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How to Make the Most of Founders Day Festival in Dripping Springs: A Guide

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Texas? Look no further than Founders Day Festival in Dripping Springs. This annual 3-day celebration offers a vibrant mix of music perfect for two-stepping to, tasty food, and community spirit that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. And what better way to enjoy the festivities than by booking a stay at Camp David Retreat? With its serene surroundings and cozy accommodations, Camp David provides the perfect home base for exploring all that Dripping Springs has to offer. Here's your complete guide to making the most of Founders Day Festival:

1. Mark Your Calendar for Dripping Springs Founder's Day: 

Founders Day Festival takes place April 26-28, so be sure to mark your calendar and plan your visit accordingly. The festival, which pays homage to the founding families of Dripping Springs celebrates the heritage and pioneer spirit, kicks off Friday with the community parade. This year's festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26th with the Grand Parade on Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs! Dozens upon dozens of brightly decorated cars, trucks, vans, and trailers make their way down the street throwing treats along the way. Go early with a lawn chair and be prepared to cheer on the parade entries.

Check the official festival website or local listings for the exact dates and schedule of events.

2. Plan Your Stay in Dripping Springs, TX: 

Secure your accommodations early by booking a stay at Camp David Retreat. Whether you prefer the bunkhouse with sleeping for up to 16 or a spacious lodge, Camp David offers a variety of lodging options to suit your needs. Plus, its convenient location puts you just minutes away from the festival grounds.

3. Explore the Festival: 

From live music and artisan vendors to delicious food and family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone at Founders Day Festival. There are over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors! Take your time strolling through historic downtown and especially Mercer Street where you can check out local businesses and artisans, sampling some of the best BBQ the state of Texas has to offer or getting the thrill of a lifetime one of the many carnival rides brought to you by the Mighty Thomas Carnival.

Make sure to stay late! A street dance with live music will follow the parade on Friday and will run from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. The Mighty Thomas Carnival, food and beer booths will all open Friday evening directly after the parade as well and entertainment all day and night on Saturday.

4. Immerse Yourself in Local Culture: 

Dripping Springs is known for its rich cultural heritage, and Founders Day Festival is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Be sure to catch performances by talented musicians, browse unique handcrafted goods, and learn about the history of this charming Texas town. And just a reminder that the entertainment is free! Friday and Saturday night includes live music and street dances. In addition, a variety of dance, acoustic music, local musicians, and up-and-coming artists will add to the FREE entertainment. 

5. Connect with the Community: 

One of the highlights of Founders Day Festival is the sense of community it fosters. Strike up a conversation with fellow festival-goers, chat with local artisans and vendors, and take part in interactive activities that celebrate the spirit of Dripping Springs.

7. Extend Your Stay: 

Why rush home when you can extend your stay at Camp David Retreat? Take advantage of the serene surroundings and luxurious amenities to unwind and recharge after a day of festival fun. Whether you're lounging by the pool, hiking scenic trails, or simply enjoying a quiet evening under the stars, Camp David offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Founders Day Festival in Dripping Springs is a must-visit event for anyone seeking an authentic Texas experience. From live music and delicious food to artisan vendors and family-friendly activities, the festival offers something for everyone. And with Camp David Retreat just minutes away from the festivities, there's no better place to stay than this serene oasis in the heart of Texas. Book your stay today and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

The hours of the festival are the following:

  • Friday: 4pm-Midnight

  • Saturday: 10am-Midnight

  • Sunday: 11am-5pm (Carnival ends at 7pm) - Note: Church starts at 10am

Pre-sale carnival tickets will be available for sale starting April 12th at noon until Friday, April 26th at noon! 

WHERE TO PURCHASE:- South Star Bank: 10901 US 290 Austin, TX

- Lone Star Capital Bank: 401 US 290 Dripping Springs, TX

- Sunflower Bank: 100 Creek Rd. Dripping Springs, TX

- Martin's Wellness DS Pharmacy: 100 Commons Rd. #1 Dripping Springs, TX

- City of Dripping Springs: 511 Mercer St. Dripping Springs, TX

- Texas Regional Bank: 700 E Hwy 290 Dripping Springs, TX

PRICING:- 70 tickets for $40 ($70 at carnival!)Cash or checks only! Please make payable to DS Lions Club.

Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and the Founders Day Commission, which includes representatives of various community organizations, the proceeds from the festival are donated back into the community and directly benefit local non-profit organizations, churches, school and park programs, youth groups, and charities.



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