Celebrating 36 years of the Drive to Create!
Additional events to be added in the coming weeks
Click on each event below for more information
Friday March 24, 2023
Thursday April 6, 2023
Saturday April 8, 2023
Easter Orange Art Car Hunt
Thursday April 13, 2023
Friday April 14, 2023
Saturday April 15, 2023
Lineup Party along Allen Parkway
H-E-B Kids Creative Zone in Sam Houston Park
2PM! The Orange Show's 36th Annual
Houston Art Car Parade
Sunday April 16, 2023
Friday, April 14 | 6-11pm
The Orange Show World HQ
The wildest & most artistic party of the year is back!
Saturday, April 15 | 12-4pm
Hermann Square at Houston City Hall
The ULTIMATE viewing party for the parade!
Saturday, April 15 | 11am-4pm
Sam Houston Park
Don't worry about finding your spot along the route! Enjoy reserved, shaded Grandstand Seating at Sam Houston Park!
2023 ART CAR HONOREES
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is proud to announce that starting in 2023, we will honor three individuals who have made a lasting positive impact on Houston's creative communities - an artist, an educator, and a patron
Sharon Kopriva is a celebrated Houston sculptor and painter whose work has been shown at museums and galleries around the world, and who continues to be one of Texas' most important contemporary artists
Houston Independent School District's Northside High School Art Teacher Anna Bass has been engaging her students to create monumental, award-winning art cars for 10 years
The Mafrige Family are business and community leaders whose long-time support of the Orange Show and and many other charities across Texas has helped to shape the state's cultural, economic, educational, and creative landscape
Volunteer with us!
As one of Houston's largest annual events, it takes a small army of dedicated volunteers to help make the magic happen! Being a volunteer during Houston Art Car Festival & Parade puts you in the middle of the action. There are a variety of ways you can volunteers with us - sign up now for an unforgettable experience!
Heights House Hotel, the official Hotel Partner of the 36th Annual Houston Art Car Festival & Parade, is the perfect spot to rest & relax before and after all fun. Located in Houston's hip, bustling Heights neighborhood, it's steps from some of the cities best restaurants and bars, and a quick five-minute drive to the parade route downtown.
WHAT IS AN ART CAR?
Art Car /ärt kär/
A vehicle whose owner has modified its appearance in a way to suit their own aesthetic, personality, or creative inspiration.
Since the invention of the automobile, art cars have been found in cultures across the globe as a way to express individuality, rebel against cultural norms, and stand out from the mundane. People of all walks of life have created art cars, from the most celebrated of contemporary artists, to your weird neighbor with the chickens, and everyone in between. Most art cars have started out as something you may see in a car dealership parking lot - four normal wheels, a socially-acceptable color, and a major auto company's chrome-plated branding. It's through the eyes, brain, and sweat of an Art Car Artist that the Art Car is born. Whether it's been painted, welded, sculpted, dropped, chopped, beaded, smashed, crashed, lit, or lifted - Art Cars come in all shapes, sizes and forms! The only rule is that it must roll!
Relive the 2022 Experience!
CLICK HERE to watch the 2022 Houston Art Car Parade Special on ABC-13 KTRK!
2022 Houston Art Car Program
Check out last year's digital commemorative program, with photos of each Art Car!