Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast

101 East Hackberry Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Innkeeper(s): Claude & Lisa Saunders

Fourth of July Festivities in Fredericksburg, TX 26 Jun 2015, 2:41 pm

It’s hard to believe the Fourth is already almost here!  We have a lot going on in Fredericksburg, TX to celebrate America’s Birthday!

Friday, July 3 you can enjoy the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s summer show “Evita” or view some great art at our local galleries for First Friday Art Walk.

Saturday, July 4 starts with our Children’s Parade at 8:30am at the Marketplatz.  The Community Parade then starts at 10:00am with a patriotic aircraft flyover.  There will be floats, wagons, tractors, mules and more decorated in red, white and blue.  There will also be a patriotic music program at the Marketplatz after the parade.


For more fun Saturday afternoon there are all types of activities to choose from including Pari-mutuel Horse Racing at the Fairgrounds from 11am-6pm and a Living History program at 2pm at the Pacific Combat Zone of the National Museum of the Pacific War complete with tanks and flamethrowers.  There will also be Fourth of July celebrations with food and live music at many of the local wineries, Luckenbach will have the Live Free and Fly Celebration from 1pm-6pm and there is an Independence Day Celebration at Pedernales Brewing Company from noon-6pm.

End the day with a bang at the Pioneer Pavillion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park starting with a free patriotic concert at 7:30pm followed by the City of Fredericksburg Fireworks Display.

For a complete listing of all the Fourth of July activities click here: Fourth of July Event Schedule

Bob Hope Exhibit Opens in Fredericksburg, TX 5 May 2015, 5:24 pm

Plan a getaway to Fredericksburg, Texas between May 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015 and you can view a fascinating, traveling exhibit on Bob Hope’s life.  The National Museum of the Pacific War is hosting this unique collection.  Fredericksburg is one of only 16 locations in the US chosen to host the exhibit.

It may surprise you to know that Bob Hope has prior ties to Fredericksburg, TX.  He was a great admirer of Admiral Chester Nimitz and a strong supporter of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Museum.  He appeared in Fredericksburg in 1976 at a fund raiser to restore the Nimitz Hotel.  He was also a Trustee on the Foundation’s Board for the remainder of his life.

The collection fills 2000 square feet and includes videos, over 700 vintage photos and more than 170 artifacts.  Of course it includes memorabilia from his many USO tours.  There is also an audio tour and educational program for children so they can understand the significance of what they are seeing.

The exhibit is presented by the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation in conjunction with the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Admission to Bob Hope: An American Treasure is free to the public and no museum ticket is required.  Open Daily 9-5.

National Museum of the Pacific War



Spring Break 2015 in Fabulous Fredericksburg, TX 24 Feb 2015, 3:29 pm

 Spring Break 2015 is just around the corner and Fredericksburg, TX is going to have plenty of fun for you.  There will be wine tastings, live music, art exhibits, museum events, hiking adventures, festivals, Texas Hell Week  for Bicyclists and much, much more!  Of course you can always find lots of great food and shopping in our Texas Hill Country town.  For a complete listing of all the events, check out this link.

Spring Break 2015 Events

Kick Off the Holidays in Festive Fredericksburg, Texas 21 Nov 2014, 2:38 pm

The holidays are right around the corner and Fredericksburg, TX is the place to be for Thanksgiving weekend.  Begin your  “Black Friday” on Main Street for some great shopping.  You will find unique gifts and quickly get into the holiday spirit.  For a complete listing of the area stores visit

Our local Texas Hill Country wineries are another great option for gifts and a fun afternoon. Many will have live music, special tastings and wine pairings.

There will also be some special events going on that you won’t want to miss…..

11/28  Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree and German Pyramid at Fredericksburg Marketplatz 6:30 pm

11/28-30  Christmas at Rockbox, featuring the Holiday classics, rock ‘n’ roll and the  Christmas spirit,

11/28-30  Fredericksburg Trade Days,

11/28-30  The Peddler Show, Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Friday noon to 7; Saturday 9 to 6 ; Sunday 11 to 4

11/29  Holiday Cookie Decorating & German Traditions, Sauer-BeckmannLiving History Farm at LBJ State Park,

11/29  Thanksgiving Dance-Luckenbach Texas featuring Thomas Michael Riley.  Doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 9:00pm,

Fredericksburg Rocks in November!!! 20 Oct 2014, 2:33 pm

There are a lot of musical options for you the weekend of November 6-8.   Here are the highlights…

The 17th Annual Big Band Bash at Hill Top Cafe features dinner shows and concerts starting November 6.  The BBB is the brainchild of Johnny Nicholas who is a former member of Asleep at the Wheel and is a world renowned Bluesman.  The event donates to our local performing arts students and over $70,000 has been distributed in college scholarships, workshops, theater camps, mentoring programs  and new band instruments.

