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Events in Houston this December

Events in Houston this December

If you're looking for family friendly holiday events in Houston this December, then look no further than these great events taking place in the Bayou City. 

Events in Houston this December

A Christmas Carol

When: Now through December 30th, 2018

Where: Alley Theatre

615 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX

Houston’s seasonal favorite returns! A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. 

Military, Senior, and Student discounts are available on select A Christmas Carolperformances. For details, click here.

Alvin Christmas Train

When: Now through December 23rd, 2018

Where: 1407 Victory Lane

Alvin, TX

Each year in December hundreds of volunteers from Living Stones Church and Victory Camp come together to setup and host the Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin. The event began back in 2000, and over the years has quickly become one of the Houston areas favorite Christmas Events. The train is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

The train ride is a unique experience through over 300,000 lights and hundreds of Christmas decorations. Colorful gingerbread villages, penguin snow lands and life size storybook illustrations are all some of the scenes you and your family will experience along the way. Trains depart every 7-10 minutes.

Breakfast with Santa

When: Saturdays and Sundays through December 23rd, 2018

Where: Hilton Americas - Houston

1600 Lamar

Houston, TX

Brunch with Santa at the Hilton Americas - Houston. 

Christmas in the Park

When: Now through December 22nd, 2018

Where: George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762 Road

Richmond, TX

Christmas is coming to the Park this year in all of its historical glory. Travel through Christmas pasts as we explore the customs and decorations from 1830s to the 1930s. Make sure to stop by the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home for a Christmas treat or visit Santa’s temporary workshop at the 1930s “Bach House.” Special holiday activity classes will be held from 11 a.m-2 p.m.

Please note that we are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Holiday Brews on the Bayou

When: December 1st, 2018

Where: Museum of Fine Arts

6003 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX

Add some hops to your holiday! Enjoy beer tastings from select breweries at Holiday Brews on the Bayou, on the grounds of beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The tastings take place under a festive tent in the spectacular Diana Garden. The Richard Brown Trio, with vocals by Bob Luna, offers up live jazz and music from the Great American Songbook. 

Your ticket includes all tastings, plus admission to Bayou Bend’s historic house and 14 acres of gardens.

Holiday in the Park - Pop Up Downtown HTX

When: December 1st, 2018

Where: Market Square Park

301 Milam

Houston, TX

Pop Shop America is partnering with the Downton District to bring you a one of a kind shopping experience this holiday season!

Shop Small in the Heart of Downtown
30+ Stylish Locally Designed Goods
Holiday Crafting with Pop Shop America
Photo Booths + Live Music + Hot Chocolate Bar + Mimosas All Day + More

Ice Land & Festival of Lights

When: Now through January 6th, 2019

Where: Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Blvd

Galveston, TX

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views  Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.

Magical Winter Lights

When: Now through January 6th, 2019

Where: Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004

La Marque, TX

Step into Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival of its kind in the United States, and begin your enchanted journey to tour more than 100 individual lantern sets in eight unique themed sections. Find lantern renditions of landmarks of the world, a Christmas village, skylines of Houston, the mysterious East, a Dino fun zone and more! 

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

When: Now through January 1st, 2019

Where: Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX

There are many new and exciting additions coming Holiday Lights this year! We will have a carnival, complete with rides for all ages, games, and food! We have new photo opportunities with a polar bear, Santa, and his sleigh! There is also gonna be a light maze for visitors of all ages to explore and make their way through. This is just a taste of the new things happening at Sugar Land Holiday Lights, come out and experience it all!

Winter Flea by Night

When: Saturdays through December 22nd, 2018

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the southeast end of the downtown park. The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles, and crafts by local artisans and designers.

Discovery Green Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper! Whether you are a bargain hunter or an eco-sensitive collector dedicated to repurposing and reusing, seek and find at Discovery Green Flea by Night while enjoying light bites and local entertainment.

Events in Houston this September

Summer is over and fall is here – even if it doesn’t feel like it. If you’re looking for events in Houston this September, then look no further than these family friendly activities taking place this month in the bayou city. From BBQ to craft beer and music festivals – you’ll find it all this month in Houston.

Events in Houston this September

6thAnnual Fall Fest

When: Fridays

Where: North Shore Rotary Pavilion

14350 ½ Wallisville Road Houston, TX

It's the kick off to our 6th year and we're excited to announce the Fall Fest 2017 "Perfect Element" weekend.

Chicagoans, we have heard you! This year our headline DJ is Chicago's own, Boolumaster! 

The "Fall Fest" picnic is now a TICKETED and PAID event. Attendees ages 14 & up will now pay a $5 entry gate fee. Wristbands will be issued and all day in/out access will be granted. Children 13 and under are still FREE to attend!

