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Guten tag, y’all.

We sprechen sie lots of fun on MyCanyonLake.com because New Braunfels is right down the road and Wurstfest, also known as the best 10 days in sausage history, starts Friday and runs through Nov. 13.

It’s a unique annual celebration rich that’s rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! Over 100,000 people flock to New Braunfels each year for this little piece of Texasdeutsch.

Widely regarded as the best 10 days in sausage history, Wurstfest’s a unique annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun!

Festival grounds are located near the headwaters of the beautiful Comal River in Landa Park, 120 Landa St.

“Here you’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment,” says Ken Armke, owner of Opa’s German Store and purveyor (since 1970) of the official Wurstfest steins. Click here to see what the 2016 steins look like.

Wurstfest

More information is available at wurstfest.com or you can use an official Wurstfest App that features real-time schedules, ticket-purchasing capabilities, an interactive map to help locate destinations, and live integration with Wurstfest social-media streams.

Wurstfest is a non-profit corporation designed to promote local commerce, especially through tourism, and preserve the community’s heritage. It provides a vehicle for local civic organizations to raise large amounts of money for a wide variety of community projects. Wurstfest is a special event that visitors can attend, enjoy themselves, and leave gratified, knowing that their expenditures will go for worthwhile projects.

The 10-day festival on Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park offers a variety of entertainment, food and fun as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.

Upcoming Events

Music — Click here to download a printable schedule and check the times/dates/and places of your favorite performances.

Walkfest – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6. Volksmarsch Begins at 400 North Liberty Street. Sponsored by the New Braunfels Marsch-und Wandergruppe. Walks are for fun, fitness and friendship. All ages are welcome and anyone can walk at their own pace. Sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association and by the International Volkssport Verein. For more information visit muw.walktexas.org or call 830-625-6330 or email helgard@satx.rr.com.

48th Annual Wurstfest Regatta – Nov. 4-6 and 11-13 at Lake Canyon Yacht Club, Canyon Lake. The event attracts between 150 and 175 boats each weekend. For more information visit WurstfestRegatta.com, email lcyc@sbcglobal.net or call 210-590-7100.

Wurstfest 5 Mile Run – Register day-of. Race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Admission includes a free Wurstfest ticket. Click here for more information.

Tour de Gruene – Registration’s closed, but festival goers can still enjoy the excitement of watching thousands of world-class cyclists (and not-so-world class everyday riders) speed through the area on Saturday, Nov. 5. Click here for more information. Begins and ends at the Lazy L&L in Gruene.

Skat Tournament – Kicks off at Landa Haus next to train station in Landa Park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5  using ISPA Skat Rules. Texas Rules apply beginning 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 Tournament’s designed to introduce and promote the playing of the German card game, “Skat”. Sponsored by the Texas State Skat League. For more information call 830/609-7375.

Salute to Veterans – Wurstfest appreciates veterans! Please plan on helping us honor them with a special ceremony at the festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Don’t forget to download and print your Buy-One-Get-One coupon at http://wurstfest.com/buy-tickets/. On a historical note…Wurstfest was founded by a veteran. Click here to learn how a young soldier returned from Germany in 1959 with fond memories of the beer, food and music at Oktoberfest in Germany.

Kinder Nacht – new this year, Wurstfest is happy to announce Kinder Nacht, with special discounts and fun for children under 12, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to take part in this night dedicated to family fun!

The special promotions for Kinder Nacht include:

  • Unlimited-ride carnival wristbands are $5 off (normally $20)
  • Special show by storyteller Laure Jane McDaniel at the Kinderhalle at 6:30 p.m.

Since the event is on Wednesday, be sure to download a Buy-One-Get-One admission coupon from wurstfest.com/buy-tickets to save even more. And remember, admission for kids under 12 is always free at Wurstfest. Bring the whole family down to Kinder Nacht at Wurstfest.

WurstFest Cyclocross & Beer Festival 2016  — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, is the second stop of the Austin Cyclocross Cup Series. Cypress Bend Park is not a new park to host a cyclocross race. The race is part of WurstFest festivities and is just 1.3 miles from Wurstfest grounds. Click here for more details.

LPGC Wurst Open — 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12  at Landa Park Golf Course.  Shotgun Start/Two-Person Team Scramble. Entry fee is $150 per team and includes tournament golf with cart, lunch and prizes. Sponsored by the Landa Park Golf Course. For more information visit our website at landaparkgolfcourse.com or call (830) 221-4341.

Ongoing Events

Expanded Stelzenplatz — 

Market
The biggest draw of this area is the addition of 15-20 vendor booths, selling all sorts of high-quality Bavarian merchandise, clothing, packaged food and other delights. A few vendors have also moved to Stelzenplatz from inside the Marktplatz, which gives shoppers there more elbow room to peruse food and merchandise.

