Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, best small-town Festival in Texas
Burnet is known as one of the best places in Texas for viewing wildflowers. The Texas State Legislature officially voted Burnet the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” in 1981, and in 1983 community leaders decided to make the most of both the beautiful flower bloom trails and the state title and created the Bluebonnet Festival. This year's fiesta takes place April 11th-13th, 2014 and all are welcome!
Watch the video above left for a kids project Making Spring Flowers.
One of the most exciting and successful small-town festivals in Texas.
That first event in 1983 was a huge hit and the Burnet Bluebonnets Festival has grown into one of the most electrifying and popular small-town festivals in Texas. Permanently held the second weekend in April, when most people are searching for flower bloom trails, the event lures crowds exceeding some 30,000 annually. Each year, new events are included to keep the yearly bluebonnets celebration thrilling for returning and first time visitors.
Located deep in Texas Hill Country
According to the festival information,
The city is easily accessible from all directions, located at the intersection of Highways 281 and 29. Surrounded by sparkling lakes and rugged hills all year, it’s a scenic drive from all directions. But there is a special magic to the Hill Country when bluebonnets carpet the roadside, hills and pastures in blue at the height of the wildflower season.
Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful Highland Lakes, is the historic community of Burnet. Established first as a fort on the Texas frontier in the mid-1800's, Burnet has maintained its pioneer roots and rural charm while adapting to the modern age. We welcome you to one of the friendliest towns in central Texas
Historic Town Square, center of festival
Center of the Bluebonnets Festival, Burnet's Historic town square provides visitors a distinctive shopping and dining experience. Gift, antique, and collectible shops border the square. Numerous cafes and full-service restaurants are on or within short walking distance of the square. Motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, lakeshore cabins and Burnet's closeness to so many places of interest make it the ideal core for travels into the area. No matter what your interests besides flower bloom trails viewing, the entire family will find something to please you in Burnet!
The Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail
Remarkable shows of wild flowers are plentiful throughout the Lakes and Hills region. The peak time for viewing the wild flower bloom trails in the Hill Country is usually the first few weeks of April.
Generated by 10 Hill Country communities, this self- guided driving tour revels in the natural roadside beauty from late March through June. As well as bluebonnets, you'll see Texas paintbrush, sunflowers, coreopsis, and black-eyed Susans.
Most of the intense plethora of bluebonnets blooms are throughout the Hill Country -- roughly bordered by the loop of picturesque highways between Austin and San Antonio and San Marcos and Fredericksburg. Most viewers concur that the ideal period to visit is April, particularly for bluebonnets, then again the color show starts as early as mid- March.
The Burnet area includes routes near Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake.
See slide show for map and directions for Burnet area.