Festivals in South Central Houston, Houston


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  • ARTOPIA: Dallas Observer & Houston Press
    Art, fashion, music, and food converge at the 7th annual Houston Press Artopia, a one-night event that celebrates creative culture in all its forms. As guests nibble on complimentary snacks and sample wine, beer, and cocktails, they can peruse galleries filled with local artwork or take in theatrical and dance performances. Fashion shows also grace the event space's halls, showing off the latest trends in wearable art. The evening's Mastermind Awards honor those who have made significant contributions to the local art community in the past year, gifting recipients with a $2,000 check from the Houston Press.
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    2603 La Branch Street
    Houston, TX US
  • Houston Caribbean RumFest
    Houston Caribbean RumFest brings revelers together to learn about the history of rum—but just sipping will do just as well. At this party, rum samples abound, and so do many hallmarks of Caribbean culture. Traditional jerks, curries, and rum-infused bites and cocktails bring added spice to the festivities, while live Caribbean music provides an island soundtrack. Other activities include cocktail classes and painting. Giving rum some more time in the spotlight, the flair bartending contest has drink mixers delighting onlookers with dazzling tricks that delight far better than just gluing a coaster to the bottom of each glass.
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    2204 Crawford St
    Houston, TX US
  • Houston Dynamo
    Occupying a prominent space within the 95-acre Sculpture Fields at Nova’s Ark, the 7th annual ArtHamptons event celebrates post-war and contemporary artwork. In recognition of the Hamptons' international reputation as an inspiring summer playground for culturally savvy individuals, "Escape" will be celebrated in all its incarnations this year. The fair's 50,000-square-foot museum-like space will feature more than 3,000 different works of art, which are all available for acquisition. Although the scope of its exhibits is international—consisting of works by more than 500 different artists as presented by galleries from more than 10 countries—ArtHamptons continues to celebrate the creations of established masters as well as emerging talent from the East End. Over the course of three days, attendees can take in the displays and attend various cultural events and programming.
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    1001 Avenida De Las Americas
    Houston, TX US
  • Carnival Houston 2015
    It's a celebration of life, love, color, and diversity, and for the first time ever it's coming to Houston. Best known for it's Rio de Janeiro parade, Carnival brings out the brightest and boldest in parade members and spectators alike. After a marching band and a salute to the veterans kick off the Houston event, the Caribbean Soca Dancers masquerade down the roadway. Other sections include the Mardi Gras Krewe, led by a New Orleans brass band, and the Rio Revelers, who bring the dance stylings of the Austin Samba School. Make sure to stay for the end, when the giant puppets and stilt walkers of the Viva Paraders team bring up the rear. A day of tropical music, kaleidoscopic colors, and generalized not-giving-a-care, Carnival Houston is sure to become an annual celebration.
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    1417 Polk Street
    Houston, TX US
  • Texas Contemporary Art Fair
    $10,000. That's what creativity and innovation can get you at Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Each year, judges award that sum—and the Texas Contemporary Award—to one of the exhibited artists. It's no easy decision, since the fair showcases more than 70 art galleries and the artists all look at the judges with such big, hopeful eyes. A trip across the convention floor or into the history of fairs past reveals works of sculpture, paintings, and other media from both established and emerging contemporary artists. Some come from Texas, while others arrive from New York, San Francisco, and other cities.
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    1001 Avenida De Las Americas
    Houston, TX US
  • The Amazing Houston Comic Con
    Comic-book heroes and villains leap from their pages in a dazzling display of color at the Amazing Houston Comic Con. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the convention spans three days, a celebration of comics and video games in pop culture. Writers and artists responsible for the creation of X-Men and other Marvel and DC mainstays give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities as well as scores of costumed fans, stopping only to take naps under the sign-in tables. Nearly 60 exhibitors showcase their products in the main hall, while an international artist alley displays the sketches and inks of more than 100 artists. In the past, special guests have included Image Comics founder Rob Liefield, X-Men: Age of Apocalpyse writer Scott Lobdell, and Wolverine and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein. A dedicated Kids' Day teaches families how to safely fuse adamantium to their skeletons, while after-hours parties keep festivities going well into the night.
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    1001 Avenida De Las Americas
    Houston, TX US

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