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.

Fredericksburg Jaycees Tractor Pull & Chili Cook-off – October 7-8

The Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers take center stage at 7pm on Friday and Saturday at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South. More fun on Saturday at 1:30pm with the Texas Mini Tractor Pullers and at 5pm with the Local Open Class.

Chili Cook-off begins Saturday morning with a 2pm turn-in time.

For admission prices, including box seats, please visit the Fredericksburg Jaycees 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).

Night in Old Fredericksburg – June 10-11

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help celebrate the town’s German heritage and Texas hospitality during Night In Old Fredericksburg, coming June 10 & 11, 2011, to Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.

This year will mark the festival’s 48th Anniversary and its moving to June!

Night In Old Fredericksburg is actually two nights and two days, showcasing the history, culture, food, and fun of this charming Hill Country community. Organizers have put together a weekend event guaranteed to stimulate all the senses and to delight folks of all ages.

Revelers can listen and dance to nine different bands playing polka, show tunes, and country from the comfort of two covered stages. Acts include the world-famous Sauerkrauts, plus the popular Seven Dutchmen, San Antonio Combo, The Tuba Meisters, Walburg Boys, the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, and Cactus Country, as well as Almost Patsy Cline. Plus, we are spicing it up with the Cajun/Zydeco sounds of Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones.
Night In Old Fredericksburg serves up a multicultural menu of tasty food and refreshing drinks. German favorites include sauerkraut and wurst served sizzling from the grill. Fans of Mexican food can sink their teeth into fajitas and tacos, and hungry visitors will find enthusiastic cooks serving up delicious burgers, fries, turkey legs, and other festival favorites. Fredericksburg knows its beer, so once again volunteers will be pouring more than 15 domestic and imported beers, straight from frosty taps as well as local wines.

Night in Old Fredericksburg offers fun for every member of the family. Kids are sure to flock to their own special area where they can test their skills on a bungee jump, ride a Ferris Wheel, jump on a Slide and have fun, or test their skill at a variety of challenging games.

Presenters on the grounds are proud to make history come alive, with exhibits of pioneer crafts and activities. Top arts and craft vendors will set up tents along the walkways, showing off their collectibles, gifts, and one-of-a-kind creations.

“The Fun Never Sets” at Night in Old Fredericksburg, which runs Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Admission is $6 each day, or $10 for a two-day pass. Children age 12 and under get in for $1. Parking is free all around the venue. The event takes place on Marktplatz, the market square conveniently located in the heart of Fredericksburg’s historic and commercial district. That makes it especially easy for visitors to enjoy shopping, dining, and staying in this popular getaway.

Night in Old Fredericksburg is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and has been celebrated since 1962. More information on this and other hill country festivals and events is available toll-free at 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378), or by visiting www.tex-fest.com.

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.

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.

Harvest Fest – November 7

Enjoy Harvest Fest, A German Chorale Concert by the Fredericksburg Chorale at St. Joseph Halle, 212 W. San Antonio Street, Sunday November 7. Admission is by donation. Call (830) 997-3936 for more information.

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.

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.

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!