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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

 

February
 

Mardi Gras! Galveston
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
February 2, 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.

Boomtown Film & Music Festival
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
February 22-25, 2018
Boomtown Film and Music Festival is held each February in Beaumont, Texas. Experience a diverse lineup of independent films, from local, national, and international filmmakers, as well as independent musicians that cross all genres.

Inspire Film Festival
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
February 22-25, 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.

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.

The Tomball German Heritage Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston
Last Weekend in March
With events spanning four downtown city blocks, this festival celebrates Tomball’s German roots through live entertainment, German foods and brews, vendors, carnival, kids zone and lots more. 

April
 

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
2018 Dates to be Announced
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
2018 Dates to be Announced
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.

Walker County Fair & Rodeo
Huntsville - 70 mi/113 km from Downtown Houston
2018 Dates to be Announced
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
2018 Dates to be Announced
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.

Cajun Fest
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
2018 Dates to be Announced
Concerts, food and dancing draw fans to all things Cajun in Port Arthur.

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas North American Championship
The Woodlands - 30 mi/48 km from Downtown Houston
2018 Dates to be Announced
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 and ends with a 26.2-mile run and concluding with a spectacular finish on Waterway Ave.

May
 

The Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston
May 6-7, 2017
Two days of celebrating tasty crawfish through music, food and fun at Tomball’s historic downtown Depot. 

June
 

AIA Sandcastle Competition
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
June 3, 2017
For more than 30 years, Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors have taken their tools to Galveston’s East Beach for what is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions.

Fishin' Fiesta
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
June 28- July 2, 2017 
Fishin' Fiesta, one of the largest tournaments on the Gulf, includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories as well as carnival rides, food, live entertainment, and a fireworks display on Saturday night.

July
 

Fourth Fest
Deer Park - 18 mi/29 km from Downtown Houston
July 4, 2017
Full-scale fireworks show, concerts and family fun in Deer Park!

Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
July 27-29, 2017
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.

August
 

Pearland Wine & Food Festival
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
August 2017 Dates to be Announced
This outdoor festival features 10 Texas wineries, 30+ vendors, food trucks and live music.

September
 

Neches River Rally
Beaumont - 85 mi/137 km from Downtown Houston
September 9, 2017
If you've ever wanted to be up close with nature, then kayaking down the Neches River in Beaumont is your ticket to a front row seat. Join the Big Thicket Association during the annual Neches River Rally. This canoe and kayak rally takes paddlers on one of the most popular paddling trails in Southeast Texas.

International Festival
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
September 2017 Dates to be Announced
The International Festival in Pearland is an annual celebration of cultures and taste from around the world features entertainment, cuisine, activities and exhibits. 

October
 

The Conroe CBR Bull Mania
Conroe - 40 mi/64 km from Downtown Houston
October 7, 2017
​Championship Bull Riding competition qualifying riders to the grand finale in Cheyenne, WY

Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion
Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston
October 7 & 8, 2017
​This outdoor juried Art show features artists who specialize in handcrafted artwork, live music, food vendors, art workshops, children’s crafts and wine tasting.

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
Early October
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
October 13-15, 2017
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 Freight Train Food Truck Festival
Tomball - 34 mi/55 km from Downtown Houston
October 21, 2017
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

The Texian Heritage Festival
Conroe - 40 mi/64 km from Downtown Houston
October 21, 2017
Celebration and reenactment of pioneer days in Conroe. 

Fair on the Square
Huntsville - 70 mi/113 km from Downtown Houston
2017 Dates to be Announced
This is Huntsville’s largest fair offering jewelry, home décor, apparel, a kid’s corner, food court and so much more.

November


Winter Wonder Island
Galveston - 51 mi/82 km from Downtown Houston
2017 Dates to be Announced
Experience the charm of a traditional Victorian Christmas while enjoying the benefits of island weather by visiting Galveston for events like Ice Land and Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Dickens on the Strand, and even quirky events like the Santa Hustle half marathon.

Pleasure Island Half Marathon
Port Arthur - 90 mi/145 km from Downtown Houston
November 4, 2017
Join hundreds of runners crossing the soaring Martin Luther King Bridge to Pleasure Island for scenes of Sabine Lake, medals and a huge sense of accomplishment at the Pleasure Island Half Marathon in Port Arthur. 

Festival of Lights
Brazosport - 65 mi/105 km from Downtown Houston
November 18, 2017
Kick-off the holiday season with a carnival, games, snow, ice skating and a lighted parade in Brazosport!

December
 

Reindeer Park
Deer Park - 18 mi/29 km from Downtown Houston
December 2-3, 2017
In Deer Park, a gigantic Christmas tree, visits from Santa, shopping, musical guests and more await at Reindeer Park!

New Year’s Eve on the Square
Sugar Land - 22 mi/35 km from Downtown Houston
December 31, 2017
Sugar Land’s landmark celebration is the best party around with entertainment and a live 3D show counting down to the New Year with the drop of a state-of-the-art sugar cube.

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