May in Burnet County: Festivals, cook-offs, music, and centennial celebration
May in the Highland Lakes of Burnet County is the perfect time to be outdoors, just before the summer heat bears down and while wildflowers (not bluebonnets) are still peaking. This month, you can watch chili cooks and barbecue pitmasters vie for culinary supremacy, celebrate the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 100th anniversary, bend an ear to live music, and take in a festival or two.
Wednesday-Saturday, May 3-6
Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South in Marble Falls
This free, family-friendly festival features carnival rides, games, vendor booths, a variety of foods, and live music.
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6
Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 in Burnet
Enjoy a weekend of live music, camping, yoga, disc golf, horseback riding, and more.
Friday-Sunday, May 5-7
Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls
The two Texas food groups and their cooks take to their pits and pots at this contest for barbecue and chili bragging rights. Watch the chefs in action and taste for yourself. Buy a tasting cup or sign up to be a judge for chili; barbecue chicken, brisket, and ribs; and beans.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 6
3630 Park Road 4 in Burnet
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department turns 100 this year, and Inks Lake State Park is celebrating with a day of activities, including water recreation, fishing, and interpretive programs. For more information, click the link above. Arrive early to take a 0.2-mile guided nature hike to scenic Devil’s Waterhole.
8 p.m. Friday, May 12
Globe Theatre, 132 W. Vaughan St. in Bertram
The Globe hosts the Mavericks’ velvet-voiced frontman for a Friday night solo set. Come early to walk around and explore historic Bertram.
For more information on events and attractions, visit highlandlakesofburnetcounty.com.