New Braunfels May To-Do List: Wein and Saenger Lite, murder mysteries and more

Wein and Saengerfest is an annual celebration. The festivities set for 2020 were canceled. (Courtesy City of New Braunfels)
Wein and Saengerfest is an annual celebration. The festivities set for 2020 were canceled. (Courtesy City of New Braunfels)

Wein and Saengerfest is an annual celebration. The festivities set for 2020 were canceled. (Courtesy City of New Braunfels)

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Spass Walking Tours hosts historic cemetery tours in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Spass Walking Tours)
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Gruene Market Days showcase local artisans each month. (Courtesy Crystal Kinman)
There are plenty of events and activities to pursue in New Braunfels in the month of May. While not comprehensive, below is a list of some of the many things to do.

May 1 - Wein and Saenger Lite

Wein and Saengerfest will return to downtown New Braunfels on May 1 with some modifications due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The annual festival, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, will be called “Wein and Saenger Lite” and will take place at the Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels. Musical groups Soul Sessions and Three Man Front will perform live throughout the evening, and visitors will be able to purchase wine and beer by the glass. A limited number of food trucks will also be available. Free. 5-9 p.m.

May 6-7 - 55th Texas Legislative Conference

2021 Texan of the Year Glenn Hegar will be honored during the 55th annual Texas Legislative Conference. The two-day event will also include panel discussions about the social impacts of COVID-19, state budgeting and a media panel. Social distancing will be observed and ticket sales will be limited to comply with capacity restrictions. $55 (Texan of the Year Reception, May 6), $55 (conference and luncheon, May 7) or $95 (discount package for conference and reception). May 6 from 7-9 p.m. and May 7 from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels.

May 7 - Sin City Slayer Interactive Murder Mystery

Find a killer during this interactive murder mystery dinner party hosted at Landa Haus. Guests ages 21 and up will be assigned a character one week before the event and are encouraged to dress according to their role. $35 per person. 7 p.m. 360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4000.

May 7 - First Friday in Downtown New Braunfels

Explore all downtown has to offer on the first Friday of each month. Participating businesses will be open late, some establishments will offer special promotions and attendees over the age of 21 can sample beer at Shiner Beer stops located throughout town. Free. 5-8 p.m.

May 8 - Historic Cemetery Tour

Join Spass Walking Tours for a guided walking tour through two historic cemeteries in New Braunfels. Participants will learn about historic residents of the communities and use dowsing rods to find unmarked graves from 1846. $20 per person. 5-7 p.m. Comal Cemetery, 422 Peace Ave., New Braunfels. 830-221-4370.

May 15 - Saturday SEAM Series: Here Comes the Sun

Kindergarten through third grade students can learn about the power of the sun by baking smores in a solar-powered oven, creating art with sun-sensitive paper and studying radiometers. Attendees will be required to observe COVID-19 safety guidelines and those wishing to participate at home can pick up a kit from Headwaters staff. $3 (child of a Headwaters supporter and contributor), $4 (child of a family that are Headwaters members), $5 (regular admission). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937.

May 15 - Old Gruene Market Days

This artisan market is held monthly in historic Gruene and shoppers can listen to live music and purchase handmade gifts, decor, clothing and food items from local vendors. Attendees will be encouraged to wear face masks and observe social distancing where possible. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1641 Hunder Rd., New Braunfels.

May 15 - Women’s Empowerment Gala

Join the Pink Warrior Advocates for the first local Women’s Empowerment Gala, wich will replace the annual Breast in Show Gala. During dinner, author and speaker Dr. Cassandra LeClair will share about her book “Being Whole” and attendees will be given gift bags at the end of the night. $100 (single admission), $175 (two guests), $500 (dinner for four guests), $750 (dinner for eight guests, premier seating and customized wine glasses) or $1000 (dinner for eight, premier seating, customized wine decanter and professional sponsorship video). 6:30-11 p.m. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-708-7898.

May 19-20 - American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Learn to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies through this lifeguard training for new lifeguards. Portions of the course will be offered online before attending in-person sessions. Certification is valid for two years and recertification is available for those who previously completed the course. $200 (new lifeguards) or $100 (recertification). Ages 15 and older. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4360.

May 16-22 - Bike To Work Week with CycloVIVA!

During National Bike Month, the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation department will host several events to promote bicycling in the community. Bike routes in the city, bike safety tips and the benefits of biking will be highlighted throughout the month with Bike to School/Work Day on May 21. Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate and information about additional events can be found online at

May 22 - Splash Into Summer

Kick off the summer season during the first annual Splash Into Summer event hosted by SkyLine Canopies, Texas Party Hoppers and NB KidsFest/Hill Country Conferences. Located at the Comal County Fairgrounds, the event will include inflatable waterslides, food trucks, live music and booths with over 60 local vendors. Guests can also participate in a 5K or fun run, with proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Library summer reading program. Free parking and admissions, $18 (inflatable attractions zone admissions), $25 (5K race) or $15 (kids fun run). 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 701 E. Common St., New Braunfels.

May 29 - Antique Barn Sale & Market

Search for antique and vintage items at the annual barn sale hosted by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1300 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels. 830-629-2943.

May 29 - Family Geocaching Treasure Hunt

Teams of up to six people can hunt for treasure using geocaching equipment. Each team will be provided with equipment by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and will take home treasure they discover. $10 per team, all ages welcome. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 1964 Monarch Way, New Braunfels.

Live Music

Whitewater Amphitheater

11860 FM 306, Ste. 1, New Braunfels


May 1 - Pat Green

May 8 - Robert Earl Keen

May 22 - Jon Wolfe

May 28-30 - Cody Johnson

Krause’s Biergarten & Cafe

148 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels


May 6 - Julian Escobedo

May 27-28 - Alex Meixner

Gruene Hall

1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels


May 1-2 - Read Southall Band & Friends

May 8 - Los Texmaniacs

May 15 - Brent Cobb & Kendall Marvel

May 22 - Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.