20th German Heritage Festival
Tomball German Heritage Fest is celebrating 20 Jahre Jubiläum. Ja, for 20 years Tomball has been celebrating its German heritage with one of the best spring festivals in the country. This year’s event is set for March 27-29 and once again promises fun for the entire family! The Alex Meixner Band will headline all three days on the new Grady Und Sandra Platz stage, sponsored by polkabeat.com.
Beginning with one oom-pah band on a flatbed trailer 19 years ago, the festival has become an annual tradition in Tomball and one of the best music/street festivals in Texas. Every spring festivalgoers put on their lederhosen and dirndls to "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area beginning in about 1840. In other words in the case of German heritage there is much to celebrate in this part of Texas!
The German Heritage Festival takes place on the Old Downtown Streets of Tomball near 201 S. Elm Street, Main Street (FM 2920), and Market Street. The street festival offers four stages of live music entertainment featuring "happy music for happy people," ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 200 street vendors, and all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing.
You'll also find arts & crafts, antiques, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more. It’s Oktoberfest in springtime! You can also tour Tomball's restored Train Depot on the festival grounds.
DIG THIS MUSIC LINEUP
On Fri., Mar. 27 from 6 till 10 pm, enjoy the music of the Alex Meixner Band, Chris Rybak Band, Auf Geht's, and Blue Yonder.
Sat., Mar. 28 is a full day, from 10 am till 10 pm. Make your way to Telgte Dance Hall at 11:15 am for the "tapping of the keg" and Willkommen ceremony for German exchange students and Tomball host families, and official opening by Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan.
The music and dancing goes all day and into the night with more from Chris Rybak, Auf Geht's, and Alex Meixner, along with Round Top Brass Band, TubaMeisters, Das Ist Lustig, Homebrewed Brass Band, Wallburg Boys, Eurofest, Evelyn Billington, and new to the festival, Bohemian Blitz from Ennis.
Bohemian Blitz is not your average polka band. With their ability to infuse traditional polka music with high energy and newage party music, Bohemian Blitz guarantees a performance to remember. The band members have spent the last decade playing in different bands across Texas in all genres of music. With each member exceeding 15+ years experience on stage, they are able to utilize what they have learned and morph it into a performance that will leave you singing and dancing.
Sun., Mar. 29 opens at 10 am and goes until 6 pm with more entertainment by Chris, Alex, Das Ist Lustig, Auf Geht’s, TubaMeisters, Homebrewed Brass, Isaak Klaus, and Evelyn Billington. See the full schedule, next page.
Enjoy folk dance performances all weekend by Rathkamp German Folk Dancers, Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe, high school German clubs, cloggers, and more. Join in the fun of contests Stein Hoist, Hollerin’, Yodelin’, and Chicken Dance!
There are no admission or parking fees. A free shuttle, based at Tomball Regional Hospital at 605 Holderrieth Blvd, will take you back and forth from the festival.
GERMAN FOLK DANCE PERFORMANCES ALL WEEKEND by Rathkamp German Folk Dancers, Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe, High School German clubs. Folk performances by various Clogging groups, choirs and more! Join in for the Stein Hoist, Hollerin’ and Yodelin’ Contests, Great Beard Of Spring Contest, Bavarian Shoe Slapping Contest, and Chicken Dance Contests! German Heritage Center at 221 Market: Accordion music, traditional German clothing for sale & more shopping. Gazebo: Story Time with Ghillie the Elf
Multiple booths with German food, Ethnic & festival food, beer, wine, over 200 vendors with arts & crafts, antiques & more. Carnival, Kids activities & much more. Oktoberfest in springtime! You don’t have to be German to enjoy this festival. Fun for the whole family. Free admission, free parking, free shuttle! Unique Shopping opportunities!
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