From the Comal County Fair to lessons in native gardening, there is plenty to do in New Braunfels in September

The 127th annual Comal County Fair will kick off on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Comal County Fair Association)
The 127th annual Comal County Fair will kick off on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Comal County Fair Association)

The 127th annual Comal County Fair will kick off on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Comal County Fair Association)

As fall approaches, several annual events are returning to New Braunfels alongside new celebrations and activities. The following are just some of the local events scheduled for September.

Sept. 11: Remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the city of New Braunfels will hold a ceremony at the Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels. The event will begin at 7:35 a.m. when members of the local fire department and police department honor guard will march from the downtown fire station to main plaza. The ceremony at the main plaza will begin at 7:46 a.m. and will include raising and lowering the American flag to half-staff, an invocation, remarks from local dignitaries, and a performance by the New Braunfels Firefighters Pipes and Drums. For those who cannot attend, the event will be available on the City of New Braunfels-Government Facebook page. 7:30-8:15 a.m. Free. 500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. www.nbtexas.org

Sept. 11: Run through Gruene

Join fellow runners in a 5K or 10K run through Gruene. The race will begin in front of Gruene Hall, and participants can enjoy music, food and beer from Guadalupe Brewing Co. after the run. 6:45 a.m. (packet pickup), 8 a.m. (5K and 10K start), 9 a.m. (kids fun run).


$15 (kids fun run), $30-$40 (5K and 10K). Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. 877-806-3987. www.athleteguild.com

Sept. 11: Learn about air pressure

Children in kindergarten through third grade will learn about how air pressure is used in our everyday lives. Participants will conduct experiments and activities to gain an understanding of air pressure. 10-11 a.m. $3 (Headwaters member youth: supporter and contributor level), $4 (Headwaters member youth: family level), $5 (general admission). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Sept. 14: Catch a film

Gruene Hall will host the 15th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour for guests of all ages. The films include stories from around the world, including Russia, the Guyana rainforest, French Polynesia and Utah’s Flaming Gorge. 6 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (films begin). Free (children age 12 and under), $15 (attendees over age 12). Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. 830-606-1281. www.gruenehall.com

Sept. 14: Prioritize learning about nature

The Comal County Conservation Alliance will host a virtual program called Prioritizing Nature’s Role in Building Resiliency. Guest speaker Suzanne Scott, Texas state director of The Nature Conservancy, will share about the conservancy’s work to advance the role of nature to mitigate floods, improve water quality and safeguard biodiversity through land protections. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. www.comalconservation.org

Sept. 16: Taste what Gruene has to offer

Visit The Grapevine Garden to taste wine and beer produced around Texas. Every third Thursday of the month the event features complimentary tastings from a featured Texas winery, live music, craft beer (for non-wine lovers) and door prizes. 5-8 p.m. Free. 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. 830-606-0093. www.grapevineingruene.com

Sept. 18: Enjoy a fiesta

Hosted on the grounds of the Sophienburg Museum, Fiesta Patria will include a taco food truck, mariachis, freshly made salsa, a performance of Ballet Folklorico and more. Admissions to the museum will be free during the event, and guests can view a display chronicling past Diez Y Seis events in New Braunfels. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 401 W. Coll St., New Braunfels. 830-629-1572. www.sophienburg.com

Sept. 18: Cultivate a native garden

As part of the Headwaters’ Native Landscaping 101 series, participants will take a tour of the grounds to see a native landscape at work and learn about the most low-maintenance native plants in the region. Experts with the Native Plant Society of Texas-New Braunfels Chapter will lead portions of the workshop, and participants are encouraged to bring a basic sketch of their yard to use in planning where to incorporate native species at home. 12:30-2 p.m. $15 (Headwaters member family: supporter and contributor level), $18 (Headwaters members: family level), $20 (general admission per family). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Sept. 22: Learn to make a rain barrel

Community members are invited to the Headwaters at the Comal to learn how to make a rain barrel for a home garden. Participants must bring their own 32-gallon, heavy-duty trash can or large container, and all other supplies will be provided. 6-7 p.m. Free. Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Sept. 22-26: Visit the Comal County Fair

After the fair was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 127th Comal County Fair & Rodeo will kick off Sept. 22 in New Braunfels. The fair will include the annual Rodeo, livestock shows, vendor booths and more. Times vary by date. Free (age 5 and younger), $5 (ages 6-11), $10 (ages 12 and over). Comal County Fair Association, 701 E. Common St., New Braunfels. 830-625-1505. www.comalcountyfair.org

Sept. 23: Learn to support those with Alzheimer’s disease

During EdenHill Communities’ third annual Alzheimer’s Symposium, attendees will learn about how to support those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The event is free to attend and any donations made will benefit the EdenHill Communities’ Memory Care Continuum. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-625-1327. www.edenhill.org/symposium

Sept. 24: Watch the Comal County Fair Parade

On Sept. 24, the annual Comal County Fair Parade will travel from Seguin Avenue near the Sonic Drive-In located at 710 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, through the city and end at Prince Solms Park, 100 Leibscher Drive. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 830-625-1505. www.comalcountyfair.org

Sept. 25: Take a hike

Join Spass Walking Tours of New Braunfels to experience the beauty and the history of Landa Park. During this 2-mile hike, participants will hear stories about the people who made Landa Park what it is today and discover the natural treasures found in the park. 10 a.m.-noon. $20. Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels. 830-221-4350. www.nbparksandrec.com

Sept. 30 through Oct. 2: Kickstart your holiday shopping

Visit the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center for the Hollydays Market of New Braunfels to begin shopping for the holiday season. Over 100 vendors will be in attendance and shoppers will have the opportunity to win door prizes, take photos in a photo booth, and enjoy food and beverages. 4-8 p.m. (Sept. 30), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct. 1-2). Free (age 12 and younger), $6 (general admission Oct. 1-2), $10 (Sept. 30), $30 (Muffins & Mimosas event), $50 (first call VIP). 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels.

830-221-4011. www.homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

September live music

Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre

290 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels

830-627-0808

www.brauntex.org

Sept. 5-Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters

Sept. 9-Zack Walther Tribute to George Strait

Sept. 16-Reed Brother’s Tribute to ZZ Top

Sept. 23-Jefferson Starship26 Oak Ridge Boys

Gruene Hall

1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels

830-606-1281

www.gruenehall.com

Sept. 5-Jack Ingram

Sept. 11-Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

Sept. 18-Chad Cooke Band

Sept. 25-Brent Cobb

River Road Ice House

1791 Hueco Springs Loop Road, New Braunfels

830-964-4443

www.riverroadicehouse.com

Sept. 5-Monte Montgomery

Sept. 18-Vallejo
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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