There is just something about summertime that feels different, even when you're all grown up. Maybe it's because school is out and kids are running around everywhere enjoying their newfound freedom, or maybe it's because the days are longer, which means there are more hours to fill with activities. On those days not spent at pool parties, water parks, and camp, Houston's many festivals will help you plan even more exciting family adventures! Choose from festivals celebrating Houston's diversity to music and food.
Texas Taco and Tequila Festival - Spring
May 5 - 6
A family friendly event at Preservation Park with delicious food, drinks, a kids' area, live music, and more!
Houston Greek Fest - Houston
May 17 - 20
Enjoy multiple children's activities, tour the Greek Orthodox Church, shop, dance, and eat all of the Greek food can handle.
Pasadena Strawberry Festival - Pasadena
May 18 - 20
Ride rides, hear live music, play in the kids zone, see beauty pageants, and enjoy a slice of the world's largest strawberry shortcake at this strawberry-themed festival.
Pride Festival and Parade - Downtown Houston
June 14 - 24
A week-long festival with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, live music, performers, and fun.
Freedom Over Texas - Downtown Houston
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Eleanor Tinsley Park with fireworks, live music, a kid's zone, a children's entertainment zone, a beer garden and more!
Red, Hot, & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza - The Woodlands
Celebrate Freedom with a community-wide festival with great food, live music and entertainment, vendors, and children's activities. The event culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in Greater Houston.
179th City of Galveston Independence Day Celebration - Galveston
A lively parade with performers, floats, and decorated vehicles followed by a dazzling fireworks show on Galveston's Seawall.
July 4th Festival and Fireworks - Kingwood
Celebrate with live music, crafts, kids' activities, fireworks and a rock concert at Kingwood Town Center.
4th Fest - Pasadena
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Pasadena Convention Center where there will be a 20 minute long fireworks show, live music, a car show, Kidzone, new attractions, USMC Toys for Tots BBQ Cook-off, games, prizes, vendors, sports and other entertainment.
Houston Caribbean Festival - Downtown Houston
Celebrate Caribbean heritage at Bayou City Events Center, where you can experience Caribbean culture, music, and cuisine!
VegFest - Stafford
A celebration of everything vegan with vegan restaurants and food, food demos, presentations and guest speakers, live music, crafts, a kids' zone, educational films, product samples, and green businesses and vendors.
Summer Fun Fest - Katy & The Woodlands
July 22 - La Centerra at Cinco Ranch
July 29 - The Woodlands Mall
Houston Family Magazine's FREE events for families with face painting, a rock wall, inflatables, arts and crafts, door prizes, music, performances, and more!
The Fajita Festival - Sawyer Heights/ Washington Ave.
Fun for the whole family at Houston Toros Soccer Facility with a celebration of Mexican culture, food, drinks, and entertainment! Taco and Jalapeno eating contests for adults and watermelon eating contest for teens and kids under 18.
Top photo: Greek Fest/via Dmitry Nevozhay
This post was originally published in June 2017