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. Fuse Technology and Art Through iPad Painting
Did you know iPads can be used for more than Angry Birds and Netflix streaming? Digital art has become an increasingly popular way to utilize these touch-sensitive screens to create something beautiful. Give your teens a chance to learn more about this art form on Saturday at one of two workshops in iPad painting! Led by Apple’s highly recommended instructional team, participants will have the opportunity to fuse art and technology. All equipment will be provided, and no prior experience is necessary. Session 1 (10 am - noon) will be for ages 10 to 15, and Session 2 (1:30 - 3:30pm) will be open to ages 16 to 21.
This event will be hosted by The Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts), in conjunction with the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation and Apple, Inc. Community Outreach on Saturday at the Comfort Inn & Suites Hill Country in Boerne. The Hill Country Council for the Arts is devoted to creating enhanced community awareness, developing opportunities for collaboration and involvement, encouraging individual and corporate financial support, developing a long-range plan for promoting the growth of the Arts, and reaching out geographically to all areas of the Hill Country and Texas.
When: Saturday, 10:00am-3:30pm
Where: Comfort Inn & Suites Hill Country, 35000 IH-10 West
2. Shop for Produce at the Farmers Market at the Cibolo
Image Courtesy of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
Looking for locally sourced produce, meat, and eggs? The Farmer’s Market at the Cibolo is open every Saturday- rain or shine! This Fall, the Market is offering up a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruits locally grown by Hill Country farmers, as well as gourmet sauces, fresh poultry, farm fresh eggs, artisan coffee, fresh kolaches, organic personal care products, goats milk products, native potted plants, and more. Currently, melons, squash, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, carrots, sweet corn, green beans, and potatoes are in season! So head to the Farmers Market and grab some fresh bread, hot coffee, colorful French Macarons, veggies for your salad, or whatever else your heart desires on an Autumn Hill Country morning! Besides shopping, market activities include live music, gardening and cooking workshops, and children’s crafts.
When: Saturdays, 9:00am -1:00pm
Where: Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road
3. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Random
It may not be October yet, but that certainly won’t stop the folks at Random Beer Garden from celebrating Oktoberfest! On Saturday, the food-truck-and-biergarten venue will host live music, a monster bounce, and more beers than you could possibly imagine...along with delicious local and “special guest” food trucks! The party starts at 5:00pm, but you can catch the traditional cask tapping and live music at 6:00pm.
The food truck lineup will feature local favorites like Z's Pizza, Cousins Maine Lobster, Rock On Wheels,Slider Provider, Zani Sweet Treats, and Sugar Belle's, as well as special guest The Sauerkraut Truck, which hails all the way from Houston!
When: Saturday, 5:00pm
Where: Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd
4. Grab a Milkshake and a T-Shirt at Hot Rod Night
Image Courtesy of Soda Pops
If you’re feeling nostalgic for a simpler time and tastier ice cream, you can head to Soda Pops Patio Grill & Bar this Saturday for one of their famous Hot Rod Nights! Known for its charming 1950’s feel and old-time memorabilia, Soda Pops is reminiscent of a retro 50’s diner...combined with an almost cartoonish ice cream parlor and novelty soda shop. 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 Saturday, you can listen to The Blast Band, a classic rock group passionate about the oldies!
Also, this week has been deemed “T-Shirt Sale-a-palooza”, meaning all 2016 Hot Rod Night tanks and t-shirts will be 30% off!
When: Saturday, 6:30PM
Where: Soda Pops, 103 N. Main
5. Read With a Furry Friend at the Library
Let your kids practice their reading with a furry friend with the Paws 4 Reading! This program was designed to nurture beginning and struggling readers by matching them with certified therapy dogs. Studies show that readers who are involved in therapy dog reading programs experience increased literacy, fluency and confidence in reading out loud, and also develop compassion, social skills, and confidence in dealing with other life challenges.
When: Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N Main St