As the weather finally dips below 90 degrees, it’s time to transition to Autumn.  In New Braunfels, that means the time has come for a host of traditions, ranging from heritage festivals to events heralding the approach of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Here are a few of the ways you can enjoy November to the fullest in New Braunfels.

  1. First, it’s officially Wurstfest time again!  The iconic 10-day salute to sausage returns on November 4 and runs until November 13.  Featuring traditional German fare and 55 types of beer alongside a full-sized carnival, the festival also has several stages full of high-quality featured artists, including accordion phenom Alex Meixner!  Tickets are $10 at the gate, or $8 online until November 3.  For a schedule of performing acts, directions, ticket purchase, and much more, visit the official website.

  2. The New Braunfels Art League Gallery is running their 51st annual ARToberfest alongside the first week of Wurstfest.  Running through November 9, ARToberfest is a juried art show featuring the best of New Braunfels’s artists in five categories: Oil/Acrylic, Water Media, Drawing Media, Photography/Digital Art, and 3-Dimensional Media.  Stop by to view the entries and discuss your favorites!  For more information, visit the New Braunfels Art League’s website.

  3. That mainstay of the holiday season, Santa’s Ranch, returns for its 15th year on November 6!  Featuring one of the largest displays of Christmas lights in town and offering piping hot cocoa and kettle corn, there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit.  Admittance is $28/vehicle (+ tax).  For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

  4. Uniting the town’s heritage with the Christmas spirit, Weihnachtsmarkt is a German-style Christmas market organized by the Sophienburg Museum.  From November 18-20, visitors can enjoy a shopping extravaganza with unique decorations, specialty gifts, and antiques.  Children can also visit and have their picture taken with Santa Claus on Saturday morning (reservations required)!  For more information, visit the Sophienburg’s website.

  5. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in New Braunfels without the Gruene Turkey Trot!  Beginning in front of historic Gruene Hall on Thanksgiving morning at 8am, the Turkey Trot is a 5k run/walk through Gruene Historic District that benefits a number of local charities.  Children under 12 can also take part in the Kids’ Turkey Chase, a quarter mile dash to catch a turkey mascot.  For more information, and for other holiday events in Gruene, visit the website.

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