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What's On In Houston In May 2016
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What's On In Houston In May 2016

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Updated: 12 October 2016
Texas is a big state filled with big events. May is in the heart of Spring and brings wonderful outdoor events, music festivals, art shows, and celebrations with a whole lot of personality. No matter if you are in a big city or in a small town, Texas has events that are worth the 10 hour drive across the state.


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© Evan Schaaf/ | Jean-Etienne/ | Anefo Nationaal Archief /| Bruce Turner

FILM | Get To Know Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men

Sun May 1

Discover Sidney Lumet’s directorial debut at this special screening of the 1957 drama 12 Angry Men.

THEATRE | A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder Takes Houston

Wed May 4 – Sun May 15

This Tony Award-winning musical promises a murderously good time.

FILM | Meet The Man Behind These Iconic 70’s Music Videos

Thurs May 5 – Sat May 7

The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson – this director has produced videos for all of them.

CULTURE | Try Delicious Pierogi At Houston Polish Festival

Fri May 6 Sat May 8

Celebrate Polish culture at the largest Polish festival in Texas. While you’re there, sample some kielbasa and desserts.

CULTURE | Race Dragons At Houston Dragon Boat Festival

Sat May 7

No, those aren’t sea monsters in the Bayou – they’re traditional Hong Kong-style dragon boats!

ART | Discover Sixth Street History At Pecan Street Festival

Sat May 7 – Sun May 8

Once known as Pecan Street, Sixth Street fills with music, art, and food for this Austin tradition.


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© Kim Alaniz/ | Quinn Dombrowski/ | Bobby Ketchum/ | San José Library

MUSIC | Get Ready To Dance At Tejano Conjunto Festival

Wed May 11 – Sun May 15

This San Antonio festival is a conjunto fan’s dream. Five days of the biggest acts await you.

MUSIC | Two-Step Over To Crude Fest Country Music Festival

Thurs May 12 Sat May 14

Aaron Watson, Josh Abbott, Kevin Fowler, and Jason Boland are heading out to Midland for this festival. Will you join them?

THEATRE | Discover Local Talent At Playhouse 1960 Short Play Festival

Thurs May 12 Sun May 22

This festival packs 16 short plays into one night. Bonus: they’re written by local playwrights.

ART | Chat With The Artists At Texas Gulf Coast Arts Festival

Fri May 13 Sun May 15

A beautiful art walk under the stars is just the beginning to this festival, bringing talented professional artists to Houston.

THEATRE | Watch The World Dance At Fiesta Noche Del Rio

Fri May 13 – Sat Aug 13

This outdoor summer festival takes place by the Riverwalk and features song and dance from three different continents.

FAMILY | Show Your Appreciation For The Galveston Bay At Bay Day

Sat May 14

This family-friendly event has touch tanks, music, a scavenger hunt, and a whole lot of love for the Bay.

CULTURE | Celebrate Hispanic Culture At Festival De Mayo 2016

Sun May 15

Music, art, food, and performances are only part of the fun visitors can expect at this festival.


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© Mathias Appel/ | Philip Kromer/ | Mosman Council/ | Chun Kit To

FESTIVAL | Get Hopping Over To Copperas Cove’s Rabbit Fest

Thurs May 19 Sun May 22

Who doesn’t love bunnies? This festival holds a parade, carnival, competitions, and more to honor these fluffy creatures.

FOOD | Have A Sweet Weekend At Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Fri May 20–Sun May 22

If you love strawberries, this festival is for you. Did we mention they have the world’s largest strawberry shortcake?

PETS | Strut Your Pup At Puppies For Breakfast Dog Festival

Sat May 21

Show your pup some love at this dog-themed festival. You’ll both have a doggone good time.

ART | Go Behind The Scenes At West Austin Studio Tour

Sat May 21– Sun May 22

Meet the artists, learn about their process, and experience a real working studio at this self-guided art tour.

FOOD | Taste Real Texas BBQ At Houston Barbecue Fest

Sun May 22

Welcome barbeque lovers! Houston’s finest BBQ joints are ready to fill your plate with delicious meat and all the fixings.


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© Jason Persse/ | Sascha Wenninger/ | Hernán Piñera/ | ricketyus

TRIVIA | Study Up For Pluckers Trivia Night

Wed May 25

Can you name that tune? What is a baby hippo called? Test your knowledge at this trivia night.

POP CULTURE | Show Your Comic Culture Pride At Space City Comic Con

Fri May 27– Sun May 29

Actors, directors, comic book writers, and other industry leaders join comic culture fans for discussions and meet-and-greets in Space City.

FILM | Rediscover Jules Dassin’s Crime Thriller ‘Rafifi’

Fri May 27–Mon May 30

Dassin traveled to Paris to produce this 1955 heist film after being blacklisted in Hollywood.

DRINK | Get A Taste Of Houston’s Brewery Scene At Brew Trek

Sat May 28

This Houston beer tour company visits 20 craft breweries. Which will be your favorite?

FESTIVAL | Marvel At The Colorful El Paso Balloon Festival

Sat May 28–Mon May 30

There’s nothing ‘up in the air’ about this festival. El Paso Balloon has been around 30 years and is still dazzling crowds.


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ART | Discover New Voices At Austin Poetry Slam

Tues May 31

Austin poetry slam has been a part of the community for 20 years and continues to support emerging talent.