Tomball German Heritage Festival, In Bloom Music Festival: 8 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, March 23-25

The fifth annual Kite Festival will take place in Hermann Park March 25.

The fifth annual Kite Festival will take place in Hermann Park March 25.

Between festivals that celebrate culture to a pub crawl and pet expo, here are a few events to consider adding to your calendar this weekend, March 23-25.

1. Tomball German Heritage Festival
March 23-25
This annual three-day events celebrates German heritage with more than 200 street vendors, ethnic and festival food, beer and wine, a petting zoo, street performers, souvenirs, antiques and arts and crafts. The weekend will also include four stages with live music each day and offers free admission, parking and shuttle services. 6-10 p.m. (March 23), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (March 24), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (March 25). Free. Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball.

2. Bayou City Arts Festival
March 23-25
Art Colony Association Inc. hosts this 47th annual festival showcasing the artwork of more than 300 artists from around the U.S. Attendees can meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art and enjoy live music and local food and drink vendors. The festival will also have a creative zone for children and proceeds will benefit local nonprofits. This year’s Memorial Park 2018 featured artist is Lisa Telling Kattenbraker, a contemporary American batik artist from Olympia, Washington. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-$30. Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston.

3. Sounds of Scotland
March 23
Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School celebrates its Scottish heritage through live performances by world-renowned bagpipers, drummers and dancers on the Smart Financial Centre stage. Proceeds from this event will benefit the school's Scottish Arts Programs. 7:30 p.m. $30-$60. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. 713-666-3111.

4. The Heights Kids’ Day of Music
March 24
With the goal of bringing the local music community to families in The Heights, this event will include a main stage with performances by local bands every 40 minutes and a secondary stage showcasing local businesses and nonprofits that bring music to the community. The event will also feature an instrument petting zoo where children can learn more about musical instruments, and a singing station where attendees can learn more about different types of singing, including opera. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Love Park in the Heights, 1000 W. 12th St., Houston.

5. In Bloom Music Festival
March 24-25
More than 50 performances across four stages will take place at this two-day music festival, formerly known as Free Press Summerfest. Beck and Incubus will headline Saturday’s lineup, while Queens of the Stone Age and Martin Garrix will headline Sunday. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (March 24), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (March 25). $79-$125. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 18-3600 Allen Parkway, Houston.

6. Houston Palestinian Festival
March 24-25
The Palestinian American Cultural Center presents this eighth annual two-day festival, where attendees can enjoy Palestinian cuisine, folkloric music, art, fashion and history. The family-friendly event is free for children age 12 and younger. 1-10 p.m. (March 24), 1-9 p.m. (March 25). $12 (per person). Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston. 832-487-7000.

7. Fifth annual Kite Festival
March 25
Thousands of Houstonians will fly kites at this fifth annual event, featuring live music and entertainment, children’s activities in the H-E-B Kids’ Zone including crafts and face painting, and food trucks. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Herman Park, 6001 Fannin St., Houston.

8. Pub Crawl & Pet Expo
March 25
Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company hosts this third annual event during which participants can enjoy beer, food trucks and play with dogs at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Half of the event’s proceeds will benefits the Houston Arboretum and the other half will benefit BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. 4-7 p.m. $25. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston. 713-681-8433.

By Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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