Houston’s April Events and Celebrations

Art Car Parade vehicles

Spring has sprung in Houston, and with it bursts a kaleidoscope of events guaranteed to tantalize every visitor. As the warm Texas sun chases away the winter chill, the city transforms into a vibrant hub of activity. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking family-friendly entertainment, Houston in April offers something for everyone.

Embrace the Culinary Canvas

For gourmands seeking to tantalize their taste buds, April offers a delectable array of culinary experiences. Foodies won’t want to miss the return of the FoodieLand Night Market (April 5-7) at NRG Park. This open-air extravaganza brings together a diverse selection of Houston’s finest food trucks and vendors. From succulent barbecue and handcrafted tacos to international flavors and innovative fusion cuisine, prepare to embark on a global culinary journey without leaving the city limits. Live music creates a festive atmosphere as you wander through the endless rows of delicious options, making the FoodieLand Night Market a perfect venue for an evening of casual dining and socializing under the stars.

Unwind and Celebrate at Night

As the sun sets, Houston’s nightlife comes alive. Catch a mesmerizing concert paying homage to the legendary Whitney Houston at Queen of the Night: A Tribute (April 3). Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and timeless hits that have etched their way into the hearts of millions. If you’re looking for a contemporary music experience, head to White Oak Music Hall on April 4th for the highly anticipated concert featuring Chastity Belt. For those seeking a dance-filled evening, DJ and music producer Jonas Blue takes the stage at Noto Houston on April 5th.

Embrace the Great Outdoors with the Whole Family

Art Car Parade (events from April 14-16)

Art Car Parade
250+ vehicles like cars, motorcycles, bikes, floats

The Art Car Parade is an annual event in Houston, Texas that celebrates the creativity of art car makers. Every year, hundreds of artists and car enthusiasts from all over the world gather to show off their unique and creative vehicles. The parade features 250+ vehicles, including traditional automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, floats and more! Participants don costumes or dress up their cars in outrageous designs as they make their way through downtown Houston. Spectators line the streets to enjoy live music performances while admiring the colorful procession.

Learn more about where to stay, see the parade route, and how to get to the parade in Lodgeur’s Art Car Parade Guide. The parade is a uniquely Houston celebration.

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (April 12-14)

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival takes place each April, north of Houston in The Woodlands. It’s a celebration of the arts and features over 200 juried artists from around the world displaying their artworks for thousands of attendees to enjoy. The festival takes place along the Woodlands Waterway. The festival includes live music performances, interactive activities, and a children’s art zone.

FIRST Robotics Competition (April 17-20)

Houston will be hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) from April 17-20, 2024. The FRC is an exciting event that brings together teams of high school students from around the globe to design, build, and program robots to compete in challenging games. The event is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where more than 50,000 visitors are expected to visit to witness the competition.

The competition is not just about robotics, but also about developing vital life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and communication. Participants will work together in a high-pressure environment, competing against other teams while learning from each other. The winners of the Houston competition will advance to the FRC World Championship.

Need to book a place to stay for the FIRST Robotics Competition? Lodgeur has you covered.

Houston International Film Festival (April 24-28)

The Houston International Film Festival is the 3rd oldest film festival in the world and claims to be the oldest independent film festival. Held in April, this festival showcases films from around the world and brings together filmmakers, actors, producers, directors and fans for a celebration of cinema.

The festival will hold screenings of 30 feature films and 60 international short films, as well as panel discussions with industry professionals and networking events. This year’s lineup promises to be one of the most exciting yet with a variety of films from established masters to up-and-coming independent artists.

Patio Weather!

Houston’s summer heat hasn’t set in yet and the patios are buzzing. Here are Lodgeur’s favorite places to enjoy food and drinks on a patio.

Looking ahead?

Check out Houston’s events in May.

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