The Texas Polka Festival & Symposium featuring the state’s European polka traditions of German, Czech and Polish heritage takes place Sat., Feb. 22, in Schulenburg, Texas. Performances by The Boerne Village Band, Brian Marshall, Czech Melody Masters, Mark Halata, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and a showcase of contestants in the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. Panel discussions include European history, Texas dance hall architecture, polka music history, culture and more. Tickets $0-15.
Fasching is the German version of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras or Rio’s Carnival. The annual festival celebrates the celebratory season right before Lent. Austin Saengerrunde will host a Fasching Masquerade Ball on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Best costume wins a $100 prize. Dance the night away to the tunes of Moonlight Express Orchestra. Family friendly event; children under 12 get in free. Tickets $15, includes German beer and wine. #Austin #ATX #FaschingAustin Saengerrunde Halle 1607 San Jacinto Austin, TX 78701
Join the German-Texan Heritage Society for its annual German Christmas Market on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic German Free School (507 East 10th Street). Featured items include hand-crafted wooden items from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, home-baked sweets and treats, and more. Enjoy traditional German Christmas music plus a special visit by the traditional German Saint Nikolas. All purchases are tax-free. #Austin #ATXGerman Free School 507 East 10th Street Austin, TX 78701
Visit Fredericksburg, Texas, for a traditional German Christmas Market on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The market includes local foods, arts & crafts, and entertainment. The Light the Night Christmas Parade starts at 6:30 p.m., and a 26-foot Christmas Pyramid built by skilled craftsmen in Germany will be lit during a special ceremony and will remain on display through the first week in January. #Fredericksburg #Texas #FreeMarktplatz (Town Square) 100 West Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624
WURSTFEST, a unique celebration rich in German culture, takes place November 1-10, 2013, in New Braunfels, Texas. During the 10-day festival, you will find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds (Landa Park), and many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County. #Wurstfest #NewBraunfelsTexas #FestivalsWurstfest Grounds | Landa Park 120 Landa Street New Braunfels, TX 78130
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the German-Texan Heritage Society at the historic German Free School on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traditional music by The Polkadillos, Joe Klaus, The Siekers, Shirley Johnson, Roland Revering and The Austin Sängerrunde; folk dancers; German food and drinks. Fun for the whole family! $10 Admission ($3 off with flyer coupon) | Purchase Advance Tickets Online for $7 | Kids 12 and Under Free | #Austin #ATX #OktoberfestGerman Free School 507 E. 10th Street Austin, TX 78701
Celebrate Oktoberfest at North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery (NXNW), Oct. 19-20, 2013, with special German brews, classic German food, German music and plenty of fun for the whole family. Admission $2 #Austin #ATX #OktoberfestNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery 10010 North Capital of Texas Highway Austin, TX 78759
100 Block of West Main Street
Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage at Oktoberfest, Oct. 4-6, 2013, with four stages of continuous German music, a domino tournament, delicious food, a German Bier tent, an Oktoberfest vineyard area, arts and crafts, a children’s fun area and lots of family fun! #Oktoberfest #Fredericksburg
Celebrate Central Texas’ German heritage with Austin Saengerrunde at the inaugural AUSTOberFest on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 1-6 p.m. Ticket price includes unlimited German-style sausage and sides from Central Texas meat purveyors, German-style breads from Easy Tiger, a commemorative glass and German beer tastings from Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr along with live music by White Ghost Shivers, Possum Posse and Off The Grid. Proceeds to benefit Foodways Texas. #AustOberfest #Austin #ATX #ATXMusicSaengerrunde Hall 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78701
Join the Texas Wendish Heritage Society for its 25th Annual Texas Wendish Festival, Sunday, September 22, 2013. Activities include live Czech music, children’s activities, a washer pitching competition, sauerkraut making demonstrations, Wendish Easter egg decorating demonstrations, quilting, classic cars and trucks, food and more.
The Texas Wendish Heritage Society preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany. Today the Wends of Lusatia are called Sorbs.Texas Wendish Heritage Museum | St. Paul Lutheran Church 1011 County Road 212
Giddings, TX 78942