The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Festivals

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6. Bayou City Art Festival
The Bayou City Art Festival takes over Memorial Park in the spring and downtown in the fall, turning each area into a giant art gallery. At the center of the festival is an abundance of visual art - each festival features one artist, while dozens others exhibit their work. This spring the featured artists are partners Signe and Genna Grushovenko. Performing artists share several stages; Lady Beatrice Ward, Trio Control, Texas Johnny Brown, Rajarajeshwary Bhat and Mariachi Imperial are among the multicultural musical acts set to perform.

The next Bayou City Art Festival is set for March 22 to 24 at Memorial Park.

5. The Houston Greek Festival
A long time favorite of festival fans is the Houston Greek Festival. There's plenty of food, live music, folk dancing, family activities and vendors offering imported clothes, jewelry and music.

The next Original Greek Festival Houston is scheduled for the fall at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex.

4. Dickens on the Strand
The Galveston Historical Foundation already has the next Dickens on the Strand in the planning stage, even though it won't happen for another eight months. Although the festival recalls London during the time of Charles Dickens, it has kept up with the times in that futuristic Steam Punk characters now mingle with the lords and ladies in Victorian dress.

Dickens on the Strand makes a point of having non-stop entertainment. Several stages boast live music acts from around the region, while roving street musicians and entertainers keep visitors happy as they make their way from one stage to another. There are plenty of street peddlers - in costume - hawking jewelry, crafts, gifts and, of course, food. Expect a parade or two and lots of reenactments (though we can't guarantee you won't hear a Texas twang slip in among the English accents every once in a while).

Dickens on the Strand is set for December 7 and 8 in Galveston Island's Strand District.


Location Info

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Houston City Hall

900 Bagby, Houston, TX

Category: General

Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

Moody Gardens

1 Hope Blvd., Galveston Island, Galveston, TX

Category: General

Memorial Park

6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

The Strand Historic District

2100 Strand, Galveston, TX

Category: General

Texas Renaissance Festival

21778 Farm-To-Market Road 1774, Todd Mission, TX

Category: General

Hermann Square Park

901 Smith Street, Houston, TX

Category: General

University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General


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15 comments
HelloMan22
HelloMan22

What about Via Colori? It's one of the most unique festival concept in Houston. You actually get to see the artists at work. And it also goes to good cost...the Center for Hearing and Speech. It's free like the Korean Festival.

Stilton
Stilton

Korean Festival. Free. On Discovery Green. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts, music. Every Sept/Oct.

You totally overlooked this one.

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

I miss west fest! Bayou City art fest pales in comparison. Great list though.

Vincent Aurelio
Vincent Aurelio

Releasing such a list on "Go Texan Day" that omits RodeoHouston? Nice.

basshole
basshole

I'm not saying it's the best thing ever, but it seems to me that leaving Free Press Summer Fest off the list entirely gives the appearance of an intentional snub. Couldn't have anything to do with the fact that it's put on by another entertainment publication, does it?

Costantino Aquaman Martinez
Costantino Aquaman Martinez

so excited for so many of them especially before that blistering heat makes it way throughout the city

Nina Afrique
Nina Afrique

Both Festivals are the Best. I attend each year.

Hector Garcia
Hector Garcia

You forgot one festival. The Puppies for Breakfast Dog Festival on April 27th. www.puppiesforbreakfast.com. :)

Olivia Online
Olivia Online

@Stilton You're right, the Korean Festival is fun and being free makes it even more attractive but there were only 10 spots on the list. Maybe next time ... 

basshole
basshole

So sorry. I totally missed that, and I swear I thought I read carefully.

Mark
Mark

@basshole"Now keep in mind, we're not looking at events where music or food are the main attraction..."

 Pretty clear

Olivia Online
Olivia Online

@basshole Actually, it's not on the list because it's mostly a music festival, not because it's put on by another publication. They do a great job with Summer Fest and our music section covers the festival extensively.

Stilton
Stilton

@basshole (not to mention that it was really poorly done for the most part. ask anyone who waited hours in line)

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