News and Updates


Changes and updates for 2022 (including details about how contest will work in the online environment)


New "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest (win big $$!)


New "Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)


Houstonfest Scholarships


Scholarships at State


State Promo Video Contest


Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)


Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).


Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.:  Registration opens for pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register for this special contest)


Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.


Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.


Sat., Feb. 5, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom


Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote Houstonfest judging ends


Sat., Feb. 12, 2022:  Houstonfest results announced


Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18). Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due.


Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark State payment.


Mon., Feb. 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.


Sat., Feb. 26, 202240th Annual Texas State German Contest (virtual) - submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom


Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends


Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State results announced.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2022Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant 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 43 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 the pre-pandemic 2020 contest we had 562 students registered from 21 schools.  In the pandemic year of 2021, our all-online version of Houstonfest drew 166 students from 12 schools, and for 2022, we currently have 360 students from 18 schools registered Unfortunately, because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the decision was made on January 4, 2022, that this year's regional contests as well as the State contest will also have to take place entirely online.  On the positive side, more events will be offered in the online format in 2022 than in 2021. Click on "Changes and updates for 2022" in the column to the left for details about the 2022 contest.  Teachers and others from the local German-speaking community serve as judges.  If you are interested in serving as a judge, contact director Rustin Buck by email and he'll add you to his email list.


Entrants placing in the top five in each event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February (which will be February 5 in 2022), advance to the Texas State German Contest, traditionally held on the last Saturday of February (which will be February 26 in 2022 - 40th anniversary!).  At State, Houstonfest's winners compete against the winners of the other two Texas regional German competitions, Winterfest for the Dallas and North Texas area and Sprachfest for the Central and South Texas area.


In non-pandemic years, Houstonfest is held at Heights High School in Houston and State at Texas State University in San Marcos.


Brochure about Texas German contest system


Contest Promo Video #1

(students from one school tell why they love contest)


Contest Promo Video #2

(one student tells why she loves contest)


Incentives for schools new to Houstonfest


Show your love for the Texas German contest system by producing a promotional video and entering our contest.  You could win $250!  Click here for the contest guidelines.


When we have contest in person:  after competition is over and while everyone is waiting for the awards to be tabulated, we have entertainment by the band Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst.  The Tomball German Festival also 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 logo in the header is the

winning entry from the

Digital Logo Design

contest held at Houstonfest 2021.  It is by Nikita Naredla and Mitali Solanki of Clements High School.


Danke schön

to these businesses who donated or gave us discounts on items for the judges' breakfast in 2020. Every dollar saved on that can instead be invested in the contest and in scholarships!



SW Freeway @ Wilcrest

(donated ALL the coffee!)

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Sugar Land

(donated ALL the fruit!)

Welcome to Sprouts Farmers Market


Kolache Factory

Missouri City

(discount on kolache order)

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Shipley Donuts

(discount on donut order)

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When is the next Houstonfest?



February 5, 2022


Where is Houstonfest?


The 2022 will be conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The location in non-pandemic years is usually Heights High School in Houston.)


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook


Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group