Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World

where the fun never sets -

really comes alive on Labor Day weekend.

That's when Bandera returns to its roots. It is the time of the cowboy - and music, horses, longhorn cattle, gunfights, Intertribal Powwow,

National Professional Bull Rider's Challenge and the

South Texas Bull Fighter's Challenge!

Cowboy Church Services & tons of Western Fun!

It's Celebrate Bandera 2016
organized by the Bandera Community Foundation.

Get an early start on Celebrate Bandera! with all the Friday night events:




Labor Day week-end Saturday and Sunday will find the whole town alive with cowboys and dudes and little buckaroos jostling for position to see the Bandera Cattle Company, a chance to ride in a wagon, enter the muttin' bustin, or rope a chicken or even try your hand at cow patty tossin"!    Folks will be scramblin’ to watch the Fancy Dancers and ceremonial dances of the Celebrate Bandera Circle of Life Intertribal Powwow.


Saturday morning kicks off with great anticipation at our annual Cow Patty Bingo event. Head to Lowe's Market Parking Lot and join the crowd at 9:00am.  Purchase a ticket for Cow Patty Bingo and a chance to win $2,500! You can buy your ticket early because you do not need to be present to win. Ticket holders at the event, however, will have a chance to win door prizes donated by local merchants. At 10 am, our featured "well fed" Longhorn is released in the pen and the numbered square where the patty lands is the winner! The event raises $5,000 which will be given to a local Charity. !

Down the road a piece at the Court House you can grab a seat and wait for the parade and a cattle drive down Main Street. A cattle drive with real longhorns!

The great thing about Saturday and Sunday is that every event on Main Street is FREE. And that includes the Arts and Crafts Show, the Gun fighters, the Bandera Music Hall of Fame music stage and the Antique Chuck Wagons.

Bandera City Park


You can move to City Park and catch the Grand Entry of the Circle of Life Intertribal powwow

Admission $5. Children 6 & under



Mansfield Park

If the Powwow is not enough to excite you, marvel at the Cowboy Mounted Shooters.  Fast and Furious, exciting and action packed!

Gates open at 6:30 pm



                   Saturday evening catch the

          Hottest 8 Seconds of the year

                         at the

               NATIONAL PROFESSONAL         



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National Professional Bull Rider’s Challenge.

Gates open at 7pm

Parking is free!  Click on

National Professional Bull Rider's Challenge for tickt prices. 



Cowboys from all over the U.S. will gather to ride some of the best bucking bulls in the United States. 

Join the fun at half time when

even the strongest Cowboys

will be challenged in fun activities! 





Sunday Gates Open at 6pm and Feature halftime performance by the SOUTH TEXAS BULL FIGHTING TOUR! 

Sunday join the Western Heritage Cowboy Church services at City Park on the banks of the beautiful Medina River. Country Gospel Music is provided by the Western Heritage Cowboy Band.


After Church the Intertribal Powwow will begin the Sunday dance conpetitions at noon and lots more to see and do.  Bring the kids because there will be so much to do and learn. 


There will be more arts and crafts and music on the Courthouse Lawn and then you can catch the finals of the National Professional Bull Rider’s Challenge at 7:00. 


To learn more about how you or your group can participate,

call Genie Strickland at 830-796-4447.

Notice: Some outfitters charge fees for their rides such as wagon rides, pony or horseback riding.


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