Large, broad and diverse Houston has plenty to offer for visitors and residents, with museums, class, culture, eateries, history and more. It also holds top-quality food and renowned theatre. And when all of that isn’t enough to keep you busy, you can indulge in a number of events and festivals.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is almost as massive as the city itself, and attracts around two million visitors every year. Visitors can learn all about livestock, farming and agriculture, and there are over twenty championship rodeo competitions throughout the duration of the event. For nearly three weeks, there is a packed plethora of things to do and see, with BBQs, concerts, rodeo runs, carnivals, wildlife expos, auctions, sales, animal shows, trail rides, panels, food and drink. Live entertainment is also on offer, and previous performers here have included big names from the genres of pop, alternative and country.
Houston Children’s Festival is a pretty unique event, and the biggest children’s festival in the whole of the states, with attendances of over 50,000 fun-loving kids (both big and small). The festival has plenty of live entertainment and excitement, with lots of themed zones including guests from some of Nickelodeon and Disney’s best shows and movies. Each year, there are over 300 activities on offer, so if you have little ones to entertain, there’s no better place to take them!
Mardi Gras Galveston also calls Houston its home, and is a grand celebration of parades and performances along with masked balls, sporting entertainment and fun for all the family. For almost two weeks, the carnival atmosphere goes into full swing and features dozens of parades, with dancing, floats, vehicles and more. Other on-stage entertainment includes performances from musicians and bands. Bring your beads, wear you smiles, shake your booty and see why this is one of the best Mardi Gras events on the planet!
Lots more culture is available in Bayou City Art Festival, which offers the insight and work of hundreds of artists across many genres, while Japan Festival celebrates the history, heritage and culture of Japan and its people, and features performances, dances and tasty Japanese treats.
Throughout the city, there are also events dedicated to films, boats, cars, aeroplanes, mosquitoes, Christmas, food and medieval pageantry. The Space City, despite its name, is full to the brim!