Spring brings warmer weather – while it’s still bearable to be outside in the Texas sun – and fun festivals for the whole family. These festivals give you the chance to experience new cultures, cuisine and artists that you might not have otherwise discovered, all in one place! Whether you’re looking to stuff your face with some seasonal foods or take a walk through the park while looking at local artists’ work, there’s a festival this spring for you to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the best spring festivals in Houston!

Bayou City Art Festival
Memorial Park
South Picnic Lane
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 521-0133

April 29-May 1, 2016

Friday 11 A.M. – 6 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

More than 30,000 people are expected to turn up in Memorial Park over the three day period of the Bayou City Art Festival. This event helps to raise money for the Art Colony Association Inc., which benefits arts programs across the city. The festival will have more than 350 different artists from across Houston and the state of Texas working on their craft and showcasing completed works. You may find the perfect piece of artwork to take home with you! There are creative art activities for budding artists to try, as well as live musical performances. Don’t forget to sample the fare of some of Houston’s best food trucks for lunch while you’re there!

Houston Polish Festival
1731 Blalock Dr.
Houston, TX 77080
(832) 740-3588
May 7-8, 2016

Friday 4 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Saturday 10 A.M. – 10 P.M.
Sunday 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

In its tenth year, the Houston Polish Festival brings together Houstonians of Polish descent as well as those who want to learn more about the country’s culture, language, customs and more. Held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, this is the largest Polish festival in Texas. The main stage will feature Polish music throughout the day from a number of local performers, and other stages will host the church’s youth choirs singing traditional Polish folk songs and dance performances by local folk troupe Wawel. Don’t leave without trying many of the delicious traditional Polish dishes available, including pierogi, kielbasa, cabbage rolls, bigos (stew) and more desserts than you could possibly eat.

Houston Children’s Festival
901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002
April 23-24, 2016

10:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

One of the largest children’s festivals in the country, this weekend of family fun brings together some of the best groups Houston has to offer to make an unforgettable family experience. Five stages spread across downtown Houston will provide music and entertainment, including stars from some of your little one’s favorite Disney Channel shows, including Dove Cameron. Discovery zones, active play areas and hundreds of other activities will leave your kids begging to come back tomorrow. Proceeds from the festival go towards Child Advocates, which trains volunteers to work with the legal system to support neglected and abused children in the foster care system. More than $5 million has been raised to date.

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16th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival
901 North York Street
Houston, Texas 77003
(713) 205-7373
May 7-8, 2016

8:30 A.M. – 4 P.M

Celebrate the cultural history of dragon boats with the annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival. Organizations and corporations from around the Houston area will all have boats racing throughout the day. Admission is free for the day, so spread out along the bayou and watch the contestants paddle as fast as they can! Cultural performances and live music will help set the mood. Learn more about the cultural significance of dragon boating while enjoying a lovely day outside!

Texas Crawfish Festival
209 Gentry St.
Spring, Texas 77373
April 29-May 8

Fridays 6 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Saturdays 12 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Sundays 12 P.M. – 6 P.M.

This festival has been growing for thirty years and shows no signs of stopping! Held in Old Town Spring, an old railroad town turned into a quaint shopping district, this festival stretches across two long weekends full of local musicians, artisans and of course, more than 50,000 pounds of crawfish. If that’s not enough, local restaurants will offer dessert, sides, barbecue, ice cream and much more. Make sure to stop into some of the many boutiques and antique shops to take home a one of a kind gift or piece of decor before you leave!

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.