april events around houston 2016

Are you ready for Springtime in Houston? The next few months in Houston you will find a wide array of Spring festivals across town. Whether you are looking for food, arts, culture, music or family fun, there are spring festivals around Houston perfect for your interests. These are our favorite spring festivals: April events around Houston 2016.

Tomball German Heritage Festival 2016

When: April 1 -3, 2016
Where: Tomball Depot (201 S Elm, Tomball, TX 77375)
What: The Tomball German Heritage Festival celebrates the culture and history of Germans in Texas. Filled with traditional games, foods, drinks and folk music, the festival is one of the most unique celebrations of German-American heritage. It features over 200 vendors of Germanic art, crafts, food, beer and wine. For children, the festival hosts pony rides, a petting zoo and special kid-friendly musical theater performances. Throughout each day of the festival, German, Czech and Scandinavian folk dancers and musicians perform for festivalgoers. Vendors come decked out in lederhosen and dirndls, and festivalgoers are encouraged to get in the spirit and wear traditional German attire as well.

The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival

When: April 2, 2016
Where: Town Green Park (2099 Lake Robbins Dr)
What: The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival was created as a community partnership between the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the community’s love for locally raised and caught crawfish while supporting cure research for pulmonary hypertension.

Hermann Park Kite Festival

When: April 2, 2016
Where: Hermann Park (6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030)
What: The Hermann Park Kite Festival is a family-friendly feast of fun with kites of all shapes, sizes and colors sailing in the sky on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool in Houston. A special aerial show featuring acrobatic kite flying is one of the main attractions at the event, which also features puppeteers, magicians, jugglers and ribbon dancers just to name a few. A kite-flying contest gives die-hard and recreational kiters an opportunity to win a medal in one of several categories, and a Kids Zone offers youth-oriented arts and crafts.

Sugar Land Food and Wine Affiar 2016

When: April 6-10, 2016
Where: Various locations around Downtown Sugar Land
What: Embark on a culinary adventure when you attend the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. Guests by the thousands head to this event for a weekend of mouth-watering aromas and appetizers. Top chefs, sommeliers and gourmands are just some of the culinary experts that attend this event. Under their talented guidance, a slew of tantalizing food and wine events are made available to the public

Houston Art Car Parade

When: April 7 – 10, 2016
Where: Allen Pkwy from Crosby St. to Bagby St. & Allen Pkwy & Crosby St.
What: The Houston Art Car Parade is the largest of its kind in the world. Participants from all over America show off their creatively modified cars, bikes and motorized vehicles at this annual event. Every year, winning Art Cars are selected in categories such as performance, lowriders and contraption with the awarding of one grand prize winner. There are food and drink vendors sprinkled throughout the route, as well as a Kids Zone with children’s activities and a view of the parade, making this a sight to see for the whole family!

Rock the River BBQ Competition

When: April 8-9, 2016
Where: Magnolia Gardens Park
What: The Rock the River BBQ Competition is a serious cooking competition for pitmasters, by pitmasters in Houston, Texas. This family-friendly event takes place along banks of the scenic San Jacinto River and awards winners for the best Brisket, Ribs and Chicken.

Galveston Country Fair & Rodeo

When: April 8 – 16, 2016
Where: Galveston County Fairgrounds (10 Jack Brooks Rd)
What: The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo takes place every year in April and provides a whole host of fun activities for the whole family. In addition to showcasing Texas’ livestock and agriculture industries, the festival offers live entertainment, contests, cook-offs, carnival rides, a talent show and of course, rodeos. Delicious local food, barbecue and traditional midway fare are available throughout the grounds, and a recent addition features Texas wines and offers tastings to anyone of age.

Midtown Art in the Park

When: April 9, 2016
Where: Baldwin Park (1701 Elgin St. Houston TX  77004)
What: This fine art festival features both local and regional artists who gather to exhibit their work and offer certain pieces for sale to the Houston community. Seeking to create a combination of the cultural arts and entertainments, Midtown Art in the Park is a culmination of a variety of talents and disciplines

Texas Wine & Art Festival

When: April 9 -10, 2016
Where: Historic Old Town Spring
What: The Texas Wine & Art Festival fuses the art of wine-making with that of traditional art and craft-making. Taking place in Historic Old Town Spring in Texas, the festival provides attendees with a historical backdrop for discovering new wineries and artists from around the Lone Star State. Artists at the festival showcase everything from homemade jewelry and arts & crafts to photography and sculpture. Over 12 Texan wineries feature their productions each year, providing tastings of over 60 different wines including white, red and southern-style blends.

