Living in Houston is an experience unlike any other. Aside from the safe, peaceful neighborhoods, beautiful luxury housing, and countless nearby career opportunities, Houston residents enjoy being a part of a strong, generous community that hosts a slew of fun local events and benefits each year.
This year is no exception, and we have a handful of exciting benefits coming up in the next few weeks that everybody in Houston should be sure to check out!
Houston upcoming events for Spring 2018
1. Azalea Trail
This is a long-running tradition that began in the 1930s, when residents raised money for the community by selling tickets to view local gardens. Several of these gardens became known for their exotic azalea plants, which especially caught residents’ attention, as these flowers are not native to the area. The resulting fascination with azalea plants later inspired the creation of the Azalea Trail.
Each year, a group of local gardens is selected to be part of the Azalea Trail, and residents buy tickets to observe and learn about the exotic flowers. The proceeds from the Azalea Trail are used to give back to the community each year, funding projects in conservation, beautification, and horticultural education.
Noteworthy attendees of this year’s Azalea Trail, named Blossoms on the Bayou, include Harris County Judge Honorable Ed Emmett and Laura Dowling, an author and former White House florist.
Blossoms on the Bayou will take place from March 2 through March 4. The event will begin with the annual ribbon cutting ceremony, to be performed by Judge Emmett. Participants will be provided with free trolley service to view homes, gardens, house museums, and the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics, all of which are participating in this year’s trail.
For more information on this event, or to purchase tickets, visit the River Oaks Garden Club site today!
2. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Arguably one of the largest and most exciting fundraisers, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is another noteworthy annual event that can’t be missed. Taking place from February 27 until March 18, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a benefit that raises money for local scholarships and educational grants.
Since its creation in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has raised more than $450 million in scholarships and educational program grants. Today, there are over 2,000 Texas students funding their education through Rodeo scholarships, and this event has become a great source of pride for Houston residents.
Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is accompanied by musical acts from some of the biggest country stars. This year’s lineup is no exception, and the schedule for musical performers is as follows:
- Garth Brooks, 2/27
- Little Big Town, 2/28
- Blake Shelton, 3/1
- Leon Bridges, 3/2
- Kelseea Ballerini, 3/3
- Alessia Cara, 3/4
- Rascal Flatts, 3/5
- Jason Aldean, 3/6
- Thomas Rhett, 3/7
- Luke Bryan, 3/8
- Chris Young, 3/9
- Cody Johnson, 3/10
- Calibre 50, 3/11
- Zac Brown Band, 3/12
- J Balvin, 3/13
- OneRepublic, 3/14
- Keith Urban, 3/15
- Chris Stapleton, 3/16
- Brad Paisley, 3/17
- Garth Brooks, 3/18
Activities and attractions
In addition to musical entertainment, the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show includes carnival games and rides, dining options from over 300 different food vendors, and the Lone Star Market, an outdoor shopping location where attendees can find everything from leather goods to artwork.
The unique activities at the Rodeo are also worth checking out, as there’s truly something for everybody:
At Agventure, exhibits feature just about every species of livestock, from honeybees to chickens to rabbits. Adults and children can enjoy the fun, educational exhibits, not to mention the petting zoo and pony rides!
Champion Wine Garden
At the wine garden, visitors can enjoy live music while sampling wine from the Rodeo’s International Wine Competition. There are even wine seminars where enthusiasts who are 21 and over can learn about some of the most popular wines from the 2018 International Wine Competition.
Ranching & Wildlife Expo
This event is the perfect activity for hunting, fishing, and camping enthusiasts. Learn about ongoing conservation programs and how wildlife habitats can co-exist with ranches. Attendees can bid on hunting and fishing trips through a special auction that takes place.
Of course, there rodeo shows themselves are arguably among the most exciting parts of the entire event.
From February 27 through March 17, there’s a tournament-style competition known as the Super Series, which includes bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, and more. Each event crowns a champion who wins a grand prize and is invited back to compete at RODEOHOUSTON the next year.
On Sunday, March 18, this invitation-only event features defending champions participating in five traditional rodeo events: bareback racing, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and steer wrestling.
This is the perfect event for attendees interested in learning the fundamentals of rodeo events. See how cowboys use their strength, body weight, and experience to complete the well-known rodeo events we all love to watch.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo really does have something for everyone, on top of being a great place to mingle with fellow Houstonians. Visit the Rodeo’s website for more information on events and admissions, or to purchase tickets online.
3. MS 150 bike ride from Houston to Austin
The MS bike ride is without a doubt one of the most important Houston upcoming events this spring. Organized by the National MS Society, this two-day bike ride takes place from April 28-29 and is is the largest event of its kind, and aims to raise $15,000,000 this year for MS research.
Anybody interested in participating should register online and then download the fundraising form to start raising money as soon as possible. Participants are required to meet a $400 fundraising minimum, and are encouraged to leverage friends and family as well as social media to spread awareness and ask for donations.
Bike riders are also eligible to win one of many prizes, which will be announced once finalized. If you’re in the Houston area and enjoy cycling, this fundraiser is absolutely worth looking into!
As you can see, the Houston area is booming with exciting local events this spring. More importantly, Houstonians know the importance of giving back to the community. Don’t forget to follow me on social media for more information on upcoming events in the Houston area!