Kick Off Party
Look forward to an evening of music, laughter, and Gemutlichkeit! There aren't very many opportunities to see Alex Meixner up close and personal, but here you can! Most of the planning committee will be there looking forward to meeting and visiting with you too!
Why do we have a kick off party?
The same group of about 15 volunteers has been working on these events since they began in 2000. These dedicated people work year round to plan, organize and promote because they love the festival, the people they meet, and the wonderful opportunities these events offer our community's youth. The kick off party is a rare chance for them to relax together, enjoy the music by featured entertainers, and visit with each other before the mass chaos of running a festival begins.
It was a trickle in the beginning, but over the years, the festival has grown to attract +-40,000 over the course of a weekend. Along with this growth, the festivals are financially contributing to as many as 10 Houston area high school German clubs, and other German student functions. The Heritage festival in April 2016 is donating nearly $2500 to local Houston area German clubs and students! The festival awards prize money for winning art and craft projects from the Houstonfest competition. High School folk dance groups and polka bands are given a place to perform for the public, enjoy the live German entertainment, and raise funds for their clubs. The festival gives them a donation, and allows them to collect donations from their audiences. There isn't much available socially for teenagers to do outside of football season, but teenagers love performing and visiting the German festivals in Tomball. The events are free, so they can bring their family and friends with them and spend the day together frolicking at the festival.