Deep In The Heart of Spring Bandera

Written By: Genie Strickland - Mar• 12•14


For a small town of less than 900 folks, the one thing you can say about Bandera is we are never bored! Being a fifth generation resident, I can tell you that Bandera has always had a way of entertaining and folks that visit seem to like it!

Starting March 15th and every Saturday after that until January, experience some cowboy reenactment action at Cowboys on Main. Featured on 11th Street will be the wild and wooly gunfights of The Bandera Cattle Company. Strolling Main might be a Cowboy singer or two and an occasional World Champion Trick Roper. Interact with some gentle ponies or sit down at a chuck wagon for a visit with a real cowboy. Leave the big cities and visit Bandera on the first Saturday of each month to shop a wonderful Farmer’s Market held in front of Sid’s BBQ. If you want the freshest grown organic veggies, homemade jams, fresh breads, well you get the picture. Be there between 8am and 11pm. You won’t regret it.

Music has always been a big part of Bandera and the first Tuesday of each month is the Cowboy Capital Opry. The music is awesome. Time: 7:00 PM Grand Old Opry Style Entertainment at the Silver Sage Community Center. Only $5 to get in and the event has some real surprise entertainers! Funds raised at this event benefit the Meals on Wheels program at Silver Sage. If you enjoyed the Opry, you will surly enjoy the Cowboy Camp held the second Saturday of each month at the Frontier Times Museum. Enjoy free traditional cowboy music between 1pm and 5pm and don’t be afraid to bring your guitar and get involved! Bring your own refreshments and a chair! Now your guitar just can’t stay idol so schedule the 4th Friday of each month to join the monthly Jam Session at the Silver Sage Community Center. It’s free and starts at 6:30pm.

Check out the horsemanship at the 4F Barrel Racing Saddle Series scheduled for March 1st & April 26th at Mansfield Park. First event in the series featured over 80 competitors! Admission is free and gates open at 10am.

Beginning April 1st and every first Saturday through November, stroll through the vendors at the Bandera Business Association’s Market Days. Located around the Court House on Main, take a stroll for some good buys!

You can be sure you will talk about this event for years to come after you attend the Bandera County Library’s 12th Annual Wild Hog Explosion! Scheduled for March 15th at Mansfield Park the event includes a wild hog catch (as in real Wild Hogs!), bacon bingo, a Wild Hog Feed BBQ lunch, a Lone Star BBQ Society BBQ Cook-off, an All Bike Rally, arts and crafts and a bicycle rodeo! Wow! Don’t miss this one!

In Bandera we welcome the Iron Horses so if you have one and enjoyed the poker run at the Wild Hog Explosion, come on back March 27th through the 30th for the Thunder in the Hills Bike Rally. Scheduled at Mansfield Park the event includes a Poker Run, vendors, food, field events and live music.

Bring the kids for a special day at St. Stanislaus Parish’s Spring Festival at Mansfield Park scheduled for Sunday May 4th. This annual event includes a BBQ, music, auction and lots of games for kids! Spend the day 11pm to 5pm.

By now, you have had a pretty good taste of Bandera but hold on to your hat because you aint seen nothing yet! Bandera being the Cowboy Capital of the World, well it is only natural that the National Reenactment Guild of America has chosen Bandera as the location for a National Reenactment Competition. MAYHEM ON THE MEDINA is scheduled for April 11th, 12th and 13th on the banks of the Medina River in City Park. Admission is free for a step back into the late 1800’s. Events start at 9am.

On the same weekend, if you are an avid rider, bring your horse to the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association and the Hill County State Natural Area Partner’s Spring Benefit at the Hill Country State Natural Area Park. Beautiful ride with breath taking views!

On Sunday April the 27th its Music time again as the Bandera Music History Hall of Fame Showcase inducts this year’s selected musicians. Event will feature some of Bandera’s best from 4pm to 7pm. Check the web site below for location.

One of our premier events in Bandera is the RAM PRCA 31st Annual Pro Rodeo event. The show dates are May 23rd thru the 25th at 8PM at Mansfield Park. Includes vendors and a LSBBS Sanctioned Cook-off. Great Fun sponsored by the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association.

Memorial Day is filled with Cowboy Capital Fun! The Bandera Chamber of Commerce kicks of the Funtier Days with the Funtier Day Arts and Crafts show on the Court House Lawn and the Funtier Day Parade begins at 11:00 am featuring tons of horses, floats and music!

You will never be bored in Bandera! For more information about locations, times and schedules for the events mentioned, visit and click on Events. Yee Haw, Ya’ll!

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