About Houston Festivals

Aside from the broad selection of activities to do and see in Houston, there are a number of special events and festivals that take place over the course of the year that are worth seeing if you get the opportunity. Better yet, choose a few of your favorites and plan a trip or vacation around them for a memorable time. From music to food to nostalgia, Houston has it all.

There are plenty of food and music festivals that take place throughout the year in Houston. For the best in food, get into the city for the duration of the Houston Barbeque Festival. This yearly event is a showcase for amateurs and professionals alike to reveal their unique, secret barbeque sauces and have them critiqued. In addition to the selection of sauces, the meat is just as diverse, so the all-around festival includes something for every barbeque lover. There are many categories of sauces to be judged in, and the winners get bragging privileges for the entire year. The event occurs on the last weekend of June each year.

Staying in the food theme, there's also a wonderful Southwestern Food Festival that takes place in August every year. This gala showcases the best in southern foods, from barbeque to Tex-Mex to gourmet food items. Visitors to the festival find that the flavor and assortment of genuine Tex-Mex cuisine is much broader than they've been exposed to outside of the area, and it is truly a culinary encounter as well as a cultural one.

For other entertainment festivals, take in the Great Gatsby Festival, Southwest Music Festival, or the Film Festival. The Great Gatsby is a celebration of the lifestyle of the 1920's, such as the dress, music and dancing appropriate to the era. The Southwest Music Festival, as its name implies, is a March presentation of the rising stars in western music, and the band listing changes every year. Lastly, to be on the cutting edge of film and the entertainment industry, you must attend the Houston Film Festival, which showcases films with a southwestern theme, and is increasing in popularity annually.

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