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Footloose in Fredericksburg?

Footloose in Fredericksburg?
View works by Mikki Senkarik of Floresville in the Fredericksburg Art Gallery. This is “Hill Country Outlook.”

Enjoy First Friday Art Walk

As far back as the settlement of Fredericksburg by German immigrants, art and culture have been ingrained in this beautiful Hill Country community. Many other towns and cities across the country have attempted to imitate and achieve the success of this First Friday Art Walk phenomenon, but few have been as successful. It is the incredible blend of culture, friendly people, beautiful scenery, outstanding art galleries, and wineries second to none that makes Fredericksburg’s First Friday Art Walk what it is today.

A little background

Since 2008, galleries have invited visitors in for the First Friday Art Walk, to view and learn about some of the finest art from all over the United States and beyond. At your own pace, you can explore the uniqueness of each gallery while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or champagne from one of the local participating wineries, accompanied by cheese and light snacks. Art media includes oils and watercolors, bronze, ceramics, jewelry, glass, wood, and stone, just to mention a few.

Many galleries have featured artists available on First Fridays for guests to meet or for a demonstration of their particular art form. Although the galleries open at 10 a.m., most of the activities and refreshments will be between 5-8 p.m. One gallery owner told us that he once stayed open until 11 p.m. because he had guests that just didn’t want to leave.

I think what we enjoyed the most was perusing the art with absolutely no pressure to purchase anything. We were greeted, welcomed, and made to feel like family just dropping by to see the art. Check the First Friday website one week before the first Friday of the month for more information about events and live music entertainment.

Take a walk

If you start in the 200 block of West Main, you will discover four galleries in that one block; continue to stroll west and you will encounter many more within the next few blocks. There are also several more galleries just off Main Street; 11 to 14 galleries participate each year. Be sure to pick up a map at the Visitor Center or in the first gallery you visit, to help you find your way. One of our favorites was the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, where we found paintings by Mikki Senkarik, a Floresville resident.

Parking is free. It is recommended that you do not park on Main Street; it is difficult to pull out, because of the traffic. Park one block off either side of Main Street for greater ease.

More than art

In addition to art, Fredericksburg is also known for its live music scene, with many clubs and concerts. Visitors also can enjoy unique bed-and-breakfast accommodations, not to mention the National Museum of the Pacific War. There is literally something for everyone.

Oh, yes, did I mention shopping? Main Street is packed with unique, chic, and one-of-a-kind boutiques, from heirlooms to outfitters stores with names like Grasshopper & Wild Honey, Parts Unknown, and the Red Baron Antique Mall. And, of course, mixed in with all these great shops are restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and dessert cafes, many with German themes.

Fredericksburg is a beautiful 96-mile drive from La Vernia. Go for the art; stay for the culture, history, food, and fun.

Harry and Linda Kaye Perez are freelance writers from just down the road from Floresville. Together they share a passion for traveling and writing, and discovering the very best in all corners of the world. Email them at

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