Events in Houston this February

The dark days of winter are beginning to come to an end. Have you noticed the days getting longer? It’s time to get out again and start enjoying fun events in Houston this February. If you’re looking for something to do in Houston this month be sure to check out the list of things to do below.

Events in Houston this February

Biorythm: Music and the Body
When: February 1st, 2018
Where: The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX

From an acoustic bed to sonic tables and experiments on your emotional response to pop music, Science Gallery’s Summer exhibition BIORHYTHM will allow you to feel how music moves your body through an interactive bazaar of unique sonic experiences, installations, experiments and performances from musicians, engineers and neuroscientists from around the world.

Galveston Mardi Gras
When: February 2nd, 2018
Where: Galveston Island
Galveston, TX

If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2018, grab some beads and hit the beach.

Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 107th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 2-13, 2018, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 24 parades, 20 balcony parties, several elegant balls and some new festive additions.

Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series: Technology Trailblazers
When: February 8th, 2018
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard
Houston, TX

Women are gaining momentum in tech and startup culture, yet still face barriers in the industry due to their gender. More young women are now pursuing careers in technology thanks to a national focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, paired with the intentional recruitment of women in the industry.

Join Asia Society for Technology Trailblazers, a wide-ranging discussion with women leaders on the importance of overcoming the barriers to entering the tech industry, the business of innovation, and the software developers create.

35th Annual Houston Chinese
Shanghai River Restaurant
2407 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX

Our 35th annual celebrations will include an acrobatic multi Dragon Dance from one of Houston’s premier and largest dragon teams at 8:15 p.m. each evening. Their dance proceeds go towards supporting Houston local Buddhist temples. Free Chinese calligraphy, a custom New Year’s menu, customer adorned costumes, and drinks will be sure to add to the festivities. This event is open to the public with no admission charge. Dinner will be served each evening from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are highly recommended.

Lunar New Year Festival
When: February 17th, 2018
Where: Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Drive
Houston, TX

Chinese Community Center will be presenting its 15th annual Lunar New Year festival. For the past 14 years, CCC ‘s LNY festival features a full day of music, dance, and martial arts performances from across the cultural spectrum, complete with an Asian bazaar that showcases the best Asian foods, arts and crafts. Our Lunar New Year festival has consistently attracted over 12,000 visitors from all over Southwest Texas area and continues to grow in popularity in our city and beyond.

Sensory Friendly Day
When: February 19th, 2018
Where: The Children’s Museum
1500 Binz
Houston, TX

The Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to an exclusive event for children with Autism. Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum. Doors will be closed to the public.  There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available.
Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed)

World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
When: February 22nd, 2018
Where: NRG Park
1 NRG Park
Houston, TX

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is three days of cooking, competition, eating and dancing. The sweet aroma drifts over the Houston metropolis, drawing crowds like bees to honey. Trophies are awarded to teams preparing the best dish in each category (brisket, chicken, pork and spare ribs) as well as an overall winner.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
When: February 27th, 2018
Where: NRG Park
1 NRG Park
Houston, TX

Rodeo has been a tradition in Houston since 1932, and the three-week extravaganza at NRG Park continues to consume the city every spring. The kickoff for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the Rodeo Parade, after trail riders ride into town and set up camp in Memorial Park. All 20 championship rodeo competitions are concluded with entertainment by music superstars.

Events in Houston this January

Happy New Year! Hopefully you had a wonderful holiday season. If you’re looking for events in Houston this January you’ll want to be sure to check out the list of fun activities below. From Magical Winter Lights to The Amazing Acro-cats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month in Houston.

Events in Houston the January

Magical Winter Lights
When: January 2nd, 2018
Where: Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2004
La Marque, TX

Welcome to Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival and holiday celebration in the nation. We are open for the 2017 -2018 holiday season in Houston. Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 – 2018 festival!

Zoo Lights
When: January 2nd – 15th, 2018
Where: Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Sights to delight you include our Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.

