Discover your favorite 2020 Spring festival in Houston

Photo courtesy of McDonald's Houston Children's Festival

Dive into the spring season with festivals taking place across Houston in 2020. 

[Update: 3/12/20] Out of an abundance of caution, some events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

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Spring has arrived, the flowers are blossoming and it’s almost time to ditch those coats.

It may not feel like it just yet, but the warmer weather is right around the corner and with it comes the fun and fervor of the Spring festivals.

Houston Spring Festivals in March 2020

  • 2020 Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival at Midtown Park | Saturday, March 7 – Midtown Park hosts the fifth annual Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival, a celebration of African American culture expressed through art, music, education, poetry, food, and community. Attendees will enjoy cultural festivities planned within themed villages centered around empowerment, health and wellness, cultural arts and more. Tickets are $25; $5 for ages 9 to 12; free for ages 8 and under. VIP tickets are $75. Noon to 7pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2020 at Lucky’s Pub Downtown | Tuesday, March 17 – Lucky’s Pub and 94.5 The Buzz present the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in EaDo. Wear green and enjoy three stages of live music, costumes, food trucks, and plenty of green beer as the party spills out into the street. There will also be a live morning taping of the Rod Ryan Show, leprechauns and bagpipers, breakfast tacos and more. Tickets start at $10. 5am.
  • Nowruz Spring Festival at Sugar Land Town Square (Cancelled) | Saturday, March 21 | FREE – Join the Azerbaijanian American Cultural Alliance and other central Asian countries in a cultural celebration of the commencement of spring (Nowruz) at Sugar Land Town Square. This family-friendly celebration will feature vendors offering traditional foods, arts and crafts, live music, performances, activities and more. 11am to 9pm.
  • 10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park (Postponed) | Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 – Experience the Palestinian culture and heritage at the 10th Annual Palestinian Festival at The Water Works. The festival will include Palestinian cuisine, cultural music and dance performances, activities for the kids, vendors and more. Tickets start at $10 for online pre-sale; $5 for ages 5 to 11; free for ages 4 and under. 10am to 9pm each day.
  • 7th Annual Celebr8ion at 8th Wonder Brewery (Postponed) | Saturday, March 21 – Celebr8ion will commemorate 8th Wonder Brewery’s 7th birthday with a lineup of seven diverse music artists from across the country, food trucks, and specialty tappings of 8th Wonder’s locally-brewed beer. The line up will feature Monophonics, Neal Francis, Khris Royal, Victoria Canal, Blaze x Black, Henry the Invisible, and DJ G-Funk. Tickets start at $8. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Music Fest hosted by CAMH’s Teen Council at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Thursday, March 26 | FREE – Join CAMH’s Teen Council for this one-night-only live music event that showcases the talent of young Houston musicians at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park (Postponed) | Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 – Take in different types of art at the Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park, a 3-day festival that showcases the works of 300 artists in 19 categories. The outdoor event brings out more than 20,000 people to Memorial Park offering visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists and enjoy food and live entertainment. Tickets are $12 for adults; $5 for ages 5 to 12; $20 for a 2-day pass. Times vary.
  • Tomball German Heritage Festival in Old Town Tomball (Cancelled) | Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 | No Cover – Head to Old Town Tomball to enjoy a weekend filled with German culture and heritage, from traditional music and dance to food and drink. The family-friendly festival will offer a heritage center, four music stages, more than 200 street vendors, a petting zoo, street performers, arts and crafts and more. Times vary.
  • 6th Annual Heights Kids’ Day of Music at Love Park (Postponed) | Saturday, March 28 | FREE – Teach your kids about all things music during Heights Kids’ Day of Music at Love Park. Kids can touch, feel, and play a variety of band and orchestra instruments at the “petting zoo,” enjoy an art-focused “Creative Zone” and more. 10am to 2pm.
  • Puptopia Festival Houston at Discovery Green (Cancelled) | Saturday, March 28 | FREE – Bring your dog to Discovery Green for Puptopia, a doggy haven festival dedicated to pups and their parents. There will be canine-focused, science-based and fun-filled activities for your pup to enjoy. Tickets are $25. 10am to 5pm.
  • Houston Holi: The Festival of Colors at West Oaks Mall (Postponed) | Saturday, March 28 – Celebrate the harvest season in India with food, music, and dance at the 13th annual Houston Holi: The Festival of Colors at West Oaks Mall in West Houston. At Houston Holi, attendees get blasted with color pigment, dance to DJs spinning Bollywood and EDM, take in dance performances, take part in yoga, sample delicious Indian food, go for a spin on the carnival rides and more. Tickets are $10 through Sunday, March 9, 2020, and will increase after that. 11am to 5pm.
  • Houston Mac Attack at Midtown Park (Postponed) | Saturday, March 28  Sample a huge variety of gourmet, chef-inspired twists on a childhood favorite at the Houston Mac Attack at Midtown Park. Local chefs and restaurants cook up their most creative and delicious mac and cheese while competing for the best mac in town. Tickets start at $49. 12:30pm to 8pm.
  • Chef Fest at Harvest Green Village Farm | Sunday, March 29 – The fourth annual Chef Fest returns, benefiting the Houston Food Systems Collaborative and putting farm-fresh produce in the spotlight. This year’s event will feature harvest and locally focused dishes from ten of Houston’s top and emerging chefs, giving guests a full day of eating, drinking, dancing, farm tours, and hands-on experiences celebrating the local food system. Tickets are $100 and include unlimited tastings of all ten chef-prepared dishes, live music, and five drink tickets. Noon to 4pm.

