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Can’t Miss Houston Experiences in May

Can’t Miss Houston Experiences in May

Planning a trip to Houston, Texas this May? Here are 5 experiences you won’t want to miss out on!

5. Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance
Want to get a little fancy and see how the other half live? From May 2nd – 4th, the Lakewood Yacht Club will be hosting the Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance. It’s a classic car and vintage wooden boat show. During this even you’ll get to see some of the coolest vehicles and boats out there. It’s bound to be a great weekend on the lake! Tickets are $25 before the event, or $35 at the door.

4. Waugh Bridge Bat Colony Tour
Houston’s gorgeous Buffalo Bayou is home to the incredible Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. The bridge is home to a colony of almost 300,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. At dusk, they leave the bridge en masse to forge for food. On May 10th and May 24th, you can take a Pontoon Boat tour on the Bayou to see the bats emerge from the bridge and go out into the night. While viewing this amazing sight, you’ll also learn a little bit about why bats are so important to the environment, and what you can do to help protect them.

3. Wet N’ Wild Splash Town
May is a great time to visit Wet N’ Wild Splash town, because the weather has warmed up but the kids are still in school, so you’ll have the water park to yourself. The park has just undergone extensive renovations and has a new raft ride, the Big Kahuna! Other can’t miss rides are the Brain Drain and the Texas Freefall.

2. Carnival Houston
Can’t make it to Rio or Venice? No problem, you can celebrate Carnival in Houston on May 24th, over the Memorial Day long weekend! Houston’s Carnival celebrates the diversity of the country through all of the people who have immigrated to America over the years. The Carnival has a strong Caribbean influence so during the big parade, you’re likely to hear lots of Steele Drums. You’ll also spot many bright and barely-there costumes adorned with many feathers. In addition to the Parade and music, there is tons of great food on offer. Early Bird tickets are available for $10!

1. Art Car Parade
The 27th annual Houston Art Car Parade will be held this May. It’s the largest art car parade in the world, and one of Houston’s biggest events. It’s an amazing weekend for both art and auto lovers. The night before the parade, May 9th, is The Legendary Car Art Ball. The attendees seem to put as much effort into their attire as they do to their cars. The parade is the main event, and it will take place on Saturday May 10th, following 3 main routes around Houston. The weekend wraps up with an Awards Brunch where the top car of the year will be named.

The Kentucky Derby Festival

One of the biggest events to hit Louisville, Kentucky is the Kentucky Derby and the two week long Kentucky Derby Festival that precedes it. From fashion shows, to spelling bees to brunches and golf tournaments, there are all kinds of events taking place in Louisville. This year, the festival runs from April 12th until May 2nd. We’ve showcased some of our favorite events taking place during the festival.

The Royal Court
Each year, a selection of 5 Princesses are chosen from a pool of applicants and they attend many pre-Derby festivities, hoping to become the Queen and attend all of the official Kentucky Derby Festival events and receive a $2000 scholarship. This year’s Princesses were: Morgan Cooksey, Julia Springate, Eriauna Stratton, Grace Trimble and Grace Wainright.

Unlike a normal pageant where a panel of judges choose the winner, to be fair, the Royal Court’s Queen is determined with a spin of the wheel. The 2014 Royal Court Queen was chosen last Friday and the winner was Julia Springate!

Thunder Over Louisville
Thunder Over Louisville is the big kickoff celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The event took place on Saturday, April 11th. It started 3:00pm with an amazing Air Show. The best part was seeing the incredible Blue Angles perform. Then at 9:00 when the sun finally set, the nation’s largest annual fireworks spectacle started. It was fantastic as always and really set the tone for the rest of the festival!  

Kentucky Derby Marathon
The 2014 Kentucky Derby Marathon will be taking place on Saturday April 19th. In additional to the full marathon, there is also a half marathon and a kid’s race. The Start Line will be at Main Street and Brock Street in downtown Louisville and the Finish Line will be at Preston and Witherspoon Street.

Beer Fest
While everyone tends to think of Mint Juleps when they heard about the Kentucky Derby, the festival provides a great opportunity to try out some new beers. Beer Fest will be held on April 30th and attendees will have the opportunity to sample many National and Craft beers. It will be hard to choose a favorite!

Kentucky Derby
The main event, the Kentucky Derby is a two minute horse race, held at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Even though the race is short, ticket holders arrive early to see and be seen. Both men and women dress up in their finest Spring fashions. If you’re attending, be sure to place a bet on your favorite horse and sip on a Mint Julep, the Kentucky Derby’s official drink.

Will you be in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Festival? If you need a place to stay, we still have some availabilities at our Louisville Properties!