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.

Night in Old Fredericksburg – July 19-20

The 49th annual Night In Old Fredericksburg will be held on July 19-20 at Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg. Celebrating our local heritage, cultures and traditions during this major annual event in beautiful downtown Fredericksburg.

The festival will open its gates at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20 and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. The festival will close at midnight on both nights. An admission fee of $6 per adult and $1 per under 12 years old will be charged each day beginning at 6 p.m. Admission on Saturday between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be free.

In keeping with the festival’s German cultural roots, live entertainment will be offered both days featuring German, Texan and Country music. Visit www.NightInOldFredericksburg.com for updates on activities and entertainment. The festival will also have a wide assortment of delicious food and great arts and craft vendors.

Fredericksburg Crawfish Fest 2014

The Fredericksburg Texas Jaycees are excited to announce the return of their annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival to Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The festival will include many activities for the entire family including a variety of great Cajun food, live music, crawfish races, children’s carnival, and a Creole brunch prepared by Chef John Russ of the renowned Lüke San Antonio.

Festival times are as follows: Friday 6pm to midnight, Saturday 11am-11pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Tickets for the festival will be $7 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $10 on Saturday. Kid tickets (ages 6-12) will be $5 a day. 2-day passes are available for purchase for $12 and 3 day passes are $20. The Creole Brunch will be held at Marktplatz on Sunday, May 25th from 10am to 12pm. Ticket prices for the Creole brunch are $55 per seat or $450 for a table of eight.

This year’s musical entertainment will feature Texas Country music artist Cory Morrow, T-Broussard and the Zydeco steppers, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, Zydeco Blanco, Bayou Roux, and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s.

Special guest this year will be the cast from CMT’s hit T.V. show “Gator 911.” Gary Saurage will be teaming up with his Gator Country crew to provide an educational and interactive show with some of his favorite gators.

Chef John Russ, executive chef at Lüke San Antonio, from the famed John Besh Restaurant Group, will be cooking a Creole Brunch on Sunday that is sure to be a delicious Cajun treat for any and all who attend.

The festival is organized by the Fredericksburg Jacyees, who since their founding, have grown to promote large fundraisers with all of the proceeds being used to help youth organizations, charitable groups, and those in need within the community.

For more information or to purchase your tickets in advance please visit www.fbgcrawfish.com.

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.

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.

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.

Fredericksburg Opera Fest – July 23-24

San Antonio Opera and The Hill Country Opera League have planned an extravagant Fredericksburg Opera Fest which will take place on July 23rd and 24th.

Hometown Grammy Award nominee Ava Pine, soprano, who has established herself as an artist to watch will be the featured artist for the week-end event. She has been recognized for both her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character in works ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.

Ms. Pine, equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital will be joined by David Gashen, tenor, famous throughout Europe and the Americas for his more than 1300 lead role performances of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’,and Christopher Dickerson, bass-baritone, hailed by The New York Times as a “commanding” voice and noted for his ‘gorgeous lower register by Opera Chic. Dickerson has also had notable performances as Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera at the opera Company of Philadelphia, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Minnesota opera as well as multiple engagements at San Antonio Opera beginning with his San Antonio debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto.

The accompaniest for the week-end is Larry Landusky. Larry is well known throughout texas for his solo work and accompanyament and is especially celebrated for his skill in adapting to the style and repertoire of a large variety of performers and a variety of music genres.

All performers for the week-end are native Texans. Gashen, Dickerson and Landusky are each Texas Tech alumni.

“There will be something for everyone!” says Arden Dorn who is Associate Manager of Corporate Relations with San Antonio Opera and the organizer for The Hill Country Opera League.

The week-end events begin on July 23rd with a 9:30 a.m. showing of The 25th Anniversary PBS presentation of Les Miserables at The Stagecoach Theater, 2254 S. US Highway 87. A pie and ice cream social hosted by The Tootie Pie Company and Blue Bell Creameries will follow. The event is free to the public on a first come first serve basis.

The Saturday evening opening performance of Ava Pine, soprano, David Gashen, tenor and Christopher Dickerson, bass/baritone will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. They will collectively present an evening of great music ranging from opera to musical theater. Reserved seating ticket prices for the performance are $40.00.

An ‘after party’ will be held following the Saturday evening performance at The InSight Art Gallery at 214 West Main Street, Fredericksburg. Guest artists will perform familiar arias and broadway show tunes. A wine and martini bar will be featured hosted by Serendipity Wines, LTD., and Cinco Vodka. Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Tickets for the after party are $20.00 per person and may be purchased through Fredericksburg Theater Company.

On Sunday morning, July 24th , an elegant brunch will be hosted by August E’s Restaurant, 203 E. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Guest artists will perform . Tickets for the brunch are $35.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call August E’s at 830-997-1585 for brunch reservations. The brunch will be available to 100 persons. Local opera singer, Sara Michael Jacobi, soprano and graduate of Texas State University will be one of the featured performers.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24th, a matinee performance by the above named artists will be held at The Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. The performance will be intrinsically different from the Saturday night performance. Included will be a piano solo arrangement by accompaniest Larry Landusky, noted for his incredible skill at the piano and his great ability to mix everything from familiar hymn tunes, opera arias, jazz, blues, gospel, soul, contemporary, baroque and classical. He has the capability of weaving music styles and varieties into a beautiful tapestry like no other. Tickets for the Sunday Matinee performance are $40.00 on a reserved, first come first serve basis.

Tickets for the week-end: Saturday Evening Performance,7:30 P.M. $40.00. Saturday After Party, following the performance, InSight Gallery, $20.00. Sunday Brunch,11:00-1:00 P.M. (Call August E’s,830-997-1585 for reservations), $35.00. Sunday Matinee, 2:00 P.M., $40.00. All Inclusive Week-end Price: $125.00 includes brunch (inclusive tickets cannot be purchased on line).

Tickets for The Fredericksburg Opera Fest may be purchased at The Fredericksburg Theater Company by calling 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588. You may also purchase tickets on line at www.fredericksburgtheater.org. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.. The Box office is located at 306 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg, next to the Visitor Information Center. The All Inclusive Week-end tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase on-line. You must call The Fredericksburg Theater Company at 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588 to purchase the inclusive tickets. All Inclusive Week-end tickets will include the Sunday Brunch. Individual brunch tickets must be purchased directly from August E’s.