15 Upcoming May Festivals To Have On Your Radar Right Now

15 Upcoming May Festivals To Have On Your Radar Right Now

Looking to add a little culture to your weekend? Keep track of all the fun with our Monthly Festival Tracker:

The Houston Polish Festival

May 5-7

The Houston Polish Festival is a celebration of the food, the music, the language, the customs and the culture of the Polish people. The Festival, the largest Polish festival in Texas, is held on the grounds of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish located at 1731 Blalock Drive, 1.5 miles north of the Katy Freeway. Enjoy live music all day on the main stage presented by Brave Combo, Moe Hansum, Ed Winiarski, Ksawery Rolak, and others.

League City Music Festival & BBQ Cookoff 2017

May 5-6, 2017

The League City Music Festival & BBQ Cookoff in League City, Texas, is an annual event held at Walter Hall Park. The event features a carnival with tons of rides, bingo, a BBQ cook-off, a Kids Area and lively musical performances. Two newer additions are the Safari Run, a race through a two-mile obstacle course, and a Karaoke Showdown.

Middlelands 2017

May 5-7, 2017

Insomnia Events and C3 Presents, the juggernauts behind Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapalooza, respectively, are going medieval. Clad in menacing chainmail armor with lances at the ready, they’re leading the charge to put on the first music festival that offers a medieval theme. By shoehorning modern artists into the 14th century, Middlelands – founded in 2017 – is the best example of an anachronism since A Knight’s Tale.

Taking place on Texas Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds (the largest theme park of its kind in the nation), Middlelands is the product of old history textbooks, raw imagination, and a few thousand lasers. It’s a futuristic retreat where colorful characters, mechanical thrill rides and flashy fortresses coexist amid lush surroundings. With its larger-than-life personality, the world is just as much a character as the horde of fans getting ready to attend the festival in its inaugural year.

Baytown Rotary Shrimp + Catfish Festival 2017

May 6, 2017

Established in 1928, the Baytown Rotary Shrimp + Catfish Festival held in Baytown, Texas, has become a community tradition. The food-centric festival emphasizes local cuisine by providing guests with massive amounts of local shrimp and catfish. Additionally, festivalgoers are invited to enter in a raffle with the chance to win a brand new car.

Houston Dragon Boat Festival 2017

May 6, 2017

The annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival in Houston, Texas, features the exciting tradition of dragon boat competitions. The one-day event celebrates the Asian and Asian-American culture with heritage-honoring music and dance performances, diverse and delectable Asian cuisines, educational workshops and family-friendly games and activities.

Star Wars Art Festival 2017

 May 6-7, 2017

The force is strong with this festival. The annual Star Wars Art Festival in Houston, Texas, is a cosplay-friendly celebration of the Star Wars film saga. The two-day extravaganza features over 100 homegrown and national artists showcasing their Star Wars-inspired works. Additional attractions include dancing, adult libations and vendors slinging Star Wars merchandise.

Houston Japan Festival 2017

May 6-7, 2017

Established in 1993 by the Japan-America Society of Houston, the Houston Japan Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and tradition. Attractions include martial arts demonstrations, traditional tea ceremonies, dance performances and vendors serving authentic Japanese cuisine. The festival also serves as an outreach program in order to create a stronger relationship between the Japanese and Greater Houston communities.

Yellow Rose Comedy Festival 2017

May 12-13, 2017

The Yellow Rose Comedy Festival is Houston's first ever all-female comedy festival. It will be held May 12th & 13th, 2017 at Warehouse Live. The Yellow Rose Comedy Festival is a celebration of the phenomenal female comedians who perform in Houston


Houston Crawfish, Crab & Grill Festival 2017

May 13, 2017

As organizers of the Houston Crawfish, Crab & Grill Festival, we’re always looking for opportunities to engage more closely with the local community, create awareness about causes that have a positive impact, and give back to those in need.

A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women, a Houston-based non-profit organization established in 1997 to help women, youth, and families overcome challenges in life, especially those struggling in toxic relationships and abusive marriages. This organization assists victims through counseling, empowerment coaching, educational classes, group therapy, workshops, and financial assistance.

AsiaFest 2017

May 13, 2017

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with AsiaFest, Asia Society Texas Center's annual family event featuring vibrant community performances, delicious fusion cuisine, family fun and creative activities, local vendors, and more! Food trucks representing the Bayou City’s culinary diversity will be lined up along Southmore Boulevard. Catch performances and demonstrations from Houston's many cultural groups!

Extremely Shorts Film Festival 2017

May 19-20, 2017

The Extremely Shorts Film Festival is a juried competition of films from around the world that last three minutes or less. The two-day screening event showcases 20-25 mini-masterpieces with Audience Choice awards being presented at the end of the festival. Films cover a range of genres including art, narrative, documentary, experimental and animation, and the format of the festival encourages adventurous and creative approaches to storytelling.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival 2017

May 19-21, 2017

Pasadena Strawberry Festival is an annual festival held at the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds in Pasadena, Texas. It is a family event with fun, entertainment, and activities. The festival also features food, arts, music, beauty pageants and of course, strawberries. More than 70,000 people attend the festival every year, making it easy to see why Pasadena holds the title of "Strawberry Capital of the South."



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