LOCAL EVENTS

“WurstBusters” – Circle Arts Theatre located next door to the Wursthalle.  Spooky things are happening on the Wurstfest Grounds:  Wurst Ka-Bobs are cooking themselves, the Mustard keeps exploding and now the Stay Puff Sausage Man is on the loose.  Who you gonna call?  WurstBusters!  Family fun – cheer the hero, boo the villain, throw popcorn!  There are games and a sing-a-long and the audience helps write the show!  Only an hour so good times can still happen on at Wurstfest after the show!   $8.00 per person/children 5 and under admitted free with adult.  For more information visit our website at www.circleartstheatre.org or for reservations call 830/837-6172.

New Braunfels Conservation Society ProjectsTours of Conservation Plaza & Kindermasken Exhibit – Open 10am- 2:00pm daily during Wurstfest/except Sundays 1-2:30pm – Located at 1300 Church Hill Drive.  Tour of historic German village consisting of 18 restored/furnished structures (1849-1883).  See a 1907 REO and 1898 Painted Pipe Organ.  Admission:  Adults:  $2.50/Children (6-18):  $.50/Children under 6 free.  Kaffee Haus – Forke Store in Conservation Plaza at 1300 Churchill Drive – Open 10:30 am-2 pm from November 5 through November 9.  Enjoy homemade German lunch consisting of potato soup, authentic German Wurst & Koch Kaese sandwiches, chicken, ham and pimento cheese sandwiches and homemade desserts served in an 1865 General Store..  Ferdinand Lindheimer Home (circa 1852) – Located at 491 Comal Avenue – Tours upon request.  Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer (1801-1879) was the “Father of Texas Botany” and the newspaper editor of the Herald-Zeitung.  House of typical German construction located on the Comal River.  Admission:  Adults:  $2.00/Children:  $.50.    Buckhorn Barbershop & Museum – Located at 521 West San Antonio Street – Tours upon request.  A “1920’s” equipped working barbershop containing hundreds of hand-carved miniature circus animals and figures, antique toys and pictures made from rock.  Admission:  $1.50-Adults/$.50-Children.  For more information on these projects visit our website at www.newbraunfelsconservation.org or call 830/832-9699.

ARToberfest – Open Monday thru Saturday 10am-5pm daily; Sunday Noon-5pm /October 5 thru November 13 – Located at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery – 239 West San Antonio Street.  A juried art show where entries are first judged for entry or declined and then judged again for cash prizes.  Entries include paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and collage; sculpture, pottery, jewelry and photography.  Admission is free. For more information visit our website at www.newbraunfelsartleague.com or call 830/629-8022.

Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic – Lazy L & L Campground – 11699 River Road –  Recreational tour Saturday, November 3 – 9am.  For more information visit our website at www.tourdegruene.com, email wrotzler@tourdegruene.com or call 210/493-5878.

Wurstfest Regatta – Lake Canyon Yacht Club, Canyon Lake, Texas – November 3 & November 4 – Boardboats & Centerboards/November 10 & 11 – Keelboats, Trimarans & Multihulls.  Saturdays 11:30am-4pm/Sundays 10am-2pm.  Sponsored by Lake Canyon Yacht Club.  Sailors throughout the state participate each year.  Spectators are free.  For more information visit our website at www.wurstfestregatta.com, email lcyc@sbcglobal.net or call 210/590-7100.

Wurstfest Skat Tournament – Held at the Landa Haus next to train station in Landa Park – Saturday November 3 beginning at 8am, Texas Skat play.  Sunday, November 4 beginning at 8am, ISPA Skat play.  Skat is the National card game of Germany.  It is played primarily by people of German ancestry throughout the world.  Like Wurstfest, the purpose of this tournament is to maintain and continue our celebration of our German heritage.  Sponsored by the Texas State Skat League.  For more information email gregsoechting@gmail.com or call 512/422-4111.

Wurst Five Mile Run – Saturday, November 3.  Starts in Landa Park by the Dance Slab at 8am.  Race Day registration $35 and packet pickup will be at the race site starting at 7am.  For more information visit our website at www.athleteguild.com or email meredithp2@hotmail.com or call 830/708-2991.

Walkfest – November 3 & November 4 – 8:00 AM.  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 our website at www.muw.walktexas.org or call 830/625-6330 or email helgard@satx.rr.com

Sophienburg Museum & Archives – 401 West Coll Street – Tuesday through Saturday – 10am to 4pm. Walk where Prince Carl walked to see the legacy he left behind.  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.  You can follow the journey of German colonists to Texas and learn the chicken dance! Emphasis is on founding German immigrants and their contributions i.e. language, science, education, industrialization but also includes contributions and traditions of Hispanic and Native American culturespresent in this area.  During the WWI Centennial Commemoration, you’ll also see how German Americans survived the Great War.  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.  You will also find books on Wurstfest, Texas & Comal County, along with the best selection of New Braunfels memorabilia.  Admission: Adults $8.00/Students $4.00/Children $2.00/Active Military Free with ID.  For more information visit our website at www.sophienburg.com or call 830/629-1572.

Heritage Day – Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture – 1370 Churchill Drive – November 3 10am to 5pm – A yearly production of the Heritage Society of New Braunfels.  It features a day long demonstration of life in early New Braunfels featuring 19th century technology.   Admission: $5.00  For more information visit our website at www.texashandmadefurniture.org  or call  830/629-6504.

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church – Located at 386 North Castell Avenue.  Open 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday during Wurstfest.  Learn about the historic Catholic Church in New Braunfels that was founded in 1846.  Self guided audio tours to show the architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.  German Heritage Mass on Sunday, November 4th at 9:30 am & 11:15 am in the church sanctuary.  For more information visit our website at www.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) A MUST SEE, the 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.  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”.  (7)  Our 7th mural, titled “The Legacy of Our Journey”, was dedicated May 3, 2018 and honors our Mexican American heritage and culture.  The mural is located in historic downtown on the mural wall at Comal Flower shop at 337 Main Plaza.  For more information visit our website at www.nbmurals.org or call 830/609-1369.

*Wurstfest is pleased to announce other events related to the festival, but is not responsible for scheduling these activities, nor last minute location or time changes. Inquiries related to these events should be addressed to the sponsoring organization.