Dinner show tickets are $85 per person per night.  Each evening will feature musicians such as Walt Wilkins, Tex Thomas, Greg Picollo and there will be a different surprise guest artist every evening.  Doors open at 5:00 pm and the music starts at 6:00 pm.  This is always a great event with great food!  For more information and reservations check out  Big Band Bash 17

On Saturday, November 8 it’s the Fabulous 50’s Fest at the Steve W Sheperd Theater.  Celebrate the 1950’s with T.J. Smith and his Rockin’ All-Stars.  This is a fund raising event for the Fredericksburg Theater Company.  There will be a Classic Car Show starting at 5:00 pm with an all-you-can-eat “Drive In” menu starting at 6:00 pm.  There will be a silent auction and TJ takes the stage at 7:30 pm.  It will be a terrific evening of music, drinks and dancing.  Of course you will want to dress up in your favorite 50’s outfits!

If Country is more your style…Rockbox Theater has got you covered.  Their George and Friends Variety Show runs all weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday.  This show is a collection of some of the best tribute artists around and features a unique combination of performers that will revive all the best songs, memories and fun.

In addition to these great shows you will always find live music in our local vineyards, restaurants and clubs year round.  Just one more reason we love living in Fredericksburg and know you will have a great time on your visit!! 




Fun for the Entire Family–126th Gillespie County Fair 18 Aug 2014, 1:42 pm

Remember how much fun you had at the County Fair as kid?  Well, you can re-live those memories at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg.  It is the oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas.  How about some cotton candy or funnel cakes to bring a smile to your face!

Enjoy four days of fun including a carnival midway, livestock and agricultural exhibits, antique tractors and machinery, tractor pulls, arts and crafts, pig racing, mutton busting, horse races, food vendors, the crowning of the Fair Queen and dancing to great music.

The Fair opens at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 21. Friday morning at 10:00am one of the Hill Country’s biggest parades with more than 150 entries,will kick off on Main Street.  It’s great fun for the whole family.  Each evening in the Dance Pavilion, there is live music including performances by Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys and Moe Bandy followed by Kyle Park.

The horses are back for one more weekend.  Post time is 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday for the pari-mutuel horse racing.

For details on tickets,events, parade entries and more, check out the website:

The Texas Hill Country is Alive with Art! 30 Jul 2014, 12:43 pm

 Did you know there are over 15 art galleries in the Fredericksburg, TX area?  We are fortunate to have so many places to view and admire art created by Texans!  From locals G. Harvey, Charles Beckendorf, John Bennett and others from around the state and the country there is a wide variety of art to enjoy.  There are painters, sculptors, glass and ceramics artists, photographers and so much more.  Visit out local art galleries and you will see why Fredericksburg, Texas has become an “American Art Destination”.

All of these galleries are showcased each month during our First Friday Art Walk .  On the first Friday of every month the galleries are open extended hours and many host Meet the Artist events.  The galleries pair up with local wineries and provide wines and hors d’oeuvres to enjoy along with the artwork.  It’s always a fun time!

For a complete guide to our local galleries with a description of what you will find at each location visit

Whether you purchase some treasures for your home or just enjoy the art in the galleries, you will be amazed at how much our small Texas Hill Country town has to offer.

Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in Fredericksburg, Texas 22 Jul 2014, 2:17 pm

You’re going to have a hard time deciding what to do this weekend in Fredericksburg!  In addition to all the great shops, art galleries, wineries, and restaurants, there are many special activities and events planned for the weekend.

Rockbox Theater Continues “Broadway’s Best” This Weekend

Rockbox Theater‘s “Broadway’s Best” series continues Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24. The Rockbox Theater will also host a special Sunday showing of “Broadway’s Best” on Sunday, May 25, at 3:00 p.m. The “Broadway’s Best” series will run weekends through Saturday, June 21. Typical show times are Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit

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