Summer is just around the corner and that means there’s a lot to look forward to during the month of May in Houston. From Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day celebrations to festivals and conventions, it won’t be hard to stay busy in the Bayou City.

Houston Dragon Boat Festival

Watch more than 30 teams make make their way along the Buffalo Bayou and enjoy the festivities surrounding this dragon boat race. Spectators can enjoy performances, music and food.

Comicpalooza

Calling all anime, comics, cosplay, and gaming fans! Comicpalooza, Texas’s largest pop culture event, is coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center from May 10 to 12. The three-day event features appearances from celebrities like Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, live entertainment, gaming, cosplay competitions, and more.

Mother’s Day

Brunch and afternoon tea are popular ways to celebrate mom, and Houston has plenty of options for you to do either. But if you want to try something a bit different, treat mom to the Houston Latin American Philharmonic’s annual Mother’s Day Serenade. Or take a trip to George Ranch Historical Park for a Victorian-era tea luncheon and other activities.

Coppelia

The Houston Ballet is bringing back this fun, comical ballet that tells the adventures of the young girl, Swanhilda. Featuring Cuban Houston Ballet soloist, Monica Gomez, in the lead role, Coppelia is part of the Latino Art Now! Spring Showcase. From May 17 to May 26.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Want a piece of the gigantic strawberry shortcake that’s one of the main attractions at the Pasadena Strawberry Festival? Yes, please! The cake is some 2,000 square feet so there’s plenty to feed a crowd. Aside from cake, this three-day festival that kicks off on May 17 features a barbecue cook-off, more than 300 vendors, a kid zone, and live music.

Houston Zoo’s Texas Wetlands Opening

If you need one more reason to visit the Houston Zoo, look no further than the debut of the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands on May 24. This new section features bald eagles, whooping cranes, and American alligators – all native Texas species that were once endangered – in a lush wetland habitat where the zoo’s duck pond once was.

Memorial Day

Honor the men and women who have died in service to our country at the Memorial Day Remembrance at George Ranch Historical Park. Or go to Sugar Land to enjoy a tribute concert featuring Houston Coral Showcase’s Elite Mixed Choir performing patriotic tunes. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer, so take advantage of the long weekend and escape to one of Houston’s surrounding beaches with the whole family.