With tented performance areas throughout downtown Houston, this year's fest features a lineup of hundreds of performances from around the globe. Music acts include big names (Ozomatli, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic) alongside other talented musicians. Check out the entire schedule of events here. An abundant bounty of global cuisine with everything from Japanese to Jamaican fare, highlighted by vast offerings from this year's spotlighted Caribbean nations, will nourish the hungry crowds. The festival and the performances will proceed rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if it rains, and ride in on an umbrella if it doesn't.
For eight weekends in the fall, a troupe of performing fairies, knights, royal personas, and jugging fools set up camp on the 55-acre grounds of the Texas Renaissance Faire. For 38 years, the Festival has re-created the 16th century’s appealing combination of simplicity and grandeur with more than 200 daily performances of live music, acrobatic comedies, and jousting. Actors portraying different levels of society—such as the English court and the pirates—roam the lolling landscape in character while performing comedic and informative bits including “Sound and Fury,” a Shakespearean vaudeville. At noon the Grande Marche parade catapults performers from the Globe Stage for a stroll throughout the park as they advertise their acts in a high-toned procession.
On a less precise schedule, craftsmen concoct tangible marvels with skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, while food purveyors wander the beaten paths or call from their booths, selling fare that ranges from sugar-coated nuts to roasted turkey legs. At close of day, fireworks light the sky to celebrate the festival's victory over time.
This summer, the Humble Margarita Festival gives guests a chance to celebrate under a hot summer sun with a spread of frosty cocktails, live music, and Southern and Latin cuisine. Festival goers can line-dance to country, kick up their heels to zydeco, and lindy hop to Top 40 hits as they sample cuisine from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. Visitors quench their thirst and activate heretofore unknown dancing skills with a menu of flavored margaritas that includes coconut passion, cucumber apple, mango, pumpkin spice, and other eclectic concoctions.
The annual Texas Crawfish and Music Festival draws musicians as well as, per its name, plenty of expert crawfish boilers. They serve their piping hot crawdads to the crowd, along with barbecue, pizza, and other classic festival foods. When patrons aren't dancing or washing down seafood with cold beer, they're shrieking with glee on the grounds' carnival rides, a pleasant alternative to the world's oldest ride, crowd-surfing.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Holiday Gift Market with various upscale vendors
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Bring us a gently used coat or new clothing to help support The Claus Project.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: $5000 worth of giveaway prizes
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
On Thursday night, we will be having an appreciation night for all the staff and faculty members of the surrounding schools. We wanted to give them a special thank you for all the hard work they are doing for our children and community members.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We have partnered up with The Claus Project, a local organization known for collecting coats and clothing for the local school district.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Being around all the Christmas Spirit. Being able to attend a holiday market not only gets me in the holiday cheer but also allows me to see vendors that I would normally not be able to see. Because we have such a wide variety of vendors, I like to see all the unique and creative things they have to offer. Plus, it is fun way to buy my friends and family an unique Christmas gift instead of going to the mall.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Northwest Houston Nutcracker Market is featuring independent designers, artists, and crafters. We will have multiple upscale vendors: clothing, home decor, food, jewelry, cosmetics, custom furniture, and much more.