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. Battle With a Paddle at Boerne Lake
Has the Paddle Boarding trend caught your eye? More than just a killer core workout, this surprisingly easy-to-learn water sport will take over Boerne Lake on Saturday! During the very first Boerne Paddle Battle, everyone from novice to professional will have the chance to race towards the finish line. With both a “Fun 5K” and an “Elite 10K” race, all ages and “paddle craft” are welcome! This family-friendly event will also feature awards, food trucks, drinks, vendors, live music, and a raffle at Random Beer Garden.
Proceeds from the Paddle Battle will benefit children of the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives on the Meadowland campus. This 40-acre campus has been a refuge for abused and neglected children and youth in Boerne for over 30 years. Throughout those years, many children have found healing, hope, love, and support right here in our Boerne community. Since 1986, over five thousand children have been served. With the proceeds from Saturday’s event, the Meadowland Campus can continue working to end the cycle of abuse: restoring hope, one paddle at a time.
When: Saturday, 8:00am
Where: 1 City Lake Rd, Boerne City Lake and Random Beer Garden
2. Get Lost in a Book at the Boerne Book Festival
Book lovers, unite! The much-beloved Patrick Heath Public Library will be hosting the Boerne Book Festival on Saturday, featuring good reads for all ages. This celebration of books and storytelling will include book readings and appearances by over 30 authors, panel discussions on your favorite books, children’s programs, and delicious food trucks. The event is free and open to the public, but a rain date is scheduled for Saturday, October 8...just in case!
When: Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 451 North Main, Bldg 100, Patrick Heath Public Library
3. Learn Gardening Skills at the Farmers Market
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. Besides shopping, market activities include live music, gardening and cooking workshops, and children’s crafts.
This Saturday’s classes include “What Can I Plant Now?” and “Geocaching 101”! If you’ve always thinking, “I should start a garden!” but can’t seem to follow through, turn your garden talk into action. “What Can I Plant Now?” will teach you about Fall vegetables and flowers to enjoy throughout this growing season. “Geocaching 101” will teach you and your children about the wonders of the outdoors through a high-tech treasure hunt.
When: Saturdays, 9:00am -1:00pm (What Can I Plant Now? Is at 10:30am, and Geocaching 101 is at 10:00am)
Where: Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road
4. Roll into Sunday Brunch at La Cascada
Tapatio Springs says, “It's okay to sleep in, it's Sunday!” Then, amble your way over to your new favorite Sunday Brunch at La Cascada at Tapatio Springs. With a menu created with seasonal local ingredients, La Cascada offers an array of breakfast and lunch items for all taste palates. Executive Chef Scott Cohen and his culinary team partner with local farmers, ranchers, and foragers to source fresh, local ingredients at the peak of ripeness, both for optimal flavor and low environmental impact. This is truly a brunch experience you can feel good about!
When: Sunday, 10:30am-2:00pm
Where: Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort, 1 Resort Way
5. Celebrate a Volkswagen Oktoberfest
If we know anything about Volkswagen drivers, it’s that they love a good party...evidenced by this weekend’s Oktoberfest Car Show! Hosted by the Volkswagen Owners Club of San Antonio, the car show will be held at the historic Main Plaza on Sunday. The “show and swap meet” will feature a DJ, food vendors, kids & adult games, a piñata for kids 12 and under, and a raffle! On Saturday, the VW Club members will also gather for a scenic drive around the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
When: Sunday, 8:00am- 3:00pm
Where: 100 North Main, Hill Country Mile