News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarships - Winners!


Scholarships at State


What's new for 2017


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Arrival at Heights High School


Bubble Soccer


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list


Photo Gallery 2014


Important Dates


Fri., Mar. 10, 2017 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Wed., Jan. 17, 2018:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).


Wed., Jan. 24, 2018:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.


Jan. x, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.


Jan. x, 2018, x:xx 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. x, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.


Feb. x, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by x:xx p.m.


Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !


Feb. x, 2018 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. x, 2018 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.


Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.


Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 Houstonfest 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.  For 2017 we had 708 students from 22 schools.


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


Incentives for schools new to Houstonfest


Houstonfest 2017 was on February 4 at Heights High School and State was on February 25 at Texas State University in San Marcos.


After competition was over while everyone was waiting for the awards to be tabulated, we had entertainment by the band Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst.


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.  The practice of displaying 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 paying cash prizes to the students will probably not continue this year.
















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 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


Link to Texas State German Contest