2023 Guide to the The Orange Show's Houston Art Car Festival & Parade

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The 36th annual Houston Art Car Festival and Parade may very well be the most colorful and creative event anyone will see in 2023. It will begin on April 6 and will go through April 16.

The Houston Art Car Parade is the world’s largest collection of Art Cars and the largest public art event in Houston. The parade will have over 250 Art Cars with entries from 23 states plus Mexico and Canada. An audience of over 300,000 spectators will be eager to see the wild and weird vehicles.

And what, you might ask, is an Art Car? Art Cars, aka Art Mobiles, are usually used or older vehicles. The owner decides to transform the exterior and possibly the interior. And the results are very interesting, to say the least. From cars covered in glitter and feathers to trucks transformed into giant, fire breathing dragons, this parade is always a feast for the eyes.

The Houston Art Car Parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The mobile masterpieces are created by artists, students, youth groups, families, organizations and anyone with creativity.

So come visit Houston and see sights you’ve never seen before. I guarantee the parade is something you’ll remember for years to come.

Houston Barbecue

Texas barbecue is rich in history as well as flavor. A trip to Houston should include tastes of Houston barbecue. But where would the best place for this be? The following restaurants were chosen as the best 15 barbecue restaurants in Houston by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. Pinkerton Barbecue
  2. The Pit Room
  3. Rudy’s
  4. Goode Company BBQ
  5. Gatlin’s BBQ
  6. The Brisket House
  7. Hickory House
  8. Ray’s BBQ Shack
  9. Truth BBQ
  10. Lulling City Market
  11. Pappas Bar-B-Q
  12. Central Texas Bar-B-Q
  13. Burns Original BBQ
  14. Stockyard Bar-B-Q
  15. Roegels Barbecue Co.

Houston Hotels

If you’d like to visit Houston for the Art Car Festival, you should consider the following hotels. They are all offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.