While the summer is winding down, Tomball is preparing for a second round of festivals and events this fall.
First up is the second annual Bugs, Brew and Barbeque event at the Tomball Depot, Sept. 29.
“It’s the first of our second annual events,” Tomball Marketing Director Mike Baxter said.
Admission is free.
Baxter said that more than 75 classic Volkswagen “bugs” will be on hand, courtesy of the North Houston Volkswagen Club.
“Beetles, vans, Ghias and dune buggies will all be there,” he said.
Attendance at last year’s event was just under 1,900. Baxter hopes to increase that this year.
New this year is a partnership with Spec’s which has allowed Baxter to bring in a wider variety of Texas craft beer to the event. More than 30 varieties will be available including Southern Star, St. Arnold, Shiner, Real Ale, Alamo and Rahr & Sons. Cisco’s Salsa Company will be serving the beer.
“Working with Spec’s opened up a wider selection of Texas craft beers this year,” he said.
Local barbeque favorite the Original Rib Tickler, as well as a new Tomball Dickey’s location will be among the local barbeque vendors. Pulled pork, brisket, sausage and more will all be available, Baxter said.
There will also be a kids area and vendors selling everything from jewelry to pantry foods.
“We look at vendors that are applicable to each event rather than open it up to anyone,” Baxter said.
Souvenir mugs will also be for sale.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., will also feature three live bands. A performance from Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band Unfortunate Sons, followed by classic rockers The Bottle Rockers, while honky tonk favorite Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings will round out the entertainment.
“Folks can come out and enjoy the whole day without paying for anything but their brews and barbeque,” Baxter said.
Baxter said the city’s goal during the new festival season is to create a mix of events that people can associate with Tomball.
“We are trying to offer things and events that are unique and people can’t find easily elsewhere,” he said.
For more information visit www.ci.tomball.tx.us or call 281-351-5484.