Every fall, the grassy fields of Robin Bledsoe turn a little blue for a weekend during the Suddenlink Bluegrass Festival. People come from all over the region to enjoy this free event in Leander which features numerous local and national bluegrass bands. In addition to the music, attendees enjoy food vendors from some of the area's best restaurants and caterers, children's games, and a lively and casual atmosphere. Be sure to come early to catch some of the weekend's performers rocking out in impromptu jam sessions throughout the park.
The massive Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect the livelihood of two little migratory birds: the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, both of which were on the verge of extinction. Humans can enjoy the beauty of the refuge as well. There is an extensive network of trails which can take hikers miles away from civilization and into some of the best bird watching around. For the avid birdwatcher the rangers organize periodic bird-counts where citizens get to help measure the effectiveness of the parks preservation programs. There is also hunting allowed in certain areas where hunters go for deer, wild hog, and turkey.
The Dog House Drinker
The Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park falls into the "Only in Texas" category. It is a rustic not-quite-a-dive bar with big TVs for sports, lots and beer on tap, and a population of regulars. As an added twist, the facility also boasts a 20,000 square foot off-leash dog park. Melissa, the bar's owner and founder, wanted to create a social place that people could enjoy without stressing about leaving their furry companion alone at home. Dogs are welcome in the bar, but often prefer to run wild outside with the rest of the pack. The bar shows every NFL game and the staff also hosts adoption events for local foster dogs.