The “granddaddy” of church festivals celebrated its 135th birthday this year! A huge plate full of freshly cooked brisket and homemade sausage bring folks from far & wide. With two stages of live music and entertainment, horseshoe and washer tournaments, bingo, Boardwalk for kids, homemade quilt raffle, an old fashioned beirgarten, and a huge silent auction, there’s something for every age here for a day of fun and friendship.
135 years ago, a gathering of only a handful of St. Louis parish families and their friends met in Biediger’s river bottom near Castroville, to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint, St. Louis IX of France, and the now famous and century-and-a-quarter-old St. Louis Day Celebration was born. That first picnic cost the parishioners just $25, and the entire tab was footed by the St. Louis Men’s Society of the parish. Needless to say, both the cost of putting on the festival and its attendance has swollen tremendously since its humble birth.
For more information visit saintlouisday.com
The Castroville Conservation Society hosts it’s annual Christmas Candlelight Open House Tour on the first Saturday in December. Take a step back in time visiting historic homes by candlelight. With your ticket you will be able to take a free shuttle or drive your own vehicle. A guide is provided that has a map and a short history of each property on the tour. Docents are on hand at each property to give you the rest of the story. A truly memorable way to start your holiday season!
The Christmas Candlelight Open House funds support the Society, a 501(c) (3) non profit in its various historic preservation efforts.
For more information visit website for The Castroville Conservation Society.
For an invitation, please write The Castroville Conservation Society at P.O. Box 1312, Castroville, TX 78009.
Don’t forget to sign up to be on the map at City Hall for cost of $5. The map will be updated daily and also can be found at local businesses. The proceeds from the map will benefit Friends of Castroville Animal Control and their programs. Friends of Castroville Animal Control PHONE: (210)446-0714
2022 Tour – April 2nd
The Tour de Castroville Walk/Run/Ride is a family event held annually at the Castroville Regional Park located fifteen miles west of San Antonio. The 5K and 10K Walk and Run routes take participants through historical Castroville, founded by Henri Castro in 1844.
Known as “The Little Alsace of Texas”, Castroville has maintained its Alsatian heritage while assimilating the flair of the American rural west. The 30 and 60-mile bicycle routes run throughout picturesque Medina County on low-traffic roads connecting Castroville to neighboring LaCoste.
All events are supported by fully provisioned rest stops and the cycle routes are manned with trained bicycle technicians. Safety is #1 and is enhanced by on-site emergency medical services, police, and HAM radio mobile escorts. Directions for each route are meticulously marked.
All Registrants on Active.com will receive an event shirt and breakfast. Registrants for the 60 miles and 30-mile cycling will also receive lunch. Additional lunches may be purchased.
Wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts may register at no cost. The events are not races and there are no prizes. IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER – THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP DATE.
Go to the Castroville event website for more details: http://castrovilletx.gov/tourdecastroville