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.
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.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 8 am-1:30 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 2nd 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.
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 March 31, 2018 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.
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 .
23rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
A fun day of golfing, while enjoying friends and meeting new clients. The event will be held April 16th at Riverhill Country Club. For more information, call 830-896-1155 or visit Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.
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.
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.
June 2, 2018 – Free Admission! • BBQ • 30 Gun Draw Raffle at 3 PM • Hill Country Distillers • Free Drinks • Kids Activities • Vendors • Shooting Activities. Sponsored by Texas Hill Country Bank. Event will be held at Apache Riffleworks, 50502 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, Comfort, TX. Summertime BBQ Fundraiser.
June 2, 2018 – Day of fun for entire family – food vendors , music, kids activities, shooting activities and drawing for 30 Guns! Event will be held at Apache Riffleworks, 50502 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, Comfort, TX. 30 guns will be raffled at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Summertime BBQ Fundraiser. 30 Gun Draw.
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.
The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo – Get Connected – will be held on August 3-4, 2018 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center and is sponsored by Brookdale Guadalupe River Plaza. It is open to the public and is a great way to showcase your business to the community. A limited number of booths are available on a first come serve basis. Booth prices vary on location. (Click on Expo Application and Information for pricing and details) Things will kick off Friday evening with the First Friday Wine Share from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Saturday Business Expo is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including a Home and Garden show and kid’s zone. For more information, call Rachel London at 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 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.
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.
96th 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 18, 2018 at the Inn of the Hills – Grand Ball Room. 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 13 -14, 2018 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.
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.