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October 16, 2017 CVB News

October 16, 2017

Welcome to Bestfest week!

Professional Development Opportunity Coming Up October 26
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB), along with The Texas Hill Country Trail Region, will host Joe Veneto, The Opportunity Guy, in Fredericksburg on October 26, for a one-day professional development workshop titled “Designing and Developing Unforgettable Experiences for Visitors.”  The workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be held at The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages, and lunch will be provided. To reserve your spot and for more information, visit

Gallery 330 Opens on Fredericksburg’s West End
Gallery 330 recently opened at 330 West Main Street, offering fine art, sculptures and serigraphs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit:

Food & Wine Fest Volunteers Needed
The Food & Wine Fest is looking for volunteers to serve as Wine Pourers at the wineries’ booths on Saturday, October 28. Volunteers get in free and receive a glass and six tickets – which can purchase one full glass of wine, or two or three different tastings, depending on the wine. There are two shifts for wine pourers – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call Creative Marketing at 830-997-8515 if you would like to volunteer at this event where all proceeds benefit Marktplatz redevelopment and improvements. For more information, visit

This Week in Fredericksburg:

  • Big Band Bash Preview Party Slated For Thursday at Hill Top Cafe

The 20th annual Big Band Bash Preview Party will be held Thursday, October 19, at Hill Top Café. The dinner concert will feature Los Texmaniacs, Ray Bonneville and special guest Johnny Nicholas. Cost is $65 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Frontier Days at Fort Martin Scott Friday and Saturday

Participate in two days of continuous living history during the fifth annual Frontier Days at Fort Martin Scott, representing the fort’s active time period with special events for children on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally In Luckenbach Friday and Saturday

Featuring bike games, show, trials, swap meet, raffle, live auction, great BBQ and live music, the Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally will be held in Luckenbach Texas on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. From 8:00 a.m. to midnight on both days, the event will be a fundraiser for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Program of Any Baby Can.Friday is free admission, while a Saturday day pass is $20 per person. For more information, visit

  • Art and Vino Painting Classes Slated For Friday & Saturday Evenings

Explore your creative side and have a fun night out with friends during painting classes led by local artists on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The classes are $45 per person. For reservations and additional information on Friday’s “Glass Half Full” painting class, visit and for Saturday’s “White Pumpkin” class, visit

  • HCBA 2017 Parade of Homes Continues Friday Through Sunday

The Hill Country Builders Association presents an opportunity to walk through newly constructed or remodeled, fully furnished and landscaped homes located in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities Friday through Sunday, October 20 through 22, for $15. Hours of the tour are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents “On Golden Pond” Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “On Golden Pond” – the landmark drama that was also an Oscar-winning film. Showings at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit

  • Fredericksburg Trade Days Returns Friday Through Sunday

Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts and more during Fredericksburg Trade Days Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 22. Parking is $5 for the entire weekend. For more information, visit

  • Hill Country Indian Artifact Show Scheduled for Saturday

Explore a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the US including arrowheads, pottery, beads, cases and books, at the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show on Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Great door prizes and food will be available at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Admission is $6 per person.For more information, visit

  • “Dairy Daze” at the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm

Explore all of the many uses of dairy products on a 1915 German family farm during the “Dairy Daze” event at the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm on Saturday, October 21. For information, visit

  • 8th Annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest Saturday at Marktplatz

Featuring craft beer, all-you-can-eat specialty sausage meal, polka and country bands, dancing, “21-Gun Salute” raffle, Kawasaki mule raffle, bucket raffles and children’s activities, come experience the 8th annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest on Saturday, October 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Marktplatz. For more information, visit

  • Fall Fun at Chisholm Trail Winery Saturday

Hear live music by Cass and Jan and enjoy wood-fired pizza available for purchase along with award-winning Chisholm Trail wines during Fall Fun at Chisolm Trail Winery on Saturday, October 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Hill Country Memorial Hospital Gala XVII Saturday Evening

Attend the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Gala on Saturday, October 21, at Featherstone Ranch with proceeds supporting the renovation and expansion of the HCM Department of Obstetrics. The main evening event will be Vegas-style with dining, live music, dancing and silent and live auctions. For more information, visit

Ongoing Events:

  • Nightly Bat Emergence at Old Tunnel State Park

Every evening at dusk from May through October, watch up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from an abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park. The bat migration has begun and the number of bats is declining, but the upper viewing area is open seven days a week and is free of charge. On Thursday through Sunday, be one of the first 70 visitors and get to watch from the lower viewing area for $5 per person.  Please call for current emergence time. For more information, visit

  • “Marktplatz Throughout the Years” Exhibit at Vereins Kirche

Experience “Marktplatz Throughout the Years,” which highlights the changing landscape of Marktplatz over the last 50 years. The photographic exhibit at the Vereins Kirche is free and open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed on Wednesday) through Saturday, October 21. For more information, visit

  • Portraits & Stories of WWII Veterans Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Running through January 14, 2018, this exhibit features a comparative photographic study of WWII veterans then and now at the George H. W. Bush Gallery. For more information, visit

  • Pumpkin Patch at Vogel Orchard Open During Fall Season

Find the perfect pumpkin at Vogel Orchard on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. The patchhas a pick-your-own pumpkin section and already picked pumpkins plus much more including jams, jellies, honey, salsa, candy, pumpkin pie, peach cobbler and ice cream. For more information, visit

  • Historical and Architectural Walking Tour on Wednesday Evening

The Pioneer Museum’s weekly walking tour will begin at the Schandua House at 111 E. Austin St. on Wednesday, October 18, at 4:00 p.m. and continue every Wednesday through November 29 (no tour on November 22). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The tour is not recommended for small children. For tickets and more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market Held on Thursday

The Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market continues on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Thursday, October 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy local produce, cheeses, breads, pizza, local wines, live music and more each Thursday through November 16. For more information, visit

  • Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery Tour Thursday Evenings

Tours of the “City Cemetery” led by Glen Treibs – retired teacher, Fredericksburg native and local historian will continue each Thursday through October 26 at the gates of Der Stadt Friedhof at the corner of E. Schubert St and Lee St. at 5:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling the Pioneer Museum. For more information, visit


Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest Set For October 28, 2017 The 27th annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest will take place Saturday, October 28, at Marktplatz from noon to 7:00 p.m. Celebrating Texas wine and food. The event cost is
$25 per person. For more information and tickets, visit

Next Issue: Monday, October 23
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