Brenham Maifest

901 N Park St
Brenham, TX 77833

979-836-3339

History:

Since 1881, a very colorful scene has unfolded in Brenham, Texas each May. This festival is known as Maifest. It is a celebration highlighting our proud German heritage as well as showcasing the youth of our community. Except for several years during World War I and World War II, this event has been held annually since 1881 and has evolved into one of the most widely attended festivals in Texas. Each year, hundreds of volunteers work countless hours to produce a Junior and Senior parade and coronation along with a fun filled festival which includes a Kinder Village, authentic German tastes and sounds, cooking contests as well as quality artisans from around the state.

Maifest takes place the first weekend in May, truly embracing the family emphasis and creating a local homecoming for those who have moved away. Maifest makes a perfect weekend for locals as well as visitors from around the globe! Our local Bed & Breakfasts can make this a complete weekend getaway package. The week is kicked off with an official ribbon cutting and Maipole dance. Friday showcases the Junior Maifest courts and Saturday focuses on the Senior Maifest courts. Saturday starts with a morning parade in historic downtown Brenham which include area bands, beautifully decorated floats, clowns and all the entries that make a parade exciting. Immediately following the parade an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival begins with the opening of Maifestival at Fireman's Park. The evening celebrations are held at the Fireman's Park Baseball Field and include performances highlighting the local youth depicting the themes for the year. Live music concludes the evenings in the park.  The festival continues through Sunday with many of the same activities as well as domino tournaments and a home-brew beer competition.

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