Outdoor ice-skating returns to Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg for its ninth consecutive year this holiday season. The ice-skating rink, Eisbahn, opens Friday, November 29, 2013, and runs through January 4, 2014. The rink is open daily, with extended hours on weekends and school holidays. A come-and-go all-day pass is only $10, including skate rental.
The first annual “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta, celebrating Hispanic heritage in the Texas Hill Country, will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Museum, located at 325 West Main Street. The “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta will be an evening of family-friendly fun hosted by Stephanie Urbina Jones, a third generation Hispanic-American country singer-songwriter and featured artist on the national TV show "Troubadour Texas".
The annual Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide – including a calendar of exciting Hill Country holiday events – is now available from the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB). The holiday guide is packed-full holiday entertainment scheduled for the 2013 holiday season running Thanksgiving weekend through January 1. Get in the holiday spirit with Fredericksburg’s unique mix of German Christmas traditions and warm Texan hospitality. Shop more than 150 of the best shops, art galleries and boutiques on Fredericksburg’s perfectly-lit Main Street, watch the annual lighted Christmas parade along Main Street, head to local wineries for the holiday wine trail, watch seasonal theatre productions or dance into the Christmas spirit with great live music at Luckenbach Texas. All of this season’s ‘can’t miss’ events are outlined in the new holiday guide, along with helpful event descriptions, useful contact information, and more.
The 16th Annual Boxstoberfest, a gathering of nearly 200 Porsche vehicles, will take place Friday through Sunday, September 6 through 8, at the Hangar Hotel, located at 155 Airport Road. The event will begin with registration on Friday, September 6, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday, September 7, with “Show ‘n Shine”, mini tech sessions, and late registration from 8:00 a.m. until 9:50 a.m. Spectators are invited to meet and greet the drivers and view Boxstoberfest’s impressive lineup of Porsche vehicles, including two brand new Porsche racers, during “Show ‘n Shine” on Saturday morning. Following “Show ‘n Shine” drivers will head out for various tours of the scenic Hill Country.
The Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts, Inc. is dedicated to the awareness, understanding and celebration of Texas food, wine and agriculture through educational programming and hands-on experiences. For additional information on the special event, please call 830-997-9950 or visit the TCWCA website at www.texascenterforwineandculinaryarts.com.
Fredericksburg will celebrate the food, music and German culture that makes the community special during the 50th Anniversary of Night in Old Fredericksburg, on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Night In Old Fredericksburg began in 1963 as a one-time fundraiser produced by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce to generate funds to send the local high school marching band to an out-of-state competition. The event was so popular that it became one of the city’s longest running signature festivals.
Historic Pat’s Hall in Fredericksburg and a number of musicians have joined together for “Dance Fest for West”, an all-day fundraising event benefitting the community of West, Texas on Saturday, August 10, from 1:00 p.m. until midnight.
“Dance Fest for West” aims to help the citizens of West, Texas “get back on their feet,” after the fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 caused extensive damage to homes and schools in the city. All event proceeds will be donated to the City of West, Texas. Tickets are $25 per person (come and go all day).
Six Shooter Cellars, a cool-aborative effort involving six established Texas wineries is now open in the historic Rocky Hill School Complex located six miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas on Hwy 290 East, an easy walk from The Pink Pig and Rocky Hill B&Bs.
Majesty Tours, the newest wine tour company in the Hill Country Wine Region, is now offering wine tours from Austin, San Antonio, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areas. Owned by sisters KK and Kelly Welch, Majesty Tours has partnered with numerous Hill Country wineries including Torre Di Pietra, Messina Hof Hill Country, Grape Creek Vineyard, Rancho Ponte Vineyard, Chisholm Trail Winery, William Chris Vineyards, 4.0 Cellars, Woodrose Winery, Mendelbaum Cellars, Pedernales Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Hilmy Cellars, Inwood Estates, Texas Hills Vineyard and Fredericksburg Winery.
Festivities will kick off on Thursday, July 4, at 8:00 a.m. with the annual July Fourth Kiddie Parade at Marktplatz, featuring bicycles, pets, wagons and kiddos decked out in their patriotic best. At 10:00 a.m. the July Fourth Community Parade, with women veterans of the Hill Country serving as Grand Marshalls, will march down historic Main Street. Following the parade, a special Patriotic Program will take place at Marktplatz including performances by the Sentimental Journey Orchestra and the Fredericksburg Theater Company.