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: five of the best fun events to attend and businesses to visit in Boerne this week are described below. Hopefully, this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!
1. Stroll Through Dickens on Main
Boerne doesn’t waste any time getting into the holiday spirit! Today, the 17th annual Dickens On Main event will kick off in Boerne’s main plaza. This annual premier Christmas event heralds in the season in style, featuring everything from live musical entertainment to colorful Dickens-era theatrical performances to a variety of children’s activities (including Santa and a 60-foot snow slide). Add in live ice sculpting shows, lighting ceremonies, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow on Main Street, and plenty of festive food, and you’ve got Dickens on Main! Ask any Boerne-ite: this joyful celebration is a Boerne staple! Get the kids together, get your shopping on, and get dressed up: all ages and demographics will find something enjoyable about this year’s festivities. The best part? Free admission!
Click here for your comprehensive guide to all the day’s festivities.You can also bring the information with you: download the Hill Country Mile Guidebook app by clicking here. This new app not only gives you a full Dickens schedule, but it allows you to choose specific activities and create your own schedule with reminders so you don’t miss a thing. From great information about the shops and the restaurants you’ll find along the Mile, to events and great deals, you’ll not want to be without this helpful app.
When: Friday & Saturday (all day)
Where: Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main
2. Shop Local on Small Business Saturday
Boerne’s small town charm and unique shopping scene converge this weekend! With the holiday’s busiest shopping weekend upon us, the masses will rush to area Black Friday hotspots like The Rim and La Cantera. But while San Antonio may have the crowds and lines, shop around Boerne for what it does best: keeping it local. The day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is your opportunity to support your community’s hardworking, high-quality artisans and craftsmen. Check out Dickens On Main’s Small Business Saturday spotlight and the Boerne small business directory to create your shopping strategy.
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.
3. Listen to a Concert in a Cave: Sounds of the Season
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Nothing screams “festive” like Christmas music, and nothing quite says “Hill Country” like a concert inside of an underground cavern. Cave Without a Name’s holiday concert lineup includes “Sounds of the Season” which will present both traditional and contemporary instrumentation and song selection. The evening’s performance will feature Tinsel, an a cappella quartet known for putting a new spin on holiday classics. Far from your average carolers, Tinsel has been described as sleek, sophisticated, and distinctive.
When: Saturday, 7:00pm
Where: 325 Kreutzberg Rd, Cave Without a Name
4. Score Some Deals at a Used Book Sale
Looking for some unique holiday gifts? For book lovers and gift givers alike, there’s no better way to find the perfect quirky gift than in the self-described “cutest little bookshop in the Hill Country”! The Bookshop Under the Windmill sells gently used books, DVDs, audio books, children's books and holiday gifts! The shop opens its doors to Black Friday shoppers today from 10am to 2pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The Bookshop Under the Windmill is run by The Friends of the Boerne Public Library, selling very gently used, top-quality books of all kinds for very low prices.
Friday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: 451 N. Main St. (Bookshop Under the Windmill - Next to the Library)
5. Jam Out to Some Live Music
Turns out, you don’t have to drive all the way to Austin to listen to killer live music! Drink Texas Biergarten (the self-proclaimed “live music capital of Boerne”) and The Roundup have your live musical performance lineup for this weekend! On Friday, acoustic duo The Rustic Avenues will perform at Drink Texas Biergarten. Then, on Saturday, The Roundup will host Texas music icon Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros. Both venues are kid-friendly and feature a unique beer selection!
When: Friday and Saturday, various times
Where: 265 S Main St, Boerne (Drink Texas), 531 FM 3351 (The Roundup)