Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX


Adventure Story | Austin TX| Ever hear of the famous Texas bluebonnets? Well we checked out a festival dedicated to them.  Check out my article on the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. Click here to read the article.

Hey there Adventure Friends!

With this being our second year in Austin, my husband and I are embracing the Texas lifestyle. A Texas lifestyle includes many things but during the spring and summer, one thing you can't miss are the festivals. When I say festivals, I really mean it because there is a plethora and one for every interest.

This last weekend, we decided to explore a little town outside of Austin call Burnet, Texas and continue to celebrate the beauty of the bluebonnets by experiencing the BlueBonnet Festival.  First, here is a little information on the event. This annual festival always takes place on the second weekend in April and the event is known to draw crowds of 30,000 or more. Each year, they make sure to keep the festival fresh by adding activities for first timers as well as returning fans. No matter what your festival group looks like (whether a group of friends, a couple, or family with kids), there's an activity for everyone including live music, a few different parades, demolition derby, car show,  gunfighters shoot-out, art & crafts marketplace, carnival, food court just to name a few.

Adventure Story | Austin TX| Ever hear of the famous Texas bluebonnets? Well we checked out a festival dedicated to them.  Check out my article on the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. Click here to read the article.

Walking to the Bluebonnet Festival

We had never been to Burnet, Texas before so we were excited to explore this small town. After just a short hour drive, we arrived in the quite town where we quickly found street parking and walk a short distance to the celebration. We chose to go the Bluebonnet Festival on a Saturday and we were blessed with ideal April weather (clear skies filled with sunshine, a strong breeze & no humid). We arrived a little after 1 pm and walked right into the arts and crafts marketplace. I'm a big fan of browsing, supporting local small businesses and handcrafted items so I was eager to explore to see what beautiful trinkets were on display.

Just a small part of the arts & craft marketplace

However, my hubby check the schedule of events for the day and found out that there was a gunfighters shootout happening in 15 minutes which he really wanted to check out. We decided to quickly speed walk through the marketplace. We made plans to return later in the day so that I could finish my browsing. As we fast walked to the shootout, we passed the food court (it smelled so good), and the carnival where all the kids were playing/riding all the amusement park rides. Unfortunately, we never made it to the gunfighters shoot-out because we never found the location where it was taking place, got turned around, admitted defeat after checking our watches and knowing we missed it. Oh well at least we got our morning cardio in!

Adventure Story | Austin TX| Ever hear of the famous Texas bluebonnets? Well we checked out a festival dedicated to them.  Check out my article on the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. Click here to read the article.

As we speed walked though…got to love the wind-blown hair

After we stopped for a quick minute to catch our breath, we set out to truly experienced the festival because before it had just been a blur as we speed by making quick mental notes of areas to return. Our first stop was the food court and its delicious smelling goodies. There was all the traditional carnival food including funnel cakes, ice cream, barbecue, and tacos. After taking two mouthwatering trips up and down the food court, I'm proud to say we resisted the temptation. Both hubby and I have a weakness for carnival food and how it is good for the soul. We decided to stick with beverages and snacks we brought with us. Win-Win for the budget and our health.

Now, it was time to head back to the arts and crafts marketplace. This is where we spent the majority of our time. I can easily lose myself in the search for unique earrings, tie dye, gifts for kids, pets & other family and surprises. This place had it all and you could tell by the way my eyes lit up with each discovery.  The vendors were so polite to chat with. Of course I returned home with a few souvenirs. Check out my loot below!

Couldn't resist adding a red shirt, Tie dye shirt, mint dress to my closet

I'm a sucker for dangling earrings- these have REAL flowers in them!!!

Lastly, we stop to rest our feet by listening to the live music on the main stage and stopped to replenish ourselves at a local coffee shop. As we made our way back to the car, we played the “What Was Your Favorite Part” game. Hubby’s part was us laughing together and mine was strolling through the marketplace holding hands.  Yes, we are that corny and we don’t care!

Adventure Story | Austin TX| Ever hear of the famous Texas bluebonnets? Well we checked out a festival dedicated to them.  Check out my article on the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. Click here to read the article.

Proof that we laugh often & can have fun anywhere

We will definitely be returning to the Bluebonnet Festival (got to catch the shoot-out next year) and Burnet, TX for a future event.

Tell me if you have been to Bluebonnet Festival and how do you feel about going to small town festivals? What is your favorite carnival food? Do you play the “What Was Your Favorite Part” game too? I want to hear about it because I know I’m not alone here.

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Adventure Story | Austin TX| Ever hear of the famous Texas bluebonnets? Well we checked out a festival dedicated to them.  Check out my article on the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. Click here to read the article.

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