Strap on some dancing shoes, grab a friend, and head out to the Boerne Berges Fest this weekend! Starting on Friday, June 15th and running all weekend through the end of Sunday, June 17th, Boerne will be hosting one of its biggest festivals of the year.
Berges Fest is held annually during Father’s Day weekend and is marking its 51st year of festivities. The fun ranges all over town from the Main Street and the Plaza to the Kendall County Fairgrounds.
People flock from all over Texas to celebrate German heritage in our lovely town. The days are filled with live bands, great food, and laughter with friends.
Berges Fest means “Festival of the Hills” and is a Boerne tradition that started back in 1967. What started out as a small gathering with ice cream has turned into one of the largest events held in Boerne annually.
Berges Fest started out as a way for local businesses to raise some money while the community was brought together with food, drink, and song. What better way to grow the Boerne spirit than by taking a step back into our German roots?
Boerne was platted in 1849 by a group of Free Thinking Germans and was originally named Tusculum. In 1852, the name was changed to honor the famous German author Karl Ludwig Börne and has been a hub of German heritage in the Texas Hill Country ever since.
The town’s German roots can be spotted in many parts of Boerne and the surrounding areas. From Ye Kendall Inn, which was established by founders of the community, to German cuisine like Little Gretel’s on River Road, Boerne is proud of its continuing ties to the past.
Places like the Heritage Museum also serve as a reminder to the community about where the narrative of our unique town began.
During the festival be sure to look for street performers, dachshund races, carnival rides, German folk bands, the Miss Burges Fest competition, and more!
Saturday, June 16th will also showcase the annual Berges Fest Parade on Boerne’s Main Street. Floats of local businesses, organizations, and clubs will be featured and the entire community comes out to celebrate.
So be sure to stop on by to dance, drink, eat, and marvel at one of the biggest annual events in Boerne this upcoming Father’s Day weekend!