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).

Thanksgiving Trade Days – Nov. 23-25

Fredericksburg Trade DaysShop with over 350 vendors and 6 barns in one location at this special Holiday Trade Days on Highway 290 East.   Acres of antiques, collectables and much more. Relax in the Biergarten while listening to live music. $3 parking fee is good all three days. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please call 210/846-4094 for vendor info.

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.

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

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.

Veteran’s Day Program

Veterans DayThe Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street, will host a program honoring all Veterans of the United States’ Armed Forces on November 11, at 11 am.  U.S. Senator John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address in the Memorial Courtyard.  Ambleside School choir will provide music.

Afterward, B Wayne Quist will be signing copies of his book God’s Angry Man: The Incredible Journey of Private Joe Haan.

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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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.

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.

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.