Top Best Houston Festivals and Parades

Best Houston Festivals and Parades for Families

Are you thinking about making your own family memories that will surely last a lifetime? We found this list of Houston’s greatest parades and festivals that you can attend with your family members. Did you miss one of Houston’s best celebrations? Let us know in the comments below!

Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival

1700 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77004

The Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival began as part of the centennial celebrations in 2014 and was so popular that it has become an annual family event. The festival brings thousands of kite flyers to Hermann Park to enjoy a day of friendly kite-flying, arts and crafts, live music, DJs, student performances, food vendors, additional kids’ activities, and more. We are planning to resume this tradition in 2022. –

Art Car Parade

Houston, TX

Coming Back In 2022. Celebrating 35 Years Of Art Cars – April 7-10, 2022. Today, the Houston Art Car Parade is the highlight of a four-day celebration of the drive to create, Houston Art Car Parade Weekend. The parade attracts 250+ vehicles and other entries from 23 states along with Canada and Mexico. A live audience of some 250,000+ spectators. Parade entries include anything on wheels from bicycles and unicycles to lawnmowers to cars and go-carts. Entries are as likely to be made by members of the general public as by recognized artists. –

Japan Festival

Houston, TX 77030

Japan Festival Houston is an annual celebration of Japanese culture held in Houston’s Hermann Park. Enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japanese-inspired food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai, and more. It is with much disappointment and sadness that the Japan-America Society of Houston announces the cancellation of the 27th Annual Japan Festival Houston. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics now rescheduled for July 2021, the Japan-America Society of Houston is looking forward to the return of Japan Festival Houston in the spring of 2021 with an event highlighting Tokyo. –

Freedom Over Texas Festival

Houston, TX

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration, Shell Freedom Over Texas, returns with a salute to America’s Frontline Heroes. The annual day-long festival is on hold for one more season, however, Houstonians can enjoy the City’s cherished tradition of music and patriotic moments via live broadcast on Sunday, July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on ABC 13. Fireworks will reach 800 feet, almost doubling the height of the traditional show, for more to enjoy from further away. Open spaces and neighborhood parks with a view of the western downtown skyline are ideal. –

The Original Greek Festival


From its original location in downtown Houston (what is now Tranquility Park) to the sprawling grounds that border Yoakum Boulevard, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral has become a major force in the religious and social communities that comprise Houston today. Part of the proceeds from the Greek Festival have helped many people through donations to various charitable organizations, such as Children’s Assessment Center, S.E.A.R.C.H., Houston Area Women’s Center, Covenant House, Texas Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC), and the Star of Hope Mission.-

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Houston, TX

The 72nd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 9 a.m. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country. Each year, several hundred thousand Houstonians line the streets to cheer on participants. The parade will traverse over 20 city blocks and will feature elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely Houston entries. Check back in the fall for volunteer opportunities. –

Zoo Lights

6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo celebrates ten years as one of Houston’s best loved holiday traditions! Stroll through the beautiful Zoo grounds as you take in the sights and sounds this holiday season. –

Dickens on the Strand

2002 Strand
Galveston, TX 77550

For 48 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival has highlighted downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-a-kind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work. This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming.-

Rodeo Parade

NRG Center
3 NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ celebrates the upcoming annual Show with ticketed and free events for the public. Join the fun even before the rodeo action begins and the world’s largest livestock show welcomes visitors from across the nation. Since 1938, the nation’s fourth-largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations! –


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