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

First Friday Art Walk

Oct. 7

Various locations

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

visitfredericksburgtx.com

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

Oct. 7-9

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

This is the 28th year for the festival dedicated to the world's largest selection of original mesquite art. The event is a showcase for sculpture, furniture, wood turnings, architectural accents, gift items, ornaments, and other items.

texasmesquiteartfestivals.com

Monarch Celebration

Oct. 8

Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Drive

Celebrate the monarch butterfly migration at this "Tag and Release" program, with fun and educational activities for the whole family.

wildseedfarms.com

Trade Days

Oct. 14-16

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

"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

Oct. 14-16, 21-23

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this production that takes audiences on a journey into the 1890 Wild West and the classic themes of good versus evil, law versus the gun, and one man versus Liberty Valance. It's a tale of love, hope, and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Knights of Columbus Bestfest

Oct. 15

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

Not quite Oktoberfest but the Bestfest, with specialty beer and sausage tastings, live music and polka bands, prizes, games for kids, and proceeds benefiting local charities.

kcbestfest.com

Food and Wine Fest

Oct. 22

Various locations

Indulge at the 31st annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, a grand celebration of Texas food and wine with musical entertainment and fun plus several special events at different locations including Messina Hof Hill Country, Becker Vineyards, and the Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg.

fbgfoodandwinefest.com

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Oct. 22

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

This show features a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the United States including arrowheads, pottery, and beads.

visitfredericksburgtx.com

First Friday Art Walk

Nov. 4

Various locations

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

visitfredericksburgtx.com

Disney's "High School Musical JR"

Nov. 12-13

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents a junior stage version of Disney's smash-hit musical. A "brainiac" girl and "jock" boy cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Together, their alliance might just open the door for other students to shine as well.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Trade Days

Nov. 18-20

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

Historic Home Tour and Holiday Market

Nov. 19

Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.

The Gillespie County Historical Society offers tours of historic homes in and around Fredericksburg as well as a holiday market that's decorated in its holiday finest.

pioneermuseum.org

The Peddler Holiday Show

Nov. 25-27

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

Celebrating over 40 years as Texas' favorite arts and crafts show, the Peddler Holiday Show always arrives at the perfect time for holiday shopping.

peddlershow.com

Trade Days Holiday Encore

Nov. 25-27

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop twice in November at this encore Trade Days, with over 350 vendors in seven barns, acres of antiques, a biergarten, and live music.

fbgtradedays.com

Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

This annual seasonal outdoor ice skating rink benefits the Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg.

heritageschool.org/eisbahn

A Christmas Wine Affair

Nov. 28-Dec. 23

Various locations

Savor all that Texas Wine Country has to offer this holiday season by sipping and sampling award-winning wines at participating Texas Hill Country wineries.

texaswinetrail.com

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg

Dec. 2

Various locations

Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month.

firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow

Dec. 2

Main Street

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, this event lets you see Fredericksburg's historic Main Street awash in the glow of an illuminated holiday night parade. 

lightthenightchristmasparade.com

A Ranger Christmas

Dec. 3

Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E. Main St.

Come visit with Santa at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. Enjoy crafts, cookies, cocoa, wagon rides, and other holiday festivities.

trhc.org

Kinderfest

Dec. 3

Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.

Children ages 10 and under are invited to bring a stocking to hang on the fireplace. While the children aren't looking, Santa and his elves work to fill the stockings according to German tradition.

pioneermuseum.org

The Christmas Journey

Dec. 9-10

Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 W. Austin St.

This drive-through presentation of the Christmas story depicts various scenes with live animals and actors, closely replicated backgrounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air.

bethanyfredericksburg.com

"Miracle on 34th Street"

Dec. 9-11, 16-18

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, staged with live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols. 

fredericksburgtheater.org

Trade Days

Dec. 16-18, Jan. 20-22, Feb. 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 items, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, and food; plus, enjoy a biergarten and live music. Located 7 miles east on State Highway 290 across from Wildseed Farms.

fbgtradedays.com

USO-Style Hangar Dance

Dec. 31

Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road

Ring in New Year's Day dancing to the sounds of a 1940s-style big band. Take swing dance lessons and wear your best 1940s-inspired outfit to take part in the costume contest. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the United Service Organizations in Fort Hood.

hangarhotel.com

Countdown to the New Year

Dec. 31

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

Ring in the new year in downtown Fredericksburg. The city hosts an early event appropriate for all ages and featuring the ball drop on the Marktplatz Square.

fbgtx.org

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Jan. 14

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

Featuring a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the United States, including arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books.

hillcountryindianartifacts.com

Take 3 in Concert

Jan. 15

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents Take 3, a trio (Lindsay Deutsch on violin, Susan Boettger on piano, and Lila Yang on cello) that performs a multifaceted program including tangos; music from movies, Broadway, and TV shows; and familiar classics—presented with a flair for the wild and unexpected.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show

Jan. 21-22

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds hosts this 52nd annual gem and mineral show, where you can find artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and collectors.

fredericksburgrockhounds.org

Wine Lovers Celebration

Jan. 30-Feb. 24

Various locations

Love is in the air, wine is in your glass, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Take time this February to relax and discover all that wineries in the Texas Wine Country have to offer during this seasonal celebration.

texaswinetrail.com

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Feb. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this musical based on the popular film. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief—a hilarious battle of cons that keeps you laughing, humming, and guessing to the end.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Emily Jumes Oskins in Concert

Feb. 19

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents harpist Emily Jumes Oskins, who started playing the harp and piano at an early age and has continued with her harp endeavors for over 15 years.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

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