Spring 2016 in Llano
Spring is fast-approaching for Llano. That means swimming in Town Lake, kayaking the Llano River, cycling to Castell, exploring Texas Hill Country back-roads filled with wildflowers, hiking/bouldering/caving at Enchanted Rock — and, of course, Festival Season! The historic Dabbs RailRoad Hotel (on the Llano River and in the center of Llano) still has room availability for most of it!
Llano Earth Art Fest — March 10th – 13th.
Festival Season here kicks-of with LEAF. There are still rooms available at the Dabbs Hotel for the Llano Earth Art Fest, March 10th-13th. Stay at the hotel during the event and meet the “Rock Stars” (world renown rock balances) and Earth Artists. The hotel is in the center of town, on the Llano River, directly across our historic bridge from the fest grounds, Grenwelge Natural Area (you can walk to the fest from the hotel).
Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF), Home of the National Rock Stacking Championship, is the premier EcoFest of the Llano Uplift and one of the most utterly unique festivals in all of Central Texas. You don’t want to miss this free, fun, celebratory, adventurous and contemplative festival. Earth/Land/Eco-Art, Fine/Craft Art, Performance Art, Live Music of many genres, curated vendors of crafts/good, healthy food and libations and, of course, rock stacking — all part of this great festival.
The Dabbs RailRoad Hotel is a major and original sponsor of LEAF. The “Meet and Greet the Artists Dinner” and “LEAF Kick-Off Party” (with live music) happens at the Dabbs Hotel on Thursday evening, March 10th. Guests of the hotel that night are also non-paying guests of the dinner party. These rooms will go quick. Call 325-247-2200.
Jeep Jamboree — March 17th-19th
(The 12th Texas Spur 2016)
Stay at the Historic Dabbs RailRoad Hotel on the Llano River as you saddle up and hit the trails in the heart of Texas Hill Country. This Jamboree offers some of the most challenging terrain in Texas. Held at the historic Inks Ranch, this trip includes granite domes, rock climbs, sandy draws and several scenic vistas. Located near Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the trail system winds around Watch Mountain, a 300-ft wall of granite. You may even spot some wildlife, such as aoudad, axis deer, blackbuck, and bald eagles! The Dabbs Hotel is offering a special, lower rate in support of this event.
Llano Fiddle Fest — April 1st – 3rd
Llano Fiddle Fest Weekend will be returning to Llano, Texas, the 1st weekend in April! Llano traditionally held a popular fiddle contest for twenty years – an established event that was held in early April and brought many talented fiddlers and music fans from Texas and beyond. A local group of Texas fiddle enthusiasts reintroduced the event in 2011, and it was hugely successful! The Dabbs Hotel will also be offering a reduced rate in support of this event.
Llano Fiddle Fest is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with event donations directed to charities and non-profit organizations. Their mission is to enrich and preserve the art of Texas style fiddling/music. A family-friendly event, the fiddle contest is part of Llano Fiddle Fest weekend.
Cherokee Creek Music Festival — May 13th – 14th
Cherokee Crossroads, Inc. was formed in 2007 as a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations by hosting an annual music festival in the Texas Hill Country. They established the Cherokee Creek Music Festival venue to accomplish our fundraising goals.
Llano EcoSummit — June 17th (& possibly 18th)
— Stewarding the River and Promoting the Uplift —
The first EcoSummit in Llano was a great success. We heard presentations from the UT Bureau of Economic Geology, the Colorado River Alliance, ML&F’s Community First! Eco-Village in Austin, Llano River Watch and Llano EcoWeb. We expect an even better event this year.
Even last year the general theme of this event was the facilitation of stewardship of Llano Uplift rivers and promotion of the Llano Uplift as an eco-tourist destination. This is what the word “Llano” in “Llano EcoSummit” represents. (It does not refer specifically to the City of Llano but includes all communities of the Llano Uplift and along its rivers.) This year, that same theme is the summit’s express and specific purpose.