These hot wheels are actually art wheels. Colorful and creative automobiles will be on display starting April 12-15 for the 31st annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend. This family-friendly, visually stunning extravaganza weekend hosts many events for Houstonians to experience some of the most eye-catching works of art on four wheels. 

The Art Car Parade rolled into the Bayou City in 1988 with just 40 cars and was seen by an estimated 2,000 people. Since then it has grown to a parade of 250+ vehicles (including lawnmowers, unicycles and go-carts) and is now seen by more than 250,000 people. This year, the parade will pay tribute to first responders and all those who helped during the hurricane with a special Harvey’s Heroes section. 

Festivities begin two days before the actual parade with a sneak peek of a select group of cars at Discovery Green on Thursday, April 12. This is your chance to take in the craftsmanship and detail that went into these works of art up close and personal. And you can dance the night away at the Legendary Art Car Ball Friday night in Hermann Square Park.

The main event of the weekend, the parade, is will stun viewers on Saturday, April 14. This year, the parade will debut 129 never-before-seen entries, 34 of which were created by local schools. Food trucks, music, beverages and much more will line the streets of downtown Houston and Allen Parkway starting at 11 a.m. in anticipation for the largest parade of its kind starting at 2 p.m. We suggest getting there early to secure the best views of these funky automobiles. The parade route can be found here.  

The Art Car celebrations will come to an end Sunday with the Awards Ceremony at Smither Park. More than $10,000 will be awarded to artists in various categories when the best cars of the year will be honored. 

A full itinerary of all the events happening during the Art Car Weekend can be found here