Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The 5 Best Summer Festivals in Texas Hill Country

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Every summer, the Texas Hill Country hosts multiple festivals that are great for the whole family. These festivals range from art to food to music, all the way to the classic style fair complete with a Ferris Wheel and games. Summer in Texas is extremely hot and can feel unbearable at times. When temperatures are at their highest, the desire to go out can feel out of the question. Although these events are outdoors, you’ll be so distracted by how exciting and fun they are that you won’t even notice the extremely hot temperatures. If you live near Austin, beat the heat this summer by taking part in the numerous summer festivals happening in the Hill Country!

Kingsland Aquaboom

At the tail end of June, you’ll want to make your way to Kingsland, TX for the annual Aquaboom festival. On June 28th, this festival kicks off with an honorary dinner for military veterans and a steak cook-off. The rest of the weekend is filled with fun activities for children, live music, an exhibition for local artists, and a beauty pageant. Admission to all events is free.

The most exciting part of the festival, however, is what takes place on the water. The Kingsland Aquaboom festival is situated right on the Colorado River, where there will be boat races and rubber duckie races.

The festival goes out with a bang on July 4th with a major firework show over the Colorado River. You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend!

On July 4th, there are over 25 events in the Texas Hill Country, and every single one of them involves a firework show. These events span from parades to pageants, from hot dog eating contests to bull rides. There will be carnivals, horseshoe contests, and music festivals. Some of the most popular ones for Hill Country locals are in detail below.

red and white billowy fireworks at night

Independence Day Celebration

The classic Independence Day Celebration upholds true Americana traditions with pride. This festival on July 4th will take place in downtown Comfort, Texas. This festival pays special homage to our brave troops fighting for our freedom at home and overseas. They celebrate our freedom with a fly-over, a historical exhibition of authentic WWII aircraft, and a parade honoring our veterans. The day ends with an authentic Texas cookout, and of course a stellar firework show.

You won’t have a problem finding something to do on July 4th in the Hill Country. It might even be fun to go from town to town and check out every event.

jockeys with colorful uniforms racing horses

Pari-Mutuel Horse Races

After all the craze of July 4th, make your way to Gillespie County Fairgrounds for the Pari-Mutuel Horse Races! From July 6-7, you can take part in this exciting annual event that is complete with horse races of all kinds, live music, and food trucks. There is also an air-conditioned restaurant and bar on the premises if you’d like to take a break from the heat.

New Braunfels Texas River Fest

This music festival takes place over the weekend of July 9th and 10th. The festival will host bands and singer-songwriters of all genres like R&B, rock, folk, and indie. Over 45 artists fill the lineup, including a few DJ’s. While the music is still pumping, you can explore a hoard of food and craft beer trucks.

What makes this festival unique is you can rent a tube and float on the Guadalupe River while you listen to your favorite bands. You can feel free to grab a drink, make sure you wear your swimsuit and float along the river for a while.

Because this festival is primarily focused on alcoholic beverages and music, mostly only adults enjoy, only patrons who are 21 and older will be admitted. Before you arrive, make sure you have your license and $25 to purchase your festival wristband.

Shark Week

If you have members of the family who look forward to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week every year, then you definitely want to bring them to the Science Mill in Johnson City. From July 31st through August 4th, the Science Mill will have an adventurous and exciting shark exhibit in honor of Shark Week.

There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about sharks through a 3-D film screening, a dig for baby shark teeth, and see a Megalodon jaw up close. While the kids enjoy fun lectures about all the different kind of sharks in the ocean, the adults can go relax in the Lady Bird Lane Café. This would be a great choice to get the kids out of the house and stay out of that Texas summer heat!

carnival-goers enjoying the swing ride

Gillespie County Fair

The Gillespie County Fair is the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Texas. This summer will be the 131st time this festival has opened its doors. It takes place in Fredericksburg, Texas at the end of summer, on the weekend of August 22nd-25th. This festival is a local tradition, and many people look forward to going every year before saying goodbye to summer.

Like any other Texas festival, this event features a beauty pageant, a classic carnival, food trucks, races, livestock shows, and food trucks. Multiple live music performances take the stage over the weekend. This festival definitely embraces the “old-fashioned” vibe, and you won’t be disappointed.

General admission is $10 per person, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Don’t miss out on this historical landmark of an event in Texas this summer!

Lyndon B. Johnson Birthday Celebration

One of the most unique festivals in Texas takes place on August 27th at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall. The LBJ Birthday Celebration celebrates the life of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Exhibits honoring his work and accomplishments while he served in office will be on display as well as a free tour through his vacation home.

In addition to historically-themed events, there will be small activities for small children like jacks, tops, and stick horses. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the park when you’re not touring the grounds. Admission is free.

With all the events going on in the Hill Country of Texas this summer, it’s going to be really hard to get bored. Don’t let the Texas heat stop you from bringing the whole family along to these fun and affordable summer festivals.