People love Boerne for the small town atmosphere, Hill Country views, and quaint downtown scenery. What’s going on this month? No need to research! We've handpicked 15 of the best area events in Boerne in May.
1. Peruse Creative Goods at the Boerne Handmade Market
With the holiday season just around the corner, the Boerne Handmade Market is your opportunity to scour over 60 booths of original, high-quality, unique items from the Hill Country area. This bi-annual event has become a local favorite, featuring plenty of fresh, creative vendors selling handmade goods. So head to the market and peruse the impressive selection of stationery, handmade soap, spices and rubs, painted wooden signs, jewelry, woodwork, and far, far more!
When: May 6th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road
2. Support Your Local Theatre
Support your local performers and attend Boerne Theatre’s production of “Panache,” a heartwarming play with a classic “rom-com” feel (and plenty of laughs). Watch two strangers (the respectable socialite Kathleen Trafalgar and rough-and-tumble fry cook Harry Baldwin) engage in a hilariously witty (and passionate) battle over what may seem to be a silly detail: they’ve both applied for the same personalized license plate. Ultimately, this encounter gives way to an unusual love story, a dual of the minds, and a surprising commentary on the irrelevance of social status. Check the Theatre’s website for times!
When: May 5th-20th, various times
Where: Boerne Community Theatre, 907 E Blanco
4. Enjoy Art in the Park
A free community festival, the Cibolo Nature Center’s Art in the Park celebration seeks to draw attention to the beauty of both nature and artistic expression. Featuring multiple styles and art, from dance to music to storytelling! Art in the Park is the result of a collaboration between Cibolo Nature Center and the Cibolo Arts Council. Professional and student artists will set up art activity stations at the Nature Center, allowing children and adults to flex their creative muscles.
When: May 6th, 10:00 am
Where: Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road
4. Get Your Quilt On
Spring is a season bursting with vibrant hues...and what could be more colorful than a Quilt show? On May 6th, the Hauptstrasse Quiltfest will welcome guests to enjoy music, sale quilts, special exhibits, presentations, an educational workshop, and more. Located on the Hill Country Mile, this beautiful outdoor quilt show will feature hundreds of beautiful handmade quilts along Main St, including special displays of antique, patriotic, and modern quilts. Whether you’re a serious quilter or merely an admirer of the craft, stop by and enjoy the beautiful work!
When: May 6th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Main Plaza and Downtown Boerne, 100 North Main Street
5. Sip Ale & Stroll a Trail
Thanks to the Cibolo Nature Center’s “A Thirst for Nature: Trail of Ales” event, you can bask in the beauty of nature and enjoy its bounty at the same time! This ultimate beer lover's nature hike will guide you through the four ecosystems that make up the CNC, all while sipping on local ales. Please note that non-alcoholic drinks will also be available, and the price is $10 for adults, $8 for members, and $5 for kids (under admission is 12 free).
When: May 25, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road
7. Head to the Art Waddle
A classic Boerne event, the annual Art Waddle invites residents to admire local art in The Flats of Boerne, all while strolling, riding, and picnicking along the Cibolo Creek. The beautiful work on display (from over 30 artists!) will include paintings, illustrations, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more. Named after the beloved Boerne ducks that reside in the Cibolo Creek, the Art Waddle will donate all proceeds to the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm Art Camp 2017.
When: May 13th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Begins at 204 W San Antonio ("The Flats" neighborhood)
6. Explore an Underground Cavern
Looking for a cavernous adventure? Join Cascade Caverns for a “Flashlight Tour”! This tour invites participants to “go rogue” and explore the wondrous caves with a light of their own. The cost is $19.95 for adults and $13.95 for kids under 11 years old. The daredevils among us may also want to participate in the “Survive the Hole” challenge the next morning...the adventure involves swimming through a chilly pond, venturing down a ladder located inside a drain pipe, and scrambling down a waterfall!
When: Flashlight Tour (May 12, 8:00 pm) & Survive the Hole (May 13, 9:00 am)
Where: Cascade Caverns, 226 Cascade Caverns Rd
8. Shop Boerne Market Days
From totally classic vendors to quirky pop-ups, Boerne Market Days have always boasted a special touch of style and flair. Shoppers and culture-seekers trickle in from all over the Hill Country to peruse the market and all its charm. Stop by the Main Plaza as it transforms into a Texas Hill Country gem: a market that fuses art with business and music, featuring hundreds of booths selling artisan-made goods, from jewelry to leather to furniture to clothing. Even if you aren’t interested in buying any goods, Market Days is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the artistic Hill Country culture, all while enjoying live music and delicious food. Vendors travel to this event from all over the state of Texas, so you won’t be disappointed by the variety!
When: May 13th and 14th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Main Plaza, 100 North Main
9. Chow Down at a Fish Fry
A great community cause and some good ‘ol fried food? We’re in! Come out and support the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department on May 6 during their annual Fish Fry Fundraiser, featuring delicious fried fish plates, a silent and live auction, bucket raffles, live music, and more. All proceeds will be used to purchase much-needed equipment for the department.
When: May 6, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Boerne Volunteer Fire Department, 726 N Main St
10. 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, 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
11. Sip & Savor at 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. Whether you want to travel by foot or in the “Shabby Bus,” Second Saturday is always a treat. Better yet, this event is free and open to the public! Participating locations include Carriage House Gallery, JR Mooney Galleries, and Texas Treasures Fine Art among others. Austin Monthly Magazine recently named it on their list of fun things to do in the area!
When: Jan 14th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Various Galleries in Boerne
12. Head to Hot Rod Night
If you’re feeling nostalgic this weekend, 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.
When: May 6, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Soda Pops, 103 N. Main
13. Sway Along to the Moondance Concert
Image courtesy of the Cibolo Nature Center
Ingredients for the perfect summer evening include: dancing under an umbrella of live oaks, a sky full of stars, some sway-worthy music, and the rest of the Boerne community! Add them all together, and you’ve got the Cibolo Nature Center’s outdoor concert series “Moondance At the Cibolo!” This month’s show will feature the original country music stylings of both Matt Kitchen and Lucas Hudgins & the First Cousins. Music begins at 7:30 PM!
You can also head to the CNC a little early for the Lavender and Leather BBQ Fundraising Dinner, benefitting the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm! Tickets to the dinner include entry to the Moondance Concert.
When: May 13, 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM (Dinner), 7:30-10:30 pm (Moondance)
Where: Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road
14. Watch a Movie in the Park
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 Zootopia, a recent Disney flick that follows an unlikely friendship between a rabbit police officer and an unscrupulous fox. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30 pm!
When: May 26, Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30 pm
Where: 100 North Main, Main Plaza
15. Eat All You Can at a Crawfish Boil
If you didn’t think “Crawfish Boil” and “upscale” could be used in the same sentence, think again! Our favorite swanky resort (Tapatio Springs) is hosting an all-you-can-eat Crawfish Boil at La Cascada on Friday, May 26th. This mouth-watering spread will include crawfish prepared with sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob, mushrooms, pearl onions, lemons and a blend of spices. Stay late for live music by local acoustic artist JR Castro on the patio!
When: May 26, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort, 1 Resort Way