As we say goodbye to the dark, gloomy days of winter, we are excited to step into the spring season and soak up the last of these beautiful 80-degree days, before the scorching summer begins. Luckily for us, Houston is filled with plenty of fantastic activities, from dining to festivals, to help us make the most of this delightful time of year.
Want to take a look at the best Houston happenings this spring? Check out the lineup of our top recommendations to make the most of your March and April.
Make the Most of Patio Season
Before Houston becomes unbearably hot for the summer, make sure to take every opportunity to enjoy your evening “al fresco” this season. There truly is no better way to end the day than sipping a fresh cocktail during golden hour with good company. Some of our favorite outdoor dining spots include the neighborhood eatery and bar B.B. Lemon
, the newer hot spot d’Alba
, the classic River Oaks bistro Brasserie 19
, and the 2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist
Bludorn. Spring also calls for the crowd's favorite crawfish season. It’s time to get your hands dirty at some of our favorite spots, like BB’s Cafe, Ragin’ Cajun, and Boil House, for the best mudbugs Houston
has to offer.
Check Out Some Amazing Live Entertainment
Live concerts and shows are back in full swing just in time for spring. Be sure to grab a ticket to one of your favorites making a stop in Houston. If you are a fan of the theater, Houston has an abundance of performing arts centers, including favorites like Alley Theatre, Hobby Center
, and Miller Outdoor Theatre. Each location has a consistent calendar of amazing performances throughout 2022. Some of the most notable shows for this season include classics like Hamilton and Fiddler on the Roof. Concerts are also abundant here in Houston with mainstays, like the Toyota Center
and House of Blues
, hosting an array of entertainers you do not want to miss. If you are looking for a more intimate, casual concert experience, check out The Rustic Post Oak
or Downtown, known for their weekly live music, for the perfect date night or happy hour location.
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Tap Into Your Artistic Side
Houston is filled with an abundance of activities for every art lover. Bring the entire family downtown for the artistic event of the season with the annual Houston Art Car Parade. Experience elaborate designs on over 100 cars displaying everything from fur to fire. If you can’t make it out to the parade, stop by the Heights and visit the Art Car Museum
to check out some of the amazing cars from past parades. Houston is also now home to two immersive art experiences, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
and Immersive Frida Kahlo
. With their beautiful, two-story visuals, feel as if you are stepping into a few of the most famous paintings known to date. Ready to create your masterpiece? Head over to Montrose’s Pinot’s Palette
for a night filled with fun, laughs, and painting.
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Indulge in the Newest, Most Noteworthy Restaurants
As Houston is constantly developing new, noteworthy restaurants all over town, we have a couple of recommendations for the spots that should be on your radar this season. After successful locations in Austin and Dallas, James Beard Award Winning chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin are making headlines after introducing the Asian fusion restaurant and bar, Loro
to the Heights this past month. Coming to the Montrose Collective hub, Marmo
, an Italian steakhouse, is set to open this April and serve up an assortment of handmade pasta dishes, charcuterie, and prime steaks. Lastly, from chef consultant Antoine Ware, The Warwick will debut this spring season, on the corner of Westheimer and Fountain View, and will display a menu of American fare with a Southern influence through dishes like chargrilled oysters, fontina fondue, and butter-poached lobster tails.
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Bring the Whole Family Outside
Since springtime is filled with beautiful days in Houston, there are so many opportunities to take part in outdoor festivities this season. Looking for fresh, local produce? Head out to one of Houston’s many farmer's markets
, like the popular Houston Farmers Market, Urban Harvest Farmers Market, Sterling’s Market, or Midtown Houston Farmers Market, for amazing offerings of local vegetables, fruits, prepared foods, dairy products, flowers & plants. Trying to find the perfect park spot for the entire family? Nestled between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, take some time in Buffalo Bayou Park
where the activities are endless with kayak rentals, hiking, and bike trails, dog and skate parks, picnic spots, and live entertainment–not to mention it is one of the best locations to see lovely patches of bluebonnets.
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Spend a Day Filled with Friends and Wine
Ready for a day of sunshine and wine with the girls? The Houston area is home to multiple wineries that are sure to make for a fantastic Saturday. Some of our top recommendations for an amazing experience include The Nice Winery
, Sable Gate Winery
, and Decant Urban Winery. If you are willing to travel outside of Houston, make a trip to Bernhardt Winery
where you can enjoy wine tastings, music events, and knowledgeable staff on their beautiful 12 acres. Whether you just want to share a bottle with your friends or embark on a full winery tour, there are plenty of options for you and your party.
Let us know how you plan on spending your free time in Houston this spring!