Special Local Events
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show
The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show began in January 1944 and is now the fifth largest stock show in the state, serving 33 counties with their 4-H and FFA projects. The HCDJLS is a 100 percent volunteer organization. Currently there are approximately 2,700 entries from 1,200 exhibitors. The sale of these entries was in excess of $1 million in 2017. The HCDJLS also awards up to
$60,000 in collegiate scholarships annually. For more information, visit www.hcdjls.org.
Chocolate Fantasy at the KACC
Every year for Valentine’s Day Chocolate lovers roll into Kerrville from far and wide to oooh, aaah, revel, gorge, and generally indulge in and celebrate all things chocolate at the Kerrville Arts & Cultural Center’s Chocolate Fantasy festival. In spite of the overwhelming task that faced them, the 2016 Chocolate Fantasy judges somehow managed to sample every entry. For more information, visit www.kacckerrville.com.
22nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
A fun day of golfing, while enjoying friends and meeting new clients. The event will be held March 27 at Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf course. For more information, call 830-896-1155 or visit Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.
Easter Hill Country Bicycle Tour
Experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country and three days of the best riding Texas has to offer for as little as $45. Quiet, well-paved roads, challenging terrain and panoramic scenery have made the EHCT one of the premier cycling events in Texas. With no mass-starts, you’ll enjoy a relaxed, friendly cycling experience. All rides are fully-supported with rest stops and SAG vehicles. Join around 1,000 riders and see why the EHCT is an Easter weekend tradition. For more information visit www.ehct.com.
Easter Festival and Chili Cookoff
Bring the entire family for a day of holiday fun as the Leadership Kerr County class teams up with local organizations to offer the annual EasterFest & Cookoff April 15 at Flat Rock Park along the scenic Guadalupe River. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance for the Easter egg hunt for children and there will be actitivites throughout the day for children and adults. For details, go to www.kerrvilleeasterfest.com or call 896-1155.
Hill Country Charity Ball
The Hill Country Charity Ball Association, Inc. (HCCBA) was founded in 1985 in honor of Charles Bowmer Schreiner, V (January 17, 1980 – January 2, 1981) who died of a congenital heart disorder. Baby Charlie was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schreiner, IV. Each year, members of the Board of the HCCBA, Inc. dedicate the proceeds of the annual gala, held in the spring, to non-profit organizations seeking to improve the lives of others. Proceeds of this year’s ball will benefit Christian Women’s Job Corps of Kerrville. The HCCBA “Mystery at the Dietert” will be held April 8 at Dietert Center, located at 451 Guadalupe Street.
2nd Annual “Big Shoot”
The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd Annual “Big Shoot” May 6. The event will be held at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center. Individual and 4-person teams will compete in skeet, trap, long-range rifle and law enforcement pistol course shooting. Individual and team awards will be presented. For more information, call 830-896-1155 or visit Big Shoot.
Kerrville Folk Festival
The Kerrville Folk Festival is held annually at the Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 miles south of Kerrville on Texas Hwy 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues for 18 days with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting, blues guitar, harmonica and ukulele. For more information, visit www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org.
Festival of the Arts
Kerrville is located in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country and draws thousands of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend for a variety of art, music and craft events. Visitors come from all major Texas cities, especially San Antonio, Houston, Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The third annual Festival of the Arts will be held May 27-28, 2017 in the heart of downtown Kerrville. Kerrville Festival of the Arts is a juried Fine Art Show and Sale open to artists residing anywhere in the United States. This is a two-day, outdoor event and a pet friendly venue. More than 100 artists participated in last year’s event and that number will increase in 2017.
As an added bonus, Kerrville Hills Winery will be on site pouring their award-winning wines and gourmet and hand-crafted artisanal vendors are expected. For more information on the Kerrville Festival of the Arts, log on to www.kvartfest.com.
Kerrville’s 4th on the River
On July 4th 2011, the first Kerrville’s 4th on the River event was held in Louise Hays Park featuring Kevin Fowler as the Head-liner, in 2012 Stoney Larue, and for the past three years Robert Earl Keen. This year’s event will be held on July 4th 2016 in Louise Hays Park and an equally exciting entertainer will be featured. The show starts around 4 p.m. with opening acts, food vendors, and children’s activities. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Stay and watch the largest fireworks display in the Hill Country at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.kerrvilles4th.org for more information.
Business Expo with Friday Night Wine Share
A two-day event hosted by the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce to showcase member businesses. This event will be August 4-5 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. The event will include a car show, Taste of Kerrville and First Friday Wine Share. For more information, call 830-896-1155 or visit Business Expo.
Kerrville Triathlon Festival
The Kerrville Triathlon Festival is the 6th and final event in the Texas Tri Series and is hosted by High Five Events. More than 1,200 participants are expected for the two-day event September 23-24. Visit www.kerrvilletri.com for more information.
