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Leander Invites You to the Old Town Street Festival

Old Town Street Festival, taking place in the heart of Old Town Leander at 100 N. Brushy Street on June 5, is excited to announce this year’s schedule and music line-up. The annual festival will start at 11 a.m. with the Old Town 5K, arts and craft booths and the Kids Fun Zone presented by HL Chapman. Wade Hayes, presented by ACDI, will take the Old Town Grandstand at 6:30 p.m. The after-party with LC Rocks, presented by Texas Family Eyecare, will kick off at 8 p.m. 

The festival will have activities, shopping and, of course, live music, all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., including Lucas Sousa, presented by Giddens Homes. General admission is free and tickets for the VIP section of the Wade Hayes concert and the roller skating rink can be purchased online here. Tokens for rides and kids activities can be purchased at the festival. Parking will be available at the Leander Metro rail station with buses providing transportation to Old Town or in the Leander ISD parking lots surrounding Old Town. Check back as we feature vendors and events all spring leading up to the festival!

Details and more information can be found on the Old Town Street Festival Site.

For more information about the Old Town 5K, check out this post or the official website here.


What is more on-brand for festivals than food? From healthy to indulgent, come try it all!


Whether you are a serious shopper or a casual browser, Old Town Street Festival has over 100 vendors carrying everything from wine to knives, so you are sure to find something for everyone!


From the very young to the young at heart, Old Town Street Festival has activities for everyone. The petting zoo, rides and face painting are sure to bring smiles to little ones, and the live music and roller skating are great for all ages! Be sure to bring your own lawn chair and take it easy during the live music!

Texas Hill Country Wildflower Season Beginning

Winter storms can’t stop the beauty of the 2021 Texas Hill Country wildflower season, and there couldn’t be a better time to plan your trip to Leander, Texas!

The first bluebonnets are just starting to appear on roadsides and green fields across Texas, marking the beginning of spring and arguably the most beautiful time to visit Texas. Starting in March and running through early summer, flowers cover the landscape and brighten the sky as trees and fields take on vibrant color. 

The wildflower season typically begins in March and runs through most of June, with some flowers, like the Texas thistle which starts blooming in April and can be seen all the way through August, blooming all summer long!

Texas has a long history of preserving its natural vegetation and planting wildflowers along its roads and highways, creating beautiful drives that wind through the Texas Hill Country and wineries.

FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS, the Texas Department of Transportation has worked to conserve and preserve the state’s wildflower species. Texas was among the first states to implement a program of planting wildflower seeds along the state’s rights of way.

Texas Department of Transportation

Conveniently situated between FM 1431 and TX-29 along the Texas Department of Transportation’s recommended wildflower drive, Leander is the ideal basecamp for all your favorite wildflower day trips and evenings spent relaxing. With its own unique wineries, distilleries and breweries, you can enjoy everything the Hill Country has to offer, right in Leander.

Texas Department of Transportation Wildflower Drives – Hill Country

Some of the beautiful flowers to be on the look out for include the Indian blanket, the winecup and, of course, the state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet.

The Texas Department of Transportation has created this guide to help you identify all the gorgeous flowers you see.

No Texas wildflower trip would be complete without the iconic photo sitting amongst the bluebonnets, and with fields and parks covered in bluebonnets, you can be sure to get your perfect shot in Leander. making your plans now, and let us know your favorite flower in the comments!

Your Ultimate Leander Spring Break Stay-cation Guide

COVID has taken too much from us already, we won’t let it have Spring Break 2021!

If you are like us, the word Spring Break now gives you involuntary shudders! Last Spring Break we began a journey that introduced new words into our everyday vocabulary, like “quarantine” and “mandate.” But we refuse to let COVID have Spring Break again, and aren’t we lucky to have so many amazing places right here in Leander! To celebrate, we’ve created the ultimate Leander Spring Break Stay-cation Guide! 

Your Stay-cation Destination! 

The Leander Holiday Inn Express and Suites

What would a Stay-cation be without a mini-getaway!  Pick a night and check out the Leander Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Even if you can’t travel far, you can still get away! With everything you could want from a Grab-and-Go continental breakfast that includes hot options (did someone say omelets??), to reservable gathering rooms for family fun, the Holiday Inn Leander is just the change of scenery you need! For more information, visit:

Shop Local in the Heart of Old Town Leander!

Check out these amazing stores you won’t find anywhere else!

