People love Boerne for the small town atmosphere, Hill Country views, and quaint downtown scenery. However, Boerne also has far more to offer visitors and residents alike than many realize! Boerne is known for rich heritage, great location, and an active community, all of which are showcased by local businesses. No need to research: 15 of the best fun events to attend and businesses to visit in Boerne this week are described below.
1. Have a Blast at the Family Fun Festival
Summer is upon us! Celebrate with the CNC at their annual Family Fun Festival, Boerne’s favorite way to welcome in the season of play. Kids can compete for prizes in field-day-style events that range from traditional (balloon tosses, three-legged race, bobbing for apples) to zany (dizzy balloon relay and watermelon eating contest)! Families will also have the opportunity to make and fly kites...we’ll see you there!
When: Saturday, June 3: 10:00 am
Where: 33 Herff Road
2. Enjoy Abendkonzerte
A local favorite, The Boerne Village Band boasts the status of the "longest continuously playing German Band in the world outside of Germany"! Abendkonzerte (German for “evening concert”) is literally that: an enjoyable opportunity to head to the plaza and hear the traditional tunes of Boerne’s past. Concertgoers, remember to bring your own seating!
When: Tuesday, June 6 & 20: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where; Main Plaza, 100 North Main
3. Compete in the Family Fishing Tournament
As tradition would have it, the first Saturday in June is "fish without a license" day in the State of Texas! Naturally, Boerne is turning this day of fishing into a family affair. The Family Fishing Tournament will be a fun-filled (and totally free) opportunity to introduce kids to the sport of fishing and enjoy a little quality time. Registration will start at 7:30 am on the day of the tournament!
When: Saturday, June 3: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Boerne City Lake Park, 1 City Lake Road
4. Listen to Music in an Underground Cavern
Located 11 miles northeast of Boerne, Cave Without a Name is a natural, living cavern filled with spectacular formations of stalactites, stalagmites, cave drapery, magnificent flowstones, rimstone dams, and more! But this natural wonder doesn’t just offer visually stunning effects; the cave also hosts incredible auditory wonders in the form of underground concerts. This month, Cave Without a Name offers you the chance to attend both the Summer Solstice and Sensuous Sonatas concerts!
Where: June 10: 7:30pm (Sensuous Sonatas) & Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:30pm (Summer Solstice)
Where: Cave Without A Name, 325 Kreutzberg Rd
5. Shop Boerne Market Days
From totally classic vendors to quirky pop-ups, Boerne Market Days has always boasted a special touch of style and flair. Shoppers and culture-seekers trickle in from all over the Hill Country to peruse the classic market and all its charm. Plus, this week’s themed Elvis Market Days promises to be alive with the spirit of rock-and-roll, featuring themed merchandise and collectibles, along with the usual artisan-made goods. Plus, the music lineup will include a classic oldies show. Market Days is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the artistic Hill Country culture, all while enjoying live music and delicious food.
When: June 10-11th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Main Plaza, 100 North Main
6. Zoom Around to Second Saturday Art & Wine
Second Saturday is an evening devoted to helping you discover the art scene of Boerne. Participating local galleries will serve complimentary beverages and appetizers that you can enjoy while simultaneously enjoying the fantastic art. Better yet, this event is free and open to the public! Austin Monthly Magazine recently named it on their list of fun things to do in the area. Participating galleries include Carriage House Gallery and Texas Treasures Fine Art. Take the free "Shabby Bus" or walk to the locations!
When: Saturday, June 10th
Where: Various Galleries in Boerne
7. Savor Bacon and Beer
Random calls it “Bacon & Beer Fest,” but most other people will just call it “paradise.” We’re stoked that this mega-delicious festival is making its way back to Boerne for the third time! The event will feature delicious eats from area food trucks as they incorporate America’s favorite food into their best dishes. Enjoy the incredible food with refreshing craft beer and live music!
When: Saturday, June 10: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Random, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd
8. Sway Along to the Moondance Concert
Nothing quite says “summertime” like swaying to music under the stars and the oak trees! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and dancing feet to the Cibolo Nature Center’s favorite outdoor concert series “Moondance at the Cibolo.” This casual event celebrates Hill Country vibes beautifully, and the proceeds help support nature education and outreach programs at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. The Court Jesters will perform this month, churning out rock and rhythm & blues classics while Firehouse Fare Food Truck serves up some good eats.
