Thousands of residents and visitors gathered in New Braunfels this fall for the 2023 Dia de los Muertos Festival and Wurstfest.

On Oct. 28, crowds gathered downtown in festive attire to celebrate the seventh annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. The festival included live music, face painting, food and drink vendors, shopping, and more.

From Nov. 3-12, the Wurstfest grounds near Landa Park were packed with attendees enjoying pitchers of beer, German cuisine, live music and vendors. Originating in 1961, Wurstfest began as a one-day festival created by the city meat inspector, Ed Grist, as a festival to honor sausage, according to the Wurstfest website. The festival has grown to be 10 days full of celebrating New Braunfels’ German heritage.