When the weather starts to warm but hasn’t reached sweltering levels yet, it’s a great time to go out and visit a fun festival. Houston has many entertaining cultural, arts, and music festivals this spring with something for everyone. Like to listen to music or watch athletic competitions? What about tasting food from different cultures or just doing a lot of good people-watching? There’s a festival for you this spring in Houston. Don’t miss any of these fun and exciting spring festivals in the coming months.
15th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival
1001 Commerce St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 205-7373
www.texasdragonboat.com

Date: May 2, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This fun event will showcase Asian and Pacific culture while racing boats built in the traditional style down Buffalo Bayou. The Texas Dragon Boat Association puts this festival on in collaboration with The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association, who helps to provide activities for all ages that teach about Asian culture. Aside from watching the boat races, you’ll be able to see martial arts demonstrations, traditional belly and Hawaiian style dancing, and taste delicious foods from around the world.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
7603 Red Bluff Road
Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 991-9500
www.strawberryfest.org

More strawberries than you could ever possibly eat will be featured at the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. In addition to trying dishes that feature strawberries as the star ingredient, you can watch the festival’s associated beauty pageant, take in some of the carnival and midway rides and games, compete in a volleyball tournament or even see the world’s biggest strawberry shortcake. Relax in between events by watching live musical performances or seeing the parade that runs down Spencer Highway. This family friendly event has something for everyone across multiple weekends! The parade will be held May 9, 2015 and the main festival activities are May 15 through May 17, 2015.

Comicpalooza
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010
(888) 695-0888
www.comicpalooza.com

Head on down to George R. Brown Convention Center to see some of the most interesting mix of characters this year at Houston’s annual comic book and games convention, Comicpalooza. This four day long science fiction and fantasy extravaganza will feature panels with some of the industry’s most well-known names, including appearances by the cast of Gotham, George Takei, comic book legend Stan Lee, and many more. The event will feature question and answer sessions, costume contests, shopping, movie screenings, games and much more. If you’ve ever been a fan of a comic book movie, Lord of the Rings, or anything fanciful, this will be a great festival for you.

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Free Press Summer Fest
500 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 936-5965
www.fpsf.com

This annual event has become a must-see for music lovers all over Texas. Held in Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou, this two day festival features more than 150 musical acts across 8 stages. Come and discover new artists or see old favorites. This year’s lineup is very impressive and will host musical acts like Skrillex, Weezer, The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, Charli XCX, Tears for Fears, Gary Clark, Jr., Flogging Molly, Welcome to Houston, Chance the Rapper, and tons more. Bring your sunscreen – you’ll want to be outside for the whole day listening to so much good music!

Pride Houston Parade And Festival
by City Hall
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-6979
www.pridehouston.org

One of the nation’s largest Pride celebrations moves to Downtown Houston this year after outgrowing its previous location in Montrose. More than 300,000 people attend the Houston Pride celebrations each year. The festival will host booths from local nonprofit organizations, artists, performers, businesses and more. Stay after the sun sets for a fun nighttime parade featuring hundreds of floats decked out in lights. The Festival begins on June 27 at noon and the parade starts at 8:30 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.
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