September 30, 2019
Happy Oktoberfest Week!!!
Visitor Research Findings Will Be Highlighted on October 16
By Ernie Loeffler, President/CEO, Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau
Wondering what percentage of visitors to Fredericksburg are staying overnight? Want to know whether age makes a difference in terms of lodging preference —- hotels/motels versus guesthouses/B&Bs/STRs? Want to know from what part of Texas most of our visitors come from?
On Wednesday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m., the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB) will unveil the answers to these questions and much more as we highlight the findings of the latest Fredericksburg/Gillespie County visitor research. To read more, click here.
Fredericksburg Oktoberfest Recognized as One of Nation’s Best
Several accolades for Oktoberfest: USA Today recently named Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg Texas as one of the 10 BEST in the US. Texas Journey, September/October issue, in their Current Events Top Picks for What’s Happening Around the State – 5 Worth a Drive, listed Oktoberfest as one of the top 5, and the Fall issue of Heimat Abroad, a bilingual magazine for the German-speaking community, listed our Oktoberfest as one of The Greatest Oktoberfests in North America 2019. “We are so honored to receive these accolades,” stated Debbie Farquhar Reeh, Oktoberfest Event Producer. To learn more about Oktoberfest, click here.
Looking for Lodging for Oktoberfest Weekend?
The staff at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center has a list of lodging still available for this weekend for Oktoberfest. If your accommodations are sold out, please refer people looking for lodging options to the VIC at (830)997-6523. Hours of the Visitor Information Center are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For a look at all the lodging options in Gillespie County, click here.
Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide Available
The 2019 Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide is now available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center (VIC), located at 302 East Austin Street. The guide covers events from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve. For a digital copy, click here.
If you would like copies to distribute in your hotel, B&B, guesthouse or short term rental, stop by the Visitor Information Center and speak with Laurie Jayson, VIC Manager. This brochure provides the perfect opportunity for lodging partners to invite guests back during the holiday season. It fits into a #10 envelope for mailing purposes. There is no charge for the brochures.
Registration Open for Texas Hill Country Trail Seminar with Jon Schallert
Learn how to stand out during “Creating the Destination Tourist Attraction” with Destination Business Expert Jon Schallert on Thursday, October 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. For more information, click here.
Park & Ride Service Offers Solution for Oktoberfest Parking
Back for a fourth year, the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest Park & Ride on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, offers convenient parking for the 39th Annual Oktoberfest 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. Food and drink tickets can also be purchased at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds location. Buses leave every 30 minutes. Park & Ride tickets are $5 per person per day, while children 8 and under ride free. Park & Ride tickets are available for advance purchase through October 3, 2019, and will also be available at the Fairgrounds parking location during the festival. For more information, visit https://www.oktoberfestparkandride.com/.
Volunteers Needed for Food & Wine Fest – Saturday, October 26
Volunteer for a two and a half hour shift at Fredericksburg’s Food & Wine Fest on Saturday, October 26, on Marktplatz anytime from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You’ll receive free all-day admission to the Fest (a $25 value) along with a wine glass and six tickets toward samplings from the more than 20 Texas wineries on-site. Please call 830-997-8515 to sign up.
This Week in Fredericksburg:
- Texas Hill Country Wineries “Texas Wine Month Trail” Starts Tuesday
October is Texas Wine Month and for the 20th 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, click here.
- 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 2, at 4:30 p.m. and continue every Wednesday through November 20. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The tour is not recommended for small children. For tickets and more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market Opens Thursday Evening
The Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market comes to the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Thursday, October 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy local produce, cheeses, breads, pizza, coffee, local wines, live music and more each Thursday through November 14. For more information, click here.
- 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 4.Just look for galleries flying the Art Walk flag. For more information, click here.
- Oktoberfest Comes to Marktplatz Friday Through Sunday
The 39th Annual Oktoberfest comes to Marktplatz Friday through Sunday, October 4 through 6. 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. Please remember that no pets are allowed on Marktplatz during Oktoberfest. For more information, click here.
- 10th Annual Oktoberfest Kraut Run 8K/5K Walk Saturday Morning
Participate in the 10th Annual Oktoberfest Kraut 8K run and 5K walk through the quiet residential areas of northeast Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 5, starting at 8:00 a.m. 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. For more information, click here.
- FAA Airport Day at the Gillespie County Airport
View static and flying displays of local aircraft including vintage and military planes during FAA Airport Day at the Gillespie County Airport on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.The EAA Chapter will offer free flights to Young Eagles ages 8 to 18.Local Boy Scouts will cook hamburgers.Bring the whole family and see aviation in action. For more information, click here.
- Journey Tribute Show at Rockbox Theater
Enjoy a tribute to Journey during “Never Stop Believin’’ show at Rockbox Theater on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5. This is the only Journey tribute on the planet that pays tribute to the look and sound of Journey from the 70s and 80s. Friday’s performance will be at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday’s show will be at 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
- Fall Mead Tasting at Texas Vineyards & Beyond
Featuring the Rohan Meadery, attend the Fall Mead Tasting at Texas Vineyards & Beyond on Saturday, October 5, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Join owners John and Wendy Rohan, who will be on hand to talk about their wines. For more information, click here.
- Art and Vino Painting Class Scheduled for Saturday Evening
Explore your creative side and have a fun night out with friends during a painting class led by local artists on Saturday, October 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Yellow Door Studio at 810 N. Llano Street. The class is $45 per person. For reservations and additional information on Saturday’s “Autumn Tree” class, click here.
- Jason Boland and Cody Canada Playing at The Backyard Amphitheater
On Saturday, October 5, Jason Boland and Cody Canada will come together for a concert at The Backyard Amphitheater from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. These two country music voices have been a large part of the Texas music scene with their red dirt and alt-country sounds. For more information, click here.
- Fall Christmas Market at St. Joseph’s Halle
Shop more than 15 vendors at the Fall Christmas Market at St. Joseph’s Halle on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendors will be selling handmade goods, children’s items, home decor, Christmas decor, vintage Christmas items and so much more. To be held at historic St. Joseph’s Halle. For more information, click here.
For a complete look at this week’s live music, art shows and other events, click here.
- “Rails through Gillespie County” Exhibit Open at Vereins Kirche
Running through March 31, 2020, the “Rails through Gillespie County” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche will cover the history and lasting impact of the short-line railroad that once connected remote Fredericksburg, Texas, to the outside world before modern highways reached the area. of 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, click here.
- “History Lessons from Gillespie County Cemeteries” Exhibit at the Vereins Kirche
The “History Lessons from Gillespie County Cemeteries” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche runs through November 2. The exhibit highlights how Gillespie County cemeteries tell many different stories including times of famine and times of terror. of 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, click here.
Fredericksburg Theater Company Debuts “12 Angry Men”
The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “12 Angry Men.” The play follows the story of a 19–year-old man awaiting sentencing for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case- until one juror feels that there is a “reasonable doubt” – to the frustration of his eleven colleagues – thus preventing a quick verdict. Performances at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 13, at 2 p.m. The show will run through October 27 on weekends. For more information and tickets, click here.
Next Issue: Monday, October 7
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