Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas

The month of November starts with a bang--and a bratwurst--at Wurstfest, a celebration of sausage, suds, and song held in New Braunfels. An estimated 100,000 visitors from across the nation participate annually in this special festival. During these 10 days in early November, polka the night away, listen to well-known yodelers and accordionists, or dine on schnitzel at Wurstfest. This family-friendly festival is one of the country's largest German festival.

Since 1961, Wurstfest has been drawing the attention of merrymakers looking to enjoy the German heritage of this community. Held on the banks of the Comal River in Landa Park (centered in Wursthalle), this festival is consistently rated as one of the top events in the nation. Get ready to polka to the sounds of accordion tunes and to sample the sausage for which this event is known. Come to the event hungry; you'll find lots of sausage and suds plus plenty of German specialties and sweets.

The entire community of New Braunfels is filled with activities during the Wurstfest weeks, with events that range from arts and crafts shows to boating regattas. The New Braunfels Conservation Society conducts several special tours of Conservation Plaza during these weekends, touring restored German buildings including a general store, music studio, cabinet shop, and the Church Hill School. And bicyclists can compete in the Tour de Gruene. This annual scenic 26- and 36-mile recreational bicycle tour races down River Road through the Gruene Historic District.

The festival is always scheduled for the Friday before the first Monday in November.

For More Information: visit www.wurstfest.com

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