5 Things To Do in New Braunfels This Weekend (June 17-19)

There’s always something happening in New Braunfels! Though the small-town atmosphere is alive and well in New Braunfels, the local calendar is anything but sleepy. This weekend is no exception: you have your choice of multiple events, deals, and happenings in and around town. No need to are five of the best fun things to do in New Braunfels this weekend!

1. Beat It to a Michael Jackson Tribute

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New Braunfels might be the classic “country music” town, but the spirit of classic pop is also alive and well! To prove it, the Brauntex Theatre will be hosting a Michael Jackson tribute show, featuring epic songs by The King of Pop himself. Michael Jackson forever changed the music industry, creating one-of-a-kind dance with contagious beats and a totally unique performance style. Performed by Schertz-based performance company Upscale Talent and Production, this revitalizing dance tribute show will seek to capture the thrilling energy that boosted Michael Jackson to stardom. This show’s purpose is to honor the ongoing impact Jackson has left in both music and dance. From “I Want You Back” to “Thriller”, you won’t want to miss this major throwback! Click here to purchase tickets and find out more

Upscale Talent and Productions hopes to give young performers the resources and exposure they need to fulfill their dreams. Each performer is seen and treated as an individual, benefitting through services like advising, skill-building, and personalized direction to performers specializing in dance, acting, modeling, and written expression.

When: Saturday, 7:00pm

Where: Brauntex Theatre, 290 West San Antonio Street

2. Cool Off at the Splash and Dash 5K

When summertime dawns in Texas, the thought of running in the sweltering heat is nearly unthinkable...which is why the sixth annual Dos Rios Splash and Dash 5K has thrown some water into the mix! Participants in the 5k will enjoy the refreshing scenery of the Comal and Guadalupe, along with several blooming parks and causeways. Runners and walkers alike will be given the option to stick to the road or cool off by tubing through the chute. Awards will be distributed for the winners of each division. Also, take note: tubes are provided by the city for the Chute Challenge.

The 5K Walk/Run will benefit the New Braunfels Parks Foundation, which is devoted to making our little Hill Country town a better place to live, work, and play. Through community events and education, New Braunfels Parks Foundation creates a positive influence to help local parks thrive and grow.

When: Registration at 6:30 A.M; Run/Walk at 8:00 A.M; Kids K at 9:30

Where: Cypress Bend Park, Peace Ave

3. Experience the Magic of Gruene Market Days

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It’s time once again for the classic Gruene Market Days! This monthly event is a community favorite, featuring handmade goods from over 100 talented makers and artisans. Market Days is an incredible opportunity to meet local vendors, browse unique finds, and even taste specialty foods. If you weren’t convinced yet, the event offers up free parking and admission, as well as live entertainment! This month’s featured vendor is Shannon from Greyden Candle Co. Shannon’s homemade candles reflect a truly personal touch-- providing warmth and comfort to any space.

When: Saturday, 10:00 AM -Sunday, 5:00 PM

Where: Gruene Historic District

4. Take in the Hill Country on the “Bee Hoppy” Brew Tour

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Searching for a truly German way to cruise into the weekend? Look no further than the Bee Hoppy Brew Tour! This weekend’s microbrewery experience, facilitated by OffRhodes Craft Beer Tours, will allow you to enjoy the hoppy fruits of the Hill Country in a safe and leisurely way.

The tour is scheduled to begin with a taste of Underground’s delicious artisan pizza before moving on to three featured breweries: Seguin Brewing Co, Texas Mead Works, and BS Brewing. The experience will feature in-depth private tours, a look into the brewing process, wine tasting, and more! You won’t want to miss the chance to peek into the Hill Country’s craft breweries and taste Seguin Brewing Co’s famous Honey Pecan Cream Ale. The tour will culminate with a stop at another local gem: Patek’s Craft Beer Bar. See you on the bus!

When: Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Park at 310 N. Seguin Ave

5. Let Loose at Gruene Hall’s Lone Star Swing

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If you have even a hint of old school nostalgia in your bones, you’ll jump at the chance to head to Gruene Hall for Lone Star Swing! A combination of classic swing, Texas moves, and jazz music, Lone Star Swing is your opportunity to dance your way into the past. Beginners and pros alike are off your wraps, tunnels, turns and spins! The best part? You won’t even need a partner (or swing dancing experience) to join in on the fun. According to Merle Travis, "Western swing is nothing more than a group of talented country boys, unschooled in music, but playing the music they feel, beating a solid two-four rhythm to the harmonies that buzz around their brains."

When: Sunday: 12:30PM- 4:30PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd