Festival Circuit

Eat, drink and revel the day away at one of these fall fests.


Oktoberfest Fredericksburg

Oct. 3-5

Musicians start the weekend of German festivities during the OkTubaFest, which features dozens of tuba and euphonium players performing polka favorites. Saturday, join a crowd of 200-plus for the Hauptstrasse  Chicken Dance that will get you ready for a day of German culture, food, beer, art and entertainment. To cap off the weekend, try your hand in the 42 tournament—open to domino aficionados and newbies alike. Market Square, 100 West Main St., Fredericksburg, 830-997-4810, oktoberfestinfbg.com

Gruene Music and Wine Festival 

Oct. 9-12

At this four-day festival, 90-plus Texas wines from more than 30 wineries will be available for tasting. If you need to cleanse your palette, there’s also a bevy of beer on hand, plus bites from Gristmill River Restaurant and other vendors (including food trucks on Saturday). Holding to Gruene tradition, the weekend is laced with live music from artists including Robert Earl Keen and a great guitar auction will feature signed guitars from Texas artists. Gruene Historic District, 830-629-5077, gruenemusicandwinefest.org

Czhilispiel

Oct. 24-26

A tradition for more than 30 years, Czhilispiel (Chili spelled with a z in honor of the town’s Czech heritage) draws competitors from across the state for its chili and barbecue cook-offs. Bakers are invited to bring their best pie for the pie competition and non-foodies can register for the Czhilispiel 5K, golf tournament or car and truck show. Live music is scheduled throughout the weekend, and there are plenty of activities planned for the kids. 208 E. North Main St., Flatonia, 361-865-3920, flatoniachamber.wix.com/czhilispiel

Cowboy Homecoming

Oct. 24-25

Pleasanton is known as “the birthplace of the cowboy” because of the large number of ranchers and wranglers who moved to the town in the early 19th century. It pays homage to that history each year with a two-day festival that includes a parade, a Lil’ Mr. and Miss Cowboy Homecoming contest and a barbecue cook-off. Visitors can also browse an extensive arts and crafts fair, or register for the Texas Hold ’Em tournament. Atascosa County Show Barn, 2002 E. Hwy. 97, Pleasanton, 830-569-2163, pleasantoncofc.com

Wurstfest

Nov. 7-16

The backbone at this Bavarian fest is undoubtedly the beer and German cuisine. Arrive hungry and eat your way through Germany with kolaches, sausage on a stick, potato pancakes and applesauce (with the requisite side of sausage) and more. With German, Texas and domestic beers on tap, you won’t have to try the same brew twice. For the kids, carnival rides and games are on hand at Landa Park. Be prepared to do a little jig to the live polka music that permeates the air. Landa Park, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels, wurstfest.com

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