Wurstfest: Sausages, Beer and Texas-German Fun

The first ten days of November, New Braunfels will host the city’s largest and most popular event – Wurstfest: an annual celebration of the German heritage and culture that remains in the city from the influx of German immigrants to Central Texas in the 1850s. The ten-day celebration is rich in Alpine and Bavarian culture, with great food, German, Texan and domestic beer, live music, dancing, carnival rides, games and more.

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The event runs daily from November 1st to November 10th. On weekdays, Wurstfest opens at 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. on the weekends. Tickets to the event are $8 before Halloween, and $10 after.  In addition to the Wurstfest event itself, there are a number of other local events happening in New Braunfels and beyond, including “Frankenwurst,” at the Circle Arts Theater, the ARToberfest art show at the New Braunfels Art League, and the 45th annual Wurstfest Regatta in Canyon Lake.

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Wurstfest has been a staple in New Braunfels since 1961 when the event began as a promotional event for the city’s sausage-making industry. Since then, Wurstfest has exploded into one of the largest cultural events in the state. Recently it was rated the #3 event in the state of Texas, behind San Antonio’s annual Fiesta celebration and the Texas State Fair.

For more information about Wurstfest and to purchase tickets, visit www.wurstfest.com

The 25th Anniversary of Old Settler’s Music Festival

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With SXSW well behind us, Central Texans are beginning to feel the familiar itch for more music and happenings. Luckily, the Old Settler’s Music Festival is kicking into gear April 19-22 at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas with music, camping, performance workshops, crafts, kid’s activities, food and merriment.

Concert goers can enjoy everything from bluegrass, to Americana, to acoustic jazz – with legends and talent from the likes of Iron & Wine, Amos Lee, Bob Schneider, and Slim Richey’s Jitterbug Vipers among others. For those looking to hone their musical skills, workshops will be taught by the big names themselves, and are free to the public with the purchase of a wristband.

The location of the Old Settler’s Music Festival offers a scenic and peaceful backdrop for attendees to enjoy everything the festival has to offer and to soak up the natural Texas Hill Country surroundings.  Onion Creek runs along the property, providing the perfect place to cool down after a long day of music and fun.

For more information, including ticket and wristband prices, vendor lists, musical lineups, camping regulations, and more, visit the 25th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival site.

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