Follow this link to see the top free events in Houston. The world's oldest and largest Art Car Parade is the highlight of three-days of wild and crazy celebrations.
This years 2010 parade is expected to attract over 250 artist and their vehicles from across the U.S. along with Canada and Mexico.
Houston Parade Facts
* The parade attracts entries from 23 states
* An audience of some 250,000 are expected to see this live event
* Parade entries include anything on wheels from
o unicycles to
o lawnmowers to
o cars and go-carts
* Entries are from members of the general public , recognized artists, community groups, and public and private schools.
Related Art Car Events
Some of the other events that make up the supporting cast for this art-centric weekend include a populist fundraiser to benefit the art car events, aptly named the Art Car Ball.
That first ball 1,200 enthusiastic supporters showed up at night on the roof of a downtown parking garage to gawk at 100 art cars, and dance to the nuclear polka of Brave Combo.
Today, the Art Car Ball in Houston and Patron Party are recognized as "Houston's Best Party" by "Houston Press" readers.
The VIPit Party is the most lavish setting for viewing the Houston parade. The VIPit Party is held on some of the best viewing spots on the parade route. The swank party features delicious fare, ice cold beverages, bleacher seating, activities for children, gift bags, and live parade commentary providing the inside scoop on all of the fabulous entries.
To be a part of this hip affair you can go online and get your seating in advance.
More Free Houston Events This Weekend
Check out these other cool things to do in Houston for FREE...
Stop, Look and Listen are free family concerts presented by The Menil Collection and Da Camera of Houston. This concert series on The Menil Collection campus has quickly become a popular family event. Combine a visit to the museum with an interactive and informative concert.
FATHER/CHILD MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT.
Sat, May 8, 10 a.m. Kids, bring an adult, (father or grandfather will do) and build your mom a homemade wooden gift for Mother’s Day.
Limit one per family.
SECOND SATURDAY: WOODWORK SHOP.
Saturday, May 8, 1-3 p.m. Daily activities done by the early Texas settlers are demonstrated. See how tools like the draw knife, foot adze, and shaving horse are used to shape and form wooden items.
Sunday Mother's Day
Houston Ballet's program will feature three diverse works at Miller Outdoor Theater. Each choreographed by one of today's most sought-after choreographers; Stanton Welch's, Nacho Duato and Twyla Tharp.
Discovery Greens' Sundays in the Park
9 – The Trade Jazz Band
Free Exercise Program
Tuesday, May 11
PiYo ( Pilates + Yoga )with TUTS in downtown Houston at Discovery Green
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