Things to Do in Bandera, Texas

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Enjoy horseback riding, Rumble on the River, Twisted Sisters 100-mile Loop, rodeos and many more activities in Bandera, Texas.

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Events in Bandera, TX

Rumble on the River 2021
Rumble on the River 2021


October 1-3, 2021 Mansfield Park in Bandera, TX The greatest motorcycle rally in Texas. Concerts, food, games, and the Twin Sisters bike trail this a worthy excursion for any motorcycle enthusiast.
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Bandera Buck Fest 2021
Bandera Buck Fest 2021


This festival has been running every autumn since 1962! For those with the Texas spirit, you have to come to Buck Fest this fall. Taste pure Texas BBQ, jam out to classic country music, and enter the raffle for the chance to win a gun! Check out their Facebook page for more information!
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Best 2021 Festivals in and near Bandera, Texas
Best 2021 Festivals in and near Bandera, Texas
Bandera, Texas and the surrounding towns and cities have some of the best festivals around. Listen to local music, look at chalk art, eat good food and more! Check out our list of the best upcoming festivals near Bandera, Texas here.
Cowboy Mardi Gras
Cowboy Mardi Gras
Feb 12 to 15. Dress up in your brightest outfit and watch the parade at the Cowboy Mardi Gras. This fun event is perfect forhose looking to play bingo, listen to live music, make gumbo and enjoy Cajun steak.
Labor Day Weekend Events 2021
Labor Day Weekend Events 2021
September 3 - 6, 2021 Bandera, TX is a surprisingly busy place on Labor Day weekend. Roll over to the 115th Kendall County Fair for some food, music, and rides. After you have filled up on fried dough and candy, visit the Western Heritage Music festival to hear the best country and rock in the country. You can’t go wrong with a quick trip to Bandera.
Thunder in the Hills 2022
Thunder in the Hills 2022
Another excellent motorbike event. Break out your metallic steed, and get ready for the ride of your life. On top of that, you can play poker, get a new tattoo, or just scream your lungs out at the heavy rock concerts. Everyone in town will feel like there is a “thunder in the hills”.
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Events near Bandera, TX

Upcoming 2021 Rodeos near Bandera, TX
Upcoming 2021 Rodeos near Bandera, TX


Being the Cowboy Capital of Texas, Bandera, Texas constantly has rodeos going on to bring the community together. You can also visit some of the nearby cities and towns to watch their rodeos, too.
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Activities in Bandera, TX

Bandera Natural History Museum
Bandera Natural History Museum


Bandera Natural History Museum is a fun place for all ages. Step into the past and dig up dinosaur bones in the bone digging station or stop by the Twiga Cafe. This amazing museum focuses on education and entertainment for everyone.
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Bandera City Park
Bandera City Park
Bandera City Park offers a variety of fun activities. There's picnic areas with pavilions and BBQ pits, perfect for a family get-together. Swim, relax in the sun, explore the fascinating wildlife and enjoy the beautiful view of Medina River.
Hill Country State Natural Area
Hill Country State Natural Area
Hill Country State Natural Area offers a wide range of fun things to do in the outdoors. Some of the best activities include camping , hiking and horseback riding. The hiking trails range from easy to difficult, giving you the option to choose a steeper trail or a more easygoing path. Bring your own horse for a ride through the prairie with proper stalls and water troughs provided. Hill Country State Natural Area has a number of excellent hikes that can be enjoy by all hiking skill levels. Cougar Canyon to Hermit's Trace Loop is a moderately difficult, 7.2-mile loop, with an elevation gain of 669 feet. The best thing about this trail is the wildflowers. Note that the trail may be closed at times to allow hunting. Spring Branch and Wilderness Trail is a moderately difficult, 7.4-mile loop, with and elevation gain of 908 feet. It offers great views of local wildlife. Note that the trail may be closed at times to allow hunting. Medina Loop is a moderately difficult, 4.1-mile loop with beautiful wildflowers and great views of Texas Hill Country.
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding
Bandera has a number of great outfitters offering a variety of horseback riding packages. Rides can be short, one-or-two hour rides around town of longer events through the areas surrounding Bandera. Three excelent companies that handle horseback rides are Bandera Historical Rides, Juniper Hill Stables, and Outlaw Outfitters. Bandera Historical Rides offers horseback rides in Bandera. You enjoy a 2-hour ride around town, and you get free admission to the Frontier Times Museum. Juniper Hill Stables is located in the Hill Country State Natural Area. Rides can be from one to five hours. Riders have access to over 50 miles of trails. Outlaw Outfitters offers rides of one to four hours. You'll get to enjoy 5,400 acres of Bandera Texas Hill country. Be sure to ask about their 2-hour sunset ride, one of their most popular rides.
Medina River Activities Near Bandera, Texas
Medina River Activities Near Bandera, Texas
The Medina River is one of south-central Texas’ most iconic attractions. Here, you can enjoy kayaking, tubing, picnicking, and swimming on one of the most well-know rivers in Texas. And, the best part? Bandera Crossing Resort is right next to Medina River.
Wild Things Around Bandera Crossing Resort
Wild Things Around Bandera Crossing Resort
Did we mention Bandera Crossing Resort is a designated Wildlife Management Area? Well, it is. At Bandera Crossing Resort, we provide a safe haven for a variety of wildlife native to this part of Texas.
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Activities near Bandera, TX

