Experience the warmth and nostalgia of the holiday season at Clifton’s Norwegian Country Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2013. Enjoy a Christmas parade in historical downtown Clifton; a Christmas Open House at the Bosque Museum; seasonal exhibits and unique homemade gifts at the Bosque Arts Center; vendor booths and artisan demonstrations at Heritage Village; and a Norwegian Country Christmas Tour–A Tour of Homes, History, and Art. Evening events include carriage rides and Norwegian folk dancers. #Clifton #Texas
In 1854 a small group of Norwegian immigrants arrived in Bosque County along with Cleng Peerson, “The Father of Norwegian Immigration.” The land was free, and the Norwegians thought the beautiful land reminded them of their homeland. They settled northwest of Clifton in a large area today known as the Norse Historic District, where they farmed and built their homes of limestone. By 1900, the settlement had grown to include thousands of settlers and was the largest concentration of Norwegians living west of the Mississippi River. In 1997, Clifton was designated the “Norwegian Capital of Texas” by the state legislature. This unique heritage is kept alive today, in large part, through the annual Norwegian Country Christmas.
Visit Fredericksburg, Texas, for a traditional German Christmas Market on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The market includes local foods, arts & crafts, and entertainment. The Light the Night Christmas Parade starts at 6:30 p.m., and a 26-foot Christmas Pyramid built by skilled craftsmen in Germany will be lit during a special ceremony and will remain on display through the first week in January. #Fredericksburg #Texas #Free
Marktplatz (Town Square)
100 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Image Credit: Central Texas Area Museum
Celebrate all things Scottish at the 52nd Annual Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games in the historic Village of Salado (50 miles north of Austin), Nov. 8-10, 2013. Enjoy bagpipe bands, Scottish athletics, Highland dancing, Celtic music, contests, a Celtic marketplace, food and more!
Salado Civic Center
601 N. Main Street
Salado, TX 76571
Experience the festive tradition of India that symbolizes the victory of good over evil at Diwali, Festival of Lights, San Antonio on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from 5-10 p.m. in HemisFair Park. DiwaliSA is the only city sanctioned event of its kind in the nation attracting more than 15,000 people from all over the state of Texas. The festival includes a Parade of States, folk dances, Diya floats, fireworks, a handicrafts bazaar, henna tattoo artists and Indian cuisine. #SanAntonio #DiwaliSA #Free
306 S. Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
WURSTFEST, a unique celebration rich in German culture, takes place November 1-10, 2013, in New Braunfels, Texas. During the 10-day festival, you will find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds (Landa Park), and many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County. #Wurstfest #NewBraunfelsTexas #Festivals
Wurstfest Grounds | Landa Park
120 Landa Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
The 2013 Sacred Springs Powwow will honor a thousand-year-old prophecy about the eagle and condor with storytelling, flute playing and Aztec dance on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Aquarena Center in San Marcos, Texas. Over 100 Native American dancers, and 40 artists and food vendors are expected for this extraordinary cultural celebration set along the shores of Spring Lake. Archeologists have determined that this is the oldest, continuously inhabited site in North America. Admission: $2 or two cans of food for the Food Bank. Free Admission: Veterans, Elders, Students and Children
The eagle and condor prophecy exists among several Native groups such as the Andean Quechua, New Mexican Hopi, Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican Maya, Ecuadorian Shuar and other traditional indigenous cultures of North, Central and South America. One of the many versions of that prophecy states that when the eagle and condor fly together again, balance and proper order will be restored. Some people interpret this as the coming together of indigenous people from the north with those from the south to renew their covenant with Mother Earth.
921 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
100 Block of West Main Street
Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage at Oktoberfest, Oct. 4-6, 2013, with four stages of continuous German music, a domino tournament, delicious food, a German Bier tent, an Oktoberfest vineyard area, arts and crafts, a children’s fun area and lots of family fun! #Oktoberfest #Fredericksburg
Image Credit: Texas Wendish Heritage Society
Join the Texas Wendish Heritage Society for its 25th Annual Texas Wendish Festival, Sunday, September 22, 2013. Activities include live Czech music, children’s activities, a washer pitching competition, sauerkraut making demonstrations, Wendish Easter egg decorating demonstrations, quilting, classic cars and trucks, food and more.
The Texas Wendish Heritage Society preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany. Today the Wends of Lusatia are called Sorbs.
Texas Wendish Heritage Museum | St. Paul Lutheran Church
1011 County Road 212
Giddings, TX 78942
Celebrate Celtic music, history and heritage at the 3rd Annual Sherwood Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games, Sept 21-22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to Dusk (rain or shine) at Sherwood Forest Faire (35 miles east of Austin). Enjoy Celtic-influenced music (traditional and modern), Highland Games, arts and crafts, dancing competitions, bagpipe competitions, an archery contest and more. Admission.
Sherwood Forest Faire
1883 Old Hwy. 20
McDade, TX 78650
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this weekend in downtown Lockhart. Friday, 6 p.m. to Midnight and Saturday, Noon to Midnight. AJ Castillo headlines Friday night (8:30 pm to 11:45 pm). Saturday features Tejano Idol finalists (4-5 pm), DJ Ortiz Soundz, Ruiz Dance Studio, Tiarra Girls and Stampede (8 pm-11:30 pm). #Free Admission | #Austin #ATX #Lockhart