In what organizers call a "10-day salute to sausage," New Braunfels' Wurstfest (Oct. 31-Nov. 9 this year) brings thousands of revelers annually to its festival grounds on the Comal River banks.
Started in 1961 to celebrate the region's German heritage, Wurstfest now features more than 60 entertainment groups and hundreds of food and beverage vendors. In between polkas and waltzes, festival-goers (many sporting lederhosen and traditional dirndls) can recharge on such German specialties as strudel, potato pancakes, and, of course, dozens of types of sausage.
In conjunction with Wurstfest, a company called Tour New Braunfels & Beyond offers guided day-trips to Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country, as well as a guided tour of New Braunfels. The New Braunfels excursion, for example, provides an introduction to the town's historical attractions, shops, and restaurants, as well as a strudel break, shopping in the Gruene Historic District, and tickets to Wurstfest.
For a schedule of events and more information, call 800/221-4369; www.wurstfest.com.