The purchase of a VIP Lounge wristband INCLUDES one (1) entry gate ticket/wristband. 

Party in the Grove

When: September 7th, 2018

Where: 3333 Cullen Boulevard

Houston, TX

Kick off fall 2018 with the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts! We invite you to celebrate the arts with us at Party in the Grove, an open house showcasing the diverse breadth of talent at our college. The evening will feature faculty and students from the School of Art, School of Theatre & Dance and the Moores School of Music, as well as highlight our community-focused institutions: Blaffer Art Museum, Center for Art & Social Engagement (CASE) and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

General admission is free and open to the public.

Houston’s Exotic Auto Festival

When: September 9th, 2018

Where: Haras Hacienda

5090 Richmond Avenue

Houston, TX

The 2018 edition of the HOUSTON EXOTIC AUTO FESTIVAL & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O is the most anticipated and exhilarating automobile show in Southern Texas, bringing ALL the luxury and exotic brands to a single site, and attracting an audience of over 3,500 fans.

Including luxury dealerships, top performance aftermarket exhibitors, auto clubs and a variety of magnificent brands from non-automotive industries, the show offers hundreds of private owners and collectors of luxury and exotic automobiles, the unique opportunity to celebrate their masterpieces and compete under several categories in front of the most enthusiastic and demanding audience. Fabulous trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners, selected by a team of judges and the public.

Produced by LUXCIOR, in partnership with the most prominent names in the automotive and luxury industries, and driven by our passion for exotic cars, the event is hosted at gorgeous HARAS Hacienda, in Tomball. With no fire code limitations, the powerful engines will roar for your pleasure in the midst of a beautiful outdoor setting at the best European style, with lots of green landscapes, lakes, restaurants and horses.

This is definitely the one event of 2018 you can’t afford to miss. 

Fandemic Comic Con

When: September 14th – 16th, 2018

Where: NRG Stadium

One NRG Park

Houston, TX

Comic Pop Culture celebration of film/tv/comics/cosplay and more! Celebrity guests, comic book creators, writers, illustrators. pop culture vendors, family fun! Autographs and photo Ops available with Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Smallville's Tom Welling with Bautista, Bruce Campbell, Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank, Sean Patrick Flanery and many more! Full lineup at www.fandemictour.com.

Texas Taco Mania

When: September 15th, 2018

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

TEXAS TACO MANIA & Texas Taco Music “Dynamic Duo” ✌Total Taco Throw Down!!! SATURDAY SEPT 15 
at Discovery Green Park Houston. 
We are teaming up to bring you a BIGGER 💪and BETTER TACO THROW DOWN Explosion 💥

Festival type: Foodie Event & Live Music entertainment with over a dozen Taco vendors like Black Market Burrito, Taquera Licha, Taqueria Gomez, Korean St Tacos, La Catrina, El Guajillo etc... 

Art exhibitions w/Live art, master crafts, tasty treats, roasted corn, Craft beers, Icy Margaritas, Fruit beverages etc

Music: Emerging artists, Indie, big band, rock, pop, like El 43, DeSangre, Jessie Marie, Help Im Alive, Rebel Crew Music

Specials: Rosie Riveter contest, DJ’s Extraordinaire, Comedians, & Special guest entertainers

Adult & family friendly event for all ages. Kids under 12 are Free

Purpose: Fundraiser for the CHEITA / 4th annual Texas Taco Music Fest/ the first Taco Fest ever created in Houston

Benifiting Arts &Technology
Hosted by: 
CHEITA, Mission One Internation, Art Flow Media & The Art Rebels

2018 Houston Armenian Festival

When: September 21st– 23rd, 2018

Where: St Kevork Armenian Church

3211 Synott Road

Houston, TX

Enjoy the Armenian food and drink, live music, dancing, dance lessons, photo booth with ethnic clothes, a fashion show and childrens games, all on the grounds of our St Kevork Armenian Church. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 under are free! Donations accepted. 

Woodforest Craft Fest

When: September 22nd, 2018

Where: Christine Allen Nature Park

5831 Woodforest Parkway South

Montgomery, TX

Beer, beer and more beer will be on tap at the annual Woodforest Craft Fest, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Christine Allen Nature Park, 5831 Woodforest Parkway South in Woodforest. More than 20 breweries will roll out their kegs, proffering samples to adults 21+. Full glasses of beer and margaritas from Southern Rum Runners will be available for purchase. Guests also will enjoy live music by Louis Adams Band, Travis Lance and Sick Duck. A rock wall, pony rides, inflatables, game truck, maze, face painters, food trucks and lawn games provide fun for everyone!

