Annual Houston Area Events

Events near Houston Texas

There’s always something going on in Houston, from music and food festivals to rodeos and sporting events. Check out some of the most exciting things to do on our annual calendar of events.


International Quilt Festival 

The International Quilt Festival is the largest annual quilt sale, exhibit and quilt making academy in the world, attracting more than 60,000 interested people from around the globe. Join us November 3-6, 2016!


Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow

The Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow, scheduled for November 3-4, 2016,  is a great event for the entire family!  Enjoy colorful tribal dance contests, arts & crafts, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more!

The Nutcracker

Stanton Welch's brilliant production of The Nutcracker is as vibrant and beautiful as ever. Visit the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince - and watch the magic!. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker runs November 25 - December 27, 2016 at the Wortham Theatre Center.

Zoo Lights

See more than 2 million light bulbs lit up during Zoo Lights 2016 at the Houston Zoo!  Fun for the whole family, see the many light displays and enjoy this glorious, holiday wonderland.  December 1 - January 9th, 2017. See you there!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 67th Houston Thanksgiving Day parade is a brilliant showcase of floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment. So much to see! The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade is on November 24, 2016.

Holiday Lights in Houston



Dickens on the Strand

With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island December 2-4. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers.


Houston Money Show

Visit the Houston Money Show December 1-3, 2016,  at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Over 250 Dealer booths offering free appraisals of coins and bills. This event is open to the public, so check it out!

Mayors Official Holiday Celebration

Enjoy the season with the 97th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony! Presented by Reliant, celebrate the season with traditional holiday music, fireworks and maybe even Santa! Friday, December 2, 2016 in downtown Houston.

Candlelight Tour in the Park

Enjoy a Candlelight Tour at Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park! Join the fun on Sunday, December 11, 2016 for a special evening by candlelight.



Attending the Chevron Houston Marathon, January 14-15, 2017? Join the 25,000 runners and over one hundred thousand spectators that take part in this fun event yearly.


Going to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' 53rd Annual Meeting, January 22-24, 2017?  Housed at the George R. Brown Convention Center, learn about the latest cutting-edge technology and hear from leading thoracic surgeons.




The Texas Lunar Festival celebrates the many cultures, while highlighting the Asian Lunar New Year.  Join us on January 28, 2017, an event for the entire family.


The International Stroke Conference is a 2½-day event featuring more than 1,500 speakers.  It is the world's largest meeting dedicated to cerebrovascular disease.  The conference is February 22-24, 2017.




Love BBQ? Then you will love the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, March 2-4, 2017! Enjoy live music and great food. This year there are more than 250 teams competing for prizes. 


 The Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo is on spectacular event that you do not want to miss. Traditional Live Stock and Rodeo is on the schedule and fun for the whole family since 1932.  Join us March 7-26, 2017. 


Going to the 82nd Azalea Trail to celebrate the beginning of Spring? Admire the glorious spring blooms March 10, 11, and 12, 2017 in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston. 


 The Cross Court Classic is the largest non-qualifier volleyball competition in the state of Texas, with nearly 700 teams participating. Enjoy this Houston event  March 18-19, 2017. 




Going to the 50th Worldfest International Film Festival, April 21-30, 2017? WorldFest is really TEN festivals in one, with so many different forms and venues. Check it out!


Check out Anime Matsuri at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Join thousands of fans and enjoy over 1,800,000 square feet of anime, workshops, special guests and more. April 7-9, 2017. 


Did your team make it to the FIRST Robotics Championship, April 20-22, 2017?  Way to go! FIRST is the oldest and largest student robotics program in the world. Good luck!






Don't miss the Carnival Show & Parade on June 11, 2017!  It's carnival time in Houston! Join in the fun and enjoy the parade, festival, live music, food, and more.


Going to the Pasadena Strawberry Festival? What a great way to spend some time with the whole family. Make it a mini-getaway! Festival runs May 19-21.  2017.





Attending the festivities at Pride Houston, June 19-26, 2017? For more than 37 years, Pride Houston has been celebrating "the individuality and diversity of every person".  


Check out Disney's the Lion King at the Hobby Center, June 27, 2017 - July 23, 2017.  Fun for the entire family, watch the Serengeti come to life!

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