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Festive Holiday Events in Houston this December 2019

Festive Holiday Events in Houston this December 2019

The end of the year is upon us and that means holiday celebrations, and end of year festivities. This has been a great year for all of us at Preston Wood and Associates and we hope you had a wonderful year too. We're looking forward to 2020. As the year comes to a close, we hope you can spend some quality time with friends and family celebrating the holidays. 

Houston goes all out and puts on quite a show for the holiday season. From tree lighting festivals and pop-up shopping to chamber music and holiday cheer - Houston has something for everyone this time of year. Check out the list of family friendly activities and events in Houston this December.

Events in Houston this December

A Grand Houstonian Holiday

When: Now through December 20th, 2019

Where: The Houstonian

111 North Post Oak Lane

Houston, TX

Step into a magical wonderland this season, with twinkling trees, splendid décor, and a "Merry Mansions" gingerbread house display above the Great Room Lobby's 30-foot fireplace. Enjoy holiday entertainment, roasted chestnut truffles by the fire, and a menu of delectable holiday cocktails. 

Galaxy Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Space Center Houston

1301 NASA Parkway

Houston, TX

This winter explore the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas. Embark on a festive adventure and start a new Space City tradition this holiday season during our all-new experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.

Holiday in the Garden

When: Now through January 12th, 2020

Where: Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Blvd

Galveston, TX

Eight Holiday Attractions. One Venue

Ice Land: Christmas Around the World · Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films

Rudolph 4D · Ice Skating · Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Photos with Santa

Plus Live Entertainment, Great Food, Group Rates, Hotel Packages and More!

Magical Winter Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004

MWL is a 20-acre, 52-day, larger-than-life lantern festival with themed lantern sections, nightly acrobatic performances, carnival rides and games, an interactive dino area and lots of holiday fun for the whole family. 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! 

The ICE Powered by Green Mountain Energy

When: Now through February 2nd, 2020

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Ice skating at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy returns from November 15, 2019 to February 2, 2020! Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy!

Handcrafted Holiday Market

Jewish Community Center of Houston

5601 S Braeswood Blvd

Houston, TX

Find the perfect gifts for loved ones and friends. Over 20 vendors will offer unique handcrafted wares including fine art, mixed media, afghans, baby blankets, jewelry, Judaic art, wood workshop and pottery. Local artists and crafters have plenty of gems ready for shoppers to add to their collection.

This event is free, open to the public, all ages, and indoors with free giveaways and raffle prizes.

Tamale Festival Houston

When: December 7th, 2019

Where: Navigation Esplanade

2800 Navigation

Houston, TX

Celebrate Houston's diverse culture at the 9th Annual Tamale Festival Houston! The smells, tastes, sights and sounds of East End Houston's vibrant culture come alive again at the TOP TEN rated fest in the USA! Join us as we welcome local Tamaleros and Tamaleras to showcase their delicious recipes all to enjoy.
Lots of foods, Live Music, shows for the entire family, there's lots to see and do! COME HUNGRY!

Christmas Villas at Bayou Bend

When: December 12th - 30th, 2019

Where: Bayou Bend 

Handel's Messiah

When: December 20th - 22nd, 2019

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX

This Christmas, be moved by Handel’s ever-glorious setting of the greatest story ever told. The Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists join forces to fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the powerful “Hallelujah”. 

Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration

When: December 20th, 2019

Sugar Land Town Square 

Where: 2711 Plaza Drive

Sugar Land, TX

Come celebrate Chanukah and the lighting of the giant menorah with Chabad of Sugar Land! There will be a greeting by dignitaries, arts and crafts for children, Israeli food, performances, live music, dancing and more. For additional information, please call Rabbi Mendel Feigenson at 832-758-0685.

Events in Houston this October

Events in Houston this October

Events in Houston this October

 

It’s October in Houston, and everywhere else for that matter, and we’ve got a list of great events happening in the Bayou City this month. October is all about Halloween and getting your scare and no one does Halloween quite like Houston, TX. Check out the list of events in Houston going on in October and start planning your fun now!

 

Events in Houston this October

 

Winter is Coming | Game of Thrones Experience

When: October 4th & 5th, 2019

Where: Grove St. Venue

215 Grove Street

Houston, TX

 

War’Hous and Super Happy Incredible Toys have joined forces and announced Houston’s first Game of Thrones inspired experience, Winter is Coming  to be held at 215 Grove St. Houston TX 77020. The event will highlight artwork from various artists, provide an eclectic vendor market, cosplay, live dj sets, and provide complimentary beverages.

 

Currently, Winter is Coming has an open call for artists. If chosen, the artist’s work will be exhibited and a 30% gallery commission applied to any sold artwork.

