Top 18 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: May 2022

Galveston Island Beach Revue | Photo: Illumine Photographic Services, courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation

Make the most of your month with our list of 18 biggest and most notable festivals and events in Houston in May 2022.

The beginning of the month is loaded with ways to delight in longer days and warmer weather.

You may be pumped for Cinco de Mayo, but this month’s celebrations start with Star Wars fandom on May 4 and continue through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. But all month long, Houston is chock full of live concerts, cultural events, food festivals, and more. 

Events are listed chronologically by week, and are not in a ranked order. Events that span multiple weeks are carried over into the following week where appropriate.

Top 18 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: May 2022

Week of Monday, May 2, 2022

  • 20th Annual Menu of Menus at Silver Street Studios | Tuesday, May 3 – Sip, sample, and taste your way through more than 40 Houston restaurants at the 20th Annual Menu of Menus extravaganza. $45 and up. 7pm.
  • May the 4th Be With You Celebrations in Houston | Wednesday, May 4Star Wars fandom will be at its best for this official franchise holiday. Celebrate your inner Jedi with festivals, food and drink specials, and more all over Houston. 
  • Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra at Jones Hall | Wednesday, May 4 – With a decades-long list of blockbuster appearances, Jeff Goldblum is also an accomplished jazz performer with multiple releases alongside the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. He’ll be downtown to answer questions, perform jazz standards, and crack you up. $40. 7:30pm. 
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Houston | Thursday, May 5 – Commemorate the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France with concerts, fiestas, margaritas and, of course, tacos. 
  • Kentucky Derby Celebrations in Houston | Saturday, May 7 – It might be the fastest two minutes in sports, but there are plenty of Bayou City celebrations to throw on your oversized hat, sip a mint julep, and bet on a good time. 
  • Festival of Eid at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, May 7 | FREE – Mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan at this Asia Society festival that features outdoor food trucks and delicious eats, as well as craft activities, henna designs, musical performances and an indoor bazaar where you can shop local artists and small businesses. Pre-registration is required. 4pm to 8pm.
  • Galveston Historic Homes Tour on Galveston Island | Saturday, May 7 & Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 – Step into architectural history on the island when the Historic Homes Tour returns with public walkthroughs of privately owned homes and some of the longest-standing structures in Galveston. An additional weekend of tours will also take place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. $40. 10am to 6pm.
  • Mother’s Day Events & Brunches around Houston | Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 – Ensure your position as “favorite child” for at least one more year at one of these Mother’s Day brunch hot spots or fun Houston celebrations.
  • The Who in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Sunday, May 8 – Legendary rock band The Who takes the stage, bringing original band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend back to the U.S. after a two-year break. $33 and up. 7:30pm.

Week of Monday, May 9, 2022

  • Give Them Lala Live at House of Blues | Wednesday, May 11 – House of Blues welcomes American TV personality (best known from Vanderpump Rules), podcaster, best-selling author and business woman, Lala Kent. $42.50. 8pm.
  • Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14 | FREE – Miller Outdoor Theatre welcomes Houston Ballet for two nights of a free dance showcase, highlighting the company’s internationally recognized company of dancers. 8pm.
  • Heartmade Art Market at Market Square Park | Saturday, May 14 | No Cover – Shop for a good cause while supporting Texas’ talented artists and local nonprofits at this annual curated art market in Downtown. 10am to 5pm. 
  • Galveston Historic Homes Tour on Galveston Island | Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 – Step into architectural history on the island when the Historic Homes Tour returns with public walkthroughs of privately owned homes and some of the longest-standing structures in Galveston. An additional weekend of tours will also take place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. $40. 10am to 6pm.

Week of Monday, May 16, 2022

Week of Monday, May 23, 2022

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Gabi De la Rosa is a lifestyle writer and editor in Houston. When she is not at her computer you can find her on the hunt for the newest restaurant or travel destination—she can easily make herself at home in the mountains or on the beach. Find out more about her latest adventures on Instagram @gabioftheroses_htx.