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Seasonal Events

 

City of Houston Annual Events

January

HP Houston Marathon
713-957-3453
Combined with the Halliburton International Half Marathon and Houston Press/METRO 5K, this event attracts on average more than 15,000 participants, 200,000 spectators and 5,000 volunteers.

February

Houston Antique Dealers Association
713-524-4246
Annual show/sale. Held in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Admission fee.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Reliant Stadium
832-667-1000
The world's largest livestock show and rodeo offers experiences for families and spectators of all ages. General admission includes rodeo performance, concert, livestock and commercial exhibits.
Chinese New Year Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenue of the Americas
713-853-8000
Food, fireworks, entertainment. Last two weeks in February.
Mardi Gras in Galveston
1-888-GALISLE
Parades and celebration along the Strand in Galveston. Sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Date varies annually, begins the Lenten celebration 40 days before Easter.

March

Houston Azalea Trail
713-523-2483
Sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club. A pilgrimage through selected gardens and homes of River Oaks. Admission fee.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Downtown Houston
Houston's tribute to the Irish.

April

Houston International Festival
713-654-8808
Booths, exhibits, performances, food, music and dance contribute to an exciting city-wide celebration. Admission fee. Discounts available for tickets purchased in advance. Children under 12 free.
Japan Festival
Hermann Park
713-963-0121
The Japanese Gardens draw 22,000 people annually to a weekend celebration of Japanese culture. Folk and traditional dancers, music performers and displays of the martial arts, Ikeban flower design and origami.
Annual River Oaks International Tennis Tournament
River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Boulevard
713-529-4321
The oldest professional clay-court tournament in the country still playing on its original site.
Arabia Shrine Circus
Ft. Bend County Fairgrounds
713-664-7210
Nationally known circus troupe. Benefits Shriners' Hospital in the Medical Center and other Shriner projects. Admission fee.
Bluebonnet Festival
Chappell Hill Historical Society
9220 Poplar St.
Chappell Hill, TX 77426
979-836-6033
Festival honoring the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas, held the first weekend in April. The wild flowers that adorn the Texas highways between Houston & Brenham are well worth a visit during March & April. The drive from Houston to Austin is one of the most glorious sights during the spring. There are no admission fees. There is a $5.00 parking fee.
WorldFest:Houston International Film Festival
713-965-9955
Entries from all over the world. Directors, stars and producers appear throughout the festival.
Shell Houston Open Golf Tournament
Redstone Golf Club
281-454-7000
Prestigious nationally known tournament on a beautiful course. Benefiting Houston area charities, the tournament is one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour.
San Jacinto Day (April 21)
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
3523 Battleground Road
LaPorte TX 77571
281-479-2431
Celebrates General Sam Houston's defeat of the Mexican Army.

May

Cinco de Mayo Celebration (May 5)
713-865-4500
Large celebration normally held at Hermann Park, beginning with a downtown parade, commemorating Mexico's independence from Spain. It includes dancing, food and entertainment. Admission free.
The Art Car Parade
713-926-6368
Parade of outlandishly decorated cars, bicycles, lawnmowers and just about anything on wheels is the oldest and largest of its kind. Part of related art car events produced by the Orange Show Foundation.
Mediterranean Festival
3505 Bissonnet
713-665-5252
Sponsored by the St. George Orthodox Church. Great food, pastries and wine from the Mediterranean area. Music, folk dancing and donkey rides. Admission fee.
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Assn
713-621-6290
All-breed championship horses and performers from across the country.

June

Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show
Reliant Center
Sponsored by the Boating Trade Assoc. of Greater Houston. The entire marine Astrohall industry is represented on one floor, 125 acres of boats, as well as campers, motor homes, entire spectrum of sports equipment, travel information.
Juneteenth Festival (June 19)
Sponsored by the National Emancipation Association. Various festivals around town. Commemorates the day it was announced in Galveston to Texas slaves that President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years before.