 

The event kicks off Friday night, October 4th, at 6 p.m. with its VIP party, An Evening of Ice & Fire. For $25 all 21+ Game of Thrones fans can see and purchase the artwork before the general public, enjoy live music, complimentary drinks, and hores d oeuvres. Tickets will be available online and at the door. Venue parking and street parking are available.

 

Starting at noon on Saturday October 5th, the entire family can come out and enjoy the artwork & vendor market for $5.00/ticket, children free!  Winter is Coming encourages cosplay.

 

45th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival

When: October 5th – December 1st, 2019

Where: 21778 Farm to Market 1774

Todd Mission, TX

 

The King and Queen Welcome you to our fair village!

 

Since 1974, there's been a magical kingdom just at the edge of the Greater Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights.

 

5th Annual Southern Smoke Festival

When: October 6th, 2019

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 donated $654,000 to the MS Society, making it the largest third-party fundraiser in a five-state area.

 

In 2017, 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. Recognizing a need, the Southern Smoke Foundation created an Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry in crisis.

 

The proceeds of the 2019 Southern Smoke Festival will once again raise funds for both the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund and the National MS Society.

 

Kids’ Oktoberfest

When: October 12th, 2019

Where: Czech Cultural Center Houston

4920 San Jacinto

Houston, TX

 

The event that was so large last year is back to bring tons of joy to the kids. Come join us for the Oktoberfest because we have loads of activities set up for this event.

 

The afternoon will begin at one and the event will feature arts and crafts including puppet making, face-painting and a puppet show about a Czech Fairy tale: The Wooden Maiden. Parents can also explore the museum while the children enjoy activities and games. The event ends at four and tickets are available online.

 

2019 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

When: October 12th – 13th, 2019

Where: Downtown Aquarium

901 Bagby Street

Houston, TX

 

Houston’s largest art festival will transform the streets of Downtown into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture. Bayou City Art Festival will showcase the work of 300 artists from around the world, representing 19 different disciplines. As one of the top art festivals in the country, the weekend event will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world-class art, prints, jewelry, sculptures and more.

 

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will feature live music throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, food trucks and much more for patrons to enjoy. In addition to art activities, the Children’s Creative Zone will also feature giant bubbles and caricature artist Bonnie Blue.

 

This year’s featured artist Clifton Henri is an award-winning photographer and visual artist from Chicago. His work is rooted in identity, under representation and self-declaration. Henri visually illustrates and narrates the African diaspora using personal experiences and feelings as fuel for his portraits.

 

Freight Train Food Truck Festival

When: October 19th, 2019

Where: The Historic 1907 Railroad Depot

201 South Elm Street

Tomball, TX

 

Twenty top rolling gourmet kitchens mixed with the music of local favorites Folk Family Revival and Galveston’s ultimate party band, the Mambo Jazz Kings, make for a day of tasty tunes and great food. Admission and parking are free.

 

Water Lantern Festival

When: October 19th, 2019

Where: Magnolia Garden Park

12044 Beach Street

Houston, TX

 

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

 

Boofest

When: October 27th, 2019

Where: Kingwood Town Center Park

8 N. Main Street Kingwood Drive

Kingwood, TX

 

Inspired by entrepreneurial spirit, it was created to help build connections between Houston-area consumers and the companies, consultants, artists, artisans and crafters who serve them.

 

Featuring a handpicked, highly curated outdoor “market” of 60 vendors from around the region, housed the beautiful Kingwood Town Center Park.

 

Booth-presenters are expected to span the retail spectrum including sellers of clothing, crafts, original artwork and home designs, jewelry bath and beauty products and other preferential accessories.

 

The event is dedicated to gathering Houston's growing small business community and supporting local charities by connecting locally conscious consumers with sellers from around the city.

 

Scream on the Green

When: October 25th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

 

Visitors will have a spooky good time at Houston’s citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration for the whole family! There will be games, prizes, Halloween spectacle, a movie, performances, living statues, fortune tellers, Sing-a-long with KPFT Scary-oke, music and more! Visitors can win candy and prizes playing our FREE games! 

 

 

Bank of America Screen on the Green presented by Arandas Bakery

Enjoy watching The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG, 2018, 105 min.). A young orphan is initiated into a world of magic and mayhem by his eccentric warlock uncle and a matronly witch. He uses his newfound magical abilities to help them defeat the forces of evil that threaten to destroy his new home. Movie at 7:30 pm.

 

 

Costume Contest

Registration will take place on-site near the Anheuser-Busch stage before the contest and winners will be announced at approximately 9:30pm. Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Costume contest registration opens at 6:45 pm (side of the Anheuser Busch stage), contest begins at 7 pm. Registration will close at 8:15 pm, no exceptions.

 

Halloween Town

When: October 26th, 2019

Where: 1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX

 

We're proud to announce that the annual Halloween Town (previously held at Sugar Land Town Square) will now be hosted at Constellation Field - and we've got a lot of fun in store!

