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Top 20 Events and Festivals in Houston Texas USA

Top Events USA showcases the top 20 Houston Texas USA events, festivals and fairs as well as some events in the near locations.

The most popular events and festivals taking place in the region of Houston, Texas include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that has been running for more than 80 years, and the Mardi Gras Galveston that attracts more than 300,000 people each year.

See below for a complete list of the main Houston Texas US events

Martin Luther King Jr Grande Parade
mid January
Houston, Texas

martin luther kingLasting over 2 hours and attracting more than 300,000 supporters from everywhere in the USA, the largest annual parade in the USA celebrating and memorializing the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, the MLK Grande Parade features a parade of floats and a procession of more than 20 marching bands from across the country. The parade ends with a service at Root Memorial Square Park.

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Chevron Houston Marathon
mid January
Houston, Texas

top marathon events in the USATo the delight of over 200,000 spectators, more than 21,000 participants take part in the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston’s biggest single-day sporting event that has attracted crowds ever since it began over 40 years ago. More than 5,000 volunteers help organize this along with the half-marathon and the 5km race. Along with the Dallas Marathon and the Austin Marathon, the Houston Marathon is one of the three Marathons of Texas, held in the winter months from December through February.

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Mardi Gras! Galveston
mid February
Galveston Island – Houston, Texas

Top Mardi Gras events in the USAOne of the most popular events along the Texas Gulf Coast, and now recognized as one of the top 20 Dallas Texas USA events, Texas’ largest Mardi Gras attracts more than 300,000 people with more than 24 parades, over 25 concert performances by national headliners, five elegant masked balls, art exhibits, special sporting events and special family activities. Mardi Gras! Galveston was first observed well over a century ago.

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
end February - beginning March
Houston, Texas

Top Rodeos  in the USAAttracting well over 2-million visitors each year, the annual 20-day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, now one of the the top Houston Texas USA events, set to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products, is considered the biggest rodeo in the world and has consistently been growing since it began over 80 years ago. More than 20 championship rodeo competitions are concluded with entertainment by music superstars. 

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Bayou City Art Festival

late March
Memorial Park – Houston, Texas

The Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park in late March and the sister event taking place in downtown Houston in the fall have been the hallmark of high quality art festivals and events for more then 40 years. Featuring huge outdoor galleries brimming with hundreds of artists, each event ranks as one of Houston’s premier outdoor fine arts events.

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Houston Children's Festival
end March - beginning April
Houston, Texas

The largest children's festival in the United States, the Houston Children's Festival in downtown Houston has been a spectacular and popular event for more than 2 dozen years attracting more than 50,000 visitors to the 6 stages of music & entertainment and hundreds of fun family areas covering every topic from science, maths, health and fitness to circuses, games, sports, painting and more.

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Japan Festival
end March - beginning April
Hermann Park – Houston, Texas

Named as the "Best Festival in Houston" by the Houston press in 2009, and now attracting more than 20,000 visitors, the annual Japan Festival at Hermann Park's beautiful Japanese Garden celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with two stages of live entertainment featuring music, traditional and folk dance and martial arts. With free admission, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy Ikebana flower arrangements and origami creations, and to taste amazing Japanese food and beverages.

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WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival

mid April
Houston, Texas

top film festivals in the USAFounded 50 years ago, WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World, and the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. Highlighting various types of independent films, WorldFest offers film premiers, shorts, screenplays, TV commercials, music videos and documentaries.

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Houston Dragon Boat Festival
early May
Houston, Texas

Top Dragon Boat Festgivals in the USAAttracting more than 5,000 people to watch 30 teams participate, the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, one of the top 20 Houston Texas USA events, has been a popular event in Houston for over 10 years, attracting participants and viewers with races throughout the day. Other attractions of the festival include Asian cuisine, music and cultural performances, as well as games and entertainment for kids and the whole family.

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Houston Gay Pride
late June
Houston, Texas

top gay pride events in the  USAe USAWith what is considered to be one of the largest and most visible gay communities in the country, despite the fact that Texas is recognized as being very conservative, Houston offers a Gay Pride event that has been a success for over 35 years, and which continues to draw in more than 300,000 visitors and participants every year.

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Art Car Parade
mid May
Houston, Texas

The largest parade of decorated automobiles in the USA, the Art Car Parade that began more than 25 years ago, attracts more than 250,000 spectators to enjoy the procession of more than 250 vehicles from over 23 states, Canada, and Mexico. Vehicles in the parade can include anything from unicycles to lawnmowers to cars and go-carts.

For more information about the Art Car Parade visit:

Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas
4th July
Houston, Texas

top 4th July celebrations festivals in the USAThe Mayor’s Official 4th of July Celebration has been a six hour event of festivities and tradition in Houston for decades. Located in the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou, it has become Houston’s signature annual Independence Day celebration and attracts nationally recognized recording artists as well as regional and local talent. The event culminates with a Texas-size concert featuring a national recording artist and one of the largest fireworks displays in the USA.

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The Great Texas Mosquito Festival
late July
Clute, Texas

It may jokingly be referred to as "The Texas State Bird" but the Mosquito is an excuse for one of Texas’s most unique and popular events, The Great Texas Mosquito Festival, a three day fun-filled, family event which includes a barbecue/fajita cook-off, a Mosquito Chase “Run,” a horseshoe tournament, sports contests, a baby crawling contest, and other outrageous events like Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, food and live entertainment.

For more information about The Great Texas Mosquito Festival in Clute visit:

Ballunar Liftoff Festival
end September
Johnson Space Center – Houston, Texas

This major ballooning event, a favorite for over 19 years, takes place near the Johnson Space Center and includes a weekend of hot air balloon competitions, evening balloon glows, skydiving exhibitions, displays of aviation equipment, as well as live entertainment, arts & crafts exhibits, and offerings of favorite foods.

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Texas Renaissance Festival
late October to December
Todd Mission, Texas

Top Renaissance  Eventsin the USAA popular event for 38 years, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest such fair in the USA celebrating the Renaissance era. Taking place in an interactive theme park that highlights the entertainments of the Renaissance era from the 14th to the 17th centuries, the Texas Renaissance Festival includes a 55-acre theater, the Magic Garden, polka dancing, food such as that served at the Musketeer’s Banquet, as well as scores of professional, costumed actors everywhere bringing the era to life.

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Uptown Holiday Lighting
Thanksgiving – end November
Downtown – Houston, Texas

The annual, free, family event, the Uptown Holiday Lighting, attracts thousands of revelers to witness the start of the Christmas holiday season. Families, locals and tourists, congregate along Post Oak Boulevard to witness the lighting of 80 Christmas trees with half a million holiday lights and to enjoy the electric light parade, fireworks display, holiday stage show and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 

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The newly updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.


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