Houston is full of fun, festive events to celebrate the holidays. Whether it’s an ice skating rink or Christmas market you’re looking for, Houston has it all. Here are some of the city’s best events for all ages!
#1. Annual Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival: With over 20,000 attendees, this festival has plenty to keep you entertained! Enjoy local food, live music, vendors, and a car show. (October 22; prcfestival.com)
#2. Memorial Villages Farmer’s Market: Support your local farmers and small businesses at this weekly market. Shop everything from fresh produce to baked goods to gifts and stationary. (every Saturday; mvfarmersmarket.org)
#3: Texian Market Days: Costumed interpreters make Texas history come alive. Kids will have fun at dedicated activity booths and adults can take in the antique tractor show. (October 22; texianmarketdays.com)
#4: Untapped Music & Beer Festival: Get lost in the world of craft beer. If you’re a fan of music and beer, this festival is for you! (October 22; untapped-festival.com)
#5: Scream on the Green: Get your game face on, because this citywide costume contest is no joke! There are prizes for contest winners, music, and activities for all ages! (October 28; discoverygreen.com/scream-on-the-green)
#6: Rocky Horror Picture Show: Watch the festive musical classic on Halloween weekend, offered in two special midnight showings! (October 28-29; rockyhorrorhouston.com)
#7: Screamworld: With 5 haunted houses inside – Skull Cave, Jake’s Slaughterhouse, Zombie Graveyard, Edge of Darkness and Maze of Maniacs – this Houston Halloween staple is ready for screams! (through October 31; screamworld.com)
#8: Texas Renaissance Festival: Enjoy watching old-world fun, with festive reenactors and plenty of food and drink options! (October 8 – November 27; texrenfest.com)
1. Start with enticing e-vites – Get people excited for your ghoulish gathering. This is the chance to set the tone for your whole party! Paperless Post is a great site for designing and emailing easy, beautiful invitations online. Tip: save the invitation to your phone and text it to your guests as well.
3. Prepare some repugnant recipes
You’ll most importantly need finger foods, a dessert dish or two, and a signature cocktail. If you love baking, consider a dessert bar! Try these adult-friendly – and very ‘Instagrammable’ – Halloween recipes, pictured above: Decadently Dark Candy Apples, No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies, Candy Corn Jello Shots, Ghostly Party Cake, and Paleo Bloody Eyeball Brownies.
4. You will obviously need a Pumpkin Cooler All you’ll need is a large pumpkin, carving tool, bowl, and ice. Could this possibly get more festive?
5. Haunted lighting is a must
Make a bunch of these glow jars and set them all around your place for an eerie, evil scientist ambience.
6. Don’t forget the bathroom
Replace your normal shower curtain with a ‘bloodied,’ plain white one. Then take lots of fake blood, make a couple bloody handprint towels, and leave some body parts around. Quite the butcher shop, eh?
7. You know it wouldn’t be a party without a photo booth!
Take some white fabric or old sheets and ‘bloody’ them up with some fake blood. Once it’s dry, hang over tall furniture, pin to an empty wall, or hang from the ceiling. Then, set up your camera on a tripod with the photo timer and flash settings saved. Tip: mark the tripod’s spot with an ‘X’ on the floor and place glow jars in a circle around the tripod as a safe zone!
8. Scientific specimens just to be extra gross
Who knew that canned fruit and breakfast sausage could look like body parts? And once you figure how easy it is to put a head in jar, you might want to think making one of each of your attendees as a party favor!
9. Background sounds and scene are key
10. #Hashtag your party
Within a day or two after, send emails or texts to your party guests with a link to the photobooth pictures. If you’re particularly social media savvy, assign your party a signature hashtag!
There’s plenty to do on Labor Day in Houston and some of those activities are easy on the wallet!
Enjoy a free boat ride at the Port of Houston’s free public boat tour. Begin the tour from Sam Houston Pavilion and seated on an open-air deck with padded lounge chairs, take in the views of Houston’s port and surrounding area as you travel through the Houston Ship Channel, a 52-mile, man-made wonder that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Port of Houston, some things you take site of on the trip include Seagulls, Cormorants, Brown Pelicans and… trash.
The tour is closed Monday and Tuesday and the passage must be booked 24 hours in advance.
At the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, you can enjoy artistic performances from ballet, musical theater, children plays, and acrobatics. Have a picnic on the lawn infant of the stage and enjoy snacks while lounging on your blanket. Looking for something special? The full event calendar can be found on their website.
