News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarships - winners posted!


Scholarships at State


Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery 2014


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Sat., Mar. 6, 2021 State online awards ceremony posted. Also, Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:  Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Fri., April 30, 2021:  Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.


The rest of this will be updated for 2022 some time soon:


Sat., Jan. 16, 2021:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/25).


Mon., Jan. 25, 2021:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.


Wed., Feb. 3, 2021, 8:00 p.m.Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed.


Sat., Feb. 6, 2021 Houstonfest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.


Thur., Feb. 11, 2021 Houstonfest online awards show emailed to teachers.


Wed., Feb. 17, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed yet). Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.


Mon., Feb. 22, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at regular price of $12/student. Also, entries for promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson by 8:00 p.m. and deadline to postmark payment.


Sat., Feb. 27, 2021:  Texas State German Contest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.

Arrival at Heights High School


There will be no "arrival" at Houstonfest in 2021 because the contest will be conducted remotely, but this page remains here for future use.


Maps to help you navigate


If you're coming by CAR or VAN, enter the campus from 14th Street, at the northwest corner of the campus, near Arlington (see maps at link above).  Please do NOT park on the streets surrounding the campus.  There is plentiful parking in the two-level garage right in the heart of the campus.  This will keep Heights High School's neighbors happy and prevent you from getting your car towed!


If you are coming by BUS, please plan your approach to Heights High School this way:  Make your way to Studewood, and from Studewood, turn west onto 13th Street (see maps at link above).  That way, all the buses will be arriving from the same direction (from the east headed west), and that's the ideal direction, because it puts you unloading on the correct side of the street.  If you come in on 13th from the west heading east, you're going to create congestion and unsafe unloading conditions in front of the school.


After your bus has dropped you off, the bus can circle back around and park in the student parking lot on the opposite side of 13th Street from the school, next to the tennis courts, a little east of the school.


If the student lot fills up, our official suggestion is for the buses to park at Houston ISD's Delmar Stadium/Dyer Stadium sports complex near the intersection of Highway 290 and Loop 610, which has ample parking.  Google says it takes about 14 minutes to get there from Heights.  My suggestion would be to head west on 11th Street and turn right onto Hempstead Road, which leads straight there.  Turn right off Hempstead Road just past the now-closed Northwest Mall onto Mangum.  Your driver is of course free to seek out somewhere else to park, as well, but please, not on the streets in the neighborhood around Heights High School.

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 5, 2022


Where is Houstonfest?


Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest was conducted entirely REMOTELY. We hope to be back at our usual venue, Heights High School in Houston, in 2022.


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook