Every year for ten days the people of New Braunfels celebrate Wurstfest, a sausage festival in Landa Park, beside the Comal River. Everyone comes, from children to the elderly, to pay tribute to their German roots. It's a festive environment with traditional Bavarian costumes and ridiculous party hats. While the festival is officially celebrating sausages, the beer is the real star here, sold in bulk quantities. Entrance is $10, American beer is $5, and German beer is $7.
This cycle race takes place every November in the county of New Braunfels, Texas (45 minutes from Austin). The Tour de Gruene runs along the Guadalupe River, through farmland, roads and pine forests. You can choose from different distances: 14, 28, 36 or 60 miles. Hundreds of participants come each year, and the race coincides with the local sausage festival, Wurstfest. At the end of the race participants are given a meal. This year the tour started and finished at the Lazy L and L, a camp site on the banks of the river. I love these events because you see so many people of all different backgrounds ... different ages, races, weights ... everyone is welcome!