Self-guided walking tours of our restored historical home sites, exhibits and displays are open for viewing each day Pioneer Farms is open. Farm animals can be viewed and talked to in various pens at the sites. Special daily attractions are listed below.

Check back often, as this page is updated frequently, and programs and schedules may be added to or subtracted up to the day of the event. Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. SITES ARE STAFFED BY VOLUNTEERS AND THE NUMBER ON SITE VARIES FROM DAY TO DAY DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY AND TURNOUT.

For information about enrolling in classes, click the Learn & Do tab at the top of our Home Page and view our Catalog of Programs & Activities. enrollment must be completed at least one week in advance.

 

current exhibits

NEW: HENRY & BEN special exhibit about military officer Henry Orsay and outlaw marshal Ben Thompson. In Sprinkle Corner.

TEXAS CZECHS: ROOTED IN TRADITION special exhibit about traditions from the Old World. In Sprinkle Corner.

INDELIBLE HISTORY special exhibit of inkwells owned by famous Americans and Texans, in the Wroe Storefront.

FREEDOM'S COLORS special display of historic independence flags in Wessels Hall.

GOING GOING GONE exhibit on the history of Texas auctioneers, in the Tate House. 

TIKWAN-TIK exhibit about the Tonkawa Indians in Central Texas, in the Aynesworth-Wright House. 

HISTORIC AUSTIN CARRIAGES and buggies in an exclusive exhibit, in the Wroe Storefront in Sprinkle Corner. 

CHISHOLM TRAIL exhibit with real Longhorn cattle, just outside Sprinkle Corner.

 

DAILY ATTRACTIONS

Friday, June 2

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

FIRST FRIDAY DANCE: Hancock's Jazz Serenaders in concert in historic Wessels Dance Hall. $10 a person. 8-11.

Saturday, June 3

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $35. 10-11:45.

SEWING PLAIN & FANCY demonstration and class at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 1-5.

Sunday, June 4

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

BACKYARD FARMING class at the German Emigrant Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 1-5.

Friday, June 9

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, June 10

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $35. 10-11:45.

CAST-IRON COOKING demonstration and class at the Texian Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $55. 10-2.

Sunday, June 11

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING class at the Scarborough Barn. Enroll at least a week in advance. $125. 1-5.

friday, June 16

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

saturday, June 17

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $200. 10-3.

BACKYARD CHICKENS: THE ABCs class in Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 10-1. 

Sunday, June 18

WILD WEST FATHER'S DAY: Historical reenactments in 1800s Texas. Various sites. Regular admission. 10-4.

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

Friday, June 23

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

saturday, June 24

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $200. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $35. 10-11:45.

sunday, June 25

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY HISTORY class at various sites. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.

STRINGS IN THE WOODS flash concert at the Tonkawa Encampment. 7:55 p.m. Tickets available here.

FRIDAY, June 30

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

SATURDAY, July 1

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

SUNDAY, July 2

INDEPENDENCE DAY with historical reenactments, special activities and hayrides. Various sites. Regular admission,  10-5.

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

BACKYARD FARMING class at the German Emigrant Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 10-3.

Friday, July 7

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

FIRST FRIDAY DANCE: The Swingsters in concert in historic Wessels Dance Hall. $10 a person. 8-11.

Saturday, July 8

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $35. 10-11:45.

SAY CHEESE: CHEESEMAKING demonstration and class. Enroll at least a week in advance. $55. 10-2.

Sunday, July 9

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING class at the Scarborough Barn. Enroll at least a week in advance. $125. 1-5.

Friday, July 14

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, July 15

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-3.

BASIC WEAVING demonstration and class at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $$60. 1-5.

Sunday, July 16

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

FRUIT TREES class at the German Emigrant Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 1-5.

Friday, July 21

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, July 22

TOOL MAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $35. 10-11:45.

Sunday, July 23

TOOL MAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.

Friday, July 28

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, July 29

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $200. 10-3.

Sunday, July 30

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.