The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one-day event in 1986 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four-day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of Texas wine, craft beer, food and gift items hand made in the Lone Star state.
4 Days. 4 Distinct Events.
The "Kickoff Event" marks the beginning of the festival on Thursday, October 10th. Featuring wine tasting from ten of Texas’ favorite wineries, two craft breweries and live music by Prophets and Outlaws! VIP and General Admission tickets are available. Immediately after the Kickoff Event, The Bacon Brothers will be performing at Gruene Hall.
On Friday, "Rockin' with Texas Wine & Food" features a dinner catered by The Gristmill and a private performance by Tanya Tucker on the Gruene Hall stage. Also included in the night’s events are a silent auction and The Great Guitar Auction— including signed guitars from artists including: George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Jeff Walker, Midland, Maren Morris, an autographed fiddle by Charlie Daniels, and more.
In recent years "Texas Tastings & Tunes" on Saturday has expanded to include over 40 vineyards offering 100+ wines for tasting. Enjoy live music, shop the artisan market and chow down at “Le Cordon Gruene” food trucks. Music on The Grapevine Stage includes The Dirty River Dixie Band, Brian Pounds Band and Hot Texas Swing Band. Hang out after Saturday’s tasting event and enjoy Casey Donahew Band live at Gruene Hall.
On Sunday, it’s time for all things Texas Beer. The +Craft Beer Event & Music Fest features 80+ Texas craft beers for tasting and live music on two stages for more than 8 hours! The event happens in tandem at The Grapevine and Gruene Hall. Shop the artisan market, enjoy “Le Cordon Gruene” food trucks and watch live football on a big screen TV all while you enjoy the best in Texas craft beer. Artists performing Sunday include Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Warren Hood Band, Zac Wilkerson Trio, Kody West, Mike & The Moonpies, Seth James Band, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bart Crow, Zack Walther Band and more to be announced!
We wine, they win.
Although the event itself has evolved through the years, the benefiting charity has always primarily been the United Way of Comal County, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.
In 1986, a mere $450 was raised for the United Way, but as the event has grown, so too have the funds given. The events now raise nearly 500 times that amount and have been able to double our funds raised just in the past ten years. In 2018, a total of $153,323.01 was donated.