Founders Day 2023 Dripping Springs Texas

Founder's Day Dripping Springs ferris wheel

Founder’s Day in Dripping Springs, Texas is a time to celebrate the town’s rich heritage and pioneer spirit! From April 28th to April 30th, the festival will be in full swing with a lineup of exciting activities and events for the whole family to enjoy.

With free admission, this is a must-attend event for anyone in the area. Carnival tickets and food can be purchased at the event, or tickets can be pre-purchased for HALF OFF at certain locations (I purchased mine at Texas Regional Bank last year). Info here will be updated when it is released by the city.

The 2023 festival kicks off on Friday, April 28th at 4pm and runs until Midnight, with an evening parade that is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. At the end of the Friday night, a lively street dance on Historic Mercer Street is one of the highlights of the Founder’s Day Festival, providing a fun-filled evening of music and dancing for people of all ages.

Last year, my office- Magnolia Realty had a booth at Founder’s Day and a float in the parade! It was so fun to pass out candy to the thousands of kids pushing to the front of the barricade on Mercer St. to fill their bags with sweets! My kids rode on the Magnolia Realty float and felt like celebrities. I can’t wait to do it again this year.

Lauren Clark kids on the Magnolia Realty float at Founders Day in Dripping Springs parade

Last year we had our doors opened at the Magnolia Realty office behind Mazama coffee and I hope you’ll stop by and see us again! We gave out free Magnolia Journals, had giveaways, refreshments and fun conversation about Dripping Springs and all things real estate. Come and see me!

On Saturday, the festival continues from 10am until Midnight, with a day full of free music and entertainment, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, delicious food, BBQ and beer, and much more. And on Sunday you can attend the city wide church service at 10 AM on Mercer Street, then the festival winds down from 11am to 5pm, with a carnival that ends at 7pm.

The Annual Founders Day Festival is a festive celebration of heritage and pioneer spirit that honors and celebrates the founding of the Dripping Springs community by the Moss, Wallace, and Pound families.

Heather Jones, Lauren Clark, Kristi Metcalf, Jennifer Gomez with Magnolia Realty Austin Hill Country at the Founders Day parade in Dripping Springs

With over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors, there is plenty to see and do for all ages. The street dances, cook-off competitions, and food and beer tents are sure to be a hit with adults, while the Mighty Thomas Carnival provides endless hours of fun for kids.

Kids walking to the fair at Founders Day in Dripping Springs

Every year, over 65,000 people from all across the state come to join in the festivities, making it a must-attend (and highly anticipated by the locals!) event in Dripping Springs!

With free admission, there is no reason not to come and experience the fun and nostalgia of this festival. But be sure to bring some cash for carnival tickets and food, as these can be purchased on-site.

Founder’s Day in Dripping Springs, Texas is a celebration of heritage, pioneer spirit, and fun!

Whether you’re a local resident or just passing through, this festival is a must-attend event that is sure to provide a weekend full of memories. So mark your calendars for April 28-30th, gather your friends and family, and join us for a fun-filled weekend in Dripping Springs!

Want to sponsor the event, have a booth or be in the parade? Click HERE for more info!

Magnolia Realty Austin Hill Country office at Founders Day in Dripping Springs

Want to see the Dripping Springs Guide full of local hot spots to eat, drink and adventure? Click HERE to view the online magazine!

Thinking about moving to the area? I’m a local Realtor and would love to help! Click HERE to browse homes for sale, click HERE to get a free home valuation, click HERE to read more about Dripping Springs living, and click HERE to see area adventure!

Feel free to call or email me for more info- Lauren Clark – 512-569-8480 or




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