Bandera Texas’ Memorial Day Parade, Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off and MORE!

Time: 11:00 AM
Annual Memorial Day Weekend parade down Main Street – See more at:
Time: 11:00 AM
Annual Memorial Day Weekend parade down Main Street – See more at:
Time: 11:00 AM
Annual Memorial Day Weekend parade down Main Street – See more at:

May 24th at 11:00am is the time you will want to be on Main St. in Bandera, Texas with your parade spot cordoned off, chairs placed, and cold beverage of choice in hand, ready to behold the greatness of Bandera’s Memorial Day Parade.  If you haven’t been to a parade in Bandera, then you have been missing out.  I have been to a lot of parades in various places, but I have to give the Best Parade nod to Bandera, hands down.  The Mardi Gras, Memorial Day and Labor Day Parades are the best parades you can attend.  Come to Bandera and see for yourself.  If you have seen a better parade, please stop by my office on Main St. in Bandera and let me know where. The Bandera Chamber of Commerce is wrangling this parade, so if you need more information go to and they can help you.

Kevin Fitzpatrick RopingThe Memorial Day Parade gets the big weekend kicked off in style, but there is a lot more to do, so pace yourself.  If you don’t have a place to stay yet you might be out of luck.  You can call Natalie at A Place To Stay Reservations in Bandera, or go to their site and see what places have rooms available and she can hook you up.  You say you’re bringing the RV, then go see my friends at the beautiful Antler Oaks Lodge, which happens to be within a rocks throw from Mansfield Park where most of the festivities will be going on for the weekend.  Antler Oaks Lodge ain’t your average RV park, this place has class, great amenities, sits on the Medina River and has a beautiful lodge that looks like a smaller version of Bass Pro Shops.  You can find them at   Be sure and bring your boots for dancing and for the PRCA’s 31st Annual Pro Rodeo, which starts Friday and goes through Sunday.  The rodeo starts every night at 8:00pm at Mansfield Park on Highway 16 going toward Medina.  But wait! there’s more…Saturday also kicks off the 7th Annual “GET YOUR COOK-ON” BBQ Cook-Off, also being held at Mansfield Park.  You can get the low-down on both of these events at

If you’re looking for some good music, dancing, cold beer and fun, then Bandera has you covered with many options.  The 11th Street Cowboy Bar will have live music all weekend long with bands like Jake Hooker & The Outsiders on Saturday night and Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings, Sunday night.  For a list of 11th St. activities go to   You can also check things out at the LonghBandera John Deereorn Saloon who will be showcasing “Mike and the Moonpies” on Saturday May 24th around 9:00pm. For more info head to  For you early birds, Arkey Blues Silver Dollar will host Justin Trevino on Saturday starting at 3:00pm.  You can also stop by the Chikin Coop on Main St. for some drinks and grub and see who’s playing there.  If all else fails, hang your head out the window and follow where the music takes you.

If you find yourself looking out the window of your truck or through the handlebars of your hog, and think “man I sure would like to live here, or maybe buy me a spot to get away up here in the hills”, then wander over and see me at Bandera Texas Real Estate.  My office is stumbling distance across the street from Arkey Blues Silver Dollar, so stop by and we can talk about your dream place and then the place you can afford.  Have fun in Bandera, watch out for deer in the road and cops in the ditches.  To find out about the local real estate market, go to



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