Burnet Bluebonnet Festival

The 2024 Burnet Bluebonnet Festival is April 12-14. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The Highland Lakes blooms with festivals in the spring. Some rejoice in nature and wildflowers, others revel in art and culture, and most all celebrate with delicious food and live music.

Here are the best fests in the Highland Lakes in the spring of 2024:

March 14-16

LLANO RIVER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF

Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive in Llano

Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

Cooks circle their chuck wagons for a cowboy culinary competition. The ever-popular public meal on March 16 is sold out, but visitors can enjoy the Old West atmosphere and live music.

March 30-31

LLANO FIDDLE FEST

JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano

Celebrate Texas-style fiddling with competitions, concerts, and more. Western swing legend Jody Nix performs March 31 in a ticketed show.

April 5-9

TEXAS ECLIPSE

Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 in Burnet

The music lineup is too long to list, but the main star of the festival is the total solar eclipse happening on April 8. The event also features art installations, exhibits on space, speakers, and cutting-edge technology. Camp out, vibe, and gaze (with protected eyes) at the sky.

April 12-14

BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL

Downtown Burnet

This small town is big on fun during the annual ode to the Texas State Flower. Enjoy a carnival, parades, a demolition derby, a car show, vendors, live music by headliner Kolby Cooper and special guest Braedon Barnhill, and much more. 

April 19-20

LLANO CRAWFISH OPEN

Robinson City Park on FM 152, 2 miles west of downtown Llano

Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Mudbugs and music are the main attractions, but you can also play golf, shop vendors, and hop on your motorcycle for a fun run. Country artists Rodney Atkins (April 19) and Matt Stell (April 20) headline this year. 

April 21-27

PAINT THE TOWN

Marble Falls

Staff photo

Plein air artists set up their easels across Marble Falls during this weeklong competition hosted by Highland Lakes Creative Arts. Watch them work, try your own creative hand in a Quick Draw Challenge, or shop for fine art.

April 27-28

BERTRAM ART, HERB & WINE FEST

Artisan and herbal vendors set up shop in downtown Bertram. You can also find Texas wines, beer, and food as well as live music and free seminars.

First weekend in May

HOWDY-ROO

Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls

Chili cooks smoke and simmer to see who’s best. Judges are always needed for this Chili Appreciation Society International event. Call Vickie Hill at 254-681-1613 for Howdy-Roo registration details. 

May 1-4

MAYFEST

Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South in Marble Falls

The family-friendly festival features carnival rides, games, vendors, live music, a boat decorating contest, and more. Hosted by the Marble Falls/Highland Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

May 18

TESTICLE FESTIVAL

Castell General Store, 19522 RR 152 West in Castell

Staff photo

Chow down on calf fries, barbecue, burgers, and more while listening to live music and competing in a washer tournament in quirky, charming Castell.

June 7-9

BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL 

Downtown Blanco

Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

The sweet scent of lavender permeates the courthouse square in Blanco. Shop vendors, listen to live music, tour nearby lavender farms, and learn everything there is to know about the ancient flower.

June 7-9

LAKEFEST

Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls

The fast and furious meet to compete on Lake Marble Falls in this annual Southern Drag Boat Association event. Racing takes place on June 8-9. A free show-and-shine in “The Pits” is June 7 at Johnson Park.

editor@thepicayune.com