GUIDE: 14 October and November events in and around New Braunfels

The annual Wurstfest celebration takes place Nov. 1-10.

The annual Wurstfest celebration takes place Nov. 1-10.

Oct. 22

Alzheimer’s symposium

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

Oct. 22

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.

Oct. 26

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.

Oct. 26

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.

Oct. 26-27

Train show

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)

Oct. 26

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.

Oct. 26-27

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.

Oct. 30

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.

Oct. 31

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.

Nov. 1–10


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.

Nov. 2

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.

Nov. 9

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.

Nov. 14

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.

Nov. 19-21

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.

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.


The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

More than 19,000 jobs were retained in New Braunfels due to the first round of federal PPP loans. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: More than 19,000 jobs retained in New Braunfels due to federal PPP loans

Small Business Administration data shows 1,806 New Braunfels businesses received federal assistance through PPP loans.

Comal and Guadalupe County registered voters can cast ballots July 14 at one of 40 combined polling sites. (Courtesy Pexels)
Election day voting for July 14 primary runoffs to be held at 12 polling locations

Election day voting for the July 14 primary runoffs will take place in Comal and Guadalupe Counties from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 40 combined polling locations.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.

Comal County has reported a total of 18 coronavirus-related deaths as of July 9. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County reports three COVID-19 deaths, 50 new cases

Of the new cases, 33 are New Braunfels-area residents, and the county has reported a total of 1,142 confirmed and probable cases.

Person buring paper with a match
Burn ban to take effect in Comal County

The burn ban will go into effect at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 10 and will last for 90 days or until the fire danger recedes.

In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

New Braunfels Utilities previously announced that the aquifer was nearing Stage 1 drought conditions in May and June. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels to enter Stage 1 drought restrictions July 13

During a Stage 1 water restriction, sprinkler or irrigation system schedules are organized by address and are not permitted to be used on weekends. The areas serviced by the aquifer have not been in a drought stage since October 2018.

Council Member Harry Bowers will discuss pedestrian safety on Fredericksburg Road and more at the District 3 virtual forum. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels City Council member to host District 3 citizen forum

Council Member Harry Bowers will discuss pedestrian safety on Fredericksburg Road and more at the District 3 virtual forum.

To date, 15 Comal County residents and at least three Guadalupe County residents have died due to the coronavirus. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Comal County reports six COVID-19 nursing home deaths, 147 nursing home cases

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center reported 14 COVID-19 related deaths among its patients.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.