Good things to learn. Fun things to do. Free and family friendly.
Come celebrate living lightly, responsibly and beautifully in the Texas Hill Country!
100+ GREEN LIVING VENDORS, EXHIBITORS & HILL COUNTRY ARTISANS!
The Festival will feature vendors and exhibitors from non-profit organizations and for-profit companies throughout the Hill Country. Come get to know some of our local partners! For more information on our vendors and to see the most recently updated floorpan, click here.
Citizen Science Circle ~ Sponsored by Shield Ranch
Get to to know about opportunities for citizen science learning and participation from seven Texas programs that gather data from the sky, the weather, animals, plants, soil and water. You can help! Come learn from our friends and partners at:
- Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
- Travis Audubon
- The Globe at Night
- National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) – Soil for Water
- LBJ Wildflower Center
- Texas Master Naturalists
- Texas Stream Team – The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment
Live Music Line-up
- 10:30 am ~ An Amalgam of Texan Americana Delights performed by Alex Dormont and Liz Morphis. Sing along for kids and adults!
- 12:00 to 1:30 pm ~ Hot Texas Swing Band on the MAIN STAGE! With one boot in Cowboy music and the other in Swing, the Hot Texas Swing Band is riding the trail previously blazed by groups like Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and Asleep at the Wheel.
- 2:00-3:00 pm ~ Daisy OConnor, “a forceful combination of honesty and artistry.” – Texas Music Magazine
- 3:30-Close ~ Dirje A. Childs, the Grateful Cellist
Texas Night Sky Festival®
Exhibits, demonstrations, mobile planetariums, and solar telescopes!
The Rain Drop Stop for Kids ~ Sponsored by HEB
Hands-on, nature-based activities for kids of all ages provided by El Ranchito at Shield Ranch, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, Coyote Kids Camp – City of Dripping Springs, The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment, and Camp Fire Central Texas.
The Mobile River, a program of the Colorado River Alliance ~ Sponsored by Aqua Strategies
Water-science-center-on-wheels for middle-schoolers, with interactive models and fun, educational videogames housed inside a 42-foot trailer. A program of the Colorado River Alliance.
Native Plant Sale
Hays County Master Gardeners bring beautiful, drought-tolerant, native and adaptive plants to sell — plus lots of information and tips to make your garden come to life!
Hill Country Food & Wine
Interactive, Hands-on Workshops
All supplies, tools, and instructions are included in the ticket price.
Real Estate Rodeo
8:00am to 11:30am – FREE
Get FREE continuing education credits and make great connections!
Realtors are invited to join the Plateau + Braun & Gresham Family of Companies for Continuing Education credits in the morning on several relevant topics for buying and selling land in the Hill Country.
- 8:00 – 9:00am: Selling Rural Land with a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation
- 9:15 – 10:15am: Buying & Selling Rural Land in the Texas Hill Country
- 10:30 – 11:30am: Top Ten Legal Tips for Owners of Rural Land
Build Your Own Rain Barrel
10:30 am to 12:00 pm – $40 per person
Walk away with your very own 55-gallon barrel that’s ready to catch the rain!
Join our friends from Texas A&M AgriLife for this 1.5-hour, hands-on workshop where you can build your own rain barrel and learn the essentials of rainwater harvesting and rainwater-catchment systems. It’s easy, simple, low-cost, and rewarding for you, your yard, and local wildlife!
Under 13 – Adult guardian required.
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
2:00pm to 3:00pm – $20 per person
Learn beekeeping and meet other beekeepers in your community!
Intrigued by honey bees? Interested in starting your own backyard hive? This class – led by Two Hives Honey, with an introduction and snack from Apis Restaurant & Apiary – will focus on bee biology and behavior basics and how to get started as a beekeeper.
Ages 13+ welcome.
Stay in Dripping Springs!
Coming in from out of town? Come for the FESTIVAL and stay for a weekend in Dripping Springs! From convenient hotels to unique and locally owned B&Bs, Destination Dripping Springs will help you find the perfect lodging for your trip.
The FESTIVAL is held rain or shine
Our event location is inside of the expansive Dripping Springs Ranch Park. All vendor and Marketplace booths are inside with concrete floors. The arena is also inside, but with compact dirt floor – perfect for boot scootin’ and easy walking!
Thank you to our 2020 partners and sponsors!
Hill Country Living Festival + Rainwater Revival is a Hill Country Alliance event.
The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.