Oktoberfest – October 5-7

Fredericksburg, Texas, celebrates its German heritage through Oktoberfest. Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. OKTOBERFEST is a colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas’ German heritage. OKTOBERFEST has become an annual tradition around the world. OKTOBERFEST is a community event of family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, art and crafts, Children’s fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German
Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink … all weekend long!

All weekend
· Three covered stages hosting continuous entertainment with some German favorites — oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing – including the irresistible “Chicken Dance!”

· Over 45 juried artisans from across the state fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles.

· Main Street Art Tent features a select group of Hill Country artists who will be selling their fine art.

· Lots of German foods, plus sizzling fajitas, ice cream, strudel, burgers and fries and much more.

· Adventurous tasters can sample over 30 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beer.

· Super kids area where they can play to their heart’s content on the Bungee Jump, Jumping Castle, and other fun games and activities right on the grounds.

For more information, call 830-997-4810.

Gillespie County Fair Parade – August 21

P1010240The parade down Main Street is the official opening of the 127th Gillespie County Fair.  One of the Hill Country’s biggest parades has over 100 units, marches down Main Street and includes floats, marching bands, riding clubs, community groups and more!  All are welcome to participate!

The parade begins at 10 am and usually ends around noon.

The police will block Main Street this morning beginning about 9:30 am. Check out is still at 11 am, but you may not be able to get to our office until after the parade.  As long as you leave your accommodation by 11 am, you can return the key at any time.

The best place to view the Fair Parade is from Marketplatz.

The parade should not disrupt check-ins, since check-in is at 3 pm.

Reflections of the ’60’s at the LBJ Ranch – April 11

The 7th Annual Reflections of the Sixties education conference at the LBJ Ranch is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country.Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s.

Admission is free. Gather near the Texas White House at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 16 miles East of Fredericksburg, Texas, on Hwy 290 in Stonewall.

Call (830) 868-7128 for more information.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Hauntcert – November 1

The orchestra will dress in costume and present a family-friendly program with spooky, fun selections such as Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens and other surprises. The orchestra consists of community members of all ages and musical experience. The mission of nonprofit Fredericksburg Community Orchestras is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities. The Halloween Hauntcert will be held at the at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio.

2:30 pm. Free admission, but donations appreciated. Call 806-549-2483 for more information.

Hill Country Film Festival – May 3 to 5

The complete schedule and film lineup can be viewed here.

Thursday, May 2:
FREE Sneak Peek of The Iceman @ 4 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmakers Welcome* Presented by Becker Vineyards from 6 pm – 7:30 pm | Hoffman Haus
FREE Outdoor Opening Night Screening @ 8 pm | Marktplatz
Opening Night Social @ 10 pm | Auslander Biergarten and Restaurant

Friday, May 3:
Filmmaker Panel Discussion + Light Breakfast* @ 9 am – 9:50 am | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
5 Programs (short and feature films) from 10 am – 9 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmaker’s Lounge* from 11 am – 1 pm + 4:15 pm – 7pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Friday Night Party@ 9 pm | West End Pizza Company

Saturday, May 4:
Filmmaker Panel Discussion + Light Breakfast* from 9 am – 9:50 am | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
5 Programs (short and feature films) from 10 am – 9 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmaker’s Lounge* from 11 am – 1 pm + 4:15 pm – 7pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Closing Night Party and Awards* @ 9:00 pm | Hanger Hotel Pacific Showroom

Sunday, May 5:
Sunday Sendoff + Special Screening of Somm* at Becker Vineyards — 12:30 pm reception and 1 pm screening
Exclusive event for All Access badge holders and ticketed Becker Wine Club members
*Filmmaker or All Access Badge Required. Buy yours here!

24th Annual Food and Wine Fest – October 25

A grand celebration of Texas wine and food. 28 Texas wineries and 50 Texas-made specialty participants are anticipated. Texas gourmet chefs demonstrating culinary talents at the Grape Expectations Cooking School (Two Afternoon sessions, I & II), Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, wonderful silent auction, art, lively entertainment.

Admission $20 per person, under 21 $5, gates open noon til 7PM.

Plus three special events: Thursday festivities A “Locavore” event at Messina Hof Hill Country Winery, Friday showcasing a Celebration of Texas Food & Wine and Saturday Patron Brunch on Marktplatz, both offering incredible foods paired with tasty Texas wines; these special events are limited seating, advance ticket sales only.

Van Der Stucken Festival – March 21

DSC_1980A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank Van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, guest speaker Larry Wolz and presenting the winner of the Van der Stucken composition contest.  At historic St. Joseph’s Hall.  The event is free and open to the public. Wine and cake will be served following the concert to celebrate the 158th birthday of Frank Van der Stucken.

Dr. Wolz is an authority on the German composer’s life, and will be available to answer questions during the reception following the program.

Van der Stucken, who was born in Fredericksburg in 1858, led the “Sangerbund” movement, training singers in the tradition of German male choruses. He also was a champion of contemporary American composers, conducting the first concert devoted exclusively to them.

For information, call (806) 549-2483.