There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in New Braunfels, whether checking out a family-friendly festival, facing fears at a spooky haunted house or getting out into nature to enjoy the weather. The information for each event is accurate as of press time and is subject to change.

• FREE = Free • KID = Kid friendly • FOOD & DRINK = Food and drink are for sale •


Oct. 8-9 | Sip Gruene wine

The 36th annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest brings wine, music, food and craft beer together for the four-day event. The festival promotes Texas and Americana music in historic downtown Gruene. Some of the live music includes the Josh Abbott Band and the Lost Gonzo Band. The Gruene Music and Wine Fest will take place Oct. 6-9 and will be hosted at both The Grapevine and Gruene Hall. The event will offer live music, wine tastings, auctions and prize giveaways. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the nonprofit United Way of Comal County. Tickets and show times are available on the website. 1601 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. 830-629-5077 •

Oct. 12, 19 and 26 | Party like a monster

Get in the Halloween spirit by participating in Monster Mania, monster-themed activities for kids ages 3-5. Every Wednesday from Oct. 5-26, kids enrolled in the program can craft monster works of art, play monster-themed games and bake monster treats. 9-11 a.m. $45. Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels. 830-221-4370 •


Oct. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 | Watch a play

A stage production called “The 39 Steps” will take place at the Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels on several dates. The show is a fast-paced comedy about a man who starts dating a woman who claims she is a spy. The Champagne Opening of the show will take place Oct. 7, and the Pay What You Can Night will occur Oct. 8. The recommended ages for those attending are 12 and up. Dates and showtimes vary. $23. Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave., New Braunfels. 830-837-6172 •


Oct. 8-9 | Camp out in the Park

The annual all-ages Family Fun Campout will include a tent decorating contest, hayrides, and a hot dog and s’more cookout. 3 p.m. (Oct. 8) 10 a.m. (Oct. 9). $15. Cypress Bend Park, 503 Peace Ave., New Braunfels. 830-221-4370 •


Oct. 10 | Have fun in nature

Campers ages 6-10 will have the opportunity to spend time outdoors at the Fall Nature Camp. Each session features themed activities including kayaking, fishing, and visiting the playground and spray ground. Preregistration is required. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $25. Fischer Park Nature Education Center, 1946 Monarch Way, New Braunfels. 830-221-4378 • KID

Oct. 12 through Nov. 19 | View local artwork

The 57th annual ARToberfest Show will be on display at the New Braunfels Art League. The reception will take place Oct. 16 from 2-4:30 p.m., when awards will be presented to the winning art submissions. The show is open to all artists who would like to participate in the competition and includes five categories: oil and acrylic, water media, drawing media, photography and digital art, and three-dimensional media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.) Free. New Braunfels Art League, 239 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-629-8022 •


Oct. 14-15 | Tour the cemetery

Experience the history and tradition of the Comal County Cemetery. Established in 1886, the cemetery is the burial ground for some of New Braunfels’ founders and notable citizens. The Night Ramblings at the Comal Cemetery event will feature actors who portray the living history of those buried on the grounds. The tours last approximately one hour, and proceeds from the event support the Comal Cemetery’s preservation. Golf cart tours will begin Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.; walking tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14-15 and leave every 15 minutes. $20. Comal Cemetery, Business 35 at Grape Avenue, New Braunfels. 830-221-4350 •


Oct. 15-16 | Find local art

The sixth annual Fall Into Art Festival will take place on the Gruene Harley-Davidson Lawn location in New Braunfels. The festival will feature over 70 unique original artists and vendors along with kids activities and live music to raise money for the New Braunfels Arts Community. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (includes a raffle ticket). Gruene Harley-Davidson, 1288 Loop 337, New Braunfels. 512-980-4399 •


Oct. 22 | Do a spooky workout

A yoga flow class called Souls and Salutations will be held at the New Braunfels Cemetery. After the yoga class, a historical tour of the cemetery will be led by Jan Kingsbury of Spass Walking Tours, when those attending can learn more about the history of New Braunfels. This event is for age 16 and up. 10-11:30 a.m. $25. New Braunfels Cemetery, Business 35 at Grape Avenue, New Braunfels. 830-221-4170 •

