Brenham Maifest: The Oldest Festival in Texas

A very colorful scene unfolds the first weekend in May with Maifest, a celebration highlighting Brenham’s German heritage. Brenham Maifest includes a parade and Junior & Senior Coronations and features authentic German food, music and drink, and carnival rides at historic Fireman’s Park. This year's festivities are May 3-4, 2024.


Maifest is the oldest festival in Texas. Except for several years during World Wars I and II, this event has been held annually since 1881.

Check back soon for the full schedule of events, including all of the festivities at Fireman's Park.

Senior Coronation: Friday, May 3, 7:00pm Fireman's Park
Parade: Saturday, May 4, 10:30am, Downtown Brenham
Festivities including live music, German heritage activities, antique carousel rides: Saturday, May 4, during the day at Fireman's Park
Junior Coronation: Saturday, May 4, 7:00pm Fireman's Park


Look for displays of coronation attire at Downtown Brenham businesses in the weeks leading up to Maifest. The Brenham Heritage Museum also features a "Celebrate 134 Years of Maifest" exhibit with more details about this colorful event.


To purchase coronation tickets in advance go to Maifest's website.