The ICE
When: January 2nd – 21st, 2018
Where: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX

The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, making it the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest.

Bridal Extravaganza Show
When: January 6th and 7th, 2018
Where: George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX

Please join us at America’s largest bridal planning event. January 6-7, 2018, Here you will meet face-to-face with local vendors. Taste cake, see fashion shows and enter to win honeymoons and shopping sprees.

2 whole days of fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 700 display showcases featuring the best of the best wedding service companies in the Greater Houston area. This is your best opportunity to meet wedding vendors face-to-face. You can plan your entire wedding in one weekend.

Hops N’ Hot Sauce Festival
When: January 13th, 2018
Where: Spindle Tap Brewery
10622 Hirsch Road
Houston, TX

This year the Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival is more than honored to partner with Curefest, a music festival fundraiser founded for friend and local businessman Phil Baumann who passed away June 11, 2017 after a 6 year battle with brain cancer. Please read about Phil’s story from his loving wife Misty.

Performance by Gary Kyle!
Spicy foods and other samples
Fresh Craft Beer
Kids Area with Bounce Houses
Hot Pepper Eating Contest
Food Trucks
Free Parking

Houston Tea Festival
When: January 27th, 2018
Where: Hilton NASA Clear Lake
3000 NASA Clear Lake
Houston, TX

Hurricane Harvey has not stopped the Houston Tea Festival, but it will be held at a new location, the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. On Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018, the hotel will be transformed into “Mugworts Academy” with the theme of Harry Teapotter and the Perfect Cuppa. This exciting event will celebrate the “magic” of the world’s most popular beverage, tea, with talks, classes and tastings presented by expert speakers; vendors, samples, live entertainment, and children’s activities. A silent auction will benefit KIPP School Southeast Campus, whose students and their families are still recovering from Harvey.

Spring Katy Home and Garden Show
When: January 27th, 2018
Where: Merrell Center
6301 S Stadium Ln
Spring, TX

Get a head start on your home and garden make over and experience two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibits at the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show, the largest home show in west Houston, which will focus on decorating; remodeling; window treatments; kitchens & baths; do-it-yourself workshops; flooring; windows; landscaping; pools; outdoor entertainment and more. Meet celebrity renovation experts Andy and Ashley Williams, stars of the new HGTV series “Flip or Flop Ft. Worth,” where they work to transform old neighborhoods in their Texas hometown.Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 with a military ID. Kids 12 and under are free. Hours are Saturday Jan. 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Amazing Acro-cats
When: January 28th, 2018
Where: Match Midtown Arts & Theater Center
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for 205 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

The New Year is just a few days away, there’s still time to make some New Year’s Resolutions for the Home. No matter if you live in a town house or a single family home, there are some wonderful things you can do right now to make living in your home more enjoyable.

Maintenance – Whether you live in a brand new home or one that is 100 years old, there’s always maintenance that need to be done. Even if you live in a condo or have an HOA, you’re going to need to do some general upkeep. Think of your home like your computer – when an update comes out it’s best to do the update because there’s usually a security patch as part of the update. Make sure your smoke detectors are in perfect working order. Make sure their batteries are fresh and test the device each month. Same goes for CO2 detectors. Change air filters in your HVAC system to breathe easier.

Keep it Clean – Unless you have a housekeeper you’re probably spending a fair amount of time on the weekends cleaning your home. If that works for your schedule keep at it, but a better way might be to do a little each day. Don’t wait until things are out of control to tackle cleaning the house, instead make and keep a schedule of the cleaning chores and assign everyone in the house an appropriate and fair share of the load.

Declutter – You might not be able to move into a tiny house, but getting rid of the stuff you don’t need and don’t use is a wonderful way to feel relaxed in your own home. Get rid of piles of magazines and newspapers. Get rid of the bills that you still get in the mail (why are you still getting bills in the mail?) by going online and going digital. Think before purchasing that nick nack or latest gadget that you probably don’t need.

