The sun is out, the air is warm, and the weather is gorgeous. The lightness of spring and the reinstatement of Daylight Savings Time is the long awaited catalyst to pull us out of that winter-funk. The beautiful weather also brings with it an abundance of events and festivals of every kind, making it easy to find an excuse to get out of the house and experience something new. We’ve selected some of the interesting cultural and artistic gatherings happening around town over the next couple of months—so be sure to take a look at our suggestions below and take advantage of this festive time of year.
Houston Spring Festivals To Enjoy Now!
Houston Comedy Film Festival
The Houston Comedy Film Festival is holding its 10th annual event on April 8th from 2:30 to 6 pm. Showing at the Mason Park Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Katy, the line-up features 20 short comedy films and one full-length movie from multiple countries around the world. This festival is known for showcasing international independent filmmakers. In addition to the US, included films hail from countries such as Spain, Germany, Australia, Canada, Norway and the UK. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Alamo Drafthouse website, or Groupon is currently offering discounted tickets for $10.
Houston Art Car Parade
Also coming up on April 8th is the 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade where entries include over 250 artistically altered vehicles from across the Unites States, Canada and Mexico. The parade begins at 2 pm at the intersection of Pease and Smith, then travels down Smith Street until Walker where it will make the block to end at Bagby and Lamar. Food trucks and beverages are located along the parade route, and reserved seating is available in front of the City Hall Annex for $25. More than just the Saturday parade, the Art Car Parade is really a weekend event with The Art Car Ball kicking things off the night before. Tickets to the Ball are $30 and can be purchased online.
Houston Barbecue Festival
On April 9th the enticing smell of barbecue will be wafting out of NRG Park and into downtown Houston. Don’t miss out on the Houston Barbecue Festival from 1-4pm that Sunday—over 25 participants have been named so far, with more to be announced in the coming days. The $60 general admission ticket gains entry into this festival and comes with unlimited sample portions from each Houston Barbecue joint. But make sure to snag your ticket sooner rather than later as this event has sold for the past four years straight. Children under 6 are admitted for free.
West Texas Food Truck Festival
The 5th annual West Texas Food Truck Festival will be Sunday, April 23rd from 12-4pm. Standard admission is $8, but a $15 special is also available for purchase, which includes admission and two beer or wine tickets. The event will include music, 16 food trucks, and activities for the kids including bounce houses, face painting, and a balloon artist. A portion of all proceeds goes to the Houston Food Bank.
Houston Dragon Boat Festival
Come out to Allen’s Landing on May 6th to experience the Houston Dragon Boat Festival. This event is an amazing exhibition of traditional dragon boat racing and Asian culture and takes place in May to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Admission is free and races take place every 15-20 minutes from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 pm. Additionally, a variety of food vendors, cultural performances, and live music will be happening throughout the day, and all entertainment will be provided by local groups. The boats present at the event will be of the traditional Hong Kong style Buk Dragon Boats, which are 40-feet long and carry 20 paddlers, one drummer, and one steer-person.
Star Wars Art Festival
The Wars Art Festival is hosted by War’Hous Visual Studios, a venue where local artists can display their artwork. This will be the venue’s sixth year welcoming Star Wars enthusiasts to enjoy a weekend of Star Wars-inspired works by local and national artists. Costumes are encouraged but not required, and the event includes entertainment, vendors, and more. Single day tickets are $6 or a two-day ticket can be purchased for $10. The festival is family-friendly and children under 12 get in for free.
Houston Crawfish, Crab, & Grill Festival
The Houston Crawfish, Crab, & Grill Festival features a huge crawfish boil and other savory cajun dishes incorporating a variety of meats including steak, shrimp, sausage, and crab. Arts and crafts, food, and informational booths will all be in attendance, and the live music entertainment includes a fine line-up of blues, jazz, and reggae musicians, just to name a few. General admission is $10 and a portion of festival proceeds will go to Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women.
We hope you enjoy checking out some of these awesome events!