One of the most beloved Houston celebrations is its annual Art Car Parade, which takes places in downtown Houston every spring and showcases cars decorated in every material imaginable. Even if you can’t make it to the parade, you can still find the flavor of the festivities at the Art Car Museum, which is free and open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum includes a variety of exhibits by local, national and international artists as well as actual art cars. It was founded in 1998 and has since become an excellent place for up-and-coming artists to be seen while also paying tribute to the postmodern age of car culture. Even the building facade, which is covered in scrap metal and chrome, is a work of art.
The Art Car Museum is a free, offbeat, and uniquely Houston place to visit. The exhibits, including the cars, rotate every few months, so you never know what you'll see. The front is staffed with volunteers who are happy to talk to you about art car culture and how the cars are put together. There's also a big art car parade every year in Houston, usually in May.