What's on in Houston


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Whether celebrating a past cowboy culture or building the city’s present diversity, there’s a plethora of annual events in Houston for expats to anticipate and enjoy. The Bayou City’s impressive array of parks and green spaces afford organisers ideal venues, and festivals abound in spring, especially, before temperatures are too warm and residents vacate the area for summer holidays.

In general, it’s possible to purchase tickets to each event beforehand, via individual websites; though, in some cases, tickets can also be obtained at the point of entry or at designated box offices.It is, however, always best to purchase in advance in case stock runs out.

Here are some of the great events on Houston's calendar:
 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Park (February to March)

Each year, nearly two million visitors rain down on Reliant Park eager to see the animal exhibits, cowboy competitions, and live music performances associated with the legendary Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. As the largest event of its kind in the world, the festival embraces the agriculture and Western heritage of a former frontier state, and provides countless competitions and entertainment for people of all ages.
 

Houston International Festival (April/May)

Annually in April, downtown Houston erupts in support of the city’s eclectic population. Each festival honours a different destination – in 2013 it was Brazil and in 2014 it was Australia . Each edition of the festival showcases the history and culture of the location lucky enough to win the spotlight. Music stages, art markets, food vendors featuring flavours from around the world, cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, street theatre and more are packed into two weekends of activity.
 

International Jazz Festival (August)

Now over twenty years old, the Houston International Jazz Festival features well-known artists from around the globe, in an effort to create a wider and more appreciative audience of the genre and its history. Thousands of loyal supporters turn out each year to enjoy the top-notch acts and to support a festival that donates its proceeds toward creating educational activities for school-aged youth.
 

Texas Renaissance Festival (October through November)

Roughly an hour outside Houston, expats and locals alike can step into a century past, but not forgotten. The 55-acre recreated English village pays homage to an older time with costumed performers, arts and crafts, hundreds of shops, human-powered rides and delicious food and drink on offer. Great fun for families, and for little ones especially.
 

Art Car Weekend (April)

This free parade is driven by an urge to create: artists, organisations, community groups and school students transform old cars into aesthetic masterpieces. Though the spirit of competition has heightened since the introduction of awards, the greatest part of the art car parade is that it is ‘art for the sake of art’. Spectators gather around a designated location and wonder at the imagination and the innovation of the participants.

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