The festivities will include:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Balloon Artists
  • Petting Zoo
  • Games, Vendors, and so much more!

 

Tricks, Treats & T-Rex

When: October 26th, 2019

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science

13016 University Blvd

Sugar Land, TX

 

Join us for Tricks, Treats & T-Rex at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.  Early Halloween fun is featured at the Magical Maze Festival on Saturday, October 26th, 10 am to 1pm,where every young pirate and princess will enjoy carnival games, trick or treating, a pumpkin patch, face painting, and more.  You can even walk through the haunted house, if you dare!  And what about costumes?  Be sure to get creative and wear your best costume for the Grand Costume Parade and Contest, with prizes to be won!  It’s a spooky Saturday you won’t forget!

 

Creepy Crawlers

When: October 26th, 2019

Where: Armand Bayou Nature Center

8500 Bay Area Blvd

Pasadena, TX

 

Join Armand Bayou Nature Center for a fun night of Halloween-themed games and activities for the entire family! Activities include a night hike in the woods, games, face painting, a barn show, a hay stack dive, and live animals to experience.

 

Remember! Bring a flashlight- it gets dark out here!  And Please NO Costumes.

 

Reservations are required.  The cost is $10 per person, kids 3 and under are free.  Don’t miss out, book your spot now!

 

BCO & HTXO 12th Annual Haunted Hike

When: October 31st, 2019

Where: Rugby Field at Memorial Park

N Picnic Lane

Houston, TX

 

Get your spook on with BCO & HTXO as we slither our way through the deep, dark forest trails.  Taunt the forest trolls with us on Halloween night in Memorial Park!

 

For those who make it out of the forest in one piece, we’ll calm our nerves with pizza and beverages. (bring $5 for pizza and BYOB beverages!) and toast those we left behind at the after-party...just kidding. (Maybe!) 
Plus Karbach providing cold beverages while supplies last! 

 

Tap into your inner wolf, go all vampy on us, or come as your witchy self. Leave the bars to the zombies and join us in the woods for some quality (and creepy) exercise and socializing. 

 

Meet at 6:00 and depart at 6:30 PM sharp from somewhere the  rugby/soccer field parking lot on the south side. Check the map and then look for the BCO & HTXO signs, since there’s a lot of construction at the park. 

 

Don’t get left in the dark - bring a headlamp or flashlight.   Wear sturdy walking shoes (it is a hike no matter how dead you are)! Bring some bug spray if you're tasty. For you chickens out there - you’re still invited to the after-party starting around 8 PM in the parking lot.  

 

Spooks & Spirits

When: October 31st, 2019

Where: George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762 Road

Richmond, TX

 

Adults and children 12+ are invited to a ghostly good time for Spooks & Spirits, an after-hours All Hallows Evening event at the George Ranch Historical Park! When the night falls, join us for a walking lantern tour of the Park to hear unique Texas ghost stories – including some tales from right here at the Ranch! Adult visitors ages 21+ can also partake in spirits of the alcoholic variety as they visit the Park’s homes. Please note that this tour will incorporate over a mile of walking. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights and good walking shoes.

 

 

Events in Houston this May

Events in Houston this May

Summer is almost here and that means festival season is about to get underway in earnest. There are plenty of great events in Houston this May – From Cinco de Mayo celebrations, to music festivals and don’t forget BBQ, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month in Houston.

 

Events in Houston this May

 

Blues and More at the Brown

When: Now through May 23rd, 2019

Where: Beorge R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, TX

 

Whether you are looking to do a mid-day activity with your kids, or just need a respite from the office. Head to Avenida Houston’s ‘Blues and More at the Brown’ select afternoons to take in the sounds of local Houston musicians.

 

Looking to grab a bite while you enjoy the show? Stop by several restaurants just steps way for a tasty takeout meal: Grotto, Kulture, Biggio’s, Walker Street Kitchen, Pappasito’s, Pappadeux’s and more. Yes, this is the perfect way to do lunch.

 

Water Works Festival

When: May 3rd, 2019

Where: Levy Park Conservancy

3801 Eastside Street

Houston, TX

 

The City of Houston’s WaterWorks Education Center is pleased to announce the 26th Annual WaterWorks Festival scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2019, from 9 AM to 12 PM at Levy Park. This year's theme is "Careers in STREAM" based on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math.

 

The event is expected to draw over 50 sponsors and exhibitors sharing a variety of careers in both the public and private water and waste water sectors.  The event will also educate the community regarding the City’s high-quality drinking water, our drinking water supply and treatment system, water conservation and efficiency initiatives, waste water treatment system, Corral the Grease Program and other sanitary sewer overflow prevention methods.