Oct. 22 | Dive for pumpkins

Attend the Das Pumpkin Patch for a unique way to choose a Halloween pumpkin. Those attending can swim in the Das Rec pool to find their perfect floating pumpkin to decorate for Halloween. Once the pumpkin is chosen, supplies will be provided to decorate it for the upcoming holiday. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times. 4-6 p.m. $10. Das Rec, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170 •


Oct. 22 | Learn about butterflies

The Monarch Fall Festival is a fall-themed day with games, crafts, exhibits and activities to celebrate the state insect of Texas, the monarch butterfly. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fischer Park Amphitheater, 1946 Monarch Way, New Braunfels. 830-221-4378 •


Oct. 22 | Decorate the ofrenda in downtown New Braunfels

The annual Dia de los Muertos Festival hosted by the New Braunfels Hispanic Business Alliance will be held in downtown New Braunfels. The community festival will feature kids activities, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, face painters, vendors and more. The event will also include an ofrenda, or offering space to pay tribute to loved ones who have died in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Downtown New Braunfels. 830-625-2385 ••

Oct. 22-23 | Buy handmade pottery

The 30th annual Texas Clay Festival will feature the work of over 80 Texas potters and clay artists and gives those attending the opportunity to view and purchase a variety of pottery by top clay artists in the state. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct. 22), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 23). Free. Gruene Historic District, 1724 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. 830-629-7975 •


Oct. 28 | Participate in a Murder Mystery

The Bloodwood Masquerade Murder is an interactive murder mystery party. Those attending will try to solve the murder mystery around an isolated town plagued with scandals called Bloodworth Falls, where the mayor is hosting a masquerade ball in the Old Bloodwood Castle. Your character’s story will begin in the murder mystery when you receive a ticket for the ball in an unmarked envelope. Only those age 18 and up can attend. 7-9 p.m. $40. Landa Haus, 360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4370 •



Nov. 4-13 | Revel in the Wurst time of the year

Take part in the annual festival highlighting German culture in the heart of New Braunfels. Guests can enjoy the food, carnival rides and games at Wurstfest. Live music and dancing along with Alpine- and Bavarian-style entertainment are among the special events at the festival. ••Those attending the event can indulge in German, Texan and domestic beer. The Marktplatz building will host area nonprofits and organizations where attendees can purchase food and souvenirs. 4-11 p.m. (Nov. 4), 11 a.m.-midnight (Nov. 5 and 12), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 6 and 13), 5-10 p.m. (Nov. 7-10), 5-11 p.m. (Nov. 11). Free (children age 12 and under, adults Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 13 from 5-10 p.m.), $18 (advance general admission online), $20 (general admission). Wurstfest Grounds, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels 830-625-9167 ••

Nov. 5-6 | Bring the kids for fun and food

The NB Kidsfest allows kids to participate in games and activities while parents discover the best resources, products and services for children. The event will also include performances, arts and crafts, and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 5), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 6). Free. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-488-7814 •



Dec. 1 | Drink hot cider Downtown

An evening of holiday festivities will take place in downtown New Braunfels during this year’s Wassailfest. Downtown streets will close off to vehicle traffic, and businesses will be open offering wassail samples (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), demonstrations and other festive activities. Local elementary school choirs will perform in various spots downtown. The Main Plaza bandstand will feature several local singing groups. Wassail is a beverage made from hot mulled cider and spices. From 5:45-11 p.m., park and ride shuttle services run from the Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Cr., to downtown. 6 p.m. Free. 500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. 830-221-4000 •

Dec. 8 | Listen to live Christmas carols

Previously known to New Braunfels as Caroling in the Plaza, the 42nd annual Caroling in the Park event will offer kids activities; art pavilions; vendors; and performances from dancers, actors and musicians. Photos with Santa Claus and holiday train rides through Landa Park will also be available. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Landa Park, 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels •



1 Float In Pumpkin Patch 462 E. Mill St., New Braunfels • 830-213-2355 • • Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

2 Gruene United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch 2629 E. Common St., New Braunfels • 830-625-7200 • Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily until Oct. 31

3 Stahlmans at Bear Creek 5511 FM 2722, New Braunfels • 830-515-3658• Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., closed Sun.-Tue.