New Braunfels Fall Activity Guide

Sept. 21

2019 Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup

The third annual Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup brings together local partners and volunteers to collect litter from river banks, parks and contributing watershed areas around New Braunfels. 9 a.m.-noon. Breakfast, lunch, cleaning supplies and T-shirt provided to volunteers at no cost.

Headwaters at the Comal,
333 E. Klingman St., New Braunfels

Sept. 21

League of Women Voters centennial meeting

The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area celebrates the centennial of the 19th amendment with a kickoff meeting at Das Rec from 2-4 p.m. Membership is available to anyone age 16 or older. $62. Members, friends, supporters and anyone interested in the LWV-CA are welcome.

Das Rec, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels

Sept. 24-29

Comal County Fair and Rodeo

The 126th Comal County Fair and Rodeo takes place at the Comal County fairgrounds near the end of September. The county fair features blue ribbon competitions, antique shows, a kiddie tractor pull and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Times vary daily. $10 (age 12 and over), $5 (ages 6-11)

701 Common St., New Braunfels

Oct. 6

Mid-Texas Symphony: ‘A German Celebration'

The Seguin-based Mid-Texas Symphony will perform “A German Celebration” at the Canyon High School Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. The performance will feature famed Austro-German composers such as Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. $25 & up

1510 I-35, New Braunfels

Oct. 10-13

Gruene Music and Wine Festival

The 33rd annual Gruene Music & Wine Festival brings wine, music, food and craft beer together for a four-day event. 21 and up only, ID required. Event times vary. Proceeds benefit United Way of Comal County. $15 (advance), $20 (general admission)

Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road, New Braunfels

Oct. 18-19

Soul Searching in Comal Cemetery

Find the spirit of historic New Braunfels in a guided nighttime tour of the 150-year-old Comal Cemetery. 6 p.m. (Fri.), 5:30 p.m. (Sat.). $20. Tickets available at the Parks and Recreation Office, 110 Golf Course Road

301 Peace Ave., New Braunfels

Oct. 26

Dia de los Muertos

A free community festival held in downtown New Braunfels from noon-10 p.m. will celebrate the Aztec tradition of Dia de los Muertos with a parade, kids activities, live entertainment, face painting and more. Hosted by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business Alliance

500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

Oct. 26-27

Texas Clay Festival

The 27th annual Texas Clay Festival features unique, original artwork and pottery from more than 80 Texas-based potters and clay artists during a free two-day event in the Gruene Historic District. Traditional and sculpted pottery is available for purchase, as artists hold various demonstrations throughout the festival grounds. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.)

1296 Gruene Road, New Braunfels

Oct. 31

Downtown Halloween Spooktacular

Head downtown from 4-6 p.m. for a free hometown Halloween celebration as local merchants provide a safe trick-or-treating option, photo opportunities, games and a kids costume contest. Portions of Seguin Avenue, San Antonio Street and Castell Avenue will close beginning at 3:45 p.m.

500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

Nov. 1-10


The unique German cultural festival, described as “the best 10 days in sausage history,” will commence at the festival grounds near the headwaters of the Comal River. Festival goers will enjoy German, Texan and domestic beer, music, dancing, carnival rides and games as well as Alpine and Bavarian-style entertainment. Free admission most days

120 Landa St., New Braunfels

Nov. 9

Veterans Day Parade

Visit downtown New Braunfels from 9 a.m.-noon and celebrate Veterans Day with the New Braunfels Band of Brothers. Guest speakers will begin the ceremony at 9 a.m. before a Veterans Day parade celebrating veterans and the New Braunfels community gets underway at 10 a.m. No cost to attend

500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

Dec. 5


Held annually the first Thursday of December from 6-9 p.m., Wassailfest helps residents feel the Christmas spirit with food, shopping, wassail sampling and entertainment throughout the streets of downtown New Braunfels. No cost to attend

500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact staff)
Comal and Guadalupe County report total of 221 COVID-19 cases

Between both counties, 11 new cases were reported today. Three of the five largest days for reporting since the pandemic began were in the last eight days.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.

Comal ISD will host their monthly meeting May 28. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Preview: Comal ISD to hold in-person meeting May 28

The Comal ISD board of trustees will discuss a parking lot expansion at Spring Branch Middle School, a potential attendance boundary change and the 2020-21 budget.

Nursing facilities across Texas will be able to apply for federal funds to purchase devices to connect residents to friends and family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News on 20 Central Texas businesses and nonprofits

Read about Central Texas business news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage this week.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own equipment in order to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus.(Graphic by Matthew T. Mills /Community Impact Newspaper)
State of Texas releases voter health checklist for polling stations in June and July

Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs released a checklist May 26 for voters to follow to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at polls.

A rendering shows the new color schemes at Blastenhoff Tower. (Courtesy Schlitterbahn)
Schlitterbahn to reopen in mid-June at 25% capacity

The park can see more than a million guests in a season at full capacity.

Le Petit Parties Couture closed in March

The party venue hosted parties, playdates, etiquette lessons and more.

Former Mayor Barron Casteel (foreground right) stands in front of the dais and Mayor Rusty Brockman (background left) at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020.(Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels welcomes new mayor and council members

Two new council members were also welcomed to the dais and district 2 council member Justin Meadows was elected as Mayor Pro Tem.

Starting May 29, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of their normal operating capacity.

The flute section of the Rouse High School marching band from Leander performs in this 2017 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.

Reopening will be its own challenge

Local business owner faces backlash over delayed reopening