Tomball marketing director Mike Baxter has finalized the 2014 calendar for special events within the city and is looking forward to a huge turnout this year.
This will be the third full season of festivals for the city.
"In 2012 we drew just under 19,000 guests in our first full season and last year we more than doubled that to over 41,000 guests," Baxter said.
Baxter attributes it to great word of mouth and that the events are family friendly.
"I think it has to do with the fact that the word is getting out through social media and through word of mouth," he said. "For example our Facebook page has nearly 4,000 likes, our YouTube has around 60 videos with more than 13,000 views and out Flickr page has 1,400 photos with 85,400 views."
The 2014 festival lineup kicks off with the Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival March 15. Dale Watson will be returning to the event and will be joined by Justin Trevino, Amber Digby and Jeff Woolsey and the Dance Hall Kings.
On April 12 the annual Bunny Run 5K will wind its way through town, while on May 3-4 the city will hold its annual Rails and Tails Crawfish Festival.
Performing on Saturday, May 3, will be Texas TNT, Bayou Roux and headliner The Ezra Charles band, while on Sunday, May 4, Mango Punch and the Posse Band will perform before headliner The Fab 5 takes the stage.
There will be plenty of chili to go around as the third annual Tomball Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge comes back to the Depot Center May 24. The Grateful Geezers will be performing as well.
Labor Day weekend will see a new festival in Tomball, the Tomball Texas Music Festival, featuring bands that perform Texas music.
"This goes back to not getting enough interest in a proposed art festival that we ended up canceling," Baxter said. "The money was already budgeted for a festival."
Baxter said that the popularity of Texas music right now seemed like a perfect idea for the new festival.
"Texas music is so popular now that we thought doing this on Labor Day weekend would be a good way to kick off our fall festival season," he said.
Scheduled to appear at the new event are The John Evans Band, Jesse Raub Jr., Mike and the Moonpies and more.
The festival season will round out with the Bugs, Brew and Barbecue event Sept. 27 and the Tomball Bluegrass Festival Oct. 25.
Baxter also said that the city will be doing another round of Creature Feature film showings in June, July and August. The second annual Sherine's Stride run for breast cancer awareness will be Oct. 11 and the city's big Fourth of July blowout and street party on Independence Day.
For information visit www.tomballtx. gov.