5 Things To Do in New Braunfels This Weekend (April 8-10)

New Braunfels residents love that the town provides so much to see and do while still maintaining a great culture and small town feel. This weekend is no exception; there are a variety of different “things” happening in and around town. No need to research, five of the best fun things to do in New Braunfels this weekend are described below. Hopefully this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!

1. Travel “Around the World in 80 Days” at Circle Theatre

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Circle Arts Theatre presents “Around the World In 80 Days”, an energetic comedy that features only 5 actors playing over 40 roles! This whimsical play follows the plights and adventures of an ordinary, rather wealthy gentleman named Phileas Fogg. Under the pretense of an unlikely bet, he finds himself on a fast-paced journey across the globe. His deadline? 80 days! From Bombay to Hong Kong to San Fransisco, Phileas encounters friends and foes, often under precarious conditions. Around the World in 80 Days is appropriate for all ages. The play is benefitting the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, and tickets range from $22 for adults to $20 for discounted tickets (senior/military/etc.).

Founded in 1968 in New Braunfels by Elizabeth Elliott, the Circle Arts Theatre is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the performing arts and the affirmation and growth of the human spirit. Come out this weekend and support your local theatre!

Where: Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm; Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm

When: Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Street

2. Get your Pioneer on at Folkfest

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This weekend, you can experience New Braunfels’ German/European heritage firsthand! Presented by the New Braunfels Heritage Society, FolkFest 2016 immerses its attendees and participants in all the glory of 19th century culture, from games to fashion to food. And don’t for one second think this festival is one of those stuffy, “only for history buffs” type events...Folkfest is educational in a truly hands-on way, featuring reenactments and demonstrations of 19th century life. Antique buffs can enjoy shopping for vintage treasures and collectibles; kids can learn how to play traditional nine-pins bowling and explore the petting zoo; music enthusiasts can enjoy live music and instrumentation; and foodies will rejoice in traditional food, craft beer, wine, and other local vendors. Set on 11 acres of Texas live oaks and blooming wildflowers, Folkfest is sure to be a nostalgic trip back in time with a New Braunfels twist. Bonus Tip: a 19th century costume will get you into the festival for free! Otherwise, admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and no charge for children under 5.

Where: Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive

When: Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm

3. Channel your Inner Train Conductor

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Although they are no longer a primary mode of transportation, trains and railroads continue to captivate the imagination of young and old alike. These powerful, iron beasts harken back to a rough-and-tumble time...when the west was still wild and the Hill Country was still largely unexplored. This weekend, the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society (a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education) gives you the opportunity to bring this passion to life. At the Train Show Jamboree, you can touch, see, and learn more about all things trains. Kids will get the opportunity to be “Junior Engineer”

And check out huge exhibit of Lego Trains. Guests can view large displays of traveling model railroads, as well as explore over sixty vendors and enter to win prizes.

Where: Civic/Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave

When: Saturday, 10:00am to Sunday, 5:00pm

4. Get Moving (& Colorful) on a 5k!

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Is it time to revamp your New Year’s Resolutions? If your 2016 goal was to “get moving” or “stay fit” or “lose 5 pounds” or any combination of the above, New Braunfels has you covered! Two different 5k “fun runs” are taking place in town this weekend. The first, “Shake, Rattle, & Run for Parkinsons”, benefits Lone Start Parkinson Society, Inc. The second, “Family Faith 5K Color Fun”, is a color-type run hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Preschool. Families, individuals, runners, and walkers of all shapes and sizes are welcome to participate! If you aren’t interested in sweating on a Saturday morning, make a sweet sign and cheer all those who are.

When: Saturday, 8:00am

Where: Landa Park & St. Paul Lutheran Church

5. Enjoy the Water & Brand New Kayak Gear...Free!

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All this gorgeous weather has us itching to get in the water...something New Braunfels is not lacking. Why not use this weekend to have some fun and test out brand new gear? Texas Ski Ranch is hosting their annual Kayak Demo Day, a local favorite event! This all-day kayak extravaganza is an opportunity for beginners or experts to try out over 80 models of kayaks and other gear. There’s no pressure to buy, but if you’ve been in the market for a kayak, you might be interested in the 30% off deals.

When: Saturday 10:00 am - Sunday, 4:00 pm

Where: Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 N Ih 35, New Braunfels