Festival GuideWritten by The Woodlands Guide
The Woodlands Township presents several annual festivals and annual events throughout the year.
From Christmas to Halloween and scattered in between, fun (& frequently free) activities abound in The Woodlands. There's always something going on in The Woodlands. In addition to the numerous activities and seemingly endless entertainment, The Woodlands is home to a variety of annual events – both during the holiday seasons and and throughout the year. The many events in The Woodlands range from free festivals to annual races and marathons. If you're planning a trip to the area, or just trying to fill up your weekend, The Woodlands Festival Guide is a great place to begin your research. You'll find festivals, sporting events, museum exhibits, outdoor events and more with this complete calendar for all things Woodlands. And if all that still isn't enough to keep you and your family busy, TheWoodlands.Guide keeps tabs on a number of events going on around The Woodlands as well! The Woodlands Events offer something for everyone.
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, an annual fine art show featuring more than 200 national and regional artists using a wide variety of mediums. The 2 day event takes place in April each year alongside the Waterway stretching from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center alongside The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and beyond. The 2010 Art Festival included some free festivities at Waterway Square including sidewalk art (chalk) for the kids and other amatuer artists. The Waterway is included in the Town Center area which has ample parking, the free trolley service in the area and the waterway cruisers along the entire length of the festival. Concessions are available within the festival site, and an array of restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the festival. In addition to the art on display from hundreds of artists, patrons can enjoy live entertainment through the weekend.
The Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza is held every year in The Woodlands. This event in The Woodlands Town Center is attended by tens of thousands of people to celebrate America's Independence. The hotspot for the celebration is in Waterway Square on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway®.
The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a long-standing November tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. Featuring snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities and more, Lighting of the Doves culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway and a dazzling fireworks display.
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This event offers something for everyone including exhibitions by local bike shops and bicycle clubs, maintenance demonstrations covering basic bike maintenance and flat tire repair, bike safety information, children's activities, a kids' bike rodeo, live music, inflatables, food and more. Attendees are encouraged to bike to the event.
The Ice Rink operates from mid-November to mid-January and attracts over 50,000 skaters each season. The Woodlands Winter Wonderland adds to the festive atmosphere, illuminating Town Center during the holiday season. This alluring light display provides an amazing showcase of colorful holiday lights and storybook displays.
Princesses, pirates, ghosts and goblins don their costumes and enjoy a spook-tacular celebration at the annual community-favorite Trick or Treat Trail at Northshore Park. At the event, children have the opportunity to trick or treat from booth to booth and fill their bags with goodies from more than 30 local vendors. Plus, the free event includes great strolling entertainment, inflatables, games, costume contests and more.
All are invited to celebrate Memorial Day in The Woodlands and honor our fallen heroes, as well as those who have served in the military. The annual festival in May features live music, children’s activities, strolling entertainers and more at Town Green Park. The evening concludes with a dazzling fireworks display choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack.