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.

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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2010 Roots Concert Series Finale This Weekend

Sept 25 – Latin/Conjunto Night

6pm – Jonas Alvarez
Jonas Alvarez combines Latin sounds and rhythms from around the world with passionate vocals and inspiring lyrics, to create a fusion of musical ideas he calls Latin American Roots music. His original songs earned first place in the 2005 and 2006 Austin Songwriters Contest and he was a semi-finalist in the 2006 International Songwriters Competition in Nashville.

7pm – The Texmaniacs
The Texmaniacs return to the Roots series for a performance that infuses traditional Texas music with contemporary vitality. The band has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, International Accordion Festival, Kennedy Center, Governor of Texas Ball and many major festivals overseas. Their first CD included a legendary line-up of guest artists, such as Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, and Los Lobos. Los Texmaniacs current CD is the Grammy Award winning “Borders Y Bailes.”

8:50pm – Cerronato
The Austin band Cerronato plays an authentic version of Colombian vallenato and cumbia. Virtuoso accordionist and group leader Mike Maddux discovered the raw and intimate energy of the vallenato style, and incorporated it into his mix of Latin music. The band merges ornate melodies from the accordion with rumbling bass lines, the syncopation of the scraper, and the beat of the drums, punctuated by poignant four-part harmonies to create a captivating sound.

Meal:
Longhorn Street Cafe will serve choice of 12 oz. rib-eye charbroiled to order, beef or chicken fajitas, or carne guisada. Sides will consist of tortillas, rice, and ranchero beans, plus dessert – all for $9. Tea, sodas, beer, wine and water for sale on the grounds.

Venue:
The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Entrance on Milam Street. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs.
All concerts take place on Saturdays, 6 – 10 p.m. Gates open and food is served beginning at 5 p.m.

Admission:
Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free.
Special! $2 off for advance online tickets, or bring web page printout to gate for $2 discount for everyone in group – www.pioneermuseum.net

Upcoming Concerts:
Next year marks the 10th Season. Watch for announcement of musical lineup and special surprises.

Proceeds Benefit:
Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Description:
A series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

Contact:
Gillespie County Historical Society
312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624
830-997-2835 – FAX 830-997-3891

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.