Founders Day is an annual three-day festival that celebrates the founding of the Dripping Springs community, and the largest event of the year. Every April, locals, and visitors look forward to the wide variety of festivities that are offered including the Mighty Thomas Carnival, delicious food, cook-off competitions, live music, and the more than 150 arts and craft booths and vendors that line-up along Mercer and other adjacent streets. The first day of the festival kicks-off on a Friday evening with a parade made up of the small businesses, organizations, and schools of Dripping Springs as they ride through downtown. Afterward, the Mighty Thomas Carnival is ready for the kids and the young at heart to enjoy and the booths and vendors are ready for the parents to stroll by and shop. On Saturday and Sunday, spend the day at the carnival, listen to live music, and try all the different food options.
The festival is hosted by the City of Dripping Springs, as well as the Founders Day Commission, which includes representatives from different local organizations. The proceeds collected from the three-day event are contributed back to the community and benefit local non-profit organizations, parks, churches, schools, youth groups, and charities.