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Houston Annual Events

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.

Curious about when your favorite event is taking place? Search our event calendar by the type of event for a complete listing. If you've already scheduled your Houston excursion, see what events will be happening by searching our calendar of events. With so many awesome events throughout the year, there's always something special happening in Houston, Texas!

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Chevron Houston Marathon
January 19, 2020

This annual 26.2, 13.1 and 3.1-mile run, which begins and ends at Downtown’s George R. Brown Convention Center, has steadily grown to attract more than 20,000 entrants from around the world and 200,000 spectators. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Grande Parade
January 20, 2020

This annual parade celebrating the civil rights leader marches through the heart of Houston and draws more than 300,000 supporters from around the nation. 

Texas Lunar New Year Houston 
January 25, 2020

Celebrate the impressive qualities of every culture while celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year at the annual Texas Lunar Festival. In the Chinese lunar calendar a different animal or mythological beast represents every year in a twelve year cycle. The year of 2020 is the year of the Rat. Come enjoy dance, theatrics, and music in this cultural celebration!


Mardi Gras Galveston
February 14 - March 25, 2020

Mardi Gras was publicly observed on Galveston Island as early as 1867 but was discontinued during World War II. The Island's celebration was resurrected in 1985 and since then has become one of the most popular events along the Texas Gulf Coast. 

World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
February 27 – 29, 2020

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is three days of cooking, competition, eating and dancing. The sweet aroma drifts over the Houston metropolis, drawing crowds like bees to honey. Trophies are awarded to teams preparing the best dish in each category (brisket, chicken, pork and spare ribs) as well as an overall winner. 


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™- CANCELLED
March 3 - 22, 2020 

Rodeo time has been a tradition in Houston since 1932, and the three-week extravaganza at NRG Park continues to consume the city every spring. The kickoff for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ is the Rodeo Parade, after trail riders ride into town and set up camp in Memorial Park.  All 20 championship rodeo competitions are concluded with entertainment by music superstars. 

Azalea Trail
March 6-8, 2020

One of the surest signs of spring in Houston is the annual Azalea Trail. Houstonians and visitors view the spectacular gardens at Bayou Bend and Rienzi and visit River Oaks' exquisite private homes and admire their breathtaking gardens. 

Buffalo Bayou Regatta
March 7, 2020

The Buffalo Bayou Regatta is the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas. Over 200 vessels are expected to hit the waters in west Houston, racing and enjoying the day, ending in Sesquicentennial Park in Downtown Houston. 

Tour de Houston- CANCELLED
March 15, 2020

The annual bike ride offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston's historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks while raising funds for the city's Reforest Houston program.

Southeast Texas State Fair
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
March 26 - April 5, 2020

The YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo brings thousands of visitors to Beaumont each spring to experience food, entertainment, and carnival rides. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) showcases the country's top cowboys and cowgirls at the YMBL Championship Rodeo while locals present their masterpieces at the School Art, Quilt and Photo Show.

Hermann Park Conservancy's 7th Annual Kite Festival- CANCELLED
March 29, 2020

During Hermann Park Conservancy's 7th Annual Kite Festival, Houstonians from every part of the city converge on Miller Hill to fly kites of all shapes and colors. This FREE festival will offer entertainment from local performers and cultural and community organizations, interactive activities and crafts, kite flying, face painting, food trucks, roaming characters, and much more!

Bayou City Art Festival- CANCELLED
March 27-29, 2020

The Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park kicks off spring as Houston’s premier outdoor fine arts event. More than 300 national artists working in 19 artistic media are juried and invited to show and sell their original art at this event.  


Houston Children's Festival- POSTPONED 
April 4 - 5, 2020

Houston's official family celebration is held annually in downtown Houston. Benefiting Child Advocates, Inc., the event offers a dazzling smorgasbord of exciting activities, including six entertainment stages, more than 350 games and 10 family adventure areas.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
April 4 - 5, 2020

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is ranked one of the top fine arts festivals in the Nation, featuring 225 extraordinary artists representing a broad range of styles and mediums alongside art workshops for all ages, culinary demonstrations, live music performances, craft beer tents and more.

Cajun Heritage Fest
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
April 4 - 5, 2020

Cajun Fest celebrates the Port Arthur area’s diverse cultures with music and food. Dance to toe-tapping music from live bands and two-step into the Cajun dance contest.

Art Car Parade
April 16-19, 2020

More than 250,000 spectators line downtown’s streets to view this parade, which showcases Houston’s most outlandish folk art creations on wheels. The Fruit Mobile, a 1967 Ford station wagon, started the craze in 1986. Truly a sight to see, the parade is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

Houston Barbecue Festival
April 5, 2020

The annual barbecue event brings barbecue joint favorites together and welcomes new additions to the Houston Barbecue scene for a full day of barbecue-focused fun. 

WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival
April 17-26, 2020

WorldFest brings a blend of feature films, shorts, screenplays, TV commercials, music videos and documentaries to viewers throughout the area. Founded in 1968, past winners include Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, George Lucas, and David Lynch-all early in their careers. 

