Festivals and Events in Fredericksburg Texas
Welcome to the fun-filled Festivals and Events that make Fredericksburg, Texas one of the most popular destinations in the central Texas Hill Country. The many exciting Festivals and Events listed here can also be found on our Events Page, along with live music and other fantastic Things to Do in Fredericksburg, Texas. Start your adventure here today.
January 1, 2015
Join the festivities on New Year's Day, at Torre di Pietra, for a Southern-style Blackeyed Pea and Cornbread Cook-Off and Jam Session. $500 First Prize Awarded for each Category! Show us your BEST! (Contest judged by "People's Choice"!) A dish of black eyed peas eaten on New Year's Day is a sure fire Southern Good Luck Token! Pair that with a fine TEXAS HILL COUNTRY wine, made from award winning TEXAS HILL COUNTRY grapes and you're going to TASTE the charm of Hill Country TERROIR... TEXAS ZEST! So raise your glass, let's drink a toast…. Here's to the farmer who grows the corn, the peas (an onion… and a jalapeño or two)! And, here's to the miller who grinds the corn! And here's to the grape grower who tends the vines! And here's to the vintner who makes the WINE! Welcome the New Year with Live Music, Dancing, Tasty New Year's Day Fare, and Great TEXAS Wine! Salud! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
TEXAS VW CLASSIC
April 17 - 19, 2015
Mark your calendars and make your reservations, for the 2015 Texas VW Classic! Come join us in Fredericksburg, TX for a weekend of camping, cruising and Volkswagenism! Roll through the hill country on the Bluebonnet Cruise, followed by a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Then wake up early Sunday to show off your VW to the masses, check out the competition, and navigate the sea of spare parts, used cars, toys, and other VW items. The show concludes Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation including projected photos of winning cars.
April 24-26, 2015
A CELEBRATION of FLIGHT! Saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas Hill Country!
LOOK UP! There are AMAZING WINGS in the TEXAS skies... Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Bats! Miracles that FLY! Join us at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg, Texas, for a NATURALLY WONDERFUL WEEKEND of education and entertainment! We hope to create many "A-Ha" moments that will inspire participants to become stewards of our natural treasures. Bring the whole family. There is something for all ages at Wing over the Hills Nature Festival. For a schedule of field trips, workshops, demonstrations, activities for children, and to purchase tickets online, visit the Festival website.
April 30 - May 3, 2015
This is where raw talent meets raw beauty. The Hill Country Film Festival is a four day independent film festival in the heart of the Hill Country, Fredericksburg, Texas. Created to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world, the festival began in 2010. HCFF screens independent films, both short and feature length, hosts filmmaker Q&A/interviews, discussion panels, a filmmaker's lounge and festival parties. Film festivals are created for various reasons... the Hill Country Film Festival was created out of love of the entire film festival experience! A film festival involves the screening of entries, educational programs and social gatherings that support new and often unknown films, while getting filmmakers and their fans together. Festivals are held all around the world. Some festivals are even theme specific, for example: a horror film festival, documentary film festival or an animation film festival. Others play a variety of films, ranging from shorts to features, comedies to dramas, and docs to cartoons. How often do you have the opportunity to talk to a director about his process or meet an actress from the short you just watched? But film festivals are more than just film screenings, as a participant, you’ll also attend parties, and sit in on panel discussions with industry professionals. This is an interactive event that is entertaining, as well as thought provoking and educational! Join us won't you? In the CELEBRATION of FILM!
May 1 - 3, 2015
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in Luckenbach, Texas! More than just an ordinary motorcycle rally! Join us even if you don't have a bike. Great Country Rides Bike Show, Bike Games, Luckenbach Cowboy Breakfasts, stunt team, Brew and Brisket, Live Music and so much more! A great time to get out on the road in the Texas Hill Country and ride with good friends, and meet some wonderful new ones. If you don't have a bike or you're in the market for one, be sure to come out to Luckebach and check-out all of the amazing custom rides!