Houston Spring Festivals in April 2020

  • McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival in Downtown (Postponed) | Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 – McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival returns to the streets surrounding City Hall in Downtown for its 32nd year, bringing two days of performances, music, character appearances, interactive booths and games, rides and more. The event benefits Child Advocates. General admission tickets are $10 in advance; $5 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and under. Pricing at the gate is $12 (or $6 with a McDonald’s receipt); $6 for ages 7 to 12; free for ages 6 and under. 10:30am to 6:30pm both days.
  • Houston Music & Arts Festival at Crown Festival Park | Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 | FREE – The free, two-day Houston Music & Arts Festival takes place at the Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land for a two-day celebration of live music, art, a classic car and custom motorcycle show, dozens of fun attractions and highlights for all ages. Times vary.
  • Houston Turkish Festival 2020 at Jones Plaza (Postponed) | Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 – Held at Jones Plaza in Downtown, the 27th annual Houston Turkish Festival celebrates Turkish heritage and culture with authentic Turkish cuisine, Turkish coffee, live music, traditional folk dancing, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and a grand bazaar. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door; ages 12 and under are free. Times vary.
  • Houston Crawfish and Music Festival at Peggy Park | Saturday, April 4 – Enjoy mudbug season at the annual Houston Crawfish and Music Festival at Peggy Park. The fest will feature 2 stages of Zydeco, country, soul, and funk bands from Texas and Louisiana and, of course, plenty of crawfish. Early bird general admission is $6; $40 for an all-you-can-eat ticket. Noon to 1pm.
  • 8th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival at Humble Civic Center Arena Complex | Sunday, April 5 – The eighth annual Houston Barbecue Festival brings your favorite bbq joints to one place. Get smoked meats and goodies from top smokehouses like Blood Bros. BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, Feges BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Killen’s Barbecue, Pinkerton’s BBQ, Ray’s BBQ Shack, Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue and more. Tickets start at $50 for pre-sale general admission; $100 for VIP (limited). 1pm to 4pm.
  • Houston Creole Heritage Festival at Midtown Park | Saturday, April 11 – Celebrate a fusion of Creole culture at the 7th Annual Houston Creole Heritage Festival 2020 at Midtown Park. There will be Creole food, and live music from Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution, EJ Matthews Band and more. Tickets are $10; $50 for VIP; free for ages 12 and under. 9am to 10pm.
  • Reggae in the Park at Emancipation Park | Saturday, April 11 – Make your way to Emancipation Park for the Reggae in the Park music festival featuring live music from around the world, food, vendors, games and more. Tickets are $7. 3pm to 10pm.
  • 14th Annual H-Town Blues Festival at NRG Arena | Saturday, April 11 – The annual H-Town Blues Festival returns to NRG Park for the 14th time. Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, Roi Anthony, and Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams are scheduled to perform. Parking is $15 cash per vehicle. Tickets range from $49 to $125. 7pm.
  • Houston Latin Fest 2020 at Midtown Park | Sunday, April 19 – Head to Midtown Park for Houston Latin Fest, a family-oriented cultural festival that provides the surrounding Latin communities in Houston a place to gather with family and friends to listen and dance to live entertainment. Presale tickets start at $10. 1pm to 10pm.
  • West Houston Food Truck Festival | Sunday, April 26 – The 8th Annual West Houston Food Truck Festival will feature numerous food trucks, including The Waffle Bus, It’s A Wrap, Pho-Jita, The Burger Joint and more. There will also be a bounce house, a face painter, a balloon artist, a DJ, a petting zoo, and wine and beer for sale. Tickets are $8 for adults; ages 12 and under get in free. Noon to 4pm. 
Photo courtesy of La Fête du Rosé

