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Houston Greek Festival: Held on the grounds of St. Basil the Great Cathedral, this event includes traditional music and dance, an outdoor marketplace and authentic cuisine. 281-679-5395; houstongreekfest.com. May 21. SW

Texas Children’s Art Festival: Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and held at Bayou Bend, the free event includes art-making workshops and interactive games. 713-639-7750; mfah.org. May 21. Inner Loop

Pasadena Strawberry Festival: Home to the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. 281-991-9500; strawberryfest.org. May 21. E


Texas City Funfest: Expect arts and crafts, barbecue cook-off, children’s activities and live entertainment at the Mall of the Mainland. 409-935-1408; texascitychamber.com. June 2-3. SE

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Festival: Music, dance, customs and authentic foods are the focus of this downtown event at Jones Plaza. caribbeanheritagetx.org. June 3. Inner Loop


AIA Sand Castle Competition: Galveston’s East Beach opens to teams and sponsors at 6:30 a.m. for this fundraising competition. For audiences, the beach opens at 9 a.m. Bring a picnic, watch the construction and see the Golden Bucket Awards. aiahouston.org. June 3. SE

Houston Exotic Auto Fest: Event at NRG Park showcases private exotic automobiles, select dealerships, a high-end aftermarket and premier non-automotive luxury brands. houstonexoticautofestival.com. June 4. Inner Loop

Wine and Food Week: The Woodlands event features 500 wines, 50 restaurants, wine producers and culinary personalities. wineandfoodweek.com. June 5-11. N

World Oceans Day Festival and Seaweed Art Contest: Activities educate about oceans and ecosystems, and there’s a sargassum/marine debris art contest. Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall, Galveston; artistboat.org. June 8. SE

Czech Kolache-Klobase Festival: East Bernard’s Riverside Hall will host polka dancing, arts and crafts, sausage and barbecue chicken, kiddie games, dancers and a cakewalk. 979-335-7907; kkfest.com. June 10. SW

Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival: Mudbugs, live music and family-friendly activities at Kermit Courville Stadium in Galveston. gccrawfishfestival.com. June 16-18. SE

Father’s Day Weekend Car, Truck and Bike Show: On the square in downtown Conroe. 713-204-9698. June 17. N

Juneteenth Celebration: Free event includes blues, gospel and jazz performers at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. 281-373-3386; milleroutdoortheatre.com. June 19. Inner Loop

Juneteenth at Emancipation Park: The renovated park will host a celebration. 3018 Dowling; 832-395-7400. June 18. Inner Loop

Houston Pride Festival and Parade: Celebrates the LGBT community at downtown’s Hermann Square. pridehouston.org. June 24. Inner Loop


Vintique: Pop-up market with industrial and architectural pieces, French and European antiques, midcentury modern and American at Silver Street Studios. vintiqueflea.com. June 24-25. Inner Loop


Star-Spangled Salute: Houston Symphony’s celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Fireworks accompanied by a 16-cannon salute. 281-373-3386; millieroutdoortheatre.com. July 4. Inner Loop

Freedom Over Texas Festival: Houston’s official July 4th celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park features live entertainment, food booths and a choreographed fireworks display. 713-247-3500; houstontx.gov/july4. July 4. Inner Loop

Kemah Fourth of July Celebration: Kemah Boardwalk has live music and fireworks over Galveston Bay. 877-285-3624; kemahboardwalk.com. July 4. SE

Galveston Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show: Parade starts at the Seawall and 41st Street, followed by a fireworks over the Gulf. 888-425-4753; galveston.com. July 4. SE

Fulshear Fourth of July Celebration: Festivities include a parade, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, a concert and a fireworks display. 832-600-3221; fulshearareachamber.com. July 4. SW

World Series of Dog Shows: Breed judging and obedience and obstacle course races at NRG Park. houstondogshows.com. July 19-23. Inner Loop

Fajita Fest: A celebration of Mexican culture at the Humble Civic Center. Festivities include live music, a jalapeno-eating contest and a hot sauce market. thefajitafest.com. July 22. NE

Houston Shakespeare Festival: Tribute to the famous playwright, with free performances of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 713-743-2929; houstonfestivalscompany.com. July 29-Aug. 7. Inner Loop


Houston Restaurant Weeks: Charity dine-around with hundreds of participating restaurants raises funds for the Houston Food Bank. houstonrestaurantweeks.com. Aug. 1-Sept. 4.

Houston International Jazz Festival: International musicians gather at Revention Music Center in downtown Houston. 713-839-7000; jazzeducation.org. Aug. 4-6. Inner Loop

Abilities Expo, NRG Center: Exhibits provide a go-to source for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and health care professionals. abilities.com. Aug. 4-6. Inner Loop

Theater District Open House: Downtown Houston’s Arts District offers a family day of backstage tours, live performances and sneak previews in the Theater District, home to nine performing arts organizations. 713-658-8938. Aug. 27. Inner Loop


BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival: This three-day Galveston event includes beer, tequila and barbecue tastings. brewmastersbeerfest.com. Sept. 1-3. SE

Hot Rod Picnic: Cars and music at Carbide Park in La Marque. spacecitycruisers.com. Sept. 10. SE

