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If you've already planned a trip to Houston, take a look at the list below to check out some great events for a day trip outside of the city limits! 

 

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January
 

Winterfest
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
January 27, 2018
Winterfest features snow tubing, inflatables, games, petting zoo, rock climbing and more.

February
 

Mardi Gras! Galveston
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
February 2-13, 2018
The third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, Mardi Gras! Galveston, returns in February with masked balls, balcony parties, parades and concerts.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
February 8-11, 2018
Catch beads from lighted parades and immerse your family in Cajun culture with incredible concerts, a carnival and all of your favorite foods as the Port Arthur goes purple, gold and green at the Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas.

Taste of the Triangle
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
February 13, 2018
Enjoy local restaurants, wine, live music by Paul Childers and The Curse and the Cure and a Craft Beer Garden with Food Trucks.

Inspire Film Festival
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
February 15-19, 2018
The Inspire Film Festival in The Woodlands is the first film festival of its kind, a four-day cinematic event dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films and stories that motivate audiences and provide them with exclusive access to filmmakers, special guests and performances that celebrate the human spirit.

Surfside Beach Marathon
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
February 17, 2018
The Surfside Beach Marathon is the only marathon and half marathon in the U.S. run entirely on a beach. The race starts as the sun rises over the water and follows the public beach to San Luis Pass, then returns. The entire course is on the firm, smooth sand that is great for running.

Jail Break Run 1/2 Marathon
Baytown- 25 mi/40 km from Downtown Houston
February 24, 2018
The Jail Break Run ½ marathon is one of the few events that allows runners to trek their way to the top of the 2.6 mile Fred Hartman cable-stayed bridge. With a 5K, ½ marathon walk, ½ marathon run, and the new ½ marathon ruck there's different races for all runners. 

Lone Star Throwdown
Conroe - 40 mi/64 km from Downtown Houston
February 23-25, 2018
Every February the custom car and truck show season is kicked off with the Lone Star Throwdown in Conroe. With over 2,000 custom vehicles and 10,000 spectators over a full three day weekend, the event has become one of the largest of its kind in the state.

March
 

The Gusher Marathon
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
March 3, 2018
Held annually on the first Saturday in March, The Gusher is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The event features marathon, half marathon and 5K distances for individuals and teams. Runners and walkers are welcome for this chip-timed event. A cycling time trial with 10K, 20K and 40K distances offers participants another option.

Cultural Kite Festival
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
March 3, 2018
Kites will adorn the sky of Sugar Land during this year’s Cultural Kite Festival. Kite flying is popular around the world and this local hit displays a mixture of cultures and diversity.

Southeast Texas State Fair
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
March 22-April 1, 2018
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.

April
 

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
April 5-8, 2018
Visitors can buy their tickets and join 10,000 foodies for dinners, tastings, demonstrations and seminars at Sugar Land’s acclaimed four-day event.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
April 7-8, 2018
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 Fest, with Elite Redfish Series
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
April 7, 2018
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. Don't miss The Elite Redfish Series, a televised, pro redfish tour, in Port Arthur from April 5-7 as part of Cajun Fest.

Nurture Nature Fest
Baytown- 25 mi/40 km from Downtown Houston
April 14, 2018
The Nurture Nature Fest will include kayaking, fishing, hourly live animal shows, touch tanks, inflatables, food trucks and more.   

Migration Celebration
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
April 21-22, 2018
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 28, 2018
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.

Walker County Fair & Rodeo
Huntsville - 70 mi/113 km from Downtown Houston
Dates TBD
This family friendly 9 day event showcases agricultural and livestock products and services, craft items, food and beverages, free music & attractions, and family oriented games making an outstanding summer experience.

Sam Houston Folk Festival
Huntsville - 70 mi/113 km from Downtown Houston
Dates TBD
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville is transformed into a bustling Texas frontier settlement where you can watch historical reenactments and demonstrators, or stroll the actual land where Sam and Margaret Houston lived.

May
 

Keels and Wheels Concours D'Elegance
Bay Area Houston - 31 mi/50 km from Downtown Houston
May 5-6, 2018
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 5, 2018
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
May 5, 2018
Two days of celebrating tasty crawfish through music, food and fun at Tomball’s historic downtown Depot. 

June
 

Garden Fest
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
June 9-10, 2018
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 20-24, 2018
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. 

July
 

July 4th Celebration & Street Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston
July 4, 2018
Tomball is shutting the street down for a Texas sized July 4th street festival complete with live music, a kid's sone, eats, and the city’s famous fireworks extravaganza at dark.

Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
July 27-28, 2018
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.

Fourth Fest
Deer Park - 18 mi/29 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
Full-scale fireworks show, concerts and family fun in Deer Park!

August
 

September
 

International Festival
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
Dates TBD
The International Festival in Pearland is an annual celebration of cultures and taste from around the world features entertainment, cuisine, activities and exhibits. 

October
 

Grito Fest
Baytown- 25 mi/40 km from Downtown Houston
October 6, 2018
The 13th 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
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
October 6-7, 2018
​This outdoor juried Art show features artists who specialize in handcrafted artwork, live music, food vendors, art workshops, children’s crafts and wine tasting.

The Freight Train Food Truck Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston
October 20, 2018
More than 30 of Houston’s favorite rolling gourmet kitchens, live music, vendors, kids zone and more come together throughout the downtown Depot Plaza for the Freight Train Food Truck Festival. 

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
Dragon boat teams race throughout this 2-day event while colorful cultural performances and exhibits take place on shore in Sugar Land. 

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Conroe - 40 mi/64 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
The Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival  features non-stop live music with local, regional and national performers on two stages, food vendors offering festival and Cajun favorites, arts & crafts vendors, a professional carnival, assorted community and educational exhibits, an annual Catfish Pageant and more. 

The Conroe CBR Bull Mania
Conroe - 40 mi/64 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
​Championship Bull Riding competition qualifying riders to the grand finale in Cheyenne, WY

Fair on the Square
Huntsville - 70 mi/113 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
This is Huntsville’s largest fair offering jewelry, home décor, apparel, a kid’s corner, food court and so much more.

Halloween Festival
Deer Park - 18 mi/29 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD

November


Lone Star Rally
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
November 1-4, 2018
Thousands of motorcycles roar their way up The Strand in a thunderous parade showcasing the hottest custom paint and coolest aftermarket accessories.

Dickens on the Strand
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
November 30-December 2, 2018
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. 

December
 

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 8, 2018
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.

Reindeer Park
Deer Park - 18 mi/29 km from Downtown Houston
Date TBD
In Deer Park, a gigantic Christmas tree, visits from Santa, shopping, musical guests and more await at Reindeer Park!

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