The town of New Braunfels offers the charming sensibilities of a rich cultural heritage, along with the amenities of a lively modern city! Accordingly, New Braunfels offers a variety of local events that showcase both.
Leave the research to us: check out this list of the 10 best things to do in New Braunfels this July!
1. Cheer on the 4th of July Parade
Image courtesy of Radio NB
One of New Braunfels’ favorite traditions is the 4th of July parade, and this year the excitement is as electric as ever! Bring the whole family down for fun, food, music, and lots of parade classics. Make sure you get there early to grab a good spot to see all the floats and fun.
When: Wednesday, July 4th, 9:15 AM
Where: Main Plaza, Downtown New Braunfels
2. Bike Down River Road
Every Thursday this summer is Bike Night on River Road! Hang out at Koozie’s for food and music, then grab your bike and ride down to River Road Ice House for even more fun! Oh, and did we mention discounted food and drinks at both locations? Plus, after each show, there will be a free raffle for a $100 Gruene H-D gift card.
When: Every Thursday, 7:00 PM
Where: River Road Ice House, 1791 Hueco Springs Loop Rd
3. Show Off Your Skills at TSR
Thursday Night Showdowns are back at Texas Ski Ranch and are open for all riders of all ages and any skill level. From beginners to experts, this event is a fun way to get better as a rider and also make friends during a weekly competition. More information is available on the website!
When: Every Thursday, 5:00 PM
Where: Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 N I-35
4. See Live Music at Schlitterbahn
Schlitterbahn is shaking things up a bit this summer with their first ever Rock the Bahn Music Festival! Starting July 7th, live bands will take the stage at the lagoon every Saturday to help guests rock as they float. For lineup and ticketing information, head to the Schlitterbahn website.
When: Every Saturday, Noon
Where: Schlitterbahn, 381 E Austin St
5. See Rodney Carrington Live
Rodney Carrington is a very talented comedian, actor, singer, and writer who has released eight major label records and sold millions of copies. He has since self-released several records under his Laughter’s Good Records company and is ready to come to Whitewater Amphitheater to bring the laughter to you. Grab your tickets here for a guaranteed good time!
When: Friday, July 13th, 8:00 PM
Where: Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306
6. Watch the Dachshund Races
We know what you were thinking - “Hey, when is someone going to race those Dachshunds again?” Well, someone heard you, because Krause’s Cafe is doing its renown Dachshund Races on Saturday, July 14th. Come to check out the fun, and if you’ve got a dog you want in the race, then register that speedy weenie by calling the cafe at 830-625-2807. The event benefits the Humane Society of New Braunfels.
When: Saturday, July 14th, 3:00 PM
Where: Krause’s Cafe, 148 S Castell Ave
7. Celebrate Summer at River Jam 2018
Image courtesy of Music of New Braunfels
River Jam is back this year to maintain the summer tradition of good music, good beer, and good friends. This festival is a getaway that is designed for the Texas Hill Country music fan who wants to hear good music in some of the best venues in town. Keep up to date with information on the website.
When: Friday-Sunday, July 27-29
Where: River Road Ice House, 1791 Hueco Springs Lp Rd
8. Get Crafty at Quiltfest
Did someone say Quiltfest 2018? Make your way to the New Braunfels Civic Center for a weekend filled with quilts to celebrate them in all their beauty. Of course, there will be quilts on display, but stick around for vendor presentations, antique bed-turning, and several vendors that will have quilts for sale!
When: Friday-Sunday, July 27-29
Where: New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 Castell Ave
9. Get Country at Freiheit Fest
Most people don’t know that Freiheit is more than just a restaurant...so the Freiheit Country Store is putting on their 1st Annual Freiheit Fest to celebrate the tiny community with good tunes and great fun! They are having a Best Dried Sausage Contest too, which means everybody wins. Tickets are available here.
When: Saturday, July 28th, Noon
Where: Freiheit Country Store, 2157 FM 1101
10. Try New Local Wines
The Grapevine in Gruene hosts the “Come and Taste It” event every third Thursday of the month to feature Texas wineries newest releases, as well as hand-picked selections from the Grapevine staff. This is a complimentary tasting held on the patio with samples of food as well. Listen to live music, get a free prize, what’s to lose here!
When: Thursday, July 19th, 5:00 PM
Where: Grapevine in Gruene, 1612 Hunter Rd