Walking Tour – 312 West Schubert – The Christian Crenwelge Place

Christian Crenwelge, who owned the property across the street, purchased this land in 1872 and operated a molasses press. In 1903, Crenwelge built the frame house on the corner for his daughter and her husband, but sold the house in 1906. The property changed hands many times until McAdoo White bought in 1974 and began landscaping the grounds, creating a beautiful creekside patio.

Luckenbach Christmas Ball with Gary P. Nunn – December 22

Make sure your holiday plans include cuttin’ a rug in the Luckenbach Dancehall to the legendary Gary P. Nunn!! He will be performing at this year’s Cowboy Christmas Ball. It will surely be a night to remember! Advance tickets on sale now. $20 per person; kids 12 and under are free.  All ages welcome but everyone must have a ticket. The World Famous Luckenbach Dance Hall located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country was made famous by Willie, Waylon and The Boys and local folklorist Hondo Crouch.

P.C.A.A. Concert In The Park: Lone Star Swing Orchestra – May 22

It’s that time of the year to enjoy music and dancing outside in the beautiful Hill Country spring and summer.  Bring your lawnchairs, a picnic and your sweetie and dance under the stars at Marktplatz. This concert is free.  This month, the Lone Star Swing Orchestra is performing from 6:30 to 8 pm.

The Lone Star Swing Orchestra is an 18 piece band performing music from the “Big Band” era of the 30’s and 40’s as well as western swing. Imagine Glenn Miller and Count Basie meet Bob Wills and Spade Cooley. The LSSO features Bill on vocals, tenor sax, and trumpet. This group also features Sandi Campbell on vocals accompanied by some of the Texas Hill Country’s finest instrumentalists.

Black Eyed Pea Cook Off – January 1

If eaten on the first day of the year, a dish of black eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition thought to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.

Join the festivities at Torre di Pietra 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas, on US Hwy 290 for a Southern-style cookoff and Jam Session. Call 830-644-2829 for more information.

Van Der Stucken Music Festival – March 30

Frank Valentine Van der Stucken was born in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Frank and Sophie Van der Stucken, née Schönewolf. He received his musical education at the conservatory of music conducted by Peter Benoit in Antwerp, Belgium. He was kapellmeister of the city theatre of Breslau, later giving concerts of his own compositions, in Weimar and elsewhere in Germany, under the patronage of Liszt.

He returned to the United States in 1884, and became the leader of the Arion society of New York, conducting novelty concerts in Steinway hall and symphonic concerts in Chickering hall. Van der Stucken gave a series of American concerts at the Paris exposition of 1889, made a concert tour in Europe with the Arion Society in 1892, and after 1895 conducted the symphony concerts in Cincinnati, in which city he was the dean of the college of music.

He died in Hamburg, Germany at age 70.

The 2012 Van der Stucken Music Festival is free and honors Fredericksburg born Frank Valentin van der Stucken, 1858-1929, the founder of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati College of Music. The festival will be held at the St. Joseph’s Halle at 212 W. San Antonio Street at 7:30 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Sock Hop Featuring Buddy Holly Tribute Artist – March 17

Johnny Rogers, renowned Buddy Holly tribute artist, is coming to Fredericksburg on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2012. Rogers will be performing his “Buddy & Beyond” history of rock and roll show in the Hangar Hotel’s Pacific Showroom.

“Buddy & Beyond” is a tribute to the life and music of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly and will take you on a journey through the music that rocked a generation. The show celebrates Holly as well as legends like Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and many more. Straight out of Branson from this number one show at Music City Center, Rogers’ first show in Fredericksburg is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the 1950s “mood” and participate in a costume contest. Dig out your poodle skirt or leather jacket, slick back your hair or tie a ribbon around your neck because winners will receive prizes including a gift certificate to the Hangar Hotel and gift items from the Fredericksburg Brewing Company and Fredericksburg Herb Farm. Doors open at 7PM. Tickets are $25/ person and include lots of entertainment as well as party favors. A cash bar will be available. To purchase your tickets in advance or to make room reservations for the evening contact the front desk at the Hangar Hotel at 830-997-9990.

The Hangar Hotel, located adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport, was designed to mimic the look of a WWII airplane hangar. The event will be held in the Pacific Showroom, located next to the hotel, which is decorated in South Pacific/WWII style complete with palm trees and tiki bar. For more information: (830) 997-9990.

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.