There might not be any cherry blossom trees at Hermann Park, but that won’t put a damper on the Houston Japan Festival, a former winner of the Houston Press Best of Houston® award for Best Festival. It’s one of the most colorful and enjoyable family festivals in the city. Entertainment ranges from ancient, traditional arts to contemporary pop culture, with performances by Taiko drum ensembles, dance groups, martial art demos and cosplay contests. There’s also plenty of food. We should repeat that: plenty of food.
Oh, make things easy on yourself and take the MetroRail to Hermann Park, rather than fighting for a parking spot. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hermann Park Japanese Garden, 6001 Fannin. For information, call 713-963-0121 or visit www.japan-fest.info. Free.
Sat., March 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., April 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012