Just 20 miles south of Salado and 33 miles northeast of Austin, sits the quiet little community of Walburg. But Walburg isn’t always a quiet burg, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. That’s when you can hear the sounds of live music coming from two biergartens that call Walburg home, a little bit of Germany in Central Texas.
German Polka music and Texas Music can be heard resonating in the countryside from the popular venues each weekend at Walburg Restaurant and Dale’s Essenhaus. Each biergarten has a stage, tables and seating and they are all ages venues, great for the whole family.
Walburg Restaurant has a dine-in restaurant located in an old mercantile building, which can easily seat over 250 people, but it is recommended you book reservations on weekend evenings. The menu consists of authentic German and Barvarian cuisine that has been enjoyed by locals and celebrities alike. The outdoor biergarten can accommodate 800 plus people and it will fill up quickly on weekend nights. Come and enjoy the music and dancing under the biergarten tent and there is never a cover charge. The Walburg Boys are the Walburg Restaurant’s own band who play a contemporary eclectic mix of German, Country, Polka, Zydeco and Reggae and can be heard nearly every weekend. There are always three bands playing every weekend, one inside the restaurant and two outside in the biergarten.
Walburg Restaurant is host to the largest and longest running Oktoberfest in Central Texas. Oktoberfest begins every year starting in the fourth weekend in September and goes until the second weekend in November. Seven different German beers are on tap and eighteen different imported bottled German beers can be purchased at the biergarten. Information on Oktoberfest, live music and other special events can be found HERE. Though one could say, Walburg lives like it is Oktoberfest all year round.
Dale’s Essenhaus is another popular venue in Walburg, it was orginally a bar and burger joint called Joe’s Place. In 1997 the bar was converted into a family style restaurant Dale’s Essenhaus, which translates to Dale’s Eating House in English from German. Live local music can be heard almost every weekend night at the outdoor biergarten, which never has a cover charge and is an all ages venue. Information on live music, catering and banquet hall rental can be found HERE.
Dale’s is well known for home style cooking, German Schnitzel, and is home to the “Walburger” which is a 1/2 pound ground beef from local Taylor Meat Company piled high with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise and mustard on a toasted bun. They also serve up breakfast every Friday and Saturday mornings starting a 7:30 a.m.
The first Monday in November every year is the Wurstbraten (German for sausage fry) Sausage Supper at Zion Lutheren Church in Walburg. This event is an annual fundraiser for their school and several charities in the area. They make their own sausage (about 12,ooo pounds) a process that starts at dawn the preceding Saturday, and serve around 5,000 people every year. For more information and a flyer click HERE.
Walburg, originally named Concordia is an unincorporated community located at the crossroads of FM 972 and FM 1105 in Williamson County. Walburg was settled by German-Americans and has original buildings from the late 1890s, and information on historical markers in Walburg can be found HERE.
Walburg’s historic buildings and small town charm have made it’s way into the silver screen. Walburg has been a popular site for filming movies, including Michael, The Stars Fell on Henrietta and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.