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.

 

Burton Cotton Gin Festival

Did you know that the oldest operating cotton gin in the United States is located in Burton, Texas?

Every year, this historical treasure is celebrated at the Burton Cotton Gin Festival. A day filled with FREE fun for the whole family kicks off with a parade followed by a classic car & tractor pulling contest, demonstrations, live music, shopping, family activities & contests, and all the food and refreshments you would expect from a small town of German heritage!

Experience the sights and sounds of the old cotton gin in action as festival goers witness the baling process. And don’t miss out on a tour of the Texas Cotton Gin Museum, where you can learn about the foundation of the gin and the story of how it was saved from becoming the site of a convenience store.

 

Burton Cotton Gin Festival – Burton, Texas

April 20, 2024 |  10:00am – 6:00pm

Free Admission
10:00am – Parade
11:00am-Noon  – Annie Rost & Mike Stroup
11:00-2:00 – Tours of Burton Farmers Gin
12:00-2:30pm – Sean Orr & Texas Gold
12:30-1:30pm – Two-Step Dance Lessons with with Hill Country Two Step
2:30-4:00pm – Das ist Lustig
3:00pm – Cotton Gin Produces a Bale
4:00-6:00pm – The Czechaholics
Demonstrations throughout the day

Visit the Texas Cotton Gin Museum for more information.