Here’s an event that’s worth the drive for folks in Dripping Springs. Just head one hour south toward the gorgeous Comal River until you reach New Braunfels. You’ll find yourself at Wurstfest, a 10-day festival that celebrates the Bavarian culture. Sprechen sie fun? Read on to learn more about this must-attend event.
What Is Wurstfest in New Braunfels?
Wurstfest proclaims itself as the best ten days in sausage history. It’s your opportunity to relish good food, listen to music, dance up a storm (chicken dance, anyone?), hop on carnival rides, and play a few games. Of course, German beer will be on hand as well as Texas and other domestic beers.
This year’s German festival runs from Nov. 1 through 10. It’s always free for children 12 and under. Some days include free admission for adults. For a list of free admission dates, refer to the FAQ.
For the daily happenings, check out the Wurstfest schedule. One of the more popular events you will want to catch is Masskrugstemmen (pronounced mahss-kroog-stem-men) aka steinholding. It’s a traditional Bavarian strength contest involving a stein full of beer and an outstretched arm. Yep, contestants will stand there holding a stein with a straight arm for as long as possible.
The world record for steinholding is 21 minutes and 17 seconds. For women, it’s 5 minutes and 2 seconds. The average male holds the stein for three to five minutes. Women can go one to two minutes. For the contest schedule, see the Masskrugstemmen page.
Before You Go to Wurstfest
Before you go, review Sprechen Sie Safety for safety reminders. They encourage attendees to leave their bags at home. The security process will move faster when you come to the gate with the ticket, keys, cash, IDs, and phone in hand. Otherwise, you may need to empty your pockets. The safety page lists items not allowed on festival grounds.
Attendees cannot bring food and drinks to the festival. Plenty of food and drink will be available for sale. What’s Wurstfest without a bite of Bavarian food? C’mon and join them for the 10-day salute to sausage.
If sausage isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll want to get yourself in a twist over the Texas-sized pretzels that sell out every year. Some other foods you may find at the festival include turkey legs, claws, potato pancakes, and fried pickles.
First Friday: 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am – midnight
Sundays: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mon-Wed: 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Thu and Fri: 5:00 – 11:00 pm
This is just one of the many memorable events the people of Dripping Springs love to attend. Let us know if you go by chatting with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Looking for a home? Explore new homes in Dripping Springs.