 

Dragon Boat Festival

When: May 4th, 2019

Where: Allen’s Landing

1005 Commerce Street

Houston, TX

 

The Texas Dragon Boat Association has fulfilled its mission over the years by hosting dragon boating festivals during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, featuring cultural performances, food, and artisans. Due to the popularity of this event in May in downtown Houston, we added a second event in October. Initially that event (the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta) was held in Clear Lake, but it was moved in 2008 to Sugar Land, TX.

 

Cinco de Mayo

When: May 5th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney

Houston, TX

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Discovery Green with ballet folklorico by Nueva Luna, HSPVA Mariachis and more performances. Bombón’s La Comadre (Mel Gomez) and DJ Gracie Chavez will emcee.

 

Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival

When: May 4th, 2019

Where: 1907 Railroad Depot Museum

201 South Elm Street

Tomball, TX

 

This day long tribute to the tasty crawfish will feature music from the Allen Oldies Band, The Powell Brothers, Bayou Roux, Phineus Reb and others. Food and merchandise vendors, kids’ zone, live crawfish racing and more. Admission and parking are free.

 

Comicpalooza 2019

When: May 10th– 12th, 2019

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, TX

 

Comicpalooza 2019 is kicked into high gear and on track to bring you a great show! We look forward to bringing you living legends, industry icons, creative geniuses, space cowboys, and scientific marvels! From May 10-12, the pop culture festival will open its doors again at the George R. Brown Convention Center welcoming celebrity guests like Emilia Clarke, known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons, on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones and joining Emilia is Nathalie Emmanuel, Daenerys’s trusted advisor; Grant Gustin from the Flash, whose time with us we hope won’t go by too quick, and John Wesley Shipp, the original Flash; Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, and Wilson Cruz, who all take us boldly where no man has gone before; Peter Serafinowicz who makes us all laugh with his role on Amazon’s The Tick; John Barrowman who you recognize from many hit television shows such as Doctor Who, Arrow, The Flash, and Torchwood, just to name a few; and Billy Zane who we love, but can’t help but despise on Titanic, a legendary movie that will go down in history.

 

Returning events include the Crossplay competition on Friday night, the popular Cosplay competition on Saturday night, and the adorable Kid’s Cosplay competition on Sunday afternoon; a literature festival filled with authors, workshops, and round table discussions; comic book guests, publishers, and retailers; a film festival that will feature short films; and entertainment that includes ice sculpting with power tools, dance, songs, and laughs. And, there will be so much more!

 

Houston Crawfish Crab Grill Festival

When: May 11th, 2019

Where: Humble Civic Center & Arena

8233 Will Clayton Parkway

Humble, TX

 

Bring some lawn chairs if you plan on spending the day at the festival. It’s easy to fall in love with the flavor of crawfish and eat your weight in potatoes, corn, sausage, crab, kabobs, and other grilled dishes. You might need to rest a little and take a break before moving on to other vendors, and a festival is designed to introduce you to the crawfish community. So bring a chair, order a beer, and make friends with the people next to you.

 

Asiafest 2019

When: May 11th, 2019

Where: Asia Society Texas Center

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, TX

 

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at AsiaFest! An international bazaar, performances, arts and crafts, fusion cuisine, and live demonstrations await at Asia Society Texas Center's annual festival.

 

New this year: Embark on an adventure through Asia, using our passport to explore different regions' traditions, cultures, and food!

 

This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

Fascination Street Flea – Art & Vintage Market

When: May 12th, 2019

Where: Avantgarden

411 Westheimer

Houston, TX

 

A monthly, curated eclectic market brought to you by Thorn & Moon events.

 

Comprised of THE BEST local Houston artisan makers, artists, and funky vintage finds. Takes place on 2nd Sundays beginning April 14th, at the beloved Montrose venue, Avantgarden.

 

Houston Greek Fest

When: May 16th– 19th, 2019

Where: St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church

1100 Eldridge Parkway

Houston, TX

 

For over 20 years, Houston Greek Fest has built a solid reputation as the premier festival event in the West Houston area sharing Hellenic culture with over 15,000 attendees. Guests of all ages are treated to our family friendly environment, featuring the finest in Greek foods, pastries, church tours, shopping, dancing and children’s activities. This year, we are honored to partner with Ronald McDonald House Houston to assist with their mission of helping families of seriously ill children stay close together during these times. Thank you for taking your time to explore our website. You’re going to LOVE being Greek for the weekend! We look forward to having you as a guest and sponsor of Houston Greek Fest.

 

Memorial Day Tribute Concert

When: May 24th, 2019

Where: Sugar Land Town Square

2711 Plaza Drive

Sugar Land, TX

 

Kick back, relax and enjoy the colorful tunes of Houston Choral Showcase’s Elite Mixed Choir. This performance will include Patriotic tributes to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend!

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.