Craft Beer Garden
This unique bar boasts 30 craft beer and 5 domestic offerings. Small breweries from all over Texas and the rest of the country, including two from New Braunfels, supply the wares for this specialty bar. Come thirsty. Click here to see daily beer offerings. All beer is served in Wurstfest souvenirs cups or pitchers.

Biergarten
Relax at a picnic table with friends while you enjoy a drink and great music.

Music Stage
A fifth music stage is located in the biergarten, offering another venue at which to enjoy one of the 40+ national and international live music acts which make Wurstfest so great. Music truly is the heartbeat of the festival. Visit the schedule to find your favorite band’s days and times.

Carnival
The exciting Wurstfest carnival has expanded to the Stelzenplatz as well. Three-five additional rides spread the midway fun to this section of the festival. Ride tickets can be used in anywhere, and wristbands will work in the Stelzenplatz.

Food Trucks
A fleet of four food trucks are a welcome addition to our festival fare. These mobile vendors sell a wide variety of unique, and fun, festival foods. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that these additional vendors won’t be duplicating food that’s available elsewhere on the grounds – your perennial favorites are always available in the Marktplatz as well.

Comal Viewing
See views of the beautiful Comal River and its waterfall from a bridge and overlook area. Wie romantisch!

“Phantom of the Wurst” – Nov. 4-13 at Circle Arts Theatre located next door to the Wursthalle. The sausage-themed spoof of the musical sensation shows the world of a mystery yodeler that helps a young girl create the best sausage in town. $8 per person/children under 6 admitted free with adult. For more information visit circleartstheatre.org or call 830-837-6172.

New Braunfels Conservation Society Projects –1300 Church Hill Dr. Tour of historic German village with 18 restored/furnished structures (1849-1883): See a 1907 REO and 1898 Painted Pipe Orga; Kaffee Haus – Forke Store in Conservation Plaza Enjoy homemade German lunch of potato soup, authentic German wurst-and-cheese sandwiches, chicken and ham-salad sandwiches and homemade desserts served in an 1865 General Store; Ferdinand Lindheimer Home (circa 1852), 491 Comal Ave., Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer (1801-1879) was the “Father of Texas Botany” and the newspaper editor of the Herald-Zeitung. Lindheimer was the man most responsible for New Braunfels being located by the Comal Springs;  Buckhorn Barbershop Museum, 521 West San Antonio St.  A “1920’s” equipped working barbershop containing hundreds of hand-carved miniature circus animals and figures, antique toys and pictures made from rock. For more information on these projects visit newbraunfelsconservation.org or call 830-832-9699.

ARToberfest –  Located at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery – 239 West San Antonio St. Fresh exciting art of all mediums! Admission is free. For more information visit  newbraunfelsartleague.org or call 830-629-8022.

Sophienburg Museum & Archives – 401 West Coll Street – Experience the German heritage, culture and traditions that make New Braunfels the beautiful city that it is through self-guided tours, artifact-filled exhibits and video presentations. Follow the journey of German colonists to Texas, immerse yourself in language, science, education and industrial contributions to Texas, and learn the chicken dance! Explore our Archives to dig into your own German roots, finding your ancestors through our extensive collection of ship lists, family genealogies, local newspapers dating from 1852 and over half a million photographic images. Expect to fall in love with German-made nutcrackers, smokers and Inge Glas Christmas ornaments to finish off your Christmas shopping early when visiting Sophie’s Shop or our booth at Wurstfest. For a little more in depth look at our history, try books on Texas & Comal County, along with New Braunfels memorabilia available at the museum. For more information visit www.sophienburg.com or call 830-629-1572.

Heritage Society of New Braunfels Projects – Heritage Village/Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture Tours – 1370 Church Hill Drive, adjacent to Conservation Plaza. See fine collection of Texas Biedermeier furniture hand-crafted by German cabinet makers from 1840-1880. For more information, visit texashandmadefurniture.org or call 830/629-6504.

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church – 386 North Castell Ave. Learn about the historic Catholic Church in New Braunfels, founded in 1846. Self-guided audio tours showcase the architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. For more information visit sppnb.org or call 830-625-4531.

Historic Outdoor Art Museum – Learn important elements of New Braunfels early history through larger than life outdoor murals.

