Chamber Happenings & Events

Below are some of the major events held by the Brenham/Washington County Chamber of Commerce.  View details about the events, including sponsors and photo slide shows.  Enjoy!!

"TAILGATE PARTY"  Washington County's favorite Fun-draiser


Always one of the best parties of the year in Washington County!  Proceeds from the annual "TAILGATE" event go towards programs and projects that help better the community and local economy.   View a slideshow from last year's "Tailgate" event below. 


"TAILGATE 2014" will be held on Thursday, August 28.  Once again this year, the CHAMPION SPONSOR is Brenham Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  Other sponsors are being confirmed now and will enjoy tremendous publicity.  Your business/organization can enjoy this exposure, too.  Click on the Tailgate 2014 forms below for all the details, or call the Chamber office for personal assistance:  (979) 836-3695.


TAILGATE 2014 - Sponsorship Information & Auction Donation Form

The forms ask for all sponsors and auction item donations which are currently being taken. Don't miss out! That is for you to receive MAXIMUM publicity.  The Chamber will happily accept donations up until the day of the event!  But act now if you want to benefit from furture promotions of this event.




Chamber members are invited to monthly networking events to meet new business contacts and learn about what's going on in the community.  Admission to virtually all events is included with membership dues.



January 16 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation
February 13 - "Wake Up, Washington County!" networking breakfast, hosted by Hospice Brazos Valley, sponsored by Brenham Nursing & Rehab
February 27 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Brenham Heritage Museum
March 20 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Discount Trees of Brenham

March 28 - YPO, Brazos Valley Brewing Co.
April 10 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Brenham National Bank

April 25 - YPO, 291 Icehouse

May 6 - YPO, Mike Hopkins Distributing

May 13 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Blinn College Foundation
May 15 - "Wake Up, Washington County!" networking breakfast hosted by BSSLC

May 30 - YPO, Lunch and Learn at Blue Bell, Noon

June 19 - YPO, Sealand
June 26 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Scott & White Hospital-Brenham

July 17 - YPO, Lunch and Learn at Los Cabos, Noon
July 24 - "Business After Hours" hosted by Appel Ford

July 25 - YPO, Kenney Store
August  - "Wake Up, Washington County!" Networking Brekfast, (TBD)
August  - "Business After Hours" (TBD)
September 25 - "Business After Hours" hosted by RE/MAX Advantage
October 23 - "Business After Hours", annual "Paint the Town Pink" event to promote
                   Breast Cancer Awareness, hosted by Brenham Clinic
November - "Wake Up, Washington County!" Networking Breakfast (TBD)
November - "Business After Hours" hosted by Artex (date TBD)
December - "Business After Hours" hosted by Blue Bell Creameries (date TBD)


All members receive invitations or email notices about these events, approximately 2 weeks prior to each date.  For more information at any time, please call or email us!


Picture yourself on this amazing trip to tropical paradise!  Wildlife galore!! The Washington County Chamber is pleased to be hosting a group travel tour of Costa Rica in February 2015.


Thanks to professional tour company Collette Vacations and Chamber member Cricket Cruise & Travel, we are able to offer an eight-day tour of Costa Rica for an amazing price. The tour will be February 9-17, 2015.  It features stops in the rainforest, jungle, volcano, hanging bridge, a coffee plantation, and much more.

Everyone in the community is invited!  Chamber members will enjoy a reduced tour price, but your friends, relatives and non-members are also welcome and encouraged to join this once-in-a-lifetime trip at your price.  It departs from the Houston airport.  You may have friends and family from across the U.S. who would like to join you for this trip.  There is an early booking discount of $100 per person, but only available until August 8th.
See details in the "Tropical Costa Rica" brochure found at this link (PDF file).

Plans for next year's travel adventure are underway.  Will it be to Tuscany & the Italian Riveria, a European River Cruise, or touring the British Landscapes?  If you would like to be included when the details are available, please send an email to

2nd Annual "FALL FROLIC"

to be held on October 30th


The Chamber hosted this first annual event last October at Silver Wings Ballroom in Brenham.  Plans are in place to host it again on Thursday, October 30, 2014.


The ballroom will once again be full of exhibitors with wonderful products and services!  There will be a great raffle plus delicious food, cold drinks, music, fashion shows and more.


Over 300 ladies attended with their friends, moms, sisters, church group pals, neighbors and coworkers. It was a great night! And everyone felt good about this shopping spree, because proceeds from this event benefit the Washington County Wildflower Reseeding project.


Sponsors are currently being sought for this 2014 event.  There are several levels with many exciting benefits.  Send an inquiry to if you would like to know more.


Exhibitor spaces are now available.  Click on this link for an  Exhibitor Space Application form.  This is a "juried" event so the planning committee can avoid having duplicate vendor types.  So plan to be there and apply ASAP!



An elegant banquet is held each year to recognize the volunteer efforts of the Chamber and EDF Board of Directors and the Blue Blazers.  A major highlight of the evening is the announcement of the Man & Woman of the Year awards.  (Click here to view a list of Past Recipients.)


The next Annual Banquet is scheduled for late January/early February 2015.  The featured speaker will be announced at the start of the new year!  The featured speaker in Jan. 2014 was Greater Houston Partnership Chairman Paul Hobby. (See more details in the Newsletter Archive).


View a slideshow below of photos from the 2014 banquet, courtesy of Brenham Portrait Gallery - Scott Hill