Houston Antiques, Art and Design Show: Includes 80 exhibitors from across the U.S., Canada and Europe, representing all design movements from ancient to 20th-century modern at George R. Brown Convention Center. houstonantiquesartdesign.com. Sept. 15-17. Inner Loop

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest: Texas wines from 16 wineries, live music and family activities in downtown Montgomery. experiencemontgomery.com. Sept. 16. N

Fiestas Patrias: Large and colorful community-sponsored parade celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain. Performances by ballet folklorico troupes, Mexican music and the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias and more will be featured in multiple events around Houston. 281-890-5500. Sept. 17. Inner Loop

Texas Hot Sauce Festival: Hot sauces, salsas, jams, jellies, marinades, rubs and hot wings for sale and sample. There also will be music and vendor stalls with crafts, jewelry and clothes. Bayou City Events Center. texashotsaucefestival.com. Sept. 23-24. Inner Loop

Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival: Festivities include a shrimp gumbo cook-off, live music, vendors, crafts, Shrimp Scamper 5K, Lil’ Shrimps Parade and a kids area. Historic Strand District (Strand, 23rd Street); galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com. Sept. 29-30. SE

Oktoberfest Houston: The fest features German beers and foods, a stein race, barrel roll, stein-hoisting competition and brat toss. The Water Works, 105 Sabine. oktoberfesthouston.com. Sept. 30. Inner Loop

Texas Renaissance Festival: Festivities include lords and ladies, jugglers and minstrels, quaffs of mead and turkey legs. 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. texrenfest.com. Sept. 30-Nov. 26. NW


The Original Greek Festival: Authentic Greek food and tours of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 713-526-5377; greekfestival.org. Oct. 5-8. Inner Loop

Houston Italian Festival: Italian food, wine, music and dancing; St. Thomas University, 713-524-4222; houstonitalianfestival.com. Oct. 12-15. Inner Loop

The Conroe Cajun Festival: Live music, Cajun food, arts and crafts vendors, Catfish Pageant and kids activities. 936-539-6009; conroecajuncatfishfestival.com. Oct. 13-15. N

Bayou City Art Festival: Juried art show downtown at Hermann Square. artcolonyassociation.org. Oct. 14-15. Inner Loop

Galveston Island Greek Festival: Hellenic food, wine, pastries and entertainment. 1824 Ball, Galveston, 409-762-7591; galvestongreekfestival.com. Oct. 14-15. SE

ARToberfest: Juried fine arts festival with work from 125 artists in downtown Galveston. 409-765-1894; artoberfest.com. Oct. 21-22. SE

Wings Over Houston Airshow: Aircraft from current Air Force and Navy inventories in the air over Ellington Field. 713-266-4492; wingsoverhouston.com. Oct. 21-22. SE

Texian Market Days: Living history at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond. texianmarketdays.com. Oct. 22. SW

Galveston Island Oktoberfest: German beer gardens, wines, food and live music at First Lutheran Church. galvestonoktoberfest.com. Oct. 27-28. SE


International Quilt Festival: Exhibits, market and classes draw more than 60,000 quilters from around the world. George R. Brown Convention Center. quilts.com. Nov. 2-5. Inner Loop

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market: Fund-raising market with 300 merchants selling decorations, food, clothing and jewelry launches holiday season at NRG Center. 713-535-3231; houstonballet.org. Nov. 9-12. Inner Loop

Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow: More than 100 Native Americans from across the country compete in two days of traditional singing and dancing at Traders Village. Food, storytelling and educational exhibits, plus authentic native American arts and crafts. 281-890-5500; tradersvillage.com. Nov. 11-12. NW

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights: A mile-long trail with more than 1 million lights and 100 lighted scenes, a skating rink, live entertainment and concessions with hot chocolate and festive foods. moodygardens.com. Nov.-Jan. SE

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting: Post Oak Boulevard will host a fun-filled family event to kick off the holiday season with more than a half-million twinkling lights, an electric light parade, a holiday stage show, a visit from Santa and fireworks. 713-621-2011. Nov. 23. Inner Loop

Houston H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade: The 66-year-old Thanksgiving morning tradition includes floats, flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment. Nov. 23. Inner Loop

Zoo Lights: TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, transforming the zoo with more than 300,000 LED lights illuminating 50 animal-themed displays. houstonzoo.org. 713-533-6550. Nov.-Jan. Inner Loop


A Grinch Christmas: Houston Symphony and High School for the Performing and Visual Arts chorale team up for holiday program. 713-224-7575; houstonsymphony.org. Jones Hall. Dec. 2. Inner Loop

Dickens On the Strand: Downtown Galveston’s street festival based on 19th-century Victorian London features parades, entertainment on five stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. 409-765-3404; galvestonhistory.org. Dec. 1-3. SE

Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake: More than 100 lighted and decorated boats parade from South Shore Harbour Marina to Nassau Bay Lagoon and on to Galveston. View from shore or bring your boat and see this spectacle from the water. clearlakearea.com. Dec. 9. SE

Candlelight Tour in the Park: Houston Heritage Society’s historic homes in downtown’s Sam Houston Park open their doors for tours. 100 Bagby St., 713-655-1912; heritagesociety.org. Dec. 5-9 12-16. Inner Loop

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration: Family fun and fireworks on the Kemah Boardwalk. kemahboardwalk.com. Dec. 31. SE