Gruene Market Days returns, plus 6 more things to do in New Braunfels this weekend, Feb. 16-18

The JJ Garrett Band will open for Austin Meade tonight at Conway's, 262 W. Jahn St., New Braunfels.

The JJ Garrett Band will open for Austin Meade tonight at Conway's, 262 W. Jahn St., New Braunfels.

From weekend events to President's Day closures, here are a few things to know in New Braunfels during the next few days.

Feb. 16

JJ Garrett Band opens for Austin Meade
The JJ Garrett Band, a New Braunfels-based Texas country band, will open for Americana rock 'n’ roll act Austin Meade. 8 p.m. $5 general admission. Conway’s, 262 W. Jahn St., New Braunfels. 830-620-5376.

Upside Down Ball
Teens are invited to enjoy classic '80s music mixed with modern hits at this retro dance party. Prizes will be awarded for best '80s-themed costumes. Snacks are available for purchase. This event is limited to sixth-, seventh- and eigth-grade students ages 12-14. $20. 6:30-9 p.m. Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels. 830-221-4370

Feb. 17
Free music in Gruene
Americana artist Bret Graham will play a free show from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Grapevine in Gruene, 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. 830-606-0093.

Pickleball for seniors
Intermediate-level and above senior recreational players are invited to enjoy this fun sport from 1 to 4 p.m. Pickleball is a game resembling tennis in which players use paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. Westside Community Center Gym, 2932 S. I-35 frontage road, New Braunfels. 830-221-4630.

Paint with Someone You Love! Tween Program
Children ages 8-12 can bring an adult they love to a painting party from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., New Braunfels. Supplies and instructions will be provided.

Feb. 17-18

Old Gruene Market Days returns
Gruene Market Days has been held every month with the exception of January for more than 30 years. It features more than 100 artisans offering handmade items, including Texas foods, candles, home decor and other items. Free parking, admission and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in front of Adobe Verde, 1724 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. 830-832-1721.

Feb. 18
Fishing 101
Learn the techniques of casting, knot tying and fishing in this fun, outdoor experience with instruction by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-certified angler instructor. Bait, poles and tackle are provided. Participants must be age 7 or older. $5. 12:30-2 p.m. Fischer Park Nature Education Center, 1946 Monarch Way. 830-221-4378.

Feb. 19
President's Day holiday schedule

City of New Braunfels
City Hall, New Braunfels Public Library, the Westside Community Center, the municipal building, and parks and recreation administration and operations will be closed. The Fischer Park Nature Center, solid waste/recycling residential pickup and Land Park Golf Course at Comal Springs will operate on their normal schedules.

Comal County
All county offices will be closed. Recycling crews will not be in Spring Branch on Feb. 19 but will be in Garden Ridge and Startzville as scheduled Feb. 20. The recycling center will resume regular business hours Feb. 20. County parks facilities in the Canyon Lake and Bulverde/Spring Branch areas will be open to the public Feb. 19.

School districts
New Braunfels and Comal ISDs will be closed for a student and staff holiday.

By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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