Polka lovers from all over the country will once again flock to the Hallettsville KC Hall March 20-22 for the South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival. Sausage is in the name, but there’s a smorgasbord of great Texas food! The Hallettsville KC Hall, on US 77 South, will be the site of much food, fun, fellowship, music, and with a touch of religion for the weekend. The Knights of Columbus Council #2433 has been preparing for weeks to show folks how the Hallettsville people can throw a party.
April kicks off the church picnic season on April 26 with St. Mary's Grotto Picnic in Frydek and Springfest at St. Michael's in Weimar. Like some other churches, St. Michael's has a second picnic during the year - Harvest Feast in August. The other churches with spring/fall picnics include Hostyn (May and October). Hostyn's October picnic will be its 164th.
Since 1881, a very colorful scene has unfolded in Brenham each May. This festival is known as Maifest. It is a celebration highlighting the town’s proud German heritage as well as showcasing the youth of the community. Except for several years during World War I and World War II, this event has been held annually since 1881 and has evolved into one of the most widely attended festivals in Texas. Each year, hundreds of volunteers work countless hours to produce a Junior and Senior parade and coronation along with a fun-filled festival which includes authentic German tastes and sounds, traditional maypole dance, as well as quality musicians from around the state performing on the main stage. The 130th festival will start Fri., May 1 with the Junior Coronation. Young children will participate in an elaborate outdoor ceremony which provides entertainment and the presentation of the Junior King and Queen. Music will be provided by Allison & the Texas Two By Fours from 5-8 pm, and Steven Marshall Band from 8:30- 11:30 pm in the pavilion. The Maifest Parade will kick off the event on Sat., May 2 at 10:30 am in downtown Brenham. The entertainment at the pavilion in Firemen’s Park will include German music in the afternoon with Austin Polka Band from 12-3 pm, and Czech Melody Masters from 4-7 pm. You will also enjoy a performance by the Rathkamp Dancers at 11:30 am and at 3 pm. Saturday night will feature the music of Black Cat Choir from 8:30-11:30 pm. The Senior Coronation will be held Saturday evening in Fireman's Park with former royalty and high school students providing entertainment for this outdoor event. The culmination of the Maifest Celebration is highlighted by the presentation of the Senior King and Queen. It’s another full night of fun, live music, food, drink, and good friends.
The Anhalt Western Roundup is a three-day classic country music and dance festival that is sure to be a festival to remember. The amazing lineup of classic country artists features the Rocky King Band, Billy Mata & Texas Tradition, Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes, Jason Roberts Band, Jeff Woolsey & Dancehall Kings, The Ranger Band, and Jake Hooker & The Outsiders.
Days are getting longer, but time is getting shorter for the arrival of the 7th Annual Schulenburg Sausagefest on Sat., April 7! This is the only event in Texas that features sausage-making contests. It will again take place in historic downtown Schulenburg and will include sausage-making contests by amateur teams who will vie for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights.