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street festivals in Texas. Every year, on the very last weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls “Go German” for the area’s largest festival March 31st through April 2nd celebrating the heritage of the original DOWNTOWN TOMBALL German families that settled this area beTomball ginning in about 1840. In other words in the case of German heritage there is much to celebrate in this part of Texas! The 2017 Tomball German Heritage Kick-off Party with Alex Meixner Festival will be held March 31st – April Tomball German Fest Kick-off Party 1st and 2nd. Located on the old downGet the weekend party started with great town streets of Tomball, TX near 201 S. music by Alex Meixner at the new Fire Elm St., Main St. (FM 2920) and Market Ant Brewing Co. St, it is a music/street festival celebrating German Heritage Festival Contest Fun! German and ethnic heritage with 4 stages Make plans to visit, volunteer, dance and of live music performances “happy music shop again this year? We have assembled for happy people”, special contest, ethnic a great line-up of vendors, contests & and festival food, beer, wine, 175 street entertainment for the whole family to vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs enjoy! REMINDER: Don’t forget about the and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Chicken Dance Contest, Hollerin Contests Center, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, and Best Dressed German Contests. Come strolling music makers, street performand enjoy the fun! ers, and much more. Like Oktoberfest in The Carnival opens Thursday evening, April! Admission, parking and shuttle are March 30th, with a $15 special price for FREE!. the “all you can ride” armband. See you Beginning with one Oompah band on at the corner of Main and Cherry for this a flat-bed trailer sixteen years ago the Thursday ONLY special. On Friday, March festival has become an annual tradition 31st at 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. shop street in Tomball and one of the best music/


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vendors and enjoy various performances. Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. begins with the “tapping of the keg” and Willkommen ceremony for German exchange students and Tomball host families, and official opening by the Mayor of Tomball Gretchen Fagan. Alex Meixner will be the featured entertainer once again with music and dancing all day and into the night with Alpenmusikanten, Chris Rybak and Das Ist Lustig and much, much more. Enjoy the final day of the festivel Sunday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Check out the amazing view from above Main Street in Tomball. As you can see, our festival with plenty of room for fun and entertainment for the whole family has grown over the years. We sure hope to see you among the crowds. German Festival sky view over Tomball The festival is sponsored by the Tomball/ Telgte Sister City, Org. Wir sprechen Deutsch. Call 281-379-6844 or email Grady Martin for information. For additional info, visit facebook, and Valina Polka.



Houston Whatever Fest, the City’s most eclectic street festival, will return to the East End of downtown with another exciting year of unique music, comedy and art programming April 1 - 2, 2017. The third annual festival will include more than 80 acts on 5 stages featuring a diverse mix music genres, top-tier comedy acts and a variety of art experiences along with culinary options from some of the best local food trucks, Houston-centric vendors, unique street performers, and more! Continuing with its commitment to showcasing national talent alongside upand- coming performers, the festival aims to provide opportunities for local acts, from musicians and comedians to artists, as part of the annual line up. “We are eager to bring Houstonians another year of new experiences as part of our festival. In our third year, we continue

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