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Bayou City Art Festival, Houston Holi, Top Picks for Family Fun

The Bayou City Arts Festival.

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Bayou City Arts Festival

The Bayou City Art Festival, now in its 50th year, will return to Memorial Park this weekend. The annual festival attracts over 300 artists from 19 disciplines and features live music, food trucks, performances and art installations.

When: 10am-6pm from March 25 to 27

Or: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial

Details: $5 to $65;

kite festival

The annual returns to Hermann Park for the first time since 2019. Visitors can bring their own kites or purchase one from a kite seller. In addition to face-painting and hula-hooping, there will be performances on the Miller Outdoor Theater stage from the Rice University Marching Owl Band, the Kinder HSPVA Jazz Ensemble and Mariachi Los Caimanes from the University of Houston-Downtown.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27

Or: Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool at Hermann Park, 6100 Hermann Park Drive

Details: free;

Victory March in Houston

The Marfan Foundation presents the Houston Walk for Victory, a global walking program that will bring the Marfan, Loeys-Dietz (LDS), Vascular Ehlers-Danlos (VEDS), and related diseases community together in Discovery Green. The walk is non-athletic and will include family events focused on fundraising and fun.

When: 12pm-3pm March 26

Or: Grace Event Lawn at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Details: $20;

Houston Holi: Festival of Colors

Masala Radio 98.7 FM presents the 13th Annual Houston Holi. This year’s event will feature explosions of color, a live concert by Jay Sean, Bollywood dancing, DJs spinning tunes, dhol players, street food, carnival rides, a zone for children and gifts.

When: 11am-5pm March 26

Or: VPSS Haveli and VVM, 11715 Bellfort Village

Details: $15;

Paws in parade

Houstonians and their dogs are invited to walk around Discovery Green, the fundraising event includes a costume contest, pet vendors and drawings.

When: 11am-1pm March 26

Or: Green Discovery, 1500 McKinney

Details: Free;

A story, a song and a dance

The cross-cultural performance combines storytelling by Jean Donatto, flamenco by Irma La Paloma and guitarist Jeremy Garcia, Indian music by Abhishek Balakrishnan and percussionist Naga Srinidhi, and classical Indian dance by Rathna Kumar and members of his dance company Anjali. A story, a song and a dance tells the story of how we face deep difficulties, ultimately delivering a message of hope inspired by the Buddha’s message “from darkness to light”.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. March 26

Or: 1370 Southmore

Details: $15 to $25;

Turkey Leg Hut Festival

Held along Almeda Road between Wichita and Arbor streets in Third Ward, the annual festival and block party returns with performances by Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and Inayah, plus dozens of local vendors, activities for kids, DJs and more.

When: 11am-6pm March 27

Or: 4830 Alméda

Details: Free;


Crosby Zydeco Festival

Festival goers will enjoy a weekend of food, vendors, games and live music by Leon Chavis, Noonie & the Zydeco Floaters, Lil Jabb & the Zydeco Soldierz, Raylon & Flat Town Zydeco, Keevon & the Zydeco GoGhettas, Rosie Ledet, J Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nubreeds and Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers.

When: Noon March 26-27

Or: Crosby Fairgrounds, 14920 FM 2100

Details: $5 to $130;


Katy’s Taste Festival

The outdoor family event brings together restaurants, Katy restaurants and local nonprofits to increase visibility and awareness of community resources.

When: 11am-2pm March 26

Or: Typhoon Texas Water Park, 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd

Details: $10 to $1,000;


Sunday in the Park: Tribute to the 80s

Celebrate the 80s at League Park with live music, a quiz contest, games, food trucks and a preview of Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater’s upcoming performance of Let’s Glow Crazy! Tribute to the 80s.

When: 12pm-4pm March 27

Or: 512 2nd Street

Details: Free;


International Art and Kite Festival

The annual festival celebrates culture and community through art, music, dance and food. Kite flying, art car displays and cultural performances are just a few of the highlights of this colorful festival.

When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 26

Or: Brazos River Park, 18427 Southwest Fwy

Details: Free;


Tomball German Heritage Festival

The three-day festival features live music, games, folk dancing, local vendors and lots of polka.

When: 6pm-10pm on March 25, 10am-10pm on March 26 and 10am-6pm on March 27

Or: Tomball Railroad Depot Plaza, 201 S Elm

Details: Free;