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Spring Festivals in The Woodlands Area

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Spring is just around the corner and attending an outdoor festival is a great way to celebrate. Although the spring season officially starts March 20, there’s no need to wait when the weather is good! From a film festival, to art festivals, to family festivals and more, there are plenty of options to choose from. Mark your calendar and plan now to attend these fun, local spring festivals.

February 14-18 – Inspire Film Festival – This five-day cinematic experience is dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films, speakers, and events that celebrate the human spirit. The film festival kicks off by Waterway Square in The Woodlands with a community screening of short films followed by a VIP party that includes a multimedia fashion show featuring original designs inspired by the films. The films are further brought to life through a variety of panel discussions and interactive community events over the course of the festival.

Inspire Film Festival The Woodlands 2018

March 9 – Arts in the Park – Enjoy an afternoon with family and friends at Rob Fleming Park. Bring lawn chairs, grab a bite to eat at the food trucks and enjoy live stage performances. This free event features local vendors selling original artwork, children’s activities and live entertainment. Residents are encouraged to create their very own masterpiece and enter the Annual Youth Art Contest.

March 16 – Honky Tonk Chili Challenge – Enjoy an afternoon of live two-stepping honky tonk style music along with award winning chili from some of the state’s top cooks in a festival that celebrates music and food. Scheduled to perform are Jeff Woolsey & the Dance Hall Kings, Palomino Moon, and The Country All-Stars. Admission and parking are free.

March 16 – Shamrock Shindig – This festival celebrates all things green for St. Patrick’s Day. Head to Town Green Park for green beer, bagpipers, Irish dancers, food trucks, artisan vendors, and a kid’s zone.

st patricks day the woodlands shamrock shindig 2017

March 23 – The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival – The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival features thousands of pounds of Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to perfection, as well as kid-friendly chicken tenders and barbecue. It will be an afternoon filled with cold beer, delicious food, live music, and kids’ activities, all to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension.

March 29-31 – Tomball German Fest – This free family event will have 4 music stages, 200+ street vendors, ethnic & festival food, beer & wine, petting zoo, street performers, souvenirs, arts & crafts, antiques, and more!

Tomball German Fest




March 30 – Tribute to The Woodlands Music Fest – Come out to the 2nd Annual Tribute to The Woodlands Music Festival in the heart of The Woodlands to hear the best tribute bands around covering some of the best musicians ever! There will be food trucks, cold drinks, artisan vendors, and a kid’s zone.

The inaugural Tribute to Woodlands Music Festival was "an experience to remember" as thousands experienced live music and fun in Town Green Park on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

April 5 & 6 – Montgomery County Fair BBQ Cookoff – This food festival is all about barbecue, with 150+ teams competing for the Montgomery County Fair Association Barbecue Cookoff Championship. Teams will begin moving in Thursday, April 4th and they will begin cooking Friday, April 5th. A Champion will be named on Saturday, April 6th. Shuttle Buses will run on Friday and Saturday from Sam’s on Loop 336 and I-45 and the Outlet Mall at I-45 and League Line Road. Awards are given for Brisket, Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork categories. Teams will also participate in special events such as Outhouse Races, Most Congenial Team, Best Dressed Port-a-can, Most Colorful and Most Imaginative Team.

April 6 & 7 – Texas Wine & Art Festival – General admission to the festival is free on Saturday and this family friendly event is open to all ages. Wine tasting admission tickets include a commemorative wine glass and 15 tasting tickets. Texas wineries will offer old favorites as well as new wines for sampling and purchasing. Talented Texas artists will showcase their creative art in photography, clothing, hand-made jewelry, paintings, and crafts. You will also enjoy gourmet foods and sauces. Come and enjoy the music, food, wines and the art!




April 6 – Crawdads for ‘Merica – Teams will compete in a Boil-Off to see who is ‘Merica’s Best Crawfish Team! You will have the chance to eat each team’s crawfish as well as vote in the People’s Choice Award. Live music, concessions, and a ton of kids’ activities will round out the event while you enjoy your beer and crawfish! This event raises money for the Casualties of War nonprofit organization.

April 13 & 14 – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival – Town Green Park and the Waterway will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring over 200 juried artists from across the country. Enjoy 4 entertainment stages, hands-on art activities and demonstrations along with amazing food and beverages all weekend long.

the woodlands waterway arts festival 2017

April 27 & 28 – Texas Crawfish Festival – The Texas Crawfish & Music Festival is a jam packed weekend full of fun for everyone. Grab a cold one and check out one of our music stages with live entertainment all weekend. Take the kids and let them enjoy this Texas tradition with rides and a petting zoo!

May 4 – Spring Fine Art Show – Free and open to the public, the Spring Fine Arts Show is a festival of art at Market Street and one of the most popular gatherings for artists in The Woodlands where families can browse for great buys, enjoy live music and participate in artist demonstrations. Fun activities for aspiring artists of all ages also are scheduled.

Market Street Fall Arts Show

May 4 – Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival – This day long tribute to the tasty crawfish will feature music from the Allen Oldies Band, The Powell Brothers, Bayou Roux, Phineus Reb, and others. There will be food and merchandise vendors, a kids’ zone, live crawfish racing, and more. Admission and parking are free.


Check back on the Hello Woodlands Calendar Page and the monthly 31 Things to Do list for more festivals as they come up! Subscribe to our Email Newsletter, follow us on social media at @HelloWoodlands, and contact us at to tell us about your favorite local festivals.