Texas bluebonnets are not the only thing popping up this spring in the Hill Country. There’s also a multitude of fun festivities and activities in the Texas Hill Country that are in full bloom. Celebrations of everything spring abound! And, with sunny days and warmer weather you can explore and discover all the bounties of one of Austin’s premier weekend destinations.
After all, from the master-planned community of Travisso, the Hill Country is just a quick car drive away. And, there’s plenty of things to do to fill up multiple weekends. But, did you know, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Hill Country encompasses 25 counties? What that means is there are towns and cities just waiting to be explored.
From hometown heritage celebrations to music, art, and food festivals there’s no doubt you’ll have the time of your life making memories and enjoying the great outdoors. What are you waiting for? Mark your calendar now for our list of these great upcoming Hill Country events.
May 2018 Trip Worthy Hill Country Festivities
Fredericksburg. Celebrate and watch the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at the Hill Country Derby Day Party on Saturday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. at one of Fredericksburg’s premier wineries. The $30 per person ticket fee includes wine tasting and light appetizers. Make a fashion statement and wear your favorite hat for a chance to win a special prize.
Fredericksburg. This famously German town goes Cajun for three days during its annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, May 25-27, 100 W. Main at the Marktplaz. Carnival rides, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, live music and, of course, crawfish. There is an admission fee and prices vary depending on the day you attend. Check out the admission fee and daily hours on the fest’s website.
Lago Vista. It’s all about boats, beats, arts and eats at Lago Fest on Saturday, May 5, noon to 9 p.m. on the shores of Lake Travis in Bar K Park. This family-friendly free event has something for everyone. If you do plan on going things have changed this year and organizers are expecting large crowds. Consequently, even though the event is free you need to reserve your space and RSVP. Click here for the link to receive your free tickets. Festivals highlights include musical headliner Asleep at the Wheel, the Austin Yacht Club Turnback Regatta, “Texas Cool” Artists + Makers, food trucks and more.
Leander. Join the city of Leander for a celebration of spring during its annual Old Town Street Festival, May 18-19 in the Old Town Street District, 100 N. Brushy St. Food, music, activities and a whole lot of fun. This two-day event offers something for everyone. Arts and crafts, local and regional wineries and breweries, a children’s fun zone, a 5k fun run and more. On Friday evening swing, sway and dance the night away when local mashup band More Cowbell kicks off the Family Dance Party at 6 p.m. Then get ready for musical headliners Little Texas on Saturday night. Admission to the event is free.
June Hill Country Celebrations for the Entire Family
Blanco. Everything’s coming up Lavender at the 14th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival, June 8-10, at the Old Blanco Country Courthouse, 300 Main St. Surround yourself with the fragrance of this sweet smelling aromatic plant that is used to make everything from soaps, to oils, medicines, bath salts and even cookies. During the festival shop for lavender products, tour a lavender farm or attend an educational presentation at the speaker’s pavilion to learn more. Art and crafts, beer and wine tent, foods made with lavender, and much more. Free.
Boerne. You don’t have to be German to celebrate the heritage at the city of Boerne’s Berges Fest. This year’s fest falls on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 at Herff Park/Kendall County Fairground. Treat dad to a special day of German food and folk bands, a main street parade, carnival rides, dachshund races, and so much more. Free admission and parking.
Llano. Grab your cowboy hat and boots for the 82nd annual Llano Open Pro Rodeo and Parade, June 1-3. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the Courthouse Square, 2200 Ranch Road 152.This year, event organizers are boasting that it’s bigger and better than ever. And, the parade never ever disappoints.
Luckenbach. The 5th Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival rolls into Luckenbach on Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event features food trucks and wineries from the Hill Country and a full day of legendary live music. Click here for ticket information. For a step back in time you can visit unincorporated Luckenbach anytime of the year for great country music, a little of history, special events, dances, and their famous picker’s circle.