COWBOY CAPITAL OF The World
Spring into summer with concerts, cowboys, and more in Bandera
If you're looking for a getaway that's not too far from home, take a look at the Cowboy Capital of the World: Bandera.
Located about four hours west of Houston, just northwest of San Antonio, Bandera is loaded with Texas’ signature charm and has something for everyone in the family.
This Hill Country town is also your live music destination for spring. Here's a look at what’s coming up over the next few months to help plan your future trip.
Music for all
The can’t-miss headlining acts at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar have Charlie Robison of "My Home Town" fame performing on April 14, and a full line-up every weekend thereafter:
- April 21 – Wade Bowen
- April 28 – Josh Ward
- April 29 – Neal McCoy
- May 12 – Diamond Rio
- May 13 – Michael Martin Murphey
- May 19 – Joshua Ray Walker
- May 20 – Marty Haggard
- June 9 – Lorrie Morgan
- June 10 – Junior Brown
25th Annual Riverfest
Join in on the family fun April 29 for the 25th anniversary of Bandera Riverfest, happening from 10 am-6 pm.
The International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA) will be there hosting its top-tier barbecue cook-off, plus there will be a “land yacht” golf cart competition, plenty of live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities, and more.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Enjoy nature's wonders
If you’re looking for a way to tire out the kids, head to the nearby Hill Country State Natural Area for 5,400 acres of camping, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, and more.
Gaze at dreamy, starlit skies and open spaces with miles upon miles of trails for cycling and hiking. The park is the perfect place to escape from the stress of modern living and relax into the arms of Mother Nature.
Other fun events around town include the weekly Cowboys on Main on Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. Visitors and locals can hop aboard wagon rides and take photos with Redneck the longhorn, and also watch 1800 reenactment gun shows at 11 am and 1 pm.
Fiesta Market Days at the Pipe Creek Dancehall on April 15-16 feature live music, offerings from local vendors, food, and fun for the whole family.
And don't forget about the Bandera Pro Rodeo on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Stake out a good spot for the parade, which begins at 11 am on March 27.
Tickets for the Rodeo are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children aged 5 and under.
To start planning your getaway, visit banderacowboycapital.com.