St. Nikolausmarkt – Dec 3-4

Fredericksburg Christmas Pyramid

Friday, December 3rd, 2-9pm, Free Admission
Saturday, December 4th, 10am-7pm, $5 Admission, 12 & under, Free. $1 off for seniors
65 & older & military with ID.

Don’t miss St. Nikolausmarkt, the fun-filled market highlighting the German heritage with plenty of Gemutlichkeit, German treats, music, and beer! Enjoy the array of new holiday decorations, including the 26 foot Christmas Pyramid, and the beautiful new tree while shopping for the season at juried craft booths showcasing wares ranging from Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, mugs, to traditional German clothing and accesories, German jellies and jams, candles, and jewelry. Get a taste of Fredericksburg with traditional German foods including sausage, schnitzel, warm pumpernickel rolls, sauerkraut, cakes, cookies, candies, and more! A variety of German beers will be served  along with soft drinks,local wines, and the warm, spiced Gluhwein. For more information, visit www.stnikolausmarkt.com, call the Chamber at 830-997-6523, or email christie@fbgtxchamber.org.

BBQ on the Pedernales at the LBJ Ranch

LBJ at the buffetPresident Lyndon Johnson’s first state dinner took place in December 1963.  It was a BBQ for West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and was held on his ranch in Stonewall.

This weekend, The National Park Service and Friends of LBJ National Historical Park invite you to join them in the re-creation of a historic barbecue hosted by President and Mrs. Johnson, Saturday, October 23rd, from 4 – 9 pm.

The live oak shaded air will fill with the sounds of Asleep at the Wheel as you enjoy the aroma of Texas barbeque drifting through the crowd. LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove will take a humorous look at the Rancher-President who loved nothing better than welcoming guests from around the world to their beloved LBJ Ranch. The event begins at 4:00 PM and continues into the evening. The BBQ dinner will be prepared on-site by The Salt Lick.

The Barbecue is sold out, but you can put your name on the wait list. You may register online by clicking: Register Online.

The Huffington Post has an article about President Johnson’s legendary barbecues.

Luckenbach OktoberFiesta

Let’s just say you are coming to Fredericksburg this weekend and you’re not a fan of sauerkraut, and will be skipping Oktoberfest. You can still find entertainment in Luckenbach, Texas at their annual OktoberFiesta!

The Oktober Fiesta is a celebration of both German and Mexican Culture with some music thrown in the mix. Performing throughout the day will Stephanie Urbina Jones, Folklorico Dancers, and some Mariachis!  There will be a jalapeño eating contest and pinatas.  Lots of pinatas.

The fun starts at 1 p. m.  Visit the Luckenbach website or call  888-311-8990 for more information.

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show – January 18-19

Get ready for the 42nd Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Rockhounds, on Friday and Saturday. The show’s hours will be 9 AM until 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM until 5 PM on Sunday at Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Park. As usual, there will be no admission charge for visitors.
The Fredericksburg Rockhounds is a non-profit organization for the study and enjoyment of gems, minerals, and fossils. It was founded in 1968 and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) and the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS).

Eisbahn Open Through January 3

Fredericksburg, Texas’ Eisbahn is a new winter tradition

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 28 until January 3.

27th Annual Antique Tractor Show – June 7-8

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.

First Friday Art Walk – April 3

First Friday Art Walk in Fredericksburg, TexasOn 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.

Pacific Combat Zone Reenactment – November 8-9

Pacific Combat Zone Reenacment at the Nimitz museum November 13-14Living 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).

Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble ballet Nov 19-21

a dancer from the Fredericksburg Youth BalletThe Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble invites the public to enjoy both old and new holiday traditions as it presents Nutcracker & Narnia at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater on November 19 – 21, 2010.

Billed as A Showcase of Tradition & Treachery, each show features two performances by the studio’s dancers.

The Nutcracker is the timeless Christmas classic danced to the lively score by Tchaikovsky. Colorfully-costumed dancers of all ages will recreate the familiar roles of mice and soldiers, sweets and acrobats, snowflakes and the snow queen. This version features all 40 local dance students and has become a Fredericksburg holiday tradition.

The second half of the show marks the world debut of Narnia, a new ballet composed by Mark Hierholzer and choreographed by Lisa Bohnert. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, Narnia is the tale of a magical land where evil threatens, animals speak, and children tangle with treachery and truth. The work has been nearly a year in progress, and features original music, choreography, costumes, lighting and sets. Twenty auditioned dancers perform all roles in this original production.

Hierholzer will perform his score on the piano with the dancers live onstage for all shows.

The show’s four performances are Friday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.,; Saturday, November 20, matinee at 2 p.m. and evening performance at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 21, matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets are now on sale and available from any ballet student. They can also be purchased at Ms Rhonda’s School of Dance, 202 E. Creek St, Fredericksburg, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Requests for tickets can be made by calling 830-998-0785, by leaving a message at 830-997-0756, or via email at foxcanyon@live.com.

Mark Hierholzer received his BA in piano music performance from UTSA and his MA in piano performance and literature from Eastman School of Music. Mark currently resides in Fredericksburg and is the music director and organist at Zion Lutheran Church. He directs and composes for the Fredericksburg Chorale, two German community choirs, the League of David, and the Zion Children’s Choir. Mark also privately teaches 34 piano students.

Lisa Bohnert studied with Merit Scholarships at the National Academy of Arts, Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, and the Evanston School of Ballet. She performed professionally with the San Antonio Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet Company, touring 19 states. Ms. Bohnert is an accredited member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance and currently teaches in Fredericksburg.

Are you Ready for Oktoberfest?

JessicaOompah 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 in Fredericksburg!

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.