Pflugerville Deutschen Pfest | May 16-18

Deutschen Pfest

Celebrate Pflugerville’s German heritage at Deutschen Pfest, May 16-18. Enjoy live music, a Saturday parade, carnival rides, children’s games and activities, shopping booths and a 5K Pfun Run/Walk on Sunday. #Pflugerville #Austin #ATX

Pfluger Park
515 City Park Road
Pflugerville, TX 78660
 

 

Events May 2-10

Brenham Maifest 2014

Brenham Maifest | Brenham, Texas | May 2-4

Celebrate the annual Brenham Maifest, May 2-4, at historic Fireman’s Park in Brenham, Texas. This is one of the oldest heritage festivals anywhere in the south. Celebrate the heritage of German settlers in Texas with free live music, dancing, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and Saturday morning’s elaborate downtown parade.

Cinco de Mayo Austin 2014

Cinco de Mayo Austin | Fiesta Gardens Park | May 3-4

Fiestas Patrias of Austin invites you to its 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 3-4, at Fiesta Gardens. The two-day event includes a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands. An all-day Conjunto Festival takes place on Sunday. The event also includes dancing, a car show, food and family activities.

Cinco de Mayo Austin Downtown Block Party 2014

Cinco de Mayo Downtown Austin Block Party | May 4

La Condesa is hosting their free Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1-9 pm, in celebration of the rich heritage and culture of Mexico. The annual downtown festival covers features food and free activities for the whole family. Music lineup includes Este Vato, Bombasta, DJ Chicken George & Chorizo Funk, Celsius, Vitera and more.

 

Polish Film: “Shivers / Dreszcze” @ Austin Public Library Manchaca Branch | May 4 | 3:30 p.m.

 

Austin Dance India Annual Showcase @ Asian American Resource Center | May 4 | 11 am – 1 pm

Austin Dance India’s Annual Showcase features the full student ensemble and Artistic Director, Anuradha Naimpally. Enjoy traditional Bharata Natyam as well as contemporary dances in colorful costumes by students of all ages. $5 Admission. All are welcome.

 

Spring Supper Club From Italy with Love May 2014

Spring Supper Club: From Italy with Love @ Olive & June | May 6

This sumptuous feast will kick off with Italian bubbles and serve an abundance the seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes that have made Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant a beloved favorite. Nibble crostini, antipasti, green garlic risotto, a hearty ragu and other seasonal favorites—and end the evening with a dolci that promises to bring out the kid in everyone.

Austin Latino New Play Festival 2014

Austin Latino New Play Festival | May 8-10

Teatro Vivo presents the Austin Latino New Play Festival, May 8-10, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival brings together Texas playwrights and audience members for staged readings and rich conversation about three Latino plays, each running just one night. After each reading, the playwright, director and actors participate in moderated talk-back sessions with the audience so attendees can provide feedback. Though the productions have Latino roots, they explore cross-cultural age-old themes and modern dilemmas that will surprise, challenge, engage and push the dramatic envelope for audience members accustomed to one-way conversations at the theater.

#Austin #ATX

 

The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert @ Bullock Texas State History Museum | April 26

The Big Squeeze Finals 2014

Texas Folklife presents The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, April 26, from 2-6 pm. Nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco and conjunto. Winners will perform at the Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 7, 2014. #Free and open to the public. #Austin #ATX

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
 

Texas Polka Festival & Symposium | Schulenberg, Texas | Feb. 22

Texas Polka Festival 2014

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 Masquerade Ball @ Austin Saengerrunde Halle | Jan. 25

German Mardi Gras 2014

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 #Fasching

Austin Saengerrunde Halle
1607 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701
 

German Christmas Market @ the German Free School | Dec. 7

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Image Credit: German-Texan Heritage Society

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 #ATX

German Free School
507 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Fredericksburg Christmas Parade and Traditional German Christmas Market | Dec. 6

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 #Free

Marktplatz (Town Square)
100 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
 

WURSTFEST | New Braunfels | Nov. 1-10

 Wurstfest

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 #Festivals

Wurstfest Grounds | Landa Park
120 Landa Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
 

Oktoberfest @ the Historic German Free School | Oct. 19

Oktoberfest German Free School 2013

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 #Oktoberfest

German Free School
507 E. 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701
 

Oktoberfest @ North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery | Oct. 19-20

Oktoberfest NXNW 2013

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 #Oktoberfest

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
10010 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78759