AUGUST 19th is Central Texas Honey Bee Awareness Day!  Learn more about bees and beekeeping and how you can get involved and SAVE the bees!


National Honey Bee Day - Saturday August 19, 2017 
Catch the BUZZ!!!  Join us for the 4th Annual Austin Tour De Hives! 
DATE: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 - National Honey Bee Day
WHERE: Bee Yards within an approximate 50 mile radius of the Capitol
WHEN: Self-guided Bee Yard Tours:  9am-2pm
(Bee Yard tours end at 2pm due to afternoon heat/bee safety)
Event Activities: Ongoing at start location from 9am-4pm
Start Location: Zilker Botanical Gardens
Tickets: $5 for 1 map for your carload or family up to 5 people (with signed waivers)
(NOT a pet friendly event, please leave pets at home)The day’s festivities will kick off in Central Austin at the Zilker Botanical Gardens. (indoors)  Ongoing event activities include: Honey tasting, mead tasting, beehive tours, basic intro to beekeeping sessions, kids activities, silent auction, raffle, beekeeping supplies for sale, the Texas Honey Queen will bee onsite, Texas Apiary Inspector Mark Dykes will be available to answer questions about the new beekeeping laws and the Texas Master Beekeeper's Program, a native plant speaker from Barton Creek Nursery, and more! Great fun for the whole family! You can also take off for a self-guided tour of bee yards in the Austin and surrounding areas.  Discover how your neighbors are doing their part to save the planet one bee at a time!  Bee yards will demonstrate a variety of ways to keep and attract bees showing all the creative ways you can indulge in the art of beekeeping! We currently have stops registered in Central Austin, North Austin, South Austin, Dripping Springs & Georgetown! You may visit each location in any order during the visiting hours listed on the map. Maps will be available on the day of the event at event headquarters in Southwest Austin.   You will exchange your signed participant waiver for tour entry bands at your first stop. The tours will take place at people's private homes or farms and it is sincerely hoped that everyone will exhibit common courtesy and respect as they visit each location.  Guidelines for the tour are posted on our Event Day page.
A share of the proceeds from the event registration and raffle will benefit the Travis County Beekeeper's Association a Texas nonprofit dedicated to helping Texans become more bee friendly through educational opportunities, raising public awareness, promoting bee friendly landscaping and humane treatment of bees, grants for scientific research, and more!