The Sophienburg Museum & Archives is inviting the community to dance the night away at its Bürger Ball on Feb. 2.

The background

Bürger Balls began in the 1900s as community social events. According to Jennifer Singleterry, executive director of the Sophienburg, a ball was a place for people to meet, dance, eat and drink together.

“The purpose of the evening is it's just a night to come together,” Singleterry said. “It's just a celebration of community.”

The German word “bürger” translates to “citizen.” Singleterry said that according to newspaper archives, there would be several Bürger Balls happening across New Braunfels in one weekend.

“It's a citizen’s dance. It's a dance for everybody. ... ” Singleterry said. “Our curator says that's oftentimes how people met their husband or wife were these citizen’s dances on the weekends.”

The details

This year’s Bürger Ball will be held at The Chandelier of Gruene from 8-11 p.m. and will have live music from local artist Jay Eric and Rumor Town.

Individual tickets are $50 and include food and drinks. A table for eight is $600. Reservations can be made on the museum’s website. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sophienburg Museum & Archives.
  • Feb. 2, 8-11 p.m.
  • $50
  • The Chandelier of Gruene, 1924 Bretzke Lane, New Braunfels