March 19, 2020 1:20 PM
2020 Wein & Saengerfest Cancelled
New Braunfels, TX — The City of New Braunfels, in collaboration with its community partners, is cancelling the annual Wein and Saengerfest event scheduled for May 2, 2020. The one-day event, which is held on the streets of downtown New Braunfels, draws approximately 10,000 visitors that enjoy a variety of food, drink, entertainment and retail options. “Given the concerns around the coronavirus pandemic and the recommendations to practice social distancing for at least eight weeks, the annual event represents too high of a risk for our citizens, visitors, vendors and other participants,” said Robert Camareno, City Manager at the City of New Braunfels. All proceeds from beer and wine sales at the event benefit local non-profits including the New Braunfels Parks Foundation, the New Braunfels Downtown Association, and the New Braunfels Elks Lodge.
“Downtown New Braunfels is a unique cultural and community asset, and the annual Wein and Saengerfest festival was created to celebrate those qualities. We are exploring options to celebrate our downtown in other unique ways at some time in the future,” said the City’s Downtown Development Coordinator, Amy McWhorter. Mayor Barron Casteel wanted to also thank the event’s organizers for their understanding during this unprecedented moment. “I want to personally extend my gratitude to our non-profit partners for electing a course of action that protects our citizens and visitors.”
Wein and Saengerfest is a highly anticipated event for the community but it also brings benefits to these partners that are then reinvested in improving Downtown New Braunfels. Their decision to forgo these benefits out of concern for their fellow citizens speaks highly to their status as great community partners and New Braunfelsers,” said Mayor Casteel. He added, “we look forward to an even better Wein and Saengerfest in 2021.”
Mayor Casteel requests that all organizations considering events that gather people in groups of 10 or more to adhere to the safety and precautionary guidelines issued by the federal, state and local governments.