The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Festivals
The Texas Renaissance Festival snags our number three slot because not only is it huge, but because it's a different festival every weekend. One week it's Octoberfest, the next it's All Hallows Eve. One week, the grounds are filled with swashbuckling pirates or rowdy barbarians, the next it's lads from Scotland or royals from the Celtic court. Go in costume or just ogle all the wenches in their tight, push-up corsets. And please, go hungry. Those giant turkey legs don't eat themselves, you know.
The next Texas Renaissance Festival is scheduled for October and December at the Texas Renaissance Festival fairgrounds near Plantersville.
2. The Houston Art Car Parade
The sentimental favorite on our list has to be the Houston Art Car Parade. Weird, wacky, and completely in keeping with its Orange Show beginnings, the Parade is actually just the centerpiece to a weekend-long celebration. There's also a big party at Discovery Green, an Art Car Ball, an awards ceremony and brunch, and countless unofficial smaller events. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Art Car Parade so we expect it to be a complete blow-out. (There were 300+ entries last year.) Of course, it's more than just art cars, there are also art bikes, tricked out lowriders and what are best described as contraptions in the mix as well.
The next Houston Art Car Weekend is set for early May at various downtown locations.
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Topping our list at number one is the super-festival iFest. Each year the festival celebrates the culture of a different country. For 2013, it's going to be Brazil. Entertainment with a Brazilian accent includes Capoeira Kalunga N'Golo and Morena Soul. Other musical acts include the very non-Brazilian Bootsy Collins, Los Lobos and Aaron Neville. Besides the live music, dance and cultural performances, there's a big art market with vendors from around the world and yes, tons of food. We've voted iFest the best place to people watch back in 2007. One of our 2012 slideshows shows you why.
iFest 2013 is set for April 20 to 28 at City Hall.
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