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Festivals

Harper Frontier Day and Rodeo – August 29-31

August 27th, 2014 by Jeff

50th Annual celebration, rodeo and dance with proceeds benefitting the Harper Community Park on Hwy 290 West.

Additional activities include kids’ fishing, “42” dominos, washer pitching and more.

Pioneer Museum open all day. For more information, please visit harpercommunitypark.com

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

June 11th, 2014 by Jeff

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.

Fredericksburg Crawfish Fest 2014

May 18th, 2014 by Jeff

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.

23rd Annual Food and Wine Fest – October 26

October 20th, 2013 by Jeff

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.

Lone Star Gourd Festival This Weekend

October 17th, 2013 by Jeff

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

September 28th, 2013 by Jeff

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.

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

September 22nd, 2013 by Jeff

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.  Check out all the details online or call (830) 997-2350!

$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.

Night in Old Fredericksburg – July 19-20

July 18th, 2013 by Jeff

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 Festival – May 24-26

May 21st, 2013 by Jeff

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Crawfish, gumbo cook-off, music and fun!

Starring Jake Hooker & The Outsiders on Fri night and The Bart Crow Band on Sat night.

Fri 6 PM to midnight; Sat 11 AM to midnight; Sun 11 AM to 5 PM.

2-day pass $10; $7 adults; $1 kids 12 and under.  $10 starting at 7 PM on Sat night.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees.

Bestfest 2011

October 10th, 2011 by Jeff

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.