Tomball German Festival

Beginning with one Oompah band on a flat-bed trailer sixteen years ago the festival has become an annual tradition in Tomball and one of the best music/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 celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area beginning in about 1840.

This is a music/street festival celebrating German and ethnic heritage with live music performances, special contests, ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 175 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more.

I am not very familiar with Tomball Texas, so I did a little research. The original settlers arrived from Europe in the mid-1800s. These pioneers found the land to be similar to the Black Forest of Germany and prime property for a soon-to-be thriving lumber industry, farming and livestock.

Just after the turn of the 20th Century this simple railroad stop and surrounding community was named Peck, Texas, but soon that all changed. In ceremonies held on December 2, 1907 at the now historic downtown depot, Peck was renamed Tomball in honor of the man responsible for routing the railroad and its operations through the small town . . . his name was Thomas Ball.

In the decades to follow Tomball has continued to grow into a diverse and vibrant community near to the big city while retaining its small town history and hometown sensibilities.

Interesting fact! Tomball’s sister city is Telgte, Germany. The two cities participate in foreign exchange student programs. The high school also receives exchange students from other areas, such as Armenia. I had no idea!

The first few pictures are from Old Town Tomball Near the Historical Train Depot Plaza. We also did a little bit of antique shopping, and eating. I had a great time!

Are there any festivals you guys recommend that I go to? Let me know!