April 2018 Calendar
APRIL 6-8: HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION’S SPRING HOME
& GARDEN TOUR, noon-6 p.m. both days
A candlelight dinner April 6 kicks off the event following a theme of “Boots, Bling & Bingo!” with reserved tickets offering a silent auction and sneak preview of the homes. The public tour, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, includes houses displaying a diverse mix of architectural styles and inviting gardens.
APRIL 7: “APRIL DROOLS” HOME TOURS, every weekend during April
Johnson Development Corp. presents this Houston-area tour showcasing designs from renowned builders. More than 500 homes in 14 communities are on view.
APRIL 7-8: RICE DESIGN ALLIANCE ARCHITECTURE TOUR, 1-6 p.m. both days
“Balance: Celebrating Women in Design” is the theme of this 43rd annual event. Six projects located citywide demonstrate female architects’ leadership to build a better Houston. Tickets for this self-driven tour offer access to all locations, as well as to the RDA tour app that provides detailed audio curation.
Rice Design Alliance, www.ricedesignalliance.org
APRIL 10: “DESIGN IN BLOOM”
Get ready for a day of style and design with lectures, book signings, floral demonstrations and more as Flower Magazine sponsors this event. Featured presenters include interior designer and author Charlotte Moss, award-winning architect Gil Schafer, lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks and master floral designer Remco Van Vliet. Following the panel discussion, guests are invited to peruse pop-up shops and attend a closing mixer.
The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, www.thehoustondesigncenter.com
THROUGH APRIL 5: 41ST INTERNATIONAL WATERMEDIA EXHIBITION
The Watercolor Art Society-Houston brings watercolorists from across the globe to this highly anticipated show, which attracts art collectors and enthusiasts.
1601 W. Alabama St., 713-942-9966, www.watercolorhouston.org
APRIL 7: THE BUFFALO MARKET, starting at 5 p.m.
This curated event showcases a group of artisans and craftsmen in a variety of industries that include leather and wood, coffee, a full barbershop, custom apparel, shoe and sneaker brands, motorcycle enthusiasts and candle artisans.
832-868-6636, 4715 Main St.
APRIL 7-8: 13TH ANNUAL WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
More than 200 juried artists, live musical performances on four stages, children’s hands-
on arts activities, culinary demonstrations, a student art scholarship exhibit plus food and beverages from a variety of popular restaurants are all part of this extravaganza.
Town Center and Town Green Park, The Woodlands, www.thewoodlands.com
APRIL 7-8: 37TH HOUSTON HOME SHOW, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Home improvement professionals are on hand to help you with outdoor living projects, kitchen and bath remodels, window and floor options and decor. The big show includes a “Foodie Spotlight” hosted by Cleverly Stone and sponsored by Built-In Appliances offering the opportunity to sample the flavors of Houston’s best restaurants. Use code HOUSE at checkout for $3 off admission at www.texashomeandgarden.com
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
APRIL 7-8: SPRING GIFT MARKET, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Get ready for the holidays and other celebrations by shopping at Katy’s largest gift market with 200-plus vendors. Presented by Home for the Holidays Gift Market.
The Katy Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, 281-788-4297, www.homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com
APRIL 14: 31ST HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE, starting at 2 p.m.
They’re mean, sometimes not so lean, but they’re always zany and fun. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art again presents this spectacular event, the largest art car parade in the world. An entire weekend is dedicated to “Drive to Create.”
APRIL 14-15: JAPAN FESTIVAL HOUSTON, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days
Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Japan through traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, as well as plenty of Japanese-inspired food. Check out demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremonies, origami, shodo calligraphy, bonsai and more.
Hermann Park, 713-963-0121, www.houstonjapanfest.org
APRIL 15: DISCOVERY GREEN’S 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Take in multiple cultural performances, live music, games and fun around every corner. Joining the celebration will be park founders and children who have grown up with the park in a special retrospective presentation.
1500 McKinney St., www.discoverygreen.com/celebration
THROUGH APRIL 22: FOTOFEST 2018 BIENNIAL
“India — Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art” is the theme of this year’s exhibition featuring works by 48 contemporary artists from India. Participating galleries and other spaces span the Houston area.
APRIL 28: SAWYER YARDS’ SPRING BIANNUAL ART SHOW & CHARITY AUCTION, 5-9 p.m.
The stroll and auction welcomes visitors to explore the campus’ studio buildings, including Silver Street Studios, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos at Sawyer Yards and Winter Street Studios. Meet 200 artists showing a fantastic array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaics, photography, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry. Participating artists donate a portion of sales to the Glassell School of Art for a student scholarship to support the continued development of a Houston artist.
THROUGH AUG. 19: “PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JUDHPUR, INDIA”
Through some 250 objects from Indian courtly life, including lavish ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, jewels, intricately carved furnishings and more, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts this exhibition.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., www.mfah.org
OUT OF TOWN
APRIL 2-7: 50TH ANNUAL SPRING ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR
Get ready to shop until you drop from vendors across the nation offering everything imaginable under the sun. Make it your shopping spree for that perfect find.
Round Top and surrounding cities, www.roundtoptexasantiques.com
APRIL 5-8: TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® GULF COAST 2018 SERIES
For the first time, a fleet of tall ships race along the Galveston coastline for an exciting “Parade of Sail.” This family-friendly event, seen from Seawall Boulevard, showcases the city’s rich maritime past through educational programs and tours of and trips on the historic sailing vessels. Produced by Galveston Historical Foundation in partnership with Tall Ships America.
APRIL 6: MCLAREN’S ANTIQUES & INTERIORS POP-UP DINNER, 5:30 p.m
McLaren’s in Round Top invites you to shop late and eat great at this three-course dinner presented by A La Carte Events & Catering. The evening includes local wine pairings and live entertainment. Book now!
1745 Highway 237 North, 917-741-7041, www.mclarensantiquesandinteriors.com
APRIL 14: 5TH ANNUAL SCHULENBURG SAUSAGEFEST, begins at 11 a.m.
A short parade inaugurates this sausage-making contest. Enjoy music by The Moravians, Czehcaholics, Mark Halata & Texavia and Los Kolaches, as well as dancing in the street, arts and crafts, children’s activities and hog calling and sausage tossing.
Historic Downtown Schulenburg, 979-743-4514 or 866-504-5294, www.shulenburgsausagefest.com
APRIL 27-28: COME & TASTE IT CRAFT BEER, WINE & ART FESTIVAL
Head to Gonzales, the “Birthplace of Texas Independence,” for this event, which includes a citywide garage sale and classic car show. The fun continues every Friday and until the Fourth of July with the city’s summer concert series.
MAY 5: CINCO DE MAYO
Mariachis, Mexican food and, of course, tequila all around town celebrate this holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Salud!
MAY 5-6: FAYETTEVILLE ARTWALK, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Sip and stroll while you buy fine art on Fayetteville’s Historic Square. Also enjoy food and music. Presented by Arts for Rural Texas.
MAY 5-6, 12-13: 44TH ANNUAL GALVESTON HISTORIC HOMES TOUR
Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, this year themed “Aged to Perfection.” Large, small and everything in between, the 2018 tour has something for everyone!