Houston’s April Events and Celebrations

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April is a great time to visit Houston and experience all that the city has to offer. Houston is alive with energy during April, boasting captivating outdoor festivals, live music performances and art displays alongside delightful family-friendly activities – all in perfect weather!

NCAA Final Four (March 31- April 3)

Houston will be hosting the NCAA Final Four tournament, and it promises to be an unforgettable event. Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, there will be plenty of exciting activities for everyone downtown and at the NRG Arena. Downtown Houston will feature live music performances, a 4-mile run and basketball-themed activities for all ages, while the NRG Arena offers a thrilling experience with March Madness: San Diego State University vs. Florida Atlantic University and University of Connecticut vs. University of Miami.

The Houston METRORail is free during the NCAA Final Four weekend and you can learn more about where to stay and how to get to Houston’s March Madness events at our post on NRG Stadium events. With perfect weather during this time of year as well, April in Houston is sure to provide lasting memories!

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 14-16)

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 19-22)

Houston will be hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) from April 19-22, 2023. 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 25-30)

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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