These days, it seems like everybody loves New Braunfels, TX. From its utterly charming take on German culture to its beloved cypress-lined waterways, this little Hill Country town is about as idyllic as it gets.
So, whether you’re headed to New Braunfels for the day or you’re a local looking to spice up your calendar, leave the research to us: here are 10 of the best things to do in New Braunfels this August!
1. Admire some Gourd-eous Art
Image Courtesy of the Lone Star Gourd Festival
Okay, okay, cue the eye rolls for that pun...and then head to the Lone Star Gourd Festival! From August 3rd-5th at the New Braunfels Civic Center, The Texas Gourd Society will host an event that highlights everyone’s favorite produce-based art medium: the gourd. Featuring art classes, competitions, and so much more, this festival is truly one-of-a-kind.
When: August 3-5
Where: New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 Castell Ave
2. Learn a New Sport
Image Courtesy of Samantha Hurley
Looking for a place to learn or brush up on your sports skills? Check out some of the classes and activities at Das Rec that teach the fundamental skills of basketball, kickball, and futsal. Play along with fellow learners of the game and create bonds through friendly competition. Check out the 2018 Summer Program here for times and dates!
3. Play in the Junior Golf Championship
Image Courtesy of Landa Park Golf Course
It’s time again for the Junior Golf Championship at Landa Park! For all the young golfers looking for a chance to prove their skills in a competition, this event is for you. Sign up today and get ready for a morning of good golf and good fun.
When: August 6-7, tee times starting at 8:00 AM
Where: Landa Park Golf Course, 180 Golf Course Rd
4. Cruise Down River Road
Every Thursday this summer is Bike Night on River Road! Start at Koozie’s at the heart of River Road and grab some dinner before you cruise your motorcycle on down to River Road Ice House and listen to live music and have a few drinks. After each show, there is a raffle for $100 Gruene H&D gift card. It’s going to be a good time!
When: Every Thursday, live music starts at 7:00 PM
Where: Koozie’s, 8511 River Rd
5. Dance Along to Two Tons of Steel
Image Courtesy of Gruene Hall’s Facebook Page
Is it really a summer in New Braunfels if you didn’t dance your buns off to Two Tons on a Tuesday night? The last few Tuesdays are coming up for you to see Two Tons of Steel make Gruene Hall come alive for a night of two-stepping Texas Hill Country magic. Get there early because the floor has been crowded!
When: Every Tuesday until August 14th, 7:00 PM
Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd
6. Cheer on the Beer Holders
Image Courtesy of Krause’s Cafe
How long can these finalists hold a stein full of beer at arm's length? Find out on August 11th: Krause’s Cafe will hold the Masskrugstemmen Finals and declare one lucky winner the champion...sending them on to New York City for the National Championship Title!
When: Saturday, August 11th, 8:00 PM
Where: Krause’s Cafe, 148 S Castell Ave
7. See NEEDTOBREATHE Perform
Southern rockers NEEDTOBREATHE are coming to New Braunfels this month to promote their new album “Forever on Your Side”. The boys will take the stage at the Whitewater Amphitheater for a Friday night of music, fun, and good vibes. Tickets are available here!
When: Friday, August 10th, 6:00 PM
Where: Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306
8. Shop at the Market Days
Gruene Market Days is an artisan market held monthly in the Historic Gruene District on August 18th and 19th. Every vendor you will see at this market has crafted their products themselves. Artisans work with a variety of mediums, from woodworking to homemade spices.
When: August 18-19
Where: Gruene Historic District, 1724 Hunter Rd
9. Play Board Games
Image Courtesy of the Sylver Spoon
Did you know? The Sylver Spoon hosts a board game night on the third Wednesday of every month! The twist of it all is that while you enjoy your board game, you can also dine on a tasting menu specifically filled with wild game. (Get it…?) Bring the whole family for a fun night out at Sylver Spoon!
When: Wednesday, August 15, 5:00 PM
Where: Sylver Spoon, 6700 N I-35
10. Watch a Community Play
The Circle Arts Theatre is putting on a performance of Twelve Angry Men beginning on August 17th. An acclaimed courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men follows the intense dialogue of a jury panel deciding the fate of one young man. Tickets are available here!
When: August 17th- September 2nd, Times & Tickets Available Here
Where: Circles Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave