When the summer sun beats down on Bandera, what do the Cowboys do? Head for the Medina River at Bandera City Park, of course! On June 30, you can join them at the 14th Annual Bandera Riverfest!
Each year, people from all walks of life trek to the Cowboy Capital of the World to enjoy great music, great food and the cool waters of the Medina River.
A trip to the Cowboy Capital would not be complete without a rodeo, and you can bet that there will be one of the coolest, wettest rodeos around at Riverfest - that’s right - River Rodeo! If you can ride ‘em or you can rope ‘em, you are welcome to try your hand at the tube roping or the bronc riding - but no bulls in the river, please.
Like to watch the River Rodeo, but not participate? No worries, you can relax on the banks of the Medina or cool off in the water and cheer on your favorite rider.
Join in the various competitions including water games, watermelon, and hot dog eating competitions, listen to the great live music, peruse the fine automobiles on display in the car show, check out the swap meet, and of course, no Texas event would ever be complete without barbecue. The annual barbecue cook-off will be in full swing, and is a Central Texas Bar B Que Association sanctioned event.
The annual event features the beautiful Medina River at Bandera City Park and includes everything a picnic on the river should have; this riverside party just gets bigger and better every year!
Back and better than ever is the “Anything That Floats Regatta”, the hippest, most fun parade on the river you could ever imagine. Every merchant in town, every sailor worth his salt, and every character (and Bandera has never been at a loss for those!) that ever walked the streets of Bandera is busily preparing their entry for this most unlikely of river parades! There is no entry fee, and there are no rules except that the entry must float, so decorate up your best rowboat, kayak, inner tube, raft, tractor tire tube, styro packing material...well, you get the picture. If it floats, it can be in the parade. Trolling motors will be allowed this year for those not wanting to paddle the river! The challenge will be coming up with more creative floats than last year - and boy howdy were there some great ones! Entries for 2012 will not disappoint!
While Bandera is famous for its Cowboys, Texas Monthly has also named it one of the Top 10 Music Destinations in Texas. Did you know Bandera is home now, or has been home in the past, to many well known performers such as Willie Nelson? There are sure to be more, undiscovered music wonders in Bandera, and the 6th Bandera Idol will be named at this year’s Riverfest!
Music, food, arts and crafts, cars, more food, more music, and a rodeo - what more could you ask for at the grandest summer picnic in the great state of Texas?
With events for the whole family, including pets, Bandera’s Riverfest is the place to be to kick off summer. Head down to Bandera June 30 and cool down while the fun heats up!
For more information and to see a complete listing of evets, visit banderariverfest.com.