Twisted Sisters 100-Mile Loop
Twisted Sisters 100-Mile Loop


Want to ride through the wild west? While you may be able to find yourself a horse at the local stables, you might be looking for something with a bit more kick. Renting or buying a motorcycle for a classic Texas joy ride is the most adrenaline-inducing experience you’ll find in the Lone Star State.
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Best Little Towns in Central Texas
Best Little Towns in Central Texas
Central Texas has some of the most fascinating small towns you’ll ever come across. While they all share the history and culture that makes Texas, well, Texas, each town is unique in its own way.
Best things to do near San Antonio
Best things to do near San Antonio
San Antonio is a great place to visit if you’re into history and Texan-Mexican restaurants. The city is one of the most visited cities in the United States and the most visited city in Texas.
Garner State Park
Garner State Park
Garner State Park is the perfect place to camp and hike. Spend the weekend swimming or canoeing in the Frio River and enjoy the stunning view of the wildlife. Garner State Park also offers equipment rentals, barbecue pits, miniature golf and so much more.
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Government Canyon State Natural Area has so much to offer with more than 40 miles of trails, some of which have the only known dinosaur tracks in Bexar County. Admire the scenery on a relaxing picnic or enjoy the variety of fun activities such as hiking, geocaching, camping, and more.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area is known for the beautiful autumn colors. It's the perfect place to admire nature on a relaxing hike or staying the night in a campsite which includes water and electricity. Bird watch during the day and stargaze during the night. Two of the best hikes in Lost Maples are the East Trail Loop and the West Trail Loop. Lost Maples East Trail Loop is a moderately difficult, 4.4-mile loop along the Sabinal River. It offers a nice view of a waterfall, as well as the Grotto. Lost Maples West Trail Loop is a moderately difficult, 7.0-mile loop along the Sabinal River. It runs along Can Creek and the Sabinal River, and features a lake view. This is a great trail to take when fall colors are out.
Medina Lake
Medina Lake
There's so much to explore at Medina Lake. While staying at the offered campsites, Medina Lake gives you the options to bike, fish, hunt, hike, and so much more. Another popular activity available is birding, you could have the chance to bird watch during spring migration or summer nesting.
Musicians and Texas Hill Country
Musicians and Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country is famous for its great music, and for its great musicians. Many of country music's most respected artist play this area, regularly. We've listed a few of our favorites on this page.
Old Tunnel State Park
Old Tunnel State Park
Old Tunnel State Park has unique activities for your enjoyment. Come and participate in Bat Emergence and attend the nightly educational presentations, watch as the bats emerge during the night out of their tunnel. Take a hike and go bird watching on the half-mile trail.
Utopia City Park
Utopia City Park
There's always something to do at Utopia City Park. Enjoy swimming, fishing or canoeing in the lake or have a picnic at your campsite. It even offers a huge dance floor and a stage with plenty of space for kids to run and play.
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Bars & Entertainment in and near Bandera, TX

Bars and Entertainment in Bandera, Texas
Bars and Entertainment in Bandera, Texas


Take a break from the regular hustle and bustle of daily life and experience the excitement of Bandera's night clubs, breweries, and bars. Whether you come to enjoy the live music with an ice cold beer or just need a getaway, you're sure to have the night of your life.
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Shopping in and near Bandera, TX

Antique Stores and Historical Sites
Antique Stores and Historical Sites


Nothing gives insight into the minds of a people than looking at their history. The Texas spirit is one of bravery, adventure, and family values, and this is evidently true if you peer through our history. Find the hidden treasures available in rural Texas for a reasonable price!
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Shopping Places
Shopping Places


Take home an inexpensive piece of Texas to your friends and family by visiting the various shops throughout Bandera, Texas or nearby towns or cities like Fredericksburg or Ingram.
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