Houston is known for its cultural events – especially its fantastic Museum and Theater districts – but many don’t know that it is also home to some of the biggest and best festivals around! Especially in the spring when the weather is beautiful, make sure to come out and see what the Bayou City has to offer! Fine art and wine, crafts, children’s games, dance and much more can all be found this spring in Houston.

Bayou City Art Festival
Memorial Park
South Picnic Lane
Houston, Texas 77025
(713) 521-0133

Date: Mar. 22 to 24 – 10:00 a.m.

Originating in 1971, the Bayou City Art Festival is a biannual event that showcases some of Houston’s best artists. The festival has raised more than $2.6 million towards supporting the arts and Houston’s parks since its inception. The spring festival is held in Memorial Park and is a juried event with more than 300 fine artists displaying their work. More than 17 different media are represented, and patrons can also partake in the children’s area, wine tasting booths and much more! Tickets can be purchased at the festival’s website.

Houston Children’s Festival
Downtown Houston
901 Bagby St.
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 513-5703

Date: Apr. 6 to 7 – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Houston Children’s Festival, supporting Child Advocates, is the largest children’s festival in the country! Recently recognized as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s magazine, the festival has been full of fun and educational exhibits for kids of all ages for more than twenty years. Check out the different zones of the festival, including a fitness zone, a circus zone, a science zone and an energy zone. And don’t miss out on Sunday’s performance by Victoria Justice, of the hit Nickelodeon series “Victorious.”

Dance Salad Festival
Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002

Date: Mar. 28 to 30, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.

The Dance Salad Festival’s purpose is to create a forum for dancers, choreographers and dance lovers alike to perform, learn and observe some of the most high-quality dance around. This collaborative event allows for artists of all dance disciplines to come together to learn from one another as well as to educate the Houston public. Originating in Brussels, Belgium, this is the 18th year for Houston to host Dance Salad= and its international lineup. This three evening festival will surely be one of the top dance events in Houston this year, so don’t miss out!

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League City Uncorked
Walter Hall Park
League City, Texas 77573
(832) 704-1110

Date: March 23 to 24, 2013 – 1 p.m.

Held all across the 86-acre Walter Hall Park in League City, this festival will be full of fine art and fine wine! This is the inaugural year of the festival that will feature wines from across the globe and four different cultural areas. The four different zones — South America, Europe, South Africa and Australia — will host wine tastings of the various wines available from that geographic region as well as artists, craftsmen, and other tradesmen from those regions. Stop by and hear live music, sample some delicious food and drink from around the globe, and try out an I Love Lucy-style grape stomp! This festival will be fun for wine connoisseurs and newbies alike.

26th Annual Art Car Parade
Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 926-6368

Date: May 11 – 1 p.m.

In 1984, the first art car was created out of a 1967 Ford station wagon, some plastic fruit, and $800 worth of paint. Today, the parade is in its 26th year and has grown to be one of the state’s largest parades — with more than 250,000 people expected to attend annually! Sit in the shade along Allen Parkway and watch the art cars made for the year – some coming from professional artists from out of state and some from your local neighborhoods and Houstonians who just want to participate in this fun tradition! The meet-and-greet begins downtown at 9 a.m. and the parade starts rolling at 1 p.m.

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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.