News and Updates
What's new for 2019
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Scholarships at State
Daily log of changes to
Fri., Jan. 18, 2019: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/25).
Fri., Jan. 25, 2019: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Jan. 28, 2019:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 30, 2019,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed in individual events. Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.
Thur., Jan. 31, 2019:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019:
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in
order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online
registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12
per student. Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
(regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless
of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the
regular deadline. Also, deadline to submit entries for promotional video contest to State director Jennifer Christianson.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019:
Texas State German
Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Sat., Mar. 2, 2019:
Fri., Mar. 8, 2019:
Scholarship applications due.
Tue., April 30, 2019:
Teacher Grant applications due.
Founded in 1980, Houstonfest
is an annual competition for Houston-area students in grades 8
through 12 who are learning German. It offers 43 contests for
students in German I, II, III, IV, and V, including written and oral
tests, declamation, drama, art, and music. There are also
categories for "advantaged speakers."
Registration is accepted only from German
teachers registering their participating students as a group; we do not
accept registration from individual students. In 2018 we had 704 students
from 24 schools registered.
Entrants placing in the top five in each
event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of
February, advance to the
State German Contest, traditionally held on the last Saturday of
February. At State, Houstonfest's winners compete against the
winners of Texas’ other two regional German competitions,
for the Dallas and North Texas area and
the Central and South Texas area.
Brochure about Texas German contest system
for schools new to Houstonfest
is held at Heights High School in Houston.
State 2019 will
be on February 23 at Texas State University in San Marcos.
After competition is over and while everyone is waiting for
the awards to be tabulated, we usually have
entertainment by the band
Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst.
Festival traditionally invites winning Chorus, Folk Dance, and Polka
Band groups as well as Vocal Soloists to perform at their festival each
year and makes donations to the German Clubs of all schools that
The logo in the header is the
winning entry from the
Digital Logo Design
contest held at Houstonfest 2018. It is by Margaret
McCarty of Clear Creek High School.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 2, 2019
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest