Fairs and Carnivals

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Food Vendors Go Over-the-Top for Rodeo Gold Buckle Foodie Awards

    Somehow, carnival food just lends itself to improper jokes. Or maybe it's because I was sitting at a table with CultureMap's Eric Sandler, Zagat's Amber Ambrose, Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt and freelance beer nerd Joshua Justice. Regardless, our table ended up with a lot of sausage and corn dogs, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Helps Satisfy All Your Culinary Tailgate Needs

    Food photographer Taylor Mathis has spent the last three football seasons right in the thick of all the rivalry and school spirit, but he's only been to one game. Instead of watching college athletes toss around the pigskin, Mathis joins tailgaters in eating pig skin. And gumbo. And ribs. And just a ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 21, 2013

    Rodeo Houston Fun

    Go Texan with this guide.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Big Tex: We Offer Our Six Replacements, Starting With Willie Nelson

    As you've no doubt heard by now -- or, if you're a Texan, felt like a great disturbance in the force -- State Fair's Big Tex burned to its frame today. The icon for generations of fairgoers was taken down by an electrical short, so at least we don't have terrorists to blame. But it's simply too m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Too Bad It Rained: Top 5 Fried Foods I Wish I Had Tasted at the State Fair of Texas

    Unfortunately, it rained literally all day long in Dallas on Saturday. Which just so happened to be the day I planned to attend the State Fair of Texas. There were many things I was looking forward to doing. I wanted to see Big Tex, ride the Ferris Wheel, watch the pig races and enjoy the fireworks ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Yum, Fried Bubble Gum

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Top 5 Nearby Fall Festivals & County Fairs

    As the recent weather has proved, there's no better time to be outdoors in Texas than fall. In springtime, there's always that lingering knowledge that summer is right around the corner, so this time of year there's nothing else to look forward to but Santa Claus. It's also harvest time, and the tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas Foods

    See our slideshow of more State Fair of Texas Foods. Some go for the carnival-style attractions. Others go for the garden exhibition. Thousands go for the live musical entertainment. Many go for the shopping. But the truth of the matter is, all flock to the State Fair of Texas for the food. In it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Watch This Alligator Chomp This Dude's Arm Damn Near In Half! (w/ VIDEO, Obviously)

    People often ask me "Sean, how do you come up with your content each day? That must be awfully hard to do five days a week!" (Actually, nobody ever asks me that, I just couldn't think of a way to start this post. Also, the "awfully hard to do" part is a pure sympathy play by me. Nothing more, nothin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Rating the Rides: Fear Is a Factor for the Rodeo's Roller Coasters

    You can't go to the Rodeo without going on the rides. Well, you could, but what fun is that? But if you're going on the rides, you definitely want to know what you're getting yourself into. So we rode `em and rated `em, just for you. 6. Mega Drop Does anyone remember the Dungeon Drop from AstroWo ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
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    October 27, 2011
  • Culture

    October 13, 2011

    "Fair" Game

    At DiverseWorks, curator Diane Barber sends up our city's new obsession with art fairs.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    The Texas State Fair: Specializing in Fried Crap, 125 Years and Counting

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Texas State Fair, held every fall in Dallas at the wonderfully art deco Fair Park. I honestly had no idea until I went to the fair late last week, however. You'd think there'd be some more momentous foodstuffs to mark the occasion. Alas, the biggest news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    State Fair Fare: Checking Out the Competition in Minnesota

    foodanddrinkdigital.comBig Tex, State Fair mascot who turns 59 this year, wears a 75 gallon hat and size 70 boots.​As soon as you walk through the gates of a state fair, whatever "diet" you may be on becomes null and void. If you're watching your carbs, trying to stay away from fried foods or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Drunk Driver (With 18 License Suspensions) Sends Cops Scrambling, Smashes Patrol Car

    Thank God that's over​The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo is over, but it went out with a bang. This year's event saw one carnie arrested for being a sex offender and a ride operator nabbed for possessing three bags of pills, a bag of weed and brass knuckles. Enough for one year? No. There ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Robert Wayne Niffen: Carnie Fugitive Sex Offender Nabbed In Santa Fe

    Santa Fe PDRobert Wayne Niffen: Carnie, alleged sex offender​Given two key facts, you could safely probably suppose that 52-year-old Robert Wayne Niffen was a miscreant of some sort. To wit: 1. His middle name is Wayne. 2. He is a carnie. And its Peace Officer 101 that all carnies with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Man Dies from Roller Coaster Fall at Rodeo Houston

    Photo by Jeff BalkeThe HiMiler taken at last year's rodeo carnival.​A man fell 28 feet to his death from the HiMiler roller coaster in the waning moments of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season. The 46-year-old was given CPR at the scene before being taken to the hospital, where he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Rodeo Houston Sets Attendance Records

    Photo courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoBrad Paisley brought 'em in Saturday night.​The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo set an attendance record this year with 2,262,834 total visitors including a single-night record of 150,948. That same night, the rodeo recorded its third high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Meat Sundaes and Deep-Fried Moon Pies: It's Rodeo Season!

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPulled pork sundaes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more photos, check out our slideshow.​Hot beef sundaes are nothing new; in fact, we wrote about them back in March 2009, when the popular meat-and-potatoes parfait was taking to the streets of Nebraska ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recap: Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Fried Beer Wuz Robbed

    Try making this at home.​The overall winner of this year's Big Tex Choice Awards (the much publicized food awards at the annual State Fair of Texas) was an underdog from three brand-new competitors: the fried Frito pie. And although I'm happy for the gentlemen who won (as happy as you can be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Annise Parker Praises Shanghai For Its Acceptance Of Gays

    Annise Parker praises Shanghai for GLBT acceptance​Mayor Annise Parker is in the midst of the first big international trip of her term, a visit to China.She's attending the World Expo in Shanghai (Motto: "Yes, they still have World Fairs"), and in a speech cited the city's openness to gays as a so ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    "Houston Center for Photography's 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition"

    Curator Hannah Frieser finds something for everyone

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    May 13, 2010

    Pasadena Strawberry Festival

    Anyone have some whipped cream?

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Funnel Cake Sticks at Burger King

    Photo by the impulsive buy​We never fall prey to fast food commercials and their new twists on old dishes, but...we saw the ad for funnel cake sticks at Burger King, and our munchie-having stoner inner child awoke inside us. We just had to have them. We know, we know...What can we say, you can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Suck It, Dallas: The Rodeo Outdraws The State Fair

    ​The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was the nation's biggest fair in 2009, an industry publication has declared.Carnival Warehouse, which sounds like the kind of place that has cheap late-night advertising for kuh-waaazy prices on merry-go-rounds, but is actually a publication that tracks the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2009


    This human-driven light show makes lasers look dim

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    April 6, 2006