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.

Fredericksburg Farmers Market Winding Down

Fredericksburg Farmers Market on Marktplatz every ThursdayAs fall draws ever closer, so does the last Fredericksburg Farmers Market.  Local farmers and chefs offer the freshest food in town every Thursday on Marketplatz, from 4-7 pm.

Come see the best the Hill Country has to offer!

Gun and Blade Show – December 19-20

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.

30 Year of Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest DancersMy favorite time of year is fast approaching.   Oktoberfest is next week – October 1,2 and 3, and lots of fun things have been planned to the weekend.  On Friday there will be a parade traveling around Marktplatz.  It will be followed with the grand opening ceremony.  Saturday morning is “Chicken Dance” time.  A circle will be formed around Marktplatz and do the CHICKEN DANCE!!  It will be a barrel of fun!

Someone asked me today why I loved Oktoberfest.  I told her that the visitors coming to Fredericksburg are always happy and love to dance and/or listen to all of the German bands.  There are some good ones too.  Not only is there good dancing, but the performance of the Czech Dancers of West and Cadence Cloffers is awesome!  I never tire of watching their routines.  So much to do – so little time.

Anyone that tires of German music can wander the grounds to enjoy the many, many food venders – mmmmmm!  There is some good eatin’ going on.  Just thinking about curly fries, funnel cake, turkey drumstick and especially a German Sausage taco with sauerkraut and potato pancake…..Really, really good!!!  Then it’s time to enjoy the 40 vendors – last year there was a man that sold unique beer mugs and by Sunday his supply dwindled to almost nothing.  There is also good artwork on the grounds, plus jewelry or my favorite is the German clothes and accessories.  Children will have a great time as there is a whole area dedicated to rides and games.

Sunshine the clown can be seen at various times during the day, and she might even paint your child’s face.  Also strolling on the grounds will be two accordian players that truly enjoy their music.

Now – let’s talk about the beer – The Adelsverein and Kinderhalle have many, many choices of domestic beer everything from light to dark beers.  In addition to the domestic beer there are 3 local Texas Breweries selling their beer in the KinderHalle.   It’s always fun to see and taste what people in Texas are offering.  Now the best (as far as I am concerned) is the German Beer Tent!!  Mmmm Good!  You might ask for some tips on what your tastebuds like because the German Beers are very different from what we are used to.

The only requirement to attend Oktoberfest is to enjoy the music, dancing, shopping, food and beer/wine.  Leave your work and worries at home and join us for a weekend of fun.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tickets now on sale for 2010 Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour & Ball

A docent at the 2009 Tour of HomesTickets are now on sale for the Pioneer Museum’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball. These premier events will take place on two weekends this year. The Tannenbaum Ball will be held Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m. The Home Tour takes place on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all homes. Tickets for the ball are $100 per person. Both may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835.

For the first time, people can purchase reserved seating at the ball for $125 per person. People can purchase reserved seats by calling 830-997-2835.

This promises to be a special year as the Gillespie County Historical Society celebrates its Diamond Anniversary year. The nonprofit Society was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage.

The Home Tour will feature seven premier Fredericksburg properties decorated for the holiday season.

The theme for the Tannenbaum Ball is the Diamond Anniversary,with elegant meal, first class entertainment, silent and live auction, and prize drawing. The prize drawing is for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s, Janie Trantham, or Pam Spruiell.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835, or by visiting the web site.