First Friday Art Walk – November 7

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.

Jaycee’s Turkey Shoot – 10/31 & 11/5

The Fredericksburg Jaycees will host a live turkey shoot will be hosted November 5 at the Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from Fredericksburg on FM 2093 (Tivydale Road). The shoot start at 10 a.m. at the range Offered will be a live turkey head shoot, sight-in range and separate archery shoot. No hand guns are allowed at the range.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the event, and food and refreshments will be available on site.  Call (830) 456-3604 if you have any questions or need more information.

The annual event lets hunters sharpen their marksmanship skills before hunting season opens on Saturday, November 5.

Girl’s Shopping Weekend – Nov 5-6

Shop, dine, wine and play at the Texas 4 Step! This fabulous girl’s shopping weekend is back by popular demand on November 5th and 6th, and includes an exclusive 4 Step shopping bag, a special Shoppers Savings Card, a Saturday evening reception, and more! Step on up and receive discounts and specials in the heart of Fredericksburg shops! There is no cost for shoppers to participate in this fun and exciting event! For more information, and to sign up for your ultimate shopping experience, step on up and visit www.thetexas4step.com, or call the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at 830-997-6523.

Fourth of July Activities

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

Becker Vineyards’ July 4th Chili Cook Off

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.

Oktoberfest – October 3-5

Oktoberfest-161_1662Oompah at its best! When summer ends and fall begins the cool air of October arrives, and so does Oktoberfest. For three full days, the world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite fests. Celebrate 34 years of Texas gemutlichkeit with sizzling bratwurst, four stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, Chicken Dancing, a kids’ area and more. Forty juried artisans fill big tents and a select group of Hill Country artists showcase their fine art. Enjoy a hearty menu of delicious German and American foods. An awesome family event and lots more . . . Please visit the website for a complete schedule of events.

Friday 6 pm to midnight; Saturday 10 am to midnight; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. $7 adults; $1 kids 7 – 12; 6 and under free. 2-day passes $12; 3-day passes $16. Gates open at noon on Friday for advance ticket sales and information! Please note that pets are not allowed on Marktplatz.

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.

Art Past Dark – Cancelled

Although it still appears on several lists of events for Fredericksburg, November 12’s Art Past Dark has been cancelled.

There are still several art events starting or going on that weekend:  Die Kuntsler Fine Art Exhibit at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street;  Contemporary Masters Invitation Art Show and Sale at Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 314 East Main Street; and a watercolor show at Artisans at Rocky Hill, 234 West Main Street, across the street from our office.

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.

Make your Oktoberfest Reservations Now!

Oktoberfest Celebrates 30 Years of Texas Gemütlichkeit

Dancers perform at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

Oktoberfest is coming!

Oompah at it’s best, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of Prosit! once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, October 1, 2 & 3, 2010. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!

· Kicking off their anniversary celebration will be a mini parade and opening ceremony featuring a Tuba Jam on Friday starting at 5:30 PM.
· Saturday morning, be sure to join us for our Chicken Dance Block Party. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, complete details found on website.
· Domino tournament and sing-a-longs on Sunday.

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.

We only have a few rooms left for Oktoberfest weekend!