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Know before you go - Founders Day Facts & Tips

Our town's largest celebration will convene on downtown Dripping Springs April 26-28, 2019, for the 32nd Annual Founders Day Festival with free live music and entertainment, cook-off competitions, a carnival, traditional fair food, as well as a maze of arts and crafts, non-profit organizations, and business vendor booths.

Here are some helpful tips from the Founders Day Commission that will allow you to have the best experience possible:

  • Parking – **Please note** RR12, from Mercer Street to Old Fitzhugh Road will be a "no parking-tow away zone." Free Community Parking at DSHS for Friday night, all day Saturday & Sunday. Lights will be on in the parking lots. There will also be Free Community Parking at Walnut Springs Elementary on Saturday and Sunday.  Handicap parking is available on Saturday and Sunday at Walnut Springs. Limited handicap parking is available on Old Fitzhugh Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Paid parking will also be available at the Northeastern corner of Highway 290 West and Ranch Road 12, offered by our local VFW post. To avoid towing in other areas, remember to not park in the right of ways.
  • Festival Admission is FREE! – Although admission to the festival is free, some costs might include: food, beverages, shopping, booth activities, carnival tickets, and parking.

  • Don’t Miss the Grand Parade! This year’s festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26th with a Grand Parade on Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs. Go early with a lawn chair and be prepared to cheer on the hometown themed parade, “Destination Drippin'."  Folks will line up on both sides of the street and some bleacher seating will be available as well.

  • 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.

  • The Entertainment is Free! There will be 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.

  • Need First Aid? We’ve Got You Covered! First Aid Stations will be located throughout the festival.

  • Beat the Texas Heat! Don’t forget these essentials: Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear lightweight, comfortable moisture-wicking clothing.

  • Be good to your dog and leave your furry friend at home – Remember, the asphalt downtown gets too hot during the day for pets. The air temperature is not an accurate gauge for the ground temperature which soaks up heat all day long.

  • Please do not bring glass bottles into the festival. Plastic cups and containers only!
  • Sunday's church service is held in front of the LockTite main stage at 10 a.m.

For questions regarding the event, please call City Hall at 512-858-4725. 

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