July

Chevy's Freedom Over Texas with Fireworks Presented by Shell
Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou
713-522-9723
Houston's official July 4th celebration provides the largest fireworks spectacular in the metropolitan area. Admission fee.
Houston Shakespeare Festival
713-743-3003
Performance of famous Shakespearean plays by the University of Houston Theatre Department at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.
Sharpstown Fireworks Show
Sharpstown Center
7500 Bellaire Blvd.
713-777-5391
4th of July event; heavy traffic, but worth the effort.
4th of July Fireworks Over Clear Lake "Salute to America"
281-488-7676
Lights up the sky over Clear Lake. Best view from Clear Lake Park on NASA Rd. 1.
International Gem & Jewelry Show
Reliant Center
832-667-1400
Huge collection of sparkling jewels and natural ore samples. Admission fee.

August

Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet
Kemah Boardwalk 
409-763-4311
Two-day event includes street dance, shrimp boil and carnival. The Bay Shrimp Fleet puts on its finest for this annual occasion.
Houston International Jazz Festival
Verizon Wireless Theater and Bayou Place
713-839-7000
The largest jazz festival in the Southwest, benefiting Jazz Education, Inc.

September

Fiestas Patrias
713-926-2636
Hispanic heritage celebration parade.
Houston Industries Power of Houston CelebrationA week-long celebration of Houston's power of diversity and spirit of volunteerism.

October

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown
1001 Westheimer
713-521-0133
Arts, crafts, food and entertainment near City Hall and Hermann Square, as well as Sam Houston Park. Weekends only.
Houston Gun Collectors Show
Reliant Center
713-981-6463
Antique and modern firearms exhibition. Admission fee.
Houston in-the-Water Boat Show
Watergate Yachting Center
Clear Lake Shores, TX
281-334-1511
End of September or first of October.
Greek Festival
3511 Yoakum Blvd.
713-526-5377
 
Sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Authentic Greek food, pastries, music and folk dancing. Admission fee.
Heritage Days/The Long Horn Rod Run
Old Town Spring
1-800-653-8696
About 20 miles from Houston via I 45 North to Spring/Cypress exit #70A, turn right and go east one mile to Main St. Restored homes and businesses dating back to early 1900s come to life with a parade, band music, old west gunfights, outdoor food booths, children's petting zoo and many specialty shops and boutiques selling arts and crafts, antiques.
Texas Renaissance Festival
1-800-458-3435
281-356-2178
A look back at the 16th Century with excellent food, games, art and performers.
International Quilt Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center
713-781-6864
A week-long event, the largest quilt show in the world, exhibiting more than 1000 antique and contemporary quilts, cloth dolls and wearable art, and offering classes taught by world famous fiber artists. Admission fee.

November

Martyn Farm Armand Bayou Fall Festival
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
281-474-2551
Step back in time to the early 1900s and celebrate old-fashioned farm life with music, crafts, demonstrations, wagon rides, food and great fun! Learn basket weaving, candle making, rope making and other early farm skills. Paddle a canoe in the pond and taste sugar cane or cane syrup. Admission fee.
Mayor's Downtown Houston Holiday CelebrationThe Mayor kicks off the holiday season with a festive family celebration.
Miracle on Main StreetIce skating amid downtown's skyscrapers.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Downtown Houston
A theme parade with special salute to the Christmas season.

December

Dickens on the Strand
2016 Strand
Galveston
409-765-7834
Re-creation of the Dickens London of the 1800s. Authentic costumes and performances of A Christmas Carol. (Usually the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of December). Admission fee.
Annual Candlelight Tours
Allen Parkway at 1100 Bagby
713-655-1912
Sponsored by the Harris County Heritage Society. Tour the historic structures in Sam Houston Park which are decorated for Christmas reflecting each home's era. Admission fee.
Yuletide at Bayou Bend
#1 Westcott St. (off Memorial)
713-639-7750
Featuring carolers and fine collections of early American furnishings and art decorated for the season. Admission fee.

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