The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Festivals
6. Bayou City Art Festival
Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez
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.
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