Top 15 Houston Events & Festivals: April 2018

The Houston Art Car Parade | Photo courtesy of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

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Springtime means the return of baseball, awards season, outdoor festivals and more, and Houston’s got it all this month.

Cheer on the USA Women’s soccer team against Mexico, eat unlimited samples of macaroni and cheese, check out the world’s largest art car parade, take a seat for a performance of Hamilton, and more at these can’t-miss events in Houston this April.

Events are not ranked, but are listed in chronological order throughout the month of April.

Top 15 Things to Do in Houston This Month: April 2018

  • Houston Astros Opening Day vs. Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park | Monday, April 2 – Don’t miss the World Series champions’ 2018 Opening Day, as they return to Minute Maid Park to play the Orioles in a home game. Tickets start at $175, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 6:10pm.
  • CultureMap Tastemaker Awards at Silver Street Studios | Wednesday, April 4 – Suit up for a swanky award show and food tasting as Houston’s top restaurants, chefs, and bartenders are recognized for their talents at CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards. Tickets start at $55. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair | Wednesday, April 4 to Sunday, April 8 – Eat and drink your way around Sugar Land at the annual Wine & Food Affair that takes place throughout the city. Highlights include the Street Food Bites and Bartenders Challenge on Thursday, the Grand Tasting on Friday, a Sip & Stroll at Brazos River Park on Saturday, and a Bistro Brunch on Sunday. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • USA Women’s Soccer vs. Mexico at BBVA Compass Stadium | Sunday, April 8 – Cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team as they take on Mexico in a soccer game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $25. 12:30pm.
  • Mac & Cheese Festival at Silver Street Studios | Saturday, April 7 – Fulfill your childhood dream of eating unlimited samples of your cheesy favorite during the Mac & Cheese Festival at Silver Street Studios. Houston’s hottest restaurants will dish up creative takes on the classic recipe, while guests can taste samples paired with drinks, enjoy live music, shop local vendors, and view art. $55. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Tacos over Texas at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation | Sunday, April 8 – Taste delicious tacos made my chefs from near and far, as Ninfa’s on Navigation hosts its first Tacos over Texas fundraiser to benefit The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund. At the event, you can sample a specialty taco from each chef, drink beer and margaritas, and listen to live music. Tickets start at $40. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Don Quixote at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15 Sit back and enjoy the Houston Ballet’s dazzling performance of Don Quixote, a jovial tale based on the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Produced by Ben Stevenson, the ballet features impressive choreography, decorative costumes, and spellbinding music. Tickets start at $39. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm.
  • 31st Annual Art Car Parade at Sam Houston Park | FREE | Saturday, April 14 Feast your eyes on the most outlandish, colorful, and creative cars you can imagine as they cruise down the streets of Houston during the world’s largest art car parade at Sam Houston Park. 2pm.
  • Houston Barbecue Festival at Humble Civic Center Arena | Sunday, April 15 Chow down on smoked meats from all of your favorite spots around town as they come together for Houston Barbecue Festival at Humble Civic Center Arena. Featured restaurants include CorkScrew, Feges, Gatlin’s, Killen’s, Pinkerton’s, and more. Tickets start at $60. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Felix Da Housecat in Concert at Stereo Live | Sunday, April 15 Dance the night away as one of the biggest names in electronica, Felix Da Housecat, brings his upbeat mixes and Chicago house music to Houston at Stereo Live. Tickets start at $5. 6pm.
  • New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends at Jones Hall | Monday, April 16 Join famed actor-comedian Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler when they team up for New Worlds, an exploration of American values in the creative arts, at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $52. 7:30pm.
  • Galveston Island Wine Festival | Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21 Sip fine wines, dine at an elegant dinner, run a champagne 5K, and attend a grand food and wine tasting during the ninth annual Galveston Island Wine Festival at Saengerfest Park. Tickets start at $72.
  • West Side Story at HGO Resilience Theater | Friday, April 20 to Sunday, May 6 Snap your fingers and head on down to HGO Resilience Theater for a dramatic performance of forbidden love in the classic musical, West Side Story. Tickets start at $25. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Hamilton at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, April 24 to Monday, May 21   Quickly book your tickets for Lin Manuel Miranda’s epic Broadway musical, Hamilton, a Tony-winning performance that’s taken the country by storm since its debut in 2015. Based on Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton uses hip-hop, rap, jazz, blues and more to tell the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Tickets start at $80.50. Sundays, Tuesdays to Thursdays 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2pm.
  • Weird Al Yankovic and Emo Philips in concert at Stafford Centre | Tuesday, April 24 Check out a rare, non-satirical show by the King of Parody and four-time Grammy winner, Weird Al Yankovic, when he takes his tour to Stafford, Texas. Tickets start at $45, but you may find cheaper or better seats on the TicketNetwork resale marketplace.

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