Special Local Events
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.
Hill Country Economic Summit 2020
February 13, 2020, 8 am-2:00 pm
Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27, Kerrville, TX 78028
As a vibrant, area business, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce knows you have goals for your business and a desire to tell your story. That’s why we are excited to invite you to join the annual Hill Country Economic Summit as a sponsor or participant. The Hill Country Economic Summit will serve to bring Kerrville and the surrounding communities a current economic update and a State of the Union on important happenings within our region.
The audience will hear from a panel of renowned speakers as well as community leaders discussing important topics that you won’t want to miss.
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.
Families can enjoy free food, music, games, arts & crafts, and more. The fun comes with 15,000 egg Easter Egg Hunt! Held Saturday March 31st all day – at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Dr. Kerrville – for more info call #830-315-5762 or go to kerrvillekroc.org .
Easter at the Empty Cross
A FREE two-day event. Easter celebration with speakers, music, testimonies, celebration of our victory through Jesus and Sunday morning “Sonrise” Saturday – March 31st All Day and Sunday – April 1st 7-9am. Sculpture Prayer Garden, 520- Benson, Kerrville, TX. For more info call 830-928-7774 or go to www.thecomingkingfoundation.org .
Easter Festival and Chili Cookoff
April 11, 2020 – 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 11, 2020 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.
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.
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.
30 Gun Draw Raffle
May 25, 2019 – Day of fun for entire family – food vendors , music, kids activities, shooting activities and drawing for 30 Guns! Event will be held at Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, 1886 Cypress Creek Road. 30 guns will be raffled at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Summertime BBQ Fundraiser. 30 Gun Draw.
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 26-27, 2018 (Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm) 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 2018.
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.
Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
June 22, 2020 – A fun day of golfing, while enjoying friends and meeting new clients. The event will be held June 22, 2020. For more information, call 830-896-1155 or visit Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.
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 three years Robert Earl Keen. Come enjoy food, vendor booths, family fun, bounce houses, and face painting. Entertain yourselves and the kids with Louise Hays Parks very own Splash pad, playgrounds, or cool off in the Guadalupe River. Live music, and a free concert featuring Robert Earl Keen at 8 pm. Free family fun and the largest fireworks display in the Texas Hill Country at 9:30pm. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive, 830-257-8233, www.kerrvilles4th.org.
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 29-30. Visit www.kerrvilletri.com for more information.
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.
98th Annual Chamber Choice Awards Banquet
October 29, 2020 – This exciting event celebrates the accomplishments and efforts of local residents and business owners each year. This banquet will be held October 29, 2020. For more information, visit Chamber Choice Awards Banquet.
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.
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.
The Kerrville Chalk Festival (the Festival), scheduled for October 12-13, 2019 will benefit Our Lady of the Hills Regional High School (OLH). 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the Festival, a family-oriented community event in the heart of downtown on Peterson Plaza. Thousands of attendees will watch in awe as artists create more than 65 beautiful sidewalk murals at the Festival. The two-day event will also include free creative activities for children, live music on stage, and food and drink from established food truck vendors. There are no admission or activity fees thanks to generous sponsors and more than 150 volunteers. The Festival will happen rain or shine.
Hill Country Pitch Day
Kerrville’s annual “Shark Tank Style” event! This fun event is geared toward cultivating growth and development for the economy of Texas by promoting entrepreneurship and connecting investment and community resources to bright ideas. Selected teams share their startup or business expansion ideas and seek funding from local investors. The event consists of Pitch Presentations, A Q&A Panel, An Audience Live Vote on the Best Pitch, followed by a Meet & Greet Mixer with drinks and hors d’oeuvres to meet, mingle and make connections! For more information on attending, investing, or applying to pitch, visit hillcountrypitchday.com.
2020 Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
We are hosting the Business Expo in a virtual format this year. Our goal is to create the “biggest bang for your buck”. We have created a multi-faceted approach to increase the reach for our businesses and organizations, one of the main reasons one registers for the Expo. This includes the production of a nice slick, glossy magazine, similar to BusinessLink, with a distribution of ~8000. We will also feature each booth sponsor in an hour+ long Facebook Live event. We will be scheduling those through the end of the year. These Facebook Live segments will reach 1000+ viewers, offering you a huge audience! For more information, call Rachel London at 830-896-1155 or visit Business Expo.
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.