Migration Celebration
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
April 25, 2020

The Migration Celebration is held during peak bird migration season at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. The two-day event includes several free activities for children including: archery, fishing, BB gun range, bug sweeping, microscopes, touch tanks and reptiles.

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas North American Championship
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
April 25, 2020

The Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas North American Championship begins with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands before a 112-mile bike course through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas, ends with a 26.2-mile run and concludes with a spectacular finish on Waterway Avenue.


Japan Festival
May 2-3, 2020

This annual event in Hermann Park's beautiful Japanese Garden draws more than 20,000 people. The Japan Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with two stages showcasing music, traditional and folk dance and martial arts, as well as demonstrations of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami and bonsai. 

Keels and Wheels Concours D'Elegance
Bay Area Houston - 31 mi/50 km from Downtown Houston
MAY 2 - 3, 2020

This annual event features 200 classic cars and 100 wooden boats and attracts enthusiasts from around the world.

Mediterranean Festival
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
May 2, 2020

Held on the first Saturday in May each year, the Mediterranean Festival features a tradition that is more than 100 years old, the Syrian Dinner. Along with food, families can enjoy camel rides, Greek and Arabic dance troop performances, face painting, games, and other fun activities. 

The Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston

Two days of celebrating tasty crawfish through music, food, and fun at Tomball’s historic downtown Depot. 

May 22-24, 2020

Comicpalooza is Texas' largest pop culture convention. Comicpalooza continues to be the best multi-format pop culture con in the southwest including J-Fashion, cosplay, a film festival, literary conference, a code fest, maker space, Mars Rover rides, video and tabletop gaming, professional wrestling, & roller derby bouts.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 17-19, 2020

A barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts, live entertainment, teen battle of the bands and the world's largest strawberry shortcake are all part of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. 


Juneteenth Celebration
June 19, 2019

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.  

Garden Fest
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston

Stroll through gardens of lotus blossoms and towering bamboo as Buu Mon Buddhist Temple hosts the 20th annual Garden Fest. Vendors offer authentic Vietnamese food, arts and crafts and lotus, water lily and bamboo for your own garden.

Texas Outlaw Challenge
Bay Area Houston - 31 mi/50 km from Downtown Houston
June 19-23, 2019

This annual event is in its 11th year and features a car show, time trials, and a charity poker run. Located on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, the 2018 event will be adding 2 days of offshore boat racing for spectators to enjoy. 

Pride Houston
June 22, 2019

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.  


Freedom Over Texas Festival
July 4, 2019

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.  

Star Spangled Salute
July 4, 2019

The Houston Symphony continues its annual celebration at Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festivities include fireworks accompanied by a dramatic 16-cannon salute. 

Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston


At the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, Willie-Man-Chew greets visitors from near and far to enjoy three fun-filled days of entertainment, a carnival, food, contests, and family fun.


Houston International Jazz Festival
Aug. 3, 2019

Big names in jazz convene in downtown Houston for some of the hottest music of the summer. 

Houston Shakespeare Festival
Aug. 2-10, 2019

A tribute to the famous playwright, the festival attracts more than 475,000 people to its free performances at the University of Houston throughout the month. 

Houston Restaurant Weeks
Aug. 1-Sept. 2, 2019

For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city's top restaurants and award-winning chefs. 

AIA Sandcastle Competition
Aug. 24, 2019

American Institute of Architects Houston hosts its annual free Sandcastle Competition at East Beach in Galveston each June. For years, the competition has enticed some of the most talented architects and designers as well as drawn an average of 20,000 spectators. 

Theater District Open House
Aug. 25, 2019

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. 


AdvoCare Texas Kickoff
Sept 13, 2019

Kick off the 2016 College Football Season! Secure your seats today for the showdown between the LSU Tigers and BYU Cougars at NRG Stadium. 

Fiestas Patrias
Sept. 15, 2019

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.

Oktoberfest Houston
Sept. 27-Sept. 29, 2019

Join us for Houston’s only Beer Fest with a German twist, showcasing the best of German and Texas Culture in one fantastic day! Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls and enjoy a variety of German and craft beer and the best polka music in Texas. 


Texas Contemporary Art Fair
Oct. 10-13, 2019

Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, brings top galleries to the area’s discerning collector base.

Texas Renaissance Festival
Weekends from October 5  -December 1, 2019

Starting in October and continuing for nine 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. 

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Houston Open
Oct. 7-13, 2019

Played at the Golf Club of Houston, 156 of the world's best golfers compete in the Houston Open in pursuit of the $5 million-plus purse. The Houston Golf Association has been conducting PGA Tour events since 1946, making Houston's tournament the 10th oldest. 

Original Greek Festival
Oct. 3-6, 2019

Celebrate the 48th 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.

Grito Fest
Oct. 5, 2019
Baytown- 25 mi/40 km from Downtown Houston

The Annual Grito Fest is one of the area’s most popular festivals celebrating Hispanic heritage. This family-friendly outdoor concert will feature musical entertainment, mariachis, kid’s activities, contests, food and craft vendors, and more.

Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion
Oct. 5-6, 2019
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
This outdoor juried Art show features artists who specialize in handcrafted artwork, live music, food vendors, art workshops, children’s crafts and wine tasting.

Festa Italiana (Houston Italian Festival)
Oct. 10-13, 2019

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
October 19-20, 2019

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. 

Texian Market Days
October 26, 2019

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. 

Día de los Muertos at Sugar Land Heritage Foundation
Oct. 26, 2019

Come enjoy live music, entertainment, refreshments, and historical-cultural presentations at this special Dia de los Muertos event. From 1:00 to 3:30, children are invited to a workshop where they will create Dia de los Muertos artwork and enjoy various activities.


Día de los Muertos at Discovery Green
Nov. 1, 2019

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. This FREE festival celebrates and remembers those who have departed. Featuring a large calavera created by Gonzo247 and friends, hands-on art activities, art cars, performances on stage and more!

Annual Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival
Nov. 2, 2019

With over 20,000 participants each year, the Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival is an iconic Houston event! This festival includes great local food, live music, vendors, and a car show.

Lone Star Rally
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
October 31- November 3, 2019

Thousands of motorcycles roar their way up The Strand in a thunderous parade showcasing the hottest custom paint and coolest aftermarket accessories.

International Quilt Festival
October 31 - November 1, 2019​

More than 1,600 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. 

Dia de los Muertos
November 1-2, 2019​

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. The National Museum of Funeral History hosts the festivities. 

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.

Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow
November 9-10, 2019​

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.

City of Houston's Annual Veterans Day Celebration
Nov. 11, 2019

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston show support for our Armed Forces and celebrate the annual "Houston Salutes American Heroes" Veterans Day Celebration and parade. 

The Nutcracker Market
November 14-17, 2019

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. 

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.

Ice at Discovery Green
November 15, 2019 - February 2, 2020​

Ice skating returns and its bigger than ever! Skate among the downtown skyline at Discovery Green's now 7,716-sq. ft. outdoor rink in the heart of Texas. Park-goers will enjoy a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the holidays, including concerts, movies and more.

A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas
November 15, 2019 - December 29, 2019

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. 

Holiday in the Gardens
November 16, 2019 - January 12, 2020​

Eight Holiday Attractions! One Venue! Ice Land: Christmas Around the World · Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films · Rudolph 4D · Ice Skating · Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Photos with Santa · Plus Live Entertainment, Great Food, Group Rates, Hotel
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Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for the ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice!

Zoo Lights
November 17, 2019 - January 13, 2020​

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.

Festival of Lights
November 21-24, 2019​

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.  

Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival
November 21, 2019

Via Colori® has grown into one of the city’s signature art festivals over its 10-year history. Attendees witness the streets of downtown transform into a massive outdoor art gallery with more than 250 local and national artists creating mind-blowing murals right before your eyes.

City of Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 28, 2018

The Thanksgiving Day parade remains a 67-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining more than 200,000 parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning. The parade is a stunning showcase of sensational floats, flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment.

Uptown Holiday Lighting
November 28, 2019​

An iconic and time-honored Houston tradition, the free family-friendly celebration will be reimagined with the lighting of over 300 all-new, twenty-foot-tall holiday trees that will line Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue. Four times the number of traditional tree decorations that existed in years past, the custom artisan-fabricated holiday trees will feature an amazing integration of lighting technology that all ages will enjoy.  

The Nutcracker
November 29, 2019 - December 29, 2019​

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.

The Mayor's Official Downtown Houston Holiday Celebration
November 30, 2019

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. 


Dickens on the Strand
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
December 6-8, 2019

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. 

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
December 12-30, 2019

Just in time for the holidays, Santa and his reindeer visit Bayou Bend for 12 evenings of festive fun this December. During “Christmas Village at Bayou Bend,” Ima Hogg’s former home is decked out with merry decorations, a trail of sparkling lights, animated projections, and performances. At the center of the “Christmas Village” will be an elaborate Spiegeltent—a Belgian “tent of mirrors” comprising more than 1,200 separate pieces. 

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival
December 13-15, 2019

German Christmas Market & Festival Weihnachtsmarkt Texas Style - Free Admission, Parking, and Shuttle Herzlich Willkommen! It's a Texas German celebration on the old downtown streets of Tomball, Texas. You don't have to be German to enjoy this festival!

57th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade presented by the Cities of Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay and Clear Lake Shores
Bay Area Houston - 31 mi/50 km from Downtown Houston
December 14, 2019

Every year over 100 festively decorated boats of all sizes parade around Clear Lake and through the Clear Lake Channel in front of the Kemah Boardwalk.

Tamale Festival Houston

Come out for a day of Great Fun, Good Music and great food! Enjoy a variety of Tamales from varied Latino Cultures as well as great Texas BBQ, Food Trucks, fairground foods and much more! 

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. 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC 
December 27, 2019

Don’t miss the next sellout as the Big 12 takes on the SEC in the Annual AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl! Game festivities include tailgating parties and live music.

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