Spring is in bloom, making it the perfect time for a trip to Houston. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape or planning a fun-filled spring break, the activities are endless. Plus, March marks the beginning of Bluebonnet season and crawfish season. Wondering where the best spots are to see the bluebonnets? We’ve got an entire list of locations! Want to eat the best crawfish in town? We’ve got a list for that too. Aside from bluebonnets and crawfish, we’ve got plenty of other things to do in Space City for your March visit.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
February 28 - March 19, 2023
There’s no way to mention Houston happenings in March without including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Each night, once the Rodeo dust settles from wagon races, calf roping and mutton busting, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the rodeo crowd. This year, cowboys and cowgirls will enjoy music from Luke Bryan, New Kids on the Block, Brooks & Dunn and Houston native, Bun B. Put on your cowboy boots, grab your hats and secure your tickets, it’s going to be a fun month!
Film Screening: Steven Spielberg’s “The Last Days”
March 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
In honor of The Life and Art of Alice Lok Cahana exhibition, the Holocaust Museum Houston will host a screening of Steven Spielberg’s film “The Last Days." The film tells the stories of five Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust (also known as the Shoah), focusing on the last year of World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Hungary and began mass deportations of Jews in the country to concentration and extermination camps, primarily Auschwitz. The film is poignant and moving, reminding viewers of the power of the human spirit.
Houston Ballet Presents: Summer & Smoke
March 9, 11 – 12, 17 – 19, times vary
Houston Ballet is premiering Cathy Marston's “Summer and Smoke,” a co-production with American Ballet Theatre set to a commissioned score by Michael Daugherty. Inspired by Tennessee Williams' eponymous play, “Summer and Smoke” brings Marston’s unique perspective on storytelling, often inspired by works of literature, to Houston audiences for the first time. Enjoy this new ballet that showcases the best of technique, skills, and storytelling.
March 11, 2023
Selzerland is taking over Houston downtown at Post. Sample over 100 (maybe not all at once) of the best hard seltzer brands during this epic one day festival. With your ticket, you will indulge in bubbly brews and great food and receive a tote bag, sunglasses and 5 ounce tasting cup.
Houston Latino Film Festival
March 15 – 19, times vary
The Houston Latino Film Festival is dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a variety of art and films to the Houston area. During the festival, films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States will screen. The programming represents the great diversity of themes and genres of the Latino and Hispanic filmmaking. The festival also features discussions with the directors at the screenings as well as a series of special events highlighting the diversity of the Latino culture.
Moon 2 Mars Festival
(featuring Sister Hazel and Rick Springfield)
March 11 – 19, 2023
This space-themed festival celebrates the innovations of space exploration with exciting experiences and live music! Jam to “Jessie’s Girl” with Rick Springfield, sing along to Sister Hazel’s “All for You,” and rock out with Selena cover band Bidi Bidi Banda at this year's Moon 2 Mars Festival. The event features family-friendly and exciting space exploration activities. You'll get an up-close look at the space tech of tomorrow, take part in new immersive experiences and even meet an astronaut or two.
Moulin Rouge: The Musical
February 22 – March 12, 2023
Winner of ten 2021 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Moulin Rouge: The Musical takes audiences into a world of splendor and romance at The Hobby Center this March. This Broadway show enchants with its glittering costumes and unforgettable soundtrack as you watch the love of a cabaret singer and young aristocrat face a tumultuous test!
Miller Theater Opening Night:
Trinity Irish Dance Company
March 17, 2023
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Miller Outdoor Theater this year with the cutting-edge Irish dance troupe, Trinity Irish Dance Company. This free event has both seated tickets or bring a blanket to picnic on the hill! Featuring a live band, this dynamic and cutting-edge troupe will keep you bouncing all evening long.
St. Patty’s Day Bar Crawl
March 17 – 18
Head to the St. Patty’s Day Bar Crawl for a pot of gold that’s full of drink specials. Crawl Friday, Saturday or both days. This isn’t your traditional crawl, as there is no set agenda. Patrons can go from bar to bar as they please. Currently, there are seven bars participating with more likely to sign on as the event draws near. Bars include 77 Degrees, Dogwood, Electric Feel Good, FAO, Front Porch Pub, Playground and Unicorn Disco. Get your tickets now to make sure you’ve got the luck of the Irish on your side.
Visit the Houston Botanic Garden
Enjoy the spring weather at the Houston Botanic Garden, a beautiful home to diverse plants from around the world and wildlife drawn to the natural ecosystems. There is something to discover down every winding path and both a water play area and nature play structure in the Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden.
Miss Nelson is Missing
March 5 – April 7, 2023
Chances are if you have a child under 10 years old, you’ve heard of “Miss Nelson is Missing.” You might even remember it from your own classroom days. The best-selling children’s book is now on the big stage at Main Street Theatre. What happens when your teacher goes missing? You get a substitute, which usually means fun and games...but not with Miss Nelson. To find out what happens next, be sure to take your kids and have a fun day enjoying performing arts - perfect for students on Spring Break!
Bayou City Art Fest
March 24 – 26
The Bayou City Art Festival returns to Memorial Park to celebrate over 50 years of providing support for local nonprofit programs and promoting art education in the Houston area. Join over 300 artists from across North America, representing 19 different disciplines. The event provides yet another opportunity for art-loving patrons to enjoy three days full of art, music, food, and entertainment.
Final Four Fan Fest
March 31 – April 3
The March Madness is heading to Houston! That’s right, men’s NCAA basketball will be bringing mayhem to Houston. Whether you’re attending the games or just want part of the experience, head to the Final Four Fan Fest. The fan fest is jam-packed with events around Houston for residents and visitors of all ages. Through the doors, you’ll be greeted by a sports wonderland of interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, autograph signings, and much more! Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the championship trophy. Go teams!
Hermann Park Kite Festival
Nothing says spring quite like a beautiful day spent flying a kite. For a bit of outdoor fun, head to Hermann Park Conservancy's Kite Festival for a day full of fun and, of course, kite-flying. Of course, with Hermann Park activities, there’s plenty to do for all ages. Activities include live music, a DJ, interactive games and activities, face painting and more. It is truly a special spring day in Hermann Park with fellow Houstonians!
The Lyric Market
The Lyric Market features a collection of chef-driven concepts to showcase a curated experience of diverse food and culture. Alongside delicious food vendors, Rhapsody Bar is in the heart of the market! The market hosts a happy hour every day from 4-7 p.m. There is complimentary 2-hour parking with a Lyric purchase, so enjoy!
Where to Stay in Houston
Hotel Zaza Museum District
If you’re looking for proximity to all of the amazing rodeo happenings, head to Hotel Zaza in the Museum District. The Rodeo Zaza package includes plenty of lobby experiences that include presentations with brands like Patron, LVMH, Grey Goose and St. Germain. Plus, the Houston LightRail is within walking distance and free to use through the entire rodeo season. Logistics don’t get any easier than this!
The Whitehall Houston
Another fabulous rodeo package that all cowfolk will love is The Whitehall’s Houston Rodeo package. This Downtown hotel is offering a Texas-sized breakfast for two at Edgar's Hermano, complimentary VIP round-trip transportation to/from the Houston LightRail, and overnight valet parking. Plus, if you mention the phrase "rodeo time,” guests receive complimentary chips and salsa at Part & Parcel. Yeehaw!