Houston Jerk Fest

When: September 23rd, 2018

Where: India House

8888 West Bellfort Boulevard

Houston, TX

Houston JerkFest is proud to announce that this years event will be held on September 23th, 2018.  Born from the idea to bring community and culture together with food, family, music and fun.  Houston JerkFest is expected to draw one of the largest crowds at a cultural event ever to be held in the Greater Houston area.  

Houston JerkFest is a food and music festival centered around a Jerk cook-off competition where contestants compete for the top prizes and recognition.  This years concert is headlined by Grammy nominated artist Mr. Vegas. There will be food, vendors, kids zone, and activities for the whole family.  HJF is the best kept secret in Texas with plans to grow with community involvement and support. 

4 the People: IV

When: September 23rd, 2018

Where: Sterling House

3015 Bagby Street

Houston, TX

Back for the 4thinstallment, 4 The People is the coolest day party in the city which features some of the top djs, live performances, and vendors.

Texas Renaissance Festival

When: September 29th– November 25th, 2018

Where: Texas Renaissance Festival Grounds

21778 FM 1774

Todd Mission, TX

The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater is filled with live entertainment, food and. The festival opens Weekends beginning September 29 - November 25, Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday.

The enchanted 55-acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting almost 400 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival's lake. 

Oktoberfest Houston

When: September 29th, 2018

Where: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou

105 Sabine Street

Houston, TX

Oktoberfest Houston showcases German and Texas culture in one fantastic day! Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls, enjoy a variety of German beer and the best polka music in Texas. Get your boots and cowboy hats on and enjoy amazing local craft beers.

Southern Smoke BBQ Party

When: September 30th, 2018

Where: Underbelly, Hay Merchant and Blacksmith

1018 And 1100 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX

Chris Shepherd launched Southern Smoke in 2015 after learning his friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Southern Smoke has raised $454,000 for the MS Society, making it the largest third-party fundraiser in a five-state area.

Last year, Southern Smoke shifted its focus to provide assistance to people in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey and donated $501,000 to 139 people in need. To date, Southern Smoke has donated $984,000—both directly to people in need or to organizations that represent the needs of people in our industry. As Chris says, Southern Smoke was created to “take care of our own.”

This year, the proceeds of the 2018 Southern Smoke Festival will once again benefit the MS Society with a goal of donating $300,000 in honor of Antonio. Additionally, the Southern Smoke Foundation has expanded to include a year-round Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry, inspired by the success of last year’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Events in Houston this August

Events in Houston this August

If you're looking for family friendly events in Houston this August be sure to check out the list of family friendly activities below. There's something for everyone in the Bayou City to enjoy. From craft beer to jazz, get out and enjoy the remaining days of summer in Houston.

Events in Houston this August

28thHouston International Jazz Festival

When: August 4th, 2018

Where: House of Blues 1204 Caroline Street

Houston, TX

The 28th Houston International Jazz Festival, featuring “international”, national, regional, and local Jazz musicians, enhances Houston’s reputation as an arts center and attracts Jazz aficionados worldwide. Featuring: Mindy Abair and The Boneshakers, Althea Rene and Ashleigh Smith at the House of Blues.

6thAnnual Fall Fest

When: Fridays in August

Where: 14350 ½ Wallisville Road

Houston, TX I

t's that time again! The Chi-Town Connection committee is hosting the 6th Annual "Fall Fest" in Houston! Come out and enjoy a day of food, fun, friends, and good music. Traditional Chicago foods and Chicago music are the heart of this event! We'll see you there!

First Saturday Arts Market

When: August 4th, 2018

Where: Historic Houston Heights 530 W. 19thStreet

Houston, TX

First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights currently at 540 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St. The market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. The entire family is welcome to come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month, the market is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. September through May and 6-10 p.m. June through August. For more information visit us at www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com or call 713-802-1213.

Back to School Splash Bash

When: August 4th, 2018

Where: Sugar Land Town Square

2711 Plaza Drive

Sugar Land, TX

Beat the Heat at Sugar Land Town Square’s Back to School Splash Bash! Bring your family and cool off in our FREE waterslides, have fun with the hula hoop contest, plus enjoy fun activities and live music all day with a DJ spinning summer fun beats. We even have a Toddler Town for ages 0-5! The Back to School Splash Bash is benefiting the Fort Bend Rainbow Room and we encourage everyone attending to bring a back pack and school supplies which will be donated to the Fort Bend Rainbow Room. To learn more about this charity, visit FBRR.org.

