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NOVEMBER 2019

November 1 – 10
Wurstfest
Landa Park, New Braunfels
Join in a unique celebration rich in German culture. Enjoy food, music, dancing, carnival rides, games, German and Texan beers, special events, and the finest in Alpine- and Bavarian-style entertainment.
830-625-9167
wurstfest.com

Saturday, Nov 9
Nuevo Tango – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Cave without a Name, Boerne, Texas
Enhanced by the dynamic acoustics and nature’s beautiful backdrop, Fredericksburg Music Festival on Tour performs in the Throne Room. Experience the seductive tango music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, famous for creating the Neuvo Tango genre, an exotic intertwining of South American tango, Jazz and Classical styles plus familiar movie tunes from Scent of a Woman and The Phantom of the Opera.
Advance until 5 PM day of show – $30; At the Door – $35
830-537-4212
https://www.cavewithoutaname.com/content/nuevo-tango-four-seasons-buenos-aires

November 14 – 16
Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival
Convention Center, New Braunfels
Immerse yourself in the world of rubber stamping and paper art with this creative festival. Enjoy artistic rubber stamps, scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, artist trading cards, demonstrations, and a make-and-take shop. There is on-site shopping, prizes, meals, and snacks. If it’s your first time to a show, wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera. This is a craft-lover’s paradise with 35 hours of crafting over three days.
541-574-8000
heirloompro.com/product/new-braunfels-texas

Nov. 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020
ICE! and Lone Star Christmas
Gaylord Texas Resort, Grapevine, Texas
With 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, an 8-foot-tall gingerbread house, Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus and ICE! carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Check out the special bonus area – a LIVE ice carving zone. Watch a masterful ice carver create amazing sculptures before your eyes.
Phone: 817-410-3185
https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/ice-lone-star-christmas/

November 16, 2019 through January 12, 2020
Ice Land: Christmas Around the World
Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas
This exhibit is carved from 2 million pounds of ice and allows visitors to walk through coloful, iconic places from around the world.
409-683-4200
moodygardens.org
LIVE web cam: https://www.moodygardens.com/iceland_tent/

November 22-December 7
Fall Foliage Driving Trails
Palestine in the Texas Forest Trail Region
Beautiful autumn colors are the featured attraction each November. Enjoy outdoor adventures, train excursions, local cuisine, and historic shops along the way. A map is available on the website.
903-723-3014
visitpalestine.com

November 29 – 30
Dickens on Main
Boerne, Texas
The 20th annual celebration officially kicks off the holiday season in Boerne, spreading tidings of good cheer and merriment galore.
830-248-1617
visitboerne.org/calendar

November 29-Dec.31
Christmas on the Ranch
Join Don Strange Ranch for a monthlong celebration of family, friends, and neighbors with brand-new displays, interactive carriage and hayrides, food galore, and Christmas shopping all in one place.
830-537-3156
visitboerne.org/calendar

November 30
Concert in the Cave: Sounds of the Season
Cave without a Name, Boerne Texas
Enjoy Tinsel – an a’Cappella quartet – for sounds of the Christmas Season with contemporary classics and beloved carols. Described as sleek, sophisticated, and distinctive, Tinsel is not your average group of Christmas carolers. Within their roster of professional singers are Grammy®-winners and classically trained vocalists. They entertain audiences with style and distinction. From classical to contemporary, Tinsel’s original arrangements of holiday favorites sparkle with sophistication while respecting tradition and cherished memories.
The Cave Without a Name is a limestone solutional cave National Natural Landmark in the Texas Hill Country region of central Texas located 40 miles from downtown San Antonio, and 10 miles northeast of Boerne
830-537-4212
https://www.cavewithoutaname.com/content/sounds-season-2019

Through January 12, 2020
“Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders”
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
From griffins and giants to demons and dragons, monsters have enthralled people throughout time. In medieval art and literature, these fanciful creatures give form to fears, curiosities, and fantasies of the unfamiliar and the unknown. Medieval Monsters, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, presents a lively array of monsters that appear in more than 50 illuminated manuscripts from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each of the three sections of the exhibition—Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders—will explore the ways monsters functioned as the embodiment of power, the representation of marginalized groups in society, or the inspiration of awe.
512-471-7324
blantonmuseum.org/exhibition/medieval-monsters-terrors-aliens-wonders/

Through Jan. 26, 2020
Motown: The Sound of Young America
LBJ Presidential Library, Austin, Texas
This exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of the birth of Motown Records. The exhibit traces the evolution of the label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important artists today. With support from the Motown Museum in Detroit, and personal artifacts from some of the music’s biggest recording artists, Motown: The Sound of Young America is the first major museum exhibition to embrace all facets of the biggest sound in soul in the ‘60s: musically, culturally, and politically.LBJ
512-721-0200
lbjlibrary.org

DECEMBER 2019

Through December 25
Old West Christmas Light Fest
Enchanted Springs Ranch, Boerne, Texas
Featuring a rustic, true Texas “Old West” town filled with holiday lights on beautiful ranchland,

Through Jan. 13, 2020
Holiday Sand Castle Village
South Padre Island
The spirit of Christmas is a sight to behold at Holiday Sand Castle Village. Filled with awe-inspiri…

Dec. 5 – 22
Santa Claus Museum
Columbus, Texas
Visions of sugar plums dance in your head when you visit the Santa Claus Museum, the only Santa muse…

Dec. 7
Pearl Harbor Day Observance
Fredericksburg, Texas
To mark the historic Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the National Museum of the Pacific War hos…

Dec. 7
Downtown Holiday Stroll and Sing-Along
Austin, Texas
Sing carols and watch the Texas State Capitol Christmas tree light up. Then take a stroll down Congr…

Dec. 13-24
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin, Texas
Shop for gifts and art while listening to local bands live in concert at this iconic annual holiday …

Trail of Lights
Dec. 10-23
Austin, Texas
Returning for its 55th year, Trail of Lights is the largest holiday tradition in the state capitol, …

Dec. 21
Winter Solstice Celebration Circle
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this evening featuring the natural beauty of Cave Without a Name …

Dec. 21, 2019-April 12, 2020
“Fashion Forward”
Fashion takes center stage in this exhibition showcasing the history of style in Texas, particularly…