Embrace food, wine, culture & more in Fredericksburg this season

Grape Creek Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country | Photo: Blake Mistich, courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Hit the road and take advantage of the perfect Texas Hill Country destination—as summer becomes fall and the holiday season follows—on a weekend or midweek getaway to Fredericksburg, west of Austin and San Antonio.

While school’s already set to start up again, there are still three distinct seasons of fun, excitement and things to see and do in Fredericksburg, the heart of the Texas Hill Country, throughout the last five months of 2022.

Situated four hours west of Downtown Houston, Fredericksburg welcomes visitors with a relaxing getaway filled with unique and different events, happenings, and fun throughout the rest of the year. 

Seasonal Events & Fun Through 2022

From late summer though the holidays, Fredericksburg is the perfect home base for one or more Texas Hill Country getaways, from the end-of-summer grape harvest and grape stomps, through the major outdoor destination fall festivals, and to the launch of the holiday season in its historic and charming downtown.

Grape Stomp at Perdenales Cellars near Fredericksburg, Texas | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Texas Wine Country in August

In August, Texas Wine Country comes alive with the activities and bustle of grape harvest season and the month is closed out with the longest continuous county fair in Texas—the Gillespie County Fair, now in its 134th year.

Fredericksburg’s four-day Gillespie County Fair happens in late August every year. | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Long Labor Day Weekend in September

September is marked by the long Labor Day Weekend—the unofficial end of the summer season complete with live music, shopping, and plenty of family-friendly fun. But the whole month is a great time to visit and explore the town’s parks, shopping, museums, wineries (whose festivals continue into the month), and more.

Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Food & Drink Events in October

October is the apex of Fredericksburg’s fall festivals, headlined by the town’s famous Oktoberfest and the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

  • Oktoberfest 2022 in Fredericksburg – Technically kicking off on Friday, September 30, 2022, Fredericksburg’s beloved Oktoberfest lasts the full weekend through Sunday, October 2, 2022. Celebrating the region’s well-established German heritage, the three-day, family-friendly event happens at downtown’s Marktplatz, with five stages of continuous oompah music, arts, crafts, shopping, a children’s area, 50 varieties of beers, Texas Wine Country selections, great food and fun, and more. Advance planning is an absolute must. Learn more or get free planning info.
  • 31st Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest – Texas’ OG food and wine event returns on Saturday, October 28, 2022, showcasing the Hill Country’s award-winning Texas wines and impressive culinary scene. The Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest also features Texas-made specialty partners, Texas gourmet chefs performing live demonstrations, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Move quick and take advantage of special ticketed weekend dinners and brunch. Advance booking and planning are recommended. Learn more or get free planning info.
Oktoberfest at the Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Holiday Season in November & December

Once October wraps, the arrival of November marks the start of Fredericksburg’s holiday season, which is particularly known for world class holiday shopping, a nightly lighting countdown, and great festive entertainment.

Christmas shopping on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Perks, Plusses & Benefits of Midweek Visits

While a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg has nonstop appeal, repeat visitors frequently swear by the magic of midweek visits. Adding an element of ease and relaxation, midweek visits offer unique perks that are often trickier to find on the bustling Friday to Sunday at the popular Hill Country destination.

  • Score the Best Prices on the Best Place to Stay – Fredericksburg boasts a wide variety of lodging options, including locally owned boutique accommodations, national hotel chains, small inns, vacation rentals, guesthouses, traditional bed and breakfasts, and more. All of them offer savings during the quieter weekdays—even during most peak weeks of the season. Explore places to stay in Fredericksburg or access free planning info.
  • Indulge in Personalized Experiences at Local Wineries – Located in the epicenter of Texas Wine Country, Fredericksburg is the best spot to explore more than 50 wineries in the local county, plus another 50+ across the Texas Hill Country. The award-winning wine producers have won accolades from across the globe. And midweek visitors find that they’re able to engage with vinters on a deeper level, have longer discussions about the varietals, and essentially have a more customized, one-on-one experience than may be hard to find during a busier weekend visit. Learn more about Fredericksburg area wineries or access free planning info.
  • Enjoy the Relaxed Pace while Shopping – With good reason, shopping is one of the primary reasons that many visitors make the trip to Fredericksburg. Downtown is noted for its staggering collection of home décor and women’s fashion ranging from vintage to upscale contemporary (it’s never too early to shop for 2023’s Rodeo season, y’all). Plus shoppers will discover handmade jewelry, antiques, artwork, gifts, and more. While the shopping opportunities are strong every day of the year, midweek shoppers can take advantage of the quieter stores to enjoy increased hands-on assistance, personal connections with the shopkeepers, and more chances to gain local insights.

Learn more about a midweek escape to Fredericksburg or explore free planning info.

Start Planning Now

Start planning your summer, fall or holiday getaway to the Texas Hill Country on VisitFredericksburgTX.com or request free visitor information. When you arrive in town, make the Visitor Center your first stop for extra tips, guidance, and expert advice for making the most of your visit.

Wine Tasting at Perdenales Cellars near Fredericksburg, Texas | Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.