  1. “City of a Prince”, located at West San Antonio Street and Castell Avenue, highlights German immigration from Europe and the founding of New Braunfels.
  2. “A Tribute to Ferdinand J. Lindheimer” located on the L.A. Hoffmann Building at 165 South Seguin Avenue, showcases the importance of this brilliant man. Immigrant guide, editor/publisher of the first newspaper, teacher, medicine man, botanist and considered the father of Texas botany.
  3. “The Lure of the Springs” located on the Landa Park Recreation Building conveys the importance of the Comal Springs and River from prehistoric times to the industrialization of New Braunfels through today.
  4. “Spass and Gemütlichkeit” located at 148 South Castell along Krause Strasse depicts German fun and fellowship with sausage, beer & wine and bakery goods all currently in practice today.
  5. Wurstfest 50th Anniversary mural commissioned by Wurstfest and painted by local artist Brent McCarthy, located on the Northeast side of the Wursthalle with fronting on Elizabeth Street.
  6. Hermann Seele – “The Soul of New Braunfels” mural located at 146 North Castell. A new media using 8-inch ceramic tile with the artwork being fired onto the tile at 1800 degrees F . Artwork by Brent McCarthy.
  7. Prince Carl Solms – Braunfels life size bronze by renowned sculptor Paul Tadlock standing in front of the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center on Seguin Avenue welcoming visitors to our city. Our founder, Prince Carl of royal lineage, thus, “City of a Prince.”

The Museum is currently working on the eighth piece of public art honoring the Mexican-American culture and history of this area. For more information visit our website at nbmurals.org or call 830-609-1369.

Wurst Arts and Crafts Show – Located on the Main Plaza in the New Braunfels Utilities Parking Lot. Admission is free. For more information call Tressie Russell at 830-708-5211.

Hours

Monday through Wednesday the gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment ends at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Fridays the gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment ends at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays the gates open at 11:00 am and entertainment ends at midnight. Sundays the gates open at 11 a.m. and entertainment ends at 9:30 p.m.

Admission

Your $8 admission charge includes access to all entertainment and access to public areas. Children 12 and under are always admitted free. Advance discount ticket purchase, group rate information and special day discounts available. Admission is for the entire day. If you wish to leave the grounds and return later that same day, please be sure to have your hand stamped at the gate.

Click here to purchase tickets.

No admission ticket is required if you enter the gates before 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 or after 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

If you’re coming on or between Sunday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, be sure to download the BOGO coupon and bring it with your purchased ticket. That means you only need to buy one ticket for every two adults, as long as you bring your printed BOGO coupon!

And kids 12 and under are always free!

Food and Drink

The backbone to any Bavarian celebration! Food and drinks are sold throughout the grounds. Visitors are prohibited from bringing food and beverages onto the festival grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, beer, wine and distilled spirits. Beer sales require tickets, but food vendors will accept cash. ATMs are available throughout the grounds. Drink tickets may also be purchased online.

Payment

Credit/Debit Cards are accepted on a limited basis. Admission and drink ticket sales are by cash only. Automatic teller machines are located at Gate #1, Gate #3 and elsewhere on the festival grounds. The machines accept Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, Discover, American Express and all other Pulse cards.

Seating

Seating is provided in all entertainment areas. Patrons may not bring personal seating (such as bag chairs) onto the festival grounds.

Attire

Shirts and shoes are required attire for festival patrons. Dirndls, lederhosen and silly hats are encouraged. Smiles required.

Weather

Wurstfest continues rain or shine, and no rain dates are scheduled.

Parking

Parking in the area adjacent to the festival grounds is limited. A shuttle service may be available from local hotel, motel and resort facilities, as well as from some of the major attractions.

Shuttle Service

The wurst way to visit the festival! Shuttle service from area Park & Ride, local accommodations or for group pickup from private locations.

If you are staying at one of the major hotels in town on Friday or Saturday just walk outside and a Wurst Wagen will swing by every 20-30 minutes. Ride over to Wurstfest to buy your admission, drink and wristband for the ride home. Cash only.

Visit rockinr.com/wurstwagen for more information and a list of pick-up points. Most names are linked for immediate reservations. For more information, call at 830.629.9999 between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Or, email: wurstwagen@rockinr.com

Handicap Facilities

Grounds are handicap accessible. Handicap parking is available in both the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club parking lots located on Landa Street across from Wurstfest Gate #1.

Pet Policy

Only trained service animals are allowed on festival grounds. Please leave dogs and other pets at home as they may pose safety or health risks in such a crowded and stimulating environment.

First Aid

Emergency Medical Technicians are on duty on the festival grounds at all times. The First Aid Station is located on the south side of Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent). Check the map for the exact location.

Bag Screening

To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, all bags entering the festival will be subject to security screening. If possible, please travel lightly and leave your bags at home. Wurstfest is not responsible for items left in parked cars.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal or illicit substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons
  • Flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
  • Masks
  • Outside food or beverage including alcohol
  • Balls, frisbees or flying disks
  • Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Pets
  • Laser pens, laser pointers or similar focused light devices
  • Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Glass or glass containers
  • Slingshots
  • Bicycles or skateboards
  • Chairs or Stools
  • Instruments, megaphones, horns or noise makers
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