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What's On In Texas In April 2016

What's On In Texas In April 2016

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Updated: 12 October 2016
Texas is a big state filled with big events. April 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.


© Ian Kennedy/ © John Tornow/ © Karl Baron/ © Craig Morey

© Ian Kennedy/ © John Tornow/ © Karl Baron/ © Craig Morey

MUSIC   |   Enjoy Free Big-Name Musicians At Discovery Green

Fri April 1st – Sun April 3rd

How does Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, and Pitbull all in one weekend sound? And it’s all free!

ART   |   Take An Art Walk At Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Fri April 1st – Sun April 3rd

Find out why this trendy neighborhood is making a name for itself. The best art, food, and music are on display.

FOOD   |   Celebrate A Win With Muddy Trails Bash Crawfish

Sat April 2nd

Is there a better way to celebrate crossing the finish line of a 10K than with crawfish? Probably not.

FESTIVAL   |   Let Your Spirits Soar At Houston Kite Festival

Sun April 3rd

You don’t have to be a kid to have fun flying a kite. Take advantage of the spring breeze and get flying!


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© Daniel M. Hendricks/ © Ed Schipul/ © Jason Dean/ © Mike Fisher

COMEDY   |   Laugh Out Loud At Monday Night Mash

Mon April 4th

What do you get when you combine three of Austin’s best improv troupes? The funniest show in town!

THEATRE   |   ‘Be Back Soon’ At Oliver! Presented By TUTS

Tues April 5th – Sun April 17th

This acclaimed play presented by one of Houston’s finest theatre companies will leave you saying ‘Please sir, I want some more.’

ART   |   Get Wacky At Art Car Weekend

Fri April 8th – Sun April 10th

This is a Houston tradition you have to see to believe. Peacock cars, cat-mobiles, and mobile cupcakes await you at this crazy parade.

ART   |   Discover Beautiful Art Work At Midtown Park

Sat April 9th

This beautiful park will be filled with beautiful works of art. Good news: you can take some home with you!

DRINK   |   Indulge At Texas Wine And Art Festival

Sat April 9th – Sun April 10th

If you love both wine and art, Houston has the perfect festival for you! This sounds like the great relaxing weekend you need.

NATURE   |   Celebrate The Colors Of Spring At Dallas Blooms

Until April 10th

Tulips, azaleas, and daffodils… oh my! Never has a prettier site ever met your eye.


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© Larry Johnson/ © eng1ne/ © Chris/ © Nathan Taylor

ART   |   Make A Scene At CounterCurrent Art Fest

Tues April 12th – Sun April 17th

Experience the city in a whole new way. This experimental art show will push boundaries and challenge the way you see the world.

FESTIVAL   |   Have A Fiesta At Fiesta San Antonio

Thurs April 14th – Sun April 24th

Celebrate the wonderful culture, food, music, and community of one of Texas’s greatest cities. Bonus: there’s a parade on the river!

FILM   |   Catch Too Late Before It’s Too Late

Fri April 15th

Five reels of 35mm film, out of order, but perfectly in place. This technical wonder is a must-see special presentation at Alamo Drafthouse.

MUSIC   |   What’s The Buzz On Buzzfest 35?

Sat April 16th

Suffering from festival withdrawals after SXSW? Can’t wait for Free Press? Head out to the Woodlands to get your music fix!

CULTURE   |   Celebrate Japanese Culture At Japan Festival Houston

Sat April 16th – Sun April 17th

Cosplay, music, food, fashion, and more! Learn about the history behind some of your favorite Japanese traditions.


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© Katie Haugland/ © zaimoku_woodpile/ © Mike Fisher/ © Prayitno

ART   |   Art While You Shop At The Galleria

Tues April 19th – Sat April 23rd

Here’s another great reason to visit the Galleria this month — and it’s not a sale. Watch artist Stephen Wiltshire sketch the Houston skyline in the middle of the mall.

DANCE   |   Swing On Over To Swing Dancing At The Fed

Thurs April 21st

You don’t need to know how to dance to have fun at this dance party. Just come ready to learn, meet new people, and have a great time!

HISTORY   |   Watch History Come To Life At San Jacinto Fest

Sat April 23rd

Cannons, horses, and pyrotechnics make this battle reenactment an unforgettable way to memorialize a part of Texas history.

DANCE   |   Get Moving At Bollywood Broadway In Houston

Sun April 24th

Bollywood movie fans listen up! This exciting free event delves into the diverse world of Indian dance.

DANCE   |   Watch Houston’s Rising Ballet Stars Take The Stage

Sun April 24th – Mon April 25th

Watch the future of dance flourish with these dance students. Prepare to be dazzled by Houston’s young shining stars.


© a rancid amoeba/ © Quinn Dombrowski

© a rancid amoeba/ © Quinn Dombrowski

FILM   |   Experience Latin American Culture Through Film

Thurs April 28th – May 1st

Maybe you can’t afford to travel through Central and South America. But you can explore some of the beauty and diversity of the region at this film series.

DRINK   |   Sample A Craft Brew Or Two At BrewFest

Sat April 30th

The only thing better than a cold beer on the weekend is having 150 different beer options to choose from!