October is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Eden Hill Communities is sponsoring the first annual Alzheimer’s symposium at the McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. Speakers will discuss Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses as well as daily living and caregiving. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. 830-625-6291 www.edenhill.org/symposium
Wee Discovery Preschool
Preschool-aged children are invited to the Fischer Park Nature Education Center, 1946 Monarch Way, New Braunfels, to explore nature through games, crafts and activities.
10 a.m.-11 a.m. $7. 830-221-4378.
Dia de los muertos
A free community festival will be held in downtown New Braunfels, 500 Main Plaza, to celebrate the Aztec tradition of Dia de los Muertos with a parade, kids activities, live entertainment and face painting. Noon-10 p.m. 800-572-2626.
New Braunfels High School Semper Fi-ve K run
The New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC hosts the third annual Semper Fi-ve K run, 2551 Loop 337, New Braunfels. $25 (military, first responders, cadets, students, NBISD employees), $30 (advance registration), $35 (on race day). 210-383-3831. http://redemptionrp.raceentry.com/races/third-annual-semper-fi-ve-k/2019/register
The New Braunfels Railroad Museum will sponsor the 11th annul fall train show at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375, S. Castell Ave. Be a junior engineer, win prizes and see model trains, some Lego, built to different scales. 830-627-2447. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). $8 (14 and over), $2 (3-13)
New Braunfels Utilities community shred day
Participate in NBU’s community shred day, 9 a.m.-noon at the Headwaters at the Comal, 333 East Klingemann St., New Braunfels. Items for disposal include white or colored paper, file folders, window envelopes and plastic cards. Staples and paper clips not accepted. First two boxes free. Additional boxes $5. Proceeds support the NBU Utility Bill Assistance Program. 830-629-8454. www.nbutexas.com
Clay Festival takes form
Head to the Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, for the 27th annual Texas Clay Festival. See unique, original artwork from more than 80 Texas-based potters and clay artists will be on display. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free.
Downtown Halloween Spooktacular
Visit downtown New Braunfels, 500 Main Plaza, for a free Halloween celebration. Local merchants will open their doors for a safe trick-or-treating option along with games and a kids costume contest. Streets close at 3:45 p.m. 830-221-4057.
Tavern Halloween Bash
Hit Tavern in the Gruene, 830 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, for a spooky Halloween evening featuring DJ Stash and dancing from 8 p.m.-midnight. Costume contest at 9 p.m. Free. 830-608-0438. www.taverninthegruene.com
Head to 178 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels for German, Texan and domestic beer; Alpine and Bavarian-themed entertainment, such as music and dancing; carnival rides; authentic German food; and more. Free admission most days. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com
Freiheit Elementary inaugural fall festival
A cake walk, book fair and festival foods are just some of the fun kids and parents can expect at the inaugural Freiheit Elementary School fall festival, 2002 FM 1101, New Braunfels. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No cost. 830-221-2700. www.facebook.com/cisdfreiheites
Hometown Veterans Day Parade held downtown
Stop through downtown New Braunfels, 500 Main Plaza, from 9 a.m.-noon for the fifth annual Veterans Day Parade featuring the New Braunfels Band of Brothers. The ceremony is available to attend at no cost and will commence with guest speakers followed by a parade to celebrate veterans and the New Braunfels community. 713-206-1055.
Sylver Spoon ‘Star Wars’ trivia
Use the force of knowledge to become the chosen one on Star Wars trivia night at the Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater, 6700 I-35, New Braunfels. “Star Wars”-themed questions and food, such as colo-claw fish and green coconut-milk curry, are on the menu. 7-10 p.m. $50. 830-627-7226.
Festival of Trees lights up Milltown historic district
Travel to the Milltown Historic District, 490 Porter St., New Braunfels, for the fifth annual Festival of Trees benefiting the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation and Meals on Wheels. Residents can take a stroll through decorated trees to celebrate the Christmas season. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Free. www.festivaloftreesnb.com