Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Club Show – June 13 – 14

This 29th annual show will appeal to anyone who is interested in antique farm machinery.  Preserving our heritage of power!  To be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive off Hwy 16 South, activities will include exhibits of antique tractors and antique engines, an antique tractor parade, tractor-pulls, kiddy tractor-pulls, fence making, farm machinery demonstrations, featured operations of large engines, a blacksmith shop, vendors of agriculture-related items, and food and drink concessions. Call (830) 889-9348 for more information.

Bestfest 2011

Featuring specialty beer and sausage tasting, prize drawings, kids’ games and activities and live polka bands and dancing, Bestfest 2011 is a community fundraising event. Admission includes sausage and sides tasting. Beer tasting tickets extra. Ages 14 and up $10 Ages 5 – 13 $5 under 5 free. All profits benefit local charitable works and scholarships.

Lone Star Gourd Festival This Weekend

The Lone Star Gourd Festival, featuring a national gourd art competition, numerous gourd supply vendors, world class gourd art, gourd art classes, children’s gourd craft area, door prizes and raffle, will take place this Friday through Sunday, October 19 through 21 at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Festival hours are Friday, October 19, and Saturday October 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Festival admission is only $5 for the entire weekend. For more information, call 817-909-2814.

Oktoberfest – October 5-7

Fredericksburg, Texas, celebrates its German heritage through Oktoberfest. Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. OKTOBERFEST is a colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas’ German heritage. OKTOBERFEST has become an annual tradition around the world. OKTOBERFEST is a community event of family entertainment featuring two stages and two tents with continuous oompah music, art and crafts, Children’s fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German
Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, plus delicious food and drink … all weekend long!

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.

Reminder: Night in Old Fredericksburg Moves to June 10-11

Night in Old Fredericksburg showcases the history, culture, food, and fun of this charming Hill Country community we live in.  Guaranteed to stimulate all the senses and will delight folks of all ages.  Listen and dance to nine different bands playing polka, show tunes, country.   Enjoy Tasty food and refreshing drinks, a kids play area, historical demonstrations , ants and craft booths!

Help celebrate our German heritage and Texas Hospitality on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericskburg June 10 & 11.  Please call 830-997-8515 for more information.

24th Annual Food and Wine Fest – October 25

A grand celebration of Texas wine and food. 28 Texas wineries and 50 Texas-made specialty participants are anticipated. Texas gourmet chefs demonstrating culinary talents at the Grape Expectations Cooking School (Two Afternoon sessions, I & II), Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, wonderful silent auction, art, lively entertainment.

Admission $20 per person, under 21 $5, gates open noon til 7PM.

Plus three special events: Thursday festivities A “Locavore” event at Messina Hof Hill Country Winery, Friday showcasing a Celebration of Texas Food & Wine and Saturday Patron Brunch on Marktplatz, both offering incredible foods paired with tasty Texas wines; these special events are limited seating, advance ticket sales only.

Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair – September 27-29

970431_418473434938431_2142781308_nOver the past 12 years, this community and family-oriented Green Living Fair has grown to be the largest “green show” in the South.  You can see the latest in eco-friendly technologies.  Learn how to save and create your own energy.  Attend informative talks by the experts.  Visit with our vendors to learn about contemporary green living and sustainability practices.  Come test drive the next generation in personal transportation.  It’s fun, environmentally friendly and a great place to learn how you can make a difference!  At Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg. Call (830) 997-2350 for details!

$10 Fri or Sun; $12 Sat or $25 for the weekend; under 12 free.  Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.