It's the Art Car Weekend and there are lots of events to check out. Oh, and lots of folks to check them out with -- 250,000 people are expected to attend the various events over the next three days. There's a sneak peek at the new art cars, along with a few veterans today at Discovery Green. Live music and entertainment, including the screening of several art car films, are scattered throughout the park. (7 p.m. 1500 McKinney. Free.)
The Parade is on Saturday with more than 250 mobile creations wheeling through downtown. Among this year's entries are the Intergalactic Lone Star Wagon, a 1983 Buick La Sabre that was crowned with a Texas shaped hood ornament handcrafted by Lucky Devil Metalwork after it had been covered with 20 cans of spray paint by graffiti artist GONZO247. There's also Sock It To Me, a community bus decorated by the residents at the Hampton Tanglewood assisted living center created with donated socks from seniors around the country. (1 p.m. Allen Parkway between Taft and downtown. Free.). If you're feeling special, pop $125 for the VIPit Party. You'll get the best seats to see the cars roll by, along with a constant stream of frosty libations, finger foods and goodies. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby.)
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On Sunday, there's the Art Car Brunch and Awards Ceremony. There are several 'best of' categories art car artists are vying for with $10,000 in prize money and bragging rights for the next year are at stake. Of course, there's lots more free food, drinks and live entertainment (11 a.m. The Orange Show, 2402 Munger Street. Free.)
Houston's Art Car Parade is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the city. (We would add "best" but as unbiased journalists we have to refrain from such prejudicial remarks.)
For more information on Art Car Weekend Events, please call 713-926-6368 or visit www.orangeshow.org. (Just don't bother asking The Orange Show folks about parking for any of the events. Unless you're driving an art car, you're on your own.)
And whatever you do, be sure to check our Hair Balls after the parade for video and slideshows.