For more than a century, Hermann Park has been a place for all Houstonians to come together and enjoy the outdoors and each other. Hermann Park Conservancy hosts several community events throughout the year to encourage Houstonians to come out to the Park, interact with their community, and be active at the same time!
Check out the Conservancy’s community events described below and visit the calendar page to explore more details and find out about other programs.
The Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival began as part of the centennial celebrations in 2014 and was so popular that it has become an annual family event. The festival brings thousands of kite flyers to Hermann Park to enjoy a day of friendly kite-flying, arts and crafts, live music, DJs, student performances, food vendors, additional kids’ activities, and more.
The 2021 Kite Festival has been cancelled. We are planning to resume this tradition in 2022.
The annual Park to Port Bike Ride gives cyclists a unique perspective of Houston from the trail along Brays Bayou. The 20-mile round-trip takes riders from Hermann Park’s Bayou Parkland east along the Bayou Greenway trail to the Port of Houston. Port Houston sponsors a turn-around party at the Port of Houston with snacks, drinks and music. Participants then ride back along the trail to Hermann Park for a celebratory post-ride party under the Bill Coats Bridge with food and music.
We hope to have Park to Port return in Fall 2021.
The Conservancy’s annual Run in the Park offers a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids’ fun run. Runners and joggers wind through a scenic course below the Park’s historic live oaks. The run begins and ends at Molly Ann Smith Plaza near the Jones Reflection Pool where family and friends cheer on participants. A post-race party features music, food, drinks, and activities.
The 18th annual Run in the Park is currently scheduled for Fall 2021.
Children can listen to a story every Friday morning at 10 am in the McGovern Centennial Garden’s Family Garden. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home. The Family Garden is an edible, interactive garden, designed to showcase vegetables, herbs, fruit, citrus, and berries that can be grown successfully in the Houston area.
Due to COVID-19, this event is currently suspended. We will update our website when we are able to host it again.
To learn more about the Family Garden, click here.
Student Performances in the Park is an annual series of free performances featuring the talents of Houston metropolitan area students. The series showcases performances that range from school choirs and bands to dance and theater groups. The performances take place in Lake Plaza between Kinder Station and the Houston Zoo.