Music on the Plaza

When: August 10th, 2018

Where: Sugar Land Town Square

2711 Plaza Drive

Sugar Land, TX

Get ready to dance the night away! Erik is a guitarist, pianist, singer and a showman entertainer who grew up listening to and watching scenes from the rhythm and blues through big band swing and Doo Wop. Join us for an evening of Juke Joint Jives, Swinging, Boppers & Groovy Blues.

The Red Lipstick Gala

When: August 12th, 2018

Where: Bayou Place 500 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Red Lipstick Gala as we honor Women in the City of Houston making extraordinary contributions in the fields of business, media and human rights awareness. Enjoy a day of pampering, with live entertainment as we celebrate these phenomenal leaders for their exemplary efforts to create change in the community and their positive impact on young women of all cultures.

Summer Music Festival

When: August 17th, 2018

Where: Four Seasons Hotel 1300 Lamar Street

Houston, TX

Gather with friends on our pool deck for our second annual Summer Music Festival! Enjoy live concert performances, $5 beers and poolside games every third Friday of the month throughout the summer.

2018 Houston Food Fest

When: August 18th, 2018

Where: Herman Square Park 900 Smith Street

Houston, TX

We're BACK for another round of the Houston Food Fest!!! This summer come enjoy foo from over 100 Different Resturants, Food Trucks and Local Vendors. Our festival will be filled with everything from Stuffed Shrimp to Fried Oreos!! Make plans to be in downtown Houston on August 18th. IT'S GOING TO BE A BLAST!!! SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR $5 GET YOURS TODAY

9thAnnual Brewmasters Craft Beer Fest

When: August 31st– September 2nd, 2018

Where: Moody Gardens Convention Center One Hope Boulevard

Galveston, TX

Toast to the end of summer at the 9th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas. Named a Top 3 beer event by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend where visitors can tap into the world of craft beer on island time. Visitors will flock to Galveston Island August 31 – September 2 in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With hundreds of craft beers, rare “Taste it First” selections, and a Brew-B-Que to boot, this three-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry. Make it a destination weekend. Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long.

Contemporary Home Plans

Contemporary Home Design

Contemporary home design has been around for quite some time and just as it existed in the 1950’s it is alive and even more of a viable design today. A contemporary home plan will reflect the signs of the times and incorporate the most current needs and resources of the community. Today when there is a deep seated emphasis on building “Green”, there are a number of outstanding yet unique contemporary designs that are attractive, creative and artful. The simplicity of the design with straight lines and undefined styles is what will keep a contemporary home plan in the limelight for years to come. Indeed most of the contemporary designs seen these days are timeless and futuristic. A contemporary home plan can be vastly creative and at the same time they will take advantage of current technologies and will most of the time involve the anticipation of new technological ideas.

Many of the new and emerging designs take advantage of the new energy efficient advancements and can incorporate the government’s Energy Star guidelines that can save at least 15% more energy than other home design elements. There is also an advantage for using solar heating and the use of new advancements in wiring for broadband and wireless technologies. And there are many new technologies that are right around the corner that fir well with a contemporary home design.

When developing a desire to design and build a contemporary home plan, an experienced home designer will have to focus on a homeowner’s real preferences for a modern and advanced structure that will support the lifestyle of the modern family. While contemporary home design may not be the choice for everyone, it is certainly a viable choice for the homeowner who is artistic, creative and futuristic in their thinking.

Many of the elements introduced in a contemporary home plan include open living and kitchens that open into the family room, or spaces for families to communicate yet reside in adjacent rooms. Walls are usually not as important to living a casual contemporary lifestyle. Bedrooms are generally for their intended use and little else. Family members commune together in the living spaces within the home. Most of the new contemporary homes provide for a bathroom for every bedroom or at least a minimum of two full baths.

Clean lines and smooth surfaces abound in a contemporary home design. Flooring is usually simple yet tasteful. Hardwoods and laminate flooring as well as painted or stained concrete prevails because of the simple nature of the flooring as well as its ease of maintenance. Carpets are used in bedrooms and are usually low pile like a Berber. Stainless Steel appliances seem to also prevail due to the modern feel they exude and most of the time appliances are hidden within custom cabinetry.

Within a contemporary home plan one will notice things like odd, irregular shapes, a lack of ornamentation, an open floor plan, and tall oversized energy efficient windows, natural materials both inside and outside the home. And most of the time the exterior finishes are designed to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape often incorporating a water feature. Roof styles for a contemporary home plan include flat or very slightly pitched roof lines with interior cathedral ceilings and exposed beams.