The biggest seasonal celebrations in the Houston region
There's always something to do in Houston and during the spring months the possibilities are endless as numerous festivals descend on the Bayou City.
Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
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. (713) 521-0133. March 27-28, 2015.
German Heritage Festival
Every year, on the last weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls and "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area around 1840. (281) 379-6844. March 28-29, 2015.
Haute Wheels Houston: The Food Truck Festival
The 4th Annual Haute Wheels food truck festival features master culinary chefs on wheels; live music and the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden. This 2-day event features 34 gourmet and fun food trucks in one location, live local music, a vendor village and a lot of fun. 713-557-5732. March 21-22, 2015.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Each year the best bullriders and country music stars descend on Houston for three weeks of rodeo, music and fun. The world's largest rodeo is the one time of year when the Old West comes to the Bayou City. Experience plenty of action on the Midway, eat your fill of barbecue and Tex-Mex and see a mega livestock show unlike any other. March 3-22, 2015.
Houston Children's Festival
Houston's official family celebration is held annually in downtown Houston. The event offers a dazzling smorgasbord of exciting activities, including six entertainment stages, more than 350 games and 10 family adventure areas. (281) 363-0900. March 28-29, 2015.
Houston Barbecue Festival
The annual barbeque event brings barbecue joint favorites together and welcomes new additions to the Houston Barbecue scene for a full day of barbecue focused fun.(832) 454-6106. April 26, 2015.
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. (713) 963-0121. April 18-19, 2015.
WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival
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. (713) 965-9955. April 10-19, 2015.
Art Car Parade
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 ShowCenter for Visionary Art. (713) 926-6368. April 11, 2015.
San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment
Texas families can celebrate the battle that won Texas' independence during the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment, which features music performances, kids' activities, games, and living history camps. April 18, 2015.
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
The 27th Anniversary of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, the largest and most established crawfish festival in the South, returns for two weekends of family-friendly fun featuring live music on three stages, tons of bands, hundreds of vendors, carnival rides, interactive games and activities for kids of all ages, as well as 25 tons of the best Cajun Crawfish. (800) 653-8696. April 24-26; May 1-3, 2015.
Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance
One of the most anticipated annual events in the Clear Lake area. See hundreds of classic cars and antique wooden boats at this unique show. 713-521-0105. May 2-3, 2015.
Houston Dragon Boat Festival
The Texas Dragon Boat Association, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, presents its 15th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival. The festival will showcase 30 teams competing along the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen's Landing, and will feature Asian cuisine, music, arts and crafts, and cultural performances for the whole family. (281) 381-7154 May 2, 2015.
TX Fest showcases the best Texas music, cuisine and culture...all in one festival...all in one day.Spend a Saturday in downtown Houston listening to live performances, learning about Texas culture, shopping from local vendors and artisans and sampling an array of local beer, wine and spirits. TX Fest aims to shine a spotlight on local artists and businesses. (832) 930-1836 May 9, 2015
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
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. (281) 991-9500. May 15-17, 2015.
Comicpalooza is a four-day sci-fi and fantasy extravaganza in Downtown Houston. Join celebrities such as Star Trek's George Takei and Hercules' Kevin Sorbo for this multi-platform event that brings together comics, fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, gaming and of course sci-fi. May 22-25, 2015.
Free Press Summer Fest
The Free Press Summer Fest is an annual two-day music festival held at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park. The third annual event featured more than 160 national and local acts on eight stages with a weekend attendance of 60,000. This year's installment will feature bands such as Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Dwight Yoakam, Deftones, Vampire Weekend and many, many more. The festival was started to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts, and artists.June 6-7, 2015.
Houston's official Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration at Emancipation Park --the site where Juneteenth Celebrations began. Emancipation Park's historic Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and over 150 years since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom. June 7, 2015.
Pride Houston Festival and Parade
More than 300,000 people attend Pride Houston each year, making it the second largest parade in Houston and the largest Pride Parade or LGBT gathering in the Southwestern United States. June 27, 2015.
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