The Hill Country Film Festival, making surround-sound splashes in press outlets such as Texas Public Radio, celebrates independent films from local and international imaginations. Feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries share the bill with both playful and somber shorts. Future movie stars have shed their burgeoning light at the event in past years: Ryan Lee appeared in a short during the 2010 festival before landing his role in the box-office hit Super 8.
The Stagecoach Theater in Fredericksburg hosts each festival. The venue immerses the audience in high-quality digital projection, 7:1 surround sound, and screens varnished with John Wayne's spittle.
Tucked within 50 unblemished acres in the peaceful hill-country valley, the Kerrville Folk Festival has spent nearly 40 years enchanting ears with an eclectic mix of folk, blues, country and Americana performances spread out across 18 melodious days. Music-lovers on May 27 can spend the evening air-tromboning along with Austin Klezmorim, known as one of the Southwest's oldest klezmer bands, or crooning along with Seth Glier, a gifted young piano plinker from western Massachusetts. Legendary member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow, headlines the festivities on June 3 and Atlanta's Girlyman subvert its namesake on June 10 with muscular three-part harmonies and competitive bass-drum bench presses.
Since 1920, the expansive fields of San Antonio Polo Club have hosted scores of dignified clients as they’ve learned and mastered the noble sport of polo atop equally noble steeds. The club’s staff inducts newbies into the elite ranks with beginner polo lessons, hosts more experienced players in open-play sessions, and challenges advanced patrons to compete in tournaments or to learn to play the horse’s role. Due to the club’s history and commitment to introducing polo to new generations, it has been featured in the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.