Are you ready for the “10-day celebration of sausage?” One of the Hill Country’s favorite events of the year, Wurstfest, starts on Friday, Nov. 4, and the No. 2 Oktoberfest in the nation as voted by the readers of USA TODAY and 10Best has more great features than ever this year.
Wurstfest attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the state and country every year, who come to celebrate the Hill Country’s German heritage with tasty Bavarian food, themed fun, and abundant festivities. Get ready to sample traditional eats including a variety of sausage, taste beer from local breweries and Germany, dance to live music, play games, and hit the carnival rides during this unique annual celebration, which lasts until Nov. 13.
Keeps on growing
It’s hard to believe when you look around the festival grounds that Wurstfest began in 1961 as a one-day celebration of local foods. Its growth over the years has been tremendous, and, this year, a few key new additions will make the fest even more fun. Kinder Nacht on Wednesday, November 9 is a special night dedicated to family fun, with discounts and activities for children under 12, unlimited-ride carnival wristbands, and a show by storyteller Laure Jane McDaniel.
This year Wurstfest is also offering a buy-one-get-one-free ticket special, with one free ticket for every paid adult ticket, with no limit (as always, children under 12 are free). These BOGO coupons are valid between Sunday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and can be downloaded here. The brand-new Wurstfest app has also just been released, which can help you navigate the festival site, access the event schedule, and buy tickets.
Also this year, Stelzenplatz, which debuted in 2014 with an expanded area along the Comal River just below the Stelzenhaus Hall, returns with “even more food, beers, shopping, and room to roam!,” said the festival. This favorite new area will offer:
- - A market featuring Bavarian food, clothing, and gifts
- - A craft beer garden with 30 craft beers and 5 domestic varieties
- -Four food trucks offering a variety of tasty food
- -A live music stage—you can check the schedule of performers here
- -A biergarten where you can enjoy your beer and food and listen to the live music
- -Even more carnival rides
- -Beautiful views of the Comal River
Living in New Braunfels
Visiting New Braunfels for Wurstfest is a great time to explore new homes in New Braunfels. The Crossings is the area’s newest community, featuring new Hill Country homes for sale in two single-family neighborhoods from leading builder Lennar Homes. Sixteen different modern floorplans are offered, ranging from 1,600 to 3,117 square feet, with 3 to 4 bedrooms, open floorplans, gourmet kitchens, spacious gathering areas, upgraded features, and beautiful Hill Country views. The Crossings also offers popular masterplanned amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails, along with an ideal location that feels private and serene but maintains easy access to I35 and all the best of New Braunfels.