Houston Pet Expo

When: April 9 – 10, 2016
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center (1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010)
What: MCLife Houston is a proud social media sponsor of the Houston Pet Expo! The Amazing Pet Expo brings one of the biggest celebrations of our furry friends to dozens of cities across the US. With tons of exhibitors, demonstrations, live entertainment, a costume contest, and more, any animal lover is sure to have ample opportunity to enjoy this pet extravaganza.

Pearland Crawfish Festival

When: April 15-17, 2016
Where: MSR Houston (1 Performance Dr, Angleton, TX 77515)
What: Freshly-boiled crawfish, authentic Cajun cuisine, live Zydeco music, rides, games and more await you at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. This charming little city celebrates in a big way with a weekend-long festival. Join the community of Pearland in the various eating competitions, family-friendly activities and non-stop entertainment.

 Houston Japan Fest

When: April 16-17, 2016
Where: Hermann Park (6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030)
What: Established in 1993 by the Japan-America Society of Houston, the Houston Japan Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and tradition. Attractions include martial arts demonstrations, traditional tea ceremonies, dance performances and vendors serving authentic Japanese cuisine. The festival also serves as an outreach program in order to create a stronger relationship between the Japanese and Greater Houston communities.

West Houston Food Truck Festival

When: April 17, 2016
Where: Temple Sinai (13875 Brimhurst Drive Houston, TX 77077)
What: Escape the confines of brick and mortar eateries and move freely at the West Houston Food Truck Festival in Houston, Texas. Enjoy delectable appetizers, sandwiches with overflowing ingredients, comfort food entrees, healthy fare and desserts at the 13 truck mobile food court. Live music from local artists in the contemporary and classic rock genres and a children’s activity center are among the other attractions.

Wild West Brew Fest

When: April 22-23, 2016
Where: Katy Mills Mall  (5000 Katy Mills Cir  Katy, TX 77494)
What: With over 125 Brewers each bringing a minimum of 4 taps/brands come find out why we are the most sought after to visit Brewfest in the country by BeerYeti.com for 2016. With our “purveyors of intoxicating liquid” stewards traveling the country tasting individualized brews, we will have something for everyone.

Houston Children’s Festival

When: April 23 – 24, 2016
Where: Downtown Houston
What: The Houston Children’s Festival in Houston, Texas, celebrates kids by throwing a party that parents would approve of. The one-day event is chock full of activities and attractions such as face painting, pony rides, ring tossing, a petting zoo and hula hoop contests just to name a few. Past years’ events featured Ralph the Swimming Pig (Animal Planet superstar), Bozo the Clown, Jeff Corwin and many other star celebrities from Disney and Nickelodeon’s popular television shows.

Houston Improv Festival

When: April 28 – May 1, 2016
Where: Midtown Arts Center
What: Laugh with the best comedic talent Houston has to offer at the Houston Improv Festival. Every year sold-out draw huge crowds to the HIF to witness engaging theater in a highly spontaneous format. With no two performances alike, audiences can enjoy a completely unique show and take part in newly-offered workshops with top instructors around the nation.

Bayou City Art Festival

When: April 29 – May 1, 2016
Where: Memorial Park
What: Bayou City Art Festival takes place twice a year in Houston, once in the spring and again in the fall. The event showcases hundreds of artists and their work ranging from two-dimensional pieces to sculptures, to functional art and digital creations. Food, beer and wine are available at the event, and music adds to the artistic vibe. The Children’s Creative Zone offers supervised art activities, so there’s something fun for everyone at this weekend of inspiration and art appreciation.

Texas Crawfish and Music Festival

When: April 29 – May 1, 2016
Where: Downtown Spring Texas
What: Texas Crawfish and Music Festival is one of the largest and longest-running crawfish festivals in its region. Held each year in Spring, Texas, the festival takes place during the weekends in April and May. The festival’s highlight is the plethora of crawfish dishes showcased by hundreds of chefs from around the country, but it also offers up carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and an array of locally-produced beers and wines. Live music at the festival is provided by an eclectic mix of musicians from Texas and around the world. The festival is truly a multicultural event blending various styles of cuisine and music while increasing awareness of Spring’s heritage and history.

Katy Jazz Festival

When: April 29 – 30, 2016
Where: Katy TX (6331 Highway Blvd Katy, Texas 77494)
What: The Katy Jazz Festival provides an action-packed weekend dedicated to jazz and art. World-class jazz musicians join emerging talent and visual artists for three days of performances and exhibits. Enjoy a mix of jazz music, education and visual art exhibitions in the charming city of Katy, Texas.


There you have it! These are some of the best April events around Houston this Spring! What do you think? What festivals and events are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comment section below! Stay tuned to our blog for all things eat, shop and play around Houston. We will have updates for you on all the best festivals, events and things to do year round in Houston!

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