It’s Art Car weekend in Houston — our favorite time of year! The Houston Art Car Parade definitely celebrates the quirkiness of our town. And to think it started back in 1988 with 40 cars. Now it’s dubbed the world’s largest art car parade and Houston’s largest free public event with 300,000 spectators and 300+ cars, bikes, skaters and more. These are some of the creative entries we’ve enjoyed in the past…
Saturday, April 14 is the big day for the 31st annual Art Car Parade, 2 pm, with over 250 entries.
Typically, the parade runs from 2-4 pm, but you want to get there early to make sure to grab a good spot along the route. Find the map here.
The Lineup Party opens at 11 am at Allen Parkway and Gilette Street, giving you a chance to get up close to the entries. There will be food trucks, music, and drinks to enjoy, and a whole lot of fun to be had.
Parking is suggested in area garages and meters downtown near the route. Get more parking scoop online.
True art car fans indulge in the VIPit Party, which is noon to 4 pm. This special ticket offers shaded bleacher seating, free VIP parking, plenty of complimentary gourmet food and drinks from local restaurants, swag bags, a kids play area, and family activities. It truly is an amazing experience! Price is $150 for adults and $25 for kids.
Don’t forget, it’s free to watch the Art Car Parade, but get there early for the best viewing spot. Or you can reserve a seat along the parade route and avoid fighting the crowds for $25. Not a bad deal! Click here for reserved seating tickets.
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art sponsors the annual Art Car Parade. It also manages the Beer Can House and Orange Show Monument.