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Annual festivals & Events in the Galveston/Houston Area 

(a few of our favorites)


Martin Luther King Jr. - Parades & celebration are held in Galveston, Houston & other local cities to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader

Chevron Houston Marathon - Annual marathon with 26.2, 13.1 & 3.1 mile runs


Texas Lunar Festival – Celebration of the Asia Lunar New Year

Mardi Gras Galveston - Includes parade, parties and entertainment

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – The largest livestock exhibition & rodeo in the world, runs for 20 days and kicks off with Go Texan Day.


Buffalo Bayou Regatta – The largest canoe & kayak race in Texas

Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County – Festival to preserve, honor and celebrate Sicilian-Italian history & Culture.


Art Car Parade – Showcases Houston’s most outlandish folk art creations on wheels


Comicpalooza – Texas’ largest pop culture convention

League City Music Fest – Music Festival & BBQ cook-off

Rock the Dock – Summer concert series at the Kemah Boardwalk, held every Thursday evening, beginning in May and ends middle August.


Juneteenth – Celebrations are held in Galveston, Houston & other local cities to celebrate the day Texas learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves

Galveston Summer Band Concert Series – Galveston Beach Band performs every Tuesday night through the summer months


4th of July – Celebrations are held in just about every city in the surrounding area


Houston Blues & Jazz Festival – Festival to entertain, enrich & expand the community for jazz through performance, education & advocacy.


Fiestas Patrias – One of the largest & most colorful parades celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spain in the Southwest.

Red White & Bayou – Dickinson Texas Music Festival & Tailgate


Texas Renaissance Festival – Recreation of an English village of the 16th century

Houston Open – 156 of the world’s best golfers compete

Wings Over Houston – Ellington Field Airshow from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds & the Navy Blue Angels as well as aircraft on display

Oktoberfest – Held at First Lutheran Church of Galveston, the oldest continual German church in Texas


Lone Star Rally – The largest motorcycle rally in North America

Nutcracker Market – Shopping extravaganza benefiting the Houston Ballet Foundation


Dickens on the Strand – Holiday street festival, held in Galveston, based on 19th-century Victorian London

Dickinson Festival of Lights – Walk thru event with an estimated two million light sculptures

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