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October 2014

October 8, 2014


2014 Scarecrow Festival

October 8 - November 1, 2014 (9am-5pm)
Walk among the Scarecrows! Each year, Shangri La hosts the largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas, with dozens of hand-crafted scarecrows displayed throughout the Gardens.  Created by community organizations, businesses, schools, and families, scarecrow designs range from funny, to clever, to wacky and weird! For sure, no two scarecrows are ever the same! The Scarecrow Festival is a great way…

November 2014

November 1, 2014


Autumn Fair 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm)
Hayrides, Live Animals, Pumpkin Decorating & More for the family!   Join us for the final day of the Scarecrow Festival and have fun on a Shangri La hayride! Bring the whole family for a family-friendly event to celebrate fall! There’s something for everyone, raffles throughout the day, and all ages are welcome. Autumn…

November 8, 2014


Saturday Adventure Series: Mushroom Hunt

November 8, 2014 (10-11 am)
There’s a fungus among us!   Fun guys and fun gals, join us as we explore mushrooms and other fungi at Shangri La.  The whole family will learn some basics of mushroom identification as we stroll along some of Shangri La’s private trails. After our hike, you will create origami mushrooms to…

November 13, 2014

Famous Springs Flowing into the Blanco River, L’l Arkansas Camp, near Wimberley. Image by Charles Kruvand.

Shangri La Lecture Series: Photographing the Living Waters of Texas

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (6:30 - 7:30 pm)
Enjoy a program led by Charles Kruvand. Kruvand is an Austin-based photographer who specializes in photographing the rivers of Texas, and his work has been featured in many prominent museums throughout the state. Join us on Thursday, November 13, 2014, to enjoy a beautiful photo display and learn about Kruvand’s…

November 15, 2014


Saturday Adventure Series: Create Thanksgiving Décor

November 15, 2014 (10-11 am)
Using nature to decorate!   Adults, leave the kids at home and enjoy a relaxing morning at Shangri La creating a beautiful Thanksgiving wreath from nature’s bounty. Your original design will set the mood for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Saturday Adventure Series programs are included with general admission. Save your seat today & call…
Roseate Spoonbill, Orange County, Texas. Image by Eino Lilback.

Shangri La Lecture Series: Introduction to Nature Photography Workshop

Saturday, November 15, 2014 (10:30 - noon)
Bring your compact of DSLR digital camera and learn how to optimize the capabilities of your device on Saturday, November 15, 2014. You will focus on birds and flowers as you learn about field of view, composition, the rule of thirds, lighting and more in this program presented by Eino…

December 2014

December 11, 2014


Evening Christmas Strolls begin Dec. 11

Dec. 11-13, 18-20, 26 & 27 (6-8pm)
Join us for special evening strolls to see new, dazzling light displays and festive, community-decorated Christmas trees lining the pathways of Shangri La. Celebrate the Christmas season and walk along pathways adorned with hundreds more lights. Stroll Dates: December 11, 12 and 13 December 18, 19 and 20 December 26 & 27 Explore the Children’s Garden…

December 13, 2014


Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (10 am - 4 pm)
Experience Christmas Magic Saturday, December 13! Visit Shangri La to participate in Christmas activities and see special sights designed for the entire family. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees line the courtyard, along with other beautiful, seasonal decorations and flowers. The Children’s Garden becomes “Candyland” with a bright, colorful gingerbread house. Bring the…