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5 of the Top Festivals in Fredericksburg TX

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February 13, 2024

There’s always a party happening in Fredericksburg! And guess what…you’re invited! Fredericksburg is full of one-of-a-kind festivals – more than 400 each year to be exact – that celebrate all things Texas Hill Country. From celebrations of the area’s German roots to those that highlight a vibrant arts and crafts community, there’s always something fun and exciting to be a part of. So, come celebrate with us! Here are 5 of the top festivals in Fredericksburg TX:

1. Oktoberfest


This is a party so popular that it stretches for 3 days! Oktoberfest isn’t just any party; it's a celebration of Germany’s impact on the culture and heritage of Fredericksburg! Here you’ll feel as if you walked into a whole new world, where oompah, music, arts, crafts, shopping, food and drinks are infused with authentic German flair. Taking place the first weekend of October each year at Marktplatz in downtown, Oktoberfest is the ultimate German celebration, and one you don’t want to miss!

2. Gillespie County Fair

The oldest continuous county fair in all of Texas takes place right here in Fredericksburg! Since 1881, the Gillespie County Fair has entertained guests of all ages with a number of different events, games and more, still standing today as one of the most popular festivals in Fredericksburg TX. Enjoy carnival and midway games, fair food, livestock judging, exhibits related to agriculture, arts and crafts, antique tractor shows, horse racing, live music and plenty of dancing at the Gillespie County Fair each August!

3. Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival

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Food and wine have always been a staple in Texas Hill Country! Celebrate these 2 specialties at the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival each October! Marktplatz is taken over by some of the very best food and wine around, giving guests a chance to sample an extensive variety of unique, palate pleasing flavors. Be serenaded by live music, catch a cooking demonstration to sharpen your culinary skills or attend a special event!

4. Fredericksburg Christmas Nights of Lights

A winter wonderland of epic proportions emerges each year at Marktplatz! Fredericksburg Christmas Nights of Lights is the ultimate holiday celebration, complete with all your favorite things related to the season! A short audio presentation tells the story of Fredericksburg’s German heritage, holiday carols and finishing with a countdown to the lighting of Marktplatz. There’s a 26-foot tall wooden German Christmas pyramid featuring Christmas motifs.

5. Hill Country Film Festival

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The Hill Country Film Festival is a celebration of independent films from both Texas and around the world! This event features the screening of dozens of independent films plus question and answer interviews with many of the talented filmmakers responsible for creating these flicks. Attend one of several VIP festival parties or sit in on a discussion panel to learn more about the fascinating process of filmmaking.

We hope to see you out at some of these always entertaining festivals in Fredericksburg TX! No matter when you plan to visit or what you plan to take part in, make sure you have comfortable accommodations in Texas Hill Country! Discover the things that make Firefly Resort one of the best resorts in Fredericksburg!

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