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. Peruse Local 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, one-day event has become a local favorite, featuring plenty of fresh, creative vendors selling handmade goods. And just in case you’re tempted to picturing this as your grandma’s craft fair, think again: the Boerne Handmade Market is curated to the selective customer! Vendors range from bath and body products to home decor to artisan food products. The day’s shopping experience will be complemented by a playscape for children, live music, and a wide selection of food trucks serving up snacks and meals. 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: Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road
2. Admire the All-British Car Show
Whether you’re an automobile connoisseur or obsessed with the Brits (or both!), you won’t want to miss the 29th annual South Texas All British Car Day on Saturday. This self-proclaimed “British automobile extravaganza” is sponsored by the San Antonio British Car Clubs, which include the South Texas Triumph Association, the Alamo MG Association, the South Texas Austin Healey Club and the San Antonio Jaguar Club. The show will be open to all British automobile marquees. Participants will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite cars, and awards will be presented to the most popular vehicle in each class! (Note: No matter how British you’re feeling, we still strongly recommend driving on the right side of the road!)
When: Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: Main Plaza, 100 North Main Street
3. Listen To a World-Class Pianist
Sponsored by the Boerne Public Library Foundation, Vadym Kholodenko’s outdoor “Library Con Fuego” concert is sure to be a cultural highlight of the season! Head to the library Amphitheater at 6:30pm to hear the young Ukrainian pianist heralded as a “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performer. As the winner of the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation.
The Boerne Public Library Library Foundation supports the library and the Boerne community. Over the past 20 years, the foundation has raised funds and awareness for the library by providing funding for capital needs, special events, literacy programs, children’s and teen activities, oral history, and cultural and educational projects. The Foundation’s goal is to inspire a love of learning and cultural enrichment for the entire community.
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Where: Patrick Heath Public Library Amphitheater, 451 N Main
4. Give Oktoberfest One Last Hurrah
How many Oktoberfest celebrations can you fit in this year? As this festive, beer-themed month races to an end, Joshua Creek has managed to sneak one final evening of German cheer onto the calendar. For an all-inclusive price of $95 per person, Joshua Creek’s Oktoberfest celebration will feature a “German favorites” buffet, extensive beer and wine selection, JCR logo beer stein, and live German-style polka music by Bill Smallwood’s Friztown Fünf!
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Where: Joshua Creek, 132 Cravey Road
5. Show Off Your Halloween Costume
Boerne is giving you plenty of opportunities this year to show off your Halloween costume (and your dog’s costume, too...). Below are several super festive and spooky ways to celebrate the weird and wonderful holiday!
The Roundup’s 2nd Annual Spooktakular Halloween Festival will feature trick-or-treat candy stations, pony rides, tractor hay rides, pumpkin decorating, costume contests & prizes, games, and live Halloween-themed tunes! (Saturday at 5:00pm)
The Patrick Heath Public Library will host the equally festive Boerne Boo Celebration. Come experience mule rides, face painting, arts & crafts, bounce house, trunk-or-treat, costume contest, carnival games, food vendors, and the highly anticipated “Boo-Cycle Contest”. (Saturday at 4:00pm)
This year’s Howl-O-Ween Pet Fair will feature fun activities for the entire family, as well as a Pet Costume Contest! (Saturday, 3:00pm at the Kendall County Fairgrounds)
If you’re looking for a good haunted house, you can’t miss Carnival of Lost Souls on Friday and Saturday! Sponsored by the Boerne Police Officers Association, all proceeds from this event will go towards the Blue Santa program and Boerne Volunteer Fire Department. (Friday-Saturday, 8:00pm-Midnight)