  1. Wildfire Artisans

Have you ever shopped in a vintage AirStream while sipping coffee and eating homemade baked goods? If you have, you know exactly why it’s so amazing, and if you haven’t, it’s time!  Stop by Wildfire Artisans on a Saturday morning to get the full experience and see why the Wildfire Artisans is your new favorite shop. 

With extended Spring Break hours and offerings, this is the perfect time to visit!

Friday, March 19,  2-5 p.m. – Happy Hour Tasting and 20% Off Shopping Spree Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m.-1p.m. – Ditch and Toad Coffee & Cornered Market Bakery

  1. Smooth Village

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can visit Smooth Village and check out the coolest outdoor market in Leander. From food to flowers, this place has it all, and a Leander vibe that can’t be beat.

  1. Patchouli Joe’s Book and Indulgences

If ever a book store had the possibility of being magical, it’s Patchouli Joe’s!

  1. Casa Costa

All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite! Drop by Casa Costa to grab a sweet treat and refreshing drink, without ever leaving Old Town Leander! If brunch is your jam, Casa Costa is your place to be! Their weekend brunch is sure to please.

Fun for the 21 and Up Crowd!

Leanderthal Distilling

Be sure to check out Leanderthal Distilling, Leander’s very own Uniquely Texas distiller. Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4-9 p.m., enjoy great drinks and a spirited atmosphere on site at Leanderthal, where they invite you to bring your own food and stay awhile. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, you are sure to enjoy yourself, wherever you’re comfortable! 

For more information, visit:

Amazing Free Activities

Leander is fortunate to have spectacular parks for your whole family to explore! Whether you are looking to rent kayaks or hunt for Dinosaurs, be sure to visit each of these unique parks!

  1. Lakewood Park

Leander’s newest park could be the ultimate adventure destination! Featuring a skate park, kayak launch and rentals, a huge playground for all ages, fishing spots, and an extensive trail system, there is something for everyone.

  1. Dinosaur Hunting

Along the river bed on the South San Gabriel you can see evidence of Leander’s pre-historic community! Enjoy exploring nature and find some of central Texas’ wildlife, but keep your eyes open for DINOSAURS! On the riverbed you can see dinosaur tracks, one of Leander’s great historic sites!  This is private property, so please be respectful of the owners when you visit.

Want to visit more historic sites in Leander? Check out this link:

  1. Robin Bledsoe Park 

This 16 acre park is home to all the great outdoor activities you love! Whether you are looking for a playground or sports courts, this park has it all! Check out this link to see everything Robin Bledsoe Park has to offer!

Find Something Totally Out-of-the-Box!

Leander is filled with fun places to explore and adventures waiting for you! Check out these great  places that check all the Spring Break boxes!

Isle Acre Farms

Isle Acre Farms has so many activities that anyone can enjoy! You can enjoy a farm tour, a night on the farm, farm classes for the littles and so much more. Check out this link to see everything that’s available!

LifeStyle Photo and Video

Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to book a photo session! Whether you want a family session or just you and your pet, don’t miss this chance to capture the moment! 

Find them on facebook: @Lifestylephotoandvideo

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Nothing says Spring Break like relaxation, and what could be more relaxing than a massage! Pamper yourself with a spa day to unwind and feel your best. With so many ways to decompress, finding your inner bliss will be a breeze.

For more information, visit:

We want to see your Leander Stay-cation fun! Drop us a comment when you explore Leander or tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram @leanderchamber, or using the hashtag #visitleandertx and don’t forget to follow us to stay up to date on all things Leander!

All businesses featured are members of the Leander Chamber of Commerce.

8 Things to Do on Spring Break in Leander

1. Fly a kite at a park.  See the list of Leander Parks.


2.  Watch a magic show at Way Off Broadway Community Players.

Tickets and more information


3.  Paint a sign at Sip & Stain DIY Workshop.


4.  Hang out in Old Town.

Pick up a treat at Casa Costa Bake Shop, find your style in Wildfire Artisans airstream trailer, browse the shelves of Patchouli Joe’s, pick out a new outfit at My Steel Magnolia, and end your day at Smooth Village with Karaoke Night!

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5.  Host a family game night and play Leanderopoly!

Pick up your game board for a $25 donation at the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center any time 9-5 Monday-Friday.


6.  Visit the Trail of Trains. Take a photo with each of the six concrete trains throughout Leander and receive a free Old Town Street Festival t-shirt at the Leander Chamber of Commerce. 100 N Brushy, Leander, TX 78641.


7.  Support Leander High School Softball at the Spring Craft Fair.


8.  Grab a bite to eat or a sweet treat at a Leander restaurant.

View Leander Chamber Restaurants