Special events in the Hill Country go on all year long, and they really ramp up in the spring and summer with great festivals you’ll want to be a part of. From celebrating the area’s unique history, to events that focus on its beautiful landscape, to more music and live entertainment than you can imagine, to family-friendly events in the Hill Country that bring everyone together for a day (or more!) of fun and festivity, there’s something great to do throughout the next few months.
Georgetown Red Poppy Festival
April 22–24, Georgetown
This great Texas tradition features three days of family fun with live music, street dancing, entertainment including BMX trick team shows, a car show, and a variety of food and drinks.
Hill Country Film Festival
April 28 to May 1, Fredericksburg
This four-day independent film festival was “created to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world.” Launched in 2010, the festival screens both short and feature length films, and hosts filmmaker Q&A/interviews, discussion panels, a filmmaker’s lounge and festival parties.
Wings Over The Hills Nature Festival
April 29 to May 1, Fredericksburg
Set at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the 6th annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will offer unique opportunities to explore some of the popular Hill Country natural areas, including birding trips to Kerrville, Enchanted, trade shows and exhibits, workshops, nature walks, and special talks.
April 27–28, Stonewall
The 15th annual Lavender Festival at Becker Vineyards is a time to celebrate one of the most beautiful sights—and smells—in Texas. The festival includes live music, artisans, lavender fields in bloom, tons of lavender products, cooking demos and tastings, guest speakers, and vintner luncheons and dinner.
Crawfish Festival of New Braunfels
April 29–30, New Braunfels
Celebrate a little piece of Louisiana in the middle of New Braunfels with a 5k Crawdaddy Dash, a Kid Zone, a Crawfish Eating Contest, Splash Dogs, Crawfish Races, Gumbo Championships, and a great lineup of live entertainment featuring William Clark Green on Friday night.
April 29–30, San Marcos
My Radio Festival, or MR Fest, is a free, two-day showcase of local and regional musicians hosted by KTSW San Marcos in a variety of different venues throughout Downtown San Marcos.
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
May 27–29, Fredericksburg
Get your Cajun on at this three-day festival “dedicated to music, entertainment, food, beverages and fun inspired by the Creole region.” Headlining this year’s event at Marktplatz is Charlie Robison, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Bayou Roux, Bayou City Brass, The Zydeco Histeppers and Kaylee Rutland.
Wein & Saengerfest
June 7, New Braunfels
Historic Downtown New Braunfels is the host of the 13th Annual festival featuring wine and craft beer tasting, live entertainment, a grape stomp, an artisan market, food seminars, a Chef's Showdown, and tons of kids activities, all ending in the traditional street dance at Main Plaza.
June 25, Bandera
Come out for kayak races, exhibits, water games, a river rodeo, a car show, music, food booths, arts & crafts, paddleboats, and a cookoff.
June 24–26, San Marcos
This annual three-day music festival at the famous Cheatham Street Warehouse features artists and bands from a number of different musical genres playing live music plus a silent auction.
Summer Fest San Marcos
July 4, San Marcos
The city’s annual Independence Day celebration takes place in San Marcos Plaza Park from 6 to 10pm, with food and activity booths, and a children’s parade, culminating in a great fireworks show.
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