Houston is busy in November as it celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos and it starts gearing up for the holidays with multiple celebrations. You’ll want to pencil these Houston events into your calendar so you don’t miss out on the fun.
A music festival created by Houston native Travis Scott, Astroworld Festival is hosted near the former home of Houston's Astroworld, an amusement park beloved by many Houstonians. The festival aims to highlight the nostalgia of Astroworld for Houstonians and visitors alike.
November 22 - January 3
At the end of the month, Avenida Plaza will showcase a kaleidoscope of colors with giant prisms that reflect surrounding downtown Houston by day and
project the full spectrum of light each night. Visitors can take walks through the prisms to enjoy the colors and beauty of this work of art.
International Quilt Festival
October 31 - November 3
Like quilting or know someone who does? Houston hosts the largest quilt show in the country from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Join in to see more than 1,700 quilts and works of textile art, as well as shopping booths, and classes and lectures for all levels of quilting ability.
Día de los Muertos Celebrations
Join the celebrations of this Latin American tradition, which honors and remembers deceased loved ones. On Nov. 2 and 3, MECA hosts its annual Día de los Muertos Festival featuring traditional Latin American foods, arts and crafts and three performance stages. Don’t miss the altar exhibit. At the Museum of Funeral History, visitors can explore the traditions of this holiday at the Day of the Dead Celebration on Nov. 1 and 2. Have a loved one you want to honor? Bring a memento to leave at the museum’s community altar. Discover Green also hosts a Día de los Muertos Festival on Friday, Nov. 1 in the evening.
The Ice at Discovery Green
November 15 - February 2
Get ready to glide along the ice skating rink that pops up at Discovery Green every holiday season. This year’s The Ice, powered by Green Mountain Energy, opens on Nov. 15 and will remain open through Feb. 2, 2020.
Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival
Downtown Houston turns colorful as more than 200 artists create beautiful chalk murals on the streets around City Hall. The festival also features live music, a family zone, food and lots of fun over the weekend of Nov. 23 and 24.
Discovery Green welcomes winter with an icy celebration on Nov. 22. The park-wide festival features ice carving demonstrations, ice skating and the public opening of Paloma, an installation of 200 colorful aluminum “origami” birds that will hang from the canopy along the Brown Promenade.
Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker
The beloved holiday classic opens at Wortham Theatre on Nov. 29. Follow Clara and Drosselmeyer as they travel to the Land of Sweets in the Houston Ballet production of The Nutcracker. You’ll be in awe of the gorgeous costumes, grand sets and performances by the entire company of Houston Ballet dancers.
Speaking of the Nutcracker, Houston's annual Nutcracker is back with more than 260 vendors as a one-stop shopping extravaganza. Find the latest toys, holiday decor and unique gifts at this 4-day event.
Puerto Rican Festival
This annual festival supports the continuous efforts to disseminate the Puerto Rican and Cuban cultures within the city of Houston. Attendees will be enlightened through dance, art, music and food. The event supports and promotes other ethnic organizations and their mission, by providing a venue for unification for our Spanish Caribbean citizens and the general market.
November 23 - January 3
The Houston Zoo is transformed into a magical showcase of extravagant holiday lights during this holiday season. Come see the zoo in a new light with all the oak trees and walkways decorated to the max. Animals are asleep for this nightly event, so guests who are interested in seeing the animals are encouraged to visit during regular hours.
November 28 & 30
Toward the end of the month, the holiday spirit arrives in full force to Houston. Head over to downtown on Nov. 30 for the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular, a celebration where families can view the lighting of a towering tree, listen to the Grammy nominated duo Chloe X Halle, and take pictures with Santa. And on Nov. 28, the Uptown Tree Lighting returns to the newly renovated Post Oak Boulevard with family friendly activities, including festive music, concessions, and appearances by Santa.