News and Updates


What's new for 2017


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Arrival at Heights High School


Bubble Soccer


Lunch options


Houstonfest Scholarships


Scholarships at State


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list


Photo Gallery 2014


Important Dates


Jan. 18, 2017:  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).


Jan. 25, 2017:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.


Jan. 30, 2017 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.


Jan. 31, 2017 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.


Feb. 1, 2017, 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.


Feb. 4, 2017 Houstonfest !


Feb. 10, 2017 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.


Feb. 17, 2017 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.


Feb. 25, 2017 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.


Mar. 4, 2017 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Mar. 10, 2017 Gail Cope Scholarship 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 42 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.  We had 668 students from 24 schools competing in 2016.


Entrants placing in the top five in each event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February, advance to the Texas 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, Winterfest for the Dallas and North Texas area and Sprachfest for the Central and South Texas area.


Brochure about Texas German contest system


Houstonfest 2017 will be on February 4 at Heights High School (the new name of the former Reagan High School) and State will be on February 25 at Texas State University in San Marcos.


After competition is over while everyone is waiting for the awards to be tabulated, we usually have entertainment by the band Das ist lustig.


The Tomball German Heritage Festival (March 31 - April 2, 2017) 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 perform.  In addition, they display the top three prize-winners in Club Album, Crafts, Doll Costume, Needlework, Original Model, Photo Essay, Photography, Poster, and Shirt Design at the festival, and cash prizes of $35, $30, and $25 are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.
















The logo in the header is the

winning entry from the

Digital Logo Design

contest held at Houstonfest 2016.  It is by Chris Pino of Seven Lakes

High School.






When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2017,

8:00 a.m.


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


Link to Texas State German Contest