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Published on May 24, 2024
Boerne Village Band to Revive German Traditions with Free Abendkonzert Series This SummerSource: Visit Boerne

Get ready to tap your feet Boerne-style this summer! The Boerne Village Band is set to bring German flair back to Main Plaza with their Abendkonzert series, sure to have everyone polka dancing till the stars come out. Every other Tuesday starting June 11, locals and visitors can pack a picnic, grab a beer and soak in tunes that trace back to Boerne's German roots—all for free. According to a post on the City of Boerne's official website, these family-friendly evenings are a local tradition with activities ranging from kid's games to traditional dances like the Chicken Dance.

Concert-goers should bring their own chairs and blankets to kick back and enjoy the performances. If you're not up for packing a basket, the local high school’s Band Booster Club will be serving up dinner straight from the grill to fundraise for their programs. Just remember though, glass containers are a no-no at these shindigs. The entertainment runs from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at 100 N. Main Street on dates including June 11, 25, and July 2, and 16, as highlighted by the city's announcement.

This isn't just a seasonal festivity; it's a slice of history. The Boerne Village Band has been the heartbeat of the community's musical scene since its formation in 1860 by Dr. Karl Dienger. Though they quieted down during the World Wars, their love and performance of German music never ceased, earning them recognition from both the German government and the State of Texas. "The tradition has continued for 159 years!" said Erika Yount in the article posted by the City of Boerne. The ensemble doesn’t just play locally; they’re ambassadors of Boerne’s musical heritage, spreading their craft to other German festivals throughout the Hill Country.

For those keen on staying in tune with Boerne's beat, the City of Boerne invites you to subscribe to their News Flash for immediate travel inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. Their sign-up prompt suggests to "Fill out the contact information and scroll all the way to the bottom to 'News Flash' and select 'Boerne Visitors Center News Flash.'" It’s a great way to keep up with all the cultural happenings in this charming Texas town.