On the first Friday of every month, 9 art galleries keep their doors open late to show off the finest in regional, national & international art being displayed in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting. Along with the art, each gallery serves local wines from Becker Vineyards, Torre di Pietra and others, and some offer live entertainment. For schedule of events, visit the First Friday Art Walk website.
We don’t get a lot of cold weather in Fredericksburg, but every December we do have an ice rink, or eisbahn.
Hours are Mondays – Saturdays 4:00 – 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays and School Holidays 10:00am – 10:00pm; Sunday 1:00 – 8:00pm and closed on Christmas Day. For $10 you can skate all day. The Eisbahn is open from November 26 until January 2, 2011.
Do you have a long Christmas shopping list? On November 15 and 16, the Fredericksburg Fall Antique Show returns to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, three miles south of Fredericksburg on Highway 16 South. The show is 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. $5 admission good for both days; children 12 and under are free.
Living History re-enactors at the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War will present three Pacific Combat Zone renenactment shows on both Saturday and Sunday. The 90-minute shows begin at 10:30am, 1:00 and 3:30 pm each day at the Pacific Combat Zone.
Visitors will learn about the American and Japanese forces as they prepare for battle on a Pacific island. Weapons will be discussed and demonstrated and later used in a final attack on the Japanese-held island. Attendees will feel the rumble of a Stewart tank as it moves past the audience and onto the battle field. The only operational WW II flame-thrower in Texas is used in the final assault.
Appropriate for the entire family, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. World War II veterans and children under six are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Combat Zone at the beginning of each performance or in advance at the Front Desks of the Admiral Nimitz Museum on Main Street and the George H.W. Bush Gallery on E. Austin Street. The majority of the programs are standing room only so it’s advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show times.
While 80 percent of the seating is shaded, sun screen and hats are recommended. Ear plugs will be provided.
The Pacific Combat Zone’s “Ship Store” will be in full operation before, during and after each performance. In addition to various snacks, bottled water and soda, there will be an assortment of adult and youth field gear, hats and tee shirts. Children’s helmets, toy guns, army action figures and gliders will be offered for sale. Rounding out the list are photographs of the volunteer re-enactors (available for autographs, too).
Oompah at its best! Food and drink – food booths are ready to serve up sausage-on-a-stick, strudel, burgers, potato pancakes, Kraut and more. Over 50 varieties of domestic, German and Texas beer. Over 40 artisans – you won’t be able to resist the unique wares including handmade works of wood, pottery, clothing, glass, jewelry, gifts and art. Fun awaits in Kinderpark – for kids (of all ages) a hi-striker, duck pond, bungee jump, great games, slide and Sunshine the Clown. Take a memory home from the photo booth or with souvenirs. Live music on four different stages all weekend long. Come celebrate Oktoberfest!
Friday 6 pm to midnight; Saturday 10 am to midnight; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. $7 per person; $1 children 12 and under; under 6 free. Two-day passes $12; three-day passes $16. Gate opens at noon on Friday for advance ticket sales and information.
Call (830) 997-4810 for more details.
At this time, we are completely booked for Oktoberfest. Cancellations can happen, so call us if you have problems finding a room. Also check with the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, they try to keep track of who has openings during these busy times. Their number is 888-997-3600.
Make Fredericksburg your long weekend destination and join us for our annual July 4th holiday celebrations. Enjoy small town America at its best — celebrating the nation’s independence! Here are just some of the community events planned:
8:00 a.m. — Children’s Parade around the Marktplatz on Main St. (age up to 11 years).
10:00 a.m. — Parade down Main St. this year honoring Korean War Veterans.
11:30 a.m. — 4th of July Patriotic Program with music at the Marktplatz on Main St.
9:30 pm – Fireworks at Lady Bird Johnson Park
Want to cook and have a team? Cook Registration Fee: $20. Chili Cook Check-in: 10 a.m. This is a CASI sanctioned event. CASI Rules. Chili Coordinator Contact: Alan Dean 512-567-2835. Live music by Brian Mullin . Public Chili Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Chili Judging: 2 p.m. Fee: $5 for 10 Chili Samples. Becker Vineyards is on US Highway 290 East about ten miles east of Fredericksburg, and the cook off starts at 11 am. Live Music by Brian Mullin.
The Antique Tractor & Engine Club at Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South show is a three day event with static displays of antique tractor and farm engines, working saw mill, wheat threshing and a antique tractor pull and parade. Also a flea market and arts & crafts, all ag related. Hours are 8 am to 8 pm. Cost is $6 adults; 12 and under free; 2-day pass $10. Please call (830) 685-3344 for more information.
Need to get a last minute item for the hunter in your life? The annual Gun and Blade show at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds this weekend may just fit the bill. A collection of guns, knives, ammo, jewelry, fishing, coins, gifts and collectibles. Buy, sell, trade or just browse. Admission is $5 for adults and 12 and under free. Hours are Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.