Houston Turkish Festival
The Houston Turkish Festival, sponsored by the American Turkish Association of Houston, is an annual event put on for 1 day in the the fall. Held in Jones Plaza in downtown, the festival celebrates the culture, history and people of Turkey, along with other Turkic speaking nations of central Asia. Around the plaza, several vendors have booths set up with information & displays on history & culture, travel, and loads of stuff for sale. Native crafts, artwork, decorations, even beautiful Turkish rugs are available for purchase. If food or drink is on your mind, there are plenty of Turkish dishes available, as well as a variety of Turkish wines, and my favorite, Efes beer! :) During the day, there are many presentations and performances put on, informing and entertaining the many festival-goers with speeches and native dances. The festival is a great opportunity to get out for the day and have a great time, while also being able to learn so much about the history and culture of Turkish people!
Dinner, drinks and Salsa!
Everyone should go to Taco Milagro!
Great live latin music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Great drinks (good Mojitos and Frozen margs)
Great food (try the chicken enchiladas)
Great atmosphere - sit inside, by the bar or outside by the fountains!
Thursday nights are the busiest. Dance floor gets so crowded you can barely move. Somewhat of a dress code. They'll kick you out if you wear your PJ's (I've seen it happen).
Jeans and a dress shirt are always a good idea.
They check ID's for under 21, but usually just put a heart or X on your hand (sometimes if you get there too late on Thursdays they wont let you in at all)
What Houston is known for !!
What makes Houston a great city is that hundreds of people from hundreds of countries live here! Therefore.. you can find restaurants of just about any ethnicity here! ENJOY! When in Houston, be adventurous when it comes to food: try something new ! :)
Houston Holocaust Museum
This is a good museum on the Holocaust. It is a far cry from the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, which of course with govt. funding has a larger facility and more exhibits. It is still definately worth a stop.
Alligators are a great fun to watch in the natural protected lands and parks around Houston. Best time to see them is spring, when they lazily bake themselves in the sun on the banks of the bayous. You can still see them in the summer and fall, although it becomes more difficult. I have seen a few sometimes in the winter when the days are warm (more than 70ºF or 20ºC).