Five Things to Do in Boerne This Weekend (Jan. 8 -10)

People love Boerne for the small town atmosphere, Hill Country views, and quaint downtown. 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 Vendors at Market Days

Since Boerne’s early beginnings in 1850, the center point of trade has always been Main Plaza. Though wagons no longer pull up to purchase their wares, many people come to the plaza on the second weekend of every month to spend the day browsing the wondrous outdoor market that blends the traditions of the Texas Hill Country with the creations of today’s culture. It is on these days that Main Plaza becomes home to hundreds of festive booths, displaying everything from collectibles and vintage pieces of the past to today’s novelties, that are certain to captivate those who meander past. Popular with both residents and visitors, Market Days have become synonymous with excellent shopping supplied by artists, craftsmen, and vendors sharing their creative flairs and wares alongside the background music of some of Texas' best local musicians.

When: Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: 100 North Main, Boerne, TX 78006

2. Marvel at Fine Art During Second Saturday Art and Wine

Another Boerne event that takes place on the second Saturday of the month, Second Saturday Art and Wine gives art enthusiasts an opportunity to travel to each of the participating art galleries to view the works of incredible artistry while enjoying a variety of hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beverages. This weekend’s Second Saturday features four different art galleries: Carriage House Gallery, COSAS, JR Mooney Galleries, and Texas Treasures Fine Art. Whether you are viewing the works of Folk Art masters at COSAS or marveling at the 10,000 Sq ft sculpture garden at Texas Treasures, you’re bound to find creations that pique your interest.

When: Saturday, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Various downtown galleries; travel to each gallery on foot or take the Shabby Bus.

3. Kick off DreamWeek in Style With Local Boutiques

Running from January 8-19, DreamWeek is a summit that hosts more than 150 events that aim to bring together forward thinkers and innovators in an effort to unite to advance the voices of tolerance, equality and diversity. While most of the events are in San Antonio, Elite Couture Boutique and Black Boys Rock Foundation will be hosting a fashion show to kick off the summit right here in Boerne. Network, mingle, and mix while enjoying the latest fashion trends from local designers Laverne Witherspoon and Elite Couture Boutique.

When: Saturday, 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Where: Mercedes-Benz of Boerne, 31445 Interstate 10 Frontage Road Boerne, TX 78006

4. Embrace Nature at A Little Nature Store

A locally owned science and nature store, this gem features home and outdoor gifts for every nature lover. With a supply of everything from kid's crafts, bird seed and houses, books, and all sorts of creative and fascinating nature related selections, it’s hard not to locate an interesting find anywhere you turn. Plus, with an adorable garden facing main street that features tables, bird feeders, GIANT chairs, and a little free library, this place is somewhere the whole family can explore. Oh, and don’t miss the bat house- it’s been known to be popular with visitors!

When: Monday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Where: 106 E. Theissen St., Boerne, TX 78006

5. PAWS For Reading at the Patrick Heath Public Library

Research shows that young readers feel more confident in their reading skills when reading to a dog. Reading to dogs has also been shown to boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills. Not only this, studies have shown that children’s opinions of reading changed from feeling uncomfortable and self-conscience before engaging in a program in which they read to a dog to proclaiming that reading was much more enjoyable for them after. Because of these positive outcomes, programs in both school and public library settings are gaining in popularity because of the many benefits. The Patrick Heath Public Library has recognized this and is inviting children to come read with Riley, a trained and certified therapy dog who “loves hearing stories read to her by boys and girls.” Bring your kiddos to the library to meet the adorable Riley, practice their reading, and have fun!

When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Patrick Heath Public Library, Monday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm