The biggest seasonal celebrations in the region
|The Houston International Festival draws big crowds each April |
Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
The Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park kicks off spring as Houston's premier outdoor fine arts event. More than 300 national artists working in 19 artistic media are juried and invited to show and sell their original art at this event. (713) 521-0133. March 22-24, 2013
German Heritage Festival
Every year, on the last weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls and "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area around 1840. (281) 379-6844. March 22-24, 2013
Haute Wheels Houston: The Food Truck Festival
The 3rd Annual Haute Wheels food truck festival features master culinary chefs on wheels; live music and the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden. This 2-day event features 35 gourmet and fun food trucks in one location, live local music, a vendor village and a lot of fun. 713-557-5732. March 23-24.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Each year the best bullriders and country music stars descend on Houston for three weeks of rodeo, music and fun. The world's largest rodeo is the one time of year when the Old West comes to the Bayou City. Experience plenty of action on the Midway, eat your fill of barbecue and Tex-Mex and see a mega livestock show unlike any other. Feb. 25-March 17, 2013.
San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment
Texas families can celebrate the battle that won Texas' independence during the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment, which features music performances, kids' activities, games, and living history camps. April 20, 2013
Houston International Festival
More than one million people attend this annual multicultural celebration. Downtown will be filled with ethnic food booths, arts and crafts, kiosks, interesting exhibits and 1,800 various performers. (713) 654-8808. April 20-21 & 27-28, 2013
|Texas Crawfish & Music Festival |
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
The 27th Anniversary of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, the largest and most established crawfish festival in the South, returns for two weekends of family-friendly fun featuring live music on three stages, tons of bands, hundreds of vendors, carnival rides, interactive games and activities for kids of all ages, as well as 25 tons of the best Cajun Crawfish. (800) 653-8696. April 19-21; April 26-28, 2013
Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance
One of the most anticipated annual events in the Clear Lake area. See hundreds of classic cars and antique wooden boats at this unique show. 713-521-0105. May 4-5.
Houston Dragon Boat Festival
The Texas Dragon Boat Association, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, presents its 11th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival. The festival will showcase 30 teams competing along the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen's Landing, and will feature Asian cuisine, music, arts and crafts, and cultural performances for the whole family. (281) 381-7154 May 4, 2013
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Art Car Parade
More than 250,000 spectators line downtown's streets to view this parade, which showcases Houston's most outlandish folk art creations on wheels. The Fruit Mobile, a 1967 Ford station wagon, started the craze in 1986. Truly a sight to see, the parade is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. (713) 926-6368. May 11, 2013
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
A barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts, live entertainment, teen battle of the bands and the world's largest strawberry shortcake are all part of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. (281) 991-9500. May 17-19, 2013
Comicpalooza is a three-day sci-fi and fantasy extravaganza in Downtown Houston. Join celebrities such as Star Trek's George Takei and Hercules' Kevin Sorbo for this multi-platform event that brings together comics, fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, gaming and of course sci-fi. May 24-26, 2013.
|Free Press Summer Fest |
Free Press Summer Fest
The Free Press Summer Fest is an annual two-day music festival held at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park. The third annual event featured more than 160 national and local acts on eight stages with a weekend attendance of 60,000. This year's installment will feature bands such as Snoop Dogg, Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Young the Giant, Primus and many more. The festival was started to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts, and artists. June 1-2, 2013
Juneteenth Summer Celebration
The Juneteenth Summer Celebration is the flagship event of the Texas Black Expo. This annual event celebrates African-American culture--showcasing business development seminars, entertainment, shopping and fun for the entire family. The Juneteenth Celebration attracts more than 20,000 attendees from across the country. (832) 200-0540. June 19, 2013