No matter what time of year you're visiting Houston, there are plenty of events to make your trip unforgettable. Discover community events such as art fairs, cultural festivals and markets in unique venues.
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Houston Beer Festival
(First weekend of June)
Houston Beer Fest has it all, macro, micro, regional, local, craft, import, or domestic. They have you covered. Head to Sam Houston Park for a weekend of music, friends, plenty of beer and food.
The Caribbean Heritage Month Festival occurs the first Saturday of every June. Those in attendance enjoy the great Caribbean Heritage celebration, complete with fabulous native music, exuberant cultural dancing and delicious authentic foods. Come out and enjoy various groups representing many nations of the Caribbean, Latin and Spanish Caribbean nations as took part in the festival, some adorned in their native, bright, colorful, cultural heritage customs.
Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, the day Texas learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves. The event at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park includes blues, gospel and jazz performers and a variety of smaller events aimed at raising awareness of African-American heritage. (832) 429-4432.
(June 19-28, 2015)
The largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual event in the Southwest takes place each year during the Houston Pride Parade where 1,000 participants entertain 150,000 spectators with an empowering blend of light, color and sound with beautiful floats, costumes and performances. (713) 529-6979.
Houston’s official July 4th celebration takes place in Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou and features live entertainment, food booths and a world-famous fireworks display. (713) 247-3500.
Star Spangled Salute
The Houston Symphony continues its annual celebration at Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festivities include fireworks accompanied by a dramatic 16-cannon salute. (713) 533-3276.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The Greatest Show on Earth is back every summer with a brand new show. Master clown Bello and his hilarious antics, plus Asian elephants, acrobats, Arabian horses and much more will delight audiences at Reliant Stadium. (832) 667-1400.
Presented by the Houston Art Dealers Association, this is an evening artwalk with the participation of more than 30 art galleries. (713) 522-9116.
Houston International Jazz Festival
(1st Week of August)
Big names in jazz convene in downtown Houston for some of the hottest music of the summer. (713) 839-7000.
Houston Shakespeare Festival
(1st Two Weeks of August)
A tribute to the famous playwright, the festival attracts more than 475,000 people to its free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre throughout the month. (713) 743-2929.
Theater District Day
(Last Sunday of August)
Enjoy backstage tours, ongoing live performances, set and costume displays and sneak previews of the upcoming seasons. The Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations, which offer this free look behind the scenes each summer. (713) 658-8938.
One of the largest and most colorful community-sponsored parades in the Southwest celebrates Mexico's independence from Spain. Colorfully clad dancers from area ballet folklorico troupes spin down the streets performing to festive Mexican music. The celebration culminates with the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. (713) 926-2636.
Texas Renaissance Festival
(8 Weeks Beginning Mid-October)
Starting in October and continuing for eight themed weekends in Plantersville, the Texas Renaissance Festival recreates an English village of the 16th century. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. (281) 356-2178.
The Original Greek Festival
(Beginning 1st Thursday of October)
Celebrate the 45th Annual Houston Greek Festival on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Authentic Greek food, wine, dancing and artifacts are fun for the entire family. (713) 526-5377.
Bayou City Art Festival Downtown
(2nd Weekend of October)
The fine juried art show in downtown’s Hermann Square and Tranquility Park, spans several blocks filled with paintings, sculptures, jewelry and music, plus great food, wine cafes, beer taverns and a kids zone. (713) 521-0133.
Annual Turkish Festival
Celebrate the Annual Turkish Festival at Jones Plaza downtown. Sample authentic Turkish food, wine, coffee, dancing and fun for the entire family.
Houston’s Annual Italian Festival on the campus of St. Thomas University features authentic Italian food, wine, music, dancing, arts and crafts and entertainment for all ages.
Wings Over Houston Airshow
This airshow takes off and lands at Houston’s Ellington Field. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels have wowed onlookers in past years with aerial acrobatics, while aircraft from current Air Force and Navy inventories is on display. (713) 266-4492.
