April showers bring May flowers...and festivals! A lot of festivals. Houston is a diverse city and many festivals give Houstonians the opportunity to explore different cultures through music, dance, and traditional foods. This month there are also art, music, and literature-focused fests as well as themed festivals, from Star Wars to the Renaissance. So, in addition to celebrating Mother's Day and planning your summer vacations, make sure to get out of the house and take the whole family to an amazing festival in the Bayou City.
Conroe Americana Music Festival - Conroe
May 5 - 7
A grassroots premier festival featuring a mix of Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Folk, Texas Country, Roots Rock, Blues, and Americana music. The 3-day music festival will feature over 50 bands in 6 venues and the proceeds will be used to enhance the Historic Downtown Conroe area with improved signage and beautification projects.
Middlelands Festival - Todd Mission
May 5 - 7
An "Adventure for the Ages" is the first music festival to be hosted at the Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds. Five uniquely designed stages will feature world-renowned artists and local musicians. The festival will feature renaissance-themed activities, medieval-style food and beverages, and group activities and games. Camping packages available.
The XI Houston Polish Festival - Spring Branch
May 5 - 7
Learn about Polish history and culture at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church with live music and traditional foods at the annual Polish Festival.
Japan Festival - Downtown Houston
May 6 - 7
Celebrate the cultural heritage of Japan at Hermann Park with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance, and martial arts, and food. There will also be demonstrations of Ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, origami, bonsai and more.
6th Annual Star Wars Festival - Downtown Houston
May 6 - 7
Come to this 2-day family friendly event at the Space HTX with art exhibitions dedicated strictly to the Star Wars saga. There will be artists, vendors, cosplay, and food trucks.
CenterFest - Clute
May 6 - 7
A festival of art, music, and tacos at the Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences. CenterFest will feature high quality, juried artwork, a full lineup of Texas style music, and the opportunity to visit the Center's world class planetarium where NASA astronauts train. Children 12 & under are free.
Houston Dragon Boat Festival - Downtown Houston
Come out to this FREE event at Allen's Landing where you can cheer on new races every 15-20 minutes and watch the teams paddle their hearts out with a great view of the downtown Houston skyline behind them. There will be cultural performances throughout the day, live music, and food vendors.
UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival - Downtown Houston
Head down to Discovery Green for Houston's best brain day with live music and performances, healthy brain info and stroke prevention activities, and a children's zone with face painting, bubble fun, an obstacle course, and more!
MenilFest & the Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair - Museum District
Enjoy art on view at the Menil Collection and participate in fun events for young writers at the Menil, including the Inprint Poetry Buskers, a Family Drum Circle, and more.
LaPorte's 125th Anniversary Celebration - LaPorte
May 12 - 14
A celebration of the City of La Porte's founding in 1892 with a parade, antique airplane & car show, concerts, 5k, and more. Many events are FREE.
AsiaFest - Museum District
A FREE family-friendly event to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month featuring fusion cuisine, community performances, creative activities, exciting artwork, local vendors, and more at the Asia Society Texas Center.
Family Fun Day - Sugar Land/ Missouri City
A FREE event for the entire family with food, prizes, a bouncy house, face painting, and more!
Pasadena Strawberry Festival - Pasadena
May 19 - 21
An annual festival with fun events for the whole family including a baby float parade, a strawberry festival parade, a mud volleyball competition, a bbq cook-off, beauty pageant, live entertainment, and more.
Houston Greek Fest - Energy Corridor
May 19 - 21
Learn about Greek culture with a tour of St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy delicious food, watch traditional dance performances, and shop while children play in the kids' area!
Texas Children's Art Festival - Upper Kirby
A FREE event the whole family celebrating Texas and American heritage at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Families can participate in art-making workshops, interactive games, and demonstrations that emphasize the importance of art and art preservation.
Cigna Sunday Streets Houston - Brays Oaks
A FREE family-friendly event where a stretch of streets normally reserved for cars and other vehicles is blocked off to allow cycling, walking, dancing, socializing, and opportunities for kids and parents to be physically active. This event occurs in a different neighborhood each month.
Madness on Main Street - Near Northside
A music and fashion festival at White Oak Music Hall with 3 stages, 20 bands, a fashion market, and more.
Photo courtesy of the Houston Polish Festival