Get Organized – Now that the holidays are about over, but you still have all the decorations out, get them organized. Put holiday decorations in a box or plastic bin that is packed well and labeled correctly. Actually write down the inventory of the box so you can spend less time looking for aunt Edna’s favorite Christmas ornament. Start organizing the junk drawers. Do one each weekend until you only have one junk drawer left and then go through it each month.

Consider Make-Ahead Meals – Many families have found it difficult to eat dinner together because there never seems to be enough time to make a meal at home. Consider making make-ahead meals once a week or once a month so all you have to do is pull the meal out of the freezer, heat and enjoy!

These are just some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for the Home but any improvement is a great way to go when it comes to home.

Have a Happy New Year!

New Home Sales Rate Reaches 10-Year High in October

Good news for new home sales. According to this article from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) sales of new homes rose 6.2% to a 10 year high. This is great news, even for those of us who build townhouses and townhomes in Houston. The article is about single family homes but is still good news for the home building industry. The market is recovering and gotten a boost from the recovery efforts following the recent hurricanes in Houston and the golf. Additionally, housing starts are up considerably, a near post-recession high. Click here to read more from the National Association of Home Builders.

(NAHB), Sales of newly built, single-family homes in October rose 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units from a downwardly revised September reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 8.9 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The October report shows strong sales growth at entry-level price points,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “In markets where builders are able to provide homes for families with different household budgets, they can fulfill a growing demand for housing.”

“There is solid growth in the number of sales contracts signed before construction has begun, a strong indicator that new single-family home production should continue to grow as we look ahead to 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

The inventory of new homes for sale was 282,000 in October, which is a 4.9-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 30.2 percent in the Northeast, 17.9 percent in the Midwest, 6.4 percent in the West and 1.3 percent in the South.

Events in Houston this December

If you’re looking for festive and fun events in Houston this December, be sure to check out the list below. The holidays are in full swing so get out and enjoy all that Houston has to offer during the holiday season this December.

Events in Houston this December

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
When: December 1st, 2017
Where: City Hall Farmers Market
901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX

Ring in the season with the 87th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company on Friday, December 1, 2017 in the heart of downtown Houston. The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun.

Zoo Lights
When: Now through January 14, 2018
Where: Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Magical Winter Lights
When: Now through January 2nd, 2018
Where: Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2004
La Marque, TX

Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 – 2018 festival!

Rainbow on Ice
When: December 8th, 2017
Where: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX

The annual LGBTQ celebration at Discovery Green heads to the ICE for the ultimate dance party with electrifying entertainment featuring music by DJ Joe Ross and Crawford Nationperforming as Britney Spears, Rhianna and Selena! Join us and host Derrick Shore from KPRC’s Houston Life for a party on the ICE!

Teddy Bear Check Up
When: December 9th, 2017
Where: The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time for Teddy Bear Check-Up!

Join us on Saturday, December 9th for breakfast and a visit by the jolly guy himself – Santa Claus!

Show your child that check-ups are fun. Bring your children and their favorite teddy bear for an annual check-up at The Health Museum where they can make sure teddy is healthy for the holidays with a proper physical examination and certificate of health. It’s a fun event for the whole family with information on healthy habits during the holidays,

Kids get hands-on experience checking their Teddy’s health while learning proper oral hygiene, how to listen to the heart with a stethoscope, keeping Teddy fit with stretches and moderate exercise and administering a band-aid for the occasional boo-boo.

9th Annual Gingerbread Build Off
When: December 9th, 2017
Where: Hermann Square
Houston, TX

Architecture Center Houston hosts the 9th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials. More than 4,500 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams, play in the kids’ construction zone, and see Santa.

BCO 4th Annual Reindeer Romp
When: December 10th, 2017
Where: Memorial Park
Houston, TX

”On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen! Now on Comet, on Cupid, on – “ You the get the idea. Have antlers?   Bring them, we’ll try to round up more.  We’ll make merry as we celebrate the season with a hike.  

