Here’s your guide to the Tomball German Heritage Festival this weekend, March 31-April 2

The Tomball German Heritage Festival returns to Tomball from March 31 to April 2.

The Tomball German Heritage Festival returns to downtown Tomball for its 17th year this weekend, March 31-April 2. The family-friendly festival features a variety of carnival rides, performers and vendors for guests of all ages.

With many guests expected in downtown Tomball this weekend, here’s what you need to know ahead of the festival.

Location, time and date
Activities extend from Market Streets to Elm Streets near the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, located at 201 S. Elm Street.

The festival will begin on Thursday March 30 at 7:30 p.m. with music by Alex Meixner. The launch party will be held at the new Fire Ant Brewing development at the corner of Cherry and Market streets.

The events take place on Friday, March 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The street festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday April 1 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday April 2.

The festival is free. However, carnival rides and food are available at an additional cost. An all-you-can-eat $15 armband is only available Thursday night when the carnival opens, depending on the festival website.

Parking and shuttle service
The festival has free parking and a free shuttle service to the festival site. The shuttle will pick up and drop off guests at Tomball Regional Medical Center, located at 605 Holderrieth Road, Tomball, throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is available at:

  • east lot of TRMC (605 Holderrieth Road)
  • Lone Star College – Tomball Health Science Building (700 Graham Drive)
  • medical office complex at Graham and School streets
  • medical office complex at James and School streets
  • Tomball Public Works Building (501 James Street)

From food to folk dancers, the festival has no shortage of entertainment options. A parade arrives at the festival grounds around 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by opening ceremonies with Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan.

Additional entertainment includes:

  • german food
  • beer and wine
  • carnival races
  • Street artists
  • petting zoo
  • pony rides
  • nearly 200 suppliers
  • four musical scenes
  • local high school folk dancers
  • clogging
  • accordionists

Visit the German heritage festival Tomball website for the full schedule of events.