Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation, with a massive number of freeways and a geographical spread roughly the same size as the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Hometown to the likes of Beyoncé, ZZ Top and Wes Anderson, Houston is a bustling city with roots in the oil industry and intense pride in their sports teams including the Texans and Rockets. Culturally rich districts with museums, theaters and dive clubs coexist with thriving nightlife, a hip music scene and a sense of Texan funkiness. While there is something fun to do daily, perhaps at the urban downtown park Discovery Green or the George R. Brown Convention Center, most Houstonians mark their calendars for Free Press Summer Fest, the Houston Art Car Parade and Houston Pride Week.
Top Houston Festivals In Bloom Music Festival
Previously known as the Free Press Summer Festival, the In Bloom Music Festival in downtown Houston is jam-packed with exceptional performances from world-renowned acts and a host of delicious eats from local restaurants. Bayou City Art Festival
This artsy festival takes place twice a year with over 300 artists comprising more than a dozen disciplines including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and many others. Come here ready to have your mind blown by all the stunning works on display. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Rodeo is basically the official sport of Texas. As one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind, you'll witness fast-paced action in a series of wild competitions. In addition, there's a mouth-watering barbecue cook-off featuring over 250 teams. Day For Night
Day For Night is an unbelievable sensory experience that's much more than a music festival. Weaving intense visual art into brilliant music performances across multiple stages, the festival has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Texas. Something Wicked
Combining Halloween terror and hard-hitting electronic beats, Something Wicked is the perfect festival to celebrate the spooky holiday. People don their scariest costumes, dance all night and experience the Halloween party of a lifetime. Houston Art Car Parade
Take your everyday car, douse it with flair and let it roll through downtown Houston at the annual Art Car Parade. This colorful event features the coolest, wackiest automobile designs, and each year the best of the best are awarded for their unmatched creativity. Houston Pride Week
This week-long pride event celebrates the LGBTQ community with a variety of music performances and a massive, colorful parade that barrels through downtown Houston. It's the ultimate display of equality and acceptance in East Texas. Roots Reggae Houston
Peace, love and reggae music – that's what Roots Reggae Houston is all about. The festival sees dozens of local and international reggae artists, delicious food and lots of cool merchandise.