on display to give you inspiration for your next quilt creation. Guests can also purchase handmade gifts and novelties, place bids on silent auction items, shop the vendor booths, and purchase tickets for a chance to win the fundraising quilt, "Hill Country Jewels."

hlqg.org

Cottonwood Shores

"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"

Feb. 3-26

Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W. FM 2147

This witty musical revue tackles modern love in all its forms: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life.

thehcct.org/i-love-you-youre-perfect

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Feb. 4-5

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

San Marcos

Half Marathon

Feb. 5

Tanger Outlets, 4015 I-35

Do you have what it takes to finish one of San Marcos' most challenging half marathons? The course is an endurance test with a mixture of challenging hills and flat stretches. The bonus? Bragging rights for completing the oldest half-marathon course in Texas.

scallywompus.com

Austin

Carnaval Brasileiro

Feb. 5

The Concourse Project , 8509 Burleson Road

One of the biggest "carnaval" celebrations outside Brazil, Carnaval Brasileiro excites crowds with samba, costumes, and thrills in Austin, Texas.

sambaparty.com

Boerne

Chocolate Walk

Feb. 10-11

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

This sweet event takes participants on a stroll through historic downtown Boerne. Collect a special chocolate treat as you step inside each participating store, gallery, and restaurant along Main Street. Once you've visited all the stores, return your raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by the store owners.

ci.boerne.tx.us/602/boerne-chocolate-walk

Bandera

11th Street Mardi Gras and Main Street Parade

Feb. 10-12

11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St.

Join the fun at the 11th Sttreet Cowboy Bar for a three-day Mardi Gras celebration with Cajun food and zydeco music. Enjoy all the colorful floats and other parade entries as they travel down Bandera's Main Street in the Mardi Gras Parade on Feb. 11.

11thstreetcowboybar.com

Luckenbach

Hug-In and Valentine Ball

Feb. 10-11

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

It’s that time of year again for folks to get “Back to the Basics of Love” at Luckenbach’s 48th annual Hug-In and Valentine Ball. Enjoy live music and dancing all weekend long.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Feb. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this musical based on the popular film. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief—a hilarious battle of cons that keeps you laughing, humming, and guessing to the end.

fredericksburgtheater.org

New Braunfels

Love the Run You're With

Feb. 11

Gruene Historic District, near Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Grab your spouse, friend, or furry loved one and come dressed as your favorite famous duo to the fourth annual Love the Run You’re With 5K presented by Comal ISD’s Comal Fit.

athleteguild.com

Bandera

Mardi Gras Arts and Crafts Show

Feb. 11

Main St. , 500 Main St.

Shop a range of merchandise at this Mardi Gras arts and crafts show located at the Bandera County Courthouse lawn.

banderacowboycapital.com

Cowboy Mardi Gras Bull Riding

Feb. 11

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

Watch as talented bullriders attempt to beat the clock and stay atop excited bulls, putting on a great show the whole family can enjoy.

ridingonfaithrodeo.com

New Braunfels

Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party

Feb. 12

Rockin R River Rides, 1405 Gruene Road

Wear your favorite team jersey and earn a football trophy in your age group, then enjoy music, food, and a Texas-size tailgate party. A kids' 1K has been added this year. Later, head to Mozie's to watch the game.

athleteguild.com

Austin

OUTsider Festival

Feb. 15-19

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road #2135

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community for three days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, and visual arts.

outsiderfest.org

Llano

Mardi Gras Festival

Feb. 17-18

Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive

It's Mardi Gras season and Llano knows how to celebrate. Cajun food and fun bring the crowd together, and zydeco and swamp pop music keep you dancing all day. There's a gumbo cookoff that awards cash and prizes, and a King and Ball Masque Queen are crowned. Costumes are encouraged for the judged contest.

visitllanotexas.com

Kerrville

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Feb. 17

First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St.

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month's performance, titled "Contrasts," includes compositions by William Grant Still ("Mother and Child Suite for Violin and Piano), Béla Bartók (Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin & Piano, Sz.111), and Beethoven (Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano, Op. 38).

cameratasa.org

San Marcos

Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 18

San Marcos Downtown and Historic District, 222 W. San Antonio St.

The Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade is an annual celebration with floats, music, and lots of fun. The parade winds through the Historic Homes District of San Marcos and downtown.

visitsanmarcos.com/event/mistick-krewe-of-okeanos-carnival-parade/3055

New Braunfels

Old Gruene Market Days

Feb. 18-19

Gruene Historic District, 1724 Gruene Road

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods.

gruenemarketdays.com

Fredericksburg

Emily Jumes Oskins in Concert

Feb. 19

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents harpist Emily Jumes Oskins, who started playing the harp and piano at an early age and has continued with her harp endeavors for over 15 years.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills

Feb. 23

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

The centerpiece of this concert is the Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A Minor" featuring Jiale Yi, the 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition gold medalist. The first half of the concert opens with music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Jesus Christ Superstar," followed by Mexican composer Carlos Chavez's innovative music composed with indigenous melodies, harmonies, and instruments.

symphonyofthehills.org

New Braunfels

Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall

Feb. 24

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Now in its 25th year, this Gruene Hall tradition is where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters mix it up to start their weekend. This quintessential Friday happy hour includes great beer prices, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. There’s even a special guest interview each week.

gruenehall.com

Boerne

Spring Antique Show

Feb. 25-26

Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road

This antiques show features exhibitor booths overflowing with fine American antiques found from estates around the country. Collectors find real antiques—no reproductions or imports—that include country furniture, baskets, stoneware, glassware, jewelry, textiles, early paper, toys, silver, quilts, pewter, American Oak, and Southwestern items.

texasantiqueshows.com/boerne-antique-shows.htm

Kerrville

"The Highwaymen Live: a Musical Tribute"

Feb. 25

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen—featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash—traveled the world performing country music to millions of fans. Now comes a show featuring spot-on portrayals of those stars.

caillouxperformingarts.com

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