May 2 - 3, 2015Join us for the 15th Annual and best ever Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival. Join us for the 17th annual, and best ever Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival. Sip and swirl with live music, artisans and lavender fields in bloom. There will be lavender products, plants, vendors, cooking demos, guest speakers, culinary delights, concessions, wine tasting and tours, vintner luncheons, music and much more. This event is complimentary but there is a $5.00 parking fee. This years Festival includes two "Lavender Festival Luncheons", Saturday, May 2nd at 12:30pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 12:30pm. (The Lavender Luncheon is extremely popular and tickets sell out fast, so make reservations early!) The 3 estate acres of Lavender Fields at Becker Vineyards are just off the winery Verandah. The blooming season for lavender is typically April through May but varies with the notorious Texas weather. The plants can be viewed year round, and guests are encouraged to experience their beauty and rich fragrance by taking relaxing strolls through the fields. The estate grown lavender provides the core extract for all of Becker Vineyards Lavender products.
May 22 - 24, 2015
Laissez les bon temps rouler at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival! Let the good times roll at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival! We'll be serving up red beans and rice, boudin, gumbo, and, of course, crawfish. Other cajun delicacies are also available for everyone to enjoy! Join us for a Cajun good time Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-24, 2015 at Marketplatz in Fredericksburg Tx
3rd Weekend in July
Wilkommen! CELEBRATING Gemutlichkeit, HERITAGE and CULTURE! Enjyoy two full days of German Oompah and hot Texas Country! Whether you love Polka, or Country and Western, THIS is your Festival! Savor our LOCAL Food, Beer and Wine, Shop and Enjoy a GREAT line-up of Texas and German MUSIC! Night in Old Fredericksburg invites you to join our community for a weekend of Dancing, Music, Bier, Food, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, kids activities, and more.
July 4 - August 23, 2015
This is pari-mutuel horse racing the whole family can enjoy. Racing weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food and drinks, along with all of the attractions of historic Fredericksburg. The Live Racing Schedule for 2015 is: July 4 and 5th, July 18 and 19th, August 8 and 9th, August 22 and 23rd. Races are Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1pm each day. Gates open at 11am and races run until about 6pm. The Summer Season brings four weekends of live horse racing at the Fairgrounds' Class 3 track. Live races feature quarter horse and thoroughbred racing, as well as, special races, trials and futurities. The Gillespie County Fairgrounds are located 2 miles south of Fredericksburg, on Texas Highway 16 South. Enjoy year 'round Simulcast Racing in the Biergarten at The Race Barn. Quarter horse, thoroughbred and greyhound races are simulcast in the Biergarten from Texas and out-of-state-tracks. The Race Barn is located at the Hwy 16 entrance to the Fairgrounds. Hours are Thursday - Sunday, 1pm - close.
August 20 - 23, 2015
Mark your calendar! It's the 127th GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR, The Grandaddy of them All! This year's fair is complete with pari-mutuel horse racing, simulcast racing, carnival midway, livestock and agricultural exhibits, pig races, antique tractors and machinery, arts and crafts and dancing under the hill country sky to the very BEST TEXAS Dance Music. The Fairgrounds are located at 530 Fair Drive on Highway 16, 2 miles south of Fredericksburg, between Fredericksburg and Kerrville, Texas!
October 2 - 4, 2015
Fredericksburg CELEBRATES its German heritage! OKTOBERFEST! Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children's area and family fun. OKTOBERFEST is a community event of family entertainment featuring Three Stages of continuous Oompah Music, Arts and Crafts, Children's Fun Area, Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, Oktoberfest Vineyard area, OkTUBAfest, Chicken Dance Around the Square, Domino Tournament, delicious food and lots of cold drinks ... all weekend long! Friday: Don't miss the OkTubaFest, performing inside the front gate for everyone's entertainment. Saturday: Be sure to join us for the Annual Chicken Dance in Front of the Square on Main! Registration begins at 9am, and the Chicken Dance will commence at 9:30am sharp! Sunday: Do you love to play 42? Join us for our 42 Tournament in the Strassen Zelt on Adams. It's the "WURST" time of year! CELEBRATE! Wenn's um die Wurst geht... gekommen, um Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg! Die Wurst ist am besten!!! Prost!
2016 - September 30 - October 2
2017 - October 6 - 8
2018 - October 5 - 7
2019 - October 4 - 6
2020 - October 2 - 4
Second Weekend in October
October 9 - 11, 2015
The Mesquite Arts Festival is the second weekend in October and has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg. The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992. Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world's absolute finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scroll work, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments, and sculpted vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite. Hours: Friday, noon - 6pm | Saturday, 10am - 6pm | Sunday, 10am - 3pm.