Come Prepared!

Tennis shoes or hiking boots, we’ll lunch locally after our walk.

Meet at 9 AM we will head out about 9:15 AM.

Additional info call 713-524-3567 or e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com

Arrive early, as parking will be busy!!

Ugly Sweater Party
When: December 15th, 2017
Where: Howl at the Moon
612 Hadley Street
Houston, TX

Bring your hideous, most horrendous, fugliest Christmas sweater to our Ugly Sweater Bash! The uglier, the better because your crime against fashion give you the chance to win a prize for ugliest sweater! Hilarious sweaters, an ugly sweater contest, drinks, live music and more sounds like a killer holiday party combination, doesn’t it? So hit the thrift store and come on down!

Bayou City Outdoors Holiday Party
When: December 21st, 2017
Where: Bacco Wine and Spirits
5010 Dincans Street
Houston, TX

Bayou City Outdoors Holiday Party

Jingle all the way to Bacco Wine and Spirits  for BCO’s Holiday Party. Skip the shopping tonight, step away from the computer and come hang out with your BCO buds.

In true BCO fashion, you can also help out one of our favorite local organizations, Friends For Life by either bringing supplies such as dog & cat bedding, food, toys, paper towels or stopping by the donation jar for cash and checks (please make your check out to Friends for Life).

New Home Sales Pace in September Hits 10-Year High

In more good news about the housing market, the sale of new homes hit a 10- year high according to this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders.

(NAHB)  Sales of newly built, single-family homes in September rose 18.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000 units from an upwardly revised August reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales rate since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 8.6 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The September sales numbers show that there is solid, growing demand for new home construction,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “However, builders need to continue to monitor rising construction costs to keep houses affordably priced.”

“New home sales have bounced back from a few soft months and have returned to the strong growth trend we saw earlier this year,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As existing home inventory remains tight, we can expect new homes sales to continue to make gains in the months ahead.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was 279,000 in September, which is a 5.0-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 33.3 percent in the Northeast, 25.8 percent in the South, 10.6 percent in the Midwest and 2.9 percent in the West.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

The seasons are quickly changing. Winter is just around the corner and that means there are some regular maintenance chores you must do no matter what kind of home you live in. Of course if you live in a townhouse with HOA you probably don’t need to worry about any of the outdoor tasks.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Shut off outside faucet – If you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures during the winter months this is an important task. If you don’t turn off the outside faucet it could freeze causing a burst pipe which is never any fun, especially in the winter time. Simply turn off the water faucets that are outside. Be sure to leave the tap open so any water left inside the pipe doesn’t crack the pipe when it expands from freezing. There should be a valve to bleed the line between the off valve and the faucet, but it’s still a good idea to leave the faucet open. You may want to blow out any water in hoses as well.

Store hoses and other accessories  – Store hoses and sprinklers in the garage or storage area over the winter. If left outside they could deteriorate and crack with freezing and thawing temps.

Overwinter your Geraniums – Geraniums are amazing plants that will give you beautiful blooms year after year if you store them properly over the winter. Geraniums can be made to go dormant, and then brought back to beautiful life in the spring. Store geraniums in a cool dark area. Be sure that the temp doesn’t drop below freezing as that will kill the plant. Do not water during this time. When you take them out in the spring introduce them to full sunlight gradually.

Rake any leaves – There has recently been a push by environmentals to prevent raking over the winter. The argument is that the leaves provide a rich environment for slugs, worms, moths and butterflies. It’s also been said that a thin layer of leaves is beneficial to the soil and lawn. If your city doesn’t tag you for not raking then by all means give it a shot. Otherwise grab the kids and get to raking.

Fertilize the lawn – Fertilizing the lawn in the fall will ensure a beautiful lawn in the spring, it’s also simple to do. Head on down to your nearest neighborhood hardware store or even big box chain and pick up your favorite brand of lawn fertilizer. Dump it in the spreader and go to town spreading it all over your lawn. That’s it! You don’t need to do anything fancy – just remember to keep pets and children off the lawn for the manufacturer’s recommended amount of time.

