Annual Events


  • Brazilian Festival – celebrates Brazilian culture with live performances, food and art.
  • Fiestas Patrias—Mexican Independence Day celebration parade; 713-926-2636


  • Asian American Festival—event of Asian music, dancing and demonstrations of other Asian arts as well as cultural exhibits held at Miller Outdoor Theatre; 713-861-8270
  • Festa Italiana—a downtown weekend of music, wine and food from Houston’s Italian community; 713-524-4222
  • The Komen-Houston Race for the Cure—a fundraising walk sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to support breast cancer awareness and research; 713-792-3363
  • The Original Greek Festival—festival celebrating the traditions of Greece during the first weekend of October; 713-526-5377
  • Texas Renaissance Festival—recreates an English village of the 16th century featuring food, magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours, comedians and more; 800-458-3435. Rice Program Council’s Arts & Entertainment Committee makes discounted tickets available for sale at the Student Information De
  • The Wings Over Houston Airshow—features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels; 713-266-4492


  • International Quilt Festival—displays more than 1,000 antique and contemporary quilts, original cloth dolls, wearable and related textile arts; 713-781-6864
  • Uptown Holiday Lighting—shows Houston’s upscale Galleria area lit up with more than half a million white lights along Post Oak Blvd. with fireworks and a Christmas tree lighting on the side of Williams Tower; 713-621-2011
  • Washington Mutual Thanksgiving Day Parade—parade features floats, marching bands and Santa Claus downtown; 713-543-7000




  • Mardi Gras Galveston—a 12-day celebration with more than 75 events, including parades, balls, parties, exhibits, and sporting events; 888-425-4753
  • Houston Auto Show—displays more than 600 new, domestic and imported vehicles of every variety at Reliant Center.



  • Japan Festival—showcases folk and traditional Japanese dance and music, demonstrations of martial arts, Ikebana flower design and origami; 713-963-0121
  • Houston International Festival—an event spread over two weekends spotlighting a different country each year and includes ethnic food booths, arts and crafts, kiosks and other exhibits; 713-654-8808
  • March of Dimes WalkAmerica—a fundraising walk to reduce infant mortality and combat birth defects; 713-623-2020
  • WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival—a blend of feature films, shorts, screenplays, television commercials, music videos, and documentaries; 713-965-9955





For a more detailed calendar of events, visit the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau site.