October 24, 2015
"Celebrate Texas Food and Wine!" The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be in its 25th year in 2015! CHEERS! The Festival is held in historic, downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, at Marktplatz (100 block of West Main Street). Guest Chefs, Texas Wineries and Texas Specialty Booths, "Taste Texas at its finest"! This is a full-course celebration of Texas Food, Wine, Beer, and Music. Up to 25 Texas wineries will be on hand pouring over 100 different wines. The Grape Expectations Cooking School, on Saturday, starts at noon and features Texas chefs demonstrating what they do BEST. And LIVE MUSIC, ALL day long! Festival Hours: noon - 7pm | A Celebration of Texas Food and Wine, Friday, October 23rd, 7 - 9pm | Patron Party on Marktplatz, Saturday, October 24th from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Monthly, First Friday
We've got CULTURE! ART AFICIONADOS CELEBRATE! Get your ART on! The First Friday of every month follow your bliss to the Texas Hill Country for an exciting self-guided tour of Fredericksburg's vibrant ART SCENE! Stroll through historic downtown galleries with friends and fellow art lovers, GET LOST and FIND YOURSELF in ART! INSPIRATION, IMAGINATION, ART is everywhere! Fall in LOVE with beauty! Gallery doors open at 10am. You can enjoy a full day of events, with extended hours (until 8 pm) to allow ample time to explore all the participating venues! This is a fantastic ART EVENT brought to you by the Art Galleries of Fredericksburg, Texas! Complimenting the Hill Country's Art scene is a fine offering of distinctive Texas Wineries, Restaurants, and Live Music Venues. Discover why the Texas Hill Country is Texas' premier destination for Art and Culture.
Get Back to Your Roots. The dates are set and the bands are booked. Plan to attend one of the Roots concerts during our ROOTS MUSIC SERIES. Bring your whole family to the Pioneer Museum for a lovely outdoor evening concert featuring performances by some of the BEST "American Roots" bands in TEXAS. Dance the night away under the stars, or get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair, enjoy a homemade meal from the Roots Cantina with a cold beer or wine. Water and soft drinks are also available. Each month, throughout the summer season, features a different Music Genre and Dinner Menu. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).Gates open at 5:00pm, Music begins at 6:30pm. Museum exhibits remain open for Roots guests until 7:00pm.
Come experience the second most visited wine region in the United States, second only to Napa Valley, according to Orbitz Travel! Visit a countryside reminiscent of the wine growing regions of central Italy and the Rhone Valley in France! Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is an association of Texas wineries and affiliates, along US Highway 290, on either side of Fredericksburg, Texas. The wine, ambience and experience at each winery is unique... ALL together the Wine Road 290 wineries become the perfect wine getaway. The association hosts regular themed food and wine pairing events throughout the year... each winery "pairs-up" with a local restaurant... DELICIOUS creations from the Hill Country's BEST chef paired with Texas Wine! Favorite "TRAILS" include: "Chili and Chillin", "Kabernet and Kiolbassa", "Port and Pairings", and "Vino al Pastor"! Join us anytime... there's always FESTIVITIES along the Wine Road 290.
Make your destination the "Wine Country of Texas" located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country! You're welcome anytime, but there are five special self guided Trail Events planned throughout the year to enhance your Texas Hill Country Winery experience. In anticipation, wineries host tastings of newly released wines, wine and food pairings, seminars, demonstrations and tours. Come meet the vintners as you tour and taste.
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival in Fredericksburg
October 9, 2015 - October 11, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival in Fredericksburg
October 9 - 11, 2015
Hours: Friday noon - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm,
and Sunday 10 am - 3 pm
The Mesquite Arts Festival has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg. The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992. Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s absolute finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scroll work, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments, and sculpted vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite.
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival
is held on Fredericksburg's Marktplatz (downtown Market Square)
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5 Eco Friendly Wineries
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Hill Country Bicycle Works
You can rent a bike at Hill Country Bicycle Works! Their rental fleets feature road and fitness hybrid bikes. It is recommended that you reserve your rental bike in advance, especially during holidays and weekends. They also have maps and recommendations for rides in and around Fredericksburg, Texas, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country! Located at 702 East Main. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays! 830-990-2609