Today's side deal combines local flair with international appeal, just like Burton Gilliam. For $10, you get admission to one day of the 40th annual Houston International Festival (up to an $18.50 value including processing fee). The outdoor extravaganza takes place over several downtown city blocks on the weekends of April 17–18 and April 24–25; it celebrates diversity and different cultures with a special spotlight this year on the Caribbean.
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.