If you’re seeking rest and relaxation away from bustling city life, you’ll find a welcoming retreat in Kerrville, your Texas Hill Country destination for outdoor adventures and good times. Kerrville is located just over an hour’s drive northwest of San Antonio and about two hours west of Austin.
In Kerrville, Texas, you won’t believe your eyes–or your ears. A treat for the senses, the “Capital of Texas Hill Country” is a renowned arts and culture destination. From live music to fine art, and from outdoor sculpture to handmade jewelry, there’s no shortage of sights and sounds to excite the mind and stir the soul. Art is one of life’s great escapes, and there is no better place to soak it in than Kerrville.
Get ready for live music like you’ve never experienced it. Some of the country’s most talented singer-songwriters come to play in Kerrville’s intimate and historic Arcadia Live Theatre. Originally built in 1926, the Spanish mission-style theater sat vacant for 30 years until a major restoration project brought it back to life in 2020.
Located in downtown Kerrville on the Guadalupe River, the performing arts hall hosts a steady lineup of live music, comedy shows, classic films, trivia nights, karaoke, and multi-media events. Before you head in, grab a bite at one of the nearby downtown eateries. Opt for seats on the orchestra level or balcony and enjoy a drink from bars located on both levels.
Kerrville is filled with opportunities to enjoy fine art. Start with the Kerrville Arts and Culture Center (KACC), a vibrant community arts center representing six hundred-member artists working in a variety of media. Experience works installed in three permanent galleries: the James Avery Gallery, the Aline Cornels Gallery, and the James and SJ Derby Gallery, which hold breathtaking paintings, sculptures, three-dimensional pieces, fiber art, and much more. A trip to the KACC is a fantastic way to discover the deep bench of artistic talent in the Texas Hill Country.
Next stop, check out the famed Museum of Western Art, MoWA for short, where the mythic character of the American West is captured through art. See how different perspectives and cultures are depicted in paintings, sculptures, and other media. Do not miss the late 19th Century stagecoach replica, a visitor favorite. To enjoy more Western art, plan a visit to Tom Moss Studio. For more than 40 years, Moss has made stunning, handcrafted bronze Western-themed sculptures of cowboys, cattle, horses, and Native Americans. The studio also features Moss’s Western paintings.
Visit the Rivers Edge Gallery, a 20,000-square-foot gallery in historic downtown Kerrville, which holds an expansive variety of contemporary and traditional artwork, complete with framing services. Private viewings are available through the gallery’s convenient concierge service.