Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summertime in Gruene!

Whether you're looking for a quick getaway, or a family-style road trip down South, Gruene has activities for the whole family, all summer long! With live music and river-floatin' every day, you can't go wrong! Here are a few highlights to help you plan your trip: 

When: Everyday!
WhatRiding the River & Live Tunes at Gruene Hall
Beat the heat with the cool water of the Guadalupe River.  Whether you choose an inner toob, a raft or a SUP (stand up paddle board), jump in the water and enjoy a leisurely float along one of Central Texas' most beautiful waterways.  Contact outfitters Rockin 'R’ River Rides or Gruene River Company for information. Dry off and head on over to Gruene Hall! Gruene Hall features live music everyday year ‘round. Shows are free most Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Friday and Saturday evenings are generally ticketed or cover shows. For band schedule and availability, visit

When: Every Tuesday beginning June 3rd
What: Two Ton Tuesdays and Swing Dance Lessons
It wouldn’t be summertime without popular rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel holding court in Gruene Hall every Tuesday evening.  If you haven't caught Two Ton fever yet, 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. 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 their wraps, tunnels, turns and spins! The one-hour lesson begins at 6pm and is just $8 per person. 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-billy group Two Tons of Steel that evening.  

When: June 19, July 17 and August 21
Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine the third Thursday of each month except January. 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. 

When: June 8, July 13, August 10
In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, we are serving up awe-inspiring gospel music featuring The Gospel Silvertones and Bret Graham, coupled with a mouth-watering buffet, catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Known for his Evangelical work and inspiring messages, Buckner Fanning drops in when his schedule allows and it’s always a special treat. Brunch hours are 10:30am-12:00pm

When: June 21-22, July 19-20, August 16-17
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods.  Market hours are 10:00am-5:00pm. Free admission. 

When: June 23
Also known as Frank’s Tranquilizer Hour, this event commemorates the legendary former “Mayor” of Gruene with special offers at Gruene Hall, including 50¢ beers noon to 2pm, or until 4pm with an original Frank t-shirt!