Category : Houston Events

What You Need to Know About Carnival Houston’s Street Parade

Featuring acts from Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Houston and more, the parade is Houston’s version of the Rio Carnival.

When: Saturday May 23rd, 12pm – 8pm

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Tickets are $20 at the door. Expect to see paraders getting busy in the morning!

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Make sure to watch the street signs! There is metered parking around the area, so get there early to take those prime spots.

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And if you’re down for some more excitement, check out this party that will take place tonight.

Neon Paint Party – Friday May 22, 9pm – 2am

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*For more information on Carnival Houston, visit the website.

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How to Shop for Mother’s Day Presents at the Galleria

Listen, y’all. We Houstonites, especially those of us who live near the Galleria, have a huge advantage when it comes to foraging for Mother’s Day presents. When you live next to the biggest mall in Texas, it’s easy to pick out a gift item from all the options available. For the record, this list doesn’t even come close to covering everything, but it should give you a good start.
 

Things Remembered

IMAG0330 The go-to place for all kinds of custom-made craft items. Create memories and preserve them any way you want.  
 

Texas Souvenirs Unlimited

Perfect for mothers out-of-state, who might get a kick out of funny and creative items bearing the Texas flag or pride. Perhaps your mother no longer lives here and misses it. Or perhaps she loves to display her pride for a particular sports team. There are many possibilities here.  
 

Houston Trunk Factory

Does your mom love to travel? Or are you planning to present her with tickets for a cruise? Put them in a neat trunk and support your mom’s well-deserved break to travel wherever she wants.  
 

Teavana

_MG_6995 A tea set is classy and thoughtful, especially if you have a mother who is a tea drinker. Teavana sells many different varieties of tea and you can even taste some in advance. Get a teapot and throw in some teacups to make a full tea set.  
 

Papyrus

A Mother’s Day present would not be complete without a heartfelt card. Papyrus is one of the first stops you can make on your journey to finding the perfect gift. Unless you’re making a homemade card, which is awesome.  
 

Tiffany / Kay Jewellers / Pandora / Swarovski

The gift of jewelry has been around for ages, and it’s not about to go anywhere. Rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, earrings. There’s a store for all budgets at the Galleria.  
 

Godiva

o   Need I say more? It’s chocolate. Always a classic.
Happy Mothers’ Day!
       

5 Houston Events to Look Forward to in April

Hey y’all, spring is officially in Houston and there’s some exciting stuff happening around the city to celebrate. From barbecue to cars, look forward to some fun this month and please let us know if there are other must-attend events we should know about!

The events, in chronological order:

WorldFest International Film Festival

Apr 10-19

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Now in its 48th year, WorldFest is one of the oldest film competitions in the world. The festival honors a different country each year and includes selections from countries ranging from China, Eritrea, the Faroe Islands, Kenya and Germany to those of local Houston filmmakers. The 10-day fest includes short and feature film screenings and master classes, including an opening reception tonight. Tickets and passes are from $15 to $500. You can see the full calendar here.

The AMC Studio 30, Westheimer at Dunvale, 2949 Dunvale

Houston Art Car Parade

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Apr 11

This one is a good one to know about even if you’re not planning to attend, since it will block off a few streets. The parade starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. around Taft St., going eastbound along the Allen Parkway until Waugh St. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, food and plenty of good company for the ride.

Houston Improv Festival

Apr 16-18

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Comedy lovers, rejoice! With this improv fest in town, it’s going to be a month full of hilarious laughter at your service. You’d better hurry though, as some of the shows are almost sold out. You can get an all access pass for $55 or buy individual tickets starting at $15. For a full list of shows, visit this page.

Midtown Art Center, 3414 LaBranch St, Houston, TX 77004

Houston Barbecue Festival

Apr 26

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Mmm, beef! This year’s barbecue festival features 22 participating BBQ joints around the Houston area, each of whom will serve up to 2 ounces of sample portions so you can shop around at your pleasure. Entrance is free for children 6 and under. Dogs aren’t allowed. (Sorry, no treat for you, Buster.) Tickets are available for purchase here.

NRG Park – Green Lot, Parking entrance #13 off Lantern Point Dr., Houston, TX 77054

Dia del Niño

Apr 26

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This one’s for you, kids! The Day of the Child (el Dia del Nino) is celebrated in various countries in South America on slightly differing dates. The Children’s Museum of Houston is celebrating on the 26th with activities, performances and giveaways. See this page for hours and admissions.

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, Houston, Tx  77004-7112