Brenham Maifest — Since 1881
The Roundtopolis is home to many unique events and lots of history. The Brenham Maifest, however, may be one of the oldest historical events of its kind — anywhere. We have partnered with the organizes to showcase the 2016 rendition — the 126th time Maifest has been held.
Since 1881, the Brenham Maifest has celebrated the community’s German heritage. This year, the free and popular event is set for the first week of May at the Fireman’s Park — with most events occurring that weekend.
Organizers have planned music, children’s activities and plenty of food and drink, including all-you-can-eat Blue Bell ice cream (requires wristband purchase.)
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Brenham Maifest Schedule Highlights
- April 30: 2nd Annual 5K Royalty Run & Kids Run
- May 4: Traditional Maipole Dance at 6 p.m.
- May 5: Great Thomas Carnival with rides and games. Opening at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
- May 6: 126th Maifestival begins at 5 p.m.; refer to the web site for musical entertainment schedule.
- May 7: 126th Maifestival Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Brenham
complete schedule at www.maifest.org
Brenham Maifest Marks Spring Revival
Brenham’s Maifest has been held annually — except for several years during World War I and World War II — and is the result of hundreds of volunteer hours. Parades, a coronation for the youth selected as royalty, a Kinder Village, authentic German food and drink in the Biergarten and Wine Shoppe, cooking contests all greet visitors. A 5K Royalty Run kicks off on Saturday, April 30.
In addition, the homage to German traditions is amplified with German music during the day; popular musicians headline evening festivities.
Key Fact: In 1986, the Axel F. Baehren Family of Brenham donated the Maipole on the grounds of Fireman’s Park. The current Maipole is based on the design of a Maipole that dates back to 1762; a replica is in Bavaria, West Germany.
Brenham Maifest Supports Youth
Maifest highlights Brenham’s proud German heritage and showcases the youth of the community. Profits from the festival support youth activities in Washington County as well as CASA for Kids.