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Of the dozen or more Farmers Markets in Houston, here are Houston 24’s 7 top picks

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Houston 24 – Houston TX By Crystal A.

#1 Urban Harvest 

www.urbanharvest.org

Urban Harvest Saturday Farmers Market is Open Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Rain or Shine! 

There are 90 local Houston farmers market vendors with fresh produce such as the pasture raised eggs at Three Sisters Farms, medicinal and gourmet mushrooms at Flying Saucer Farms and local honey at HIVE Bee Farm who claims to have over 7.5 million bees! 

All farmers and producers in this market come from within 180 miles of Houston, how is that for fresh? 

#2 West Chase District 

www.westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com

Not available on Saturdays? This Farmers Market is open on Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The market is also accessible from METRO Bus Route 82 (Westheimer/West Oaks) and offers a free surface parking lot at a church. 

This market has vendors that sell agricultural products such as meats from KaTerra Exotics or seasonal produce from Peas Farm in Conroe as well as also featuring products such as locally made jams and jellies, specialty soaps, artisan breads and olive oils. 

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#3 Memorial Villages 

http://www.mvfarmersmarket.org

Families and their pets are welcomed with open arms and ample parking on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm at Memorial Villages Farmers Market. Visitors can enjoy the live music and the children’s playground on site. 

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#4 East End District 

http://eastendhouston.com/market/ 

The East End Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10am – 2pm in front of the historic original Ninfa’s Restaurant. 

“Unique among Houston’s farmers markets, the East End Farmers Market blends sights and sounds, cuisine and culture to create an experience that is rooted in one of Houston’s most historic communities.” 

The Last Friday Night Market occurs monthly on the last Friday of the month. Featuring a rotating offering of food trucks, craft and artisan vendors, and musical entertainment. 

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#5 Houston Farmers Market 

thehoustonfarmersmarket.com

Hectic schedule? 

This 18-acre market on Airline Drive is open from 5:30am to 6pm daily! The Houston Farmers Market has been around for decades and recently underwent a complete revamp to allow for more vendors with diverse produce from corn and beans to kale, bananas and everything in between, meat for every mood and season, herbs and spices, sweet treats in the bakery with coffee to accompany it and restaurants like the Viet-Cajun crawfish which is said to be wildly hot! 

“Whether you like finding new food vendors or staying true to your traditional roots, Houston Farmers Market intends to introduce your taste buds to different foods and flavors.” 

#6 Eleanora’s Market 

https://www.facebook.com/Cavatore77008/

Catch some fresh air and savory smells! 

This “little gem” in the Heights-area market, set up in the Cavatore Italian Restaurant lot, is up and going every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With more than 30 vendors including Spring Hill Farms and Gundermann Acres, seafood products from Clawtel Ranch and fragrant loaves of bread plus ready-to-eat pastries from Cake & Bacon it is enough to waltz on air in this open air market! 

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#7 Rice Village 

Take a stroll through the true historic heart of Houston in the Walkable Garden District at Rice Village on the first and third Sundays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Discover everything from sustainably sourced produce and chef-made plates to fresh morning coffee from District Roasters and made-to-order margaritas.  

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4th of July on the Houston horizon!

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Where will you be celebrating America’s Big Birthday bash this year on 2021?

Nothing says Freedom like these parades and festivals listed below! God Bless America!

Don’t forget to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)!

Ready! Aim! Fireworks!

Houston24, Houston TX By: Crystal Dawn

Freedom Over Texas

ABC13 Houston, Eleanor Tinsley Park

off Allen Parkway, Houston

July 4 from 7-10 pm

Houston’s annual event is bursting back into action for Freedom Over Texas, which will be broadcast by ABC13. The virtual celebration will include an explosive lineup of musical guests such as Lee Brice and Jimmie of whom are Allen Academy of Country Music Award winners; along with contestants Alanis Sophia, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers from American Idol!  The performance will close with a big bang by the Houston Symphony and Houston Methodist Singers.

There will be a firework finale closing which will take place west of downtown that will be visible from Eleanor Tinsley Park in person and may also be viewed on the broadcast.

For more information, see the Freedom Over Texas website https://www.houstontx.gov/july4/

Baytown 4th of July Celebration Bicentennial Park

1001 Market St., Baytown

July 3 @ 6 pm / July 4 @ 4 pm

On this two FREE day event, come out to Bicentennial Park to celebrate! 

