• March 13-18, 2017 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Broom making, open hearth cooking, weaving, music and entertainment and other 19th century activities

Living History Admission is free!
Activities vary daily

Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture admission (not required) Adults $5; Seniors $4; Children under 12 $2

Bring a picnic lunch for the family, enjoy the live oaks and wildflowers!

See how early Texans lived!

Family Living History Schedule:

  • Every Friday & Saturday 10 .m. – 4 p.m.  except March 24 & 25

folkfest 2016

  • Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us every April at Folkfest!  

Enjoy a 19th century family heritage festival, fun for all ages! Early Texas costumed interpreters join troops of Buffalo Soldiers, Confederate veterans, and Revolutionary Way officers to demonstrate life in early Texas.  Chuck wagon champion Donnie Demoin demonstrates how cowboys were fed on the trail. Kids of all ages enjoy hands-on activities like brick making, candle making, clay play, clothes washing, and quilt making.  Learn nine-pin bowling, a game with a unique role in the Texas Hill Country. Saw logs with a crosscut saw and play games from the 19th century.   All these activities combine with multi-cultural entertainment, and delicious local food and drink to make Folkfest a fun afternoon!  For a list of vendors and entertainers click here.

For demonstrator, reenactor, and interpreter information click here.

For vendor information, click here.

The Material Culture of German Texans

  • Saturday, July 9. 10:00 am

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, Baylor University, discusses his new book, The Material Culture of German Texans, at Heritage Village, home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.  Admission is free but seating is limited, so reservations are required. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through this website or call 830-629-6504 and leave a brief message that includes the event, your name, and phone number. Books will be available for purchase the day of the talk.


  • kindermasken videoSaturday, May 6, 2017

Be part of New Braunfels’ oldest heritage tradition, the historic Kindermasken Parade! Hermann Seele, one of the city’s first teachers, founded this costumed parade for school children as early as 1856. He wanted a May Day celebration for children to remember their German heritage. Some local families have participated in the parade for seven generations! Make historic Kindermasken Parade a part of your family tradition.  Join us the first Saturday in May in historic downtown New Braunfels. Parents, click here for information on participating.

Historic Kindermasken Parade information:

  • Children may wear any type of costume. For generations, parents created an amazing variety of costumes for their children to wear in Kindermasken Parade.   
  • Small wagons are allowed, but please no bicycles or motorized vehicles.
  • No pets.
  • Line up in the First Protestant Church parking lot on Coll Street at 11:00 a.m.
  • Historic Kindermasken Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and disbands at Main Plaza.