Two Fun-Filled Days at Boerne Oktoberfest
You know, one good thing about writing a blog that includes a whole section on “Community” is that you actually get OUT of your house to explore your town and meet so many great people. This was my first year to go to Boerne Oktoberfest and we had such a fun time! This was a great event for the whole family with “delicious food, shopping, activities for the kids, great beer, special events and the finest in LIVE music…all highlighting German culture and Boerne's German heritage” (source: Boerne Visitors Center). We managed to make it to two days of Oktoberfest and I’ll tell you a bit about each:
FRIDAY: GIRLS’ NIGHT!
On Friday night, I scheduled with Lyft and left my house ALONE (Ahhh! No kids!). We headed over to pick up a good friend of mine and then we were dropped off at the center of Oktoberfest at the Olde Town shopping center (233 S. Main). We took some time to look around there for a bit before walking a short distance up the road to The Dienger Trading Co. (210 N. Main). At the Dienger, we picked up our wine glasses and a map of the Boerne retailers who were participating in the German Wine Tour. We spent the next two hours walking from store to store, sipping wine and enjoying some delicious truffles and German chocolate cake (did I mention this was a free event?) while getting a head start on some early Christmas shopping. We visited The Victorian Rose, Hunting and Gathering for the Home, and Shopping with Siobhain in addition to the Dienger Trading Co. We also spent some time at Hill Country Antiques even though it was not officially on the wine tour.
Once the Wine Tour wrapped up, it was dinner time. We felt like the world (or at least Boerne) was our oyster since we were kid-less…where should we go? Well, there are so many wonderful places to choose from on the Hill Country Mile that it was a tough decision. The Dienger, The Boerne Grill/Daily Grind, 259 Brantley’s Bistro, Cibolo Creek Brewing Co, Soda Pop’s & Sugar Shack, Peggy’s on the Green at the Ye Kendall Inn, The Creek Restaurant on the Cibolo, Dodging Duck Brewhaus, and Little Gretel were all open options for us; we ultimately ended up at the Cypress Grille. After enjoying our mahi mahi with lobster ravioli and beef tenderloin with buttered leeks (and maybe a little more wine), it was time to head back to Olde Town for some more Oktoberfest fun. We finished up our night there, doing a bit more shopping at the Texas Gourmet Pantry, and enjoying live music with the Jump Fuze Band and local craft beer at the Drink Texas Biergarten (265 S. Main).
SATURDAY: FAMILY DAY
On Saturday, we took the whole family. Olde Town was alive with all kinds of activity on this day; even more so than the night before. There were all sorts of vendor booths selling Oktoberfest goods such as bottle openers and beer steins; food vendors selling popcorn, lemonade, sausage, beer, cotton candy, candied nuts, etc; face painting, balloon twisting, and an art station for the kids; a caricature artist, cornhole, a tent set up for rescue animal adoption, and so much more! The Boerne Village Band was playing on stage at the Drink Texas Biergarten and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it, which always makes things so much more fun! Olde Town is basically a u-shaped shopping center and most of the shops inside of it were open as well so you could shop all you wanted to without even leaving Oktoberfest (I spent a good bit of time at Cutie Patootie, the children’s resale store). After we had finished up our shopping, eating, drinking, and dancing, we headed home with happy kids; Mickey Mouse and a pink and purple butterfly in hand.
We would have loved to have made it out to the Volkswagen Owners of San Antonio (VOSA) car show at Main Plaza on Sunday, but that just didn’t work out for us. VOSA comes to Boerne every year for Oktoberfest and this year they celebrated their 25th anniversary so the show was expected to be bigger and better than ever! They usually line up at Main Plaza for most of the day on Sunday and hold competitions for various fun categories such as “Best of Show”, “How Low Can You Go”, “Rust is Not a Crime”, and “Most Crap on a Rack”. I know the kids would have really enjoyed seeing all of those colorful old cars so we’ll have to make it to that next year, for sure.
Our whole family had a great time this weekend at Oktoberfest…the kids are already asking about going again next year! I feel so fortunate to live in such an amazing but still quaint little town that puts on things like this for all of us to enjoy. It was perfect for our family with small children because there was plenty to do, but it wasn’t so big that it was too stressful to enjoy. We’ll be making an annual tradition out of going to this event from now on, I think, and I hope we’ll see you there!
Do you live in Boerne? If so, what are your favorite city events to go to with your family? If you’re not from Boerne, what kids of events do you enjoy with your family in your town?
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