Home Building at Fastest Pace in Areas With Shortest Commute Times

The housing market is hot, there's no denying that. Even though costs are skyrocketing, home builders can't build home fast enough to keep up with demand. It's no surprise that people want as short a commute as possible - so it's also no surprise to see that home building is taking off in those areas. Continue reading the full article from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) below.

(NAHB) Home building across the nation expanded the fastest in places with the shortest commute times, according to the quarterly National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) released today. The HBGI also shows the suburban shift in new home construction to low density, low cost markets stemming largely from the COVID-19 pandemic and first reported in the second quarter of 2020 continued into 2021.

“The first quarter HBGI indicates that home building not only continued to overperform in lower cost markets like suburbs and exurbs, but also expanded the most rapidly for single-family and multifamily construction in areas with the shortest commutes,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As workplaces increasingly adopt hybrid work models for roughly 30-40 percent of the American workforce, renters and buyers will have increased market power to minimize travel times and reduce both housing and transportation cost burdens.”

With a nationwide mean commuting time of 26 minutes, the latest HBGI shows that single-family home building was the highest in the top two (longest) commute quintiles, with a combined market share of 63.6 percent. Growth in the first quarter of 2021, however, was strongest in the bottom quintile (shortest commutes), with four-quarter moving average year-over-year growth rates of 22.2 percent.

In other words, while longer-commute areas have a much greater market share in single-family home building, the single-family construction growth rates in the first quarter of 2021 were strongest in the areas with the shortest commuting times.

Meanwhile, the counties with the longest commute times significantly lost market share for multifamily construction, decreasing from 40 percent to 35.6 percent over the past year. Areas with the shortest commute times posted the strongest apartment construction growth rate of 24.2 percent.

Continuing a trend from the beginning of last year, the HBGI indicates that low density, low cost markets continued to outperform other regional geographies with respect to home construction at the start of 2021.

“With the shift to telework brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, housing demand continued to show the strongest gains in lower density markets in the first quarter as people have flexibility to live further out and even outside some metro areas,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Given the regulatory burdens and lack of lots in higher density, higher cost markets, builders are better able to meet demand in suburban, exurban and rural areas because of the lower cost to build.”

Regarding the suburban shift for home building, the first quarter HBGI found that:

  • For single-family home building, the market share for large metro core counties declined from 18 percent in the first quarter of 2020 to 16.9 percent in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Outlying counties (outer suburbs) of large and small metros expanded from 17.2 percent to 17.9 percent.
  • Outer suburbs of small metros posted the strongest growth rates for single-family construction over the last four quarters (21.7 percent) while large metro core areas exhibited the slowest growth rate (9.7 percent).
  • For multifamily, the impact was even more significant; the combined market share for large core and suburban counties declined from 67 percent to 63.4 percent between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.
  • Over the same period, small metros (core and suburbs) saw gains for apartment construction from 24.7 percent to 27.1 percent as multifamily development moved to lower density areas.
Benefits of Townhouse Living

Benefits of Townhouse Living

Townhouse living isn't for everyone, but if you prefer to live in the city it might be the perfect home design for you. 

At Preston Woods & Associates, we offer a large variety of floor plans to choose from. Ranging in size from under 2000 square feet to over 5000 square feet, there is sure to be a townhouse floor plan that meets your needs. 

There are many benefits to living in a townhouse, but some people might be concerned that townhouse living isn't for them, especially if you're thinking about aging in place in a townhouse.

Benefits of Townhouse Living

Smaller Footprint

A townhouse takes up less space than a traditional single family home structure. If you want to live in the city, a townhouse might be just the thing where land is at a premium and often hard to come by. A townhouse is narrow and can fit on lots that are too small for a single family home structure.

Land Ownership

You own your land, and your home when choosing a townhouse. Of course townhouses also make great investment property as rentals. Having land surrounding the structure can be a nice value add to tenants.


You'll have neighbors when you live in a townhouse, in fact you'll usually have a common wall with them. Don't worry, townhouses are built with this in mind and the common wall between the two homes has been designed with noise reduction in mind. In today's townhomes you're not likely to hear your neighbors unless you want to.

Design Choice

If you're building townhouses for investment or for personal use, you'll have a variety of stunning designs to choose from. From luxury living spaces to more modest designs, there's a floor plan for everyone who wants to live in a townhouse. 

Aging in Place

Most people think of single level living when it comes to aging-in-place, but you can design your townhouse with accessible features like elevators and lifts, main level master suites and guest suites for live-in help. You can most certainly age-in-place in a townhouse.

Click here to see townhouse plan E4050

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.



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.