As one of the largest cities in America, Houston boasts a cosmopolitan variety of annual events, as well as a number of events that capture the cowboy spirit of Texas. Below is a list of some of the annual events that occur in Houston. Be sure to check our blog for news on special events and events as they happen. Don’t forget to consult us for your Houston furniture rental needs while you stay in the area – we want you to be as carefree as possible so you can enjoy these events in your downtime!
Martin Luther King Jr. Grande Parade – On the 3rd Monday of every January, join more than 300,000 observers and marchers in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Grande Parade through downtown Houston.
World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest – Held the 4th weekend of February, this is a three day Bar-B-Que contest featuring chicken, pork and spare ribs, and of course the Texas favorite, brisket! You may want to fast beforehand so you have room to fit all of these delightful treats.
Mardi Gras Galveston – Held the 4th weekend of February and the 1st weekend of March, Mardi Gras in Galveston captures the unique Gulf Coast spirit of Mardi Gras.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ – Rodeos are a major Texan tradition and this rodeo at Reliant Park lasts for the first three weeks of March and is initiated by a parade. Visit the rodeo for music by some of country’s hottest acts and for feats of bravery and agility on the part of the riders.
Azalea Trail – Celebrate the arrival of spring during the 1st week of March by participating in the Azalea Trail. Walk through the gardens at Rienzi and Bayou Bend and see beautiful privately maintained gardens at River Oaks.
Buffalo City Art Festival Memorial Park – Houston’s premier outdoor fine arts festival, held on the 4th weekend of March, the Bayou City Art Festival is a juried show covering 19 different types of media and featuring over 300 nationally working artists. Art is for sale, too!
Shell Houston Open – This PGA event has a purse valued at over 5 million dollars and attracts golfing’s greatest current players. A must for any golf aficionado staying in town, this event is held at Redstone Golf Club.
Houston Children’s Festival – This is Houston’s official family celebration in downtown Houston. There are a number of stages, activities, games, and “adventure areas” to make for a truly memorable experience for the whole family.
Houston International Festival – Over a million people attend the Houston International Festival every year for fantastic food, unique arts & crafts, and nearly 2,000 different performers. It’s a true celebration of Houston’s multicultural population. Check out the festival between April 26th and May 4th.
Art Car Parade – You may’ve heard that Austin keeps it weird, but Houston’s got its own quirks, and the Art Car Parade is a spectacular show of them! Over 250,000 people gather to watch this downtown parade, which features cars decked out like they belong in a bizarre version of the Macy’s Day parade. This is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.
Juneteenth Celebration – Celebrated every June 19th, this day marks the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation’s freeing of the slaves in Texas. An outdoor event is held at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park with music and activities celebrating African-American heritage.
Pride Houston – Houston’s big coming out party happens every year during the last week of June. Over 150,000 people attend this Pride Parade, the largest in the Southwest, which features floats, costumes, performances, and more.
Freedom Over Texas Festival – This is Houston’s official July 4th event, held at Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou. Incredible fireworks, food, entertainment, and more.
Houston International Jazz Festival – Held the first week of August, the Houston Jazz Festival attracts jazz stars to downtown Houston to give memorable performances you can’t see anywhere else.
Houston Shakespeare Festival – Experience Shakespeare during the first two weeks of August in Houston! Over 475,000 attend the performances held at Miller Outdoor Theatre of Shakespeare’s great and still compelling works.
Fiestas Patrias – Celebrate Mexican heritage at one of the largest community-sponsored parades in the Southwestern United States! This parade celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain and features dancing and other performances.
Texas Renaissance Festival – Beginning in the middle of October, the Texas Renaissance Festival lasts for 8 weeks and features all the food, fighting, costumes, and whimsy that make Renaissance Festivals great.
The Original Greek Festival – Starting the 1st Thursday in October, the 45th Annual Houston Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral promises food and culture for the whole family.
Festival of Lights – Starting in Mid-November and lasting through January, the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights has over a million lights and a number of winter scenes. Shop, take photos with Santa, skate on the outdoor ice rink, and more.
Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park – See the historic homes of Houston all decked out during the Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour in the Park at Sam Houston Park.
Fiesta Guadalupana – This tradition dates back to the 16th century in Mexico, and is an annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All are welcome.
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