Schedule:
-Saturday, July 3rd, 2021-
6:00 p.m. – The Peterson Brothers
8:00 p.m. – WAR 

-Sunday, July 4th, 2021-
4:00 p.m. – Jay Perez
5:30 p.m. – 4th of July Parade

Awards will be given out for parade entries in 15 different categories
6:00 p.m. – ECLIPSE TRIBUTE TO JOURNEY
7:45 p.m. – 4th of July Ceremony
8:00 p.m. – Roots and Boots Tour (ft. Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, & Aaron Tippin)
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Extravaganza

“The annual 4th of July Celebration Parade will be featured down along Market Street and Lee Drive. Festive floats, military vehicles, classic cars, bicycles, businesses, organizations, local dance and cheer groups, and school bands will display their patriotism while decorated in red, white and blue.”

For more information, see

https://www.baytown.org/778/4th-of-July-Celebration

Celebration of Independence Parade &Festival Great Lawn and Loftin Park

7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire

July 3 from 9:30 am-1 pm

The City of Bellaire is hosting a parade and festival with food vendors, a live band, entertainment and plenty of activities on Independence Eve!

There will be a children’s bike parade leading the parade with both following the same route along South Rice Avenue, beginning at 9:30am.

Hold your horses, partner because afterwards around 10am or so there will be a festival on the Great Lawn of Bellaire City Hall!  

For more information, or to see the new parade route go to the Celebration of Independence website https://www.bellairetx.gov/1386/Celebration-of-Independence-8280 or contact the Bellaire Recreation Center at 713-662-8280

Liberty on the Lawn

Redemption Square

250 Assay St., Houston

July 3 from 5-9 pm

“Join us to celebrate Independence Day at Redemption Square. We will have live music, kids entertainment, and fireworks!

Confirmed Musical Acts:
Bri Bagwell
No Rehearsal
Jenna Lynn

Bring your own lawn chair! BYOC!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.”

Admission and parking are free!

For more info or to RSVP, see the event Facebook page provided:

https://www.redemptionsquare.com/event-calendar/liberty-on-the-lawn

Stars at Night – A Salute to Service

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands

July 3 @ 8 pm

Sit beneath the stary night sky of the gorgeous Texas panoramic skyline at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and prepare for a range of colors to explode from stunning sunset skies to bursts of fire!

FREE no ticket required!

“Kick off America’s birthday celebration and pay homage to our local service heroes at Stars at Night – A Salute to Service.

The Pavilion welcomes The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra to the Main Stage, Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. This free Independence Eve pops spectacular features The Woodlands Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites led by Artistic Director, Darryl Bayer. The event will also recognize service stars (teachers, first responders, medical teams, and frontline workers) during the pandemic. Tickets are not required for this event. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the North and South Plazas and will feature photo opportunities with patriotic characters, giveaways, The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth an Instrument Petting Zoo, and activations by local organizations.

To receive text updates about this show, text Stars21 to (877) 350-1693.”

Click this link for more information:

https://www.visitthewoodlands.com/event/stars-at-night-%26%238211%3B-a-salute-to-service/368/

South County Fourth of July Parade

Market Street, The Woodlands

July 3 @ 9 am (pre-parade entertainment @ 8 am)

“The 45th Annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade: STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in The Woodlands Town Center. Join more than 20,000 spectators along the 1.3-mile parade route through Market Street and celebrate with 140+ floats including Color Guard, federal, state and local Elected Officials & Dignitaries, Marching Bands (with scholarships awarded to participants), Fire Engines, Horses, Street Performers (Superheroes, Balloonists, Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Cowboys, and Mimes) and the most Military of any parade in the Region. Special seating for seniors & handicapped is available next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.”

MARKET STREET
8:00 a.m. – Pre-parade entertainment by The Woodlands Concert band and Street Performers
8:30 a.m. – Community Parade Judges arrive
8:30 a.m. – Announcements
9:15 a.m. – National Anthem
TOWN GREEN PARK
8:00 a.m. – Pre-parade entertainment by Street Performers
8:15 a.m. – Music begins
8:55 a.m. – National Anthem
8:30 a.m. – Announcer, announces the dignitaries and entries. *DJ/MCs also at The Pavilion, and 24-Hr Fit Lake Wdl

https://www.woodlandsonline.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=149499

24th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza

Throughout The Woodlands

July 4 from 6-10 pm

  • Town Green Park Festival Location

(2099 Lake Robbins Drive)

  • Waterway Square Festival Location

(31 Waterway Square Place)

  • Northshore Park Festival Location

(2505 Lake Woodlands Drive)

  • Rob Fleming Park Festival Location

(6055 Creekside Forest Drive)

  • Hughes Landing Festival Location

1900 Hughes Landing Boulevard

Ready! Aim! Fireworks!

