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Top New Spring Festivals in Houston

Published Mar 26, 2024 by Hailea Schultz

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As the weather warms and flowers bloom, Houston transforms into a kaleidoscope of color and activity in the spring, boasting an array of exciting festivals that spotlight the city’s diversity. From cultural celebrations to culinary adventures, we’ve curated a list of must-attend festivals that are new to the Houston area.  

Foodieland | April 5-7 | NRG Park 

Calling all Houston foodies! Embark on a culinary adventure celebrating the diverse flavors and creations of various cultures at Foodieland. This massive three-day festival showcases over 185 food and retail vendors and carnival games.  

KPOP Spring Fest | April 7 | Karbach Brewing Co. 

Dance the day away listening to your favorite Korean pop hits at KPOP Spring Fest. The event will celebrate the rich tapestry of Korean culture with live music and dance performances, games, raffles and a marketplace featuring over 40 artist and food vendors. 

Big as Texas Fest | May 10-12 | Montgomery Fairgrounds 

This inaugural music festival boasts a must-see lineup of country music’s biggest stars including Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley and Midland. In addition to live music, the three-day outdoor celebration features an array of Texas vendors and artisans alongside immersive art installations and exhibits, onsite hat-making, carnival games, food trucks and a car show.  

Bacon Festival | June 1 | Humble 

Step into a bacon lover’s paradise at this first-ever extravaganza spotlighting over 100 vendors dedicated to all things bacon! From unique bacon-infused treats such as bacon ranch pickles and bacon cotton candy to bacon-themed activities like mechanical pig rides and a bacon eating contest, this festival has something for every bacon enthusiast.   

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Renowned worldwide as a mecca for performing and visual arts, complemented by its vast array of parks and green spaces, and award-winning culinary scene, Houston continues to attract people from across the globe for its abundance of leisure activities.   Early projections from Houston First Corporation reveal that the Bayou City welcomed over 51 million visitors last year, earning the title of Most Popular City in Texas for Overseas Tourists, according to Trips to Discover. Additionally, Houston was named one of the top American cities with the most fun things to do by CommercialCafe.  Arts & Entertainment Click to expand At the heart of Houston's allure lies its world-class museums, such as the Menil Collection and The Museum of Fine Arts, which serve as gateways to explore art, history and science. The Orange Show and Smither Park, constructed from recycled materials, stand as mosaic wonderlands, a testament to the city’s folk art. Moreover, recent additions to Houston's art scene, such as Meow Wolf and the Museum of Illusions, introduce immersive installations and exhibits that create unique attractions in the Bayou City.  Click to expand Adding a flare to the arts, Houston's entertainment district provides exclusive access to some of the world’s best musical, dance and theatrical talent, featuring prestigious organizations and theaters such as the Houston Ballet and Symphony alongside the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and the Wortham Theater Center. Meanwhile, venues like the House of Blues and the White Oak Music Hall provide electrifying concert experiences, showcasing both established acts and emerging talents.  Parks & Outdoors Click to expand With nearly 400 parks and more than 200 green spaces, including the beloved Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park, Houston also offers plenty of outdoor activities within the city. Hidden in-between downtown skyscrapers lies Discovery Green, a 12-acre urban park, which offers free yoga classes and movie screenings alongside the skating rink and green spaces. Nestled within the iconic Houston Zoo lies Hermann Park, which features a Japanese garden, golf course and modern play areas, making it one of the best city parks in the nation.  Click to expand Among the city’s top attractions are its amusement parks, including Downtown Aquarium, Space Center Houston, Galveston’s Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk and the Houston Funplex. Great Wolf Lodge, a massive resort and indoor water park, is also expected to open this year.    Sports Click to expand Houston is also a sports city, boasting many major-league teams and venues, including the 2017 and 2022 MLB World Series Champions – the Houston Astros, who call Minute Maid Park home. Among its crown jewels are also the Houston Texans, Rockets and the Dynamos, which occupy NRG Stadium, the Toyota Center, and Shell Energy Stadium. These state-of-the-art facilities will host a series of major sporting events in the upcoming years, including the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship, 2026 FIFA World Cup, and the 2025, 2027, and 2031 AAU Junior Olympic Games.  Festivals & Events Click to expand The city also hosts several exciting events annually, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, recognized as the world’s largest and best fair and rodeo by the Academy of Country Music. In the 2024 season, the Houston Rodeo experienced record-breaking attendance, welcoming more than 2.5 million guests over the 23-day event. Other H-Town known events include the Houston Art Car Parade, the Bayou City Art Festival, Hermann Park’s Kite Festival, the Texas Renaissance Festival and the Chevron Houston Marathon, showcasing a dynamic variety of events with everyone in mind.   Discover more about living in Houston. 
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