Ask any Houstonian and they will tell you that one thing that never happens in the nation’s fourth-largest city is running out of things to do. Having things to do is great, but in a city this large there are events that go above and beyond great to the point that they are an absolute must-see. There are always events in Houston that will entertain any lifestyle. With that in mind we have taken the guess work out of sorting through the events and are presenting to you the absolute can’t-miss events in Houston this spring and summer.
Just 20 minutes north of Downtown Houston at the intersection of Interstate 45 and F.M. 2920 next to Splashtown Water Park, is a quaint little village of antique shops and restaurants. But once a year in May for as long as anyone can remember it has been host to the Texas Crawfish Festival. From April 29th through May 1st Old Town Spring will become a huge carnival with live music, the world’s best crawfish boils, drinks, rides ,and games. This is an even that never gets old or loses its flavor as many of the same people have not missed a year since they were children. This is one of the most highly anticipated festivals Houston has to offer.
Houston has a thriving Polish community that immigrated in the late 1800’s to Chappell Hill, TX, just outside of Brenham. As prospects for work became numerous in Houston many moved to the Houston Heights and other Houston neighborhoods. Near the corner of Hammerly and Blalock is the annual Houston Polish Festival where the Polish gather to celebrate their heritage and share it with other cultures. Traditional Polish dances and Polka music rule the day as the rest of Houston gets a little taste of the old country.
On June 18, 2016, freedom lovers of all colors and backgrounds will gather off McGowen near Interstate 45 to celebrate the abolition of slavery in Texas. Live music and great food will pay a humble tribute to the millions who lived and died in slavery all across the United States and serve as a reminder that we live in a country where all men are created equal, and that the push for total equality is an ongoing goal to work at, and has yet to be fully realized.
On that same theme of equality, June 19th through the 26th is Pride Week in Houston celebrating the struggles and victories of the thriving LGBT community here in Houston. The celebration will be centered around Houston City Hall. Even if you are not LGBT but support equality come out for a great time because Houston’s LGBT community has a reputation for knowing how to throw a great party!
Houston-native Beyonce Knowles returns to her hometown as part of her world tour on May 16, 2016 at NRG Park, next to NRG Stadium and the historic Astrodome. As with most artists, Beyonce loves to give her shows that bit of extra excitement for her hometown people so this is one of the top music events in Houston you do not want to miss.
On September 3rd, as summer starts to wind down football is winding up. The most important college football game ever played in Houston takes place at NRG Stadium between the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 8 Houston Cougars. This game marks the only opening week top ten matchup in college football, and the winner has an inside track to the College Football Playoff and a shot at the National Championship. The University of Houston has not had a legitimate shot at the title in over 30 years, and the entire city is buzzing as even non-Houston grads take pride in the city’s college football success. As they say on campus, “Eat ’em up Coogs!”
With 81 home games, the summer is full of opportunities to hit Minute Maid Park for a baseball game and see an Astros team that made its return to prominence last season with a playoff appearance. Tickets are always reasonable priced, and this is an absolute cannot miss family event in Houston during the summer time.
There you have it! These are the can’t miss events inHouston this Spring and Summer! What do you think? What events in Houston are you most excited for? Let us know in the comment section below what events you are most looking forward to. As always, stay tuned to everything eat, shop and play in Houston. We’ll be bringing you the pulse on the best events in Houston.