 

Events in Houston this November

Fall is here! If you’re looking for family events in Houston this November then you’ll want to check out the list below.  With the Holidays right around the corner there are plenty of festive events taking place this month in Houston.

Events in Houston this November

26th Annual Houston Turkish Festival
When: November 4th, 2017
Where: Jones Plaza
Houston, TX

The 26th Houston Turkish Festival will celebrate all things Turkish, including authentic Turkish food, coffee, music, traditional folklore dancing including the famous whirling dervishes, a kids’ corner filled with fun activities, arts & crafts, cultural exhibitions as well as a very colorful Grand Bazaar.

International Quilt Festival
When: November 2nd – 5th, 2017
Where: George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX

The International Quilt Festival is the largest annual quilt show in the U.S. and takes place each fall in Houston, Texas. Festival regularly attracts 55,000 people from over 35 countries all around the world. There’s shopping at more than 1,000 booths for quilts, fabric, supplies, and crafts, along with 500 classes and lectures for all experience levels. More interested in art than in classes?Festival features more than 1,500 quilts and unique works of textile art on display. So whether you’re an active quilter or just interested in the art of quilting, International Quilt Festival has something for you!

Magical Winter Lights
When: November 10th, 2017
Where: Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2004
La Marque, TX

Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 – 2018 festival!

37th Annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market
When: November 9th – 12th, 2017
Where: NRG Park
1 NRG Park
Houston, TX

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has become the signature holiday fundraising shopping event in Texas that kicks off all the holiday shopping frenzy! It is a one-stop giant pop-up shop featuring over 280 merchants, offering unique items for everyone, including home décor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, pottery, pewter, accessories and more…just in time for your holiday shopping! It is the best way to shop and give back during the holidays, as proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that is purchased, plus 10% of all the merchandise bought, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation.

Arcade by the Color Condition
When: Now through November 15th, 2017
Where: Avenida Houston
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX

Now through November 15th, Avenida Houston comes to life with the color and beauty of Arcade, by The Color Condition. Featuring streamer sculptures sliced out of materials, the art installation will bring a new image, vision, color, pattern and painting with every gust of wind. The dynamic exhibition will not only bring dramatic color and whimsy to Avenida Houston, but also provide much needed shade during the Houston’s summer.

Veteran’s Day Celebration
When: November 11th, 2017
Where: City Hall
901 Bagby hall
Houston, TX

Houston is a cornerstone of Veterans Day celebrations in the United States.  As a city, Houston is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”.  This civic celebration honors and celebrates the brave men, women, and families who pay the ultimate sacrifice for liberty and freedom.

The celebration this year will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday November 11, 2017 with the 9/11 Heroes Run which was cancelled on 9/11 this year due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

All proceeds from registration (excluding cost of shirts/fulfillment) will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Texas Renaissance Festival
When: Now through November 26th, 2017
Where: 21778 FM 1774
Todd Mission, TX

The nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance themed park. Each year, over 500,000 guests pass through the Festival’s gates and enter the magic of New Market Village, an authentically recreated 55 acre 16th century English township located 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas.

Each year, for 9 fun-filled weekends September 30 to November 26, The Texas Renaissance Festival presents an enchanted world full of Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Knights, Nobles, Fairies, Elves, Pirates, Barbarians and other fanciful interactive characters.  Guests will be entertained by a marvelous assortment of unique performers: musicians, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, dancers with over 200 daily performances on over 20 stages throughout the village.

In addition, there are over 400 shoppes featuring some of the finest works of artists, artisans, and merchants as well as live demonstrations by craftspeople skilled in the arts of glass blowing, weaving, pottery making, blacksmithing, and more.  Finally, there are foods and drinks from all over the world to please every palate and quench every thirst.