When: June 10th, 7:30-10:30 pm
Where: Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road
9. Gather with the Community at Berges Fest
One of the most quintessentially “Boerne” days of the year, The Boerne Berges Fest invites locals and tourists alike to celebrate German culture in America! This 3-day, family-friendly festival centers around the Boerne’s unique heritage with an old-fashioned community parade, followed by the traditional "Festival in the Hills" at Herff Park and Kendall County Fairgrounds. Berges Fest will also feature music from one of Texas' best German folk bands, the iconic dachshund races, carnival rides, and far more!
When: Friday, June 16-18
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road
10. Marvel at the Bluegrass & Butterflies Festival
Is anything more classically Hill Country than bluegrass and butterflies? The Roundup certainly doesn’t think so! They’re hosting their very first "Bluegrass & Butterflies Music Festival" this month, featuring some of the best local bluegrass bands, including Bo DePeña Band and the Curtis Clogston Band. Music will play from 3:00 to 7:30 pm, followed by the pinnacle of the evening: a massive release of butterflies at 7:30! The festival is family and pet-friendly, featuring food trucks, a crawfish boil, beer garden, playground, and more.
When: Sunday, June 18: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Roundup, 531 FM 3351 N
11. Experience Sparkling Cocktails & Fireflies
To celebrate one of the most magical summertime phenomena, the Cibolo Nature Center is hosting a “Thirst for Nature” event themed around fireflies! The “Thirst for Nature” series aims to pair delicious cocktails with fascinating nature discussions. On June 22nd, sip a refreshing “Firefly Lemonade” (sweet tea vodka and lemonade) and discover the fascinating anatomy of fireflies, followed by a stunning firefly walk through the Texas Hill Country scenery. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for ages 6 and under!
When: Thursday, June 22: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road
12. Grab Fresh Produce at the Farmers Market
Looking for locally-sourced produce, meat, eggs, and more? The Farmer’s Market at the Cibolo is open every Saturday! Vendors offer up a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits, as well as gourmet sauces, fresh poultry, farm-fresh eggs, artisan coffee, fresh kolaches, organic personal care products, and more. Besides shopping, market activities include live music, gardening and cooking workshops, and children’s crafts. Bonus Tip: Friendly dogs are always welcome!
When: Saturdays, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Where: Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road
13. Get Fancy at a Summer Soiree
Want to support your Public Library? Boerne Public Library Foundation’s Summer Soiree event is an opportunity for you to celebrate the library in style: your ticket will include all food, open bar, valet parking and more.
When: Saturday, June 24: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Mark Motors, 140 Enterprise Pkwy
14. Jam Out at Hot Rod Nights
If you’re feeling nostalgic for simpler times, just head to Soda Pops Patio Grill & Bar for one of their famous “Hot Rod Nights”! Soda Pops is a classic restaurant reminiscent of a retro 50’s diner...combined with a cartoon-worthy ice cream parlor and soda shop with a novelty atmosphere. To add to the whimsy, the attached Ice Cream Parlor + Soda Shop offers homemade treats, tabletop bowling, checkers, coloring books, barrel-of-monkey, and lots of old school fun. During Hot Rod Nights, the town gathers together at Soda Pops to listen to special musical guests and enjoy juicy burgers, cold beer, and handspun shakes. This month’s musical guests are Ricky Adams Band on the 3rd (Classic Rock & Country) and The Lost Mule Band on the 24th (Classic Rock & Oldies).
When: June 3 & 24, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Soda Pops, 103 N. Main
15. Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Ditch the typical weekend movie night and watch a classic flick under the stars instead! The City of Boerne is hosting another Movie in the Park event on Friday, May 26th. You and your family can spread out under the Texas sunset and enjoy a free showing of The Sandlot, a classic flick about a ragtag gang of baseball fanatics. This month’s movie is also “All-Star Night,” so wear your favorite team’s jersey! Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30 pm.
When: Friday, June 30: Activities begin at 6:30p m & the movie starts at dark
Where: 100 North Main, Main Plaza