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Arts & Cultural Events Happening throughout Houston
Published on: November 10, 2023
Swings at the Houston Rodeo
Photo By: Elizabeth Villalta

Here are some of the best art and cultural events that happen throughout Houston:

Music Festivals

Free Press Summer Fest: This three-day festival features a diverse lineup of indie, rock, and electronic music, as well as food, comedy, and art.

Day for Night: This two-day festival features a variety of music genres, including hip hop, electronic, and classical, as well as art installations and food vendors.

Houston International Festival: This annual festival celebrates the cultures of over 50 countries with music, dance, food, and art.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: This annual rodeo features concerts, livestock shows, and other rodeo events.

Houston Symphony Gala: This annual gala features a performance by the Houston Symphony and a cocktail reception.


Film Festivals

Houston Cinema Arts Festival: This annual festival showcases independent and international films.

SXSW Film Festival: This annual festival showcases a variety of films, including feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

Houston Black Film Festival: This annual festival showcases films by black filmmakers.

Houston Latino Film Festival: This annual festival showcases films by Latino filmmakers.

Lone Star Film Festival: This annual festival showcases films made in Texas.


Art Events

Houston Art Car Parade: This annual parade features decorated cars and floats.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: This museum features exhibitions of contemporary craft.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: This museum features exhibitions of contemporary art.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: This museum features a collection of art from around the world.

Menil Collection: This museum features a collection of modern and contemporary art.


Theater and Dance

Alley Theatre: This Tony Award-winning theater company produces a variety of plays, musicals, and other theatrical productions.

Houston Grand Opera: This renowned opera company presents a season of operas.

Houston Ballet: This professional ballet company performs a variety of classical and contemporary ballets.

Houston Children’s Theatre: This theater company produces plays and musicals for children.

Diverseworks: This performance and arts center presents a variety of performances, including theater, dance, and music.


Other Events

Houston Zoo: This zoo features over 6,000 animals from around the world.

Hermann Park: This urban park features gardens, a Japanese garden, and a zoo.

Houston Museum of Natural Science: This museum features exhibits on dinosaurs, space, and natural history.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center: This arboretum features gardens, hiking trails, and a nature center.

Houston Farmers Market: This farmers market features fresh produce, local food, and live music.