Texian Market Days
(3rd Weekend of October)
At the George Ranch Historical Park, more than 200 costumed interpreters bring to life all that is Texas, complete with children’s activities, an antique tractor show and a parade. Guests can indulge in a one-of-a-kind celebration of our great state’s history. (281) 343-0218.
Big Brew Houston
(Last week of October)
Cheers to Big Brew, a week-long celebration of craft beer at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Designed for beer lovers in Houston and across the nation, participants will enjoy more than 1,000 featured beers, meet the best and brightest brewers in the craft beer industry,and quench their thirst on never-before-tasted brews and rare finds.
Day of the Dead Festival
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of family and friends who have died. The event includes traditional celebrations and Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts. (713) 802-9370.
International Quilt Festival
More than 1,000 antique and contemporary quilts, original cloth dolls and wearable art are on display at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There are hundreds of booths to shop for quilts, supplies and crafts, as well as classes from beginner to expert levels. (713) 781-6864.
The Nutcracker Market
(1st Weekend of November)
Houston Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Market has become an annual tradition to kick off the holiday season. This shopping extravaganza, held at Reliant Center, features holiday decorations, food, clothing, jewelry and even furniture. (713) 535-3231.
Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow
(1st Weekend of November)
More than 100 Native Americans from across the U.S. compete in two days of traditional singing and dancing. Indian food, a teepee village, demonstrations, story telling and education exhibits are all a part of this event. More than 125 booths contain authentic Native American arts and crafts. (281) 890-5500.
Festival of Lights
(Mid-November to January)
The holiday magic glistens at the Annual Moody Gardens Festival of Lights with more than a million lights and dozens of festive scenes. It's a winter wonderland with holiday shopping, pictures with Santa, a gingerbread house and the area's only outdoor ice rink.
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Established nearly 20 years ago, this event at the Rothko Chapel is free and open to the general public with representatives from ten participating religions. (713) 524-9839.
A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas
The Alley Theatre’s amusing and musical rendition of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas revisits the meaning of Christmas with Ebenezer Scrooge and classic characters like Tiny Tim as Scrooge embarks on a wild nighttime journey through re-imagined scenic designs, spectacular costumes and original music. 713-228-9341.
Uptown Holiday Lighting
On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the annual Uptown Holiday Lighting. This fun-filled family event kicks off the holiday season with more than a half-million twinkling lights, a sparkling electric light parade, an exciting holiday stage show and a special appearance by Santa Claus. An incredible explosion of fireworks lights up the Houston skies and music fills the air during the dramatic finale. (713) 621-2011.
Houston Ballet’s timeless and dreamy production of the classic holiday tale The Nutcracker joins Clara as she marvels at the Christmas tree, flying cooks, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince dancing, and her unforgettable journey in the Kingdom of Sweets – a place children will dream about for years to come. (713) 227-2787.
TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo will transform the Zoo with more than 300,000 LED lights illuminating more than 50 animal-themed light displays, 15 miles of tree lighting, and seasonal songs and stories. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including whimsical colorful projections over 15 feet tall, life-size lighted animal sculptures and “Holly Berry,” a 1958 Cadillac featuring vibrant lights choreographed to joyful music.(713) 533-6550.
The Mayor's Official Downtown Houston Holiday Celebration
The Mayor kicks off the holiday season with a celebration featuring fireworks, entertainment and choirs. The event culminates with the lighting of the tree outside City Hall. 832-393-0868.
Dickens on the Strand
What started more than 20 years ago as a potluck supper has blossomed into one of Galveston Island’s most famous annual events. Costumed characters, unique vendors, glittering parades and continuous entertainment make this celebration the best of times. (409) 765-7834.
Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park
The historic homes clustered in downtown’s Sam Houston Park open their doors for the Heritage Society’s Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour in the Park. Centuries-old seasonal decorations and costumed carolers take revelers back in time to celebrate the season. (713) 655-1912
ECA’s annual celebration for the Feat of Our Lady of Guadalupe is based on a tradition that dates back to the 16th century in Mexico. Millions of Hispanics throughout the nation and the Americas gather on this day to honor La Virgen de Guadalupe. (713) 802-9370.