November 3-12, 2023

Back in 1961, New Braunfels was home to over a dozen sausage manufacturers and thousands of citizens with German heritage. Ed Grist, the local meat inspector, combined the two, and the festival known today as Wurstfest was born. Wurstfest is famous for its variety of delicious foods (yes, there's plenty of Wurst), a wide selection of German and domestic beers, the best in Alpine and Bavarian music, beautiful grounds on the banks of the Comal River, all kinds of shopping, and more Gemütlichkeit than you can shake a sausage-on-a-stick at. PROST!

Admission & Drink Tickets

For tickets and additional information, please visit the Wurstfest website.

Transportation & Accommodations

One day is simply not enough. To get the full Wurstfest experience, pack your bags and come stay a few days! To search for accommodations, click here.

Your safety is important to us. Let the Wurst Wagen pick you up, drop you off at Wurstfest and take you back home! For more information and to purchase ride tickets, please visit the Wurst Wagen page.  

When is the best time to come?

We highly suggest coming during the week! You'll enjoy everything the festival has to offer, just with fewer lines and crowds. Plus, admission is FREE on weeknights!

Click here to view this year's festival hours and entertainment schedule on the Wurstfest website.

While You're Here...

Eating, dancing, and PROSTing your way through Wurstfest can't be done in a single day. There's only a 10-day window each year in which you can have a Wurstkabob in one hand and a stein of Dunkel in the other while a polka rendition of ACDC's "Thunderstruck" roars in the background – why would you want to miss a single minute?

Book a hotel, cabin, or Airbnb to get the most out of your trip!

Weekday Fun

Weekdays are arguably the best days to enjoy Wurstfest – smaller crowds mean more space to dance and shorter lines for beer and food! Did we mention admission is FREE Monday through Thursday?

"But the Wurstfest gates don't open til 5. What else is there to do until then?" 

Wurstfest is a notable celebration of our German heritage, but it doesn't end there! While you're here, immerse yourself in our unique culture by spending time at our heritage sites and museums. Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of visiting an old-fashioned saloon, getting a haircut at a real 1900s-inspired barber shop, or exploring the Railroad Museum. Most years, the second weekend of Wurstfest also coincides with Second Saturdays at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, featuring living history demonstrations like traditional blacksmithing, hearth cooking, and woodworking. 

Make It A Trip

The best way to experience Wurstfest is to stay in town and extend the fun. Stay within walking distance at a downtown hotel or take advantage of ridesharing options like the Wurst Wagen to enjoy historic Gruene – whichever you choose, be sure to book early.

While you're here, be sure to make time to check out our fabulous local restaurants, breweries and wineries, and attractions, including 13 2022 Texas Travel Awards "Best Of" winners!