Best Upcoming Art Festivals In Houston

April 2, 2012 6:00 AM

As the seasons of spring and summer come into full bloom after weeks of bleak, gloomy weather, Houston is finally putting some suntan lotion on and kicking off with exciting outdoor art festivals.

For the art enthusiasts and the curious spectators who love both exquisite and bizarre forms of artists’ visual expressions, Houston is the place to be. As the seasons of spring and summer come into full bloom after weeks of bleak and gloomy weather, Houston is finally putting some suntan lotion on and kicking off the season with exciting outdoor art festivals for everyone to visit, explore and enjoy, and they’re all happening right in the city’s backyard.
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The 7th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival at The Woodlands Waterway
2099 Lake Robbins Dive
Spring, TX 77380
(877) 963-2447

Dates: April 14 and 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Single Day Adult Admission ($10), Multi-Day Pass ($15), Children under the age of 12 are free.

The 7th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will be held on April 14 to 15, 2012 at the spectacular Woodlands Waterway. The festival is a fundraising event staged annually to support and promote the visual and performing arts through non-profit missions conducted by the Woodlands Waterway Arts Council in partnership with its community supporters.  During the event, artists from different countries and more than 30 states will showcase their fine art crafts. There will be delegates from the performing arts as well. Experience the visual masterpieces from the participating artists along with the festival’s great food and vintage wine for tasting. The festival is one of Woodland’s greatest attractions and encourages many artists, art patrons and tourists to visit.

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Houston International Festival
Downtown Houston
City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park Areas
(713) 654-8808

Dates: April 21 to 22 and April 28 to 29 – 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

Downtown Houston will again come alive as the Annual Houston International Festival for 2012 is held at the end of April. This year, the spotlight is on Argentina. The event is expected to give its visitors a cultural experience of a lifetime as it blasts off with grand musical performances showcasing different cultures from all over the world from the finest international artists. Last year’s iFest performers included Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Joe Ely and Lucinda Williams, to name a few. The festival also promises intricate displays, art exhibits and crafts of a global variety from hundreds of participating craftsmen and artists, a marketplace from hundreds of vendors to explore and shop from and a banquet of international food and drinks to taste and try out.

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The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
2402 Munger St.
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 926-6368

Hours: Wed to Fri – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat to Sun – Noon to 5 p.m.
After September 4, the house is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Price: Admission to Beer Can House only is $2
Guided tours of the grounds, including museum exhibits within the house and a film are $5

The Orange Show for Visionary Art is a non-profit foundation aimed at preserving and promoting the visionary arts. It provides opportunities for artists to express their own individual artistic visions in a community that understands, nurtures and values such artistic and creative self-expressions and inclinations.

The center holds the following events through the help of donors and sponsors to showcase their artistic attractions patronized by many artists.

The Beer Can House in Houston
22 Malone Street, between Memorial Drive and Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 926-6368

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m.
Price: $2 Admission, $5 Guided Tours

The Beer Can House is a recycling monument adorned by more than 50,000 beer cans and was also featured in Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.” It was recently honored as the #1 landmark in Houston in 2010 and was designed in 1968 by retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, John Milkosvich. The house was initially built with rocks, marbles and metal pieces and progressed to being adorned with aluminum beer cans for sidings. For 18 years, the house was generally covered with beer cans and became one of the most bizarre attractions in Houston.

The Orange Show
2401 Munger St.
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 926-6368

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m.
Price: $1 Admission

The Orange Show is an epic display of handmade architecture and a 3,000 square foot maze, which the center dubs as a Folk-Art Environment. It houses a museum, an oasis, a gift shop, a stage, a pond and a wishing well. This show, created singlehandedly by the late Jefferson McKissack in 1956, is considered to be one of America’s most significant folk-art environments. It highly promotes the importance of good nutrition, hard work, good health, longevity and eating oranges which incidentally, are Jeff’s favorite fruits.

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The Houston Art Car Weekend and Art Car Parade
2402 Munger St.
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 926-6368

Hours: May 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Price: Admission is free

Last but not the least, The Houston Art Car Weekend or Art Car Parade, which is the Orange Show’s largest outreach program, is a favorite attraction among visitors who want to see a parade of ordinary cars that went through a major face lift from artists who jazzed up their vehicles and came out with the most extraordinary art cars. The parade is open to the public and admission is free, but organizers encourage visitors to come early so they can get a good spot to view the parade and to meet the artists behind the out of this world artwork. The parade will run along Allen Parkway from Waugh to Bagby. The Houston Art Car Weekend, incidentally, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year since its inception in 1987.

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Enjoy a load of  fresh air, the welcoming breeze and a fun day under the sun at any of these great events. Don’t forget to dress for the occasion which means get your suntan lotions, sun shades, fun hats, flip flops or sneakers and comfy clothes ready.

Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at

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