Houston festival celebrates 6th largest country — Australia

This year’s Houston International Festival spotlights Australia

Join us April 26 through May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tranquility Park. The streets, plazas and parks of downtown Houston are your family and friends festival destination with

  • Six stages of music and dance
  • Educational and cultural exhibits in the Chevron Living Museum
  • Children’s activities in the Green Mountain Energy Kids World
  • International arts and crafts markets
  • International cuisine vendors
  • Street performances, and much moreAustrialia-HIF-2014-Pavlova_cake_2

Musical legends and global hit artists include The Legendary Family Stone, Asleep at the Wheel, Laura Mvula and Los Malditos Cocodrilos.

A bit of Australia’s rich history! The first running of the Melbourne Cup was in 1861. Australia 150th-Melb-Cup-400x

Today, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race held in Australia, and the prize money and trophies make it among the richest horse races in the world.



“Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me.”
                         – Mark Twain, 1895

As you would expect, Flemington was not much in the way of a thoroughbred running track in the beginning with no running rails or stands. Australia’s Flemington Fashion 1962

Australia flemingtonHowever, the Melbourne Cup quickly became popular as a carnival with picnic parties, sideshows, celebrations and people showing off their latest fashions. Socialites, politicians and Australia’s rich and famous attended the Cup right from the earliest days, as they still do today. Since 1877, the Melbourne Cup horse race has been celebrated as a public holiday in the state of Victoria.

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Gates open at 11 a.m. and the festival ends at 8 p.m. Buy your advance tickets here for $12 adults, $4 children 3-12. Tickets at the gate are $18 for adults, $5 for children 3-12.

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