Sunday, March 1, 2020

Around the World from Home: 2020 Texas Cultural Events & Festivals

As far back as I can remember one of my favorite outdoor things to do was/is attend festivals. Growing up I looked forward to the Houston International Festival every year. The music, the food, and the cultural exposure...there’s usually always something fun to do and cool to see at festivals. Updated monthly since 2017, here’s a list of some cool festivals and exhibits taking place in the Houston, Texas area or within driving distance of the Houston, Texas area this year. Some of these events are free and tickets to some of the events that aren’t free can be purchased at a discount on Groupon so be sure to do a little research before you plan your next adventure. #liveItUp

March 2020
3/3-22 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo https://www.rodeohouston.com/
3/6 North Texas Irish Festival -Dallas www.ntif.org
3/7 Houston Black Heritage Festival houstonblackheritagefest.com
3/21 Celtic Festival -Kemah  more info
3/21-22 Houston Palestinian Festival http://pacchouston.org/events/festival's
3/27-29 Tomball German Heritage Festival https://www.tomballgermanfest.com/
3/28 Houston Holi Festival http://houstonholi.com/

April 2020
4/3-5 Poteet Strawberry Festival  http://strawberryfestival.com/
4/5 Brazilian Food & Music Festival http://www.brazilianfoodmusicfestival.com/
4/4-5 Texas Wine & Art Festival http://www.txwineandart.com/
4/17-18 Fredericksburg Bluebonnet Festival more info
4/18 San Jacinto Day Festival  more info
4/18 Taste of Kingwood more info
4/25 Katy Sip N Stroll   http://www.sipandstroll.com/Home.shtml
4/25 Houston Zydeco Festival  http://houstonzydecofest.com/
4/25-26 Fortress Festival -Fort Worth  more info

May 2020
5/1-3 The Houston Polish Festival https://www.houstonpolishfestival.com/
5/14-17 Houston Greek Fest http://www.houstongreekfest.com/
5/22-24 Comicpalooza  https://www.comicpalooza.com/
5/30  10th Anniversary Lavender Festival more info

June 2020
6/13 The 2020 Reggae Fest more info

October 2020
10/2-4 Houston Lebanese Festival http://alcchouston.org/houston-lebanese-festival/

** PAST EVENTS **

May 2019
5/19th AsiaFest...Asian Culture Festival https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/new-date-asiafest-2018

June 2019
June 15th-17th Galveston Island Cajun Festival http://www.galvestoncajunfestival.com/
June 16th Summer Showdown Margirita Festival
June 23rd Houston Pride Festival
June 24th Pan-African Heritage & Cultural Festival
June 29th The Woodlands Margarita Festival  http://www.thewoodlandsmargaritafest.com/

July 2019
July 8th Houston Caribbean Festival http://houstoncaribbeanfest.com/
July 21st VegFest Houston 2018
July 27th-Aug. 5th   Houston Shakespeare Festival
July 28th Fajita Festival http://www.thefajitafest.com/

August 2019
8/1-9/2 Houston Restaurant Weeks https://www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com/
8/16-18 Highland Village Balloon Festival https://lionsballoonfest.com/schedule-of-events/
8/24 Sandcastle Competition- Galveston https://aiahouston.org/v/site-home/AIA-Sandcastle/3m/
8/25 Houston Theater District Open House http://www.theaterdistrictopenhouse.com/schedule.php
8/30-9/2 Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival https://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/default.aspx

September 2019
8/30-9/2 Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival https://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/default.aspx
9/14 Hummingbird Festival at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve more info
9/14 Houston Jerk Fest  http://houstonjerkfestinc.com/
9/14 East Texas Taco Fest more information
9/14 Chinese Moon-Mid Autumn Festival https://www.cmhouston.org/event/mid-autumn-fest
9/20-22 Native American Pow Wow https://tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie/events/powwowgrandprairie/
9/27-28 Oktoberfest http://www.oktoberfesthouston.com/
9/27-10/20 Texas State Fair  https://bigtex.com/

October 2019
9/27-10/20 Texas State Fair  https://bigtex.com/
10/5 Korean Festival Houston https://www.kfesthouston.com/
10/5-6 Texas Wine & Art Festival https://www.txwineandart.com/
10/5-12/1 Texas Renaissance Festival https://www.texrenfest.com/
10/10-13 Houston Italian Festival  http://www.houstonitalianfestival.com/
10/12 The Lights Festival Houston https://thelightsfest.com/event/houston-fall/
10/12 Bayou City Art Festival http://www.artcolonyassociation.org/
10/17-20 Texas Rose Festival http://www.texasrosefestival.com/
10/19 Houston Water Lantern Festival https://www.waterlanternfestival.com/houston.php
10/31-11/3 Quilt Festival Houston http://quilts.com/quilt-festival-houston.html

November 2019
10/5-12/1 Texas Renaissance Festival https://www.texrenfest.com/
10/31-11/3 Quilt Festival Houston http://quilts.com/quilt-festival-houston.html
11/1-10 Wurstfest https://wurstfest.com/
11/2-3 Arlington Texas Taco Festival www.tacofests.com/texas-taco-festival
11/5-6 International Literature Festival Houston www.ccamericas.org/events
11/7 International Literature Festival San Antonio www.ccamericas.org/events
11/8-10 Edge of Texas Festival www.texasmonthly.com/event/the-edge-of-texas/
11/8-10 Fort Worth Greek Festival http://www.fortworthgreekfestival.com/
11/9 Houston Filipino Steet Festival more information
11/9-10 Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow tradersvillage.com/houston/events/powwow/
11/9-10 Islamic Art Festival http://www.islamicartssociety.org/
11/14-17 Nutcracker Market www.houstonballet.org/about/nutcracker-market/
11/16 Taste of Texas Food Truck Festival more information

December 2019
Galveston Festival of Lights https://www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season/
Houston Magical Winter Lights & Lattern Festival https://magicalwinterlights.com/
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival https://www.tomballgermanfest.org/
Texas Educational Shakespeare Festival More Information
Fredericksburg Hot Air Balloon Festival More Information

January 2020
1/5-12 Ice Land: Christmas Around the World -Galveston more info
1/18 Òlájú African Market Festival -San Antonio olajuartgroup.org/african-market
1/20  Houston MLK Parade https://www.mlkgrandeparade.org/
1/25 Texas Lunar Festival -Houston http://www.texaslunarfest.net/home.html
1/28 Wild & Scenic Film Festival more info

February 2020
2/15 Austin Chinese Culture Festival more information 
2/22 Kingwood Mardi Gras Festival & Parade more information

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