April 10-16, 2023
Celebrating 36 years of the Drive to Create!
Additional events to be added in the coming weeks
Thursday April 13, 2023
The Main Street Drag
Sneak Peek at Discovery Green
Friday April 14, 2023
The Legendary Art Car Ball
Tickets on sale soon!
Saturday April 15, 2023
Lineup Party along Allen Parkway
Kids Creative Zone in Sam Houston Park
VIPit Experience at Hermann Square @ City Hall
The Orange Show's 36th Annual
Houston Art Car Parade
Sunday April 16, 2023
Orange Show Art Car Award Ceremony
2023 Houston Art Car Festival Schedule
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!