Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and with size comes privilege. Events, festivals and special events are frequent in a city as large as Houston and they encompass a wide range of cultural, recreational and athletic activities. These events help to distinguish Houston from other metropolitan areas and provide a good reason to pack up your bags and head to the city of Houston for some fun and memories. Here are five reasons to visit Houston in 2015.

Chevron Houston Marathon
720 N. Post Oak Road, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 957-3453

Date: Jan. 18, 2015

Houston’s premiere athletic event, the Chevron Houston Marathon, is scheduled for Sunday, January 18, 2015. The 2015 edition marks the 43rd running of this annual event and it continues to attract more participants each year. Runners can take part in the full marathon if they wish, or a shorter, half marathon if they prefer. Chevron Houston Marathon is one of the few marathons in the United States that is scheduled during what is normally the coldest time of year. It is also relatively easy compared to many other marathons due to the flat terrain common to the area, as many runners use the Houston Marathon as a warm-up qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1000

Date: March 3-22, 2015

The world’s largest livestock show and rodeo comes to Houston during the month of March each year. In 2015, the festivities are scheduled from March 3 through March 22, coinciding with spring break week in many parts of the country. The livestock shows and live rodeo are reason enough to visit this large festival, but there is more to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo than cows and bull riding. The event also includes carnival rides, multiple live concerts and other entertainment. With 20 days of action, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the nation’s longest festivals, and one that every person should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Houston Children’s Festival
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 363-0900

Date: March 28-29, 2015

Sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants and benefiting Child Advocates, the Houston Children’s Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. This two-day festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015. It will feature non-stop fun and entertainment for children and families. Take the kids for a spin on one of the carnival games and then head to the rows of booths for games and crafts. It’s a Texas-size event in downtown Houston and a great reason to visit the city if you’re a parent to children under the age of 10.

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Big Brew Houston
13518 N. Tracewood Bend
Houston, TX 77077
(713) 557- 5732

Date: Oct. of 2015

Craft beer is a booming business across the United States and Houston happens to be home to the second largest beer festival in the USA – Big Brew Houston. This beer event was held for the first time in 2014 and is scheduled again in 2015 for the last week of October. The event includes beer dinners and beer education as well as a grand tasting event with more than 1,000 different beers to sample. If you love fine brew, Big Brew Houston is an event not to miss and it makes a good reason to visit the city in the fall of 2015.

Wings Over Houston Air Show
18000 Groschke Rd.
Houston, TX 77084
(713) 266-4492

Date: Nov. of 2015

One of the 10 largest air shows in the United States, Wings Over Houston Air Show is a large, outdoor event held at Elliott Field each year. The air show features a static display of large aircraft, some of which are open to the public to walk into and take pictures. Most of the attention at the Wings Over Houston Air Show, however, is directed toward the sky, as pilots perform stunts and daring maneuvers in small aircrafts. Wings Over Houston Air Show is growing larger each year and its lineup of performers is very impressive. It’s a great event to visit in early November and a perfect getaway for fans of military aviation.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.