Activities

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Blanco is home to many fun events throughout the year that draw visitors from all around the state of Texas. Wild Woman Weekend, billed as the ultimate “Gal Pal” Road Trip Party with a Purpose, is a fundraising extravaganza held in April that generally sells out long before the wild women set off on their tour of the Texas Hill Country.

 

In May, cyclists of all shapes and sizes come to Blanco for the Real Ale Ride, Bicycle Sport Shop’s most popular event that rolls through the scenic hills and ends at Real Ale Brewing Company for a post-ride celebration with local beer and barbecue.

The three day Blanco Lavender Festival, presented every year by the Chamber of Commerce, is held in the summer months, and features a Lavender Market on the Courthouse Square, educational workshops, and free admission to nearby lavender farms.

Blanco Market Days are held on the front lawn of the Old Blanco County Courthouse, a beautiful and historic location, every third Saturday from April to November.  There’s a special Christmas Show in December.

For information about these and other upcoming events in the City of Blanco, please visit our Calendar of Events.

HILL COUNTRY SPIRITS

The Texas Hill Country has become a destination for lovers of all kinds of spirits, from wine to ale to whiskey. Blanco is home to three distilleries and a world class brewery, all within a half hour of some of the most popular vineyards in the region.

Real Ale Brewing Company recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of brewing beers in the Texas Hill Country. The Real Ale Brewery, located just past the Town Square, is owned and operated by its original family owners,Brad Farbstein and his wife Gabriel Gregerman. The taproom offers free tours on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. In April 2017 the company launched Real Spirits to the public with Texas Hill Country Signature Whiskey, Grain to Glass Gin, and the highly limited first batch of Single Barrel Whiskey.

 

Ben Milam Whiskey Company.      The newest distillery in Blanco County produces some of the finest Texas style Whiskey. Founded by Ben Milam RyeMarsha Milam, Ben Milam Whiskey honors the Milam spirit of independence and action. In her words, “bourbon is defiant in the face of the world we live in today.” It is not bigger, better, or faster. It takes its time. It will not be rushed.

Ben Milam Single Barrel Bourbon is for the truly discerning whiskey drinker. Single Barrel Bourbon presents bourbon at it’s purest.

The 80 proof Rye is a beautiful amber-colored whiskey aged in new American white oak charred barrels. Made from at least 51% rye, the flavor contrasts bourbon in its spicy, dry finish. Tasting Room Open Mon – Fri 10 to 5 Sat 12 to 5

 

 Andalusia Whiskey Company, produces hand-crafted malt whiskies. The company opened its doors in 2016 and has enjoyed wide popularity for its beautiful tasting room and high quality whiskey products. The Andalusia tasting room is open Tuesday through Thursday 11-5, and open  Friday and Saturday 11-6.

BLANCO ON THE BIG SCREEN

Blanco has been featured in numerous feature films, short films, and commercials. The city has several fantastic locations for filming, and a city that is friendly to film makers and sensitive to their unique location needs.  For more information about filming in the City of Blanco, please contact the visitors bureau.

The Buggy Barn Museum is a local treasure, not only for visitors but for filmmakers. The museum houses more than 140 unique buggies and carriages, as well as authentic old west props and costumes that are available for rent, and that have been used by filmmakers all over the country. Pine-Moore Town is home to numerous local events throughout the year, and also poses as a dusty Old West town complete in some of your favorite Hollywood films.

TOURISM IN BLANCO

Blanco Visitors Bureau

A field of lavender rows interlaced
with the yellow of dead grass

As Seen in KW Hill Country

Sitting at the junction of the eastern border and the deeper settlements of the Hill Country, Blanco can be looked at as a bridge or entry point into both sections of the area. Beyond filling up for gas and just passing through, there is plenty to do for tourists in Blanco that merit a day trip or a weekend getaway.

BLANCO SCULPTURE WALK

The Blanco Visitors Bureau is proud to present our newest art installation, the Sculpture Walk at Bindseil City Park, juried by Lee Ann Whatley, ISA AM. The Walk features works by Peter Mangan, Danville Chadbourne, Cat Quintanilla, and Jeffie Brewer. This is the first installation of the Sculpture Walk, which will be on display through April, 2018.

A map of the sculpture walk, including the names of the sculptures and their artists is available by clicking here, or visit the Visitors Bureau at 308 Pecan Street to pick up a copy of the map in person.

GEOCACHING

Coming Soon Geocaching point on the Blanco Sculpture Trail. Check out other locations.

https://www.geocaching.com/account/welcome.