Wine & Music Festival – May 7

Kick up your heels or sit back and just enjoy the relaxed ambiance at this year’s Hill Country Wine and Music Festival happening Saturday, May 7 (Mother’s Day weekend) at Wildseed Farms on Hwy 290 E. outside Fredericksburg. Continuous live music from noteworthy bands play backdrop to a day of cooking demonstrations by area restaurant chefs, wine tastings and more, plus there will be art and GO TEXAN vendor booths. It’s an occasion – one filled with laughter and fun.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Tour & Savor Fredericksburg – 9/12

Discover the world of Lodging, Cuisine, World Class Shops…

During the Tour & Savor Fredericksburg Event


Runnymede Country Inn

Runnymede Country Inn is a stop on the Tour & Savor Fredericksburg

Eight members of Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association will open their doors for the tour.

Discover Fredericksburg’s wonderful lodging, fabulous cuisine and new this year local retailers showcasing their goods with displays found at each lodging partner this Sunday, September 12, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Join us for an absolutely fun afternoon during the Tour sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FAL&HA).

The Tour tickets are $30, still available by calling 830-997-8515, or in the Gästehaus Schmidt office (231 W. Main Street) on Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm.


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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.

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.