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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Art Car Parade | Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Art Car Parade | Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

(713) 926-6368

2401 Munger St
Houston, TX 77023   Directions Website

Get your motor runnin' at the Art Car Parade, where the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art showcases real working cars designed to suit the owner's aesthetic, personality, and creative inspiration.

Celebrate the four-day extravaganza that attracts over 250 vehicle entries, that include anything on wheels, from bicycles and unicycles to lawnmowers, cars, and go-carts from over 23 states, including Canada and Mexico.

Whether the vehicles have been painted, welded, sculpted, dropped, chopped, beaded, smashed, crashed, lit, or lifted, the Art Cars come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. The only rule is that it must roll.

Bayou City Art Festival
Bayou City Art Festival

(713) 521-0133

7026 Old Katy Rd Ste 281
Houston, TX 77024   Directions Website

The Bayou City Art Festival is one of the top 200 iconic Arts Festivals in the world that showcases the works of several artists placed in 19 different categories at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall.

Enjoy the vibrant arts community, where you can experience a high-caliber show and a culturally dynamic environment that displays an outdoor gallery of original works, one-of-a-kind art, world-class pieces, delicious food, great music, fun entertainment, and an opportunity to meet 280 select artists worldwide, all while creating a memorable and spirited good time with family and friends.

Buffalo Bayou Regatta
Buffalo Bayou Regatta

(713) 752-0314

1019 Commerce St Ste 200
Houston, TX 77002   Directions Website

Batten down the hatches and prepare for the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Texas' largest canoe and kayak race open to paddlers ages 12 and up and who are encouraged to compete in the most memorable race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou that is a longstanding Houston tradition that begins near San Felipe Street and concludes at Allen's Landing.

Free shuttle services are provided for all participants for the 15-mile exciting race that concludes with festivities, including live zydeco music, food and drinks, and trophies for the top three paddlers in Teams, Recreational Canoe, Recreational Kayak, and Unlimited Divisions.

Chevron Houston Marathon
Chevron Houston Marathon

(713) 957-3453

720 N Post Oak Rd Ste 200
Houston, TX 77024   Directions Website

Lace up your running shoes and prepare to join The Chevron Houston Marathon festival that supports many charities, including CanCare, Texas Children's Hospital, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

As the largest single-day sporting event in the city, all runners get a chance to participate in the course map that runs together with a half marathon and a 5K race, where thousands of runners and spectators get to enjoy the fun signage, clocks, bottled water, Gatorade, aid stations, and exhilarating entertainment.

Hops N Hot Sauce Festival
Hops N Hot Sauce Festival

(832) 876-5935

8233 Will Clayton Parkway
Humble, TX 77338   Directions Website

Grab some cold water, ice cream, and milk and get ready as you boldly go where many have dared to go, the Hops N Hot Sauce Festival, where hot sauces, salsas, peppers, spices, chili mixes, wing sauces, and all things hot and mild are waiting for you to taste.

Participate in the Hot Pepper Eating Contest, enjoy the free photo booth, taste samples of spicy foods, drink fresh craft beer, enter the Pickle Eating Contest, and enjoy free giveaways and free face painting fun.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Houston Cinema Arts Festival

(713) 429-0420

4200 Montrose Blvd Ste 110
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

Discover new films every November at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, where they feature a wide variety of curated feature films that focuses on the diverse cultural community of Houston, Texas.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival is the only U.S. film festival that features films by artists about artists. This vibrant multimedia arts event breaks out of the confines of the movie theater through live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and more.

They will also showcase the return of CineSpace, the annual short film competition with NASA, and the third annual regional short film competition Borders | No Borders.

Houston Fringe Festival
Houston Fringe Festival

(832) 649-2096

5102 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77011   Directions Website

Unleash your artistic soul and experience The Houston Fringe Festival, a five-day event where performers and companies from around the planet present original work in Houston’s East End. The festival features over 100 companies and individual artists each year, showcasing both emerging and established performing and visual arts.

The festival encourages everyone to participate and show their talent to the fluid and enthusiastically supportive audience making it a great platform to unveil a superabundance of talent on many levels. Make this the year you enter a new world of creativity and personal masterpiece ambiance.

Houston International Jazz Festival
Houston International Jazz Festival

(713) 839-7000

6363 Richmond Ave Ste 306
Houston, TX 77057   Directions Website

Bask in the sweet sounds of jazz music at the Houston International Jazz Festival, which makes its annual return by celebrating a remarkable run of music, artists, education, and history.

