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2023 Solar Eclipse Festival


October 13








Grapetown Vineyard 8142 Old San Antonio Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624

2023 Annual Solar Eclipse Festival – Grapetown Vineyard & Farm – Fredericksburg, Texas

Hot Air Balloons! The Eclipse! Live Music. Camping. A fun, casual event in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Two solar eclipses criss-cross Texas in 6 months! This is a rare and exceptional circumstance for any particular spot on Earth. Consequently, Texas will be a magnet for perhaps several million visitors from across the nation and around the world.

Millions of people saw the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 which crossed the USA from Oregon to South Carolina. Nearly everyone who saw totality in 2017 agrees that it was a peak life experience and the most beautiful sight you can see in the sky. Texas is uniquely situated for a repeat experience.

On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse begins over the Pacific Ocean and reaches the USA at Oregon. After passing through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, the path of annular solar eclipse bisects Texas. People near the middle of the path of annular solar eclipse will see the dramatic view of the Sun as a brilliant ring for nearly five minutes.

We have a great camput and celebration lined up for you to enjoy. Located 8 miles south of Fredericksburg, Texas we have the perfect spot in the path of totality. This 4 day long campout will include live music, food, drink activations and primitive camping!

We are in the path of totality, and with great Hill Country views. It typically takes 550 years for a total solar eclipse to pass over the same place twice in the Northern Hemisphere and 350 years in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the experience of a lifetime.

We have put together 3 days of live local music, picker's circles, camping, concessions, vendors, and activities to give this Eclipse a bit of festivity. Over 80 acres of to enjoy.

Choose from four (3) nights camping, feel free to arrive early. Various options are available during the reservation process.

All tent campsites are 14×30 feet, RV campsites are 20×40 feet. Everything must fit inside this campsite space, including your vehicle and tent/RV/Camper. Does your RV require a longer space? We will have a limited number of larger spaces available. To reserve these, please call our booking office at (203) 829-1407

This is primitive camping. Campsites do not have electric, nor water hookups. RVs must be self-contained. Generators are allowed in the RV area of the campground, but not allowed in the primitive tent camping area. Whisper Quiet generators may be allowed in the tent area if they are truly quiet. Solar power is welcomed for all campsites. Pets are allowed but MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES.

Portable toilets will be located at each campground and throughout the festival area. Handwashing stations will also be available. The onsite restrooms will be open to campers.

Our general store will be open each day from 8am to 9pm. Firewood bundles will also be available for campfires.

Campsite guests may bring outside food and beverages to their campsite.Outisde alcohol is not allowed due to TABC regulation. Alcoholic beverages are allowed at your campsite, and will also be available for purchase in the concert/festival area.

Book your campsite today as spots will go quickly.

EVENT LOCATION & PARKING: The schedule for this event will be held at TWO LOCATIONS.

LOCATION ONE: Bankersmith Saloon and Dance Hall, 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas in a historic Texas Ghost Town called Bankersmith, Texas! Handicap parking is available onsite but limited (come early).

LOCATION TWO: Grapetown Tasting Room and the Fredericksburg Polo Club, 8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 on our 85 acre equestrian property! All Polo, Balloon, Helicopter Activations are here!

Weather Alert: A day in the Texas Hill Country can be 110 degrees or it can be 25 degrees. It can be calm, or 60MPH wind gusts. Please come prepared to enjoy this rain or shine event! The show will go on! If weather grounds the balloons due to unsafe winds or precipitation (which has happened in the past), the event will be held inside the Grapetown Vineyard Tasting Room with Helicopter Rides in lieu of Balloon Rides.

Expectations Check: This is not a festival with hundreds of balloons. If you are looking for a festival with hundreds of balloons, or even dozens - do not come to this event. You will be disappointed. We will have up to 10 Balloons for Glows and 2-4 balloons on site to conduct tethered rides. They are big and beautiful when inflated (weather contingent) but we are NOT the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Also, please note, balloons are extremely weather contingent. This is why we have incorporated helicopters. When the balloons cannot inflate, due to unsafe conditions, all Balloon rides are automatically upgraded and transferred to helicopter rides! This Balloon Bash has something for everyone and at most price points. From all inclusive VIP areas to affordable general admission passes that allow nearly full access to the property, we have a package to fit nearly every budget.