GUIDE: Tomball German Heritage Festival celebrates 20 years with a 3-day festival, June 4-6

The annual German heritage festival Tomball returns from June 4-6 after the festival was canceled in 2020 (Anna Lotz / Community Impact Journal)

The Tomball German Heritage Festival returns June 4-6 for its 20th anniversary with live music, kid-friendly activities and nearly 200 street vendors.

The festival showcases the city’s German heritage with various events and shows, such as the GOAT Beard competition, where judges search for the “best beard ever” in one of the many family events scheduled for the weekend.

Craig Bogner, general manager of the Tomball German Heritage Festival, said he expects a crowd at the three-day festival after last year’s canceled festivals, which were devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and last December.

“Everyone is ready to go out and enjoy the summer,” Bogner said on June 2. “The city has supported the German festival for 20 years, and we want to give back as much as possible.”

Place, time and date

Hundreds of street vendors will set up shop along Market and South Walnut streets. Performances and activities will take place on Grady Und Sandra Platz in Pine and Market streets, in the Telgte dance hall in Market and Elm streets, on the Rybak Party stage in Cherry and Market streets, Warsteiner / Ziegenbock Wiesn near from Walnut Street and the German Heritage Center.

Headliner Mollie B & Squeezebox with Ted Lange will kick off the festival on Friday June 4 at 6 p.m. with German polka and two folk dance performances.

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for performances on June 4. The street festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

Six contests will take place on June 5, ranging from yodeling matches to best dressed contests.

Admission

The festival is free to all, but carnival rides and food will be available for a fee.

Parking, shuttle service

Free parking and a shuttle service will be available to all participants. The shuttle will be available to pick up festival goers at the HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on June 5 and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on June 6, according to festival information.

Parking is also available at:

  • HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball in the East Parking Lot, 605 Holderrieth Blvd., Tomball
  • Lone Star College-Tomball Health Science Center, 700 Graham Drive, Tomball
  • Medical complex on Graham and School streets
  • Medical complex in James and School streets
  • Tomball Public Works, 501 James Street, Tomball

Entertainment

  • Petting zoo
  • German food and beer
  • Chicken dance competition
  • Street artists
  • Nearly 200 street vendors
  • Carnival races

Visit the Tomball German Heritage Festival website for the full schedule of events.