Compiled by Bailie Wilson
If you are in New Braunfels, Gruene Historic District is a stop you won’t want to miss. With a rich German history dating back to the 1800s, this quaint destination is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers an authentic Texan experience to all its visitors. Gruene is the perfect destination for unique shopping, entertainment, and some good ole Texas two steppin.’
When you stop by Gruene, you will want to plan your visit around what’s happening at Gruene Hall. The area’s most popular attraction is the oldest operating and most famous dance hall in Texas and features live music every day year round.
Riding the River & Live Tunes at Gruene Hall
Beat the heat with the cool water of the Guadalupe River. Whether you choose an inner tube, a raft or a canoe, jump in the water, and enjoy a leisurely float along one of Central Texas’ most beautiful waterways. After that, dry off and head over to Gruene Hall. Shows are free most Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Friday and Saturday evenings are generally ticketed or cover shows. To check the band schedule, visit www.gruenehall.com or call (830)606-1601.
Two Ton Tuesdays
Tuesday nights June 3 through August 19
It wouldn’t be summertime without popular rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel holding court in Gruene Hall every Tuesday evening. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready! The band takes the stage at 8:30pm. Come early for Swing Dance Lessons from 6pm to 7pm. For more information, call (830)606-1281.
Swing Dance Lessons
Tuesday nights from June 3 to August 19
Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing steps in this one-hour class held before each Two Ton Tuesday show all summer long at Gruene Hall. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to polish up their wraps, tunnels, turns, and spins! The one hour lesson is $8 per person and begins at 6pm. You don’t even need a partner to join in on the fun. Hang around Gruene for dinner and try out your moves with popular rock-a-bill group Two Tons of Steel that evening. For more information, call (830)606-1601.
Come and Taste It
June 19, July 17, August 21
Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine the third Thursday of each month. Throughout the year, eleven wineries and the winemakers are showcased on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room in Gruene Historic District. Complimentary tastings will be offered of the craft beer and three of the wineries newest releases, top-selling and hardest to find wines. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. For more information, visit www.grapevineingruene.com or call (830)606-0093.
Friday Afternoon Club
A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 16th year, and still going strong. Get your weekend kickin’ at Gruene Hall every Friday 4-7pm. Enjoy happy hour, prize giveaways and the best in Texas tunes, broadcasted live by KNBT 92.1FM Radio New Braunfels. Need another reason to come out? There’s also a special guest interview each week. For more information, visit www.gruenehall.com or call (830)629-5077.
Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist in Gruene Hall
June 8, July 13, August 10
A Gruene Hall tradition, now in its 16th year, and still going strong! Get your weekend kickin’ at Gruene Hall every Friday 4pm to 7pm. Enjoy happy hour, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes. For more information, visit www.gruenehall.com or call (830)629-5077.
Old Gruene Market Days
June 21-22, July 19, August 16-17
Nearly 100 members offer unique crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10am to 5pm with free admission. For more information, visit GrueneMarkeyDays.com or call (830)832-1721.
Frank Schlather Day in Gruene
Also known as Frank’s Traquilizer Hour, this event commemoratives the legendary former “Mayor” of Gruene with special offers at Gruene Hall including 50 cent beers from noon to 2pm, or until 4pm with an original Frank t-shirt. For details call (830)629-5077.