If Labor Day is synonymous with parks for you, Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park is the perfect space to run, play, or lounge as there is 125 acres of green space to explore. Buffalo Bayou has 52 miles of waterway to create a beautiful scene-scape. There are also hiking and biking trails for the active and adventurous souls.
What are your fun and free activities in Houston? Let us know and we’ll feature your feedback in our next article!
The creator of dad jokes, the holder of the dad bod, and your daily superhero and piggyback-ride-giver.. is there anything Dad can’t do? While you may have stuck to a more traditional Father’s Day in the past, why not take you dad on an exciting adventure this year? Luckily, our beautiful city of Houston offers numerous options of how to give your dad a Father’s Day he won’t forget! Here are 4 great ways to spend Father’s Day in Houston!
- Skydiving- This year, head to the outskirts of Houston to take your dad skydiving at Crystal Beach. You should probably check with Dad before signing him up for this event, but it is definitely much more exciting than another striped tie!
- Brewery Tour- Now this could become a yearly tradition! Fresh Tap Tours gives you and Dad the option to choose the type of beer tour and which breweries you will visit, making it quite an adventurous day!
- The Woodlands Craft Beer & Music Festival– This weekend, Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, head north to Town Green Park in The Woodlands to sample more than 80 beers from 40 craft breweries while enjoying live music from the likes of the Journey Agents, Rainchild, Petesimple, Marshall Moon and more. Tickets start at $29, not including ticket fees.
- Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival– The flavors and sounds of New Orleans will come together in Galveston this weekend for this three-day festival of crawfish, live music, and kids activities. Tickets start at $10, not including ticket fees.
A day filled with golf or brunch can be relaxing for Dear Ol’ Dad, but why settle with the norm when you live in such an exciting city? Houston is filled with so many events that can be fun for the whole family, so it may be difficult to choose! All these events are what makes Houston so wonderful!
One of the things that makes Houston so awesome? How naturally beautiful the city is. And who do we have to thank for that? Plain and simple. Mother Nature. This coming up week on April 22nd is Earth Day and we’re rounding up our favorite ways to show our planet how much we care and appreciate the beauty it provides for us. Don’t stress about not having time to dedicate to a whole lot of Earth Day celebrations. Showing your appreciation can be simple and easy while still helping spread the word about our planet. Here are our favorite ways to show your appreciation for Earth Day.
Sure, maybe Easter isn’t recognized every year for great food like Thanksgiving or Christmas but we think Easter is highly underrated in the food category. So much tasty goodness comes out this time of year (um, hello Peeps?!). Alta City West is here to remind you Easter is still in the running for the holiday with the best food. We’re going to show you all our favorite Easter recipes that you can make your family and friends believe in the food spirit of Easter again.
Every year when St. Patricks day rolls around we look forward to dressing up in green, pinching our friends who skipped on the tradition and eating all the green foods we can get our hands on! This year we’re celebrating with our favorite cocktails in St. Patricks day form because green foods are great, but green drinks are so underrated. You can throw a party or show up to any gathering with your green drinks and blow your friends and family away. This isn’t the luck of the Irish, this is Alta City West St. Patricks Day Cocktails!
With all the other events and parties going on in February it’s no surprise that Oscars season has creeped up on us almost unnoticed. So don’t feel bad if you haven’t planned how you’re going to have the best Oscars party ever. We’re here to break down all the necessities you need to gather last minute and all the games you need to play at your Oscars party. Leave the thinking to us here at Alta City West, we know exactly who the winner will be this year.
The Food and Drink
We understand that one of the most important things at any party is the grub. People come and they want to socialize, drink and chow down while they watch their favorite actors or actresses take home the gold trophy. Spruce up the drinks a little too for a fun touch that everyone can enjoy while they mingle and cast their votes on the winners of the night. Add a few gold touches to the buffet table and you’ve got yourself a golden hour ready for the Oscars. Photo via Popsugar.com.
We go to the movies year round to see the performances and try to guess who we think acted their hearts out best each year. By the time the Oscars are here we’ve made our bets and we know who we want to win the nominations. So what’s better than a little friendly competition between friends? Cast your ballots and see who wins the most categories. Print out some of these printable ballots and hand them out at your party for a fun game. Photo and ballots from Theglitterguide.com.
The Oscars only come once a year and you shouldn’t have to stress last minute over it. Alta City West has the fun all planned out for you and all you need to do is throw it together and remind your friends to stop by and have fun. All of your friends will agree that the Oscar goes to you this year!