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was formed with the stated purpose of “cultivation of the fine arts, especially dramatic and musical arts, and the intellectual stimulation of its members.”

Thus, were the seeds planted for what was to flower as the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance.

Here is a summary of our gifts back to Gillespie County.
We continue to award grants and scholarships yearly.


Over 25 artisans and craftspeople met to discuss the formation of the Gillespie County Arts Alliance. “To encourage, promote and support the work of all creative artists and artisans in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area.” Later changed to Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance.

The first gallery show included many local artists displaying their talents: clay works, folk art, watercolors and acrylics, silversmithing, iron art, pen and ink, woodcrafts, Bauermalerei, pastels, pottery, art quilts, sculpture, pottery, off-loom weaving, Navajo silversmithing, furniture designer/craftsman… And so, the art shows began.

October 3, 1981 – The first Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, sponsored by P.C.A.A., is held from 10a to 9p on Marktplatz, proceeds fund all PCAA projects.

PCAA begins awarding scholarships to Gillespie County students majoring in the arts.

PCAA Summer Concert series begins. They were first held at the Gazebo Park on the grounds of the County. Today these are known as Musical Evenings on Marktplatz.

First Oktoberfest Poster

Artist Lee Ethel designs first poster.


Fredericksburg is officially designated by the Texas Legislature as the Polka Capital of Texas.


PCAA donates Oktoberfest Halle, the center pavilion on Marktplatz.

PCAA begins research to create and build the Maibaum on Marktplatz. The Maibaum depicts the culture, industry and interest in this unique German community nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It welcomes each and every one with a hearty “Willkommen”!

PCAA purchases twenty Texas flags for the American Legion to place along Main Street on appropriate days.

An Art Exhibit of original paintings by Lee Ethel, who designed Oktoberfest’s first poster and logo in 1981.

PCAA Summer Concerts moved from Gazebo Park to the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz.

PCAA designates funds to go toward the new Fest Zimmer (fest office) being built on Marktplatz.


Oktoberfest rents more storage units to facilitate growth and materials needed.


Edwina Hall estate funds are used for various grants, scholarships and towards a Glockenspiel.

PCAA provides funds to help in the re-sodding of Marktplatz

Proposals begin for a Glockenspiel or Bell Tower.

Oktoberfest adds Park & Ride.

Oktoberfest partners with The Rotary Club's Kraut Run on Saturday mornings.

Oktoberfest requests the closing of Adams Street to create Strassen Zelt (street tent).

Oktoberfest enters floats in the July 4th and Gillespie County Fair parades.

PCAA funds new picnic tables for Marktplatz.


PCAA contributes to the Fest Zimmer remodel.

PCAA contributes to the remodel of public restrooms.

PCAA gives a grant to the City of Fredericksburg for the new events room on the northwest corner of Marktplatz for tables and chairs

PCAA provides funds to repaint the Maibaum



2024 Grants


4th of July Parade Committee

Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Bethany Pre-school

Community Ed Summer Theater

Die Künstler

Fredericksburg Art Guild

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra

FMS Band

FMS Drama Department

Fredericksburg Music Academy

Fredericksburg Music Club

FHS Art Department

FHS Band

FHS Choir

FHS Fine Arts Department

FHS Band Jazz Festival

Fredericksburg Theater Company

German Choirs of Fredericksburg

Gillespie Co Fair & Festival Association

Gillespie County Historical Society

Harper Elementary School Music

Harper High School Band

Heritage Grammar School Music

Heritage Lower School Art

Heritage Upper School Art

Heritage Upper School Music

Living Well Learning Center

Primary Schools Program

St. Mary’s Catholic School Music

Vereins Quilt Guild

2020-2027 Scholarships


Mariah Boyd

Texas State University


Cameron Clements

Texas A&M University


Will Cooke

University of North Texas


Parker Feuge

Texas State University

Olivia Findley

Tarleton State University

Austin Merrill

Texas State University


Ciara O’Leary

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hank Rawls

University of North Texas


Jenna Rickerhauser

Abilene Christian University


Jorja Simpson-Hahn

Savannah College of Art & Design


Sydney Slaughter

University of Arkansas

Reily Wilder

Texas State University

2024 PCAA Musical Evenings

All events are free

6:30pm until 8:15pm

Adelsverein Halle, Marktplatz


April 28

Fredericksburg High School
Jazz Ensemble


May 19

US Army Rock Before Dawn

(Classic Rock, Country Mix)


June 23

Rocky King

(Western Swing)

July 21


August 25

Joe King

(Country – former NFL player)

September 15

Sister Golden Hair

(60’s and 70’s Cover Band)

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