The annual Founders Day Festival honors the founding of Dripping Springs in 1850 by the Moss, Wallace, and Pound families and celebrates the tremendous spirit of volunteerism that still exists in the community today. Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Lions Club, and the Founders Day Commission, which represents various community organizations, the proceeds from the weekend of live music, savory foods, and good old-fashioned fun directly benefit local non-profit organizations, churches, school and park programs, youth groups, and charities.
With a theme of Celebrate Drippin’, the festival will kick off on Friday evening, April 26 at 6:30 p.m., with a grand parade of 75 floats or entries. Bring a lawn chair and come early to find the perfect spot to view the impressive procession as it meanders through downtown Dripping Springs.
The event will continue all weekend long with free live music and entertainment, street dances, the Mighty Thomas Carnival for kids, cook-off competitions, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and business booths, tasty BBQ, and traditional fair food. In addition, many non-profit and charitable organizations will be represented.
The admission to the festival has remained FREE throughout the years because of the many volunteers, sponsors, local businesses and organizations that help cover expenses such as festival security, sanitation, barricades, tents, trash pick-up and publicity for the event.
Sponsorship forms, vendor applications, and parade applications can be found online at the Founders Day Festival home page at www.foundersdayfestival.com or at the Dripping Springs City Hall at 511 Mercer Street. For additional information, please call the Dripping Springs City Hall at 512-858-4725.