Bandera in July & August

A favorite spot at the Bandera resort

If you’re heading to Bandera this summer, there’s plenty to keep you occupied! Here are a few highlights for July and August:

Or perhaps you’d enjoy tubing and kayaking on the Medina River, a visit to the San Antonio Zoo or the always popular Cowboys on Main in Bandera. The list is so long, you may need to plan two trips!

And did you know: we have FREE Wi-Fi in the hill country! 

Bandera in May & June

Planning a trip to the Bandera area for May or June? Here are a few of the many local events to consider:

  • Fiesta Noche Del Rio (San Antonio; Friday and Saturday nights from May 12th-August 12th): A summer outdoor performance on the River Walk, featuring the music of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. Since 1957, the show has been seen by over 1 million visitors from around the world, and raised over $2.75 million for local children’s charities.
  • Kerrville Folk Festival (May 25th-June 11th): An 18-day folk festival run annually since 1972.
  • Bandera Pro Rodeo (May 26-28th): A Memorial weekend rodeo in the cowboy capital of the world!
  • Rio Glow Hot Air Balloon Festival (Kerrville; June 2nd-3rd): This first-time event will feature tethered balloon rides, music, carnival rides and more, ending in a balloon light show and evening concert.
  • Texas Folklife Festival (San Antonio; June 9-11th): The biggest cultural celebration in Texas, celebrated annually for 46 years! Enjoy a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts and crafts.
  • Boerne Berges Fest (June 16-18th): Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a family-friendly festival centered around the German heritage of the Boerne area.
  • Bandera RiverFest (June 24th): A family event on the Medina River with kayak races, paddles boats, music, a water rodeo and more!

Of course, Bandera offers its popular Cowboys on Main all summer long! (Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm)  Gunfights are at high noon and 2:00.

Looking ahead to holiday travels? Dickens on Main in Boerne (Thanksgiving weekend) is a wonderful way to kick-off the season, with horse-drawn carriage rides, a tree-lighting ceremony and a Saturday night concert.

What are you favorite summer events in the Texas hill country?

Downtown Tuesday: Budget-Friendly Fun in San Antonio!

Tuesdays are a wonderful time to explore San Antonio, with many of the top attractions available for FREE! Here are some of our favorites:

The Witte Museum — Where Nature, Science and Culture Meet. This “everything Texas” museum is at the top of our must-see list! It recently underwent a 2 year expansion, and admission is free every Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Permanent exhibits include dinosaur skeletons, cave drawings and wildlife dioramas.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum. This museum celebrates the history and culture of the American West, and is free every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

The DoSeum. This is San Antonio’s museum for kids. It emphasizes learning through doing, creating and tinkering. And it’s free the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month!

The San Antonio Museum of Art. This museum offers a wide range of collections, and is located in a castle-like building formerly known as Lone Star Brewery. Admission is free every Tuesday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What are you favorite places for budget-friendly fun in San Antonio?

The Best BBQ in Bandera

11th Street Cowboy Bar

Looking for some of the best BBQ in the Texas Hill Country? Here are some of our favorites:

Busbee’s Bar-B-Que is a great choice for families. It was even featured on the History Channel a few years ago! Another popular stop is Sid’s Main Street BBQ, for truly home-cooked, southern-style BBQ. Or perhaps you feel like grilling some of your own? We love the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, which invites you to bring your own meat and grill it on their Texas-sized BBQ pits every Wednesday! They also offer live music, side orders, spices and all the other “fixins” you’ll need!

Have you own favorite BBQ places and tips? Do tell!