The year has just begun, and for most students so has another semester. While college can be stressful, it’s important to remember to take a break and have fun. Houston has tons of things to do, so there is not an excuse to not go out there. If you are new to the city or know it by heart, there are still endless activities. Below are some of the events that will take place this year.
Lunar New Year Houston (February 24-25)
Viet Hoa Center @ Beltway 8 Plaza
8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway South
Houston, TX 77072
This will be the Year of the Dog and the event will feature music and dances from China and Vietnam. The best part: IT’S FREE!
Houston Rodeo (February 27- March 18)
This event doesn’t need an introduction. We know this is the biggest rodeo in the world, and it’s always filled with tons of things to do and see. Not to mention the BBQ…Anyways, this is an annual Houston staple, so don’t miss out.
Japan Festival (April 14-15)
This event will celebrate the culture and legacy of the Japanese country and promises to be filled with music, martial arts, and of course food! So, go ahead and learn more about the rich culture of this Asian country.
P.S: It’s FREE!
Comicpalooza (May 25-27)
George R. Brown Convention Center
If you love comics, anime, gaming, and cosplay, look no further. This 3-day event will be filled with endless activities and feature special guests. The guests for this year have not been announced yet, but last year they had Chuck Norris and Anthony Mackie! So, this year shouldn’t disappoint.
Pride Houston (June 23)
It’s important to celebrate diversity and support the LGBTQ community for all they’ve been through and for what they still face. This will be the 40th anniversary and it has just grown over the years. So, celebrate the parade’s commemorative anniversary and show the world that “Love is love.”
Houston Shakespeare Festival (July 27- August 5)
Miller Outdoor Theatre
If you have read Shakespeare and love his work, this is the show for you. This is an annual production that celebrates Shakespeare’s legacy. Past productions have included “Twelfth Night,” “Henry V,” and “Macbeth.” Make sure to check it out, it’s free!
Oktoberfest Houston (September 29)
Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
This festival is one of a kind. Sure, they will celebrate this German tradition with beer and polka music, but it has a Texan twist to it so even if you’re not familiar with this tradition you can still enjoy it with local craft beers.
Zoo Lights (TBA)
There is no Christmas spirit without some lights. Now imagine two million lights, along a 15-mile stretch. This tradition can be enjoyed by everyone in the family and allow you to tune into your Christmas spirit.