The festival, benefitting Jazz Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization, starts the summer with live music and a host of musicians and bands worldwide.

The focus of the festival always seeks to honor the legends, the music, and the standards of tradition, shaping young minds and educating them for the future.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

(832) 667-1000

3 NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054   Directions Website

Saddle up and get ready for a wild ride with rodeo champs and entertainment superstars at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where they promote agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, showcases the Western heritage, and provides year-round educational support within the community.

Attend the world's largest livestock show and rodeo, where the event begins with the rodeo competition, and once the dust settles, the entertainer takes the stage.

Make sure to take a walk about the festival and enjoy the Bar-B-Cue Contest, Best Bites Competition, Rodeo Roundup, Rodeo Run, take on the Trail Rides, and enjoy the Wine Show and Auction.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Pasadena Strawberry Festival

(281) 991-9500

7603 Red Bluff Rd
Pasadena, TX 77507   Directions Website

Kick off your summer list of must-see and do activities for friends and family alike, and make the Pasadena Strawberry Festival your fun-loving go-to for strawberry memories for life.

Enjoy the 106 acres of family fun, where things get smoking hot at the sprawling barbecue pits and at the hottest concerts that will keep you moving.

Held in May and at the Pasadena Fairgrounds, the festival is home to the World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake, Mud Volleyball, Carnival, BBQ cook-off, specialty acts, stage entertainers, a petting zoo, pony rides, racing pigs, and plenty of arts & crafts.

Texas Renaissance Festival
Texas Renaissance Festival

(800) 458-3435

21778 Farm to Market 1774
Todd Mission, TX 77363   Directions Website

Grab your tankard of ale, your favorite Lord and Lady, and spirit your way to The Texas Renaissance Festival, named #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA Today.

Take a step back in time to the nation's largest Renaissance-themed event, where you will experience a 60-acre 16th-century European village filled with kings, queens, knights, nobles, peasants, and all manner of fantasy creatures.

The festival has 21 stages of continuous entertainment by clowns, acrobats, musicians, dancers, magicians, award-winning food and drink, wine and beer, and over 500 shops that showcase the work of master artists and craftspeople from around the world.

Texian Market Days Festival of Living History | George Ranch Historical Park
Texian Market Days Festival of Living History | George Ranch Historical Park

(281) 343-0218

10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469   Directions Website

Celebrate all things Texas at the annual Texian Market Days Festival, which is the biggest living history event of the year that you don’t want to miss out on.

Bring the whole family to discover more than 150 years of Texas history with this day-long celebration of living history that includes hands-on activities, battle reenactments, live entertainment, food, craft vendors, pioneer folklife, cattle working demonstrations, historic home tours, games, cowboys, and vintage vehicles.

The Original Greek Festival
The Original Greek Festival

(713) 526-5377

3511 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006   Directions Website

Treasure the Athenian and Spartan Golden Age at the Annual Houston Greek Festival on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral every October, where you will happily discover authentic Greek food, wine, dancing, fun, and deeply informative for the entire family.

After a fulfilling sample of the best Greek cuisine, you'll visit the Athenian Playground, take a massively inspiring tour of the Cathedral, replete with impressive hand-painted icons, tons of crafts, and gifts that will inspire a rich appreciation of the abounding cultural impact all people make on Houston.

Wings Over Houston Airshow
Wings Over Houston Airshow

(713) 266-4492

18000 Groschke Rd
Houston, TX 77084   Directions Website

Cast your gaze into the wild-blue-yonder and encounter the Wings Over Houston Airshow, featuring the internationally famous and awe-inspiring US Navy Blue Angels. This event provides more than five hours of thrilling aerial shows from some of the greatest military and civilian pilots.

Ranked as one of the top airshows in the country, it also offers ground attractions, such as simulators, ride-and-drive opportunities, and nearly 100 static aircraft to view. There’s even a play area for kids featuring a rock-climbing wall, inflatable slides and obstacles, carnival-style games, rides, and the NASA Driven to Explore Exhibit.

Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival

(713) 965-9955

9898 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77256   Directions Website

Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is the oldest independent film and video festival that has evolved over 50 years to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film and video and validates brilliant abilities to promote cultural tourism for Houston.

WorldFest screens only 55-60 feature film premieres, with a complete and absolute emphasis on American and International Independent feature films and a continuing annual spotlight on an individual country and its films. They also offer competition in TV production, commercials, and music videos.

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