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Bluebonnet Festival is April 8-11

Wade Bowen headlines the 2021 Burnet Bluebonnet Festival on Saturday, April 10. The festival is April 8-11. Courtesy photo

The 2021 Bluebonnet Festival is April 8-11 and packed with tons of fun and live music, including a headlining show by Wade Bowen. Most of the events are within walking distance in downtown Burnet.

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce festival typically draws 30,000 people each year amid bluebonnet season in the Texas Hill Country.

The festival begins with the Mighty Thomas Carnival from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the corner of Boundary and League streets. The carnival continues from 5-11 p.m. Friday, April 9; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, April 10; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11.

Bowen performs Saturday from 9:45-11:15 p.m. on the main stage. Opening act Barnhill takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online. There's a $5 cooler fee.

The festival features live music all weekend. A free street dance with Departure ATX is 8-10 p.m. Friday on the main stage.

A demolition derby is Saturday at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive. Gates open at 5 p.m.; the action starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are cash only and cost $15 for ages 10 and older and $5 for ages 6-9. It's free for ages 5 and younger. BYOB event with a $10 cooler fee. No glass bottles.

Contact Rusty Ward at 512-234-0794 or Brent Nichols at 512-663-2856 for more information or to enter a car in the derby.

The schedule also features:


  • Arts and crafts vendors from 2-6 p.m. on the square and Jackson Street. Vendors will be set up all weekend.
  • KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune live broadcast from 4-6 p.m.
  • Opening ceremonies from 5:30-6 p.m. on the main stage with a Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force flyover
  • Pet parade from 5:45-6:30 p.m. around the courthouse square. Signup is from 5-5:30 p.m. in front of the Herman Brown Free Library


  • YMCA of the Highland Lakes fun runs with the Kids' K at 8 a.m. and the 5K, 10K, and Senior 2K at 8:15 a.m. Registration forms are on the festival website.
  • Children's bicycle decorating contest from 10-10:30 a.m. on the north side of the square
  • Hill Country Flyer arrives at 10:30 a.m. at the train depot
  • Burnet Gunfighters shootouts in Old West Town in the afternoon
  • Corn hole tournament at 3 p.m. at Bill’s Burger, 306 W. Polk St. Registration is $15 per player or $25 for a team of two. Participants can register online. There's a limit of 20 teams, so register soon.


  • Contemporary praise and worship service at 11 a.m. on the main stage
  • Weiner dog races from 1-3 p.m. on the square

Check out the festival’s full schedule for more. Find registration forms online.

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