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October 2, 2017 CVB News

October 2, 2017

Happy Oktoberfest!


Oktoberfest Park & Ride Offers Solution for Festival Parking

Avoid festival parking frustrations by hopping on the Oktoberfest Park & Ride Friday through Sunday, October 6 through 8, during Oktoberfest.  Back for a second year, the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest Park & Ride offers convenient parking by providing festival-goers with all-day park and ride access. Park at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds at 530 Fair Drive, receive your wristband, hop on the bus, enjoy the ride and hop off at Marktplatz for hassle-free Oktoberfest fun. Buses leave every 30 minutes. Park & Ride tickets are $5 per person per day (children 8 and under ride free), or purchase a three-day ticket for $12 per person. For more information, visit


This Week in Fredericksburg:

  • Historical and Architectural Walking Tour Begins Wednesday Evening

The Pioneer Museum’s weekly walking tour will begin at the Schandua House at 111 E. Austin St. on Wednesday, October 4, 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 more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market Opens Thursday Evening

The Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market comes to the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Thursday, October 5, 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 Starts Thursday

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

  • First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Returns Friday

Participating fine art galleries will remain open until 8:00 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on Friday, October 6.  Just look for galleries flying the Art Walk flag. For more information, visit

  • Oktoberfest Comes to Marktplatz Friday Through Sunday

The 37th annual Oktoberfest comes to Marktplatz Friday through Sunday, October 6 through 8. Celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage with food and drink, dance contests, music on four stages all weekend, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more. Festivities kick off Friday at 6:00 p.m. until midnight. On Saturday festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the gate. For more information, visit

  • An Evening Under the Stars at Torre di Pietra Friday

Join Torre di Pietra winery for a fun evening under the stars with planetary geologist Eddie Hrncir on Friday, October 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.  View Saturn and its rings, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Hercules Globular Cluster, the Big & Little Dippers and so much more.  Tickets purchased include a glass of wine to sip and gaze.  For more information, visit

  • 8th Annual Oktoberfest Kraut Run 8K/5K Walk Saturday Morning

Participate in the 8th annual Oktoberfest Kraut 8K run and 5K walk through the quiet residential areas of northeast Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 7. The event offers a German-themed  race with beer and sausage at the post-race party.  Event starts and ends at the Fredericksburg Middle School from 8:00 to noon. For more information, visit

  • Williams Creek (Albert) and Junction Historic Schools Open House

Explore the Williams Creek (Albert) and Junction Historic Schools on Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located on the year-round Gillespie County Rural Schools Trail, docents will be available to share stories of school days past. For more information, visit

  • Oktober Fiesta in Luckenbach Saturday Afternoon

Catch live music with Stephanie Urbina Jones, mariachis, piñatas, folklorico dancers and more at the Oktober Fiesta in Luckenbach Texas on Saturday, October 7, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Mike and The Moonpies take the stage at 8:00 p.m. for a dancehall show with tickets being  $10 at the door; kids 12 and under are free.  For tickets and more information, visit

  • “Living History Program at Pacific Combat Zone Saturday and Sunday

Following an $8 million renovation to the Pacific Combat Zone, the National Museum of the Pacific War’s WWII Pacific Combat Program will bring history back to life on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. Program times are 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and additional information, visit

  • Mead (Honey Wine) Tastings at Texas Vineyards & Beyond Saturday

Taste offerings from Rohan Meadery and hear from owners John and Wendy Rohan on Saturday, October 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Texas Vineyards & Beyond. For more information, visit

  • Sip & Shop at Barons Creek Vineyards Saturday

At Barons Creek Vineyards on Saturday, October 7, enjoy wine and desserts while shopping with local vendors who all support good causes including MoxyEvolution Clothing, Esperos Soho and Noonday Collection, from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Art and Vino “Candy Corn” Painting Class Saturday Evening

Explore your creative side and have a fun night out with friends during a “Candy Corn” painting class led by local artists on Saturday, October 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Yellow Door Studio. The class is $45 per person. For reservations and additional 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 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

  • 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

  • “Lone Star and Eagle” Exhibit at the Vereins Kirche Concludes Saturday

The “Lone Star and Eagle: German Immigration to Texas” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche runs through Saturday, October 7. It features reproductions of archival photographs, newspaper headlines, maps, and paintings that tell the story of a people adapting ways of the old country to life in a new world. The Vereins Kirche is open each Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free admission. 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 patch  has 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

  • Texas Hill Country Wineries “Texas Wine Month Trail” Continues Through October

October is Texas Wine Month and for the 18th year Texas Hill Country wineries will offer a self-guided wine trail. With 48 participating wineries, enjoy full complimentary wine tastings (limit four per day) and special discounts.  Tickets are good all 31 days in October. For more information, visit



  • Fredericksburg Theater Company Debuts “On Golden Pond” October 13-15

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 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 15, at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit


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