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Written by Lois Rodriguez

lederhosendirdlOktoberfest, Fredericksburg and Marktplatz. Those three words synch up so nicely for a perfect celebration of German culture. Plus it's much closer than Munich!

sxsweconomicimpactIf anyone ever wondered if South by Southwest has any staying power, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" each year  as the financial impact is revealed. For 2015, its 29th year, we're talking about a $317.2 million impact to the City of Austin.

FoodWIne23Anytime is a good time to be in the Texas Hill Country. For me, it’s most perfect in the fall, so my excitement level was high when I was invited several years ago to participate in one of its best fall festivities—the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, now in its 25th year.

FoodWIne07Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism. Not only that, but each October for the last 25 years, the town throws its arms wide open to embrace wines and foods from all across the state.

Untitled 4Labor Day weekend is always buzzing with fun gatherings, recreational outings and more. It's also a time of increased wrecklessness. That's why law enforcement - on the roads and on the water - will be amping up its efforts to patrol for drunk drivers and boaters.

52 53 DressSummer vacation zoomed by, fortunately the Labor Day holiday happens just in the nick of time. It's a dose of mercy for those realizing there were still more things on the summer to-do list. 

48 49 WimberlyIt has been 3 months since torrential rains soaked a drought-stricken and thirsty state, but in the wake of the Memorial Day weekend downpour was a horrific path of destruction. This mixed blessing, that helped fill waning lakes, had also caused families to lose homes, communities left to pull the pieces back together and, most importantly, there was a devastating loss of life.

Glenna Goodacre 2011What do J. Frank Dobie, Barbara Jordan, Katherine Anne Porter, and Stephen F. Austin have in common, besides that they are all revered Texans?

15 Fredericksburg v2Today, Aug. 7, is International Beer Day (the first Friday of every August since 2007) and, no doubt pubs, bars and breweries around you are planning to partake in the celebration.

blanco flood 6139 21Two months after devastating Memorial Day floods caused significant damage to Blanco State Park, the facility will reopen some areas to visitors on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Thomas Jefferson and Sam Houston probably drank their Madeira straight (and so can you, of course), but the wine—which is fortified, heated, and aged in oak barrels— also makes an intriguing addition to cocktails, as I discovered recently during a series of experiments with friends.

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