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(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

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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 [...]

Sweet Berry Farm

In: Outdoors

27 Mar 2015

(map) Does anything taste better than fresh strawberries? How about some really fresh ones you pick yourself? Now that we finally have some good weather, you can do just that at this pick-your-own place near Marble Falls. For the next few weeks,

(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 [...]

Snow Day

In: Outdoors

3 Dec 2014

In Texas, a white Christmas usually is just a dream. But starting this Saturday, the Hill Country Galleria will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Every weekend till Christmas! Bring the kiddos from 12-4 for snowballs, sledding, and other slushy fun. (Photo courtesy of Sam Chapman, Austin Real Estate Guy.)  

(map) Soon, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from December 19 through January 4 (check the website for hours). The rink features 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $20-25 per person. Barton Creek Resort [...]

Lights Spectacular

In: Outdoors

24 Nov 2014

(map) This Friday, Johnson City kicks off its 25th annual Lights Spectacular with fireworks, a parade and more. Southern Living magazine featured this festival, which showcases 100,000 lights on the courthouse and one million lights at the Pedernales Electric Co-op. You really have to see it to believe it. Dozens of huge oaks surround the co-op’s headquarters [...]

(map) Sure, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it would be a Grinch indeed who wouldn’t enjoy a free fireworks show and live music by The Vintage 15. This eighth-annual event runs from 6 to 9 tomorrow night. Santa arrives on Main Street at 7, followed by the official lighting of the tree. The big fireworks [...]

(map) Across the road from Sweet Berry’s pumpkin patch is their field of dreams: 22,000 zinnia plants, all colorfully bursting into bloom. For $3, they’ll give you scissors and a cup for picking, and you can fill it up. Next to the zinnias, there are six-foot-high rows of sunflowers also ready to cut. It’s a family-friendly

(map) This weekend through October, everything’s coming up pumpkin at Sweet Berry Farm. They’re showcasing almost 20 varieties, from tiny little mini’s to giants the size of a chair, and everything in between. They’ve even got pure-white albino pumpkins. There are also hayrides, a maze to get lost in, face-painting, and a grill serving up


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