13 things to do in New Braunfels in November and December

Wurstfest begins Friday, Nov. 5. (Courtesy Mikie Farias)
Wurstfest begins Friday, Nov. 5. (Courtesy Mikie Farias)

Wurstfest begins Friday, Nov. 5. (Courtesy Mikie Farias)

Nov. 4 | Donate to dance the night away

Join EdenHill Communities’ Thanks and Giving Celebration for an evening of dinner, silent auctions, live music and dancing. The band Royal Dukes will perform during the event, and all proceeds will benefit EdenHill, a faith-based nonprofit community that has provided care and services for residents for over 100 years. Eden Hill provides independent and assisted living as well as other services. 6:30-11 p.m. $125. The Chandelier of Gruene, 1924 Bretzke Lane, New Braunfels.830-625-6291. www.edenhill.org

Nov. 5 through 14 | ​​​Celebrate the 60th Wurstfest

Take part in this annual German-style festival in the heart of New Braunfels. Guests can enjoy German food, music, dancing, beer and more during the 60th Wurstfest celebration. This year the new Marktplatz building will be open and will host area nonprofits and organizations where attendees can purchase food and souvenirs. 4-11 p.m. (Nov. 5), 11 a.m.-midnight (Nov. 6 and 13), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 7 and 14), 5-10 p.m. (Nov. 8-11) and 5-11 p.m. (Nov. 12). Free (Nov. 8-11 and 3-10 p.m. on Nov. 14, children age 12 and under), $18 (advanced general admission online), $20 (general admission). 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com

Nov. 6-14 | Help solve a Wurstfest mystery


During the Circle Arts Theatre’s performance of “Scooby-Wurst,” audiences will watch as Scooby Doo and his friends try to solve a mystery on the Wurstfest Grounds. The interactive play encourages viewers to participate through games and sing-alongs. Find out if the Opas would have gotten away with it if it was not for those pesky wursts. 4 p.m. (Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14); 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 5, 6, 8 and 9-14). $10. 124 Elizabeth Ave., New Braunfels. 830-837-6172. www.circleartstheatre.org

Nov. 6 | Celebrate veterans

Beginning at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, located at 386 N. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, the Veterans Day Parade will include members of several area military associations. Participants can be veterans or active military members and can email [email protected] to register. The parade will begin at the church, turn down West Zink Street, follow Landa Street to the Main Plaza, circle the plaza, travel down East San Antonio Street and end at Prince Solms Park. 7-8:30 a.m. (staging), 8:30 a.m. (parade begins). Free. 713-206-1055.

Nov. 6-7 | Foster creativity and imagination

During the ninth annual NB Kidsfest, children and families can participate in interactive activities, visit over 100 exhibits and more. Hosted by Hill Country Conferences, the two-day event will give attendees opportunities to use their imaginations, get creative and learn about community resources. A full stage schedule and list of exhibitors is available on the website. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(Nov. 6), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 7). Free (age 2 and under), $5 (online tickets), $7 (at the door). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-214-4694. www.nbkidsfest.com

Nov. 6 and 13 | Try your hand at traditional cooking

During the Westside Community Center’s tamale workshop, participants can learn the tradition and art of making tamales and take home a dozen bean, cheese and jalapeno tamales. Space is limited. Noon-1:30 p.m. $42. 2932 S. I-35,New Braunfels. 830-221-4301.www.nbtexas.org/parks

Nov. 11-21 | Catch a Christmas classic

Members of the Christian Youth Theatre will perform an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, “A Christmas Carol.” The tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve as three spirits force him to face his selfish ways and instead show love to those around him. 2 p.m. (Nov. 13 and 20); 3 p.m. (Nov. 14 and 21); 7 p.m. (Nov. 11-12, 13, 18-19 and 20). $18 (online), $20 (at the door). Christian Youth Theater Studio, 1389 Industrial St., New Braunfels. www.cytsanantonio.org

Nov. 13 | Get started with composting

The Headwaters at the Comal will teach attendees to compost at home by turning yard debris and food scraps into a resource for use in yards and gardens. Attendees will learn about several composting methods during the workshop. Free (children), $15 (supporter- and contributor-level Headwaters members), $18 (individual- and family-level Headwaters members), $20 (per family). 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Nov.14 | Witness history in the making

As part of the events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels, a time capsule will be buried for future residents of the city to open in 2045—the 200th anniversary of New Braunfels. The time capsule will include letters submitted by residents and other documents that capture the city’s character. The deadline to submit items for the time capsule was Oct. 22. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Free. Landa Park Aquatics Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-625-2385. www.since1845.com

Nov.19 | Welcome the holiday season

During the annual downtown lighting ceremony, the city of New Braunfels will be lit up with thousands of twinkling lights, and Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck. Holiday treats will be available for purchase, and photos with Santa will be $10. 6-9 p.m. Main Plaza, New Braunfels. 830-221-4350. www.nbtexas.org/parks

Nov.19-21 | Kick-start your holiday shopping

Shop over 60 vendors at the annual Weihnachtsmarkt hosted by Sophienburg Museum & Archives. All proceeds will support museum operations, conservation efforts and educational programming. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(Nov. 19), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 20), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 21). $12. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-629-1572. www.sophienburg.com

Nov. 24 | Earn your turkey dinner

Join the annual Pre-Turkey Burn at Das Rec for workouts that will include cardio, plyometrics, aqua core and more. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the New Braunfels Food Bank. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free (Das Rec members), $6 (nonmembers who bring a donation), $12 (nonmembers). Das Rec, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170. www.dasrec.com

Dec. 2 | Sample a selection of wassail

Visit downtown New Braunfels for the annual Wassailfest celebration. The city will host the event in partnership with the New Braunfels Jaycees and the New Braunfels Downtown Association. Downtown streets will be closed during the event, and businesses will offer Wassail samples, demonstrations and other activities. The evening will end with a free Wade Bowen concert on East San Antonio Street. 6-9 p.m. Free (admission). Downtown New Braunfels. Search “Wassailfest” at www.nbtexas.org.

Live music

Freiheit Country Store
, 2157 FM 1101, New Braunfels830-625-9400. www.freiheitcountrystore.net

November

18 Steve Wariner (full band)

26 Kin Faux

Krause’s Cafe,148 S. Castell Ave, New Braunfels. 830-625-2807. www.krausescafe.com

November

05 Devin Baize Band

06 Shane Kelley, Kade Isakson Band, Adriana Live

07 Julian Escobedo, Tony Taylor, Ruben V

10 Off The Grid Band

13 Paul Finley

The Red Bird Listening Room, 1260 S. Business I-35, New Braunfels. 830-606-7886. www.redbirdlisteningroom.com

November

07 Adam Hood

12 Thom Shepherd

14 Max & Heather Stalling

19 Jonny Burke

21 Statesboro Revue

Riley’s Tavern, 8894 FM 1102, New Braunfels. 512-392-3132. www.rileystavern.com

November

06 Blackbird Sing

11 Hartley Hall

12 Mark Jungers

14 Kayla Jane’s Picker’s Circle

18 Mike Ethan Messick and Friends

27 Dirty Rotten Swing Band

December

02 Manzy Lowry
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.



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