Peaches on the tree in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Travel Region

Hill Country

Population

30,000

This thriving Hill Country community melds Old World heritage with small-town charms and big-city perks. Throughout the year, throngs of festival-goers descend on events celebrating everything from the oohs and aahs of wildflower season to the oompahs of Oktoberfest.

The town makes a great home base for excursions to Enchanted Rock, the LBJ parks, and other Hill Country wonders.

Upcoming Events

Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival

June 10-11

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

For the 15th year, Thomas Michael Riley hosts this music festival that features the best in Texas music by showcasing Lone Star State country artists on two stages.

luckenbachtexas.com

Pride in the Pacific Living History Reenactment

June 11

National Museum of the Pacific War Pacific Combat Zone, 311 E. Austin St.

Hear the rattling of machine guns, feel the heat of the flamethrower, and smell the powder of rifle fire during the Pride in the Pacific event. This one-of-a-kind program features a battle reenactment complete with period vehicles and weaponry from both sides of the War in the Pacific. The event takes place a short walk from the main National Museum of the Pacific War campus.

pacificwarmuseum.org/visit/events

Disney's "Mary Poppins"

June 17-19, 24-26; July 1-3

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1688 SH 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this production of the musical that's based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, with all the familiar songs, exciting dance numbers, and enchanting stagecraft.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Fredericksburg Trade Days

June 17-19

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items. 

fbgtradedays.com

PCAA Concerts in the Park

June 26

Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street

Enjoy a free Sunday evening concert featuring Western Swing and Big Band music. You're welcome to bring your chairs, eats and drinks.

visitfredericksburgtx.com

First Friday Art Walk

July 1

Various locations

Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m., so visitors have time to stop by the various events and exhibits planned throughout the day and enjoy local refreshments. Just look for the galleries flying the Art Walk flag.

firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

July 2-3, 16-17

Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive

Come out during the summer season for exciting live horse racing at the fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick your favorites for quarter horse and thoroughbred racing as well as special races, trials, and futurities.

gillespiefair.com

July Fourth Community Parade

July 4

Main Street from Washington to Bowie

Originally started in 1991 by a group of community-minded friends, this small-town patriotic parade has grown over the years to be one that is loved by locals and visitors from all over. Bring lawn chairs or use the tailgate of your truck.

fbgtxparade.org

July Fourth Fireworks Display

July 4

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

The annual fireworks display is sponsored by the city of Fredericksburg and takes place from the golf course area at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Bring lawn chairs and eats and drinks.

fbgtx.org

Fredericksburg Trade Days

July 15-17

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items. 

fbgtradedays.com

Night in Old Fredericksburg Barbecue and Chili Cookoff

July 16

Gillespie County Fairgrounds , 530 Fair Drive

Live pari-mutuel horse racing and other activities occur throughout the day at the Lone Star Barbecue Society Barbecue Cookoff and CASI Chili Cookoff. There's plenty of cold beverages and food available.

gillespiefair.com

PCAA Concerts in the Park

July 24

Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street

Spend a Sunday evening in the park at this month's concert that features a party and dance music. Bring chairs, eats, and drinks.

visitfredericksburgtx.com

"Legally Blonde Jr."

July 28-31

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1688 SH 87 South

Fredericksburg Youth Theater presents "Legally Blonde Jr.," a show based on the Reese Witherspoon-starring movie that follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Hill Country Auto Swap Meet

July 29-31

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

Car enthusiasts can find just about anything at the 44th annual swap meet. A "car corral" has vintage autos for sale in various states of restoration, and among the many items for sale at the flea market are vehicles and parts, tools, auto accessories, hats, books, clothes, and various souvenirs. Concessions are also available.  

earhartproductions.com

First Friday Art Walk

Aug. 5

Various locations

Participating fine art galleries remain open until 8 p.m., so visitors have time to stop by the various events and exhibits planned throughout the day and enjoy local refreshments. Just look for the galleries flying the Art Walk flag.

firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

Texas Ranger Day and History Symposium

Aug. 6

Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott, 1618 E. Main St.

This day honors those who have served and those still commissioned with a two-part event featuring historians and educational programs. Texas Rangers Day includes Living History HQ Company Rangers who present reenactments that focus on the time periods of 1823 to 1960 and include Ranger Camp setups, cannon firing, and memorabilia displays.

trhc.org

Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

Aug. 13-14, 27-28

Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive

Come out during the summer season for exciting live horse racing at the fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick your favorites for quarter horse and thoroughbred racing as well as special races, trials, and futurities.

gillespiefair.com

Fredericksburg Trade Days

Aug. 19-21

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items. 

fbgtradedays.com

"Forever Plaid"

Aug. 19-21, 26-28

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1688 SH 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents a production of the smash hit musical that is an affectionate homage to the close-harmony "guy groups" that reached the height of popularity in the 1950s. Featuring 29 popular songs, such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “16 Tons,” and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.”

fredericksburgtheater.org

Gillespie County Fair

Aug. 25-28

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

The oldest continuous county fair in Texas marks its 134th year. Enjoy four big days filled with fun events, including a carnival and midway, fair food, livestock judging, agricultural and household exhibits, arts and crafts, antique tractor shows, live music and dancing, and live pari-mutuel horse racing.

gillespiefair.com

Gillespie County Fair Parade

Aug. 26

Main Street from Washington to Edison

One of the Texas Hill Country’s biggest parades has more than 200 units, marches down Main Street, and kicks off the 134th annual Gillespie County Fair. Bring chairs and arrive early.

gillespiefair.com

PCAA Concerts in the Park

Aug. 28

Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street

The free Sunday evening concert this month features traditional country music. Bring your chairs, eats, and drinks.

visitfredericksburgtx.com

Lone Star Gourd Festival

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive

Sponsored by the Texas Gourd Society, the Lone Star Gourd Festival brings artists and crafters from across the country to Fredericksburg. The three-day event features a gourd art competition, gourd art sales, gourd supplies, and technique classes. Artists and crafters transform gourds into incredible fine art and crafts that are carved, wood burned, woven, polished, dyed, painted, and inlaid as if they were wood. Shop the many artist booths, tour the art competition area, vote in the People's Choice award, and stop at the "Imagination Station," where children and adults can try their hand at creating their own gourd art.

texasgourdsociety.org

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