Houston Spring Festivals in May 2020

  • Japan Festival Houston at Hermann Park (Postponed) | Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 | FREE – Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional music, dance, martial arts, and food, as well as Ikebana flower arrangements, tea ceremonies, origami, and bonsai. 10am to 6pm both days.
  • 2020 Soul Flower Music Fest at Discovery Green | Saturday, May 2 – Head to Discovery Green for Soul Flower Music Fest, a music festival featuring national and local soul, R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop artists. In addition to music, there will be food, games, shopping, and contests. Early bird tickets start at $10. 3pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Coffee Festival at Silver Street Studios | Saturday, May 9 – Join Houston’s best brewers for a morning of tastings, vote for people’s choice best brew, witness a latte art throw down, and immerse yourselves in the world of coffee, far beyond your daily cup o’ joe at the Houston Coffee Festival. Tickets are $20 and include an unlimited coffee tasting wristband. 9am to noon.
  • Pasadena Strawberry Festival at Pasadena Fairgrounds | Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 – The massive annual celebration of strawberries returns to Pasadena, complete with three days of live music, entertainment, the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, a mud volleyball tournament, a car show, carnival rides, a kids zone, a barbecue cookoff, magic and stunt shows, a wine tent and more. Tickets are $12; $6 for ages 6 to 12 and 65 and older. $30 for a three-day weekend pass; $30 for one day for a family of four. Times vary.
  • Houston Greek Festival at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church | Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17 – All ages are welcome to celebrate Hellenic at this annual festival, which offers a taste of the finest in Greek foods, pastries, church tours, shopping, music and dancing, traditional Greek costume, shopping, and children’s activities. Nosh on spanakopita, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmades, Greek salad, gyros, baklava, loukoumades, Greek wine and more. Tickets are $3 per person; ages 10 and under get in free. Times vary.
  • La Fête du Rosé Houston 2020 at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, May 23 – Get ready to rosé all Memorial Day Weekend at the inaugural La Fête du Rosé Houston at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. La Fête du Rosé is a unique, picnic-style celebration of all things rosé, including the wines, champagnes, and lifestyle. Early bird tickets start at $59.50. Noon to 8pm.
  • 2020 Houston Food Fest at Midtown Park | Saturday, May 30 – Guests can expect food from over 70 different food vendors from Houston, Austin, and other nearby cities at the 2020 Houston Food Fest. Nosh on everything from tacos and gumbo to ice cream and vegan burgers while enjoying live music and fun activities. Tickets for early birds are $5. Noon to 10pm.
Photo courtesy of Houston Japan Festival

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