It starts this Friday! So if you’re thinking of going this year, here’s a look at last year. Fantastic weather drew record crowds to this historic German town. From beer and bratwurst to bungee-jumping and the Chicken Dance, it’s a great time for folks young, old and in-between. Colorful costumes, whether authentic or silly, and


(map) The old-fashioned, small-town county fair is alive and well in Gillespie County. This year’s 127th anniversary marks the longest-running fair in Texas and there is a lot to appreciate. From kids showing off their animals to home cooks showing off their jellies and jams, from carnival rides to horse races (with betting!),

(map) With all the fancy new contemporary restaurants popping up lately, it’s comforting to soak in the old-school Austin vibe of the Nutty Brown. Known as an outdoor live-music venue hosting such big names as Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black and

(map) In two weeks, the “little town where everybody’s somebody” hosts one of the best events out West. Nine wineries, 12 food trucks, and five bands will take the stage August 1st from noon till 7 pm. For tickets, click here.

(map) Like a proud hipster phoenix, Proof & Cooper rises from the ashes of the former Bert ‘n Ernie’s location near Drippin’. And what a transformation it is! Those of you familiar with that quirky-yet-almost-comically-dilapidated biker bar will be amazed. Craft cocktails, craft beers on tap, live music, and best of all,

It’s the number-one restaurant day of the year (bigger than Valentine’s Day, even)! Sunday, May 10 is less than two weeks away. Below, a guide to 21 of the best places out West to take Mom for her special day. Clicking on a restaurant’s name will take you to their special menu.

(map) May 2-3, Becker celebrates all things lavender. From sweeping fields of blooming lavender to lavender soaps, sachets, lotions and plants. There’s live music, cooking demo’s, touring and wine-tasting, as well as food and craft vendors. Best of all, it’s free! Just $5 for parking. Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival website

In two weeks, we’ll see the annual Lake Travis Springfest, May 2 from 11 to 9. There’ll be live music all day, plus tons of stuff to see and do. Above, The Derailers play for the crowd in the Amphitheater at the Hill Country Galleria on a previous year. The good news is that from [...]

(map) Next Saturday the 28th is Spicewood Vineyards’ 7th annual chili cookoff. $20 gets you a chili-tasting wristband, as well as a souvenir glass of Spicewood’s Cabernet Claret. Judges will decide which chili pairs best with the claret and the competition gets plenty hot! From 1 to 6 pm, with live music and food trucks. Find [...]

Sweet! From restaurants and wineries to shindigs in Luckenbach, all kinds of Valentine’s events are taking place out West. Just click on the links below for more info. Note: Most places say reservations are a MUST.


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