Last year’s event was diminished to a drive-in fireworks show, but the Red, Hot & Blue Festival is ready to go again in 2021!

“Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with great food, live entertainment, children’s activities and family fun at multiple locations around The Woodlands! The event culminates with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area.

Enjoy a variety of activities throughout The Woodlands at the below locations!

All sites will feature live music beginning at 6 p.m. with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza at approximately 9:30 p.m. For the comfort and safety of all attendees, oversized beach umbrellas and pop-up tents are not permitted at the Festival.

Fireworks Launch Locations:
The 18-minute Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at approximately 9:30 p.m. The primary fireworks display will be located in Lake Woodlands adjacent to Northshore Park, with a secondary close-proximity (special effects) display at Town Green Park. The 2021 Fireworks Extravaganza will also feature a fireworks display in the Waterway Square District near Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue and Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park.

To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired from all launch locations at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m. Fireworks soundtrack broadcast on KSTAR Country 99.7 FM.”

For more information and maps of the location, click below:

https://www.woodlandsonline.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=144080

Kings Harbor July 4 Fireworks + Concert

Kings Harbor

1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

July 4 from 7-10 pm

Kick off the holiday with a live concert by Shotgun Road Band at 7pm and, weather permitting, a fireworks display off the pier at 9:30pm.

“Please park in the garage on the day of the event as surface parking will be limited. Carpooling and ride sharing options like Uber are highly encouraged.

Handicap parking will be available in surface parking, accessible from Magnolia Cove Drive, to those with a valid hang tag or license plate.

Glass containers are prohibited.”

https://kings-harbor.com/calendar#

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular

City Centre

800 Town & Country Blvd., Houston

July 4 from 7-11 pm

There is a wide selection of restaurants to chose from in City Centre that are sure to be hopping!

Consider making dinner reservations or try your hand at a walk in or hop from place to place- the sky is the limit! And it is sure to be a colorful one!

Four hours of live music followed by a 15-minute fireworks spectacular accompanied with Hybrid 7 (Country and Pop) will be a dazzling show and performance!

“The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but parking in the City Centre garage is $10 with only cash accepted. Ride-hailing via Uber or Lyft is recommended, and there will be designated pick up and drop off locations. No outside food or drinks are allowed.”

For more info, click on the website or check it out on Facebook:

https://citycentrehouston.com/events/detail/independence-day-fireworks-spectacular2021

Town Center July 4th Festival and Fireworks

Kingwood Town Center

8 N. Main St., Kingwood

July 4 from 3-9 pm

Ahh! Hear music from their host, local musician Andy Rodrigues to Continental House Band and Honky Tonk Revivalists’ greatest country songs! Taste! Eat to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content from a variety of local food vendors! There will be an extensive line of craft booths as well.

See the fireworks display is at 9 pm.

This event is sure to bring all of the Feels! And it is sure to leave a lingering Smell of gunpowder in the air!  

To view the full list of food and craft vendors or to sign up as a vendor, go to the festival website:

https://www.towncenterevents.com/july4th.html

https://www.kingwood.com/events/venue_details.php?event_venue_id=557

Katy Freedom Celebration (Fireworks Display)

Near Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas

Katy Mills Drive, Katy

July 4 @ 9 pm

Katy will host its fourth 4th of July annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. near Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas. According to the event page on Facebook, the usual morning program is canceled. However, stay cool, with the location being so close to Typhoon Texas, why not plan a visit to this waterpark?

https://www.typhoontexas.com/Houston-plan-your-visit?gclid=CjwKCAjwieuGBhAsEiwA1Ly_nf4Q5SXj9lpHhRdDRPCmEY-GM7qF-FELbn7t8xSqUjVBBLC0ov6mlBoCnXQQAvD_BwE

Remember: When parking for the fireworks, avoid parking on roadway shoulders or medians.

Keep current by checking the Official City of Katy on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/cityofkaty/posts/2438064576296131

Tomball July 4th Celebration and Street Festival

Business 249 north of Four Corners

28000 Tomball Parkway, Tomball

July 4 from 6-10 pm

“Tomball’s award-winning 4th of July festival has an abundance of food and fun for all ages. The Mambo Jazz Kings will provide live music entertainment, and the event also will feature a kids zone.

The fireworks show begins around 9:15 pm, and the 8 pm preshow and fireworks show music can be heard on 95.3 FM.”

