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4 Unmissable Annual Events in Houston

4 Unmissable Annual Events in Houston

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There's a magnetic quality to Houston that we can't quite put our finger on. The breadth of cuisine and culture that the city - the fourth largest in North America - has carefully cultivated is certainly alluring. The city's no slouch in the views department, either. From the twinkling lights of the Houston skyline to the sprawling landscapes that lie just beyond the borders of the metropolis, the city provides countless visual offerings that demand the attention of your eyes - and your camera.

Houston is also the proud host to a number of annual events that take place throughout the year. These festivals are often huge, extravagant affairs, big enough to rival the state's larger-than-life personality. More than mere celebrations, these events provide travellers with an opportunity to become an instant part of Houstonian culture and offer a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the locals live, work and party. Whether you're travelling as a family, couple or an adventurer, you're sure to find at least one festival that appeals to your senses. Check these four fantastic Houston festivals and start planning your very own North American overseas adventure.

WorldFest Houston

Film buffs, art nerds and other culture vultures will want to book the dates of their Houston holiday to line up with the aptly named WorldFest. Established more than 50 years ago, WorldFest is the oldest independent film festival in the world, and is the perfect opportunity for you to see your favourite indie filmmakers' latest offerings. Dramatic, moving and insightful, the films you'll find here are a testament to the creativity of the human spirit. More than 150 short and features films from all four corners of the globe were on display across three theatres in 2015. The 2016 edition, which runs from April 8-17 promises to be an even more impressive affair, and is sure to be one of the greatest showcases of independent film you'll ever experience.

Art Car Parade

Houston's not afraid to think outside the box, a trait that is immediately apparent at the Art Car Parade. Typically taking place in April or May each year, the event is a showcase of what happens when the art and automotive worlds collide. Here, you'll find cars modified and decorated in ways that you would never have before thought possible. Expect to see all sorts of outrageous creations, from cars with bulldozer buckets to motorised high heel shoes.

Texas Renaissance Festival

For a truly unique event that's fun for the whole family, book your Houston holiday to coincide with the Texas Renaissance Festival. Established more than 40 years ago, this extraordinary event is the largest of its kind in the country, and each year more than 500,000 people flock to the festival for a trip back in time. Across eight action-packed weekends in October and November, a colourful assortment of magicians, acrobats, jugglers and dancers are guaranteed to keep audiences of all ages entertained.
You'll also find a thriving village consisting of over 400 shops selling all sorts of artisan goodies, alongside skilled crafts people such as blacksmiths, glassblowers and more. 

Uptown Houston lighting ceremony

No country celebrates Christmas quite like America. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Houston where, on Thanksgiving evening, thousands gather on the streets of the city to take part in the lighting ceremony, which signifies the beginning of the silly season. Local music groups provide a festive ambience as more than half a million Christmas lights come to life, strung up on 80 trees along Post Oak Boulevard. An incredible fireworks display marks the finale of the event.

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