Texas Heritage Music Day
Texas Heritage Music Day is held on the last Friday of September at Schreiner University in Kerrville. The Event brings students and the community together to experience the power of stories and songs in celebrating community and in creating community. HMD celebrates the birthday of Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, with a tribute to the beloved singer/songwriter. Several artists, including local and native Texans, participate each year.
Girls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out is held on Old Ingram Loop every October. Old Ingram Loop located only a few miles from downtown Kerrville and is loaded with galleries, antiques, boutique shopping and even a B and B to stay the night. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OldIngramLoop.
Kerr County Fair
The Kerr County Fair is held the fourth weekend of October at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. Activities at the Kerr County Fair include open prospect show for 4-H and FFA members, petting zoo, vendors selling various items, providing general information and food, chili and barbecue cook-off, carnival and midway, bull riding, mutton busting, dance, judged creative arts, downtown parade, scholarship pageant, and children’s activities. The Kerr County Fair is a family oriented event. Proceeds benefit scholarships and youth activities.
James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic Invitational
Now entering its 13th year, the James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic hosts golfers from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and as far away as Vermont and California. The Invitational is slated for October 13-15, 2017, at Comanche Trace, Riverhill Country Club, and Scott Schreiner Golf Course. Born on the concept of bringing golfers to Kerrville and “showing off” the community, the event showcases all that Kerrville has to offer to entice people and businesses to move here. The tournament format is a 54-hole, two-man, best ball, flighted according to the combined handicaps of each golfer. Each day is a “mini-tournament” within each flight and at the end of the competition there are overall winners in each flight. Visit www.hillcountrygolfclassic.com for more information.
95th Annual Chamber Choice Awards Banquet
This exciting event celebrates the accomplishments and efforts of local residents and business owners each year. This banquet will be held October 26 at the YO Resort & Conference Center. For more information, visit Chamber Choice Awards Banquet.
The First Annual Kerrville Chalk Festival drew an estimated 6,000 attendees over two sunny days last year.
Save the dates of October 14 -15, 2017 for this year’s Kerrville Chalk Festival, which benefits Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.
Planned activities include:
• Chalk Walk – From classics to contemporary, experience the art of street painting from more than 60 artists throughout the weekend. Watch as artists create spectacular chalk drawings in all styles and sizes.
• Children’s Chalk Area – Children up to 12 years of age will be invited to draw with chalk at the Festival in a specific area. Chalk kits for children will include a two by two foot square of fresh pavement and a small bag of chalk. Each square with chalk kit will cost $10. Children must be accompanied and supervised. The expanded Kid’s Zone now includes: Face painting and balloon art; Classic games such as marbles and hopscotch; Interactive photo mural, where attendees snap a picture alongside a vertical wall to instantly share on social media.
• Community Mural – There will be an opportunity for adults and children age 12 and up to express their creativity at the Community Mural. It will consist of a large designated space where individuals will chalk up their unique artistic vision. Bring a family friendly idea for chalk art or be completely spontaneous. Since the Festival is a
fundraiser donations are greatly appreciated.
• Chalk the Star – Kerr Arts & Cultural Center artists will wow you as they chalk the Peterson Plaza star that is situated near the gate of the historic Schreiner Mansion.
• Schreiner Mansion Tours – Come and explore one of Kerrville’s most beautiful and historic homes. Tour the Mansion and see highlights of the past and present with a guided volunteer docent. Representing more than 135 years of social, architectural and cultural history, visit this restored home of Captain Charles Schreiner.
• Entertainment – Stroll Peterson Plaza or find the perfect spot on the lawn to listen to great music from talented performers including The 4 Proches, Celtic Comfort, Dixieland All Stars, Kerrville Pipe and Drum, as well as Flamenco guitar performed by Randy Cordero. Click Musicians to see our entertainment line-up.The Cailloux
Foundation is the founding sponsor for Kerrville Chalk Festival.
The 2017 Festival will benefit the Kerrville Public Schools Foundation. The school Foundation serves the children of Kerrville ISD by providing grants to teachers, scholarships to students, and awards for Teacher of the Year.
For more information on the Kerrville Chalk Festival, visit www.kerrvillechalk.org.
Holiday Lighted Parade
The Holiday Lighted Parade is held the third Saturday in November and features businesses, non-profits, youth groups, autos and marching units, all of which prepare floats and are then judged. There are generally 95 plus entries in the parade and each entry will be completely lit for night-time viewing. A Grand Marshal leads the parade with Santa Claus riding in his signature fire truck at the end of the parade! Each year cash awards of $150 are given out for first place in each of the four categories including Marching, Youth, Non-Profit and Commercial. All winners will be announced at the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony following the Holiday Lighted Parade.