For more info:

https://tomballtx.gov/calendar.aspx?PREVIEW=YES&EID=5677

Red-faced, White & Boom

Crown Festival Park

(18355 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land)

July 4 from 7-10 pm

This free festival offers food, vendors, entertainment and activities will include photo opportunities, vendor booths and a main stage area featuring a variety of local talent. A large variety of food and drink options will be available at concession areas.

and, of course, a magical fireworks display.

Parking is limited at the venue, so attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the continuous shuttle from The University of Houston-Sugar Land at 14000 University Blvd.

No coolers or large objects are allowed on the shuttle.

An alternate viewing method for the fireworks will be made available via livestream on the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation facebook page at www.facebook.com/SugarLandParks.

Additional info is provided on their event website: 

http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1498

City of Deer Park’s Annual 4th Fest Jimmy Burke Activity Center

500 W. 13th St., Deer Park

July 4 from 4-10 pm

It’s America’s birthday and it wouldn’t be complete without a family-style picnic theme!

Join us at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center on July 4th for music, games such as corn hole, jumbo Connect Four, and Jenga, tattoos with temporary ink supplied by our own artists there that day – plus an amazing Bubble Tower!

The festivities start at 4 pm so make sure to pack your lawn chairs or blankets when you come out. We’ll have OMG performing live from 7:00 until 9:15 pm followed up by a fireworks display set off at 9:15 pm.

The Friends of the Art Park Players have started pre-selling 4th of July Picnic Dinner Boxes you can pick up when you arrive at the event. Leave all your worries with us!

Each box includes an Italian PoBoy Sub Sandwich, Miss Vickie’s Kettle Chips and Large Cookie, napkin, sanitizer wipe, peppermint in a packet, and a glow necklace.

Cost: $10 per box

Pre-Orders may be placed by calling Susan Mele with the Art Park Players at 281-478-7288. All boxes must be ordered ahead by June 29 at 5 pm as none will be available for purchase that day. Cash and credit card payments will be accepted.  Pick-up will be July 4 at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center from 4-8:30 pm.

It’s time to celebrate this Nation’s independence with us! Gather round and let the good times roll for our picnic-style Independence Day celebration. We know you’ll have a great time eating, playing games, singing songs, and more at this family-friendly event complete with concessions, live music performances, temporary tattoos for kids of all ages, and MORE – we even offer free parking…

Friends of the Art Park Players 4th of July concessions and items available for purchase the day of the event include (CASH ONLY):

  • BBQ Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Nachos
  • Hot Dogs
  • Frito Pies
  • Shaved Ice
  • Pickles
  • Canned Drinks
  • Packaged Cookies, Chips and Candy
  • Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy”

More info here:

http://www.deerparktx.gov/1783/4th-Fest

Fireworks at the Fairgrounds Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds

7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena

July 4 @ 6 pm

Come one, come all to the fairgrounds and celebrate our countries independence with a stellar fireworks display.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and there will be food available for purchase from vendors on site. Coolers are cool too! So bring ’em if you like! Parking and viewing spots will be first come, first served. The fireworks begin at 9:15 pm.

For more information:

https://www.pasadenatx.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=1135

126th Annual Past, Present & Future Independence Day Celebration, Friendswood

Sunday @ 6:30 pm; Monday @ 10 am

  • Centennial Park (2200 S. Friendswood Dr.) Sunday
  • Stevenson Park (1100 S. Friendswood Dr.) Monday

Friendswood’s signature event with food and show business from The Spazmatics in Centennial Park on Sunday night. The evening is wrapped up by a fireworks display at approximately 9:20 pm. The city picks back up where it left off Monday morning with a grand parade down Friendswood Drive between Heritage Drive and Stevenson Park beginning at 10 am More food, fun and live entertainment follows at Stevenson Park.

*Bang!

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50 Cent Moved to Houston and Corralled a Win at the Rodeo’s International Wine Competition

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50 Cent recently relocated from New York to Houston, Texas and the hip-hop entrepreneur couldn’t have gotten a warmer, more fitting welcome. On Saturday (May 8), 50 (born Curtis Jackson), had the welcome mat rolled out via a big win at the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when he scored Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show at the Rodeo’s International Wine Competition for his champagne, Le Chemin du Roi.

The rapper celebrated the win in the auction in a tweet, where he wrote, “Last Auction of the Night – 2021 @RODEOHOUSTON Charity Wine Auction – 3 of @lecheminduroi Raised $360k – Record – Thats what you call a Texas Sized Green Light Gang.” In a video of the sale, a cowboy walks around with the magnum of champagne and calls out the winning bid after 50, rocking a black cowboy hat, makes an early, losing six-figure bid.

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