Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Why I Love Houston: Festival Season

Artist at work during Hue Mural Fest 2015
Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town. 

Why I Love Houston...Festival Season!

September and October herald the start of festival season in Houston. As the temperatures drop, it's the perfect time of year to explore the many cultural, art, and culinary celebrations in the city with family and friends. Here are a few highlights we're looking forward to experiencing in September and October.

Pearland International Festival (September 16-17) is in its fourth year and growing with Friday night featuring live music for the 18+ crowd. The Molly Ringwalds are headlining the evening with their pure essence of the 80's performance. Saturday is fun for the whole family with dance and music performances from around the world, as well as an international array of cuisine and drinks. 

The Original Greek Festival (October 6-9) is the perfect way to welcome fall at this annual festival on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and School in Montrose. Indulge in gyros, spanakopita, and baklava while taking in the sights and sounds of Greek music and dancing. Be sure to stop by their Agora marketplace for unique gifts, jewelry, and crafts. 

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown (October 8-9) showcases over 300 artists, making it the ideal place to find your new favorite piece to adorn your walls. With food trucks, live music and entertainment, and a children's creative zone, the festival offers a full day for the entire family to enjoy against the backdrop of the city's stunning skyline.

Korean Festival Houston (October 15) provides the chance to experience Korean culture, from food to traditional dress to music to TaeKwonDo, all in one convenient location at Discovery Green.  

Hue Mural Festival (October 15-22) is a week-long celebration of Houston's vibrant street art scene, as artists from around the world come to create new murals throughout the city. Watch the artist's progression with your own own self-guided tours or book a tour guided by an local street artist for an insider's look at Houston's murals. 

Happy Festing! 

Kathlyn

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